Have you discovered Frankie Rose Cosmetics yet?

frankie rose cosmeticsIn the vast sea of cosmetics lines, a major stand out is Frankie Rose Cosmetics. This Los Angeles based line is a relative newcomer to the makeup scene, created in 2013 by professional makeup artists who know what works and what doesn’t. The Frankie Rose Cosmetics focus is on perfecting the basics needed for every cosmetics collection.

A plethora of Frankie Rose Cosmetics goodness

A plethora of Frankie Rose Cosmetics goodness

A Frankie Rose Cosmetics face of the day

A Frankie Rose Cosmetics face of the day

I first tried Frankie Rose Cosmetics back in November of 2013 and I fell in love with their super pigmented eyeshadows, creamy lipstick, and shimmery lip gloss. This time around I have different shades of the lippie products, as well as an eyeliner and their famous foundation.

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Matte Perfection Foundation in Vintage

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Matte Perfection Foundation in Vintage

Frankie Rose Lipstick in Soft CranberryNormally, I don’t test a product until after I have taken photos.  It has been so cloudy and dreary in Michigan the past few months that good photography light has been hard to come by. It was about a week before I could take pics of the Matte Perfection Foundation ($32), but I was so curious about this foundation that I tried it before taking pics. Then I tried it again…and again and again! I couldn’t stop wearing it.  I realized very quickly why so many people swear by it and actually consider themselves ‘addicted’.

Frankie Rose Matte Perfection Foundation in VintageMatte Perfection Foundation is a long-wearing liquid foundation with buildable coverage.  It is matte enough to keep me from getting shiny but it doesn’t have that super flat look that is a drawback for many matte foundations. I love the coverage and it doesn’t settle into my pores. This really is one of the best liquid foundations I have ever tried. It’s available in nine different shades, a great variety for different skin tones. Vintage is the perfect shade for my ‘somewhere between light and medium’ skin tone.

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Powder Foundation in Buff

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Powder Foundation in Buff

The Powder Foundation ($30) does everything a good pressed powder should do, but with more coverage. It has a creamy texture so it doesn’t look dry on the skin. When I buff this over the Matte Perfection Foundation I achieve skin nirvana – I still look natural but all those imperfections are gone, gone, gone.  Throughout the day I take out my compact to powder my nose…then stop, because it doesn’t need it! I am completely addicted. With 12 different shades you are sure to find your match. Buff Powder Foundation over Vintage Matte Perfection Foundation is my exact skin match.

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Infinity Eye Pencil

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Infinity Eye Pencil

Infinity Eye Pencil ($16) goes on smoothly and has some play time for smudging out before it dries.  It lasts for a few hours on the waterline. I like it best on the upper lid…I have some issues with smudging on the lower lid, especially if I am having problems with my contacts drying out. It comes in four shades. I tried the matte Black, which is a very dark black. I’d like to try Rebel, a dark blue shimmer, which looks beautiful.

Frankie Rose Lipstick in Soft CranberryThe Lipstick ($16) in Soft Cranberry is a shiny mauve with shimmer. It’s a beautiful shade that I know I will wear all year. I love the lipstick tube; it is chic with just enough heft to feel substantial without being too heavy. The lipstick is nicely moisturizing with jojoba and canolin oils. There are 14 stunning shades available, so if you are looking for a new lipstick you will want to check out Frankie Rose Cosmetics.

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Pressed Flower

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Pressed Flower

The Lip Gloss ($16) is excellent, a staple everyone should have. There are 12 shades, including Pearl, Sugar, Pressed Flower, Gala Pink, Cotton Shimmer, Raspberry Dazzle, Valentine, Sunset, Sangria, Crushes Berries, Winter Plum, and Tangerine.

Frankie Rose Lip Gloss in Pressed Flower swatchedPressed Flower is a neutral pinky/brown with lots of shine. Since the lip gloss is a combination of a lipstick and a gloss it has beautiful pigmentation and lasting power. I am very impressed.

Frankie Rose Cosmetics face of the day

Frankie Rose Cosmetics face of the day

For my face of the day, I used a silicone based primer first, then applied the Matte Perfection Foundation in Vintage with my hands. I put two pumps into my palms, gently rubbed together, then patted on the foundation. I followed this by buffing in the Powder Foundation in Buff.  No concealer….didn’t need it! Lips are Soft Cranberry Lipstick with Pressed Flower Lip Gloss.  roducts from other lines that I used include Makeup Geek Powder Blush in Hanky Panky, Paula’s Choice Brow Defining Cream Duo, MAC Painterly Paint Pot, and tarte lights, camera, LASHES mascara.

You can find Frankie Rose products online at FrankieRoseCosmetics.com, on Pinterest @FrankieRoseCo and Twitter @FrankieRoseCosmetics #FrankieRoseCosmetics, and they have a gorgeous Facebook page at facebook.com/frankierosecosmetics.  Be sure to give them a look – you won’t be sorry.  – Lisa

*samples sent for editorial consideration #FrankieRoseCosmetics

Modern Pop Marvelous Moxie Lipsticks from Bare Minerals

Bare Escentuals Modern Pop Magnificent Moxie Lipsticks

Bare Minerals Modern Pop Magnificent Moxie Lipsticks

When you have moxie, you need the lipstick to match – and Bare Minerals has the perfect answer! Modern Pop is their  Spring 2015 limited edition collection that features creamy peach lips. They sent us the three beautiful neutral Modern Pop Marvelous Moxie Lipsticks, along with a transforming lip gloss that instantly gives each shade a new personality. If you love nude lips, this is a must-have collection.

Modern Pop Magnificent Moxie lipstick case

Modern Pop Magnificent Moxie lipstick case

First let’s talk packaging.  Modern Pop Marvelous Moxie Lipsticks ($20 each) come in a super cute white polka dot pink lipstick case. This case snaps shut and stays closed, but easily opens to a handy mirror. The lipsticks themselves are in gleaming silver bullets with an ingenious locking system. Definitely no worries of lipstick-streaked purse pockets!

Check out the fabulous packaging!

Check out the fabulous packaging!

The three peachy lipsticks in the Modern Pop collection includes Express Yourself, Fall in Love, and Dream Big, along with the Modern Pop Cream Glaze Lip Topcoat. The lipsticks are creamy and very pigmented. They have an opaque satin finish. I find them to be nicely moisturizing, which also means the wear is not as long as more matte lipsticks. The ingredients include Abyssinian Oil and Omega Fatty Acids to soften lips, as well as antioxidants vitamin A, C and E complex.

Modern Pop Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Dream Big

Modern Pop Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Dream Big

Dream Big is a nude peach, the lightest shade of the three. It’s the quintessential nude lippie. If I didn’t have such thin lips I would love this, but I need a little more lip real estate to do the color justice.

Modern Pop Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Express Yourself

Modern Pop Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Express Yourself

Express Yourself is a bright peach. This is darker and brighter than Dream Big and is a great shade for spring. I love that it isn’t a brown-based peach, which always makes me look washed out.

Modern Pop Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Fall in Love

Modern Pop Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Fall in Love

Fall in Love is a tawny peach that is the deepest shade in the trio. This is a very interesting shade that leans orange. I love this one and I don’t have anything else like it in my collection.

Modern Pop also has a lip gloss to go with the lipsticks called Cream Glaze Lip Topcoat. This is a cream gloss with pearl.

Modern Pop Cream Glaze Lip Topcoat

Modern Pop Cream Glaze Lip Topcoat

Fall in Love swatched with and without Topcoat

Fall in Love swatched with and without Topcoat

As you can see, the Modern Pop Cream Glaze Lip Topcoat totally transforms Fall in Love from a deeper tawny peach to a shiny lighter pastel. It works on all the Modern Pop lipsticks, as well as any other lipstick you have. It is great for softening colors that are too deep for your skin tone, as well as giving matte lipsticks a whole new look. What a great way to increase the versatility of your lipstick collection!

I adore the packaging for the Modern Pop collection and the peach shades are perfect for spring.  f you only get one thing, be sure to buy the Cream Glaze Lip Topcoat, which saves any lipsticks that aren’t quite right for you and gives old favorites a new look.  – Lisa

*samples for editorial consideration

8 beauty items you need to toss now! Spring Clean Refresh with Meijer Beauty

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Spring CleaningTime to toss! I am gearing up for some spring cleaning and first on my list is my vanity. Clearing out feels so good…I love it when things are organized and sparkling clean. Besides, extra space means room for new things!
Does your cosmetics stash look like this??

Does your cosmetics stash look like this??

Spring cleaning isn’t just for closets and pantries – it is so important to also tackle that beauty stash. Time goes by fast and before your know it you have beauty items that are years old. Anything you use with your hands or put on your face eventually gathers bacteria and can cause breakouts and other skin issues. Items with active ingredients become inactive over time, becoming an exercise in futility. Besides, it’s fun to go through and edit your cosmetics and skin care, plus what a great opportunity to go shopping to replenish!
If you are like me, the memory fades, so when you purchase a new item mark the date on the bottom of the jar with a black sharpie. It makes spring cleaning much easier. Also, most skin care items have an open jar symbol followed by a number and the letter ‘M’.  This tells you how many months you can use the product after opening it – so 6M means six months after opening, 9M means nine months after opening, etcetera. Don’t forget, when using products packaged in jars NEVER stick your fingers in the jar. Use a small cosmetics spatula to spoon out the product so you aren’t introducing bacteria into the jar.
Here are the top 8 items that you need to toss, along with some suggestions for replacements. Meijer just announced an exciting lineup of new beauty items, so it’s a great place to shop to renew that beauty routine and you can find all of my suggestions there.
L'Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Serum

L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Serum

1.  Serum:  I am sure this is no surprise. Typically serum is in air tight packaging, which keeps ingredient integrity, but once you start using a serum it’s only good for about six months. Toss it even earlier if the texture changes or it starts to smell weird. If you need to replenish, check out L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler.  It is wonderfully affordable and has hyaluronic acid to plump skin and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powder Foundation

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powder Foundation

2.  Foundation:  obviously, liquid foundation is a bacteria collector, especially jar-based foundation that is exposed to the air. But did you know that powder foundation also goes bad? Think about it…you dip your brush into the foundation, the brush goes on your skin, then you dip that brush back onto the foundation…all those skin oils are transferred into the powder, which means after a while it becomes pretty dirty. Toss that old stuff and try something new, like L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powder Foundation.  This is opaque enough to use as foundation, and it also works great as a pressed powder to cancel out a shiny nose.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara and Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara and Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom

3.  Mascara:  this is a must-toss every season! After a while, mascara dries out and loses its lash lengthening and thickening power. Plus, any product that isn’t a solid is in danger of collecting bacteria. Glam out with your mascara and then replace it as soon as it shows any sign of dryness or starts to smell ‘off’, typically at about three months. By the way, resist ‘pumping’ your mascara – it makes it dry out even more quickly, and always toss your mascaras if you have an eye infection. Two mascaras to try for long, lush lashes are Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara and Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom.

L'Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Moisturizer

L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Moisturizer

4.  Moisturizer:  jar moisturizer lasts at the most 6 months. Go through all those open jars you know you have sitting on your shelves and toss anything you opened last fall. Not only do they become a potential hazard for your skin because of bacteria, but the active ingredients stop working so why bother? Try something new, like L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Moisturizer to smooth out those lines and wrinkles.

Degree Dryspray Deodorant

Degree Dry Spray Deodorant

5.  Deodorant:  yes, deodorant does have a shelf life! While most have expiration dates, a good rule of thumb is two years. It’s a great idea to stock up on deodorant when it is on sale, but be sure to write your purchase date on the extras if they don’t have an expiration date. A great replacement is Degree Dry Spray. It sprays on dry and protects for up to 48 hours, so no worries on those hectic late mornings!

Neutrogena Cooldry Sport Sunscreen

Neutrogena Cooldry Sport Sunscreen

6.  Sunscreen:  sunscreen loses its effectiveness over time and you sure don’t want to get a sunburn thanks to an outdated bottle. Most have an expiration date, but the longest any sunscreen will last is three years. My absolute favorite and a great one for restocking is Neutrogena Cooldry Sport.  I can even get my kids to put this on without a fight.

Cover Girl Lip Lava

Cover Girl Lip Lava

7.  Lip gloss:  a liquid product you apply to your lips?  Of course lip gloss is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to beauty items that go bad and need to be replaced regularly. Replace your old lip glosses with Cover Girl Lip Lava. I adore this lip gloss!  My favorite shade is Lava-Rider. I put it on then blot and I have a beautiful shimmery stain that lasts and lasts.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser

8.  Face cleanser:  these only last a year, so often a big bottle will expire before it’s gone. If your face cleanser isn’t working well, the consequences will definitely be evident to everyone! A great option for replacing your old stuff is Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser. White tea and vitamin E ensure clean skin without any dryness.

Embrace spring cleaning and refresh that beauty stash! Be sure to go to Meijer Beauty to check out their new lineup of cosmetic and skin care items and restock for a beautiful YOU.  – Lisa

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Yeah, In Your Dreams! Lush LE Valentine Collection

Oh yes, the latest wrapped collection from Lush for Valentine’s Day called In Your Dreams ($23.95) is definitely dreamy. It looks like it is sold out online right now, but my local Lush still has some in stock. Read this review then go pick up a few of these while you still can!

Lush In Your Dreams

Lush In Your Dreams

I think of Valentine’s Day as a day to show some love to anyone…my little girl is thrilled to get a little something special as a reminder of how much I love her. My husband is more of the ‘show me’ than ‘give me’ type, so I always take the pressure off him and get myself something special too.

I know I can’t go wrong with Lush, because they always do Valentine’s Day right. It’s heaven for bath and body products and In Your Dreams is a flirty, fun, fabulous gift that will thrill any bath lover.

Lush In Your Dreams

Lush In Your Dreams wrapping paper

The funky cool wrapping paper envelopes an entire Valentine’s Day story:  t’s a prince on a unicorn, coming in for the big kiss!

Lush In Your Dreams Unicorn Horn

Lush In Your Dreams Unicorn Horn

Unicorn Horn is the most spectacular bubble bar I have ever seen. This big bar has everything:  a pastel rainbow of colors, colored candy stars, sparkles, and essential oils. The bath water turns a beautiful silvery pink…exactly what every good unicorn would want. It smells sooo good, like a peppery pink forest. I can’t even begin to guess how many baths you can get out of this big hunk of magic. Pure love in a tub.

Lush In Your Dreams The Kiss Lip Gloss

Lush In Your Dreams The Kiss Lip Gloss

The Kiss Lip Gloss is wonderful. I think this is the smoothest pot gloss I have ever tried from Lush. It leaves just a hint of pink sheen on lips along with a wonderful slip. It tastes like yummy almonds and vanilla, and the shea and cupuaçu butters really moisturize. It even has a bit of guarana seed powder to plump up your pucker. This is LE so get it while you can.

Lush In Your Dreams Prince Charming

Lush In Your Dreams Prince Charming

Ah, the Prince Charming Shower Gel is delightful. Not only is it pink and shimmery, it smells AMAZING. The fragrance is an intoxicating blend of pomegranate juice, Fair Trade vanilla pod infusion, and almond oil. This LE shower gel definitely a dream come true. By the way, if you need to travel light, Lush shower gels make a great shampoo.

This is one dreamy gift that is going fast, so run to your nearest Lush to pick one up for your sweetie. While you’re at it, pick one up for yourself, because In Your Dreams is a limited edition gift that won’t be around much longer.  – Lisa

*sample for editorial consideration

Lush In Your Dreams opened

Drugstore Makeup Wars – Eddie Funkhouser rules

Eddie Funkhouser Cosmetics

Eddie Funkhouser Cosmetics

Makeup Wars has chosen Drugstore Brand Favorites this week and it took me zero seconds to decide that EDDIE FUNKHOUSER had to be my choice, I’m in love with Eddie so excuse my familiarity when I don’t use his full name.. While I buy a lot of drugstore items I don’t have a lot of any brand other than Eddie Funkhouser. Many of these items were sent for consideration but I’ve also bought (and rebought) quite a few. What I’m sharing today are the Eddie products I could find since some are hiding from me.

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara, Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze, Ultra Defining Eye Liner Stylus

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara, Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze, Ultra Defining Eye Liner Stylus

Eddie Funkhouser liquid liner and variable mascara

Eddie Funkhouser liquid liner and variable mascara

1) Eyeliner and mascara – This is what started me on the road to my love affair with Eddie. Of all the liquid eyeliners I have, this black Ultra Defining Eye Lining Stylus EF is the best ever. I wasn’t taking any chances of not having it even though it’s lasted forever so I bought a back up. And the Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara is so fabulous that I have two backups as well as one in use. Ultra Defining Lining Stylus ($10.99) has a thin felt tip that I can control with ease. Quattro Variable Lash Mascara ($12.99) has 4 settings so you can build it up to get the volume you desire. I forgot to put a picture of the Graffiti Cream Eye Pencil in Black but it too is a wonderful eyeliner for all pencil lovers. The fun of Eddie’s liners are in the Graffiti Metallic Liquid liners. This comes in 3 metallic shades and add a spark to your eyes.

Hyperreal Eye Color Shadows from Eddie Funkhouser

Hyperreal Eye Color Shadows from Eddie Funkhouser

2) Hyperreal Eye Color Shadows ($8.49) are the cream of the crop. These single shadows have rich pigmentation, are long lasting and smooth to the touch. I’ve got 8 shades and don’t want to play favorites but ….

Eddie Funkhouser Stage Beauty

Eddie Funkhouser Stage Beauty

Shadows shown above are Stage Beauty, Femme Fatale, Dreamcatcher, Stage Beauty, All Nighter and Lavender Sky. Below are The Benjamins and New Boheme (review).

Eddie Funkhouser The Benjamins and New Boheme

Eddie Funkhouser The Benjamins and New Boheme

3) Pro Brushes are the newest addition to the Eddie Funkhouser family. I bought three from Dermstore but I didn’t see one in the box and now it’s gone (dang it). What I do have to enjoy are the All Over Eye Brush ($8.99) and Tapered Shadow Brush ($10.99). The All Over Eye Brush has a medium head that’s great for shadow placement and the browbone area. The Tapered Shadow Brush has a fluffy, full tapered head that I love for blending.

Eddie Funkhouser Tapered shadow Brush and All Over Eye Brush

Eddie Funkhouser Tapered shadow Brush and All Over Eye Brush

Like all Eddie Funkhouser products these are cruelty free brushes. “Artisanal quality crafted brush, featuring hand-scored premium hair, expertly-sculpted head integrated with premium aluminum ferrule and hardwood handles painted with hard-as-nails, multi-layered high-gloss black lacquer.”

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Primer, Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Primer, Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation

4) Luxlight Hydrating Primer and Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation are the two face products I enjoy from my beau. The Hydrating Primer ($14.99) comes in one shade, Candlelight, which adds a luminous peachy glow. Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation ($14.99) comes in 6 shades and is a lightweight foundation that is buildable. This has a light diffused finish to it. I actually used up my Luxlight Illuminator in Candlelight ($11.99). This can be used the same way you’d use Touche Eclat. I like it under my eyes to brighten up and make the end of the day circles look lessened.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator

5) Ultra Intensity Cheek Color ($8.49) only comes in 4 shades and I’ve been whispering in Eddie’s ear that he needs to add more. I have it in A Little Toasted which is described as a matte pale crimson. I find this to be a neutral shade on me though if I apply it with a soft brush. It can be deepened too.

Eddie Funkhouser A Little Toasted blush

Eddie Funkhouser A Little Toasted blush

6) Chromographic Lip Color and Hyperreal Hydrating Lipgloss are the two lip products I bought. It’s a little hard to tell the colors online so this was the hardest choice I had to make. Eddie has two formulas of lipstick, Chromographic Lip Color which has some sparkle to it to light up your lips and Nourishing Lip Color which is more pigmented ($12.99 each). Lovefroze is a sparkling pinky peach that has a more dimensional finish because of the light sparkle in it. There are 12 shades of Hyperreal Hydrating Lipgloss ($10.99) and I went safe with my first buy of Meow Meow, a nude beige pink that brightens up any lipstick I apply it over.

EF Meow Meow gloss and Lovefrozen Chromographic lipstick

EF Meow Meow gloss and Lovefrozen Chromographic lipstick

I have a list of future Eddie Funkhouser buys like the 16 Hour 4 Way Liquid Concealer ($10.99) in Light and Hyperreal Eye Color Palette in Bedroom Eyes ($14.99). I need to keep my boyfriend happy after all.

Now it’s time to visit the other drugstore brands to see what favorites those ladies have. — Marcia


The brights are “in” for 2015 with Gerard Cosmetics

Gerard Cosmetics All Dolled Up, Tequila Sunrise, and Cocoa Bean

Gerard Cosmetics All Dolled Up, Tequila Sunrise, and Cocoa Bean

If you want bright and highly pigmented lip products then head over to GERARD COSMETICS. The two lipsticks and one gloss they sent for review have some of the best pigmentation I’ve seen in years. I’m used to a nude lip so when I applied these the first time I was amazed at the vibrancy I saw. It took a while to get used to but then I couldn’t stop looking in the mirror.

Gerard Cosmetic lipstick

Gerard Cosmetic lipstick

The shiny gold tubes look like they’d weigh a ton but instead they are lightweight.

Gerard Lipstick in All Dolled Up

Gerard Lipstick in All Dolled Up

Since I’m always attracted to cool toned lipstick I started with All Dolled Up. This is the definition of “cool toned”. It’s a bright pink that’s just this side of fuchsia on me. The pigment is off the charts.

Gerard Lipstick in All Dolled Up

Gerard Lipstick in All Dolled Up

If you want a bright pink, go no farther than All Dolled Up.

But if you want a lipstick that’s warmer but not warm try Tequila Sunrise instead. On me it’s a pinky coral. In my swatches it looks more coral than it actually is.

Gerard Cosmetics Tequila Sunrise

Gerard Cosmetics Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise turns out to be my favorite of the two. I love that it has that touch of pink to soften the shade making it more flattering for my skintone.

Gerard Cosmetics Tequila Sunrise

Gerard Cosmetics Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise is a matte lipstick ($19). My lips are dry as the Sahara so I make sure that I’m well exfoliated and balmed up before applying. I like using either a gloss or Waxelene Lip Balm over it too.

Gerard Cosmetics Tequila Sunrise and All Dolled Up

Gerard Cosmetics Tequila Sunrise and All Dolled Up

The color doesn’t fade quickly but to refresh it either a light shade of gloss or a clear gloss does the job. If your lips aren’t as lined as mine then you can probably get an even longer wear from these by not topping them.

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Cocoa Bean

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Cocoa Bean

Gerard also makes the delightful Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses ($24) that my blog partner Lisa has written about several times. These glosses are made by Gerard but are also part of the Whitening Lightening line. The one I was sent is called Cocoa Bean and it has the most fun packaging ever.

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Cocoa Bean

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Cocoa Bean

As you can see it lights up when you open the tube. That helps a lot when applying color especially one as color saturated as Cocoa Bean is. It also has a mirror on the side to help you apply. It’s a brown with a touch of red to it. On some people it would be considered a dark nude lip. On me it’s intense and not an easy color to wear. But the formula is amazing and I’d love to wear some of the shades like Nude and Butter Cream.

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Cocoa Bean

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Cocoa Bean

Color Your Smile

Color Your Smile

At the recent award shows the fashion blogs were all raving about the more intense look on lips and how they are tired of the nude look. Gerard Cosmetics has the answer for that with their 7 lipstick shades and 24 lipglosses. Get ready, get set, shop!! — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

tarte Sweet Indulgence 3 in 1 Holiday Gift Set QVC sale!

tarte sweet indulgences 3 in 1If you are a tarte lover, get ready – the Sweet Indulgence 3-in-1 Holiday Gift Set ($59.94) is on sale for one day only at QVC, November 10th.  Set yourself a reminder so you can order this fabulous limited edition set.  This is a ‘one for you, one for me’ holiday set for sure – or you can also break up the set and make it three separate gifts.  The BIZ was sent a sneak peek so we could give you the low down before the sale.  Two removable eyeshadow palettes house 16 different eyeshadows, plus the set includes two brand new blush shades, two lip creams, one lip gloss, three LE eyeliners, and 2 full size mascaras.

tarte sweet indulgences 3 in 1 QVC

For so many products, this is a very tight little box that doesn’t take up much room.  There are three separate ‘books’ housed inside the light purple with gold floral box.

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All three books open up like this.  #mysweetindulgences

All three books open up like this. #mysweetindulgences

The first book is all about eyes.  The eyeliner shades are plum, charcoal, and bronze.  These are basic pencil eyeliners that work best on the upper lid – they do smudge when I wear them on my lower lash line.  Out of the three shades the bronze shade is the standout.  Also included are two full-sized lights, camera, LASHES mascara, one of my favorite go-to mascaras.

Eyeliners and mascaras #mysweetindulgences

Eyeliners and mascaras #mysweetindulgences

tarte eyeliners, left to right:  bronze, plum, charcoal

tarte eyeliners, left to right: bronze, plum, charcoal #mysweetindulgences

The second book is all about lips and cheeks.  There are two new Amazonian clay 12-hour blush shades – hooray!  I adore this blush and new shades are always so much fun.  The first is savored, a golden rose; the second is pampered, a soft melon.

tarte sweet indulgences blush and lippies #mysweetindulgences

tarte sweet indulgences blush and lippies #mysweetindulgences

Blushes  #mysweetindulgences

Savored and Pampered blushes #mysweetindulgences

There is one LE LipSurgence lip gloss in the shade indulging, which is a raspberry pink.  This is a sticky but longer wearing lip gloss, and the color is very pretty.  Plus there are two LipSurgence lip cremes:  wonder, a poppy pink, and rare, a peachy nude. The Lip Cremes are self-sharpening and have a slightly minty taste. True to their name they are very creamy when first applied and they eventually dry down to a stain that lasts for hours on me.

Raspberry pink lip gloss #mysweetindulgences

Indulging LipSurgence lip gloss #mysweetindulgences

Rare and Wonder LipSurgence Lip Cremes

Rare and Wonder LipSurgence Lip Cremes

The third book has two removable palettes with 8 eyeshadows each.

Two eyeshadow palettes #mysweetindulgences

Two eyeshadow palettes #mysweetindulgences

Purple eyeshadow palette #mysweetindulgences

Purple eyeshadow palette #mysweetindulgences

Teal eyeshadow palette #mysweetindulgences

Teal eyeshadow palette #mysweetindulgences

The first palette shades:

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#mysweetindulgences

pinky promise (pink mauve), taupe of the world (deep taupe), you look mauveless (mauve plum),  just malt away (creamy malt)

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#mysweetindulgences

pampered pink (light pink), dare to be gold (gold), show plum love (rich plum), wind down brown (rich brown)

The second palette shades:

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vanilla candles (soft beige), coming up roses (plum rose), hazelnut bon bons (medium brown), champagne bubble bath (shimmering pink)

#mysweetindulgences

#mysweetindulgences

bronze cuff (golden hazel),  feeling grey-t (pebble grey), espresso yourself (espresso), cinnamon latte (shimmering cinnamon)

This is a great set to buy for any cosmetics lover.  The only items that I could do without are the eye pencils, but if you have dry skin they will probably work well for you.  A great thing about tarte is their shades are more on the neutral side, so you really can’t go wrong with these as gifts.  Take advantage of the TSV sale on November 10th…I have a feeling this holiday special set is not going to last for long.  You can buy it right here:  http://qvc.co/tarte-SweetIndulgences – Lisa

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