Perfect Soft Pink and Sweet Pink lip sets from Mally Beauty

I have a friend whose nickname is “Pink”.  She always wears at least one clothing item that is pink.  She owns a handbag store and the walls are pink.  I would even bet that her aura is pink.  One day, my daughter asked her – in that, ‘I am a young child so I can ask anyone anything’ sort of way – why do you love the color pink so much?  Her answer was, because of all the colors in the spectrum, the only one that goes with every single other color is PINK.  I thought about that…and she is absolutely right.  Maybe that’s why I always gravitate toward pink shades.  Mally Beauty sent me some of their best pink lip sets, and both Perfois Soft Pink ($30) and Sweet Pink ($25.00) have become staples for me.

Perfect Pink

Mally Beauty Perfois Pink

The Perfois Soft Pink Lip set comes with a lip pencil, lipstick, and liquid lipstick.  The set comes in three different pink color combinations – Classic Pink, Bright Pink and Soft Pink.  I have the Soft Pink set which is a combination of neutral light pink shades that create a sophisticated matte pink lip.

Perfect Pink

Perfois Soft Pink Liquid Lip. Lip Liner, and Lipstick

The Soft Pink lip liner is an automatic pencil in light cool pink with just a hint of luminescence.  Using this doesn’t really change the color of the other lip products, instead it enhances the lasting power.  It isn’t a necessity, so I find that I often skip this step.  The Soft Pink lipstick is truly lovely.  It is a cool-toned matte nude pink with a gorgeous, velvety texture.  The Soft Pink Liquid Lipstick is a milky soft pink that adds lots of gloss and volume.

Perfect Pink

Perfois Soft Pink Liquid Lip Gloss, Lip Liner, and Lipstick

Perfect Pink

Perfect Pink lips

The Ultimate Performance Sweet Pink Lip set has two products, a lip liner and a lip gloss.

Sweet Pink

Ultimate Performance Sweet Pink

Sweet Pink

Sweet Pink lip liner and gloss

Sweet Pink creates a bright, shimmery pink look that is young and fun.  This lip liner not only helps the lip gloss last, it also gives lips a pop of pink and looks great on its own.  The Ultimate Performance lip gloss is one of my favorite lip glosses of all time. It’s actually a hybrid lipstick/lip gloss/lip balm that leaves lips soft and moist, and the color lasts much longer than a typical lip gloss. Sweet Pink is a beautiful, complex shimmery medium pink with wonderful slip.  Gorgeous!

Sweet Pink

Sweet Pink lip liner

Sweet Pink

Ultimate Performance Sweet Pink lip gloss

Sweet Pink

Sweet Pink – top is lip liner, middle is lip gloss, bottom is lip gloss over liner

Sweet Pink lips!

Sweet Pink lips!

Whether you are looking for a classic, sophisticated pink lip or a bright, shimmery one, Mally Beauty is definitely a great line to consider.  QVC always has some great Mally Beauty sets on sale, so head on ever there for a perfect pink pucker.  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Mally kiss

Stealing Marcia’s boyfriend…Eddie Funkhouser lips, cheeks, and eyes

I think I am a homewrecker.  My blogging partner Marcia has been having this love affair with Eddie Funkhouser.  I love her dearly…but I am out to steal her boyfriend.

I cried and whined until I finally guilted Marcia into letting me test the latest PR samples from the Eddie Funkhouser Cosmetics line.  After reading all of her rave reviews of his products, I couldn’t wait to try some out…and let me tell you, girls, Eddie does not disappoint.

The amazing Eddie Funkhouser

The amazing Eddie Funkhouser

Chromographic Lip Color ($11.99):  the Chromographic Lip Color is a creamy, easy to wear lipstick that has light reflecting particles which make my on-the-thin-side lips look a little bigger.  The formula is very lip friendly with flower and mango fruit extracts and Vitamins C & E.  I can wear this all day without any lipstick migration or dryness.  

Eddie Funkhouser Epic Lipstick

Eddie Funkhouser Epic Lipstick

Eddie Funkhouser Epic Lipstick

Eddie Funkhouser Epic Lipstick

Epic is a stunning magenta rose that looks bright, but it’s actually a rather natural and very wearable shade.  It has excellent pigmentation but doesn’t feel heavy on, and the color really lasts.

Hyperreal Hydrating Lip Gloss ($10.99):  This is a thin, non-sticky lip gloss that definitely packs a color punch.  I love how it feels on; in fact I keep it right next to my computer at work so I always have it handy.  Aloe Vera keeps lips moist, and vitamins A, C, and E keep lips healthy.

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Publicity Stunt is a flattering grape shade that is great both alone and over lip pencil or lipstick.  Since the formula is on the thin side, I found it’s best to wipe the doe foot applicator against the rim of the tube as I pull it out to make sure I don’t apply too much gloss at one time.

Ultra Intensity Cheek Color ($8.99):  This is one pigmented blush – and just look at that price! I can’t get over it, because this blush looks and acts like a high-end product.  Ultra Intensity Cheek Color is soft and creamy for a powder, and it goes like a dream.

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Plum Crazy is a matte pale plum that is perfect for fall.  I use just a light dusting on cheeks for a natural look, or layered for more drama.

Eddie Funkhouser® Hyperreal Eye Colors ($8.49):  Made with premium micro-milled pigments, Eddie’s eyeshadow is just what I am looking for.  Buttery texture, terrific color payoff, and supreme blendability – plus it lasts all day without fading.

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Lavender Sky is a stunning iridescent pastel lavender that I use as a lid shade to make my brown eyes pop.  I tried to get a photo that would show the beautiful complexity of this shadow, but nothing really did it justice.  This is so beautiful you really need to see it in person.

My Eddie Funhouser FOD with Epic Lipstick, Plum Crazy Blush, and Lavander Sky Eyeshadow

My Eddie Funhouser FOD with Epic Lipstick, Plum Crazy Blush, and Lavander Sky Eye Color

Eddie Funkhouser is a super talented makeup artist and his cosmetics line is truly impressive.  Every one of these extremely affordable products is top-notch, professional quality stuff.  You can find Eddie at his online store, Rite Aid, Urban Outfitters, and Dermstore.  He may be Marcia’s boyfriend, but there is plenty of Eddie to go around for all of us!  - Lisa

P.S. – you can talk to Eddie yourself!  Just #ASKEDDIE

*sent for editorial consideration and a major arm-wrestling match between Lisa and Marcia

Get In the Buff with Beauty Addicts

Beauty Addicts lippies are getting nude

Beauty Addicts lippies are getting nude

For summer beauty ADDICTS has combined products from their line to create IN THE BUFF, a collection of skin toned items that are great for a no-makeup makeup look. The tones are based on peach, brown and tan that look more like what we look like before we put on makeup so they enhance our beauty without making us look all dolled up. We were happy to receive these lipsticks, glosses and their tinted moisturizer to share with you.

Beauty Addicts lip addiction

Lisa’s Side:  Hello, my name is Lisa and I have a lippie addiction. I have so many lipsticks and lip glosses that I refuse to reveal the exact number – a number so high it is beyond embarrassing. Beauty Addicts only feeds my addiction with their Beautifull Lips Lipstick ($18) and Lip Addiction Lip Gloss ($17).

Left to right:

Left to right:  In the Buff, Toast, Shy

Left to right:

Left to right:  Playmate,  Addict, Naked

The Beautifull Lips Lipstick is a cream lipstick that keeps lips quite moist. Ultra-moisturizing ingredients include Vitamin E, shea butter, and jojoba oil. Plus, the formula has natural peptides that keeps lips healthy and plump. The lipstick has nice pigmentation and a rich satin finish.

The Lip Addiction Lip Gloss ($17) is a moisturizing, shiny gloss that isn’t the least bit sticky. In fact, the slip is terrific and I love how it makes my lips feel. Plus, these have my favorite doe-foot applicator and the same natural peptides as the lipstick. The formula for both the lipstick and the lip gloss is great, and the nude shades are outstanding.

It’s not easy for me to pull off nude, in every sense of the word. When it comes to my lippie addiction, I am constantly searching for the right nude lip that doesn’t wash me out or make me look like I stopped breathing about ten minutes ago. I have to say that the In the Buff  collection has awesome shades that look great alone and even better when combined. Here are my favorite combinations.

In the Buff Lipstick

In the Buff Lipstick

Naked Lip Gloss

Naked Lip Gloss

Top to bottom:  In the Buff Lipstick, Naked Lip Gloss, then Naked over In the Buff

Top to bottom: In the Buff Lipstick, Naked Lip Gloss, then Naked over In the Buff

In the Buff Lipstick is a peachy/brown cream nude. It actually applies a little darker than I expected, which is good because too light and my already thin lips disappear. Naked Lip Gloss is a creamy, milky peach. I can’t get away with wearing it alone – but I adore it layered over In the Buff.  This combination creates a fabulous peach that is glossy and understated – the perfect partner for a smoky eye.

Toast Lipstick

Toast Lipstick

Addict Lip Gloss

Addict Lip Gloss

Top to bottom:  Toast, Addict, then Addict over Toast

Top to bottom: Toast, Addict, then Addict over Toast

Toast Lipstick is a warm rosy brown that really shines. Addict Lip Gloss is peach with golden shimmers…it brings me right back to a few years ago when the Pantone color of the year was tangerine.  Layer Addict over Toast and it creates a fantastic neutral tangerine that is super flattering.

If you already has a lippie addiction like I do, you have been warned – Beauty Addicts is only going to feed that addiction. And if you aren’t already addicted, you will be soon!

Marcia’s side:  I’m not as addicted to lipstick as Lisa is, as a matter of fact I often forget to put on lip color and only realize it when I’m out and about. But a nude lipstick is my favorite and that’s what I normally choose.

I have the Beautifull Lipstick in Shy and with the Lip Addiction Lip Gloss in Playmate. Sort of contradictory terms but that doesn’t make these any less beautiful.

Beauty Addicts Shy lipstick and Playmate lipgloss

Beauty Addicts Shy lipstick and Playmate lipgloss

Beauty Addicts: lipstick alone, gloss alone, combo

Beauty Addicts: lipstick alone, gloss alone, combo

This is a great combination for me whether I want to be “in the buff” or I just want to be me. Easy to wear, moisturizing and they make me feel comfortable.

What I’m really hear to discuss though is the rest of In the Buff: beauty ADDICTS Mineral SheerTINT. This is a true Tinted Moisturizer that isn’t making any pretense about being a BB Cream or a CC Cream (although it has the same qualities).

Beauty Addicts Mineral SheerTINT

Beauty Addicts Mineral SheerTINT

Mineral SheerTINT is color, moisturizer and sunscreen (SPF20) all rolled into one. This fragrance free product has surprisingly good coverage, much better than any TM that I’ve come across. It contains a blend of Ginseng Root Extract, Vitamins A, C, and E and powerful antioxidants. It’s available in 7 shades from Porcelain to Dark. I have it in Light which is actually too yellow for my skin so all you porcelain princesses should be looking at the lightest shade. I love to wear it, but I have to mix a little Face Atelier Zero into it to lighten it for my complexion.

Beauty Addicts SheerTINT in Light

Beauty Addicts SheerTINT in Light

Tinted Moisturizer in Medium

Tinted Moisturizer in Medium

As you can see from the two swatches, it runs dark and a little on the yellow side so keep that in mind when ordering. Mixing in Zero makes this a great shade for me.

Light with some Face Atelier Zero mixed in

Light with some Face Atelier Zero mixed in

The interesting thing that I’ve found when wearing Mineral SheerTINT is that it lasts a long time on my face. It’s surprising to me just how natural and long lasting this is. I’ve been using Skindinavia’s Primer Spray and Kiehl’s Micro Blur so I’m sure that helps but I’ve used those with other BB/CC creams without this success.

Beauty Info Zone is giving double thumbs up to beautyADDICTS for their summertime items. Whether you are in the mood for gloss, lipstick, tinted moisturizer or ALL you’ll be in the right place with these products.

*provided for review

Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending has descended

Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending collection

Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending collection

To get yourself in the mood for the upcoming movie, Jupiter Ascending, starring the gorgeous Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis you can do a few things. You could read the book – except there isn’t a book. You could watch the trailers on Amazon or IMDB. You could purchase the movie poster on Amazon for $19 plus shipping. Or you can do the smart thing and buy the collection from Pur Minerals that’s inspired by the movie Jupiter Ascending.

inside the Jupiter Ascending box

inside the Jupiter Ascending box

Jupiter Ascending was sent for consideration and now I’m getting psyched up for the movie even though I have about 6 months to wait. This collection is the best priced set I’ve seen. For $29.95 you get 3 full size items – an eyeshadow palette that has 6 shades, a pink lip gloss and a black liquid eyeliner.

Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending eyeshadow palette

Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending eyeshadow palette

In the eyeshadow palette there’s a mirror and a small eyeshadow brush along with the 6 shadows named for parts of the movie.

Majesty applies as a pale matte taupe.

Destiny is a matte cream colored eyeshadow that’s sheer and is best as a base or on your browbone.

Night Sky is a slate gray satin

Jupiter (named after Mila Kunis’ character) is a rosy shade. (In some lights it looks more purple.)

Caine (named for Channing Tatum’s character, no wonder it’s my favorite) is a shimmery mocha with subtle gold glitter.

Cosmos is a sheer iridescent white

Majesty, Destiny, Night Sky, Jupiter

Majesty, Destiny, Night Sky, Jupiter

Caine, Cosmos

Caine, Cosmos

Pure Minerals eye with Majesty, Jupiter and Destiny. Outer Space liquid liner

Pure Minerals eye with Majesty, Jupiter and Destiny. Outer Space liquid liner

I found the eyeshadows to be mostly on the sheer side. The only shades with a lot of intensity are Night Sky and Caine. Majesty, the taupe, is the easiest shade to wear and one I love using. I like that there’s a variety of shades with two light shadows, two of medium depth and two with more pigmentation.

Since it’s a collection it also comes with the beautiful iridescent pink gloss, Galaxy, and a black liquid liner in Outer Space. 

Pur Minerals Precision liquid eyeliner and Light Up Lipgloss

Pur Minerals Precision liquid eyeliner and Light Up Lipgloss

The lipgloss is so much fun!! It lights up. It makes me feel like you’ll want to be reapplying this during the movie so sit in the back. The gloss is a very pretty but very light pink that’s a little bit sticky, it has a small amount of iridescent shimmer to it. I’ve found that applying a lipliner all over my lips first is the key to making this show up and last a little longer.

Pur Minerals Galaxy light up lip gloss

Pur Minerals Galaxy light up lip gloss

This fun collection is available at Ulta and Ulta.com, and the Pur Minerals website. If you want to know more about the upcoming movie Wikipedia has the best information, if you want to practice your look for the upcoming movie Pur Minerals has the best information and all for just $29.95! — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 

Ellis Faas exclusive Summer Set of 3 Lip Colors for Net-a-Porter

For this summer, Ellis Faas has created an exclusive set for Net-a-Porter. The set contains three universally loved shades in three different textures. A different product for each moment of a beautiful summer’s day!
  • Ellis Faas Set

    Ellis Faas Set

    The set contains:  Milky Lips L207, Nude Pink: high-pigment lipstick with an incredibly lightweight feel; Glazed Lips L304, Sheer Orange: super high-shine gloss; Hot Lips L401, Bright Red: pigment-rich formula with a non-greasy finish.

    Milky Lips L207 Nude Pink

    Milky Lips L207 Nude Pink

    Glazed Lips L304 Sheer Orange

    Glazed Lips L304 Sheer Orange

    Hot Lips L401 Bright Red

    Hot Lips L401 Bright Red

    All of the Ellis lips products are long-wearing, paraben-free, and packed with pigment. They also have moisturising Candalila Wax and Vitamin E, and of course no animal testing, because these products are “Only Tested On Supermodels”. On sale exclusively at Net-a-Porter.

Three fabulous summer finds for hair, skin, and lips

When I am out and about on a summer day, I need three things:  something cute to keep my hair up and out of my face, a sheer foundation with SPF protection to keep my skin looking great, and a kick-butt lip gloss to brighten my look.  Here’s my trio of fun, fashionable, and fantastic summer must-haves we were sent that I love for this season.

Three summer must haves:  Lumene BB Cream, Scunci Bun Wrap, and Smashbox Be Legendary Lipgloss in Azalea

Three summer must haves: Lumene BB Cream, Scunci Bun Wrap, and Smashbox Be Legendary Lip gloss in Azalea

Since I have long hair, I am always searching for something cute when it gets hot and I need to get my hair up off my neck.  A hair accessory as tiny as the Scunci Bun Wrap suddenly becomes essential.

Scunci Bun Wrap

Scunci Bun Wrap

Wrap your style!

Wrap your style!

being a bun head with my Scunci

being a bun head with my Scunci

Could that blue with white polka dot print be any more adorable?  It looks totally picnic ready.  The Scunci Bun Wrap is actually a wire encased in a pretty, gauzy fabric.  It easily wraps around any ponytail or bun and looks fabulous, even if you are as klutsy as me with hair.  These cute little wraps are found in drugstores like Walgreens or Walmart.

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Cream SPF 20

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Cream SPF 20

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Cream in 01 Light

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Cream in 01 Light

As you can see, the Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Cream in Light is actually more of a medium shade…unfortunately I don’t think those of you with very pale skin will be able to use this.  (It only comes in two shades, Light and Medium.)  But for the rest of us — hooray!  It luminizes, evens skin tone, and protects from UV rays.  I also find it to be incredibly forgiving.  I slap this on using my fingers and it looks great every time.  It is awesome.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Azalea

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Azalea

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Azalea

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Azalea

swatch of Azalea

swatch of Azalea

The new Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss ($20) lives up to its name – this really is some legendary lip gloss.  If you are a lip gloss girl, get yourself several of these STAT.  The formula is incredibly moisturizing and silky, and it lasts longer than any other typical lip gloss I have tried.  I think the shade Azalea is the quintessential summer color.  Azalea is a bright melon pink that is very flattering and so wearable.  It keeps its shine and has a great slip without any stickiness whatsoever.  Be Legendary Lip Gloss comes in 16 different shades, but my recommendation is to make Azalea your first one!

wearing Lumene BB Cream and Smashbox Azalea

wearing Lumene BB Cream and Smashbox Azalea

My Scunci Bun Wrap, Lumene BB Cream, and Smashbox Azalea Lip Gloss make up my summer superhero trio.  What products make your list?  - Lisa

 *sent for editorial consideration

The best eyeshadow, lip gloss, and nail polish for the Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July!  Here is a holiday cosmetics Rorschach test for you.  What do you see in this photo?

photo from sf.funcheap.com

photo from sf.funcheap.com

Did you say patriotic Elvis?  Or did you say inspiration for your Fourth of July cosmetics???

Since you read this blog, I am guessing the latter.  And I’m with you!  Here are my top red, white, and blue eyeshadows, lippies, and nail polishes.

Red white and blue!

All you need for the Fourth of July!

Let’s start with RED.

left to right:

left to right: Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24, tarte cosmetics Lipsurgence lip cream in Promise; Zoya Nail Polish in Lisa

My red choices always tend to be on the ‘berry’ side of the realm.  Face Stockholm has the consummate raspberry red eyeshadow with Pearl Eyeshadow 24 – and yes, it does double duty as a blush.  It even does triple duty as a lip stain when mixed with some clear lip gloss.

Speaking of lippies, my most-loved red for this holiday is tarte cosmetics Lipsurgence Lip Creme in Promise.  This is a chubby lip creme that is self-sharpening and has a slightly minty taste.  It is a primo shiny strawberry red – not too warm or too cool.

My red nail polish choice is – but of course – Zoya in Lisa.  Lisa is the supreme 4th of July red – ruby-red with pink and red shimmer.  It’s fun and festive and not TOO over the top…just like me?  Maybe!

Next is WHITE.  All three of these products should be in every makeup artists bag.  Period.

left to right:

left to right:  Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in White Lies; Whitening Lightning Lip Gloss in Phuket; Cult Nail Polish in Tempest

The cream of the crop white eyeshadow is, hands down, Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in White Lies ($5.99).  This is a pure white matte shade that should be in everyone’s collection.

If you are looking for a true white lip gloss, Whitening Lightning Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Phuket Exotic ($24) is your answer.  This is an opaque white gloss that can be worn alone, or it can be mixed with other colors to create a lighter shade.

My go-to white nail polish is Tempest from Cult Nail Polish ($12).   It’s an absolute pure glossy white, and it looks great on its own or is, of course, perfect for nail art.

Last but not least, BLUE.

left to right;

left to right:  Senna Eye Color Glow in Capri; Whitening Lightning in Bahama; Lacquer Lust in Zircon

I adore blue eyeshadow with brown eyes, and my most cherished blue is Senna Eye Color Glow in Capri ($18). It is the loveliest sapphire blue I have ever seen.

My blue lippie choice is yet another from Whitening Lightning, this one is Bahama Exotic.  Yes, it’s a daring choice, but let me tell you that blue makes your teeth look super white!  If you can pull off blue, this is a lip gloss you need.

I have tons of blue nail polishes (can’t say that about lip products, ha!) so this was a difficult choice…but ultimately Laquer Lust’s Zircon ($12.50) won out.  This teal blue with microshimmer was part of the infamous Birthstone Collection, and lucky us it’s still available thanks to a relaunch!  The color is simply stunning, and the reflection from all those fireworks will only make it even better.

For those who would rather categorize by product type, here is the lowdown.

left to right:

left to right:  Whitening Lightning Bahama; tarte cosmetics promise; Whitening Lightning Phuket

left to right:

left to right:  Bahama, promise, Phuket

Top Three Fourth of July Lippies:

1.  Whitening Lightening Bahama Exotic

2.  tarte Lipsurgence promise lip creme

3.  Whitening Lightning Phuket Exotic

left to right:

left to right:  Senna Capri; Makeup Geek White Lies; Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24

left to right:

left to right:  Capri, White Lies, Pearl Eyeshadow 24

Top Three Fourth of July Eyeshadows:

1.  Senna Capri

2.  Makeup Geek White Lies

3.  Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24

left to right:

left to right:  Zoya Lisa, Cult Nail Tempest; Lacquer Lust Zircon

left to right:

left to right:  Lisa, Tempest, Zircon

Top Three Fourth of July Nail Polishes:

1.  Zoya Lisa

2.  Cult Nails Tempest

3.  Lacquer Lust Zircon

Get into the holiday spirit today with some red, white, and blue eyes, lips, and nails.  And Happy Fourth of July from Beauty Info Zone!  - Lisa

*some products sent for editorial consideration

Happy Fourth of July!!

Happy Fourth of July!!