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!!

butter LONDON Lolly Brights collection LIPPY Sheer glosses too

I recently reviewed the very beautiful butter LONDON Lolly Brights nail lacquers in Stroppy and Lolly. In that collection butter LONDON also has some beautiful cosmetics including lip glosses, eye pencils, mascara, cream blush and cream eyeshadow. If you want bright then this is the place to go. Beside the two nail polishes I was sent the 3 LIPPY Sheer Lip Glosses so we both could see just how beautiful they are.

butter LONDON Lolly Brights collection

butter LONDON Lolly Brights collection

butter LONDON has come a long way with their glosses. When they first came out they created some beautiful shades but the glosses were strongly scented and extremely sticky. They changed the formula and what you’ll find now with all to these are moisturizing glosses that have a light sweet scent that doesn’t last.

butter LONDON Twee, Chuffed and Stroppy

butter LONDON Twee, Chuffed and Stroppy

Imagine my delight when I saw how the glosses matched the polishes. Twee is reminiscent of Lolly aka Disco Biscuit, Chuffed is another of the beautiful metallic nail lacquers in the collection and Stroppy is … well Stroppy. All three of these are sheer glosses but can be worn alone as well as over a lipstick.

Twee lip gloss

Twee lip gloss

Twee is named after one of the original Jelly polishes from butter LONDON. It’s a sheer magenta that has teeny weeny bits of shimmer that shine but don’t feel harsh.

Stroppy LIPPY Sheer

Stroppy LIPPY Sheer

Stroppy is the sheerest of the group. For me this is best to apply over a lipstick. With this almost radiant orchid shade you can cool down a warm lipstick or intensify the coolness of a cool one. It’s super shiny.

Chuffed butter LONDON Sheer Lippy

Chuffed butter LONDON Sheer Lippy

Chuffed is considered a tangerine. It’s a very easy to wear color even if you are afraid of this color family. Because of its sheerness it doesn’t impart a scary orangey color. Even though Radiant Orchid was named the Pantone Color of the Year, I’m finding that I’m seeing this type of tangerine/coral/orange shade just about everywhere.

Stroppy, Twee, Chuffed butter LONDON

Stroppy, Twee, Chuffed butter LONDON

Stroppy, Twee and Chuffed

Stroppy, Twee and Chuffed

You can find these glosses ($20) at Ulta, butterlondon.com, and macys.com. Have some fun this summer with these LIPPY Sheers and the Lolly Brights collection; I certainly am and will continue to do so. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

Makeup Wars loves peach and coral lip colors

Welcome to a new Makeup Wars celebrating peach and coral lip shades. We know that spring is the best time to bring out our prettiest lip colors. I’m not a big coral lip lover but some corals are light enough for me. What I do love though are peach shades and peachy pink shades. My list today contains some of those favorites plus 2 wishlist items.
1. MAKE COSMETICS Flesh lipgloss and Deep Flesh lipstick are the first two shades I pulled when I was deciding on this list. Deep Flesh lipstick is on the dark side for me but with Flesh lipgloss on top it’s the epitome of springness.*
2. MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N37 is described as an iridescent icy coral. I love the sheerness of this shade and that it has a touch of pink to the coral. It glistens!
3. TARTE LIPSURGENCE LIP TINTS are favorites in all of the shades. I love tarte lip crayons and especially Tipsy and Fearless. Tipsy (3rd swatch) is a beautiful coral that’s not too dark while Fearless (4th swatch) is a peachy pink coral.*
4. BEAUTE’ COSMETICS LUMINOUS VOLUME GLOSS IN CHIMERA has long been one of my favorite glosses. I bought most of the Beaute’ glosses when they first became available and they are ones I reach for often. Chimera is an iridescent salmon pink.
5. ARDENCY INN NATURAL LIP PENCIL IN BOWERY is described as a light nude with pink undertones but it’s actually a peach both on my hand and lips. These pencils from Ardency Inn are similar to the nudes of Hourglass but a little smoother and less expensive.
6. BEAUTE COSMETICS LUMINOUS VOLUME GLOSS IN ELITIST is another of my favorites from Beaute. Elitist is described as a sophisticated tawny shade. I wear it when I’ve chosen warm shades and want a beautiful peach shade.
7. NARS TASMANIA LIPGLOSS is a wishlist item. Of all the new Nars shades I’ve seen Tasmania’s pink cantaloupe shade is the one I’m most drawn to and will pick up once it’s at Sephora.
8. BITE BEAUTY HIGH PIGMENT PENCIL IN BOUQUET is another wishlist item. Since it’s a matte shade (and not the one shown in my beauty set unfortunately) I want to test it first to make sure I like the look. I know I like the color!
Do you have a favorite peach or coral lipstick, one that even thin lip ladies might like? — Marcia
*some items are PR samples

Let’s see what the other Makeup Wars ladies love:

Beyond gorgeous: Lipstick Queen Vesuvius Bare, Coral, and Fuschia

Already a huge hit in my book, today I have three more shades of the ultra fabulous Lipstick Queen Vesuvius Liquid Lipstick.  The shades Red and Blush are reviewed HERE, and today I have three more shades for you:  Bare, Coral, and Fuchsia.

Just a quick summary of these amazing lippies – they are the perfect hybrid lipstick/lip gloss, with powerful pigmentation and fantastic lasting power. They are thick and emollient with perfect slip and mouth feel. I love, love, love them. You will want to collect every shade so you can have super hot lips that match every outfit.

Vesuvian Bare is a shimmery golden nude.

Vesuvian Bare

Vesuvian Bare

Vesuvian Bare

Vesuvian Bare swatched

Vesuvian Bare

wearing Vesuvian Bare

I adore this shade. It has an opalescent peachy tint to it and golden shimmer, and it’s gorgeous for those with pigmented lips. For me, the color is a little light to wear on its own, but I love it over soft pink lip liner with smoky eyes and some bronzer. And it totally rocks over the other shades in the Vesuvius range.

Vesuvian Coral is a fiery red-toned coral.

Vesuvian Coral

Vesuvian Coral

Vesuvian Coral

Vesuvian Coral swatched

Vesuvian Coral

wearing Vesuvian Coral

Coral is not always an easy shade for me to wear, but this is really pretty – it definitely makes teeth look super white. The pigmentation is crazy high, so you only need the tiniest bit for tons of color. I think this is one that will change with your body chemistry, leaning red on some people, or else leaning orange like it does on me.

Vesuvian Fuchsia is a bright hot pink.

Vesuvian Fuschia

Vesuvian Fuchsia

Vesuvian Fuschia swatched

Vesuvian Fuchsia swatched

Vesuvian Fuschia

wearing Vesuvian Fuchsia

The blue-toned pink is bold but surprisingly wearable, even with my thin lips. It is a perfect shade for the season, and I can’t wait to pair this with a deep faux tan for summer!

The only Vesuvius shade I have left to discover is Vesuvian Candy, which sounds like the shade for those who aren’t into bolder colors. Which shade of Vesuvius are you lusting after?  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Pretty Pinks Lip Lacquer Trio from Senna Cosmetics

Pretty Pinks, a trio of pink shades from Senna Cosmetics, is a fantastic value with a great selection of shades for spring. Right now you can get all three shades for only $39 - normally they would cost $60.

Pretty Pinks

Senna Pretty Pinks

I have been a big fan of  Senna Lip Lacquers for a long time. The texture is thick but not sticky. That said, Lip Lacquers certainly ‘stick’ around longer than most lip glosses on me.  They also have a hint of vanilla flavor, which I find quite pleasant. Lip Lacquers are very moisturizing with Shea Butter, Grape Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil and Mango Seed Butter.

Belladonna

Belladonna Lip Lacquer

wearing Belladonna

wearing Belladonna

Belladonna is the lightest shade of the three. It’s a sparkling pink prism with a bit of iridescence that makes teeth look whiter. There is enough depth from the shimmer to wear this shade alone, but it is truly awesome layered over any matte lip shade.

Flaunt

Flaunt Lip Lacquer

wearing Flaunt

wearing Flaunt

Flaunt is a rose-pink with just a hint of shimmer. This is a very natural shade that is perfect for a casual daytime look. It is also stunning layered over a deeper lip shade.

Chic Pink

Chic Pink Lip Lacquer

Wearing Chic Pink

Wearing Chic Pink

Chic Pink, a lively pink glow, is the deepest of the three shades. It is such a pretty pink, very shimmery and shiny without being too over the top or too Barbie Doll pink.

All three shades are gorgeous and right on trend for spring. This set gets a huge thumbs up – Pretty Pinks is a pretty good deal that shouldn’t be missed!  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Whitening Lightning Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss

The teeth brightening lip gloss from Whitening Lightning called Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss has a lot going for it, most notably the packaging. It is also on sale big time – normally this high concept lip gloss goes for a spendy $38 per tube, but right now it is on sale for $24 each or you can get three for $45. That’s just $15 per lip gloss, which makes this very fancy lip gloss way more affordable.

Whitening Lightning

Whitening Lightning Color Your Smile Lip Gloss

A huge factor in the appeal of these lip glosses is the packaging.  The lip gloss lights up for ease of application, and the tubes have a mirror on the side so you can see what you are doing. At first I thought it was kind of gimmicky, but I am amazed at how convenient and helpful these features are!

handy mirror on the base

handy mirror on the base

the lights go on when you take off the cap

the lights go on when you take off the cap

So you can apply your lip gloss with total ease!

So you can apply your lip gloss with total ease!

Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss has the best packaging I have ever tried in a lip gloss. Period.

The lip gloss itself is excellent. The colors I tested were flattering with shine and a nice amount of pigment. They have wonderful slip and feel great on the lips, and the formula includes collagen peptides to help plump the lips without that stinging sensation.

There are eleven different shades available and I tried Nude, Salmon, and Vilu.

Whitening Lightning in Nude

Whitening Lightning Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Nude

Whitening Lightning Nude lips

Whitening Lightning Color Your Smile Nude lips

NUDE is Whitening Lightning’s best-selling shade. It’s a creamy peachy-beige opaque gloss with a lot of shine.  It’s great for a casual look or paired with dramatic eyes.

Whitening Lightning in Salmon

Whitening Lightning Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Salmon

Whitening Lightning Salmon lips

Whitening Lightning Color Your Smile Salmon lips

SALMON is an opaque peach with orange undertones  It is a pretty, girly shade that I reach for over and over. I know this is going to be my go-to gloss in the spring when I start faux-tanning again.

Whitening Lightning Vilu

Whitening Lightning Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Vilu

Whitening Lightning Vilu lips

Whitening Lightning Color Your Smile Vilu lips

VILU is definitely more for the ‘whitening’ than for the color, which is a sheer shimmery plum. It’s great for a natural look and I love it over matte lipsticks for a little more depth.

Top to bottom:  Nude, Salmon, Vilu

Top to bottom: Nude, Salmon, Vilu

All of the shades are designed to make teeth look brighter and whiter, which certainly can’t hurt! There are several other fun looking shades that I am dying to try, like Bahama Exotic, an opaque creamy pastel purple, Borneo Exotic, a rich full coverage black gloss, and Phuket Exotic, a creamy opaque white gloss.

Overall, the packaging is amazing, the lip gloss is terrific, and the sale price is excellent. So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Whitening Lightning to check out the Color Your Smile lip glosses!  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration