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 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 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

Top Ten Tuesday – time for Red Lips

top ten tuesday

It’s said that there’s a red lipstick that’s made for everyone. Some of us rock red lips, some of us fear red lips, but we can’t deny that the color red is a striking color that will get attention. I’ve gone through the archives of Beauty Info Zone and found 10 red lipsticks and glosses that I think are gorgeous. You’ll notice that most of my choices are cool toned and some are reds that verge on the edge of pink. That’s my comfort zone even though you won’t find me wearing red lips that often. I hope you can find a red that you like out of my choices for Top Ten Tuesday. — Marcia

These are not in any particular order, I’m describing them clockwise from the upper left corner.

1. Makeup Geek Lipstick in Fearless – This particular lipstick was part of a set that’s no longer on the Makeup Geek site although the shade Captivating is one that is close yet a little more orange. Makeup Geek prices her products so competitively that you can’t help but be attracted to this cruelty free independent brand.

2. Starlooks Lipstick in Masquerade – Masquerade was part of a Starbox subscription and it surprised me to no end. I never thought that I’d be able to pull off this red shade yet it turned out to be a favorite. This might have been exclusive to that month’s box but take a look at Angelina from Starlooks if you want a gorgeous red.

3. Gleam Lip Radiance (by Melanie Mills) in Unstoppable – Currently Unstoppable is my favorite red lip. It’s described on their site as a coral red but it’s a true red on me. It’s an opaque gloss that isn’t sticky on my lips.

4. Senna Maraschino Lip Lacquer – This is a stunning color that Senna brought out this past winter. It’s a cherry red with some golden shimmer. It’s a bold color but it’s so beautiful that I don’t care that it takes me out of my comfort zone.

5. IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Butter in Darling – I’m cheating here since Darling is going to look pink on a lot of people but on me it looks red. A pinky red but red. If you want sheer lipsticks that are incredibly hydrating and have anti-aging properties then the Vitality Lip Flush Butters are for you. They come in 3 shades and all are great.

6. Frankie Rose Cosmetics Sangria Gloss – As soon as I saw Lisa’s review on Frankie Rose my eyes instantly went to Sangria Gloss. It’s more of a liquid lipstick in feel and it has a little shimmer to give it some fullness. This shade makes me want to look good in red lips.

7. Face Stockholm Lipstick in Summer – I can’t rave enough about the Face Stockholm brand and their lipsticks are in those raves. Summer is a berry pink that falls in the red range to me. It’s beautifully pigmented and a stunner.

8. Lipstick Queen Medieval – Lipstick Queen was practically put on the map with Medieval. It was one of Poppy King’s original lipsticks and it is as beautiful today as when she first created it. If you want to go a little lighter you could try Jean Queen as it has more pink to it.

9. Lipstick Queen Metal Wine – The Metal lipsticks are the newest lipstick launch from Lipstick Queen. I haven’t seen Metal Red though it is probably stunning if Metal Wine is any indication of the beauty of this new line of lipsticks. Metal Wine is described as a deep burgundy and Metal Red as a Metallic Pillarbox Red.

10. Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge Lip Color in Iconic Red – Well the name tells you instantly what to expect. Make Up For Ever has a beautiful line of long lasting lip colors and the star for many is Iconic Red. On one side of the tube is the color while the other side has a gloss. Lisa reviewed this and called it a true cherry red. It’s a true face brightener.

Are any of these reds in your favorite list? What IS your favorite red lip? Now go enjoy the picks of the other bloggers. I think this is going to be a fun Top Ten set! — Marcia

Celebrate Valentine’s Day and support BCA Awareness with the Evelyn Lauder Dream Lip Collection

Estee Lauder Dream Lips

Evelyn Lauder Dream Lip Collection

Valentine’s Day, also known as ‘the holiday of love’, is just around the corner. How about getting beautiful, luscious pink lips while also supporting Breast Cancer Awareness? The Evelyn Lauder Dream Lip Collection supports The BCA Campaign’s mission to defeat breast cancer through education and medical research.

The theme is “Let’s Defeat Breast Cancer.  We’re Stronger Together.” The EL company is now increasing action by promoting this awareness through awesome products year round, not just in October. They also have an excellent digital awareness campaign called “Circle of Strength”, check it out here:

EL Dream Lips Collection

EL Dream Lip Collection

Dream Lips clutch, lipstick, and roller ball gloss

Dream Lip clutch, Pure Color Rubellite Lipstick, and Pure Color Sheer RollerGloss in Hot Pink.  Total hotness!

I am loving their Valentine’s Day gift that gives back, the Evelyn Lauder Dream Lip Collection ($29.50; 20% is donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation ®). This Elizabeth Hurley inspired set is a great combination of pink, gloss, and gold that will quickly become a girl’s best friend! The clutch is a stylish, pretty two-toned textured pink with gold accents. This clutch is a perfect size, very roomy, and is total hotness with a little black dress.

Inside are two lippies:  Pure Color Lipstick in Rubellite and Pure Color Sheer RollerGloss in Hot Pink.


Pure Color Lipstick in Rubellite


Rubellite Lipstick

The Pure Color Lipstick in Rubellite is a cool-toned medium raspberry pink. It has a light golden shimmer. The texture is wonderfully creamy and this is a full coverage lipstick that has lots of lasting power. It doesn’t smell or taste like anything, which is something to consider when buying a gift for someone. I love the shade, and I especially love it with the limited-edition Pure Color Sheer RollerGloss in Hot Pink layered over it.


Pure Color RollerGloss in Hot Pink


check out the rollerball…awesome!

The LE Pure Color Sheer RollerGloss in Hot Pink is a very lightly tinted pink gloss with golden shimmer. I can’t tell you how much I love this gloss!! The retro rollerball applicator brings me back to my teens in a good way, and the gloss is outstanding. I love the slip and feel of it, it’s not sticky and it makes lips feel amazing. It’s just thick enough and it’s pretty addictive since I can’t stand having dry lips. This is limited edition, so I totally recommend getting this set – and I want extras of the RollerGloss in Hot Pink, it’s that awesome.


swatched – Rubellite on top, Hot Pink on bottom

You can find this fantastic set HERE. The Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Lip Collection is a wonderful – and gorgeous –  way to celebrate a day of love!  - Lisa

*pr sample

One day sale! tarte Shades of Clay Collection, February 4 on QVC

The tarte Shades of Clay Collection, a one day only sale on QVC, is definitely one of the best sales/collections I have ever come across. The Today’s Special Value® is only available at its special price until 11:59 p.m. PT on February 4, 2014 while quantity remains. The TSV Price is $59.96, and the total value of this terrific collection is $202.00.

tarte shades of clay collection

tarte shades of clay collection

inside the shades of clay collection

inside the shades of clay collection

The Shades of Clay Collection includes:

  • 0.68-oz colored clay SPF 15 liquid foundation and 0.51-oz colored clay CC primer in Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, or Deep
  • 0.31-oz clay blush bronzer in Pink Bronze
  • 0.27-oz LipSurgence Lip Gloss in True Love, a sheer raspberry shade
  • 0.10-oz clay eyeliner in Black
  • 0.24-fl oz lights, camera, LASHES mascara in Black
  • Bamboo foundation brush
  • Bonus Makeup bag
all the goodies inside

all the goodies inside

I have been using every single item in this collection every day since receiving it and it gets an A+ from me. This set is a seven-piece collection that features colored clay for a whole routine that creates a natural, glowy look. The set is pretty much everything you need for a full face of gorgeousness. It’s fantastic.

I also found a little gift inside, a crystal stone necklace from @Akitching ‘s jewelry line, Crystal Cactus. Wow, is this stunning!!

crystal stone necklace from @Akitching ‘s jewelry line, Crystal Cactus

crystal stone necklace from @Akitching ‘s jewelry line, Crystal Cactus

wearing my gorgous necklace

wearing my gorgeous Crystal Cactus necklace

Amethyst is my birthstone, so I was really happy to find this jewel inside that huge raspberry makeup bag.

What else was inside?  The truly unique colored clay CC primer.

CC Primer

CC Primer

CC Primer

CC Primer that includes color correcting lavender and green

CC Primer swatch

CC Primer swatch

Mine is in shade light. This is a color-correcting stick that neutralizes imperfections, brightens the complexion, and primes skin for foundation. Just smooth it on and then tap it in with fingers. The CC primer melts right in and creates a perfect canvas for foundation application.

Once you have primed with the CC primer, next up is the colored clay liquid foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 (a World-wide Launch, by the way!) using the bamboo liquid foundation brush.

colored clay liquid foundation

colored clay liquid foundation

colored clay liquid foundation - see the mesh?

colored clay liquid foundation – see the mesh?

swatch of Light shade

swatch of Light shade

bamboo foundation brush

bamboo liquid foundation brush

The colored clay foundation with broad spectrum SPF 15 coverage gives medium but buildable coverage with a satin finish. The bamboo foundation brush is stellar – just press in onto the mesh sifter inside the foundation container then buff onto skin, going from the center out.

Follow that with the colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze (yet another World-wide Launch).

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze

colored clay bronzer blush up close

colored clay bronzer blush up close

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze swatched

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze swatched

I can hear all the oohs and aahs and this beaut certainly deserves it! It’s a combination of pinks and golds that warms the complexion and adds a natural glow. Dust it all over for instant warmth, and layer it on the cheeks as a blush.

Moving on up to the eyes, line with the colored clay eyeliner in black (woohoo, another World-wide Launch!) followed by two coats of the stupendous lights, camera, LASHES™ 4-in-1 mascara in Black.

mascara and eyeliner

lights, camera, lashes 4 in 1 mascara and cc eyeliner

CC eyeliner in black

CC eyeliner in black

eye look with eyeliner and mascara

eye look with CC eyeliner and lights, camera, LASHES mascara

For my eye look above, I am wearing a wash of MAC Painterly. I defined and lined my top lash line and waterline with the new colored clay eye liner in Black, which is a velvety eyeliner that truly glides on easily. Then, I finished with two coats of  lights, camera, LASHES(TM) 4-in-1 mascara. This is a seriously fantastic mascara, one of my top mascaras ever.  It gives great length, volume, and curl, plus it never smears on me. Love it.

The final touch for your tarte Shades of Clay look? The golden raspberry LipSurgence™ lip gloss in true love (can I get a World-wide Launch here?)

lip gloss

LipSurgence lip gloss in true love

eyeliner and lip gloss swatched

CC eyeliner and LipSurgence true love swatched

lip gloss on

true love lip gloss on

LipSurgence(TM) Lip Gloss in true love is a wonderfully flattering sheer raspberry shade with tiny golden shimmers. It has great slip and feels terrific on – this has found a permanent home in my purse.

My tarte shades of clay FOD

My tarte shades of clay FOD

I think every product is a winner and the shades are incredibly flattering. Plus, at this price you just can’t go wrong! Set your timer, leave yourself a note, do something so you don’t miss this sale. Again, the Today’s Special Value® is only available at its special price until 11:59 p.m. PT on February 4, 2014 while quantity remains. You will be glad you remembered!  - Lisa

*pr samples

FACE atelier Lip Glaze review and swatches

FACE atelier, a favorite line of pro makeup artists, has some extremely impressive lip gloss called Lip Glaze ($26).   It’s extraordinary stuff – super smooth, highly pigmented, and fabulously glossy.   It’s remarkably long-lasting without being sticky.



We were sent three $1 sample jars (which actually have a fair amount of product in them) so I can’t speak about the applicator.  However, the tubes are twice the size of most lip glosses so they are a really great deal.  Here are three gorgeous color selections:

Face Atelier Ice

Face Atelier Ice

Ice is like liquid diamonds for your lips.  It is VERY shimmery, in fact I think a photo of this is next to the definition of ‘shimmery’ in the dictionary.  I adore it…it’s fantastic on its own, and magical when mixed with any shade of lipstick.  FACE atelier has a great tip for this:  place a drop of Ice Lip Glaze directly onto the bullet of your favorite FACE Lipstick. Mix with a small, synthetic brush (Essential Brush #5) to create a dazzling liquid lip color.

Face Atelier Dianthus

Face Atelier Dianthus

Dianthus is a rosy pink with silver shimmer.  SWOON!  Oh my this is gorgeous.  It’s a beautiful shade that makes lips shiny and lush.



Enigma is a milky peach nude with small golden shimmers.  It’s beautiful for a natural look, and it mixes especially well with matte peach lipstick to create a liquid lipstick.

Lip Glaze swatches left to right:  Dianthus, Ice, Enigma

Lip Glaze swatches left to right: Dianthus, Ice, Enigma

different lighting, left to right:  Enigma, Dianthus, Ice

different lighting, left to right: Enigma, Dianthus, Ice

I also love that the Lip Glaze is both fragrance and flavor free.  In addition to Ice, Dianthus, and Enigma there are 14 more shades available.  I am totally lemming Peach, Paradise (a yummy looking coral shade) and Plum.  Which shades look great to you?  Check out the website and order yourself some sample jars to check them out!  - Lisa

*sample jars sent by FACE atelier

A very daring Side by Side: Senna Winter 2013 Do You Dare? Collection

Senna asks "Do You Dare?"

Senna asks “Do You Dare?”

Senna Cosmetics has a daring new collection for Winter 2013 called the Do You Dare? Collection.  It’s all about power lips and lavish eyes.  They sent the collection to the BIZ for review and now the question is … do Lisa and Marcia dare?? Let’s see what they say!

Lisa’s Side:

WOW, these are definitely daring colors for powerful lips! I think you will agree, this Senna Cosmetics selection has some of the prettiest, most wearable reds out there. The lip selections include Lip Liner in Crimson ($18), Cream Lipstick in Venetian Red ($20), and Lip Lacquer in Maraschino ($20).

Senna Do You Dare lips

Senna Do You Dare? lips

Each one is great on its own and they complement one another so you can mix and match. For a mega power look, combine all three.


Senna Lip Liner in Crimson

Senna Crimson Lip Liner

Senna Crimson Lip Liner

Crimson Lip Liner is a classic red. This lip liner is a traditional liner, although the formula has a slightly soft texture so it doesn’t drag on the lips. Lining with this beautiful red shade will keep other lip products from feathering. It also looks great alone with some clear gloss on top. An added plus, the formula includes antioxidants to keep lips healthy.


Senna Venetian Red Cream Lipstick


Venetian Red swatch

Venetian Red Lipstick is a flame red cream. It is a beautiful red that leans a little warm. I love the creamy formula, which is moisturizing yet long wearing at the same time. It’s also good for your lips with Vitamin E, Shea Butter, and Jojoba Oil.


Senna Maraschino Lip Lacquer


Maraschino Lip Lacquer swatch

Maraschino Lip Lacquer is a cherry red with golden shimmer. This is so gorgeous!! I love it all by itself, although it’s also fabulous over the lip liner or lipstick. I adore Senna Lip Lacquers. The formula is thick but not the least bit sticky. It tastes of vanilla and is wonderfully hydrating with Shea Butter, Grape Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil and Mango Seed Butter.

Even though red lips aren’t typical for me, I am definitely daring to go red this season with these beautiful shades!

 Marcia’s Side:



What an incredible daring look Senna has come out with to delight your visual senses. It’s a gorgeous winter look that will get you through holiday parties, a sexy Valentine’s Day celebration or just when you want to show your strength and beauty. Lisa had the pleasure of showing you what the gorgeous red lips are all about and now I’ll show you the eyes.

There are three products that make up the eye look for Senna Do You Dare?: Silver Lining Glow eyeshadow ($18), Pinpoint Micro Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Black ($20), and the volumizing mascara ($22), Voluptulash. The 3 work together to give you drama without bold colors.

Silver Lining eyeshadow is in the Glow formula which means there’s some shimmer to the shadow. You can use it wet or dry, I tend to use it dry over my eyeshadow primer. The color is darker than a typical silver but if you pat it on lightly you’ll end up with a soft silver shimmer that sparkles. I like my eyeshadows darker so I like to use a firm brush and dab it on blending the dabs together as I go. I finish my browbone area with a barely there white since I want some contrast.

Senna Silver Lining eyeshadow

Senna Silver Lining eyeshadow

Senna Silver Lining eyeshadow

Senna Silver Lining eyeshadow

There is a little sparkle fall out which is why I always do my eyes first. What you’ll find on your face when you are done though is tiny bits of sparkle that help with a holiday look. What I especially like about Silver Lining is that I can use it lightly or darker.

Next I put on eyeliner and Senna’s Pinpoint Micro Top Liquid Eyeliner is top notch. Lately I’ve been on a liquid eyeliner binge. I’ve been collecting them, wearing them every day and testing them out. I have a lot to compare to this one and I have to tell you that Senna’s Pinpoint Liquid is coming out on top. It’s a dark black even though my picture is going to look on the brown side – believe me, it’s black on my eye. You can adjust the thickness of the line without any problem just by the way you hold the brush. I wear it just like this beautiful (photoshopped) picture.

Senna Pinpoint Micro Tip Liquid Eyeliner daily look

Senna Pinpoint Micro Tip Liquid Eyeliner daily look

For the Do You Dare? look though you want to do a cat eye look – if you dare that is.

Senna Pinpoint Micro Tip Liquid Eyeliner cateye

Senna Pinpoint Micro Tip Liquid Eyeliner cat eye

Senna Pinpoint Micro Tip Liquid Eyeliner

Senna Pinpoint Micro Tip Liquid Eyeliner

Sena Pinpoint Micro Tip Liquid Eyeliner

Senna Pinpoint Micro Tip Liquid Eyeliner

You’ll be hearing more about this eyeliner since it’s one of the best I’ve tried. Senna says it lasts for 14 hours but I can get much longer wear on my top eye lashes and about 12 on the bottom.

The mascara, Voluptulash, isn’t a new mascara but it is one you’ll want to try out. I reviewed Voluptulash with the Bewitching Beauty collection over a year ago and I’m glad to have a new one to use. The brush on the mascara is what makes this so sensational. It’s a helix shape and it builds volume better than other mascaras I’ve tried. Senna’s tips are perfect to follow for the most volume and drama:

Place brush at eyelash base, wiggle brush side to side and then sweep out to lash tips. Reapply as desired.

Maximize lash thickness with three easy steps:

1: Side swipe: After coating lashes with the mascara wand held horizontally, tilt it vertically and use the wand tip like a windshield wiper side to side onto lash tips. This super coats each lash.

2: Sweep up: Always follow the side swipe with a sweep up holding brush horizontally at the lash base. This achieves good lash separation.

Senna Voluptulash mascara's helix brush

Senna Voluptulash mascara’s helix brush

That’s it – 3 pieces to create a perfect yet daring eye that can also be worn on a daily basis with just a little dialing down. Three pieces to create a beautiful red mouth that will stop people in their tracks, but can also be dialed down to just sort of make them stare admiringly. Senna has created another beautiful collection and YES you should dare!

Save 10% when you purchase the entire collection! $118.00 Value for only $106.20. includes one each of: Crimson Lip Liner, Venetian Red Cream Lipstick, Maraschino Lip Lacquer, Silver Lining Glow Eye Color, Pinpoint Micro Tip Eyeliner, and Voluptulash Mascara.

Currently there is a gift with purchase, with a $75 order you’ll receive Senna’s Moisture Lip Treatment Balm.

*sent for review

*some pictures are from the Senna Cosmetics website