WIN a PUR Cosmetics Freedom Collection!

Pur Minerals Freedom Collection

Pur Cosmetics Freedom Collection

To continue celebrating our sixth year of blogging, we have a fabulous giveaway for the Limited Edition Freedom Collection by PUR Cosmetics. This beautiful set that was inspired by The Divergent Series: Allegiant –  The third installment of the blockbuster Divergent series franchise, ALLEGIANT takes Tris [Shailene Woodley] and Four [Theo James] into a new world, far more dangerous than ever before.”                                                                                           PR sample

Win a PUR Cosmetics Freedom Collection!

Win a PUR Cosmetics Freedom Collection!

This set is an amazing value at just $39 and contains these nude essentials:

PUR Cosmetics Air Perfection Foundation in Medium

PUR Cosmetics Air Perfection Foundation in Medium

  • Your shade of Air Perfection – a compact cushion foundation perfect for lightweight, long-lasting coverage with effortless application
PUR Cosmetics Double Ego Eyeliner in Tasmania

PUR Cosmetics Double Ego Eyeliner in Tasmania

  • Double Ego Eyeliner in Tasmania– a 2-in-1 dual-ended chocolate eyeliner ideal for creating your favorite looks from sultry smoky eye to a well-defined cat eye
PUR Cosmetics Lip Gloss Stick in Berry Pretty

PUR Cosmetics Lip Gloss Stick in Berry Pretty

  • Lip Gloss Stick in Berry Pretty– a glossy finish to a nude lip for high-shine lips to lust over
PUR Cosmetics Mini Volume Vixen Mascara

PUR Cosmetics Mini Volume Vixen Mascara

  • Mini Volume Vixen Mascara– a powerhouse of nourishing hydration for a visibly thicker, fuller lashes from root to tip
Swatched from top to bottom: Tasmania chocolate pencil liner, Berry Pretty Lipgloss Stick, Tasmania black felt tip liner, Air Perfection Foundation in Medium

Swatched from top to bottom: Tasmania chocolate pencil liner, Berry Pretty Lip Gloss Stick, Tasmania black felt tip liner, Air Perfection Foundation in Medium

The Air Perfection Foundation is a favorite of mine. This cushion compact foundation convinced me that the cushion is far more than a gimmick and I’ve repurchased it twice. It comes with a refill, and the foundation is fragrance-free. The Double Ego Eyeliner in Tasmania is outstanding. I love using black eyeliner on my upper lid and brown on my lower, so this is perfect! The pencil side is great for the waterline too. The Berry Pretty Lip Gloss Stick is indeed pretty and you can layer it for deeper color. The Volume Vixen Mascara is the only mini-sized product and it’s a wonderful mascara that creates long, thick lashes. The brush has a full side and a flat side, making it great for both upper and lower lashes.

Wearing the PUR Cosmetics Freedom Collection

Wearing the PUR Cosmetics Freedom Collection

I can’t believe this collection is only $39. By itself, the Air Perfection Foundation is $43, Double Ego Eyeliners are $21, and the Lip Gloss Stick is $18. Plus there’s the mini mascara. Purchased separately these items would cost over $82.  AND, here is a link for a coupon:

20% OFF your next order with code 20SPRING16 at PUR Cosmetics. Offer expires April 10th.

You can purchase this Limited Edition set at Purcosmetics.com.  In the meantime, enter our giveaway!

The winner of our PUR Cosmetics Freedom Collection will get to pick their foundation shade – Light, Medium, Tan, or Dark.  To win this you must be a Beauty Info Zone subscriber from the US. This ends on 4/15/16 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time. Since comments are closed please email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it PUR; leave your comment in the email and continue on.   Good luck!!  – Lisa

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Wearable technology: LIT NYC Lip Gloss and Nail Polish

Wearable technology? Makes me think of the Jetsons. Remember how Jane Jetson would wake up a mess and just need to put her ‘morning mask’ on?

Jane Jetson

I’m still waiting for this to be invented. In the meantime, I can hop on over to CVS to pick up some LIT NYC Lip Gloss and Nail Polish for the wearable technology that we do have.

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LIT NYC Lip Gloss and Nail Polish

LIT NYC Lip Gloss and Nail Polish

LIT NYC is inspired by both technology and by New York City, ‘the city that never sleeps’. It debuted exclusively at CVS in January and the packaging is indeed different and very useful.

LIT-NYC-Nail-Polish

The Nail Polish ($7.50) has an LED light in the nail cap so you can paint your nails in the dark, if you so desire. Even in regular light the extra illumination comes in handy (yeah, I know – punny!).

LIT NYC Nail Polish in HOT

LIT NYC Nail Polish in HOT

The LED light in the cap

The LED light in the cap

LIT NYC Nail Polish in HOT

LIT NYC Nail Polish in HOT

It’s not all cool packaging – the polish is long-wearing, high shine, and is free of formaldehyde, camphor, DBP, formaldehyde resin and toluene. It also comes in 24 different shades – pictured is HOT, a shimmery hot pink.

LIT NYC Lip Gloss

The Lip Gloss ($7.50) also has a LED light in the cap, along with a side mirror so you can discreetly and precisely apply it whenever and wherever. There are 12 shades available, some sheer and some cream.

LIT NYC Lip Gloss

Wearing LIT NYC Lip Gloss

Wearing LIT NYC Lip Gloss

I have a berry red cream with shimmer. It feels very comfortable on with nice slip and it stays on longer than the typical lip gloss. The mirror and the light are great, making this affordable lip gloss a terrific drug store find.

While this wearable technology isn’t quite as amazing as Jane Jetson’s ‘morning mask’, the LED lighting makes LIT NYC Nail Polish and Lip Gloss well worth a trip to CVS…just wishing I had a flying car to get there!  – Lisa

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EMMA New York Upper West Praline Lip Gloss

Emma New YorkI recently tested the lip gloss that is a part of the EMMA New York Evening Glamour collection ($49), available at Macy’s. The collection looks gorgeous – it includes:

  • Eye Shadow Wall Street White, Bowery Cocoa, Central Park Silver, Grand Central Grey
  • Cheek Color East Side Peach
  • Lipstick Soho Spice
  • Lip Gloss Upper West Praline
  • Cheek Brush features a tapered head

Emma New York 2

All of the products are made from natural ingredients and the collection is meant to take you from ‘drab to fab in a New York minute‘. I can’t tell you if the whole collection does this, but I can tell you about the Upper West Praline Lip Gloss (sold separately for $18).

EMMA New York Upper West Praline

EMMA New York Upper West Praline

Upper West Praline is a pretty, sheer lip gloss that gives a slight peachy tint with shine and golden shimmer.  The formula has lots of nourishing ingredients that hydrate and protect lips, and it provides a nice slip without stickiness.

EMMA New York Upper West Praline

EMMA New York Upper West Praline

This is a nice shade for an uncomplicated, natural look.  I am interested in trying out the other products in the collection – that eye shadow/blush palette in particular looks great; I love the unusual mix of colors. Upper West Praline is probably really pretty over the Soho Spice lipstick, too.

Have you tried this collection? Does it take you from drab to fab in a New York minute??  – Lisa

 *sent for editorial consideration

The EMMA New York Evening Glamour Kit retails for $49.00 exclusively at Macy’s.

Walking on the wild side with Lipstick Queen

Lipstick Queen
I recently went a little crazy with an Ulta order and decided to walk on the wild side with Lipstick Queen. I ordered four of the craziest colors I could find to add something fun and different to my lippie collection: Frog Prince, Ice Queen, Hey Sailor Lip Gloss, and Seven Deadly Sins Lip Gloss in Decadence.

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince swatch

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince swatch

Frog Prince ($25) is, as any self-respecting frog would be, green. But only initially. Once applied, this turns from frog into prince as it interacts with your body heat and chemistry. This lipstick keeps lips soft and kiss-worthy with vitamin E and shea butter. I find it actually works like a stain too, and is very long-lasting. I swatched this on a few friends and it was different on everyone…and everyone loved their own particular shade.

Lipstick Queen Ice Queen

Lipstick Queen Ice Queen

Lipstick Queen Ice Queen swatch

Lipstick Queen Ice Queen swatch

Ice Queen ($24) looks like it will apply as an opaque white, but it’s actually a sheer, softly shimmering silver and gold illuminator. Used alone, it gives some depth and shine to lips. It’s amazing over any lipstick shade as well. I use this all the time. It’s one of those lippies that effectively doubles your lipstick wardrobe.

Lipstick Queen Hey Sailor Lip Gloss

Lipstick Queen Hey Sailor Lip Gloss

Lipstick Queen Hey Sailor Lip Gloss swatch

Lipstick Queen Hey Sailor Lip Gloss swatch

Hey Sailor Lip Gloss ($25) gets some funny looks when I take it out of my bag. It doesn’t turn lips blue; it morphs into a berry shade with pearly shimmer. The blue shimmer actually makes teeth look whiter, which is pretty cool. I love that this gloss isn’t sticky at all. It’s actually more like a serum, with great slip and moisture. The formula has omega-3 rich algae, meadowfoam seed oil and shea butter.

Lipstick Queen Seven Deadly Sins Lip Gloss in Decadence

Lipstick Queen Seven Deadly Sins Lip Gloss in Decadence

Lipstick Queen Decadence swatch

Lipstick Queen Decadence swatch

Seven Deadly Sins Lip Gloss ($24) is definitely sinful. It has a thick, nonsticky texture that gives lots of shine. I am not sure if I love it, though – it’s tough to get the right amount of gloss. I typically get too much and it can collect in the corners of my mouth, which is NOT a good look. And it wears off pretty quickly.  I love the color of Decadence, which is a pretty deep pink, but the application and wear issues are problematic enough that I won’t be purchasing any other shades.

If you are thinking about taking a walk on the wild side, I heartily recommend being an Ice Queen, kissing a Frog Prince, and then really getting nautical with Hello Sailor!  – Lisa

Get triple hydration with Mally H3 Lip Gloss

Mally Beauty needs no introduction. We all know and love Mally with her bubbly personality and wonderful products. We love it even more when new products are introduced though and today we have Mally H3 Lip Glosses that are unlike any that Mally has ever introduced us to.

Mally H3 Lip Glosses

Mally H3 Lip Glosses

There are 6 total shades: Pink Daisy, Shimmering Nude, Sweet Peach, Tea Rose, Perfect Nude and Orchid Berry. All six can be found at Ulta.com for $20 each plus at QVC there’s a trio for $36. We were lucky enough to be sent 2 of these to do a Side by Side review but we think we are going to be buying more of these ASAP.

H3 stands for the triple hydration these glosses give you. “Get enviable, fierce coverage with this ultra-moisturizing high-shine gloss that is formulated with antioxidants and plenty of moisture, leaving your lips full and sparkling.”

MARCIA and her TEA ROSE H3 GLOSS

Mally H3 Gloss in Tea Rose

Mally H3 Gloss in Tea Rose

Tea Rose is such a Marcia color. I’m crazy about Tea Rose. What makes me even happier though is that Mally’s new H3 glosses feel so different from other glosses. Their triple hydration makes them feel so soft and moisturized. In general I’m not a lip gloss person like my partner Lisa. She looks so fabulous in glosses and loves them to pieces. I prefer a lipstick or liquid lipstick. But Mally has taken that bias away with this gloss.

Tea Rose in artificial light

Tea Rose in artificial light

Tea Rose indirect sunlight

Tea Rose indirect sunlight

Tea Rose is the perfect pinky peach with a small amount of sparkle to it that can’t be felt but that brings my lips to life. This is the shade that I always seek when shopping. This H3 gloss isn’t sticky at all. Even though Tea Rose is a fairly light shade, it imparts plenty of color and I can wear it alone or with a lipliner. I have to thank Mally for bringing out this new formula and ask her to create more “gorgois” shades.

Mally H3 Gloss in Tea Rose

Mally H3 Gloss in Tea Rose

LISA and her BERRY ORCHID H3 GLOSS

I definitely am a lip gloss person…I always need lots of slip on my lips. If my lips feel dry I get very antsy…in fact, I don’t even care if it’s rude, I put my lip gloss any time, anywhere because the alternative drives me batty. Most of my lip glosses are in the berry family so I had a feeling I was going to be happy with the Berry Orchid shade.

Mally Berry Orchid H3 Gloss

Mally Berry Orchid H3 Gloss

Mally Berry Orchid H3 Gloss

Mally Berry Orchid H3 Gloss

Berry Orchid is actually much deeper than I expected from the bottle. It has a slight shimmer that’s very pretty. My only issue with this gloss is the doe foot wand applies too much gloss for my thin lips. If I’m not careful, I find lots of gloss in the corners of my mouth – which is not a good look. So I’m careful to kind of scrape the doe foot along the side of the container as I pull it out, which solves the ‘corner gloss’ problem.

Mally Berry Orchid H3 Gloss

Mally Berry Orchid H3 Gloss

Mally H3 Gloss lives up to the triple hydrating, giving me soft and hydrated lips. The wear time is normal for a non-sticky gloss. While it would be awesome if it lasted longer, I still love this gloss and wear it all the time.  Nicely done Mally!

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Hard Candy makes stocking stuffers easy!

Hard Candy All is Bright and Gloss

Hard Candy All is Bright and Gloss

December 24th is always my day for stocking stuffers.  What do you put in your stockings?  I typically go practical and buy things that everyone needs but forgets to buy, like hand sanitizer, nail clippers, tweezers…then of course candy – this year I bought ‘decades’ candy boxes from OldTimeCandy.com.  It is so cool – pick a decade (like the 1970’s – Airheads, jawbreakers, and Pop Rocks!!) – then get a box of candy that came out during that time.  It’s an instant transport back to your childhood, or an instant education for your kids or grandkids.  Then, along with a few lottery tickets I always want to add some pretty and fun things, which is where Hard Candy comes in so handy.

Hard Candy All is Bright and Gloss

Hard Candy All is Bright and Gloss

Hard Candy All is Bright and Gloss

Hard Candy All is Bright and Gloss

They have several different lip gloss sets that are perfectly packages for the holidays and have a perfect price point too – the sets go for around $5, so every stocking should have one or two!  My set is the All is Bright & Glossy Lip Gloss Collection with 5 pretty layered glosses.  These glosses give a light tint and tons of shine and slip.  They are awesome for someone with pigmented lips, and I like to use them layered over lip liner.

There are other sets available, like the Tri-Me Lip Kit Collection which has 4 layered lip glosses and 4 shimmer lip glosses; the Tri-Me Face Kit with 2 layered lip glosses, 2 duo eye shadows, and 4 glitter eyeliner pencils; and the Glam Kit Eyeshadow Palette with a 24 piece eyeshadow palette – all of these kits are only $4.88 and you can find them at Walmart, www.walmart.com, and www.hardcandy.com.

Don’t wait until December 24th, though – these kits are so cute and so affordable I think they are going to sell out quickly.  – Lisa

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Get a personal recommendation from Kismet Cosmetics on Instagram! #MyKismetColor

Kismet Liquid LipsticksOk, I’ll admit it – I can be a little star struck when I meet or talk to the artists who create their own cosmetics line. I will always remember the time Scott Barnes rubbed some of his gleaming body lotion on my arms while he chatted about JLo. I will never, ever forget sitting with Bobbi Brown while she made up a list of the products from her line that she thought would be perfect for me as she told me about her recent MTV appearance. And how could I forget interviewing Dan Read and finding out he was a drummer in an ’80’s big hair band and his dad was an Elvis impersonator??

Every time I interact with one of these creative geniuses I feel as though I have been touched by a little magic. That’s how I felt when I posted an Instagram pic asking for a personal recommendation from Caitlin Picou, the super talented artist and creator of the Kismet Cosmetics line. Post a pic with the #MyKismetColor, tagging @KismetCosmetics, and guess what? She will give you a recommendation just for you!

Kismet

I asked Caitlin what her inspiration was for creating her Instagram program. She said, “I developed this hashtag campaign because I noticed throughout my launches and pop ups, that women were asking for my professional opinion on which colors would look best. Whether it was because they never wear lipstick and are branching out, or they haven’t found their perfect color yet. As a licensed makeup artist, I was taught how to view skin tones and coloring to find the perfect complimentary shades whether it is lipstick or eye shadow. I also take into account personality. You can tell from photos when a woman is a little more bold with her lip color, so I suggest a bolder shade. I just want to make it easier for women to step up their beauty routine. There are so many products and colors out there, we all need help cutting out the clutter. And that is what my brand, Kismet, is doing. Small color choices, but all top trends. I am not here to confuse, I am here to help!”

I can always, always use a little help (ha!) so here is the picture I posted on Instagram:

Kismet Cosmetics pic

 

  • beautyinfozoneDid you know that by posting a photo of yourself and tagging#MyKismetColor, Caitlin Picou herself will respond with a personalized Kismet lipstick shade? So Caitlyn, which shade would work best for my not-so-full lips??

  • kismetcosmetics@beautyinfozonegreat photo! I could totally see you rocking our liquid lipstick Come Play!! You could wear a lot but I would love to see you in that one!

I asked Caitlin for a few more specifics, and she said, “The reason I picked Come Play for you was because I took into account your hair, eye and skin color. You have brown eyes and hair, which means you can get away with a lot of colors. But purple will enhance the beauty of the brown. Come Play has a purple tendency so together they will play off each other perfectly. It is kinda like an artist, hence ‘makeup artist’, I take a look at the pallet and go with what appeals to the eye the most.”

Kismet Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Come Play

Kismet Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Come Play

Kismet Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Come Play

I got my hot little hands on Come Play and guess what? I LOVE it. I never thought how purple tones can enhance my coloring, but Caitlin was spot on. Here I am sporting my new Kismet Cosmetics Come Play lippie…what do you think?  Go to Instagram and post a photo of yourself – I can’t wait to see what Caitlin recommends for you!!  – Lisa

Wearing Kismet Cosmetics Come Play

Wearing Kismet Cosmetics Come Play

@kismetcosmetics #MyKismetColor

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