New tarte Cheek Stains and Power Pigments, part one

tarte Cheek Stains

tarte Cheek Stains

The iconic Cheek Stains are the gel/cream blushes that first fostered tarte cosmetics amazing reputation for cutting edge, quality products. Not only does tarte have 8 new Cheek Stain ($30) shades, they also have matching Power Pigments ($24), pencil lip tints with tons of color and lots of shine. Today, I have reviews and swatches of four shades:  Blissful, Flush, Natural Beauty, and True Love. Tomorrow Marcia will have her review and swatches of the other four: Tipsy, Exposed, Fearless, and Blushing Bride.

Tarte’s Cheek Stains are gel (with one exception that’s cream) blushes that give a ‘glow from within’ look. They come in a push-up container and are usually applied straight onto the cheeks. They go on a little wet, with quite a bit of play time to blend perfectly before drying down to a lasting, natural looking flush. Not only do they look beautiful, they are also great for the skin. They have five superfruits that are full of antioxidants to fight free radicals, including maracuja, goji, açaí, acerola, and pomegranate. These superfruits have tons of Vitamin C that brightens skin and moisturizes dry areas.

tarte Power Pigments

tarte Power Pigments

tarte Power Pigments

tarte Power Pigments

The matching Power Pigments are extremely moisturizing and they quench dry lips while also healing them with antioxidants. In addition the color is fabulous thanks to that powerful pigment and the thinner pencil allows for a more precise application than is normally found with lip crayons. Ingredients include Vitamin E for antioxidant power; shea butter for emollience, and canauba wax for a super smooth application.

The Cheek Stains in today's review

The Cheek Stains in today’s review

The matching Power Pigments

The matching Power Pigments

I tend to be drawn toward darker shades while Marcia prefers lighter ones, so today is all about berries and reds (well, one peach shade snuck in there!!)


Blissful Power Pigment and Cheek Stain

Blissful swatches

Blissful swatches

Blissful is the lovely warm peach shade that snuck its way into the shades I chose to review. This is the lightest of my four today and it is a very soft, pretty peach that doesn’t lean too brown. The cheek stain is better suited to lighter skin tones, but the lippie will work for anyone who wants a warm peach without a ton of drama.


Flush Power Pigment and Cheek Stain

Flushed swatches

Flush swatches

Flush is a sheer berry shade. This is the shade that first drew me to the tarte line so many years ago! I find this shade is very natural. It looks like you just came in from a chilly day or a quick run. I love it.


Natural Beauty Power Pigment and Cheek Stain

Natural swatches

Natural Beauty swatches

Natural Beauty is a sheer rosy red shade. This is the only cream cheek stain in the bunch, which is why it has a difference appearance – the others have a rounded top, while this one is decidedly flat. The texture is different as well. It doesn’t go on as wet and the coverage is much less sheer for the cheek stain. The Power Pigment has the same texture, shine, and staying power as the other lippies. I think this fresh, healthy-looking shade is my most favorite of them all.

tarte True Love

True Love Power Pigment and Cheek Stain

True Love swatches

True Love swatches

True Love is a sheer watermelon shade. While the Cheek Stain looks incredibly dark, it goes on quite sheer and natural looking. The Power Pigment is certainly a deeper shade and they complement one another beautifully.

These four new tarte shades are all winners in my book and they all get tons of play from me. I love the matching cheek and lip colors – all of the lip shades are deeper versions of the cheek shades, making simply perfect mates for one another. If you prefer lighter shades, be sure to stay tuned for Marcia’s review tomorrow!  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

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




One day only! Tarte Bow & Go 3-in-1 Set, Nov. 18th on QVC

Set your alarm because there is one heck of a sale on a beautiful limited edition tarte set on QVC and it’s for one day only – Monday, November 18th. The Bow & Go set is $49. It includes 4 Lipsurgence Lip Cremes, 2 smolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyeliners, 2 Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascaras, and 16 full size eyeshadows.

This is a fantastic gift set that is tree-ready. Just put a ribbon around these boxes and other than that, no wrapping is required!

tarte Bow & Go comes with a pretty gold ribbon...and that's all you need.

tarte Bow & Go comes with a pretty gold ribbon…and that’s all you need.

Tarte is well-known for having the best holiday sets available, and this one is a doozy.

Bow & Go, no need for wrapping!

Bow & Go

The small pink box has 4 The LipSurgence Lip Cremes. I have tried the Lip Tint and the Lip Luster, but the Lip Creme is new and is exclusive to QVC for now.

Precision Lip-Surgence box

Precision LipSurgence Lip Cremes

up close

Left to right:  Wonder, Promise, Precious, Thoughtful

swatched, left to right:

swatched, left to right: Precious, Thoughtful, Wonder, Promise

The Lip Cremes have even more pigment and more coverage than the other lip pencil formulas from tarte. These 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. I actually think I like this formula best out of all the tarte chubby lip pencils. All four shades are neutral enough to be flattering and wearable for most people.

The next biggest box is blue and has four items for eyes:  two Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascaras and two smolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyeliners.


eyeliner and mascara for beautiful eyes


smolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyeliners in Brown (left) and Fig (right)


swatched – Brown on the right, Fig on the left

I love the eyeliner shades, they make for gorgeous thick lines that can be precise or sheered out with the smudge tool on the opposite end of the liner. Again, the emphasis is on neutral shades that will please everyone. I was surprised that both mascaras were the same color, but hey, it’s always a bonus to have a back up mascara since I never seem to realize I need a new one until it’s too late.

The eyeshadows are housed in a thin palette within the big purple box and are a mix of (yes, you guessed it!) neutral shades in a variety of finishes.

eyeshadow box

the thin palette is in the biggest box


Bow & Go eyeshadows

Top: tickled pink, playful plum Bottom: beaming bronze, grateful gray

Right to Left Top: tickled pink, playful plum; Bottom: beaming bronze, grateful gray

Top:  radiant rosewood, sage advice  Bottom:  alluring almond, hot cocoa

Top: radiant rosewood, sage advice; Bottom: alluring almond, hot cocoa

Top:  ideal ivory, roasted chestnut; Bottom:  mavelous mocha, truly taupe

Top: ideal ivory, roasted chestnut; Bottom: mavelous mocha, truly taupe

Top:  buttercream frosting, pumped up purple; Bottom:  peachy keen, blissful brown

Top: buttercream frosting, pumped up purple; Bottom: peachy keen, blissful brown

Also inside the box is an instruction sheet with ideas for two different eye looks. The first is called ‘One Fine Day’, and it features tickled pink from lash line to brow, grateful gray in the crease, and playful plum in the outer corner, finished with the fig eyeliner and black mascara. The second is called ‘Meet Me at Midnight’, and features ideal ivory from lash line to brow, roasted chestnut in the crease, and marvelous mocha in the outer corner, then finishes with the brown eyeliner and black mascara.

This is a great set to give as a gift, since the colors are all basic essentials that anyone would be happy with. For everything that is included, $49 is a terrific price.  Is this on your list to give someone? Or is it on your list for yourself??  - Lisa

*pr sample, opinions are my own

It Cosmetics Your Lips But Better™ Waterproof Lip Liner Stain – just say wow!

It Cosmetics Your Lips But Better™ Waterproof Lip Liner Stain

It Cosmetics Your Lips But Better™ Waterproof Lip Liner Stain

It’s no surprise to anyone that reads Beauty Info Zone that we are going to rave about the 6 It Cosmetics Lip Liners that they sent us for review. It’s hard to even think of anything about It Cosmetics that we don’t like. We could easily be satisfied living a life of It products only – well almost, we are beauty junkies obviously. Your Lips But Better™ Waterproof Lip Liner Stains are automatic lip liners that are infused with a stain. These are multi-tasking cosmetics at their best. Lip primer, lip liner, and lip stain all in one terrific pencil.

What makes these Your Lips But Better™ Waterproof Lip Liner Stains so different from other brands of lip liners? We’re glad you asked!

1) These are infused with peptides, collagen, hyaluronic acid, hydrating avocado oil, shea butter, aloe, and jojoba.

2) The ingredients all work together to treat, hydrate, condition, soothe and nourish your lips while minimizing the appearance of lip lines.

3) They are loaded with anti-aging anti-oxidants including Vitamins A, C, E, Acai, Green Tea and White Tea to protect and ward off free-radicals all day long.

4) No need to sharpen, just twist the bottom and voila – more lip liner. However, if you want a point on the end, just use the handy dandy tool that is stored at the bottom of the lip liner.

Built in sharpener

Built in sharpener

What more can you ask for? How about great colors that will look good with your lipsticks and glosses? Now let’s take a look at these colors with Marcia and Lisa.


It Cosmetics: Buff Nude, Spicy Nude, Pretty in Pink

It Cosmetics: Buff Nude, Spicy Nude, Pretty in Pink

It was very cute to see the two of us deciding who reviews which lip liner stain. It reminded us of little kids flipping coins to see who went first. I grabbed Pretty in Pink first and then Lisa got a pick; we were back in childhood glee. But the best part is that as adults we each get to share 3 fabulous pencils with you.

It Cosmetics: Buff Nude, Spicy Nude, Pretty in Pink

It Cosmetics: Buff Nude, Spicy Nude, Pretty in Pink

The 3 I’ve got for you are Buff Nude, Spicy Nude and Pretty in Pink. One of the reasons I wanted these was because I knew how well these would look with the 3 Vitality Lip Flush Butter Glosses that I recently reviewed. Pretty in Pink gloss along with Pretty in Pink Lip Stain pencil are the perfect match. I couldn’t ask for better.

It Vitality Lip Butter Glosses and Lip Liner Stains

It Vitality Lip Butter Glosses and Lip Liner Stains

We’ve already listed the reasons why these are unique so I don’t want to bore you with repeating those facts; I do want to say though that I’m very impressed with these lip liner stains. I’m not the person that applies and reapplies lip products throughout the day. I leave the house with a lipstick on but I never return with one on. I just don’t think of it. It goes way back to when my sons were young and I’d hear “don’t kiss me, you have lipstick on” and it continues today when those same sons who are young adults say “don’t kiss me, you have lipstick on”. I never got back into the habit of constantly reapplying therefore having a lip liner that adds color that isn’t going to disappear midway through the day is ideal. I like to start with these all over my lips and then add the color of the day.

Buff Nude, Spicy Nude and Pretty in Pink

Buff Nude, Spicy Nude and Pretty in Pink

The liner called Buff Nude appears to be the same liner that is sold as Nude/Light Medium. Originally It Cosmetics sold just two shades of these liners in Nude. These have now morphed into 7 shades total on their website: Buff Nude, Blushing Nude, Spicy Nude, Romantic Rose, Pretty in Pink, Perfect Red and Cherry Flush. They must have heard our pleas for more.


YLBB swatches, left to right:  Buff Nude, Spicy Nude, Pretty in Pink, Romantic Rose, Cherry Flush, Perfect Red

YLBB swatches, left to right: Buff Nude, Spicy Nude, Pretty in Pink, Romantic Rose, Cherry Flush, Perfect Red

Pictured above are swatches of all six lip liners. It should be no surprise that Marcia picked the lightest shades and I picked the darkest ones!! The shades I tried are the last three in the row:  Romantic Rose, Cherry Flush, and Perfect Red. I love these lip liners. They are creamy but are so long wearing because they are stains, not to mention they are waterproof. They all look great on their own or make a terrific base for any lip gloss or lipstick.

Romantic Rose

Romantic Rose

Romantic Rose

Romantic Rose

Romantic Rose is what I wish my natural lip color was – it truly is my lips but better (waaay better). If I wasn’t such a big baby about pain I think I would have this shade permanently tattooed on my lips. It’s a perfect matte rose that I love to wear on its own or as a base underneath a shimmery clear or light beige lip gloss.

Cherry Flush

Cherry Flush

Cherry Flush

Cherry Flush

Cherry Flush is a bright, cheerful red. While my daughter has lips that can carry this color, it’s too bright for my thin lips on its own. However, I definitely like it with a warmer toned shimmer gloss over it. A warm tone calms the brightness enough so I enjoy wearing it. Let me tell you, if I had lips like my daughter I would totally be rocking this out all by itself.

Perfect Red

Perfect Red

Perfect Red

Perfect Red

Perfect Red is pretty perfect. It’s not too blue and not too brown so any skin tone will find this a complimentary shade. It truly is one of the most gorgeous red lippies I have tried in a very long time.  Even if you have problems wearing red you’ve got to check this out – it just might become that one red lippie you can wear!

It Cosmetics never fails to impress us and the Your Lips But Better™ Waterproof Lip Liner Stain is yet another home run. These creamy, waterproof, long-lasting lip liners are absolutely worth your attention.

*pr samples

FACE Stockholm Song of Spring 2013 review and swatches

Winter is almost over, which means – spring collections!! I love spring collections, they always seem so exciting and fresh after the deeper, warmer colors of winter. The newest collection from FACE Stockholm is called the Song of Spring.

Face Stockholm Song of Spring

Face Stockholm Song of Spring

The model for their new collection is Swedish singer and songwriter Sibel. Isn’t she gorgeous?? FACE Stockholm says “Sibel embodies the determination, vibrance and enthusiasm of the season, the voice that resonates within us all when we hear the song of spring.”

This collection includes Powder Foundation, Lash Lift Mascara, Nastan Svart and #24 eyeshadows, Lauren Lip Liner, and Matte Basic Lipstick. Today we have swatches of the eyeshadows and lip products for you.

FACE Stockholm

FACE Stockholm Nastan Svart

Nastan Svart ($20), a new shade for FACE Stockholm, is a beautiful deep gray matte eyeshadow described as ‘almost black’. This is a HUGE pan of eyeshadow (1 oz. compared to MAC’s 0.05 oz).

FACE Stockholm

fabulous smooth texture and mucho pigment

This makes a great liner when used wet or dry, and it also sheers out beautifully for a smoky eye. It’s extremely smooth for a matte eyeshadow and hyper-pigmented. It’s a terrific basic shade that should be in every collection.

Pearl Eyeshadow 24

Pearl Eyeshadow 24

The other eyeshadow in the collection is the breathtaking Pearl Eyeshadow #24 ($19). This is smaller than the matte shadow at .07 oz. The Pearl Eyeshadows are lovely, they are smooth and somewhat sheer. You can use them alone, or layer them over the matte shadows for even more fun.


L to R:  Nastan Svart and 24 swatches

#24 is a surprisingly cheery strawberry red. Sibel wears it beautifully, and I find that #24 does triple duty – it works as an eyeshadow, a blush, and a really pretty lip shade when mixed with some clear lip gloss. Together these two shades make dramatic eyes that are a perfect ‘spring’ match with the neutral lip shades.


FACE Stockholm Lauren Lip Liner

I find that FACE Stockholm lip liners are soft and super pigmented, so they are great on their own or as a base for lip gloss or lipstick.



Lauren Lip Liner ($17) is a rosy nude. This a really beautiful neutral – it’s on the cool side, which is a plus for me as I don’t do well with too much brown in my neutral lip shades. It’s gorgeous under a shimmery clear lip gloss, and it’s perfect under the lipstick in this collection, Matte Basic Lipstick ($22).

Matte Basic - which has a little shimmer in it!

Matte Basic – which has a little shimmer in it!

Matte Basic is a perfect pinky-nude. I know it’s got the word ‘Matte’ in the name, but I swear it has slight shimmer that makes it really fabulous.


swatches L to R:  Lauren Lip Liner, Matte Basic Lipstick, then Matte Basic over Lauren Lip Liner

By itself, Matte Basic is a light neutral pink that is a terrific ‘your lips but better’. Over the Lauren Lip Liner, it’s more intense with more rose.


My Song of Spring lips – Lauren Lip Liner with Matte Basic Lipstick

I love the combination of a matte deep gray and a bright strawberry for the eye look, along with slightly cool neutral lips.  When looking at the new spring collections, be sure to check out the wonderful combination of shades from FACE Stockholm. It’s super springy and super fun!  – Lisa

* pr samples

Be ready to travel the world with Face Stockholm World Traveler Kit

I am always fascinated by kits that have the potential of streamlining products and providing a perfect color palette for travel. FACE Stockholm’s President, Martina Arfwidson, set out to put together a perfect travel set that would work for every skin color in every situation. She put together a gorgeous set that has almost everything you need to perfect your look while traveling. It’s called the World Traveler ($290).

What sort of gorgeousness is inside this bag??

What sort of gorgeousness is inside this bag??

The set comes with a chic makeup bag called the Ida Black Prickig Bag. It holds all items from the World Traveler Kit with room to spare for anything else you would like to add.

Face Stockholm World Traveler Kit
The set includes: An empty four-color palette, two eyeshadows, one blush, one brow/eyeshadow, one lip liner, one lipstick, one mascara, a blush brush, two eyeshadow brushes, and a lip brush. 


What is cool about this set is all the guesswork is taken out of it for you. The colors are neutral so they work for pretty much everyone, and the products are truly top-notch. I have to swoon a bit about the bag, I think it’s my favorite makeup bag I have ever gotten. It’s heavy-duty, extremely attractive and just the right size for travel. It’s just a wonderfully hardy good looking bag, I love it. I also love what’s inside – let’s start with the brushes that are included.


Blush Brush #33

The Blush Brush (#33) is a beautiful brush that works great for blush, although you could use it for any other powder product like bronzer. I love that it’s 100% cruelty free.


Synthetic bristles

The bristles are densely packed soft synthetic. This is a truly high quality brush that I use all the time.


Bottom to top:  Sable Fluff Brush #11S, Angular Sable Brush #13, Retractable Lip Brush #22

There are three more brushes in this set. The very top brush in the picture above is the Retractable Lip Brush #22.  This has a two-toned tapered nylon brush that comes with a cap. It’s great for lipstick and is a fabulous concealer brush as well.


two eyeshadow brushes and one lip brush

Under the lip brush is the Angular Sable Brush #13. This is a great brush for lining the eyes, as well as for shading in your brows. And the final brush is the Sable Fluff Brush #11S. It’s a perfect eyeshadow brush, it picks up color nicely and blends and shades beautifully. (I think the bag needs a few more brushes to truly be travel ready, though. I would also include the Chisel Contour Brush #5 for loose and pressed powder and I would want a few more eyeshadow brushes like the Small Pony Fluff Brush for highlighter shades and blending, as well as the Large Pony Fluff Brush #25 for all over color.)


The Four Color Palette filled with glorious color

Next up is the Four Color Palette. It comes empty, you fill it with the color pans. This is one sturdy palette!  It is substantial but not super heavy. The mirror is terrific. The palette locks beautifully, keeping those pans in perfect shape on your travels.


Top row l to r: Russian Caviar eyeshadow, Korsbar Blush; Bottom row l to r:  Myrrah Brow Shadow, Mist Eyeshadow

There are two Matte Shadows included, Russian Caviar and Mist. The matte shadows are hyper-pigmented and smooth as butter. And those pans are big! .1 oz, which is twice the size of a MAC eyeshadow pan. Russian Caviar (top left in the photo above) is a deep matte chocolate. It’s a wonderful liner shade and makes a fantastic smoky eye. FACE Stockholm recommends this look:

To line eyes, apply along the very base of the lash line with the #13 Brush.

For a smoky effect, apply shadow with #11s Brush to the entire lid and into the crease. Continue to layer for greater intensity, using Mist Eye Shadow to blend.

And speaking of Mist Eye Shadow, this is a beautiful light beige that is perfect as a base or highlighter. For the most basic look, you can just apply Mist to your entire eyelid to cover any skin discoloration and then finish with the mascara. Voila, you look chic!

face stockholm travel bag powder set swatched 2

The third eye color is the Myrrah Brow Shadow in Brunette. This is a wonderfully versatile shade. It’s great for filling in your brows using Brush #13 and it also is a beautiful neutral shade that I love for the crease.


Left to right:  Korsbar blush, Mist eyeshadow, Myrrah Brown Powder, and Russian Caviar eyeshadow

The final color product is the KÖRSBAR blush. FACE Stockholm describes this as a ‘perfect apricot’ and I couldn’t agree more. It gives you a wonderfully healthy look, this color will work for most skin tones and is extremely flattering.  A bonus is it makes for a spectacular eyeshadow shade as well! Like the eyeshadows, it’s matte but the texture is smooth and beautiful, absolutely buttery.


Black Volumizing Mascara

Also included is the Volumizing Mascara in Black. This is an excellent mascara. It builds a ton of volume, doesn’t smudge, flake, or smear, and it lasts all day.

Face Stockholm Volumizing Mascara on

Face Stockholm Volumizing Mascara on

One coat gives you great definition and thickness, two or three coats gives mega drama.

lip liner

Scene Lip Liner

There are two lip products in the World Traveler set, a lip liner and lipstick in neutral shades.  The Lip Liner is in the shade Scene, which is a peachy/brown nude.

Scene swatched

Scene swatched

The pencil is soft and creamy, and the shade is great for most people. FACE Stockholm recommends this technique:

Use this pencil to make your lipstick last, define and correct proportions and create a fuller appearance. With a slightly ‘dull’ point, sketch in lips with a light hand, creating a soft border, rather than a sharp outline. Fill in entire lip for added staying power.

And to compliment the nude lip liner is a creamy matte Lipstick in the shade Naked.  What a perfect pair!


Naked Lipstick

Naked is a dark creamy nude that actually has quite a bit of shine to it. It’s not drying like some cream lipsticks, and it wears really well especially over the Scene Lip Liner.


Naked swatched

FACE Stockholm recommends this:  For a smooth coat apply with Brush #22. Press a tissue to lips for more of a ‘stain look’ or apply several coats for beautiful shine. In a pinch, Naked Lipstick can also be applied to cheeks as a cream blush/bronzer. Tap on gently with fingertips for fresh color and shine.

While this set doesn’t have every single thing you need – I will add a concealer, foundation, and pressed powder, plus the few brushes I mentioned earlier - it’s got almost everything you need, and the quality and colors are divine. If you are looking for the (almost) perfect set for traveling the globe, this just may be your answer.  – Lisa

Ready to travel the world!

Ready to travel the world!

*pr sample

Christina Choi and Le Metier de Beaute Face of the Day

christina choi FOD2

I used a combination of mostly Le Metier and Christina Choi products one day last week and I loved the results.  Here’s what I used:

For this face of the day, I used Le Metier de Beaute Classic Finish Foundation in V applied with a Beauty Blender. Next, I smoothed It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer under my eyes and on any dark or red areas.  After that, I applied Inglot Cream Blush in 81, followed by It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores loose powder and It Cosmetics Hello Light Powder Illumizer, plus a little bit of Le Metier Sun Kissed Bronzer.

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Christina Choi Glitz & Glamour eyes

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On my eyes, I used Christina Choi Glitz and Glamour which I reviewed HERE.  I used Chandelier on the lid, then I used the Glamour cake liner dry on the crease.  I followed with Glitz on the crease and down onto the lid.  Then I wet the cake liner with Face Atelier Transforming Gel and lined my upper lid.  I used Make Up For Ever Kohl Liner in black on my waterline.

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I used the cake liner as an eyeshadow – love multitaskers!

I used my Joey Healy Brow Architect Stylo in Molasses for my eyebrows.



My LM/CC FOD…love acronyms!

Lips were Clarins 01 Bay Rose Lip Definer, Guerlain Levres Lips 02 gloss, and I used my Verge One Spiral Wand on my hair.  Wow, sounds like a lot of products, but it didn’t take long to apply and I was totally ready for my day.  I loved my combination of favorite go-to products, it’s always great when things turn out even better than you had hoped!  – Lisa

*some items received from PR