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Favorite eyeliners and lipliners

Eyeliners and lipliners are the stars of the show this week and I’ve got a lot of pictures to share. I like lipliners but I don’t use them all the time but I don’t go out without eyeliner. That’s my jam and I absolutely must have it on if anyone other than my immediate family is going to see me. My eyes totally disappear otherwise.

I was a huge gel eyeliner fan for years. I’d use almost nothing else. I had every MAC and Bobbi Brown one and then started collecting other brands. I was sure that gel eyeliners were going to be all that I used. And then I had an epiphany. Eddie Funkhouser came into my life with his Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus and that was it. Yes I still used my gels but the more I used the black liquid eyeliner from Eddie Funkhouser the more I grew to love liquid liners.

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Defnition Eye Lining Stylus

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Defnition Eye Lining Stylus

The tip of a liquid eyeliner is what is most important to me and the tip on this EF one is what all others get compared too. It’s thin yet firm. Some liquid liners have squishy styluses but not Eddie. The ultra black ink flows without skipping. I can do a line once and not have to go back over it. At the end of the day with this and all others though I do usually have to add more on the bottom lashline since my eyes water a little.

Physician’s Formula Eye Booster and Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus

After my experience with Eddie’s black liner I bought a ridiculous amount of brown liquid liners until I found my favorite: Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum (aka PF). Of all the brown liquid liners this is the one I’ve bought half a dozen times including just this past weekend. Although it’s available in black, ultra black and deep brown I’ve only purchased deep brown. Between Eddie Funkhouser and PF I’m in eyeliner heaven.

liquid eyeliner swatches

Other brown liquid liners I recommend are Jesse’s Girl, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Mad Max Brown, and Youngblood Marron. All 3 of these have worked great for me. I have backups of the Youngblood, PF, and Eddie Funkhouser since I’m going nowhere without them.

Pencil eyeliners from MAC, Eddie Funkhouser, and Painted Earth

Pencil eyeliners in my house outnumber the amount of lipsticks too even though I don’t use them often. I do have three favorites though that I think are beautiful.

Pencil eyeliners from MAC, Eddie Funkhouser, and Painted Earth

I used to wear only MAC eye pencils before I became enamored with gel liners. MAC Black Russian remains a favorite and one of the few I use. It’s a black blue with teeny sparkles and really adds a twinkle. But of course it’s discontinued so I’ll savor mine. Eddie Funkhouser’s Graffiti Cream Eyeliner is an excellent black pencil that wears well on the waterline, can be smudged, and lasts on me! I love Painted Earth Superwear Gel Liner in Baroque. The color is stunning with it’s metallic golden brown hue. Another I have backups of. The other shades are great too but it’s Baroque that’s so unique.

Jane Iredale Mystikol liner in Dark Topaz

Jane Iredale Mystikol liner in Dark Topaz

Jane Iredale Mystikol liner in Dark Topaz

I haven’t forgotten gel eyeliners and I do use them often. My newest is Jane Iredale Mystikol in Dark Topaz. I bought this after reading Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog about the one she has in black. This is a beautiful golden brown with a built in brush that is actually great to use. It’s become my go to for gel eyeliner (even though it’s called Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner).

Wet n Wild Perfectpout Gel Lip Liners

Lipliners are the second part of this post. Last week I found a display with Wet n’ wild Perfectpout Gel Lip Liners ($3.19 each) at CVS (They are $2.99 on the wnw site). Since my local CVS stores never have anything new from WnW I grabbed these up and plan to go back for another one.

Wet n Wild Perfectpout Gel Lip Liners

My bathroom light where I’ve been taking pictures is very yellow so these aren’t totally true but Bare to Comment is a great nude lipliner. These are wind up so no sharpening needed. Gel liners, whether eye or lip, can dry out quickly so be careful to keep the top snapped in place. Since you can’t swatch you have to guess but at this price (and a CVS coupon) you can’t lose out. Never Petal Down is a great pink.

Lipliner favorites

More lipliner favorites though a lot are discontinued: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk which is a great nude and works well with my 2 CT lipsticks and others, Estee Lauder Midnight Plum (discontinued) and the only dark lipliner I actually use, Shiseido 702 and Brun Mauve (both discontinued but there are other great shades).

Lipliner favorites

Make Up For Ever Aqua Lips in 14C (Light Rosewood) is another great one for nude lips, Mary Kay Dusty Pink which is old as the hills and I was so upset when it was discontinued though I bought 3 more on Ebay within the last year, Mally Nude Light is a gel lipliner that’s glossy and fun to wear, and Lancome Charme.

And now you know my liner secrets! If I was forced to narrow this down it would be hard but Eddie Funkhouser liquid liner in black, Physician’s Formula liquid liner in brown, and Mary Kay’s discontinued Dusty Pink lipliner would be the ones you couldn’t wrest from my little hands!  —  Marcia

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REALHER- A natural alternative to standard liquid lipsticks

Real Her Matte Liquid Lipstick in I Deserve the Best (image courtesy of realher.com)

Real Her Matte Liquid Lipstick in I Deserve the Best (image courtesy of realher.com)

Liquid lip products are immensely popular now as I’m sure you all know.  I was very pleased to get this certified cruelty free and paraben free REALHER matte liquid lipstick to try along with an Expert Advice lip liner. Both products have natural ingredients and are infused with shea butter, jojoba seed oil and hyaluronic acid. The company offers eyeshadows, lipsticks, glosses and brushes too. I love the promise which is “RealHer was founded on the idea that, with each application, it can help to inspire the wearer: to be herself, to love herself, to be powerful, to rule the world. It doesn’t ask us to be perfect, to be a mother, to be a CEO, to be the perfect beautiful doll, but rather invites us to continue being ourselves, and that which defines us as an individual—and it’s liberating.” What’s even nicer is the birth of the daughter of the company’s founder influenced him to develop this brand with her in mind.   And- get this- the company donates 20% of all proceeds to charity.  

Marcia sent me I Am Loved lip liner and I Deserve The Best matte liquid lipstick that she’d received in a Boxycharm sub box. The website describes I Am Loved as a plum color and I think that description is right on the money. It glides onto your lips smoothly without any skipping. The color is very pigmented and can easily be worn as an all over lip color without an accompanying gloss or lipstick. It goes perfectly with I Deserve The Best lipstick. The website describes the color as a deep mauve. In the container the color looks more like a medium toned brownish pink. It looked that way when I first applied it to my lips. In fact, the liner was darker than the lip color upon initial application  REALHER recommends you apply the lipstick to bare lips with the wand. Allow up to 5 minutes for it to dry to its matte finish and avoid oily foods.

Real Her I Deserve The Best

Real Her I Deserve The Best

Real Her I Deserve The Best

Real Her I Deserve The Best

I have pretty dry lips so after application, I was able to see the product settle into some lip lines. Even after lining my lips with the pencil, I found it hard to ‘color within my lip shape’. I had better success when I used a lip brush and smoothed the color that way, waited the requisite 5 minutes and the product did become matte but it also became sticky. I felt it particularly if I rubbed my lips together which I tend to do. If you don’t have this habit, you won’t notice the stickiness at all.  

Real Her I Am Loved lipliner

Real Her I Am Loved lipliner

Real Her I Deserve The Best liquid lipstick and I Am Loved lip liner

Real Her I Deserve The Best liquid lipstick and I Am Loved lip liner

Real Her I Deserve The Best liquid lipstick and I Am Loved lip liner blended

Real Her I Deserve The Best liquid lipstick and I Am Loved lip liner blended

The color seemed to darken on me to a deep mauve (just as the website stated) and matched the liner perfectly. I did avoid oily foods for lunch and there was no transfer onto my smoothie cup.

REALHER keeps their promises.  –  Phyllis

Runway Rogue is embracing my lips

Runway Rogue

Runway Rogue

I need to tell you all about RUNWAY ROGUE, a lip product line by Patricia Hartman, but before I do I have to share that this is a F.I.N.D.!! I’m loving the 4 lip products I have and want to share all about them with you but first I need to tell you more about Runway Rogue.

samples

Patricia Hartman

Patricia Hartman

Runway Rogue is a cruelty-free line that is also talc free, paraben free, sulfate free, and gluten free. It’s safe for everyone. What makes this unique on the market is Patricia Hartman, a former model who has always had a passion for cosmetics, in particular lip products. She put her creativity to work and crafted a lipstick line that is unusual as well as luscious. When you look under “SHOP” on the website it shows how you can shop by attitude, such a great quirky touch.

Runway Rogue Designer's Muse

Runway Rogue Designer’s Muse

RUNWAY ROGUE lipsticks ($21) have so much goodness. While they have a variety of trendy matte lipstick they stole my heart with the line of satin lipstick. Not everyone loves matte or can even wear matte lipstick no matter if it is what’s in. Old dogs can learn new tricks but when we have a new line with satin lipsticks, this old dog loves it even more.

  • Jojoba Oil to hydrate and soften the skin without clogging your pores!
  • Safflower Oil to enrich your lips with hydrating vitamin E!
  • Aloe Vera to sooth and hydrate your pout!
  • Vitamin E to combat free radicals with potent antioxidants!
  • Green Tea Extract to rejuvenate skin with anti-aging properties and polyphenols for sebum control!
  • White Tea Extract to hydrate your pout with anti-aging compounds that promote longer moisture retention for skin!
  • Chamomile Extract to soothe your lips!
Runway Rouge Chic Lipliner and Designer's Muse satin lipstick

Runway Rouge Chic Lipliner and Designer’s Muse satin lipstick

You can feel the hydration as soon as you apply this lipstick. There is zero fragrance and plenty of moisturizing. The formulas are loaded with hydrating oils and extracts which will pamper your lips and keep them supple and soft. I was so thrilled the first time I applied this because of the feel on my lips.

There are currently 4 Satin lipsticks on the site. Designer’s Muse is described as a soft rosy pink with beige undertones. If I wear it without the lipliner (coming up) then that’s a perfect description. With the Chic Precision Lip Pencil it becomes more of a coral pink. Fashionista is a burnt dusty rose, Photo-Op is a true soft coral, and Stilettos is described as a bright red with coral undertones. Don’t they all sound spring and summer ready?

Runway Rogue Lookbook Lips gloss, Chic Lip Pencil, Designer's Muse satin lipstick

Runway Rogue Lookbook Lips gloss, Chic Lip Pencil, Designer’s Muse satin lipstick

RUNWAY ROGUE PRECISION LIP PENCILS are available in 5 matte shades ($18) that I’ve found to be so creamy that I didn’t believe it when they said it was matte. I have Chic, a peachy pink bright liner that doesn’t disappear. It was created to work well with Designer’s Muse Lipstick and Lookbook Lips gloss. These are all perfect together and I also wear each alone or in combination for some fabulous looking and feeling lips.

rumnway rogue all on cardThere are 7 gorgeous RUNWAY ROGUE LIP GLOSS colors ($19) for you to choose from. Patricia Hartman has shades that can be used with her other lip products or with any others that you are attracted to.

Runway Rouge Look Book Lips gloss

Runway Rouge Look Book Lips gloss

Look Book Lips is described as peachy pink perfection and that is a spot on description. It’s not too dark and it’s not too light, it’s right on. It enhances lipstick or can be worn on its own for sheer but beautiful color.

What you need to know about Runway Rogue gloss is that it’s not the least bit sticky. Not even a tiny bit. It feels amazing on my lips while bringing out a pretty shine. When first applied I notice a vanilla fragrance but then it’s gone in an instant.

Runway Rogue Bride in Show gloss

Runway Rogue Bride in Show gloss

Bride in Show is the other gloss I have and it’s perfect for any lip product you own. I’ve tried it with half a dozen lipsticks and have grown to love it more each time. It’s a pearly pink with just a touch of iridescence. It has a touch of shimmer that is for enhancement but you’ll never notice that you have this shimmer on. This has become my new favorite gloss since it’s so unglosslike!

Chic Lip Pencil, Designer's Muse satin Lipstick, Look Book Lips gloss, Bride in Show gloss

Chic Lip Pencil, Designer’s Muse satin Lipstick, Look Book Lips gloss, Bride in Show gloss

I love showcasing independent brands and Runway Rogue reminds me why I have this love. The products have all the right ingredients, feel magnificent on my lips, look even better, and are good for me and the environment. I can’t ask for more other than that you check out Runway Rogue to find this goodness for yourself.  —  Marcia

*sent for consideration

Add Macy & Mia to your life for wonderful cruelty free fun!

macy and mia bag frontMacy & Mia was created by artist DJ Victory and it’s such a fun exciting brand. We were lucky enough to receive products from this cruelty-free line and we’re having a ball using them. Even better though is introducing you to the brand knowing that they donate 10% of retail sales to Pay It Forward For Pets, a 100% non-profit organization dedicated to helping animals in need. DJ Victory is a hero to us in that way.macy and mia card

MARCIA HAS A UNICORN BRUSH COLLECTION AND THE SILICONE SPONGE

Macy & Mia Silicone Sponge Makeup Applicator

Macy & Mia Silicone Sponge Makeup Applicator

I’m sure you’ve read about the new Silicone Sponges. These work to help you with your foundation application. Macy & Mia’s is the only one I’ve tried and I love the bright pink of it. The silicone sponge has a thermoplastic polyurethane outer shell and is filled with silicone. It’s soft and pliable and it’s PINK!!

Macy & Mia Silicone Sponge Applicator

Macy & Mia Silicone Sponge Applicator

There’s a learning curve with this kind of applicator that can be frustrating but once you have it down you’ll find that just a drop of foundation is enough to cover your entire face. ($7.99)

The 5 PIECE NEON BRUSH SET is the cutest item I have in my collection. These cruelty-free magical brushes have added some fun to my vanity.macyandmia unicornMacy & Mia have a variety of Unicorn brushes that would make the best graduation gift for someone in your life. They are fun, colorful, vegan, cruelty-free brushes that will bring a smile to someone’s face.

Macy & Mia Neon Unicorn Brush Set

Macy & Mia Neon Unicorn Brush Set

The 5 piece Neon Unicorn Brush Set is on sale right now for $14.99 which is a great price, regular price is $24.99. There are 4 face brushes and 1 eyeshadow brush with neon synthetic bristles. These are super soft so they are lovable!

Macy & Mia Neon Unicorn Brush Set

Macy & Mia Neon Unicorn Brush Set

In addition to this set there are others like a 5 piece Pastel collection and a 5 piece Multi-colored collection (3 face, 2 eye brushes, $14.99), a 10 piece Unicorn collection (6 face, 4 eye, $$24.99), and their 11 piece Original Brush set in a makeup pouch ($49.99)

Macy and Mia Original Brush Set

Macy and Mia Original Brush Set

The vibe I get from Macy & Mia is a “girls just wanna have fun” one and I love that fun.

Macy & Mia Lip Liner in Samantha and Tristan

Macy & Mia Lip Liner in Samantha and Tristan

LISA HAS CRUELTY-FREE LIPSTICK/LIP LINER SETS 

Ok, true confession:  when I first saw the colors of these lip sets, two words ran through my mind:  OH NO.  I never thought in a million years that these shades would work for me…plus they are matte.  That alone is usually the kiss of death for my thin, skinny lips.  My MO is to brighten my lips up as much as possible and give them all the thickness I can get without needles full of Restalyne, typically with tons of shine and shimmer and pinky/rosy/peachy shades.  But I was very happy to give the Matte Liquid Lipstick & Lip Liner Sets a whirl, especially after I read this quote from DJ Victory:

“It’s my hope that each morning when women apply their makeup that they will remember that they are beautiful with or without it. I try to be always grateful for what I have. Sometimes that is difficult when we live in a society that makes us feel less than if we don’t meet certain beauty standards. I hope these beautiful colored lipsticks and fluttery eyelashes remind women to always see the beauty within themselves and others as well as to show compassion, teach gratitude, and remain humble.”

How can you not adore her??

Macy & Mia Liquid Lipstick in Samantha and Tristan

Macy & Mia Liquid Lipstick in Samantha and Tristan

Macy & Mia Lip Liner in Samantha and Tristan

Macy & Mia Lip Liner in Samantha and Tristan

Ok, so back to the Matte Liquid Lipstick and Lip Liner Sets ($24.99).  The Lip Liner is a gel liner that glides on and creates a perfect canvas for the Matte Liquid Lipstick.  Matte lipsticks are notorious for showing every crack and wrinkle, so a matching creamy lip liner that also acts as a moisturizing balm is a total bonus.  Lucky for us, the liners come free with these!  The shades are very interesting – the two I tested are most definitely throwback shades to the 1990’s, which is a lot of fun.  If you wear them full on, they dry matte and stay on for a long time with strong opaque color.  Or, as I discovered, you can blot blot blot right after application, and they are the shy sister of the full on bold color – pretty, feminine, still unique but oh so wearable at any age.  Yay!!!!  These are sets that my 17-year-old steals when I’m not looking, but I still want them enough to refuse to give them up.  They are pretty terrific.

Macy and Misa Tristan Liquid Lipstick (macyandmia.com)

Macy and Misa Tristan Liquid Lipstick (macyandmia.com)

 


Tristan Liquid Lipstick is a cool coco brown that takes me right back to 1996. Interestingly, I see this shade on the high school girls all of the time now…it’s definitely making a comeback.  I never thought I could wear it, and when I first put it on I was like, oh hell no.

Macy & Mia Liquid Lipstick in Tristan

Macy & Mia Liquid Lipstick in Tristan

Macy & Mia Lip Liner and Liquid Lipstick swatches in Tristan

Macy & Mia Lip Liner and Liquid Lipstick swatches in Tristan

Wearing Macy and Mia Liquid Lipstick in Tristan

Wearing Macy and Mia Liquid Lipstick in Tristan

Luckily I grabbed a tissue and did the classic lip blot three times, which was the exact magic formula to make this shade work beautifully for me.

Macy and Mia Samantha Liquid Lipstick (macyandmia.com)

Macy and Mia Samantha Liquid Lipstick (macyandmia.com)

The Samantha Liquid Lipstick is a smokey lavender with grey undertones.  Again, I thought oh no way can I pull this off.  But guess what?  With the three magical blots I not only pull it off, I love it!!  It turns into a soft grey purple berry shade that is different and feminine.  So pretty and it reminds me of spring lilacs.

Macy & Mia Liquick Lipstick in Samantha

Macy & Mia Liquick Lipstick in Samantha

Macy & Mia Lip Liner and Liquid Lipstick swatches in Samantha and Tristan

Macy & Mia Lip Liner and Liquid Lipstick swatches in Samantha and Tristan

Wearing Macy and Mia Liquid Lipstick in Samantha

Wearing Macy and Mia Liquid Lipstick in Samantha

I am just shocked that I love the shades Tristan and Samantha, and I adore the moisturizing lip liner and liquid lipstick combo.  In fact, I would go so far as to say I am rather obsessed.  I really want to try Jennifer, which is a deep pink; Jessica, which is a pale peach; and Heather, which is a mauve/neutral nude.  I honestly can’t wait to try them all.

A the BIZ, we love animals as much as we love cosmetics.  So it’s no surprise that we adore the super fun Macy & Mia line and are thrilled that part of the profits go toward Pay It Forward For Pets, a 100% non-profit organization dedicated to helping animals in need.  We really hope you check out this whimsical yet practical line for yourself!!

*samples

Your perfect pink lips for 2017 from IT Cosmetics!

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lippiesHere’s a great resolution for 2017:  find your perfect pink lippie! The best place to start is with IT Cosmetics since they have many Je Ne Sais Quoi lip products and one is bound to be the perfect pink for you. Here are just five of the wonderful possibilities you can find at IT Cosmetics:                                                                              samplesIT Cosmetics YLBB All-Day Waterproof Lip Liner Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi

  1.  Your Lips But Better All-Day Waterproof Lip Liner Stain ($20):  This long lasting lip liner comes in nine shades, but your perfect pink is probably Je Ne Sais Quoi. It’s not just a lipliner, it’s also a stain so I love to wear this with a bit of clear gloss for fuss-free lips. Ingredients are amazing, including Peptides, Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, hydrating Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe, and Jojoba so lips stay soft and supple.  Another bonus?  Lots of Anti-Aging antioxidants including Vitamins A, C, E, Acai, Green Tea and White Tea to protect against free-radicals.Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi
  2. Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi ($20):  Want a soft, natural pink that works as a lipstick, balm, and stain? Look no further than this beauty. The clear formula works with your body chemistry to create the perfect pink flush. Anti-Aging Antioxidants including Vitamins A, C, E, Acai, Green Tea and White Tea Plum Oil, Cherry Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe and Jojoba all work together to treat, hydrate, condition, and nourish your lips. This is available in five other colors as well.Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Lip Treatment
  3. Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Lip Treatment ($24):  The original and still one of my favorites, this clear balm interacts with your body chemistry and morphs into the perfect pink flush for your complexion. It’s the mood ring of lip treatments! A blend of essential butters and oils, hyaluronic filling spheres and antioxidants smooth the look of lip lines and give you soft, kissable lips every time.Blurred Lines™ Smooth-Fill Lipstick Blurred Lines™ Smooth-Fill Lipstick
  4. Blurred Lines™ Smooth-Fill Lipstick ($24):  Who can resist a lipstick that color-corrects, revives, and fights aging? This is a truly gorgeous lip smoothing lipstick with terrific ingredients like Collagen, Peptides, Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, Shea Butter, Jojoba and Grape Seed Extract. Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill is available in 9 other colors, with Je Ne Sais Quoi the latest in the collection. Je Ne Sais Quoi is brighter in this incarnation than it is in others and is a truly perfect medium pink.Vitality Lip Flush Hydrating Lip Gloss Soft Stain
  5. Vitality Lip Flush Hydrating Lip Gloss Soft Stain ($24):  Perhaps your perfect pink is this non-sticky lip gloss that has a great wear time. The Je Ne Sais Quoi shade is a soft, milky pink that gives a light stain of color with lots of shine and slip. There are three shades that are 50% the stain amount of their original stains, which means a more natural flush of color. I adore how this feels on my lips – massively hydrating with the best slip ever.
    Left to right, with YLBB Lipliner between:

    Left to right, with YLBB Lipliner between:  Blurred Lines Lipstick, Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment, Vitality Lip Flush

    Whatever your perfect pink is, I am confident you can find it in IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lip products.  Celebrate 2017 with a resolution to discover your pretty pink pout!  – Lisa

    *sent for editorial consideration

Votre Vu is back and adding color to our lives! A double dose of Votre Vu Cosmetics, Side by Side

Votre Vu is a long time favorite at the BIZ – our first review was way back in 2010! We are always up for a little more French fashion finesse in our lives, so a recent box of Votre Vu goodies had us jumping for joy (but in a very sophisticated way, of course!). Surprisingly, this time around Lisa went for the eye products and Marcia went for lippies.

Votre Vu Eyeshadow and Eyeliner

Lisa’s Side:

I think the fact that the eyeshadow and eyeliner were both in chocolate shades influenced my choice…I have a difficult time resisting anything chocolate!!

Votre Vu Beaujolais Eyeshadow Single

Votre Vu Beaujolais Eyeshadow Single

Swatch of Votre Vu Beaujolais Eyeshadow Single

Swatch of Votre Vu Beaujolais Eyeshadow Single

Votre Vu eyes

The Beaujolais Eyeshadow Single ($19) is a buttery soft eyeshadow in a beautiful plummy brown shade. It has a tiny bit of golden shimmer, just enough to make this shade different from any other in my collection. I love this as a crease shade because it sheers out beautifully yet also packs on nicely for more drama. Ingredients include vitamin E, jojoba oil and kaolin clay, which make the texture soft and crease-resistant. 

Smudge and Set Soft Eyeliner in Chocolat

Smudge and Set Soft Eyeliner in Chocolat

Smudge and Set Soft Eyeliner in Chocolat

Le Jolie Smudge and Set Soft Eyeliner in Chocolat

The Le Jolie Smudge and Set Soft Eyeliner in Chocolat ($23) is a perfect companion to the Beaujolais Eyeshadow Single.  

This is a gel pencil that is so soft it almost feels like a liquid liner at first. One end has a sponge blending tip and the soft liner gives lots of play time before setting into a nicely smudge-proof line. The liner comes with a really nice sharpener, although this is a liner for soft lines, not precise ones.

The Chocolat shade is a terrific medium brown – described as a ‘semi sweet chocolate’ – with tons of pigment. It lasts all day on the lid and a decent amount of time on the waterline.

Votre Vu eyes

My Votre Vu FOD

My Votre Vu FOD

I’m very happy with these Votre Vu eye products and definitely recommend both of them.  Somehow I think they would probably pair perfectly with Marcia’s lip and cheek products….

Marcia’s Side:

Votre Vu Vu-On Rouge for lips and cheeks in Ma Cherry, French Kiss Lipstick in Tatiana, Lip Liner in Spark

Votre Vu Vu-On Rouge for lips and cheeks in Ma Cherry, French Kiss Lipstick in Tatiana, Lip Liner in Spark

We switched places for today’s Side by Side review. I’m always the one who “politely” grabs the eye products out of Lisa’s hands while I say Merci but this time I was intrigued by the lip products as well as the cream blush which is always a favorite of mine. I’ve been using Vu-On Rouge for lips and cheeks in Ma Cherry, French Kiss Lipstick in Tatiana, and Lip Liner in Spark since I think these are great fall shades.

Votre Vu French Kiss Lipstick in Tatiana

Votre Vu French Kiss Lipstick in Tatiana

Votre Vu French Kiss Lipstick in the shade Tatiana ($23) is a beautiful fall color. I’m not used to wearing dark shades especially just coming off summer so I decided to use a lip brush to apply this instead of right from the tube. I’m really glad I did it that way because the lipstick became more of a stain and lasted for a longer time. I love that this isn’t fragranced except for a touch of vanilla mint which surprises me since it’s a French company and they always seem to use a floral fragrance. Tatiana is delightfully described as “A warm and joyful tomato red that’s ideal for your first tryst rouge.” French Kiss Lipsticks are hydrating lipsticks so they are more flattering (on me) than a matte lipstick. Brushing it on though gives a more matte look than applying from the tube.

Votre Vu Tatiana from website

Votre Vu Tatiana from website

Votre Vu Tatiana French Kiss Lipstick and Drawmatic Lip Liner in Spark brushed on

Votre Vu Tatiana French Kiss Lipstick and Drawmatic Lip Liner in Spark brushed on

Votre Vu Tatiana French Kiss Lipstick and Drawmatic Lip Liner in Spark with clear lip balm on top

Votre Vu Tatiana French Kiss Lipstick and Drawmatic Lip Liner in Spark with clear lip balm on top

The perfect companion to a French Kiss lipstick is Votre Vu’s Drawmatic Lip Liners ($21). I have it in Spark which is described as a mid-tone rose. It’s a great shade not only for Tatiana but for so many of the fall and winter lipsticks I’ll use. This is a wind up lipliner so no sharpeners are needed. I love this kind of liner since there’s no waste. This very flattering shade glides on and doesn’t tug at all. I’m sure I’ll use it up to the very last drop.

Votre Vu Drawmatic Lip Liner in Spark along with swatches of Spark, Tatiana and Vu On Ma Cherry

Votre Vu Drawmatic Lip Liner in Spark along with swatches of Spark, Tatiana and Vu On Ma Cherry

Last is my very favorite product of this trio – Vu On Rouge in Ma Cherry. This makes me want to sing along with Stevie Wonder. I am a huge fan of cream blush and can’t resist them. Votre Vu has 4 shades of the Vo On Rouge ($29) and I’d happily own all 4. Ma Cherry is a “sweet and classic cherry blue-red hue that becomes every skin tone”. You can see it blended in above but when I swipe it across my cheeks it’s so intense that my fair skin just can’t take it so this is how I apply it…

Votre Vu Vu On Rouge in Ma Cherry

Votre Vu Vu On Rouge in Ma Cherry

I dot it on my face and then blend with my fingers or a sponge. I can add more if I want which I usually do. This way I can build the intensity rather than have to remove some of it. This dries down beautifully and never feels sticky. It’s also a perfect purse blush since no tools are needed. This lasts about 8 hours on me unless I start with a powder blush and then the duo would last for 12 hours. Vu On Rouge can be used on cheeks and lips and they say even eyes. It’s blended with hydrating shea and exotic antioxidant-rich mango seed butters so it not only looks good but it’s good for your skin. I’ve been wearing this several days a week and I know I need Amourette next. Even Stevie Wonder would approve if I had them both and would happily sing “Ma Cherie Amour” to me.

*items received for consideration

Think Pink with Smashbox lips

Think pink

Think pink

Not enough attention is given to pink lips but I want to change that. Actually I want to give attention to all things pink therefore you’ll start seeing my THINK PINK posts with some favorite pink cosmetic items.

I’m starting with Smashbox because they’ve created my new favorite lip product and with luck they sent it to me. I really wouldn’t have known about it if Smashbox hadn’t sent today’s goodies.

Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer in Flushed

Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer in Flushed

SMASHBOX BE LEGENDARY LONG WEAR LIP LACQUER in FLUSHED has become my sidekick or “lip kick” lately. This liquid lipstick is with me every day. There’s something about this that has grabbed my heart. Basically I’m a lipstick girl. I like gloss and used to wear them constantly but as I’ve gotten older I’m more excited about lipstick. The Lip Lacquer has the best of both worlds. It feels like a lipstick on and yet it has a shine to it like a gloss. It’s moisturizing and not the least bit sticky.

source smashbox.com Be Legendary Lip Lacquer shades

source smashbox.com Be Legendary Lip Lacquer shades

The Be Legendary Lip Lacquers ($24) are available in 20 shades so even though I’m a pink person I’m guessing you’ll find one that’s just right for your red, coral, nude or wine passion. FLUSHED is described as a ‘soft rose gold’ on Sephora but I find it to be a cool but not cold pink that looks right with just about everything. These are long lasting and they say you’ll get 8 hours wear out of them. I don’t get 8 hours wear out of anything but I can get almost that far if I don’t eat, drink or kiss!

Smashbox Lip Lacquer in Flushed

Smashbox Lip Lacquer in Flushed

As a lipstick lover I have always loved Smashbox lipsticks. It was one of the first brands I binged on. Their lipsticks are smooth, moisturizing, don’t settle in the lines on my lips and best of all they are fragrance-free. My experience with BE LEGENDARY LIPSTICK in POUT ($20) has been wonderful. It’s a bubblegum pink which may not work for everyone but it’s the pink of my dreams. I have some natural tint to my lips and I don’t feel washed out when wearing Pout. Smashbox lipsticks contain Shea Butter for moisture and Vitamins C and E for protection.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pout

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pout

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pout

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pout

Smashbox Flushed Lip Lacquer and Pout Lipstick

Smashbox Flushed Lip Lacquer and Pout Lipstick

To change things up and make these lipsticks and lip lacquers more versatile there’s Smashbox ALWAYS SHARP LIP LINER ($20) that comes in 16 shades. I have both Crimson (for my grown up lips) and Shocking Pink that helps deepen my bubble gum lips to something more ladylike. Crimson is a blue red while Shocking Pink is a vibrant hot pink.

Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liners in Shocking Pink and Crimson

Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liners in Shocking Pink and Crimson

Sharp Lip Liners in Crimson and Shocking Pink

Sharp Lip Liners in Crimson and Shocking Pink

I love that these twist up and I’ll never have to worry about breaking them with a sharpener. These are water resistant too. I like to line first, fill in and then blot that down. Next I’ll apply the lipstick or lip lacquer. This is how I get any longevity. When the lip color starts wearing away, I still have a stain left.

Three great lip products, four great colors and one pair of lips that love to wear pink = success. Have you treated yourself to any Smashbox lip products lately? — Marcia

Smashbox Be Delectable Lipstick in Pout

Smashbox Be Delectable Lipstick in Pout

*received for editorial consideration, worn with excitement

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