Real lipstick, real philanthropy with RealHer Makeup

Beauty Info Zone is all about empowerment. When a cosmetics line promotes love and has a positive message, we take notice. An outstanding philanthropic cosmetics line with an inspiration take on all things beauty is RealHer Makeup, a cruelty-free line that walks its talk by supporting the women’s advocacy group, the AAUW.
RealHer Moisturizing Lipstick
RealHer was founded on the idea that our make-up rituals deeply affect the way we view ourselves: imbuing positivity and motivation into our makeup gives us the power we need to take on the day. RealHer is a line of cruelty-free cosmetics that feature empowering quotes on each item, celebrating the individuality and power that all girls have. RealHer wants make-up to act as a source of confidence, not insecurity. Regardless of how we look on the outside, we’re beautiful because we have the power to be impactful. Each purchase of RealHer donates $3 to the AAUW – a women’s advocacy group, donating to scholarships, legal funds, and causes central to furthering women’s advancement.
 
All that AND beautiful lipstick??  We couldn’t ask for more. RealHer sent us all five of their Moisturizing Lipsticks ($12.99), which have excellent ingredients including shea butter, jojoba seed oil, macadamia oil and vitamin E.  Every lipstick also comes with its very own inspirational quote that will make you smile even before you put that beautiful color on. Read on for Lisa and Marcia’s take on the five shades.
RealHer Moisturizing Lipstick
RealHer Moisturizing Lipstick
Lisa’s shades:

Marcia is the light-colored lipstick queen, so I happily tested the three darker shades of the five.  

RealHer Moisturizing Lipstick

RealHer Women Rule the World Moisturizing Lipstick

RealHer Women Rule the World Moisturizing Lipstick

Women Rule the World / Pink is a beautiful matte medium pink. It’s deeper than a Barbie Doll pink, but is still bright and feminine. This has quickly become my favorite pink lippie because it’s super creamy, pretty, and I definitely do think women rule the world!!

RealHer Be Yourself Be RealHer Moisturizing Lipstick

RealHer Be Yourself Be RealHer Moisturizing Lipstick

Be Yourself Be RealHer / Deep Red is a beautiful orangey red. I didn’t think my thin lips could wear this shade, but it’s very flattering on since it has just enough shine to give it some depth. 

RealHer I am Powerful Moisturizing Lipstick

RealHer I am Powerful Moisturizing Lipstick

I am Powerful / Wine  is probably my least favorite of the three as it’s a tad too dark for my complexion and my thin lips. If you have slightly more lush lips you will rock I am Powerful. I think it will really be striking with very pale skin or very dark skin.  

Marcia’s shades:

Real Her lipstick tubes

Real Her lipstick tubes

It seems that lately lipstick brands are creating beautiful shades but ones that are too dark for my personal taste. That’s not the case at all with Real Her. They’ve created 5 shades that make it easy to find one that works perfectly for everyone. I love the packaging, I love the names of the lipsticks, and I love the wear of these.

Real Her I Define Beauty Myself and I Love Myself

Real Her I Define Beauty Myself and I Love Myself

I Love Myself / Nude is a peachy nude that is definitely on the light side. I can easily throw this on and go about my life knowing I’ve added some color but not enough that makes me uncomfortable. Applying a lipliner first adds more depth and can change the color to one that’s more noticeable. The look of I Love Myself is almost metallic. It’s very satiny and glistens.

Real Her I Love Myself Moisturizing Lipstick

Real Her I Love Myself Moisturizing Lipstick

Real Her I Love Myself Moisturizing Lipstick

Real Her I Love Myself Moisturizing Lipstick

I Define Beauty Myself / Mauve has become a favorite. This beautiful pink mauve is the shade I look for when I’m going out and want a lipstick that looks like I’m wearing lipstick yet still makes me feel comfortable. I think it’s a universal shade that most women could wear.

Real Her I Define Beauty Myself

Real Her I Define Beauty Myself

Real Her I Define Beauty Myself

Real Her I Define Beauty Myself

My lip picture was taken under bathroom light but in real life, it’s looks more like my swatch. Just the right amount of pink.

Real Her I Define Beauty Myself Moisturizing Lipstick

Real Her I Define Beauty Myself Moisturizing Lipstick

I Define Beauty Myself has a totally different finish than I Love Myself. This is a true cream finish that is full bodied. I feel this covers my lips beautifully and completely. It lasts several hours on me before I have to reapply.

Real Her Cosmetics I Love Myself (top) and I Define Beauty Myself

Real Her Cosmetics I Love Myself (top) and I Define Beauty Myself

If you are looking for a fragrance free moisturizing lipstick that’s on trend Real Her is a brand to consider. If you want a lipstick that’s enriched with shea butter, jojoba seed oil, macadamia oil, and vitamin E, then for sure Real Her is the brand to consider. And if you are thrilled to learn about women centric companies that want to empower girls and women then the answer is Real Her Cosmetics.

*sent for editorial consideration

Cruelty Free, paraben free, no petro chemicals, synthetic fragrances, lead or phthalates.

Follow Real Her Cosmetics on Instagram @realhercosmetics

D. Benoit leads the way to liquid matte lips

d benoit

Matte lips are here to stay. At first we thought it was a trend that would be gone with the wind but we were obviously wrong. It’s stronger than ever and we expect it to keep on coming. Now that we’re resigned to it Beauty Info Zone is going with the flow and we’re starting that flow with D. Benoit Matte Lip Colour, Lux Collection.

D. Benoit Liquid Matte Lipstick

D. Benoit Liquid Matte Lipstick

D. Benoit Cosmetics Inc is a company based in California, a product of the dreams, cosmetic creativity, and passion of its founder, C. Marie Danzy. D. Benoit Cosmetics. High-end custom-made cosmetics with a not so high-end price tag was the vision C. Marie had when she began planning D. Benoit Cosmetics. With 9 years as an Investment Banker, our founder used what she knew about finance and business structure to figure out a way to do just that.

“I truly believe every woman is entitled to some amount of luxury. D Benoit’s vision is to be affordable for all, without compromising quality” says CEO C. Marie Danzy.

The name D. Benoit is derived from Danzy’s French background and inspired by her profound love of her grandfather who passed away from cancer. He was of French heritage.

“I remember my grandfather teaching me the importance of doing what you loved and being good…no being the best at it. It was that passion that encouraged me to resign from my cushy job and devote my life to my dream. Cosmetics. I hope to give you a product you will love as much as I do. D. Benoit’s products are sourced, manufactured, and made in the US” continues Ms. Danzy.

Customers can support PETAs crusade for a cruelty free world through our Beauty without cruelty program. Clients can choose from a full line of bold pigments and shades while supporting animal rights. Some of our products are vegan friendly and 100% of products are cruelty-free. In purchasing D. Benoit, you are also supporting job development in the US.

Danzy states, “We believe in quality and want our customers to fall in love with each new product we develop and then fall head over heels when they find out it is all cruelty free! D. Benoit Cosmetics was created by a woman, designed by woman, and operated by women.”

We were sent all 6 of the current Liquid Matte Lipsticks to share with you. These lipsticks don’t test on animals; they use high end avocado, jojoba oil and other essential oils in their formula and they are gluten free. There are no parabens in any of their products.  The most important thing to know about wearing these lipsticks is that you should be applying in thin even layers. If you apply these too thickly they will crack which is the opposite of the beautiful lips that D. Benoit can provide for you. It’s also crucial with a matte liquid lip to be sure you’ve exfoliated your lips so you end up with smooth lips before applying.

D. Benoit Matte Liquid Lipstick swatches

D. Benoit Matte Liquid Lipstick swatches

MARCIA’S D. BENOIT SHADES:

I have 3 of the Matte Liquid Lipsticks from D. Benoit that I’m wearing for my trendy “Kylie” lip. Two of the shades are shades I’d pick out in a minute, the third is beautiful but not exactly for me.

D. Benoit

D. Benoit

Chocolate Tsunami is the shade that’s not a Marcia shade yet it’s a beautiful chocolate with a warm chocolate. My skin is way too fair and cool for this to work for me but I appreciate its beauty.

D. Benoit Chocolate Tsunami

D. Benoit Chocolate Tsunami

Perfection II is the chameleon of the bunch. In some of my photos it appears to be a mauved brown while in others it’s a lighter warm mauve. I’m very careful when I apply Perfection II since it’s darker than I usually wear; I make sure my lips are well exfoliated and take my time applying this in a thin coat so that it looks more mauve. I think Perfection II is the most universal of all 6 shades and one that most people can wear. I also think this is the shade that is the most popular for the KJ look.

D. Benoit clockwise from box: Chocolate Tsunami, Perfection II, In the Bare II

D. Benoit clockwise from box: Chocolate Tsunami, Perfection II, In the Bare II

My favorite of these is In the Bare II, a cool toned light pink. I regularly choose colors in this tone since I feel it’s the most flattering on my skintone. In the Bare II is the one that I’d repurchase.

D. Benoit In the Bare II

D. Benoit In the Bare II

I was surprised that these were so comfortable to wear. I also liked the feeling of not thinking about my lip color and having to reapply it. Once it dries to its matte finish it lasts for at least 5 hours. But I don’t have to reapply since it fades down to a stain.

 

D. Benoit Matte Lipsticks in Chocolate Temptation, Perfection II, swatches, In the Bare II

D. Benoit Matte Lipsticks in Chocolate Temptation, Perfection II, swatches, In the Bare II

LISA’S D. BENOIT SHADES:

D. Benoit Matte Liquid Lip Color

My three shades were French Merlot II, Mon Cherie, and Temptation. Honestly, matte lips are a challenge for me – my lips are thin and matte lips aren’t usually flattering for me. While all three of my shades are beautiful, two of them are standout colors that even I can wear.

D. Benoit Temptation

D. Benoit Temptation

Temptation is a deep true red that some people can absolutely rock. It makes me think Gwen Stefani. This is the kind of shade that makes teeth look whiter and lips look so sexy…unless they are as thin as mine. This shade is too dark for me, but I know lots of you lucky ladies will love this.

D. Benoit French Merlot II

D. Benoit French Merlot II

French Merlot II is a softer shade of red, actually more of a coral shade. I love this; it’s easily my favorite shade of the three. I don’t have anything quite like it, and it’s so pretty for spring. The doe foot wand, by the way, is soft yet quite firm and rather narrow, so it makes for extremely accurate application. These matte liquid lip glosses dry down completely so you can’t exactly apply them without a mirror or a care in the world. With the wand it’s easy to get a precise application that doesn’t need any sort of liner.

D. Benoit Mon Cherie

D. Benoit Mon Cherie

I also love the Mon Cherie shade, which is a beautiful pink that leans purple when it’s dry. In the tube it looks like a Barbie pink, but it’s actually more of a berry pink.  It’s an elegant, grown up shade that is definitely flattering.

D. Benoit Mon Cherie and French Merlot II

D. Benoit Mon Cherie and French Merlot II

If you want a terrific matte lip look, don’t forget to check out the Matte Liquid Lip Colors by D. Benoit. These liquid mattes have a terrific, easy to apply formula and come in gorgeous shades that are right on trend.

*sent for editorial consideration

Sleek lips with Lip VIP Lipstick from Sleek Makeup

Sleek Cosmetics Lipstick

Sleek Makeup VIP Lipsticks

Sleek Makeup Lip VIP Lipsticks

Matte lips….they are all the rage these days, but to be honest, matte is tough for me to wear. I love the look of matte lips, but they can definitely be aging. I am definitely more of a semi-matte gal, so the Sleek Lip VIP Lipsticks from Sleek Makeup are right up my alley.

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Sleek Makeup VIP Lipsticks

Sleek Makeup VIP Lipsticks

VIP doesn’t stand for Very Important Person – nope, it stands for VERY IMPORTANT POUT. But of course! The VIP Lipsticks are semi-matte with tons of pigment. They are truly full coverage lippies. They apply evenly and have better than average staying power. These cream lipsticks are good for lips too, with vitamin E, shea butter, and coconut oil to keep lips nice and moist.

I tried all six available shades:  Reserved, Private Booth, Backstage, Night Spot, Guest List, and Flaunt It.

The lighter three of the six shades are Reserved, Private Booth, and Backstage.

Sleek Makeup Reserved, Private Booth, and Backstage Lip VIP Lipsticks

Sleek Makeup Reserved, Private Booth, and Backstage Lip VIP Lipsticks

Sleek Makeup Private Booth Lip VIP Lipstick

Sleek Makeup Private Booth Lip VIP Lipstick

Private Booth is a warm nude shade that leans a little more peach than pink. It’s extremely pretty although it doesn’t work for me — too light for my thin lips, although you can see my daughter can rock this color. Private Booth is more Marcia than Lisa so this shade is going to her!

Sleek Makeup Reserved Lip VIP Lipstick

Sleek Makeup Reserved Lip VIP Lipstick

Reserved is a very pretty peachy pink. More color so I can do this one!  I really like it – it’s springy and feminine, and the semi-matte formula keeps it from looking too flat.

Sleek Makeup Backstage Lip VIP Lipstick

Sleek Makeup Backstage Lip VIP Lipstick

Backstage is a soft coral red. I love this shade, in fact I think it’s my favorite of the six. It’s different from any other color I own and is just beautiful.

Sleek Makeup Reserved, Private Booth, and Backstage Lip VIP Lipsticks

Sleek Makeup Reserved, Private Booth, and Backstage Lip VIP Lipsticks

The darker three of the six shades include Guest List, Flaunt It, and Night Spot.

Sleek Makeup Guest List, Flaunt It, and Night Spot Lip VIP Lipsticks

Sleek Makeup Guest List, Flaunt It, and Night Spot Lip VIP Lipsticks

Sleek Makeup Guest List Lip VIP Lipstick

Sleek Makeup Guest List Lip VIP Lipstick

Guest List is a medium warm red shade. I wear this one quite often.  his is a great daytime shade – just picture it with a crisp white blouse and blue skinny jeans.

Sleek Makeup Flaunt It Lip VIP Lipstick

Sleek Makeup Flaunt It Lip VIP Lipstick

Flaunt It is a bright tangerine. It’s pretty, although orange is never my favorite lip shade on me. Those with medium to dark skin tones will find this very flattering.

Sleek Makeup Night Spot Lip VIP Lipstick

Sleek Makeup Night Spot Lip VIP Lipstick

Night Spot is a beautiful berry red  So pretty!! This actually would have been my favorite shade but once my daughter put it on, she refused to give the lipstick back. She wears it all the time and it is gorgeous.

Top to bottom: Guest List, Flaunt It, and Night Spot Lip VIP Lipsticks

Top to bottom: Guest List, Flaunt It, and Night Spot Lip VIP Lipsticks

If you like the matte look but want just a bit of sheen, the Lip VIP Lipsticks from Sleek Makeup are an excellent choice. The texture is velvety, the pigment is terrific, and the colors are lovely. Check out the sleek offerings at sleekmakeup.com.  – Lisa

*samples for editorial consideration

Ingredients:  RICINUS COMMUNIS SEED OIL, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, CERA ALBA, COPERNICIA CERIFERA CERA, SILICA, CANDELILLA CERA, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, KAOLIN, ORBIGNYA OLEIFERA SEED OIL, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA)SEED OIL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE MAY CONTAIN +/- FD & C YELLOW 5 AL. LAKE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, D&C RED NO.6 SODIUM SALT, D&C RED NO.28 AL LAKE, D&C Red 7 CA LAKE, FD&C BLUE No 1 AL LAKE, PERFUME

We’re taking a peek at Peeks Cosmetics lip formulas

Peeks Cosmetics lips

Peeks Cosmetics lips

A new brand that we expect you’ll be hearing about is PEEKS COSMETICS. This fun company makes something for all cosmetics lovers. The Beauty Info Zone team decided to concentrate on their variety of lip products and we were sent quite a few to share with you. All Peeks Cosmetics products are gluten-free and cruelty-free which sweetens our smile.

Among the lip products from Peeks are Matte Lipsticks, Lip Gloss, and Lip Blasters. Colors range from soft to wild. The textures of the products make them easy to wear and look great on our lips.

MARCIA’S LIPS WEAR:

Love Thang and Quik Sand Matte Lipsticks

Love Thang and Quik Sand Matte Lipsticks

I profess all the time that matte lipsticks aren’t my favorite and I still mean it. But I really enjoy wearing Love Thang from Peeks. This is a very soft nude with pink undertones. It won’t suit a lot of people but it suits me perfectly. I don’t draw attention to my lips but I want something that will give me a finished appearance. While Love Thang and Quik Sand (light brown) are matte, they are totally comfortable and feel moisturizing on my lips. I can even wear them when I haven’t prepped my lips with an exfoliator and my lips don’t look flaky!

Love Thang and Quik Sand Matte Lipsticks

Love Thang and Quik Sand Matte Lipsticks

If you wear blue lipstick I think that After Dark would be amazing. At my age though I’d be put in the ER to see what’s wrong with me!

Peeks After Dark

Peeks After Dark

Lip Glosses in Control and Dollhouse are shiny and very hydrating. Lip glosses from Peeks are enriched with Vitamins A, C, and E so you aren’t just looking good, you are helping your lips retain moisture. Control has the prettiest iridescent look, I love twirling the tube to see the orchid shade transform. This lovely orchid shade can be layered if you want a darker look. Dollhouse looks more opaque in the tube than it is on my lips. This is a soft, very shiny pink that is quite light on its own but will enhance most any lipstick. Actually my favorite look is to apply Dollhouse over Love Thang. My lips look juicy without being the least bit sticky.

Peeks Cosmetics Control and Dollhouse lip glosses

Peeks Cosmetics Control and Dollhouse lip glosses

Peeks Cosmetics Control and Dollhouse lip glosses

Peeks Cosmetics Control and Dollhouse lip glosses

One more category of lip products from Peeks: Lip Blasters. These are high intensity colors that are loaded with pigment. There’s a minty smell to them which I notice for a few short minutes.

Peek Cosmetics Purple Kisses Lip Blaster

Peek Cosmetics Purple Kisses Lip Blaster

I have Lip Blaster in Purple Kisses which I’d describe as a liquid lipstick. The Lip Blaster is very long wearing especially compared to the Lip Gloss. This formula is my favorite of the three. While they call Purple Kisses a light purple, I call it a deeper violet. It’s the texture of this that makes me want other shades like Sexy (soft pink) and Jersey Flower (lavender). As pretty as Purple Kisses is, it’s even better with a light coat of Control to make a va-va-voom lipshade.

Peeks Cosmetics lip glosses and lip blaster

Peeks Cosmetics lip glosses and lip blaster

Peeks Cosmetics Control LIp Gloss, Dollhouse Lip Gloss, Purple Kisses Lip Blaster

Peeks Cosmetics Control LIp Gloss, Dollhouse Lip Gloss, Purple Kisses Lip Blaster

LISA’S LIPS WEAR:

Peek Lipsticks are really, really nice – and the colors surprised the heck out of me.  Yes, they are matte lipsticks, but they have a velvety texture and aren’t too drying.

Peeks Chocolate Cake and My Way Lipsticks

Peeks Chocolate Cake and My Way Lipsticks

Chocolate Cake is a pretty brown that I never would have thought I could wear in a million years. And, ironically enough, that isn’t me wearing it in the photo! It’s my daughter – she has gorgeous lips so you can see the color much better. It looks fabulous on her and I wear it too…in fact I can’t believe how much I reach for this.

Peeks Chocolate Cake Lipstick swatch

Peeks Chocolate Cake Lipstick swatch

Peeks Chocolate Cake Lipstick

Peeks Chocolate Cake Lipstick

My Way is a beautiful burgundy shade that veers toward berry on me. This is a typical ‘Lisa’ shade and I love that I can do the trendy matte thing without my lips looking dry, which can be very aging.

Peeks My Way Lipstick swatch

Peeks My Way Lipstick swatch

Peeks My Way Lipstick

Peeks My Way Lipstick

In terms of lip gloss, I went with two extremes – extreme matte and extreme shimmer. The Lip Blasters have a mega punch of color and intensity. These stain the lips so once the shine wears off, the color is still there. They have a pleasant minty taste that I like.

Peeks Jersey Flower Lip Gloss and Sexy Lip Gloss

Peeks Jersey Flower Lip Gloss and Sexy Lip Blasters

Peeks Jersey Flower Lip Gloss and Sexy Lip Gloss

Peeks Jersey Flower Lip Gloss and Sexy Lip Blasters

Jersey Flower is a matte lavender shade that I have to admit is not for me, although I need to experiment with it more and pair it with other shades. My 16 year old daughter rocks it by itself, though.

Peeks Jersey Flower Lip Gloss and Sexy Lip Gloss

Peeks Jersey Flower Lip Gloss and Sexy Lip Gloss

Peeks Jersey Flower Lip Gloss

Peeks Jersey Flower Lip Gloss

Sexy is a truly stunning shimmery pink that I love love love. I wear this all the time, although I have to be careful because the shimmer can be a little too intense for daytime.

Peeks Sexy Lip Gloss

Peeks Sexy Lip Gloss

The Lipsticks and the Lip Gloss are $12, and the Lip Blasters are $14. We both love our first peek at Peeks Cosmetics — this line is definitely worth a look!

*sent for editorial consideration

Hard Candy is so 2016 – strobing, fierce lips, and glowy primer

Hard Candy Pure Defense Primer Serum, Fierce Effects Lipsticks, Strobing Kit

Hard Candy Pure Defense Primer Serum, Fierce Effects Lipsticks, Strobing Kit and Pencil

If you are looking for some up to the minute products with a price that’s unbelievable, Hard Candy is your best friend. Hard Candy is exclusive to Walmart and Walmart.com. so I think you should sneak over to the beauty section when you are buying your veggies. Hard Candy will only make a little bump in your budget, not even a dent. I have 3 types of products that were sent that you need to know about.

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Pore-Defense Primer Serum

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Pore-Defense Primer Serum

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Pore-Defense Primer Serum has been on my face daily since receiving it. What do you hear about all the time online now? Color Correcting!! That’s what every company is is bringing out and what we are all fascinated with. When I first started using this I had a surprise:

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Pore-Defense Primer Serum

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Pore-Defense Primer Serum

It’s a teal blue just like the bottle. Why teal? To brighten your face. The Pore Defense Primer Serum does a little bit of everything. First it contains pore-tightening actives and astringents that absorb excess oil. There’s micro-fine powder in the serum that you won’t notice but your skin will because it blurs fine lines while color correcting. I find this gives a nice glow to my skin that doesn’t look greasy. Plus it helps my foundation last! I can promise you that this $8 primer will be among my favorites for the year.

ULTIMATE STROBING KIT AND STROBING HIGHLIGHTING PENCIL

Hard Candy LOOK PRO! ULTIMATE Strobing Kit and Strobing Highlighting Duo Stick

Hard Candy LOOK PRO! ULTIMATE Strobing Kit and Strobing Highlighting Duo Stick

It wouldn’t be 2016 without strobing. In 2014 we called it highlighting but starting late in 2015 everyone started saying strobing. Whatever you call it, the LOOK PRO! ULTIMATE Strobing Kit is perfectly attuned to the times.

This $8 kit has everything you need to do your face: 2 Luminizers, Matte Bronzer, Matte Blush, a tube of Strobing Glow, and a travel size brush. The metallic kit closes firmly so it’s great for home or on-the-go. The colors in it are very flattering. I don’t use bronzers often so to find a light one that is good for some contouring is a pleasure. The color of the blush is peach and very flattering. The two luminizers will complement your look with a subtle radiant glow, nothing flashy. BUT if you want flashy that’s where the tube of Strobing Glow fits in. This gives a nice shimmer without glimmer and livens everything up. Use it on your cheekbones, your cupid’s bow, or to highlight your beautiful eyes.

Hard Candy LOOK PRO! ULTIMATE Strobing Kit Luminizers, Bronzer and Blush

Hard Candy LOOK PRO! ULTIMATE Strobing Kit Luminizers, Bronzer and Blush

Hard Candy Strobing Kit

Hard Candy Strobing Kit

Hard Candy ULTIMATE Strobing Kit Strobing Glow and swatch and Strobing Duo Stick

Hard Candy ULTIMATE Strobing Kit Strobing Glow and swatch and Strobing Duo Stick

For $6 you can purchase the Hard Candy Strobing Highlighting Duo Stick. These two work perfectly together but just as nicely on their own. Use this duo wherever you want to strobe. I like to draw a line down my nose and blend. It’s great to apply to your bottom lip in the middle to help create some depth and glow. The stick is soft and easy to use; it doesn’t wipe away your foundation or blush when you use it either. This Strobing pencil is great to throw in a clutch for a quick touch up too.

Hard Candy LOOK PRO! ULTIMATE Strobing Kit and Strobing Highlighting Duo Stick

Hard Candy LOOK PRO! ULTIMATE Strobing Kit and Strobing Highlighting Duo Stick

Both of these are highly impressive. Take off the name and no one would know that Walmart is your source.

HARD CANDY FIERCE EFFECT LIPSTICK

HARD CANDY FIERCE EFFECT LIPSTICK

HARD CANDY FIERCE EFFECT LIPSTICK

While 2016 is all about matte lipsticks not all of us love that look or the dryness. Matte isn’t the only trend for 2016 though for lips – fierce colors that can create many looks are just as new.

Hard Candy Fierce Effect in Chalkin Pink and Provocative

Hard Candy Fierce Effect in Chalkin Pink and Provocative

Hard Candy Fierce Effect in Chalkin Pink and Provocative

Hard Candy Fierce Effect in Chalkin Pink and Provocative

These 18 shades of lipstick give you a moist looking lip with lots of shine. You just need the lipstick, no gloss to top it off, to look like you have luscious lips. They come in 18 shades (not all are online): Chalkin Pink, Provocative, Show Off, Galactica, Newly Berried, Prowler, Glisten to Me, Thunder, Black Diamond, Slylac, Heart Breaker, Sky’s the Limit, Nudist, Seduced, Sunshine, Night Queen, Jealousy, and Virtual Reality. The pigmentation is off the wall.

Hard Candy Fierce Effect in Thunder and Slylac

Hard Candy Fierce Effect in Thunder and Slylac

Hard Candy Fierce Effect in Thunder and Slylac

Hard Candy Fierce Effect in Thunder and Slylac

There is a lot to like with the Fierce Effects lipsticks –

  • only $5 each
  • Highly pigmented shades that don’t need a second coat
  • Mix and match colors to create “fierce effects” with them
  • Easy to blend two shades together to create a new shade
  • Fierce Effects lipsticks are infused with argan oil
  • Moist and easy to apply, no need for a gloss

These are scented though but it’s not offensive to me since it’s a bubblegum fragrance and it doesn’t last too long. In spite of the fragrance I like that you can create an ombre lip or your own shade.

So 2016! Knowing Hard Candy it’s only the beginning. They’ve got 9 more months to come out with fresh, innovative products that are up to the minute and so wallet friendly. Which of these would you most want to use? — Marcia

*sent for consideration

First Kiss Flush with Pixi Beauty

First Kiss Flush with Pixi Cosmetics

First Kiss Flush with Pixi Beauty

I remember my first kiss…it was on the back porch on a hot summer’s evening. My boyfriend’s name was Darrin. I was 13 years old and I have no doubt my face was definitely flushed afterward! Pixi Beauty sent me some great items to test that bring me right back to that hot summer night and my ‘first kiss flush’.

Pixi Cosmetics Glowtion Day Dew

Pixi Beauty Glowtion Day Dew

Glowtion Day Dew ($22)  The first step to getting that wonderful flush is a great, glowy complexion and Glowtion Day Dew does the job. This is a lightweight moisturizing lotion that has illuminating shimmer. I love to put this on right before applying my foundation – it truly gives a ‘lit from within’ appearance and is not sparkly or too young-looking. Ingredients include lavender oil to calm skin and mica to brighten. I love this and know I will be using the entire tube!

Lip Contour Liner in Invisible Smudge Stopper

Lip Contour Liner in Invisible Smudge Stopper

Lip Contour Liner in Invisible Smudge Stopper (Translucent $12) The next must-have for a first kiss flush are beautiful lips and the Lip Contour Liner in Invisible actually helps keep brighter lipsticks from straying. This lipliner is clear and it makes sure lipstick doesn’t feather into fine lines or smudge onto teeth. I use this way more than I thought I would and in fact carry it in my purse to use right before touching up. It twists up and doesn’t need a sharpener either which is a plus.

MatteLustre Lipstick in Raspberry Blush

MatteLustre Lipstick in Raspberry Blush

MatteLustre Lipstick in Raspberry Blush ($12) is the perfect lippie for that just kissed look  The lipstick is full-coverage and lasts a while, especially when also used with the Lip Contour Liner in Invisible. It has lots of great ingredients like peptides, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins C and E to ensure beautifully kissable lips. In the tube, the Raspberry Blush shade looks daunting, but it goes on a gorgeous pinky red that is totally fun and wearable. Yet another lippie that has found a home in my purse!

If you had a great first kiss and want to relive that memory – or if you just want to look like you had a great one – I recommend picking up this combo from Pixi Beauty. You are going to love the beautiful flushed look.  – Lisa

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Makeup Wars drugstore lipstick finds with Burt’s Bees, CoverGirl, Milani

makeup wars drugstore lipsticks

We’ve been doing Makeup Wars posts for several years now. It’s not always easy for the group to come up with new themes that haven’t been done but I believe we’ve done it this time. I don’t remember writing specifically about lipsticks that you can find at drugstores before so we have something new for you. To be honest I rarely buy lipstick at the drugstore and it’s mainly because they don’t have testers. I like seeing the lipsticks I buy and that’s because it’s not always possible at the drugstore. On to the majority of what I do have ….

BURT’S BEES LIPSTICKS * are the ones I was most excited to try after seeing them on other blogs. They don’t disappoint.  makeup wars burts bees packageThe packaging of these belies the $9 price. With 14 shades to choose from you won’t have trouble picking favorites. Burt’s Bees lipsticks are creamy and hydrating. Just like the lip balms they are so famous for, these are loaded with great ingredients. They are made with 100% naturally moisturizing ingredients like moringa and raspberry seed oils to keep the moisture in. While they give you color they are also hydrating and conditioning your lips. I don’t think you can go wrong with these.

Burt's Bees Lipsticks Nile Nude, Tulip Tide, Blush Basin

Burt’s Bees Lipsticks Nile Nude, Tulip Tide, Blush Basin

Burt's Bees Lipsticks Blush Basin, Tulip Tide, Nile Nude

Burt’s Bees Lipsticks Blush Basin, Tulip Tide, Nile Nude

When I first open them I notice a fragrance but that’s the last time I notice it.  It dissipates instantly.I have 3 shades (Blush Basin, Nile Nude, and Tulip Tide) and am eyeing Iced Iris now that I know how great these are. Blush Basin is a warm mauve, Tulip Tide is a beautiful pink, and Nile Nude is a warm nude and doesn’t have the orange that my picture depicts. These are available at Ulta and Ulta.com and drugstore.com.

Covergirl Coloricious oh sugar!

Covergirl Coloricious oh sugar!

COVERGIRL COLORICIOUS OH SUGAR BALM! * is the newest lip product from Covergirl. These are vitamin enriched tinted lip balms in pretty pastel packaging. The outer packaging doesn’t necessarily give you a hint as to what’s inside. Be sure you check the bottom of the tube for a truer shade.

Covergirl Coloricious oh sugar!

Covergirl Coloricious oh sugar!

I’m loving these since they give just a hint of color yet are loaded with balmy richness. There is no fragrance but when I lick my lips I notice a slight sweetness to them. If you are looking for deep pigment these may not be for you, but they are perfect for me since I like a sheer lip that is moisturizing.

Covergirl oh sugar! in Candy Bonbon and Taffy Tire

Covergirl oh sugar! in Candy Bonbon and Taffy Tire

I have Candy Bonbon (aka Candy) which is a light rosy pink on my lips and Taffy Tire, a ‘your lips but better’ shade on me. These are normally $8.99 but are on sale at drugstore.com at the moment.

Milani Dulce Caramelo

Milani Dulce Caramelo

MILANI COLOR STATEMENT LIPSTICK has become a bloggers delight. If you are a matte lipstick lover then these are for you. How many lipsticks have 45 shades to choose from, in a variety of finishes, and only cost approximately $5.50? After all the hype I had to try one and chose Dulce Caramelo which is a warm nude that’s not too dark (in spite of my swatch).

Milani Dulce Caramelo

Milani Dulce Caramelo

Milani’s Color Statement Lipsticks are highly pigmented and contain Vitamins A, C, & E to moisturize and nourish lips. Dolce Caramelo is a cream finish that’s slightly shiny. My only problem with it is that it’s fragranced so I’m not sure I want to continue buying these, although a fabulous pink just might change my mind.

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Gladiolas

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Gladiolus

REVLON ULTRA HD LIPSTICK in Gladiolus a real departure for me. It’s red and I really don’t wear red lipstick. But when a friend offered it to me, I took it to test it out. Have I worn it out of the house? Of course not but someday I might get brave enough.

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Gladiolas

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Gladiolus

The color is absolutely stunning. It’s the shade of red nail polish I love so much with its pinky undertone. I’m experimenting with it though to see if I’ll find a way to make it work for me. This comes in 20 shades and it’s opaque in one coat. It’s not sticky but it does have a fragrance. Right now Revlon is BOGO 1/2 at Ulta.

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose

As usual I neglected to put in some of my favorites from PIXI like their lip crayons, Lip Lift Ice (clear plumping gloss), and Shea Butter Lip Balms so forgive me!!

What are your favorite lip products from the drugstore? I’m anxious to know. I’m also anxious to read what my other Makeup Wars Bloggers have chosen.  — Marcia

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