Modern Pop Marvelous Moxie Lipsticks from Bare Minerals

Bare Escentuals Modern Pop Magnificent Moxie Lipsticks

Bare Minerals Modern Pop Magnificent Moxie Lipsticks

When you have moxie, you need the lipstick to match – and Bare Minerals has the perfect answer! Modern Pop is their  Spring 2015 limited edition collection that features creamy peach lips. They sent us the three beautiful neutral Modern Pop Marvelous Moxie Lipsticks, along with a transforming lip gloss that instantly gives each shade a new personality. If you love nude lips, this is a must-have collection.

Modern Pop Magnificent Moxie lipstick case

Modern Pop Magnificent Moxie lipstick case

First let’s talk packaging.  Modern Pop Marvelous Moxie Lipsticks ($20 each) come in a super cute white polka dot pink lipstick case. This case snaps shut and stays closed, but easily opens to a handy mirror. The lipsticks themselves are in gleaming silver bullets with an ingenious locking system. Definitely no worries of lipstick-streaked purse pockets!

Check out the fabulous packaging!

Check out the fabulous packaging!

The three peachy lipsticks in the Modern Pop collection includes Express Yourself, Fall in Love, and Dream Big, along with the Modern Pop Cream Glaze Lip Topcoat. The lipsticks are creamy and very pigmented. They have an opaque satin finish. I find them to be nicely moisturizing, which also means the wear is not as long as more matte lipsticks. The ingredients include Abyssinian Oil and Omega Fatty Acids to soften lips, as well as antioxidants vitamin A, C and E complex.

Modern Pop Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Dream Big

Modern Pop Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Dream Big

Dream Big is a nude peach, the lightest shade of the three. It’s the quintessential nude lippie. If I didn’t have such thin lips I would love this, but I need a little more lip real estate to do the color justice.

Modern Pop Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Express Yourself

Modern Pop Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Express Yourself

Express Yourself is a bright peach. This is darker and brighter than Dream Big and is a great shade for spring. I love that it isn’t a brown-based peach, which always makes me look washed out.

Modern Pop Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Fall in Love

Modern Pop Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Fall in Love

Fall in Love is a tawny peach that is the deepest shade in the trio. This is a very interesting shade that leans orange. I love this one and I don’t have anything else like it in my collection.

Modern Pop also has a lip gloss to go with the lipsticks called Cream Glaze Lip Topcoat. This is a cream gloss with pearl.

Modern Pop Cream Glaze Lip Topcoat

Modern Pop Cream Glaze Lip Topcoat

Fall in Love swatched with and without Topcoat

Fall in Love swatched with and without Topcoat

As you can see, the Modern Pop Cream Glaze Lip Topcoat totally transforms Fall in Love from a deeper tawny peach to a shiny lighter pastel. It works on all the Modern Pop lipsticks, as well as any other lipstick you have. It is great for softening colors that are too deep for your skin tone, as well as giving matte lipsticks a whole new look. What a great way to increase the versatility of your lipstick collection!

I adore the packaging for the Modern Pop collection and the peach shades are perfect for spring.  f you only get one thing, be sure to buy the Cream Glaze Lip Topcoat, which saves any lipsticks that aren’t quite right for you and gives old favorites a new look.  – Lisa

*samples for editorial consideration

Does Stix lipstick live up to its cute packaging?

Stiks Cosmetiks lipstick

Stiks Cosmetiks lipstick

Call me shallow but I love the packaging of this lipstick by Stiks Cosmetiks. It’s so different from the norm and it totally intrigues me. Urban Outfitters sent one for review and I’ve been loving on it.

Stiks Cosmetiks

Stiks Cosmetiks

Stiks has created this in just 6 shades and if they are all as nice as Nude is then it’s a winning line. I do wish they had a pink that was light though since the other colors are all darker than I prefer.

Stiks Cosmetiks in Nude

Stiks Cosmetiks in Nude

NUDE is a creamy peach nude shade. It looks more peach on me than it appears in the tube. Other shades ($20 each) are:

Cinnamon Stiks Cosmetiks

Cinnamon Stiks Cosmetiks

Mauve Stiks lipstick

Mauve Stiks lipstik

Stiks Cosmetiks Red lipstick

Stiks Cosmetiks Red lipstik

Burgundy Stiks Lipstik

Burgundy Stiks Lipstik

Stiks Cosmetiks Lipstik in Tangerine

Stiks Cosmetiks Lipstik in Tangerine

I didn’t spell lipstick wrong, Stiks sticks with their stik and calls it a LIPSTIK.

The packaging is so unique because Stiks wanted a lipstik that could fit anywhere including your back pocket, a flat wallet or a tiny clutch. What’s also interesting is that the top is a flip-top cap that’s easy to open with just one hand. You can actually hear the click when you want to move it up.

Stiks Cosmetiks Nude Lipstik

Stiks Cosmetiks Nude Lipstik

This “lipstik” is long lasting especially if you use a lipliner with it. I like to put a light gloss over it to make it look more creamy but I’ve worn it without since I don’t usually carry gloss with me.

Nude Stiks

Nude Stiks

Wearing Stiks Nude Lipstik

Wearing Stiks Nude Lipstik

I like that this is moisturizing and that the color isn’t too light. Some nudes make you look corpse-like but Stiks Cosmetiks Nude Lipstik makes me feel comfortable and sweet as a peach. Have you heard of Stiks? Do you love the packaging as much as I do?? — Marcia

*provided by Urban Outfitters for consideration

Drugstore Makeup Wars – Eddie Funkhouser rules

Eddie Funkhouser Cosmetics

Eddie Funkhouser Cosmetics

Makeup Wars has chosen Drugstore Brand Favorites this week and it took me zero seconds to decide that EDDIE FUNKHOUSER had to be my choice, I’m in love with Eddie so excuse my familiarity when I don’t use his full name.. While I buy a lot of drugstore items I don’t have a lot of any brand other than Eddie Funkhouser. Many of these items were sent for consideration but I’ve also bought (and rebought) quite a few. What I’m sharing today are the Eddie products I could find since some are hiding from me.

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara, Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze, Ultra Defining Eye Liner Stylus

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara, Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze, Ultra Defining Eye Liner Stylus

Eddie Funkhouser liquid liner and variable mascara

Eddie Funkhouser liquid liner and variable mascara

1) Eyeliner and mascara – This is what started me on the road to my love affair with Eddie. Of all the liquid eyeliners I have, this black Ultra Defining Eye Lining Stylus EF is the best ever. I wasn’t taking any chances of not having it even though it’s lasted forever so I bought a back up. And the Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara is so fabulous that I have two backups as well as one in use. Ultra Defining Lining Stylus ($10.99) has a thin felt tip that I can control with ease. Quattro Variable Lash Mascara ($12.99) has 4 settings so you can build it up to get the volume you desire. I forgot to put a picture of the Graffiti Cream Eye Pencil in Black but it too is a wonderful eyeliner for all pencil lovers. The fun of Eddie’s liners are in the Graffiti Metallic Liquid liners. This comes in 3 metallic shades and add a spark to your eyes.

Hyperreal Eye Color Shadows from Eddie Funkhouser

Hyperreal Eye Color Shadows from Eddie Funkhouser

2) Hyperreal Eye Color Shadows ($8.49) are the cream of the crop. These single shadows have rich pigmentation, are long lasting and smooth to the touch. I’ve got 8 shades and don’t want to play favorites but ….

Eddie Funkhouser Stage Beauty

Eddie Funkhouser Stage Beauty

Shadows shown above are Stage Beauty, Femme Fatale, Dreamcatcher, Stage Beauty, All Nighter and Lavender Sky. Below are The Benjamins and New Boheme (review).

Eddie Funkhouser The Benjamins and New Boheme

Eddie Funkhouser The Benjamins and New Boheme

3) Pro Brushes are the newest addition to the Eddie Funkhouser family. I bought three from Dermstore but I didn’t see one in the box and now it’s gone (dang it). What I do have to enjoy are the All Over Eye Brush ($8.99) and Tapered Shadow Brush ($10.99). The All Over Eye Brush has a medium head that’s great for shadow placement and the browbone area. The Tapered Shadow Brush has a fluffy, full tapered head that I love for blending.

Eddie Funkhouser Tapered shadow Brush and All Over Eye Brush

Eddie Funkhouser Tapered shadow Brush and All Over Eye Brush

Like all Eddie Funkhouser products these are cruelty free brushes. “Artisanal quality crafted brush, featuring hand-scored premium hair, expertly-sculpted head integrated with premium aluminum ferrule and hardwood handles painted with hard-as-nails, multi-layered high-gloss black lacquer.”

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Primer, Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Primer, Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation

4) Luxlight Hydrating Primer and Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation are the two face products I enjoy from my beau. The Hydrating Primer ($14.99) comes in one shade, Candlelight, which adds a luminous peachy glow. Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation ($14.99) comes in 6 shades and is a lightweight foundation that is buildable. This has a light diffused finish to it. I actually used up my Luxlight Illuminator in Candlelight ($11.99). This can be used the same way you’d use Touche Eclat. I like it under my eyes to brighten up and make the end of the day circles look lessened.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator

5) Ultra Intensity Cheek Color ($8.49) only comes in 4 shades and I’ve been whispering in Eddie’s ear that he needs to add more. I have it in A Little Toasted which is described as a matte pale crimson. I find this to be a neutral shade on me though if I apply it with a soft brush. It can be deepened too.

Eddie Funkhouser A Little Toasted blush

Eddie Funkhouser A Little Toasted blush

6) Chromographic Lip Color and Hyperreal Hydrating Lipgloss are the two lip products I bought. It’s a little hard to tell the colors online so this was the hardest choice I had to make. Eddie has two formulas of lipstick, Chromographic Lip Color which has some sparkle to it to light up your lips and Nourishing Lip Color which is more pigmented ($12.99 each). Lovefroze is a sparkling pinky peach that has a more dimensional finish because of the light sparkle in it. There are 12 shades of Hyperreal Hydrating Lipgloss ($10.99) and I went safe with my first buy of Meow Meow, a nude beige pink that brightens up any lipstick I apply it over.

EF Meow Meow gloss and Lovefrozen Chromographic lipstick

EF Meow Meow gloss and Lovefrozen Chromographic lipstick

I have a list of future Eddie Funkhouser buys like the 16 Hour 4 Way Liquid Concealer ($10.99) in Light and Hyperreal Eye Color Palette in Bedroom Eyes ($14.99). I need to keep my boyfriend happy after all.

Now it’s time to visit the other drugstore brands to see what favorites those ladies have. — Marcia


Update on IT Cosmetic’s 1/19 TSV

IT Cosmetics It's a New Year, Most Beautiful Skin promo picture

IT Cosmetics It’s a New Year, Most Beautiful Skin promo picture

I’m sad to say that the IT Cosmetics TSV from January 19th is sold out. It is such a wonderful kit. I received one from PR but too late to show the products but I also bought one for myself that will soon be for my very excited sister.  Most of the products will be available individually though so I want to share my update with pictures.it january tsv card

There were 5 fabulous products that were new to the kit. I have the kit in Fair and it’s a great shade for my fair skin.

CC+ Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream –
I’ve been a fan of IT Cosmetic’s Concealers for years and I own them all. This fuller coverage concealer is a treat because of the packaging (and of course the product). The packaging is called Cold Spoon Technology and it’s a refreshing touch of cool when you apply it. Just don’t squeeze too hard since a little goes a long way. This blends in beautifully and lasts. Plus it’s giving much needed SPF 50+ coverage.

CC+ Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream

CC+ Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream

CC+ Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream

CC+ Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream

CC+ Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream in Fair

CC+ Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream in Fair

CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact is the product I was most anxious to try and it was definitely worth the wait. This isn’t the cushion product that we’ve started to see. It’s their wonder CC+ Cream in compact form. Push the button and the product comes out. I use the sponge it comes with to apply. It’s wonderful for packing and it’s wonderful because it’s a fabulous CC Cream.

CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact

CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact

CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact

CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact

CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact in Fair

CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact in Fair

CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder is a talc free hydrating powder. It is beautiful over every foundation I’ve tried it with but especially over IT’s CC Cream. Not all powders are light enough for me but this is whisper soft.

CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder

CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder

CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder  in Fair

CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder in Fair

The CC+ Angled Buffing Foundation Brush is the a terrific brush for the products in this kit and for all the other facial products I use. IT Cosmetic brushes are amazing and I wish I owned them all. Like all products from IT, they are cruelty free. If you read a lot of raves about them it’s because they are uniquely wonderful. This Angled Buffing brush is great for buffing in foundation as well as for use with a powder product. It’s also great for blending your blush so it looks seamless on your face.

CC+ Angled Buffing Foundation Brush

CC+ Angled Buffing Foundation Brush

CC+ Angled Buffing Foundation Brush

CC+ Angled Buffing Foundation Brush

Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill Lipstick ™ in LOVE.  What a pretty shade this is. Love is described by IT as a nude pink but I don’t find it to be nude at all. To me it’s a more universal sheer shade of a rose/pink. It’s formulated with nourishing ingredients that are meant to hydrate your lips: shea butter, jojoba, grape seed extract, cherry oil and hyaluronic acid.

Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill Lipstick ™ in LOVE

Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill Lipstick ™ in LOVE

Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill Lipstick ™ in LOVE

Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill Lipstick ™ in LOVE

You need to watch for these 5 items when they become available for purchase again. One of my favorite things about IT is when they have a TSV on QVC. The value is uncomparable.

IT’S A NEW YEAR, YOUR MOST BEAUTIFUL SKIN  collection

IT’S A NEW YEAR, YOUR MOST BEAUTIFUL SKIN collection

Don’t miss the next time IT has a collection like this. I know I won’t. — Marcia

*provided for review and also purchased a second one

To read more about these products see my previous article.

Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Cream Blush and Forbidden Lipstick

Ok, first of all, have you checked out Gloss48 yet?  Gloss48 is niche brand heaven.  They find the coolest indie brands then put them on mega sale for one week.  Take a look!  It is a beauty junkies dream come true.

Gloss48 recently sent us some Rituel de Fille to review in anticipation of the amazing sale happening this week.  A few months ago I read about this hip line on the beautiful Phyrra’s blog, Beauty for the Bold.  She loved the cream blushes and lipstick, and I was just itching to try them.  The itch has been scratched!

Rituel de Fille packaging

The Rituel de Fille packaging is pretty cool.  I like the simple, art deco type design and the accompanying stars.  While the packaging is plastic, it has heft and feels substantial.

Rituel de Fille Rapture Blush

Rituel de Fille Rapture Blush

Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Cream Blush in Rapture

Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Cream Blush in Rapture

The Inner Glow Cream Blush in Rapture ($24) is simply divine.  This is a peachy pink that looks like the flush you get after a quick jog.  The blush is very pigmented and the texture is velvety.  It goes on just a bit wet, then dries down to a soft dewy finish.  I like that this is a pan, not a pot, so it’s easy to use a brush with it.

Rituel de Fille Fortune Teller Lipstick

Rituel de Fille Fortune Teller Lipstick

Rituel de Fille Forbidden Lipstick in Fortune Teller

Rituel de Fille Forbidden Lipstick in Fortune Teller

The Forbidden Lipstick in Fortune Teller ($23) is a deep berry red.  It has a lot of warmth in it, and reminds me of Marsala, the Pantone Color of the Year.  This is a lipstick to pat on, not swipe on.  It feels like a matte stain, and even though it doesn’t have much slip it also doesn’t feel dry.  The color has great lasting power, and this shade in particular is great for layering for more drama.

My Rituel de Fille face of the day

My Rituel de Fille face of the day

Based on these two products, I think Rituel de Fille is one fantastic niche line.  Gloss48 has a really terrific sale going on this week, so now is the time to order yourself some instant indie coolness.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

The brights are “in” for 2015 with Gerard Cosmetics

Gerard Cosmetics All Dolled Up, Tequila Sunrise, and Cocoa Bean

Gerard Cosmetics All Dolled Up, Tequila Sunrise, and Cocoa Bean

If you want bright and highly pigmented lip products then head over to GERARD COSMETICS. The two lipsticks and one gloss they sent for review have some of the best pigmentation I’ve seen in years. I’m used to a nude lip so when I applied these the first time I was amazed at the vibrancy I saw. It took a while to get used to but then I couldn’t stop looking in the mirror.

Gerard Cosmetic lipstick

Gerard Cosmetic lipstick

The shiny gold tubes look like they’d weigh a ton but instead they are lightweight.

Gerard Lipstick in All Dolled Up

Gerard Lipstick in All Dolled Up

Since I’m always attracted to cool toned lipstick I started with All Dolled Up. This is the definition of “cool toned”. It’s a bright pink that’s just this side of fuchsia on me. The pigment is off the charts.

Gerard Lipstick in All Dolled Up

Gerard Lipstick in All Dolled Up

If you want a bright pink, go no farther than All Dolled Up.

But if you want a lipstick that’s warmer but not warm try Tequila Sunrise instead. On me it’s a pinky coral. In my swatches it looks more coral than it actually is.

Gerard Cosmetics Tequila Sunrise

Gerard Cosmetics Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise turns out to be my favorite of the two. I love that it has that touch of pink to soften the shade making it more flattering for my skintone.

Gerard Cosmetics Tequila Sunrise

Gerard Cosmetics Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise is a matte lipstick ($19). My lips are dry as the Sahara so I make sure that I’m well exfoliated and balmed up before applying. I like using either a gloss or Waxelene Lip Balm over it too.

Gerard Cosmetics Tequila Sunrise and All Dolled Up

Gerard Cosmetics Tequila Sunrise and All Dolled Up

The color doesn’t fade quickly but to refresh it either a light shade of gloss or a clear gloss does the job. If your lips aren’t as lined as mine then you can probably get an even longer wear from these by not topping them.

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Cocoa Bean

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Cocoa Bean

Gerard also makes the delightful Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses ($24) that my blog partner Lisa has written about several times. These glosses are made by Gerard but are also part of the Whitening Lightening line. The one I was sent is called Cocoa Bean and it has the most fun packaging ever.

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Cocoa Bean

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Cocoa Bean

As you can see it lights up when you open the tube. That helps a lot when applying color especially one as color saturated as Cocoa Bean is. It also has a mirror on the side to help you apply. It’s a brown with a touch of red to it. On some people it would be considered a dark nude lip. On me it’s intense and not an easy color to wear. But the formula is amazing and I’d love to wear some of the shades like Nude and Butter Cream.

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Cocoa Bean

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Cocoa Bean

Color Your Smile

Color Your Smile

At the recent award shows the fashion blogs were all raving about the more intense look on lips and how they are tired of the nude look. Gerard Cosmetics has the answer for that with their 7 lipstick shades and 24 lipglosses. Get ready, get set, shop!! — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

Are you ready for the Naked Truth? Cate McNabb is.

 

Naked Truth from catemcnabbcosmetics.com

Naked Truth from catemcnabbcosmetics.com

2014 brought a new cosmetic company that is a cruelty free and socially conscious line. Cate McNabb is a brand that is formulated without unnecessary chemicals and is paraben free. We were sent a lipstick to test out the brand and now I want to test more than just this one lipstick.

Cate McNabb Naked Truth

Cate McNabb Naked Truth

The shade I have is NAKED TRUTH which is described as a matte soft salmon. Altogether Cate McNabb has 20 lipsticks in different formulas like lustre, matte, satin, and frosted. Since I love a light lip look Naked Truth was the best choice for me personally although I think a lot of the shades would appeal to readers. Cate McNabb products are created with bold hues in mind.

Cate McNabb Naked Truth

Cate McNabb Naked Truth

Since Naked Truth is a matte formula, it’s drier than a satin would be. I have to make sure that my lips are well primed prior to wearing it. If I remember I’ll apply Waxelene early to soften my lips and then before applying Naked Truth I like to start with a balm.

Cate McNabb Naked Truth over lip balm

Cate McNabb Naked Truth over lip balm

It’s one of the longest lasting lipsticks that I have. I usually top it with a little bit of gloss since I’m not totally comfortable with a matte lip. It just takes a little to end up with a lush lip look.

Cate McNabb lip colors are infused with nourishing natural ingredients like shea butter, olive oil, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil, for bold and natural lips that always shine. Line, layer, love!”

I’m excited with this Cate McNabb discovery. There’s always room for quality cosmetics with great pigmentation that are cruelty-free. What a great way to start 2015. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration