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

*sent for editorial consideration, some affiliate links

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

*denotes sent for consideration, affiliate links

Going Pantone pastel with Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Vintage Eyeshadow Quad and Pink Lust Lipstick

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I was pleasantly suprised when I saw how light and pretty the the Pantone colors of th year were for 2016: Rose Quartz (pastel rose) and Serenity (pastel blue). They are beautiful shades that work just as well for winter as they do for summer. Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics sent me a few products that celebrate the Rose Quartz shade and I am totally loving them.

Youngblood Cosmetics Vintage and Pink Lust

Youngblood Cosmetics Vintage and Pink Lust

The Youngblood Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad in Vintage ($43) is four shades of rose that make a perfect, classic eye look. The packaging is oh-so-chic and the eyeshadows have a smooth texture that is long-wearing. The Vintage Quad shades are:

  • Blush – a medium matte pink
  • Merlot – a deep, warm purple-plum
  • Bordeaux – a shimmery deep burgundy
  • Syrah – a soft dusty pink
Youngblood Cosmetics Vintage

Youngblood Cosmetics Vintage

Youngblood Cosmetics Vintage

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Vintage Eyeshadow Palette

I love pink eyeshadow as long as the pink isn’t too bright or too blue, and these are really perfect for some pop without looking like someone ‘popped’ you in the eye. I always use a primer and with one the eyeshadows last all day. If you are looking for some Serenity to complement your Rose Quartz, you should check out the Glamour Eyes Quad – the Stunning and Charming shades look perfect for a complete Pantone 2016 combo.

Youngblood Cosmetics Pink Lust

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Pink Lust Lipstick

For lips, Youngblood sent me their Lipstick in Pink Lust ($19). This is a light metallic pink/peach. It is extremely pretty and wears well. It has a nice slip that is comfortable and the metallic sheen is awesome for adding some depth and the illusion of size to my thin lips. Youngblood lipsticks include ingredients like sunflower oil, candellila wax, and vitamin E so lips are soft and hyrdated. In addition to Pink Lust, there are 22 other shades that come in a range of finishes including sheer, metallic, pearl, cream and matte.

The Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Vintage Eyeshadow Quad and Pink Lust Lipstick are great options for trying out the rose quartz side of the Pantone 2016 colors of the year – take a look, these pretty products are worth your consideration!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Walking on the wild side with Lipstick Queen

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

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince swatch

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince swatch

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

Lipstick Queen Ice Queen

Lipstick Queen Ice Queen

Lipstick Queen Ice Queen swatch

Lipstick Queen Ice Queen swatch

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

Lipstick Queen Hey Sailor Lip Gloss

Lipstick Queen Hey Sailor Lip Gloss

Lipstick Queen Hey Sailor Lip Gloss swatch

Lipstick Queen Hey Sailor Lip Gloss swatch

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

Lipstick Queen Seven Deadly Sins Lip Gloss in Decadence

Lipstick Queen Seven Deadly Sins Lip Gloss in Decadence

Lipstick Queen Decadence swatch

Lipstick Queen Decadence swatch

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

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

Celebrate the new year with IT Cosmetics TSV “New Year Your Most Beautiful Skin”

#yourmostbeautiful2016 IT Cosmetics TSV

#yourmostbeautiful2016
IT Cosmetics TSV

#yourmostbeautiful2016

Saturday, January 16th is one special day on QVC since it’s Beauty Day. The best part of Beauty Day for us is that it means a TSV for IT Cosmetics. And what a great TSV it is. Lisa and Marcia are thrilled to have received a sneak peek to share with you so you can see what special items are in IT COSMETICS NEW YEAR, YOUR MOST BEAUTIFUL SKIN COLLECTION, 6 piece set.

IT Cosmetics TSV Your Most Beautiful Skin #yourmostbeautiful2016

IT Cosmetics TSV Your Most Beautiful Skin #yourmostbeautiful2016

LISA is sharing CC+ Veil Cushion Compact Foundation and 2 brushes

IT Cosmetics stole my heart a long time ago and it continues to be one of my favorite cosmetics line. This set is really a fantastic value and so much fun!

IT Cosmetics New Year, Your Most Beautiful Skin foundation and brushes

IT Cosmetics CC+Veil Cushion Compact Foundation

IT Cosmetics CC+Veil Cushion Compact Foundation in Medium

IT Cosmetics CC Veil Foundation in Fair

IT Cosmetics CC Veil Foundation in Fair

The CC+ Veil Cushion Compact Foundation is a sponge-worthy foundation (for all you Seinfeld fans!) that has just about everything. It has a 50+ SPF, an anti-aging serum, a moisturizer, a primer, and a sheer to medium foundation, all in one. If you have oily skin you will still want to use a separate primer, but otherwise this is definitely a multi-tasker that will make you very happy.

IT Cosmetics CC+Veil Cushion Compact Foundation refill

IT Cosmetics CC+Veil Cushion Compact Foundation refill

The squishy sponge houses a creamy liquid foundation that goes on like gossamer, it’s so lightweight. The coverage is sheer but buildable, and what I really love about this set is it includes a refill! I’m not sure how long the sponge will last, but I’m glad to know that once I’ve used it up I have another one ready. My shade is medium, and it’s a neutral tone that is a little on the light side for a medium shade.

Heavenly Luxe Dual-Ended Complexion Perfection Brush

Heavenly Luxe Dual-Ended Complexion Perfection Brush

Heavenly Luxe Dual-Ended Complexion Perfection Brush

Heavenly Luxe Dual-Ended Complexion Perfection Brush

While the foundation comes with an application puff, I prefer the Heavenly Luxe Dual-Ended Complexion Perfection Brush. This brush is oh-so-soft, but it’s densely packed so it gives great control.  The large end is perfect for applying the Cushion Compact Foundation and the small end is great for those hard to cover areas like around the eyes and nose.

Angled Radiance Creme Brush

Angled Radiance Creme Brush

Angled Radiance Creme Brush

Angled Radiance Creme Brush

The other brush included in this set is the Angled Radiance Creme Brush. It has an angled edge that really hugs your cheekbones. The bristles are fabulous for cream blush application, blending the blush so naturally it creates a beautiful, glowy flush. I think my three products alone are worth the $59.96 price tag, but there are even more goodies included that Marcia has for review.

MARCIA is sharing Je Ne Sais Quoi! Lipstick and Creme Blush

Once you open this fabulous TSV you’ll find two Je Ne Sais Quoi products – one brand new and one revamped. Let me start with the revamped lipstick.

Just the other day when I wrote about Pantone 2016 Colors I showed you a picture of Je Ne Sais Quoi Blurred Lines Smooth Fill Lipstick. When I opened my new lipstick I found that the color wasn’t the same but the technology was. Originally the lipstick was almost clear and your body’s chemistry changed it to suit you. Now the lipstick is tinted pink and comes in a special iridescent white case. So pretty, so nourishing, full on color that has collagen and hyaluronic filling spheres to make your lips look your most beautiful ever.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lipstick for the TSV

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lipstick for the TSV

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lipstick for the TSV

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lipstick for the TSV

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lipstick

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lipstick

Now to the exciting part for me (don’t get me wrong though, I adore the foundation too). A creme blush!!!! I am a creme blush fanatic so I was especially excited to find this in the QVC TSV. This too is named Je Ne Sais Quoi, officially IT COSMETICS CC+ VITALITY BRIGHTENING CREME BLUSH in JE NE SAIS QUOI. Call me thrilled.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Vitality Brightening Creme Blush in Je Ne Sais Quoi

IT Cosmetics CC+ Vitality Brightening Creme Blush in Je Ne Sais Quoi

The blush tries to trick you but you’ll be thrilled with its trickiness. It appears as a pink in the compact but when I swatched it I found it look very light. So light in fact that I worried that it wouldn’t show up. But like the lipstick it’s a color correcting anti-aging creme blush. It starts off light (see picture below) but then deepens on its own to a very natural pink. It never gets too deep on me but it’s not too light either. It’s, to quote Goldilocks, “just right”. The Angled Radiance Creme Brush described above is a great tool to smooth this onto your cheeks.

IT Cosmetics  Je Ne Sais Quoi swatches, top blush, bottom lipstick

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi swatches, top blush, bottom lipstick

If you add up the products in this TSV they’d cost you $214.00. But like all IT Cosmetics TSV’s the price is amazing at $59.96. The TSV number is A272018 for a one time buy and A276946 for auto delivery. Don’t miss out on this great deal and the opportunity to have your most beautiful skin ever.

#yourmostbeautiful2016

*sent for editorial consideration

December’s Ipsy bag was a winner for me and there’ll be a winner for this giveaway

Ipsy Glam Bag December 2015

Ipsy Glam Bag December 2015

While ending the year IPSY obviously wanted me to keep subscribing since they sent me items that I’m excited about owning and using. Every item this month for me has been a winner though there’s one that won’t work for me. Which means that at the end of this review there’s a giveaway (hint, it’s all about your lips).

Ipsy Glam Bag contents 12/15

Ipsy Glam Bag contents 12/15

I was pretty loaded up this month and even got a bonus that not everyone got. I’ve seen a few reviews of the December box and it seems that some people received an EM Cosmetic item so that’s what I’ll start with.

EM Cosmetics Shade Play eyeshadow palette

EM Cosmetics Shade Play eyeshadow palette

EM COSMETICS SHADE PLAY EYESHADOW PALETTE ($28) was a bonus for me this month. Eyeshadow palettes and I are besties. I’ve purchased several of these palettes and I know that they are quite nice so when I saw Bali Bronzes in my package I was thrilled.

EM Shade Play palette in Bali Bronzes

EM Shade Play palette in Bali Bronzes

Bali Bronzes swatches from emcosmetics.com

Bali Bronzes swatches from emcosmetics.com

These are my kinds of colors and this sturdy case is going to go traveling with me.

Sephora X in Revved Up

Sephora X in Revved Up

Revved Up from sephora.com

Revved Up from sephora.com

Sephora X Formula Nail Pollish in Revved Up is another great product for me. I love the mini size since I probably will wear it 1 – 2 times altogether. But more important, I love the color. It’s a rose gold metallic that’s going to be a great party shade for me. While I haven’t worn it yet, I know I will. The full size is $10.50 at Sephora.

RickysNY 3D Blender

RickysNYC 3D Blender

I love tools and this RickysNYC 3D Blender is going to have fun living on my vanity. While I mostly use a Beauty Blender, I also misplace things often. Usually they are right in front of me or pushed back in a drawer. So having an extra Blender sponge will come in quite handy. This is 100% latex free. It also costs $10 which is the price I paid for my entire IPSY Glam bag. Can’t argue with that!

Ipsy samples: Thank Me Later e/s primer, Befine Exfoliating Cleanser

Ipsy samples: Thank Me Later e/s primer, Befine Exfoliating Cleanser

Two deluxe sample items were in the bag too. Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later eyeshadow primer is one of the better samples I’ve gotten in subscription boxes. I use up primers fairly quickly either on my eyes or in swatching. Plus this is a great travel size (value about $3.50). Befine Exfoliating Cleanser is a great size for a deluxe sample, giving us enough uses to know how much we like it. This contains brown sugar, almond & oats to remove oils and nourish dry, sensitive skin. Plus it’s a cruelty free company. A full size of 4 oz. is $24 making this 1 oz size worth $6.

Pacifica Power of Love lipstick in Nude Red

Pacifica Power of Love lipstick in Nudie Red

Receiving a full size lipstick from PACIFICA ($10) is pretty darn great. This is a great cruelty free company that is 100% Vegan. Nudie Red is actually a very nice color but it’s not my kind of color. Therefore someone is going to win this. The company says it’s a satin finish and that the tube is recyclable. To my eye it appears to be a light red with brownish undertones. It’s not a deep shade so if you are afraid of red, this should still be fine.

This was one of the best IPSY GLAM bags I’ve ever received, even if I hadn’t gotten the bonus palette I still would have been quite happy with it. If you are considering this bag, I’d love it if you used my affliate link which would help me earn points towards a freebie. What do you think of the December bag? Did I get my money’s worth?? (Darn straight I did!)  — Marcia

Lip giveaway products from Pacifica, OFRA and Bellepiere

Lip giveaway products from Pacifica, OFRA and Bellepiere

OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Americano and BELLAPIERRE Gel Lip Liner in Cinnamon

OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Americano and BELLAPIERRE Gel Lip Liner in Cinnamon

Pacifica Power of Love lipstick in Nude Red

Pacifica Power of Love lipstick in Nudie Red

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: This giveaway is actually for 3 lip products plus some extras. Included in the red IPSY makeup bag from this month will be PACIFICA NUDIE RED LIPSTICK, OFRA AMERICANO LIQUID LIPSTICK and BELLAPIERRE CINNAMON GEL LIP LINER. I reviewed the OFRA and Bellapierre in my Boxycharm review so you can see the brown/cinnamon shades you’ll be receiving if you win this. All three of these lip products are top notch, just not my colors. The giveaway is open for US/Canada through 1/12/16. If comments should close early please email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com, label it LIPSTICK GIVEAWAY, leave your comment and continue on! If these are your shades you’ll be one beautiful BIZ reader.

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