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

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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

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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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Holiday parties? Try these five drugstore beauty items!

Holiday parties?  Try these five drugstore beauty items!‘Tis the season for holiday parties! The drugstore is my favorite friend because it has pretty much everything needed to get party perfect. Here are five picks to help you get smooth, styled, and glammed up gorgeous.

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Venus Snap Razor

Venus Snap Razor

GET SMOOTH! Venus Snap Razor, $9.99-12.99  How cute is this? I’m often in a hurry when getting ready and the Venus Snap Razor‘s no-slip-grip is perfect, giving a super close shave while also hydrating skin. If you are going out of town for your parties, this is the perfect razor to pack.

Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask

Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask

GET STYLED!  Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask, $11.99 The Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask is a once a week treatment, and it’s terrific to use for party perfect hair. This isn’t a mask you need to pile on…a little goes a long way. Be sure to rinse well because it’s so moisturizing it can leave hair feeling a little sticky when it’s wet. After hair dries it is unbelievably smooth, shiny, and soft – exactly what want for a holiday party!

COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation

COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation

GET GLAM! COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation, $9.79-12.79  This a liquid foundation that is great for those with normal skin. It really does last and last, which is what you want when you are going to party all night. It gives medium coverage and a natural look. It does have a slight fragrance. I find that it’s better to use a foundation sponge than a brush or even fingers – sponging it on gives the best coverage and finish.

COVERGIRL Outlast Longwear Lipstick in Magnetic Mauve

COVERGIRL Outlast Longwear Lipstick in Magnetic Mauve

GET EVEN MORE GLAM! COVERGIRL Outlast Longwear Lipstick, $6.99-8.99 Get some major glam and keep it with Covergirl Outlast Lipstick. It’s a cross between a lipstick and a gel-based balm and it feels divine on the lips. I am loving the Magnetic Mauve shade, which is a flattering, pretty holiday berry.

Swatches of COVERGIRL Magnetic Mauve and Bombshell Shine Shadow in Platinum Club

Swatches of COVERGIRL Magnetic Mauve and Bombshell Shine Shadow in Platinum Club

GET SUPER GLAM! COVERGIRL Bombshell Shine Shadow in Platinum Club, $6.99-8.99 Have you tried the Covergirl Bombshell Shine Shadows yet?  If not, you need to get some stat!! It’s a soft, sort of powdery mousse that goes on in sheer layers. It takes only a few moments to dry into a beautiful shimmery finish. Platinum Club, a multi-hued purple/brown/gray is my pick for a holiday perfect shade. It’s fantastic alone, although it’s wonderful paired with a matte pink or light gray shadow. The staying power is excellent, even without using an eye primer.

Get to the drugstore and get ready to party on!!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Paula’s Choice Skincare Berry and Bright Lip Collection

Paula's Choice Skincare Berry and Bright Lip Collection

Paula’s Choice Skincare Berry and Bright Lip Collection

I love holiday lip colors – deep pinks, berries, and plums. They are fun and just so festive! A collection I am loving that is definitely holiday perfect is the new limited edition Berry & Bright Lip Collection ($45) from Paula’s Choice.

Paula's Choice Skincare Berry and Bright Lip Collection

Paula’s Choice Skincare Berry and Bright Lip Collection

True confession – while I am a big Paula fan (and have been since the 1990’s, that’s how OLD I am), I’ve never liked any of her lip products. I am also not a huge fan of lip crayons…I’m more of a lip gloss lover. However…I like these, I really like these!! The four chubby lip crayons are in festive shades: Currant, a traditional medium red; Plum, a deep purple/red; Winterberry, a pink/red; and Sugar, a pink opalescent. Sugar is great alone or over the other three matte shades to lighten them up and give some depth.

Paula's Choice Skincare Berry and Bright Lip Collection

Paula's Choice Skincare Berry and Bright Lip Collection

So why do I love these when lip pencils aren’t really my thing?  Six reasons:

1.  These have NO scent and NO taste. What else would you expect from Paula??

2.  The chubby pencils twist up so there is no sharpening involved and no special sharpener needed.

3.  While the lippies go on smooth and satiny, they have TONS of pigment and the stain lasts and lasts. In fact, if you aren’t into bold color be careful applying!

4.  They don’t dry out my lips! Awesome for matte stains.

5.  Sugar is amazing. It really makes the set even more versatile – it’s like getting 7 colors, not 4.

6.  This makes four awesome gifts if you want to break up the set – about $12 for a very large lippie that will last a long time.

Berry & Bright Lip Collection is perfect for holiday lips…really for any season. It gets a big thumbs up from me!!  If you are new to Paula’s Choice, click HERE for $10 off your first order (which also gives me a refer a friend credit!) – Lisa

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Introducing Sheena Sujan lipsticks and the 11th Day of Christmas giveaway

 

Sheena Sujan Lipstick Collection

Sheena Sujan Lipstick Collection

We were recently sent the Sheena Sujan Cosmetics lipstick collection to test and to share for our 11th Day of Christmas giveaway. Sheena Sujan is a new name to me but she’s not unknown in the world of cosmetics and handbags. Sheena Sujan  is a Beverly Hills based company created by this international model, designer and entrepeneur.

So far her cosmetic company consists of 9 beautiful lipstcks that are cruelty-free, paraben free and made in the USA. While they are normally $16 each, they are currently on sale for a limited time for $8. In addition to the lipsticks she has 9 pairs of false eyelashes, all named after old time movie stars like Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner and Sophia Lauren (also on sale for $4.50 from $9).

Sheena Sujan

Sheena Sujan

I tried 3 of these lipsticks. These are matte lipsticks so I always make sure I use a scrub first and usually a lip balm so that they feel comfortable on my lips. This way I have no dryness with them though I’m sure the lip balm shortens the longevity of the color but I’ll pick comfort over time.

Sheena Sujan lipstick collection

Sheena Sujan lipstick collection

CLOUD 9 is my favorite because it’s pink. It looks lighter on my lips than my photo. It isn’t too light though which makes it easy for me to wear.

Sheena Sujan Cloud 9 lipstick

Sheena Sujan Cloud 9 lipstick

Sheena Sujan Cloud 9

Sheena Sujan Cloud 9

Sheena Sujan Cloud 9

Sheena Sujan Cloud 9

FIRST LOVE is a great nude on the warm side. It doesn’t make me look like a corpse though which can happen with this kind of shade.

Sheena Sujan First Love

Sheena Sujan First Love

Sheena Sujan First Love

Sheena Sujan First Love

BACKSTAGE is the life of the party since it’s a hot pink with a tad of fuchsia in it.

Sheena Sujan Backstage

Sheena Sujan Backstage

Sheena Sujan Backstage

Sheena Sujan Backstage

 

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION –  There will be three winners of two lipsticks each. This is open internationally through December 21, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. You probably won’t receive these before Christmas but hopefully before New Years. To enter you MUST be a subscriber and leave a comment. After that you can keep on with the Rafflecopter.

Let me give you my best description of the giveaway lipsticks that weren’t swatched and just photographed.

SET 1 – Light shades

Sheena Sujan Once Upon A Time

Sheena Sujan Once Upon A Time

Sheena Sujan Once Upon A Time is a light pink with a lilac undertone.

Sheena Sujan Beachy Keen

Sheena Sujan Beachy Keen

Sheena Sujan Beachy Keen is a beautiful light Georgia peach with just a touch of pink.

SET 2 – Medium shades

 

Latin Lover

Latin Lover

Sheena Sujan Latin Lover is a great looking coral.  (My picture turned out too pink while this shows it a little darker than it really is)

Sheena Sujan Speak Up

Sheena Sujan Speak Up

Sheena Sujan Speak Up is a true red  that is blue based.

SET 3 – Dark shades

Sheena Sujan Twilight

Sheena Sujan Twilight

Sheena Sujan Twilight is a true purple lipstick that is so chic this year.

Sheena Sujan Red Bottoms

Sheena Sujan Red Bottoms

Sheena Sujan Red Bottoms is a vampy dark red. It’s going to be so striking on the right person.

Now pick your favorite set, enter the giveaway and cross your fingers for some 11th day of Christmas Sheena Sujan lipsticks to be yours.  — Marcia

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