Perfectly petite stocking stuffers from Pixi Beauty

Stocking stuffers from Pixi!

Stocking stuffers from Pixi!

No trip to Target is complete without a major cosmetics aisle haul of Pixi Beauty.  I love that Target has testers, and the super cute size of the new items and kits that Pixi sent us make them absolutely perfect stocking stuffers!

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm Trio

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm Trio

I am a huge, huge fan of the Pixi Beauty Shea Butter Lip Balms.  I keep the Comfort Clear next to my bed, and I have one of the tinted balms in my purse at all times.  I let my mom use my Ripe Raspberry when her lips felt dry, and she wouldn’t even give it back to me!  The Shea Butter Lip Balm Trio ($16) includes three shades:  Comfort Clear, Honey Nectar, and Ripe Raspberry.  Be sure to pick up one of these shea butter and vitamin E infused lip balm trios for yourself, too.

Pixi Concealing Concentrate in Adaptable Beige

Pixi Concealing Concentrate in Adaptable Beige

Pixi Concealing Concentrate ($12) may look tiny, but it packs a big concealing punch!  This waterproof concealer is highly pigmented so it covers all sorts of skin sins.  The jar opening is small, but it keeps me from the temptation of using my finger.  A concealer brush easily grabs all you need – and you don’t need much – to conceal the after-effects of all that holiday partying.

Pixi Quick Fix Powder in Translucid

Pixi Quick Fix Powder in Translucid

Isn’t this loose powder absolutely adorable??  The Pixi Quick Fix Powder in Translucid ($20) works for all but the darkest skin tones to finish makeup and buff away shine.  The application sponge and the mirror on the top of the lid make this a fantastic way to powder your nose on the go.

Pixi Nail Polish, left to right:  Almond Glow, Crystal Champagne, Nude Dazzle

Pixi Nail Polish, left to right: Almond Glow, Crystal Champagne, Nude Dazzle

Marcia raves about Pixi nail polishes and for good reason.  These $8 polishes are the perfect size, not so big they go bad before you have a chance to use all the polish.  They come in fabulous shades and are chip resistant so manicures and pedicures last. The 3-free polishes even have built-in UV protection to prevent discoloration. Three great shades to put in any stocking are Almond Glow, a nude with subtle pink shimmer; Crystal Champagne, a festive multi-faceted rose gold shimmer; and Nude Dazzle, a light metallic nude.

Pixi Fairy Dust Favourites

Pixi Fairy Dust Favourites

Pixi Fairy Dust Favourites ($12) is a single stack of five loose powder highlighter/eyeshadows.  Each screw top lid is also the container for the color above, so it’s not something you can separate into five different gifts.  No worries, the colors are complimentary and all work great together.  They are beautiful eyeshadows that can be deepened with a mixing medium.  Fairy Dust also makes an awesome cheek highlighter.  The lighter shades give skin a beautiful glow when mixed with body lotion, and they make lips look lush when patted over lipstick.  The stack contains Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle, a glimmering white; Gold Dust, a candlelit gold-nude shimmer; Brightening Bare, a medium nude sheen; Mocha Magic, a warm tan shimmer; and Copper Sheen, a rich metallic copper.

Any one of these petite pretties will perk up a stocking…get them all for a truly sublime stocking experience!  You can find them at Target or online at Pixi Beauty. – Lisa

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Melanie Mills Gleam Radiant Dust review and swatches

Melanie Mills Radiant PowderMelanie Mills, the famous makeup artist known for her products that make you ‘gleam’, has a great loose powder option called Radiant Dust ($59). She sent the BIZ sample sizes of all four shades – Light Gold Dust, Rose Gold Dust, Bronze Gold Dust, and Deep Gold Dust. This powder compliments her acclaimed Gleam Body Radiance, one of my favorite self tanner/body moisturizers that I reviewed HERE.

Here are swatches of all four Radiant Dust shades:

starting from left:

starting from left: Rose Gold, Bronze Gold, Light Gold, Deep Gold

Rose Gold

Rose Gold

Light Gold

Light Gold

Bronze Gold

Bronze Gold

Deep Gold

Deep Gold

There are so many things you can do with these shimmering powders. I use them for an all-over sparkle in the summer and layer them over my Gleam Body Radiance for some mega glamour. Rose Gold and Light Gold are gorgeous highlighters. Bronze Gold and Deep Gold are excellent bronzers and blushes. All of the shades are super pretty as eyeshadows and when combined with some mixing medium they transform into gorgeous cream eyeshadows. The texture of the powders is incredibly soft and silky since these are moisturizing powders. They also have a yummy vanilla scent. Almost $60 seems like a lot to pay for loose powder, although while I have sample jars the regular jars look absolutely huge. My guess is a jar will last for a very, very long time.

left to right:

left to right:  Light Gold, Rose Gold, Bronze Gold, Deep Gold

What I love these for most is something that isn’t even beauty related. I use them as ‘sleeping powder’ for my youngest daughter. When she can’t sleep, I sprinkle one of the powders over her and she is magically comforted and goes right to sleep!  All the shades are beautiful. If you are a shimmer girl, you will absolutely love these.  – Lisa

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Powdering our noses the Painted Earth way

Painted Earth calls themselves Cosmetics from Nature for a good reason – all products are organic, non-toxic and natural. They don’t want us to trade our health for our beauty. They are especially known for their skincare but we’ve found that their cosmetics are pretty terrific and we want to share two of them with you today. You’ve hopefully already read about the Hint of Mint Lip Glosses that have Marcia smiling. Well we have more smiles for you with Magic Powder (it’s compelling just for the name!!) and a beautiful Silk Radiance Mineral High Lite Powder.


Mineral Silk Radiance Powder compact

Mineral Silk Radiance Powder compact

Mineral Silk Radiance Powder in Seychelles

Mineral Silk Radiance Powder in Seychelles

I’ve been lucky enough to use Painted Earth’s Mineral Silk Radiance Powder in the shade Seychelles ($34). Now some people like bronzer but I prefer a soft powder like this instead to give my face a healthy glow. I’m as pale as can be and in general I embrace my paleness but in the dead of winter especially there are days that I look like the dead of winter! This Mineral Silk Radiance Powder is made up of powders in shades of peach, cream, pink and a rosy lavender. These are soft shades that combine to give a beautiful soft glow on my face.

Mineral Silk Radiance Powder in Seychelles

Mineral Silk Radiance Powder in Seychelles

The powder contains great ingredients: Argan Oil to hydrate skin, Rice Silk to absorb excess shine, Multi-Mineral Complex from Painted Earth along with Vitamins A, C and E to help product skin from the environment. There is no talc in this powder and it’s mineral oil free.

After I’ve got my “face on” I love to take a big fluffy powder brush, sweep it over the powder and finish with it to set my makeup. It’s just enough to make me look alive while imparting a brightened look without ever looking powdery. This is just one of the many Painted Earth products that I’m thrilled to have.


This is one of the weirdest products I have ever tried. And I mean that in a good way!! Magic Powder ($39.95) is the strangest, neatest finishing powders ever.  It really is magical!

Magic Powder

Magic Powder

Painted Earth says, “it’s a powder that magically turns into moisture when it is applied to your face. A difference you can see and feel. The Mineral Difference drawn from natures wonders, formulated into an unparalleled line of mineral cosmetics resulting in a more natural, beautiful YOU!”

check out the magic inside

check out the magic inside

This loose powder – and it does look exactly like a loose powder – somehow turns into a cool sort of liquid when it hits your face. The powder is still there, it still absorbs oil and finishes your makeup – but it also hydrates and gives skin a pretty, youthful glow.

close up

looks like powder, feels like water!

I use this on my face and neck using a big powder fluff brush.  It’s perfect for days when I feel super dry thanks to indoor heating. I can’t wait for this summer because I know I am going to love that cool, moist feeling when it’s really hot out.

what's inside that makes it magic?

what’s inside that makes it magic?

I can’t figure out how they did it, but it really works. Magic Powder starts as a loose powder, then becomes cool hydration for your skin, then works as a finishing powder to complete your look. I keep expecting David Copperfield to pop up next to my vanity…

My Magic Powder FOD

My Magic Powder FOD – David Blaine loves this look!

Painted Earth’s products were created to give you a healthy, youthful glow, and their powders live up to our expectations.  Check out this great line for unique, interesting products that really work!

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Christina Choi and Le Metier de Beaute Face of the Day

christina choi FOD2

I used a combination of mostly Le Metier and Christina Choi products one day last week and I loved the results.  Here’s what I used:

For this face of the day, I used Le Metier de Beaute Classic Finish Foundation in V applied with a Beauty Blender. Next, I smoothed It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer under my eyes and on any dark or red areas.  After that, I applied Inglot Cream Blush in 81, followed by It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores loose powder and It Cosmetics Hello Light Powder Illumizer, plus a little bit of Le Metier Sun Kissed Bronzer.

CC eyes

Christina Choi Glitz & Glamour eyes

cc eyes

On my eyes, I used Christina Choi Glitz and Glamour which I reviewed HERE.  I used Chandelier on the lid, then I used the Glamour cake liner dry on the crease.  I followed with Glitz on the crease and down onto the lid.  Then I wet the cake liner with Face Atelier Transforming Gel and lined my upper lid.  I used Make Up For Ever Kohl Liner in black on my waterline.

cc eye

I used the cake liner as an eyeshadow – love multitaskers!

I used my Joey Healy Brow Architect Stylo in Molasses for my eyebrows.



My LM/CC FOD…love acronyms!

Lips were Clarins 01 Bay Rose Lip Definer, Guerlain Levres Lips 02 gloss, and I used my Verge One Spiral Wand on my hair.  Wow, sounds like a lot of products, but it didn’t take long to apply and I was totally ready for my day.  I loved my combination of favorite go-to products, it’s always great when things turn out even better than you had hoped!  – Lisa

*some items received from PR

Join the gold rush with Lush: Phoenix Rising, Sunny Side, and Lustre Dusting Powder

It seems like everyone has gold fever these days.  Every where you go there are signs proclaiming “Cash for Gold!”, and there are quite a few television shows about digging for gold, like Gold Rush Alaska.  And don’t forget Kanye, who always shows up somewhere talking about gold diggers!

If you love gold, and even want to bathe in it and wear it, you need to check out Lush.    Here are three of my favorite ‘gold’ items that give a gorgeous, expensive looking gleam!

Lush Phoenix Rising in package

Phoenix Rising ($6.95) is a simply stunning bath bomb.  The violet fizzy has gold woven throughout, and it looks amazing when it hits the water.

The scent is an intoxicating blend of orange and cinnamon that isn’t too strong.  It leaves your bath water a majestic purple that doesn’t stain the tub like you might assume it would.  I do, however, sometimes use an old clean knee-high nylon sock – I tie the bath bomb in it, and the nylon keeps the ‘floaty’ pieces together to make clean up a breeze.

The bath water is shot through with tiny golden shimmers that stays on your skin, leaving it moisturized and beautiful.

Lush Sunny Side Bubble Bar

Another Lush bath product that always cheers me up is Sunny Side Bubble Bar ($6.95).  Talk about bling!!  This is bling times a thousand. If Daffy Duck takes bubble baths this is what he uses for sure.  This beautiful bubble bar turns your bath water into molten gold, with nothing but swirls of shimmer and bubbles completely surrounding you.  The scent is not a very big one, it’s citrusy but definitely not the reason to buy this.  Buy this for the gold.

For a major gold experience, use a piece of a Phoenix Rising and a piece of a Sunny Side Bubble BarSunny Side is subtle enough to not compete with the scent in Phoenix Rising, and the combination of royal purple and major golden shimmer is just to die for!

Lush Lustre Dusting Powder

Finish off your golden look with Lustre Dusting Powder ($14.95).  Do you love the scent of jasmine?  If so, you are really going to LOVE this.

the magical ingredients

See the ingredients above – it’s the neatest feeling powder, it’s moisturizing probably thanks to the essential oils.

Lustre Dusting Powder swatch

The powder has a very sexy, sophisticated, gorgeous warm jasmine scent.  The shimmer makes you look thinner, which is always a good thing!  Use a big fluffy brush to apply, or you can sprinkle it into your hands, rub together then smooth on your chest, legs, and arms.  Make sure you wash your hands after, shimmery palms look pretty weird.  It looks flipping fantastic when paired with a faux tan.

Lustre Dusting Powder applied

Here it is on, and remember I put a large amount on for the photograph.  The shimmer is actually beautifully subtle, you don’t look like a disco ball unless you really go crazy when putting it on.

A fabulous way to get ready for a night out is to take a bling bubble bath with some Phoenix Rising and some Sunny Side, then after put on some Lustre Dusting Powder for a great scent and a sexy shimmer.  Join the ‘gold rush’, try these terrific Lush products and get your gleam on!!  – Lisa

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Lots of Youngblood news, plus Hi-Def Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder review

Youngblood is pretty popular around the BIZ lately, Marcia and I just can’t seem to get enough of it.  They have a brand new redesigned website that is really cool, and they just signed Tara Buck from ‘Trueblood’, ‘Justified’, and ‘Southland’ to be their spokesperson.  Here’s a quick look at the press release:

‘Tara says her introduction to Youngblood was “love at first try.”  As an advocate for animal welfare (she volunteers at the Amanda Foundation, a dog and cat rescue organization), Tara was particularly drawn to the brand’s stance against animal testing. “It’s great that Youngblood is a product that I can get behind and be proud to use,” she says.

Tara also can’t resist the look and feel of Youngblood makeup. “I get more compliments on my skin than I ever have in my life! And the glosses are the perfect texture. They are shiny, smooth, go on silky and not clumpy, which I love,” she explains.  Tara’s other must-haves include Lip Liner Pencil in Pout, Brow Artiste in Blonde, Hi-Definition Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder in Translucent, and Lipstick in new Tangelo (which she describes will be her “go-to color for Summer”).  “We are thrilled to have Tara helping promote the brand,” says Pauline Youngblood, founder and president of Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. “She embodies much of what we stand for, making her a bona fide Youngblood gal!”

Great news for Youngblood, I can’t think of a more perfect celebrity spokesperson for this line.  And how cool that Tara loves three items we have already reviewed and loved:  Brow Artiste, Tangelo Lipstick, and today I am reviewing the Hi-Definition Mineral Perfecting Powder ($40).

I remember when I first saw Youngblood Cosmetics at the IMATS last year.  Our friend and fellow blogger Patty took me up to the line to show me the High Definition Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder ($40).  She said it was the smoothest, most beautiful powder that really evened out skin tone and gave a gorgeous glow to your skin.  I was impressed, but for some reason I got distracted and ended up buying one of their beautiful palettes instead.

Fast forward to a month ago when I was thrilled to receive Warmth from Youngblood.

It comes in a gorgeous black container that flips open to show a great mirror and a powder puff.  Take the puff out, and it looks like this:

You can use the puff in a pinch, but I think this powder is best applied with a large, fluffy powder brush.  The powder has an unbelievably fine texture, and it gives a pleasant cooling sensation when applied.  The powder gives your skin that hi-def airbrushed look, and it is terrific for keeping the ‘oilies’ and shiny nose syndrome at bay.

The powder has a feel to it that I’ve never before experienced, it almost feels sort of wet.  It doesn’t make your skin look dry and powdery, it makes it look and feel moist but not shiny.

The Warmth shade is perfect for those with medium to dark skin tone.  I swatched it pretty heavily above and it’s still hard to see, but I think the color would be too intense for someone with fair skin.  If you are a light-skinned lass like Marcia, then go for the Translucent color.

There’s a lot of truly exciting things happening at Youngblood Cosmetics, and so many great products to check out.  Be sure to put the High Definition Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder on your shopping list, it’s different from other loose powders and is a must-have!  – Lisa

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Mystery Make Up Bag: What’s inside Lisa’s bag?

I must admit, my makeup bag never stays the same.  I always have waaaay too much stuff in it, and I am constantly changing things out and rotating colors.  Here’s my latest bag, and it’s filled with most of the ‘regulars’ as well as a few ‘guest stars’ for the week.

Lisa's Mystery Make Up Bag

I love my make up bag, I think it’s so pretty with that sweet flower.  This was a special from Sephora, although I got this one as a gift from an amazing friend.  And you would not believe how much stuff I can cram in there:

I never realized how much I had jammed in there until I put it all together for the family photo!!

I always have some primers, loose powder, and concealer with me.  Here I have my favorite primer, Reviva Makeup Primer.  It’s perfect under any type of foundation.  I also have Eye Rescue, an eyelid primer from Make Me SmoothMMS quit carrying this a few years ago, but I totally stocked up before that happened.  It’s the best eyelid primer there is.  I also have a pot of concealer by Cinema Secrets for quick touch ups, and a little jar of Make Up For Ever HD Finishing Powder.

I always carry these two foundations with me, because both last forever and conceal any flaw without looking fake.  On the left is my trusty Dan Read Silver Screen Series Foundation, the best cream foundation ever.  On the right is a can of ERA everyday foundation by Classified Cosmetics.  This is a spray on foundation, remember how Carmindy used to use this on What Not to Wear?  It’s fantastic, quick, and easy.

For blush, I have my trusty Paula Dorf applicator which smooths out both foundation and blush.  I also have two Origins Pinch Your Cheeks liquid blushes, one in Raspberry and one in Coralberry.  These are flipping amazing – the best natural color that just doesn’t fade.  I also have a Suqqu powder blush in 02, which is a super pretty peachy/pink (I think was a gift from Lydia!).

Lately I have been using Dior Extase mascara, although this tube is just about ready for the trash.  I also always have one pencil liner and one brow liner with me.  In this bag, I have Make Up For Ever’s Gypsy Aqua Eyes pencil, the perfect matte brown, and a new addition to my bag, Senna’s Sketch-A-Brow.

I always have two eyeshadow palettes with me, one with cool colors and one with warm.  In this bag I have Kevyn Aucoin’s Palette #2, which never lets me down for an amazing cool eye look.  The black eyeshadow works as a great black eyeliner, and as you can see this is one palette where the applicators are actually fabulous and get a lot of use from me.  Next to it is a Shu Uemura Holiday Palette in Dignified Grace, with a gorgeous selection of warm colors plus a pretty peach blush.

And finally, my lip products.  These probably get the most rotation, I grab different lippies almost every day.  Here I have Armani Lipstick Mania 14, a sweet peachy-pink, then Lipstick Queen Butterfly Ball in Goodbye, a deep shimmery mauve, and then Armani Shine/Brilliant 13, a sheer medium pink.  My lip gloss is Le Metier Sweet Cream, which makes every color look even better.

Whew, that’s it!  I hope you enjoyed this quick peek into my make up bag – well, this week’s version anyway!  – Lisa