Favorite travel size products

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday decided to share our top ten travel products but I just can’t do that. I have way more than 10 so I’m going to share what I’ll be buying and taking on upcoming trips. I have a 3 day weekend trip in August and then in the winter I’ll be going south for about 8 days so I’m in planning mode.

Let’s first start with what travel size treasures I’m taking for my 3 day weekend trip (I’m sure more will be added though). There aren’t a lot of mini cosmetics around but you can easily find travel sizes of skincare and haircare. My best sources for these small products are subscription boxes like IPSY and Glossybox. I also watch Sephora’s emails carefully because they often have codes for deluxe samples that are great for travel or to stick in your purse. Even though I don’t travel that often I like to be able to try new things by using samples.  — Marcia

Travel minis

Travel minis


1) ADVENTURESS SWIPES* are great to stick in my purse. They are the size of my palm and thin enough that they take up almost no space. My favorite is the YouVee Sunscreen Swipes which you can open, use, close, use later. They won’t last for more than a day but it’s a great day trip product. (A box of 24 is $33)

There are three types of swipes:

Naturally Liberating Cleanser Swipes are a fragrance free creamy cleanser that will leave your skin hydrated.

Boldly Nourishing Moisturizer Swipes are anti-aging and contain a number of good for your skin ingredients.

YouVee Sunscreen Swipes are SPF30 and are invaluable. This is a great way to refresh your sunscreen. Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 9.7% Sunscreen, Titanium Dioxide 6.5% Sunscreen.

Adventuress Swipes

Adventuress Swipes

Adventuress YouVee Sunscreen Swipes

Adventuress YouVee Sunscreen Swipes

2.  ALGENIST SKINCARE products are fabulous. I use a lot of different types of skincare and Algenist is one of my very favorite brands. I’ve gotten travel sizes through Sephora points and codes and on the Algenist website where they have 17 different travel sizes for sale. They also have travel kits and I’ve purchased those. Three of my favorites that will be coming on both my trips – Retinol & Lifting Serum ($33 mini that’s twice the size of mine), Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream ($40 for the mini that’s twice the size of mine) and Complete Eye Renewal Balm.

Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum, Genius Anti-Aging Cream, Eye Renewal Balm

Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum, Genius Anti-Aging Cream, Eye Renewal Balm

3.  KLORANE SMOOTHING AND RELAXING PATCHES FOR EYES were in a recent IPSY bag. Since my weekend trip is a wedding I’m bringing one of these to use the afternoon of the wedding so I’ll look more refreshed. I have other options like the eye patches from ToGoSpa that I love but for this trip the very thin Klorane will slip into a pocket of my purse easily.

Klorane Eye Contour patches

Klorane Eye Contour patches

4.  SUPERGOOP EVERYDAY SUNSCREEN was also in one of my IPSY bags and I was so excited. I’ve gone through several of these in the past. When it comes to samples in those subscriptions, when they send a brand like SUPERGOOP it’s A-OK with me. This size is perfect for a 3 days trip. I’ll put this on in the morning and then keep my Adventuress YouVee Swipes with me during the day.

Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen SPF50

Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen SPF50


5.  LIVING PROOF FRIZZ SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER and PRIME STYLE EXTENDER are samples I received not that long ago with a Sephora code. I’d been wanting to try Living Proof and the code came at the right time. There were 12 nice size samples in the package. I’ve been testing it and one packet has lasted me through 3 shampoos and there’s probably enough for 2 more. I’m very impressed with Living Proof and now I see what the fuss is all about.



6.  AMIKA PERK UP DRY SHAMPOO is something I’ve actually given away in the past but when I recently got this in an Ipsy bag I realized I needed it. It’s going on my winter trip to refresh my hair when I get up too late to wash.

Conair Detangling Brush, Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

Conair Detangling Brush, Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

7.  CONAIR TRAVEL SIZE DETANGE BRUSH* is my favorite travel companion. Now that I’ve learned how great wet brushes are I want one on every trip. It’s a compact size brush that works great for me after I wash my hair or on dry hair. Love this baby!

Conair Detangling Brush

Conair Detangle Brush


8.  COVER FX ILLUMINATING PRIMER was a code sample from Sephora. I’d been dying to try it and I’m so glad I had something I wanted to buy when the code was available. This is a terrific, unfragranced, primer that will be perfect under my foundation at night for the parties I’ll be at.

Cover FX Illuminating Primer, Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

Cover FX Illuminating Primer, Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

9. LORAC BEHIND THE SCENES EYE SHADOW PRIMER is one of my favorite primers so having this travel size from my LORAC Pro eyeshadow palette is wonderful. I know my eyeshadow primers aren’t that big but the way I overpack pack, I need to make space.

10.  IT COSMETICS BYE BYE CONCEALER was in a kit I bought from the IT Cosmetics website. I prefer the concealer in Fair but this one in Light is great too. I’m a huge fan of this concealer anyway so having this in my kit was a great bonus.

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes and Bye Bye Undereye Concealer

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes and Bye Bye Undereye Concealer

11.  IT COSMETICS HELLO LASHES MASCARA was in the same kit. I’ve named this my favorite mascara in the past and it’s still way up there. It’s the perfect size for travel.

12. URBAN DECAY 24/7 GLIDE ON LIP PENCIL in OZONE – another IPSY delight. This clear liner means I don’t have to travel with other lip pencils and can still bring my umpteen lip colors without worry.

Urban Decay Ozone Lip Pencil, TheBalm Nude Dude e/s in Flirty

Urban Decay Ozone Lip Pencil, TheBalm Nude Dude e/s in Flirty

13.  TheBALM NUDE DUDE EYESHADOW in FLIRTY is a beautiful bronze sparkly dude. I get tired of shadows quickly so this will be in my bag just in case I want a change.

14.  BIODERMA SENSIBLO H2O MICELLAR WATER is a mini that is now available for $6.95 on the Beautylish website. When I bought my Bioderma Micellar Water my mini was a bonus and I was afraid to use it up. Now I know I can replace it since it’s not refillable and I’m doing a happy dance about that.



Since you can only purchase a few of the ones I’ve shown I’ve made a Beauty Set picking out 10 11 of my favorites from ULTA’s website that I’d recommend for travel too.

Beautysets - Travel mini favorites
1.  tarte Maracuja Oil travel size ($15)
2.  BeccaTravel Size Shimmering Skin Perfector Opal ($19)
3.  IT Cosmetics Travel Size CC+ Cream ($15)
4.  LORAC Travel Size TANtalizer Highlighter & Matte Bronzer Duo ($13)
5. tarte cosmetics How Sweet It Is lip and cheek duo (14)
6. Smashbox Mini Double Exposure Palette ($24)
7. IT Cosmetics Ulta Your Face & Eye Essentials Mini 5 Pc Travel Brush Set ($30) includes complexion, shadow, crease, smudger, liner/brow
8. Almay 15 count eye makeup remover pads ($1.49)
9. DermOrganic Try Me Set ($9.99) contains Conditioning Shampoo 1 fl oz, one Masque Hair Repair 1 fl oz, and one Leave-In Treatment 0.17 fl oz.
10.  AG Hair Travel Simply Dry Shampoo (8.95)
11.  WHISH Coconut On The Go Set 2 ounce coconut body wash, coconut shave cream, and coconut body butter ($20)

*starred items were sent by PR, rest are purchases;  IPSY is a referral link




Giveaway Time – Lorac Royal Eyeshadow Collection and paypal

Beauty Info Zone is excited to be part of an international giveaway with a group of bloggers. The prize is the LORAC Royal Eyeshadow Collection plus $10 paypal. This giveaway is open through October 26th. Look at this beauty!

The collection is shown in the picture below and you can see more about it at ULTA. Collection Includes 4 Palettes:

  • Queen Eye Shadow Palette
  • Countess Eye Shadow Palette
  • Princess Eye Shadow Palette
  • Duchess Eye Shadow Palette

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Good luck!! We hope it’s a BIZ reader who wins.



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The liquid eyeliner quest – part 1 starring L’Oreal, Stila, Milani and Lorac

I’m on a mission to find fabulous brown liquid eyeliners. It feels like an “impossible mission” at times. There are actually a lot available but at the time of writing this review I’ve yet to find one I’m crazy about. I can’t figure out why there are so many great black liquid eyeliners but brown isn’t around. My goal is to find a brown that’s truly brown – no black browns since those just look black on me. No red browns since the red isn’t attractive. For this mission I’ll be doing a series of reviews about my quest. I’ll surely stick in a brown pencil eyeliner every once in a while plus some black ones too.

To start with I searched my drawers and came up with 4. Some I’d bought and hadn’t opened, some were a little older.

L'Oreal Lineur Intense (loreal.com)

L’Oreal Lineur Intense (loreal.com)

L'Oreal Liner Intense in Earthen Rock Brown

L’Oreal Liner Intense in Earthen Rock Brown

1)      L’Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Liner in Earthen Rock Brown ($8.99) is a great eyeliner but it’s not brown-brown; it’s really a black brown. I bought this because everyone was recommending the Lancome Artliner and I wanted something I could get immediately and that was less expensive. I’m glad I waited before buying L’Oreal’s other liquid (Telescopic Precision) since the brown is going to be this dark too. If you don’t mind a very dark brown liquid eyeliner though, I do like this. It goes on smoothly, evenly and is long lasting. You just have to remember to shake it well before using.

Milani Eye Tech (milani.com)

Milani Eye Tech (milani.com)

Milani Eye Tech in brown

Milani Eye Tech in brown

2)      Milani Eye Tech Liquid Liner ($7.49)  is a mini eyeliner size wise. It’s only 3 ¼ inches long. This comes in either black or brown. It’s a gorgeous brown. I love love love the color since it shows up brown. I have two problems with it though. First is that the size makes it uncomfortable to use but I can live with that. The second problem is that it takes absolutely forever to dry. It feels wet for more than 5 minutes on me. I’m sitting there trying to keep my eyes wide open for so long. I’ll definitely keep on using it but only when I have extra time. Unfortunately this is the only liquid they make in brown.

Stila Waterproof All Day Liquid Liner (sephora.com)

Stila Waterproof All Day Liquid Liner (sephora.com)

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in brown

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in brown

3)      Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($20) in Dark Brown – well you already know what I’m going to say. It’s dark brown all right but really dark brown. It barely shows any brown on me. I’m not crazy about the applicator. Mine is a little wobbly plus it doesn’t flow as smoothly as I wish. Therefore I can’t get the line as thin as I’d like. It makes me realize I like a very firm applicator point on liquids.

Lorac Front of the Line Pro liner (sephora.com)

Lorac Front of the Line Pro liner (sephora.com)

Lorac Front of the Line PRO in brown

Lorac Front of the Line PRO in brown

4)      Lorac Front of the Line PRO ($23) – I bought this on sale from Ulta for $11 when they had one of their beauty events. Lorac comes in black, charcoal and brown. I know I’m sounding like a whiny person so I’ll say some nice things about this liner. It’s truly brown. Yea for that. The packaging is shiny silver and aesthetically appealing. So what’s the problem? The brush isn’t stiff enough therefore it needs 2 or 3 passes which means I can’t keep the line thin enough. I always screw up and have a bump in the road.

eyeliner swatches: L'Oreal, Milani, stila, Lorac

eyeliner swatches: L’Oreal, Milani, stila, Lorac

5)      Milani Liquid Eye ($6.99) – oops! I was at CVS and had a reward coupon and I saw the words “Liquid Eye” and it was brown. Did I look carefully enough to see that it then said “Liquid-Like Eye Liner Pencil”? Did I look at the point and see a pencil point (off kilter at that)? No, I just used my reward and bought it. Now I will tell you that I like it and it’s worth the money. It’s a great brown shade. It goes on smoothly. It lasts very well once it sets. But it doesn’t help my “mission impossible.”

Milani Liquid Eye (milani.com)

Milani Liquid Eye (milani.com)

Milani Liquid Eye in brown

Milani Liquid Eye in brown

Part 1 doesn’t seem to have a clear winner but there are also no true losers either. Each has something good about it, each has something for me to complain about. I do think that L’Oreal Liner Intense has the edge though so I’d declare this the winner with a “but”. Have you tried any of these 5 liners? Do you have a suggestion for me in my quest? Stay tuned for this mission to continue. — Marcia


Makeup Wars introduces our personal Holiday Wishlist items

“I want nothing for Christmas” said me NEVER! Of course I want a gift. I may not get anything beauty but I can dream can’t I?? The Makeup Wars bloggers have decided to put together our wishlists of what we’d like to see under our menorah or Christmas tree this year. My wishlist is 100% beauty related which comes as no surprise at all. The good news is that these are all pretty easy to get, the bad news is that I bought some of it while waiting to publish.

Let’s start with what I bought! After our Favorite Metallic Makeup Wars I was terribly tempted by the Laura Mercier Art Deco shadows that so many of the bloggers put on their list. They were sold out at Sephora which made it even more important for me to buy them. So Nordstrom.com and my reward certificates came in handy and now I own some of these. While they aren’t on my wishlist since they are on a UPS truck coming to me, they should be on yours!

Laura Mercier Art Deco eyeshadows

What I also bought was one (I promise only one) of the new Burberry Complete Eyeshadow Palettes. I just kept looking at this picture and had to wipe the drool off my face several times. I bought Smokey Grey No. 1 because I have been buying brown shadows galore in 2012. On my wishlist though are more of these. Luckily these are permanent ($59 each). Take a gander:

Burberry Complete Eye Palettes

  • Smokey Grey No. 01 Grays
  • Mocha No. 02 Warm neutrals
  • Pale Nude No. 03 Cool neutrals
  • Dark Spice No. 05 Smoky neutrals
  • Plum Pink No. 06 Plums
  • Pink Taupe No. 07 Pink neutrals

Next on my wishlist is more Too Faced, in particular the Too Faced Bon Bons Set. There’s something so girly and appealing about this $42 box set. Their description makes it even more appealing to me: “As enticing as a box of scrumptious sweets, Shadow Bon Bons features a delicious range of shadows from soft vanillas to rich coffee, an ultra-black LashGASM mascara, a built-in mirror, and a shimmering gold Candlelight shadow primer, making it easy to create bountiful looks. Go from sweet and sassy to subtle to dramatic with this one versatile set.”

Too Faced Bon Bons

Prime Beauty introduced me to the Eye Candy Full Face Collection from Lorac on her blog and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Doesn’t this sound like fun for $59??

– 4 x 0.68 oz Eye Shadow Palette in Ooh La La Vanilla (Nude Eye Shadow Palette), Caramel Love Affair (Golden Eye Shadow Palette), Tantilizing Cocoa (Bronze Eye Shadow Palette), Blackberry Truffle Seduction (Smoky Eye Shadow Palette)
– 0.17 oz Cream Eye Liner Palette in Mesmerizing Dark Chocolate
– 0.17 oz Cheek & Lip Tint Palette in Indulge in Berry Kisses

Lorac Eye Candy

Let’s move away from the eyes (which is difficult for me). When Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog reviewed the Armani Nude Lip Set ($49) I suddenly had a desire for it.   The set includes Rouge d’Armani #103 and Gloss d’Armani #103. I love my light shades of lipstick and even though I probably have dozens of similar shades there’s just something I like about this.

Armani Nude Lip Set

I have the Chantecaille Rose Petals Highlighter ($74) on my wishlist because it’s just so pretty. I’d probably never use it, I’d just look at it.  Read this and weep: “A kaleidoscope of colorful powders blend together beautifully to impart a sheer, flattering glow on all skin tones. Unique light-perfecting powders provide a veil of subtle radiance, while flexible polymers ensure long-lasting, comfortable wear. Innovative technology allows the soft, iridescent pigments to be evenly sprinkled throughout the entire powder.”

Chantecaille Rose Petals Highlighter

On the practical side I’d love the Le Metier de Beaute CHEM60 Pro-Peel & GLOW10ai Mask Set ($265). After seeing it work in person I’d love to have that glowy skin.

Le Metier Ready, Set, Glow

And one more for the road – I am a Swarovski crystal nut. I love those crystals so when I saw this Tweezerman Swarovski Crystal Mirror ($150) I fell in lust. “Add some glam to your beauty routine while isolating even the finest hair for precise, easy tweezing. The optically correct 1X/10X magnifying mirror is clear from edge-to-edge with no distortion. This gorgeously decorated two-sided vanity mirror will be a beautiful addition to any household. *Made with Swarovski® Elements

Tweezerman Swarovski crystal mirror

Thanks for reading my very long wishlist. My address is available upon request (LOL). Let me know if any of these would be on your wishlist too. Curious minds want to know. Now I’m going to read the rest of the Makeup Wars Holiday Wishlists and probably add many more items to mine just like I did after the metallics. — Marcia

Click on the icons for all the Makeup Wars bloggers to discover their finds.

I’m truly wild about Lorac Wild About TANtalizer Collection

Have you ever bought something and asked yourself “where has this been all my life?” If you have then you know how I felt when I started using Lorac Wild for TANtalizer Collection. This set is just about the perfect set for summer (not to ignore the rest of the year). It contains a stunning Bronzing Powder, a fantabulous eyeshadow palette and a gorgeous lipgloss plus it’s all housed in a beautiful makeup bag that is unlike the others in your collection. To make it even better its value priced at $39 for all of this.

Lorac Wild About TANtalizer cosmetic bag

I’m totally wild about the Eye Shadow palette in this set. The colors are just beautiful. 4 shades in the gold and bronze families that will tantalize anyone that looks at you. The texture is so silken that they basically apply themselves. I was in heaven the first time I applied these because they blended so perfectly on my eyes and with each other. The colors blend seamlessly into each other. This is not a palette you have to work at, you just have to have a great brush or two and let your creativity with the shades go to work.

top 2 shadows swatched

bottom two shadows swatched

The lightest shade is called Fierce which you can use all over your eye or just use it on the lid or browbone. Tigris makes a beautiful crease shade or use it when you want to have a smokey eye. For a beautiful gold there’s Pantherea to use on the lid or even crease. Apply the darkest shadow, Saber, in the crease or use it as an eyeliner. Whether you choose to use all 4 shades together or pick a few, you’ll be amazed at the texture and depth you’ll get. These have the slightest amount of shimmer to them (my favorite formula) to bring them to life. I can’t emphasize enough how much I love these and how silky the formula is.

eyeshadow swatches

close up of swatches

The bronzer in Wild about TANtalizer is so beautiful that you almost won’t want to use it but that would be foolish. At first you’ll see the wild silver design on the bronzer but that’s gone with your first use. Then you are left with a great bronzer that works even on super fair skin like mine. My picture shows you both a light and dark swatch of the bronzer so you can see how versatile it is. I use a skunk brush to get just a little bronze look. But I’ve also used an angled blush brush to do the 3 for more shading.

bronzer swiped

Bronzer swatched light and dark

Let’s not forget the perfect gloss for the set. It’s called Raoul and it’s a peachy bronze shade. You can build it up if you want to or wear one coat to keep it sheer. The best part is that it’s not sticky. It feels so moisturizing on and my hair doesn’t stick to it. When I first apply it I notice a slight caramel scent but it lasts for less than 15 seconds.

Raoul, look at the gorgeous design!

Raoul applied lightly

I have one bad thing to say about Wild About Tantalizer Collection – it’s Limited Edition! Therefore you need to get it right away so you won’t be kicking yourself and asking why you let it go by (sephora.com). Oh, I have another bad thing to say about this too – now I’m craving more Lorac, especially eyeshadows. – Marcia

Having a Lorac attack!

Guest review:

I love the LORAC line for its style, innovation, and just plain COOL products. Their most recent offerings do not disappoint. Here are some newbies I got to try recently:


Multiplex 3D Eye Shadow Palette ($38) is a limited edition six-pack of beautiful shimmering shadows exclusive to Sephora and sephora.com. The shades included are:

-Opalescent Gold with Pink Pearl

-Amber Bronze with Gold Pearl

-Red/Brown with Green Pearl

-Silver with White Pearl

-Royal Blue with Electric Blue Pearl

-Midnight Black with Holographic 3D Glitter

If you’re a lover of pigment and shimmer, this palette is a must have! The shades can be applied dry for a soft glow or wet for more intense color and shine. They are all beautiful and long wearing (like all the LORAC shadows I’ve tried). The texture is velvety, they apply easily and stay put without creasing. And did I mention the cool looking mirrored palette itself? It’s a faux animal print in black and silver holograph- so you’ll even enjoy taking it out of your bag and flashing it around.


LORAC’s 3 in 1 Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil ($18) is a retractable pencil that has both a sharpener and a smudger- how very handy! The texture is very smooth and easy to apply, but, once you’re done blending, it will LAST! No smudging, no smearing! Anybody who gets ‘allergy eyes’ in the spring should scoop one of these up! The shade I tried was chocolate- a great ‘anyone can wear’ brown. It also comes in Black and Eggplant.

Multiplex 3D Lashes ($22) is LORAC’s newest mascara. It contains Silk and Keratin to nourish and condition your lashes, while the rubbery curved brush and thickening formula really does add both depth and curl to your lashes. It also does not smudge (I wore this during a long family car trip recently, and it stayed smudgeless even when I dozed off for a bit!)  I am a pretty big cynic when it comes to mascara claims, but this one performs as promised! I’m impressed!

3D Liquid Lustre ($16) is a shimmering liquid top coat of white-gold sparkle that can be applied to eyes (it’s ophthalmologist tested) and face either alone or over another color. It’s very luxuriously packaged in a glass bottle with a black dropper top (my son thought it looked like some kind of magical potion ingredient from a ‘Harry Potter’ movie). The dropper top is VERY important because you only need a little bit to add mega shimmer. I will be saving this for very special occasions, but if you’re a true sparkle princess, you may want to use it daily.  What fun!

You can find LORAC at Sephora and ULTA (both in-store and online) as well as at www.loraccosmetics.com.

Wishing you a Happy Holographic Sunday!

Disclosure: products were received by guest reviewer from manufacturer for review .

One Pretty, Perfectly Priced Lorac Palette!

LORAC, the cosmetic line founded by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, is renowned not only for its quality and innovation, but for its great kits as well. There are usually several LORAC sets at various venues to choose from during holiday time and the 2010 season is no exception.

Recently, I got to check out an ULTA exclusive LORAC palette that I’m loving- it’s called ‘Box Office Hit’ and is a 7 x 7 palette that’s about ¾ inch thick and is covered in wine mock-croc vinyl with a snap strap closure. It looks like a cool planner or CD case, but when you open it up, the inside front cover features a 6 x 2 ½ inch mirror and 8 lip colors. The lip colors even have a clear lid that snaps shut over them, thus avoiding my least favorite aspect of what I call ‘mixed media palettes’- creamy products getting coated with crumbs from the powdery ones. Well done, LORAC! The range of 8 lip colors is pretty comprehensive- earthy mauve, pinky mauve, rose, plum, peach, coral, bright pink and red. The formula stays well but is still creamy enough to encourage blending to create even more shades.

The inside back cover features 12 eyeshadows- soft gold, soft peach, golden peach, plum, flesh, mauvey brown, pink, shimmery grey, pearl, brownish khaki, wine, and dark grey. All of the shadows have shimmer- so pretty for the holidays! The page also includes full size pencils in black and brown, a pink blush (looks very bright but goes on sheer) and a peachy bronzer (not muddy brown! YAY!)

I have photographed the colors using my own (very pale) arm. In the top photo you see the shadows in the order of appearance (though I have 2 rows of 6 rather than 3 rows of 4). The very first shade is quite light, and, though it may not show up in the photo, is IS there.

The second photo shows the blush to the left, the bronzer to the right, and the 8  lip colors in the center, in the same way they are arranged in the palette.

This palette has enough colors in it so that you could take it on a long trip and not get bored. The formulas are the level of quality you’d expect from LORAC, and the size makes it a perfect travel companion. At a price of $35, it’s a great gift for anyone (including yourself!).

Disclosure: This product was provided as a PR sample to the guest reviewer.