Spring blush the Makeup Wars way

Spring blush favorites

Spring blush favorites

Makeup Wars is back to redden your cheeks, bring a flush to your face and enchant you with beautiful blush. We’ve picked some of our favorites that are gracing our cheeks this spring and into the summer. I’ve chosen 9 but I could have chosen 90 most likely.

Makeup Wars spring blush open

Makeup Wars spring blush open

If you are a Beauty Info Zone reader then you know that I love cream blush. I’m much more likely to buy a cream blush than a powder one so I’m starting with my springiest creams.

Tarte, Maybelline, Face Stockholm, Josie Maran, Make Up For Ever

Tarte, Maybelline, Face Stockholm, Josie Maran, Make Up For Ever

1. Tarte cheek stains come in 8 shades and you’ll have a tough time picking out a favorite. I chose Fearless since that’s the one I’ve been using the most lately. It’s a pinky coral and seems to look great with almost every eye look I choose.

Tarte Fearless Power PIgment and Cheek Stain

Tarte Fearless Power PIgment and Cheek Stain

2. Maybelline Master Glaze Cream Blush Stick in Pink Fever is my version of Radiant Orchid in a blush. It’s one of the best buys of the year for me since I love the longevity of the product, the perky color and the price. I need to pick up more of these.

Maybelline Master Glaze in Perky Pink

Maybelline Master Glaze in Perky Pink

3. Face Stockholm Creme Blush in London is getting a lot of love these days. I took a new picture for this review but I’ve used it so much that it looked raggedy. It’s a papaya shade that looks super bright in pictures and swatches but not on my face. I use a light touch when applying this long lasting color.

Face Stockholm London blush

Face Stockholm London blush

4. Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise is a blush that just doesn’t want to swatch for me. It’s described as ‘warm toned hot pink’ which is a great, if confusing, description. It feels cooling when you apply it. The Cheek Gelee can be used alone or as a stain to wear under a powder if you find blush fades on you. I just might have purchased Pink Escape during the Sephora 15% off sale.

Josie Maran Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise

Josie Maran Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise

5. Make Up For Ever HD Second Skin Cream Blush in 210 but I easily could have picked 225 and 330 since the 3 I have are scrumptious. I love the colors of these. They are so smooth and as Lisa said “DREAMY”. We’ve reviewed 6 of these and can’t praise them enough. Find a color (or 5) that you love and you’ll never be sorry.

Make Up For Ever HD Creme Blush in 210

Make Up For Ever HD Creme Blush in 210

from left: tarte fearless, Maybelline Perky Pink, Face Stockholm London, Josie Maran Poppy Paradise, MUFE creme in 210

from left: tarte fearless, Maybelline Perky Pink, Face Stockholm London, Josie Maran Poppy Paradise, MUFE creme in 210

I’m no slacker when it comes to powder blush and have a small mountain of those too. The 4 I’ve chosen are the ones I’m finding most versatile for spring.

Makeup Wars spring powder blush

Makeup Wars spring powder blush

6. TheBalm InStain in Argyle is my latest buy. I purchased it from Hautelook and will purchase more the next time they are on sale. I love the color of Argyle (petal pink) and I love not only how smoothly it applies but it has amazing longevity. It does have stain-like qualities. The pigmentation is intense even though Argyle is the lightest shade available.

TheBalm Instain blush in Argyle

TheBalm Instain blush in Argyle

7. Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek in Parasol is absolutely beautious. I constantly express my love for the Dollskin Cream blushes so I was excited to receive this powder blush. It’s as amazing as the cream blushes. Parasol is so soft and cream like. It has a gorgeous glow to it. Tarina Tarantino describes it as shimmering bright pink coral. I describe it as beautiful.

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin blush in Parasol

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin blush in Parasol

8. Senna Sheer Face Color in Pink Diva is the sweetest pink of the group. When I want a pink that’s pink this is what I pick. While the name says sheer, the blush isn’t sheer. It’s loaded with cool tones of pinkness.

Senna Pink Diva

Senna Pink Diva

9. Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Intensity Cheek Color in A Little Toasted doesn’t appear to be a blush you’d choose for spring but it’s great for that very reason. I sometimes need a very neutral shade and this is a neutral. There’s a brownish mauve tinge to it that was hard to capture but it’s there. It’s almost like a contour color for my fair skin.

Eddie Funkhouse blush in A Little Toasted

Eddie Funkhouse blush in A Little Toasted

from top right: TheBalm, Tarina Tarantino, Senna, Eddie Funkhouser

from top right: TheBalm, Tarina Tarantino, Senna, Eddie Funkhouser

Do you have any of my 9+ blushes? Do you have others to recommend for the days of upcoming sunshine? — Marcia

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*some products were purchased, some were sent for review

Top Ten Tuesday – it’s time for pink lipstick

Top 10 Pink Lipsticks (or is this 12)

Top 10 Pink Lipsticks (or is this 12)

This week the Top Ten Tuesday group decided to share our favorite pink lips. I went through my lipstick drawer and found a lot of pinks – I mean a LOT. I narrowed it down to the 12 lipsticks I wear the most. But then something interesting happened when I photographed them together. I found that they don’t all look pink in swatches yet when they are on my lips they look pink to me. Of course I have favorites within the favorites but that’s pretty typical.

Here’s my bounty:

12 favorite pink lipsticks from Tom Ford, Make Up For Ever, Rouge Bunny Rouge, MAC, and Surratt

12 favorite pink lipsticks from Tom Ford, Make Up For Ever, Rouge Bunny Rouge, MAC, and Surratt

Tom Ford lipsticks

Tom Ford pinks: Summer Fling, Pink Dusk, Spanish Pink, Pink Dune

Tom Ford pinks: Summer Fling, Pink Dusk, Spanish Pink, Pink Dune

Summer Fling is a limited edition sheer lipstick that is my new favorite from his collection. This is a true cool pink on me, it has blue undertones so if you don’t look good in cool don’t hunt this one done.

Pink Dusk was my previous Tom Ford favorite and has gotten the most use from me. It’s a warm pink with slight coral undertones. This lipstick has great coverage and lasts long. I love that I can play around with gloss or liner and change this one up. My photo makes it look more coral but on my lips it’s really pink, I promise.

Spanish Pink is a neutral pink that color wise is almost a combo of Summer Fling and Pink Dusk. It’s the darkest of collection and a good change for me since sometimes I like super light lipsticks. This is more “adult” than my typical.

Pink Dune is also a limited edition sheer lipstick. If I’d seen it instead of ordering it online I might have skipped it. I like light lipsticks but this is extremely light. Therefore the solution is to wear a lipliner. It’s on my favorite list though so you know I’m not unhappy with it.

from top: Summer Fling, Pink Dusk, Spanish Pink, Pink Dune

from top: Summer Fling, Pink Dusk, Spanish Pink, Pink Dune

MAKE UP FOR EVER

Make Up For Ever N33 and N19

Make Up For Ever N33 and N19

Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N33 is just about the perfect pink. This is a color I crave, one that stops me dead in my tracks in a store. It’s a very cool pink with a “diamond” finish. It’s described as Diamond Fresh Pink. The finish glistens so no gloss is needed.

Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N19 is a darker rosier version of N33 but with that same glistening finish. MUFE calls it Iridescent Ice Pink. N19 is cool with maybe a touch of mauve.

Make Up For Ever N19 and N33

Make Up For Ever N19 and N33

Unfortunately I don’t see either of these two lipsticks on Sephora’s site but they are both listed on Make Up For Ever’s site so hopefully they aren’t gone. If by chance they are, take a chance on one of the available shades since these creamy moisturizing lipsticks are beautiful.

MAC

MAC lipsticks in Overture, Viva Glam Gaga, A Rose Romance, Feelright

MAC lipsticks in Overture, Viva Glam Gaga, A Rose Romance, Feelright

Pro Longwear formula in Overture  is the only MAC lipstick I have in Pro Longwear so I don’t know why I didn’t buy more of this collection. It’s a matte pinky coral. It’s a little drying because of the formula but it’s one I reach for often.

Viva Glam Gaga is the first of the Gaga lipsticks. It’s the Lustre formula which is one I happen to like. It’s a true Barbie Pink when it’s on me. I love Viva Glam’s program and this is one of the shades I’m always drawn to.

A Rose Romance  is a Lustre that I’m sure is discontinued. I liked it so much I bought two of them when I was in my MAC stage. It’s a more rose version of Viva Glam Gaga on me.

Feelright Amplified is more of a berry pink. Because it’s an Amplified it’s a full bodied lipstick.

from left MAC Feelright, A Rose Romance, Viva Glam Gaga and Overture

from left MAC Feelright, A Rose Romance, Viva Glam Gaga and Overture

SURRATT and ROUGE BUNNY ROUGE

Surratt Fie Soie and Rouge Bunny Rouge Scrumptiously Delicious

Surratt Fie Soie and Rouge Bunny Rouge Scrumptiously Delicious

Surratt Lipslique in Fie Soie is my new favorite lipstick. On my lips it’s a sheer pink with a slight touch of warmth. If I’m wearing cool toned blush though it looks like a light pink. On Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog it looks almost peach but I think the color of your lips affects this sheer lipstick. I really love it!

Rouge Bunny Rouge in Scrumptiously Delicious is one of two lipsticks I bought from RBR and my favorite. The tone is similar to the Surratt Fie Soie but the finish is very different. It’s been described as a ‘cool lavender pink satin finish’ even though it doesn’t look that way in my swatch.

If you bump into me and I’m in the PINK I’ll be wearing one of these 12 beauties. What are your favorite pink lipsticks??– Marcia

Top Ten Tuesday Pink Lipstick Favorites

Top Ten Tuesday Pink Lipstick Favorites

Please click through the blogs to find more variations of pink love.


Side by Side: Make Up For Ever HD Second Skin Cream Blush

Make Up For Ever HD Second Skin Cream Blush, where you have been all our lives??

Make Up For Ever HD Cream Blush

Make Up For Ever HD Cream Blush

Make Up For Ever HD Cream blush - 6 gorgeous shades

Make Up For Ever HD Cream blush – 6 gorgeous shades

HD Second Skin Cream Blush ($26), the latest launch in the Make Up For Ever High Definition collection, is extraordinary. This wonderfully natural looking cream blush melds into skin, providing a true glow-from-within look that is perfect enough for camera close-ups. It blends in perfectly thanks to the silicone oils, dry oils, and waxes, while silica powders and synthetic mica create a truly satin texture. Add in the Mother-of-Pearl and powerful pigments for gorgeous color and this cream blush has it all. The lightweight compact includes a mirror while application techniques range from fingertips to sponge to brushes.

Here is what Lisa and Marcia think of the six gorgeous colors that were sent to the BIZ.

Lisa’s Side:

This blush is, in a word, DREAMY.  I am completely, head over heels in love.  They are a joy to apply (I start with a brush then finish blending in with my fingers) and they have amazing longevity. The texture fascinates me – they aren’t sticky at all and they have a gorgeous satin finish. Swoon!! They are my favorite cream blushes possibly ever.

Lisa's shades, left to right:

Lisa’s shades, left to right:  215, 310, 510

I tend to go for darker blush shades than Marcia, so I chose 215, 310, and 510 to review.

215, Flamingo Pink, is a coral-pink that is a perfect spring shade. This is a warm shade that is a great coral option for those who want more of the pink and less of the orange tones.

215

215 Flamingo Pink

310, Rosewood, is a pretty rose shade with brown undertones. Rose can look a little ‘old lady’ish, but not this one! This shade really brightens up my look and is a fantastic blush that isn’t too light or too dark…it’s just right.

310

310 Rosewood

510, Raspberry, is a deep berry that I was a little concerned would be too dark for my light/medium skin tone. However, it is absolutely gorgeous on. A little goes a long way and with a light hand it really makes cheeks pop and gives that Snow White/just in from a run look. Those of you with deeper skin tones will absolutely love this color.

510

510 Raspberry

swatched left to right:

swatched left to right:  215, 310, 510

 

Marcia’s Side:

Make Up For Ever 220, 225, 330

Make Up For Ever 220, 225, 330

Make Up For Ever HD Cream blush in 210, 225, 330

Make Up For Ever HD Cream blush in 210, 225, 330

Look at those gorgeous shades of blush! To me it’s like looking at a little piece of heaven on earth. I adore cream blush and will pick a cream over a powder any day. Of course I love powder blush too but I find it easier to work with most cream blushes especially now that I’m older and my skin isn’t oily. Make Up For Ever brought out 16 shades so that there’s something for everyone.

The ones I’m showing you are perfect for my fair cool skintone. These blend like a dream and are never the least bit tacky or greasy. They blend so easily and look like a second skin once on. They can easily be built up to a darker shade if you want. My preference is to use my fingers with these. My skin warms up the blush and allows it to meld onto my cheeks.

Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 210 is perfectly described as a Cool Pink. It’s the darkest of the three I have but that doesn’t mean it’s dark. This definitely looks best on skin that wants to wear a pink that’s cool. On me it’s a breath of fresh air. It’s a crisp pink without any muddiness to it.

210

210 Cool Pink

Make Up For Ever Cool Pink 210

Make Up For Ever Cool Pink 210

225, Peachy Pink is more peachy than it is pink. When I look at this I’m reminded of a Georgia peach with its slight pinkness that makes you want to bite into it. Once on my skin it does not have the orange appearance that it has in person. It’s very mellow and refreshing on, the perfect blush to wear with warmer shades of eyeshadow.

MUFE HD in 225

MUFE HD in 225

MUFE HD cream blush in 225

MUFE HD cream blush in 225

330, Rosy Plum is probably the most universal of the three shades I have. This is the one that’s always sold out at Sephora where these are exclusively carried. There’s a reason for that – it’s fabulous once on. It looks very natural on, never garish, and works well with any tones I use on my eyes. 330 is more of a chameleon in that way. You won’t have a bit of trouble finding the right lip color to wear with this one. You will have more trouble finding it to buy so jump on it if you see it.

330

330

MUFE 330 swatch

MUFE 330 swatch

These three cream blushes are all I’ve been using lately and I plan to buy more. The swatches on Sephora or Make Up For Ever’s websites aren’t perfect so I’m going to get myself to the store to play and buy.

Even if you think you aren’t a candidate to wear cream blush, do yourself a favor and go try these out. We think you’ll be very pleasantly surprised by the wear and blendability of these and we’re sure you’ll find a color you can’t live without.

*sent for editorial consideration

 

Birthday swag! Plus Nars New Order Highlighting Blush

My birthday was in February and I decided to buy myself the new Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess fragrance and body shimmer. I will be reviewing them soon (a quick preview – they are AWESOME), but in the meantime I wanted to share the freebies I got when I bought my goodies from Macy’s. This GWP is still available online until March 30th.

Estee Lauder bag

Estee Lauder Lilly Pulitzer bag

inside

inside – all the good stuff!

Isn’t this Lilly Pulitzer bag super cute? And wow, there were a ton of great things inside.

Lily Pulitzer eyeshadows and mirror

Lilly Pulitzer eyeshadows and mirror

Lili Pulitzer eyeshadows

Lilly Pulitzer eyeshadows

Estee Lauder skin care deluxe samples

Estee Lauder skin care deluxe samples

three different lippies

three different lippies

EL mascara and dual ended concealer and lip gloss

EL mascara and dual ended concealer and lip gloss

I am fascinated with the dual-ended concealer and lip gloss. I think it is genius! Touching up dark circles throughout the day does more for helping me look refreshed than almost anything…except for touching up my lip gloss. So both together is fantastic.

concealer end

Light/Medium Doublewear concealer end

concealer

concealer in Light/Medium

lip gloss end

Pure Color Gloss in Magnificent Mauve Shimmer

concealer and lip gloss swatched

Light/Medium concealer and Magnificent Mauve lip gloss swatched

After shopping at Macy’s, I made my way to Ulta because they sent me a coupon for a free birthday gift. I had no idea what the gift coupon was for and the surprise was worth the visit.

Ulta birthday freebie:  CK one mascara

Ulta birthday freebie: CK one One Color mascara

I have never tried anything from the CK one line, so I am pretty excited. Has anyone tried this mascara? I haven’t cracked it open yet since I have so many mascaras already in rotation.

Next up:  Sephora. Of course I had to get my Beauty Insider birthday gift from them! It was a pretty sweet Make Up For Ever set with a deluxe size mascara and lipstick.

Sephora birthday freebie:  Make Up For Ever set

Sephora birthday freebie: Make Up For Ever set

Make Up For Ever mascara and mini lippie

Make Up For Ever mascara and mini lippie

Make Up For Ever lippie

Make Up For Ever lippie

Make Up For Ever lippie swatched

Make Up For Ever lippie swatched

While I was at Sephora I decided to buy yet another pink Nars blush…it’s an illness, I know. This one is called New Order, and it’s a ‘highlighting blush’. I think of it as the very light shimmery pink cousin of Albatross.

Nars New Love

Nars New Order

New Love swatched

New Order swatched

Unfortunately, this was a real disappointment for me. It’s so pretty, but it is the first Nars cheek product I haven’t loved. It’s very powdery and when I put it on all I see is shimmer. I ended up liking my free gift from Sephora better than I liked this blush!

I love the free birthday gifts from Ulta and Sephora; it definitely pays to have an account with them. And if you like Estee Lauder products, now is the time to stock up because the GWP is terrific.  - Lisa

* purchased by me

 

Lisa’s Top Twelve Picks for 2013

The older I get, the faster times flies…I just can’t believe another year has gone by already!

goodbye-2013-and-hello-2014-32013 was a great year for fantastic finds that I now use almost every day.  Here, in no particular order, are my favorite products that have brought me constant joy.

1.  Verge Ribbon Wand ($120)

Ribbon

The Ribbon Wand

Ribbon

a Ribbon Wand curl…

Ribbon

and then the Ribbon Wand curl combed through with my fingers…swoon!

The Verge Ribbon Wand is like a curling iron and a flat iron got together and had a baby. It makes extravagant, sort of retro curls.

2.  Wantable Accessories Subscription Box ($40 for one box)

Ellen

Wantable Ellen Necklace

I adore subscription boxes and none continually delighted me as much in 2013 as my Wantable Accessories Subscription Box. My jewelry wardrobe now has far more depth and interest than ever before.

3.  Bronze Buffer (2 sponges for $10)

Bronze Buffer sponges

Bronze Buffer sponges

Ah, sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference. These little sponges (they always make me think of Lisa from The Simpsons!) ensure that my every faux tan is perfection.

4.  HTY Gold

HTY

HTY Gold

This wonderful line was new to me in 2013 and I adored everything I tested…the Face and Neck Serum is unquestionably worth its weight in gold.

5.  Lanikai Bath and Body

Lanikai Loofah Soap

Lanikai Loofah Soap

Lanikai is such a gorgeous bath and body line, and I am always up for some Hawaiian daydreaming. I adore, adore, adore the Loofah Soap, it is amazing.

6.  Zuca Artist Backpack ($139)

Zuca Artist Backpack filled (zuca.com)

Zuca Artist Backpack filled (zuca.com)

I use this backpack at least six days a week. I love it. Zuca has tons of amazing travel items and organizational things for makeup artists but this is my favorite. I rarely go anywhere without it.

7.  Make Up For Ever 102 Small Foundation Kabuki Brush ($36)

102 Small Foundation Kabuki

102 Small Foundation Kabuki

I use this every single day. It is the best buffing brush for concealer I have ever found.

8.  Bango Hair Cutting Kit ($15.99)

Bango

Bango Hair Cutting Kit

If you have bangs…or if your kids have bangs…you need this. I am a total klutz with scissors and I get perfect results every time. It saved me a ton of money in 2013.

9.  Cailyn Gelux Eyebrow ($22)

the top conceals the brush

Cailyn Gelux Eyebrow – the top conceals the brush

I love the ingenious packaging, and I love the eyebrow gel even more. It makes great looking eyebrows a very easy thing to accomplish.

10.  Ellis Faas Hot Lips ($35)

Ellis

Ellis Faas Hot Lips

Without fail, one of these liquid lip gloss/stains is always in my purse. I dig everything about them – the texture, the shades, the packaging…and especially how great they make my not-so-great lips look.

11.  Savvy Sleeper Satin Pillowcases (from $36)

Savvy

Savvy Sleeper Satin Pillowcase

Not only does this satin pillowcase prevent those awful morning face creases, it also has a secret pocket for my hubby to slip me a love note. It is awesome.

12.  Senna Voluptulash Mascara ($22)

Senna Voluptulash Mascara

Senna Voluptulash Mascara

This is the best mascara I tried in 2013. The super cool helix-shaped brush gives me great big, soft, long lashes with just one coat.  It’s a winner!

2013 was a great year for beauty items…what fabulous finds made your list??

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  Lisa

Make Up For Ever will make you glitter and glow with their Midnight Glow palette

Make Up For Ever Midnight Glow look

Make Up For Ever Midnight Glow look

Make Up For Ever has a stunning Midnight Glow look for the winter holidays. Above you’ll see the photo they took of me for their promotion. Oops, they must have deleted mine for this stunning blonde instead. The entire look is made up of the Midnight Glow palette (sent for review), a gorgeous Aqua Rouge Waterproof Liquid Lip Color in Satin Soft Pink, N15 Midnight Glow Glitter and Midnight Glow Strass gems. In addition to these products add in Smoky Extravagant Mascara, a dark eyeliner like MUFE’s Kohl black, and black Aqua Liner #14 for top and bottom lash lines. Did I get this look? Of course not, but I did have some fun creating combinations with the Midnight Glow Eye Shadow Palette.

Make Up For Ever Midnight Glow palette

Make Up For Ever Midnight Glow palette

Make Up For Ever’s Midnight Glow palette is unlike any product I’ve used from the MUFE line. It has an ethereal quality to it that I’ve yet to find from them. When I think of Make Up For Ever I think of bright, bold cosmetics that last incredibly long. Midnight Glow breaks that mold and brings a soft, angelic look to its wearers.

Midnight Glow ($42) is an eyeshadow palette of 8 shades, 6 of which are new and exclusive to this limited edition piece of “art”. The shadows have a diamond finish which make it right for the holiday season especially. It’s not a palette that I personally can wear during the day as 6 of the shades sparkle. But for a holiday party or an evening out, this is what you’d want to pick.

Make Up For Ever Midnight Glow

Make Up For Ever Midnight Glow

The shades are

  • Snow White
  • Gun Metal
  • Icy Blue
  • Icy Pink
  • Black matte
  • Gold Pink
  • Midnight Purple
  • Metallic Taupe (satiny)

 

Midnight Glow: snow white, gunmetal, icy blue, icy pink

Midnight Glow: snow white, gunmetal, icy blue, icy pink

Midnight Glow: snow white, gunmetal, icy blue, icy pink

Midnight Glow: snow white, gunmetal, icy blue, icy pink

I’ve worn a variety of the shades a few times so far. I always use an eyeshadow primer and I like to use Make Up For Ever Eye Prime with this palette but unfortunately I didn’t use the primer to swatch.

Midnight Glow: black matte, gold pink, midnight purple, metallic taupe

Midnight Glow: black matte, gold pink, midnight purple, metallic taupe

Midnight Glow: black matte, gold pink, midnight purple, metallic taupe

Midnight Glow: black matte, gold pink, midnight purple, metallic taupe

My favorite look was starting with Aqua Cream 15 as a base on my lid. #15 is a golden brown (described on Sephora as a taupe brown shimmer). I knew that I needed something that the diamond finish would adhere to so this was the answer. Over that I used the Gold Pink (the 6th shade) from lashline to crease. At the outer crease I wore Midnight Purple which was patted on with a flat brush. I dabbed a little of the Icy Pink closer to the lashline and finished my browbone area with Snow White applied very lightly. Because of the texture of these eyeshadows there was definitely sparkle fall out, there was no way to avoid that. But the two products I used to prime (MUFE Eye Prime and Aqua Cream 15) held on to more of the glitter than just the Eye Prime would have.

MUFE Midnight Glow

MUFE Midnight Glow

The first 4 shades in the palette are very light and that’s what makes me describe these as having that ethereal glow. Just applying them over primer gives mostly a hint of color with a lot of glow.

Here are a few things I’ve found with this palette:

1) Start your eyes before you put on any face makeup or moisturizers. You are going to have glitter fallout, there’s no getting around it.

2) Use a good eye primer all over but then apply a cream shadow that won’t crease (AKA Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream) on your lids to hold onto the shadows.

3) Use a stiff flat brush to apply and pat the shadows on. Don’t brush the more glittery shadows on or the glitter will migrate onto your face.

Make Up Forever's Midnight Glow eye shadow palette

Make Up Forever’s Midnight Glow eye shadow palette

I understand not everyone reading this is old and some may like the glittery look. It’s a bit much for me but my nieces look stunning when wearing eyes that twinkle like Midnight Glow will appear on them. I can picture this as being a great palette for them to use for holiday parties and especially New Year’s Eve. This beauty can be found at Sephora stores. I just worry that my nieces will come shopping at my house and steal this away! Are you going to have a glamorous holiday season? Would you wear eyeshadows that make your eyes glow like diamonds?? — Marcia

*sent for review

Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara is going to make your night (and day)

Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravaganza Mascara (sephora.com)

Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravaganza Mascara (sephora.com)

There’s something extra special about Make Up For Ever’s new Smoky Extravagant Mascara. This is a very dramatic mascara that’s going to give your eyes an allure that you’ve been hoping to achieve.

It all starts with the Christmas tree shaped brush. Make Up For Ever says: Its “ergo-conic” brush allows for ultra-precise, intuitive application. Generously coated with just the right amount of mascara, the brush’s soft fibers lift each lash individually.” I was excited when I was sent this since the brush is so unique.

Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant brush

Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant brush

The mascara’s texture is what you notice next. It keeps Smoky Extravagant from becoming clumpy even though it’s a volumizing mascara. So many times what passes for volume is just clumps but not with this mascara. It builds some length but the magic is in the volume.

MUFE Smoky Extravagant

MUFE Smoky Extravagant

I find that coat number one just gives me color. Coat number two starts building length and volume. Coat number three gives me that extra something. I love that this is buildable in this way without worry about flaking or smudging. Plus it holds my fake curl most of the day. At night I can easily refresh this with a quick use of my eyelash curler.

MUFE Smoky Extravagant mascara in action

MUFE Smoky Extravagant mascara in action

Something to note is that for me, this mascara improved with age. At first I wasn’t that impressed and then about 2 weeks later I noticed a difference. I guess it’s like a fine wine that gets mellower and better the longer it sits. I’ll be sad when my 3 months is up but then again I’m sure that Sephora would be happy to sell me more. Have you tried Smoky Extravaganza? What did you think? — Marcia

*sent for review