5 essential bold summer eyeshadows

summer sunset

Summer is the time for orange, melon, red, and purple – why not put a sunset on your eyes? Here are my recommendations for the 5 essential HOT summer eyeshadows.

Nars Scorching Sun

Nars Scorching Sun

Nars Scorched

Nars Scorching Sun

1 and 2.  Nars Scorching Sun:  a perfect summer eyeshadow duo, this matte orange and glowing terracotta combo are fantastic with a glowy tan.

Make Up Geek Mango Tango

Makeup Geek Mango Tango

Make Up Geek Mango Tango swatch

Makeup Geek Mango Tango swatch

3.  Makeup Geek Mango Tango:  it’s easy to get tropical with Makeup Geek’s Mango Tango. I constantly reach for this peachy-pink with flecks of gold – it pairs perfectly with a deep brown for a pop of color.

Make Up For Ever #58

Make Up For Ever #58

#58 swatch - really?  For the eyes at MY age??

Make Up For Ever #58 swatch

4.  Make Up For Ever #58:  This dark matte raspberry that does double duty as a blush and an eyeshadow. Trust me, it is gorgeous on the eyes and makes for an amazing summer look!

Make Up For Ever Color  Aqua Cream  18

Make Up For Ever Color Aqua Cream 18

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream 18 swatch

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream 18 swatch

5.  Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream 18:  one more selection from Make Up For Ever, not only is this pearlized lilac a perfect summer shade, it’s also waterproof so feel free to wear it poolside.

Color Flash eye

summer eye look

Color Flash eyes closed

go bold for summer!

Side view

just looking at the sunset…

These five shades are must-haves for any eyeshadow collection to go bold this season. Which HOT eyeshadows are on your list?  – Lisa

*some items sent for editorial consideration

Top Ten Tuesday’s lip crayon and lip liner loves

Top 10 Lip Crayons and Lip Liners

Top 10 Lip Crayons and Lip Liners

Top Ten Tuesday has picked my favorite lip products to review this week. I love love love lip crayons. I have oodles of them. I wanted to show a variety of brands and of course once I was all done I thought of a few more. We may just have a part two on Beauty Info Zone. With lip liners, I only have a few brands I like so it was easier to whittle those down to size. The reason I love lip crayons so much is because they are so easy to use. I have several lip crayons in my purse all the time. I can apply them without a mirror if they aren’t too dark. Thank you Top 10 Tuesday for letting me share my favorites!

Top 10 lip crayons from Ardency Inn, Urband Decay, Pur Minerals and Hourglass

Top 10 lip crayons from Ardency Inn, Urband Decay, Pur Minerals and Hourglass

Top 10 lip crayon swatches: Pur Minerals, Urban Decay, Ardency Inn, Hourglass

Top 10 lip crayon swatches: Pur Minerals, Urban Decay, Ardency Inn, Hourglass

Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Stick in Berry Pretty* is a cross between a berry and a mauve. I love all of the Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks ($15) but this started as my favorite and 6 months later it remains that way. It’s a “my lips but better” shade once it’s on. Plus it’s not my typical nude lip so I look more alive. It’s got a beautiful glossy finish.

Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Naked is darker than I consider something naked to be. I bought it after reading the description from Sephora “nude pink sheen” but I don’t consider it nude or pink. I still like it, don’t get me wrong, it’s just darker than I expected. This has the most incredible glossy look to it. I love the one step use of a lipstick/gloss like this. I really want to try it in Love Child ($20).

Ardency Inn Americana Natural Lip Color in Bowery is one I featured in the nude lip Makeup Wars. I just couldn’t leave it out since it’s such a great lip crayon. On my lips it’s a nude peach shade but on others it might have a more pink undertone. I was sad when I was at Sephora last since I wanted to test other shades but the line isn’t in my store. This wears a long time since it’s slighty dewy but not really glossy. ($23)

Hourglass Femme Nude Stylo in No3 is another repeat. My lips find the pink in this nude shade. It’s the most matte of all on my Top Ten list. ($30)

Top Ten Lip Crayons: Tarte, Laqa & Co, Pixi, Ilia

Top Ten Lip Crayons: Tarte, Laqa & Co, Pixi, Ilia

Top Ten lip crayons: Tarte, Ilia, Pixi, Laqa & Co

Top Ten lip crayons: Tarte, Ilia, Pixi, Laqa & Co

Tarte Power Pigment in True Love* is one of 8 Power Pigments. I could have used all 8 plus 2 of the older LipSurgences and been done but that’s not fair to my collection. So I chose True Love since it’s a fabulous light rose shade. It’s glossy without having a wet look. Tarte knows lip crayons!! ($24)

Ilia Lipstick Crayon in Call Me is actually lighter on my lips than in my swatch. It was inspired by the cult movie Pretty in Pink and is a youthful shade. Ilia isn’t a brand that’s talked about much but the items I’ve bought from them have been great. Here’s a bit about them: “A prestige line of natural and organic beauty products that combine superior color performance and nourishing organics. All ILIA products are made with up to 85% certified organic ingredients that nourish the skin and help aid in its repair.” ($24)

Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Craving Coral ($14) is one of my best buys. I love this fat crayon because it feels so moisturizing on my lips. It has a slight touch of mint to it so I find it refreshing. While my swatch looks coral I find it to be sheerer and softer on my lips. I definitely want more of these.

LAQA & CO Fat Lip Pencil in Wolfman was in one of my subscription boxes. It’s by far the lightest of the lip crayons I have so it’s good for a quick “almost-no-makeup-day”. I’m not sure how a sweet pink like this got the name Wolfman! ($18)

Top 10 Lip Liners: IT Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever

Top 10 Lip Liners: IT Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever

It Cosmetics, MUFE Lip Liners

It Cosmetics, MUFE Lip Liners

Top Ten Lip Liners: MUFE and IT

Top Ten Lip Liners: MUFE and IT

Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencils in 2C and 15C ($19)* are fantastic lipliners in general but even better for summertime. These are waterproof so they are great to use as a lip base for long lasting color. 2C is named Rosewood and it’s described as a rosy nude. 15C is named Pink and is described as a vibrant pink. Both will make your summer lips last but you’ll have trouble picking from the 25 shades.

IT Cosmetics Your Lips But Better Waterproof Lip Liner Stain* in Romantic Rose and Pretty in Pink ($20)are actually moisturizing lip liners. As with all IT Cosmetics they are loaded with anti-aging properties. They have a built in sharpener too. Romantic Rose is a deep rose that’s beautiful on its own although I like it with a lighter lipstick over it. Pretty in Pink is a pretty pink just like the name says. It’s not always easy to find a great pink lip liner but you can count on this one.

Are any of your favorites in my list? I’m always in the market for lip crayons so share your favorites. — Marcia

(excuse the poor lighting but the storm blew in when I was taking swatch pictures so I had to turn on the overhead lights)

*items were sent for consideration, rest were personal purchases

 

 

 

Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder

Even as I sit here writing this review, my Make Up for Ever HD Pressed Powder ($36) (along with my Make Up For Ever Kabuki Brush reviewed HERE) is within arm’s reach. I am always wary of a shiny nose and this pressed powder keeps my fears at bay!

Legions of makeup artists are ardent fans of the Make Up For Ever HD Loose Powder, and the HD Pressed Powder version that Make Up For Ever sent is definitely more travel-friendly. The HD Pressed Powder is a finishing powder with a fabulous texture that mattifies and blurs fine lines and pores. It has a truly unique texture with a slightly looser feel to it than traditional pressed powders, and a silkiness unlike any other pressed powder I have tried.

Make Up For Ever High Definition Pressed Powder

Make Up For Ever High Definition Pressed Powder

The powder is talc-free, containing silica,vinyl crosspolymer and micro spherical powders, as well as hyaluronic acid to prevent the skin from getting dehydrated. It definitely provides that ‘soft focus’ finish that HD is known for, just don’t go crazy and put on a ton of it – the universal translucent shade will leave you with a bit of a white cast.While it blurs imperfections it isn’t a noticeable powder on the skin when used correctly.

Make Up For Ever HD Powder

Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder

Make Up For Ever HD Powder

Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder

The HD Pressed Powder feels extremely light and silky on my skin. Every couple of hours I need more around my nose area, and I put some under my eyes to brighten that area a bit. I love how it creates that matte look without flatness…skin looks brighter and refreshed but not shimmery.

I love my Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder and have it with me at all times. Check it out and see if your skin loves it as much as mine does!  – Lisa

Ingredients:  Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Isoceteth-10, Caprylyl Glycol, Nylon-12, Aqua (Water), Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate.

*pr sample

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