Makeup Geek Pigments Side by Side

Lisa and Marcia have both long been fans of pigments, AKA loose eyeshadows. In fact, Marcia introduced Lisa to pigments waaaay back in 2003. She asked Lisa if she ever used them and Lisa said nope, they didn’t last on her eyes long enough to make them worth the effort. Marcia was, of course, horrified and she promptly schooled Lisa in the necessity of a good eyeshadow primer.

Pigments from Makeup Geek - hooray!

Pigments from Makeup Geek – hooray!

Makeup Geek Pigments

Makeup Geek Pigments

All these years later Lisa still regularly uses eye primer and both have a huge collection of eyeshadow pigments. Needless to say, Marcia and Lisa were pretty ecstatic when Marlena of Makeup Geek came out with her collection of pigments.

Makeup Geek Pigments ($6.99) have a truly fantastic price point. Compare the jars that come with about 2 grams of pigment for about $7 to MAC’s Pigments, which are 4.5 grams for $21. Makeup Geek currently has 10 different shades available and today Lisa and Marcia will tell you all about six of those shades.

Lisa’s Side:

It’s true, I have much to thank – or blame – Marcia for, and she is completely responsible for my pigment obsession. I adore pigments because they are fun, versatile, affordable and shareable!

I tried three of Marlena’s new pigments:  Sweet Dreams, Birthday Wish, and New Years Eve.

Sweet Dreams is a ‘light flesh toned beige pink with slight shimmer’.

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams swatched

Sweet Dreams swatched

I love this shade. It’s fabulous used wet as a lid shade if you have hooded, deep-set eyes. It’s also terrific for the brow bone. It’s highly pigmented yet applies extremely smooth. This is a perfect shade for anyone’s collection and I keep it out on my vanity all the time.

Birthday Wish is a ‘shimmery light gold peach’. I find that it also has red and brown tones.

Birthday Wish

Birthday Wish

Birthday Wish swatch

Birthday Wish swatch

It’s very unique, I don’t have anything else like it in my collection. I love this as a lid shade or as a crease shade. Used wet, the golden shimmer really pops.

New Year’s Eve is a ‘light gold reflective glitter’.

New Years Eve

New Years Eve

New Years Eve swatch

New Years Eve swatch

This is a very light shade – it’s really all about the glitter. I use it dry over matte shades to give them some life. Used wet, it becomes more golden with orange tones – stunning!

pigment swatches

left to right:  Sweet Dreams, Birthday Wish, New Year’s Eve

Makeup Geek pigment eyes

Makeup Geek pigment eyes

Makeup Geek

another pic – Makeup Geek pigment eyes

For this eye look, I used Sweet Dreams as a lid and brow shade, with Birthday Wish in the crease. I also used Makeup Geek Gel Eyeliner in Fame.

Makeup Geek pigments

Makeup Geek pigment FOTD!

Marcia’s side:

The 3 Makeup Geek pigments I received are all about being bright and partying! These colors are gorgeous and vibrant.

Makeup Geek pigments in Liquid Gold, Afterglow and Prince Charming

Makeup Geek pigments in Liquid Gold, Afterglow and Prince Charming

The ones I have are Liquid Gold, Afterglow and Prince Charming. I’ve been lusting after some shades that are close to antique gold so I was especially excited to be able to try out Liquid Gold.

Makeup Geek Liquid Gold pigment

Makeup Geek Liquid Gold pigment

Liquid Gold is called a true metallic gold but I see that unique undertone of green that makes it slightly different than a gold “gold”.

Makeup Geek Liquid Gold pigment

Makeup Geek Liquid Gold pigment

Afterglow is a shade that everyone should want. Makeup Geek calls it a soft shimmery champagne. I see a touch of peach to it. It is stunning on and works with just about everything I’ve tried it with.

Makeup Geek Afterglow pigment

Makeup Geek Afterglow pigment

Makeup Geek Afterglow and Liquid Gold pigment swatches

Makeup Geek Afterglow and Liquid Gold pigment swatches

Prince Charming is taking us in another direction since he’s a metallic cool silver while the other two are warmer shades.

Makeup Geek Prince Charming pigment

Makeup Geek Prince Charming pigment

Makeup Geek Prince Charming pigment

Makeup Geek Prince Charming pigment

Prince Charming looks beautiful with Twinkle Gel Liner (a metallic dark gray with blue undertones and a smooth shimmery finish). It’s gorgeous for a night out especially.

Prince Charming, Afterglow and Liquid Gold

Prince Charming, Afterglow and Liquid Gold

Not to be corny but Prince Charming has made my antique gold dream come true with Liquid Gold and now I have an Afterglow.

The secret to working with pigments is to use a slightly sticky eye primer first and let it dry a bit. You want it still slightly tacky though so that the pigments don’t fall off. I prefer a brush like the MAC 242 which is flat and stiff. Makeup Geek carries their MUG Eye Shader Brush which looks like a well priced alternative. I like to first pat pigments on and then later blend them with a softer brush especially for a light shade like Afterglow. The only thing I’d change about my three pigments is that I wish they came with a sifter top since I do make a slight mess when using them. I’ve learned though to place the jars on something I can pick up any spilled pigment like a stainless steel palette or even a piece of paper.

Makeup Geek Eye Shader brush

Makeup Geek Eye Shader brush

Makeup Geek pigments have only deepened our respect for what Marlena has done from the ground up with her company. We are very impressed with the quality, the colors and the prices.

*press samples

The Beauty Spotlight Team spotlights Marcia of Beauty Info Zone

Every other week the Beauty Spotlight Team spotlights one of our bloggers with a special post. Well this week it’s my turn and I couldn’t be more excited. You see I’ve done a total turnaround in my cosmetic color life. I used to be the PURPLE QUEEN! I had every purple eyeshadow I could get my hands on. I lived and breathed purple for eyes. Then I started adding in browns and taupes but I still would always say that purple was “my thing”. And then this came into my life:

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abysinnian Catbird

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abysinian Catbird

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird

When it arrived from Zuneta I was excited when I saw this but didn’t realize that my life was about to change. Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird looked like a golden green on my eyes and totally captivated me. I wanted to wear it all day every day. I didn’t want to remove my eye makeup. But being the obsessive eyeshadow person that I am, I not only removed it but I started shopping. Since I purchased the RBR I’ve also purchased what is now making up my Top Ten Khaki/Green eyeshadow list (and it was hard to narrow it down to 10).

Beauty Spotlight Team Top 10 khaki/green eyeshadows

Beauty Spotlight Team Top 10 khaki/green eyeshadows

1. As stated above Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird eyeshadow – this started the obsession

2. Bare Minerals The Scenic Route – this has more green to it but it’s still a khaki on me. I adore this when wearing Rouge Bunny Rouge Velvet Frippery cream shadow as a base.

Bare Minerals The Scenic Route

Bare Minerals The Scenic Route

Bare Minerals The Scenic Route

Bare Minerals The Scenic Route

3. and 4.  Inglot 419 and 433 – to say I’m crazy about these would be an understatement. They are beautiful on and each give me a slightly different look. They both have green and gold in them. 419 has more of a green tone while 433 is more khaki. Satiny smooth and long lasting. These are the best Inglot textures of the many I own.

Inglot 419 and 433

Inglot 419 and 433

5. and 6.  Urban Decay Snare and MAC Greensmoke – these look really similar in my pictures but they are different. Snare is more green while Greensmoke is more smokey. Snare is also more sparkly. I’m more likely to use the Urban Decay at night and the MAC during the day.

Urban Decay Snare and MAC Greensmoke

Urban Decay Snare and MAC Greensmoke

Urban Decay Snare and MAC Greensmoke

Urban Decay Snare and MAC Greensmoke

7. and 8. Makeup Geek Poison Ivy and Senna Fixation – two beautiful green shadows. Poison Ivy is light while the Senna is deep and a gorgeous green with sparkle. I saw Fixation when I was shopping at IMATS and immediately scooped it up. These two work beautifully together.

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy and Senna Fixation

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy and Senna Fixation

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy and Senna Fixation

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy and Senna Fixation

9. Whip Hand Green Beret pigment – while I’m still using my small one that I bought from Beauty Army, I want the full size one. Whip Hand did a special Camo Collection for Beauty Army. I love all of them but this one is green with gold. It’s lighter than the rest and looks great on its own or combined with other shadows or pigments.

Whip Hand Green Beret

Whip Hand Green Beret

Whip Hand Green Beret

Whip Hand Green Beret

Whip Hand Green Beret

Whip Hand Green Beret

10. Rouge Bunny Rouge Velvet Frippery – now this has a story. I was so sorry I bought this when I did and here it is on my Top 10 list. Don’t buy it if you are looking for a great green eyeshadow because it’s not. What makes me love it is that I use it as a base with different colors – especially Bare Minerals The Scenic Route and the two Inglot khakis and it makes them look 10x better. For some reason this dull sort of green brings out the best in them. I don’t use a thick layer and I use a real eyeshadow primer first but with that combination I get color that doesn’t fade or change for the entire day.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Velvet Frippery

Rouge Bunny Rouge Velvet Frippery

Rouge Bunny Rouge Velvet Frippery swatch

Rouge Bunny Rouge Velvet Frippery swatch

From top to bottom: RBR Velvet Frippery (top pic only), Senna Fixation, Makeup Geek Poison Ivy,

MAC Greensmoke, Urban Decay Snare, Whip Hand Cosmetics Green Beret,

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird, Bare Minerals The Scenic Route, Inglot 433 and 419

My Top 10 khaki/green eyeshadows

My Top 10 khaki/green eyeshadows

My Top 10 khaki/green eyeshadows

My Top 10 khaki/green eyeshadows

So there you have my Top Ten most loved and used khaki and green eyeshadows. There’s always room for more though so please tell me what you love and what I need to add to my collection. Do you see though what Rouge Bunny Rouge Absyinnian Catbird started? — Marcia

disclosure: only Makeup Geek is a PR sample, rest were purchased by me

Taupe loving with Makeup Geek eyeshadows

Makeup Geek eyeshadows

Makeup Geek eyeshadows

It’s time to introduce you to my new eyeshadows from Makeup Geek. This time I have two variations of taupe and a charcoal shadow to tempt you with. Not only that but the Makeup Geek website has been revamped to tempt you even more. There are over 60 eyeshadows available in pan form and they are only $5.99 each or in a compact for only $7.99. Have I begun to tempt you? Probably not because you haven’t yet seen the three eyeshadows that I was sent for review. Maybe then I can say “gotcha!”

Makeup Geek eyeshadows in Homecoming, Galaxy and Prom Night

Makeup Geek eyeshadows in Homecoming, Galaxy and Prom Night

Since taupe is such a hot selling shade for eyeshadows I’ll start with the two variations I have: Homecoming and Prom Night. Homecoming will take you not only to the homecoming dance with its golden taupe but it will take you to the office, out for dinner or everywhere you want to look your best. It’s described as a “medium brown with gold shimmer” but if you look at the swatch below you can see it’s not shimmer, it’s a sheen that you see.

Makeup Geek Homecoming

Makeup Geek Homecoming

Prom Night will take you all of those places too but instead of gold you’ll find a beautiful plum undertone to it. It’s a much cooler toned shadow. Makeup Geek describes this as a “pale purple with hints of grey and a shimmery finish.” In my eye I see taupe with plum but not much shimmer.

Makeup Geek Prom

Makeup Geek Prom Night

While I don’t wear these together, every time I wear one or the other I’m so happy with them.

Prom, Homecoming

Prom Night, Homecoming

Prom, Homecoming

Prom Night, Homecoming

My third shadow is the smokey charcoal Galaxy. This has a slight metallic finish to it and if you look carefully you can see that there’s just a tad bit of silver sparkle in it. This is not glittery – not at all – this is what I consider to be shimmery. It makes a beautiful liner as well as an eyeshadow for a smokey eye.

Galaxy

Galaxy

Makeup Geek eyeshadows are cruelty free. They don’t use Talc or Parabens in the formula. Most people, even Makeup Geek, tend to compare these to MAC eyeshadows. The size is the same and the quality is like the better MAC shadows that some of us grew up on.

Makeup Geek from top to bottom: Prom Night, Homecoming, Galaxy

Makeup Geek from top to bottom: Prom Night, Homecoming, Galaxy

No matter what color you are interested in, I’m sure that you’ll find it at Makeup Geek and with those prices you can afford as many as you want. Have I tempted you yet? If not then take a gander at our past reviews to see what other excitement can be found. — Marcia

*samples sent for review

Side by Side: Makeup Geek Gel Eyeliners

Makeup Geek Gel Eyeliners

Makeup Geek Gel Eyeliners

makeup geek liners

Marlena, the gorgeous artist and creator of the Makeup Geek website, was one of the first beauty bloggers and a true innovator in the field. The BIZ has long admired Marlena and her work and now her cosmetics line is earning our love as well.

Read on to find out what Lisa and Marcia think about Marlena’s Gel Eyeliners!

Lisa’s Side:

There are so many gel liners out there, why buy the ones from Makeup Geek? I think there are three reasons:

1.  The price – these are so affordable.  3G / 0.1 oz for $7.99. Compared to my other favorites from Bobbi Brown ($23 for the same size) and MAC ($16 for the same size), these are much easier on my pocketbook.

2.  The colors – they are different, vibrant, fabulous.

3.  These gel liners WORK on the waterline. They go on easily, and they stay!!

Electric

Electric

Electric is a bright royal blue with no shimmer at all. This is absolutely stunning on brown eyes!! I especially love it on the waterline.

Mystic

Mystic

Mystic is a light emerald green with metallic gold shimmer. This is stunning as a lid liner, especially if you smudge it out a bit.

Fame

Fame

Fame is a dark navy teal with shimmer. It is truly unique and just gorgeous.

swatched

Left to right:  Fame, Mystic, Electric

Here is my Make Up Geek eye look with Electric Eye Liner on the waterline and bottom lid:

My MUG Electric eyes

My MUG Electric eyes

My Makeup Geek eye look below features Mystic on the upper lid, and Fame on the waterline. Seriously, for the price and for the waterline wear these are must haves!!

Make Up Geek eye look

Makeup Geek eye look

Marcia’s Side:

While Lisa showed you the gorgeous bright colors I’m going to showcase more “normal” colors from the line. The ones you’d want to wear day in and day out. Like my blog partner, I’m totally impressed with these liners. They glide on yet they last better than just about any other gel liner I’ve tried. You just can’t find this kind of quality at this price elsewhere.

Twinkle, Mobster and Rave

Twinkle, Mobster and Rave

My trio of delights contains Twinkle, Mobster and Rave.

Twinkle

Twinkle

Twinkle

Twinkle

TWINKLE is a beautiful charcoal with just a touch of shimmer to the look. Many charcoal shades show up too black but Makeup Geek’s Twinkle has a pretty radiance and a true gray color.

Mobster

Mobster

MOBSTER is a matte brown. It’s the workhorse of the bunch. I wear a lot of brown on my eyes and I find that Mobster works with everything.

Rave

Rave

I have to rave about RAVE. Just look at that color. How many times have you seen a taupe eyeliner? The only one I can think of was a Chanel pencil that was 4 times the cost of Rave. There’s a complexity to it that I love. It’s great for my bottom lashline too since it has a lightness to it that’s terrific. Here’s another shot just in case …

Rave

Rave

from top Mobster, Rave, Twinkle

from top Mobster, Rave, Twinkle

Rave, Mobster Twinkle

Rave, Mobster Twinkle

You can’t go wrong with Makeup Geek Gel Liners. Whether you want the bright shades like Lisa’s or the staid shades like Marcia’s you’ll end up with long lasting liners that go on smoothly in very rich shades. It’s a win-win situation.

*samples sent for review

Make Up Geek Eyeshadows: Yellow Brick Road, Appletini, and Cinderella review and swatches

Make Up Geek

Perfect for spring:  Make Up Geek eyeshadows

Spring is upon us, so I am augmenting my eyeshadow collection with more pastels. Marlena, the gorgeous and talented force behind Make Up Geek, sent the BIZ some new eyeshadows to review and I am thrilled with them. Here are some great shades that updated my collection for the season:

Yellow Brick Road

Yellow Brick Road

Yellow Brick Road ($5.99 for the pan) is a shimmery pale yellow that is right on trend and awesome for spring. Yellow brightens the eye and this one is spectacular. It’s highly pigmented but not super bright so it’s totally wearable for daytime and works for the lid and brow.

Appletini

Appletini

Appletini (again, only $5.99!!) is an apple-green shimmer with golden flecks. Have you seen anything so gorgeous??? And it goes perfectly with Yellow Brick Road.

Cinderella

Cinderella

Cinderella (I need to say it once more…only $5.99!!!!!!!!!!!!) is a brownish/pink shimmer. This is a pale shade so it actually really works with the yellow and green, surprising but true.

swatches

Yellow Brick Road, Cinderella, and Appletini

Together they make a fabulous spring eye look.  Below, I have Yellow Brick Road on the lid, Cinderella in the crease, Appletini with Mystic Gel Liner over, and Fame Gel Liner on the waterline.

My MUG spring eye

My MUG spring eye

Yellow Brick Road eyes

another look

I love how the yellow perks up my eyes but doesn’t scream ‘PASTEL’!!

MUG FOD

MUG FOD

Here is my MUG face of the day.  Along with all of my Make Up Geek eyeshadows and liners, I chose Make Up Geek Lavish Lipstick to round out the look.

Marlena has inspired me over and over with her fantastic tutorials and now she is inspiring me with her high quality, affordable cosmetics. Head on over to makeupgeek.com right now to check out what Marlena has been up to lately!! – Lisa

*pr samples sent for review consideration

3 Cheers for Makeup Geek eyeshadows

I’m always writing about eyeshadows and I’m sure I always will. I’m a true geek about them. Unfortunately Marlena of Makeup Geek has that name but I think she’ll understand about my geekiness especially when it comes to the eyeshadows I have from her company.

Makeup Geek pan packaging

Makeup Geek pan packaging

When I was creating my favorite holiday look for Makeup Wars I had no problem deciding to use an amazing Makeup Geek eyeshadow named Envy. I’ve been able to create beautiful, dramatic eyes with this shade even though it’s not a typical Marcia shade at all. Besides being able to create this eye I’ve also been able to use the eyeshadow in other ways, especially eyeliner.  Then I remembered that I used Makeup Geek eyeshadows in another Makeup Wars, this time the fall look where I used Dirty Martini and Poison Ivy. At this point you’ve got to realize that I really love my Makeup Geek eyeshadows.

Makeup Wars eyes with Makeup Geek Envy

Makeup Wars eyes with Makeup Geek Envy

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy and Dirty Martini

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy and Dirty Martini

I actually own 7 Makeup Geek eyeshadows but am just reviewing 5 today. I recently took advantage of the sale of discontinued shades and bought two more which I’ll incorporate into a review and eye looks in the future. My eyeshadows are all in the pan form because I have several Z palettes and they fit in so perfectly in a Z palette. I might as well save money ($5.99 for a pan, $7.99 in a compact) and be able to move shades around to create looks.

Makeup Geek eyeshadows in my Z Palette

Makeup Geek eyeshadows in my Z Palette – clockwise from left: Moondust, Mercury, Envy, Poison Ivy with Dirty Martini center

Here’s a picture heavy review of my 5 shades:

Envy – a gorgeous deep metallic green with a blue undertone

Makeup Geek Envy

Makeup Geek Envy

Makeup Geek Envy

Makeup Geek Envy

Dirty Martini – a matte olive green that to me isn’t very matte, it’s more satin

Makeup Geek Dirty Martini

Makeup Geek Dirty Martini

Dirty Martini

Dirty Martini

Poison Ivy – this is called a shimmery medium green but it’s not a green you’d see in a box of crayons, no matter how big the box was. This is much more complicated than that. I’d call it more of an olive shade. The shimmer is soft and not glittery, it just adds some dimension.

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy

Moondust – while it’s called a metallic silver taupe on the Makeup Geek website, I find it to be the green version of taupe. It works so well with both Dirty Martini and Poison Ivy that you need this shadow if you like subtle greens.

Moondust (oops I dropped it)

Moondust (oops I dropped it)

Makeup Geek Moondust (before I dropped it)

Makeup Geek Moondust (before I dropped it)

Moondust swatch

Moondust swatch

Mercury – the MUG website makes this look like a beige shade but it’s actually a beautiful lightly shimmered silver.

Makeup Geek Mercury

Makeup Geek Mercury

Mercury in sunlight

Mercury in sunlight

I have nothing but raves for Makeup Geek eyeshadows and am looking forward to adding more to my small collection. They apply smoothly, have amazing pigmentation, and don’t have a lot of fallout. Plus the price is absolutely unbelievable for this quality especially. I’m sure you can see why I’m so geeky about these eyeshadows. I love that I can build a collection of them slowly and know that each one I get will be a fabulous addition to my collection. Have you tried any Makeup Geek eyeshadows? Share your favorites if you have. — Marcia

*pr samples shown

Best of the Year 2012: Lisa’s picks

 

2012

It’s the new year, so you know what that means – a bunch of people with hangovers and a ton of ‘Best of 2012′ lists!  Beauty Info Zone is jumping right into the pool with our own lists.  Here are my personal picks for Best of the Year 2012, stay tuned for Marcia’s choices tomorrow. 

Shimmer, color, extensions, scents…it’s all here!  I have much to be grateful for, much to be thankful for, and here is my big virtual hug to all the products and product lines that brought me so much joy in 2012.

best-of-the-year

Best new (to me anyway) cosmetics lines

 

lipgloss

Christina Choi lipgloss

Christina Choi – beautiful lip glosses, gorgeous eye shadows (love the duo with a coordinating cake liner), plus so much more.  I am very, very excited about this line.

in my Z Palette

My gorgeous Makeup Geek eyeshadows in my Z Palette

Makeup Geek – love the lipsticks, and the eyeshadows are truly the bomb.  If you don’t have any yet, they should be first on your list of new purchases for 2013.

Best old (to me anyway) cosmetics lines

 

Le Metier

Le Metier eyes

Le Metier de Beaute - 2012 was a Le Metier year for me, from fantastic makeovers to awesome facials to workhorse products that I can’t do without. 

Bye Bye Pores powder and puff

Bye Bye Pores powder and puff

It Cosmetics - I am constantly amazed by this line.  There hasn’t been ONE thing that I didn’t love.  I think I look forward to new products from It Cosmetics more than from any other line because they never, ever disappoint.

Dan Read Icy Lilac eyeshadow

Dan Read Icy Lilac eyeshadow

Dan Read Cosmetics -  another line that never lets me down.  I always have my Dan Read Silver Screen Series foundation with me – in fact, on Christmas Day I bought myself another one as a Christmas gift to myself.  I also love the eyeshadows, they are fantastic.   Dan Read is on my ‘best of’ list every single year.  He rocks – and so does his cosmetics line.

Make Up For Ever Iconic Red

Make Up For Ever Iconic Red

Make Up For Ever – did you watch Syfy’s Face Off this past season?  I think it was the best ever thanks to Make Up For Ever.  Dany Sanz is brilliant, and I love all of her creations, particularly the Aqua Rouge lip colors.

Best skin care

 

reviva-primerReviva Labs – I have probably tried 15 different things from this line and I love everything. I think that is amazing. My absolute favorites are the Makeup Primer, Hyalauronic Acid Serum, and the Willard Water.

cooling metal tip applicator

Love the StriVectin cooling metal tip applicator – and if you look closely, you can see my camera reflected in it!!

 StriVectin – oh boy do I love the 360 Tightening Eye Serum - it’s a great serum with the best applicator ever.

Jewelweed Topical Mist close upCreation Pharm – this is a terrific organic line with intriguing products. I still use the Jewelweed Topical Mist every day. I am probably on my 20th bottle.  If you look close, I do believe that is my photo of my fingers holding the Jewelweed bottle on their website!!!

Love my Kleraderm

Love my Kleraderm

Kleraderm - one of the very best skin care lines there is.  I have used it for years and will always be a ‘Kleranet’.  I have an appointment for a facial with Joanne Recchia-Kallabat in a few days and I am so geeked.  She gives a $200 facial for just $20, plus I will be finding out about the latest new products – and I will be sure to share!

Best brushes

 

Domed Shadow Brush

Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush

Real Techniques (Pixie Woo) Domed Shadow Brush – this is by far the very best eyeshadow crease brush I have ever used.  I say thank you for this every day.

212 up close and personal

212 up close and personal

Hakuhodo 212 – the supreme brush for blending eyeshadow.  If you don’t have this — you need it.

Best hair care

 

I will never be without this hairspray

I will never be without this hairspray

Unite – the Go365 Hairspray is the primo hairspray ever. Period.

Cristopher Glossing Shampoo

Cristophe Glossing Shampoo

Cristophe  – the Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner never fail to make my hair super soft, shiny, and bouncy.

Leonor Greyl makes for a good hair day!!

Leonor Greyl makes for a good hair day!!

Leonor Greyl – gorgeous products that smell amazing.  So many of her hair products are cult favorites, and for good reason!

Biggest personal influences in 2012

 

soft waves

Soft waves?  No problem!

Verge One – I would say that two lines dramatically changed my daily appearance in 2012.  The first is Verge One.  Their ‘texture wands’ have completely changed the way I wear my hair.  Now pretty much every day I am curly or wavy, and I love it.  The texture wands are truly fabulous finds for which I am extremely grateful!

More lashes = love!

More lashes = love!

Novalash – the second line that dramatically changed my daily appearance in 2012 is Novalash.  I had what I thought were nicely dramatic eyelashes thanks to Latisse…and then I found Novalash.  WOW.  My lashes are huge and beautiful and easy to care for every single day.  This is a ‘get down on my knees and say THANK YOU‘ find!!

Most fun

 

Everything is better on a stick!

Everything is better on a stick!

Lush – Reflecting back on 2012, I remember so many awesome, entertaining products from Lush.  Seriously, everything they make is not only useful and practical, it’s also a blast. 

blue

Who knew blue hair could be so fun?

HairUWear – another surprising super fun discovery for me this year were hair extensions.  I adore the ones I have tried from HairUWear, whether they are lively and funky bright colors or seriously hair-enhancing extensions.  Absolute enjoyment that reminded me I need to step outside my comfort zone to make new discoveries.

My top product picks

 

OCC Skin:  Conceal Y series

OCC Skin: Conceal Y series

OCC Airbrush Foundation and Conceal Concealer - two of the best finds of 2012.  The foundation is a fantastic water-based foundation that works with every application technique, it looks totally natural and wears like iron.  And the concealer is nothing short of amazing – it’s the perfect concealer times twenty. 

Magic

Tarte Magic blush really is magic!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushfirst-rate blushes with lots of different shades and perfect pigment.  This is a blush that will keep you blushing all day long.

Lisa Hoffman bracelet2

Lisa Hoffman Fragrance Jewelry – so gorgeous, clever and unique!  One of my favorite fragrances of all time is Lisa’s Tuscan Fig, and to be able to have that inside beautiful jewelry?  Fantastic.

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara - this is the best mascara I have ever found for my lower lashes.  It’s pretty amazing.

Tarte concealer top

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer – another pick from Tarte.  This concealer is creamy long-lasting goodness that saved my eyes this fall when they were going crazy with allergies.  It’s a total winner.

My perfect tube of 3Lab Perfect BB Cream

My perfect tube of 3Lab Perfect BB Cream

3lab Perfect BB Cream – my very first BB cream and the best one out there.  Yes, it’s expensive – but it’s also worth every single penny.

CV Skinlabs bottle

CV Skinlabs - sunburns, bug bites, hives, rashes, it’s all so much easier to live through with Rescue + Relief Spray.  I have a bottle of this in my refrigerator at all times.

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer – the snake serum is far more than a marketing ploy. This stuff works. If you want less wrinkles in 2013, get yourself some Wrinkle Killer.

If 2013 is even close to as good as 2012 was, then we have a LOT to look forward to.  2012 was chock full of great discoveries, wonderful ‘old faithfuls’, tons of joy and nothing to complain about.  Life is good!  – Lisa