Marsala Makeup Wars starring KBShimmer and Purely Cosmetics

KBShimmer Men are from Mars-ala and Purely Cosmetics Mauve Pearlescent Blush

KBShimmer Men are from Mars-ala and Purely Cosmetics Mauve Pearlescent Blush

Makeup Wars and Marsala – the words just flow together. If you are reading a beauty blog like Beauty Info Zone then you know that the word for 2015 is MARSALA. Pantone names a color of the year and for the last few years Sephora has teamed up with them to create a collection. This has brought the Color of the Year to the forefront for beauty.

There are so many different shades and different names that are used when describing Marsala. This is Pantone’s official swatch. I’ve seen Marsala described as deep burgundy;muted, red-toned dark mauve; reddish mauve; rich and creamy burgundy; neutral; cocoa; bordeaux; red-toned dark mauve; reddish mauve and everything else under the sun. Personally I see a reddish brown that can vary in intensity.

Marsala from Pantone

Marsala from Pantone

When KBShimmer offered Men Are From Mars-ala for review I was so excited. I love featuring independent companies and I loved the pictures I’d seen of Mars-ala. KBShimmer polishes are divine. I love the application and the wear.

KBShimmer Men are from Mars-ala

KBShimmer Men are from Mars-ala

Men are from Mars-ala ($8.75) is a very rich reddish brown with a linear holographic shimmer embedded within.

KBShimmer Men are from Mars-ala

KBShimmer Men are from Mars-ala

Before I applied this polish I was lukewarm about Marsala being the Color of the Year. I didn’t think it would flatter my skintone but KBShimmer proved me wrong. This polish was a joy to wear and lasted a full week and still looked like new. There was no pooling in my cuticles, no bubbling, just pure delight.

KBShimmer Men are from Mars-ala

KBShimmer Men are from Mars-ala

This will stay in my nail rotation way past the time the marsala craze is over. It’s a very universal shade and won’t be passe’ any time soon.

Marsala inspired makeup from Sephora.com

Marsala inspired makeup from Sephora.com

I show you this picture only because of the blush. Purely Cosmetics is one of my favorite indie companies (it was featured in a previous Makeup Wars as that too). Who’d have thought that a blush named Mauve would be a great Marsala shade?

Men are from Mars-ala nails and Purely Cosmetics Mauve Blush

Men are from Mars-ala nails and Purely Cosmetics Mauve Blush

Compare the swatch of the blush with the much more expensive blush from Sephora and you’ll find that you can spend $12.75 to get this gorgeous shade.

Purely Cosmetic's swatch of Mauve Blush

Purely Cosmetic’s swatch of Mauve Blush

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Purely Cosmetics Mauve Pearlescent blush

Purely Cosmetics Mauve Pearlescent blush

Mauve Pearlescent Blush isn’t glittery, it has this magnificent sheen that makes you look like you are glowing.

Purely Cosmetics Mauve blush applied heavily

Purely Cosmetics Mauve blush applied heavily

It’s extremely flattering on your cheeks and will make you feel like you are a fashion plate with the newest shades.

Take the plunge with Marsala with these two independent and wonderful beauty companies.

Be sure to read the other Makeup Wars blogs to see what’s IN for Pantone’s Marsala shade.  — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

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Workout favorites with Makeup Wars

When Makeup Wars decided that they would do a post about workout favorites I was sort of stumped. I’m not a gym rat. As a matter of fact I scurry away from the gym. But since August I am in a gym at least 3 times a week though it’s for physical therapy. It’s the most workout I’ve gotten since writing those checks for my gym memberships that I never actually used.

At first I had nothing on my face other than sunscreen but now that I’m out and about I’m usually coming from somewhere or going somewhere so I do some makeup after all. This list is what I usually chose from when going to do my exercises.
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LAVANILA HEALTHY DEODORANT in Lemon Vanilla – Lavanila’s deodorant comes in 7 different fragrances and two sizes. It’s a solid stick deodorant and never sticky. I find it gets me through my therapy sessions no matter how long they last and I still feel fresh as the day goes on. A full size is $14 (mini’s are $8) and I’ve barely made a dent in the months I’ve used it.
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WAXELENE LIP TUBE is the product I’ve been using since the weather changed. There’s no color but I don’t usually want much color when I’m working out. This is a great protectant. I have a giveaway going on for a tube if you want to enter.
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PIXI BEAUTY SHEA BUTTER LIP BALM comes in 5 sheer shades plus clear. If I want just that touch of color then I like to wear it in Natural Rose. I get the comforting lip balm with Vitamin E and color in one little tube.
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IT COSMETICS CC CREAM is one of several CC Creams that I reach for. I also like Pur Minerals CC Cream and the pick of 2014 CoverFX. I’m on my second tube of the one from IT Cosmetics and I’ve completely transformed my sister into being a fan of this CC Cream and the brand. This gives me plenty of coverage, SPF50, anti-aging benefits and hydration. Plus when I’m done working out my skin isn’t dripping color.
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PURELY COSMETICS DIAMOND PERFECT FINISH POWDER is what I use to set the CC Cream. This silky soft powder gets raves from me every day. It works wonders setting any foundation or CC/BB Cream and it makes my skin look finished. I rave about this all the time and I’m doing it again!
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MAYBELLINE COLOR TATTOO - I have several shades of Color Tattoo eyeshadows though I tend to wear the base shades like Nude Compliment or Barely Beige on workout days. These wear like iron on me so they are perfect for any time I want color that isn’t going to budge.
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MAKEUP GEEK GEL EYELINER is one of my favorite brands of gel eyeliner. I think a gel is perfect for the days you want to wear some makeup yet need your exercise. They never budge on the top lashline though sometimes they’ll wear off a little on the bottom lashline. Makeup Geek makes this in 8 shades, I wear Mobster (brown) all the time.
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EDDIE FUNKHOUSER QUATRO VARIABLE LASH MASCARA is my OMG mascara. I am in love with this mascara and always have one open. I usually buy mine from Dermstore. This dark black mascara has an innovative tube that allows you to go from “nice lashes” to “va va voom”. Eddie always notices when I’m wearing it.
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MILANI TOTAL LASH COVER MASCARA is my favorite mascara that I can pick up at the drugstore. It sells out quickly so when I see it I’ll usually pick one up just in case. It’s not va va voom like Eddie’s is but it doesn’t smudge and gives me well defined eyelashes.
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PERRICONE MD NO BLUSH BLUSH was supposed to be reviewed way back in the summer. My best makeup friend raved about this line so much that I had to buy it and see what the fuss was about. Since then I’ve used it constantly. I prefer this liquid blush on the days I’m going to be getting ‘moist’ because it’s more like a stain. It doesn’t ever wipe off. It stays where it belongs. It will fade during the day so I sometimes have to refresh it but in general it lasts really well.
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PIXI BEAUTY SHEER CHEEK GEL makes me look like I already have that workout glow before I even get in the gym. I have it in Rosy which was on one of my wishlists a long time ago. I love the stain and I love the ease of it. It’s easy to pop into my bag in case I feel the need to touch up but I rarely have to.
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Considering that this is all new to me, this post made me realize what has become important on the days I want to remain fresh and need to do my therapy. I’m sure my fellow Makeup War warriors have some great suggestions including what clothes to wear and I can’t wait to read them. What would you recommend that I add to this list? — Marcia

*some products sent for editorial consideration while others are purchases

Makeup Wars – favorite blush of 2014

Tarina Tarantino Parasol blush

Tarina Tarantino Parasol blush

When Makeup Wars decided to make our first post of 2015 a favorite blush it took me absolutely no time to know what I’d choose. Tarina Tanantino Dollskin Parasol blush instantly came to mind. I reach for this all the time. And I love it so much that when Hautelook carried Tarina Tarantino I had to buy their Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette.

Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette

Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette

PARASOL is a perfect shade for me. I can wear it with everything but the coolest tones of eyeshadow or lipstick. Therefore I wear it often. PARASOL is described as “shimmering bright pink coral”. It’s got pink, it’s got coral, it has it all.

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Blush in Parasol

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Blush in Parasol

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Blush in Parasol

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Blush in Parasol

This totally livens up my skin making me feel like I look healthy once again. It’s VERY pigmented so you need to use the lightest touch. Use a soft brush and a light touch since you can always add more – but you won’t need to. This is heaven for me. It’s smooth and long lasting and the color is true gorgeousness.

Tarina Tarantino Blush palette and Parasol

Tarina Tarantino Blush palette and Parasol

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE contains 4 of the 5 blush shades that Tarina Tarantino makes. It’s perfect for on the go because you have every shade you’d need, especially on a trip.  This formula has micronized powders (also known as “HD” or “High Definition”) which blend over skin evenly and allow for build up.

Shades are  Candy Cameo (shimmering light pink), Feather (shimmering peach), Carved Rose (cool vivid pink) and Parasol.

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE

The first arm shade, Candy Cameo, is a light peach on my skin and while the two pink/rose blushes look similar there is a difference on my skin. The palette sells for $45 while a single sells for $25 so there’s a big savings if you go for the palette. I tend to wear Parasol alone more often though because it’s earned the award of the best powder blush I’ve used in 2014.

What is your favorite blush? Do you have any Tarina Tarantino yet? (If not what are you waiting for!!). Join the other blushing beauties in Makeup Wars and happy 2015. — Marcia

*disclosure: Parasol sent for editorial consideration, palette was purchased by me

Makeup Wars – favorite lipstick of 2014

How do I pick just one lipstick? It’s not easy at all. I went through the ones I choose to wear the most and that were new to me in 2014. Next I tried to find the one that was the most unusual and not my typical color. And the winner?

Lipstick Queen "Let Them Eat Cake"

Lipstick Queen “Let Them Eat Cake”

LET THEM EAT CAKE is my only Lipstick Queen lipstick although Lisa has quite a few that she’s reviewed before. When I saw all this pink, I knew that this was the one that I wanted (press sample).

Lipstick Queen Let Them Eat Cake

Lipstick Queen Let Them Eat Cake

Let Them Eat Cake is a pinky lavender shade with a subtle golden pearl effect. A close up shows more sparkle since the camera magnifies the swatch.

Everything about this Lipstick Queen lipstick screams quality. The packaging alone is amazing. A pink sueded box holding a squared tube. When you pull this out, people notice. When you put it on, they notice more.

Lipstick Queen Let Them Eat Cake

Lipstick Queen Let Them Eat Cake

from lipstickqueen.com

from lipstickqueen.com

I love the wear of this whether I use it alone or put it over another lipstick. I find sometimes when I apply a lipstick it looks a little dull so out comes Let Them Eat Cake.

Let Them Eat Cake by Lipstick Queen (from polyvore.com)

Let Them Eat Cake by Lipstick Queen (from polyvore.com)

 

While Marie Antoinette never actually said “Let Them Eat Cake” it is a phrase that we’ve learned to be synonymous with owning the best for ourselves. And Lipstick Queen is the best.

I’m guessing my fellow Makeup War friends have chosen darker shades than I like but that’s what makes us so much fun – see the variety in the other posts. — Marcia

*press sample

Makeup Wars – a favorite foundation of 2014

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This week the Makeup Wars team is doing a series of articles. We are supposed to pick a favorite foundation for Monday, a favorite lipstick for Tuesday and a favorite blush for Thursday. Picking only one is a chore and it makes me feel like I’m slighting all the others that I call favorites. I’m sort of playing by the rules but maybe not exactly.

IT Cosmetic IT-O2  foundation and CoverFX CC Cream

IT Cosmetic IT-O2 foundation and CoverFX CC Cream

I’ve chosen two of my 2014 acquisitions that I haven’t reviewed before. To pretend I’m not cheating only one is a foundation and the other is a CC Cream, which is a form of foundation but who’s counting?

IT Cosmetics IT O2 Ultra Repair Liquid Oxygen Foundation

IT Cosmetics IT O2 Ultra Repair Liquid Oxygen Foundation

IT COSMETICS O2 ULTRA REPAIR LIQUID OXYGEN FOUNDATION was a gift to me from a wonderful blogger. She knew I wanted to try it and she had it in Fair which was too light for her. When she offered it, I jumped at the chance to try this out.  Like all IT Cosmetics products, it has anti-aging skincare built in, “It’s infused with Anti-Aging ingredients and the proprietary IT Cosmetics® Drops of Light Technology® reflecting pigments to optically blur away the appearance of imperfections.

The foundation starts off sheer but you can build it up to a full coverage if you want. I wore it a lot this summer since I liked that it was lightweight yet gave me good coverage. The formula is dewy and it allows skin to breathe. Ingredients include Peptides, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Niacin, Hyaluronic Acid and Grape Seed Oil plus Vitamins A, C, & E. The foundation is Paraben-free, Talc-free and Sulfate-free and Fragrance-free.

CoverFX CC Cream

CoverFX CC Cream

COVER FX CC CREAM, TIME RELEASE TINTED TREATMENT is my newest CC Cream. While I love the CC Cream from IT Cosmetics, I needed to try the Cover FX after all the raves from my friend Phyrra. Since there are 10 shades that this is available in, I went to Sephora to buy mine. I decided that the closest match was N Light which is for fair to light skin with neutral undertones. I actually have a very adaptable skintone since I’m freckled. My swatch makes it look yellower than it actually is.

from left Cover FX, CC, IT O2 foundation

from left Cover FX, CC, IT O2 foundation

My favorite way to apply the Cover FX CC Cream is with the Urban Decay Good Karma Blending Brush (which deserves an award for best brush!), although it goes on just as smoothly with my fingers or a Beauty Blender Sponge. It has beautiful coverage for a CC Cream and the bonus is it has SPF 30 plus it’s fragrance free. It’s oil free, contains no parabens, sulfates or phtalates. CC Cream Time Release is clinically tested, vegan, and free of mineral oil, fragrance, gluten, and talc. I have used this so many times that I don’t bother putting it away. I know several times a week I’ll want it.

Both of these deserve to be in my top foundations of the year. They both give a great finish and didn’t melt away in the heat of the summer. They last well throughout the day and contain ingredients that are good for my skin.

I can’t wait to see what the others pick since there’s always room for another foundation in my life! What would you choose if given only one choice? — Marcia

Makeup Wars – how to use 1 eyeshadow for a complete look

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This week’s Makeup Wars was a fun one to do. We were given the assignment of finding one eyeshadow that does it all. The one we are comfortable using for a complete eye look. I had trouble picking but my choice ended up being MAYBELLINE NUDE COMPLIMENT COLOR TATTOO eyeshadow.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Nude Compliment

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Nude Compliment

Sadly this is discontinued yet you can still find it on eBay if you look for #90; at the end I’ll give you some suggestions for other shadows that would probably do just as well.

Maybelline Nude Compliment and MAC 217, 239 and 242 brushes

Maybelline Nude Compliment and MAC 217, 239 and 242 brushes

I chose this particular eyeshadow because I find that I can get three shades of depth depending on the tools I use. If I want to wear it as a wash then I usually use MAC 217 (the first well used brush). The brush picks up just the right amount and it’s easy to blend on my eye if I don’t want to use my finger.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Nude Compliment

Maybelline Color Tattoo Nude Compliment

maybelline eye1For the above picture I only used Maybelline Color Tattoo Nude Compliment except for a little top eyeliner in a darker brown. I started with the MAC 217 brush and applied it on my lid and then used the leftover on my browbone. I then used the MAC 239 brush to darken the lid a little. The last brush I used is the synthetic MAC 242 because I wanted a deep crease shade. Then I used the tip of the 242 to line under my eyes.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Nude Compliment

Maybelline Color Tattoo Nude Compliment

You can see it a little better in the above picture. This is a favorite eyeshadow and I use it often especially when I’ve got just a few minutes to do my makeup. I just wish Maybelline hadn’t discontinued this particular shadow.

Here are some alternatives:

Maybelline Tough As Taupe

Maybelline Tough As Taupe

Tough as Taupe is one of the permanent shades. It’s more gray on me than it appears in this picture though.

Maybelline Creamy Beige Tattoo Leather

Maybelline Creamy Beige Tattoo Leather

I just saw the Color Tattoo Leather eyeshadows by the permanent collection at CVS. While I haven’t tried Creamy Beige I’m going to get it with the Beauty Club reward I’ll have shortly.

Maybelline Bad to the Bronze

Maybelline Bad to the Bronze

Bad to the Bronze is a much darker alternative but using your finger you can get it to apply lightly though I’d recommend buffing it out to lighten it.

Maybelline Nude Compliment and Burberry Pale Barley

Maybelline Nude Compliment and Burberry Pale Barley

BURBERRY PALE BARLEY is a shadow in my collection that I’ve achieved a similar look with. I prefer it with a darker shadow in the crease but I did practice with Pale Barley to see if it would work and it does.

Do you have a favorite one shadow look? I’d love for you to share it in the comments. Meanwhile go visit my Makeup Wars bloggers to see what other beauties can be found. — Marcia

Makeup Wars Wish Lists for 2014


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I know you recently saw a wishlist last week on Top Ten Tuesday but is ten really enough? Makeup Wars has decided to add on some more wishlist items to get your juices going. Here are 8 that have been on my mind lately. — Marcia
1415558411__9465766STELLA MCCARTNEY HOLOGRAM ENVELOPE CLUTCH – I actually wanted this last (as in the collage) since it’s way out of my league. At $770 I’d be afraid to use it but I’d enjoy every minute of it. I’ve needed a cocktail purse for a long time and this would certainly turn heads.
1415558346__9814141NATASHA STARDUST CLUTCH – Now this is more in my price range ($148) and would probably look great with any dressy item I own. I saw this in the Nordstrom catalog and it caught my eye.
1415558250_61738HARRY JOSH PRO HAIRDRYER AND ACCESSORY SET – I absolutely don’t need this, I have a new and wonderful Conair hairdryer that is fabulous. But ever since I first read about this Harry Josh Pro Hairdryer I’ve wanted it and right now it’s in this set with all these extras for $250 at Dermstore.
1415558078_s1637792-main-hero-300MAKE UP FOR EVER STUDIO CASE – Last week I put the MUFE STATION ($300) on my wishlist. It was more of a dream list. This Studio Case ($52.50) is much more practical and I’d love to own it. It contains 12 of Make Up For Ever’s latest shadows.Natural (M-530, S-516, I-544), Smoky (M-122, ME-108, M-100), Bold (D-236, D-926, I-218), Chic (I-524, D-826, ME-828) - 0.01 oz Artist Liner in Matte Black (M-10)
1415557888_s1640390-main-hero-300TOO FACED EVERYTHING NICE SET – Too Faced has so many holiday choices that it’s hard to narrow down. Once I started looking them over though I realized that even though I wouldn’t really get use out of the bronzers, I’d love everything else in this set.

  • 20 x 1.2 oz Eye shadows in Turtle Dove, Dream On, After Hours, Fawned of You, Knockout, Paper Roses, Kindness is Free, Mauvelous, Be You, Secret Lovers, Heaven, Shiny Happy, Honey Pot, Don’t Settle, Girly, Totally Fetch, Live it Up, Too Glam, Head Over Heels, Chocolate Moon
    – 2 x 0.28 oz Bronzers in Chocolate Soleil and Inner Light
    – 2 x 0.28 oz Blushes in Papa Don’t Peach and Sweet Pink
    – 3 mini Gold glitter Cruelty-Free Teddy Bear makeup brushes
    – 0.17 oz Better Than Sex Mascara
    – Pink glitter zip bag

1415557592_holiday2014_burberry002BURBERRY WINTER GLOW GOLD 2 EYESHADOW PALETTE – I saw this on Temptalia’s site and fell in love with the shades. These are colors I go for all the time.
1415557523_ctpaletteCHARLOTTE TILBURY FALLEN ANGEL PALETTE – This is another that got my heart going. I love the star design and I’m dying to try Charlotte Tilbury. I actually thought of doing this post today as 100% wishes from her line. You need to see the beauty of this at British Beauty Blogger.
1415557464_s1669761-main-hero-300SMASHBOX DOUBLE EXPOSURE – This reasonably priced palette has 20 shades but the reason it’s called “double exposure” is that when you use these wet you get double the shadows. These are meant to be used both wet and dry and the effects are supposed to be dramatically different. It contains eyeshadows in Silver, Mauve, Peony, Blanc, Quartz, Flushed, Veiled, Midnight, Temper, Haze, Noir, Copper, Fig, Espresso – 0.13 oz Full Exposure mascara – Double-ended brush

So there you have 6 more eyeshadow sets and 2 evening bags to add to my wishlist and maybe yours. What would you want from this list? Have you made your own wishlist like my fellow beauty bloggers? — Marcia