Makeup Wars starring Senna Cosmetics

Senna Cosmetics Nude Eyes, eyebrows, bronzer and cream foundation

Senna Cosmetics Nude Eyes, eyebrows, bronzer and cream foundation

This week the Makeup Wars bloggers each picked a favorite high end brand to share and maybe even convince you that their brand is the best. I chose Senna and the lovely ladies at Senna Cosmetics were kind enough to share some of the latest items. Lisa and I have reviewed a lot of Senna over the 5 years of our blog for several reasons.

1) We’ve been charmed by Senna for a dozen years. We started using it way before we began blogging. One of our biggest thrills was to meet and talk with Eugenia Weston at IMATS and have her personally recommend items for us.

2) Senna is an indie company owned by Eugenia Weston. She actually creates the products and doesn’t just put her name on something she’s bought.

3) Senna is cruelty free. Plus Senna Cosmetics are reasonably priced compared to so many of the higher end companies.

Senna matte nude eyeshadows

Senna matte nude eyeshadows

I’m going to share some of Senna Cosmetics newest products as well as long time favorites. For spring Senna is all about nude shades with their In the Mood for Nudes collection. The 5 main items in this collection are 4 matte eyeshadows and their Baja Matte Bronzer.

The Nude Matte eyeshadows are available in 4 shades. The difference in 3 of the shades is the undertone of them. All 3 of these are beautiful nudes to wear over your entire eye or in strategic places. What I love best about these is that my favorite under the brow shade was discontinued a few years ago and I’ve never found a replacement until now. It thrills me to have these 3 and these are getting daily use.

Senna Blend matte eyeshadow

Senna Blend matte eyeshadow

Senna Blend matte eyeshadow

Senna Blend matte eyeshadow

BLEND is the most neutral and is considered a neutral skin tone shade.

Senna Moonlight matte eyeshadow

Senna Moonlight matte eyeshadow

Senna Moonlight matte eyeshadow

Senna Moonlight matte eyeshadow

MOONLIGHT is a warm beige, it’s ivory on me with warmer slightly peach undertones.

Senna Essence matte eyeshadow

Senna Essence matte eyeshadow

Senna Essence matte eyeshadow

Senna Essence matte eyeshadow

ESSENCE is a creamy pastel peach.

Senna Nudist matte eyeshadow

Senna Nudist matte eyeshadow

Senna Nudist matte eyeshadow

Senna Nudist matte eyeshadow

NUDIST is a neutral brown that’s great for lids or crease.

Blend, Moonlight, Essence and Nudist

Blend, Moonlight, Essence and Nudist

Using these gives you a beautiful neutral eye or you can add in a darker shade for more definition or glitz. While these are matte eyeshadows they apply like a satin, they don’t look chalky, they just look smooth.

Whatever you do, don’t ignore your eyebrows. If anyone knows eyebrows it’s Senna since Eugenia Weston created one of the first and most famous eyebrow kits, the Form-A-Brow Kit. I have both a Brow Gel and a Brow Shaper Duo in use.

Senna Brow Fix, Brow Shaper Duo and Brow Pro 40

Senna Brow Fix, Brow Shaper Duo and Brow Pro 40

Brow Fix in Golden Brown

Brow Fix in Golden Brown

Senna Brow Fix in Golden Brown

Senna Brow Fix in Golden Brown

SENNA BROW FIX is available in 3 shades (clear, golden brown, taupe) to set your brow shape, color your brows and control them. It has tiny texturizing fibers in it to make your brows look fuller. If you have full enough brows then use this to set them and add a little more color. Or if you are like me, then use them over a pencil or brow powder to lock in the color and shape.

Senna Brow Duo in Brunette

Senna Shaping Brow Duo in Brunette

Senna Brow Shaping Duo in Brunette

Senna Brow Shaping Duo in Brunette

The Brow Shaping Duo also comes in 3 shades (Blonde, Brunette, Ebony) and is my preference. I’ve lost a lot of hair in my brows since my fall and I need the fullness and coverage this provides. The powder side is a micro fiber infused pressed powder and the pomade is a conditioning one. Brunette is a great match for me. My modus operandi is to apply the powder with the Brow Pro 40 brush, then apply the pomade over it. The combination of the two products intensifies the color as well as sets it in place. My brows last the entire day with this.

Senna Slipcover foundation in Buff with Foundation 39 and Multi 24 brushes

Senna Slipcover foundation in Buff with Foundation 39 and Multi 24 brushes

Senna Slipcover in Buff

Senna Slipcover in Buff

I raved before about Senna foundation since Lasting Illusion Foundation in Alabaster is one of my very favorite liquid foundations. Along comes Slipcover Foundation and it’s right up there with the best. Slipcover is a cream to powder foundation that comes in an amazing 18 different shades plus 3 duos if you change shades in different seasons or if you want to do some contouring. This oil free foundation applies like a dream with a foundation brush like Senna’s Foundation 39 or the wonderful Multi 24 brush. It then transforms into a semi-matte powder. So it’s one and done. I don’t need to set with a powder but it doesn’t look like a powder finish. It stays flawless and looks good all day on me. I love that Buff (porcelain) is so light and a color that blends perfectly on my skin.

Senna HD Eye Lift with Deluxe Fluff 600, Concealer 12 and Baby Face 21 brushes

Senna HD Eye Lift with Deluxe Fluff 600, Concealer 12 and Baby Face 21 brushes

Now that we have our eyes done, what about under our eyes? That’s where Senna’s HD Eye Lift comes into play. This used to be called Mineral Eye Lift which I’ve used before down to the pan. It’s been revamped and it’s still as great as ever. Now it contains HD light diffusing mineral pigments that help brighten your under eye area. It’s a subtle lift that helps brighten under eye darkness, set your concealer and it can also highlight any areas of your face. It contains Golden Seaweed to help stimulate collagen repair while you are wearing it. Call me sold.

Senna Baja Bronzer with Airbrush Face 24 and Angle Blush 506

Senna Baja Bronzer with Airbrush Face 24 and Angle Blush 506

Senna Baja Matte Bronzer swatch

Senna Baja Matte Bronzer swatch

Senna’s Baja Matte Bronzer is a sheer bronzer which is especially good for people who are very fair toned. It’s neutral enough that it will look good on most skin tones. I’ve used it half a dozen times and it’s never turned orangey on me. It’s recommended to use a powder brush with it but depending on how much color I want I prefer my Angled Blush brush or my Airbrush Face brush. This contains light-reflecting pigments which are said to diminish the look of imperfections. If I can wear this comfortably than anyone can! I love that there’s no sparkle in it.

I’m sure you can tell why Senna was my choice as soon as Makeup Wars decided on this topic. It’s a wonderful cruelty free, independent line created by a strong woman who is famous for being one of the top makeup artists in the world. I’m proud to share Senna Cosmetics with you. Because this review is so long, I’m continuing it later today to share some more products. — Marcia

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*some products sent for review

Eddie Funkhouser lips invade the Makeup Wars team

Eddie Funkhouser Lipsticks and Lipglosses

Eddie Funkhouser Lipsticks and Lipglosses

For our latest version of Makeup Wars we were all sent lipsticks and lipglosses from Eddie Funkhouser. Now you can learn about some of the available shades and we can share what we love about them. Eddie Funkhouser and I have had a long time relationship. I’ve written many posts about his products because I luv them. I even did an entire Makeup Wars article starring Eddie. He’s a pretty amazing makeup artist and I love his cruelty free and indie products. It’s hard to make it in the cosmetic world without a big backer but Eddie is doing it and I stand behind him (probably pinching that cute tush) in his efforts.

I was sent two lipsticks and three glosses to revel in.

Eddie Funkhouser lips

Eddie Funkhouser lips

RUMOR is a dark cherry from his Hyperreal Nourishing Lip Color line. Nourishing Lip Color is the most pigmented of his two lines. Rumor is very pigmented and is nicely moisturizing. This isn’t a heavy finish although with such a saturated color you’d expect it to be.

Eddie Funkhouser RUMOR Nourishing lipstick

Eddie Funkhouser RUMOR Nourishing lipstick

Eddie Funkhouser Strip Seach and Rumor

Eddie Funkhouser Strip Seach and Rumor

STRIP SEARCH is part of his Chromographic Lip Colors. Strip Search is a bright magenta but because of the light reflecting particles and creamy finish I feel comfortable wearing this even though I’m basically a light lipstick babe. Strip Search looks very creamy on me so I can wear it with or without a gloss.

Eddie Funkhouser Strip Search lipstick

Eddie Funkhouser Strip Search lipstick

Strip Search

Strip Search

Eddie Funkhouser Strip Search

Eddie Funkhouser Strip Search

Eddie Funkhouser Strip Search and Rumor swatches

Eddie Funkhouser Strip Search and Rumor swatches

My three Hyperreal Hydrating Lipglosses:

EF Girl Gone Bad, Broadway Babe, Belle de Jour

EF Girl Gone Bad, Broadway Babe, Belle de Jour

BELLE DE JOUR Hyperreal Hydrating Lipgloss is both the perfect accompaniment to Strip Search lipstick and a great bright fuchsia lip color on its own. If you prefer a gloss then this saturated shade is perfect for spring. I’m more of a lipstick girl with a touch of gloss on my bottom lip.

Eddie Funkhouser Strip Search lipstick and Belle de Jour lipgloss

Eddie Funkhouser Strip Search lipstick alone and with Belle de Jour lipgloss

EF Strip Search and Belle de Jour gloss

EF Strip Search and Belle de Jour gloss

GIRL GONE BAD Hyperreal Hydrating Lipgloss is a mauve berry gloss that has great pigment. It works well with Rumor lipstick and I also like it alone with just a lipliner.

Girl Gone Bad

Girl Gone Bad

Belle de Jour top, Girl Gone Bad bottom

Belle de Jour top, Girl Gone Bad bottom

BROADWAY BABE is the one not to miss no matter what shades you like on your lips. This clear sparkle gloss is going to make your lips shine. You really want this for evenings out or party time since the subtle sparkle is going to catch people by surprise when it flashes in the light. There isn’t glitter so you don’t feel anything other than a smooth gloss but there is sparkle that makes you gleam like the best of the babes out there.

Eddie Funkhouser Broadway Babe Lipgloss

Eddie Funkhouser Broadway Babe Lipgloss

Now onto the other Makeup Wars ladies to see how they can tempt you with their Eddie Funkhouser. (I’m good at sharing.)

*products provided for review. Available at eddiefunkhouser.com, dermstore (blush.com), gloss48.com, and urban outfitters. (I’ve bought from both eddiefunkhouser.com and blush.com personally)

The 5 product challenge for Makeup Wars

Makeup Wars 5 Product Face Challenge #beautyinfozone

Makeup Wars 5 Product Face Challenge #beautyinfozone

This week’s Makeup Wars is a 5 product challenge. The ladies involved seem to have different ideas of using 5 products so it will be especially fun to read everyone’s blog posts to see their interpretation. I took this pretty seriously and only allowed myself to use 5 products on my face. I did use some brushes too to accomplish my goal but I tried to keep that number low too.

Here’s my typical face:

*skincare of course

*I start with eyes and use an eyeshadow primer first, 3 eyeshadow shades (brow bone, lid, crease), eyeliner, mascara and eyebrows.

*For my face I’ll use 2 different concealers most days, foundation or CC Cream, loose powder or Mally Poreless Face Defender. Blush comes next and lips are last. For everyday lips I usually start with a balm and apply a lipstick straight from the tube. If I really want to take the time I’ll also use lipliner and gloss.

That total is 16 cosmetic products and a lot of skincare and brushes. Yep, I’m a high maintenance woman. (I love doing my makeup with that many products.)

Makeup Wars 5 product challenge plus brushes #beautyinfozone

Makeup Wars 5 product challenge plus brushes #beautyinfozone

My 5 product face includes:

Milani Fierce Foil liner in Brown, Bare Minerals Lash Domination mascara, IT Cosmetics CC+ Compact Cream with SPF 50, IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer, and Mineral Fusion Colorstick in Berry Glow.

I used the Milani Fierce Foil Eyeliner in Brown Foil for my entire eye. I started by using the MAC 242 brush and applying it on the lid. I blended it down so that it wasn’t that dark brown. I also used what was left on my brush and blended upwards so that I had a little bit of an ombre look. I lined top and bottom lash lines using the Paula Dorf Eyeliner brush and smudged it a little with the MAC 242. Last I used the amazing IT Cosmetics Eyebrow brush and did my eyebrows with the same Milani. There is some sparkle to the Fierce Foil eyeliner but it wasn’t over the top.

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeliner in Brown Foil

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeliner in Brown Foil

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeliner used for entire eye

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeliner used for entire eye

To finish my eyes I used Bare Minerals Lash Domination mascara which has been a favorite of late. So far I’ve used 2 products and 3 brushes so I was on a roll.

Bare Minerals Lash Domination

Bare Minerals Lash Domination

For my Face I used the other 3 products and no brushes. I started with IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye just under my eyes. The one I used is a favorite because one side is the Brightener and the other the Concealer. But I didn’t cheat and use the Brightener. Since IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream is a favorite I had no problem choosing the new compact. It applies like a dream and I don’t feel I need to powder over it.

It Cosmetics CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact

It Cosmetics CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact

makeup wars 5  face

Mineral Fusion Berry Glow is a double duty product for me. It makes a beautiful blush that I blend with my fingers. Plus it can be used on my lips. I regret not using a lip brush and just using my finger when I took pictures though so my lips didn’t look quite as finished as I’d like.

Mineral Fusion Berry Glow

Mineral Fusion Berry Glow

Mineral Fusion Berry Glow

Mineral Fusion Berry Glow

I didn’t really have any problem picking out these items. They are all in constant use and pulled together well for a 5 product face.

What 5 products would you use? – Marcia


Beauty Trends of 2015 – Makeup Wars edition

MAKEUP WARS is getting trendy. We decided to look into some of the trends we see for 2015. I’ve chosen 3 trends: Micellar Waters, matte lipsticks and contouring. These are the things I’m seeing over and over in blogs, on cosmetics sites and in magazines. I haven’t used a lot of these products but they all appeal to me in one way or the other.
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MICELLAR WATERS
First let’s talk about Micellar Waters since that’s not a term most people know. I’m no expert on it but the way I see these is that they are a form of cleansing. It can be a water or a lotion. They micro-emulsify impurities so that your skin is left both soft and cleansed.
1425153019_300SIMPLE SKINCARE MICELLAR CLEANSER WATER - Simple® Micellar Cleanser Water is our most advanced yet gentle cleanse to date.  It is made with skin-loving ingredients, including Vitamin B3 and C, and Triple Purified Water, our purest possible water, to help remove contaminants known to irritate skin. I found this at drugstore.com but I’m sure it’s available at other retailers that sell the Simple Skincare line. At $6.99 for a bottle it’s a great way to find out if this is a product you want to introduce into your life.
1425152959_2236353__detail_?1425152959LA ROCHE-POSAY Physiological Micellar Solution ($20.99) is a 3 in 1 product since it cleanses, tones and can be used on a cotton pad as a makeup remover. There is no soap in this micellar solution and La Roche-Posay is a well known trusted brand. What makes this one unique is that they use their thermal water as the base for this solution.
1425152891_16030430801BIODERMA SENSIBIO (Crealine) H2O MICELLE SOLUTION is the hottest brand around when it comes to Micellar Water. This has gotten raves in Europe for so long and travelers always made sure that it was in their suitcases when they came home. It’s available on StrawberryNET.com and will be back in stock at Beautylish.com soon. Because this is also recommended for sensitive skin you can use this as an eye makeup remover as well as a cleansing solution.
1425152684_0000038_micellar-lotion_450EMBRYOLISSE MICELLAR LOTION – This is the one I have. The last time I was at IMATS this was one of the featured items from Embryolisse and I was so anxious to finally try a Micellar Water. This is a little thicker than the typical one and it does have a fragrance yet it can be used for eyes, lips and face. “This Micellar Lotion is so gentle it is suitable for even the most sensitive skin – it contains micelles (gentle cleansing agents) in solution in cornflower, camomile and witch-hazel water, combined with glycerin to soften, soothe and tone the skin.”
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MATTE LIPSTICK
1425152566_2226183__detail_?1425152566NYX COSMETICS MATTE LIP CREAM – NYX also makes matte lipstick but I’m more attracted to the lip cream since it doesn’t show lines quite as much. At $5.99 (and often sales) NYX is a good way to find out if you like a matte lip. My one warning about wearing mattes is that your lips need to be exfoliated and prepped with a lip balm.
1425152493_265x265xlovely_off_copy.jpg.pagespeed.ic.gz-vsnrxx9ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS LIQUID LIPSTICK is the talk of the town. Instagram is loaded with pictures and talk of this liquid matte. Many people bought them early at IMATS and that started the buzz. It’s a very intense and highly pigmented product. ($20)
1425152435_82JORDANA COSMETICS MATTE LIPSTICK is the one to try if you are taking baby steps. There are 35 shades available at $1.49 each. Yes, slightly more than a Snickers bar.
1425152379_0607845024576NARS VELVET MATTE LIP PENCIL is my favorite of any matte lip product. I’ve had some for years. It combines my love for lip crayons with some terrific Nars shades like Roman Holiday, Sex Machine and Red Dragon. There are 18 shades ($26).
1425152326_0607845010111NARS SEMI MATTE LIPSTICK – Nars is popular for lipsticks in general and their matte lipsticks stand out from the crowd. The Semi-Matte lipsticks aren’t quite as drying in my opinion and have a little more life to them. The 13 shades ($27) are hydrating and highly pigmented.
1425152274_0607845035091NARS PURE MATTE LIPSTICK is their newest addition and these are truly matte and truly pigmented. Better have exfoliated and smooth lips with these beauties to let them do their job well.  They contain wild mango butter, known to provide advanced moisturizing properties to repair dryness and scaling, and Vitamin E and açai oil for antioxidant benefits. ($27, 18 shades)
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CONTOURING is going to take over the world in 2015. Every brand is coming out with a contouring palette or repromoting them. What has Kim Kardashian done to this world??
1425152201_282NYX HIGHLIGHT CONTOUR PRO PALETTE ($25) has a little bit of everything since it has both highlighting and contouring shades.1425152116_web_cocoacontour_composite_2TOO FACED COCOA CONTOUR ($40) has that cocoa scent that people are going crazy over. Too Faced is well known for their bronzers and they’ve expanded that to a contour set that has 4 shades (3 shades of cocoa and a pop of light) and that cute little buki brush.
1425152075_265x265xlight_med_main.jpg.pagespeed.ic.unscl4upwkANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS CONTOUR KIT – Anastasia has a Contour Kit that you can find at places like Sephora and Ulta ($40). It’s available in 3 shades: Light to Medium, Medium to Tan, and Tan to Deep. In addition on their website they have a $150 Contour Book with all 29 of their shades that would normally sell for $14 each.
1425152029_cover-fx-contour-kit-g-light-mediumCOVER FX CONTOUR KIT ($48) is available in 6 different palettes. The consistency of this is creamy and is supposed to be very easy to blend because of that. It comes with a card showing placement that is quite helpful. Each of the 6 combos have a Highlight Shade (1): brightens and enhances features. Illuminating Highlight Shade (2): reflects light for added glow. Contour Shade (3): defines and visibly slenderizes. Deep Contour Shade (4): offers a more dramatic effect.

The one I forgot to put in my collage is from IT Cosmetics and it’s MY SCULPTED FACE

IT Cosmetics My Sculpted Face Contour Palette

IT Cosmetics My Sculpted Face Contour Palette

My Sculpted Face is the first contour product I ever bought ($38). It’s said to be a universal kit. It uses IT Cosmetics anti-aging formula and it comes with a guide to help you along.

What do you think are the trends of 2015? Are you a fan of contouring, matte lipsticks and/or micellar waters? I’d love to know. — Marcia

I’m curious to see what my fellow makeup war bloggers think are the new beauty trends. I have a g.c. waiting in the wings!!


Drugstore Makeup Wars – Eddie Funkhouser rules

Eddie Funkhouser Cosmetics

Eddie Funkhouser Cosmetics

Makeup Wars has chosen Drugstore Brand Favorites this week and it took me zero seconds to decide that EDDIE FUNKHOUSER had to be my choice, I’m in love with Eddie so excuse my familiarity when I don’t use his full name.. While I buy a lot of drugstore items I don’t have a lot of any brand other than Eddie Funkhouser. Many of these items were sent for consideration but I’ve also bought (and rebought) quite a few. What I’m sharing today are the Eddie products I could find since some are hiding from me.

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara, Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze, Ultra Defining Eye Liner Stylus

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara, Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze, Ultra Defining Eye Liner Stylus

Eddie Funkhouser liquid liner and variable mascara

Eddie Funkhouser liquid liner and variable mascara

1) Eyeliner and mascara – This is what started me on the road to my love affair with Eddie. Of all the liquid eyeliners I have, this black Ultra Defining Eye Lining Stylus EF is the best ever. I wasn’t taking any chances of not having it even though it’s lasted forever so I bought a back up. And the Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara is so fabulous that I have two backups as well as one in use. Ultra Defining Lining Stylus ($10.99) has a thin felt tip that I can control with ease. Quattro Variable Lash Mascara ($12.99) has 4 settings so you can build it up to get the volume you desire. I forgot to put a picture of the Graffiti Cream Eye Pencil in Black but it too is a wonderful eyeliner for all pencil lovers. The fun of Eddie’s liners are in the Graffiti Metallic Liquid liners. This comes in 3 metallic shades and add a spark to your eyes.

Hyperreal Eye Color Shadows from Eddie Funkhouser

Hyperreal Eye Color Shadows from Eddie Funkhouser

2) Hyperreal Eye Color Shadows ($8.49) are the cream of the crop. These single shadows have rich pigmentation, are long lasting and smooth to the touch. I’ve got 8 shades and don’t want to play favorites but ….

Eddie Funkhouser Stage Beauty

Eddie Funkhouser Stage Beauty

Shadows shown above are Stage Beauty, Femme Fatale, Dreamcatcher, Stage Beauty, All Nighter and Lavender Sky. Below are The Benjamins and New Boheme (review).

Eddie Funkhouser The Benjamins and New Boheme

Eddie Funkhouser The Benjamins and New Boheme

3) Pro Brushes are the newest addition to the Eddie Funkhouser family. I bought three from Dermstore but I didn’t see one in the box and now it’s gone (dang it). What I do have to enjoy are the All Over Eye Brush ($8.99) and Tapered Shadow Brush ($10.99). The All Over Eye Brush has a medium head that’s great for shadow placement and the browbone area. The Tapered Shadow Brush has a fluffy, full tapered head that I love for blending.

Eddie Funkhouser Tapered shadow Brush and All Over Eye Brush

Eddie Funkhouser Tapered shadow Brush and All Over Eye Brush

Like all Eddie Funkhouser products these are cruelty free brushes. “Artisanal quality crafted brush, featuring hand-scored premium hair, expertly-sculpted head integrated with premium aluminum ferrule and hardwood handles painted with hard-as-nails, multi-layered high-gloss black lacquer.”

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Primer, Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Primer, Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation

4) Luxlight Hydrating Primer and Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation are the two face products I enjoy from my beau. The Hydrating Primer ($14.99) comes in one shade, Candlelight, which adds a luminous peachy glow. Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation ($14.99) comes in 6 shades and is a lightweight foundation that is buildable. This has a light diffused finish to it. I actually used up my Luxlight Illuminator in Candlelight ($11.99). This can be used the same way you’d use Touche Eclat. I like it under my eyes to brighten up and make the end of the day circles look lessened.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator

5) Ultra Intensity Cheek Color ($8.49) only comes in 4 shades and I’ve been whispering in Eddie’s ear that he needs to add more. I have it in A Little Toasted which is described as a matte pale crimson. I find this to be a neutral shade on me though if I apply it with a soft brush. It can be deepened too.

Eddie Funkhouser A Little Toasted blush

Eddie Funkhouser A Little Toasted blush

6) Chromographic Lip Color and Hyperreal Hydrating Lipgloss are the two lip products I bought. It’s a little hard to tell the colors online so this was the hardest choice I had to make. Eddie has two formulas of lipstick, Chromographic Lip Color which has some sparkle to it to light up your lips and Nourishing Lip Color which is more pigmented ($12.99 each). Lovefroze is a sparkling pinky peach that has a more dimensional finish because of the light sparkle in it. There are 12 shades of Hyperreal Hydrating Lipgloss ($10.99) and I went safe with my first buy of Meow Meow, a nude beige pink that brightens up any lipstick I apply it over.

EF Meow Meow gloss and Lovefrozen Chromographic lipstick

EF Meow Meow gloss and Lovefrozen Chromographic lipstick

I have a list of future Eddie Funkhouser buys like the 16 Hour 4 Way Liquid Concealer ($10.99) in Light and Hyperreal Eye Color Palette in Bedroom Eyes ($14.99). I need to keep my boyfriend happy after all.

Now it’s time to visit the other drugstore brands to see what favorites those ladies have. — Marcia


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

marsala purely cosmetics blush jar

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

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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