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.
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.
SIMPLE 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. LA 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. BIODERMA 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. EMBRYOLISSE 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.”
MATTE LIPSTICK NYX 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. ANASTASIA 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) JORDANA 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. NARS 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). NARS 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. NARS 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)
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?? NYX HIGHLIGHT CONTOUR PRO PALETTE ($25) has a little bit of everything since it has both highlighting and contouring shades.TOO 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. ANASTASIA 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. COVER 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
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!!
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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”
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
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
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)
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
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
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 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
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
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