Spring blush the Makeup Wars way

Spring blush favorites

Spring blush favorites

Makeup Wars is back to redden your cheeks, bring a flush to your face and enchant you with beautiful blush. We’ve picked some of our favorites that are gracing our cheeks this spring and into the summer. I’ve chosen 9 but I could have chosen 90 most likely.

Makeup Wars spring blush open

Makeup Wars spring blush open

If you are a Beauty Info Zone reader then you know that I love cream blush. I’m much more likely to buy a cream blush than a powder one so I’m starting with my springiest creams.

Tarte, Maybelline, Face Stockholm, Josie Maran, Make Up For Ever

Tarte, Maybelline, Face Stockholm, Josie Maran, Make Up For Ever

1. Tarte cheek stains come in 8 shades and you’ll have a tough time picking out a favorite. I chose Fearless since that’s the one I’ve been using the most lately. It’s a pinky coral and seems to look great with almost every eye look I choose.

Tarte Fearless Power PIgment and Cheek Stain

Tarte Fearless Power PIgment and Cheek Stain

2. Maybelline Master Glaze Cream Blush Stick in Pink Fever is my version of Radiant Orchid in a blush. It’s one of the best buys of the year for me since I love the longevity of the product, the perky color and the price. I need to pick up more of these.

Maybelline Master Glaze in Perky Pink

Maybelline Master Glaze in Perky Pink

3. Face Stockholm Creme Blush in London is getting a lot of love these days. I took a new picture for this review but I’ve used it so much that it looked raggedy. It’s a papaya shade that looks super bright in pictures and swatches but not on my face. I use a light touch when applying this long lasting color.

Face Stockholm London blush

Face Stockholm London blush

4. Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise is a blush that just doesn’t want to swatch for me. It’s described as ‘warm toned hot pink’ which is a great, if confusing, description. It feels cooling when you apply it. The Cheek Gelee can be used alone or as a stain to wear under a powder if you find blush fades on you. I just might have purchased Pink Escape during the Sephora 15% off sale.

Josie Maran Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise

Josie Maran Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise

5. Make Up For Ever HD Second Skin Cream Blush in 210 but I easily could have picked 225 and 330 since the 3 I have are scrumptious. I love the colors of these. They are so smooth and as Lisa said “DREAMY”. We’ve reviewed 6 of these and can’t praise them enough. Find a color (or 5) that you love and you’ll never be sorry.

Make Up For Ever HD Creme Blush in 210

Make Up For Ever HD Creme Blush in 210

from left: tarte fearless, Maybelline Perky Pink, Face Stockholm London, Josie Maran Poppy Paradise, MUFE creme in 210

from left: tarte fearless, Maybelline Perky Pink, Face Stockholm London, Josie Maran Poppy Paradise, MUFE creme in 210

I’m no slacker when it comes to powder blush and have a small mountain of those too. The 4 I’ve chosen are the ones I’m finding most versatile for spring.

Makeup Wars spring powder blush

Makeup Wars spring powder blush

6. TheBalm InStain in Argyle is my latest buy. I purchased it from Hautelook and will purchase more the next time they are on sale. I love the color of Argyle (petal pink) and I love not only how smoothly it applies but it has amazing longevity. It does have stain-like qualities. The pigmentation is intense even though Argyle is the lightest shade available.

TheBalm Instain blush in Argyle

TheBalm Instain blush in Argyle

7. Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek in Parasol is absolutely beautious. I constantly express my love for the Dollskin Cream blushes so I was excited to receive this powder blush. It’s as amazing as the cream blushes. Parasol is so soft and cream like. It has a gorgeous glow to it. Tarina Tarantino describes it as shimmering bright pink coral. I describe it as beautiful.

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin blush in Parasol

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin blush in Parasol

8. Senna Sheer Face Color in Pink Diva is the sweetest pink of the group. When I want a pink that’s pink this is what I pick. While the name says sheer, the blush isn’t sheer. It’s loaded with cool tones of pinkness.

Senna Pink Diva

Senna Pink Diva

9. Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Intensity Cheek Color in A Little Toasted doesn’t appear to be a blush you’d choose for spring but it’s great for that very reason. I sometimes need a very neutral shade and this is a neutral. There’s a brownish mauve tinge to it that was hard to capture but it’s there. It’s almost like a contour color for my fair skin.

Eddie Funkhouse blush in A Little Toasted

Eddie Funkhouse blush in A Little Toasted

from top right: TheBalm, Tarina Tarantino, Senna, Eddie Funkhouser

from top right: TheBalm, Tarina Tarantino, Senna, Eddie Funkhouser

Do you have any of my 9+ blushes? Do you have others to recommend for the days of upcoming sunshine? — Marcia

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*some products were purchased, some were sent for review

Makeup Wars goes traveling

A year ago the Makeup Wars bloggers took on Travel and we decided to do it again this year. Knowing what to pack and how much to pack is something that always drives us crazy. The men in our lives mostly throw a few things in a Dopp kit and don’t think twice. But women worry and fret over what we can or can not live without for however many days we are gone.

My needs haven’t changed much in the last year but there are a few things that I talked about back then that I’m totally grateful to have for travel and a few that I’ve added. Places like 3floz.com are wonderful to find travel size items and even Sephora has value sets and some travel size products. I love using my Sephora points for deluxe samples that I’ve wanted to try or love enough to take traveling.

My favorite makeup bag is the one I have from Hold Me. I don’t use it on an everyday basis because I’m the type that “saves” things. Instead this is going on a trip with me. They now make it in 3 sizes instead of just the ‘baby’ and full size. They added in Mama Bear too. These are sturdy, elegant, and hold an amazing amount of products and brushes. All my makeup is stored in my Hold Me bag now when I travel.

Hold Me bag brush section

Hold Me bag brush section

Hold Me center barely filled yet holding 6 palettes

Hold Me center barely filled yet holding 6 palettes

I collect skincare in travel sizes, most of which I’ve gotten through subscriptions like Glossybox and IPSY. I don’t always love the samples in these but I’m a subscription box junkie and I always find something I love in each box.

Balance Me Body Wash

Balance Me Body Wash

I also have bought a lot from Algenist during their site’s sales. If you subscribe to their website you’ll get offers from them for special sets or discounts. My best buy was when they had 40% off and free shipping. That’s when I really shopped and bought cleanser, mini eye creams, and moisturizers. I know that Algenist agrees with my skin so it’s a great travel choice.

Algenist SPF, cleanser, moisturizers and DHC soap

Algenist SPF, cleanser, moisturizers and DHC soap

I like to take some wipes with me and the Ole Henriksen Truth to Go Wipes are small and perfect for a short trip.

Ole Henriksen Truth to Go Vitamin C Wipes

Ole Henriksen Truth to Go Vitamin C Wipes

The hardest thing to pack is for my hair. What if it frizzes? What if it falls totally flat? What if a million things that can go wrong. I’m counting on two things seen in my collage – an Aquis hair towel, GoToob containers and John Frieda’s Hot Air brush.

I like to bring the shampoo and conditioner that I’m using at the time of my trip so containers like these cute GoToob’s are excellent. I fill them with whatever I’m using, use them on the trip and then finish up what’s left when I get home. Then they are ready for to be refilled. These happen to be very sturdy and so far I haven’t had spillage like I’ve had with less expensive plastic containers. These have a large opening so it’s easy for me to pour in my product.

Go Toob 3 oz

Go Toob 3 oz

My hair dries super slow. It retains water therefore a normal towel does nothing. I know not to rub my hair so I like to make a turban out of my Aquis hair towel and give it some drying time. There are other brands of this kind of towel but I’ve had mine for a dozen years and I take it on every trip and use it whenever I wash my hair.

Last on this long list is my John Frieda Hot Air Brush. I never used to be able to travel without a big heavy duty hair dryer, several brushes and my flat iron. The hotel dryers didn’t work on my hair. Now though I can travel with just the Aquis towel, a comb and this Hot Air Brush. The wimpy hotel dryers are enough to get the moisture out and I can finish with John Frieda. This has been one of my best buys.

If I wrote about what makeup I take we’d be here forever. But maybe I’ve given you some ideas on how to travel a little more lightly so you have room in your suitcase for all the things you want to buy! Bon Voyage.  — Marcia

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Favorite Illuminators with Makeup Wars

Makeup Wars Illuminators galore

Makeup Wars Illuminators galore

Welcome to the Illuminator edition of Makeup Wars. When I first started thinking about what to include I came up with about 4 items. My mind became blank. I started combing through my drawers and lo and behold, what did I see? Illuminators galore. Winter had dulled my mind and obviously my face because I was only using a few of these. But now that they are all out in their glory I guess it’s time to share them with you and start using these again.

It Cosmetics Hello Light Illuminating Powder, It Cosmetics Hello Light Illuminating Cream, Face Stockholm Highlighter Dignity

It Cosmetics Hello Light Illuminating Powder, It Cosmetics Hello Light Illuminating Cream, Face Stockholm Highlighter Dignity

The very first items that came to my mind were It Cosmetics two Illuminating ones. Since receiving these I’ve gotten a lot of use out of them. I first reviewed Hello Light Illuminating Powder and later Hello Light Creme Illuminator. I get the most use out of the cream but as you can see from my pictures, I’m a creamy type of woman. Another great illuminator is the Face Stockholm highlighter in Dignity. (I know I’m supposed to stick to illuminating but there’s very little difference).

MAC Beauty Powder in Pretty Baby, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, MAC Lightscape Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Beauty Powder in Pretty Baby, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Lightscapade Skinfinish

MAC Lightscapade Skinfinish

The next item that came to mind is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. My guess is that any of the Makeup Wars bloggers who own this (or individual Ambient Light powders) will be including this. It’s become a classic in a very short time. The two MAC products are actually just examples of the many from MAC that I own. MAC Skinfinishes, especially, are great illuminating tools and Lightscapade is the best of the bunch for someone older since there’s no glitter. I’m sorry to say you won’t be able to purchase any of these but more will come along someday.

Dex Mineral Illuminator, Maskcara Illuminator, Le Metier de Beaute Refresh powder

Dex Mineral Illuminator, Maskcara Illuminator, Le Metier de Beaute Refresh powder

Happily you can buy all 3 of these items. These are totally different and not interchangeable. First there’s Dex Mineral Illuminator. I bought this on a whim at an IMATS show mainly because my friend fell in love with it. I thought it would be a substitute for YSL Touche Eclat but it’s more yellow and glowy. MaskCara Illuminator came as part of the MaskCara set I bought but you can buy it separately. It’s actually the one product I keep using and would recommend from this new line. Le Metier de Beaute’ Refresh powder is a very subtle illuminator that I use under my eyes as a last step. It can be used on your eyes too. It does what it says and helps refresh your undereye area.

Dex and MaskCara illuminator swatches

Dex and MaskCara illuminator swatches

MaskCara Illuminator is very white and does a nice subtle job of highlighting once it’s blended in. MaskCara’s philosophy is that you HAC – Highlight, Accent and Contour. I’m not sure why her Illuminator isn’t called Highlighter if that’s the case.

Smashbox Artificial Lights, MAC Gleam Coat, Chanel Pur Brilliance

Smashbox Artificial Lights, MAC Gleam Coat, Chanel Pur Brilliance

Sorry but here are some more discontinued items. I’ve had a thing for liquid illuminators obviously. Smashbox Artificial Lights came in several shades and I still have 2. I like to either mix them with a little foundation for when I’m looking wan or use them on cheekbones to brighten. MAC Gleam Coat has a light bronze cast so it’s perfect for someone as fair as I am who doesn’t do any sort of tanning. It’s pretty in the summer when everyone else is glowing. The Chanel Pur Brilliance are sheer with light reflecting pigments. They are fragrance free which is amazing for Chanel so I never got rid of them.

Benefit High Beam, Benefit Moon Beam, Inglot Illuminators

Benefit High Beam, Benefit Moon Beam, Inglot Illuminators

Benefit High Beam and Moon Beam are products I’ve had forever and still bring out occasionally. They’ve always been top sellers for Benefit and have made many a “best of” list. Inglot has quite a few Face and Body Illuminators which aren’t a typical illuminator. They are more like a liquid blush that’s glowy. I stuck them in mainly to show that Illuminators can come in all colors.

Armani Fluid Sheers

Armani Fluid Sheers

My last picture is of my beloved Armani Fluid Sheers. I prefer the earliest ones because they were less shimmery. Fluid Sheers are products I never could resist. The ones on the left are my newest ones which aren’t see through. The packaging has been changed since I indulged in these. The ones above are #7, #0, #7 again, and #1. (I didn’t realize there were two #7 because they aren’t the same exact shade when on).

My brainstorming of 4 items (It Cosmetics, Hourglass and Dex) quickly grew and grew. Now that I see them all together I know I need to resist what my fellow Makeup Wars bloggers are going to be tempting you and I with! Do you see any Illuminators above you have? Or want? — Marcia

*all items are personal purchases except for It Cosmetics where are PR samples

Makeup Wars – which bloggers are our biggest influences?

This week’s Makeup Wars edition is a little different than usual. We’ve decided to share who makes us drool the most, makes us want to spend money, makes us actually spend money and who’s collection we’d love to own. This could be a post that goes on for days so I’ve narrowed it to 5 different bloggers that have caused me to go shopping more than any others.

Number one influenster is Helen from Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog. Everything she writes about sounds like the most amazing product. She has a way with words that makes me want to swoon. But it’s when she gets started on Tom Ford lipsticks that she has my full attention. I blame my 6 lipstick collection on Lola!

Tom Ford lipstick

Tom Ford lipstick

Tom Ford Lipstick collection

Tom Ford Lipstick collection

The swatches from Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog below are what “forced” me into spending $98 not too long ago.

Tom Ford sheer lipstick swatches from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog

Tom Ford sheer lipstick swatches from Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog

Speaking of Tom Ford lipstick, I have to blame Sabrina of The Beauty Look Book too. Sabrina not only has the most gorgeous lips I’ve ever seen, she has amazing taste. I’d love to sneak into her house and live in her makeup room. Sabrina has especially influenced me with Tom Ford, Chanel and Marc Jacobs. I dare you to look at her pictures and walk away unaffected. At this moment she has me craving the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes even though I had decided I just didn’t need them.

Hourglass Radiant Magenta Ambient Lighting Blush (sephora.com)

Hourglass Radiant Magenta Ambient Lighting Blush (sephora.com)

Rachel from Beauty Professor has made me spend countless pennies, nickels, dimes and dollars because we have the same taste in lip color. Not everyone is as captivated with light lip colors as I am but the Beauty Professor is even more enamored and has the most glorious taste in lip colors. I know if she loves it, then I’m going to go weak in the knees over it too.

pink lips from my heroine - The Beauty Professor

pink lips from my heroine – The Beauty Professor

Rachel’s love story with Tom Ford pale lipsticks didn’t help my resistance – or lack thereof.

Tom Ford Spanish Pink from Beauty Professor

Tom Ford Spanish Pink from Beauty Professor

My next two bad influences – whoops – friends who can persuade me are Makeup Wars bloggers. When making my list I chose Brooke of Blushing Noir instantly. If I had unlimited funds I’d go to her blog and buy one of everything she’s reviewed. I adore her taste in eyeshadow, blush, and nail polish especially. I was going to single her out for eyeshadow actually until I realized what a huge effect she’s had on me with nail polish.

The polish on my nails right now is because of Brooke’s influence. When I saw Illamasqua Facet on her nails I went a little gaga. I ordered it from Bloomingdale’s at 2 a.m. since I just couldn’t not own it.

Illamasqua Facet

Illamasqua Facet

Illamasqua Facet

Illamasqua Facet

Blushing Noir's Illamasqua Facet nails

Blushing Noir’s Illamasqua Facet nails

Before that she did it to me with Marc Jacobs Petra polish too. I’m going to have to stop reading her blog!

Marc Jacobs Petra nail polish

Marc Jacobs Petra nail polish

Marc Jacobs Petra nail polish

Marc Jacobs Petra nail polish

Courtney of Phyrra, Beauty for the Bold, is someone that no one would expect to influence me the way she does. She and I are total opposites. She’s a young with-it woman who lives a lifestyle filled with alternative music and literature while I’m a grandmother who’s taught for 30 years and is staid and quiet. But Courtney’s taste in eyeshadows and what she can do with them amaze me. I wish I had her mad talent and willingness to do what she does. This past holiday season she was totally dangerous on my wallet. Because of Phyrra I bought at least 4 eyeshadow palettes she wrote about including these two:

Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Book:

Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Book (phyrra.net)

Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Book (phyrra.net)

Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette

Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette (phyrra.net)

Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette (phyrra.net)

And before that she “made” me buy the best foundation brush ever – Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush – as well as Naked Skin foundation.

UD Optical Blurring Brush and Naked Skin foundation (phyrra.net)

UD Optical Blurring Brush and Naked Skin foundation (phyrra.net)

These are only a fraction of the things that I’ve purchased because of my vegan, cruelty free loving makeup friend.

I could go on and on with the items that other bloggers have swayed me into buying but you need to see what the other Makeup Wars ladies have to share. I’ve put my credit card in the ice tray in the back of the freezer though since I’m afraid of what they’ll be tempting me with next. — Marcia

Makeup Wars is going DIY

Welcome to this unusual edition of Makeup Wars. When our group of bloggers picks a subject to write about every other week we usually don’t have any disagreements but this week’s DIY was confusing for some of us. It’s not our typical type of Makeup Wars but I think that’s why it’s going to be fun and unique.

Our goal this week was to share how we do things ourselves whether it’s homemade masks or unusual manicures or beauty tricks. I’m not much of a DIY girl but I do have a few suggestions for you. Enjoy and let me know if you learned anything. — Marcia

TIP 1:

A new way to use fragrance

A new way to use fragrance

Anyone who knows me knows I am not much of a fragrance person. BUT I do have a lot of sample fragrances around so when I read this tip it made me decide to hold on to a few. If you ever run out of nail polish remover or are in a place that there isn’t any around, you can use fragrance instead. Just spritz some on a cotton ball and apply it the same way that you’d apply nail polish remover. Hold and rub and sure enough your color will come off. Since most fragrances have ethyl acetate in them and so do the removers they’ll work in the same way. But whatever you do, use this for an emergency. While your nails will smell good this can dry out your cuticles.

TIP 2:

 

scotch briteUse a Scotch-Brite Microfiber Cloth to clean your cosmetic brushes on a daily basis. I’ve been doing this for years. You don’t want the smooth cloths, you want them to be a little bit nubby. I wear eye makeup almost every single day but I don’t wash my brushes every day. I always have one of these microfiber cloths on my vanity and I wipe my brushes off on them. I can use the same brush for half a dozen colors if I want since I just wipe the color away.

First thing I do is fold the cloth into quarters – that gives me 4-8 days of brush cleaning before I have to wash this. When I start to do my makeup I wipe off the brush as a matter of course, it’s routine for me. By using my microfiber cloth and rubbing my brush gently on it,  I’m removing the powder without having to wash too often. Yes I could use paper towel but I don’t think it gets my brushes as clean. I don’t want to use my regular towels just in case they could get stained. I wash the cloth with my regular laundry but I don’t put it in the dryer and I don’t use fabric softener. Once it’s out of the washing machine it dries in half an hour, ready for the next day.

TIP 3:

Use Epsom Salts for beauty routines. Did you know there is an Epsom Salt Council? They have so many tips on how to use Epsom Salts for everything around the house including beauty. Lisa loves the Dr. Teal’s brand but you can use any brand you like.

dr tealsHere’s a list that they sent over for Super Bowl Sunday that I saved. I love the ideas and I love the names.

“Polished Pedicure Punt”

  • Mix ½ cup of Epsom salt with warm, soapy water.
  • Soak feet to soften skin.
  • Remove polish, cut and file nails and calluses.
  • Soak feet in Epsom salt bath for 5 minutes.

“End Zone Exfoliator”

  • For exfoliation, mix 2 cups of Epsom salt with ¼ cup of petroleum jelly and a few drops of lavender essential oil.
  • Use the mixture to gently scrub away dry skin patches.

“First-Down Facial”

  • Mix ½ tsp of Epsom salt into cleansing cream for deep-pore cleansing.
  • Massage on skin, rinse with cool water and pat dry.

“Blind-Side Bath Crystals”

  • Mix 2 cups of Epsom salt with a few drops of fragrance and food coloring or ½ teaspoon of glycerin. Store in an airtight container.

TIP 4:green-teaThere are so many beauty uses for green tea that this could be a long post on its own. Two quickies are to use the tea bags for an eye compress. Now we all probably know to use cucumbers for a cooling eye compress but the reason to use green tea instead is that it contains Vitamin K which helps with dark circles and puffy eyes. Brew a cup of green tea and when it cools down soak some cotton balls in the liquid. Or save your tea bags to use them directly on your eyes.

The other use I find fascinating is to use green tea as a sunburn soother. Brew a pot and let it cool down, then make compresses with the tea to hold on to the sunburnt areas. Don’t rub. Green tea contains a high concentration of tannic acid, theobromine, and polyphenols and these will help ease inflammation and repair sun-damaged skin.

I hope you found this helpful. I’m actually pretty amazed that I was able to contribute to this week’s Makeup Wars. Now go see what my more accomplished DIYers have shared. – Marcia

photo credits: hand www.belcamshop.com , Scotch-Brite http://www.scotch-brite.com, Dr. Teal’s http://www.drugstore.com,  green tea www.myessentia.com.

Makeup Wars – heavenly foundations

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This week the Makeup War bloggers have decided to take on foundations again. It’s not a new subject for us, or any bloggers, but since we are such fickle pickles most of us change our minds more often than the typical pickle. I have a box filled (or overfilled) with foundation, BB Cream and CC Cream. Choosing which to share was actually easier than I thought since I looked at my vanity and saw 6 bottles and tubes that I’d been switching between for the last several months. So that’s what you see here (along with my laundry room!).

Makeup Wars Heavenly Foundation picks February 2014 @beautyinfozone

Makeup Wars Heavenly Foundation picks February 2014 @beautyinfozone

There are 3 foundations that have been in heavy rotation. These are the items I’ve used the most in January especially.

Makeup Wars foundations: Senna Lasting Illusion, Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation, Lancome Teint Miracle

Makeup Wars foundations: Senna Lasting Illusion, Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation, Lancome Teint Miracle

Senna Lasting Illusion Satin Matte Foundation – I recently reviewed this and to be honest it’s been on my face almost constantly the last few weeks. I’m crazy about the finish of this foundation. It’s the fullest of the three I’m sharing but it’s not so full that it’s mask-like. It covers my imperfections beautifully and lasts wonderfully even in the harsh weather we’ve had in Michigan. I can’t get over how much I like it. I have new items to review but I don’t want to put this away.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation – I need to write a review of this soon. This is the lightest weight, sheerest of the foundations shown but some days that’s exactly what I need. You can build this up to give a fuller coverage though. It’s a beautiful luminizing finish. It comes in 6 shades and it’s only $14.99.

Lancome Teint Miracle – I’ve had this particular bottle at least 3 years but it’s just as good as ever. I know some people wouldn’t keep it that long but as a blogger I am constantly switching and testing. Yet I come back to Teint Miracle often. If I’m asked about Lancome this is what I recommend too. It’s available in an amazing 31 shades so there’s something for everyone here. When I first reviewed it (January 2012) it was available in 16 shades. They’ve since doubled the amount of shades and raised the price $6. I will most likely rebuy this with the right gwp some day.

Makeup Wars Foundations - CC Cream version with It Cosmetics, Kate Somerville Illumikate CC, Pur Minerals

Makeup Wars Foundations – CC Cream version with It Cosmetics, Kate Somerville Illumikate CC, Pur Minerals

My BB creams are all put away for now but 3 of the CC Creams I have are still playing a big part in my rotation. I use these often when I’m in a hurry because they contain skincare elements and SPF but I also use them because I love the finish of them.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC+ Cream has been mentioned by me so often that you are probably tired of the repetition. But when something is this good, it’s worth me telling you over and over. As much as I love this brand and want to recommend it all to you, this is my absolute favorite product from them. This fickle pickle has told you other products were her favorite but this is the true favorite. When I first reviewed it was summer, now it’s winter and it’s still just as wonderful.

Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream is my newest CC Cream and it’s another winner. This only comes in 4 shades though. I was sent this in Fair to review but it’s still a little dark. The solution for me is to take some of my tarte maracuja concealer and mix them, about 1/3 concealer to 2/3 IllumiKate. That color works and I have this beautiful glow that has SPF 50. Look for a full review very soon on this.

Pur Minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is another favorite that works for me year round. I’ve worn this in all seasons except spring and my skin loves it in all of those seasons. The consistency is mousse-like and spreads so easily.

This fickle pickle is officially declaring these 6 products her favorite foundation picks. But don’t be surprised to hear of more later though since I have a few more products to review for you. Fickleness can be delightful!! Have you worn any of these 6? If not which would you most want to try? — Marcia

Please read what these other lovely ladies have decided to share with us. Sharing is caring!

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*some items sent for review purposes

Makeup Wars is ready to rescue your lips

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Did you ever wonder what the difference is between Makeup Wars and Top Ten Tuesday? Today’s Makeup Wars post is a good example of the difference between the two series. A lot of the bloggers who participate in these two are the same yet we approach these differently. I think of Makeup Wars as the time to concentrate on some special products that exemplify what our theme is. Top Ten Tuesdays, at least to me, is more of a list of items that I love and usually doesn’t hone in on one or two items. With Makeup Wars today choosing LIP RESCUE I’ve picked 4 items that I’ve been using just about every day. If this had been Top Ten Tuesday I could easily have found 10 Lip Rescue products to share and I sort of feel bad to leave those out. I have a feeling though that you’ll end up finding quite a variety of products though from my friendly warriors and you’ll be able to get your lips in shape.

Makeup Wars Lip Rescue with emerginC, e.l.f., NOYA and Painted Earth

Makeup Wars Lip Rescue with emerginC, e.l.f., NOYA and Painted Earth

1. EXFOLIATE: There are quite a few products on the market that help you exfoliate your lips. It’s a great first step all year long but especially in the winter. I get chapped lips often and especially if I get a cold. I have quite a few items for exfoliation but I learned about the e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator this winter and wanted to try it. I’m sharing this e.l.f. one because it works and it’s only $3. That’s pretty phenomenal. It’s not the scrubbiest lip exfoliator I’ve ever tried but that’s good since it means that I can use it daily. There’s a caramel scent to this when you apply it and once it’s on your lips it just tastes sweet. I apply it like lipstick and rub with my finger to get the exfoliation working.

e.l.f. Lip Exfolator

e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator

e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator - see the scrubbies

e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator – see the scrubbies

e.l.f. lip exfoliator

e.l.f. lip exfoliator

 

2. TREATMENT: As a treatment product I’m using a lip balm by emerginC called In Lips We Trust. EmerginC is part of scientific organics so you are getting a product that is the latest scientific technology as well as one that uses all natural ingredients. in lips we trust is a super anti-oxidant lip balm that isn’t waxy at all. This is a gentle cream that I like to keep on my lips when I’m home. It feels soothing and moisturizing. It has a yummy light citrus fragrance to it. (*sent for review)

emerginC In Lips We Trust

emerginC In Lips We Trust

emerginC In Lips We Trust

emerginC In Lips We Trust

emerginc lips box back

Here’s what emerginC says about this: “Powerful antioxidants help protect against free-radical damage, while natural plant oils and waxes help soften and nourish lips.” This is $24 for 0.5 fl oz which isn’t cheap but it’s worth every penny to me. I love how this feels and how it protects my lips. I will definitely buy this again when I use this up.

3. PROTECT: To protect my lips I use lip balm sticks. I have lip balms in pots but I prefer them in tubes since they are easier to use. Most lip balm sticks seem to be pretty waxy to me but I’ve found two brands that I’ve been using and loving since they aren’t hard and waxy. They are creamy and soothing. Those two brands are NOYA and Painted Earth.

NOYA Lip Balm

NOYA Lip Balm

NOYA lip balms

NOYA lip balms

I won the NOYA in a giveaway plus received one in an Ipsy bag. At first I thought it was like any other lip balm and then I had a cold that left my lips crying for help. Since then I’ve carried a NOYA Lip Balm in my purse or pocket. It comes in 4 flavors: vanilla, spearmint, cherry, and natural. I love the Spearmint the best with Cherry next. I love that they are Kosher since you do end up “eating” whatever is on your lips. They don’t taste artificial to me which is one of my favorite things about these. These cost $3.49 at Makeup Geek and $3.99 at the NOYA website.

Painted Earth Lip Balm

Painted Earth Lip Balm

PAINTED EARTH is one of my favorite sites for natural products. I first reviewed their Natural Lip Balms last year (*sent for review then) and have since gotten another in a recent order. These wonderfully moisturizing balms are only $3 (and always free shipping) and come in great flavors: Amaretto (L.E.), Cucumber Melon (their best seller), Dill Pickle (L.E.), Mango, Natural Vanilla, Pina Colada, Pizza (L.E.), Red Delicious Apple (L.E.), and Sugared Strawberry. I’m in love with Amaretto and want to try the Sugared Strawberry next. The more I use my Painted Earth Natural Lip Balms the more I love them.

Thanks for taking the time to Exfoliate, Treat and Protect your lips with me. I’d love to hear what you use since this particular winter is just really beginning and it’s been a cruel one. — Marcia