Makeup Wars wants to know if you can do a $30 Face

This week’s challenge for the Makeup Wars team was to create a face spending no more than $30. We did one previously for a $20 face and I thought this one would be a lot easier, but I didn’t find it to be easier. Even with sticking with a lot of e.l.f. cosmetics I still came in over $30 and that was switching out some of the products I wanted to use. In the end though, I like how I look so it can be almost done.

FACE PRODUCTS:

Makeup Wars $30 face products

Makeup Wars $30 face products

1) MAYBELLINE FIT ME CONCEALER in Fair – I like this concealer a lot actually. This was one of my top buys for this challenge. The concealer works well under my eyes and to conceal imperfections. Fair is a good match for my NW15 skin too. I’ve tried other concealers from Maybelline but this is the best of the lot. $4.99makeup wars 30 tm and conceal

2) E.L.F. TINTED MOISTURIZER SPF 20 in Porcelain – There are only 3 shades of this Tinted Moisturizer and Porcelain is the lightest. It’s way too yellow for me so I decided to mix the Maybelline Fit Concealer with it which worked out great. It gave it more substance and mellowed out the color. $3

Mix of ELF TM in Porcelain, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Fair

Mix of ELF TM in Porcelain, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Fair

3) E.L.F. TRANSLUCENT MATTIFYING POWDER – Another winner. I was strolling the aisles of Meijer to buy my products for today and thought I’d have to skip a powder even though I wear one daily. I saw this and I’m really glad I did. It’s translucent so it would work for almost everyone. It’s fragrance free (lots of drugstore products aren’t), it looks natural on, it has a mirror in the compact and a small sponge. $3

4) MAYBELLINE MASTER GLAZE BLUSH – I love these and decided that I’d rather spend a little more and get a color I didn’t have. This time I bought it in Just Pinched Pink which is a warm pink. $7.50

EYES:

5) BLACK RADIANCE URBAN IDENTITY SHADOW TRIO in Concept – This is my first experience with Black Radiance and I’m impressed. This is the same company that is the creator of WetnWild so I’m not surprised their shadows are so nice. Concept has three shades of green – a mellow muted emerald, khaki and a dark moss green with some shimmer. $2.89

Black Radiance e/s trio in Concept

Black Radiance e/s trio in Concept

6. E.L.F. WATERPROOF EYELINER PEN in Brown – I like these eyeliners but they dry out quickly. I’ve had this for about 8 months and it’s already harder to get the color out than it used to be. They come in a lot of shades and I’ve found it with all of them. This is something to use while it’s new but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t stay fresh. $2

swatches of Black Radiance e/s trio in Concept and ELF liquid liner

swatches of Black Radiance e/s trio in Concept and ELF liquid liner

Black Radiance e/s trio in Concept, ELF Liquid Liner, Milani Total Lash Cover Mascara

Black Radiance e/s trio in Concept, ELF Liquid Liner, Milani Total Lash Cover Mascara

7. MILANI TOTAL LASH COVER MASCARA – Another item I spent a little more on but the last time we did the challenge I hated the mascara I chose. I’d rather see myself (and you) in a great mascara like this Milani one. Plus I’m all about eyes. $4.99

LIPS:

8) E.L.F. MATTE LIP COLOR in Tea Rose – I had my choice of a lot of ELF lip products but I chose this because of the ease of use. This is truly matte though so it’s best to prep your lips with lip balm first or to put a clear gloss on top. $3

ELF Matte Lip Crayon

ELF Matte Lip Crayon

ELF Matte Lip Crayon in Tea Rose

ELF Matte Lip Crayon in Tea Rose

The two things I had to go without was something for my eyebrows (I actually used a $2 WnW shadow for my brows) and an eyeshadow primer so I used a sample of theBalm’s since I had that from a subscription and wanted to stay true to the task.

My bottom line came to $31.50 but that’s without any coupons. At CVS I’m always getting coupons in my email so that brings prices down. For example the Milani Mascara was actually $5.79 at CVS but I had a 30% off coupon so the mascara cost me $4. Coupons and rewards help a lot. My Meijer shopping was on a day they had 5% off, it doesn’t sound like much but every cent counts.

Have you used any of these gems? What would you recommend for a $30 face? — Marcia


Makeup Wars and Neon Nail Polish

Makeup Wars is featuring Neon Nail Polish this week. I don’t have a big collection of neons since I really only started appreciating them in the last year or two. Each one I’m showing has been sent for review and each one has become a polish I happily wore and will wear again.

My absolute favorite is butter London Lolly. This is from the Lolly Bright collection and I adore it. It probably isn’t classified as a neon but it’s neon bright on me.

butter LONDON Lolly and Stroppy

butter LONDON Lolly and Stroppy

butter LONDON Lolly

butter LONDON Lolly

Stroppy is the accent nail and it’s as gorgeous as Lolly but probably not a neon. Whether it’s a neon or not, it’s a fabulous polish that I thought of first with this topic.

Trind Caring Color Appletini is another that may or may not be neon but on me it’s bright and neony. The Trind polishes are excellent and last beautifully. My two favorites are Appletini (2nd) and Surf’s Up (last).

5 shades from Trind Caring Color

5 shades from Trind Caring Color

Trind Caring Color in Appletini

Trind Caring Color in Appletini

PIXI BEAUTY has some great neons. Fuschia Dew is just so pretty and makes for a fabulous mani or pedi.

Pixi Beauty Fuchsia Dew

Pixi Beauty Fuchsia Dew

Pixi Fuchsia Dew

Pixi Fuchsia Dew

Then there are the shades like Oh So Orange and Sizzling Sunshine that stand out from the crowd.

Sizzling Sunshine, Oh So Orange, Lime Lustre by Pixi

Sizzling Sunshine, Oh So Orange, Lime Lustre by Pixi

The only neon I’ve purchased in recent months is Dior Couture Colour Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer in Front Row. I didn’t know it was considered a neon until I wore it. It’s a very sophisticated type of neon and even if you ignored neons, this would be perfect.

Dior Front Row Gel Shine

Dior Front Row Gel Shine

Dior Front Row next to my red car in sunlight

Dior Front Row next to my red car in sunlight

I have a few polishes I’ve seen on blogs that I’d love to wear:

OPI Hotter Than You

OPI Hotter Than You

OPI Push and Pull

OPI Push and Pull

And borrowed from polish insomniac China Glaze Shore Enuff

China Glaze Shore Enuff (polish insomniac)

China Glaze Shore Enuff (polish insomniac)

Are you a fan of neon polish? Are there any here that set off alarms for you to come running? — Marcia


 

 

 

Makeup Wars creates looks for Too Faced Cat Eyes

Too Faced Cat Eyes palette

Too Faced Cat Eyes palette

Makeup Wars is back again with more eyeshadows. We’ve decided to all use the same palette to show you how many looks you can do from just one palette. The Makeup Wars bloggers are all different shapes and sizes and ethnicities. Our eyes aren’t the same shape, our skin tones are all different. That’s what is going to make this week’s Too Faced Cat Eyes post so much fun.

I’m not an exotic cat eye person. I look old and ridiculous with the beautiful cat eyeliner look. I’ve tried it and I won’t scare you away with those pictures. But I think I’ve achieved a look that gives the illusion of a cat eye liner in my own way.

Day look

Day look

This is what Too Faced chose as the Day Look. My interpretation using the Day shadows is 100% different but I love it nonetheless.

Too Faced Cat Eyes - my version

Too Faced Cat Eyes – my version

Cat Eyes day shadows

Cat Eyes day shadows

I love almost all the shades in this palette. I’ve sometimes had problems with glitter and glitter fallout with Too Faced but the Cat Eyes palette is magnificent. It’s got some shimmer but no big glitter chunks (the one exception is Kitty Glitter which obviously is glittery). The shadows went on easily and blended dreamily no matter which I picked from the palette. I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer with these looks, I always use a primer and it’s usually the TF one.

The day look uses three shades: PURR which is a slighly frosted creamy white, it’s not a stark white and on my pale skin is great for the brow bone area. TIGER’S EYE is a golden copper that had no shimmer, it’s more of a satin. It looks lighter in the palette than on my eye. LEOPARD can be used wet or dry (as can the last column in each row). I could see obvious glitter in the palette but it didn’t translate that way on my eye. Instead I ended up with a beautiful dark brown with some shimmer. I used this wet as an eyeliner. Then I used it dry, with a very thin eyeliner brush, and extended a thin line upward to approximate a cat eye. Later I blended that in better.

Day look with Too Faced Cat Eyes

Day look with Too Faced Cat Eyes

Cat Eyes

Cat Eyes

Here’s another look that used the pink and purple of Classic but with this one I wasn’t thinking “cat eyes”, just thinking “I love these colors, let’s play”.

Too Faced Cat Eyes using Classic shades plus

Too Faced Cat Eyes using Classic shades plus

For this look I started with a light mix of MEOW and KITTEN on my brow bone area. I wanted a touch of pink but not too much. On my lid I used PUSSY CAT, a pink/lavender with very subtle shimmer. Above that in the crease I did a windshield wash of TIGER’S EYE (from the Day Look) and then used JUNGLE LOVE very darkly on the outer third of my eye and blended into the corner. Jungle Love is a dark purple that is actually a matte yet has some subtle purple shimmer in it. I used a very thin line of black liquid eyeliner on the top and a little thicker on the bottom.

Pussy Cat, Tigers Eye and Jungle Love

Pussy Cat, Tigers Eye and Jungle Love

I’m loving this palette and I’m so glad that Makeup Wars chose this as the palette for us to highlight. I bought mine from sephora.com as it’s not in most stores yet.

Hopefully you and I will get a lot of new ideas on how to use this lovely palette in different ways. Let me know in the comments if you like either of my looks and if you plan on buying this yourself. — Marcia


Makeup Wars – Pore Relief

This week Makeup Wars has decided to focus on Skin Savers. This could be products for anything from wrinkles, blemishes, dark circles to my choice pore helpers. Even though skincare isn’t always exciting, it will be so interesting to see what the other bloggers have focused on. I can’t wait to read their posts and find ways to save my skin!

Makeup Wars - Pore Relief

Makeup Wars – Pore Relief

One of my problems is the size of my pores. Luckily no one walks around with magnifying glasses or I’d be shunned in society. As a teen I had way too many blackheads. Besides being shy as could be, I felt like this was the bane of my existence. As an adult I realize I’m lucky I had skin that oily back then because it’s kept me younger looking. But the end result is pores galore. My solution is to use products that make them look smaller and to exfoliate my skin a few times a week to keep my pores cleaner. I’ve chosen 5 of the products that I’m using to blur away this imperfection. I forgot about exfoliators so that will just have to be another time.

Kiehl's Micro-Blur Skin Perfector

Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector

KIEHL’S MICRO-BLUR SKIN PERFECTOR* – This is my newest product and I’m not ready to write a full review of it. At first I thought it was only a topical skin smoother but once I started reading about it I realized that this actually a treatment too. I haven’t used it long enough to see how it works over time but I’m enjoying this as my last step before applying foundation. It’s doing a good job in blurring my pores.

Mally Poreless Pore Defender (old packaging)

Mally Poreless Pore Defender (old packaging)

MALLY EVERCOLOR PORELESS FACE DEFENDER – I’ve mentioned this many times since it’s one of my most used products ever. I’m on my third one and that’s almost gone. I first received it in a QVC kit I bought and before it was gone, I purchased another. I use this over all my face makeup to help look as poreless as possible. The sponge it comes with is wonderful, just be careful not to use too much.

Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish

Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish

PURELY COSMETICS DIAMOND PERFECT FINISH * – I use either the Mally Face Defender or Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish powder every day without fail. Not only does this very finely milled powder set my makeup for an entire day, it also helps blur imperfections. I’m in love with this powder as well as the Pre-Fixx Face Primer I talked about in my indie company review.

Miracle Skin Transformer Vanish

Miracle Skin Transformer Vanish

MIRACLE SKIN TRANSFORMER VANISH* – MST makes many great products and I love discovering them all but I think my favorite is VANISH. I didn’t realize how great this was when I first reviewed it over a year ago, but the more I use it the more I realize just how much I like it. It combines a serum with a primer to produce a gel that helps vanish fine lines and pores. In my original review I mention all the long term benefits. I’m ready for the illusion of porcelain skin with Vanish.

Youngblood Anti-Shine Mattifier

Youngblood Anti-Shine Mattifier

YOUNGBLOOD ANTI-SHINE MATTIFIER – I bought this at IMATS just before it became available to the public because I was so excited to find that one of my favorite companies had come out with a product to not only keep me shine free but also to make those pesky pores look smaller. I apply this before foundation so even though it seems similar to the Mally, it’s placement is better for me during makeup application rather than after. The packaging is great since the sponge is housed under the mattifier so it’s better for travel or taking with.

Rather than my going on for miles of more products tell me which of these you’ve used and any others that you’d recommend. Then join the other bloggers to see what Skin Savers they recommend. — Marcia


A Makeup Wars special – Urban Decay and a giveaway

This is a special edition of Makeup Wars and you are going to love it. We are focusing on Urban Decay this week and the bloggers involved have decided to have a super giveaway for Urban Decay eyeshadows for our readers. Please visit all the blogs that are involved in today’s Makeup Wars to silently (or verbally) thank them for their contribution so that one of you can win the prize noted in the Rafflecopter.

Urban Decay eyeshadow in X

Urban Decay eyeshadow in X

I picked the shade X as the color I wanted to be included in this giveaway. X is one of my long time favorites from Urban Decay because it’s a duochrome shadow. We don’t find a lot of duochrome shadows out there so when we do then it’s time to celebrate.

Urban Decay X

Urban Decay X

Sephora describes X as “peach shimmer with gold shift”. I also see a small amount of pink in it but it’s definitely a peachy pink. This is one of my favorite lid shades since it brightens up my eyes and makes me feel more wide awake looking. X is a color that I feel will work with all eye colors.

Urban Decay X and YDK eye

Urban Decay X and YDK eye

People mostly talk about Urban Decay’s premade palettes but there’s more to UD than just those. You can put together your own palette with the colors that you choose. It is more expensive that way but it’s also a great way to get exactly what you want.

My Urban Decay palette closed

My Urban Decay palette closed

My Urban Decay palette open

My Urban Decay palette open

I bought my palette a few years ago when Urban Decay changed their singles to be removable. At the time they had a case for $18 that included the color Walk of Shame which is a great light beige neutral. Unfortunately they never sold Walk of Shame separately and they now only sell the palettes with slots for 4 shades. I’m really glad I bought mine at that time. The colors I chose for my palette above are Walk of Shame, X, Stray Dog, Snare, Twice Baked and my mangled YDK. (YDK is from old packaging and was difficult to get out of the tin.)

UD swatches for Stray Dog, Snare, Twice Baked and YDK

UD swatches for Stray Dog, Snare, Twice Baked and YDK

If you love cruelty free, eyeshadows that are soft yet very pigmented then this giveaway is for you. We’ve chosen 11 fabulous shades to give you a wide variety of color and texture. One of you is going to be a very lucky lady. What’s your favorite shade of Urban Decay? I’d love to know. — Marcia

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Makeup Wars tackles black eyeliners

Makeup Wars has decided to do a very basic, one might say boring, topic this week – black eyeliners. As a blogger with limited photography skills as well as no photoshop program, I can’t even make it pretty. But I can tell you about my favorites and it’s more than possible that you’ll learn about a liner or two that you’d want to try.

6 favorite black liquid eyeliners

6 favorite black liquid eyeliners

I live for eyeliner (in a cosmetic way that is). I feel dull and unfinished without it. It is an obsession of mine. This past year I’ve been on a quest for the perfect brown liquid eyeliner. In that quest though I found a lot of black liquid eyeliners, many more than brown.  Just about every brand makes a black liquid. But they are not created equal. Read about my experience with an Essence liner for proof of that.

6 favorite black liquid liners - it's the point of it all

6 favorite black liquid liners – it’s the point of it all

I want a liquid eyeliner with a firm point, one that is dark black, one that I can make a thin line with and one that doesn’t make my eyes water. I want a liner that lasts the entire day but that removes easily with eye makeup remover. I want one that doesn’t crack or disappear if my eyes tear up. Not too much to ask, is it? Let’s see which ones can meet my criteria.

EDDIE FUNKHOUSER Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus is the one that started it all for me. It wasn’t my first black liquid eyeliner. I’d tried many. But it made me stand up and take notice. Here’s what I said before and it stands to this day: “This doesn’t fade or smudge, it lasts through even my major hot flashes, it doesn’t migrate, and it’s so black that it’s blacker than black. It practically applies itself, it’s that easy to use.” I first got it as a PR sample and I’ve since bought it so I won’t be without. ($10.99)

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus

FACE STOCKHOLM PRECISION LIQUID EYELINER is the first black liquid liner I reviewed on Beauty Info Zone. I remember when I received it from the company and how excited I was. I use this often still and it’s as precise as the day the first day. The nib of the pen hasn’t broken down at all. It’s still as perfect as in its early life. ($36)

Face Stockholm Precision Eyeliner

Face Stockholm Precision Eyeliner

YOUNGBLOOD EYE-MAZING LIQUID LINER IN NOIR is the newest addition to my collection. I am blown away by the Youngblood Eye Liquid Liner Pens. They come in 5 shades which are all great. Marron, the brown, is holy grail for me – the best brown liquid eyeliner I’ve found. Noir, the black, isn’t far behind. These liners are good for the entire day, no matter the circumstances. Noir glides on without skipping and I get the thin line that I prefer. ($26)

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen

SENNA PINPOINT MICRO TIP LIQUID EYELINER is especially great if you feel you have unsteady hands for liquid liners. At the top where you hold it the plastic is somewhat indented and the material is more matte making it easier to hold onto. There’s no sliding of your fingertips. This liner is wonderful if you want to create a cat eye and Senna has some great tips on how to do that. ($20)

Senna Pinpoint Liquid Liner

Senna Pinpoint Liquid Liner

CAILYN IDEFINE LIQUID EYELINER is my new favorite product from Cailyn. I’ve got a slew of eyeliners from Cailyn but this is the one that I’m using the most. The brush is the thinnest of the 6 I’m sharing today. It’s a very flexible yet firm felt tip that applies easily plus it’s a super dark black. ($18)

Cailyn Idefine liquid eyeliner

Cailyn Idefine liquid eyeliner

EYEKO SKINNY MINI LIQUID EYELINER was in one of my many subscription boxes and it’s a treasure. The full size is available at Sephora for $16. I find this to be more of a blackened charcoal. It’s not super black, it’s not a harsh shade, so it’s a great addition when I don’t feel like my liner looking too dark. It’s made me want to try the waterproof Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner next.

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

So there’s my sea of black. The only thing that could make me happier (eyeliner wise that is) would be if these wonderful liners also came in a dark brown. Then I’d be doing a happy dance. In the meantime, I’m loving these black liquid eyeliners. I hope some of my blogger buddies have some suggestions in their posts. Have you tried any of these? Do you have an idea for a black liquid I should try? — Marcia


*some items received from PR

Makeup Wars shares their favorite purple eyes

Do you think of Crayola purple when you imagine wearing a purple eyeshadow?

photo credit: bemused.typepad.com

photo credit: bemused.typepad.com

The shade that we grew up with if only had a box of 8 or 16 crayons is not the purple that Makeup Wars is in love with. As we’ve grown up Crayola purple is our last love but has led to many other shades within that range of color. Ones we didn’t imagine when we were 8 years old.

My purples are all over the board from lavender to violet to wine to almost black. All are beautiful and all have something special about them.

Makeup Wars loves purple eyeshadows

Makeup Wars loves purple eyeshadows

1. CHANTECAILLE TANZANITE

Chantecaille Tanzanite eyeshadow

Chantecaille Tanzanite eyeshadow

If you’d ask me to name one eyeshadow that was my favorite purple this would be it. I’ve gone through several of these since it’s got just the right amount of blue in it for me. Seeing it in the pot I’d never think it was a blue purple but on my eyes it is. I’m not putting these in any order except to say this has always been my number 1.

2. NARS KAUAI

Nars Kauai duo

Nars Kauai duo

Nars Kauai purple

Nars Kauai purple

I love this metallic violet. Nars describes the duo as Gold Lame and Smoky Iridescent Orchid. I don’t use the gold because it’s very sparkly and gets all over my face. But this purple is to die for.

3. ROUGE BUNNY ROUGE DELICATE HUMMINGBIRD

Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Humingbird

Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Humingbird

I swear this is more purple in person but in reality it’s a taupe purple. It’s not intensely pigmented but it’s beautiful and easy for me to wear. A combo of two favorite colors can’t be wrong.

4. LE METIER DE BEAUTY PLUM

Le Metier de Beaute Plum eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Plum eyeshadow

This is almost a periwinkle shade. It is a typical LMdB eyeshadow in that it’s sheer (sheerer than my swatch) and works well for layering. But most days I’m not in the mood to layer so I use this with a firm brush and get a lot of pigment from it.

5. LE METIER DE BEAUTE FIG

Le Metier de Beaute Fig eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Fig eyeshadow

Alone Fig is not a favorite but it works so well when using the Couches de Couleurs method. This is a very brown version of fig with a touch of red. It can change a look from day to night with ease.

6. CHANEL MAGIC NIGHT OMBRE ESSENTIAL

Chanel Magic Night

Chanel Magic Night

Sadly Magic Night is discontinued but I had to include it since it really is a favorite. The undertone of Magic Night is milk chocolate and it has purple pigment added to create a shade that makes for a beautiful smokey eye. One of the advantages to this shadow is that you can easily use gradient tones so you can get a great look with just this one shadow.

7. TARINA TARANTINO MAGICAL JEWEL EYESHADOW PALETTE*

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette in Magical

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette in Magical

I am totally in love with this palette. I’ve been wearing it at least 3 days a week for the last few weeks. Every shade in this is gorgeous and creates a perfect cool toned eye look. There’s mauve, smoky amethyst, violet, creamy white and a light pink lilac. It wears like a dream. The name Magical fits it completely. A full review will be forthcoming.

Chantecaille, Nars, RBR, LMdB x2, Chanel

Chantecaille, Nars, RBR, LMdB x2, Chanel

Tarina Tarantino Magical

Tarina Tarantino Magical

So there you have my very unCrayola line of favorite purples. I love the variations available and that I don’t have to look like a crayon.

Are any of these in your repertoire? Any favorite purples I should look into? — Marcia

Join us in our purpleness:

*TT provided for editorial consideration, remainder were purchased by me