Has Mally H3 Concealer met the mark when it comes to concealing?

Mally H3 Concealer

Mally H3 Concealer

The Beauty Info Zone team had fallen madly in love with Mally Beauty Dark Circle Corrector. We gushed about it and were thrilled to own it. Then when we went to purchase it again, it was gone!! Disappointment doesn’t even cover how we felt. But Mally Beauty is back to the rescue with their H3 CONCEALER so they’ve made it up to us. And to their customers. When we were sent this new concealer we were eager to see if it lived up to our old favorite.

Mally H3 Concealer is available in 5 shades (Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, and Rich). Available at Ulta and QVC (limited shades) it’s considered to be a hydrating and brightening concealer. Let’s see how this stacks up in our book.

MARCIA HAS H3 CONCEALER IN FAIR

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

Mally has redeemed herself. I was really missing the Dark Circle Corrector in Lighter and savoring what little I had left. When I received this new creamy concealer I wasn’t sure if it could the original off its pedestal but it stands right up there with it.

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

In the tube the concealer appears very light and a good match for my fair cool toned skin. If you are uber pale this might not be quite light enough for you but for most of the fair maidens in the land this will work.

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

When first applied it has a yellow cast but have no fear since it blends so seamlessly into skin that the yellow just tends to brighten your undereye area. I’m currently applying it with the wand, smoothing it in with a Beauty Junkees mini kabuki brush, and then melding it onto my skin with the warmth of my finger.

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

Besides my undereye area I often have to conceal around my nose and that area worries me since product can disappear into my pores there. I use just the lightest touch of H3 Concealer with my finger and it looks natural, removing the redness that can appear.

Overall I think that Mally saved the day. When looking up where to purchase this I found a great deal on QVC which I’ll be taking advantage of – Mally Correct, Conceal & Brighten 3 piece collection. The collection contains this H3 Concealer, Dark Circle Corrector, and Perfect Prep Neutralizing Primer. Now I can safely finish the remains of my Dark Circle Corrector and have a new one and a backup of this great concealer.

LISA HAS H3 CONCEALER IN MEDIUM

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

I think I actually cried when Marcia told me my favorite Dark Circle Corrector was no longer available!! I have extremely dark undereye circles and it takes industrial strength concealer to mask them…or something with a miracle inside, like the Dark Circle Corrector, which did so without looking heavy or cakey. So I was hoping for something similar but certainly doubted I would be finding the exact same rainbow inside this tube.

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

In the tube the concealer appears pretty yellow…I thought it would be too warm for my neutral skin. However, it’s actually quite forgiving and will work for most medium skin tones.

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

I dot this on from the bottom of my nose to the outside of each eye, then underneath my nose where I tend to have red capillaries. Then I use my beloved Artis Oval 6 Brush to smooth the concealer out and it blends in perfectly, making dark circles disappear and causing eye bags to go packing. As Marcia mentioned, the yellow tint works to brighten the undereye area which is always a plus.

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

If you were a huge fan of the Mally Dark Circle Corrector, you can come out of mourning…the H3 Concealer is definitely here to save the day and save you from dark circles!  We think the best place to find it right now is at QVC and the best deal is the Mally Correct, Conceal & Brighten 3 Piece Collection.  Happy Sunday and happy shopping!!

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The Beauty Spotlight Team introduces Marcia’s Holy Grail repurchases

hearts-backgroundHave you ever heard of a Quartermaster? According to Wikipedia a Quartermaster is “generally a relatively senior soldier who supervises stores and distributes supplies and provisions”. And according to Merriam Webster  a Quartermaster is “a military officer responsible for providing quarters, rations, clothing, and other supplies”. Well consider me a Quartermaster when it comes to personal products in my home. Many years ago my sister and BIL lived in the same apartment building as I did. My BIL used to call me the Quartermaster since he knew if they needed something my apartment was the place to find it. I was well stocked because “what if” I ran out of necessities (in those days it was mostly toilet paper, kleenex, and red licorice).

I’m the Quartermaster of my home now too. I don’t like to run out of what I consider necessities (which still includes toilet paper, kleenex, and red licorice). I have quite a few items that I repurchase way before they get too low. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Marcia's Beauty Info Zone Repurchases

Marcia’s Beauty Info Zone Repurchases

Starting with cosmetics these are products I already have backups of since I use them all the time.

Mally Poreless Face Defender

Mally Poreless Face Defender

Mally Beauty Poreless Defender rocks my world. I’m currently on my 3rd one and to be honest I have 2 more ready to go.

Mally Poreless Face Defender

Mally Poreless Face Defender

I received my first one in a QVC TSV and fell for it instantly. It is a clear product that mattifies skin and more important blurs pores. Since my first one I’ve tried several other blurring products but I always go back to Mally. I rarely wear powder anymore so I apply it on my cheeks prior to blush application.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream and Too Faced Shadow Insurance

IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream and Too Faced Shadow Insurance

IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream and Too Faced Shadow Insurance are products I’m never without. After discovering IT Cosmetic’s Bye Bye Under Eye I knew I wanted to try something else from the brand. CC+ Cream was the answer and still is. I also have CC+ Illuminating Cream (press samples) but the original is HG material. What’s there left to say about Too Faced Shadow Insurance? I always have one of these at the ready. I like buying other eyeshadow primers since I think they are vital but TFSI is definitely my favorite.

Benefit Roller Ball, Pixi Endless Gel Eyebrow Pencil, Physician's Formula liquid eyeliner, Pixi Brow Powder Palette

Benefit Roller Ball, Pixi Endless Gel Eyebrow Pencil, Physician’s Formula liquid eyeliner, Pixi Brow Powder Palette

I love eye makeup so much that it’s a weakness of mine. I’ve discovered 4 products that I keep in stock even though they take a long time to use up.

PIXI Endless Gel Eyebrow Pencil isn’t the most loved product that Pixi makes but it’s a favorite of mine. I love it when I’m in a hurry especially since it’s a gel that fills in my brows quickly and lasts the day. The only negative is that I like to resharpen prior to every use so I go through this quickly.

Pixi Endless Brow Gel Pen in Medium

Pixi Endless Brow Gel Pen in Medium

PIXI Brow Powder Palette is another eyebrow love. I am not near done with my first but already bought a second. I was at Target and there it was so I swooped it up. I basically only use two shades and occasionally the others to personalize the shade I want. Plus I can use the other shades as eyeliner and brow highlight.

Pixi Beauty Brow Powder Palette

Pixi Beauty Brow Powder Palette

BENEFIT ROLLER BALL MASCARA totally surprised me. I kept reading about it but I don’t buy many products from Benefit. I finally wanted to see what the fuss was about so I ordered one. SOLD! I’ve gone through 2 tubes plus a deluxe sample size and have the one in the box ready for service. I like the way my lashes look with this – curled and lifted, no smudging, last all day, and a dark black. You can even find this in a travel size if you want to try it out.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum is my favorite liquid eyeliner. It only is available in black and brown and it’s brown that’s my HG product. It’s so hard to find a wonderful brown liquid liner and I looked long and hard. I have others I really like (Stila, Youngblood) but if you made me stick to one it would be PF. It never skips, it’s long lasting, it’s reasonably priced, and it’s a beautiful brown shade. I’m assuming that the serum helps with longer lashes but I can’t quantify that.

Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

Tweezerman Slant Tip Tweezers and Eyelash Comb

Tweezerman Slant Tip Tweezers and Eyelash Comb

Where would I be without Tweezerman? A hairy mess is where. I remember buying my first Tweezerman Slant Tip Tweezers and making everyone I taught with buy one too. I was amazed at how precise they were, all these years later I still feel the same way. I only pictured three but I have at least 5. I used to send them in for repair but I never liked how they worked after so now I just buy new ones. And keep spares on hand.

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman (discontinued)

Then there’s the Tweezerman Folding iLash Comb – how many do I have? 3 to be exact. Told you I stocked up on things! I tend to misplace items and this is a tool I use so often that I don’t want to be without it. I use it prior to curling my lashes when I notice they are winky and after to make sure that there are no clumps. You don’t know what your eyelashes are missing if you don’t have this tool.

Tweezerman iLash Folding Comb

Tweezerman iLash Folding Comb

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And there’s more. Some you’ve seen before so I’ll be short with descriptions:

Brazilian Blowout Acai Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner are my go-to hair products. I get a Brazilian Blowout about once a year but I use these year round. I like to switch around hair products but these two and the treatments are what are always in my bathroom. They keep the frizzies down and my hair is healthy with these.

Brazilian Blowout Acai Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner

Brazilian Blowout Acai Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner

Bioderma Sensiblo H2) Micellar Water is something I wonder how I lived without. I was late to this trend but I’m right on top of it now. The 16.7 oz bottle seems like it’s more expensive than the drugstore ones but it’s twice the size and lasts forever.

Bioderma Sensiblo H20 Micelar Water

Bioderma Sensiblo H20 Micelar Water

Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover is something I always mention. It beats the rest by a mile! It’s gentle, removes everything for me without stinging, and doesn’t leave a film behind.

Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

Can’t forget my favorite DHC Silky Cotton Squares! Goldilocks would say “just right”.

DHC Silky Cotton Squares

DHC Silky Cotton Squares

J.R. WATKINS NATURAL LIQUID HAND SOAP is in all my bathrooms. I love Lemon and when I can find it I like Grapefruit. I’ve been buying the big refills lately.

J.R. Watkins Natural Hand Soap

J.R. Watkins Natural Hand Soap

That’s about it though I forgot to photograph both Aveeno Fragrance Free Daily Radiance Moisturizing Lotion and Touche Eclat Radiant Touch. I always have backups of these two.

So how do you think I’m doing as the Quartermaster? Would you hire me?  —  Marcia

Mally Beauty brings “gorgois” to life

We believe that Mally Beauty needs no introduction. Mally Rontal is known not only for her personal beauty but also for her perky personality and wonderful line of cosmetics. We feel so lucky to have received some of her latest products and want to share these “gorgois” products with you.

MARCIA is loving H3 Gel Lipstick

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush and Nudish

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush and Nudish

Mally Beauty has created a brand new line of lipstick that are incredibly comfortable to wear. No dry lips will occur with H3 GEL LIPSTICK. Like the name suggests they have a gel like finish but apply and look like a full cover lipstick.

Available in 12 shades there’s going to be one for everyone’s taste. The pigment is rich and my lips feel so nourished in the two shades I have. Colors available are Grapevine, Rosy, Poppie, Nudish, Buff, Coraline, Angelic, Sheerly, Crush, Hibiscus, Flame and Flush. Let’s talk about the name H3 GEL LIPSTICK, okay? H3 stands for triple hydration since that’s what these lipsticks are all about. Gel means it’s not a wax based lipstick, instead it’s gel based. The gel helps these glide on your lips and helps to keep your lips feeling soft.

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush

Flush is a beautiful bright pink hue that perks up my complexion and brightens my look. It’s a delight to open when you see the faceted bullet and a delight to apply. But I do have a warning, don’t roll up the tube too far since the lipstick itself can be delicate and break off in the tube.

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush

My second shade is Nudish which takes me beyond the typical nudes that I wear. In the tube it appeared darker and browner than my taste gears but this is an example of “don’t judge a book by its cover” since it’s so much lighter and flattering once on than I expected.

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Nudish

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Nudish

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Nudish

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Nudish

This nude is not ghostly in any way. It’s more of a mauve with nude undertones. Of course your mileage may vary since your skin chemistry could affect the color. For someone like me who loves a light lipstick, I’m totally comfortable with this subtle shade.

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Nudish

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Nudish

Not only are they gorgois but they hydrate so you can’t go wrong – just don’t twist the tube too high.Mally More is More Mascara and Eyeshadow

LISA is loving Shadow Stick Extra Eyeshadow and More is More MascaraMally Shadow Stick Extra in Burnished Bronze

Mally Shadow Stick Extra in Burnished Bronze

Mally Shadow Stick Extra in Burnished Bronze

Marcia got some gorgois lips and I went for gorgois eyes. The Shadow Stick Extra Eyeshadow ($25) comes in ten different colors: Shimmering Mauve, Royal Plum, Pink Champagne, Burnished Bronze, Champagne, Autumn Shimmer, Chocolate Diamond, Marina, Storm, and Over The Taupe…shades ranging from the light creamy Champagne to deep blue Marina. This is a cream eyeshadow that applies super smooth and gives a good 45 seconds of smudging playtime before setting. I usually stay away from cream eyeshadows because they just don’t last on me but this stays on all day without creasing or fading. The rounded edge makes it perfect for a thick line along the lash line, which I then like to finish off with a thin black eyeliner. My shade is Burnished Bronze, a gorgeous shimmery medium brown. This is too dark for me to use as a wash but there are several lighter shades that I am dying to try that look perfect for that job. Mally More is More MascaraMally More is More Mascara wand

They say you can never be too rich or too skinny and I think you can never have thick enough eyelashes. More is More Mascara ($20) is right up my alley, because this awesome mascara grabs every single eyelash and makes them thicker, longer, and lusher…each coat delivering on the ‘more is more’ promise. Mally Shadow Stick Extra and More is More MascaraOne of my favorite mascaras is the Mally Volumizing Mascara and I have to say I think I might love More is More Mascara even…yup, you guessed it…more! It gives me ultra black lashes, and the brush really grips onto lashes for a very dramatic look. One coat is great for day, two coats really make for WOW lashes.
Mally Shadow Stick Extra and More is More Mascara

There are so many great items in Mally’s line that make for a ‘gorgois’ look, from lips to eyes. Be sure to check out these products and more at Ulta.com.

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Mally Beauty 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation wants to be in your makeup wardrobe

 

Mally Beauty 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation

Mally Beauty 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation

Mally Beauty has new foundation! I was sent the 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation in the lightest of the five available shades (Fair, Light, Medium, Tan and Rich) and it’s been gracing my face for the last few weeks. This is going to be worn continuously in the fall weather.

Mally Beauty 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation in Fair

Mally Beauty 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation in Fair

Foundation and concealer have been on my wishlist for the last few months. I want to try them all and wear them all so the timing of receiving this 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation was perfect. It’s amazingly lightweight which is not how I think of powder foundations so this breaks the mold.

Mally Beauty 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation

Mally Beauty 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation

This is a foundation that’s best used with a brush and Mally Beauty has a great buy of the foundation and brush for $38 on QVC.com. The foundation alone, which is only found on QVC, is $33 so I’d advise you to pay the $5 extra.

Mally 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation w/ Brush

Mally 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation w/ Brush

I’ve tried this with many different tools as you can see in the photo. The Beauty Blender sponge wasn’t good for me unless the sponge was bone dry. I found the love of my foundation life with the Artis Oval 10 brush and it loves this Mally Beauty 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation. I  like a rounded brush like Mally sells in the set with it just as well.

Mally Beauty 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation in Fair

Mally Beauty 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation in Fair, swatched heavily

To use I swirl my foundation brush onto the surface to pick up a small amount of color. Mally recommends apply it like this: “Starting near the back of the ear, begin buffing into the skin all around the perimeter of the face. Then, lightly dust across the forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin. This gives a halo effect that slims the face and leaves skin looking radiant and alive–never flat or dull.” By dusting it this way you aren’t accentuating pores but you will get good coverage.

Not only is this a powder foundation but it can be used as a finishing powder (I like a fluffy loose brush for this purpose) or as a great way to make your liquid foundation become revived at the end of the day. Being a compact it’s easy to carry around without spilling.

So you’re asking yourself “Why do I need a powder foundation?” And I’m telling you that Mally’s 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation is designed to sort of melt into your skin. The powder itself is a blend of superfine powders coated with aloe leaf extract and coconut oil evens skin tone and provides a soft-focus effect. Why not have it all with Mally?  —  Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

Making waves with Modern Merbabe the Boxycharm July box

Boxycharm for July 2016

Boxycharm for July 2016

I’m sure you’ve heard of Boxycharm. It’s become my favorite subscription box and the July box shows me why this has made me so happy. Let me start by telling you that a subscription is $21 a month and you’ll receive only full size items. It can be 4 or 5 each month. This month the box has a value of $120. Not a bad investment at all.

Boxycharm for July 2016

Boxycharm for July 2016

As with all subscriptions you may not have bought the items to begin with so the value of $120 may be high but not worth it to you. For me this month’s Boxycharm is a winner and one I’m very excited about.

OFRA PROFESSIONAL MAGNETIC PALETTE AND 6 EYESHADOW PANS

OFRA Magnetic Palette and eyeshadows

OFRA Magnetic Palette and eyeshadows

How could I not be excited about this? I’ve been thinking of buying a new Z palette since mine are almost filled and I’d like to organize better. Not only do I not have to do that but I got 6 gorgeous shadows that would retail for $12 each on their own. These don’t have names imprinted on them and I can’t really tell from the OFRA website but there are 3 beautiful shimmer shadows and 3 mattes. All 6 are very workable shades with the shimmers and the light yellow shade (could be Banana Highlighter Powder) my favorites. They’ve valued this set at $59 but I think they undervalued it since the shadows alone would be $60.

OFRA eyeshadows

OFRA eyeshadows

MALLY BEAUTY is included this month too and I got lucky. Some boxes received an Ice Blue Mally Waterproof Eyeliner pencil ($18) while others got one of two Mally Rounded Blender Brushes ($15). I love brushes so having this green metallic brush is a little piece of heaven.

OFRA Magnetic Palette, eyeshadows, and Mally Rounded Blender Brush

OFRA Magnetic Palette, eyeshadows, and Mally Rounded Blender Brush

Mally Rounded Blender Brush

Mally Rounded Blender Brush

The brush has longer hairs than my other blending brushes so it’s a great change of pace for me. Into my brush cups this went instantly.

To add to the thrill of this box there’s a NOYAH LIP GLOSS in Malbec ($16), a wine berry shade. I remember when Noyah only had lip balms and I lovingly reviewed them. It’s great to see how far they’ve come. This is a natural lip gloss made without made without sulfates, parabens or phtalates. The packaging is adorable with an earth friendly bamboo top.

Noyah Lip Gloss in Malbec

Noyah Lip Gloss in Malbec

Noyah Lip Gloss in Malbec

Noyah Lip Gloss in Malbec

To top off the beauty in this sweet box is PYT HAIR Oil Treatment ($30). While I’ve only used it once I was amazed at the shine I suddenly had from the treatment. It’s made with Argan Oil which I already know is great for my skin or hair. It’s safe for color treated hair and it helps leave hair frizz free.

Ingredients: Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Argania spinosa kernel oil, Fragrance (Lilial, D-Limonone, Hydroxycitronellal, Lyral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Coumarin), Triticum vulgare (Wheat) germ oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil, Panthenol.

PYT HAIR Oil Treatment

PYT HAIR Oil Treatment

I’m thrilled to learn about this new brand and use it in my routine.

Even though I don’t have a clue why this month’s Boxycharm is called Modern Merbaby (other than they do say “Let’s Make Waves”) I still think it’s one of the best I’ve received from my subscription. Now I can’t wait for another month to pass so I can get my next one. Are you a subscription box fan? — Marcia

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Spring for beautiful eyes with Mally and tarte

Spring beauty with tarte rainforest of the sea and Mally Evercolor shadow stick extra

Spring beauty with tarte rainforest of the sea and Mally Evercolor shadow stick extra

In the beauty world there are several ways to change your looks for spring. We can lighten up our skincare and foundation, we can bring new springy shades of lipstick into our makeup wardrobe, and we can check out the newest eye products to create a softer yet brighter eye. For this week’s Makeup Wars, I’ve chosen eye makeup since that’s what I’ll always crave. Two brands are dominating my life right now – Mally Beauty and tarte. I’ve been totally enamored with the products I’m going to show you and finding it hard to move away from them.

Mally provided for consideration, tarte is a self purchase

Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra

Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra

Mally Beauty has created Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra and these are out of this world. Mally’s eyeliners have always been beauty lovers favorites and now they are better than ever. You can line with them, you can use them as an eyeshadow base shade, or you can use them as your eyeshadow. Whichever way you chose you won’t be disappointed.

Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra in Marina, Over the Taupe, and Storm

Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra in Marina, Storm, and Over the Taupe

I have 3 of the 10 shades and am planning a trip to Ulta to check out several other of the shades. The 10 shades are Shimmering Mauve, Royal Plum, Pink Champagne, Burnished Bronze, Champagne, Autumn Shimmer, Chocolate Diamond, Marina, Storm, and Over The Taupe.

Mally (from left) Storm, Marina, Over The Taupe

Mally (from left) Storm, Marina, Over The Taupe

These apply like a breeze. They dry fast but you have enough time to work with them before they are set for the entire day. My favorite way to use these is to start on my lid with a light touch and blend, then use the same shade in the crease and blend so there aren’t harsh lines. That gives me the ombre effect that I love.

Mally Beauty Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra in Over the Taupe

Mally Beauty Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra in Over the Taupe

I don’t want to say I pick favorites but there’s something that’s just over the top about one of these. It makes a beautiful liner and smudges nicely under my eyes as well as being a great all around shade as a base or alone. Check out Ulta and Ulta.com for these beauties. I’ll be there for Champagne and Pink Champagne myself.

tarte Rainforest of the Sea eyeshadow palette

tarte Rainforest of the Sea eyeshadow palette

tarte hasn’t drawn me in for a long time. I have a lot of tarte products in my collection and I use them fairly often so most of their newer offerings didn’t grab my attention. But their limited edition Rainforest of the Sea had me at hello.

tarte Rainforest of the Sea eyeshadow palette

tarte Rainforest of the Sea eyeshadow palette

Every time I’d see this palette in a blog post or ad I’d drool over it. This has been a perfect spring palette for me because I’m feeling better in a softer eye now that winter is almost gone for good. The colors in this palette are all subdued and slightly heathery. Mermaid (gold), Seashell (pink), Wave (slate), Abyss (dark brown), Reef (copper), Starfish (bronze), Cove (tan), Sand (ivory). They don’t apply as dark as they appear in the palette.

tarte Rainforest of the Sea

tarte Rainforest of the Sea

It was hard to get good clean swatches since the shades are subtle so these are several passes over primer.tarte rainforest of the sea swatch 5Seashell, the top pink, is the shade that holds this palette together for me. I love it on my lid with Sand (ivory) on my browbone. Any of the other shades are what I chose to complement the pink.

The texture of tarte Rainforest of the Sea is one of the nicest ones that tarte has done. The shades are metallic or matte, no glitter seen here. They are very creamy to the touch and apply with minimal fallout. Rainforest of the Sea is a Sephora exclusive that I’m happy is living with me. — Marcia

Makeup Wars links with other top bloggers so please visit to see what they are sharing. You won’t be disappointed. I always find new treasures.


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Favorite setting products – powders and sprays

Do you have products that help you finish your makeup each day? That’s what Top Ten Tuesday is about this week. There are some great products available for this job and I’ve picked the favorites that I’ve used. When I’m done I hope you’ll share some of yours with me.

I have to start with IT COSMETICS since I talk about the brand all the time. The product that I’ve used up twice is IT COSMETICS BYE BYE PORES aka Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder. Once I discovered this powder I stopped using the drawer full I had from Laura Mercier, Kevyn Aucoin, and more. I still use those occasionally but they aren’t in my top ten! Silky soft and it does blur my pores just like it says it will.

Bye Bye Pores powder and puff

Bye Bye Pores powder and puff

Once they came out with Bye Bye Pores Airbrush Silk Pressed Anti-Aging Finishing Powder I had to buy that too.  This pressed powder is great for travel and on the go.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder

Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish Powder is fabulous. I love this powder and am currently on my second one. Powder takes forever and a day for me to finish so the fact that I’ve gone through one and a half jars of this speaks for itself. Diamond Finish sets my makeup, blurs my pores, and gives me a beautiful finish that isn’t matte.

Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish Powder

Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish Powder

One more loose powder in this group: Pixi Beauty Quik Fix Powder in Translucid wins for the best packaging as well as being a great powder. This is very lightweight and invisible on my skin. It contains great ingredients like aloe vera and cucumber extract to smooth along with grape extract which acts as an antioxidant.

Pixi Quick Fix Powder in Translucid

Pixi Quick Fix Powder in Translucid

Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender is really a cheat since it’s not a powder or a spray but it’s a staple in my cosmetic wardrobe. It has a very unusual texture and gives a matte finish. It’s wonderful for blurring fine lines and pores. There’s no dryness like powder can give.

Mally Beauty Poreless Face Defender

Mally Beauty Poreless Face Defender

Now on to the sprays. Skindinavia has two sprays that I have to recommend: Makeup Primer Spray and the Makeup Finishing Spray are both wonderful. Other brands like Urban Decay sell these but they are made by Skindinavia. The Primer Spray is just like it sounds. Spray this one after your skincare is on and it helps deliver a smoother finish for your foundation. The Finishing Spray is to be applied after all your makeup is on and it helps keep your makeup in place for the day. It’s especially great for being outdoors. They even make this in Oil Control and a Bridal version.

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

A much less expensive version is  Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Makeup Setting Spray at Walmart. This is only $6.30 compared to the $30ish prices of Skindinavia. It’s not bride proof but it’s a good way to see if a spray is for you.

Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Makeup Setting Spray

Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Makeup Setting Spray

When I was in the midst of hot flashes I relied on Youngblood Minerals in the Mist. I was at IMATS and I looked like someone had dropped a bucket of water on me. I was shopping at Youngblood and they recommended it in Refresh for me and it saved the trip. I carried it around with me to refresh my skin. I’ve since used it up but if I ever go through that misery again, I’d repurchase.

A few other bloggers have joined this week’s challenge. I’m interested in learning more. Are you? — Marcia


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