Summer Beauty with IT Cosmetics, Pur Minerals, Gabriel eyeshadow, Mally and more

Beautysets - Summer Beauty
It’s Tuesday and that means Top Ten Tuesday. Today’s topic is summer beauty. My choices are 10 items (or more) that I know I’ll be using all summer. I started this by deciding what I’d take with me for a long summer weekend away. I just included cosmetics, not skincare, or this would be all about sunscreen. The ten items I picked are ones I’m enjoying and I’d happily put in my cosmetic bag.

1.  URBAN DECAY MINOR SIN PRIMER POTION – I chose Minor Sin since it does double duty for me. It’s both an eyeshadow primer and a color product. It works great under the eyeshadow I’d bring and it works beautifully on its own for a simple look. It’s a champagne shimmer that’s sheer.

Urban Decay Minor Sin Primer Potion

Urban Decay Minor Sin Primer Potion

2. GABRIEL COSMETICS EYESHADOW TRIO IN SMOKEY SHIMMER* Eyeshadow Trios are new to Gabriel Cosmetics and I am loving Smokey Shimmer. It’s very versatile and won’t take up much room. I’ll be able to get a few different looks with this depending on whether it’s night or day. I’ll have a full review of this soon.

Gabriel Cosmetics Smokey Shimmer eyeshadow trio

Gabriel Cosmetics Smokey Shimmer eyeshadow trio

3.  PHYSICIANS FORMULA Eye Booster™2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum is my new favorite eyeliner. I have searched so long for the perfect brown liquid eyeliner. I’ve found several brands I really like (at last) but this is the one I can’t put down. A perfect brown, an easy to use felt tip point, a great price, and very long lasting. I plan to buy another at the next sale.

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

4.  DV LIGHT UP MASCARA*  (DV stands for Dakota Vox) This mascara not only gives me long separated lashes but it lights up and has a mirror on it. Perfect for a getaway or any time. So far I haven’t lit it up but I’ve been using this daily and I love the way my lashes look. It doesn’t clump and it doesn’t smudge. It’s easy to remove which I’ve been appreciating lately because I’ve had to rub my eyes too much with other mascaras. The silicone brush deposits the pigment easily and evenly.

DV Light Up Mascara

DV Light Up Mascara

5. IT COSMETICS EYELIFT IN A TUBE should be no surprise to anyone since I love my IT Cosmetic items. This isn’t one that I’ve written about but it’s one I use all the time. This two sided beauty has a wand of Bye Bye Under Eye on one side and Hello Light™ Liquid Brightener on the other. Dab a little of the Liquid Brightener on and you look ready to hit the town.

IT Cosmetics Eyelift in a Tube

IT Cosmetics Eyelift in a Tube

6.  PUR MINERALS CC CREAM* is one of my favorites that I don’t mention enough. It has SPF 40 so it’s a good addition to whatever other sunscreen I’m using. I love the coverage. Lately I’ve been applying it with a kabuki brush but I can easily use my fingers. I have it in Light and the shade is great for me. Why I’d take this with me is that I don’t have to follow up with a powder.

Pur Minerals CC Cream

Pur Minerals CC Cream

7.  PUR MINERALS CHATEAU CHEEKS CREAM BLUSH* are just a few of the cream blushes I love. What makes this summer beauty worthy is that it’s firm to the touch so it means that they won’t melt away. It only comes in two colors (Coy and Flirty) but they are both excellent. Both work great with the Gabriel Smokey Shimmer Eyeshadow Trio I picked.

Pur Minerals Chateau Cheeks Cream Blush in Flirt and Coy

Pur Minerals Chateau Cheeks Cream Blush in Flirt and Coy

8.  IT COSMETICS HELLO LIGHT™ RADIANCE POWDER* is perfect for me to use in the summer. It’s not sparkly, there’s no glitter, there’s just glow. It can be used anywhere you need highlighting or it can be used as a finishing powder. There’s a light golden glow to it. Another IT Cosmetics favorite!

Hello Light Radiance Powder from IT Cosmetics

Hello Light Radiance Powder from IT Cosmetics

9.  MALLY EVERCOLOR LIP MAGNIFIER* – it was difficult to pick from my lip crayon loves but Mally doesn’t get talked about enough and I love these lip crayons. The coverage is great, they are very smooth and there’s some lip plumping going on. My favorite is Princess Pink but there are 14 different shades at Ulta.com so you’ll surely find one you love.

Mally Beauty Princess Pink Lip Magnifier

Mally Beauty Princess Pink Lip Magnifier

10.  HARD CANDY ALL GLOSSED UP HYDRATING LIP STAIN* is the $5 alternative to Mally or Tarte lip crayons. On Walmart.com there are just a few shades available but there are more when you go in person. These are just like the name states – hydrating, glossy and lightly staining. It wears away evenly on me but I’ve only tried a Cupcake which is pink so I don’t know about darker shades.

Hard Candy All Glossed Up Lip Hydrator

Hard Candy All Glossed Up Lip Hydrator

Here’s my 10 but now that I’m done I realize I should have included so much more, including nail polish. I guess you’ll have to keep coming back for more posts.

Have you used any of these products? Which are your favorites? — Marcia

Join the other bloggers to see what they’re wearing this summer.


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With Mally Beauty Airbrush Perfect Skin Mousse you’ll look effortlessly beautiful

Mally Effortless Airbrush Perfect Skin Mousse

Mally Beauty Effortless Airbrush Perfect Skin Mousse

Mally Roncal has the type of energetic beauty that can sell me anything. She could sell ice to Eskimos and sand to desert dwellers. Her personality totally shines through whenever you see her on TV and makes you want to buy her products in mass quantities. mally

But that’s not really enough for me or for you. The products have to match up to your standards and what Mally says about them. I was sent Mally Beauty Effortless Airbrush Perfect Skin Mousse to test out and now I am about to buy ice and sand from Mally. This foundation is that good.

Mally Beauty Effortless Airbrush Perfect Skin Mousse and Foundation Brush

Mally Beauty Effortless Airbrush Perfect Skin Mousse and Foundation Brush

While this only comes in 5 shades (Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, and Rich) on Mally Beauty, it’s available in 8 shades on QVC (the 5 mentioned plus Medium Light, Medium Tan, and Deep) ($45 for brush and foundation). I found a perfect match in Fair. I wouldn’t change one thing about the shade once it’s blended onto my face.

Mally Perfect Skin Mousse

Mally Perfect Skin Mousse

I usually shake the can of Effortless Airbrush Perfect Skin Mousse but you really don’t have to do so. This is incredibly lightweight yet gives my skin perfect coverage. I don’t use a lot to get that coverage either but I could build it up if necessary. The Mousse is “formulated with specially coated pigments that adhere to skin for impeccable long-wear with a feel that’s wonderfully light and airy”.

bubbly Mally Beauty Effortless Airbrush Perfect Skin Mousse

bubbly Mally Beauty Effortless Airbrush Perfect Skin Mousse

Mally Beauty Effortless Airbrush Perfect Skin Mousse in Fair

Mally Beauty Effortless Airbrush Perfect Skin Mousse in Fair

Mally Beauty Effortless Airbrush Perfect Skin Mousse blended to perfection

Mally Beauty Effortless Airbrush Perfect Skin Mousse blended to perfection

One way that the Mally Airbrush Perfect Skin Mousse is different is that you get wonderful hydration for your skin and you always look luminous but not shiny. Wearing it makes me feel confident about my skin.

It comes with a fabulous foundation brush that is soft yet firm. It’s the perfect accompaniment for the foundation. It helps blend it in minutes. The brush itself is a great one for your collection.

Mally Foundation Brush

Mally Foundation Brush

This is currently my most used foundation, even more than the CC Creams that I love so much. I love the coverage, the feel, the shade Fair, and the longevity of this mousse. If you haven’t tried this, it’s time. I’m sure all the Mallynistas would agree. — Marcia

 *sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients:

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Isobutane, Propane, Neopentyl Glycol, Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Octldodecyl Neopentanoate, Tridecyl Stearate, Polyglycerl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Mica, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Aluminum/Magnesium Hydroxide
Stearate, Peg/Ppg-20/15 Dimethicone, Peg-150 Distearate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, Peg-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Laureth-13 Carboxylate, Phenoxyethanol.   May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Ten holiday gift ideas for the practical fashionista!

Beauty Info Zones Practical Holiday Gift Guide
Pretty things are great, but sometimes function is more important.  Here are some awesome stocking stuffers, Hanukkah gifts, and holiday gifts that are BIZ tested and recommended!  Any one of these options will look fabulous all wrapped up and are sure to become staples items for your down to earth, practical-minded giftee.

Natracare Makeup Remover Cloths

1.  Natracare Organic Cleansing Makeup Removal Wipes ($7.49):  These are some of the softest, gentlest makeup remover wipes I’ve tried.  They are more on the ‘wet’ side, and while they remove makeup and dirt they don’t irritate the skin.  Available at drugstore.com, Walgreens.com, and Amazon.com.

Coast to Coast Soothing Aqua Serum 2

2.  Coast to Coast Soothing Aqua Serum ($40):  This is a beautiful serum that leaves skin moist, plump, and healthy.  It is a particularly excellent gift for those who do a lot of traveling – awesome for a little lift on the plane while flying from coast to coast!  You can find this at Ulta.com.

The Magic Pads

3.  The Magic Pads ($19.95):  How about some magic under the tree?  These skin treatment pads have wonderful ingredients including glycolic acid, organic willow bark, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E in an organic aloe vera juice base. The Magic Pads clear up blemishes, shrink the appearance of pores, and exfoliate skin all in one swipe.  You can find these at www.themagicpads.com

Mad Hippie Eye Cream 2

4.  Mad Hippie Eye Cream ($24.99):  Perfect for the non-traditionalist on your list, this eye cream features a slew of peptides and antioxidants in a truly elegant formulation.  The packaging is beyond cute, and this is an eye cream that really delivers.  Available at www.madhippie.com

Strivectin Tightening Neck Cream

5.  Strivectin TL Advanced™ Tightening Neck Cream ($95):  I slather this on every morning and every night and I am loving the results!  The neck and decolletage show age more quickly than any other body part, and this beautiful thick cream is just what is needed to keep that delicate area moisturized and free of crepey skin – plus it rebuilds elastin fibers.  Available at StriVectin.com

Le Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream 2

6.  Le Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream (8 oz. $22):  This shea butter cream feels like luxury, but it’s a major workhorse for dry winter skin.  It melts right in, making skin super happy with grapeseed, jojoba, and vitamin E.  Choose from five beautiful scents, including Lavender, Vanilla, Lemongrass, Sage and Unscented. Available at www.lebeurreshop.com (pick up a Shea Butter Lip Balm while you are there!)

Scala Rain Hat

7.  Scala Collezione Rain Hat ($25):  Talk about fashionable and functional!  This jaunty rain hat is a truly perfect holiday gift that will be hugely appreciated. LW281 is one of Scala’s best-selling rain hats, and is available in black, charcoal, wine and khaki.  Made of nylon, it protects your hairdo while looking pretty darn awesome. Get yourself one while you are at it!

Mally Citychick Smokey Eye Kit 2

8.  Mally City Chick Smokey Eye Kit ($40):  Now here is a perfect eyeshadow palette for any chick, city or rural.  There are ten different color combinations from which to choose.  Every combo of creamy eyeshadows has wonderful neutral shades that are both beautiful and practical.  Available at www.mallybeauty.com

Priti neutrals 5

9.  Priti Nail Polish neutrals ($15 each):  What is a great practical stocking stuffer?  Some fabulous neutral nail polish.  My pick is Priti Nail Polish, particularly the shades Ginger Snap Orchid, opaque light creamy nude, Nodding Lilac, opaque soft lilac, and Moss Campion, opaque creamy light taupe.  Available at www.pritinyc.com

Dove White Beauty Bar

10.  Dove White Beauty Bar ($5.00):  You can’t go wrong with this classic!  What a great stocking stuffer.  People swear by this bar soap that removes makeup without stripping the skin.

Stay tuned for more great holiday gift guides, including a list of fabulous finds for the glam girl on your list!  – Lisa

*items sent for editorial consideration

Create dreamy brows with Mally Ultimate Performance Dream Brow

Mally Ultimate Performance Dream Brow 7I am always on the hunt for great brow products, and the Mally Beauty Ultimate Performance Dream Brow with Brush ($26) is a fabulous option for creating groomed yet natural looking brows.

Mally Ultimate Performance Dream Brow

Mally Ultimate Performance Dream Brow

dual-ended brow brush and brow gel

dual-ended brow brush and brow gel

Mally Beauty sent us this set that can found on QVC.  Included is a dual-ended brow brush and a gel brow filler.  What makes this special is the gel brow filler.  Instead of the typical flat color that can make brows look unnatural, this has some illumination to it which creates depth.  The result?  A more natural looking brow that beautifully frames the eyes and balances out features.

Spoolie end of brush

Spoolie end of brush

Brow bristle end of brush

Brow bristle end of brush

Mally Beauty Brow Gel

Mally Beauty Brow Gel

swatch of Brow Gel

swatch of Medium Brown Brow Gel

The gel also makes brow hair slightly thicker and provides hold so brows stay in place all day.  I find that the best technique is to first brush brows upward using the spoolie end of the brush.  Next, I dip the angled brush in the brow gel around the edges of the pot – that gives the gel a longer shelf life and keeps it from drying out.  Then, I just brush the gel onto my brows using upward strokes.  I finish with a final upward swipe of the spoolie, and my brows are set for the day.

I use shade Medium Brown, but other shades available include Taupe, Sable, blonde, auburn, and gray.

If you are in the market for a great brow set that creates natural looking brows that stay in place all day, this is the set for you!  – Lisa

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Three Mally Beauty favorites: Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Deep Violet, Volumizing Mascara, and Liquid Lipstick in Party Girl Pink

Watching QVC is definitely addicting, especially when Mally Beauty is featured.  Mally sends the BIZ quite a few products to try, and here are three of my favorites that I love to use together for a polished, pretty look.

Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Deep Violet

Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Deep Violet

Mally Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Deep Violet

Mally Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Deep Violet

1.  Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner in Deep Violet ($15)

Deep Violet is a fabulous color.  It’s not as harsh as black, and a little more exciting than brown.  The eyeliner pencil has a creamy texture that glides on and smudges out for a smoky look.  Then it sets and stays in place all day.  It doesn’t last the whole day on the waterline, but it lasts as long as any other pencil eyeliner I have.  Deep Violet goes with so many colors I reach for it more than any other pencil eyeliner I have…in fact I will need to replace this soon!

Mally Volumizing Mascara

Mally Volumizing Mascara

Mally Volumizing Mascara

Mally Volumizing Mascara

2.  Volumizing Mascara in Black ($20)

Volumizing Mascara is a terrific mascara that definitely gives my lashes tons of volume and drama.  I use two coats for day, three coats for even more drama.  This is a wet mascara so I have to be careful until it dries, otherwise I end up dots on my upper lids because it makes my lashes so long and full.  Once it’s dry, it is perfect – no clumps, flakes, or smudging.

Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Party Girl Pink

Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Party Girl Pink

Swatches of Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Party Girl Pink and Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Deep Violet

Swatches of Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Party Girl Pink and Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Deep Violet

3.  High Shine Liquid Lipstick Pen in Party Girl Pink ($20)

The High-Shine Liquid Lipstick Pen is a wonderfully creamy, emollient lipstick/lip gloss hybrid that is exceptionally glossy.  The texture is velvet smooth, and Party Girl Pink is a stunning peachy/pink shimmer.  Party Girl Pink is one of my most favorite lip colors, and I love it paired with Deep Violet Eyeliner and the Volumizing Mascara.

Wearing my trio of favorite Mally products:  Deep Violet Eyeliner, Volume Mascara, and Party Girl Pink High Shine Liquid Lipstick

Wearing my trio of favorite Mally products: Deep Violet Eyeliner, Volume Mascara, and Party Girl Pink High Shine Liquid Lipstick

Mally Beauty has a huge amount of winning products and gorgeous colors on both QVC and the Mally Beauty website.  I’ve shared my three favorites, now tell me, what are yours?  – Lisa

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Perfect Soft Pink and Sweet Pink lip sets from Mally Beauty

I have a friend whose nickname is “Pink”.  She always wears at least one clothing item that is pink.  She owns a handbag store and the walls are pink.  I would even bet that her aura is pink.  One day, my daughter asked her – in that, ‘I am a young child so I can ask anyone anything’ sort of way – why do you love the color pink so much?  Her answer was, because of all the colors in the spectrum, the only one that goes with every single other color is PINK.  I thought about that…and she is absolutely right.  Maybe that’s why I always gravitate toward pink shades.  Mally Beauty sent me some of their best pink lip sets, and both Perfois Soft Pink ($30) and Sweet Pink ($25.00) have become staples for me.

Perfect Pink

Mally Beauty Perfois Pink

The Perfois Soft Pink Lip set comes with a lip pencil, lipstick, and liquid lipstick.  The set comes in three different pink color combinations – Classic Pink, Bright Pink and Soft Pink.  I have the Soft Pink set which is a combination of neutral light pink shades that create a sophisticated matte pink lip.

Perfect Pink

Perfois Soft Pink Liquid Lip. Lip Liner, and Lipstick

The Soft Pink lip liner is an automatic pencil in light cool pink with just a hint of luminescence.  Using this doesn’t really change the color of the other lip products, instead it enhances the lasting power.  It isn’t a necessity, so I find that I often skip this step.  The Soft Pink lipstick is truly lovely.  It is a cool-toned matte nude pink with a gorgeous, velvety texture.  The Soft Pink Liquid Lipstick is a milky soft pink that adds lots of gloss and volume.

Perfect Pink

Perfois Soft Pink Liquid Lip Gloss, Lip Liner, and Lipstick

Perfect Pink

Perfect Pink lips

The Ultimate Performance Sweet Pink Lip set has two products, a lip liner and a lip gloss.

Sweet Pink

Ultimate Performance Sweet Pink

Sweet Pink

Sweet Pink lip liner and gloss

Sweet Pink creates a bright, shimmery pink look that is young and fun.  This lip liner not only helps the lip gloss last, it also gives lips a pop of pink and looks great on its own.  The Ultimate Performance lip gloss is one of my favorite lip glosses of all time. It’s actually a hybrid lipstick/lip gloss/lip balm that leaves lips soft and moist, and the color lasts much longer than a typical lip gloss. Sweet Pink is a beautiful, complex shimmery medium pink with wonderful slip.  Gorgeous!

Sweet Pink

Sweet Pink lip liner

Sweet Pink

Ultimate Performance Sweet Pink lip gloss

Sweet Pink

Sweet Pink – top is lip liner, middle is lip gloss, bottom is lip gloss over liner

Sweet Pink lips!

Sweet Pink lips!

Whether you are looking for a classic, sophisticated pink lip or a bright, shimmery one, Mally Beauty is definitely a great line to consider.  QVC always has some great Mally Beauty sets on sale, so head on ever there for a perfect pink pucker.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Mally kiss

Shine, Plump and Beautify with Mally Lip Magnifiers

mally lip magnifier

Let me entice you in the same way that Mally Beauty enticed me. We were sent 3 of the mally-nificent Evercolor Lip Magnifiers to test out and they are right up my alley. For the month of August Mally has these on sale from $20 to $15 so you don’t want to miss out.

Mally Lip Magnifier

Mally Lip Magnifier

I’m a huge fan of lip crayons. I like the one step use of these. I like something easy, I like something that lasts better than a gloss, yet I like a luminous finish. I like flavorless lip color and a wide range of shades. Mally put all of those into one handy crayon form and she created this in 12 great colors (13 on ulta.com but the sale isn’t there). These are lip plumpers that are a combination of lipstick and gloss.

While Mally Beauty says that the color will last all day, you know that your mileage may vary. It lasts on me for about 2 hours without eating but I’m the type that bites my lips.

Mally Lip Magnifiers: Princess Pink, Frisky Fuchsia, Pink Petal

Mally Lip Magnifiers: Princess Pink, Frisky Fuchsia, Pink Petal

Mally Lip Magnifiers: Princess Pink, Frisky Fuchsia, Pink Petal

Mally Lip Magnifiers: Princess Pink, Frisky Fuchsia, Pink Petal

At first when I looked at Princess Pink and Pink Petal I thought they’d be very much alike on my lips but they are each distinct. Princess Pink is my favorite, it’s a beautiful light pink that isn’t a nude. It’s cool toned and lively without being too dark. I think it’s the glossiest of the 3 I have. I L.O.V.E. this lip magnifier!

Princess Pink

Princess Pink

Pink Petal is appropriately named since it’s a light warm pink. It’s the easiest shade for me to wear since I don’t like to emphasize my small lips.

Pink Petal

Pink Petal

Mally Lip Magnifiers: Pink Petal, Frisky Fuchsia, Princess Pink

Mally Lip Magnifiers: Pink Petal, Frisky Fuchsia, Princess Pink

Frisky Fuchsia is also appropriately named. It is frisky. It shows up! There’s nothing shy about this baby. When I first apply it, it’s too bright but it calms down so that I won’t scare the people that know I like light lips. It’s not a shade I wear often. When Frisky Fuchsia wears away it leaves a stain behind that the other two don’t.

Pink Petal, Frisky Fuchsia, Princess Pink

Pink Petal, Frisky Fuchsia, Princess Pink

If you are a fan of lip crayons then this is your opportunity to get these non-fragranced, lightly plumping colors for yourself. Your lips won’t plump like a Kardashian’s but they will bring out a better you. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients: Bis-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl Dimer, Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Isocetyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Polybutene, Synthetic Wax, Silica, Synthetic Beeswax, Glyceryl Caprylate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl, Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopherol May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 21 (CI 45380), Red 22 Lake (CI 45380), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 (CI 73360), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7(CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947)