Wantable Cosmetic subscription for 10/14 – another winner

I’ve been a Wantable subscriber since I first learned about it shortly after they opened their website. I’ve been lucky enough to get some boxes for review but even when I don’t, like today’s box, I’ve kept my subscription up since the $36 a month that I pay for a box always contains more than my money’s worth.

Wantable Cosmetics October 2014

Wantable Cosmetics October 2014

What I love best about Wantable’s subscription is that it’s 100% cosmetics. I don’t have to worry about receiving more skin products, hair products or bath/body. It’s not that I don’t like and appreciate those items, I do, but I love cosmetics and that’s where my main interest is. Whenever I open a subscription box my excitement is really for the cosmetics within. With Wantable you get to customize via your profile. My profile says that I love eyeshadow, eyeliner, nail polish and tools; that I like complexion products, brows, lash products, blush, lip color; and that I don’t want highlighter or bronzer. For October I received 1 Love item and the rest from my Like list. Let’s check these out.

opening my Wantable cosmetic box

opening my Wantable cosmetic box

Inside are 5 full size items. Wantable is only going to send full size! I was excited to see that my box carried Vincent Longo, Ofra, Chella, and Liberty Republic. These are all name brands that I’ve bought or definitely would buy.

Wantable goodies

Wantable goodies

LIBERTY REPUBLIC is a nail polish brand created by Jordan Liberty. The new collection, placed in the October boxes, is the Welcome to the Darkside collection. Interestingly enough my shade is a light one rather than a dark shade. There are 6 shades in this exclusive to Wantable collection and they are said to use a technique that helps it last for 7-14 days. I’m excited about being able to wear this beautiful peach shade, Aura. ($14)  I don’t have nail wheels available right now and the swatch on paper didn’t look good but trust me, this is pretty.

Liberty Republic Spellbound polish in Aura

Liberty Republic Spellbound polish in Aura

The item that stood out the most in this month’s box is a BB Cream from OFRA ($40), this is a huge tube at 2 oz. I received this in Light. Light is a good description for this since it’s not Fair enough for me and it is on the yellow side. I’ll be able to wear this if mixed with a little of my Face Atelier Zero foundation but for now it’s not quite right. The ingredients in this BB Cream are great for skin (aloe vera, vitamin E and C, avocado oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, chamomile extract and shea butter). There’s flower extract to reduce bacteria and prevent breakouts. I’ve been wanting to explore more OFRA though and this is a good way to do it.

OFRA BB CREAM

OFRA BB CREAM

OFRA BB CREAM in Light

OFRA BB CREAM in Light

OFRA BB CREAM in light

OFRA BB CREAM in light

VINCENT LONGO does double duty in my subscription box. First is the VOLUME PLUS MASCARA ($25) which I’m looking forward to using. My mascara dried up when I was hospitalized so having this is an exciting option for me.

Vincent Longo Volume Plus Mascara

Vincent Longo Volume Plus Mascara

One of the top sellers for Vincent Longo is their Lip and Cheek Stain ($24) and this month I received it in Angel’s Touch. This is more of a berry stain than I’d expect an angel to impart. The color is intense when first applied so you need to pat it to make it appear more like a stain and to set the product. Directions say to make sure your cheeks are well hydrated; begin at the apple of your cheeks and dab 2-3 dots on with the doe foot applicator. Immediately blend them outward and upward toward the temple. Add more as needed. This new gel formula is gluten free and paraban free.

Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Stain in Angel's Touch

Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Stain in Angel’s Touch

The last product but the first I used is CHELLA EYEBROW COLOR in Luscious Light Brown ($18). When I returned home from my many weeks away the hair on my face had exploded. I was able to get to a beauty salon and while there had my brows waxed. They look good but certain areas are more sparse than I like. This Chella Eyebrow Color looks good, is easy to apply and needs no sharpening. Sending my husband on wild goose chases to find all my items is frustrating for us both. This solves one of those problems.

Chella Eyebrow Color

Chella Eyebrow Color

Chella Eyebrow Color in light brown

Chella Eyebrow Color in light brown

My Wantable subscription has $121 worth of product in it. This is probably the highest value yet. These are all products I’ll use even though I’ll have to adapt the Ofra BB shade so it makes the box even more valuable. Wantable made a welcome package to open upon my return and I know I’ll be welcoming them more as the months go by. — Marcia

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IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You! Collection review

It Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You

Do you have Tuesday, October 14th on your calendar?  At midnight on the 14th, the IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You! Five-Piece Collection goes on sale as the Today’s Special Value® on QVC®.  IT Cosmetics sent us this set, which is a mix of old favorites, including the Celebration Foundation Illumination, Heavenly Luxe® Double Airbrush Foundation Brush, and No-Tug Gel Eyeliner; plus two exciting new products, CC+ Radiance Ombré Blush and Hello Lashes Extensions.

IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You!

IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You!

IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You! 5 Piece Collection

IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You! 5 Piece Collection

1.  The Celebration Foundation Illumination is a full coverage powder foundation. It’s available in 5 color choices; my foundation is the Medium shade. It’s got some pretty cool packaging. The white compact has a lower compartment with a brush (and the reflective metal above it works as a mirror if you need it). The top compartment has the powder foundation and a regular mirror. This powder foundation has peptides, antioxidants, and ‘drops of light technology’ for the added illuminating properties. This is a very silky powder that is particularly excellent for those with oilier complexions. It is definitely full coverage, so a lighter hand is better when applying this.

Celebration foundation

Celebration Foundation Illumination in Medium

Celebration Illumination Foundation swatch in Medium

Celebration Foundation Illumination swatch in Medium

2.  Heavenly Luxe® Double Airbrush Foundation Brush  IT Cosmetics has truly fabulous brushes, and the Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush is no exception. The brush head has dual fiber brush hairs that are amazingly soft yet firm enough for buffing. This really is a fantastic brush.

Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush

Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush

The Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush

The Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush

3.  No-Tug Gel Eyeliner in Black/Brown  The No-Tug gel liners are beautiful. They glide on and have terrific lasting power, even with my oily eyelids. I love the self-sharpening feature. If you want more of a point on the end, just pull off the sharpener on the bottom and you can easily get a point that will give you a thin, precise line.

Black Brown

No-Tug Gel Eyeliner in Black Brown

Built in sharpener

Built-in sharpener

swatch of Black Brown No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner

swatch of Black Brown No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner

Black Brown is just that – a browned-down black. I love this because sometimes Black seems too harsh for daytime. Black Brown gives me that dark definition I want, but it’s softer. And the black/brown combination is different from a grayed-down black. It’s warmer and just plain pretty. This is waterproof for up to 12 hours.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Ombre Blush

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Ombre Blush

Je Ne Sais Quoi Blush

Je Ne Sais Quoi Blush

Je Ne Sais Quoi swatch

Je Ne Sais Quoi swatch

4.  The new CC+® Radiance Ombré Blush is currently only available in this set…and it is a stunner!! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. This has a softer, lighter texture than the IT Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Blush, which by the way is one of my most favorite blushes. The CC+® Radiance Ombré Blush is terrific for a soft glow or layered for more of a pigment punch. Je Ne Sais Quoi is a pretty gradated pink that goes from light pink to deep pink. You could drag your brush in the lighter or darker areas only, but I think a swirl over the entire face of the powder gives a perfect glowy pink pop for cheeks.

Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara

Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara

Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara

Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara

5.  The final item, also new for this collection, is the Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara. This is a five-in-one mascara that makes lashes thick, lush, and sooty black. It is so black that I had to lighten the photo of the wand so you could see the brush head. It’s also good for lashes with conditioners like vitamin B5, peptides, collagen, proteins and green tea. This has nylon fibers that makes lashes incredibly long.

IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You collage

Your Most Radiant You! really is an incredible set.  Every item is a winner, so be sure to visit QVC on Tuesday to order this set for yourself.  The QVC item # is A260772, or A262259 for auto delivery.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

tarte cosmetics holiday: away oui go portable palette and collector’s set

Many lines come out with holiday sets, but I think I look forward to tarte’s more than any other.  I have beautiful sets from years ago that I still use…they definitely stand the test of time.  Tarte recently sent us the away oui go portable palette and collector’s set ($48, a $410 value) and it does not disappoint!

tarte away oui go

tarte away oui go

tarte away oui go

tarte away oui go

Away oui go is a limited edition set that is an Ulta exclusive.  It’s one of the sets available in the new Sweet Dreams Holiday Collection.  It includes:

  • four removable eye and cheek palettes with a total of 16 full-sized Amazonian Clay eye shadows and four full-sized Amazonian Clay 12-Hour blushes
  • three deluxe sized Maracuja lip glosses
  • a deluxe lights, camera, lashes mascara
  • teal fabric stitched with pearls collector’s compact that holds the removable palettes

The lights, camera, lashes mascara is a staple for me.  It gives great volume and length and doesn’t smudge.  I love it.  The lip glosses come in three shades:  Nice, a creme mauve; Cannes, a shimmery pink; and Paris, a creme raspberry.

left to right:  Paris, Canne, Nice

left to right: Paris, Cannes, Nice

Paris

Paris

Cannes

Cannes

Nice

Nice

left to right:  Paris, Cannes, Nice

left to right: Paris, Cannes, Nice

They are typical tarte lip glosses that are just slightly sticky and nicely glossy, although the applicator is different.  The brush is beyond stiff – it’s frozen.  I’ve had other lip glosses with a brush that started off that way, but if you bent it the bristles released.  These don’t.  It’s interesting, and I am not sure if I am a fan or not.

tarte away oui go portable palette compact

tarte away oui go portable palette compact

with a palette inside

with a palette inside

I adore the compact.  It’s very vintage looking and the palettes fit in it just perfectly.  It also has a nice mirror inside, so this really is a great item for travel.  I am actually storing the box the set comes in and leaving the palette on my vanity, switching the palettes out every few days.

The eyeshadows are all beautiful, with a great selection of shades and variety of finishes in each palette.  I think my favorite palette is the one with the intrigue blush.  I have always adored tarte blushes, so four eyeshadows and a full-sized blush makes my knees weak.

tarte away oui go palette 1

left to right:  macarons for you, champagne & chocolat, kisses under the Arc, art in Montmartre

left to right: macarons for you, champagne & chocolat, kisses under the Arc, art in Montmartre

envisioned blush

envisioned blush

Eyeshadows:  macarons for you is a matte light pinky- brown; champagne & chocolat is a shimmery champagne brown; kisses under the Arc is a shimmery copper/pink; art in Montmartre is a bronze shimmer.  Blush: envisioned is a shimmery light peach.

tarte away oui go palette 2

left to right:  private chateau, cafe for creme brulee, tea for two, marvel at the Mona Lisa

left to right: private chateau, cafe for creme brulee, tea for two, marvel at the Mona Lisa

irresistible blush

irresistible blush

Eyeshadows:  private chateau is a matte vanilla, café for crème brûlée is a matte golden brown, tea for two is a warm shimmery brown, marvel at the Mona Lisa is a matte chocolate-brown.  Blush:  irresistible is a matte light pink.

tarte away oui go palette 3

left to right:  snow angels in the parc; navigating the Metro; midnight stroll; liaison at the Louvre

left to right: snow angels in the parc, navigating the Metro, midnight stroll, liaison at the Louvre

intrigue blush

intrigue blush

Eyeshadows:  snow Angels in the parc is a light shimmery gold, navigating the Metro is a medium shimmery taupe, midnight stroll is a dark plum with a tiny bit of shimmer, liaison at the Louvre is a matte deep reddish-brown.  Blush:  intrigue is a medium matte pink.

tarte away oui go palette 4

left to right:  Champ-Elysees shopping, stargazing on the Seine, Eiffel Tower engagement, secret soiree

left to right: Champ-Elysees shopping, stargazing on the Seine, Eiffel Tower engagement, secret soiree

limitless blush

limitless blush

Eyeshadows:  Champs-Élysées shopping is a matte clay, stargazing on the Seine is a shimmery light golden brown, Eiffel Tower engagement is a matte greige, secret soiree is a dark shimmery plum.  Blush:  limitless is a shimmery medium peachy-pink.

By the way, did you notice that sells for $48, but it’s a $410 value?  My prediction is these won’t last long.  Get to Ulta and get one for yourself and one for a holiday gift.  It is totally worth it.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

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

*sent for editorial consideration

Tarte Cosmetics Fall 2014 collection review and swatches part two

Yesterday, I reviewed the primers and concealers from the exciting new tarte cosmetics Fall 2014 collection.

tarte fall 2014 collage

Today I have the rest of the items tarte sent us.  I love that the packaging features snake skin, because these products are as adaptable as a snake shedding its skin.tarte fall 2014 best in fauxbest in faux lash extending fibers ($19) is very interesting.  The fibers are black, not white, so it almost seems like putting on two different types of mascara.  Start with the tube of lights, camera, lashes mascara to prep lashes for grabbing onto the fibers, follow with the best in faux fiber wand, then finish with another coat of mascara.

tarte Fall 2014 Best in Faux

tarte Fall 2014 Best in Faux

prep, extend, and finish with tarte Best in Faux

prep, extend, and set with tarte Best in Faux

Typically I have big problems with fiber lash enhancers – the fibers bother my eyes and make them very uncomfortable.  But this system works fantastically for me – big huge lashes that wear perfect through the day with no fallout!

Lots of drama with tarte best in faux

Lots of drama with tarte best in faux

I am totally digging the limited-edition Amazonian clay dual eyeliner ($24).  Holy smokes this is good stuff.

tarte Fall 2014 Duo Eyeliner

tarte Fall 2014 dual eyeliner

tarte Fall 2014 Duo Eyeliner in Brown/Black

tarte Fall 2014 dual eyeliner in brown/black

tarte Fall 2014 Duo Eyeliner Brown/Black swatches

tarte Fall 2014 dual eyeliner brown/black swatches

The dual eyeliner comes in a large glass jar with two shades of gel eyeliner.  I have the brown/black duo.  The brown is not a flat brown, it’s more of a shimmery bronze.  This is a super creamy, easy to apply gel liner that has a little play time before drying down to a smudge-free line that just doesn’t budge.  I love using the black on the top lash line and the brown on the bottom lash line.  This dual liner also comes in a green/black duo and a plum/black duo, and I am most definitely buying both of them.

The colored clay tinted brow gel ($21) was a surprise to me.  I am so used to larger, mascara-sized brushes for brow gels that this tiny little brush took me aback at first.

tarte Fall 2014 Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel

tarte Fall 2014 colored clay tinted brow gel

tarte Fall 2014 Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Medium Brown

tarte Fall 2014 colored clay tinted brow gel in medium brown

The tiny little brush packs a big punch.  I absolutely adore what it does for my brows…they look polished and perfect with just one swipe.  This is a seriously great brow gel that fills in brows and keeps them in place all day.  And the tiny brush is a stroke of genius – the larger ones always leave extra gel that I have to wipe off, so my on-the-thin-side brows love this.

I can’t have a complete eye look without curling my lashes – mine are stick straight without the help.  The be charmed limited edition picture perfect eyelash curler ($19) is a great option that isn’t too small for larger eyes.  Plus, this one includes a removable snake charm and a deluxe size lights, camera, flashes mascara.

tarte Fall 2014 Be Charmed Eyelash Curler

tarte Fall 2014 Be Charmed Eyelash Curler

tarte be charmed eyelash curler with deluxe size lights, camera, flashes mascara

tarte be charmed eyelash curler with deluxe size lights, camera, flashes mascara

tarte be charmed eyelash curler

tarte be charmed eyelash curler

close up of the removable charm

close up of the removable charm

be charmed eyelash curler up close

be charmed eyelash curler up close

Lots of eyelash curlers are too small for my eyes, but the be charmed eyelash curler works with room to spare.  It gives major curl that doesn’t droop by the end of the day.  Take the cool snake charm off and put it on your purse or keychain – snakes are a symbol of spiritual guidance and personal growth, so it’s a perfect reminder that you are on the right path!

wearing best in faux, eyeliner duo, and brow gel

wearing best in faux, dual eyeliner, and colored clay tinted brow gel

lashes curled with be charmed curler, black liner on upper lid, brown liner on lower lid, brow gel and best in faux

lashes curled with be charmed curler, black liner on upper lid, brown liner on lower lid, colored clay tinted brow gel and best in faux

That’s a lot of items for eyes…for lips, the tarte Fall 2014 collection features a new LipSurgence lip gloss ($19) shade, Envy.

tarte lipsurgence in envy

tarte LipSurgence in envy – check out the gold snake-skin cap!

tarte lipsurgence in envy

tarte LipSurgence in envy

tarte lipsurgence in envy swatched

tarte LipSurgence in envy swatched

wearing tarte lipsurgence in envy

wearing tarte LipSurgence in envy

envy is a matte yet shiny mauve berry shade.  It’s a natural shade that gives lips a little ‘oomph’ of color plus a lot of glossy shine.  It keeps my lips looking and feeling moist and lush.  Love it.

Overall, the tarte cosmetics Fall 2014 collection is pretty darn fabulous.  The biggest surprises for me were the dual eyeliner and the colored clay brow gel.  I think my favorite items are the best in faux lash fibers and the be charmed eyelash curler…although there isn’t a clunker in the bunch.  tarte has definitely outdone themselves with this collection.  Thumbs up!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

tarte cosmetics 'eye of the day' with the Fall 2014 collection

tarte cosmetics ‘eye of the day’ with the Fall 2014 collection

10 Budget Friendly Back-to-School Beauty Essentials

Whether you or your kids are going back to school or off to college, it’s the perfect time of year to find deals on essential beauty products.  The Meijer Beauty team challenged me to find my top back-to-school picks, and it was gratifying to see my must-have bath, body and color items with wonderful prices.  Considering I work in a high school and have kids in both college and middle school, I am all about finding the best products at the right price.  Drumroll please…my top ten recommendations for essential (and budget friendly) back-to-school products.

Soap for school:  J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap and I love...Coconut & Cream Shower Gel

Soap for school: J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap and I love…Coconut & Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Cream

1.  J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap ($4.99, I got it at Meijer for $4.49)  The reason I first bought this hand soap was for the awesome vintage label.  The reason I keep buying it?  It’s excellent foaming hand soap, especially for the price.  The soap in public buildings like schools is usually pretty rough stuff, I wash my hands all the time.  My solution is to bring my own.  I keep this soap in my office, and it would fit nicely into a locker.  I like the Aloe and Green Tea scent as a real mood enhancer to help get the school year off right.

2.  I love…Coconut & Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Cream ($7.29)  This British brand is soooo good…doesn’t the packaging look like the Philosophy bottles?  I actually prefer the I love… brand, and it is so much more affordable.  I start my day with a shower then end it with a bubble bath, and the Coconut & Cream scent takes me right back onto vacation.

Necessities for school

Necessities for school

3.  Goody 50 piece Ouchless No Metal Elastics ($2.19, but I got mine at Meijer for $1.10!)  The perfect way to hide morning bedhead is with a ponytail or bun…and these Ouchless Elastics don’t snag, pull, or break hair strands.

4.  Nivea Lip Butter in Caramel Cream Kiss ($3.99)  This super cute lip butter has only been available in the U.S. for about a year, and I am so happy it’s easily found now!  It has great slip and keeps lips soft and moist, plus it tastes like caramel toffee.  Yum.

5.  Meijer Hand Sanitizer ($1.19)  This is simply a must-have for purses and backpacks.  You never know who was sitting in that desk or what nose they were picking…eewwwwww.

Perfect colors for back to school!

Perfect colors for back to school!

Nudes and deep pinks

Nudes and berries

6.  Cover Girl Bombshell Volume by Lashblast Mascara ($9.39)  I think this is the best drugstore mascara out there.  One end is the base coat, which gives definition and length perfect for casual days.  When I want more oomph – and I mean fantastic oomph – I use the other end, the intensifying top coat.  This side darkens lashes and provides mega-drama without any flakes or smearing.

Physician's Formula Nude Eyes

Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes

Nude Eyes - gorgeous.

Nude Eyes – gorgeous.

7.  Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes ($9.99, but I got mine at Meijer for an incredible $6.99)  I am loving neutral, nude eyes with berry cheeks for the fall, and this nude eyeshadow palette is to die for.  Is it reminding you of the Urban Decay Naked2 palette?  Yup, me too, but this is way cheaper with the same quality.  Use these shadows dry or wet for more intensity, and keep the palette sitting out because the packaging is stunning.

Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose

Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose

8.  Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose ($8.29)  Just check out the gorgeousness of this mosaic highlighter/blush.  The soft, creamy shades can be used alone, but I like to swirl a big brush over the whole thing for a beautiful berry glow on my cheeks.

Nicole by OPI mani and pedi shades for school

Nicole by OPI mani and pedi shades for school

9 and 10.  Nicole by OPI Nail Polish in Sing You Like a Bee and Cocoa a Gogo ($5.99 each)  Going back to school is an awesome reason to treat yourself to a manicure and a pedicure, and these two shades are perfect for a nude and berry combo.

Sing You Like a Bee

Sing You Like a Bee

Sing You Like a Bee is from the Carrie Underwood collection.  This is a gorgeous sheer white with golden shimmers.  It is a beautiful shimmery nude look by itself, and it makes a perfect top layer over pretty much any color.

Cocoa a Gogo

Cocoa a Gogo

Cocoa a Gogo is a shimmery chocolate-brown that I love for pedicures…and it is the perfect color for transitioning into cool days and cozy nights by the fire.  Even better, it smells like cinnamon!

Not only are these ten products essentials, it also costs less than $55 to purchase them all at Meijer.  Get your style on for back to school and save money too!

Be sure to check out MeijerStyle.com the last week in August for a post with links to lots of blogger Back-to-School articles – one lucky person who comments on the MeijerStyle.com post will receive a gift basket of Back-to-School/Back-to-College products.  – Lisa

*products reviewed courtesty of Meijer, opinions and selection of items all my own!

Drama or not? Your choice with Ellis Faas Mascara

 

Ellis Faas

I have long been a big fan of Ellis Faas Mascara. I love the long wand, which makes it easier for me to reach those smaller lashes. I love the way it lengthens like crazy. I love how while it’s not waterproof, it stays on without smearing all day. In fact, since it isn’t waterproof it is extremely easy to remove. I love how it separates lashes and holds the curl. I also love how it seems to last forever…twice as long as any other tube of mascara.

Ellis Faas Mascara

Ellis Faas Mascara

Ellis Faas mascara 2Now there is even more to love, because I have discovered it comes in two colors that give me the option of drama or no drama:  E401 Black and E402 Milk Chocolate ($34).

Brown and Black

Milk Chocolate and Black

The Black shade is a glossy black that is fantastic for lengthening and separating. It gives all kinds of drama with just one coat, and it’s easy to amp up the drama with more because it never flakes or clumps.

Ellis Faas eyes

Ellis Faas Black Mascara

The Milk Chocolate shade is fabulous for days when I want lashes, I want some definition, but I just don’t need any drama. It’s the perfect ‘daytime’ or weekend mascara. The brush is a little different from the one for the Black shade, it is a little longer and skinnier.

Brown

Less drama – Milk Chocolate Mascara

See the difference? Milk Chocolate give me quiet, soft lashes that are still there, while Black gives me living large lashes all the way up to my eyebrows.

Milk Chocolate on the left, Black on the right

Milk Chocolate on the left, Black on the right

These two mascaras suit both sides of my personality – the quiet side and the party side. Which one do think would suit you best?  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS – Senegalese acacia, natural waxes and filming agents.

Ingredients:

Aqua, Synthetic Beeswax, Paraffin, Stearic Acid, Acacia Senegal, Triethanolamine, Butylene Glycol, Cera Carnauba, Glyceryl Stearate, Polybutene, Vp/Eicosene Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethycellulose, Methyparaben, Propylparaben, Mica. May Contain [+/-] CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77007 (Ultramarine Blue), CI 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens), CI 77289 (Chromium Hydroxine Green)