6 beauty essentials for a summer getaway!

6 Beauty Essentials for a Summer Getaway!In my book summer isn’t over until after Labor Day Weekend, so there is still plenty of time to go on summer weekend getaway! Whether it’s to the city, a cabin, or the beach, there are six beauty products that I always have in my bag.

Red Oxx Gator Carry On BagSpeaking of bags, I truly believe I have found the perfect one:  the Red Oxx Gator Carry On Bag ($125). I bought this in red for a recent trip to Spain and it was PERFECT. I could not believe how many things I could stuff into this rugged little baby and still have room. It’s exactly what you need for a weekend getaway – room for all your clothes and your products, and it is the size of a large purse.

Six summer getaway beauty essentialsAlong with the perfect bag, here are six products I was sent to test that you will want to always have packed so you can just grab and go on any last-minute adventure:Design.Me Puff.Me Volumizing Cloud Mist

  1.  Design.Me Puff.Me ($20): This is a tiny but mighty bottle of hair rescue. The spray powder not only soaks up oil and dirt, it also volumizes and gives hair wonderful texture. Bring this instead of bottles of shampoo and conditioner. Puff.Me is available in Cosmoprof stores nationally. I hear that Design.Me is launching other new professional products soon and I can’t wait.Me Clear Spot Treatment DeviceMe Clear Spot Treatment DeviceMe Clear Spot Treatment Device
  2. Me Clear Spot Treatment Device ($60):  An absolute must for any trip! This small device is exactly what you need when you get that one big zit brewing under your skin. You know how that goes…everything is great until you feel a little pressure, a little soreness, and you realize there is a mega-blemish brewing that is going to totally ruin your weekend. The Me Clear Spot Treatment Device is your savior.  Me Clear Spot Treatment DeviceJust press it against the area and the blue light goes to work, painlessly and quickly – the blue LED light makes eruptions vanish overnight through a combination of blue light, sonic vibration, and gentle warming. Standing there for the full two minutes can seem a little tedious, but I am astounded by the results and will never be without this gem.Saje Pocket PharmacySaje Pocket Pharmacy
  3. Saje Pocket Pharmacy ($59.95):  Despite every effort, getting sick on a vacation happens. This awesome little pharmacy has therapeutic remedy roll-ons:
    Peppermint Halo – headache relief
    Stress Release – promotes relaxation 
    Pain Release – reduce inflammation and muscle pain 
    Immune – helps alleviate cold symptoms 
    Eater’s Digest – helps soothe upset stomachs 

    So go ahead and eat too much, drink too much, stay up too long…there’s a remedy for every symptom of partying too much and having more fun that a person probably should.Soap & Paper Factory Jasmine Perfume Oil

  4. Soap & Paper Factory Jasmine Perfume Oil ($16):  It is impossible to describe how amazing this jasmine scent is. It really is a little bottle of summer and tucks so nicely away in a bag or pocket. One discreet roll onto wrists and behind the ears is all you need to smell beyond amazing.Rimmel Kate Sculpting and Highlighting Kit in Coral GlowRimmel Kate Sculpting and Highlighting Kit
  5. Rimmel Kate Sculpting and Highlighting Kit in Coral Glow ($7):  This beautiful Kate Moss palette has three shades for highlighting, contouring, and defining cheeks. You won’t need a separate eyeshadow palette – just use your fingers and pat onto eyelids for a beautiful glowy look.Rimmel Super Curler Mascara
  6. Rimmel Super Curler Mascara ($6): Even on the most low maintenance vacations I always make sure to put on some mascara. This mascara lifts so I don’t even bring an eyelash curler, and it really lasts in the heat.

Now keep that bag packed with these essentials and you’ll just need to throw in some shorts, a bathing suit, and a cover up (my picks below!!) for an awesome summer getaway.  – Lisa

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True Religion Joey ShortsMisa Dali Cover Up DressStella McCartney Wrap Swimsuit

How BioRepublic and Shea Moisture are beautifying eyes this summer

Anyone who knows me knows that I’d rather have great looking eye makeup than any other products. I love all cosmetics but when it comes to eyes, that’s the cat’s meow. Luckily for me I’ve been sent two products that are making my eyes stand out more than ever.

BioRepublic Lost Baggage Eye Masks

BioRepublic Lost Baggage Eye Masks

As a mask lover I was thrilled to be able to try the BioRepublic Lost Baggage Under Eye Emergency Repair Masks . I’m all about masks and not many are made to specifically make your eyes look better. With puffiness and dark circles as a constant reminder finding this mask is terrific. I was totally surprised at how much serum was inside the package enough that I cheated and put them back into the package after and used them a second time.

BioRepublic Lost Baggage

BioRepublic Lost Baggage

BioRepublic Lost Baggage Eye Mask

BioRepublic Lost Baggage Eye Mask

According to BioRepublic they’ve included over half a bottle of revitalizing serum into each mask package. The restorative infusion consists of peptides, elastin, hyaluronic acid, and Vitamin E. The actual mask is made from 100% pure biocellulose hydrogel material, which is known for its ability to absorb and lock in moisture. After 15-20 minutes you will see a difference. My eyes look so much more hydrated. Most of the darkness and puffiness is gone so I’m ready to face the day or night.

BioRepublic Lost Baggage Eye Masks

BioRepublic Lost Baggage Eye Masks

These are sold in a set of 10 packages on BioRepublic’s website for $44.95 with free shipping. First time buyers can sign up to get 20% off on their website which is a great help. Bloomingdale’s sells individual masks for just $5 in case you want to start off slow and they have free shipping through 8/3.

Ingredient list: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Algin, Chlorphenesin, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Mannitol /Sodium Citrate /Acetyl Tetrapeptide-15, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyloyl Hydroxythreonine, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminohydroxybutyrate, Olea Europaea Husk Oil /Tocopherol , Maltodextrin, Isopropyl Cresol (o-Cymen-5-Ol), Fragrance

Formulation Facts:

  • Formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Pthalates, or Triclosan.
  • 100% cruelty-free.
  • No synthetic preservatives, fragrances, PEGs, Butylene Glycol, or Propylene Glycol.
  • High % of active ingredients.
  • Professional grade product.
  • Dermatologist tested for safety.
Shea Moisture Absolute Volumizing Mascara

Shea Moisture Absolute Volumizing Mascara

Now it’s time for eye makeup and having a great mascara seals the deal for me. Try as I might, without mascara my eyes disappear. Shea Moisture Absolute Volumizing Mascara is the one I’m using now and I’m loving how my eyes look. What I like about the mascara is that it’s been formulated with ingredients that are good for lashes. It contains Shea butter, vitamin E, panthenol, aloe vera leaf juice and nettle extract. These are all included to help condition and strengthen lashes. But it’s the performance that we are all really looking for.

Shea Moisture Absolute Volumizing Mascara wand

Shea Moisture Absolute Volumizing Mascara wand

I usually use two generous coats of mascara and find that’s the perfect amount for this one. At two coats I get terrific definition, a good amount of length and volume. What I don’t get is really important to me and that means no clumping or smearing. At the end of the day I’ll sometimes find some small flakes under my eyes but I’m pretty sure it’s my eyeliner and not this mascara.

wearing Shea Moisture Absolute Volumizing Mascara

wearing Shea Moisture Absolute Volumizing Mascara

This is sold at Ulta for $8.99 and right now they have Shea Moisture at Buy One, Get 40% off a second Shea Moisture product.

  • Rich, long wear formula and specially designed brush with additional bristles at the tip to build each lash to maximum volume with no clumping
  • Key ingredients: nourishing Shea butter; vitamin E and panthenol to condition and protect lashes; nettle extract, aloe leaf juice and zizyphus jujuba extract to strengthen lashes
  • Free of parabens, paraffin, talc, gluten, sulfates, silicone, phthalates, mineral oil, phenoxyethanol, carbon black, TEA and synthetic fragrance
  • Hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, dermatologist tested

What have you done for your eyes lately? Do you treat yourself with a mask or a new mascara? It’s time you did.– Marcia

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Pack your tiniest bags for a trip with Stowaway Cosmetics

Stowaway CosmeticsSTOWAWAY Cosmetics call themselves the Right Size Makeup Company for a good reason. All their products are small enough to stow away in a purse, pocket, or cosmetic bag. They are small yet powerful and a great size for those of us with commitment issues, overnights, quick trips, workout trips, and more.

Our product formulas are simple, refined, and hardworking, eliminating any guesswork and offering just beautiful solutions. They are packaged in a thoughtful, minimalist, and portable way—because you are busy and are doing big things. Stowaway knows that if you’re on-the-move, your beauty products are too. Stowaway is a cosmetics brand built on the philosophy that makeup should be designed to go wherever women go. Finally, the makeup you love in the sizes you can carry.

We were sent some of their products which we are happily using. We love the concept of having products that we can actually use up before trying something else. As makeup bloggers and makeup junkies STOWAWAY COSMETICS is just right for us too.

Marcia loves eyeshadow – STOWAWAY ESSENTIAL EYE PALETTE

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

No surprise to any Beauty Info Zone readers but when we received a box (tiny box) from Stowaway I wanted the eyeshadow palette instantly. Lisa allowed me to have my wish since she ended up with a very nice collection of products that you’ll soon see.

The eyeshadow palette is the size of a credit card. A long time ago Trish McEvoy used to sell palettes this size for double the price of the Stowaway Essential Eye Palette. At $25 this might seem high because of the size but when you see how useful this is, you won’t think twice about the cost.

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Inside the palette are 4 shimmer shadows on the top row and 4 matte shadows on the bottom. At first I was a bit dismayed when 0pening since the shimmers looked like glitters. My dismay turned to pleasure once I applied these and saw that they not only glided on with ease but they were shimmery without being glittery.

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette shimmer shadow swatches

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette shimmer shadow swatches

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

S1 is a light creamy linen shade. I had trouble showing it on my arm which is fine with me since I like the subtlety of it. S2 is a very pretty rose gold that I love on my lid. S3 is more of a golden brown which can be intensified or worn as is. This is a great crease shade for me. S4 is the darkest of the shimmers and harder to categorize color wise. The swatch looks brown but there’s a lot of purple in this shade.

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette all swatches

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette all swatches

The bottom row are the mattes but they apply and look more like satins except for the black shade. They all have a silkiness to them that make them easy to wear and easy to work with. M1 is a milk chocolate with a touch of cream added to it. M2 is a darker milk chocolate so they left out the cream! M3 is the darkest of the browns. On my eyes it looks warm as I see some burnished undertones. M4 is a matte black. The pigment is great and works well as an eyeliner but the texture is harder than the other shadows.

Wearing S1, S2, and S4

Wearing S1, S2, and S4

In spite of the blazing heat we’ve been having, these last very well and don’t need touch up. But rest assured, when we need touch up we can easily find it in this pint size palette.

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Stowaway Cosmetics

Lisa loves the Pretty in Pink Set STOWAWAY CREAM LIPSTICK, EFFORTLESS EYELINERMASCARA, CHEEK & LIP ROUGE

Spain

I recently had a wonderful reason to fully appreciate the size and quality of Stowaway Cosmetics products, because I took a trip to Spain with my mom. There we are, inside the Palacio Real de Madrid. Getting to Spain was interesting as I had never traveled to Europe before and I was determined to bring only one bag that I didn’t have to check. Have you tried packing for a nine-day trip with just one carry on bag?? It was a challenge but oh so freeing once I achieved it! Stowaway Cosmetics constituted my only lipstick, blush, eyeliner and mascara (ok I lied…I also brought one other eyeliner!). But the size of these gems is incredible and the quality is definitely impressive.

SpainI walked, on average, 10 miles each day through the streets of Madrid, Segovia, and Toledo in stultifying heat, and Stowaway never let me down! The Cream Lipstick ($15) has wonderful pigmentation and is hydrating, so even those 100 degree days didn’t dry out my lips. The size is small but the lipstick is mighty and I love the pinky/peach Peony shade.Stowaway Cosmetics Cream Lipstick in Peony

I love a multi-tasker, so the creamy Cheek and Lip Rouge ($15) is a favorite. Again, small but mighty – the pot is about 1/3 the size of a typical blush. My shade is the pretty pinky/peach Peony, and it looks lovely on cheeks and as a lip stain.Stowaway Cosmetics Cheek and Lip Rouge and Mascara

 I tested two products for eyes – the Extreme Lash Mascara ($12) and the Effortless Eyeliner ($10). The mascara is terrific! It has thickening fibers so it makes lashes lush and long, and the brush has a thick and a thin side, making application easy. The mascara lasts all day without smudging or smearing.

Stowaway Cosmetics Effortless EyelinerStowaway Cosmetics Effortless EyelinerStowaway Cosmetics Effortless Eyeliner

You will be shocked at the size of the Effortless Eyeliner ($10) – it’s literally the size of a q-tip! No need to sharpen this gel-textured pencil and it glides on beautifully. The Spice shade is a gorgeous shimmery copper that doesn’t smudge once it sets, which takes less than a minute.
Spain
I can’t imagine taking another trip without my Stowaway Cosmetics. No matter how tiny your bags are, you never have to be without great color products so you can rock any country you choose to explore!!
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I got Tyra mail! B.I.G. Lashes Silk Extension System

about_bgI have admired Tyra Banks forever and of course watched every season of America’s Next Top Model. I was sooo excited to try her cosmetics line, which is all about beauty (something I strive for), business (cause women are a force to contend with), and badassery (because who doesn’t want to be BAD ASS??).                                                                                                                         pr sample

Tyra Beauty BIG Lashes System

My first review is for Tyra’s B.I.G. Lashes Silk Extension System ($50). Yup, it’s easy now to smize with this lash thickening and extending system. I’ve tried silk extensions before, and while they gave me better lashes, they also gave me some issues with my contact lenses, so I was hoping Tyra’s would be more eyeball friendly.

B.I.G. Lashes Silk Extension System

B.I.G. stands for Beyond Insanely Ginormous. This two-part system includes B.I.G. Lashes Extending Mascara and B.I.G. Lashes Silk Extensions. First, you apply the Silk Extensions from mid-lash upward. This is so important…the silk fibers lengthen lashes, but by avoiding the root of the lashes, silk fibers don’t into the eyes.

B.I.G. Lashes Silk Extension System

After the first silk fiber application, you apply the Extending Mascara from root to ends. This mascara has a thin brush, and the formula thickens and separates lashes. Follow with the Silk Extensions again from mid-lash to top, and then one more coat of the Extending Mascara. Oh yes, lashes are super long, super thick, and just plain super. Plus, NO smudging!!

Tyra Beauty BIG Lashes

B.I.G. Lashes Silk Extensions is an improvement on the silk extensions of old because it has a conditioning primer than fuses the silk fibers to lashes, so there isn’t that fallout. It also doesn’t dry out lashes – in fact, it has conditioning ingredients that improve lash health.

Wearing Tyra Beauty Big Lash Silk Extension System

Wearing Tyra Beauty Big Lash Silk Extension System

Smize!

Smize!

I am definitely impressed with the Tyra Beauty Big Lash Silk Extension System.  If you want big, thick, fat lashes that are about as long as you can get them, be sure to try this out.  – Lisa

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6/25/16 IT Cosmetics has a Customer Favorites TSV #ITsYourCustomerFavorites

IT Cosmetics Customer Favorites 4 Piece CollectionWe can’t wait to tell you about the latest IT Cosmetics Collection!  The IT’s Your Customer Favorites! Four-Piece Collection set is available for one day only – today! – as a Today’s Special Value.  Here’s the overview:

Inspired by you, the IT Cosmetics™ IT’s Your Customer Favorites! Four-Piece Collection features two of your most-loved products, plus two new game-changers for your beautiful eyes, your beautiful smile, your beautifulyou!  Best-selling Tightline™ gets to the root of your lashes for instant definition, while IT Girl™ favorite CC+ Illumination™—supersized for the first time!—delivers full coverage and a radiant, lit-from-within glow. Also included is new Je Ne Sais Quoi™, a color-infused lip treatment that helps hydrate and revives the look of your lips with a hint of color.. And, because you deserve IT, new Heavenly Skin™ CC+™ Skin-Perfecting Brush does the work for you to create your most flawless complexion every time!

We love the items in this collection and the price is great at $72.50 for four excellent products.  Lisa does lips and eyes and Marcia does face!

LISA REPORTS IN:

IT Cosmetics Customer Favorites 4 Piece Collection

This collection features fan favorites and I am a huge fan of the Tightline™. This thin wand does some amazing things – it is the perfect mascara for lower lashes, and it also primes upper lashes for thickening mascara. What it does best, though, is tightline the upper lid.

IT Cosmetics Tightline™

IT Cosmetics Tightline™

IT Cosmetics Tightline™ Wand

IT Cosmetics Tightline™ Wand

I just lift my lid up a bit, then sort of wiggle the wand along the base. Tightlining was always a chore, but it’s unreal how easy it is with this awesome baby! Tightlining really defines eyes and makes them look incredible. In this pick, I have no eyeliner on – just tightliner and some mascara.

IT Cosmetics Tightliner

A new favorite for me is the Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment.  

Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment

Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment swatch

Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment swatch

I’ve been a big fan of all the Je Ne Sais Quoi™ lip products in the past and this one is a great addition. It’s not a lipstick, it’s a super hydrating lip balm that gives just a hint of color to lips. It really feels amazing on and gives a great slip to lips. I have extremely pale and colorless lips to begin with, so I wish this had even more of a tint, but anyone with a little natural color to their lips will love it. The packaging is superb. I love how the cap clicks into place so there is no chance this will come apart in your purse. Even the box is awesome – love the little inspiration message!IT Cosmetics

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What’s especially fun about this 4 piece collection from IT Cosmetics is that it’s a twist on favorites. There are new favorites and old favorites. My old favorite is the Supersize CC+ Illumination Color Correcting Illuminating Full Coverage Cream SPF 50+. Now that’s a mouthful.

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream

CC+ Illumination CC Cream has been a favorite of mine since last summer. I’ve been crazy about IT’s CC Cream since the very beginning and the Illuminating version makes it that much better especially in the sunnier months. This is an all-in-one product since it contains

*anti-aging serum

*a moisturizing day cream

*skin-perfecting primer

*skin-brightening serum

*color corrector

*full coverage

*SPF 50+ broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream in Fair

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream in Fair

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream in Fair

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream in Fair

All this in a supersize 2.53 fl oz size. The normal size, 1.08 fl oz, is left behind in the dust with this supersize one. The original costs $38 so one more than double the size makes this an exceptional bargain when you realize the entire TSV costs $59.94. I love the application of this CC+ Cream as well as the coverage. It’s an all day deal for me plus Fair is truly fair. It’s also available in Light, Medium, Tan, and Rich. The lighter color sets sell out quickly though so grab it now.

My new favorite: Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush.

Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush

Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush

It’s almost an oxymoron to call something a favorite and say it’s new. But IT Cosmetics has a line of brushes that are not to be believed. This cruelty free brush has a custom cut brush head. The application of the CC+ Cream with this brush is definitely heavenly. The soft brush hugs the natural contours of your face. This brush gives me an airbrushed finish. To have this along with the IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream is perfection. You’ll use this brush over and over and over.

IT Cosmetics’ TSV will be available only on 6/25. The number of the set is A278194. Whenever we are lucky enough to share the TSV with you in advance we always worry that you won’t understand what a great value this is and how quickly it sells out. Be sure you don’t make us worry!!

Direct link for purchase HERE

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Sweethearts, Love, and Sex from Too Faced #beautybrands

Sweethearts, Love and Sex from Too Faced*received for editorial consideration

Looking for someone to be your sweetheart? Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now? Too Faced will set your heart racing with Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush, Love Eyeshadow Palette, and Better Than Sex Mascara.

Apparently I was looking for some action when I chose this trio from Beauty Brands…I love the combo visually, and it’s so fun to use all three when creating a makeup look for the night. Read on for some serious eye candy!

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Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush ($30) The packaging is absolutely adorable, and the blush is a beautiful combo of peach and pink. You can use each shade separately but why? A swipe over all three shades creates a perfect flush.

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Perfect shade for any skin tone
– Multi-dimenstional
– Long-lasting
– Hydrating
– Easy application
– Hydrates and brightens skin
– Imparts a natural glow

This is a baked blush, which results in great pigmentation. The formula also has the moisturizing Lingonberry that helps create that ‘in love’ flush.

Too Faced Love Eyeshadow Palette

Love Palette ($49):  How do I love thee? So many ways I can’t even count them!! This awesome eyeshadow palette has gorgeous packaging, three different sets of eyeshadow combos, a nice mirror, and a pencil eyeliner. It’s marriage material — the total package.

Too Faced Love Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Love Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Love Eyeshadow Palette

15 different eyeshadows in shimmer, pearl, and matte finishes…oh yes, my heart is definitely going pitter-patter!Too Faced Love Eyeshadow PaletteToo Faced Love Eyeshadow PaletteToo Faced Love Eyeshadow Palette

  • Advanced slurry technology transforms a liquid powder blend into silky, lightweight powders for
  • multidimensional, intense color payoff
  • • 15 passionately pigmented with shades in shimmer, pearl and matte finishes
  • • Includes an exclusive, full size black Perfect Eyes Eye Liner dressed in Love
  • • Signature how-to Glamour Guide offers step-by-step application instructions for creating six
  • love-worthy looks

Too Faced Love Eyeshadow PaletteToo Faced Love Eyeshadow PaletteThe slurry powder technology is definitely interesting, and I find that I don’t need a primer for the eyeshadows to stay true. I love the combination of demure and intense shades. I use this palette all the time and the black eyeliner with a perfect blending tip is a bonus.

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

Better than Sex Mascara ($23) Wow I love this mascara. The hourglass-shaped brush was designed to mimic that 36-24-36 figure, and the result is the bristles really grab lashes for dramatic impact.
Carbon black
– Hour-glass shaped brush
– Enhances curl
– Adds volume and length to lashes
– Increases volume by 1,944%
– Smudge-proof
– Provides an all day wear
– Collagen- fueled formula
– Buildable application
– Creates a multidimensional, oversized look to lashes that is better than sex!

This mascara is pretty close to perfect – it gives long, thick, defined lashes and doesn’t smudge no matter how much you sweat. Is it better than sex?  Well, it’s better than almost all the mascaras I have ever tried. Sexy yes and it’s also true love.

Whether you are looking for instant gratification or for a life partner, Too Faced has everything you need!  You can find all of these products at Beauty Brands online. Get ready to meet the love of your life.  – Lisa

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Are you ready for Covergirl’s Katy Perry collection, Katy Kat?

Summer 2016 brings us a Covergirl collection that is unlike any other. Together with Katy Perry they are developing a line that combines Katy’s creativity and with their beauty expertise. Covergirl has been shining for the past year and the Katy Kat Collection is one-of-a-kind.

Covergirl - be a Katy Kat

Covergirl – be a Katy Kat

Katy Perry has been a superstar for Covergirl for a long time so it’s fun to see what she’s experimented with to bring her own touch to a normally staid line. It starts with the Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks, includes products that she’s helped spruce up, and ends with a new mascara. With her pizzazz there’s a lot more to be excited about with Covergirl. This week Covergirl is Buy 2 Get 1 Free at Ulta which you’ll want to take advantage of with all these beauties.

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Let’s start with her line of Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks. There are 11 shades that cover the gamut of colors that you’d love. These lipsticks are a demi-matte finish so they don’t look drying, instead they have the qualities of matte (being longer lasting and trendy) but still enough softness that they are moisturizing. I love the names of these lipsticks (Kitty Purry, Pink Paws, Cat Call, and more). I was sent the least Marcia color but the most Katy color: Perry Panther.

Covergirl Perry Panther from Katy Kat

Covergirl Perry Panther from Katy Kat

I’m not exactly a black lipstick wearer but I now know enough to purchase a shade like Katy Purry for $6.99 – 8.99. It isn’t a harsh matte, it has a soft fragrance, and it applies easily. The lipsticks are all moisturizing and great shades that you can wear with comfort. The packaging is new and doesn’t look like a drugstore product at all.

Covergirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick

Covergirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick

The next product developed for Katy Kat is their newest mascara which comes in both black and Perry Blue. KATY KAT EYE MASCARA is due soon and will be $6.99-$8.99 depending where you find it. This is a long wear mascara although it’s not considered to be waterproof. Covergirl says this has 10x the volume thanks to a helix shaped twisted wire brush. The brush’s bristles aren’t too long in order to make it easier to comb through and then pull your lashes up and out. Concentrate this on your outer lashes to get that cat eye look that Katy is famous for.

Covergirl Katy Kat Eye mascara in Perry Blue

Covergirl Katy Kat Eye mascara in Perry Blue

Katy says it best on the back of the package:

Covergirl Katy Kat Eye mascara

Covergirl Katy Kat Eye mascara

Covergirl Katy Kat Eye

Covergirl Katy Kat Eye

Next up is the wonderful Liquilineblast eyeliner pencil which has been around for a while but when you take this newer shade of Blue Boom and put it with Katy Kat Perry Blue Mascara you’ve got a winning combination. Liquilineblast lasts about 8 hours but only on my top lashline. I smudged it on the bottom and it oversmudged and didn’t last that long for me. I advise using a very sharp sharpener with these, the best you have, so you don’t waste this unique shade.

Covergirl Liquilineblast eyeliner pencil

Covergirl Liquilineblast eyeliner pencil

Covergirl Katy Kat Mascara in Perry Blue and Liquilineblast eyeliner pencil in Blue Boom

Covergirl Katy Kat Mascara in Perry Blue and Liquilineblast eyeliner pencil in Blue Boom

At Ulta you’ll find a new foundation called Ready Set Gorgeous.This is available in 12 shades and I was sent 3 to test: 115 Buff Beige, 205 Natural Beige, and 210 Medium Beige.

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Oil Free Foundation

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Oil Free Foundation

covergirl ready set gorgeous foundation swatches

Even though these are all darker than I normally wear I was still impressed enough with the oil-free finish and how easy it was to blend on my face. I added a little bit of my Manic Panic Dreamtone White Foundation to lighten 115 and it worked beautifully.

Now that you have your Katy Kat eyes and lips plus a new foundation you need their Tru Blend Blush and Bronzer – really you do!

Covergirl Tru Blend Blush and Bronzer

Covergirl Tru Blend Blush and Bronzer

Tru Blend Blush is available in three swirly shades: Light Rose, Medium Rose, and Deep Mauve. I was sent Medium Rose and it’s just beautiful. I can apply it with a feathery brush to create a light pink or use my regular blush brush for a deeper pink. Whichever I’ve done has been perfect.

  • Ultra blendable
  • Blends instantly – no blush lines
  • Baked minerals refined into a powder formula
  • Oil-free & suitable for sensitive skin
    Medium Rose Tru Blend Blush from Covergirl

    Medium Rose Tru Blend Blush from Covergirl

    Tru Blend Bronzer from Covergirl

    Tru Blend Bronzer from Covergirl

    Tru Blend Bronzer is just as easy to wear as the blush. Both the blush and the bronzer are baked and the pigmentation is wonderful. There’s no shimmer but there’s a satiny finish that gives me some glow. What I love about this is that there’s no orange at all – just a beautiful golden bronze that I can lightly use to perk up my ghostly skin.

    Covergirl Tru Blend Medium Rose blush and Bronzer

    Covergirl Tru Blend Medium Rose blush and Bronzer

    One last Covergirl product that I think you should definitely be picking up is their Trunaked Nudes eyeshadow palette. I’ve previously reviewed this and continue to wear it often. It is such a great basic palette to have, one you could count on for every occasion.

    Covergirl Trunaked Nudes palette

    Covergirl Trunaked Nudes palette

    Covergirl Nudes - Shell, Buff, Fawn, Champagne on top - Coffee, Mink, Sable, Cocoa on bottom

    Covergirl Nudes – Shell, Buff, Fawn, Champagne on top – Coffee, Mink, Sable, Cocoa on bottom

    With the holiday weekend coming up it’s always fun to have a few new cosmetic items and Covergirl won’t break the bank. They are on trend with quality formulas and fun. Katy Perry fun!  —  Marcia

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