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One of our favorite Vegan, cruelty-free lines is PACIFICA. They are all about serving the highest good of both women and the environment. Their products are 100% Vegan, cruelty-free and certified by PETA.
I love their cleansing wipes and now they are moving fast to the top of my list for their cosmetics. I have some excellent products to tell you about today because they sent me some great items to test – Power of Love Eyeshadow Palette, Natural Eye Pencils, and Stellar Gaze Mascara.
Marcia wrote about the beautiful Power of Love Eyeshadow Palette ($19.99), which you can read HERE. This beautiful palette is full of creamy matte and shimmery eyeshadows: Mysterious, Bare, Falling Star, Spirited, Devoted, Shine On, Treasure, Crush, Soul, and Luna. This is a beautiful palette with a great combination of every day and dramatic shades.
The Natural Eye Pencils ($11) are highly pigmented and go on wonderfully smooth. The color lasts for a very long time – I find they wear as long as gel liner does for me without any smudging. Plus, they have excellent ingredients including Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Vitamin E and Vitamin C. Fringe is a deep brown and Jet is a dark black. If you are a fan of eye lining pencils, these are a real treat.
I am so picky about mascara…I want length, volume, and most importantly no smudging. Pacifica Stellar Gaze Mascara ($14) does everything I want and at a great price too. It has a big thick brush and this mineral mascara has coconut oil and vitamin B to condition and strengthen lashes.
In the top pic I am wearing Fringe Eyeliner and in the bottom pick I am wearing Jet. I am wearing Stellar Gaze Mascara in both, although only on my top lashes. I rarely do my bottom lashes because with mascara they are so long they look kind of freaky. You will also be happy to know that I sported this look – a different shade of eyeliner on each eye – to both the gas station and the grocery store, totally forgetting I had one eye lined with Fringe and one with Jet for blog photos. Now no one has any doubt at all about the depth of my weirdness.
I am really impressed with Pacifica. It’s a great vegan and cruelty-free line with wonderful beauty products. You can find Pacifica online and at stores like Target, Ulta, and Whole Foods. – Lisa
*received for editorial consideration @ILovePacifica
Summer means fun, bright, shimmery color…and Hard Candy has all that at the best prices you can find! You really can’t go wrong with such affordable cosmetics. This is the line for going out of your comfort zone and trying some things you normally wouldn’t reach for at the store.
Hard Candy sent us some items to try and these are the ones that put me right into a party mood.
SO BAKED BRONZER in Tropic is a huge shimmery golden baked bronzer. This works great as a highlighter, creating a perfect ‘gleam’ especially for darker skin tones. So Baked Bronzer is very long-lasting and it’s such a big pan that this $9 bronzer will probably last for years! Every summer party needs some golden shimmer and this is the perfect answer.
I still can’t get over the fact that the MOD QUAD EYE SHADOW PALETTE is just $4.50. I mean seriously. It comes in several shade options but the one for summer fun is Smoke & Mirrors. Again, $4.50 for a beautiful smoky eye?? And look at the kicky snake-skin packaging! Use these shadows wet for some extra drama.
POPPIN PIGMENTS are beautiful. Glitter typically scares me, but these are so gorgeous I was thrilled to make them mine. Land and Sea is a combo of shimmery silver and ocean blue; King Me is a purple-pink and a blackened silver.
I am a little too old to wear these as eyeshadows, although those who can get away with glitter will love these. The glitter isn’t too chunky or too dusty. While I am not a fan of these as eyeshadows, I love them mixed with body lotion! They give a pretty, unusual shimmer to any lotion that is lots of fun especially if you are going out to a club to dance. These run $4 for a set of two jars of pigments.
LASHAHOLIC MASCARA creates big, thick lashes although if you put this on bottom lashes, it tends to smudge. Stick with the top lashes and for $5 this is a great mascara. I especially love the small sizes for trying different formulas if you can find them.
Hard Candy is wonderfully affordable and they have some truly excellent options that are lots of fun. Next time you are at Walmart pick up a few new goodies and ramp up the fun! – Lisa
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Drugstore beauty shopping is always a fun treat. If I want a pick me up I head to the aisles of CVS, Walgreen, Meijer or Ulta to find something new to try out. While two of these mascaras were sent for review, I know I’d have eventually picked them up during a sale.
I find this trio to be very different from each other. They aren’t sisters from another mother in any way. They may not even be from the same clan though they all have something I like about them. I’m reviewing them in order from least to most eyelash presentation.
COVERGIRL THE SUPER SIZER* is the newest addition to the Covergirl family ($6.85). What stands out about this mascara is the wand. This very skinny wand has small and larger bristles intertwined. It looks like it’s not going to give you any volume, but depending on your own lashes you might be surprised. I personally have straight, wimpy lashes and I don’t get much in the way of volume from Super Sizer. It’s a great bottom lash mascara because it doesn’t smudge when you apply it. The trick with Covergirl Super Sizer is to twirl the brush as you apply it. I didn’t do that the first time I used it and I was very disappointed. But I kept on and each day got a little bit better. While this isn’t going to give me the lushness I crave, it does open my eyes and never smudges.
RIMMEL WONDER LASH MASCARA WITH ARGAN OIL* is a step beyond others I’ve tried from the drugstore. I love that this conditions my lashes while making them look good at the same time. While the package says it’s a volume mascara, I find that it gives me better length and definition than it does volume. This is the mascara that I like to use on a daily basis. It’s not as lush as I’d like to see my lashes get but it’s not meek or mild either. It removes with ease and my lashes aren’t crispy or flaky with this. No raccoons need apply for this job.
MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL ($8.99) and I have a love/hate relationship. I love the mascara and have recommended it but I hate how difficult it is to remove. No matter which eye makeup remover I try, I do seem to lose some lashes with it and that drives me nuts since I don’t have extras. The best remover for this is Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel which I put on a cotton pad and let sit on my lashes for at least 10 seconds before trying to remove.
I bought this in Blackest Black (on special of course) and it definitely is the darkest of these three. It also gives me the best lashes of the group. I love the curved brush since it seems to get all my lashes in one scoop. Maybelline calls it a “full fan effect” and I think that’s an accurate description. The curved brush has 10 layers of densely packed bristles to give that fullness. What I get with Lash Sensational is volume, definition and length. What else can I ask for? Well… there’s that issue of removal and there’s the issue of longevity. Normally I get a good three months out of a mascara (especially since I have several in use at the same time) but by month two I noticed that Lash Sensational didn’t have the oomph any more. It dried out faster than I expected. I’ll most likely buy this again during a sale but at least I know the limitations of it.
Have you tried any of these mascaras? What’s your opinion of them? — Marcia
*starred items received for consideration
Makeup Wars is back with a favorite product – mascara. I love mascara and have a (ahem) few. This picture is to show you both unused stash mascaras and in use mascaras other than drugstore. Of course having this many won’t stop me from acquiring more.
But the point of today’s Makeup Wars is to show you our favorites and I’ve chosen two that I haven’t really had a chance to review but that I love. This doesn’t negate my love for others like IT Cosmetics, Eddie Funkhouser, Milani, etc., it just adds to them. DRUM ROLL PLEASE…… today’s winners are
Bare Minerals Lash Domination and Susan Posnick Color Coated Mascara are the two that I’m totally stuck on and am loving these days. These are more like fraternal twins than identical twins. They each have great qualities. While both were sent for review initially, I’ve already repurchased the Bare Minerals during Ulta’s special and will purchase the SP when it’s had its 3 month run.
BARE MINERALS LASH DOMINATION was sent with other Bare Minerals items and it’s a winner. I hadn’t tried any mascara from Bare Minerals prior to this but I’m so happy they introduced me to Lash Domination ($18).
Lash Domination has an exclusive ProTwist180 Wand:
This mascara is a volumizing one and it does a great job of that without the clumps you often find with volume mascaras. It comes in one color – a deep intense black – that wears beautifully the entire day. I love how the brush curves and grabs each lash no matter how short it might be.
Bare Minerals calls Lash Domination a 10 in 1 product claiming it volumizes, defines, thickens, separates, lifts, has all day wear, is mineral fortified, doesn’t clump, fights flakes and is smudge resistant. And I totally agree. I love a defining mascara the most and I always look for one that isn’t going to smudge or flake. You hit it Bare Minerals and you are a mascara war winner!!
SUSAN POSNICK COLORCOATED MASCARA is one I’d never have known about if they hadn’t sent it. Susan Posnick products just don’t get the press that other brands do which is too bad. This COLORCOATED mascara ($24) could be what changes that though because it needs to be talked about and worn by you and everyone you know.
Susan Posnick ColorCoated Mascara took the brand two years to create and get just right. It’s been obvious to me that they spent that long time wisely getting a mascara that does everything I want a mascara to do while conditioning my lashes at the same time. I find that this is much better at lengthening and definition than it is at thickening. Once I made my decision for this post I wore them both – BM on one eye and SP on the other. That really showed me the differences. Susan Posnick did a good job of volumizing but it didn’t make my lashes stick together at all. The definition and how long they looked is what set this apart.
The brush is a double twist brush that picks up all your lashes. The color is super black but it never strays. I’ve yet to have a single flake or smudge with this.
Two wonderful mascaras that I think deserve to be awarded the title of WINNER for Makeup Wars. — Marcia
What are your favorite mascaras? Have you worn either of these? Be sure to join the others to see what rocks their eyes.
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Recently I was sent an email about a brand that’s newly launched. I’m always excited to find new lines and MODELlauncher looks to be one that I could fall for.
This new brand launched with 27 products for eyes, lips, and face. The prices range from $12-40 making this a nice mid-range concept. The shades feature bold and vibrant hues as well as softer shades and neutrals.
What looks the most appealing to me are the eyeshadows (of course)
The Signature Eye Shadow Quads have 6 renditions so all color needs can be met. I’d love to try Envious.
There are 5 different types of lip color but the one that appeals to me the most are the Sheer Lipsticks, especially in Almost Bare.
While I don’t own anything from the brand I’m hoping to get some to share with you. Us makeup fanatics are always looking for something new.
RIMMEL LONDON has a new mascara that I’ll be sharing with you soon. It’s called WONDER’LASH and its supposed to be great for separation and definition with it’s Ultra-Flex brush. What makes this more unique is that it conditions your lashes with Argan Oil. Conditioning and definition make this a mascara I’m eager to try.
You can learn more about Wonder’Lash by watching their YouTube video featuring Elizabeth Fraley who has a great secret to share with us.
What items are on your horizon? I’m always on the lookout. — Marcia
*nothing to disclose…yet!!
1. Serum: I am sure this is no surprise. Typically serum is in air tight packaging, which keeps ingredient integrity, but once you start using a serum it’s only good for about six months. Toss it even earlier if the texture changes or it starts to smell weird. If you need to replenish, check out L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler. It is wonderfully affordable and has hyaluronic acid to plump skin and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
2. Foundation: obviously, liquid foundation is a bacteria collector, especially jar-based foundation that is exposed to the air. But did you know that powder foundation also goes bad? Think about it…you dip your brush into the foundation, the brush goes on your skin, then you dip that brush back onto the foundation…all those skin oils are transferred into the powder, which means after a while it becomes pretty dirty. Toss that old stuff and try something new, like L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powder Foundation. This is opaque enough to use as foundation, and it also works great as a pressed powder to cancel out a shiny nose.
3. Mascara: this is a must-toss every season! After a while, mascara dries out and loses its lash lengthening and thickening power. Plus, any product that isn’t a solid is in danger of collecting bacteria. Glam out with your mascara and then replace it as soon as it shows any sign of dryness or starts to smell ‘off’, typically at about three months. By the way, resist ‘pumping’ your mascara – it makes it dry out even more quickly, and always toss your mascaras if you have an eye infection. Two mascaras to try for long, lush lashes are Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara and Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom.
4. Moisturizer: jar moisturizer lasts at the most 6 months. Go through all those open jars you know you have sitting on your shelves and toss anything you opened last fall. Not only do they become a potential hazard for your skin because of bacteria, but the active ingredients stop working so why bother? Try something new, like L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Moisturizer to smooth out those lines and wrinkles.
5. Deodorant: yes, deodorant does have a shelf life! While most have expiration dates, a good rule of thumb is two years. It’s a great idea to stock up on deodorant when it is on sale, but be sure to write your purchase date on the extras if they don’t have an expiration date. A great replacement is Degree Dry Spray. It sprays on dry and protects for up to 48 hours, so no worries on those hectic late mornings!
6. Sunscreen: sunscreen loses its effectiveness over time and you sure don’t want to get a sunburn thanks to an outdated bottle. Most have an expiration date, but the longest any sunscreen will last is three years. My absolute favorite and a great one for restocking is Neutrogena Cooldry Sport. I can even get my kids to put this on without a fight.
7. Lip gloss: a liquid product you apply to your lips? Of course lip gloss is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to beauty items that go bad and need to be replaced regularly. Replace your old lip glosses with Cover Girl Lip Lava. I adore this lip gloss! My favorite shade is Lava-Rider. I put it on then blot and I have a beautiful shimmery stain that lasts and lasts.
8. Face cleanser: these only last a year, so often a big bottle will expire before it’s gone. If your face cleanser isn’t working well, the consequences will definitely be evident to everyone! A great option for replacing your old stuff is Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser. White tea and vitamin E ensure clean skin without any dryness.
Embrace spring cleaning and refresh that beauty stash! Be sure to go to Meijer Beauty to check out their new lineup of cosmetic and skin care items and restock for a beautiful YOU. – Lisa
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