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)

Beauty bonanza time with Meijer Beauty Perks

meijer logoLucky me, I have a Meijer just a few miles down the road from where I live. Talk about perfect one stop shopping – groceries, pharmacy, clothes, homegoods, and beauty supplies? It’s like a shopping paradise, especially with my mPerks. I have been to Meijer three times in the last week because right now it’s Meijer Beauty Perks time (April 20 – May 17). I don’t even have to cut coupons, they are digital so all I need is my smart phone and I can digitally ‘clip’ them right there. Or I can do it ahead of time and just give my mPerks number at the checkout. Here are some coupons that I found for a few ‘must haves’ at Meijer:

I found $4 off two Essie Nail Polishes - my picks?  She’s Pampered and Jazzy Jubilant.

Essie She's Pampered

Essie She’s Pampered

Essie She's Pampered

Essie She’s Pampered

Essie Jazzy Jubilant

Essie Jazzy Jubilant

Essie Jazzy Jubilant

Essie Jazzy Jubilant

Essie Jazzy Jubilant

Essie Jazzy Jubilant

I found buy one, get one 50% off Maybelline mascara.  My pick?  Volum’Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara.

Maybelline Volum'Express The Falsies Big Eyes

Maybelline Volum’Express The Falsies Big Eyes

two brushes, one for lower lashes and one for upper lashes

two brushes, one for lower lashes and one for upper lashes

I found buy one, get one free for Garnier Skin Care. My picks? Nourishing Cleansing Oil and Blackhead Eliminating Scrub.

Garnier Blackhead Eliminating Scrub and Nourishing Cleansing Oil

Garnier Blackhead Eliminating Scrub and Nourishing Cleansing Oil

I found $3 off one Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Built In Whitening Pen, and $1.50 off Colgate Optic White Toothpaste and Mouth Wash.

Colgate Optic White products

Colgate Optic White products

New coupons are added all the time, and many of them are good through the end of June once you clip them. If you live in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio or Kentucky, sign up at the mPerks website and get some big savings during Meijer Beauty Perks!  – Lisa

Now for some good news if you live in Meijer states or not – we have a giveaway for products that are typical of the great buys from  Meijer. This is a US only giveaway that’s open through 5/19 @11:59 p.m. EST. Here’s the list:

– Essie nail polishes in both For the twill of it AND Sparkle on Top

– Maybelline Show Off nail polish in Gilded Rose

– Mascaras: Maybelline Volum’ Express in Pumped Up Colossal AND L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes

– Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder in Classic Ivory

– L’Oreal Color Sensations Lipstick in Blushing Beige

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*sent for editorial consideration

You’re going to love Lash Sleeve mascara when —

Lash Sleeve Mascara

Lash Sleeve Mascara

I hate to tell you this but you aren’t going to be graced with va va voom lashes when wearing Lash Sleeve Mascara. It may not be the mascara that you love when you get all dolled up and want to impress.

Lash Sleeve mascara

Lash Sleeve mascara

BUT….

You are going to love it on Monday when you go to work and have dozens of emails that must be answered while the phone is ringing non-stop. (**no smudging)

You are going to appreciate it on Tuesday as you are picking up food for the kids (or maybe just yourself) as you drive them to and from dance, gymnastics, baseball practice and tutoring. (**no raccoon eyes)

You are going to be grateful for it on Wednesday when you come home exhausted only to find that, for a change, the only thing you have in the house for dinner is pasta and the family is whining “Again?” as you stand over a pot of hot boiling water. (**no flaking)

On Thursday you are going to be happy after making it through a long day of work or chores and want a quick reprieve out with the girls at happy hour. (**long lasting)

On Friday as you cuddle on the couch with your significant others (pets included) and order in pizza you are going to be thrilled that your Lash Sleeve mascara is still going strong. (**bright eyed even if not bushy tailed)

On Saturday you’ll be able to relax and have a little you time before getting dressed for a night out on the town. At the point you may or may not choose to wear Lash Sleeve. (**to va va voom or just to voom??)

But on Sunday when you are going to religious services, meeting with friends and family, cleaning and cooking for the week, that’s when you are going to say “I’m so happy that I’ve been wearing my Lash Sleeve Mascara.”

Lash Sleeve Mascara

Lash Sleeve Mascara

Lash Sleeve Mascara is perfect for all your daily needs. It’s not going to smudge on you ever. It’s never going to flake. It’s not going to disappear into the wind making you look like you forgot to do your eyes. What it IS going to do is last all day long. If you curl your lashes they will still look curled no matter what time you finally get home. If you are going out in the evening, your lashes will look polished and professional so that you don’t have to worry about redoing your makeup before you leave.

Lash Sleeve wand

Lash Sleeve wand

I’ve been wearing Lash Sleeve Mascara ($15 and free shipping) for the last few weeks and this describes exactly how I feel. If I’m going out with friends over the weekend I’ll probably pick a mascara that will make my eyes stand out a little more. But for my typical life, Lash Sleeve is a great choice.

The mascara is a tubing mascara but not like others that I’ve tried. The reason it never smudges is that the formula coats each lash entubing it. It features a flexible, water based formula with ingredients that aren’t typically found in the mascara you are using.

- Squalene is an antioxidant rich emollient that provides a natural shield around your lashes

- Candelilla Wax is a unique vegetable wax that gives lashes a glossy finish

- Glycerol is a hydrating emollient that works to nourish and condition lashes.

The company says that you can wash this off with water and a washcloth but I prefer using eye makeup remover. It’s a rich black formula that removes easily this way. There aren’t little spider webs on my face after either. It comes off cleanly with maybe a few flakes.

No matter what your day or life is like, you can count on Lash Sleeve Mascara to get you through. If you don’t have wimpy lashes like I do, I bet you’ll get that Va Va Voom from Lash Sleeve too. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

Christopher Drummond Wish in a Wink set

It’s always fun for us on Beauty Info Zone to discover a new to us makeup brand like the Christopher Drummond brand. The Christopher Drummond line believes in simple, natural luxury. The main word here is natural since the line contains products that are all natural, organic, and cruelty free. The company prefers when products can be vegan but that’s not always possible to accomplish. Here are the highlights of the brand:

  • All natural, organic-based and cruelty free
  • Effective and protective
  • Non-drying to the skin
  • Free of irritants
  • Non-toxic
  • Simple to use
  • Value driven
  • Perfect for all colors and skin types
  • Our makeup is NOT micronized and does not contain nano-particles

He has worked with many of the top stars like Jennifer Lopez, Brooke Shields, Halle Berry, and Kerry Washington to name a few.

Christopher Drummond Wish in a Wink

Christopher Drummond Wish in a Wink

Christopher Drummond Wish in a Wink

Wish in a Wink

Two of the products I was sent to review were his Mascara and a black eyeliner pencil that comes with the mascara. I received this as a set called Wish in a Wink that is sold on Open Sky for $19. It’s also available on the Drummond site but priced a little differently with the mascara costing $24 but it comes with the eyeliner pencil free and free shipping.

Christopher Drummond Wish in a Wink mascara

Christopher Drummond Wish in a Wink mascara

What I find interesting about this mascara is that it wasn’t an instant like for me. This one had to grow on me. It’s not the first mascara though that I didn’t gravitate to instantly and it won’t be the last (Chanel Inimitable was one I felt this way about). I’ve learned over the years that as long as a mascara doesn’t smudge on me that there’s hope. So I gave this time. At first I used it once a week, usually on a low maintenance day. I wanted to see if it had “matured”. After about 5 weeks I realized that this mascara was ready for prime time!!

Christopher Drummond tips

Christopher Drummond tips

Here’s what I like about the mascara now – it never smudges, it’s long lasting and it doesn’t clump. While it’s supposed to be a volumizing mascara, I haven’t found that but that doesn’t mean it won’t as it continues to mature. At this moment I find that it gives me some beautiful extra length. My lashes don’t feel stiff which I attribute to the ingredients (seaweed protein and algae extract) that keep my lashes conditioned. Another thing I like is that it’s a good layering mascara. Since I don’t get much volume, I can layer it with a mascara that does that job. I usually start with the volume mascara and top it with Christopher Drummond Beauty Mascara to get that length.christopher drummond mascara set pencil

The black pencil ($16 individually) isn’t terribly unusual but it’s a great pencil since it’s very smooth and applies easily. This is another product that I don’t get smudging from. In the Wish in a Wink set it’s called the Beauty Enduring Eyeliner pencil while on the CD site it’s just called eyeliner. It’s a very dark black and is great to make your lashline smoldering before you add the mascara.

Christopher Drummond black eyeliner pencil applied in different ways

Christopher Drummond black eyeliner pencil applied in different ways

Whether you get the set at Christopher Drummond’s website or Open Sky the price is basically the same. I like that it comes in the see through makeup bag at Open Sky, especially if you were using it for travel or a gift. My only caveat is that you might find that the mascara doesn’t impress you from day one. I started my “3 months” from the time I started using it regularly which might be cheating a little. If it seems too dry at 2 months though I’ll know that it’s time is up.

My Wish in a Wink eye

My Wish in a Wink eye

And there’s the proof. I wasn’t as careful with my eyeliner as I should have been but you can see that it’s a deep black and that I get length with my Wish in a Wink set. I’m glad I gave it time to grow up!! Have you tried anything from Christopher Drummond? — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

ingredients for mascara (contains beeswax)

Aqua, Steric Acid, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Copernicia Cerifera, Silica, Nylon-12, Glyceryl Mono Stearate, Glycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Cellulose, Algae Extract, Hydrolyzed Algae Extract, Himanthalia Elongata Extract, Enteromorpha Compressa Extract, Lecithin, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Magnesium Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol.

Is it the cat’s pajamas? Alexa Chung for Eyeko review

Alexa Chung has joined forces with Eyeko to create an eyeliner/mascara set, Alexa for Eyeko ($45), that brings an easily doable cat eye and massive lashes to everyone.

So who is Alexa Chung? She is a British global style icon, a contributing editor to British Vogue, and a Style Ambassador for the British Fashion Council. Alexa is an artist and a photographer and, believe me, she knows her eye makeup.

Cool tube packaging

Cool tube packaging

inside the tube

inside the tube

The packaging is beyond cute. I adore the retro-cool vibe. It perfectly matches the throwback ’60′s look for which the eyeliner and mascara are perfect.

love the addition of the guitar pick for easy eyelining

love the addition of the guitar pick for easy eyelining

The guitar pick that is also included works great as a guide for the elongated line of the cat eye look.

eyeliner

eye do liquid liner

an easy cat eye

an easy cat eye

Alexa says, “Liquid liner is my savior. Other people like other things to feel like they look normal, but for me, I’m pretty much naked without my eyeliner on. It’s my comfort blanket.” WWD

The eye do liquid liner is deep, dark, extremely black felt tip pen. I find the nib is a little bit smaller than other similar eyeliners, which makes for excellent control and easy thin or thick lines.  And if you miss a spot, it’s simple to go back over it to fill in perfectly. This liquid liner is perfect for beginners and those who are veteran liquid eyeliners will think they have died and gone to liquid lining heaven. You can even use this on the waterline and the color really stays.

the fabulous brush

the fabulous brush

I am already a HUGE fan of Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara, so I was really excited to try the eye do mascara. The eye do mascara is, like the eye do liquid liner, black black blackest black. I adore the brush. This baby grabs every single lash and makes it thicker, fanning lashes out into a gorgeous fringe. It’s not super easy to wash off because the formula is quite tenacious. The upside is this mascara doesn’t smudge or smear at all. Ingredients include Ginkgo Biloba, Shea Butter, Vitamins, antioxidants and botanical proteins to condition and promote lash growth.

lined with mascara

lined with eye do liquid liner and topped with eye do mascara

My Alexa Chung Eyeko FOD

My Alexa Chung Eyeko FOD

The Alexa for Eyeko set really is the cat’s pajamas.  You are going to love it just as much as you love those furry little friends.  - Lisa

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Meow!

Meow!

One day sale! tarte Shades of Clay Collection, February 4 on QVC

The tarte Shades of Clay Collection, a one day only sale on QVC, is definitely one of the best sales/collections I have ever come across. The Today’s Special Value® is only available at its special price until 11:59 p.m. PT on February 4, 2014 while quantity remains. The TSV Price is $59.96, and the total value of this terrific collection is $202.00.

tarte shades of clay collection

tarte shades of clay collection

inside the shades of clay collection

inside the shades of clay collection

The Shades of Clay Collection includes:

  • 0.68-oz colored clay SPF 15 liquid foundation and 0.51-oz colored clay CC primer in Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, or Deep
  • 0.31-oz clay blush bronzer in Pink Bronze
  • 0.27-oz LipSurgence Lip Gloss in True Love, a sheer raspberry shade
  • 0.10-oz clay eyeliner in Black
  • 0.24-fl oz lights, camera, LASHES mascara in Black
  • Bamboo foundation brush
  • Bonus Makeup bag
all the goodies inside

all the goodies inside

I have been using every single item in this collection every day since receiving it and it gets an A+ from me. This set is a seven-piece collection that features colored clay for a whole routine that creates a natural, glowy look. The set is pretty much everything you need for a full face of gorgeousness. It’s fantastic.

I also found a little gift inside, a crystal stone necklace from @Akitching ‘s jewelry line, Crystal Cactus. Wow, is this stunning!!

crystal stone necklace from @Akitching ‘s jewelry line, Crystal Cactus

crystal stone necklace from @Akitching ‘s jewelry line, Crystal Cactus

wearing my gorgous necklace

wearing my gorgeous Crystal Cactus necklace

Amethyst is my birthstone, so I was really happy to find this jewel inside that huge raspberry makeup bag.

What else was inside?  The truly unique colored clay CC primer.

CC Primer

CC Primer

CC Primer

CC Primer that includes color correcting lavender and green

CC Primer swatch

CC Primer swatch

Mine is in shade light. This is a color-correcting stick that neutralizes imperfections, brightens the complexion, and primes skin for foundation. Just smooth it on and then tap it in with fingers. The CC primer melts right in and creates a perfect canvas for foundation application.

Once you have primed with the CC primer, next up is the colored clay liquid foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 (a World-wide Launch, by the way!) using the bamboo liquid foundation brush.

colored clay liquid foundation

colored clay liquid foundation

colored clay liquid foundation - see the mesh?

colored clay liquid foundation – see the mesh?

swatch of Light shade

swatch of Light shade

bamboo foundation brush

bamboo liquid foundation brush

The colored clay foundation with broad spectrum SPF 15 coverage gives medium but buildable coverage with a satin finish. The bamboo foundation brush is stellar – just press in onto the mesh sifter inside the foundation container then buff onto skin, going from the center out.

Follow that with the colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze (yet another World-wide Launch).

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze

colored clay bronzer blush up close

colored clay bronzer blush up close

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze swatched

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze swatched

I can hear all the oohs and aahs and this beaut certainly deserves it! It’s a combination of pinks and golds that warms the complexion and adds a natural glow. Dust it all over for instant warmth, and layer it on the cheeks as a blush.

Moving on up to the eyes, line with the colored clay eyeliner in black (woohoo, another World-wide Launch!) followed by two coats of the stupendous lights, camera, LASHES™ 4-in-1 mascara in Black.

mascara and eyeliner

lights, camera, lashes 4 in 1 mascara and cc eyeliner

CC eyeliner in black

CC eyeliner in black

eye look with eyeliner and mascara

eye look with CC eyeliner and lights, camera, LASHES mascara

For my eye look above, I am wearing a wash of MAC Painterly. I defined and lined my top lash line and waterline with the new colored clay eye liner in Black, which is a velvety eyeliner that truly glides on easily. Then, I finished with two coats of  lights, camera, LASHES(TM) 4-in-1 mascara. This is a seriously fantastic mascara, one of my top mascaras ever.  It gives great length, volume, and curl, plus it never smears on me. Love it.

The final touch for your tarte Shades of Clay look? The golden raspberry LipSurgence™ lip gloss in true love (can I get a World-wide Launch here?)

lip gloss

LipSurgence lip gloss in true love

eyeliner and lip gloss swatched

CC eyeliner and LipSurgence true love swatched

lip gloss on

true love lip gloss on

LipSurgence(TM) Lip Gloss in true love is a wonderfully flattering sheer raspberry shade with tiny golden shimmers. It has great slip and feels terrific on – this has found a permanent home in my purse.

My tarte shades of clay FOD

My tarte shades of clay FOD

I think every product is a winner and the shades are incredibly flattering. Plus, at this price you just can’t go wrong! Set your timer, leave yourself a note, do something so you don’t miss this sale. Again, the Today’s Special Value® is only available at its special price until 11:59 p.m. PT on February 4, 2014 while quantity remains. You will be glad you remembered!  - Lisa

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Revitalash Volumizing Mascara review

Revitalash

Revitalash Volumizing Mascara

There aren’t many things on this planet that make me happier than a great mascara, so I was geeked when Planet Beauty sent the BIZ the Revitalash Volumizing Mascara ($24) to try.  I first reviewed the Revitalash Mascara back in 2010, and it was one of the best mascaras I had ever tried.  The mascara Revitalash has now is different…this is a Volumizing version.  The regular mascara is no longer available, so I was hopeful the Volumizing lived up to the performance of the regular Mascara.

Revitalash

Revitalash Volumizing Mascara

Revitalash

the brush that separates and defines

The Volumizing Mascara is meant to make lashes super thick without any clumping.  It has a special brush for separating out the lashes for beautiful definition.  This mascara definitely does both – my lashes are thicker without any clumps, and they are nicely defined.  The color is deep glossy black, which is great because I am not a fan of ‘slightly gray’ mascaras. In addition to volumizing, this mascara also lengthens lashes, a nice plus.  The only drawback to this mascara is that I find it smudges a bit.  Not a ton, but at the end of the day I find myself wiping away a slight mascara smear under my lower lash line.

Wearing Revitalash Mascara from Planet Beauty

Wearing Revitalash Mascara from Planet Beauty

It was really great to revisit an old favorite line.  And if you haven’t gone to Planet Beauty yet, I have one question for you:  why not??  They have tons of great lines and offer all beauty related goodies, like hair care, skin care, and cosmetics.    Right now they have free shipping on all orders over $34.  It’s a great reason to do some shopping!  - Lisa

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