Pixi does brows and lashes right with the Eye Accents Kit!

Pixi Eye Accents Kit

Pixi Beauty is such a great line…affordable, excellent products that I chose over their more expensive counterparts day after day. I was recently at a conference in Florida, and of course the topic of conversation turned to makeup. The line I immediately recommended for everyone was Pixi. My most recent obsession is the Eye Accents Kit ($16) they sent – I just can’t get enough.  Pixi Eye Accents KitThis great little duo was created in collaboration with the awesome blogger Apyn Ovard. The Eye Accent kit is all about defining the eye with a brow gel for beautiful brows and a fantastic mascara just for lower lashes.

Pixi Brow Tamer

First, the Brow Tamer is a clear gel that holds brows in place. You always want to brush brows UP and OUT – not sideways – to really open the eye area. The Pixi Brow Tamer is an excellent brow gel that holds brows in place without flaking or making them stiff or sticky. Awesome.Pixi Lower Lash MascaraPixi Lower Lash Mascara

Putting the Brow Tamer with the Lower Lash Mascara is a perfect partnership, like peanut butter and jelly. The Lower Lash Mascara is the absolute bomb. I rarely wear mascara on my lower lashes because they are really long, which makes pretty much every mascara smear on me. But the Lower Lash Mascara has a very cool thin wand so overdoing it isn’t an issue and the mascara really coats each lash, truly defining the eye. Other pluses? It’s water-resistant, stays put until you want to remove it, and removal is easy peasy. Ingredients include Vitamin E and panthenol.

Pixi Lower Lash Mascara and Brow Tamer

I love love love the Eye Accents Kit and I can’t recommend it highly enough. You can find Pixi online and at Target stores.  – Lisa

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Double the control with Lash Control

Are your eyes lost without mascara? Do you depend on your mascara to make you more visible to the world? Do you love learning about the best mascaras available? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you are in for a treat learning about Lash Control. What makes Lash Control unique is that it just as easily could be called Squeeze Control. This mascara and the accompanying brow fix have unusual packaging with a center squeeze area that changes that amount of mascara that releases when you apply. You are in control of your destiny with these mascaras. The more you squeeze, the less mascara is deposited on the brush. Interesting!! There are two formulas that we’ll talk about as we each tested a different one.

press samples

Lash Control

Lisa’s experience:

I tested the ClearCoat Mascara and Brow-Fix and the Volumizing and Conditioning Mascara 2xBLACK. I know that the fascination with these is the squeezable middle portion that gives you far more control over how much product is dispensed. However, I actually think that innovative feature isn’t the major reason to purchase these two products.

Lash ControlLash ControlLash ControlWhile it seems a little strange, the best look for eyebrows is to brush them right straight up. It really opens the eye area and is very flattering. I do this every morning, but without a good brow gel they fall right back into that complacent resting position. I need a firm brow gel to tame and hold my brows in place – but without the crunchy stiffness, thank you very much. The Lash Control ClearCoat Mascara and Brow-Fix absolutely does the job for me! It has the squeeze-y center but again, it’s really secondary to the fact that this is a great brow gel. It does exactly what it needs to – holds my brows in place all day without looking or feeling weirdly stiff.  It’s a winner!

Lash ControlLash ControlLash ControlI guess the control center for the Volumizing and Conditioning Mascara matters a little more to me – it’s pretty cool to be able to vary the amount of product and it definitely takes care of any potential clumps. But besides that, this is just a truly terrific mascara. Lashes are very soft and flexible, but thick, long, and super black…and no smearing. None. Hooray!! Love this mascara and I have no doubt that you will too.

Wearing Lash Control Volumizing and Conditioning Mascara and ClearCoat Mascara and Brow-Fix

Wearing Lash Control Volumizing and Conditioning Mascara and ClearCoat Mascara and Brow-Fix

Marcia’s experience:

Lash Control ClearCoat Mascara and Brow-Fix and Lash Control  Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara and Brow

Lash Control ClearCoat Mascara and Brow-Fix and Lash Control Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara

My test was for Lash Control’s Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara which is different from my usual pick of a volumizing mascara. I haven’t used a mascara known for length in a long time so it was a good choice for me. I’ll tell you what I love best about it — it never ever flakes on me. No matter how long my day is, no matter if I take a nap, I have no flakes from early morning to late at night.

Lash Control  Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara

Lash Control Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara

When I first started to use it I wasn’t paying attention so each time I’d squeeze the pink middle section and wondered why it was such a dry mascara. Then I read the website and realized I was doing the exact opposite of what I should be doing! I know now that the trick for my first coats is to use the mascara straight from the tube. But I still squeeze but that’s for applying another coat. I like to go back over the tips of my lashes to add some volume to the length and that’s when I want a clearer brush. I love how long this mascara lasts on me and that I never have to think about it if I’m going out at night.

Lash Control length

Lash Control length

Lash Control  Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara

Lash Control Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara

Conditioning mascara formulas are non-irritating*. With loads of botanicals in a hydrating beeswax base, ingredients include Gingko Biloba, Chamomile Flower Extract, Ginseng Root Extract and many more. Our formulas accentuate length with the ability add volume with layers as desired. Lashes stay flexible to the touch. No smearing or flaking.

Lash Control Clear Coat Mascara and Brow Fix

Lash Control Clear Coat Mascara and Brow Fix

I’ve also used the Clear Coat Mascara and Brow Fix both on my lashes and my brows but I’m sticking with it on my brows. My lashes are thin so they get weighed down easily and since Lash Control never flakes on me I don’t need the extra protection of a clear coat. But I like to use this on my brows to keep the powder staying fresh all day. Even when I got my hair tinted and water got on them, they stayed color true with the addition of Lash Control Clear Coat Brow Fix.

These three products from LASH CONTROL are winners in our books and we think they’d be the same in your books. Whether you want length, volume, or control you’ll find it with these.

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Mally Beauty brings “gorgois” to life

We believe that Mally Beauty needs no introduction. Mally Rontal is known not only for her personal beauty but also for her perky personality and wonderful line of cosmetics. We feel so lucky to have received some of her latest products and want to share these “gorgois” products with you.

MARCIA is loving H3 Gel Lipstick

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush and Nudish

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush and Nudish

Mally Beauty has created a brand new line of lipstick that are incredibly comfortable to wear. No dry lips will occur with H3 GEL LIPSTICK. Like the name suggests they have a gel like finish but apply and look like a full cover lipstick.

Available in 12 shades there’s going to be one for everyone’s taste. The pigment is rich and my lips feel so nourished in the two shades I have. Colors available are Grapevine, Rosy, Poppie, Nudish, Buff, Coraline, Angelic, Sheerly, Crush, Hibiscus, Flame and Flush. Let’s talk about the name H3 GEL LIPSTICK, okay? H3 stands for triple hydration since that’s what these lipsticks are all about. Gel means it’s not a wax based lipstick, instead it’s gel based. The gel helps these glide on your lips and helps to keep your lips feeling soft.

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush

Flush is a beautiful bright pink hue that perks up my complexion and brightens my look. It’s a delight to open when you see the faceted bullet and a delight to apply. But I do have a warning, don’t roll up the tube too far since the lipstick itself can be delicate and break off in the tube.

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush

My second shade is Nudish which takes me beyond the typical nudes that I wear. In the tube it appeared darker and browner than my taste gears but this is an example of “don’t judge a book by its cover” since it’s so much lighter and flattering once on than I expected.

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Nudish

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Nudish

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Nudish

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Nudish

This nude is not ghostly in any way. It’s more of a mauve with nude undertones. Of course your mileage may vary since your skin chemistry could affect the color. For someone like me who loves a light lipstick, I’m totally comfortable with this subtle shade.

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Nudish

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Nudish

Not only are they gorgois but they hydrate so you can’t go wrong – just don’t twist the tube too high.Mally More is More Mascara and Eyeshadow

LISA is loving Shadow Stick Extra Eyeshadow and More is More MascaraMally Shadow Stick Extra in Burnished Bronze

Mally Shadow Stick Extra in Burnished Bronze

Mally Shadow Stick Extra in Burnished Bronze

Marcia got some gorgois lips and I went for gorgois eyes. The Shadow Stick Extra Eyeshadow ($25) comes in ten different colors: Shimmering Mauve, Royal Plum, Pink Champagne, Burnished Bronze, Champagne, Autumn Shimmer, Chocolate Diamond, Marina, Storm, and Over The Taupe…shades ranging from the light creamy Champagne to deep blue Marina. This is a cream eyeshadow that applies super smooth and gives a good 45 seconds of smudging playtime before setting. I usually stay away from cream eyeshadows because they just don’t last on me but this stays on all day without creasing or fading. The rounded edge makes it perfect for a thick line along the lash line, which I then like to finish off with a thin black eyeliner. My shade is Burnished Bronze, a gorgeous shimmery medium brown. This is too dark for me to use as a wash but there are several lighter shades that I am dying to try that look perfect for that job. Mally More is More MascaraMally More is More Mascara wand

They say you can never be too rich or too skinny and I think you can never have thick enough eyelashes. More is More Mascara ($20) is right up my alley, because this awesome mascara grabs every single eyelash and makes them thicker, longer, and lusher…each coat delivering on the ‘more is more’ promise. Mally Shadow Stick Extra and More is More MascaraOne of my favorite mascaras is the Mally Volumizing Mascara and I have to say I think I might love More is More Mascara even…yup, you guessed it…more! It gives me ultra black lashes, and the brush really grips onto lashes for a very dramatic look. One coat is great for day, two coats really make for WOW lashes.
Mally Shadow Stick Extra and More is More Mascara

There are so many great items in Mally’s line that make for a ‘gorgois’ look, from lips to eyes. Be sure to check out these products and more at Ulta.com.

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With a twinkle for your eyes here’s Bellimisa mascara

Bellimisa Mascara

Bellimisa Mascara

BELLIMISA MASTERFUL EYES MASCARA is the mascara that’s been gracing my eyes for the past two months. I really mean ‘gracing’ too because this is a mascara that I’m enjoying using for many reasons.                                                                                  press sample

Bellimisa Masterful Eye Mascara

Bellimisa Masterful Eye Mascara

Gracing fact 1: Bellimisa is an indie company that is cruelty free as well as free from parabens, DEA/TEA, Propylene Glycol, and harmful preservatives.

Bellimisa Masterful Eye Mascara wand

Bellimisa Masterful Eye Mascara wand

Gracing fact 2: The ingredients are beneficial for your eyes, for example Vitamin E is an antioxidant, lash conditioner. Peptides enhances growth and restructuring of the lash. I’m always looking for growth enhancement and I know that this has helped as my lashes are fuller than they previously were.

bellimisa-mascara

Gracing fact 3: Bellimisa lasts on me the entire day without losing curl or flaking. Even on the days I’ve fallen asleep I’ll wake up flake free with lashes that look just as they did when freshly applied.

Gracing fact 4: I don’t get the lashes of my dreams with Bellimisa but I get almost WOW lashes. I can layer another mascara on top if I want to up the volume since I mostly get length and definition.

Bellimisa Mascara

Bellimisa Mascara

Gracing fact 5:  Bellimisa was created by Debbie George, a mother and animal lover, who wanted the products she manufactured to be chemical free and cruelty free.

Bellimisa

Bellimisa

There are two ways to purchase Bellimisa Masterfall Eye Mascara. “You can either purchase a Monthly (30 day cycle) or Bi-Monthly (60 day cycle) subscription for $16. Billed and shipped monthly, Exclusive pricing, No commitment, & Free shipping. If you do not want to commit, you can purchase a single tube of Masterful Eyes Mascara for $28 a tube. Also with the subscription service, you have the option to add on our other products – Natural Fiber Brow Gel ($14), Hydrating Silk Remover ($10) or Facial Cleansing Sponge ($4) These cannot be purchased separately.  More information about subscribing can be found here : https://bellimisa.com/pages/monthly-replenishment.” But I’m not done because they’ve offered a code good through 12/31/16 of $2 off the monthly subscription using the code BBLOGGER bringing the $16 subscription cost to $14 for as long as you keep the subscription.

Bellimisa is a mascara that you’ll want to try out especially for all the holiday shindigs you’ll be going to. It will bring a twinkle to your eyes but it won’t bring smudging or flaking.  —  Marcia

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Ingredient list: Aqua/water, Cera Alba/beeswax, Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) wax, Glyceryl Stearate, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil/Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Pvp, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Silica, Sorbitan Sesquiloeate, Palmitic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Phytate, Myristic Acid, Lauric Acid, Oleic Acid, Ppg-26-buteth-26, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Alcohol, Apigenin, Oleanolic Acid, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1

Pacifica eye makeup giveaway

It’s been a while since I’ve done a mini giveaway and the Pacifica eye makeup products I was recently sent are perfect for this time before the holidays. There are two items that you can win when entering.

Pacifica Dream Big Mascara and Natural Eye Pencil giveaway

Pacifica Dream Big Mascara and Natural Eye Pencil giveaway

What you can win is the Pacifica Beauty Dream Big Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara and a Natural Eye Pencil in Jet. Pacifica is a cruelty free company that remains independent from the big brands. They are a 100% vegan and cruelty-free company. Tashina from Logical Harmony names this mascara as her all time favorite. She only reviews cruelty free brands so her statement is important.

Pacifica Dream Big Twist

Pacifica Dream Big Twist

What makes this mascara stand out from the crowd is the brush that twists. You can get length and/or volume depending on the way you twist the brush.

Pacifica Dream Big

Pacifica Dream Big

The other item you’ll win is a Pacifica Natural Eye Pencil that is said to be waterproof and long wear. The color is Jet, aka dark black. I didn’t open this since it’s sealed and I’m sure you know what a black eyeliner pencil looks like.

Pacifica mascara and eyeliner giveaway

Pacifica mascara and eyeliner giveaway

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: I haven’t done an international giveaway in way too long. This giveaway runs through 12/13/16 which hopefully gives me time to be out of my cast and get to the post office so send a healing wish my way! Be sure you are an email subscriber to Beauty Info Zone and comment. You wouldn’t believe the number of people who enter without doing those and are therefore disqualified. All other entries give you more of a chance to win. —  Marcia

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*sent by Pacifica to facilitate this giveaway

Do all mascaras work for you? Did Pacifica work for me?

Pacifica Dream Big Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara

Pacifica Dream Big Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara

When you open a mascara do you make a wish that this will be THE ONE at last? Or do you like to stick with the same mascara because you’ve been disappointed in the past? I’m all about trying new mascaras and making that wish. When Pacifica sent Dream Big Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara I had high hopes that it would be the one.

Pacifica Dream Big

Pacifica Dream Big

After all it has all the right right attributes. It’s made for

*instant lash

*lift & separate

*volumizing

*conditioning

*rich color

*lash serum

*2 in 1 brush

Then to top it off Pacifica is vegan and cruelty free.

Pacifica Dream Big Mascara

Pacifica Dream Big Mascara

I was totally intrigued with the brush. They got me interested by calling it a “Magic Wand”. Wow, putting a magic wand on my skimpy lashes would be ideal. The wand is very interesting since it’s Presto Chango. It has a twist roller at the top of the beautiful case. Twist one way for length and the other way for volume. They recommend using the longer length side first and then twisting to the shorter volume size.

Pacifica Dream Big Twist

Pacifica Dream Big Twist

I love the idea of this but in practice I’m not seeing it. No matter which brush length I use I don’t find much difference. I may not be building up the mascara enough but there’s a reason why. It flakes on me if it has too many coats. Flakes badly as a matter of fact.

Wearing Ofra eyeshadow, Physician's Formula liquid eyeliner, Pacifica Dream Big Mascara

Wearing Ofra eyeshadow, Physician’s Formula liquid eyeliner, Pacifica Dream Big Mascara

If I stick with length like in my photo it’s terrific. Once I start trying to add volume it loses points. I end up with flakes after just a few hours and it continues on until I remove it.

Let’s get back to what the claims are: instant lash NOTHING DIFFERENT; lift & separate YES IT DID; volumizing A LITTLE BUT NOT MUCH; conditioning UNSURE; rich color NOT ENOUGH FOR ME. I think this mascara is going to work for some people but it’s not for me. My wishes didn’t come through because of the flaking mostly. I’ll keep trying though.  —  Marcia

*pr sample

 

Max Factor is back and I’m loving it

Max Factor mascara, lipsticks, and eyeliner

Max Factor mascara, lipsticks, and eyeliner

When MAX FACTOR left the United States it was a sad time for lovers of their mascara. It was the only brand of mascara that I could count on from the drugstore. I had a few spare and used them up with sorrow. When they emailed and said they were bringing a limited amount of products back to the US I was thrilled and quickly sent my address for these samples. Now I’m going to be sad again if this was just a tease and they don’t stick around.

The four MAX FACTOR X products that are available are MASTERPIECEMAX mascara, MASTERPIECE High Precision Liquid Eyeliner, and LIPSTICKS in Simply Nude and Maroon Dust. Obviously a limited number that hopefully will grow.

MAX FACTOR X mascara, eyeliner and lipsticks

MAX FACTOR X mascara, eyeliner and lipsticks

MAX FACTOR X MASTPERPIECEMAX HIGH VOLUME AND DEFINITION MASCARA is available in Velvet Black locally (try Walgreens or Target) for $9.99.

MAX FACTOR X MASTERPIECEMAX mascara

MAX FACTOR X MASTERPIECEMAX mascara

The brush is a high tech IFX brush and is said to have 4x more volume than you’d have without. What I’ve found though is that the definition I get from this mascara is what stands out and reminds me of what I’d been missing.

MAX FACTOR X MASTERPIECEMAX mascara

MAX FACTOR X MASTERPIECEMAX mascara

Max Factor was the one that started the craze of using a rubber brush and soon everyone followed. This mascara has never smudged on me even after a nap. I don’t end up with pieces of mascara under my eyes. It’s on my lashes even through 12+ hour days. I instantly get definition and with two coats I get volumizing. If I decided to add a third coat there’d be even more volume.

Wearing MAX FACTOR X MASTERPIECEMAX mascara and MASTERPIECE Liquid Eyeliner

Wearing MAX FACTOR X MASTERPIECEMAX mascara and MASTERPIECE Liquid Eyeliner

MAX FACTOR X MASTERPIECE HIGH PRECISION LIQUID EYELINER ($9.99) is an intense black liquid liner with a non-typical brush. The brush is more like a paddle brush though on the small side. I’m used to a pencil tip so I had some problems with this liner. My picture is my first attempt with it and I wasn’t happy with the result. The liner is great if you like a thicker line but even with practice I’m not getting the thin line I prefer.

Max Factor X Masterpiece Liquid Eyeliner

Max Factor X Masterpiece Liquid Eyeliner

Max Factor X Masterpiece Liquid Eyeliner

Max Factor X Masterpiece Liquid Eyeliner

My eyes have never done well with a cat eye look since they are droopy at the ends. I’ve had pros do the look on me and it’s okay but I am a klutz when it comes to a cat eye or thick liner. But those of you who can wear a cat eye will love this deep dark slightly shiny liner.

max factor lipsticks 2

MAX FACTOR X LIPSTICKS ($9.99) are available in just two shades. These are both perfect for me but may be too light for many others. These are both renditions of nude lips and I’m head over heels in love with them. The one that really stole my heart is Simply Nude. This is a pink nude that I wear with a nude lipliner (Chanel Nude or Milani Nude) and it’s exactly the shade I’m most comfortable wearing. max factor both lipsticksSimply Nude is a light pink cool shade while Maroon Dust is warm peach nude on my lips. They are creamy and wonderfully comfortable to wear. I had been anxious to buy Charlotte Tilbury Kim K W lipstick but once I wore Simply Nude that desire disappeared since I think it gives an almost identical look color.

MAX FACTOR X Simply Nude

MAX FACTOR X Simply Nude

Charlotte Tilbury KIM KW lipstick (beautylish.com)

Charlotte Tilbury KIM KW lipstick (beautylish.com)

There’s no time to waste. This limited collection won’t be around for long. I know I’m ordering the mascara from Target in multiples since it meets all my criteria. I am really hoping that Max Factor sees the error of its ways and realizes that we need them back in the good old USA!

Have you missed Max Factor? What was your favorite product?  —  Marcia

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