SPELA Paint & Play is here to save the day

SPELA Paint & Play

SPELA Paint & Play

Is there anything better than a new lipstick? Makeup lovers throughout the world choose a lipstick as their most wanted product time and again. This year we’ve seen Liquid Lipsticks take over from the traditional lipstick and of those liquid lipsticks it’s the matte lip that rules. Whether you are a fan of matte lipsticks or not, you can’t avoid them so you might as well join them. One such brand is a new one, SPELA COSMETICS.                          sample

SPELA Cosmetics Girl's Girl set

SPELA Cosmetics Girl’s Girl set

SPELA Cosmetics is a small brand so far. They’ve created 8 Paint & Play Liquid Lipsticks that sell for $18 each or you can purchase one of 4 duos for $30. The philosophy of SPELA is that they wanted to create vegan, cruelty-free lipsticks that go beyond the certification of US standards and use E.U. Compliance as their guideline. In Europe there are 1300 banned ingredients for cosmetics while the US only has 11. We can be assured by SPELA that their lipsticks are E.U. Compliant while being made in the US.

SPELA Spin and Flirt Liquid Lipsticks

SPELA Spin and Flirt Liquid Lipsticks

I was sent the GIRL’S GIRL set that has the pinks of their line: Spin and Flirt. There are 3 more sets, Naughty but Nice (red and nude), Social Butterfly (classic red and plum), and Yogi (neutrals in a dark clay like shade and a pale gray-lavender.). These are all sold as singles too so you can find your own favorites.

SPELA holiday duos

SPELA holiday duos

What I like best about these SPELA lipsticks is that they are totally weightless on my lips. There is no drying out or cracking on my lips. Even when I’ve rushed and didn’t prep my lips they were always comfortable and felt like I didn’t have anything on my lips.

Top to Bottom: Asana, Flirt, Playa, Spa Day, Tinder, Happy Hour.

Top to Bottom: Asana, Flirt, Playa, Spa Day, Tinder, Happy Hour

In the GIRL’S GIRL set are two pinks that are very different from each other. SPIN is a cool bright but dark pink. These liquid lipsticks are one coat wonders though I’ve filled in with a second coat if necessary. SPIN turns slightly fuchsia on me so to wear it I have to use a light coat. I’ll go over it with a clean lipbrush to make sure it’s even. It lasts at least 5 hours if I don’t eat anything that’s oily. It leaves behind a nice stain when it wears away.

Spela Spin

Spela Spin

Closer to the colors I wear on a daily basis is FLIRT which is a pale rose shade. At first when applied it looked very nude on me but once it started to dry I saw the warm pinkness it holds.

Spela Flirt

Spela Flirt

Spela Paint & Play in Flirt

Spela Paint & Play in Flirt

Flirt will last on me a little less time than Spin does. I made chili for dinner recently and it didn’t last through that. When it fades though it is an even fade that doesn’t make my lips look bad. It’s easy to reapply after without a problem.

Spela Cosmetics Flirt (top) and Spin (bottom)

Spela Cosmetics Flirt (top) and Spin (bottom)

If you are ready to go beyond the typical brands I believe that SPELA Cosmetics Paint & Play Matte Liquid Lipsticks are a wonderful choice. They are paraben and sulfate-free, vegan and cruelty-free. They are enriched with Vitamin C and E which not only have antioxidant protection but prevent the dry lips you associate with a matte lipsticks. I hope you’ll take a chance so you can find some lipsticks that bring in the play in your day.  —  Marcia

*sent for consideration; some photos are courtesy of Spela Cosmetics.com

 

Pixi’s Perfect for under the tree, in your stocking, and looking pretty

Pixi Beauty

Pixi Beauty

PIXI BEAUTY has something for everyone no matter what time of year it is. I was sent several of their holiday specials along with pretty Pixi products that work perfectly for a party look. The best news is that it’s not too late to order from Pixibeauty.com and there’s time to go to Target to find some Pixi. It’s a winning situation.

PALETTE ROSETTE will make you one popular person if you gift this. But make sure you buy one for yourself.

Pixi by Petra Palette Rosette

Pixi by Petra Palette Rosette

This face palette has it all. 11 shades for eyes and 3 for face. Every shade is beautiful and will help you look radiant.

Pixi Rosette Palette cheeks

Pixi Rosette Palette cheeks

For your cheeks you’ll find a subtle pink all over Glow that rivals the more expensive ones I bought from other brands. There’s a rosy cheek Blush that seems universal to me. Last is the enhancing Contour that can be used a bronzer or contour shade. But that’s not all …

Pixi Rosette Palette eyes

Pixi Rosette Palette eyes

For your eyes are 3 different highlight shades: peach, cream and white. I’ve used the peach on my lid too but Pixi also made sure that there were 2 lid shades, one for day and one for night. I don’t necessarily believe in rules so I give you permission to use these interchangeably. There are 3 eye contour shades in the brown family. There’s a dark brown matte and two satin shades that are tones of taupe (forget my very dark picture). Last they didn’t forget eyebrows since there are 3 shades for that. I love Pixi’s eyebrow powders and I like to mix shades so this is perfectamundo IMO.

Pixi by Petra Fairy Dust Favorites and Endless Silky Eye Pen

Pixi by Petra Fairy Dust Favorites and Endless Silky Eye Pen

FAIRY DUST FAVORITES contains 5 of Pixi’s favorite loose pigment shades. I used to live for pigments but I had pretty much stopped until I discovered Pixi’s. These don’t get all over. I’m not a glittery mess with these. Of course I use an eyeshadow primer but I always have – these just love eyes. They are a satin finish.

Pixi Fairy Dust Favorites

Pixi Fairy Dust Favorites

This is a bargain at only $12 for these 5. I have Metallic Warmth and there’s also a Matte Classic.

Metallic Warmth Fairy Dust Favorites

Metallic Warmth Fairy Dust Favorites

The shades are Sheer Peach Glow, Sunkissed Amber, Ruby Sheen, True Bronze, and Black Pearl. Just picture Ruby Sheen in the center of your lips to add dimension! Ooh la la.

ENDLESS SILKY PENS have won beauty awards galore since they are the right price, the right colors, and they glide on your eyes like no other. pixi-endless-silky-eye-pen

Opal Overcoat is the shade sent for the holidays. On me it has a very gold cast but it’s not garish, it’s just brightening.

Pixi Endless Silky Pen in Opal Overcoat

Pixi Endless Silky Pen in Opal Overcoat

Pixi Endless Silky Pen in Opal Overcoat

Pixi Endless Silky Pen in Opal Overcoat

We can not forget lips! Pixi has an amazing formula in their Mattelustre lipsticks. They fit in with the trend of matte but with a lustre that makes the lipstick comfortable and not drying. There are 11 shades of Mattelustre Lipsticks but there should be no surprise that Classic Red is the featured shade. Classic Red is a cool blue red, a very merry shade.

Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick in Classic Red

Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick in Classic Red

Classic Red

Classic Red

So what’s your pleasure? Face, eyes, lips? Whatever you choose it’s going to become a favorite. Whoever might receive these will be thrilled and you’ll become their favorite gift giver. Christmas is going to be a lot more merry with Pixi.  —  Marcia

*sent for review, affiliate links in use

#PixiBeauty @PixiBeauty

Add Hard Candy Metallic Mousse to your holiday shopping list

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse

It’s never fun shopping for groceries so you need to add in a special treat for yourself for the holidays. Why go to Walmart without stopping at the Hard Candy display? They are the sole distributor of this fun, inexpensive line. You need something special to get you through the cleaning and cooking of Thanksgiving and Christmas and Hard Candy Metallic Mousse Matte Metallic Lip Color is just the thing.                                                       press sample

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse in Penny Talk

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse in Penny Talk

I have to first talk about the packaging because it’s so darned cute. These Metallic Mousse liquid lipcolors come in the cutest metallic tin to match the color within. The insert that holds the lipstick can be removed to give you a case that holds all sorts of small items so it will come in handy.

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse in Penny Talk

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse in Penny Talk

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse in Truffle

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse in Smoke & Mirrors

The shape of the tube is unlike any I have. It’s flattened out and expensive looking.

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse in Truffle

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse in Smoke & Mirrors

The wand too is flattened and fits lips nicely. It’s comfortable to use.

Best of all is the trendiness you’ll get for just $6. Lips these days are all about matte liquid lipsticks and the hottest shades are metallic. These are available in 6 shades: Sandstorm Nude, Guilded Cocoa, Penny Talk, Queen of Hearts, Smoke & Mirrors, Sweet as Honey, and Truffle.

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse in Penny Talk and Truffle

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse in Penny Talk and Smoke & Mirrors

Penny Talk is a bright copper penny shade while Smoke & Mirrors is a tad deceiving since it’s a purple with a chocolate undertone. For my cool toned skin Smoke & Mirrors is a better choice but both are very unique and beautiful.  I apply Smoke & Mirrors on my bottom lip and then smack my lips together to end up with a great comfortable lip color. They aren’t drying on my lips and last a good amount of time.

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse in Penny Talk and Truffle

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse in Penny Talk and Smoke & Mirrors

Not only will these be a treat for you but they will make an absolutely terrific stocking stuffer. The price is right, the lip color is on trend, and the packaging is going to make the recipient squeal. Have fun at Walmart and don’t forget that the best candy is Hard Candy.  —  Marcia

*sent for consideration

In just one sweep, wrap lips in a divine velvety texture with Hard Candy Metallic Mousse Lip Color. This full coverage matte liquid lip color hydrates lips, offers comfortable wear and delivers bold long-lasting wear.

Hard Candy Metallic Mousse Lip Color:

  • Velvet matte finish
  • Wears all day
  • Hydrates lips
  • Full coverage
  • Smudge proof

 

 

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.

*pr samples

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

*sent for review, affiliate links

Introducing Sheena Sujan lipsticks and the 11th Day of Christmas giveaway

 

Sheena Sujan Lipstick Collection

Sheena Sujan Lipstick Collection

We were recently sent the Sheena Sujan Cosmetics lipstick collection to test and to share for our 11th Day of Christmas giveaway. Sheena Sujan is a new name to me but she’s not unknown in the world of cosmetics and handbags. Sheena Sujan  is a Beverly Hills based company created by this international model, designer and entrepeneur.

So far her cosmetic company consists of 9 beautiful lipstcks that are cruelty-free, paraben free and made in the USA. While they are normally $16 each, they are currently on sale for a limited time for $8. In addition to the lipsticks she has 9 pairs of false eyelashes, all named after old time movie stars like Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner and Sophia Lauren (also on sale for $4.50 from $9).

Sheena Sujan

Sheena Sujan

I tried 3 of these lipsticks. These are matte lipsticks so I always make sure I use a scrub first and usually a lip balm so that they feel comfortable on my lips. This way I have no dryness with them though I’m sure the lip balm shortens the longevity of the color but I’ll pick comfort over time.

Sheena Sujan lipstick collection

Sheena Sujan lipstick collection

CLOUD 9 is my favorite because it’s pink. It looks lighter on my lips than my photo. It isn’t too light though which makes it easy for me to wear.

Sheena Sujan Cloud 9 lipstick

Sheena Sujan Cloud 9 lipstick

Sheena Sujan Cloud 9

Sheena Sujan Cloud 9

Sheena Sujan Cloud 9

Sheena Sujan Cloud 9

FIRST LOVE is a great nude on the warm side. It doesn’t make me look like a corpse though which can happen with this kind of shade.

Sheena Sujan First Love

Sheena Sujan First Love

Sheena Sujan First Love

Sheena Sujan First Love

BACKSTAGE is the life of the party since it’s a hot pink with a tad of fuchsia in it.

Sheena Sujan Backstage

Sheena Sujan Backstage

Sheena Sujan Backstage

Sheena Sujan Backstage

 

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION –  There will be three winners of two lipsticks each. This is open internationally through December 21, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. You probably won’t receive these before Christmas but hopefully before New Years. To enter you MUST be a subscriber and leave a comment. After that you can keep on with the Rafflecopter.

Let me give you my best description of the giveaway lipsticks that weren’t swatched and just photographed.

SET 1 – Light shades

Sheena Sujan Once Upon A Time

Sheena Sujan Once Upon A Time

Sheena Sujan Once Upon A Time is a light pink with a lilac undertone.

Sheena Sujan Beachy Keen

Sheena Sujan Beachy Keen

Sheena Sujan Beachy Keen is a beautiful light Georgia peach with just a touch of pink.

SET 2 – Medium shades

 

Latin Lover

Latin Lover

Sheena Sujan Latin Lover is a great looking coral.  (My picture turned out too pink while this shows it a little darker than it really is)

Sheena Sujan Speak Up

Sheena Sujan Speak Up

Sheena Sujan Speak Up is a true red  that is blue based.

SET 3 – Dark shades

Sheena Sujan Twilight

Sheena Sujan Twilight

Sheena Sujan Twilight is a true purple lipstick that is so chic this year.

Sheena Sujan Red Bottoms

Sheena Sujan Red Bottoms

Sheena Sujan Red Bottoms is a vampy dark red. It’s going to be so striking on the right person.

Now pick your favorite set, enter the giveaway and cross your fingers for some 11th day of Christmas Sheena Sujan lipsticks to be yours.  — Marcia

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*sent for editorial consideration and giveaway

 

 

September brings new Pixi Beauty #pixibeauty #fall2015

Pixi Beauty Endless Brow Gel, Cat Eye Ink, Mattelustre Lipstick

Pixi Beauty Endless Brow Gel, Cat Eye Ink, Mattelustre Lipstick

Welcome some new products to the world of Pixi by Petra this month with the launch of Mattelustre Lipstick, Endless Brow Gel Pen and Cat Eye Ink. These are certainly welcome into my world since they were sent to test.

This year matte lips have taken off like American Pharoah – it’s definitely won the Triple Crown with all cosmetic companies. But Pixi Beauty has a slightly different take on matte lips and one that’s much easier to wear with their MATTELUSTRE lipsticks. There are 11 enticing shades that are only $12 each. What makes these different is that they are not a flat matte. Instead there’s a light lustre finish and a slight plumping to your lips with these long lasting lipsticks. My lips didn’t feel dry when wearing them. I have Pure Fuchsia which is a vivid cool shade of this dark pink. I also have Plum Berry described as “cerise berry tint” which on me is quite red, I don’t see the plum but I do see the berry.

Pixi Beauty Mattelustre lipsticks in Plum Berry and Pure Fuchsia

Pixi Beauty Mattelustre lipsticks in Plum Berry and Pure Fuchsia

The tubes themselves are Pixi green but the outer packaging is a covering of a bright fuchsia color to keep the lipsticks sealed. They are a chunky tube but the lipstick itself is the normal size. Pixi added peptides, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins C & E help to create fuller, smoother looking lips with these 11 beauties. Be sure to look at these on Pixi’s website to see great representations of the shades.

Pixi Beauty Mattelustre lipsticks in Plum Berry and Pure Fuchsia

Pixi Beauty Mattelustre lipsticks in Plum Berry and Pure Fuchsia

Both of these shades are in the cool family but there are others like Peach Blossom, Honey Bare, and Bitten Rose that are for those of you who look better in warmer shades. What I’m going to search Target for is Plump Pink, a cool mauve pink. Happily for me these are fragrance free and a demi-matte formula rather than a flat matte.

CAT EYE INK is a new liquid liner ($14) with an unusual tip. It’s a slanted felt tip that you can use to create a thin line if you are careful or a thicker one. It is only available in Intense Black which is typical for a cat eye. It’s a very wet liner so you can’t just slap it on. Take your time with this so that it doesn’t bleed since it’s so juicy. I think you need to use an eyeshadow primer first and let that dry down, then pat on your lid shade or a translucent shade. Next apply the liner carefully. Once it’s set, it’s set and it’s very long lasting. I’ve had times it was easy to get the liner look I wanted but other times that this didn’t cooperate with me.

Pixi Beauty Cat Eye Ink Pen

Pixi Beauty Cat Eye Ink Pen

My favorite new product is ENDLESS BROW GEL PEN ($11) which I know I’ll be buying again and again. I’m in love with Pixi Beauty brow products and until this arrived I’d been using the Brow Powder Palette non-stop. But Endless Brow Gel Pen has kidnapped me and is making me use this instead. It comes in three shades (Light a neutral light taupe, Medium which is neutral ash brown, and Dark a neutral cocoa gray). I have it in Medium and when I swatched it I really was worried it would be too light. That worry was changed to relief the first day I wore it. With my (sparse) dark brown eyebrows it’s a great shade.

Pixi Endless Brow Gel Pen in Medium

Pixi Endless Brow Gel Pen in Medium

The texture of this brow pencil is unusual, I’ve only tried one other like it (but much more expensive). The formula is soft and smooth and truly glides on. It’s just so easy for me to use to fill in my brows. If you like to draw individual hairs then this might not be for you though. But I’ll be buying it as soon as I notice it’s getting too small to use.

Be sure you join the VIP Program so that you can earn Pixi Dust which will bring you benefits for buying, receiving their newsletter, and using social media. It’s free and easy and you’ll be rewarded.  Pixi-VIP-Rewards-Visual

Pixi Beauty always has some great new products coming out and this month I think they did an especially good job. Are you ready to add some Pixi and Pixi Dust to your life? — Marcia

*sent for review

#pixibeauty #fall2015

Beauty Trends of 2015 – Makeup Wars edition

MAKEUP WARS is getting trendy. We decided to look into some of the trends we see for 2015. I’ve chosen 3 trends: Micellar Waters, matte lipsticks and contouring. These are the things I’m seeing over and over in blogs, on cosmetics sites and in magazines. I haven’t used a lot of these products but they all appeal to me in one way or the other.
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MICELLAR WATERS
First let’s talk about Micellar Waters since that’s not a term most people know. I’m no expert on it but the way I see these is that they are a form of cleansing. It can be a water or a lotion. They micro-emulsify impurities so that your skin is left both soft and cleansed.
1425153019_300SIMPLE SKINCARE MICELLAR CLEANSER WATER Simple® Micellar Cleanser Water is our most advanced yet gentle cleanse to date.  It is made with skin-loving ingredients, including Vitamin B3 and C, and Triple Purified Water, our purest possible water, to help remove contaminants known to irritate skin. I found this at drugstore.com but I’m sure it’s available at other retailers that sell the Simple Skincare line. At $6.99 for a bottle it’s a great way to find out if this is a product you want to introduce into your life.
1425152959_2236353__detail_?1425152959LA ROCHE-POSAY Physiological Micellar Solution ($20.99) is a 3 in 1 product since it cleanses, tones and can be used on a cotton pad as a makeup remover. There is no soap in this micellar solution and La Roche-Posay is a well known trusted brand. What makes this one unique is that they use their thermal water as the base for this solution.
1425152891_16030430801BIODERMA SENSIBIO (Crealine) H2O MICELLE SOLUTION is the hottest brand around when it comes to Micellar Water. This has gotten raves in Europe for so long and travelers always made sure that it was in their suitcases when they came home. It’s available on StrawberryNET.com and will be back in stock at Beautylish.com soon. Because this is also recommended for sensitive skin you can use this as an eye makeup remover as well as a cleansing solution.
1425152684_0000038_micellar-lotion_450EMBRYOLISSE MICELLAR LOTION – This is the one I have. The last time I was at IMATS this was one of the featured items from Embryolisse and I was so anxious to finally try a Micellar Water. This is a little thicker than the typical one and it does have a fragrance yet it can be used for eyes, lips and face. “This Micellar Lotion is so gentle it is suitable for even the most sensitive skin – it contains micelles (gentle cleansing agents) in solution in cornflower, camomile and witch-hazel water, combined with glycerin to soften, soothe and tone the skin.”
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MATTE LIPSTICK
1425152566_2226183__detail_?1425152566NYX COSMETICS MATTE LIP CREAM – NYX also makes matte lipstick but I’m more attracted to the lip cream since it doesn’t show lines quite as much. At $5.99 (and often sales) NYX is a good way to find out if you like a matte lip. My one warning about wearing mattes is that your lips need to be exfoliated and prepped with a lip balm.
1425152493_265x265xlovely_off_copy.jpg.pagespeed.ic.gz-vsnrxx9ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS LIQUID LIPSTICK is the talk of the town. Instagram is loaded with pictures and talk of this liquid matte. Many people bought them early at IMATS and that started the buzz. It’s a very intense and highly pigmented product. ($20)
1425152435_82JORDANA COSMETICS MATTE LIPSTICK is the one to try if you are taking baby steps. There are 35 shades available at $1.49 each. Yes, slightly more than a Snickers bar.
1425152379_0607845024576NARS VELVET MATTE LIP PENCIL is my favorite of any matte lip product. I’ve had some for years. It combines my love for lip crayons with some terrific Nars shades like Roman Holiday, Sex Machine and Red Dragon. There are 18 shades ($26).
1425152326_0607845010111NARS SEMI MATTE LIPSTICK – Nars is popular for lipsticks in general and their matte lipsticks stand out from the crowd. The Semi-Matte lipsticks aren’t quite as drying in my opinion and have a little more life to them. The 13 shades ($27) are hydrating and highly pigmented.
1425152274_0607845035091NARS PURE MATTE LIPSTICK is their newest addition and these are truly matte and truly pigmented. Better have exfoliated and smooth lips with these beauties to let them do their job well.  They contain wild mango butter, known to provide advanced moisturizing properties to repair dryness and scaling, and Vitamin E and açai oil for antioxidant benefits. ($27, 18 shades)
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CONTOURING is going to take over the world in 2015. Every brand is coming out with a contouring palette or repromoting them. What has Kim Kardashian done to this world??
1425152201_282NYX HIGHLIGHT CONTOUR PRO PALETTE ($25) has a little bit of everything since it has both highlighting and contouring shades.1425152116_web_cocoacontour_composite_2TOO FACED COCOA CONTOUR ($40) has that cocoa scent that people are going crazy over. Too Faced is well known for their bronzers and they’ve expanded that to a contour set that has 4 shades (3 shades of cocoa and a pop of light) and that cute little buki brush.
1425152075_265x265xlight_med_main.jpg.pagespeed.ic.unscl4upwkANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS CONTOUR KIT – Anastasia has a Contour Kit that you can find at places like Sephora and Ulta ($40). It’s available in 3 shades: Light to Medium, Medium to Tan, and Tan to Deep. In addition on their website they have a $150 Contour Book with all 29 of their shades that would normally sell for $14 each.
1425152029_cover-fx-contour-kit-g-light-mediumCOVER FX CONTOUR KIT ($48) is available in 6 different palettes. The consistency of this is creamy and is supposed to be very easy to blend because of that. It comes with a card showing placement that is quite helpful. Each of the 6 combos have a Highlight Shade (1): brightens and enhances features. Illuminating Highlight Shade (2): reflects light for added glow. Contour Shade (3): defines and visibly slenderizes. Deep Contour Shade (4): offers a more dramatic effect.

The one I forgot to put in my collage is from IT Cosmetics and it’s MY SCULPTED FACE

IT Cosmetics My Sculpted Face Contour Palette

IT Cosmetics My Sculpted Face Contour Palette

My Sculpted Face is the first contour product I ever bought ($38). It’s said to be a universal kit. It uses IT Cosmetics anti-aging formula and it comes with a guide to help you along.

What do you think are the trends of 2015? Are you a fan of contouring, matte lipsticks and/or micellar waters? I’d love to know. — Marcia

I’m curious to see what my fellow makeup war bloggers think are the new beauty trends. I have a g.c. waiting in the wings!!