Wantable Cosmetic subscription for 10/14 – another winner

I’ve been a Wantable subscriber since I first learned about it shortly after they opened their website. I’ve been lucky enough to get some boxes for review but even when I don’t, like today’s box, I’ve kept my subscription up since the $36 a month that I pay for a box always contains more than my money’s worth.

Wantable Cosmetics October 2014

Wantable Cosmetics October 2014

What I love best about Wantable’s subscription is that it’s 100% cosmetics. I don’t have to worry about receiving more skin products, hair products or bath/body. It’s not that I don’t like and appreciate those items, I do, but I love cosmetics and that’s where my main interest is. Whenever I open a subscription box my excitement is really for the cosmetics within. With Wantable you get to customize via your profile. My profile says that I love eyeshadow, eyeliner, nail polish and tools; that I like complexion products, brows, lash products, blush, lip color; and that I don’t want highlighter or bronzer. For October I received 1 Love item and the rest from my Like list. Let’s check these out.

opening my Wantable cosmetic box

opening my Wantable cosmetic box

Inside are 5 full size items. Wantable is only going to send full size! I was excited to see that my box carried Vincent Longo, Ofra, Chella, and Liberty Republic. These are all name brands that I’ve bought or definitely would buy.

Wantable goodies

Wantable goodies

LIBERTY REPUBLIC is a nail polish brand created by Jordan Liberty. The new collection, placed in the October boxes, is the Welcome to the Darkside collection. Interestingly enough my shade is a light one rather than a dark shade. There are 6 shades in this exclusive to Wantable collection and they are said to use a technique that helps it last for 7-14 days. I’m excited about being able to wear this beautiful peach shade, Aura. ($14)  I don’t have nail wheels available right now and the swatch on paper didn’t look good but trust me, this is pretty.

Liberty Republic Spellbound polish in Aura

Liberty Republic Spellbound polish in Aura

The item that stood out the most in this month’s box is a BB Cream from OFRA ($40), this is a huge tube at 2 oz. I received this in Light. Light is a good description for this since it’s not Fair enough for me and it is on the yellow side. I’ll be able to wear this if mixed with a little of my Face Atelier Zero foundation but for now it’s not quite right. The ingredients in this BB Cream are great for skin (aloe vera, vitamin E and C, avocado oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, chamomile extract and shea butter). There’s flower extract to reduce bacteria and prevent breakouts. I’ve been wanting to explore more OFRA though and this is a good way to do it.

OFRA BB CREAM

OFRA BB CREAM

OFRA BB CREAM in Light

OFRA BB CREAM in Light

OFRA BB CREAM in light

OFRA BB CREAM in light

VINCENT LONGO does double duty in my subscription box. First is the VOLUME PLUS MASCARA ($25) which I’m looking forward to using. My mascara dried up when I was hospitalized so having this is an exciting option for me.

Vincent Longo Volume Plus Mascara

Vincent Longo Volume Plus Mascara

One of the top sellers for Vincent Longo is their Lip and Cheek Stain ($24) and this month I received it in Angel’s Touch. This is more of a berry stain than I’d expect an angel to impart. The color is intense when first applied so you need to pat it to make it appear more like a stain and to set the product. Directions say to make sure your cheeks are well hydrated; begin at the apple of your cheeks and dab 2-3 dots on with the doe foot applicator. Immediately blend them outward and upward toward the temple. Add more as needed. This new gel formula is gluten free and paraban free.

Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Stain in Angel's Touch

Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Stain in Angel’s Touch

The last product but the first I used is CHELLA EYEBROW COLOR in Luscious Light Brown ($18). When I returned home from my many weeks away the hair on my face had exploded. I was able to get to a beauty salon and while there had my brows waxed. They look good but certain areas are more sparse than I like. This Chella Eyebrow Color looks good, is easy to apply and needs no sharpening. Sending my husband on wild goose chases to find all my items is frustrating for us both. This solves one of those problems.

Chella Eyebrow Color

Chella Eyebrow Color

Chella Eyebrow Color in light brown

Chella Eyebrow Color in light brown

My Wantable subscription has $121 worth of product in it. This is probably the highest value yet. These are all products I’ll use even though I’ll have to adapt the Ofra BB shade so it makes the box even more valuable. Wantable made a welcome package to open upon my return and I know I’ll be welcoming them more as the months go by. — Marcia

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Pixi Beauty for October gives you reasons to be creative

October is really the most magical month of the year because you can make it the way you want it. It can be sweet and sassy, it can be monstrous, it can be spooky or it can be a perfectly beautiful fall month. You make it be what you want it to be. Pixi Beauty sent over some of their October offerings and I find a little of everything in these selections – sweet, spooky, and fallish.

Pixi Beauty

Pixi Beauty

First is a Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo. This is a double ended pencil with one side meant for lining and the other defining. The Line end is thinner and pointier. If you’ve never tried Pixi Beauty pencils you are totally missing out on something fabulous in the world of pencil eyeliners. I’ve bought many including sets of them. This is my first one that’s double ended and meant to be worn two ways. The Line end, a matte black, is for your upper lash line while the thicker charcoal Define end is for blending into your lower lashline as well as into the crease to contour.It’s a great charcoal with a luminous finish. Using the pencil this way would be for my spooky aka Smoky eye. The pencil is waterproof, hypoallergenic and like most Pixi products has no preservatives or mineral oil.

Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo

Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo

Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo

Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo

Keeping on the Spooky track for October, or any month, chose the Pixi Beauty Polish in Matte Black. What’s great about a matte black polish is that it can be used in many ways – nail art, matte polish, or top it with a shiny top coat and have a shiny black. A gorgeous manicure is to use this Matte Black polish on your nails and then do the tips only (like a French manicure) with a shiny clear top coat. It’s both dressy like a black tie party and attention getting for daily wear. The polish is thick and you could get away with one coat if you wanted. Pixi polishes wear well on me since I find them to be chip resistant. Plus there’s a built in UV protection to prevent discoloration. Pixi makes their polishes 3 Free (Toluene, Formaldehyde and DBP free) ($8).

Pixi Matte Black Nail Color

Pixi Matte Black Nail Color

For the sweet and sassy I’d look into Pixi’s Fairy Dust. For October they are featuring Snow Sparkle Fairy Dust ($10). This has a luminous glow to it. It looks like there’s a touch of lavender in the bottle but what appears on the eye or cheeks is a subtle platinum. It isn’t glitter but it is pure shimmer. Use this on the inner corners of your eyes and/or on the lid. You can also dust this along your browbone for an uplift to your eyes or even over your lips to create a glow. Since it’s not glitter it feels smooth on your lips, not crunchy.

Pixi Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle

Pixi Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle

Pixi Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle

Pixi Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle

Pixi Beauty Snow Sparkle Fairy Dust

Pixi Beauty Snow Sparkle Fairy Dust

A fabulous choice for your lips is a true fall shade – Tinted Brilliance Balm in Soft Sienna. I’m a huge fan of crayon lip products and Pixi Beauty knows how to do them right. Their lip balm crayons ($14) are glossy, moisturizing and hydrating. Soft Sienna is a beautiful shade for the season since it has a touch of brown, a touch of red and a touch of coral. But it’s not too much of any of those shades, it’s just a brilliant combination that makes an easy to wear and unique color. This has a slight fragrance that reminds me of peaches. I like a subtle shade on my lips so Soft Sienna hits the jackpot for me.

Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Soft Sienna

Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Soft Sienna

swatch of Pixi Soft Sienna

swatch of Pixi Soft Sienna

Pixi Beauty used these products on the runway in a spring 2015 look they called their Futuristic Fall Face. Eyes used both the Super Smoky Crayon Combo and Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle – black and white and luminous glow. The lips in Soft Sienna added a perfect pop of color for the white items that were featured with the look.

Make October your month to be whatever you want to be. Don’t be stuck in orange and black – change those up to sienna and charcoal to lead the way. — Marcia

*items sent for editorial consideration, products can be found at some Target stores and on Pixi’s website

Please excuse unedited pictures, at the moment I only have an old iPhone to get photographs

CND Vinylux Modern Folklore Collection

I am a big fan of CND Vinylux Nail Polish, and the Modern Folklore Collection just cemented that superfan status.

CND Modern Folklore Collection

Modern Folklore has rich jewel tones and subtle shimmer inspired by ‘lavishly embroidered and beaded velvets and brocades’.  There are six shades in this collection, and Beyond Polish sent us three of them for review:  Crimson Sash, Plum Paisley, and Rose Brocade.

left to right:  Rose Brocade, Plum Paisley, Crimson Sash

left to right: Rose Brocade, Plum Paisley, Crimson Sash

This is a 5-free gel hybrid nail polish.  You don’t need a base coat, but you do need the Weekly Top Coat, which is UV activated so it actually becomes harder as it is exposed to natural light.  The polish dries in about eight minutes, and it lasts for at least a week without chipping.

Crimson Sash

CND Crimson Sash

Crimson Sash

CND Crimson Sash

Crimson Sash

CND Crimson Sash

Crimson Sash is a warm shimmery burgundy red that is a beautiful seasonal shade.  The pigmentation is so awesome you can get away with just one coat of polish.

CND Plum Paisley

CND Plum Paisley

CND Plum Paisley

CND Plum Paisley

CND Plum Paisley

CND Plum Paisley

Plum Paisley is a real surprise – what a gorgeous plum with red and blue shimmers!  This polish is definitely a Dr. Jeckle/Mr. Hyde because the shimmer pops in direct light, yet it’s a shiny cool plum in indirect light.

CND Rose Brocade

CND Rose Brocade

CND Rose Brocade

CND Rose Brocade

CND Rose Brocade

CND Rose Brocade

Rose Brocade is a cherry red creme.  This is a bright, cheerful red that just makes me feel happy when I wear it.  I have a lot of red polishes, but nothing exactly like this one, which also makes me happy!

The Modern Folklore Collection is available at BeyondPolish.com in both the Vinylux ($5.95) and the Shellac ($13.95) formulas, about a third cheaper than what I find in other stores.  And right now, you can use the coupon code IGLOVE12 for 12% off your next order.  Take advantage of the code and get some of these perfect fall shades.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Looking for fall color? Check out Bellapierre Mineral Cosmetics

photo from Pinterest.com

photo from Pinterest.com

How is this for some seasonal makeup inspiration?

I love autumn shades, and I am finding tons of great options from Bellapierre Cosmetics.  Bellapierre Cosmetics is a pretty fantastic mineral makeup line that actually manufactures their own products.  That means everything is not only high quality without a bunch of ‘filler’ ingredients, the shades are also totally on trend.  They have a huge range of colors and the line is built around the concept of a completely natural appearance.  Each product is designed to deliver a healthy, natural glow.  I am beyond impressed with the products they sent us – this is a really cool line that deserves attention.

Here are some of my favorite items and shades for this season.

Bellapierre autumn shades

The Compact Mineral Blush ($49.99) is a talc and bismuth-free powder mineral blush that has amazing pigmentation.  Use a light hand and blend for a fantastic, glow-from-within effect.  The compact has two compartments, one with the blush and one with a powder puff you can use in a pinch.  It has a nice, big mirror which is always something I appreciate.

Bellapierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Amaretto and Autumn Glow

Bellapierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Amaretto and Autumn Glow

Bellapierre Cosmetics Amaretto Mineral Blush

Bellapierre Cosmetics Amaretto Mineral Blush

Bellapierre Cosmetics Autumn Glow Mineral Blush

Bellapierre Cosmetics Autumn Glow Mineral Blush

Bellapierre Cosmetics Amaretto and Autumn Glow Mineral Blush swatches

Bellapierre Cosmetics Amaretto and Autumn Glow Mineral Blush swatches

My picks for the ultimate fall shades are Amaretto, a natural soft matte orange-toned bronze, and the aptly named Autumn Glow, a beautiful matte red/orange copper.

Bellapierre Cosmetics Catwalk Lipstick

Bellapierre Cosmetics Catwalk Lipstick

Bellapierre Cosmetics Envy Lipstick

Bellapierre Cosmetics Envy Lipstick

The Mineral Lipstick ($19.99) is currently on sale – 2 for $20 for a limited time!  These lipsticks have natural waxes and mineral pigments, iron oxides and antioxidants including Vitamin C and Vitamin E. While the packaging for all the other Bellapierre Cosmetics products seems super sturdy, the lipstick packaging is not very substantial.  The lipstick makes up for what the packaging lacks, however – these are creamy, smooth, pigmented lipsticks that really last.  It’s definitely worth noting that the Mineral Lipsticks do NOT have any animal products, lead, lanolin, or synthetic parabens.

Bellapierre Cosmetics Catwalk Lipstick swatch

Bellapierre Cosmetics Catwalk Lipstick swatch

Bellapierre Cosmetics Envy Lipstick swatch

Bellapierre Cosmetics Envy Lipstick swatch

There are 14 different shades available, but my fall picks are Catwalk, a neutral pinky brown, and Envy, a soft wine cream.

My Bellapierre FOD with Autumn Glow Mineral Blush and Envy Lipstick

My Bellapierre FOD with Autumn Glow Mineral Blush and Envy Lipstick

So here is my Bellapierre Cosmetics fall face of the day – but I don’t consider my look to be complete without nail polish!  Luckily, Bellapierre has an amazing array of nail polish shades, and right now you can buy 3 single nail polishes for just $25 – normally 3 polishes would cost $45, so it’s a great deal.

Bellapierre Cosmetics Nail Polish in Cadillac Pink and Fire Red

Bellapierre Cosmetics Nail Polish in Cadillac Pink and Fire Red

Bellapierre nail polishes are toluene DBP, and formaldehyde free.  They apply smoothly and are very durable.

Bellapierre Cadillac Pink Nail Polish

Bellapierre Cadillac Pink Nail Polish

Bellapierre Cosmetics Fire Red Nail Polish

Bellapierre Cosmetics Fire Red Nail Polish

Two shades I am loving are Fire Red, a true fire engine red, and Cadillac Pink, a glittery pink party in a bottle.  I love using contrasting polish textures together.  Fire Red is a cream polish, while Cadillac Pink has a textured finish.

Bellapierre Nail Polish swatches, left to right:  Fire Red, Cadillac Pink, then Cadillac Pink over Fire Red

Bellapierre Nail Polish swatches, left to right: Fire Red, Cadillac Pink, then Cadillac Pink over Fire Red

Bellapierre Fire Red Nail Polish, second from left topped with Cadillac Pink

Bellapierre Fire Red Nail Polish, second from left topped with Cadillac Pink

Bellapierre Cosmetics has a wonderful selection of shades, and I find all the products to be high quality stuff.  Get into the fall season and head over to the website for some beautiful autumn colors.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

SinfulColors Nail Polish goes Full Throttle

 

Sinful Colors Full Throttle

Sinful Colors Full Throttle

Fall is here, so I’ve put all my pastel nail polish aside for now.  It’s time to get into primary colors, and SinfulColors has exactly what I need in the Full Throttle Collection – ironically a summer collection.  SinfulColors sent us a few shades to try – Marcia previously reviewed the Silk + Satin Collection.  The Full Throttle shades I have for you today all have a ‘rubberized’ texture, so they are matte and bumpy, although not as bumpy as other textured polishes I’ve tried.  Also, these retail for only $1.99 – definitely pocket-book friendly!

Sinful Colors Rain Rubber

Sinful Colors Rain Rubber

Sinful Colors Rain Rubber

Sinful Colors Rain Rubber

Rain Rubber is a bright, creamy primary blue.

Sinful Colors Burn Rubber

Sinful Colors Burn Rubber

Sinful Colors Burn Rubber

Sinful Colors Burn Rubber

Burn Rubber is a yellow-orange that is a great fall shade.

Sinful Colors Red Tired

Sinful Colors Red Tired

Sinful Colors Red Tired

Sinful Colors Red Tired

Red Tired is really, really red – it certainly fits the race car theme!

Sinful Colors Full Throttle:  Burn Rubber, Rain Rubber, Red Tired

Sinful Colors Full Throttle: Burn Rubber, Rain Rubber, Red Tired

Sinful Colors Full Throttle:  Burn Rubber, Rain Rubber, Red Tired

Sinful Colors Full Throttle: Burn Rubber, Rain Rubber, Red Tired

Sinful Colors Full Throttle:  Burn Rubber, Rain Rubber, Red Tired

Sinful Colors Full Throttle: Burn Rubber, Rain Rubber, Red Tired

I find that these dry down and have the best texture when applied in a few very thin coats. They are rather shiny for textured polishes, maybe that is what classifies them as rubber?  While I am not a huge fan of textured polishes, these are some great shades for those of you who do.

There are five more shades in the Full Throttle Collection, check them out online at the SinfulColors website.   You can find them – again only $1.99! – at Walgreens and Rite Aid.   Follow them on Twitter at @SinfulColors_NP and on Facebook at SinfulColors Professional.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Happy birthday Glossybox! August 2014 Glossybox review

Happy birthday and happy third anniversary, Glossybox!  I can’t believe it’s been that long.  Glossybox has mastered the art of delivering full and sample-sized surprise collections of goodies from unique and interesting lines.  $21 a month is a wonderfully affordable way to treat yourself, especially when the value is always well over that – the retail value of the Glossybox they sent us for August is $64.

Happy birthday or happy anniversary?  I guess it's both!  August 2014 Glossybox

Happy birthday or happy anniversary? I guess it’s both! August 2014 Glossybox

a peek inside August 2014 Glossybox

a peek inside August 2014 Glossybox

The August box has four sample sized products and two full-sized products.

deluxe sample of Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream

deluxe sample of Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream

Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream (deluxe sample, retail value $17)  This is the first I’ve heard of this line, and this moisturizer sounds intriguing.  Ginseng has wound healing properties, collagen supports elasticity, avocado is an emollient and a terrific antioxidant, and wheat germ and sesame oils are great emollients.

deluxe samples of Uberliss Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner

deluxe samples of Uberliss Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner

Uberliss Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner (deluxe samples, combined retail value $8) These two hair care products should be extremely hydrating for hair with ingredients like royal jelly and keratin – plus these are sulfate-free.  I am excited to try them out, and they are the perfect size for my upcoming trip out of town.

Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner (mini size, retail value $8)  I absolutely adore my Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner, so I literally squealed when I saw this cute mini liquid liner.  I find Skinny Mini is a softer black than the Eye Do Liner, so it’s great to have the choice of dark black or charcoal black.  The applicator is the same, though, and this is and incredibly easy liquid liner to apply.

SpaRitual Nail Polish

SpaRitual Nail Polish

SpaRitual Nail Polish

SpaRitual Nail Polish

SpaRitual Nail Polish (full size, retails for $12)  Each box has a different shade, and I got Uncharted, a fuchsia shimmer.  This is a pretty, perky pink that is total fun.  I love pink shades so it’s perfect for me.

Kryolan Highlighter in Cashmere

Kryolan Highlighter in Cashmere

Kryolan Highlighter in Cashmere swatched

Kryolan Highlighter in Cashmere swatched

Kryolan Highlighter in Cashmere (full size, retail value $18.95)  What a gorgeous, glowy cream highlighter – I love this!  It’s a small jar, but it’s so concentrated it will last forever.  The jar was created specially for Glossybox’s third anniversary, and it’s worth the price of the box all by itself.  A little Cashmere tapped onto cheekbones gives a perfect amount of glow.

For me, the stand out items are the Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner and the Kryolan Highlighter in Cashmere.  However, everything in the August box is going to get play from me!  If you are considering subscribing, I have some codes for extra goodies for you.  Happy birthday and happy anniversary, Glossybox!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

GLOSSYBDAY will get you 20% off a monthly beauty box (through 10/21).  MAGIC will get you a full size Eyeko Black Magic Mascara with your first Glossybox (through 9/26).  HIPGLOSSY will get you a free Boscia BB Cream with any new subscription (through 9/30).

All in the family with Zoya nail polish: Lisa, Rocky, Max, Marina, and Annie

You know what I think is the coolest thing about Zoya nail polishes?  The names.  The nail polish itself is terrific, but the names are so much fun.  Beyond Polish sent me two nail polishes with names from my family – Annie (my youngest daughter) and Lisa (that would be me).  I wanted to created a ‘family nail wheel’ so I bought three more polishes:  Max, the name of my oldest son; Marina, my second oldest; and Rocky, the family dog.

My Zoya family colors

My Zoya family colors

Just like my family, there are a variety of colors and personalities in my Zoya family nail wheel.  The only one missing is my husband – I wonder if I should email Zoya and ask them create a shade called Kevin?  It would have to be a color that would look amazing on a sports car or a racing bike.  I’m thinking maybe a black duochrome with red undertones.

My Zoya family nail wheel

My Zoya family nail wheel

I previously reviewed Zoya Lisa back in July when I picked it as my favorite red nail polish for the 4th of July holiday.  Lisa is a dark raspberry pink-toned candy apple red metallic foil micro-glitter nail polish (whew, that is a mouthful).

Zoya Lisa

Zoya Lisa

I was so happy when I found that Zoya had a shade the same name as our beloved boxer, Rocky.  Rocky is a creme sky blue.

Zoya Rocky

Zoya Rocky

Zoya Rock and Lisa

Zoya Rocky and Lisa

I had such a great time looking for my kids in the Zoya collections! The names of the Zoya shades are basically female names, but I found Max, which is the name of my son.  Not that he would wear it, but I certainly can!  Max is a light crimson-red with pink, coral and orange undertones.

Zoya Max

Zoya Max

My teenage daughter Marina is very much an individual, so her namesake nail polish is absolutely perfect for her.  Marina is a blue-toned smoky silver-grey with a dusty metallic finish.

Zoya Marina

Zoya Marina

My youngest daughter Annie is going to back to school, so it’s the perfect time to review her namesake nail polish, Zoya Annie.  Annie is a saturated coral-orange with slight red undertones, strong gold shimmer and slight bright green duochrome.

Zoya Annie

Zoya Annie

Zoya Annie

Zoya Annie

Zoya Annie 5Zoya Annie 4Zoya Annie 2

The children:  Marina, Max, and Annie

The children: Marina, Max, and Annie

Now that you’ve seen my Zoya family nail wheel, it’s time to create your own!  What colors are in your Zoya family?  – Lisa

Zoya family

*Annie and Lisa sent for editorial consideration, the rest bought by me