Makeup Wars Color Wars – how about some nudes

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What do you think of when someone mentions the word nude when it relates to cosmetics? Whatever it is, it may not be what someone else thinks of. A nude to me isn’t necessarily a nude to you. When the decision came up to each pick a color to share it took me a while to come up with my choice. Once I decided on Nude though it’s all I could think about. There are so many different shades of nude including some beautiful mauve nudes that I love. Over the holidays I bought a NUDESTIX collection which fits in perfectly. So let’s get nude with NUDESTIX.

NUDESTIX Nude (ART)ist Box

NUDESTIX Nude (ART)ist Box

First I have to apologize since this set was a limited edition available for the winter holidays. It contains 6 full size NUDESTIX Neutral Magnetic Eye Colors which are all available separately. If you see something you love, then get yourself to Sephora or Ulta for a single.

NUDESTIX single kit

NUDESTIX single kit

I can’t help but love NUDESTIX’s packaging. Each product comes in a metal reusable container that are fun to own. NUDESTIX Metallic Color Eyeshadows are $24 each and come with a sharpener as well as the pencil.

NUDESTIX sharpener

NUDESTIX sharpener

The kit contains 3 Luminous shades (Angel, Lilith, Twilight) and 3 Matte Shades (Army, Putty, Taupe). Even though only certain shades make me think of nude, the others are great neutrals to own.

NUDESTIX (ART)IST BOX

NUDESTIX (ART)IST BOX

NUDESTIX (ART)IST BOX

NUDESTIX (ART)IST BOX

Before I show you the 6 shades let me give you my assessment of them so you can see if they are for you.

  1.  If you have oily lids, I don’t know if these would work for you. They can crease or wear away. This is my opinion though and I noticed that Ulta says they are great for oily lids.
  2.  If your eyelids aren’t oily these are great to use with some hints.
    1. Apply a good eyeshadow primer and let it dry
    2. Then apply a neutral powder eyeshadow that doesn’t change the color/s you are going to use.
  3. They can be used in 4 ways: eyecolor, eyeliner, base, and highlighter.
  4. Once they set they become waterproof and last on me for the full day.
  5.  NUDESTIX removes easily with eye makeup remover.
  6.  I don’t consider them the easiest eyeshadow crayons to blend. I’m more likely to wear only one at a time but they work well with powder eyeshadows.
Nudestix Lilith

Nudestix Lilith

Lilith is a champagne cream with some shimmer. None of the Luminous/Satin shades will drop glitter on your face but you may notice some shimmer around your eyes. Lilith is the lightest of this set.

Nudestix Angel

Nudestix Angel

Angel is my favorite as it’s a light rose gold. Total bliss on my eyelid with a darker powder in the crease. I could stare at it all day.

Nudestix Twilight

Nudestix Twilight

Twilight is also a Luminous shade, it’s described as a gray taupe with shimmer. It’s more taupe though than gray so don’t let that scare you. This is a one-and-go shade for me. I’ll put it on up to the crease and blend it so that it’s lighter near my lashline.

Nudestix Putty

Nudestix Putty

Putty is a matte cream beige shade. On me it shows up as a light tan. This is not one I’d have personally bought as a single since it tends to look more yellow than I prefer but remember I have very cool toned skin.

Nudestix Taupe

Nudestix Taupe

Taupe is a much better matte shade for me and I like it a lot. It’s a cool toned neutral brown and my favorite of my 3 matte shades.

Nudestix Army

Nudestix Army

Army is a neutral brown matte with green undertones. I see a dark cool brown but rarely do I notice the green undertones. I said I didn’t think these were great for layering but I do sometimes wear this with Angel or Lilith even though I have to take time to get it on evenly.

Nudestix Lilith, Angel, Putty, Twilight, Taupe, Army, and Gilt

Nudestix Lilith, Angel, Putty, Twilight, Taupe, Army, and Gilt

I’m not done yet! For a true nude you need something that doesn’t show at all. I have been buying some products from Kiko Milano and two of them fit today’s Makeup Wars.

Kiko Milano Invisible Lip Liner

Kiko Milano Invisible Lip Liner

I love using an invisible/clear lipliner but they aren’t that easy to find. Then a friend recommended looking into Kiko Milano. Invisible Lip Liner is considered a primer. It glides on and is easy to use. The full price is $9 but Kiko often has sales. What I really like about the site is their free shipping starts at $15 – very unusual these days. While I have an older Paula’s Choice clear lipliner (no longer available) it isn’t as smooth and easy to apply. This is a staple I like having in my stash.

Kiko Milano Nude Blur Lip Base

Kiko Milano Nude Blur Lip Base

Another product I can recommend is Nude Blur Lip Base ($11). The Lip Base is creamier than the liner and helps smooth the appearance of lip lines. I especially like it under certain matte liquid lipsticks since my lips feel more moisturized. It contains olive oil extract and brown algae which help to protect the lips.

And now you have my current nudes. I know some of the other Makeup Wars ladies have chosen nude too but my guess is that they have very different choices and I can’t wait to read them. Join my friends to learn what their color choice is.  —  Marcia


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What is inside Lisa’s vintage purse?

I am all about purses, but not really the latest…although I definitely appreciate a Chanel or a Prada when I see one! My style is more boho or vintage, and when I find a gorgeous vintage purse I just about turn inside out. I love my stunning vintage purse that was actually a gift to me from my most beloved friend, who obviously understands my preferences because it is perfect for me.

It may not have a label, but I love it!

It may not have a label, but I love it!

Vintage purse handle

Vintage purse beadingVintage purse 2

Now, I am a realist and I know I am a major procrastinator (just ask my poor, ever-patient blogging partner Marcia), so I just keep this purse filled with the perfect products at all times. That way, when I am running late for a fancy evening or event – and I am ALWAYS running late – I can just grab this and go, knowing that I have everything I need.

Vintage purse inside

My favorite dressy purse contains a few beautiful and essential items that I was sent last year from Mont Bleu, an online site that features Swarovski jewelry and crystal nail files. This particular makeup mirror is still available – you can find it right HERE.

Vintage purse compact

I always have a nail file with me and I love this crystal file from Mont Bleu.

Vintage purse crystal nail file

My Senna Blush & Bronze Duo in Beached Peach is always perfect for touch ups…have you ever noticed that nothing perks up your look quicker than a bit of blush??  I also love my little Crown Brush C109 Mini Bronzer Brush. Exactly what is needed for a purse.

Senna and Crown

Senna and Crown

Luck favors the prepared with the Minimergency Kit. It’s from the ‘Good Luck Series’ and the little four-leaf clover never fails to make me feel lucky. This little kit holds 16 different items that are truly essentials and it’s only 3.5″ x 2″ x 2″ so it fits into the palm of your hand. I am astounded at what fits into this mini life saver: hairspray; dental floss, band aids, and Blistex; Advil; a mini sewing kit that also includes a set of earring backs and clear elastics; and double-sided tape, breath mint drops; an emery board; a tampon; and clear nail polish. Just think of how many times you wished you had one of those items and couldn’t find one anywhere. Also included are three foil packs: nail polish remover, stain remover, and a deodorant towelette.

Vintage purse Mini Emergency Kit

I use a wonderful little box that came with some Nudestix items to house my lippies. I always have a lip balm and this one is Savannah Bee Beautiful Sugar Lip Balm. My lipstick is the gorgeous Julie Hewett Oona Noir, and I love it with my Alison Raffaele Lip Gloss in Luscious, a shimmery gold, over top. I also carry my Face Stockholm Lip Brush that is the perfect size.Vintage purse lippies

Vintage purse lippies and brush

The last items I throw into my purse before heading out the door include my phone, a Samsung Galaxy. I know people love their iPhones, but I am an Android girl all the way.

Vintage purse phoneFinally, oh how I adore my retro GARRETT LEIGHT Wilson Mirrored sunglasses that I bought from ShopBop. They have mirrored, gradient lenses and actually came with a hard case and cleaning cloth too. They are the most expensive sunglasses I have ever owned, but worth every single penny. They are still available on ShopBop in blue and in purple.

GARRETT LEIGHT Wilson Mirrored sunglasses

GARRETT LEIGHT Wilson Mirrored sunglasses

That’s all that is in my purse! Thanks for reading, and be sure to check out the inspiring ‘What’s in my purse’ post from the other amazing ladies on the Beauty Spotlight Team.  – Lisa

Vintage purse goodies

*some items are press samples that have become staples; others gifts or purchased by me*

Holiday gift guide for the Glam Girl!

Beauty Info Zones Glam Holiday Gift GuideShe loves pretty packaging, big lashes, the latest trends, and large price tags.  So what to buy her for the holidays??  Go big or go home with these glamorous gift options, all BIZ tested and approved!

Onsen Tenseless Cream

1.  Onsen Tenseless Cream ($400):  When only the best will do, go for this amazing moisturizing cream.  It’s perfect for nighttime, giving 8 full hours of relaxation to facial muscles – which means that beauty sleep really results in beauty!  I am happy with my skin every morning when I use this awesome night moisturizing cream.  Available at www.onsensecret.com

Chella Lash FullFillment Kit

2.  Chella Full-Fillment Lashes Kit ($95)  The perfect kit for building beautiful eyes.  It has everything needed for luscious lashes:  a 6 mL tube of Chella Lash Full-Fillment Eyelash Treatment, Chella Anti-Fatigue Eye Mask Kit, and a sample of Chella Eye Cream packaged neatly in a  custom tri-fold Chella Eyebrow Organizer. The Organizer has 8 individual pockets, plenty of room for the Chella items plus more.

Esqido Little Black Lash and Voila Lash

3.  Esqido Mink Lashes ($34-$42):  These gorgeous mink lashes not only look amazing, they also last through up to 25 uses!  For subtle glam, go with Little Black Lashes.  For lots of oomph, go with Voila Lash.  I have zero talent when it comes to applying falsies, but these are so easy to use I reach for them whenever I want instant lash gratification.  Available on www.esqido.com

Nudestix 2

4.  Nudestix:  Innovative packaging and on-trend colors make this line a winner for any glam-loving girl.  The effortless nude shades perfectly compliment those dramatic lashes with the Concealer Pencil ($24), Mascara ($24), and Magnetic Eye Color in Twilight ($24).  Available at www.urbanoutfitters.com and in Urban Outfitters stores

Guess Seductive 2

5.  Guess Seductive ($22):  Besides the wonderful packaging with the heart charm, this sweetly seductive scent features bergamot, pear, jasmine, african orange flower and vanilla.  It’s a creamy, fruity/floral scent that works for everyone from teens to cougars.  Your giftee can raise some temperatures (and who knows what else?) with this sexy scent.

Rituals Happy Mist and Good Luck Scrub

6.   Good Luck Scrub ($29) and Rituals Happy Mist ($25):  The perfect duo for any glam girl’s great night’s sleep!  Rituals Good Luck Scrub is certainly lucky, with a winning combination of organic sugar, safflower, avocado, sweet almond, macadamia, jojoba, and sunflower seed oils.  The scent is gorgeous – sweet orange and cedar.  It leaves skin super soft and smooth, ready to climb into soft linens gently scented with Rituals Happy Mist.  Oh, this bed and body mist will make even the most discriminating gal extremely happy.  Orange and yuzu beautifully refresh linens, and because it’s cosmetic grade it can be used as a body mist as well.  It’s a great way to get happy between the sheets!

Black Friday is approaching, and the holidays will be here before you know it.  Get your shopping done early with these pretty, sexy, and trendy options for the glam-loving girl on your list.  Shopping for someone who loves practical beauty options?  Check out my Ten holiday gift ideas for the practical fashionista right HERE!  – Lisa

*items reviewed sent for editorial consideration