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RIMMEL Magnif'Eyes and NYC Get It All

RIMMEL Magnif’Eyes and NYC Get It All

The lazy, hazy days of summer sometimes need a pick-me-up and if you are reading this blog that usually means something cosmetic. When that feeling pops up there’s nothing like a drugstore trip to add a new product to your life. Having received 2 of the Rimmel London Magnif’eyes Double Ended Shadow + Liner and 3 NYC NEW YORK COLOR GET IT ALL ALL IN ONE LIP COLORS was a definite boost in these lazy days.

There’s so much to love with the Rimmel London Magnif’eyes Double Ended Shadow + Liner that 2 aren’t quite enough. These amazing shadow crayons and liners are the smoothest I’ve tried in ages and the price is so right at MSRP $6.47. How do you pick from these shades? #001 Back To Black, Liner: Matte Black, Shadow: Gun Metal Grey (high pearl with glitter), #002 Kissed By A Rose Gold, Liner: Brown (low pearl), Shadow: Rose Gold (medium pearl), #003 Queens Of The Bronzed Age, Liner: Gold (high pearl with glitter), Shadow: Bronze (medium pearl), #004 Dark Side Of Blue, Liner: Matte Cobalt Blue, Shadow: Dark Grey (low pearl), #005 Pink & Purple Rain, Liner: Matte Dark Plum,  Shadow: Light Pink (high pearl with glitter)rimmel collage

 

I’ve got Pink & Purple Rain along with Kissed by a Rose Gold. These 2-in-1 pencils are easy to apply and last me the entire day. I don’t even have to use an eyeshadow primer with the crayon end since they last through even these incredibly hot and humid days.

Rimmel Magnif'Eyes liner end

Rimmel Magnif’Eyes liner end

The liners are kohl kajal so they are intense and long wearing. Not only can they be worn as eyeliner on the top or bottom but they can be used on the waterline. The shadow side is incredible with a long lasting, creaseproof, and waterproof formula. These are total love with Kissed by a Rose Gold especially getting a lot of wear.

NYC Get It All lipsticks in PINKdigious, ExeptioNUDE, ImpREDsive

NYC Get It All lipsticks in PINKdigious, ExeptioNUDE, ImpREDssive

NYC NEW YORK COLOR GET IT ALL ALL IN ONE LIP COLOR ($2.99) are new to NYC New York Color Cosmetic’s line. These are very creamy with a good wear time. The finish is shiny and the colors can be intense.

NYC Get It All lipsticks in ExeptioNUDE, PINKdigious, ImpREDsive

NYC Get It All lipsticks in ExeptioNUDE, PINKdigious, ImpREDssive

Colors available are ImpREDssive, WondeREDfu, IncREDible,  FUCHSIAtastic,  FabFUCHSIA,

ExeptioNUDE, MOCHAmazing, ExtraordiBERRY, and TerrifiCORAL

 

They have a candy like fragrance that reminds me of Cherry Lik-M-Aid (am I aging myself?) which was always my favorite. likmaidI have the NYC Get It All lipsticks in ExeptioNUDE, PINKdigious, and ImpREDssive. ExeptioNUDE is a mauve nude, PINKdigious is a bright pretty pink, and ImpREDssive is a hot red shade that will get you noticed. Using a light coat of these will give you more of a sheer look but they are easy to intensify with more than one coat plus they’ll last longer that way.

NYC Get It All lipsticks in ExeptioNUDE, PINKdigious, ImpREDssive

NYC Get It All lipsticks in ExeptioNUDE, PINKdigious, ImpREDssive

So what are you waiting for? Get to Target, Walmart, and drugstores to find a new look for under $10 with a Rimmel Magnif’Eyes Double Ended Shadow + Liner and a NYC Get It All lipstick. Oh and pick up a cold drink while you are there!  —  Marcia

*sent for consideration

Can a $4.25 NYC eyeshadow palette change your makeup wardrobe?

NYC Individual Eye Shadow Palettes

NYC Individual Eye Shadow Palettes

As an eyeshadow addict I admit I’m a bit of a snob. I usually spend my time perusing Ulta and Sephora rather than CVS and Walmart. It’s almost always eyeshadows that attract me first. My rather large collection has price points that include $1 shadows, $5 shadows, $12 palettes, $25 + single eyeshadows, and $45 and up eyeshadow palettes. So why am I stuck on two NYC IndividualEYES Eyeshadow Palettes?

First reason is that I am crazy about the NYC Lovatics by Demi Nude Palette and wear it all the time. Since I received that palette my opinion about NYC Cosmetics has dramatically changed. When I was offered other NYC products to test I happily agreed. And of course I started with the two eyeshadow palettes: Pink Nudes and Bronze Nudes.

These palettes have everything you need for a complete eye look: 4 eyeshadows, eyeshadow primer, gel eyeliner, and highlighter. The eyeshadows include an All Over Lid matte shade, Crease shade, Outline color, and a Highlighter shadow. I don’t necessarily use these in that order though. I like to use the crease shade on my eyelid, the outline shade in the crease, and the highlight color on my browbone.

NYC Individual Eyes Pink Nude and Bronze Nude

NYC Individual Eyes Pink Nude and Bronze Nude

NYC IndividualEYES Pink Nude labeled

NYC IndividualEYES Pink Nude labeled

There are 3 IndividualEYES Eye Shadow Palettes in the nude shades (along with 5 more colorful choices): Pink Nudes, Bronze Nudes, and Beige Nudes. Wearing Pink or Bronzes Nudes gives me a very soft eye yet there’s enough pigment to the colors that they don’t disappear. I’m over the smokey eye right now, it just doesn’t feel right to me with warm weather clothes. These palettes fit the bill perfectly.

NYC Individual Eyes Pink Nude

NYC Individual Eyes Pink Nude

Pink Nudes is a cooler palette with matte pinky brown, lightly shimmered pink brown, taupe, and a slightly darker brown that blends beautifully with the shades. It’s a seamless look. The 3 shadows are satiny without shimmer.

NYC Pink Nude

NYC Pink Nude

The right side of all these palettes has a great eyeshadow primer, a brown gel cream eyeliner, and a highlighter that is frosty. I’m very impressed with the primer and use it with these shadows and others. The gel liner is very creamy and can smear. My advice with it is to let it set before you curl your lashes or apply mascara. Once set it lasts well, especially on the top lash line. The illuminator is very creamy and blends well. It adds a touch of shimmer to your look.

NYC Individual EYES Primer, Gel Liner, Illuminator

NYC Individual EYES Primer, Gel Liner, Illuminator

Bronze Nudes has a similar configuration with warmer shades that are neutral. I tend to skip the matte shade in both of these but I do prefer the one in Bronze Nudes over the Pink Nudes one. The highlight shade is a shiny cream, the crease color is a light golden taupe while the outline shade is a golden bronze. None of these apply dark but you can build them up if you want more color.

NYC Bronze Nude

NYC Bronze Nude

NYC New York Color introduces NYC New York Color individual eyes eye shadow palette, featuring everything necessary to complete an eye look in a slim, portable design. 3 shade ranges for every mood: the nudes, the basics and the smokeys!
Each eye set includes a color-boosting primer, four highly pigmented, high-definition, complimentary shadow shades, a highlighter and a gel eyeliner. Plus, with clearly indicated step-by-step instructions, the Individual Eyes Eye Shadows Palette give you tips for easy application and professional results!

These portable all-in-one IndividualEYES Eye Shadow Palettes retail for $4.99 though Walmart sells them for $4.25. You can see all the palettes on the NYC page if you want more information.

I really think these are amazing and not just because I was lucky enough to receive them from PR. The IndividualEYES Eye Shadow Palettes will delight you, I’m sure of it.  — Marcia

 

The Nudes Collection: soft, warm neutrals available in Beige Nudes, Pink Nudes and Bronze Nudes

The Basics Collection:  brown tones for each eye color, including Green Eyes Basics, Blue Eyes Basics and Brown Eyes Basics

The Smokey Eyes Collection: sultry options of Smokey Charcoals and Smokey Violets

NYC Lovatics by Demi – you won’t believe how great these are (giveaway alert too)

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Lovatics by Demi

The last time you saw me write about NYC Lovatics by Demi I was raving about the Natural palette that has been created in the Demi Lovato collection from NYC. My raves have continued since I use this palette all the time. It hits the right buttons for the looks that I love. Plus it’s a total dupe for the original Urban Decay Naked palette. It’s spot on. Whenever I see dupes I wonder about quality but there’s no wondering with this palette since the quality is there 100%.

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Lovatics by Demi

There are no names on this palette but NYC numbered them and then gathered them into groups depending on the look you are interested in: Discreet Nude, Glamour Nude and Smokey Nude. The numbers are in the order of the palette seen above.

NYC Lovatics by Demi Natural palette

NYC Lovatics by Demi Natural palette

There’s a mix of finishes in the palette making it great for whatever look you want.

NYC Lovatics by Demi first 8 swatched

NYC Lovatics by Demi first 8 swatched

NYC Lovatics by Demi last 4 swatched

NYC Lovatics by Demi last 4 swatched

 

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Lovatics by Demi shades 4, 6, 9

My favorite shades are always metallic and lightly shimmered like #4, 6, and 9. I like pigment and brightness in my shadows and Natural has that along with the everyday shades that you need like the matte shades. This is a total steal at $6.99 or $4.99 (Walmart) and I really hope that NYC brings out more palettes in this line.

NYC Lovatics by Demi Cheeky Pink Lip & Cheek Tint

NYC Lovatics by Demi Cheeky Pink Lip & Cheek Tint

In addition to the palette NYC came out with a few more fun items including four Lip & Cheek Tints that are only $3.99. These are liquid stains and they really do stain. If you are looking for a very natural lip tint that will not dry out your lips at all and yet will impart some color, these are for you. They come packaged like a nail polish and the brush is easy to use for  applying but you need to work fast with these.

NYC Lovatics by Demi Cheeky Pink Lip & Cheek Tint

NYC Lovatics by Demi Cheeky Pink Lip & Cheek Tint

I have Cheeky Pink and Cheeky Strawberry and there’s also Cheeky Red and Cheeky Berry. As much as I love cream blushes I’m really too old for these liquids as cheek shades so I personally use them on my lips. Cheeky Pink is bright and has a longer lasting stain to it than Cheeky Strawberry which is darker but subtler.

NYC Lovatics by Demi Cheeky Strawberry Lip & Cheek Tint

NYC Lovatics by Demi Cheeky Strawberry Lip & Cheek Tint

If you have a daughter who does something like dance competitions or cheerleading, these would be perfect. They give that fresh from the cold appearance but won’t disappear, especially Cheeky Pink. According to NYC these are kiss proof and smudge proof.  A great substitute for Benefit’s Lip and Cheek Tints!

I think Demi Lovato is a great spokeswoman for NYC. She’s on a career comeback, she’s bright and cheery, and she’s a fresh face beauty. With different packaging you could sell these for much more and no one would know the difference. — Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: We have extras of all three products in this review so the BIZ Subscriber who wins this giveaway will receive the two Lip & Cheek Tints as well as the NYC Lovatics by Demi Natural palette. This is open to US and Canada through 3/11/16 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If the comments close early please email your comment to beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Demi Lovato or NYC; then you can click enter and continue on.

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*sent for editorial consideration

Splurge vs Steal with Urban Decay, Covergirl, NYC Lovatics, Makeup Revolution USA

close up of usa dollar money and piggy bank

It’s time for a new Makeup Wars and I’m excited about this one. I can’t wait to read what the other bloggers have chosen as their SPLURGE vs STEAL items. For my edition I decided to stick with neutral palettes since they are so popular. Urban Decay Naked palettes started the craze with Too Faced Chocolate Bar and Chocolate Bon Bons following. At $54 and $49 respectively it’s hard to own all the ones you are interested in…. so here comes the steals.

I read this type of article often in magazines and the first thing that comes to my mind is the question of Quality. Yes, two items may look similar, but is the steal something you’d want to wear/use? I have made sure that my steals are ones that I can recommend without question.

URBAN DECAY is the brand that I believe has led the way into the neutral revolution. They have excellent marketing and know how to get the word out with some cutting edge products. Just look at how they’ve promoted the Gwen Steffani items! People are going nuts over them. Also their Naked palettes don’t go out of favor. When I was pulling this together I realized that I can’t find my Naked Basics and Naked 2. Just because they are older doesn’t make them any less relevant and now I’m thinking about purchasing them. I looked to see how to compare my ‘steals’ to my Urban Decay and Too Faced. I hope I’ve succeeded.

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Cosmetics has a new collection in collaboration with Demi Lovato. I received several items that I’ll be reviewing in full and I’m loving them. This $6.99 palette LOVATICS BY DEMI is incredible and a perfect match for the original URBAN DECAY NAKED PALETTE. $6.99. vs $54. Now that’s what I call a Splurge vs Steal. When you find this at Walmart, Target or wherever NYC is sold, grab it before it’s too late.

NYC Lovatics by Demi (Natural) on top of Urban Decay Naked (original)

NYC Lovatics by Demi (Natural) on top of Urban Decay Naked (original)

URBAN DECAY NAKED 3 vs ULTA ROSE GOLD PALETTE

These two are so close that I can blindly reach for either to achieve the same looks. This is a $54 vs $20 Splurge vs Steal except that Ulta’s palette is always on sale and you can use their coupons. This particular week all ULTA products are buy 2 get 2 free, last week this palette was $12.

Urban Decay Naked3 vs Ulta Rose Gold

Urban Decay Naked3 vs Ulta Rose Gold

MAKEUP REVOLUTION USA AFFIRMATION vs URBAN DECAY SMOKY and TOO FACED CHOCOLATE BONBONS

There are 32 eyeshadows in MAKEUP REVOLUTION’S AFFIRMATION PALETTE. This Ulta exclusive is $15 with BOGO 1/2 currently going on. It’s also available with the $3.50 coupon that Ulta advertises. I had to seek out two palettes to match up with the AFFIRMATION palette because it has so many versatile shades.

Makeup Revolution Affirmation palette

Makeup Revolution Affirmation palette

Urban Decay Naked Smoky contains these shades: champagne shimmer micro-glitter, medium bronze, metallic taupe iridescent micr-glitter, metallic silver taupe tonal sparkle, light metallic gray, medium charcoal micro glitter, jet black satin, deep plum taupe, cool taupe matte, rich brown matte, soft pink taupe and light beige satin. Look at the above picture – recognize those shades?

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons contains these shades: matte mauve, cool greige, matte suede, matte plum brown, gilded rose, electric fuchsia pearl, cherry cola shimmer, satin nude, smokey sapphire, deep metallic amethyst, gilded cocoa, metallic taupe, metallic cocoa bronze, and matte warm cream. You can find duplicates of all these shades in the Makeup Revolution Affirmation palette too.

top Urban Decay Smoky, left Makeup Revolution Affirmation, right Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons

top Urban Decay Smoky, left Makeup Revolution Affirmation USA, right Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons

While I love my Urban Decay palettes I shudder thinking about how much money they’ve cost me. Makeup Revolution USA Affirmation isn’t as pigmented as UD and TF but I end up with the same colors and looks. I’m the only one that knows that the Affirmation palette costs a fraction of the other too.

COVERGIRL TRUNAKED NUDES

Covergirl trunaked Nudes

Covergirl trunaked Nudes

Last is the Covergirl trunaked Nudes palette which is a beautiful rendition of a nude palette. The colors are exactly what you need to create daily looks as well as smoky eyes. The palette sells for approximately $12.99 but you can find sales on it. Currently at Ulta it’s $11.98 with a BOGO 1/2 on Covergirl products. I have been blown away by the color and quality of this palette.

I think these steals are pretty fabulous and the true definition of Splurge vs Steal without compromising quality. What’s your favorite steal?  –  Marcia

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*NYC, Covergirl, Makeup Revolution received for editorial consideration, others are self purchased

#FrostyVoxBox Influenster box review

influensterI was luckily chosen by Influenster to receive one of their free sample boxes. I’ve been a member of Influenster for a long time but this is only my second opportunity to receive a box from them. I was excited to be chosen for their winter #FrostyVoxBox and couldn’t wait for it to arrive.

Influenster is a free service for people who are very active on social media. From what I understand it can be anyone, not just bloggers. The important thing is that you share your box and your opinions on sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc. It’s an opportunity to try new products. If you are interested in applying here are two good articles that will tell you more than I possibly can: The Fashionable Affair and I Love My Kids.

#FrostyVoxBox from Influenster

#FrostyVoxBox from Influenster

As a beauty blogger I’m always most excited when I find beauty items in any kind of surprise package so receiving Rimmel London’s Gentle Eye Makeup Remover was terrific. This is a gentle bi-level product that removes all eye makeup, even waterproof. Yet there’s no oily residue. It’s great to find a product I can pick up at the drugstore since I use an eye makeup remover every day. #Rimmel

Rimmel London Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

Rimmel London Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

Now what do I need to remove with this Eye Makeup Remover? How about Rimmel London Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal Eyeliner? The Scandaleyes eyeliners are always terrific and this Kohl Kajal one is new to me. The pigmentation is amazing as is the application of it. It is waterproof so it goes hand in hand with the Rimmel remover. If you are interested in an eyeliner that is not only waterproof but also smudge-proof, sweat-proof, heat-proof and humidity-proof then you’ve found that liner with Rimmel. It comes in 10 shades so there’s a color for everyone.

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal Eyeliner

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal Eyeliner

NYC and Rimmel

NYC and Rimmel

NYC EXPERT LAST LIP COLOR comes in twenty shades. For only $1.97 you can be guilt free even if you are on a budget. It’s a moisturizing formula which we need in this color weather. They say it lasts 6 hours though I tend to bite my lips so it’s rare for a lipstick to last that long on me. #SugarPlum is a great every day shade – not too warm, not too cool.

NYC EXPERT LAST LIP COLOR in Sugar Plum

NYC EXPERT LAST LIP COLOR in Sugar Plum

There was also a sample size of BOOTS No 7 PROTECT & PERFECT ADVANCE SERUM. I wish there was more of it! But a sample allows me to know if I can tolerate the fragrance and a $2 off coupon was included. #getADVANCED

BOOTS No 7 PROTECT & PERFECT ADVANCE SERUM

BOOTS No 7 PROTECT & PERFECT ADVANCE SERUM

Last but far from least in the beauty category is the ECOTOOLS FULL VOLUME HAIR STYLER BRUSH.

ECOTOOLS FULL VOLUME HAIR STYLER BRUSH

ECOTOOLS FULL VOLUME HAIR STYLER BRUSH

ECOTOOLS FULL VOLUME HAIR STYLER BRUSH

ECOTOOLS FULL VOLUME HAIR STYLER BRUSH

I’ve really enjoyed using this brush since it’s gentle on my hair and it does help with achieving some volume. ECOTOOLS is a brand I trust since it’s an ecologically sound brand that believes in recycling. The brush is meant for thin to medium hair which describes mine well. And it’s meant for a smoothing effect, just like I like. #LoveMyEcoHairBrush.

Cosmetic brands from #FrostyVoxBox

Cosmetic brands from #FrostyVoxBox

There’s more to this box than I’ve shown so far. The first item that has now disappeared (in my mouth) is Fruit Vines Bites. These are a soft, chewy fruit candy made by Red Vines and come in two flavors – strawberry and cherry. I can’t wait to get to a store like Target, Kroger or Walgreens to pick up the strawberry. I finished my bag the first day so that tells you how much I like them. There are 3 sizes available: 2 oz single serve, 5 oz hanging bag and a 10 oz resealable bag. I better stick with single serve the next time! #SweetSide

Fruit Vines Bites in Cherry

Fruit Vines Bites in Cherry

Not as exciting but certainly useful is the bottle of McCORMICK GOURMET ALL NATURAL THYME. Perfect timing since one of the goals of our household is to replace all our herbs this year so that we are starting with fresh ones. Thyme gets used in any soup I make and it’s great with fish or chicken on the grill. #McCormickGourmet

McCormick Gourmet Thyme

McCormick Gourmet Thyme

The very last product which is also gone was a sample of Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea which happily was decaffeinated. I’ve cut caffeine from my life and this holiday flavor was a nice treat. #CelestialTea

Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea

Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Green Tea

I really enjoyed being able to sample all of these items big or small. Influenster sends out different boxes monthly and I’m hoping to be able to receive one again now that I’ve experienced some great items that were new to me. Have you ever received an Influenster box? — Marcia

Influenster #FrostyVoxBox items

Influenster #FrostyVoxBox items

 

Disclosure: I received all products complimentary from Influenster and was NOT compensated nor required to write this post. All opinions are my own.

Best things are free from @Influenster! #Rimmel #GetADVANCED #SugarPlum #CelestialTea #LoveMyEcoHairBrush #McCormickGourmet #SweetSide

I’m an Influenster!

Influenster Holiday Vox Box

Influenster Holiday Vox Box

I was very excited when Influenster told me that I would receive their Holiday Vox Box 2012. These are available to bloggers who meet requirements so that we can share impressions with our readers. Companies send items to Influenster and they share to get the word out. Influenster is free to join and great for bloggers and people who love to share their opinions especially on social media like Twitter and Facebook.

I had no idea what to expect in a Holiday Vox Box and to be honest it’s not really very holidayish.  I understand that these products have been in other Influenster boxes but that’s just fine since it contains some items that I think are interesting and are fun to use.

Influenster Holiday Vox Box content card

Influenster Holiday Vox Box content card

It appears that everyone who got a ‘free’ box received the following: Quaker Oats Real Medleys Oatmeal, a single EBOOST packet, Kiss Nail Dress, NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine, Goody QuikStyle Brush, a $25 coupon for Sole Society. Some people, depending on demographics, received a bonus of a Montagne Jeunesse Face Mask.  I’m guessing that the NYC Lipshine and the Kiss Nail Dress are different colors/designs. The Goody QuikStyle Brush could have been either a paddle brush or a half round styler.

Contents of my Influenster Holiday box

Contents of my Influenster Holiday box

Now let’s get to the good part!

Quaker Real Medley Oatmeal is very handy to have at work or home. It’s in a cup that’s ready for you to pour hot water in and eat out of. The delicious one I received is Apple Walnut medley. My husband ate this and really liked it so this is now on our grocery list. He thought the fruit tasted fresh and the walnuts were real. ($1.79 for a single serve cup)

Quaker Real Medleys carton

Quaker Real Medleys carton

EBOOST is a packet that you put into water. I’ve tried these before since they are good to boost mood, focus and immunity. I usually pour it into a bottle of water and shake. It’s doesn’t have caffeine like those energy drinks so you won’t crash. It comes in 4 flavors (orange, pink lemonade, acai pomegranate and super berry). What’s good about these packets is that you can carry them with you and if you need that 4 p.m. wakeup this is a sugar-free way to get it. They are gluten free and soy free. ($28 for a box of 20, $39 for 30)

NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine – yea for cosmetics! NYC has created this liquid lipstick in 10 shades. I received it in Nude York City. It’s like they read my mind since I prefer light shades. These have Vitamin E in them and aren’t too sticky. ($2.49)

NYC Cosmetics gloss in Nude York City

NYC Cosmetics gloss in Nude York City

Kiss Dress Nails are nail stickers. To be honest I need lots of practice with nails stickers but I think practice will make perfect. I couldn’t find a name on the package other than KDS15. I’ve seen these in the store and admired them. They are black with gold designs on them. A beautiful touch for a special night out. You can even use them on your toes. These are especially pretty. ($6.99 for a package with 28 nail strips)

Good QuikStyle brush is the item that I’m most excited about. I’ve seen these and thought they were fascinating but I didn’t know anyone who’d used one so I just wasn’t sure whether it was something I needed to try. I received the Half-Round brush which is great for my shoulder length hair. I could not wait to wash my hair the morning after this box arrived. There are absorbent micrfiber bristles in between plastic bristles. After hair is washed and combed through, I used this brush instead of my regular round brush. I loved how it absorbed the water and helped dry my hair faster. So great. Saving time is the best!
If you leave it out in an open ventilated area it dries quickly or you can also turn your hairdryer on to speed that up. Washing it is like any other brush – comb through to get the hair out, wash with warm water and shampoo, rinse and then turn it upside down and tap the back with the palm of your hand to get the microfiber bristles back in shape. I’m loving this brush. ($11.99)

Goody Quikstyle brush

Goody Quikstyle brush

influenster goody brush info

Montagne Jeunesse Fruit Smoothie Cleansing Mask was my bonus. Montagne Jeunesse makes a wide variety of face masks so I’m guessing that other Influensters received different ones. My particular one is Raspberry & Mango Cleansing Mask. They say these are a one time use but I’ve bought them in the past and actually gotten two uses out of a packet. These are nice masks to have at home or to travel with.

I wish that the subscription boxes that I buy had this many nice items in them. Not only are some of these terrific but it was free to me without even an obligation to blog about it. I’d like to share a few other Influenster boxes with you so you can see the variety they have. If you think you are someone who influences others, you may just be eligible too.

Pammy Blogs Beauty – Cosmo Vox Box 2012

Jenn Staz – Summer Beauty Vox Box 2012

What I found interesting when I was looking for reviews to share is that this isn’t just for beauty bloggers. Influenster has pet boxes, natural boxes, latin beauty boxes and mom boxes. I hope you enjoyed learning about Influenster’s Vox Boxes. Have you ever received one? I’d love to know. — Marcia

*received as a promo from Influenster

NYC Red Lips and a Bare Escentuals Fun Kit!

RED HOLIDAY LIPS….FOR LESS!

 

To lots of us, nothing says ‘holiday season’ like a classic red lip. There are, however, many women who shy away from red lips like the plague. If you are someone who’s never worn red lipstick but are still curious about it, here’s a great red to try that won’t break the bank- NYC Ultra Moist LipWear in Sheer Red.


 

The most important point about Sheer Red- it isn’t sheer. I own plenty of sheer red lipsticks, and, frankly, my dear, this ain’t one of them. Sheer Red is a blue based creamy red that looks good on just about everybody (I know this because I have given it to several people of varying hues). It wears well, and is widely available in venues such as CVS, Target, Rite Aid and ULTA. The best part is the price- only 99 cents!

 

YES, ANOTHER BARE MINERALS HOLIDAY KIT REVIEW!

reviewing another special holiday set from Bare Escentuals

It’s called Beyond Gorgeous and the title is quite fitting. The kit contains 2 full size BE shadows (Stain Ruffle, a nude shimmer; and Frills, a charcoal grey); a full size blush in Pink Ribbon (mauvey pink); 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Icing (sheer blue-based medium pink); Original Mineral Veil (loose finishing powder); Big & Bright eyeliner in Charbronze (exactly what you’d expect it to be, a grey-brown), full size Flawless Volumizing Mascara in Black (this is my FAVORITE BE mascara); and two brushes- an Eye Shaping brush that’s great for sweeping color from lash to brow, and a Flawless Application brush that’s perfect for applying the Mineral Veil. It comes in a heavy cardboard box that ties with a ribbon and is sturdy enough to be reused. The eye colors can be applied dry for a softer look or foiled (with a damp applicator) for more intense color. The eye combo is pretty neutral but the lips and blush are cool pinks. I like cools and I like pinks so I love this kit. The jar and gloss tops have little pink ribbon loops on them, and the pink handles of the brushes match the ribbons- how girly can you get? It’s an excellent value for $54 and can be found at BE Boutiques, slect Nordstrom locations, or at bareescentuals.com. This would make a great gift for any woman  (unless she doesn’t like pink).

 

Disclaimer: the NYC lipstick was purchased by the guest reviewer, she was provided the BE kit for PR purposes by the manufacturer