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Hard Candy, Pacifica, Masqueology last minute gifts

Hard Candy, Pacifica, Masqueology last minute gifts

You are in luck since it’s not too late to pick up gifts in your neighborhood that will be as popular as ones you’ve had stashed away for the last several weeks. It’s a blogger’s job this holiday season to pepper you with products you can buy for others but it’s important to know that you can also buy some treasures for yourself that won’t break the bank.

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Let’s go to Walmart first shall we?

Hard Candy has many sets that are within your budget and are available on Walmart.com as well as stores. This Eye Essentials set has 6 pieces and is only $4.99. Thrill your tween and teen with two eyeshadow palettes and a set of brushes. Order it online and then pick it up in your local store.

Hard Candy Eye Essentials Collection Blue Makeup Set, 6 pc

Hard Candy Eye Essentials Collection Blue Makeup Set

I was sent the Hard Candy Contour and Sculpt Face Kit ($9.88) as an example of what Hard Candy has for holidays. This 9 piece collection is perfect for an older teen or young adult (and you).

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Gift Set

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Gift Set

Stick on a bow and you’re good to go. There’s a great compact with every shade you need for bronzing, sculpting and highlighting. It comes with an adorable cover so you end up with a reusable tin.

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Palette

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Palette

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt palette closed

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt palette closed

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt palette helpful instructions

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt palette helpful instructions

But that’s not all. In this holiday set there’s a Contour sponge, a double sided brush, and a tube of Strobing Glow which is a cream that is for both face and body. This is a perfect party palette as well as being helpful year round.

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt holiday face collection

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt holiday face collection

While you are at Walmart you need to find the MASQUEOLOGY facial masks. These $2.50 masks sold out quickly online although you can ask for an alert to let you know when they’ll be back in stock. It was very hard for me to believe that these are only $2.50. These sheet masks compare to much more expensive ones.

Masque*ology

Masque*ology

The 4 types are Special Care Cream Mask with amazing benefits. This one is great for dry sensitve skin because it moisturizes and hydrates. It’s going to lift and firm skin while it helps diminish the signs of fine lines. The Vita Clarifying Mask is meant for dull tired skin. It’s loaded with vitamins which helps to clarify skin and combats free radicals. My favorite is the Moisturizing Cream Mask. This lovely contains hyaluronic acid and caviar. Ooh la la. The Moisturizing Cream Mask is an excellent hydrator. There’s also Collagen Lifting Cream Mask which is one I need to find more of. This and the Moisturizing mask need to be in the stockings of all the women you know over 40. We can definitely use this revitalization and help in building collagen in our skin.

Masque*ology directions

Masque*ology directions

Masque*ology

Masque*ology

You can’t go wrong with any of these and the price is perfect for a last minute filler.

I’m a big nail polish fan so I’m sending you over to Ulta to find trio of beautiful polishes from PACIFICA. They’ve come out with a set of fall/winter polishes that will make a fabulous gift.

Pacifica Polish trio

Pacifica Polish trio

Pacifica is the brand for anyone you like that wants to use cruelty-free, vegan polishes and ones that are 7 Free. The three shades in the set are Luxe Interior, Wonderland, and London Tomboy.

Pacifica Winter Trio

Pacifica Winter Trio

Luxe Interior is a beautiful black cream with silver sparkles. With two coats it becomes a textured polish. I also tried it with one coat of a black cream polish and Luxe Interior over it and I lost most of the texture. Both are lovely ways to wear this shade. Wonderland is my favorite of the trio since it’s an off white, not quite cream shade. It has subtle shimmer within that I wish wasn’t quite so subtle. London Tomboy is a dark teal green, not quite a true green since it has a blue undertone. This is a beautiful cream polish. Be sure you apply a base coat since dark shades like this can stain.

Pacifica Luxe Interior, Wonderland and London Tomboy

Pacifica Luxe Interior, Wonderland and London Tomboy

Keep your eyes open when shopping at Ulta and Walmart for some gifts you may not have thought of before. All three of these brands will bring a smile to a beautiful face.  —  Marcia

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Pacifica eye makeup giveaway

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

Pacifica Dream Big Mascara and Natural Eye Pencil giveaway

Pacifica Dream Big Mascara and Natural Eye Pencil giveaway

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

Pacifica Dream Big Twist

Pacifica Dream Big Twist

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

Pacifica Dream Big

Pacifica Dream Big

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

Pacifica mascara and eyeliner giveaway

Pacifica mascara and eyeliner giveaway

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

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*sent by Pacifica to facilitate this giveaway

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

Pacifica Dream Big Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara

Pacifica Dream Big Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara

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

Pacifica Dream Big

Pacifica Dream Big

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

*instant lash

*lift & separate

*volumizing

*conditioning

*rich color

*lash serum

*2 in 1 brush

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

Pacifica Dream Big Mascara

Pacifica Dream Big Mascara

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

Pacifica Dream Big Twist

Pacifica Dream Big Twist

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

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

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

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

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

*pr sample

 

Double your chance of winning – Pacifica giveaway and #PacificaMuse Contest

Pacifica Must Contest

Pacifica Must Contest

What’s not to love about Pacifica? They sell cruelty free, vegan makeup, skincare, and fragrances. The emphasis being on cruelty free. They are sponsoring a big giveaway on Instagram to find a Pacifica Muse, a person who represents beauty in their own way. To inform Beauty Info Zone readers about this contest they’ve sent us some products that we’re going to be giving away to one of our readers.

First the Pacifica Muse Contest:

1  Take a video that’s 30 – 60 seconds long explaining why you should be the #Pacifica Muse

2  Upload the video to their Instagram

3  Be sure you tag it #PacificaMuse

Pretty easy directions to hopefully win $15,000 in cash and prizes

Beauty Info Zone Pacifica Cosmetic giveaway

Beauty Info Zone Pacifica Cosmetic giveaway

The two items we have to share with our winner are the beautiful Power of Love Eyeshadow Palette. These are coconut-infused mineral eyeshadows that are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.

Pacifica Power of Love Palette

Pacifica Power of Love Palette

This is a neutral plus palette with all the colors you probably wear on a daily basis yet pops of color to make it more fun. They are all velvety with a combination of matte, satin, and pearl shades. This $20 palette from ULTA is sure to make your days more lovely.

The second delight you’ll receive is Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick in the shade Beach Goth. The Devocean Natural Lipsticks come in 6 shades and are deeply pigmented, hydrating lipsticks. They are loaded with anti-aging ingredients that will help nourish your lips.

Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick in Beach Goth

Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick in Beach Goth

Do you have the gumption to be the next Pacifica Muse? There will be a variety of prizes given out to those who enter but that main prize of over $15,000 in cash and prizes plus more is going to be perfect for someone. Will it be a Beauty Info Zone reader?  —  Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  Today’s giveaway is open to US and Canada subscribers. If you don’t subscribe to Beauty Info Zone by email then you aren’t eligible to win. The winner will receive these two beauties and maybe a little more. The giveaway continues through 8/8/16 at 11:59 p.m. ET. If comments close just email your comment to me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it PACIFICA. Make your comment in the email and then go on to do more entries. Remember you can tweet daily on our giveaways so that’s even more chances to win. We will check all entries so keep it honest.

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Pacifica 7 Free Nail Color Trio

Pacifica Nail Color Trio

Pacifica Nail Color Trio

I considered including this beautiful PACIFICA trio in my Makeup Wars article but it just doesn’t feel very springy to me. I wore these polishes during those in between months when I never knew what Mother Nature would bring me and they were perfect for that. Now they’ll be send down to toe land instead of hand land.

*pr samples

PACIFICA is known more for their 100% vegan and cruelty free products than they are for their nail polish but they have a large selection of polish. Ulta carries 25 shades of their long lasting polishes ($9 each). Pacifica 7 Free is formulated without parabens, phthalates (dibutyl phthalate), toluene, xylene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin, and animals.

Pacifica Nail Color Trio polishes

Pacifica Nail Color Trio polishes

This set ($20 at Ulta stores) contains 3 polishes that you can buy separately: Midnight Rambler, Super Fox, and Star Dust Memories but if you can find the set it’s so much more economical.

Pacifica Midnight Rambler

Pacifica Midnight Rambler

Pacifica Midnight Rambler

Pacifica Midnight Rambler

MIDNIGHT RAMBLER is the one I wore first because I just couldn’t resist the dark inky blue. It’s stunning on and it looked beautiful throughout the week. If you are a dark blue polish fan you won’t find prettier. Be sure you use a good base coat though because it will stain if you don’t.

Pacifica Super Fox

Pacifica Super Fox

Pacifica Nail Color Trio polish swatches: Midnight Rambler, Super Fox, Star Dust Memories

Pacifica Nail Color Trio polish swatches: Midnight Rambler, Super Fox, Star Dust Memories

PACIFICA 7 FREE in SUPER FOX is the teal to end all teals. It’s a clear shade as in not murky. There’s a very subtle shimmer to it that you’ll enjoy seeing on your nails.

Pacifica Star Dust Memories

Pacifica Star Dust Memories

Star Dust Memories is the hardest to describe. In some lights it looks like a light charcoal, in other lights I see a lot of blue undertones, and sometimes it seems like a silver gray. I needed to add top coat midweek to keep this shiny but the polish itself wore great.

Pacifica Star Dust Memories

Pacifica Star Dust Memories

Now that I’ve experienced Pacifica nail color I see several shades that look very enticing to me. If they all apply as smoothly and wear as well as these did then it’s a brand to collect. — Marcia

Pacifica 7 Free Nail Color Trio

Pacifica 7 Free Nail Color Trio

*sent for consideration

 

Juiced up hair: Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio

Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio

Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio

Isn’t this the cutest hair care set??  Just looking at the Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio ($19) makes me happy, both because it is so darn colorful and because I know I will taking it with me as I ‘jet set’ to my spring vacation in a few days.                                                                                                         PR sample

Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio

Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio

This gorgeous trio of TSA-friendly hair care is available exclusively at Ulta. It’s best for fine, oily, and/or color-treated hair, all of which describe the genetic scramble I am blessed with. The ingredients are interesting – kale? Super fruits? They sound healthy and they definitely do good things for my hair.

The Super Kale Juiced Up Shampoo doesn’t have any sulfates, which means it doesn’t strip hair color and it also doesn’t foam up much. It leaves hair clean, soft, and full. It does have a pretty strong mint fragrance, so if you are scent-adverse this may not be for you. The Super Kale Juiced Up Conditioner has the same mint scent and it protects hair from stress and pollutants while leaving it nicely hydrated. My hair really loves the Hairvana Leave-On Detangling Conditioner, which is a great conditioning balm. Mmmm, love the vanilla scent and this really smooths the hair cuticle without weighing down super fine hair.

Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio

Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio

The smaller sizes of these hair products make them absolutely travel-friendly, and the packaging has me dreaming of ocean breezes and colorful drinks already. Again, the Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio is only at Ulta and unless you don’t like fragranced hair care this is a terrific set for great vacation hair.  – Lisa

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December’s Ipsy bag was a winner for me and there’ll be a winner for this giveaway

Ipsy Glam Bag December 2015

Ipsy Glam Bag December 2015

While ending the year IPSY obviously wanted me to keep subscribing since they sent me items that I’m excited about owning and using. Every item this month for me has been a winner though there’s one that won’t work for me. Which means that at the end of this review there’s a giveaway (hint, it’s all about your lips).

Ipsy Glam Bag contents 12/15

Ipsy Glam Bag contents 12/15

I was pretty loaded up this month and even got a bonus that not everyone got. I’ve seen a few reviews of the December box and it seems that some people received an EM Cosmetic item so that’s what I’ll start with.

EM Cosmetics Shade Play eyeshadow palette

EM Cosmetics Shade Play eyeshadow palette

EM COSMETICS SHADE PLAY EYESHADOW PALETTE ($28) was a bonus for me this month. Eyeshadow palettes and I are besties. I’ve purchased several of these palettes and I know that they are quite nice so when I saw Bali Bronzes in my package I was thrilled.

EM Shade Play palette in Bali Bronzes

EM Shade Play palette in Bali Bronzes

Bali Bronzes swatches from emcosmetics.com

Bali Bronzes swatches from emcosmetics.com

These are my kinds of colors and this sturdy case is going to go traveling with me.

Sephora X in Revved Up

Sephora X in Revved Up

Revved Up from sephora.com

Revved Up from sephora.com

Sephora X Formula Nail Pollish in Revved Up is another great product for me. I love the mini size since I probably will wear it 1 – 2 times altogether. But more important, I love the color. It’s a rose gold metallic that’s going to be a great party shade for me. While I haven’t worn it yet, I know I will. The full size is $10.50 at Sephora.

RickysNY 3D Blender

RickysNYC 3D Blender

I love tools and this RickysNYC 3D Blender is going to have fun living on my vanity. While I mostly use a Beauty Blender, I also misplace things often. Usually they are right in front of me or pushed back in a drawer. So having an extra Blender sponge will come in quite handy. This is 100% latex free. It also costs $10 which is the price I paid for my entire IPSY Glam bag. Can’t argue with that!

Ipsy samples: Thank Me Later e/s primer, Befine Exfoliating Cleanser

Ipsy samples: Thank Me Later e/s primer, Befine Exfoliating Cleanser

Two deluxe sample items were in the bag too. Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later eyeshadow primer is one of the better samples I’ve gotten in subscription boxes. I use up primers fairly quickly either on my eyes or in swatching. Plus this is a great travel size (value about $3.50). Befine Exfoliating Cleanser is a great size for a deluxe sample, giving us enough uses to know how much we like it. This contains brown sugar, almond & oats to remove oils and nourish dry, sensitive skin. Plus it’s a cruelty free company. A full size of 4 oz. is $24 making this 1 oz size worth $6.

Pacifica Power of Love lipstick in Nude Red

Pacifica Power of Love lipstick in Nudie Red

Receiving a full size lipstick from PACIFICA ($10) is pretty darn great. This is a great cruelty free company that is 100% Vegan. Nudie Red is actually a very nice color but it’s not my kind of color. Therefore someone is going to win this. The company says it’s a satin finish and that the tube is recyclable. To my eye it appears to be a light red with brownish undertones. It’s not a deep shade so if you are afraid of red, this should still be fine.

This was one of the best IPSY GLAM bags I’ve ever received, even if I hadn’t gotten the bonus palette I still would have been quite happy with it. If you are considering this bag, I’d love it if you used my affliate link which would help me earn points towards a freebie. What do you think of the December bag? Did I get my money’s worth?? (Darn straight I did!)  — Marcia

Lip giveaway products from Pacifica, OFRA and Bellepiere

Lip giveaway products from Pacifica, OFRA and Bellepiere

OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Americano and BELLAPIERRE Gel Lip Liner in Cinnamon

OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Americano and BELLAPIERRE Gel Lip Liner in Cinnamon

Pacifica Power of Love lipstick in Nude Red

Pacifica Power of Love lipstick in Nudie Red

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: This giveaway is actually for 3 lip products plus some extras. Included in the red IPSY makeup bag from this month will be PACIFICA NUDIE RED LIPSTICK, OFRA AMERICANO LIQUID LIPSTICK and BELLAPIERRE CINNAMON GEL LIP LINER. I reviewed the OFRA and Bellapierre in my Boxycharm review so you can see the brown/cinnamon shades you’ll be receiving if you win this. All three of these lip products are top notch, just not my colors. The giveaway is open for US/Canada through 1/12/16. If comments should close early please email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com, label it LIPSTICK GIVEAWAY, leave your comment and continue on! If these are your shades you’ll be one beautiful BIZ reader.

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