Gift yourself with IT Cosmetic’s Je Ne Sais Quoi palette #itcosmetics

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

While I am entranced with IT Cosmetics year round, when it comes to the holidays I find that they go all out. Whether you are gifting others or yourself their new Je Ne Sais Quoi palette should be at the top of your list. I’m sure you’ve been nice (with maybe a little naughty thrown in) so you deserve this in your life.                                                       press sample

Everything about this palette is perfection, as a matter of fact it’s subtitled “Your Complexion Perfection”. For $42 you’ll be charmed by the Award-Winning Face Palette with Perfect Lighting Technology”.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

A few days ago Lisa and I showed you the fabulous holiday brush sets that Ulta carries from IT Cosmetics. The set I have, City Chic, is the perfect companion for this palette. They are both a beautiful rose gold and the face brushes work wonderfully with the palette.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

The 4 talc free powders in the compact are all new except for the translucent pressed powder. You’ll have a perfect travel palette with this as well as one that you’ll use daily at home. The palette is bigger than I expected at 4.5″ square. The colors are each 1..75″ square so getting a brush in is easy and won’t run over into the next color.

Bye Bye Pores Blush in Je Ne Said Quoi is a beautiful brightening shade. One that applies like a dream. If you like intensity it builds up easily or you can use a light touch with your dual fiber blush brush to start light. I could easily wear this blush every day.

Bye Bye Pores Blush in Je Ne Sais Quoi

Bye Bye Pores Blush in Je Ne Sais Quoi

Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder in Translucent is one of the best translucent powders you can wear. I bought this powder as soon as it came out. This sheer powder is great as a finishing powder to set your foundation. It’s one of IT’s most popular products so having it in this palette is a bonus. Have pores? Want to make them disappear? Then you want this powder.

Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder in Translucent

Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder in Translucent

Sunshine in a Compact Bronzer in Warmth is perfect if you are missing your summer color. You can use it as you would a bronzer or contour with it. Both ways work perfectly.

Sunshine in a Compact Bronzer in Warmth

Sunshine in a Compact Bronzer in Warmth

Perfect Lighting Luminizer is the hero product for me in this palette. I am always fascinated with highlighters and this one stands out to me. It’s a soft peachy beige powder that’s luminous but has no glitter. When you are my age you just don’t need glitter on your face. This special luminizer highlights and enhances. I’m sure I’ll end up seeing pan on this shade first.

Perfect Lighting Luminizer

Perfect Lighting Luminizer

This palette would stop me in my tracks at an Ulta as it will you.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette swatches

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette swatches

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette swatches

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette swatches

Trust me on this one. You really want this, I know you will.  —  Marciait-cosmetics-je-ne-sais-quoi-palette-open2

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Beauty Junkees love this Powder Highlighting and Contour Kit

Beauty Junkees Powder Contour Kit

Beauty Junkees Powder Contour Kit

It came as a surprise to us that Beauty Junkees has expanded their business to include cosmetics. We have been fans of their amazing brushes and makeup sponges for quite a while but didn’t expect that their next venture would take them into cosmetics. It’s a welcome addition and we’re happy to have been sent the Powder Contour Kit to wear and show you the versatility.

Beauty Junkees Powder Contour Kit

Beauty Junkees Powder Contour Kit

The kit has six shades with 3 highlighting powders and 3 contour shades. The top row contains Banana, Vanilla, and Sand. There is no shimmer to these powders, although Sand has a subtle glow, so they can be used all over your face. Use them for a touch of color or use them as your finishing powder. I have shimmery highlighters so this is a great change of pace for me.

Beauty Junkees Powder Contour Kit : Sand, Vanilla, Banana

Beauty Junkees Powder Contour Kit : Banana, Vanilla, Sand

There’s more variation in the shades than my iPhone photo shows but they are subtle differences.

Beauty Junkees Powder Contour Kit : from top Banana, Vanilla, Sand

Beauty Junkees Powder Contour Kit : from top Banana, Vanilla, Sand

The bottom row is where the contouring comes in with Fawn, Java, and Truffle. You can easily build the colors up if you want. Since my skin is so fair I like to use the Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Flat Angled Brush to get a light covering that blends easily.

Beauty Junkies Powder Contour Kit: Fawn, Java, and Truffle

Beauty Junkies Powder Contour Kit: Fawn, Java, and Truffle

Beauty Junkies Powder Contour Kit:left to right Fawn, Java, and Truffle

Beauty Junkies Powder Contour Kit:left to right Fawn, Java, and Truffle

There’s more variation in the contour powders and there’s a shade for everyone. This is the palette you want for everyday especially if you live a conservative lifestyle or work in a conservative workplace. You can always add shimmer to jazz it up but if you start with a matte palette like this you’ll be much happier.

Beauty Junkees How to Contour and Highlight

Beauty Junkees How to Contour and Highlight

Beauty Junkees Powder Contour Palette is made in the US and is cruelty free, paraben and gluten free. While this sells for $24.97 on Amazon and Beauty Junkees website we have a code for you to buy it for 25% off!! INFOZONE is the code and it’s valid through 12/23/16. At $18.75 you really can’t go wrong. While you’re at it, don’t forget about the great Beauty Junkees brushes.  —  Marcia

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Be sure to read more about Beauty Junkees and their wonderful creations HERE.

Covergirl trunaked eyeshadow palette, TRUly delightful

Covergirl Trunaked palette in Nudes with oh sugar! tinted lip balms

Covergirl Trunaked palette in Nudes with oh sugar! tinted lip balms

I’ve mentioned these Covergirl products before but I can’t help it – I’m mentioning them again. That’s because I don’t want you to miss out on them, especially the trunaked palettes that Covergirl has out now. I’m hoping that they are permanent since there are 3 and I “only” have one. As an eyeshadow lover I just can’t help but be attracted to all three of the palettes: Nudes, Roses, and Goldens. I was sent Nudes and I’ve been trying to track down the other two after experiencing the quality of this $12 palette.

Covergirl trunaked - nudes

Covergirl trunaked – nudes

If you are a neutral eyeshadow lover then you definitely will be interested in Covergirl trunaked Nudes palette . With 8 shades that are a mix of matte, satin, and shimmer the gamut is covered. There isn’t a look you can’t do with this palette; it works day and night; subtle and smokey. I think the texture of the shadows is great. They are soft and blend easily. There is some fallout so they aren’t perfect but using these with an eyeshadow primer they’ll last the day.

covergirl tru nudes palette open

1)  Buff  has a satin finish and is a slightly shiny brow or lid shade.

2)  Shell is a matte that barely shows up on me which is something I need in my collection. It’s great for blending and as a browbone shade.

3)  Champagne is a shimmery amber champagne shade that adds some life to your browbone or lid.

4)  Fawn is a great matte light brown. It truly feels like silk. It’s a great transition shade plus I’ve used it to tone down the darker shades.

5)  Mink is my favorite shade in the palette. It’s a golden taupe that I wear on my lid. This is the type of shade I could wear just about daily without tiring of it.

6)  Cocoa is another matte that’s just as it sounds. This isn’t too dark but it isn’t too light. It goes on so smoothly that it’s hard for me to believe it’s a matte.

7)  Coffee is another favorite. This has a light shimmer to it and is one of those dark browns that I’m drawn to time and again.

8)  Sable, another matte, is just short of being black. It’s like they took black and then added in some brown to soften it. While it looks intense in the palette, it’s really an easy to wear shade.

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

Don’t ask me why but but my swatches are in the wrong order.  You can see the brown in Sable more in my swatch than on my eyes. Also Mink doesn’t have that copper tone, it’s really taupe once on.

To complement the shadows and have a soft but moist lip look, don’t forget about oh sugar! tinted lip balms.

Covergirl oh sugar! in Candy Bonbon and Taffy Tire

Covergirl oh sugar! in Candy Bonbon and Taffy Tire

These will give you a soft look that looks as good when you are naked as when you are clothed.

Have you had the pleasure of finding any of these Covergirl trunaked palettes yet?  — Marcia

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Pixi Beauty brings beauty with their Palette Bronzette (giveaway time)

Pixi Beauty Palette Bronzette

Pixi Beauty Palette Bronzette

There was excitement at my house when Pixi sent this Palette Bronzette Face Palette. As pretty as it is in this picture, it’s better in person. This is a limited edition ($28) that Pixi says will “Bring out your inner glow & add a summery sheen to your favourite features with this must-have palette!”. How right they are. Everything you need for a summer face is packaged together in one well priced palette.

There are twelve eyeshadows divided into four sections: eyeliner shades, crease shades, eyelid shades and highlighter shades. The combinations are untold.

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyeliner Shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyeliner Shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyeliner Shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyeliner Shades

The Eyeliner shades are taupe, dark brown and charcoal. I’ve used these as crease shades even though they are labeled eyeliner shades.

Pixi Palette Bronzette Crease Shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Crease Shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Crease Shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Crease Shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Crease Shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Crease Shades

The Crease shades are my favorites in this palette. They aren’t really too dark so they look just as good on the lid for me as they do in the crease. These are all satiny with a touch of shimmer within.

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyelid Hues

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyelid Hues

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyelid Hues

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyelid Hues

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyelid Hues

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyelid Hues

The Eyelid shadows are definitely on the light side, a sponge tip applicator picks up more tint than a brush does so that probably wasn’t a good choice for me to use. The peach shade is the most vibrant and is a little too warm for my cool complexion but the other two work great for me.

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlight shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlight shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlight shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlight shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlight shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlight shades

I love the Highlight shades and I’m so happy that they are included in this palette. To have three of these makes it even more exciting. Each one gives a hint of color while highlighting to match your shadow selections.

There’s more to this palette than eyes though. There’s also a beautiful blush, a highlighter, and a bronzer. See what I mean about it being everything you need?

Pixi Palette Bronzette Bronzer

Pixi Palette Bronzette Bronzer

Pixi Palette Bronzette Bronzer

Pixi Palette Bronzette Bronzer

A warm matte bronzer that’s easy to wear. No glitter, no shimmer, glides on, lasts well. It’s a universal shade.

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlighter/Contour

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlighter/Contour

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlighter/Contour

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlighter/Contour

This Highlighter/Contour shade is lightly shimmered but not the kind of shimmer that looks inappropriate. Everyone is talking about contouring nowadays and in this palette you have that with both a bronzer and this shade. I like to take a big fluffy brush and highlight with this. It makes me feel a little glamorous.

Pixi Palette Bronzette Cheek Glow

Pixi Palette Bronzette Cheek Glow

Pixi Palette Bronzette Cheek Glow

Pixi Palette Bronzette Cheek Glow

This beautiful Cheek Glow aka blush is a flattering warm pink and the perfect complement to this palette.

I’m still not done. Pixi Beauty also sent LipLift Ice which is a lip plumper ($14) that I’m sure I’m addicted to. In the package this is a light pink as the name, Petal Ice, would infer. But once on your lips it’s transparent.

Pixi Beauty LipLift Ice

Pixi Beauty LipLift Ice

Pixi Beauty LipLift Ice

Pixi Beauty LipLift Ice

This is a “peptide-infused lip plumper that nourishes as it enhances”. This minty gloss definitely tingles so be aware of that. I can see my lips looking fuller after I apply it. I often wear this alone because I love it that much but it’s fabulous over any lipstick you choose. It gives you shine and plumping without changing the color of your lip product. It not only contains peptides that hydrate and plum but there’s aloe for healing, jojoba for moisturizing and chamomile for soothing.PIXI BRONZE PALETTE open
Pixi Beauty has kindly offered a giveaway of these two items in honor of our blog anniversary. One US subscriber will win Palette Bronzette and LipLift Ice. Our giveaway ends on April 17, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. If the comments close towards the end the solution is to email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with your comment. After you’ve done that you can click “I commented” and enter more with the other options. Remember that we verify the winning entry. Don’t miss out on this palette. It’s one you’ll enjoy no matter the weather. It’s the perfect palette to take on a trip too. — Marcia

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Eddie Funkhouser Bedroom Eyes Hyperreal Eye Color Palette review and swatches

Last week I reviewed (and gushed over) the Eddie Funkhouser line.  I loved the lipstick, lip gloss, blush, and eyeshadow so much I decided to try to steal Marcia’s online boyfriend from her.  Today, I am reviewing the HYPERREAL EYE COLOR PALETTE in Bedroom Eyes ($14.99) that Eddie sent.  This buttery smooth eyeshadow palette takes eyes from coy to sassy to demure…and then right to risque.  It’s a perfect addition to my homewrecking ways.

Eddie Funkhouser Bedroom Eyes

Eddie Funkhouser Bedroom Eyes

Bedroom Eyes Palette

Bedroom Eyes Palette, top row:  Sassy, Risque  Bottom row:  Coy, Demure

The Bedroom Eyes Palette is a collection of four cool-toned eyeshadows featuring pink and purple toned shadows.  Formulas go from frost to matte, so there is something for every mood.  The pigmentation is wonderfully intense and all four shadows blend beautifully.

Bedroom Eyes left to right:    Coy, Sassy, Demure, Risque

Bedroom Eyes left to right: Coy, Sassy, Demure, Risque

Bedroom Eyes swatches left to right:  Coy, Sassy, Demure, Risque

Bedroom Eyes swatches indirect lighting left to right: Coy, Sassy, Demure, Risque

Bedroom Eyes Palette swatches, left to right:  Coy, Sassy, Demure, Risque

Bedroom Eyes Palette direct lighting swatches, left to right: Coy, Sassy, Demure, Risque

Coy is a shimmering frost white.  Yes, this is a frost, but it isn’t frosty on.  It’s not too bright to work as a brow shade, and it looks awesome as a lid shade.  It also really opens the eyes when used in the inside right corner.  Next is Sassy, a shimmering lavender rose.  This gorgeous neutral is actually more pearlescent than shimmery, and it will take you anywhere from the boardroom to the bedroom.  Demure is a pearlescent smoky grape, and holy smokes it is stunning.  What a versatile shade…I think this is my favorite of them all. Risque is a matte smoky taupe that has a silky texture.  I love this in the crease over top of Demure.

After 15 hours of wear, the colors still look vibrant with no creasing at all.  Astounding.

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color Palette in Bedroom Eyes is a flipping fantastic eyeshadow palette.  Every day I am more impressed with the texture and wear of the eyeshadows, the versatility of the shades, and the affordability – four full size eyeshadows for about $15?  It would be sheer insanity to not add this to your collection.  You can find Eddie at his online store, Rite Aid, Urban Outfitters, and Dermstore.  And don’t forget, you have a direct line to communicating with Eddie at #ASKEDDIE.  – Lisa

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Bedroom Eyes will get you anything you want!

Bedroom Eyes will get you anything you want!

Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending has descended

Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending collection

Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending collection

To get yourself in the mood for the upcoming movie, Jupiter Ascending, starring the gorgeous Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis you can do a few things. You could read the book – except there isn’t a book. You could watch the trailers on Amazon or IMDB. You could purchase the movie poster on Amazon for $19 plus shipping. Or you can do the smart thing and buy the collection from Pur Minerals that’s inspired by the movie Jupiter Ascending.

inside the Jupiter Ascending box

inside the Jupiter Ascending box

Jupiter Ascending was sent for consideration and now I’m getting psyched up for the movie even though I have about 6 months to wait. This collection is the best priced set I’ve seen. For $29.95 you get 3 full size items – an eyeshadow palette that has 6 shades, a pink lip gloss and a black liquid eyeliner.

Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending eyeshadow palette

Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending eyeshadow palette

In the eyeshadow palette there’s a mirror and a small eyeshadow brush along with the 6 shadows named for parts of the movie.

Majesty applies as a pale matte taupe.

Destiny is a matte cream colored eyeshadow that’s sheer and is best as a base or on your browbone.

Night Sky is a slate gray satin

Jupiter (named after Mila Kunis’ character) is a rosy shade. (In some lights it looks more purple.)

Caine (named for Channing Tatum’s character, no wonder it’s my favorite) is a shimmery mocha with subtle gold glitter.

Cosmos is a sheer iridescent white

Majesty, Destiny, Night Sky, Jupiter

Majesty, Destiny, Night Sky, Jupiter

Caine, Cosmos

Caine, Cosmos

Pure Minerals eye with Majesty, Jupiter and Destiny. Outer Space liquid liner

Pure Minerals eye with Majesty, Jupiter and Destiny. Outer Space liquid liner

I found the eyeshadows to be mostly on the sheer side. The only shades with a lot of intensity are Night Sky and Caine. Majesty, the taupe, is the easiest shade to wear and one I love using. I like that there’s a variety of shades with two light shadows, two of medium depth and two with more pigmentation.

Since it’s a collection it also comes with the beautiful iridescent pink gloss, Galaxy, and a black liquid liner in Outer Space. 

Pur Minerals Precision liquid eyeliner and Light Up Lipgloss

Pur Minerals Precision liquid eyeliner and Light Up Lipgloss

The lipgloss is so much fun!! It lights up. It makes me feel like you’ll want to be reapplying this during the movie so sit in the back. The gloss is a very pretty but very light pink that’s a little bit sticky, it has a small amount of iridescent shimmer to it. I’ve found that applying a lipliner all over my lips first is the key to making this show up and last a little longer.

Pur Minerals Galaxy light up lip gloss

Pur Minerals Galaxy light up lip gloss

This fun collection is available at Ulta and Ulta.com, and the Pur Minerals website. If you want to know more about the upcoming movie Wikipedia has the best information, if you want to practice your look for the upcoming movie Pur Minerals has the best information and all for just $29.95! — Marcia

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Beauty Addicts wants to Motivate your eyes

Beauty Addicts photo credit: http://www.beautylish.com/b/beauty-addicts

Beauty Addicts photo credit: http://www.beautylish.com/b/beauty-addicts

I’m a little late on reviewing this beautiful Beauty Addicts SolutionEYES palette in Motivate. Exactly one month ago my blog partner Lisa started what we call a Side by Side review. Normally we do these together but Lisa was so thrilled with her Beauty Addicts Express palette that she wanted to let it shine alone. I understand that now after wearing Motivate for many weeks. When Beauty Addicts sent both palettes we didn’t know who would get to review which one. Once we picked though we were both hugging the one we ended up with.

Beauty Addicts divides its shadows and lip products into five different color families:

Glow:  youthful, flirtatious, shimmery

Express:  casual, elegant, earth tones

Motivate:  classic, edgy, evening shades

Seduce:  sexy, sultry, smoky

Play:  creative, liberated, colorful

Beauty Addicts SolutionEYES in Motivate

Beauty Addicts SolutionEYES in Motivate

While Motivate SolutionEYES may be considered evening shades, I’ve been wearing it both day and night with ease. The four shades coordinate perfectly and it’s one of the few palettes that I can easily use every color to create different looks. That’s the beauty of it. You can use anywhere from 1 to 4 of the shades and the combinations are wonderful.

Beauty Addicts Motivate SolutionEYES

Beauty Addicts Motivate SolutionEYES

The shadows themselves are soft and blend easily. I find that the best way to apply them is to pat them on, not rub. If I pat then I don’t get eyeshadow fallout so I definitely recommend that. I’ve been using a taklon brush like the MAC 242 for application. You absolutely need an eyeshadow primer with this palette since the shadows are so soft.

Clockwise from the top the shades are a light pink, an orchid that I’ve seen described as radiant orchid, a dusty lavender and a deep blue toned purple. The darkest shade can be used as your eyeliner. The lightest shade, pink, is a great shade to brighten your eyes. It’s not a rabbit type pink, it’s soft and lovely.

Motivate SolutionEYES by Beauty Addict

Motivate SolutionEYES by Beauty Addict

The pink and dark purple are both matte shades and have more pigment to them than the other two which have very subtle shimmer in them. You won’t see shimmer when you open the palette (or at least I don’t) but I do see it lightly come through when blending.

Beauty Addicts Motivate - how I really look

Beauty Addicts Motivate – how I really look

Motivate eyes with Beauty Addicts

Motivate eyes with Beauty Addicts

Whether you choose to be MOTIVATED with these soft purples that can become more intense for a smokey night look or you want an EXPRESS look with warm earth tones, you won’t go wrong. Beauty Addicts has the solution for your eyes. — Marcia

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