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

*sent for editorial consideration

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

*sent for editorial consideration

 

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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Tarte Rainforest After Dark review and swatches

Tarte Cosmetics has an exciting new, limited edition palette out called the Rainforest After Dark Eye and Cheek Palette ($38).  This is a wonderful palette with a beautiful range of shades inspired by dusk in the rainforest.  I had high expectations when Tarte sent this to us, and I was not disappointed!

tarte rainforest after dark...the box is even textured like snake skin

tarte rainforest after dark…the box is even textured like snake-skin

tarte rainforest after dark

tarte rainforest after dark

The packaging is gorgeous, with a golden snake design and a purple snake-skin textured box.  Inside, the palette is a round, CD size palette emblazoned with the snake and a purple jeweled eye.  It has a large round mirror that is big enough to reflect your entire face.  Nice!

one blush, one bronzer, one highlighter, and six eyeshadows

one blush, one bronzer, one highlighter, and six eyeshadows

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The products inside include one blush, one highlighter, one bronzer, and six eyeshadows.  The unique thing about Tarte powder products is color-correcting colored clay.  The rose clay helps to soothe skin, vanilla clay controls oil, and gold clay moisturizes.

unleashed blush

unleashed blush

champagne highlighter

champagne highlighter

park ave princess bronzer

park ave princess bronzer

left to right:  champagne, unleased, park ave princess

left to right: champagne, unleased, park ave princess

The Unleashed blush is a pretty plum matte pink.  It has terrific staying power and is such a flattering shade.  Champagne is a gorgeous highlighter, just be sure to buff it well – that’s what turns it into a flattering glow.  I actually use this on my eyes as a brow shade, too.  And Park Avenue Princess is a perfect bronzer, a buttery satin warm gold brown that looks terrific on almost everyone.

The eyeshadows are just to die for.  The texture is buttery soft, the pigmentation is wonderful, and the shades are beautiful. Three are golden browns, and three are pinky purples.

left to right:  don't turn a-brown, tan-gled up in you, up to no gold

left to right: don’t turn a-brown, tan-gled up in you, up to no gold

left to right:  up to no gold, tan-gled up in you, don't turn a-brown

left to right: up to no gold, tan-gled up in you, don’t turn a-brown

First up, the golden brown shades.  up to no gold is a shimmery gold with a velvet texture.  I think this is my favorite of them all, it really makes my brown eyes POP. tan-gled up in you is a matte tan that goes on so smooth, I almost can’t believe it’s a matte eyeshadow.  don’t turn a-brown is a dark brown with tiny golden shimmer.

left to right:  bare to explore, make a mauve, plum away with me

left to right: bare to explore, make a mauve, plum away with me

left to right:  bare to explore, make a mauve, plum away with me

left to right: bare to explore, make a mauve, plum away with me

Next, the pinky purples.  bare to explore is a matte pink beige that has a silky texture and is a great base shade.  On busy mornings, I throw this on as a wash with some black eyeliner and I am good to go.  make a mauve is a satin plum mauve that is even prettier in person.  plum away with me  is a shimmery dark plum with silver sparkle.  Gorgeous.

Included with the palette is a card with instructions for two different eye looks, the Afterhours Adventure, ‘inspired by the deep orchid hues of dusk, this spellbinding evening look will unleash your inner bombshell as you flawlessly take on the night‘; and Seductive Sunrise, ‘ignite your wild side anytime with this sultry, yet subtle everyday look.

Rainforest After Dark definitely give you everything you need for day or night, subtle or sultry.  Pick it up before it’s sold out!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Tarina Tarantino makes life Magical with her eyeshadow palette

eyeshadow palette in Magical

eyeshadow palette in Magical

Oops, I did it again! I received this Tarina Tarantino Magical Jewel Eyeshadow Palette to review (as did a lucky winner in our giveaway) but it cost me a lot of money. I am now so in love with the quality of Tarina Tarantino that I can’t stop purchasing. Luckily for me, Hautelook sells this every few months. Luckily for Hautelook and Tarina Tarantino I shop for their products each time.

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette in Magical

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette in Magical

I featured this Jewel Eyeshadow palette in a recent Makeup Wars about favorite purple eyeshadows because I can’t put it down. I’ve been wearing colors in the brown/nude family for so long that I totally forgot how much I love purples. Magical reminded me. It is one of the best palettes with purple shades that I own. It really is magical on my eyes and makes me feel like a million bucks.

Tarina Tarantino Jewel palette packaging

Tarina Tarantino Jewel palette packaging

Magical isn’t a palette that yells at people – it isn’t bright at all. It’s soft and subtle though you can easily intensify the shades.
Here’s how Tarina Tarantino’s website describes Magical: creamy white shimmer,  pearl ash pink, pearl beige, pearl eggplant purple,pearl soft pink. During Makeup Wars I described the shades as mauve, smoky amethyst, violet, creamy white and a light pink lilac.

Tarina Tarantino Magical

Tarina Tarantino Magical

Magical swatched without primer

Magical swatched without primer

I love a palette that gives me a light enough color to wear on my browbone that finishes up a look. I use the white for that (and no it’s not as dark as my thumb picked up). On my lid I’ll choose any of the three lighter shades depending on my mood. Typically though I’ll start with the soft pink pearl on my lid, apply the far right (middle finger) pearl beige just above that but not on the inner corner. I’ll then use the bottom eggplant purple to intensify the crease. I blend well and finish with the creamy white to pull the look together. I can line with the eggplant but I prefer a liquid or gel liner.

It’s “magical” for several reasons:

  1. The shadows are soft to the touch.
  2. They blend easily into each other without leaving harsh lines.
  3. They are almost creamy and not powdery.
  4. There’s no shimmer but there is a soft pearl finish (my absolute favorite).
  5. There’s no fallout.
  6. It lasts wonderfully throughout the day as long as you are wearing an eyeshadow primer.
  7. Every shade works with the other shades in the palette so there’s no waste.
  8. I love how it looks, I want to wear it often – that’s magic!tarina tarantino magical palette fingers

What have you tried from Tarina Tarantino? What do you want to try? You know I recommend this magical Magical palette and I’ll be sharing Delightful once that’s in my hot little hands. — Marcia

*received for review consideration

Side by Side part one: Beauty Addicts Solution Eyes Eyeshadow Palette in Express

When Beauty Addicts sent the BIZ two eyeshadow palettes to test, Marcia and I were stumped. We  literally sat with both palettes open in front of us, just staring at them. We had no idea how to decide who would get which one because they were both STUNNING. We finally did eeny-meeny-miny-mo, and that is how I became the proud owner of the Solution Eyes Eyeshadow Palette in Express ($35).

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Beauty Addicts Solution Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

Beauty Addicts

Beauty Addicts Solution Eyes Eyeshadow Palette in Express

Normally, we do our Side by Side reviews together – but these lovely eyeshadow palettes resulted in so many awesome pictures we decided to separate our reviews.  Stay tuned for Marcia’s future post on the Motivate palette!

All of the colors from Beauty Addicts are divided 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

My eyeshadow palette is Express, with beautiful warm neutral shades that can be intensified for a more dramatic look. The texture of these eyeshadows is terrific, buttery smooth and creamy. I find them to have great pigment and lasting power.

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Beauty Addicts Express Palette – indirect outdoor lighting

Beauty Addicts

Beauty Addicts Express Palette – direct oudoor lighting

The top row has a matte creamy off-white shade and shimmery light peach shade. The bottom row has a shimmery medium copper shade and a dark warm brown shade with tiny golden shimmer.

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Beauty Addicts Express eyeshadows swatched

I used the technique that the amazing Olivia from The Unknown Beauty Blog and Into the Palette featured for deep-set, hooded eyes.  You can see her excellent tutorial right HERE.

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Beauty Addicts Express eyes

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another view

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Express Eyes closed

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and closed again!

I used the peachy shade for the mobile lid. The copper shade is my crease shade, with the deep brown shade also in the crease and brought down onto the lid. I used the creamy white shade on the brow, then lightly lined with a brown eye pencil on the upper lid and waterline.

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Beauty Addicts  Express eye

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My Beauty Addicts FOD

I am very impressed with the Solution Eyes Eyeshadow Palette in Express. The colors are gorgeous, and the texture and wear of the eyeshadow is superb. While I am very happy I got Express, I can’t wait to find out how Marcia feels about her palette in the classic but edgy Motivate shades!  (Also, check out my previous review of Beauty Addicts GLIMMERsheers and Marcia’s review of Beauty Addicts Foundation.)  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration