Pixi’s Perfect for under the tree, in your stocking, and looking pretty

Pixi Beauty

Pixi Beauty

PIXI BEAUTY has something for everyone no matter what time of year it is. I was sent several of their holiday specials along with pretty Pixi products that work perfectly for a party look. The best news is that it’s not too late to order from Pixibeauty.com and there’s time to go to Target to find some Pixi. It’s a winning situation.

PALETTE ROSETTE will make you one popular person if you gift this. But make sure you buy one for yourself.

Pixi by Petra Palette Rosette

Pixi by Petra Palette Rosette

This face palette has it all. 11 shades for eyes and 3 for face. Every shade is beautiful and will help you look radiant.

Pixi Rosette Palette cheeks

Pixi Rosette Palette cheeks

For your cheeks you’ll find a subtle pink all over Glow that rivals the more expensive ones I bought from other brands. There’s a rosy cheek Blush that seems universal to me. Last is the enhancing Contour that can be used a bronzer or contour shade. But that’s not all …

Pixi Rosette Palette eyes

Pixi Rosette Palette eyes

For your eyes are 3 different highlight shades: peach, cream and white. I’ve used the peach on my lid too but Pixi also made sure that there were 2 lid shades, one for day and one for night. I don’t necessarily believe in rules so I give you permission to use these interchangeably. There are 3 eye contour shades in the brown family. There’s a dark brown matte and two satin shades that are tones of taupe (forget my very dark picture). Last they didn’t forget eyebrows since there are 3 shades for that. I love Pixi’s eyebrow powders and I like to mix shades so this is perfectamundo IMO.

Pixi by Petra Fairy Dust Favorites and Endless Silky Eye Pen

Pixi by Petra Fairy Dust Favorites and Endless Silky Eye Pen

FAIRY DUST FAVORITES contains 5 of Pixi’s favorite loose pigment shades. I used to live for pigments but I had pretty much stopped until I discovered Pixi’s. These don’t get all over. I’m not a glittery mess with these. Of course I use an eyeshadow primer but I always have – these just love eyes. They are a satin finish.

Pixi Fairy Dust Favorites

Pixi Fairy Dust Favorites

This is a bargain at only $12 for these 5. I have Metallic Warmth and there’s also a Matte Classic.

Metallic Warmth Fairy Dust Favorites

Metallic Warmth Fairy Dust Favorites

The shades are Sheer Peach Glow, Sunkissed Amber, Ruby Sheen, True Bronze, and Black Pearl. Just picture Ruby Sheen in the center of your lips to add dimension! Ooh la la.

ENDLESS SILKY PENS have won beauty awards galore since they are the right price, the right colors, and they glide on your eyes like no other. pixi-endless-silky-eye-pen

Opal Overcoat is the shade sent for the holidays. On me it has a very gold cast but it’s not garish, it’s just brightening.

Pixi Endless Silky Pen in Opal Overcoat

Pixi Endless Silky Pen in Opal Overcoat

Pixi Endless Silky Pen in Opal Overcoat

Pixi Endless Silky Pen in Opal Overcoat

We can not forget lips! Pixi has an amazing formula in their Mattelustre lipsticks. They fit in with the trend of matte but with a lustre that makes the lipstick comfortable and not drying. There are 11 shades of Mattelustre Lipsticks but there should be no surprise that Classic Red is the featured shade. Classic Red is a cool blue red, a very merry shade.

Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick in Classic Red

Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick in Classic Red

Classic Red

Classic Red

So what’s your pleasure? Face, eyes, lips? Whatever you choose it’s going to become a favorite. Whoever might receive these will be thrilled and you’ll become their favorite gift giver. Christmas is going to be a lot more merry with Pixi.  —  Marcia

*sent for review, affiliate links in use

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Halloween ready with 3 favorite Inglot pigments: #79, #52, and #35

I have so many pigments it’s insane. Seriously, if you saw my collection you would insist I get pigment therapy. But with all the colors and brands I have there are a few that I reach for over and over. Some of my favorites are the AMC Pure Pigment Eyeshadows from Inglot. I love the size of the jars, I love the price, and I love the texture and color payoff. And pigments are fantastic for Halloween because they are so versatile!

inglot-amc-pure-pigmentInglot describes their pigment eyeshadows as, “Highly concentrated loose coloured powder that ranges from subtle to ultra-intense effects depending on application. The product contains sponge gourd oil and almost 90% pure pigment. Can be mixed with DURALINE to create liquid forms of all pigment colours.” The jar size is 2 g/0.07 US OZ and sells for $16 to $19, depending on the shade.

MAC Mixing Medium, Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, FACE atelier Transforming Gel

MAC Mixing Medium, Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, FACE atelier Transforming Gel

Pigments are beautiful used dry, but typically you get the most bang for your buck when you use some sort of mixing medium. I haven’t tried the Inglot Duraline yet, but my three favorites are MAC Mixing Medium, Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, and FACE atelier Transforming Gel. I used the FACE atelier Transforming Gel for the wet swatches – it triples the color payoff and while there is room for play, when dry it gives the pigment incredible staying power.

Inglot AMC Pure Pigments in 52, 35, 79

Inglot AMC Pure Pigments in 52, 35, 79

Here are the Inglot AMC Pure Pigment Eyeshadows shades I reach for the most:

#79, a gorgeous orangey/peach

AMC Pure Pigment 79

AMC Pure Pigment 79

#52, a beautiful deep brown

AMC Pure Pigment 52

AMC Pure Pigment 52

#35, a sparkling deep purple

AMC Pure Pigment 35

AMC Pure Pigment 35

Here they are swatched dry:

AMC Pure Pigments top to bottom: 79, 35, 52

AMC Pure Pigments top to bottom: 79, 35, 52

And swatched with FACE atelier Transforming Gel:

AMC Pure Pigments left to right: 79, 52, 35

AMC Pure Pigments left to right: 79, 52, 35

The darker colors also make great eyeliners mixed with a mixing medium. I love pigments in general, but always pull them out around Halloween for costumes since they can be used on the eyes, lips, cheeks, nails, even hair.

What pigments are your favorite go-to shades?  – Lisa

*purchased by me, affiliate links

We’re assimiliating Osmosis Colour Water Color High Intensity Loose Shadows into our lives

Looking for some bold drama for your eyes? Osmosis has what you are craving – loose shadows that have crazy good pigmentation that look like a cream eyeshadow and wear like iron. We are talking about their line of Water Color High Intensity Loose Eyeshadows ($14). There are five gorgeous jewel toned shades available, including Amethyst, Azure, Onyx, Pink Champagne, and Topaz.

Osmosis Water Color High Intensity Loose Eyeshadows

These are unlike the typical loose pigment eyeshadows – they aren’t powdery and dry. Instead, they eyeshadows look like little pebbles in a jar. The minerals are bound together around molecules of water that burst when applied, so the end result is creamy, shimmery, and and gorgeous. Lisa and Marcia each tested one shade and they are lusting for the rest of the collection.

LISA’S SHADE:  PINK CHAMPAGNE

Osmosis Water Color Loose Eyeshadow in Pink Champagne

Osmosis Water Color Loose Eyeshadow in Pink Champagne

Ok, let me be frank – I am getting old and my eyelids are showing it.  This means that cream eyeshadows are becoming a no-no for me. Yes, I know I my eyelids are getting crepey. No, I don’t want to accentuate that, thank you very much. A loose pigment that turns creamy doesn’t sound good for my eyes, but once I read Olivia’s rave review (The Unknown Beauty Blog, read the review HERE) I knew I wanted one of these.

Osmosis Water Color Loose Eyeshadow in Pink Champagne

Osmosis Water Color Loose Eyeshadow in Pink Champagne

Wearing Pink Champagne

Wearing Water Color High Intensity Loose Eyeshadow in Pink Champagne with FACE atelier Iced Amethyst in crease

I am no stranger to loose pigments, but Water Color High Intensity Loose Eyeshadow is different from any I have ever tried. It has an incredible texture, and you need just the tiniest bit for incredible color and shine. I tried Pink Champagne, which is heavy on the silver if you use too much. Used lightly with a sponge tip applicator, the color is a pinky silver that is truly gorgeous. The powder balls morph into a creamy shadow that brightens my eyes yet doesn’t sink into the crepey lines. Instead it looks smooth and beautiful. I love it and I want all five shades!!

MARCIA’S SHADE:  TOPAZ

Osmosis Water Color High Intensity Loose Eyeshadow in Topaz

Osmosis Water Color High Intensity Loose Eyeshadow in Topaz

When these two pigment shadows arrived from Osmosis it took everything I had in me to give one to Lisa for review. I wanted them both so badly but I’m trying to be a good blog partner so I brought her Pink Champagne knowing she’d love it. The shade I have is Topaz which is bold and beautiful. It’s the most unusual eye pigment ever! I’d describe it as a liquid powder.

Osmosis Water Color High Intensity Loose Eyeshadow in Topaz

Osmosis Water Color High Intensity Loose Eyeshadow in Topaz

As you can see Topaz is an intense shade that’s very gold or a golden topaz depending on how much you use. Because of the unusual texture a brush didn’t work for me and my fingers didn’t fit in the pot. I’ve used my Make Up For Ever Silicone brush with it and get an extreme metallic golden look. Love it!! But I also want to be able to use it for daytime so I tried a sponge tip applicator and got a softer look. Then I buffed my eyelid with my finger and smoothed it even more. That’s what you see below although it’s more metallic in real life.

Osmosis Topaz

Osmosis Topaz

Osmosis Water Color High Intensity Loose Eyeshadow in Topaz

Osmosis Water Color High Intensity Loose Eyeshadow in Topaz with Milani pressed shadows in crease and on browbone

Besides beautiful shades (I really want Pink Champagne after seeing Lisa wear it last week and Onyx) these creamy pigments are actually good for your eyes. They are infused with antioxidant-rich goji berry and green tea extracts and hydrate, condition and protect your delicate eyelids. They contain Vitamins A, C and E for free-radical protection. The special formula also prevents creasing and caking. I’ve worn Topaz several times and it amazes me how the shadow never fades. It stays silky and vibrant. It’s heading towards eyeshadow of the year, that’s how much I like it!

*Thanks to Osmosis for providing us with these beauties

ingredient list: Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Triethylhexanoin, Zinc Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Powder, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Iron Oxide (CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Carmine (CI 75470), Manganese Violet (CI 77742)

Look at this great set of Onyx, Topaz and Amethyst for $37 at beautystoredepot that even includes a brush!

Osmosis trio at Beauty Store Depot

Osmosis trio at Beauty Store Depot

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available at Beauty by Alana, dermstore.com (out of stock right now), and skintrends.

Fun and affordable summer color from Hard Candy!

Summer means fun, bright, shimmery color…and Hard Candy has all that at the best prices you can find! You really can’t go wrong with such affordable cosmetics. This is the line for going out of your comfort zone and trying some things you normally wouldn’t reach for at the store.

Hard Candy sent us some items to try and these are the ones that put me right into a party mood.

Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Tropics

Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Tropics

SO BAKED BRONZER in Tropic is a huge shimmery golden baked bronzer. This works great as a highlighter, creating a perfect ‘gleam’ especially for darker skin tones. So Baked Bronzer is very long-lasting and it’s such a big pan that this $9 bronzer will probably last for years! Every summer party needs some golden shimmer and this is the perfect answer.

Hard Candy Mod Quad in Smoke and Mirrors

Hard Candy Mod Quad in Smoke and Mirrors

I still can’t get over the fact that the MOD QUAD EYE SHADOW PALETTE is just $4.50.  I mean seriously.  It comes in several shade options but the one for summer fun is Smoke & Mirrors. Again, $4.50 for a beautiful smoky eye?? And look at the kicky snake-skin packaging! Use these shadows wet for some extra drama.

Hard Candy Poppin Pigments in Land and Sea, King Me

Hard Candy Poppin Pigments in Land and Sea, King Me

POPPIN PIGMENTS are beautiful. Glitter typically scares me, but these are so gorgeous I was thrilled to make them mine. Land and Sea is a combo of shimmery silver and ocean blue; King Me is a purple-pink and a blackened silver.

I am a little too old to wear these as eyeshadows, although those who can get away with glitter will love these. The glitter isn’t too chunky or too dusty. While I am not a fan of these as eyeshadows, I love them mixed with body lotion! They give a pretty, unusual shimmer to any lotion that is lots of fun especially if you are going out to a club to dance. These run $4 for a set of two jars of pigments.

LASHAHOLIC MASCARA creates big, thick lashes although if you put this on bottom lashes, it tends to smudge. Stick with the top lashes and for $5 this is a great mascara. I especially love the small sizes for trying different formulas if you can find them.

Hard Candy is wonderfully affordable and they have some truly excellent options that are lots of fun. Next time you are at Walmart pick up a few new goodies and ramp up the fun!  – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

Primarily pastels: 3 eyeshadow shades from Face Stockholm

Days are getting longer, trees are budding, flowers are blooming, and it’s finally warm again! I have put away my dark heavy shades and made room for light and airy color options. Face Stockholm is an excellent place to turn for their beautiful palette of fresh, pretty pastel shades, and they sent us some great shades that are perfect for brown eyes.

Face Stockholm pastels 2

Face Stockholm says, “Light lilacs, petal pinks, minty greens, sky blues and lemony yellows, mix to make a smooth and delicious collection of sweet shades that will delight any and every palette with their refreshing versatility.

Subtle and fleeting in nature, these sheer washes of color offer a playful palette that can be ethereal and easy, light and lovely or striking and sultry.”

all the pretty pastel shades!

all the pretty pastel shades!

I love their shade recommendations for different eye colors:

For blue eyes, try blue, buttercup and lavender.

For green eyes, try mint, lavender and blush.

For brown eyes, try lavender, blue and mint.

I have brown eyes, so my blue shade is Pearl Shadow #16 ($19), mint is Vintage Eye Dust ($22), and lavender is Sky Eye Dust ($22).

Face Stockholm for brown eyes

Face Stockholm shades for brown eyes inside!

Pearl Shadow #16

Pearl Shadow #16

Pearl Eyeshadow #16

Pearl Eyeshadow #16

I absolutely adore Face Stockholm pearl eyeshadows. Honestly, I have so many eyeshadows I almost never reach pan…but I can see pan on every single Face Stockholm pearl eyeshadow I own. They go on like butter, and the ‘pearl’ makes them fantastic lid shades or highlighters. They have awesome pigmentation and last all day.

Pearl Eyeshadow #16 is yet another winning pearl shadow –  a shimmery ice blue that is such a happy shade…and it’s a wearable, flattering shade too.  It really does make brown eyes ‘pop’.

Vintage

Vintage Eye Dust

Vintage

Vintage Eye Dust

For the mint shade recommended for brown eyes, I went for the Vintage Eye Dust. This is a shimmery minty green with golden tones. Oh my is this gorgeous! It really brings out the green in my mostly brown eyes.

Sky

Sky Eye Dust

Sky

Sky Eye Dust

For the lavender to compliment brown eyes, I chose Sky Eye Dust. Strange name for a purple shade, but this shimmery blue-lavender is simply to die for.  Just look at how sublime that swatch is! This is a purple shade that even those wary of purple can wear.

great shades for brown eyes:  Pearl Eyeshadow #16, Vintage, Sky

great shades for brown eyes: Pearl Eyeshadow #16, Vintage Eye Dust, Sky Eye Dust

So which shade works best for brown eyes? My eyes are brown with a bit of green, and here is how they look with a wash of each shade:

Pearl Eyeshadow #16

Pearl Eyeshadow #16

Vintage

Vintage

Sky

Sky

You tell me — which shade looks best paired with my brown eyes, Pearl Eyeshadow #16, Vintage Eye Dust, or Sky Eye Dust? And which pretty pastel shades would you choose for your eyes?  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

3 in 1 mineral color that makes life easy: Susan Posnick Cosmetics ColorMe in Lilly and Peony

Susan Posnick, the gorgeous makeup artist to stars such as Cindy Crawford, Diane Lane, and Amber Valletta, found herself faced with a huge challenge: skin cancer. Instead of slowing her down, her battle with cancer inspired her to create a line of cosmetics with major skin protection that was simple and easy to use. Susan says, “My vision for Susan Posnick Cosmetics is to “Make Beauty Simple” – bringing  real life beauty and sun protection together.”

Susan Posnick - photo from thedallassocials.com

Susan Posnick – photo from thedallassocials.com

Susan Posnick Cosmetics is perfect for busy women who don’t have time for lots of fussy products.  She started with her groundbreaking COLORFLO foundation (stay tuned for a Side by Side review of the foundation soon!) and then added more skin-protecting products for lips, cheeks, and eyes in fantastic shades.

The BIZ was sent two COLORME Mineral Colors ($32) to review and I won the arm wrestling match with Marcia (yay!). These are some of the coolest multi-purpose color products I have ever reviewed.

Susan Posnick Mineral ColorMe for eyes and cheeks

Susan Posnick Mineral COLORME for eyes and cheeks

COLORME is a pot of mineral color that has a spongy puff on the top. Color comes out as you press down on the puff. There is also a mirror attached, making this very user-friendly and easy to use in the car (but not while driving, please!) or anywhere else for a quick touch-up. This is the very best blush I have found for those of you who really don’t like or have the time to mess around with makeup.

The COLORME pots - notice the mirror on top

The COLORME pots – notice the mirror on top

The mineral color is infused with vitamins A and E, so it’s good for the skin. I find the color is long-lasting; it even lasted through my hour-long fencing lesson where my head was encased in a helmet that looks like this:

Sure, it protects my eyes from being poked out...but it can be hell on my makeup!

Sure, it protects my eyes from being poked out…but it can be hell on my makeup!

The mineral color has excellent pigmentation so it’s best to apply lightly and layer until for the desired color intensity. I put this right onto my cheeks by pressing the puff against them and it makes for a perfect application that doesn’t even need further blending.

As an eyeshadow, I either use a brush or if I am in a hurry I simply use the edge of the sponge and pat on the color. It can be used as a lip color too –press a finger or a lip brush onto the sponge, pat the color on the lips then finish with a little clear lip gloss or lip conditioner.

ColorMe in Lilly

COLORME in Lilly

Lilly

The sponge top – Lilly

Lilly swatched

Lilly swatched

Lilly is a rosy shade that was inspired by Natalie Portman. It is a beautifully subtle, ‘glow from within’ blush shade, and I love this as an eyeshadow.

ColorMe in Peony

COLORME in Peony

Peony

The sponge top – Peony

Peony swatched

Peony swatched

Peony is a true pink that was inspired by Zooey Deschanel. This is a brighter blush shade and makes for an awesome lip color.

Other color options include:

  • Camelia- an elegant peached pink, angelic with subtle shimmer. (Inspired by Kate Hudson)
  • Ginger- a subtle bronzed glow, like warmth from the sun after a luxurious day at the beach. (Inspired by Angie Harmon)
  • Lotus Sun- a gorgeous sun-kissed coral with glimmers of silver and gold. (Inspired by Charlize Theron)
  • Scarlett- a deep flush, fresh from a brisk walk in Central Park.(Inspired by Jennifer Hudson)
  • Orchid- a beautiful mulberry wash, giving an exotic bloom to the skin. (Inspired by Scarlett Johansson)
Lilly eyes and Peony cheeks

Lilly eyes and Peony cheeks

I definitely want to try Camelia, Scarlett, and Orchid. If you haven’t explored the Susan Posnick line yet, I encourage you to do so now!  Stay tuned for several more Susan Posnick Cosmetics reviews.

Susan Posnick Cosmetics is sold at luxury department stores and specialty retailers and spas. You can also find Susan Posnick online at beauty.com, dermstore.com, neimanmarcus.com and SusanPosnick.com.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Melanie Mills Gleam Radiant Dust review and swatches

Melanie Mills Radiant PowderMelanie Mills, the famous makeup artist known for her products that make you ‘gleam’, has a great loose powder option called Radiant Dust ($59). She sent the BIZ sample sizes of all four shades – Light Gold Dust, Rose Gold Dust, Bronze Gold Dust, and Deep Gold Dust. This powder compliments her acclaimed Gleam Body Radiance, one of my favorite self tanner/body moisturizers that I reviewed HERE.

Here are swatches of all four Radiant Dust shades:

starting from left:

starting from left: Rose Gold, Bronze Gold, Light Gold, Deep Gold

Rose Gold

Rose Gold

Light Gold

Light Gold

Bronze Gold

Bronze Gold

Deep Gold

Deep Gold

There are so many things you can do with these shimmering powders. I use them for an all-over sparkle in the summer and layer them over my Gleam Body Radiance for some mega glamour. Rose Gold and Light Gold are gorgeous highlighters. Bronze Gold and Deep Gold are excellent bronzers and blushes. All of the shades are super pretty as eyeshadows and when combined with some mixing medium they transform into gorgeous cream eyeshadows. The texture of the powders is incredibly soft and silky since these are moisturizing powders. They also have a yummy vanilla scent. Almost $60 seems like a lot to pay for loose powder, although while I have sample jars the regular jars look absolutely huge. My guess is a jar will last for a very, very long time.

left to right:

left to right:  Light Gold, Rose Gold, Bronze Gold, Deep Gold

What I love these for most is something that isn’t even beauty related. I use them as ‘sleeping powder’ for my youngest daughter. When she can’t sleep, I sprinkle one of the powders over her and she is magically comforted and goes right to sleep!  All the shades are beautiful. If you are a shimmer girl, you will absolutely love these.  – Lisa

*pr sample