Top Ten Tuesday’s lip crayon and lip liner loves

Top 10 Lip Crayons and Lip Liners

Top 10 Lip Crayons and Lip Liners

Top Ten Tuesday has picked my favorite lip products to review this week. I love love love lip crayons. I have oodles of them. I wanted to show a variety of brands and of course once I was all done I thought of a few more. We may just have a part two on Beauty Info Zone. With lip liners, I only have a few brands I like so it was easier to whittle those down to size. The reason I love lip crayons so much is because they are so easy to use. I have several lip crayons in my purse all the time. I can apply them without a mirror if they aren’t too dark. Thank you Top 10 Tuesday for letting me share my favorites!

Top 10 lip crayons from Ardency Inn, Urband Decay, Pur Minerals and Hourglass

Top 10 lip crayons from Ardency Inn, Urband Decay, Pur Minerals and Hourglass

Top 10 lip crayon swatches: Pur Minerals, Urban Decay, Ardency Inn, Hourglass

Top 10 lip crayon swatches: Pur Minerals, Urban Decay, Ardency Inn, Hourglass

Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Stick in Berry Pretty* is a cross between a berry and a mauve. I love all of the Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks ($15) but this started as my favorite and 6 months later it remains that way. It’s a “my lips but better” shade once it’s on. Plus it’s not my typical nude lip so I look more alive. It’s got a beautiful glossy finish.

Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Naked is darker than I consider something naked to be. I bought it after reading the description from Sephora “nude pink sheen” but I don’t consider it nude or pink. I still like it, don’t get me wrong, it’s just darker than I expected. This has the most incredible glossy look to it. I love the one step use of a lipstick/gloss like this. I really want to try it in Love Child ($20).

Ardency Inn Americana Natural Lip Color in Bowery is one I featured in the nude lip Makeup Wars. I just couldn’t leave it out since it’s such a great lip crayon. On my lips it’s a nude peach shade but on others it might have a more pink undertone. I was sad when I was at Sephora last since I wanted to test other shades but the line isn’t in my store. This wears a long time since it’s slighty dewy but not really glossy. ($23)

Hourglass Femme Nude Stylo in No3 is another repeat. My lips find the pink in this nude shade. It’s the most matte of all on my Top Ten list. ($30)

Top Ten Lip Crayons: Tarte, Laqa & Co, Pixi, Ilia

Top Ten Lip Crayons: Tarte, Laqa & Co, Pixi, Ilia

Top Ten lip crayons: Tarte, Ilia, Pixi, Laqa & Co

Top Ten lip crayons: Tarte, Ilia, Pixi, Laqa & Co

Tarte Power Pigment in True Love* is one of 8 Power Pigments. I could have used all 8 plus 2 of the older LipSurgences and been done but that’s not fair to my collection. So I chose True Love since it’s a fabulous light rose shade. It’s glossy without having a wet look. Tarte knows lip crayons!! ($24)

Ilia Lipstick Crayon in Call Me is actually lighter on my lips than in my swatch. It was inspired by the cult movie Pretty in Pink and is a youthful shade. Ilia isn’t a brand that’s talked about much but the items I’ve bought from them have been great. Here’s a bit about them: “A prestige line of natural and organic beauty products that combine superior color performance and nourishing organics. All ILIA products are made with up to 85% certified organic ingredients that nourish the skin and help aid in its repair.” ($24)

Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Craving Coral ($14) is one of my best buys. I love this fat crayon because it feels so moisturizing on my lips. It has a slight touch of mint to it so I find it refreshing. While my swatch looks coral I find it to be sheerer and softer on my lips. I definitely want more of these.

LAQA & CO Fat Lip Pencil in Wolfman was in one of my subscription boxes. It’s by far the lightest of the lip crayons I have so it’s good for a quick “almost-no-makeup-day”. I’m not sure how a sweet pink like this got the name Wolfman! ($18)

Top 10 Lip Liners: IT Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever

Top 10 Lip Liners: IT Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever

It Cosmetics, MUFE Lip Liners

It Cosmetics, MUFE Lip Liners

Top Ten Lip Liners: MUFE and IT

Top Ten Lip Liners: MUFE and IT

Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencils in 2C and 15C ($19)* are fantastic lipliners in general but even better for summertime. These are waterproof so they are great to use as a lip base for long lasting color. 2C is named Rosewood and it’s described as a rosy nude. 15C is named Pink and is described as a vibrant pink. Both will make your summer lips last but you’ll have trouble picking from the 25 shades.

IT Cosmetics Your Lips But Better Waterproof Lip Liner Stain* in Romantic Rose and Pretty in Pink ($20)are actually moisturizing lip liners. As with all IT Cosmetics they are loaded with anti-aging properties. They have a built in sharpener too. Romantic Rose is a deep rose that’s beautiful on its own although I like it with a lighter lipstick over it. Pretty in Pink is a pretty pink just like the name says. It’s not always easy to find a great pink lip liner but you can count on this one.

Are any of your favorites in my list? I’m always in the market for lip crayons so share your favorites. — Marcia

(excuse the poor lighting but the storm blew in when I was taking swatch pictures so I had to turn on the overhead lights)

*items were sent for consideration, rest were personal purchases

 

 

 

Makeup Wars – heavenly foundations

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This week the Makeup War bloggers have decided to take on foundations again. It’s not a new subject for us, or any bloggers, but since we are such fickle pickles most of us change our minds more often than the typical pickle. I have a box filled (or overfilled) with foundation, BB Cream and CC Cream. Choosing which to share was actually easier than I thought since I looked at my vanity and saw 6 bottles and tubes that I’d been switching between for the last several months. So that’s what you see here (along with my laundry room!).

Makeup Wars Heavenly Foundation picks February 2014 @beautyinfozone

Makeup Wars Heavenly Foundation picks February 2014 @beautyinfozone

There are 3 foundations that have been in heavy rotation. These are the items I’ve used the most in January especially.

Makeup Wars foundations: Senna Lasting Illusion, Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation, Lancome Teint Miracle

Makeup Wars foundations: Senna Lasting Illusion, Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation, Lancome Teint Miracle

Senna Lasting Illusion Satin Matte Foundation – I recently reviewed this and to be honest it’s been on my face almost constantly the last few weeks. I’m crazy about the finish of this foundation. It’s the fullest of the three I’m sharing but it’s not so full that it’s mask-like. It covers my imperfections beautifully and lasts wonderfully even in the harsh weather we’ve had in Michigan. I can’t get over how much I like it. I have new items to review but I don’t want to put this away.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation – I need to write a review of this soon. This is the lightest weight, sheerest of the foundations shown but some days that’s exactly what I need. You can build this up to give a fuller coverage though. It’s a beautiful luminizing finish. It comes in 6 shades and it’s only $14.99.

Lancome Teint Miracle – I’ve had this particular bottle at least 3 years but it’s just as good as ever. I know some people wouldn’t keep it that long but as a blogger I am constantly switching and testing. Yet I come back to Teint Miracle often. If I’m asked about Lancome this is what I recommend too. It’s available in an amazing 31 shades so there’s something for everyone here. When I first reviewed it (January 2012) it was available in 16 shades. They’ve since doubled the amount of shades and raised the price $6. I will most likely rebuy this with the right gwp some day.

Makeup Wars Foundations - CC Cream version with It Cosmetics, Kate Somerville Illumikate CC, Pur Minerals

Makeup Wars Foundations – CC Cream version with It Cosmetics, Kate Somerville Illumikate CC, Pur Minerals

My BB creams are all put away for now but 3 of the CC Creams I have are still playing a big part in my rotation. I use these often when I’m in a hurry because they contain skincare elements and SPF but I also use them because I love the finish of them.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC+ Cream has been mentioned by me so often that you are probably tired of the repetition. But when something is this good, it’s worth me telling you over and over. As much as I love this brand and want to recommend it all to you, this is my absolute favorite product from them. This fickle pickle has told you other products were her favorite but this is the true favorite. When I first reviewed it was summer, now it’s winter and it’s still just as wonderful.

Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream is my newest CC Cream and it’s another winner. This only comes in 4 shades though. I was sent this in Fair to review but it’s still a little dark. The solution for me is to take some of my tarte maracuja concealer and mix them, about 1/3 concealer to 2/3 IllumiKate. That color works and I have this beautiful glow that has SPF 50. Look for a full review very soon on this.

Pur Minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is another favorite that works for me year round. I’ve worn this in all seasons except spring and my skin loves it in all of those seasons. The consistency is mousse-like and spreads so easily.

This fickle pickle is officially declaring these 6 products her favorite foundation picks. But don’t be surprised to hear of more later though since I have a few more products to review for you. Fickleness can be delightful!! Have you worn any of these 6? If not which would you most want to try? — Marcia

Please read what these other lovely ladies have decided to share with us. Sharing is caring!

Other Makeup Wars articles can be found HERE.
*some items sent for review purposes

Pur Minerals CC Cream is a seasonless delight

Pur Minerals CC Cream

Pur Minerals CC Cream

One of the reasons I’ve reviewed a lot of BB and CC Creams is that I really like how they look on my skin. I’ve found quite a few favorites that work for me year round. At first I felt they were just my summer foundation choices but for the last year I found that wearing them year round works just as well. My latest favorite is Pur Minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40. I was thrilled when I received this to test and I’ve been wearing it regularly ever since. I wrote about it in the November Makeup Wars Five Minute Face article but now it’s time to give you the full scoop!!

CC Creams are supposed to be color correctors in addition to having the characteristics of a BB Cream. Pur Minerals CC Cream has it all.

  • Broad Spectrum Sunscreen with an SPF of 40
  • Primer
  • Anti-aging moisturizing
  • Color correcting
  • Brightening
  • Concealing
  • Silicone free
  • Paraben free
Pur Minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40

Pur Minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40

Pur Minerals CC Cream has a light almost mousse-like consistency. It has more pigment to it than most products in this category and the coverage makes me feel as if I’m wearing a true foundation. The pump tube is great for me since I can pump out just enough for one side of my face at a time. I never get too much oozing out.

Some of the ingredients are unique to this product like DERMAPUR® HP—a clarifying corrective from meadowsweet—and CLARISKIN II®—a brightening powerhouse from wheat germ. These are both clinically advanced plant-based ingredients.

Pur Minerals CC Cream in Light

Pur Minerals CC Cream in Light

Pur Minerals CC Cream in Light

Pur Minerals CC Cream in Light

It comes in 4 shades: light, medium, tan, dark. My skin is pretty easy going when it comes to adapting to light shades. I normally choose the lightest color in a collection and the Light is a good match for me. I think the fairest of the fair would have trouble with this shade though. From what I’ve been reading customers think the shades run a little dark. In the summer I found I didn’t usually need a moisturizer prior to wearing this but now that it’s colder and windier I start with a serum and moisturizer. It seems to glide on easier and I use less product this way. But if I’m in a hurry, I just apply this CC cream and I’m ready to go.

Pur Minerals CC Cream pump

Pur Minerals CC Cream pump

Pur Minerals can be found at Dermstore, Ulta, Skinstore and now Kohl’s is carrying the brand. I love that I’m getting great coverage, SPF40, primer, moisturizer all while helping to brighten and conceal. This has become a staple for my 5 minute face as well as on the days I can take the time and do anything I want. Have you tried any CC Creams yet? If you try the Pur Minerals CC Cream you might never step away from it. — Marcia

*sent for review

 

Active Ingredients: Homosalate (10%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Titanium Dioxide (10%)
Ingredients: Aqua, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-8, PPG-10 Butanediol, Propanediol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Triticum vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Butylene Glycol, Spiraea Ulmaria Extract, Hydrolyzed Ceratonia Siliqua Seed Extract, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acrylodimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 60, Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Niacinamide, Boron Nitride, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Lactic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Retinol, Ceramide AP, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Iron Oxides (CI 77491,CI77492,CI77499)

 

Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks are so berry pretty

Pur Mineral Lip Gloss Sticks

Pur Mineral Lip Gloss Sticks

I’m about to review something and then tell you to buy something different. Yes, I’m crazy like that. My review is for 4 different Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks that I was sent to review. I’ve been using them so much that I forgot that I was supposed to write about them. They’ve just become part of my daily life. When I went to do a little research I found that Pur Minerals had come out with a fabulous set that includes 3 shades of these Lip Gloss Sticks plus 3 shades of eyeshadow sticks in a set called Show Off. One Lip Gloss Stick sells for $15, the set is $28. Now do you see why I’m telling you this?

Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks

Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks

Let’s go backwards a little. Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks are terrific if you like easy to use, non-sticky lip products, sheer lip color that you can build up and lips that are moisturized.

They are very lightly fragranced; I’m not one for fragrance in facial products but they don’t bother me in the least. I’m so busy feeling how much softer and conditioned my lips feel that that’s all I care about.  I will put one on when I’m sitting alone at the computer at night just because it feels so good on my lips. You don’t have to worry about sharpening these since you just wind these chubby lip gloss sticks up and you are done.

The 8 colors these come in are: Honey Pie, Coraline, Berry Pretty, Rum Raisin, Beach Bum, Daredevil, Spiked Punch and Game Day. When you hover your mouse over the color names on the order page you’ll see the Lip Gloss Stick change so you can get an idea of the color.

The Show Off Kit has totally different shades which I bet are just as pretty: Pucker (light pink), Fling (misty mauve) and Taunt (raspberry) for lips and Exposed (vanilla cream), Unveiled (gold shimmer) and Staged (toasted raisin) for eyes.

Pur Minerals Show Off

Pur Minerals Show Off

Pur Minerals Show Off set (3 eye crayons, 3 lip crayons)

Pur Minerals Show Off set (3 eye crayons, 3 lip crayons)

I’ve been a fan of pencil type lip products for a long time. I find them to be easy to use and mess free. These are different than most of the ones I have since they are more of a lip gloss than lip stick. Even though Pur Minerals describes them as being vibrant colors, I don’t find them to be nearly as vibrant as a lipstick is. The shades I have aren’t in the kit so maybe you’ll decide to buy one or more of these instead.

Rum Raisin is the darkest of the 4 shades I have. It looks dark in the packaging but not on my lips. I was sure I wouldn’t be using this color but I was wrong. Once on it just deepens my natural lip color and looks glossy yet sheer.

Pur Minerals Rum Raisin

Pur Minerals Rum Raisin

Berry Pretty is my favorite of the group. It is berry pretty indeed. It looks like a “my lips but better” shade on me while it emphasizes the rosiness in my lips.

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Pur Minerals Berry Pretty Lip Gloss Stick

Pur Minerals Berry Pretty Lip Gloss Stick

Honey Pie is a nude that’s not really nude. It has a warm undertone and a natural lip color at the same time.

Pur Minerals Honey Pie

Pur Minerals Honey Pie

Coralline is just too pretty for words. When I think of the color coral I usually think of a reddish orange. Coralline is a pinkish orange, heavy on the pink side of orange. This is the one that brightens my lips the most. It’s a very happy shade that’s not dark so it’s easy for me to wear.

Pur Minerals Coralline

Pur Minerals Coralline

Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks: Coraline, Honey Pie, Berry Pretty, Rum Raisin

Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Sticks: Coraline, Honey Pie, Berry Pretty, Rum Raisin

Whether you go for the bargain of the Show Off Kit or a single Pur Minerals Lip Gloss Stick, you should consider these for your lip wardrobe. If I had to pick just one I’d pick Berry Pretty but I’m enjoying all 4 of these shades. Pur Minerals is widely available at Ulta and websites like Ulta.com, zappos.com, kohls.com. If I got that Show Off set in my stocking, I’d definitely be showing off. Do you have any favorites? — Marcia

#sent for review *images from purminerals.com and personal

 

BOGO alert – PUR Minerals is doing BOGO this weekend

Obviously we are excited about BOGO at Pur Minerals. This is the perfect time to stock up on some old favorites as well as finding some new ones. Once a year Pur has this sale so if you miss it you’ll be sorry!! The sale goes from August 26 – Sept. 2nd.

There are 9 terrific products in this sale. If you buy any one of them, you get a second product free using the code BOGO2013

CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 - this is new this year

NEW 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation with Skincare Ingredients – We are a big fan of this powder foundation and reviewed it here

4-in-1 Liquid Foundation

4-in-1 Mineral Tinted Moisturizer

Disappearing Act 4-in-1 Concealer

NEW Color Correcting Primer – Color Balancer – Peach

NEW Color Correcting Primer – Redness Reducer – Green

NEW Color Correcting Primer – Prep & Perfect – Neutral

NEW Color Correcting Primer – Hydrate & Balance – Lavender

Your wallet won’t labor under this Labor Day special.

 

 

Pürminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and Chisel Brush get some love, side by side

Purminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup

Purminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup

Purminerals is a cosmetics line that is famous for what it’s products DON’T have – you won’t ever find any Parabens, SLS, Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, DEA, Formaldehyde, or Hydroquinone in their products.  What they do have are excellent mineral-based products that perform, and are affordable to boot. Let’s see what Lisa and Marcia think about two Purmineral best sellers:  4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and the Chisel Brush.

Lisa’s Side:

I’ve been a huge fan of Purmineral’s 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup ($26) for years. In fact, I haven’t been without one of these babies in my stash for the past six years.  This pressed powder makeup is one hard working compact, tackling four different jobs:  it can be used as a concealer, as a foundation, as a finishing powder, and as sun protection.

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Pretty compact!

The coverage is medium, and it’s very natural looking. It doesn’t make skin look dry, nor does it settle into fine lines – I think because there’s no talc in it. In fact, it has shea butter in it which makes it a much creamier powder foundation than most. It really ‘melts’ into your skin, doing an especially terrific job of covering any red areas.

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Sturdy, thick compact

My only complaint about this terrific 4-in-1 foundation is that it seems to go so fast! I find that I hit pan relatively quickly, but then I just go back to Ulta and buy myself another one. This really is one of my favorite powder foundations ever.

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4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup in Blush Medium

My shade is Blush Medium, which works perfect for my somewhere-in-between-light-and-medium skin tone.

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Blush Medium swatch

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Blush Medium swatched again

Pur Mineral 4-in-1 powder foundation in Porcelain

Purminerals 4-in-1 powder foundation in Porcelain

The finish is matte but with super tiny shimmers which give the skin a great glow. I have long adored the Purminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and I highly recommend it.

Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and Chisel Brush

Purminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and Chisel Brush

 Marcia’s side:

Now that Lisa has sold you on Pürminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation you need to know more about the Chisel Makeup Brush. This brush is great for the foundation but it has other uses, especially with Pürminerals Pressed Blush and Specialty Powders.

Pur Minerals Chisel brush

Purminerals Chisel brush

It’s so easy to use the Chisel Makeup Brush with the foundation or other products. Pürminerals calls the method the “3D” method – Dip, Draw, and Dust.

DIP the brush into the powder foundation and pick up the amount you need, I swirl it around on the powder.

DRAW circles on the lid to remove the excess.

DUST on the foundation in downward strokes to get a flawless finish.

A pristine brush will look like this:

Pur Minerals Chisel brush

Purminerals Chisel brush

Here’s what the brush will look like when you have the foundation on it:

 

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I advise washing the brush before you use it. It’s a little bit scratchy at first but washing it in something like J&J Baby Shampoo or a mild cleansing product that you’d use for your brushes takes away that feeling. The brush is stiff, it needs to be since it has to pick up the product and blend it on your face. But once washed it becomes soft and easier to use.

This duo sells for $40 and the pressed powder foundation is available in 10 different shades. Buying these together is a savings of $10 since the brush retails for $23 and the foundation for $26. A bonus is that if you order from the Pur Minerals website you’ll also receive a free palette (there’s a choice of 3 at checkout!!). We don’t know how long this bonus lasts but it’s a winner. One of the choices is the Beautiful Creatures palette that I reviewed here. If you are in the market for a new foundation put this Pür Minerals duo on your list.

*samples sent for review

BREAKING NEWS: On Tuesday June 25th this duo is on Hautelook for the amazing price of $15 and not only that but you get a blush with it. Total steal and the perfect time to buy this. Hautelook keeps things on sale for 3-4 days but often sells out.

 

Pür Minerals Spring Beauty Kit is gorgeous and a bargain

Pur Minerals Spring Beauty Kit

Pur Minerals Spring Beauty Kit

Do you ever watch EXTRA on television? If you do then you might have seen some beautiful cosmetics from Pür Minerals. In honor of their appearance on the EXTRA show Pür Minerals has created a special kit at a very special price. Here’s what the 6 piece kit includes:

  • Golden Age Eyeliner/Eye Shadow Duo
  • Mosaic Powder in Ornamental
  • Boutique Pink Nail Polish
  • Vintage Pink Lip Gloss
  • 4 in 1 pressed Mineral Makeup in your choice of shade
  • Chisel brush applicator
PurMinerals from stylemined.com

PurMinerals from stylemined.com

If you bought these separately they’d cost $90 but this set is priced at $32 but only at StyleMined.com“Everybody wants flawless skin, and now you can actually have it with Pür Minerals award winning mineral make-up! Get this six-piece kit equipped with everything you need for your picture perfect look, from eye shadow and nail polish, to lip-gloss and pressed mineral makeup with a chisel brush! Clinically proven, complexion-perfecting make-up with all natural ingredients!”

This is a limited edition set so you might want to check this out very soon!

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