Sharing the beauty of Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Garden Eye Shadow Palette – Chronos

Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Garden Eye Shadow Palette - Chronos

Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Garden Eye Shadow Palette – Chronos

Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Garden Eye Shadow Palette - Chronos

Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Garden Eye Shadow Palette – Chronos

Rouge Bunny Rouge has enchanted me since I first heard of it. I’ve bought almost every one of their eyeshadows yet I resisted the Garden Eye Shadow Palette – Chronos for so long. Now that I have it I wonder what in the world made me doubt that this wouldn’t be for me. It’s so beautiful that I could just stare at it for hours. But instead I photographed it to share with you and now I’m wearing it and loving every minute of it.

Now you ask me why I love Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadows, don’t you?? It’s a combination of unusual colors, fabulous pigmentation, and long wearing shadows that don’t fade away into oblivion.

1st three shadows in Chronos

1st three shadows in Chronos

The official descriptions of the first three shadows

Champagne Pewter Highlighter – a peachy metallic champagne
Metallic Rosy Brown – a peacock pink and gold shade
Aged Bronze – an interchanging, cool olive metallic

#1 champagne highlight shade

#1 champagne highlight shade

The first shade applies darker than it looks like it would. I find this a great lid shade but a little too dark for my typical browbone look. It’s a metallic shade with some sparkle to it. It works with every single shadow in the palette.

2nd shade Metallic Rosy Brown

2nd shade Metallic Rosy Brown

I’m mad for this metallic rosy brown, the perfect description of it. A little pink, a little taupe and a little gold combine to make a terrific shade for lid or crease.

3rd shadow metallic golden olive

3rd shadow metallic golden olive

If you know my taste then you know that this golden olive shade was the first I chose to use. While it’s called an aged bronze what I see is the patina of an olive gold.

Rouge Bunny Rouge golden olive and champagne highlighter

Rouge Bunny Rouge golden olive and champagne highlighter

Descriptions for the last two shades:

Aubergine Gunmetal – a dark, gold-tinged eggplant-grey metallic
Midnight Blue Gunmetal – a deep, smoky blue-grey metallic

I didn’t think it could get better but it does with the 4th shade. I’ve always loved purple shadows but as I get older not all love me. This is perfect because it’s a darkened pastel shade. It combines purple with gray to tone it down and then it tempers it with a touch of shimmery gold. Maqnifique.

RBR 4th shadow eggplant gray metallic

RBR 4th shadow eggplant gray metallic

The last shadow in Chronos is one I didn’t think I could wear, what a mistake that was in my thought process. It’s a beautiful smoky teal gray metallic that looks absolutely gorgeous with either of the first two shades in the palette. While it looks muddy on the flocked sponge, it’s a very unusual and wonderful shade once on.

5th Chronos shade

5th Chronos shade

None of these shades are the typical colors you’ll find in other brands. There can be an almost muddy quality to them but that’s not an insult. It’s just that they are unusual and much better suited for someone with sophisticated taste.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Chronos swatches

Rouge Bunny Rouge Chronos swatches

This is a limited edition palette that costs $59. I bought mine at Beautyhabit when they had free shipping. It’s also available at Rouge Bunny Rouge.chronos_1_2

As always Rouge Bunny Rouge shares a story with their Long Lasting Hummingbird eyeshadows: ”

Hints of Darkness is one of the signature ideas of the Enchanted Garden, and one that hides a multitude of shades and shadows locked inside.
Whether it’s the majestic bronze statues, ennobled with verdigris; or the cast iron door knockers, darkened by time; or the ancient garden benches with an occasional velvety patch of pale blue moss – their mysterious, untouched darkness is a constant watcher of time. And so the Artists of the Enchanted Garden have chosen those timeless metallic colours for their astounding new chef d’oeuvre.
In the treasure chambers they found the source of the most beguiling, exotic shine ever seen in the inimitable lustre of Black Pearls, wondrous children of Nature and Time, black and yet aglow with a multitude of colours.
On the edge of metallic and organic, the silky-soft shades of the Limited Eye Shadow Palette RAW GARDEN in ‘Chronos’ are created to beautify every eye colour and each classic look that usually is created in a variety of greys and blacks.”
If you believe in Enchanted Gardens like I do then it’s time to pick this up before Chronos is gone. — Marcia

Products that aid in our fight to stamp out breast cancer

As everyone knows October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink surrounds us whenever we shop, whether online or in person. There are so many cosmetic companies that donate to a variety of charities that it’s hard to keep up with them all. Some companies, like the Estee Lauder corporation, give year round and generously. They even have their own foundation, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, that sponsors initiatives in women’s fights against this disease. Lisa has written several articles about the wonderful products you can purchase that will donate portions to this fight. Bobbi Brown Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss collection, and products from La Mer, Aveda, and bumble & bumble are among the Estee Lauder products that support the fight.

Some of the items I’ve come across in my internet reading that I’d be interested in are listed here.

JUARA is one of the companies that will be donating 10% of October sales to Cancer and Careers, a program of the CEW Foundation, empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in their workplace by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events.  Cancer and Careers strives to eliminate fear and uncertainty for working people with cancer through a comprehensive website, free publications, career coaching, and a series of support groups and educational seminar. Founded by four socially-conscious women, JUARA Skincare combines Indonesian botanicals and ancient Indonesian health and beauty rituals with the latest skincare technology to restore the skin’s natural balance while evoking the calming experience of an ancient beauty ritual.  JUARA is in fact an Indonesian word that means “winner” or “champion”. “As women entrepreneurs, we created JUARA to help women “champion” their natural beauty, but also because we wanted to take control of our own lives and become champions of our own.”

Juara donates 10% of sales in October

Juara donates 10% of sales in October

ROUGE BUNNY ROUGE

Rouge Bunny Rouge is donating 50% of the retail price of several products in the UK to Future Dreams. Their new eyeshadow palette, Raw Garden, is my number one wishlist item and I love the idea of 50% going to a worthwhile charity.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Garden

Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Garden

In addition two fragrances, Tundra and Allegria, are part of this campaign.

Rouge Bunny Rouge fragrance

Rouge Bunny Rouge fragrance

JERGENS

Jergens has committed $250,000 to be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Find the Original Scent Moisturizer (about $7) with the pink ribbon for your purchase to be part of the donation.

Jergens Moisturizer

Jergens Moisturizer

AVON

Avon is a company that considers Breast Cancer to be a huge issue for women and supports this cause year round with walks and products. They created the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade for this purpose. One of the products that they are donating $5 per purchase is Anew Vitale, an evening gel/cream that contains salicyclic acid (good for oily and combo skintypes).

Anew Vitale Night Cream

Anew Vitale Night Cream

COLOR ME MONTHLY

Color Me Monthly is a nail polish subscription that I love since it’s just one (gorgeous) polish at a time. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month they are donating 10% of all sales from The Vault to Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Panther, below, is just one of many great shades. My favorites are Seven Sisters and Chiffon if you want suggestions.

Color Me Monthly Panther polish

Color Me Monthly Panther polish

SMASHBOX

Smashbox Cosmetics is donating $5 from the purchase of every Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. (This is an organization dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime through funding research worldwide.)

Smashbox Promise gloss

Smashbox Promise gloss

More items that I’ve seen are on Romy Raves including INNI nail wraps, Lisa Hoffman Charm Bracelet and Joico hairspray.

No matter what you do this month (or next) please be sure to give yourself a breast exam and schedule a mammogram if you are due. We are the guardians of our health so please help yourself. — Marcia

*nothing to disclose

Makeup Wars shares their favorite purple eyes

Do you think of Crayola purple when you imagine wearing a purple eyeshadow?

photo credit: bemused.typepad.com

photo credit: bemused.typepad.com

The shade that we grew up with if only had a box of 8 or 16 crayons is not the purple that Makeup Wars is in love with. As we’ve grown up Crayola purple is our last love but has led to many other shades within that range of color. Ones we didn’t imagine when we were 8 years old.

My purples are all over the board from lavender to violet to wine to almost black. All are beautiful and all have something special about them.

Makeup Wars loves purple eyeshadows

Makeup Wars loves purple eyeshadows

1. CHANTECAILLE TANZANITE

Chantecaille Tanzanite eyeshadow

Chantecaille Tanzanite eyeshadow

If you’d ask me to name one eyeshadow that was my favorite purple this would be it. I’ve gone through several of these since it’s got just the right amount of blue in it for me. Seeing it in the pot I’d never think it was a blue purple but on my eyes it is. I’m not putting these in any order except to say this has always been my number 1.

2. NARS KAUAI

Nars Kauai duo

Nars Kauai duo

Nars Kauai purple

Nars Kauai purple

I love this metallic violet. Nars describes the duo as Gold Lame and Smoky Iridescent Orchid. I don’t use the gold because it’s very sparkly and gets all over my face. But this purple is to die for.

3. ROUGE BUNNY ROUGE DELICATE HUMMINGBIRD

Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Humingbird

Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Humingbird

I swear this is more purple in person but in reality it’s a taupe purple. It’s not intensely pigmented but it’s beautiful and easy for me to wear. A combo of two favorite colors can’t be wrong.

4. LE METIER DE BEAUTY PLUM

Le Metier de Beaute Plum eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Plum eyeshadow

This is almost a periwinkle shade. It is a typical LMdB eyeshadow in that it’s sheer (sheerer than my swatch) and works well for layering. But most days I’m not in the mood to layer so I use this with a firm brush and get a lot of pigment from it.

5. LE METIER DE BEAUTE FIG

Le Metier de Beaute Fig eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Fig eyeshadow

Alone Fig is not a favorite but it works so well when using the Couches de Couleurs method. This is a very brown version of fig with a touch of red. It can change a look from day to night with ease.

6. CHANEL MAGIC NIGHT OMBRE ESSENTIAL

Chanel Magic Night

Chanel Magic Night

Sadly Magic Night is discontinued but I had to include it since it really is a favorite. The undertone of Magic Night is milk chocolate and it has purple pigment added to create a shade that makes for a beautiful smokey eye. One of the advantages to this shadow is that you can easily use gradient tones so you can get a great look with just this one shadow.

7. TARINA TARANTINO MAGICAL JEWEL EYESHADOW PALETTE*

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette in Magical

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette in Magical

I am totally in love with this palette. I’ve been wearing it at least 3 days a week for the last few weeks. Every shade in this is gorgeous and creates a perfect cool toned eye look. There’s mauve, smoky amethyst, violet, creamy white and a light pink lilac. It wears like a dream. The name Magical fits it completely. A full review will be forthcoming.

Chantecaille, Nars, RBR, LMdB x2, Chanel

Chantecaille, Nars, RBR, LMdB x2, Chanel

Tarina Tarantino Magical

Tarina Tarantino Magical

So there you have my very unCrayola line of favorite purples. I love the variations available and that I don’t have to look like a crayon.

Are any of these in your repertoire? Any favorite purples I should look into? — Marcia

Join us in our purpleness:

*TT provided for editorial consideration, remainder were purchased by me

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday – it’s time for pink lipstick

Top 10 Pink Lipsticks (or is this 12)

Top 10 Pink Lipsticks (or is this 12)

This week the Top Ten Tuesday group decided to share our favorite pink lips. I went through my lipstick drawer and found a lot of pinks – I mean a LOT. I narrowed it down to the 12 lipsticks I wear the most. But then something interesting happened when I photographed them together. I found that they don’t all look pink in swatches yet when they are on my lips they look pink to me. Of course I have favorites within the favorites but that’s pretty typical.

Here’s my bounty:

12 favorite pink lipsticks from Tom Ford, Make Up For Ever, Rouge Bunny Rouge, MAC, and Surratt

12 favorite pink lipsticks from Tom Ford, Make Up For Ever, Rouge Bunny Rouge, MAC, and Surratt

Tom Ford lipsticks

Tom Ford pinks: Summer Fling, Pink Dusk, Spanish Pink, Pink Dune

Tom Ford pinks: Summer Fling, Pink Dusk, Spanish Pink, Pink Dune

Summer Fling is a limited edition sheer lipstick that is my new favorite from his collection. This is a true cool pink on me, it has blue undertones so if you don’t look good in cool don’t hunt this one done.

Pink Dusk was my previous Tom Ford favorite and has gotten the most use from me. It’s a warm pink with slight coral undertones. This lipstick has great coverage and lasts long. I love that I can play around with gloss or liner and change this one up. My photo makes it look more coral but on my lips it’s really pink, I promise.

Spanish Pink is a neutral pink that color wise is almost a combo of Summer Fling and Pink Dusk. It’s the darkest of collection and a good change for me since sometimes I like super light lipsticks. This is more “adult” than my typical.

Pink Dune is also a limited edition sheer lipstick. If I’d seen it instead of ordering it online I might have skipped it. I like light lipsticks but this is extremely light. Therefore the solution is to wear a lipliner. It’s on my favorite list though so you know I’m not unhappy with it.

from top: Summer Fling, Pink Dusk, Spanish Pink, Pink Dune

from top: Summer Fling, Pink Dusk, Spanish Pink, Pink Dune

MAKE UP FOR EVER

Make Up For Ever N33 and N19

Make Up For Ever N33 and N19

Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N33 is just about the perfect pink. This is a color I crave, one that stops me dead in my tracks in a store. It’s a very cool pink with a “diamond” finish. It’s described as Diamond Fresh Pink. The finish glistens so no gloss is needed.

Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N19 is a darker rosier version of N33 but with that same glistening finish. MUFE calls it Iridescent Ice Pink. N19 is cool with maybe a touch of mauve.

Make Up For Ever N19 and N33

Make Up For Ever N19 and N33

Unfortunately I don’t see either of these two lipsticks on Sephora’s site but they are both listed on Make Up For Ever’s site so hopefully they aren’t gone. If by chance they are, take a chance on one of the available shades since these creamy moisturizing lipsticks are beautiful.

MAC

MAC lipsticks in Overture, Viva Glam Gaga, A Rose Romance, Feelright

MAC lipsticks in Overture, Viva Glam Gaga, A Rose Romance, Feelright

Pro Longwear formula in Overture  is the only MAC lipstick I have in Pro Longwear so I don’t know why I didn’t buy more of this collection. It’s a matte pinky coral. It’s a little drying because of the formula but it’s one I reach for often.

Viva Glam Gaga is the first of the Gaga lipsticks. It’s the Lustre formula which is one I happen to like. It’s a true Barbie Pink when it’s on me. I love Viva Glam’s program and this is one of the shades I’m always drawn to.

A Rose Romance  is a Lustre that I’m sure is discontinued. I liked it so much I bought two of them when I was in my MAC stage. It’s a more rose version of Viva Glam Gaga on me.

Feelright Amplified is more of a berry pink. Because it’s an Amplified it’s a full bodied lipstick.

from left MAC Feelright, A Rose Romance, Viva Glam Gaga and Overture

from left MAC Feelright, A Rose Romance, Viva Glam Gaga and Overture

SURRATT and ROUGE BUNNY ROUGE

Surratt Fie Soie and Rouge Bunny Rouge Scrumptiously Delicious

Surratt Fie Soie and Rouge Bunny Rouge Scrumptiously Delicious

Surratt Lipslique in Fie Soie is my new favorite lipstick. On my lips it’s a sheer pink with a slight touch of warmth. If I’m wearing cool toned blush though it looks like a light pink. On Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog it looks almost peach but I think the color of your lips affects this sheer lipstick. I really love it!

Rouge Bunny Rouge in Scrumptiously Delicious is one of two lipsticks I bought from RBR and my favorite. The tone is similar to the Surratt Fie Soie but the finish is very different. It’s been described as a ‘cool lavender pink satin finish’ even though it doesn’t look that way in my swatch.

If you bump into me and I’m in the PINK I’ll be wearing one of these 12 beauties. What are your favorite pink lipsticks??– Marcia

Top Ten Tuesday Pink Lipstick Favorites

Top Ten Tuesday Pink Lipstick Favorites

Please click through the blogs to find more variations of pink love.


The Beauty Spotlight Team spotlights Marcia of Beauty Info Zone

Every other week the Beauty Spotlight Team spotlights one of our bloggers with a special post. Well this week it’s my turn and I couldn’t be more excited. You see I’ve done a total turnaround in my cosmetic color life. I used to be the PURPLE QUEEN! I had every purple eyeshadow I could get my hands on. I lived and breathed purple for eyes. Then I started adding in browns and taupes but I still would always say that purple was “my thing”. And then this came into my life:

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abysinnian Catbird

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abysinian Catbird

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird

When it arrived from Zuneta I was excited when I saw this but didn’t realize that my life was about to change. Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird looked like a golden green on my eyes and totally captivated me. I wanted to wear it all day every day. I didn’t want to remove my eye makeup. But being the obsessive eyeshadow person that I am, I not only removed it but I started shopping. Since I purchased the RBR I’ve also purchased what is now making up my Top Ten Khaki/Green eyeshadow list (and it was hard to narrow it down to 10).

Beauty Spotlight Team Top 10 khaki/green eyeshadows

Beauty Spotlight Team Top 10 khaki/green eyeshadows

1. As stated above Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird eyeshadow – this started the obsession

2. Bare Minerals The Scenic Route – this has more green to it but it’s still a khaki on me. I adore this when wearing Rouge Bunny Rouge Velvet Frippery cream shadow as a base.

Bare Minerals The Scenic Route

Bare Minerals The Scenic Route

Bare Minerals The Scenic Route

Bare Minerals The Scenic Route

3. and 4.  Inglot 419 and 433 – to say I’m crazy about these would be an understatement. They are beautiful on and each give me a slightly different look. They both have green and gold in them. 419 has more of a green tone while 433 is more khaki. Satiny smooth and long lasting. These are the best Inglot textures of the many I own.

Inglot 419 and 433

Inglot 419 and 433

5. and 6.  Urban Decay Snare and MAC Greensmoke – these look really similar in my pictures but they are different. Snare is more green while Greensmoke is more smokey. Snare is also more sparkly. I’m more likely to use the Urban Decay at night and the MAC during the day.

Urban Decay Snare and MAC Greensmoke

Urban Decay Snare and MAC Greensmoke

Urban Decay Snare and MAC Greensmoke

Urban Decay Snare and MAC Greensmoke

7. and 8. Makeup Geek Poison Ivy and Senna Fixation – two beautiful green shadows. Poison Ivy is light while the Senna is deep and a gorgeous green with sparkle. I saw Fixation when I was shopping at IMATS and immediately scooped it up. These two work beautifully together.

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy and Senna Fixation

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy and Senna Fixation

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy and Senna Fixation

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy and Senna Fixation

9. Whip Hand Green Beret pigment – while I’m still using my small one that I bought from Beauty Army, I want the full size one. Whip Hand did a special Camo Collection for Beauty Army. I love all of them but this one is green with gold. It’s lighter than the rest and looks great on its own or combined with other shadows or pigments.

Whip Hand Green Beret

Whip Hand Green Beret

Whip Hand Green Beret

Whip Hand Green Beret

Whip Hand Green Beret

Whip Hand Green Beret

10. Rouge Bunny Rouge Velvet Frippery – now this has a story. I was so sorry I bought this when I did and here it is on my Top 10 list. Don’t buy it if you are looking for a great green eyeshadow because it’s not. What makes me love it is that I use it as a base with different colors – especially Bare Minerals The Scenic Route and the two Inglot khakis and it makes them look 10x better. For some reason this dull sort of green brings out the best in them. I don’t use a thick layer and I use a real eyeshadow primer first but with that combination I get color that doesn’t fade or change for the entire day.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Velvet Frippery

Rouge Bunny Rouge Velvet Frippery

Rouge Bunny Rouge Velvet Frippery swatch

Rouge Bunny Rouge Velvet Frippery swatch

From top to bottom: RBR Velvet Frippery (top pic only), Senna Fixation, Makeup Geek Poison Ivy,

MAC Greensmoke, Urban Decay Snare, Whip Hand Cosmetics Green Beret,

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird, Bare Minerals The Scenic Route, Inglot 433 and 419

My Top 10 khaki/green eyeshadows

My Top 10 khaki/green eyeshadows

My Top 10 khaki/green eyeshadows

My Top 10 khaki/green eyeshadows

So there you have my Top Ten most loved and used khaki and green eyeshadows. There’s always room for more though so please tell me what you love and what I need to add to my collection. Do you see though what Rouge Bunny Rouge Absyinnian Catbird started? — Marcia

disclosure: only Makeup Geek is a PR sample, rest were purchased by me

Favorite Summer Lippie Makeup War – Beauty Info Zone edition


Good morning Marcia, your mission should you chose to accept it, is to share your favorite summer lipstick with the Makeup War readers. We expect this to be a pretty easy mission for you but in the chance that should you or any of your MW force be caught or killed, the team will disavow any knowledge of you or your actions. This message will self-destruct in five seconds so you better get swatching.

Yes, an easy mission. Who couldn’t pick their favorite summer lipstick? Certainly not I. To begin the mission I headed towards my purse and tried to lift it. I have the bad habit of never quite taking any lipstick out of my purse so it usually weighs a lot. Once I lift it I take it over to my bathroom vanity where a variety of lipsticks that I’ve been wearing this summer are waiting.

And what do I find but a dozen lipsticks that I love. How do I pick a favorite?? I narrow the color down to pink since a pink lipstick always brightens my face and makes me smile. I also decide that I’m not going to include glosses even though those are considered lippies but I almost always wear a gloss over a lipstick.  So here we are at 7, in no particular order…

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake: this was my first lip butter and my favorite. It’s the lightest pink of all the ones on this list.

Revlon Strawberry Shortcake Colorburst Lip Balm

MAC Lustre in A Rose Romance: I have dozens of MAC lipsticks but for summer this pretty pink gets picked often. It was, of course, a limited edition. It reminds me a lot of the Revlon now that I see pictures so close togther.

Le Metier de Beaute Color Core Lipstick in Cannes: this has become a favorite since I got it. This is a warm pink that’s slightly shimmery

Revlon top, MAC middle, Le Metier bottom – while the individual swatches look the same, when put together they do look different.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in N19: I go back and forth between N19 and N33 but I almost always pick N19 which is an Iridescent Icy Pink. When I first reviewed this I said that if I had to pick a lipstick to wear for a month solid I’d choose this and I still feel that way. It’s a lovely sheer cool toned pink. 

Rouge Bunny Rouge Colour Burst in Scrumptiously Delicious: I could also pick this for my favorite fall, winter, spring lippie since it’s an easy all year round shade for me. It’s described as a cool lavender pink satin finish with a warm golden opalescence.

MUFE 19 and Rouge Bunny Rouge

tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in Sweet: this is a light pink (lighter than my swatches appear) crayon with a fresh pepperminty taste. It came in one of the many sets I’ve purchased from QVC. It’s more shimmery than most of my LipSurgences.

tarte LipSurgence Lip Shine in Simmer: this is part of the 6 Piece High Performance collection recently reviewed. While I haven’t had it the whole summer I’ve had it long enough for it to become a favorite. This is a new style of LipSurgence with a sharpener on top.

tarte simmer (darker than on lips)

top Revlon & MAC, 2nd row LMdB & MUFE, 3rd row RBR & tarte Sweet, bottom tarte Simmer

AND THE WINNER IS: tarte LipSurgence in Sweet! Now this isn’t exactly fair because I can’t find this for sale anywhere except on ebay. It was in a kit called Radiant & Rested Volume II. In its place though I’d recommend the new LipSurgence Lip Shine in Simmer since I was wavering between those two or I’d look at the shade Charmed since it’s pretty close. Now why are the tarte the winners? They are foolproof in the summer; I can even put them on without a mirror. They feel fresh and they never bleed along my lipline. I only wear lipliner when I’m gettin’ fancy and I never feel the need to get fancy with either of these. And the best part is that I can wear Sweet with just about any eyeshadow or blush. It has enough coolness and warmth to work with my makeup. Sweet  lives in my purse because I need them near me all the time. Can you see why this became the winner??

 

You can continue on the Makeup War journey by either clicking on the icons below or on the “previous/next” buttons above. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite or remember a previous love that needs to be worn.

Side by Side – Marcia and Lisa’s 2011 Discoveries

For our final Side by Side for 2011 we’ve decided to each pick 5 discoveries: items we never knew about or had any familiarity with that turned out to rock our world. In early 2012 we’ll be back with new Top Ten lists but for now check out to see what got Marcia and Lisa most excited about in 2011.

Marcia’s Discoveries:

1)      Somme Institute skincare: This is a brand that I never even had heard of in spite of its prominence at Nordstrom and spas. I have reviewed a lot of skincare in 2011 and will continue to do so but the one brand that I’ve used the longest and am still using while testing others is Somme. The line is simple, clean, fragrance free and effective. I especially love the three steps of Transport (exfoliation), Serum and A-Plus (vitamin enriched moisturizer). I’ve also been using the Eye Cream and Boost the warming mask which will be reviewed in January. All 7 items have made a difference in the condition of my skin and are highly recommended by me.

 

Somme Institute 5 step system

2)      Mally Poreless Face Defender:  I discovered the Mally Poreless Face Defender in a QVC kit. I liked it so much that when Beauty.com had their 20% off sale I bought the full size so that I could keep the smaller one in my purse and the full size on my vanity.  While nothing is going to rid me of the cursed pores this does minimize the effect and makes my foundation last longer at the same time.

Mally Poreless Face Defender

3)      DERMAdoctor Gorilla Warfare: LOVE this!! In my review I mentioned what a hairy person I am. Well my face is a lot less hairy now thanks to DERMAdoctor Gorilla Warfare. I use this every morning on my neck and the areas on my face where peach fuzz grows like wildfire. I’m seeing less and less as time goes on. This is an item that will be in my skincare regime for a long time to come. It’s lasting a long time and the minute I see that it’s winding down, I’ll be buying a new one.

 

DERMAdoctor Gorilla Warfare

4)      BB Balms and Creams: I reviewed 3 different ones this past year and they are an excellent alternative to foundation, especially in warm weather. BB Balms like to say that they are moisturizer, primer, foundation and skincare all rolled into one. My favorite of the three I have is Skin79 Super Beblemish Balm.  Even though it starts off looking gray when I smooth it on my skin, it instantly turns the right shade for me and gives a smooth looking appearance. I’ve also reviewed Missha M Perfect BB Cream and Boscia and compared them both in a review. Boscia gives me great coverage but the color is on the dark side for me personally with my extremely pale skin.

 

Skin79 BB Balm

5)      Rouge Bunny Rouge: what can I say about a brand that brings dreams to life? I’d heard about Rouge Bunny Rouge from London Makeup Girl but never dreamed that it could be mine. Ordering from Zuneta though is so easy. It’s not hard to reach free shipping and even if you pay it’s not expensive anymore for international shipping (less than $8 US). The majority of money I’ve spent this year has been on either RBR or Le Metier de Beaute.  It’s hard to pick favorites because I love the brand so much but what I don’t want to be without is Abyssinian Catbird eyeshadow, A Major eyeshadow duo and the Cheeks in Bloom Wands especially Vermeer. Expect to see a lot more reviews on Rouge Bunny Rouge. It won’t be a 2012 discovery but it will be a 2012 love I’m quite sure.

RBR Abysinnian Catbird

 

Lisa’s Discoveries:

1.  Illuminaire Beyond Black Everlasting Eyeliner ($21):  This eyeliner is like nothing I have ever tried before.  It’s not quite a gel, it’s not quite a liquid…I am not sure exactly how to categorize it, but it is SUPER black and truly awesome.

Illuminare Beyond Black Everlasting Eyeliner

I have so many gel and liquid liners it’s crazy, but this is truly an original.  It was a great discovery for 2011.

2.  Wen:  I have to say, nothing transformed my look more in 2011 than Wen did.  I had heard of ‘conditioning cleansing’, but was way too chicken to try it.  I started slowly with the Pomegranate Cleansing Conditioner ($32), then moved into the Fall Ginger Pumpkin Cleansing Conditioner ($32) and styling products like the Fig Styling Cream ($24) and the Fig Replenishing Treatment Mist ($32).

 My hair just kept getting better and better…and now I am trying the super conditioning treatment SixThirteen ($78) (can you smell a future review??)  My hair keeps getting more full and even more soft, so I stay on the cleansing condioner bandwagon.

3.  Motives Mineral Pressed Blush ($15.50):  Blush is a tough one for me.  Most look pretty, but don’t last on me because of my weird skin.  Motives has tons of great products, but the blushes are what really won me over this year.  I reach for them almost every day.

Motives Mineral Pressed Blush in Instinctive

Not only is the color gorgeous, they go on like silk and last for hours.  Plus, they can be used on your eyes or lips if you want.  Versatile, beautiful, great quality, and great price – total winners!!

4.  Marcelle Cosmetics:  Living sort of close to Canada, I had tried a few things from Marcelle in years past.  But in 2011 I discovered two items that have become part of my daily routine.  First, the Soothing Cleansing Water ($14.50).

Never in my life did I dream I would love a cleanser that doesn’t require water….but here I am.  I use this cleanser every day.  I use it for spot cleaning makeup ‘oops’, I use it as an eye makeup remover, I use it whenever I just don’t feel like doing the whole water and washcloth thing.  And my ‘tween-age’ daughter uses it exclusively…I am constantly having to steal the bottle back from her.  In addition to the cleanser, I also love the Lux Glosses ($10.95).  I got two colors:  Starlet and Muse.

Starlet is a shimmery pink, Muse is a deeper pink with shimmer.  I got them at the end of October, and guess what?  I have used them both up completely.  I don’t think I have ever used any lip gloss up before it was time to toss.  These were my ‘miracle of 2011’.

5.  Aglow Eco Living Candles:  The products from this eco-friendly line are beyond beautiful.  There is literally something for everyone here, from whimsical to goth-alicious.  Candles, diffusers, perfume jars…I love to peruse the site just to drool and wish.  Speaking of wishes…

Our wish for you is a happy, healthy holiday and a beautiful New Year!!!  Love to all of our amazing readers!!!  Lisa and Marcia