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$25 Sephora gift card giveaway for May

sephora gift cardWelcome to May. Beauty Info Zone has joined a group of bloggers to give away a $25 Sephora gift card. As a beauty blog you know that this gets our ticker going. This giveaway only lasts through Saturday night so don’t be late.

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#ITsAtSephora and we’re so excited

IT Cosmetics at Sephora

IT Cosmetics at Sephora

IT Cosmetics has arrived at our favorite cosmetic store – Sephora. There’s been a long journey for Jamie Kern Lima, the magician behind IT Cosmetics. I remember buying my first product from them and realizing that this was a line that I could get excited about. Now, years and years later, that realization has come true and I’m a big fan of the line.                               press sample

Lisa and I were each sent a box with the products that are exclusive to Sephora. We’re excited to teach you about them and have a giveaway in Lisa’s article. I told her to pick what she wanted to write about and I’d do the rest. Well I think she gave me a hint about what she thinks of me since everything she told me to review are anti-aging products. How dare she?? I’m actually so grateful since I put 4 items to work and my initial experiences with them are worth any insult she might have made.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Serum

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Serum

BYE BYE LINES SERUM  aka Advanced Anti-Aging Wrinkle-Smoothing Miracle Concentrate ($58 for 1 fl oz/30 ml) is terrific for me. I’m all about two things, serums and eye creams, so this new product from IT Cosmetics is what I’d choose in a second. This is a powerful serum though it feels gentle on my skin. It’s absolutely loaded with goodies: anti-aging peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, caviar extract, sea water, argan oil, babassu oil and vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B5, B7, B9 and CoQ10. Wow, talk about hydration and improving the skin barrier. Clinical studies are off the wall with how great testers found this serum and I’m right there with them. Use it morning, night, or both for incredible moisturization. It has the most luscious orange fragrance to top it off and anything that will help prevent and blur my fine lines is on my A-list.

IT Cosmetics Anti-Aging Armour

IT Cosmetics Anti-Aging Armour

At my age I love that I can use a product with the word armour in it. IT COSMETICS ANTI-AGING ARMOUR “Super Smart Skin-Perfecting Beauty Fluid” ($38 1 fl oz) asked for me to pick it. This beauty fluid contains SPF50+. It is a hydrating sunscreen that brightens, protects, and repairs. It has color-correcting pigments to even out the appearance of skin tones. Shake the bottle first to mix ingredients and you’ll find a light beige fluid. I’m very fair so it does do color correcting for me but if I had darker than medium skin I’d want to check it out at Sephora personally to make sure the color worked. I’ve mixed it with a foundation that is too light for me and it upped the color level. Anti-aging Armour has everything I want within: peptides, niacin, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants. What more could this “old” lady want?

Bye Bye Under Eye eye cream

Bye Bye Under Eye eye cream

Bye Bye Under Eye eye cream

Bye Bye Under Eye eye cream

And here we are – another love of mine. The fact that IT Cosmetics at last has an eye cream has convinced me that I will for sure be a customer for life. BYE BYE UNDER EYE EYE CREAM ($48 0.5 fl oz/15 ml) – this phenomenon is made to Smooth, Brighten and Depuff. It contains ingredients to help it do that: anti-aging copper, blue algae, caffeine, vitamin C, collagen, cucumber extract, and peptides. The caffeine makes an instant difference with my puffiness and dark circles. My undereye area feels very soft and hydrated. The eye cream even looks refreshing with its light blue shade. It doesn’t interfere with my concealer so it’s a go day and night.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush #7-2

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush #702

IT Cosmetics has always been known for their incredible brushes. This cruelty-free company creates amazing brushes that will make you want to toss others. Along comes this HEAVENLY SKIN CC+ SKIN-PERFECTING BRUSH, No. 702 ($48) to blow me out of the water. While this looks like another fabulous brush from IT, it’s actually a groundbreaker. It has skincare infused brush hair.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush #702

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush #702

The fibers on this brush are infused with anti-aging collagen, silk, peptides, niacin, and antioxidants. This is so unique. It’s a perfect brush for skincare and color products. Can’t you almost feel the softness of the brush? It’s been created to optically blur and perfect skin by erasing the appearance of lines, pores and imperfections instantly. I’m using this for my skincare but I want another for my cosmetics now.

As you can see, I’m very impressed with the new inroads that IT COSMETICS has made. I’m kidding about the anti-aging part because I really believe that the sooner you start with anti-aging products of this quality, the better off you’ll be for it in the future. All 4 of these products are exclusive to Sephora so I’m recommending that if you don’t buy now that you put these on your wishlist for the holidays or when Sephora has their yearly discount. Which one tops your list?  —  Marcia

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Sephora Play vs Allure Beauty Box – which would you pick? #sephoraplay #allurebeautybox

Sephora Play and Allure Beauty Box subscriptions

Sephora Play and Allure Beauty Box subscriptions

I can’t seem to keep away from subscription boxes. At the moment I’m buying 4 of them even though I keep promising myself that I’ll quit some. Not only don’t I quit but I started up with Allure Beauty Box this month. The longest running one for me is IPSY Glam bag, next is Boxycharm, then when Sephora Play opened a few months ago I added that, and now here I am with Allure’s Beauty Box. Both of the boxes I’m showing are the August boxes. Which is your favorite of the two?

Sephora Play for August 2016

Sephora Play for August 2016

Each month Sephora Play ($10) has a theme and for August it’s THE EYE OPENERS. Up until this month I’ve been very disappointed in the Sephora box and it’s been sitting on the cutting block. This month though was better for me and I’ve got items in this box that I’m actually going to enjoy using.

Sephora Play pamphlet

Sephora Play pamphlet

As you open the box you’ll find a pamphlet explaining each product within and giving you some great ideas. There’s also a card worth 50 Beauty Insider points which can be redeemed in store only. I have yet to use one but I’m hoping to shop soon.

August Sephora Play products

August Sephora Play products

THE EYE OPENERS contains 4 eye products and 2 others. All items are deluxe samples so it’s not just packets.

Eyes 1: ALGENIST EYE RENEWAL BALM is already a favorite. I’ve actually used up an entire jar and my deluxe sample is mostly gone so this is a welcome addition.

Eyes 2:  MAKE UP FOREVER ARTIST SHADOW IN I-544 is small but mighty. I stands for iridescent which is going to make my eyes pretty happy. It’s described as a “highly saturated iridescent pink granite eyeshadow made with a unique gel-powder formula”. The texture is so smooth! The color appears to be a purple and taupe combination that went on beautifully and easily.

Eyes 3: SEPHORA COLLECTION CONTOUR EYE PENCIL in LOVE AFFAIR (33) is a shimmery plum liner. It’s awfully small so I had a hard time using it. But the color is very pretty, it’s lasting well on my upper lashline, and I don’t see any glitter.

Eyes 4:  URBAN DECAY PERVERSION MASCARA is a lengthening and volumizing formula that gets lots of love. I just opened a new mascara today but I’ll try this in a few days.

Fragrance:  CLEAN RESERVE WARM COTTON will be in a giveaway package since I don’t wear fragrance. Each month Sephora include a vial of perfume in Play. Reserve Warm Cotton is described as “bright and pure blend of understated floral and musk, reminiscent of the soft scent of fresh linens”.

Skincare: LANCOME ENERGIE DE VIE – SMOOTHING & GLOWING LIQUID CARE MOISTURIZER is a fragranced liquid lotion meant to visually relieve dullness, diminish signs of fatigue, and promote a healthy looking glow. This too will be an extra in a giveaway package since I’m not able to tolerate Lancome fragrances.

Sephora Play for August

Sephora Play for August

These all came in a cream linen bag that’s winking outside the box. What do you think so far? Worth $10?

Allure August Beauty Box and booklet

Allure August Beauty Box and booklet

With my first month of the ALLURE BEAUTY BOX I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I’ve read reviews for a long time with this and the last few boxes seemed to be outstanding so I decided to give it a chance. The box is $15 which includes shipping. There’s usually $5 off your first month if you start a subscription. Allure Beauty Box is also deluxe sample sizes with some being very generously sized. For August there were 8 items in the box.

Allure Beauty Box for August 2016

Allure Beauty Box for August 2016

Hair #1 and 2: GARNIER WHOLE BLENDS SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER in HONEY TREASURES. These are each 1.7 fl oz so they’d be great for travel. I can’t use these though because they have Sodium Chloride which pulls the keratin from my hair and they contain sulfates. I think these were bonus items since they aren’t listed in the booklet that comes with the box.

Hair #3: WET BRUSH in MIDI SIZE is an exciting find in this box. I had just given away a new full size Wet Brush to a relative in need and this is a great size for home or travel.

Allure Beauty Box hair products

Allure Beauty Box hair products

Skincare #1:  PIXI GLOW TONIC is a product I’ve written about many times. It’s Pixi’s best selling Skintreat. While Pixi sells a smaller bottle now on their website this is a great travel size. There’s even a $2 off $10 purchase of any Pixi product at Target on the back. I know exactly what I’m buying too.

Skincare #2:  SUPERGOOP DEFENSE REFRESH SETTING MIST SPRAY WITH ROSEMARY. I love Supergoop but not this unfortunately. I’ve tried it before and the fragrance (sunscreen w/alcohol and a hint of mint) fades but it still doesn’t work for me. This will be a great extra though in one of our giveaways to help mattify skin and give a shot of SPF 50 to your face.

Skincare #3: FREEZE 24-7 ANTI-AGING EYE SERUM is a product I’ve used before. I had a much smaller size that I took with me on my last trip. It’s a good eye cream but not one I’m likely to ever buy. I didn’t notice the tightening it’s supposed to have but it was a nice moisturizing effect.

Skincare #4: PUR-LISSE BLUE LOTUS BALANCING MOISTURIZER is a lightweight lotion for normal, dry, or sensitive skin. I know you don’t want to hear it but the fragrance = no/no for me. It’s a floral aquatic one which is probably wonderful for a future giveaway winner.

Cosmetic: CARGO SWIMMABLES EYE PENCIL in PEBBLE BEACH. At first I feared this was another black pencil eyeliner of which I have dozens but it’s actually a deep espresso brown. I’ve noticed Cargo making a reappearance after what I considered a long snooze. The new Swimmables line is making headway with water resistant products. This is a nice size, about half the size of one you’d buy.

Allure Beauty Box August skincare and makeup

Allure Beauty Box August skincare and makeup

Sadly for me the Allure Beauty Box is too fragranced but I’m still impressed with the brands and quality in the box. My lose will be other’s gains.

So which one wins the battle? $10 for Sephora Play or $15 for Allure Beauty Box? I think my choice is pretty obvious in this post. — Marcia

 

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December’s Ipsy bag was a winner for me and there’ll be a winner for this giveaway

Ipsy Glam Bag December 2015

Ipsy Glam Bag December 2015

While ending the year IPSY obviously wanted me to keep subscribing since they sent me items that I’m excited about owning and using. Every item this month for me has been a winner though there’s one that won’t work for me. Which means that at the end of this review there’s a giveaway (hint, it’s all about your lips).

Ipsy Glam Bag contents 12/15

Ipsy Glam Bag contents 12/15

I was pretty loaded up this month and even got a bonus that not everyone got. I’ve seen a few reviews of the December box and it seems that some people received an EM Cosmetic item so that’s what I’ll start with.

EM Cosmetics Shade Play eyeshadow palette

EM Cosmetics Shade Play eyeshadow palette

EM COSMETICS SHADE PLAY EYESHADOW PALETTE ($28) was a bonus for me this month. Eyeshadow palettes and I are besties. I’ve purchased several of these palettes and I know that they are quite nice so when I saw Bali Bronzes in my package I was thrilled.

EM Shade Play palette in Bali Bronzes

EM Shade Play palette in Bali Bronzes

Bali Bronzes swatches from emcosmetics.com

Bali Bronzes swatches from emcosmetics.com

These are my kinds of colors and this sturdy case is going to go traveling with me.

Sephora X in Revved Up

Sephora X in Revved Up

Revved Up from sephora.com

Revved Up from sephora.com

Sephora X Formula Nail Pollish in Revved Up is another great product for me. I love the mini size since I probably will wear it 1 – 2 times altogether. But more important, I love the color. It’s a rose gold metallic that’s going to be a great party shade for me. While I haven’t worn it yet, I know I will. The full size is $10.50 at Sephora.

RickysNY 3D Blender

RickysNYC 3D Blender

I love tools and this RickysNYC 3D Blender is going to have fun living on my vanity. While I mostly use a Beauty Blender, I also misplace things often. Usually they are right in front of me or pushed back in a drawer. So having an extra Blender sponge will come in quite handy. This is 100% latex free. It also costs $10 which is the price I paid for my entire IPSY Glam bag. Can’t argue with that!

Ipsy samples: Thank Me Later e/s primer, Befine Exfoliating Cleanser

Ipsy samples: Thank Me Later e/s primer, Befine Exfoliating Cleanser

Two deluxe sample items were in the bag too. Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later eyeshadow primer is one of the better samples I’ve gotten in subscription boxes. I use up primers fairly quickly either on my eyes or in swatching. Plus this is a great travel size (value about $3.50). Befine Exfoliating Cleanser is a great size for a deluxe sample, giving us enough uses to know how much we like it. This contains brown sugar, almond & oats to remove oils and nourish dry, sensitive skin. Plus it’s a cruelty free company. A full size of 4 oz. is $24 making this 1 oz size worth $6.

Pacifica Power of Love lipstick in Nude Red

Pacifica Power of Love lipstick in Nudie Red

Receiving a full size lipstick from PACIFICA ($10) is pretty darn great. This is a great cruelty free company that is 100% Vegan. Nudie Red is actually a very nice color but it’s not my kind of color. Therefore someone is going to win this. The company says it’s a satin finish and that the tube is recyclable. To my eye it appears to be a light red with brownish undertones. It’s not a deep shade so if you are afraid of red, this should still be fine.

This was one of the best IPSY GLAM bags I’ve ever received, even if I hadn’t gotten the bonus palette I still would have been quite happy with it. If you are considering this bag, I’d love it if you used my affliate link which would help me earn points towards a freebie. What do you think of the December bag? Did I get my money’s worth?? (Darn straight I did!)  — Marcia

Lip giveaway products from Pacifica, OFRA and Bellepiere

Lip giveaway products from Pacifica, OFRA and Bellepiere

OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Americano and BELLAPIERRE Gel Lip Liner in Cinnamon

OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Americano and BELLAPIERRE Gel Lip Liner in Cinnamon

Pacifica Power of Love lipstick in Nude Red

Pacifica Power of Love lipstick in Nudie Red

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: This giveaway is actually for 3 lip products plus some extras. Included in the red IPSY makeup bag from this month will be PACIFICA NUDIE RED LIPSTICK, OFRA AMERICANO LIQUID LIPSTICK and BELLAPIERRE CINNAMON GEL LIP LINER. I reviewed the OFRA and Bellapierre in my Boxycharm review so you can see the brown/cinnamon shades you’ll be receiving if you win this. All three of these lip products are top notch, just not my colors. The giveaway is open for US/Canada through 1/12/16. If comments should close early please email me at [email protected], label it LIPSTICK GIVEAWAY, leave your comment and continue on! If these are your shades you’ll be one beautiful BIZ reader.

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Formula X polish from Sephora

Not being a nail blogger has its advantages and disadvantages. I love polish and buy an extraordinary amount. Just like some women are drawn to lipstick when they need a pick up or just notice a pretty color, I buy polish. An advantage to being a nail blogger is being able to actually try out all that gorgeousness. They’ll show you an entire collection that they’ve applied so that we can drool over the polishes. A disadvantage though is not always knowing how a polish wears. Do a vice versa and you have me, a lover of polish who sometimes blogs about it. I may not be able to show you whole collections since I only use one polish a week, but I can tell you about the wear of a polish so I do have that advantage.

Formula X Nail Color in Fiery and Wunderkind

Formula X Nail Color in Fiery and Wunderkind

Formula X Nail Color in Wunderkind and Fiery

Formula X Nail Color in Wunderkind and Fiery

This leads me to reviewing two Formula X polishes by Sephora, Fiery and Wunderkind,  I bought Fiery based on its description which was right up my alley. It’s a gorgeous fiery red metallic polish that is like the finish of a shiny new car gleaming in the lights of the dealer’s showroom. It’s a stunning color that applied beautifully. It also wore like a dream for the first 5 days.

Formula X by Sephora Fiery Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Fiery Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Fiery Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Fiery Nail Color

I then chose Wunderkind to put on a secret Santa list and my lovely secret pal purchased that for me. The problem is that the description of Wunderkind doesn’t match the polish in the same way that I’d found with Fiery. Sephora calls it a midnight blue pearl so I expected it to be the navy equivalent to that shiny automobile. Instead I feel like I’m standing in the showroom but they forgot to turn on the lights.

Formula X by Sephora Wunderkind Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Wunderkind Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Wunderkind Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Wunderkind Nail Color

The setback that they both share is longevity. Wunderkind lasted great for 3-4 days while Fiery lasted well for 5 days but then they went downhill. The edges wore quickly, the shine faded (especially on Wunderkind) and I’m once again reminded I’m not a nail blogger so I need to finish out the week with a polish that lost its specialness.

Both Fiery and Wunderkind are part of The New Classics collection at $10.50 each. I can’t help but recommend Fiery if you are a fan of red polish. The shiny metallic shade will have you mesmerized for days. On the other hand I found Wunderkind not to live up to the color shown on Sephora’s site. It didn’t have the oomph on me to make it anything more than another navy polish which is really a shame.

Formula X by Sephora Fiery Nail Color

Formula X by Sephora Fiery Nail Color

Have you tried Formula X? What colors are your favorites? — Marcia

The $50 blogger challenge plus a bonus giveaway

I have to thank Coupons. com for offering this great post. A group of bloggers were given $50 e-gift cards to one of three beauty emporiums. Mine was Sephora. I was let loose on Sephora.com with $50 to spend!!! Whoopee! I got right to work making a list of things I wanted and of course it was long. The challenge from coupons.com was to create at least 2 looks using the $50. I labored over this and finally decided that I wanted to prove that Sephora.com can provide a bag full of goodies for that money. Sephora doesn’t carry drugstore items, they carry what is called prestige brands. We often feel like they are so expensive but look what I got with my e-certificate from coupons. com.

Coupons.com haul: Stila, Kat VonD

Coupons.com haul: Stila, Kat Von D

I bought two Stila travel palettes which are normally $16 each but are on sale at Sephora.com for $10 plus 3 Kat Von D Waterproof Eyeliner pencils $10 each). I also had a code (sephora.com shows current codes on their website) for a free YSL Shocking mascara. I’ve got everything I need for eyes, lips and cheeks with these.

The first of the two Stila palettes is Vibrant in Vancouver which is comprised of the following colors of eyeshadows: English Boy (satin light beige), Cypress (shimmery light brown), Granville (matte light chocolate), Seaplane (shimmery olive) and Coal Harbour (matte dark brown). The convertible lip and cheek cream in Tiger Lily is a shimmery rose-brown.

Stila Vibrant in Vancouver

Stila Vibrant in Vancouver

These are the typical neutral colors that I wear all the time. I picked this palette for a few reasons – 1) I’m loving olive greens at the moment, 2) I always feel good in browns and beiges and 3) I had a feeling that the convertible color would work well for me. This is a good palette for my everyday type looks plus when I start with a base like a Maybelline Tattoo I can change the looks even more.

The other palette I picked is Rockin’ in Rio which turned into a surprise favorite. I chose it to add variety but it turns out I really like this and it will stay in my rotation. The eye shadows are Copacabana (satin pale beige), Samba (satin medium beige), Bossa Nova (shimmery light greyish brown), Carnavale (shimmery greyish black) and Ipanema (shimmery midnight blue). The convertible color is called Freesia and it’s a great candy pink that I like on my lips as well as my cheeks.

Stila Rockin in Rio palette

Stila Rockin in Rio palette

The three pencils I bought are by Kat Von D and were highly recommended by a friend. They are the Waterproof Autograph Pencils which cost just $10 each – I bought 3  since I wanted to be able to change my look. The shades I have are Piaf (purplish gray with multicolor sparkle), Napolitano (bronze with gold sparkle) and Black Metal (black with silver sparkle). I guess I was in a sparkly mood. These aren’t full size pencils, they are half size which is great for someone with a collection my size and for trying out new colors.

Kat Von D Waterproof Autograph Pencils

Kat Von D Waterproof Autograph Pencils

Kat Von D Waterproof Autograph Pencils: Black Magic, Napolitano, Piaf

Kat Von D Waterproof Autograph Pencils: Black Magic, Napolitano, Piaf

While the challenge was for two looks I was able to create much more than that depending on the placement of the eyeshadow or the eyeliner I chose. Each eyeliner worked with two palettes plus I was able to dampen shadows in the palettes for eyeliners too. The bonus YSL mascara is not one that worked for me. I didn’t get shocking lashes, I felt that my lashes stuck together too much and I didn’t see anything other than some definition. But what a great way to know since it was a bonus code.

Now for some looks:

1) StilaVibrant in Vancouver with olive lid, shimmery light brown in the crease and shimmery light beige on browbone. Lined with Kat Von D Napolitano.

Stila Vibrant in Vancouver

Stila Vibrant in Vancouver

sephora stila vancouver1 62. Stila Rockin in Rio with light shimmery gray on lid, charcoal in the crease, pale beige on the browbone and Kat Von D Black Magic eyeliner.

Stila Rockin in Rio palette

Stila Rockin in Rio palette

3. Stila Rockin in Rio with the light gray on the lid, blue in the crease and pale beige above with Kat Von D Black Magic eyeliner. You can also see my cheeks with the Freesia convertible color.

Stila Rockin in Rio

Stila Rockin in Rio

4. Stila Rockin in Rio using Ipanema eyeshadow wet as an eyeliner – I wanted you to see how vibrant it can be.

Stila Rockin in Rio

Stila Rockin in Rio

Now for the giveaway news…. this giveaway is open for one week only and will close on June 21, 2013. It is open for US only. The giveaway and the products that we each received are from Coupons. com (there was no other compensation for this post). There are a lot of chances to win so the more you follow on Rafflecopter’s widget, the more likely it is for you to be the big winner.

I hope you’ll click on our links to see how everyone spent their $50. We have all chosen totally different routes so you’ve got some fun in store. Let me know in the comments if you have any of these Stila Travel palettes and if there are others I should be looking for. — Marcia

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