Osmosis +Color Long Wear Liquid Foundation and Age Defying Treatment Concealer

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Foundation

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Foundation

Beauty Info Zone has been lucky enough to have tried several Osmosis +Colour cosmetics and each time we become more obsessed with the brand. The latest product that has been sent to us is their Long Wear Liquid Foundation. After wearing this for several weeks we have grown to admire Osmosis +Colour even more. There’s a big difference between Lisa and Marcia when it comes to skin tone. Lisa has a more golden skin tone plus she faux tans; Marcia is a pale person and she embraces that paleness. Lisa’s skin is on the oily sign with an active tee zone while Marcia has dry skin. That means you’ll get two views in our latest Side by Side.

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

LISA WEARS NATURAL MEDIUM

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation is a great liquid foundation that comes in 8 shades on Osmosis’ site and 5 at Dermstore. This is a medium coverage foundation that is definitely buildable. It covers everything I want covered but it has a terrific finish and doesn’t look fake.

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

I tend toward shiny/oily in my t-zone, so I prefer matte foundations even though they can aging, especially around the eye area. The Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation is different because it’s almost matte, yet it’s still a little glowy so it doesn’t look dry. The effect is natural, which goes along with their tag line:  Be You. Be Beautiful.  

Wearing Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

Wearing Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Natural Medium

Natural Medium is the shade for me – I am typically MAC NW25, although I have some faux tan so I am probably at about an NW30 right now. I am loving the foundation and I hope you try it for yourself!

MARCIA WEARS FAIR

While Lisa has done the main review of Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation I have to put my two cents in of course. And speaking of cents – this foundation has no scent. I love that it’s fragrance free. But that’s not all I love about it. Since I wear this in Fair, the lightest shade, I want it to be very fair but not ghostly pale. The foundation fits that bill. It gives me life while blending in with my neck and forehead.

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Fair

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Fair

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Fair

Osmosis Colour Long Wear Liquid Foundation in Fair

The weather has been extremely hot and usually sunny and I’m finding that this really is a long wear foundation. It’s not slipping away and it’s not melting off. It’s a winner for me.

The main product I want to talk about though is Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer.  One of my very favorite blushes is the Osmosis Colour Pink Pearl blush. I find I can wear it with just about any eye/lip combo I choose. Well, being a klutz, I dropped it and most of it shattered. I really missed it so within a few days I ordered it from Dermstore. To my delight the concealer was a gift with purchase with any $25 Osmosis order.

Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer

Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer

I don’t think I could have picked a better gwp. While the Age Defying Treatment Concealer comes in 4 shades (Fair, Silk, Light, Medium) the full size gift comes in Silk only. This is slightly darker and more yellow than the foundation but once it’s blended in, it still works well for me.

Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer in Silk

Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer in Silk

What’s unusual about this concealer is that it’s two-sided. One side is the concealer with a wand for application while the opposite side is a balm. I wasn’t quite sure what the balm would do but I’ve worked it into my routine some days now that I’m used to it. It’s a hydrating balm that plumps skin to ensure subsequent makeup doesn’t settle into any lines or wrinkles.

Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer - balm side

Osmosis Colour Age Defying Treatment Concealer – balm side

The balm is the reason this is called a Treatment Concealer. “Formulated with a cocktail of antioxidants and argan, apricot and coconut oils, this twist-up stick softens signs of age while preventing new ones from forming.”

After the balm has settled into your skin then follow through with the liquid concealer. It does a great job on dark circles for me plus it’s not just an undereye concealer like so many others. It’s great for your face and for any blemishes you might have. The way I use the balm is mostly in the evening before going out. My eyes often look like it’s the end of the day so I sweep the balm under them and pat it on. Then I’ll use the concealer wand to dab just a little product and blend that in. My face looks refreshed and I’m ready to roll. Ingredients are Shea Butter, Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Antioxidants, Vitamin C.

Purchasing the wonderful Osmosis Long Wear Liquid Foundation will also bring you the Age Defying Treatment Concealer in Silk. You can’t get better than that. While we don’t know how long the GWP is in effect, we do recommend that you take advantage of the savings while you can.

*foundations were provided for editorial consideration, concealer was a gwp with another Osmosis purchase

RubisTweezers from Switzerland helps us take on the world

Rubis TweezersThe Olympics is almost here and everyone is chasing those medals – bronze, silver, or gold, they all mean excellence. Rubis Switzerland (www.rubistweezers.com) sent the BIZ two pair of high quality cosmetics tweezers made of surgical steel, and how could we resist, especially after we saw our names engraved on them?

The right tweezers make life so much easier, so Lisa and Marcia went for the silver and the gold.

Rubis Tweezers

Rubis Tweezers

Lisa goes for the silver tweezers:

Rubis silver tweezers

Tweezers can be hard to come by in my house…they constantly go missing, which drives me crazy. With my new stainless steel Rubis Tweezers I can at least claim them as mine, especially since they have my name on them!

Rubis Tweezers

Rubis Tweezers

I prefer tweezers with a classic slanted tip because they do such great precision tweezing. Rubis Classic Steel Tweezers give me the precision I want for eyebrows, and they are particularly awesome for removing ingrown hairs. These tweezers have this amazing ability to not only grab very short, small hairs, they won’t let go. They really make eyebrow maintenance so easy.

Rubis is famous for tweezers that last and last. These won’t lose their grip and they won’t lose their tension – in fact, Rubis has been honored internationally with many awards for their outstanding design.  There are all kinds of different designs available, from Pink Cross to Swarovski, and I love how you can search based on the use, characteristics, material…so many options! Be sure to check out the website and I know you will find the tweezers of your dreams.

Marcia goes for gold tweezers:

Rubis gold tweezers

To say I was thrilled when Rubis sent this tweezers is an understatement. The one tool that I absolutely need in my life is a precision tweezer like my Rubis Slanted Tweezers. These are worth more than their weight in gold.

Rubis slant tip tweezers

Rubis slant tip tweezers

Years ago I wrote a post about what I’d take on a desert island. My number one item was a tweezers and all these years later it’s still my number one item. I can not be without one. A Rubis Tweezer is more expensive than other brands. That’s because of the history of the brands (over 60 years old, made in Switzerland) and the mechanics of the tweezers. These are not only made by hand, involving a 45 step process, they are tested individually under a magnifying glass in order to gain the seal of quality: “Rubis. Made in Switzerland.”

Rubis

Rubis

Considering how many tweezer brands I’ve bought over the years, I consider myself pretty well versed in this tool. What I find with Rubis is that they have perfect balance. It picks up the tiniest hairs even the ones I can feel but not see. I’m a fanatic when it comes to facial hair and if I feel a hair on my chinny chin chin I must remove it. This Rubis tweezer has a sharp and tight closure so it can pick up every hair put to the test. Be sure you tweeze in the direction that the hair grows so that you don’t open an oil gland.

Beauty tools I need in my life

Beauty tools I need in my life

When you are looking for the top of the line beauty tools look to Rubis. With their tweezers you’ll get top-quality stainless steel, precision, quality, and balance. The tension of the “arms” gives these outstanding functionality. I’m all set for my desert island once I grab a lot of sunscreen.

*sent for editorial consideration, used and reviewed with admiration

 

Reviva Labs improved Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream review and giveaway

Reviva Labs #366 Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream

Reviva Labs #366 Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream

Reviva Labs is always striving for perfection. When they realize something is not right in their labs they work to hastily fix it. When they realize that one of their products could use something extra to make it even better, they improve it. That’s the case with Reviva Labs #366  Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream. They’ve currently improved this already great product by adding Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 to it. Now to you and I that’s just a chemical sounding word but, to  Reviva Labs, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 is a small peptide which mimics the human body’s own mechanism to produce collagen. It’s used in anti-aging products as well as in before & after sun lotions plus more.

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MARCIA’S EXPERIENCE:

There are 3 words I use to describe this improved cream from Reviva Labs: soft, versatile, and effective.

Reviva Labs #366 Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream

Reviva Labs #366 Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream

Soft: this is a very lightweight night cream that feels like I’m applying a whisper weight cream that won’t ever smother my skin. It’s a whipped cream texture that glides on. It surprises me how little I need to apply.

Reviva Labs #366 Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream

Reviva Labs #366 Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream

Versatile:  I use this with a variety of other skin products both before and after application. I can apply serums (including Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ with Emblica) or any that I’m testing prior to using #366. I can leave this as my nighttime moisturizer. Or I can top it with any other moisturizer I’m using like Reviva Lab’s Nourishing Cream. It plays well with everything!

Reviva Labs #366 Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream ingredients

Reviva Labs #366 Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream ingredients

Effective: The ingredients in this are wonderful.

“Alpha Lipoic Acid, a super anti-free radical agent, is supplemented by Vitamin C Ester to battle past skin damage as it defends against future damage, while DMAE provides unique firming benefits.
Advanced peptide Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 has been added to help visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles while improving the look of skin firmness and elasticity.”

For me this is another winner from Reviva, a brand that uses no animal ingredients or testing.

LISA’S EXPERIENCE

#366 Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream

#366 Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream

I definitely agree with Marcia’s review and would add that this beautiful cream is also affordable! It’s only $23 for the jar, and considering the ingredients I would say it’s a bonafide bargain. I love this as a night moisturizer and it also really shines as a neck cream. I can’t overstate how lusciously light the #366  Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream is…it’s soft and airy and wonderful. I am completely guilty of scooping out too much just so I can also put some on my hands and arms.

#366 Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream

#366 Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream

It feels positively luxurious when I smooth this on at night, like I am really spoiling myself – which is always a wonderful feeling! I have found many favorites from Reviva Labs, including their Makeup Primer and the Nourishing Cream, and now the Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream is added to my list of continual repurchases.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Reviva Labs is graciously going to send two US Beauty Info Zone subscribers this wonderful cream so they can see for themselves why Lisa and Marcia love this so much. To enter you must do the first two options in the Rafflecopter, the rest are extras to help you win. The giveaway is open through June 14, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. If comments close (we hate when this happens) you can email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with your comment and continue on in the Rafflecopter. All entries will be verified so please keep it on the up and up.
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  *item reviewed and giveaway prizes courtesy of Reviva Labs

D. Benoit leads the way to liquid matte lips

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Matte lips are here to stay. At first we thought it was a trend that would be gone with the wind but we were obviously wrong. It’s stronger than ever and we expect it to keep on coming. Now that we’re resigned to it Beauty Info Zone is going with the flow and we’re starting that flow with D. Benoit Matte Lip Colour, Lux Collection.

D. Benoit Liquid Matte Lipstick

D. Benoit Liquid Matte Lipstick

D. Benoit Cosmetics Inc is a company based in California, a product of the dreams, cosmetic creativity, and passion of its founder, C. Marie Danzy. D. Benoit Cosmetics. High-end custom-made cosmetics with a not so high-end price tag was the vision C. Marie had when she began planning D. Benoit Cosmetics. With 9 years as an Investment Banker, our founder used what she knew about finance and business structure to figure out a way to do just that.

“I truly believe every woman is entitled to some amount of luxury. D Benoit’s vision is to be affordable for all, without compromising quality” says CEO C. Marie Danzy.

The name D. Benoit is derived from Danzy’s French background and inspired by her profound love of her grandfather who passed away from cancer. He was of French heritage.

“I remember my grandfather teaching me the importance of doing what you loved and being good…no being the best at it. It was that passion that encouraged me to resign from my cushy job and devote my life to my dream. Cosmetics. I hope to give you a product you will love as much as I do. D. Benoit’s products are sourced, manufactured, and made in the US” continues Ms. Danzy.

Customers can support PETAs crusade for a cruelty free world through our Beauty without cruelty program. Clients can choose from a full line of bold pigments and shades while supporting animal rights. Some of our products are vegan friendly and 100% of products are cruelty-free. In purchasing D. Benoit, you are also supporting job development in the US.

Danzy states, “We believe in quality and want our customers to fall in love with each new product we develop and then fall head over heels when they find out it is all cruelty free! D. Benoit Cosmetics was created by a woman, designed by woman, and operated by women.”

We were sent all 6 of the current Liquid Matte Lipsticks to share with you. These lipsticks don’t test on animals; they use high end avocado, jojoba oil and other essential oils in their formula and they are gluten free. There are no parabens in any of their products.  The most important thing to know about wearing these lipsticks is that you should be applying in thin even layers. If you apply these too thickly they will crack which is the opposite of the beautiful lips that D. Benoit can provide for you. It’s also crucial with a matte liquid lip to be sure you’ve exfoliated your lips so you end up with smooth lips before applying.

D. Benoit Matte Liquid Lipstick swatches

D. Benoit Matte Liquid Lipstick swatches

MARCIA’S D. BENOIT SHADES:

I have 3 of the Matte Liquid Lipsticks from D. Benoit that I’m wearing for my trendy “Kylie” lip. Two of the shades are shades I’d pick out in a minute, the third is beautiful but not exactly for me.

D. Benoit

D. Benoit

Chocolate Tsunami is the shade that’s not a Marcia shade yet it’s a beautiful chocolate with a warm chocolate. My skin is way too fair and cool for this to work for me but I appreciate its beauty.

D. Benoit Chocolate Tsunami

D. Benoit Chocolate Tsunami

Perfection II is the chameleon of the bunch. In some of my photos it appears to be a mauved brown while in others it’s a lighter warm mauve. I’m very careful when I apply Perfection II since it’s darker than I usually wear; I make sure my lips are well exfoliated and take my time applying this in a thin coat so that it looks more mauve. I think Perfection II is the most universal of all 6 shades and one that most people can wear. I also think this is the shade that is the most popular for the KJ look.

D. Benoit clockwise from box: Chocolate Tsunami, Perfection II, In the Bare II

D. Benoit clockwise from box: Chocolate Tsunami, Perfection II, In the Bare II

My favorite of these is In the Bare II, a cool toned light pink. I regularly choose colors in this tone since I feel it’s the most flattering on my skintone. In the Bare II is the one that I’d repurchase.

D. Benoit In the Bare II

D. Benoit In the Bare II

I was surprised that these were so comfortable to wear. I also liked the feeling of not thinking about my lip color and having to reapply it. Once it dries to its matte finish it lasts for at least 5 hours. But I don’t have to reapply since it fades down to a stain.

 

D. Benoit Matte Lipsticks in Chocolate Temptation, Perfection II, swatches, In the Bare II

D. Benoit Matte Lipsticks in Chocolate Temptation, Perfection II, swatches, In the Bare II

LISA’S D. BENOIT SHADES:

D. Benoit Matte Liquid Lip Color

My three shades were French Merlot II, Mon Cherie, and Temptation. Honestly, matte lips are a challenge for me – my lips are thin and matte lips aren’t usually flattering for me. While all three of my shades are beautiful, two of them are standout colors that even I can wear.

D. Benoit Temptation

D. Benoit Temptation

Temptation is a deep true red that some people can absolutely rock. It makes me think Gwen Stefani. This is the kind of shade that makes teeth look whiter and lips look so sexy…unless they are as thin as mine. This shade is too dark for me, but I know lots of you lucky ladies will love this.

D. Benoit French Merlot II

D. Benoit French Merlot II

French Merlot II is a softer shade of red, actually more of a coral shade. I love this; it’s easily my favorite shade of the three. I don’t have anything quite like it, and it’s so pretty for spring. The doe foot wand, by the way, is soft yet quite firm and rather narrow, so it makes for extremely accurate application. These matte liquid lip glosses dry down completely so you can’t exactly apply them without a mirror or a care in the world. With the wand it’s easy to get a precise application that doesn’t need any sort of liner.

D. Benoit Mon Cherie

D. Benoit Mon Cherie

I also love the Mon Cherie shade, which is a beautiful pink that leans purple when it’s dry. In the tube it looks like a Barbie pink, but it’s actually more of a berry pink.  It’s an elegant, grown up shade that is definitely flattering.

D. Benoit Mon Cherie and French Merlot II

D. Benoit Mon Cherie and French Merlot II

If you want a terrific matte lip look, don’t forget to check out the Matte Liquid Lip Colors by D. Benoit. These liquid mattes have a terrific, easy to apply formula and come in gorgeous shades that are right on trend.

*sent for editorial consideration

IT Cosmetics has it all from Naturally Pretty Essentials to Confidence in a Cream

IT Cosmetics Confidence In A Cream and Naturally Pretty Essentials

IT Cosmetics Confidence In A Cream and Naturally Pretty Essentials

The IT COSMETICS lovers are back again to share two of IT’s newer products. We also have some exciting news since we just learned that week that IT Cosmetics will soon be available at Sephora making it so much easier to get this brand. We’re looking forward to the chance that they’ll have some Sephora exclusives. In the meantime we’ll be shopping at Ulta, QVC, and their website.

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IT Cosmetics is just branching out into skin care and we’re certainly happy since their cosmetics have always included anti-aging ingredients. Now we get it two ways. Speaking of anti-aging, their new Naturally Pretty Essentials Matte eyeshadow palette contains the same quality we’ve come to expect from them.

MARCIA and NATURALLY PRETTY ESSENTIALS

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials

What’s inside this pretty pink palette? You’ll see 6 matte eyeshadows along with a larger size transforming shadow. IT says you can get 13 shades out of these 7.

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials

The six shadow are all new colors for IT and they are full size. Since they are made by this stellar company they are infused with hydrolyzed collagen, real silk, peptides and proprietary No-Tug Technology. These are talc free so they glide on easily. The colors are a neutral lovers dream.

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials back of box

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials back of box

I didn’t find that they swatched well on my hand and I apologize for that. The 4 light shades all looked similar though they don’t on my eyes. But I wear them on my eyes so that’s what counts!

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials swatches

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials swatches

The descriptions of the shadows are

• Imagine: Matte silk beige
• Wonder: Matte nude khaki
• Dream: Matte desert sand
• Passion: Matte nude taupe
• Intrigue: Matte earthy sepia
• Allure: Matte smoky gray
• Transforming Hello Light: Radiant pearl

 I find that the first shade, Imagine, has a slight pink undertone. Wonder is almost a pure white on my skin. My favorite is Intrigue, an earthy sepia, and I find it blends extremely well. Intrigue is the one shadow that takes it a step beyond matte; it looks more satiny. The first time I used Transforming Hello Light I applied it directly over Allure on my eyes. It changed Allure from a charcoal to a more blued version of it but I wasn’t crazy about that look. I’ve since learned to mix the colors together – I pick up each color on my brush and apply that as one. It blends better on my eye and gives the slight radiance that Transforming Hello Light was meant to have.

The Naturally Pretty Essentials palette ($28) is not only a great buy but one that will fill in any need in your eyeshadow wardrobe. I tend to buy shimmer and satin shadows but then I’ll need a matte for transition or my browbone and this is what I’m turning to. This palette is changing my thinking about matte eyeshadows since the application is so smooth and the wear is amazing over an eyeshadow primer.

LISA and CONFIDENCE IN A CREAM:

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream

I love the name of this product. Confidence in a Cream? Sign me up! Great skin and great hair definitely make me feel confident, so I couldn’t wait to dig into this jar to get some great skin going. What all does this day and night moisturizer do? It moisturizes thirsty skin, giving it a nice glow; it tackles skin texture and leaves it feeling smooth; it evens out skin tone; it reduces the look of pores. Sounds like great skin to me.

What’s inside that helps create all of these skin miracles? Something IT Cosmetics calls their Anti-Aging Armour Regenerative Concentrate.

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream

Anti-Aging Armour Regenerative Concentrate includes collagen, hyaluronic acid, peptides, ceramides, antioxidants and colloidal oatmeal. I love the texture of this incredible mix of ingredients. It’s thick and fluffy and it feels decadent when applied. It does have a scent that I can’t quite put my finger on…I don’t particularly like it, but it’s light and it dissipates quickly.

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream

Does it work?  Yes it does. IT Cosmetics did a clinical study and check out these results:

  • 100% said skin was soft, smooth & infused with moisture*
  • 97% said skin looked and felt rejuvenated*
  • 94% said skin felt younger and healthier*
  • 81% said pores appeared minimized, and fine lines & wrinkles appeared less noticeable*

*Results observed in a consumer panel survey.

Ulta has this beautiful cream in a travel size for $16 and in a 2 oz size for $48. Confidence in a Cream is a terrific moisturizer with an elegant formula that your face and décolleté will love, especially if you tend towards dry skin. Visit Ulta, QVC, and the IT Cosmetics website to get both confident and naturally pretty!

*sent for editorial consideration, affiliate links

We’re taking a peek at Peeks Cosmetics lip formulas

Peeks Cosmetics lips

Peeks Cosmetics lips

A new brand that we expect you’ll be hearing about is PEEKS COSMETICS. This fun company makes something for all cosmetics lovers. The Beauty Info Zone team decided to concentrate on their variety of lip products and we were sent quite a few to share with you. All Peeks Cosmetics products are gluten-free and cruelty-free which sweetens our smile.

Among the lip products from Peeks are Matte Lipsticks, Lip Gloss, and Lip Blasters. Colors range from soft to wild. The textures of the products make them easy to wear and look great on our lips.

MARCIA’S LIPS WEAR:

Love Thang and Quik Sand Matte Lipsticks

Love Thang and Quik Sand Matte Lipsticks

I profess all the time that matte lipsticks aren’t my favorite and I still mean it. But I really enjoy wearing Love Thang from Peeks. This is a very soft nude with pink undertones. It won’t suit a lot of people but it suits me perfectly. I don’t draw attention to my lips but I want something that will give me a finished appearance. While Love Thang and Quik Sand (light brown) are matte, they are totally comfortable and feel moisturizing on my lips. I can even wear them when I haven’t prepped my lips with an exfoliator and my lips don’t look flaky!

Love Thang and Quik Sand Matte Lipsticks

Love Thang and Quik Sand Matte Lipsticks

If you wear blue lipstick I think that After Dark would be amazing. At my age though I’d be put in the ER to see what’s wrong with me!

Peeks After Dark

Peeks After Dark

Lip Glosses in Control and Dollhouse are shiny and very hydrating. Lip glosses from Peeks are enriched with Vitamins A, C, and E so you aren’t just looking good, you are helping your lips retain moisture. Control has the prettiest iridescent look, I love twirling the tube to see the orchid shade transform. This lovely orchid shade can be layered if you want a darker look. Dollhouse looks more opaque in the tube than it is on my lips. This is a soft, very shiny pink that is quite light on its own but will enhance most any lipstick. Actually my favorite look is to apply Dollhouse over Love Thang. My lips look juicy without being the least bit sticky.

Peeks Cosmetics Control and Dollhouse lip glosses

Peeks Cosmetics Control and Dollhouse lip glosses

Peeks Cosmetics Control and Dollhouse lip glosses

Peeks Cosmetics Control and Dollhouse lip glosses

One more category of lip products from Peeks: Lip Blasters. These are high intensity colors that are loaded with pigment. There’s a minty smell to them which I notice for a few short minutes.

Peek Cosmetics Purple Kisses Lip Blaster

Peek Cosmetics Purple Kisses Lip Blaster

I have Lip Blaster in Purple Kisses which I’d describe as a liquid lipstick. The Lip Blaster is very long wearing especially compared to the Lip Gloss. This formula is my favorite of the three. While they call Purple Kisses a light purple, I call it a deeper violet. It’s the texture of this that makes me want other shades like Sexy (soft pink) and Jersey Flower (lavender). As pretty as Purple Kisses is, it’s even better with a light coat of Control to make a va-va-voom lipshade.

Peeks Cosmetics lip glosses and lip blaster

Peeks Cosmetics lip glosses and lip blaster

Peeks Cosmetics Control LIp Gloss, Dollhouse Lip Gloss, Purple Kisses Lip Blaster

Peeks Cosmetics Control LIp Gloss, Dollhouse Lip Gloss, Purple Kisses Lip Blaster

LISA’S LIPS WEAR:

Peek Lipsticks are really, really nice – and the colors surprised the heck out of me.  Yes, they are matte lipsticks, but they have a velvety texture and aren’t too drying.

Peeks Chocolate Cake and My Way Lipsticks

Peeks Chocolate Cake and My Way Lipsticks

Chocolate Cake is a pretty brown that I never would have thought I could wear in a million years. And, ironically enough, that isn’t me wearing it in the photo! It’s my daughter – she has gorgeous lips so you can see the color much better. It looks fabulous on her and I wear it too…in fact I can’t believe how much I reach for this.

Peeks Chocolate Cake Lipstick swatch

Peeks Chocolate Cake Lipstick swatch

Peeks Chocolate Cake Lipstick

Peeks Chocolate Cake Lipstick

My Way is a beautiful burgundy shade that veers toward berry on me. This is a typical ‘Lisa’ shade and I love that I can do the trendy matte thing without my lips looking dry, which can be very aging.

Peeks My Way Lipstick swatch

Peeks My Way Lipstick swatch

Peeks My Way Lipstick

Peeks My Way Lipstick

In terms of lip gloss, I went with two extremes – extreme matte and extreme shimmer. The Lip Blasters have a mega punch of color and intensity. These stain the lips so once the shine wears off, the color is still there. They have a pleasant minty taste that I like.

Peeks Jersey Flower Lip Gloss and Sexy Lip Gloss

Peeks Jersey Flower Lip Gloss and Sexy Lip Blasters

Peeks Jersey Flower Lip Gloss and Sexy Lip Gloss

Peeks Jersey Flower Lip Gloss and Sexy Lip Blasters

Jersey Flower is a matte lavender shade that I have to admit is not for me, although I need to experiment with it more and pair it with other shades. My 16 year old daughter rocks it by itself, though.

Peeks Jersey Flower Lip Gloss and Sexy Lip Gloss

Peeks Jersey Flower Lip Gloss and Sexy Lip Gloss

Peeks Jersey Flower Lip Gloss

Peeks Jersey Flower Lip Gloss

Sexy is a truly stunning shimmery pink that I love love love. I wear this all the time, although I have to be careful because the shimmer can be a little too intense for daytime.

Peeks Sexy Lip Gloss

Peeks Sexy Lip Gloss

The Lipsticks and the Lip Gloss are $12, and the Lip Blasters are $14. We both love our first peek at Peeks Cosmetics — this line is definitely worth a look!

*sent for editorial consideration

Face Stockholm Smart Face Color Wheels to enhance your beauty

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When the Beauty Info Zone team gets together we talk cosmetics and skin care which is of no surprise to anyone reading. One of our dreams is a shopping trip to New York, and high up on that list is going to the Face Stockholm store. There we would shop to our heart’s content (and our husband’s dismay) since Face Stockholm has always been a favorite of ours. We’ve been lucky enough to receive products from them in the past and overjoyed to have received two of their newest spring items – Smart Beauty Color Wheels. There are two newly released wheels which can be used for eyes, lips, and cheeks. At least a part of our dream has come true with these wheels.

MARCIA has the Smart Face Nude Color Wheel

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Nude Color Wheel

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Nude Color Wheel

The color wheels that Lisa and I have are like day and night. I’m the day and she’s the night. The Nude Color Wheel contains 2 blush balms that are light as air, 1 moisturizing lip salve that contains Vitamin E and 1 illuminating highlighter. What you end up with is a barely there way to highlight, contour, and color for a “just me” look.

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Nude Color Wheel

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Nude Color Wheel

The shades in this are for a no makeup look. A look that just finishes you without being obvious. Three of the four shades barely show up at first but once you let them settle they’ll give you that hint of color that looks refreshing.

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Nude Color Wheel

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Nude Color Wheel

The Lip Salve (balm) is a sheer rose that feels wonderful on my lips (top left corner). It gives me just the smallest bit of a tint so it looks like MLBB (my lips but better). It’s not long-lasting because of the soft texture but with the Vitamin E added to it, it’s good for your lips.

The two Cheek Balms are also sheer. Those are the two that are kitty-corner from each other. One gives a beautiful golden glow while the other is a soft pink. It’s the type of look I like when I go to my friend’s lake house (and sit in the shade). I’ve got some color and contour but it’s not enough for anyone to wonder why I’m made up in that setting.

The Highlighter is my favorite. It’s a bright white that can be used every day for highlighting or on my eyes for a pretty shine. I like it on my browbone or my cheekbones.

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Nude Color Wheel

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Nude Color Wheel

At $24 this has 4 products that you’ll love to use when the sun is out and you want to look like a summer goddess without the fuss.

LISA has the Smart Face Bright Color Wheel

The Bright Color Wheel is most definitely the polar opposite of the Nude Color Wheel in terms of shades…could this be a more perfect ‘I love spring and summer’ wheel of happiness?

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Bright Color Wheel

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Bright Color Wheel

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Bright Color Wheel

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Bright Color Wheel

These juicy shades work for both lips and cheeks. They are very sheer, so while the colors look intense in the wheel, they go on rather subtle but the tint does have lasting power. I thought for sure that colors this moist and juicy looking would be tacky on the skin, but they dry down quickly to more of a satiny finish.

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Bright Color Wheel

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Bright Color Wheel

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Bright Color Wheel

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Bright Color Wheel

A trick I love to use is layering cool and warm colors, and this color wheel has perfect shades for it…the layering does magical things on lips as well on cheeks. I especially like the combination of the deepest red and the lightest pink. On lips, I use the red as a base then put the pink smack in the middle for a beautiful color combo that gives the illusion of larger lips (always a plus!).

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Bright Color Wheel

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Bright Color Wheel

The shades are all very easy to blend. I typically use my fingers, but a nylon brush is terrific too. What I really love is how travel-friendly this color wheel is and I can’t wait to toss it into my beach bag for some fabulous, easy color while I sit under my beach umbrella.

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Bright Color Wheel

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Bright Color Wheel

Whether you are into a nude look or a bright look, a day person or a night person, FACE Stockholm has just what you need.  Do yourself a favor and check out their new Spring 2016 Collection for these beautiful color wheels, as well as on point seasonal shades of bronzer, nail polish, eyeshadow and more.

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