Side by side: lessons Marcia and Lisa learn from each other (and check out this Farmhouse Fresh Giveaway)

heart for beauty infoThere are lots of amazing beauty blogs out there and we learn a ton from our blogging friends every single day. What you may not know, however, is that we also learn so much from each other! We have both been reviewing products and writing beauty articles for over ten years and we have been working together on Beauty Info Zone for five of those years. Sometimes Marcia gives an essential tip that Lisa finds she can’t live without; sometimes Lisa challenges Marcia to try something out of her comfort zone with surprising results. Today we are writing about one of best gifts we’ve found through the years from each other.

Lisa’s Side:

Long ago, Marcia and I met online through ‘swapping’ on MakeUpAlley. Marcia then told me about another website she ran where there was a great beauty community with reviews and wonderful chat boards. Sadly, that website eventually went out of business, but I made some lifelong friends from all over the world. I also learned one of my favorite beauty tips ever from my future blogging partner, Marcia!

part of Lisa's gel eyeliner collection

part of Lisa’s gel eyeliner collection

Ok, so you know how gel eyeliners are wonderful…they are easy to apply, they are fun to work with because you can go super defined or you can smudge out the line, they are way easier to work with than liquid liners, and they have even better lasting power than pencil eyeliners. What isn’t so wonderful is how quickly those little pots of amazingness dry out. I could never use up an entire pot of gel liner before it became hard and totally useless.

Old way of using gel eyeliners

Old way of using gel eyeliners

I still remember the joy I felt when I read this tip from Marcia: to get the most out of your gel eyeliner, use the outer side of the pot first. Take your brush and grab liner around the rim. This helps keep the integrity of the product and makes it last and last and last. Some of my favorite gel liners are Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliners. I lost quite a few before I started using this simple trick Marcia taught me. I actually have gel liner pots that are seven years old and they are still as fresh as the day I bought them!!

the best way to use a gel eyeliner

the best way to use a gel eyeliner

Marcia has steered me toward many ‘perfect’ Lisa products, but her gel eyeliner tip stands out for me since it has saved me tons of money over the years. I think of her every time I use a gel liner!

Marcia’s Side:

What Lisa has taught me (besides the fact that I have to loosen up) is not to be so afraid of products. She’ll often convince me to try something that’s out of my comfort zone. Most times she’s right but today’s review is all about hitting the bullseye with FARMHOUSE FRESH. Every time a product from Farmhouse Fresh was offered I’d send the email to Lisa and tell her that it was perfect for her. But recently I did that and she insisted that it was something I was going to love and that I had to do it. Thank you Lisa!!

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub is amazing. When I use this in the shower I don’t want to get out. The smell is to die for. I wish we had Smell-O-Blog for you to sniff what I sniff. It’s a combination of real watermelon seed oil, sweet basil oil and organic vodka mixed with sugar and rice bran oil. This isn’t a wimpy scrub, the sugar (with some salt in it) gives you a lot to work with to help exfoliate your skin. It washes cleanly off leaving behind a little bit of nourishing oil. It also dissolves in the shower so you don’t go slip sliding away.

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

I keep a plastic spoon in my shower to mix the oil into the scrub to evenly disperse it. This Farmhouse Fresh Body Scrub not only makes me smell delicious but it leaves my skin wonderfully soft. I hate to use a body lotion after it so I wait as long as I can before applying anything else. I just want to smell myself. That fragrant aroma does fade away so you can continue with a fragrance of your choice – but I wish it didn’t.

Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub

Farmhouse Fresh Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Scrub is 97% natural and vegan and has no parabens or sulfates. My skin feels soft and refreshed. I want to call Lisa after my showers to thank her but instead I’ll just let her smell me next time we meet.farmhouse fresh giveawy

Update – we’ve just realized that Farmhouse Fresh has a Facebook giveaway for 10 of the amazing Watermelon Vodkatini Body Scrubs. It’s easy to enter by following on Instagram. This is open through August 2nd and then announced on Watermelon Day, August 3rd.

Thanks for reading a little about us. What have you learned from the Beauty Info Zone team?

*Farmhouse Fresh sent for editorial consideration

 

Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream and DMAE Firming Fluid

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It’s no secret that the Beauty Info Zone ladies love Reviva Labs products. We are always thrilled to receive these for review and to buy more on our own. This reasonably priced skin care line hits all the right buttons. The company was started over 40 years ago and sold in skin care salons and health food stores worldwide. They are proud (as they should be) that their products are not only effective but also cruelty free. With two products that we’ve been testing, here’s our Side by Side Review.

Reviva Labs DMAE Firming Fluid and Nourishing Cream

Reviva Labs DMAE Firming Fluid and Nourishing Cream

MARCIA AND REVIVA LABS DMAE FIRMING FLUID

I’ve been using both of the products we’re reviewing today since they work so well together. DMAE is a thin serum so I start with this over my entire face and neck. It contains a higher potency of DMAE Concentrate which helps to firm and tone skin. I’m sure almost everyone reading this would love to help firm skin.

Reviva Labs DMAE Firming Fluid

Reviva Labs DMAE Firming Fluid

DMAE FIRMING FLUID ($19) contains 5% DMAE compared to the normal 1/2%- 1% in most creams and serums. Rather than try to paraphrase perfection, here’s what Reviva Labs tells us about DMAE: Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) is often called “facelift in a jar” by skin care specialists, because it helps firm and tighten the skin. With regular use DMAE will give skin a more defined, youthful appearance.
DMAE, a component of cell membranes, is also one of the substances used by the body to make the neurotransmitter molecule acetylcholine. DMAE’s firming effects are believed to involve the signaling of acetylcholine in the skin.

Reviva Labs DMAE Firming Fluid

Reviva Labs DMAE Firming Fluid

This Firming Fluid is a great first step before the Nourishing Cream. It isn’t sticky, it sinks into my skin within a minute and then I apply Nourishing Cream over it. If you want firming and more youthful skin along with the compliments that you’ll receive on your skin tone, then here’s where you should start.

LISA AND REVIVA LABS NOURISHING CREAM

Do you want plump, smooth skin with less wrinkles? Then you want the Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream ($25). I love many Reviva products, but this is my all time favorite. The ingredient list is simply outstanding with 10 EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) oils. Here are the ten reasons you want this amazing moisturizer for your face, neck, and hands.

Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream

Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream

1.  Sunflower Oil is one of the best cosmetic ingredients out there since it has no fragrance and is a fantastic emollient and inflammation reducer.

2.  Flaxseed Oil is another star ingredient – it’s an antioxidant, emollient, and it has linoleic acid, which is excellent for skin repair.

3.  Borage Oil is another non-fragrant ingredient with linoleic acid, and is a fabulous antioxidant, emollient, and inflammation reducer.

4.  Rosehip Oil is a very emollient oil with antioxidant properties.

5.  Hemp Seed Oil is a fatty acid known for excellent emollient properties.

6.  Avocado Oil is a non-fragrant plant oil that is, you guessed it, a terrific emollient and antioxidant. Are you sensing a trend here??

7.  Wheat Germ Oil is a non-fragrant emollient oil that skin loves.

8.  Black Currant Seed Oil is one of the best antioxidant anti-inflammatories. It’s an awesome emollient for skin.

9.  Olive Oil is an emollient that contains squalene, which you may have also heard of. It also has linoleic acid and is a great antioxidant.

10.  Sesame Oil is yet another excellent emollient.

Inside Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream

Inside Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream

With ten different oils, an understandable assumption is that this must be one heavy, pore-clogging cream. Much to my delight, all of these oils are combined into a truly elegant formula – a light cream so beautiful I could almost eat it with a spoon.

EFA’s (also known as Omega-3 and Omega-6) come from plants and they restore the skin to a youthful appearance. What does youthful skin look like? Full, plump, and smooth. If I could fill a bathtub with Reviva Labs Nourishing Cream and soak my whole body in it, I would. However, I am settling for smoothing it onto my face, neck and hands. You should too!!

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Touch Up any time with ROOTSTIX

Do you ever run out of time to get everything done? Do you put off certain beauty tasks because there aren’t enough hours in the day to do what you really want? Do you get frustrated with how you look when you put those niceties off? The Beauty Info Zone bloggers run into this all the time and it drives us nuts. rootstix logo

One of our biggest problems is finding the time to get our hair colored before others notice that we have (GASP) gray hair or roots showing. When ROOTSTIX offered to send their temporary color sticks we were happy to try these out.

Rootstix

Rootstix

ROOTSTIX are thin pens that can be used on your head and your face. Touch up your roots, use them to fill in your brows and if you happen to have a mustache that you (or maybe the guy in your life) wants to fill in, this is a great product.

ROOTSTIX is available in 5 shades: black, dark brown, medium brown, light brown and red. At $15 this is a great tool to have in your arsenal.

MARCIA USES ROOTSTIX IN MEDIUM BROWN

Rootstix Medium Brown

Rootstix Medium Brown

I chose Medium Brown and it’s a great match for my hair color. Since my hair grows in gray (or is it white by now?) I have a lot to cover up.

before Rootstix

before Rootstix

after using Rootstix in the same area

after using Rootstix in the same area

I have to work pretty hard with Rootstix to cover though because of the precise tip on it. Even though I started using it on my roots, I’m now using it on the hair around the side of my face. Those are silver and they are stubborn as all get out. They also drive me crazy. Using the fine tip of Rootstix is now saving me from having those bug me. I can use it easily without getting anything on my face. Rootstix isn’t messy, it isn’t greasy and it dries quickly.

Medium Brown Rootstix

Medium Brown Rootstix

LISA USES ROOTSTIX IN LIGHT BROWN

Rootstix

I can assuredly say that my hair is WHITE. Really, truly, completely white…not gray. And it has been since I was 17 years old. My mom went white that early and so did her mom. So I’ve been coloring my hair for a long time and the worst thing about it is that whole roots problem. I color my hair brown so the white really shows up, way before it’s time to get my hair done.

Rootstix in Light Brown

Rootstix in Light Brown

Even before my white hair shows at my part, it shows on the sides by ears. It’s not easy to cover that up, let me tell you.  he typical root sprays are meant for the top of the head, not the sides by your face. That’s where Rootstix comes in so handy for me. The precise tip makes it easy to cover smaller sections, and the little comb ensures a natural look.

Rootstix can be found on their website and on Amazon. Right now they have a special on their site that gives you two for the price of one. That way if you are unsure of your shade or just want to share with a friend, you’ve got an even better price. At $15 this is quite reasonable, at 2 for $15 during this special, it’s a bargain.

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Having a Blast with the SinfulColors July 4th Collection

SinfulColors for summer 2015

SinfulColors for summer 2015

Is there anything that says summer more than the 4th of July? Fun, fireworks and vivid colors are the name of the game for the 4th and the rest of the summer. That’s why SinfulColors created their HAVING A BLAST collection. Your hands and feet can celebrate too with any of these 7 polishes in this great collection. SinfulColors sent us these beautiful polishes and we want you to see how you can look your best for only $1.99.

Which of these colors calls your name?

Blue By You: Pearlescent royal blue

Green Ocean: Glitter-flecked emerald

Hot Spot: Shimmering cobalt blue

Out Of This World: Perfect silver with swirls of glimmer

Ruby Ruby: A classic deep red

Snow Me White: Bright white

 GLITTER TOPPER

Star Blast-Off: Star-spangled red, white, & blue confetti

MARCIA’S PATRIOTIC MANICURE WITH SINFULCOLORS

SinfulColors RubyRuby, Snow Me White, Hot Spot

SinfulColors RubyRuby, Snow Me White, Hot Spot

The SinfulColors nail polishes that I was most excited about were the beautiful red, white, and blue ones. I wanted to be my patriotic best for the weekend of the 4th but at the same time have polishes I’d use again and again.

Ruby Ruby is described as a classic deep red but it’s a super pretty red that’s not really that deep. It’s a lively red that can be worn year round and will draw the kind of attention you like to your tips and toes.

Snow Me White is a true bright white that’s not chalky. I didn’t have a great white in my collection even though I have so many nail polishes. It’s used as an accent in my manicure but will be used alone soon enough. I should have let my red and blue dry longer before applying Snow Me White since they did bleed through a little.

Hot Spot is my perfect shade of blue. Described as a shimmering cobalt blue is a fitting description for this slightly metallic hue. Classic and beautiful.

SinfulColors Ruby Ruby, Snow Me White, Hot Spot

SinfulColors Ruby Ruby, Snow Me White, Hot Spot

These pictures were taken after wearing the polishes for 6 days so you can see how beautifully they held up. SinfulColors is so long wearing that it’s hard to believe how little they cost.

SinfulColors Having a Blast collection

SinfulColors Having a Blast collection

LISA’S HAVING A BLAST

My colors are a little less traditional than Marcia’s. I have a beautiful glimmering silver, Out of this World. It’s one of the prettiest silver polishes I own and is definitely a festive shade for the fourth!

Sinful Colors Out of this World

SinfulColors Out of this World

My other two shades can be used alone or as a topcoat over a solid shade. Green Ocean is a glitter-flecked emerald that is perfect for a non-traditional yet still sparkly shade.

Sinful Colors Emerald Ocean

SinfulColors Green Ocean

How could you not have a blast with my final nail polish, Star Blast-Off? This one is labeled as a ‘glitter topper’ and is a truly star-spangled mixture of red, white, & blue confetti. The clear top coat has tiny white specks, big white stars, and red and blue dots.

Sinful Colors Star Blast Off

SinfulColors Star Blast Off

By itself, the base has a slightly pink hue. This is fabulous over all of Marcia’s patriotic shades, and it’s super pretty over Out of this World. I am going to a party on the 4th and plan to wear this over Snow Me White.

You can easily find this collection at Walgreens and Target. If you want fun, festive nails that are a total blast, SinfulColors has exactly what you need!!

Visit SinfulColors online at their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  #SinfulColors #HavingABlastCollection

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F: facebook.com/sinfulcolors

T: twitter.com/SinfulColors_NP

I:  instagram.com/sinfulcolorsprofessional

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Simyskin: Phase II and Phase III Eye Serums review

Simyskin

SimySkin™ is a US cosmetics and beauty care company that was new to the BIZ, which makes sense since it’s just over a year old, having launched in February of 2014. Their mission is to offer anti-aging skin care products that are high quality, effective, and low cost. SimySkin takes skin care very seriously and in fact has an oncologist on the team as skin cancer has become a major issue in the past 30 years.

They sent the BIZ two different eye serums to test: Phase II, which is meant for those aged 25 to 45, and Phase III, for those aged 45+. Phase I is for those aged 18 to 25…we wish!! What kind of results did we have after a few months of testing?  Read on to find out!

LISA’S SIDE: PHASE II EYE SERUM ($55)

Simyskin Phase II Eye Serum

Simyskin Phase II Eye Serum

Ok, I will be honest…I am actually a smidge older than the end of the Phase II age spectrum. I only surpass it by a few years, though, so for comparison purposes we thought it would be just fine. I like the fact that the ingredients in the eye serums change based on age as our skin care needs change as we get older. The Phase II Eye Serum is formulated to address dark circles and puffiness, along with providing protection, skin cell regeneration, and enhanced skin elasticity.

Simyskin Phase II Eye Serum

Simyskin Phase II Eye Serum

The eye serum is lightweight and comes in very interesting packaging. The top of the bottle has a dispenser, along with a cooling metal ball that spreads the serum while calming and depuffing the undereye area. Phase II gives immediate gratification, instantly soothing and smoothing skin – it truly is a noticeable difference. The main ingredients include Dipetide-2 for conditioning skin and improving circulation, along with hyaluronic acid for hydration and elasticity.

SimySkin™ reports some impressive results:

-    Anti-inflammatory reduction of 33%

** Clinical Participants 70% experienced skin improvement after 56 days

I most definitely saw an improvement and I really like this serum. Considering my age, I could probably use Phase III now, but I do think that Phase II is a terrific option for those in the 25 to 45 age range.

Active Ingredients

Dipeptide-2; Hesperidin methyl chalcone; Lipopeptide pal-GQPR ; Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid; Hyaluronic Acid; Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7; Ubiquinone; Sorghum bicolor stalk juice

MARCIA’S SIDE: PHASE III EYE SERUM ($65)

Simyskin Phase III Eye Serum

SimySkin Phase III Eye Serum

I can look at it one of two ways – I’m worth more ($65 instead of $55) or I’m older (over 45). I think I’ll just take both. I can’t deny that I’m over 45 and I know darn well I’m worth more! If you’ve followed Beauty Info Zone you might know that I am crazy about eye creams of all sorts. It’s the one product I crave and truthfully I own a lot. SimySkin™ Anti-Aging Eye Serum Phase III is a nice addition to my collection but it’s not going to stop me from continuing my search.

This is a very gentle and lightweight serum that helps in a myriad of ways. The goal is to correct, repair, protect and reverse visible signs of aging. SimySkin™ uses 6 active ingredients in this eye serum that work on decreased appearance of puffiness, darkcircles and fine lines. That’s what I desperately need.

Two of the most important ingredients are Hersperidin Methylchalcone which helps reduce dark circles and discoloration, and Acetyl Dipeptide  to reduce the appearance of lines and calm the skin.

The unique ball massager on the applicator tip is a nice touch but I found I had to use so much more of the eye serum than I felt necessary or it would stick on my skin and not move. I didn’t use it most of the time but I did love it in the morning under my eyes when I looked particularly puffy.

Unfortunately this has a fragrance which is why I said it won’t stop me from my search. I can tolerate the fragrance in the morning but I can’t tolerate it at night. As someone who struggles with insomnia I am very picky about what I smell like in bed since anything can keep me from falling asleep. The fragrance of SimySkin Anti-aging Eye Serum kept me awake. I didn’t feel like it dissipated quickly enough. I know that this wouldn’t stop most people, it’s just my opinion. If you aren’t sensitive to fragrance and want an eye serum that helps with all the over 45 signs of aging, then consider this one since it does work well.

Active Ingredients

Acetyl dipeptide 1 cetyl ester; Hesperidin methyl chalcone; Sorbitan laurate; Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid; Hyaluronic Acid; Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7; Ubiquinone; Sorghum bicolor stalk juice

SimySkin is a new upcoming brand that you’ll start learning more about now that been discovered by The View, Beauty Box 5, New Beauty magazine and many news outlets. Be among the first to try them out. Their site has free shipping to the US, Canada and Europe which is quite unusual. The code for that is SimySkinShipping.

*products sent for editorial consideration

Step up your game face with Facial Smoothies

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We have a few options when it comes to the lines on our face. We can have plastic surgery (no thank you), we can have injections (ouch), we can use topical products, or we can use something like Facial Smoothies, Wrinkle Removal Strips.

Facial Smoothies was started by a young woman who watched stars use some of the old-fashioned types of facial strips and felt she could invent something better to help with the lines and wrinkles we have on our faces. She wanted a product that was non-irritating, could be used any time she wanted and was affordable to boot. Along came Facial Smoothies which is $15.95 for 10 sheets with 120 smoothies altogether.

Facial Smoothies sheet

Facial Smoothies sheet

press sample

As you can see there are different shapes for each part of your face. These reusable transparent adhesives can be applied wherever you want to “iron” out a wrinkle. Use them for 20 minutes before an event or use them all night long. You’re the boss.

Before and after from facial smoothies website

Before and after from facial smoothies website

“Our medical adhesive is strong but also safe. It is hypo-allergenic, latex free, and made specifically for long-term use on skin. It has been extensively tested and is used in hospitals around the world.”

MARCIA’S EXPERIENCE

I consider myself very fortunate that I don’t really have wrinkles. I spend time with my high school and college friends occasionally and of course I notice (ahem, compare) the lines they have. Part of my fortune is good genes, part is that I keep away from the sun, and part is how I take care of my skin.

Using Facial Smoothies has been a fun experience and I enjoy having this as an option. My areas of concern are my nasolabial folds and marionette lines plus the crows feet that just won’t fly away. I once had Juvaderm done which helped with the marionette lines but I was severely bruised for weeks. While the after affects were great, I hated the bruising and how long it took until my skin was clear again. It was such an obvious choice too that people I encountered knew that I wasn’t going natural.

Facial Smoothies sheet

Facial Smoothies sheet

I’ve just used the smoothies that are for my areas of concern. They are transparent so I guess you could wear them out of the house but my goal wouldn’t be met that way. I use the smallest ones by my eyes after my eye cream is well absorbed. I use the large lima bean shape for my marionette lines and the large triangle shape for my nasolabial folds. I don’t do this nightly though. I use them mainly before the weekend to give my skin some lift. I love that I can get 2 – 3 uses out of each too and I’ll save the remainders for when I’m old and gray older and grayer.

You can wear these more often than I do if you want to retrain your wrinkles so that they become less lined with use. I don’t need to think about injections as long as Facial Smoothies are helping and for that I’m grateful.

LISA’S EXPERIENCE

So unlike my wrinkle-free partner, I have wrinkles. Plenty of them. While the effect of Facial Smoothies isn’t permanent, it’s still nice to be wrinkle free for any amount of time!Facial Smoothies

I like how low maintenance the Smoothies are. They don’t need to be peeled apart, moistened with water, held onto skin until they dry, etc. Just take them off the sheet and put them on – they instantly stick and stay until I take them off. The variety of shapes and sizes is also a plus. My upper lip area requires a different size than my forehead, and cutting and trimming patches is a pain.

While the Smoothies are great for a lift before an important event, I find I prefer to use them right before I go to sleep. What an easy way to get about 7 hours of treatment! If you have been thinking about trying wrinkle remover strips, Facial Smoothies are a great way to go.

You can purchase Facial Smoothies on Amazon, eBay,  or on the Facial Smoothies site, all with free shipping. It’s a small investment to look better than ever.

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Cuepido Cosmetics – a hidden delight on Amazon plus a BIZ giveaway

Did you know that Amazon is filled with hidden stores? Some companies send their inventory to Amazon and have them handle the shipping. A brand that does that is CUEPIDO Cosmetics. There’s so much we don’t know! Cuepido offered to send us a few products to try and even better they are offering a giveaway for one of our readers. We didn’t say no and we think you won’t either.

CUEPIDO has 13 types of products at their Amazon store. They range from face to lips to eyes. Cuepido uses natural ingredients that are infused with plants and flowers extract, and minerals.
What is Cuepido All About?
With the mission to create SIMPLE yet HEALTHY makeup that is good for every woman’s skin, CUEPIDO, a brand carrying the love and care for your skin started its operation in 2013 Valentine’s Day.

 

MARCIA and OHH BLUSH

Cuepido OHH Blush

Cuepido OHH Blush

There was no doubt in my mind what I’d pick from the Cuepido Store once I saw that they had a liquid blush. As a huge fan of all cream products I looked no further. The shade I was sent is Peony and it’s the exact shade that I love wearing in the summer.

Cuepido Ohh Blush

Cuepido Ohh Blush

Since it’s a liquid/cream you have to be careful that you don’t overdo it. The first time you pump it, you’ll get way too much out so beware of that. But after that use a light touch to get out a small amount. I usually pump it onto my hand or a flat steel palette I have and then pick it up from there. I prefer my fingers for application and then I’ll use a sponge to make sure it’s blended softly.

Cuepido Ohh Blush

Cuepido Ohh Blush

They say it’s waterproof though I haven’t tested that but it’s definitely humidity proof and lasts for a good amount of time. There are light reflecting pigments to help with a natural looking glow. You could build it up if you wanted though I don’t do that since my skin is so fair.

Cuepido Ohh Blush Peony Swatch

Cuepido Ohh Blush Peony Swatch

Cuepido Ohh Blush Peony Swatch blended

Cuepido Ohh Blush Peony Swatch blended

OHH BLUSH Cheek Stain comes in 3 shades with Peony appearing to be the lightest. Camellia appears to be more coral while Rose is a dark rose. For our giveaway there will be a $30 discount/g.c. to the Cuepido store and at $29.99 one of these shades would be a great choice.

Cuepido Flaws Away

LISA and FLAWS AWAY

I am always on the lookout for a great concealer, so Flaws Away ($26.99) got my attention. It promises maximum coverage with a lightweight formula and my dark undereye circles need more than average – actually MAJOR coverage.

Cuepido Flaws Away Concealer

Cuepido Flaws Away Concealer

I had mixed results with Flaws Away. This is a liquid concealer with a brush applicator. I went with the Cream shade, one of five available. While Cream is the second lightest shade, I found it to be darker than expected with a strong yellow undertone. The yellow is actually a plus as it works well covering blue/purple tones. Those of you with fair skin probably have more green tones under the eyes, so you would want a red-toned concealer shade.

Cuepido Flaws Away Concealer applicator

Cuepido Flaws Away Concealer applicator

Cuepido Flaws Away Concealer in Cream

Cuepido Flaws Away Concealer in Cream

My first mistake with Flaws Away was using way too much. Too much does not blend well; it just sort of sits on top of the skin. So I cut way back and slowly built up coverage. A few small dots blend in nicely, and I found using fingertips to be preferable to using a brush. The warmth from fingers helps it meld into the skin for a natural look. The Cream shade definitely counteracted the blue under my eyes…but I can’t seem to get the amount of coverage I need before it stops blending in. I think this is a great concealer for those with normal undereye issues. If  you have major blueness like I do, it just isn’t heavy duty enough.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Cuepido is giveaway away a $30 discount to their Amazon store. That means you could buy a product like OHH BLUSH, FLAWS AWAY or a lipstick, lipgloss, mascara or eyeliner without having to add to the g.c. amount. There are other products that would cost you extra though if you wanted one of those. In our comments we want you to go to the CUEPIDO STORE and pick out what you’d want to win if you are the lucky one. Of course you can change your mind when it comes down to ordering.The giveaway is US only due to company mailing restrictions. It will be open through June 17th at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close before the end of the giveaway please email to beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Cuepido or Amazon. You can send your comment and consider that done! Good luck and good picking.

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