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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Reviva Labs new Vitamin C+ serum with Emblica – review and giveaway

logo_reviva-blkIf you’ve been hanging around Beauty Info Zone for any amount of time you’ll know that we are big fans of Reviva Labs. For over forty years Reviva Labs has brought us wonderful cruelty-free skin care that use natural ingredients. But they don’t stand on their record which is proved by their new improved ULTRA POTENCY VITAMIN C+ ANTIOXIDANT SERUM WITH EMBLICA.

The BIZ ladies were each sent a bottle of this in anticipation of Reviva Lab’s 43rd Anniversary and we’re excited that they are offering 2 US subscribers the chance to win one to celebrate our anniversary too.

REVIVA LABS ULTRA POTENCY VITAMIN C+ ANTIOXIDANT SERUM WITH EMBLICA

REVIVA LABS ULTRA POTENCY VITAMIN C+ ANTIOXIDANT SERUM WITH EMBLICA

ULTRA POTENCY VITAMIN C+ ANTIOXIDANT SERUM WITH EMBLICA does so many things that are good for your skin and we’ll be talking about them but let us first talk about Emblica which is their newest ingredient and one Reviva Labs is excited to be using in this serum. Emblica is from the Indian Gooseberry plant; it attacks both oxygen and nitrogen free radicals. Other plant antioxidants are added to this by Reviva including Sunflower, Blueberry, Cranberry, Fig and Aloe extracts. But the most important of these ingredients is Emblica. This unique ingredient has a longer life than other antioxidants thereby protecting us for the entire day.

Indian Gooseberry (Emblica is derived from this)

Indian Gooseberry (Emblica is derived from this)

It helps to fight pollution, help with skin discoloration, wrinkles and collagen loss. This super antioxidant is great for those of us who need and want anti-aging skin care.

Marcia and Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with emblica:

The first thing I noticed about Reviva Lab’s improved serum is that it has no fragrance whatsoever. I know many people enjoy the lift that a fragranced product can give them but I don’t happen to be one of those people. Therefore I can use this Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum day and night without concern.

Lisa and I reviewed the original Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream way back in April of 2012 so it’s fitting that 4 years later we’ve had the opportunity to try the new improved version. This is loaded with so many more terrific ingredients like Vitamin E, CoQ 10, Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), and more. We love the airless pump that protects the serum from light, bacteria, and air. The potency remains the same through the life of the product.

Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with Emblica

Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with Emblica

The result I’m seeing for the weeks I’ve been using this serum is brighter skin. My skin looks and feels softer, less lined, and brighter. I was in a group discussion about the effects of Vitamin C prior to receiving this and I wasn’t able to tell people what I saw but I can now. But Reviva Labs is more than just Vitamin C since emblica raises it to a new level.

Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with Emblica

Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with Emblica

The first product I apply after cleansing is this serum. I massage it onto my face and give my skin time to absorb all the goodness that this brings. After my eyes are done I apply my moisturizer/SPF. I love that this never balls up under foundation. I recently gave up on a serum that did so it was one I could only use at night but Reviva Labs came through, as usual, and makes it a breeze to look my best.

Lisa and Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+Antioxidant Serum with emblica:

Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+Antioxidant Serum with emblica

I love a bargain…and at just $32, this very effective Vitamin C serum is definitely a bargain. The Ultra-Potency Vitamin C serum is not just an antioxidant fighting off free radicals, it also neutralizes nitrogen free radicals. Nitrogen is the nasty stuff in the air from soot, pollution, traffic exhaust…you know, the gunk that turns white snow into gray ick.

Even teenagers need the Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+Antioxidant Serum with emblica

Even teenagers need the Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+Antioxidant Serum with emblica

I am impressed with the addition of Emblica to the already fantastic ingredient list. Emblica is a perfect partner with the Vitamin C for combating pollution and car exhaust. Ultimately, this doesn’t just mean less wrinkles – it means less skin cancer. That is something to really get excited about. It’s never too late to start, but just think what it could mean if teenagers started using this serum under their sunscreen and makeup or just by itself? My teens are getting a bottle and I am starting them on this regimen immediately.

Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with emblica

Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with emblica

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Thanks to Reviva Labs for offering two US subscribers of Beauty Info Zone a chance to win Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with emblica. We have two requirements to enter our giveaways: be a BIZ subscriber and comment on the post. The rest of the options give you more ways to enter. You can tweet daily too to boost your chances. If comments close please email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with Reviva Labs as your subject and comment that way, then continue on. Good luck – we know you’ll love this.

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Purified Water, Emulsifying Wax, Glycerin, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C Ester), Aloe Leaf Juice, Squalane, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sunflower Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Laurate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Panthenol, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Stearate, Rosehip Oil, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Amodimethicone, Lecithin, Sodium Alginate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cocoa Butter, Allantoin, Steareth-2, Borage Oil, Emblica Extract, Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), Retinyl Palmitate and Ergocalciferol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Fig Extract, Blueberry Extract, Cranberry Seed Oil, EUK-134, Flaxseed Oil, Xanthan Gum.

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Anti-Aging with red light therapy by Sonulase review and giveaway

Sonulase

Sonulase

It wasn’t that long ago that having the technology to bring red light therapy and the power of a UV Light was too expensive for the average consumer. But thanks to SONULASE we can have just that at a price we can afford.

*sponsored post and giveaway with our honest opinions

SONULASE is the first device that combines medical grade age fighting Red Light with daily cleansing. It’s made to stimulate collagen production while strengthening sagging skin and wrinkles. It does it all while you cleanse. Sadly collagen production pretty much stops by the age of 25. Since collagen plumps facial skin it keeps it looking fuller and more youthful. Sonaluse wants to stimulate natural collagen growth with the effects of RED LIGHT therapy.

Sonulase

Sonulase

Sonulase looks like the sonic cleansing brushes that we are used to seeing and using but there’s a big difference. It’s to be used for daily cleansing as well as red light UV therapy.

Sonulase in action

Sonulase in action

Mode One is Daily Cleansing with RED Light Therapy. Not only are you cleansing and exfoliating but you are adding the power of red light.

Mode Two is Targeted RED Light Therapy. With Mode two you choose two days a week to target areas you want to work on to build collagen and increase volume from beneath skin surface.

Join Marcia and Lisa in learning more about this wonder anti-aging device and learn how to win one for yourself.

MARCIA explains the Daily Cleansing with Red Light Therapy:

Sonulase brush

Sonulase brush

The Sonulase brush isn’t unique looking when you first remove it from the box. We’ve seen this before and many of us cleanse with something similar. The difference though is when you use this for cleansing and can turn on the red light to add some collagen stimulation.

Sonulase cleansing brush

Sonulase cleansing brush

Using a sonic cleansing brush helps exfoliate your skin and cleanse pores better. The red light is new technology that is unique to Sonulase. This gives the collagen boost your skin needs to speed up cellular turnover.

Sonulase is also unique because of the UV Cleanlight Technology that is built into the charging system. When the skin care device is plugged in there is a cycle that starts cleansing the actual brush keeping bacteria and microrganisms that could grow at bay.

Sonulase in UV Cleanlight Mode

Sonulase in UV Cleanlight Mode

Now that I’ve explained Mode One let me give you my impressions. I like that there are two cleansing speeds and I advise you to start out with the Low speed. The first time I used the brush I was a little dismayed at the lack of softness. But I liked the way it cleansed, especially around my nose which is the area that gives me the most grief. The more I used the Sonulase, the softer my brush started to feel. While it still isn’t what I call a soft brush, it’s soft enough yet firm enough to really cleanse my skin.

I wet the brush, apply my cleanser to the brush head, put it up to my face and press Cleanse. I like turning on the red light button rather than using it on its own. When done I’ll use a wet cloth to remove cleansing residue. Sometimes I’ll precleanse with an oil or cleansing balm, but if I don’t have a lot of makeup on I just use the Sonulase for all my cleansing needs. The brush removes with a firm twist so that I can wash it separately if it has makeup stains on it.

Sonulase gets an A from me especially once you learn about the Red Light Therapy.

LISA explains the Red Light Therapy

This Red Light Therapy isn’t new…it was actually developed by NASA about 40 years ago to treat the damaged skin of astronauts in space! What is new is the ability to have this ‘space age’ treatment in your home instead of having to go to a dermatologist or medical spa.

Sonaluse Red Light Therapy

Sonulase Red Light Therapy

The Red Light is all about collagen. You know, the fibrous tissue that keeps skin plump and young-looking. Your body actually stops creating collagen at around age 25 – after that, it’s all downhill in the collagen department. Less collagen means deeper wrinkles. The quickest way to recreate the youthful, collagen-happy look is with injectable fillers like Restalyn. However, at $450 or so a syringe it gets very expensive, especially since the filler is absorbed by your body and you need new injections at least once a year, perhaps even twice a year.

Space age stuff - Red Light at 660 nanometers

Space age stuff – Red Light at 660 nanometers

Red Light Therapy, a deeply penetrating LED light which is FDA-approved at 660 nanometers, actually stimulates natural collagen growth, so while the Sonulase is spendy, it’s a one time investment that is less than one syringe of an injectable filler.

photo from Sonulase website

photo from Sonulase website

Using the Red Light Therapy is as easy as cleaning your face with the cleansing brush. It doesn’t hurt or really feel like anything other than a tiny bit warmer than it does while cleansing, and it only takes a few moments twice a week. You can use the Red Light with or without the brush – I prefer using the brush while I concentrate on my more wrinkled areas. In the 8 week study that Sonulase did, 86% of customers reported an improvement in fine lines and wrinkles. Those are great results. I think the Sonulase is a terrific multitasking, intelligent brush that is well worth the investment. I have had great results so far and I am definitely keeping up my Sonulase routine for good.

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Flawless skin with Hydroxatone Skin Perfecting Air Cushion Compact

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One of the easiest ways to apply foundation is with the new cushion compacts. Hydroxatone, known for their skin care, has taken that knowledge and combined it with their BB Cream to bring us a buildable BB Cream with Broad Spectrum SPF Sunscreen.

Hydroxatone Skin Perfecting Air Cushion Compact

Hydroxatone Skin Perfecting Air Cushion Compact

Hydroxatone Skin Perfecting Air Cushion Compact contains some key ingredients that make this stand out from the cushion crowd.

Key Ingredients:

    • Rose Water – a water obtained by a Rosa Centifolia Flower distillation which supports restoration and maintenance of skin’s pH balance and keeps skin hydrated.
    • Matrixyl 3000 – a peptide blend that has a visible anti-wrinkling and lifting effect. It supports the skin’s natural restructuring and tissue repair through extracellular matrix renewal.
    • SymGlucan– an oat-derived natural ingredient that helps maintain healthy skin.
    • Sodium Hyaluronate – a naturally occurring glycosaminoglycan which is a major constituent of the extracellular matrix and is important for cellular protection, osoregulation and moisturization, metabolic function and restoring skin’s elasticity.

Beauty Info Zone was sent two of the three available shades to test and share our findings with you. Hydroxatone Skin Perfecting Air Cushion Compact is available online at ULTA, as well as Beauty.com and Kohls.com for $49 which includes the compact and a sealed refill.

o   Light for fair skin with neutral undertones

o   Medium for light beige skin tones

o   Tan  for golden skin tones

MARCIA WEARS LIGHT

I’ve been a fan of BB Creams since I first learned about them. I don’t like heavy coverage on my aging skin. I’m looking for light to medium coverage at best. Hydroxatone’s Air Cushion Compact fits my needs perfectly for this. It’s easy to use, has great sunscreen with broad spectrum SPF40, and can be built up.

Hydroxatone Skin Perfecting Air Cushion Compact new

Hydroxatone Skin Perfecting Air Cushion Compact new

Normally a foundation that only comes in 3 shades isn’t going to be light enough for my pale skin but surprisingly Hydroxatone is. The Light is ultra light. I couldn’t get it to show up in my swatch for you, that’s how light it is.

Hydroxatone Skin Perfecting Air Cushion Compact used

Hydroxatone Skin Perfecting Air Cushion Compact used

For every day I pat this on with the included applicator lightly and go about my business knowing I’ve evened out my skin. When I’m going to be in closer contact with people I’ll apply concealer under my eyes and nose prior to application. The soft cushiony applicator it comes with doesn’t remove my concealer when using it to apply the BB Cream. I like to build it up to slightly less than a medium coverage and I’m good to go.

Hydroxatone Skin Perfecting Air Cushion Compact in light

Hydroxatone Skin Perfecting Air Cushion Compact in Light

The cherry on top of the pie for Hydroxatone’s Air Cushion Compact is that there’s basically no fragrance for this. At first I notice a little bit of citrus and even that dissipates quickly for this scent sensitive blogger.

LISA WEARS MEDIUM

Hydroxatone Skin Perfecting AirCushion Compact

Marcia has beautiful porcelain skin, but mine is freckled with uneven patches so I typically like more coverage than she does. I didn’t think the Hydroxatone Skin Perfecting AirCushion Compact would give enough coverage for my preferences, but it really is buildable and does semi-full coverage as well as it does sheer.

Hydroxatone Skin Perfecting AirCushion Compact

Hydroxatone Skin Perfecting AirCushion Compact in Medium

Hydroxatone Skin Perfecting AirCushion Compact in Medium

The medium shade looks waaay darker on the sponge that it does on the skin. It’s actually a pretty versatile medium shade that will work for light to medium skin tones. I have to admit I wasn’t sold on sponge compact foundations at first, but now I love them – especially for traveling. You can see that my compact actually leaked a little but the sponge and the compact kept it from getting outside of the package.

I use my Doll10 Rotating Foundation Brush on top of the sponge and it picks up the perfect amount of foundation. I just do an extra pass over uneven areas for more coverage. I find that in general, sponge foundation compacts don’t last as long as liquid foundation, so I was happy that a refill is included in the box.

Wearing Hydroxatone Skin Perfecting AirCushion Compact in Medium

Wearing Hydroxatone Skin Perfecting AirCushion Compact in Medium

You can still see my freckles but the uneven tone is gone. I also find that this foundation wears extremely well. Usually by the end of the day my foundation is mostly gone, but this one is mostly there.

With all the pluses – buildable coverage, skin friendly ingredients, wearable shades, and a travel friendly packaging – we think the Hydroxatone Skin Perfecting AirCushion Compact is a winner. It’s definitely a sponge-worthy foundation!

Ingredients

Active: Titanium Dioxide 12.6%.
Inactive: Cyclopentasiloxane, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Water, Butylene Glycol, Butyloctyl Salicylate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Lactobacillus Ferment, Dimethicone, Sodium PCA, Glycerin, Alumina, Trisiloxane, Glycereth-26, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine, PEG-10 Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Allantoin, Beta-Glucan, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, PEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Methicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides.

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Royal fun! The Disney Princess Brush Collections

Disney Princess Brush CollectionsFor today’s Side by Side, Lisa and Marcia are going all diva with the royally adorable LONDON SOHO NEW YORK Disney Princess Brush Collections that are available exclusively at Walgreen’s through December 2016. There are 5 new brush sets: Mulan, Jasmine, Tiana, Belle, and Cinderella as well as the Aurora Sponge Set brought back from last season due to popular demand. You are going to love these royal quality beauty tools that have a pauper’s price point. Adjust your tiara and take a look at what awaits you at Walgreen’s.                                                                                         PR samples

LISA’S BRUSHES

Disney Princess Collection Tiana Jazzle Dazzle Set

Disney Princess Collection Tiana Jazzle Dazzle Set

My three sets take you from prep to foundation to setting your final look. The first one is the Tiana Jazzle Dazzle Brow and Lash 3-piece set ($11.99). These are three essential tools for a very low price!  I will say that these are probably the least substantial feeling tools of the three I tried, but they work just fine and are great for travel or for your car or purse.

Disney Princess Collection Tiana Jazzle Dazzle Set

Disney Princess Collection Tiana Jazzle Dazzle Set

Disney Princess Collection Tiana Jazzle Dazzle Set

Disney Princess Collection Tiana Jazzle Dazzle Set

The three pieces include a dual-sided Brow Shaping Brush which is great for groomed brows. I dip the angled side in brow powder then fill in my brows, blending and brushing them upward with the spoolie end. The second piece is the Slant Tip Tweezer, which is a surprisingly good tweezer for getting those stray hairs. The final piece is the Lash Comb, which actually folds and becomes even smaller. I don’t really use this one much, but if you have tangled lashes it will make short work of them and put everything back in order.

Disney Aurora Fairy Sponges

Disney Aurora Fairy Sponges

Ok, so the Aurora Fairy Sponges ($12.99) isn’t a brush set, but this super cute sponge set was such a hit last year they brought it back for an encore. There are three sponges in this set:

Disney Aurora Fairy Sponges Blue Fairy Sponge

Disney Aurora Fairy Sponges Blue Fairy Sponge

Disney Aurora Fairy Sponges Green Fairy Sponge

Disney Aurora Fairy Sponges Green Fairy Sponge

Disney Aurora Fairy Sponges Pink Fairy Sponge

Disney Aurora Fairy Sponges Pink Fairy Sponge

The Blue Fairy Sponge is an egg-shaped dome that is an all-purpose applicator for foundation. It’s nice for all over application and for gradually building up coverage. The Green Fairy Sponge is for quick coverage of bigger areas, like your forehead and cheeks. Finally, the Pink Fairy sponge has a pointed tip that lets you get into tricky areas like under the eyes around the nose. It will become your concealer’s best friend.

Disney Belle Enchanted Beauty Kabuki

Disney Belle Enchanted Beauty Kabuki

My favorite of my three sets is the Belle Enchanted Beauty Kabuki ($12.99). This is a beautiful kabuki with soft but dense dome-shaped bristles. It’s fantastic for mineral foundation, bronzer, and setting powder. I can’t believe the quality for such a low price…and could the handle be any more adorable?

Disney Belle Enchanted Beauty Kabuki

Disney Belle Enchanted Beauty Kabuki

MARCIA’S BRUSHES

Soho Disney Brushes: Mulan, Cinderella, and Jasmine

Disney Brushes: Mulan, Cinderella, and Jasmine

I was lucky enough to end up with 3 sets of brushes: Mulan, Jasmine and Cinderella. I’m glad these are part of the permanent collection at Walgreens so that you can go and check them out for yourself after learning about them here.

Soho Disney Mulan set

Disney Mulan set

MULAN BRUSH SET || This set contains what I consider essential to my makeup life – eye brushes. All 3 brushes are double-sided so you have 6 tools in this set. One brush is all you’d need for eyebrows since there’s a soft slanted brush and a spoolie. This is actually double duty since they can be used on your eyes too . The slanted side is soft enough to apply eyeliner and the spoolie can be used to brush through your lashes. One of the eyeshadow brushes is my favorite (the middle one) since one side is a firm shadow brush and the other a crease and blending brush. The third brush is a soft eyeshadow brush that blends beautifully with the opposite side being a pointy eyeliner brush (this is my least favorite of the six sides since it’s not quite firm enough but will do in a pinch).

Disney Brush set: Jasmine

Disney Brush set: Jasmine

JASMINE SET || I love this set since it adds in a brush I don’t already own. The two-sided brush contains a foundation brush (I love it for blending cream blush) and a softly firm eyeshadow laydown brush. It’s the second brush that grabbed me though since it’s so different. It’s a wide flat brush that you normally wouldn’t see in this price range. You can use this in many ways especially if you have a lot of lid space but for me it’s a wonderful highlighter brush. I like to take my IT Cosmetics Highlighter Cream and apply it with this brush to the top of my cheek bones and above my browbone. It gives me a subtle strobing effect effortlessly.

Disney Cinderella Brush Set

Disney Cinderella Brush Set

CINDERELLA BRUSH SET || This is the best set for all over goodness since there’s a double-sided eye brush and a double-sided face brush. The eyeshadow crease side is great for adding in a crease shade and terrific for blending, it’s a softer brush than the one in the Mulan set. The eyeshadow side is identical to the Mulan. Having them both leaves me one for cream shadows and one for powder shadows. The larger brush has a foundation/cream blush side that’s similar to the one in Jasmine. The opposite side is for powder and blush. I also like it to use with a strobing product like Hourglass Ambient for a soft glow.

Disney brushes: Cinderella, Mulan, and Jasmine

Disney brushes: Cinderella, Mulan, and Jasmine

The Disney Princess Brush Sets are only available at Walgreens, so be sure to head to your nearest store to take a look.  The six princesses have a lot to offer and they are demanding your attention!

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Mission Grove by Soap & Paper Factory will delight your senses

Cardamom and CoffeeAnything sold at Anthropologie is always on Beauty Info Zone’s radar because they do such a wonderful job of curating. They sell interesting, hip products that are wonderful treats for yourself or fabulous gifts. Their latest find is Mission Grove, a bath and body collection from one of our perennial favorites, the Soap & Paper Factory. This line is made in the US in small batches, and ingredients are top of the line oils and extracts including meadowfoam, borage seed, and jojoba and aromatherapy oils. Everything from Mission Grove has no sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, or phthalates. And of course, it wouldn’t be sold at Anthropologie unless the packaging had a cool, retro feel.

The new Mission Grove Collection comes in four fragrances:

Sakura: This relaxing and restorative fragrance balances apple and citrus with sweet heliotrope for a perfectly calming combination.

Madagascar Vanilla: Deep, sultry notes of bourbon add an intoxicating richness to this soothing vanilla scent.

Fig & Honey: Refresh the body and clear the mind with this heady fragrance that combines earthy figs with sweet honey.

Cardamom & Coffee: Spicy and stimulating, this complex fragrance combines cardamom and coffee with geranium and sandalwood to detoxify the spirit.

The products include Shea Butter Bar Soap ($8), Sea Salt Body Scrub ($12), Travel Sized Body Lotion ($12), Travel Sized Body Wash ($12), Treatment Facial Mask ($16), Scented Drawer Liner Papers ($18), and a Big Rollerball Botanical Oil ($24).

Marcia and Lisa tried several of the products in two different scents, Sakura and Madagascar Vanilla. Is Mission Grove worthy of a permanent place in their boudoirs?  Read on and find out!

madagascar Vanilla

Lisa’s Side:  Madagascar Vanilla  Ok, to be honest they had me at ‘Vanilla’. I love love love vanilla scents, so I was super excited to try these beautifully packaged goodies. The vanilla scent is deep and rich, a little boozy thanks to the bourbon fragrance. It’s a beautiful sniff and just look at how lovely the packaging is:

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla Seasalt Scrub

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla Sea Salt Scrub

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla wax seal on paper and bar soap

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla wax seal on paper and bar soap

Every product comes in this delightful and thoughtful packaging. I adore the wax stamps on the bar soap and the scented paper, it really brings home the care and quality of the products.  Marcia is going to tell you more about the Sea Salt Scrub and the Scented Paper, and I have the 411 on the soaps and lotion.

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla

I almost couldn’t bear to open the bar of soap!  Look that packaging….wow. This is a great gift because it’s just gorgeous. Luckily, the soap is wonderful too, with a thick full lather that doesn’t dry out hands. It’s a great bar for sinks and for tubs.

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla Body Lotion and Body Wash

Mission Grove Madagascar Vanilla Body Lotion and Body Wash

The travel sized Body Wash and Body Lotion are TSA friendly and perfect for travel bags. The wash gives a creamy foam and the fragrance really sticks around, especially if you layer the Body Lotion over top. They both leave skin smooth, silky, and sweet smelling. I really enjoy this set and am interested in how Marcia likes the Sakura scent. The Fig and Honey scent sounds delicious too…I think I am going to plan a trip to Anthropologie soon to take a sniff!

Sakura

Marcia’s Side:  Sakura

Like Lisa I quickly knew which scent was perfect for me. As the picky one on BIZ I gravitate to fruity scents that aren’t overwhelming. Sakura Blossom is perfect for that. With a mixture of apple and citrus I was thrilled to try this. To be honest I don’t know what heliotrope smells like, all I know is that its flowers are in a variety of violet shades. That doesn’t matter since this combination is refreshing and not overwhelming at all.

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

The packaging of these Mission Grove products is enough to get me to buy them. A collection of these beautifully packaged goods would make an awesome housewarming or hostess gift. Even better is what’s inside since the fragrance isn’t artificial and the products are excellent.

The Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub surprised me since I normally choose a sugar scrub, but this wasn’t harsh at all and left my skin feeling exfoliated and lightly scented. I was surprised at the touch of oil that’s in it to protect my skin. I never have the flakies on the the days I’m able to shower with this Salt Scrub.

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Salt Scrub

This contains sea salt, jojoba seed oil, coconut oil, and vitamin E which all combine for a hydrating scrub.

Mission Grove Scented Papers

Mission Grove Scented Papers

The Mission Grove Scented Papers in Sakura Blossom totally blew me away. My first reaction to was honestly “why would I use scented papers??”. That was then, this is now: “Wow I love all the things I can do with these scented papers from Mission Grove.”

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Scented Papers

Mission Grove Sakura Blossom Scented Papers

My husband likes to go to Las Vegas. While he doesn’t smoke everything is covered in smoke in Vegas. You come home from there and (for non-smokers) you want to undress in the garage and get your clothes into the wash instantly. Now I can tuck one of the half sheets into the mesh section of the suitcase. It helps so much to keep items, the ones that can’t be washed, refreshed. Other uses are to put these in a drawer, your car, boots when you are storing them, and your gym bag. I have one in my laundry room and it’s so amazing to walk in there now – even for someone that isn’t a fragrance person.

Mission Grove Drawer Papers

Mission Grove Drawer Papers

These are beautiful and sturdy. There are 6 sheets that are perforated in the middle so you can break them apart to have 12 sheets. They are made out of a thin cardboard so there’s nothing flimsy about them. They are unlike any drawer papers I’ve ever seen.

Mission Grove Restorative Botanical Perfume Oil (Sakura Blossom)

Mission Grove Restorative Botanical Perfume Oil (Sakura Blossom)

One last product to mention is the Mission Grove Restorative Botanical Perfume Oil. This is available in all 4 of the fragrances and sounds terrific. Here’s what Mission Grove has to say: “Crafted in small batches, Mission Grove Rollerball Perfume Oils stimulate your mind, body and spirit. Great for personal fragrance, and for maximum benefits, use the rollerbals on temples and pressure points such as your crown chakra, bottoms of your feet and solar plexus. Perfect for On-the-go!”

While these are available at Anthropologie, only the soaps are carried online. That means a trip is due to an Anthropologie store so you can see the line in person and do a little indulging for yourself and someone you want to impress.

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Attention all brush lovers – Beauty Junkees has what you are looking for

We’re assuming that you are a beauty junkie since you are reading this now so we know that learning more about Beauty Junkees is perfect for you. We don’t all have makeup artist skills but we can certainly improve our skills by using the right brushes. What’s great about Beauty Junkees brushes is that they are good quality and very reasonably priced. The bristles in their brushes are synthetics that are amazingly soft yet amazingly effective. They pick up color easily, apply color smoothly, and blend like a dream. We were sent two sets that you are going to want, especially once you read about them and see the price point.

Beauty Junkiees Mini Kabuki Set

Beauty Junkiees Mini Kabuki Set

Beauty Junkees Kabuki Makeup Brush Kit

Beauty Junkees Kabuki Makeup Brush Kit

MARCIA HAS THE MINI KABUKI 5 PIECE SET

I’m so excited about this makeup brush set. These are unlike any brushes I have in my vast collection. I can’t get over these brushes and they are currently on sale for only $19.97. I’m shocked. There are 5 brushes that come in a makeup bag and they are among the most useful brushes I have. These are considered to be eye makeup brushes but I didn’t realize that at first so I used them for everything. These brushes are so versatile.

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Set (Eye Makeup Brushes: 5 pc Precision Brush Set)

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Set (Eye Makeup Brushes: 5 pc Precision Brush Set)

There’s a brush in this kit for every use you have: blending, contouring, application, applying concealer, and more. The brushes can be used with both cream and powder products.

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Tapered Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Tapered Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Tapered Brush is my absolute favorite brush in the entire kit. This alone is worth the price of the kit. There’s a very popular brush from Sephora’s house brand that this is so similar to but this is even better since it’s more tapered. This is terrific for applying concealer under your eyes. I use it with concealer and corrector and it makes me smile every time I use it. Fabulous brush!

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Flat Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Flat Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Flat Brush has a totally flat top. This is can be used for just about anything on your eyes. I’ve used it to apply all over color and blend mostly. I’ve also used it with cream blush, especially those hard to get into pots, to apply it to my cheeks.

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Angled Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Angled Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Angled Brush is the one I use on my eyes the most. I like it to apply browbone color and for blending. It’s also great to apply a subtle highlighter along my upper cheekbones and above my brows.

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Round Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Round Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Round Brush is a little love! The bristles are softly rounded at the top. The brush is perfect for blending in all those hard to reach places like around your nose and in the inner corner of your eyes. This applies color like it was born for that job. It probably was.

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Flat Angled Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Flat Angled Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Flat Angled Brush is the 5th brush and you’ll find just as much use for this as all the others. This soft angled brush makes quick work of blending and making sure there are no sharp edges. Use this to buff your powder blush and you’ll see it glow.

I’ve got nothing but praise for this set. At $19.95 you need this to complete your brush wardrobe.

LISA has the KABUKI MAKEUP BRUSH KIT

Beauty Junkies Kabuki Makeup Brush Set

Beauty Junkees Kabuki Makeup Brush Set

Beauty Junkies Kabuki Makeup Brush Set

Beauty Junkees Kabuki Makeup Brush Set

While all of Marcia’s brushes are for the eyes, mine are for the face. True to the kabuki name, all of these brushes are thick and compact with very dense bristles. The handles are long with some heft, giving more control than a traditional squat kabuki brush. These brushes are incredibly soft yet have the firmness needed to handle thicker face products, and they can all be used with powder or cream products. I am astounded at the range of finishes I can get – everything from super sheer to complete coverage.  The price is definitely right – only $39.97 for all five brushes plus the awesome brush holder, which is a normally $84.85.

Beauty Junkies Flat Kabuki Brush

Beauty Junkees Flat Kabuki Brush

The Flat Kabuki Brush is an amazing foundation brush and it also is a perfect choice for finishing powders. I’ve tried it with powdered foundation, tinted moisturizer, thick cream foundation…it works with them all and is a terrific stippling brush that creates a natural look.

Beauty Junkies Angled Kabuki Brush

Beauty Junkees Angled Kabuki Brush

The Angled Kabuki Brush is a go-to brush for applying blush, or for highlighting and contour work. This is a beautiful blending brush that is silky soft but it really grabs product, so it’s best to go light and build up intensity.

Beauty Junkies Round Kabuki Brush

Beauty Junkees Round Kabuki Brush

The Round Kabuki is the most like a traditional kabuki brush, although the longer handle makes it easier to maneuver more carefully. I use this brush for blending  and for buffing on mineral foundation powders.

Beauty Junkies Flat Angled Kabuki Brush

Beauty Junkees Flat Angled Kabuki Brush

The Flat Angled Kabuki is awesome for contouring and for bronzer, as well as for using with tinted moisturizers, BB creams and CC creams. I think this is my favorite of the five brushes and I especially love it for contouring. It is extremely versatile and I find myself using it at all different angles for various looks.

Beauty Junkies Tapered Kabuki Brush

Beauty Junkees Tapered Kabuki Brush

The Tapered Kabuki brush is for use under the eyes and around the nose, all those odd areas that are difficult to get to with a traditional shaped brush. It’s especially good for blending out creamy concealers.

Beauty Junkies Brush Holder

Beauty Junkees Brush Holder

I can’t rave enough about how wonderfully soft the synthetic bristles are and the brushes are easy to clean. The brushes are truly fantastic, and I think the biggest surprise for me was just how much I also love the Travel Brush Holder.  It not only holds these wonderful brushes, it also provides covered storage for them.  The snap sides are particularly nice for keeping brushes safe for travel.  The Brush Cup Holder measures 3.5″ DIA X 8.75″ H and is big enough to fit even more brushes – maybe the set Marcia reviewed!

For a limited time, you can buy any 1 Kabuki Brush for $11.97, or get the set of 5 Brushes with a FREE Travel Brush Holder for $39.97 (value $84.85). This offer and these brushes are so good that if you don’t snap up a set, I will be shocked!

We love the high quality, the practicality, and the price for both brush sets.  These brush sets are ones you will want to add to your cosmetics collection!

BEAUTY JUNKEES has a special code for Beauty Info Zone readers for 25% off one purchase through 3/7/16. The code is INFOZONE and can be used on any of their products but we think one of these Kabuki sets is the way to go! Link to the face kabuki set, link to the eye kabuki set. Which will you pick?

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