Start November off with some affordable fun: Sally Hansen, Jesse’s Girl, and Good Earth Beauty

affordable buys: Sally Hansen, Good Earth Beauty, Jesse’s Girl

With the holidays bearing down on us we want to save money for gifts but sometimes we need a treat ourselves. Or at least I do. I have 3 brands to suggest as ways to affordably get something for yourself or as future stocking stuffers.

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Sally Hansen is a nail brand that we can all get behind. They have many formulas but my two favorites are Complete and Miracle Gel. Both of these have the most marvelous brush that is so easy to use that even a novice can get great coverage. For fall they’ve come out with some new beauties and I have two to show you.

Sally Hansen World Wide Red and Society Ruler

One of the newest Complete Salon Manicures polishes is Society Ruler. This deep burgundy is so perfect for November that you will want to scoop it up instantly. Complete Salon is an all in one formula that contains keratin. In one handy bottle you’ll have the base coat, strengthening treatment, salon color, the top coat and a chip resistant gel shine finish.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Society Ruler

Sally Hansen World Wide Red and Society Ruler

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is a two step polish that lasts and lasts. Step 1 is the awesome shade that you choose and Step 2 is the gel top coat that seals in the color making it shiny and lasting at least a week to two. A new shade for fall is World Wide Red which isn’t exactly red to me. It’s a bright orange with a red undertone.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in World Wide Red

World Wide Red and Salon Ruler

There are hundreds of shades so the hard part will be picking out how you want to shine, the easy part is a long lasting, easy to apply manicure from Sally Hansen.

JESSE’S GIRL provides us with some excellent affordable products. Two new ones are their Dial-A-Mascara and the latex free blending sponge.

Jesse’s Girl Latex Free Blending Sponge

I don’t know about you but I am addicted to blending sponges. I used to use them until they fell apart but I’ve since learned that they can harbor bacteria so why not have a few on hand that you won’t feel guilty tossing in a few months. Consider it like you would mascara – 3 months of use and then on to the next!

Jesse’s Girl Latex Free Blending Sponge

Jesse’s Girl Latex Free Blending Sponge is extremely affordable at $3.99 and available at Rite Aid stores as well as online. This pretty turquoise sponge is very soft and works well with foundation. But I’ve used it for other things too. I like to blend my blush after applying and this sponge does that dry or wet. Or use the end for your concealer. The word is “bounce” and that’s what you should be doing with a blending sponge. And why not have a bright shade to enhance your vanity area.

Jesse’s Girl Latex Free Blending Sponge

While we’re talking about 3 months let’s talk about the new Jesse’s Girl Dial-a-Lash mascara. This has 4 adjustable control. Leave it on #1 for a natural look that is a subtle way of separating your lashes. Enhance is #2 which amplifies the fullness and increases curl. Step up to #3 for Boost to add volume to your lashes. And, if you dare, take it to #4 for Max Volume which maximizes lash length, thickness, and curl.

Jesse’s Girl DialALash Adjustable Control Mascara (#2)

I found with this mascara that I needed it to age. I opened it and the formula was too wet so I closed it for a week and tried again. Nope too wet. Onto to the next week and it was getting better but it really took a month for it to be dry enough for my particular taste. Don’t give up though even if it takes a month for it to age. It’s just like wine that needs to breath before use. For $7.99 it’s like getting 4 mascaras depending on your mood/needs.

Jesse’s Girl DialALash Adjustable Control Mascara #1

Jesse’s Girl DialALash Adjustable Control Mascara #4

Would it be fall without the smell of pumpkin and/or pumpkin spice? No of course not and Good Earth Beauty All Natural Pumpkin Soap is here to add just a gentle smell to your cleansing needs. I’ve written about other Good Earth Beauty soaps before so you know they are favorites. I like them in my powder room for hand washing but it’s safe for face and body too.

Good Earth Beauty Pumpkin Soap

Ingredients are saponified oils of olive, coconut, palm shea butter and pumpkin seed, pumpkin puree, natural pumpkin fragrance oil. The fragrance is subdued so it doesn’t knock you out and even non-pumpkin lovers will enjoy it. (vegan, organic, cruelty-free)

Good Earth Beauty Pumpkin Soap

Does anything call your name or budget?  –  Marcia

Pamper yourself with this flawless sponge and Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundaton

Sponge? Brush? Fingers? What do you use to apply your foundation? If your answer is a sponge I’ve been sent a great one that you need to check out yourself. Not all sponges are created equal. I’ve tried some really lousy ones that either ended up in the kids toybox or in the garbageman’s box. But PAMPER THERAPY FLAWLESS FINISH SPONGE isn’t going anywhere other than my vanity.

Pamper Flawless Finish Sponge

Pamper Flawless Finish Sponge

If often surprises me when I find people reluctant to try out sponge like this. They are not your mother’s sponge. This new generation of sponges are unique and they keep getting better. What I like most about Pamper is the unusual shape. The flat side of the elliptical sponge is what attracted me to this initially and now that I’m using it, that was a great first impression.

Pamper Flawless Finish Sponge

Pamper Flawless Finish Sponge

You know the drill with a sponge – wet it, squeeze out excess water leaving just a tad of moisture, then pump out your foundation and dab it on your skin. With the Pamper Therapy Flawless Finish Sponge it’s great to rock it back and forth to blend. I’d never done that before and I think it’s a great method for application.

Pamper Flawless Finish Sponge

Pamper Flawless Finish Sponge

Here’s how you can use this latex-free sponge to fully take advantage of its versatility:

ROUNDED SIDE: This is great for covering large area. It blends your foundation with an even finish.

FLAT SIDE: If you want fuller coverage this is the side to use. Put on one coat and rock the sponge. Then top with another coat using this side.

POINTED TIP: This is how you can use the Pamper for concealer since using the tip is best for smaller areas like eyes and nose.

Flawless Finish Sponge from Pamper and Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation

Flawless Finish Sponge from Pamper and Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation

The foundation I first used with the Flawless Finish Sponge by Pamper is Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation. I had received this a while ago but set it aside in error. This was the perfect opportunity to try out the foundation. This lovely foundation is available in 9 shades. While it’s not the biggest range I love that they classify the colors by depth and (w)(c). I was sent the lightest shade, Pebble, which is a cool shade even though it first felt a little yellow when swatching it.

Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation shades

Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation shades

Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation is called Deep Sea Hydrating Complex. It infuses the hydrating complex and reduced salt deep-sea water, which is rich in ocean minerals and nutrients, into the formula. It’s a very hydrating foundation which will be better for me in the cooler months. Using the dampened Pamper sponge gives me a sheer application for summer.

Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation

Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation

The interesting thing about this is that I notice a fragrance when it’s on my hand but when I apply it, it’s gone in a minute. Look at these ingredients and what they do for you!

  • Rich in Minerals & Nutrients – Beautiful, radiant, well hydrated appearance
  • Calendula Extract – Healing and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Allantoin Extract – Promotes growth of healthy skin cells
  • Cucumber Extract – Imparts a cooling and soothing action
  • Green Tea Extract – Anti-aging ingredient to protect skin from free radical damage
  • Cactus Grandiflorus Extract – A healing agent to help retain moisture on the surface of the skin
    Youngblood Pebble

    Youngblood Pebble

    Youngblood Pebble

    Youngblood Pebble

    • Rich in Ocean Minerals & Nutrients – No Mineral Oil-  Superior Hydrating
    • Radiant, Healthy Look – Lightweight, Silky, Liquid Minerals
    • Perfect for Normal to Dry Skin

Two great products to add to your fall shopping list. PAMPER THERAPY is available on Amazon for only $10 which is half the price of the other pink sponge while YOUNGBLOOD is found on their website for $49 and on LovelySkin.com for 25% off right now. This is my kind of back to school list. —  Marcia

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Bouncing my way to beauty with Beauty Junkees

I’ve been a devoted bouncer ever since the first pink makeup sponge became available. At the time I was the editor of a beauty forum and we’d talk at length about this sponge and wonder who would spend $20 on a sponge. I wasn’t the first to take the plunge but I was the second and it converted me to a believer. I bounce my foundation on for a perfectly smooth and blended application.

I no longer have to spend $20 for one sponge though because Beauty Junkees Pro Makeup Blending Sponge set was sent my way and I’m in bouncing heaven. Beauty Junkees sponge set gives me 4 uniquely shaped sponges to use for … hold onto your seat … $14.97. I was amazed by the price but what amazes me more is the quality of these sponges.

Beauty Junkees Pro Makeup Blending Sponge Set

Beauty Junkees Pro Makeup Blending Sponge Set

There are 4 sponges so there’s even enough for the person that “borrows” your beauty items (and doesn’t return). But you might just fight for the right to use them all.

Starting with the basics, this is the best way to use these blending sponges:

  1. Get the sponge wet by holding it under water while softly squeezing the sponge so it absorbs the water. You’ll notice that it doubles in size and becomes soft.
  2. Now gently squeeze out the excess water since you don’t want this drenched. It’s recommended to dry it with a soft towel too so that the sponge feels damp.
  3. It’s application time – apply the product onto the dampened sponge and bounce, aka stipple, the product onto your skin. Do NOT rub back and forth or you take away to specialness of using the sponge.
  4. There are so many products you can use with a sponge so having a variety is an ace in the hole. Try skincare, concealers, blush, and foundation.

Let’s start with the Pink Teardrop since that’s the standard one that everyone wants. To me this is the perfect sponge. I use the bottom for foundation on my entire face. The curve allows it to blend well along my jawline while the point is great for the area around my nose and eyes.

Beauty Junkees Pink Teardrop

Beauty Junkees Pink Teardrop

The Purple Pear can be used for all of the above areas but because it has an ergonomically designed shape it helps with grip. It’s great for the wider areas of your face.

Beauty Junkees Purple Pear

Beauty Junkees Purple Pear

The Green Oval is the slimmest one and helps with more exact application. I like to blend cream blush with it since I can erase errors when I go too wide and I can blend the edges so that there’s no harsh lines.

Beauty Junkees Green Oval

Beauty Junkees Green Oval

The Blue Sculptor is the most versatile of the 4 brushes and the one I like to use dry at times. The flat bottom works well to dip into a loose transparent powder and bounce on my skin. It doesn’t pick up too much powder and once I’m done I can go over it to soften the look even more.  It’s also a great one for applying moisturizers, SPF, neck creams, and night creams.

Beauty Junkees Blue Sculptor

Beauty Junkees Blue Sculptor

When I was reading the directions I learned how to clean these the best way. I never thought to do this but it works and you can do this with brushes too. Use olive oil along with soap and water. The rationale is that oil will clean oil. The first time I did this I was amazed at how clean my sponge came out. Use warm water to moisten the sponge, use a dime size amount of olive oil along with a gentle soap. Massage the sponge under running water until there’s no makeup residue coming out. Then squeeze out the excess water and let it air dry. I love this method.

4 sponges, 4 + uses and 4 beautifully bright colors can now make up your sponge wardrobe from now on. Beauty Junkees is sold on Amazon with free shipping if you have Prime or have the minimum Amazon order to receive free shipping. At $14.97 currently it’s a total steal ($3.74 per sponge!). The quality is excellent and the uses many.

Are you a bouncer? Beauty Junkees can make you one!! — Marcia

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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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Rush to Relax with February’s Boxycharm

Boxycharm for February 2016

Boxycharm for February 2016

The subscription that I most look forward to each month is BOXYCHARM. There’s something refreshing about Boxycharm since the brands they share are more unique than other boxes plus there’s almost always 5-6 full size products in it for just $21 a month. Since I love to have giveaways on Beauty Info Zone, nothing ever goes to waste. For February they charmed me with a heart shaped product as well as 3 other full size items and 2 deluxe minis. According to my calculations this box is worth $134 so my money was spent wisely.

Rush to Relax is the theme “From Stilettos to slippers, get ready to work hard and rest easy!”. Let’s see if there’s a bit of rushing and relaxing here.

Spongelle You Have My Heart on a String

Spongelle You Have My Heart on a String

February is the heart month and I adore anything with hearts so this instantly brought a big smile to my face. Spongelle You Have My Heart on a String ($15) is a a body wash that is infused with hydrating olive oil and a blend of energizing and toning extracts. The fragrance is peony which Songelle says is both subtle yet energetic.

Spongelle You Have My Heart on a String

Spongelle You Have My Heart on a String

It’s two sided with the red soft side to be used for cleansing and toning while the white texturized side is for exfoliating and stimulating circulation. You should be able to get 14 uses out of this. I have a suction cup with two mini clips in my shower so with the rope this can be hung up so it won’t get ruined. RELAX in your shower or RUSH through it with this moisturizing wash.

Shray Ms. Amazing Facial Mask

Shray Ms. Amazing Facial Mask

Shray full face

Shray full face

Shray Ms. Amazing Facial Mask was made especially for Boxycharm so it’s a limited edition mask ($12 but their masks on their website are $10). This is a full face mask that is made to be ultra hydrating. Shray masks are 25% off until 3.15 with the code Boxycharm25% off. While I haven’t used this one yet it appears to be like a lot of masks I use and always like. This is a RELAXING 10 minute mask.

OFRA Cosmetics Banana Powder

OFRA Cosmetics Banana Powder

OFRA COSMETICS BANANA POWDER GODET ($12) is a new product for OFRA. This is the full size but in palette form. This is definitely in the RUSH category since this is an all-in-one powder. You can use it on your eyes as a light matte shade to brighten them. You can use this under your eyes to help conceal dark circles. And you can use this as a setting of finishing powder.

Realtree Travel Sprayer

Realtree Travel Sprayer

Realtree Eau de Parfum Travel Sprayer is 10 mL in a spray which is much easier to use than a sample vial. This is sold for $12.99 on the Realtree website. “Real Tree for Her opens up with the sweet taste of pomegranate, a hint of persimmon and an exotic scent of orchids. It blends with lotus blossom and champaca flower and it’s followed by the rich scent of amber, the transient scent of violets and the depth of mahogany wood.”

Freeze 24/7 Anti-Aging Eye Serum

Freeze 24/7 Anti-Aging Eye Serum

Freeze 24/7 Anti-Aging Eye Serum is the sample size of the box. The value of this is $58 since the full size is $115. I’ve got this in my travel bag for the trip I’m on as you read this and I hope to report back to you that it’s worth that amount. The eye serum is said to work on fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness. Put it on and let it sit for 3 minutes before apply anything over it. I guess I’ll call this a RELAX but I’d still use it if I was in a RUSH.

Beauty for Real Blush + Glo in Coral Crush

Beauty for Real Blush + Glo in Coral Crush

I saved my favorite for last!! Beauty for Real Blush + Glo in Coral Crush ($24) is the winner of the box. As a huge fan of cream blushes this one is a winner. Not only is the Coral Crush side soft and pretty and peachy on me but the Hi-Beam highlighter end is subtle enough to give a radiant glow without sparkle. This is a cream to powder formula so it dries down.

Beauty for Real Blush + Glo in Coral Crush swatched

Beauty for Real Blush + Glo in Coral Crush swatched

To top it off Beauty for Real provided anti-aging benefits to this. “Featuring our patented ingredient, Luminera with a diamond core complex. As the transparent particles come into contact with the skin, the diamond core complex transforms invisible UV light and works to dramatically diminish the expression of wrinkles, discolorations, and imperfections. Vitamin E and grape-seed extracts provide anti-aging benefits and antioxidant protection. Pomegranate extracts along with organic minerals contribute to this standout formula to maintain its consistency in all climates and exceptionally long wear.” I don’t know whether this is RUSH or RELAX but I do know it’s pretty.

What do you think of BOXYCHARM? Are you as charmed by it as I am? Which items would you be most thrilled to see if you had this subscription?  — Marcia

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