IPSY Glam Bag March review and giveaway

IPSY Glam bag for March 2016

IPSY Glam bag for March 2016

My loss is your gain. I received my March IPSY Glam Bag and excitingly opened it only to find that it’s not my personal taste at all. The items are great and well worth the $10 I pay for my IPSY subscription but they don’t say Marcia. Therefore the bag and all its sealed products are being given away to one US subscriber.

What’s great about this month’s bag is that 4 of the 5 items are full size and the 5th is a very deluxe size. No complaints about that at all. What doesn’t work for me though are the colors they sent. I’m a very pale, cool toned woman and just can’t do these shades.

IPSY Glam Bag 3/16

IPSY Glam Bag 3/16

Let’s start with lips and NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick. The internet is filled with raves about these lipsticks. The one I received is a red, LSCL11. Unfortunately I don’t wear red lipstick so it just doesn’t suit me. But I’m sure this is going to be a big draw for this giveaway. ($6.99)

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick

Moving on we’ll go to eyes and Skone Insanely Intense Tattoo Liquid Eyeliner. This is something I’d use for sure if I hadn’t decided to gift this. It’s black though and I have a dozen black liners. (Full size, $15)

Skone Insanely Intense Tattoo Liquid Eyeliner

Skone Insanely Intense Tattoo Liquid Eyeliner

Your cheeks would probably love the Mellow bronzer. It’s not too dark and it doesn’t look orange. The pattern is pretty too. It’s not a shade that will enhance my complexion though. ($10, shade made for IPSY)

mellow bronzer

Mellow bronzer

Now we’ve got hands and the deluxe sample size of Organic Surge Comforting Hand & Nail Cream. I’m always look for this kind of product but the scent is Lavender Meadow. My nose and migraines won’t do good with this fragrance. (deluxe sample, $4.50)

Organic Surge Comforting Hand & Nail Cream.

Organic Surge Comforting Hand & Nail Cream.

Last is a great Margaret Dabbs London two sided nail buffer. I understand that it’s great for nails to file and/or buff. (from the UK, 7 pounds).

Margaret Dabbs London two sided nail buffer

Margaret Dabbs London two sided nail buffer

So there you have it – a cute silky orange and green cosmetic bag with these 5 items within. Do you want to win this?? If so use the Rafflecopter to enter. The giveaway is open through March 28th for US only. If comments close, email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it IPSY to make your comment and continue. — Marcia
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*purchased by me, affliate link if you decide to join IPSY

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

If you aren’t a subscriber yet and wish to be please use my affiliate link which would help me earn products from Boxycharm. Thank you.

Color Me Monthly Janus for January’s polish of the month

Color Me Monthly Janus

Color Me Monthly Janus

What color do you think of when you think January? Some months are just so easy – February is pink and especially red; March is green and the more emerald the better, April brings us pastels that would be Easter Egg perfect, October is orange of course. But what about January? Maybe navy because of the darkness of it would fit. But charcoal? Who would think of charcoal other than the wonderful women who own Color Me Monthly.

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Color Me Monthly Janus

Color Me Monthly Janus

If you don’t know about Color Me Monthly it’s time you did. This is a one polish a month subscription ($7) made by two sisters that is  Non-toxic & Carcinogen-free, Never tested on animal, Vegan, Eco-friendly, Made in the USA, Shipped FREE!

Each month they pick a color they think represents the month. And yes, they did choose charcoal. A charcoal gray jelly. This was chosen in honor of Janus, the god of beginnings, transitions, and door. He looks to both the past and the future so January is his month.

Color Me Monthly January 2016

Color Me Monthly January 2016

Color Me Monthly January 2016

Color Me Monthly January 2016

While you won’t be able to purchase this polish until it hits the VAULT soon ($9) you can be smart and order a subscription for yourself or someone else as a last minute Valentine’s Day gift.

Color Me Monthly polishes last a full week on me without any chipping or fading. While I can’t wear every month’s polish I certainly can wear most of them, especially their beautiful creams and jellys.

Color Me Monthly Janus, January 2016

Color Me Monthly Janus, January 2016

Let me leave you with their monthly haiku but remind you that these are polishes you’d be pleased to own.  — Marcia

the new beginning

boundless possibilities

here’s to memories

JANUS

 

*sample

Boxycharm for January 2016 is all about eyes

Boxycharm January EYES ON 2016

Boxycharm January EYES ON 2016

BOXYCHARM couldn’t have picked a better theme than EYES ON 2016 in my opinion. I’m all about the eyes, I could even write a song about it – but then you’d get tired of me! There are several things I like about my subscription to Boxycharm

* It’s $21 a month complete

* They only put in full size products

* There are usually 4 or 5 products per box

* You get a great value for the money. This month’s box adds up to $109 (MSRP) which isn’t too shabby!boxycharm jan insideWell now, what do we have here? I spy 4 full size pieces that are all about eyes!

BLINC MASCARA AMPLIFIED

Blinc Mascara Amplified

Blinc Mascara Amplified

If you haven’t tried Blinc Mascara before the first thing you need to know is that it’s a tube mascara. Actually it was the first tube mascara I ever tried and I loved it. Over the years I haven’t had an opportunity to use this again so that makes this a pleasure to find in my Boxycharm. Even better is that this is the new improved version. With Amplified you have the capability of applying as many coats as you want (that wasn’t possible with the original). When you remove this mascara, with water by the way, you’ll find little spider legs on your face. It doesn’t remove like a typical mascara, the tubes slide off without taking lashes with it. I haven’t opened this since I have too many mascaras in use but I am anxious to use it and see if it’s as good as I remember. ($26)

STARLOOKS LUXE LONGWEAR EYE LINER PEN

Starlook Luxe Longwear Eye Liner Pen

Starlook Luxe Longwear Eye Liner Pen

Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eye Liner Pen (starlooks.com)

Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eye Liner Pen (starlooks.com)

I admit that I complain about boxes containing black eyeliners but I’m going to make an exception for this black LIQUID eyeliner pen. I do love liquid liners especially when they are in pen form with a sturdy pointy tip. I prefer a thin liner but sometimes you just need a little more oomph and this should provide that. According to the directions you can smudge it too when you first apply. ($19)

ROYAL & LANGNICKEL [R]EVOLUTION BRUSH SET

Royal & Langnickel [R}evolution Boxy Charm Eye Set

Royal & Langnickel [R}evolution Boxy Charm Eye Set

Royal & Langnickel [R}evolution Boxy Charm Eye Set

Royal & Langnickel [R}evolution Boxy Charm Eye Set (top BX-85, BX-95, BX-90)

This set was put together for Boxycharm but the brushes are sold individually. When I’ve been to IMATS it has always amazed me to see the lines at the Royal & Langnickel tables. These well made yet inexpensive brushes are hits there. Any of the big makeup shows sell these at great prices. The value of the set according to Boyxycharm is $24 but the brushes are often on sale. The [R]evolution brushes are 100% Vegan yet they feel like natural hair. In this set is the BX-80 DETAIL, BX-90 CREASE, and BX-95 DETAIL SMUDGER. These are 3 essential brushes for me and it’s a nice addition to find in this month’s box.

COASTAL SCENTS REVEALED SMOKY EYESHADOW PALETTE

Coastal Scents Revealed Smoky Palette

Coastal Scents Revealed Smoky Palette

Coastal Scents Revealed Smoky Palette box

Coastal Scents Revealed Smoky Palette box

Of course there had to be eyeshadows – what would EYES ON 2016 be without a palette? Coastal Scents Revealed Smoky Palette is a 20 shade palette with all the shades you need to have a smoky eye. There are medium to dark shades with just a few light ones. The palette contains mostly matte, satin and lightly shimmery shades with a few glittery ones thrown in to up the wow factor.

Coastal Scents Revealed Smoky Palette

Coastal Scents Revealed Smoky Palette

There are 4 Revealed palettes from Coastal Scents. I have one from Boxycharm, used another from Boxycharm in a giveaway, and now here’s my third one. They list the value as $39.95 but it’s actually always on sale for $19.95. This is a semi-dupe of all the expensive Smoky palettes like Urban Decay’s. I can see myself getting a lot of use from this by just adding in a few lighter shades from my collection.

Boxycharm Eyes on 2016

Boxycharm Eyes on 2016

BOXYCHARM for January is a delight and it makes me look forward to February since that’s Valentine’s Day. I hope I see pink and red next month. If you’ve been charmed by this month’s box and decide to join in on the fun I do hope you’ll use my affiliate link to give me points toward a freebie. Anything in this month’s box that would thrill you?  — Marcia

*affiliate links

#BOXYCHARM      #BOXYeyes

Some holiday Pop Fizz and Clink with December’s Boxycharm

Boxycharm for December 2015

Boxycharm for December 2015

The December Boxycharm subscription stands out to me mainly because I can smell it when I open the package. Happily it’s a delicious fragrance from a product I know I’ll enjoy. Boxycharm is a $21 subscription that comes monthly although you can stop anytime you want. I’ve been getting it since this summer and I’ve enjoyed this subscription a lot – it’s always loaded with full size items and worth a lot more than the $21 it costs me.

just a peak

just a peak

NelsonJ Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask ($23) is a brand I’ve tried but not in the coconut scent that is creating the delicious fragrance in my box. This hair mask is made of 100% Argan Oil and helps moisturize hair. What’s interesting about this is that it’s a PRE-WASH. Apply it for a minute for regular conditioning or wait 5 minutes for a deeper repair before you shampoo. The next step is to leave it in (don’t rinse) and then shampoo and condition hair as usual.

NelsonJ Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask

NelsonJ Argan Oil 7 Moisture Healing Mask

NCLA SO RICH CUTICLE OIL ($18) helps to revitalize and hydrate cuticles and nails. It contains Vitamin E extract paired with sunflower seed oil. The packaging is great with the dropper. Don’t take too much out though since for me one drop does the job although my cuticles behave normally.

NCLA SO RICH CUTICLE OIL

NCLA SO RICH CUTICLE OIL

TATCHA Aburatorigami Beauty Papers ($12) are wonderful for all skin types. I just get a little oily in my t-zone lately but I love using these luxury blotting papers to refresh my makeup. If you have oily skin they are even better! These are soft and whisper thin. They’re made of 100% natural abaca leaf and gold flake to absorb excess oil without disturbing your makeup.

TATCHA Aburatorigami Beauty Papers

TATCHA Aburatorigami Beauty Papers

Jelly Pong Pong All Over Glow ($15.95) is an oil free lightweight luminizing gel. I haven’t used it yet because I want to find out from others if it has a fragrance to it. It contains micronized pearlescent pigments and jasmine extract to highlight your face for a radiant complexion. (The black you see is from the crinkled paper in the box, it clings to shiny wrapping)

Jelly Pong Pong All Over Glow

Jelly Pong Pong All Over Glow

OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Americano ($19.90) I believe there were 3 shades sent out. When I saw the spoiler I knew that this would end up in a giveaway for two reasons. First Ofra lip products are more fragranced that I like but the main reason is that this brown red just isn’t my color. Therefore it’s not swatched or opened. What Ofra says about this Liquid Lipstick is that it’s non-feathering, creamy and soft in texture, and that it moisturizes lips.

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

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

BELLAPIERRE Waterproof Gel Lip Liner in Cinnamon ($17.99) is the perfect liner for the OFRA lipstick. These two were a great combination for Boxycharm this month. If you were these shades you’ll be in heaven. A gel liner (eyes or lips) is a great liner since they glide on. This too will be in a giveaway since they are like a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup and belong together.

The value of this month’s Boxycharm is $107. Even if I give away the two lip products I still have $69 worth I’ll love using. And a happy Beauty Info Zone winner. So it’s win win all around!

Boxycharm for December 2015

Boxycharm for December 2015

What do you think of this month’s subscription? Is it worth $21 to you? — Marcia

*I’ve included my referral link which would get me “charms” to purchase products from the Boxycharm store. If you decide to subscribe, or send a last minute gift to someone, I’d love if you used my link. Thanks

On the 2nd day of Christmas, Beauty Info Zone’s giveaway is for Boxycharm November

two turtle doves

BOXYCHARM has a charm about it that’s hard to beat. A month’s subscription is $21 and you are guaranteed to get 5 full size products. While I spent $21 to receive this, the box contains products worth $123. Where can you get 6 times the value of what you’ve spent except at Boxycharm?? Well you could get it by winning the November box right here for the 2nd day of our giveaways.

November Boxycharm subsciption items

November Boxycharm subsciption items

Let’s start with cosmetics since that’s what I subscribe to get. There are 3 items that make me “think pink”. First is the Manna Kadar Liplocked Priming Gloss Stain ($24) which has only been opened for photographs and not swatched at all. Manna Kadar calls this the latest innovation in lip stains. It contains Vitamins A & E plus Berry Extracts. It’s considered to be a lip primer and lip stain all in one. The color, All of Me, is really pretty and seems universal to me.

Manna Kadar Liplocked Priming Gloss Stain in All of Me

Manna Kadar Liplocked Priming Gloss Stain in All of Me

StudioMakeup Soft Blend Blush in Wildflower ($17) is a soft neutral that appears to be a warm pink. StudioMakeup describes this as having a silky smooth texture and being highly pigmented. It could also be used as a contour depending on your skintone.

StudioMakeup Soft Blend Blush in Sahara

StudioMakeup Soft Blend Blush in Sahara

StudioMakeup Soft Blend Blush in Sahara

StudioMakeup Soft Blend Blush in Sahara

Last of the pinks is the Luxie Rose Gold Concealer Eye Brush 211 ($12). This is a vegan makeup brush that’s coated with anti-bacterial solution. While it’s considered a concealer brush, it can easily be used an eyeshadow brush especially if you like to pat your shadows on rather than sweep them on.

Luxie Rose Gold Concealer Eye Brush 211, Studiomakeup blush, Manna Kadar Priming Gloss Stain

Luxie Rose Gold Concealer Eye Brush 211, Studiomakeup blush, Manna Kadar Priming Gloss Stain

Coolway Leave-In Treatment

Coolway Leave-In Treatment

Coolway Leave-In Treatment ($14.95) is 60 ml/2 oz. It doesn’t look full size but it it is. This is to be used on either dry or damp hair to condition and add moisture to your locks. It is said to help with split ends (or the appearance of split ends actually). Leave-In Treatment is a healing potion based on our patented formulation, that reduces frizz, moisturizes and repairs damage, as well as prevents split ends.”

Pur-lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum

Pur-lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum

The piece de resistance is the Pur-lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum ($65). It was hard for me to decide to include this in the giveaway actually. This contains active ingredients like soy protein and French marine plants to help prevent aging. It’s meant to work against wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness while also hydrating and lifting. Those are powerful words. I think this eye serum is the star of the show.

GIVEAWAY:  This is open to internationally except that I’d have to leave out the Coolway and substitute it with something else since liquids can’t be sent. You’d still get the rest of the products though. As usual you must subscribe to Beauty Info Zone (and not just to enter the contest and then unsubscribe). The giveaway is open through December 9, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close please email me beautyinfozone@gmail.com with the title Boxycharm and leave your comment so you can continue.

I purchase Boxycharm subscriptions myself and have used my affliate link in case you want to get in on the fun and bargain of this great subscription. Thank you. — Marcia

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Color Me Monthly polish review and Black Friday special

color me monthly black friday

You’ve seen me write about Color Me Monthly many times. It’s one of my favorite nail polish companies for many reasons. Since it’s a subscription service you never quite know what color will show up in your mailbox but that’s a lot of the fun of it.

Color Me Monthly doesn’t have many sales but for Black Friday through Cyber Monday (11/27-11/30) they have 20% off everything they sell.

“Color Me Monthly is a fun and simple subscription service that delivers gorgeous toxin-free and cruelty-free nail polish to your door each month. CMM’s mission is to provide environmentally responsible products with the focus on delivering quality ingredients rather than flashy marketing. Our eco-friendly nail polish is made in the USA, never tested on animals, and shipped FREE. After all, nail color should be safe, affordable, and fun!”
Subscriptions cost $75 for a year and $40 for 6 months or you can buy it monthly for $7 each with free shipping. At 20% off with the code BLACKFRIDAY15 it’s a deal that can’t be missed. You could spoil yourself or a giftee 12 months a year for only $60. I’d be your friend forever if you wanted to spoil me that way!
Color Me Monthly polishes

Color Me Monthly polishes

Let’s look at some of Color Me Monthly’s latest shades that were sent to us. These are currently in the Vault for $9 each (but you’ll get 20% off).
Color Me Monthlly Incantation

Color Me Monthlly Incantation

Color Me Monthly Incantation

Color Me Monthly Incantation

Incantation was the October color and it’s stunning. This is an inky dark purple with subtle gold shimmer within. The finish is very glossy. I can’t find my pictures of this when I was wearing it and I feel terrible for that but trust me it’s a beautiful winter shade and not just for October.

Color Me Monthly Nature's Splendor

Color Me Monthly Nature’s Splendor

Color Me Monthly Natures Splendor

Color Me Monthly Nature’s Splendor

Color Me Monthly - Incantation, Nature's Splender, Roasted Chestnuts

Color Me Monthly – Incantation, Nature’s Splender, Roasted Chestnuts

Nature’s Splendor is the November shade of the month and oh so fitting. It’s a burnt orange with gold shimmer and a glossy finish. It’s everything that you think of when you think fall.

Color Me Monthly Daily Grind

Color Me Monthly Daily Grind

Daily Grind was the September shade that Lisa absolutely loved. It’s a perfect office ready polish and especially great for those of you that like a cream finish and no glitz. Lisa’s review is here.

Color Me Monthly Americana

Color Me Monthly Americana

Color Me Monthly Americana in my car

Color Me Monthly Americana in my car

Americana is one of my favorites. It’s a brick red cream that’s not too dark. It reminded me of Old Glory.

July selection from Color Me Monthly: South Pacific

July selection from Color Me Monthly: South Pacific

Color Me Monthly South Pacific

Color Me Monthly South Pacific

South Pacific is my favorite teal polish. It’s an Ocean Blue with Colorful Micro-Glitter. This wore like a dream and was easy to remove like all Color Me Monthly polishes are.

Color Me Monthly January 2014 - Seven Sisters

Color Me Monthly January 2014 – Seven Sisters

Seven Sisters

Seven Sisters

One last one (it’s hard to choose!) is Seven Sisters. I adore this dark starry night blue with micro shimmer. It definitely is one of my top 3 from Color Me Monthly.

While you have the chance, take advantage of this once a year sale using the code BLACKFRIDAY15. This is available through 11/30/15. — Marcia

*polishes sent for consideration