Looking for Pantone 2016? Here are some favorites from IT Cosmetics, Sally Hansen and Surratt Beauty

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Top Ten Tuesday is sure that you’ve seen the above pictures of the new PANTONE COLORS OF THE YEAR 2016. Two pastels that make me very happy because they are shades that I can easily wear and want to own. I’ve always loved pink and I wear a lot of blue. Rose Quartz and Serenity will be featured in a lot of cosmetics and clothes, especially for spring. But let’s see what you can get right now.pantone makeup wars

Sally Hansen Pantone nail polishes

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Arm Candy and In  Full Blue-m

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Arm Candy and In Full Blue-m

Sally Hansen has some terrific polishes that will be perfect for your Pantone needs. They include

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Sugar Fix, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in In Full Blue-m, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Set Sail

 

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Crème de la Crème, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Arm Candy,  Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Petal Pusher

 

When wearing Sally Hansen I mostly use their Complete Salon Manicure polishes so I was thrilled to receive In Full Blue-m and Arm Candy.  Arm Candy is a sheer light pink that I needed three coats of to make sure that there wasn’t visible nail lines showing, I’d probably do better with 4 coats though since its quite sheer. In Full Blue-m is a grayed blue on me. It was a little beyond a typical pastel and is a great winter blue. With the Complete Salon Manicure polishes I get a long wear with great shine.

Sally Hansen In Full Blue-m and Arm Candy Complete Salon Manicure

Sally Hansen In Full Blue-m and Arm Candy Complete Salon Manicure

IT COSMETICS LIPSTICK AND LIP GLOSSES

IT Cosmetics is a great brand to turn to for a dose of Pantone 2016. There are 3 lip products that being considered this year’s shades: Je Ne Sais Quoi Vitality Lip Flush, Je Ne Sais Quoi Vitality Lip Blush Hydrating Lip Gloss Stain, and New Anchor Blue Vitality Lip Flush Butter Gloss. That may be a mouthful but your mouth won’t care once you are wearing any of these.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Vitality Lip Flush and Hydrating Lip Gloss Stain

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Vitality Lip Flush and Hydrating Lip Gloss Stain

We’ve talked about the Je Ne Sais Quoi line for quite a while. The Vitality Lip Flush is one I’ve used often. It looks almost clear in the tube but your body temperature and chemistry is what’s going to create the color. It’s the mood ring of lipstick. It has amazing hydration and a great shine so it bucks the matte trend (which is good news for me). It contains plum oil, cherry oil, shea butter, argan & jojoba, vitamins C&E, green & white tea and aloe.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi

Je Ne Sais Quoi Vitality Lip Blush Hydrating Lip Gloss Stain has similar qualities and ingredients. It has more shine and even more hydration if that’s possible to believe. There are 9 butters and oils that make up this formula. I found this adorable Your Je Ne Sais Quoi Set at Ulta that contains both the Lipstick and Gloss in an adorable bag for just $28. Total bargain. Total Pantone 2016.

Your Je Ne Sais Quoi set at Ulta

Your Je Ne Sais Quoi set at Ulta

News Anchor Blue Vitality Flush Butter Gloss is the most fun lipgloss ever. No you won’t have blue lips but your teeth will look whiter wearing this gloss. This applies on your lips as a teeny bit light blue but is really clear. It counteracts the yellow you might have on your teeth to make your smile look even brighter. If you are in love with hydrating glosses then IT Cosmetics is what you want on your shopping list.

IT Cosmetics News Anchor Blue

IT Cosmetics News Anchor Blue (outdoors)

IT Cosmetics News Anchor Blue Vitality Lip Flush Butter Gloss

IT Cosmetics News Anchor Blue Vitality Lip Flush Butter Gloss

SURRATT CULTIVE PRISMATIQUE LIPSTICK was one of my treats to myself during the VIB sale. I couldn’t resist this blue lipstick that turns opalescent pink once applied. It’s wonderful to apply over another lipstick to change that up too. I’m a big fan of the Surratt Prismatique lipsticks and just could resist this fun one.

Surratt Cultive swatch

Surratt Cultive swatch

Last is a product I don’t have but I am seriously eyeing,  YOUNGBLOOD GLAMOUR EYES PALETTE. I’ve seen this on a variety of blogs and I love the particular shades of blue in it. I like that they are paired with browns making it easy to wear. Glamour Eyes is the next palette on my list.

Youngblood Glamour Eyes palette

Youngblood Glamour Eyes palette

What’s on your list for this year’s Pantone Colors of the Year? Are you excited about Serenity and Rose Quartz? I know I am and I’m looking forward to seeing what my friends have picked for their choices.  — Marcia


*some products sent for consideration, affiliate links used

Brow and lash love for 2015

Make-up, applying mascara

As I was doing my makeup for New Year’s Eve I realized that the biggest change in my cosmetic life for 2015 was that I absolutely can not go without doing my brows anymore. A combination of age and illness created eyebrows that just didn’t cut it anymore. I went for most of my life not touching my eyebrows with much more than a tweezers. They had a great natural shape and were filled in nicely. That’s not the case any more. That’s why I decided to share the 2015 eyebrow and eyelash products that have made a difference for me.

PIXI BROW POWDER PALETTE  –  Shades of Brows

Pixi Beauty Brow Palette

Pixi Beauty Brow Palette

This is my most used brow product for everyday. My hair isn’t necessarily the same shade from color to color so I appreciate having a choice of shades that I can use straight or mix. Right now I’m dipping twice into the darkest shade and once in the one lighter since my hair is very dark at the moment. I’ll get it colored soon and can reevaluate how I want to use the colors. One of the best buys at $12 I’ve found. *

PIXI ENDLESS BROW GEL PEN

Pixi Endless Brow Gel Pen in Medium

Pixi Endless Brow Gel Pen in Medium

The Endless Brow Gel Pen is another best for me from Pixi. This is not a universally loved product but I like it so much that I bought 3 the last time I ordered from Pixi. It’s not really a pen, it’s a pencil that is gel-like in texture. It’s a heavier look than the brow palette because the gel is thicker. I like wearing this when my brows really need attention.

SENNA COSMETICS BROW SHAPER

Senna Brow Duo in Brunette

Senna Brow Duo in Brunette

I love Senna Cosmetics but I hadn’t tried their eyebrow products before because I just didn’t care about my eyebrows. Now that I have this Brow Shaper with the plumping brow shade and pomade I really appreciate why Eugenia Weston, owner and cosmetic guru, is so well known for eyebrows. These powders really cling to my eyebrow hair and fill in naturally where I’ve lost some hair. Another reason to love Senna. *

IT COSMETICS HEAVENLY LUXE BUILD A BROW BRUSH

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Build A Brow and It Cosmetics Tightlining 10-in-1 Dual Ended brush

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Build A Brow and It Cosmetics Tightlining 10-in-1 Dual Ended brush

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Eyebrow brush

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Eyebrow brush

OMG, this is the best brush ever for eyebrows. It was created for IT’s Build a Brow Creme Gel Stain and it’s great with that but it also shines with every gel or cream brow product I’ve tried. The bristles are staggered so they really get into your brows to deposit color. This is totally unique and totally worth every penny of the $24 price.

BENEFIT ROLLER LASH MASCARA

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Officially named Roller Lash Super Curling and Lifting Mascara, this is one of my favorites of the year. I find Benefit Cosmetics to be hit or miss but after reading the raves for this I caved and I’m glad I did. The curved wand really does help curl your lashes although I always use an eyelash curler. The combo of the eyelash curler and Roller Lash gives me eyelashes that stay curled for a good 12 hours. This was good for me for a solid three months staying easy to wear and easy to remove.

CATRICE LASH MULTIMIZER VOLUME MASCARA

Catrice Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara

Catrice Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara

Catrice Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara wand

Catrice Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara wand

At $7.99 this is 1/3 the price of the Benefit mascara and almost as good. The Multimizer is a volume and definition mascara. While it doesn’t help add curl, it holds it well. The older this gets, the better it gets. Which means a new one is in my future.

BARE MINERALS LASH DOMINATION VOLUMIZING MASCARA

Bare Minerals Lash Domination

Bare Minerals Lash Domination

BareMinerals Lash Domination

BareMinerals Lash Domination

2016 was the year I realized I loved volume mascaras. Before that I always thought I was looking for length and definition but the mascaras I like best this year turned out to be volumizing. Who knew? Besides charming me with the polka dot packaging, Lash Domination * charmed me with the twisty turny brush and lashes that looked great. They call this a 10-in-1 mascara since it Volumizes, Lengthens, Thickens, Separates, Lifts, has All-day wear, is Mineral fortified, Resists clumps, Fights Flakes, and is Smudge-resistant. After reviewing * this, I bought another.

SURRATT BEAUTY RELEVEE LASH CURLER

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler opened

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler opened

I didn’t need another eyelash curler but I wanted this Surratt Beauty one after reading all the raves. Everyone has different shaped eyes and the lash curlers that a lot of people rave about (Shu, ELF etc) pinch me. This Surratt Relevee has been a delight to use. It opens widely, does a great job fitting my eyes and creates a curl that really lasts. If I want to use the method of inching up my lashes I have to use a magnifying mirror so I can see my lashes better.

As usual with a list like this, I’m sure I left out other wonderful products that I discovered in 2015. Even if I did though I know I’m recommending the ones that really have stood out to me. Have you tried any of these? What would you say stood out the most for you this past year?  — Marcia

*items were PR samples, rest were self purchased  **affiliate links used

 

Favorite products to get holiday ready

For Makeup Wars today we are sharing our favorites for holiday beauty. For my post it’s the products I recently used to go out for a special dinner and that I’ll be replicating on Thanksgiving when someone else (hallelujah) is hosting a very elegant dinner. Come along and see what my special items are.

Surratt Eyelash Curler

Surratt Eyelash Curler

During Sephora’s F&F sale I treated myself to a Surratt Beauty Relevee Eyelash Curler ($30). I already own lash curlers and use one daily or my eyes disappear, but the hype on this was so strong that I needed to try the Surratt one. It has its pros and cons but for me it’s mostly a pro.

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler opened

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler opened

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler closed

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler closed

I feel like my lashes are curled better than ever without having any crimps in them. The curl seems to last longer too. The problem with this is that it’s black and my eyelashes are very dark so it’s sort of a game using the lash curler. I can’t see if my eyelashes are in there straight so I just wait til it feels comfortable and squeeze; move it again and squeeze. So far so good.

Wander Beauty Exquisite Eye Liquid Eyeshadow

Wander Beauty Exquisite Eye Liquid Eyeshadow Duo

As an eyeshadow base I used Wander Beauty Exquisite Eye Liquid Eyeshadow in Champagne*.  This is one of the two liquid eyeshadows sold together on QVC ($34). I love both shades and wear them when I want some gorgeous shimmer that won’t wander – ever. On my non-oily lids I don’t need an eyeshadow primer since this does the job.

Wander Beauty Liquid Eyeshadows in Champagne and Bronze

Wander Beauty Liquid Eyeshadows in Champagne and Bronze

Wander Beauty Liquid Eyeshadow in Champagne

Wander Beauty Liquid Eyeshadow in Champagne

Wander Beauty Liquid Eyeshadow in Champagne Bronze

Wander Beauty Liquid Eyeshadow in Champagne Bronze

The swatches are applied heavily but on my eyes it becomes a sheer wash of color. My powder eyeshadows become even more vibrant and long lasting when using these as a base but these cream shadows are great all by themselves too.

Lorac Pro Metal Palette

Lorac Pro Metal Palette

Right now I have a crush on Lorac Pro Metal Palette ($28). I bought this after seeing a review on Beauty Junkies Unite and knew it had to be mine. I love a high shine and these 8 shades do it right. Quartz is very white on me which is why the Wander Beauty base is better for my brow bone. I love Gilded‘s gold on my lid and Graphite‘s golden taupe in my crease. The palette in general though is fabulous with Rose Gold, Onyx (dark charcoal), Amber (copper), Clover (golden khaki), and Cobalt (navy). These shadows are like silk. This is limited edition so if you love these kinds of shadows be sure you check it out.

Youngblood Luminous Crme blush in Taffeta

Youngblood Luminous Creme blush in Taffeta

Youngblood Luminous Creme Blush in Taffeta is my favorite blush ever. I use up just about nothing cosmetic wise but I’m on my second pot of this. It’s a go-to blush for me that I feel is the perfect pink for my skin. I really didn’t think it could get better until Jennifer Bradley The Glow Stick ($28)* came into my life.

Jennifer Bradley The Glow Stick

Jennifer Bradley The Glow Stick

Jennifer Bradley The Glow Stick

Jennifer Bradley The Glow Stick

Jennifer Bradley The Glow Stick

Jennifer Bradley The Glow Stick

The Jennifer Bradley Glow Stick is a light pink cream highlighter that can be used on cheeks, face and eyes. It’s got a luminous quality without a single drop of glitter or shimmer. It feels almost magical when applied. This comes in a plastic tube with a wand ball applicator that makes it easy to apply. It doesn’t migrate on my face. I’ve used it on my browbone, over a blush and on the cupid’s bow of my mouth. While it’s subtle, it gives a twinkle when you move your head certain ways or in some lights. It’s the perfect strobing product for people who want the glow without the fuss. I store mine upside down in a lipstick holder and shake it just before use.

Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick

Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick

Smashbox’s Brow Tech Gloss Stick ($21)* brings a new dimension to my quest for good eyebrows. I follow a blog (If Makeup Could Talk) and she always has the most amazing brow look. I never could figure out how to get my brows to look glossy like hers. I didn’t want anything sticky.

Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick

Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick

Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick - taupe on top, brunette on bottom

Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick – taupe on top, brunette on bottom

Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick is the answer to my question. This wind up brow stick comes in 4 shades. I was sent both Taupe and Brunette. I can use them both but it’s Brunette that really gives me that special look. These are glossy without being over the top. They add a beautiful, non-sticky sheen to my eyebrows while filling them in well. I save these for nights out so that I can feel special when I’m trying to look my best.

Of course there’s more to it than these 6 products but this is gist of my favorite look lately. I feel it’s holiday ready and ups my everyday face to something more special. Each of these are products I can highly recommend.

What are your favorites for holiday party looks? — Marcia


*products were sent for consideration, rest are personal purchases

Top Ten Summer Lips

Top Ten Summer lips

Top Ten Summer lips

Top Ten Tuesday has chosen summer lip products and this was so hard to do. How do I pick out 10 (or in my case 11) lip products out of dozens in my collection? I decided to choose the ones I reach for the most even if a few are really new. My palette of shades consists of nude, pink and peach. Nothing too dark, nothing too bright for me.

Top Ten summer lipsticks

Top Ten summer lipsticks

LIPSTICK CHOICES:

1. URBAN DECAY REVOLUTION LIPSTICK in NATIVE – pale pink

2. URBAN DECAY REVOLUTION LIPSTICK in NAKED – nude pink

3. MARC JACOBS NEW NUDES SHEER LIP GEL in HAVE WE MET? – shimmering warm pink

4. SURRATT BEAUTY LIPSLICK in FEE SOIE – a glistening sugar pink

Urban Decay x2, Marc Jacobs, Surratt Beauty

Urban Decay x2, Marc Jacobs, Surratt Beauty

Urban Decay Native and Naked

Urban Decay Native and Naked

UD Native, UD Naked, Marc Jacobs Have We Met, Surratt Fee Soie

UD Native, UD Naked, Marc Jacobs Have We Met, Surratt Fee Soie

5.  DIOR ADDICT LIPSTICK in CHARMANTE – soft coral

6.  BARE MINERALS MODERN POP MARVELOUS MOXIE LIPSTICK in DREAM BIG* – nude peach

7.  CHARLOTTE TILBURY K.I.S.S.I.N.G. in PENELOPE PINK – pink brown nude

Dior, bareMinerals, Charlotte Tilbury

Dior, bareMinerals, Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink, bareMinerals Dream Big, Dior Addict Charmante

Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink, bareMinerals Dream Big, Dior Addict Charmante

LIPGLOSS CHOICES:

8.  DIOR ADDICT FLUID STICK in KISS ME 389 – bright pink

9.  IT COSMETICS VITALITY BUTTER GLOSS in PRETTY IN PINK* – pink mauve

10. BEAUTY ADDICTS LIP ADDICTION LIP GLOSS in PLAYMATE* – irridescent shade to brighten any lipstick

11.  PIXI BEAUTY LIP LIFT in ICE* -clear lip plumper

Beauty Addicts, Pixi Beauty, IT Cosmetics , Dior Fluid Stick

Beauty Addicts, Pixi Beauty, IT Cosmetics , Dior Fluid Stick

Beauty Addicts Playmate, Pixi Beauty LipLift Ice, IT Cosmetics Pretty in Pink, Dior Fluid Stick Kiss Me

Beauty Addicts Playmate, Pixi Beauty LipLift Ice, IT Cosmetics Pretty in Pink, Dior Fluid Stick Kiss Me

Beauty Addicts Playmate, Pixi Beauty LipLift Ice, IT Cosmetics Pretty in Pink, Dior Fluid Stick Kiss Me

Beauty Addicts Playmate, Pixi Beauty LipLift Ice, IT Cosmetics Pretty in Pink, Dior Fluid Stick Kiss Me

These are the lip choices that will get me through until I’m tempted by more which I surely will be. What lipsticks and glosses are your favorites for summer? Any shades that I “need”? Join the fun by seeing what the other Top Ten bloggers have chosen.  — Marcia

*indicates sent for editorial consideration, rest were purchases