What are your favorite blushes for spring?

It’s blush time for Top Ten Tuesday. There are so many amazing blushes from low end to extremely high end. It’s easy to covet blush we don’t have but it’s a little disconcerting to open a drawer and find it crammed with blush. Does that stop me? No but I’m getting better. Here are 7 of my favorite blushes that I’ll be wearing this spring and 3 that are on a wishlist. What are your favorites? — Marcia
1425854102_rapture-resizeRITUEL DE FILLE in RAPTURE is the first of my wishlist blush. My blog partner had the opportunity to review this beautiful cream blush ($24) and it is so up my alley. I love this gorgeous pink and I love cream blush. Gloss48 picked a winner!

Rituel de Fille Rapture Blush

Rituel de Fille Rapture Blush

1425853994_0607845055037NARS ADORATION DUAL INTENSITY BLUSH ($45) has been on my wishlist since they were first announced. I love the sparkling baby pink and shimmering hot pink. Of all Nars’ blushes I know this is the one that would get the most use.
1425853888_62d56e5f-ce6e-4e12-9b1f-a87bf8e9c73a_90120.pngPAULA’S CHOICE BLUSH IT ON CONTOUR PALETTE seems to have it all. 4 blush shades, 1 bronzer and 1 highlighter. At $36 the price is right.The blush shades are Delicate Coral (vibrant peach), Peony (light to medium muted pink), Dusty Rose (medium pink with a hint of coral), and Soft Mauve (rich, medium berry-pink). The highlighter is Pearl and has a luminescent quality while the Bronzer is a warm brown. This is probably the next item I’d buy.

1425853814_head-over-heels-compact_2MAKEUP GEEK HEAD OVER HEELS powder blush ($9.99 pan, $12.99 compact). I have a few of the Makeup Geek blushes and they are packed with pigment. Head over Heels is the lightest of them all, it’s a soft bubblegum pink with a little shimmer. Great price and quality.
1425853732_2275337__detail_?1425853732L’OREAL VISIBLE LIFT BLUR BLUSH ($12.99) is available in 3 shades though I found it nearly impossible to locate in stores. Luckily Meijers had this in Soft Peach along with a $2 coupon so I scooped it up. The texture is very silicone like so it may not work for some people but I’m enjoying it. It uses an opti-blur technology and contains anti-aging benefits. I’m happy that it’s not fragranced. Soft Peach is a pinky peach and a lovely spring shade.

1425853644_chateau-cheeks-cream-blush-flirt-opencpt-.08oz-72dpiPUR MINERALS CHATEAU CHEEK CREAM BLUSH in FLIRT ($18) has stolen my heart. This cool pink that leans toward the blue side of the spectrum wears wonderfully, glides on, and dries down to a perfect finish. I love the blush in Coy too but Flirt is spring in a compact.
1425853584_secret-admirer_2MAKEUP GEEK BLUSH IN SECRET ADMIRER is the perfect spring blush. It’s a matte orchid that is packed with pigment. I keep a powder puff nearby since it can be intense but that intensity means it’s going to last all day. If I had to pick one MUG blush Secret Admirer would be the one.
1425853513_2268213__detail_?1425853513TARTE CHEEK STAIN in Blushing Bride ($24) is another pink favorite. The tarte cheek stains are unique in many ways and all the colors are gorgeous but it’s Blushing Bride that I’m currently craving for warmer weather.

Tarte Blushing Bride

Tarte Blushing Bride

1425853435_2264082__detail_?1425853435IT COSMETICS VITALITY BLUSH STAIN in Radiant in Rose ($24) is probably the most long lasting of any blush. It’s true to its name as a blush stain. It’s loaded with anti-aging ingredients and anti-oxidants. I love everything from IT Cosmetics and this blush stain is an example why. (Available at Ulta)
1425853344_tarina-tarantino-parasol-openTARINA TARANTINO DOLLSKIN BLUSH in PARASOL ($25) shouldn’t be a surprise to Beauty Info Zone readers. I chose it as my favorite blush of 2014 and it continues into 2015. I love this pinky peach shade more than any blush in my collection.

Click on the icons below to find out what products are making our bloggers blush this spring.


*some products have been provided for review, those are noted in the original review

Tarina Tarantino sale and giveaway! Win a Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette and Sparklicity Shimmer Dust

Enter to win a Tarina Tarantino Dollhouse Cheek Blush Palette and Sparklecity Shimmer Dust!

Enter to win a Tarina Tarantino Dollhouse Cheek Blush Palette and Sparklecity Shimmer Dust!

Lucky you, Tarina Tarantino is on sale at Hautelook as of 8 a.m. this morning. Even luckier, we have an awesome TT giveaway in celebration of the sale! Beauty Info Zone and Tarina Tarantino are giving away two of our favorite TT products: Dollhouse Cheek Blush Palette and Sparklicity Shimmer Dust.

Marcia recently named the Dollhouse Cheek Blush Palette as her favorite blush of 2014.  You can read her full review HERE.

Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette

Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE

Marcia says, “DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE contains 4 of the 5 blush shades that Tarina Tarantino makes. It’s perfect for on the go because you have every shade you’d need, especially on a trip.  This formula has micronized powders (also known as “HD” or “High Definition”) which blend over skin evenly and allow for build up.”

Her favorite shade in the palette? Parasol, the perfect pinky/coral blush.

I wrote about Sparklicity Shimmer Dust about a year and a half ago. I love this shimmery highlighting spray-on powder and its gorgeous vintage bottle.

Tarina Tarantino Sparklecity Shimmer Dust

Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Shimmer Dust

Just the right amount of sparkle!

Just the right amount of sparkle!

Sparklicity Shimmer Dust is a micro-crystalline sparkle pigment that is safe for anywhere on the body, including face and hair. There are three different opalescent shades available:  Bronze (shimmering bronze), Aurora Borealis (iridescent shimmering pink),and Gold (shimmering gold).  I have the Gold shade and every so often my daughters and I shimmer up then go out for a girl’s day.

As of 8 a.m. this morning, these two products and lots more awesome Tarina Tarantino goodies are on sale at Hautelook.  It really is an awesome opportunity to stock up on old favorite or find some new ones.

Now enter the giveaway which is open to US only through 2/9/15, then go check out the fabulous Tarina Tarantino sale going on at Hautelook!  – Lisa
*products reviewed and giveaway prizes from Tarina Tarantino

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Makeup Wars – favorite blush of 2014

Tarina Tarantino Parasol blush

Tarina Tarantino Parasol blush

When Makeup Wars decided to make our first post of 2015 a favorite blush it took me absolutely no time to know what I’d choose. Tarina Tanantino Dollskin Parasol blush instantly came to mind. I reach for this all the time. And I love it so much that when Hautelook carried Tarina Tarantino I had to buy their Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette.

Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette

Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette

PARASOL is a perfect shade for me. I can wear it with everything but the coolest tones of eyeshadow or lipstick. Therefore I wear it often. PARASOL is described as “shimmering bright pink coral”. It’s got pink, it’s got coral, it has it all.

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Blush in Parasol

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Blush in Parasol

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Blush in Parasol

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Blush in Parasol

This totally livens up my skin making me feel like I look healthy once again. It’s VERY pigmented so you need to use the lightest touch. Use a soft brush and a light touch since you can always add more – but you won’t need to. This is heaven for me. It’s smooth and long lasting and the color is true gorgeousness.

Tarina Tarantino Blush palette and Parasol

Tarina Tarantino Blush palette and Parasol

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE contains 4 of the 5 blush shades that Tarina Tarantino makes. It’s perfect for on the go because you have every shade you’d need, especially on a trip.  This formula has micronized powders (also known as “HD” or “High Definition”) which blend over skin evenly and allow for build up.

Shades are  Candy Cameo (shimmering light pink), Feather (shimmering peach), Carved Rose (cool vivid pink) and Parasol.

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE

The first arm shade, Candy Cameo, is a light peach on my skin and while the two pink/rose blushes look similar there is a difference on my skin. The palette sells for $45 while a single sells for $25 so there’s a big savings if you go for the palette. I tend to wear Parasol alone more often though because it’s earned the award of the best powder blush I’ve used in 2014.

What is your favorite blush? Do you have any Tarina Tarantino yet? (If not what are you waiting for!!). Join the other blushing beauties in Makeup Wars and happy 2015. — Marcia

*disclosure: Parasol sent for editorial consideration, palette was purchased by me

Tarina Tarantino makes life Magical with her eyeshadow palette

eyeshadow palette in Magical

eyeshadow palette in Magical

Oops, I did it again! I received this Tarina Tarantino Magical Jewel Eyeshadow Palette to review (as did a lucky winner in our giveaway) but it cost me a lot of money. I am now so in love with the quality of Tarina Tarantino that I can’t stop purchasing. Luckily for me, Hautelook sells this every few months. Luckily for Hautelook and Tarina Tarantino I shop for their products each time.

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette in Magical

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette in Magical

I featured this Jewel Eyeshadow palette in a recent Makeup Wars about favorite purple eyeshadows because I can’t put it down. I’ve been wearing colors in the brown/nude family for so long that I totally forgot how much I love purples. Magical reminded me. It is one of the best palettes with purple shades that I own. It really is magical on my eyes and makes me feel like a million bucks.

Tarina Tarantino Jewel palette packaging

Tarina Tarantino Jewel palette packaging

Magical isn’t a palette that yells at people – it isn’t bright at all. It’s soft and subtle though you can easily intensify the shades.
Here’s how Tarina Tarantino’s website describes Magical: creamy white shimmer,  pearl ash pink, pearl beige, pearl eggplant purple,pearl soft pink. During Makeup Wars I described the shades as mauve, smoky amethyst, violet, creamy white and a light pink lilac.

Tarina Tarantino Magical

Tarina Tarantino Magical

Magical swatched without primer

Magical swatched without primer

I love a palette that gives me a light enough color to wear on my browbone that finishes up a look. I use the white for that (and no it’s not as dark as my thumb picked up). On my lid I’ll choose any of the three lighter shades depending on my mood. Typically though I’ll start with the soft pink pearl on my lid, apply the far right (middle finger) pearl beige just above that but not on the inner corner. I’ll then use the bottom eggplant purple to intensify the crease. I blend well and finish with the creamy white to pull the look together. I can line with the eggplant but I prefer a liquid or gel liner.

It’s “magical” for several reasons:

  1. The shadows are soft to the touch.
  2. They blend easily into each other without leaving harsh lines.
  3. They are almost creamy and not powdery.
  4. There’s no shimmer but there is a soft pearl finish (my absolute favorite).
  5. There’s no fallout.
  6. It lasts wonderfully throughout the day as long as you are wearing an eyeshadow primer.
  7. Every shade works with the other shades in the palette so there’s no waste.
  8. I love how it looks, I want to wear it often – that’s magic!tarina tarantino magical palette fingers

What have you tried from Tarina Tarantino? What do you want to try? You know I recommend this magical Magical palette and I’ll be sharing Delightful once that’s in my hot little hands. — Marcia

*received for review consideration

Wantable wants you to look gorgeous in July

Wantable July 2014

Wantable July 2014

I love opening a Wantable package and just looking at the boxes of products inside. I try to guess what they could be before I look at the accompanying sheet or open them. For July Wantable sent an interesting combination of brands and products for review on Beauty Info Zone. And as usual I’m thrilled with them all.

Wantable cosmetics July 2014

Wantable cosmetics July 2014

I just read an article online that there are two colors you can’t go wrong with this summer – black and white. My Wantable box proves that this month. I have a treasure of black and white with a pop of color. The brands received are all known and loved by me making this a box I’m excited to use.

First product I opened was by Tarina Tarantino. It’s a brand I’ve grown to love so I was excited to see a TT box in there. I did laugh out loud though because the same eyeliner that my blog partner recently reviewedUltraviolet Eye Dream Hyperliner was the treasure in the box ($15). Now Lisa and I can be twins when we meet for lunch. This waterproof liner glides on easily because it has spheres of jojoba oil and vitamin E to moisturize and prevent it from cracking when on your eyes.

Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet Hyperliner

Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet Hyperliner

Ultraviolet swatch

Ultraviolet swatch

My eyes were then drawn to a box from GlamNatural. In a previous Wantable box I’d received a terrific cream blush that I love using so I couldn’t wait to see what other treasure I’d received from GlamNatural. This time it’s a mascara ($28).

Glam Natural Mascara

GlamNatural Mascara

The mascara reminds me a lot of the one I’ve used from Le Metier de Beaute. It’s not a dramatic mascara, it’s like the name “glam natural”. But it’s a reliable mascara that is good for daily use. GlamNatural products are vegan and paraben free.

Glam Natural Mascara

Glam Natural Mascara

The next box for me to open was from Mirabella and the treasure inside is a Perfecting Powder. I love the packaging of this. To me a loose powder needs to have a sifter top with holes and one that can be opened as much as you want and then totally closed so it doesn’t spill. Mirabella did this right. The translucent silica powder is weightless and doesn’t make me look like Angelina Jolie on a bad day ($30).

Mirabella Perfecting Powder

Mirabella Perfecting Powder

I saved the most intriguing for last – Three Custom Color aka 3CC Wet/Dry Cake Liner in Charcoal. This can be used wet or dry (obviously) and it can be used as an eyeshadow too. ($22.50)

3CC wet/dry eyeliner

3CC wet/dry eyeliner in Charcoal

I love the complexity of the color. In person it’s a darker charcoal than the picture shows but in a close up like above you can see the specks of different shades of gray and blue. It’s really a pretty color. I don’t use powders for liners on my eyes unless I either use them wet or I use them with a transforming liquid like Trish McEvoy Finish Line since they are more intense and longer lasting that way. Three Custom Colors doesn’t get enough publicity so it’s easy to forget about them but Wantable knows that their quality is top notch.

Each month Wantable works with a different makeup artist or beauty blogger to help choose the brands and products that will be sent out. For July they featured Sacha Selhi, a professional makeup artist from NYC.

I love seeing what others got in their boxes each month since no one gets the same. Brands for July are the ones I got plus Ofra, Mica Beauty, Vincent Longo and more.

As you surely know by now, Wantable is the best subscription service because it’s so customizable. I love that they go by my personal preferences in colors and types of product. A subscription is $36 per month and you always get at least 4 full size products. This month’s box value is $95.50! Now that’s a bargain.

A treat awaits you for July and onward with Wantable. I’ve linked to our affiliate link in case I’ve convinced you that you can’t live without Wantable. We earn credit toward boxes for review if you are kind enough to click through our link. Thanks to all who’ve helped us out. I hope you are a Wantable fan! Tell me in the comments which product you’d love from this box. — Marcia

*sent for review using credits earned

Makeup Wars shares their favorite purple eyes

Do you think of Crayola purple when you imagine wearing a purple eyeshadow?

photo credit: bemused.typepad.com

photo credit: bemused.typepad.com

The shade that we grew up with if only had a box of 8 or 16 crayons is not the purple that Makeup Wars is in love with. As we’ve grown up Crayola purple is our last love but has led to many other shades within that range of color. Ones we didn’t imagine when we were 8 years old.

My purples are all over the board from lavender to violet to wine to almost black. All are beautiful and all have something special about them.

Makeup Wars loves purple eyeshadows

Makeup Wars loves purple eyeshadows

1. CHANTECAILLE TANZANITE

Chantecaille Tanzanite eyeshadow

Chantecaille Tanzanite eyeshadow

If you’d ask me to name one eyeshadow that was my favorite purple this would be it. I’ve gone through several of these since it’s got just the right amount of blue in it for me. Seeing it in the pot I’d never think it was a blue purple but on my eyes it is. I’m not putting these in any order except to say this has always been my number 1.

2. NARS KAUAI

Nars Kauai duo

Nars Kauai duo

Nars Kauai purple

Nars Kauai purple

I love this metallic violet. Nars describes the duo as Gold Lame and Smoky Iridescent Orchid. I don’t use the gold because it’s very sparkly and gets all over my face. But this purple is to die for.

3. ROUGE BUNNY ROUGE DELICATE HUMMINGBIRD

Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Humingbird

Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Humingbird

I swear this is more purple in person but in reality it’s a taupe purple. It’s not intensely pigmented but it’s beautiful and easy for me to wear. A combo of two favorite colors can’t be wrong.

4. LE METIER DE BEAUTY PLUM

Le Metier de Beaute Plum eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Plum eyeshadow

This is almost a periwinkle shade. It is a typical LMdB eyeshadow in that it’s sheer (sheerer than my swatch) and works well for layering. But most days I’m not in the mood to layer so I use this with a firm brush and get a lot of pigment from it.

5. LE METIER DE BEAUTE FIG

Le Metier de Beaute Fig eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Fig eyeshadow

Alone Fig is not a favorite but it works so well when using the Couches de Couleurs method. This is a very brown version of fig with a touch of red. It can change a look from day to night with ease.

6. CHANEL MAGIC NIGHT OMBRE ESSENTIAL

Chanel Magic Night

Chanel Magic Night

Sadly Magic Night is discontinued but I had to include it since it really is a favorite. The undertone of Magic Night is milk chocolate and it has purple pigment added to create a shade that makes for a beautiful smokey eye. One of the advantages to this shadow is that you can easily use gradient tones so you can get a great look with just this one shadow.

7. TARINA TARANTINO MAGICAL JEWEL EYESHADOW PALETTE*

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette in Magical

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette in Magical

I am totally in love with this palette. I’ve been wearing it at least 3 days a week for the last few weeks. Every shade in this is gorgeous and creates a perfect cool toned eye look. There’s mauve, smoky amethyst, violet, creamy white and a light pink lilac. It wears like a dream. The name Magical fits it completely. A full review will be forthcoming.

Chantecaille, Nars, RBR, LMdB x2, Chanel

Chantecaille, Nars, RBR, LMdB x2, Chanel

Tarina Tarantino Magical

Tarina Tarantino Magical

So there you have my very unCrayola line of favorite purples. I love the variations available and that I don’t have to look like a crayon.

Are any of these in your repertoire? Any favorite purples I should look into? — Marcia

Join us in our purpleness:

*TT provided for editorial consideration, remainder were purchased by me

 

 

 

 

 

Prime and line with Tarina Tarantino

Tarina Tarantino, the funky cool designer and makeup artist, makes some of my favorite cosmetic products. I almost cried when she left Sephora…but thank goodness she can still be found at local boutiques and via her website. Tarina recently sent some items to test and I am excited to tell you about her Pearl Glow Primer ($32) and Eye Dream Hyperliner Eye Liner ($15).

Tarina Tarantino Pearl Glow Primer

Tarina Tarantino Pearl Glow Primer

As always, TT has adorable packaging

As always, TT has adorable packaging

I always love Tarina’s packaging – just like her beautiful jewelry, the glass bottle is extremely attractive with fabulous details.

The Pearl Glow Primer comes in two shades, Nude and Pearl.  I tested the Pearl shade. It is an off-white with pink and purple iridescence that sheers out a super pretty soft glow.

Pearl Glow Primer swatch

Pearl Glow Primer swatch

Pearl Glow Primer swatch sheered out

Pearl Glow Primer in swatch sheered out

This is both a primer and a highlighter thanks to light reflective pigments. I wear it over or under foundation. It is oddly lumpy at first, but smooths out and gives a great luminosity to skin. I also love that is has no silicones.

For eyelining, there aren’t many eye pencils that are as good as the Eye Dream Hyperliner.

Tarina Tarantino Hyperliner

Tarina Tarantino Hyperliner

Ultraviolet Hyperliner

Ultraviolet Eye Dream Hyperliner

Ultraviolet swatch

Ultraviolet swatch

The Eye Dream Hyperliner works great with my oily lids. It has a fabulous gel-like texture and goes on smoothly thanks to the tiny spheres of jojoba oil and vitamin E. I can create either a thick or thin line with ease.  The Hyperliner is extremely pigmented and also waterproof. It doesn’t smudge and the color stays true all day.

Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet Hyperliner eyes

Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet Hyperliner eyes

My Tarina Tarantino FOD

My Tarina Tarantino FOD

Speaking of color, I love the Ultraviolet shade! It is a dark purplish-black that I find myself reaching for day after day. This really is a wonderful eyeliner and I am definitely picking up more colors - Glamorous Thief and Kanzashi are totally calling my name.

Take a look at these two excellent products, plus Tarina’s other cosmetic items and her swoon-worthy jewelry online at www.tarinatarantino.com .  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration 

Pearl Glow Primer Ingredients: WATER, OCTYLDODECANOL, CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) OLEOSOMES, GLYCERIN, ALUMINA, MANGANESE DIOXIDE, POLYACRYLAMIDE, C13-14 ISOPARAFFIN, LAURETH-7, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE.

Hyperliner Ingredients:  Wax base: cyclopentasiloxane, c11-12 isoparaffin, polyethylene terephthalate, parraffin, polybutene, silica, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed iol, hydrogenated cottonseed oil, ceresin, ozokerite, microcrystalline wax, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, polyurethane-11, tocopherol, glycine soja (soyabean) oil, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, isobutylphenoxy epoxy resin, tin oxide, ascorbyl palmitate, calendula officinalis flower extract, persea gratissima (avocado) oil unsaponifiables, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, tocopheryl acetate preservative: phenoxyethanol may contain: mica 77019, titanium dioxide 77891, iron oxides 77491/77492/77499, ferric ferrocyanide 77510, carmine 75470, ultramarines 77007, aluminum powder 77000, yellow 5 blue 1 lake dioxide 77891, iron oxides 77491/77492/77499, ferric ferrocyanide 77510, carmine 75470, ultramarines 77007, aluminum powder 77000, yellow 5 blue 1 lake