Spring blush the Makeup Wars way

Spring blush favorites

Spring blush favorites

Makeup Wars is back to redden your cheeks, bring a flush to your face and enchant you with beautiful blush. We’ve picked some of our favorites that are gracing our cheeks this spring and into the summer. I’ve chosen 9 but I could have chosen 90 most likely.

Makeup Wars spring blush open

Makeup Wars spring blush open

If you are a Beauty Info Zone reader then you know that I love cream blush. I’m much more likely to buy a cream blush than a powder one so I’m starting with my springiest creams.

Tarte, Maybelline, Face Stockholm, Josie Maran, Make Up For Ever

Tarte, Maybelline, Face Stockholm, Josie Maran, Make Up For Ever

1. Tarte cheek stains come in 8 shades and you’ll have a tough time picking out a favorite. I chose Fearless since that’s the one I’ve been using the most lately. It’s a pinky coral and seems to look great with almost every eye look I choose.

Tarte Fearless Power PIgment and Cheek Stain

Tarte Fearless Power PIgment and Cheek Stain

2. Maybelline Master Glaze Cream Blush Stick in Pink Fever is my version of Radiant Orchid in a blush. It’s one of the best buys of the year for me since I love the longevity of the product, the perky color and the price. I need to pick up more of these.

Maybelline Master Glaze in Perky Pink

Maybelline Master Glaze in Perky Pink

3. Face Stockholm Creme Blush in London is getting a lot of love these days. I took a new picture for this review but I’ve used it so much that it looked raggedy. It’s a papaya shade that looks super bright in pictures and swatches but not on my face. I use a light touch when applying this long lasting color.

Face Stockholm London blush

Face Stockholm London blush

4. Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise is a blush that just doesn’t want to swatch for me. It’s described as ‘warm toned hot pink’ which is a great, if confusing, description. It feels cooling when you apply it. The Cheek Gelee can be used alone or as a stain to wear under a powder if you find blush fades on you. I just might have purchased Pink Escape during the Sephora 15% off sale.

Josie Maran Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise

Josie Maran Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise

5. Make Up For Ever HD Second Skin Cream Blush in 210 but I easily could have picked 225 and 330 since the 3 I have are scrumptious. I love the colors of these. They are so smooth and as Lisa said “DREAMY”. We’ve reviewed 6 of these and can’t praise them enough. Find a color (or 5) that you love and you’ll never be sorry.

Make Up For Ever HD Creme Blush in 210

Make Up For Ever HD Creme Blush in 210

from left: tarte fearless, Maybelline Perky Pink, Face Stockholm London, Josie Maran Poppy Paradise, MUFE creme in 210

from left: tarte fearless, Maybelline Perky Pink, Face Stockholm London, Josie Maran Poppy Paradise, MUFE creme in 210

I’m no slacker when it comes to powder blush and have a small mountain of those too. The 4 I’ve chosen are the ones I’m finding most versatile for spring.

Makeup Wars spring powder blush

Makeup Wars spring powder blush

6. TheBalm InStain in Argyle is my latest buy. I purchased it from Hautelook and will purchase more the next time they are on sale. I love the color of Argyle (petal pink) and I love not only how smoothly it applies but it has amazing longevity. It does have stain-like qualities. The pigmentation is intense even though Argyle is the lightest shade available.

TheBalm Instain blush in Argyle

TheBalm Instain blush in Argyle

7. Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek in Parasol is absolutely beautious. I constantly express my love for the Dollskin Cream blushes so I was excited to receive this powder blush. It’s as amazing as the cream blushes. Parasol is so soft and cream like. It has a gorgeous glow to it. Tarina Tarantino describes it as shimmering bright pink coral. I describe it as beautiful.

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin blush in Parasol

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin blush in Parasol

8. Senna Sheer Face Color in Pink Diva is the sweetest pink of the group. When I want a pink that’s pink this is what I pick. While the name says sheer, the blush isn’t sheer. It’s loaded with cool tones of pinkness.

Senna Pink Diva

Senna Pink Diva

9. Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Intensity Cheek Color in A Little Toasted doesn’t appear to be a blush you’d choose for spring but it’s great for that very reason. I sometimes need a very neutral shade and this is a neutral. There’s a brownish mauve tinge to it that was hard to capture but it’s there. It’s almost like a contour color for my fair skin.

Eddie Funkhouse blush in A Little Toasted

Eddie Funkhouse blush in A Little Toasted

from top right: TheBalm, Tarina Tarantino, Senna, Eddie Funkhouser

from top right: TheBalm, Tarina Tarantino, Senna, Eddie Funkhouser

Do you have any of my 9+ blushes? Do you have others to recommend for the days of upcoming sunshine? — Marcia

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*some products were purchased, some were sent for review

Tarina Tarintino Blow-Out sale is Friday through Sunday

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It’s time for Tarina Tarantino’s Blowout Sale. They were kind enough to sponsor a giveaway in honor of this and the lucky winner is Anissa S. Since we only had one winner, now it’s time for the rest of us to shop at Hautelook for the great prices on Tarina Tarantino.

Be sure to go to Hautelook from Friday to Monday (8 a.m. PST) and get your fill of TT.

A quick and fabulous giveaway with Tarina Tarantino

Revolution Pigment Brush

Tarina Tarantino Revolution Pigment Brush

Last week we told you about the amazing Warehouse Blow-Out that Tarina Tarantino was having and we hinted that we were hoping to do a giveaway for you. Well that wish came true and one of you in the US is going to win this fabulous array of products from Tarina Tarantino.

You can win an unbelievable EIGHT products in this mind blowing giveaway, including lipstick, primer, blush, eyeliner, three brushes, and an eyeliner palette.  Here are the products that just might show up on your doorstep:

Conditioning Lip Sheen – Pink Elephant

Pink Elephant Conditioning Lip Sheen

Pink Elephant Conditioning Lip Sheen

 

Pearl Glow Luminizing Primer

Pearl Glow Primer

Pearl Glow Primer

 

Dollskin Cheek – Parasol

Dollskin blush in Parasol

Dollskin blush in Parasol

 

5 Pan E/S Palette #1 Magical

eyeshadow palette in Magical

eyeshadow palette in Magical

 

Eye Dream Hyperliner – Ultraviolet

 

Eye Dream Hyperliner in Ultraviolet

Eye Dream Hyperliner in Ultraviolet

 Fucschia Revolution Blush Brush – 22

 

Revolution Blush Brush 22

Revolution Blush Brush 22

 Fucschia Revoution Liner Brush – 65

 

Revolution Liner Brush 65

Revolution Liner Brush 65

and Fucshia Revolution Pigment Brush – 43

Revolution Pigment Brush

Revolution Pigment Brush 43

Tarina Tarantino is having another flash sale that starts on March 13th. Our giveaway is from March 7th through March 11th. The winner will be displayed on the Rafflecopter on March 12th. That gives you a chance to win this amazing prize and if aren’t the winner, you’ll still be able to take advantage of their amazing Flash Sale with prices up to 70% off!  Enter now and tweet often, and good luck!

This giveaway is US only.  Prizes are provided by Tarina Tarantino.

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Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cream Blush makes me blush pretty

Tarina Tarantino and cream blush go together like Mickey & Minnie, Romeo & Juliet and Lucy & Desi.  I can’t think of one without the other.

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cream Blush

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cream Blush

When we received the Tarina Tarintino Dollskin Cheek Cream Blush for review I was doing a little happy dance. When I started using them I was doing a jitterbug and watusi. They are exactly what I look for in a cream blush. Actually these Tarina Tartanino products are more than a cream blush. There are two complementary sides – the wonderful cream blush and a sparkle powder called Sparklicity.

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cream Blushes

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cream Blushes

There are two shades available and both are flattering colors. It would be impossible to pick a favorite. On my cool, fair skin Coral Cameo is a more universal shade. It’s more of a peachy pink and it works with just about everything I wear. Mr. Pink is a very cool toned pink that is ideal for purples, blues and grays. Mr. Pink can look almost scary bright in the compact but in reality is a beautiful “out of the cold” color once on. While Coral Cameo looks great with all shades, I crave Mr. Pink at other times. I can’t choose, don’t make me.

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cream Blush in Mr. Pink

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cream Blush in Mr. Pink

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cream Blush in Mr. Pink

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cream Blush in Mr. Pink

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cream Blush in Coral Cameo

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cream Blush in Coral Cameo

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cream Blush in Coral Cameo

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cream Blush in Coral Cameo

Tarina Tarantino: top Coral Cameo, bottom Mr. Pink

Tarina Tarantino: top Coral Cameo, bottom Mr. Pink

The texture of the Dollskin Cheek Cream Blush is stiffer than many other brands. I say that lovingly because once they are on I never feel tackiness or rubbing them off. The cream to powder texture is made to hold the Sparklicity powders. They last quite well on me. I can apply them with my finger but I much prefer a brush like the Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush or the Japonesque Kabuki that’s less expensive. The uneven bristles give a soft, more diffused look to the blush.  There aren’t uneven edges on your cheeks this way either, just a soft and natural looking color.

Nars Yachiyo Kabuki

Nars Yachiyo Kabuki

The shimmered powders add a unique touch to the blushes. Using the same brush I can apply a small amount to amp up for evening. Coral Cameo is accompanied by a dark golden sparkle while Mr. Pink a light creamy shade with a touch of gold. I’ve barely touched the Sparklicity powders though since I don’t live that kind of lifestyle. But they don’t affect the blush and they are there if I want them.

Mr. Pink Sparklicity side

Mr. Pink Sparklicity side

Coral Cameo Sparklicity side

Coral Cameo Sparklicity side

Tarina Tarintino Dollskin Cheek Cream Blush has moved to the top of my blush love list which is quite an accomplishment. As a cream blush aficionado I’ve tried all I can, so I feel I have some expertise. These get two thumbs up just like Ben & Jerry do in my world.

Tarina Tarintino is now sold exclusively on her website. There are some amazing products on there that go beyond cosmetics. Check the site out now and I’m betting you’ll find some terrific items for yourself and gifts. Do you have any Tarina Tarintino products? I’ve got some eyeliners to share later but I’m eyeing a lot more there. — Marcia

 

Makeup Wars: Cruelty Free Favorites

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It’s always fun to write a Makeup Wars post like this since it gives me a chance to really think about what I have and what I’d say are favorites. Truthfully I have a lot more products than you have the patience for so I picked 9 items that I’d buy again and again. Several of these were samples (*) but knowing that I will buy them myself led them to be the chosen ones.
1. Too Faced Boudoir Eyes palette – naturally I have all the pictures done and no time to write about this but this is a favorite and will be reviewed soon. Too Faced is known to be cruelty free and their eyeshadow palettes are beautiful. Their palettes are $36 which is great for 9 shadows.
2. Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek Cream Blush* – ooh la la! I have both shades of the blush duos and I can’t stop wearing them. There’s a beautiful bright cool toned pink called Mr. Pink and a fabulous pinky coral called Coral Cameo. I could never pick a favorite since they are both out of this world, long lasting and of course cruelty free.
3. Tarte Smooth Operator Concealer* – I love tarte concealers. I truly love them. I recommend them to people all the time. They have a lot of formulas so it’s easy to find one that fits your needs. Smooth Operator Concealer is my new favorite from tarte. I still use my others but this one sort of pushes them out of the way. It’s creamy, not messy, and like all tarte is cruelty free.
4. Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation – the last few months I’ve been using mostly BB and CC creams but the minute the weather cooled down a little this is the foundation I took out. I apply it with their Good Karma Optical Illusion Brush and the finish is wonderful. There are so many shades of this that you really need to go in and get matched for it, once you have it though you won’t want to put it down.
5. Bootie Babe Nail Polish* – I’m c-c-crazy about my Bootie Babe! Not only are the bottles the cutest thing this side of Miley Cyrus but the polishes are beautiful and last. This is not the last time you’ll be hearing about Bootie Babe from me!
6. Beauty Blender Sponge – I’ve been using the Beauty Blender sponge for years and years. It’s affectionately known as the Pink Egg around here. Even my 2 year old grandson is fascinated with the Beauty Blender Sponge and is always taking it off my vanity or asking for it. He may think it’s a fun toy but I think it’s great for blending my foundations.
7. DermOrganic hair care* – I love trying new hair care (though not as much as my blog partner Lisa) but you always need a staple to come back to and DermOrganic has made that cut. This argan infused line leaves my hair shiny and easier to manage.
8. It Cosmetics brushes – I don’t own this set but it was a great way to show you several of the It Cosmetics brushes together plus it’s a great buy on QVC. The It Cosmetic brushes are superior cruelty free brushes and every one I have is a delight. The good news is that you’re able to buy It Cosmetics at Ulta now too so you’ll have several places to find this amazing line.
9. Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid Serum* – actually I could have picked one of a dozen Reviva Labs products since they are all wonderful. I’m totally in love with their Makeup Primer, Anti-Irritant Gel, Vitamin E stick and this Hyaluronic Acid Serum. I wanted to include some skincare in this post and Reviva Labs jumped to the forefront. You can’t go wrong with this cruelty free well priced line.
Thanks so much for reading about some of my favorite products. Beauty Info Zone isn’t a cruelty free blog but we appreciate products that are and try to mention that in our reviews. There are wonderful CF brands as you can see. Which of these have you tried? — Marcia
Be sure to click on the rest of the links. You’ll be delighted to find products that you might not have realized were CF.

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Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Shimmer Dust in Gold

My young daughters and I have a ritual that we do together before we go anywhere. We make a big deal out of ‘sparkling up’ using spray shimmer powder – for years it was my Guerlain Sublime Radiant Powders in gold and silver. Hairdos, arms, necks…everything gets glammified with some serious shimmer and we feel beautiful. However, those spray shimmer powders were limited edition and my sparkle just ran out…so you can imagine how thrilled I was when Tarina Tarantino sent the BIZ the Sparklicity Shimmer Dust ($39) to test. The ritual has been saved by Tarina, the undisputed queen of sparkle and shimmer.

Tarina Tarantino

Tarina Tarantino

 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),

Bronze

Bronze

Aurora Borealis (iridescent shimmering pink),

Aurora Bor

Aurora Borealis

 

and Gold (shimmering gold).

Gold

Gold

I tested the Gold version, and it is gorgeous. I particularly like it against my faux-tanned skin. The shimmer is obviously shimmer, but there’s not too much of it – can gold shimmer spray be subtle? If so, I would say this one is! It can be layered it for more dramatic effect but the initial spray isn’t so overdone you look like a 1970′s dance floor at midnight.

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Even the box is gold shimmery goodness

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beautiful vintage bottle

Tarina Tarantino’s Sparklicity Shimmer Dust differs from the Guerlain versions in two ways:  1. It doesn’t have fragrance and 2. It doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Guerlain shimmer powders are definitely guilty-pleasure-splurge items that can cost upwards of $100. But I can have a small splurge with my Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity since it’s only $39 and there’s no fragrance to compete with my perfume. I just might buy every color and call it good!

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The beautiful atomizer

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Gold Shimmer Dust up close

Tarina

Not too much shimmer…just enough.

Sparklicity Shimmer Dust comes in a gorgeous vintage bottle that is a complement to any vanity table. It has an atomizer that sprays out the right amount of glam. I spray this directly onto my body or I spray it onto a steel palette then apply with a big fluffy brush. Or I use an eyeshadow brush and it becomes a pretty, shimmery eyeshadow. This shimmering spray has a formula called ‘reflex’, which means it is pure shimmer without any binder or base to it. It dries super quick and doesn’t change the feel of hair or skin.

 I think Sparklicity Shimmer Dust is just the definition of FUN. My daughters love it and getting all sparkled up together is a terrific ritual that I know they will always remember.  - Lisa
*pr sample

Ingredients: Silica, mica, potassium sorbate, sodium dehydroacetate, carmine (c l75470). May contain +/-: iron oxides (cl 77491, cl 77492, cl 77499), titanium dioxide (cl 77891), bismuth oxychloride (cl 77163).

Welcome back Tarina Tarantino

TTB Launch

The sad news WAS the Tarina Tarantino Cosmetics left Sephora. The happy news is that Tarina Tarantino has her own website now with her stunning cosmetics items. Join Beauty Info Zone in welcoming this line back into the fold. Here’s a note from Tarina herself:

Hello from The Sparkle Factory!

I am so excited to share the news that my beauty collections will soon be available at tarinatarantino.com!  If you are already a fan of TARINA TARANTINO BEAUTY you will be happy to know that the entire collection will be going live next week with more exciting new seasonal collections coming soon. As a former makeup artist I have spent years dreaming of beauty products that I could never find, formulated with the highest quality, integrity and innovation.  As a jewelry designer I wanted to create packaging inspired by the colorful and sparkling pieces in my collections. With TARINA TARANTINO BEAUTY I have brought these two worlds together and hope you will be inspired to create unique makeup looks from sweet and pretty to fearlessly fantastical.

XOXO, Tarina

Today, February 7th is the launch day and there’s so much to love. Take a look at some of the items available now so you can drool with us:

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cream Blush

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek Cream Blush

 

TT Gem Gloss available in 12 shades

TT Gem Gloss available in 12 shades

TT Eye Dream Highlight Duo in 4 combos

TT Eye Dream Highlight Duo in 4 combos

Now here’s a secret that I’m sharing. Temptalia has a code good for 20% off, TEMPTALIA20, that is good on all but sale items through February 13, 2013. Don’t tell but do buy. Temptalia absolutely loves the brand and we’re looking forward to trying it ourselves. She recommends the eyeliners, especially Spark of Envy. Phyrra loves Tarina Tarantino and especially the Dollskin Cream Blush. If you’ve used Tarina Tarantino we’d love to know what it is you love about the brand so we can go shopping too.  — Marcia and Lisa