theBalm Cosmetics giveaway time

It’s time for a new giveaway in honor of me preparing to move. I’ve been working cleaning out my stash and finding an amazing amount of brand new cosmetics. I’ll be doing a lot of giveaways over the next months. I’ve already posted a Sheet Mask giveaway and today I’ll be giving away brand new cosmetics from theBalm. My loss may be your gain. As you look at my pictures make a list in order of which you’d like to win since I’ll have 5 winners!!

theBalm and the Beautiful

theBalm and the Beautiful palette

theBalm and the Beautiful palette

This contains 16 eyeshadows, 2 lip/cheek stains, 2 blushes, 1 lipgloss andd a mini brush. It’s the biggest of the palettes available today at 8″ x 5.5″.  If you like beautiful bright colors in a nice mixture you’d love this.

SHADY LADY VOL. 1

theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 1

theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 1

I’ve previously reviewed several Shady Lady palettes and always loved them. I put this aside and forgot about it until today. Colors in it are more smokey ones: Caught in the Courtney, Shameless Shana, Luscious Lani, Jealous Jordana, Risque Renee, Curvy Cami, Jet Setting Jennifer, All About Alex, and Easy Wheezie.

THE BALM NUDE ‘TUDE

the Balm Nude 'Tude

the Balm Nude ‘Tude

If you love the many nude palettes that are out there and don’t own Nude ‘tude then this will love being in your collection. Most of these shadows have some shimmer to them. 12 lovely shadows could be yours.

BALM JOVIbalm jovi

Balm*Jovi contains 12 eyeshadows with 4 being heavy metals (Metal-ica, Iron Maid-In, Lead Zeppelin, and Alice Copper), 4 Classical shadows (Adagio, Allegto, Moderato, Presto) and 4 Rock Alternative (Blink 1982, The Stroke, rem, Third Eye Blinded), 1 Mary Lou Manizer Lumizer, 1 blush (Don’t You Want Me? aka FratBoy blush), and 2 lip/cheek colors.

MARY-LOU MANIZER

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

This is probably the best selling product that theBalm makes. I’m always reading about how much people love this. It can be used as a highlighter or eyeshadow. This light gold highlighter is lightly shimmered and really stunning.

THEBALM BALM SHELTER in LIGHT  (bonus prize)

theBalm Balm Shelter in Light

theBalm Balm Shelter in Light

This is a tinted moisturizer with an SPF 18 (UVA and UVB protection). Depending on the coverage you prefer you can wear this as a primer shade or as your light foundation.

BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer SPF 18
Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Myristate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer/Isohexadecane/Polysorbate 60, Styrene/DVB Crosspolymer, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexyl Glycerine, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Dehydroacetate (CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

This is the lightest shade that they carry so if you wear fair or light foundation then this could be a choice for you. One of the winners will win this in addition to the palette they win if this color works for you.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: 6 products to give away with 5 winners. Make a list of the products you’d like to win in the order you’d want to win them. One prize per winner. This is open to US and Canadian subscribers of Beauty Info Zone. If you’ve entered other giveaways then you know the drill. If comments close early email me ([email protected]) and label it The Balm. This giveaway is open through 2/14/17 at 11:59 p.m. I’m still finding people who don’t follow directions, don’t be one of those!  —  Marcia

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Ipsy Glam Bag helps you find your Alter Ego this October

Ipsy Glam Bag, October 2015

Ipsy Glam Bag, October 2015

It’s IPSY time!! The theme this month is Alter Ego which fits the month of October but doesn’t necessarily fit the bag I received. Whateva!! I go with the flow and I like this flow a lot. As you probably know IPSY is a monthly  subscription service for $10 including shipping. Every month the metallic magenta bag opens up to a cosmetic bag filled with a variety of products. Most bags are different so when you find reviews of IPSY it’s fun to read what everyone received.

IPSY cosmetic bag side view

IPSY cosmetic bag side view

The bag itself is gold on one side and black patent on the other (alter ego AHA). It’s smaller than some bags I’ve gotten and it’s dressy looking so it would fit well in a purse you’d use for date/party night.

Normally there are a few full size products in the IPSY bags but this month I only received one – a black Coastal Scents XPress Line Eyeliner Pencil valued at $2.95. Not to complain but I can’t believe how many black eyeliners I end up with!!

Nourish Organics Argan Face Serum and Scrub Me Body Scrub

Nourish Organics Argan Face Serum and Scrub Me Body Scrub

Two skincare deluxe samples were in my bag. The Balanced Guru Scrub Me Body Scrub was bulging out of the bag so it was the first item I found. This is described as a very gritty scrub although you can use it on your face but gently please. Instead let it take care of your feet, legs, elbows – all those rough spots that need to be scrubbed clean. The formula is enriched with raw sugar, organic coffee, coconut oil, babassu oil and cocoa butter. A full size is 8 oz/$23 making this 1 oz size worth about $3. What is great about it is that it’s organic and cruelty free so we have to love that.

The Balanced Guru Scrub Me Body Scrub

The Balanced Guru Scrub Me Body Scrub

Nourish Organics Pure Hydrated Argan Face Serum (0.5 fl oz) is another organic product that uses Moroccan Argan Oil to hydrate and replenish, Apricot Kernal Oil to restore and soften, plus Rose Hip Oil to smooth the texture of your skin. This fragrance free treatment is also gluten free and vegan. A full size is 0.7 fl oz for $24 making this 0.5 fl oz size worth $17.50.

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Committed

At last – cosmetics. Two cosmetic items graced my bag this month with the first being a very small tube of theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes liquid lipstick. This is a long last formula in a matte finish which we all know is THE thing to wear this year. The shade is called Committed and is described as a pinky nude. Totally not a pinky nude on me so maybe this IS for my Alter Ego. theBalm’s website does a nice job of showing the shades so if you are interested check that out. It is long lasting and it is very matte. A full size is $17. My guestimate for this sample is $4.

Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten in Tropic Hues

Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten in Tropic Hues

Last is my favorite item in my IPSY bag! Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten in Tropic Hues was a pleasure to find inside and a pleasure to use. I’m trying very very hard not to buy blush since I own dozens of them so seeing this prettiness in my bag brought me a big smile! The Blush-n-Brighten blushes are baked for 24 hours on terracotta tiles although I don’t think Laura actually does this work herself (wink). “Infused with antioxidants centella asiatica and white tea extracts, these Baked Blushes deliver flattering color with a hint of radiance!” The blush is beautifully pigmented so a little is more than enough. I like using a small brush that will diffuse the color so it’s not too dense on me. The swirls of color are bronze, coral and pink. It’s a warm shade on me but neutral warm. A full size is $27 and this baby is 0.4 oz. but I’m not sure how big a full size is. I’ll guestimate again and say it’s a value of $12.

IPSY Glam Bag for October 2015

IPSY Glam Bag for October 2015

Total value this month is around $40 but I did have to guess prices. I like that this is a well rounded bag even if it’s not my favorite month. But I got to try new products, I have one saved for a giveaway (the Coastal Scents pencil), and I have a new favorite with the Laura Geller baked blush. That’s worth $10 in my book! What do you think of this month’s bag? Did you get any of the same products? — Marcia

*I pay for my subscription. I hope that if you decide to try this out you’ll use my referral link so I can earn points toward products. Thanks.

Favorite travel size products

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday decided to share our top ten travel products but I just can’t do that. I have way more than 10 so I’m going to share what I’ll be buying and taking on upcoming trips. I have a 3 day weekend trip in August and then in the winter I’ll be going south for about 8 days so I’m in planning mode.

Let’s first start with what travel size treasures I’m taking for my 3 day weekend trip (I’m sure more will be added though). There aren’t a lot of mini cosmetics around but you can easily find travel sizes of skincare and haircare. My best sources for these small products are subscription boxes like IPSY and Glossybox. I also watch Sephora’s emails carefully because they often have codes for deluxe samples that are great for travel or to stick in your purse. Even though I don’t travel that often I like to be able to try new things by using samples.  — Marcia

Travel minis

Travel minis

SKINCARE:

1) ADVENTURESS SWIPES* are great to stick in my purse. They are the size of my palm and thin enough that they take up almost no space. My favorite is the YouVee Sunscreen Swipes which you can open, use, close, use later. They won’t last for more than a day but it’s a great day trip product. (A box of 24 is $33)

There are three types of swipes:

Naturally Liberating Cleanser Swipes are a fragrance free creamy cleanser that will leave your skin hydrated.

Boldly Nourishing Moisturizer Swipes are anti-aging and contain a number of good for your skin ingredients.

YouVee Sunscreen Swipes are SPF30 and are invaluable. This is a great way to refresh your sunscreen. Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 9.7% Sunscreen, Titanium Dioxide 6.5% Sunscreen.

Adventuress Swipes

Adventuress Swipes

Adventuress YouVee Sunscreen Swipes

Adventuress YouVee Sunscreen Swipes

2.  ALGENIST SKINCARE products are fabulous. I use a lot of different types of skincare and Algenist is one of my very favorite brands. I’ve gotten travel sizes through Sephora points and codes and on the Algenist website where they have 17 different travel sizes for sale. They also have travel kits and I’ve purchased those. Three of my favorites that will be coming on both my trips – Retinol & Lifting Serum ($33 mini that’s twice the size of mine), Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream ($40 for the mini that’s twice the size of mine) and Complete Eye Renewal Balm.

Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum, Genius Anti-Aging Cream, Eye Renewal Balm

Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum, Genius Anti-Aging Cream, Eye Renewal Balm

3.  KLORANE SMOOTHING AND RELAXING PATCHES FOR EYES were in a recent IPSY bag. Since my weekend trip is a wedding I’m bringing one of these to use the afternoon of the wedding so I’ll look more refreshed. I have other options like the eye patches from ToGoSpa that I love but for this trip the very thin Klorane will slip into a pocket of my purse easily.

Klorane Eye Contour patches

Klorane Eye Contour patches

4.  SUPERGOOP EVERYDAY SUNSCREEN was also in one of my IPSY bags and I was so excited. I’ve gone through several of these in the past. When it comes to samples in those subscriptions, when they send a brand like SUPERGOOP it’s A-OK with me. This size is perfect for a 3 days trip. I’ll put this on in the morning and then keep my Adventuress YouVee Swipes with me during the day.

Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen SPF50

Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen SPF50

HAIRCARE:

5.  LIVING PROOF FRIZZ SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER and PRIME STYLE EXTENDER are samples I received not that long ago with a Sephora code. I’d been wanting to try Living Proof and the code came at the right time. There were 12 nice size samples in the package. I’ve been testing it and one packet has lasted me through 3 shampoos and there’s probably enough for 2 more. I’m very impressed with Living Proof and now I see what the fuss is all about.

LIVING PROOF FRIZZ SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER and PRIME STYLE EXTENDER

LIVING PROOF FRIZZ SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER and PRIME STYLE EXTENDER

6.  AMIKA PERK UP DRY SHAMPOO is something I’ve actually given away in the past but when I recently got this in an Ipsy bag I realized I needed it. It’s going on my winter trip to refresh my hair when I get up too late to wash.

Conair Detangling Brush, Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

Conair Detangling Brush, Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

7.  CONAIR TRAVEL SIZE DETANGE BRUSH* is my favorite travel companion. Now that I’ve learned how great wet brushes are I want one on every trip. It’s a compact size brush that works great for me after I wash my hair or on dry hair. Love this baby!

Conair Detangling Brush

Conair Detangle Brush

COSMETICS

8.  COVER FX ILLUMINATING PRIMER was a code sample from Sephora. I’d been dying to try it and I’m so glad I had something I wanted to buy when the code was available. This is a terrific, unfragranced, primer that will be perfect under my foundation at night for the parties I’ll be at.

Cover FX Illuminating Primer, Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

Cover FX Illuminating Primer, Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

9. LORAC BEHIND THE SCENES EYE SHADOW PRIMER is one of my favorite primers so having this travel size from my LORAC Pro eyeshadow palette is wonderful. I know my eyeshadow primers aren’t that big but the way I overpack pack, I need to make space.

10.  IT COSMETICS BYE BYE CONCEALER was in a kit I bought from the IT Cosmetics website. I prefer the concealer in Fair but this one in Light is great too. I’m a huge fan of this concealer anyway so having this in my kit was a great bonus.

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes and Bye Bye Undereye Concealer

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes and Bye Bye Undereye Concealer

11.  IT COSMETICS HELLO LASHES MASCARA was in the same kit. I’ve named this my favorite mascara in the past and it’s still way up there. It’s the perfect size for travel.

12. URBAN DECAY 24/7 GLIDE ON LIP PENCIL in OZONE – another IPSY delight. This clear liner means I don’t have to travel with other lip pencils and can still bring my umpteen lip colors without worry.

Urban Decay Ozone Lip Pencil, TheBalm Nude Dude e/s in Flirty

Urban Decay Ozone Lip Pencil, TheBalm Nude Dude e/s in Flirty

13.  TheBALM NUDE DUDE EYESHADOW in FLIRTY is a beautiful bronze sparkly dude. I get tired of shadows quickly so this will be in my bag just in case I want a change.

14.  BIODERMA SENSIBLO H2O MICELLAR WATER is a mini that is now available for $6.95 on the Beautylish website. When I bought my Bioderma Micellar Water my mini was a bonus and I was afraid to use it up. Now I know I can replace it since it’s not refillable and I’m doing a happy dance about that.

BIODERMA SENSIBLO H2O MICELLAR WATER

BIODERMA SENSIBLO H2O MICELLAR WATER

Since you can only purchase a few of the ones I’ve shown I’ve made a Beauty Set picking out 10 11 of my favorites from ULTA’s website that I’d recommend for travel too.

Beautysets - Travel mini favorites
1.  tarte Maracuja Oil travel size ($15)
2.  BeccaTravel Size Shimmering Skin Perfector Opal ($19)
3.  IT Cosmetics Travel Size CC+ Cream ($15)
4.  LORAC Travel Size TANtalizer Highlighter & Matte Bronzer Duo ($13)
5. tarte cosmetics How Sweet It Is lip and cheek duo (14)
6. Smashbox Mini Double Exposure Palette ($24)
7. IT Cosmetics Ulta Your Face & Eye Essentials Mini 5 Pc Travel Brush Set ($30) includes complexion, shadow, crease, smudger, liner/brow
8. Almay 15 count eye makeup remover pads ($1.49)
9. DermOrganic Try Me Set ($9.99) contains Conditioning Shampoo 1 fl oz, one Masque Hair Repair 1 fl oz, and one Leave-In Treatment 0.17 fl oz.
10.  AG Hair Travel Simply Dry Shampoo (8.95)
11.  WHISH Coconut On The Go Set 2 ounce coconut body wash, coconut shave cream, and coconut body butter ($20)


*starred items were sent by PR, rest are purchases;  IPSY is a referral link

 

 

 

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