Makeup Wars 2013 Beauty Resolutions

Makeup Wars is back for 2013’s first edition which of course is New Year’s Resolutions. While it may sound a tiny bit trite you know darn well that this group of amazing beauty bloggers are all going to have their own spin on things.

I’ve made several resolutions that are all beauty related. I know that the diet and exercise things are beauty resolutions but have you ever compared a Weight Watchers meeting or the gym on January 4th and February 4th? It’s like you are on different planets. Instead I tried to make resolutions that I’ve got a good chance of following through on.

Resolution one is one I began as soon as I started making my list for this post – TAKE CARE OF MY LIPS. I’m terrible about remembering to use all the potions I have to keep my lips looking younger and moister. I start with good intentions but I don’t always remember. So I’ve lined up what I need in my bathrooms.

In my master bathroom I’ve been using Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore*. While I’ve only tried the Lip Restore I’m amazed by the fact that you can get 4 glosses and this for $15! Collagen Tinted Lip Restore helps to redefine the lip line and create softer, smoother younger-looking lips, with just a hint of colour and sheen. It contains Torricelumn and Collagen to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is very lightly tinted – I find it’s like a “my lips but better” flush. I apply it as soon as I start getting ready and later apply lip color. When I go into that bathroom I like to add some more if my lips are color free.

Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore

Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore

Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore

Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore

eliz grant lip collagen on finger

In my extra bath (where I clean up at night) I’ve been using Lush’s Popcorn Lip Scrub*. This is a very dry lip scrub that I like to use in the evening to exfoliate my lips. It’s a little bit sugar and a little bit salt. I rub it on with my finger, scrub around and lick it off. I try to do this before I wash up though since I end up with some of the scrub on my face. It smells just like freshly popped popcorn. I LOVE popcorn and this is a calorie free treat for me! It doesn’t scratch like some exfoliators do. Plus it’s starting to keep my lips looking better and less chapped.lush popcorn scrub

I follow up with Reviva Labs Vitamin E stick as my nighttime lip moisturizer. This inexpensive stick of delight is only $4 and can be used on eyes and lips, day or night. It even has SPF 15. The reason I chose this to use at night especially is that it’s not fragranced so it won’t keep me up sniffing. Fragrance is fine during the day but not for me at night. Plus I can rub a little on dry spots on my face if I’m tossing and turning and need something to do.

Reviva Labs Vitamin E stick

Reviva Labs Vitamin E stick

Resolution two has to do with that extra bathroom. I need to start getting ready earlier in the evening. For some reason I wait until it’s time to go to bed and then I remove my makeup and put on my skincare. I need to change that. I sometimes get too tired to actually wash even though I have awesome cleansers. Instead I’ll use facial wipes like the Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Wipes*.I then follow up with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner. That’s okay once in a while but I’m doing it too often. I’ll still keep using the Kiehl’s Toner but my resolution is to start early and then go on the computer!kiehls toner

Resolution threestop plucking chin hairs!! I’m trying really really hard, honest I am. But it’s so hard to resist. I’m made one step forward though and that’s not to keep my Tweezerman tweezers (pretty as it is) on my computer desk. I’ve paid for laser hair removal and I’ve got sessions left but I can’t go until I stop plucking. This one is really going to be hard to keep.

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman

 

Resolution four is to stop buying the same color eyeshadows over and over and over again. I’m in a rut but I see those beautiful taupes and browns and I can’t imagine not owning them. I ended 2012 buying a few like this beautiful Edward Bess palette. That needs to be the end. So far I’ve made it a whole week into 2013 without buying any though. I have to stop thinking they’ll change my life since I know the only one who sees the difference is me.

Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss

Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss

I’ve made a little progress, especially on resolution one. Now only 75% left to work on. Are any of these resolutions of yours or even close?? — Marcia

Join my fellow Makeup Wars friends to see what they’ve decided to resolve in 2013. Click on their links to get to their sites.

*starred items are PR samples, rest are personally bought or repurchases.

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Makeup Wars introduces our personal Holiday Wishlist items

“I want nothing for Christmas” said me NEVER! Of course I want a gift. I may not get anything beauty but I can dream can’t I?? The Makeup Wars bloggers have decided to put together our wishlists of what we’d like to see under our menorah or Christmas tree this year. My wishlist is 100% beauty related which comes as no surprise at all. The good news is that these are all pretty easy to get, the bad news is that I bought some of it while waiting to publish.

Let’s start with what I bought! After our Favorite Metallic Makeup Wars I was terribly tempted by the Laura Mercier Art Deco shadows that so many of the bloggers put on their list. They were sold out at Sephora which made it even more important for me to buy them. So Nordstrom.com and my reward certificates came in handy and now I own some of these. While they aren’t on my wishlist since they are on a UPS truck coming to me, they should be on yours!

Laura Mercier Art Deco eyeshadows

What I also bought was one (I promise only one) of the new Burberry Complete Eyeshadow Palettes. I just kept looking at this picture and had to wipe the drool off my face several times. I bought Smokey Grey No. 1 because I have been buying brown shadows galore in 2012. On my wishlist though are more of these. Luckily these are permanent ($59 each). Take a gander:

Burberry Complete Eye Palettes

  • Smokey Grey No. 01 Grays
  • Mocha No. 02 Warm neutrals
  • Pale Nude No. 03 Cool neutrals
  • Dark Spice No. 05 Smoky neutrals
  • Plum Pink No. 06 Plums
  • Pink Taupe No. 07 Pink neutrals

Next on my wishlist is more Too Faced, in particular the Too Faced Bon Bons Set. There’s something so girly and appealing about this $42 box set. Their description makes it even more appealing to me: “As enticing as a box of scrumptious sweets, Shadow Bon Bons features a delicious range of shadows from soft vanillas to rich coffee, an ultra-black LashGASM mascara, a built-in mirror, and a shimmering gold Candlelight shadow primer, making it easy to create bountiful looks. Go from sweet and sassy to subtle to dramatic with this one versatile set.”

Too Faced Bon Bons

Prime Beauty introduced me to the Eye Candy Full Face Collection from Lorac on her blog and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Doesn’t this sound like fun for $59??

- 4 x 0.68 oz Eye Shadow Palette in Ooh La La Vanilla (Nude Eye Shadow Palette), Caramel Love Affair (Golden Eye Shadow Palette), Tantilizing Cocoa (Bronze Eye Shadow Palette), Blackberry Truffle Seduction (Smoky Eye Shadow Palette)
- 0.17 oz Cream Eye Liner Palette in Mesmerizing Dark Chocolate
- 0.17 oz Cheek & Lip Tint Palette in Indulge in Berry Kisses

Lorac Eye Candy

Let’s move away from the eyes (which is difficult for me). When Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog reviewed the Armani Nude Lip Set ($49) I suddenly had a desire for it.   The set includes Rouge d’Armani #103 and Gloss d’Armani #103. I love my light shades of lipstick and even though I probably have dozens of similar shades there’s just something I like about this.

Armani Nude Lip Set

I have the Chantecaille Rose Petals Highlighter ($74) on my wishlist because it’s just so pretty. I’d probably never use it, I’d just look at it.  Read this and weep: “A kaleidoscope of colorful powders blend together beautifully to impart a sheer, flattering glow on all skin tones. Unique light-perfecting powders provide a veil of subtle radiance, while flexible polymers ensure long-lasting, comfortable wear. Innovative technology allows the soft, iridescent pigments to be evenly sprinkled throughout the entire powder.”

Chantecaille Rose Petals Highlighter

On the practical side I’d love the Le Metier de Beaute CHEM60 Pro-Peel & GLOW10ai Mask Set ($265). After seeing it work in person I’d love to have that glowy skin.

Le Metier Ready, Set, Glow

And one more for the road – I am a Swarovski crystal nut. I love those crystals so when I saw this Tweezerman Swarovski Crystal Mirror ($150) I fell in lust. “Add some glam to your beauty routine while isolating even the finest hair for precise, easy tweezing. The optically correct 1X/10X magnifying mirror is clear from edge-to-edge with no distortion. This gorgeously decorated two-sided vanity mirror will be a beautiful addition to any household. *Made with Swarovski® Elements

Tweezerman Swarovski crystal mirror

Thanks for reading my very long wishlist. My address is available upon request (LOL). Let me know if any of these would be on your wishlist too. Curious minds want to know. Now I’m going to read the rest of the Makeup Wars Holiday Wishlists and probably add many more items to mine just like I did after the metallics. — Marcia

Click on the icons for all the Makeup Wars bloggers to discover their finds.



Cynthia Rowley and Tweezerman team up for quality and beauty

Tweezerman teams up with Cynthia Rowley

When was the last time you bought a tweezers? I bet it’s been a long time. I’ve talked to so many people who don’t realize that their tweezers just don’t work the same way that they used to. You drop it (or at least I do) and don’t realize that the tip isn’t quite the same. You use it over and over and don’t realize that the grip isn’t quite as powerful as it used to be. Here’s an idea. Buy yourself a present from Tweezerman. Get a new tweezers. Then send in your old Tweezerman to be sharpened for free. They have a lifetime guarantee. You can read all about it right here.

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman

Now that I have your attention I want to share some of the newest Tweezerman products. Tweezerman is always chosen by magazines like Allure as the Best of Beauty because their original slant tip tweezers are so amazing. They are precise and slanted just so to grab every hair. Every year Tweezerman picks a designer to be part of their series and this year it’s Cynthia Rowley, the fashion designer. She’s created several sporty looking tweezers along with a coordinating nail file.

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman – slant tip tweezers

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman – Light Blue slant tip tweezers

You have your choice of her Sporty Foulard prints in either Light Blue or Cobalt Blue for $25. There’s also a red mini-slant one for $15. My eyes would certainly light up if I got one of these for my upcoming birthday or the winter holidays.

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman – mini slant tweezers

Another great Tweezerman tool with the Cynthia Rowley touch is the Filemate in the same sporty design. This is only $5 and comes in a slim case so you can carry it with you without destroying the integrity of it. Tweezerman is as expert in nail tools as they are in eyebrow and eye tools.

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman Filemate in the case

Filemate

All of these fun yet important items are exclusive to Sephora.com. They are the perfect extra for the beauty lover in your life and they are pretty great for your own life. It’s time to refresh your tweezers – your brows will thank you!!

*pr samples

 

Beauty Spotlight Team takes you to a Desert Island

Packed and ready for the desert island

Welcome to the first edition of Beauty Spotlight Team On A Desert Island. The Beauty Spotlight Team has shown you our makeup bags and also a “mystery” post about things you’d never seen that we like. Now we’re deserting each of the bloggers on a “desert island” to see their interpretation of this challenge. The rules are that we can bring a bag holding only twelve items. We aren’t bringing sunscreen or lip balm because our desert island will have a stash of that. Civilization rules when it comes to beauty bloggers. We hope you will be looking forward to our future posts.

You’d think that think that this would be an easy assignment. After all finding twelve items that you love isn’t hard at all. Until you try to put it together that is. I had several dilemmas. First do I want to look glamorous? I’m not sure who I’m looking glamorous for though. Second do I need to just pamper my skin so that when the rescue ship comes to get me I won’t look like Tom Hanks or his basketball. Third this reminds me of the book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”. As soon as you pick one item you need more to go with it. Pick an eyeliner and you need a brush or sharpener. Pick eyeshadow or powder products and you need tools. The list could go on and you’d still want a cookie. I’ve decided to bend the rules a tiny bit. Some of these items are my Holy Grails and some are things I like a lot but could switch if needed. But they all are items I’d enjoy on my stay on the desert island.

12 items for my adventure

Here are the 12 in no particular order:

1. Anastasia’s Want You to Want Me Eye Shadow Palette– this is my cheat. This amazing set is all in one box though so I’m counting it as one even though in reality there are 4 items in it. There’s a beautiful e/s palette with 9 shades in the brown and purple families, a small liquid eyeliner in black, a mini clear brow gel and a small two sided brush. Plus the box has a nice size mirror so that crosses that off my list. This will be reviewed in full soon but believe me it’s “desert island” worthy.

Anastasia Want You to Want Me

Anastasia Want You to Want Me open

2. 3Lab Perfect BB Cream – this was one of my choices in the recent Makeup Wars. The reason I picked this particular BB cream is that the tube is easier to travel with than the Skin79 cylinder and I don’t notice any lingering fragrance. I figured that a BB cream is everything I need for my skin during the day and it’s light enough that it won’t be melting off in the sun.

3. Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender – which is a Holy Grail item for me. I use this almost every day (on the other days I’ll use powder especially IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores). The problem with the Mally is “if you give a mouse a cookie”…

Mally Poreless Face Defender

Mally Performance Sponge (just 1)

4. then you need the applicator. So number 4 is the Mally Ultimate Performance Sponge applicator which is perfect for the Pore Defender.

5. MAC 217 brush is next. I have a ton of brushes but this is the most versatile and reliable for the way I apply eyeshadow.

MAC 217 is on the right

6. Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer, another HG item. It’s perfect for my undereye area and I rely on this to hide the dark circles daily.

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer in Fair

7. Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Tint in Sweet for my lip product. I love the color and the feel plus it winds up so I don’t need to worry about sharpening this lip crayon.

8. Tweezerman Pro Curl Eyelash Curler is going with me but I don’t have room for mascara. I love the eyelash curler and if I at least curl my lashes it’s not too bad plus I’d probably cheat and use the Anastasia Clear Brow Gel on my lashes instead since my eyebrows aren’t great.

Tweezerman Pro Curl Lash Curler

9.  Youngblood Luminous Cream blush in Taffeta which is very close to being a Holy Grail blush. I wear this more than any other blush I own. The color works well too with my Tarte Lipsurgence and the Anastasia eyeshadow colors.

Youngblood Cream blush in Taffeta

10. Algenist Eye Renewal Balm- this is my current favorite. I’m a slut when it comes to eye creams and this eye balm is one of my favorite “customers”.

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

11. Tweezerman tweezers– if I didn’t take this I’d look like Santa Claus when I was picked up. I’d have a beard! My Tweezerman tweezers are absolute HG material.

Cynthia Rowley tweezers for Tweezerman

12.  Another cheat is coming – my Adventuress Skin Care travel set. I just reviewed this and while I was debating what my 12th item would be I realized that this kit is perfect – cleanser, SPF that is good for my face, skin purifier and a moisturizer I’d use at night especially.

Adventuress Intro Offer Collection

Adventuress interior

This sounds like a lot but think of everything I left out: shampoo, conditioner, a comb or brush, eye makeup remover, body lotion, tooth brush and toothpaste etc. I just hope I have a Twistband in my hair when I’m taken away to the island since that will at least keep my hair a little tidy. I wonder if the mouse will be a stowaway in my bag! Are any of these on your Desert Island list? — Marcia

Which of these would you take?

*several items were PR samples, others were personally purchased

Some favorites by Tweezerman

Little things can make a big difference, especially when it comes to beauty tools. Tweezerman is usually the first line I turn to for those tiny but mighty beauty accessories.  I love that this line is available at Target, CVS, Bed Bath & Beyond, and lots of other places so it’s easy to find.  And Tweezerman isn’t just for tweezers.  They have some terrific items that have become necessities for me.  I cannot do without the Tweezerman Br0w Trimming Scissors ($18).

These scissors are total perfection for trimming eyebrows.  The contour is amazing, making it super easy to trim the brows, and the blades are very sharp so they cut cleanly and precisely.  The scissors come with this eyebrow spoolie brush:

Tweezerman eyebrow brush

Just brush your brows upward with the eyebrow brush, then use the scissors to trim away the excess.  Trimmed brows make a HUGE difference in your look – goodness knows you don’t want to look like this guy!

He needs some Tweezerman.

Another favorite of mine is the Tweezerman Folding Lashcomb ($9.50).  Marcia raved and raved about this little prize, and after trying it just once I understood why.  This has a golden lash comb that is fantastic for combing out mascara clumps and separating the lashes.

Lash Comb

fully open

You can fold it however you need to get at your lashes, and when you are done the gold teeth are fully protected when stored completely closed.

sheer perfection

Little things can make such a difference, and having trimmed brows and clump-free lashes will change your whole look for the better.  Don’t just think of Tweezerman for tweezers, give these two little gems a try!  – Lisa

*pr samples

My eyes love Tweezerman! ProCurl Lash Curler Review

What do you think when you are reading magazines and seeing the latest mascara ads? I doubt you believe that anyone’s lashes can be that intense, that glamorous or that lush. Not even a close up of my lashes or photoshop could make my lashes look like that but if I have the right tools then I can at least create the best lashes possible for me personally. Two of those right tools are by Tweezerman. I’ve used Tweezerman’s ilashcomb for years and years; way before writing about beauty was even a twinkle in my mind; way before I even had a computer actually. What’s new for me is Tweezerman’s ProCurl Lash Curler and that is changing my lashes as much as my ilashcomb does.

Tweezerman ProCurl Curler

Tweezerman ilashcomb

Tweezerman has long made eyelash curlers that sell for about $12 but now they’ve created the gold standard in the ProCurl Curler for $20. This lovely rose gold lash curler is their newest addition to the line and it’s a winner.

Tweezerman ProCurl Curler

Tweezerman ProCurl Lash Curler

What makes this eyelash curler different from their previous one or even others on the market? The top is narrower and wider therefore it is much more apt to fit all eye shapes. The handle has a double design that makes it fit more comfortably in my hand. It’s also a sturdier lash curler than their old one. I get great leverage with this. I find that I don’t have to position and reposition to get it to curl my lashes, something I absolutely hate. I get it right the first time.

It never pinches, never! The rounded silicone pads fit the eyelash curler exactly so you never have metal touching your lashes. Plus unlike any other eyelash curler on the market it comes with refill pads. THREE refill pads. That’s unheard of. You might find a lash curler that comes with one extra but good luck ever buying a replacement pad. With Tweezerman you get three extras because they know how long lasting this lash curler is.

But what really counts even more than all of these other items is how well it curls my lashes. I get a beautiful bend to my lash that looks natural yet lasts. I don’t get a crimp in my lashes, I get a bend that starts at the base and makes my lashes look lusher. I have stick straight eyelashes. If I just put mascara on they look ridiculous and don’t add anything to my eyeshadow efforts. I feel dumpy. But curling my lashes, even if I don’t have any eye makeup on, makes a huge difference. It opens up my eyes instantly.

I know you aren’t supposed to recurl your lashes after you have mascara on so pretend I didn’t write this but I often do that in the evening. I want to refresh my makeup without adding on more layers of mascara that might get clumpy so I’ll curl my lashes again, take out my Tweezerman ilashcomb and I’m ready to go.

These two tools are so important in my arsenal that I’m not giving them up no matter what. There’s so much to love about Tweezerman and these two are right there at the top of the list. — Marcia

*Beauty Info Zone is proud to be part of the Tweezerman Ambassador program. Items were received from PR but love is genuinely ours.

Gilligan, here I come

If you could pick one thing to grab to take on that proverbial desert island, what would it be? That question must be asked on beauty boards a thousand times a year. My answer is always a tweezer. (We’re going to assume that this desert island already has sunscreen in my scenario.)  If I didn’t have a tweezer I’d look like a grumpy old man within weeks. I’d be a grumpy old woman, that’s for sure. I’m also going to grab something else though and that’s my Floxite 9x Magnifying Lighted Mirror.

For my tweezers it’s going to be Tweezerman. No contest. I can’t be without my slanted Tweezerman tweezers. I have them everywhere – purse, next to my computer, both bathrooms, travel kit. I am not going to be without a tweezers if I can help it. I see or feel a hair and it has to go! For me this brand is perfection. These tweezers grab the hair without grabbing the skin. They pull evenly without leaving half behind. They stay sharp plus Tweezerman sharpens for free (see the package for the information on where you’d send them to be resharpened.) The pictured one was a gift from my friend Rachel and it’s so me! Hearts! I love everything with hearts so to put hearts on a tweezers is close to nirvana.  I also have a Tweezerman in blue, red and black!! The prices range from $20 to $25.


I know you’ve all heard of Tweezerman but what you may not have heard about is Floxite mirrors. I’ve had my Floxite 9x Magnifying Mirror Light for Travel and Home for about 8 years and it’s still going strong. This is available at Rialto Mirrors ($50). This mirror is a tweezer lover’s dream.  I use this every single night. I can see every little thing in this mirror (which isn’t always good). But it really helps me get rid of those unwanted hairs.

Floxite has improved the mirror since I bought mine. It now has 3 levels of light: day/office, evening and soft spotlight. I’m not sure what to call mine but I’d guess soft spotlight. It’s called a home and travel mirror because you can fold this if you wanted but I think it’s on the big and heavy side for flying. The mirror itself is 8 inches in diameter and is distortion free. I can also use this mirror for putting on my makeup but I have a feeling that one of these days I’ll have to buy their 15x mirror for that. QVC carries a selection of Floxite mirrors including the 15x one.

If you are looking for a mirror so that you don’t have to be a grumpy bearded lady then this is the brand for you. — Marcia