Side by Side – 10 top color items for 2011

Beauty Info Zone hasn’t done any top 10 lists lately and we’re way overdue. It was super hard to pick out of all the reviews we’ve done and narrow it down to only 10 products each so if we cheat a little, don’t be mad. We’ve both reviewed so many products that we reach for all the time. Here’s what’s standing out to Marcia and Lisa’s Top Ten for the first half of 2011.


  1. Rouge Bunny Rouge: Oh how I love my Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadows. Here are two reviews that I’ve written about them. There will be more to come! Start with my first RBR post and then read this post.
  2. Illamasqua nail polish: I love my nail polishes and I have used so many that have won my heart. But Illamasqua are the ones I’m lusting after.
  3. Face Stockholm: All the Face Stockholm products I’ve tried have been absolutely wonderful but if I have to pick one to live with forever after it would be the Rio cream blush.
  4. Billion Dollar Brows: Here’s where I cheated. I know I said 10 items but I use the BDB brow powder and tweezers every single day so I have to include them both. I would be lost without these now. 
  5. Tarte Inner Rim Brightener: Another product I use every single day; I even have two since I don’t want to be without this.
  6. Le Métier de Beaute’ Fresh Creme Tints: I have all of these and I love them to pieces. I’m a cream girl/lady/woman and these are so creamy. They double as blush and lip tints.
  7. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes: Cheating again, more Tarte but I can’t help it. These are the longest lasting powder blushes I’ve ever tried. Every color is fabulous too.
  8. Armani Intense Eyes to Kill eyeshadows:  These are unique on the market and I love using them. I’m so sad I didn’t buy more which means I will be buying more!
  9. Face Atelier Lip Putty: I picked this over all the other great Face Atelier products because I use it constantly. It’s the best product I own to prime my lips.
  10. Dan Read foundation: I know Lisa is going to mention this but the more I thought about the list, the more I realized I couldn’t write my top ten without it.


  1. Dan Read eyeshadows:  Everything about Dan Read makes me happy, especially his foundation, but I’m in an eyeshadow kind of mood lately and these have won my heart.
  2. Vasanti Eye Products: Every single eye product that I use from Vasanti is wonderful. Eye Wonder is a fabulous eye cream and Vasanti’s Moon Dust Shimmer Powder is amazing.
  3. OCC pigments:  I have always loved pigments and my collection is huge. OCC pigments stand out though because they are top notch and I love them all but Artifact is the very best. 
  4. Cargo eyeshadow palettes: I’m obviously on an eyeshadow kick lately and Cargo started this kick. Once I tried their palettes I became more obsessed with eyes than ever. Cool Neutral has gotten me through many work days because I know that even if I wake up late I’ll end up with a polished eye.
  5. Unii palettes: I’m in love with the amazing colors of Unii palettes. They bring a smile to the face of this serial depotter. Anyone who likes their eyeshadows and blushes in palette form needs a collection of these.
  6. Cargo Magic Brush: This is the brush I choose if I can only have one brush. It’s so soft and does such a magical job on my face.
  7. Face Stockholm color correcting foundation: I’ve been amazed with the Matte Foundation in Lilac. I never thought something like this would work but oh my goodness, it’s a fabulous addition to your foundations.
  8. Face Stockholm blush: Shambella matte blush has been my most used blush lately. The quality is terrific, so incredibly smooth and easy to blend.
  9. Illuminare eyeliner: I never thought that I’d fall so in love with an eyeliner but Illuminare Beyond Black has stolen my heart.
  10. Illuminare foundation: Illuminare makes several formulas of foundation and I refuse to pick a favorite; I can’t help but love Extra Coverage foundation/concealer and Mattifying Mineral foundation. Add in their Fast Application Pad and you have perfection.

We hope you’ve gotten to the end of this very long article. We each could have done a list of 20 but we have to stop at some point. We will be following up with another Side by Side with our top 10 on other types of products.

Did we hit any of your favorites in this list? — Marcia and Lisa

Get mod with Unii Palettes

I am a fanatical depotter.  If I can take an eyeshadow or highlighter or blush or powder out of its case, I do it.  Why?  Because then I can mix and match products from different lines to create a perfect color combination in storage palettes.  I love anything that makes traveling and storage more efficient, and one or two cosmetic palettes is SO much better than ten different individual containers.

One of the cutest palettes on the market is the Unii Palette ($29).  It’s a fabulous ‘mod’ looking palette that comes in the colors Pomegranate (pictured above), Twilight (teal), Lemongrass (lime yellow), Eggplant (deep purple), Snow (white), and Coal (black).  Mine is in Lemongrass.  Check out the total cuteness:

Every Unii Palette comes with a magnet bottom so your de-pots stay in place, an adhesive magnetic sheet with writable labels, a nice big mirror inside for makeup application, a  movable thumb grip, a super tight rubberized seal, and an instruction box.  The Unii is a little smaller (but deeper) than the other makeup palettes I have, the outer dimensions are 3.7″D x 6″L x0.7″Thick, and the inner dimensions are 2.8″D x 5.4″L x0.4″Thick.

It’s the only palette I have ever used that is actually deep enough to also hold some lip liners, eyeliners, and brushes in it.  The mirror is amazing, it really is big enough to see your whole face and it stays clean even with eyeshadows in it.  The box it comes in folds out and has instructions on how to depot, how to use the palette, and how to clean it.  And the little magnet is pretty cool – you use this to help hold on to the palette, fingers under the palette and thumb on the magnet.  There’s much less chance of dipping fingers into the pots by mistake.

I am embarrassed to admit that it took me a while to figure out how to open the case.  Once I did, it was really easy – see the clear bar at the bottom of the case?  It snaps up to seal the palette.  I guess the saying is true, you have to be smarter than what you’re working on!

I filled this one with some of my notoriously difficult depots – a Nars eyeshadow, Nars highlighter, and 5 Giorgio Armani eyeshadows.  I think I could have fit another GA eyeshadow in there too.  I was able to put 14 MAC eyeshadows into the case after playing around with the arrangement for a bit. 

This is so darn cute, I can put products in it, bring it to work, and leave it right on my desk.  It almost looks like a mini-lap top.  And the rubberized seal REALLY seals it, everything stays in place so there’s no worry about breakage.

One thing I would recommend is that if you plan to get more than one, get them in different colors.  Because the top is not see-through, a whole bunch of the same color palettes isn’t be a good idea as you’d have to open them all to find what you were looking for.

There are some great videos on YouTube about this product, check them out for more information.  You can find the Unii online as well as at Naimie’s.  – Lisa