The Zin and Zen of Youngblood Cosmetics

Youngblood Cosmetics Zen eyeshadow and Zin mineral blush

Youngblood Cosmetics Zen eyeshadow and Zin mineral blush

press sample

Some people are into yin and yang but I’m all about Zin and Zen. Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics knows how to get my attention with their eyeshadows and blushes. Since yin and yang are a combination of harmony and balance that makes the two products I’m showing you today the epitome of yin/yang since they work harmoniously together to balance my face.

Whenever products come my way the first ones that get tried are eyeshadows. I’ve worn Youngblood for several years and I’m always happy to try out new colors. Unfortunately there are only 7 shades of Pressed Individual Eyeshadows still being produced ($21 each but you can find them for less at Amazon and other sites) in matte, satin, and shimmer formulas. Youngblood has other eyeshadows with Perfect Pairs and Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quads so all is not lost.

Youngblood Zen Pressed Individual Eyeshadow

Youngblood Zen Pressed Individual Eyeshadow

ZEN is a shade I find irresistible. It’s a metallic shimmer but not over the top shimmery. I like to start with Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue though I don’t always remember. A primer is a necessity for me and the TF Glitter Glue keeps the shimmer from spreading. Now when I say ZEN is a shimmer shadow I don’t mean it’s a glitter shadow. I find it perfectly acceptable for day or night. It’s buttery soft and easy to apply. All Youngblood eyeshadows are hypoallergenic and made from 100% minerals.

Youngblood Zen Pressed Individual Eyeshadow

Youngblood Zen Pressed Individual Eyeshadow

ZEN is a khaki with a brown base. It makes an unusual smoky eye, a beautiful eyeliner, or a sensational crease color. The compact it comes in is wonderful since it has a magnetic closure and a nice size mirror.

Youngblood Zen and Zin

Youngblood Zen and Zin

Youngblood ZIN Pressed Mineral Blush is the perfect harmony blush for me when I wear darker shadows. ZIN is a soft mauve that’s almost a nude shade. It’s very pale looking in the compact but it has more color than it appears at first. There are 8 Pressed Mineral Blushes in Matte, Satin and Shimmer shades. ZIN is in the matte category which is wonderful when my eyes are strongly made up.

ZIN Younglood Mineral Pressed Blush

ZIN Younglood Mineral Pressed Blush

This subtle blush is just deep enough to make my face look balanced without any clown cheeks. When I use a big fluffy brush I can always do a light veil of ZIN on my entire face along with a stronger blush to take away the paleness when I’m looking ghostly (or ghastly).

Youngblood Zen eyeshadow and Zin mineral blush

Youngblood Zen eyeshadow and Zin mineral blush

Like Zen, it comes in the magnetic compact that feels so pleasing to shut. All Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics are free of talc, oils, paraben and fragrance. Best of all – Youngblood is a cruelty free company.

These will now be added to my list of favorites from Youngblood. Do you have favorites from them? — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration, affiliate links

Favorite setting products – powders and sprays

Do you have products that help you finish your makeup each day? That’s what Top Ten Tuesday is about this week. There are some great products available for this job and I’ve picked the favorites that I’ve used. When I’m done I hope you’ll share some of yours with me.

I have to start with IT COSMETICS since I talk about the brand all the time. The product that I’ve used up twice is IT COSMETICS BYE BYE PORES aka Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder. Once I discovered this powder I stopped using the drawer full I had from Laura Mercier, Kevyn Aucoin, and more. I still use those occasionally but they aren’t in my top ten! Silky soft and it does blur my pores just like it says it will.

Bye Bye Pores powder and puff

Bye Bye Pores powder and puff

Once they came out with Bye Bye Pores Airbrush Silk Pressed Anti-Aging Finishing Powder I had to buy that too.  This pressed powder is great for travel and on the go.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder

Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish Powder is fabulous. I love this powder and am currently on my second one. Powder takes forever and a day for me to finish so the fact that I’ve gone through one and a half jars of this speaks for itself. Diamond Finish sets my makeup, blurs my pores, and gives me a beautiful finish that isn’t matte.

Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish Powder

Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish Powder

One more loose powder in this group: Pixi Beauty Quik Fix Powder in Translucid wins for the best packaging as well as being a great powder. This is very lightweight and invisible on my skin. It contains great ingredients like aloe vera and cucumber extract to smooth along with grape extract which acts as an antioxidant.

Pixi Quick Fix Powder in Translucid

Pixi Quick Fix Powder in Translucid

Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender is really a cheat since it’s not a powder or a spray but it’s a staple in my cosmetic wardrobe. It has a very unusual texture and gives a matte finish. It’s wonderful for blurring fine lines and pores. There’s no dryness like powder can give.

Mally Beauty Poreless Face Defender

Mally Beauty Poreless Face Defender

Now on to the sprays. Skindinavia has two sprays that I have to recommend: Makeup Primer Spray and the Makeup Finishing Spray are both wonderful. Other brands like Urban Decay sell these but they are made by Skindinavia. The Primer Spray is just like it sounds. Spray this one after your skincare is on and it helps deliver a smoother finish for your foundation. The Finishing Spray is to be applied after all your makeup is on and it helps keep your makeup in place for the day. It’s especially great for being outdoors. They even make this in Oil Control and a Bridal version.

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

A much less expensive version is  Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Makeup Setting Spray at Walmart. This is only $6.30 compared to the $30ish prices of Skindinavia. It’s not bride proof but it’s a good way to see if a spray is for you.

Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Makeup Setting Spray

Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Makeup Setting Spray

When I was in the midst of hot flashes I relied on Youngblood Minerals in the Mist. I was at IMATS and I looked like someone had dropped a bucket of water on me. I was shopping at Youngblood and they recommended it in Refresh for me and it saved the trip. I carried it around with me to refresh my skin. I’ve since used it up but if I ever go through that misery again, I’d repurchase.

A few other bloggers have joined this week’s challenge. I’m interested in learning more. Are you? — Marcia


*some affiliate links used

 

 

 

Going Pantone pastel with Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Vintage Eyeshadow Quad and Pink Lust Lipstick

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I was pleasantly suprised when I saw how light and pretty the the Pantone colors of th year were for 2016: Rose Quartz (pastel rose) and Serenity (pastel blue). They are beautiful shades that work just as well for winter as they do for summer. Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics sent me a few products that celebrate the Rose Quartz shade and I am totally loving them.

Youngblood Cosmetics Vintage and Pink Lust

Youngblood Cosmetics Vintage and Pink Lust

The Youngblood Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad in Vintage ($43) is four shades of rose that make a perfect, classic eye look. The packaging is oh-so-chic and the eyeshadows have a smooth texture that is long-wearing. The Vintage Quad shades are:

  • Blush – a medium matte pink
  • Merlot – a deep, warm purple-plum
  • Bordeaux – a shimmery deep burgundy
  • Syrah – a soft dusty pink
Youngblood Cosmetics Vintage

Youngblood Cosmetics Vintage

Youngblood Cosmetics Vintage

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Vintage Eyeshadow Palette

I love pink eyeshadow as long as the pink isn’t too bright or too blue, and these are really perfect for some pop without looking like someone ‘popped’ you in the eye. I always use a primer and with one the eyeshadows last all day. If you are looking for some Serenity to complement your Rose Quartz, you should check out the Glamour Eyes Quad – the Stunning and Charming shades look perfect for a complete Pantone 2016 combo.

Youngblood Cosmetics Pink Lust

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Pink Lust Lipstick

For lips, Youngblood sent me their Lipstick in Pink Lust ($19). This is a light metallic pink/peach. It is extremely pretty and wears well. It has a nice slip that is comfortable and the metallic sheen is awesome for adding some depth and the illusion of size to my thin lips. Youngblood lipsticks include ingredients like sunflower oil, candellila wax, and vitamin E so lips are soft and hyrdated. In addition to Pink Lust, there are 22 other shades that come in a range of finishes including sheer, metallic, pearl, cream and matte.

The Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Vintage Eyeshadow Quad and Pink Lust Lipstick are great options for trying out the rose quartz side of the Pantone 2016 colors of the year – take a look, these pretty products are worth your consideration!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

If you want the perfect pair, turn to Youngblood Cosmetics mineral eyeshadows

One of my favorite parts of the holidays are the amazing new collections and gift sets that become available. As an eyeshadow fanatic it’s a little like heaven on earth. Some eyeshadows that were released for winter 2015 (and beyond) are the YOUNGBLOOD PERFECT PAIR MINERAL EYESHADOW DUOS. There are 4 duos in total and I am the happy recipient of 3 of them.

Youngblood Perfect Pair Mineral Eyeshadow Duos

Youngblood Perfect Pair Mineral Eyeshadow Duos

These are the most silky soft shadows that I’ve used lately. The texture of these is extraordinary, they pick up on my brushes like a dream and apply so smoothly. Youngblood tells us that the ingredient that creates this silkiness is Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride with its antioxidant properties and skin naturing benefits. Who doesn’t want products on our faces, especially our tender eye area, that will condition and smooth our skin. That’s also why they use Lauroyl Lysine and Stevioside.

Youngblood Perfect Pair duos

Youngblood Perfect Pair duos

Youngblood Virtue

Youngblood Virtue

Youngblood Virtue

Youngblood Virtue

VIRTUE totally surprised me when I wore it. I was sure that the darker side (Passionate) would be too red on my eyes but it’s such a unique metallic cranberry that it’s stunning on. Pure is the matte white side. I can’t think of another matte white in my collection so it’s nice to have this shade now.

Youngblood Graceful

Youngblood Graceful

Youngblood Graceful

Youngblood Graceful

GRACEFUL also surprised me since I wouldn’t have thought to put together a cobalt blue with a coral. Azure, the cobalt shade, is a matte shade that isn’t as dark once on as it appears in the pan. Apricot is a beautiful satin light coral. Lately I’ve been loving this family for a bright lower lid look. Apricot stands out with Azure but it’s also terrific with the many neutrals and browns in your collection.

Youngblood Desire

Youngblood Desire

Youngblood Desire

Youngblood Desire

DESIRE is my favorite of the trio. I am crazy about this duo, especially the purple. Iris, is a satin that can be built up to a beautiful depth or kept soft. It’s a blue based purple which is the way I want my purples to be. Pink Rose is the softest pink with maybe a tiny touch of lavender. It looks chalky on my swatch but that’s only because I had to put so much on to have the swatch show. Once on my eyes Pink Rose is just a touch pink and complements Iris perfectly.

Youngblood Virtue, Graceful, and Desire Perfect Pair Duos

Youngblood Virtue, Graceful, and Desire Perfect Pair Duos

Just as beautiful is the CHARISMATIC DUO which consists of a matte milk chocolate and a metallic rose gold.

Don’t miss out on some of the silkiest shadows that are cruelty-free, talc free, and paraben free. You’ll love every minute of wearing them. — Marcia

*press sample

 Ingredients:

Mica, Zinc Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Polyethylene, Nylon-12, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Stevioside, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Isopentyldiol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Carmine (CI 75470), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510).

Favorite products to get holiday ready

For Makeup Wars today we are sharing our favorites for holiday beauty. For my post it’s the products I recently used to go out for a special dinner and that I’ll be replicating on Thanksgiving when someone else (hallelujah) is hosting a very elegant dinner. Come along and see what my special items are.

Surratt Eyelash Curler

Surratt Eyelash Curler

During Sephora’s F&F sale I treated myself to a Surratt Beauty Relevee Eyelash Curler ($30). I already own lash curlers and use one daily or my eyes disappear, but the hype on this was so strong that I needed to try the Surratt one. It has its pros and cons but for me it’s mostly a pro.

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler opened

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler opened

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler closed

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler closed

I feel like my lashes are curled better than ever without having any crimps in them. The curl seems to last longer too. The problem with this is that it’s black and my eyelashes are very dark so it’s sort of a game using the lash curler. I can’t see if my eyelashes are in there straight so I just wait til it feels comfortable and squeeze; move it again and squeeze. So far so good.

Wander Beauty Exquisite Eye Liquid Eyeshadow

Wander Beauty Exquisite Eye Liquid Eyeshadow Duo

As an eyeshadow base I used Wander Beauty Exquisite Eye Liquid Eyeshadow in Champagne*.  This is one of the two liquid eyeshadows sold together on QVC ($34). I love both shades and wear them when I want some gorgeous shimmer that won’t wander – ever. On my non-oily lids I don’t need an eyeshadow primer since this does the job.

Wander Beauty Liquid Eyeshadows in Champagne and Bronze

Wander Beauty Liquid Eyeshadows in Champagne and Bronze

Wander Beauty Liquid Eyeshadow in Champagne

Wander Beauty Liquid Eyeshadow in Champagne

Wander Beauty Liquid Eyeshadow in Champagne Bronze

Wander Beauty Liquid Eyeshadow in Champagne Bronze

The swatches are applied heavily but on my eyes it becomes a sheer wash of color. My powder eyeshadows become even more vibrant and long lasting when using these as a base but these cream shadows are great all by themselves too.

Lorac Pro Metal Palette

Lorac Pro Metal Palette

Right now I have a crush on Lorac Pro Metal Palette ($28). I bought this after seeing a review on Beauty Junkies Unite and knew it had to be mine. I love a high shine and these 8 shades do it right. Quartz is very white on me which is why the Wander Beauty base is better for my brow bone. I love Gilded‘s gold on my lid and Graphite‘s golden taupe in my crease. The palette in general though is fabulous with Rose Gold, Onyx (dark charcoal), Amber (copper), Clover (golden khaki), and Cobalt (navy). These shadows are like silk. This is limited edition so if you love these kinds of shadows be sure you check it out.

Youngblood Luminous Crme blush in Taffeta

Youngblood Luminous Creme blush in Taffeta

Youngblood Luminous Creme Blush in Taffeta is my favorite blush ever. I use up just about nothing cosmetic wise but I’m on my second pot of this. It’s a go-to blush for me that I feel is the perfect pink for my skin. I really didn’t think it could get better until Jennifer Bradley The Glow Stick ($28)* came into my life.

Jennifer Bradley The Glow Stick

Jennifer Bradley The Glow Stick

Jennifer Bradley The Glow Stick

Jennifer Bradley The Glow Stick

Jennifer Bradley The Glow Stick

Jennifer Bradley The Glow Stick

The Jennifer Bradley Glow Stick is a light pink cream highlighter that can be used on cheeks, face and eyes. It’s got a luminous quality without a single drop of glitter or shimmer. It feels almost magical when applied. This comes in a plastic tube with a wand ball applicator that makes it easy to apply. It doesn’t migrate on my face. I’ve used it on my browbone, over a blush and on the cupid’s bow of my mouth. While it’s subtle, it gives a twinkle when you move your head certain ways or in some lights. It’s the perfect strobing product for people who want the glow without the fuss. I store mine upside down in a lipstick holder and shake it just before use.

Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick

Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick

Smashbox’s Brow Tech Gloss Stick ($21)* brings a new dimension to my quest for good eyebrows. I follow a blog (If Makeup Could Talk) and she always has the most amazing brow look. I never could figure out how to get my brows to look glossy like hers. I didn’t want anything sticky.

Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick

Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick

Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick - taupe on top, brunette on bottom

Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick – taupe on top, brunette on bottom

Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick is the answer to my question. This wind up brow stick comes in 4 shades. I was sent both Taupe and Brunette. I can use them both but it’s Brunette that really gives me that special look. These are glossy without being over the top. They add a beautiful, non-sticky sheen to my eyebrows while filling them in well. I save these for nights out so that I can feel special when I’m trying to look my best.

Of course there’s more to it than these 6 products but this is gist of my favorite look lately. I feel it’s holiday ready and ups my everyday face to something more special. Each of these are products I can highly recommend.

What are your favorites for holiday party looks? — Marcia


*products were sent for consideration, rest are personal purchases

Instant cheekbones with Youngblood Contour Palette

Youngblood Contour Palette

Youngblood Contour Palette

I am not really a huge fan of the Kardasian’s but one thing that I always admire about those ladies is their ability to contour.  Contour can give you instant cheekbones, a slimmer nose, a thinner face…it can completely transform your look.

A really terrific contour palette with options for all skin shades is the Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Contour Palette ($47).

Youngblood Contour Palette

Youngblood Contour Palette

pr sample

This sturdy palette has 3 powder highlighter shades and 3 powder contour shades. The shades go from lightest to darkest, so this palette is extremely versatile.  All the shades are matte, making it different from the usual contour collection.

Highlighters typically have shimmer to bounce light off skin, increasing the effect. The problem with shimmer is that it doesn’t look natural. These shades are all matte so the contour/highlighting effect is definitely natural. The powders are also on the creamy side, not super dry, so they really meld into the skin.

Youngblood Contour Palette swatched

Youngblood Contour Palette swatched

My skin is a little lighter than medium and I find I can use all the shades in this palette. Youngblood also includes a very helpful booklet with illustrations for contouring and highlighting. My favorite trick is to use the lightest shade right down the center of my nose, then use the darkest shade on sides. This makes my nose look straight and far more narrow.

As far as application, I use whatever works – a brush, a sponge, my fingers. Get a Youngblood Contour Palette for yourself and have fun playing – you will be amazed at how much you can truly transform your look!  – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

Makeup Wars perks up your eyes

MAKEUP WARS is all about eyes today, expanding from the typical to the somewhat atypical. Ways to perk up your eye makeup can be as simple or bold as wearing a colorful mascara as well as changing up your eyeliner from your typical black or dark brown. I’ve chosen my favorite colorful eyeliners to share with you since a day without eyeliner for me is a day my eyes disappear.

STILA GOT INKED CUSHION EYE LINER is my new favorite eyeliner. Yes I do play favorites and right now the play is with these very cool cushion eye liners. This is a liquid eyeliner unlike any you’ve used. It comes in a pot with the liquid under a cushion top. Use your favorite brush (I prefer a very thin one) and press it onto the webbed sponge top and you’ve got your color. Stila compares it to using a calligraphy pen that you dip into the sponge. These don’t seem like they’ll spill. I first bought it in Smoky Quartz Ink and after using it twice I knew I needed another so along came Copper Ink. Both are within my comfort zone but on the edge of it. You can go thick or thin, you can draw cat eyes, you can do anything your heart desires and the color will last. It comes in 6 shades (Black Obsidian, Amethyst, Blue Sapphire, Garnet plus Smoky Quartz and Copper).

Stila Got Inked Cushion Eye Liners

Stila Got Inked Cushion Eye Liners

Smoky Quartz Ink is a pewter taupe that is metallic and will take on the colors of your eye makeup depending on the light. While there’s no glitter in it, it looks that way because of the high shine. When I wear this with a gold and khaki combination it seems to pick up that khaki undertone. Copper Ink isn’t quite as metallic but it’s far from flat. It’s stunning with a variety of browns but when it really looks unique is wearing it with eyeshadow in the navy family. Copper Ink is making me shop my stash for new looks.

Stila Got Inked Cushion Eye Liners - top Smoky Quartz In, bottom Copper Ink

Stila Got Inked Cushion Eye Liners – top Smoky Quartz In, bottom Copper Ink

I’m a huge fan of liquid eyeliners but they are not all created equal. The length and sturdiness of the brush are the keys for me finding the ones I love. While I don’t wear pencil eyeliners that often I’ve found that Pur Minerals (now Pur Cosmetics) has a combination that has the best of both worlds. DOUBLE EGO EYELINERS are liquid on one end and pencil on the other end. Use separately or combine for great looks.

Pur Minerals Double Ego liners

Pur Minerals Double Ego liners

Look at those colors! Milan (inky black), Tasmania (dark chocolate), Madagascar (black gold), Bora Bora (royal blue), Swiss Alps (cool pewter), Rio de Janeiro (deep plum), Bali (emerald green), and Queensland (aquatic teal). While I mostly wear Tasmania I’ve been known to wear Swiss Alps (pewter) and Rio de Janiero (plum) to shake it up a bit. These are amazing eyeliners.

Last but far from least on my list are the YOUNGBLOOD EYE-MAZING LIQUID EYELINER PENS. These are available in 5 shades that are beautiful and go beyond black. The brush is what makes these so wonderful. For me they glide on and last, rarely going astray. I’ve bought backups of Marron since it’s an amazing brown eyeliner. Gris (soft grey) and Verde (dark forest green) are unique to my eyeliner collection.

Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pens from http://www.ybskin.com/

Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pens from http://www.ybskin.com/

Youngblood Liquid Liner in Azul, Gris, Noir, Verde and Marron

Youngblood Liquid Liner in Azul, Gris, Noir, Verde and Marron

What are your favorite eyeliners? As you can tell I’m obsessed with liquid eyeliners and love having this variety on hand. — Marcia