Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen – the name says it all

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

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

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics is a brand to turn to when you want natural luxury mineral cosmetics without any of the common irritants that are found in OTC cosmetics. They are known for their purity and for their lack of ingredients that can be harmful for your skin. Youngblood has won awards for products like their foundation (Best Foundation” (Beauty Launchpad) and “Best Mineral Blush” (NewBeauty). Now I am about to give Youngblood an award too. Their brand new Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pens win my award for Amazing Liquid Eyeliner!

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pens

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pens

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pens

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pens

I’ve been searching up and down the makeup aisles in drugstores, department stores and online for the perfect brown liquid eyeliner. What I didn’t know is that until April 1, 2014 this liquid eyeliner wouldn’t be for sale. To my delight Youngblood sent all 5 of their new Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pens to test and review and in that group I found “the one”. I have a lot of liquid eyeliners yet to write about but I couldn’t let that stop me from announcing my winner.

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen

Let’s go back and find out what these 5 eyeliners are all about.  The Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen is available in five colors: Noir (Black), Marrón (Brown), Gris (Gray), Verde (Forest Green) and Azul (Blue). The liners have a thin magic marker type stylus that is firm without being too hard. The colors are beautiful. The best part is that not only do they glide on but they have great staying power. These last me the entire day even on my bottom lashline. Since my eyes water sometimes that can be a trick but I’ve had amazing luck with these over the last month that I’ve been wearing them.

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

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

Marrón is the first of these eyeliners that I tried and it absolutely blew me away. I’ve got a cup full of brown liquid eyeliners. I have none that match the perfection of Marrón. Not only is this a perfect brown but it doesn’t bleed, it’s not watery and it lasts for me. The texture of the brush is just what I like since it is firm and never skips.

The black shade, Noir, is an extremely dark black and is the only one that is a little bit stubborn to remove. It doesn’t stain but it’s so black that I have to hold my eye makeup remover on my eye a little longer with Noir.

Gris and Noir comparison

Gris and Noir comparison

Gris is wonderful because it’s almost impossible to find a soft gray eyeliner and even more impossible with a liquid liner. You can deepen the color by going over it several times or you can leave it as soft as you want.

Verde

Verde

Verde is a very dark forest green that can look black in some lights. But put it with the right eye makeup and you’ll see the green without being hit in the face by it. A dark green is another eyeliner that can be difficult to find in the perfect shade yet Youngblood has done it.

Azul is the only bright shade in the group. It’s not navy, it’s more of a bright cobalt blue giving you that pop of color that looks particularly great in spring and summer.

Verde, Gris, Marron, Azul, Noir

Verde, Gris, Marron, Azul, Noir

More things to love about Youngblood’s Eye-Mazing Liquid Liners: It’s easy to do a cat-eye with these because of the firmness of the brush. These are smudge-proof and water resistant. They are vegan and paraben free. And the most important thing in my book is that I’ve found the winner of my quest for the best brown liquid eyeliner. All the colors are fabulous and winners in their own right. Congratulations to Youngblood for creating these champs. — Marcia

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pens

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pens

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Youngblood is ‘Going for Glamour’ with their Fall 2013 Color Collection

Youngblood’s new 3 piece color collection for fall is called Going for Glamour. It features cranberry lips and cheeks with an intriguing mix of blues and browns for eyes. Maybe I am just tired of all my summer melon and peach shades but this set totally made me swoon. Youngblood sent the BIZ a preview of the set to try, and it goes on sale TODAY, August 1st. Trust me, you are going to want all three items. The one word that goes through my mind every time I wear this collection is gorgeous!!

Youngblood Going for Glamour Fall 2013

Youngblood Going for Glamour Fall 2013

The Pressed Mineral Blush ($25) is the shade Temptress.  This is a beautiful cranberry with gold flecks.

Temptress Blush

Temptress Blush

Temptress Blush swatch

Temptress Blush swatch

Temptress is a very highly pigmented blush.  In fact, the level of pigment really reminds me of Nars blushes.  With a light hand, this stunning shade actually creates a natural looking flush, like you just came in from the cold or just finished a little bedroom gymnastics… because you are a glamorous temptress!  What I truly love about this blush is it has great lasting power (nope, I refuse to go for the easy bedroom joke here.)  I still have blush on even at the end of the day, which for me is just short of a miracle and is what seals the deal in declaring this blush a winner.

Going for Glamour also includes the Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad ($43) in Glamour-Eyes.

Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad in Glamour-Eyes

Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad in Glamour-Eyes

The eyeshadows are housed in a sleek black magnetic-closure compact with a large mirror.  The eyeshadows have great pigmentation with a beautiful, buttery texture.  I think this is a very intriguing and unusual mix of blues and browns.  I never would have paired these shades together but they totally do that ‘warm plus cool equals fantastic’ thing.

The top row has the brown shades.  Top row left is Enticing, a cashmere taupe that has a golden sheen.  Top row right is Alluring, a warm golden-chocolate shade that is significantly deeper than Enticing.  The bottom row houses the blues, although these shades make me anything but sad!  Bottom left is Stunning, a beautiful denim blue.  Bottom right is Charming, a light ice blue.  Too much of this shade can look a bit frosty, but used lightly it is a fantastic shade of blue that really opens up the eyes, especially if you have deep-set and/or hooded eyes.

Glamour-Eyes swatched, left to right:  Enticing, Alluring, Stunning, and Charming

Glamour-Eyes swatched, left to right: Enticing, Alluring, Stunning, and Charming

For the eye look below, I mixed the browns and blues and was extremely happy with the results.  I lightly patted Charming on the inside portion of the lid, and applied Enticing on outer portion.  I used Alluring in the crease, and blended in Enticing on the brow.  I finished with Stunning to line upper and lower lids, plus I also used a brown eye pencil on the waterline.

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My Going for Glamour eyes

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All glammed out, another view

The third item in the Going for Glamour collection is the Lipgloss ($23) in Siren, a deep burgundy with golden shimmer.

Siren

Siren Lipgloss

Siren

Siren applicator

Siren swatched

Siren swatched

Isn’t that gorgeous????  And the name brings back great memories of that handsome George Clooney in “O Brother Where Art Thou” encountering the ‘Sigh-reens’…love that movie!  Siren has a wonderful slip that feels great on the lips.  It has my favorite doe-foot applicator, and it can be worn sheer or layered for deeper color.  And of course, that shimmer just makes lips look luscious and glam.

My Going for Glamour FOD

My Going for Glamour FOD

So what do you think…am I a glamorous, tempting siren??  Ok, maybe not…but I sure do adore this collection.  I think the shades are extremely wearable and flattering.  I also love how this collection of shades is meant to be versatile.  Wear the colors sheer for daytime, or layer for evening intensity and drama.  Let’s not forget that all of Youngblood’s products are oil, fragrance, and cruelty free.

I highly recommend you bring out your inner Temptress with Glamour Eyes and Siren lips.  Sounds like an extremely fun fall to me!  - Lisa

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Sexy summer lips from Youngblood

Youngblood has some spectacular summer colors for lips coming up. They sent us a preview of the gorgeousness to come, so here’s the scoop on what’s new and will be available June 1st.

Dragon Fruit

Dragon Fruit Lipstick

Don’t you just love this color??  Dragon Fruit Lipstick ($19) is the latest in summer indulgence and boy is this a great lipstick to take to the beach. Not only is the color a perfect tropical pink, the lipstick is long lasting and full of great ingredients that make lips super soft, like Jojoba Seed and Sunflower oils, Vitamin E, and Candelilla wax.

Dragon Fruit swatch

Dragon Fruit swatch

Dragon Fruit is a sheer bright pink with a creamy-shine finish.  It’s stunning on its own but I really love it with the new Mighty Shiny Lip Gel in Flaunt ($25.50) over it.

New Flaunt

Flaunt Mighty Shiny Lip Gel

The Mighty Shiny Lip Gels are indeed mighty shiny. They have a wonderful emollient texture that feels smooth and slippery without any stickiness at all. They give high shine and a more sheer color, and they have a slight (and pleasant) vanilla scent.

Check out these great ingredients:

Momordica Grosvenorii Fruit Extract — known as the “Longevity Fruit”; rich in powerful antioxidants
to fight free radicals and slow premature aging.
Jojoba Seed Oil — emollient source of Vitamin E; especially beneficial for chapped, dry skin.
Sweet Almond Oil — rich in oleic and linoleic acids, proteins and Vitamin D to soften skin.

New Flaunt

Flaunt

You just pull the cap off and squeeze, and the lip gloss is ready to rock. More good news: the lip gloss is petroleum-, mineral oil- and cruelty-free.

New Flaunt swatch

Flaunt swatch

The shade Flaunt is a brilliant pink with a hint of golden shimmer. By itself, it’s a sheer shimmery pink lip moisturizer. Put it over lipstick – especially Dragon Fruit – and it’s beyond gorgeous.

New Flaunt over Dragon Fruit

Flaunt over Dragon Fruit

I love it – it makes me think of sipping a tall icy drink with a pink umbrella while watching the tide roll in. Sigh.

New Flaunt over Dragon Fruit

Flaunt over Dragon Fruit

I just love these colors, I think they are the perfect duo for this summer. If you are looking to get a few new shades for the hotter months, head on over to Youngblood on June 1st – I am betting these will sell out quickly.  - Lisa

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Youngblood Spring 2013 review and swatches

Youngblood Cosmetics has a very pretty new Spring 2013 collection.  Pink lips, teal eyeliner, and a mattifier to keep away that shiny nose make for a beautiful spring.  This collection is available on March 1st, so mark your calendars! 

Youngblood Anti-Shine Mattifier

Youngblood Anti-Shine Mattifier

The Anti-Shine Mattifier ($36) is a compact mattifier that is smoothed on with a sponge before foundation.  I use it after my regular face primer.  You can also smooth more on throughout the day, but honestly I don’t need to - the morning application keeps me shine-free all day.

because no one needs a shiny nose

because no one needs a shiny nose

The ingredients in this absorb excess surface oil and balance the skin, so you stay fresh looking but shine free even when the temperature is increasing.  If you have an oily t-zone, this is going to become your new best friend.

Ingredients include nigella oil for moisturizing and calming the skin; pumpkin oil to repair the skin; and tocopherol as an antioxidant.

Youngblood Incredible Gel Liner in Lagoon

Youngblood Incredible Gel Liner in Lagoon

 The Incredible Wear Gel Liner in Lagoon ($21) is a very wearable teal with iridescent golden sheen.  Look at how gorgeous this color is:

perfect for spring!

perfect for spring!

It’s beautiful on brown eyes, but it’s not super bright so pretty much any warm eye colors would look great with this.  The gel liner is your standard gel liner, it has nice pigmentation and goes on very smoothly.  I think the green shade is perfect for spring.  I also love how it goes with the pink lipstick in the Spring 2013 collection.

Youngblood Lipstick in Debalicious

Youngblood Lipstick in Debalicious

The Lipstick in Debalicious ($19) is so pretty!  I love pinks but usually Marcia snatches up all the pink lippies, so this is a delight for me.  Debalicious is a creamy bubblegum pink.  The wear is nice, and it leaves lips beautifully moisturized.  Ingredients include sunflower oil, candelilla wax, and Vitamin E.

swatch of Debalicious

swatch of Debalicious

 

my Debalicious lips

my Debalicious lips

 Put it all together, and you have a soft, pretty spring look.  Nice job, Youngblood!  This collection is available beginning March 1, 2013.  – Lisa

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Makeup Wars shows a favorite holiday look


It’s holiday time and some of the Makeup Wars bloggers are ready to celebrate. Today’s Makeup Wars is all about our holiday looks. Everyone loves looking extraordinary on special days and December is filled with those. Since I’m babysitting on New Year’s Eve (yes!! our first sleepover!!) my holiday look took place at a recent party.

As usual I started with my eyes and for this party I pulled out an eyeshadow that I don’t wear that often Makeup Geek Envy. This isn’t an everyday color for me but I so love this blue-green that I was excited to have an occasion to wear it.makeup geek  envy panmakeup geek envy finger panI applied it very heavily along my upper lashline and it was very intense so out came my MAC 219 brush and I started smudging. I blended upwards so that I had the darkness along my lashes and an ombre look as it went up. My favorite browbone shade is the (unfortunately discontinued) Rock & Republic Skintone because it’s absolutely my skintone. I lined with MAC Dark Envy Fluidline and used Diorshow Iconic mascara. I absolutely loved this eye look and felt sexy – a rarity for me! makeup geek teal eye lookmakeup geek teal eyes
After applying my eyes and cleaning up all these little blips of black you see, I applied Tarte Waterproof Maracuja Waterproof Concealer along with an eye cream. My foundation of the evening was one I need to review still, Sunday Riley Creme Radiance Breathable Ageless Foundation. I then used my beloved Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender to set my foundation and keep the oilies at bay. sunday riley foundation jarMy blush and lips had to be subtle since my eyes were dramatic. Subtle lips aren’t a problem for me – I can go eeny, meeny, miny, moe with my eyes closed and pick out a YLLB lipstick. For this look though it was important that my blush and lips were in sync. I recently bought my first ever Dior lipstick. I had resisted them for so long because of fragrance but I went to a Dior counter and the amazing makeup artist introduced me to Dior Addict Lipstick. A Dior lipstick with no fragrance. Now I can be a part of the ‘ladies club’. The shade she picked for me is 535 Talleur Bar. This is a sheer mauve that is only slightly darker than my lips. It’s extremely moisturizing but because it’s sheer it wears off quickly. For blush I combined two Youngblood cream blushes – Taffeta (rose iridescence) and Pink Champagne (warm pink).

dior lip open3

dior lip swatch2

Last but not least I applied It Cosmetics Hello Light, the most amazing illuminating powder I’ve ever tried. I feel magical when wearing this. A true review is upcoming by I love that this powder gives my face a luminosity that isn’t glittery or shimmery, that looks natural while illuminating my face so that I glow. it cosmetics hello light powder qvcit hello light back

My nails are an important part of my cosmetic life and I had fun with this. I was wearing a beautiful emerald polish from Color Me Monthly: Emerald City (review upcoming). To spice it up I wore Color Club’s Snow Flakes polish over it. My nails looked like twinkling Christmas lights on a tree.  colormemonthly green and colorclub nails2

So there you have my Holiday Face and Nails without my face. Every product used is a favorite and will continue to be in 2013. I hope you find some inspiration for New Year’s Eve from this version of Makeup Wars. Click on these icons to see what the other warriors have chosen to do for their Holiday Look. If you have one to share, I’m ready, willing and able to hear what you’ve used. — Marcia

 



Ready? Set? Get On the Go by Youngblood!

Have you got any travel plans in the future? It seems that everyone I know has plans to get away this year around the holidays. I’m not going anywhere until mid January (IMATS here I come!!) but I’ve already got the perfect travel companion. Youngblood On-the-Go Beauty Set is already in my travel bag.

Youngblood On The Go image from ybskin.com

What is the On-the-Go Beauty Set? It’s a great cosmetic bag that should fit everything I want to take on the plane with me plus it comes complete with 6 travel size best sellers from Youngblood. I don’t have to worry about scrounging around for an eye cream, primer, or foundation with this set because it contains those plus more.

Youngblood On the Go

Youngblood On the Go label

Let’s start with the cosmetic bag which could actually double as a clutch. It’s the season’s hot color Oxblood in a faux ostrich design. It measures 8”x 4.5” and has plenty of room inside. When you open this you’ll find a black mesh bag that has the 6 deluxe sample size products. You can order the set in three tones: Light, Medium and Dark. The kit contains Mineral Primer, Eye Impact Quick Recovery Eye Cream, Liquid Foundation, and 3 Moisture Tints (face, illuminating, and body), plus Liquid Mineral Foundation. Not only is this a great travel companion but it’s a great way to try out the products to see if you want to buy them in full size.

On the Go products

Mineral Primer: what a great way to try this out. I love the finish which is slightly matte. I never take a primer when I travel because they are too big but this deluxe sample size is perfect. It works well with the Youngblood products as well as the other foundations I’ve tried it with. A winner!!

Mineral Primer

primer droplet image from ybskin.com

Moisture Tints: these 3 bottles are identical so be sure you check the label. When I first got these I had a hard time getting these to pump out so be aware of that. They need to be shaken (and not stirred) to mix the ingredients inside. Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint is a lightweight tinted moisturizer with good coverage. None of the shades available are really light but since it’s a tinted moisturizer they do apply lighter than they seem.

Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint

Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint Illuminating is an illuminating product. It’s very watery at first so you really need to shake it up. Once you get past that watery stage though it’s a lovely radiance that can be used anywhere. It’s got sheen without glitter. The shade is called Golden Sun in all kits. The Mineral Illuminating Tint Body is also the same shade in all three kits. This not only illuminates your skin with a not too dark bronze but it also hydrates it. I’ll use this on my décolleté.

Youngblood Illuminating Body Tint image from ybskin.com

Liquid Mineral Foundation: I love the coverage of this foundation. For my skintone I’d love to try it in Pebble. It’s loaded with more than 20 ocean minerals, botanicals, and a special blend of rare Reduced Salt Deep Sea Water. Good for your skin while you look good too.

Mineral Foundation

Of course I saved my favorite for last. I can’t go without eye cream and the kit contains Youngblood Eye Impact Quick Recovery Eye Cream. This eye cream is known to instantly hydrate and de-puff. Travel, especially on an airplane, shows all the signs of fatigue and dehydration so a product like this is perfection in the kit.

Eye Impact

Eye Impact Quick Recovery full size image

Eye Impact Quick Recovery droplet from ybskin.com

For $25.50 I think you get a bargain – travel sizes of important products plus room for more. I already know a few other of my favorite Youngblood items that will be put in the On The Go bag: Taffeta & Tropical Glow Cream blushes, Sierra Incredible Wear Gel Liner, and Blushing Nude lipstick. I’m ready, set and will be ON THE GO!– Marcia

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Review and giveaway: Youngblood Mineral Radiance Creme Powder Foundation

Youngblood Mineral Radiance Creme Powder Foundation in Neutral

I remember when I owned just one foundation.  The concept of owning an arsenal of different textures, different coverage options, and even different shades had never occurred to me.  I used my one bottle of foundation – the same type, the same shade – every single day.  (I also only had one eyeshadow and one lipstick, but that’s another story for a different post!)

What I realize now is that my skin is not the same every day.  It alternates between being a very good girl to being a very, very bad girl.  Some days it’s dry and needs a moisturizing foundation.  Some days it’s oily and needs a matte foundation. Some days my skin tone is extremely uneven or broken out and I need more coverage. And I never know what it’s going to be until I get up and look in the mirror.

So now, I have a fluid foundation, a cream foundation, a powder foundation, a tinted moisturizer, and a cream to powder foundation sitting in my foundation drawer like good little soldiers, ready to be called out to battle whatever skin issues I have that day.

mirror and sponge included!

Youngblood’s Mineral Radiance Creme Powder Foundation ($56) is always in my foundation drawer.  It’s a 2 in 1 foundation that provides the coverage of a cream foundation without the heavy feel that sometimes happens with thicker formulas. It’s a great moisturizing option that keeps skin smooth and hydrated. It comes in a chic round compact with a circular mirror, the foundation, and a separate sponge. I love that the sponge doesn’t  sit right on the foundation. Using a sponge and then storing it on top of a foundation quickly becomes a major bacteria party.

Neutral up close

The foundation has a solid texture with a creamy feel and slip that dries down to a powder finish. To apply, I use the sponge and pat it on from the middle of my face outward. The sponge gives a great finish, although I like to end by placing my hands over my face for a moment. The body heat from my hands sets the foundation and helps it sort of meld in, giving a natural looking appearance.

Neutral swatch

The shade that works great for me is the cool toned Neutral.  There are  seven other shades from which to choose, although I find the swatches appear lighter online  than the shades are in person.

My Youngblood FOD

You know, I wouldn’t wear the same outfit every single day, and I won’t ever go back to wearing the same foundation every single day. Build yourself a full wardrobe of foundations, and your face will thank you for it. You can start by entering our giveaway for a brand new Youngblood Mineral Radiance Creme Powder Foundation in Honey, which is a neutral medium shade.  If it’s not your shade, you can always be an awesome friend and gift it to someone you love!

This giveaway is open through Sat. Nov. 24 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  It’s also open internationally!  The winner will be picked by Rafflecopter and will be checked for veracity. Entering is easy, so do it now – and good luck!!  - Lisa

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