Makeup Wars – Pore Relief

This week Makeup Wars has decided to focus on Skin Savers. This could be products for anything from wrinkles, blemishes, dark circles to my choice pore helpers. Even though skincare isn’t always exciting, it will be so interesting to see what the other bloggers have focused on. I can’t wait to read their posts and find ways to save my skin!

Makeup Wars - Pore Relief

Makeup Wars – Pore Relief

One of my problems is the size of my pores. Luckily no one walks around with magnifying glasses or I’d be shunned in society. As a teen I had way too many blackheads. Besides being shy as could be, I felt like this was the bane of my existence. As an adult I realize I’m lucky I had skin that oily back then because it’s kept me younger looking. But the end result is pores galore. My solution is to use products that make them look smaller and to exfoliate my skin a few times a week to keep my pores cleaner. I’ve chosen 5 of the products that I’m using to blur away this imperfection. I forgot about exfoliators so that will just have to be another time.

Kiehl's Micro-Blur Skin Perfector

Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector

KIEHL’S MICRO-BLUR SKIN PERFECTOR* – This is my newest product and I’m not ready to write a full review of it. At first I thought it was only a topical skin smoother but once I started reading about it I realized that this actually a treatment too. I haven’t used it long enough to see how it works over time but I’m enjoying this as my last step before applying foundation. It’s doing a good job in blurring my pores.

Mally Poreless Pore Defender (old packaging)

Mally Poreless Pore Defender (old packaging)

MALLY EVERCOLOR PORELESS FACE DEFENDER – I’ve mentioned this many times since it’s one of my most used products ever. I’m on my third one and that’s almost gone. I first received it in a QVC kit I bought and before it was gone, I purchased another. I use this over all my face makeup to help look as poreless as possible. The sponge it comes with is wonderful, just be careful not to use too much.

Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish

Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish

PURELY COSMETICS DIAMOND PERFECT FINISH * – I use either the Mally Face Defender or Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish powder every day without fail. Not only does this very finely milled powder set my makeup for an entire day, it also helps blur imperfections. I’m in love with this powder as well as the Pre-Fixx Face Primer I talked about in my indie company review.

Miracle Skin Transformer Vanish

Miracle Skin Transformer Vanish

MIRACLE SKIN TRANSFORMER VANISH* – MST makes many great products and I love discovering them all but I think my favorite is VANISH. I didn’t realize how great this was when I first reviewed it over a year ago, but the more I use it the more I realize just how much I like it. It combines a serum with a primer to produce a gel that helps vanish fine lines and pores. In my original review I mention all the long term benefits. I’m ready for the illusion of porcelain skin with Vanish.

Youngblood Anti-Shine Mattifier

Youngblood Anti-Shine Mattifier

YOUNGBLOOD ANTI-SHINE MATTIFIER – I bought this at IMATS just before it became available to the public because I was so excited to find that one of my favorite companies had come out with a product to not only keep me shine free but also to make those pesky pores look smaller. I apply this before foundation so even though it seems similar to the Mally, it’s placement is better for me during makeup application rather than after. The packaging is great since the sponge is housed under the mattifier so it’s better for travel or taking with.

Rather than my going on for miles of more products tell me which of these you’ve used and any others that you’d recommend. Then join the other bloggers to see what Skin Savers they recommend. — Marcia


Makeup Wars tackles black eyeliners

Makeup Wars has decided to do a very basic, one might say boring, topic this week – black eyeliners. As a blogger with limited photography skills as well as no photoshop program, I can’t even make it pretty. But I can tell you about my favorites and it’s more than possible that you’ll learn about a liner or two that you’d want to try.

6 favorite black liquid eyeliners

6 favorite black liquid eyeliners

I live for eyeliner (in a cosmetic way that is). I feel dull and unfinished without it. It is an obsession of mine. This past year I’ve been on a quest for the perfect brown liquid eyeliner. In that quest though I found a lot of black liquid eyeliners, many more than brown.  Just about every brand makes a black liquid. But they are not created equal. Read about my experience with an Essence liner for proof of that.

6 favorite black liquid liners - it's the point of it all

6 favorite black liquid liners – it’s the point of it all

I want a liquid eyeliner with a firm point, one that is dark black, one that I can make a thin line with and one that doesn’t make my eyes water. I want a liner that lasts the entire day but that removes easily with eye makeup remover. I want one that doesn’t crack or disappear if my eyes tear up. Not too much to ask, is it? Let’s see which ones can meet my criteria.

EDDIE FUNKHOUSER Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus is the one that started it all for me. It wasn’t my first black liquid eyeliner. I’d tried many. But it made me stand up and take notice. Here’s what I said before and it stands to this day: “This doesn’t fade or smudge, it lasts through even my major hot flashes, it doesn’t migrate, and it’s so black that it’s blacker than black. It practically applies itself, it’s that easy to use.” I first got it as a PR sample and I’ve since bought it so I won’t be without. ($10.99)

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus

FACE STOCKHOLM PRECISION LIQUID EYELINER is the first black liquid liner I reviewed on Beauty Info Zone. I remember when I received it from the company and how excited I was. I use this often still and it’s as precise as the day the first day. The nib of the pen hasn’t broken down at all. It’s still as perfect as in its early life. ($36)

Face Stockholm Precision Eyeliner

Face Stockholm Precision Eyeliner

YOUNGBLOOD EYE-MAZING LIQUID LINER IN NOIR is the newest addition to my collection. I am blown away by the Youngblood Eye Liquid Liner Pens. They come in 5 shades which are all great. Marron, the brown, is holy grail for me – the best brown liquid eyeliner I’ve found. Noir, the black, isn’t far behind. These liners are good for the entire day, no matter the circumstances. Noir glides on without skipping and I get the thin line that I prefer. ($26)

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen

SENNA PINPOINT MICRO TIP LIQUID EYELINER is especially great if you feel you have unsteady hands for liquid liners. At the top where you hold it the plastic is somewhat indented and the material is more matte making it easier to hold onto. There’s no sliding of your fingertips. This liner is wonderful if you want to create a cat eye and Senna has some great tips on how to do that. ($20)

Senna Pinpoint Liquid Liner

Senna Pinpoint Liquid Liner

CAILYN IDEFINE LIQUID EYELINER is my new favorite product from Cailyn. I’ve got a slew of eyeliners from Cailyn but this is the one that I’m using the most. The brush is the thinnest of the 6 I’m sharing today. It’s a very flexible yet firm felt tip that applies easily plus it’s a super dark black. ($18)

Cailyn Idefine liquid eyeliner

Cailyn Idefine liquid eyeliner

EYEKO SKINNY MINI LIQUID EYELINER was in one of my many subscription boxes and it’s a treasure. The full size is available at Sephora for $16. I find this to be more of a blackened charcoal. It’s not super black, it’s not a harsh shade, so it’s a great addition when I don’t feel like my liner looking too dark. It’s made me want to try the waterproof Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner next.

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

So there’s my sea of black. The only thing that could make me happier (eyeliner wise that is) would be if these wonderful liners also came in a dark brown. Then I’d be doing a happy dance. In the meantime, I’m loving these black liquid eyeliners. I hope some of my blogger buddies have some suggestions in their posts. Have you tried any of these? Do you have an idea for a black liquid I should try? — Marcia


*some items received from PR

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

*sent for editorial consideration

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

*pr samples

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

*pr samples

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