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Giant 9th anniversary giveaway

As our month of anniversary giveaways ends we have a big cosmetic one for our subscribers. We aren’t done with giveaways as we have more in the next few days even but this is the biggest one yet.

We wanted one big giveaway to end the month and here it is. 26 brand new items for one lucky US subscriber. (Due to the high cost of postage this is US only.)

9th blog anniversary giveaway finale


Skincare for giveaway

Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum – full size

StriVectin Power Serum for Wrinkles  – deluxe mini

Ahava Purifying Mud Mask  –  deluxe mini

TRUfora Triple Action Exfoliator  –  deluxe mini

Ricky’s Travel Size facial wipes – 10 pack

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Lite (hair not skincare)  – deluxe mini


Eye brows and more

The Brow Gal Wet/Dry Powder & Pomade Duo for Brown Hair

BellaPierre Brow Gel in Licorice

Chella Dark Brown Eyebrow Crayon

Beauty For Real Liquid Eyeliner in Whiskey

Vintage Smokey Eye Pencil in Black

Volumizing Lash Serum

LIPS  (all full size)

Lips for giveaway

Seraphina Sugar + Lemon Moisturizing Lip Butter

Sugarpill Liquid Lip Color in Nurse  –  rich, matte, true red w/ blue undertones

Makeup Geek Foiled in Drumroll  –  burgundy

L.A. Splash Wickedly Divine Liquid Lipstick in Death Dealer  – dark red

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Dazed  –  mauve


Blush and highlighters

PUR Bronze & Brighten palette with Blushing Glow, After Glow, and Mineral Glow

3 Beauty Junkees highlighter singles in Magnetic, Memorable, and Fiery Bronze

Luna Highlighter in Electra

Pretty Vulgar Blush in Hush Blush (rose)

EYES (all full size)

Eyes for giveaway

PUR EYESHADOW PALETTE made for Boxycharm

Pixi Beauty Liquid Fairy Lights in SunRay

Surratt Relevee Lash Curler

What do you think? Which items would you be most excited about seeing in your mail? 26 items plus surprises await a Beauty Info Zone subscriber.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  This is a US only giveaway for Beauty Info Zone email subscribers. If you haven’t subscribed already what are you waiting for??? The giveaway will end on 4/14/19 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. You MUST do the two mandatory entries; then give yourself more chances with the others especially by tweeting daily. Towards the end of the giveaway comments will close since they always do, if that happens to you be sure you email me your comment to [email protected] and click that you did the entry. Don’t email me unless comments are closed though if you want it to count. Thank you.  —  Marcia

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The Sunday Scoop giveaway page is getting ready for back to school

In Michigan most schools are back in session right after Labor Day so for most of my life that has been one of the most momentous days. I always felt like Labor Day was the “new year” since it meant being either a learner or teacher. I hope that this “new year” is good to you and your kids. Be sure to read to the bottom of this post for a freebie alert.  —  Marcia


9/5  BOXYCHARM COSMETICS  –  1 winner, US

2 new giveaways starting this week and I’m behind on mailing out packages to winners so please be patient.

Winner’s circle: Our #EvineEntertains giveaway was won by Rachel G and Kelly D.


9/3  Beautiful Basics  –  Pacifica, Green Goddess and more, US

9/3  Polarbelle  –  Dose of Colors Dexi X Katy palette

9/3  Beauty Look Book  –  Beauty Look Book’s August favorites, WW

9/4  Queen of Style  –  4 winners, 3 bottles of SoftSoap Hand Soap plus Lotion, US

9/4  Orogold  –  4 winners, 24K Collagen Renewal Serum from OROGOLD Cosmetics, WW

9/4  Cosmetopia Digest  –  Travel Makeup Essentials, WW

9/4   Mom’s Own Words  –  Hair Dance Hair Treatment Set, US

9/4  Razzle Dazzle Style  –  Pomegranate Bellini Blush Body Wash, Large Tote, Pink Pouf, 9bath/gel packs @Vitabath, US

9/4  Her Styler  –  4 winners, HerStyler Beach Curler, US

9/4  Sensible Stylista  –  $150 Marc Anthony Hair swag bag, US/Can

9/4  Mimi and Chichi  –  Lumene Valo Skincare set, US

Beauty Undercover  ||  Cargo Essential Lip Gloss  ||  Caress Beauty Wash and Beauty Bar  ||  US

about 9/5  For Love of Lacquer  –  5 winners, Neutrogena sunscreen package, US

9/5  Osmotics  –  $250 to Osmotics and Color Verite collection, US/Can

9/5  Realizing Beauty  –  $50 g.c. for KINeSYS sunscreen

9/6  Homespun Chics  –  Hair care package, US

9/6  Walking in Memphis  –  Jose Eber Curling Wand Trio, US

9/6  NYX Cosmetics  –  25 winners will get: NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette, NYX Professional Makeup Liquid Suede Metallic Matte – 2 shades, NYX Professional Makeup Slip Tease Full Color Lip Oil, NYX Professional Makeup That’s the Point Eyeliner, Redken Diamond Oil Glow Dry Shampoo, Redken Diamond Oil Glow Dry Conditioner, Redken One United Multi-Benefit Hair Treatment Spray Mini.     50 winners will get: NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette, NYX Professional Makeup Liquid Suede Metallic Matte, Redken Clean Maniac Shampoo Mini, Redken Clean Maniac Conditioner Mini  US

9/6  Razzle Dazzle Styles  –  Win 4 all Natural Crystal Mineral Deodorants, US

9/6  Ashley Brooke Nicholas  –  $200 to Colleen Rothschild skincare, US

9/7  Love Tube 777  –  1st place: $300 Sephora Gift Card, 2nd place: $100 Sephora Gift Card,  3rd place: $100 Sephora Gift Card. WW

9/7  MyChelle  –  “Share this post for a chance to win our new Fall Launches—Perfect C™ Cleansing Oil, Perfect C™ Eye Cream, and Remarkable Retinal™ Night Cream!” US

9/7  A Very Sweet Blog  –  Pixi product giveaway: Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse, It’s Judy Time It’s Eye Time Palette, Maryam Maquillage Strobe & Bronze Palette, and Aspyn Ovard Rome Rose Glow Powder and Glow Tonic. WW

9/7  A Very Sweet Blog  –  Model’s Own Celestial collection, WW

9/7  Extra TV  –  5 winners, Trophy Skin RejuvaliteMD & Blue MD, US

9/7  Camera Ready Cosmetics  –  Ben Nye Final Seal, US (many winners)

9/7  Cute and Little  –  Too Faced Just Peachy Eyeshadow Palette, Shadow Insurance, Eye Primer, Better Than Sex Mascara

9/7  Pammy Blogs Beauty  –  5 winners, Neutrogena sunscreen products, US

9/7  Dave Lackie  –  Marc Jacobs Daisy Kiss fragrance, WW

9/8  Mom to Grandma  –  Sunday Riley skincare, Au Naturale lip stain and highlight powder, US

9/8  Free Samples  –  one year subscription to Allure Beauty Box, US

9/8  Realizing Beauty  –  Ste. Anne’s Day Spa for Two Experience valued at approximately $630 CAD. Travel not included. It includes:$120 in spa allowance each, Two 3-course lunches each, Two afternoon teas each, Full use of the facilities, only 90 minutes from Toronto

9/8  Mom Does Reviews  –  Nubar polish set of 8, US

9/9  Wardrobe Oxygen  –  $200 g.c. to Colleen Rothschild skincare

9/9  Fashionista Budget  –  Sephora Collection Here’s The Skinny Brush Wrap, WW

9/9  Burning Moon  – a Hard cover copy of “Unbreakable” along with several beauty goodies which are; Kat Von D Lock-It sample pack, Urban Decay Perversion Mascara sample, Aloe lip care lip stick, 180 Pro miracle hair repair leave in treatment, Angel eyes eye crayon by Be A Bombshell & a set of eyelashes. WW

9/9  Mind Beauty Style  –  Glossier Phase 2 Set (Your choice of Boy Brow, Stretch Concealer and Generation G colors) Glossier Wowder Duo (Your choice of color), 2 winners

9/9  The Fabzilla  –  Beauty Junkees Makeup Brush Set, US

9/9  New Age Mama  –  Lip Clear Set, US

9/9  Moody Sisters  –  5 win/1 item from the Summer Paradise Collection bath and body items, US

9/10  Beauty in the Bag  –  set of Patchology Hydrate Masques, US

9/10  Here We Go Again  –  A’Marie’s Beautiful Flower Soap Giveaway, US


EPN Cafe  –  yoga gear

9/3  Reviews of a Busy Mom  –  fall items, US

9/3  My Home with Style  –  3 winners, flannel sheetsMicro Flannel® Sheet Sets. US

9/4  Mama in High Heels  –  3 winners total:  3 bottles of Deen Brothers Wine, Marquis by Waterford Crystal Pitchers & Wine Glasses, and $50 Gift Certficate, US

9/4  Sivana Spirit  – 1 year membership to premium online yoga class programs from, 250 Gift Card to, the best place to shop for yoga clothing, spiritual jewelry and fair trade gifts, Shop happy with a $250 gift card to the Live Happy Store, Dragonfly Yoga Collection, $250 credit for any KORRES skincare products, and much more

9/4  Crayons and Cravings  –  Gurunanda Diffuser and 100% Pure Oils, US

9/4  Giveaway Guy  –  Sony MDRZX110 Headphones, US

9/4  Neoflam  –  Two Winners will receive a prize consisting of: Midas 9-Piece Cookware Set and CLOC Glass 18-Piece Set. US

9/4  Leite’s Culinaria  –  “Meringue Girls” cookbook, US/Can

9/4  Digital Mom  –  Instant Pot, US

9/4  Crunchy Beach Mom  –  Grandparents Gourmet Gift Basket, US

9/4  Leite’s Culinaria  –  Cuisanart Cast Iron Chicken Fryer, US/Can

9/5  Hello Subscription  –  Mom Gift Box, US

9/5  Mama in High Heels  –  3 winners, Personalized Mimi Keyring from Maxwell Scott, your choice of color

9/5  Mom to Grandma  –  Despicable Me 3 Surprise packages, 2 winners, US

9/5  Leite’s Culinaria  ||  “Brave Tart” cookbook  ||  “101 Asian Dishes” cookbook  ||  Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer  ||  US/Can

9/6  Beauty 4 Free 2 U  –  Cheeseboard and Cheese Knives, US

9/6  Your Healthy Year  –  Canada only, Fitbit Charge 2, yoga mat, and a water bottle.

9/6  Leite’s Culinaria  ||  Kitchen Aid 5 quart Artisan Stand Mixer  ||  Cuisanart Green Gourmet Cookware  ||  “The Picnic Cookbook”  ||  US/Can

9/7  Erica Finds  –  Nourish Snacks Variety Pack + T-Shirt, US

9/7  Erica Finds  –  Fit Snack August Box, US

9/7  Steamy Kitchen  –  Cuisanart Hurricane Pro Blender, US/Can

9/7  Modern Day Gramma  –  PeachSkin Sheet Set, US

9/7  Leite’s Kitchen  ||  Greenlife 14 piece cookware set  ||  Fabio’s American Home Kitchen Italian Recipes book  ||  “Plank Grilling” book  ||  US/Can

9/7  Deals Among Us  – Stampin’ Up is offering a Love Today Planner Kit: (1) Night of Navy 2-ring binder, (12) divider pages, calendar pages, (4) photo protector pages, 5″” x 7″”, page lifter, printed and gold foil accent stickers and 3 stacks of sticky notes. US

9/7  Crayons and Cravings  –  5 winners, Jewelry Candles and Bath Bombs, US

9/8  Lindt USA  –  A Year’s Supply of LINDOR Truffles +Items Signed By Tennis Champion,Roger Federer, US

9/8  Giveaway Guy  –  Kindle, WW

9/8  Leite’s Culinaria  ||  Calphalon Non-Stick Multi Pot  ||  “The Southern Cookie Book”  ||  US/Can

9/9  Powered by Mom  –  BenQ Genie Lamp

9/9  Leite’s Culinaria  –  Cuisanart View Pro Glass Toaster, US/Can

9/10  Penguin Random House  –  10 best seller books, US

9/10  Colleen Connally  –  New Fire HD 8 with Alexa. The next generation of the best-reviewed Fire tablet, with up to 12 hours of battery life, a vibrant 8? HD display, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, and Dolby Audio. US

9/10  Sweet Southern Savings  –  Sabatier 8-Inch Chef Knife, MR. BAR-B-Q 3 PC Kickstand Handle Tool Set, Hershey’s S’mores Caddy, US

9/10  Genre Buzz  –  Kindle Fire, WW

9/10  Crayons and Cravings  –  PeachSkin Sheet Set, US

9/10  Sweet Southern Savings  –  Gurunanda Diffuser and 100% Pure Oils, US


9/3  Boulder Locavore  –  $250 Amazon, WW

9/4  Amy Jarecki  –  $25 Amazon

9/4  Silver Dagger  –  $25 Amazon  ||  $25 Amazon ||

9/4  Promotions are Fun  –  $25 Cheesecake Factory

9/5  Giveaway Promote  –  $100 Amazon, WW

9/5  Ladyprints  –  $100 Zazzle g.c.

9/5  The College Prepster  –  $250 ThredUp g.c., US

9/5  Blue Lizard  –  Walmart g.c. US

9/5  ||  Promotions are Fun, $25 Darden restaurant g.c. (Eddie V’s, Bahama Breeze, Olive Garden, Capital Grille and others), US  ||  Powered by Mom, $30 Target or Paypal, WW  ||  Parenting in Progress, $20 paypal  ||  Freebies Steals and Deals, $15 amazon or paypal, WW  ||  Roadside Travels, $50 gc, US  ||  Surf, Sand and Sons, $15 Amazon, US  ||

9/6  ||  Crystal Clear Solutions, $50 Amazon, US  ||  On Honeysuckle Hill, $15 amazon, US  ||  Generation of Savings, $15 Amazon, US  ||  Wild Redhead Homestead, $25 Amazon, US  ||  Utterly Amazing, $25 Dollar General, US  ||  Our Mini Family, $15 paypal ||  Practical Frugality, $25 Amazon, WW  ||  Literary Winner, $15 Dunkin Donuts, US  ||  Promotions Are Fun, $25 Gap stores (Old Navy, Banana Republic etc), US  ||

9/7  Silver Dagger  –  $25 Amazon

9/7  ||  Collective Bias,Walmart g.c. and Baroness pizza gift packs, US  || Juggling Act Mama, $30 Amazon  ||  Conservamom, $100 Walmart, US  ||  Motherhood Defined, $100 Amazon, WW  ||  Promotions Are Fun, $25 Outback restaurants, US  ||  Lipgloss and Crayons, $100 Nordstrom, US  ||  Lindsay Blogs, $100 Walmart, US  ||

9/8  ||  Silver Dagger, $50 Amazon  ||  Promotions are Fun, $25 Uber, US  ||  Mom and More, $50 KMart, US  ||  Crayons and Cravings, $150 Target, WW  ||  Promotions Are Fun, $25 Panera, US  ||

9/9  Price.Com  –  $100 Amazon, US/Can

9/9  The Versatile Mama  –  $25 Amazon

9/9  Poppy Sweeps  –  $40 in Starbucks g.c.

9/10  XChange Music  –  $50 Amazon, WW


PR Notice: Big beauty news – It’s a 10 Haircare is giving away it’s #1 product, Miracle Leave In, completely free, in a wild new campaign with the Miss America Competition! Here’s how readers can sign up: From now through September 10 at 9 PM EST (when the Miss America show airs), head to and sign up. If the newly crowned Miss America comes from your state, It’s a 10 will automatically send you its all-star product. (That’s a $12.33 leave-in spray, for free!) If your home state doesn’t win, you’ll still receive a coupon code to get the product free with any purchase on

The Sunday Scoop giveaway post is overloaded. Come see.

autumn tree

As August comes to a close it means the days are shorter, the trees are thinking about shedding weight, kids are bemoaning school back in session while moms for the most part are cheering, and there are contests galore for you to win. I hope that it’s one of those weeks that your luck is with you.  —  Marcia




Winners Circle:  last week two of the Eddie Funkhouser winners didn’t respond so our third place winner moved to first place and the two new winners are Beth C and Samantha S. I always send a reminder if I haven’t heard from the person so check your emails. Three new winners this week for Savvy Travelers are Elyse F, Decker D, and Lesley F. Congratulations. More giveaways on the way!


8/27  Dave Lackie  – Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate, WW

8/27  Prime Beauty  –  Beauty Junkees Eyeshadow Brush Kit and an eyeshadow palette, US

8/27  Giveaways 4 Mom  –  Merlot Skincare, US

8/27  Cake Beauty  –  $100 worth of Cake Beauty products and $100 to Dynamite Clothing, US

?  Beauty Undercover:  Aveeno Overnight Facial Mask  ||  Spornette Etched Thermal Brush, 30 win  ||

8/28  Bella & Bear  –  Kitten Makeup Brush Set and Makeup Brush Holder, open to US, UK, Germany, Italy, France and Spain

8/28  Deals Among Us  –  Simple Earth Monthly Essential Oil Recipe Box, US

8/28  Lady Marielle  –  5 winners, NoMakeupNo Life Subscription box, WW

8/29  The Socialites Closet  –  2 winners, Aromatherapy Wristband

8/29  Never Say Die Beauty  –  Amalie Beauty Shine Brightening Oil, US

8/29  Beauty Care Choices  –  Thermafuse hair products, US

8/30  JL Skin Fitness  –  3 winners, Miss Julie’s Skin Potion, US

8/30  Thrifty Nifty Mom  –  Lipsense Starter Kit, US

8/31  NYC Pretty  –  2 winners, Beauty RX Skincare set, US

8/30  Eva Naturals  –  monthly giveaway of one Eva Naturals skincare item, US

8/30  Homemade for Elle  –  Beauty Essential Oil Recipe Kit, US

8/31  Warrior Lover Lei  –  Oz Naturals Super Youth Eye Gel, US

8/31  Mom Knows Best  –  set of 3 Native Deodorants in your choice of scent, US

8/31  Osmotics  –  Osmotics Color Verite Collection and $250 to Osmotics, US/Can

8/31  Fragrance Net  –  fragrances and sunglasses, US

8/31  Cheap Beauty Deals  –  2 winners, $250 in nail products

8/31  Barielle  –  Grand prize valued at $100 includes: Amazon Fire 7 with Alexa in 16gb, Barielle’s NEW Hint of Tint collection, Cuticle Conditioning Oil with Dropper and Nail Strengthener Cream in Travel Size. US

8/31  Inspirations and Celebrations  – Chi Onyx Euroshine Crimping Iron, a Charming Charlie ‘Don’t Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle!’ Coffee Mug, Divaderme Lash Extender II Natural Fiber Mascara, Eyeko London Skinny Liquid Eyeliner, Benecos Natural Fresh Bronzing Duo, Farmhouse Fresh Coconut Beach Hydrating Lip Balm, Fixx Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner, Hard Candy Color Correct Expert Sticks, José Eber Va Va Voom Volumizing Cream, Maybelline Matte Lipsticks in Peach Buff & Brown Blush, Michael Todd Beauty Hyaluronic Complex Serum, Models Own Barely There Eyeshadow Palette, Living in Style Hardcover Book by Rachel Zoe, Sephora Collection ‘Glimmer In Her Eye’ Eye Brush Set, Sephora Collection ‘Objects Of My Perfection’ Cosmetic Bag, Sephora Favorites Perfume Sampler, Smith & Cult Metallic Nail Polish in 1972, SPUN by Subtle Luxury Speckled Metallic Scarf, and a Think Positive Eco Planner. US/Can

8/31  Eva Naturals  –  3 win, 7 Eva Naturals Skincare products

8/31  Farrah Elizabeth  –  Anastasia Subculture Palette and Jaclyn Hill Morph palette

8/31  The Jedi Wife  –  Anastasia Subculture Palette

8/31  Living a Fit Full Life  –  ERA Organics Elixir, US

Dave Lackie  –  Clarins Sun giveaway, WW

9/1  Deals Among Us  –  13.6 oz bottle of Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair: Color Guard Shampoo and 13.6 oz bottle of Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair: Color Guard Conditioner, US

9/1  Deals Among Us  –  16 oz bottle of Dr. Jacobs Almond Honey Castile Soap and 32 oz Dr. Jacobs Almond Honey Castile Soap. US

9/1  Mimi and Chichi  –  Lumene Valo skincare set, US

9/1  Painted Ladies  –  Shine Brightening Facial Oil, US

9/2  She Finds  –  100 win, FORM Beauty Multitask 3-in-1 Leave In samples, US

9/2  Fashionista Budget  –  Sephora Collection Lip Gloss Set, WW

9/3  Polarbelle  –  Dose of Colors Dexi X Katy Eyeshadow Palette

9/3  Shop with Kendalynn  –  customized Etsy cosmetic bag, US

9/3  Pretty Thrifty  –  Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Palette, US


8/27  A Year of Boxes  –  Cate & Chloe 3 month subscription, US

8/27  Rachel Teodoro  –  Get To Work Book (daily planner), US

8/28  She Finds  –  3 day getaway to Tulum Mexico plus $700 toward airfare, $500 Lucky Brand g.c., personal travel service, Kerastase Elixir collection, one year’s worth of reBloom Natural Sleep Drink, US

8/28  The Socialite’s Closet  –  Sustainable Clothing from virtue + vice

8/28  Leite’s Culinaria  –  “Sitr, Sizzle, Bake Recipes for your Cast Iron Skillet” by Charlotte Druckman, US/Canada

8/28  –  Glasses on the Go  –  8 Glasses on the Go, $250 Amazon, so-mine products, US

8/28  My Style Spot  –  10 winners of subscription to Glamour or Teen Vogue, US (other giveaway for Spafinder and Asos listed there too)

8/29  Beauty and the Mist  –  crystal bracelet, WW

8/29  Leite’s Culinaria  –  45 piece Henckels Opus Flatware Set, US/Can

8/29  Leite’s Culinaria  –  “America Test Kitchen Menu Cookbook”, US/Can

8/29  Crayons and Cravings  –  Kindle Fire 7 Tablet, WW

8/29  Viral Sweeps  –  3 month sampling of premium craft beer, US

8/30  Two Classy Chics  –  Dianoche Designs Glass Cutting Board, US

8/30  Mommy Katie  –  Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser, US

8/30  WMF Americas  –  Premium One 7 pc Cookware Set, US

8/30  Leite’s Culinaria  –  Cuisanart Stainless Steel Microwave Oven, US/Can

8/30  TWK Publishing  –  1st place Amazon Fire, 2nd place $25 Amazon gc

8/30  Mom Does Reviews  –  Bestek 7-in-1 Multi-Function Cooker, US

8/30  Mom Does Reviews  –  Copper Chef 11″ 6 piece prize package

8/30  Leite’s Culinaria  –  “Ball Canning Back to Basics” cookbook, US/Can

8/30  Leite’s Culinaria  –  “Bake : 125 Show Stopping Recipes Made Simple” by Lorraine Pascale, US/Canada

8/30  My Style Spot  –  $60 to Paperless Post, WW

8/30  Our Ordinary Life  –  $500 Now Foods prize pack, US

8/30  Lightology  –  Swing Task Lamp from Vibia, US

8/31  The Jewish Lady  –  $150 personalized stationary, US

8/31  Craftsy  –  2 winners, $200 of Craftsy items, US/Can

8/31  Conservamom  –  2 winners, Amazon Fire 7 Tablet, US

8/31  My Style Spot  –  LMNT sunnies, US

8/31  Genre Buzz  –  Kindle Fire or $100 Amazon, US

8/31  Genre Buzz  –  different than above, Kindle Fire or $100 Amazon, US

8/31  Kudosz  –  Keurig K Cup Coffee Maker, US

8/31  She Finds  –  5 winners, Ivory Ella ombre t shirt, US

8/31  Weekend at the Cottage  –  Cuisanart Panini Maker, US/Can

8/31  Do It For Me  –  Amazon Echo Dot, US

8/31  Seabourn Cruise  –  Caribbean Cruise

8/31  Norma Kamali  –  little black dress, long black gloves, square cat sunglasses, US

8/31  Leite’s Culinaria  ||  “Fifty Shades of Chicken”  ||  “Dinner for Two”  ||  Cuisanart Ice Cream Maker  –  all US/Can

8/31  Kelly’s Thoughts on Things  –  Restonic mattress up to queen size, US

8/31  Briggs & Riley  –  Sympatico International Carry-On Expandable Spinner suitcase, US

8/31  Giveaway Guy  –  Punk Paperie Sarcastic Greeting Cards, US

8/31  Gleam  –  Nintendo Switch and Zelda: Breath of the Wind, WW

9/1  Stroller in the City  –  4 winners, $50 Walgreens gift card, a Yeti Rambler 30 oz. tumbler, a Scout tote bag, two Lysol 19 oz. disinfectant sprays and wipes, US

9/1  Mommy Katie  –  Hero Clean prize pack, US

9/1  Crayons and Cravings  –  Couch Purse, US

9/1  Crayons and Cravings  –  Sugar Bowl Bakery, US

9/1  Leite’s Culinaria  ||  Giada De Laurentis “Happy Cooking”  ||  “The Harvest Baker”  ||  9/2 Waring Pro Blender  ||  Kitchen Aid 6 qt Slow Cooker  ||  9/2  “Ice Cream Sandwiches”  ||  US/CAN

9/2  Lynne Gabriel  –  Tory Burch Bag, Apple Watch, and Kate Spade Sunglasses, WW

9/3  Genre Buzz  –  Kindle Fire, WW

9/3  Womans World  –  MacBook Air 13-Inch Laptop with a 1.8GHz processor and 128GB of storage, US


8/28  Everyday Fashion  –  $250 to ThreadUp

8/28  Silver Dagger  –  $25 Amazon

8/29  Mom Does Reviews  –  $20 Walmart of paypal, WW

8/30  Check N Go  –  $300 Visa, US

8/30  Swags Galore  –  $100 Visa, US

8/30  Silver Dagger  –  $25 Amazon

8/31  ||  Candid Mama, $25 gc of your choice, US  ||  Still Blonde, $25 paypal, US  ||  Susie’s Reviews, $50 Best Buy, US  ||  So Busy Mom, $25 Kohls, US  ||  Here We Go Again, $20 paypal, US  ||  Fun Learning Life, $25 Bonefish Grill, US  ||  Camping Fun, $50 Amazon, US/Can  ||  Candid Mama, $50 paypal, WW  ||  Giveaway Guy, $50 Amazon, WW  || Sweet Southern Savings, $50 Olive Garden, US  ||

8/31  ||  Lit Ring, $100 Amazon, US  ||  Whole Heart and Home, $500 Visa, US  ||  Simply Gluten Free, $200 Amazon, US  ||  Free Samples, $1,000 cash  ||  617VIP, $100 Amazon, US  ||  Clear Living, $100 gc of your choice  ||

9/1  Silver Dagger  –  $50 Amazon  9/2  Silver Dagger  –  $25 Amazon  9/3  Silver Dagger – $50 Amazon

9/3  Crayons and Cravings  –  $100 to Ottica for online glasses and sunglasses, US


Beautiful eyes with Hikari

If you went to a website and read this: Hikari Cosmetics was founded on the principles of delivering glamorous, sophisticated makeup to women around the United States at a reasonable cost. We may be an up and coming brand, but we plan to take the makeup world to the next level of high-class! From our high-shine, vivid lip gloss collection to the perfect eye color combinations we have something for every woman to fall in love with.” wouldn’t you be intrigued? Both Lisa and Marcia were and we were excited to receive some HIKARI for review. We want to give the line a fair shake so this week it’s my turn (Marcia) and next week Lisa will share her products with you.

HIKARI eyeshadow palette, powder, liquid eyeliner

Anyone who knows me knows I’d rather have eyeshadows and eyeliners than any other cosmetic products out there. I love all cosmetics but it’s the eyes that get me going.

HIKARI Jennifer eyeshadow palette, HD Powder, and Iris Liquid Eyeliner

Hikari has 10 eyeshadow palettes that happen to be on sale as I type for only $5 each. It’s rare to find even a single eyeshadow of quality for that price but if you hurry you can get a 4 pan with great colors for just $5 (regularly $15). I have Jennifer and it’s a beauty. What I love best about this palette is the push and pull of it. Jennifer starts with colors in my comfort zone but then brings in a shade that pulls me away from that, daring me to make my eyes come alive.

HIKARI Cosmetics Jennifer Eyeshadow Palette

Jennifer contains 2 matte shadows and 2 satin shadows. These are loaded with pigment and apply with ease. I find that my eyes need an eyeshadow primer to do justice to the shades. Individual shades aren’t named on the palette but they are on the website so I’ll do my best to describe Stealth, Bellini, Magnetic, Swanky.

Hikari Jennifer shadows

Top left is a dusky blue matte shadow, top right is a light golden cream satin. Bottom left is a matte dark brownish black while bottom right there’s a golden brown.

Hikari Jennifer shadows

I use the light gold on the inner third of my eye and then under the browbone, next I apply the golden brown in the crease. Finally I’ll use the dusky blue on the very outer quarter of my eye and blend it by my lashline. I can also vary the order I use the shadows and I especially like the light gold with the dusky blue. None of these 4 shades are sold individually, just in the palette.

HIKARI Liquid Eyeliner in Iris

My camera hates close ups so excuse this very blurry shot but I wanted you to see the paint tip of their Liquid Eyeliner. What’s particularly nice about this kind of felt head is that you can get a thin line or a thicker line. HIKARI Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner is available in 5 shades:

Fawn- Brown

Slate- Gray

Indigo- Blue

Iris- Purple

Essence- Green

HIKARI Liquid Eyeliner swatches of Iris

Iris is a very deep purple that can also look brown depending on what shadows you wear with it. I like just that pop of purple instead of my typical brown. The liner is terrific since it applies so easily, just gliding on, and it has a long lasting formula so I don’t have to worry about it fading or chipping away.

HIKARI Final Touch HD Powder

The third product I have is one I’m getting a lot of use from. I had given up powders in the heat until I tired HIKARI’s Final Touch HD Powder. This is a pressed silica powder that is light as air and never looks cakey on me. The powder helps blur pores (my nemesis) and fine lines.

HIKARI Final Touch HD Powder and Beauty Junkees brushes

Using a duo fiber makeup brush like my Beauty Junkees ones gives me the light application that I’m looking for to set my makeup. I don’t normally get shiny during the day but I notice that this keeps my face from looking that way yet it’s not so matte that I look ghastly.

Hikari Cosmetics have many products that I’d love to explore. Even their foundation looks light enough for me. With the added attraction that Hikari is cruelty free and PETA certified this cosmetic brand has a lot to offer and the prices are great. Don’t wait long to take advantage of the $5 eyeshadow quads though since that will soon change.  —  Marcia

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Scooping and scoping out the giveaways on the Sunday Scoop


I hope you have a lot of time this week because the end of the month has brought giveaways that aren’t to be believed. There are so many big money prizes this time that I don’t usually find. Plus there are giveaways I’d love to win so I’m pretty sure you will too. Gather up your sustenance because you’ll be sitting at the computer for quite a while. Lots of luck  —  Marcia






Winner’s Circle: The 2 Zest Fruitboost winners are Tabitha W and Gia W. Last week I mentioned that someone was eliminated and I want to explain more. If Rafflecopter picks your name the first thing I do is check to see if you’ve subscribed by email, then I check for your comment. If those show up I’ll go to the source you’ve won through (Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter) to make sure you did what you said on your entry. If I can’t find your subscription and comment then I check no further. Those are the two things we require. Rules are rules and so many people look for an easy way out. We don’t require you to jump through hoops so please understand.


Alana Mitchell  –  entire skincare line, US

Conair  –  TWO interchangeable 1’’ and 1¼ ’’ titanium ceramic curl chambers of the NEW Infiniti PRO by Conair Curl Secret 2.0, US

7/24  Refinery 29  –  $300 to Makeup Geek, Hask Haircare line, $250 to KL Polish (Kathleen Lights), US

7/24  Love Maegan  –  L’Oreal makeup, Garnier Beauty, Fendi sunglasses and more

7/24  Lionesse  –  3 winners, Interchangeable Pro Curling Iron Set, WW

7/24  Beauty Junkees Unite  –  Avene Sunscreen Prize Pack, 3 winners, US

7/24  Blue Lizard  –  $50 Walmart gc and Blue Lizard sunscreen prize, US

7/24  Parenting Healthy  –  Aurorae Aromatherapy Spray and towel (another giveaway above it on the page too), US

Beauty Undercover  –  20 winners, 6 pack ORLY Breathable polish, US

Beauty Undercover  –  30 winners, Image Skincare Sunscreen Spray, US

7/25  Hello Subscription  –  Fab Fit Fun Summer 2017 Box, US

7/25  Realizing Beauty  –  Live Clean products (skincare, hair, bath/body), Canada only

7/25  Jen’s Fun Finds  –  MelodySusie Travel Makeup Kit, US

7/25  The Queen of Style  –  Golden Door skincare Try Me Kit, US

7/26  Poshly  –  Jaclyn Hill Morphe palette

7/26  Mom Does Reviews  –  2 sets of bath bombs from Oliver Rocket, US

7/26  Never Say Die Beauty  –  Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam for fine/medium hair, US

7/27  Dave Lackie  –  Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Whipped Body Cream, WW

7/27  Extra TV  –  5 winners, Bare Minerals products (Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lip colors, Externalixir Serum) and a $60 gift card, US

7/27  A Very Sweet Blog  –  Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel and Tint & Silk Glosses

7/27  NYC Pretty  –  3 Farmacy skincare products, US

7/28  Little Crunchy  –  My Real Earth Body Butter, US

7/28  Allura Beauty  –  Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

7/29  Fashionista Budget  –   KatVonD Mother of All Lipstick Duo, WW

7/29  Hello Subscription  –  Boxycharm from June 2017, US

7/30  Missy Product Reviews  –  Dove Beauty Bars

7/31  Painted Ladies  –  Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant, US

7/31  Kniepp’s  –  9 winners, Kniepp’s bath products and Shinola Detroit Arrow Bike, US

7/31  Love Brigette  –  anniversary giveaway, 7 winners, 7 prizes

7/31  De Nouveau Review  –  Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette and 2 other runner up prizes, US

7/31  Frog Reviews and Ramblings  –  ERA Organics Elixir 16-in-1 Natural Face and Body Lotion, US

7/31  Inspirations and Celebrations  –  big giveaway with Chi Onyx Ceramic Crimping Iron, Dr. Brandt, Hairmax Hair Fibers, Madam CJ Walker Coconut Oil, Michelle Phan Makeup Book, Rodial Snake Mask, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick and more. US/Can

7/31  Barielle  – Caslon Tie Dye Tassel Wrap, Sunnylife Luxe Havana Mesh Beach Tote, Barielle Hydrating Ridge Filler Base Coat, Barielle Mate-inee Top Coat, Protective Hand Cream and Total Foot Care, US

7/31  Beauty Stat  –  5 winners, Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner, US

7/31  Influence Nation  –  5 winners, Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner, US (I’m pretty sure these are different giveaways)

7/31  The Homespun Chics  –  5 facial masks and a Boca Terry headband, US

thru 8/4 weekly giveaway Gladja  –  Organic Skincare Collection


7/24  Mom Does Reviews  –  3 Bright Endeavors glass candles, US

7/24  Powered by Mom  –  Instant Pot, US/Canada

7/25  Jen’s Fun Finds  –  trio of umbrellas from ShedRain, US

7/26  Miki’s Hope  –  Power Pressure Cooker XL, US

7/26  Queen of Reviews  –  2 Yankee Candles from the Sea America Collection, US

7/26  Boss Beauty Babes  –  Prize includes 3 shirts, 1 hoodie, 1 pair of sunnies, 1 set of makeup brushes, a makeup bag, 5 pairs of mink lashes and more.  WW

7/27  My Style Spot  –  ERGO Chef Kitchen Essentials, US

7/27  Mom Does Reviews  –  Bestek Juicer, US

7/28  Deals Among Us  –  Simply Earth Monthly Essential Oil Recipe Box, US

7/28  Alicia Tenise  –  Gucci Marmont Mini Bag, WW

7/28  Kinzd  –  5 winners, Makeup Bag or Men’s Wallet, WW

7/30  I Love Dooney  –  Dooney & Burke Getaway Bag, US

7/30  Parenting in Progress  –  Roku Streaming Stick, US

7/30  Parenting in Progress  –  RM Palmer Candy Prize Package, US

7/30  Nova Home  – Rainfall Shower Heads Combo with Microban® Nozzle Protection by AquaDance, US

7/31  Giveaway Guy  –  Amazon Echo Dot, US

7/31  WMF America  –  Nature Cookware Set, US

7/31  Crutchfield  – Grand Prize 1: Dyson Big Ball Animal Allergy UP15ANA Upright Vacuum ARV $700, Grand Prize 2: Dyson V6 Car + Boat Hand Held Vacuum ARV $240, US

7/31  Specter Wireless  –  Specter Wireless Headphones

7/31  Jokari  –  5 winners, Paula Deen Holiday Collection, US

7/31  Mustela  –  bundle of Mustela products tailored for the baby’s needs, US

7/31  Beauty Brite  –  2 winners, AMIR Natural Himalyan Crystal Salt Lamp, US

7/31  Sue Parks  –  Floating Comfort Pillow from Mediflow, US/Can

7/31  Tortoise and Blonde  –  pair of Tortoise and Blonde sunglasses of choice and prize package from Byrd and Patchology, US

7/31  –  5 winners will get 2 Starbucks signature double-walled travelers, 2 Starbucks signature cold cups, Starbucks lunch bag, notebook, pencil pouch and keychain pouch; 45 winners will get 1 Starbucks signature double walled traveler and 1 Starbucks signature cold cup. US

7/31  Family Focus  –  $100 to Isabelle Grace Jewelry, US


7/23  The Fashionable Wife  –  $100 Nordstrom

7/23  Strange Deeds Indeed  –  $50 Amazon or paypal, WW

7/24  ||  The Tiptoe Fairy, 50 to AMC Theaters, US  ||  Crayons and Cravings, $150 Starbucks, WW  ||  My Unentitled Life, 2 winners, $25 Krogers, US  ||  Happily Hughes, 2 winners, $100 Nordstrom  || Walking in Memphis, $100 to Kortni Jean Swimwear, US  ||  Extra TV, $50 Pinkberry g.c., 5 winners, US  ||  Finding Zest, $100 Visa gc and The Haven’s Kitchen Cookbook, US  || Confessions of a Frugal Mind, $150 Starbucks, WW  ||

7/24  A Spoonful of Style  –  $1000 Nordstrom

7/25  ||  Mrs. Weber’s Neighborhood, $25 Applebees, US  || Giveaway Promote, $100 Amazon, WW  ||  Budget Earth, $25 Visa and Pfizer Pediatric Products, US  ||  The Bragging Mommy, $25 Visa and Entenman’s coupons, US  ||

7/26  ||  Conservamom, $50 to Charming Charlie’s (jewelry, accessories), US  ||  This Mama’s Life, $25 Amazon, US/Canada  ||  Practical Frugality, $25 Amazon, US/Canada  ||

7/27  ||  Olive and Ivy, $50 Shopbop, WW  ||  Conservamom, $25 Amazon or paypal, US/Canada  ||  Me and My Handful, $100 American Express, US  ||  Silver Dagger, $20 combo to Amazon and Starbucks, US  ||  Silver Dagger, $25 Amazon  ||

7/28  My Point Saver  –  $200 Amazon, US/Canada

7/29  ||  Staying Close to Home, $25 Visa gc and Entenmann’s coupons, US  ||  Worldly Getaways, $100 Amazon ||  Unique Interior Styles, $100 Amazon  ||

7/30  ||  Walking in Memphis, $100 Nordstrom  ||  Olive and Ivy, $50 Shopbop, WW  ||  Awesome Sauce, $50 Awesome Sauce g.c.  ||  Mythical Books, $25 Amazon  ||  Oaxis, $50 Amazon, US  ||  Kindle Book Review, $25 Amazon, 7″ Kindle Fire, and a bottle of wine, US  ||  MicroBiome, $100 Lululemon g.c. and 1 year MicroBiome probiotics, US  ||  Silver Dagger, $100 Amazon  ||

7/31  Snag Free Samples  –  Walmart g.c. of $100 to 750 winners, US

7/31  ||  MomSkoop, $50 Amazon, US  ||  Pick Any Two, $100 Visa, US  ||  Java John Z, $150 paypal, WW  || Mint Green with Envy, $100 Amazon, WW  ||  TF Diaries, $500 Nordstrom  ||  Earth Balance Naturals, $300 Whole Foods, US  ||  Madhava Sweeteners, $100 Whole Foods and Ninja blender, US  ||  Collective Bias, $1000 grand prize and 12 win $250 Target g.c.  ||

7/31   ||  Still Blonde, $25 Amazon, US  ||  Susie’s Reviews, $25 Walmart, US  ||  Surf Sand and Sons, $15 Bath & Body Works, US  ||  Rockin Book Reviews, $15 Amazon, WW  ||  Parenting In Progress, $15 Amazon, US  ||  Here We Go Again, $20 paypal, US  ||  Drop the Spotlight, $15 Amazon, US  ||  Kicking It With Kelly, $25 Amazon, WW  ||  Still Blonde, $25 Paypal, US  ||  Broken Tepee, $25 paypal, WW  ||  Savings in Seconds, $20 Amazon, WW  ||  Parenting in Progress, $20 Amazon, US  ||  The Review Wire, $20 Amazon, US  ||  Tammie’s Reviews, $25 Amazon, US  ||  Silver Dagger, $20 Amazon  ||

Has Mally H3 Concealer met the mark when it comes to concealing?

Mally H3 Concealer

Mally H3 Concealer

The Beauty Info Zone team had fallen madly in love with Mally Beauty Dark Circle Corrector. We gushed about it and were thrilled to own it. Then when we went to purchase it again, it was gone!! Disappointment doesn’t even cover how we felt. But Mally Beauty is back to the rescue with their H3 CONCEALER so they’ve made it up to us. And to their customers. When we were sent this new concealer we were eager to see if it lived up to our old favorite.

Mally H3 Concealer is available in 5 shades (Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, and Rich). Available at Ulta and QVC (limited shades) it’s considered to be a hydrating and brightening concealer. Let’s see how this stacks up in our book.


Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

Mally has redeemed herself. I was really missing the Dark Circle Corrector in Lighter and savoring what little I had left. When I received this new creamy concealer I wasn’t sure if it could the original off its pedestal but it stands right up there with it.

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

In the tube the concealer appears very light and a good match for my fair cool toned skin. If you are uber pale this might not be quite light enough for you but for most of the fair maidens in the land this will work.

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

When first applied it has a yellow cast but have no fear since it blends so seamlessly into skin that the yellow just tends to brighten your undereye area. I’m currently applying it with the wand, smoothing it in with a Beauty Junkees mini kabuki brush, and then melding it onto my skin with the warmth of my finger.

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

Besides my undereye area I often have to conceal around my nose and that area worries me since product can disappear into my pores there. I use just the lightest touch of H3 Concealer with my finger and it looks natural, removing the redness that can appear.

Overall I think that Mally saved the day. When looking up where to purchase this I found a great deal on QVC which I’ll be taking advantage of – Mally Correct, Conceal & Brighten 3 piece collection. The collection contains this H3 Concealer, Dark Circle Corrector, and Perfect Prep Neutralizing Primer. Now I can safely finish the remains of my Dark Circle Corrector and have a new one and a backup of this great concealer.


Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

I think I actually cried when Marcia told me my favorite Dark Circle Corrector was no longer available!! I have extremely dark undereye circles and it takes industrial strength concealer to mask them…or something with a miracle inside, like the Dark Circle Corrector, which did so without looking heavy or cakey. So I was hoping for something similar but certainly doubted I would be finding the exact same rainbow inside this tube.

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

In the tube the concealer appears pretty yellow…I thought it would be too warm for my neutral skin. However, it’s actually quite forgiving and will work for most medium skin tones.

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

I dot this on from the bottom of my nose to the outside of each eye, then underneath my nose where I tend to have red capillaries. Then I use my beloved Artis Oval 6 Brush to smooth the concealer out and it blends in perfectly, making dark circles disappear and causing eye bags to go packing. As Marcia mentioned, the yellow tint works to brighten the undereye area which is always a plus.

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

If you were a huge fan of the Mally Dark Circle Corrector, you can come out of mourning…the H3 Concealer is definitely here to save the day and save you from dark circles!  We think the best place to find it right now is at QVC and the best deal is the Mally Correct, Conceal & Brighten 3 Piece Collection.  Happy Sunday and happy shopping!!

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Makeup Wars – favorite brushes

Each time Makeup Wars comes together to share posts a topic is decided. While we all don’t post on every one, this week’s is definitely going to be a popular one. MAKEUP BRUSHES!!! We are all beauty enthusiasts so favorite brushes is done with ease. For me though it’s narrowing down my huge collection to just the ones I use all the time. I love luv crave brushes and even though I have over 100 the ones I’m sharing today are the ones I use every week if not daily. A few were sent for review but the majority are ones I’ve purchased and would gladly do again.

Favorite makeup brushes

Favorite makeup brushes


Artis Oval 10

Artis Oval 10

When I first reviewed Artis Oval 10 I didn’t realize that it would eventually become my all time favorite face brush. I am madly in lust over this brush. At the time I was using it for powder but I soon learned that it was ideal for foundation. It gives me the smoothest visage ever and makes my skin look airbrushed. With over 250,00 soft bristles it marries the best of two worlds with its softness and refined blending application.

Artis Oval 10 Brush

Artis Oval 10 Brush

At $77 it’s expensive but the cost is small in proportion to my use and adoration. (Available at Saks and the Artis website)


MAC eye brushes 239, 272, 219, 217

MAC eye brushes 239, 272, 219, 217

My first cosmetic job was as a freelancer for MAC Cosmetics. I lived and breathed MAC and that’s when my brush collection really grew. I had (past tense) a pro discount and knew that what I used on clients was what I wanted to use on myself. They are still the eyeshadow brushes that get the most use. It might have something to do with owning duplicates of them – ahem. MAC’s eye brushes all start with the number 2 in their numbering system.

MAC 242 is my favorite since it does just about everything – lays down color, blends shadows, the tip can be used with liner, and is great with both soft colors and more intense ones.

MAC 239

MAC 239

MAC 272 sadly has been discontinued – I don’t know why though since the curve makes it great for the browbone area as well as the lid. It works the same as the 239 but it has the great angle to it.

MAC 217 was always my favorite blending brush but unfortunately the newer ones are bigger and not up to the original. I still love it though and use mine constantly. I’m sure I’ll wear them out at some point.

MAC 217

MAC 217

MAC 219 is my favorite pencil brush. Shockingly I only own 1 of these but I’d happily buy another.

MAC 219

MAC 219

The MAC brushes aren’t enough to keep me satisfied, sort of like Lay’s Potato Chips, I can’t stop at one.

BEAUTY JUNKEES MINI KABUKI SET are brushes that you just can’t beat. Fabulous for eyeshadows and even better for concealer. I pretty much use these interchangeably. At $14.97 this is affordable luxury.

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Set (Eye Makeup Brushes: 5 pc Precision Brush Set)

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Set (Eye Makeup Brushes: 5 pc Precision Brush Set)

Favorite eye brushes: Shu Umera 10, Make Up For Ever 218, Anastasia A6, Cinema Secrets 12, Smashbox 4

Favorite eye brushes: Shu Uemera 10, Make Up For Ever 218, Anastasia A6, Cinema Secrets 12, Smashbox 4

5 other brushes that get a lot of use include the Shu Uemera 10, made of Kolinsky/Sable. It’s an extreme luxury at $95 but it’s worth it if you have the money.

Make Up For Ever 218 Medium Blender Brush ($25) is great with powder and cream shadows. I use it for blending as well as application.

Make Up For Ever 218

Make Up For Ever 218

Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro A6 is my newest brush (reviewed here) and it’s quickly became one of my favorites. Of the three brushes I received from them I notice that I’m reaching for A6 the most. I love it as a firm blending brush.

Anastasia Beverly Hills A6

Anastasia Beverly Hills A6

Smashbox 4 was one of my first highend cosmetic brush purchases. I don’t think you can find this anymore which is a shame. It was called a concealer brush but I love it as a cream eyeshadow brush. Why do brands discontinue their best products?

Eyebrow brushes are my newest obsession and my two favorites are from IT Cosmetics and Full Brow. IT Cosmetics Build a Brow Brush 12 is unique because of the bristles. They are of different lengths so they really reach into your brows to deposit color. It works especially well with a cream brow product. Full Brow is perfect for powders. It just seems to apply the powder more easily and evenly.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Build A Brow Brush #12 and Full Brow eyebrow brush

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Build A Brow Brush #12 and Full Brow eyebrow brush

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Build A Brow Brush #12 and Full Brow eyebrow brush

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Build A Brow Brush #12 and Full Brow eyebrow brush

MAC CHEEK BRUSHES: There are two MAC Cheek brushes that I use all the time. For blush I like the large angled MAC 168. Some blush brushes are so big that I’d end up with blush all over so a smaller size is my jam. The other is MAC 165, I’ll use it for blush and it’s wonderful for highlighting and contour. Sadly it was an LE brush but the Tapered Face Brush 138 would do the same job though it’s bigger.

MAC 168 and 165

MAC 168 and 165

Even though I could go on forever I’ll stop with 3 of my favorite face brushes.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder No. 8, Japonesque Kabuki, Wayne Goss 00

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder No. 8, Japonesque Kabuki, Wayne Goss 00

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder brush is the softest, fluffiest brush. I think mine was part of a TSV (which is why you should always pay attention to the TSV!!). I love IT’s brushes and this one is a great example of what cruelty free brushes are all about.

Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder brush

Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder brush

The Japonesque Kabuki is long discontinued. It’s similar to Nars Yachiyo Kabuki though it was less expensive. It’s not the softest brush but it’s wonderful still for cream blush. It picks up the color well and diffuses it so my cheeks are softly blushing. japonesqueWayne Goss 00 is now only available as a duo – one black, one white. I bought it in a preorder and was able to buy just the one. Go find a friend to split this duo with! This is what I expected of all my Wayne Goss brushes. This is perfection in the way it applies any powders as it just hugs my face and feels like a baby bunny. I’d use it for foundation if I didn’t have the Artis.

While I really haven’t given you many wallet friendly brushes I personally think that brushes are an investment and that they are often worth the extra money. I’m sure if I were first beginning I’d look at ELF, EcoTools, Beauty Junkees, and Real Techniques to shore up my collection. But my shares today are my best and brightest.  What brushes make you stand up and applaud?  —  Marcia

Let’s go brush shopping with Makeup Wars!

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