Top Ten Eyeshadow Primers

It’s Top Ten Tuesday time and our topic is primers this week. It will come as no surprise to regular Beauty Info Zone readers that my list is all about Eyeshadow Primers. It’s not that I don’t have enough facial primers to use for our topic but I’m a little nuts (or maybe a lot) and have this need to have all the eyeshadow primers available. While 10 are mentioned here I have more that I like but maybe not quite as much as these.

Eyeshadow Primers come in all prices which I’m demonstrating for you today with versions that range from $2 to $32. Price isn’t always the determining factor when it comes to this type of product. My $2 primer from E.L.F. works almost as well as my $20 Too Faced primers. The important thing to me is to use an eyeshadow primer every time I do my eyes. Primer is meant to even out skintone, make the colors last without creasing, help eyeshadow colors go on more evenly, and create a more vibrant look.

Top 10 eyeshadow primers

Top 10 eyeshadow primers

$1-$2  E.L.F. SHADOW LOCK EYELID PRIMER || There are 3 shades of this primer available. Right now E.L.F. is having a moving sale so the colors left are available for $1 but normally they are $2. My favorite is Champagne (there’s also Sheer and Pearl) because it is a light taupe/champagne shade adding some interest without a bit of shimmer.

$6.49  MILANI EYESHADOW PRIMER || This is one of my very favorite primers. I usually look for a sale on it and pick up 2 at a time. It took me a while too appreciate it since it’s thick at first but I learned to love it after running out of Too Faced Shadow Insurance once and now I always have one handy.

$6.99  NYX EYESHADOW BASE  ||  My only pot eyeshadow primer although that’s all I used to use. This has good points and bad. I’m not a fan of the pot itself. For someone with long nails it’s just a pain. I bought this in Pearl because I wanted the tiny bit of pearly shimmer which makes this worth getting out a taklon brush to apply it. It’s stiff and doesn’t go on as easily as a cream product but it does the job well and Ulta often has sales on NYX. This is also available in white and skintone.

Milani, NYX, ELF eyeshadow primers

Milani, NYX, ELF eyeshadow primers

$15  em cosmetic eyeshadow primer  ||  No one ever talks about em cosmetics anymore. This Michelle Phan line came out with a bang but it’s whimpering away. Out of all the products I’ve bought from the line this is the stand out. There’s a slight gleam to it that peeks through and makes eyeshadow more vibrant. I’d buy this again without a doubt.

em cosmetics eyeshadow primer

em cosmetics eyeshadow primer

$18  bareMinerals PRIME TIME EYESHADOW PRIMER  ||  This is a great primer but it’s really small. It’s a perfect size for travel though but I’m going through this pretty quickly for home use. I wish I didn’t like it this much or that the price wasn’t quite this high. My shadows stay so well when I’m using it.

bareMinerals eyeshadow primer

bareMinerals eyeshadow primer

$20  TOO FACED SHADOW INSURANCE  ||  This is the eyeshadow primer that changed the game. It’s the most talked about, that’s for sure. Be sure you shake it before using it the first time and then again about once a week. It can come out watery which you want to avoid. TFSI is the one I use the most because I can really rely on it. I know it will keep me creasefree under all conditions.

$20  TOO FACED SHADOW INSURANCE CANDLELIGHT  ||  Too Faced created a few more of their Shadow Insurance to meet the needs of everyone. The one I have is Candlelight which is a bright gold that just lights up my eyes. There are days I’ll put Candlelight on my lids, TFSI original on my brow bone, and a beautiful brown toned shadow in the crease. There’s no glitter in Candlelight but it is a bright shimmery gold. If I wore more glitter eyeshadows I’d buy TF Glitter Glue Shadow Primer since I know the quality of the brand.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight and original

Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight and original

$21  LORAC BEHIND THE SCENES EYE PRIMER  ||  I don’t know why everyone isn’t shouting about this from their rooftops. It’s a fabulous eyeshadow primer. There was a small one in my LORAC Pro Palette and once I used it I knew I needed it in a full size. It’s $1 more than the Too Faced but it’s considerably bigger so there’s more bang for your buck. It has a slant tip opening which can get a little messy but I usually squeeze it out on my hand to apply rather than directly on my eye. I’m telling you – you are missing out on a gem if you don’t have this primer.

Lorac Behind the Scenes eyeshadow primer

Lorac Behind the Scenes eyeshadow primer

$29  BENEFIT AIR PATROL  ||  I had no intention of buying this because it’s obvious I don’t need another primer in my life. But I got a sample that lasted me for a few days and that sold me. This is very yellow which is why I wasn’t going to buy it. But once I used it I realized that the color wasn’t an issue once applied. This is considered to be a BB Cream Eyelid Primer and it has broad spectrum SPF 20 which I’m happy about. The tip is different since it’s a “cushion calm” tip that is exceptionally soft. A little goes a long way with this so I expect it to last a good amount of time.

Benefit Air Patrol eyeshadow primer

Benefit Air Patrol eyeshadow primer

$32  EDWARD BESS ILLUMINATING EYESHADOW BASE  ||  Edward Bess was my splurge item. I bought it much before the Benefit so even though the prices aren’t too far different I knew it was a splurge. It comes in three shades (Dune, Cashmere, Suede). Cashmere was my choice and I’m happy that I bought it. It looks a lot like a concealer with its brush applicator. Once I let it dry shadows really adhere to it. Anytime I have a poor performing shadow I turn to this Illuminating Base since I know if it doesn’t work with this, then the shadow just isn’t going to work. It’s worth the extra money even if I save it for special days.

Edward Bess eyeshadow primer

Edward Bess eyeshadow primer

I have other eyeshadow primers that I like (Urban Decay, Make Up For Ever, and IT Cosmetics for example) but they don’t get used as often as these 10. I know not everyone needs 10+ eyeshadows in their life but I’m obsessed and obviously obsessive! — Marcia

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Brow and lash love for 2015

Make-up, applying mascara

As I was doing my makeup for New Year’s Eve I realized that the biggest change in my cosmetic life for 2015 was that I absolutely can not go without doing my brows anymore. A combination of age and illness created eyebrows that just didn’t cut it anymore. I went for most of my life not touching my eyebrows with much more than a tweezers. They had a great natural shape and were filled in nicely. That’s not the case any more. That’s why I decided to share the 2015 eyebrow and eyelash products that have made a difference for me.

PIXI BROW POWDER PALETTE  –  Shades of Brows

Pixi Beauty Brow Palette

Pixi Beauty Brow Palette

This is my most used brow product for everyday. My hair isn’t necessarily the same shade from color to color so I appreciate having a choice of shades that I can use straight or mix. Right now I’m dipping twice into the darkest shade and once in the one lighter since my hair is very dark at the moment. I’ll get it colored soon and can reevaluate how I want to use the colors. One of the best buys at $12 I’ve found. *

PIXI ENDLESS BROW GEL PEN

Pixi Endless Brow Gel Pen in Medium

Pixi Endless Brow Gel Pen in Medium

The Endless Brow Gel Pen is another best for me from Pixi. This is not a universally loved product but I like it so much that I bought 3 the last time I ordered from Pixi. It’s not really a pen, it’s a pencil that is gel-like in texture. It’s a heavier look than the brow palette because the gel is thicker. I like wearing this when my brows really need attention.

SENNA COSMETICS BROW SHAPER

Senna Brow Duo in Brunette

Senna Brow Duo in Brunette

I love Senna Cosmetics but I hadn’t tried their eyebrow products before because I just didn’t care about my eyebrows. Now that I have this Brow Shaper with the plumping brow shade and pomade I really appreciate why Eugenia Weston, owner and cosmetic guru, is so well known for eyebrows. These powders really cling to my eyebrow hair and fill in naturally where I’ve lost some hair. Another reason to love Senna. *

IT COSMETICS HEAVENLY LUXE BUILD A BROW BRUSH

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Build A Brow and It Cosmetics Tightlining 10-in-1 Dual Ended brush

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Build A Brow and It Cosmetics Tightlining 10-in-1 Dual Ended brush

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Eyebrow brush

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Eyebrow brush

OMG, this is the best brush ever for eyebrows. It was created for IT’s Build a Brow Creme Gel Stain and it’s great with that but it also shines with every gel or cream brow product I’ve tried. The bristles are staggered so they really get into your brows to deposit color. This is totally unique and totally worth every penny of the $24 price.

BENEFIT ROLLER LASH MASCARA

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Officially named Roller Lash Super Curling and Lifting Mascara, this is one of my favorites of the year. I find Benefit Cosmetics to be hit or miss but after reading the raves for this I caved and I’m glad I did. The curved wand really does help curl your lashes although I always use an eyelash curler. The combo of the eyelash curler and Roller Lash gives me eyelashes that stay curled for a good 12 hours. This was good for me for a solid three months staying easy to wear and easy to remove.

CATRICE LASH MULTIMIZER VOLUME MASCARA

Catrice Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara

Catrice Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara

Catrice Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara wand

Catrice Ultimate Lash Multimizer Volume Mascara wand

At $7.99 this is 1/3 the price of the Benefit mascara and almost as good. The Multimizer is a volume and definition mascara. While it doesn’t help add curl, it holds it well. The older this gets, the better it gets. Which means a new one is in my future.

BARE MINERALS LASH DOMINATION VOLUMIZING MASCARA

Bare Minerals Lash Domination

Bare Minerals Lash Domination

BareMinerals Lash Domination

BareMinerals Lash Domination

2016 was the year I realized I loved volume mascaras. Before that I always thought I was looking for length and definition but the mascaras I like best this year turned out to be volumizing. Who knew? Besides charming me with the polka dot packaging, Lash Domination * charmed me with the twisty turny brush and lashes that looked great. They call this a 10-in-1 mascara since it Volumizes, Lengthens, Thickens, Separates, Lifts, has All-day wear, is Mineral fortified, Resists clumps, Fights Flakes, and is Smudge-resistant. After reviewing * this, I bought another.

SURRATT BEAUTY RELEVEE LASH CURLER

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler opened

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler opened

I didn’t need another eyelash curler but I wanted this Surratt Beauty one after reading all the raves. Everyone has different shaped eyes and the lash curlers that a lot of people rave about (Shu, ELF etc) pinch me. This Surratt Relevee has been a delight to use. It opens widely, does a great job fitting my eyes and creates a curl that really lasts. If I want to use the method of inching up my lashes I have to use a magnifying mirror so I can see my lashes better.

As usual with a list like this, I’m sure I left out other wonderful products that I discovered in 2015. Even if I did though I know I’m recommending the ones that really have stood out to me. Have you tried any of these? What would you say stood out the most for you this past year?  — Marcia

*items were PR samples, rest were self purchased  **affiliate links used

 

Makeup Wars – items that surprised me

This edition of Makeup Wars is all about items that surprised us. These could be winners, these could be losers, but they were all in the race since we’ve used them for our blogs and personal life. I’ve found quite a few products that I didn’t necessarily have high expectations of that have blown me away but unfortunately the opposite has been true too. I’m focusing on the positive because these have all broken through the finish line as winners.

Makeup Wars items that surprised me - Christie Brinkley skincare, Benefit Roller Lash mascara and Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation

Makeup Wars items that surprised me – Christie Brinkley skincare, Benefit Roller Lash mascara and Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY AUTHENTIC SKINCARE is a skincare line that I turned down the first time it was offered to me. My perception was that as beautiful as Christie Brinkley is, that she’d probably slapped her name down on a line that offered to make her some money. I was totally wrong and now I’ve had the opportunity to try 4 of her products. These are all well thought out items that have performed beautifully for me. I want an anti-aging line considering I’m aging every day and not going backwards. I’ve found her products to be excellent especially the Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Day Cream with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen (that’s a mouthful) and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Night Treatment. These are luxurious without being outrageously priced. They are rich and provide the anti-aging benefits I look for.

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment

RIMMEL LONDON LASTING FINISH 25 HR FOUNDATION was a recommendation by a friend who loves IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream as much as I do. I bought it because of her raves but I was sure it wouldn’t work for me and I’d return it. SURPRISE! I really like the foundation. I haven’t trusted drugstore foundation for a dozen years. I never found a color match, I rarely found one that I could tolerate the scent of and I didn’t find one that looked natural on my skin. Rimmel’s Lasting Finish has done all 3 of these for me in the right way. My color match is 091 Light Ivory, the fragrance disappears on my skin and I love the finish it gives me. It lasts all day with maybe a little more concealer if I’m going out. This is a great $7 surprise.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hr. Foundation

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hr. Foundation

My last surprise is BENEFIT ROLLER LASH MASCARA. I haven’t liked many Benefit products unfortunately. I have a few that I’ve enjoyed like Fake Up Concealer and some I’ve hated like They’re Real, Push Up Liner so I was surprised that I even bought Roller Lash Mascara. I’m even more surprised how much I like this mascara. As with all mascaras the reviews were mixed but definitely more in favor of the mascara than not. I first bought Maybelline Lash Sensational because I had heard they gave a similar look and as much as I’m a fan of Lash Sensational, it’s a bear to remove. One day Roller Lash slipped into my shopping cart and arrived at my house. I put off wearing it thinking it was just another mascara. It’s not! It’s a SURPRISE! I really love the look of the mascara and how it wears. What do I get from this?

-Longer, defined lashes that have a great amount of volume

-Curl that lasts from morning through night

-Compliments galore on how great my lashes look (even when cringing in the chair at the oral surgeon)

-A mascara without flaking, clumping, or smudging

-A mascara that easily removes

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Three surprises and four products that I can recommend buying and rebuying. I’m always in the mood for a good surprise and these products are just the things to do that.  Are any of these on your favorites list? — Marcia


Benefit They’re Real! Push Up Liner – is this as great as it sounds?

Benefit they're Real! push up liner

Benefit they’re Real! push up liner

On Friday June 27th Benefit is releasing their new, very talked about eyeliner – They’re Real! Push Up Liner. This liner is a combination of a pen and a gel. It looks like a pen but is actually a gel that comes up through the pen packaging.

Benefit They're Real! Push Up Liner

Benefit They’re Real! Push Up Liner

When I first read about this innovative product I was so looking forward to purchasing it. I really couldn’t wait since I felt this could be revolutionary for someone who loves gel liners. I joined the waiting list so that I could be an early purchaser. I’ve had it now for almost 3 weeks and used it a handful of times.

Benefit they're Real! push up liner

Benefit they’re Real! push up liner

They’re Real! Push Up Liner is one of the darkest black liners I’ve encountered. Black is not always black but the Push Up Liner is darker than anything I’ve worn in a long time. It’s in a pen that twists up. It is hard to get started but after the first time it seems to come out evenly. The tip is a rubber “AccuFlex” tip that is designed to “hug the lash line” and deposit just the right amount of black eyeliner. What you need to watch out for, because it’s hard to see, is if it comes out with a little ball at the end. If it does you’ll probably want to wipe that away since it doesn’t seem to smooth out as you move the pen.

What I’m not crazy about is that once it’s on, it’s really on. That’s great for long lasting wear but it’s not great if you need to fix something. I find it gives me a wider line than I prefer too. I have to be very diligent to get it thin. Actually the last time I wore it, I was able to get the top line thin but I switched to a liquid liner for the bottom since that’s my sticking point with the liner. If I were to go someplace hot and humid I’d take more time to apply this thinly top and bottom. On most days though this is not what I’ll be reaching for.

close up of tip

close up of tip before use

This is tenacious. It doesn’t give you a long time to work with because it’s on the dry side. I doubt you have much time to smudge it if that’s how you wear your eyeliner. It comes off with my Mary Kay eye makeup remover but I have to work harder to get it off. Benefit is going to release a special eye makeup remover for this but it’s not absolutely necessary if you have a good one already. You’ll never get it off with just your face cleanser though.

gel coming through

gel coming through

My recommendation is that the first time you use it you shouldn’t be in a hurry. It takes a little time to learn how this works best for you. I got way too much on the first time. I’m better at it now but I’m not perfect. I can do a liquid liner or a regular gel liner quickly but I’m much more cautious with this Benefit pen.

Benefit they're Real! push up liner swatch, see the ball at the end?

Benefit they’re Real! push up liner swatch, see the ball at the end?

I’m not in love with this but I don’t dislike it either. If you are watching how you spend your money then save the $24 that this costs and buy a liner that’s easier to use. But if you love a challenge or you love super black eyeliner than this could be what you are looking for.benefit liner back

I’m sure I would have bought Benefit they’re Real! push up liner no matter what but I did fall for the hype. In my book it doesn’t add up to it though. Are you planning on buying this liner? — Marcia

Top Ten Tuesday – favorite concealers

Every other Tuesday the Top Ten bloggers share items we’d like you to know about. Concealers are something very few of us can live without. As I age it seems that there’s more to conceal. I’m not ready to give up the fight. These are concealers that I own and use all the time. Can you find 10 that you love? — Marcia

1. YSL Touche Eclat – Technically this is not a concealer, it’s a highlighter. But I find that it gives me a lift with its luminizing quality that takes people’s eyes (or my mind) away from the dark circles. Unfortunately the price keeps going up on this but one can last me for a year so the $40 that it costs is more than worth it. I buy and I try every product like this but none seem to compare.

2. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer – I’ve mentioned this concealer about 254,690 times on Beauty Info Zone. It was a miracle when I first discovered it and it remains a miracle to this day. Absolutely a favorite of mine.

3. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector Concentrate* – This is the newest concealer from IT Cosmetics and it’s much more heavy duty than the original. It’s actually a “corrector” which you can use to conceal or correct.

4. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Skin Conceal* –  When I need true concealing then I pull out this OCC Concealer. It’s incredible since it comes in 12 multi-ethnic shades, is paraben free, is cruelty free and is free of all the other nasties. This $20 pot will last you forever since it’s so concentrated. I wear this in Y1 (light yellow based skintone) and in RO (palest red based skintone) though not at the same time.

5. Benefit Fake-Up – When I bought this I had some misgivings. I hadn’t had a lot of luck with Benefit but there was something about it that appealed to me. I ended up using it almost every day this past summer. The outer core is an eye balm with the inner core being the concealer. It’s moisturizing and a double duty product. I probably need more moisturizing now that it’s colder so I should start using it again.

6. Senna Highlight Concealer – As much as I love this Senna Concealer in Lite, I miss the original concealer that got me stuck on Senna – Cameo. Luckily I have some in my possession. The light peach of Cameo counteracts my dark circles. I’ve used up at least 3 of them. Lite is close but not quite peachy enough. Yet it’s a great creamy concealer.

7. Three Custom Colors aka 3CC – This is another concealer that I’ve used for quite a while though I haven’t bought it recently. It’s very creamy and doesn’t settle into my undereye creases. It also can be used as a foundation using a damp sponge and patting it on your skin. On the 3CC website it comes in 10 colors including two very dark shades which is nice for a change.

8. Tarte Smooth Operator* – Tarte’s concealer in stick form is an affordable alternative to Cle de Peau and Le Metier de Beaute in my opinion. They feel and look similar on my eyes yet Smooth Operator won’t hurt your credit card. It’s one of their more full coverage concealers. I’ve been using this so much lately that I’m worried about finishing it which means more shopping (what a hardship!).

9. Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer* – Maracuja Concealer was my first Tarte concealer love and I haven’t forgotten it, I just cheat on it at times. I had to buy a backup since I’m so close to finishing my original. I love this creamy liquid for under my eyes especially.

10.  Dior Nude Skin Perfecting Hydrating Concealer – That’s a mouthful but it does what it says. This is a revamp of their original Dior Nude Concealer and this newer one is more hydrating than it used to be. Color and texture are the same so if you loved the original, you’ll love this one more. It was recommended to me by a Nordstrom MA that I trust and she was absolutely right about it.

Well I could go on and on since I haven’t mentioned Dior Skinflash or any of my half dozen MAC Concealers but I decided not to cheat (this time). Have you used any of my Top Ten? Which concealer is your favorite? — Marcia

* items were sent for review
Now it’s time to find out what concealers the other bloggers love and want us to buy!!

Hitting a home run with PopSugar Must Have September box

The September PopSugar Must Have box

Even after all this time I’m still attracted to subscription boxes. I’m like a little kid on Christmas tearing open a surprise package. This month I have purchased Birchbox in the Goop edition, Allure’s Sample Society, Glossybox and PopSugar Must Have. The PopSugar is the big winner for me so that’s what I’m sharing with you today.

PopSugar Must Have is the most expensive subscription service but you get a lot for the money. I paid $35 plus tax but the value is a whole lot higher (revealed at the end of the review). The good news is that I like everything in the box. Really like it!

Let’s start with food – there were 3 taste treats inside. I say were because I’ve eaten all.

Yummy goodies

My favorite was Blissful Bakery Original Sea Salt Caramels. Three pieces of yummy soft caramels. I’d buy these if I saw them. I know my husband would have loved them if I’d been less selfish.
There was also a snack size of Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips made by Food Should Taste Good. Yes they tasted good and I can pretend I did okay because of the sweet potatoes. Last food item is Pop-Up Pantry cookie. I didn’t realize this was food, I thought it was a household goody so I didn’t attack it until I started writing and it was delicious.

lifestyle goodies

There are some lifestyle items in the box. There’s a trade paperback book of The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. This is a current movie starring Emma Watson. Inside the book is a Fandango coupon for two free tickets to the movie. Good thing I looked since I thought it was a bookmark.
There’s a great notepad from Rifle Paper Co.  I love notepads so this is perfect for me. PopSugar always includes a bag of some sort and this month’s is like a giant change purse which should help keep my purse a little less cluttered. I think I’ll either use it for lip products or all the receipts that gather.

Brokedown scarf packaged

Brokedown scarf open but folded

The last lifestyle item is a scarf that is totally awesome. It’s a taupey brown viscose scarf made by Brokedown. It’s soft, it’s big, it can be a shawl or a scarf. It’s love!

Now to my life – beauty.

The beauty products

Three items that I really, really like. First a travel pack of Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes. I’ve bought the full size several times and having this one with 10 travel size towels is great for either a trip or my excursions with an 18 month old.

Yes to Cucumbers towelettes

Kitsch hair ties

There’s also a 4 pack of Kitsch Hair Ties in great neutral metallic shades. These are just like the Twistbands I buy and use constantly.

The icing on the cake? Benefit’s Greetings from Cabana Glama, a destination makeup kit. Full size! It contains an eyeshadow trio, a bronzer, a mini Posietint and a mini Some Kind of Gorgeous. Not only is this mirrored box set cute, it’s actually quite usable for just about any skintone. There are two little applicators for emergency use. It’s a great set for me or as a gift.

Benefit Cabana glama

Benefit Cabana glamma

So let’s see the value:

Food items aren’t easy to figure out. Pop-Up Pantry is a delivery service and they don’t sell the cookies separately but there is a card for a free dinner and that’s worth $17 if you take advantage of it. The tortilla chips would probably sell for about $1 – 2 in a store while the delicious Blissful Bakery caramels sell for $10.50 for a 4 oz box (even though my sample says 4 oz. it looks nothing like the 4 oz package on their website so I think it was more like 1.5 oz).

Lifestyle items add up quickly. The Riley Paper Co. pad sells for $8 on their site. The scarf sells for $84. It’s beautiful and looks and feels great (I did find it for sale for $58.10 on a different website. I don’t know if they charge shipping). The book sells for $14 but is $8.40 on Amazon. Plus the free movie tickets are a value of $20 where I live but are worth $24 if needed. I don’t know how to put on a value to the purse so that’s left out.

The beauty items are also a bit hard to figure out: the Kitsch hair ties sell for between $9.99 and $14.99 for 5. Since these are metallic which sell for $14.99 I’ll give them a value of $12. A package of 30 Say Yes to Cucumber wipes are $6 but this has 10 wipes. I’ve personally never seen a travel pack which I’d love to buy, I’ll say this is worth $2. There is a Tracie Martyn coupon worth $25 of her skincare that I forgot to mention. The Benefit Greetings from Cabana is now $19 on Sephora.com but originally was sold for $36.

Everything laying on the Brokedown scarf

Total value for my $35 = $168.65 to $258.50 depending on what you take advantage of. Is this worth $35? Darn tootin it is. I’ve already used the Brokedown scarf so that alone makes it worthwhile. If you decide you’d love to buy a value like this, I’d appreciate you going through Beauty Info Zone at this link http://popsu.gr/yqR . I didn’t add an affiliate link the first time I reviewed PopSugar Must Have but now I know it is a MUST HAVE! Thanks — Marcia

BeneFit wants to know – do you “wanna” or “gotta”?

Are you an Annie or a Maggie? Benefit Cosmetics would probably like to know. ‘Annies’ are  girls who “gotta” look gorgeous all day according to Annie Ford Danielson of Benefit. She believes that Annies have people to see, places to go and things to do. On the other hand Maggie Ford Danielson says that all ‘Maggies’ “wanna” have it all and wanna shimmy all night long.

Benefit has created two limited edition, Sephora exclusive, sets of eye makeup. You can pick EYE GOTTA, THE ANNIE COLLECTION or EYE WANNA, THE MAGGIE COLLECTION ($36 each). Both sets contain a trio of powder eyeshadows and 2 mini Creaseless Cream shadow pots.

Staying with my khaki obsession I bought The Annie Collection. It contains a trio in one block with Canopy (a warm nutmeg), Purple Haze (gilded purple) and Spiced (golden olive). The creaseless creams are Flash (platinum fawn) and Foiled (shimmering sand). The kit is absolutely adorable and the colors are all very pretty but I’m not thrilled with this set.

What I like:

–          Canopy is a beautiful easy to wear shade that I think would suit anyone that likes a light brown shadow. It’s not unique but it looks pretty on

–          Spiced is also a pretty khaki shade

–          If you used everything in the kit the price is great. It is easy for travel because you’d have several looks you could do with these 5 shadows.

–          Creaseless Creams are good eyeshadow primers imparting pretty color while helping to keep shadows staying fresh looking.

What I don’t like:

–          Purple Haze gives me rabbit eyes. I love purple eyeshadow but this one just doesn’t work for me.

–          The creaseless creams are very shimmery. For some people this is a plus, for me it’s a negative. I have several of these but these particular ones just don’t work for me.

–          The eyeshadows fade away during the day. I am lucky to get 6 hours with them looking fresh. I’ve tried the powder shadows with a variety of bases: creaseless creams, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines and even Benefit Stay Don’t Stray. Nothing really helps. They just fade and don’t look the same late in the day.

–          The little booklet that it comes with is so simplistic that I’m not sure who their audience is for the set. The book shows one powder e/s at a time. Most of us buying a set like this go beyond one single color. I’d have appreciated them showing me looks using all 3 of the shades or maybe two together.

Here are some eye looks I tried with this set:

(Over TFSI, Spiced on lid, Purple Haze in crease)

(Over Foiled Creaseless Cream, Spiced in crease)

(Over Flash Creaseless Cream, Canopy on lid, Spiced in the crease)


(Over Benefit Stay Don’t Stray, Canopy only)

I hate being this negative in a review but I’m disappointed in Annie and I think I’d be disappointed in Maggie too. I’ve read rave reviews of this, specifically on Vampy Varnish. I’m linking her review since this is what made me hit the buy button at Sephora and I’d like you to see two sides of the story.

My khaki obsession will continue I’m sure, until something better comes along, and I’ll find use for this Benefit set, but it might be spending a lot more time in a drawer than it does on my cosmetic table. — Marcia