Great picks from Good Earth Beauty: nvey eco Lip Gloss and Gabriel Blush

nvey eco and GabrielAfter reading all of Marcia’s reviews about the fabulous brands available on Good Earth Beauty, I decided to take a few of the products to try for myself. This is an amazing website that features wonderful brands that focus on natural, organic ingredients. I guess I can’t blame Marcia for always loving the samples we get!

Marcia reluctantly parted with two beautiful items:  nvey eco Hydrating Lip Lustre Gloss in Ruby and Gabriel Color Vibrant Pink Blush. I loved the colors and thought they went well together.nvey eco Hydrating Lip Lustre Gloss in Rubynvey eco Hydrating Lip Lustre Gloss in Rubynvey eco Hydrating Lip Lustre Gloss in Rubynvey eco Hydrating Lip Lustre Gloss in Ruby is a great gloss – it’s not sticky but it sticks around. I love the Ruby shade and the organic beeswax is great for lips. This one has gone into my purse and I wear it all the time. It’s a great shade that goes with everything.Gabriel Color Vibrant Pink BlushGabriel Color Vibrant Pink BlushGabriel Color Vibrant Pink Blush Gabriel Color Vibrant Pink Blush looks extremely bright…and it is! Go easy with this one or you will be instantly transported back to 1985. If you use a light hand, it gives the best pink flush that perks your skin right up. It’s a lovely blue-based pink that I am very happy to have in my collection.

Now I am thinking I need to arm wrestle Marcia more often for the opportunity to test the natural organic beauties from  Good Earth Beauty! Head over to this awesome website to check out all the wonderful options for yourself. – Lisa

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Perfectly pink Nars blushes for a Valentine flush: Angelika, Gaiety, Mata Hari, and Desire

Nars does pink four ways

Nars does pink four ways

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and I’m feeling like going retro and digging deep into my blush stash. Nothing completes a perfect Valentine’s Day look better than an awesome pink blush.  Nars makes the best powder blushes ever and they have four pink shades that are just different enough to justify having each one in your collection. The $30 you spend is worth every penny because these blushes last almost forever.

Angelika

Angelika

Nars Angelika Blush is a ‘cotton candy pink with gold and silver sparkle‘. That silver pan at the bottom of the blush solves the mystery of which shade is my favorite. I have 20 Nars blushes and this is the only one I have hit pan on – mostly because they are so pigmented I only need one light swipe to get great color that lasts all day. The sparkles in Angelika aren’t obvious, somehow they morph into ‘glow’ and really wake up your complexion. However, if you aren’t looking for sparkle, check out Desire – it’s the same shade only matte.

Desire

Desire

Nars Desire Blush is a ‘matte cotton candy pink‘. This is Angelika without the shimmer. I find that Desire is even more pigmented than the other blushes…a light hand is essential to avoid a clownish appearance. But used correctly this is amazing.

Gaiety

Gaiety

Nars Gaiety Blush is a ‘bright candy pink‘.  It is a natural, fresh, and glowy lighter shade of pink.  Gaiety is a newer addition to my collection, I love the cool blue toned pink because it is light with buildable color.

Mata Hari

Mata Hari

Nars Mata Hari is a ‘pink with a trace of crimson‘. This matte pink beauty leans a little plum. It’s a natural shade but use a light hand because it is super pigmented.

Left to right:

Left to right: Angelika, Gaiety, Mata Hari, Desire

Any one of these gorgeous pink blushes will make a perfect Valentine’s Day. Look into your blush collection and get a little retro – which one of your classic shades gets you ‘in the mood’ for some fun on Valentine’s?  – Lisa

*nothing to disclose but my everlasting love for Nars powder blush!

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Gift yourself with IT Cosmetic’s Je Ne Sais Quoi palette #itcosmetics

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

While I am entranced with IT Cosmetics year round, when it comes to the holidays I find that they go all out. Whether you are gifting others or yourself their new Je Ne Sais Quoi palette should be at the top of your list. I’m sure you’ve been nice (with maybe a little naughty thrown in) so you deserve this in your life.                                                       press sample

Everything about this palette is perfection, as a matter of fact it’s subtitled “Your Complexion Perfection”. For $42 you’ll be charmed by the Award-Winning Face Palette with Perfect Lighting Technology”.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

A few days ago Lisa and I showed you the fabulous holiday brush sets that Ulta carries from IT Cosmetics. The set I have, City Chic, is the perfect companion for this palette. They are both a beautiful rose gold and the face brushes work wonderfully with the palette.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

The 4 talc free powders in the compact are all new except for the translucent pressed powder. You’ll have a perfect travel palette with this as well as one that you’ll use daily at home. The palette is bigger than I expected at 4.5″ square. The colors are each 1..75″ square so getting a brush in is easy and won’t run over into the next color.

Bye Bye Pores Blush in Je Ne Said Quoi is a beautiful brightening shade. One that applies like a dream. If you like intensity it builds up easily or you can use a light touch with your dual fiber blush brush to start light. I could easily wear this blush every day.

Bye Bye Pores Blush in Je Ne Sais Quoi

Bye Bye Pores Blush in Je Ne Sais Quoi

Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder in Translucent is one of the best translucent powders you can wear. I bought this powder as soon as it came out. This sheer powder is great as a finishing powder to set your foundation. It’s one of IT’s most popular products so having it in this palette is a bonus. Have pores? Want to make them disappear? Then you want this powder.

Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder in Translucent

Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder in Translucent

Sunshine in a Compact Bronzer in Warmth is perfect if you are missing your summer color. You can use it as you would a bronzer or contour with it. Both ways work perfectly.

Sunshine in a Compact Bronzer in Warmth

Sunshine in a Compact Bronzer in Warmth

Perfect Lighting Luminizer is the hero product for me in this palette. I am always fascinated with highlighters and this one stands out to me. It’s a soft peachy beige powder that’s luminous but has no glitter. When you are my age you just don’t need glitter on your face. This special luminizer highlights and enhances. I’m sure I’ll end up seeing pan on this shade first.

Perfect Lighting Luminizer

Perfect Lighting Luminizer

This palette would stop me in my tracks at an Ulta as it will you.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette swatches

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette swatches

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette swatches

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette swatches

Trust me on this one. You really want this, I know you will.  —  Marciait-cosmetics-je-ne-sais-quoi-palette-open2

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Natural cosmetics from Cleure and a giveaway

If you have sensitive skin that reacts to many ingredients found in haircare, skincare, and cosmetics then it’s time to learn about CLEURE, a hypoallergic brand that is free of harsh chemicals and ingredients that can cause reactions. CLEURE is an organic brand made in the US and provides you a healthier beauty alternative.cleaure-giveaway

I was sent a variety of their cosmetics to give to one Beauty Info Zone reader and that reader just might be you!

Cleure Midnight Kiss eyeshadow duo

Cleure Midnight Kiss eyeshadow duo

Midnight Kiss is an eyeshadow duo that can be used anywhere on your eyes. Use it as eyeshadow, eyeliner, and for eyebrows. The two colors in here are a dark matte brown and dark matte gray. This makes a perfect staple for your cosmetic bag. The silky texture makes it easy to apply. Right now this is on sale for 50% off so it’s just $10.

Cleure Mineral Blush in First Kiss

Cleure Mineral Blush in First Kiss

Loose Mineral Blush from Cleure comes in 2 shades –  First Kiss and Velvet Rose. First Kiss is a soft pink with just a touch of peach to it while Velvet Rose is a merlot wine shade. Having both would be ideal since you could mix them in different proportions to create an entire wardrobe of mineral blush. These cruelty free blushes are gluten free, bismuth chloride free as well as being paraben and salicylate free. These are finely milled and easy to apply.

Cleure Mineral Lip Gloss in Berry

Cleure Mineral Lip Gloss in Berry

For a beautiful fall lip you’ll fall in love with Cleure Mineral Lip Gloss in Berry. Cleure only makes this in two shades which is a shame since it’s a very moisturizing gloss that’s made with 100% pure shea butter, minerals and Vitamin B5. Since it’s gluten free and vegan it can be used by everyone without a problem.

Cleure Mineral Lip Gloss in Berry

Cleure Mineral Lip Gloss in Berry

Cleure has other cosmetics like Flawless Mineral Lipstick. The Cabernet shade just screams fall, Thanksgiving, winter! These lipsticks are available in 6 shades which is good news. You can choose Kiss Me (soft candy pink), Darling (soft rosy pink), Cabernet (plum wine), Flower (adobe plum), Burlesque (red rose) or Almost Nude (deep parfait hint of orange/bronze). With the wind and cold on their way you’ll love this moisturizing lipstick.

Flawless Mineral Lipstick in Cabernet

Flawless Mineral Lipstick in Cabernet

Flawless Mineral Lipstick in Cabernet

Flawless Mineral Lipstick in Cabernet

CLEURE is also a skincare line that focuses on being as clean & pure as your natural skin should be while also being non-comedogenic, non-irritating, fragrance free and fully backed by the Mayo Clinic. CLEURE is fragrance free and doesn’t add harmful ingredients such as salicylates, gluten, parabens and formaldehyde. It’s a line that deserves to be on your radar and in your makeup bag.  —  Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: The winner of this giveaway will receive the Midnight Kiss duo, Berry Lipgloss, and Kiss Me Mineral Blush. This is for US only (I can’t drive to go to a post office). As usual you must be an email subscriber to Beauty Info Zone and comment according to the Rafflecopter. The giveaway is open through November 18, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Lots of luck~~

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A plethora of Pixi to please #PixiGlow

Pixi Beauty beauties

Pixi Beauty beauties

Any time a box of Pixi by Petra products arrive on my doorstep I know I’m in for a lot of delight. I always look forward to the perfect #PixiGlow with products that will exfoliate, hydrate, and then add a touch of color. Whether the products are old favorites like Pixi Glow Tonic or new ones like Rose Oil Blend and Nourishing Cleansing Balm, there’s always something to add to my routine and this time I am delighted about that.                            samples

Pixi Beauty #PixiGlow

Pixi Beauty #PixiGlow

The skincare product that Pixi is famous for is GLOW TONIC ($15 for 3.4 fl oz). This is part of their Skintreats line and has become a cult favorite. It’s an exfoliating toner that contains 5% Glycolic Acid, Aloe Vera & Ginseng. Good for all skin types it helps exfoliate for a brighter and more radiant complexion.

Pixi Skintreats Glow Tonic

Pixi Skintreats Glow Tonic

ROSE OIL BLEND is a new to me product. Even if you haven’t indulged in the world of facial oils you will appreciate this one from PIXI SKINTREATS. It has a true rose fragrance and doesn’t smell artificial. The dropper allows you to get the amount you want without compromising the oil. The iconic pixi pink and green bottle is opaque keeping the ingredients safely preserved. I find this to be a little thicker than others so it’s something I’d only use at night. It works great over Glow Tonic giving you the nourishment your skin craves.

Pixi Skintreats Rose Oil Blend

Pixi Skintreats Rose Oil Blend

Pixi Skintreats Rose Oil Blend

Pixi Skintreats Rose Oil Blend

You can see from this list of ingredients (Sweet almond, rosehip, jojoba, pomegranate seed, and rose geranium oils ) how this will nourish your skin and help with both elasticity and glow.

PIXI SKINTREATS NOURISHING CLEANSING BALM is a treat for me. I am a lazy soul and don’t usually start my night routine until about 11 p.m. I love the ease of a cleansing balm since I don’t even have to stand to use it. Apply the Nourishing Cleansing Balm on dry skin and you’ll find that the balm magically changes from solid to an oil cleanser. I love massaging my face with this and then using a cleansing wipe or Micellar Water to remove. It leaves my skin freshly cleansed and doesn’t strip my skin of needed moisture. ” It deep cleanses as it nourishes with added sweet almond oil, shea butter, and vitamin E.”

Pixi Skintreats Nourishing Cleansing Balm

Pixi Skintreats Nourishing Cleansing Balm

Pixi Skintreats Nourishing Cleansing Balm

Pixi Skintreats Nourishing Cleansing Balm

PIXI BY PETRA LIPLIFT MAX ($14) is a product you need to have in your arsenal. I love this glossy lip plumper. While mine is Petal Ice it’s transparent once on your lips. This is a “peptide-infused lip plumper that nourishes as it enhances”. This minty gloss definitely tingles so be aware of that. I can see my lips looking fuller after I apply it. I often wear this alone because I love it that much but it’s fabulous over any lipstick you choose. It gives you shine and plumping without changing the color of your lip product. It not only contains peptides that hydrate and plum but there’s aloe for healing, jojoba for moisturizing and chamomile for soothing. It’s also available in two shades: Honey Sheen and Sheer Rose.

Pixi Beauty LipLift Max

Pixi Beauty LipLift Max

Pixi Beauty LipLift Max

Pixi Beauty LipLift Max

One more and I’m most excited about this. BEAUTY BLUSH DUO + KABUKI ($18). This fabulous set is available in two shades: Peach Honey and Rose Gold. The blush duo has two sides. Mine is Peach Honey which is a peachy nude sheen and gold-beige highlight. (Rose Gold is sheer pink sheen, white gold highlight). Plus it’s packaged with a great little kabuki brush that applies these colors sheerly and make them easy to blend. This is a look in a minute and a package that would be awesome as a stocking stuffer.

Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki in Peach Honey

Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki in Peach Honey

Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo in Peach Honey

Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo in Peach Honey

This is how you’ll get your #PixiGlow. Use one or all to have a glow from within. Having Pixi Beauty in your life is always an affordable pleasure that is cruelty free and uses the finest ingredients. A plethora of Pixi that certainly pleases me.  —  Marcia

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The Zin and Zen of Youngblood Cosmetics

Youngblood Cosmetics Zen eyeshadow and Zin mineral blush

Youngblood Cosmetics Zen eyeshadow and Zin mineral blush

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

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

Youngblood Zen Pressed Individual Eyeshadow

Youngblood Zen Pressed Individual Eyeshadow

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

Youngblood Zen Pressed Individual Eyeshadow

Youngblood Zen Pressed Individual Eyeshadow

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

Youngblood Zen and Zin

Youngblood Zen and Zin

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

ZIN Younglood Mineral Pressed Blush

ZIN Younglood Mineral Pressed Blush

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

Youngblood Zen eyeshadow and Zin mineral blush

Youngblood Zen eyeshadow and Zin mineral blush

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

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

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6 beauty essentials for a summer getaway!

6 Beauty Essentials for a Summer Getaway!In my book summer isn’t over until after Labor Day Weekend, so there is still plenty of time to go on summer weekend getaway! Whether it’s to the city, a cabin, or the beach, there are six beauty products that I always have in my bag.

Red Oxx Gator Carry On BagSpeaking of bags, I truly believe I have found the perfect one:  the Red Oxx Gator Carry On Bag ($125). I bought this in red for a recent trip to Spain and it was PERFECT. I could not believe how many things I could stuff into this rugged little baby and still have room. It’s exactly what you need for a weekend getaway – room for all your clothes and your products, and it is the size of a large purse.

Six summer getaway beauty essentialsAlong with the perfect bag, here are six products I was sent to test that you will want to always have packed so you can just grab and go on any last-minute adventure:Design.Me Puff.Me Volumizing Cloud Mist

  1.  Design.Me Puff.Me ($20): This is a tiny but mighty bottle of hair rescue. The spray powder not only soaks up oil and dirt, it also volumizes and gives hair wonderful texture. Bring this instead of bottles of shampoo and conditioner. Puff.Me is available in Cosmoprof stores nationally. I hear that Design.Me is launching other new professional products soon and I can’t wait.Me Clear Spot Treatment DeviceMe Clear Spot Treatment DeviceMe Clear Spot Treatment Device
  2. Me Clear Spot Treatment Device ($60):  An absolute must for any trip! This small device is exactly what you need when you get that one big zit brewing under your skin. You know how that goes…everything is great until you feel a little pressure, a little soreness, and you realize there is a mega-blemish brewing that is going to totally ruin your weekend. The Me Clear Spot Treatment Device is your savior.  Me Clear Spot Treatment DeviceJust press it against the area and the blue light goes to work, painlessly and quickly – the blue LED light makes eruptions vanish overnight through a combination of blue light, sonic vibration, and gentle warming. Standing there for the full two minutes can seem a little tedious, but I am astounded by the results and will never be without this gem.Saje Pocket PharmacySaje Pocket Pharmacy
  3. Saje Pocket Pharmacy ($59.95):  Despite every effort, getting sick on a vacation happens. This awesome little pharmacy has therapeutic remedy roll-ons:
    Peppermint Halo – headache relief
    Stress Release – promotes relaxation 
    Pain Release – reduce inflammation and muscle pain 
    Immune – helps alleviate cold symptoms 
    Eater’s Digest – helps soothe upset stomachs 

    So go ahead and eat too much, drink too much, stay up too long…there’s a remedy for every symptom of partying too much and having more fun that a person probably should.Soap & Paper Factory Jasmine Perfume Oil

  4. Soap & Paper Factory Jasmine Perfume Oil ($16):  It is impossible to describe how amazing this jasmine scent is. It really is a little bottle of summer and tucks so nicely away in a bag or pocket. One discreet roll onto wrists and behind the ears is all you need to smell beyond amazing.Rimmel Kate Sculpting and Highlighting Kit in Coral GlowRimmel Kate Sculpting and Highlighting Kit
  5. Rimmel Kate Sculpting and Highlighting Kit in Coral Glow ($7):  This beautiful Kate Moss palette has three shades for highlighting, contouring, and defining cheeks. You won’t need a separate eyeshadow palette – just use your fingers and pat onto eyelids for a beautiful glowy look.Rimmel Super Curler Mascara
  6. Rimmel Super Curler Mascara ($6): Even on the most low maintenance vacations I always make sure to put on some mascara. This mascara lifts so I don’t even bring an eyelash curler, and it really lasts in the heat.

Now keep that bag packed with these essentials and you’ll just need to throw in some shorts, a bathing suit, and a cover up (my picks below!!) for an awesome summer getaway.  – Lisa

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True Religion Joey ShortsMisa Dali Cover Up DressStella McCartney Wrap Swimsuit