What’s making you blush these days? How’s Viseart Theory for a suggestion?

A new season needs something new to welcome it so Makeup Wars has decided to regale you with our favorite blushes. There are a few things I never leave the house without and blush is one of them. I’m pale as can be so without blush there’s no definition to my face. I’m comfortable spending the day with a tinted moisturizer/sunscreen, curled and mascara’d lashes, and some blush. Surprisingly I’m not choosing a cream blush for this post even though I love a good cream blush. Instead I want to share one of the two Viseart Theory Cheek Palettes  –  Enamored.

Viseart Theory Cheek palette in Enamored. Picture credit: Muse Beauty

There are two Theory Cheek palettes available and before Christmas I bought both Enamored and Ablaze from Muse Beauty during a holiday special. Enamored is the cool toned palette with a light pink crystal highlighter at the top, a matte dusty rose blush in the middle, and is finished with a sheer bronzer. Separately this costs $45, I think I paid around $72 for the duo which included an extra of an Esum shadow brush. Ablaze is the warmer version of the two and has a soft gold highlighter, matte coral blush, and the same sheer bronzer. I’m happy I have both but it’s Enamored that has me, well, enamored.

Viseart Theory packaging (picture: Muse Beauty)

I love the size and packaging of these palettes. If you bought any of the Theory eyeshadow palettes it’s the same packaging. They measure just 2.5″ x 3″ and snap shut with a strong magnetic closure. While it sounds small my blush brush fits in it perfectly without picking up any of the highlighter and/or bronzer. It also has a small mirror so it’s an all-in-one palette and great for on the go. It folds into a small easel too. Grab the Theory Cheek palette of your choice and a Theory eye palette (for Enamored think about these three: Amethyst, Cashmere, or Chroma) and you’ve taken up no room but have a variety of colors to use.

Viseart Theory Cheek Palette in Enamored

Now let’s talk about quality. Actually I don’t need to do that since Viseart is one of the top makeup artist brands available. Ask a professional makeup artist what brand they most love and you’ll hear Viseart over and over again. The 3 products in the palette are a dream to blend. They are silky soft with incredible pigmentation. Most important though is that the color lasts. So many blushes fade away but Viseart knows how to create a product that is long lasting.

Viseart Enamored swatches from Muse Beauty

Viseart Theory Cheek Palette in Enamored

This is more than blush obviously but when working with it you’ll find there’s more variety than it first appears. I wear the pink highlighter over the blush or over the bronzer all the time. It softens the colors and gives it more versatility. Having three colors to use, being able to mix and match, and the sturdiness of the palette makes this easy to put in your cosmetic bag or to use for travel.

Viseart Theory Cheek Palette in Enamored

There’s a lot to admire about this brand: the products contain natural and organic ingredients, it’s cruelty free and they don’t use parabens, gluten, petrochemicals, silicone or mineral oils. But what impresses me most is the reputation of Viseart.

 Beloved by Professional Makeup artists on top film sets around the world, Viseart’s high-performance makeup formulas harness the best plant-based resources and innovative technology. The ingredients in our artisanal makeup are carefully balanced to naturally and healthfully create radiant skin and camera beauty.

There are so many blushes available and only one face per person so finding your favorite blush can be make or break your look. I find that Enamored makes my look on the days that I want a cool and sophisticated blush. Have you tried Viseart yet? With a Sephora sale coming soon you should consider adding one to your collection. The palettes are available at Sephora, Muse Beauty, and Beautylish.  —  Marcia

Now how are my favorite bloggers blushing? You’ll want to know.

Put some POW! into New Years EVE with IT Cosmetics!

What to wear for New Years Eve…take a quick trip to Ulta and spend those gift cards that Santa gave you on some IT Cosmetics and you’ll have all the cosmetics you’ll need for superhero-worthy beauty that lasts all night. Of course, you’ll want to pick up my ultimate favorite concealer – I can’t believe it has even surpassed my precious favorite, Bye Bye Undereye (which is still freaking fantastic). I think I love this one even better now that I’m older and my skin is a little dryer, the Bye Bye Undereye Concealing Pot is slightly creamier and man is it good.

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IT Cosmetics CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream

For cheeks, I adore the Bye Bye Pores Blush in Sweet Cheeks, which makes pores disappear. Some blushes seem to settle right into pores and make them look like huge craters – ugh, you know what I mean. This pressed powder does the opposite, leaving skin looking practically poreless thanks to Optical Blurring Technology and anti-aging silk, hydrolyzed collagen, antioxidants and peptides. Sweet Cheeks is such pretty peachy/gold/pink.

Now, let’s talk EYES.  No one does eyes like IT Cosmetics! Their Superhero Palette is, in my humble opinion, outstanding. It’s divided into three sections – one section with very subtle, nude shades, one with what they call neutral shades but they do have more oomph, and one that has lots of drama and can be used as liners. All sections have a lovely buttery texture with lots of pigment and fantastic lasting power.  Marcia did an excellent review of the shades HERE which I won’t repeat, but here are some pics for you:

Nudes Eye Base

Nudes Eyeshadows

Nudes swatched

The Nudes shades are indeed subtle, and give a very natural but finished look. You can wear them by themselves or else combine them with other colors in the palette.

IT Cosmetics Eye Foundation Neutral

Neutral Eyeshadows

Neutral Eyeshadow swatches

The Neutrals are beautiful shades are a little more than neutral, really – I think they pack a punch. I love them – particularly the golden shade that plays well with my hazel eyes. Beautiful!

IT Cosmetics Liners Eye Foundation


Liner swatches

The Liners shades are beautiful. You can use them wet or dry. They are fantastic accents for the crease as well.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Superhero Brush

The perfect brush, by the way, for this amazing palette is the IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Superhero Brush ($29). This is an amazing brush totally worthy of its name!! Goodness knows I love a multi-tasker, and this takes multi-tasking to a new extreme.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Superhero Brush Liner side

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Superhero Brush All Over Brush

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Superhero Brush Crease brush

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Superhero Brush Smudger brush

One side is the liner brush, and the other side slides to become three different brushes – an all-over shadow brush, a crease brush, and a smudge brush. This is the perfect travel brush.

IT Cosmetics Superhero Liner

IT Cosmetics Superhero Eyeliner swatch

Of course, you also need a superhero worthy eyeliner and IT Cosmetics has that too – the Superhero Liner ($24). This is one of the easiest liquid eyeliners I have ever used. It goes on with the ease of a marker but it still has the power of a liquid liner. It also really lasts without peeling or chipping. The brush is like a felt tip brush and it keeps its quality without fraying or bending.

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara wand

Superhero Mascara ($24) finishes out your look with super thick, super long, super black lashes. I love this mascara. It has something called Proprietary Elastic Stretch Technology that I can’t even pretend to understand, but somehow it wraps each lash in a ‘black cape of power and color’ which sounds pretty darn cool. Whatever it does, it makes my lashes look fantastic, which is good enough for me!!

Valencia Key Shero Earrings

Now that your face looks AH-MAZING, why not accent it with this fabulous Valencia Key earrings? Valencia Key Earrings are for Dreamers, Believers, and Achievers.  Check them out at valenciakey.com.  Not only are these earring gorgeous, they come with this message:

Valencia Key Shero Earrings

You are courageous!  You are inspiring! You are extraordinary!  On your journey to achieve your dreams and live your life’s purpose, wear these beautiful VALENCIA KEY Shero Earrings, infused with sunshine, joy and love.  Shine bright in life!  Sending you lots of love and light!

And that, dear reader, is my holiday wish for you. Have fun shopping, shine bright, and always remember – you are extraordinary.  – Lisa

Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection is perfect for giving or getting

Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection

Let’s first bow down to the price of the Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection! At $14.88 you are getting an amazing amount of cosmetics that you can break up into three gifts, give as one gift, or keep for yourself. Hard Candy is only available at Walmart and since this is a big time to be at Walmart I wanted you to see what you should be searching out.

Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection


All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection contains a contour & sculpt kit, a blush & luminizer kit, a smoky eye kit, along with an eyeshadow primer, a perfecting primer, and a setting spray. This fabulous set has just about everything you need. If I were gifting it I’d add in a mascara and a fabulous lip shade. What a perfect gift or gifts.

Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection: Smoky Eye Kit

This is, of course, the first thing I opened when I received this set. Smoky Eye Kit is terrific with a mix of neutrals and even a drop of purple added. These 9 shades were coordinated to give you a variety of smoked looks. 7 of the 9 are lightly shimmered while two are more satiny.

Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection: Smoky Eye Kit

The pigmentation in Hard Candy eyeshadows is amazingly good. I have two sets from past years that I pick over my more expensive palettes often. The colors are true to what you see in the pan. They don’t change so you know what you’re getting. The All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection also includes an eyeshadow primer so you are set for beauty.

Hard Candy Eyeshadow Primer

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Kit has what you need to take your face to new places. There are 6 pans in there so you can Prep, Brighten, Contour, Blend, and Illuminate all with one palette.

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Kit

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Kit

There are 4 cream products and 2 powders. It’s made to help you emphasize eyes, cheekbones, and your jawline. There’s even a tutorial guide on the back that teaches you the best placement.

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Kit

The creams are for prepping, blending, contouring, and illuminating while the two lightly shimmered powders are for brightening and contouring. Some of the shades look too dark for me but the way they blend is perfect so that it’s not obvious at all.

Hard Candy Primer Perfecting

By adding in the Sheer Envy Primer Perfecting you’ve got all you need prior to applying foundation. This primer helps to minimize lines and pores so you have a smoother finish. If you are breaking this kit apart then this is gift two.

The Blush & Luminizer Kit is a true beauty. Housed in metallic red it’s one terrific set.

Blush & Luminizer Kit

All the products are powders: Shimmer Blush in a glorious mauve/pink, Matte blush is a flattering neutral, Matte bronzer is a light bronzer without orange. The Luminizing Bronzer sits beautifully on top of the matte bronzer for a sweep of specialness and can also be used alone. The two Luminizers top off the set with their beauty in a light cream and gold.

Blush & Luminizer Kit

For gift 3 just add in the the Sheer Envy Long Wear Setting Spray to make these products last throughout the day and evening.

Sheer Envy Long Wear Setting Spray

I’m convinced this is the best buy on the market today. You can keep it in its original box and gift it to one person who’ll squeal with delight. Or you can break it apart into 3 gifts that cost you $5 apiece and thrill the recipients.

Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection

I’m so impressed with the Hard Candy All Lit Up Cosmetic Collection that I think gifting it as one is the way to go but then again I didn’t do well in economics in school. Which way do you want to go? Whatever you choose, go to Walmart to find this limited edition cruelty free collection before it’s gone.  —  Marcia

Have a beautiful day with Models Own A.M. Kit

Good morning America (and everyplace else), it’s time to get up and face the day and Models Own is here to help. Their A.M. KIT DAYTIME EYES & CHEEK PALETTE is a great one to make you look and feel your best.

Models Own A.M. Kit

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This is a palette that I’d say is more on the cool side of the spectrum but it’s also a neutral palette. It contains 6 eyeshadows and 1 blush. All the shades work so well together making it an easy one to create many looks.

Models Own A.M. Kit

I think of this as the palette I could wear early in the morning for work, yet brighten up for a night out. It’s also a palette I’d keep in a drawer at work since you never know when a great opportunity may arise and you want to improve your looks. (ignore the blush in the picture above since my camera just won’t capture the beauty of it)

Models Own A.M. Kit

What’s wonderful about this palette is that there isn’t a drop of glitter in site. There are 3 matte shades and 3 slightly metallic shadows but no glitter will appear on your eyes.

As you may know, I’m all about eyeshadows, so of course this review is mostly about the eyeshadows!

Models Own A.M. Kit

  1. Creamy beige that has a teeny amount of sparkle in the pan but I don’t see it on my eyes. This is a great lid or brow shade and works with every color in this palette.
  2. A peachy pink matte that is so flattering on. There’s never the appearance of rabbit eyes even though this has a good amount of pink to it. Even though I’m saying it’s a matte there’s no dryness to it.
  3. Metallic shade that is a chameleon. In some lights I see a lot of lavender, in some it looks taupe, and it can even look pink. It changes with the colors that accompany it on my eyes. While it’s a metallic it’s not that shiny once on.
  4. This dark brown applies lighter than it appears. It’s also a metallic in the pan but more of a satin once on your lid. Because I like a dark defining shade on my eyes this is the color that already has a slight dip in it. For me it pulls everything together.
  5. A matte very light nude shade. This highlights my browbone although it works well on the lid and as a light transition shadow.
  6. Another chameleon, this light taupe can look purple or more brown. I’ve worn #3, 5, and 6 together with #4 as a liner and that way it’s more purple. But if I wear #1, 6, and 5 together it all looks more brown.

These shadows need a primer as the pigmentation is lighter than a lot of shadows. Whatever you use to intensify and hold shadow should work well. A good budget brand is Milani Eyeshadow Primer or I like TF Shadow Insurance. I also love this palette with a liquid base like ELF Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadow or Inglot Aquastic Cream Eyeshadow.

Now about the blush – it’s fabulous and I don’t have a good picture of it. It’s a beautiful pinky peach with loads of pigment. And surprisingly the brush in the palette works really well with it. I never find a brush in a palette like this that I like but this one actually is decent even though I prefer a real blush brush.

Models Own A.M. Kit

The blush is much softer and pinker than this picture. It’s a great shade for the palette and for life.

This is one of Models Own better palettes. The shadows are nicely pigmented though not darkly pigmented. They aren’t powdery and I don’t get much fallout from the shadows. They last well all day for me with zero or minimal touchup for night but they absolutely need an eyeshadow primer to show up. The blush is terrific and one I’d love with or without the rest of the palette. It’s very long lasting and very flattering on light to medium skin.

This is an Ulta exclusive and Models Own is often on sale there so keep your eye out for this for yourself or as a gift for a teen just getting into makeup.  —  Marcia

IT Cosmetics has the solution for pores! Bye Bye Pores Illumination and Bye Bye Pores Blush

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Illumination and Bye Bye Pores Blush

Let’s get real – large pores are no fun. I’m always looking for ways to make them disappear from my t-zone. There are lots of products that seem to be that miracle product, but ten minutes later there are those pores again, seemingly bigger than ever. IT Cosmetics is making me a very happy girl these days, however – actually a very happy girl with very smaller looking pores – thanks to Bye Bye Pores Illumination and Bye Bye Pores Blush.

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IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Illumination

Bye Bye Pores Illumination ($29) is the new IT Cosmetics Poreless Finish Airbrush Pressed Powder. It sets makeup, takes away shine and oiliness, and illuminates skin without any shimmer or glitter. It also makes pores look nonexistent! At first I thought this was just an illuminating powder and it does do a great job in that department. But it’s so much more.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Illumination

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Illumination

This pressed powder blurs pores and imperfections, giving a wonderful airbrushed appearance that lasts and lasts. I think the translucent shade will work for all but the darkest skin shades, and the illumination is really beautiful, giving a fabulous glow that is always appreciated. This is one terrific product that everyone needs. Nicely done IT Cosmetics!!

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Blush in Sweet Cheeks

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Blush in Sweet Cheeks

The other pore problem solver is the Bye Bye Pores Blush ($24). I don’t think this one is going to have as many fans as the Bye Bye Pores Illumination. So let’s talk pros and cons. The pros:  yup, it does make pores disappear. Some blushes seem to settle right into pores and make them look like huge craters – ugh, you know what I mean. This pressed powder does the opposite, leaving skin looking practically poreless thanks to Optical Blurring Technology and anti-aging silk, hydrolyzed collagen, antioxidants and peptides. The shade I have, Sweet Cheeks, is a very pretty peachy/gold/pink. So the cons – that shimmer. Just too much shimmer for my middle-aged cheeks. This would be a perfect blush if weren’t for that shimmer!! I think that younger women will love this, but anyone older than 35 will have a tough time, at least with this shade. I am not sure what Je ne Sais Quoi and Naturally Pretty have to offer, but check them out in person. If they are as pretty as their swatches and they are shimmer free, they are probably total home runs.

Wearing IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Illumination and Bye Bye Pores Blush

If you struggle with pore issues, IT Cosmetics has some great problem solving solutions for you. You can find Bye Bye Pores Illumination, Bye Bye Pores Blush, and other IT Cosmetics products online and at Ulta stores.  – Lisa

Our cheeks are rockin and rolling with Eddie Funkhouser

Eddie Funkhouser is the man behind an amazing independent cosmetic company. There’s nothing ordinary about him or about his cosmetics.

Eddie Funkhouser with his dog Raja

Eddie Funkhouser in his purple glory

Today we are giving you a glimpse of his version of bronzer and blush. They are as fabulous as he personally is. Eddie Funkhouser cosmetics are affordable, long lasting, and sizzling hot.


Marcia has the pleasure of sharing the Ultra Intensity Cheek Colors

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Intensity Blush

If you are in the mood for blushes that are soft as silk yet have pigment that goes on for miles then Eddie Funkhouser is your guy. He’s created 4 shades of blush and you’ll have trouble picking out just one, but at only $8.99 each you can splurge a bit so your cheeks will have a radiant flush.

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy

Plum Crazy was the first one I tried of the four and I knew immediately it was a keeper. My personal photos didn’t turn out as accurate as I wish they had but this is a plum shade, not a purple shade. I consider it a cool color yet I wear browns on my eyes most of the time and it looks great. You probably have a dozen lip colors that work perfectly with this blush; I recommend Eddie’s Model Citizen since they make a banging combo.

Eddie Funkhouser Peep Show

Eddie Funkhouser Peep Show

Peep Show is my favorite but it’s making me cry right now as it broke and I now have a beautiful bright pink keyboard. While I lost a lot of it I’m going to try to piece it back together as the color makes me look radiant and healthy.

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy and Peep Show

Peep Show is for those of us who love cool tones on our cheeks. If that’s you, I promise you won’t be sorry.

Eddie Funkhouser Sidestreet Blossom

Eddie Funkhouser Sidestreet Blossom

Eddie didn’t forget about the warm tones and that’s where Sidestreet Blossom comes in. This beauty is a warm peach with some pink undertones. For me Sidestreet Blossom is a universal go to. It’s got enough pink in it to keep my rosy cheeks happy yet it’s perfect for the neutral eyes and lips I wear often. I like it with his Innuendo lipstick but for those who prefer darker shades I’d recommend Foxy Brown.

Eddie Funkhouser A Little Toasted

Eddie Funkhouser A Little Toasted

A Little Toasted has a name that describes it well. It’s like lightly toasted bread with some apricot jam on top. It’s warm but it’s not too warm, if that makes any sense.

Eddie Funkhouser A Little Toasted (top) and Sidestreet Blossom

You won’t go wrong with any of these silky blushes.

Lisa has the pleasure of sharing Ultra Definition Bronze & Sculpt Powder

Ultra Definition Bronze & Sculpt Powder

I love a good bronzer, especially one that I can use as a blush, a cheek contour, and even as an eyeshadow…and the Ultra Definition Bronze & Sculpt Powder, Pyramid Bronze does it all! This is a beautiful multi-purpose cheek powder that is a minimalist’s dream come true.

Ultra Definition Bronze & Sculpt Powder

Ultra Definition Bronze & Sculpt Powder

The formula is soft and satiny with just enough shimmer to give skin a lovely glow. Each stripe down is a beautiful shade – creamy white, soft tan, shimmery burgundy, shimmery mauve, and shimmery pink – that also make for lovely soft eyeshadow shades. Swirl a large brush over the whole brick and you get a wonderful bronzey shade that is great for a natural blush color, or swept over high points as a bronzer. Or you can concentrate brush strokes over the middle of the brick for use as a contour under cheekbones and under the chin.

Ultra Definition Bronze & Sculpt Powder

Ultra Definition Bronze & Sculpt Powder

Ultra Definition Bronze & Sculpt Powder is a lovely bronzer, blush, contour, highlighter, and a great eyeshadow palette in a pinch. This is definitely one to take traveling or to have in your office drawer!

Eddie Funkhouser never disappoints, and his cheek products are no exception. The formula is terrific, the price is right, the shades are beautiful, and they are so versatile. Way to go Eddie…our cheeks are rocking and rolling and it’s all thanks to you!!

More beauty from Hikari Cosmetics – eyes, lips, and cheeks, oh my!

Last Sunday, Marcia shared her beautiful Hikari products with you – the Jennifer Eyeshadow Palette, Iris Liquid Eyeliner, and Final Touch HD Powder.  This week I have more Hikari to love!  I tested the Jahren Eyeshadow Quad ($15), the Island Glow Blush ($15) and the Fireside Lip Crayon ($13).

Hikari Jahren Eyeshadow Quad

Hikari Jahren Eyeshadow Quad swatches

Jahren Eyeshadow Quad has two satin shadows and two matte shadows.  The names are Sage, Almond, Sable, and Magnetic.  I know which one is Sage, but the others I am not sure about – so I will just go in order top to bottom clockwise!  Top left is Sage, which is a gorgeous satin sage green.  This is a beautiful shade that is especially nice with hazel eyes.  I love it swept underneath bottom lashes – actually a trick Scott Barnes taught me many years ago with a similar shade of green he used to carry.  Next to the green shade is a pretty satin taupe shade.  Love this as a crease or lid shade.  The bottom row has the matte shades, first a light cream that is a great brow shade.  I also use it as an all over wash on days I am in a hurry.  Next to it is a deep chocolate-brown that is perfect for the crease or as a liner.

Hikari Island Glow Blush

Hikari Island Glow Blush swatch

The Hikari Island Glow Blush is a beautiful blush or bronzer.  I wear it as a blush on my low maintenance days, but typically I use it more as a contour.  I sweep it under my cheekbones then put a peachy/pink shade on the apples of my cheeks.  In the FOD pic below I am wearing only Island Glow.  It does give skin a nice glow and it’s tough to overdo this flattering peachy brown.  The Hikari blushes come in nine different shades and I would love to try some of the other shades because I find the texture is great and it really wears well.

Hiraki Fireside Lip Crayon

Hiraki Fireside Lip Crayon swatch

The Hikari Fireside Lip Crayon is really beautiful.  I wasn’t sure I could pull off such a bright color, but I just love this!  Fireside is a matte reddish pink that has some slip.  I put this on and it lasts quite a while.  Most reds turn pink on me, and this is no exception – it leans pink quickly.  It might be different for you based on your body chemistry.  I love the formula, the pigmentation, and the wear.  The Lip Crayons come in ten different shades and I am totally up for trying more of these!

Swatches of Hikari Island Glow Blush, Jahren Eyeshadow Quad, Fireside Lip Crayon

Wearing Hikari Jahren Eyeshadow Quad, Island Glow Blush, Fireside Lip Crayon

Marcia and I both are very impressed with this cruelty free and PETA certified line.  We are looking forward to checking out more from Hikari, and we hope you are too.  – Lisa

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