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Osmosis +Colour Brow Gel

Osmosis +Colour Brow Gel

Osmosis has two lines – skin care and colour. So far we’ve been lucky enough to try their very best products. Or maybe everything they make is their very best. Today we are going to educate you on their Brow Gel. We were both thrilled when Osmosis sent us a color of our choice. But thrilled isn’t always enough – it’s how effective the products are that counts – so let’s find out if Marcia and Lisa consider these to be effective brow products.

Osmosis +Colour Brow Gel

Osmosis +Colour Brow Gel

MARCIA has the BROW GEL in BROWN

Osmosis Brow Gel in Brown

Osmosis Brow Gel in Brown

At one point in my life, or actually most of my life, I didn’t even think about my eyebrows. Now? It’s a necessity for me to groom my brows. Boy what a difference it makes on my face.

Osmosis + Colour Brow Gel Brown

Osmosis + Colour Brow Gel Brown

Brow Gel is available in 4 shades: Auburn, Blonde, Brown, and Taupe. I use it in Brown and it’s a very deep brown that makes my eyebrows look totally finished. Here’s their website’s shade to show you more of what it looks like on my brows:

Osmosis +Colour Brow Gel Brown (osmosisskincare.com)

Osmosis +Colour Brow Gel Brown (osmosisskincare.com)

The Brow Gel lasts on me throughout the day. It’s very creamy so it’s not difficult to pick up the right amount on your brush. Once on in the morning it doesn’t come off until I remove it myself. So far I haven’t even found any fading. The little bottle is adorable and easy to take on the go. It’s all there for you – gel and brush. You can use their brush which applies the gel with ease or your own longer brow brush. No matter which you’ll find an easy and thorough way to fill in your eyebrows.

Osmosis +Colour Brow Gel brush in cap

Osmosis +Colour Brow Gel brush in cap

LISA has the BROW GEL in TAUPE:

Osmosis Brow Gel in Taupe (osmosisskincare.com)

Osmosis Brow Gel in Taupe (osmosisskincare.com)

My hair is lighter than Marcia’s – it’s a medium brown with blonde highlights. You always want your brows to be a little lighter than your hair color so Taupe is a great fit for me. I really love the little brush that comes with the brow gel because it fills in my brows in a very natural way without looking too flat. The only other thing I need is a spoolie to brush my brows up. If this also came with a spoolie I would say that it’s perfect…but without it it’s still darn near perfect!

Osmosis Brow Gel in Taupe

Osmosis Brow Gel in Taupe

Osmosis Brow Gel in TaupeOsmosis Brow Gel in Taupe

Osmosis Brow Gel in Taupe

Osmosis Brow Gel in Taupe

Osmosis Brow Gel in Taupe

Osmosis Brow Gel in Taupe

A tip that I actually learned from Marcia many years ago is to dip the brush into the color from the outer portion of the brow gel first.  This helps the gel last longer and keeps it from drying out. The brow gel is waterproof so once applied it lasts all day, which is a huge bonus. Groomed brows make such a difference, and smeared/faded brows are not a good look! This cute little bottle makes a powerful difference in your look, and it’s definitely something that should make its way onto your vanity.

If you want groomed brows that look natural and last all day, be sure to give Osmosis Brow Gel a try. You can buy it online at Dermstore.

*sent for editorial consideration

Pixi does brows and lashes right with the Eye Accents Kit!

Pixi Eye Accents Kit

Pixi Beauty is such a great line…affordable, excellent products that I chose over their more expensive counterparts day after day. I was recently at a conference in Florida, and of course the topic of conversation turned to makeup. The line I immediately recommended for everyone was Pixi. My most recent obsession is the Eye Accents Kit ($16) they sent – I just can’t get enough.  Pixi Eye Accents KitThis great little duo was created in collaboration with the awesome blogger Apyn Ovard. The Eye Accent kit is all about defining the eye with a brow gel for beautiful brows and a fantastic mascara just for lower lashes.

Pixi Brow Tamer

First, the Brow Tamer is a clear gel that holds brows in place. You always want to brush brows UP and OUT – not sideways – to really open the eye area. The Pixi Brow Tamer is an excellent brow gel that holds brows in place without flaking or making them stiff or sticky. Awesome.Pixi Lower Lash MascaraPixi Lower Lash Mascara

Putting the Brow Tamer with the Lower Lash Mascara is a perfect partnership, like peanut butter and jelly. The Lower Lash Mascara is the absolute bomb. I rarely wear mascara on my lower lashes because they are really long, which makes pretty much every mascara smear on me. But the Lower Lash Mascara has a very cool thin wand so overdoing it isn’t an issue and the mascara really coats each lash, truly defining the eye. Other pluses? It’s water-resistant, stays put until you want to remove it, and removal is easy peasy. Ingredients include Vitamin E and panthenol.

Pixi Lower Lash Mascara and Brow Tamer

I love love love the Eye Accents Kit and I can’t recommend it highly enough. You can find Pixi online and at Target stores.  – Lisa

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Beauty Junkees 2017 – amazing additions

Beauty Junkees new additions

Beauty Junkees new additions

It’s always exciting when a brand that you’ve had great success brings out new products in their line but it’s especially a thrill when it’s Beauty Junkees. We have watched them grow exponentially and we are so happy that they are keeping us in the loop by sending along new products. For 2017 Beauty Junkees has recently expanded their line with 5 items that you don’t want to miss. Beauty Junkees is a paraben free, cruelty free line with most products made in the US. Let me share what I’ve been enjoying. (Read on for a discount code too.)

MAGNETIC MAKEUP PALETTE w/MIRROR ($19.97)

Beauty Junkees Magnetic Palette

Beauty Junkees Magnetic Palette

This large, deep magnetic palette is wonderful for all the pans you have. Brands like MAC, Makeup Geek, Ofra, Trish McAvoy, and many independent brands sell shadows, blushes, bronzers and more in pan form to both save you money and space. Beauty Junkee’s version has a full mirror, closes tightly and contains a great Beauty Junkee two sided eyeshadow brush. It’s actually their pro Tapered Blender and pro All Over Shader Brush combined into 1 fantastic brush.

Beauty Junkees Magnetic Palette

Beauty Junkees Magnetic Palette

The palette can hold 28 standard size shadows and accommodate different sizes and shapes (like domed shadows) with ease. It comes with a set of 10 magnetics for products that aren’t magnetized already. This has been so great for me since I bought more Makeup Geek pans along with some from Maskcara and Anastasia Beverly Hills. Now I can organize by color with ease.

TINTED BROW GEL ($12.97) The new tinted brow gel comes in 3 shades: Blonde, Dark Brown, and Auburn. It is so rare to find an auburn shade in brow products that Beauty Junkees needs kudos for that alone. The brow gel is great for all brow conditions. If you have full brows already it’s a way to add some color and groom them so they stay neat all day. If you have skimpy brows (ahem, like mine) then it gives you the ability to fill them in without any fake look. And if there are gray hairs popping up, and it does happen, you can easily cover them with this natural looking brow mascara.

Tinted Brow Gel in Brown

Tinted Brow Gel in Brown

Tinted Brow Gel in Blonde

Tinted Brow Gel in Blonde

Beauty Junkees Tinted Brow Gel in dark brown

Beauty Junkees Tinted Brow Gel in auburn

beauty junkees blonde brow gel beauty junkees dark brown brow

CONCEALER and BROW HIGHLITER DUOS ($14.97) These duos are available in 2 shades: Cool Beige + Beige Highliter and Warm Beige + Gold Highliter. I have to admit that I love them both and I’m glad I didn’t have to make a choice.

Beauty Junkees Cool Beige Concealer Highliter Duo

Beauty Junkees Cool Beige Concealer Highliter Duo

The Cool Beige is a lighter and slightly cooler concealer while the highliter is a cool non-yellow gold. It’s very brightening and looks wonderful just under the arch of your brow, in the tearduct area to brighten, and even on the cupid’s bow of your lips. It’s surprisingly subtle which is great on older eyes.

Beauty Junkees Warm Beige Concealer Highliter Duo

Beauty Junkees Warm Beige Concealer Highliter Duo

The Warm Beige pencil is a darker and warmer concealer but it’s not too dark for my fair skin. I love the gold shade of the highliter end. I think it looks great along the lashline or even on the waterline (though it doesn’t last long there).

These pencils are so creamy and easy to work with.

LIP PUMICE STICK EXFOLIATOR ($10) is perfect for this winter especially. I find it has two purposes for me: preparing my lips to be their smoothest for lipsticks (especially matte lip color) and helping with chapped lips. This moisturizes your lips but be sure you wipe it off before applying any color on your lips since you don’t want the little bits to linger. It has a light minty smell to it that reminds me of candy canes.

Beauty Junkees Lip Pumice Exfoliator Stick

Beauty Junkees Lip Pumice Exfoliator Stick

Beauty Junkees Lip Pumice Exfoliator Stick

Beauty Junkees Lip Pumice Exfoliator Stick

FAB NAILS ($14.97) is the perfect alternative for those who don’t polish their nails or who don’t do it on a regular basis. In some professions you are told not to wear nail polish even but you want your nails perfectly groomed. That’s where Fab Nails comes into play.

Beauty Junkees Fab Nails

Beauty Junkees Fab Nails

Beauty Junkees Fab Nails

Beauty Junkees Fab Nails

This glass file that is extremely gentle on your nails. If you have peeling nails this will be a miracle for them. Fab Nails helps prevent peeling and chipping. Use it as a buffer in a back and forth direction to seal the keratin layers together. It doesn’t leave your nails thin like other files do. But it will help you smooth your nails. If you use this as a buffer you can go weeks and still have a shine. After using it’s best to wash it with water, dry it and store it in the protective case.

Beauty Junkees Fab Nails

Beauty Junkees Fab Nails

My husband has confiscated it which I don’t mind since his nails were looking pretty ratty prior to owning Fab Nails.

Now for the code so that you can pick out something fabulous that you are going to want. The code is INFOZONE and it’s good to use for one product through 2/28/17. Anything your heart desires from Beauty Junkees can be yours for 15% less. Picking something is going to be hard since I’m loving everything I have from Beauty Junkees. And you will too.  —  Marcia

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More than a mascara…Peter Lamas Lash Masque

Peter Lamas Lash MasqueI am usually a ‘bigger is better’ girl when it comes to mascara – I want longer lashes, thicker lashes, all the drama I can get. So I didn’t think I would like the Peter Lamas Lash Masque ($22) as a mascara…but surprisingly this has quickly become a favorite of mine.

Peter Lamas Lash Masque

Peter Lamas Lash Masque

The Lash Masque actually does three things:

  1.  As a mascara, it slightly tints lashes with natural extracts, separates, lengthens, and gives a very pretty natural look. It’s not drama, but it’s way better than my lashes on their own. I really like this on weekends or when I am in a hurry because I don’t have to be careful when I apply it and it goes on quickly and easily.
  2. It’s a great primer and lash conditioner. If I am feeling fancy, I use this first then use my mascara. Then it does give me even more drama! The masque doesn’t have any chemicals to dry out lashes, so it conditions them, promotes healthy lashes, and reduces lash fallout.
  3. Lash Masque is a terrific brow gel! I have been using it every day to darken my brows and brush them into place.
Peter Lamas Lash Masque

Peter Lamas Lash Masque

Ingredients include Spirulina, Biotin, Panthenol, and natural proteins to repair, strengthen and improve lash growth and thickness. Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and Almond Oils coat each lash to condition and protect from damage

The Lash Masque is 100% vegan, sulfate-free, petrochemical-free and paraben-free. With three great reasons to try out the Lash Masque, why wait? Head on over to peterlamas.com to get a tube for yourself.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Tarte Cosmetics Fall 2014 collection review and swatches part two

Yesterday, I reviewed the primers and concealers from the exciting new tarte cosmetics Fall 2014 collection.

tarte fall 2014 collage

Today I have the rest of the items tarte sent us.  I love that the packaging features snake skin, because these products are as adaptable as a snake shedding its skin.tarte fall 2014 best in fauxbest in faux lash extending fibers ($19) is very interesting.  The fibers are black, not white, so it almost seems like putting on two different types of mascara.  Start with the tube of lights, camera, lashes mascara to prep lashes for grabbing onto the fibers, follow with the best in faux fiber wand, then finish with another coat of mascara.

tarte Fall 2014 Best in Faux

tarte Fall 2014 Best in Faux

prep, extend, and finish with tarte Best in Faux

prep, extend, and set with tarte Best in Faux

Typically I have big problems with fiber lash enhancers – the fibers bother my eyes and make them very uncomfortable.  But this system works fantastically for me – big huge lashes that wear perfect through the day with no fallout!

Lots of drama with tarte best in faux

Lots of drama with tarte best in faux

I am totally digging the limited-edition Amazonian clay dual eyeliner ($24).  Holy smokes this is good stuff.

tarte Fall 2014 Duo Eyeliner

tarte Fall 2014 dual eyeliner

tarte Fall 2014 Duo Eyeliner in Brown/Black

tarte Fall 2014 dual eyeliner in brown/black

tarte Fall 2014 Duo Eyeliner Brown/Black swatches

tarte Fall 2014 dual eyeliner brown/black swatches

The dual eyeliner comes in a large glass jar with two shades of gel eyeliner.  I have the brown/black duo.  The brown is not a flat brown, it’s more of a shimmery bronze.  This is a super creamy, easy to apply gel liner that has a little play time before drying down to a smudge-free line that just doesn’t budge.  I love using the black on the top lash line and the brown on the bottom lash line.  This dual liner also comes in a green/black duo and a plum/black duo, and I am most definitely buying both of them.

The colored clay tinted brow gel ($21) was a surprise to me.  I am so used to larger, mascara-sized brushes for brow gels that this tiny little brush took me aback at first.

tarte Fall 2014 Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel

tarte Fall 2014 colored clay tinted brow gel

tarte Fall 2014 Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel in Medium Brown

tarte Fall 2014 colored clay tinted brow gel in medium brown

The tiny little brush packs a big punch.  I absolutely adore what it does for my brows…they look polished and perfect with just one swipe.  This is a seriously great brow gel that fills in brows and keeps them in place all day.  And the tiny brush is a stroke of genius – the larger ones always leave extra gel that I have to wipe off, so my on-the-thin-side brows love this.

I can’t have a complete eye look without curling my lashes – mine are stick straight without the help.  The be charmed limited edition picture perfect eyelash curler ($19) is a great option that isn’t too small for larger eyes.  Plus, this one includes a removable snake charm and a deluxe size lights, camera, flashes mascara.

tarte Fall 2014 Be Charmed Eyelash Curler

tarte Fall 2014 Be Charmed Eyelash Curler

tarte be charmed eyelash curler with deluxe size lights, camera, flashes mascara

tarte be charmed eyelash curler with deluxe size lights, camera, flashes mascara

tarte be charmed eyelash curler

tarte be charmed eyelash curler

close up of the removable charm

close up of the removable charm

be charmed eyelash curler up close

be charmed eyelash curler up close

Lots of eyelash curlers are too small for my eyes, but the be charmed eyelash curler works with room to spare.  It gives major curl that doesn’t droop by the end of the day.  Take the cool snake charm off and put it on your purse or keychain – snakes are a symbol of spiritual guidance and personal growth, so it’s a perfect reminder that you are on the right path!

wearing best in faux, eyeliner duo, and brow gel

wearing best in faux, dual eyeliner, and colored clay tinted brow gel

lashes curled with be charmed curler, black liner on upper lid, brown liner on lower lid, brow gel and best in faux

lashes curled with be charmed curler, black liner on upper lid, brown liner on lower lid, colored clay tinted brow gel and best in faux

That’s a lot of items for eyes…for lips, the tarte Fall 2014 collection features a new LipSurgence lip gloss ($19) shade, Envy.

tarte lipsurgence in envy

tarte LipSurgence in envy – check out the gold snake-skin cap!

tarte lipsurgence in envy

tarte LipSurgence in envy

tarte lipsurgence in envy swatched

tarte LipSurgence in envy swatched

wearing tarte lipsurgence in envy

wearing tarte LipSurgence in envy

envy is a matte yet shiny mauve berry shade.  It’s a natural shade that gives lips a little ‘oomph’ of color plus a lot of glossy shine.  It keeps my lips looking and feeling moist and lush.  Love it.

Overall, the tarte cosmetics Fall 2014 collection is pretty darn fabulous.  The biggest surprises for me were the dual eyeliner and the colored clay brow gel.  I think my favorite items are the best in faux lash fibers and the be charmed eyelash curler…although there isn’t a clunker in the bunch.  tarte has definitely outdone themselves with this collection.  Thumbs up!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

tarte cosmetics 'eye of the day' with the Fall 2014 collection

tarte cosmetics ‘eye of the day’ with the Fall 2014 collection

Cailyn Cosmetics Gelux Eyebrow in Cocoa

I am always amazed at the difference eyebrows can make. Some people actually look better without eyebrows, like Whoopi Goldberg. Have you ever noticed that she removed hers completely? Check it out.

No question, she looks better without them!

No question, she looks better without them!

Most people, however, look better with them…especially if they are well-groomed. A fabulous eyebrow option that was sent to the BIZ is Cailyn Cosmetics Gelux Eyebrow ($22), which is a waterproof gel eyebrow filler. I am reviewing Cocoa, a wonderful shade for those with medium brown hair with blonde highlights (if you have more red in your hair, consider Mahogany instead).

Cailyn

Cailyn Cosmetics Gelux Eyebrow in Cocoa

Cailyn

a closer look at the bottom jar that has the eyebrow gel

the top conceals the brush

the top is actually the brush

I love the packaging; I think it’s pretty ingenious. The top handle is actually a slant tipped brush that makes it easy to achieve a realistic looking eyebrow – not the dreaded ‘unicolor’ that looks unnatural. Just  fill in brows with short strokes going from the bottom of the brow upwards. Be sure to clean the brush before popping it back into the handle.

The top unscrews to reveal the gel eyebrow filler underneath.

Cocoa

Gelux Eyebrow in Cocoa

Cocoa swatched

Cocoa swatched

The gel eyebrow filler is different from a typical brow wax. It’s softer and more natural looking. It’s also extremely long wearing. Cailyn Cosmetics has perfected something called ‘3D Smart Film Former’, which turns the pigment into a balm that keeps color true. The color doesn’t fade throughout the day so touch-ups just aren’t necessary. It’s also waterproof so you can go swimming without fear of losing those awesome eyebrows.

The Cailyn Cosmetics Gelux Eyebrow comes in eight different shades to fit most hair colors:  Birch, Hazelnut, Nutmeg, Cocoa, Mahogany, Oak, Ebony, and Espresso.  Birch is for the lightest of blondes, Hazelnut is for cool blondes, and Nutmeg is for warm or strawberry blondes. Cocoa is perfect for my medium brown hair with blonde highlights, while Mahogany is for medium brunettes with red highlights. Oak is for deep brown hair, and Ebony is for grey hair. Espresso is for the blackest black hair. Remember, you want to go a shade or two lighter than your hair color for the best results.

If you are looking for something easy and effective for gorgeous eyebrows or if you are looking to try something other than the typical eyebrow pencil or brow wax, I definitely recommend the Gelux Eyebrow. It’s a winner.  – Lisa

*pr sample