Sunday brings us summer helpers from AllGlamR, Cargo and Avon


This week’s Side by Side review is a little different from other weeks. We have 3 brands that we are using this summer and want you to know about. AllGlamR is the one we have in common and then both of us go off on different tangents to share something we’re eager to let you know about. So off to the triple roller coaster ride of Side by Side.

AllGlamR Tinted Sunscreen

AllGlamR Tinted Sunscreen

AllGlamR was created by  skin care pro Gina Caruso who has headed aesthetics in top medical practices, created a skin care division for a hair industry icon (Maurice Tidy) and has owned her own med/day spas. Well now she’s created her own line and just in time for summer you can purchased her tinted moisturizer. We received the two shades that it’s available in – Light and Medium.

Marcia uses Light which is recommended for light to medium tones and Lisa uses Medium, recommended for medium to dark tones.

Things we really appreciate about AllGlamR:  The tinted moisturizer is Paraben-free and cruelty free. AllGlamR does not test on animals. In addition it’s a product made in the USA. It contains SPF 30 that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

AllGlamR Tinted Sunscreen in Light

AllGlamR Tinted Sunscreen in Light

Marcia’s experience: While I appreciate all the good things about AllGlamR including the fact that this has a radiant glow that’s just right for summer, I can’t seem to get past the fragrance of it. It takes about 30 minutes for it to dissipate enough for me to go on with my day. It’s not a bad fragrance, it’s a nice floral, but I’m not a fragrance kind of person.

Light is very light, I use two layers of this to achieve any color at all. The first layer gives me coverage while the second gives me enough of a tint to camouflage some of my darker spots. If fragrance is a non-issue for you then I’d recommend AllGlamR for some great sunscreen coverage.

AllGlamR Tinted Sunscreen in Medium

AllGlamR Tinted Sunscreen in Medium

AllGlamR Tinted Sunscreen in Medium

Lisa’s experience:  Luckily, I am not as sensitive to fragrance as Marcia is, so the scent doesn’t bother my nose at all. I hardly notice even notice it. I use Medium, which evens out my skin tone and gives me a very nice radiant glow. It doesn’t quite cover dark areas, but it does blend everything together, making this a terrific option for sunscreen on days I don’t want to go with foundation. I am a big fan and find myself reaching for this quite often this summer.

Marcia is loving CARGO SWIMMABLES

Cargo Cosmetics has come out with a summer line that you’ll want to use all year long. The name Swimmables tells it all. These are long-lasting cosmetics that are water-resistant and will help beautify you throughout the hot and muggy days ahead. You know they last through September so you’ve got plenty of time to get your use out of these. Try their bronzer, blush, eyeliners, eyeshadow crayons or follow my lead and try Cargo Swimmables Longwear Matte Liquid Lipstick.

I’ve got two of the six available shades and these are stunners. Ulta only carries them online which is too bad since I’d love to be able to see all of the shades.

Cargo Swimmables Cape Town

Cape Town is my obvious favorite. It’s described as a dusty pink matte. I find that there’s a touch of lavender in it. It’s not pink pink and it’s not a nude. Instead it’s an amalgamation of my favorite shades. It’s darker than I normally wear but it’s not too dark for me to be uncomfortable. While I normally don’t wear matte lipsticks this is surprisingly comfortable. Cape Town may be in South Africa I don’t feel like my lips are in the Sahara. Exfoliate well before using. I like to wipe off excess from the tip and carefully line with the wand, then lightly fill in my lips.

Cargo Swimmables Sorrento

Cargo Swimmables swatches:  Sorrento and Cape Town

Sorrento is named for the Italian seaside city and is described as a fuchsia matte. There’s a lot of red goodness to this beauty. It’s a shade you can picture Sophia Loren wearing with pride. Well you can too if you love these darker stunners. Swimmables Longwear Matte Liquid Lipsticks have a suede finish. They last well on me as long as I don’t eat something oily but I’ve yet to have a lipstick last through that.

Definitely add Cargo Swimmables to your list to make summer and fall a happier experience.


I wrote about these products a month or so ago and they have been saving my family all summer long. It’s no wonder that with 30 SPF, plus protection from mosquitoes and ticks (we are having a crazy huge tick problem around here this summer), protection from the Zika virus and all other sorts of bugs, no one walks out the door without slathering this on.

Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus SPF 30 in Gentle Breeze and Disappearing Color

Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus SPF 30 in Gentle Breeze and Disappearing Color

The SKIN SO SOFT BUG GUARD PLUS IR3535® Gentle Breeze SPF 30 Lotion ($14) is the white one, and it has a light floral fragrance. The kids go bananas for the SKIN SO SOFT BUG GUARD PLUS IR3535® SPF 30 Cool ‘n Fabulous Disappearing Color Lotion ($14), which is blue – how fun is that?? – so you can see where it’s been applied. It dries clear and disappears into skin, but it’s a real kick while it’s still blue.

Our side by side rollercoaster trio of products keeps our faces protected while giving them radiance, makes our lips bright and beautiful, and keeps our bodies safe from UVA/UVB rays and all kinds of bugs.  We say thanks to AllGlamR, Cargo, and Avon every day for these terrific summer helpers!

A special holiday version of Glossybox that you don’t want to miss

Holiday Glossybox

Holiday Glossybox

Holiday Glossybox

Holiday Glossybox

Several times a year Glossybox comes out with a special version that goes above and beyond their regular subscription box. This time it’s a holiday box that is absolutely fabulous and so fitting for this season. The box itself is a keepsake box that has a magnetic opening on a red velvet box. You will find so many uses for this that you’ll be begging Glossybox to make all their boxes like this.

Inside you’ll find 7 full size items and one very deluxe sample size. If you were to give this as a gift ($40 with free shipping) the recipient would squeal with delight.

CALVIN KLEIN REVEAL: this is the only sample size in the box but it’s big and wonderful. The packaging is beautiful. Reveal is described as a solar oriental that captures traces of the skin and is blended with orris and a drydown of sensual sandalwood.



TEADORA NOURISHING LIP BUTTER IN RAINFOREST AT DAWN: I have read so many rave reviews of this Teadora Lip Butter and now I know what they mean. This is infused with anti-oxidant rich plants found in the rainforest: maracuja, acai oils, mango butters. The flavor is citrusy. Lips need this for the colder weather. Full size ($15)





NCLA NAIL LACQUER IN SATIN SHEETS, VELVET ROPES: Gorgeous! This shimmery red is the perfect shade for the holidays and beyond. It’s absolutely fabulous and wears like a dream. It’s 5-free and American made. It was inspired by the sights and sounds of Southern California. It’s making me crave more NCLA Nail Lacquers. ($16 full size)



THE LIP BAR LIPSTICK IN CRIMSON WONDERLAND is a new brand for me. It’s a candy apple red that’s cruelty free and has ingredients like organic shea butter, avocado oil and coconut oil. The packaging is divine.





JOUER MOISTURIZING LIP GLOSS IN WIND – if you are like me and don’t feel comfortable in red lips then this is perfect for you. Wear it alone or top The Lip Bar lipstick to lighten it. Jouer lip glosses are very moisturizing. You’ll wand to wear this hydrating formula with vitamin E, shea butter and jojoba seed oil to soften your lips on a daily basis. It’s a pinky nude that isn’t sticky. ($20 full size)





KORRES VOLCANIC MINERALS VOLUMIZING MASCARA – Now that you’ve perfected your lips and nails it’s time to move on to eyes and this Korres Mascara is just the thing. This Volumizing Mascara contains volcanic soil and is said to increase lashes by 600%. There are some natural film formers to help with the volume. I didn’t notice them so they aren’t going to fall loose. ($20 full size)



OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS LOOSE COLOR CONCENTRATE IN SMOKE – If you love cruelty free cosmetics then you’d love OCC. If you love pigment eyeshadows then you’d really love OCC. They make some of the finest pigments around. Smoke is a beautiful shimmering taupe that makes your eyes glisten. It’s a very easy to wear shade. ($14 full size)





CARGO TEXASLINER LIQUID EYE LINER is a chubby felt-tip marker eyeliner that will make your eyes stand out. It’s perfect for a cat eye or smoky eye with its deep black shade. You can also use the very tip to make it thinner. This is a water based formula that glides on beautifully yet washes off easily after lasting the day. ($20 full size)



This amazing box has over $130 worth of cosmetics with a bonus of the fragrance. You can’t go wrong for $40. You don’t need to be a subscriber of Glossybox to buy this either. If you want to subscribe for a year though then this is your bonus with the code HOLIDAY. Make December a little prettier with Glossybox Holiday Gift Box.


Holiday Glossybox Gift Box

Holiday Glossybox Gift Box

Wouldn’t you love to own this? Thanks to Glossybox for sending it so I could share with you. — Marcia


Side by Side with Cargo Cosmetics

Beauty Info Zone has done several reviews for Cargo Cosmetics. It’s a great brand that doesn’t get quite enough attention in our opinion. We can list so many items though that we highly recommend. Just as an example Lisa went a little bit big time nuts over their Magic Brush and created lemmings galore for the brush. Marcia on the other hand couldn’t stop raving about Cargo blushes with their amazing pigmentation.

Today we’re taking a slightly different road with Cargo and talking about how they help us create a perfect finish to our faces. Cargo has some great foundations, concealers, primers and powders. Today you’ll get your beauty info about two of these products.

Marcia’s side:

I had the opportunity to use Cargo OneBase™, one of Cargo’s biggest sellers worldwide. This is a two in one product since it’s both concealer and foundation depending on your particular needs.  It’s recommended to be used as a concealer wherever you have small imperfections that you want to subtly conceal. It can be used under your eyes, around your nose, or around your lips to spot conceal. There’s a very slight glow to it so I especially like it under my eyes to brighten them up later in the day when I don’t want to reapply makeup but I do want to freshen up. It comes in 7 shades so you don’t have to worry that you won’t find one that will be perfect for you.

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Cargo OneBase

I mentioned that Cargo OneBase™ is also a foundation. It’s a lightweight foundation so it’s not going to give you heavy duty coverage. It’s not a tinted moisturizer though, it has more coverage than that. I like this kind of coverage when it’s warm or slightly cool out because it allows my skin to breathe without being too covered up. While I’m not using it at home in the dead of winter as a foundation, I’m still using it as a concealer.

Cargo OneBase wand applicator

Cargo OneBase in 1N swatched

There are two aspects of Cargo OneBase™ that really stand out for me – there’s no fragrance (thank you Cargo!!!) and the first ingredient is water. I prefer a water based formula when the weather is warmer since it won’t slide off my face in an ugly oily pool of color. I’m happy to take my Cargo with me wherever I go! — Marcia

Lisa’s Side:

Cargo High Definition Mattifier

While Cargo is known for terrific color products, I think the High Definition Mattifier ($28) is a hidden treasure in this line.  I use this by itself on no makeup days to keep shine away, and it works great under makeup as well.  I have a very, very shiny nose, as well as oil issues on my chin and forehead.  I find I certainly do blot less when I use this, although it doesn’t stop the need for blotting altogether. And, of course, I love the hygenic squeeze tube.

Cargo High Definition Mattifier swatch

At first, I was taken aback by the brown color of this mattifier.  However, the color completely disappears when it’s smoothed into my skin.  The formula has a very silky texture that goes on wet but dries quickly when applied.  Below is the swatch above smoothed onto my hand.

You can see how it leaves no color, and it evens out skin texture.  It makes pores far less noticeable.  This product is even perfect for men who don’t want to wear makeup but also want better looking skin, really it’s great for anyone except the extremely oily.  Whether you are traveling somewhere exotic or just running around town, this can certainly be your go-to mattifying primer.  – Lisa


Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate,
Retinyl Palmitate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl  Lairoyl Glutamate, Isoproplyparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Bht, +/- : CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/CI 77492/CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride).


*pr samples

Cargo Contour Palette – review and swatches

As much as I love makeup and as much as I play with it, contouring isn’t something that comes easy for me. So when I was sent Cargo’s Contour Palette I will admit I was a little intimidated. Cargo couldn’t have made this any easier for me or for you though. There are 3 shades that work perfectly together plus they are nice enough to spell out what each one is used for.  At the top is a highlighter, next is blush and on the bottom is the actual contour color. This is available in two shades – Monaco for warm skin tones and Malibu for cool skin tones.

image of Malibu Contour Palette from


image of Monaco Contour palette from

The colors in this are matte which is best for contouring. The idea of contouring is to change the look of your features but not in an obvious way. You want subtlety unless you are someone like Lindsay Lohan at a court date. Cargo’s three matte shades give you the subtleness you need for the job. Plus they are pretty to boot.

Malibu Contour palette

Cargo is nice enough to give us simple directions on the back so that even those of us who don’t normally contour know exactly what to do and how to use the palette. I’m not one to keep my products in the box so having this information on the very back is the best. I have a Contour brush from Real Techniques that is the perfect size for the job. I use a very very light hand when applying the contour and blush. I don’t know if I’m doing it right but I prefer to put on the contour first, then the blush on the apple of my cheek and last the highlight shade. Then I take the brush with the highlight shade remnants on it and blend, paying particular attention to the edges  to soften the look.

Cargo Malibu Contour palette swatches

The shades in Malibu are a light cool toned cream, a true pink and a mauve brown. None of the colors swatch darkly on my fingers but the brush seems to pick them up easily. I’m surprised at how long lasting the colors are in this palette. I still have blush and contour at the end of the day. I’ve only used the contour shade a few times along my chin and the contouring works there just as well. I use an even lighter hand along my chin line than I do on my face since I think you can make contouring look too obvious if you aren’t careful.

swatches for Malibu

the contour shade

It’s nice to have an easy means to do a job that the counters work magic with and be able to do it myself. This is a palette I’d travel with too since I can use the blush even when I don’t feel like contouring. There’s a full size mirror too that’s very handy to have. Check out the Cargo Contour Palette to bring out the professional artist in yourself. — Marcia

Take a trip to Cargo Cosmetics

From the first time I saw Cargo years ago I’ve been crazy about their blushes and even now when I think about the brand that’s the first item I think about. I’ve had many Cargo blushes over the years although at the moment I have four since I rotate things in and out of my collection. I currently own Catalina, Louisiana and Big Easy. I also own the discontinued shade of Gotham. The most terrific news about Cargo blushes is that they’ve brought back lots of their previously discontinued shades. There are 16 gorgeous shades of single tone blushes ($26). They are housed in Cargo’s terrific tins and they are huge! 

Catalina is described as a cotton candy pink but it’s not as bright on as it sounds. For me this is a blush I can comfortably wear any day since it’s flattering to my fair cool tone skin. Depending on which brush I choose I can make this soft or vibrant.

Louisiana is considered to be a sheer pink infused with a light bronze. What I especially love about Louisiana is that it has an almost iridescence to it, it just seems to glow in a special way. When I wear Louisiana I really like to buff it onto my cheeks to bring out the illumination.

Top is Catalina, bottom is Louisiana

Big Easy was gone for a long time so I’m happy to see it back on the Cargo website. Big Easy is sheer pink with gold and red undertones. Even though both Louisiana and Big Easy start with a sheer pink base the blushes are totally different. Big Easy is brighter while Louisiana is a little more muted. Gotham (to my eye) has more of a coral base with red undertones. All 4 of these are top notch long lasting blushes. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a Cargo blush.

Another terrific product from Cargo are blu_ray™ Gloss with TimeStrip® Technology($24). Not only are the 7 glosses gorgeous colors but the Time Strip Technology is amazing. It’s a strip that you put into the top of the gloss when you first use it and it helps you monitor the freshness of the gloss. They recommend that you use the gloss approximately 9 months to keep it at its freshest.

While I just have one in Halifax I know I’d like more. Halifax is a light peachy pink which is a shade I love. When I say light though, I mean light. When I first apply Halifax on bare lips it only looks like a pretty shine but because it’s a plumping lipgloss that tingles it brings out the natural color in my lips to its fullest potential. If I want more color then I wear it over a lipstick. My raves for this gloss are mostly because it’s so moisturizing. There’s no stickiness to it. While the minty tingle does last for a while (maybe half an hour), my lips feel moisturized the entire time I’m wearing the gloss. Cargo states how these glosses fill in lines and Halifax really does. My lips look fuller when I’m wearing it.

There’s a lot to love about Cargo including their blushes and lipglosses and they continue to come out with new products to entice us. Their blu-ray products for high definition filming are excellent for everyone, film stars or not. Their newest fun items like their Safari Kit are filled with wonderful products at a great price. Check out Cargo either online or at Ulta. It’s a trip you’ll want to take. — Marcia

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Cargo Eyes

Recently, Marcia reviewed the Cargo Essential Palette in Smoky Grey.  Today, I am going to give you the low down on my preferred Essential Palette.  My favorite is the one in Cool Neutral ($32).

This is an eyeshadow palette with some heft!!  The best thing about this palette – and all Cargo products, really – is that it’s fool-proof.  No matter what your level of ability, it is almost impossible to screw things up.

Not only are the different colors labeled within the product itself, it also comes with an overlay that illustrates where to put each color.

The colors are very rich with great pigmentation.  As you can see, the brow color is cool vanilla with a tiny bit of shimmer, the lid color is a neutral tan that is light and cool enough to make the eyes really pop (especially for those of us with deep-set eyes), the crease color is a slightly shimmery taupe, and the outer corner color is a beautiful deep brown with a touch of shimmer.  None of the colors are extremely flat, and none of them are super shimmery.  All the colors add up to a sophisticated, easy to wear daytime look that can be amped up enough to also make a smoky, evening eye look.

And I highly, highly, highly recommend the Smoky Eye Brush ($32).

Oh my gosh, I cannot believe how much I love this brush.  I don’t know if I am just uncoordinated or what, but I have always has problems doing the outer corner of my lid so that it looks good.  This brush makes it so easy!!!  I want to jump up and down and YELL, “YOU NEED THIS BRUSH!!!”  But that might get me hauled off to a place for people in need a ‘nice long rest’, so instead I will just type it in bold letters.

Look at the shape – it rests perfectly in your palm, and the other side is flat, so it doesn’t bump up against your face.  The brush itself is flat, and smudges out eyeshadow just perfectly.  The overall size is great, it gives you control and makes application a total breeze.  I use this brush every single day.  It should go right at the top of your wish list.

To finish off an eye look, consider checking out the blu_ray concealer ($28).  This reminds me of Ellis Faas products in that it has a sponge tip, and you twist the applicator for product to come through the sponge.

This concealer not only covers up flaws, but it also fights wrinkles – yay!  It has something in it called Visilox, which is an alternative to Botox, so it helps to smooth out your fine lines.  I have it in light/medium, which looks like this:

I find that it does a great job of covering imperfections, it has a medium coverage.  It doesn’t settle into fine lines, and it really lasts longer than most liquid concealers.  What I love the most is that it doesn’t just cover, it also brightens, and without looking fake.  At my age, I need something that doesn’t emphasize wrinkles by being to dry, and doesn’t call attention to my dark circles by being too obvious.  This concealer really fits the bill.

I used to recommend Trish McEvoy for great basics, easy to use items that were perfect for those starting out as well as serious collectors.  I have to say now Cargo tops my recommendation list.  It’s a great line that continues to impress me.  – Lisa

Disclosure:  Items reviewed were PR samples

Lips and cheeks by Cargo

I love Courtney Cox.  Every once in a great while, someone will tell me that I look like her – well, sort of anyway.  And I am thrilled each time I hear it!   I don’t come close to being  gorgeous like her, but I do have somewhat the same coloring, so I was excited to try Cargo‘s Plantlove lipstick ($20) named after her.  It’s called CeCe – get it?  For her initials? Mighty clever.  I am totally loving this lipstick.

Adore the container, it is so cute! Very girly and kind of ’70’s retro.

In the tube, the color looks like a very deep berry red with shimmer.

I actually find this to be sheer on the lips.  There is slight shimmer, nothing that registers texture-wise though. You can easily layer this for more intensity and brighter color. I find that this is a long-lasting lipstick, although it is on the dry side.  Pretty much every lip gloss I have tried over it looks great though, so if my lips are feeling dry I put some gloss on and it’s yet another great color combination.  I think a little dryness is a small price to pay for longer lasting color.

The PlantLove lipsticks are all 100% natural – the product, packaging, and process are all completely green, which is awesome.

For cheeks that go with my pretty lipstick, I like the Cargo Cheek Activator ($32) as a base blush.  This stuff is just plain cool.  It looks very subtle in the tube, but when you put it on, the more you rub it, the deeper and brighter the color becomes!  This is a cream, not a gel, and it’s also designed to plump up the skin wherever it’s applied.

See how it looks kind of pinkish-white in the tube? As soon as it’s applied it changes.  I got Rose Flush, I typically like cooler colors on my cheeks.  Once applied, your cheeks look lit from within, like you just stepped out into the cold Michigan weather for a few minutes.

Many people can get away with just this blush, but I have that weird skin that seems to soak everything up quickly.  So, I put on the Cheek Activator, follow that with loose powder, and then take out my Cargo secret weapon:  the Contour Palette ($34).

Just look at this gorgeousness.  It is absolutely foolproof.  This is Malibu, which has a shimmery highlighter, a medium pink blush, and a soft brown contour color.  I put the highlighter on top of the cheek bone, the blush on the apple of the cheek, and sweep the contour color underneath the cheek bone. Voila! Sculpted, yet natural looking cheeks.  What amazes me is that you really can’t overdo this – the shades are extremely forgiving, so even a total novice can get a sophisticated look the first time.

Every day I wear Cargo I love it even more.  It’s a great line with extremely user-friendly, high quality products.  What’s your favorite from Cargo? – Lisa

Disclosure:  items reviewed were PR samples