Summer lipstick delights

Favorite summer lipsticks

Charlotte Tilbury has a motto that we should all live by: “Darlings, I always say lipstick empowers confidence. It’s happiness in a tube!” — Charlotte Tilbury

And that’s why Makeup Wars has chosen lipstick as this week’s topic. I never know how many bloggers will participate in MW until it’s published but I do know that some of us are planning on lipstick combinations and others on lipsticks they love. Either way it’s always great reading.

I’ve chosen two lipsticks that are empowering me. One I bought online after seeing it on Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog and the other was chosen for me by a makeup artist at Charlotte Tilbury. That story is interesting since I had the opportunity to get my makeup done at Nordstrom at a fabulous Charlotte Tilbury event. As soon as I walked in, knowing that my favorite makeup artist was working with me, she told me she’d already set aside the lipstick I was going to buy. She knows my interest in light lipsticks but wanted me to move a bit out of my comfort zone. And she was right.

Axiology and Charlotte Tilbury

CHARLOTTE TILBURY has 3 types of lipstick: Matte Revolution, K.I.S.S.I.N.G, and Hot Lips. All 3 are vegan-friendly, gluten-free, paraben-free, and not tested on animals. LIV IT UP, the Hot Lips lipstick that was recommended to me is a full bodied lipstick. They call it a pale pink moisturizing lipstick but it’s really not pale pink. It’s much deeper than that but doesn’t run into a bold pink or red.

LIV IT UP was created with Liv Tyler in mind.

What was so interesting and different about my Charlotte Tilbury experience is that my look was based around this lipstick. I had gone in knowing that I wanted blush from the brand but I hadn’t thought about lipstick and the M.A. was right that I probably wouldn’t have gravitated to it.

Charlotte Tilbury LIV IT UP

Charlotte Tilbury LIV IT UP

LIV IT UP is a comfortable lipstick with a satin look. It lasts longer on my lips than most lipsticks because of its ‘blend of oils and triglycerides give long-lasting, buildable color’. Charlotte’s lipstick formula is enriched with a secret antioxidant from the Lipstick Tree, a blend of special waxes and clever light-diffusing pigments. Antioxidant lipstick tree & orchid extracts soothe your lips, softening them and protecting them for a youth-boosted pout. CHARLOTTE TILBURY created a lipstick that is my grown-up lipstick and stepped me up.

AXIOLOGY Organic Natural Lipstick ($30, available at Nordstrom) is great for me for my daily wear. INTEREST is a semi-sheer lipstick that really can be changed into different shades depending on your lipliner. I like to line my lips with a lipliner and then fill in my lips with it more lightly to help the color last. INTEREST is a light peachy pink that works well with most of my liners especially the Wunder2 Berry or Nude that I recently reviewed. I wear it often with Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk lipliner, my most used liner.

AXIOLOGY Interest organic lipstick

AXIOLOGY INTEREST organic lipstick

“With a rich, creamy luster that conditions your lips, Axiology’s Natural Lipsticks are known for their deeply healing properties and spectrum of colors. The fusion of ultra-hydrating ingredients like organic avocado oil and organic coconut oil soften the deepest layers of your lips. Unparalleled in purity, these exquisite shades are crafted with just 10 ingredients.”

I find Axiology Interest to be one of the easiest lipsticks I own. It glides on and I never have to fuss with it. I can use it with or without a lipliner. I don’t have to prep my lips so I can put it on quickly. There’s an ease with the way it feels on my lips. And the packaging is unique – you don’t screw off the top, instead you push up from the bottom and the lipstick releases, then you pull it out. It doesn’t open in my purse!

While these are very different formulas they both look and feel wonderful on my lips so they’ve gained the honor of being my favorite summer (and probably year round) lipsticks.  —  Marcia

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My wonderful Beautylish Lucky Bag revealed #luckybag2018

 

If you haven’t seen the Beautylish Lucky Bags that are all over Instagram and blogs then you are missing out. Actually you missed out when you didn’t place an advanced order for this fun surprise. Every year in mid December Beautylish allows you to get a place on their order list. From that point you need to anxiously await the email that allows you to place an order. I’ve done this for the past 3 years and it’s a highlight of my cosmetic life.

If you spent over $1,000 a year on Beautylish you will get the opportunity to buy the XL bag for $150. The rest of us can order the regular bag for $75 plus shipping. I’ve only been able to get the $75 bag and that’s perfectly fine with me. Beautylish doesn’t send rejects. They send up to the minute products that are new and are on their site as I type. This year I noticed a lot of Jouer, Natasha Denona, and Wayne Goss brushes. Every bag is different and every one I’ve seen has something in it that I’d love to own.

 

Benzaiten, Goddess of art, music, literature, beauty, and joy.

Lucky bags are a Japanese New Year custom. For 2018 they are brought to us by the Seven Lucky Gods. The packaging and graphics are just so cute.

My bag holds a total of $220 worth of items. What has been the most fun is that I’ve admired the brands I received but I probably wouldn’t have bought any of these separately. Now I get the best of both worlds.

#beautylish #luckybag2018

There’s only one skincare item in the bag which is a popular one for this year. Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Mask (box of 5 for $60). If there’s got to be skincare then a mask is perfect, especially one that I’ve never tried before. This is meant for ultimate hydration and improving skin’s radiance. It is fragranced so I hope I enjoy it.

Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Mask

I’ve never had the opportunity to try Smith & Cult nail polish but I’ve always wanted to. I just couldn’t pick out a color I wanted. I received Dark Like Me which is a very dark plum. I’m interested in so many of their shades and happy to finally have one to call my own. ($18)

Smith & Cult Dark Like Me

Smith & Cult Dark Like Me

Cover|FX is up next. I received their Translucent Light Perfect Setting Powder ($35). Everyone needs a setting powder and to be honest it’s been years and years since I last bought one. I know that powders like this aren’t supposed to go bad but I think it’s going to be nice to have a brand new one in my life.

Cover|FX Perfect Setting Powder and Wayne Goss Fan Brush

How could I be anything but excited about having a Wayne Goss brush? I have bought quite a few since Beautylish started selling them but I never bought this #15 Fan Brush ($25). It’s so luxuriously soft and so much nicer than any others I own. I had a big smile on my face when I saw this in the box.

And then there’s Jouer. The most noticeable box in the box was this Jouer Highlighter Trio ($39). When I opened it I was instantly thrilled.

Jouer Powder Highlighter Trio

Jouer Powder Highlighter Trio

So what’s in there? How about 3 beautiful highlighters that glow but aren’t glitter city. The shades are Skinny Dip (golden), Ice (light pink), and Rose Gold.

Jouer Powder Highlighter Trio

Jouer Powder Highlighter Trio

I’m in love!!! I’m always looking at highlighters but because I have quite a few I feel guilty buying them – this isn’t guilt though!

Continuing with Jouer I received their Long Wear Lip Topper in St. Tropez ($16). Now with this amount of glitter in it I’d never spring for it but you better believe I’m excited about having this and enhancing my lips with it. St. Tropez is a metallic shimmering champagne.

Jouer Long Wear Lip Topper in St. Tropez

Jouer Long Wear Lip Topper in St. Tropez

To top it all off here comes Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette ($75). I received this in Smokey Eye Look and it definitely is a look in a palette. It has everything you need for your eyes and cheeks so you don’t have to stray and you can create a variety of looks.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette, Smokey Eye

As you can see there are 3 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, 1 bronzer and 1 highlight powder. I own an older Look in a Palette and I’ve even used the cheek products on my eyes to make it even more versatile. I’m excited about this one since I think it’s great for a daytime look but that I can use it more intensely for night. (My photo is washed out but the Beautylish photo is darker than in real life).

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette, Smokey Eye (beautylish photo)

If you aren’t on the Beautylish email list you need to do so before next December. $75 isn’t cheap but every bag I’ve seen has had over $200 worth and some up to $300 worth all for $75. It’s the most fun surprise I’ve ever purchased.

What do you think you’d love from my #beautylish #luckybag?  —  Marcia

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I finished things! Amazing empties for March and April

It seems so rare for me to finish anything up completely other than a few staples but the last two months I actually did finish things and I’m ready for the dumpster with these. Until then see what got used up and what I think of these goodies.

March and April 2017 empties

March and April 2017 empties

Before I begin I must admit that I already threw away oodles and oodles of products. As I’m cleaning and packing I found so many that were started but never finished so I only kept the ones I really loved and tried to use those as much as possible. What you aren’t seeing is the trash that my neighborhood has seen!

Let me start with some staple items that I go through every single month and will continue to do so.

Q-tips and DHC Silky Cotton Squares

Q-tips and DHC Silky Cotton Squares

Costco knows me and my habits I’m sure. I buy these double packs of Q-Tips all the time. I use a lot of them in my life so buy stock in the company! I also have gone an unimaginable amount of DHC Silky Cotton Squares. I usually buy 6 at a time and they’ll last me for about 7 months. I noticed though that my last batch isn’t quite as soft as before so now I’m questioning whether they changed them. Anyone know?

Viviscal

Viviscal

I’m on auto-delivery from Amazon for these Viviscal Hair Supplements. I am on a maintenance dose and just take 1 per day rather than 2. I’ve mentioned many times about my hair growth problems and these help me a lot.

Bioderma Micellar Water, Dr. Brandt XYY Dual Fusion Water, Simple Micellar Wipes

Bioderma Micellar Water, Dr. Brandt XYY Dual Fusion Water, Simple Micellar Wipes

It’s obvious that I love Micellar Waters from this picture! I have a stash of Bioderma Sensibio H2O and made a point of finishing up the 500 ml and 100 ml bottles before I move. I have 1 more of each in my cupboard but won’t start those just yet. I did pick up a Garnier Micellar during a sale not long ago but that’s already packed and I also like Simple Micellar Water though I’ve noticed a slight fragrance with it. Simple Micellar Wipes are definitely my favorite wipes though. This is just a sample pack but I have a full size pack in use.

Dr. Brandt XYY Dual Fusion Water is one that I really enjoyed using but it is more expensive than these others. It feels more substantial though and it did a great job of cleansing.

Eclair Naturals Liquid Hand Soap, Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

Eclair Naturals Liquid Hand Soap, Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

I couldn’t begin to count how many Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Removers I’ve gone through since my first one. No matter how many others I try this is the one product that works for me time and again. I’ve already repurchased this and will again as soon as I move.

Eclair Naturals Liquid Hand Soap in Vanilla & Sweet Orange is a great natural soap that’s not drying. I’m stocked up on JR Watkins at the moment but I’ll repurchase this next.

Now for the fun stuff!

Miss Spa Oxygenating Bubble Mask and 24K Gold Creme Mask

Miss Spa Oxygenating Bubble Mask and 24K Gold Creme Mask

I’m not used to saving empties so in the past I never had them around. I purposely saved the packaging of Miss Spa Oxygenating Bubble Mask and 24K Gold Creme Mask since I totally love them. The 24K Gold Creme Mask is one I want to marry. The Oxygenating Bubble Mask was a fun bubbly alternative. I got three uses out of each package so it’s a bargain buy. I will definitely buy more after I test more of the Miss Spa masks I have.

Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum, Hydroskin, IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Serum

Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum, Hydroskin, IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Serum

I think I finished up Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ Serum but there might be a little left. Nothing pumps out anymore and I only see a drop inside. Reviva Labs is a favorite brand and this is a good example of why I like them. Very efficient and the price is great.

Hydroskin Skincare is a set I reviewed last month. I finished up all 4 of these products which is unusual for me but I dedicated myself to one solid month of just this line. I liked the way my skin looked with it. I still have 2 masks from them to use and review.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Serum is ab fab! Not only do I love this anti-aging serum but I bought a new one before I was finished with the current one. This is my favorite skincare item from IT Cosmetics. I wish the price was less but I’ll continue buying and using this. I’m in love!

eye makeup empties

eye makeup empties

It’s a given that any time I would share an empty post that I’d have mascara. This time though I saved them after determining what needed to go before the big move. I found a lot of deluxe sample sizes and used them until dry or I didn’t care for them anymore.

In no particular order:

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara  –  always a favorite, I have another mini and a full size one still

Marc Jacobs Volume Mascara– while I liked the sample size from a kit I had bought I didn’t care for the full size one I had bought so it’s not to be purchased again.

Le Volume de Chanel  –  Love this even if this was tiny. I would buy it if I was flush.

2 more minis I forgot to picture: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara which I loved and plan to buy one day soon. Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes, another dilemma since the sample was great but I wasn’t thrilled when I had it in full size.

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum – love, love, love this. It’s a perfect brown liquid eyeliner. This is the second one I’ve finished and I’m using my third. There will be a 4th and 5th for sure.

Smashbox Brow Tech To Go – while I didn’t use up the gel side I did use up every bit of the brow crayon side. It’s a very handy item but I just don’t need another right now.

IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Eyeliner in Black is one I enjoyed until it decided to break so I couldn’t use it anymore. I like these liners in general though and turn to them often when I want a pencil eyeliner.

A 3x use sample of Too Faced Shadow Insurance that was in my stash. I always have TFSI in my collection!

And one toss:

Z Palette

Z Palette

I got a few years worth of use from this but then it self-destroyed. It came apart and no longer is of use. I have others plus Z Palette is out of favor right now.

So there you have it. My empties, many of which are old standbys and a new love (Stila Huge Mascara) all wrapped up in my recycling bin for now.

What have you used up? —  Marcia

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Looking for a little luxury for the holidays? Look at these incredible beauty products

TOP TEN TUESDAY is all about Luxury today. We’ve all done our affordable wishlists, stocking stuffers, and helped you pick out some new items. So now it’s time to make a real wish for luxury. You never quite know when those wishes will come true!!

1450057833__11337282TOM FORD LIPS AND BOYS 10 LIPSTICK SET ($350). Tom Ford lipsticks are my all time favorite brand. They do keep raising the price on these but I can’t seem to resist them. The Lips and Boys lipsticks luckily are less money at $35 each but they are a lot smaller. I don’t really care. I never use up a lipstick and if I can wear one that makes me feel this good, I will splurge on it. For a limited time Tom Ford came out with this 10 Lipstick Set that contains Ian, Beau, Julian, Addison, Leonardo, Demsey, David, Egon, Daniel and Theo. You’ll get a touch of everything with this luxurious set.

1450057884__10998098CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN SILKY SATIN LIP COLOR ($90) is the lipstick that dreams are made of. It was certainly a revelation to the cosmetic world when Christian Louboutin chose to charge $90 for a lipstick. I wouldn’t wear it as a necklace even though it comes with a black satin ribbon for that purpose but I sure wouldn’t mind pulling this lipstick out at a soiree.
1450057940__9515423CHARLOTTE TILBURY THE UPTOWN GIRL SET ($230) will bring you a touch of so many products that Charlotte Tilbury gets raves for. There are several sets and all are gorgeous. I chose The Uptown Girl since it has colors I know I can comfortably wear. Inside this lovely set are The Uptown Girl eyeshadow palette, eyeliner in Audrey, Full Flat Lashes Mascara, Cheek to Chic Blush in Love Glow, Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pink Venus, K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect, Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Sweet Stiletto all nestled in a Charlotte Tilbury Cosmetic Bag.
1450058003_kevyn-aucoin-the-legacy-paletteKEVYN AUCOIN THE LEGACY SET ($165) reminds me of how much I loved Kevyn Aucoin’s amazing talent and products. This new palette includes the Celestial Powder in Candlelight, The Sculpting Powder in Medium, The Essential Eye Shadows in Ice Gold, Champagne, Wheat, Camel, Coco, Dark Chocolate, Beige, Peach, Light Grey, Pewter, Espresso, and Black. Kevyn Aucoin was before his time when he came out with the Candlelight Powder which was the first luminizing powder I ever bought.
1450058060_wayne-goss-the-anniversary-setWAYNE GOSS THE ANNIVERSARY SET ($225) is the brush set that I really want. Anyone in my family reading this please take note!! The Anniversary Set includes an updated release of the popular Brush 01 (limited edition) and introduces the new Brush 05 which will become a permanent addition to The Collection. Sigh!
1450058153_charlotte-tilbury-complete-brush-kitCHARLOTTE TILBURY THE COMPLETE BRUSH KIT ($320) is something that would also make my heart go pitter patter. I love brushes and in spite of owning more than anyone could use, I still covet them. This set contains a CT makeup bag, lip brush,  eyeliner brush,eyeshadow smudger brush, eye blender brush, foundation brush, powder & sculpt brush, blush brush and bronzer brush. There’s nothing like luxury brushes.

1450058321__9413718CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN ROUGE COLLECTION NAIL LACQUER is available in a dozen colors and I’m sure they are wonderful and luxurious but they are $50 each. If someone wants to buy me one, I’m game! I promise to wear it often too.

1450058449__11271685LA MER THE TREATMENT ESSENTIALS ($415) is a limited edition set that contains Creme de La Mer Moisturizing Cream, Regenerating Serum, Eye Concentrate, and the Treatment Lotion. When I first started using Creme de La Mer it blew my budget and now I realize it’s not the most expensive brand out there. So consider this as the “save”.

1450058747_giftsets_superdeluxe__35755.1430427073.380.380ERA AGELESS LUXURY SET – I might as well go for the top of the line. I reviewed the ERA AGELESS EYE SERUM and loved it enough that I’m craving the line even though it’s out of my current budget. But since this is a wishlist then this $2165.99 set (on sale from $2549.95) would make me quite happy. It contains the Firm & Lift Serum, Age Defying Moisture Cream, Elastin and Beta Carotene Mask, Triple Thermal Mask and the Powerful Deep Wrinkle Filler. ERA Ageless has other less expensive sets too that would make me just as happy.

What’s on your Luxury Wishlist? Do any of these items pop out at you and say “I WANT THIS”?  — Marcia

Read to see what other items can blow your budget.


Holiday Gifts to explore

Oh to have endless funds to buy all the pretties that are available this time of year. What fun we could have. Today for Makeup Wars we have chosen Holiday Gifts and I’ve picked 10 that you could buy me any time! I hope you find some to make your own dreams come true. — Marcia
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TOO FACED LA PETITE MAISON ($39) is simply adorable. I’d love almost any of the Too Faced e/s palettes but this Ulta exclusive has extras that make it a great gift item. In this cuteness is a deluxe sample of TF Better Than Sex mascara which totally rocks. The 12 shadows sound wonderful. Put this on my wishlist please.

  • Let It Snow (matte white)
  • Reindeer (light taupe)
  • Honey Pot (metallic gold)
  • Knock Out (deep matte brown)
  • Paper Roses (warm peachy pink frost)
  • Don’t Settle (medium dark brown)
  • After Hours (warm golden medium brown)
  • Secret Lovers (dark brown pearl)
  • Pussy Cat (shimmering orchid)
  • Dreams (soft mauve)
  • Jungle Love (blackened purple w/ violet sparkle)
  • Chocolate Moon (black w/ gold sparkle)

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CHARLOTTE TILBURY EYES TO HYPNOTISE ($39) is the number one item on my wishlist. It comes in 4 variations, each containing a single eyeshadow and a deluxe size eyeliner pencil.  The Huntress is the one I’m dying for but any that you want to send me will get you a huge thank you note!! (Also available at Beautylish)

– On the Prowl + Supernova: an antique Byzantium aubergine flecked with pearl and partnered with a smoky plum liner.
– Midnight Seduction + Sapphire Sex: a sparkling midnight blue hue with a deep azure shimmer kohl.
– Silver Leopard + Black Magic: a glimmering gunmetal grey with an intense petrol eyeliner.
– The Huntress + Amber Moon: a smoky golden bronze partnered with a rich brown amber kohl.

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BOBBI BROWN DELUXE EYE & CHEEK PALETTE ($85) is so appealing because it’s more than just eyes. With three beautiful blushes and 8 great Bobbi eyeshadows, someone’s going to love you for getting them this. Or is it on your wishlist??

– Eyeshadow in Ivory (a creamy beige)
– Sparkle Eyeshadow in Cement (a creamy beige)
– New Eyeshadow in Lilac Haze (a bronze heather)
– Sparkle Eyeshadow in Mica (a bronze heather)
– Metallic Eyeshadow in Golden Bronze (a pink champagne)
– New Eyeshadow in Steel Grey (a deep grey)
– Eyeshadow in Pale Rose (a pale grey-pink)
– Eyeshadow in Caviar (a rich black-brown)
– Blush in Desert Rose (a light dusty rose)
– Blush in Pale Pink (a bight pale pink)
– Dual-Ended Eyeshadow/Eye Liner Brush

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PETER MAX FOR KIEHL’S Since 1851 LIP BALM SET #1 Set  ($32) is the pretty way to be practical. Everyone loves Kiehl’s Lip Balms, it’s hard not to so why not in Peter Max LE packaging?? You’ll get their original lip balm, cranberry, mint and mango. What a fab stocking stuffer!!

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L’OCCITANE HAND CREAM COLLECTION ($42) is another company that is mucho loved. While it’s too fragranced for me personally, I know people who’d adore this set. It contains – Cherry Blossom Hand Cream (1 oz.) – Almond Delicious Hand Cream (1 oz.) – Shea Butter Hand Cream (1 oz.) – Rose Hand Cream (1 oz.) – Lavender Hand Cream (1 oz.). Perfect for someone’s desk, purse, pocket, night stand and more. L’Occitane all around!

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BUTTER LONDON OH DARLING LIPPY AND NAIL POLISH SET ($18) is not only adorable but a bargain too. You’ll get 2 holiday reds with Darling Nail Polish and Darling Lippy Liquid Lipstick. You’ll be shiny and bright to dazzle your personal darling.

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MONT BLEU COMPACT MIRROR is one of my favorite ever gifts. These come in so many designs and prices that you could get one for everyone on your list and never repeat them. This is the way to catch someone’s eye in a stunning way.

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LIPSTICK QUEEN GALACTIC GORGEOUS LIP GLOSS SET ($24) comes with 4 fantabulous glosses from Lipstick Queen in the cutest packaging. These are fragrance free, not sticky and the shades are amazing. Every mood and outfit is covered with these glosses.

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IT COSMETICS NATURALLY PRETTY MUST HAVES EYE SET ($28) really is a must have in my book. I love Hello Lashes mascara and this set comes with a travel size one along with 8 fabulous matte shadows: Happy, Believe, Naturally Pretty, Inspire, Brave, Empower and Transforming Hello Light. The full size palette is $42 so this is a great intro to IT’s matte shadows.

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BECCA RADIANT GLOW COLLECTION ($34) is the only one of these that I own and it’s fabulous! I really love the 4 pieces in the box. For more check my review and I promise you’ll want this ASAP.

  • Under Eye Brightening Corrector (0.1 oz.)
  • Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone (0.085 oz.)
  • Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight in Opal (0.17 oz.)
  • Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Soufflé in Raspberry/Opal (0.08 oz.)

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Now what’s on your list for holiday fun? I chose glamour rather than practical because that’s what holidays are all about!
Let’s see what items the Makeup Wars bloggers can tempt us with! — Marcia

 

 


Makeup Wars – making up your undereyes

Makeup Wars - under eye products of the month

Makeup Wars – under eye products of the month

What products do you have use that are strictly for under your eyes? What products do you have that will multi-task so that you can use them under your eyes and elsewhere on your face? That’s what this week’s Makeup Wars is taking on. I went through my drawer that I keep most of my concealers in and pulled out what you see in the above picture. These are the items that are in current use but oh baby, there are more. Let’s take a look though to see what Marcia’s eyes are sporting these days.

ATAL Advantage Velvet Eye Serum and Sustainable Youth Anytime Lift Eye Treatment with alasta

ATAL Advantage Velvet Eye Serum and Sustainable Youth Anytime Lift Eye Treatment with alasta

I had to start with the eye serums that I’m using lately. I didn’t really realize until I took my pictures that I was using an eye serum day and night.In the morning I’m using SUSTAINABLE YOUTH ANYTIME LIFT EYE TREATMENT with ALASTA*. I’ve chosen that for mornings because it doesn’t interfere with makeup and it helps with puffiness and dark circles. At night I’m loving ATAL ADVANTAGE VELVET EYE SERUM* which will get a complete review soon.

ATAL Advantage Velvet Eye Serum and Sustainable Youth Anytime Lift Eye Treatment with alasta

ATAL Advantage Velvet Eye Serum and Sustainable Youth Anytime Lift Eye Treatment with alasta

ATAL Advantage Velvet Eye Serum is a cross between a serum and an eye cream. I took to this like a duck takes to water. I’m loving how the ingredients are helping to moisturize my undereye area and fighting my fine lines.

Next are my correctors. At the moment I’m going between two different ones. PIXI CORRECTION CONCENTRATE in BRIGHTENING PEACH* and BECCA UNDER EYE BRIGHTENING CORRECTOR.

Pixi Correction Concentrate and Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Pixi Correction Concentrate and Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

PIXI Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach is a thicker product and needs an eye cream under it to make it go on smoothly. This really does a great job of cancelling out dark circles. I always use a foundation with this since it can look a little too peach otherwise on my fair complexion.

Pixi Correction Concentrate and Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Pixi Correction Concentrate and Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector is a softer product. The texture is creamier so it glides on easily and the color is more brightening. The price difference is substantial ($12 and $29) so if you are on a budget go with Pixi.

I can’t seem to get enough concealers, it’s one of my weaknesses. While I chose 6 here there are more that I use and love. I use all of these concealers under my eyes and some I’ll use elsewhere on my face too. When we leave the house at night the first thing I do is grab a concealer and fix my face.

Concealers from IT Cosmetics, Nars, Dior, tarte, CoverFX

Concealers from IT Cosmetics, Nars, Dior, tarte, CoverFX

1.  IT COSMETICS CC+ EYE* … Originally this was only available in a TSV but IT got smart and it’s now available separately. I have 3 different IT Cosmetics undereye concealers but chose to show this one because it has SPF50+ and it’s got amazing coverage. This is the concealer that has a slanted metallic applicator though I seem to get too much out if I apply it with the applicator. This is a full coverage concealer which may be too heavy for some people in summer but I use a very small amount and blend well.

2.  COVER FX CAMOUFLAGE CONCEALER aka Conceal FX is one I use anywhere and everywhere. This is a terrific general concealer so you really can buy this and be done. When I saw that they manufactured this in X-Light I was instantly sold.

3.  TARTE SMOOTH OPERATOR AMAZON CLAY CONCEALER is one of two tarte concealers I love, the other being Maracuja Concealer in the tube. This is the only stick concealer that I use even though I have much more expensive ones. I love the portability, the ease of application and that it comes light enough for me in Fair.makeup wars undereyes concealers all4.  NARS RADIANT CREAMY CONCEALER in Light is one I didn’t take to right away. I bought it because of the raves but it took me a while to like it. It will never be my favorite but it’s the wand concealer I find myself using the most these days. It’s very creamy and long lasting.

5.  DIORSKIN NUDE CONCEALER has gone through a few changes. I bought this originally and within weeks they came out with a new improved version so I exchanged it. It’s a great undereye concealer and one I like to use a lot to touch up with at night.

6.  DIORSKIN STAR CONCEALER is an even newer version of concealer for Dior. I use this interchangeably with Dior’s Nude Concealer and don’t see much difference between the two.

Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher, Dior Skinflash, YSL Touche Eclat

Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher, Dior Skinflash, YSL Touche Eclat

Last are my highlighting concealers from Charlotte Tilbury, Dior and YSL. YVES ST LAURENT TOUCH ECLAT has been a favorite for years and years. I’ve gone through half a dozen of them. I like the original formula, Radiant Touch, because it brightens my undereyes and gives them a lift. I wear this any time I want to look and feel my best. CHARLOTTE TILBURY THE RETOUCHER is my newest one and I think I bought it because of the brand. I have it in #1 Fair and it’s a got good concealing properties along with a touch of brightening. DIOR SKINFLASH RADIANCE BOOSTER PEN is Dior’s answer to YSL. I bought this in #2 which has just a small touch of peach to it.

It takes a lot to be presentable these days!!  Which of these have your tried? Which of these do you want to try? Check out what the other Makeup Wars bloggers use so you can find a favorite. — Marcia


*starred items were sent for consideration, rest are personal purchases

 

Top Ten Mascaras for 2015


Beautysets - Top Ten Mascaras
What a tricky topic this is. Beside the choice of color for a lipstick, I think mascara is the hardest product to agree on. Our eyes are so different as is what we are looking for in a mascara. What’s one person’s “OMG” is another person’s “You like that???”. Here are 10 of my latest OMG mascaras. Some are new to me and some you’ve seen over and over again but a little reminder can’t hurt.
I did my list in order of the price of the mascara not in order of the love of it.
1.  MILANI TOTAL LASH COVER ($4.99) is one I pick up every time I notice a BOGO sale. I love how this mascara makes my eyelashes look and I love the price. It’s always sold out and there’s a reason for that.
2.  MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATION ($8.99) is one I can’t resist even though it’s a bear to remove. But the look is so lush that I can’t help but love it. Just have a good eye makeup remover handy.

Maybelline Lash Sensation

Maybelline Lash Sensation

3.  RIMMEL WONDERLASH ($8.99*) is a new one for me. I’m still on my first tube of it but I’ll buy it again. It’s a great everyday mascara that makes my lashes look full and comes off with ease.

Rimmel London Wonderlash

Rimmel London Wonderlash

4.  EDDIE FUNKHOUSER QUATRO VARIABLE LASH ($12.99) is one you’ve seen a “few” times. I’ve bought so many of these and still have one left. When some of my stash is used up, Eddie will be back in my cart without a doubt. This is a mascara for everyone since there are 4 variable settings you can use depending on how much volume you are interested in. Just turn the knob and you get fuller and fuller lashes. I keep mine on the 3rd one.

Eddie Funkhouser Quatro Variable Lash

Eddie Funkhouser Quatro Variable Lash

5. BAREMINERALS LASH DOMINATION ($18) was sent for review originally. I love the way this applies and already bought a new one. This is another that looks great all day and removes easily at night.

BareMinerals Lash Domination

BareMinerals Lash Domination

6.  TOO FACED BETTER THAN SEX MASCARA ($23) gives me the false eyelash look I want. It could easily be my number one favorite. Lash lashes that aren’t crunchy, length, volume. It’s got it all.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

7.  IT COSMETICS HELLO LASHES ($23), my list wouldn’t be complete without Hello Lashes. My original one came in a set that was sent and since then I’ve bought it half a dozen times.

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes

8.  DOUCCE PUNK VOLUMIZER ($24*) was in one of my recent Wantable boxes and it caught me by surprise. It’s so not me but I can’t help but like it. I don’t know if I’d buy it again but the novelty of having a very volumizing mascara is fun for me. It’s truly a night mascara since I don’t usually have “out there” lashes.

Doucce Punk Volumizer

Doucce Punk Volumizer

9.  CHARLOTTE TILBURY ‘FULL FAT LASHES’ 5 STAR MASCARA ($29) is my luxury choice. It’s one of the products that I was most excited to get from Charlotte Tilbury and I’m not disappointed with how great my lashes look when wearing it.

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes 5 Star Mascara

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes 5 Star Mascara

10.  MDMflow GREATER THAN MASCARA (approximately $33) was in my Boxycharm box from July. I wasn’t so sure about this new UK mascara but I stuck with it and I really like it. I’m glad it was in my subscription though I’m not sure if I’d repurchase. But I do like it and it needed to be in my list.

MDMflow Greater Than Mascara

MDMflow Greater Than Mascara

What do you think of these 10 mascaras? Are any on your list of ones you’d purchase or already have? —  Marcia

Top 10 mascaras #beautyinfozone

Top 10 mascaras #beautyinfozone

Let’s find out what the other Top Ten Tuesday bloggers love. I’m getting my credit card out.


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