Makeup Revolution The One Stick

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Makeup Revolution The One Sticks are the newest revolution in town. These will add a vibrancy to your face that you won’t believe. Let’s see what $9 can get you from Ulta!

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Makeup Revolution The One Stick

Makeup Revolution The One Stick

There are 4 different The One Sticks so picking out just one is going to be a challenge. Makeup Revolution thought of everything with these sticks. First is Contour and Perfect with its counterpart Highlight and Perfect. The two Blush Sticks are both matte shades that can be used on cheeks or lips: Matte Rush (coral) and Matte Malibu (tan). With all 4 of these ONE Sticks directions say to use them dry for Hi Intensity and wet for Smooth Sheer Finish. I don’t find them efficient wet. I can’t blend them properly if I try so all my comments are about using these dry.

Makeup Revolution The ONE Stick x4

Makeup Revolution The ONE Stick x4

THE ONE SCULPT CONTOUR STICK is meant to Contour and Perfect. This stick is a matte contour that goes on intensely when applied straight from the tube. On someone super fair (aka me) I dab it on and then blend with my fingers or a beauty sponge. The color appears to be a very dark brown without any orange tint to it. But once blended it is lighter and workable. For contouring purposes apply this down the sides of your nose and blend, then under the cheekbones or jawbone and blend. A contour brush is also a great tool for this particular stick.

Makeup Revolution The One Sculpt Contour Stick

Makeup Revolution The One Sculpt Contour Stick

Makeup Revolution swatches for Highlight and Contour blended

Makeup Revolution swatches for Highlight and Contour blended

THE ONE HIGHLIGHT CONTOUR STICK is made to highlight and perfect. This stick is the only one of the four that isn’t matte. It has some sparkle to it giving it the ability to illuminate what you want illuminated. It’s very creamy, much more so than the other sticks. When you see my pictures I hope you won’t gasp. I dropped mine and made a big mess trying to put it together. I still use it but it’s not a pretty sight.

Makeup Revolution the ONE Highlight Contour Stick

Makeup Revolution the ONE Highlight Contour Stick

Makeup Revolution the ONE Highlight Contour Stick

Makeup Revolution the ONE Highlight Contour Stick

THE ONE BLUSH STICK in MATTE RUSH is a beautiful bright coral. I almost fell over the first time I used it because of the intensity of the color. But it is too pretty to ignore and I think it’s very flattering once blended properly. Some people may find that they need several strokes but if you are fair this covers beautifully in ONE. The key with these all is to blend, blend, blend. To wear as a lip product apply with a lip brush or your finger since the wideness of the top isn’t quite lip shape.

Makeup Revolution The ONE Blush Stick in Matte Rush

Makeup Revolution The ONE Blush Stick in Matte Rush

Makeup Revolution The ONE Blush Stick in Matte Malibu and Matte Rush

Makeup Revolution The ONE Blush Stick in Matte Malibu and Matte Rush

THE ONE BLUSH STICK in MATTE MALIBU is the warm tan companion. I have a lot of cream blushes but nothing in this shade. While it’s not one I’ll use often, it does come in handy for me. I think a darker skintone than mine would love using this.

Makeup Revolution The ONE Blush Stick in Matte Malibu

Makeup Revolution The ONE Blush Stick in Matte Malibu

Now you’ll see what I mean about intensity. The following is one swipe but done heavily.

Contour, Highlight, Matte Rush blush, Matte Malibu blush

Contour, Highlight, Matte Rush blush, Matte Malibu blush

I’ve found so much from Makeup Revolution to buy. The brand is affordable and Ulta often has it on special – right now it’s BOGO 1/2 for the entire line so you could get 2 of these for just $13.50 or one and something else from them. If you are always complaining that cream products get eaten by your skin then The ONE Stick in any of the iterations are the ones for you to try. They glide on easily, blend wonderfully, and are creamy as can be. Which color would you pick?  —  Marcia

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Conceal, correct, and contour with Pixi by Petra

Pixi Beauty Contour and Conceal

Pixi by Petra Correct, Contour and Conceal

There is a saying, ‘you are only as sick as your secrets’. While in general it’s not healthy to have secrets (and goodness knows I have subjected you all to way too many photos of me wearing absolutely no makeup) I have many skin issues that I prefer to keep covered up. Lately my favorite enablers have been the products that Pixi Beauty sent me to test.

Pixi by Petra Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach and Concealing Concentrate in Adaptable Beige

Pixi by Petra Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach and Concealing Concentrate in Adaptable Beige

Pixi has a great concealer for blemishes and undereye circles, as well as a terrific color corrector that I love for covering up red areas. The Concealing Concentrate in Adaptable Beige ($12) is a small glass pot of neutral beige concealer. The concealer is indeed concentrated, with tons of pigment so you only need a small amount for complete coverag.  My problem with many concealers is they just don’t last…after a few hours, my dark circles are showing. I don’t have that problem with the Concealing Concentrate; it truly lasts all day. It’s waterproof and has a matte finish that doesn’t settle into fine lines. It also has lots of ingredients that skin loves, like vitamins A, C, and E.  My only beef is the packaging. The jar opening is very small, so it’s pretty impossible to use your fingers and even a concealer brush is a challenge. Besides that issue, I think this is a winning concealer. 

The Correction Concentrate in Peach ($12) is very similar. It’s the same formula but in a brightening soft peach shade. Petra says this is “My secret to looking like I’ve had a restful night’s sleep! This dense corrective concealer blends seamlessly into the skin while instantly erasing stubborn darkness.” This is a great option if you have red areas you want to conceal and correct.

Pixi by Petra Natural Contour Powder Shape and Shadow

Pixi by Petra Natural Contour Powder Shape and Shadow

I am also a big fan of the Natural Contour Powder ($20). This is a natural looking matte contour powder. While the color looks quite deep, I don’t worry about overdoing it since it sheers out easily and any mistakes can be quickly corrected. The ingredients are great, with peptides, multi-vitamins, aloe vera, super fruit and coffee extracts. Thanks to the aloe vera, this a nice creamy powder that blends in beautifully with skin. It’s a very impressive contour powder.

While keeping secrets isn’t always the healthiest way to go, when it comes to cosmetics I think that secrets are a girl’s best friend. Pixi has some excellent products that are really great for concealing, correcting, and contouring. Be sure to check them out next time you are at Target.  – Lisa

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Instant cheekbones with Youngblood Contour Palette

Youngblood Contour Palette

Youngblood Contour Palette

I am not really a huge fan of the Kardasian’s but one thing that I always admire about those ladies is their ability to contour.  Contour can give you instant cheekbones, a slimmer nose, a thinner face…it can completely transform your look.

A really terrific contour palette with options for all skin shades is the Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Contour Palette ($47).

Youngblood Contour Palette

Youngblood Contour Palette

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This sturdy palette has 3 powder highlighter shades and 3 powder contour shades. The shades go from lightest to darkest, so this palette is extremely versatile.  All the shades are matte, making it different from the usual contour collection.

Highlighters typically have shimmer to bounce light off skin, increasing the effect. The problem with shimmer is that it doesn’t look natural. These shades are all matte so the contour/highlighting effect is definitely natural. The powders are also on the creamy side, not super dry, so they really meld into the skin.

Youngblood Contour Palette swatched

Youngblood Contour Palette swatched

My skin is a little lighter than medium and I find I can use all the shades in this palette. Youngblood also includes a very helpful booklet with illustrations for contouring and highlighting. My favorite trick is to use the lightest shade right down the center of my nose, then use the darkest shade on sides. This makes my nose look straight and far more narrow.

As far as application, I use whatever works – a brush, a sponge, my fingers. Get a Youngblood Contour Palette for yourself and have fun playing – you will be amazed at how much you can truly transform your look!  – Lisa

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Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Stick Trio defines beyond belief

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

When you know nothing about contouring but you do know that it’s the hottest game in Beautyworld, then you need to find out how to contour so you can be part of the in-crowd. Smashbox sent the Step-by-Step Contour Stick Trio probably to test me out and see if I could step by step my game up.

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

The set consists of 3 creamy pencils and a pencil sharpener to fit the larger size. Earlier today I wrote about contouring and highlighting and I gave a small hint to this product. I like it so much that I wanted to elaborate on it.

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio - Contour, Bronze, Highlight

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio – Contour, Bronze, Highlight

•    Contour: A darker shade that sculpts by creating shadows
•    Highlight: A light shade that pulls features forward
•    Bronze: A transition shade that eliminates harsh lines by blending the contour and highlight shades

One way Smashbox really helps is with an informational pamphlet inside that shows 5 different face shapes and where to place each of the three sticks to get a look that will contour and highlight without looking like you did. The finished look isn’t obvious; it makes a subtle difference that makes me feel so polished.

Smashbox Stick Trio direction pamphlet

Smashbox Stick Trio direction pamphlet

Not only do they show the face charts but they explain how to determine which shape is yours. For example on a round face they’ve written “Your cheekbones are the widest part of your face. Your jawline is round and curved.” Directions always start with the contour shade with a diagram to show exactly where to apply that pencil. Next they want to give your face some warmth with the bronze shade. The highlight shade is to help you change the shape every so slightly. Since my face is round they suggest using the highlight to help give an illusion of length by applying it to the center of my face. Of course after you use each of the three crayons you need to blend and for me that’s best done with a facial sponge.

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio swatches

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio swatches

The colors are basically universal because the key to this is not seeing the crayons, just to create the illusion, blend well, and then apply your foundation without rubbing it. I like a liquid foundation that I can apply with my Beauty Blender sponge. It takes practice, or it did for me, but it’s worth it to finally understand contouring and highlighting.

CONTOUR
•    Sides of nose
•    Under cheekbones

BRONZE
•    Above contour shade on cheekbones

HIGHLIGHT
•    Bridge of nose
•    Middle of forehead
•    Under eyes
•    Chin

While the Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Stick Trio isn’t going to be for my everyday look, it’s fun to use these when I’m going out for the evening and want to look my best.

What do you do for contouring? Or do you skip it like I used to? — Marcia

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Side by Side: Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Illuminator and FirmX Contour Color Stick

The Peter Thomas Roth line is well known for its excellent clinical skin care, but they have terrific cosmetics as well.   Marcia recently raved about the Peter Thomas Roth Lashes to Die For:  The Mascara.  The BIZ had a lot of fun discovering that PTR has even more than great mascara, there are many other wonderful products that are worth checking out.  Here are two of Lisa and Marcia’s favorites, the Un-Wrinkle Illuminator and the FirmX Contouring Color Stick.

Lisa’s Side:

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Illuminator

I adore products that multi-task, and the Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Illuminator ($68) tackles tasks that definitely get my attention.  Not only does it work as a highlighter, instantly brightening and luminizing, it also battles fine lines and wrinkles with i’s Un-Wrinkle blend of peptides and vitamins.

love the sanitary squeeze tube

It comes in a nice size tube that has a wonderfully hygienic squeeze top.  You just shake this up, then apply a thin layer over your face before or after applying makeup.  You can also wear this by itself.

swatch

The moisturizer has a pinkish cast to it, but it’s actually a combination of three colors specifically chosen for their brightening qualities:  gold to counteract redness, violet to counteract dull grey skin tone, and rose to brighten.

spread out, applied heavy

Put it all together and it’s a brightening powerhouse, instantly luminizing the skin without looking fake or frosty.

gives a pretty glow!

Illuminator ingredients (click to enlarge)

I like to use this under my makeup for overall brightening and because the moisturizing ingredients help fight wrinkles.  Then I also use it on top over any particular areas I’d like to highlight like the tops of my cheekbones.  And the major bonus is that while my skin immediately looks brighter and better, it’s also got all kinds of unseen action going on while those Un-Wrinkle ingredients duke it out with my wrinkles.  Both instant and long lasting results?  A highlighter and a wrinkle fighting moisturizer??  Sign me up!!

Marcia’s Side:
While I’m reviewing the Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Contouring Color Stick I first have to give a shout out to the Un-Wrinkle Illuminator. It’s a wonderful product doing all that Lisa said – brightens, moisturizes and works as a powerful skincare item.

PTR FirmX Contouring Color Stick

FirmX Contouring Color Stick ($36) also has the wonderful skincare ingredients that Peter Thomas Roth is known for. It not only contours as a cosmetic but it firms skin at the same time. It comes in just one color that you can see below. I find that this makes a perfect contour for my fair skin. I love cream products as you may well know. I find them very easy to work with and this is no exception. I’m not a pro at contour but Peter Thomas Roth makes me seem like a pro. It blends in so seamlessly that I never look like I’ve done something unusual to try to slim my chubby cheeks. I’ve used it with both cream and powder blushes and it always works like a charm. For a natural look I’ve also used FirmX Contouring Color Stick as a blush. It reminds me a lot of Nars Penny Lane on my skin.

 

direct lighting

 

 

indirect lighting swatch

 

Direct lighting swatch

arm swatch indirect lighting

The Contour Coloring stick contains amazing ingredients:

*Fx NeuroComplex – helps activate skin’s natural repair mechanisms telling skin to look and act younger

*Hyaluronic Filling Spheres – instantly plumps lines from within the skin for an immediate filling effect
*Dermaxyl – helps smooth visible wrinkles
*Kalpariane – preserves skin elasticity and suppleness
If you read Beauty Info Zone often then you already know that I’m a fool for anything with hyaluronic acid so I love that this contains it too.  While it’s very light it could be built up and it’s recommended for all skin types.

Contour Coloring Stick ingredients (click to enlarge)

FirmX Contouring Color Stick

If you are looking for a natural flush of color for blush, contouring or illuminating, look no farther. Peter Thomas Roth, the amazing skincare company, has found a way to incorporate their unique and effective skincare ingredients into a line of cosmetics that will make you as happy as it makes us at Beauty Info Zone.

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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 cargocosmetics.com

 

image of Monaco Contour palette from dermstore.com


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

Highlighting and shading with Dan Read

I previously posted about the fantastic foundation by Dan Read, and today I want to focus on his highlighting and shading products.  These two little jars have totally changed the way I do my makeup every day.  It is amazing how much of a difference  a little contouring can make.

I guess I avoided messing with contouring  because I thought it would take a lot of time.  However, what I do adds maybe one minute to my morning routine, if that – and it makes a big difference.

The product I use to highlight is the Yellow Highlight ($15.75).

Here is my obviously very used jar.  It looks REALLY yellow, doesn’t it?  But it’s extremely natural looking when applied.  It goes on easily and sheers right out, leaving a very subtle but effective brightening effect.  The yellow counteracts dark areas, which means it works great on under eye circles and any other recessed areas on your face.  The purpose of highlighting is to bring those areas forward.  The areas I use this on every day are under my eyes, straight down the bridge of my nose, on my nasal labial folds, right above my upper lip, and just below my lower lip.

Highlighting brings areas forward, and shading pulls areas back.  For shading, I use the  Natural Shading ($15.75).  It works great because it has gray tones to it, which match real complexions.

Shading will make areas recede.  Areas I shade every day are the sides of my nose, from my cheekbone down, and sometimes under my chin.

Here I am with foundation on, as well as my highlighter and shading.  I put it on pretty dark for photo purposes.  I use my pink egg, AKA the Beauty Blender, and just dip it into each jar.  In the picture above you can see the yellow under my eyes, down my nose, on those creases next to my lips, and it’s also right above my upper lip and below my lower lip.  The shading is more obvious – it’s on the outer sides of my nose, and from my cheekbones down.

I apply these with the sponge, and then I use my finger to blend.  The heat from my finger makes the highlighter and shading just melt into my skin, and the overall look is very natural.  Above is a picture of me after I blended everything in with my fingertips.

And here is the final look.  Highlighting and shading is actually not complicated, and it doesn’t take long to do at all.  I find that Dan Read’s Yellow Highlighter and Natural Shading are super easy to use and they last forever.  They are also pretty inexpensive.  Take a chance and try them out – I think you are going to really like your look.  – Lisa