Add Macy & Mia to your life for wonderful cruelty free fun!

macy and mia bag frontMacy & Mia was created by artist DJ Victory and it’s such a fun exciting brand. We were lucky enough to receive products from this cruelty-free line and we’re having a ball using them. Even better though is introducing you to the brand knowing that they donate 10% of retail sales to Pay It Forward For Pets, a 100% non-profit organization dedicated to helping animals in need. DJ Victory is a hero to us in that way.macy and mia card

MARCIA HAS A UNICORN BRUSH COLLECTION AND THE SILICONE SPONGE

Macy & Mia Silicone Sponge Makeup Applicator

Macy & Mia Silicone Sponge Makeup Applicator

I’m sure you’ve read about the new Silicone Sponges. These work to help you with your foundation application. Macy & Mia’s is the only one I’ve tried and I love the bright pink of it. The silicone sponge has a thermoplastic polyurethane outer shell and is filled with silicone. It’s soft and pliable and it’s PINK!!

Macy & Mia Silicone Sponge Applicator

Macy & Mia Silicone Sponge Applicator

There’s a learning curve with this kind of applicator that can be frustrating but once you have it down you’ll find that just a drop of foundation is enough to cover your entire face. ($7.99)

The 5 PIECE NEON BRUSH SET is the cutest item I have in my collection. These cruelty-free magical brushes have added some fun to my vanity.macyandmia unicornMacy & Mia have a variety of Unicorn brushes that would make the best graduation gift for someone in your life. They are fun, colorful, vegan, cruelty-free brushes that will bring a smile to someone’s face.

Macy & Mia Neon Unicorn Brush Set

Macy & Mia Neon Unicorn Brush Set

The 5 piece Neon Unicorn Brush Set is on sale right now for $14.99 which is a great price, regular price is $24.99. There are 4 face brushes and 1 eyeshadow brush with neon synthetic bristles. These are super soft so they are lovable!

Macy & Mia Neon Unicorn Brush Set

Macy & Mia Neon Unicorn Brush Set

In addition to this set there are others like a 5 piece Pastel collection and a 5 piece Multi-colored collection (3 face, 2 eye brushes, $14.99), a 10 piece Unicorn collection (6 face, 4 eye, $$24.99), and their 11 piece Original Brush set in a makeup pouch ($49.99)

Macy and Mia Original Brush Set

Macy and Mia Original Brush Set

The vibe I get from Macy & Mia is a “girls just wanna have fun” one and I love that fun.

Macy & Mia Lip Liner in Samantha and Tristan

Macy & Mia Lip Liner in Samantha and Tristan

LISA HAS CRUELTY-FREE LIPSTICK/LIP LINER SETS 

Ok, true confession:  when I first saw the colors of these lip sets, two words ran through my mind:  OH NO.  I never thought in a million years that these shades would work for me…plus they are matte.  That alone is usually the kiss of death for my thin, skinny lips.  My MO is to brighten my lips up as much as possible and give them all the thickness I can get without needles full of Restalyne, typically with tons of shine and shimmer and pinky/rosy/peachy shades.  But I was very happy to give the Matte Liquid Lipstick & Lip Liner Sets a whirl, especially after I read this quote from DJ Victory:

“It’s my hope that each morning when women apply their makeup that they will remember that they are beautiful with or without it. I try to be always grateful for what I have. Sometimes that is difficult when we live in a society that makes us feel less than if we don’t meet certain beauty standards. I hope these beautiful colored lipsticks and fluttery eyelashes remind women to always see the beauty within themselves and others as well as to show compassion, teach gratitude, and remain humble.”

How can you not adore her??

Macy & Mia Liquid Lipstick in Samantha and Tristan

Macy & Mia Liquid Lipstick in Samantha and Tristan

Macy & Mia Lip Liner in Samantha and Tristan

Macy & Mia Lip Liner in Samantha and Tristan

Ok, so back to the Matte Liquid Lipstick and Lip Liner Sets ($24.99).  The Lip Liner is a gel liner that glides on and creates a perfect canvas for the Matte Liquid Lipstick.  Matte lipsticks are notorious for showing every crack and wrinkle, so a matching creamy lip liner that also acts as a moisturizing balm is a total bonus.  Lucky for us, the liners come free with these!  The shades are very interesting – the two I tested are most definitely throwback shades to the 1990’s, which is a lot of fun.  If you wear them full on, they dry matte and stay on for a long time with strong opaque color.  Or, as I discovered, you can blot blot blot right after application, and they are the shy sister of the full on bold color – pretty, feminine, still unique but oh so wearable at any age.  Yay!!!!  These are sets that my 17-year-old steals when I’m not looking, but I still want them enough to refuse to give them up.  They are pretty terrific.

Macy and Misa Tristan Liquid Lipstick (macyandmia.com)

Macy and Misa Tristan Liquid Lipstick (macyandmia.com)

 


Tristan Liquid Lipstick is a cool coco brown that takes me right back to 1996. Interestingly, I see this shade on the high school girls all of the time now…it’s definitely making a comeback.  I never thought I could wear it, and when I first put it on I was like, oh hell no.

Macy & Mia Liquid Lipstick in Tristan

Macy & Mia Liquid Lipstick in Tristan

Macy & Mia Lip Liner and Liquid Lipstick swatches in Tristan

Macy & Mia Lip Liner and Liquid Lipstick swatches in Tristan

Wearing Macy and Mia Liquid Lipstick in Tristan

Wearing Macy and Mia Liquid Lipstick in Tristan

Luckily I grabbed a tissue and did the classic lip blot three times, which was the exact magic formula to make this shade work beautifully for me.

Macy and Mia Samantha Liquid Lipstick (macyandmia.com)

Macy and Mia Samantha Liquid Lipstick (macyandmia.com)

The Samantha Liquid Lipstick is a smokey lavender with grey undertones.  Again, I thought oh no way can I pull this off.  But guess what?  With the three magical blots I not only pull it off, I love it!!  It turns into a soft grey purple berry shade that is different and feminine.  So pretty and it reminds me of spring lilacs.

Macy & Mia Liquick Lipstick in Samantha

Macy & Mia Liquick Lipstick in Samantha

Macy & Mia Lip Liner and Liquid Lipstick swatches in Samantha and Tristan

Macy & Mia Lip Liner and Liquid Lipstick swatches in Samantha and Tristan

Wearing Macy and Mia Liquid Lipstick in Samantha

Wearing Macy and Mia Liquid Lipstick in Samantha

I am just shocked that I love the shades Tristan and Samantha, and I adore the moisturizing lip liner and liquid lipstick combo.  In fact, I would go so far as to say I am rather obsessed.  I really want to try Jennifer, which is a deep pink; Jessica, which is a pale peach; and Heather, which is a mauve/neutral nude.  I honestly can’t wait to try them all.

A the BIZ, we love animals as much as we love cosmetics.  So it’s no surprise that we adore the super fun Macy & Mia line and are thrilled that part of the profits go toward Pay It Forward For Pets, a 100% non-profit organization dedicated to helping animals in need.  We really hope you check out this whimsical yet practical line for yourself!!

*samples

Double your chance of winning – Pacifica giveaway and #PacificaMuse Contest

Pacifica Must Contest

Pacifica Must Contest

What’s not to love about Pacifica? They sell cruelty free, vegan makeup, skincare, and fragrances. The emphasis being on cruelty free. They are sponsoring a big giveaway on Instagram to find a Pacifica Muse, a person who represents beauty in their own way. To inform Beauty Info Zone readers about this contest they’ve sent us some products that we’re going to be giving away to one of our readers.

First the Pacifica Muse Contest:

1  Take a video that’s 30 – 60 seconds long explaining why you should be the #Pacifica Muse

2  Upload the video to their Instagram

3  Be sure you tag it #PacificaMuse

Pretty easy directions to hopefully win $15,000 in cash and prizes

Beauty Info Zone Pacifica Cosmetic giveaway

Beauty Info Zone Pacifica Cosmetic giveaway

The two items we have to share with our winner are the beautiful Power of Love Eyeshadow Palette. These are coconut-infused mineral eyeshadows that are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.

Pacifica Power of Love Palette

Pacifica Power of Love Palette

This is a neutral plus palette with all the colors you probably wear on a daily basis yet pops of color to make it more fun. They are all velvety with a combination of matte, satin, and pearl shades. This $20 palette from ULTA is sure to make your days more lovely.

The second delight you’ll receive is Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick in the shade Beach Goth. The Devocean Natural Lipsticks come in 6 shades and are deeply pigmented, hydrating lipsticks. They are loaded with anti-aging ingredients that will help nourish your lips.

Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick in Beach Goth

Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick in Beach Goth

Do you have the gumption to be the next Pacifica Muse? There will be a variety of prizes given out to those who enter but that main prize of over $15,000 in cash and prizes plus more is going to be perfect for someone. Will it be a Beauty Info Zone reader?  —  Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  Today’s giveaway is open to US and Canada subscribers. If you don’t subscribe to Beauty Info Zone by email then you aren’t eligible to win. The winner will receive these two beauties and maybe a little more. The giveaway continues through 8/8/16 at 11:59 p.m. ET. If comments close just email your comment to me at [email protected] and label it PACIFICA. Make your comment in the email and then go on to do more entries. Remember you can tweet daily on our giveaways so that’s even more chances to win. We will check all entries so keep it honest.

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*product for giveaway sent by @ilovepacifica
Follow Pacifica on social media channels:  Facebook @bacificabeauty, Instagram @ilovepacifica, Twitter @ilovepacifica and Pinterest at ilovepacifica

We have a hint for you – try Hynt Beauty

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We love it on Beauty Info Zone when we have found a new brand to use and share with you. Hynt Beauty isn’t new to the world of cosmetics but it’s new to us. Marcia first found the brand when she kept reading about their concealer and had to buy that. The concealer is wonderful but it’s very thick so she contacted the company with questions. Upon discovering that she was a blogger, Hynt sent along a few color cosmetics for us.

Hynt Beauty has very high standards and always has, but once the owner was diagnosed with breast cancer she realized that she had to question every product in her life and that included health and beauty products. Now that she’s a BCA Survivor she wants to make sure that the company she and her husband run is both cruelty free and carcinogen free. Products they’ve created are safe for very sensitive skin and are non-irritating. But they are also rich in pigment and luxurious.

“Hynt is FREE of Parabens, Nano Particles, Petrochemicals, Artificial Preservatives, Gluten, and all products are PETA-certified Vegan (except for the mascara, which is clearly identified) so there is no wondering or double checking, ever.”

 MARCIA AND HER EYESHADOWS

HYNT Beauty Perfetto Pressed Eye Shadows

HYNT Beauty Perfetto Pressed Eye Shadows

I couldn’t help but call dibs on the Hynt Beauty Perfetto Pressed Eye Shadows since there is nothing like a beautiful eye to me. These come in 8 different shades ($22) and if all are as silky smooth as Crystal Taupe and Linen Kiss then I want them all.

Hynt Beauty Crystal Taupe and Linen Kiss

Hynt Beauty Crystal Taupe and Linen Kiss

The names of these two eyeshadows alone had me excited but wearing them makes me even more so. These are very silky and easy to apply. They are both a satin finish and wear perfectly with an eyeshadow primer. Almost everyone I know is into taupe eyeshadows so Crystal Taupe is probably right up your alley too. This is a brown taupe that doesn’t have any unusual undertones. On my eyes it’s slightly warmer than this picture. I love to wear it on my lid with Linen Kiss on the browbone. Then when I want to get a little more contrast I’ll add a true dark chocolate to the crease to make my eyes more dramatic. Linen Kiss is a perfect browbone or lower lid shade. I’ve not only paired it with Crystal Taupe but with many of my neutral shadows.

Hynt Beauty Linen Kiss and Crystal Taupe Perfetto Pressed Eye Shadow swatches

Hynt Beauty Linen Kiss and Crystal Taupe Perfetto Pressed Eye Shadow swatches

These have skin caring ingredients like KAOLIN : Purifies pores, vitalizes skin with essential nutrients and phytonutrients, and boosts skin’s cellular renewal and blood circulation and JOJOBA OIL : Smooths, moisturizes and prevents dryness at skin’s deeper layers. Breathable and non-greasy, the oil is also known to diminish excessive sebum protection. Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. It’s great to find a brand that can be so well trusted.

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LISA AND HER LIP GLOSS

I am always up for a new lip gloss and Hynt LIBRE Luxurious Lip Gloss in Pearly Rose Pink ($18) was definitely calling my name.

Hynt LIBRE Luxurious Lip Gloss

Hynt LIBRE Luxurious Lip Gloss

The lip gloss is creamy yet lightweight with great slip. It has some great ingredients so the gloss hydrates and treats lips while also providing a sheer, natural tint. Check out all that goodness inside one tube:

  • ORGANIC CASTOR SEED OIL : Extremely gentle on the skin and its water-binding abilities keep moisture close to the skin’s surface.
  • ORGANIC COCONUT OIL : Rich in skin moisturizing fatty acids and skin rejuvenating proteins that promote the natural, healthy renewal process of the skin.
  • ORGANIC SHEA BUTTER : Derived from the seeds of the African Shea Tree, the deeply hydrating skin smoother conditions and increases viscosity of healthy, balanced skin.
  • ORGANIC GRAPEFRUIT SEED : Balances the pH of the skin and speeds up digestion of proteins that helps cleanse skin by removing old skin cell layers.
  • ORGANIC JOJOBA OIL : Smoothes, moisturizes and prevents dryness at skin’s deeper layers. Breathable and non-greasy, the oil is also known to diminish excessive sebum protection. Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.

Hynt LIBRE Luxurious Lip Gloss in Pearly Rose Pink

Hynt LIBRE Luxurious Lip Gloss in Pearly Rose Pink

Hynt LIBRE Luxurious Lip Gloss in Pearly Rose Pink

Hynt LIBRE Luxurious Lip Gloss in Pearly Rose Pink

Wearing Hynt LIBRE Luxurious Lip Gloss in Pearly Rose Pink

Wearing Hynt LIBRE Luxurious Lip Gloss in Pearly Rose Pink

Pearly Rose Pink has a lot of peach in it. Along with the golden shimmer, it almost has a coppery tone. I don’t have anything like it so I am getting lots of mileage from this great fall color. And if you are specifically looking for vegan lip gloss, this one is for you! There are a number of shades available and they all give you a ‘Hynt’ of color plus lots of hydration and healthy lips.

All Natural, Vegan, Organics-based, PETA Approved, Gluten-free and Non-Comedogenic. Naturally Preserved. Free of Toxins, Petrochemicals, Parabens, Nano-particles, Bismuth Oxychloride, Talc, Silicones, Mineral Oil, GMO’s, FD&C dyes, Carmine and Phthalates.

*sent for consideration

Social media links:

https://www.facebook.com/HyntBeautyOfficial/?ref=bookmarks

https://twitter.com/HyntBeauty

https://instagram.com/hyntbeauty/

https://www.pinterest.com/hyntbeauty/

#HyntBeauty

http://hyntbeauty.polyvore.com/

 

Pur Minerals Air Perfection CC Cushion Foundation is ready for your beauty shot

Pur Minerals Air Perfection CC Cushion Foundation

Pur Minerals Air Perfection CC Cushion Foundation

The newest innovation in the cosmetic world is cushion foundation and I’m pleased to share with you the one from PUR Minerals, Air Perfection CC Cushion Foundation. These foundations are taking the market by storm and Pur Minerals has shown me why. When I learned about the foundation and was offered one for review, I was excited to try it out. And now I’m excited to share it with you.

open up the lid to find this

open up the lid to find this

When you open up the shiny white lid you’ll see an applicator and a sealed foundation.

Pur Minerals Air Perfection opened

Pur Minerals Air Perfection opened

Once you open the seal you’ll find a cushion top that allows the foundation to be released when you press down with the applicator. I always use the soft pink side of the sponge applicator to apply Pur Minerals CC Cushion Foundation. It picks up the right amount once you squeeze down on the foundation and it blends in the color very smoothly.

Air Perfection CC Cream has SPF 50 which is one of the reasons I like this so much. Another reason is that this is a very light feeling foundation. I never notice that it’s on but I do notice how nicely my skin looks when wearing this. The foundation itself feels a little like a mousse. You can wear it sheerly or you can build it up to a medium coverage and still never feel like you have foundation on.

Air Perfection in Light

Air Perfection in Light

Air Perfection contains some great ingredients like skincare emollient: Babassu Oil. Native to Brazil, this palm-based ingredient nourishes a dewy soft complexion with intensely hydrating lauric and myristic acids and antioxidant vitamin E. 

Packed with good-for-your-skin ingredients that:

  • Help soothe visible irritation for a clearer, more comfortable complexion
  • Provide texture-plumping hydration that softens the look of lines
  • Moisturize, smooth and protect with antioxidant benefits
  • Deliver a megadose of anti-aging amino acids and vitamins

I wish this came in more shades and hopefully that’s something that Pur Minerals will correct. Right now the four shades are Light, Medium, Tan, Dark. The Light is what I wear but I have to be careful to blend it really well along my chin and hairline. I’d love to see this in Fair and believe there’s plenty of room for some other shades in between the 4 available. That’s my only complaint about this though.

I love that it’s so portable and doesn’t leak. I think the ingredients are excellent. I love the hydrating performance of this and the SPF level. I’m always happy that Pur Minerals does not test on animals and is cruelty-free. cruelty-bunnies

This can be found at Dermstore.com for $30, Pur Minerals website, and Ulta. Dermstore is the site I found the best price.

Have you worn a cushion foundation? If so what do you think of them? — Marcia

p.s. I’ve also written about Pur Minerals CC Cream in a tube. Read that review HERE if you want to see more about their CC Cream.

 

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients for Light & Medium: Aqua, Phenyl Trimethicone, Isododecane, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Methyl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Dipropylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclohexasiloxane, Alcohol Denat., Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Sorbitan Isostearate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance (Parfum), 1,2-Hexanediol, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

Pürminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and Chisel Brush get some love, side by side

Purminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup

Purminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup

Purminerals is a cosmetics line that is famous for what it’s products DON’T have – you won’t ever find any Parabens, SLS, Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, DEA, Formaldehyde, or Hydroquinone in their products.  What they do have are excellent mineral-based products that perform, and are affordable to boot. Let’s see what Lisa and Marcia think about two Purmineral best sellers:  4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and the Chisel Brush.

Lisa’s Side:

I’ve been a huge fan of Purmineral’s 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup ($26) for years. In fact, I haven’t been without one of these babies in my stash for the past six years.  This pressed powder makeup is one hard working compact, tackling four different jobs:  it can be used as a concealer, as a foundation, as a finishing powder, and as sun protection.

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Pretty compact!

The coverage is medium, and it’s very natural looking. It doesn’t make skin look dry, nor does it settle into fine lines – I think because there’s no talc in it. In fact, it has shea butter in it which makes it a much creamier powder foundation than most. It really ‘melts’ into your skin, doing an especially terrific job of covering any red areas.

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Sturdy, thick compact

My only complaint about this terrific 4-in-1 foundation is that it seems to go so fast! I find that I hit pan relatively quickly, but then I just go back to Ulta and buy myself another one. This really is one of my favorite powder foundations ever.

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4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup in Blush Medium

My shade is Blush Medium, which works perfect for my somewhere-in-between-light-and-medium skin tone.

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Blush Medium swatch

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Blush Medium swatched again

Pur Mineral 4-in-1 powder foundation in Porcelain

Purminerals 4-in-1 powder foundation in Porcelain

The finish is matte but with super tiny shimmers which give the skin a great glow. I have long adored the Purminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and I highly recommend it.

Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and Chisel Brush

Purminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and Chisel Brush

 Marcia’s side:

Now that Lisa has sold you on Pürminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation you need to know more about the Chisel Makeup Brush. This brush is great for the foundation but it has other uses, especially with Pürminerals Pressed Blush and Specialty Powders.

Pur Minerals Chisel brush

Purminerals Chisel brush

It’s so easy to use the Chisel Makeup Brush with the foundation or other products. Pürminerals calls the method the “3D” method – Dip, Draw, and Dust.

DIP the brush into the powder foundation and pick up the amount you need, I swirl it around on the powder.

DRAW circles on the lid to remove the excess.

DUST on the foundation in downward strokes to get a flawless finish.

A pristine brush will look like this:

Pur Minerals Chisel brush

Purminerals Chisel brush

Here’s what the brush will look like when you have the foundation on it:

 

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I advise washing the brush before you use it. It’s a little bit scratchy at first but washing it in something like J&J Baby Shampoo or a mild cleansing product that you’d use for your brushes takes away that feeling. The brush is stiff, it needs to be since it has to pick up the product and blend it on your face. But once washed it becomes soft and easier to use.

This duo sells for $40 and the pressed powder foundation is available in 10 different shades. Buying these together is a savings of $10 since the brush retails for $23 and the foundation for $26. A bonus is that if you order from the Pur Minerals website you’ll also receive a free palette (there’s a choice of 3 at checkout!!). We don’t know how long this bonus lasts but it’s a winner. One of the choices is the Beautiful Creatures palette that I reviewed here. If you are in the market for a new foundation put this Pür Minerals duo on your list.

*samples sent for review

BREAKING NEWS: On Tuesday June 25th this duo is on Hautelook for the amazing price of $15 and not only that but you get a blush with it. Total steal and the perfect time to buy this. Hautelook keeps things on sale for 3-4 days but often sells out.