Beautiful eyeshadows from Beauty Junkees!

Beauty Junkees
The BIZ are longtime fans of Beauty Junkees, particularly their makeup brushes and sponges.  We were thrilled when they expanded to offer cosmetics, and of course not much makes us happier than eyeshadow.  Today we have two great eyeshadow options from Beauty Junkees –  a palette and some single eyeshadows – to share with you and your eyelids.  Prepare to drool over some gorgeous shades!!Beauty Junkees LE 28 Eyeshadow Palette

  • MAKE YOUR EYES POP! Matte shades are creamy smooth, shimmery shades are sexy and soft. Buildable, blendable color with awesome pigmentation for all day staying power; triple milled pressed eyeshadow can be used wet or dry. Apply sheer or full coverage; get a smooth consistent finish! Long lasting powder finish.
  • BUILD THE PERFECT EYESHADOW PALETTE! Individual pans can be organized in the included empty magnetic palette, making them portable, travel friendly and space saving.
  • INCLUDES 28 SINGLE EYESHADOW PANS 26MM WITH A LARGE MAGNETIC PALETTE AND BONUS DUO END EYEBRUSH; MADE IN THE USA, PARABEN FREE, GLUTEN FREE, AND CRUELTY FREE. WOOF!
  • BE UNEXPECTEDLY IMPRESSED: High Quality Eye Shadow Compares to Makeup Geek

BEAUTY-JUNKEES-LIMITED-EDITION-EYESHADOW-PALETTE-2017-2_1024x1024Lisa shares the Limited Edition 28 piece eyeshadow collection ($119)

This palette seems pricey, but let’s do some math…although I’ll need the help of a calculator because math has never been my strong suit!  The gorgeous LE 28 Piece Eyeshadow Palette from Beauty Junkees costs $119, and if we just count the eyeshadows that’s $4.25 per eyeshadow.  Beauty Junkees LE 28 Palette

The eyeshadows can all be purchased separately for $6, which automatically makes this a great deal. However, even that math is misleading because you also get the beautifully sturdy palette with a full mirror, as well as a dual-sided eyeshadow brush.  That makes this palette a terrific value – that is, if the eyeshadows are good – and they are!!

LE 28 Piece Eyeshadow Palette from Beauty Junkees

LE 28 Piece Eyeshadow Palette from Beauty Junkees

The texture of the eyeshadows is a bit powdery, but they have tons of pigment and are super blendable.  I am able to build them up easily for impressive color impact, and the shades are gorgeous, ranging all the way from white to black.

 Left to right from top: First Snow, Vanilla Freeze, Sugared Shortbread, Iced Lace, Stay Golden, Victorian Gold

Left to right from top: First Snow, Vanilla Freeze, Sugared Shortbread, Iced Lace, Stay Golden, Victorian Gold

Swatches left to right:  First Snow, Vanilla Freeze, Sugared Shortbread, Iced Lace, Stay Golden, Victorian Gold

Swatches left to right: First Snow, Vanilla Freeze, Sugared Shortbread, Iced Lace, Stay Golden, Victorian Gold

First Snow is a true matte white; Vanilla Freeze is a warm cream with flecks of gold; Sugared Shortbread is a sandy gold beige; Iced Lace is a complex shade, an iridescent mix of deep brown, light taupe, and white reflective flecks; Stay Golden is a bright iridescent gold with warm yellow undertones, and Victorian Gold is a rich gold with orange undertones.

Left to right from top: Peachsicle, Peach Vanilla, Gold Flicker, Winter Wheat, Tiki Shed, Brown Canyon, Grizzly, Stingray Gray

Left to right from top: Peachsicle, Peach Vanilla, Gold Flicker, Winter Wheat, Tiki Shed, Brown Canyon, Grizzly, Stingray Gray

Swatches left to right:  Peachsicle, Peach Vanilla, Gold Flicker, Tiki Shed, Brown Canyon, Grizzly

Swatches left to right: Peachsicle, Peach Vanilla, Gold Flicker, Tiki Shed, Brown Canyon, Grizzly

Swatches left to right:  Winter Wheat, Stingray Gray

Swatches left to right: Winter Wheat, Stingray Gray

Peachsicle is a peachy combination of pink, yellow and bronze; Peach Vanilla is a mixture of cream, tan, and peach; Gold Flicker is an iridescent tan, orange, and gold; Winter Wheat is a rich golden tan; Tiki Shed is a matte medium brown; Brown Canyon is a matte warm medium brown; and Grizzly is a deep brownish maroon with a surprising dark green undertone, and Stingray Gray is a cool matte grey.

Left to right from top: Cosmetic Peach, Love Affair, Rose Beige, Penny Lover, Dash of Curry, Tiger

Left to right from top: Cosmetic Peach, Love Affair, Rose Beige, Penny Lover, Dash of Curry, Tiger

Swatches left to right:  Cosmetic Peach, Love Affair, Rose Beige, Penny Lover, Dash of Curry, Tiger

Swatches left to right: Cosmetic Peach, Love Affair, Rose Beige, Penny Lover, Dash of Curry, Tiger

Cosmetic Peach is a soft, neutral peach; Love Affair is a warm pinkish mauve; Rose Beige is a dark brown with pink undertones; Penny Lover is a cool iridescent combination of red, brown, and orange; Dash of Curry is a warm medium brown with red undertones; and Tiger is a matte burnt orange with brown undertones.

Left to right from top: Tuscan Rose, Crushed Velvet, Brew, Raspberry Glaze, Ripe Olive, Sonic, Blue Slate, Black Leather

Left to right from top: Tuscan Rose, Crushed Velvet, Brew, Raspberry Glaze, Ripe Olive, Sonic, Blue Slate, Black Leather

Swatches left to right:  Tuscan Rose, Ripe Olive, Crushed Velvet, Sonic, Brew, Blue Slate

Swatches left to right: Tuscan Rose, Ripe Olive, Crushed Velvet, Sonic, Brew, Blue Slate

Swatches left to right:  Raspberry Glaze, Black Leather

Swatches left to right: Raspberry Glaze, Black Leather

Tuscan Rose is a matte medium rose; Crushed Velvet is a rich plummy burgundy with flecks of glitter; Brew is a glittery chocolate mahogany; Ripe Olive is a pearlized olive-green; Sonic is an iridescent forest green; and Blue Slate is a steel navy gray with flecks of white.

Raspberry Glaze is a pearlized reddish deep brow; Black Leather is pure black.Beauty Junkees LE Palette

If you are minimalist, this would the one and only eyeshadow palette you would ever need.  There are enough truly unique shades in it to justify the purchase if you are a collector.  If you haven’t tried Beauty Junkees yet, the LE 28 Piece Eyeshadow Palette is the perfect way to start.

Marcia shares some singles and an eyebrow gel

Since Lisa told you about this amazing set of eyeshadows I am ready to tell you about a few singles, their terrific magnetic makeup palette and their clear brow gel. These are all items that you would love to own.

The Large Black Empty Magnetic Palette with Mirror is fabulous for any blush, highlighters or eyeshadows you own or plan to buy. This is easily the sturdiest palette I own.

Beauty Junkees Empty Magnetic Palette

Beauty Junkees Empty Magnetic Palette

I own several empty palettes that I’ve filled with my own eyeshadows and blushes but there isn’t one that I’d consider traveling with except for this Beauty Junkees one. It holds an incredible amount of cosmetics. Shadows the size of Beauty Junkees own, MAC pans, Makeup Geek pans, Make Up For Ever pans, and so many more fit in here securely. You can fit 28 of those pans in this $19.97 palette. It’s deeper than most, has a very heavy duty magnetic bottom, and closes firmly. It even comes with a Beauty Junkees double ended brush. With all the cosmetics that BJ now sells this is a necessity in my book.

Beauty Junkees eyeshadow singles

Beauty Junkees eyeshadow singles

Beauty Junkees Oh Deer, Citrus, Steel Wool, Beam of Light, and Blink Pink

Beauty Junkees Oh Deer, Citrus, Steel Wool, Beam of Light, and Blink Pink

These are the 6 singles I have and I plan on buying a few more once I see what Lisa shares today.  While the Limited Edition 28 Piece Eyeshadow Collection is sold on Amazon and BeautyJunkees.com these singles are only available on their website. ($6 each).

Beauty Junkees Oh Deer, Citrus, Steel Wool, Beams of Light, Blink Pink

Beauty Junkees Oh Deer, Citrus, Steel Wool, Beams of Light, Blink Pink

Oh Deer is a matte light brown. This is the type of shade that can be used as a transition shade

Citrus is a bright metallic orange just like the name implies, it’s like the sun on a very shiny day.

Steel Wool is a charcoal gray with interest, it has just the slightest amount of shimmer to it making it more than your typical gray. You can use this with a light hand for a soft gray or layer it for a smokey eye.

Beams of Light is a must have. It’s an iridescent pink white that is unicorn special. They call it pure white but it’s that pink that gets my heart racing.

Beauty Junkees Beams of Light

Beauty Junkees Beams of Light

Blink Pink has a satin finish and a teeny amount of glimmer to it. It’s a soft pink that’s not chalky.

Beauty Junkees singles and clear eyebrow gel

Beauty Junkees singles and clear eyebrow gel

Beauty Junkees Clear Eyebrow Gel is just one of 4 brow gels they have. Clear is a great tamer. I have BJ’s Brown Eyebrow Gel to give me color and tame and now this Clear one (also available in Auburn and Blonde). I like to use this over a powder eyebrow shade so that my brows are smoother and the powder lasts the day. It is not gooey nor does it dry hard. It leaves a natural look so that only you know it’s there and it makes you feel confident about your eyebrows lasting through any kind of weather or conditions.

With Beauty Junkees you can be assured that your products are MADE IN THE USA, PARABEN FREE, GLUTEN FREE, AND CRUELTY FREE. WOOF! We’ve been so impressed with the products that we’ve been using from Beauty Junkees and can’t wait to see what else is on the horizon.

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Ingredients: Contains: Talc, Octyl Palmitate, Cyclomethicone, Zinc Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate. May Contain: Iron Oxide CI 77490, CI 77491, CI 77492, Manganese Violet CI 77742, Mica CI 77019, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Red 40 Lake, Yellow No.5, Blue No.1, Ultramarines CI 77007, Chromium Greens

Osmosis +Colour Brow Gel “Be You. Be Beautiful”

Osmosis +Colour Brow Gel

Osmosis +Colour Brow Gel

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

Osmosis +Colour Brow Gel

Osmosis +Colour Brow Gel

MARCIA has the BROW GEL in BROWN

Osmosis Brow Gel in Brown

Osmosis Brow Gel in Brown

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

Osmosis + Colour Brow Gel Brown

Osmosis + Colour Brow Gel Brown

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

Osmosis +Colour Brow Gel Brown (osmosisskincare.com)

Osmosis +Colour Brow Gel Brown (osmosisskincare.com)

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

Osmosis +Colour Brow Gel brush in cap

Osmosis +Colour Brow Gel brush in cap

LISA has the BROW GEL in TAUPE:

Osmosis Brow Gel in Taupe (osmosisskincare.com)

Osmosis Brow Gel in Taupe (osmosisskincare.com)

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

Osmosis Brow Gel in Taupe

Osmosis Brow Gel in Taupe

Osmosis Brow Gel in TaupeOsmosis Brow Gel in Taupe

Osmosis Brow Gel in Taupe

Osmosis Brow Gel in Taupe

Osmosis Brow Gel in Taupe

Osmosis Brow Gel in Taupe

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

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

*sent for editorial consideration

Double the control with Lash Control

Are your eyes lost without mascara? Do you depend on your mascara to make you more visible to the world? Do you love learning about the best mascaras available? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you are in for a treat learning about Lash Control. What makes Lash Control unique is that it just as easily could be called Squeeze Control. This mascara and the accompanying brow fix have unusual packaging with a center squeeze area that changes that amount of mascara that releases when you apply. You are in control of your destiny with these mascaras. The more you squeeze, the less mascara is deposited on the brush. Interesting!! There are two formulas that we’ll talk about as we each tested a different one.

press samples

Lash Control

Lisa’s experience:

I tested the ClearCoat Mascara and Brow-Fix and the Volumizing and Conditioning Mascara 2xBLACK. I know that the fascination with these is the squeezable middle portion that gives you far more control over how much product is dispensed. However, I actually think that innovative feature isn’t the major reason to purchase these two products.

Lash ControlLash ControlLash ControlWhile it seems a little strange, the best look for eyebrows is to brush them right straight up. It really opens the eye area and is very flattering. I do this every morning, but without a good brow gel they fall right back into that complacent resting position. I need a firm brow gel to tame and hold my brows in place – but without the crunchy stiffness, thank you very much. The Lash Control ClearCoat Mascara and Brow-Fix absolutely does the job for me! It has the squeeze-y center but again, it’s really secondary to the fact that this is a great brow gel. It does exactly what it needs to – holds my brows in place all day without looking or feeling weirdly stiff.  It’s a winner!

Lash ControlLash ControlLash ControlI guess the control center for the Volumizing and Conditioning Mascara matters a little more to me – it’s pretty cool to be able to vary the amount of product and it definitely takes care of any potential clumps. But besides that, this is just a truly terrific mascara. Lashes are very soft and flexible, but thick, long, and super black…and no smearing. None. Hooray!! Love this mascara and I have no doubt that you will too.

Wearing Lash Control Volumizing and Conditioning Mascara and ClearCoat Mascara and Brow-Fix

Wearing Lash Control Volumizing and Conditioning Mascara and ClearCoat Mascara and Brow-Fix

Marcia’s experience:

Lash Control ClearCoat Mascara and Brow-Fix and Lash Control  Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara and Brow

Lash Control ClearCoat Mascara and Brow-Fix and Lash Control Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara

My test was for Lash Control’s Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara which is different from my usual pick of a volumizing mascara. I haven’t used a mascara known for length in a long time so it was a good choice for me. I’ll tell you what I love best about it — it never ever flakes on me. No matter how long my day is, no matter if I take a nap, I have no flakes from early morning to late at night.

Lash Control  Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara

Lash Control Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara

When I first started to use it I wasn’t paying attention so each time I’d squeeze the pink middle section and wondered why it was such a dry mascara. Then I read the website and realized I was doing the exact opposite of what I should be doing! I know now that the trick for my first coats is to use the mascara straight from the tube. But I still squeeze but that’s for applying another coat. I like to go back over the tips of my lashes to add some volume to the length and that’s when I want a clearer brush. I love how long this mascara lasts on me and that I never have to think about it if I’m going out at night.

Lash Control length

Lash Control length

Lash Control  Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara

Lash Control Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara

Conditioning mascara formulas are non-irritating*. With loads of botanicals in a hydrating beeswax base, ingredients include Gingko Biloba, Chamomile Flower Extract, Ginseng Root Extract and many more. Our formulas accentuate length with the ability add volume with layers as desired. Lashes stay flexible to the touch. No smearing or flaking.

Lash Control Clear Coat Mascara and Brow Fix

Lash Control Clear Coat Mascara and Brow Fix

I’ve also used the Clear Coat Mascara and Brow Fix both on my lashes and my brows but I’m sticking with it on my brows. My lashes are thin so they get weighed down easily and since Lash Control never flakes on me I don’t need the extra protection of a clear coat. But I like to use this on my brows to keep the powder staying fresh all day. Even when I got my hair tinted and water got on them, they stayed color true with the addition of Lash Control Clear Coat Brow Fix.

These three products from LASH CONTROL are winners in our books and we think they’d be the same in your books. Whether you want length, volume, or control you’ll find it with these.

*sent for consideration

 

Why Chella Eyebrow Color Kit is a necessity to me

In the 6 years that I’ve been blogging I’ve gone from never touching my eyebrows except for some plucking to being extremely concerned about them. Never having to think about brows was easy. I’d do my entire face, spending forever on getting it just right, and not go near my eyebrows. Life happened though and through age and illness I now need to complete my eyebrows every single day.

Chella Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Color Kit

Chella Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Color Kit

Chella Eyebrow Color Kit is the perfect way for you to start on your eyebrow journey if you are anything like me. When this kit was sent for review I was thrilled, now I just need to fill in the pieces when needed. Chella’s eyebrow kits come in 6 great color combinations: Awesome Auburn, Beautiful Blonde, Dazzling Dark Brown, Elegant Ebony, Luscious Light Brown, and Tantalizing Taupe.

Awesome AuburnAwesome Auburn
Beautiful BlondeBeautiful Blonde
Dazzling Dark BrownDazzling Dark Brown
Beautiful BrownLuscious Light Brown
Tantalizing TaupeTantalizing Taupe
Elegant EbonyElegant Ebony

Each kit contains the Eyebrow Color Pencil, a highlighter pencil, an eyebrow defining gel, and a dual size pencil sharpener, along with a small booklet to help guide you into shaping your brows perfectly for your face.

Chella Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Color Kit

Chella Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Color Kit

While you can buy each of these products separately the kit, normally $$54, is on sale for $37.80 which is a great price for all 4 of these items.

Chella Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Color Pencil

Chella Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Color Pencil

The Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Color Pencil is a mechanical pencil that doesn’t drag at all. I can’t tell you how many pencils I’ve used that stop gliding while I’m in the middle of doing my brows. This is creamy and allows you to draw individual brow strokes or fill in the places that are sparse with ease. It’s also smudgeable when it’s newly applied but lasts throughout the day once set.

Chella Latte Highlighter Pencil

Chella Latte Highlighter Pencil

Each kit contains a highlighter pencil. In Tantalizing Taupe it happens to be the shade Latte which is too dark for me. But with other shades like Ivory Lace which I already owned I can tell why this is such a raved about product. The pencil is meant to brighten and visibly lift your eyes. I need a very light hand when using either of the shades I have since they are intensely pigmented. It’s a multi-use product that can be applied on the brow bone (either above or below your brow), to help with dark circles, blemishes and red spots. But wait, it’s also safe for your waterline and the inner corners of your eye. What more could you ask for??

Chella swatches: Tantalizing Taupe and Latte

Chella swatches: Tantalizing Taupe and Latte

Now with a pencil as thick as the Chella Highlighter you need a pencil sharpener and Chella did us a favor and put in a dual size Sharpener to meet all our needs.

Chella Highlighter Pencil and Dual Size Pencil Sharpener

Chella Highlighter Pencil and Dual Size Pencil Sharpener

That’s not the end of the products you need because this contains Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel. You especially want this in the summer. The clear gel helps hold your brow hairs in place and sets the color from the pencil. In the summer you get hot, inadvertently brush your hand across your face –  whoops, you’ve removed the color. This Eyebrow Defining Gel prevents that by keeping your brow color where it belongs without your brows feeling stiff.

Chella Brow Kit Eyebrow Defining Gel

Chella Brow Kit Eyebrow Defining Gel

4 perfect pieces + 2 uneven eyebrows + the desire to look your best all add up to a Chella Eyebrow Color Kit. Your eyebrows will thank you for the care.  —  Marcia

*press sample

 

 

Pixi Beauty Natural Brow Duo loves my eyebrows

Pixi Beauty Brow Guide

Pixi Beauty Brow Guide

1. To find the perfect brow size for your face, place the pencil against your nostril.2. Point the pencil straight up from your pupil to find your natural arch. 3.  Finally point the pencil from the nostril and out, to find where your brow should end.
Fill in with light strokes with the pencil side of the Natural Brow Duo and finish by setting the brow by brushing up with the tinted gel.

Natural Brow Duo from Pixi Beauty has come to my rescue. I’m suddenly obsessed with eyebrows which you’ll see more of this week. I never had to worry about eyebrows before but the hair on my face is moving. Those little hairs on my lashes and eyebrows are migrating downward. It’s an age thing. Hairy upper lips and chin are now prevalent while lashes and brows get skimpier. It’s totally not fair. But with the right tools you can help remedy this problem.

Part of the package I received from Pixi contains this 2-in-1 Brow Duo. The duo is available in 3 shades: Natural Brown which is a “suit all adjustable brown”, Deep Brunette (dark brown) and Soft Black ($16).

Pixi Brow Duo in Natural Brown

Pixi Brow Duo in Natural Brown

One side is a pencil and the other side is a brow gel. I struggle with my brows and once I got the hang of using this I’ve been enjoying this duo so much.

Pixi Natural Brow Duo pencil end

Pixi Natural Brow Duo pencil end

You’ve seen the shape of this pencil before so it’s not totally revolutionary. There’s a reason why you’ve seen it – it’s a perfect shape to help fill in your brows. It has a slanted wind up pencil that needs to be warmed up a little before applying. When you first get this it might seem like there’s not a lot of color but if you rub it on your hand or blow it with your hairdryer you’ll soften it up for easy use.

Pixi Brow Duo gel end spoolie

Pixi Brow Duo gel end spoolie

The opposite end is the spoolie for the Gel side of the duo. This works like a mascara spoolie would and picks up just the right amount of the gel in the tube. Since the brush is relatively small you can really work with it to add a little color, fill in sparse areas, and tame your brows. I’ve been aghast lately at some of my eye shots since I never realized, until too late, that I was starting to look like a balding Groucho.

Pixi Brow Duo in Natural Brown

Pixi Brow Duo in Natural Brown

As you can see the gel is visible but still very light and natural. I’ve used it with other brow products since I received it and it works great with everything.

Mineral Fusion Jaded eyeshadow trio and Pixi Beauty Natural Brow Duo

Mineral Fusion Jaded eyeshadow trio and Pixi Beauty Natural Brow Duo

I’m very happy with my tamed and filled in brows and just have to remember that Practice Makes Perfect. Pixi Beauty is helping me with this. It’s time to get on the Pixi wagon and tame your eyebrows along with me. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

Happy times with Pixi Beauty in January

Each month Pixi Beauty picks out a variety of cosmetics as their favorites. January’s picks are absolutely amazing. I was thrilled when I received this box of treasures and have been using them non-stop.

Pixi Beauty picks for January

Pixi Beauty picks for January

The products you see are: Correction Concentrate, Gilded Garnet Nail Polish, Natural Brow Duo, Large Lash Mascara, Lash & Brow Brush and Flat Liner Brush. Each one makes me love Pixi even more than I already did.

Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate

Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate

My absolute favorite of these products is Correction Concentrate ($12). This pot of wonder makes such a huge difference under my eyes. In real life I always felt my concealers worked well but in photographs I’d see nothing but darkness under my eyes. I don’t have great photography skills and have to take a dozen or more pictures to get one that’s slightly passable. Once I started using this soft peach I noticed that my undereyes looked brighter. The pot is small but potent. Once I can’t get my finger in I’ll use a brush since I want to use every drop of this wonderful product.

Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate

Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate

Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate

Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate

Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate

Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate

Speaking of brushes, the Flat Liner Brush ($12) has more than one job. Yes you can use it as a push brush for eyelining but you can also use this for the Correction Concentrate. Use it to dab the corrector under your eyes to hide all the sins.

Pixi Lash & Brow Brush and Flat Liner Brush

Pixi Lash & Brow Brush and Flat Liner Brush

Pixi Beauty Large Lash Mascara ($16) is one of two mascaras that Petra has created. This one has an oversized brush to pick up all your lashes. Not only is this a lengthening mascara but it adds great volume yet isn’t clumpy at all. It has all the attributes you want in a mascara – no clumping, no flaking, no raccoon eyes – all you get are beautifully defined lashes.

Pixi Beauty Large Lash Mascara

Pixi Beauty Large Lash Mascara

Pixi Beauty Large Lash Mascara

Pixi Beauty Large Lash Mascara

Pixi is also featuring their Lash & Brow Brush ($8). I love having a brush like this because it does double duty. I like using it to brush my lashes before I apply mascara. That insures an even look and makes sure my lashes aren’t sticking together. The bristles on the brush are well spaced out making it a more effective brush. My other use for this brush is for my eyebrows. It tames them and also helps distribute color through my brows more evenly.

Lash & Brow Brush and Flat Liner Brush

Lash & Brow Brush and Flat Liner Brush

Pixi’s Natural Brow Duo is getting its own post later today, that’s how much I have to say about it. What you need to know now though is that this has two sides – a waterproof brow pencil and a tinted soft-hold brow gel. With my new brow obsession, this is a fab product for me to be using.

Pixi Brow Duo in Natural Brown

Pixi Brow Duo in Natural Brown

I love when Pixi sends nail polish and the one they sent this month proves why. Gilded Garnet ($8) is one of their newest polishes and it’s a winner. It’s described as a deep burnished maroon with gold shimmer. I see it as more of a brown in most lights, a cinnamon brown, with some subtle gold shimmer in bright lights.

Pixi Beauty Gilded Garnet Nail Colour

Pixi Beauty Gilded Garnet Nail Colour

Pixi Beauty Gilded Garnet Nail Colour

Pixi Beauty Gilded Garnet Nail Colour

Pixi Beauty Gilded Garnet Nail Colour

Pixi Beauty Gilded Garnet Nail Colour

Every one of these 6 pieces are ones you want in your makeup collection. I’m loving Gilded Garnet Nail color as it’s a great fall and winter shade; I am mad about the Correction Concentrate and want to own one of these forever; and the Natural Brow Duo is getting a lot of admiration around here.

Check back for my Natural Brow Duo review and get yourself to Pixi Beauty and purchase these essential products! — Marcia

*sent for an honest review

Want You to Want Me? Anastasia knows what your eyes want

Want You To Want Me

For me there is nothing quite like opening a new eyeshadow palette. It’s an adventure waiting to happen. Give me a choice of what to buy and it will always be eyeshadow. With Anastasia’s Want You To Want Me though I get a lot more than eyeshadow; I get 9 beautiful colors of shadow, 1 shiny black liquid eyeliner, a clear eyebrow gel and a mini brush. And I get excitement. If you follow Beauty Info Zone then you know that Want You To Want Me came to a desert island with me. Not every woman gets to pick what she can take with her but I did and Anastasia is what I picked.

open the box and you see this…

Let’s see why? The 9 eyeshadows are beautiful shades that work in so many combinations. Applied dry they can be sheer but you have the option to also apply them wet to intensify them. The shadows have a variety of finishes from matte to satin to shimmer. Even with two shimmer shadows though what you won’t find is glitter. This palette is age appropriate for those of us who aren’t sweet sixteen (or super twenty-six or terrific thirty-six or even fabulous forty-six).

The style of the palette will take you back to the 1970’s and your disco dancing years. Those were wild and semi-decadent years for me, I even went to the fabulous Studio 54 when it was at its peak of popularity so I have some amazing memories from that time. Want You To Want Me brings back some of those memories with names like Platform Wedge, Members Only and Ziggy. The Jet Black Liquid Eyeliner in the kit is exactly what I wore then too.

The star of the show is the eyeshadow palette so on to descriptions.

Anastasia Want You To Want Me shadows

eyeshadow names

Left side from top to bottom:

–          Platform Wedge: matte vanilla with a touch of caramel that highlights your browbone area gently

–          Members Only: a light caramel shade

–          Graphic T’s: a beautifully sparkled dark brown that’s terrific for a smoky eye, a crease color or an eyeliner

Top to bottom: Platform Wedge, Member’s Only, Graphic T’s

Top to bottom: Platform Wedge, Member’s Only, Graphic T’s

Middle section:

–          Front Row Center: a lightly shimmered gold with a touch of beige

–          Power Ballad: I love this shade!! It’s a medium satiny brown with just the right amount of shimmer

–          Brass In Pocket: perfect name for this lightly shimmered copper/brass

Top to bottom: Front Row Center, Power Ballad, Brass in Pocket

Bottom to Top: Front Row Center, Power Ballad, Brass in Pocket

Right side top to bottom:

–          Ziggy: a sparkly purple that you can build in intensity or leave light

–          Jellies: just like those jelly shoes that were so popular in a sparkly pink

–          Iron On: this dark purple shimmer has amazing pigment, like Graphic T it’s extremely versatile

Top to bottom: Ziggy, Jellies, Iron On

Bottom to Top: Ziggy, Jellies, Iron On

Anastasia shadows are known for their anti-aging qualities which those of us who lived through the 70’s appreciate a lot! They contain “Youthful Synergy™ Complex in the shimmer shades. They also contain Brown Algae – A key ingredient that smoothes, firms, hydrates, and revitalizes the appearance of skin. Diamond Core Powder – Diffuses light for a soft focus effect. Sea Whip Extract – Soothes the skin. Macadamia derivative – A natural hydrator capable of holding up to 300% more water in the skin. Powerful antioxidants of Vitamins A, B, C, E, and F. Balkan Botanical Infusion®.” They never crease on me but I always use an eyeshadow primer.

In addition to the 9 shadows that you can use wet or dry there’s also the black liquid eyeliner and their best selling clear brow gel. Both of these are very long lasting and great to have. On my desert island trip I “used” the brow gel in place of mascara but in real life I like that the brow gel tames my brows and make them look so well groomed.

Anastasia Clear Brow Gel

Anastasia Clear Brow Gel wand

Anastasia Jet Black Liquid eyeliner

Anastasia Black Liquid eyeliner swatch

Daytime look using Jellies, Ziggy, Jet Black Liquid eyeliner

Evening look using Platform Wedge, Power Ballad and Graphic T’s WET

I think you can see just why this came with me on my journey to a desert island. I’ve got versatility, options, value (it’s only $34), and quality all wrapped in one pretty package. This set is exclusive to Sephora and if it’s anything like last year’s holiday eye set it’s going to go quickly.  — Marcia

*sample provided for honest review