Eyeko is making us EYEMAZING in today’s Side by Side!

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Eyeko was probably the first brand to make us think about having a ‘wardrobe’ of eye products. We used to think one mascara worked for every occasion – but sometimes we just need defined lashes. Sometimes we want a little more drama. Sometimes we want drama the level of a highlight reel from COPS. The same for brows and of course for eyeshadow – just one product doesn’t cut it. Basically, we love lots of options when choosing what products to wear and Eyeko has given us some excellent goodies to play with!

Lisa’s eyes are wearing Tinted Brow Gel, Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner, and Lash Alert Mascara Wake Up and Go:

It’s been super hot this summer and I have been wishing for a great brow gel to take the place of my brow wax. I have nice brows but they need a little extra color boost and they definitely need some help staying in place. They tend to droop and look shaggy.  I absolutely love the Eyeko Tinted Brow Gel ($24)!

Eyeko Tinted Brow Gel

Eyeko Tinted Brow Gel

Eyeko Tinted Brow Gel swatch

It has a shorter, fatter spoolie, and the gel is tinted. It’s a medium brown with just a hint of shimmer in it. The spoolie really grabs the hairs and puts them in place, and the tint is perfect. It gives the right amount of color and a touch of brightness which opens the eye area. I love this!!

  • Tinted Gel
  • With vitamins, antioxidants, Keratin, Ginkgo Biloba and botanical proteins to promote growth
  • Natural, long-lasting hold without flaking or stiffness

Eyeko Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeko Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner

The Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner ($22) is a great liquid eyeliner – it was inspired by calligraphy brushes – that goes on like a thin magic marker. It creates a very thin, precise line like a liquid liner, but without the mess. You can have shaky pre-coffee morning hands and still end up with a gorgeous line. This is especially good for cats eye looks, as well as very precise thick lines.

  • Contains Widelash with a tripeptide boost to promote lash growth for up to 3x more length and volume in 15 days
  • Japanese precision brush tip for single stroke colour
  • Waterproof, long-wear, fade-proof
  • Carbon Black

Eyeko Lash Alert Mascara

Eyeko Lash Alert Mascara

Lash Alert Mascara Wake Up and Go ($26) is a fantastic mascara – this is a must have! The curved brush is excellent for picking up every single lash. It does take several coats to get the full effect, but three coats gives lots of drama that doesn’t smudge, flake, or smear. It thickens up lashes beautifully with fibers and gives tons of volume and definition. It also washes off easily, which is a big plus. I love this mascara and it’s been a heavy hitter in my mascara rotation!

  • Shea Butter to nourish
  • Caffeine to stimulate
  • Arginine to repair
  • Biotinoyl Tripepetide to regenerate
  • Biotin to thicken
  • Full contact helix brush to curl and volumise
  • Carbon Black
  • Award-winning Korean technology
  • Water-resistant tubing formula
  • Zero-waste squeezy tube
  • No running, smudging, crumbling or flaking
  • Paraben-free
  • Cruelty-free
  • Locks in colour and hold for 12hr+

Eyeko Black Magic Liner, Lash Alert Mascara, and Tinted Brow Gel

Marcia’s eyes are wearing Making Eyes 3 in 1 Brush, Me & My Shadow Waterproof Shadow Eyeliner in Topaz, Charcoal, and Bronze:

Eyeko Me & My Shadow Liners and 3-in-1 Brush

Anyone that knows my taste knows I’m a huge fan of cream eyeshadows so the shadow eyeliners from Eyeko are a big hit for me. I have 3 of the 6 shades available (Topaz, Quartz, Taupe, Chocolate, Bronze, and Charcoal) and will need to be at least one more to get myself through the summer. Taupe is calling to me right now and it’s one of the shades that Ulta carries!

Eyeko Me & My Shadow in Topaz, Bronze, and Charcoal

While I will adore the Eyeko Me & My Shadow Waterproof Shadow Eyeliners all year it’s in summer that these really make their mark. They are truly waterproof. These last all day and night until you remove them with eye makeup remover. Water doesn’t take off the color unless you scrub and scrub which you don’t want to do. Putting some remover on a cotton pad removes them so that tomorrow you can try a new combination. To test out these shadow liners I’ve used eyeshadow primer on one eye and left my skin alone on the other. There’s no creasing or fading either way so that saves a step.

Eyeko Me & My Shadow in Charcoal, Bronze, and Topaz

Topaz is a champagne shade that is on the verge of being metallic. It brightens my eyes whether I wear it on the lid or on my browbone. I crave this type of color so it’s #1 with me. Bronze is a bright shade that plays so nicely with my brown eyes. It seems to bring out my eye color. The blending of these is amazing since they are soft and silky. Charcoal can be worn sooty or you can blend it down to a softer gray and that’s where the beauty lies. It has teeny bits of sparkle that don’t travel but livens up your smokey eye look.

Eyeko Me & My Shadow Brush

What makes the Eyeko eyeshadow crayons stand out from the crowd is the brush on the opposite end. It is a great tool to blend these out or to smoke the colors out. The brush makes these liners so much more versatile and a great travel companion.

Eyeko Making Eyes 3-in-1 Brush

I am totally blown away with the Eyeko Making Eyes 3-IN-1 Brush. This is the best travel tool I’ve found in all my searching. Brushes are my thing and I never travel without favorites but Eyeko is going to replace that huge brush set in its compactness. I am loving not only the simplicity of this tool but the way it works. “Travel-friendly packaging ensures each brush is covered and hygienically capped to keep your makeup bag pristine.”

Measuring almost 6 inches long there are 3 brushes and all work beautifully. For the eyeliner brush you just pull out and there’s a nicely angled brush that works well with gel liner as well as the shadow liners. Pull off the the first cap and there’s a rounded blending brush that does its job like a pro. One more pull and you’ll find the define brush that reminds me of the MAC 242 that I use constantly. But this gives me everything I need for only $20. I can’t tell you how great I think this is. There aren’t enough words!

It’s pretty obvious that both of us are thrilled with our Eyeko treasures but what we didn’t tell you yet is about the brand. “Created by beauty veterans Max and Nina Leykind, their mascaras and liners are favored by celebs and hotshot make-up artists alike. With style icon Alexa Chung on board as Creative Consultant – she credits them with creating her favorite look – Eyeko give the definitive edit for eyes.” You can find Eyeko at Ulta as well as their own website (free shipping) and it’s a brand well worth seeking out.

 

Hurry up because time is running out for the LE CoverGirl Katy Perry Katy Kat Pearl Collection!

CoverGirl Katy Kat Pearl Collection

CoverGirl Katy Kat Pearl Collection

Katy Perry has some beautiful products in her CoverGirl line and her limited edition Katy Kat Pearl collection for spring won’t be around much longer! Every item costs under $10 so if you find something you love snap it up now. Coty sent me some samples of a few products and my oldest daughter was happy to model them for me (she has MUCH nicer lips than I do!). This spring is all about shimmers and pastels, trends that work right into summer. Here’s what I was sent to test:

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Shadow + Highlighter

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Shadow + Highlighter

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Shadow + Highlighter

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Shadow + Highlighter

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Shadow + Highlighter ($8.99):  This is available in Tiger’s Eye and Tiger Rose. My shade is Tiger’s Eye. This has an interesting texture that is bouncy and gel-like. You use your fingers to apply, so to avoid bacterial contamination scoop some out onto a steel palette then pat it on with fingertips. The soft, spongy gel dries down quickly into a sheer shimmer that is very pretty as an eyeshadow or a cheek highlighter. I think this is a product for younger faces…those of us with a few wrinkles won’t do well with the creamy texture and the amount of shimmer, but those in their teens and twenties will love it.

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Shadow + Highlighter and Covergirl Katy Kat Eyeliner in Purrmaid

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Shadow + Highlighter and Covergirl Katy Kat Eyeliner in Purrmaid

Covergirl Katy Kat Eyeliner ($6.99):  This is available in Kitty WhisPURR (silver) and Purrmaid (green). I have Purrmaid, a beautiful shimmery teal green. This pencil eyeliner is different from others because it’s easy like a pencil liner, but it has the intensity of a liquid liner. It also lasts all day – a good eight hours for sure. It has this really neat-o smudge tip – I have to admit, I use it with all of my pencil liners, not just this one!

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Eyeliner

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Eyeliner

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Eyeliner in Purrmaid

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Eyeliner in Purrmaid

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Shadow + Highlighter and Covergirl Katy Kat Eyeliner in Purrmaid

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Shadow + Highlighter and Covergirl Katy Kat Eyeliner in Purrmaid

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Shadow + Highlighter and Covergirl Katy Kat Eyeliner in Purrmaid

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Shadow + Highlighter and Covergirl Katy Kat Eyeliner in Purrmaid

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Lipstick ($8.99):   This is available in four shades – Blue-tiful Kitty; Apricat; Purrty in Pink; REDdy to Pounce. I have Blue-tiful Kitty and Apricat.

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Lipstick in Blue-tiful Kitty and Apricat

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Lipstick in Blue-tiful Kitty and Apricat

So let’s start with Blue-tiful Kitty.

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Lipstick in Blue-tiful Kitty

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Lipstick in Blue-tiful Kitty

This was the major reason I asked my daughter to model for me. She has better lips, and there is NO way I can get away with blue lips. Trust me, when I am three breaths away from kicking the bucket I’ll be putting on some pink lip gloss. So, we went full-on blue for a photo, but I don’t think it’s the best way to wear this lipstick at any age.

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Lipstick in Blue-tiful Kitty

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Lipstick in Blue-tiful Kitty

I actually think it’s sublime when paired with Apricat, which I’ll show you in a minute.

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Lipstick in Apricat

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Lipstick in Apricat

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Lipstick in Apricat

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Lipstick in Apricat

Here is full on Apricat, which is a really exquisite shimmery apricot. This is soft, pretty, shiny, and hydrating. The price point is fantastic and if you only buy one thing from this collection, I would recommend this fabulous lippie. Now, check it out with some Blue-tiful on the inner portion of the lips, blended outward:

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Lipstick in Apricat and Blue-tiful Kitty

Covergirl Katy Kat Pearl Lipstick in Apricat and Blue-tiful Kitty

So pretty, right?? I love it!! The more I play with these products and shades the more I love them. The Katy Kat Pearl limited edition spring collection won’t be around much longer, so be sure pick some up at the drugstore or Ulta when you are out. Once again, Katy Perry doesn’t disappoint!  – Lisa

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It’s all about eyes with Jesse’s Girl!

Jesses girl logoWe love testing anything color at the BIZ, but our favorite is probably eyeshadow and eyeliner. They are like magic markers and crayons for adults! Jesse’s Girl, the fashion-forward yet budget conscious line, sent us some great eye products to play with and we can’t wait to share them with you today.  Get ready to play!

Jesse's Girl Eyeshadow Primer and 9 Pan Eyeshadow Compact in Dream Girl

Jesse’s Girl Eyeshadow Primer and 9 Pan Eyeshadow Compact in Dream Girl

Lisa’s having fun with the Eye Shadow Primer ($5.99) and the 9 Pan Eyeshadow Compact in Dream Girl ($3.99)

I just can’t over the prices on these products!! The Eye Shadow Primer has an excellent price and come on – at just four bucks, why not buy all five versions of the 9 Pan Eyeshadow Compact?? These are products to really experiment with – try all those fun looks on Pinterest without any guilt!

Jesse's Girl Eyeshadow Primer

Jesse’s Girl Eyeshadow Primer

The Eye Shadow Primer is very nice. It’s a silky primer that isn’t too wet. It creates a smooth canvas for eyeshadows and increases wear time. I find that when I use this, I get far less creasing, especially with cream eyeshadows.

Dream Girl

Dream Girl

The 9 Pan Eyeshadow Compact is nine pans of playtime. I have Dream Girl, which is a collection of super pretty neutral shades that range from creamy off white to deep shimmery brown. The one black sheep color is the deep purple shade which seems a little out of place, but it actually makes for a great addition to the slew of variations of tan, beige, and taupe.

Jesse's Girl 9 Pan Eyeshadow Compact in Dream Girl

Jesse’s Girl 9 Pan Eyeshadow Compact in Dream Girl

Jesse's Girl 9 Pan Eyeshadow Compact in Dream Girl

Jesse’s Girl 9 Pan Eyeshadow Compact in Dream Girl

Jesse's Girl 9 Pan Eyeshadow Compact in Dream Girl

Jesse’s Girl 9 Pan Eyeshadow Compact in Dream Girl

Jesse's Girl 9 Pan Eyeshadow Compact in Dream Girl swatched

Jesse’s Girl 9 Pan Eyeshadow Compact in Dream Girl swatched

Jesse's Girl 9 Pan Eyeshadow Compact in Dream Girl

Jesse’s Girl 9 Pan Eyeshadow Compact in Dream Girl

Jesse's Girl 9 Pan Eyeshadow Compact in Dream Girl swatched

Jesse’s Girl 9 Pan Eyeshadow Compact in Dream Girl swatched

Jesse's Girl 9 Pan Eyeshadow Compact in Dream Girl

Jesse’s Girl 9 Pan Eyeshadow Compact in Dream Girl

Jesse's Girl 9 Pan Eyeshadow Compact in Dream Girl swatched

Jesse’s Girl 9 Pan Eyeshadow Compact in Dream Girl swatched

There is everything anyone could need for a neutral eye in this palette and the deep purple and deep shimmery brown are great for lining or for some lid or crease drama. You will want to layer to get more color payoff, but hey, at this price why not go crazy??

Tickled Pink

Tickled Pink

The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

Brown Eyed Girl

Brown Eyed Girl

Behind Blue Eyes

Behind Blue Eyes

There are four other options available, including Tickled Pink, The Eyes Have It, Brown Eyed Girl, and Behind Blue Eyes. (photos from jessesgirl.com)

The texture of these shadows vary a bit from pan to pan, but overall they are not too powdery. They go on sheer but you can build them up for more color. They blend well and wear well, especially when I wear them along with the Eye Shadow Primer. And again, at this price, you just can’t go wrong!!

Marcia’s having fun with Liquid Eyeliners ($6.99)

Jesse's Girl Liquid Eyeliners

Jesse’s Girl Liquid Eyeliners

I don’t leave the house without eyeliner. It’s a necessity to me and at $6.99 each I can have as many as I’d want. That’s where Jesse’s Girl comes into play. I was sent 4 shades and promptly went out and bought 1 more, that’s how much I like them.

I wear liquid eyeliner 90% of the time with gel liners and pencils making up the other 10%. I seem to have a knack for putting them on. Even with crinkly lids at times I get a smooth straight line with these Jesse’s Girl eyeliners.

Jesse's Girl Liquid Eyeliners in Black, Dark Brown, Lilac, Blue Hawaii and Snow White

Jesse’s Girl Liquid Eyeliners in Black, Dark Brown, Lilac, Blue Hawaii and Snow White

They are available in 6 shades – 2 Waterproof Eyeliners in Black and Dark Brown and 4 playful shades in Violet, Snow White,  Blue Hawaii, and Olive. Something for everyone and a color for every look.

Jesse's Girl Liquid Eyeliners in Black, Dark Brown

Jesse’s Girl Liquid Eyeliners in Black, Dark Brown

I love the point on these since they are thin yet sturdy. As long as I shake them up before use I get a steady line without skipping. And they last really well. One of my eyes tears up often at the end and they will fade there but not disappear.

Jesse's Girl Liquid Eyeliners in Black and Dark Brown

Jesse’s Girl Liquid Eyeliners in Black and Dark Brown

Believe it or not it’s really hard to find a dark brown liquid eyeliner that doesn’t pull red. Everyone makes black eyeliner but not everyone makes dark brown which is what I wear most of the time. Jesse’s Girl Dark Brown Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner is one of the best I’ve found in the drugstore. Luckily the Rite Aid closest to my house has Jesse’s Girl on display so I had no trouble finding it in person.

Jesse's Girl Liquid Eyeliners in Black, Dark Brown, Lilac (x2), Blue Hawaii and Snow White

Jesse’s Girl Liquid Eyeliners in Black, Dark Brown, Lilac (x2), Blue Hawaii and Snow White

Black has an almost patent effect so it’s shiny, Dark Brown is exactly what it should be (rich and a true brown), Lilac is just the most fun shade as it’s a very pretty purple that adds a great touch, White is a true white and one you won’t find anywhere else at this price, and Blue Hawaii looks like a true ocean blue.

Water, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, CI 77266, Butylene Glycol, Laureth -21, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoloxyethanol, Methylparaben, Dilaureth-10 Phosphate, Polysorbate 80, Propylparaben, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Ethylparaben, Disodium EDTA

If you are a novice at applying liquid eyeliner these are a perfect place to start. You want something that gives you a substantial container to hold onto and you want a brush that isn’t going to flop, bend, or smear. The tip of Jesse’s Girl is perfect IMO. I’m not a novice and I find these to be great and easy to work with.jesses girl eyeliner info

We’ve been having a ball using all of our Jesse’s Girl products. The prices are right so there’s plenty of room to play. They have products for girls who want to have fun, women who are serious about their makeup, and people who like to experiment without going broke. Have your eyes been having fun? No matter what you answer introduce them to Jesse’s Girl.

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products available at Rite Aid and jessesgirl.com

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A reason to be thrilled – Models Own has come to Ulta

Models Own

Models Own

I am not a dancer but I was doing a jig when I received four Models Own products. I hadn’t even realized that the brand was going to be readily available at Ulta. The thrill continued when I made a trip to Ulta and saw the beautiful line there for me to purchase as well.

Models Own at Ulta

Models Own at Ulta

Models Own is a UK line that had me drooling over their nail polishes years ago. Trying to get my hands on one was a real effort but I was finally able to swap with someone to send it my way and I wasn’t disappointed. Now though we can get our hands on all their amazing products – all 650 eye, face, and lip products can be ours. Their goal is to put fun and creativity back into cosmetics. As they say BRAVERY IN BEAUTY.

Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder

Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder

The very first product I needed to use was Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder in Golden Sand. I can’t resist highlighters and I prayed that this wouldn’t be shimmery. I danced for sure once I applied this beautiful light gold powder for no sparkles were to be found. Just pure beautiful color that glowed and glowed. I can wear this day or night because it’s subtle enough that I’m not a disco ball nor do I look greasy.

Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder in Golden Sand

Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder in Golden Sand

Regularly priced at $11.99 it’s on sale now for $8.99 and you can use a $3.50 coupon on Models Own!! This also comes in Peach Pearl which looks stunning.

Models Own Matte Liquid Lipstick in Coral Fresh

Models Own Matte Liquid Lipstick in Coral Fresh

Models Own LIX Matte Liquid Lipstick comes in 6 brave and bright shades. The pigmentation on Coral Fresh is absolutely amazing. Your lips are covered with this gorgeous shade in one coat. It practically applies itself. It’s not a lipstick that I can apply without a mirror since the color has intensity and will stain. I wore it this week and had Chinese food and it didn’t stand up to the soup but it left a pretty stain behind. As all mattes go this is drying so make sure your lips are exfoliated and balmed for lasting beauty.

Models Own LIX Matte Liquid Lipstick in Coral Fresh

Models Own LIX Matte Liquid Lipstick in Coral Fresh

Besides Coral Fresh you need to look into Raspberry Mojito, Berry Cool, Candy Cane, Strawberry Mojito, and Eucalyptus Pink. Each of these have a light minty taste but no stinging is involved. On sale now for $5.99 you absolutely won’t believe that they aren’t a higher end luxury lip product.

Models Own I-Definer Eyeliner Duo in Midnight

Models Own I-Definer Eyeliner Duo in Midnight

I not only danced when I used Models Own I-Definer Eyeliner Duo in Midnight but I did a somersault which for someone in my shape is actually impossible! But this has everything I could possibly want in an eyeliner. The two sided liner has a smooth as can be roll up pencil on one end and a perfect felt liquid liner on the other. I’m a fool for liquid liner but I’m very picky about the tip of them. Models Own did it right. The tip is firm and glides on.

Models Own I Definer Eyeliner Duo swatches

Models Own I Definer Eyeliner Duo swatches

It’s also available in Umber (which I ordered!!) and Azure. I hope they add a purple in the future. On sale for $7.49 right now makes it a steal. If you like wearing a cat eye then you absolutely need this pencil/liquid for a perfect look.models own ulta palettes

As an eyeshadow maven I was thrilled to see the array in Ulta. On sale right now it’s the perfect time to add to your palette wardrobe. Look at my pretty Models Own Colour Chrome Eyeshadow Palette.

Models Own Colour Chrome Eyeshadow Palette.

Models Own Colour Chrome Eyeshadow Palette

A palette that I think was made especially for me. If you like cream eyeshadow then you are going to love this!! With 10 gorgeous shades I can play to my hearts content. I could almost be on Dancing With The Stars since I got so excited to use this.

Top row swatches of Models Own Colour Chrome: Platinum, Electrum, Rose Gold, Emerald, Superior

Top row swatches of Models Own Colour Chrome: Platinum, Electrum, Rose Gold, Emerald, Superior

Platinum is a bright white with sparkles, the color isn’t intense. A good way to use this is to pat it over other shadows with your fingertip.

Electrum is a khaki shade that can be applied lightly or can be build up to a truer khaki.

Rose Gold is a stunning rose gold, not orange like my picture.

Emerald is the color of the turquoise sea.

Superior is a beautiful cool toned blue.

Bottom row swatches of Models Own Colour Chrome: Pure Gold, Nickel, Iron Oxide, Pewter, Slicked

Bottom row swatches of Models Own Colour Chrome: Pure Gold, Nickel, Iron Oxide, Pewter, Slicked

Pure Gold is exactly that, a bright yellow gold.

Nickel is my favorite, it’s more of a bronze than a copper. It looks beautiful paired with Pure Gold.

Iron Oxide is a light silver with sparkles.

Pewter is a charcoal shade with a navy undertone that I love.

Slicked is a sparkly light gray. It’s similar to Platinum in the amount of sparkle in it.

My personal favorites are Rose Gold, Superior, Pure Gold, Nickel, and Pewter. Platinum and Slicked are too sheer and sparkly for me personally.

Models Own Colour Chrome cream eyeshadow palette

Models Own Colour Chrome cream eyeshadow palette

Models Own Colour Chrome cream eyeshadow palette

Models Own Colour Chrome cream eyeshadow palette

Since this is a cream palette it may or may not crease on you. I always use an eyeshadow primer which prevents it from creasing on me. Using a light sheer powder shade over the cream can also help with creasing. While cream shadows can be a little harder to blend, they are so easy for me to use so I love them.

Models Own

Models Own

Models Own is a line you want to discover. These are quality cosmetics that will enhance your looks and your attitude. Feel Brave, Be Beautiful!  —  Marcia

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Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick, Liquid Lip Lure, and Eye Crayon are wonders and so is this giveaway

wonderwomanThe recent SkinStore survey got me thinking…most women’s go to lipstick for enhancing confidence is a nude shade, not a colorful one. I must be abnormal, because I grab the colorful option every time. Add some black eye liner and I am as confident as Wonder Woman.

Illamasqua has some beautiful options that I reach for time after time, including the Glamore Lipstick in Kitsch, Liquid Lip Lure in Embers, and Colouring Pencil in S.O.P.H.I.E.                                                                     samples

Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick, Lip Lure, Colouring Pencil

Glamore Lipstick in Kitsch ($19.50) is a gorgeous cool toned blue-based pink. The formula is incredibly creamy and the lasting power is just insane.  Illamasqua KitschIllamasqua Kitsch

Rocking no makeup except Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Kitsch

Rocking no makeup except Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Kitsch

This lipstick leaves my lips soft and hydrated and the color gradually wears off without leaving a nasty ring around the edges or cracking and peeling. The medium pink is just bright enough to give me a quick boost of ‘don’t even think about messing with me’!

Illamasqua Liquid Lip Lure in EmbersIllamasqua Liquid Lip Lure in EmbersIf I am feeling more warm than cool, I reach for Illamasqua Liquid Lip Lure in Embers ($19.50). This hot orange is truly hot, hot, hot, and I am absolutely on fire when I wear it. It has a very intense pigment and, like the lipstick, the wear time is incredible. If you want a slightly less intense look, blot right after application. You’ll still be throwing elbows and taking names for hours.

Illamasqua Colouring Pencil in S.O.P.H.I.EIllamasqua Colouring Pencil in S.O.P.H.I.ESome bright lipstick and eyeliner are all I need to make me feel like I can do anything. I love eye pencils because they are so quick – and I am ALWAYS running late – and the Illamasqua Colouring Pencil in S.O.P.H.I.E. is a wonderfully sooty black that gives my eyes definition without being overly dramatic – just enough so that everyone knows I mean business. This eye pencil glides on and doesn’t smudge. I love it.

I am sure you can find your own Illamasqua power colors – just head on over to SkinStore and take a look!  – Lisa

And now for a giveaway and it’s WW this time. We have three lip products for one Beauty Info Zone subscriber.

Illamasqua Lip Lures in Nebulus and Virtue

Illamasqua Lip Lures in Nebulus and Virtue

Nebulus is a dark blue gloss while Virtue is a bright red. You can see there’s depth to the Lip Lures. There’s also a lot of pigment in the Glamore Lipsticks as seen in the Virgin lipstick.

Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Virgin

Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Virgin

Our giveaway is open WW through 12/29/16 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If our comments close (SPEAK YOUR MIND) before the giveaway is over please email us at [email protected] and label it Lip Lure. Be sure you click I commented so Rafflecopter counts your entry. All entries will be verified. You’ll be the belle of the ball with these three winter beauties.

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Vert Beauty brings us natural and organic beauty products

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We were recently introduced to VERT Beauty and sent a few products so that you can learn about them too. VERT Beauty is a website dedicated to carrying the best natural and organic brands of cosmetics, skin care, fragrance, bath & body, and hair care. The 38 brands they carry are wonderful with some you know about already but many that you’ll be glad to learn about too.

VERT is building their own brand and we were sent their concealer pencil along with a few eyeliner pencils.

MARCIA WEARS VERT BEAUTY CONCEALER IN CLAIR

Vert Beauty Concealer Pencil

Vert Beauty Concealer Pencil

Vert calls their concealer pencil a medium coverage pencil but in Claire (the lightest) I find it to be slightly more than medium. The really nice thing about this though is that the amount of coverage is variable so you have easy control over how much coverage you’ll actually get.

VERT Beauty Concealer Pencil in Claire

VERT Beauty Concealer Pencil in Claire

The Concealer Pencils ($20) are available in three shades:

Clair:  Ideal for porcelain to fair complexions

Lumière: Perfect for moderately fair complexions

Moyen: Just right for medium skin tones

Vert Concealer Pencil in Claire

Vert Concealer Pencil in Claire

Vert Concealer Pencil in Claire

Vert Concealer Pencil in Claire

Vert Concealer Pencil in Lumière

Vert Concealer Pencil in Lumière

Vert Concealer Pencil in Lumière

Vert Concealer Pencil in Lumière

I like having a variety of concealers. With a pencil I have more control and less waste. I can spot treat or draw lines where I need coverage. I usually use a cosmetic sponge to blend. Vert’s pencil is very creamy and easy to apply. I think that’s due to the anti-aging Vitamin E and Shea Butter used in the formula. It keeps it firm yet makes it easy to glide on without tugging.

Vert Beauty Concealer Pencil

Vert Beauty Concealer Pencil

Not only does this work well as a concealer but it’s also great to use on my lips to keep color from feathering. The only downside with this is that Vert really needs to increase the number of colors since even their darkest shade isn’t going to be dark enough for more than a dark medium skin tone. For the rest of us though this is a great natural choice that’s portable and helps my dark circles.

Vert Beauty Eyeliner Pencils

Vert Beauty Eyeliner Pencils

LISA WEARS VERT BEAUTY EYELINER PENCILS

Marcia isn’t much of a pencil eyeliner gal, but I am. I love the ease of pencils and the fact that I don’t need a separate brush for application. The one thing that has always frustrated me about pencil eyeliners is the lack of shimmer. Even if the pencil looks shimmery, it’s tough to find a pencil that actually applies that way.

Vert Beauty Eyeliner Pencils in Cuivre, Bleu, Violet, and Vert

Vert Beauty Eyeliner Pencils in Cuivre, Bleu, Violet, and Vert

VERT Beauty Eyeliner Pencils ($17) have the rich color typically found with gel eyeliners, plus shimmer that actually shows up! The ingredients include mango and meadowfoam seed oils, which make these a little softer and easier to apply than typical pencil eyeliners. The colors I was sent include:

Cuivre: A sparkling, intense copper

Bleu: An elegant, eye-brightening navy

Violet:  A royally rich purple

Vert: A seductive cross between turquoise and jade

Top to bottom: Vert Beauty Eyeliner Pencils in Vert, Violet, Bleu, and Cuivre

Top to bottom: Vert Beauty Eyeliner Pencils in Vert, Violet, Bleu, and Cuivre

These pencils are all gorgeous and I especially love Cuivre for a softer look and Vert, which is unlike anything I have and goes great with my brownish-green eyes. You can sharpen these pencils to a very sharp point for a precise thin line, and they can also be smudged out for a smoky eye.

There’s one more shade that I don’t have that sounds really beautiful – Noir Or: The ultimate, sexy black gold.

We are loving Vert Beauty pencils, both concealer and eyeliner!  Check out this line for these winning products and so much more.

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Concealer Ingredients:

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Glyceryl Caprylate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Tocopherol, MAY CONTAIN (+/-): Titanium Dioxide 77891, Iron Oxide 77491/77492/77499, Mica 77019

Eyeliner Pencil Ingredients:
Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Glyceryl Caprylate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Camauba) Wax, Tocopherol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, MAY CONTAIN (+/-) Mica 77019, Iron Oxides 77510/77491, Titanium Dioxide 77891

SheaMoisture Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencil review and swatches

SheaMoisture Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils

SheaMoisture Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils

Yesterday I posted about my new lean mean makeup routine since I am always running late, and it reminded me that I haven’t reviewed these awesome gel eyeliner pencils.  SheaMoisture makes 150 different products for ‘every kind of normal’, and their products include some great affordable cosmetics.  The Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils ($7.99) are great pops of color that last all day.                                                                                 samples

My favorite liner is gel eyeliner but I am lazy about using the pots and a brush.  I love pencils because you just take off the top and draw, and the lining deed is done.  The SheaMoisture Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils go on like a gel and last like a liquid liner.  The color payoff is awesome, and while there is lots of time for play, the liner stays in place – even when my mascara doesn’t.

The eyeliners come in Black, Blue, Brown, Purple, Teal and Turquoise.  I have three of them:

SheaMoisture Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils

SheaMoisture Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils

Purple, which is a bright shimmery pinky lavender; Brown, which is a deep brown with a slight golden shimmer; and Blue, which is a light cream blue .  I love using two different shades, typically Brown on my upper lash line then Blue or Purple on my lower lash line.

SheaMoisture Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils

SheaMoisture Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencils in Purple, Brown, and Blue

The colors are great, the application is easy, and the wear is long.  What’s not to love??  You can fine SheaMoisture products online at SheaMoisture.com.  Also, take a look at this video for their #BreakTheWalls national awareness platform as they challenge beauty industry standards with the question What’s Normal? – Lisa

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