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Wantable Cosmetics for July 2015

Wantable Cosmetics for July 2015

Each month WANTABLE SUBSCRIPTIONS delivers unique boxes to their subscribers. While Lisa loves the Intimates and Accessory boxes, I am truly a Cosmetic maven and that’s the box that I love getting from them (pr sample). Whenever I see a Wantable review online I like to read it to see what they sent to the subscriber and I’ve yet to find a duplicate among them. One thing I have noticed for the last few months is that the brand DOUCCE has made a big appearance. I’ve received three different Doucce products and other than the fragrance of the lipstick each has been a great addition to my cosmetic wardrobe.

The one thing that surprised me this month is that I received two items very similar to my June box. I was a bit put off at first but when I went to use them I realized just how much I liked the additions for July. In June I received a Doucce black liquid eyeliner and this month I received a Frankie Rose gel eyeliner in black. June and July brought me mascaras but they are as different as can be. The Chella Water Resistant mascara from June is great for a daily mascara while the Doucce mascara is wild and crazy (and a great look).

Doucce Volumizer Mascara in black

Doucce Volumizer Mascara in black

DOUCCE VOLUMIZER MASCARA is called PUNK VOLUMIZER MASCARA on the box. I was intrigued and frightened at the same time. At my age the word Punk isn’t in my personal vocabulary but what was the harm of trying this? Doucce says this mascara defines lashes one by one making them thicker and adding spectacular volume. My puny (unpunklike) lashes actually did end up with spectacular volume. I can only imagine what they’d do for someone who had great lashes to begin with. This is NOT a mascara I could wear daily because it eventually flakes on me but when I’m going out at night and just have a few hours, it’s definitely a go. The retail price of this mascara is $24. If I were to return it (which I won’t) Wantable would refund $10.67 towards my next box.

Frankie Rose Limitless Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Midnight

Frankie Rose Limitless Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Midnight

I wear eyeliner every day of my life though I wear brown more than black. I was a little upset with another black eyeliner until I tried FRANKIE ROSE COSMETICS WATERPROOF GEL EYELINER in MIDNIGHT. This gel eyeliner is incredibly smooth and applies like a dream. It’s a rich dark shade that’s smudge proof and waterproof. When I use this I’ll use Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover to get it off. It won’t wash off but it’s doesn’t stain. I’m a fan of Frankie Rose Cosmetics so whatever Wantable wants to send me from the brand is wonderful. The eyeliner comes with a small brush (2 1/4 inch closed) that opens to 3 1/2 inches. I prefer my own brush but this is pretty decent. Like the Doucce mascara the price is $24 with my price being $10.67.

Manna Katar Eyeshadow Stick in Spellbound

Manna Katar Eyeshadow Stick in Spellbound

MANNA KADAR EYESHADOW STICK IN SPELLBOUND is the third item and one I was excited to see. If it’s eyeshadow then I want it. What’s not to love about a taupe eyeshadow? Welllllll – it’s sparkle city. But it’s not the kind of sparkle that falls down on the job. Once I put this eyeshadow crayon on everything stays where I put it. It sets quickly and there’s absolutely no fallout. My cheeks and under eyes don’t end up glittery. This $24 eyeshadow is great with the punk look of the mascara so these will be a couple. And I’ll do my eyebrows next time I wear them – oops.

wearing Doucce Voumizer Mascara and Manna Kadar Eyeshadow Stick in Spellbound

wearing Doucce Voumizer Mascara and Manna Kadar Eyeshadow Stick in Spellbound

Manna Kadar Eyeshadow Stick in Spellbound on my lid

Manna Kadar Eyeshadow Stick in Spellbound on my lid

The last item in my box is a SETA Eyeshadow Brush. This brush brand is new to me. I have Tools listed under my Love column in my preferences so I’m always happy to find a brush, especially one for my eyes, inside. This pretty teal brush is firm yet soft and is manmade and costs $18 (return value $8) but I couldn’t find any more information about the company.

SETA Eyeshadow brush

SETA Eyeshadow brush

This month’s Wantable Cosmetic box has a value of $90 so you’d come out ahead with this $40 box. If you kept all the items then you’d have a $4 credit and next month’s box would be $36. Wantable has been sending out cosmetics for a few years now and they just keep making some great choices. When you are thinking of a subscription, think Wantable. — Marcia

*This collection was sent for review, we include affiliate links for Wantable so we can build credits for future collections. We hope if you decide to subscribe you’ll go through our link.*

Votre Vu holiday set in Oh Come Let Us Adorn Yeux

This year’s holiday cosmetic sets have been outstanding. I’m having a ball trying some out and sharing these with you. One of the prettiest I’ve come across is from VOTRE VU. It’s their limited edition Oh Come Let Us Adorn Yeux set ($38). The set includes some terrific items wrapped in a lovely red box that you’d be proud to give or get.

Votre Vu Oh Come Let Us Adorn You

Votre Vu Oh Come Let Us Adorn You

Hollywood wrapped set includes:

  • Limited Edition PALETTE PLAY EYE SHADOW – Champagne Gold
  • Limited Edition PALETTE PLAY EYE SHADOW – Heirloom Silver
  • Shadow and Define Brush
  • Pearl and crystal cluster kilt pin
  • $3 donation by Votre Vu to pediatric cancer treatment

In the gift I received for review are the two eyeshadows, a dual sided brush and a pretty pearl and crystal pin that’s officially for kilts but I like it on a coat collar. With names like Champagne Gold and Heirloom Silver you’d expect glitter but these eyeshadows aren’t glittery at all. They have a satin finish and I don’t even notice any shimmer to them. They make for a beautiful subtle eye even though you wouldn’t expect it from the names.

Votre Vu Champagne Gold, Heirloom Silver and brush

Votre Vu Champagne Gold, Heirloom Silver and brush

Votre Vu Champagne Gold and Heirloom Silver

Votre Vu Champagne Gold and Heirloom Silver

Votre Vu Heirloom Silver and Champagne Gold heavy swatches

Votre Vu Heirloom Silver and Champagne Gold heavy swatches

Votre Vu Heirloom Silver and Champagne Gold, more natural swatches

Votre Vu Heirloom Silver and Champagne Gold, more natural swatches

Heirloom Silver is a light cool toned charcoal shadow. It appears to be darker than it actually applies. Champagne Gold looks like it would apply very dark but it’s actually a pretty yellow gold that you can wear lightly or build up for more intensity. I’ve worn these two together with Champagne Gold on my lid and Heirloom Silver in the crease.

The Shadow and Define Brush that is included in this gift set is well made and works well with the shadows. I like a flat brush to pat shadows on and this does a great job.

Shadow (and define) brush

Shadow (and define) brush

(Shadow) and define brush

(Shadow) and define brush

To top it off there is a beautiful pin that is attached to the two mesh bags that hold the shadows plus Votre Vu is donating $3 to Pediatric Cancer treatment with the purchase of this set.

pin holding together the shadows

pin holding together the shadows

Votre Vu holiday pin

Votre Vu holiday pin

Votre Vu has some other great holidays specials like the adorable Snow Bunny set and the Embrace Me set with wonderful body products. But these specials are only available through January 5, 2014.

Votre Vu Snow Bunny

Votre Vu Snow Bunny

Votre Vu Embrace Me set

Votre Vu Embrace Me set

I’ve been impressed by Votre Vu before and they’ve done it again. The prices are terrific for these sets. You get your money’s worth and you can surprise your friends and family with some beautifully packaged treats for the winter holidays or birthdays. Have you had a chance to experience Votre Vu yourself? — Marcia

*received for review 

Christina Choi Cosmetics Glitz and Glamour Collection review and swatches

“Celebrate your unique beauty.”

Christina Choi

Christina Choi

That’s the mantra of Christina Choi, national makeup artist and owner/creator of Christina Choi Cosmetics.  Christina began her cosmetics career at MAC, then became the Designer of Makeup Artistry and National Makeup Artist at Bare Escentuals.  She was the personal makeup artist for Leslie Blodgett (CEO of Bare Escentuals) and she helped design their ad campaigns and infomercials, so we have been admiring her work for years. 

Christina was inspired to create a cosmetics line that works for everyone.  As an Asian-American, she had difficulty finding products that were designed for her particular needs.  So she created Christina Choi Cosmetics, which has options for all ethnicities and all needs.  Christina believes that cosmetics should enhance, not change who you are.  She launched her line last May, and it’s a really exciting collection of eyeshadows, lip glosses, and brushes.  She also has a BB Cream that I am just dying to try.  She knows her stuff, and I love that her line is completely fragrance and cruelty free.  She has some excellent YouTube tutorials as well.

If you haven’t tried Christina Choi Cosmetics yet, consider the Glitz & Glamour Collection ($70, an $89.50 value).  It’s only available until December 31st.  You also have the option to break up the kit and purchase items individually if you want.

Glitz and Glamour

Glitz and Glamour

 This kit was inspired by old Hollywood, and these are perfect ‘holiday party’ shades.  It comes in a pretty black mesh makeup bag, and here’s what’s inside:

The Perfect Liner Brush ($19) is a long-handled eyeliner brush.

Perfect Liner Brush

Perfect Liner Brush

This is a terrific high quality brush.  It has a nice, tight angled bristle and is great for lining the eyes and also for filling in the eyebrows.

The eyeshadows have a sophisticated packaging, they are thin with a flip top see-through lid.  The Chandelier Eyeshadow ($17) is pretty and unique. 

Chandelier Eyeshadow

Chandelier Eyeshadow

It’s a ‘metallic icy-silver with slight lavender undertones’. 

So pretty!

So pretty!

 It has a pearlized shimmer that really brightens the eyes.  It’s beautifully pigmented and wears wonderfully, even on my oily lids.  It blends like a dream, and all her eyeshadows are pigmented enough to be able to use wet or dry.  I use Chandelier dry as a brow shade, and wet as a lid shade. 

Swatched wet on left, dry on right

Swatched wet on left, dry on right

Christina’s eyeshadows also have Vitamins C and E in them to nourish your eyelids.

Also in the Glitz and Glamour kit is the limited edition Glitz eyeshadow/Glamour cake eyeliner duo.

duo

Glitz & Glamour

Glitz, the eyeshadow is a ‘rich navy blue with light blue shimmer flecks’.  Glamour is a ‘deep ocean blue cake eyeliner’.

cake eyeliner on left, eyeshadow on right

cake eyeliner on left, eyeshadow on right

Both shades can be used wet or dry.  Below are dry swatches of all three eyeshadows.

swatched dry

Left to right:  Chandelier, Glamour, Glitz swatched dry

Used dry, Glamour is a deep blue-gray, and as a cake liner it becomes an even deeper blue.  Just put a little water on the eyeliner brush, and that activates the cake liner, making it thicker for gorgeous lining. 

cake liner

Glamour cake liner wet

Glitz eyeshadow is stunning.  Used dry it makes a fabulous smoky eye, and you can also use it wet for even more intensity.

eyeshadow wet

Glamour eyeshadow wet

And the final product in the Glitz and Glamour Collection is the Leading Lady Luxury Gloss ($19.50).  This is a limited edition lip gloss, and it is freaking fantastic.

lipgloss

Leading Lady Luxury Gloss

Leading Lady is a ‘raspberry pink sheen’ and it is such a gorgeous shade! 

applicator

applicator

 I love the doe-foot applicator.  The lip gloss is hydrating and long-lasting without being sticky.

swatch

Leading Lady swatch

It’s semi-sheer but packs enough of a punch of color to be used on its own.  I think it’s the perfect shade for the season.

lipgloss

Wearing Leading Lady Luxury Gloss – ready for a party!

 For a really terrific tutorial on different ways to use this kit with application tips, check out Christina’s YouTube video:

Christina Choi Cosmetics is a very exciting new cosmetics line with high quality products.  It’s definitely worth checking out, and the Glitz and Glamour Collection is a great way to start.  – Lisa

*pr sample

Luxury the Edward Bess way

When I was young the highlight of my year was watching Miss America. My sister and I would be glued to the TV set watching Bert Parks do his shtick. We’d pick favorites and call them “my girl”. We’d gloat over one another if ‘my girl’ got picked. To this day I’m still fascinated by Miss America even though I’d never pick ‘my girl’ again – mainly because they never choose mine! This year I happened to be home in time to watch the show. Since I’m from Michigan I made sure to look at the screen to see Miss Michigan. Oh my goodness – what a hot mess she was. I’ve never seen such awful eye makeup on a supposed professional. Even a makeup artist friend of mine who no longer lives in Michigan proclaimed on Facebook “blend girl, blend”.

I wanted to reach through the screen and hand her Edward Bess’ Luxury Eye Brush. If she couldn’t do her eye makeup with this brush then she needs to be brushed away from color cosmetics forever.

The Luxury Eye Brush ($40) is amazing even though I looked at it with dismay when I got it. I bought it because my friend and guest blogger Ammie adores Edward Bess. When she bought this brush it intrigued me enough that in December I decided I couldn’t live without it. When the brush arrived the head of the brush was so large that I couldn’t understand the raves I’d read. But then I watched Edward Bess’ videos on you tube and it gave me the courage to do my entire eye with one brush. It worked! And not only did it work but my eye makeup looked fabulous (if I do say so myself). It takes the place of the three brushes I normally use to put on my eyes.


The brush is amazing because I can do my entire eye with it. It works as beautifully for the lid as it does for the crease. Surprisingly you can do detail work with it as well as blend with it. When using this brush the shades I use are blended so perfectly into each other that it looks professional even if you aren’t.

The length of the brush is typical, even a little shorter than my MAC brushes but the head is much larger.  The actual bristle length of the brush is just under ¾ of an inch (2 cm). At the widest part it’s ½ inch (1.5 cm) while the tip is about 3/8 of an inch (1 cm). In comparison the MAC 217 is just over ½ inch long and about ½ inch in width. While they might sound a little similar the MAC brush doesn’t have the circumference or fullness. Edward Bess’ brush is much more substantial. The Luxury Eye Brush is handcrafted with natural bristles. By the way, this is the only eye brush that he sells as of now.

The brush comes in the most elegant box. You know you’ve bought quality when this package appears on your doorstep. I know the price is high but if you love brushes and you want to look like Miss America (and not Miss Michigan) you’ll want to save for this splurge. Your eye makeup will be blended beyond belief. –Marcia

Here’s some You Tube videos of Edward Bess using this brush:

Day look (12 minutes long)

Smokey Eye

Eyeshadow Trio (this is only 2 minutes long)

Introduction to Edward Bess (if you don’t know about him)