I got lucky with the Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

Once a year the webstore Beautylish has a secret sale for Lucky Bags. This is my third year buying this and it keeps getting better. The Lucky Bag is different for everyone lucky enough to be able to buy one. The typical bag is $75 and the only clue you get when buying is that the items are brands that Beautylish sells. Considering the quality that they cover, you can’t go wrong! This year they offered a $150 bag with the same amount of items but ones with a higher value. That went in a flash. I was on an early access list, went to buy the second I saw the bags were available but no luck with that. I’m not the least big unhappy though as you’ll see from my amazing bag.beautylish lucky bag 2017 tag

6 items, 6 top notch brands! $75 plus shipping = $198 in products that I’m so excited about.

my Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

my Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

BIODERMA MICELLAR WATER: ($6.90) I believe that everyone received the small size of Bioderma Micellar. Happily for me the one I received is Sensiblo H20 which is the one I use all the time. It never hurts to have a spare of this. 5 stars!!

Bioderma Micellar Water Sensiblo H20

Bioderma Micellar Water Sensiblo H20

JOEUR LONG WEAR LIP CREME in DULCE DE LECHE ($18): There are 26 shades of this liquid lipstick available at Beautylish so I consider myself extra lucky that I received a shade that I love. I’m always receiving dark lipsticks yet I really only wear MLBB or light shades. This matte pink (which I consider warm but they say is cool) is a perfect shade for me. It also gives me the chance to try this at last to see what I think.

Joeur Long Wear Liquid Lipstick - Dulce de Leche

Joeur Long Wear Liquid Lipstick – Dulce de Leche

I have always admired the Joeur matte lipsticks on others but never was sure if I should buy one. This has a caramel fragrance that lasts for a short while and doesn’t annoy me. My lips have to be well exfoliated to wear this but that’s not a problem. 4 stars! (fragrance removed one)beautylish lucky bag 2017 joeur lip collage

ORIBE DRY TEXTURING SPRAY ($22) – Believe it or not I’ve never used a product like this. I occasionally will use a dry shampoo and always like having one in the house. Ditto with a hair spray. But it’s rare that they get used. I saw this and thought of Lisa since she’d love this (“Bigger, better, full-on glamorous hair. This invisible dry hair spray builds in incredible volume and sexy texture. Patented polymers absorb oil at the roots, leaving you with just-styled hair for days (and nights).”). I’ll try it but I bet I end up giving it to my blog partner. 3 stars from me and surely 5 stars from Lisa.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

SMITH & CULT NAILED LACQUER in LOVERS CREEP ($18): I can’t tell you how much I’ve wanted a Smith & Cult polish. I just never remembered to buy plus I couldn’t decide what color. Lovers Creep is a beautiful opaque bordeaux shade. I have a lot of polish to test but I just can’t wait to have the time to wear this.  Smith & Cult is “8-Free, Long Wear, High Shine & Smooth Coverage.” Definitely 5 stars.

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Lovers Creep

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Lovers Creep

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Lovers Creep

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Lovers Creep

NATASHA DENOUNA EYESHADOW PALETTE 5, PALETTE 13: ($48)  Well my heart skipped a beat when I saw the Natasha Denouna box. While palette 13 wouldn’t be one I’d pick to buy, it gives me the chance to try out her eyeshadows to see if I like them as much as her blush. Happily this doesn’t have the fragrance that the blush has. What it has is a duochrome green, a shimmery copper, and 3 matte shades that apply like butter.

Natasha Denoune palette 13

Natasha Denouna palette 13

Natasha Denoune palette 13

Natasha Denouna palette 13

I’m anxious to play around more with these shades. Flamingo is a great base shade with its touch of warm pink that doesn’t make me look like a flamingo. Sand Storm is very warm so I don’t think that it will get much use. Arizona is an easy to wear brown that can be built up. The prettiest shades are Pinja which looks green but reminds me of MAC Club with its green brown tone but with more oomph and Umber is an amazing golden copper. It’s a metallic shadow without visible shimmer. 4 Stars –  NO 5 stars, after all it is Natasha Denouna.

Natasha Denoune palette 13

Natasha Denouna palette 13

WAYNE GOSS OO BRUSH ($85): This originally was a limited edition brush but now it’s a permanent brush in the Wayne Goss Beautylish collection. It’s so magnificent that I don’t want to use it and get it dirty. How many times do I have the opportunity to have an $85 brush? Totally soft and luxurious. I’m overjoyed to have another Wayne Goss brush. I need to gather all the ones I have to review them for you.

Designed for a quick application with the softest finish. The large size is ideal for applying mineral or powder foundations—or any powder, bronzer, or blush—across the face. The tapered point lets you go into the eye area and do detailed highlighting work.The bristles measure 50mm in length, with a width of 20mm at it’s widest point. Hair Type: Goat. 100% cruelty free

Wayne Goss OO brush

Wayne Goss OO brush

Wayne Goss OO brush

Wayne Goss OO brush

I’m thrilled with my Lucky Bag and absolutely will be purchasing the 2018 bag. It’s been one of my favorite buys in a long time (and I’ve bought a lot). Have I tempted you? Would you spend $75 on a surprise bag?  —  Marcia

RUIMIO eyeshadow palettes will bring light to your eyes with this giveaway

You may not have heard of RUIMIO but once you read about these and see some pictures you’ll be eager to enter this giveaway. RUIMIO by Pixnor can be found on Amazon with a variety of cosmetic products. Two of their favorites are the Ruimio Eyeshadow Palette with 35 Warm Colors and Ruimio Eyeshadow Palette with 35 Warm Shimmer Colors.

RUIMIO Eyeshadow Palette with 35 Warm Colors

RUIMIO Eyeshadow Palette with 35 Warm Colors

RUIMIO Eyeshadow Palette with 35 Warm Shimmer Colors

RUIMIO Eyeshadow Palette with 35 Warm Shimmer Colors

Both of these palettes ($18.99) have 35 shadows (obviously) with a variety of matte, satin and shimmer shadows. The difference between these isn’t quality since they are both amazingly well pigmented. The difference is more with the colors. The top palette called Warm Colors is much warmer and has more matte shades. The bottom one called Warm Shimmer Colors has more neutrals, is darker, and has mostly shimmer shadows.

RUIMIO EYESHADOW PALETTE WITH WARM COLORS

Ruimio Warm Eyeshadow Palette

Ruimio Warm Eyeshadow Palette

As you can see the warm eyeshadow palette leans very warm. This one has shades like orange, light peach, browns, tans, coral, golden browns, dark peach, and many variations of these shades. Of the 35 shades 2/3 of them are matte while the other 1/3 are lightly shimmered. The variety of colors give you many opportunities to create dozens of looks. There are maybe 3 shades that have a little more shimmer but they aren’t over the top at all. There are a lot of dark brown shadows and some appear similar but none are exactly the same.

lightest shades from the warm palette

lightest shades from the warm palette

Warm palette from rows 2 and 3

Warm palette from rows 2 and 3

RUIMIO EYESHADOW PALETTE WITH WARM SHIMMER COLORS

Ruimio Warm Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette

Ruimio Warm Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette

Ruimio RUIMIO Eyeshadow Palette with 35 Warm Shimmer Colors

Ruimio RUIMIO Eyeshadow Palette with 35 Warm Shimmer Colors

Sadly my Warm Shimmer palette came with one shadow (a favorite) broken which makes my pictures look unprofessional. It’s my favorite of the two though so it’s not a problem. There are two major differences in the palettes: Warm Shimmer has none of the colors in the orange family and it’s a darker palette without many light highlights. Also all the shades have some amount of shimmer even if very lightly done.

Warm Shimmer lighter shades

Warm Shimmer lighter shades

Ruimio Warm Shimmer swatches

Ruimio Warm Shimmer swatches

The shadows from the warm shimmer palette swatched above are done without primer but with some pressure. All the shadows from both palettes have great pigment and are so smooth to use. There is some fallout since they can be dusty so I always start with my eyes to prevent eyeshadow color ruining my facial makeup. Once applied there won’t be fallout and with an eyeshadow primer they’ll last you the day. While the Warm Shimmer palette is my favorite of the two, there’s some overlap in colors between the two palettes. —  Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION  The good news is that Pixnor has offered to send to 3 of the Beauty Info Zone subscribers for our giveaway. The bad news is that this is another US only giveaway. You have to decide which of the two palettes you’d like to enter to win: Warm or Warm Shimmer. Both are pretty wonderful so you can’t lose on your choice. Two requirements are constants in our giveaways 1) You MUST be an email subscriber to Beauty Info Zone and 2) you must comment. All other entries in the Rafflecopter are extra chances to win. You can enter daily with Twitter too. This is open through 1/27/17 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments (Speak Your Mind) close early you can email your comment to [email protected] and label it Eyeshadow Palettes. Please remember that we check your entries. Here’s to beautiful eyes with Ruimio.

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Eyeshadows anyone? Korres lights the way with eyeshadows in crayon and powder

KORRES eyeshadow collections

KORRES eyeshadow collections

What do I want to see in my stocking or under the tree? Eyeshadow! I will never have enough and I don’t think you will either. Korres sent two of their favorite gift sets my way knowing how much I love their eyeshadow. These are wonderful for you or for a gift.

KORRES Greek Eye-Land Hopping Eyeshadow Collection

KORRES Greek Eye-Land Hopping Eyeshadow Collection

Most woman are more secure using powder eyeshadow so I’m starting with the KORRES GREEK EYE-LAND HOPPING 6 shadow eyeshadow collection. This holiday packaged collection has 6 musts for your own collection. These powders are absolutely the smoothest. They are dermatologically tested, free of parabens, mineral oil, propylene glycol, and ethanolamine aka chemicals. But they do have Sunflower and Evening Primrose oils in their formula to moisturize and nourish the skin on your eyelids.korres-shadows

The 6 lovely shades are Ivory (light neutral), Pink, Bronze Brown (rich and sultry!), White (a sheer neutral), Metallic Grey, and Midnight Blue (rich blue). I’ve had no fallout with these shadows since they glide on beautifully.

Korres Greek Eye-Land Hopping in white, midnight blue, and metallic grey

Korres Greek Eye-Land Hopping in white, midnight blue, and metallic grey

Korres Greek Eye-Land Hopping in white, midnight blue, and metallic grey

Korres Greek Eye-Land Hopping in white, midnight blue, and metallic grey

I don’t wear a lot of blue eyeshadow but this Midnight Blue is an exception. It’s a striking shade that doesn’t take me back to my teens. Metallic Grey is a taupe grey so it fits right in my life.

Korres Greek Eye-Land Hopping in Bronze Brown, Ivory and Pink

Korres Greek Eye-Land Hopping in Bronze Brown, Ivory and Pink

Korres Greek Eye-Land Hopping in Bronze Brown, Pink, and Ivory

Korres Greek Eye-Land Hopping in Bronze Brown, Pink, and Ivory

I am totally crazy about Bronze Brown; most of the time you’d see that name and expect a dark shadow but it’s light and lights up my eyes. I love it with Ivory on my browbone and this on my lid. Even though the middle shade is named Pink it’s a very warm pink and not what you expect pink to look like. It looks more like a rose gold actually so I’ll just rename it in my head.

KORRES Greek Nights Volcanic TWIST Shadow Collection

KORRES Greek Nights Volcanic TWIST Shadow Collection

What I love even more than the 6 powder eyeshadows is the KORRES Greek Nights Volcanic Twist Eyeshadow Collection. This is a collection of 6 mineral eyeshadow crayons that can do no wrong in my book. These are so creamy and easy to apply and they are very long lasting. Once they set, they’ll never play havoc on your eyes. Use these as bases, a quick eyeshadow look, eyeliners, smokey eyes – whatever makes you happy. This $35.95 set means these are $6 each.

KORRES Greek Nights Twists

KORRES Greek Nights Twists

HSN describes them this way:

  • #11 Ivory (light beige, neutral for lid or highlight under brow)
  • #29 Golden Bronze (rich metallic bronze for added drama)
  • #33 Grey Brown (hybrid of rich brown and smoky gray for smoky, dramatic eye)
  • #46 Olive Green (deep, rich green)
  • #68 Golden Pink (smoky, sexy light pink)
  • #98 Metallic Black (rich, deep, vibrant jet black)
Korres Greek Nights in Olive Green, Golden Pink, Ivory

Korres Greek Nights in Olive Green, Golden Pink, Ivory

Korres Greek Nights in Olive Green, Golden Pink, Ivory

Korres Greek Nights in Olive Green, Golden Pink, Ivory

Ivory is a great base shade and looks good in the corner of your eye to add some brightness. Golden Pink is a beautiful rose gold that I’m crazy about. Olive Green is a very dark olive and not one that I realized was olive actually. To bring out the green use a light touch. None of these have a drop of shimmer to them though Golden Pink does have a metallic look.

KORRES Greek Nights in Golden Bronze, Grey Brown, Metallic Black

KORRES Greek Nights in Golden Bronze, Grey Brown, Metallic Black

KORRES Greek Nights in Golden Bronze, Grey Brown, Metallic Black

KORRES Greek Nights in Golden Bronze, Grey Brown, Metallic Black

There’s nothing quite like Golden Bronze to me. I love this both as a base and as a lid shade. It adds brightness under my eyes as a liner. It’s everything I love in an eyeshadow crayon. The shade called Grey Brown is a metallic that looks a lot like a charcoal. Beautiful for smokey eyes and softer than Metallic Black. What makes Metallic Black stand out is the twinkle of shimmer that it has. It also makes an interesting base for certain pastel shades.

KORRES Greek Nights

KORRES Greek Nights

Korres always meant bath and body to me but they’ve changed that to bring my all time favorite product. I think one or both of these sets could be all time favorites for you. Both are available at HSN.com and Korres.com. You’ll want to hurry to make sure these are yours. If you are a first time buyer on Korres site you can get a code for 15% off making it even better.

Which is your favorite set? You know mine!  —  Marcia

*sent for review

 

 

Be a Stone Cold Babe with Buxom on your eyes

Buxom Cosmetics delightfully created three gift sets for us this holiday season. I’ve already shared the 6 Degrees Below Sexy and Buxom Freezes Over holiday lip sets and now it’s time for my very favorite: Buxom Stone Cold Babe eyeshadow kit. Anyone that knows me knows I’m crazzzy about eyeshadows. If I can only splurge on one item that’s what it’s going to be. Yes I am obsessed with mascara, foundation, and concealer too but nothing gets me going like eyeshadows and Buxom Stone Cold Babe makes my heart sing. I was upset because I didn’t share this with you early but I’m actually glad now because this fantastic gift set is on sale at both Sephora and Ulta for $29 instead of the original $42. I’m telling you that you need this – you really do!

Buxom Stone Cold Babe

Buxom Stone Cold Babe

The minute this was sent for review purposes was the minute I fell in love. One dozen eyeshadows in shades I love. Finishes of matte, shimmer, sparkle, and metallic all add up to a bit of perfection. Not only do the shadows wear beautifully but they work together in a myriad of ways that makes me want to use them in different combinations daily. These are neutral shades that may not suit everyone but they are the types of colors I’m most comfortable wearing.

Buxom Stone Cold Babe

Buxom Stone Cold Babe

With this set you receive the empty palette, the slide in shadows, and a Buxom Lash Mascara mini (2 oz) which is everything you’ll need for a night on the town.

Eyeshadow Shades:

  • Diamond Darling (shimmering frost)
  • Champagne Buzz (shimmering pearl)
  • Trendsetter (matte putty)
  • Sequin Sparkle (sparking pewter)
  • Frosted Pewter (sparkling iron)
  • LBD (matte black)
  • Velvet Show (sparkling white)
  • Mink Magnet (metallic bronze)
  • Haute Couture (metallic java)
  • Jetsetter (matte griege)
  • Graphic Glam (sparkling charcoal)
  • Black Tie (sparkling onxy)

 

Buxom Stone Cold Babe

Buxom Stone Cold Babe

While I swatched these over an eyeshadow primer Buxom’s eyeshadows stand out because they are primer-infused shadows that are incredibly pigmented. I love the smoothness of these and I’m crazay about the longevity of the shadows.

Buxom Stone Cold Babe

Buxom Stone Cold Babe

There are 4 shades that are new and exclusive to this set – Velvet Snow (1st left on the bottom), Frosted Petal (top row 5th shadow), Graphic Glam (bottom row 5th shadow), and Black Tie (bottom row right corner). These are wonderful additions to the previously released 8 shadows. It’s perfect to have these all together in one Fire & Frost palette.

first six shadows on left side

first six shadows on left side

second 6 shadows on right side

second 6 shadows on right side

To make this palette even better is the inclusion of the bestselling Buxom Lash Mascara in Blackest Black. While this is a mini, it will last me close to three months. This is a volumizing mascara that doesn’t flake on me. Even better is that this palette is customizable and refillable. Just open the drawer from the right-side and pop in and out Buxom Eyeshadow Bar Single refills.

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If you are searching for the perfect eyeshadow palette for yourself or a friend, you can’t beat Stone Cold Babe with its 12 gorgeous shadows and mini mascara. The price is one that should make you snatch it up instantly. I promise you’ll look like a hot babe!  —  Marcia

*sent for review, affiliate links in use

 

Pick just 5 products from Pixi Beauty? Ooh that’s hard.

It’s Marcia’s turn to be Queen for the Day with the Beauty Spotlight Team. We’ve each chosen a brand that we love to showcase for our readers. You’ve read Never Say Die Beauty’s Too Faced picks along with Justina’s Clinique favorites. Now that it’s my turn I’m picking Pixi Beauty because I wear something from Pixi every single day.pixi-favorites-all

Pixi Beauty is in a class of its own. It’s an independent beauty company that has reasonable mass market prices with department store quality. You can buy most of their line by going to your closest Target or by ordering online through Target.com or on Pixi’s website where you’ll find even more products from them.                                                                       press samples, personal products

Choosing just 5 was a chore since I easily could have chosen a dozen but I narrowed it down as I’m a rule follower. All of my choices are so reasonably priced that your wallet will barely weigh less after picking these up.

Pixi Beauty Summer Glow palette

Pixi Beauty Summer Glow palette

Pixi by Petra has many great palettes so why did I choose the Summer Glow palette (Palette Bronzette) when summer is coming to an end? Two reasons – 1) it’s a great quality palette with eye shades and face shades and 2) it’s being discontinued so I wanted you to get in on the fact that this $28 palette is now only $14 while it lasts. With 12 shadows and liners and 3 facial products this works all year round. “Gilded bronzes, taupes & peaches for eyes + matte bronze, golden beige highlight & pink sheen for complexion.” I have gotten more use out of this Bronzette Palette than any of my Pixi Palettes. Perfect for travel and at $14 you don’t want to miss out.

Pixi Beauty Brow Powder Palette

Pixi Beauty Brow Powder Palette

This brow palette is my most used item from Pixi and I’ll soon be buying a backup. I’ve tried so many brow products and liked most but I love the Pixi Brow Powder palette. As you can see from this recent picture there are two shades that get tons of love while the others get used once in a while but those two shades are perfection for me. It’s hard for me to believe that this 6 color palette is only $12. My hair color changes every 3-4 weeks so it’s easy for me to vary the color of these powders. They are thick enough to stick around, they aren’t powdery meaning no fallout, and this removes easily with water which means less hair to lose. If I had to pick just one item of the 5 this Pixi Brow Powder Palette would be my keeper.

Pixi Multibalms

Pixi Multibalms

Pixi Multibalms: top Baby Petal, Sheer Sculpt, Soft Strawberry; bottom Watermelon Veil, Wild Rose

Pixi Multibalms: top Baby Petal, Sheer Sculpt, Soft Strawberry; bottom Watermelon Veil, Wild Rose

Pixi Multibalms are my newest love from Pixi Beauty. (Be sure you enter my giveaway to win them!) I’m a huge fan of cream products and almost always pick a cream blush over a powder blush. I’ve been wearing one every day since I received these. There’s one for every color wardrobe and one for every mood. If you twist my arm to ask my favorites I’d pick Watermelon Veil and Wild Rose. At $12 each you can have several for the price of one from a different brand. The Multibalms are great for an easy on the go lip color too so you’ll look coordinated. These are infused with aloe vera, shea butter and rose hip oil adding to my love for these.

Pixi Skintreats Nourishing Lip Polish

Pixi Skintreats Nourishing Lip Polish

Picking out just one lip product from the many wonderful ones that Pixi Beauty has was the hardest task of all. I love the shea butter lip balms, tinted brilliance balm crayons and Mattelustre lipsticks. But the product that gets used daily is the Nourishing Lip Polish. Another $12 product that is a 2-in-1 lip exfoliator and nourisher. Not only does it protect my dry lips but it has a circulation factor with the unique applicator. You massage the sweet nutrient rich formula onto your lips with the applicator. You’ll want one in every bathroom, your purse, and nightstand.

Pixi by Petra Nail Colours

Pixi by Petra Nail Colours

Nobody ever talks about Pixi’s Nail Colours and I don’t know why. They are terrific. They are 3 free and chip resistant. There are 42 shades for only $8 each. These slim bottles last for many manicures yet take up a small amount of space in my collection. Shown above are Gilded Garnet, Amethyst Amore, Fuchsia Dew and Sweet Strawberry. I’ve found some on sale at my local Target so I’m always checking for them. Like all products from Pixi they are cruelty-free. A Pixi polish is always a fun addition to my life.

While these are my favorites they are just at the top of a long list of products I recommend from Pixi Beauty. What about you? Any favorites from Pixi? Any you know you need to add ASAP?  —  Marcia

some products were sent for consideration, some are purchases, also some affiliate links used

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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Pack your tiniest bags for a trip with Stowaway Cosmetics

Stowaway CosmeticsSTOWAWAY Cosmetics call themselves the Right Size Makeup Company for a good reason. All their products are small enough to stow away in a purse, pocket, or cosmetic bag. They are small yet powerful and a great size for those of us with commitment issues, overnights, quick trips, workout trips, and more.

Our product formulas are simple, refined, and hardworking, eliminating any guesswork and offering just beautiful solutions. They are packaged in a thoughtful, minimalist, and portable way—because you are busy and are doing big things. Stowaway knows that if you’re on-the-move, your beauty products are too. Stowaway is a cosmetics brand built on the philosophy that makeup should be designed to go wherever women go. Finally, the makeup you love in the sizes you can carry.

We were sent some of their products which we are happily using. We love the concept of having products that we can actually use up before trying something else. As makeup bloggers and makeup junkies STOWAWAY COSMETICS is just right for us too.

Marcia loves eyeshadow – STOWAWAY ESSENTIAL EYE PALETTE

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

No surprise to any Beauty Info Zone readers but when we received a box (tiny box) from Stowaway I wanted the eyeshadow palette instantly. Lisa allowed me to have my wish since she ended up with a very nice collection of products that you’ll soon see.

The eyeshadow palette is the size of a credit card. A long time ago Trish McEvoy used to sell palettes this size for double the price of the Stowaway Essential Eye Palette. At $25 this might seem high because of the size but when you see how useful this is, you won’t think twice about the cost.

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Inside the palette are 4 shimmer shadows on the top row and 4 matte shadows on the bottom. At first I was a bit dismayed when 0pening since the shimmers looked like glitters. My dismay turned to pleasure once I applied these and saw that they not only glided on with ease but they were shimmery without being glittery.

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette shimmer shadow swatches

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette shimmer shadow swatches

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

S1 is a light creamy linen shade. I had trouble showing it on my arm which is fine with me since I like the subtlety of it. S2 is a very pretty rose gold that I love on my lid. S3 is more of a golden brown which can be intensified or worn as is. This is a great crease shade for me. S4 is the darkest of the shimmers and harder to categorize color wise. The swatch looks brown but there’s a lot of purple in this shade.

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette all swatches

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette all swatches

The bottom row are the mattes but they apply and look more like satins except for the black shade. They all have a silkiness to them that make them easy to wear and easy to work with. M1 is a milk chocolate with a touch of cream added to it. M2 is a darker milk chocolate so they left out the cream! M3 is the darkest of the browns. On my eyes it looks warm as I see some burnished undertones. M4 is a matte black. The pigment is great and works well as an eyeliner but the texture is harder than the other shadows.

Wearing S1, S2, and S4

Wearing S1, S2, and S4

In spite of the blazing heat we’ve been having, these last very well and don’t need touch up. But rest assured, when we need touch up we can easily find it in this pint size palette.

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Lisa loves the Pretty in Pink Set STOWAWAY CREAM LIPSTICK, EFFORTLESS EYELINERMASCARA, CHEEK & LIP ROUGE

Spain

I recently had a wonderful reason to fully appreciate the size and quality of Stowaway Cosmetics products, because I took a trip to Spain with my mom. There we are, inside the Palacio Real de Madrid. Getting to Spain was interesting as I had never traveled to Europe before and I was determined to bring only one bag that I didn’t have to check. Have you tried packing for a nine-day trip with just one carry on bag?? It was a challenge but oh so freeing once I achieved it! Stowaway Cosmetics constituted my only lipstick, blush, eyeliner and mascara (ok I lied…I also brought one other eyeliner!). But the size of these gems is incredible and the quality is definitely impressive.

SpainI walked, on average, 10 miles each day through the streets of Madrid, Segovia, and Toledo in stultifying heat, and Stowaway never let me down! The Cream Lipstick ($15) has wonderful pigmentation and is hydrating, so even those 100 degree days didn’t dry out my lips. The size is small but the lipstick is mighty and I love the pinky/peach Peony shade.Stowaway Cosmetics Cream Lipstick in Peony

I love a multi-tasker, so the creamy Cheek and Lip Rouge ($15) is a favorite. Again, small but mighty – the pot is about 1/3 the size of a typical blush. My shade is the pretty pinky/peach Peony, and it looks lovely on cheeks and as a lip stain.Stowaway Cosmetics Cheek and Lip Rouge and Mascara

 I tested two products for eyes – the Extreme Lash Mascara ($12) and the Effortless Eyeliner ($10). The mascara is terrific! It has thickening fibers so it makes lashes lush and long, and the brush has a thick and a thin side, making application easy. The mascara lasts all day without smudging or smearing.

Stowaway Cosmetics Effortless EyelinerStowaway Cosmetics Effortless EyelinerStowaway Cosmetics Effortless Eyeliner

You will be shocked at the size of the Effortless Eyeliner ($10) – it’s literally the size of a q-tip! No need to sharpen this gel-textured pencil and it glides on beautifully. The Spice shade is a gorgeous shimmery copper that doesn’t smudge once it sets, which takes less than a minute.
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I can’t imagine taking another trip without my Stowaway Cosmetics. No matter how tiny your bags are, you never have to be without great color products so you can rock any country you choose to explore!!
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