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.

*most were sent for review

products available at Rite Aid and jessesgirl.com

Visit Jesse’s Girl on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @iwantjessesgirl

Top Ten Drugstore Favorites from 2015

Our last Top Ten Tuesday of 2015 contains items we can actually afford, even after Christmas. The ten I picked are products that I’ve used often, some even daily, in the last year. All are favorites. I’ve tried to save you from my repeats (mascara for example) but some are just too good not to share again.

1451339740_413gbp5maul._sx300_ql70_ CHOPSAVER LIP BALM is a new product for me to share with you but one I’ve been using daily the last several weeks. This is one of the most interesting lip balms I’ve tried this year. It was developed by a professional trumpet player, Dan Gosling, who you know really needs his lips being healthy. I have this in Fresh Citrus which has the tiniest hint of orange and contains SPF 15. It comes in natural without a sunscreen but I prefer it having the sunscreen. A winner!! *

ChopSave Lip Care w/SPF15

ChopSave Lip Care w/SPF15

1451339854_51mq4dtzy1l._sy300_ql70_BURT’S BEES ALMOND & MILK HAND CREME is different than most of the hand creams that I own. This comes in a jar and is very firm but touch your finger to it and it starts melting to a creamy texture. This is extremely thick, containing beeswax and Vitamin E to both hydrate and shield. I think this makes a great foot cream. I put it on my elbows and on my ankles since those two places get extremely dry for me. The almond scent is light, just a little bit nutty as it’s tempered with the non-fat dry milk. If you wash your hands over and over then this is what you are looking for. *

Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme

Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme

Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme

Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme

1451341804_41a-etmeyal._ac_ul160_sr160_160_RoC SMOOTH PERFEXION INSTANT LINE CORRECTOR is one of my favorite RoC products. I was so excited about this when I received it since it’s a much less expensive dupe of Murad InvisiBlur. I do have to use a separate SPF product with RoC Instant Line Corrector but it’s worth it. It’s a blur product that makes your foundation look better than ever. *

Roc Instant Line Corrector

Roc Instant Line Corrector

1451341017_51z1xx7mmpl._sy300_ql70_RoC DAILY RESURFACING DISKS was just reviewed yesterday. This is a great daily cleanser and exfoliator in one handy pad. While I don’t use them daily, I do use the disks several times a week since they are a gentle exfoliation that I can’t overdo. *

RoC Daily Resurfacing Disk

RoC Daily Resurfacing Disk

1451340822_31uimzctxjl._sx300_ql70_TWEEZERMAN STAINLESS STEEL SLANT TWEEZERS are an item I use every single day of my life. I’ve used other tweezers but I always return to Tweezerman. They can be sent in for resharpening but I like a brand new fresh tweezers when I get to that point. I’m more likely to drop my tweezers than anything which is why I have so many around (at least 5!!)

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman

1451340168_31fqtxqmjhl._sy300_ql70_MILANI EYESHADOW PRIMER is my favorite drugstore eyeshadow primer. I have this thing about primers and use many different brands. I like to make sure I have enough on hand for an emergency. Milani’s is just as good as the “high price spread”. Don’t start your eye makeup without an eyeshadow primer and Milani’s is as good as they get.

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

1451340287_21qyq9kbr_2bl._ql70_NYX EYESHADOW BASE IN WHITE PEARL is another alternative eyeshadow primer. The NYX isn’t as convenient to use since it’s in a pot and I need to use a brush to apply it. But the White Pearl is a nice alternative to the nude of most primers. It holds eyeshadow extremely well and gives a lot of depth to certain shades.
1451340014_41gc7-mqdel._sy300_ql70_AVEENO SKIN RELIEF GENTLE SCENT LOTION, the newest addition to the Aveeno line. The product from Aveeno that’s best for sensitive skin is their fragrance free line. But not everyone likes fragrance free so they’ve developed their Skin Relief body wash and lotion in a Nourishing Coconut scent that isn’t overpowering at all. I’ve got two minis of this and they are already in my travel bag. *

1447723035_lasting-finish-25hr_2_product-300x300RIMMEL LASTING FINISH 25 HR FOUNDATION – you are probably tired of me talking about this Rimmel Foundation but every time I wear it I’m amazed again at how great it is. It’s the only drugstore foundation I own. I chose well (091 Light Ivory) from the 7 shades available since I don’t have to play with the color to have it match. And at $6.97 it’s a steal.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hr. Foundation

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hr. Foundation

1433204538_07366PHYSICIANS FORMULA EYE BOOSTER 2-IN-1 LASH BOOSTING EYELINER + SERUM is another product that you’ve probably heard me rave about more than once. Finding a great liquid liner isn’t the easiest thing to do but finding one in brown at the drugstore is almost impossible. I’ve tried most brands that I could buy and nothing compares to the PF for me. The color is a true brown and the brush is sturdy and gives me the thin line I love.

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

Please join the other Top 10 Bloggers for their end of the year posts. You might just find a few products that you didn’t know were wonderful.  —  Marcia


*items were sent for consideration and affiliate links provided
#Aveeno, #GentleScent, #ROC

 

Edward Bess Illuminating Eyeshadow Base – worth the extra money?

Edward Bess Illuminating Eyeshadow Base in Cashmere

Edward Bess Illuminating Eyeshadow Base in Cashmere

You’ll notice that whenever I write about eyeshadow I always mention using an eyeshadow primer. Always. It’s rare that I have a day that I don’t use one. I do have a slew small collection of eyeshadow primers and I’m always looking for new ones.

Edward Bess Illuminating Eyeshadow Base in Cashmere

Edward Bess Illuminating Eyeshadow Base in Cashmere

The reason I bought Edward Bess Illuminating Eyeshadow Base is on the shoulders of Sabrina from The Beauty Look Book. I don’t know her but I follow her blog and she can convince me to buy so many items. It wasn’t one review from her that got me to buy but after her mentioning often that this was her favorite eyeshadow base, I just had to try it.

At $32 this click style pen is more expensive than most but really not terribly out of line. Too Faced Shadow Insurance which is my go-to primer is $20, Lorac Behind the Scenes Eyeshadow Primer is $21 and the new Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer is $29.

Edward Bess Illuminating Eyeshadow Base in Cashmere

Edward Bess Illuminating Eyeshadow Base in Cashmere

Now it’s time to talk about the product!! This is the only eyeshadow primer I know of that comes in 3 shades. Since it does impart a small amount of color that is important to people with different skin tones. I am extremely fair so I chose Cashmere since it’s the lightest of the three (Dune and Sand are also available).

The first few times I used this I just didn’t see what the big deal was and questioned myself about spending the extra money on it. At first the consistency was loose and there was no difference between using the Bess and Too Faced. But I remember reading that it was a thicker primer so I kept going. After about 7 uses I saw the difference. It is thicker and it covers my eyelids more precisely. I think it just needed time to get past the top of the wand and into the base.

Edward Bess Eyeshadow Base Champagne heavily swatched

Edward Bess Eyeshadow Base Champagne heavily swatched

It takes longer to dry but the primer blends out nicely and makes my shadows last longer than the others I use. I thought from the name it would be more illuminating than it actually is though. In my swatch it looks like a concealer but it’s nothing like a concealer, this base holds onto shadow.

So why do I like this in spite of the first 7 uses and the extra cost? Mainly because it works especially well with an eyeshadow that isn’t quite as pigmented as I’d like. In addition it gives my shadows a little more depth because they have more to cling to. I apply this on my lids with my finger since I don’t love using the brush on it. I let it dry down and then apply shadows. Pigments adhere better than with any of my other current bases too.

I don’t use it every day but I do like to use it with certain shadow brands and when I know I don’t have time to touch up before going out in the evening. I’d also use it on special nights so that there’s no doubt that my shadow will last through it all.

While Edward Bess used to be carried on Sephora.com where I bought mine, the only two places I could find this eyeshadow base are Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and his own site. It is also available at Beauty Bay for $29.90 but I have no experience with their site though I like that they have free shipping.

Edward Bess Illuminating Eyeshadow Base from beautybay.com

Edward Bess Illuminating Eyeshadow Base from beautybay.com

I’m happy I bought the Edward Bess Illuminating Eyeshadow Base and will replace it/when I finish it up. Have you tried this? What’s your opinion? — Marcia

 

To see the list of ingredients go to Edwardbess.com

To see The Beauty Look Book’s review on Dune and Suede go here

Luminess Air Rouge Underground Eye Primer is another player in the field

Luminess Rouge Underground Eye Primer

Luminess Rouge Underground Eye Primer

I consider myself the queen of giveaways, at least as far as The Sunday Scoop goes. I enter about 5 – 8  giveaways in a typical week while I’m looking for giveaways to share with you. Do I win many? No, unfortunately I don’t. But then every once in a while I will win and that’s a pleasant surprise. I actually won LUMINESS ROUGE UNDERGROUND EYE PRIMER along with another Luminess Rouge Underground product from Beauty Underground and I was sort of shocked. I’m only using the Eye Primer for now but it’s making me want other Luminess Rouge Underground products.

LUMINESS ROUGE UNDERGROUND EYE PRIMER

LUMINESS ROUGE UNDERGROUND EYE PRIMER

When it first arrived I didn’t realize that Rouge Underground is an offshoot of the Luminesse Air line. I was really confused about how a spray eyeshadow primer would work. That mistake was corrected when I went to photograph and sprayed out the first pump and lo & behold, it came out just like Too Faced Shadow Insurance did.

LUMINESS ROUGE UNDERGROUND EYE PRIMER

LUMINESS ROUGE UNDERGROUND EYE PRIMER

I never apply powder eyeshadow without a primer and I almost always use it with a cream eyeshadow. If I’m going to go through the work then I want longevity. That’s where this Luminess Rouge Underground Eye Primer really shines. I’m constantly amazed at how much longer my shadows last using this. Any time I’ve ever used it, I’ve never had to touch up my shadows even 10 hours later.

I’m used to putting on makeup early in the day and then between 6 and 7 p.m. touching up if we’re going out for the evening. When I look in the mirror on the days I’ve used this eyeshadow primer, my shadow looks perfect. No fading, no disappearing, just the same look as when first applied.

Luminess Underground Rouge Eye Primer swatch

Luminess Underground Rouge Eye Primer swatch

This is sold at Target and Amazon for about $16.99. Funny though that on the Luminess website it sells for $28.99. Someone’s got it wrong!!

Here’s what Amazon has to say about this:

Product Features:

  • Allows eye shadow to adhere to the eyelid for long-lasting wear
  • Ultra-sheer primer glides on effortlessly
  • Smooth finish provides crease-resistant intense color
  • Apply before eye shadow to prep your eyes for all-day vibrant color
  • Hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic for all skin types
  • No testing on animals
Luminess Eye Primer

Luminess Eye Primer

I don’t have a list of ingredients but I’m sure this is loaded with some kind of silicone. It glides on smoothly BUT it takes forever before I can apply my eyeshadow. It stays tacky for much longer than the eyeshadow primers I’m used to using. That’s my one negative comment about this primer. The Luminess website tells me that their Underground Rouge products are paraben free and non-comedogenic. It also tells me that they never test on animals.

PROS: This is the longest lasting of any eyeshadow primer I’ve ever tried (and I’ve tried a lot). CONS: You don’t want to use it if you are short on time. Give yourself time to wait until you can’t feel the tacky feeling or your shadows won’t glide on the way they should.

I’m happy that this was a prize I won since it opened my eyes to a new product line that’s reasonably priced and an eyeshadow primer I can count on for hard to hold shadows. So many people tell me that even a great primer doesn’t keep their shadows on because of oily lids so I have something to recommend for those of you who feel that way. For me it will become a staple especially on my longest days.

Have you ever tried this offshoot of Luminess? I’m very curious now about the foundation. — Marcia

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday shares our top ten primers

Top 10 Primers on Beauty Info Zone

Top 10 Primers on Beauty Info Zone

Top Ten Tuesday is back again. This week we’ve decided to share the primers that we love. I’ve gathered up 5 facial primers and 5 eyeshadow primers to share with you. I could easily have 10 of each but needed to reign myself in a little. These are the ones in current rotation. — Marcia

Facial primers

I tried to pick 5 different kind so as not to repeat myself. Let’s see how well I did.

5 favorite facial primers

5 favorite facial primers

1) B. Kamins Corrective Primerb kamins primerThe B. Kamins Corrective Primer is unique since it’s formulated with glycolic acid which is meant to help with the appearance of large facial pores. It has exfoliating properties and with time it becomes not just a primer but a treatment too. It contains rice bran for hydration. It has a silicone feel to it (contains dimethicone) so it may not be everyone’s choice but I see a smoothness when I use it that I don’t always find with other primers. For me it’s a great cool weather primer since it’s adding another layer of protection to my skin. It also mattifies my skin which is a nice change.

2. Reviva Labs Makeup Primer

Reviva Labs Makeup Primer

Reviva Labs Makeup Primer

This is a double favorite at Beauty Info Zone. Both Lisa and I both love this and don’t want to be without it. I love this because it’s a 12 month primer for me, it’s not too heavy to wear year round. This contains COQ10 (protective anti-oxidant), Olive Oil, Vitamin D3 and Vitamin A, and squalene so it’s loaded with skin goodness. This leaves me with a dewy appearance and it doesn’t take a chunk out of my wallet since the price is so reasonable.

3. Miracle Skin Transformer Vanish

MST VANISH

MST VANISH

The newest trend in cosmetic type skincare are blurring products. You’ll find them all over the drugstores now. But before they became the “in” thing there was Miracle Skin Transformer’s Vanish. It dispenses as a white silicone gel that dries down clear. It’s great for blurring imperfections. With Vanish I am comfortable using it prior to foundation application but also after. Some days I’m lucky to get out of the house with a little foundation on, with Vanish when I’m touching up later I can apply it over my foundation and get a smoother, less lined look.

4. Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Hydrating Primer

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Hydrating Primer

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Hydrating Primer

Eddie Funkhouser has the most fun primer of all the ones I’ve chosen. It’s lightly tinted but doesn’t really add color. What it adds is hydration and glow. The ingredients are squalene, glycerin, castor seed oil, jojoba oil, Vitamins A, C, and E. It does not have that silicone feel to it and I don’t believe it contains silicone. The color is called Candlelight and that’s the glow it adds. There’s no shimmer to it so it just adds a luminosity that you’ll love. Plus it’s only $14.99.

5. Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster

Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster

Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster

Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster is my luxury primer love. I’ve been very stingy using this so my packaging is already out of date but the product is fresh as ever. It’s a 3 in 1 product which is described as an anti-fatigue cream, an enriched primer and a facial mask. It’s very creamy and feels more like a moisturizer than a primer. I have used it as a mask but I prefer it as a moisturizer/primer. At $90 I’ll just keep loving how perfect my foundation looks when I use it.

Eyeshadow primers

I wear an eyeshadow primer every day with any kind of eye makeup. I use one under creams just as much as I do under powders. An eyeshadow primer is what makes my makeup go on smoother, makes colors more vibrant and last longer. I no longer have oily lids but that’s another reason to use an eyeshadow primer.

Top 10 eyeshadow primers

Top 10 eyeshadow primers

6. LORAC BEHIND THE SCENES EYE PRIMER

Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

I got a sample of this with a Lorac purchase and that was enough to convince me I had to buy this. It’s like a magnet for eyeshadows. If you have a shadow that doesn’t want to last, try this Lorac one.

7. MILANI EYESHADOW PRIMER

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

I actually reviewed this as a guest post on Prime Beauty. This is my favorite drugstore primer. It retails for $6.99 but you know there’s often a deal at CVS or Ulta so you can try this for less. It’s a light flesh color so it masks any discoloration your lids might have. Not only is it great for you, but it’s something to recommend to those new to the world of eyeshadow primers.

8. MAKE UP FOR EVER EYE PRIME

Make Up For Ever Eye Prime

Make Up For Ever Eye Prime

It was a thrill when Make Up For Ever finally brought this Eye Prime out. Even if their eyeshadows are incredibly pigmented and don’t always need a primer, other brands do. I’ve tested this eyeshadow primer with everything and I’m always happy with how long my eye makeup lasts. This is a beige cream that disappears and leaves a flawless canvas for your cosmetics.

9. EM COSMETICS EYE PRIMER

em Cosmetics Eye Primer

em Cosmetics Eye Primer

em cosmetics eye primer is my newest love. It adds luminosity without any glitter, sparkle or artifice. I was amazed at how long my shadows lasted with it and how much more oomph many of them had. I’ve noticed that em Cosmetics has lowered prices lately but this remains at $15. It’s worth that to me since the subtle white shimmer adds a wonderful brightness.

10. TOO FACED SHADOW INSURANCE aka TFSI

TFSI

TFSI

I can’t begin to count how many times I’ve bought Too Faced Shadow Insurance. It’s my go to eyeshadow primer. While others raved about Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, I remained true to TFSI. I always have one in use and a spare. I obviously dabble in other eyeshadow primers but I remain true to Too Faced. Plus I have its sister in Candlelight which is a beautiful shimmery base.

So there you have my very long list of favorites. Are any of these on your list? — Marcia

Please join my fellow Top 10ers – maybe they’ll be less wordy!

*some items were sent to test, others were purchased.

Em Cosmetics Eye Primer – winner or wanna be?

EM Cosmetics Eye Primer (site)

em Cosmetics Eye Primer (site)

On Black Friday I was convinced (that’s my excuse) to purchase some EM Cosmetics since they were having a BOGO sale. I guess I was in the mood to spend a lot since I added their Eye Primer to my cart. I paid $12.76 for two although I notice that they cost $15 each now. Whether I pay $15 or under $7 this is what I consider a best buy. It turns out that I love this shadow primer. I’ve got backups of my Too Faced Shadow Insurance plus about 7 other eyeshadow primers so this is not something I needed. But now that I have it I’m in love.

em Cosmetics Eye Primer

em Cosmetics Eye Primer

The EM Cosmetics site calls this transparent which it is and it isn’t. When you first apply it you’ll see a white liquid that has a very subtle shimmer. It takes a minute or so to dry and at that point it will be transparent. It’s very lightweight even though it goes on wet at first.

em Cosmetics Eye Primer swatch

em Cosmetics Eye Primer swatch

em Cosmetics Eye Primer wand

em Cosmetics Eye Primer wand

Here’s why I love this… let me count the ways

1. The price I paid was excellent but I still don’t consider the real price of $15 to be out of line.

2. It’s totally amazing with the em Cosmetics line of eyeshadows. There’s a definite difference in the longevity of wear with their shadows.

3. It’s just as long wearing with other brands of eyeshadows.

4. While it appears shimmery it just gives a subtle brightness to shadows therefore it livens up some of those mattes that I’m not crazy about. Even those of you who are afraid of any shimmer shouldn’t find this to be anything but giving a little more lightness to your shadows.

5. I like the wand which some people may not care for. It’s easy to get the product out and I like smoothing it on my eyelid. There’s a subtle curve to the wand that helps it on your lid. In addition it gets out the right amount.

6. The website says to think of it as a magnet for your eyes and I totally agree. Shadows adhere to it beautifully and it brings out the pigmentation of them.

It’s pretty obvious by now that this is a valentine to this particular product. The Eye Primer was the winner in my Black Friday spree. Now if only I could figure out where I put that second one!!

What eyeshadow primer do you use? — Marcia

 

fill weight: 4.5 ml/0.15 fl oz

Ingredients

ISODODECANE
NYLON-12
TALC
CERA ALBA / BEESWAX / CIRE DABEILLE
HYDROGENATED COCO-GLYCERIDES
PARAFFIN
DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE
SHOREA ROBUSTA BUTTER / SHOREA ROBUSTA SEED BUTTER
PROPYLENE CARBONATE
BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER / SHEA BUTTER
CAPRYLYL GLYCOL
BHT

More double entendres from Soap and Glory

My friends returned from a recent trip to England saying they loved it – the people were friendly, and the cosmetics were naughty.
naughty EnglandThey brought me back some Soap and Glory Cosmetics, the ones with the ‘best names’.  I reviewed the lip products yesterday.  Today is all about concealing, priming, and glowing…wink, wink!
Kick Ass Concealer

Kick Ass Concealer

Kick Ass Concealer, a Three-Piece Flaw Camouflage Kit  (RRP £10.00)
soap and glory concealer out of box
Soap and Glory says, “Includes an amazing under eye brightening concealer with PUFFEASE-8™ technology, SUPERWEAR™ light scrambling ‘on the spot’ complexion concealer & a weightless transparent setting powder with INSTA-FIX™ polymer technology.”
three products is always better than one!

three products is always better than one!

 I picked up this one and said, “You gave me something to camouflage my ass??”  Well, nothing could do that, but in terms of under eye concealer I say this is pretty kick ass.  I like having two different shades in one compact, mine is in the shade Light.
Kick Ass Concealer in Light

Kick Ass Concealer in Light

I also really like having a setting powder.

Kick Ass Concealer setting powder

Kick Ass Concealer setting powder

This is a creamy concealer that gives medium coverage.  I wouldn’t say it covers super dark circles, but it definitely offers some coverage and brightens dark areas.  It does a great job on blemishes.

Swatched - setting powder is on the far right

Swatched – setting powder is on the far right

Now if it only actually camouflaged my ass, it would be perfect.

It's About Prime Eyeshadow Underbase

It’s About Prime Eyeshadow Underbase

It’s About Prime Anti-Crease Eyeshadow Underbase (RRP £8.00)

Soap and Glory says, “A first base if you want crease-free, no smudge eye colour. Contains Insta-Lift™ Firming Para Cress Flower Proteins (to help give you more flat, glossy, smooth-finished lids), anti–colour crease long wear polymers, and coffee extract to fight morning puffiness. Use BRIGHT LIGHT under everyday eyeshadow, or SILVER LINING for a shimmering layer under party eyes.

soap and glory prime applicator

soap and glory prime swatch

I say, mine is Bright Light.  It definitely brightens and helps eyeshadow last longer.  The best way to use this is to smear some on a steel palette, then pick up a small amount on your finger and pat pat pat on the eyelid.  Don’t use too much or it will crease.  Used sparingly, it does a beautiful job of priming those eyelids.

soap and glory glow packaging

Glow Job Daily Radiance Moisture Lotion (RRP £9.00)
Soap and Glory says, “A two-in-one moisturizing lotion and temporary self-tanner, Glow Job™ features micro Bronzeburst™ Beads that ‘pop’ when you massage them, leaving you looking, healthy, refreshed, and just ever so slightly sun-kissed. (For those in the nose… it smells like sweet orange peel oil & vanilla.)”
Glow Job

Glow Job

I say, wow, quite the double entendre!  Glow Job is an extremely intriguing tinted moisturizer.  Initially, it just looks like moisturer:

soap and glory glow swatch 1

But spread out, it reveals tiny little beads full of tint:

soap and glory glow swatch 2

The beads burst as you smooth in the lotion, leaving behind gentle color:

soap and glory glow swatch 3

The only problem I encounter is at times I don’t quite ‘pop’ all the beads, and am left with either a bead on my face/body or a bit of a splotch of color.  To remedy this, I now pop all the beads with my fingers first, then apply.  It’s wonderful for those low-key days when you want some color but not full-face makeup, and it’s terrific on the decolletage.

My friends loved England, and I loved my gifts.  They are just naughty enough to be fun.  Brilliant!  – Lisa