Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Gloss – swatches for VIP, Set List, Drumroll, Groupie, Mixtape

Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Gloss

The gorgeous Marlena, aka Makeup Geek, has some fantastic lip products and we have lots of swatches for you!  This week I have Foiled Lip Glosses ($15), and next Sunday Marcia has Showstopper Cream Lip Stain Lip Glosses.


Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Gloss

The Foiled Lip Glosses are truly dreamy. My oh my these are good!! The texture is incredible – soft with great slip, yet they last for about six hours. The pigment is fantastic, with tons of reflective metallic shine. This is the most comfy lip gloss ever and I just can’t believe the finish…anything else I’ve worn with a mirror gloss is somewhat uncomfortable, but this is sooo nice. Amazing!

The gloss is NOT sticky and it is NOT frosty. The shine is on point, the shimmer is fab, there is no taste and no fragrance. Makeup Geek has a 100% total winner here. Wowza.  I have five of the ten shades available with swatches for you.  First up is the lightest shade, VIP.

Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Gloss in VIP

Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Gloss in VIP

Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Gloss in VIP (from Makeup Geek website)

VIP is a light peachy pink.  It’s dark enough to work for my thin lips…anything too nude and I just look washed out, but this has enough tint to show up.  Actually, I find that if I apply another coat the color gets more intense and deeper. It’s a very pretty, girly shade that isn’t frosty. I love it.

Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Gloss in Set List

Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Gloss in Set List

Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Gloss in Set List (from Makeup Geek website)

Set List is a medium rose with light pink reflects. This is my favorite of the five shades. Look at how beautiful this is!!  This is a perfect spring/summer shade, and if you are only going to buy one lip gloss to transition into the new season this should be it.

Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Gloss in Mixtape

Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Gloss in Mixtape

Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Gloss in Mix Tape (from Makeup Geek website)

Mixtape is a rosy plum that is really gorgeous – look at the foil effect with this one! It’s not very flattering on my thin lips, but if you have full lips you will rock it. I think this will especially remarkable on darker skin tones.

Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Gloss in Drumroll

Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Gloss in Drumroll

Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Gloss in Drum Roll (from Makeup Geek website)

Drumroll is a mid-toned purple with pink reflects, another darker shade that has a marvelous metallic finish. The wear time for this baby is insane – I put this on and I swear it lasted a full seven hours.

Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Gloss in Groupie

Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Gloss in Groupie

Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Gloss in Groupie (from Makeup Geek website)

Groupie is a brightened fuchsia with purple reflects. This is not as bright with one coat, which is how I wear it and it still lasts a good six hours.  If you want it bright, add another coat and it really gets that mirror effect.

Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Gloss swatches, left to right: Set List, VIP, Groupie, Drumroll, Mixtape

I think the Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Glosses are to die for. I am beyond impressed by these lovelies! Other shades available include Acoustic, rich ox blood-red; Backstage,  deep purple with royal blue reflects; Headliner, rich copper; Replay,  bright pinky coral; and Vinyl, a medium taupe with silver reflects and subtle purple undertones.

Be sure to check out Marcia’s review next Sunday on Makeup Geek’s Showstopper Creme Stains!  – Lisa

Pixi Beauty cosmetics and skin care needs no introduction! Giveaway time

Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights in Crystalline, Rose Gold, and Bare Brilliance

David Letterman has a new show on Netflix named “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” and that’s exactly how we feel about Pixi Beauty. It needs no introduction as a brand since we rave about them all the time. They are always coming out with new products that are unique to the market and have built up a wonderful reputation for both their Skintreats and their cosmetics. So they need no introduction, just reviews. Oh and a giveaway too.

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Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights in Crystalline, Rose Gold, and Bare Brilliance


There is a lot to love from Pixi and today I am crushing on Pixi eyes and lips.  My first date with LIQUID FAIRY LIGHTS ($15) was actually a total dud…but that’s because I thought these beauties were for lips! Yes, I used these liquid glimmer eyeshadows on my lips and was like, man, these sure are gritty. I can’t recommend these at all.  What a bummer, they are so gorgeous in the tube…how did Pixi get this so wrong?? Then I took a look at the packaging and just had to laugh!!

Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights in Crystalline, Rose Gold, and Bare Brilliance

So on my eyes they went for a second date and a true love affair was born. They are GORGEOUS. Even on my old eyes, these glimmery ethereal shadows are fantastic. They feel very interesting when applied – they go on wet and feel moist for a bit, probably thanks to the chamomile and rose extracts in the formula. They dry down in a few minutes and are so pretty. I love them by themselves, although you can also layer them over other eyeshadows if you want to add depth.

Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights in Crystalline

Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights in Rose Gold

Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights in Bare Brilliance

Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights in Crystalline, Rose Gold, and Bare Brilliance

Crystalline is a silvery sparkling white. Bare Brilliance is glimmering brown. Rose Gold is a shimmery golden brown. I apply them with the doe foot applicator (another reason I thought they were lip glosses!!) but you can use a brush or your finger.

Moving on to actual Pixi lip products, the MATTELAST LIQUID LIP ($14) is an excellent matte lippie. It lasts forever and doesn’t flake or become overly drying. It has rosehip oil in it which makes this easier to wear than many other matte lippies.

Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lip in Prettiest Pink

Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lip in Prettiest Pink

Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lip in Prettiest Pink

I really like the applicator – it’s called a PixiPetal applicator and Pixi says that it ‘provides even and precise application’ and I have to agree. You outline your lips with the point of the applicator then fill in the color with the flat side. My shade is Prettiest Pink, which is a very bright blue pink. It’s a little intense for my thin lips so I tone it down with some gloss. I want to try this in other shades that would work better for my lips, like Pastel Petal or Really Rose.

Pixi LipLift Max in Peony Bloom

Pixi LipLift Max in Peony Bloom

Pixi LipLift Max in Peony Bloom

I also love the LIPLIFT MAX ($14), which is Pixi’s plumping lip gloss. It gives lips a shiny, glossy look and has a fresh, minty taste. It has a nice slip that isn’t sticky at all, and the formula has peptides, aloe, jojoba, and chamomile that treats and hydrates lips while also plumping them up. Mine is in the shade Peony Bloom, which is a very pretty peachy pink. I just love it for spring!!


Pixi Skintreats: T-Zone Peel Off Mask, Rose Cream Cleanser, Rose Tonic

When Petra Strand started Pixi Beauty just 10 years ago you only knew about her radiant cosmetics but she always had a passion for skincare. Her first skincare item, Glow Tonic, took off and became a world favorite for women wanting natural beauty that was affordable and youth-enhancing.

As time has evolved so has Pixi Skintreats and right now there’s a surge in Rose based products.

Start with Pixi’s new ROSE CREAM CLEANSER, a nourishing cream cleanser. Surprisingly this is made with mineral rich mud that cleanses your skin as it helps strengthen and soften it. This contains some wonderful ingredients like Rose Flower Oil to moisturize; Chamomile & Aloe Vera for soothing and calming, and Avocado Oil to condition and soften your skin. I like that it’s so creamy as I find that feels hydrating.

Pixi Rose Cream Cleanser

ROSE TONIC is the next generation of Glow Tonic. It contains nutrients your skin will love while it helps tone, calm skin, balance pH, and minimize redness. This is excellent for sensitive skin as well as all skin types as it’s alcohol free. The key ingredients are Rose Flower Extract which moisturizes and restores skin; Elderflower to gently tone and brighten; and Chamomile & Aloe Vera to sooth, calm and reduce redness. Use this after cleansing or to refresh your skin at any time of day.

Pixi Rose Tonic

The T-ZONE PEEL OFF MASK is my favorite new Skintreat. I’m a fan of masks and the fact that it is meant for my t-zone makes it even better. It’s only used on your actual t-zone so for me it’s my nose and chin (the t-zone also includes forehead but I don’t have a problem there). It’s to be used 1-2 times a week, more if needed. Put on a thick, even layer and let it completely dry. Then have the fun of gently peeling it off. It gives me immediate results making my face look less congested. I usually follow up with Rose Tonic or Glow Tonic. “It contains a unique green superfood blend that includes Avocado, Cucumber, Aloe Vera, Green Tea, and Bamboo Extract to help firm & refine. Great for congested, dull & tired skin.”

Pixi T-Zone Peel-Off Mask

Pixi T-Zone Peel-Off Mask

FAST FLASH FACIAL is a great skin treat since it has three of the Skintreats in one box. “Discover our 3 steps for a fast and effective professional salon peel treatment without leaving home!
Our radiance revealing, Peel & Polish resurfaces and loosens dead skin cells, gently exfoliates, and polishes to reveal brighter skin. Our Exfoliating Glow Tonic toner with 5% glycolic acid evens out skintone for a brighter, clearer, smoother complexion. This radiance-boosting Instant Flash Balm is the ultimate 3-in-1 primer, moisturizer & mask that brightens and revitalizes to perk up skin instantly!”

Pixi Skintreats Fast Flash Facial

Pixi Fast Flash Facial

With this set you get 3 of Pixi’s most popular items. Peel & Polish is something that I use several times a week. It lives in my shower and the minute I step in I apply it to my dry skin. I let it be for at least 2 minutes while I start to wash my body, then I massage it into my skin for the exfoliation and rinse off. Glow Tonic is the star of Pixi’s line and is an exfoliating toner with 5% glycolic acid. Last in the trio is the Rose Flash Balm, a 3 in 1 product that is oil free and moisturizes and brightens. It also is great as a revitalizing mask as well as a primer to prep skin for perfect makeup application.

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Today’s giveaway is for Pixi Skintreats. (A cosmetic giveaway is coming up soon.) There are two winners for US Beauty Info Zone subscribers. You’ll be asked to comment on which of the two prizes you’d most like. One prize is the Rose Cream Cleanser and the Rose Tonic and the second prize is the Fast Flash Facial set. Two of you are going to have fabulous Pixi skin. The rest of you will need to buy these since they are that good! Giveaway runs through 4/16/18 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Lots of luck.

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On the Town and Loveable lips by Beauty Junkees

Beauty Junkees Lips

Beauty Junkees has tons of great color products at fantastic prices, and they do lips exceptionally well.  Today I have swatches from two of their collections – On the Town Liquid Lip Gloss Collection and Loveable Mini Mint Lip Gloss Collection.


Beauty Junkees Vitamin E Moisturizer Stick

First, I want to give a shout out to their Vitamin E Moisturizer Stick.  In the winter months I really battle dry, cracked lips, which is a major problem particularly when trying to wear matte shades.  This handy little moisturizing stick has been my best friend lately, so if you are doing a little lippie buying spree over at Beauty Junkees why not pick this up too?  It’s only $10, and the Vitamin E is fantastic for healing sore lips and even helps heal cold sores.  Plus, it’s colorless, unscented, paraben free, gluten-free, and cruelty free.

On the Town – top shade is Metallic Mauve, bottom shade is Dinner Party

I only have two of the 3 colors from the On the Town Liquid Lipstick Collection ($34.97).  This collection features red liquid lip shades ranging from deep cranberry to subtle mauve.  They are super pigmented and very long-lasting – in fact, they can last all day if you don’t eat anything greasy.  The liquid lipsticks apply like a lip gloss but have the pigmentation of a lipstick, and then dry down to a matte finish.  Beauty Junkees says these have three times more pigment than any other liquid lipstick on the market.  They definitely are impressively pigmented, and if you aren’t a fan of the matte finish you can top them with a clear gloss and they will still have the same long wear time.

Top: Metallic Mauve; Bottom: Dinner Party

The top shade above is my favorite, Metallic Mauve.  It’s gorgeous – a beautiful light metallic mauve that gives lips tremendous depth.  The bottom shade is Dinner Party, a matte deep berry.  This is very pretty although a tough shade for my thin lips to pull off – I end up topping it with a shimmery clear gloss.  The shade I am missing is Vampirette, a matte deep cranberry stain.

Loveable Mini Mint Lip Gloss Collection

What’s not to love about the Loveable Mini Mint Lip Gloss Collection ($14.97)?  I always really appreciate the smaller sized lip glosses because you know you will use them up before they have a chance to go bad.  There is no doubt you will use up this super pretty trio of pastel shades – rose, mauve, and peach – feminine, girly, definitely loveable.

Top to bottom: Mint Charming, Mint Blossom, Mint Sugar Glaze

Mint Charming goes on with a slight rosy tint and lots of shimmer. Mint Blossom has the most pigment, with a slightly shimmery finish and a mauve plum tint. Mint Sugar Glaze has a matte finish and a peachy tint.

These lip glosses have a lovely slip and aren’t the least bit sticky.  They give lips just the right amount of color and are wonderful for a casual daytime look.  The ‘mint’ part of the name come from the spearmint extract in the formula, which makes them taste minty and also gives them a cooling sensation.  The ingredients also include aloe and vitamins C and E so the glosses are very hydrating.

Beauty Junkees does lips right, and these two lip collections are wonderful.  Head over to and take a look! – Lisa

Go Buxom for the best lips around

Buxom lips

If you are a lip product fan then you probably already know about the amazing array of lip products created by BUXOM COSMETICS. If you aren’t a lip product fan then you need educating. Either way the Beauty Info Zone team is ready to show you the many types of lip products so that you can begin your Buxom knowledge.

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Here’s a list of what’s available from Buxom:












Now multiply that by the oodles of colors available in each formula and you can see why we say to go to Buxom!

Today we have a smattering of some BUXOM formulas and colors so that you can see what you are missing.

MARCIA IS USING Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick, PlumpLine Lip Liner, Power Plump Lip Balm, and Full On Lip Polish

I hit the jackpot! When Lisa and I meet we decide who is going to review the products we get sent. I really fell for these lip products so Lisa let me pick what I wanted. I did good!


Buxom Big & Sexy Gel Lipsticks in Evocative Petal, Burning Desire, Nude Exposure

This comes in two formulas and Buxom makes it easy for you to tell which formula they are with their packaging. The Matte lipsticks are houseD in a matte finish tube while the Satin finish is in a shiny tube. To make it even better the tubes are terrific since they have a strong magnetic closing. These aren’t coming apart in your purse or pocket so they can spend the whole day with you.

Lipsticks in Evocative Petal, Burning Desire, Nude Exposure

EVOCATIVE PETAL is my matte gel lipstick, it’s available at Ulta who describes it as a matte deep rose. This is actually a softer rose than that description implies. For a matte lipstick it applies very smoothly due to the gel formula. It looks like a matte but it doesn’t look dry.

BURNING DESIRE is a satin finish, which on me is more flattering than a matte. It too has an easy glide on formula. The shade is a blue red and it fits the Big & Sexy name. It’s a very striking color and one that would be flattering to most red lip lovers. It’s a gorgeous shade. (available at both Ulta and Sephora)

NUDE EXPERIENCE is my personal favorite of the three (with Evocative Petal close behind). It’s described as a nude beige or a peachy pink and I see a lot of peach in it. It’s a light shade which is my preference but when I add a liner or a gloss it intensifies. I love this satin formula since it’s a gloss and lipstick in one. It feels light and moisturizing on my lips.

Satin lipsticks: Burning Desire, Nude Exposure


Buxom PlumpLine Lip Liners in InfraRed, Ransom and Stealth

Not only am I excited about these lip liners but if you spend $30 on Buxom at Ulta thru 2/17 you’ll get one as a gift with purchase. The Plump Line Lip Liners are different than my other lip liners. It’s plumper! The point is plumper, your lips will become a little plumper, and it’s available in 20 matte shades. They make for a great lip crayon or liner. Use it all over your lips as a base and your lip color will last longer.

There’s a lip brush on the opposite end of each one so that you can smooth the color especially when using it all over. Here’s what they have to say about the ingredients: “Unique peptide and hyaluronic acid booster helps to stimulate collagen, build volume, and plump to perfection – without irritation.”

Buxom PlumpLine Lip Liner brush on one end

The three shades I have are great with the Big & Sexy Bold Gel lipsticks or just on their own. My favorite is Ransom, a pink nude which is great for Nude Experience and half the lipsticks I own. Next is Stealth, a warm nude, also great for Nude Experience and the other half of the lipsticks I own. The stand out though is InfraRed which is an orange red that’s much more red than orange. If I apply this and use the brush I can make it look like a cherry popsicle lip.

Buxom PlumpLine Lip Liners in InfraRed, Ransom and Stealth


There are 100 shades of Buxom Full On Lip Polish that Ulta carries. 100! If all are as pretty on as Dolly is then I’d want them all. Dolly is described as a shimmering sultry mauve and it sure is sultry.

Buxom Full On Lip Polish in Dolly

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish is the best-selling gloss from the lip plumping authority in a tingly shimmer-sheer finish. Lips reach their full potential with this ultimate lip plumper. A high-shine plumping gloss tingles to coax a gorgeous pout while pampering and moisturizing lips with Vitamins A and E. Lips stay lusciously soft, plumped, and seriously sexy. Unique peptide and hyaluronic acid booster helps to stimulate collagen, build volume, and plump to perfection – without irritation.

This is a lip plumper so if you don’t like that tingle you won’t like these but I don’t mind it at all. My lips are tiny so seeing a fuller look is a delight.


Buxom Power Plump Lip Balm in Big O

Power Plump is unlike any other lip balm. It’s big, it plumps your lips, it tingles, and it reacts with your own lips to create a unique shade for you. When I apply it I see all the pink that I wish my lips naturally had. Some lipsticks that react like this turn more fuchsia on me but this is pink and makes me much happier. The original shade is Big O but now they’ve added 3 more (Glowing, Fiery, and Flushed). I’m sitting here wearing it and I can still feel the tingle after 3 hours.


LISA IS USING Full-On Lip Polish, Full-On Lip Cream, and Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick 

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish, Lip Cream, and Gel Lipstick


DEFIANT BLOOM sounds like one rebellious lippie, doesn’t it?? Normally I don’t go for matte lipsticks because I have thin lips and matte lipsticks make them look so thin it’s like they aren’t even there. But a gel matte sounded intriguing and I love pink so I went for this one.

Buxom Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Defiant Bloom

Buxom Bi & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Defiant Bloom

Defiant Bloom is indeed a matte classic blue pink, and it has a fantastic wear. While it’s matte it isn’t dry, and while this turned out to be too bright for me to pull off, those of you who can rock this shade will be very, very pleased with the texture and longevity.

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Celeste

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Trixie


Celeste and Trixie are my Full-On Lip Polish shades, and they are gorgeous. Celeste a is sheer peach with prismatic shimmer – perfect for those with pigmented lips. Trixie has a lot more pigment and is a pretty pink with beautiful shimmer. These lip plumping glosses give lips lots of tingle…I mean it, after an hour my lips still feel it. I love these lip glosses and reach for them all the time.

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Dolly


Now, if you are looking for some lip plumping without the shimmer yet you still want some shine, the Full-On Lip Cream is right up your alley.  White Russian is a gorgeous creamy nude pink that has all the lip plumping power but more of a glassy shine. For a deeper shade, I love Dolly which is described as a sultry mauve. This is a pretty tenacious lip gloss, sticking around longer than most, and it has a nice slip – not too sticky. Nicely done, Buxom!


Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Celeste, Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian, Full-On Lip Polish in Trixie, Full-On Lip Cream in Dolly

Now that you see the variety of lip products available from Buxom be sure you go online to Sephora or Ulta or get thee to a store to check out all the pretty shades for yourself. You won’t be sorry but you will look amazing.

Vivienne Sabo lips and more lips with a giveaway you want to win

We previously introduced you to Vivienne Sabo when we shared their mascara and eyeshadows. Now it’s time for lips. We’re doing this side by side review a little differently today since we wanted to have enough products to have a 3 person giveaway. Lisa will be sharing the lip products she’s been using while Marcia will describe others and show you what’s in the giveaway.

There are a variety of lip products from Vivienne Sabo, many from the Mon General Collection. Today we have a sampling of lip products.

Mon General


I have samples three different types of Vivienne Sabo lippies – Rouge Charmant Matte Lipstick, Vivienne Sabo COULEURS FRAICHES, and Brilliance Hypnotique 3D Effect Lip Gloss.  

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Vivienne Sabo Rouge Charmant matte lipstick 709

Vivienne Sabo Rouge Charmant matte lipstick 709

Vivienne Sabo Rouge Charmant matte lipstick 709

The Vivienne Sabo Rouge Charmant matte lipstick 709 ($24) is a pretty matte pink shade. This is a lovely lipstick that is matte with a velvet texture. It does need to be reapplied every 60 minutes, but it wears off evenly which is nice for a matte shade.


Vivienne Sabo COULEURS FRAICHES brush

Vivienne Sabo COULEURS FRAICHES in light pink and coral

The Vivienne Sabo COULEURS FRAICHES is a vinyl gloss that has a high shine and an opaque finish. The squeeze tube sends the gloss up through the brush for easy application. The gloss is slightly sticky and has lots of slip. It smells fruity and tastes yummy, and has very nice lasting power. There are some great four packs available on Amazon in different color combinations.

Brilliance 3D Hypnotique Gloss, top to bottom:  21, 32, 42

Brilliance 3D Hypnotique Gloss top to bottom:  21, 32, 42

The Vivienne Sabo Brilliance 3D Hypnotique Gloss is a clear or tinted shimmering gloss that gives depth and shine to your lips, whether by itself or over another lip color. If you have pigmented lips this is a great stand alone lip gloss. If you are like me and have basically colorless lips, you will want either a lip liner or else a lipstick for underneath these glosses.  21 is pure silvery shimmer, 32 has a light baby pink tint and tiny golden shimmer, and 42 is medium pink tint with a mix of golden and silver shimmers.


One winner will receive 3 of the sparkly Vivienne Sabo Champs Elysses glosses. These are beautifully sparkly. Without opening them let’s see how I do describing them. 101 is a nude shade that will look great to sparkle up any lip color. 102 is a peach shade that’s got a touch of pink to it while 103 is more pink with a touch of peach to it. These look like they’ll stand up on their own if you don’t want to apply them over a lipstick. I think they’d be great with just a lipliner.

Vivienne Sabo Champs Elysses glosses

Winner two will get what I call the red package. There’s the lovely Rouge Charmant matte lipstick 714 ($24), Brilliance 3D Hypnotique gloss which is a sparkly true pink, and Matte Magnifique liquid lipstick in 216 a beautiful cherry red. None of these three are easily found so this combination would make you look magnificently unique.

Vivienne Sabo 714, Rouge Charmant

Vivienne Sabo Brilliance 3D Hypnotique, Matte Magnifique liquid lipstick, Rouge Charmant 714 lipstick

The third package is the pink package. The lipstick is a pink/lavender Rouge Charmant lipstick in 602 and has some shimmer to it (I think this is my favorite of all of these), Champs Elysses Gloss in pastel pink (108) which isn’t as sparkly as the first batch plus one of the Colouers Fraiches glosses (04) in that adorable polka dot packaging.

Vivienne Sabo COULEURS FRAICHES 04, Rouge Charmant lipstick 602, Champs Elysees 108 gloss

Vivienne Sabo Champs Elysses glosses

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New Year’s beauty with Milani

Makeup Wars chose the topic of last minute gifts today but as I was perusing websites I realized that it’s almost too late for items to be shipped in time for Christmas. So I’m talking about New Year’s Eve instead and the pretties you can get in time for that special occasion.

Milani Hypnotic Lights and Stellar Lights

If there’s ever a time to glitter and glow it’s now. With Christmas and New Year’s Eve in a 7 day period you get to pull out all the stops Go for gorgeousness with cosmetics that won’t break the bank – MILANI.

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Ever since I first discovered Milani it’s been a favorite brand and one that I can rely on. I’m insanely attracted to highlighters but I don’t use them enough to spend a fortune on them. When Milani sent these highlighters my way I was sitting on Cloud 9. Testing and wearing them has been delightful and will continue to be for the holiday events coming up.

HYPNOTIC LIGHTS Powder Highlighter is available in 4 gorgeous shades ($13). They remind me of Becca highlighters which are more than 3x the cost. A similar intoxicating design, soft holographic colors and a wonderful glow.

Milani Hypnotic Lights Highlighter in Luminous Light

This powder is infused with light reflecting pearls that illuminate and give a soft almost imperceptible glow yet move your head and the pink iridescence shows to its best advantage. The highlighter is so soft to the touch, you want to pet it! Wear it over blush or eyeshadow for a look that will bring out the Cinderella in you. I have Luminous Light, a soft pink, and there’s also Beaming Light (light lavender), Luster Light (light peach), and Flashing Light (golden tones). To boost the color more spray your setting spray (Milani Make It Dewy) on your blending brush first. You can find Luminous Light and Luster Light at Ulta and all 4 at

Milani Hypnotic Lights Highlighter in Luminous Light

For a little more razzle dazzle you’ll want to give STELLAR LIGHTS Highlighting Palettes a whirl. These powders have some glitter in them but it’s not glitter you’ll find all over your face or clothes when you wear them. There are two palettes that contain 3 shades in them ($13) which you can wear separately or mix/match.

Milani Stellar Lights Highlighting Palettes

Holographic Beam is a cool toned dream with its soft iridescent blue, pink and peachy gold.

Milani Stellar Dreams in Holographic Beam

Milani Stellar Dreams in Holographic Beam

The shades  in both of these Stellar Lights palettes are micro-milled and buildable so it can be used by the young adventurous lovelies and the older stylish ladies alike. The shades are very richly pigmented and give a multi-dimensional highlighting effect.

Milani Stellar Dreams in Rose Glow

Milani Stellar Dreams in Rose Glow

Milani Stellar Dreams in Rose Glow is a warmer palette with a beautiful white, fabulous gold, and terrific rose gold. The shades can be used in several ways. Apply them where sunlight or candlelight hit your face using either a blush brush or your fingers. Use your finger to gently dab the colors onto the inner corners of your eyes and on the Cupid’s Bow. Use your brush to apply a shade along the bridge of your nose and cheekbones and blend. While you probably don’t need both palettes, you wouldn’t be sorry if you bought both!

Milani Amore Shine and Stellar Lights

Milani is known for their lip products for good reason. You’ve more than likely seen their lipsticks and liquid lips touted online and that’s because they have a wide variety of colors for every woman’s taste and they are so well priced at $9 each.

AMORE LIGHTS Liquid Lip Color is available in 12 shades. Unlike most liquid lip colors available these days these are shiny and not matte. In my opinion they are so much easier to wear than a matte lip. The applicator tip makes them a breeze to apply since it hugs your lips while dispensing the color evenly. “Designed with a weightless texture and non-sticky feel for hours of non-feathering, comfortable wear. Contains a pout-loving blend of emollients and collagen microspheres, so lips appear full and voluminous.”

Milani Amour Shine Liquid Lip Color in Crush and Seduction

Milani Amour Shine Liquid Lip Color in Crush

One swipe really gives me enough color to do my lips. I like to put some on my bottom lip, rub my lips lightly together and then use the tip of the brush to even it out. When I wear Crush I find it lasts well and leaves a light stain behind. It doesn’t feather on me at all. I am very happy to report too that I don’t notice any fragrance with Amore Shine.

Milani Amour Shine Liquid Lip Color in Crush and Stellar Lights in Prismatic Pink

Now for true holiday fun you’ve got to try STELLAR LIGHTS Holographic Lip Gloss. These are the shiniest glosses in town. There’s some contained micro-glitter in the color and if you aren’t careful you’ll find some glitter travels but it’s worth it when you want to sparkle.

Just look at these colors. To die for. There are 6 in all (Opalescent, Iridescent Blue, Luminous Peach, Prismatic Pink, Flourescent Fuchsia, and Kaleidoscopic Purple, $9). These are lightweight and have holographic light reflective pearls in them giving you that prismatic shine. These do have a light cocoa fragrance to them but all you’ll notice is how enticing they make your lips look. Wear these alone or put them over your lip color of the day.

Milani Stellar Lights Holographic Lip Gloss in 01 Opalescent and 04 Prismatic Pink

MILANI Cosmetics are found in many mass market stores along with some at Ulta and lots of special items like these Holographic ones on their website. As a cruelty free company that strives to produce products to complement all ethnicities, skin tones, and ages I think they’ve done a fabulous job. Party makeup doesn’t have to be expensive but it needs to be as beautiful as these products. Have a fantastic holiday. —  Marcia

Mistletoe ready!! Buxom Lips Off Leash

Buxom has done it again this year with a fantastic Holiday Collection – all lips, 15 mini lip plumpers to ensure you are ready for any mistletoe in their fabulous set, Lips Off Leash ($59, a $150 value).

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Who wouldn’t want to find this wonderful set of 15 mini plumping lip polishes and lip creams under their tree? Inside the cute packaging are seven shimmery lip polishes and eight opaque lip creams, all with tons of plumping power to make your lips look full and lush.

There is a lot to love about this set.

You can break it up and it suddenly becomes five or six gifts! The small size lip glosses are actually really practical, too. I can’t tell you how many gorgeous lip glosses I have thrown away because they went bad before I had time to use them all up. I also love the wide array of shade and the two different finishes. I mean, there really is something for EVERYONE in this collection. The formulas include vitamins, tons of pigment, peptides and hyaluronic acid boosters to stimulate collagen and plump those lips.  Lips feel a little tingly, but they don’t get super irritated and stay nice and moist.

The Lip Polishes are all shimmery and gorgeous. The set includes shades that go from light shimmery pink to deep shimmery cranberry – Brooke, Clair, Sophia, Jasmine, Stacy, Jill, and Kayla.

The Lip Creams are lovely – some are more sheer than others, but they all have a shiny, glossy finish. The shades are interesting and tend toward pastels, including Pink Champagne, Peach Dacquiri, Dolly, Mudslide, Berry Bramble, Wild Orchid, Cherry Flip, Sangria.

More good news – these lippies have no parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. You can find Lips Off Leash at Sephora and Ulta.

Buy yourself a Lips Off Leash collection and you will have every shade of lip gloss you could possibly need for an entire year!  Then buy another and for $59 you will have gifts for five of your friends. It’s an awesome gift idea this holiday season!  – Lisa