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

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

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

Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick, Lip Lure, Colouring Pencil

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

Rocking no makeup except Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Kitsch

Rocking no makeup except Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Kitsch

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

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

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

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

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

Illamasqua Lip Lures in Nebulus and Virtue

Illamasqua Lip Lures in Nebulus and Virtue

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

Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Virgin

Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Virgin

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

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Buxom does holiday lip gifts right

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Buxom Cosmetics has gone all out this holiday season with 2 Lip Sets that are stunning, wantable, and usable. These were sent for review but I’ve been too busy wearing them to review. Now that the holidays are coming up in 2 weeks I better share so you can see what’s available by them.

Buxom 6* Below Sexy

Buxom 6* Below Sexy

6 Degrees Below Sexy is an affordable and beautiful set of 6 plumping mini Full On Lip Polishes. The shades are sparkly and are party perfect. They range from clear to dark so you’ll find a shade for every occasion. All of these gorgeous shades are named after femme fatales: Dominique (glittering ice), Amy (golden nude), Celeste (prismatic soft peach), Clair (starry plum haze), Starr (brandy cordial), Jasmine (black cherry)

Buxom 6 Degrees Below Sexy

Buxom 6 Degrees Below Sexy

Not only is this beautiful for under the mistletoe but it will make your lips look even more stunning at the strike of midnight.

Buxom 6 Degrees Below Sexy

Buxom 6 Degrees Below Sexy

“This sheer, high-shine lip polish creates the look of fuller, more voluptuous lips with a refreshing tingling sensation and gentle plumping effect. Infused with vitamins A and E, the lip formula helps keep your lips soft, supple, and protected to ensure your smoothest moves ever. ” Sold at both Ulta and Sephora.

BUXOM FREEZES OVER is on sale right now at Sephora and Ulta. At $59 it was already a great buy with 15 lip colors and 3 finishes but for $45 it’s a steal that you need to get on ASAP.

Buxom Freezes Over

Buxom Freezes Over

Can’t you just hear the screams of delight from someone who receives this? The 15 products are one of 3 formulas: Full On Lip Polish which are sheer plumping glosses, Fill On Lip Cream which is also a gloss formula yet they are opaque and last longer, then there are the Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipsticks and those are a combo of matte and cream.

Buxom Freezes Over

Buxom Freezes Over

Full On Lip Polish shades are Emma (opulent opal), Sandy (almost naked), Sugar (pink truffle), Nicole (shimmering strawberry) and Jane (huckleberry jam). As you can see they have a sheerness to them and look great over a coordinating lipstick. These have a nice plumping effect and there’s a rich caramel fragrance to them.

Full On Lip Polish

Full On Lip Polish

Full On Lip Polish

Full On Lip Polish

Full On Lip Cream shades are White Russian (pink nude), Dolly (dusty mauve), Berry Blast (vivid fuchsia),  LE Sangria (ripe cherry), and Berry Bramble which is LE to the set (rich boysenberry). The Lip Creams are more opaque and last longer on my lips. They have a vanilla fragrance to them.

Full On Lip Cream

Full On Lip Cream

Full On Lip Cream

Full On Lip Cream

Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipsticks bring you the depth and longevity you are looking for all year round. They have a matte like finish but they have a buttery look and feeling to them. They aren’t ultra matte so they don’t look drying. Buxom says they have the pigment of a lipstick with the comfort of a gloss.

Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipsticks

Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipsticks

The shades are Devious Dolly (sultry mauve), Criminal (black violet), Centerfold (warm nude), Lover (raspberry) and Dominatrix (true red). I don’t notice a fragrance with these.

Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipsticks

Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipsticks

Buxom Cosmetics has created some 5 star sets that I’d be thrilled to give and get. They are formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates and remain on the cruelty free list. Give someone a thrill (and get one for you at the same time).  —  Marcia

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Osmosis +Colour Lip Gloss review and swatches: Lilac, Pink Sapphire, and Berry Frost

Osmosis +Colour Lip GlossThe BIZ has reviewed quite a few Osmosis +Colour Cosmetics products that we love – the Longwear Liquid Foundation, Age Defying Treatment Concealer, Colour Blush, and Cashmere Longwear Matte Lipsticks just to name a few. Today I have three of the beautiful +Colour Lip Glosses ($19) for your consideration: Lilac, Pink Sapphire, and Berry Frost, all great shades that are definite winners.

The Lip Gloss is thick with a slightly sticky yet still creamy texture. It has a good wear time and high shine. The shades feature 3-dimensional pigments that make lips look full and lush. While they all have shimmer, the shimmers don’t migrate (thank goodness because no one loves chin shimmer – no one.) The lip gloss is hydrating, thanks to the jojoba and sunflower oils, and the glosses play well by themselves or with lip liner and/or lipstick.

Osmosis +Colour Lip Gloss in Lilac

Osmosis +Colour Lip Gloss in Lilac

Osmosis +Colour Lip Gloss in Lilac

Lilac is a sheer pink/purple. It’s truly a barely there color that adds plenty of shine and shimmer to lips along with a very slight tint. It’s a great choice for low maintenance days or for layering over lip liner.

Osmosis +Colour Lip Gloss in Pink Sapphire

Osmosis +Colour Lip Gloss in Pink Sapphire

Osmosis +Colour Lip Gloss in Pink Sapphire

Pink Sapphire is a rich pink.  I love this shade…it’s the perfect everyday lip gloss that gives just enough color and shine to lips to work with pretty much any outfit in any situation. It has a slight luminescence that makes it different from any other shade in my collection.

Osmosis +Colour Lip Gloss in Berry Frost

Osmosis +Colour Lip Gloss in Berry Frost

Osmosis +Colour Lip Gloss in Berry Frost

Berry Frost is a berry pink. Does this shade scream winter or what? It’s a wonderful holiday color that is ensconced in my purse for the season. Like Pink Sapphire, it has just a hint of luminescence that really gives it depth and makes lips look lush.

Osmosis +Colour Lip Gloss in Berry Frost, Lilac, and Pink Sapphire

Osmosis +Colour Lip Gloss in Berry Frost, Lilac, and Pink Sapphire

You can find these online at the Osmosis site and at dermstore.com. Dermstore has some pretty cool specials right now, including a Gift with Purchase of an Osmosis Colour Concealer ($33 Value) with any $25 Osmosis Colour purchase.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients: Polybutene, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Trihydroxystearin, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Polyethylene, Bumetrizole, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Powder, Polymethyl Metacrylate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Flavor (Grapefruit/Strawberry), May Contain (+/-): Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850:1), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140:1)

The best Halloween candy? Hard Candy!

Hard Candy Halloween!
Halloween is almost here, so hurry up and head to Walmart for the best candy…Hard Candy, that is! I am having so much fun with some great new shades that are fantastic for Halloween and beyond. Check out the latest and greatest!                                                                                                                                                                    *samples

Hard Candy Lap of Luxury Eyeshadow Palette

Hard Candy Lap of Luxury Eyeshadow Palette

Hard Candy Lap of Luxury Eyeshadow Palette

Hard Candy Lap of Luxury Eyeshadow Palette

Hard Candy Top 10 Satin in Lap of Luxury, $6:  10 – yes, count them, 10 – beautiful neutral shades from creamy tan to deep brown in a variety of finishes. You just can’t go wrong for this price. I love the tufted pink fabric compact, as well as the range of colors, although the shimmery shades have a tendency towards fallout that can be avoided by using an eye primer. It has everything you could need for any costume and this is a palette you will use all year round.

Hard Candy Halloween doesn’t stop at eyes – where it truly excels is LIPS.

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss: Hey DJ, Trophy Wife, So Fresh, Skyfall

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss: Hey DJ, Trophy Wife, So Fresh, Skyfall

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lip Gloss, $5 – Now this is some daring lip gloss! This super intense lip gloss has a great brush wand and is full of argan and citrus oils to moisturize and soften lips. There are 16 different shades available – absolutely everything you could want for any Halloween costume.

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss: Skyfall, Hey DJ, So Fresh, Trophy Wife

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss: Skyfall, Hey DJ, So Fresh, Trophy Wife

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss: Hey DJ, Trophy Wife, So Fresh, Skyfall

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss: Hey DJ, Trophy Wife, So Fresh, Skyfall

I was sent four different shades to test: Hey DJ, a bright purple/pink; Trophy Wife, a stunning orangey-bronze; So Fresh, a shimmery light green; and Skyfall, a creamy sky blue. My daughter tried all four shades to see which would best compliment her costume this year.

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss Hey DJ

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss Hey DJ

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss Hey DJ

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss Hey DJ

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss Hey DJ

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss Hey DJ

Ok, so her last photo is pretty scary, but really Hey DJ is so pretty you can wear it year round. She might be using this for Halloween but I am totally taking it for myself for everyday!

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss Trophy Wife

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss Trophy Wife

Trophy Wife is certainly the most tame of the four shades, but the color is still intense and oh-so perfect for fall. Really gorgeous and for just $5 I highly recommend you pick up this one!

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss So Fresh

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss So Fresh

So Fresh is a little more tricky to apply – it goes on rather streaky, but if you are looking for a crazy shade for Halloween it’s pretty scary. I wouldn’t recommend it for every day just because it’s tough to get it applied evenly. Plus it’s not the most flattering shade!

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss Skyfall

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Daring Lipgloss Skyfall

I have to say I liked Skyfall way more than I thought I would. It’s a costumey color, of course, but for a pastel it certainly applied far more evenly than I expected. This is a great Halloween shade.

Hard Candy also sent me one of their newest lipstick shades to test – and I am in love.

Hard Candy Twisted Metal Fierce Effects Lipstick

Hard Candy Twisted Metal Fierce Effects Lipstick

Hard Candy Twisted Metal Fierce Effects Lipstick

Hard Candy Twisted Metal Fierce Effects Lipstick

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lipstick, $5 is awesome. The packaging is adorable – love the crystal studded tube! The lipstick is moisturizing with lots of shine. My particular shade, Twisted Metal, is a new shade – gunmetal grey with tons of silver shimmer. The shimmer can migrate, but otherwise this is a fantastic lippie.

Hard Candy Twisted Metal Fierce Effects Lipstick

Hard Candy Twisted Metal Fierce Effects Lipstick

Hard Candy Twisted Metal Fierce Effects Lipstick

Hard Candy Twisted Metal Fierce Effects Lipstick

Wearing Hard Candy Twisted Metal Fierce Effects Lipstick

Wearing Hard Candy Twisted Metal Fierce Effects Lipstick

Sooooo pretty!! Awesome for Halloween, of course, but think how gorgeous this could be paired with a lighter lip gloss, like a soft purple or pink? I am definitely going to be playing around with this lipstick.

Hard Candy products are available for purchase only at Walmart and Walmart.com.  Happy Halloween!!!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

**BOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

A plethora of Pixi to please #PixiGlow

Pixi Beauty beauties

Pixi Beauty beauties

Any time a box of Pixi by Petra products arrive on my doorstep I know I’m in for a lot of delight. I always look forward to the perfect #PixiGlow with products that will exfoliate, hydrate, and then add a touch of color. Whether the products are old favorites like Pixi Glow Tonic or new ones like Rose Oil Blend and Nourishing Cleansing Balm, there’s always something to add to my routine and this time I am delighted about that.                            samples

Pixi Beauty #PixiGlow

Pixi Beauty #PixiGlow

The skincare product that Pixi is famous for is GLOW TONIC ($15 for 3.4 fl oz). This is part of their Skintreats line and has become a cult favorite. It’s an exfoliating toner that contains 5% Glycolic Acid, Aloe Vera & Ginseng. Good for all skin types it helps exfoliate for a brighter and more radiant complexion.

Pixi Skintreats Glow Tonic

Pixi Skintreats Glow Tonic

ROSE OIL BLEND is a new to me product. Even if you haven’t indulged in the world of facial oils you will appreciate this one from PIXI SKINTREATS. It has a true rose fragrance and doesn’t smell artificial. The dropper allows you to get the amount you want without compromising the oil. The iconic pixi pink and green bottle is opaque keeping the ingredients safely preserved. I find this to be a little thicker than others so it’s something I’d only use at night. It works great over Glow Tonic giving you the nourishment your skin craves.

Pixi Skintreats Rose Oil Blend

Pixi Skintreats Rose Oil Blend

Pixi Skintreats Rose Oil Blend

Pixi Skintreats Rose Oil Blend

You can see from this list of ingredients (Sweet almond, rosehip, jojoba, pomegranate seed, and rose geranium oils ) how this will nourish your skin and help with both elasticity and glow.

PIXI SKINTREATS NOURISHING CLEANSING BALM is a treat for me. I am a lazy soul and don’t usually start my night routine until about 11 p.m. I love the ease of a cleansing balm since I don’t even have to stand to use it. Apply the Nourishing Cleansing Balm on dry skin and you’ll find that the balm magically changes from solid to an oil cleanser. I love massaging my face with this and then using a cleansing wipe or Micellar Water to remove. It leaves my skin freshly cleansed and doesn’t strip my skin of needed moisture. ” It deep cleanses as it nourishes with added sweet almond oil, shea butter, and vitamin E.”

Pixi Skintreats Nourishing Cleansing Balm

Pixi Skintreats Nourishing Cleansing Balm

Pixi Skintreats Nourishing Cleansing Balm

Pixi Skintreats Nourishing Cleansing Balm

PIXI BY PETRA LIPLIFT MAX ($14) is a product you need to have in your arsenal. I love this glossy lip plumper. While mine is Petal Ice it’s transparent once on your lips. This is a “peptide-infused lip plumper that nourishes as it enhances”. This minty gloss definitely tingles so be aware of that. I can see my lips looking fuller after I apply it. I often wear this alone because I love it that much but it’s fabulous over any lipstick you choose. It gives you shine and plumping without changing the color of your lip product. It not only contains peptides that hydrate and plum but there’s aloe for healing, jojoba for moisturizing and chamomile for soothing. It’s also available in two shades: Honey Sheen and Sheer Rose.

Pixi Beauty LipLift Max

Pixi Beauty LipLift Max

Pixi Beauty LipLift Max

Pixi Beauty LipLift Max

One more and I’m most excited about this. BEAUTY BLUSH DUO + KABUKI ($18). This fabulous set is available in two shades: Peach Honey and Rose Gold. The blush duo has two sides. Mine is Peach Honey which is a peachy nude sheen and gold-beige highlight. (Rose Gold is sheer pink sheen, white gold highlight). Plus it’s packaged with a great little kabuki brush that applies these colors sheerly and make them easy to blend. This is a look in a minute and a package that would be awesome as a stocking stuffer.

Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki in Peach Honey

Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki in Peach Honey

Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo in Peach Honey

Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo in Peach Honey

This is how you’ll get your #PixiGlow. Use one or all to have a glow from within. Having Pixi Beauty in your life is always an affordable pleasure that is cruelty free and uses the finest ingredients. A plethora of Pixi that certainly pleases me.  —  Marcia

*sent for consideration

#PixiGlow  @PixiBeauty

 

Getting ‘Lippy’ with Butter London Toff and Queen Vic

Are you a ‘pop of color’ person, or more of a nudist? Whatever your preference, if you love the shine of lip gloss but prefer the wear of lipstick, Butter London’s Lippy Liquid Lipstick ($18) could be just what you are looking for. I’ve been a fan for a long time and Butter London recently sent me both classic and sassy with the shades Toff and Queen Vic.

Butter London LippyAs a liquid lipstick, Lippy’s offer full coverage and lots of shine. The LIPPY Liquid Lipstick has a thick, slightly sticky texture with lots of pigment and far more staying power than a lip gloss. It’s very shiny on, and that shine lasts through most things…although like almost all lip products, it’s not going to last through a jumbo bucket of buttered popcorn.

The opaque colors definitely read more like lipstick than like lip gloss. Lippy Liquid Lipstick doesn’t dry out my lips and to me they taste and smell very slightly and pleasantly of vanilla. Personally, I think Lippy’s have a great mouth feel and slip, although I know some people prefer a less sticky texture.

Butter London Lippy in Toff

Butter London Lippy in Toff

So let’s talk color. Butter London recently released several new shades of Lippy including Tickled Pink, Bonkers, and Fruit Cake.  I was sent Toff, one of the original shades, which is a classic creamy mauve with lots of shine. It gives my lips just enough color to be a shade over nude, which I love since my naturally pale lips pretty much disappear without any lip product.

Butter London Lippy in Queen Vic

Butter London Lippy in Queen Vic

I was also sent Queen Vic, a happy, bright cranberry with a bit of sparkle. I’m not sure if this is a new shade – I know it matches the nail polish with the same name, which I see is available at Butter London online.

Butter London Queen Vic

Butter London Queen Vic

However, it looks like the Queen Vic Lippy is currently out of stock, which is a shame – I adore this shade!! It’s my current go-to for bright (but not TOO bright) lips with lots of shine.

I am anxious to try some of the new shades, especially Bonkers and Fruit Cake. I hope you can find Queen Vic, because it’s awesome…and if not, I know you can find Toff which a great everyday Lippy.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Four ‘back to school’ beauty hacks – stock up during the Meijer Fall Beauty Week!

Four Back-to-School beauty hacks!It’s the end of the summer season and time to refresh your beauty products for fall. Meijer’s annual Fall Beauty Week is coming up – September 11 through the 17th – with tons of products on sale including skin care, cosmetics, and hair care. There are four essential items that you need for your backpack, locker, dufflebag or desk to be sure you look your best while also saving precious time. They will all be on sale during the Fall Beauty Week so get your shopping list started now!                                                                        samples

Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands

Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

1. Ensure a great hair day with headbands. My picks – Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands and Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap. The Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands are thin and are perfect time savers in the morning, plus they won’t slip off during workouts. I love the versatility of the Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap, which is also terrific for keeping hair out of your face when cleansing or applying treatments and masks.

Back to school beauty hack:  Wash your hair at night to save time in the morning.  Put your towel dried hair into a loose bun or ponytail wrapped with a soft headband for soft, beachy waves when you wake up.

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

2.  Get a great complexion with no-fuss foundation. My pick – Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2. This liquid foundation truly looks natural thanks to cutting edge pigment technology. It lasts all day with or without a primer, and does a great job of making imperfect skin look almost flawless.

Back to school beauty hack:  Even if you are running late, you have time to put on foundation. Forget about brushes or sponges – just put a pump or two on your palms, rub together to warm up, then pat on your face. Voila – instant perfect skin that looks natural and buffed in seconds. (Just remember to wash your hands after!)

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil in 305 Blonde

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil in 305 Blonde

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

3.  Don’t forget your brows! You can get great brows in seconds. My pick – L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil. Groomed brows make a huge difference and they are easier to do than you think. Using the pencil end, make short strokes that are about the length of actual brow hair to fill in sparse areas, then use the spoolie to blend in.

Back to school beauty hack: Always brush brow hair straight up for the best eye-opening look.

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

4.  Brighten your look instantly with lip gloss  My pick – NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue. There’s a reason your mother always said never leave the house without lipstick. Seriously, if you are only going to do one thing it should be your lips. Lipstick can be tricky to apply without a mirror, but lip gloss takes less precision. The NYX Butter Gloss is fantastic. It’s moisturizing and has great slip without any stickiness.  It comes in lots of gorgeous shades but I especially love the pretty pink of Merengue.

Back to school beauty hack:  Smaller tubes of lip gloss are the best! They save you money because you will definitely use the entire product before it goes bad.

Don’t forget, all four of these essential beauty products are on sale during the Meijer Fall Beauty Week from September 11 through the 17th. Put them on your shopping list – I know you will love them for all your back to school needs.  – Lisa

*post sponsored by Meijer, all opinions and advice my own!