Your perfect pink lips for 2017 from IT Cosmetics!

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lippiesHere’s a great resolution for 2017:  find your perfect pink lippie! The best place to start is with IT Cosmetics since they have many Je Ne Sais Quoi lip products and one is bound to be the perfect pink for you. Here are just five of the wonderful possibilities you can find at IT Cosmetics:                                                                              samplesIT Cosmetics YLBB All-Day Waterproof Lip Liner Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi

  1.  Your Lips But Better All-Day Waterproof Lip Liner Stain ($20):  This long lasting lip liner comes in nine shades, but your perfect pink is probably Je Ne Sais Quoi. It’s not just a lipliner, it’s also a stain so I love to wear this with a bit of clear gloss for fuss-free lips. Ingredients are amazing, including Peptides, Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, hydrating Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe, and Jojoba so lips stay soft and supple.  Another bonus?  Lots of Anti-Aging antioxidants including Vitamins A, C, E, Acai, Green Tea and White Tea to protect against free-radicals.Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi
  2. Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi ($20):  Want a soft, natural pink that works as a lipstick, balm, and stain? Look no further than this beauty. The clear formula works with your body chemistry to create the perfect pink flush. Anti-Aging Antioxidants including Vitamins A, C, E, Acai, Green Tea and White Tea Plum Oil, Cherry Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe and Jojoba all work together to treat, hydrate, condition, and nourish your lips. This is available in five other colors as well.Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Lip Treatment
  3. Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Lip Treatment ($24):  The original and still one of my favorites, this clear balm interacts with your body chemistry and morphs into the perfect pink flush for your complexion. It’s the mood ring of lip treatments! A blend of essential butters and oils, hyaluronic filling spheres and antioxidants smooth the look of lip lines and give you soft, kissable lips every time.Blurred Lines™ Smooth-Fill Lipstick Blurred Lines™ Smooth-Fill Lipstick
  4. Blurred Lines™ Smooth-Fill Lipstick ($24):  Who can resist a lipstick that color-corrects, revives, and fights aging? This is a truly gorgeous lip smoothing lipstick with terrific ingredients like Collagen, Peptides, Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, Shea Butter, Jojoba and Grape Seed Extract. Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill is available in 9 other colors, with Je Ne Sais Quoi the latest in the collection. Je Ne Sais Quoi is brighter in this incarnation than it is in others and is a truly perfect medium pink.Vitality Lip Flush Hydrating Lip Gloss Soft Stain
  5. Vitality Lip Flush Hydrating Lip Gloss Soft Stain ($24):  Perhaps your perfect pink is this non-sticky lip gloss that has a great wear time. The Je Ne Sais Quoi shade is a soft, milky pink that gives a light stain of color with lots of shine and slip. There are three shades that are 50% the stain amount of their original stains, which means a more natural flush of color. I adore how this feels on my lips – massively hydrating with the best slip ever.
    Left to right, with YLBB Lipliner between:

    Left to right, with YLBB Lipliner between:  Blurred Lines Lipstick, Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment, Vitality Lip Flush

    Whatever your perfect pink is, I am confident you can find it in IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lip products.  Celebrate 2017 with a resolution to discover your pretty pink pout!  – Lisa

    *sent for editorial consideration

NYC Lovatics by Demi – you won’t believe how great these are (giveaway alert too)

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Lovatics by Demi

The last time you saw me write about NYC Lovatics by Demi I was raving about the Natural palette that has been created in the Demi Lovato collection from NYC. My raves have continued since I use this palette all the time. It hits the right buttons for the looks that I love. Plus it’s a total dupe for the original Urban Decay Naked palette. It’s spot on. Whenever I see dupes I wonder about quality but there’s no wondering with this palette since the quality is there 100%.

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Lovatics by Demi

There are no names on this palette but NYC numbered them and then gathered them into groups depending on the look you are interested in: Discreet Nude, Glamour Nude and Smokey Nude. The numbers are in the order of the palette seen above.

NYC Lovatics by Demi Natural palette

NYC Lovatics by Demi Natural palette

There’s a mix of finishes in the palette making it great for whatever look you want.

NYC Lovatics by Demi first 8 swatched

NYC Lovatics by Demi first 8 swatched

NYC Lovatics by Demi last 4 swatched

NYC Lovatics by Demi last 4 swatched

 

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Lovatics by Demi shades 4, 6, 9

My favorite shades are always metallic and lightly shimmered like #4, 6, and 9. I like pigment and brightness in my shadows and Natural has that along with the everyday shades that you need like the matte shades. This is a total steal at $6.99 or $4.99 (Walmart) and I really hope that NYC brings out more palettes in this line.

NYC Lovatics by Demi Cheeky Pink Lip & Cheek Tint

NYC Lovatics by Demi Cheeky Pink Lip & Cheek Tint

In addition to the palette NYC came out with a few more fun items including four Lip & Cheek Tints that are only $3.99. These are liquid stains and they really do stain. If you are looking for a very natural lip tint that will not dry out your lips at all and yet will impart some color, these are for you. They come packaged like a nail polish and the brush is easy to use for  applying but you need to work fast with these.

NYC Lovatics by Demi Cheeky Pink Lip & Cheek Tint

NYC Lovatics by Demi Cheeky Pink Lip & Cheek Tint

I have Cheeky Pink and Cheeky Strawberry and there’s also Cheeky Red and Cheeky Berry. As much as I love cream blushes I’m really too old for these liquids as cheek shades so I personally use them on my lips. Cheeky Pink is bright and has a longer lasting stain to it than Cheeky Strawberry which is darker but subtler.

NYC Lovatics by Demi Cheeky Strawberry Lip & Cheek Tint

NYC Lovatics by Demi Cheeky Strawberry Lip & Cheek Tint

If you have a daughter who does something like dance competitions or cheerleading, these would be perfect. They give that fresh from the cold appearance but won’t disappear, especially Cheeky Pink. According to NYC these are kiss proof and smudge proof.  A great substitute for Benefit’s Lip and Cheek Tints!

I think Demi Lovato is a great spokeswoman for NYC. She’s on a career comeback, she’s bright and cheery, and she’s a fresh face beauty. With different packaging you could sell these for much more and no one would know the difference. — Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: We have extras of all three products in this review so the BIZ Subscriber who wins this giveaway will receive the two Lip & Cheek Tints as well as the NYC Lovatics by Demi Natural palette. This is open to US and Canada through 3/11/16 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If the comments close early please email your comment to beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Demi Lovato or NYC; then you can click enter and continue on.

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Perfect that pucker with Pur Minerals Pout Pens

You know that sinking feeling you get when you pass by a mirror and realize that almost all of your lipstick has worn off, except for an unsightly ring around the outside? You won’t get that feeling with Pur Minerals Pout Pens.

A good lip stain doesn’t wear off…in fact, they can be difficult to remove even when you are trying! They can also be drying, so continual hydration over the stain is necessary. Pur Minerals recently sent two shades of their new stain/lip balm hybrid Pout Pens ($20) to test – Sangria and Mai Tai.

Pur Minerals Pout Pens

Pur Minerals Pout Pens

These are very handy because the stain really lasts and the opposite end is a hydrating balm that keeps lips soft and provides some slip. Sangria is a pretty purple/wine shade and Mai Tai is a bright pinky-peach.

Pur MInerals Pout Pen in Sangria

Pur MInerals Pout Pen in Sangria

Pur Minerals Pout Pen in Mai Tai

Pur Minerals Pout Pen in Mai Tai

Pur Minerals Pout Pen in Sangria (top) and Mai Tai

Pur Minerals Pout Pen in Sangria (top) and Mai Tai

The hydrating end has such a small amount of tint that I couldn’t get any good pics of swatches. They gives some shine and also have vitamin C to help fight free radicals. The marker end is very easy to apply as the sharp tip makes for great precision.

I really like these, especially for long days without mirrors! They come in two more shades, Cosmo (red) and Fuzzy Navel (peach). You can find these handy additions to the lip stain world at Ulta and PurMinerals.com.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Refresh your beauty products with Vincent Longo

It’s six months into 2014 – time to clean out your cosmetics stash! Get rid of all your old, expired items and then stock back up with new exciting shades. Where to go? How about Vincent Longo. Now is the perfect time since we have a promotional code for Beauty Info Zone readers. Use BSBZ6WO for 15% off through Labor Day!

Get great new summer colors from Vincent Longo

Get great new summer colors from Vincent Longo

BeautyStat sent us some awesome Vincent Longo products to try and I can’t wait to tell you about them. I think it’s really exciting that VL has several gluten-free products available. Plus, there are great shades that are wearable yet still unique enough to expand your stash.

Vincent Longo Danae Lipstick

Vincent Longo Silk Velour Lipstick in Danae

The Silk Velour Lipstick ($23) is a long-wearing yet moisturizing lipstick. It has tons of pigment with tone-on-tone pearl, which reflects light and makes lips look lush. It has Vitamins A, C and E for optimal lip health. Pictured above is the shade Danae, a beautiful rose brown. It leans more rose than brown, bringing lips to life while also staying wonderfully neutral. This is a gluten-free product.

Vincent Longo Cupid's Breath Lip and Cheek Gel Stain

Vincent Longo Cupid’s Breath Lip and Cheek Gel Stain

The Lip/Cheek Gel Stain ($24) is a multi-tasking tinted gel that is both gluten and paraben-free. There is good reason why this is Vincent Longo’s number one selling product.  The stain is waterproof and won’t transfer to clothing…or to his lips when you kiss him! A great shade for summer is Cupid’s Breath, which is a true peach. It makes for a natural, glowy blush, and is a terrific lip stain shade. I put this on my lips, let it dry for 30 seconds, then cover with a little clear gloss for a pretty summer look. I have issues with gel blushes disappearing in about twenty minutes on me, but this stain sticks around all day. I just dot this on using the doe foot applicator and then blend with my fingertips.

Vincent Longo

Vincent Longo Creme Gel Eyeliner in Velvet Plum

The Crème Gel Eyeliner ($25) is really cool. It is definitely creamier than any other gel eyeliner I have tried. The creaminess makes it a dream to apply and it works fabulous as either a precise, thin line or completely smoked out. Once it sets, it stays in place and is waterproof. This stunning shade is Velvet Plum, a deep purple with blue pearl.  It’s a winner and it’s also gluten-free.

swatched top to bottom:

swatched top to bottom:  Creme Gel Eyeliner in Velvet Plum; Silk Velour Lipstick in Danae; Lip/Cheek Gelstain in Cupid’s Breath

There is one more Vincent Longo product I think is a must-have for your stash:  the Dew Drop Radiant Blush ($30). Just check out how gorgeous this is.

Vincent Longo Dew Drop Radiant Blush in Misty Blossom

Vincent Longo Dew Drop Radiant Blush in Misty Blossom

Misty Blossom

Misty Blossom

Misty Blossom is a medium pink with tiny drops of varying champagne shades. It is a demi-matte powder with pearl, so once applied it gives a beautiful youthful glow. I love this lightly dusted all over my face and neck for a quick glow. I also layer it on my cheeks for a pretty pink flush.

Misty Blossom swatch

Misty Blossom swatch

My Vincent Longo face of the day

My Vincent Longo face of the day

Here is my Vincent Longo face of the day, with Velvet Plum Creme Gel Eyeliner, Misty Blossom Dew Drop Radiant Blush, and Danae Silk Velour Lipstick.

Clean out your cosmetics stash and give yourself a great reason to buy new, updated replacements! And don’t forget the promotional code for Beauty Info Zone readers – BSBZ6WO for 15% off through Labor Day.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial review by BeautyStat

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One day only! Tarte Bow & Go 3-in-1 Set, Nov. 18th on QVC

Set your alarm because there is one heck of a sale on a beautiful limited edition tarte set on QVC and it’s for one day only – Monday, November 18th. The Bow & Go set is $49. It includes 4 Lipsurgence Lip Cremes, 2 smolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyeliners, 2 Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascaras, and 16 full size eyeshadows.

This is a fantastic gift set that is tree-ready. Just put a ribbon around these boxes and other than that, no wrapping is required!

tarte Bow & Go comes with a pretty gold ribbon...and that's all you need.

tarte Bow & Go comes with a pretty gold ribbon…and that’s all you need.

Tarte is well-known for having the best holiday sets available, and this one is a doozy.

Bow & Go, no need for wrapping!

Bow & Go

The small pink box has 4 The LipSurgence Lip Cremes. I have tried the Lip Tint and the Lip Luster, but the Lip Creme is new and is exclusive to QVC for now.

Precision Lip-Surgence box

Precision LipSurgence Lip Cremes

up close

Left to right:  Wonder, Promise, Precious, Thoughtful

swatched, left to right:

swatched, left to right: Precious, Thoughtful, Wonder, Promise

The Lip Cremes have even more pigment and more coverage than the other lip pencil formulas from tarte. These are self-sharpening and have a slightly minty taste. True to their name they are very creamy when first applied and they eventually dry down to a stain that lasts for hours on me. I actually think I like this formula best out of all the tarte chubby lip pencils. All four shades are neutral enough to be flattering and wearable for most people.

The next biggest box is blue and has four items for eyes:  two Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascaras and two smolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyeliners.

eyes

eyeliner and mascara for beautiful eyes

eyeliners

smolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyeliners in Brown (left) and Fig (right)

swatched

swatched – Brown on the right, Fig on the left

I love the eyeliner shades, they make for gorgeous thick lines that can be precise or sheered out with the smudge tool on the opposite end of the liner. Again, the emphasis is on neutral shades that will please everyone. I was surprised that both mascaras were the same color, but hey, it’s always a bonus to have a back up mascara since I never seem to realize I need a new one until it’s too late.

The eyeshadows are housed in a thin palette within the big purple box and are a mix of (yes, you guessed it!) neutral shades in a variety of finishes.

eyeshadow box

the thin palette is in the biggest box

eyeshadows

Bow & Go eyeshadows

Top: tickled pink, playful plum Bottom: beaming bronze, grateful gray

Right to Left Top: tickled pink, playful plum; Bottom: beaming bronze, grateful gray

Top:  radiant rosewood, sage advice  Bottom:  alluring almond, hot cocoa

Top: radiant rosewood, sage advice; Bottom: alluring almond, hot cocoa

Top:  ideal ivory, roasted chestnut; Bottom:  mavelous mocha, truly taupe

Top: ideal ivory, roasted chestnut; Bottom: mavelous mocha, truly taupe

Top:  buttercream frosting, pumped up purple; Bottom:  peachy keen, blissful brown

Top: buttercream frosting, pumped up purple; Bottom: peachy keen, blissful brown

Also inside the box is an instruction sheet with ideas for two different eye looks. The first is called ‘One Fine Day’, and it features tickled pink from lash line to brow, grateful gray in the crease, and playful plum in the outer corner, finished with the fig eyeliner and black mascara. The second is called ‘Meet Me at Midnight’, and features ideal ivory from lash line to brow, roasted chestnut in the crease, and marvelous mocha in the outer corner, then finishes with the brown eyeliner and black mascara.

This is a great set to give as a gift, since the colors are all basic essentials that anyone would be happy with. For everything that is included, $49 is a terrific price.  Is this on your list to give someone? Or is it on your list for yourself??  – Lisa

*pr sample, opinions are my own

Revive your glow with It Cosmetics Vitality Flush Reviver Color Stain Stick Duo

It Cosmetics Vitality Flush Reviver Color Stain Stick Duo

It Cosmetics Vitality Flush Reviver Color Stain Stick Duo

We’re back again, side by side, to tell you of the latest and greatest from IT Cosmetics. It’s true that we get sent these items often and it’s true that we rave about them constantly. But that’s because we truly love this line. When the two of us get together and talk cosmetics, of course, we are constantly talking about how wonderful the products from IT Cosmetics are. Today’s wonderful raves are for the IT Cosmetics Vitality Flush Reviver Color Stain Stick Duo. This duo is a QVC exclusive for now. The number is A234861 and the price is $29 for these.

These are totally versatile since they are a cream blush, cheek stain, lip balm, lip stain and lip gloss. However you want to use these is perfectly fine. You are getting hydration from anti-aging formulas that IT Cosmetics always use in their products. The two shades are Je Ne Sais Quoi, a sheer pink flush and Rose Flush, a sheer rose flush. Je Ne Sais Quoi is the original and some of you may have it from a wonderful TSV once offered; Rose Flush is the new addition.

The one thing to remember with these is that they are activated by your skin’s chemistry so it’s a “your mileage may vary” situation. Off to the reviews!!

IT Vitality Flush Color Stain swatches from QVC.

IT Vitality Flush Color Stain swatches from QVC.

MARCIA’S SIDE:

I’ve owned the Vitality Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi for a while so when these arrived I begged asked Lisa if I could review the newer one, Rose Flush. I’m really glad I did since it’s a great shade for me.  The above picture shows Rose Flush to be warmer than Je Ne Sais Quoi but it doesn’t appear that way on my skin. It turns into a very cool pink once I apply it.

It Cosmetics Vitality Flush Color Stain in Rose

It Cosmetics Vitality Flush Color Stain in Rose

It Cosmetics Vitality Flush Color Stain in Rose

It Cosmetics Vitality Flush Color Stain in Rose

You can see in my photos above that the tube shade looks like a warm shade but look at my swatches below:

It Cosmetics Vitality Flush Color Stain in Rose when first applied

It Cosmetics Vitality Flush Color Stain in Rose when first applied

It Cosmetics Vitality Flush Color Stain in Rose after about 10 minutes

It Cosmetics Vitality Flush Color Stain in Rose after about 10 minutes

This is exactly how it shows up on my cheeks. It’s a beautiful cherry shade on me. As some of you know, I’m a big fan of cream blush and that’s how I prefer to use this. I have to use just a small amount though because it develops into a deeper shade once it’s on. It was hard at first for me to gauge how much to apply but I’ve learned that less is best. I can always apply more. I find it so easy to use since I apply it directly from the tube onto the apples of my cheek and then use my finger to blend. Because it originally has a tacky feel to it, I let it settle in and then use my IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores powder over it to set. I have color for the entire day this way. This smells like cherries for about the amount of time it takes to dry down for me.

This is a great new addition to my IT Cosmetics family.It Vitality Rose Flush packaging

 

LISA’S SIDE:

I remember back in the ’80’s I had a blue lipstick. Guys would gawk when I twisted that lippie up and watch with amazement as I applied it and my lips turned….dark pink. It was a great party trick – like a mood ring for lips! Ah, back in the bar-going days….I also could take a cherry stem, pop it in my mouth, and pull it out tied in a perfect knot. I’m not sure why, but that blue lipstick and my cherry stem trick got me all kinds of free drinks and offers for dates!

Remembering my wild blue lippie days, I was more than happy to try the Je Ne Sais Quoi Vitality Flush. It’s like a magic trick on a stick and it makes me giggle every time I use it.

It

It Cosmetics Vitality Flush – it’s going to last you a long time

It

Je Ne Sais Quoi

In the tube, Je Ne Sais Quoi looks like it will apply clear.  But it magically turns into a light cool pink when first applied…

first applied

Je Ne Sais Quoi first applied

after ten minutes

Je Ne Sais Quoi after ten minutes

…and after ten minutes it becomes a deeper cool pink.  I love this cool shade on my neutral skin.  I usually don’t do well with cream blushes because I have an oily t-zone, but while this goes on rather wet, it dries down beautifully and has great lasting power.

sonia kashuk (2)I apply it right from the tube, then buff with a brush that has a flat synthetic brush head to get proper placement.  It gives lots of play time before drying down, so I really enjoy this blush – my magic trick on a stick!

This truly innovative formula contains IT Cosmetics Hydra-Luxe Technology, which includes ingredients such as plum oil, cherry oil, shea butter, aloe, and jojoba that all work together to help hydrate, condition, and nourish your lips and cheeks. Plus, Vitality Flush Anti-Aging Color Reviver Stain is packed with antiaging antioxidants.

Buy the set for you or to share with a pal. Just imagine the joy on a makeup lover’s face if they found this in their stocking or in a small gift bag. It Cosmetics comes through again with interesting new products that are anti-aging as well as beautiful.

*sent for review purposes

Some BIZ tarte picks for the Customer Choice Beauty Awards on QVC

A long time favorite cosmetic line of the BIZ is tarte, which has always has some tremendous deals on QVC.   A few of our most beloved products are up for different categories in the Customer Choice Beauty Awards, which you can vote on now by going HERE.

qvc customer choice beauty awards 2013

So which of our favorite tarte items are up for awards?

tarte Maracuja Self Tanner

tarte Maracuja Self Tanner

Of course there is a BIZ pick in the Best Self Tanner category. You can’t go wrong with tarte’s Maracuja Self Tanner. Check out my original view here. This self tanner smells terrific, is easy to apply, moisturizes skin and has a fantastic, natural looking color.

tarte Enchanted

tarte Enchanted

An option in the Best Lip Product category, tarte LipSurgence always gets high marks from Marcia – she particularly loves the shade Enchanted. Check out her review here.

tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes!

tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes!

It’s no surprise to us that tarte is nominated in the Best Mascara category since both Marcia and I have long been fans of the Lights, Camera, Lashes! Volumizing Mascara. With no smudging, no flaking and lots of definition and volume, what’s not to love? Check out the BIZ original review here.

Voice your opinion and vote for your favorites at QVC. The results will be up on October 17, so be sure to check back to find out which of your favorites won! – Lisa