Pixi says “Hello Rose!”, we say “hello beauty”

Pixi by Petra Hello Rose!

Pixi by Petra Hello Rose!

As the weather yoyos through winter and spring it’s time to bring some spring to your step and Pixi is the one to do just that. They’ve introduced a new set that brings subtle rose shades into your life for a radiance you won’t want to be without.

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Pixi Hello Roses

Pixi Hello Roses

Pixi Beauty has delightfully come out with two new sets to keep us Pixiholics happy. I was sent Hello Roses!, the pink set for those of us who love cool tones, and there’s also Hello Glow! in case you prefer peach shades. I promise you can’t go wrong.

Hello Rose!

Hello Rose!

Glow Booster in PinkPearl – sheer pearly pink, Beauty Blush Duo in Rose Gold – Sheer pink sheen, white gold highlight, and LipLift Max in Sheer Rose

Hello Glow!

Hello Glow!

Glow Booster in PeachGold, Beauty Blush Duo in Peach Honey, and LipLift Max in Honey Sheen

Inside the box you’ll find three products that help complete a beautiful look. A blush duo, glow booster, and LipLift Max for just $22.

Pixi Beauty Blush Duo in Rose Gold

Pixi Beauty Blush Duo in Rose Gold

Pixi Beauty Blush Duo in Rose Gold brought out the first big smile upon unboxing this. Two silky blushes that apply like silk. Blush and highlight together cuts down on clutter. These shades are very subtle though you can build them up. My swatches are barely seen in the picture but the duo looks lovely when on my face. No shimmer is allowed even on the highlighter side. Instead it reflects light creating a subtle glow.

Blush Duo from Hello Rose!

Blush Duo from Hello Rose!

(The blush duo is available separately for $18 and includes a brush.)

Pixi Glow Booster in Pink Pearl

Pixi Glow Booster in Pink Pearl

What isn’t available anywhere except in this kit is the Glow Booster. This beautiful PinkPearl cream adds a delightful radiance that is particularly flattering on my cool toned skin. It can be applied under your makeup, mixed in with foundation, or applied just where you want to bring some attention. I l.o.v.e. that it’s not fragranced and I love the subtle iridescence of it. My favorite ways to use this is either right on my cheeks prior to apply blush or just above my cheekbones to bring just a touch of gleam.

Pixi Glow Booster in Pink Pearl bottom, Sheer Rose Liplift Max top

Pixi Glow Booster in Pink Pearl bottom, Sheer Rose Liplift Max top

Last is Pixi’s LipLift Max ($14 separately) in Sheer Rose. LipLift Max is available in three shades and I’m always using the clear Petal Ice. Now I have Sheer Rose to add color to my lips alone or over lipstick.

LipLift Max in Sheer Rose

LipLift Max in Sheer Rose

Volume-maximizing lip treatment with a cooling sensation and glossy finish. Peptides hydrate, firm and plump. Added aloe heals, jojoba moisturizes and chamomile soothes. Fresh mint flavor.

Sheer Rose has a brown undertone to it and works perfectly with the blush duo and glow booster.

Pixi LipLift Max in Sheer Rose

Pixi LipLift Max in Sheer Rose

Pixi LipLift Max in Sheer Rose

Pixi LipLift Max in Sheer Rose

I notice a little tingle when I first apply this but nothing that bothers me. The tingle brings me some plumping which I’m always up for!

Pixi by Petra Hello Roses!

Pixi by Petra Hello Roses!

Like all Pixi products these are cruelty free and reasonably priced. Pixi doesn’t bombard us with new items so it’s very exciting when they do bring out some of the beauty line. I’m always enticed by Pixi and love that I can order it online at their website, target.com or go to a Target store to find something special.  —  Marcia

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Wear red lips for the Lunar New Year

Chinese new year rooster

2017 is the year of the Rooster. It’s just one of the 12 animals that represent the Lunar New Year. There are 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac: the rat, the ox, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the goat, the monkey, the rooster, the dog and the pig. Each animal has attributes that are said to be part of their year especially for newborns.

Roosters are considered to be in charge of time, i.e. crowing to greet the day, as well as being hard working and diligent. If you were born in the year of the Rooster your lucky numbers are 5,7. and 8 but avoid 1, 3, and 9. Your lucky flowers are Gladiolas, Cockscomb and Impatiens. Your colors are golden, brown, brownish yellow, and yellow but it’s best to stay away from white and green.

The holiday is celebrated with fireworks in Asian countries and in cities with large Chinese populations. Red is the lucky color for the Lunar New Year which began on January 27th in the evening and is fully celebrated on January 28th, 2017. Celebrants wear red, decorate with red, and receive red paper envelopes with money to start the year with prosperity. Red is believed to ward off bad luck and misfortune. For people born in a year of the Rooster, wearing red underwear is a must for 2017.

Chinese new year, giving red packet.

Chinese new year, giving red packet.

Now that you know about Lunar New Year let’s talk about the color red and some of the hottest cosmetics out there featuring red, which you know means lips!

PUR Cosmetics has some winners!

PUR Chromeglaze Gloss in Rebel

PUR Chromeglaze Gloss in Rebel

Pur Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in Addiction

Pur Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in Addiction

Pur Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Fever

Pur Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Fever

PUR Lip Gloss Stick in Game Day

PUR Lip Gloss Stick in Game Day

PUR is available on their website as well as at ULTA.

ZuZu lipsticks on Good Earth Beauty are excellent options for natural beauty lovers.

No matter what your sign is, RED is the lucky color? What’s your favorite red lip?  —  Marcia

Natural cosmetics from Cleure and a giveaway

If you have sensitive skin that reacts to many ingredients found in haircare, skincare, and cosmetics then it’s time to learn about CLEURE, a hypoallergic brand that is free of harsh chemicals and ingredients that can cause reactions. CLEURE is an organic brand made in the US and provides you a healthier beauty alternative.cleaure-giveaway

I was sent a variety of their cosmetics to give to one Beauty Info Zone reader and that reader just might be you!

Cleure Midnight Kiss eyeshadow duo

Cleure Midnight Kiss eyeshadow duo

Midnight Kiss is an eyeshadow duo that can be used anywhere on your eyes. Use it as eyeshadow, eyeliner, and for eyebrows. The two colors in here are a dark matte brown and dark matte gray. This makes a perfect staple for your cosmetic bag. The silky texture makes it easy to apply. Right now this is on sale for 50% off so it’s just $10.

Cleure Mineral Blush in First Kiss

Cleure Mineral Blush in First Kiss

Loose Mineral Blush from Cleure comes in 2 shades –  First Kiss and Velvet Rose. First Kiss is a soft pink with just a touch of peach to it while Velvet Rose is a merlot wine shade. Having both would be ideal since you could mix them in different proportions to create an entire wardrobe of mineral blush. These cruelty free blushes are gluten free, bismuth chloride free as well as being paraben and salicylate free. These are finely milled and easy to apply.

Cleure Mineral Lip Gloss in Berry

Cleure Mineral Lip Gloss in Berry

For a beautiful fall lip you’ll fall in love with Cleure Mineral Lip Gloss in Berry. Cleure only makes this in two shades which is a shame since it’s a very moisturizing gloss that’s made with 100% pure shea butter, minerals and Vitamin B5. Since it’s gluten free and vegan it can be used by everyone without a problem.

Cleure Mineral Lip Gloss in Berry

Cleure Mineral Lip Gloss in Berry

Cleure has other cosmetics like Flawless Mineral Lipstick. The Cabernet shade just screams fall, Thanksgiving, winter! These lipsticks are available in 6 shades which is good news. You can choose Kiss Me (soft candy pink), Darling (soft rosy pink), Cabernet (plum wine), Flower (adobe plum), Burlesque (red rose) or Almost Nude (deep parfait hint of orange/bronze). With the wind and cold on their way you’ll love this moisturizing lipstick.

Flawless Mineral Lipstick in Cabernet

Flawless Mineral Lipstick in Cabernet

Flawless Mineral Lipstick in Cabernet

Flawless Mineral Lipstick in Cabernet

CLEURE is also a skincare line that focuses on being as clean & pure as your natural skin should be while also being non-comedogenic, non-irritating, fragrance free and fully backed by the Mayo Clinic. CLEURE is fragrance free and doesn’t add harmful ingredients such as salicylates, gluten, parabens and formaldehyde. It’s a line that deserves to be on your radar and in your makeup bag.  —  Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: The winner of this giveaway will receive the Midnight Kiss duo, Berry Lipgloss, and Kiss Me Mineral Blush. This is for US only (I can’t drive to go to a post office). As usual you must be an email subscriber to Beauty Info Zone and comment according to the Rafflecopter. The giveaway is open through November 18, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Lots of luck~~

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Making waves with Modern Merbabe the Boxycharm July box

Boxycharm for July 2016

Boxycharm for July 2016

I’m sure you’ve heard of Boxycharm. It’s become my favorite subscription box and the July box shows me why this has made me so happy. Let me start by telling you that a subscription is $21 a month and you’ll receive only full size items. It can be 4 or 5 each month. This month the box has a value of $120. Not a bad investment at all.

Boxycharm for July 2016

Boxycharm for July 2016

As with all subscriptions you may not have bought the items to begin with so the value of $120 may be high but not worth it to you. For me this month’s Boxycharm is a winner and one I’m very excited about.

OFRA PROFESSIONAL MAGNETIC PALETTE AND 6 EYESHADOW PANS

OFRA Magnetic Palette and eyeshadows

OFRA Magnetic Palette and eyeshadows

How could I not be excited about this? I’ve been thinking of buying a new Z palette since mine are almost filled and I’d like to organize better. Not only do I not have to do that but I got 6 gorgeous shadows that would retail for $12 each on their own. These don’t have names imprinted on them and I can’t really tell from the OFRA website but there are 3 beautiful shimmer shadows and 3 mattes. All 6 are very workable shades with the shimmers and the light yellow shade (could be Banana Highlighter Powder) my favorites. They’ve valued this set at $59 but I think they undervalued it since the shadows alone would be $60.

OFRA eyeshadows

OFRA eyeshadows

MALLY BEAUTY is included this month too and I got lucky. Some boxes received an Ice Blue Mally Waterproof Eyeliner pencil ($18) while others got one of two Mally Rounded Blender Brushes ($15). I love brushes so having this green metallic brush is a little piece of heaven.

OFRA Magnetic Palette, eyeshadows, and Mally Rounded Blender Brush

OFRA Magnetic Palette, eyeshadows, and Mally Rounded Blender Brush

Mally Rounded Blender Brush

Mally Rounded Blender Brush

The brush has longer hairs than my other blending brushes so it’s a great change of pace for me. Into my brush cups this went instantly.

To add to the thrill of this box there’s a NOYAH LIP GLOSS in Malbec ($16), a wine berry shade. I remember when Noyah only had lip balms and I lovingly reviewed them. It’s great to see how far they’ve come. This is a natural lip gloss made without made without sulfates, parabens or phtalates. The packaging is adorable with an earth friendly bamboo top.

Noyah Lip Gloss in Malbec

Noyah Lip Gloss in Malbec

Noyah Lip Gloss in Malbec

Noyah Lip Gloss in Malbec

To top off the beauty in this sweet box is PYT HAIR Oil Treatment ($30). While I’ve only used it once I was amazed at the shine I suddenly had from the treatment. It’s made with Argan Oil which I already know is great for my skin or hair. It’s safe for color treated hair and it helps leave hair frizz free.

Ingredients: Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Argania spinosa kernel oil, Fragrance (Lilial, D-Limonone, Hydroxycitronellal, Lyral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Coumarin), Triticum vulgare (Wheat) germ oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil, Panthenol.

PYT HAIR Oil Treatment

PYT HAIR Oil Treatment

I’m thrilled to learn about this new brand and use it in my routine.

Even though I don’t have a clue why this month’s Boxycharm is called Modern Merbaby (other than they do say “Let’s Make Waves”) I still think it’s one of the best I’ve received from my subscription. Now I can’t wait for another month to pass so I can get my next one. Are you a subscription box fan? — Marcia

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Get triple hydration with Mally H3 Lip Gloss

Mally Beauty needs no introduction. We all know and love Mally with her bubbly personality and wonderful products. We love it even more when new products are introduced though and today we have Mally H3 Lip Glosses that are unlike any that Mally has ever introduced us to.

Mally H3 Lip Glosses

Mally H3 Lip Glosses

There are 6 total shades: Pink Daisy, Shimmering Nude, Sweet Peach, Tea Rose, Perfect Nude and Orchid Berry. All six can be found at Ulta.com for $20 each plus at QVC there’s a trio for $36. We were lucky enough to be sent 2 of these to do a Side by Side review but we think we are going to be buying more of these ASAP.

H3 stands for the triple hydration these glosses give you. “Get enviable, fierce coverage with this ultra-moisturizing high-shine gloss that is formulated with antioxidants and plenty of moisture, leaving your lips full and sparkling.”

MARCIA and her TEA ROSE H3 GLOSS

Mally H3 Gloss in Tea Rose

Mally H3 Gloss in Tea Rose

Tea Rose is such a Marcia color. I’m crazy about Tea Rose. What makes me even happier though is that Mally’s new H3 glosses feel so different from other glosses. Their triple hydration makes them feel so soft and moisturized. In general I’m not a lip gloss person like my partner Lisa. She looks so fabulous in glosses and loves them to pieces. I prefer a lipstick or liquid lipstick. But Mally has taken that bias away with this gloss.

Tea Rose in artificial light

Tea Rose in artificial light

Tea Rose indirect sunlight

Tea Rose indirect sunlight

Tea Rose is the perfect pinky peach with a small amount of sparkle to it that can’t be felt but that brings my lips to life. This is the shade that I always seek when shopping. This H3 gloss isn’t sticky at all. Even though Tea Rose is a fairly light shade, it imparts plenty of color and I can wear it alone or with a lipliner. I have to thank Mally for bringing out this new formula and ask her to create more “gorgois” shades.

Mally H3 Gloss in Tea Rose

Mally H3 Gloss in Tea Rose

LISA and her BERRY ORCHID H3 GLOSS

I definitely am a lip gloss person…I always need lots of slip on my lips. If my lips feel dry I get very antsy…in fact, I don’t even care if it’s rude, I put my lip gloss any time, anywhere because the alternative drives me batty. Most of my lip glosses are in the berry family so I had a feeling I was going to be happy with the Berry Orchid shade.

Mally Berry Orchid H3 Gloss

Mally Berry Orchid H3 Gloss

Mally Berry Orchid H3 Gloss

Mally Berry Orchid H3 Gloss

Berry Orchid is actually much deeper than I expected from the bottle. It has a slight shimmer that’s very pretty. My only issue with this gloss is the doe foot wand applies too much gloss for my thin lips. If I’m not careful, I find lots of gloss in the corners of my mouth – which is not a good look. So I’m careful to kind of scrape the doe foot along the side of the container as I pull it out, which solves the ‘corner gloss’ problem.

Mally Berry Orchid H3 Gloss

Mally Berry Orchid H3 Gloss

Mally H3 Gloss lives up to the triple hydrating, giving me soft and hydrated lips. The wear time is normal for a non-sticky gloss. While it would be awesome if it lasted longer, I still love this gloss and wear it all the time.  Nicely done Mally!

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The twelfth day of Christmas giveaway with Eddie Funkhouser

Sadly today is the last day of our Twelve Days of Christmas giveaway. Happily it’s for EDDIE FUNKHOUSER COSMETICS which we totally love and are proud to be sharing with one of our readers. You’ve heard me rave about their products for years. That’s only because they are so fabulous! We review a lot of brands on Beauty Info Zone but not many touch our hearts. Eddie Funkhouser touches my heart. I love supporting an independent makeup line, especially one where the products are reasonably priced and so fabulous.
What will you win?
Eddie Funkhouser giveaway

Eddie Funkhouser giveaway

Two items started me on my Eddie Funkhouser journey – the Quattro Variable Lash Mascara and the Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus so I had to include these in this giveaway.
QUATTRO VARIABLE LASH MASCARA has been raved about over and over on Beauty Info Zone. It’s quite unique since there are 4 levels you can use to make your lashes your best. Just twist the wand to get the amount of coverage you want. I keep it on 2 for daily use and 3 for special times.

Eddie Funkhouser Quatro Variable Lash Mascara

Eddie Funkhouser Quatro Variable Lash Mascara

Eddie Funkhouser Quatro Variable Lash

Eddie Funkhouser Quatro Variable Lash

Eddie Funkhouser liquid liner and variable mascara

Eddie Funkhouser liquid liner and variable mascara

Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus changed my eyeliner life. Until I used this liner I almost always used a gel eyeliner but once I realized how smooth, smudge free, and easy to use this liner was I didn’t turn back. I’ve used up 2 already, that’s how much I love this. The brush is tapered making it easy to create a thin line or a thicker one if you prefer.

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus

Hyperreal Nourishing Lip Colors are easy to wear and loaded with pigment. They are very moisturizing so that your lips look fuller and more kissable. INNUENDO is a neutral nude mauve eddie funkhouser innuendo lipstick
HYPERREAL HYDRATING LIP GLOSS are wonderful, non-sticky glosses. MEOW MEOW is a universal shade with a slight sprinkling of shimmer in it. It’s great over a lipstick and will work perfectly over Innuendo.

Eddie Funkhouser Hydrating Lip Gloss in MEOW MEOW

Eddie Funkhouser Hydrating Lip Gloss in MEOW MEOW

Eddie Funkhouser Meow Meow

Eddie Funkhouser Meow Meow

I saved this giveaway for last just like I save the frosting on the cake for last. I like to leave with a sweet taste and there’s not much sweeter for me than Eddie Funkhouser.  — Marcia

You can find Eddie Funkhouser products on his website (and if you are new to the site and sign up you’ll receive a discount) or at many Rite Aid stores. Eddie Funkhouser has added new Rite Aid stores that carry the line so maybe you’ll be lucky enough to have one nearby.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: This giveaway is open for US/Canada until 12/22/15 at 11:59 p.m. Lisa and I hope that you win your new New Year’s look with Eddie Funkhouser. As usual our giveaways have two requirements: Be a BIZ Subscriber and comment on the post. Once those are done continue on with the entries. If I don’t find those two things you’ll be eliminated from winning.

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Have you discovered Frankie Rose Cosmetics yet?

frankie rose cosmeticsIn the vast sea of cosmetics lines, a major stand out is Frankie Rose Cosmetics. This Los Angeles based line is a relative newcomer to the makeup scene, created in 2013 by professional makeup artists who know what works and what doesn’t. The Frankie Rose Cosmetics focus is on perfecting the basics needed for every cosmetics collection.

A plethora of Frankie Rose Cosmetics goodness

A plethora of Frankie Rose Cosmetics goodness

A Frankie Rose Cosmetics face of the day

A Frankie Rose Cosmetics face of the day

I first tried Frankie Rose Cosmetics back in November of 2013 and I fell in love with their super pigmented eyeshadows, creamy lipstick, and shimmery lip gloss. This time around I have different shades of the lippie products, as well as an eyeliner and their famous foundation.

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Matte Perfection Foundation in Vintage

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Matte Perfection Foundation in Vintage

Frankie Rose Lipstick in Soft CranberryNormally, I don’t test a product until after I have taken photos.  It has been so cloudy and dreary in Michigan the past few months that good photography light has been hard to come by. It was about a week before I could take pics of the Matte Perfection Foundation ($32), but I was so curious about this foundation that I tried it before taking pics. Then I tried it again…and again and again! I couldn’t stop wearing it.  I realized very quickly why so many people swear by it and actually consider themselves ‘addicted’.

Frankie Rose Matte Perfection Foundation in VintageMatte Perfection Foundation is a long-wearing liquid foundation with buildable coverage.  It is matte enough to keep me from getting shiny but it doesn’t have that super flat look that is a drawback for many matte foundations. I love the coverage and it doesn’t settle into my pores. This really is one of the best liquid foundations I have ever tried. It’s available in nine different shades, a great variety for different skin tones. Vintage is the perfect shade for my ‘somewhere between light and medium’ skin tone.

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Powder Foundation in Buff

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Powder Foundation in Buff

The Powder Foundation ($30) does everything a good pressed powder should do, but with more coverage. It has a creamy texture so it doesn’t look dry on the skin. When I buff this over the Matte Perfection Foundation I achieve skin nirvana – I still look natural but all those imperfections are gone, gone, gone.  Throughout the day I take out my compact to powder my nose…then stop, because it doesn’t need it! I am completely addicted. With 12 different shades you are sure to find your match. Buff Powder Foundation over Vintage Matte Perfection Foundation is my exact skin match.

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Infinity Eye Pencil

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Infinity Eye Pencil

Infinity Eye Pencil ($16) goes on smoothly and has some play time for smudging out before it dries.  It lasts for a few hours on the waterline. I like it best on the upper lid…I have some issues with smudging on the lower lid, especially if I am having problems with my contacts drying out. It comes in four shades. I tried the matte Black, which is a very dark black. I’d like to try Rebel, a dark blue shimmer, which looks beautiful.

Frankie Rose Lipstick in Soft CranberryThe Lipstick ($16) in Soft Cranberry is a shiny mauve with shimmer. It’s a beautiful shade that I know I will wear all year. I love the lipstick tube; it is chic with just enough heft to feel substantial without being too heavy. The lipstick is nicely moisturizing with jojoba and canolin oils. There are 14 stunning shades available, so if you are looking for a new lipstick you will want to check out Frankie Rose Cosmetics.

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Pressed Flower

Frankie Rose Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Pressed Flower

The Lip Gloss ($16) is excellent, a staple everyone should have. There are 12 shades, including Pearl, Sugar, Pressed Flower, Gala Pink, Cotton Shimmer, Raspberry Dazzle, Valentine, Sunset, Sangria, Crushes Berries, Winter Plum, and Tangerine.

Frankie Rose Lip Gloss in Pressed Flower swatchedPressed Flower is a neutral pinky/brown with lots of shine. Since the lip gloss is a combination of a lipstick and a gloss it has beautiful pigmentation and lasting power. I am very impressed.

Frankie Rose Cosmetics face of the day

Frankie Rose Cosmetics face of the day

For my face of the day, I used a silicone based primer first, then applied the Matte Perfection Foundation in Vintage with my hands. I put two pumps into my palms, gently rubbed together, then patted on the foundation. I followed this by buffing in the Powder Foundation in Buff.  No concealer….didn’t need it! Lips are Soft Cranberry Lipstick with Pressed Flower Lip Gloss.  roducts from other lines that I used include Makeup Geek Powder Blush in Hanky Panky, Paula’s Choice Brow Defining Cream Duo, MAC Painterly Paint Pot, and tarte lights, camera, LASHES mascara.

You can find Frankie Rose products online at FrankieRoseCosmetics.com, on Pinterest @FrankieRoseCo and Twitter @FrankieRoseCosmetics #FrankieRoseCosmetics, and they have a gorgeous Facebook page at facebook.com/frankierosecosmetics.  Be sure to give them a look – you won’t be sorry.  – Lisa

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