Spring lips with DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX

DHCHere at the BIZ we have been getting springy with it thanks to DHC and their lovely lip glosses called DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX ($18).  We have some longtime DHC favorites, such as our constant re-buy and holy grail Silky Cotton Squares so we were very intrigued with the new lip glosses that promise beautiful lips just perfect for spring.

DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lip Color

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DHC says that their Liquid Lipcolor does “double duty” as skincare infused lip shine that is ultra hydrating. It gives lips sheer color with just the right amount of pigment and shine within a long-wearing formula. Ingredients include hyaluronic acid for mega hydration, along with peptides and marine collagen to plump lips and soften fine lines. The end effect: soft lips with lots of shine and a perfectly polished look.DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lip Color 31

DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX comes in five shades:  Lotus Pink PK101, Tea Rose RS103, Plum Currant RS104, Soft Citrus RD106, Orange Blossom OR108.

LISA HAS Tea Rose RS103, Plum Currant RS104, Soft Citrus RD106.

As advertised, the Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX is sheer but beautiful. It gives a light color and tons of shine, which is a nice change of pace from the opaque matte colors I have been wearing for the past few months.

DHC RS103

DHC Tea Rose RS103

Tea Rose RS103 is the lightest of my three shades, giving a slight rosy tint that is great for daytime. It’s one of those shades that you throw on before running around doing errands and it’s also a great option for the workday. If you like a low maintenance, soft makeup look you are going to love this one.

DHC RS104

DHC RS104 Plum Currant

Plum Currant RS104 has a bigger color payoff than the Tea Rose with a soft plummy shine. It’s still subtle and feminine and has tons of shine which makes my thin lips look bigger. I love this one all day and all night – the slip is great and it keeps my lips soft and hydrated.

DHC RD106

DHC RD106 Soft Citrus

Soft Citrus RD106 has a burnt orange tint with a shimmery, shiny finish. This isn’t a color I usually wear. I tend to go for cooler shades, like pinks and plums. So Soft Citrus is a nice addition to my collection and is a great choice when I wear warmer colors. This is the deepest shade of the three I have, although it’s still relatively sheer and definitely super shiny.

Top to bottom: Plum Currant, Soft Citrus, Tea Rose

Top to bottom: Plum Currant, Soft Citrus, Tea Rose

Overall I really like these lip glosses. If I had one complaint, it would be the solid color tubes – I never know which shade I am grabbing if I have a few in my purse! But it’s a minor complaint that is outweighed by the wonderful shine and hydration of these soft springy shades.

MARCIA HAS Lotus Pink PK101 and Orange Blossom OR108.

Before I begin describing these two shades you need to know that these feel like silk on my lips. They are incredibly moisturizing and not one tiny drop sticky. The feel of these keeps me from snacking without thinking because I love how my lips feel when wearing these.

DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX PK101

DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX PK101

Pink Lotus PK101 is the lightest of the 5 available shades. It’s the sweetest soft pink with a tiny amount of shimmer. You can’t feel the shimmer and you can barely see the shimmer so why is it there? To give your (my) lips texture and make them looking luscious. There is color but it’s a very light color, I love that kind of look!

DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX PK101 and OR108

DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX PK101 and OR108

Orange Blossom OR 108 is a beautiful peach with pink undertones. I could wear this daily and never get tired of it. The texture is thicker than my pink one so it feels like it’s imparting more color on my lips. It too has that eensy bit of shimmer that makes my lips look a little plumper (a miracle).

DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX OR108

DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX OR108

DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX PK101 and OR108

DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX PK101 and OR108

The wand on these looks familiar but it feels different than other wands. It’s very soft and bendable so you need to look in the mirror when applying so that it applies properly. I don’t need to double dip with these hydrating lip glosses since one wand is enough to beautifully fill in my lips.

DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX OR108

DHC Moisture Care Liquid Lipcolor EX OR108

I rarely wear a gloss on its own but the way DHC feels makes me so happy that foregoing a lipstick is just fine. Since I’m the one who always describes the scent I’m happy to report that there’s no taste and no fragrance. If I sniff the wand alone I notice a slight aroma but once on my lips all I notice is soft as silk lips and shiny beautiful color.

You can’t go wrong with any of the 5 shades. They’ve created some universal shades that are going to make your spring and summer even happier. DHC is mostly known for skincare but these liquid lipglosses prove that there’s a lot more to DHC than first meets the eye.

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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.
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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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