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Mally Beauty Soft Focus Lowlight & Highlight Trio and Pure Pigment Melting Lip Powders

It’s Mally time, time for you to get “gorgois” and today I have some beauties to show you. I promise you’ll want them.

First is the Soft Focus Highlight to Lowlight Trio, a trio of talc free powders that feature different levels of luminizing pearls. The palette is subtle and perfectly fits the name Soft Focus. While the 3 shades look very close in the palette once on they have their own personality. You can use them separately or blend them together. My choice is separate.

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Mally Beauty Soft Focus Lowlight & Highlight Trio

First you’ll find Mocha Martini on the left. This is the darkest of the trio but dark it’s not. It has a sophisticated light glowy golden brown that is great to use under cheekbones, along the sides of your nose and at the hairline. The color is just dark enough to give you some definition but not so dark that it’s noticeable. This is what contouring should be for fair faced maidens.

Next is Rose’ All Day which makes for a great light pink blush or to be used down the center of your nose, the tops of your cheekbones and on your browbone. Yes these can all be used as soft eyeshadows. The texture is divine.

On the far right is Bring On The Bubbly which is recommended at the inner corner of the eye along with at your Cupid’s Bow or anywhere you want to softly glow.

Mally Beauty Soft Focus Lowlight & Highlight Trio

The beauty of this palette is the softness and how well the shades blend. They brighten your complexion, they blur imperfections, and there’s a seamlessness to them when applied. It’s different than the highlighters I’ve written about lately because of the light glow that is noticeable yet no one knows why you look so gorgois. It’s bringing a magical yet understated glow.

This is available on Mally Beauty’s site for $35 but I have two deals for you! The first is that for a limited time Mally has a 20% off sale going on. I don’t know when it ends so act quickly with the code MALLY at checkout. Here’s another deal that I think is fabulous. QVC has a 4 piece collection for $47.19 that includes this wonderful palette but also includes an Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra in Champagne, a light golden shimmer shade, More is More Mascara, and H3 Lip Gloss in Sweet Peach, a sheer light peach shade. This is a steal IMO. Every one of these products are must haves!

Mally Beauty Lights on You 4-Piece Collection on QVC

 

As much as I love this palette what is something worth hunting down are Mally’s PURE PIGMENT MELTING LIP POWDERS. These were available on QVC but I missed them and unless you are a Mally follower you might have too. But they are really unique to my lip collection and I’m glad to have them. These are available at Amazon though, you want to add one or more to your collection.

Mally Pure Pigment Melting Lip Powder in Tender Rose

I was sent a duo that contained Tender Rose and Soft Nude. There are two more available too in Mellow Mauve and Gentle Pink.

Mally Pure Pigment Melting Lip Powder in Soft Nude

These squat containers are just too cute. There’s a small lip gloss type wand that applies the pigment to your lips. You’ll love the cool sensation you first feel, they feel slightly wet and you have time to smooth on the pigment before it starts drying down. (I want a powder with this feeling!) You end up with a soft matte look that lasts really well during the day.

Mally Pure Pigment Melting Lip Powder in Tender Rose and Soft Nude

The best part though is that this isn’t drying at all. I’m not a big fan of liquid matte lipsticks but I am a fan of these Pigment Melting Lip Powders. I swear my lips don’t feel one bit dry when wearing these. I have the trendy matte look without the drying out of my lips. This isn’t a luscious look if that’s what you are looking for but it’s easy non-drying color.

Mally Pure Pigment Melting Lip Powders

Soft Nude looks sort of tan in my swatch but on my lips it’s a true nude, not too light, not too dark. Tender Rose is also lighter on my lips than my swatch which makes me quite pleased since I don’t like dark lips on me. It’s sort of a red popsicle stain to me.

With the pigment lips I have some advice. Your lips should be exfoliated and dry which is true for all matte lips. First shake the bottle before using to mix the pigment. When done be sure to close it tightly so it doesn’t dry out. Also if the color goes on unevenly just use a lip brush or even a q-tip to even them out. You can build the color too once it’s dry by adding another layer or two. But let them dry first before you do that.

Mally Pure Pigment Melting Lip Powder in Soft Nude and Tender Rose

These were inspired by Korean beauty and they are formulated with encapsulated pigments. The color transforms from powder to cream when it comes in contact with the natural oils of your skin. They are totally unique to my life and a creative longer lasting alternative.

All of these make a great spring/summer addition to your life and if Mally has any say over it, you know you’re going to look just gorgeous!  —  Marcia

 

 

On the Town and Loveable lips by Beauty Junkees

Beauty Junkees Lips

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

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Beauty Junkees Vitamin E Moisturizer Stick

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

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

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

Top: Metallic Mauve; Bottom: Dinner Party

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

Loveable Mini Mint Lip Gloss Collection

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

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

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

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

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

Makeup Revolution The One Stick

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Makeup Revolution The One Sticks are the newest revolution in town. These will add a vibrancy to your face that you won’t believe. Let’s see what $9 can get you from Ulta!

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Makeup Revolution The One Stick

Makeup Revolution The One Stick

There are 4 different The One Sticks so picking out just one is going to be a challenge. Makeup Revolution thought of everything with these sticks. First is Contour and Perfect with its counterpart Highlight and Perfect. The two Blush Sticks are both matte shades that can be used on cheeks or lips: Matte Rush (coral) and Matte Malibu (tan). With all 4 of these ONE Sticks directions say to use them dry for Hi Intensity and wet for Smooth Sheer Finish. I don’t find them efficient wet. I can’t blend them properly if I try so all my comments are about using these dry.

Makeup Revolution The ONE Stick x4

Makeup Revolution The ONE Stick x4

THE ONE SCULPT CONTOUR STICK is meant to Contour and Perfect. This stick is a matte contour that goes on intensely when applied straight from the tube. On someone super fair (aka me) I dab it on and then blend with my fingers or a beauty sponge. The color appears to be a very dark brown without any orange tint to it. But once blended it is lighter and workable. For contouring purposes apply this down the sides of your nose and blend, then under the cheekbones or jawbone and blend. A contour brush is also a great tool for this particular stick.

Makeup Revolution The One Sculpt Contour Stick

Makeup Revolution The One Sculpt Contour Stick

Makeup Revolution swatches for Highlight and Contour blended

Makeup Revolution swatches for Highlight and Contour blended

THE ONE HIGHLIGHT CONTOUR STICK is made to highlight and perfect. This stick is the only one of the four that isn’t matte. It has some sparkle to it giving it the ability to illuminate what you want illuminated. It’s very creamy, much more so than the other sticks. When you see my pictures I hope you won’t gasp. I dropped mine and made a big mess trying to put it together. I still use it but it’s not a pretty sight.

Makeup Revolution the ONE Highlight Contour Stick

Makeup Revolution the ONE Highlight Contour Stick

Makeup Revolution the ONE Highlight Contour Stick

Makeup Revolution the ONE Highlight Contour Stick

THE ONE BLUSH STICK in MATTE RUSH is a beautiful bright coral. I almost fell over the first time I used it because of the intensity of the color. But it is too pretty to ignore and I think it’s very flattering once blended properly. Some people may find that they need several strokes but if you are fair this covers beautifully in ONE. The key with these all is to blend, blend, blend. To wear as a lip product apply with a lip brush or your finger since the wideness of the top isn’t quite lip shape.

Makeup Revolution The ONE Blush Stick in Matte Rush

Makeup Revolution The ONE Blush Stick in Matte Rush

Makeup Revolution The ONE Blush Stick in Matte Malibu and Matte Rush

Makeup Revolution The ONE Blush Stick in Matte Malibu and Matte Rush

THE ONE BLUSH STICK in MATTE MALIBU is the warm tan companion. I have a lot of cream blushes but nothing in this shade. While it’s not one I’ll use often, it does come in handy for me. I think a darker skintone than mine would love using this.

Makeup Revolution The ONE Blush Stick in Matte Malibu

Makeup Revolution The ONE Blush Stick in Matte Malibu

Now you’ll see what I mean about intensity. The following is one swipe but done heavily.

Contour, Highlight, Matte Rush blush, Matte Malibu blush

Contour, Highlight, Matte Rush blush, Matte Malibu blush

I’ve found so much from Makeup Revolution to buy. The brand is affordable and Ulta often has it on special – right now it’s BOGO 1/2 for the entire line so you could get 2 of these for just $13.50 or one and something else from them. If you are always complaining that cream products get eaten by your skin then The ONE Stick in any of the iterations are the ones for you to try. They glide on easily, blend wonderfully, and are creamy as can be. Which color would you pick?  —  Marcia

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Face Stockholm Smart Face Color Wheels to enhance your beauty

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When the Beauty Info Zone team gets together we talk cosmetics and skin care which is of no surprise to anyone reading. One of our dreams is a shopping trip to New York, and high up on that list is going to the Face Stockholm store. There we would shop to our heart’s content (and our husband’s dismay) since Face Stockholm has always been a favorite of ours. We’ve been lucky enough to receive products from them in the past and overjoyed to have received two of their newest spring items – Smart Beauty Color Wheels. There are two newly released wheels which can be used for eyes, lips, and cheeks. At least a part of our dream has come true with these wheels.

MARCIA has the Smart Face Nude Color Wheel

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Nude Color Wheel

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Nude Color Wheel

The color wheels that Lisa and I have are like day and night. I’m the day and she’s the night. The Nude Color Wheel contains 2 blush balms that are light as air, 1 moisturizing lip salve that contains Vitamin E and 1 illuminating highlighter. What you end up with is a barely there way to highlight, contour, and color for a “just me” look.

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Nude Color Wheel

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Nude Color Wheel

The shades in this are for a no makeup look. A look that just finishes you without being obvious. Three of the four shades barely show up at first but once you let them settle they’ll give you that hint of color that looks refreshing.

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Nude Color Wheel

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Nude Color Wheel

The Lip Salve (balm) is a sheer rose that feels wonderful on my lips (top left corner). It gives me just the smallest bit of a tint so it looks like MLBB (my lips but better). It’s not long-lasting because of the soft texture but with the Vitamin E added to it, it’s good for your lips.

The two Cheek Balms are also sheer. Those are the two that are kitty-corner from each other. One gives a beautiful golden glow while the other is a soft pink. It’s the type of look I like when I go to my friend’s lake house (and sit in the shade). I’ve got some color and contour but it’s not enough for anyone to wonder why I’m made up in that setting.

The Highlighter is my favorite. It’s a bright white that can be used every day for highlighting or on my eyes for a pretty shine. I like it on my browbone or my cheekbones.

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Nude Color Wheel

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Nude Color Wheel

At $24 this has 4 products that you’ll love to use when the sun is out and you want to look like a summer goddess without the fuss.

LISA has the Smart Face Bright Color Wheel

The Bright Color Wheel is most definitely the polar opposite of the Nude Color Wheel in terms of shades…could this be a more perfect ‘I love spring and summer’ wheel of happiness?

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Bright Color Wheel

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Bright Color Wheel

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Bright Color Wheel

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Bright Color Wheel

These juicy shades work for both lips and cheeks. They are very sheer, so while the colors look intense in the wheel, they go on rather subtle but the tint does have lasting power. I thought for sure that colors this moist and juicy looking would be tacky on the skin, but they dry down quickly to more of a satiny finish.

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Bright Color Wheel

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Bright Color Wheel

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Bright Color Wheel

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Bright Color Wheel

A trick I love to use is layering cool and warm colors, and this color wheel has perfect shades for it…the layering does magical things on lips as well on cheeks. I especially like the combination of the deepest red and the lightest pink. On lips, I use the red as a base then put the pink smack in the middle for a beautiful color combo that gives the illusion of larger lips (always a plus!).

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Bright Color Wheel

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Bright Color Wheel

The shades are all very easy to blend. I typically use my fingers, but a nylon brush is terrific too. What I really love is how travel-friendly this color wheel is and I can’t wait to toss it into my beach bag for some fabulous, easy color while I sit under my beach umbrella.

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Bright Color Wheel

FACE Stockholm Smart Face Bright Color Wheel

Whether you are into a nude look or a bright look, a day person or a night person, FACE Stockholm has just what you need.  Do yourself a favor and check out their new Spring 2016 Collection for these beautiful color wheels, as well as on point seasonal shades of bronzer, nail polish, eyeshadow and more.

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Improve your kissing with Michael Todd Intensive Cream Lip Treatment

Michael Todd intensive Cream Lip Treatment

Michael Todd intensive Cream Lip Treatment

Winter brings me two unwanted problems  –  dry hands that need constant moisture and dry lips that need extra moisture. I’m working on both of these problems often but they can be hard to solve. I needed help and Michael Todd came to my rescue by sending their INTENSIVE CREAM LIP TREATMENT my way. This wonderful cream is not a lip balm, it’s a treatment which is why it’s so effective.

Michael Todd intensive Cream Lip Treatment

Michael Todd intensive Cream Lip Treatment

I use intensive cream lip treatment when I’m home. It lives in my house so that I won’t go through it too quickly. As soon as my teeth are brushed and my vitamins taken, on goes this lip treatment. At night before I get in bed, on goes this lip treatment. I have lip balms all over my house and use those too but those aren’t what I attribute my better feeling and looking lips to.

Michael Todd intensive Cream Lip Treatment

Michael Todd intensive Cream Lip Treatment

Pull off the lavender top and you’ll find this slanted tip that helps smooth the cream on. It’s cooling on my lips and the cream glides on. It’s good to then massage it in circular motions. Make this baby work for you! There’s a tiny bit of tingle at first but it’s gone within a minute. It’s nothing that hurts but I do notice it at first.

Michael Todd intensive Cream Lip Treatment

Michael Todd intensive Cream Lip Treatment

Let’s talk about what makes this so successful. Three ingredients have the most effect on this treatment. 1.  Soluble Collagen 2.  Actimp™ 3.  Hyaluronic Acid.

Infused Collagen helps plump and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and works from the inside out.

Actimp™ is the one you haven’t heard about. It’s a peptide made from Sweet white Lupine Flower which not only has skincare benefits but also helps collagen do its job. Extracted peptides from the Lupine flower are clinically validated to strengthen the dermal-epidermal junction restoring elasticity & firmness while healing & repairing through an increase in collagen & elastin production and a decrease in damaging enzymes.

Hyluronic Acid is my favorite ingredient and I’m always happy to find it in my skincare. It attracts water to the skin’s surface and delivers nourishing hydration to skin’s outer layers.

The more moisture the better.

Mally H3 lip gloss on my Michael Todd Intensive Cream Lip Treatment treated lips

Mally H3 lip gloss on my Michael Todd Intensive Cream Lip Treatment treated lips

While this gem is on the expensive side ($48) it’s worth it to keep your lips in kissing condition. Pampering your lips with something other than a beautiful lipstick is worth a little indulgence. Your lips will thank you and so will your kissing partner.  — Marcia

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 Ingredient list:

Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Olea Europaea (Organic Olive) Fruit Oil, Organic Extracts of Lavandula x Intermedia (Organic Lavender) Flower, Aspalathus Linearis (Organic Rooibos) Leaf, Calendula Officinalis (Organic Calendula) Flower,Aphanizomenon Flos Aquae (Organic Blue Green Algae), Punica Granatum (Organic Pomegranate) Seed, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Glycerin (and) Butylene Glycol (and) Aqua [water] (and) Carbomer (and) Polysorbate-20 (and) Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (and) Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3 [Matrixyl 3000®],), Hydrolized Lupine Protein (Actimp®), Stearic Acid, Ubiquinone (CoQ10) , Tocopheryl Acetate Tocopherol, C12-15 AlkylBenzoate, Flavor, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Collagen, Oenothera Biennis (Organic Evening Primrose) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Organic Lavender) Distillate, Glycerin (and) Water [Aqua] (and) Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin (and) PalmitoylTripeptide-38 [Matrixyl® Synthe6], Acetyl hexapeptide-3 [Argireline®], Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Oil, Xanthan Gum.