The French have come to the US with Vivienne Sabó cosmetics at prices we can afford

When Beauty Info Zone learned about a new line of color cosmetics that has come to the US and is priced reasonably we were more than eager to jump on board. After all how often do we find chic looking products at prices under $12? Not often enough. There are two collections that Vivienne Sabó has available and we are sharing some of the products with you today and more later.

French cosmetics are known to be the best in the world. Traditions of high quality and unique Parisian style make them the most desirable for women all over the world. I am no exception. Paris has always inspired me, fueled me with energy, put me in a creative mood. Love and romance, the celebrated French lightness of being, and a beautiful story of Parisian girl, Vivienne Sabo, deeply touched my soul and encouraged me to make her dreams come true.” – says Natalia Rakoch, brand founder.

The collections are the Cabaret with different types of mascara including colored mascara along with their eyeshadow quartets.

Cabaret

The second collection to know about is the Mon General with some fabulous lip products, eyeliners, and more mascara.

Mon General

We’re giving you a taste of some of the great cruelty free products from both collections. Vivienne Sabó is a star when it comes to mascara. They are one of the few companies we’ve found that has colored mascaras reasonably priced as well as a big variety of styles so you can find what you prefer. Most French mascaras you can buy in the US are department store prices so we appreciate these $12 beauties. The place to purchase these is at Harmon Drugs and many of the products are available on Amazon.

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MARCIA IS ALL ABOUT EYE PRODUCTS TODAY

Vivienne Sabó

Besides mascara Vivienne Sabó has eyeliners in three styles as well as several eyeshadow palettes, Quartre Nuances. Of course I’ll start with an eyeshadow palette in Chocolat. Both the name and the palette are pleasing to my senses. The 4 shades are numbered and the directions inside help to create eyes the way it’s done in France.

Vivienne Sabó Chocolat Quatro Nuances

#1 is a dark shimmery chocolate is made to emphasize your eyelids. This has such incredible pigmentation to it. There’s a light golden shimmer to it. I can’t quite get enough of this shade.

#2 is a matte taupe shade that sort of looks boring in the palette but perks up on my eyes. The packaging directions say to apply shade 2 on the outer corners of your eyes and shade it along the crease. This is the shade they recommend for under your eyes too.

#3 is a golden taupe that looks darker in the palette so when the gold first appeared it surprised and delighted me! The directions show this on the upper mobile eyelid.

#4 is a creamy neutral that ties it all in together. I use it on the brow bone and it’s also recommended for the inner corners of your eyes.

Vivienne Sabó Chocolat Quatro Nuances (liners below)

All in all these 4 shades work together beautifully to create a daytime look or their smoky gorgeous Parisian look.

There’s also eyeliner to consider since I go nowhere without my eyeliner. There are three different types: 2 liquids and a pencil.

Vivienne Sabo eyeliners

I love a liquid eyeliner so I was thrilled to find Charbon ($8.99) in the package. This cruelty free liner is easy to use making either thick or thin lines. I like a thinner line and find that I get a very crisp line that doesn’t disappear on me. It’s also available in a waterproof version which would be even longer lasting and perfect for times you might begin to cry.

Vivienne Sabó Charbon liquid eyeliner

Vivienne Sabó Charbon liquid eyeliner

Most people prefer pencil eyeliners since you can smudge them and Vivienne Sabó hasn’t forgotten that. Regard Coquet is the name of this pencil and it too is a winner. It glides on easily and I have no trouble using a brush or sponge tip to smudge it. But it doesn’t smudge without your help. It’s meant to emphasize not to raccoon-ize.

Vivienne Sabó Regard Coquet pencil eyeliner

LISA IS ALL ABOUT MASCARA TODAY

I tried two different mascaras from the collection which was neat because I could compare them side by side. I actually really like them both, but one in particular is a clear winner for me.

The first up is CABARET PREMIÈRE mascara by Vivienne Sabó. This has the type of wand I prefer – long with an easy to use brush that isn’t too bulky. I thought for sure this would be my favorite. The formula is meant for giving lashes tons of thick, dramatic volume.  

The brush is actually plastic and it’s called a Hytrel brush that is meant to curl lashes. I still had to use an eyelash curler because my lashes have zero curl, so I can’t attest to the curling power of this mascara. I do like this mascara – it gives decent volume, and it doesn’t smudge or smear. I like a little more length but am willing to forgive that if the mascara doesn’t give me raccoon eyes.

Wearing Vivienne Sabo Cabaret Premiere Mascara

Here are my eyes with one coat of CABARET PREMIÈRE mascara.

Next, I tried EVENTAILLISTE mascara. I did not think this would be a favorite as the curved brush is not my thing. I have large eyes and those curved mascara brushes never quite work properly. The curved brush is meant to fan out and define lashes, and the formula is both volumizing and lengthening.

Vivienne Sabo Eventialliste Triple Effect Mascara

I am happy to report that EVENTAILLISTE mascara far exceeded my expectations! Just look at how incredible my lashes look with one coat of this mascara:

Wearing Vivienne Sabo Eventialliste Triple Effect Mascara

Eventialliste Mascara is the bomb. Ok, so the wand still isn’t my favorite…the curve doesn’t quite fit my eye, but it’s a minor quibble and I easily make it work. The formula is fantastic. I get length, I get volume, and it really does ‘fan’ out my lashes beautifully. The mascara never runs, flakes, or smears, yet it washes off easily when I want it to come off.  Great stuff, especially for just $12 a tube!!

We are really enjoying our Vivienne Sabó items and we know you will too!  Head on over to Harmon Drugs or Amazon for these chic and affordable treats.

Start November off with some affordable fun: Sally Hansen, Jesse’s Girl, and Good Earth Beauty

affordable buys: Sally Hansen, Good Earth Beauty, Jesse’s Girl

With the holidays bearing down on us we want to save money for gifts but sometimes we need a treat ourselves. Or at least I do. I have 3 brands to suggest as ways to affordably get something for yourself or as future stocking stuffers.

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Sally Hansen is a nail brand that we can all get behind. They have many formulas but my two favorites are Complete and Miracle Gel. Both of these have the most marvelous brush that is so easy to use that even a novice can get great coverage. For fall they’ve come out with some new beauties and I have two to show you.

Sally Hansen World Wide Red and Society Ruler

One of the newest Complete Salon Manicures polishes is Society Ruler. This deep burgundy is so perfect for November that you will want to scoop it up instantly. Complete Salon is an all in one formula that contains keratin. In one handy bottle you’ll have the base coat, strengthening treatment, salon color, the top coat and a chip resistant gel shine finish.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Society Ruler

Sally Hansen World Wide Red and Society Ruler

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is a two step polish that lasts and lasts. Step 1 is the awesome shade that you choose and Step 2 is the gel top coat that seals in the color making it shiny and lasting at least a week to two. A new shade for fall is World Wide Red which isn’t exactly red to me. It’s a bright orange with a red undertone.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in World Wide Red

World Wide Red and Salon Ruler

There are hundreds of shades so the hard part will be picking out how you want to shine, the easy part is a long lasting, easy to apply manicure from Sally Hansen.

JESSE’S GIRL provides us with some excellent affordable products. Two new ones are their Dial-A-Mascara and the latex free blending sponge.

Jesse’s Girl Latex Free Blending Sponge

I don’t know about you but I am addicted to blending sponges. I used to use them until they fell apart but I’ve since learned that they can harbor bacteria so why not have a few on hand that you won’t feel guilty tossing in a few months. Consider it like you would mascara – 3 months of use and then on to the next!

Jesse’s Girl Latex Free Blending Sponge

Jesse’s Girl Latex Free Blending Sponge is extremely affordable at $3.99 and available at Rite Aid stores as well as online. This pretty turquoise sponge is very soft and works well with foundation. But I’ve used it for other things too. I like to blend my blush after applying and this sponge does that dry or wet. Or use the end for your concealer. The word is “bounce” and that’s what you should be doing with a blending sponge. And why not have a bright shade to enhance your vanity area.

Jesse’s Girl Latex Free Blending Sponge

While we’re talking about 3 months let’s talk about the new Jesse’s Girl Dial-a-Lash mascara. This has 4 adjustable control. Leave it on #1 for a natural look that is a subtle way of separating your lashes. Enhance is #2 which amplifies the fullness and increases curl. Step up to #3 for Boost to add volume to your lashes. And, if you dare, take it to #4 for Max Volume which maximizes lash length, thickness, and curl.

Jesse’s Girl DialALash Adjustable Control Mascara (#2)

I found with this mascara that I needed it to age. I opened it and the formula was too wet so I closed it for a week and tried again. Nope too wet. Onto to the next week and it was getting better but it really took a month for it to be dry enough for my particular taste. Don’t give up though even if it takes a month for it to age. It’s just like wine that needs to breath before use. For $7.99 it’s like getting 4 mascaras depending on your mood/needs.

Jesse’s Girl DialALash Adjustable Control Mascara #1

Jesse’s Girl DialALash Adjustable Control Mascara #4

Would it be fall without the smell of pumpkin and/or pumpkin spice? No of course not and Good Earth Beauty All Natural Pumpkin Soap is here to add just a gentle smell to your cleansing needs. I’ve written about other Good Earth Beauty soaps before so you know they are favorites. I like them in my powder room for hand washing but it’s safe for face and body too.

Good Earth Beauty Pumpkin Soap

Ingredients are saponified oils of olive, coconut, palm shea butter and pumpkin seed, pumpkin puree, natural pumpkin fragrance oil. The fragrance is subdued so it doesn’t knock you out and even non-pumpkin lovers will enjoy it. (vegan, organic, cruelty-free)

Good Earth Beauty Pumpkin Soap

Does anything call your name or budget?  –  Marcia

The secret is out – you need Mirenesse Secret Weapon Supreme 24Hr Mascara

Mirenesse Secret Weapon Supreme 24 Hr Mascara

I’m having a case of deja vu. Once upon a time before you knew me as Marcia the blogger I was Marcia the editor and reviewer of a cosmetic website and messageboard. We were a very happy group with members from all over the world. Through my friends on The Grapevine I learned of Mirenesse mascara made in Australia and fell in love with it. Almost all of us were crazy about this mascara but just as our website fell aside when Facebook took over the world, our group fell apart and I no longer heard about Mirenesse. Well now I’m happy to tell you and my fellow Grapeviners that Mirenesse is easy for us to get and just as great as we remembered it to be.

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Mirenesse Secret Weapon Supreme 24 Hr Mascara

Mirenesse isn’t a one trick pony, as a matter of fact they have a great variety of mascaras if you have a preference for a certain kind – iCurl, Organic, Original, Super Volume, as well as lash primers. And unlike most mascara companies you can find a favorite in black, brown, purple, and indigo.

Mirenesse Secret Weapon Supreme 24 Hr Mascara

Secret Weapon Supreme 24 HR Mascara is the one I’ve been using this go around and I’m thrilled to have Mirenesse back in my life.

Our first Ultra-light Stretchable Elastic-Gel formula in “Black Haven ” gives you ultimate Glossy Length, Volume and base to tip Lash Lift, creating a winged doe eye effect in seconds, a look so magical you could fly!

This award winning mascara is a gel formula that amazingly washes off with just water yet it lasts the entire day without a smudge or flake in sight.

Mirenesse Secret Weapon Supreme 24 Hr Mascara

While the box tells me that this has Microwrap Tubes I don’t find it to be like other tubing mascaras. If I want I can curl my eyelashes again later in the day without them “cracking” because the mascara leaves my lashes soft. Upon removal there aren’t any spider legs though I do find some little dots of mascara on my face.

Mirenesse Secret Weapon Supreme 24 Hr Mascara

Our incomparable ”Bewitching Brush” (inspired by the shape of witches hat) is ingeniously tapered to reach the smallest lashes on one end, and rounded on the wider end to easily load lashes and Triple the lash length in the outer eye corners for a look so full and feathery, extensions will become a thing of the past.

The best part is when I look in the mirror and I still see curl, length and volume at the end of the day. The curl especially amazes me since my own lashes are stubs that are very stubborn. The ‘bewitching brush’ allows me to get in close to my eye without any smearing or smudging.

Now that the Secret is out about this amazing mascara you don’t want to wait for people to wave you down to find out what false eyelashes you are wearing. It’ll be Mirenesse Secret Supreme 24 Hr Mascara! — Marcia

Mirenesse Secret Weapon Supreme 24 Hr Mascara

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While Mirenesse isn’t in stores yet I think I’ve seen it on Hautelook though that’s not for sure. Buy it though from Mirenesse.com.

The eyes have it! Side by side with Divaderme mascaras

The eyes definitely have it and when it comes to finding terrific mascaras Divaderme is leading the way. This new to us company has dazzled us with their products and we think you’ll find them just as dazzling. Divaderme has been around for 3 decades with its safe, affordable, hypoallergenic, and vibrant beauty products created by Noreen Leuzzi. We have 3 of the products in their mascara line that are infused with 100% natural ingredients and contain absolutely no artificial or chemical ingredients. Divaderme is cruelty free, hypoallergenic, gluton free, paraben free, and gives a 30 day money back guarantee.

Divaderme lash products

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Marcia’s eyes love DIVADERME MASCARA DIVA FXII

Lisa and I each decided to write about different products while still having the experience of trying all three of Divaderme’s lash line goodies. We are so thrilled that these came into our lives. My review is for the DIVADERMA MASCARA DIVA FXII which has transformed my lashes into beauties that I’m actually proud of. My lashes aren’t very polite – some days they thrill me, some days they despair me, and some days they are just plain wonky. Seriously though every day that I’ve worn this mascara has been a thrill day.

Divaderme Mascara Diva FXII

I’ll warn you right now that this is one of the higher priced mascaras I’ve ever had the pleasure of trying yet I won’t hesitate to buy it when its time is up ($48.95). It’s more than just a mascara since it is infused with Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17, a potent peptide and protein that attacks free radicals and protects and strengthens lashes in one step.

Divaderme Mascara Diva FXII

The mascara is on the dry side which is wonderful to me. Not dry like “is this old?” but dry as in not wet. It goes on cleanly and easily and darkens my lashes with each stroke. It lengthens lashes with tiny plant-based fibers in an Argan Oil enriched formulation. You can’t see the fibers but when you see your lashes you’ll see how they’ve been enhanced.

Divaderme Mascara Diva FXII

The ingredients in Divaderme Mascara Diva FXII make this unique:

  • Beeswax, or Cera Alba, is rich in fatty acids and esters, which help keep lashes plump and healthy.
  • Artichoke extract, also known as Cynara Scolymus Leaf Extract, provides natural pigmentation without chemicals or artificial colors.
  • Plant waxes, such as Copernicia Cerifera Wax, provide a creamy consistency, making mascara application smooth and effortless.
  • Coconut Oil, or Cocos Nucifera Extract, provides deep conditioning and imparts a natural, glossy shine.
  • Panthenol occurs naturally in every living thing and enhances body, sheen, and lash texture.
  • Urticum Dioica Extract, also known as nettle, nourishes skin and aids in healthy hair production.
  • Cellulose fibers are plant-based and adhere to your lash tips, creating length and volume.
  • Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract has antioxidant properties and can calm irritated skin.
  • Keratin provides hydration and improves lash elasticity, which can result in less breakage.

I’m so happy with the difference that this is making in my lashes. If I want more volume then I’ll add in the Lash Extender that Lisa describes. That’s when my true diva will come through! In the meantime I have lashes that don’t flake or smudge and that hold a curl for at least 15 hours. It even removes easily with micellar water. I can’t ask for more.

Lisa’s eyes love LASH EXTENDER and FIBER WINGS MASCARA:

The Lash Extender ($22.95) is a way to build up lashes between coats of mascara to really increase the va-va-voom factor. It makes lashes very thick, full, and even longer – we are talking mega glamour, like falsies without glue or fuss. You start with a coat of mascara, then go over the wet mascara with the lash extender.

Divaderme Lash Extender

Divaderme Lash Extender

You can see it looks like little fibers. They grab onto the wet mascara and build up. I don’t find they mess with my contacts at all and they really do create tons of volume and drama without any muss or fuss. Plus, over time they act as a treatment to actually strengthen and enhance lashes!

PRODUCT FEATURES

  • Instantly lengthen and volumize lashes up to 1000%.
  • Create full, lush lashes without harsh chemicals or artificial ingredients.
  • Instant gratification with long-term benefits all in one bottle.
  • Safe for contact lens wearers.

NATURE’S PERFECT INGREDIENTS

  • Boswellia Serrata, the Indian version of frankincense, can both strengthen hair roots, reducing fallout, as well as improve shine and condition.
  • Tocopherol, similar to Vitamin E, conditions skin and helps keep follicles healthy and producing new growth.
  • Panax Quinquefolius Extract, also known as American Ginseng, often has a firming effect when applied topically

I haven’t used it for the full 4 to 6 weeks yet so I can’t tell you my end results, but if this works I don’t know why I’d ever NOT use this treatment. It’s certainly making my lashes look amazing so far.

Divaderme Fiber Wings Mascara

Divaderme Fiber Wings Mascara

I have also been testing the FIBER WINGS MASCARA ($19.99). I am happy to report this is a terrific mascara. It gives lovely, deep black lashes that are lush with drama. Cellulose fibers wrap around lashes making them look thick and full.

  • Fiber Wings II Mascara is a natural Argan Fiber Treatment Mascara.
  • A single coat creates dramatic definition, length, thickness, and volume.
  • Your 2-in-1 fix for instant results and long-term benefits.Your 2-in-1 fix for instant results and long-term benefits.
  • Active ingredients nourish, strengthen, and moisturize.
  • Natural cellulose fibers in deep rich mascara create instant length.

NATURE’S PERFECT INGREDIENTS

  • Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, prized for its ability to promote hair growth and provide a beautiful sheen, conditions lashes with every stroke.
  • Cera Alba, or beeswax, is rich in fatty acids and esters, which help keep lashes plump and healthy.
  • Panthenol occurs naturally in every living thing and enhances body, sheen, and lash texture.
  • Nucifera Extract, or lotus root, conditions and strengthens lashes while adding shine.
  • Cynara Scolymus Leaf Extract, or artichoke extract, provides natural pigmentation without chemicals or artificial colors.
  • Keratin provides hydration and improves lash elasticity, which can result in less breakage.

This mascara works great with the Lash Extender or just by itself. It never smears or smudges either. Just a winner!! My lashes are happy, happy, happy. Big thanks to Divaderme.

Two different testimonials from reviewers with totally different lashes yet one conclusion – try Divaderme! We are sure you’ll be thrilled.

Makeup splurges for better or worse

What constitutes a makeup splurge? Is it money? Is it the lack of resistance? Is it weakness? I say it all depends on the situation. A splurge can be something that’s $5 or something that’s $100. It’s all what you believe you want rather than just need. Today I’m featuring 7 products that I feel I splurged on. Some are worth every cent, some are regrets. Please check out my choices to see if you agree.  —  Marcia

NATASHA DENONA EYESHADOW PALETTE 10 ($95)

Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 10

This is my most expensive splurge and one I’m on the fence about. $95 is a lot to spend on a palette but it does have 10 gorgeous shades that are outside of my comfort zone to some degree. The shades are #56p Pearl (champagne toned shimmer), #06p Anthrazit (charcoal black with a subtle silver shimmer), #47p Dark Sepia (dark chocolate brown with a slight gold shimmer), #02m Blue Space (rich royal blue with a shimmer finish), #27m Slate (vivid purple shimmer), #19m Deep Teal (intense teal shimmer), #25m Aura (cream white with a gold iridescent finish), #13m Raw Gold (deep gold with a bronze undertone), #87m Light Coral (peach shadow with a subtle gold shimmer), #07m Graphite (dark grey with silver shimmer).

Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 10

As you can see these are all shimmer shades but the extent of the shimmer is unique to each shade. It’s really not the most practical palette because of all the shimmer. The problem for me isn’t the cost though but the quality of the shades isn’t uniform. Some apply easily while others want to fight with me.

WAS THIS A GOOD SPLURGE?  Depends, it got me over my Natasha Denona craving and I didn’t buy the more expensive palettes. I like this but I can’t say I love it. (Swatches from Sephora, mine don’t look like this though)

PRETTY VULGAR NIGHTINGALE EYESHADOW PALETTE ($35)

After falling in love with Pretty Vulgar Early Bird Eyeshadow palette I was anxious for more. But I’m a pretty staid individual colorwise so I went with the tried and true. Considering I have 357962 nude and brown palettes did I need this? That’s why it’s a splurge, I don’t need it.

Pretty Vulgar Nightingale Eyeshadow Palette

WAS THIS A GOOD SPLURGE? I’m the wishy washy queen right now because I haven’t decided. I’ve had it for a few weeks and haven’t touched it. Some of the Early Bird shadows are disappointing and I’m worried that I’ll find that here too. What to do?

Pretty Vulgar Nightingale Eyeshadow Palette

DIOR METALIZER – METAL CREME SHADOW ($25)

Once I saw the Dior Metalizers reviewed I couldn’t stop thinking about them. Metallics are hot for fall and I’ve always loved metallics in accessories and cosmetics. I chose Bronze Tension – mistake! It’s too dark and doesn’t blend well on me.

Dior Metalizer Cream Shadow in Bronze Tension

I want to like this so badly that I can taste it. I love to start with a cream shadow and use it as a base or to highlight powders. But I picked the wrong shade. I don’t see any metallic on my eyes with this very dark shade. (inject crying emoji here)

Dior Metalizer Cream Shadow in Bronze Tension

WAS THIS A GOOD SPLURGE? Obviously not which saddens me.

STILA HUGE EXTREME LASH MASCARA ($23)

There’s a story behind buying this mascara. I received a sample size in one of my subscriptions and put it aside for a while. When cleaning to move I find it and tried it. I totally fell in love with it. Wearing Stila Huge was like being granted false eyelashes. You know I couldn’t wait to buy this in spite of having umpteen unopened mascaras.

Stila Huge Extreme Mascara

Stila Huge Extreme Mascara

Well … the tube I bought is a dud. Some days my lashes look totally amazing, other days they are a mushy mess. I’ve determined that the problem is that the opening for the wand is too large which makes too much mascara coming out. There’s none of that satisfying sound you hear when opening a tube. Even cleaning it off doesn’t guarantee that I’ll love my lashes that day.

WAS THIS A GOOD SPLURGE? With mascara you just never know what you’re going to get. One tube can make angels sing, the next tube can make them cry. This makes my lashes cry 50% of the time.

ARTIS PALM BRUSH ($65)

The Artis Palm Brush is absolutely incredible. My words can not describe how much I love this brush and the Artis Oval 10 brush. Yes expensive, yes worth every cent to me. Here’s a description that explains the Palm Brush: “A brush with a generously sized, rounded oval of fibers to provide coverage to a larger areas of the face and body. It features more than 250,000 fibers. Artis brushes are made exclusively with CosmeFibre, a revolutionary engineered fiber made for applying cosmetic and makeup products.”

Artis Palm Brush

I use this and the Oval 10 for liquid foundation since I can’t believe the softness of the brushes and the airbrushed application.

WAS THIS A GOOD SPLURGE? Without a doubt. Even though I have the Oval 10 which is the same except that the Palm brush doesn’t have a handle, I wanted this and caved. Happy happy.

TARTE SHAPE TAPE aka DOUBLE DUTY BEAUTY SHAPE TAPE CONTOUR CONCEALER ($25)

So I found myself in Ulta without a plan to buy anything and I came across the infamous Tarte Shape Tape. When Shape Tape first came out you couldn’t find it anywhere not even Tarte’s website. That made the hunt more real. The last thing I needed was another concealer.

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Fair Beige

This very fat tube and very fat wand are quite interesting. I’ve always liked the concealers that Tarte makes and this one intrigued me. There are 14 shades to choose from and several that are light enough for me. After much deliberation I chose Fair Beige which I now see is for fair skin with pink undertones. The color choice was right.

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Fair Beige

Ulta explains how to use this as a contour and as a concealer. I mainly use it under my eyes. I rarely start a day with concealer but I do add it if I’m going somewhere later in the day or evening. “Powered by Amazonian clay and conditioning mango seed and shea butters, the nutrient-rich concealer helps promote skin elasticity and illumination with each crease-free application.”

WAS THIS A GOOD SPLURGE? At first I didn’t think so but it’s really grown on me. I have a ton of concealers and wondered why I bought another, but I’m glad I did. It doesn’t crease under my eyes and does a good job of covering everything up.

KJAER WEIS CREAM BLUSH – BLOSSOMING ($56)

Now this was a true splurge. I actually had no intention of buying this and then suddenly it was in my cart and on my CC. Hmm. I did no research into this other than knowing that Kjaer Weis was a luxury brand and that the reviews were amazing. But it’s a cream blush and I’m a nut for cream blush.

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush

The first thing to know is that this is the heaviest cosmetic I own. It could be used as a weapon. The metal compact is beautiful on my vanity and slides open to display the creamiest of all cream blushes.

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Blossoming

Blossoming is a beautiful light peachy pink shade that is subtle yet shows up perfectly on my fair skin. I’m totally in love with this color.

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Blossoming

Kjaer Weiss blush is – Certified organic – Formulated with Rose Rubiginosa Seed Oil to fight signs of aging – Free from gluten, petroleum, parabens, artificial coloring and fragrance. This comes in 5 shades that all look totally amazing to me. Lovely is on my list for the next time I “need” to splurge.

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Blossoming

This isn’t a cream to powder but it’s not sticky. I apply a light amount of setting powder to my cheeks first and then use my finger to blend the cream on. It melts onto my finger and applies like buttah! It’s infused with Castor Seed and Jojoba Oils to help strengthen and nourish the skin and has a Beeswax base that’s well-suited to all complexions.

WAS THIS A GOOD SPLURGE? Yes yes and yes again. I love it and when I can afford it I’ll purchase another.

Makeup Splurges

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What’s the verdict on my makeup splurges? Would you buy any of these yourself? Do you have any of these? I’d love for you to share.  —  Marcia

Don’t forget to see what my friends have splurged on.


3 more to make sure my eyes score: EndureLash, Borghese, and My Fair Lashes

Last week I shared 3 of the eye products that I’m using that knock it out of the ballpark and today I have 3 more that finish the job so I can win the game. Today’s picks are Endure Lash Organic Eyelash Cloths, Borghese Restorative Eye Sheet Mask and My Fair Lashes mascara. Two of the three are going to be new brands for you to learn about and that’s why I’m here!!

Endure Lash Organic Eyelash Cloths, Borghese Restorative Eye Sheet Masks, My Fair Lashes mascara

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First I need to wear an eye mask which is one of my very favorite things to do. The Borghese Restorative Eye Sheet Masks are ones that are treats for my eyes. These are a brightening and hydrating treatment for the eyes. And they feel as good on as they sound.

Borghese Restorative Eye Sheet Mask

These can be used any time of the day or evening but I love them before I apply makeup because they make my undereye area look well rested. Directions for use are so simple: Cleanse skin and pat dry. Remove the clear protective film, place the hydrogel eye mask under the eye and discard the white protective sheet. Relax and leave mask on for 5-15 minutes. Remove each mask and gently massage excess product into the skin. Use 1-2 times per week.

Borghese Restorative Eye Sheet Mask

Borghese Restorative Eye Sheet Mask

These hydrogel masks feel light as air, are completely comfortable, don’t slip down, and make me feel great. And the single packets are easy to pack up for a journey. The key ingredients show why these are a home run:

  • Acai Fruit Extract and Avocado Fruit Extract: help firm and soothe skin
  • Arnica Montana Fruit Extract: helps refine skin texture
  • Hyaluronic Acid: builds a moisture barrier and prevents moisture loss
  • Caffeine: boosts skin elasticity
  • Pomegranate Fruit Extract and Olive Fruit Oil: conditions and revives skin’s vibrancy

Now I’m going to apply mascara and I have a new one that I’ve been using: My Fair Lashes mascara from Velvet 59. This is totally unique in so many ways that we can appreciate.

Most important is that this is a vegan mascara. It took Velvet 59’s Paris Manning two years to perfect this mascara. All Velvet 59 products are cruelty free too.

My Fair Lashes mascara

My Fair Lashes is smudge proof, flake proof and quick-drying. It’s a deep black that is great for length and definition. The wand is very unique. It has a flat edge and a flat ball tip. (That’s an oxymoron if I ever heard one.)

My Fair Lashes mascara

My Fair Lashes mascara

Directions say to wipe off the excess product and then on your top lashes apply in zig-zag motions. When you get to your bottom lashes use the tip of the wand with the flat side closest to your face. This way you are apply it to get the most out of your bottom lashes and the inner corners. “The My Fair Lashes wand has a flat side which can be tipped and tilted to reach even the smallest, hardest to reach lashes.”

My Fair Lashes mascara

The first few days I used the mascara I wasn’t so sure if this was a good one for my eyes but now that I’ve been using it for several weeks I’m happy with it. I get a little volume from two coats while it makes my lashes appear longer and well defined.  So far I haven’t had to use an eyelash comb either. It doesn’t smudge when I apply it on my bottom lashes (nor the top) which is rare for me. It’s the reason I barely use mascara there but My Fair Lashes changes that for me.

Days over and it’s time to wash up. That’s where ENDURE LASH ORGANIC EYELASH CLOTHS come into play. These cloths were originally made for eyelash extensions but I’ve never had extensions and I’m finding EndureLash to be wonderful for removal of mascara. All you need is warm water and the cloth!

EndureLash Organic Eyelash Cloths

There are 2 different cloths or you can buy the combo pack. The Eye Makeup Organic Drying Cloth in the combo pack is 8″x8″ and is made of 60% organic bamboo viscose, 30% organic cotton, and 10% spandex ponte. This is the one you want if you have extensions since it doesn’t budge them nor snag on them. You’ll get fewer lost lashes between fills.

EndureLash Organic Drying Cloth

I throw this in the laundry with my dark load so it saves me money on buying cotton pads and eye makeup remover.

EndureLash Organic Eye Makeup Removal Cloth

The smaller cloth is the Organic Eye Makeup Removal Cloth and this works like magic for me. I use warm water, apply it to my eyes without rubbing and voila my mascara is gone. Really truly gone. I know it’s on the cloth but I don’t see it and there’s nothing that remains on my face. I’ve used this with 3 mascaras just to prove it works as great as I thought. The Eddie Funkhouser mascara coats lashes so you’ll see that on your face but it washes off with warm water too.

EndureLash Organic Eye Makeup Removal Cloth in bag

It comes with a mesh bag for storage and laundry. Put it in the bag and run it through with your washload. Now this doesn’t remove my shadows unless I use a very natural look so I do have to use eye makeup remover or a micellar water to do that. But the Organic Drying Cloth does get off my other eye makeup better. I can tell you right now that this mesh bag and removal cloth are coming on my next vacation.

I’ve rounded the bases with these three products and the ones from last week and my eyes are the ones that are winning. I’ve found some products that work great for me and that I’m sure will work as wonderfully for you. —  Marcia

 

What’s in my summer tote? Marvis, Soap and Paper, Good Earth Beauty, and Eddie Funkhouser

What’s in my summer tote? Marvis, Soap and Paper, Good Earth Beauty, and Eddie Funkhouser

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This summer I have been on more mini-vacations than ever!  So I’ve become really, really good at throwing together a quick overnight bag or a one day travel tote bag, whether I’m off the beach or off for an 8 hour car ride to pick up my daughter from camp. Here are four (or five, depending on how you want to count them!) items that are always in my summer tote.

Marvis Aquatic Mint Toothpaste

I have been a big fan of Marvis Toothpaste for years and years and I love the travel size ($6) tube! Lately I’ve been digging the Aquatic Mint flavor and I also love Jasmine Mint, the tube I recently finished. There are lots of cool flavors available and let’s face it…the packaging is so awesome, anyone pillaging your tote for lip balm is going to be impressed with how hip you are!

Soap and Paper Green Tea Shea Hand Cream

Soap and Paper Jasmine Shea Hand Cream

Soap and Paper Shea Hand Cream

Any bag I pack always has hand cream in it and Soap and Paper has the best hand cream in a perfect travel size. The Petite Shea Hand Cream ($9, 1 oz.) is thick and rich, with an elegant shea-based formula that totally soothes dry skin. It’s velvety goodness. The Green Tea scent is natural and clean and the Jasmine scent is dreamy and intoxicating. I can’t decide which is my favorite so I just pack both.

Good Earth Beauty Citrus White Grapefruit Perfume

Good Earth Beauty Citrus White Grapefruit Perfume

I love to have a refreshing fragrance at my fingertips and Good Earth Beauty has a perfect option – the rollerball Citrus White Grapefruit Perfume ($21). This is a gorgeous scent – light, refreshing, fresh as a summer’s day. The scent is an intoxicating combination of citrusy white grapefruit, tangerine, sweet orange, and mimosa. There isn’t any alcohol or water in this perfume, it’s straight up essential oils, so you only need a tiny amount to smell spectacular all day long. Love this, and you need it in your tote ASAP. Oh, it’s also vegan, organic, cruelty free and gluten-free.

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara

A simple swipe of mascara can take me from looking sickly to looking fantastic in three seconds, particularly with Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara ($13). One tube of mascara gives four different finishes, from natural to major drama.  I might do a quick swipe of #2 for a day look, and then later on add a coat of #4 for big, thick lashes.  What I love is this mascara never smudges or smears, regardless of the temperature or humidity.  It’s a perfect mascara to have in your summer tote!

I have a few more items in my summer tote, but these four (or five, since I can’t choose between the Jasmine and Green Tea Soap and Paper Hand Cream scents!) are constants. What are some of your must haves in your summer tote? – Lisa

PS – Speaking of the super talented Eddie Funkhouser, don’t forget to enter our giveaway for some of his lipsticks and lip glosses – enter HERE!