I got lucky with the Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

Once a year the webstore Beautylish has a secret sale for Lucky Bags. This is my third year buying this and it keeps getting better. The Lucky Bag is different for everyone lucky enough to be able to buy one. The typical bag is $75 and the only clue you get when buying is that the items are brands that Beautylish sells. Considering the quality that they cover, you can’t go wrong! This year they offered a $150 bag with the same amount of items but ones with a higher value. That went in a flash. I was on an early access list, went to buy the second I saw the bags were available but no luck with that. I’m not the least big unhappy though as you’ll see from my amazing bag.beautylish lucky bag 2017 tag

6 items, 6 top notch brands! $75 plus shipping = $198 in products that I’m so excited about.

my Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

my Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

BIODERMA MICELLAR WATER: ($6.90) I believe that everyone received the small size of Bioderma Micellar. Happily for me the one I received is Sensiblo H20 which is the one I use all the time. It never hurts to have a spare of this. 5 stars!!

Bioderma Micellar Water Sensiblo H20

Bioderma Micellar Water Sensiblo H20

JOEUR LONG WEAR LIP CREME in DULCE DE LECHE ($18): There are 26 shades of this liquid lipstick available at Beautylish so I consider myself extra lucky that I received a shade that I love. I’m always receiving dark lipsticks yet I really only wear MLBB or light shades. This matte pink (which I consider warm but they say is cool) is a perfect shade for me. It also gives me the chance to try this at last to see what I think.

Joeur Long Wear Liquid Lipstick - Dulce de Leche

Joeur Long Wear Liquid Lipstick – Dulce de Leche

I have always admired the Joeur matte lipsticks on others but never was sure if I should buy one. This has a caramel fragrance that lasts for a short while and doesn’t annoy me. My lips have to be well exfoliated to wear this but that’s not a problem. 4 stars! (fragrance removed one)beautylish lucky bag 2017 joeur lip collage

ORIBE DRY TEXTURING SPRAY ($22) – Believe it or not I’ve never used a product like this. I occasionally will use a dry shampoo and always like having one in the house. Ditto with a hair spray. But it’s rare that they get used. I saw this and thought of Lisa since she’d love this (“Bigger, better, full-on glamorous hair. This invisible dry hair spray builds in incredible volume and sexy texture. Patented polymers absorb oil at the roots, leaving you with just-styled hair for days (and nights).”). I’ll try it but I bet I end up giving it to my blog partner. 3 stars from me and surely 5 stars from Lisa.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

SMITH & CULT NAILED LACQUER in LOVERS CREEP ($18): I can’t tell you how much I’ve wanted a Smith & Cult polish. I just never remembered to buy plus I couldn’t decide what color. Lovers Creep is a beautiful opaque bordeaux shade. I have a lot of polish to test but I just can’t wait to have the time to wear this.  Smith & Cult is “8-Free, Long Wear, High Shine & Smooth Coverage.” Definitely 5 stars.

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Lovers Creep

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Lovers Creep

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Lovers Creep

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Lovers Creep

NATASHA DENOUNA EYESHADOW PALETTE 5, PALETTE 13: ($48)  Well my heart skipped a beat when I saw the Natasha Denouna box. While palette 13 wouldn’t be one I’d pick to buy, it gives me the chance to try out her eyeshadows to see if I like them as much as her blush. Happily this doesn’t have the fragrance that the blush has. What it has is a duochrome green, a shimmery copper, and 3 matte shades that apply like butter.

Natasha Denoune palette 13

Natasha Denouna palette 13

Natasha Denoune palette 13

Natasha Denouna palette 13

I’m anxious to play around more with these shades. Flamingo is a great base shade with its touch of warm pink that doesn’t make me look like a flamingo. Sand Storm is very warm so I don’t think that it will get much use. Arizona is an easy to wear brown that can be built up. The prettiest shades are Pinja which looks green but reminds me of MAC Club with its green brown tone but with more oomph and Umber is an amazing golden copper. It’s a metallic shadow without visible shimmer. 4 Stars –  NO 5 stars, after all it is Natasha Denouna.

Natasha Denoune palette 13

Natasha Denouna palette 13

WAYNE GOSS OO BRUSH ($85): This originally was a limited edition brush but now it’s a permanent brush in the Wayne Goss Beautylish collection. It’s so magnificent that I don’t want to use it and get it dirty. How many times do I have the opportunity to have an $85 brush? Totally soft and luxurious. I’m overjoyed to have another Wayne Goss brush. I need to gather all the ones I have to review them for you.

Designed for a quick application with the softest finish. The large size is ideal for applying mineral or powder foundations—or any powder, bronzer, or blush—across the face. The tapered point lets you go into the eye area and do detailed highlighting work.The bristles measure 50mm in length, with a width of 20mm at it’s widest point. Hair Type: Goat. 100% cruelty free

Wayne Goss OO brush

Wayne Goss OO brush

Wayne Goss OO brush

Wayne Goss OO brush

I’m thrilled with my Lucky Bag and absolutely will be purchasing the 2018 bag. It’s been one of my favorite buys in a long time (and I’ve bought a lot). Have I tempted you? Would you spend $75 on a surprise bag?  —  Marcia

Bioderma’s 3 Micellar Water formulas wow me

Bioderma Micellar Waters

Bioderma Micellar Waters

You’ve probably read about Micellar Water many times but if you are like me then you don’t quite understand exactly what it is and how it does its magic. Without going into too much detail a micellar water contains micelle cleansing molecules that pull away dirt and oil. Put it on a disposable cotton pad and wipe your face with it. A good micellar water won’t feel tacky nor will it need rinsing. Your makeup will be removed without any harshness.

I’ve been a fan of Bioderma Micellar Water since Beautylish finally started carrying it. Up until these samples were sent, I only bought Sensibio H2O and I’ve bought a lot of it. I’ve been thrilled with the chance to learn about two other micelle solutions from Bioderma: Hydrabio H2O and Sebium H2O.

Bioderma Sensibio H20 Make-up removing micelle solution, sensitive skin

Bioderma Sensibio H20 Make-up removing micelle solution, sensitive skin

After having the chance to try all three I’ve realized that I made the right choice when I bought Sensibio H2O. It’s the one made for sensitive skin and the one that I personally think will suit almost everyone. This is fragrance free while the other two have a slight fragrance to them. It’s so gentle on my skin and removes my makeup well. I can use it on my eyes too but if I’ve got a lot of mascara on then I’m really better off using a separate eye makeup remover.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O (also known as Créaline H2O) is a no-rinse micellar cleanser and makeup remover specially formulated for sensitive, normal to dry skin types. It can even remove water-resistant face and eye makeup! A soothing emollient thanks to cucumber extract, it clears up irritated skin and produces a feeling of instant freshness. Fragrance-free, alcohol-free, paraben-free, and hypoallergenic.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O in 500 ml, 250 ml, and 100 ml

Bioderma Sensibio H2O in 500 ml, 250 ml, and 100 ml

How do you know if you have sensitive skin to choose Sensiblo H2O?  If your skin becomes dehydrated easily and that dryness leads to a tight feeling, that’s sensitive skin. Most of us think of sensitive skin as being reactive to ingredients, and it often is, but it’s also from dryness according to Bioderma. Sensibio products are suitable for all sensitive and reactive skin types.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O is available in 100ml, 250 ml, and 500 ml bottles. I’ve taken the 100 ml bottle on trips and I buy the 500 ml size for home use. Occasionally Beautylish will carry the 500 ml bottle with a pump top that makes it even easier to use.

pump top on Bioderma Sensibio H2O

pump top on Bioderma Sensibio H2O

Hydrabio H2O is also a great choice for me and the one I’ll use more this coming winter. It was created for sensitive, dehydrated skin. In the winter the elements make my skin even more dry and dehydrated so while this works well in summer, it’s going to be the perfect solution for winter.

What makes this a little different is that Hydrabio H2O contains Aquagenium , an exclusive biological patent retrains the skin to activate its natural moisturising capacities by stimulating the production of aquaporins, water channels in the skin, and retain the water it needs to be balanced.

Bioderma Hydrabio H2O

Bioderma Hydrabio H2O

regular top for Bioderma Micellar Water

regular top for Bioderma Micellar Water

Hydrabio H2O has a light fragrance to it. I don’t find it lingers and only notice it when I’m first using it for removal. It too is non-comedogenic, alcohol-free, and hypoallergenic. This is an excellent choice for fragile sensitive skin since it stimulates moisture.

The third choice is Sebium H2O, a micellar water that is recommended for combination or oily skin. If you have pores that become clogged or have breakouts you want Sebium H2O in your repertoire. It contains Fluidactiva patented sebo-correcting complex, it biologically regulates sebum quality to keep the pores from becoming clogged and clear up the skin.

Bioderma Sebium H2O

Bioderma Sebium H2O

Other ingredients that help purify skin and limit sebaceous secretion are zinc gluconate and copper sulphate. Sebioum H2O is hypoallergenic, paraben free, alcohol free, and soap free. There is no coloring in spite of the light blue shade. The light fragrance is a bit medicinal but it doesn’t linger.

Prices on the Bioderma Micellar Waters found at Beautylish are very reasonable with 100 ml costing $6.90, 250 ml costing $11.90, and 500 ml priced at $16.90. They aren’t refillable so I usually buy several at a time so that I have this on hand. Sensiblo H2O is definitely my favorite but what about you? Which one would you feel is best for your skintype?  —  Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration, purchases, affiliate links

Sensibio H2O WATER (AQUA), PEG-6 CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC GLYCERIDES, CUCUMIS SATIVUS (CUCUMBER) FRUIT EXTRACT, MANNITOL, XYLITOL, RHAMNOSE, FRUCTOOLIGOSACCHARIDES, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, DISODIUM EDTA, CETRIMONIUM BROMIDE.

Hydrabio H2O AQUA/WATER/EAU, GLYCERIN, PEG-6 CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC GLYCERIDES, POLYSORBATE 20, MANNITOL, XYLITOL, RHAMNOSE, FRUCTOOLIGOSACCHARIDES, NIACINAMIDE, CUCUMIS SATIVUS (CUCUMBER) FRUIT EXTRACT, PYRUS MALUS (APPLE) FRUIT EXTRACT, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, HEXYLDECANOL, DISODIUM EDTA, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, CITRIC ACID, CETRIMONIUM BROMIDE, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM). [BI 546V1]

Sebium H2O  AQUA/WATER/EAU, PEG-6 CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC GLYCERIDES, SODIUM CITRATE, ZINC GLUCONATE, COPPER SULFATE, GINKGO BILOBA LEAF EXTRACT, MANNITOL, XYLITOL, RHAMNOSE, FRUCTOOLIGOSACCHARIDES, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, CITRIC ACID, DISODIUM EDTA, CETRIMONIUM BROMIDE, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM). [BI 442]

Beautylish Mystery Lucky Bag – I love it, would you? #luckybag2016

Beautylish Lucky Bag 2016

Beautylish Lucky Bag 2016

I’m sorry but you can’t have this so I apologize in advance but I’m so enamored with this Lucky Mystery Bag from Beautylish that I had to share it so you can take advantage of this next year.

In December 2015 I received an email from Beautylish that their Mystery Bag was on the way and to put my name on the waiting list. As soon as it became available to order I did so and this beautiful package arrived in early January. Beautylish does this once a year and the cost is $75 plus $5 shipping to the US. It’s available to other countries but the shipping charge would be higher. I first noticed this in 2014 and was sorry I hadn’t participated so last year I jumped on it and purchased the mystery bag (see my review here). Obviously I did again. I’m overjoyed with this purchase since my products are outstanding.

Beautylish Mystery Lucky Bag 2016

Beautylish Mystery Lucky Bag 2016

What makes this even more special is that everything in the package are new products that are for sale on Beautylish and other websites. It’s not outdated items, they are all things you’d buy in a heartbeat. I’ve seen a few blog posts on the bag and while no one received the same exact products, every one I read was wonderful.

This year’s Mystery Bags was called the Lucky Bag in honor of a Japanese New Year’s custom. Fukubukuro is a Japanese New Year custom in which merchants and retailers make grab bags filled with unknown random contents and sell them on a substantial discount. They’re called “lucky bags” or “mystery bags”.” My Lucky Bag has a value of $162 which is 2X what I paid.

What’s inside? Let’s start with BECCA OMBRE ROUGE EYESHADOW PALETTE ($40)

Becca Ombre Rouge Eyeshadow Palette

Becca Ombre Rouge Eyeshadow Palette

Becca Ombre Rouge Eyeshadow Palette

Becca Ombre Rouge Eyeshadow Palette

This is one of Becca’s most sought after eyeshadow palettes. The five coordinating shades are all warm colors. The texture of these shadows is phenomenal. I sent this to a good friend since it’s too warm for me and I could practically see her jumping up and down from afar.

KEVYN AUCOIN THE MATTE BRONZING VEIL in DESERT DAYS  ($48)

Kevyn Aucoin Matte Bronzing Veil

Kevyn Aucoin Matte Bronzing Veil

Kevyn Aucoin Matte Bronzing Veil

Kevyn Aucoin Matte Bronzing Veil

You are reading this from a very pale woman who rarely uses a bronzing powder but this is the exception to the rule. There are two shades of this incredibly silky bronzer and I’m so lucky that I received the lightest one. I can use this for the subtle type of contouring I like, a subtle bronzer, or a blush.

Kevyn Aucoin Matte Bronzing Veil in Desert Days

Kevyn Aucoin Matte Bronzing Veil in Desert Days

WAYNE GOSS brush 05  ($20)

Wayne Goss brush 05

Wayne Goss brush 05

Wayne Goss brush 05

Wayne Goss brush 05

What makes this most exciting for me, besides the fact that I adore brushes and Wayne Goss brushes, is that I really wanted this brush. 05 was in their original set of brushes but they’ve revamped it and this is the new improved version. It’s a detail brush that works on lips and lids. I may have a ton of brushes but this is fabulous and I’m thrilled.

RMS BEAUTY LIP & SKIN BALM ($25)

rms beauty skin & lip balm

rms beauty skin & lip balm

rms beauty lip & skin balm

rms beauty lip & skin balm

rms beauty is a beauty lovers secret. It’s not a brand that’s talked about that often but it’s the real thing. It’s a cruelty free organic brand with the best products. I’m lusting after their Living Luminizer and one of these days I’ll take the plunge. The Lip & Skin Balm is available in two scents – Simply Vanilla and Simply Cocoa. I received Simply Vanilla which has a light vanilla scent. I love it. I wish it wasn’t a pot but I use it at home. “RMS Beauty Lip & Skin Balm is made of superior food-grade biologically active ingredients that support natural skin functions, giving you a visibly healthier appearance. Each ingredient in this must-have skin-rejuvenating formula has been carefully selected for its traditional healing abilities. Use regularly to heal, protect and hydrate skin, soften fine lines and give skin a smooth texture.”

BIODERMA SENSIBIO MICELLAR WATER (mini size $6.95) and IT COSMETICS HELLO LASHES MASCARA ($24)

Biorderma Sensibio Micellar Water and IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes

Biorderma Sensibio Micellar Water and IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes

As if the Lucky Mystery bag could get any better, there were two of my very favorite products in it. I’ve purchased both over and over. Having the travel size of the Bioderma Micellar Water is fabulous. I love this size for travel and for home use. And do I have to extol the virtues of IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes or have you heard me talk about it at least a dozen times before? These two are staples in my life and I am thrilled to find them in my bag.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O (also known as Créaline H2O) is a no-rinse micellar cleanser and makeup remover specially formulated for sensitive, normal to dry skin types. It can even remove water-resistant face and eye makeup! A soothing emollient thanks to cucumber extract, it clears up irritated skin and produces a feeling of instant freshness. Fragrance-free, alcohol-free, paraben-free, and hypoallergenic.”

The quality products that Beautylish sent are beyond my wildest dreams. It’s hard to put out $75+ and not know what you are getting but as you can see Beautylish came through. Sign up for Beautylish emails so that next December you can get on the list too. Which products in here would you be excited to own?  — Marcia

*affiliate links

Dr. Brandt skincare – the way to start a new you for a new year

dr brand logoAs the year ends and we start making our resolutions for 2016 the Beauty Info Zone bloggers talked about using only the best skin care for the year. We noticed (when looking at our driver’s licenses, not the mirror) that we are getting older. We don’t want anyone to look at us and realize it so we made a promise to each other to learn about new skincare and use what works best. Dr. Brandt skin care fits smack dab in that category and we’re so happy to have received some products for review. Dr. Brandt Skincare really doesn’t need an introduction since it’s long been used and trusted. He was a pioneer in his field and not only practiced as a dermatologist but developed his skincare line to repair the signs of skin damage, combat the signs of advancing age gracefully, and maintain the most youthful skin possible. We agree with that philosophy are look forward to introducing you to some newer products that you may not know about.

Dr. Brandt Xtend Your Youth Dual Fusion Water

Dr. Brandt Xtend Your Youth Dual Fusion Water

MARCIA’S using XTEND YOUR YOUTH DUAL FUSION WATER

One of the newer skincare lines at Dr. Brandt is XYY otherwise known as Xtend Your Youth. This line is meant for age defense, anti-stress, and as an anti-oxidant. Just the group (XYY) calls to me.

Dr. Brandt Xtend Your Youth Dual Fusion Water

Dr. Brandt Xtend Your Youth Dual Fusion Water

Dr. Brandt Xtend Your Youth Dual Fusion Water is a double duty product. It’s a cleanser as well as a makeup remover. It’s safe for all skin types and has been both dermatology tested and opthamology tested. What makes Dual Fusion Water unique among the micellar waters that you’ve read so much about, is that this is also a toner.

The Dual Fusion Water gently removes all makeup, even your eye makeup, without any stinging. All you need is some cotton squares (like the ones Shiseido or DHC sell) and this bottle of magic.

  • removes oil, impurities & make-up residue
  • gently & effectively removes even waterproof make-up
  • may help support skin’s natural defense system against free radicals & external aggressors
  • leaves skin purified & revitalized
    Dr. Brandt Xtend Your Youth Dual Fusion Water

    Dr. Brandt Xtend Your Youth Dual Fusion Water

    If you know me from reviews, you know I don’t like fragranced products and choose fragrance free when at all possible. I was thrilled to find that XXY Dual Fusion Water has no fragrance. I use it at different times of the day. In the morning if I have cleansed well the night before then I just squeeze some of the Dual Fusion Water on my cotton pad and refresh my face before adding any skincare. I’ve been using this every evening too in one of two ways – 1) to remove my makeup when I’m too tired to wash my face and 2) as a toner on the nights I do my proper cleansing

Dr. Brandt XXY Dual Fusion Water

Dr. Brandt XXY Dual Fusion Water

This micellar water does it all for me – it traps oil, removes impurities and makeup residues. It’s not sticky and it doesn’t interfere with any of the skincare I chose to use. My skin never feels stripped either. I learned that the PH range of this micellar water is between five and six to promote a healthy PH balance. This has been a great find for me and getting a lot of love.

LISA’S using OXYGEN FACIAL FLASH RECOVERY MASK

You know how sometimes you look in the mirror and realize your skin just looks tired? Or perhaps you were out too late the night before, or had one too many cocktails, and your skin is totally telling on you. The Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask ($69) is the perfect antidote to sad looking skin.

Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask

Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask

Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask

Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask

The packaging is pretty cool – it looks like a big pill, but the bottom is flat so it stands up fine by itself. The facial mask is a lotion that you spread in a thin layer over cleansed skin. Whatever you do, don’t rub it in! That ruins the effect. Just lightly spread it on and watch in wonder while it bubbles up as the oxygen activates. It’s very cooling and soothing, and after about three minutes the bubbles start to dissipate.

Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask

Dr. Brandt Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask

That’s when you know it’s time to wash it off with warm water. After, apply your regular serum and moisturizer. You won’t believe how awesome your skin looks right away – hydrated and refreshed and just plain healthy. Just check out the clinical test results:

Research results:
In a clinical test conducted on 25 volunteers over 2 weeks:
Instant results after the first application:
– 96% reported that skin looks rested and fresh
– 92% reported that skin looks more radiant and luminous

Results after using twice daily for 2 weeks:
– 100% reported that product purifies asphyxiated and fatigued skin
– 100% reported that skin feels supple and smooth
– 96% reported that skin feels more hydrated and clarified

The Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask  is a winner all around. The packaging is super cool, the mask is fascinating to use, and the effect on skin is wonderful. It’s  a great way to start off the new year!!

*sent for editorial consideration, affiliate links

Top 10 Under $10

Top Ten Tuesday is always fun but today is especially so. I got to pick out 10 items that cost $10 or less to show you. With the winter holidays peeking around the corner you need to find some stocking stuffers or just something to perk up your own life. Here are some of my favorite cosmetic items. I’d love to learn what yours are too. — Marcia

LIPS

1.  PIXI BEAUTY SHEA BUTTER LIP BALMS ($8) come in 5 colors plus clear and they are totally awesome. They are a combination of a nurturing lip balm and a lipstick except they aren’t sticky at all. My blog partner Lisa raves about these constantly so I had to see what the fuss was about and now I agree with her. Pick from Ripe Raspberry, Coral Crush, Pixi Pink, Natural Rose, Honey Nectar or clear. I can’t wait to go back to Target to pick up Pixi Pink.

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose

2.  COLOURPOP is the hot brand of 2015. Their products are all so reasonably priced ($5-$8). They are known for their Ultra Matte lipglosses but those don’t do it for me. I do like their Lippie Stix though and I have several including the sheer Juice Bar in the collage. While not my favorite I appreciate all the choices and that they have matching Lippie Pencils for most of the Lippie Stix ($5 for the Lippie Stix, $5 for the Lippie Pencils). Totally fun pick me up and if you use the code “thanksbabe” you’ll get $5 off your order.

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BLUSH

3.  Speaking of ColourPop, they have 24 shades of blush in three different finishes (matte, satin, and pearlized). The texture of ColourPop blush and eyeshadows is not what you expect. They have a spongy feel to them and are a bit tricky the first time you apply them, but after you get the hang of them you’ll come back for more.

4.  MILANI ROSE POWDER BLUSHES aren’t in my collection but they need to be. There are nothing but raves for these. At $7.99 if you see them, grab them.

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EYES

5.  HARD CANDY SASSY EYES SULTRY PALETTES ($8) are in sturdy metal palettes with shadows that belie their price. There are 3 variations of these and if they are anything like the Smokey Eye Palettes that I have from the spring, then they are top rate. I still use my Smokey Eye Palettes all the time.

6.  SLEEK I-QUAD EYESHADOW & EYELINER PALETTES  ($8.99) are on my wishlist. There are 3 different palettes with three eyeshadows and a gel eyeliner. I’d have chosen one of the I-Divine eyeshadow palettes if it were under $10 but those are just above the limit at $11.99. This is a brand that I’m loving the more I use it.

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NAIL POLISH

7.  SINFUL COLORS ($1.99) amazes me. I’ve had the opportunity to review quite a few of their polishes and they last a full week on me. I know I mention them often but there’s a good reason for that.

8.  PIXI BEAUTY NAIL POLISH ($8) is another polish brand you’ll hear about from me over and over. I love how easy these are to find at Target, I love the colors, I love the wear. I just bought Olive Gold at Target after craving that shade for so long.With 40 shades you’ll easily find some you’ll crave too.

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HIGHLIGHTER

9.  e.l.f. ILLUMINATING PALETTE ($6) will satisfy your craving for highlighting aka strobing. 4 shades, $6. Can’t be beat. I just wish I could find the newer e.l.f. in stores.

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CLEANSING

10.  SIMPLE SKINCARE MICELLAR MAKEUP CLEANSING WIPES (approx $6) don’t totally fit this week’s theme for me but I just bought them and I’m impressed with a capital I. These wipes are different than the other brands I’ve tried. They are refreshing and remove cosmetics really well. They are gentle enough for my eyes which surprises me. Normally I use a separate eye makeup remover but so far I’ve even been able to get away without that. These may end up on my Top 10 list of the year.


My beauty blogger influenced buys

Makeup Wars is back with a topic near and dear to me. It”s all about how other bloggers have influenced us in our purchases. Near and dear? Yes because I read dozens of blogs a day and I communicate with a lot of bloggers so they usually have me on my toes and opening my wallet. Two of my “influensters” are Phyrra and Blushing Noir but they aren’t the only ones who my credit card companies call to thank.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O and Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Bioderma Sensibio H2O and Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

The two products I am showing you today are the ones I use daily and I’m so glad that my fellow bloggers showed me the way.
FIRST we have BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector which was purchased because of Gouldylox aka Kelly. She’s been a bad influence on me for a long time but when I read her review of the Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector I knew I had to buy it ASAP. When she first reviewed it it was sold out everywhere but when it came back into stock I jumped.

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($29) is a very light peach cream corrector. It’s not a concealer, it’s a corrector. It has a luminous quality to it. For me it hides dark circles just about better than anything I’ve tried. It’s not that I don’t have peach correctors that I like because this isn’t the only one I use but it’s by far my favorite and the one I reach for when it’s time to look rested, line free and ready for the rest of my face makeup.

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Some people use this as a base for concealer but for me it’s perfect on its own and I can apply my foundation or CC Cream without anything else. Because of its luminosity (it’s infused with ultrafine light-reflecting illuminators) I only use it under my eyes and rely on another concealer for redness especially around my nose.

 Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

It’s a firm texture but using the warmth of my fingers makes it just glide on. I’m so in love!! You can find this at Sephora, beauty.com and Amazon. Just find it!

Bioderma Sensibio H2O and Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Bioderma Sensibio H2O and Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

My second love is Bioderma Sensibio H2O which has been raved about by so many bloggers. On one of our group posts almost every blogger raved about it and I felt left out (oh boo hoo). Finally I read Pammy’s review (Pammy Blogs Beauty) and I rushed to Beautylish and bought it.
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A Micellar Water is hard for me to understand to be honest. It looks like regular water but it has magical powers (I’m prone to exaggeration at times). The Bioderma Micellar Water is a fragrance free facial cleanser that helps remove your makeup or just freshen your skin. There are two formulas with Sensibio H2O being the one for sensitive skin. It’s specially formulated for sensitive, normal to dry skin types.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O

Bioderma Sensibio H2O

What I do is put some on a cotton pad and use that to wash my face. I bought the one in the collage which is one 500 mg bottle and the travel size bottle as a bonus ($19.95). Even though I’m nowhere near done I know I’m buying the next package that contains two 500 mg bottles plus a 250 mg bottle for $39.90. If you aren’t sure that this is for you then start with the 250 mg bottle at $13.95.  I doubt I’ll be buying anymore facial wipes now since Bioderma Micellar Water gets my face cleaner and leaves behind no residue at all. My face is softened and cleansed. Some people use this as an eye makeup remover but it’s usually not powerful enough for me to remove mascara.bioderma 1
BIODERMA SENSIBLO H2O is “A soothing emollient thanks to cucumber extract, it clears up irritated skin and produces a feeling of instant freshness. Fragrance-free, alcohol-free, paraben-free, and hypoallergenic”.
What do you think of my two choices? Have you tried either? Have I tempted you to spend on these? Since I wholeheartedly love these I’d feel no qualms if you did buy them. — Marcia

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Beauty Trends of 2015 – Makeup Wars edition

MAKEUP WARS is getting trendy. We decided to look into some of the trends we see for 2015. I’ve chosen 3 trends: Micellar Waters, matte lipsticks and contouring. These are the things I’m seeing over and over in blogs, on cosmetics sites and in magazines. I haven’t used a lot of these products but they all appeal to me in one way or the other.
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MICELLAR WATERS
First let’s talk about Micellar Waters since that’s not a term most people know. I’m no expert on it but the way I see these is that they are a form of cleansing. It can be a water or a lotion. They micro-emulsify impurities so that your skin is left both soft and cleansed.
1425153019_300SIMPLE SKINCARE MICELLAR CLEANSER WATER Simple® Micellar Cleanser Water is our most advanced yet gentle cleanse to date.  It is made with skin-loving ingredients, including Vitamin B3 and C, and Triple Purified Water, our purest possible water, to help remove contaminants known to irritate skin. I found this at drugstore.com but I’m sure it’s available at other retailers that sell the Simple Skincare line. At $6.99 for a bottle it’s a great way to find out if this is a product you want to introduce into your life.
1425152959_2236353__detail_?1425152959LA ROCHE-POSAY Physiological Micellar Solution ($20.99) is a 3 in 1 product since it cleanses, tones and can be used on a cotton pad as a makeup remover. There is no soap in this micellar solution and La Roche-Posay is a well known trusted brand. What makes this one unique is that they use their thermal water as the base for this solution.
1425152891_16030430801BIODERMA SENSIBIO (Crealine) H2O MICELLE SOLUTION is the hottest brand around when it comes to Micellar Water. This has gotten raves in Europe for so long and travelers always made sure that it was in their suitcases when they came home. It’s available on StrawberryNET.com and will be back in stock at Beautylish.com soon. Because this is also recommended for sensitive skin you can use this as an eye makeup remover as well as a cleansing solution.
1425152684_0000038_micellar-lotion_450EMBRYOLISSE MICELLAR LOTION – This is the one I have. The last time I was at IMATS this was one of the featured items from Embryolisse and I was so anxious to finally try a Micellar Water. This is a little thicker than the typical one and it does have a fragrance yet it can be used for eyes, lips and face. “This Micellar Lotion is so gentle it is suitable for even the most sensitive skin – it contains micelles (gentle cleansing agents) in solution in cornflower, camomile and witch-hazel water, combined with glycerin to soften, soothe and tone the skin.”
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MATTE LIPSTICK
1425152566_2226183__detail_?1425152566NYX COSMETICS MATTE LIP CREAM – NYX also makes matte lipstick but I’m more attracted to the lip cream since it doesn’t show lines quite as much. At $5.99 (and often sales) NYX is a good way to find out if you like a matte lip. My one warning about wearing mattes is that your lips need to be exfoliated and prepped with a lip balm.
1425152493_265x265xlovely_off_copy.jpg.pagespeed.ic.gz-vsnrxx9ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS LIQUID LIPSTICK is the talk of the town. Instagram is loaded with pictures and talk of this liquid matte. Many people bought them early at IMATS and that started the buzz. It’s a very intense and highly pigmented product. ($20)
1425152435_82JORDANA COSMETICS MATTE LIPSTICK is the one to try if you are taking baby steps. There are 35 shades available at $1.49 each. Yes, slightly more than a Snickers bar.
1425152379_0607845024576NARS VELVET MATTE LIP PENCIL is my favorite of any matte lip product. I’ve had some for years. It combines my love for lip crayons with some terrific Nars shades like Roman Holiday, Sex Machine and Red Dragon. There are 18 shades ($26).
1425152326_0607845010111NARS SEMI MATTE LIPSTICK – Nars is popular for lipsticks in general and their matte lipsticks stand out from the crowd. The Semi-Matte lipsticks aren’t quite as drying in my opinion and have a little more life to them. The 13 shades ($27) are hydrating and highly pigmented.
1425152274_0607845035091NARS PURE MATTE LIPSTICK is their newest addition and these are truly matte and truly pigmented. Better have exfoliated and smooth lips with these beauties to let them do their job well.  They contain wild mango butter, known to provide advanced moisturizing properties to repair dryness and scaling, and Vitamin E and açai oil for antioxidant benefits. ($27, 18 shades)
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CONTOURING is going to take over the world in 2015. Every brand is coming out with a contouring palette or repromoting them. What has Kim Kardashian done to this world??
1425152201_282NYX HIGHLIGHT CONTOUR PRO PALETTE ($25) has a little bit of everything since it has both highlighting and contouring shades.1425152116_web_cocoacontour_composite_2TOO FACED COCOA CONTOUR ($40) has that cocoa scent that people are going crazy over. Too Faced is well known for their bronzers and they’ve expanded that to a contour set that has 4 shades (3 shades of cocoa and a pop of light) and that cute little buki brush.
1425152075_265x265xlight_med_main.jpg.pagespeed.ic.unscl4upwkANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS CONTOUR KIT – Anastasia has a Contour Kit that you can find at places like Sephora and Ulta ($40). It’s available in 3 shades: Light to Medium, Medium to Tan, and Tan to Deep. In addition on their website they have a $150 Contour Book with all 29 of their shades that would normally sell for $14 each.
1425152029_cover-fx-contour-kit-g-light-mediumCOVER FX CONTOUR KIT ($48) is available in 6 different palettes. The consistency of this is creamy and is supposed to be very easy to blend because of that. It comes with a card showing placement that is quite helpful. Each of the 6 combos have a Highlight Shade (1): brightens and enhances features. Illuminating Highlight Shade (2): reflects light for added glow. Contour Shade (3): defines and visibly slenderizes. Deep Contour Shade (4): offers a more dramatic effect.

The one I forgot to put in my collage is from IT Cosmetics and it’s MY SCULPTED FACE

IT Cosmetics My Sculpted Face Contour Palette

IT Cosmetics My Sculpted Face Contour Palette

My Sculpted Face is the first contour product I ever bought ($38). It’s said to be a universal kit. It uses IT Cosmetics anti-aging formula and it comes with a guide to help you along.

What do you think are the trends of 2015? Are you a fan of contouring, matte lipsticks and/or micellar waters? I’d love to know. — Marcia

I’m curious to see what my fellow makeup war bloggers think are the new beauty trends. I have a g.c. waiting in the wings!!