Makeup Wars Color Wars – how about some nudes

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What do you think of when someone mentions the word nude when it relates to cosmetics? Whatever it is, it may not be what someone else thinks of. A nude to me isn’t necessarily a nude to you. When the decision came up to each pick a color to share it took me a while to come up with my choice. Once I decided on Nude though it’s all I could think about. There are so many different shades of nude including some beautiful mauve nudes that I love. Over the holidays I bought a NUDESTIX collection which fits in perfectly. So let’s get nude with NUDESTIX.

NUDESTIX Nude (ART)ist Box

NUDESTIX Nude (ART)ist Box

First I have to apologize since this set was a limited edition available for the winter holidays. It contains 6 full size NUDESTIX Neutral Magnetic Eye Colors which are all available separately. If you see something you love, then get yourself to Sephora or Ulta for a single.

NUDESTIX single kit

NUDESTIX single kit

I can’t help but love NUDESTIX’s packaging. Each product comes in a metal reusable container that are fun to own. NUDESTIX Metallic Color Eyeshadows are $24 each and come with a sharpener as well as the pencil.

NUDESTIX sharpener

NUDESTIX sharpener

The kit contains 3 Luminous shades (Angel, Lilith, Twilight) and 3 Matte Shades (Army, Putty, Taupe). Even though only certain shades make me think of nude, the others are great neutrals to own.

NUDESTIX (ART)IST BOX

NUDESTIX (ART)IST BOX

NUDESTIX (ART)IST BOX

NUDESTIX (ART)IST BOX

Before I show you the 6 shades let me give you my assessment of them so you can see if they are for you.

  1.  If you have oily lids, I don’t know if these would work for you. They can crease or wear away. This is my opinion though and I noticed that Ulta says they are great for oily lids.
  2.  If your eyelids aren’t oily these are great to use with some hints.
    1. Apply a good eyeshadow primer and let it dry
    2. Then apply a neutral powder eyeshadow that doesn’t change the color/s you are going to use.
  3. They can be used in 4 ways: eyecolor, eyeliner, base, and highlighter.
  4. Once they set they become waterproof and last on me for the full day.
  5.  NUDESTIX removes easily with eye makeup remover.
  6.  I don’t consider them the easiest eyeshadow crayons to blend. I’m more likely to wear only one at a time but they work well with powder eyeshadows.
Nudestix Lilith

Nudestix Lilith

Lilith is a champagne cream with some shimmer. None of the Luminous/Satin shades will drop glitter on your face but you may notice some shimmer around your eyes. Lilith is the lightest of this set.

Nudestix Angel

Nudestix Angel

Angel is my favorite as it’s a light rose gold. Total bliss on my eyelid with a darker powder in the crease. I could stare at it all day.

Nudestix Twilight

Nudestix Twilight

Twilight is also a Luminous shade, it’s described as a gray taupe with shimmer. It’s more taupe though than gray so don’t let that scare you. This is a one-and-go shade for me. I’ll put it on up to the crease and blend it so that it’s lighter near my lashline.

Nudestix Putty

Nudestix Putty

Putty is a matte cream beige shade. On me it shows up as a light tan. This is not one I’d have personally bought as a single since it tends to look more yellow than I prefer but remember I have very cool toned skin.

Nudestix Taupe

Nudestix Taupe

Taupe is a much better matte shade for me and I like it a lot. It’s a cool toned neutral brown and my favorite of my 3 matte shades.

Nudestix Army

Nudestix Army

Army is a neutral brown matte with green undertones. I see a dark cool brown but rarely do I notice the green undertones. I said I didn’t think these were great for layering but I do sometimes wear this with Angel or Lilith even though I have to take time to get it on evenly.

Nudestix Lilith, Angel, Putty, Twilight, Taupe, Army, and Gilt

Nudestix Lilith, Angel, Putty, Twilight, Taupe, Army, and Gilt

I’m not done yet! For a true nude you need something that doesn’t show at all. I have been buying some products from Kiko Milano and two of them fit today’s Makeup Wars.

Kiko Milano Invisible Lip Liner

Kiko Milano Invisible Lip Liner

I love using an invisible/clear lipliner but they aren’t that easy to find. Then a friend recommended looking into Kiko Milano. Invisible Lip Liner is considered a primer. It glides on and is easy to use. The full price is $9 but Kiko often has sales. What I really like about the site is their free shipping starts at $15 – very unusual these days. While I have an older Paula’s Choice clear lipliner (no longer available) it isn’t as smooth and easy to apply. This is a staple I like having in my stash.

Kiko Milano Nude Blur Lip Base

Kiko Milano Nude Blur Lip Base

Another product I can recommend is Nude Blur Lip Base ($11). The Lip Base is creamier than the liner and helps smooth the appearance of lip lines. I especially like it under certain matte liquid lipsticks since my lips feel more moisturized. It contains olive oil extract and brown algae which help to protect the lips.

And now you have my current nudes. I know some of the other Makeup Wars ladies have chosen nude too but my guess is that they have very different choices and I can’t wait to read them. Join my friends to learn what their color choice is.  —  Marcia


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Beautylish Mystery Lucky Bag in Neutral revealed with a giveaway

Beautylish mystery Lucky Bag 2015

Beautylish mystery Lucky Bag 2015

I love surprises even if they do cost me $75. I’ve shopped at Beautylish many times and have always loved what I’ve bought there. The brands they carry are pretty amazing – Inglot, Charlotte Tilbury, Kevyn Aucoin and Wayne Goss brushes – just to name a few. When they offered a mystery bag with $150 worth of products I decided to take a chance on it. There were 3 available (Bold, Natural and MUA) and I wavered. By the time I chose there were only 2 left and I decided to take the safest route and ordered Natural.

The contents of Beautylish Lucky Bag 2015, neutral

The contents of Beautylish Lucky Bag 2015, natural

Of the 6 products in my bag 5 hit the bulls eye both in quality and appropriateness. There’s one anomaly and that’s the giveaway item (saved for last). If you are a BIZ reader then you know I’d rather have eye makeup than anything else so when there were 3 items that fit that category I knew my money was well spent.

Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow Duo 210

Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow Duo 210

I haven’t had a new Kevyn Aucoin eyeshadow in ages so opening Duo 210 in Sugared Peach and Rust Brown Shimmer was a thrill. Eyeshadow! Kevyn Aucoin! Peach and brown! Can’t beat it. At $42 for a duo I knew my bag was a winner with the first product opened.

NUDESTIX Mascara

NUDESTIX Mascara

To go along with the great eyeshadow there is a NUDESTIX Mascara. I’ve been wanting to try NUDESTIX for a long time so this was a happy find. I haven’t used it since I have 3 open mascaras but I hope to love it and report back. This is a lash lengthening formula ($24) that is also a treatment mascara.

Wayne Goss brush 20

Wayne Goss brush 20

Wayne Goss brush 20

Wayne Goss brush 20

What could be better than a Wayne Goss brush? The only thing I can think of is that I don’t have this brush even though I do have a few Goss brushes. Brush 20 is designed with a tapered end for smudging. It is also great for defining anything from a cut crease to a modern soft smokey eye.  ($30) This is a very firm brush that’s still super soft. I have used it to smudge some eye crayons I’ve been wearing and it’s perfect for that. It’s also great for smudging along the lashline.

Bliss Body Butter in Blood Orange and White Pepper

Bliss Body Butter in Blood Orange and White Pepper

Unfortunately it can’t all be eyes but when it’s the Bliss Body Butter in Blood Orange and White Pepper ($29) that makes it okay. This is the only Bliss body product I’ve ever bought for myself so it’s a great find for me. I’m a citrus lady when it comes to products I use on my body and this is a scent I already know I like.

Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner

Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner

When I read this description of the Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner ($32) I knew that it was meant to be: “An alcohol-free toner featuring CoQ10, a powerful antioxidant found naturally in almost every cell in the body. Aloe Vera and Hyaluronic acid provide added hydration and help balance the skin’s pH level. Ideal for normal to dry skin.” Aloe Vera and Hyaluronic acid are enough to get me wanting to use this. I’d never have bought it on my own so this adds something new to my skincare collection.

Lit Cosmetics Summer Sparkle Lit Kit

Lit Cosmetics Summer Sparkle Lit Kit

Now this is the only product that doesn’t fit in the “Natural” bag. Lit Cosmetics Summer Sparkle Lit Kit is not natural, no way Jose. Lit Cosmetics is for a different age bracket than Beauty Info Zone is in. I’m sure it’s wonderful since other reviews of Lit Cosmetics are mostly raves. But it’s not for me. This sells for $19.95 at Sephora, the kit is Hello Sunshine – soft creamy porcelain glitter w/ hints of orange sun bursts.

The total value of the Beautylish Lucky Mystery Bag that I received is $177 so they beat the promised value. Take away the $20 for the item I’m giving away and I still have $157 worth of wonders. Will I do this again next year when it’s offered? Absolutely. There’s no knowing what you’ll get (here’s Beauty by Krystal’s bag) but that’s the fun. — Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION – In this giveaway you’ll receive a black leatherlike Sephora cosmetic bag containing: Lit Cosmetics Summer Sparkle Lit Kit as seen above, a deluxe sample of Buxom Mascara sealed, deluxe sample of Dr Jart+ BB Cream, a sealed Blinc Mascara, NYX Butter Lip Balm in Marshmallow, NYC Lipstick in Sugar Plum plus more samples. The giveaway is for US and Canada and is open through Wednesday January 28th at 11:59 pm EST. Something for everyone and even better if you are a sparkle girl.

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Holiday gift guide for the Glam Girl!

Beauty Info Zones Glam Holiday Gift GuideShe loves pretty packaging, big lashes, the latest trends, and large price tags.  So what to buy her for the holidays??  Go big or go home with these glamorous gift options, all BIZ tested and approved!

Onsen Tenseless Cream

1.  Onsen Tenseless Cream ($400):  When only the best will do, go for this amazing moisturizing cream.  It’s perfect for nighttime, giving 8 full hours of relaxation to facial muscles – which means that beauty sleep really results in beauty!  I am happy with my skin every morning when I use this awesome night moisturizing cream.  Available at www.onsensecret.com

Chella Lash FullFillment Kit

2.  Chella Full-Fillment Lashes Kit ($95)  The perfect kit for building beautiful eyes.  It has everything needed for luscious lashes:  a 6 mL tube of Chella Lash Full-Fillment Eyelash Treatment, Chella Anti-Fatigue Eye Mask Kit, and a sample of Chella Eye Cream packaged neatly in a  custom tri-fold Chella Eyebrow Organizer. The Organizer has 8 individual pockets, plenty of room for the Chella items plus more.

Esqido Little Black Lash and Voila Lash

3.  Esqido Mink Lashes ($34-$42):  These gorgeous mink lashes not only look amazing, they also last through up to 25 uses!  For subtle glam, go with Little Black Lashes.  For lots of oomph, go with Voila Lash.  I have zero talent when it comes to applying falsies, but these are so easy to use I reach for them whenever I want instant lash gratification.  Available on www.esqido.com

Nudestix 2

4.  Nudestix:  Innovative packaging and on-trend colors make this line a winner for any glam-loving girl.  The effortless nude shades perfectly compliment those dramatic lashes with the Concealer Pencil ($24), Mascara ($24), and Magnetic Eye Color in Twilight ($24).  Available at www.urbanoutfitters.com and in Urban Outfitters stores

Guess Seductive 2

5.  Guess Seductive ($22):  Besides the wonderful packaging with the heart charm, this sweetly seductive scent features bergamot, pear, jasmine, african orange flower and vanilla.  It’s a creamy, fruity/floral scent that works for everyone from teens to cougars.  Your giftee can raise some temperatures (and who knows what else?) with this sexy scent.

Rituals Happy Mist and Good Luck Scrub

6.   Good Luck Scrub ($29) and Rituals Happy Mist ($25):  The perfect duo for any glam girl’s great night’s sleep!  Rituals Good Luck Scrub is certainly lucky, with a winning combination of organic sugar, safflower, avocado, sweet almond, macadamia, jojoba, and sunflower seed oils.  The scent is gorgeous – sweet orange and cedar.  It leaves skin super soft and smooth, ready to climb into soft linens gently scented with Rituals Happy Mist.  Oh, this bed and body mist will make even the most discriminating gal extremely happy.  Orange and yuzu beautifully refresh linens, and because it’s cosmetic grade it can be used as a body mist as well.  It’s a great way to get happy between the sheets!

Black Friday is approaching, and the holidays will be here before you know it.  Get your shopping done early with these pretty, sexy, and trendy options for the glam-loving girl on your list.  Shopping for someone who loves practical beauty options?  Check out my Ten holiday gift ideas for the practical fashionista right HERE!  – Lisa

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