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Hard Candy, Pacifica, Masqueology last minute gifts

Hard Candy, Pacifica, Masqueology last minute gifts

You are in luck since it’s not too late to pick up gifts in your neighborhood that will be as popular as ones you’ve had stashed away for the last several weeks. It’s a blogger’s job this holiday season to pepper you with products you can buy for others but it’s important to know that you can also buy some treasures for yourself that won’t break the bank.

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Let’s go to Walmart first shall we?

Hard Candy has many sets that are within your budget and are available on Walmart.com as well as stores. This Eye Essentials set has 6 pieces and is only $4.99. Thrill your tween and teen with two eyeshadow palettes and a set of brushes. Order it online and then pick it up in your local store.

Hard Candy Eye Essentials Collection Blue Makeup Set, 6 pc

Hard Candy Eye Essentials Collection Blue Makeup Set

I was sent the Hard Candy Contour and Sculpt Face Kit ($9.88) as an example of what Hard Candy has for holidays. This 9 piece collection is perfect for an older teen or young adult (and you).

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Gift Set

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Gift Set

Stick on a bow and you’re good to go. There’s a great compact with every shade you need for bronzing, sculpting and highlighting. It comes with an adorable cover so you end up with a reusable tin.

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Palette

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt Palette

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt palette closed

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt palette closed

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt palette helpful instructions

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt palette helpful instructions

But that’s not all. In this holiday set there’s a Contour sponge, a double sided brush, and a tube of Strobing Glow which is a cream that is for both face and body. This is a perfect party palette as well as being helpful year round.

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt holiday face collection

Hard Candy Contour & Sculpt holiday face collection

While you are at Walmart you need to find the MASQUEOLOGY facial masks. These $2.50 masks sold out quickly online although you can ask for an alert to let you know when they’ll be back in stock. It was very hard for me to believe that these are only $2.50. These sheet masks compare to much more expensive ones.

Masque*ology

Masque*ology

The 4 types are Special Care Cream Mask with amazing benefits. This one is great for dry sensitve skin because it moisturizes and hydrates. It’s going to lift and firm skin while it helps diminish the signs of fine lines. The Vita Clarifying Mask is meant for dull tired skin. It’s loaded with vitamins which helps to clarify skin and combats free radicals. My favorite is the Moisturizing Cream Mask. This lovely contains hyaluronic acid and caviar. Ooh la la. The Moisturizing Cream Mask is an excellent hydrator. There’s also Collagen Lifting Cream Mask which is one I need to find more of. This and the Moisturizing mask need to be in the stockings of all the women you know over 40. We can definitely use this revitalization and help in building collagen in our skin.

Masque*ology directions

Masque*ology directions

Masque*ology

Masque*ology

You can’t go wrong with any of these and the price is perfect for a last minute filler.

I’m a big nail polish fan so I’m sending you over to Ulta to find trio of beautiful polishes from PACIFICA. They’ve come out with a set of fall/winter polishes that will make a fabulous gift.

Pacifica Polish trio

Pacifica Polish trio

Pacifica is the brand for anyone you like that wants to use cruelty-free, vegan polishes and ones that are 7 Free. The three shades in the set are Luxe Interior, Wonderland, and London Tomboy.

Pacifica Winter Trio

Pacifica Winter Trio

Luxe Interior is a beautiful black cream with silver sparkles. With two coats it becomes a textured polish. I also tried it with one coat of a black cream polish and Luxe Interior over it and I lost most of the texture. Both are lovely ways to wear this shade. Wonderland is my favorite of the trio since it’s an off white, not quite cream shade. It has subtle shimmer within that I wish wasn’t quite so subtle. London Tomboy is a dark teal green, not quite a true green since it has a blue undertone. This is a beautiful cream polish. Be sure you apply a base coat since dark shades like this can stain.

Pacifica Luxe Interior, Wonderland and London Tomboy

Pacifica Luxe Interior, Wonderland and London Tomboy

Keep your eyes open when shopping at Ulta and Walmart for some gifts you may not have thought of before. All three of these brands will bring a smile to a beautiful face.  —  Marcia

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Pacifica eye makeup giveaway

It’s been a while since I’ve done a mini giveaway and the Pacifica eye makeup products I was recently sent are perfect for this time before the holidays. There are two items that you can win when entering.

Pacifica Dream Big Mascara and Natural Eye Pencil giveaway

Pacifica Dream Big Mascara and Natural Eye Pencil giveaway

What you can win is the Pacifica Beauty Dream Big Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara and a Natural Eye Pencil in Jet. Pacifica is a cruelty free company that remains independent from the big brands. They are a 100% vegan and cruelty-free company. Tashina from Logical Harmony names this mascara as her all time favorite. She only reviews cruelty free brands so her statement is important.

Pacifica Dream Big Twist

Pacifica Dream Big Twist

What makes this mascara stand out from the crowd is the brush that twists. You can get length and/or volume depending on the way you twist the brush.

Pacifica Dream Big

Pacifica Dream Big

The other item you’ll win is a Pacifica Natural Eye Pencil that is said to be waterproof and long wear. The color is Jet, aka dark black. I didn’t open this since it’s sealed and I’m sure you know what a black eyeliner pencil looks like.

Pacifica mascara and eyeliner giveaway

Pacifica mascara and eyeliner giveaway

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: I haven’t done an international giveaway in way too long. This giveaway runs through 12/13/16 which hopefully gives me time to be out of my cast and get to the post office so send a healing wish my way! Be sure you are an email subscriber to Beauty Info Zone and comment. You wouldn’t believe the number of people who enter without doing those and are therefore disqualified. All other entries give you more of a chance to win. —  Marcia

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*sent by Pacifica to facilitate this giveaway

Do all mascaras work for you? Did Pacifica work for me?

Pacifica Dream Big Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara

Pacifica Dream Big Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara

When you open a mascara do you make a wish that this will be THE ONE at last? Or do you like to stick with the same mascara because you’ve been disappointed in the past? I’m all about trying new mascaras and making that wish. When Pacifica sent Dream Big Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara I had high hopes that it would be the one.

Pacifica Dream Big

Pacifica Dream Big

After all it has all the right right attributes. It’s made for

*instant lash

*lift & separate

*volumizing

*conditioning

*rich color

*lash serum

*2 in 1 brush

Then to top it off Pacifica is vegan and cruelty free.

Pacifica Dream Big Mascara

Pacifica Dream Big Mascara

I was totally intrigued with the brush. They got me interested by calling it a “Magic Wand”. Wow, putting a magic wand on my skimpy lashes would be ideal. The wand is very interesting since it’s Presto Chango. It has a twist roller at the top of the beautiful case. Twist one way for length and the other way for volume. They recommend using the longer length side first and then twisting to the shorter volume size.

Pacifica Dream Big Twist

Pacifica Dream Big Twist

I love the idea of this but in practice I’m not seeing it. No matter which brush length I use I don’t find much difference. I may not be building up the mascara enough but there’s a reason why. It flakes on me if it has too many coats. Flakes badly as a matter of fact.

Wearing Ofra eyeshadow, Physician's Formula liquid eyeliner, Pacifica Dream Big Mascara

Wearing Ofra eyeshadow, Physician’s Formula liquid eyeliner, Pacifica Dream Big Mascara

If I stick with length like in my photo it’s terrific. Once I start trying to add volume it loses points. I end up with flakes after just a few hours and it continues on until I remove it.

Let’s get back to what the claims are: instant lash NOTHING DIFFERENT; lift & separate YES IT DID; volumizing A LITTLE BUT NOT MUCH; conditioning UNSURE; rich color NOT ENOUGH FOR ME. I think this mascara is going to work for some people but it’s not for me. My wishes didn’t come through because of the flaking mostly. I’ll keep trying though.  —  Marcia

*pr sample

 

Double your chance of winning – Pacifica giveaway and #PacificaMuse Contest

Pacifica Must Contest

Pacifica Must Contest

What’s not to love about Pacifica? They sell cruelty free, vegan makeup, skincare, and fragrances. The emphasis being on cruelty free. They are sponsoring a big giveaway on Instagram to find a Pacifica Muse, a person who represents beauty in their own way. To inform Beauty Info Zone readers about this contest they’ve sent us some products that we’re going to be giving away to one of our readers.

First the Pacifica Muse Contest:

1  Take a video that’s 30 – 60 seconds long explaining why you should be the #Pacifica Muse

2  Upload the video to their Instagram

3  Be sure you tag it #PacificaMuse

Pretty easy directions to hopefully win $15,000 in cash and prizes

Beauty Info Zone Pacifica Cosmetic giveaway

Beauty Info Zone Pacifica Cosmetic giveaway

The two items we have to share with our winner are the beautiful Power of Love Eyeshadow Palette. These are coconut-infused mineral eyeshadows that are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.

Pacifica Power of Love Palette

Pacifica Power of Love Palette

This is a neutral plus palette with all the colors you probably wear on a daily basis yet pops of color to make it more fun. They are all velvety with a combination of matte, satin, and pearl shades. This $20 palette from ULTA is sure to make your days more lovely.

The second delight you’ll receive is Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick in the shade Beach Goth. The Devocean Natural Lipsticks come in 6 shades and are deeply pigmented, hydrating lipsticks. They are loaded with anti-aging ingredients that will help nourish your lips.

Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick in Beach Goth

Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick in Beach Goth

Do you have the gumption to be the next Pacifica Muse? There will be a variety of prizes given out to those who enter but that main prize of over $15,000 in cash and prizes plus more is going to be perfect for someone. Will it be a Beauty Info Zone reader?  —  Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  Today’s giveaway is open to US and Canada subscribers. If you don’t subscribe to Beauty Info Zone by email then you aren’t eligible to win. The winner will receive these two beauties and maybe a little more. The giveaway continues through 8/8/16 at 11:59 p.m. ET. If comments close just email your comment to me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it PACIFICA. Make your comment in the email and then go on to do more entries. Remember you can tweet daily on our giveaways so that’s even more chances to win. We will check all entries so keep it honest.

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*product for giveaway sent by @ilovepacifica
Follow Pacifica on social media channels:  Facebook @bacificabeauty, Instagram @ilovepacifica, Twitter @ilovepacifica and Pinterest at ilovepacifica

Pacifica 7 Free Nail Color Trio

Pacifica Nail Color Trio

Pacifica Nail Color Trio

I considered including this beautiful PACIFICA trio in my Makeup Wars article but it just doesn’t feel very springy to me. I wore these polishes during those in between months when I never knew what Mother Nature would bring me and they were perfect for that. Now they’ll be send down to toe land instead of hand land.

*pr samples

PACIFICA is known more for their 100% vegan and cruelty free products than they are for their nail polish but they have a large selection of polish. Ulta carries 25 shades of their long lasting polishes ($9 each). Pacifica 7 Free is formulated without parabens, phthalates (dibutyl phthalate), toluene, xylene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin, and animals.

Pacifica Nail Color Trio polishes

Pacifica Nail Color Trio polishes

This set ($20 at Ulta stores) contains 3 polishes that you can buy separately: Midnight Rambler, Super Fox, and Star Dust Memories but if you can find the set it’s so much more economical.

Pacifica Midnight Rambler

Pacifica Midnight Rambler

Pacifica Midnight Rambler

Pacifica Midnight Rambler

MIDNIGHT RAMBLER is the one I wore first because I just couldn’t resist the dark inky blue. It’s stunning on and it looked beautiful throughout the week. If you are a dark blue polish fan you won’t find prettier. Be sure you use a good base coat though because it will stain if you don’t.

Pacifica Super Fox

Pacifica Super Fox

Pacifica Nail Color Trio polish swatches: Midnight Rambler, Super Fox, Star Dust Memories

Pacifica Nail Color Trio polish swatches: Midnight Rambler, Super Fox, Star Dust Memories

PACIFICA 7 FREE in SUPER FOX is the teal to end all teals. It’s a clear shade as in not murky. There’s a very subtle shimmer to it that you’ll enjoy seeing on your nails.

Pacifica Star Dust Memories

Pacifica Star Dust Memories

Star Dust Memories is the hardest to describe. In some lights it looks like a light charcoal, in other lights I see a lot of blue undertones, and sometimes it seems like a silver gray. I needed to add top coat midweek to keep this shiny but the polish itself wore great.

Pacifica Star Dust Memories

Pacifica Star Dust Memories

Now that I’ve experienced Pacifica nail color I see several shades that look very enticing to me. If they all apply as smoothly and wear as well as these did then it’s a brand to collect. — Marcia

Pacifica 7 Free Nail Color Trio

Pacifica 7 Free Nail Color Trio

*sent for consideration

 

Juiced up hair: Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio

Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio

Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio

Isn’t this the cutest hair care set??  Just looking at the Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio ($19) makes me happy, both because it is so darn colorful and because I know I will taking it with me as I ‘jet set’ to my spring vacation in a few days.                                                                                                         PR sample

Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio

Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio

This gorgeous trio of TSA-friendly hair care is available exclusively at Ulta. It’s best for fine, oily, and/or color-treated hair, all of which describe the genetic scramble I am blessed with. The ingredients are interesting – kale? Super fruits? They sound healthy and they definitely do good things for my hair.

The Super Kale Juiced Up Shampoo doesn’t have any sulfates, which means it doesn’t strip hair color and it also doesn’t foam up much. It leaves hair clean, soft, and full. It does have a pretty strong mint fragrance, so if you are scent-adverse this may not be for you. The Super Kale Juiced Up Conditioner has the same mint scent and it protects hair from stress and pollutants while leaving it nicely hydrated. My hair really loves the Hairvana Leave-On Detangling Conditioner, which is a great conditioning balm. Mmmm, love the vanilla scent and this really smooths the hair cuticle without weighing down super fine hair.

Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio

Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio

The smaller sizes of these hair products make them absolutely travel-friendly, and the packaging has me dreaming of ocean breezes and colorful drinks already. Again, the Pacifica Jet Set Hair Trio is only at Ulta and unless you don’t like fragranced hair care this is a terrific set for great vacation hair.  – Lisa

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The five items you need to survive any holiday party! #UltaTrendAlert #StyleHunters4Ulta

The five items you need to survive any holiday party!

Holiday parties. They can be so much fun…or they can be so embarrassing thanks to unforeseen fashion emergencies. Help is here with 5 essentials to save you from potentially embarrassing situations…who wants to be the subject of the water cooler gossip on Monday? Not us, and we won’t be with these awesome situational saviors that are all available at Ulta Beauty.

Breath Treatment Crystals1.  What is worse than making small talk with someone who has nasty breath? Finding out later that YOU were the source of the nastiness. The perfect antidote to bad breath (and exactly what you need to prevent it from happening in the first place) are the EV32 Breath Treatment Crystals. My favorite flavor is Peppermint, and an 18 pack is only $15 – a small price to pay for minty-fresh, inoffensive breath you can count on. A hip alternative to gum or mints, they ‘pop’ in your mouth – sort of like Pop Rocks (those of you who grew up in the 1980’s remember those!) and they fit perfectly in your purse.

Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes

 2.  Ok, bad breath is awful…but how about looking down and realizing you have a big old wet ring under your arms? I love the Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes ($9). A single swipe keeps sweat at a minimum and does double duty as a deodorant as well. These are must-haves at a party, especially when you know that super cute guy from accounting is going to be there too.

 Poo-Pourrie

3.  Look, we all know – everybody poops. However, a holiday party is the WORST place to suddenly have an emergency digestion issue, but it’s all the more likely thanks to that rich food you aren’t used to eating. What is a girl to do??? Always carry a bottle of Poo-Pourri Before You Go Toilet Spray ($10). This stuff works. Just spray it on the top of the toilet water and regardless of the intensity or duration of your toilet emergency, there will be NO lingering scent. Everyone should have one of these. I have a friend whose mother puts one in everyone’s stocking each Christmas. No joke – get this!

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer

4.  So you are at a party and happen to look into a mirror. You suddenly realize that it looks like you’ve been up for an entire week binge-watching Homeland. Oh, and you also have a big old zit that definitely wasn’t there an hour ago. Duck into the bathroom and take care of both instantly with IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer ($24, the travel size is only $10!). The tube is a perfect size for your purse and the concealer looks totally natural but covers even the darkest circles, the biggest zits, and the most glaring red spots.

AG Travel Size Brunette Dry Shampoo

5.  As careful as you might be getting ready, it’s inevitable – you get to the party and see gray roots that weren’t showing before. Or, your hair has gotten as oily as a 13-year-old boy who hasn’t showered in 48 hours. Or, your hairdo has fainted and become a flat, sad hair don’t. No worries if you have your travel size can of AG HAIR Travel Size Brunette Dry Shampoo (10.95)!  This handy-dandy stuff makes oily roots, flat hair, and grey roots disappear like magic.

Don’t be afraid of those holiday parties…with these 5 miracles from Ulta Beauty you can party with total confidence!!  – Lisa #UltaTrendAlert #StyleHunters4Ulta @UltaBeauty

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