Pixi’s Perfect for under the tree, in your stocking, and looking pretty

Pixi Beauty

Pixi Beauty

PIXI BEAUTY has something for everyone no matter what time of year it is. I was sent several of their holiday specials along with pretty Pixi products that work perfectly for a party look. The best news is that it’s not too late to order from Pixibeauty.com and there’s time to go to Target to find some Pixi. It’s a winning situation.

PALETTE ROSETTE will make you one popular person if you gift this. But make sure you buy one for yourself.

Pixi by Petra Palette Rosette

Pixi by Petra Palette Rosette

This face palette has it all. 11 shades for eyes and 3 for face. Every shade is beautiful and will help you look radiant.

Pixi Rosette Palette cheeks

Pixi Rosette Palette cheeks

For your cheeks you’ll find a subtle pink all over Glow that rivals the more expensive ones I bought from other brands. There’s a rosy cheek Blush that seems universal to me. Last is the enhancing Contour that can be used a bronzer or contour shade. But that’s not all …

Pixi Rosette Palette eyes

Pixi Rosette Palette eyes

For your eyes are 3 different highlight shades: peach, cream and white. I’ve used the peach on my lid too but Pixi also made sure that there were 2 lid shades, one for day and one for night. I don’t necessarily believe in rules so I give you permission to use these interchangeably. There are 3 eye contour shades in the brown family. There’s a dark brown matte and two satin shades that are tones of taupe (forget my very dark picture). Last they didn’t forget eyebrows since there are 3 shades for that. I love Pixi’s eyebrow powders and I like to mix shades so this is perfectamundo IMO.

Pixi by Petra Fairy Dust Favorites and Endless Silky Eye Pen

Pixi by Petra Fairy Dust Favorites and Endless Silky Eye Pen

FAIRY DUST FAVORITES contains 5 of Pixi’s favorite loose pigment shades. I used to live for pigments but I had pretty much stopped until I discovered Pixi’s. These don’t get all over. I’m not a glittery mess with these. Of course I use an eyeshadow primer but I always have – these just love eyes. They are a satin finish.

Pixi Fairy Dust Favorites

Pixi Fairy Dust Favorites

This is a bargain at only $12 for these 5. I have Metallic Warmth and there’s also a Matte Classic.

Metallic Warmth Fairy Dust Favorites

Metallic Warmth Fairy Dust Favorites

The shades are Sheer Peach Glow, Sunkissed Amber, Ruby Sheen, True Bronze, and Black Pearl. Just picture Ruby Sheen in the center of your lips to add dimension! Ooh la la.

ENDLESS SILKY PENS have won beauty awards galore since they are the right price, the right colors, and they glide on your eyes like no other. pixi-endless-silky-eye-pen

Opal Overcoat is the shade sent for the holidays. On me it has a very gold cast but it’s not garish, it’s just brightening.

Pixi Endless Silky Pen in Opal Overcoat

Pixi Endless Silky Pen in Opal Overcoat

Pixi Endless Silky Pen in Opal Overcoat

Pixi Endless Silky Pen in Opal Overcoat

We can not forget lips! Pixi has an amazing formula in their Mattelustre lipsticks. They fit in with the trend of matte but with a lustre that makes the lipstick comfortable and not drying. There are 11 shades of Mattelustre Lipsticks but there should be no surprise that Classic Red is the featured shade. Classic Red is a cool blue red, a very merry shade.

Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick in Classic Red

Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick in Classic Red

Classic Red

Classic Red

So what’s your pleasure? Face, eyes, lips? Whatever you choose it’s going to become a favorite. Whoever might receive these will be thrilled and you’ll become their favorite gift giver. Christmas is going to be a lot more merry with Pixi.  —  Marcia

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Gift yourself with IT Cosmetic’s Je Ne Sais Quoi palette #itcosmetics

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

While I am entranced with IT Cosmetics year round, when it comes to the holidays I find that they go all out. Whether you are gifting others or yourself their new Je Ne Sais Quoi palette should be at the top of your list. I’m sure you’ve been nice (with maybe a little naughty thrown in) so you deserve this in your life.                                                       press sample

Everything about this palette is perfection, as a matter of fact it’s subtitled “Your Complexion Perfection”. For $42 you’ll be charmed by the Award-Winning Face Palette with Perfect Lighting Technology”.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

A few days ago Lisa and I showed you the fabulous holiday brush sets that Ulta carries from IT Cosmetics. The set I have, City Chic, is the perfect companion for this palette. They are both a beautiful rose gold and the face brushes work wonderfully with the palette.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

The 4 talc free powders in the compact are all new except for the translucent pressed powder. You’ll have a perfect travel palette with this as well as one that you’ll use daily at home. The palette is bigger than I expected at 4.5″ square. The colors are each 1..75″ square so getting a brush in is easy and won’t run over into the next color.

Bye Bye Pores Blush in Je Ne Said Quoi is a beautiful brightening shade. One that applies like a dream. If you like intensity it builds up easily or you can use a light touch with your dual fiber blush brush to start light. I could easily wear this blush every day.

Bye Bye Pores Blush in Je Ne Sais Quoi

Bye Bye Pores Blush in Je Ne Sais Quoi

Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder in Translucent is one of the best translucent powders you can wear. I bought this powder as soon as it came out. This sheer powder is great as a finishing powder to set your foundation. It’s one of IT’s most popular products so having it in this palette is a bonus. Have pores? Want to make them disappear? Then you want this powder.

Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder in Translucent

Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder in Translucent

Sunshine in a Compact Bronzer in Warmth is perfect if you are missing your summer color. You can use it as you would a bronzer or contour with it. Both ways work perfectly.

Sunshine in a Compact Bronzer in Warmth

Sunshine in a Compact Bronzer in Warmth

Perfect Lighting Luminizer is the hero product for me in this palette. I am always fascinated with highlighters and this one stands out to me. It’s a soft peachy beige powder that’s luminous but has no glitter. When you are my age you just don’t need glitter on your face. This special luminizer highlights and enhances. I’m sure I’ll end up seeing pan on this shade first.

Perfect Lighting Luminizer

Perfect Lighting Luminizer

This palette would stop me in my tracks at an Ulta as it will you.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette swatches

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette swatches

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette swatches

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette swatches

Trust me on this one. You really want this, I know you will.  —  Marciait-cosmetics-je-ne-sais-quoi-palette-open2

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Pixi Beauty brings beauty with their Palette Bronzette (giveaway time)

Pixi Beauty Palette Bronzette

Pixi Beauty Palette Bronzette

There was excitement at my house when Pixi sent this Palette Bronzette Face Palette. As pretty as it is in this picture, it’s better in person. This is a limited edition ($28) that Pixi says will “Bring out your inner glow & add a summery sheen to your favourite features with this must-have palette!”. How right they are. Everything you need for a summer face is packaged together in one well priced palette.

There are twelve eyeshadows divided into four sections: eyeliner shades, crease shades, eyelid shades and highlighter shades. The combinations are untold.

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyeliner Shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyeliner Shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyeliner Shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyeliner Shades

The Eyeliner shades are taupe, dark brown and charcoal. I’ve used these as crease shades even though they are labeled eyeliner shades.

Pixi Palette Bronzette Crease Shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Crease Shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Crease Shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Crease Shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Crease Shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Crease Shades

The Crease shades are my favorites in this palette. They aren’t really too dark so they look just as good on the lid for me as they do in the crease. These are all satiny with a touch of shimmer within.

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyelid Hues

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyelid Hues

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyelid Hues

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyelid Hues

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyelid Hues

Pixi Palette Bronzette Eyelid Hues

The Eyelid shadows are definitely on the light side, a sponge tip applicator picks up more tint than a brush does so that probably wasn’t a good choice for me to use. The peach shade is the most vibrant and is a little too warm for my cool complexion but the other two work great for me.

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlight shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlight shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlight shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlight shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlight shades

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlight shades

I love the Highlight shades and I’m so happy that they are included in this palette. To have three of these makes it even more exciting. Each one gives a hint of color while highlighting to match your shadow selections.

There’s more to this palette than eyes though. There’s also a beautiful blush, a highlighter, and a bronzer. See what I mean about it being everything you need?

Pixi Palette Bronzette Bronzer

Pixi Palette Bronzette Bronzer

Pixi Palette Bronzette Bronzer

Pixi Palette Bronzette Bronzer

A warm matte bronzer that’s easy to wear. No glitter, no shimmer, glides on, lasts well. It’s a universal shade.

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlighter/Contour

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlighter/Contour

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlighter/Contour

Pixi Palette Bronzette Highlighter/Contour

This Highlighter/Contour shade is lightly shimmered but not the kind of shimmer that looks inappropriate. Everyone is talking about contouring nowadays and in this palette you have that with both a bronzer and this shade. I like to take a big fluffy brush and highlight with this. It makes me feel a little glamorous.

Pixi Palette Bronzette Cheek Glow

Pixi Palette Bronzette Cheek Glow

Pixi Palette Bronzette Cheek Glow

Pixi Palette Bronzette Cheek Glow

This beautiful Cheek Glow aka blush is a flattering warm pink and the perfect complement to this palette.

I’m still not done. Pixi Beauty also sent LipLift Ice which is a lip plumper ($14) that I’m sure I’m addicted to. In the package this is a light pink as the name, Petal Ice, would infer. But once on your lips it’s transparent.

Pixi Beauty LipLift Ice

Pixi Beauty LipLift Ice

Pixi Beauty LipLift Ice

Pixi Beauty LipLift Ice

This is a “peptide-infused lip plumper that nourishes as it enhances”. This minty gloss definitely tingles so be aware of that. I can see my lips looking fuller after I apply it. I often wear this alone because I love it that much but it’s fabulous over any lipstick you choose. It gives you shine and plumping without changing the color of your lip product. It not only contains peptides that hydrate and plum but there’s aloe for healing, jojoba for moisturizing and chamomile for soothing.PIXI BRONZE PALETTE open
Pixi Beauty has kindly offered a giveaway of these two items in honor of our blog anniversary. One US subscriber will win Palette Bronzette and LipLift Ice. Our giveaway ends on April 17, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. If the comments close towards the end the solution is to email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with your comment. After you’ve done that you can click “I commented” and enter more with the other options. Remember that we verify the winning entry. Don’t miss out on this palette. It’s one you’ll enjoy no matter the weather. It’s the perfect palette to take on a trip too. — Marcia

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Balm Voyage is leaving home without me

Balm Voyage from theBalm

Balm Voyage from theBalm

Whenever theBalm comes out with something new you know it’s going to be cutesy. They specialize in cutesy themes. Luckily, for the most part, they get it right. When Balm Voyage was introduced I was interested in it for a few reasons. 1) I like their eyeshadows a lot. 2) I’d wanted to try their lip & cheek stains and 3) it was new and a good price. Yet I waited until it showed up on Hautelook before buying since most theBalm items eventually end up there. I’m glad I waited since I’m really not crazy about this palette at all. It’s my first disappointment in this line.

Balm Voyage top 8 eyeshadows

Balm Voyage top 8 eyeshadows

Balm Voyage bottom 8 eyeshadows

Balm Voyage bottom 8 eyeshadows

I don’t have the time to physically go shopping very often and even if I did I haven’t see theBalm locally in a long time. I wonder though if seeing it in person would have stopped me from buying. Balm Voyage sells for $42.50 which is reasonable compared to so many of the palettes you’ll find especially because you not only get 16 eyeshadows but also 3 lip & cheek stains. That works out to $2.21 per square. Since I bought it on Hautelook it was about half price plus shipping so that really made it a bargain. One of the nicest things about this palette is the wide variety of colors and textures. Everyone (and their mother) has come out with neutral palettes so it’s a little redundant even though we find ourselves buying them. Balm Voyage breaks that mold by adding a sea green, a matte dark teal, a hunters green, and a purple. There are quite a few light shades too which can be a rarity in a palette.

Balm Voyage passport

Balm Voyage passport

The cuteness of the palette is that it’s supposed to be your passport. It has vital statistics (for example the Passport is owned by “Anita Vacation”. The airplane aka palette is labelled by seat number (A4, B4, A3 etc.), the blush/lip are the people piloting the plane. Cute idea but….

Things I like:

  • There are two compartments to keep the cream products separate from the powder. Major plus.
  • Some of the eyeshadows are fabulous – B4, D4, D3, A2, A1 are my tops with the three base shades B1, C1, and D1 also great to have.
  • The variety of texture is nice to have and most important nothing is truly glittery.
  • You can roll over the colors on the website to see better images of them.
    D3 (glittery gold) and D4 (dark green with brown undertones)

    D3 (glittery gold) and D4 (dark green with brown undertones)

    A2 (frosty purple) and A1 (pinky mauve)

    A2 (frosty purple) and A1 (pinky mauve)

    A4 (charcoal) and A3 (bright silver)

    A4 (charcoal) and A3 (bright silver)

    B2 (sea foam) and C2 (dark teal)

    B2 (sea foam) and C2 (dark teal)

    Things I’m not so crazy about:

  • I wouldn’t take this to travel because I don’t think it’s sturdy enough. The palette is heavy duty cardboard but I don’t know if it’s airplane friendly in spite of the Passport they show. If you do travel with it, don’t throw out the cardboard wrapper since without it the top of the palette splays open. As a matter of fact, keep the cardboard wrapper with it all the time since it seems to have warped more as time has gone on.
  • Several eyeshadows are very powdery which makes application tricky on those.
  • With some shadows I liked the texture but not the color. With some I like the color and not the texture. (What’s a girl to do??)
  • Swatches on my fingers are better than those same shades on my eyes.
  • The lip stains don’t really work on my lips since they are drying.
  • The palette doesn’t stay closed. It’s like flying with the window partly open.

According to theBalm you should “Take your look in whichever direction you desire with this season’s passport to instant glamour. Balm Voyage is a travel-friendly palette that contains 16 jet-setting shadows paired with 3 lip and cheek creams that stow away conveniently in your carry on. These luxuriously pigmented shadows have high visibility and can be used wet for an extended stay.” Ideally taking this along with a great neutral palette like Nude Attitude would be great for a vacation. You’d have color, you’d have neutrals, you’d have cheek creams that can be worn on the lips too.

But in reality this palette failed me. I rarely wore this that I thought I looked good. There was just something off about it for me. Of course your mileage may vary, after all it is a destination palette, but I have trouble wanting to use it at home so I know that I’d be sorry if I traveled with it.

Balm Voyage cheek and lip colors

Balm Voyage cheek and lip colors

Second Officer, First Officer, Captain - lip/cheek

Second Officer, First Officer, Captain – lip/cheek

The 3 creams that can be used on lips and cheeks are safely nestled in a separate compartment that’s magnetized so that’s good. It’s the textures though that I don’t care for. Second Officer is a cool red that has a blue undertone to it. First Officer looks pretty in the palette with its red orange satiny finish but it wasn’t flattering on my skin. Captain is the one that’s the most flattering on me; it’s a very dark pink with some cool red to it. The problem is that they don’t spread easily on my cheeks. I feel like I’m putting lipstick on my cheeks. And when I go to put them on my lips, they just feel drying. All the colors are darker than I prefer but what turns me off to them is the texture, not the colors.

The palette isn’t a waste and I’m sure on the right person it would be great. I just don’t happen to be the right person and Balm Voyage isn’t going anywhere but in my bottom drawer or maybe in my giveaway pile. It’s a shame that what looks so pretty in the palette didn’t work for me but, like I said, your mileage may vary.

Have you bought this or other theBalm palettes? Any opinions you can share about them?? — Marcia

 

tarte Holiday 2013: Off the Cuff

My goodness, tarte sure has some out-of-this-world holiday sets this year! Flying off the shelves is Off the Cuff ($42), a Sephora exclusive that is a $110 value ($95 of which is cosmetics). Unfortunately it looks like Off the Cuff is sold out online right now. I sure do hope they get more in stock because this is a terrific holiday gift option.

Off the Cuff

Off the Cuff

the cuff

the cuff

Off the Cuff is a pretty blush palette that comes wrapped with a bracelet. The bracelet is a black faux-leather cuff with a gold bow. There are two different closure snaps on the back which is great for different wrist sizes.

the palette

the palette – four blushes and a bronzer

up close

left to right:  Crave, Dazzled, Darling, Dollface, Park Ave Princess

The black and gold palette houses four (almost) full size blushes and one (almost) full size bronzer. The shades include Crave, a matte warm pink/coral; Dazzled, a shimmery satin berry rose shade that is part of the permanent collection; Darling, a matte melon; Dollface, a matte cool pink that is part of the permanent collection; and Park Ave Princess bronzer, a satin warm gold brown that is also part of the permanent collection.

left to right:

left to right:  Crave, Dazzled, Darling, Dollface

Park Ave Princess swatch

Park Ave Princess swatch

I like that this has a few ‘new’ shades plus the permanent shades are some of my favorites. I adore tarte powder blushes and bronzers because they are so pigmented. It doesn’t take much to get great color that lasts all day.

Keep an eye out for this set – even if it’s sold out online, I am sure there are some still available at Sephora stores. How can you resist such gorgeous shades all wrapped up in some bling??  – Lisa

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Make Up For Ever and the Blue Sepia palette bring us 50’s glamour

Make Up For Ever Blue Sepia Palette

Make Up For Ever Blue Sepia Palette

Some people like to go to a spa, some people like trips, some like to power watch a TV series and then there’s me. I like to wear eyeshadow. I enjoy sitting in my bathroom and playing with the colors. On the days that I have a lot of time I’ll take a palette like the Make Up For Ever Blue Sepia and put different shadows on each eye. Then I decide which look I like better and that’s what I’ll wear that day. I admit this isn’t everyone’s favorite way to spend a day but it works for me.

Make Up For Ever Blue Sepia Palette

Make Up For Ever Blue Sepia Palette

When Make Up For Ever sent this palette for review, I knew how my eyeshadow days would be spent. This has been a pleasure to use because it has everyday shades that you can feel great about wearing but then there’s the twist – Petrol Blue eyeshadow! Petrol Blue is an iridescent peacock blue that instantly changes that neutral look into something special.

We all need a neutral palette in our lives since most occasions call for us to pretend we’re grown up, but we also all have those palettes. What we don’t have is one by Make Up For Ever that adds this extra dimension.

Dany Sans is the cosmetic director of MUFE and she wanted to create 1950’s style makeup with beautiful cat eyes and unique fashions. In the 50’s they had sepia photography and that was the concept that she wanted to catch with this palette. Her choices are perfect.

Make Up For Ever Blue Sepia Palette

Make Up For Ever Blue Sepia Palette

The Blue Sepia Palette is considered an eyeshadow and eyebrow palette. It comes with two small brushes, made with the same type of bristles as their amazing Artisan Collection brushes. One is for eyebrows or eyeliner, the other for shadow. These are nice to have but you really need to use real eyeshadow brushes in my opinion. I have Make Up For Ever Artisan brush #218 which is a small blender brush and I’ve used this to do my entire eye with Blue Sepia (other than liner and eyebrows).

The colors in this palette aren’t new except for the limited edition Blue Petrol. But the savings is terrific since you will have 8 shades for $45. What a steal! Here are the shades in the order of the palette:

#128 Copper Fawn – a peachy tan shade with a light pearl finish

#28 Coffee – a warm matte brown

#152 Light Pink – a light baby pink with some sparkle

Petrol Blue – a peacock blue with some gold (this is stunning!)

Make Up For Ever Blue Sepia Palette

Make Up For Ever Blue Sepia Palette

first 4 swatches

first 4 swatches

 

#4 Black – a matte charcoal black which is more on the charcoal side

#98 Brown – a matte medium tone cool brown

#17 Espresso – a matte cool deep brown

#127 Metallic Taupe – a lightly shimmered cool taupe

Make Up For Ever Blue Sepia Palette

Make Up For Ever Blue Sepia Palette

last 4 swatches

last 4 swatches

This Blue Sepia palette can be found at a Make Up For Ever Boutique (located in the King of Prussia Mall, Greenwich Village NY, Los Angeles CA and South Coast Plaza CA). If you aren’t near one of those stores you can call to order. Since this is a limited edition palette I wouldn’t waste any time doing this. Blue Sepia is worth my eyeshadow days and yours too. What do you think of this beauty?  — Marcia

*sent for review consideration