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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Pur Minerals gives twice the pleasure with Double Ego eyeliners and a giveaway

PUR Minerals Double Ego Dual Ended Eyeliners

PUR Minerals Double Ego Dual Ended Eyeliners

Double your pleasure with double sided eyeliners from PUR Minerals! I’m one who is more than doubling my pleasure with Pür Minerals’ 2-in-1 Double Ego Dual Ended Eye Liner since I’ve been using them all the time ever since I received these. I never go without eyeliner, never! Therefore having 8 pen/pencils and 16 colors makes for one happy blogger.

Pür Minerals Double Ego liners are available at ULTA and Ulta.com for $21 each. Like I said there are eight beautiful shades and those shades can be mixed and matched plus you can use them to create other shades. It’s like having 24 shades if I played my cards right.

Pur Minerals Double Ego liners

Pur Minerals Double Ego liners

The available shades will take you on a journey to the far reaches of the world: Milan (inky black), Tasmania (dark chocolate), Madagascar (black gold), Bora Bora (royal blue), Swiss Alps (cool pewter), Rio de Janeiro (deep plum), Bali (emerald green), and Queensland (aquatic teal).

If you notice though I’ve only shown you 6 shades since these are the ones I’m using. I’ve got 3 shades I haven’t tested for a giveaway for one of you. I received 2 Bora Boras so one is in this giveaway, we’re also giving away Milan (black) and Bali (emerald green) so keep reading.

These liners are so much fun. I’m a huge fan of liquid liner so of course I use that the most but I find that liquids don’t always last that well on my bottom lashline since I do get a little teary at times. That’s where the very smooth retractable eyeliner pencils come in. I can coordinate with the opposite side and have a similar shade on top and bottom. Or I can use them both and create a unique shade.

Pur Minerals Double Ego in Bora Bora

Pur Minerals Double Ego in Bora Bora

While Pür Minerals Bora Bora appears to be a royal blue it’s got a teal touch so I wouldn’t really call it royal like Ulta does. Just wearing the liquid liner on my top lashline I do see royal but the pencil has more color and interest to it. Combine and you get a tricked out royal teal.

Pür Minerals Double Ego in Tasmania

Pür Minerals Double Ego in Tasmania

Pür Minerals Tasmania is my most used liquid liner from this group. I love a chocolate brown liquid and wear this often. I used to struggle with finding the right shade of brown since some can be too black and some can be too red. The liquid is a true brown whereas the pencil does have an undertone that’s got some redness to it. When I wear them together though I have the perfect shade.

Pür Minerals Double Ego Madagascar

Pür Minerals Double Ego Madagascar

Pür Minerals Double Ego in Madagascar is described as black gold by Pur and Ulta but I see a lot of green to it so a lot depends on the light and what you are wearing with this liner. You can bring out the green but you can also bring out the gold.

Pür Minerals Double Ego in Rio de Janeiro

Pür Minerals Double Ego in Rio de Janeiro

Pür Minerals Double Ego in Rio de Janeiro takes me on a trip I want to be on. This gorgeous purple is a liquid liner shade I’ve been missing in my collection. The liquid side is definitely purple while the pencil side is more of a black plum. When mixed together they are magnificent.

Pür Minerals Double Ego in Swiss Alps

Pür Minerals Double Ego in Swiss Alps

Pür Minerals Double Ego in Swiss Alps is one of my very favorite because of the three types of shades I can get with this. The liquid side is black but not a jet black, the pencil is an easy to wear pewtered charcoal and together they are magic and appear to be a darkened pewter that glows.

Pür Minerals Double Ego in Queensland and Bali

Pür Minerals Double Ego in Queensland and Bali

Pür Minerals Double Ego in Queensland and Bali appear very similar to me even though the descriptions are different. I played eeny meeny to pick the one that I’d keep and that turned out to be Queensland which is a beautiful teal. Bali is described as emerald green but when you look at my picture with both open I think you’ll agree that it’s a teal version of green. Although only the winner will know that since my swatches are of Queensland.

These Pür Minerals eyeliners are going to do whatever you want them to do from a daytime or easy evening look, to a cat’s eye with a swoosh of the liquid liner to a dramatic eye. I do have two warnings though about these. First is that the dry side is a mineral eyeliner and it is very soft so don’t open it too far out and don’t overdo the pressure when using it or the tip will break. Of course you can always click up more but you don’t want to waste the eyeliner. Second is that you need a true eye makeup remover for these Double Ego liners. The colors are intense and some of the shades can stain. I find that a makeup remover for waterproof eye makeup works the best. I soak my cotton pad with the remover and hold it on my eye without rubbing to soften the liner, making it easier to remove. If it looks like it’s still there, just wait until you wash up in the morning and you’ll see that it’s faded away.

I found these great eyeliners at both Ulta.com and Kohls.com and I’m pretty sure they are in the stores too. For $21 you’ll have a trio of great looks. — Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION – at last we have an international giveaway!  We ask a few things of you to enter. 1. Be a subscriber to Beauty Info Zone but not one who subscribes, unsubscribes, resubscribes. We want to keep you around. 2. Be sure that you do what you say you’ve done. I’ve found too many entries that could have won but when we went to check we found out that the entrant had clicked but not followed. 3. On occasion our comments close at the end of a giveaway, if that happens then please email me at [email protected] and label it Pur Minerals, write your comment in the email and that counts as your entry.  This is open through Tuesday 8/18/15 at 11:59 p.m. EDT and is international. The three liners that the winner will receive are MILAN, BALI and BORA BORA. Here’s hoping you win!

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Eyeliner delight with Eddie Funkhouser

If you follow me on Beauty Info Zone you probably know I’m obsessed with eyeliners. I’ve been trying to write reviews about the different ones I’ve been trying since I have a goal to find the ultimate liquid eyeliner. In a way it was Eddie Funkhouser that started me on this quest. I fell totally in love with his Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus. I wanted to see if there was a brown liquid eyeliner that I could love as much. So far it’s no go. This is still a fun quest and I’m finding lots of eyeliners, liquid and pencil especially, that I’m enjoying a lot.eddie funkhouser liners in box

Imagine my surprise when on Valentine’s Day I received a box from Eddie Funkhouser that contained two eyeliners. It’s like he could read my mind. Other than a diamond ring there’s nothing better than a few new eyeliners to try. (I’m the princess of exaggeration).

Eddie Funkhouser Graffiti Cream Eye Pencil and Graffiti Liquid Liner

Eddie Funkhouser Graffiti Cream Eye Pencil and Graffiti Liquid Liner

Eddie Funkhouser Graffiti Cream Eye Pencil and Graffiti Liquid Liner are my latest and greatest toys. Graffiti Cream Eye Pencil ($10.49) comes in one color – Absolute Black. But it’s not just black, it’s black black and more black. This deep dark color applies smoothly and evenly lining your eyes in one easy stroke. Because it’s a cream eyeliner pencil you have time to smudge so Eddie made it very easy for you and included a smudger on the opposite end of the pencil. This is a twist-up pencil which also has a built in sharpener.

Graffiti Cream Eye Pencil

Graffiti Cream Eye Pencil

Smudger and sharpener

Smudger and sharpener

The pencil is great in 3 special ways: 1) as a dark black eyeliner pencil that doesn’t travel to give you raccoon eyes, 2) as a smokey liner when you smudge it and 3) as a black liner to go with the Graffiti Liquid Liners. What they recommend is to apply the Graffiti Cream Eyeliner without smudging and then apply a line of one of the bright colors of Graffiti Liquid Liners right above and out. This makes for an amazing cat eye especially.

Eddie Funkhouser Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze

Eddie Funkhouser Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze

Eddie Funkhouser Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze - after I cleaned the tip

Eddie Funkhouser Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze – after I cleaned the tip

Eddie Funkhouser Graffiti Liquid Liner is one fun eyeliner ($9.99). It’s available in three outstanding shades that fit the Eddie Funkhouser line perfectly. I have HAZE which you can see is a gorgeous metallic grape, there’s sparkle in it that’s both purple and red. You’d think it would be totally out there for a woman of my age but it makes for a gorgeous look, especially with soft shadows. There’s also INDICA (metallic ocean grown blue) and KUSH (Metallic harvest green).

Haze Graffiti Liquid Liner (blush.com)

Haze Graffiti Liquid Liner (blush.com)

Step one is to clean off the brush since too much can come out. I like to wipe it on the edge as I pull it out and make sure it looks even on the brush. If I don’t do that I’ll get an uneven application – see photo below.

swatches (middle purple was before I wiped it off)

swatches (middle purple was before I wiped it off)

The goal with the Graffiti Liquid Liners is to add beautiful, hologram-inspired impact to eyes for an amazing accent of multidimensional, fashion-forward color. This is a fun eyeliner for me to use when I want to add a little more zap to my life. I’m not going to wear purple metallic liner in my everyday life but weekends are meant for a great dinner out and a little excitement.

Eddie Funkhouser

Eddie Funkhouser

Speaking of excitement, blush.com now carries Eddie Funkhouser. I’m overjoyed about this discovery. Not only can I get free shipping and Ebates but I can get my thrill of Eddie any time I want.

p.s. Eddie, if you are reading, I finished my candy hearts quickly and thought of you the whole time!! — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 

 

 

 

Painted Earth knows eyes – review and giveaway

Painted Earth Baroque Gel Eyeliner Pencil

Painted Earth Baroque Gel Eyeliner Pencil

Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful – oops I mean because I’m holding out on you with beautiful items. I have become enamored with the gel eyeliner pencils from Painted Earth and I’m so busy using them that I keep forgetting to write about them. I’ve used them in many posts and pictures and mentioned them in passing but now it’s time to get real.

Painted Earth Florentine Gel Eyeliner Pencil

Painted Earth Florentine Gel Eyeliner Pencil

Painted Earth was sweet enough not only to send a few more products our way but also to offer a giveaway to our readers so that 2 of you can experience what I’m going to review today plus other favorites. The first time I used their Super Last Gel Liner Pencil ($18.50) I flipped over it. That pencil is black (Noir) and it’s definitely one of my favorite eyeliners. It’s the best black, it glides on and it lasts. Well now Noir has some competition because I also have this in Baroque and Florentine.  There’s a great picture on their website of Baroque and if you’ve followed my color stories you know that I’m crazy about eye products in the khaki family. Baroque is a complex color with tons of brown, khaki, green and gold. It becomes a chameleon so that it’s perfect with all my eyeshadows in those tones. It’s a little bit metallic though the other shades aren’t. Florentine is a beautiful purple that is more like Noir. It too glides on and lasts with great pigment. These are not pencils that you have to apply over and over again to show up. They do the job they were meant to do and in a beautiful long-lasting way.

Painted Earth Baroque swatch

Painted Earth Baroque swatch

Painted Earth Florentine swatch

Painted Earth Florentine swatch

I’ve also been wearing some of Painted Earth’s Pressed Mineral Eyeshadows. When the owner sent these for review she chose a few colors for me to try out. Surprisingly one was a light yellow named Yellow Diamond. That’s not a shade that most owners would use to represent their line but I shouldn’t have been surprised. She knew what a winner this shade would be. It’s my favorite of all the shadows she sent me so forgive me if I gush about it more. This yellow is so subtle yet it brightens my eyes beautifully. It has a soft shimmer that’s barely discernible yet it’s enough to give this an ethereal quality. It’s an eyeshadow I think should be in everyone’s collection – you’d be surprised how versatile and important it has become for me.

Painted Earth Mineral eyeshadow

Painted Earth Mineral eyeshadow

Painted Earth Yellow Diamond Mineral shadow

Painted Earth Yellow Diamond Mineral shadow

I also have a few other eyeshadows, Tango Sheer Satin Shadow (peach with light shimmer), Tidal and Moss Green Mineral Matte shadows (dusty navy and green). One of the nice things about Painted Earth eyeshadows is that you get two options for buying a lot of shades. Pans are only $6.50 or $7.50 while compacts are $13.50.

Painted Earth Tango Sheer Satin Shadow

Painted Earth Tango Sheer Satin Shadow

Painted Earth Tidal Mineral Matte shadow

Painted Earth Tidal Mineral Matte shadow

Painted Earth Moss Green Mineral Matte shadow

Painted Earth Moss Green Mineral Matte shadow

Painted Earth eyeshadow swatches

Painted Earth eyeshadow swatches

Painted Earth is a natural company that doesn’t test on animals. They believe in using natural, non-toxic ingredients. They also believe in winning my heart! — Marcia

Now for our giveaway – two winners and two similar but not exact bags. I put a favorite in each bag so one winner will receive the Baroque Gel Liner pencil along with a mascara, 2 eyeshadows and 2 Hint of Mint glosses. The other winner will win the Yellow Diamond eyeshadow along with Florentine Gel Liner pencil, mascara, a matte eyeshadow and 2 Hint of Mint glosses. This will be open internationally too since we don’t often get a chance to do that for you.

Painted Earth giveaway bags

Painted Earth giveaway bags

Open through Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. There are two required entries when we do a Rafflecopter and the rest are optional to give you extra chances to win. You can retweet daily too. All entries are verified before announcing the winner. Good luck!!

*products received from Painted Earth

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Makeup Wars turns Emerald Green with Pantone’s color of the year

The Makeup Wars challenge this week is to show how we’d incorporate the Pantone Color of the Year, Emerald Green, into our lives. This almost was a no-go challenge for me but I’ve actually changed a lot in the past year so what would have been an “oy vey” from me is now a “hey this is going to be fun”.  I’ve embraced greens into my cosmetic life although not into my fashion life so maybe I’m finally growing up. No, I’ll never do that. I have a few items I’m loving in this color family that I am happily going to share with you.

tarte smolderEYES skinny eyeliner in Emerald

tarte smolderEYES skinny eyeliner in Emerald

My favorite items to wear, buy, experiment with and enjoy are always for the eyes. I truly never thought I’d be comfortable wearing green but I’ve been proved wrong. First there’s Tarte’s Skinny SmolderEYES eyeliner in Emerald*. There are only great things to say about tarte eyeliners in general so now to have Emerald, the color of the year, as one of these is wonderful. Skinny SmolderEyes are Amazonian clay waterproof liners ($19) that do what they say. They last! This pencil can be used as an eyeshadow if you want because it’s so amazingly creamy. You have time to apply it and play with it, smudge it as you want, but when it sets it really sets. It doesn’t crack or fade on me. Emerald is a great addition to a neutral eye and plays well with so many other colors besides the typical beiges – try it with blue or gray for a change of pace. Even more amazing is to do a charcoal smokey eye and use this Tarte Skinny SmolderEYES Emerald eyeliner to line your eyes. An unexpected and trendy pop of color.

tarte smolderEYES skinny eyeliner in Emerald

tarte skinny smolderEYES eyeliner in Emerald

 

tarte smolderEYES skinny eyeliner in Emerald

tarte skinny smolderEYES eyeliner in Emerald

When I went to IMATS in L.A. this year we arrived super early and my very first stop was to the Inglot booth. I remembered the long lines last time and didn’t want to encounter that again. I concentrated on green this year and bought 3 completely different tones of green eyeshadows. The shade I’m sharing today is #44 which is in the Shine category. It has an iridescence to it that intrigues me.

Inglot Shine 44 eyeshadow

Inglot Shine 44 eyeshadow

Inglot Shine 44

Inglot Shine 44

inglot emerald finger inglot emerald swatchThe pigmentation on this shadow is fantastic. I’m not always thrilled with the Inglot I’ve bought because sometimes they’ll fade but #44 doesn’t fade. It lasts with the prettiest green that has a blue based undertone. What makes this a winner for me is that I don’t feel like I’m wearing a glaringly green eyeshadow. The way it blends gives that gorgeous green look without being in your face. I feel comfortable in it which is a new feeling for me since I steered away from shades like this my whole life. (To find 44 you need to look at the Freedom System eyeshadows on the Shop page of Inglot’s website.) For $6 a pan you can’t miss with this shadow.

Wearing Inglot Shine 44

Wearing Inglot Shine 44

The other emeralds in my life are nail polishes. I’ve done a total turn around with nail polish shades and love how emerald looks on my hands. My latest love is from Le Metier de Beaute and the color is Christmas Town* ($18). It was named this when it came out with a collection for winter but the color works any time you are in the mood for green. Le Metier de Beaute polishes are fabulous. They apply easily, last a full week on me and look rich the entire time I’m wearing them. Christmas Town is a very dark green that I consider to be a cool shade (cool as in tone, not “rad”). I’ve got a full review of the collection coming up on 3/8/13 but trust me that if you are looking for a green polish to wear this IS the best I’ve tried.

Le Metier de Beaute Christmas Town polish

Le Metier de Beaute Christmas Town polish

Le Metier de Beaute Christmas Town polish

Le Metier de Beaute Christmas Town polish

So there you have my life in Emerald. If we’d had Makeup Wars last year at this time I’d have said “see you next time ladies” but now I’m excited about this beautiful shade and my choices. Please see what the other Makeup Wars bloggers have to share by clicking their icons. If this is anything like the last Makeup Wars we’ve done I’m sure my personal credit card isn’t safe nor will yours be. — Marcia

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Starbox is back for January with Pantone colors to thrill us

January Starlooks.com Starbox

January Starlooks.com Starbox

Suddenly the name Pantone has become a buzz word in the cosmetics world. Artists have always relied on Pantone for color accuracy and it’s been important for true makeup artists as well. But now it’s come to the masses and we will be influenced by Pantone’s colors and Color of the Year for a long time to come. In 2012 they announced it was Coral and now for 2013 Emerald has been coronated. The January Starlooks box (aka Starbox) is right where it belongs with beautiful shades of lighter coral and green.

Starbox for January

Starbox for January

Each month Starlooks sends a beautiful box they’ve curated of their own cosmetic line along with a surprise or two. So far the boxes I’ve received have all been quite different from each other, always filling me with surprise and delight.

January Starbox

January Starbox

January’s box contains a gorgeous peach blush called Cuty Peach, a brown eyeliner pencil, a Diamondline Eye Liner in Fancy (a fabulous light green), a dome eyeshadow brush and the surprise of a beaded bracelet by Abby Rose Designs in Emerald. Plus they always include a crystal to collect. I now have a small collection of these. They’ve changed their program a little which I’ll explain after telling you about these great products.

All the Starbox goodies

All the Starbox goodies

I’m trying not to pick a favorite but I’m absolutely loving Cuty Peach blush and Fancy Diamondline eyeliner. The blush is luminous and reminiscent of much more expensive blushes that I have including one from Sunday Riley. The peach has enough pink in it to be a universal shade. It’s not shimmery at all, it’s just buttery soft and well pigmented. I have to use a light hand with this but it lasts all day long!

Cuty Peach blush

Cuty Peach blush

Cuty Peach blush

Cuty Peach blush

Cuty Peach swatch

Cuty Peach swatch

Fancy Diamondline eyeliner is a beautiful eyeliner but I personally don’t use light shades like this. So how am I using it? As an eyeshadow or eyeshadow base! It’s so soft and smudges beautifully especially with the great Dome Brush included in the Starbox. The brush is very soft and does a great job of smudging especially. The other eyeliner is a brown eyeliner – what else can I say? It too smudges well but I like it as a straight brown eyeliner for my top lashline.

eyeliners and brush

eyeliners and brush

Fancy Diamondline eyeliner

Fancy Diamondline eyeliner

Brown eyeliner pencil

Brown eyeliner pencil

pencils swatched

pencils swatched

look at this gorgeous green Fancy Diamondline!

look at this gorgeous green Fancy Diamondline!

 

Dome Brush

Dome Brush

The bracelet was the biggest surprise. Abby Rose Designs is a shop on Etsy. (etsy.com/shop/abbyrosedesigns). Their motto is “The world around us is inspiring – a gorgeous palette of emotion and allure, both of which are incorporated into each Abby Rose piece. Inspiration can be drawn at a moment’s notice – from texture, color, or even a fleeting thought.” Beautiful sentiments and a nicely made piece of costume jewelry just right for this season. (Plus I’ll finally have something green to wear on St. Patrick’s Day!!).

Abby Rose Designs

Abby Rose Designs

Abby Rose Designs bracelet

Abby Rose Designs bracelet

Abby Rose Designs bracelet

Abby Rose Designs bracelet

Abby Rose Designs bracelet

Abby Rose Designs bracelet

Here’s how Starlooks/Starbox has changed (or maybe it was there all along and I didn’t notice it!!). You can accumulate Star Dollars through purchases. For every dollar you spend you receive a star dollar. 100 points gives you $10 Star Dollars towards a purchase. They ship for free (unless your package is over 10 lb.) and the prices of their products are very reasonable. The eyeliners are $8, the blush is $12, the brush is $15. The Abby Rose Design bracelet sells for $15. The box costs $15 each month and if you miss a box they often have them still for sale for $25. The January box has a value of $58. I received this box from the company for review but I’m having so much fun with it that I’ve now subscribed to Starlooks/Starbox to see what other treasures they’ll be bringing me starting in February. This box of beauty is definitely worth the fun that the $15 will bring. — Marcia

jan starbox contents

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Make Up For Ever Ultimate Eyeliner Collection review and swatches

Wow, this is such a great collection of eyeliners that I can’t even recommend you buy this as a gift for a friend – you just need to get it for yourself.  With this kit, you will have every eyeliner you need to create all kinds of beautiful looks with gorgeous colors.  It’s terrific.

The Make Up For Ever Ultimate Eyeliner Collection ($160) is a box of 14 pencil and liquid eyeliners in different formulas, plus a double pencil sharpener.  It sounds like a lot of bills for eyeliner, but considering there are 14 liners it works out to around $11 per liner – a pretty good deal.  Another great way to justify the expense is to consider that separately, all of these items would cost $277.  Works for me!!

the ultimate

Colors range from a pearly champagne to the blackest black.  The basics are covered, and there are some fun and funky colors for you too.

The Ultimate Eye Liner Collection

inside the box

Here’s what is inside:
– 7 x 0.4 oz Aqua Eyes in 0L, 2L, 3L, 5L, 11L, 12L, 23L
– 3 x 0.4 oz Khol Pencil in 1K, 4K, 9K
– 4 x 0.058 oz Aqua Liner in 4, 7, 13, 15
Double pencil sharpener

Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners

The first person to tell me about the Aqua Liner, Make Up For Ever’s take on the liquid eyeliner with a waterproof formula and felt tip applicator, was Cindy from Prime Beauty.  She raved about the quality and ease of use, and when I tried one I was totally hooked.

I always have two major concerns with liquid liners:  first, is the liquid long wearing and smudge/flake proof?  And second, does the applicator make it easy to apply?  Make Up For Ever is totally on point with the Aqua Liner.  The formula is excellent, the colors are outstanding, and the applicator is one of the best I have ever used for a liquid liner.

#4

 #4 Diamond Lagoon Green is a breathtakingly gorgeous teal green with silver shimmer.  Love this!  It really makes your eyes *pop*.

#13

 #13 Mat Black is a glossy, deep dark black.  It’s shiny, it reminds me of patent leather shoes.

#15

 #15 Iridescent Anthracite is a must have, it’s a beautiful blackened silver with shimmer.

#7

 #7 Diamond Black Purple is a fabulous blackened purple with shimmer.  This looks absolutely stunning with brown eyes.

Aqua Liner swatches, L to R:  4, 13, 15, 7

 These liquid eyeliners are extremely easy to apply thanks to the felt tip, even my pre-coffee morning hands have no problem with application.  And boy do they stick – soap and water won’t do the trick, you need waterproof makeup remover for these babies.

Next up are the pencil liners.  Make Up For Ever suggests the following technique for perfect eye lining:
-Line the eyelid from the outer corner to the center of the eye.
-Draw a line from the inner corner to the center, getting thicker as it approaches the center.
-Adjust thickness as desired.

Crayon Kohl from left to right:  1K, 9k, 4k

 There are three of the Crayon Khol eyeliners.  The Khol pencils are perfect for lining the waterline.  They go on easy and really stay without smudging.  The three basics you need for the waterline are here – black, brown, and green.

Crayon Kohl swatches

Top to bottom:  4k Intense Green, blackened deep green; 9k Matte Mocha Brown, blackened brown; 1k Deep Black, black.  The black shade has just a tiny bit of gray so it’s not too harsh looking.

There are 7 different Aqua Eyes pencils.  These are creamier than the Crayon Kohls, they have more slip so you can sheer them out beautifully.

Aqua Eyes L to R:  23L, 11L, 12L

 These go on super smooth and have great lasting power.

Aqua Eyes swatches L to R:  23L, 11L, 3L

 23L Champagne is a pearly peachy/champagne shade.  This looks awesome on the waterline to brighten and widen your eyes, and it works as a beautiful eyeshadow as well. 11L Purple is a pretty purple shade, I love this because I don’t own anything else like it.  3L Iridescent Navy is blackened navy with just a hint of iridescence.

Aqua Eyes L to R:  12L, 5L, 2L, 01

Aqua Eyes swatches L to R: 12L, 5L, 2L, 01

 12L Blue Green is a teal green with a bit of shimmer. 5L Bronze Green is a khaki golden brown, this is really stunning on. , 2L Pearly Brown is a warm medium brown, and Ol Mat Black is just plain black.  I think my only complaint about this collection is there are THREE black shades.  I get the liquid liner and the kohl liner, but why not give us a shimmery silver or gold instead of the Aqua Eyes 01?

Ultimate Eyeliner Collection EOD using 12L and 1K

For my eye of the day, I used Aqua Eyes 3L Iridescent Navy to line the upper lid and lower lash line, and Crayon Kohl 1K Deep Black along the waterline.

I love this set and I could very easily justify the price of my beautiful adult crayon box.  This is definitely a holiday purchase to consider gifting to yourself!  – Lisa

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