A special holiday version of Glossybox that you don’t want to miss

Holiday Glossybox

Holiday Glossybox

Holiday Glossybox

Holiday Glossybox

Several times a year Glossybox comes out with a special version that goes above and beyond their regular subscription box. This time it’s a holiday box that is absolutely fabulous and so fitting for this season. The box itself is a keepsake box that has a magnetic opening on a red velvet box. You will find so many uses for this that you’ll be begging Glossybox to make all their boxes like this.

Inside you’ll find 7 full size items and one very deluxe sample size. If you were to give this as a gift ($40 with free shipping) the recipient would squeal with delight.

CALVIN KLEIN REVEAL: this is the only sample size in the box but it’s big and wonderful. The packaging is beautiful. Reveal is described as a solar oriental that captures traces of the skin and is blended with orris and a drydown of sensual sandalwood.

CALVIN KLEIN REVEAL Holiday Glossybox

CALVIN KLEIN REVEAL Holiday Glossybox

TEADORA NOURISHING LIP BUTTER IN RAINFOREST AT DAWN: I have read so many rave reviews of this Teadora Lip Butter and now I know what they mean. This is infused with anti-oxidant rich plants found in the rainforest: maracuja, acai oils, mango butters. The flavor is citrusy. Lips need this for the colder weather. Full size ($15)

TEADORA NOURISHING LIP BUTTER IN RAINFOREST AT DAWN

TEADORA NOURISHING LIP BUTTER IN RAINFOREST AT DAWN

TEADORA NOURISHING LIP BUTTER IN RAINFOREST AT DAWN holiday Glossybox

TEADORA NOURISHING LIP BUTTER IN RAINFOREST AT DAWN holiday Glossybox

NCLA NAIL LACQUER IN SATIN SHEETS, VELVET ROPES: Gorgeous! This shimmery red is the perfect shade for the holidays and beyond. It’s absolutely fabulous and wears like a dream. It’s 5-free and American made. It was inspired by the sights and sounds of Southern California. It’s making me crave more NCLA Nail Lacquers. ($16 full size)

NCLA NAIL LACQUER IN SATIN SHEETS, VELVET ROPES holiday Glossybox

NCLA NAIL LACQUER IN SATIN SHEETS, VELVET ROPES holiday Glossybox

THE LIP BAR LIPSTICK IN CRIMSON WONDERLAND is a new brand for me. It’s a candy apple red that’s cruelty free and has ingredients like organic shea butter, avocado oil and coconut oil. The packaging is divine.

THE LIP BAR LIPSTICK IN CRIMSON WONDERLAND holiday Glossybox

THE LIP BAR LIPSTICK IN CRIMSON WONDERLAND holiday Glossybox

THE LIP BAR LIPSTICK IN CRIMSON WONDERLAND

THE LIP BAR LIPSTICK IN CRIMSON WONDERLAND

JOUER MOISTURIZING LIP GLOSS IN WIND – if you are like me and don’t feel comfortable in red lips then this is perfect for you. Wear it alone or top The Lip Bar lipstick to lighten it. Jouer lip glosses are very moisturizing. You’ll wand to wear this hydrating formula with vitamin E, shea butter and jojoba seed oil to soften your lips on a daily basis. It’s a pinky nude that isn’t sticky. ($20 full size)

JOUER MOISTURIZING LIP GLOSS IN WIND holiday Glossybox

JOUER MOISTURIZING LIP GLOSS IN WIND holiday Glossybox

JOUER MOISTURIZING LIP GLOSS IN WIND

JOUER MOISTURIZING LIP GLOSS IN WIND

KORRES VOLCANIC MINERALS VOLUMIZING MASCARA – Now that you’ve perfected your lips and nails it’s time to move on to eyes and this Korres Mascara is just the thing. This Volumizing Mascara contains volcanic soil and is said to increase lashes by 600%. There are some natural film formers to help with the volume. I didn’t notice them so they aren’t going to fall loose. ($20 full size)

    JOUER MOISTURIZING LIP GLOSS IN WIND KORRES VOLCANIC MINERALS VOLUMIZING MASCARA holiday glossybox

JOUER MOISTURIZING LIP GLOSS IN WIND
KORRES VOLCANIC MINERALS VOLUMIZING MASCARA holiday glossybox

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS LOOSE COLOR CONCENTRATE IN SMOKE – If you love cruelty free cosmetics then you’d love OCC. If you love pigment eyeshadows then you’d really love OCC. They make some of the finest pigments around. Smoke is a beautiful shimmering taupe that makes your eyes glisten. It’s a very easy to wear shade. ($14 full size)

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS LOOSE COLOR CONCENTRATE IN SMOKE

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS LOOSE COLOR CONCENTRATE IN SMOKE

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS LOOSE COLOR CONCENTRATE IN SMOKE holiday Glossybox

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS LOOSE COLOR CONCENTRATE IN SMOKE holiday Glossybox

CARGO TEXASLINER LIQUID EYE LINER is a chubby felt-tip marker eyeliner that will make your eyes stand out. It’s perfect for a cat eye or smoky eye with its deep black shade. You can also use the very tip to make it thinner. This is a water based formula that glides on beautifully yet washes off easily after lasting the day. ($20 full size)

CARGO TEXASLINER LIQUID EYE LINER holiday Glossybox

CARGO TEXASLINER LIQUID EYE LINER holiday Glossybox

This amazing box has over $130 worth of cosmetics with a bonus of the fragrance. You can’t go wrong for $40. You don’t need to be a subscriber of Glossybox to buy this either. If you want to subscribe for a year though then this is your bonus with the code HOLIDAY. Make December a little prettier with Glossybox Holiday Gift Box.

 

Holiday Glossybox Gift Box

Holiday Glossybox Gift Box

Wouldn’t you love to own this? Thanks to Glossybox for sending it so I could share with you. — Marcia

 

Pixi Beauty for October gives you reasons to be creative

October is really the most magical month of the year because you can make it the way you want it. It can be sweet and sassy, it can be monstrous, it can be spooky or it can be a perfectly beautiful fall month. You make it be what you want it to be. Pixi Beauty sent over some of their October offerings and I find a little of everything in these selections – sweet, spooky, and fallish.

Pixi Beauty

Pixi Beauty

First is a Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo. This is a double ended pencil with one side meant for lining and the other defining. The Line end is thinner and pointier. If you’ve never tried Pixi Beauty pencils you are totally missing out on something fabulous in the world of pencil eyeliners. I’ve bought many including sets of them. This is my first one that’s double ended and meant to be worn two ways. The Line end, a matte black, is for your upper lash line while the thicker charcoal Define end is for blending into your lower lashline as well as into the crease to contour.It’s a great charcoal with a luminous finish. Using the pencil this way would be for my spooky aka Smoky eye. The pencil is waterproof, hypoallergenic and like most Pixi products has no preservatives or mineral oil.

Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo

Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo

Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo

Pixi Beauty Super Smoky Crayon Combo

Keeping on the Spooky track for October, or any month, chose the Pixi Beauty Polish in Matte Black. What’s great about a matte black polish is that it can be used in many ways – nail art, matte polish, or top it with a shiny top coat and have a shiny black. A gorgeous manicure is to use this Matte Black polish on your nails and then do the tips only (like a French manicure) with a shiny clear top coat. It’s both dressy like a black tie party and attention getting for daily wear. The polish is thick and you could get away with one coat if you wanted. Pixi polishes wear well on me since I find them to be chip resistant. Plus there’s a built in UV protection to prevent discoloration. Pixi makes their polishes 3 Free (Toluene, Formaldehyde and DBP free) ($8).

Pixi Matte Black Nail Color

Pixi Matte Black Nail Color

For the sweet and sassy I’d look into Pixi’s Fairy Dust. For October they are featuring Snow Sparkle Fairy Dust ($10). This has a luminous glow to it. It looks like there’s a touch of lavender in the bottle but what appears on the eye or cheeks is a subtle platinum. It isn’t glitter but it is pure shimmer. Use this on the inner corners of your eyes and/or on the lid. You can also dust this along your browbone for an uplift to your eyes or even over your lips to create a glow. Since it’s not glitter it feels smooth on your lips, not crunchy.

Pixi Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle

Pixi Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle

Pixi Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle

Pixi Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle

Pixi Beauty Snow Sparkle Fairy Dust

Pixi Beauty Snow Sparkle Fairy Dust

A fabulous choice for your lips is a true fall shade – Tinted Brilliance Balm in Soft Sienna. I’m a huge fan of crayon lip products and Pixi Beauty knows how to do them right. Their lip balm crayons ($14) are glossy, moisturizing and hydrating. Soft Sienna is a beautiful shade for the season since it has a touch of brown, a touch of red and a touch of coral. But it’s not too much of any of those shades, it’s just a brilliant combination that makes an easy to wear and unique color. This has a slight fragrance that reminds me of peaches. I like a subtle shade on my lips so Soft Sienna hits the jackpot for me.

Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Soft Sienna

Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Soft Sienna

swatch of Pixi Soft Sienna

swatch of Pixi Soft Sienna

Pixi Beauty used these products on the runway in a spring 2015 look they called their Futuristic Fall Face. Eyes used both the Super Smoky Crayon Combo and Fairy Dust in Snow Sparkle – black and white and luminous glow. The lips in Soft Sienna added a perfect pop of color for the white items that were featured with the look.

Make October your month to be whatever you want to be. Don’t be stuck in orange and black – change those up to sienna and charcoal to lead the way. — Marcia

*items sent for editorial consideration, products can be found at some Target stores and on Pixi’s website

Please excuse unedited pictures, at the moment I only have an old iPhone to get photographs

I welcomed back Beauty Army subscription box in October

Beauty Army

I had subscribed to Beauty Army for three months but it just didn’t thrill me so I decided to drop this subscription box and concentrate on others. Beauty Army costs $12 a month and one of the biggest differences between BA and others is that you get to choose which samples you want. They give you a choice of approximately 9 samples and you can pick up to 6. Even though I cancelled after the third box I found out that Whip Hand Cosmetics was going to be featured in the October box and that the pigments were going to be unique to the box.

When I resubscribed I got my samples to choose from and couldn’t find Whip Hand. I started playing around with my profile and realized that by narrowing down the choices in what I was interested in I could get cosmetics! So I did that and now I’m back with Beauty Army.

My Beauty Army October contents

Here’s October’s rundown

Whip Hand Cosmetics pigment sample from their exclusive Camo Collection. This shade is called Locked + Loaded and it’s TAUPE! I’m not a big pigment user so this size is actually perfect although I can (and probably will) purchase it in the full size for $14 from Beauty Army.

Whip Hand Locked + Loaded

sample size of the Whip Hand

Locked + Loaded swatch

Locked + Loaded

– sample size of Lipsi Cosmetics Aphrodite Powder. This fine finishing powder is designed to absorb the excess oil, allowing your skin to glow. Aphrodite Power sets makeup and absorbs shine while keeping your cosmetics fresh and natural all day long. This powder suits all skin types and tones.

Lipsi Aphrodite Powder

SKINN Cosmetics (Dimitri James) full size Twin Set. This gloss and lipstick duo is in the shade Coral Poppy and it’s a beautiful combination. To purchase one would cost $18.50 so that alone pays for the box.

SKINN lip set

SKINN lipgloss side in Coral Poppy

SKINN lipstick side

You Da Balm in Grapefruit – this is a very nice moisturizing balm. These retail for $3. I love the tube of this full size balm. (I forgot to take a picture so this is the set of 3 that Beauty Army sells.)

You Da Balm in Grapefruit

Skyn ICELAND Hydra Cool Firming Eye Gels. This is a single set of eye gels that I’m looking forward to testing out. A package of 8 pairs is $30.

Skyn Iceland Firming Eye Gels and Egyptian Magic

– a sample packet of Egyptian Magic. I’ve used Egyptian Magic before so having a sample for travel is terrific, it’s a jack of all trades.

I’m very happy with this month’s box and I’m glad I found my way back to Beauty Army. Just remember the trick seems to be to limit the choices of what you’d like to see in your box. While I came for Whip Hand Cosmetics, I left with a lot more. — Marcia

Starbox by Starlooks – a true cosmetic subscription box at last

Starlooks

Whenever I talk about subscription boxes I hear complaints that people don’t need or want more fragrance or skincare samples. They are inundated with them and plain old tired of them. Yes if the boxes had one of those samples and included cosmetics then people would be happy. Instead they are loaded with samples that will probably never get used. But Starbox by Starlooks  is different – they are just what you have been asking for: COSMETICS!! Just about everything in the box will be cosmetic. What a dream come true.

Starlooks for October

I have the latest box from Starbox and it’s what I’ve been hoping for all along. Full size cosmetics and lots of them. Each month you’ll receive 3-4 FULL SIZED pieces of makeup, hair product, or accessories by STARLOOKS. Each month will include a different mix of product types including colors, styles, formulas, etc.

A box costs $15 a month and there is a small charge for shipping (usually $1.98). Starbox cosmetics are created by the company. They have a very complete FAQ section, much better than any I’ve seen.

Let’s get to what was in my October box and why I’m so happy. There were 3 full size cosmetics that create a beautiful look plus a fun extra.

Gold Dust eyeliner pencil

Gold Dust swatch

  1. Starlooks Eye Pencil in Gold Dust. This is one of 20 shades that Starlooks makes. The shade is perfect for holidays especially. It’s a beautiful gold that isn’t brassy or too yellow. It applies smoothly and evenly. I find if I warm up the tip with my fingers that I can even use it as an eyeshadow. You can buy the pencils at the Starlooks store for $8.

    Starlooks Posh pigment

    Pigment jar opening

    Posh pigment swatched

  2. Starlooks Pigment in Posh. If you love pigments and you love purple then this is for you. It’s a beautiful slightly iridescent shade of purple that isn’t glittery. It applies like a dream. A little goes a long way. What’s so amazing about this pigment is that it lasts so well. I like using a tacky base with a pigment (lately it’s Mally Beauty Eye Primer) and Starlooks Posh pigment is easy to blend over it and lasted me the entire day. You can buy one of the 21 shades for $12.

    Masquerade

    Masquerade

  3. Starlooks Lipstick in Masquerade. This lipstick surprised me in a few ways. First I opened it and wondered why they’d send a red brown lipstick with purple eyes. Boy was I wrong. Masquerade is a beautiful red with a slight brown undertone that doesn’t show up that way on my lips. I’ve worn it straight from the tube and also applied with a lipbrush. I prefer the lipbrush because I like a softer look if I’m going to wear red lipstick. The other way it surprised me is that it doesn’t have fragrance. Anyone who has read Beauty Info Zone knows that I’m very fussy about fragrance. When I smelled it (I always smell products, one of my idiosyncrasies) I noticed nothing. When I applied it I noticed no fragrance but lots of moisture. Starlooks has me in their lipstick corner now. The online swatch is very accurate for Masquerade so I’m sure that the others are too.

    Online swatch for Masquerade

    Starlooks carries a whooping 89 lipstick shades at $11 each.

    Gold Dust pencil, Posh pigment, Masquerade lipstick

  4. Now for the surprise in the box. It’s called Eye Rock and it’s a set of Eye Tattoos.

    Eye Rock Eye Tattoo

    To use them you start with clean skin without any makeup or creams on. Play around with them to figure the right placement and see if they need to be trimmed. Wet the paper back thoroughly and then let the water soak in for about 40 seconds before you remove the paper. Now wet the area around your eyes liberally and smooth on the tattoo. Wait about 5 minutes for them to dry and seal. Eye Rock has dozens of designs and they cost $5.99 at Beauty.com.

If you’ve been doing the math you’ll see the box would cost $36 if bought separately but it sells for $15 total, no hidden costs. As with all subscription boxes, you take a chance because you don’t know what you’ll get but I can assure you that this is an amazing box for a great price. While it will be my 18 year old niece who ends up with Eye Rock tattoos, I’m happily using all the other products.

Starbook December teaser

Starbox December special

Now here’s the best part, Starlooks sells eyeshadow palettes for $99 but if you pre-order the December Starbox subscription you’ll be getting one for $15.  If that doesn’t persuade you to pre-order the December box I don’t know what will. It would make a fabulous gift too for any cosmetic lover on your list.

I see Starboxes in my future, do you? — Marcia

*sent for an honest review

The Garden – OCC Spring/Summer 2012 collection

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquers

One of my favorite booths at the IMATS show is the OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) one. It’s like a wonderland of color. As far as the eye can see are amazing pigments for eyes and cheeks, Lip Tars in the most delicious colors and oodles of nail polishes. You can’t help but stop at their booth, that is if you can cut through the crowds that feel the same way. While I can drool over the beautiful colors online, it’s not often I can see them up close and play with them. Unfortunately for me though IMATS is not in my plans this year and OCC is one of the reasons I’m so sad about that.

Luckily I have a few of the newest OCC products to console me but it isn’t enough. For spring/summer 2012 they’ve created a beautiful collection called The Garden. This garden is unlike any you’ve seen before. The ordinary, though beautiful, pastels you are used to are injected with triple doses of color to make them more vibrant and appealing than ever.

In The Garden there are 6 new Lip Tars, 5 new pigments AKA Loose Color Concentrate, a new glitter, and 6 stunning Nail Lacquers. They’ve updated their packaging on Lip Tars and Nail Lacquers for more precision in applying.

LOOSE COLOR CONCENTRATE ($12): pictured Triptych and Datura

The 5 new shades are Datura (opalescent pink lavender), Foxfire (silvery lime-green shimmer), Acacia (yellow with blue green duochrome), Triptych (sleek regal gold), and Mimosa (orange with strong gold shimmer). I’m sharing Datura and Triptych with you.

The first thing I noticed when swatching and then using these loose concentrates is the fine texture they have. They feel like silk and apply that way too. Each pot is 2.5 grams and comes with a shaker top that’s covered with sticky plastic. When I use a pigment I only peel off a small corner of the cover so that I won’t get spillage. I then either put the loose color in the top of the container or even better in my Minerals Mate for application.

Datura from occ.com

Datura swatched up close

Datura is an absolutely gorgeous pinky lavender that is very sheer. It gives just a glimmer of color but as you move your head you can see the opalescence it has. It’s beautiful as a soft shade alone on your eyes or as a highlighter. It can be used dry or wet but I prefer it dry. My favorite way to use Datura is to use it over another eyeshadow to soften the color and bring an iridescence to it. It also looks amazing mixed in with a lipgloss or Lip Tar. It was hard to get a picture of the beauty of this because it’s so delicate but on your eyes you’ll definitely see what I mean.

Triptych

Triptych on the other hand is intense. There’s no getting around the color on this. It’s like a day in the sun with its strong gold pigment. It’s a gorgeous shade that will especially look beautiful on someone with a tan (hopefully a faux tan ladies!!). Besides using this on your eyes, think about mixing a little with your body lotion to bring a sparkle to your arms, chest or legs. It’s summer personified.

LIP TAR ($14):

Kava Kava Lip Tar

Ophelia Lip Tar

Lip Tars are unique to Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. These one of a kind products are not for the faint of heart. I was terribly addicted to Lip Tars at one time and like a mad scientist made creations out of them that were fun but a little outré. My husband used to shake his head and wonder what I’d come up with when I’d take a little of the black (Tarred) and start mixing away. One of the most important things to remember about Lip Tars is that a little goes a long long way! Minerals Mate Mixing Tray is perfect for mixing shades and then keeping the colors ready for next time. I bought a lot of small plastic pigment jars on ebay so that when I’d mix I’d be able to take the color with me. Another way to bring those creations is to load up your covered lip brush and use that.

Kava Kava indirect light

The new Garden shades are Belladonna (ultra violet), Digitalis (pink tinged lavender), Penny Royal (roasted peach/brown), Chlorophyll (teal) and the two I have Ophelia (pure petal pink) and Kava Kava (true peach neutral). A simple, elegant formula that contains Hemp Oil, Peppermint Oil and Vitamin E, OCC Lip Tar feels as good on the lips as it looks!

I love their new packaging because it dispenses the product much more slowly and I can easily put it on my lip brush for application. While the outside doesn’t look different from my previous Lip Tars, the tip is better. Both Ophelia and Kava Kava are easy colors to wear though they are intense. The texture of a lip tar is that of a thick liquid lipstick, it’s not loose though, it’s very concentrated which is why a little bit of Lip Tar goes a long way. They go on very slick but they dry to an almost matte texture. I like to be sure my lips are well moisturized before wearing Lip Tars. Kava Kava is the easier one of the two for me to wear. I prefer a light lip color and this has the perfect depth. There’s a definite peach tone but it’s not neon looking like some of my past attempts at Lip Tars. Ophelia is a beautiful, slightly darker pink shade than Kava Kava. Both wear amazingly long on me. I’m a lip biter and I find that in spite of that I still have color long after I expect it to be gone. As you can see by my pictures, these apply lighter than they swatch.

NAIL LACQUER ($8):

OCC Arsenic

I love the new packaging on the Nail Lacquers. The bottle is so much more sleek but the quality is still the same. The 6 new shades are Kava Kava (crème beige neutral, semi opaque shimmer), Copperhead (brilliant copper glitter, semi opaque glitter), Phantasm (pastel blue metallic, opaque metallic), Chimera (pastel mint, opaque metallic), Chlorophyll (vibrant teal/green, opaque satin) and Arsenic (brilliant silver glitter, semi-opaque metallic).

Arsenic

I received Arsenic to test and it’s pretty amazing. As pretty as it is for summer, it’s going to be outstanding on New Year’s Eve. It applies beautifully because the color is so saturated. I’ve found with most OCC Nail Lacquers that you can get by with one coat if you want to and Arsenic was no different. It dried quickly though so a second coat made it look even better. OCC polishes are long lasting and don’t chip on me.

Arsenic

All OCC products are 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free. It’s a company that you feel good about buying from.

Even if your garden is already planted and shining in the June sun, you can still take advantage of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic’s Garden with these beautiful new shades. — Marcia

 

*pr samples

Make Up For Ever Fluo Night Black Light Pigment and the Bride of Frankenstein

The Original Bride of Frankenstein

Historically, I have not been a very good mom when it comes to Halloween.  I never really go  ‘all out’ for my kids costumes.  This year I vow to be different and help my seven-year old daughter GLOW this Halloween.  When I asked her what she wanted to be, she said ‘The Bride of Frankenstein!!  And daddy can be Frankenstein, he can take me around while walking on his stilts!”  My husband was totally up for the challenge.  He’s done construction work forever, so he works on stilts all the time.  He got a Frankenstein mask, and my daughter now has a fabulous kid-size bride costume.  So, what about her makeup?  Here is my inspiration picture:

Inspiration picture for Bride of Frankenstein

I am going to do very dramatic eyes, pale skin, and will probably add the old-fashioned ‘bee-stung’ lip look as well.  And one product I am using for sure is the Make Up For Ever Fluo Night Black Night Pigment ($31).

You can find this pro product at Sephora, and it is perfect for Halloween makeup (not to mention your own makeup if you are going to a club!)  It’s a very finely milled pigment that is black-light activated.  The pigment has no color normally, so you can mix it with any makeup (lipstick, eyeshadow, blush – any cream, powder, or gel-based product you want) and it looks perfectly normal in daylight.  However, exposed to UV or black light it glows like crazy. 

On Halloween, I will take pictures of the end result to post.  In the meantime though, I wanted to get the word out so you can pick up this super cool product before Halloween arrives.  You can use it in your hair, on the body, on the eyes, lips, or cheeks, the possibilities are endless.  I found using makeup brushes or else a sponge gets the best results.  Happy Halloween!!  – Lisa