Wear red lips for the Lunar New Year

Chinese new year rooster

2017 is the year of the Rooster. It’s just one of the 12 animals that represent the Lunar New Year. There are 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac: the rat, the ox, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the goat, the monkey, the rooster, the dog and the pig. Each animal has attributes that are said to be part of their year especially for newborns.

Roosters are considered to be in charge of time, i.e. crowing to greet the day, as well as being hard working and diligent. If you were born in the year of the Rooster your lucky numbers are 5,7. and 8 but avoid 1, 3, and 9. Your lucky flowers are Gladiolas, Cockscomb and Impatiens. Your colors are golden, brown, brownish yellow, and yellow but it’s best to stay away from white and green.

The holiday is celebrated with fireworks in Asian countries and in cities with large Chinese populations. Red is the lucky color for the Lunar New Year which began on January 27th in the evening and is fully celebrated on January 28th, 2017. Celebrants wear red, decorate with red, and receive red paper envelopes with money to start the year with prosperity. Red is believed to ward off bad luck and misfortune. For people born in a year of the Rooster, wearing red underwear is a must for 2017.

Chinese new year, giving red packet.

Chinese new year, giving red packet.

Now that you know about Lunar New Year let’s talk about the color red and some of the hottest cosmetics out there featuring red, which you know means lips!

PUR Cosmetics has some winners!

PUR Chromeglaze Gloss in Rebel

PUR Chromeglaze Gloss in Rebel

Pur Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in Addiction

Pur Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in Addiction

Pur Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Fever

Pur Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Fever

PUR Lip Gloss Stick in Game Day

PUR Lip Gloss Stick in Game Day

PUR is available on their website as well as at ULTA.

ZuZu lipsticks on Good Earth Beauty are excellent options for natural beauty lovers.

No matter what your sign is, RED is the lucky color? What’s your favorite red lip?  —  Marcia

Pur Cosmetics Miracle Mist Hydrate and Set

pur-cosmetics-miracle-mist-hydrate-and-setFive years ago I would have never thought a moisturizing makeup setting spray would have a place on my vanity. My skin was very oily and I used the driest possible foundations to counteract my constantly shiny nose and chin. But my skin is very different now so products like Pur Cosmetics Miracle Mist ($19.00) are saviors, especially with dry winter indoor heat.

Pur Cosmetics Miracle Mist Hydrate and Set

Pur Cosmetics Miracle Mist Hydrate and Set

Pur Cosmetics Miracle Mist Hydrate and Set

Miracle Mist is a hydrating spray that also helps set makeup. It has over 70 essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids to pamper your skin. I find that I prefer it for setting mineral makeup over any other type of makeup – it’s pretty impressive for giving a polished appearance, giving mineral foundation and eyeshadow a fresh appearance and extending wear time.

Benefits:

  • Contains over 70 essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids
  • Instantly infuses the skin with vital moisture
  • Soothes and refreshes dry skin and hair with fulvic acid
  • Locks down mineral makeup for all-day perfection

I recently had the flu and one of the not-so-lovely side effects was super dry skin to the point of actually peeling. Miracle Mist was a skin saver for me. Even when I wasn’t wearing any makeup I misted this on every couple of hours which helped my skin heal more quickly.

If you have extremely dry skin this is a great product. It’s also very helpful for those times when powder makeup looks a little too powdery. I wouldn’t say that it’s the best primer and I think there are other makeup extending mists that are better suited for that task.  However, if you need lots of hydration and love mineral makeup, Miracle Mist is effective, refreshing, and convenient to use. Click here to get 10% off sitewide with code AM10OFF at Purcosmetics.com. Offer expires December 31, 2017.  – Lisa

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Ingredients:  Fulvic Acid, Purified Water (Aqua), Aromatic Oils (Parfum), (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil.

I’m Fully Charged with Pur Cosmetics newest mascara

Pur Fully Charged Mascara

Pur Fully Charged Mascara

There are days when looking in the mirror is a pleasure. Lately those days are the ones where I’m wearing Pur Cosmetics newest mascara, Fully Charged. When this was sent for consideration I wasn’t sure how it would be for me since I was using a few mascaras that I liked a lot. Little did I know that it would become a mascara that I couldn’t wait to apply.

Like many of you, I have wimpy lashes. No curl, no length, nothing to write home about. I do use a growth serum on them to give me a little more excitement but without mascara my eyes disappear on my face. Pur Fully Charged Mascara is the magician that makes my lashes stand out.

Pur Cosmetics Fully Changed Mascara

Pur Cosmetics Fully Changed Mascara

You might have read about this mascara since it’s so unusual. It has a magnetic polymer matrix that wraps a “positively charged elastic veil around each lash to instantly lift, separate and define each lash for long-lasting performance.” While that statement isn’t one that most of us go around talking about it does make sense once you start wearing Fully Charged.

The wand is on the long side with bristles that are made of fibers, not plastic. The first time I used it I found that I had mostly well defined lashes with some great separation. As time has passed though the volume is coming through since it’s thickened up a bit.

Pur Fully Charged mascara

Pur Fully Charged mascara

No one needs smudging, clumping, or flaking and I’m lucky that those aren’t part of the game with this mascara. I wear glasses and sometimes my lashes don’t show at all – but with Fully Charged they are dynamite!

Pur Fully Charged Mascara

Pur Fully Charged Mascara

Key Ingredients and Benefits:

  • Pro-Vitamin B5: deeply nourishes and conditions broken, aging lashes
  • Tripeptides: promotes and stimulates healthy lash growth
  • Carnauba and Beeswax: maintain mascara hold and help retain moisture
  • Paraben-Free, Certified Cruelty-Free

It’s terrific to wear an anti-aging mascara that lasts through the entire day and evening. Just give me my eyelash curler and a tube of Pur Cosmetics Fully Charged Mascara and I’m set. —  Marciapur fully charged eyes

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Ingredient list: Aqua, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Cyclopentasiloxane, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Alcohol Denat., Palmitic Acid, Nylon-12, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Acacia Senegal Gum, Glycerin, Polybutene, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Panthenol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Polyquaternium-10, Polyvinyl Alcohol, VP/VA Copolymer, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (CI 77499)

 

WIN a PUR Cosmetics Freedom Collection!

Pur Minerals Freedom Collection

Pur Cosmetics Freedom Collection

To continue celebrating our sixth year of blogging, we have a fabulous giveaway for the Limited Edition Freedom Collection by PUR Cosmetics. This beautiful set that was inspired by The Divergent Series: Allegiant –  The third installment of the blockbuster Divergent series franchise, ALLEGIANT takes Tris [Shailene Woodley] and Four [Theo James] into a new world, far more dangerous than ever before.”                                                                                           PR sample

Win a PUR Cosmetics Freedom Collection!

Win a PUR Cosmetics Freedom Collection!

This set is an amazing value at just $39 and contains these nude essentials:

PUR Cosmetics Air Perfection Foundation in Medium

PUR Cosmetics Air Perfection Foundation in Medium

  • Your shade of Air Perfection – a compact cushion foundation perfect for lightweight, long-lasting coverage with effortless application
PUR Cosmetics Double Ego Eyeliner in Tasmania

PUR Cosmetics Double Ego Eyeliner in Tasmania

  • Double Ego Eyeliner in Tasmania– a 2-in-1 dual-ended chocolate eyeliner ideal for creating your favorite looks from sultry smoky eye to a well-defined cat eye
PUR Cosmetics Lip Gloss Stick in Berry Pretty

PUR Cosmetics Lip Gloss Stick in Berry Pretty

  • Lip Gloss Stick in Berry Pretty– a glossy finish to a nude lip for high-shine lips to lust over
PUR Cosmetics Mini Volume Vixen Mascara

PUR Cosmetics Mini Volume Vixen Mascara

  • Mini Volume Vixen Mascara– a powerhouse of nourishing hydration for a visibly thicker, fuller lashes from root to tip
Swatched from top to bottom: Tasmania chocolate pencil liner, Berry Pretty Lipgloss Stick, Tasmania black felt tip liner, Air Perfection Foundation in Medium

Swatched from top to bottom: Tasmania chocolate pencil liner, Berry Pretty Lip Gloss Stick, Tasmania black felt tip liner, Air Perfection Foundation in Medium

The Air Perfection Foundation is a favorite of mine. This cushion compact foundation convinced me that the cushion is far more than a gimmick and I’ve repurchased it twice. It comes with a refill, and the foundation is fragrance-free. The Double Ego Eyeliner in Tasmania is outstanding. I love using black eyeliner on my upper lid and brown on my lower, so this is perfect! The pencil side is great for the waterline too. The Berry Pretty Lip Gloss Stick is indeed pretty and you can layer it for deeper color. The Volume Vixen Mascara is the only mini-sized product and it’s a wonderful mascara that creates long, thick lashes. The brush has a full side and a flat side, making it great for both upper and lower lashes.

Wearing the PUR Cosmetics Freedom Collection

Wearing the PUR Cosmetics Freedom Collection

I can’t believe this collection is only $39. By itself, the Air Perfection Foundation is $43, Double Ego Eyeliners are $21, and the Lip Gloss Stick is $18. Plus there’s the mini mascara. Purchased separately these items would cost over $82.  AND, here is a link for a coupon:

20% OFF your next order with code 20SPRING16 at PUR Cosmetics. Offer expires April 10th.

You can purchase this Limited Edition set at Purcosmetics.com.  In the meantime, enter our giveaway!

The winner of our PUR Cosmetics Freedom Collection will get to pick their foundation shade – Light, Medium, Tan, or Dark.  To win this you must be a Beauty Info Zone subscriber from the US. This ends on 4/15/16 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time. Since comments are closed please email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it PUR; leave your comment in the email and continue on.   Good luck!!  – Lisa

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*items reviewed and giveaway prize courtesy of PUR Cosmetics.  Affiliate links.

Favorite spring beauty from Pixi Beauty and Pur Cosmetics

Spring Beauty Treats with Pixi Beauty and Pur Cosmetics

Spring Beauty Treats with Pixi Beauty and Pur Cosmetics

Today is a Top Ten Tuesday post. With a topic as wide as Spring Beauty it could be a top 50 without a problem. To narrow it down I’ve picked some Pixi Beauty and Pur Cosmetics items that I’m already enjoying and will continue to do so throughout spring (and surely summer).

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Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palettes in Amethyst Aura and Aquamarine Dream; Book of Beauty in Minimal Makeup

Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Palettes in Amethyst Aura and Aquamarine Dream; Book of Beauty in Minimal Makeup

Here are the eye palettes that are going to make your spring – Pixi by Petra goes from subtle to bold without skipping a beat. There are 9 Mesmerizing Mineral Palettes ($12) that will make any of your color dreams come true. Amethyst Aura has every shade of purple you’ll need ranging from a light pinky lavender to a very dark purple. The shadows are all satiny shades that all purple lovers will be delighted with. Aquamarine Dream is a brighter palette that calls for sun and water. These aren’t pastels, instead they are bright shades that in the aqua and blue family. Think of the depths of the Caribbean and all those shades are within Aquamarine Dream.

Pixi Mesmerizing Minerals in Amethyst Aura and Aquamarine Dream

Pixi Mesmerizing Minerals in Amethyst Aura and Aquamarine Dream

But not everyone is into brights or, as in my case, likes to switch around. Their new Book of Beauty in Minimal Makeup ($24) is incredible. This has everything you need for soft spring beauty. There’s nothing to be afraid of here. This is what I’d grab for a spring break trip. It contains 8 luscious soft coordinated shades: 2 double pans of eyeshadow, peachy pink blush, light bronzer/blush, and 2 lightly sparkly highlighters. The eyeshadows are peach and brown, pink and bronze.

Pixi Book of Beauty in Minimum Makeup

Pixi Book of Beauty in Minimum Makeup

This is truly a find for me since lately I’ve been craving softer colors. The peach and bronze eyeshadows are just what I love and the four blush and highlighter shades are great day or night.

Pixi Book of Beauty, Minimal Makeup

Pixi Book of Beauty, Minimal Makeup

Pixi also has other great eye products. They recently came out with the full size Endless Silky Eye Pen in Slate Gray. Before it was only available in a small set. This dark gray is a much softer alternative to black. Pixi Silky Eye Pens ($12) are the best eyeliner pencils and I always recommend them. To brighten my eyes I like to use Pixi’s Eye Bright Liner in Nude ($14). This is for your inner eyelid to give you that wide awake look.

Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish, Slate Gray eyeliner, Eye Bright Liner, Tinted Brilliance Balm

Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish, Slate Gray eyeliner, Eye Bright Liner, Tinted Brilliance Balm

Besides eyes Pixi has some of my favorite lip products. Brand new is Nourishing Lip Polish ($12) that I’m crazy about. This is a lip scrub that also plumps but without any irritation at all. It tastes sugary and my lips are hydrated from this all day. The applicator has small bristles that massage your lips to help with circulation. “Luxe, nutrient-rich formula smoothes lips with shea butter & a blend of sweet almond, apricot, and evening primrose oils.” It’s great for rejuvenating lips and healing them too. Totally crazy about this Nourishing Lip Polish!! I’ve been a fan of Pixi’s Tinted Brilliance Balm since I got my first one in a beauty subscription. Lucent Glow is one of my favorites and I’m on my second one. While there are 11 shades I like that I can use Lucent Glow over any lipstick to add a luminous rose gold shimmer. It changes a winter lipstick into a softer spring one.

Pixi Eye Bright Liner, Nourishing Lip Polish, Slate Gray eyeliner, Tinted Brilliance Balm

Pixi Eye Bright Liner, Nourishing Lip Polish, Slate Gray eyeliner, Tinted Brilliance Balm

Pixi Beauty has gotten into skincare in a big way this year and one of their newest products, Hydrating Milky Mist ($15), is so unusual and will be great for warm weather. It’s a spray on mist moisturizer that is perfect for dry skin. It contains Hyaluronic Acid (my hero ingredient) and Black Oat for deep moisture and a youthful preserve. I can definitely use both. You can keep this in your purse or desk to add a mist of moisture during the day.

“This featherlight mist provides an instant surge of hydration with hyaluronic acid to plump skin. A blend of black oat, provitamin A, and linoleic acid makes this rejuvenator the perfect first layer of moisture before serums or makeup.”

Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist

Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist

Pur Cosmetics has some great items for spring and I happily received two to test out. I’ve just had them for one use but I’m excited about them both and can’t wait for longer term use. Hydra Fluid ($39) is their newest foundation and it’s a water serum one. The texture is different than what you are probably used to using so you’ll be surprised at first. The coverage is wonderful while being very lightweight. I shook it up and put only 3 drops on the back of my hand and that turned out to be enough for my entire face. I buffed it in using a circular motion with my foundation brush and plan on trying my beauty sponge next. I’ll be doing a full review on Hydra Serum once I have more time to use it.

Pur Cosmetics Hydra fluid fundation

Pur Cosmetics Hydra fluid fundation

Pur Cosmetics Hydra fluid fundation applicator

Pur Cosmetics Hydra fluid fundation applicator

Pur Cosmetics Hydra fluid fundation Light swatched heavily

Pur Cosmetics Hydra fluid foundation Light swatched heavily

Pur’s Fully Charged Mascara ($22) is one I’m very excited about. If my first day of use is an example of how this performs, all the other mascaras that are open are going on a vacation now. More to come on this mascara too.

“This anti-aging mascara formula contains a revolutionary positively charged matrix that attracts to each individual lash to strengthen, thicken, lengthen and separate for unparalleled performance.”

Pur Fully Charged Mascara

Pur Fully Charged Mascara

Pur Fully Charged Mascara wand

Pur Fully Charged Mascara wand

Ten items to help make my spring a little brighter and happier! I’m quite sure my fellow Top Ten friends will bring more spring cheer. What are you loving this spring?  — Marcia


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Pur Cosmetics and The Divergent Series: Allegiant

Pur Minerals Freedom Collection

Pur Minerals Freedom Collection

Pur Minerals has a wonderful limited edition set that is available called the Freedom Collection. This LE collection was created by Pur Cosmetics to celebrate the latest movie in The Divergent Series: Allegiant. The third installment of the blockbuster Divergent series franchise, ALLEGIANT takes Tris [Shailene Woodley] and Four [Theo James] into a new world, far more dangerous than ever before.” 

This great set is only $39 and contains these nude essentials:

  • Your shade of Air Perfection – a compact cushion foundation perfect for lightweight, long-lasting coverage with effortless application
  • Double Ego Eyeliner in Tasmania– a 2-in-1 dual-ended chocolate eyeliner ideal for creating your favorite looks from sultry smoky eye to a well-defined cat eye
  • Lip Gloss Stick in Berry Pretty– a glossy finish to a nude lip for high-shine lips to lust over
  • Mini Volume Vixen Mascara– a powerhouse of nourishing hydration for a visibly thicker, fuller lashes from root to tip.

All 4 of these are terrific but my heart is with Double Ego Eyeliner in Tasmania. It’s almost impossible to find a great chocolate eyeliner but Tasmania is perfect. One side is a liquid, the other a great pencil that you can smudge easily before it sets. The great cushion foundation is available in Light, Medium, Tan and Dark. It’s lightweight, fragrance free and buildable.

To show you what a bargain this set is Air Perfection alone is $43, Double Ego Eyeliners are $21, and the Lip Gloss Stick is $18. Plus there’s the mini mascara. Total would be $82+.

To sweeten the pot, Nouveau Cheap wrote about another 20% off that will make this set $31.20 (SAMPLE20). Please read her post to learn more about this.

As the owner of Air Perfection in Light, Tasmania and several Lip Gloss Sticks I can assure you that these are great cosmetics as well as an amazing bargain. Don’t miss out!  — Marcia

Purchase this at Purcosmetics.com

(pr samples were provided in the past for some of these items, Tasmania is a repurchase for me)

Pur Eye Polish will bring shine to your eyes on New Year’s Eve and ever after

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PÜR Cosmetics

PUR Cosmetics has everything you need to make your special evenings out more beautiful. One of my new favorites (sent for review) is their EYE POLISH. This double duty product is just what the doctor ordered for a night out.

Pur Cosmetics Eye Polish in Champagne and Satin

Pur Cosmetics Eye Polish in Champagne and Satin

Pur Cosmetics Eye Polish comes in 6 beautiful shades that can be used as a crease proof eyeshadow primer or alone as an iridescent lightweight cream eyeshadow. I have two shades, Cashmere and Satin, and love the unusual texture of them.

Pur Cosmetics Cashmere Eye Polish packaging

Pur Cosmetics Cashmere Eye Polish packaging

Let’s start with the packaging –  this is a midsize short jar with the top of the jars being colors that match the color within. Open it and you’ll find a mesh covering for the liquid eyeshadow polish. Shake and press down with your finger or a brush to pick up the color. You’ll feel a coolness to the shadow at first. These dry down quickly but not instantly. There’s enough time for you to pat it on your lid in the intensity you want before it dries down totally. They come with a small silicone applicator (which I didn’t receive) that helps pick up the shadows easily and makes application easy.

 

Pur Cosmetics Eye Polish shades from My Beauty Bunny

Pur Cosmetics Eye Polish shades from My Beauty Bunny

The 6 shades are

  • Satin – Sheer Crystal Pink
  • Suede – Earthy Seductive Neutral
  • Cashmere – Shimmery Champagne
  • Silk – Prism Copper
  • Velvet – Plush Amethyst
  • Caviar – Lavish Black with Gold Karat Flecks
Pur Minerals Satin and Champagne

Pur Minerals Satin and Champagne

Pur Minerals Satin and Champagne

Pur Minerals Satin and Champagne

Satin is the brighter of the two I have and the more iridescent. Satin has a pink cast to it but I wouldn’t call it a true pink. It’s light enough and bright enough to create shine that stands out. I like using it with Pur’s Secret Crush Palette (reviewed here) with the cooler shades. Champagne is more golden and not quite as shiny. It’s just gorgeous with neutrals and browns/bronzes. Both appear shimmery yet they stay in place. You won’t get glitter on your face with these.

Pur Cosmetics Eye Polish in Champagne with Pur Secret Crush palette

Pur Cosmetics Eye Polish in Champagne with Pur Secret Crush palette

These are incredible products and I can’t wait to pick up Caviar to see how the darker shades look. I know they wear beautifully. No extra primer is needed since Eye Polish has it all. — Marcia

 

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Please see My Beauty Bunny for swatches of all 6 of these beauties

Ingredients: Satin: Aqua, Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polysilicone-11, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquiozane, Bis-PEG-8 Dimethicone, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aminomethyl Propanol, 1,2-Hexandiol, Caprylyl Glycol, Laureth-12, Tin Oxide May Contain: Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)