What comes to your mind when you hear the name TIGI?

TIGI is mostly known for their hair care. If you’ve been around for any length of time the first thing that probably comes to your mind is BedHead since that’s what made TIGI famous. It’s doubtful that cosmetics come to mind first since the line just doesn’t get the attention that it used to. Well the Beauty Info Zone team is here to change that for you and show you some of the beautiful cosmetics that TIGI creates and let you know why you need to change your mind and think TIGI Cosmetics.

If you are lucky enough to live near a CVS Beauty Store you’ll find TIGI available for you there on their Trend Wall. For those of us not lucky to be near one we can order online at CVS.com as well as Tigi’s Cosmetic site.

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Whatever you like when you shop cosmetics can be found from TIGI – concealer, eyeshadows, foundation, lipstick and lipglosses, bronzer. Even basics like foundation primer, eye makeup remover, micellar water are available.

MARCIA loves eye makeup

At one point in my life you could look under my sink and see it loaded with TIGI BedHead products. I had so many and either used that or Vidal Sassoon. I wouldn’t budge from those. Times have changed and while I would use those products again I’ve moved on. I was excited to learn that TIGI Cosmetics was back and even though times have changed, I’m not going to stop using these.

TIGI has 4 variations of High Density Eyeshadow Quads ($24) and all are beautiful. I was very happy to receive one in Love Affair since they are the colors I crave.

TIGI High Density Eyeshadow Quad in Love Affair

Just look at those colors! Those shades are what I want to wear day in and day out. But I’d only wear them if the quality of the quad was great. And it is! I’m stoked about the intensity of the shades, how smoothly they apply, and the way they seamlessly blend.

TIGI High Density Eyeshadow Quad in Love Affair

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The colors are wonderful and I’ve been wearing this quad at least once a week for the last several months. I know you are looking at it and thinking “I have that already” but you really don’t because what you don’t have is a quad that works together so perfectly that you don’t need much else in your life. What you don’t have are colors that blend so well that there are no lines of demarcation. What you don’t have is a quad that has minimal shadow fallout because the colors are so silky. What you don’t have are silky soft shades that last the entire day.

TIGI High Density Eyeshadow Quad in Love Affair

Shade 1 is a soft creamy beige. It’s a great base shade and works perfectly on my browbone especially. Shade 4 is the one you don’t expect in a neutral palette but it adds a pop of color that takes it beyond boring basics. I have often mixed shades 1 and 4 together to get a softer pink or I’ll use 4 in the crease above shade 3. This mauve-pink is a great shade.

TIGI High Density Eyeshadow Quad in Love Affair

Shades 2 and 3 are the workhorses of the quad. 2 is a beautiful taupe that I just love on my lid. Shade 3 is a darker brown but it’s not too dark. Shades 2 and 3 blend together like a dream. They were made for each other.

TIGI High Density Eyeshadow Quad in Love Affair

TIGI High Density Eyeshadow Quad in Love Affair

I also have a TIGI Precision Black Eyeliner Pen ($17) that is terrific. I know that a black liner is a black liner is a black liner. But the tip on this TIGI liquid liner is excellent. I love a thin line, especially when I’m wearing black, and that’s what I get with this liner. I can even do a flip for a cat eye which is pretty amazing since I’m not good at that normally.

TIGI Precision Black Eyeliner Pen and Love Affair eyeshadow quad

TIGI Precision Black Eyeliner Pen

If only this eyeliner pen came in brown I’d marry it. In the meantime I’m enjoying both of these eye products and want to explore more from TIGI Cosmetics. I hope more CVS stores start carrying the line.

LISA loves lipstick and gloss

I am always looking for a beautiful new lippie and TIGI Cosmetics has lots of them! I love the packaging…the lipsticks come in these gorgeous geometric silver tubes that shiny enough to work as a mirror. The lip gloss is no slouch in the packaging department either with a cool see-through cap and one of the best applicators I’ve tried.

Tigi Diamond Lipstick and Luxe Lipgloss

The TIGI Diamond Lipstick ($19) comes in eight shades. I love the texture of this lipstick – it’s super smooth and feels fantastic on the lips, lovely and buttery. Ingredients feature Shea butter, vitamin E and rose hip seed oil so it’s a very moisturizing lipstick but it still has a great wear time.

The shape of the lipstick is angled – diamond-shaped, just like the name, which helps for a more precise application. I actually wish all lipsticks were this shape. I was very pleasantly surprised at what a difference it made – I always end up flattening out the traditional bullet shaped lipstick anyway and this flat diamond shape makes precise application a piece of cake.

Tigi Diamond Lipstick in Loyalty

Tigi Diamond Lipstick in Astonish

Tigi Diamond Lipstick swatches top to bottom: Loyalty and Astonish

Loyalty is a medium matte brick-red that is truly lovely. I often have a tough time with reds turning pink on me, but this one stays true and is wonderfully wearable. I love it by itself and with the TIGI Luxe Lipgloss in Foxy over it, but I am getting ahead of myself! Astonish is a cherry red shade that has a bit of shimmer in it. I love to wear this one straight from the tube because it’s a pretty glamorous shade; or sometimes I blot it and it makes for a delightful stain that is more subtle and pretty. I want more of these lipsticks for sure – the packaging is fantastic and I am a huge fan of the texture and wear.

Tigi Luxe Lipgloss in Foxy

I am just as impressed with the Luxe Lipgloss ($17.00) as I am with the Diamond Lipstick. Luxe Lipgloss comes in eight shades and is a very hydrating and super shiny lipgloss. It has a fabulous slip – not sticky at all, and it lasts a decent amount of time for a lip gloss. This is a lip plumping gloss although it doesn’t have the ‘lip tingle’ that you get from other lip plumpers.  

Luxe Lipgloss gets extremely high marks from me for the packaging. The tube is a very sturdy plastic with a super cool see-through cap. I adore the hourglass shaped applicator – it somehow hugs the lips and makes for a fabulous application.  Genius!  The Luxe Lipglosses have a vanilla scent and taste – almost like a cookie or baked good, although it’s very mild and pleasant.

Tigi Luxe Lipgloss in Foxy

Tigi Luxe Lipgloss in Foxy

Foxy is a shimmery, shiny peach. I love it. For my lips, it’s best over a lip liner or lipstick – I adore it over my Loyalty Diamond Lipstick. The contrast of the red lipstick and the peach lip gloss makes for an amazing combination. If you have pigmented lips, Foxy will be fine on its own.

So there you have it. From now on, when you think about TIGI, don’t let your mind stop at great hair care – remember the awesome cosmetics and check out these fantastic eye and lip products. We promise you won’t be sorry!!

Visit www.tigi-cosmetics.com or get social with the brand on Facebook (@TIGICosmeticsUS), Twitter (@TIGI_Cosmetics) and Instagram (@tigicosmetics).

Go Buxom for the best lips around

Buxom lips

If you are a lip product fan then you probably already know about the amazing array of lip products created by BUXOM COSMETICS. If you aren’t a lip product fan then you need educating. Either way the Beauty Info Zone team is ready to show you the many types of lip products so that you can begin your Buxom knowledge.

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Here’s a list of what’s available from Buxom:

VA-VA PLUMP SHINY LIQUID LIPSTICK

FULL ON LIP POLISH

POWER PLUMP LIP BALM

PLUMP LINE LIP LINER

FULL ON LIP CREAM

BIG & SEXY BOLD GEL LIPSTICK

METALIX LIP GLIDE

TRUE NUDE LIP FOUNDATION

SHIMMER SHOCK LIPSTICK

WILDLY WHIPPED LIGHTWEIGHT LIPSTICK

FULL ON LIPSTICK

Now multiply that by the oodles of colors available in each formula and you can see why we say to go to Buxom!

Today we have a smattering of some BUXOM formulas and colors so that you can see what you are missing.

MARCIA IS USING Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick, PlumpLine Lip Liner, Power Plump Lip Balm, and Full On Lip Polish

I hit the jackpot! When Lisa and I meet we decide who is going to review the products we get sent. I really fell for these lip products so Lisa let me pick what I wanted. I did good!

BIG & SEXY BOLD GEL LIPSTICK ($22)

Buxom Big & Sexy Gel Lipsticks in Evocative Petal, Burning Desire, Nude Exposure

This comes in two formulas and Buxom makes it easy for you to tell which formula they are with their packaging. The Matte lipsticks are houseD in a matte finish tube while the Satin finish is in a shiny tube. To make it even better the tubes are terrific since they have a strong magnetic closing. These aren’t coming apart in your purse or pocket so they can spend the whole day with you.

Lipsticks in Evocative Petal, Burning Desire, Nude Exposure

EVOCATIVE PETAL is my matte gel lipstick, it’s available at Ulta who describes it as a matte deep rose. This is actually a softer rose than that description implies. For a matte lipstick it applies very smoothly due to the gel formula. It looks like a matte but it doesn’t look dry.

BURNING DESIRE is a satin finish, which on me is more flattering than a matte. It too has an easy glide on formula. The shade is a blue red and it fits the Big & Sexy name. It’s a very striking color and one that would be flattering to most red lip lovers. It’s a gorgeous shade. (available at both Ulta and Sephora)

NUDE EXPERIENCE is my personal favorite of the three (with Evocative Petal close behind). It’s described as a nude beige or a peachy pink and I see a lot of peach in it. It’s a light shade which is my preference but when I add a liner or a gloss it intensifies. I love this satin formula since it’s a gloss and lipstick in one. It feels light and moisturizing on my lips.

Satin lipsticks: Burning Desire, Nude Exposure

PLUMP LINE LIP LINER ($17)

Buxom PlumpLine Lip Liners in InfraRed, Ransom and Stealth

Not only am I excited about these lip liners but if you spend $30 on Buxom at Ulta thru 2/17 you’ll get one as a gift with purchase. The Plump Line Lip Liners are different than my other lip liners. It’s plumper! The point is plumper, your lips will become a little plumper, and it’s available in 20 matte shades. They make for a great lip crayon or liner. Use it all over your lips as a base and your lip color will last longer.

There’s a lip brush on the opposite end of each one so that you can smooth the color especially when using it all over. Here’s what they have to say about the ingredients: “Unique peptide and hyaluronic acid booster helps to stimulate collagen, build volume, and plump to perfection – without irritation.”

Buxom PlumpLine Lip Liner brush on one end

The three shades I have are great with the Big & Sexy Bold Gel lipsticks or just on their own. My favorite is Ransom, a pink nude which is great for Nude Experience and half the lipsticks I own. Next is Stealth, a warm nude, also great for Nude Experience and the other half of the lipsticks I own. The stand out though is InfraRed which is an orange red that’s much more red than orange. If I apply this and use the brush I can make it look like a cherry popsicle lip.

Buxom PlumpLine Lip Liners in InfraRed, Ransom and Stealth

FULL ON LIP POLISH ($20)

There are 100 shades of Buxom Full On Lip Polish that Ulta carries. 100! If all are as pretty on as Dolly is then I’d want them all. Dolly is described as a shimmering sultry mauve and it sure is sultry.

Buxom Full On Lip Polish in Dolly

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish is the best-selling gloss from the lip plumping authority in a tingly shimmer-sheer finish. Lips reach their full potential with this ultimate lip plumper. A high-shine plumping gloss tingles to coax a gorgeous pout while pampering and moisturizing lips with Vitamins A and E. Lips stay lusciously soft, plumped, and seriously sexy. Unique peptide and hyaluronic acid booster helps to stimulate collagen, build volume, and plump to perfection – without irritation.

This is a lip plumper so if you don’t like that tingle you won’t like these but I don’t mind it at all. My lips are tiny so seeing a fuller look is a delight.

POWER PLUMP LIP BALM ($17)

Buxom Power Plump Lip Balm in Big O

Power Plump is unlike any other lip balm. It’s big, it plumps your lips, it tingles, and it reacts with your own lips to create a unique shade for you. When I apply it I see all the pink that I wish my lips naturally had. Some lipsticks that react like this turn more fuchsia on me but this is pink and makes me much happier. The original shade is Big O but now they’ve added 3 more (Glowing, Fiery, and Flushed). I’m sitting here wearing it and I can still feel the tingle after 3 hours.

 

LISA IS USING Full-On Lip Polish, Full-On Lip Cream, and Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick 

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish, Lip Cream, and Gel Lipstick

BIG & SEXY BOLD GEL LIPSTICK ($22)

DEFIANT BLOOM sounds like one rebellious lippie, doesn’t it?? Normally I don’t go for matte lipsticks because I have thin lips and matte lipsticks make them look so thin it’s like they aren’t even there. But a gel matte sounded intriguing and I love pink so I went for this one.

Buxom Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Defiant Bloom

Buxom Bi & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Defiant Bloom

Defiant Bloom is indeed a matte classic blue pink, and it has a fantastic wear. While it’s matte it isn’t dry, and while this turned out to be too bright for me to pull off, those of you who can rock this shade will be very, very pleased with the texture and longevity.

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Celeste

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Trixie

FULL ON LIP POLISH ($20)

Celeste and Trixie are my Full-On Lip Polish shades, and they are gorgeous. Celeste a is sheer peach with prismatic shimmer – perfect for those with pigmented lips. Trixie has a lot more pigment and is a pretty pink with beautiful shimmer. These lip plumping glosses give lips lots of tingle…I mean it, after an hour my lips still feel it. I love these lip glosses and reach for them all the time.

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Dolly

FULL ON LIP CREAM ($20)

Now, if you are looking for some lip plumping without the shimmer yet you still want some shine, the Full-On Lip Cream is right up your alley.  White Russian is a gorgeous creamy nude pink that has all the lip plumping power but more of a glassy shine. For a deeper shade, I love Dolly which is described as a sultry mauve. This is a pretty tenacious lip gloss, sticking around longer than most, and it has a nice slip – not too sticky. Nicely done, Buxom!

 

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Celeste, Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian, Full-On Lip Polish in Trixie, Full-On Lip Cream in Dolly

Now that you see the variety of lip products available from Buxom be sure you go online to Sephora or Ulta or get thee to a store to check out all the pretty shades for yourself. You won’t be sorry but you will look amazing.

Getting the hair we want with Keune and you get a giveaway!

Straight hair?  Curly?  Fine? Thinning? Color treated? Damaged?  Doesn’t matter what your hair care woes may be, or hey – maybe you are one of the abnormal one with normal hair! Regardless, Keune Hair Care has the products that your hair needs.  Lisa and Marcia have lots in common, but their hair is very different. Today, they are reviewing different products from this line and Keune is offering a giveaway for each of their favorite items!

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Lisa loves the Absolute Volume line:

Keune says, the Absolute Volume line has wheat proteins and liquid keratin to increase the diameter of each strand, creating volume and incredible shine. I say, woohoo! Awesome hair care for people like me who have fine hair – we want volume, we want shine, and we don’t want products that weigh our hair down!!

The Absolute Volume Shampoo and Conditioner are a fabulous duo for big, beautiful hair. I have fine hair, so I always want more body and volume. The shampoo and conditioner have Provitamin B5, which gives hair lots of volume without weighing it down.

The Absolute Volume Thermal Protector Spray is exactly what you need if you use heat styling tools to get lots of volume into your hair. It protects your hair from heat damage, whether it’s from your blow dryer, hot curlers, curling iron, or flat iron. Just spray it on to protect hair from splitting and protect color from fading, as well as lending a helping hand in terms of holding power for those curls – or not – depending on your preference!

For tons of volume, the Volume Mousse ($26) is where it’s at. This is some fantastic styling mousse. It goes right into the hair shaft to strengthen and work from the inside out. This mousse leaves my hair super full, shiny, and soft. Love it! It also protects hair from heat, so feel free to go crazy with that curling iron.

My one choice that actually isn’t in the Volumizing line is the Satin Oil Milk ($30 but on sale right now). Wow, I love this stuff!  It’s amazing for fine hair because it doesn’t weigh it down. Smooth some on and it absorbs right into hair, making is unbelievably shiny and soft. It is downright amazing, so amazing that it’s my choice of product for today’s giveaway!

My Keune hair – lots of volume and shine, not weighed down at all!!

Marcia loves the CARE line from KEUNE

Keune Care Vital Satin Oil, Oil Milk and Care Vital Nutrition Thermal Cream

I actually have been using 3 items from the CARE line but I left one at my beauty salon when I got my hair color treated the last time. It’s waiting for me there though for my third treatment. That product is the Keune Care Vital Nutrition Protein Spray ($31) which is used for dry, damaged hair. It’s applied on the scalp before during and after coloring or texturizing treatments. Since I color every 3 – 4 weeks I’ve been adding it either at home or bringing it to the salon for application prior to my color treatment. What I like about it is that it protects hair from environmental damage and UV rays. The longer my color stays vibrant, the happier I am. When I use this Protein Spray my color is looking good from start to finish, if only it didn’t gray in so gray!

Keune Care Vital Nutrition Protein Spray

There are two products that I’ve been using every time I wash my hair. Vital Nutrition Thermal Cream ($30) and Satin Oil, Oil Milk ($30). I had chosen the Thermal Cream as my product for the giveaway so I’m thrilled that Lisa chose the Oil Milk since that combination is perfect for me.

Keune Care Vital Nutrition Thermal Cream

Keune Nutrition Thermal Cream is what I use out of the shower to wet brush through my hair. Thermal Cream is a lightweight cream on the verge of being liquidy. It’s not thick so it spreads through my hair evenly. There is a light fragrance to it that doesn’t linger too long when I use this on its own. The thermal cream is great for hair that is brittle and damaged from heat styling. Since I have to blow my hair dry I’m guilty of needing this protective shield. It helps to restore and revitalize hair as well as protect it from dehydation. “This is a revitalizing cream that protects brittle, damaged hair against heat tools. Use it before thermal styling with flatirons, curling irons, and hairdryers.”

Keune Care Satin Oil, Oil Milk

Keune Care Satin Oil is an oil milk so it doesn’t have the same feel as an oil. It’s a spray on with a light formula that absorbs into my hair instantly. There are 3 different oils used to create this wonderful product and none of them create grease or weight. I’ve used this Satin Oil with the Thermal Cream and also on its own on second day hair. I find that spraying some on my hands and applying it to my hair before I style dry hair is great because it doesn’t add any greasy feeling. It dries quickly so that I can use my hot brush to revive my hair. This has more of a fragrance than the Thermal Cream and it does last longer but usually by the time I’m ready to leave home it’s not noticeable. The fragrance of these is pleasant, probably more like a floral perfume than anything else.

KEUNE is a salon line. We were very happy to see it’s carried at the JC Penney salons but if you want to meet the line in person visit their website to see where you can find a salon near you. We found over a dozen very close to our homes.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Two winners, US only. Winners will each received Keune Care Satin Oil and Keune Care Nutrition Thermal Cream for a fantastic hair combination. This is open through 1/22/18 at 11:59 pm EST. You must be an email subscriber and comment, all other entries are optional to gain you better chances to win. Good luck!

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Pack those bags with our MFT ICE Max Eye Gel Giveaway!

We know that with the holiday season we often find ourselves packing our bags…so we thought we would give you the opportunity to pack those bags under your eyes, too! In this crazy week of holiday giveaways, here is yet another fab giveaway, this time for an MFT ICE Max Eye Gel worth $160. This is a very impressive eye gel that we have been testing for about a month and half now and we can’t wait to tell you all about our experience with it. Two of our faithful readers will be big winners too and will be packing her undereye bags after the holidays just like we did!

ICE Skin Care is all about quality and integrity in skin care. Their products are based on sound science and their mission is to empower women through effective, quality products.

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Lisa’s experience:

This is a lovely eye gel that really works. It comes in an airless pump container that keeps the efficacy of the ingredients, which, by the way, are fantastic. The ingredients contain 15% total of four cosmetic peptides (Eyeliss, Haloxyl, Regu-Age & Tetrapeptide-21), plus a host of botanicals and vitamins. Sure, it helps ‘unpack’ those bags under your eyes, but it also does so much more!

  • Lightweight & paraben-free. Product reduces the appearance of dark circles, under-eye puffiness, fine lines & wrinkles.
  • Helps reinforce firmness & tone of the eye area. Improves skin texture. Restores skin elasticity around the eye contour.
  • Reduces the appearance of discoloration & dark circles under the eyes. Visibly soothes & reduces under-eye puffiness.
  • Minimizes & fades the appearance of wrinkles fine lines, crow’s feet. Lift look & energizes skin for youthful appearance.

The eye gel has a cool feel to it which I think helps shrink those bags under my eyes immediately, giving me some immediate gratification.  Over the past 6 weeks I have definitely seen a reduction in puffiness, better skin texture, less fine lines, and an overall more youthful appearance. I will say that the product comes out pretty quickly – so I use just one pump and I pump it into my palm, otherwise it comes out so strongly it has a tendency to squirt all over. It might just be my particular pump, I don’t know, but it’s a very minor complaint. I’m loving this eye gel and I think you will too!

Marcia’s experience:

MFT ICE 4P Max Eye Gel

As someone who lives for eye creams, eye balms, and eye gels this is right up my alley. I’ve experimented with this in a variety of ways since I’ve been using it for so long. At first I used it every single night. Then I switched and used it every other night with an eye cream on the opposite night to give myself more moisturizing. Lately I’m using it every morning and using an eye balm in the evening. Whichever way I’ve chosen to use it has been great for me.

MFT ICE 4P Max Eye Gel

4P Max Eye Gel is made in the USA. It is a potent blend of 4 peptide actives (Eyeliss, Haloxyl, Regu-Age & Tetrapeptide-21) (15% total), botanicals and vitamins. It is lightweight and paraben-free. Having these powerful peptides is giving my eyes what it needs to keep them brighter and less puffy. I have fatty pockets under my eyes so I need a gel just like MFT ICE to improve the look of my under eye puffiness. Even though I have oodles of concealer, I prefer not to use them. I don’t need more layers and a chance of crepey lines under my eyes.

MFT Ice is helping in many other ways as well. It helps fade dark circles while energizing the look of your under eye area. The gels helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and minimizes crows feet. It gives a more youthful appearance and goodness knows I need that with another birthday coming next month!

MST ICE 4P Max Eye Gel, more than enough for both eyes

Like Lisa I do have to be careful that I don’t get too much of the product out of the air tight container. I hold it close to my fingertip to sort of hold it back. I don’t want to waste this precious gel. This is sold through Ice Skin Care on Amazon.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  We will have 2 winners from the US or Canada who are Beauty Info Zone subscribers. Make sure that the email you are using on your entry form is one you read often since we’ve had winners lose out by not finding the winning email we send. Two musts for BIZ giveaways are being a subscriber and leaving the comment. All others are extras and help your chances. Tweeting daily really ups your opportunity too. The giveaway is over on New Year’s Eve, 12/31/17 and winners chosen on 1/2/18.

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The French have come to the US with Vivienne Sabó cosmetics at prices we can afford

When Beauty Info Zone learned about a new line of color cosmetics that has come to the US and is priced reasonably we were more than eager to jump on board. After all how often do we find chic looking products at prices under $12? Not often enough. There are two collections that Vivienne Sabó has available and we are sharing some of the products with you today and more later.

French cosmetics are known to be the best in the world. Traditions of high quality and unique Parisian style make them the most desirable for women all over the world. I am no exception. Paris has always inspired me, fueled me with energy, put me in a creative mood. Love and romance, the celebrated French lightness of being, and a beautiful story of Parisian girl, Vivienne Sabo, deeply touched my soul and encouraged me to make her dreams come true.” – says Natalia Rakoch, brand founder.

The collections are the Cabaret with different types of mascara including colored mascara along with their eyeshadow quartets.

Cabaret

The second collection to know about is the Mon General with some fabulous lip products, eyeliners, and more mascara.

Mon General

We’re giving you a taste of some of the great cruelty free products from both collections. Vivienne Sabó is a star when it comes to mascara. They are one of the few companies we’ve found that has colored mascaras reasonably priced as well as a big variety of styles so you can find what you prefer. Most French mascaras you can buy in the US are department store prices so we appreciate these $12 beauties. The place to purchase these is at Harmon Drugs and many of the products are available on Amazon.

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MARCIA IS ALL ABOUT EYE PRODUCTS TODAY

Vivienne Sabó

Besides mascara Vivienne Sabó has eyeliners in three styles as well as several eyeshadow palettes, Quartre Nuances. Of course I’ll start with an eyeshadow palette in Chocolat. Both the name and the palette are pleasing to my senses. The 4 shades are numbered and the directions inside help to create eyes the way it’s done in France.

Vivienne Sabó Chocolat Quatro Nuances

#1 is a dark shimmery chocolate is made to emphasize your eyelids. This has such incredible pigmentation to it. There’s a light golden shimmer to it. I can’t quite get enough of this shade.

#2 is a matte taupe shade that sort of looks boring in the palette but perks up on my eyes. The packaging directions say to apply shade 2 on the outer corners of your eyes and shade it along the crease. This is the shade they recommend for under your eyes too.

#3 is a golden taupe that looks darker in the palette so when the gold first appeared it surprised and delighted me! The directions show this on the upper mobile eyelid.

#4 is a creamy neutral that ties it all in together. I use it on the brow bone and it’s also recommended for the inner corners of your eyes.

Vivienne Sabó Chocolat Quatro Nuances (liners below)

All in all these 4 shades work together beautifully to create a daytime look or their smoky gorgeous Parisian look.

There’s also eyeliner to consider since I go nowhere without my eyeliner. There are three different types: 2 liquids and a pencil.

Vivienne Sabo eyeliners

I love a liquid eyeliner so I was thrilled to find Charbon ($8.99) in the package. This cruelty free liner is easy to use making either thick or thin lines. I like a thinner line and find that I get a very crisp line that doesn’t disappear on me. It’s also available in a waterproof version which would be even longer lasting and perfect for times you might begin to cry.

Vivienne Sabó Charbon liquid eyeliner

Vivienne Sabó Charbon liquid eyeliner

Most people prefer pencil eyeliners since you can smudge them and Vivienne Sabó hasn’t forgotten that. Regard Coquet is the name of this pencil and it too is a winner. It glides on easily and I have no trouble using a brush or sponge tip to smudge it. But it doesn’t smudge without your help. It’s meant to emphasize not to raccoon-ize.

Vivienne Sabó Regard Coquet pencil eyeliner

LISA IS ALL ABOUT MASCARA TODAY

I tried two different mascaras from the collection which was neat because I could compare them side by side. I actually really like them both, but one in particular is a clear winner for me.

The first up is CABARET PREMIÈRE mascara by Vivienne Sabó. This has the type of wand I prefer – long with an easy to use brush that isn’t too bulky. I thought for sure this would be my favorite. The formula is meant for giving lashes tons of thick, dramatic volume.  

The brush is actually plastic and it’s called a Hytrel brush that is meant to curl lashes. I still had to use an eyelash curler because my lashes have zero curl, so I can’t attest to the curling power of this mascara. I do like this mascara – it gives decent volume, and it doesn’t smudge or smear. I like a little more length but am willing to forgive that if the mascara doesn’t give me raccoon eyes.

Wearing Vivienne Sabo Cabaret Premiere Mascara

Here are my eyes with one coat of CABARET PREMIÈRE mascara.

Next, I tried EVENTAILLISTE mascara. I did not think this would be a favorite as the curved brush is not my thing. I have large eyes and those curved mascara brushes never quite work properly. The curved brush is meant to fan out and define lashes, and the formula is both volumizing and lengthening.

Vivienne Sabo Eventialliste Triple Effect Mascara

I am happy to report that EVENTAILLISTE mascara far exceeded my expectations! Just look at how incredible my lashes look with one coat of this mascara:

Wearing Vivienne Sabo Eventialliste Triple Effect Mascara

Eventialliste Mascara is the bomb. Ok, so the wand still isn’t my favorite…the curve doesn’t quite fit my eye, but it’s a minor quibble and I easily make it work. The formula is fantastic. I get length, I get volume, and it really does ‘fan’ out my lashes beautifully. The mascara never runs, flakes, or smears, yet it washes off easily when I want it to come off.  Great stuff, especially for just $12 a tube!!

We are really enjoying our Vivienne Sabó items and we know you will too!  Head on over to Harmon Drugs or Amazon for these chic and affordable treats.

FACE atelier Ultra Skin, a foundation for those who want it light and lovely

We have been fans of FACE atelier for years and years but they sort of fell off our radar for a while. Thank goodness for the internet because we are now able to get brands easily that we have had trouble with in the past. If you don’t know much about the brand we have done some reviews in the past (concealer, lip glaze) and now we’re excited about sharing Ultra Skin Foundation.

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FACE atelier Ultra Skin

Here’s more to know about FACE atelier and how the Ultra Foundations got their beginning:

FACE atelier is an innovator within the beauty industry, offering a collection of sophisticated, versatile makeup that simply works and works simply. It’s a unique age and race neutral brand that was designed to be the first consumer brand that was truly good enough for professional makeup artists.

Founder Debbie Bondar created FACE atelier in part because she couldn’t find a foundation that matched her skin tone and was overwhelmed by the multitude of choices. She decided to develop an edited line of sophisticated, versatile, age and race neutral makeup that simply works, and works simply.  FACE atelier emphasizes innovation over imitation, offering easy-to-use products driven by quality, performance and originality.  The star of the line – Ultra Foundation – has its own cult following that includes Billy B, one of the most sought after A-list makeup artists in the world.

There are 11 shades in this very inclusive line so that everyone from the very fair to women of color should be able to find a shade that matches them. You can even buy samples on their website for $1 if you aren’t sure.

Now let’s learn if their claims pan out for the BIZ ladies.

MARCIA WEARS ULTRA SKIN FOUNDATION IN 0.5

I’m so happy that FACE atelier remembered us very pale tone ladies with 0.5. The shade is recommended for “neutral, very light complexion, blush undertone” which describes me to a T. I bought Ultra Foundation previously in #1 (cool, light complexion, yellow undertone) and in zero minus (white adjuster) to create a shade as light as 0.5 in Ultra Skin Foundation. Now I have just one product to use each day.

Wonderfully this is a fragrance free product that is vegan and oil-free.

FACE atelier Ultra Skin Foundation in 0.5

My blog partner Lisa loves primer but I’m the person who owns it and forgets to use it. I remember to use a serum every day but forget about the primer. So knowing that this foundation doesn’t need a primer or even a setting powder elevates it in my mind (and on my face).

It’s very lightweight and at first I even wonder if I have any coverage. Once its blended though I can see how perfectly it covers my redness and pores. If I feel the need to build it up I can do so easily just where I need it – I don’t have to build up all over, just spot build.

FACE atelier Ultra Skin

As I’ve gotten older (and older and older) I realize that the heavy coverage I used to think looked so good no longer does. It ages me so sticking with a lightweight coverage that really does cover is the answer to my skin’s wishes. FACE atelier, in its wonderful travel ready packaging, is absolute perfection.

LISA WEARS ULTRA SKIN FOUNDATION IN 3

FACE atelier Ultra Skin

So, as a primer junkie, and as someone who prefers full coverage, this didn’t sound like a Lisa foundation at all. However there’s lots to love about FACE atelier Ultra Skin and this has quickly become a favorite for me.

First, I love my primers because they help my foundation stay in place and keep it from sinking into my pores. Ultra Skin has a built in primer so I can skip that step and I still get the effect of a primer, so I’m sold in this area. Second, I need coverage for hyper-pigmentation and red areas, so I go for full coverage foundation. This foundation has a lighter coverage, but it is truly buildable, and I just blend in a little more over areas that need it. The end result is a lovely satin finish that looks beautiful.  I really like the silicone-based formula; my skin has always taken well to them, although I know some people aren’t fond of them. The silicones blur fine lines and wrinkles, and goodness knows I take every little bit of help I can get in that area!

FACE atelier Ultra Skin in 3 swatch

FACE atelier Ultra Skin in 3 swatch

My shade, 3, is described as cool, light complexion, yellow undertones. It’s almost a perfect match for my skin. I’m also very impressed with my total lack of need for powder – no oily, shiny nose with Ultra Skin Foundation, not even by the end of the day. It’s a Christmas miracle!

Overall, this is a very easy to use foundation in a terrific array of shades. We have nothing but raves for FACE atelier Ultra Skin – this is one to check out for sure!  FACE atelier is sold at Camera Ready Cosmetics and FACE atelier’s website.

Bring out your beauty by hiding it with Express Color

Yes the title is an oxymoron but so is Express Color. This is a double duty product made to camouflage both your grey hair and to emphasize your eyebrows. Here’s the basics of Express Color: “The Express Color Kit provides a fast, easy-to-use solution to covering new growth at the roots between permanent hair color applications.
It only takes a few minutes to brush or rub this semi-solid formula on your hair or scalp for an instant fix. It’s like make-up for your hair!” It’s also recommended for eyebrows. Express Color is a water-resistant hair cosmetic that washes out when you want it to wash out – not before then.

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The kits contain The Express Color Compact that holds the color pan, an eyebrow brush and a hair applicator brush. It’s available in five shades so that everyone can find what they are looking for. ($29.95)

Marcia wears Drk Brn (aka Dark Brown)

I’ll admit that I didn’t read the instructions the first time I used Express Color. I knew it would help with my regrowth and that it was also for my brows but I didn’t realize it wasn’t a powder. It seemed difficult to pick up the color on the brush at first until I realized that this isn’t a powder. Instead it’s much better since it’s wax based which makes it longer wearing that isn’t going anywhere until I want to remove it.

Express Color

At first I used it just on my eyebrows since at that time my roots weren’t threatening to show the true me. I found it was a little harder to apply since I expected it to be a powder but once I got the hang of it I began using it daily. What I love about eyebrow use is that it lasts all day long. Absolutely no fading away or rubbing away. It’s smooth and makes no mess at all.

Express Color in Drk Brn

Once I get to the 3 week mark after having my hair tinted I have a few too many roots showing. And to no one’s surprise they don’t go away. I don’t like going to the salon too often so stretching it out with Express Color is the way to go. I’ve been using the larger brush that came with the kit to make the gray disappear. I start with my part and then brush more of the color around the part and through the top of my hair lightly. That makes it all blend in. Since it doesn’t come off at night I have clean pillowcases and no gray showing in the morning. I’ve also used it along my temples and the color doesn’t come off on my glass stems.

Express Color Drk Brn (after two uses)

In 2018 I’ll be on a 3 week trip and Express Color will be coming abroad with me. It won’t break or spill. It does double duty. It’s lightweight. And it wants to stay with me!

Lisa wears Med Brn (Medium Brown):

Express Color Medium Brown

Like Marcia, I was very surprised that the Express Color was a wax. It looks like a powder, so I couldn’t figure out why it was difficult to get pigment on the brushes…then it occurred to me it would be a great idea to read directions! I do prefer wax for eyebrows, actually, for two reasons. One, wax keeps my eyebrows in place.  Two, wax gives a bit of texture and doesn’t smear. So the wax was a happy discovery.

Express Color Medium Brown

Express Color Medium Brown

The Medium Brown is a perfect color for my medium brown hair. It’s just a shade or two lighter, which is what you want your eyebrows to be – slightly lighter than your hair color. It’s not so light that it doesn’t also work on my grey roots, thankfully. My gray roots happen to be WHITE, so it doesn’t really work on my part – I need heavy-duty help for that area. However, it does work wonders on those areas around my ears that I can’t easily get with root spray.

I definitely like the two brushes that are included in this set.

The larger brush is great for covering up gray areas, and the smaller one is the classic shape and size for eyebrows. These brushes are excellent quality and well worth the price point.

Overall, this is a terrific little set for bringing out your beauty by hiding what you just don’t want people to see!  You can find Express Color online at myexpresscolor.com.  Take a look to find your perfect color.