Tarina Tarantino review and giveaway!

I love Tarina Tarantino jewelry, but I think I love the cosmetics even more. My favorite items are the Hyperliner Eye Liners and Gem Gloss Lip Gloss. I have my favorites for you today and then we have a Beauty Info Zone giveaway for Marcia’s favorite, the Eyeshadow Jewel Palette in Magical.

Tarina Tarantino Eyeliner

While I tend to gravitate toward gel eyeliners in pots, my favorite pencil eyeliners are Tarina Tarantino’s Eye Dream Hyperliner. The Eye Dream Hyperliner is a gel texture that I love, not too soft and not too hard. It applies smoothly thanks to the tiny spheres of jojoba oil and vitamin E. I can create either a thick or thin line with ease. It stays beautifully without smearing, even with my oily lids. Do you prefer a thick or thin line? This pencil can do either. The Hyperliner is extremely pigmented and also waterproof.

Tarina Tarantino Eyeliner

Three of my favorite shades include Cute Robot, an electric blue; Locket Book, a metallic brown; and Broken Doll, a soft pink.

Cute Robot is a blackened blue that makes brown eyes in particular stand out beautifully.Locket Book has golden tones and the metallic sheen is great for night looks. Broken Doll is so wonderful for the waterline! It makes my eyes look huge and I get a lot of wear time before it fades.

Tarina Tarantino Lip Gloss

I also love the Tarina Tarantino Gem Glosses in Carousel and Neon Vanity.

Carousel is a shimmery plum and Neon Vanity is a melon pink. These are wet glosses but they aren’t sticky at all. The lack of stickiness does effect the lasting power, but the shades are so beautiful and shiny I always have them in my purse.

Tarina Tarantino FOD

Tarina Tarantino FOD with Locket Book, Broken Doll, and Neon Vanitych for th

What they lack in longevity they make up for in shine and shades. I reach for them all the time.

Marcia swears by the Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette in Magical.  She has reviewed it several times, in fact.  Here’s what she says:

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette in Magical

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette in Magical

Magical isn’t a palette that yells at people – it isn’t bright at all. It’s soft and subtle though you can easily intensify the shades.
Here’s how Tarina Tarantino’s website describes Magical: creamy white shimmer,  pearl ash pink, pearl beige, pearl eggplant purple,pearl soft pink. During Makeup Wars I described the shades as mauve, smoky amethyst, violet, creamy white and a light pink lilac.

It’s “magical” for several reasons:

  1. The shadows are soft to the touch.
  2. They blend easily into each other without leaving harsh lines.
  3. They are almost creamy and not powdery.
  4. There’s no shimmer but there is a soft pearl finish (my absolute favorite).
  5. There’s no fallout.
  6. It lasts wonderfully throughout the day as long as you are wearing an eyeshadow primer.
  7. Every shade works with the other shades in the palette so there’s no waste.
  8. I love how it looks, I want to wear it often – that’s magic!

Now that sounds like one magical eyeshadow palette!

How would you like to win one for yourself?  Our ‘magical’ TarinaTarantino giveaway is US only and open though July 20th at 11:59 PM EST. If the comments close early just email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with your comment and continue.  Good luck!!  – Lisa

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*received for editorial consideration

What are your favorite blushes for spring?

It’s blush time for Top Ten Tuesday. There are so many amazing blushes from low end to extremely high end. It’s easy to covet blush we don’t have but it’s a little disconcerting to open a drawer and find it crammed with blush. Does that stop me? No but I’m getting better. Here are 7 of my favorite blushes that I’ll be wearing this spring and 3 that are on a wishlist. What are your favorites? — Marcia
1425854102_rapture-resizeRITUEL DE FILLE in RAPTURE is the first of my wishlist blush. My blog partner had the opportunity to review this beautiful cream blush ($24) and it is so up my alley. I love this gorgeous pink and I love cream blush. Gloss48 picked a winner!

Rituel de Fille Rapture Blush

Rituel de Fille Rapture Blush

1425853994_0607845055037NARS ADORATION DUAL INTENSITY BLUSH ($45) has been on my wishlist since they were first announced. I love the sparkling baby pink and shimmering hot pink. Of all Nars’ blushes I know this is the one that would get the most use.
1425853888_62d56e5f-ce6e-4e12-9b1f-a87bf8e9c73a_90120.pngPAULA’S CHOICE BLUSH IT ON CONTOUR PALETTE seems to have it all. 4 blush shades, 1 bronzer and 1 highlighter. At $36 the price is right.The blush shades are Delicate Coral (vibrant peach), Peony (light to medium muted pink), Dusty Rose (medium pink with a hint of coral), and Soft Mauve (rich, medium berry-pink). The highlighter is Pearl and has a luminescent quality while the Bronzer is a warm brown. This is probably the next item I’d buy.

1425853814_head-over-heels-compact_2MAKEUP GEEK HEAD OVER HEELS powder blush ($9.99 pan, $12.99 compact). I have a few of the Makeup Geek blushes and they are packed with pigment. Head over Heels is the lightest of them all, it’s a soft bubblegum pink with a little shimmer. Great price and quality.
1425853732_2275337__detail_?1425853732L’OREAL VISIBLE LIFT BLUR BLUSH ($12.99) is available in 3 shades though I found it nearly impossible to locate in stores. Luckily Meijers had this in Soft Peach along with a $2 coupon so I scooped it up. The texture is very silicone like so it may not work for some people but I’m enjoying it. It uses an opti-blur technology and contains anti-aging benefits. I’m happy that it’s not fragranced. Soft Peach is a pinky peach and a lovely spring shade.

1425853644_chateau-cheeks-cream-blush-flirt-opencpt-.08oz-72dpiPUR MINERALS CHATEAU CHEEK CREAM BLUSH in FLIRT ($18) has stolen my heart. This cool pink that leans toward the blue side of the spectrum wears wonderfully, glides on, and dries down to a perfect finish. I love the blush in Coy too but Flirt is spring in a compact.
1425853584_secret-admirer_2MAKEUP GEEK BLUSH IN SECRET ADMIRER is the perfect spring blush. It’s a matte orchid that is packed with pigment. I keep a powder puff nearby since it can be intense but that intensity means it’s going to last all day. If I had to pick one MUG blush Secret Admirer would be the one.
1425853513_2268213__detail_?1425853513TARTE CHEEK STAIN in Blushing Bride ($24) is another pink favorite. The tarte cheek stains are unique in many ways and all the colors are gorgeous but it’s Blushing Bride that I’m currently craving for warmer weather.

Tarte Blushing Bride

Tarte Blushing Bride

1425853435_2264082__detail_?1425853435IT COSMETICS VITALITY BLUSH STAIN in Radiant in Rose ($24) is probably the most long lasting of any blush. It’s true to its name as a blush stain. It’s loaded with anti-aging ingredients and anti-oxidants. I love everything from IT Cosmetics and this blush stain is an example why. (Available at Ulta)
1425853344_tarina-tarantino-parasol-openTARINA TARANTINO DOLLSKIN BLUSH in PARASOL ($25) shouldn’t be a surprise to Beauty Info Zone readers. I chose it as my favorite blush of 2014 and it continues into 2015. I love this pinky peach shade more than any blush in my collection.

Click on the icons below to find out what products are making our bloggers blush this spring.


*some products have been provided for review, those are noted in the original review

Tarina Tarantino sale and giveaway! Win a Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette and Sparklicity Shimmer Dust

Enter to win a Tarina Tarantino Dollhouse Cheek Blush Palette and Sparklecity Shimmer Dust!

Enter to win a Tarina Tarantino Dollhouse Cheek Blush Palette and Sparklecity Shimmer Dust!

Lucky you, Tarina Tarantino is on sale at Hautelook as of 8 a.m. this morning. Even luckier, we have an awesome TT giveaway in celebration of the sale! Beauty Info Zone and Tarina Tarantino are giving away two of our favorite TT products: Dollhouse Cheek Blush Palette and Sparklicity Shimmer Dust.

Marcia recently named the Dollhouse Cheek Blush Palette as her favorite blush of 2014.  You can read her full review HERE.

Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette

Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE

Marcia says, “DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE contains 4 of the 5 blush shades that Tarina Tarantino makes. It’s perfect for on the go because you have every shade you’d need, especially on a trip.  This formula has micronized powders (also known as “HD” or “High Definition”) which blend over skin evenly and allow for build up.”

Her favorite shade in the palette? Parasol, the perfect pinky/coral blush.

I wrote about Sparklicity Shimmer Dust about a year and a half ago. I love this shimmery highlighting spray-on powder and its gorgeous vintage bottle.

Tarina Tarantino Sparklecity Shimmer Dust

Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Shimmer Dust

Just the right amount of sparkle!

Just the right amount of sparkle!

Sparklicity Shimmer Dust is a micro-crystalline sparkle pigment that is safe for anywhere on the body, including face and hair. There are three different opalescent shades available:  Bronze (shimmering bronze), Aurora Borealis (iridescent shimmering pink),and Gold (shimmering gold).  I have the Gold shade and every so often my daughters and I shimmer up then go out for a girl’s day.

As of 8 a.m. this morning, these two products and lots more awesome Tarina Tarantino goodies are on sale at Hautelook.  It really is an awesome opportunity to stock up on old favorite or find some new ones.

Now enter the giveaway which is open to US only through 2/9/15, then go check out the fabulous Tarina Tarantino sale going on at Hautelook!  – Lisa
*products reviewed and giveaway prizes from Tarina Tarantino

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Makeup Wars – favorite blush of 2014

Tarina Tarantino Parasol blush

Tarina Tarantino Parasol blush

When Makeup Wars decided to make our first post of 2015 a favorite blush it took me absolutely no time to know what I’d choose. Tarina Tanantino Dollskin Parasol blush instantly came to mind. I reach for this all the time. And I love it so much that when Hautelook carried Tarina Tarantino I had to buy their Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette.

Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette

Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette

PARASOL is a perfect shade for me. I can wear it with everything but the coolest tones of eyeshadow or lipstick. Therefore I wear it often. PARASOL is described as “shimmering bright pink coral”. It’s got pink, it’s got coral, it has it all.

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Blush in Parasol

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Blush in Parasol

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Blush in Parasol

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Blush in Parasol

This totally livens up my skin making me feel like I look healthy once again. It’s VERY pigmented so you need to use the lightest touch. Use a soft brush and a light touch since you can always add more – but you won’t need to. This is heaven for me. It’s smooth and long lasting and the color is true gorgeousness.

Tarina Tarantino Blush palette and Parasol

Tarina Tarantino Blush palette and Parasol

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE contains 4 of the 5 blush shades that Tarina Tarantino makes. It’s perfect for on the go because you have every shade you’d need, especially on a trip.  This formula has micronized powders (also known as “HD” or “High Definition”) which blend over skin evenly and allow for build up.

Shades are  Candy Cameo (shimmering light pink), Feather (shimmering peach), Carved Rose (cool vivid pink) and Parasol.

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE

The first arm shade, Candy Cameo, is a light peach on my skin and while the two pink/rose blushes look similar there is a difference on my skin. The palette sells for $45 while a single sells for $25 so there’s a big savings if you go for the palette. I tend to wear Parasol alone more often though because it’s earned the award of the best powder blush I’ve used in 2014.

What is your favorite blush? Do you have any Tarina Tarantino yet? (If not what are you waiting for!!). Join the other blushing beauties in Makeup Wars and happy 2015. — Marcia

*disclosure: Parasol sent for editorial consideration, palette was purchased by me

Top Ten Tuesday picks favorite colored eyeliners

It’s so nice to be back online and able to write a TOP TEN TUESDAY review. This week is especially fun since it’s about eyeliners and I can’t live without my eyeliner when I’m doing my makeup. There were two hard things for me with this week’s challenge – 1) I can’t get upstairs to take pictures so I left out some favorite brands like Urban Decay and 2) we aren’t “allowed” to include black or brown which is what I wear most days. But I am rising to the challenge and picking out my favorite colored liners.

1.  MAKEUP GEEK GEL LINERS – These are absolutely wonderful gel liners that I can’t recommend highly enough. The price tag of $8.99 makes these a steal because they are so long lasting and wear better than most gel eyeliners. I especially love Rave shown below because it’s a fabulous taupe. If you read the linked review you’ll see Electric, Mystic and Fame that are must haves if you love beautiful colors in gel eyeliners. *

Makeup Geek Rave Gel Eyeliner

Makeup Geek Rave Gel Eyeliner

2.  TARTE smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liners  I can’t rave enough about tarte’s eyeliners. They make a variety of colors and styles. The two shown in the collage are Taupe and Rose Gold. Tarte comes out with new colors all the time and the best time to buy them is when they are part of a set, you’ll get shades you didn’t know you would fall in love with and at a great price. *

3. CAILYN LINEFIX GEL LINERS – I have a slew of these because they make shades that aren’t easily available from every line. These are $21 retail but I’ve yet to pay that. I’ve gotten them in subscription boxes and found them for less online. The collage shows black but the review shows the gorgeous green, blue and purple available.

Blue, purple, green from Cailyn gel liners

Blue, purple, green from Cailyn gel liners

4. PIXI BEAUTY ENDLESS SILKY EYE PENCILS – If you are seeking colored eyeliner pencils you can’t go wrong with Pixi Beauty. These are amazing. I have the set shown which contains Black Noir, Deep Plum, Black Cocoa, Sage Gold and Oyster Glow as well as singles like Cafe Gold. These glide on and are truly silky. The set is $18 so you get a nice variety but once you try it you’ll go on to buy the singles for $12 too.

5. MARC JACOBS BEAUTY HIGHLINER GEL CRAYONS – No I don’t have this set (yet) but it’s amazing and I want it. I do have individual colors of the Highliner Gel Crayons and they are something to aspire owning. These are so smooth and the colors are fabulous. This set is $45 and contains  O(vert) (forest green), Brown(out) (bronze with shimmer), Th(ink) (deep navy), (Plum)age (vivid purple), Blacquer (black), Sunset (golden bronze shimmer), Midnight in Paris (inky indigo blue). I have full sizes of Blacquer, Th(ink) and (Plum)age and those are $25 each so you can see what a gem this limited edition set is.

6. YOUNGBLOOD EYE-MAZING LIQUID EYE PENS – My favorite liquid eyeliners when it comes to colors out of the ordinary. There are 5 shades all together and I use the black and brown (marron) all the time but the other 3 are gems. Verde is an amazing green and Azul is the most unusual blue – it is not navy as you can see. I highly recommend these liquid liners and never want to be without Marron.

Youngblood Eye-Mazing liquid liners - Azul, Gris,  Noir, Verde, Marron

Youngblood Eye-Mazing liquid liners – Azul, Gris, Noir, Verde, Marron

7.  TARINA TARANTINO HYPERLINER – The one shown is Ultra Violet and it’s a fabulous shade as well as a fabulous pencil eyeliner. Besides being beautifully pigmented, it’s long lasting. The secret to this is to watch Hautelook for sales on Tarina Tarantino since the products are so well priced. I’ve bought most of my TT products this way.

Tarina Tarantino Hyperliner in Ultra Violet

Tarina Tarantino Hyperliner in Ultra Violet

8. IT COSMETICS NO TUG WATERPROOF GEL EYELINER PENCILS – All 10 shades are shown in our review of these gel eyeliner pencils so you can see what beauties they are. IT Cosmetics continues to be one of my favorite lines and these beautiful eyeliners keep up the tradition.  These are my 5 and I am especially fond of Lucky Jade, Navy and Silk Taupe. It’s nice to have a navy that isn’t black so that makes it special. Plum (check review) is an especially pretty shade. *

It gel eyeliner swatches: black, copper, lucky jade, navy and silk taupe

It gel eyeliner swatches: black, copper, lucky jade, navy and silk taupe

The numbers stop at 8 but there are probably 2 dozen colored liners in here that I love. While black and brown may rule the day, colored liners should rule the night! Any that you love to recommend?

Join my fellow Top Ten Bloggers to find out how to spend your money! — Marcia

*notates products received for editorial consideration


Tarina Tarantino makes life Magical with her eyeshadow palette

eyeshadow palette in Magical

eyeshadow palette in Magical

Oops, I did it again! I received this Tarina Tarantino Magical Jewel Eyeshadow Palette to review (as did a lucky winner in our giveaway) but it cost me a lot of money. I am now so in love with the quality of Tarina Tarantino that I can’t stop purchasing. Luckily for me, Hautelook sells this every few months. Luckily for Hautelook and Tarina Tarantino I shop for their products each time.

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette in Magical

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette in Magical

I featured this Jewel Eyeshadow palette in a recent Makeup Wars about favorite purple eyeshadows because I can’t put it down. I’ve been wearing colors in the brown/nude family for so long that I totally forgot how much I love purples. Magical reminded me. It is one of the best palettes with purple shades that I own. It really is magical on my eyes and makes me feel like a million bucks.

Tarina Tarantino Jewel palette packaging

Tarina Tarantino Jewel palette packaging

Magical isn’t a palette that yells at people – it isn’t bright at all. It’s soft and subtle though you can easily intensify the shades.
Here’s how Tarina Tarantino’s website describes Magical: creamy white shimmer,  pearl ash pink, pearl beige, pearl eggplant purple,pearl soft pink. During Makeup Wars I described the shades as mauve, smoky amethyst, violet, creamy white and a light pink lilac.

Tarina Tarantino Magical

Tarina Tarantino Magical

Magical swatched without primer

Magical swatched without primer

I love a palette that gives me a light enough color to wear on my browbone that finishes up a look. I use the white for that (and no it’s not as dark as my thumb picked up). On my lid I’ll choose any of the three lighter shades depending on my mood. Typically though I’ll start with the soft pink pearl on my lid, apply the far right (middle finger) pearl beige just above that but not on the inner corner. I’ll then use the bottom eggplant purple to intensify the crease. I blend well and finish with the creamy white to pull the look together. I can line with the eggplant but I prefer a liquid or gel liner.

It’s “magical” for several reasons:

  1. The shadows are soft to the touch.
  2. They blend easily into each other without leaving harsh lines.
  3. They are almost creamy and not powdery.
  4. There’s no shimmer but there is a soft pearl finish (my absolute favorite).
  5. There’s no fallout.
  6. It lasts wonderfully throughout the day as long as you are wearing an eyeshadow primer.
  7. Every shade works with the other shades in the palette so there’s no waste.
  8. I love how it looks, I want to wear it often – that’s magic!tarina tarantino magical palette fingers

What have you tried from Tarina Tarantino? What do you want to try? You know I recommend this magical Magical palette and I’ll be sharing Delightful once that’s in my hot little hands. — Marcia

*received for review consideration

Wantable wants you to look gorgeous in July

Wantable July 2014

Wantable July 2014

I love opening a Wantable package and just looking at the boxes of products inside. I try to guess what they could be before I look at the accompanying sheet or open them. For July Wantable sent an interesting combination of brands and products for review on Beauty Info Zone. And as usual I’m thrilled with them all.

Wantable cosmetics July 2014

Wantable cosmetics July 2014

I just read an article online that there are two colors you can’t go wrong with this summer – black and white. My Wantable box proves that this month. I have a treasure of black and white with a pop of color. The brands received are all known and loved by me making this a box I’m excited to use.

First product I opened was by Tarina Tarantino. It’s a brand I’ve grown to love so I was excited to see a TT box in there. I did laugh out loud though because the same eyeliner that my blog partner recently reviewedUltraviolet Eye Dream Hyperliner was the treasure in the box ($15). Now Lisa and I can be twins when we meet for lunch. This waterproof liner glides on easily because it has spheres of jojoba oil and vitamin E to moisturize and prevent it from cracking when on your eyes.

Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet Hyperliner

Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet Hyperliner

Ultraviolet swatch

Ultraviolet swatch

My eyes were then drawn to a box from GlamNatural. In a previous Wantable box I’d received a terrific cream blush that I love using so I couldn’t wait to see what other treasure I’d received from GlamNatural. This time it’s a mascara ($28).

Glam Natural Mascara

GlamNatural Mascara

The mascara reminds me a lot of the one I’ve used from Le Metier de Beaute. It’s not a dramatic mascara, it’s like the name “glam natural”. But it’s a reliable mascara that is good for daily use. GlamNatural products are vegan and paraben free.

Glam Natural Mascara

Glam Natural Mascara

The next box for me to open was from Mirabella and the treasure inside is a Perfecting Powder. I love the packaging of this. To me a loose powder needs to have a sifter top with holes and one that can be opened as much as you want and then totally closed so it doesn’t spill. Mirabella did this right. The translucent silica powder is weightless and doesn’t make me look like Angelina Jolie on a bad day ($30).

Mirabella Perfecting Powder

Mirabella Perfecting Powder

I saved the most intriguing for last – Three Custom Color aka 3CC Wet/Dry Cake Liner in Charcoal. This can be used wet or dry (obviously) and it can be used as an eyeshadow too. ($22.50)

3CC wet/dry eyeliner

3CC wet/dry eyeliner in Charcoal

I love the complexity of the color. In person it’s a darker charcoal than the picture shows but in a close up like above you can see the specks of different shades of gray and blue. It’s really a pretty color. I don’t use powders for liners on my eyes unless I either use them wet or I use them with a transforming liquid like Trish McEvoy Finish Line since they are more intense and longer lasting that way. Three Custom Colors doesn’t get enough publicity so it’s easy to forget about them but Wantable knows that their quality is top notch.

Each month Wantable works with a different makeup artist or beauty blogger to help choose the brands and products that will be sent out. For July they featured Sacha Selhi, a professional makeup artist from NYC.

I love seeing what others got in their boxes each month since no one gets the same. Brands for July are the ones I got plus Ofra, Mica Beauty, Vincent Longo and more.

As you surely know by now, Wantable is the best subscription service because it’s so customizable. I love that they go by my personal preferences in colors and types of product. A subscription is $36 per month and you always get at least 4 full size products. This month’s box value is $95.50! Now that’s a bargain.

A treat awaits you for July and onward with Wantable. I’ve linked to our affiliate link in case I’ve convinced you that you can’t live without Wantable. We earn credit toward boxes for review if you are kind enough to click through our link. Thanks to all who’ve helped us out. I hope you are a Wantable fan! Tell me in the comments which product you’d love from this box. — Marcia

*sent for review using credits earned