Top Ten Drugstore Favorites from 2015

Our last Top Ten Tuesday of 2015 contains items we can actually afford, even after Christmas. The ten I picked are products that I’ve used often, some even daily, in the last year. All are favorites. I’ve tried to save you from my repeats (mascara for example) but some are just too good not to share again.

1451339740_413gbp5maul._sx300_ql70_ CHOPSAVER LIP BALM is a new product for me to share with you but one I’ve been using daily the last several weeks. This is one of the most interesting lip balms I’ve tried this year. It was developed by a professional trumpet player, Dan Gosling, who you know really needs his lips being healthy. I have this in Fresh Citrus which has the tiniest hint of orange and contains SPF 15. It comes in natural without a sunscreen but I prefer it having the sunscreen. A winner!! *

ChopSave Lip Care w/SPF15

ChopSave Lip Care w/SPF15

1451339854_51mq4dtzy1l._sy300_ql70_BURT’S BEES ALMOND & MILK HAND CREME is different than most of the hand creams that I own. This comes in a jar and is very firm but touch your finger to it and it starts melting to a creamy texture. This is extremely thick, containing beeswax and Vitamin E to both hydrate and shield. I think this makes a great foot cream. I put it on my elbows and on my ankles since those two places get extremely dry for me. The almond scent is light, just a little bit nutty as it’s tempered with the non-fat dry milk. If you wash your hands over and over then this is what you are looking for. *

Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme

Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme

Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme

Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme

1451341804_41a-etmeyal._ac_ul160_sr160_160_RoC SMOOTH PERFEXION INSTANT LINE CORRECTOR is one of my favorite RoC products. I was so excited about this when I received it since it’s a much less expensive dupe of Murad InvisiBlur. I do have to use a separate SPF product with RoC Instant Line Corrector but it’s worth it. It’s a blur product that makes your foundation look better than ever. *

Roc Instant Line Corrector

Roc Instant Line Corrector

1451341017_51z1xx7mmpl._sy300_ql70_RoC DAILY RESURFACING DISKS was just reviewed yesterday. This is a great daily cleanser and exfoliator in one handy pad. While I don’t use them daily, I do use the disks several times a week since they are a gentle exfoliation that I can’t overdo. *

RoC Daily Resurfacing Disk

RoC Daily Resurfacing Disk

1451340822_31uimzctxjl._sx300_ql70_TWEEZERMAN STAINLESS STEEL SLANT TWEEZERS are an item I use every single day of my life. I’ve used other tweezers but I always return to Tweezerman. They can be sent in for resharpening but I like a brand new fresh tweezers when I get to that point. I’m more likely to drop my tweezers than anything which is why I have so many around (at least 5!!)

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman

1451340168_31fqtxqmjhl._sy300_ql70_MILANI EYESHADOW PRIMER is my favorite drugstore eyeshadow primer. I have this thing about primers and use many different brands. I like to make sure I have enough on hand for an emergency. Milani’s is just as good as the “high price spread”. Don’t start your eye makeup without an eyeshadow primer and Milani’s is as good as they get.

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

1451340287_21qyq9kbr_2bl._ql70_NYX EYESHADOW BASE IN WHITE PEARL is another alternative eyeshadow primer. The NYX isn’t as convenient to use since it’s in a pot and I need to use a brush to apply it. But the White Pearl is a nice alternative to the nude of most primers. It holds eyeshadow extremely well and gives a lot of depth to certain shades.
1451340014_41gc7-mqdel._sy300_ql70_AVEENO SKIN RELIEF GENTLE SCENT LOTION, the newest addition to the Aveeno line. The product from Aveeno that’s best for sensitive skin is their fragrance free line. But not everyone likes fragrance free so they’ve developed their Skin Relief body wash and lotion in a Nourishing Coconut scent that isn’t overpowering at all. I’ve got two minis of this and they are already in my travel bag. *

1447723035_lasting-finish-25hr_2_product-300x300RIMMEL LASTING FINISH 25 HR FOUNDATION – you are probably tired of me talking about this Rimmel Foundation but every time I wear it I’m amazed again at how great it is. It’s the only drugstore foundation I own. I chose well (091 Light Ivory) from the 7 shades available since I don’t have to play with the color to have it match. And at $6.97 it’s a steal.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hr. Foundation

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hr. Foundation

1433204538_07366PHYSICIANS FORMULA EYE BOOSTER 2-IN-1 LASH BOOSTING EYELINER + SERUM is another product that you’ve probably heard me rave about more than once. Finding a great liquid liner isn’t the easiest thing to do but finding one in brown at the drugstore is almost impossible. I’ve tried most brands that I could buy and nothing compares to the PF for me. The color is a true brown and the brush is sturdy and gives me the thin line I love.

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

Please join the other Top 10 Bloggers for their end of the year posts. You might just find a few products that you didn’t know were wonderful.  —  Marcia


*items were sent for consideration and affiliate links provided
#Aveeno, #GentleScent, #ROC

 

Tips and toes and in between with Tweezerman and Alessandro

Tweezerman and Alessandro

Tweezerman and Alessandro

It’s particularly nice to come home to a package from a brand you love and have been using for dozens of years. When Tweezerman sent a package with their brand and some Alessandro products I didn’t know what to use first. All of these are pretty amazing.

My most used product is the PRECISION FOLDING BROW RAZOR ($12.00) which is available in both black and lavender. (Yea for lavender). At first I thought this was like my wonderful folding eyelash comb from Tweezerman until I realized that one side is a wire covered razor. This is a great tool to clean up above your brows and I also have used it on my upper lip to get those stubborn ‘stach’ hairs. Since it’s so portable it’s easy to stick in a makeup bag and have with me for emergencies. This is a very gentle razor, you’re not going to cut yourself on it. Plus I don’t need a 10X magnifying mirror to use it.

Tweezerman Precision Folding Razor

Tweezerman Precision Folding Razor

Since I’m obsessed with my nails I was very pleased to see the NEON HOT 4-IN-1 FILE, BUFF, SMOOTH & SHINE BLOCK ($10) which is great for at home manicures. This block will last you forever since it has 4 replacement pads for each side. Changing pads is easy since you peel off the old side and stick on a new one on. This block is great because of its gentleness. Sometimes my nails just need to breathe so I remove my polish, buff them and let them look natural for a day or so before my manicure.

Tweezerman neon hot 4-in-1 file, buff, smooth & shine block

Tweezerman neon hot 4-in-1 file, buff, smooth & shine block

ALESSANDRO PEDIX FEET ONE MINUTE PEDICURE ($25) is the product you need for your at home spa day. You can save a lot of money by using this exfoliating foot scrub on yourself. This is made up of sea salt and essential oils. It’s a very subtle aromatic scent that reminds me of the one my nail tech uses. I have a bench in my shower so I sit and rub this on, until it melts gently away. It’s a little slippery after so be sure you have a washcloth to make sure it’s all off. Your feet will feel so much smoother and look a whole lot better. I find this is gentle enough to use several times a week. It’s good for my ankles as well as my tootsies.

Alessandro Pedix Feet

Alessandro Pedix Feet

ALESSANDRO NEON PINK NAIL POLISH ($9.50) is my first experience with this offshoot of Tweezerman and it won’t be my last. I actually was surprised when I saw the name was Neon Pink since it’s softer than what my mind thinks a neon polish looks like. It’s just this pretty pink that dried super fast and had great shine. While it looked thin in the bottle, the second coat leveled it out perfectly and made it opaque. I made it through a week without any changes in the polish. Since this has a UV Absorber I think that’s why it doesn’t fade at all.  With 99 colors I won’t have trouble finding more.

Alessandro Neon Pink Nail Polish

Alessandro Neon Pink Nail Polish

Last is a tool that still confounds me. TWEEZERMAN SMOOTH FINISH FACIAL HAIR REMOVER ($20) is absolutely fascinating if you have a lot of facial hair and don’t want to have a lot of facial hair. At the same time it’s a bit scary. It has a spiral spring that grabs the hair by the root to remove it. At the side, just above the red handle there are rotating handles to move to get the hairs.

Tweezerman smooth finish facial hair remover

Tweezerman smooth finish facial hair remover

tweezerman facial hair remover 1  Step one says “Holding the colored handles, center-align the top of coil tip on the area where you want hair removed. Place the flatter side of the coil tip against the skin”.tweezerman facial hair remover 2  Step two says “Rotate the silver knobs on each side of the handles in the direction the arrows are pointing, enabling the coils to directly grab the hair from the root to remove it.”tweezerman facial hair remover 3  Step 3 says “Gently move the tool away from the area and repeat on other areas as needed.”

I tend to shy away from this at times. Where I have the most hair is obviously where I need it but when it starts to hurt I pull away. I wish I had someone to do this to me and make me sit still. I think once I got really used to it that I’d use it more. I’ve tried so many hair removal methods and this is an inexpensive one that I think will work on those who aren’t squeamish about pain.

All in all I’m thrilled with these products. I’m covered head to toe and in between with at home items from both Tweezerman and Alessandro. I even have a mini Tweezerman tweezers that was in the Facial Hair Remover package. I’m a tried and true fan of Tweezerman tweezers and now I have more to love.

Which of these do you need in your arsenal of goodies? — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

Top Ten Eyebrow Favorites

Top Ten Tuesday is back and this time we’re emphasizing eyebrows as well we should. Eyebrows are the frame for the look on your eyes and I’ve realized that this is a category I’ve previously ignored. When we started Beauty Info Zone I never touched my brows except with a tweezer. I’ve got years worth of pictures that I have no eyebrow makeup on and years with pretty crappy makeup on them. I’ve recently become obsessed with learning how to do my eyebrows right. One of these days I’ll get it too!

Top Ten Eyebrow products

Top Ten Eyebrow products

1422210472_ihwx.94f8369c-d5b0-4ea7-b07a-5e1b87c8bf65.300.200.pngPAULA’S CHOICE BROW DEFINING DUO ($20) is my top choice when I’m really putting effort into it. I had received a preview of this during testing through a program from PC that sends people (not just bloggers) new products to test and review. Mine looks different but it works the same. It has two shades to use alone or together. I love the cream finish and think it fills in my brows better than any product I own.
1422210616_natural-brow-duo-group-withswatch-06feb14-webPIXI BEAUTY NATURAL BROW DUO ($16) – I just did a whole article on this duo because it’s great for me for everyday. It comes in three shades (natural brown, brunette and soft black). Natural Brown is an easy to wear color with cool undertones. I love the matching gel side and plan to buy it in the Brunette too.
1422210878__6054294SMASHBOX BROW TECH TO GO ($28) – My first ever brow product was the original Smashbox Brow Tech. A friend taught me about QVC and raved about it. I had it in several shades and used it whenever I felt I should do something. They’ve changed it plus added this Brow Tech To Go. It’s one product that I totally used up and I never use anything up. It wasn’t until I was almost done that I realized there was a gel on the opposite end. I felt like a fool about that but I still have it and use it. This is easier to use than the original but it can become hard so I usually had to warm it up first.
1422211220_browpoweruniversalIT COSMETICS BROW POWER UNIVERSAL PENCIL – I have nothing but love for this pencil. The color is a neutral to cool brown and there’s a spoolie at the opposite end to make sure your eyebrows are nicely formed. The most wonderful thing about this is that for every Brow Power Universal Pencil sold ($24) one is donated to Look Good, Feel Better to help women with cancer regain their self esteem. What a wonderful charity and I love IT Cosmetics for doing this.
1422211278_el_universalbrowOFRA COSMETICS UNIVERSAL EYEBROW PENCIL ($13) is one I received in two of my subscriptions. I gave away the first but luckily I have the second. This is an ultra smooth soft pencil that is very easy to apply. It’s a neutral brown that was created to work for all skin and hair tones but I think it’s probably best for brunettes.
1422210524_818MILANI COSMETICS BROW TINT PEN ($6.49) is one I recently bought. I’ve only been able to find it in Natural Taupe so far. I like this a lot because the tip is fine and it’s great to draw in hairs to make your brows look natural. I just ordered it in Dark Brown (the only other shade available) because I’m too impatient to drive around town trying to find it. Taupe is a warm brown that is almost a universal shade.
1422211714_60329PIXI BEAUTY LASH AND BROW BRUSH ($8) is a spoolie that helps with brushing your brows before you apply anything on them. Brushing them up and making them even is an excellent and easy way to prepare your brows for makeup. It’s also great to use after your brows are done to make sure they look perfect. In addition you can use this on your eyelashes to brush out those clumps.
1422211140_59270MAKE UP FOR EVER ANGLED EYEBROW BRUSH #270 ($21) is the best brush I’ve ever used on eyebrows. In spite of not doing my brows much prior to the last year, I still have several brow brushes. When I received this brush I realized that it blew my others out of the water. This is a very firm brush that can be used with powders, gels, creams and pencils. I highly recommend this brush.
1422210938__45048SMASHBOX ANGLE BROW BRUSH is the other brow brush that I reach for. It’s hard to find but it used to be part of the Brow Tech set so I have two of them. I found them on cutandblow.com for a reduced price. I’m very glad I have these now that I’m back to brows.
1422211594__6622425TWEEZERMAN SLANTED TWEEZERS – I must have a minimum of 6 of these in my house. I feel lost without my tweezers and Tweezerman are the ones I’ve trusted and used the longest. The original slanted full size tweezer is the best.
1422211440_265x265xclear_brow_gel_.jpg.pagespeed.ic.rl7gjw77v4ANASTASIA COLORLESS BROW GEL ($22) is something you should have in your arsenal of tools. I like MAC Cosmetics clear brow gel too. I just have a mini Anastasia one from a kit right now and it comes in handy to tame the bushiness.
I’ve read two Brow Tutorials lately that are excellent for shaping your eyebrows and want to share them with you. The first is from INTO THE PALETTE and the second from PHYRRA. Both are great guides that I recommend. With these tutorials and the right tools you are on the road to perfection.

Pixi Beauty, Milani Taupe, Michael Marcus brown, Ofra Universal, It Cosmetics Brow Power

Pixi Beauty, Milani Taupe, Michael Marcus brown, Ofra Universal, It Cosmetics Brow Power

Nars and Smashbox eyebrow brushes, Pixi spoolie

Nars and Smashbox eyebrow brushes, Pixi spoolie

Now join the other bloggers to see what they have to share and want us to spend money on. — Marcia

Top Ten Tuesday – nails and manicures

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday this week is all about nails, manicures and hands. It will be fun to see how the group of Beauty Bloggers decides to interpret this. Will we see a lot of nail polishes? Will we see treatments? Will we see puppies and kittens? (Just checking to make sure you are paying attention. Are you?) Since I’m not a nail blogger I’m concentrating on the items that I need to take care of my hands and feet along with a little about nails. Here are 10+ favorites of mine. — Marcia

1. HAND PERFECTION FROM ELLEN SIROT *- shown is the complete set of products that Hand Perfection carries. I especially love the Cuticle Pen since it’s so portable and easy to use and her daytime hand cream. In the kit is also a night time hand cream that’s wonderful too but lately I’ve been forgetting to use it and my hands notice the difference.
2. ATOPALM MOISTURIZING HAND TREATMENT – this is a new favorite. I love that it’s not greasy. I went on a little shopping spree for Atopalm products and this one attracted me instantly. (I like variety in everything but men!)
3. ECO-ARMOUR ADVANCED BALANCED SERUM *- I know this doesn’t sound like a hand product but the description says it’s for face, neck and nails. I find the scent a little too “eco” for my face but it’s great for my hands during the day. I never thought of a serum for nails but the skin around my nails is always looking for moisture.
4. TWEEZERMAN FINGERNAIL CLIPPER – This is the tool that helps me get back to sleep at night when I’m tossing and turning. I’ve never used it on my fingernails but I do use it on my toenails all the time. If you aren’t plagued with insomnia then you don’t know the feeling of every little thing interrupting sleep. For me it’s often toenails that are too long or catch on the sheets. So there I am at 3 a.m. with my handy Tweezerman nail clipper.
5. BADGER BALM CUTICLE CARE – I haven’t written about Badger Balm in a long time but that doesn’t mean it’s not in my arsenal of tools. The Cuticle Care really helps moisturize your cuticles on both hands and feet. It’s only $5.99 and lasts for ages.
6. AMLACTIN FOOT CREAM – This was in one of the Blush Mystery Beauty Boxes that I subscribed to for a while. It’s probably the best item that I got in all the boxes I bought. I use this often at night and it’s really helped my feet from cracking and aching. It’s creamy so it takes time to sink in but I honestly sleep better when I use it.
7. ATOPALM MOISTURIZING FOOT AND HEAL BALM – Again, part of my Atopalm spree. I wanted to see if it was better than the AmLactin. I like them both but they are different. Atopalm has a more gel like texture and dries more quickly. It’s recommended to use it after your morning bath/shower which is what I do (if I remember). I want softer feet obviously.
8. DURI REJUVACOTE – When my nails aren’t in good condition, this is what I turn to. It’s meant to heal and cure cracked nails. It can be used over polish or as a base coat. My previous nail tech used to use this on my nails all the time to keep them healthy. Now I have my own bottle to use over polish.
9. and 10. CULT NAILS GET IT ON PERFECTING BASE COAT and WICKED FAST SPEED DRY TOP COAT – I’m so happy I bought these when I was buying some Cult Nail polishes. Both are excellent products that I use when I’m working on my nails myself. I often put on a top coat to prolong my manicure and Wicked Fast is so shiny and faster to dry than any other top coat I own. It doesn’t get goopy quickly either like Seche Vite.
Now that you know my “secret” weapons go visit my fellow bloggers to see what they’ve chosen. I can’t wait personally since I know that I’m going to find things that will help me keep my hands looking younger than they do now. – Marcia

*items were samples, the rest are purchases

Top Ten Tuesday shares top 10 mascaras

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday. To start 2014 we’ve decided to show off our favorite mascaras. I’m sort of like a broken record so there will be a lot you’ve seen before. I’m more than willing to try many mascaras – the more the better actually – but these are the ones I’ve bought again and again which is why they are on this list. I actually only have 8 mascaras on this list and 2 tools. Without these two tools you’d never even see my eyelashes so they had to be included. Sorry if you think that’s a cheat but I they are just as important as these mascaras.

1. Tweezerman Pro-Curl Eyelash Curler *- this is one of several favorites actually. I also recommend eyelash curlers from Kevyn Aucoin, Shiseido and tarte cosmetics. My lashes grow down but using an eyelash curler that doesn’t pinch keeps them curled all day with this group of mascara.

2. Senna Voluptous Lash Mascara *- I love this brush with its helix shape. The first time I used it I didn’t think it was that unusual but as time went on I learned to love it more and more. It will be a sorry day when I have to toss this one.

3. It Cosmetics Hello Lashes – are you tired of me talking about it? Then buy it and see for yourself why I’m so crazy about it. It’s a primer, a lash serum, and a mascara. Plus it has that ball to make sure everything gets covered. I like it so much I was willing to show you a picture of my lashes wearing it!

4. Eddie Funkhouser Quatro Variable Lash Mascara – speaking of being tired of me mentioning something!! This mascara knocked my socks off. I love that you have 4 brushes in one when you swivel the end. I typically use setting two but I can get more dramatic if I want. Since I have to order them online I’m buying two at a time. I hope to find it locally soon enough though. For a “thrill” you can see me wearing it on Babble.

5. Armani Eyes to Kill – I love the original Eyes to Kill mascara. I wasn’t crazy about other versions but this one made me feel like I had eyelashes to contend with.

6. Marcelle Xtension Plus *- Marcelle makes some outstanding mascara. This was my second mascara from them and I’ve since bought another version that needs to be reviewed. Marcelle is a Canadian drugstore brand that is also sold online. It’s worth a little extra effort.

7. Dior Iconic Mascara – I think I’m one of the few that isn’t crazy about DiorShow. When I went to buy my second Iconic even the MA working at the counter was surprised that I liked it better than their others. It just works for me. I like definition and length in a mascara and this gives me both as you can see by the photo.

8. Marcelle Precision Volume mascara *- This is the first Marcelle I tried and raved non-stop about. I love the shape of the brush, love that it lasts the day.

Marcelle Precision Volume wand

Marcelle Precision Volume wand

9. Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant mascara *- I have to tell the truth. When I first used this mascara I didn’t think it was that great. But I needed to review it so I kept using it to get the full picture. Then suddenly I realized that it was a terrific mascara and that was one of the best.

10. Tweezerman iLash comb – This isn’t a mascara obviously but it’s something my mascara wants me to tell you about. I don’t need to use it every day but when I need it, there’s nothing quite like it. Julia Roberts might choose to use a safety pin (in Charlie Wilson’s War) but I use the Folding ILashcomb. I lost that pretty clear one but have two more – a navy one and a pink one. That’s love!

Join my lovely Top Ten Tuesday bloggers to see what mascaras should be on your shopping list:

*some items were sent for review

 

Makeup Wars 2013 Beauty Resolutions

Makeup Wars is back for 2013’s first edition which of course is New Year’s Resolutions. While it may sound a tiny bit trite you know darn well that this group of amazing beauty bloggers are all going to have their own spin on things.

I’ve made several resolutions that are all beauty related. I know that the diet and exercise things are beauty resolutions but have you ever compared a Weight Watchers meeting or the gym on January 4th and February 4th? It’s like you are on different planets. Instead I tried to make resolutions that I’ve got a good chance of following through on.

Resolution one is one I began as soon as I started making my list for this post – TAKE CARE OF MY LIPS. I’m terrible about remembering to use all the potions I have to keep my lips looking younger and moister. I start with good intentions but I don’t always remember. So I’ve lined up what I need in my bathrooms.

In my master bathroom I’ve been using Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore*. While I’ve only tried the Lip Restore I’m amazed by the fact that you can get 4 glosses and this for $15! Collagen Tinted Lip Restore helps to redefine the lip line and create softer, smoother younger-looking lips, with just a hint of colour and sheen. It contains Torricelumn and Collagen to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is very lightly tinted – I find it’s like a “my lips but better” flush. I apply it as soon as I start getting ready and later apply lip color. When I go into that bathroom I like to add some more if my lips are color free.

Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore

Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore

Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore

Elizabeth Grant Collagen Tinted Lip Restore

eliz grant lip collagen on finger

In my extra bath (where I clean up at night) I’ve been using Lush’s Popcorn Lip Scrub*. This is a very dry lip scrub that I like to use in the evening to exfoliate my lips. It’s a little bit sugar and a little bit salt. I rub it on with my finger, scrub around and lick it off. I try to do this before I wash up though since I end up with some of the scrub on my face. It smells just like freshly popped popcorn. I LOVE popcorn and this is a calorie free treat for me! It doesn’t scratch like some exfoliators do. Plus it’s starting to keep my lips looking better and less chapped.lush popcorn scrub

I follow up with Reviva Labs Vitamin E stick as my nighttime lip moisturizer. This inexpensive stick of delight is only $4 and can be used on eyes and lips, day or night. It even has SPF 15. The reason I chose this to use at night especially is that it’s not fragranced so it won’t keep me up sniffing. Fragrance is fine during the day but not for me at night. Plus I can rub a little on dry spots on my face if I’m tossing and turning and need something to do.

Reviva Labs Vitamin E stick

Reviva Labs Vitamin E stick

Resolution two has to do with that extra bathroom. I need to start getting ready earlier in the evening. For some reason I wait until it’s time to go to bed and then I remove my makeup and put on my skincare. I need to change that. I sometimes get too tired to actually wash even though I have awesome cleansers. Instead I’ll use facial wipes like the Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Wipes*.I then follow up with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner. That’s okay once in a while but I’m doing it too often. I’ll still keep using the Kiehl’s Toner but my resolution is to start early and then go on the computer!kiehls toner

Resolution threestop plucking chin hairs!! I’m trying really really hard, honest I am. But it’s so hard to resist. I’m made one step forward though and that’s not to keep my Tweezerman tweezers (pretty as it is) on my computer desk. I’ve paid for laser hair removal and I’ve got sessions left but I can’t go until I stop plucking. This one is really going to be hard to keep.

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman

Cynthia Rowley for Tweezerman

 

Resolution four is to stop buying the same color eyeshadows over and over and over again. I’m in a rut but I see those beautiful taupes and browns and I can’t imagine not owning them. I ended 2012 buying a few like this beautiful Edward Bess palette. That needs to be the end. So far I’ve made it a whole week into 2013 without buying any though. I have to stop thinking they’ll change my life since I know the only one who sees the difference is me.

Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss

Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss

I’ve made a little progress, especially on resolution one. Now only 75% left to work on. Are any of these resolutions of yours or even close?? — Marcia

Join my fellow Makeup Wars friends to see what they’ve decided to resolve in 2013. Click on their links to get to their sites.

*starred items are PR samples, rest are personally bought or repurchases.

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Makeup Wars introduces our personal Holiday Wishlist items

“I want nothing for Christmas” said me NEVER! Of course I want a gift. I may not get anything beauty but I can dream can’t I?? The Makeup Wars bloggers have decided to put together our wishlists of what we’d like to see under our menorah or Christmas tree this year. My wishlist is 100% beauty related which comes as no surprise at all. The good news is that these are all pretty easy to get, the bad news is that I bought some of it while waiting to publish.

Let’s start with what I bought! After our Favorite Metallic Makeup Wars I was terribly tempted by the Laura Mercier Art Deco shadows that so many of the bloggers put on their list. They were sold out at Sephora which made it even more important for me to buy them. So Nordstrom.com and my reward certificates came in handy and now I own some of these. While they aren’t on my wishlist since they are on a UPS truck coming to me, they should be on yours!

Laura Mercier Art Deco eyeshadows

What I also bought was one (I promise only one) of the new Burberry Complete Eyeshadow Palettes. I just kept looking at this picture and had to wipe the drool off my face several times. I bought Smokey Grey No. 1 because I have been buying brown shadows galore in 2012. On my wishlist though are more of these. Luckily these are permanent ($59 each). Take a gander:

Burberry Complete Eye Palettes

  • Smokey Grey No. 01 Grays
  • Mocha No. 02 Warm neutrals
  • Pale Nude No. 03 Cool neutrals
  • Dark Spice No. 05 Smoky neutrals
  • Plum Pink No. 06 Plums
  • Pink Taupe No. 07 Pink neutrals

Next on my wishlist is more Too Faced, in particular the Too Faced Bon Bons Set. There’s something so girly and appealing about this $42 box set. Their description makes it even more appealing to me: “As enticing as a box of scrumptious sweets, Shadow Bon Bons features a delicious range of shadows from soft vanillas to rich coffee, an ultra-black LashGASM mascara, a built-in mirror, and a shimmering gold Candlelight shadow primer, making it easy to create bountiful looks. Go from sweet and sassy to subtle to dramatic with this one versatile set.”

Too Faced Bon Bons

Prime Beauty introduced me to the Eye Candy Full Face Collection from Lorac on her blog and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Doesn’t this sound like fun for $59??

– 4 x 0.68 oz Eye Shadow Palette in Ooh La La Vanilla (Nude Eye Shadow Palette), Caramel Love Affair (Golden Eye Shadow Palette), Tantilizing Cocoa (Bronze Eye Shadow Palette), Blackberry Truffle Seduction (Smoky Eye Shadow Palette)
– 0.17 oz Cream Eye Liner Palette in Mesmerizing Dark Chocolate
– 0.17 oz Cheek & Lip Tint Palette in Indulge in Berry Kisses

Lorac Eye Candy

Let’s move away from the eyes (which is difficult for me). When Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog reviewed the Armani Nude Lip Set ($49) I suddenly had a desire for it.   The set includes Rouge d’Armani #103 and Gloss d’Armani #103. I love my light shades of lipstick and even though I probably have dozens of similar shades there’s just something I like about this.

Armani Nude Lip Set

I have the Chantecaille Rose Petals Highlighter ($74) on my wishlist because it’s just so pretty. I’d probably never use it, I’d just look at it.  Read this and weep: “A kaleidoscope of colorful powders blend together beautifully to impart a sheer, flattering glow on all skin tones. Unique light-perfecting powders provide a veil of subtle radiance, while flexible polymers ensure long-lasting, comfortable wear. Innovative technology allows the soft, iridescent pigments to be evenly sprinkled throughout the entire powder.”

Chantecaille Rose Petals Highlighter

On the practical side I’d love the Le Metier de Beaute CHEM60 Pro-Peel & GLOW10ai Mask Set ($265). After seeing it work in person I’d love to have that glowy skin.

Le Metier Ready, Set, Glow

And one more for the road – I am a Swarovski crystal nut. I love those crystals so when I saw this Tweezerman Swarovski Crystal Mirror ($150) I fell in lust. “Add some glam to your beauty routine while isolating even the finest hair for precise, easy tweezing. The optically correct 1X/10X magnifying mirror is clear from edge-to-edge with no distortion. This gorgeously decorated two-sided vanity mirror will be a beautiful addition to any household. *Made with Swarovski® Elements

Tweezerman Swarovski crystal mirror

Thanks for reading my very long wishlist. My address is available upon request (LOL). Let me know if any of these would be on your wishlist too. Curious minds want to know. Now I’m going to read the rest of the Makeup Wars Holiday Wishlists and probably add many more items to mine just like I did after the metallics. — Marcia

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