I finished things! Amazing empties for March and April

It seems so rare for me to finish anything up completely other than a few staples but the last two months I actually did finish things and I’m ready for the dumpster with these. Until then see what got used up and what I think of these goodies.

March and April 2017 empties

March and April 2017 empties

Before I begin I must admit that I already threw away oodles and oodles of products. As I’m cleaning and packing I found so many that were started but never finished so I only kept the ones I really loved and tried to use those as much as possible. What you aren’t seeing is the trash that my neighborhood has seen!

Let me start with some staple items that I go through every single month and will continue to do so.

Q-tips and DHC Silky Cotton Squares

Q-tips and DHC Silky Cotton Squares

Costco knows me and my habits I’m sure. I buy these double packs of Q-Tips all the time. I use a lot of them in my life so buy stock in the company! I also have gone an unimaginable amount of DHC Silky Cotton Squares. I usually buy 6 at a time and they’ll last me for about 7 months. I noticed though that my last batch isn’t quite as soft as before so now I’m questioning whether they changed them. Anyone know?

Viviscal

Viviscal

I’m on auto-delivery from Amazon for these Viviscal Hair Supplements. I am on a maintenance dose and just take 1 per day rather than 2. I’ve mentioned many times about my hair growth problems and these help me a lot.

Bioderma Micellar Water, Dr. Brandt XYY Dual Fusion Water, Simple Micellar Wipes

Bioderma Micellar Water, Dr. Brandt XYY Dual Fusion Water, Simple Micellar Wipes

It’s obvious that I love Micellar Waters from this picture! I have a stash of Bioderma Sensibio H2O and made a point of finishing up the 500 ml and 100 ml bottles before I move. I have 1 more of each in my cupboard but won’t start those just yet. I did pick up a Garnier Micellar during a sale not long ago but that’s already packed and I also like Simple Micellar Water though I’ve noticed a slight fragrance with it. Simple Micellar Wipes are definitely my favorite wipes though. This is just a sample pack but I have a full size pack in use.

Dr. Brandt XYY Dual Fusion Water is one that I really enjoyed using but it is more expensive than these others. It feels more substantial though and it did a great job of cleansing.

Eclair Naturals Liquid Hand Soap, Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

Eclair Naturals Liquid Hand Soap, Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

I couldn’t begin to count how many Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Removers I’ve gone through since my first one. No matter how many others I try this is the one product that works for me time and again. I’ve already repurchased this and will again as soon as I move.

Eclair Naturals Liquid Hand Soap in Vanilla & Sweet Orange is a great natural soap that’s not drying. I’m stocked up on JR Watkins at the moment but I’ll repurchase this next.

Now for the fun stuff!

Miss Spa Oxygenating Bubble Mask and 24K Gold Creme Mask

Miss Spa Oxygenating Bubble Mask and 24K Gold Creme Mask

I’m not used to saving empties so in the past I never had them around. I purposely saved the packaging of Miss Spa Oxygenating Bubble Mask and 24K Gold Creme Mask since I totally love them. The 24K Gold Creme Mask is one I want to marry. The Oxygenating Bubble Mask was a fun bubbly alternative. I got three uses out of each package so it’s a bargain buy. I will definitely buy more after I test more of the Miss Spa masks I have.

Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum, Hydroskin, IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Serum

Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum, Hydroskin, IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Serum

I think I finished up Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ Serum but there might be a little left. Nothing pumps out anymore and I only see a drop inside. Reviva Labs is a favorite brand and this is a good example of why I like them. Very efficient and the price is great.

Hydroskin Skincare is a set I reviewed last month. I finished up all 4 of these products which is unusual for me but I dedicated myself to one solid month of just this line. I liked the way my skin looked with it. I still have 2 masks from them to use and review.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Serum is ab fab! Not only do I love this anti-aging serum but I bought a new one before I was finished with the current one. This is my favorite skincare item from IT Cosmetics. I wish the price was less but I’ll continue buying and using this. I’m in love!

eye makeup empties

eye makeup empties

It’s a given that any time I would share an empty post that I’d have mascara. This time though I saved them after determining what needed to go before the big move. I found a lot of deluxe sample sizes and used them until dry or I didn’t care for them anymore.

In no particular order:

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara  –  always a favorite, I have another mini and a full size one still

Marc Jacobs Volume Mascara– while I liked the sample size from a kit I had bought I didn’t care for the full size one I had bought so it’s not to be purchased again.

Le Volume de Chanel  –  Love this even if this was tiny. I would buy it if I was flush.

2 more minis I forgot to picture: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara which I loved and plan to buy one day soon. Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes, another dilemma since the sample was great but I wasn’t thrilled when I had it in full size.

Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum – love, love, love this. It’s a perfect brown liquid eyeliner. This is the second one I’ve finished and I’m using my third. There will be a 4th and 5th for sure.

Smashbox Brow Tech To Go – while I didn’t use up the gel side I did use up every bit of the brow crayon side. It’s a very handy item but I just don’t need another right now.

IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Eyeliner in Black is one I enjoyed until it decided to break so I couldn’t use it anymore. I like these liners in general though and turn to them often when I want a pencil eyeliner.

A 3x use sample of Too Faced Shadow Insurance that was in my stash. I always have TFSI in my collection!

And one toss:

Z Palette

Z Palette

I got a few years worth of use from this but then it self-destroyed. It came apart and no longer is of use. I have others plus Z Palette is out of favor right now.

So there you have it. My empties, many of which are old standbys and a new love (Stila Huge Mascara) all wrapped up in my recycling bin for now.

What have you used up? —  Marcia

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Z Palettes at a special price

Are you already making plans for Cyber Monday? If you have a list then here’s a great product to add to it: Z Palettes. At Beauty Info Zone we love our Z Palettes. They make our lives prettier and easier to manage.

Z Palette Blue Cherry Blossom (limited edition)

Z Palette Blue Cherry Blossom (limited edition)

Z Palette Cherry Blossom (limited edition)

Z Palette Cherry Blossom (limited edition)

The Z Palette was created by two time Emmy Award winning makeup artist Zena Sheteysel of Dancing with the Stars and helps the everyday woman get streamlined once and for all.

Domed palette containing Inglot

Domed palette containing Inglot

Z Palette, the customizable magnetic empty makeup palette is an exclusive universal case with an open magnetic bottom to fit the color pans you want and none of the ones you don’t.

Large and small Z palettes and magnets

Large and small Z palettes and magnets

On Cyber Monday you’ll be able to receive 20% off on the wonderful Z Palettes. That’s the time to stock up for you or your makeup loving giftees. There are some beautiful new designs coming out too like the faux crocodile in two shades or you can go with some of the standards like zebra! Add a little excitement to your makeup life with 20% off and Z Palettes! — Marcia

Z Palette in faux crocodile oak from zpalette.com (new 4U size)

Z Palette in faux crocodile oak from zpalette.com (new 4U size)

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Check out the new Z Palette Limited Edition Cherry Blossom Collection, Side by Side

Z Palette in Cherry Blossom

Z Palette in Cherry Blossom

Here at the BIZ, we adore fillable eyeshadow palettes. Lisa loves to depot her eyeshadows and Marcia is a bit nutty about buying pan eyeshadows so she can mix and match. We’ve written before about our love for Z Palettes, and they have just come out with a beautiful Limited Edition Cherry Blossom Collection ($20 for a large palette).  Z Palette sent the BIZ one palette in Green and one in Blue for us to review and share with you.

Besides the great pattern and color options available, we love our Z Palettes because the top is clear plastic. Being able to see what’s inside at a glance is something we really came to appreciate once we used Z Palettes and compared them with other palettes that have solid covers. We love how they hold eyeshadows, blushes, highlighters – in fact anything with a metal pan. And if it doesn’t have a metal pan each Z Palette comes with a handy bag of metal stickers  that are included with every single palette.

Z Palette magnets

Z Palette magnets

The measurements for the large size palettes we are reviewing today:

Outside 8.06″L x 4.94″W x 0.56″D
Inside 7.44″L x 4.13″W x 0.25″D
Let’s see what Lisa and Marcia do with these beautiful palettes!
Lisa’s Side:
Z Palette

Z Palette Green Cherry Blossom

I about fainted when I saw how totally gorgeous the Limited Edition Cherry Blossom palettes were.  I was so enamored, I told Marcia to pick a color because I couldn’t even choose between the two. Marcia chose Blue, so my beautiful new Z Palette is the stunning Green Cherry Blossom Palette.

Z Palette

Z Palette Green Cherry Blossom

I decided to fill this gorgeous palette with my favorite red, white, and blue eyeshadows in honor of the 4th of July.

My beautiful Z Palette holding my patriotic eyeshadows!

My beautiful Z Palette Green Cherry Blossom palette holding my patriotic eyeshadows!

You can read my full review, including descriptions of each eyeshadow, HERE.  I am dying to see what fabulous combination of shades Marcia came up with for her Blue Cherry Blossom palette!

Marcia’s Side:

Looking at Lisa’s Green Cherry Blossom makes me want that one too. But the blue is so beautiful that I’d never give it up.z palette flower cardAs you can see by my blurry card, it’s as easy as 1,2, 3 to use a Z Palette. You can downsize your collection and create your own color stories.

Z Palette Blue Cherry Blossom

Z Palette Blue Cherry Blossom

Z Palette Blue Cherry Blossom

Z Palette Blue Cherry Blossom

Since I’m on a khaki and green kick that’s how I chose to use my new Z Palette – I filled it with many of the pans from my Beauty Spotlight Team post and then added in other greens and browns to start keep some of my latest favorites together.

Z Palette Blue Cherry Blossom

Z Palette Blue Cherry Blossom

Inside I’ve got Senna, Makeup Geek, Afterglow and Inglot eyeshadow pans. (That middle one will be replaced with a more complimentary shade soon.) I’ll add in a few highlight shades from MAC and Painted Earth that I know will complement these colors. Then even on a lazy morning I can pick up this gorgeous palette and have fewer decisions to make.

Z Palettes are sturdy, easy to use, magnetic and they stay closed. You don’t have to worry about your shadows falling out since the magnetic top closes securely and the pans stay in place unless you move them. They don’t ever move on their own. The only negative we can come up with about Z Palettes are that the choices are many and each one is fabulous. Whether you choose Blue or Green Cherry Blossoms, Zebra or Leopard prints, solid colors, large size or small – you just can’t go wrong.

*sent for review

 

Happy 4th of July!! My red, white, and blue favorites for nails, lips, and eyes

Some people make red, white, and blue desserts for the 4th of July.

photo courtesy of HGTV.com

photo courtesy of HGTV.com

Me?  I make my favorite red, white, and blue selections from my nail polish, lip gloss, and eyeshadow collections.  Here’s are my selections in celebration of our patriotic holiday!

My picks for 4th of July nail polish shades

My picks for 4th of July nail polish shades

My favorite red, white, and blue nail polishes are:  Rescue Beauty Lounge Cherry Love (popsicle red), China Glaze White Cap (sheer white with gold shimmer, I am wearing this one now!), Cult Nails Princess (light dusty blue with pink shimmer).

My July lip gloss picks

My July lip gloss picks

My holiday lip gloss picks include:  Butter London Come to Bed Red (classic cream red), Elizabeth Arden Crystal Clear Lip Gloss (sheer shiny gloss), It Cosmetics News Anchor Blue (sheer blue that makes teeth look super white).

My beautiful Z Palette holding my patriotic eyeshadows!

My beautiful Z Palette holding my patriotic eyeshadows!

My Z Palette holds my favorite red, white, and blue eyeshadow 4th of July collection.  Here are my picks:

Red, white and blue eyeshadow picks

Red, white and blue eyeshadow picks

Far left row from top to bottom:

Nars Tibet (the consummate shimmery sheer white)

MAC White Frost (a buttery white frost that is perfect for the brow and inner corner of the eye)

MAC Crystal Avalanche (fabulous pigmentation, and this works beautifully as a face highlighter too)

July whites and reds

July whites and reds

Second from left row top to bottom:

MAC Vanilla (this is a homemade pan made from the Vanilla pigment.  I prefer this to the regular MAC Vanilla eyeshadow, which I think is rather boring.  My absolute favorite for an eye-widening lid shade)

MAC Star Violet (just enough plum to keep it from being too red, and the Veluxe Pearl texture can’t be beat)

MAC Plum Dressing (gorgeous, different, and makes a great smoky eye look)

July reds and blues

July reds and blues

Far left row in picture above, top to bottom:

MAC Moon’s Reflection (stunning periwinkle blue that is totally wearable)

MAC Leisure Time (red-gold-bronze that is unique and stunning with brown eyes)

Giorgio Armani #46 (fantastic red-bronze that doubles as a beautiful blush, it applies soft but is buildable for more drama)

Second row pictured above, top to bottom:

MAC Electric Eel (not for everyone, but this is the prettiest, most dramatic blue I have ever owned)

MAC Freshwater (fantastic ocean blue, love this as a liner…and it’s got that fabulous Veluxe Pearl texture)

MAC Deep Truth (sultry true deep blue, one of my most favorite blues of all time…it is a perfect liner shade)

Far right row top to bottom:

Sue Devitt Alexandria (totally underrated brand…this is a fantastic cobalt blue)

MAC Contrast (deep violet-blue, try this over black eyeliner for some mega sultry drama)

Giorgio Armani #1 (rich,velvety navy blue that is a fabulous eyeliner)

There you have my red, white, and blue selections in celebration of patriotic makeup geekdom!!  What are yours??  – Lisa

PS – and just for fun, here are some more China Glaze White Cap pictures for you.  Happy 4th of July!  – Lisa

China Glaze White Cap

China Glaze White Cap

China Glaze White Cap

China Glaze White Cap

China Glaze White Cap and my beautiful flowers

China Glaze White Cap and my beautiful flowers

and one more just for the heck of it!!

and one more just for the heck of it!!

3 Cheers for Makeup Geek eyeshadows

I’m always writing about eyeshadows and I’m sure I always will. I’m a true geek about them. Unfortunately Marlena of Makeup Geek has that name but I think she’ll understand about my geekiness especially when it comes to the eyeshadows I have from her company.

Makeup Geek pan packaging

Makeup Geek pan packaging

When I was creating my favorite holiday look for Makeup Wars I had no problem deciding to use an amazing Makeup Geek eyeshadow named Envy. I’ve been able to create beautiful, dramatic eyes with this shade even though it’s not a typical Marcia shade at all. Besides being able to create this eye I’ve also been able to use the eyeshadow in other ways, especially eyeliner.  Then I remembered that I used Makeup Geek eyeshadows in another Makeup Wars, this time the fall look where I used Dirty Martini and Poison Ivy. At this point you’ve got to realize that I really love my Makeup Geek eyeshadows.

Makeup Wars eyes with Makeup Geek Envy

Makeup Wars eyes with Makeup Geek Envy

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy and Dirty Martini

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy and Dirty Martini

I actually own 7 Makeup Geek eyeshadows but am just reviewing 5 today. I recently took advantage of the sale of discontinued shades and bought two more which I’ll incorporate into a review and eye looks in the future. My eyeshadows are all in the pan form because I have several Z palettes and they fit in so perfectly in a Z palette. I might as well save money ($5.99 for a pan, $7.99 in a compact) and be able to move shades around to create looks.

Makeup Geek eyeshadows in my Z Palette

Makeup Geek eyeshadows in my Z Palette – clockwise from left: Moondust, Mercury, Envy, Poison Ivy with Dirty Martini center

Here’s a picture heavy review of my 5 shades:

Envy – a gorgeous deep metallic green with a blue undertone

Makeup Geek Envy

Makeup Geek Envy

Makeup Geek Envy

Makeup Geek Envy

Dirty Martini – a matte olive green that to me isn’t very matte, it’s more satin

Makeup Geek Dirty Martini

Makeup Geek Dirty Martini

Dirty Martini

Dirty Martini

Poison Ivy – this is called a shimmery medium green but it’s not a green you’d see in a box of crayons, no matter how big the box was. This is much more complicated than that. I’d call it more of an olive shade. The shimmer is soft and not glittery, it just adds some dimension.

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy

Makeup Geek Poison Ivy

Moondust – while it’s called a metallic silver taupe on the Makeup Geek website, I find it to be the green version of taupe. It works so well with both Dirty Martini and Poison Ivy that you need this shadow if you like subtle greens.

Moondust (oops I dropped it)

Moondust (oops I dropped it)

Makeup Geek Moondust (before I dropped it)

Makeup Geek Moondust (before I dropped it)

Moondust swatch

Moondust swatch

Mercury – the MUG website makes this look like a beige shade but it’s actually a beautiful lightly shimmered silver.

Makeup Geek Mercury

Makeup Geek Mercury

Mercury in sunlight

Mercury in sunlight

I have nothing but raves for Makeup Geek eyeshadows and am looking forward to adding more to my small collection. They apply smoothly, have amazing pigmentation, and don’t have a lot of fallout. Plus the price is absolutely unbelievable for this quality especially. I’m sure you can see why I’m so geeky about these eyeshadows. I love that I can build a collection of them slowly and know that each one I get will be a fabulous addition to my collection. Have you tried any Makeup Geek eyeshadows? Share your favorites if you have. — Marcia

*pr samples shown

Z Palette Small Palette and Empty Pan Palette review

As a collector of cosmetics, de-cluttering and organizing are essential to my mental and emotional health.  If I didn’t consolidate and categorize, I would absolutely lose my mind.  Not to mention I would just plain get lost in my house because of all the stuff!  So I love to de-pot eyeshadows and blushes and put them into palettes.  Z Palette has some of the best palettes on the market.  They are extremely user-friendly and very sturdy.  Plus they have terrific color options so you can match your palettes to your personality and tastes.

Z Palette Small Palette in Leopard

Perfect for an eyeshadow collection is the Z Palette Small Palette ($14).  It comes in six colors:  Black , Hot Pink, Leopard, Striped, Zebra, Purple.  Size dimensions are:
Outside 3.8″L x 3.8″W x 0.56″D
Inside 3.18″L x 3.18″W x 0.25″D
It’s a terrific size, small enough to fit into your purse, large enough for 9 MAC eyeshadow pans.  It comes with 10 round metal stickers for depots in non-metal pans (like MAC eyeshadows).
A lot of palettes on the market don’t have a ‘window’ on top.  Not having a clear top can help to make a palette more sturdy.  The problem is you can’t see what you have in each palette without opening them up, which gets annoying particularly when you have several palettes that are the same color.  So I love, love, love the clear top on the Z Palettes.  It’s plastic, not glass, so it doesn’t increase the heaviness but it’s still extremely sturdy.  Plus, you can get several palettes of the same color and not worry about getting confused since you can see what is inside.  The bottom on the inside of the palette is a magnetic base that really holds those de-pots down.

My Z Palette with my gorgeous Make Up Geek eyeshadows

Pictured above is my small palette filled with Make Up Geek eyeshadow pans.  I didn’t de-pot these, they came as pans which is also always cheaper than regular eyeshadows.  The palette is sturdy and roomy – products don’t graze the top, and they don’t slide around.  You can also fold the top part under so you have easy access without taking up any more room.  I love how I can make my own palette creations using eyeshadow, blush, bronzer, pressed powder, powder or cream foundation.

Z Palette Empty Palette

Lately I am also totally geeked about Z Palette’s Empty Pan (regularly $18, on sale right now for $16).  It comes in Black or Zebra.

This is the Small Palette pre-filled with 16 empty metal pans that are magnetized so they stick to the Z Palette pan.  They are perfect for lipsticks, concealers, and for pressing your own pigments.   I use mine for lipsticks.  I had lots of almost-gone lippies with colors I loved that I didn’t want to toss.  I either used a small spatula like my Every Drop Beauty Spatula to dig out the color from the containers, or else I used a small knife to cut off a portion of the lipstick.

My lipstick filled Z Palette

Check out my ‘What’s in Lisa’s palette?’ post for lipstick names and descriptions.  I was tired of carrying 10 different lipsticks in my purse, so I keep this palette at work.

You can also buy a 10 pack of the Metal Pans for $4.00.  These are great for creating the ‘perfect palette’ , like having a few pans of lipstick plus a blush and several eyeshadows.

If you love to de-pot, or you want to get rid of clutter, or you just enjoy creating your own color combinations, you need to check out Z Palette.  They have a great website with excellent tutorials about using the palettes, and they are also for sale at great stores like Make Up Geek’s website.  – Lisa

*pr samples

Lisa’s top favorites of 2010

Inevitably, the looming new year sparks reflection upon the one passing…and in the world of Beauty Info Zone, that means only one thing – what were my favorite cosmetic discoveries of 2010??

I had a great year in terms of holy grails.  Normally I might find one or two, but this was a banner year – I found so many things I can’t live without that I couldn’t even limit it to my ‘top ten for 2010’.  After some heavy duty soul searching and major editing, I came up with my most favorites.

My vote for coolest cosmetics lines new to me this year:


Vanitymark – super high quality products with a really neat variety of items.

Darac Beauty – all together, lovely products that form a complete system so it’s almost one stop shopping.

Julie Hewett – gorgeous colors, wonderful items…I find myself stalking the website just to drool over the possibilities.

Covermark – amazing full coverage products, plus a whole lot more.  This is a line with surprising depth.

My vote for best overall lines I was already familiar with, and  from which I discovered more great new things this year:


Senna – love the brows, the lips, the bronzers…my list of ‘loves’ goes on and on.

Tarte Cosmetics – fabulous line with truly amazing palettes and holiday sets.

Trish McEvoy – this line is especially perfect for someone just starting their makeup collection.

Jane Iredale – this line is constantly coming out with great new products, and has some real must-haves in many categories.

Favorite skin care discoveries for this year:


Beautisol – really terrific products that work.

Simply Divine Botanicals – my favorite organic line.

Lisa Hoffman – best products for travel, in my book.

Juara Skincare – ok, a bit of a cheat, as this is one of my favorite discoveries in both skin care and body products.  My favorite loves?  The Avocado Banana Moisture Mask ($37), a fabulous hydrating mask that somehow also brightens the complexion.  Also the candlenut fragranced products, in particular the Candlenut Hydrating Shower Gel ($28), a beautiful shower gel that foams up wonderfully and smells divine, and the Candlenut Body Polish ($35), a perfect exfoliator that doesn’t scratch but still gets rid of dead skin and leave you smelling amazing.

Best hair product discoveries:


nTrance – my first encounter with argan oil, I will never be without this hair serum.

Sedu Anti-Frizz Polishing Treatment- another amazing hair serum, it’s really terrific.

Best hair tools discoveries:


Sedu hair dryer and flat irons – how did I ever live without these??

Curl-Ease hair towel – I love how it gives me frizz-free hair every single time, regardless of the weather conditions.

Coolest new electronic products:


Luminess Air Brush system – so much fun!!!  I feel like an artist when I use this.

Honeybelle Body Buffer ($325) – this is a little pricey, but take my word for it – it WORKS.  It really does reduce the appearance of cellulite.  And the Apre Contouring Creme that comes with the set is FABULOUS.

Best body product lines:


Hampton Sun – amazing sunscreen and I adore the fragrances in this line’s products.

Whish – everything is super retro cool, I want one of each!  I am especially digging the Lavender Three Whishes Body Wash ($22) – super scent, just the right amount of suds, and it leaves your skin so soft and hydrated.

Hand Perfection – hands down, best hand products of the year.  No contest.

Best beauty tools of the year:


Hollywood Fashion Tape – love, love, love every single thing.  Just check out the Hollywood Hangover Kit pictured above!!  Every item is hilarious, retro, and unbelievably useful.

Crown Brushes – amazing brushes at a super affordable price.

Best brow discovery:


Senna– sick of me talking about this yet?  I just cannot live with out my Form-A-Brow Kit.

Best eyeshadows of the year:


Tarte Cosmetics – fabulous pigmentation and the sets are amazing.

Le Metier – gorgeous, unusual colors that you can actually layer without creating a muddy mess.  See a demonstration here.

Best foundation discovery:


FACE atelier Ultra Foundation – simply amazing foundation.  True love at first wear.

Best concealer discoveries:


It Cosmetics – Marcia introduced me to this amazing concealer that really covers imperfections with the tiniest bit of product.

Covermark – particularly the Under Eye Cover Kit, which covers anything that might be wrong, and has a great loose powder for setting the concealer.

Best self-tanner:


Pur Minerals Get a Little – such a wonderful creamy self-tanner that leaves you looking thin, tan, and happy.

Tan Towels – amazing little towels that give you a super natural, streak-free tan.  I will be expounding on these gems more in my upcoming review.

Best blush discovery:


Mai Couture – I still can’t believe that fabulous blush – and bronzer, too – can be so portable.  Blush in little papers?  Ingenious!

Best mascara discovery:


Revitalash – thick, long, super black lashes that don’t fade, flake, or smear.  What else could a girl ask for?

Best lip discoveries:


Le Metier Creme de la Creme lip gloss – a fabulous neutral that makes any kind of ugly lip color look gorgeous, it’s one of my secret weapons.

Beaute Cosmetics – every single lip product is unique and genius.

FACE atelier lip glaze – I am never without Lip Glaze in Ice…and now I will never be without Lip Glaze in Dianthus, the perfect shimmery pink.

Besame Sweetheart Balm lip gloss pots – gorgeous colors, amazing slip and texture, and a red that looks terrific even on me!

Best mineral makeup line:


Purely Cosmetics – fabulous, high quality, affordable minerals.

Favorite makeup up artist:


Victoria Stiles – she is amazing, just love her work and her website!!

A variety of items I simply cannot live without:

Jane Iredale Botanical Brush Cleaner

Vanitymark Duo Brush and Ultra-Tweeze Tweezers

Urban Decay Grind House Pencil Sharpener

Hard Candy Moon Glow Pressed Powder

Z Palette palettes

The year 2010 was simply amazing for me in terms of finding new loves and favorites.  I cannot wait for what 2011 is going to bring!

Happy New Year everyone!!  Warmly, Lisa