My Beauty Favorites Week of August 17-23, 2015

It may be the end of summer, but it is still pretty warm out!  I went to the zoo today with my family, and I had to make sure I had my SPF!  I know, though, that my simple summer make up regimen is going to become more intensive as fall rolls around.  That’s okay, I am ready for it!

My faves this week include a fresh facial cleanser, a gorgeous highlighter, a primer sampler set, a brow marker, and hair care that will give you beachy end of summer waves!

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser
Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser ($32 USD) — This antioxidant rich formula exudes a light strawberry aroma, which brightens the skin and the senses without overpowering. When applied to face and left to sit for 5-10 minutes (before rinsing), this complexion clearer acts as an exfoliating mask. It gently removes makeup without stripping the skin of necessary nutrients. It’s also a great formula for cleaning makeup brushes!

What I think: This cleanser has a light, natural fragrance, which I love.  It isn’t overpowering at all.  It cleanses really well without leaving my skin dry.  My skin glows after use!

Available at http://www.indielee.com

Gerard Cosmetics Star Powders
Gerard Cosmetics Star Powders

Gerard Cosmetics Star Powder in Audrey ($29 USD) — Whether you’re going to a breakfast at Tiffany’s or taking a Roman Holiday this will be the highlight for you. Inspired by one of the world’s most celebrated Hollywood icons, this Star Powder will make you feel your prettiest. Audrey is a warm champagne gold that is reflective and high shine. Build it up for an intense glow or dust it lightly on your cheekbones for a subtle sheen. Pure pigment and an ultra smooth and blendable formula will make this your go-to highlight.

Also available in Lucy, a rosy hue and Marilyn, a golden powder.

What I think:  This is so pretty!  It’s has an almost creamy texture and it is perfect for the new strobing trend, where you intensely highlight your cheekbones to create a contour.  By “popping” the cheekbones, the face looks slimmer.  This is shimmery, but yet subtle too.

Available online via www.whiteninglightning.com

 

mashbox Travel-Size Products
Smashbox Try It Kit Primer Authority

Smashbox Try It Kit Primer Authority ($28 USD, a $53 Value) –  See why Smashbox is the primer authority with this collection of our superstar primers in irresistible try-me sizes! These are infused with vitamins A & E, grape seed extract, and green tea.

INCLUDES:
Photo Finish Primer Water
Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow Primer
Hydrating Under Eye Primer
Photo Finish Foundation Primer

What I think:  I have tested the Photo Finish Primer Water and the Photo Finish Foundation Primer. I love how light the primer water feels, and it is really effective, my makeup stays on for a while.  The Photo Finish Foundation primer feels really silky on and makeup last all day!

Purchase at http://www.smashbox.com

TouchBack Brow Marker
TouchBack Brow Marker

TouchBack Brow Marker ($19.99  USD) –Achieve bold, full eyebrows with TouchBack Brow Marker. This patented marker lasts all day and won’t rub off. The fine tip is designed to deposit the perfect amount of color for even, natural-looking coverage. Comes in the following shades: Soft Black, Dark Brown, Medium Brown, Blonde, Auburn.

What I think: Dark Brown is my perfect match and it blends in effortlessly into my brow hair.  It gives a really natural look as it defines my brows.  My makeup also looks more finished with perfect brows!

Purchase at http://www.touchbackbrow.com

TRESemme Expert Selection Perfectly (un)Done Sea Salt Spray<!–
3.6
5.0
–> ($5.49 USD) –Get an effortlessly sexy, undone beach look all year-long – no matter when and where.  This non-sticky formula, infused with Sea Kelp Extract, helps you create a sexy, full-bodied, tousled style in every strand.  Featherlight polymers give you a natural-looking, sexy style without salty stiffness.

TRESemme Expert Selection Perfectly (un)Done Wave Perfecting Gelee<!–
5.0
1.0
–> ($6.29 USD) — Add soft control and definition to your Perfectly (un)Done style, when and where you need it. This lightweight gelee helps define and control waves, without being heavy, greasy or sticky. So your waves can move naturally, yet always stay in control.

What I think:  Sea salt sprays are usually so spendy, but this one is affordable and it works.  I spray it on damp hair and air dry it.  My hair looks beach and wavy.  For extra curl, ad a bit of the gelee, twist hair and dry.  Hair is curly, shiny and not sticky!

Purchase at mass market retailers near you.

My Beauty Favorites Week of August 9-16, 2015

My kids started school last week and I can’t believe that summer is over for us!  But, it is still hot and I want to enjoy the last of these hot days by enjoying some new makeup that is perfect for summer!

This week, my faves include a tinted body balm, metallic tattoo jewelry, a summery pink lipstick, and a fun glitter nail top coat.

Miracle Body Transformer Tinted Beauty Balm
Miracle Body Transformer Tinted Beauty Balm

Miracle Body Transformer Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20 ($34 USD) is a high performance tinted body beauty balm, with a silky smooth feel, formulated to address your body’s skincare concerns and give your body a total transformation. It’s definitely not just another moisturizer.

What I think: I have been letting my faux tan fade and I can really see the imperfections in my skin. This smooths my skin and makes it look flawless! I will be using this well into the fall.

Purchase at www.miracleskintransformer.com and www.kohls.com

Infinity Sun Goddess Glitz Tattoo Jewelry
Infinity Sun Goddess Glitz Tattoo Jewelry

Infinity Sun Goddess Glitz Tattoo Jewelry ($25 for 3 sheets) — Eirene – Goddess of peace and diplomacy (a mixture of tribal/ethnic/exotic jewelry including pieces for hands/feet) . There are bracelets, necklaces, feet and ring tattoo jewelry in this collection.

What I think: These are so fun and pretty! All the girls in my house are loving them, as they work for all ages. Plus, they are great adornments when you don’t want to bother with jewelry.

Available at shop.infinitysun.com

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pink Petal
Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pink Petal

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pink Petal ($20 USD) — Just one swipe and you’ll see this is the stuff beauty legends are made of. From modern mattes to hydrating creams, our ultra-luxe formula glides on for show-stopping, saturated color every time.

What I think: This is a beautiful lipstick. It glides on so smoothly and is very moisturizing. The color is well pigmented and lasts a long time. The pink is bright and lovely, too.

Learn more and purchase at http://www.smashbox.com

 

OPI On Pinks & Needles
OPI On Pinks & Needles

OPI On Pinks & Needles ($8 USD) Polish spreads quick, even, and leaves itself streak free. The brush also has stacked bristles which apply more polish than regularly spaced bristles. OPI polishes are designed with quality and excellence in mind, and almost exclusively sold only to nail professionals.

What I think: As a top coat, this polish enhances any polish with pink glitter of various sizes. It can also be worn on its own. Just a few coats and it will be so pretty!

Available at salons and beauty supply stores.

What summer beauty products are you loving?  Leave a comment and let me know!

 

 

It’s Time To Celebrate National Lipstick Day!

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Collection
Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Collection

It’s National Lipstick Day!  I love lip products and am always excited to try new ones.  So I decide that in honor of National Lipstick Day, I would give you ideas of awesome new lip products to try!

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Collection ($20 USD) — Lustrous finish, Shea butter for lasting moisturization and Vitamins C and E (antioxidants) to protect.

Available shades: Legendary, Pink Petal, Primrose, Pout, Posy Pink, Melondrama, Mandarin, Nylon Nude, Honey, Cognac, Fig, Vivid Violet, Chestnut, Infrared Matte, Plum Scene, Pretty Social, Mulberry, Shock Me Pink

Learn more and purchase at http://www.smashbox.com and also available in a Matte version.

Avon Beyond Color Plumping Lip Color SPF 15
Avon Beyond Color Plumping Lip Color SPF 15

Not afraid to rock a bold lip? Prefer a more demure pale pink? The first of your friends to experiment with a non-traditional shade like deep plum or dark brown? Believe it or not, your preferred lip shade and your personality may go hand in hand!

In honor of National Lipstick Day, Avon is sharing a Lipstick personality quiz – a series of seven questions designed to help you identify the perfect lip shade for you. And, just in time to celebrate, Avon’s newest launch – Beyond Color Plumping Lip Color SPF 15 – available in ten full color shades, for any and every lip personality.

To find out what lipstick is perfect for you, check out the quiz at http://beautyforapurpose.avon.com/lipstick-personality-quiz/. My perfect lipstick shade is Peach Petunia and it is really pretty!

Purchase att www.avon.com.

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick ($32 USD) — According to Charlotte herself, this is a lipstick for every woman to fall in love with. The unique formula features seed extracts from ‘The Lipstick Tree,’ a rare, exotic tree with nurturing and protective properties were originally discovered by Native American women who used the seeds to paint and protect their lips, since it contains an anti-oxidant that naturally protects lips from UV damage and external pollution, leaving lips cashmere-soft and irresistible. With a wide range of ten ultra-luxe shades, these lipsticks are blended with special waxes and clever light-diffusing pigments for pert, full-bodied, ultra-brilliant lips that are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Shades: Stoned Rose, So Marilyn, Love Bite, Hepburn Honey, Bitch Perfect, Night Crimson, Penelope Pink, Coachella Coral, Nude Kate and Velvet Underground.

Available at CharlotteTilbury.com

butter LONDON LIPPY Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons
butter LONDON LIPPY Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons

butter LONDON LIPPY Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons ($20 USD) –Precise and easy to use, these high-shine, long-wear crayons provide the full coverage and pigment of a lipstick and the intense shine and smoothness of a gloss. The long-wearing formulation contains Mango Seed Oil and Marula Oil to improve lip moisturization, as well as Niacinamide which helps the skin barrier for a smoother, more even lip tone. Each lip crayon comes complete with a built-in sharpener, so you can keep the slim-line applicator sharp, even on-the-go.

Shades: Tea With The Queen, Disco Biscuit, Toff, Primrose Hill Picnic, Teddy Boy, Ladybird, Trout Pout, Ruby Murray

Purchase at http://www.butterlondon.com

Lipstick Queen Cupid’s Bow
Lipstick Queen Cupid’s Bow

Lipstick Queen Cupid’s Bow ($22 USD) — These powerful velvet pencils work like a lipstick and liner all-in-one and will give you long-lasting color with precision application.

Available at http://www.spacenk.com

Rodial Glamsticks
Rodial Glamsticks

Rodial Glamsticks ($28 USD) — Infused with cocoa butter and vitamin E to hydrate and protect, your lips will never feel softer or look better.

Purchase at http://www.planetbeauty.com

My Beauty Favorites Week of May 25-May 31, 2015

I hope you all had a great weekend!  It rained in Kansas City most of the week, but was sunny today.  We took advantage of it by going to the zoo today.  It was so nice to be outside.

Each week in my favorites round-up this summer, I will try to include some type of sunscreen.  It is important to use sunscreen all year-long, but especially during the summer when the sun can be extreme and we are outside more!

My faves this week include anti-aging sunscreen, makeup for a flawless face, floral scents and detangling combs for summer hair.

What are you loving this week?  Leave a comment and share!

Obagi Gentle Rejuvenation Ultra-Light Repair SPF 30 Sunscreen Cream (approx. $44 USD) — A moisturizing sunscreen that helps repair the skin barrier while providing protection against harmful UV rays, with an exclusive blend of skin-identical ceramides and other ingredients that help diminish the appearance of the early signs of skin aging.

Obagi Medical Professional-C SPF 30 (approx. $54 USD) — UV rays and free radicals are two of the leading causes of skin damage and signs of aging. Obagi Professional-C Sunscare Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 defends against both of these harmful factors to help keep your complexion looking youthful. The formula also contains vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that protects the complexion against free radicals. Because the formula is lightweight and elegant, it does not leave skin feeling greasy or oily like many other sun protection products.

Obagi Rosaclear Skin Balancing Sun Protection SPF 30 (approx. $56 USD) — This highly protective mineral sunscreen provides chemical-free protection against UVA and UVB damage. Designed with a soft tint, it effectively disguises redness, blotches and rosacea-related blemishes for a healthier-looking complexion.

What I think: Obagi skincare is very effective in combating aging.  All three of the above Obagi moisturizing sunscreens not only treat skin but protect it with SPF 30, which is so important for fighting aging and skin cancer.  The Gentle Rejuvenation SPF is great for moisturizing skin, the Professional-C can help repair skin damage and the Rosaclear is a mineral sunscreen that has a soft tint to it to help with redness.

Learn more at http://www.obagi.com

Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Dark Spot Correcting ($42 USD) — More than primer = less dark spots! Makeup meets skincare with this primer revolution. 84% of women saw significant improvement in just 4 weeks with the clinically proven formula. It instantly brightens and primes to smooth the appearance of fine lines and pores, while fading dark spots and acne marks over time.

Smashbox Photo Filter Powder Foundation ($42 USD) — The special effects of Light Filter Technology and the performance of long-wear Photoset Polymers blend together to make this powder foundation magic. Not only does it act like your favorite photo filter on your phone, but it also stays true all day.

What I think: I still wear makeup in the summer, even on hot days, but I love products that are multitaskers.  These two Smashbox products certainly are that! The primer is moisturizer and a primer and the foundation is foundation and powder in one great product.  And they do work well together.  After my SPF, I apply the primer than the foundation and my base is done! Easy and flawless, just like I like my summer!

Available at http://www.smashbox.com

Westmore Beauty Coverage Perfector 2-in-1 Foundation
Westmore Beauty Coverage Perfector 2-in-1 Foundation

Westmore Beauty Coverage Perfector 2-in-1 Foundation ($32 USD) — With Westmore Beauty’s Coverage Perfector, every woman can now easily experience Hollywood special effects in minutes–and with one product! It’s your sheer-to-full-coverage foundation and concealer in one that magically provides skin with the appearance of a flawless, airbrushed finish. Concealing everything with comfortable long-wearing coverage, the luxuriously creamy and hydrating formula provides a unique glow, leaving your skin looking radiant, and giving you the perfect skin appearance you’d expect from Hollywood celebrities walking the red carpet.

Coverage Perfector is formulated with a unique complex that helps to provide a beautiful glow to the skin. The Tri-Effects technology works on three connected levels of technology to help provide long-wear coverage, ultra comfort, and natural-looking radiance to the skin. This “special effect” will stay with you until you remove Coverage Perfector.

What I think:  I was so excited to try this!  I haven’t been using concealer lately, because I have been trying to scale down my daily makeup routine.  This product claims to be a concealer and foundation — and it is! I start by tapping it under my eyes for concealer, then I apply it on the rest of my face with the fabulous brush that is included.  Such a great product with a really good price!

Available at http://www.qvc.com

Conair Anti-static Detangling Comb
Conair Anti-static Detangling Comb

Conair Anti-static Detangling Comb ($3.29 USD) — Anti-static comb prevents flyaway problems. Detangle without causing split ends. Evenly distribute conditioner to hair ends. Use with any hair type for volume. For wet or dry styling.

What I think: I have been using this comb on myself (and my daughters) after baths and during styling.  Leaves my hair smooth and soft!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

 

Essence of Beauty Rose Enhancement Body Mist ($6.99 8oz) — Escape to a vibrant and lush rose garden with top notes of bergamot and radiant orange, mid notes of strawberry, elegant rose and geranium bloom, and base notes of garden rhubarb, sunshine daisy and dewy musk.

Essence of Beauty Luscious Peony Body Mist ($6.99 8oz) — Pretty and playful, Luscious Peony evokes lavish floral gardens in full bloom, bursting with freshness.  Sparkling white grapefruit and bergamot blend with notes of soft rose petals, perfectly accentuated by peony, wild poppy and magnolia to create this refreshing, vibrant fragrance.

What I think:  Now that our peonies and roses are blooming, it is fun to have similar fragrances to wear that will last all year long (unlike the flowers themselves)! Both of these smell really fresh and are so affordable, and because they are body mists, they will last a long time

Purchase at http://www.cvs.com

 

My Beauty Faves Week of April 6-12, 2015

Last week went by so fast!  I went to two weddings this weekend and it was so busy.  So, I am putting out my end of week review a day late!

This week, I have been loving a random mix of items — a blurring primer, a smoky eye shadow trio, a yummy weight loss drink and a cute hair band!

Lumene Bright Now Blur Line and Pore Minimizer
Lumene Bright Now Blur Line and Pore Minimizer

Lumene Bright Now Blur Line and Pore Minimizer ($19.99 USD) — The new Lumene Bright Now Blur Line & Pore Minimizer makes skin instantly more beautiful and even-looking. Helps to control shine and optically diminishes the appearance of fine lines and pores. Skin looks and feels instantly more soft and supple. The innovative texture of the product helps the skin look flawless even longer and keeps skin matte and shine free all day long while delivering a brighter and more radiant look. Oil-Free formulation.

What I think: This is my new favorite primer! Just a little goes a long way to smooth out pores and lines and to make a great base for makeup.  I wear it everyday underneath my foundation and my skin looks great all day!

Available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.

Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Cover Shoot
Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Cover Shoot

Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Cover Shoot ($28 USD) — Our fab trios are all playfulness and color! Get rich, bold hues in just one swipe. Each includes 3 coordinated shadows-base shade, contour color and highlighter-so you’ll never wonder which shades to wear together again. You’ll even find application tips on the peel-back label.

What I think:  Hello perfect brown smoky eye! These colors are so pretty and can make either a very dramatic eye or a soft every day look.  The top two shades are shimmer and the darkest shade is a matte — you can use it as an eyeliner as well!

Learn more and purchase at http://www.smashbox.com

Celsius Flo Fusion On-the-Go in Berry
Celsius Flo Fusion On-the-Go in Berry

Celsius Flo Fusion On-the-Go in Berry — a great tasting drink for your active, healthy lifestyle. Studies show that drinking Flo Fusion™ before moderate exercise helps you burn up to 100 calories and more per serving, boosts metabolism, burns up to 93% more body fat, increases endurance and provides lasting energy to accelerate your transformation no matter what diet or training routine you are on. The great tasting Flo Fusion™ Transformation Accelerator Powder has the same benefits as the “ready to drink” Celsius and is available in Berry or Orange flavor.

What I think:  I have tried both Berry and Orange a few times before a workout.  Both flavors are good, I think I like orange better, but that’s just personal preference.  I notice that I get good workout energy with these drinks.  I don’t know if it’s helped me lose weight, but I am going to continue using them and see.

Learn more at http://www.celsius.com and purchase at http://www.amazon.com. Prices vary.

Dauphines of New York Front Row Darling
Dauphines of New York Front Row Darling

Dauphines of New York Front Row Darling Headband ($24 USD) — This glamorous, adjustable hair headband provides tailored fit, comfort, and ease of wear, allowing the creation of multiple hair looks. The timeless and design features an elegant leather centerpiece, miniature crystals on a silver base, a gunmetal link chain, and engraved hardware for the perfect accent piece to almost any outfit. The versatile design can be worn by anyone and the colors complement most hair shades. The included instruction card helps create easy-to-model hair looks.

What I think: This is so cute!  I received a sample and gave it to my daughter who is really into the boho look, and she wears it all of the time.  It is made very well and is so easy to adjust.  And she gets lots of compliments.  I also think it is perfect for women of all ages who want a fun look for a night out.

Purchase at http://www.sephora.com

What have you been loving lately?  Leave a comment and let me know!  I would love to know what my readers have been trying.

My Beauty Faves Week of January 12-18, 2015 — SkinnyStix, Emjoi, Korres, Smashbox and Lumene

It was a beautiful day in Kansas City today!  Over 50 degrees and sunny, so my family and I went to the Kansas City Zoo.  I sure got my FitBit steps in today and am feeling great! The products that I am loving this week include a drink to help give me energy, a fantastic pedi tool, a moisturizing body butter, hydrating face powder and capsules to make my skin glow.

Zantrex® SkinnyStix® Berry Fusion
Zantrex® SkinnyStix® Berry Fusion

Zantrex® SkinnyStix® Berry Fusion ($29.99 for 21 stix and bottle) — For increased energy, mood elevation, heightened stamina and improved focus, adults mix entire contents of 1 SkinnyStix packet in 16 fl. oz. of water and drink or sip as desired. For powerful appetite control and weight loss, adults mix entire contents of 1 SkinnyStix packet in 16 fl. oz. of water and drink the entire serving 15 minutes before main meals. Do not exceed 3 SkinnyStix per day. Use in conjunction with any sensible diet and exercise program. Individual results will vary. What I think:  I have started to eat better and exercise more this year, and like drinking one of these a day to help give me energy and boost my mood.  It does work for me.  But, I cannot take more than one a day, because I am a bit sensitive to caffeine.  I also make sure that I only drink half-calf or decaf coffee when I have a SkinnyStix. Available at http://www.zantrex3.com

Emjoi Micro-Pedi
Emjoi Micro-Pedi

Emjoi Micro-Pedi ($29.99 USD) — This battery-operated foot buffer is ideal for at-home pedicures and is a safe alternative to harsh, metal scrapers.  Micro-Pedi’s spinning rollers quickly and easily buff away rough, callused skin on feet to reveal supple, touchable feet.

  • Removes rough, dry and calloused skin from feet in seconds
  • Unique roller spins 360 degrees for fast results
  • Battery operated
  • Revolutionary device takes the chore out of smoothing skin on your feet.
  • Gently and effectively buffs away rough, dry and calloused skin in seconds.
  • Safer and more effective than metal scrapers and easier than a pumice stone
  • Rubberized easy grip
  • Battery operated (requires 2 x AA batteries – not included)

What I think: This works so well!  It is very easy to use, just roll it over the rough patches of your feet and in a few minutes you get soft, smooth feet!  My feet are usually so dry and rough during the winter, but they look summer ready now!

Available at CVS pharmacies and http://www.cvs.com.  Don’t for get to join CVS’s Beauty Club for rewards.  The Facebook and Twitter handle is @CVSBeautyClub

Korres Fig Body Butter
Korres Fig Body Butter

Korres Fig Body Butter ($29 USD) — beautifully scented, creamy body butters that are enriched with shea butter and quince extract to soften, moisturize, and rejuvenate the skin. Sunflower, almond, and avocado oils nourish, thus helping to improve elasticity and smoothness. Available in seven fabulous scents, Korres Body Butter deeply moisturizes and can be used all over the body. Available in Basil Lemon, Fig, Japanese Rose, Jasmine, Yoghurt, Vanilla Guava and Guava. What I think:  I love how moisturizing the Korres Body Butters are!  They come in seven scents.  I have Fig and it smells just like the fresh fruits. Available at http://www.sephora.com

Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder
Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder

Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder ($49 USD) — It’s the first anti-aging powder with the science of skin care built in! This advanced formulation of pure gold, 48 minerals, 11 amino acids and a powerful peptide delivers dynamic anti-aging benefits, while the patented hydration system continuously revitalizes skin for a brighter, more radiant complexion all day. For the perfect amount of fresh powder every time, simply twist the shaver, swirl brush into powder and apply to face. What I think:  I love this powder!  I have been using it over my foundation to set and to add extra coverage.  It applies so smoothly and melts into the skin, but does not settle in to pores or lines.  I have it in light, which is the perfect match for my skin.  I am going to try it without foundation when the weather gets warmer.  I think it will work well as a lighter foundation. Available at http://www.smashbox.com and fine beauty stores.

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C+ Beauty Drops
Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C+ Beauty Drops

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C+ Beauty Drops ($21.99 USD) — Arctic cloudberry seed oil combined with highly effective vitamin C and lingonberry seed oil boosts radiance and brightens the skin with a long-lasting effect. Special formula releases vitamin C slowly into the skin making its effect last longer. Suitable for all skin types. 28 capsules. For external use only. What I think: I have been using these little oil capsules at night in place of my serum.  They sink into the skin well and in the morning my skin is glowing. I’m going to keep using them every night to see if my skin continues to look younger! Learn more at http://www.lumene.com

Makeup Picks For Marsala — Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year

Marsala — not just a type of wine, it’s Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year! This is a gorgeous rich shade that makes a statement, but is really wearable.

Below are lip, eyes and cheek picks for this hot color!

CARGO Cosmetics Essential Lip Color ($22 USD) — A smooth, creamy and lightweight formula that offers high pigment payoff while leaving lips plump and perfectly hydrated throughout the day. Olive oil, Shea Butter and Jojoba oil provide essential moisture while plumping peptides offer instant fullness.

CARGO Cosmetics Matte Top Coat ($22 USD) — Transform your favorite satin finish lip color into a luxurious suede-like finish in one stoke. Clear, no color top coat in stick form that instantly transforms satin or shiny lip color to a matte finish.

What I think:  This lipstick is a gorgeous color!  I usually don’t wear dark lipstick, but I am loving this, especially with the matte top coat over it.  It makes it look more wearable and softer.

Available at http://www.cargocosmetics.com

 Palladio Eyeshadow Quad in Spellbound
Palladio Eyeshadow Quad in Spellbound

Palladio Eyeshadow Quad in Spellbound ($8 USD)Swipe on this shade to lids for an evening look perfect for a night out. Give an intense smoky eye or just add some color to your look with a shade that looks great on blonde, brunettes and even red heads!

What I think: This is a pretty palette that will match well with gorgeous Marsala lipsticks.  It has fairly good pigment, but needs a couple of layers.

Available at mass market retailers and www.palladiobeauty.com.

SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio
SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio

SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio ($28 USD) — This limited-edition cheek set is a portable and perfect solution for adding a pop of color to everyday makeup and providing instant glow to cheek bones. The powders are created through a triple jet milled process that allows for intense color payoff and a velvety texture that leaves skin feeling luxurious, but never heavy. The unique blend of naturally derived oils and powders enhance the skin’s overall appearance with a sophisticated shimmer for a radiant glow without glitter.

Designed to evoke the sleek, modern lines of the iconic Pantone Chip, and newly imagined with a captivating Marsala ombre color variation, 2015’s Color of the Year Collection makes a stunning presentation. Each product features Sephora Collection’s high performance formulas for rich color payoff and luxurious feel during wear. Refined finishes like matte, cream, metallic, and lacquer allow for a fuller expression of this bold nude shade, from sheer luminosity to wildly rich pigments.

What I think:  I haven’t tried this, but I think the colors are gorgeous and look very versatile.  The lightest color would be a pretty highlighter and the darkest would contour well.

Available at http://www.sephora.com

 

Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Bordeaux
Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Bordeaux

Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Bordeaux ($24 USD) — Say hello to the next-generation of lip color, BE LEGENDARY LONG WEAR LIP LACQUER—the new boundary-pushing formula that delivers maximum high-lacquered color with major comfort—all day long.  Goes on as a lacquer, then uniquely adjusts to a stain for 8 hours of long-lasting color.

What I think:  This is another gorgeous dark Marsala shade.  It goes on easily and wears for hours.

Avaialble at http://www.smashbox.com