Spring Eye Shadow Choices From Boots No7, Napoleon Perdis and Josie Maran

I don’t think you need to buy all new makeup each season, but it is fun to pop in a few new products, like a bright or shimmery eye shadow for spring, to update your look. Here are some of my favorites that I have recently tried.

Boots No7 Stay Perfect Eye Mousse ($7.99 USD) —  These small tubes of light-as-air color combine a wonderful whipped texture with a flattering iridescent finish. The unique formulation means the color lasts on and on and it’s just so easy to apply, use your finger to dot and blend to your heart’s content. The eye color is waterproof so great for sports enthusiasts.

Apply using fingertips and blend to create the desired effect. A brush can be used for more precise definition. The Vanilla shade can be used as a highlighter. It is also available in Fudge, Khaki and Lilac.

Visit www.target.com or www.us.boots.com to learn more and purchase.

Napoleon Perdis Loose Eye Dusts ($25.00 USD) — A highly pigmented loose powder in a canister that dispenses just the right amount of product each time. Start in the closed position, shake lightly and open to release. The sifter mechanism measures out enough shadow for one application. Dust or pat onto the eyes, cheeks or even body for brilliant shimmering highlights. The vivid results last from dust till dawn.  Available in 20 shimmering shades.

Visit http://www.napoleonperdis.com/US/ to learn more and purchase.

Josie Maran Argan Eye Love You Too Palette ($42.00 USD) — A limited-edition palette that contains eight Argan-infused eyeshadows for endless eye looks.Enriched with pure Argan Oil, these soft, velvety shadows blend effortlessly and stay put for intense, saturated, all-day color. The perfectly portable palette comes with an easy-to-follow, how-to card from Josie herself, featuring step-by-step instructions on how to create the ideal day and night looks. Campfire is a matte chestnut brown. Rejuvenate is a golden mossy green. Dragonfly is a color shifting, brownish-teal. Chirp is a maple brownish-gold. Bunny is a buttery white. Cinnamon is a fleshy pink. Meadow is a subtle lemon-lime green. Branch is a dark brown with gold flecks.

You can purchase at www.josiemarancosmetics.com or www.sephora.com.

Enjoy!

Does Your Makeup Fade Easily? Try Mally’s Bulletproof Beauty!

Celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal creates beautiful cosmetics that enhance a women’s beauty while lasting all day. This is perfect for all of us busy women, whether we are spouses, mothers, hold full-time jobs, make time for hobbies (like beauty blogging) or a combo of these. It is wonderful to try a line that includes wearable shades that won’t fall down my face at noon! Lately, I have tried the following fabulous products:
 
Mally Beauty 24/7 Professional Blush System ($35.00 QVC) This 24/7 blush is made using two new technologies that activate one another for long-lasting results. It gives a beautiful, natural blush that lasts with a cream and a powder blush that you layer for an all day glow. Together, these two products create the perfect bond, locking in a long-wearing, fresh, dewy color that won’t budge.

Includes:

  • 0.26 oz blush compact
  • Dual-ended brush

Mally Evercolor Long-Wear Shadow Stick Duo ($31.92 QVC) —  These shadow sticks in beautiful shades bring out the white in your eyes and catch highlights when you bat your lashes. The bulletproof formula glides on, sets, and wears for hours–all you need are these sticks and a finger to smudge and soften. I love the shimmer and the fact that they only come off when you take them off! So pretty! 

Includes:

  • Includes two 0.06 oz Evercolor shadow sticks — the colors combinations are:
  • Foxy: includes Rosy Taupe and Saddle Shimmer, both brown shades
  • Starlet: includes Dusk, a shimmery rose and Platinum, a metallic shimmer
  • Showstopper: includes Plum, a deep purple and Champagne, a shimmery beige

Mally “Rise & Shine” Long Wear 9-pc Brightening Collection ($67.00 QVC) —  The best of Mally’s high-performance products in a total face collection that helps you refresh and recharge your looks–so you feel your best.

Includes:

  • 0.3 fl oz Cancellation Conditioning Concealer in Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, or Rich
  • 0.18 oz Rise & Shine eye shadow duo with eye shadow brush in Coffee and Mocha
  • 0.13 oz Rise & Shine brightening blush
  • 0.39 fl oz volumizing mascara in Black
  • 0.04 oz Evercolor Starlight liner in Kona
  • 0.10 oz luminizer in Heavenly
  • 0.10 oz Highshine lip pen in Southern Peach
  • 0.044 oz Brow Beauty Brow Boost in Taupe
  • Cosmetic pouch

Some of the highlights of this collection is the Cancellation Conditioning Concealer — a long-wearing, full-coverage, SPF 25 concealer to be used under and around eyes, all over face or on body. Cover anything you want to conceal; Volumizing mascara captures Mally’s time-tested method of building incredible lashes. The formula won’t budge, but comes off with soap and water; Evercolor Starlight liner in a long-wearing deep brown called Kona, perfect to brighten and define eyes when you need performance; The Highshine lip pen creates Mally’s signature super-shiny lip by delivering a primer, lipstick, and gloss in one. The Southern Peach is a really pretty neutral

My least favorite was the eye shadow only because it both the shades are a deep brown. A lighter color would have made a more complete eye look.

Tips to used the kit: Apply concealer under eyes and on lids; dab and blend gently. Also add to any spots that need concealment. Apply luminizer with fingers on lid and cheekbones. Dust eye shadow across lids, lash line to crease. Use eye liner on top and/or bottom lash line and in inner rims for a more smoky look. Stroke on two coats of mascara on top lashes, one on bottom. Using short, feathery upward strokes, apply Brow Boost. Smile and apply blush on apples of cheeks, blending up towards cheekbones. Finish with a gorgeous glossy lip.

What is it: Mally Ultimate Performance Lipcolor System ($25.00 QVC) is the last word in glossy, full-color lip color that shines and lasts. The Lip Lacquer and Lip Liner work together to deliver a gorgeous, shiny full-color lip look that lasts and won’t travel. The Lip Liner works all over the lip to prep and grab, while the Lip Lacquer goes on ultra smooth, unbelievably shiny, and stays put.

Includes:

  • 0.17 fl oz Lip Lacquer
  • 0.01 oz Lip Liner

Give The Gift Of Beauty With Stila, Smashbox and Laura Mercier

Makeup palettes are the perfect gift for makeup lovers. Stila, Smashbox and Laura Mercier all have fabulous sets for all of the beauty junkies on your list! 

Stila’s Eye for Color Palette($18.00 USD, $130 value) features 13 new, ultra wearable eye shadow shades for countless, easy-to-create looks!  Great gift for that Stila lover on your shopping list! Shades include: Petal Pink, Burgundy, Bronze, Coffee, Moss, Green, Blue Green, Navy, Lilac, Orchid, Porcelain, Bisque and Black. Visit www.stilacosmetics.com or www.ulta.com to purchase.

Smashbox Wish For The Perfect Palette ($59.00 USD, $260.00 ) No wonder this mega palette sells out every year! It’s the biggest, boldest gift you could give any beauty junkie, with nearly 80 shades for endless color combinations of eyes, cheeks and lips. You’ll even get a FREE step-by-step guide to create a festive holiday look. A portion of proceeds benefits the Children’s Miracle Network.

Includes:
49 eye shadows
10 cream eye liners
6 brow powders
1 brow wax
8 lip glosses
2 blush
1 bronzer
1 highlighter
4 mini brushes (eye shadow, eye liner, angled brow and lip)

You can purchase this at www.smashbox.com

Laura Mercier Eye Colour Sampler ($48.00 USD) Mix, match and be merry with this amazing selection of fun and festive Laura Mercier Eye Colours – packaged in a portable case with a double-ended Eye Colour/Smudge brush for on-the-go application. Shades Include: Sparkling Dew, Chocolate, Latte, Pink Tulip, Ultra Violet, Pink Copper, Mica and Black Ice. Available for a limited time at www.lauramercier.com.

Pur Minerals Perfect Fit Eye Shadow Trio

It’s always fun to try new eye shadow colors — eye shadows are such a fun way to switch up your look!

Pur Minerals has created beautiful eye shadow trios in very wearable, but fun, color combinations. The two I have tried with descriptions from the website are:   

Goddess Perfect Fit Eye Shadow Trio ($21.00). “Touch the heavens this season with a simply divine eye palette that will lift your spirits and take your look to new heights. Featuring a trio of pür-ly enchanting shades in vanilla cream, dusty garnet and rich umber, our Goddess Eye Trio will instantly brighten any occasion.”

Canyon Glow Perfect Fit Eye Shadow Trio ($21.00). “Create a naturally captivating eye look inspired by this season’s sultry earthen metallic palette. Featuring three perfectly complementary hues, in pink quartz, copper clay and satin brown, our Canyon Glow Eye Trio is your key to a simply smoldering, straight-from-the-runway stare.”

What I Think: These shadows are so silky and well-pigmented. They glide across the eyes and are so pretty on.  I love how in both kits the shades are individually beautiful but complimentary when worn together. Lovely!

These kits also come in:

Desert Sky — antique pearl, burnt rose and cinnamon shimmer 

Halo —  shimmery pink, misty taupe and mossy green

Visit www.purminerals.com to learn more and to purchase these fab shadows. Enjoy!

beautyADDICTS

Looking for a luxury cosmetics line that you may not have tried before? I love discovering beauty lines that many people haven’t heard about and introducing them to you, my fab readers. There are so many great ones that are not for sale at department stores or Sephora. Like beautyADDICTS.   

beautyADDICTS takes a unique approach to makeup. All of their products fit into 4 color families: Glow — soft pinks and lavenders, Express — bronzes and creams, Motivate — berries and plums, and Seduce — rubies and silvers. I tried the following products:
 
SolutionEYES in Motivate($35.00) — This eye shadow quad is incredibly pigmented and the colors glide on so smoothly. A friend of mine who doesn’t usually wear makeup, fell in love with the flattering shades of pinks and berries in this palette. I think these colors would look great on all skin tones because they are so highly pigmented. The mix of shimmers and matte shadows make it great for day or evening.
 
SleekCHEEKS in Express ($28.00) — This blush duo includes a shimmering cream and a sheer matte powder to create lots of looks. The formulas are  oil absorbent and include advanced antioxidants. The Express colors are coppery and are a little to warm for my skin tone, but they go on smoothly and give a subtle hint of glow.
Visit the website at www.beautyaddicts.com, where you can purchase these items and more.