IT Cosmetics Favorites!

Hey Everyone!

This post is all about IT Cosmetics and how they are rapidly becoming my Holy Grail BRAND! Yes, I said brand, that means the whole brand is holy grail status…so far! And on top of being amazing quality, they are paraben and cruelty free!

I have only purchased three products from IT Cosmetics thus far, and all three products became Holy Grail after the first use. So much so, that since the purchase of these items, I have not used another product in the same categories. Also, I find that these products to be universally amazing for people of different skin types. Here are the products :

Your Skin But Better CC+ 

This CC cream is literally your skin but better. It is full coverage (like a full coverage foundation) with the most natural finish I have ever seen; and because its a CC cream it offers extras like an anti-aging hydrating serum, and SPF 50+ uva/ubv protection. It feels like there is absolutely nothing on the skin, yet lasts longer than any foundation/primer/setting spray combo I have ever used. Though it is hydrating, it does not make oily skin oilier (or look oilier). It comes in a 1.08 fl oz tube with a pump, which is very convenient, quick, and sanitary. I use the shade Light which is similar to MAC NC20, but is completely neutral, not too pink and not too yellow. Just Perfect. *The ONLY semi-annoying thing about this product is that it only comes in 4 shades. Though the shades are all quite versatile, and kind of morph into your perfect color.*

https://www.itcosmetics.com/your-skin-but-better-cc-cream-with-spf-50 $38

Bye Bye Under Eye

In short, this product is a heavy-duty under eye concealer with extras like collagen and vitamins C and K. It has a thick paste-like consistency (similar to Benefit’s Erase Paste), but easily thins out (or builds up) into a dreamy, blend able, dark circle eraser! It is by far one of the most full-coverage concealers I have ever used, and is quite possibly the best one out there. You only need the tiniest amount as well, whatever amount you think is small enough, cut that in half, seriously. It’s always better to have too little than too much. It also works as a great natural looking skin highlighter/illuminator.

 

https://www.itcosmetics.com/bye-bye-under-eye $24

 

Vitality Lip Flush in Je Ne Sais Quoi

This is by far the most uniquely wonderful product I’ve come across. When I first saw it at Ulta, I was immediately intrigued because it had a small sign that declared that this lipstick was their bestseller worldwide (or something like that), but at first glance it just looked like a clear balm that slightly tinted pink. And when I swatched it on my hand, it just came up clear; so I quickly discounted its claims. I only made it to the next aisle when I looked down and noticed the most beautiful, glowy flush of pink I have ever seen. Apparently as the lipstick warms to your skin, it morphs into a perfect color customized just for you. So naturally I purchased it and as I learned more about it, the more amazed I became. Not only does it morph into your perfect flush, it also has anti-aging and lip conditioning properties such as plum oil, cherry oil, shea butter, aloe and jojoba. It also has anti-oxidants like Vitamins A, C, E, Acai, Green Tea and White Tea that protect your lips from free-radicals. The best part is that even with all of those wonderful oils and hydrators, this lipgloss/stain/lipstick lasts and lasts!

https://www.itcosmetics.com/vitality-lip-flush $20

 

 

 

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July 2013 Ipsy Bag

Hey Everyone! It’s time again to talk about what came in this months Ipsy Bag!

Big Sexy Hair ‘Weather Proof’ : is a humidity resistant spray that you apply to a finished look to resist humidity and frizz, as well as keep your hair in place (like a hairspray). It smells like a cross between generic hairspray and dental fluoride.

BH Cosmetics ‘California Collection’ Palette : is an eyeshadow trio including the shades ‘Hollywood’, ‘San Francisco’, and ‘Malibu’. ‘Hollywood’ is a deep bright purple, ‘San Francisco’ is a medium sandy brown with gold glitter, and ‘Malibu’ is bright yellow gold. All of these shades are very sheer and blend decently. Unfortunately ‘Hollywood’ is the most poorly pigmented, and ‘San Francisco’ can get a bit muddy. ‘Malibu’ is very similar to Urban Decay’s ‘Half Baked’, but is much more yellow toned.

Coola Mineral Sunscreen : is an organic tinted moisturizer with spf 20. It’s color is that of a light warm bisque, I have “MAC NC20” skin and it gives me a warm glow without getting too orange. It has a very light liquidy consistency, and light but buildable coverage. This product is also green friendly, recycle friendly, and cruelty free.

Pop Beauty ‘Pouty Pop Crayon’ in Fuchsia Flirt : is a twist-up tinted lip balm crayon. ‘Fuchsia Flirt’ is a neutral flamingo pink, and contrary to the name I would not describe this color as fuchsia.

Demeter Roll On Perfume Oil in Salt Air : is an oil based roll on perfume. I got one of these in a previous Ipsy Bag and liked the scent, but unfortunately these are very light, hardly noticeable fragrances and do not last more than a few minutes once applied. ‘Salt Air’ has notes of white sand, ocean salt, and slight mandarin. Although, I love Bobbi Brown ‘Beach’ which has similar notes, I do not care for this fragrance.

 

 

 

Makeup Bag Essentials

Hey Everyone! This post is all about the essentials that you need to have in your makeup bag, but probably don’t already. It’s a list based on things that I actually use on a regular basis; whether I’m going out with friends or am traveling on an airplane. I don’t believe you need to bring a ton of things that do the same thing, just some really good multipurpose products and a few tools. If you are a makeup lover like I am, chances are a few extra goodies will accumulate in your bag, but…

Here are the things that you absolutely need:

 Moisturizer with SPF : This is important because you never know when you are going to be in direct sunlight OR get a little dry. I use the DiorSnow UV Shield White Reveal because it has SPF 50 PA+++ and does not have a strong scent. I love this product because it protects my skin so well and actually helps heal it.

 Face Powder : It is important to have a face powder for quick touch ups throughout the day. Makeup can wear off from things like the weather, sweating, or just touching your face. I use the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light Plus. You can also dust a face powder over your eyelids if they get oily, crease, or your eyeshadow needs to be further blended.

 Concealer : Like a face powder, it is important to have a concealer with you to cover any blemishes that might pop up while you’re out. My favorite concealer is the Revlon ColorStay Concealer, but I bring my MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC15 with me because it has SPF and is much creamier, so it makes application and blending easier on the go.

 “Color Stick” : When I say color stick, I mean a product that you can use on both your face and lips (sometimes eyes if need be, but I would avoid it if possible). The Josie Maran Argan Mini Color Sticks are great because you can apply them as a lipstick or blush, and they blend perfectly with a brush or your fingers. It is nice to have a blush with you because blushes tend to fade throughout the day, as do lipsticks; so it is convenient to have a product that does both.

 Makeup Sponge : This tool comes in handy for me quite frequently. Makeup tends to move and settle into pores, fine lines, and creases making your flawless face disappear. The flat Sephora Cosmetic Sponge is perfect for pressing and blending the makeup back into place.

 Eye Makeup Brush : As I said above, makeup moves; so it is handy to have an eyeshadow brush to blend your eyeshadow out. I love the Urban Decay dual-ended brush that came with the Naked 2 Palette (of course any dual ended brush would be just as perfect) because it has a flat shader side AND a blending side.

 Powder Brush : To use with your face powder. I use one from The Body Shop.

 Blotting Linens : Obviously these are great for blotting oily skin, but they also double as a wipe if your mascara, eyeshadow, or lipstick smears. I use the Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens.

 Hair Brush / Mirror : You can find a “pop up” hair brush with a mirror at any drugstore; I got mine a Target in the travel section. This product comes in handy a lot for me.

 Q-Tips : These are great for quick makeup touchups OR application, as well as cleaning out your ears. You can even use them to clean things out of small spaces like your phone.

 Hair Ties : For tying up your hair, money/keys etc.

 Perfume : Makes you feel fresh anytime. I carry Viva La Juicy with me in rollerball form.

Do you have all the essentials? Comment below if you agree with my list or if I left something out that you use!

 

Flower Beauty Review and Swatches!

Hey Everyone! Ever since Drew Barrymore released her new cosmetic line, Flower Beauty, I have been dying to get my hands on it. I finally tracked down a Walmart near me that carried the whole line and decided to pick up a few things to try.

The Flower Beauty products are high quality, the packaging is very pretty (especially for drugstore products), and the price is reasonable. I am impressed with the fullness of the line; it includes several different types of foundation-type products, cream and powder eyeshadows and blushes, different finishes of lipsticks, etc. It also features inventive new designs in packaging; like the Petite Fleurs which are stackable, three in one concealers. Flower Beauty has a wide range of colors and textures suitable for all skin types, and is overall a great new company.

Here is what I got  (though I’m sure I’ll be back for more!) :

(PICTURES AN SWATCHES BELOW)

Flower Face The World Tinted Moisturizer in TM1 : is a sheer to light coverage tinted moisturizer. It initially goes on smoothly and feels creamy on the skin, but once blended in it dries and becomes difficult to blend any further. Also once it has dried it feels similar to a dried gel consistency on the skin. It is not bothersome to me, but if you are sensitive to things like that, I would keep that in mind. I also do not have problems with it breaking me out. The shade I have, TM1, is similar to MAC NW15 but completely neutral (absolutely no yellow or pink undertones). $10.98

Flower Petite Fleurs Pocket Triplet Concealer in PF1 : is a three part concealer in the form of retractable “bullets”. The shade I have, PF1, includes a very light neutral slightly white color, a light neutral caramel color, and a deeper neutral caramel color. This trio is great for under the eyes (the lightest shade), blemishes (the medium shade), and contouring (the deepest shade). The consistency of all three of these is very creamy and they blend flawlessly. $6.98

Flower Win Some, Rouge Some Creme Blush in Pure Petunia : is a slightly yellow based candy pink cream blush. I would describe the texture of this product as more of a lip balm consistency than a true cream. The pigmentation is absolutely incredible and it blends out perfectly. $7.98

Flower Kiss Stick Velvet Lip Color in Flamingo Flower : is a matte/satin finish lipstick. The color is a slightly reddened magenta hot pink. It wears great both completely bold and opaque, or sheered out. Although it is not glossy, it is moisturizing and does not budge. The “Velvet Lip Colors” come in the white tube. $6.98

Flower Kiss Stick High Shine Lip Color in Tulips 2 Kiss You : is a satin/glossy finish lipstick. The color is a slightly milky hot baby pink. This lipstick also wears great opaque as well as sheered out. It is moisturizing and lasts well after application. The “High Shine Lip Colors” come in the black tube. $6.98

**All of these products are available at Walmart. Be sure to check that your Walmart carries this line, as not all of them do yet. I had to travel to a Walmart almost 30 minutes away! 😉 **

http://www.flowerbeauty.com

Misc. Eyeshadow Collection

Hey Everyone! Since you all seem to be enjoying my makeup collection posts, I thought I would share my miscellaneous eyeshadow collection.  These include single eyeshadows, duos, and small palettes that I have not previously featured in a post. They are all non-MAC eyeshadows as well. If you want to see my MAC Eyeshadow Collection, click here : http://wp.me/p2O2wx-b8

Here we go!

Bobbi Brown Rich Caviar Eye Palette : This was limited edition so it is selling for about $85 on Amazon. You can get most of these shades individually for $21 at Sephora.

Bone : a matte bisque

Candlelight : a shimmery true champagne

Wheat : a light cool beige

Olive : a sheer glittery olive with gold

Black Topaz : a dark blackened cool green with gold

Rich Caviar : a blackened deep chocolate brown

Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes : $32 at Sephora and Ulta.

Concealer : Boi-ing 02

Base Shadow : a light frosty seashell pink

Contour Shadow : a frosty warm pink taupe

Liner Shadow : a blackened plum brown

Nars Key Largo Duo : $34 at Sephora.

left : a satin light apricot

right : a warm bronzed gold

Tarina Tarantino Eyedream Highlight Duo : $19 at http://www.tarinatarantino.com/shop/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=13518&idcategory=49

Jasper : a super frosty light yellow highlight

Agate : a super frosty light pink taupe

The Balm Meet Matt(e) Batali : a deep blackberry. About $3 on eBay.

Covergirl EyeEnhancers in Fard Accent : a sheer golden rust. About $1 on Amazon.

Maybelline Chic Naturals in Champagne Fizz : a frosty champagne white. $3.99 at Ulta.

Sephora Aspen Summit : a cool icy white with slight silver. $12 at Sephora.

Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Ballet Pink : a frosted peachy light rosegold. $22 at Sephora.

Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy : a light peachy nude with silver glitter. $18 at Sephora.

Urban Decay Lounge :a rusty red brown with intense blue-green duo chrome. $18 at Sephora.

Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow in Ruthless : a cool sandy taupe. About $9 on Amazon.

Urban Decay Cream Eyeshadow in Mushroom : a light graphite gray with silver sparkle. About $10 on Amazon.

Salty Cosmetics Loose Luxury Mineral Eyeshadow in Glama-Zoid : a white with intense light pink duo chrome. About $15 at http://www.saltycosmetics.com/glama-zoid-large/

MICA Beauty Cosmetics Shimmer Powder in Earth : a true peach with gold shimmer/glitter. About $11 on Amazon.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour in Brass Tacks : a slightly coppery brass. $14 at http://www.occmakeup.com/lcc.html

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Glitter in Fae : a heavily textured white glitter with pink. $14 at http://www.beauty.com/obsessive-compulsive-cosmetics-cosmetic-glitter-fae/qxp397754

Bareminerals Eye Color in Greenhouse : an army green. About $9 on eBay.

Bareminerals Eye Color in Violetta : a muted chalky lilac. About $9 on eBay.

Too Faced Glamour Dust in Glampire : a pink glitter with slight green glitter. $17 at Ulta.

NYX Roll On Shimmer in Walnut : a warm medium slightly taupey brown with intense shimmer. $3.99 at Ulta.

Lipstick Collection

Hey Everyone!  This post is essentially a Part 2 to my lipstick collection. I have already done a MAC Lipstick Collection, linked here: http://wp.me/p2O2wx-6c , as well as many limited edition and special feature lipstick reviews and swatches. These lipsticks are just the miscellaneous ones that I currently have in my collection.  (PICTURES AND SWATCHES BELOW)

Clinique Different Lipstick in Think Bronze – a rosey bronze with gold sheen. no scent. $15 at Sephora.

Clinique Long Last Lipstick in All Heart – a bronze raspberry red. no scent. $15 at Sephora.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Coralberry – a warm toned true coral. creme finish. no scent. $6.99 at Ulta.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Apricot Fantasy – a warm nude apricot. pearl finish. no scent. $6.99 at Ulta.

Neutrogena Moistureshine in 500 Coral Dream –  a pink toned coral. spf 20. no scent. available on Amazon.

Loreal Endless in 870 Timeless Tawny – a warm neutral brown with gold shimmer. strong baby powder scent. available on amazon.

Maybelline Color Sensational in 825 Fruit Punch – a juicy watermelon poppy color with slight shimmer. slight sweet scent. $7.49 at Ulta.

Smashbox Photo Finish Lipstick in Flawless – a slightly mauve toned nude. pleasant vanilla scent. available on eBay.

Studio Gear Complete Color in Warm & Cozy – a deep caramel with shimmer. standard lipstick scent. $16 at Ulta.

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Mango – a vibrant pink coral, slightly red. no scent. $26 at Sephora.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupt in 13 – a juicy light peach. pleasant peach scent. $34 at Sephora.

NYX Lip Smacking Fun Colors in 556 Iced Honey – a frosted light bronze with shimmer. strange lipstick/chemical scent. available on eBay.

NARS lipstick in Roman Holiday – a cool milky barbie pink. slight chamomile scent. $24 at Sephora.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in 117 Rose Tea – a deep mauve rose. slight sweet lipstick scent. $25 at esteelauder.com

Chanel Rouge Allure in 91 Seduisante a light nude mauve toned pink. slight sweet scent to no scent. $34 at Macy’s.

How To: Natural Highlight, Contour, and Blush

Hey Everyone!

If you want to see a visual of how I apply my highlighter and blush, and contour my cheekbones, then click on the video :

While for most blush is pretty foolproof , learning how to properly highlight and contour your face can take some practice. It all depends on face shape, color, and personal preference; but these are the products I use to sculpt my face while still looking natural :

Things You Will Need : **I used powder products for this tutorial, but cream products would work as well 🙂 **

A Bronzer or A Powder Several Shade Darker Than Your Skin. I prefer to use a light bronzer for, well, bronzing; and a deeper darker matte color for contouring, but you can interchange these if needed. My favorite bronzer is Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl, and my favorite contour color is NARS Laguna.

A Highlighter. It is very important to choose a highlighter that suits your skin tone and gives a finish that you are comfortable with. The NARS Albatross is a happy medium for me between an extremely noticeable frosted highlight and a more matte hardly visible highlight shade. You can apply more or less depending on the occasion.

A Blush. Again it is very important to choose at least one blush for your collection that suits your skin flawlessly and can be a go-to color. I love to experiment with different types of colors and finishes, but my go- to blush is MAC’s Cubic. In the video above I use Make Up For Ever’s Sculpting Blush in #10.

Brushes. In the video, I show a lot of different types of options for brushes. The ones I mentioned for contouring are the Sigma F20 ( a large paddle powder brush), and the Shany Cosmetics Small Powder Brush from the 13 piece set. The Highlight brushes are the Sigma F86 (a dense tapered kabuki), and the same Shany Cosmetics Small Powder Brush. The Blush brushes are the Sigma F50 (a duo fibre), and the Shany Cosmetics Large Powder Brush also from the 13 piece set.