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

 

 

 

Smashbox Pop of Pink

Hey Everyone! I have been wanting to try more Smashbox products since I love the lipsticks so much, so I decided to pick up one of their “sets”. The one I got is the Smashbox Pop of Pink, which includes the following :

Blush in Pop of Pink : a slightly reddened carnation pink with berry undertones. It has slight shimmer and a satin/matte finish.

Be Legendary Lipstick in Posy Pink : a nude carnation pink with a glossy finish.

Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss in Pop of Pink : a sheer bubblegum pink with a slight cotton candy scent.

Full Exposure Mascara : a jet black volumizing and lengthening mascara with a large bristle brush. Medium/dry consistency.

 

Overall all of the products are fantastic. My only complaint is that I much prefer the discontinued Photo Finish Lipstick formula to the Be Legendary formula. The Photo Finish lipstick formula glided over any dry patches and made your lips look flawless, whereas the Be Legendary formula clings a bit more to dryness on lips.

You can get this set at Ulta for $39 : http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod5230007#details

 

May 2013 IPSY Bag

Hey Everyone! This month’s IPSY (My Glam) Bag was amazing! It’s theme was “Spring Fling”, and here is what came in it :

Pacifica Coconut Crushed Pearl Luminizing Body Butter

Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia Perfume

Zoya Nail Polish in Blu

Juice Beauty Lip Gloss in Pink

Yaby Concealer in Buff

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Intergalactic

The Pacifica Coconut Crushed Pearl Luminizing Body Butter is medium in thickness and smells like fruity coconut. It has quite a bit of pearlized sparkle in it, and contains coconut oil, pearls, and sea minerals.

The Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia Perfume comes in rollerball packaging and has notes of gardenia, lemongrass, and white sand. It also has a slight note of sweet sugar. I love the scent but unfortunately it does not last more than a few hours once applied.

The Zoya Nail Polish in Blu comes in the BIG5FREE formula and is an opaque pastel light blue.

The Juice Beauty Lipgloss is a sheer raspberry pink with slight silver shimmer. It has a sweet lemon scent and is extremely moisturizing. As with all Juice Beauty products, it is organic and cruelty free. I absolutely love this lipgloss and will be purchasing more!

The Yaby Concealer offers flawless coverage and lasts all day. It is a cream to powder finish and is absolutely incredible.

Unfortunately, I was not completely blown away by the Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow. The pigmentation is not great, and I do not care for the texture. Urban Decay eyeshadows are usually very soft and blend well, but this one just didn’t cut it for me. It is best used as a glitter overlay, than an actual eyeshadow.

You can subscribe to IPSY here: http://www.ipsy.com

Get the Pacifica Body Butter here: http://www.pacificaperfume.com/body-care/coconut-crushed-pearl-luminizing-body-butter-8oz

Get the Pacifica Perfume here: http://www.pacificaperfume.com/roll-perfume/tahitian-gardenia-perfume-roll

Get the Zoya Nail Polish here: http://www.zoya.com/content/38/item/Zoya/Zoya-Nail-Polish-Blu-ZP653.html

Get the Juice Beauty Lipgloss here: http://www.juicebeauty.com/store/makeup/lips/reflecting-gloss.html

Get the Yaby Concealer here: http://www.yabycosmetics.com/concealer-refill/

Get the Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow here: http://www.urbandecay.com/moondust-eyeshadow-by-urban-decay/370,default,pd.html?start=6&cgid=1_502

Purple Ethereal Makeup Tutorial

Hey Everyone! Today I did a makeup tutorial using a lot of products from J.Cat Beauty ! As I’ve said before, this company has really great products that are cruelty-free, lead free, hypoallergenic, and affordable. If you want to see the tutorial, click the video :

The products I used for this look are as follows : (PICTURES AND SWATCHES BELOW)

Loreal True Match Lumi Foundation in W1-2 . $12.99 at Ulta

Loreal Magic Lumi Primer . $12.99 at Ulta

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden . $20.00 at Ulta

Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes Palette – the light pink shade . $32.00 at Ulta

J.Cat Beauty Shimmery Powder in 131 Puce Purple and 102 Vanilla . $2.99 at http://www.jcatbeauty.com

MAC Spoiled Rich Quad – Ron Ron Run . limited edition, http://www.maccosmetics.com

J.Cat Beauty Liquid Glitter Liner in 102 Volume Up . $3.49 at http://www.jcatbeauty.com

J.Cat Beauty Roll It Up Liner in RAE 101 Ice White and RAL 106 Rosewood . $2.49 at http://www.jcatbeauty.com

Smashbox Soft Lights in Prism . $29.00 at Ulta

Clinique High Impact Mascara . $16.00 at Sephora

J.Cat Beauty Eternal Shine Lip Glaze in 113 Thullian Pink . $2.49 at http://www.jcatbeauty.com

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Resort Palette Dupes!

Hey Everyone! So I know I have been raving about the Sigma Resort Palette ever since I got it at IMATS LA earlier this year, but I thought it might be helpful to do a post about possible options for dupes of the shades in this palette. If you are just interested in getting the palette itself, you can get it for a limited time at : http://www.sigmabeauty.com/Resort_Palette_p/ep007.htm

The Resort Palette costs $42.00 plus shipping, but you can all the dupes for it for only about $30.00 ! All together it’s not a HUGE difference in price, but if you are just interested in a few of the shades, it’s a good deal.

**the Sigma Resort Palette Shade will be first, followed by the corresponding dupe**

Lets start with the eyeshadows! (PICTURES AND SWATCHES BELOW)

Muse : a cool charcoal grey with slight silver shimmer

NYX Glam Shadow in Boomerang : a slightly deeper cool charcoal grey with silver shimmer

Fawn : a cool bronze taupe with sliver shimmer, slight glitter chunks

Essence eyeshadow in Party All Night : a metallic warm taupe with slight bronze; slightly warmer than Fawn

Luna : a golden linen with slight gold shimmer

J.Cat Beauty Shimmery Powder in 102 Vanilla : a warm frosty light vanilla highlight; not as yellow as Luna

Topaz : a very warm medium brown

NYX Nude Matte Shadow in Dance The Tides : a warm medium brown. almost identical to Topaz, very slightly darker

Papaya : a medium peach coral with slight golden shimmer

NYX eyeshadow in Tropical : a medium peachy coral. almost identical to Papaya, slightly more coral

Moonbeam : a blue toned lilac purple with slight pink undertone

NYX eyeshadow in Purple : a light blue toned purple with fuchsia/pink undertone. much pinker than Moonbeam.

Neela : a bright turquoise with slight silver shimmer

NYX eyeshadow in Irises : a bright turquoise blue with silver shimmer. deeper than Neela.

Midori : a bright kiwi green

Ulta Eye Shadow in Going Green : a bright lime/kiwi green. lighter and more lime toned than Midori.

Blush :

Heavenly : a muted neutral/warm coral with slight peach undertone.

** the shade papaya / NYX Tropical is very similar to the Heavenly, and could act as a dupe.

Liquid Highlighter :

Luminesce : a light yellow gold

** I could not find an affordable dupe of this product, but the shade Luna / J.Cat Beauty 102 Vanilla would offer the same effect.

Eye Pencils :

Daydream : a bright and deep turquoise

Total Intensity by Prestige Eyeliner in Lively Turquoise : a bright aqua turquoise. more frosted than Daydream.

Earth Goddess : a warm deep brown

J.Cat Beauty Roll It Up Auto Eyeliner in 105 Bistre : a warm deep brown. almost identical to Earth Goddess.

You can get these dupes at…

ULTA :

NYX Glam Eyeshadow – $2.99 each

NYX Eyeshadow – $2.69 each

Essence Eyeshadow – $2.49 each

Ulta Eye Shadow – $6.00 each

Total Intensity by Prestige Eyeliner – $5.99 each

 

J.CAT : ***

Shimmery Powder – $2.99 each. http://jcatbeauty.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=18_46&product_id=56

Roll It Up Auto Eyeliner – $2.49 each.  http://jcatbeauty.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=18_46&product_id=59

 

 

NYC Smooch Proof Lip Stain Review and Swatches

Hello! This post is about the NYC Smootch Proof 16H Lip Stains. These are my absolute favorite lip stains currently on the market! They literally last all day unless you lick your lips frequently, which if thats the case, they will only fade to a less intense saturation of color (I know this to be true because when I am riding horses I tend to lip my lips quite often for some reason). While I would not say this is a moisturizing product, they do not dry out even the most severely chapped lips. I have tried the Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain + Balms and the Covergirl Outlast Lipstains and they do not last nearly as long and dry out my lips terribly. They also tend to bleed out ; while the NYC Lip Stains do not. (PICTURES AND SWATCHES BELOW)

They have a standard lip stain applicator, which resembles a Crayola Marker, and a slight sweet lemon scent. The colors of the actual stain itself tend to always be a couple shades darker than the tube color. That is to be expected with stains because deeper colors are much easier to make stay than lighter shades. Although the color selection is decent to good, I wish they would expand the line considerably; just because I like them so much! Lastly, they last an average amount of time for a lip stain, which is anywhere from a few weeks to up to three months before drying out. Fortunately they are at a price point to where it is not a great expense to replace them after its lifespan has ended. You can get them at :

Target for about $4.50 and …

http://newyorkcolor.com/products/lips/lipcolor/smooch-proof-16hr-lip-stain

 

504 Orange On The Go – a light carrot orange with a slight tan undertone

490 Persistant Pink – a deep yet vibrant bubblegum pink

491 Forever Freesia – a perfect heavily pink toned purple

494 Smooch Proof – a deep cherry red with pink undertone

498 Berry Long Time – a deep vampy mauve plum

492 Never Ending Nude – a true tanned brown

 

Lip Gloss Collection Part 2

Hey Everyone! I have already posted my MAC lip gloss collection , linked here: http://wp.me/s2O2wx-522 ; as well as many other limited edition and specialty lip gloss collections. Here are the rest of the miscellaneous lip glosses currently in my collection.

(PICTURES AND SWATCHES BELOW)

reds 

NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Norma – a deep true red. no scent. $26 at Sephora.

Be A Bombshell Lip Gloss in Hot Mess – an orange toned fire engine red. classic lipstick scent. $14 at beabombshellcosmetics.com

Loreal Infallible Le Gloss in 340 Cherry Flash – a light slightly warm toned red with gold shimmer. sweet scent. $9.99 at Ulta.

pinks

Revlon Color Burst Lip Gloss in 010 Hot Pink Rose – a cool mauve pink with shimmer. vanilla scent. $7.49 at Ulta.

Make Up For Ever Lab Shine Diamond Collection in D6 – a cool hot pink with mega shimmer. slight sweet lemon scent. $18 at Sephora.

jane. Sparkle Gloss in Sparkle Pink – a hot watermelon pink. sweet scent. $9.99 for set of 3 at janecosmetics.com

Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Color in 105 Blush On – a cool icy medium pink. unusual sweet scent. $8.99 at Ulta.

berrys

Urban Decay Lip Junkie in Naked – a light berry nude. peppermint scent. Plumping. $19 at Sephora.

Bare Minerals Pretty Amazing in Vivacious – an opaque nude rose. no scent. $16 at Ulta.

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie in Dare Devil – a light plum berry with shimmer. cherry dr.pepper scent. Plumping. $18 at Ulta.

Mirenesse Lip Bomb in 4 – an opaque pink rose berry. slightly cherry scent. $39 at mirenesse.com

light pinks and nudes

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Nude Peach – a sheer true peach with shimmer. delicious fruit punch scent. $4.99 at Ulta.

Bare Minerals Pretty Amazing in Charisma – an opaque light pink rose. no scent. $16 at Ulta.

Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Pillow Talk – the perfect sandy nude with slight shimmer. slight vanilla peppermint scent. Plumping. $19 at Ulta.

Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips in April – a cool baby pink with heavy shimmer. peppermint vanilla scent. Plumping.$19 at Sephora.

NARS Lip Gloss in Orgasm – a peach pink nude with golden sheen. odd paint scent. #24 at Sephora.

Urban Decay Lip Junkie in Midnight Cowboy – a slightly pink nude with shimmer. peppermint scent. Plumping. $19 at Sephora.

Best Blushes For Fair Skin

Hey Everyone! As you know I have very fair skin, think nc10, maybelline fit me 110, nars siberia, so I have come up with a list of blushes that look especially great on skin tones like mine.

I essentially have two favorite types of blush colors that I feel compliment my skin the best. One being tanned nude colors that I apply in the contour, bronzer, and blush areas of my face; the other being extremely bright colors that I sheer out and apply to the apples of my cheeks. Tan nude colors bring color and dimension to fair skin, whereas normally there isn’t much of either; and bright colors, such as a hot pink, bring life to an otherwise bland complexion. People with a dark, tanned, or olive skin tone tend to have natural dimension to the skin, and don’t need to enhance cheekbones, natural flush, or their “sunkissed glow” quite as much as people like us do (especially since most of us fair skinned people can’t get “sun kissed” without a sun burn). That being said, I still feel that fair skinned people have a different kind of advantage in that we can choose what to highlight, contour, etc. and use any colors we want since we have such a “blank canvas”. Also, I feel that highlighter look especially fantastic, glowy,  and natural on us. Enough rambling.

While fair skinned people can pull off any cheek color with ease, here are the colors I feel look most natural and suite us best :

(PICTURES AND SWATCHES BELOW)

Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Light Rose –  a light tan nude with rose undertone. great as a contour color, bronzer, and blush. matte/satin finish. could dupe for MAC Cubic. $4.99 at Ulta.

Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Light Pink – a light peach pink, slightly tan. can be a bit chalky, but still great for drugstore. satin finish. $4.99 at Ulta.

Smashbox Soft Lights in Prism – a light baby petal pink. frost finish. $29 at Ulta.

Make Up For Ever Sculpting Blush in #10 – a perfect peach pink. matte finish. $25 at Sephora.

Physicians Formula Happy Booster Powder in Translucent – a three in one bronzer, blush, and highlight. can be used separately or swirled together for a frosty tanned pink color. different finishes. $13.99 at Ulta.

Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls in Light Bronze Pearl – the perfect bronzer for fair skin. yellow, peach, and deep toned parts create and light sunny bronze. satin finish. $13.99 at Ulta.

MAC Blush in Peaches – an orangey peach. sheertone finish. $21 at MAC.

MAC Blush in Cubic – a nude mauve. satin finish. $21 at MAC.

MAC Blush in Stunner – a nude mauve with a pink sheen. satin finish. limited edition. (try eBay)

MAC Blush in Prom Princess –  a bright berry. satin finish. limited edition. $22 at MAC while supplies last ( you could also try eBay)

NYX Eyeshadow in Hot Pink – a true hot pink. satin/frost finish. and yes you can use eyeshadow as blush 😉 $4.49 at Ulta.

Bare Minerals Blush in Floret – a mauve pink. satin/glowy finish. available as part of the Face Fashion Pretty Wild kit.

Gloss Balms Galore!

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Hey Everyone! This post is all about the different types of drugstore lip products that fall under the “gloss balm” category. Gloss Balms and Lip Butters are basically just a lip balm or chapstick with a hint of color and often a glossy sheen. I really like gloss balms because they are super hydrating and sheer. The ones I will be reviewing in this post are the Covergirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balms, the Loreal Colour Riche Caress and Colour Riche Balms, the Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters, and the Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suedes. Here are the descriptions, and pictures and swatches will be below.

*Since these products are all considered “sheer” (compared to a normal lipstick), I will use the words sheer, semi-sheer, and high color to describe them. Sheer means that there is little to no visible color, mostly transparent. Semi-Sheer means that there is noticeable or semi-noticable visible color. High Color means that there is very noticeable color.  

COVERGIRL LIP PERFECTION JUMBO GLOSS BALM : These are pencil style lip balms with a twistable bottom for addition product. They have buildable semi-sheer pigmentation and last for a few hours before reapplication is needed (as most gloss balms do). The lighter colors can slightly settle into lines and accentuate very chapped lips.  The color 225 Rose Twist is an exceptional everyday rosey nude. I would recommend this product.

225 Rose Twist – a pink rosey nude

205 Ballet Twist – a sandy light pink

220 Haute Pink Twist – a hot watermelon pink

LOREAL COLOUR RICHE CARESS : These are traditional twist-up lip colors in luxurious mirrored gold packaging. They are semi-sheer to buildable high color in pigmentation. I feel that they are not very hydrating and the light colors can be a bit chalky though they have a sheen. The color 170 Cotton Pink in particular is very chalky on my dry lips. Though some colors are great, it’s a huge hit and miss. Overall I would not recommend this product.

170 Cotton Pink – a milky baby pink

172 Blushing Sequin – a neutral neon hot pink

LOREAL COLOUR RICHE BALM : These are traditional twist-up lip colors in tinted translucent packaging. They are semi-sheer in pigmentation and are extremely hydrating. Unlike some of the gloss balm style products, these do not accentuate any dryness and actually give an airbrushed effect to the lips. The color quality and shade range is fantastic. I highly recommend this product.

818 Nourishing Nude – a nude toffee tan *favorite*

318 Heavenly Berry – a nude raspberry *favorite*

REVLON COLORBURST LIP BUTTER : These are traditional twist-up lip colors in tinted translucent packaging with a quilted detail. They are semi-sheer and can have a slightly chalky and sticky consistency. I would not recommend this product.

045 Cotton Candy – a slightly purple baby pink with gold shimmer

REVLON COLORSTAY ULTIMATE SUEDE : These are traditional twist-up lip colors and come in clear packaging. They are high-color and in true “color stay” fashion, they last all day. I like to apply a clear chapstick to my lips before applying these because, again like most colorstay products, they can be a bit drying. I would recommend this product.

010 Womanswear – a neutral candy pink

JCat Beauty Lipstick Review and Swatches

Hey Everyone! This post is all about the Fantabulous Lipsticks by JCat Beauty. These lipsticks are super smooth and creamy! They  have Vitamin E  in them so they are very moisturizing, which I love because I have very dry lips. When applied, they start out sheer, but can be built up into an extremely vibrant color. I love that you have the option of what intensity you want the color to be!

Although these lipsticks can be worn anywhere from sheer to vibrant, they are literally no fuss, just throw on and go. These colors don’t bleed or smudge, so you don’t need lip liner (unless you want to) or a mirror. They have a semi glossy finish, and stay on all day through eating, drinking, etc.

JCat Beauty is also a cruelty-free company! As if that wasn’t enough, their products are also hypoallergenic and lead-free, so everyone can wear them.

They are normally only $2.49, but right now you can get these 15% off with discount code spring15 until March 15 2013 at http://www.jcatbeauty.com 

Here are the ones I currently have : (PICTURES /SWATCHES BELOW)

(FL105) Prune – a nude mauve pink (similar to MAC Hot Gossip but more pink )

(FL127) Splashed Pink – a blue toned barbie pink with shimmer

(FL114) Wolfberry – a bright coral with a bit of orange

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