IT Cosmetics Favorites!

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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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Covergirl Bombshell Shineshadow Review and Swatches!

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First of all, I want to thank everyone for being patient during the brief break I took from blogging. It was much needed, but now I am ready to blog/write/swatch my little fingers off! Ha ha!

This post will be all about the brand new Covergirl Bombshell Shineshadows. They are all shimmery cream eyeshadows that can be applied sheer or completely opaque. They are extremely long-wearing, and can be used as either alone or as a primer/base. Unless you have extremely oily eyelids or will be experiencing excessive sweating, you should not need to use an additional primer under this product. These are available in 6 shades, though I will be reviewing only 5 (The white shade was sold out in my store).

Overall, I give this product *5 out of 5* stars ! They are absolutely gorgeous, blendable, stay in place, and are extremely versatile. You can purchase these at most drugstores or Ulta for around $6 or $7 dollars each.

**All of the shades are high in shimmer*

305  Color Me Money– is a cool olive green with very fine gold sparkle. This shade is not as smooth in application as some of the other shades, but can be blended and built up with a small amount of work.

315  Gold Goddess– is a yellowy gold. This is the smoothest in application and most opaque shade in the whole collection

325  Copper Fling– is a sandy peach and pink copper.

320  Ooh La Lilac– is a bright orchid/lilac purple with slightly pink toned micro shimmer.

310  Platinum Club– is a graphite grey that can be built up into a charcoal. It has a slight purple undertone and contains purple/silver sparkle.

(300  Ice Queen…COMING SOON )

Best of Beauty 2013

Hey Everyone! I cant believe its already time for my annual Best of Beauty list! Picking this years winners was even harder than last year because so many new products and brands launched; but without further ado, heres the list!

If you want to see last years winners, click here: http://wp.me/p2O2wx-1t

Best High End Brand : Hourglass Cosmetics

Best Budget Brand : Loreal

Most Overrated Product : Maybelline Line Stiletto Liquid Eyeliner

Most Underrated Product : Neutrogena Crease Proof Eyeshadow

Best New Product : Butter London Wink Mascara

Best High End Mascara : Benefit They’re Real

Best Drugstore Mascara : Maybelline Mega Plush Volum’ Express

Best Cream Eyeshadow : Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour

Best Powder Eyeshadow : Laura Mercier Lustre Eye Colour

Best Eyeliner : Palladio Herbal Eyeliner

Best Lip Balm : Loreal Colour Riche Balm

Best Lip Gloss : Bare Essentuals Buxom Lips

Best Lipstick : Chanel Rouge Allure

Best Highlighter : Benefit Watts Up

Best Blush : Smashbox Blush

Best Bronzer : Too Faced Chocolate Soleil, Medium/Deep

Best Concealer : MAC Select Moisturecover

Best High End Foundation : CK One 3-in-1 Face Makeup

Best Drugstore Foundation : Covergirl Clean Whipped Creme

Best Powder : MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

Best Beauty Tool : Beauty Blender Sponge

Best Skincare Brand : Peter Thomas Roth, Glycolic Acid 10% Toning Complex

Best Haircare Brand : Big Sexy Hair

Best Bath and Body Brand : Lush

Best Limited Edition Collection : Too Faced Holiday 2013

Best Breakout Star : Hourglass Cosmetics

Like I did last year, I am now going to talk about a few standout products from the list! First of all, I want to talk about Hourglass Cosmetics and why I chose them for both Best High End Brand AND Best Breakout Star. I feel like this year Hourglass came out of nowhere with amazing and innovative products. Their Ambient Lighting Powders are already a guru favorite and are quickly becoming a staple in most beauty lovers collections. I think its fair to say we have never seen something quite like these powders just based on the sheer innovation, versatility, and quality. They also have an amazing range of foundations and other products that I look forward to becoming more familiar with.

Next, the Butter London Wink Mascaras are sadly not as celebrated as I feel they should be; which is why they were almost this years Most Underrated Product ( which ended up being the Neutrogena Crease Proof Eyeshadows because they are literally the easiest and quickest cream eyeshadow to use, and I have never heard anyone talk about them)….back to the Wink Mascara….Not only does this mascara has a great wand and color range, but the colors are insanely gorgeous AND pigmented. With only two coats I can get a fully opaque purple lash.

Finally, I want to discuss the Best Foundations of the year. The Best High End Foundation, CK One 3-in-1 Face Makeup (another breakout star), is the best of the year because it has one of the most natural finishes I’ve ever seen as well as feeling like there is nothing on the skin. It has an SPF of 8, a light pleasant scent, and keeps the skin healthy and clear. As for the Best Drugstore Foundation, I chose the Covergirl Clean Whipped Creme because it is extremely blendable and full coverage, which means it never looks cakey.

I hope you enjoyed this post! And make sure to let me know your favorites for the year !!!!!

 

July Favorites

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This month went by SO quickly for me! Here is what I ended up using the most :

Revlon Age Defying Foundation : This foundation offers light/medium coverage but feels like nothing is on your skin. It has a serum-like consistency, leaves a slightly dewy finish, and has SPF 20. I use the shade 10 Bare Buff. $12 at drugstores.

Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Deep Wine : Although I am in the lightest shade range, and this shade was in the section for the deepest skin tones, I absolutely love it! It reminds me of MAC’s Frankly Scarlett, but a bit more plum-y. $4.50 at drugstores.

Loreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess Mascara : This mascara caught my eye at the beginning of this month due to it’s rubber wand that reminded me of the Benefit They’re Real Mascara. Unfortunately its no where near dupe-material like I had hoped, but this is still a decent mascara; though I don’t think I will repurchase it. $8.99 at Ulta.

MAC Studio Finish Concealer : I’ve had more problematic skin than usual this month, and have resorted back to this heavy duty, cover everything concealer. It’s seriously a life-saver. I use the shade NW20. $18 at MAC Stores or Macys.

Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment : I have been loving this product this month because not only is it ultra moisturizing and luxurious, but it has SPF 15! $22.50 at Sephora.

Revlon Colorstay Nail Polish in Cafe Pink : I love the Revlon Colorstay line in general, but their nail polishes take the cake. They go on smoothly and evenly, and last forever without chipping. Cafe Pink is a gorgeous baby pink that reminds me of animal crackers! In the bottle it has a pink sheen, but it doesn’t transfer to your nails. $5 at drugstores.

Pacifica Perfume in Tahitian Gardenia : I rediscovered this perfume after getting it in an Ipsy Bag a few months ago, and have been loving it for this month. It’s exotic and fresh. $12 at Target.

Clinique Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel : I said before that my skin was more problematic than usual this past month, so in conjunction with my super concealer, I used this spot treatment to actually fight the blemishes. This product gets a 10/10 from me! $16 at Sephora.

Liebster Award!

Hey Everyone! I am so excited because today I got nominated by the amazing thedaintydaisies for the Liebster Award !

Heres what it is :

The Liebster Award is open to small blogs that have less than 200 followers. It’s purpose is to promote blogs you love, discover new blogs, and have a bit of fun in the process!

Here are the Rules :

Nominees answer 11 questions set by the nominator

Choose 11 of your favorite blogs with less than 200 followers to nominate

Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer

Let your nominees know that you have nominated them

You cant nominate your nominator

 

These are my answers to the questions thedaintydaisies asked :

Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging after I started watching YouTubers like MakeupByTiffanyD and ElleAndBlair; and thought I could do the same thing. I started making videos, but realized that I had a much stronger passion for writing and blogging.

What products are best to buy at the drugstore versus high end?

I typically buy liquid eyeliners and mascaras from the drugstore because they frequent repurchasing. I love a lot of higher end mascaras, but find that I can try a lot more brands/types when I buy ones at the drugstore.

Lip balm, lip gloss, or lip stick?

This one is tough! But, I am going to have to go with Lip Gloss.

Favorite blogger?

I would say its a tie between Allura Beauty and Temptalia.

Where do you like to buy makeup?

Everywhere! Drugstore, Sephora, Ulta; you name it!

Favorite shampoo and conditioner brand(s)?

I will always love Bumble and Bumble, but I recently discovered the Herbal Essence ‘Smooth’ line, and I love it!

Flats, boots, heels, or wedges?

Flip Flops all the way.

Favorite season for fashion?

Fall. I love bundling up in different patterns and textures.

What is one beauty thing that you suck at doing?

Winging out my eyeliner.

What nail polish color do you wear the most?

Essie Playa Del Platinum

How did you come up with the name of your blog?

Again I was inspired by TiffanyD, and thought something similar would be nice. My YouTube name is pepperpots18 though, and that was inspired by one of my favorite movies, Iron Man.

 

Here are the questions for MY nominees :

1. Skincare or Makeup?

2. What is your all time favorite foundation?

3. Do you tend to buy more drugstore makeup, or high end?

4. What is your favorite nail polish brand?

5. What is your favorite skincare product?

6. What was the very first beauty product you fell in love with?

7. MAC Paint Pots or Maybelline Color Tattoos?

8. Do you start with hair or makeup?

9. Sephora or Ulta?

10. What is your best beauty tip for beginners?

11. Which blogger/youtuber has inspired you the most?

 

Here are my lovely nominees!

My Fair Style

A Cheeky Fox

cherry. blossom. pretty.

Little Miss Average

HeatherBelle

OBbeauty

Styles By Sky

betiluvsmakeup

girlfridaysbeautyblog

laura  duvall makeup artistry

a little bit of girl geekery

 

June Favorites

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This month I was at the barn, A LOT! I had a horse show, went to the fair, went to an awesome BBQ, and did a few other fun things like doing my friends makeup and hair for a wedding rehearsal dinner, and revamped my whole skincare routine. And I know I’m a few days late, but here are my favorites for the month of June!

Caudalie Beauty Elixir : This product was a lifesaver this month! It is basically a hydrating mist that you spray over your whole face and neck area that has ingredients to help smooth your complexion and give a healthy glow. I used this multiple times a day to refresh my skin whilst in the sun, dirt, etc. 1 oz for $18 at Sephora.

Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial : This product is exactly what the title describes. My skin had to put up with a lot this month, so I used this about once a week to pamper myself. After cleansing, I applied about a nickel sized amount of this product to my skin and neck; and it definitely made a huge difference. 1.35 oz for $45 at Sephora.

Butter London Nail Polish in Henley Regatta/Essie Nail Polish in Butler Please: This nail polish combination is SO amazing. Henley Regatta is a deep turquoise/teal/blue-green glitter that I applied over Butler Please which is a bright sailor blue. I wore this unique combo the the BBQ I went to and got tons of compliments. Butter London – $15 at Ulta. Essie – $8 at Ulta.

MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack : I kept my eye makeup pretty simple this month since I was on the go and had such long days. All I did was use a small angled brush to apply a thin line to my upper lash line. This lasted through heat, sweat, etc. $16 for 0.1 oz at MAC Cosmetics.

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara : I love this mascara because it has a huge wand and you can apply a full and flawless coat in seconds, AND it doesn’t smudge or transfer. 0.32 oz for $19.50 at Sephora.

Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Ballet Twist : I used a lot of colors from this line this month, but Ballet Twist was probably my most used. It’s a perfect glossy pale golden pink that adds life to your lips without looking like you have anything on. Perfect.

 

 

My Current Skincare Routine

Hey Everyone! This post is all about what I’m currently using to keep my skin looking clear and healthy. First I will tell you about the step by step process of my daily routine, and below there will be a detailed review of each product mentioned. Let’s get to it!

Morning Routine:

I start my day by lightly cleansing my skin with only warm water and a washcloth.

Then I use a cotton pad to apply a small amount of the Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion to my face and neck area.

I then apply a quarter size amount of the Origins Brighter By Nature SPF35 moisturizer to my face and neck area.

Finally I apply a small amount of the Origins Ginzing Eye Cream to my eye area.

Nighttime Routine:

First I cleanse my skin and remove my makeup by taking a quarter size amount of  the Clinque Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm and work it into the skin on my entire face and neck. Once the balm has been adequately worked into the skin, I take a warm/hot washcloth and remove whats left of the cleanser and makeup.

Next I take a cotton pad and a small amount of the Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Toning Complex, and apply it to my face and neck avoiding my eye area.

Once that has dried, I take the DDF Benzoyl Peroxide Gel and apply that to only spots and the areas of my skin that are currently problematic. Benzoyl peroxide can cause scarring, so I only want to apply it where it is absolutely necessary; plus we just applied glycolic acid which should help with breakouts anyways.

After the benzoyl peroxide has set, I apply the Philosophy Take A Deep Breath Moisturizer to my entire face and neck.

For the last step,  I apply the Origins A Perfect World For Eyes eye cream to my under eye area. Voila!

If my skin is being particularly problematic, I take these Optional Steps:

If my skin is extra dry – I apply a small amount of the Josie Maran Argan Oil to my skin after cleansing, or add a few drops into my moisturizer.

If I have a stubborn pimple – I apply the Clinique Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel to the problem areas.

If my skin is having a meltdown – I use the Origins Out Of Trouble Mask.

I hope this step by step routine was helpful! Now onto the reviews  :

Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion : a liquid toner containing cucumber extract to fight against oil and bacteria. It has an herbal/cucumber scent and feels refreshing on the skin. If not followed by a moisturizer, it can feel a little bit tight or sticky on the skin. I have noticed that this product has helped reduce the size of my pores as well. This product is not tested on animals. $15 for 8 oz at Nordstrom ( I bought mine in Ulta, so I would check there as well ) http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/mario-badescu-special-cucumber-lotion/2920700

Origins Brighter By Nature SPF35 : is a “skin tone correcting” moisturizer. It has a pleasant herbal/lemon/ginger scent and leaves the skin looking bright and healthy.  I believe this product in part has helped diminish my acne scars, as well as made my skin overall healthier. It has a lightweight gel/cream formula that leaves a dewy finish; and contains Japanese Basil leaf, Cucumber, Peony, Vitamin C, and Palmaria. I highly recommend this product to everyone. $47.50 for 1.7 oz at Sephora or Origins. http://www.sephora.com/brighter-by-nature-spf-35-skin-tone-correcting-moisturizer-P297537?skuId=1375906

Origins GinZing : is a lightweight eye cream with a peach undertone to combat darkness, and a slight sheen/glow for added brightness. It has a cream to serum consistency, and little to no scent. It contains caffeine, ginseng, and magnolia extract. $30 for 0.5 oz at Sephora or Origins. http://www.sephora.com/ginzing-refreshing-eye-cream-P297511

Clinique Take Off The Day Cleansing Balm : is a makeup remover and cleaner in one that goes from a thick balm consistency to a oil/liquid consistency once rubbed into the skin. I have used this to remove everything from long wearing foundation, waterproof mascara, semi-permanant eyeliner pens, etc. and it literally removes all traces of makeup without drying out my skin. I switched to this after hearing that makeup wipes are really bad for your skin due to the high alcohol content, and have fallen in love!  $28.50 for 3.8 oz at Sephora. http://www.sephora.com/take-the-day-off-cleansing-balm-P126301

Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Toning Complex : is a liquid clarifying toner that acts as an exfoliator by removing dead surface skin. It contains lactic acid, citric acid, witch hazel, chamomile, allantoin, aloe vera, sodium pac, vitamin C, and AHAs. It smells very acidic and slightly citric. When applied to the skin it gives a slight burning sensation, so if you have very sensitive skin I would probably not recommend this. If you can get past the burning, this product works wonders. Overtime it fights acne, minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, deep cleans and shrinks pores, smooths skin, restores natural pH balances, AND protects and moisturizes the skin. Can you say Holy Grail? $40 for 8 oz at Sephora. http://www.sephora.com/glycolic-acid-10-toning-complex-clarifying-toner-P375358

DDF Benzoyl Peroxide Gel : is a thick, creamy gel that contains 5% benzoyl peroxide and tea tree oil. It is very effective when used regularly, but it can bleach your clothes/sheets and cause excessive dryness if too much is applied. With this product, less is more. If you use too much it can actually have the opposite effect and make your skin worse. I use a dime size amount or less, only where I absolutely need it. $36 for 2 oz at Ulta. http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=prod370030

Philosophy Take A Deep Breath : is a lightweight, oil free, gel-cream moisturizer. It claims to “diffuse energizing oxygen to the skin” to leave a healthy looking glow; which is does. It contains antioxidants to protect the skin from environmental factors, and has a slight powdery/herbal scent. $34 for 2 oz at Sephora. http://www.sephora.com/take-a-deep-breath-oil-free-energizing-oxygen-gel-cream-moisturizer-P311182

Origins A Perfect World For Eyes : is a serum that uses white tea to firm and moisturize the eye area. It has a herbal, lemon, ginger scent, and leaves the eye area feeling refreshed. I have notices a huge improvement of the appearance of my under eye creases and dryness after using this product. It has a pump applicator, which is nice, but it dispenses a bit too much with just one pump; you really only need about one half of a pump. $34 for 0.5 oz at Sephora or Origins. http://www.sephora.com/a-perfect-world-for-eyes-firming-moisture-treatment-with-white-tea-P297532

Josie Maran Argan Oil : is a silky oil that moisturizes, heals, and protects. It can be used on the skin, hair and nails. I also like to apply this to bites, rashes, bruises, etc. to speed up the healing process. $14 for 0.5 oz at Sephora. http://www.sephora.com/argan-oil-P218700

Clinique Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel : is a gel that contains a concentrated 1% salicylic acid to fight stubborn breakouts. If you have an open spot it can give a burning sensation, but it quickly dissipates. This is my holy grail spot treatment! $16 for 0.5 oz at Sephora. http://www.sephora.com/acne-solutions-spot-healing-gel-P188312

Origins Out Of Trouble : is a 10 minute mask that contains zinc oxide, sulfur, camphor, and salicylic acid to extract excess oil, dirt, and dead skin; as well as calm the skin. It is a thick toothpaste-like cream and smells very herbal and medicinal. When on the skin it feels very cooling and tingly. $23 for 3.4 oz at Sephora or Origins. http://www.sephora.com/out-of-trouble-10-minute-mask-to-rescue-problem-skin-P297551