Love it. Live it. Give it. It Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush Giveaway!!

It Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush

There is no such thing as too much kindness. No such thing as too much love.  The new limited edition It Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush ($30) celebrates both kindness and love! For every brush that is purchased, IT Cosmetics donates one to the Look Good Feel Better program to help women face the effects of cancer with confidence. And you can win one of these beautiful LE brushes with our fabulous giveaway!

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It Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush

It Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush

So far, IT Cosmetics has donated over $27 million in products to the Look Good Feel Better program. IT is a fabulous company that doesn’t just preach – they truly make a difference. This latest initiative is really wonderful. The Love is the Foundation Brush has a sparkly pink weighted, streamlined handle with a unique, heart-shaped head. It works great with all types of foundations – liquid, cream, and powder.

It Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush

It Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush

  • Densely packed, heart-shaped head and streamlined, weighted handle for effortless application
  • Signature award-winning Heavenly Luxe cruelty-free hairs deliver a flawless, airbrushed finish every time and never shed
  • Pairs perfectly with your favorite liquid, cream and powder foundations

    It Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush

    It Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush

This brush is available for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Ulta Beauty and ulta.com, so hurry and get yours while they are still available. Buy an extra one and #PassITOn.  – Lisa

Giveaway Information:  It’s our turn to #PassITOn – courtesy of the fabulous folks at IT Cosmetics, enter to win a new limited edition It Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush! This giveaway is open through November 2nd, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST for US and Canada only.

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I’m exuberant over Exuviance Eye Complex and Intensive Eye Masques

Exuviance Hydrating Eye Complex and Intensive Eye Treatment Masque

As an avid fan of eye cream I was probably a little overexcited to receive Exuviance Hydrating Eye Complex. Then the excitement doubled when I found out that they also sent their Intensive Eye Treatment Masque. Two favorites for me to relish!

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Exuviance and NeoStrata are sister companies and two lines I tried years ago and have wanted to become reacquainted with again. I envy my blogger friends when I see their reviews from these lines since my past experiences have been wonderful.

Exuviance Hydrating Eye Complex

Exuviance Hydrating Eye Complex is a beautiful light to the touch eye cream that I’m enjoying to the max. It feels soothing on, blends in nicely so that I don’t feel stickiness under my eyes, and is loaded with good for my skin ingredients.

  • Formulated with Gluconolactone and Lactobionic Acid (PHAs)
  • Provides antioxidant protection
  • Contains Vitamins A, C, and E
  • Hydrates with a soothing blend of botanicals

Exuviance Hydrating Eye Complex

This soothing eye cream is good for wrinkles and fine lines. My undereye area feels well hydrated and I feel like the ingredients are good anti-aging ones.

Exuviance Hydrating Eye Complex

I’m sad that I’m almost done with the jar since it’s been such a pleasure to use. It’s fragrance free as all eye creams should be and at $44 it’s well priced for such a quality product. Right now their website has 20% off and free shipping so it’s a perfect time to try this for yourself.

Exuviance Intensive Eye Treatment Masques

Regular readers of Beauty Info Zone know that I’m a mask afficionado and using these eye masks from Exuviance has been a treat. I’ve got one pack left for this weekend and I know that my appearance will be better because I’m going to use these again. The Intensive Eye Treatment Masques are wonderful for the delicate eye area.

There are 12 packets, each containing 1 undereye mask. They don’t feel mask like, they just feel like I’m adding lots of moisture and protection to my undereye area. They are a quick fix but they give me long lasting results.

Exuviance Intensive Eye Treatment Masques

Exuviance Intensive Eye Treatment Masque

It takes just 10 minutes (though I’ve left them on longer at times) and doesn’t leave a film behind. I massage the serum that’s left after onto my skin to continue minimizing the look of my fine lines.

Exuviance Intensive Eye Treatment Masque

Besides being a soothing treatment they are good for undereye puffiness. The anti-oxidants protect against free radicals for aging skin. I find that the results last for about 2 days.

  • Lactobionic Acid refreshes and soothes
  • Bionic treatment firms skin around the eyes, reducing the appearance of crow’s feet
  • Vitamins A, C, and E provide antioxidant protection and restore skin

These masques and the eye cream are wonderful companions but if you can only get one I’d suggest the Hydrating Eye Complex since I’ve seen long term results with it. That doesn’t mean that Saturday night won’t be enhanced with an Intensive Eye Treatment Masque prior to apply my makeup. I’m ready to pull out all the stops for a night out. Have you had the pleasure of using Exuviance products?  —  Marcia

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Love it or leave it? Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops

Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops

Normally I stay away adding oil to my face. I happen to have a bit of a paranoia about being shiny…my friends tease me because I constantly ask, “Is my nose shiny? Do I need to powder my nose??” So the thought of actually adding oil to my face does not sound appealing. However….the thought of adding a lovely, glowing radiance to my skin DOES sound appealing. In the interest of science and my curiosity-killed-the-cat personality, I actually couldn’t wait to try Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops ($48).

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Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops

Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops are “a makeup priming, holographic highlighting treatment oil powered by Josie’s quick-absorbing 100% Pure Argan Oil Light and pore-smoothing priming pearls for boosted elasticity, glowy radiance, and makeup-ready skin.” Essentially, it’s a highlighting oil that you can apply directly to the skin as a primer, or you can mix with moisturizer or foundation.

Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops

Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops

The first time I used it was a disaster. I used WAY too much. I had Moonstone Drops dripping off my face, horror show style. The second time I used one drop and it was heavenly. Just the right amount of radiance and it definitely worked as a primer, holding my foundation in place. It didn’t make my nose shiny as I had feared and yet it still gave my dry areas some much needed hydration. My skin looked beautiful – glowy, healthy, and happy.  Yes!!

I also like mixing a bit of this with my matte foundations for some depth, and on no-makeup days it’s great to mix with my moisturizer. A little bit goes a very long way, so the price isn’t bad. I give it a big thumbs up now that I know how to use it correctly!  This is a definite love, not a leave.

You can find the Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops online at sephora.com.  – Lisa

Help for mature skin: Phytomer RESUBSTANCE Skin Resilience Rich Cream

Phytomer RESUBSTANCE Skin Resilience Rich Cream

Every day is a new adventure.  The older we get, the stranger our skin behaves, and once menopause hits even those of us who always had very oily and congested skin suddenly find ourselves at the opposite end of the spectrum.  Menopause causes a sudden decrease in lipids, which results in very dry, tight, and uncomfortable skin.  Phytomer has an incredible jar of loveliness that addresses this particular issue – RESUBSTANCE Skin Resilience Rich Cream ($145.50), the perfect antidote to dehydrated skin due to aging skin.

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Phytomer RESUBSTANCE Skin Resilience Rich Cream

Phytomer RESUBSTANCE Skin Resilience Rich Cream

There are two main ingredients that plump up the skin from both the inside and the outside:

• Brown Algae Concentrate – restores substance to skin tissues thanks to essential molecules: collagen
and elastin fibers and hyaluronic acid.
• Marine-Origin Corneogel – restores substance to the stratum corneum to fill surface wrinkles with cells
from marine origin: seawater enriched with mineral NMF boosters, mico-algae concentrated in amino acid NMF
boosters, lactic acid and lipids.

Anyone who has super dry skin will love this fantastic moisturizer because it really saturates the skin with hydration without any hint of greasiness or anything that clogs pores.  Those who are going through menopause will be thrilled with the relief it gives to that suddenly parched skin and the major wrinkles that seem to appear overnight because of the lack of lipids.  There is a very slight scent – it’s clean, like oranges and ozone, but it’s barely noticeable.  I found I got immediate relief from dry, parched skin and over time the results just keep getting better and better.   Here are the results from Phytomer’s tests:
More substance deep down
Synthesis of collagen 1: +46%*
Skin is plumped up: 88%**
Skin is springier: 87%**
More comfort
Skin is immediately more comfortable: 92%**
Skin is less dry: 96%**
* In vitro tests on human dermal fiberblasts. **Satisfaction test on 24 women. Twice-daily application for 28 days.

I am beyond impressed with this elegant moisturizing cream.  If you have dry skin or are going through menopause, RESUBSTANCE Skin Resilience Rich Cream is exactly what your skin needs!!  You can find this and other Phytomer products in select spas and at www.phytomerusa.com.  – Lisa

@PhytomerUSA.com.

Phytomer RESUBSTANCE Skin Resilience Rich Cream

Don’t let the blues get you down! FACE Atelier Ultra Camouflage Duet

FACE atelier Ultra Camouflage Duet

Red, brown, black, blue…none of those shades have any business being on my face. So I spend a lot of time covering them up – and I am always looking for something amazing to help me do so. I remember discovering the pro FACE atelier line after Madonna chose it for her 2010 tour – I was obsessed with their Lip Glaze, especially the ICE shade (still a favorite after all these years, by the way!). FACE atelier has amazing products and the Ultra Camouflage Duet ($35) is one of the best in the line. So – if you also don’t think red, brown, black, or blue spots don’t belong on your face, then read on!

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FACE atelier Ultra Camouflage Duet

The FACE atelier Ultra Camouflage Duet is a silicone-based concealer that gets rid of every sort of discoloration – dark undereye circles, blue veins, red spots, hyperpigmentation, brown spots, you name it. There are two shades – one cool and one warm – that work together to cover anything that you just don’t want showing.  The coverage is buildable, the texture is smooth, and the formula is long-wearing. Key ingredients include:

Petrolatum – Petrolatum is considered to be among the most effective moisturizing ingredients available and is also known for its effectiveness in healing wounds. It can help the skin’s outer layer recover from damage, reduce inflammation, and generally heal the skin. Cosmetics-grade petrolatum is considered the safest, most non-irritating moisturizing ingredients ever found.

Cetyl Dimethicone Copolyol – a member of the silicone family that imparts emolliency, and significantly enhances a product’s lifespan and effectiveness. They create a soft, smooth product that is pleasant to apply and imparts a unique skin feel. It is naturally water-resistant while absorbing sebum (the oily substance produced by certain glands in the skin), reducing skin shine. Silicone molecules are larger than human pores, preventing them from settling into them upon application, and the unique molecular structure of silicones (larger molecules with wider spaces between each molecule) allow them to form a breathable barrier.

FACE atelier Ultra Camouflage Duet

A big tip – you want to pat this on, don’t swipe. And – gulp – use your fingers. Body heat seems to really make this concealer perform at its highest potential, truly melding properly with the skin at a level just a tad higher than it does when using a brush.  Now, I know that sticking fingers into creamy makeup products isn’t the best idea, but all you need to do is spritz the compact with BeautySoClean Cosmetics Sanitizer Mist after using it and you are good to go, all sanitized and all good with the cleanliness gods.

FACE atelier Ultra Camouflage Duet swatched

The pigmentation is fabulous so it covers just about everything. I typically use the lighter shade first, patting it on with my finger, then the darker shade over that. It easily covers blue and red colors. Even though it’s a creamy consistency, I do not find that it sinks into fine lines. I do set it with powder although some may love the satin finish and want to simply keep it like that.

My compact shade is #1 Light, and it also comes in Medium, Dark, and Darker shades.  Another intriguing shade is Erase, which I am dying to try – check this out:
It’s supposed to be really incredible at eliminating dark undereye circles and blueness.  I can’t wait to try it!
I highly recommend this fantastic concealer for eliminating any unwanted dark areas, blue circles, red spots, etc. that you just don’t want on your face. You can find FACE atelier and the Ultra Camouflage Duet online at faceatelier.com or at camerareadycosmetics.com.  – Lisa

Great hair AND a giveaway? Color me happy with ColorProof!

ColorProof Hair Care

What is better than a great hair day? Winning a giveaway for products that give you a great hair day! ColorProof has tons of fabulous products that keep locks looking luscious, and today you can win one that will definitely make your day.

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ColorProof SuperRich Shampoo and Conditioner

ColorProof SuperRich Shampoo and Conditioner

I wash my hair every third day and recently my shampoo and conditioner du jour is the ColorProof SuperRich Shampoo ($34) and Conditioner ($34). My hair is pretty long, about mid-back, so the ends get very dry. This shampoo/conditioner duo is extremely hydrating yet doesn’t weigh down my fine strands. They also leave my hair wonderfully soft, floaty and shiny. And in a pinch you can use the shampoo as a body wash – and boy do I love a product that multi-tasks!! I’ve also noticed that it keeps my color-treated hair vibrant and true. It’s great stuff.

ColorProof Whipped Bodifying Mousse and Epic Hold Hairspray

ColorProof Whipped Bodifying Mousse

If I plan to curl my hair, nothing beats the hold and volume of the Whipped Bodifying Mousse ($26). I can’t believe the beautiful fullness and body this thick creamy mousse gives my fine hair! It’s like a miracle. And my curls really last too. I spray them with hairspray in the morning once and that’s all I need – my curls still look great the next morning. I usually use a hot iron or hot rollers and the difference when I use a dollop of the Whipped Bodifying Mousse on my damp hair before drying then styling is significant. This stuff is totally worth it.

ColorProof Whipped Bodifying Mousse and Epic Hold Hairspray

My most favorite hairspray of all time is the ColorProof Epic Hold Hairspray so I have to give it yet another shout out – it’s just the best and I buy it in bulk. I go into palpitations if I don’t have at least two extras on hand. HardCoreTM Epic Hold Color Protect Hairspray holds my curls but doesn’t make them stiff as a board. It’s also a go-to hairspray for color treated hair.

HardCore Epic Hold Hairspray has a very slight and tolerable scent that quickly dissipates. I have never found a hairspray with this amount of control that didn’t have a scent and luckily this one is very easy on the nose. It simply holds my style better than anything else I’ve tried, without stiffness or crunchiness. Absolute holy grail.

ColorProof Anti-Frizz Weatherproof Spray

ColorProof Anti-Frizz Weatherproof Spray

But another great hairspray to have is the Anti-Frizz Weatherproof Spray ($29). Wow is this stuff cool! If it’s humid or rainy, or super windy out, I spray this on either by itself or else before my regular hairspray to keep my curls locked in and to keep frizz locked out. The mist actually repels any moisture, enveloping hair and giving it complete and total protection. It keeps frizz away and keep hair perky and dry.

ColorProof never ever lets me – or my hairstyle! – down.  You should enter to win yourself some ColorProof today!! Entering is easy. The good folks at ColorProof are giving away the fantastic Whipped Bodifying Mousse.  The giveaway ends on 10/16/2017 and is US only. There are 2 winners and you could certainly be one! Enter now and good luck! – Lisa
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IT Cosmetics has the solution for pores! Bye Bye Pores Illumination and Bye Bye Pores Blush

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Illumination and Bye Bye Pores Blush

Let’s get real – large pores are no fun. I’m always looking for ways to make them disappear from my t-zone. There are lots of products that seem to be that miracle product, but ten minutes later there are those pores again, seemingly bigger than ever. IT Cosmetics is making me a very happy girl these days, however – actually a very happy girl with very smaller looking pores – thanks to Bye Bye Pores Illumination and Bye Bye Pores Blush.

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IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Illumination

Bye Bye Pores Illumination ($29) is the new IT Cosmetics Poreless Finish Airbrush Pressed Powder. It sets makeup, takes away shine and oiliness, and illuminates skin without any shimmer or glitter. It also makes pores look nonexistent! At first I thought this was just an illuminating powder and it does do a great job in that department. But it’s so much more.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Illumination

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Illumination

This pressed powder blurs pores and imperfections, giving a wonderful airbrushed appearance that lasts and lasts. I think the translucent shade will work for all but the darkest skin shades, and the illumination is really beautiful, giving a fabulous glow that is always appreciated. This is one terrific product that everyone needs. Nicely done IT Cosmetics!!

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Blush in Sweet Cheeks

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Blush in Sweet Cheeks

The other pore problem solver is the Bye Bye Pores Blush ($24). I don’t think this one is going to have as many fans as the Bye Bye Pores Illumination. So let’s talk pros and cons. The pros:  yup, it does make pores disappear. Some blushes seem to settle right into pores and make them look like huge craters – ugh, you know what I mean. This pressed powder does the opposite, leaving skin looking practically poreless thanks to Optical Blurring Technology and anti-aging silk, hydrolyzed collagen, antioxidants and peptides. The shade I have, Sweet Cheeks, is a very pretty peachy/gold/pink. So the cons – that shimmer. Just too much shimmer for my middle-aged cheeks. This would be a perfect blush if weren’t for that shimmer!! I think that younger women will love this, but anyone older than 35 will have a tough time, at least with this shade. I am not sure what Je ne Sais Quoi and Naturally Pretty have to offer, but check them out in person. If they are as pretty as their swatches and they are shimmer free, they are probably total home runs.

Wearing IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Illumination and Bye Bye Pores Blush

If you struggle with pore issues, IT Cosmetics has some great problem solving solutions for you. You can find Bye Bye Pores Illumination, Bye Bye Pores Blush, and other IT Cosmetics products online and at Ulta stores.  – Lisa