IT Cosmetics makes me happy AND confident. Confidence in a Cream, Confidence in a Compact, and Skin Soothing Complexion Brush

It CosmeticsLately I have been using a great combination of products that have made my skin super happy…which then helps my confidence in general.  My trio includes IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream, Confidence in a Compact, and the Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush.

IT Cosmetics 2IT Cosmetics sent me a whole slew of shades of the Confidence in a Compact, as well as the cream and brush, which is what got me onto my quest for confidence.  Here’s some general info and what I find works so well for me.

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a CreamIT Cosmetics Confidence in a CreamConfidence in a Cream™ is a day and night moisturizer that seems to do everything. It moisturizes thirsty skin, giving it a nice glow; it tackles skin texture and leaves it feeling smooth; it evens out skin tone; it reduces the look of pores.

What’s inside to help create all of these skin miracles is a little something IT Cosmetics calls their Anti-Aging Armour Regenerative Concentrate.Anti-Aging Armour Regenerative Concentrate, which includes collagen, hyaluronic acid, peptides, ceramides, antioxidants and colloidal oatmeal. I love the texture of this incredible mix of ingredients. It’s thick and fluffy and it feels decadent when applied. It does have a scent that I can’t quite put my finger on…I don’t particularly like it, but it’s light and it dissipates quickly.

I find that when I use this in the morning (and I never forget to also apply this liberally to my décolleté) I don’t need a primer, especially when I use the Confidence in a Compact as my foundation.

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Fair

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Fair

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Medium

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Medium

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Medium

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Medium

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ is a solid serum foundation that provides all the benefits of the Confidence in a Cream Moisturizer with a full coverage foundation. Plus, it has full sun protections with SPF 50+ UVA/UVB physical sunscreen.

This serum/foundation comes in seven different shades:
  • Fair: porcelain skin; fairest of the fair
  • Light: if you have a bit more warmth to your skin
  • Medium: light to medium skintones
  • Medium Tan: if you have a warm or golden-medium skintone
  • Tan: tan skintones
  • Rich: tan to rich skin with golden tones
  • Deep: rich to deep skin with a warmer tones

There is a learning curve with this foundation.  At first I was using way too much, and it settled into my fine lines and wrinkles.  This is such a rich foundation that you only need a small amount.  Start with a tiny bit and then build from there.  The right amount buffed in properly gives me incredibly glowy skin with an even skin tone.  To buff it in, I use my third find from IT Cosmetics – the Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush

IT Cosmetics Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush

This brush is wonderfully soft, but it has enough density to keep it firm.  The cut is excellent – it buffs the foundation into every nook and cranny, hugging the contours of your face so the end result is darn close to an airbrushed look.  The foundation compact comes with a sponge, but I recommend using the Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush for the absolute best results.

I am loving these three complexion confidence boosters from IT Cosmetics — what are some of your favorites?  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

What do you purchase over and over again?

perilous paleThe Beauty Spotlight Team is starting a new series biweekly series to share what we items we can’t be without. Christa from Perilously Pale shares with us the 12 Beauty Products She Repurchases Again and Again. See what products make the cut and have been part of her daily beauty routine for years.

Use this Staple Relationship from KBShimmer for the best work you’ll ever do

KBShimmer is ready to make your office life a lot better with 8 polishes from their Office Space collection. These work friendly and fun ready polishes will make the day go a lot faster.

KBShimmer Office Space

KBShimmer Office Space

When we received a selection of these KBShimmer polishes I instantly grabbed Staple Relationship, it’s my kind of color.

KBShimmer Staple Remover

KBShimmer Staple Remover

Just look at that sparkle, just look at that color! Can you blame me for wanting it on my nails instantly? In the bottle Staple Remover looks like a charcoal metallic shimmer with a purple cast. It has silvery metallic flakes in it. Bright light brings out the amazing colorful shimmer but in regular overhead light you’ll see a much more subtle metallic shade.

KBShimmer Staple Remover

KBShimmer Staple Remover

Believe it or not the polish can look charcoal or even a little purple. Light and your skintone will affect the tone you see. I see the charcoal and shimmer on my nails.

KBShimmer Staple Remover

KBShimmer Staple Remover

KBShimmer Staple Remover

KBShimmer Staple Remover

The holographic shimmer is beautiful yet doesn’t yell at you or your office mates.

KBShimmer Staple Remover

KBShimmer Staple Remover

KBShimmer tells us that this is a crelly with metallic flakes and that it has a medium amount of shimmer. There’s a very slight texture to the polish but very slight.

I love KBShimmer polishes since they wear perfectly on my nails, lasting a full week without a problem. The hardest part of wearing KBShimmer is trying to decide which one to wear next.  —  Marcia

*sent for review and smiles

The best source for do-it-yourself beauty products: Mary Tylor Naturals

This post may be a little premature, but I am just so excited about some products I was sent by Mary Tylor Naturals that I had to share! Mary Tylor Naturals has natural, organic skin care and body care ingredients that you can buy to make your own skin care products. How fun is that?? I can’t wait to dig in! Here’s a quick peak at what I was sent:Mary Tylor Naturals Organic BeeswaxMary Tylor Naturals Organic BeeswaxMary Tylor Naturals Organic Beeswax

I was sent two kinds of Organic Beeswax – small yellow pastilles and a Beeswax Bar. Because the size is small there is no need to cut the beeswax, and it’s great for making skin care products, lotions, candles, and even furniture polish! Organic beeswax has lots of Vitamin A and it is sooo good for skin.

Mary Tylor Naturals Organic Cocoa Butter

I wish you could smell this bar of Raw, Organic Cocoa Butter. It smells like chocolate and it’s actually food grade so you can eat it if you want. I just might try some in food recipes as well as body product recipes.Mary Tylor Naturals Organic BeeswaxMary Tylor Naturals Organic Shea Butter

Check out this incredible hunk of Shea Butter! I am totally geeked! Shea butter is wonderful stuff, and it makes a fantastic lip balm. I am going to have so much fun with this. Unrefined Shea butter is just full of vitamin A, E and F as well as antioxidants, fatty acids and minerals.

Mary Tylor Naturals Organic Black African Soap

I was sent one bar of Organic African Black Soap. It isn’t easy to find this sort of soap in its pure form without lots of added chemicals. It has a high level of shea butter, which makes it very moisturizing. It can be used for so many things – it works for washing your face, your body, and your hair. It’s amazing for eczema and acne.

Mary Tylor Naturals Lip Balm Containers

I was also sent these little lip balm containers…now I need to investigate to find some recipes for all my new goodies and see what I can create!

Quite a few of the Mary Tylor Naturals products are Kosher Certified. There are all sorts of sizes available so if you just want to dabble in creating your own products, this is a perfect resource for high quality, cosmetics grade ingredients.

I am so excited to start making my own concoctions!! What would you make with these ingredients??  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

bareMinerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation #FreetheFace

 bareMinerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder FoundationAs more of a full-coverage gal, I did not expect to like the bareMinerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation ($30). I don’t want to free my face…I want to cover up all the sins of my misspent youth! However, this powder foundation promised a lot:                                                                                                         samplesbareMinerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation

  • Glam coverage
  • 12-hour long-wear
  • Breathable
  • True-to-you shades
  • Formulated with 90% vitamins & minerals

So I gave it a shot. Boy was I surprised…I love this gorgeous light weight foundation!

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The powder has a silky smooth texture with a wonderful application. It feels extremely light on my skin and it’s buildable so it covers my major sins without looking fake or caked on. I typically have a problem with foundation wearing off quickly, yet this lasts pretty long for me. Not exactly the promised 12 hours, but I still get a good 6 hours of wear.

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There are 30 different shades, which is an incredible range. I tried three shades, all of which work well with my NW23 skin. In fact, I couldn’t even swatch these because the foundation blends so well it just doesn’t show up on camera.

 bareMinerals barePRO Core Coverage Brush bareMinerals barePRO Core Coverage Brush bareMinerals barePRO Core Coverage Brush bareMinerals barePRO Core Coverage BrushThe Core Coverage Brush is just perfect for application.

The angled shape is great for coverage around the nose and chin, and it picks up the perfect amount of product. And it’s just so easy to apply – there is no need to buff or blend, it goes on seamlessly and looks fantastic. It makes my skin look like I have no pores…that’s a Christmas miracle right there.

bareMinerals #FreetheFaceI am very happy with the barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation and am so happy to have found it. Be sure you check it out – I’m betting you will be as happy with it as I am and you will want to #FreetheFace.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Your perfect pink lips for 2017 from IT Cosmetics!

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lippiesHere’s a great resolution for 2017:  find your perfect pink lippie! The best place to start is with IT Cosmetics since they have many Je Ne Sais Quoi lip products and one is bound to be the perfect pink for you. Here are just five of the wonderful possibilities you can find at IT Cosmetics:                                                                              samplesIT Cosmetics YLBB All-Day Waterproof Lip Liner Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi

  1.  Your Lips But Better All-Day Waterproof Lip Liner Stain ($20):  This long lasting lip liner comes in nine shades, but your perfect pink is probably Je Ne Sais Quoi. It’s not just a lipliner, it’s also a stain so I love to wear this with a bit of clear gloss for fuss-free lips. Ingredients are amazing, including Peptides, Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, hydrating Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe, and Jojoba so lips stay soft and supple.  Another bonus?  Lots of Anti-Aging antioxidants including Vitamins A, C, E, Acai, Green Tea and White Tea to protect against free-radicals.Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi
  2. Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi ($20):  Want a soft, natural pink that works as a lipstick, balm, and stain? Look no further than this beauty. The clear formula works with your body chemistry to create the perfect pink flush. Anti-Aging Antioxidants including Vitamins A, C, E, Acai, Green Tea and White Tea Plum Oil, Cherry Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe and Jojoba all work together to treat, hydrate, condition, and nourish your lips. This is available in five other colors as well.Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Lip Treatment
  3. Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Lip Treatment ($24):  The original and still one of my favorites, this clear balm interacts with your body chemistry and morphs into the perfect pink flush for your complexion. It’s the mood ring of lip treatments! A blend of essential butters and oils, hyaluronic filling spheres and antioxidants smooth the look of lip lines and give you soft, kissable lips every time.Blurred Lines™ Smooth-Fill Lipstick Blurred Lines™ Smooth-Fill Lipstick
  4. Blurred Lines™ Smooth-Fill Lipstick ($24):  Who can resist a lipstick that color-corrects, revives, and fights aging? This is a truly gorgeous lip smoothing lipstick with terrific ingredients like Collagen, Peptides, Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, Shea Butter, Jojoba and Grape Seed Extract. Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill is available in 9 other colors, with Je Ne Sais Quoi the latest in the collection. Je Ne Sais Quoi is brighter in this incarnation than it is in others and is a truly perfect medium pink.Vitality Lip Flush Hydrating Lip Gloss Soft Stain
  5. Vitality Lip Flush Hydrating Lip Gloss Soft Stain ($24):  Perhaps your perfect pink is this non-sticky lip gloss that has a great wear time. The Je Ne Sais Quoi shade is a soft, milky pink that gives a light stain of color with lots of shine and slip. There are three shades that are 50% the stain amount of their original stains, which means a more natural flush of color. I adore how this feels on my lips – massively hydrating with the best slip ever.
    Left to right, with YLBB Lipliner between:

    Left to right, with YLBB Lipliner between:  Blurred Lines Lipstick, Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment, Vitality Lip Flush

    Whatever your perfect pink is, I am confident you can find it in IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lip products.  Celebrate 2017 with a resolution to discover your pretty pink pout!  – Lisa

    *sent for editorial consideration

SPARITUAL GOLD for all your holiday nail needs

SPARITUAL GOLD & GLITTER

SPARITUAL GOLD & GLITTER

There are so many days to celebrate between Christmas and New Year’s and there’s nothing like a new polish to change up your look. SPARITUAL has a new long wear collection, Rise, that has quickly become a favorite. There are 4 holiday polishes that were sent to me for review. There’s not a one that you won’t want to wear on your nails. I see Christmas, I see Chanukkah, I see New Year’s Eve, and I see Bowl Games when I look at these polishes.

SPARITUAL GOLD ($18) has 3 finishes in their line and all are true winners. There are cremes like Take a Stand and Come Together, shimmers like Rising Spirit and Soulful, and glitters like Beyond Love. What makes these more unique is that they are quick drying polishes. But what reallllly makes them unique is that these are truly a self leveling polish when you use their Flexible Topcoat. They bounce back if you smear them when wet. I always mess up my nails putting on my jacket or seat belt and it happened again when I had my nails done with Rising Spirit. But where is that mistake? It’s gone, totally gone. I did nothing to it and it came back to its original finish. I’m amazed and grateful.

Sparitual Gold and Flexible Topcoat

Sparitual Gold and Flexible Topcoat

The brush on these polishes is one of the best I’ve used. I had my nails done with Rising Spirit as my first choice and one brushload was able to cover 3 nails. My nail tech was as amazed as I was. The name of the brush is the Mindful Brush and Sparitual created it with over 600 bristles that fan out for a precise application.

SPARITUAL GOLD RISING SPIRIT – when you look at the bottle you might not be attracted to it. I know I wasn’t and even my nail tech wasn’t impressed. Until, that is, we opened it and saw the beautiful yet subtle gold shimmer and outstanding shade. The bottles have a cover over them which I think is a shame because you can’t see the beauty within.

Sparitual Gold: Rising Spirit

Sparitual Gold: Rising Spirit

Rising Spirit is a work friendly gold which I didn’t think was possible. It’s not garish as some golds can be and that’s because the shimmer is within. It’s a stand out without being a turn off. I am crazy about it!

Sparitual Rising Spirit and Soulful

Sparitual Rising Spirit and Soulful

The shade I’m going to be wearing for Christmas is Soulful. It’s not labeled as a metallic but it definitely is plus it has that subtle shimmer that I’m loving. It’s the type of red that I crave on my nails any day of the year but especially around the winter holidays. When you add the Sparitual Gold Flexible Topcoat you are guaranteeing long wear on their polishes. I never did well with the original Sparitual polishes but these are out of this world with wear time.

Sparitual Gold in Soulful

Sparitual Gold in Soulful

 

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Take A Stand is the holiday green polish that you need on your hands. This is just the perfect green to match the holiday colors. This green creme is practically a one coater. It’s thick and rich. It applies like a dream.

Sparitual Gold in Take a Stand

Sparitual Gold in Take a Stand

Come Together is harder for me to describe. It’s also a creme though it was a thinner cream. It’s not a red, it’s not a purple, but it has some of each of those colors in it.

Sparitual Gold in Come Together

Sparitual Gold in Come Together

Sparitual has a whole new take on glitter polishes ($12). Not only did they create some beauties but knowing of the complaints of glitter removal they also created a Peel Off Basecoat, Unveil. This is a wonderful basecoat for any polish you use with glitter but especially with Sparitual polishes. Apply a coat of Unveil and then a polish like the beautiful Beyond Love that I was sent, apply as many coats of the polish as you’d like. When you are ready for a new shade all you have to do is peel it off. No soaking, no acetate all over your hands that dry them out. Just peel. You’ll love it.

Sparitual Unveil Peel Off Basecoat

Sparitual Unveil Peel Off Basecoat

Sparitual Unveil Peel-Off Basecoat

Sparitual Unveil Peel-Off Basecoat

Sparitual Glitter polish in Beyond Love

Sparitual Glitter polish in Beyond Love

Beyond Love

Beyond Love

These shades are just a small picture of all the beautiful polishes that Sparitual Gold has created. I’m so much happier with this formula than the original and I love that it’s a vegan, cruelty-free brand. It’s dramatic to say these are a Christmas Miracle but they come close to one that you can buy. Have a happy holiday with Sparitual Gold.  — Marcia

*sent for review and worn with delight

some photos are from sparitual.com