Attention all brush lovers – Beauty Junkees has what you are looking for

We’re assuming that you are a beauty junkie since you are reading this now so we know that learning more about Beauty Junkees is perfect for you. We don’t all have makeup artist skills but we can certainly improve our skills by using the right brushes. What’s great about Beauty Junkees brushes is that they are good quality and very reasonably priced. The bristles in their brushes are synthetics that are amazingly soft yet amazingly effective. They pick up color easily, apply color smoothly, and blend like a dream. We were sent two sets that you are going to want, especially once you read about them and see the price point.

Beauty Junkiees Mini Kabuki Set

Beauty Junkiees Mini Kabuki Set

Beauty Junkees Kabuki Makeup Brush Kit

Beauty Junkees Kabuki Makeup Brush Kit

MARCIA HAS THE MINI KABUKI 5 PIECE SET

I’m so excited about this makeup brush set. These are unlike any brushes I have in my vast collection. I can’t get over these brushes and they are currently on sale for only $19.97. I’m shocked. There are 5 brushes that come in a makeup bag and they are among the most useful brushes I have. These are considered to be eye makeup brushes but I didn’t realize that at first so I used them for everything. These brushes are so versatile.

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Set (Eye Makeup Brushes: 5 pc Precision Brush Set)

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Set (Eye Makeup Brushes: 5 pc Precision Brush Set)

There’s a brush in this kit for every use you have: blending, contouring, application, applying concealer, and more. The brushes can be used with both cream and powder products.

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Tapered Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Tapered Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Tapered Brush is my absolute favorite brush in the entire kit. This alone is worth the price of the kit. There’s a very popular brush from Sephora’s house brand that this is so similar to but this is even better since it’s more tapered. This is terrific for applying concealer under your eyes. I use it with concealer and corrector and it makes me smile every time I use it. Fabulous brush!

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Flat Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Flat Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Flat Brush has a totally flat top. This is can be used for just about anything on your eyes. I’ve used it to apply all over color and blend mostly. I’ve also used it with cream blush, especially those hard to get into pots, to apply it to my cheeks.

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Angled Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Angled Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Angled Brush is the one I use on my eyes the most. I like it to apply browbone color and for blending. It’s also great to apply a subtle highlighter along my upper cheekbones and above my brows.

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Round Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Round Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Round Brush is a little love! The bristles are softly rounded at the top. The brush is perfect for blending in all those hard to reach places like around your nose and in the inner corner of your eyes. This applies color like it was born for that job. It probably was.

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Flat Angled Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Flat Angled Brush

Beauty Junkees Mini Kabuki Flat Angled Brush is the 5th brush and you’ll find just as much use for this as all the others. This soft angled brush makes quick work of blending and making sure there are no sharp edges. Use this to buff your powder blush and you’ll see it glow.

I’ve got nothing but praise for this set. At $19.95 you need this to complete your brush wardrobe.

LISA has the KABUKI MAKEUP BRUSH KIT

Beauty Junkies Kabuki Makeup Brush Set

Beauty Junkees Kabuki Makeup Brush Set

Beauty Junkies Kabuki Makeup Brush Set

Beauty Junkees Kabuki Makeup Brush Set

While all of Marcia’s brushes are for the eyes, mine are for the face. True to the kabuki name, all of these brushes are thick and compact with very dense bristles. The handles are long with some heft, giving more control than a traditional squat kabuki brush. These brushes are incredibly soft yet have the firmness needed to handle thicker face products, and they can all be used with powder or cream products. I am astounded at the range of finishes I can get – everything from super sheer to complete coverage.  The price is definitely right – only $39.97 for all five brushes plus the awesome brush holder, which is a normally $84.85.

Beauty Junkies Flat Kabuki Brush

Beauty Junkees Flat Kabuki Brush

The Flat Kabuki Brush is an amazing foundation brush and it also is a perfect choice for finishing powders. I’ve tried it with powdered foundation, tinted moisturizer, thick cream foundation…it works with them all and is a terrific stippling brush that creates a natural look.

Beauty Junkies Angled Kabuki Brush

Beauty Junkees Angled Kabuki Brush

The Angled Kabuki Brush is a go-to brush for applying blush, or for highlighting and contour work. This is a beautiful blending brush that is silky soft but it really grabs product, so it’s best to go light and build up intensity.

Beauty Junkies Round Kabuki Brush

Beauty Junkees Round Kabuki Brush

The Round Kabuki is the most like a traditional kabuki brush, although the longer handle makes it easier to maneuver more carefully. I use this brush for blending  and for buffing on mineral foundation powders.

Beauty Junkies Flat Angled Kabuki Brush

Beauty Junkees Flat Angled Kabuki Brush

The Flat Angled Kabuki is awesome for contouring and for bronzer, as well as for using with tinted moisturizers, BB creams and CC creams. I think this is my favorite of the five brushes and I especially love it for contouring. It is extremely versatile and I find myself using it at all different angles for various looks.

Beauty Junkies Tapered Kabuki Brush

Beauty Junkees Tapered Kabuki Brush

The Tapered Kabuki brush is for use under the eyes and around the nose, all those odd areas that are difficult to get to with a traditional shaped brush. It’s especially good for blending out creamy concealers.

Beauty Junkies Brush Holder

Beauty Junkees Brush Holder

I can’t rave enough about how wonderfully soft the synthetic bristles are and the brushes are easy to clean. The brushes are truly fantastic, and I think the biggest surprise for me was just how much I also love the Travel Brush Holder.  It not only holds these wonderful brushes, it also provides covered storage for them.  The snap sides are particularly nice for keeping brushes safe for travel.  The Brush Cup Holder measures 3.5″ DIA X 8.75″ H and is big enough to fit even more brushes – maybe the set Marcia reviewed!

For a limited time, you can buy any 1 Kabuki Brush for $11.97, or get the set of 5 Brushes with a FREE Travel Brush Holder for $39.97 (value $84.85). This offer and these brushes are so good that if you don’t snap up a set, I will be shocked!

We love the high quality, the practicality, and the price for both brush sets.  These brush sets are ones you will want to add to your cosmetics collection!

BEAUTY JUNKEES has a special code for Beauty Info Zone readers for 25% off one purchase through 3/7/16. The code is INFOZONE and can be used on any of their products but we think one of these Kabuki sets is the way to go! Link to the face kabuki set, link to the eye kabuki set. Which will you pick?

*sent for consideration, affiliate links

Celebrate the new year with IT Cosmetics TSV “New Year Your Most Beautiful Skin”

#yourmostbeautiful2016 IT Cosmetics TSV

#yourmostbeautiful2016
IT Cosmetics TSV

#yourmostbeautiful2016

Saturday, January 16th is one special day on QVC since it’s Beauty Day. The best part of Beauty Day for us is that it means a TSV for IT Cosmetics. And what a great TSV it is. Lisa and Marcia are thrilled to have received a sneak peek to share with you so you can see what special items are in IT COSMETICS NEW YEAR, YOUR MOST BEAUTIFUL SKIN COLLECTION, 6 piece set.

IT Cosmetics TSV Your Most Beautiful Skin #yourmostbeautiful2016

IT Cosmetics TSV Your Most Beautiful Skin #yourmostbeautiful2016

LISA is sharing CC+ Veil Cushion Compact Foundation and 2 brushes

IT Cosmetics stole my heart a long time ago and it continues to be one of my favorite cosmetics line. This set is really a fantastic value and so much fun!

IT Cosmetics New Year, Your Most Beautiful Skin foundation and brushes

IT Cosmetics CC+Veil Cushion Compact Foundation

IT Cosmetics CC+Veil Cushion Compact Foundation in Medium

IT Cosmetics CC Veil Foundation in Fair

IT Cosmetics CC Veil Foundation in Fair

The CC+ Veil Cushion Compact Foundation is a sponge-worthy foundation (for all you Seinfeld fans!) that has just about everything. It has a 50+ SPF, an anti-aging serum, a moisturizer, a primer, and a sheer to medium foundation, all in one. If you have oily skin you will still want to use a separate primer, but otherwise this is definitely a multi-tasker that will make you very happy.

IT Cosmetics CC+Veil Cushion Compact Foundation refill

IT Cosmetics CC+Veil Cushion Compact Foundation refill

The squishy sponge houses a creamy liquid foundation that goes on like gossamer, it’s so lightweight. The coverage is sheer but buildable, and what I really love about this set is it includes a refill! I’m not sure how long the sponge will last, but I’m glad to know that once I’ve used it up I have another one ready. My shade is medium, and it’s a neutral tone that is a little on the light side for a medium shade.

Heavenly Luxe Dual-Ended Complexion Perfection Brush

Heavenly Luxe Dual-Ended Complexion Perfection Brush

Heavenly Luxe Dual-Ended Complexion Perfection Brush

Heavenly Luxe Dual-Ended Complexion Perfection Brush

While the foundation comes with an application puff, I prefer the Heavenly Luxe Dual-Ended Complexion Perfection Brush. This brush is oh-so-soft, but it’s densely packed so it gives great control.  The large end is perfect for applying the Cushion Compact Foundation and the small end is great for those hard to cover areas like around the eyes and nose.

Angled Radiance Creme Brush

Angled Radiance Creme Brush

Angled Radiance Creme Brush

Angled Radiance Creme Brush

The other brush included in this set is the Angled Radiance Creme Brush. It has an angled edge that really hugs your cheekbones. The bristles are fabulous for cream blush application, blending the blush so naturally it creates a beautiful, glowy flush. I think my three products alone are worth the $59.96 price tag, but there are even more goodies included that Marcia has for review.

MARCIA is sharing Je Ne Sais Quoi! Lipstick and Creme Blush

Once you open this fabulous TSV you’ll find two Je Ne Sais Quoi products – one brand new and one revamped. Let me start with the revamped lipstick.

Just the other day when I wrote about Pantone 2016 Colors I showed you a picture of Je Ne Sais Quoi Blurred Lines Smooth Fill Lipstick. When I opened my new lipstick I found that the color wasn’t the same but the technology was. Originally the lipstick was almost clear and your body’s chemistry changed it to suit you. Now the lipstick is tinted pink and comes in a special iridescent white case. So pretty, so nourishing, full on color that has collagen and hyaluronic filling spheres to make your lips look your most beautiful ever.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lipstick for the TSV

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lipstick for the TSV

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lipstick for the TSV

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lipstick for the TSV

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lipstick

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi lipstick

Now to the exciting part for me (don’t get me wrong though, I adore the foundation too). A creme blush!!!! I am a creme blush fanatic so I was especially excited to find this in the QVC TSV. This too is named Je Ne Sais Quoi, officially IT COSMETICS CC+ VITALITY BRIGHTENING CREME BLUSH in JE NE SAIS QUOI. Call me thrilled.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Vitality Brightening Creme Blush in Je Ne Sais Quoi

IT Cosmetics CC+ Vitality Brightening Creme Blush in Je Ne Sais Quoi

The blush tries to trick you but you’ll be thrilled with its trickiness. It appears as a pink in the compact but when I swatched it I found it look very light. So light in fact that I worried that it wouldn’t show up. But like the lipstick it’s a color correcting anti-aging creme blush. It starts off light (see picture below) but then deepens on its own to a very natural pink. It never gets too deep on me but it’s not too light either. It’s, to quote Goldilocks, “just right”. The Angled Radiance Creme Brush described above is a great tool to smooth this onto your cheeks.

IT Cosmetics  Je Ne Sais Quoi swatches, top blush, bottom lipstick

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi swatches, top blush, bottom lipstick

If you add up the products in this TSV they’d cost you $214.00. But like all IT Cosmetics TSV’s the price is amazing at $59.96. The TSV number is A272018 for a one time buy and A276946 for auto delivery. Don’t miss out on this great deal and the opportunity to have your most beautiful skin ever.

#yourmostbeautiful2016

*sent for editorial consideration

Beauty Junkees pro Eye Brush Set has made my eyes very happy

Let me introduce you to Marcia. She is a beauty junkie no matter how you put it. Beauty products are her downfall and everyone who knows her knows it. If you ask her what excites her the most you’re going to learn that it’s anything to do with eyes:  eyeshadows, eyeliners, mascara, eyebrows, eyeshadow brushes, tweezers, eye primers. She’s like the Forrest Gump of eyes. It makes sense then that when BEAUTY JUNKEES sent Marcia some brushes to try that she’d of course grab the eyeshadow brushes out of the hands of her blog partner.

Beauty Junkees 8 piece pro Eye Set

Beauty Junkees 8 piece pro Eye Set

Beauty Junkees has created an 8 piece pro Eye Set that is the best bargain I’ve ever seen. Not only is this set only $24.97 on Amazon but Beauty Junkees has offered a 25% off coupon for all Beauty Info Zone shoppers to use one time. That means you’ll be able to get this for just $18.73. That blows my junkie mind!

Let’s see what you can get for under $19. First the 8 brushes come in a case that not only comfortably holds all 8 of these brushes but leaves you plenty of room for your eye products. All 8 brushes are labeled which is wonderful. That makes it great for beginners especially who look and wonder what the heck each of the brushes do.

Beauty Junkees 8 piece pro Eye Set

Beauty Junkees 8 piece pro Eye Set

pro TAPERED BLENDING BRUSH

Beauty Junkees Tapered Blending brush

Beauty Junkees Tapered Blending brush

The Tapered Blending brush does exactly what it says. Because the bristles on the brush are long and bendable they softly blend a shadow. I like it best as a finishing brush to make sure there are no harsh lines between shadow colors.

pro CREASE BRUSH

Beauty Junkees Crease brush

Beauty Junkees Crease brush

Beauty Junkees Tapered Blending and Crease brushes

Beauty Junkees Tapered Blending and Crease brushes

The Crease brush is a smaller version of the Blending brush with bristles that feel similar but because it’s a tighter, smaller head it’s perfect for applying a crease shade and blending it in. It fits into my crease perfectly.

pro ALL OVER SHADER

Beauty Junkees All Over Shader

Beauty Junkees All Over Shader

The All Over Shader is the most versatile brush in the set. I can use this for almost any job. I like it on my browbone, on my lid and as a blending brush. While the bristles aren’t labeled as far as their origin, I’ve been assured that they are all cruelty free.

pro ANGLED SHADING

Beauty Junkees Angled Shading brush

Beauty Junkees Angled Shading brush

Beauty Junkees Angled Shading and All Over Shader

Beauty Junkees Angled Shading and All Over Shader

The Angled Shading brush is similar in size and color as the All Over Shader but it’s much softer partly because the bristles are longer. It bends easily and the angle makes it great for placing color on your browbone.

pro BLENDING

Beauty Junkees Blending brush

Beauty Junkees Blending brush

I’m partial to this brush so telling you it’s my favorite in the set isn’t a problem. It looks like the MAC 217 and performs like it too. It fits in my crease perfectly and blends with ease. The Blending Brush is getting a LOT of use from me.

pro PENCIL

Beauty Junkees Pencil Brush

Beauty Junkees Pencil Brush

Beauty Junkees Pencil and Blending brushes

Beauty Junkees Pencil and Blending brushes

The Pencil brush is another dupe of a MAC brush. Great for smudging shadows or eyeliner along your eyelash line. Great for doing precision work like applying a light color by your tear duct to make your eyes lighten up.

pro FLAT DEFINER and PRECISION EYE LINER

Beauty Junkees Precision Eye Liner and Flat Definer brushes

Beauty Junkees Precision Eye Liner and Flat Definer brushes

These two thin flat brushes are made out of synthetic fibers and complement each other. The Flat Definer is what is often called a “push brush”, it’s made to push eyeshadow onto the area where your lashes meet your skin. You can tightline easily with this brush. The Precision Eye Liner is an angled brush with a smaller head that is wonderful to use with a gel eyeliner as well as with powders to sweep the color along your lashline.

Last but not least is a brush sold separately, the pro BROW BRUSH.

Beauty Junkees pro Eye Set plus pro Brow Brush

Beauty Junkees pro Eye Set plus pro Brow Brush

All the brushes in the set are sold separately. The only brush not included in the set is the Brow Brush ($10.00). This two sided brush combines the Precision Eye Liner brush with a spoolie on the other end. It’s a good addition to the set though I don’t think it’s a necessity unless you really need a spoolie.

Personally I can’t believe what a great set you can get for $24.97 and if you use this one time only code, INFOZONE, you’ll get 25% off on the set. We have another review coming up for Beauty Junkees Mini Buki set and Buki set so you may have to make a decision on when you use that coupon code since it’s a one time redemption. But you are going to want to use it because your eyes won’t believe what they see and feel with Beauty Junkees.  –  Marcia

*sent for consideration

* One time redemption code for 25% off a brush or set on Amazon is good through 3/7/16 “INFOZONE

beauty junkees pro eye set

IT Cosmetics 5 Superstars & More 6 Piece Collection TSV for 11/20 #ITSuperstars

it cosmetics november tsv box
We love IT Cosmetics and we love the QVC Today’s Special Value sets, so when these stars collide it’s time to break out that credit card. The latest TSV special is the IT Cosmetics TSV 6-Piece Holiday Set – sold separately, the six items would set you back $185. For one day, you can have it all for $59.94 – a really incredible price for six essential IT Cosmetics products. The Today’s Special Value offer on November 20th ends at 11:59 pm PT. Don’t be late to the party.

it cosmetics november tsv opened

it cosmetics november tsv  sheet

it cosmetics november tsv  all

While IT Cosmetics has been a huge favorite of ours for years, Lisa and Marcia have certain products that they consider to be essential. Read on for their take on these six IT Cosmetics superstars.

LISA’S PICKS:

I always have a tube of Bye Bye Undereye Anti-Aging Concealer  on hand. I’ve used this full coverage concealer for years and it is one of the best out there. It looks natural but covers even the darkest of undereye circles.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer

I have also gone through several pans of the Celebration Foundation Illumination. This is a soft, creamy, full coverage powder foundation that doesn’t make my face look dry. I swirl it on with a fluffy brush to cover all imperfections, plus it provides great sun protection. I use it all the time as a setting powder over liquid foundation, too.

IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation in Medium

IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation in Medium

I am a sucker for lava lamps and mood rings, so the Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi is a big favorite just because the final color varies depending on body chemistry. This lipstick is actually four products in one: lipstick, antiaging conditioning lip balm, hydrating lip gloss, and a lip stain. The ingredients, including vitamins A, C, and E, hydrate, condition, and minimize the appearance of wrinkles. The initial shine gradually wears off, leaving an even, long-wearing stain.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi

MARCIA’S PICKS:

I think I’ve talked about Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Volumizing Mascara at least 500 times because it’s that good. There are several products that I can’t live without, including the Bye-Bye Eyes Concealer, and Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Volumizing Mascara is one of them. Since this set is the Superstar set they just had to include this and I’m very happy that they did. This is more than a mascara – it’s a conditioning primer, lash enhancing serum, lash tint and lash comb/curler all wrapped up in one special mascara. The Lash Ball Detailer on the top is there to add length, volume and to separate.

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Volumizing Mascara

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Volumizing Mascara

Another Superstar is the Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil which receives awards from QVC year after year. The wind up pencil is a universal color made to match all hair color. It adheres well to your skin and helps cover gray in case you have that problem. The fine point makes it easy to draw in hairs too. The spoolie on the opposite helps start or finish your eyebrows so they look perfect.

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil.

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil.

I’m a giant fan of IT Cosmetics brushes and the fabulous new Heavenly Luxe Master Brush is worth the price of this TSV all by itself. Once you touch this brush you won’t turn back to an ordinary brush. It’s a synthetic brush, since everything from IT Cosmetics is cruelty free, that is custom cut to form the unique head. Besides feeling heavenly the uses are heavenly too. Use it with the Celebration Foundation that is one of the Superstar items but also use it with your favorite foundations, concealers, blushes, bronzer and finishing powders. This is going to be a workhorse for you but it will feel like a work kitty.

IT Cosmetics Superstar TSV for November 20, 2015

IT Cosmetics Superstar TSV for November 20, 2015

These 5 Superstar products plus the Heavenly Luxe Master Brush (which will surely become a Superstar) make up this special TSV. The price of this set is amazing since you’ll receive old favorites as well as new ones that will become favorites. Jump on it Friday, November 20, 2015 at midnight EST and during the day so your foundation and concealer shade doesn’t sell out.

#ITSuperstars

A270192 for single delivery or A274310 for auto delivery.

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The 6 piece Heavenly Luxe holiday brush set by IT Cosmetics is stocking stuffer ready

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Brush Set with Travel Case

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Brush Set with Travel Case

If you are anything like me then holiday shopping is very much on your mind. IT Cosmetics has come to the rescue with 4 different sets that will make anyone on your list very happy. I was sent the Heavenly Luxe 6 piece Brush Set and it’s packaged and ready for beautiful gift giving.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Holiday Brush Set

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Holiday Brush Set

Pretty as a picture and ready to stick under a tree or in a stocking. IT Cosmetics brushes are ones I love. If you are a blog reader then you hear rave after rave for IT’s brushes. This set is a great beginner’s kit. The price is only $39.50 for 6 brushes and a great travel case. That’s pretty amazing. What you’ll find inside is a powder brush, flat foundation brush, eyebrow brush and 3 eye brushes in a variety of sizes. (sold only on IT Cosmetics)

Let’s start with the great case that houses these 6 brushes. It’s very sturdy and luxe. Since IT Cosmetics is a cruelty free company the case only looks and feels like leather but you’d never know it wasn’t.

IT Cosmetics LE Heavenly Luxe Brush Set case

IT Cosmetics LE Heavenly Luxe Brush Set case

The two best brushes in the set for my needs are the face brushes. The Heavenly Luxe Travel Flat Foundation Brush is a great flat brush for foundation. It can also be used for concealer for larger areas of concern. The Heavenly Luxe Powder/Blush brush is one of the soft and efficient brushes that IT Cosmetics is known for. You’ll love the feel of this on your face.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe powder/blush brush and foundation brush

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe powder/blush brush and foundation brush

I also really like the Heavenly Luxe Travel Flat Concealer Brush since it’s perfect for concealer but also for eyeshadow. It’s a good base brush eyeshadow placement. I particularly like it to lay down color all over or just on my lid. The other brush that gets my okay is the No Tug® Eyeliner & Brow Brush with Spooly. I am now enthralled with brow brushes and find them a necessity. I love having this travel size that has everything I need in one.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Travel Flat Concealer Brush and No Tug® Eyeliner & Brow Brush with Spooly

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Travel Flat Concealer Brush and No Tug® Eyeliner & Brow Brush with Spooly

The two eyeshadow brushes are the reason I said the kit was better for beginners. The brushes are similar except for size. They are full and loose. The No Tug® Travel Allover Eyeshadow Brush is the larger of the two and is the one I’ve used for blending. The No Tug® Travel Crease Brush is smaller but not by that much. I think it’s a little too loose as a crease brush but it works especially if you like a softer look on your eyes.

IT Cosmetics LE Holiday brush set No Tug® Travel Crease Brush and No Tug® Travel Allover Eyeshadow Brush

IT Cosmetics LE Holiday brush set No Tug® Travel Crease Brush and No Tug® Travel Allover Eyeshadow Brush

While they call these brushes travel brushes, all but the eyebrow brush are really full size. They’d be good for both travel and home use.

IT Cosmetics LE Heavenly Luxe Holiday Brush set

IT Cosmetics LE Heavenly Luxe Holiday Brush set

I think all 4 sets that Ulta has for the holidays are wonderful for yourself or as gifts. The one I’m most anxious to get is the Naturally Pretty Must Haves with a palette of 6 brand new matte shadows and a new transforming pearl shade in a signature Hello Light® shade. As if it could get any better, it contains the wonderful Hello Lashes® Mascara Deluxe Mini. This set is sold at both Ulta and IT Cosmetics.

IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Must Haves

IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Must Haves

While you are making your list be sure to include IT Cosmetics’ Limited Edition Holiday Sets but remember the words “limited edition” because when they are gone, they’re gone. Don’t be sorry!  — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder for an airbrush finish

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder

About a month ago I finished my IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Loose Powder up – down to the very last bits of the powder. I thought I had a replacement but it turned out to be a different IT Loose Powder in Light and was too dark for me. Well that meant shopping time which isn’t hard when it comes to IT Cosmetics. IT had come out with their translucent powder in a pressed version so I changed from a favorite to a new type of powder. I’m so brave!

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder compact

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder compact

The compact for Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder is very sturdy and is easy to take with you anywhere. There’s a great mirror, the powder, and a sponge applicator for when you are on the go. I had been a fan of MAC Blot Powder for oodles of years but now that IT has this option, I’ve switched.

The powder is definitely translucent as you can see below (there was no way to get a swatch of it)

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder

This wonderful powder is subtitled “Airbrush Silk Pressed Anti-Aging Finishing Powder”. IT Cosmetics is known for their anti-aging ingredients and I need that. The powder contains anti-aging peptides, collagen, silk & anti-oxidants, plus optical-blurring drops of light technology. Got that? It sounds like it was made for me.

The powder is buildable but I like a light sweep of it to set my foundation. Too much and the blurring goes away on me. My deep set pores eat powder so the less the better. If you have oily or combination skin this doubles as a blot powder.

Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder brush

Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder brush

At one point we were sent sent IT’s Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder brush (No. 8) and I couldn’t wait to try this brush out with the powder. Talk about heavenly!! Geez this brush is the epitome of softness that’s amazingly effective. It’s spoiled me for any other brush to use with my pressed powder and now for other powders including highlighters and loose powder.

Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder brush

Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder brush

As with all IT Cosmetic brushes this is uniquely crafted by sculpting and trimming the head of the brush, in this case to form a perfect round ball shape. I can’t recommend this brush enough. It makes applying Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder a delight and never a chore. I didn’t know it was possible to look forward to applying powder before.

While I’m happy I bought the Bye Bye Pores Pressed, I do miss the original Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro Powder and will replace that. It will give me more excuses to use the HEAVENLY Ball Wand brush after all. Have you tried this new pressed powder? — Marcia

*brush sent for consideration, powder is a purchase

The ‘total package’ – Mally Face Defender BB Cream and Foundation Brush

Mally Face Defender BB Cream

Mally Face Defender BB Cream

I love many products from Mally Beauty, but the Face Defender BB Cream Foundation and Foundation Brush combo is definitely my favorite. In fact, just yesterday one of my coworkers asked me which foundation I would recommend for her as she transitions into winter makeup and I said, without any hesitation, Mally Face Defender BB Cream! It does everything from treating to priming to covering and the brush is truly terrific.

Mally Face Defender BB Cream in Medium Light

Mally Face Defender BB Cream in Medium Light

A great big 1.8 ounce tube of Face Defender BB Cream Foundation and the foundation brush are available as a set on QVC for $45 you can find it HERE. The tube is large enough to last until spring, especially since you only need a small amount of BB cream for great coverage.

To be perfectly honest, when I use my Face Defender BB Cream Foundation I still use a primer, a concealer, and a setting powder. I can’t help myself…playing with cosmetics is therapy for me. The beauty of Face Defender is that if you aren’t a high maintenance person, or if you have limited time and need the biggest bang for your buck, this BB cream really does do everything. It has antioxidants so it works as a treatment serum/moisturizer. It has an SPF of 15 so it works as sun protection. It’s full coverage enough so most people won’t need a concealer and it doesn’t look heavy or cakey on skin. It has a beautiful, glowy finish that really only needs modest powdering throughout the day for an oily t-zone.

Mally Foundation Brush

Mally Foundation Brush

I absolutely adore the Foundation Brush, which gets second billing but is truly a star all on its own. I squeeze a tiny bit of Face Defender right onto the flat side of the brush then buff it on using a circular motion. This brush blends so beautifully that it is a must have for any brush collection.

Wearing Mally Face Defender BB Cream

Wearing Mally Face Defender BB Cream

For this photo I first applied a spritz of Skindinavia Makeup Spray Primer, then I used the Foundation Brush to apply my Face Defender. I also used Mally Dark Circle Corrector (another of my Mally obsessions!), a little face powder, and the Mally Shimmer, Shape, and Glow palette for blush and contour. There have been many days when I just used the Face Defender because I simply didn’t have time for anything else…and with a swipe of lipstick on my lips and cheeks, I certainly had everything I needed to make it through the day.

The Face Defender BB Cream Foundation comes in Fair, Light Medium Light, Medium Tan, Tan, Warm Rich, and Rich. This is my favorite BB cream foundation and I highly recommend a visit to QVC to get this set…it’s the total package.  – Lisa

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