IT Cosmetics CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream (and my before and after selfie #ITCCchallenge)

IT Cosmetics CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream

IT Cosmetics is asking women to take the #ITCCchallenge – take a makeup-free selfie, then take one wearing just their CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream ($38) and post the before and afters on social media. For every before and after, IT Cosmetics will donate $1 to the Look Good Feel Better foundation which helps women with cancer! I am up for the challenge, how about you?

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I adore CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream – it’s one of my go-to foundations. Why? Well, there are seven great reasons why.

  1.  It’s a full coverage foundation, which is great for my uneven skin tone (on full display in my before pic).
  2.  Spf 50+ UVA/UVB broad-spectrum physical sunscreen
  3.  Brightening color corrector which makes my sallow skin tone look fabulous
  4.  Hydrating anti-aging serum…I mean, who doesn’t need that?
  5.  Poreless finish primer included making this a great multitasking product
  6.  Dark spot concealer which works great on my hyperpigmentation
  7.  It’s also a moisturizing day cream

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe™ Complexion Perfection Brush #7

I love the way it applies, especially with the IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe™ Complexion Perfection Brush #7 ($48). This is an amazing brush! The smaller end is fantastic for applying concealer (love the Bye Bye Undereye Concealing Pot) and the large end buffs in the CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream so beautifully it’s incredible. The coverage is fantastic but it looks so natural and lightweight! And the formula is chock full of wonderful ingredients that skin just loves. “The hydrating formula is infused with peptides; niacin; algae; vitamins A, C, B, and E; hyaluronic acid; and hydrolyzed collagen, along with antioxidants and exotic botanicals for brightening and color-correcting benefits.” (from IT Cosmetics via qvc.com).

IT Cosmetics CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream swatched from left to right:  Fair, Light, Medium, Medium Tan, Tan, Rich, Deep

Plus, there are a terrific array of shades available, seven in all from Fair to Deep. One is bound to be your best match.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream

Now, taking a selfie with absolutely no makeup on is not an easy task. It takes a lot of guts to put yourself out there like that – I won’t even run to the grocery store without makeup, but if it’s going to help my fellow sister in need I am happy to do whatever it takes. So here I am – just woke up. My goodness, I hadn’t even brushed my hair yet.

IT Cosmetics makeup-free selfie

And here I am after applying IT Cosmetics CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream – nothing else, no concealer, no primer, obviously no lipstick or mascara! But you can certainly see the difference in my skin tone, radiance, and overall healthy appearance. It literally took me about two minutes to apply my foundation for this photo.

My selfie with just IT Cosmetics CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream

I did end up putting some concealer on because I was rocking some seriously puffy eyes that morning and I promise I did eventually brush my hair!!

Ok, now it’s your turn. Take the IT Cosmetics challenge! Post your own before and after selfies using CC+ Cream SPF 50+ to celebrate your most beautiful you and help IT Fighters and IT Survivors everywhere! To learn more, follow @itcosmetics and #ITCCchallenge.  – Lisa

What you need for a perfect Memorial Day Weekend Getaway with IT Cosmetics!

Essentials for Memorial DayMemorial Day weekend is wonderful for many reasons – we have that extra day to remember our loved ones who aren’t physically with us anymore. We have a little more time to spend with the people we love who are still here, and we have some precious time to relax and rest. If you are lucky, you get to spend that time at the pool or the beach.

Aaahhhh....rest and relaxation!!

Aaahhhh….rest and relaxation!!

I’m heading to the pool! I have a few must-have’s that are absolutely essential for my Memorial Day pool getaway…I wonder how they compare to your list?IT Cosmetics Beach BagIT Cosmetics

First, a great beach bag is essential. I was sent the ultimate beach bag from IT Cosmetics – it’s big, it has a waterproof and sand-proof bottom, and it has a zippered top.  It really is perfection.  They also sent a wonderful round towel.  Love it!!

J Crew Panama Hat

J Crew Panama Hat

Hopefully the sun is out, which means sun protection is in order. I always wear a hat, and I love my J Crew Panama Hat. I also always wear sunglasses, and the coolest sunglasses in existence are the Garrett Leight Wilson Sunglasses that I bought from Shopbop.

Garrett Leight Wilson Sunglasses and Samsung Galaxy

Garrett Leight Wilson Sunglasses and Samsung Galaxy

For real – they are the COOLEST. No exaggeration. I also always have my phone with me. I love my Samsung Galaxy, although I have the S6 and I think it’s time for an upgrade, don’t you? Come on, enable me!!

Shoshanna Bikini

Shoshanna Bikini

It can’t be called a pool party without the perfect bikini. I favor Shoshanna bikinis.  They are bra sized and I always love the sweet, feminine prints. You can find her swimwear at Shopbop at incredible prices.

Eliza Flat Halogen Sandals

Eliza Flat Halogen Sandals

Of course, the perfect sandals are necessary. I got these Eliza Flat Halogen Sandals through Trunk Club. Have you heard of Trunk Club yet??  It’s a personal shopping service that is run through Nordstrom. You get a personal shopper who works with you. He or she picks out TEN pieces that you actually get to preview and approve online before they are sent to you in a big old trunk. Then you get five days to try on everything and decide if you want to keep anything. My personal shopper is incredible. Her name is Paulina and I swear, she is psychic. She knows what I want even when I have no idea. The only drawback is I have spent so much money that if my hubby knew he would probably leave me. But my wardrobe is rocking. If you try this service, go with Paulina – use this link and it will give me a credit, for which I will be forever thankful!

BKR Glass and Silicone Water Bottle

BKR Glass and Silicone Water Bottle

Another Memorial Day pool party essential is a water bottle. I am still raving about my BKR Glass and Silicone Water Bottle that came with my Zoe Report Box of Style Spring 2017. The newest Box of Style is out now…I am hoping it arrives soon.

IT Cosmetics recently sent me some fantastic travel size products that are really terrific for taking to the pool and the beach. Pop these into your beach bag along with a little travel mirror and you will have everything you need for looking great and feeling wonderful.

IT Cosmetics...travel sized and beach party ready!

IT Cosmetics…travel sized and beach party ready!

Confidence in a Cream Travel Size ($16)  Skin gets dry thanks to sun, wind, and chlorine, so a little bit of moisture every so often is the perfect answer. I adore IT Confidence in a Cream because it moisturizes thirsty skin, giving it a nice glow; it tackles skin texture and leaves it feeling smooth; it evens out skin tone; and it reduces the look of pores. Plus the travel size jar is perfect for a beach bag or a purse.

Confidence in a Cream Travel Size

Confidence in a Cream Travel Size

CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ Travel Size ($15)  Spending the day outside, a full coverage foundation doesn’t sound right…but neither does going bare-faced. I love the travel size version of IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ which has more coverage than a BB cream, but is still lighter than a foundation. It doesn’t get any better than this anti-aging serum and broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 50+ protection all in one fabulous package.

CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ Travel Size

CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ Travel Size

Bye Bye Under Eye Full-Coverage Waterproof Concealer Travel Size ($10) Ok, somehow my computer ate my photo of Bye Bye Under Eye Full-Coverage Concealer…but your skin won’t do the same, because this concealer lasts and lasts, even if you are swimming in a chlorine-filled pool. For those of you with decent skin, you probably just need a few little dots blended in under your eyes and maybe under your nose for fabulous coverage that looks natural and stays all day. This is my go-to concealer and has been for years and years.

IT Cosmetics travel size Bye Bye Undereye

IT Cosmetics travel size Bye Bye Undereye

Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil Mini ($12)  When my secretary when to Mexico for vacation, she asked me which brow pencil to get so she could comfortably lay by the pool knowing she had eyebrows safely in place. Without hesitation I recommended the Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil Mini, which I knew would work for her – and she is a strawberry redhead. It works for pretty much everyone and the spoolie and formula makes sure those brows are well-groomed and stay in place!

Brow Powder Universal Brow Pencil Mini

Brow Powder Universal Brow Pencil Mini

Brow Powder Universal Brow Pencil Mini

Brow Powder Universal Brow Pencil Mini

Brow Powder Universal Brow Pencil Mini

Brow Powder Universal Brow Pencil Mini

IT’s Your Brush Love Mini ($12)  The perfect mini-solution for quick cleaning lip brushes, eyeshadow brushes, powder brushes…I even use it to touch up overzealous lipstick or eyeliner application. It works like a dream and the size is truly perfect.

IT's Your Brush Love Mini

IT’s Your Brush Love Mini

With the perfect towel, bikini, sunglasses, hat, sandals, and cosmetics tucked into a fabulous beach bag I am totally ready for my pool party this weekend. Oh wait, I forgot my phone…that’s ok, I need to upgrade anyway!!!  Come on ladies, tell me…what did I leave off my list that YOU consider to be an essential for a perfect day at the pool or beach?  – Lisa

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IT Cosmetics Customer Favorites Collection is the 3/18 TSV – it’ll be your favorite too

IT Cosmetics Customer Favorites TSV

IT Cosmetics Customer Favorites TSV

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Everyone loves a bargain but they don’t want one that seems like a bargain. Quality products at a great savings is what the latest IT Cosmetics TSV is all about. It’s time to tune into QVC to order your very own Customer Favorites Collection. 4 favorite products make up this collection with one new shade of an old favorite.

IT Cosmetics Customer Favorites TSV

IT Cosmetics Customer Favorites TSV

We can promise that this is going to be a collection that you’ll regret not owning. What you’ll be purchasing is a Supersize CC+ Illumination with SPF 50+ Cream, Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush, Superhero Mascara, and Je Ne Sais Quoi hydrating color lip treatment in the new shade of Rose.

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination with SPF 50+ and Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination with SPF 50+ and Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush

Nothing should surprise you when I say that we at Beauty Info Zone love IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream. In today’s TSV you’ll be receiving the Supersize CC+ Cream, a color correcting illuminating full coverage cream, with SPF 50+. This is a natural appearing coverage that brings you a radiance without shimmer or glimmer. It brightens my face making me feel better about myself. The fact that it’s an anti-aging formula makes it even better. A regular size of the foundation is $38.50. The TSV sells for $59.94 for all 4 items!

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination with SPF 50+ in Fair

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination with SPF 50+ in Fair

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination with SPF 50+ in Fair

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination with SPF 50+ in Fair

IT Cosmetics is known for their brushes so it’s not a surprise that there’s a new one in the TSV and it’s amazing. The Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin-Perfecting Brush is a perfect tool to smooth on the CC Cream making it appear to be airbrushed. It hugs the curves of your face while you work with it in a circular motion. You’ll love this brush for all your foundations so it’s a winner all around.

Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin-Perfecting Brush

Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin-Perfecting Brush

Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin-Perfecting Brush

Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin-Perfecting Brush

SUPERHERO Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara has been on my love list since I was first introduced to it. It’s a conditioning mascara that is extra black. It’s in charge of 3 things: super volume, super lift, and super length. Alone this mascara sells for $24 so the TSV price of $59.94 makes it basically free.

IT Cosmetics SUPERHERO Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

IT Cosmetics SUPERHERO Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

IT Cosmetics SUPERHERO Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

IT Cosmetics SUPERHERO Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

Last you’ll find that IT Cosmetics has extended their Je Ne Sais Quoi hydrating lip treatment with the shade Rose. Previously it was only available in the original Je Ne Sais Quoi pink that adjusts to your body temperature. Rose is a darker shade so you’ll notice it more. Remember this is a lip TREATMENT but it gives you enough color so that this can be your color of the day. It is a peptide-infused treatment with essential butters and oils, hyaluronic filling spheres and anti-oxidants so you’ll end up with soft, healthy lips. It’s not a long lasting lip color but it is moisturizing so that rosy pink is going to be a joy to reapply.

Je Ne Sais Quoi hydrating lip treatment Rose

Je Ne Sais Quoi hydrating lip treatment Rose

Je Ne Sais Quoi hydrating lip treatment Rose

Je Ne Sais Quoi hydrating lip treatment Rose

QVC.com or the QVC channel will be happy to take your order for A287725 any time while the TSV is live on Saturday, March 18th. Showtimes are midnight – 2 a.m., 3 a.m., 3 – 5 p.m., 7 – 9 p.m, and 11 p.m. EDT.

IT Cosmetics Customer Favorites TSV

IT Cosmetics Customer Favorites TSV

All your favorites (or soon to be favorites) for under $60 is going to make you oh so happy!  —  Marcia

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6/25/16 IT Cosmetics has a Customer Favorites TSV #ITsYourCustomerFavorites

IT Cosmetics Customer Favorites 4 Piece CollectionWe can’t wait to tell you about the latest IT Cosmetics Collection!  The IT’s Your Customer Favorites! Four-Piece Collection set is available for one day only – today! – as a Today’s Special Value.  Here’s the overview:

Inspired by you, the IT Cosmetics™ IT’s Your Customer Favorites! Four-Piece Collection features two of your most-loved products, plus two new game-changers for your beautiful eyes, your beautiful smile, your beautifulyou!  Best-selling Tightline™ gets to the root of your lashes for instant definition, while IT Girl™ favorite CC+ Illumination™—supersized for the first time!—delivers full coverage and a radiant, lit-from-within glow. Also included is new Je Ne Sais Quoi™, a color-infused lip treatment that helps hydrate and revives the look of your lips with a hint of color.. And, because you deserve IT, new Heavenly Skin™ CC+™ Skin-Perfecting Brush does the work for you to create your most flawless complexion every time!

We love the items in this collection and the price is great at $72.50 for four excellent products.  Lisa does lips and eyes and Marcia does face!

LISA REPORTS IN:

IT Cosmetics Customer Favorites 4 Piece Collection

This collection features fan favorites and I am a huge fan of the Tightline™. This thin wand does some amazing things – it is the perfect mascara for lower lashes, and it also primes upper lashes for thickening mascara. What it does best, though, is tightline the upper lid.

IT Cosmetics Tightline™

IT Cosmetics Tightline™

IT Cosmetics Tightline™ Wand

IT Cosmetics Tightline™ Wand

I just lift my lid up a bit, then sort of wiggle the wand along the base. Tightlining was always a chore, but it’s unreal how easy it is with this awesome baby! Tightlining really defines eyes and makes them look incredible. In this pick, I have no eyeliner on – just tightliner and some mascara.

IT Cosmetics Tightliner

A new favorite for me is the Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment.  

Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment

Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment swatch

Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment swatch

I’ve been a big fan of all the Je Ne Sais Quoi™ lip products in the past and this one is a great addition. It’s not a lipstick, it’s a super hydrating lip balm that gives just a hint of color to lips. It really feels amazing on and gives a great slip to lips. I have extremely pale and colorless lips to begin with, so I wish this had even more of a tint, but anyone with a little natural color to their lips will love it. The packaging is superb. I love how the cap clicks into place so there is no chance this will come apart in your purse. Even the box is awesome – love the little inspiration message!IT Cosmetics

IT CosmeticsMARCIA REPORTS IN:

What’s especially fun about this 4 piece collection from IT Cosmetics is that it’s a twist on favorites. There are new favorites and old favorites. My old favorite is the Supersize CC+ Illumination Color Correcting Illuminating Full Coverage Cream SPF 50+. Now that’s a mouthful.

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream

CC+ Illumination CC Cream has been a favorite of mine since last summer. I’ve been crazy about IT’s CC Cream since the very beginning and the Illuminating version makes it that much better especially in the sunnier months. This is an all-in-one product since it contains

*anti-aging serum

*a moisturizing day cream

*skin-perfecting primer

*skin-brightening serum

*color corrector

*full coverage

*SPF 50+ broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream in Fair

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream in Fair

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream in Fair

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream in Fair

All this in a supersize 2.53 fl oz size. The normal size, 1.08 fl oz, is left behind in the dust with this supersize one. The original costs $38 so one more than double the size makes this an exceptional bargain when you realize the entire TSV costs $59.94. I love the application of this CC+ Cream as well as the coverage. It’s an all day deal for me plus Fair is truly fair. It’s also available in Light, Medium, Tan, and Rich. The lighter color sets sell out quickly though so grab it now.

My new favorite: Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush.

Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush

Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush

It’s almost an oxymoron to call something a favorite and say it’s new. But IT Cosmetics has a line of brushes that are not to be believed. This cruelty free brush has a custom cut brush head. The application of the CC+ Cream with this brush is definitely heavenly. The soft brush hugs the natural contours of your face. This brush gives me an airbrushed finish. To have this along with the IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream is perfection. You’ll use this brush over and over and over.

IT Cosmetics’ TSV will be available only on 6/25. The number of the set is A278194. Whenever we are lucky enough to share the TSV with you in advance we always worry that you won’t understand what a great value this is and how quickly it sells out. Be sure you don’t make us worry!!

Direct link for purchase HERE

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Pur Minerals Air Perfection CC Cushion Foundation is ready for your beauty shot

Pur Minerals Air Perfection CC Cushion Foundation

Pur Minerals Air Perfection CC Cushion Foundation

The newest innovation in the cosmetic world is cushion foundation and I’m pleased to share with you the one from PUR Minerals, Air Perfection CC Cushion Foundation. These foundations are taking the market by storm and Pur Minerals has shown me why. When I learned about the foundation and was offered one for review, I was excited to try it out. And now I’m excited to share it with you.

open up the lid to find this

open up the lid to find this

When you open up the shiny white lid you’ll see an applicator and a sealed foundation.

Pur Minerals Air Perfection opened

Pur Minerals Air Perfection opened

Once you open the seal you’ll find a cushion top that allows the foundation to be released when you press down with the applicator. I always use the soft pink side of the sponge applicator to apply Pur Minerals CC Cushion Foundation. It picks up the right amount once you squeeze down on the foundation and it blends in the color very smoothly.

Air Perfection CC Cream has SPF 50 which is one of the reasons I like this so much. Another reason is that this is a very light feeling foundation. I never notice that it’s on but I do notice how nicely my skin looks when wearing this. The foundation itself feels a little like a mousse. You can wear it sheerly or you can build it up to a medium coverage and still never feel like you have foundation on.

Air Perfection in Light

Air Perfection in Light

Air Perfection contains some great ingredients like skincare emollient: Babassu Oil. Native to Brazil, this palm-based ingredient nourishes a dewy soft complexion with intensely hydrating lauric and myristic acids and antioxidant vitamin E. 

Packed with good-for-your-skin ingredients that:

  • Help soothe visible irritation for a clearer, more comfortable complexion
  • Provide texture-plumping hydration that softens the look of lines
  • Moisturize, smooth and protect with antioxidant benefits
  • Deliver a megadose of anti-aging amino acids and vitamins

I wish this came in more shades and hopefully that’s something that Pur Minerals will correct. Right now the four shades are Light, Medium, Tan, Dark. The Light is what I wear but I have to be careful to blend it really well along my chin and hairline. I’d love to see this in Fair and believe there’s plenty of room for some other shades in between the 4 available. That’s my only complaint about this though.

I love that it’s so portable and doesn’t leak. I think the ingredients are excellent. I love the hydrating performance of this and the SPF level. I’m always happy that Pur Minerals does not test on animals and is cruelty-free. cruelty-bunnies

This can be found at Dermstore.com for $30, Pur Minerals website, and Ulta. Dermstore is the site I found the best price.

Have you worn a cushion foundation? If so what do you think of them? — Marcia

p.s. I’ve also written about Pur Minerals CC Cream in a tube. Read that review HERE if you want to see more about their CC Cream.

 

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients for Light & Medium: Aqua, Phenyl Trimethicone, Isododecane, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Methyl Hydrogenated Rosinate, Dipropylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclohexasiloxane, Alcohol Denat., Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Niacinamide, Butylene Glycol, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Sorbitan Isostearate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance (Parfum), 1,2-Hexanediol, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

Makeup Wars – a favorite foundation of 2014

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This week the Makeup Wars team is doing a series of articles. We are supposed to pick a favorite foundation for Monday, a favorite lipstick for Tuesday and a favorite blush for Thursday. Picking only one is a chore and it makes me feel like I’m slighting all the others that I call favorites. I’m sort of playing by the rules but maybe not exactly.

IT Cosmetic IT-O2  foundation and CoverFX CC Cream

IT Cosmetic IT-O2 foundation and CoverFX CC Cream

I’ve chosen two of my 2014 acquisitions that I haven’t reviewed before. To pretend I’m not cheating only one is a foundation and the other is a CC Cream, which is a form of foundation but who’s counting?

IT Cosmetics IT O2 Ultra Repair Liquid Oxygen Foundation

IT Cosmetics IT O2 Ultra Repair Liquid Oxygen Foundation

IT COSMETICS O2 ULTRA REPAIR LIQUID OXYGEN FOUNDATION was a gift to me from a wonderful blogger. She knew I wanted to try it and she had it in Fair which was too light for her. When she offered it, I jumped at the chance to try this out.  Like all IT Cosmetics products, it has anti-aging skincare built in, “It’s infused with Anti-Aging ingredients and the proprietary IT Cosmetics® Drops of Light Technology® reflecting pigments to optically blur away the appearance of imperfections.

The foundation starts off sheer but you can build it up to a full coverage if you want. I wore it a lot this summer since I liked that it was lightweight yet gave me good coverage. The formula is dewy and it allows skin to breathe. Ingredients include Peptides, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Niacin, Hyaluronic Acid and Grape Seed Oil plus Vitamins A, C, & E. The foundation is Paraben-free, Talc-free and Sulfate-free and Fragrance-free.

CoverFX CC Cream

CoverFX CC Cream

COVER FX CC CREAM, TIME RELEASE TINTED TREATMENT is my newest CC Cream. While I love the CC Cream from IT Cosmetics, I needed to try the Cover FX after all the raves from my friend Phyrra. Since there are 10 shades that this is available in, I went to Sephora to buy mine. I decided that the closest match was N Light which is for fair to light skin with neutral undertones. I actually have a very adaptable skintone since I’m freckled. My swatch makes it look yellower than it actually is.

from left Cover FX, CC, IT O2 foundation

from left Cover FX, CC, IT O2 foundation

My favorite way to apply the Cover FX CC Cream is with the Urban Decay Good Karma Blending Brush (which deserves an award for best brush!), although it goes on just as smoothly with my fingers or a Beauty Blender Sponge. It has beautiful coverage for a CC Cream and the bonus is it has SPF 30 plus it’s fragrance free. It’s oil free, contains no parabens, sulfates or phtalates. CC Cream Time Release is clinically tested, vegan, and free of mineral oil, fragrance, gluten, and talc. I have used this so many times that I don’t bother putting it away. I know several times a week I’ll want it.

Both of these deserve to be in my top foundations of the year. They both give a great finish and didn’t melt away in the heat of the summer. They last well throughout the day and contain ingredients that are good for my skin.

I can’t wait to see what the others pick since there’s always room for another foundation in my life! What would you choose if given only one choice? — Marcia

Living with Osmosis CC Cream – is it skincare or cosmetics?

Osmosis CC Cream

Osmosis CC Cream

Osmosis is a company that is new to me. It’s a skincare company whose full name is Osmosis +Pur Medical Skincare that was developed by Dr. Ben Johnson to help skin with inflammation. That often makes us look older because it’s not as healthy looking as it should be. I was sent a tube of Osmosis +Colour CC Cream to try and I’m totally enjoying it.

Osmosis CC Cream

Osmosis CC Cream

Osmosis CC Cream uses something called True Tone Technology which encapsulates the color so that when you apply it to your skin it bursts into the truest shade for your skin. When I first tested it I noticed that the Ivory shade I was sent was white on my hand.

Osmosis CC Cream drop in Ivory

Osmosis CC Cream drop in Ivory

I’m very fair but not this fair! I hadn’t been outside in almost 2 months so my skin was the lightest it’s been in years but I still felt that what I saw on my hand was going to make me look ghostly.

To my surprise it changed colors once I blended it and I could see the science at work.

Osmosis CC Cream in Ivory blended on my hand

Osmosis CC Cream in Ivory blended on my hand

In that photo it actually looks too dark for my skin but it’s not at all. On my face it becomes a very natural looking ivory that needs little blending to look natural. This is a sheer CC Cream, as they all should be, so I start with concealer under my eyes and on a few red spots I want to cover. That is enough to do the trick so that my face looks uniform yet enhanced. There’s a brightness to it that I find contemporary looking. According to Osmosis: ” Our exclusive Light Lifting Effects diffuse skin discoloration while giving the enhanced appearance of a brighter, more youthful complexion.”

Osmosis CC Cream ingredients

Osmosis CC Cream ingredients

The ingredients in Osmosis CC Cream are what makes this a champ as far as skincare goes. It contains:

TITANIUM DIOXIDE which gives it a natural UV protection that helps create the effect of brightening and lifting in your skin’s appearance.

ADENOSIN which helps to increase the production of dermal proteins like Elastin and Collagen. That increases blood flow to the outer layers of skin.

ZANTHOSYLUM PIPERITUM FRUIT EXTRACT which is actually Japanese Pepper Extract. This is a source of antioxidants to help prevent and repair damaged tissue.

USNEA BARBATA EXTRACT (LICHEN), a natural anti-bacterial agent that is both anti-microbial and anti-fungal. This is what helps with the anti-inflammatory benefits.

Osmosis CC Cream

Osmosis CC Cream

This comes in 4 shades – Ivory, Warm, Neutral and Mocha – and is $38 for 1.7 oz. I love the packaging since it’s clean and stable. The color isn’t going to do its osmosis magic until you apply it to your skin. There are discounts available too at Skincare by Alana.

The dictionary reminds us that one of the definitions of OSMOSIS is a subtle, gradual absorption of information. I feel like Osmosis +Colour is giving me a subtle, gradual absorption of color that is natural both to see on my skin and the lightweight feeling it delivers. I declare this a winner. — Marcia

*sent for consideration

Water , Dimethicone , Cyclopentasiloxane, Kaolin, Titanium Dioxide , Glycerin , Pentylene Glycol , Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone , Cyclohexasiloxane , Sorbitan Olivate , Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone/ Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer , C20-40 Acid , Stearoyl Inulin , Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Disteardimonium Hectorite , Cetyl Dimethicone , CI77492 , Dextrin Palmitate , Polyethylene, BeesWax , CI77491 , CI77499 , HydroxypropylCellulose , Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract , Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Adenosine