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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Has Mally H3 Concealer met the mark when it comes to concealing?

Mally H3 Concealer

Mally H3 Concealer

The Beauty Info Zone team had fallen madly in love with Mally Beauty Dark Circle Corrector. We gushed about it and were thrilled to own it. Then when we went to purchase it again, it was gone!! Disappointment doesn’t even cover how we felt. But Mally Beauty is back to the rescue with their H3 CONCEALER so they’ve made it up to us. And to their customers. When we were sent this new concealer we were eager to see if it lived up to our old favorite.

Mally H3 Concealer is available in 5 shades (Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, and Rich). Available at Ulta and QVC (limited shades) it’s considered to be a hydrating and brightening concealer. Let’s see how this stacks up in our book.

MARCIA HAS H3 CONCEALER IN FAIR

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

Mally has redeemed herself. I was really missing the Dark Circle Corrector in Lighter and savoring what little I had left. When I received this new creamy concealer I wasn’t sure if it could the original off its pedestal but it stands right up there with it.

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

In the tube the concealer appears very light and a good match for my fair cool toned skin. If you are uber pale this might not be quite light enough for you but for most of the fair maidens in the land this will work.

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

When first applied it has a yellow cast but have no fear since it blends so seamlessly into skin that the yellow just tends to brighten your undereye area. I’m currently applying it with the wand, smoothing it in with a Beauty Junkees mini kabuki brush, and then melding it onto my skin with the warmth of my finger.

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

Besides my undereye area I often have to conceal around my nose and that area worries me since product can disappear into my pores there. I use just the lightest touch of H3 Concealer with my finger and it looks natural, removing the redness that can appear.

Overall I think that Mally saved the day. When looking up where to purchase this I found a great deal on QVC which I’ll be taking advantage of – Mally Correct, Conceal & Brighten 3 piece collection. The collection contains this H3 Concealer, Dark Circle Corrector, and Perfect Prep Neutralizing Primer. Now I can safely finish the remains of my Dark Circle Corrector and have a new one and a backup of this great concealer.

LISA HAS H3 CONCEALER IN MEDIUM

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

I think I actually cried when Marcia told me my favorite Dark Circle Corrector was no longer available!! I have extremely dark undereye circles and it takes industrial strength concealer to mask them…or something with a miracle inside, like the Dark Circle Corrector, which did so without looking heavy or cakey. So I was hoping for something similar but certainly doubted I would be finding the exact same rainbow inside this tube.

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

In the tube the concealer appears pretty yellow…I thought it would be too warm for my neutral skin. However, it’s actually quite forgiving and will work for most medium skin tones.

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

I dot this on from the bottom of my nose to the outside of each eye, then underneath my nose where I tend to have red capillaries. Then I use my beloved Artis Oval 6 Brush to smooth the concealer out and it blends in perfectly, making dark circles disappear and causing eye bags to go packing. As Marcia mentioned, the yellow tint works to brighten the undereye area which is always a plus.

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

If you were a huge fan of the Mally Dark Circle Corrector, you can come out of mourning…the H3 Concealer is definitely here to save the day and save you from dark circles!  We think the best place to find it right now is at QVC and the best deal is the Mally Correct, Conceal & Brighten 3 Piece Collection.  Happy Sunday and happy shopping!!

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Makeup Wars – favorite drugstore foundations and concealers

 

Woman applying concealerWelcome back to Makeup Wars and our budget friendly theme of the week – drugstore favorites for foundation and concealer. My picks are rather limited but they are products I use all the time so they are trusted and true for me. I’ll be interested in what my fellow bloggers pick since I’m always in the market for something new.

My two favorite foundations for this theme are by Rimmel and SheaMoisture while my favorite concealers are from Maybelline. The prices are reasonable but more important I love the way they wear.

RIMMEL LASTING FINISH 25 HR SKIN PERFECTING FOUNDATION

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 HR foundation

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 HR foundation

I bought Rimmel Lasting Finish on the recommendation of a friend from a Facebook beauty board. She just kept saying how perfect her skin looked with it and it was hard to resist. The hardest part of buying drugstore foundation is color matching. Since I’m very pale I start with the lightest shade. My choice was Pale Ivory 091 which is good match though a tad darker than I prefer.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation in 091 Light Ivory

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation in 091 Light Ivory

I sometimes mix in a drop of Manic Panic Dreamtone Flawless Foundation Color Corrector in white with this and other foundations. This $9.24 product has saved me so many times and makes foundations too dark usable again.manic panicDepending on what you read Rimmel Lasting Finish is either a medium or full coverage. I’d say it’s in between. It’s very lightweight to apply and doesn’t feel heavy or look cakey. There is a fragrance to it that takes about 10 minutes before I stop noticing it but that doesn’t stop me.

SHEAMOISTURE WEIGHTLESS SHEA SERUM FOUNDATION

Shea Moisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundaton

SheaMoisture Weightless Shea Serum Foundation

Lisa and I reviewed 3 shades of the SheaMoisture Serum Foundation in one of our side by side reviews. Above are Nude and Latte from Lisa and below is Porcelain that I use.

Shea Moisture Tea Rose Luscious Lipstick and Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

SheaMoisture Tea Rose Luscious Lipstick and Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

By coincidence I’m wearing this foundation as I type. I find this to be such an easy to wear foundation. It lays lightly on my skin yet the coverage is excellent. No matter what tool I chose to blend with, it always works well. In my original review of this I compared this $14.99 foundation to my $65 bottle of Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40 and the only difference is the $40 saved and the fact that there’s no SPF in SheaMoisture.

SHEA MOISTURE Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

SHEAMOISTURE Weightless Shea Serum Foundation in Porcelain

While the SheaMoisture was a press sample it’s one I’d buy again without any qualms. It’s formulated with natural ingredients and never tested on amimals. It contains shea butter and Vitamins C & E to nourish, protect and moisturize. Available in 20 shades with most designated for darker skintones.

MAYBELLINE INSTANT AGE REWIND TREATMENT CONCEALERS

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer

In actuality, the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealers are the only ones currently in my makeup wardrobe. Any others are long gone. But these have made the cut and make me want to try Maybelline’s latest concealers. Sadly no personal pictures since I lost them and haven’t found a way to upload photos but… I can still vouch for these. I bought 3 different shades: #110 is the shade I use for concealer, #150 is their neutralizer shade , and #160 is their brightener shade. I’ve only used 110 and 160 so far and they do what they say. #110 is good for those of us with pale skin. It’s not a wimpy concealer, the coverage is quite nice. #160 is slightly peachy and I use this to brighten undereye circles. The formula is quite creamy and a little goes a long way.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer

As tempting as it is for me to use the cushy sponge top, it’s too heavy an application so I dot it on and then blend with my finger. Age Rewind contains goji berry and haloxen to help diminish puffiness and dark circles under your eyes. #150 is for very stubborn dark circles and should be applied prior to any other concealer.

There you have my drugstore buys. What do you use and recommend? I’m always curious and up for new challenges.  —  Marcia

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Makeup Wars favorite concealers – which 3 are my choices?

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You could say that I have an obsession with concealers if you wanted. I readily admit to an obsession since these are the concealers I could pull together for a picture and I’m sure I’m missing some. I’ve purchased at least 75% of these and just last week bought another. Since we’re featuring Favorite Concealers this week it’s the perfect chance for me to share 3 of my latest loves. I have told you about a million times already that I love IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Eye and CC+ Eye so I won’t bore you with that. Instead here are three newer concealers that I highly recommend.

Favorite concealers: Bravon, Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer and Corrector, Make Up For Ever Invisible Cover Concealers

Favorite concealers: Bravon, Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer and Corrector, Make Up For Ever Invisible Cover Concealers

BOBBI INTENSIVE SKIN SERUM CONCEALER AND INTENSIVE SKIN SERUM CONCEALER: After a wonderful Bobbi Brown event I couldn’t resist these two products along with their Intensive Skin Serum Foundation. My skin, especially my under eye area, looked flawless and stayed that way throughout the day and evening. ($40 each)

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer and Corrector

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer and Corrector

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer was created with your under eye area in mind. This is a soft and silky concealer that comes in a typical wand. One dip into the tube gives me enough concealer for both eyes. I dab it on in 3 spots and then use my finger to warm it and smoothe it. I’ll usually go over it with a cosmetic sponge after to make sure it’s blended well. My concealer shade is Porcelain and it’s one of 15 shades available.

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer and Corrector

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer and Corrector

Formulated with a skin-boosting blend of Cordyceps Mushroom, Indian Tree Root, and Bamboo Grass, Intensive Skin Serum Concealer helps to visibly reduce dark circles caused by aging and excess pigmentation. It re-energizes tired-looking skin and supports its natural repair process while boosting the skin’s moisture levels for a plumper, smoother, and more refreshed look. The weightless serum texture floats over skin and layers seamlessly over Bobbi Brown’s Intensive Skin Serum Corrector (sold separately).

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Corrector actually gets applied first. Some days I’ll use both but most days I just use one. Either one will do. The Corrector is the one to use for discoloration. When I use both of these I’ll apply the serum corrector first, apply foundation, and then last apply the serum concealer. My makeup artist, with her wonderful touch, applied the corrector and then the concealer but I don’t necessarily have that magic touch.

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer in Porcelain and Corrector in Porcelain Bisque

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer in Porcelain and Corrector in Porcelain Bisque

Just looking at the concealer swatch it appears very yellow (lousy light on a rainy day) but it blends in perfectly. The correctors come in 20 different shades. If I had to pick just one of these I’d be depressed but I’d probably go with the corrector since it’s very brightening.

BRAVON HYDRATING DUAL ACTION CONCEALER

Bravon may not be a brand you’ve heard of often unless you read Gouldylox but I’m loving the brand. I first bought the foundation and came back for a second order. I am thrilled with this concealer. It’s only available in 8 shades but I think they cover the gamut pretty well. The concealer is only $17 which is a bargain these days. I purchased Ivory, the lightest shade.

Bravon Hydrating Dual Action Concealer

Bravon Hydrating Dual Action Concealer

The dual action comes in since this is both a corrector and a concealer all wrapped in one terrific tube. My undereye area has gotten drier as time has progressed so I appreciate the hydration this provides. It’s easy to apply and I just need a little to cover up my insomnia circles. One thing that bothers me is when I can see my concealer bunched up in the tear duct area making my eyes look crepey. That doesn’t happen with this anti-aging formula.

Bravon Hydrating Dual Action Concealer

Bravon Hydrating Dual Action Concealer

This is the concealer I can use anywhere on my face. It covers the redness under my nose perfectly and I’m sure it will cover blemishes or discoloration when needed.

Bravon Hydrating Dual Action Concealer in Ivory

Bravon Hydrating Dual Action Concealer in Ivory

Ivory is not this yellow, the lights in my bathroom are. This is just one of many Bravon products that I’ll be recommending to you over the next few months. Bravon is the name of the owner of the company and I’m proud to be recommending an independent company (aka indie) that is so terrific.

MAKE UP FOR EVER ULTRA HD INVISIBLE COVER CONCEALER is a little confusing but it quickly became a favorite. When you look on the Sephora site for this concealer you’ll find it mixed in with the correctors. So some shades will conceal while others say they’ll correct. That means I bought one of each! Available in 13 shades ($27) be sure you check to see which one you are buying. These are the only concealers that I keep in the box because I wrote myself a note to remind me which is which.

Make Up For Ever Invisible Cover Concealer

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer

These skinny longer tubes have a great rounded tip (it became shy and didn’t want to be photographed) that you can actually use to apply the concealers. This too is a very silky smooth product since I find that’s what I need for my undereye area. It lasts very well and is easy to pat to smooth it out again if I see any creasing.

Instantly hide dark under eye circles with Ultra HD Concealer’s innovative range of concealers. Only a few drops are needed as a little goes a long way this formula. Featuring an Anti-Dark Circle Complex with Radiance Booster, this concealer support collagen to refresh and awaken the undereye area. Along with filling and smoothing fine lines, its lightweight formula is infused with Pure Focus Pigments that reflect light to erase shadows, while the hylauronic spheres prevents moisture loss. Available in 14 shades that cover all skintone needs, the Ultra HD Concealer features shades that are also perfect for color correcting. For an instantly flawless complexion, choose from the peach color correcting shades to neutralize dark circles—then, use a concealer shade to brighten the undereye area. Apply in thin layers for the most natural result—only a small amount is needed.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer R20 Correct, Y21 Conceal

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer R20 Correct, Y21 Conceal

Without the “correct” “conceal” words on Sephora’s site I wouldn’t have known what I was using. Like the Bobbi Brown I wear them alone or together. I’m such a rebel.

My concealer wardrobe has obviously grown and these newer additions have made it a better place to reside. Do you have a favorite? Be sure you read the posts from the other Makeup Wars ladies to see how we’re alike or different. —  Marcia


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Vert Beauty brings us natural and organic beauty products

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We were recently introduced to VERT Beauty and sent a few products so that you can learn about them too. VERT Beauty is a website dedicated to carrying the best natural and organic brands of cosmetics, skin care, fragrance, bath & body, and hair care. The 38 brands they carry are wonderful with some you know about already but many that you’ll be glad to learn about too.

VERT is building their own brand and we were sent their concealer pencil along with a few eyeliner pencils.

MARCIA WEARS VERT BEAUTY CONCEALER IN CLAIR

Vert Beauty Concealer Pencil

Vert Beauty Concealer Pencil

Vert calls their concealer pencil a medium coverage pencil but in Claire (the lightest) I find it to be slightly more than medium. The really nice thing about this though is that the amount of coverage is variable so you have easy control over how much coverage you’ll actually get.

VERT Beauty Concealer Pencil in Claire

VERT Beauty Concealer Pencil in Claire

The Concealer Pencils ($20) are available in three shades:

Clair:  Ideal for porcelain to fair complexions

Lumière: Perfect for moderately fair complexions

Moyen: Just right for medium skin tones

Vert Concealer Pencil in Claire

Vert Concealer Pencil in Claire

Vert Concealer Pencil in Claire

Vert Concealer Pencil in Claire

Vert Concealer Pencil in Lumière

Vert Concealer Pencil in Lumière

Vert Concealer Pencil in Lumière

Vert Concealer Pencil in Lumière

I like having a variety of concealers. With a pencil I have more control and less waste. I can spot treat or draw lines where I need coverage. I usually use a cosmetic sponge to blend. Vert’s pencil is very creamy and easy to apply. I think that’s due to the anti-aging Vitamin E and Shea Butter used in the formula. It keeps it firm yet makes it easy to glide on without tugging.

Vert Beauty Concealer Pencil

Vert Beauty Concealer Pencil

Not only does this work well as a concealer but it’s also great to use on my lips to keep color from feathering. The only downside with this is that Vert really needs to increase the number of colors since even their darkest shade isn’t going to be dark enough for more than a dark medium skin tone. For the rest of us though this is a great natural choice that’s portable and helps my dark circles.

Vert Beauty Eyeliner Pencils

Vert Beauty Eyeliner Pencils

LISA WEARS VERT BEAUTY EYELINER PENCILS

Marcia isn’t much of a pencil eyeliner gal, but I am. I love the ease of pencils and the fact that I don’t need a separate brush for application. The one thing that has always frustrated me about pencil eyeliners is the lack of shimmer. Even if the pencil looks shimmery, it’s tough to find a pencil that actually applies that way.

Vert Beauty Eyeliner Pencils in Cuivre, Bleu, Violet, and Vert

Vert Beauty Eyeliner Pencils in Cuivre, Bleu, Violet, and Vert

VERT Beauty Eyeliner Pencils ($17) have the rich color typically found with gel eyeliners, plus shimmer that actually shows up! The ingredients include mango and meadowfoam seed oils, which make these a little softer and easier to apply than typical pencil eyeliners. The colors I was sent include:

Cuivre: A sparkling, intense copper

Bleu: An elegant, eye-brightening navy

Violet:  A royally rich purple

Vert: A seductive cross between turquoise and jade

Top to bottom: Vert Beauty Eyeliner Pencils in Vert, Violet, Bleu, and Cuivre

Top to bottom: Vert Beauty Eyeliner Pencils in Vert, Violet, Bleu, and Cuivre

These pencils are all gorgeous and I especially love Cuivre for a softer look and Vert, which is unlike anything I have and goes great with my brownish-green eyes. You can sharpen these pencils to a very sharp point for a precise thin line, and they can also be smudged out for a smoky eye.

There’s one more shade that I don’t have that sounds really beautiful – Noir Or: The ultimate, sexy black gold.

We are loving Vert Beauty pencils, both concealer and eyeliner!  Check out this line for these winning products and so much more.

*sent for editorial consideration

Concealer Ingredients:

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Glyceryl Caprylate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Tocopherol, MAY CONTAIN (+/-): Titanium Dioxide 77891, Iron Oxide 77491/77492/77499, Mica 77019

Eyeliner Pencil Ingredients:
Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Glyceryl Caprylate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Camauba) Wax, Tocopherol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, MAY CONTAIN (+/-) Mica 77019, Iron Oxides 77510/77491, Titanium Dioxide 77891

#ITsAtSephora and IT’s a giveaway at Beauty Info Zone!

#ITsatSephoraI couldn’t be happier that IT Cosmetics is now at Sephora!! I remember many years ago I was complaining that no concealer existed that could hide my incredibly dark undereye circles and Marcia told me about the magic of the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer. I purchased my first tube and have never looked back. In fact, whenever I am asked which line I recommend for the best overall selection of both color products and skin care, IT Cosmetics is the very first one on the list.                                                                                       press sample

IT Cosmetics at Sephora

IT Cosmetics at Sephora

Marcia and I were both recently a box full of IT miracles, and Marcia began the love with her awesome review yesterday of the BYE BYE LINES SERUMIT COSMETICS ANTI-AGING ARMOURBYE BYE UNDER EYE EYE CREAM, and HEAVENLY SKIN CC+ SKIN-PERFECTING BRUSH, No. 702. Today I have a review of the remaining items in the big box of happiness, along with even more happiness — a giveaway!!

it-cosmetics-giveawaySomehow I suggested that Marcia review all the anti-aging products, which is actually pretty funny because I have WAY more wrinkles than Marcia does. I swear that woman never ages. I get to review some of my most favorite IT Cosmetics items, along with one that is brand new to me. My tried and true loves:  Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Melting Cleansing Balm ($38), Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment ($24), and Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer ($24). New to me: Bye Bye Pores Primer ($38).

Je Ne Sais QuoiJe Ne Sais QuoiJe Ne Sais Quoi™ Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment: I love all the incarnations of Je Ne Sais Quoi™ lip products, and this one is no exception. It’s not a lipstick, it’s a super hydrating lip balm that gives just a hint of color to lips. It feels wonderful on and gives a great slip to lips. I have pale lips to begin wit, so I think the Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment could have even more of a tint, but anyone with a little natural color to their lips will love it. The packaging is awesome – the cap clicks into place so there is no chance this will come apart in your purse.

Bye Bye Makeup

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm

Bye Bye Makeup™ 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm: If I had to choose only two products, I would go with a cleanser and a concealer. One of my favorite cleansers is the Bye Bye Makeup™ 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm. It’s not a cream, it’s a solid that melts immediately with body temperature and is applied to dry skin like cleansing oil. Don’t be afraid to ‘dig in’ and get a chunk of cleanser – it melts makeup (including eye makeup) right off without the need for a separate makeup remover. That’s the first of the 3 in 1. Second, it is one heck of a moisturizer, leaving skin not only cleansed but also crazy soft and hydrated. The 3 in the 3-in-1?  It’s also an anti-aging skin serum. Normally, I think that any sort of treatment is wasted in a cleanser – after all, it’s getting washed off and going down the sink, right? But this one is activated as soon as it touches your skin, and it creates a sort of barrier that keeps moisture in while also giving skin a glowy radiance. I have been using this paraben- and sulfate-free cleanser for months now and I love it.

Bye Bye Pores Primer Bye Bye Pores Primer
Bye Bye Pores Primer™ Oil-Free Poreless Skin-Perfecting Serum Primer:  
I definitely need more play time with the Bye Bye Pores Primer, which has an oil-free formula that evens out skin tone and texture and gives skin a matte appearance. I do have some enlarged pores and I definitely have some fine lines and wrinkles, so I am hoping this primer will help all of those issues. Ingredients include Moroccan lava clay, purifying charcoal, papaya fruit extract, hydrolyzed collagen and the intriguing Bye Bye Pores Optical Blurring Technology™. So far it certainly makes my skin feel and look smooth, and it increases the wear time and vibrancy of my makeup. Promising!

Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination™ Full Coverage Anti-Aging ConcealerBye Bye Under Eye Illumination™ Full Coverage Anti-Aging ConcealerBye Bye Under Eye Illumination™ Full Coverage Anti-Aging Concealer:   I am a long-time fan of the original Bye Bye Under Eye™, which was my introduction to the IT Cosmetics line. The Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination™ Full Coverage Anti-Aging Concealer is the new version of the classic formula along with IT Cosmetic’s Drops of Light Technology™.  It combines everything I love about the classic concealer – long wear, full coverage, skin-loving ingredients – along with a luminescence that helps to conceal blue and red areas.
Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination™ Full Coverage Anti-Aging ConcealerBye Bye Under Eye Illumination™ Full Coverage Anti-Aging ConcealerSwatched above are from left to right:  Light, Medium, Tan, and Deep. The top photo shows waaay more concealer than you will need just to get a good pic of the shades, and for the bottom pic I used a bit less.  For every day coverage, I use the tiniest bit of concealer – just a dot goes an incredibly long way. I find the best way to use this is to spread some on the back of my hand as my body temperature helps to warm up the concealer so it spreads easily. Then I dot it on under my eyes and around my nose, continuing to gently pat to blend it in. Every shade is quite useful – I like to use the Light down the bridge of my nose with the Tan on the sides to straighten my nose and give it some definition. Medium is awesome under my eyes, and Deep is a terrific cream contour for my cheeks.
I am hoping today is your lucky day because you can win your choice of Light, Medium, Tan or Dark Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination™ Full Coverage Anti-Aging Concealer!  There will be four winners, one for each shade.  Our IT Cosmetics giveaway in celebration of #ITsAtSephora ends on 10/10 at 11:59 p.m. If the rafflecopter gets crankier than a presidential nominee in a debate and won’t let you comment, just email us at [email protected] with your comment – put IT as the title.  Then continue on with the entries, and hopefully you will be able to join us in our excitement now that IT Cosmetics is finally at Sephora!!  – Lisa

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ZO Correct & Conceal for skin that needs a little extra help

ZO Correct and Conceal

ZO Correct and Conceal

You may not have heard about ZO Skin Health before but it’s possible you’ve heard of its founder: Dr. Zein Obagi. The Obagi system of skincare changed the lives of so many women I knew in a positive way. Using his products turned problem skin into renewed skin and gave many women hope for a revived, more even toned, less diseased skin. He’s since left his original company and began ZO Skin Health and formulated new products that are concerned with skin health restoration.

ZO Offects Correct & Conceal is available in two shades, Light and Medium, and we were sent both shades to try out. Correct & Conceal is a 2 in 1 product that acts as a spot treatment to attack any breakouts you might have while at the same time concealing your blemishes and erasing the visible signs of acne.

ZO Correct & Conceal in Light

ZO Correct & Conceal in Light

At first this looks just like an ordinary concealer but it’s only to be used where you need it. I’d never use it under my eyes for example. I use it to spot treat only. I don’t break out often but as luck (???) would have it I developed an ugly zit shortly after I received this for testing. Per instructions I cleansed my skin well and covered the area with a thin layer of product. Unfortunately the Light shade is too yellow toned for my skin but I was able to blend it pretty well.

ZO Correct & Conceal in Light

ZO Correct & Conceal in Light

ZO Correct & Conceal in Light

ZO Correct & Conceal in Light

I was honestly surprised to say that I only needed to do this for two days. After that my pimple was basically dried out and I could get by with my regular concealer. Now this can be used up to three times a day but I’d be careful about drying out your skin too much. I’d ease into it, see how it works, and cut back if it’s too drying.

Offects® Correct & Conceal benefits include:

  • Soft focus concealer provides an instant, natural, long-lasting matte coverage

  • Maximum strength acne medication treats & prevents acne on the surface of the skin and within the pore

  • Added tea tree oil helps keep skin clean

  • Available for $29 online at http://zoskinhealth.com

 

ZO Conceal & Correct in Medium

ZO Conceal & Correct in Medium

I’m lucky that I don’t have acne prone skin though I did years ago and this would have come in very handy then. I’ve just had the occasion to use this twice in the months since I received this and both times I found it very effective at both coverage and healing. I only needed a thin layer that I patted onto my skin and only needed to use it a short time. Since it’s tinted I don’t think I’d use this at night unless you had a pillow case that could take some color transfer.

Dr. Obagi has many products on the ZO Skin Health site that would be ideal for you if you have breakouts, whether hormonal or just because that’s the way your skin rolls. I recommend looking into some like ZO Skin Health Exfoliating Cleanser for oily and acne-prone skin, Exfoliating Polish, ZO Skin Health TE pads, and Ommerse Daily Renewal Crème or Ommerse Overnight Recovery from ZO Skin Health.

Here’s to clearer skin that looks great when you correct & conceal.  — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 

Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid, 2.0%
Inactive Ingredients: Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Cera, Beeswax, Polyethylene, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polybutene, Octyldodecanol, Tridecyl Stearate, Neopentyl Glycol, Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Cellulose, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polyglyceryl-10 Heptahydroxystearate, Silica, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Oleyl Alcohol, Propylene Carbonate, Water, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Triethyl Citrate, Glycerin, Zanthoxylum Bungeanum Fruit Extract, Jojoba Esters, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Ceramide NG, Trihydroxystearin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Alumina, Marrubium Vulgare Meristem Cell Culture, Leontopodium Alpinum Meristem Cell Culture, Honey, Phenoxyethanol, Lecithin, Sodium Benzoate, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.