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RIMMEL Magnif'Eyes and NYC Get It All

RIMMEL Magnif’Eyes and NYC Get It All

The lazy, hazy days of summer sometimes need a pick-me-up and if you are reading this blog that usually means something cosmetic. When that feeling pops up there’s nothing like a drugstore trip to add a new product to your life. Having received 2 of the Rimmel London Magnif’eyes Double Ended Shadow + Liner and 3 NYC NEW YORK COLOR GET IT ALL ALL IN ONE LIP COLORS was a definite boost in these lazy days.

There’s so much to love with the Rimmel London Magnif’eyes Double Ended Shadow + Liner that 2 aren’t quite enough. These amazing shadow crayons and liners are the smoothest I’ve tried in ages and the price is so right at MSRP $6.47. How do you pick from these shades? #001 Back To Black, Liner: Matte Black, Shadow: Gun Metal Grey (high pearl with glitter), #002 Kissed By A Rose Gold, Liner: Brown (low pearl), Shadow: Rose Gold (medium pearl), #003 Queens Of The Bronzed Age, Liner: Gold (high pearl with glitter), Shadow: Bronze (medium pearl), #004 Dark Side Of Blue, Liner: Matte Cobalt Blue, Shadow: Dark Grey (low pearl), #005 Pink & Purple Rain, Liner: Matte Dark Plum,  Shadow: Light Pink (high pearl with glitter)rimmel collage

 

I’ve got Pink & Purple Rain along with Kissed by a Rose Gold. These 2-in-1 pencils are easy to apply and last me the entire day. I don’t even have to use an eyeshadow primer with the crayon end since they last through even these incredibly hot and humid days.

Rimmel Magnif'Eyes liner end

Rimmel Magnif’Eyes liner end

The liners are kohl kajal so they are intense and long wearing. Not only can they be worn as eyeliner on the top or bottom but they can be used on the waterline. The shadow side is incredible with a long lasting, creaseproof, and waterproof formula. These are total love with Kissed by a Rose Gold especially getting a lot of wear.

NYC Get It All lipsticks in PINKdigious, ExeptioNUDE, ImpREDsive

NYC Get It All lipsticks in PINKdigious, ExeptioNUDE, ImpREDssive

NYC NEW YORK COLOR GET IT ALL ALL IN ONE LIP COLOR ($2.99) are new to NYC New York Color Cosmetic’s line. These are very creamy with a good wear time. The finish is shiny and the colors can be intense.

NYC Get It All lipsticks in ExeptioNUDE, PINKdigious, ImpREDsive

NYC Get It All lipsticks in ExeptioNUDE, PINKdigious, ImpREDssive

Colors available are ImpREDssive, WondeREDfu, IncREDible,  FUCHSIAtastic,  FabFUCHSIA,

ExeptioNUDE, MOCHAmazing, ExtraordiBERRY, and TerrifiCORAL

 

They have a candy like fragrance that reminds me of Cherry Lik-M-Aid (am I aging myself?) which was always my favorite. likmaidI have the NYC Get It All lipsticks in ExeptioNUDE, PINKdigious, and ImpREDssive. ExeptioNUDE is a mauve nude, PINKdigious is a bright pretty pink, and ImpREDssive is a hot red shade that will get you noticed. Using a light coat of these will give you more of a sheer look but they are easy to intensify with more than one coat plus they’ll last longer that way.

NYC Get It All lipsticks in ExeptioNUDE, PINKdigious, ImpREDssive

NYC Get It All lipsticks in ExeptioNUDE, PINKdigious, ImpREDssive

So what are you waiting for? Get to Target, Walmart, and drugstores to find a new look for under $10 with a Rimmel Magnif’Eyes Double Ended Shadow + Liner and a NYC Get It All lipstick. Oh and pick up a cold drink while you are there!  —  Marcia

*sent for consideration

The Zin and Zen of Youngblood Cosmetics

Youngblood Cosmetics Zen eyeshadow and Zin mineral blush

Youngblood Cosmetics Zen eyeshadow and Zin mineral blush

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Some people are into yin and yang but I’m all about Zin and Zen. Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics knows how to get my attention with their eyeshadows and blushes. Since yin and yang are a combination of harmony and balance that makes the two products I’m showing you today the epitome of yin/yang since they work harmoniously together to balance my face.

Whenever products come my way the first ones that get tried are eyeshadows. I’ve worn Youngblood for several years and I’m always happy to try out new colors. Unfortunately there are only 7 shades of Pressed Individual Eyeshadows still being produced ($21 each but you can find them for less at Amazon and other sites) in matte, satin, and shimmer formulas. Youngblood has other eyeshadows with Perfect Pairs and Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quads so all is not lost.

Youngblood Zen Pressed Individual Eyeshadow

Youngblood Zen Pressed Individual Eyeshadow

ZEN is a shade I find irresistible. It’s a metallic shimmer but not over the top shimmery. I like to start with Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue though I don’t always remember. A primer is a necessity for me and the TF Glitter Glue keeps the shimmer from spreading. Now when I say ZEN is a shimmer shadow I don’t mean it’s a glitter shadow. I find it perfectly acceptable for day or night. It’s buttery soft and easy to apply. All Youngblood eyeshadows are hypoallergenic and made from 100% minerals.

Youngblood Zen Pressed Individual Eyeshadow

Youngblood Zen Pressed Individual Eyeshadow

ZEN is a khaki with a brown base. It makes an unusual smoky eye, a beautiful eyeliner, or a sensational crease color. The compact it comes in is wonderful since it has a magnetic closure and a nice size mirror.

Youngblood Zen and Zin

Youngblood Zen and Zin

Youngblood ZIN Pressed Mineral Blush is the perfect harmony blush for me when I wear darker shadows. ZIN is a soft mauve that’s almost a nude shade. It’s very pale looking in the compact but it has more color than it appears at first. There are 8 Pressed Mineral Blushes in Matte, Satin and Shimmer shades. ZIN is in the matte category which is wonderful when my eyes are strongly made up.

ZIN Younglood Mineral Pressed Blush

ZIN Younglood Mineral Pressed Blush

This subtle blush is just deep enough to make my face look balanced without any clown cheeks. When I use a big fluffy brush I can always do a light veil of ZIN on my entire face along with a stronger blush to take away the paleness when I’m looking ghostly (or ghastly).

Youngblood Zen eyeshadow and Zin mineral blush

Youngblood Zen eyeshadow and Zin mineral blush

Like Zen, it comes in the magnetic compact that feels so pleasing to shut. All Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics are free of talc, oils, paraben and fragrance. Best of all – Youngblood is a cruelty free company.

These will now be added to my list of favorites from Youngblood. Do you have favorites from them? — Marcia

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Pack your tiniest bags for a trip with Stowaway Cosmetics

Stowaway CosmeticsSTOWAWAY Cosmetics call themselves the Right Size Makeup Company for a good reason. All their products are small enough to stow away in a purse, pocket, or cosmetic bag. They are small yet powerful and a great size for those of us with commitment issues, overnights, quick trips, workout trips, and more.

Our product formulas are simple, refined, and hardworking, eliminating any guesswork and offering just beautiful solutions. They are packaged in a thoughtful, minimalist, and portable way—because you are busy and are doing big things. Stowaway knows that if you’re on-the-move, your beauty products are too. Stowaway is a cosmetics brand built on the philosophy that makeup should be designed to go wherever women go. Finally, the makeup you love in the sizes you can carry.

We were sent some of their products which we are happily using. We love the concept of having products that we can actually use up before trying something else. As makeup bloggers and makeup junkies STOWAWAY COSMETICS is just right for us too.

Marcia loves eyeshadow – STOWAWAY ESSENTIAL EYE PALETTE

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

No surprise to any Beauty Info Zone readers but when we received a box (tiny box) from Stowaway I wanted the eyeshadow palette instantly. Lisa allowed me to have my wish since she ended up with a very nice collection of products that you’ll soon see.

The eyeshadow palette is the size of a credit card. A long time ago Trish McEvoy used to sell palettes this size for double the price of the Stowaway Essential Eye Palette. At $25 this might seem high because of the size but when you see how useful this is, you won’t think twice about the cost.

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Inside the palette are 4 shimmer shadows on the top row and 4 matte shadows on the bottom. At first I was a bit dismayed when 0pening since the shimmers looked like glitters. My dismay turned to pleasure once I applied these and saw that they not only glided on with ease but they were shimmery without being glittery.

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette shimmer shadow swatches

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette shimmer shadow swatches

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

S1 is a light creamy linen shade. I had trouble showing it on my arm which is fine with me since I like the subtlety of it. S2 is a very pretty rose gold that I love on my lid. S3 is more of a golden brown which can be intensified or worn as is. This is a great crease shade for me. S4 is the darkest of the shimmers and harder to categorize color wise. The swatch looks brown but there’s a lot of purple in this shade.

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette all swatches

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette all swatches

The bottom row are the mattes but they apply and look more like satins except for the black shade. They all have a silkiness to them that make them easy to wear and easy to work with. M1 is a milk chocolate with a touch of cream added to it. M2 is a darker milk chocolate so they left out the cream! M3 is the darkest of the browns. On my eyes it looks warm as I see some burnished undertones. M4 is a matte black. The pigment is great and works well as an eyeliner but the texture is harder than the other shadows.

Wearing S1, S2, and S4

Wearing S1, S2, and S4

In spite of the blazing heat we’ve been having, these last very well and don’t need touch up. But rest assured, when we need touch up we can easily find it in this pint size palette.

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Stowaway Cosmetics

Lisa loves the Pretty in Pink Set STOWAWAY CREAM LIPSTICK, EFFORTLESS EYELINERMASCARA, CHEEK & LIP ROUGE

Spain

I recently had a wonderful reason to fully appreciate the size and quality of Stowaway Cosmetics products, because I took a trip to Spain with my mom. There we are, inside the Palacio Real de Madrid. Getting to Spain was interesting as I had never traveled to Europe before and I was determined to bring only one bag that I didn’t have to check. Have you tried packing for a nine-day trip with just one carry on bag?? It was a challenge but oh so freeing once I achieved it! Stowaway Cosmetics constituted my only lipstick, blush, eyeliner and mascara (ok I lied…I also brought one other eyeliner!). But the size of these gems is incredible and the quality is definitely impressive.

SpainI walked, on average, 10 miles each day through the streets of Madrid, Segovia, and Toledo in stultifying heat, and Stowaway never let me down! The Cream Lipstick ($15) has wonderful pigmentation and is hydrating, so even those 100 degree days didn’t dry out my lips. The size is small but the lipstick is mighty and I love the pinky/peach Peony shade.Stowaway Cosmetics Cream Lipstick in Peony

I love a multi-tasker, so the creamy Cheek and Lip Rouge ($15) is a favorite. Again, small but mighty – the pot is about 1/3 the size of a typical blush. My shade is the pretty pinky/peach Peony, and it looks lovely on cheeks and as a lip stain.Stowaway Cosmetics Cheek and Lip Rouge and Mascara

 I tested two products for eyes – the Extreme Lash Mascara ($12) and the Effortless Eyeliner ($10). The mascara is terrific! It has thickening fibers so it makes lashes lush and long, and the brush has a thick and a thin side, making application easy. The mascara lasts all day without smudging or smearing.

Stowaway Cosmetics Effortless EyelinerStowaway Cosmetics Effortless EyelinerStowaway Cosmetics Effortless Eyeliner

You will be shocked at the size of the Effortless Eyeliner ($10) – it’s literally the size of a q-tip! No need to sharpen this gel-textured pencil and it glides on beautifully. The Spice shade is a gorgeous shimmery copper that doesn’t smudge once it sets, which takes less than a minute.
Spain
I can’t imagine taking another trip without my Stowaway Cosmetics. No matter how tiny your bags are, you never have to be without great color products so you can rock any country you choose to explore!!
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bareMinerals The Instant Attraction Palette and Chase Your Dreams Marvelous Moxie Lipstick

Bare Minerals

I am really into neutral warm shades for eyes and lips this season and bareMinerals The Instant Attraction Palette ($30) and the Marvelous Moxie Chase Your Dreams Lipstick ($18) from the Lovescape Spring 2016 Collection are exactly the colors I want.                              pr samples

Bare Minerals

Both come in pretty gold packaging. The lipstick is in a special edition gold tube with a push-button release, which means this lipstick will not lose its top in your purse, thank goodness. The eyeshadow palette has four shadows:

Bare Minerals The Instant Attraction Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals The Instant Attraction Eyeshadow Palette

Whirlwind – matte light peach

Happenstance – shimmery yellow gold

Anticipation – golden rose

Meant to Be – shimmering espresso

Bare Minerals The Instant Attraction Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals The Instant Attraction Eyeshadow Palette, left to right:  Whirlwind, Happenstance, Anticipation, Meant to Be

I think these shades are stunning, particularly together – they just look like a summer sunset, don’t they?? They have a rather powdery texture and the shimmery shades definitely have fallout. To lessen that pat them on, don’t sweep them onto your eyes. If you are going to be in the sun, know that you will probably have sparkle on your face, not just your eyes.

That said, the eyeshadows are so pretty I don’t mind dealing with a bit of fallout. They are very nicely pigmented and blend well. I love that bareMinerals gave a great diagram for that ‘sunset’ look:

Bare Minerals The Instant Attraction Eyeshadow Palette

The shades are stunning together and make a perfect palette for summer. For lips, I am loving the Chase Your Dreams shade of Marvelous Moxie Lipstick.

Bare Minerals Chase Your Dreams Lipstick

bareMinerals Chase Your Dreams Lipstick

Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Chase Your Dreams is a warm, brown-toned rose. This is a quintessential summer shade that works for day or night. I always love the texture and wear of the Marvelous Moxie lippies – buttery smooth, long-wearing full coverage.

Bare Minerals Chase Your Dreams Lipstick swatch

bareMinerals Chase Your Dreams Lipstick swatch

Wearing Bare Minerals Chase Your Dreams

Wearing bareMinerals Chase Your Dreams

Marvelous Moxie Lipstick has a slight minty taste at first, but that goes away quickly. It leaves lips hydrated with a nice slip thanks to the ‘moisture-loaded hydrating complex that helps to nourish and condition with Abyssinian Oil and Omega Fatty Acids for supple, baby-soft smoothness.‘ In addition, encapsulated vitamin A, C and E complex work hard as antioxidant defense.

This summer, don’t ignore The Instant Attraction and be sure to Chase Your DreamsbareMinerals will make it a season to remember!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Sweethearts, Love, and Sex from Too Faced #beautybrands

Sweethearts, Love and Sex from Too Faced*received for editorial consideration

Looking for someone to be your sweetheart? Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now? Too Faced will set your heart racing with Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush, Love Eyeshadow Palette, and Better Than Sex Mascara.

Apparently I was looking for some action when I chose this trio from Beauty Brands…I love the combo visually, and it’s so fun to use all three when creating a makeup look for the night. Read on for some serious eye candy!

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Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush ($30) The packaging is absolutely adorable, and the blush is a beautiful combo of peach and pink. You can use each shade separately but why? A swipe over all three shades creates a perfect flush.

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfectly Flush Blush

Perfect shade for any skin tone
– Multi-dimenstional
– Long-lasting
– Hydrating
– Easy application
– Hydrates and brightens skin
– Imparts a natural glow

This is a baked blush, which results in great pigmentation. The formula also has the moisturizing Lingonberry that helps create that ‘in love’ flush.

Too Faced Love Eyeshadow Palette

Love Palette ($49):  How do I love thee? So many ways I can’t even count them!! This awesome eyeshadow palette has gorgeous packaging, three different sets of eyeshadow combos, a nice mirror, and a pencil eyeliner. It’s marriage material — the total package.

Too Faced Love Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Love Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Love Eyeshadow Palette

15 different eyeshadows in shimmer, pearl, and matte finishes…oh yes, my heart is definitely going pitter-patter!Too Faced Love Eyeshadow PaletteToo Faced Love Eyeshadow PaletteToo Faced Love Eyeshadow Palette

  • Advanced slurry technology transforms a liquid powder blend into silky, lightweight powders for
  • multidimensional, intense color payoff
  • • 15 passionately pigmented with shades in shimmer, pearl and matte finishes
  • • Includes an exclusive, full size black Perfect Eyes Eye Liner dressed in Love
  • • Signature how-to Glamour Guide offers step-by-step application instructions for creating six
  • love-worthy looks

Too Faced Love Eyeshadow PaletteToo Faced Love Eyeshadow PaletteThe slurry powder technology is definitely interesting, and I find that I don’t need a primer for the eyeshadows to stay true. I love the combination of demure and intense shades. I use this palette all the time and the black eyeliner with a perfect blending tip is a bonus.

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

Better than Sex Mascara ($23) Wow I love this mascara. The hourglass-shaped brush was designed to mimic that 36-24-36 figure, and the result is the bristles really grab lashes for dramatic impact.
Carbon black
– Hour-glass shaped brush
– Enhances curl
– Adds volume and length to lashes
– Increases volume by 1,944%
– Smudge-proof
– Provides an all day wear
– Collagen- fueled formula
– Buildable application
– Creates a multidimensional, oversized look to lashes that is better than sex!

This mascara is pretty close to perfect – it gives long, thick, defined lashes and doesn’t smudge no matter how much you sweat. Is it better than sex?  Well, it’s better than almost all the mascaras I have ever tried. Sexy yes and it’s also true love.

Whether you are looking for instant gratification or for a life partner, Too Faced has everything you need!  You can find all of these products at Beauty Brands online. Get ready to meet the love of your life.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

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Is the Viseart Theory Palette worth $45?

If you’ve read my organization post then you know that most of my organization is for eyeshadow. I have two very large drawers filled with palettes and singles, I have 2 byAlegory Acrylic Palette Organizers that are filled with palettes, I have several file cabinet drawers that are strictly for them, a separate vanity top container, plus my Sherrieblossom ICEbox. Would you say I’m obsessed? So why was it a necessity for me to purchase two Viseart Theory Palettes when they first became available? I know I don’t have to answer that.

Viseart Theory Palettes in Chroma and Cashmere

Viseart Theory Palettes in Chroma and Cashmere

Viseart is a makeup artist brand from France that has only become easily available to makeup enthusiasts in the last few years. For the longest time it wasn’t even available in the US but now that we can find it at Sephora, Beautylish, and other high end sites it’s become more and more coveted. What stops most people though is the $80 price for a very utilitarian packaged palette. Look into a true makeup artists case though and this is what you’ll find.

The brand’s founders launched their high-performance line in order to create makeup formulas that harness the best of natural and organic resources with modern technology. This artisan heritage makeup brand was conceived out of a shared passion for healthy products that go back to the roots of beauty, to naturally enhance the skin with plant based ingredients rather than aging the skin with harmful chemicals. Viseart is free of mineral oil, phenoxyethanol, sulfites, SLS, phthalates, paraffin, petrols, and parabens. Viseart is never tested on animals, it is made in our lab and factory in Paris, France.

Recently Viseart created 3 new palettes that they call their Theory Palettes. These have great packaging along with 6 shades of eyeshadow. Minx is the warmest of the three, Cashmere is reminiscent of the nude palettes we all buy, while Chroma is the charcoal/smoky eye palette. There are 3 matte shades and 3 shimmery shades in each of these.

Viseart Theory Palette packaging

Viseart Theory Palette packaging

The packaging is very clever since it opens by pulling the ribbon (above the white circle) to unfold. You can then fold it back so it looks like a small easel. One thing to note about these palettes is that they are very small. Closed it’s only 2.5″ x 3.25″. But it’s packed with Viseart quality, making up for the small size.

Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette

Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette

I’ve concentrated my usage on the Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette and haven’t really spent much time getting to know Chroma yet. The first time I used Cashmere I was very disappointed. Even though I have several of the large size Viseart palettes, I had forgotten just how glittery some of the Viseart shadows can be.

Viseart Cashmere swatches from beautylish

Viseart Cashmere swatches from beautylish

The secret though is in the tools you use. I can use almost any brush with the smooth matte shades but the 2 lighter shimmer shades throw off glitter onto my face. I’ve learned to pat them on rather than brush them on. Even then I do get some fallout but it’s not enough for me to regret my purchase.

Viseart Theory Palette in Cashmere swatches

Viseart Theory Palette in Cashmere swatches

Shades are a matte ivory, a shimmered almost luminescent ivory, matte milk chocolate, glittery golden taupe, dark chocolate, metallic brown gunmetal. There are so many combinations that you can create with these colors. The matte shades are good as transition shades, the dark chocolate can be used as an eyeliner and even as a brow color. As long as I can keep the shimmered shadows from living on my cheeks then I’m thrilled with the palette.

Viseart Chroma Theory Palette

Viseart Chroma Theory Palette

I don’t know why I haven’t dug into the beautiful Chroma palette but I will soon since I have a wedding upcoming and will experiment with it prior to the wedding. The colors in the palette look amazing for a more sophisticated eye look.

So what do you think? Is this worth $45 to you? Have you become enamored with Viseart yet?  — Marcia

*affilate links, personal purchase

 

IT Cosmetics has it all from Naturally Pretty Essentials to Confidence in a Cream

IT Cosmetics Confidence In A Cream and Naturally Pretty Essentials

IT Cosmetics Confidence In A Cream and Naturally Pretty Essentials

The IT COSMETICS lovers are back again to share two of IT’s newer products. We also have some exciting news since we just learned that week that IT Cosmetics will soon be available at Sephora making it so much easier to get this brand. We’re looking forward to the chance that they’ll have some Sephora exclusives. In the meantime we’ll be shopping at Ulta, QVC, and their website.

press samples

IT Cosmetics is just branching out into skin care and we’re certainly happy since their cosmetics have always included anti-aging ingredients. Now we get it two ways. Speaking of anti-aging, their new Naturally Pretty Essentials Matte eyeshadow palette contains the same quality we’ve come to expect from them.

MARCIA and NATURALLY PRETTY ESSENTIALS

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials

What’s inside this pretty pink palette? You’ll see 6 matte eyeshadows along with a larger size transforming shadow. IT says you can get 13 shades out of these 7.

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials

The six shadow are all new colors for IT and they are full size. Since they are made by this stellar company they are infused with hydrolyzed collagen, real silk, peptides and proprietary No-Tug Technology. These are talc free so they glide on easily. The colors are a neutral lovers dream.

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials back of box

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials back of box

I didn’t find that they swatched well on my hand and I apologize for that. The 4 light shades all looked similar though they don’t on my eyes. But I wear them on my eyes so that’s what counts!

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials swatches

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials swatches

The descriptions of the shadows are

• Imagine: Matte silk beige
• Wonder: Matte nude khaki
• Dream: Matte desert sand
• Passion: Matte nude taupe
• Intrigue: Matte earthy sepia
• Allure: Matte smoky gray
• Transforming Hello Light: Radiant pearl

 I find that the first shade, Imagine, has a slight pink undertone. Wonder is almost a pure white on my skin. My favorite is Intrigue, an earthy sepia, and I find it blends extremely well. Intrigue is the one shadow that takes it a step beyond matte; it looks more satiny. The first time I used Transforming Hello Light I applied it directly over Allure on my eyes. It changed Allure from a charcoal to a more blued version of it but I wasn’t crazy about that look. I’ve since learned to mix the colors together – I pick up each color on my brush and apply that as one. It blends better on my eye and gives the slight radiance that Transforming Hello Light was meant to have.

The Naturally Pretty Essentials palette ($28) is not only a great buy but one that will fill in any need in your eyeshadow wardrobe. I tend to buy shimmer and satin shadows but then I’ll need a matte for transition or my browbone and this is what I’m turning to. This palette is changing my thinking about matte eyeshadows since the application is so smooth and the wear is amazing over an eyeshadow primer.

LISA and CONFIDENCE IN A CREAM:

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream

I love the name of this product. Confidence in a Cream? Sign me up! Great skin and great hair definitely make me feel confident, so I couldn’t wait to dig into this jar to get some great skin going. What all does this day and night moisturizer do? It moisturizes thirsty skin, giving it a nice glow; it tackles skin texture and leaves it feeling smooth; it evens out skin tone; it reduces the look of pores. Sounds like great skin to me.

What’s inside that helps create all of these skin miracles? Something IT Cosmetics calls their Anti-Aging Armour Regenerative Concentrate.

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream

Anti-Aging Armour Regenerative Concentrate includes collagen, hyaluronic acid, peptides, ceramides, antioxidants and colloidal oatmeal. I love the texture of this incredible mix of ingredients. It’s thick and fluffy and it feels decadent when applied. It does have a scent that I can’t quite put my finger on…I don’t particularly like it, but it’s light and it dissipates quickly.

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream

Does it work?  Yes it does. IT Cosmetics did a clinical study and check out these results:

  • 100% said skin was soft, smooth & infused with moisture*
  • 97% said skin looked and felt rejuvenated*
  • 94% said skin felt younger and healthier*
  • 81% said pores appeared minimized, and fine lines & wrinkles appeared less noticeable*

*Results observed in a consumer panel survey.

Ulta has this beautiful cream in a travel size for $16 and in a 2 oz size for $48. Confidence in a Cream is a terrific moisturizer with an elegant formula that your face and décolleté will love, especially if you tend towards dry skin. Visit Ulta, QVC, and the IT Cosmetics website to get both confident and naturally pretty!

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