Starting the new year with Japonesque Velvet Touch Foundation

Japonesque Velvet Touch Foundation

Japonesque Velvet Touch Foundation

I wonder if most makeup fanatics are as crazy about foundation as I am. I hadn’t heard about the Japonesque Velvet Touch Foundation prior to receiving it for review but I was excited to try this out. When I opened the box I was surprised to see the small spatula inside and was eager for a peek.

Japonesque Velvet Touch Foundation open

Japonesque Velvet Touch Foundation open

As you can see it’s a solid foundation. It doesn’t move in the jar. I either scoop it out and put a small amount on my metal spatula or the back of my hand or I dampen a foundation brush and pick up the foundation that way.

Velvet Touch Foundation

Velvet Touch Foundation

The reason is clear why it’s named Velvet Touch once you use it. It gives an airbrushed look to my face when I buff it in with a flat top foundation brush. The most interesting thing is that you’d expect to get a heavy cosmetic look but that’s not the case at all. Instead this is actually a lightweight foundation but one with good coverage. I don’t look cakey at all.

Japonesque BB/CC Cream Brush

Japonesque BB/CC Cream Brush

While I don’t have this brush, the Japonesque BB/CC Cream Brush is exactly like the one I do have. I’ll spritz it with a little water (Evian, Vichy) and pick up the color right from the jar. If I’m not in the mood for that then I’ll use my Beauty Blender sponge.

ingredients for Japonesque Foundation

ingredients for Japonesque Foundation

This is sold at Ulta ($36) and the reviews are mostly great. The only confusion I have with them is that some people love it for oily skin while another doesn’t. My skin is normal and confused. Dry areas and oily t-zone. It’s a great finish for my skin.

The difficult part is picking a color online. Ulta has a great chart to help you choose but I still found the Fair Shade 1 to be on the yellow side for me.

Fair Shade 1

Fair Shade 1

Fair Shade  1

Fair Shade 1

I’m very happy to have Japonesque Velvet Touch in my arsenal of foundation since it’s a nice choice especially when I need a little more coverage. It looks natural on, it feels great and it lasts well for me during the day. Japonesque has done us a favor by adding color cosmetics to their line. Not only can you use the coupons from Ulta ($3.50 off or 20%) since it’s not in the prestige section but you can easily find it. I can’t wait to explore more from this brand. What Japonesque cosmetics have you tried? I’d love to hear recommendations. — Marcia

*provided for editorial consideration

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

Let your skin breathe with Proderma Breathable Foundation

Proderma Anti-Aging Breathable Foundation

Proderma Anti-Aging Breathable Foundation

Have you heard about Proderma Breathable Foundation? It’s been on our radar for a few years because we’d heard about how great it is when used following any cosmetic or dermatological procedures. When we were given the opportunity for PR to send us the foundation for a Side by Side review we happily accepted.

Proderma has two types of foundation plus a brand new serum. Besides the Breathable Anti-Aging Foundation ($49) they also have one specifically for blemished skin. The foundation comes in 6 color choices: Almond, Creme, Ivory, Beige, Honey, and Taupe. There’s a chart to help you find the right shade on the Proderma website and they even have a sample kit with 2 shades to try this out.

Proderma Breathable Foundation helps with anti-aging benefits. They use a proprietary oxygenation peptide complex plus potent vitamins and antioxidants to fight off free radicals. The formulas incorporate ingredients that help increase blood circulation as well as others that help increase elastin and collagen production. We all want a more youthful appearance and that’s Proderma’s goal.

The foundation can be used immediately after procedures or later to cover bruising, scars and redness. It soothes inflammation and swelling plus it helps with the healing process.

Let’s see what Marcia and Lisa’s experiences were like with PRODERMA BREATHABLE FOUNDATION.

MARCIA’S SIDE – Proderma Breathable Foundation in Creme

The main reason that I was eager to try this foundation, besides being crazy about foundation, is that I had heard what a great brand it was for sensitive skin. While I rarely see a dermatologist and haven’t had a cosmetic procedure done, I knew that it was receiving raves.

Proderma Breathable Foundation in Cream

Proderma Breathable Foundation in Cream

The only regret I had with this foundation is that I chose the wrong color. I didn’t notice the chart to help pick the right shade or I’d have known to choose Ivory over Creme. It’s not that Creme doesn’t work for me, it does, but I think it’s a little warm for me.

Proderma Breathable Foundation in Cream

Proderma Breathable Foundation in Cream

Cream swatch

Cream swatch

That picture isn’t totally representative of the foundation because it blends nicely once on my face. The amount I put on my hand for a swatch was double what I need on my face.

I’ve applied the foundation in a few ways: Beauty Blender sponge, foundation brush and my fingers. I prefer using my fingers since that seems to give me a more flawless finish. This is a liquid that is slightly on the thicker side so a little goes a long way. It gives me a very natural look and is one of the foundations I reach for regularly. I especially love that I have it in case of emergency flare ups. It’s a gentle formula that feels and looks good.

Proderma Breathable Foundation

Proderma Breathable Foundation

LISA’S SIDE: Proderma Breathable Foundation in Beige

Like Marcia, I have been interested in the Proderma line for a while.  I figure that any foundation formulated to work for people who have had a cosmetic procedure should definitely work on my skin that just NEEDS a cosmetic procedure!  My skin is somewhere between light and medium and the Beige shade works well for me.

Proderma Breathable Foundation in Beige

Proderma Breathable Foundation in Beige

My skin tone is decidedly neutral, so I can wear both warm and cool shades.  Beige is definitely on the warmer side.  I really like the coverage it gives, which is not full coverage but enough for a natural look and a more even skin tone. The finish is slightly dewy but not greasy – I guess I would say it’s matte with a bit of luminosity.

Proderma Breathable Foundation in Beige

Proderma Breathable Foundation in Beige

The texture of the liquid foundation is a little thick, so I find the best method of application is just using my hands.  I put one pump into my palms, rub them together to get a little warmth going, then pat over my face.  If I go a little too thick in an area I just blend it out with my Beauty Blender.  I am very happy to have this beautiful foundation in my rotation.

Proderma Breathable Foundation gets a thumbs up from both of us.  This is a winner in the liquid foundation category and is a terrific option for those with sensitive skin or with skin issues like rosacea, psoriasis, or eczema. If you are planning any sort of cosmetic or dermatological procedure, definitely check this out!

*received for editorial consideration

 

The Face to Face Liquid Foundation Challenge from Neutrogena

About a month ago, Beauty Info Zone participated in a blind liquid foundation challenge sponsored by NEUTROGENA®.  We were sent two “blinded” foundations: Foundation A Broad Spectrum SPF 20 and Foundation B, along with instructions for using them.  We had no idea which one was the NEUTROGENA® foundation, nor did we know what brand the second foundation was.

Neutrogena Face to Face Foundation Challenge

First, we tried Foundation A, focusing on coverage, finish, and how it felt on our skin.  After several days, we switched to Foundation B, focusing on the same areas.  Then, we took a survey which asked our opinions on each foundation.  The application method that was recommended was interesting.  Instead of using a sponge or brush, we used our hands, warming the foundation then patting it on.  This actually yielded great results with both foundations and is an excellent option for applying liquid foundation.

After completing the survey, we were sent our results.  Foundation A was NEUTROGENA® Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20, and Foundation B was NARS Sheer Glow!

We both preferred NARS overall, but it was a close call.  I picked the NEUTROGENA® Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20 as my favorite for daily wear and for better coverage.  Marcia also preferred  the NEUTROGENA® Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20 for daily wear, and she found it to be smoother and silkier than the NARS.

We loved participating in this blind challenge!  It was really fun to try this experiment, and now we both have two new foundations in our arsenals.  – Lisa

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

 

 

 

Fantastic find! Bellapierre 5 in 1 Mineral Foundation

Bellapierre Mineral FoundationsI have tried many different loose powder foundations, but none have completely won my heart.  Either the foundation contains bismuth, which breaks me out when my skin is feeling sensitive, or else I want more coverage.  Bellepierre Cosmetics recently sent us their 5 in 1 Mineral Powder Foundation ($64.99) to try…and I am hooked.  This is awesome stuff.

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Ok, I know, powder foundations are so MESSY.  I will never forget the day I dropped an entire open container…and neither will my carpet.  But  Bellapierre’s foundation has a Twist-And-Lock Sifter which gives me total control of the amount dispensed.

Bellapierre 5 in 1 Mineral Foundations - Latte and Cinnamon

Bellapierre 5 in 1 Mineral Foundations – Latte and Cinnamon

Bellapierre 5 in 1 Mineral Foundation in Latte

Bellapierre 5 in 1 Mineral Foundation in Latte

Bellapierre Mineral Foundation in Cinnamon

Bellapierre Mineral Foundation in Cinnamon

The foundation has four ingredients: Mica, Zinc Oxides, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.  The result is buildable coverage that leaves skin absolutely glowy.  I am shocked every time I use it.  I don’t look powdery or flat, and I also don’t look oily.  It’s the best of both worlds.

So why is this foundation called 5 in 1?  It can be used for five different things –

• Concealer
Foundation
• SPF
• Finishing Powder
• Setting Powder (Veil)

I mix the powder with a mixing medium and it makes a great concealer.  Thin it out a bit, and it’s a liquid foundation.  No matter what foundation I use, I always use this as my finishing powder.  It sets makeup beautifully and keeps it in place for hours.

Bellapierre 5 in 1 Mineral Foundation swatched:  left is Cinnamon, right is Latte

Bellapierre 5 in 1 Mineral Foundation swatched: left is Cinnamon, right is Latte

There are 10 shades available – nice to see some great options for women of color!  I tested both Cinnamon, which is my ‘winter skin’ shade, and Latte, which is my ‘summer skin’ shade.  Right now I am in between the two, so I mix them together for a perfect combination.

My Bellapierre 5 in 1 Mineral Foundation FOD using Latte

My Bellapierre 5 in 1 Mineral Foundation FOD using Latte

I love that this foundation also provides UVA and UVB sun protection (SPF 15) thanks to the Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide.

Heck, I just love this foundation period.  Even if you have tried loose powder mineral foundations in the past and found them lacking, I urge you to check these out.  They are fantastic!  – Lisa

*  sent for editorial consideration

IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You! Collection review

It Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You

Do you have Tuesday, October 14th on your calendar?  At midnight on the 14th, the IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You! Five-Piece Collection goes on sale as the Today’s Special Value® on QVC®.  IT Cosmetics sent us this set, which is a mix of old favorites, including the Celebration Foundation Illumination, Heavenly Luxe® Double Airbrush Foundation Brush, and No-Tug Gel Eyeliner; plus two exciting new products, CC+ Radiance Ombré Blush and Hello Lashes Extensions.

IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You!

IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You!

IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You! 5 Piece Collection

IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You! 5 Piece Collection

1.  The Celebration Foundation Illumination is a full coverage powder foundation. It’s available in 5 color choices; my foundation is the Medium shade. It’s got some pretty cool packaging. The white compact has a lower compartment with a brush (and the reflective metal above it works as a mirror if you need it). The top compartment has the powder foundation and a regular mirror. This powder foundation has peptides, antioxidants, and ‘drops of light technology’ for the added illuminating properties. This is a very silky powder that is particularly excellent for those with oilier complexions. It is definitely full coverage, so a lighter hand is better when applying this.

Celebration foundation

Celebration Foundation Illumination in Medium

Celebration Illumination Foundation swatch in Medium

Celebration Foundation Illumination swatch in Medium

2.  Heavenly Luxe® Double Airbrush Foundation Brush  IT Cosmetics has truly fabulous brushes, and the Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush is no exception. The brush head has dual fiber brush hairs that are amazingly soft yet firm enough for buffing. This really is a fantastic brush.

Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush

Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush

The Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush

The Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush

3.  No-Tug Gel Eyeliner in Black/Brown  The No-Tug gel liners are beautiful. They glide on and have terrific lasting power, even with my oily eyelids. I love the self-sharpening feature. If you want more of a point on the end, just pull off the sharpener on the bottom and you can easily get a point that will give you a thin, precise line.

Black Brown

No-Tug Gel Eyeliner in Black Brown

Built in sharpener

Built-in sharpener

swatch of Black Brown No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner

swatch of Black Brown No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner

Black Brown is just that – a browned-down black. I love this because sometimes Black seems too harsh for daytime. Black Brown gives me that dark definition I want, but it’s softer. And the black/brown combination is different from a grayed-down black. It’s warmer and just plain pretty. This is waterproof for up to 12 hours.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Ombre Blush

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Ombre Blush

Je Ne Sais Quoi Blush

Je Ne Sais Quoi Blush

Je Ne Sais Quoi swatch

Je Ne Sais Quoi swatch

4.  The new CC+® Radiance Ombré Blush is currently only available in this set…and it is a stunner!! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. This has a softer, lighter texture than the IT Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Blush, which by the way is one of my most favorite blushes. The CC+® Radiance Ombré Blush is terrific for a soft glow or layered for more of a pigment punch. Je Ne Sais Quoi is a pretty gradated pink that goes from light pink to deep pink. You could drag your brush in the lighter or darker areas only, but I think a swirl over the entire face of the powder gives a perfect glowy pink pop for cheeks.

Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara

Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara

Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara

Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara

5.  The final item, also new for this collection, is the Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara. This is a five-in-one mascara that makes lashes thick, lush, and sooty black. It is so black that I had to lighten the photo of the wand so you could see the brush head. It’s also good for lashes with conditioners like vitamin B5, peptides, collagen, proteins and green tea. This has nylon fibers that makes lashes incredibly long.

IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You collage

Your Most Radiant You! really is an incredible set.  Every item is a winner, so be sure to visit QVC on Tuesday to order this set for yourself.  The QVC item # is A260772, or A262259 for auto delivery.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration