Side by Side: It Cosmetics Hello Light Crème Illuminator (giveaway alert)

It Cosmetics Radiance Creme Illuminator

It Cosmetics Radiance Creme Illuminator

We’re back raving about It Cosmetics. This brand continues to thrill us with their new products. They never disappoint. How could they when they bring you two different Illuminators (powder and crème) and amazing brushes? We were sent Hello Light, Anti-Aging Radiance Crème Illuminator along with the Pointed Precision Luminizer Brush to review. And the good news is that after you read what we have to say about this, you’ll have the opportunity to win this set for yourself.

We’ve previously reviewed It Cosmetics Hello Light Radiance Powder and we were totally wowed. Since not everyone likes powders Jamie Kern and It Cosmetics delivered a Crème Illuminator. Now you have your choice but it’s going to be hard to make a decision since both are wonderful. The Crème Illuminator has Hydrolyzed Collagen, Peptides and Drops of Light Technology. It contains good for your skin ingredients like Vitamins A, E & E, green tea, hyaluronic filling spheres, silk and aloe. As if the crème wasn’t good enough they also created the amazing Pointed Precision Luminizer Brush. Like all It Cosmetics brushes this is 100% cruelty free with bristles that are so soft. The brush is wonderfully versatile since it allows you to reach anywhere on your face, even the smallest areas. You can even use it to blend eyeshadow in your crease.

The cost for this duo at QVC is $35 which is amazing. If you prefer to buy just the Illuminator it’s $24 on It Cosmetic’s website, the brush isn’t for sale separately though so that’s why the duo is so wonderful. The Creme Illuminator is also available at Dermstore.

Marcia and Lisa have a lot of love for these two so read on to find out why and then to see how you can win one for yourself.



Illustrations for placing the illuminator

*products provided by PR for review and giveaway


It outer packaging


It Pointed Precision Luminizer brush

Lisa’s Side:

There aren’t many lines about which I can say this:  I have never tried anything I don’t LOVE.

I can say that about IT Cosmetics. The Hello Light Creme Illuminator is no exception!


Inside the Illuminator

This comes in a modern, sleek compact that is as gorgeous as the product inside. The illuminator is a cream highlighter that works wonders on my…ahem…aging skin.  I find that as I get older, I lose that ‘luminosity’ that I had when I was young. This cream recreates that illusion and makes me look…and ultimately feel…younger.



Here it is swatched pretty heavily. It’s not this obvious on, in fact when you smooth it on with the (flipping fantastic) brush you almost can’t tell…except you just look BETTER.  The brush is terrific for picking up the right amount of product, and I smooth this on after foundation but before a light layer of loose powder.  (Too much loose powder and you lose the effect, so be sure to proceed with caution with that Kabuki!) I use the cream everywhere it recommends on the packaging – the forehead, nose, under the eyes, tops of cheeks, lips and chin. It is VERY difficult to overdo this, and the results are subtle but make a huge difference. Chalk up yet another winner from It Cosmetics.


The perfect brush for illuminating

Marcia’s Side:

Since we gave you so much information about the amazing Crème Illuminator already I want to talk a little about the differences between the creme and the powder. They are both absolutely fabulous and I love them both. I don’t know which I’d pick if I had to pick only one but I might just go with Anti-Aging Radiance Crème Illuminator because I love cream products so much. I find on my aging skin that a cream looks dewier and less dry. If you look at our previous review of the powder you’ll see it has a more golden touch to it while I find that the creme has some of that gold but also a touch of pink.

My absolute favorite way to use this is in the inner corner of my eye. I read over and over about putting a light shade there but with powders it looks so fake on me. I don’t have the smoothest eyelids anymore (boo hoo) so that area is a little crinkly. The creme though is perfect. No powder shows and because it has that highlighting effect it actually makes my eyes look a little younger. It does what all the makeup artists say that a light shadow will do.



I use the Radiance Powder on my cheekbones when I wear a powder blush but when I wear cream blushes (which is often) that’s when I’ll use this creme illuminator instead. I can even put some of the creme on first and then blend the blush over it to get a look that’s lit from within.

it creme illuminator with packageThere aren’t many products I own that I absolutely keep the box but I love the illustration on the box to remind me of all the places I can wear this.

Here’s what It Cosmetics has to say about the Anti-Aging Radiance Creme Illuminator – if this and our raves haven’t convinced you we’d be surprised!! “Who is it for: Anyone who wants natural-looking radiance with antiaging benefits; wants to diffuse the look of pores, lines, and wrinkles; wants hydrating, brightening, and antiaging benefits; wants to visibly improve the appearance of the skin; or wants to add light to their complexion for beautiful, healthy-looking skin.”

Now that we’ve told you all there is to love, we are happy to say that It Cosmetics not only sent both Lisa and I these for review but they sent us one for a reader. This giveaway is open for US and Canadian subscribers until 4/22/13 at 11:59 eastern time. Wait for the Rafflecopter to see the ways you can enter. Good luck!!

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Looking for perfection with Mally Perfect Prep Under Eye Brightener


Perfect Prep Under Eye Brightener

Probably the biggest reason I tend to be a  full coverage foundation gal is because of my eyes. No matter how much kale I eat, no matter how late I sleep in, and no matter how many thick pillows I sleep on, I have dark blue under eye circles that are always there. So I am forever looking for ways to conceal them.


Will this jar give me perfection?

Mally has an interesting product called Perfect Prep Under Eye Brightener ($35). It’s a jar of yellow gel-like cream that counteracts the blue of under eye circles. It’s meant to be used under or over makeup to brighten the under eye area and diminish the look of dark circles.


Deeper on the left, Lighter on the right

Mally sent us two shades to test. Deeper is definitely for medium to dark skin tones, and Lighter works for the lighter side of medium to very pale. I don’t love the jar, I really wish the cream was in a tube which is more sanitary.  Plus I worry about the shelf life of any cream product that is exposed to the air.  If the packaging were different, I would adore this product.  As it is, I think it’s great stuff – it would just be so easy for it to reach the ‘tremendous’ level with different packaging.


Top shade is Lighter, bottom shade is Deeper

The cream is actually quite forgiving. The colors look intense, but they blend right in and definitely brighten the under eye area. I like it best over my makeup. I find that the highlighting ability of the cream is delicate, and if I put regular concealer or foundation over it the effect is lost. But over my makeup? Love it. This is also a great product to use on any area you would like to highlight, like above your top lip or to highlight your brow. Another tip – pat, pat, pat this on. Don’t rub it on or it will basically disappear. Use a light touch to get the full benefit of this product.

I have much more success with my Perfect Prep Under Eye Brightener than I do with my YSL Touche Eclat. The yellow color truly helps counteract the blueness and the Under Eye Brightener is thicker so it covers more. I also find it to be much longer wearing than the Touche Eclat. This is a product to have at your desk for quick touch-ups throughout the day. A few dabs of yellow cream patted on with your ring finger will make you look awake and refreshed. Now if we can just convince Mally to change the packaging….  - Lisa

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It Cosmetics Hello Light Radiance Powder – side by side review and giveaway

It is no secret – Beauty Info Zone LOVES It Cosmetics. It Cosmetics is the brainchild of creator Jamie Kern and a fan favorite on QVC. There’s a reason this line has a huge fan base – it is really terrific. They have amazing products, and our review today happens to be a personal favorite for both Lisa and Marcia. Want to look younger? Get moisturized? Banish oily skin? Check out this BIZ treasure, Hello Light Radiance Powder ($24), and then enter to win one for yourself!

Hello Light

Hello Light Radiance Powder and brush

It Cosmetics Hello Light Radiance Powder back of box

It Cosmetics has come up with a highlighter that not only provides a youthful glow, it also treats the skin with wonderful anti-aging ingredients.  It Cosmetics tell us that it has ”micronized pigments of light, plus skin-loving ingredients including peptides, hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed collagen, silk and Vitamins A, C, & E and is free of all of the ingredients that make skin appear older like talc. Anti-oxidants hydrate, condition, and nourish your skin while warding off free-radicals all day long!” Younger looking skin plus nourishment at the same time?  Beauty Info Zone says ‘sign us up’!

Lisa’s Side:

WOW.  That one word pretty much sums it all up for me.


Hello Light Radiance Powder

This is a really gorgeous highlighter that has a beautiful soft, silky texture. It’s hard to overdo application of this heavenly highlighter - while you can use it on your cheeks, forehead, and under your eyes I am pretty indiscriminate about my application. I slap it on all over and just love it. The powder gets rid of my shiny spots and absorbs oil and makes my skin look perfect. It doesn’t settle into my fine lines and it doesn’t make me look powdery or dry.


Hello gorgeous!!

This is a golden, shimmery highlighter that I think would work for most skin shades.


soft buttery goodness

I can’t get over the texture of it. It’s a powder but it’s so moisturizing it feels almost buttery on. Beautiful! It Cosmetics, you have done it again.

Marcia’s Side:

Do you believe in magic? I’m not sure I did before but with Hello Light Anti-Aging Radiance Illuminating Powder I do now. This is like magic on my skin. I’ve always been fascinated by highlighters and have a small collection of them but I’ve never found one prior to this that I could say I L.O.V.E. This is absolutely amazing on my skin.

Unlike Lisa I’m very discriminate about where I place this. I pretty much follow the illustration back of the box. I especially use this around my eyes and on my cheek bones. I love it as a highlighting color on my brow bone. I love it on my cheek bones. Where don’t I love it?

There’s no glitter! There’s no sparkle! Yet it magically brings light to places I want light. The powder itself is very light with a golden tone to it. My skintone is extremely fair and it works perfectly for me. Lisa’s is more of a medium tone and it works perfectly for her. You aren’t going to look at either of us and ask “what’s that powder on your face?” You’ll just notice a youthful glow.

Now let’s talk about the brush you see in that picture on the top, the Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Brush ($48). It is only amazing. Like all It Cosmetic’s brushes it’s cruelty-free, soft as all get out, yet does the job. Read this information from It Cosmetics and tell me you aren’t melting!! “This ultra-luxe plush specialty brush is designed for perfect application, and an esthetically pleasing experience. Its unique wand ball brush head is uniquely crafted, and starts its life by going through a tedious process where each hair is sculpted and trimmed, forming a perfect round ball shape. This creates a unique pick-up and distribution process of powder, for an invisible airbrush finish. Perfect for anyone who wants luxurious application of both pressed and loose powder products, including setting powders, illuminators, bronzers, or blushes.” it heavenly light brushWe have really good news for one US subscriber. One person is going to win both of these. Someone will be able to experience the luxurious brush and the perfect illuminating powder thanks to the generosity of It Cosmetics who not only sent both of us these to review but an extra for one of you. Allow the Rafflecopter to load in order to enter. US only, open through 1/23/13 at 11:59 p.m.

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Christina Choi and Le Metier de Beaute Face of the Day

christina choi FOD2

I used a combination of mostly Le Metier and Christina Choi products one day last week and I loved the results.  Here’s what I used:

For this face of the day, I used Le Metier de Beaute Classic Finish Foundation in V applied with a Beauty Blender. Next, I smoothed It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer under my eyes and on any dark or red areas.  After that, I applied Inglot Cream Blush in 81, followed by It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores loose powder and It Cosmetics Hello Light Powder Illumizer, plus a little bit of Le Metier Sun Kissed Bronzer.

CC eyes

Christina Choi Glitz & Glamour eyes

cc eyes

On my eyes, I used Christina Choi Glitz and Glamour which I reviewed HERE.  I used Chandelier on the lid, then I used the Glamour cake liner dry on the crease.  I followed with Glitz on the crease and down onto the lid.  Then I wet the cake liner with Face Atelier Transforming Gel and lined my upper lid.  I used Make Up For Ever Kohl Liner in black on my waterline.

cc eye

I used the cake liner as an eyeshadow – love multitaskers!

I used my Joey Healy Brow Architect Stylo in Molasses for my eyebrows.



My LM/CC FOD…love acronyms!

Lips were Clarins 01 Bay Rose Lip Definer, Guerlain Levres Lips 02 gloss, and I used my Verge One Spiral Wand on my hair.  Wow, sounds like a lot of products, but it didn’t take long to apply and I was totally ready for my day.  I loved my combination of favorite go-to products, it’s always great when things turn out even better than you had hoped!  – Lisa

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Senna has the kind of nude that you want – Haute Nudes palette in Mystic.

Senna Haute Nudes Mystic

I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize in advance for temptation. Today’s temptation is brought to you via Senna Cosmetics specifically Senna’s Haute Nudes’ Eye & Face Palette in Mystic. This is the sister to the beautiful Sultry palette that Lisa recently reviewed. While Sultry is on the warmer side, Mystic is on the cooler side. Both give you beautiful looks for day and night.

Senna Cosmetics Haute Nude in Mystic

Mystic’s palette layout is the same as Sultry’s – 6 eyeshadows, 1 highlighter, 1 blush and 3 applicators. There’s also a great booklet that describes how to use these shades for subtle or dramatic looks. Most of the time I ignore these thinking I know just as much myself, but this time it’s a handy tutorial with two great explanations of looks.

Haute Nude Mystic eyeshadows

Normally when we think of nudes, brown shades come to mind, but with Mystic you get cool nudes. It combines both shimmer and velvety matte eyeshadows in the palette.

Diamond, Halo, Dusk

Dusk, Halo, Diamond

The top row of shadows are Diamond, Halo and Dusk. Diamond is just like it sounds, a bright white with just enough shimmer to make it glow. Halo is a light sparkling lavender and Dusk is a cool toned taupe.

Black Magic, Eclipse, Dream

Dream, Eclipse, Black Magic

my Senna Mystic eye look using Diamond, Dusk and Eclipse lined with Black Diamond

The bottom row contains Dream, Eclipse and Black Magic. Dream is a truly beautiful very sparkly taupe. It’s the night version of Dusk. It’s best to pat this shade on rather than brush it on or the sparkles travel. Eclipse is a matte plum while Black Magic is obviously black and can be used well as eyeliner or shadow.

Charm, First Blush in palette but reversed on fingers

First Blush and Charm highlighter

The highlighter is a sweet light pink called Charm while the blush is a beauty called First Blush. These are all unique to the Mystic palette. First Blush is a rosy pink that looks beautiful on my cool, fair skin. It’s not so light though that it would disappear on a darker skintone. The highlighter, Charm, is soft and innocent while giving a light pink glow that’s subtle. It can also be used on your browbone to add a little more coolness to your look.

There’s nothing in the palette that is out of place. These are soft, blendable shades that aren’t powdery. There’s no season to the palette which makes it perfect year round. It would be a great palette to keep in your cosmetic bag since it would help you change from day to night with ease.

Day look

Day look directions

Night look

Night look directions

Now here’s some really great news – purchasing either of the Haute Nudes palettes currently still gets you a free Lip Sync Lipstick & Gloss duo of your choice. These retail for $24 while the Haute Nudes sell for $48. That’s quite a bonus.

Temptation means something that tempts, entices or allures. Senna Haute Nudes Mystic does all three and quite well at that. I hope you’ve been enticed enough to check Mystic or Sultry out. — Marcia

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Ready? Set? Get On the Go by Youngblood!

Have you got any travel plans in the future? It seems that everyone I know has plans to get away this year around the holidays. I’m not going anywhere until mid January (IMATS here I come!!) but I’ve already got the perfect travel companion. Youngblood On-the-Go Beauty Set is already in my travel bag.

Youngblood On The Go image from

What is the On-the-Go Beauty Set? It’s a great cosmetic bag that should fit everything I want to take on the plane with me plus it comes complete with 6 travel size best sellers from Youngblood. I don’t have to worry about scrounging around for an eye cream, primer, or foundation with this set because it contains those plus more.

Youngblood On the Go

Youngblood On the Go label

Let’s start with the cosmetic bag which could actually double as a clutch. It’s the season’s hot color Oxblood in a faux ostrich design. It measures 8”x 4.5” and has plenty of room inside. When you open this you’ll find a black mesh bag that has the 6 deluxe sample size products. You can order the set in three tones: Light, Medium and Dark. The kit contains Mineral Primer, Eye Impact Quick Recovery Eye Cream, Liquid Foundation, and 3 Moisture Tints (face, illuminating, and body), plus Liquid Mineral Foundation. Not only is this a great travel companion but it’s a great way to try out the products to see if you want to buy them in full size.

On the Go products

Mineral Primer: what a great way to try this out. I love the finish which is slightly matte. I never take a primer when I travel because they are too big but this deluxe sample size is perfect. It works well with the Youngblood products as well as the other foundations I’ve tried it with. A winner!!

Mineral Primer

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Moisture Tints: these 3 bottles are identical so be sure you check the label. When I first got these I had a hard time getting these to pump out so be aware of that. They need to be shaken (and not stirred) to mix the ingredients inside. Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint is a lightweight tinted moisturizer with good coverage. None of the shades available are really light but since it’s a tinted moisturizer they do apply lighter than they seem.

Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint

Mineral Radiance Moisture Tint Illuminating is an illuminating product. It’s very watery at first so you really need to shake it up. Once you get past that watery stage though it’s a lovely radiance that can be used anywhere. It’s got sheen without glitter. The shade is called Golden Sun in all kits. The Mineral Illuminating Tint Body is also the same shade in all three kits. This not only illuminates your skin with a not too dark bronze but it also hydrates it. I’ll use this on my décolleté.

Youngblood Illuminating Body Tint image from

Liquid Mineral Foundation: I love the coverage of this foundation. For my skintone I’d love to try it in Pebble. It’s loaded with more than 20 ocean minerals, botanicals, and a special blend of rare Reduced Salt Deep Sea Water. Good for your skin while you look good too.

Mineral Foundation

Of course I saved my favorite for last. I can’t go without eye cream and the kit contains Youngblood Eye Impact Quick Recovery Eye Cream. This eye cream is known to instantly hydrate and de-puff. Travel, especially on an airplane, shows all the signs of fatigue and dehydration so a product like this is perfection in the kit.

Eye Impact

Eye Impact Quick Recovery full size image

Eye Impact Quick Recovery droplet from

For $25.50 I think you get a bargain – travel sizes of important products plus room for more. I already know a few other of my favorite Youngblood items that will be put in the On The Go bag: Taffeta & Tropical Glow Cream blushes, Sierra Incredible Wear Gel Liner, and Blushing Nude lipstick. I’m ready, set and will be ON THE GO!– Marcia

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Makeup Wars introduces our personal Holiday Wishlist items

“I want nothing for Christmas” said me NEVER! Of course I want a gift. I may not get anything beauty but I can dream can’t I?? The Makeup Wars bloggers have decided to put together our wishlists of what we’d like to see under our menorah or Christmas tree this year. My wishlist is 100% beauty related which comes as no surprise at all. The good news is that these are all pretty easy to get, the bad news is that I bought some of it while waiting to publish.

Let’s start with what I bought! After our Favorite Metallic Makeup Wars I was terribly tempted by the Laura Mercier Art Deco shadows that so many of the bloggers put on their list. They were sold out at Sephora which made it even more important for me to buy them. So and my reward certificates came in handy and now I own some of these. While they aren’t on my wishlist since they are on a UPS truck coming to me, they should be on yours!

Laura Mercier Art Deco eyeshadows

What I also bought was one (I promise only one) of the new Burberry Complete Eyeshadow Palettes. I just kept looking at this picture and had to wipe the drool off my face several times. I bought Smokey Grey No. 1 because I have been buying brown shadows galore in 2012. On my wishlist though are more of these. Luckily these are permanent ($59 each). Take a gander:

Burberry Complete Eye Palettes

  • Smokey Grey No. 01 Grays
  • Mocha No. 02 Warm neutrals
  • Pale Nude No. 03 Cool neutrals
  • Dark Spice No. 05 Smoky neutrals
  • Plum Pink No. 06 Plums
  • Pink Taupe No. 07 Pink neutrals

Next on my wishlist is more Too Faced, in particular the Too Faced Bon Bons Set. There’s something so girly and appealing about this $42 box set. Their description makes it even more appealing to me: “As enticing as a box of scrumptious sweets, Shadow Bon Bons features a delicious range of shadows from soft vanillas to rich coffee, an ultra-black LashGASM mascara, a built-in mirror, and a shimmering gold Candlelight shadow primer, making it easy to create bountiful looks. Go from sweet and sassy to subtle to dramatic with this one versatile set.”

Too Faced Bon Bons

Prime Beauty introduced me to the Eye Candy Full Face Collection from Lorac on her blog and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Doesn’t this sound like fun for $59??

- 4 x 0.68 oz Eye Shadow Palette in Ooh La La Vanilla (Nude Eye Shadow Palette), Caramel Love Affair (Golden Eye Shadow Palette), Tantilizing Cocoa (Bronze Eye Shadow Palette), Blackberry Truffle Seduction (Smoky Eye Shadow Palette)
- 0.17 oz Cream Eye Liner Palette in Mesmerizing Dark Chocolate
- 0.17 oz Cheek & Lip Tint Palette in Indulge in Berry Kisses

Lorac Eye Candy

Let’s move away from the eyes (which is difficult for me). When Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog reviewed the Armani Nude Lip Set ($49) I suddenly had a desire for it.   The set includes Rouge d’Armani #103 and Gloss d’Armani #103. I love my light shades of lipstick and even though I probably have dozens of similar shades there’s just something I like about this.

Armani Nude Lip Set

I have the Chantecaille Rose Petals Highlighter ($74) on my wishlist because it’s just so pretty. I’d probably never use it, I’d just look at it.  Read this and weep: “A kaleidoscope of colorful powders blend together beautifully to impart a sheer, flattering glow on all skin tones. Unique light-perfecting powders provide a veil of subtle radiance, while flexible polymers ensure long-lasting, comfortable wear. Innovative technology allows the soft, iridescent pigments to be evenly sprinkled throughout the entire powder.”

Chantecaille Rose Petals Highlighter

On the practical side I’d love the Le Metier de Beaute CHEM60 Pro-Peel & GLOW10ai Mask Set ($265). After seeing it work in person I’d love to have that glowy skin.

Le Metier Ready, Set, Glow

And one more for the road – I am a Swarovski crystal nut. I love those crystals so when I saw this Tweezerman Swarovski Crystal Mirror ($150) I fell in lust. “Add some glam to your beauty routine while isolating even the finest hair for precise, easy tweezing. The optically correct 1X/10X magnifying mirror is clear from edge-to-edge with no distortion. This gorgeously decorated two-sided vanity mirror will be a beautiful addition to any household. *Made with Swarovski® Elements

Tweezerman Swarovski crystal mirror

Thanks for reading my very long wishlist. My address is available upon request (LOL). Let me know if any of these would be on your wishlist too. Curious minds want to know. Now I’m going to read the rest of the Makeup Wars Holiday Wishlists and probably add many more items to mine just like I did after the metallics. — Marcia

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