BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème brings a summery glow

This is the time of summer when everyone I know is looking golden — except for me that is. I don’t sit in the sun and I don’t faux tan. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to have a special glow like everyone else. That’s where BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème from Gerard Cosmetics by Whitening Lighting comes in. They offered to send this for review and the pale BIZ partner said ok.

BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème

BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème

Last year when Makeup Wars reviewed bronzing products I really didn’t have much to share since I hadn’t really paid much attention to this category of the cosmetic world. They made me feel a little behind times though and since then I’ve branched out a bit to fit in a little more, especially on special evenings.

BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème

BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème

BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème ($36) is a luminous cream product that adds a glow to my skin with light reflecting particles. This is a one shade product that will do different things for different skintones. For me it adds in radiance and some color. I wear it in several ways but it can also be used alone if you are careful not to overdo the amount you use.

1) I mix it in with foundation to add an all over glow and a touch more color than I’d normally have. The key is to use a tiny bit since a little goes a long way.

2) I also use it as a highlighter on specific areas like my cheekbones.

BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème swatch

BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème swatch

BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème will help blur imperfections and we all want that. The latest Makeup Wars was all about what I do to blur pores. The best thing about this gluten free, hydrating creme is the pretty golden glow it gives.

BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème blended in

BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème blended in

BB+ Illumination Facial Creme reminds me of sunshine in a tube. It’s going to be different things for different people. If you have darker skin or tan/faux tan then you’ll end up with a gorgeous radiance. If you are Snow White pale you’ll also end up with that radiance but also a little extra color.

I may not be a bronze goddess but I am a glowing one when I wear BB Plus+ Illumination Facial Crème. — Marcia
*sent for review consideration

E is for Eddie, F is for Funkhouser, A is for Eddie Funkhouser face products

I’ve been trying to keep my rendezvous with Eddie Funkhouser under the covers but I think it’s time to come clean again. Eddie, that rogue, is now following me on Disqus and Twitter. I’m following him with Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation, Luxlight Hydrating Primer plus Luxlight Illuminator Pen. When these were sent for review I knew that Eddie Funkhouser was only sending me a little extra loving. That’s how it is with the two of us.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Hydrating Primer

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Hydrating Primer

Luxlight Hydrating Primer ($14.99) comes in one shade, Candlelight. It was created to leave your skin dewy and delicious. It’s described as having a luminous glow with a golden peach undertone. What I like about the primer is that it is a beautiful glow and one that I can wear any day, any time, with any foundation (shh, don’t tell on me). With my fair skin I was a little leery about wearing a tinted primer but that feeling was dispelled once I started using it. It can be used alone for those of you who prefer not wearing a foundation. Or you can mix it in with your foundation or just wear it as a primer under foundation (preferably Luxlight Revitalizing).

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Hydrating Primer

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Hydrating Primer

But why do you want to use this? For starters it has Glycerin in it for skin softening. It also contains Castor Seed Oil and Jojoba Oil to condition and smooth. Other ingredients are Squalene, Vitamins A, C and E. And the best part is that you can wear it alone on your arms and/or legs to give you a soft glow that won’t rub off.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation

Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation ($14.99) comes in 6 shades (fair, light, medium beige, medium, medium tan and golden dark). I have this in Light which is for light skin with yellow-olive undertones but I think when I rebuy it I’ll try Fair since I have cool undertones. Even though this is a little warm on me the foundation is so lightweight that the color still works great. Eddie’s website describes this as “ultralight, creamy, and buildable formula enhances skin’s natural radiance for a flawless, light-diffused finish throughout the day”. I can’t put it any better. I’m using this in a single layer and not building up the coverage. I really prefer it as a light coverage natural looking foundation.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation in Light

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation in Light

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation in Light

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation in Light

This foundation may not be for everyone though because of the ingredients. It contains Talc to give it a soft focus, diffused light finish. It also contains silicones to extend the wear. I know both of those can be a problem for some people although they aren’t for me. Other ingredients are Volatiles (long wear properties and fast drying application), Resins (long wear properties), Glycerin and Vitamin E. I’ve worn this in winter, spring and summer and am enjoying how my skin looks. Sometimes I wear the Primer, sometimes I don’t. Eddie doesn’t seem to mind. He told me he likes me both ways.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator

The other facial product I have is the Luxlight Illuminator. This is a pen like product with a brush. You’ve seen them before for a whole lot more money than the $11.99 this costs. This is available in two shades (Candlelight for a cool luminous glow and Arclight for a warm glow).

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator

This versatile pen will add illumination to any area of your face you want. Highlight your brow bone, the bridge of your nose, the cupids bow of your lips and the tip of your chin to make sure the light catches you at your best.  It’s not a concealer but it is a wonderful highlighter/illuminator. This contains: talc, volatiles, light reflecting pigments, glycerin and peptides.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator in Candlelight

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator in Candlelight

Since Eddie Funkhouser and I first got together he’s spread himself out a little more. We are lucky enough to be able to purchase his products at a variety of places like gloss48.com, blush.com, nastygal.com and urbanoutfitters.com. Also some of you incredibly lucky ladies can see the line in person at a variety of Rite Aid stores (if only that were me!). As for me, I’ll just keep hangin’ with Eddie and make my move when the time is right!

Have you been introduced to Eddie Funkhouser cosmetics yet? He might be just the man and brand you are looking for to stretch your pennies while remaining beautiful as always. — Marcia

*products sent for editorial consideration

Get dewy and luminous with Beauty Addicts GLIMMERsheers

Beauty Addicts GLIMMERsheer

Beauty Addicts GLIMMERsheers

I love, love, love it when something unexpected arrives…after all, Marcia and I have been writing this blog and testing products for over four years now, and we were product testing and reviewing for years before we started the BIZ. While I have tried many luminizers and lots of products meant to give a sheer glow, I have never come across a combination of the two like the GLIMMERsheers ($28) from  Beauty Addicts.

GLIMMERsheer

Beauty Addicts GLIMMERsheers

They are soooo pretty…and at first glance, I didn’t have a clue what to do with them!  The GLIMMERsheer is a mirrored compact that contains a colored half-moon of luminizing shimmer, along with a coordinating half-moon of sheer gel.

The shimmer is on the right. You can pat this on the brows, lids, and cheek bones to luminize.

The sheer is on the left. This is smoothed over brow bones, cheeks, and anywhere on your skin to create a soft, dewy look.

The shades available include:

Seduce

Seduce GLIMMERsheer

Seduce, a clear gel with golden shimmer and a white pearlescent luminizer.

Express

Express GLIMMERsheer

Express, a yellow/beige tinted gel with a champagne luminizer.

Motivate

Motivate GLIMMERsheer

Motivate, a pink tinted gel with a baby pink luminizer.

Glow

Glow GLIMMERsheer

Glow, a purple tinted gel with a lilac luminizer.

GLIMMERsheers swatched, left to right:

GLIMMERsheers swatched, left to right:  Motivate, Seduce, Express, Glow

I only swatched the luminizers…the gels were so subtle that they were impossible to photograph.

I adore the ‘Glimmer’ highlighter side of each shade. I find that a finger works best to apply; that ‘skin to skin’ contact makes the color meld in beautifully. They are flipping fabulous highlighters for the brow, and all of them are great as eyeshadows for the mobile lid, with Motivate and Glow the most outstanding. Seduce and Express are wonderful cheek highlighters that give a subtle shimmer and a gorgeous glow.

The ‘Sheer’ side is a little more challenging for me. As someone who constantly strives for a matte look (oh how I hate a shiny nose!) I struggled at first to figure out how to use them. For you younger gals, the sheer balm is an option for cheeks to get a dewy look.  For me? Not so much. However, they give an interesting look and feel when layered over eyeshadow – it reminds me of Stephane Marais Gloss Eyeshadows, anyone remember those? The sheer sides also make for a great lip balm, shiny and emollient with just a hint of color.

Overall, I think the GLIMMERsheers are interesting and versatile products. The luminizers are fabulous multi-taskers, and the sheer gel is, at the very least, fun to play with! Head on over to Beauty Addicts and take a look – which GLIMMERsheer appeals most to you?  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

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.

 

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Illustrations for placing the illuminator

*products provided by PR for review and giveaway

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It outer packaging

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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!

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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.

swatched

swatched

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.

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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.

swatched

swatched

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

*pr samples

ingredients

ingredients

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!

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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.

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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.

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Hello gorgeous!!

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

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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

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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.

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Christina Choi Glitz & Glamour eyes

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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.

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

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

 

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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

*some items received from PR