Favorite highlighters & contouring products

Top Ten Tuesday is into highlighting and contouring. I’m just learning about contouring and it’s a slow but interesting process. But it’s slowly coming along because, as they say, practice makes (almost) perfect. Now highlighting is something I love so it was easy to find what I wanted to share with you. Though my college shows 9 products, it’s actually 10 which I’ll mention below. What highlight & contour products do you like?? — Marcia
1429474283_luxlight-revitalizing-foundation1-315x315EDDIE FUNKHOUSER LUXLIGHT HYDRATING PRIMER * ($14.99) is what I often start with when I want a more glowy look. I have other illuminating highlighters but this is the one I grab. The price is right, as is the Candlelight shade which gives a peachy radiance.
1429474197_mi-01-2tDEX COSMETICS MINERAL ILLUMINATOR ($33) is the unknown brand. No one talks about DEX, it’s more of a cult brand. When Lisa and I went to IMATS once she fell for the line, therefore I bought several items. This mineral illuminator is the one to find if you love a soft beautiful glow wherever you’d highlight. It brightens up the undereye area and looks great at the cupid’s bow to help your pout.
1429473863__82371DIOR SKINFLASH RADIANCE BOOSTER PEN ($38) is available in 6 shades. I bought 002, Candle Light, during a makeover. The makeup artist aka my sister loves this more than my favorite Touche Eclat. I still prefer TE but Dior did a great job on this pen. I mostly use it to soften the look under my eyes.
1429473386_luxlight-illuminator-315x315EDDIE FUNKHOUSER LUXLIGHT ILLUMINATOR PEN* ($11.99) has the best price and it’s very close to the original Touche Eclat, Luminous Radiance, shade. Mine is in Candlelight for cool skintones and it’s also available Arclight for warm skintones. This stands out from the crowded field because of its excellence and price.
1429473252__9457300CHARLOTTE TILBURY THE RETOUCHER ($35) is the first CT product I bought when it came to Nordstrom. I’m still deciding what else to buy from the brand but I wanted to see if I could find something better than Touche Eclat. I bought it in shade 1, Fair, which is lighter than my TE so it works great as a highlighting concealer.
1429473050__5813776YSL TOUCHE ECLAT, RADIANCE ECLAT ($42) is the first highlighter that I ever bought. Since then I’ve bought dozens of other brands but this remains my favorite. It is now available in 10 shades but I’m still in love with the original, Luminous Radiance. There’s just something about this that I can’t describe.

highlighting pens

highlighting pens

highlighting swatches - YSL Touche Eclat, Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher, Eddie Funkhouser Candlelight, Dior Skinflash, Dex Minerals Illuminator

highlighting swatches – YSL Touche Eclat, Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher, Eddie Funkhouser Candlelight, Dior Skinflash, Dex Minerals Illuminator

1429472802_2264104__detail_?1429472802IT COSMETICS HELLO LIGHT ANTI-AGING CREME ILLUMINIZER (and Hello Light Anti-Aging Illuminizer, the powder version*) ($24) is aaaamazing. I love creme products so that’s why this is the one in the collage. I can get this exactly where I want it to be and blend it with my fingers. As with all IT Cosmetics products for me, it’s the cat’s meow.
1429472649_2264092__detail_?1429472649IT COSMETICS MY SCULPTURED FACE ($38) has been in my collection for a long time. After I bought it though, I was afraid to use it. When I see dark colors for contouring I run. Once I started using it, I saw that IT Cosmetics only had my best interests in mind. The tones in this give you everything you need for highlighting, concealing, contouring and bronzing. It’s the perfect travel companion.

It Cosmetics The Sculptured Face

It Cosmetics The Sculptured Face

1429472501_smashbox-step-by-step-contour-stick-trioSMASHBOX STEP BY STEP CONTOURING TRIO *($45) is the best concept of all of these items. Three separate crayons that Contour, Highlight and Bronze

•    Contour: A darker shade that sculpts by creating shadows
•    Highlight: A light shade that pulls features forward
•    Bronze: A transition shade that eliminates harsh lines by blending the contour and highlight shades

A full review is coming up tonight.

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

Now that you’ve seen my mostly highlighting choices, which of these 9-1o products would you want to try? And what others would you recommend? I know my other blogger friends have some ideas for us all and I’m ready to check them out.  — Marcia
*products were pr samples

Further reviews on these can be found on Beauty Info Zone
IT Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Creme Illuminator

Eddie Funkhouser Hydrating Primer and Illuminator Pen

IT Cosmetics Friends and Family Event – IT only happens twice a year!

IT Cosmetics FF Sale 1Exciting news – IT Cosmetics is having their semi-annual Friends and Family Event! This sale ends Friday, April 17th at midnight.  Just a few of the must-haves:  any of the brushes, Hello Lashes Mascara, Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Primer Serum, Gel Eyeliners, and Hello Light Radiance Powders.

Code:  Friends25, orders of $30 or more (plus free shipping!)

Check out IT Cosmetics online at itcosmetics.com.  #itcosmetics #friendsandfamily #sale http://Itcosmetics.com

IT Cosmetics FF Sale

Don’t go on Spring Break without these

Top Ten Tuesday is going on Spring Break. We had to decide what we’d take along and I decided a beach vacation would be in order just about now. No temperatures fluctuating between snow, rain and warmth. Nothing to think about but relaxation. First things I’d take are my iPad and iPhone. After that I’d chose some favorites like the items shown.
1428281330__9322062SUNGLASSES – Do not leave home without sunglasses. This pair is Kate Spade New York Cat Eye in Translucent Blush and I’d love to own them. I have more limited choices because I have to have my RX but this would be the pair I’d pick if I didn’t.
1428280712_1115290SUNSCREEN – I think sunglasses are important but I think that sunscreen is totally vital. You need sunscreen no matter where you are even if it’s Antarctica! I like this AVEENO® Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50 because it’s fragrance free and can be used on face and body. “Formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Oat Extract and mineral ingredients (Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide), this sunscreen forms a protective barrier on top of the skin that scatters UVA/UVB rays for superior sun protection. It soothes sensitive skin and is oil free, fragrance free, hypoallergenic, and water resistant for 80 minutes.”*
1428280615_6079_reg_1LIP COLOR AND PROTECTION – Your lips can get sunburned too so you need to protect them. I have a lot of lip balms but the one going on my vacation this time is by LATHER. Their tinted lip balms have everything I need including a light enough color to feel comfortable wearing day and/or night.*
1428280526_cc_cream_32ml_cap_medium_1IT COSMETICS YOUR SKIN BUT BETTER CC+ CREAM WITH SPF 50 – No surprise that I chose this I’m sure. I can’t stop raving about it and I wouldn’t travel without it.
1428280451_palette-bronzette_swatch-03jan15-webPIXI PALETTE BRONZE – This is everything you need in one fabulous palette. Bronzer, highlighter, blush and 12 choices of shadows. You can look different every day of your trip, you can go from day to night, you’ve got it all. (And you can try to win one through 4/17 in the BIZ giveaway).*
1428280391_2274527__detail_?1428280391TRAVEL BRUSHES – I have a lot of travel brush sets but I’d still love to own this exclusive to Ulta set from IT COSMETICS. For $50 look at what you’d getYour Superheroes Full-Size Travel Brush Set

  • Unstoppable Powder: Plush, large domed brush head for even powder application
  • Seamless Foundation: Dense, tapered brush head in flat paddle shape
  • Effortless Crease: Narrow, tapered head designed to fit into the crease of the eye
  • Smoothing Concealer: Small thin, tapered flat brush head great for getting into small hard to reach areas of the face
  • Absolute Shadow: Small, soft rounded head designed for the delicate eye
  • Flawless Liner & Brow: Firm, flat angled brush

1428280267_fligh3000611456_q1_1-2._ql90_ux336_EMPTY CONTAINERS FOR YOUR OWN PRODUCTS – This kit is sold on Shopbop and it’s by Flight 001. There are 8 containers so you can put in your hair products and skincare if you don’t have those in small sizes. The plastic bag that holds it all will save your clothes from spills.
1428280128_madew4143330443_q1_1-0._ql90_ux336_SUN HAT – Now I look pretty bad in a hat but that doesn’t mean I don’t think they are fabulous and that I’d love one. This particular one is made by Madewell and it’s a pieced straw hat. It’s $52 but starting today Shopbop has a Friends + Family Event and you can get 25% off most products.
1428280057_spuns2003611411_q1_1-0._ql90_ux336_SCARF OR SHAWL – A large enough scarf or shawl will be so useful on spring break or any time. This Shopbop beauty by Subtle Luxury is a light gauze in pink leopard. How perfect would this be with my blush sunglasses? There are a lot of great scarfs including a $195 Tory Burch one that I’d love. This one is just $55 and with that 25% off it’s a steal.
1428279994_adler2039720988_q1_1-0._ql90_ux336_THE PERFECT BEACH TOTE – How can you travel without a tote to hold it all? This Jonathon Adler one caught my eye and it’s one I’d love to carry all summer. $98 at Shopbop which would make it $74.50 hmmm!

I’m ready for my trip – at least in my head – and can’t wait to see what the other Top Ten bloggers will have for me to buy!! — Marcia

items with * were sent for review

IT Cosmetics TSV update

On March 27th QVC had another awesome TSV for IT Cosmetics. I absolutely can’t resist one of these and I did buy one but I also received one a few days after the show. It’s only available now for the original price of $72.50 (it was just under $60 on 3/27) and only in the shade Rich but if that’s your shade, this is something you need! In addition some of the products are available separately. Let’s take a look.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Your Way To Radiant Skin TSV

IT Cosmetics CC+ Your Way To Radiant Skin TSV

The IT Cosmetics CC+ Your Way To Radiant Skin TSV has 5 products that I’m very excited about. All kits are the same except for the shade of Your Skin But Better® Anti-Aging Full Coverage Physical SPF 50 CC+ Illuminating Foundation that you choose. I’m best in the shade Fair and that’s what I always choose from IT. It’s just a great match for my fair, cool toned skin.

Your Skin But Better® Anti-Aging Full Coverage Physical SPF 50 CC+ Illuminating Foundation

Your Skin But Better® Anti-Aging Full Coverage Physical SPF 50 CC+ Illuminating Foundation

Your Skin But Better® Anti-Aging Full Coverage Physical SPF 50 CC+ Illuminating Foundation in Fair

Your Skin But Better® Anti-Aging Full Coverage Physical SPF 50 CC+ Illuminating Foundation in Fair

This is very much like the original CC cream except that the finish has some illumination to it. It has all the great skincare additives, SPF and blendability in a new formula.

Anti-Aging Vitality Face Disk

Anti-Aging Vitality Face Disk

The Anti Aging Vitality Face Disc is everything you need – a matte bronzer, glowing highlighter and beautiful blush. This is sold separately on QVC with a different brush for $48.50. Or you can find it separately at Ulta for $38.00.

Heavenly Luxe Radiance Wand

Heavenly Luxe Radiance Wand

The brush in this TSV is the Heavenly Luxe Radiance Wand and it’s truly heavenly. Like all IT brushes it’s cruelty free, soft and luxurious.

Heavenly Luxe Radiance Wand

Heavenly Luxe Radiance Wand

It’s the perfect brush for the Face Disk.

Luxe High-Performance Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Trios in Pretty in Spring

Luxe High-Performance Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Trios in Pretty in Spring

The Luxe High-Performance Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Trio in Pretty in Spring is unique to the set and it’s fabulous. These easy to wear shadows contain IT’s special anti-aging ingredients that help blur any imperfections.

No-Tug® Dual Airbrush Eyeshadow Brush

No-Tug® Dual Airbrush Eyeshadow Brush

To make Pretty in Pink and all other shadows blend more perfectly there’s the Heavenly Luxe No-Tug® Dual Airbrush Eyeshadow Brush. This is sold separately at Ulta for $24 and it’s a brush you want to own. All the Heavenly brushes make me swoon.

No-Tug® Dual Airbrush Eyeshadow Brush Smudge side

No-Tug® Dual Airbrush Eyeshadow Brush Smudge side

No-Tug® Dual Airbrush Eyeshadow Brush All Over side

No-Tug® Dual Airbrush Eyeshadow Brush All Over side

I know it’s not fair to you to find out what you can’t get but even if you bought the Rich set on QVC you’d still have 4 perfect products and someone who would match that shade would love you.

One piece of advice — next time I tell you about a TSV J.U.M.P. or you’ll be sorry! — Marciait colors

*sent for editorial consideration and purchased (oh my lucky sister!!)

It’s time for IT Cosmetics TSV the CC+ Your Way To Radiant Skin on 3/27

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Hey ladies – look what’s coming our way!! IT Cosmetics is gracing us with a new TSV on QVC. There is nothing better to make this season perfect. This is a one day event on Friday March 27th and these sell out so quickly that you need to get on it right away.
Let’s take a look at what’s in this IT Cosmetics CC+ Your Way To Radiant Skin TSV. Some of these items are favorites already and some are brand new and destined to be favorites.
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I’m going to start with the product I’m most excited about – Your Skin But Better® Anti-Aging Full Coverage Physical SPF 50 CC+ Illuminating Foundation. I bought the Full Coverage Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer on the IT Cosmetics website and it was the price of this entire TSV so I know this kit is a bargain. I’m so excited about this new addition that has everything I love about IT Cosmetics that you know I’ll be buying the kit even if it’s just to get this Illuminating Foundation. It’s available in 5 shades:it skintones
Every IT Cosmetics brush I’ve tried has been like a dream and this one sounds amazing too. There’s a brand new Heavenly Luxe Radiance Wand in this set.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe® Radiance Wand Brush

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe® Radiance Wand Brush

This brush is going to be perfect for the foundation and for what’s next…..

The Anti Aging Vitality Face Disc is everything you need – a matte bronzer, glowing highlighter and beautiful blush. Your complexion is set with these three products alone.

It Cosmetics Anti Aging Vitality Face Disc

It Cosmetics Anti Aging Vitality Face Disc

But there’s more (said in my best announcer voice)! It Cosmetics has several Luxe High-Performance Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Trios and they’ve created a new one just for this TSV. This will be your chance to own Pretty in Spring. The three shades are infused with IT’s special anti-aging ingredients that help blur any imperfections.

IT Pretty in Spring trio

IT Pretty in Spring trio

What’s an eyeshadow without a brush? Nothing… so the last item you’ll find in this TSV is the No-Tug® Dual Airbrush Eyeshadow Brush. This is a dual sided brush is soft as a kitten yet blends perfectly. As with all IT products it’s cruelty free. I find the most economical way for me to collect IT brushes is through their TSV kits. march tsv it

More good news, this entire kit is under $60 (but worth $172!!!) and QVC has lowered their shipping costs to just $3. No more high shipping and handling. I’ll be one of the first to order even though I own the Anti Aging Vitality Face Disc. I don’t have the other 4 items and I W.A.N.T. them. Don’t you?? — Marcia

*nothing to disclose other than lust

#ITCosmetics #ItGirl #QVCBeauty #YourRadiantSkin

If you want to learn more about IT Cosmetics and their TSV check out their social media

o   FB              http://qvc.co/CC_collectionTSV

o   TW            http://qvc.co/CCcollection_TSV

o   Web          http://qvc.co/-CCcollection-TSV

o   Email         http://qvc.co/CC-collection-TSV

o   Instagram     http://qvc.co/-CC-collectionTSV

The 5 product challenge for Makeup Wars

Makeup Wars 5 Product Face Challenge #beautyinfozone

Makeup Wars 5 Product Face Challenge #beautyinfozone

This week’s Makeup Wars is a 5 product challenge. The ladies involved seem to have different ideas of using 5 products so it will be especially fun to read everyone’s blog posts to see their interpretation. I took this pretty seriously and only allowed myself to use 5 products on my face. I did use some brushes too to accomplish my goal but I tried to keep that number low too.

Here’s my typical face:

*skincare of course

*I start with eyes and use an eyeshadow primer first, 3 eyeshadow shades (brow bone, lid, crease), eyeliner, mascara and eyebrows.

*For my face I’ll use 2 different concealers most days, foundation or CC Cream, loose powder or Mally Poreless Face Defender. Blush comes next and lips are last. For everyday lips I usually start with a balm and apply a lipstick straight from the tube. If I really want to take the time I’ll also use lipliner and gloss.

That total is 16 cosmetic products and a lot of skincare and brushes. Yep, I’m a high maintenance woman. (I love doing my makeup with that many products.)

Makeup Wars 5 product challenge plus brushes #beautyinfozone

Makeup Wars 5 product challenge plus brushes #beautyinfozone

My 5 product face includes:

Milani Fierce Foil liner in Brown, Bare Minerals Lash Domination mascara, IT Cosmetics CC+ Compact Cream with SPF 50, IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer, and Mineral Fusion Colorstick in Berry Glow.

I used the Milani Fierce Foil Eyeliner in Brown Foil for my entire eye. I started by using the MAC 242 brush and applying it on the lid. I blended it down so that it wasn’t that dark brown. I also used what was left on my brush and blended upwards so that I had a little bit of an ombre look. I lined top and bottom lash lines using the Paula Dorf Eyeliner brush and smudged it a little with the MAC 242. Last I used the amazing IT Cosmetics Eyebrow brush and did my eyebrows with the same Milani. There is some sparkle to the Fierce Foil eyeliner but it wasn’t over the top.

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeliner in Brown Foil

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeliner in Brown Foil

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeliner used for entire eye

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeliner used for entire eye

To finish my eyes I used Bare Minerals Lash Domination mascara which has been a favorite of late. So far I’ve used 2 products and 3 brushes so I was on a roll.

Bare Minerals Lash Domination

Bare Minerals Lash Domination

For my Face I used the other 3 products and no brushes. I started with IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye just under my eyes. The one I used is a favorite because one side is the Brightener and the other the Concealer. But I didn’t cheat and use the Brightener. Since IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream is a favorite I had no problem choosing the new compact. It applies like a dream and I don’t feel I need to powder over it.

It Cosmetics CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact

It Cosmetics CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact

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Mineral Fusion Berry Glow is a double duty product for me. It makes a beautiful blush that I blend with my fingers. Plus it can be used on my lips. I regret not using a lip brush and just using my finger when I took pictures though so my lips didn’t look quite as finished as I’d like.

Mineral Fusion Berry Glow

Mineral Fusion Berry Glow

Mineral Fusion Berry Glow

Mineral Fusion Berry Glow

I didn’t really have any problem picking out these items. They are all in constant use and pulled together well for a 5 product face.

What 5 products would you use? – Marcia


What are your favorite blushes for spring?

It’s blush time for Top Ten Tuesday. There are so many amazing blushes from low end to extremely high end. It’s easy to covet blush we don’t have but it’s a little disconcerting to open a drawer and find it crammed with blush. Does that stop me? No but I’m getting better. Here are 7 of my favorite blushes that I’ll be wearing this spring and 3 that are on a wishlist. What are your favorites? — Marcia
1425854102_rapture-resizeRITUEL DE FILLE in RAPTURE is the first of my wishlist blush. My blog partner had the opportunity to review this beautiful cream blush ($24) and it is so up my alley. I love this gorgeous pink and I love cream blush. Gloss48 picked a winner!

Rituel de Fille Rapture Blush

Rituel de Fille Rapture Blush

1425853994_0607845055037NARS ADORATION DUAL INTENSITY BLUSH ($45) has been on my wishlist since they were first announced. I love the sparkling baby pink and shimmering hot pink. Of all Nars’ blushes I know this is the one that would get the most use.
1425853888_62d56e5f-ce6e-4e12-9b1f-a87bf8e9c73a_90120.pngPAULA’S CHOICE BLUSH IT ON CONTOUR PALETTE seems to have it all. 4 blush shades, 1 bronzer and 1 highlighter. At $36 the price is right.The blush shades are Delicate Coral (vibrant peach), Peony (light to medium muted pink), Dusty Rose (medium pink with a hint of coral), and Soft Mauve (rich, medium berry-pink). The highlighter is Pearl and has a luminescent quality while the Bronzer is a warm brown. This is probably the next item I’d buy.

1425853814_head-over-heels-compact_2MAKEUP GEEK HEAD OVER HEELS powder blush ($9.99 pan, $12.99 compact). I have a few of the Makeup Geek blushes and they are packed with pigment. Head over Heels is the lightest of them all, it’s a soft bubblegum pink with a little shimmer. Great price and quality.
1425853732_2275337__detail_?1425853732L’OREAL VISIBLE LIFT BLUR BLUSH ($12.99) is available in 3 shades though I found it nearly impossible to locate in stores. Luckily Meijers had this in Soft Peach along with a $2 coupon so I scooped it up. The texture is very silicone like so it may not work for some people but I’m enjoying it. It uses an opti-blur technology and contains anti-aging benefits. I’m happy that it’s not fragranced. Soft Peach is a pinky peach and a lovely spring shade.

1425853644_chateau-cheeks-cream-blush-flirt-opencpt-.08oz-72dpiPUR MINERALS CHATEAU CHEEK CREAM BLUSH in FLIRT ($18) has stolen my heart. This cool pink that leans toward the blue side of the spectrum wears wonderfully, glides on, and dries down to a perfect finish. I love the blush in Coy too but Flirt is spring in a compact.
1425853584_secret-admirer_2MAKEUP GEEK BLUSH IN SECRET ADMIRER is the perfect spring blush. It’s a matte orchid that is packed with pigment. I keep a powder puff nearby since it can be intense but that intensity means it’s going to last all day. If I had to pick one MUG blush Secret Admirer would be the one.
1425853513_2268213__detail_?1425853513TARTE CHEEK STAIN in Blushing Bride ($24) is another pink favorite. The tarte cheek stains are unique in many ways and all the colors are gorgeous but it’s Blushing Bride that I’m currently craving for warmer weather.

Tarte Blushing Bride

Tarte Blushing Bride

1425853435_2264082__detail_?1425853435IT COSMETICS VITALITY BLUSH STAIN in Radiant in Rose ($24) is probably the most long lasting of any blush. It’s true to its name as a blush stain. It’s loaded with anti-aging ingredients and anti-oxidants. I love everything from IT Cosmetics and this blush stain is an example why. (Available at Ulta)
1425853344_tarina-tarantino-parasol-openTARINA TARANTINO DOLLSKIN BLUSH in PARASOL ($25) shouldn’t be a surprise to Beauty Info Zone readers. I chose it as my favorite blush of 2014 and it continues into 2015. I love this pinky peach shade more than any blush in my collection.

Click on the icons below to find out what products are making our bloggers blush this spring.


*some products have been provided for review, those are noted in the original review