IT Cosmetics Friends and Family Sale!!

IT Cosmetics

If you read Beauty Info Zone, you know we love IT Cosmetics! Now is the time to buy, buy, buy since it’s the semi-annual Friends and Family Sale. Every IT Girl will find something, from palettes to sets to individual face products, all in a wide variety of shades, formulas, and categories.

Just go to www.itcosmetics.com and remember to use the offer code FRIENDS2016 for 25% off. The event runs through April 16, 2016 which means they actually extended the sale for a day!! Take advantage of this great sale, the earlier the better so you can get exactly what you are looking for.  Happy shopping!!!  Lisa

IT Cosmetics is back with a TSV – #ITsYourByeBye Collection

Excitement abounds whenever IT Cosmetics comes out with new products and especially when a QVC TSV is involved. The good news is that today, Friday March 25th, is the day for a new 5 piece collection. The better news is that 3 of these items are new and exclusive to this TSV for now. To top it off this 5 piece set is only $59.96. You won’t believe what you’ll receive for that price.

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IT Cosmetic It's Your Bye Bye Collection - QVC

IT Cosmetic It’s Your Bye Bye Collection – QVC

Brand new items include Under Eye Illumination, 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleanser, and Heavenly Skin Bye Bye Pores Powder Brush. You’ll also receive Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder and their newest blush Bye Bye Pores Airbrush Brightening Blush in Naturally Pretty.

IT Cosmetic It's Your Bye Bye Collection - QVC

IT Cosmetic It’s Your Bye Bye Collection – QVC

MARCIA’S trio of wonders:

Bye Bye Pores Blush, Heavenly Skin Bye Bye Pores Powder Brush, and Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder

Bye Bye Pores Blush, Heavenly Skin Bye Bye Pores Powder Brush, and Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder

I’ve chosen to tell you about the powders and brush that are in this TSV since I’m incredibly impressed with these. I purchased Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder shortly after it was released (review) and it’s a pleasure to have a new one especially with the brush that I’m going to be gushing about. This translucent powder gives an airbrushed finish when I swirl a brush over it to lightly finish my skin and set my makeup. It’s a wonderful powder to use with the new Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination in this kit.

Bye Bye Pores Airbrush Brightening Blush in Naturally Pretty is a dream color for me. In the compact it looks like a coral with a touch of pink but when applied it’s a beautiful salmon – pinky peach shade. This is highly pigmented so don’t go overboard. It blends perfectly. It’s buildable for those of you that need more pigmentation but for me it’s a perfect shade.

IT Cosmetics It's Your Bye Bye Collection

IT Cosmetics It’s Your Bye Bye Collection

I love that the Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder will blur my imperfections and the new Heavenly Skin Bye Bye Pores Powder Brush makes it even better. If you’ve ever experienced IT’s brushes then you know how wonderful they are. This powder brush though is the softest and most luxurious brush ever. If you are a brush fanatic like I am, you need this set even if it’s just for the brush. All I can say is OMG. I want to sleep with it. Even though I just want to brush this over my skin it’s so effective that I’ve given in to use it with the powder.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin Bye Bye Pores Powder Brush

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin Bye Bye Pores Powder Brush

Three perfect products but there’s more with LISA’S Dynamic Duo:

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup and Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup and Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination

I’ve always felt that if I have a great cleanser and a great concealer, I am pretty much set. Two of the new products in the #ItsYourByeBye Collection are in that ‘great’ category – in fact, they’re so awesome I think they are worth the collection price all by themselves.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup

The Bye Bye Makeup™ 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm is a unique take on a cleanser. It’s not a cream, it’s a solid that melts immediately with body temperature, and it’s applied to dry skin like cleansing oil. I was initially very conservative with it, just sliding my fingers across the top and then smoothing it on, but I finally realized that it was ok to ‘dig in’ and get a chunk. The cleanser has a nice, light citrus scent that is very pleasant and doesn’t hang around long.
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm

First and foremost, the 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm definitely cleanses! It takes off all makeup, including eye makeup, without the need for a separate makeup remover. Second, it is one heck of a moisturizer, leaving skin not only cleansed but also crazy soft and hydrated. The 3 in the 3-in-1?  It’s also an anti-aging skin serum. Normally, I think that any sort of treatment is wasted in a cleanser – after all, it’s getting washed off and going down the sink, right? But this one is activated as soon as it touches your skin, and it actually creates a sort of barrier keeping moisture in while also giving skin a glowy radiance. I have nothing but raves for this excellent paraben- and sulfate-free cleanser.
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination in Medium

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination in Medium

The second of my dynamic duo is the new Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination™ Full Coverage Anti-Aging Concealer. I am a long-time fan of the original Bye Bye Under Eye™, and this new version is the classic formula along with IT Cosmetic’s Drops of Light Technology™. It combines everything I love about the classic concealer – long wear, full coverage, skin-loving ingredients – along with a luminescence that helps it conceal blue and red areas to perfection.
I have the Medium shade swatched above. I used the tiniest bit of concealer – just a dot goes an incredibly long way. I find the best way to use this is to spread the concealer on the back of my hand as my body temperature helps to warm up the concealer so it spreads easily. Then I dot it on under my eyes and around my nose, continuing to gently pat to blend it in.
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Between Marcia’s trio of wonders and Lisa’s dynamic duo, the #ItsYourByeBye Collection is one quality quintet of products!  Today, Friday March 25th, is the only day for this awesome set at the incredible $59.96 TSV price. What are you waiting for? Head over to QVC now before it sells out!!
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Favorite setting products – powders and sprays

Do you have products that help you finish your makeup each day? That’s what Top Ten Tuesday is about this week. There are some great products available for this job and I’ve picked the favorites that I’ve used. When I’m done I hope you’ll share some of yours with me.

I have to start with IT COSMETICS since I talk about the brand all the time. The product that I’ve used up twice is IT COSMETICS BYE BYE PORES aka Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder. Once I discovered this powder I stopped using the drawer full I had from Laura Mercier, Kevyn Aucoin, and more. I still use those occasionally but they aren’t in my top ten! Silky soft and it does blur my pores just like it says it will.

Bye Bye Pores powder and puff

Bye Bye Pores powder and puff

Once they came out with Bye Bye Pores Airbrush Silk Pressed Anti-Aging Finishing Powder I had to buy that too.  This pressed powder is great for travel and on the go.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder

Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish Powder is fabulous. I love this powder and am currently on my second one. Powder takes forever and a day for me to finish so the fact that I’ve gone through one and a half jars of this speaks for itself. Diamond Finish sets my makeup, blurs my pores, and gives me a beautiful finish that isn’t matte.

Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish Powder

Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish Powder

One more loose powder in this group: Pixi Beauty Quik Fix Powder in Translucid wins for the best packaging as well as being a great powder. This is very lightweight and invisible on my skin. It contains great ingredients like aloe vera and cucumber extract to smooth along with grape extract which acts as an antioxidant.

Pixi Quick Fix Powder in Translucid

Pixi Quick Fix Powder in Translucid

Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender is really a cheat since it’s not a powder or a spray but it’s a staple in my cosmetic wardrobe. It has a very unusual texture and gives a matte finish. It’s wonderful for blurring fine lines and pores. There’s no dryness like powder can give.

Mally Beauty Poreless Face Defender

Mally Beauty Poreless Face Defender

Now on to the sprays. Skindinavia has two sprays that I have to recommend: Makeup Primer Spray and the Makeup Finishing Spray are both wonderful. Other brands like Urban Decay sell these but they are made by Skindinavia. The Primer Spray is just like it sounds. Spray this one after your skincare is on and it helps deliver a smoother finish for your foundation. The Finishing Spray is to be applied after all your makeup is on and it helps keep your makeup in place for the day. It’s especially great for being outdoors. They even make this in Oil Control and a Bridal version.

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

A much less expensive version is  Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Makeup Setting Spray at Walmart. This is only $6.30 compared to the $30ish prices of Skindinavia. It’s not bride proof but it’s a good way to see if a spray is for you.

Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Makeup Setting Spray

Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Makeup Setting Spray

When I was in the midst of hot flashes I relied on Youngblood Minerals in the Mist. I was at IMATS and I looked like someone had dropped a bucket of water on me. I was shopping at Youngblood and they recommended it in Refresh for me and it saved the trip. I carried it around with me to refresh my skin. I’ve since used it up but if I ever go through that misery again, I’d repurchase.

A few other bloggers have joined this week’s challenge. I’m interested in learning more. Are you? — Marcia


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Makeup Wars shines with favorite Highlighters and Illuminators

Favorite highlighters & illuminators from Tom Ford, Hourglass, IT Cosmetics, Becca

Favorite highlighters & illuminators from Tom Ford, Hourglass, IT Cosmetics, Becca

MAKEUP WARS is sharing some of the highlighters and illuminators that make us twinkle and shine, that make us glimmer and shimmer, that make us excited to be women in 2016.

Not every one of my highlighters is shown here, just the 3 newest and one all time favorite. There are many more that I really like but some just stand out more than others. Introducing 4 of mine: TOM FORD MOODLIGHT, HOURGLASS AMBIENT IRIDESCENT STROBE LIGHT, IT COSMETICS HELLO LIGHT CREME ILLUMINATOR, and BECCA MOONSTONE.

Tom Ford Skin Illuminator Powder Duo in Moodlight

Tom Ford Skin Illuminator Powder Duo in Moodlight

Tom Ford Skin Illuminator Powder Duo in Moodlight ($80) is one gorgeous illuminator. I resisted this for so long but the more I read about it and saw photos the more I desired it. This is amazingly subtle even if the photo doesn’t look that way. You are able to control the amount of illumination, easily building it up from an understated amount that brightens and lightens your face to a shimmery amount that gives more of a bronzing highlight. Tom Ford Moodlight (sometimes seen as Moonlight on a website) can be used separately or together. Use a big fluffy brush for an all over sweep of illumination or a blush brush to emphasize certain areas of your face.

Hourglass Ambient Iridescent Strobe Light

Hourglass Ambient Iridescent Strobe Light

There are 4 different Hourglass Ambient Strobe Powders. I chose Iridescent since it has a touch of pink that the others I’ve been using lack. Hourglass Ambient Iridescent Strobe Light is described as an illuminating pink powder imparting a soft highlight. I have very fair cool toned skin and I thought this would add enough brightness without being overwhelming. And I was right. This is subtle yet lights up my face. The powder is angel soft to the touch yet doesn’t ever look powdery on me.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone ($38) is the golden highlighter that I have. I bought a set that contained a travel size of Moonstone and it was one of the best buys I made. Moonstone, one of 7 shades, is a pale gold. It is slightly sparkly so it’s not a daytime look for me. I prefer to apply this with my fingers instead of a brush. It has an almost creamy finish to it so my fingers pick up this very soft powder and I find that my face is more luminous when used this way. The formula is enriched with ultrafine luminescent pearls. If I had to pick one brand for highlighting and illuminating it would be Becca. They really do stand out in this field.

Becca, Hourglass, Tom Ford swatches

Becca, Hourglass, Tom Ford swatches

As someone who favors cream products I couldn’t leave out IT COSMETICS ($24). They’ve created two Hello Lights! Anti-Aging Illuminizers – Powder and  Creme. I love them both but IT Cosmetics Hello Lights Anti-Aging Creme Illuminizer is my favorite.

IT Cosmetics Hello Lights Anti-Aging Creme Illuminizer

IT Cosmetics Hello Lights Anti-Aging Creme Illuminizer

Besides having wonderful anti-aging and hydrating ingredients (infused with peptides, hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed collagen, silk and vitamins A, C, & E), it gives such a subtle and luminous glow. It’s perfect for spot highlighting like at the top of your cheekbones, above your eyebrows, and the cupid’s bow of your mouth. It’s a lit from within look and one I use often.

There are dozens more highlighters and illuminators that I enjoy using. Adding a bit of a liquid highlighter into foundation gives a beautiful dewy look, using an illuminating primer like COVER FX does all the work for you. Just don’t go without at least one of these wonderful products in your makeup collection.

Do you have a favorite in this category? Dare I ask what it is?  — Marcia


IT Cosmetics Secret Sale

it cosmetics sale

IT COSMETICS is rewarding their loyal IT Girl email subscribers with exclusive access to a private sale, an event that you DEFINITELY don’t want to miss. The sale will be a combination of palettes, sets, and individual face products, in a variety of shades, formulas, and categories – there’s going to be something for every IT Girl!

The assortment available is subject to change throughout the entire event and is only available while supplies last. It says the sale ends on March 7th but things you want may sell out quickly.

Beauty Info Zone is definitely IT Girl crazy!!

Superhero Mascara from IT Cosmetics comes to the rescue

Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for: National Lash Day!! The day to show the world just what our lashes look like or maybe the day to finally discover what your lashes could look like. Don’t you want a mascara that is volume-boosting, lengthening, and ultra conditioning? Don’t you want a mascara that envelopes your lashes in a black cape of power and color? Don’t you want your lashes to be the strongest, longest, thickest and most defined lashes? That’s why SUPERHERO MASCARA from IT Cosmetics will come to your rescue.

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it cosmetics superheroLet’s talk about how these superheroes help our lashes. We’ll start with Superman: “Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.” SUPERHERO ELASTIC STRETCH VOLUMIZING MASCARA has some of Superman (or Supergirl’s) powers. It takes your lashes to new heights as it takes a single bound to lengthen and volumize your eyelashes. Superman would be proud to prove how tall your lashes can look. This mascara gives me the definition and length that I look for when I’m wearing mascara.

IT COSMETICS Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

IT COSMETICS Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

Batman and Robin have made sure to cover your IT Cosmetics Superhero lashes with a black cape of power and color. There’s never a moment to say “Come on, Robin, to the Bat Cave! There’s not a moment to lose!” in order to redo your mascara. This lasts the entire day without flaking or smudging. IT’s Superhero is the blackest of black, just as Batman would prefer. Holy Blackness Batman.

IT COSMETICS Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara wand

IT COSMETICS Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara wand

Then there’s Spiderman who wraps your each lash with the proprietary Elastic Stretch Technology. He spins that web to boost the volume using peptides and proteins, strengthening biotin, lash lifting polymers and plumping collagen. “Go web. Fly. Up, up, and away web! Shazam! Go! Go! Go web go! Tally ho!”

IT COSMETICS Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

IT COSMETICS Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

All fun aside, this is one terrific mascara. My lashes have looked terrific for the last few months that I’ve used this. It gives me everything I want without clumping or flaking. It’s buildable although I only do two full coats. It lasts the entire day keeping my lash curler curl in place. It’s easy to remove and I don’t end up with mascara all over my face when I do it. The mascara is $24 and available at the itcosmetics.com website, Ulta and Ulta.com and in a duo on QVC.

It Cosmetics Superhero mascara

It Cosmetics Superhero mascara

It Cosmetics Superhero mascara

It Cosmetics Superhero mascara

Make a difference – to your eyes – on National Lash Day with Superhero. — Marcia

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INGREDIENTS:

AQUA/WATER/EAU, CERA CARNAUBA/COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX/CIRE DE CARNAUBA, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, ORYZA SATIVA CERA/ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) BRAN WAX, HYDROGENATED OLIVE OIL STEARYL ESTERS, ALCOHOL DENAT., PALMITIC ACID, STEARIC ACID, TRIETHANOLAMINE, ACACIA SENEGAL GUM, CANDELILLA CERA/EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX/CIRE DE CANDELILLA, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, VP/VA COPOLYMER, AMINOMETHYL PROPANEDIOL, POLYVINYL ALCOHOL, CHLORPHENESIN, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, GLYCERIN, ASCORBIC ACID, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, BIOTIN, EQUISETUM ARVENSE EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED COLLAGEN, OLEA EUROPAEA FRUIT OIL, PERSEA GRATISSIMA OIL, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS SEED OIL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, PANTHENOL, HYDROLYZED KERATIN, SERENOA SERRULATA FRUIT EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, BIOTINOYL TRIPEPTIDE-1, IRON OXIDE (CI 77499).

 

Beautylish Mystery Lucky Bag – I love it, would you? #luckybag2016

Beautylish Lucky Bag 2016

Beautylish Lucky Bag 2016

I’m sorry but you can’t have this so I apologize in advance but I’m so enamored with this Lucky Mystery Bag from Beautylish that I had to share it so you can take advantage of this next year.

In December 2015 I received an email from Beautylish that their Mystery Bag was on the way and to put my name on the waiting list. As soon as it became available to order I did so and this beautiful package arrived in early January. Beautylish does this once a year and the cost is $75 plus $5 shipping to the US. It’s available to other countries but the shipping charge would be higher. I first noticed this in 2014 and was sorry I hadn’t participated so last year I jumped on it and purchased the mystery bag (see my review here). Obviously I did again. I’m overjoyed with this purchase since my products are outstanding.

Beautylish Mystery Lucky Bag 2016

Beautylish Mystery Lucky Bag 2016

What makes this even more special is that everything in the package are new products that are for sale on Beautylish and other websites. It’s not outdated items, they are all things you’d buy in a heartbeat. I’ve seen a few blog posts on the bag and while no one received the same exact products, every one I read was wonderful.

This year’s Mystery Bags was called the Lucky Bag in honor of a Japanese New Year’s custom. Fukubukuro is a Japanese New Year custom in which merchants and retailers make grab bags filled with unknown random contents and sell them on a substantial discount. They’re called “lucky bags” or “mystery bags”.” My Lucky Bag has a value of $162 which is 2X what I paid.

What’s inside? Let’s start with BECCA OMBRE ROUGE EYESHADOW PALETTE ($40)

Becca Ombre Rouge Eyeshadow Palette

Becca Ombre Rouge Eyeshadow Palette

Becca Ombre Rouge Eyeshadow Palette

Becca Ombre Rouge Eyeshadow Palette

This is one of Becca’s most sought after eyeshadow palettes. The five coordinating shades are all warm colors. The texture of these shadows is phenomenal. I sent this to a good friend since it’s too warm for me and I could practically see her jumping up and down from afar.

KEVYN AUCOIN THE MATTE BRONZING VEIL in DESERT DAYS  ($48)

Kevyn Aucoin Matte Bronzing Veil

Kevyn Aucoin Matte Bronzing Veil

Kevyn Aucoin Matte Bronzing Veil

Kevyn Aucoin Matte Bronzing Veil

You are reading this from a very pale woman who rarely uses a bronzing powder but this is the exception to the rule. There are two shades of this incredibly silky bronzer and I’m so lucky that I received the lightest one. I can use this for the subtle type of contouring I like, a subtle bronzer, or a blush.

Kevyn Aucoin Matte Bronzing Veil in Desert Days

Kevyn Aucoin Matte Bronzing Veil in Desert Days

WAYNE GOSS brush 05  ($20)

Wayne Goss brush 05

Wayne Goss brush 05

Wayne Goss brush 05

Wayne Goss brush 05

What makes this most exciting for me, besides the fact that I adore brushes and Wayne Goss brushes, is that I really wanted this brush. 05 was in their original set of brushes but they’ve revamped it and this is the new improved version. It’s a detail brush that works on lips and lids. I may have a ton of brushes but this is fabulous and I’m thrilled.

RMS BEAUTY LIP & SKIN BALM ($25)

rms beauty skin & lip balm

rms beauty skin & lip balm

rms beauty lip & skin balm

rms beauty lip & skin balm

rms beauty is a beauty lovers secret. It’s not a brand that’s talked about that often but it’s the real thing. It’s a cruelty free organic brand with the best products. I’m lusting after their Living Luminizer and one of these days I’ll take the plunge. The Lip & Skin Balm is available in two scents – Simply Vanilla and Simply Cocoa. I received Simply Vanilla which has a light vanilla scent. I love it. I wish it wasn’t a pot but I use it at home. “RMS Beauty Lip & Skin Balm is made of superior food-grade biologically active ingredients that support natural skin functions, giving you a visibly healthier appearance. Each ingredient in this must-have skin-rejuvenating formula has been carefully selected for its traditional healing abilities. Use regularly to heal, protect and hydrate skin, soften fine lines and give skin a smooth texture.”

BIODERMA SENSIBIO MICELLAR WATER (mini size $6.95) and IT COSMETICS HELLO LASHES MASCARA ($24)

Biorderma Sensibio Micellar Water and IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes

Biorderma Sensibio Micellar Water and IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes

As if the Lucky Mystery bag could get any better, there were two of my very favorite products in it. I’ve purchased both over and over. Having the travel size of the Bioderma Micellar Water is fabulous. I love this size for travel and for home use. And do I have to extol the virtues of IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes or have you heard me talk about it at least a dozen times before? These two are staples in my life and I am thrilled to find them in my bag.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O (also known as Créaline H2O) is a no-rinse micellar cleanser and makeup remover specially formulated for sensitive, normal to dry skin types. It can even remove water-resistant face and eye makeup! A soothing emollient thanks to cucumber extract, it clears up irritated skin and produces a feeling of instant freshness. Fragrance-free, alcohol-free, paraben-free, and hypoallergenic.”

The quality products that Beautylish sent are beyond my wildest dreams. It’s hard to put out $75+ and not know what you are getting but as you can see Beautylish came through. Sign up for Beautylish emails so that next December you can get on the list too. Which products in here would you be excited to own?  — Marcia

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