6/25/16 IT Cosmetics has a Customer Favorites TSV #ITsYourCustomerFavorites

IT Cosmetics Customer Favorites 4 Piece CollectionWe can’t wait to tell you about the latest IT Cosmetics Collection!  The IT’s Your Customer Favorites! Four-Piece Collection set is available for one day only – today! – as a Today’s Special Value.  Here’s the overview:

Inspired by you, the IT Cosmetics™ IT’s Your Customer Favorites! Four-Piece Collection features two of your most-loved products, plus two new game-changers for your beautiful eyes, your beautiful smile, your beautifulyou!  Best-selling Tightline™ gets to the root of your lashes for instant definition, while IT Girl™ favorite CC+ Illumination™—supersized for the first time!—delivers full coverage and a radiant, lit-from-within glow. Also included is new Je Ne Sais Quoi™, a color-infused lip treatment that helps hydrate and revives the look of your lips with a hint of color.. And, because you deserve IT, new Heavenly Skin™ CC+™ Skin-Perfecting Brush does the work for you to create your most flawless complexion every time!

We love the items in this collection and the price is great at $72.50 for four excellent products.  Lisa does lips and eyes and Marcia does face!

LISA REPORTS IN:

IT Cosmetics Customer Favorites 4 Piece Collection

This collection features fan favorites and I am a huge fan of the Tightline™. This thin wand does some amazing things – it is the perfect mascara for lower lashes, and it also primes upper lashes for thickening mascara. What it does best, though, is tightline the upper lid.

IT Cosmetics Tightline™

IT Cosmetics Tightline™

IT Cosmetics Tightline™ Wand

IT Cosmetics Tightline™ Wand

I just lift my lid up a bit, then sort of wiggle the wand along the base. Tightlining was always a chore, but it’s unreal how easy it is with this awesome baby! Tightlining really defines eyes and makes them look incredible. In this pick, I have no eyeliner on – just tightliner and some mascara.

IT Cosmetics Tightliner

A new favorite for me is the Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment.  

Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment

Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment swatch

Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment swatch

I’ve been a big fan of all the Je Ne Sais Quoi™ lip products in the past and this one is a great addition. It’s not a lipstick, it’s a super hydrating lip balm that gives just a hint of color to lips. It really feels amazing on and gives a great slip to lips. I have extremely pale and colorless lips to begin with, so I wish this had even more of a tint, but anyone with a little natural color to their lips will love it. The packaging is superb. I love how the cap clicks into place so there is no chance this will come apart in your purse. Even the box is awesome – love the little inspiration message!IT Cosmetics

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What’s especially fun about this 4 piece collection from IT Cosmetics is that it’s a twist on favorites. There are new favorites and old favorites. My old favorite is the Supersize CC+ Illumination Color Correcting Illuminating Full Coverage Cream SPF 50+. Now that’s a mouthful.

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream

CC+ Illumination CC Cream has been a favorite of mine since last summer. I’ve been crazy about IT’s CC Cream since the very beginning and the Illuminating version makes it that much better especially in the sunnier months. This is an all-in-one product since it contains

*anti-aging serum

*a moisturizing day cream

*skin-perfecting primer

*skin-brightening serum

*color corrector

*full coverage

*SPF 50+ broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream in Fair

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream in Fair

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream in Fair

IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream in Fair

All this in a supersize 2.53 fl oz size. The normal size, 1.08 fl oz, is left behind in the dust with this supersize one. The original costs $38 so one more than double the size makes this an exceptional bargain when you realize the entire TSV costs $59.94. I love the application of this CC+ Cream as well as the coverage. It’s an all day deal for me plus Fair is truly fair. It’s also available in Light, Medium, Tan, and Rich. The lighter color sets sell out quickly though so grab it now.

My new favorite: Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush.

Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush

Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush

It’s almost an oxymoron to call something a favorite and say it’s new. But IT Cosmetics has a line of brushes that are not to be believed. This cruelty free brush has a custom cut brush head. The application of the CC+ Cream with this brush is definitely heavenly. The soft brush hugs the natural contours of your face. This brush gives me an airbrushed finish. To have this along with the IT Cosmetics Supersize CC+ Illumination Cream is perfection. You’ll use this brush over and over and over.

IT Cosmetics’ TSV will be available only on 6/25. The number of the set is A278194. Whenever we are lucky enough to share the TSV with you in advance we always worry that you won’t understand what a great value this is and how quickly it sells out. Be sure you don’t make us worry!!

Direct link for purchase HERE

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Shiny and glowy Makeup Wars

Makeup Wars time. It’s been a while since I shared my thoughts on MW and this time I’m only sharing half of the subject: bronzers and glowy items. I’m a glowy person (at times) and rarely bronze. Pale is okay around here though every once in a while a bronzer sneaks in the back door. Onto my most used “glows” lately.makeup wars glowy open

PAT McGRATH LABS, SKIN FETISH 003 NUDE

Don’t hate me because this is beautiful and s.o.l.d. out. It didn’t take long to sell out and when I reviewed it I warned you. At first I wasn’t sure if I’d made a mistake buying this or not but the powder is so pretty and so hard to resist. It also comes with a buffing brush (I don’t use it though) and a Shiny Stick highlighter and balm duo. This is here to remind us all, don’t underestimate Pat McGrath and don’t wait.

Pat McGrath Skin Labs Fetish 003 Nude powder

Pat McGrath Skin Labs Fetish 003 Nude powder

Pat McGrath Skin Labs Fetish 003 Nude Shiny Stick Highlighter and balm duo

Pat McGrath Skin Labs Fetish 003 Nude Shiny Stick Highlighter and balm duo

URBAN DECAY AFTERGLOW POWDER HIGHLIGHTER in AURA

With pink being my favorite color, when Urban Decay came out with the beautiful Afterglow Highlighters, I had to buy Aura. It’s pink perfection without being over the top. Aura is a light pink iridescent powder that gives me a radiant look. It’s subtle unless I build it up but I prefer using it as an all over glow applied lightly with a stippling brush or as a cheek highlighter over my blush. I like it on my browbone too so it’s getting more use than just as a highlighter. These are only $26 and not limited edition but that doesn’t mean that it’ll be around forever.

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter in Aura

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter in Aura

TOM FORD SKIN ILLUMINATING DUO in MOODLIGHT

The name of this duo is confusing at best. On Nordstrom’s website they call it Moonlight and I think I might have too when I first wrote about it. Even though Moodlight is $80, in the long run it’s saved me money. I often crave beautiful products that I don’t use often enough. This gorgeous powder duo reminds me I don’t need more. Described as “a soft white shade is like the luminous glow of daylight and a radiant golden shade is like the romantic illusion of candlelight. These lightly shimmering shades can be applied individually or layered together to create a multidimensional glow” Moodlight gives me the golden tones I want especially with complimentary eyeshadows.

Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Duo in Moodlight

Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Duo in Moodlight

IT COSMETICS BYE BYE UNDER EYE in ILLUMINATION

This might seem like an odd fit here and in a way it is. I’m a big fan of Bye Bye Eye and when I received this in Illumination (in Light) I wasn’t sure about it. I don’t really want anything shiny under my eyes. But this became a surprise favorite once I saw how much brighter my under eye area looked. I use it sparingly, unlike my swatch, after foundation is on. It contains Drops of Light Technology™ for added radiance and a lit-from-within glow. As with all IT Cosmetics facial products it has anti-aging ingredients. To top it off, it’s waterproof which certainly helps on these 90 degree days.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illuminating Concealer

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illuminating Concealer

SENNA BRILLIANT BRONZE BAKED MINERAL BRONZER & HIGHLIGHTER in DAWN

A bronzer isn’t on my face very often but every once in a while that paleness can get to me and I want to fit in with the crowd that worships bronzers. One of my favorites is by Senna which you just don’t hear enough about. Brilliant Bronze is available in three combinations: Dawn (light bronze & seashell pink highlighter), Sunset (deep bronze & golden highlighter), and Gold Star (sparkling yellow gold & champagne highlighter). It is a shimmery option which makes it bronze AND glowy. It’s a combination of warmth and illumination. I love the description that Senna gives: “This delicate mineral veil contains specially cultivated fresh water pearls with amino acids and proteins to hydrate and nourish skin, keeping it luxuriously soft and smooth.

Senna Brilliant Bronze in Dawn

Senna Brilliant Bronze in Dawn

While I have many more highlighters and even bronzers, these are the ones I wear these days. What about you? What are your favorites? —  Marcia

Join the Makeup Wars ladies that are bronze, glowy, and beautiful.


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IT Cosmetics has it all from Naturally Pretty Essentials to Confidence in a Cream

IT Cosmetics Confidence In A Cream and Naturally Pretty Essentials

IT Cosmetics Confidence In A Cream and Naturally Pretty Essentials

The IT COSMETICS lovers are back again to share two of IT’s newer products. We also have some exciting news since we just learned that week that IT Cosmetics will soon be available at Sephora making it so much easier to get this brand. We’re looking forward to the chance that they’ll have some Sephora exclusives. In the meantime we’ll be shopping at Ulta, QVC, and their website.

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IT Cosmetics is just branching out into skin care and we’re certainly happy since their cosmetics have always included anti-aging ingredients. Now we get it two ways. Speaking of anti-aging, their new Naturally Pretty Essentials Matte eyeshadow palette contains the same quality we’ve come to expect from them.

MARCIA and NATURALLY PRETTY ESSENTIALS

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials

What’s inside this pretty pink palette? You’ll see 6 matte eyeshadows along with a larger size transforming shadow. IT says you can get 13 shades out of these 7.

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials

The six shadow are all new colors for IT and they are full size. Since they are made by this stellar company they are infused with hydrolyzed collagen, real silk, peptides and proprietary No-Tug Technology. These are talc free so they glide on easily. The colors are a neutral lovers dream.

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials back of box

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials back of box

I didn’t find that they swatched well on my hand and I apologize for that. The 4 light shades all looked similar though they don’t on my eyes. But I wear them on my eyes so that’s what counts!

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials swatches

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Essentials swatches

The descriptions of the shadows are

• Imagine: Matte silk beige
• Wonder: Matte nude khaki
• Dream: Matte desert sand
• Passion: Matte nude taupe
• Intrigue: Matte earthy sepia
• Allure: Matte smoky gray
• Transforming Hello Light: Radiant pearl

 I find that the first shade, Imagine, has a slight pink undertone. Wonder is almost a pure white on my skin. My favorite is Intrigue, an earthy sepia, and I find it blends extremely well. Intrigue is the one shadow that takes it a step beyond matte; it looks more satiny. The first time I used Transforming Hello Light I applied it directly over Allure on my eyes. It changed Allure from a charcoal to a more blued version of it but I wasn’t crazy about that look. I’ve since learned to mix the colors together – I pick up each color on my brush and apply that as one. It blends better on my eye and gives the slight radiance that Transforming Hello Light was meant to have.

The Naturally Pretty Essentials palette ($28) is not only a great buy but one that will fill in any need in your eyeshadow wardrobe. I tend to buy shimmer and satin shadows but then I’ll need a matte for transition or my browbone and this is what I’m turning to. This palette is changing my thinking about matte eyeshadows since the application is so smooth and the wear is amazing over an eyeshadow primer.

LISA and CONFIDENCE IN A CREAM:

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream

I love the name of this product. Confidence in a Cream? Sign me up! Great skin and great hair definitely make me feel confident, so I couldn’t wait to dig into this jar to get some great skin going. What all does this day and night moisturizer do? It moisturizes thirsty skin, giving it a nice glow; it tackles skin texture and leaves it feeling smooth; it evens out skin tone; it reduces the look of pores. Sounds like great skin to me.

What’s inside that helps create all of these skin miracles? Something IT Cosmetics calls their Anti-Aging Armour Regenerative Concentrate.

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream

Anti-Aging Armour Regenerative Concentrate includes collagen, hyaluronic acid, peptides, ceramides, antioxidants and colloidal oatmeal. I love the texture of this incredible mix of ingredients. It’s thick and fluffy and it feels decadent when applied. It does have a scent that I can’t quite put my finger on…I don’t particularly like it, but it’s light and it dissipates quickly.

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream

Does it work?  Yes it does. IT Cosmetics did a clinical study and check out these results:

  • 100% said skin was soft, smooth & infused with moisture*
  • 97% said skin looked and felt rejuvenated*
  • 94% said skin felt younger and healthier*
  • 81% said pores appeared minimized, and fine lines & wrinkles appeared less noticeable*

*Results observed in a consumer panel survey.

Ulta has this beautiful cream in a travel size for $16 and in a 2 oz size for $48. Confidence in a Cream is a terrific moisturizer with an elegant formula that your face and décolleté will love, especially if you tend towards dry skin. Visit Ulta, QVC, and the IT Cosmetics website to get both confident and naturally pretty!

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IT Cosmetics Friends and Family Sale!!

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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