Update on IT Cosmetic’s 1/19 TSV

IT Cosmetics It's a New Year, Most Beautiful Skin promo picture

IT Cosmetics It’s a New Year, Most Beautiful Skin promo picture

I’m sad to say that the IT Cosmetics TSV from January 19th is sold out. It is such a wonderful kit. I received one from PR but too late to show the products but I also bought one for myself that will soon be for my very excited sister.  Most of the products will be available individually though so I want to share my update with pictures.it january tsv card

There were 5 fabulous products that were new to the kit. I have the kit in Fair and it’s a great shade for my fair skin.

CC+ Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream –
I’ve been a fan of IT Cosmetic’s Concealers for years and I own them all. This fuller coverage concealer is a treat because of the packaging (and of course the product). The packaging is called Cold Spoon Technology and it’s a refreshing touch of cool when you apply it. Just don’t squeeze too hard since a little goes a long way. This blends in beautifully and lasts. Plus it’s giving much needed SPF 50+ coverage.

CC+ Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream

CC+ Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream

CC+ Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream

CC+ Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream

CC+ Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream in Fair

CC+ Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream in Fair

CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact is the product I was most anxious to try and it was definitely worth the wait. This isn’t the cushion product that we’ve started to see. It’s their wonder CC+ Cream in compact form. Push the button and the product comes out. I use the sponge it comes with to apply. It’s wonderful for packing and it’s wonderful because it’s a fabulous CC Cream.

CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact

CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact

CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact

CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact

CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact in Fair

CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact in Fair

CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder is a talc free hydrating powder. It is beautiful over every foundation I’ve tried it with but especially over IT’s CC Cream. Not all powders are light enough for me but this is whisper soft.

CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder

CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder

CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder  in Fair

CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder in Fair

The CC+ Angled Buffing Foundation Brush is the a terrific brush for the products in this kit and for all the other facial products I use. IT Cosmetic brushes are amazing and I wish I owned them all. Like all products from IT, they are cruelty free. If you read a lot of raves about them it’s because they are uniquely wonderful. This Angled Buffing brush is great for buffing in foundation as well as for use with a powder product. It’s also great for blending your blush so it looks seamless on your face.

CC+ Angled Buffing Foundation Brush

CC+ Angled Buffing Foundation Brush

CC+ Angled Buffing Foundation Brush

CC+ Angled Buffing Foundation Brush

Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill Lipstick ™ in LOVE.  What a pretty shade this is. Love is described by IT as a nude pink but I don’t find it to be nude at all. To me it’s a more universal sheer shade of a rose/pink. It’s formulated with nourishing ingredients that are meant to hydrate your lips: shea butter, jojoba, grape seed extract, cherry oil and hyaluronic acid.

Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill Lipstick ™ in LOVE

Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill Lipstick ™ in LOVE

Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill Lipstick ™ in LOVE

Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill Lipstick ™ in LOVE

You need to watch for these 5 items when they become available for purchase again. One of my favorite things about IT is when they have a TSV on QVC. The value is uncomparable.

IT’S A NEW YEAR, YOUR MOST BEAUTIFUL SKIN  collection

IT’S A NEW YEAR, YOUR MOST BEAUTIFUL SKIN collection

Don’t miss the next time IT has a collection like this. I know I won’t. — Marcia

*provided for review and also purchased a second one

To read more about these products see my previous article.

Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Cream Blush and Forbidden Lipstick

Ok, first of all, have you checked out Gloss48 yet?  Gloss48 is niche brand heaven.  They find the coolest indie brands then put them on mega sale for one week.  Take a look!  It is a beauty junkies dream come true.

Gloss48 recently sent us some Rituel de Fille to review in anticipation of the amazing sale happening this week.  A few months ago I read about this hip line on the beautiful Phyrra’s blog, Beauty for the Bold.  She loved the cream blushes and lipstick, and I was just itching to try them.  The itch has been scratched!

Rituel de Fille packaging

The Rituel de Fille packaging is pretty cool.  I like the simple, art deco type design and the accompanying stars.  While the packaging is plastic, it has heft and feels substantial.

Rituel de Fille Rapture Blush

Rituel de Fille Rapture Blush

Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Cream Blush in Rapture

Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Cream Blush in Rapture

The Inner Glow Cream Blush in Rapture ($24) is simply divine.  This is a peachy pink that looks like the flush you get after a quick jog.  The blush is very pigmented and the texture is velvety.  It goes on just a bit wet, then dries down to a soft dewy finish.  I like that this is a pan, not a pot, so it’s easy to use a brush with it.

Rituel de Fille Fortune Teller Lipstick

Rituel de Fille Fortune Teller Lipstick

Rituel de Fille Forbidden Lipstick in Fortune Teller

Rituel de Fille Forbidden Lipstick in Fortune Teller

The Forbidden Lipstick in Fortune Teller ($23) is a deep berry red.  It has a lot of warmth in it, and reminds me of Marsala, the Pantone Color of the Year.  This is a lipstick to pat on, not swipe on.  It feels like a matte stain, and even though it doesn’t have much slip it also doesn’t feel dry.  The color has great lasting power, and this shade in particular is great for layering for more drama.

My Rituel de Fille face of the day

My Rituel de Fille face of the day

Based on these two products, I think Rituel de Fille is one fantastic niche line.  Gloss48 has a really terrific sale going on this week, so now is the time to order yourself some instant indie coolness.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

The brights are “in” for 2015 with Gerard Cosmetics

Gerard Cosmetics All Dolled Up, Tequila Sunrise, and Cocoa Bean

Gerard Cosmetics All Dolled Up, Tequila Sunrise, and Cocoa Bean

If you want bright and highly pigmented lip products then head over to GERARD COSMETICS. The two lipsticks and one gloss they sent for review have some of the best pigmentation I’ve seen in years. I’m used to a nude lip so when I applied these the first time I was amazed at the vibrancy I saw. It took a while to get used to but then I couldn’t stop looking in the mirror.

Gerard Cosmetic lipstick

Gerard Cosmetic lipstick

The shiny gold tubes look like they’d weigh a ton but instead they are lightweight.

Gerard Lipstick in All Dolled Up

Gerard Lipstick in All Dolled Up

Since I’m always attracted to cool toned lipstick I started with All Dolled Up. This is the definition of “cool toned”. It’s a bright pink that’s just this side of fuchsia on me. The pigment is off the charts.

Gerard Lipstick in All Dolled Up

Gerard Lipstick in All Dolled Up

If you want a bright pink, go no farther than All Dolled Up.

But if you want a lipstick that’s warmer but not warm try Tequila Sunrise instead. On me it’s a pinky coral. In my swatches it looks more coral than it actually is.

Gerard Cosmetics Tequila Sunrise

Gerard Cosmetics Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise turns out to be my favorite of the two. I love that it has that touch of pink to soften the shade making it more flattering for my skintone.

Gerard Cosmetics Tequila Sunrise

Gerard Cosmetics Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise is a matte lipstick ($19). My lips are dry as the Sahara so I make sure that I’m well exfoliated and balmed up before applying. I like using either a gloss or Waxelene Lip Balm over it too.

Gerard Cosmetics Tequila Sunrise and All Dolled Up

Gerard Cosmetics Tequila Sunrise and All Dolled Up

The color doesn’t fade quickly but to refresh it either a light shade of gloss or a clear gloss does the job. If your lips aren’t as lined as mine then you can probably get an even longer wear from these by not topping them.

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Cocoa Bean

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Cocoa Bean

Gerard also makes the delightful Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses ($24) that my blog partner Lisa has written about several times. These glosses are made by Gerard but are also part of the Whitening Lightening line. The one I was sent is called Cocoa Bean and it has the most fun packaging ever.

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Cocoa Bean

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Cocoa Bean

As you can see it lights up when you open the tube. That helps a lot when applying color especially one as color saturated as Cocoa Bean is. It also has a mirror on the side to help you apply. It’s a brown with a touch of red to it. On some people it would be considered a dark nude lip. On me it’s intense and not an easy color to wear. But the formula is amazing and I’d love to wear some of the shades like Nude and Butter Cream.

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Cocoa Bean

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Cocoa Bean

Color Your Smile

Color Your Smile

At the recent award shows the fashion blogs were all raving about the more intense look on lips and how they are tired of the nude look. Gerard Cosmetics has the answer for that with their 7 lipstick shades and 24 lipglosses. Get ready, get set, shop!! — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

Are you ready for the Naked Truth? Cate McNabb is.

 

Naked Truth from catemcnabbcosmetics.com

Naked Truth from catemcnabbcosmetics.com

2014 brought a new cosmetic company that is a cruelty free and socially conscious line. Cate McNabb is a brand that is formulated without unnecessary chemicals and is paraben free. We were sent a lipstick to test out the brand and now I want to test more than just this one lipstick.

Cate McNabb Naked Truth

Cate McNabb Naked Truth

The shade I have is NAKED TRUTH which is described as a matte soft salmon. Altogether Cate McNabb has 20 lipsticks in different formulas like lustre, matte, satin, and frosted. Since I love a light lip look Naked Truth was the best choice for me personally although I think a lot of the shades would appeal to readers. Cate McNabb products are created with bold hues in mind.

Cate McNabb Naked Truth

Cate McNabb Naked Truth

Since Naked Truth is a matte formula, it’s drier than a satin would be. I have to make sure that my lips are well primed prior to wearing it. If I remember I’ll apply Waxelene early to soften my lips and then before applying Naked Truth I like to start with a balm.

Cate McNabb Naked Truth over lip balm

Cate McNabb Naked Truth over lip balm

It’s one of the longest lasting lipsticks that I have. I usually top it with a little bit of gloss since I’m not totally comfortable with a matte lip. It just takes a little to end up with a lush lip look.

Cate McNabb lip colors are infused with nourishing natural ingredients like shea butter, olive oil, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil, for bold and natural lips that always shine. Line, layer, love!”

I’m excited with this Cate McNabb discovery. There’s always room for quality cosmetics with great pigmentation that are cruelty-free. What a great way to start 2015. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

Makeup Wars – favorite lipstick of 2014

How do I pick just one lipstick? It’s not easy at all. I went through the ones I choose to wear the most and that were new to me in 2014. Next I tried to find the one that was the most unusual and not my typical color. And the winner?

Lipstick Queen "Let Them Eat Cake"

Lipstick Queen “Let Them Eat Cake”

LET THEM EAT CAKE is my only Lipstick Queen lipstick although Lisa has quite a few that she’s reviewed before. When I saw all this pink, I knew that this was the one that I wanted (press sample).

Lipstick Queen Let Them Eat Cake

Lipstick Queen Let Them Eat Cake

Let Them Eat Cake is a pinky lavender shade with a subtle golden pearl effect. A close up shows more sparkle since the camera magnifies the swatch.

Everything about this Lipstick Queen lipstick screams quality. The packaging alone is amazing. A pink sueded box holding a squared tube. When you pull this out, people notice. When you put it on, they notice more.

Lipstick Queen Let Them Eat Cake

Lipstick Queen Let Them Eat Cake

from lipstickqueen.com

from lipstickqueen.com

I love the wear of this whether I use it alone or put it over another lipstick. I find sometimes when I apply a lipstick it looks a little dull so out comes Let Them Eat Cake.

Let Them Eat Cake by Lipstick Queen (from polyvore.com)

Let Them Eat Cake by Lipstick Queen (from polyvore.com)

 

While Marie Antoinette never actually said “Let Them Eat Cake” it is a phrase that we’ve learned to be synonymous with owning the best for ourselves. And Lipstick Queen is the best.

I’m guessing my fellow Makeup War friends have chosen darker shades than I like but that’s what makes us so much fun – see the variety in the other posts. — Marcia

*press sample

Getting in the holiday groove with Glossybox December 2014 Subscription Box

Glossybox 2014 DecemberDecember is the holiday month and the December Glossybox has everything you need to be party ready. The Glossybox Subscription Box is $21 a month (or you can save more with a 3-month, 6-month or annual subscription.) Each box has a combination of deluxe and full size beauty products and the box that Glossybox sent to us for review this month is pretty impressive.

Glossybox 2014 December packaging

It only makes sense that the December Glossybox has a holiday theme. I adore the packaging, it is just beautiful. The box is adorable as well as sturdy and will definitely find its way under my tree this year. Once that gift is opened, I am taking my box back to reuse it again next year!

Glossybox 2014 December Subscription Box

Glossybox 2014 December Subscription Box

Four of the five items in this month’s box are full size, with a combined value of $94…pretty awesome for a $21 box. The products in the December Box are what you need for soft hands, skin, and hair, plus fabulously festive lips and nails.

Glossybox 2014 December Subscription Box takes care of skin, hair, and hands!

Glossybox 2014 December Subscription Box takes care of skin, hair, and hands!

Ritual Cosmetics Miracle Scrub in Ginseng & Ginko Biloba (full size, retails for $17):  I am so bad about wearing gloves…my hands always need a serious intervention. This is a scrub for hands (too fragranced for your face!) that does a wonderful job of leaving them soft and lightly scented.

Toni & Guy Prep Leave-In Conditioner (full size, retails for $17):  I have loved this conditioner for years because it gets rid of frizz and still leaves my hair bouncy. Most leave-ins are too heavy for my fine hair, but this stuff is the bomb.

NUXE Masque Creme Fraiche de Beaute (full size, retails for $32):  This mask has the most beautiful citrus scent, one that is light enough to work for skin care. It’s really amazing for dry, dehydrated winter skin. Great for after long holiday flights, too!

Holiday color in the Glossybox 2014 December Subscription Box

Holiday color in the Glossybox 2014 December Subscription Box

Bellapierre Cosmetics Mineral Lipstick in Burlesque (full size, retails for $20):  I only recently discovered the awesomeness that is Bellapierre Cosmetics – I reviewed the 5-in-1 Mineral Foundation HERE and the Mineral Blush, Lipstick, and Nail Polish HERE. The lipstick has natural waxes and mineral pigments, iron oxides and antioxidants including Vitamin C and Vitamin E. It is a creamy, smooth, highly pigmented lipstick. Burlesque is a fuchsia pink, but don’t let that scare you – this is a very wearable, festive pink that is party perfect.

Ciate Mini Nail Polish in All Aglow ($8)  I love mini nail polishes, and this one just screams ‘holiday’.  All Aglow is a golden shimmer with flecks of red – major holiday glam over a matte black polish!

The December Glossybox is a winner. Four great full size products plus a super cute mini, with a combined value that is over $70 more than what you pay for it. Gift yourself one of these before they are all sold out!! – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

*sent for editorial consideration 

Shades for a perfect nude lip

Nude lips 3The nude lip look is everywhere – it’s definitely not a trend that is going away any time soon!  I am always on the lookout for products that creat a perfect nude lip.  I have thin lips without much pigment, so I have to be careful the nude isn’t too white (makes me look like a zombie) or too brown (makes me look DOA).  Here are some products that were sent to the BIZ that together give a ton of different gorgeous nude lip looks.

Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter

Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter

1.  Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter ($15)  Are you surprised?  No, this doesn’t give lips a yellow cast…in fact, it doesn’t have any color at all. But this little pot is packed with antioxidants and vitamins, including Buriti, Brazil Nut, Andoriba, Maracuja, and Acai Oils, plus Cupaucu, Murumuru, and mango butters. This is a dual functioning lip treatment that can be used as either a light exfoliator or a lip moisturizer. It leaves lips healthy and flake-free, ready for liner and gloss. It comes in two flavors:  Laranja, a juicy citrus flavor, and Acai-Acu, berry chocolate.

beautyAddicts Luscious LipLiners in Glow and Express

beautyAddicts Luscious LipLiners in Glow and Express

2.  beautyAddicts Luscious Lips Lipliner ($16)  beautyAddicts Lipliner is a creamy, self-sharpening liner that locks in lip color and fights off feathering. Perfect base colors are Express, an earthy terracotta, and Glow, a natural peach. If these look familiar, you probably saw they were recently featured in Lucky Magazine!

The perfect prescription for nude lips

The perfect prescription for nude lips

3.  Gabriel Cosmetics Inc.’s Shades of Nude Lip Palette ($19.95)  This beautiful lipstick palette has removable pots and an accompanying lip brush. Ingredients include jojoba seed and aloe for mega moisturization.

Nude lips shade 1

The first pot has just a light nude tint with shimmer. This is awesome in the middle of lips to give depth and to make them look more lush.

Nude lips shade 2

The second pot is a pretty matte peach.

Nude lips shade 3

The third pot is a muted rose.

Nude lips shade 4

The fourth pot is a shimmery light grape.

Gabriel Cosmetics Shades of Nude Palette

Gabriel Cosmetics Shades of Nude Palette

These are all amazing on their own or layered to create a whole array of beautiful nude looks. They are lipsticks, so the staying power is great.

Shade of Nude Lip Palette swatched; plus Glow and Express Lipliner

Shade of Nude Lip Palette swatched; plus Glow and Express Lipliner

Yes, you can rock a nude lip, no matter how thin or thick your lips are!  Invest in Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter, beautyAddicts Luscious Lips Lipliner, and Gabriel Cosmetics Shades of Nude Lip Palette for everything you need to create a perfect nude lip.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration