IT Cosmetics makes me happy AND confident. Confidence in a Cream, Confidence in a Compact, and Skin Soothing Complexion Brush

It CosmeticsLately I have been using a great combination of products that have made my skin super happy…which then helps my confidence in general.  My trio includes IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream, Confidence in a Compact, and the Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush.

IT Cosmetics 2IT Cosmetics sent me a whole slew of shades of the Confidence in a Compact, as well as the cream and brush, which is what got me onto my quest for confidence.  Here’s some general info and what I find works so well for me.

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a CreamIT Cosmetics Confidence in a CreamConfidence in a Cream™ is a day and night moisturizer that seems to do everything. 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.

What’s inside to help create all of these skin miracles is a little something IT Cosmetics calls their Anti-Aging Armour Regenerative Concentrate.Anti-Aging Armour Regenerative Concentrate, which 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.

I find that when I use this in the morning (and I never forget to also apply this liberally to my décolleté) I don’t need a primer, especially when I use the Confidence in a Compact as my foundation.

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Fair

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Fair

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Medium

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Medium

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Medium

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Medium

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ is a solid serum foundation that provides all the benefits of the Confidence in a Cream Moisturizer with a full coverage foundation. Plus, it has full sun protections with SPF 50+ UVA/UVB physical sunscreen.

This serum/foundation comes in seven different shades:
  • Fair: porcelain skin; fairest of the fair
  • Light: if you have a bit more warmth to your skin
  • Medium: light to medium skintones
  • Medium Tan: if you have a warm or golden-medium skintone
  • Tan: tan skintones
  • Rich: tan to rich skin with golden tones
  • Deep: rich to deep skin with a warmer tones

There is a learning curve with this foundation.  At first I was using way too much, and it settled into my fine lines and wrinkles.  This is such a rich foundation that you only need a small amount.  Start with a tiny bit and then build from there.  The right amount buffed in properly gives me incredibly glowy skin with an even skin tone.  To buff it in, I use my third find from IT Cosmetics – the Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush

IT Cosmetics Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush

This brush is wonderfully soft, but it has enough density to keep it firm.  The cut is excellent – it buffs the foundation into every nook and cranny, hugging the contours of your face so the end result is darn close to an airbrushed look.  The foundation compact comes with a sponge, but I recommend using the Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush for the absolute best results.

I am loving these three complexion confidence boosters from IT Cosmetics — what are some of your favorites?  – Lisa

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Beating the winter dry skin blues with Korres Greek Yoghurt Sleeping Facial

Korres Greek Yoghurt Sleeping FacialI can’t tell you how much dry skin drives me CRAZY. The older I get, the worse it gets…the dry patches, the itchiness, and then to make matters worse – the occasional break out. Ugh. I want plump, hydrated skin that isn’t flaky and doesn’t emphasize wrinkles and fine lines. Korres sent me a beautiful ‘sleeping’ facial mask that has all the hydration my poor stressed out skin needs – the Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial ($45).

Korres Greek Yoghurt MaskA sleeping facial is a hydrating mask that you apply after cleansing and treatments at night. It’s like a very serious moisturizer that sinks in all night long, providing a huge dose of vitamins and hydration to dry, thirsty skin. The Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial is a thick, fluffy moisturizer that has a yoghurt base, which is incredibly soothing to skin. It also has tons of vitamins C and E, great antioxidants that work wonders overnight. Added moisturizers include jojoba oil, aloe, beeswax, and hyaluronic acid. I slather this on at night and it doesn’t look like a mask – it soaks right in – but it continues to work as I sleep, and I see a big difference the mornings after I use this.

This has a light fragrance that might bother some, but I find that is dissipates quickly. I totally love what it does for my skin, and in addition to my face and neck I have been putting it on my hands. I can’t tell you how amazing it is to wake up to soft, hydrated, younger looking skin — who doesn’t want that??

I highly recommend the Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial for beating the winter skin blues. You can find it at high end department stores and online at Sephora.  – Lisa

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Appriya Transformative Skincare introduction with a giveaway

Appriya Transformative Skincare, Mineral products

Appriya Transformative Skincare, Mineral products

We’d like to introduce you to APPRIYA, a skincare brand that Beauty Info Zone was sent to test. The happy news is that the company sent us several of their best products for a giveaway. We love spoiling our readers with giveaways and we love testing and learning about a company as unique as Appriya.

Appriya is different than the other products we use because it’s based on water. Not just any water though but the untouched mineral waters that create the basis of their line.

Appriya water is rich in restorative natural nano like particles. These biodegradable nano like particles dissolve into the skin, enhancing the efficiency of each product’s active ingredients and ensuring a perfect and even application of every cream, serum and tonic.The skin absorbs the minerals from our water to detoxify the complexion, reduce inflammation, boost moisture retention and supplement collagen and elastic fibers for healthier skin. Bursting with the optimal balance of ionic dissolved minerals, Appriya water offers the most hydration and moisture with its neutral pH and biodegradable properties.
 There are 5 products in the Appriya mineral line and all contain silica. Silica has many properties that fortify and nourish our skin, nails, and hair. It invigorates collagen and boosts the elastin that’s deep within our skin.
MARCIA shares Appriya Mineral Tonic, Mineral Complex Serum and Delicate Zone Mineral Serum while LISA shares Appriya Mineral Cleansing Mousse and Comprehensive Mineral Day and Night Cream
Appriya Mineral Cleansing Mousse and Comprehensive Mineral Day & Night Cream
Appriya Mineral Tonic and Mineral Serums

Appriya Mineral Tonic and Mineral Serums

APPRIYA MINERAL CLEANSING MOUSSE

Appriya Mineral Cleansing Mousse Appriya Mineral Cleansing Mousse

($59.00)  I absolutely love this cleansing mousse. It has coconut and fruit sugars which help dissolve oil and dirt, along with vitamin E to help protect skin. The mousse is beautiful foamy goodness that works great with my Luna. I have tons of cleansers but I reach for this one all the time. Ingredients include: Coco Glucoside, which is derived from coconut and fruit sugars and provides hydration and helps maintain skin elasticity while controlling oil production. Allantoin, which is derived from the Comfrey Root-this botanical extract is an excellent soothing and healing agent. Vitamin E, which is a nutrient and antioxidant that defends against free radicals and other environmental damaging effects.

APPRIYA MINERAL TONIC

Appriya Mineral Tonic

Appriya Mineral Tonic

The secret to Appriya Mineral Tonic lies in the Appriya water that’s in every Appriya product. The water is pure and untouched but gathers its essence by the way it flows across ancient marble where it becomes enriched with silica and hydrogen peroxide.

The ingredients within are what makes this a unique toner: Cucumber Fruit Extract, Lactic Acid, Mushroom Extract, Niacinamide, Fermented Soy, and Vitamin C. Each has a job but combine to make sure that your skin remains calm and hydrated. The Niacinamide helps with acne even. The formula refines your skin’s texture and adds to the hydration level. I use this mostly at night to make sure that the remainder of my cosmetics are removed leaving my skin more hydrated. There’s a very light fragrance that’s gone quickly.

APPRIYA COMPREHENSIVE MINERAL DAY & NIGHT CREAM

Appriya Comprehensive Mineral Day & Night CreamAppriya Comprehensive Mineral Day & Night Cream

($189.00)  This is pretty spendy, but hey – it’s infused with colloidal gold! This ingredient plus a host of others create a truly elegant formula that does everything good you could wish for in a skin cream: boosts elasticity, fades wrinkles, evens skin tone, soothes skin and plumps it up. Check out all this goodness:  Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), which helps even skin tone, improves skins moisture and reduces the appearance of acne. Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parki), embodied with Vitamins A and E, moisturizes the skin and reduces inflammation. Glycolic Acid, which treats acne and oiliness, diminishes blackheads, minimizes pores, and reduces fine lines. Hibiscin Seed Extract (Hibiscus Esculentus), which strengthens weak skin, and has a strong immediate tensor effect. Colloidal Gold, which helps firm skin and reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Evening Primrose Seed Extract (Oenothera Biennis), which improves acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, which stimulates collagen and elastin fibroblast to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

I am very impressed with this beautiful moisturizer and I know you will be too!

APPRIYA MINERAL COMPLEX SERUM

Appriya Mineral Complex Serum

Appriya Mineral Complex Serum

While there are two serums from the Mineral line they are used for different purposes. Mineral Complex Serum is a great facial serum that’s especially good for dry skin. The ingredients are extremely hydrating and nurturing. Aloe, Horse Chestnut Extract and Niacinamide are the hydrating ingredients along with Appriya Water. These are native Thai elements that have been recognized to reduce redness, to calm and to soothe. The Niacinamide helps balance the moisture content so you look more radiant.

Appriya Mineral Complex Serum

Appriya Mineral Complex Serum

But there’s more!! Coconut Oil, Lotus Flower Extract and Evening Primrose Seed Extract are all indigenous to Thailand and work together to diminish wrinkles and give you a brighter and more balanced skin tone. It’s very lightweight and doesn’t take long to be absorbed into your skin; as you can see from the ingredients there is a light floral fragrance that is appealing.

APPRIYA DELICATE ZONE MINERAL SERUM

Appriya Delicate Zone Mineral Serum

Appriya Delicate Zone Mineral Serum

Delicate Zone Mineral Serum is almost as nourishing as Mineral Complex Serum but it’s intended for different areas. The work accomplished is the same in both as they help to rejuvenate, pamper and restore radiance. Delicate Zone can be used near your eyes, on your neck and decollete. I’ve used it on my face too actually.

Appriya Delicate Zone Mineral Serum

Appriya Delicate Zone Mineral Serum

As well as the Appriya water it contains Anti-Aging Plant Stem Cells that are derived from Apple Fruit Cell Culture Extract – powerful anti-oxidants that help diminish fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains Squalene that helps fight free radicals and smooth the look of fine lines. The Squalene is plant derived unlike others. Follow the two serums with the Comprehensive Day & Night Cream for maximum benefit.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: One US subscriber will win both the Cleansing Mousse and the Day & Night Cream. In addition they will win one of the two serums of their choice. Another subscriber will win the second serum. Because of the weight we have to make this a US only giveaway. To enter you have 2 requirements: subscribe by EMAIL to Beauty Info Zone and comment. All other items in the Rafflecopter give you more chances to win, especially with Twitter since you can do that daily. This giveaway ends on 1/30/17 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Remember you can’t win if you aren’t honest!

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Got wrinkles? Get retinol. NIA24 Intensive Retinol Repair

I have a birthday coming up and while I love birthdays I don’t love the wrinkles that seem to come with every one the past few years. My favorite wrinkle-fighting ingredient is retinol, so I jumped at the chance to test the NIA24 Intensive Retinol Repair ($130).          pr sampleNia 24 Intensive Retinol Repair
This moisturizing serum combines retinol with niacin, which actually helps speed up the process of retinol treating skin while also preventing any irritation. It also has sodium hyaluronate for major hydration, which plumps up skin and gives immediate gratification against wrinkles.Nia 24 Intensive Retinol RepairNia 24 Intensive Retinol Repair
  • Continuous, deep delivery of Pro-Niacin® strengthens the skin barrier.
  • Pro-Niacin® is clinically shown to visibly improve skin tone, texture and hyperpigmentation.
  • Retinol increases cell turnover and collagen to improve texture, tone, smoothness, firmness.
  • Botanical Complex of Enteromorpha Compressa Extract (seaweed) and Caesalpinia Spinosa Gumactive promote a stronger dermal matrix that minimizes wrinkles.
  • Hexapeptide stimulates high quality collagen with peptides to fight wrinkles.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate is a potent humectant that hydrates skin and locks in moisture.

Nia 24 Intensive Retinol RepairI find the NIA24 Intensive Retinol Repair to be gentle and very effective. The packaging is perfect for keeping the efficacy of the retinol and while it increases cell turnover it doesn’t leave skin dry or irritated. This is about as perfect as a retinol product gets.

If your birthday count is now also competing with your wrinkle count, I highly recommend you try a retinol product – and the NIA24 Intensive Retinol Repair is a fantastic way to go.  – Lisa

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Start the year with RoC®Retinol Correxion and a 2017 giveaway

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We want to make sure 2017 starts on the right foot and we know that RoC® Retinol Correxion
products will do just that for you. Beauty Info Zone is proud to be part of the RoC® blogger team and use these products as part of our skincare life. RoC® sent us some items for 2017 and is sending these same products to two of our US subscribers. Read on to see what you can win.     #gotitfree

RoC® Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily MoisturizerLisa reminds us:  If you love retinol and you have dry skin you will love the RoC® Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer ($23). It has Broad Spectrum SPF 30 to protect skin from the harmful rays of the sun, and the packaging is perfect for keeping the ingredients effective.   RoC® Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily MoisturizerRetinol is an incredible ingredient for fighting fine lines and wrinkles. RoC says, “Retinol is the #1 dermatologist recommended cosmetic age-fighting ingredient. A derivative of Vitamin A, retinol works to unclog pores, boost collagen to reduce fine lines, and speed cell turnover to even out discolorations and smooth the skin.”RoC® Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily MoisturizerRoC® Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer

RoC® scientists were the pioneers who developed the correct packaging that is needed to keep retinol stable and effective. Two of my most favorite retinol products are both their day cream and their night cream (Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream). The Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer is perfect for those with normal to dry skin. The cream is smooth and sinks in quickly, leaving a satin finish. This elegant lotion has a terrific texture that rivals day moisturizers that are ten times the cost.

RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream

RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream

Marcia reminds us:  Everyone needs an eye cream. In my opinion it is never to early to start using one therefore RoC® Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream is easy to recommend to any of our readers.  This non-greasy eye cream works for me day or night. It doesn’t interfere with my makeup especially mascara. It dries down quickly and easily.

RoC® Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream

RoC® Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream

With regular use you’ll find that within a few weeks that puffiness and those dark circles that we all complain about will be significantly reduced. The longer you use it the more results you’ll see especially with fine lines and crows feet. It’s an affordable addition to your skincare regime and one that will help you start 2017 off properly.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATIONRoC® will be sending two of our US subscribers all three of the products seen today. Therefore you’ll have great skincare to make sure that 2017 doesn’t take a toll on your face. As usual the 2 requirements for a giveaway are to be an email subscriber to Beauty Info Zone and make a comment. All other entries are extras to give you more of a chance to win. The giveaway is open through 11:59 p.m. EST on 1/23/17. If comments (Speak Your Mind) close early please email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it RoC Skincare, click “I commented” and you can move on.

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Bestselling skin care by Pixi Beauty

Pixi BeautyI am very familiar with the color cosmetics from one of the most adorable cosmetics lines, Pixi Beauty. However, Marcia raves about the skin care so I decided to test four of Pixi’s best sellers. Do these cute Pixi Skintreats lives up to their adorable packaging?                                                                                                                             samples

Pixi Beauty Sleep Cream

Beauty Sleep Cream ($30) is a fast-absorbing, nutrient-rich nighttime essential helps to protect, nourish, and hydrate skin while you sleep. With 100% natural mango butter, plus oils of lavender, lemon & bergamot, this cream calms and balances skintone.

This is a very nice nighttime moisturizer, particularly for very dry skin. This winter has been brutal for me so far…the dry indoor heat makes my skin feel like it’s cracking. Whenever I slather this on at night, I wake up with soft, hydrated skin that feels terrific. I thought the lavender might bother me because I can be sensitive to the scent but I have no issues with it at all.

Glowtion Day DewGlowtion Day DewGlowtion Day Dew, $22  lightweight, radiance-boosting moisturizer that soothes while blurring imperfections & giving a lit-from-within glow.  Advanced illuminating skin-perfector nourishes & soothes while giving a boost to dull skin. Featherlight and hydrating, this moisturizer imparts a natural-looking radiance to skintone, making it look healthier & more even. Lavender oil calms, kaolin purifies, and mica brightens.

I am always on a quest for some ‘lit from within’ glow and Glowtion Day Dew is a great way to get there. In fact, I think this is my most favorite Pixi skin care product. It’s a lightweight daytime moisturizer that hydrates while also giving skin an instant radiance. You can see the illumination when heavily swatched – luckily, it’s not that dramatic with proper application, but it does give skin a freaking fantastic glow that perks up even the dullest of skin tones. This is a must have!

Pixi Glow Mist Glow Mist Gives a glowing, luminous & smooth complexion. Enriched with 13 natural oils plus propolis, aloe vera and fruit extracts.  Before makeup: hydrates, protects & nourishes.  After makeup: sets makeup, adds a dewy finish and protects skin.  Anytime: refreshes makeup, hydrates and adds glow.

Normally, my skin is too oily to fully appreciate the wonders of Glow Mist. I’ve actually been able to enjoy it lately with my crazy dry skin. I think it sprays on too wet to set makeup – the mist is heavy and will make makeup run unless you spray well away from your face. But for general refreshing and getting some glow, this is wonderful.

Pixi 24K Eye Dew

24K Eye Elixir ($22) An anti-fatigue peptide serum that massages away puffiness as it smooths and refreshes the eye area. This multitasker is infused with powerful age-defying ingredients to refresh eyes & prevent signs of fatigue. Collagen helps to repair the delicate eye area, peptides plump fine lines, and raspberry tones skin. Cooling rollerball applicator soothes & encourages circulation around the eye. 

This is a wonderful eye treatment that has great ingredients. Where it really shines is for treating puffy eyes. Store this in the refrigerator to keep it chilly and it’s there for you as you pour your morning coffee…just glide the rollerball under your eyes and that puffiness goes away. It just feels so good, too!

Now I know that Pixi by Petra isn’t just for super cute cosmetics.  The Skintreats are cute too – and  effective. Great stuff at a great price!  – Lisa

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New skin for the new year! Osmotics Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel 3 Step Skin Resurfacing System

Osmosis Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel 3 Step Skin Resurfacing System

Not that you need an excuse to invest in some amazing skin care but with the new year I love freshening up my routine and freshening up my skin. The best exfoliating system I have used in a long time is the Osmotics Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel3 Step Skin Resurfacing System ($86). I’ve actually been testing this for about three months now and I am so pleased with the results that I knew it had to be my very first skin care review for the new year. I am super happy to put this on your radar!                                                                                                                          samples, affiliate links

I often find that exfoliating systems with quick and real results have some side effects like dry skin, peeling, or irritation. This system is gentle enough to avoid those dreaded side effects, yet it is extremely effective and gives major results. The 3 Step Skin Resurfacing System has three easy steps that are especially perfect for those of you with skin too sensitive to get microdermabrasion or a traditional peel.

*visibly reduces lines, wrinkles, and pore size  *rejuvenates dull, stressed skin/enhances collagen  *gradually resurfaces without irritation*

After the first week you’ll see:
•  Brighter more translucent skin with a healthy, radiant glow
•  Increased moisture for softer, healthier skin
 
After 4 weeks you’ll see:
•  Visibly reduced lines, wrinkles and pore size
•  Improved elasticity, firmness and smoother, more even texture

Osmosis Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel Exfoliating Charcoal MaskOsmosis Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel Exfoliating Charcoal MaskSTEP 1 POLISH – EXFOLIATING CHARCOAL MASK – 1.7 oz / 50ml
This is a charcoal mask that deep cleans by absorbing dirt and toxins, pulling out all that nastiness from your pores while polishing and smoothing skin’s texture  Just apply a thin layer, let it dry for about three minutes, then rinse off. You won’t believe how clean skin is without feeling tight and dry.  Osmosis Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel Collagen Boosting Micro PeelOsmosis Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel Collagen Boosting Micro Peel

STEP 2 PEEL – COLLAGEN BOOSTING MICRO PEEL – .5 fl oz / 15ml
This is a light, creamy serum full of natural AHA’s from tropical fruit as well as lots of vitamin C. The extracts exfoliate skin while the serum hydrates and plumps it up, reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Pictured above is one pump of product, which is all you need for your face (although I typically pump out one more for my neck and decolletage).  Osmosis Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel Protective Barrier CreamOsmosis Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel Protective Barrier CreamOsmosis Cosmeceuticals Micro Peel Protective Barrier Cream

STEP 3 PROTECT – PROTECTIVE BARRIER CREAM – .5 oz / 15ml
The last step is my favorite. Check out this beautiful snow white moisturizer…it’s so fabulous I want to eat it with a spoon. It’s a very thick cream with natural epidermal lipids that are incredibly hydrating and soothing. It also protects the skin from free radicals and the environment. It’s the perfect final step for soft, glowy, young-looking skin.

I’ve tested many fantastic products from Osmotics and I have to say the 3 Step Skin Resurfacing System is my favorite. I have had amazing results from this system. I am sorry for keeping it a secret from you for several months…but now that you know, be sure to buy this for beautiful skin for the new year!!  – Lisa

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