Just dreamy! Decorte Creme Concealer and Powder Foundation

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By now you know that I am completely obsessed with Decorte Cosmetics.  This is a fabulous Japanese line that is available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue.  The color cosmetics are incredible.  I’ve previously written about their lip palettes – The New Nudes and The New Reds, both gorgeous lippie collections that have totally converted me into a lip palette lover.  I’ve also written about the Priming Essence, which is a beautiful opalescent primer that I am now using sparingly because I am dreading running out of it.  My other favorite is the Soft Creme Foundation, a fantastic foundation that will forever be in my top five foundations of all time.

Decorte The New Reds Lip Palette

Decorte The New Nudes Lip Palette

Decorte Priming Essence

DECORTE Cosmetics Soft Creme Foundation in Cool Ivory

Today I have one more fab foundation find from Decorte, as well as a truly impressive concealer!  This line just gets better and better.

Decorte Creme Concealer

I have the Creme Concealer ($60) in Light, and it also comes in Light Medium and Medium. Saks says, “It’s a paradox: Hyper-color and condition in one. Double-pigment technology provides extreme tonal color while helping soften delicate skin with botanicals for a most comfortable, just-matte finish. Long-wearing. Non-drying.

Decorte Creme Concealer in Light

Decorte Creme Concealer in Light

Decorte Creme Concealer in Light

This stick foundation reminds me of the stick Cle de Peau concealer, although it isn’t as thick and it blends so much better.  It provides the same sort of coverage, though.  Dark undereye circles are gone, gone, gone and the concealer lasts all day long.  I have a big problem with deep blue under my eyes so I need coverage, and the Creme Concealer really takes care of everything.  Color me impressed!

Decorte Powder Foundation Compact

The Decorte Powder Foundation Compact ($95) is so lovely I can’t even sit still as I write this.  Oh is this good!!!  Saks says, “Experience the unexpected. Velvety to the touch, this compact foundation combines a soft-crystal texture with a cascade of hydrating and conditioning benefits. Uber-antioxidant Shirakaba Tonic infuses skin with calm and renewal. Washi Paper Optics create a low-definition look for a luxe new luminosity. Layers weightlessly for individual, medium coverage. Long-wearing.

Decorte Powder Foundation Compact

Decorte Powder Foundation Compact 351 Cool Ivory

Decorte Powder Foundation Compact 351 Cool Ivory

Decorte Powder Foundation Compact 351 Cool Ivory

The Powder Foundation Compact comes in a sleek black case with the square of powder foundation on one side and an application sponge on the other.  The application sponge is quite nice, and works well for initial application and for touch ups.  The foundation is just lovely.  It gives great coverage so easily and effortlessly – it just glides right on without any need for blending or buffing.  The finish is soft and natural and not powdery at all.  I am so in love with this!

Decorte Powder Foundation Compact 351 Cool Ivory before and after

Wearing Decorte Powder Foundation Compact 351 Cool Ivory and Concealer

My shade is 351 Cool Ivory.  There is a great array of shades, 12 in all, although I must say the shades seem pretty off on my computer monitor.  I deduced my foundation shade, but if you aren’t sure you can always head on over to Saks and check this out in person.  Believe me, it is WORTH IT.  If you haven’t tried Decorte yet, please do yourself a favor and check it out!!  I haven’t been so impressed with a line in a very long time.  You will have a ball and I know you’ll find lots of things you’ll never want to live without.  – Lisa

Tune in now for an IT Cosmetics TSV “30 Seconds to Flawless Skin” Collection

Right this very second – or within seconds after reading this article – you need to turn into QVC whether online or on your TV for the latest and greatest from IT Cosmetics.

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IT Cosmetics TSV for 7/28/17

Today only you can purchase the 30 Seconds to Flawless Looking Skin set for only $49.14, a value of $118 retail and $60 after this one day special is over. The QVC number is A293532 and you will be sorry if you miss out.

IT Cosmetics 30 Seconds to Flawless Looking Skin

What will you find inside? Two supersized Celebration Foundation SPF 50+ plus a Heavenly Luxe Angled Buffing Foundation Brush.

IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation SPF50+ Supersize plus Heavenly Luxe Angled Buffing Foundation Brush

Celebration Foundation is going to be your best friend when you are in a hurry yet want a flawless complexion. Using the wonderful IT brush you’ll look airbrushed in 30 seconds plus you’ll have the protection of the sunscreen for UVA and UVB rays with this powder foundation.

Celebration Foundation in Medium

“Formulated with peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, grape seed oil, and other antiaging ingredients, Celebration Foundation SPF 50+ is highly pigmented, delivering full coverage that helps blur the look of dry, fine lines, pores, and imperfections! Now with SPF 50+ broad spectrum sunscreen, you can treat and help protect your skin while airbrushing it to complexion perfection. This hydrating formula is formulated to absorb oil and shine throughout the day without settling into fine lines.”

IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation in Medium

This is now available in 7 shades: Fair, Light, Medium, Medium Tan, Tan, Rich, and Deep. It covers most complexions other than the darkest ones. And remember you’ll get two.

Heavenly Luxe Angled Buffing Foundation Brush

In addition you are in for a treat with the Heavenly Luxe Angled Buffing Foundation Brush. There is nothing quite like an IT brush for the face. Beauty Info Zone totally agrees that these brushes should be called Heavenly Luxe since that’s what they are. They are super plush, custom cut, and make your skin look like you’ve been airbrushed. We are totally in love with these brushes and having this in the TSV makes the bargain more so. You’d pay this much just for the brush so why not two Celebration Foundations too??

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Angled Buffing Foundation Brush

If you want to watch this being applied and check out the shade selections the shows are on QVC at (all times Eastern Daylight so check your time zone) Midnight, 3A.M., 9 A.M. (2 hour show), 3 P.M., 7 P.M. (2 hour show), and 11 P.M.

In addition IT Cosmetics is introducing new products like Confidence in a Cleanser Cleansing Serum with mini Miracle Water (A293790) and a new Liquid Gel Eyeliner. There’s lots to be excited about and QVC is the place on Friday July 28th only!!  —  Marcia and Lisa

bareMinerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation #FreetheFace

 bareMinerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder FoundationAs more of a full-coverage gal, I did not expect to like the bareMinerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation ($30). I don’t want to free my face…I want to cover up all the sins of my misspent youth! However, this powder foundation promised a lot:                                                                                                         samplesbareMinerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation

  • Glam coverage
  • 12-hour long-wear
  • Breathable
  • True-to-you shades
  • Formulated with 90% vitamins & minerals

So I gave it a shot. Boy was I surprised…I love this gorgeous light weight foundation!

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The powder has a silky smooth texture with a wonderful application. It feels extremely light on my skin and it’s buildable so it covers my major sins without looking fake or caked on. I typically have a problem with foundation wearing off quickly, yet this lasts pretty long for me. Not exactly the promised 12 hours, but I still get a good 6 hours of wear.

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There are 30 different shades, which is an incredible range. I tried three shades, all of which work well with my NW23 skin. In fact, I couldn’t even swatch these because the foundation blends so well it just doesn’t show up on camera.

 bareMinerals barePRO Core Coverage Brush bareMinerals barePRO Core Coverage Brush bareMinerals barePRO Core Coverage Brush bareMinerals barePRO Core Coverage BrushThe Core Coverage Brush is just perfect for application.

The angled shape is great for coverage around the nose and chin, and it picks up the perfect amount of product. And it’s just so easy to apply – there is no need to buff or blend, it goes on seamlessly and looks fantastic. It makes my skin look like I have no pores…that’s a Christmas miracle right there.

bareMinerals #FreetheFaceI am very happy with the barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation and am so happy to have found it. Be sure you check it out – I’m betting you will be as happy with it as I am and you will want to #FreetheFace.  – Lisa

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Mally Beauty 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation wants to be in your makeup wardrobe

 

Mally Beauty 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation

Mally Beauty 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation

Mally Beauty has new foundation! I was sent the 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation in the lightest of the five available shades (Fair, Light, Medium, Tan and Rich) and it’s been gracing my face for the last few weeks. This is going to be worn continuously in the fall weather.

Mally Beauty 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation in Fair

Mally Beauty 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation in Fair

Foundation and concealer have been on my wishlist for the last few months. I want to try them all and wear them all so the timing of receiving this 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation was perfect. It’s amazingly lightweight which is not how I think of powder foundations so this breaks the mold.

Mally Beauty 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation

Mally Beauty 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation

This is a foundation that’s best used with a brush and Mally Beauty has a great buy of the foundation and brush for $38 on QVC.com. The foundation alone, which is only found on QVC, is $33 so I’d advise you to pay the $5 extra.

Mally 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation w/ Brush

Mally 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation w/ Brush

I’ve tried this with many different tools as you can see in the photo. The Beauty Blender sponge wasn’t good for me unless the sponge was bone dry. I found the love of my foundation life with the Artis Oval 10 brush and it loves this Mally Beauty 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation. I  like a rounded brush like Mally sells in the set with it just as well.

Mally Beauty 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation in Fair

Mally Beauty 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation in Fair, swatched heavily

To use I swirl my foundation brush onto the surface to pick up a small amount of color. Mally recommends apply it like this: “Starting near the back of the ear, begin buffing into the skin all around the perimeter of the face. Then, lightly dust across the forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin. This gives a halo effect that slims the face and leaves skin looking radiant and alive–never flat or dull.” By dusting it this way you aren’t accentuating pores but you will get good coverage.

Not only is this a powder foundation but it can be used as a finishing powder (I like a fluffy loose brush for this purpose) or as a great way to make your liquid foundation become revived at the end of the day. Being a compact it’s easy to carry around without spilling.

So you’re asking yourself “Why do I need a powder foundation?” And I’m telling you that Mally’s 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation is designed to sort of melt into your skin. The powder itself is a blend of superfine powders coated with aloe leaf extract and coconut oil evens skin tone and provides a soft-focus effect. Why not have it all with Mally?  —  Marcia

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I have a Hynt or two for you – read to learn more

Hynt Beauty isn’t a well known brand yet which is one of the reasons I enjoy testing their products and writing about them. I discovered HYNT from the blog Byrdie. They are madly in love with Hynt’s Concealer and recommend it all the time. Of course that meant I had to buy it too. This is the most heavy duty concealer I’ve ever used. If you want something that will take care of discoloration this is the product to try. When I purchased this it came in a tube like below but Duet Concealer is so thick that it wouldn’t budge from the tube. The concealer itself is lightweight but it just hated being penned up inside that tube.

Hynt Duet Perfecting Concealer

Hynt Duet Perfecting Concealer

They’ve repackaged Duet Perfecting Concealer which means that Hynt listens to its customers. While people often complain about jar packaging, I’d much rather get to use the product I buy than mourn the loss of enjoying such a good concealer.

Hynt Duet Concealer in new packaging

Hynt Duet Concealer in new packaging

Hynt Duet Concealer in fair

Hynt Duet Concealer in fair

This is available in 6 shades (fair, light, medium, tan, dark, deep) to fit all skintones.

HYNT Skin Prep Serum

HYNT Skin Prep Serum

After Lisa and I had the pleasure of reviewing Hynt’s eyeshadows and lipgloss I was very pleased when Hynt Beauty reached out and offered their SKIN PREP SERUM Bioactive Marine Complex ($44). This is such a powerful piece of skincare that is helpful to perfect your skin using natural ingredients. The goal of this Serum is to help resurface, firm and rewind your skin. I think Hynt can tell you better why they use seaweed as their number one ingredient better than I can.

Hynt Skin Prep Serum Seaweed information

Hynt Skin Prep Serum Seaweed information

Here are more amazing ingredients:

  • ORGANIC GRAPEFRUIT SEED : Balances the pH of the skin and speeds up digestion of proteins that helps cleanse skin by removing old skin cell layers.
  • ORGANIC ROSEMARY LEAF : Increases the skin’s elasticity while phytonutrients help protect skin cells from free radicals and the sun. A natural antiseptic with anti-inflammatory properties.
  • ORGANIC CLARY SAGE OIL : Warms and regulates the natural rhythm of the skin. A natural antimicrobial.
  • ORGANIC LAVENDER OIL : Calms and soothes inflamed skin and acts as a natural disinfectant. Known to be one of the most beneficial oils in the treatment of acne.
  • ORGANIC TEA TREE LEAF OIL : Distilled from the leaves of the Australian Tea Tree, its antimicrobial properties are effective in combatting acne.

Hynt Skin Prep Serum Bioactive Marine Complex is so good for my skin that I use it in spite of the fragrance. It is a very herbal fragrance to my uninitiated nose and I think it’s the lavender oil that I notice most. It lingers on me for at least an hour but as the day progresses I find that I don’t notice it.

Hynt Velluto loose powder foundation

Hynt Velluto loose powder foundation

Hynt snuck in another item in the package when they sent me the Skin Serum sample, their all natural face powder foundation VELLUTO PURE POWDER FOUNDATION in Light Beige. Even though I don’t use a powder foundation often I was definitely interested in this enough to see why they were so proud of the foundation. Being the “adventuress” that I am, I’ve used this both with and without the Hynt Skin Prep Serum.

Hynt Velluto loose powder foundation

Hynt Velluto loose powder foundation

This loose powder foundation contains nothing that is noted to irritate skin like talc, Bismuth Oxychloride, and Titanium Dioxide. I don’t get a mask like finish from this and it hasn’t irritated my skin or made it itchy at all like some loose foundations I’d previously tried. The look was natural and lasted the entire day. Applying the Skin Prep Serum first gave it a much more natural look too so that it didn’t look as flat as I expected.

Hynt Velluto Foundation in Light Beige

Hynt Velluto Foundation in Light Beige

Hynt Velluto Foundation in Light Beige

Hynt Velluto Foundation in Light Beige

I can wear Light Beige but I think Ivory would be a better match for me. This foundation is available in 7 shades so it should be easy to get a great match.

Our Skin Caring Ingredients:

  • WHITE KAOLIN CLAY : Purifies pores, vitalizes skin with essential nutrients and phytonutrients, and boosts skin’s cellular renewal and blood circulation.
  • ORGANIC LIME OIL : Helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots and other signs of aging while treating congested skin with its cleansing properties. Rehydrates while helping to reduce acne and oily skin.
  • ORGANIC VANILLA EXTRACT : Purifies the skin by eliminating bacteria and reduces the appearance of sun spots while increases skin’s firmness. Also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • ORGANIC GERANIUM OIL : Promotes cellular metabolism and regeneration of new cells while acting as a powerful natural solution to heal and fade scars and other unwanted marks. Its astringent properties can help clear acne.
  • ORGANIC PATCHOULI OIL : Soothes inflammation and dryness, prevents infections and boosts the elasticity and tightness of skin.

The best deal for the cosmetic products that I’ve shared with you is their Discovery Kit. This kit contains their Velluto foundation along with more goodies for $49 which is one heck of a deal. Inside you’ll receive two shades of the Velluto Foundation, the Duet Perfecting Concealer, 1 FINALE Finishing Powder (Deluxe sample size), 1 LUMIERE Radiance Boosting Powder (Deluxe sample size), 1 Vegan Mini Flat Top Brush.

Hynt Beauty Discovery Kit

Hynt Beauty Discovery Kit

There are a lot of things that impress me about Hynt Beauty. Their website pages are filled with the information you want to know before purchasing. Every question I had about the brand was answered on their site. Next Hynt Beauty is a vegan brand (except for their mascara) as well as cruelty free. Their mission is to have the highest standards in ingredient purity, safety and efficacy. Isn’t that what you want to use?  — Marcia

*serum and foundation provided for consideration, concealer was personally purchased

Purely Cosmetics and IT Cosmetics have some amazing powders

When pulling out powders for the latest edition of Top Ten Tuesday I found that everything I use is either from Purely Cosmetics or IT Cosmetics. I hadn’t thought about it before but all the other powders I have from Laura Mercier, Kevyn Aucoin, Scott Barnes, MAC Cosmetics, and more just sit waiting to be chosen. But when you find things you love, that’s what you use. These don’t add up to 10 but they are what gets used constantly and that’s more important than a number.
1432000173_makeup-wars-pores-powder-300x225PURELY COSMETICS DIAMOND PERFECT FINISH POWDER is my favorite finishing powder by far. I use this constantly. I finish nothing ever as far as cosmetics go but my current Diamond Powder is ready to say bye-bye but I will surely BUY BUY it again.I’ve been using this for years and plan on always using it. The packaging is ideal with a top that opens to get out the amount you desire plus you can close it up to prevent spilling. It costs $20 and will last you for years. No shimmer involved, just a soft diamond finish. *
1432001448_byebyepores_new2IT COSMETICS BYE BYE PORES SILK HD ANTI-AGING MICRO POWDER – I’m a huge IT Cosmetics fan obviously and this is my number 1 powder that they sell (and they have a lot of great powders). After I discovered IT Cosmetics this is the second product I bought from them (after Bye Bye Undereye) and I’ve rebought it several times. It keeps me shine free and gives me a more youthful appearance. It’s a Win-Win powder.
1431999940_goldpackagingPURELY COSMETICS SKIN SMOOTHING FOUNDATION and PURE MINERALS FOUNDATION – There are two formulas that are made by Purely Cosmetics. Both are wonderful and I recommend buying sample sizes of each. That way you can test the two products and check for your color.  Skin Smoothing Foundation is the newer of the two. It’s very hydrating because of the silk powder added to it. Plus it helps absorb oil, blur fine lines, nourish your skin (with jojoba) and reduce the look of your pores. It’s great for dry to slightly skin but not very oily skin. Pure Minerals Foundation is their original formula. It’s free of all chemicals and talc as is Skin Smoothing Foundation.  Pure Minerals Foundation is good for all skin types and especially so if you have acne or oily skin since nothing will clog your pores. And the nice thing is that you can add Silk Powder to it if you want. I have several shades in sample sizes which are perfect for finding that perfect match. *
1431999676_mac-blot-powderMAC BLOT POWDER used to always be in my Back2MAC pile since I used it exclusively for probably a dozen years. I always have one in my stash even though I don’t use it as often as I used to since discovering PC and IT. It’s the one MAC product I whole heartedly recommend when asked.
1431999578_it-hello-light-open-300x225IT COSMETICS HELLO LIGHT RADIANCE POWDER – A pressed powder that’s all sort of goodness. If you want that extra radiance to your complexion, this is the answer. As with all IT powders it’s finally milled and never looks powdery. It gives just a hint of glow but isn’t overpowering at all. I think this has been changed to the Illuminating Powder though. *
1431999502_it-cosmetics-new-year-collection13-1-290x300IT COSMETICS CELEBRATION FOUNDATION ILLUMINATION is actually one of two powder foundations from IT.  It’s hydrating, anti-aging, and gives just a subtle radiance. I prefer this to the original Celebration Foundation since it looks and feels more moisturizing.
1431999413_it-cosmetics-qvc-foundation-300x225IT COSMETICS CELEBRATION FOUNDATION is a more matte foundation with great coverage. It’s loaded with all the anti-aging ingredients that IT is known for. I wear this in Fair which is for the lightest skintones; it’s also available in Light, Medium, Rich and Tan. Mine is from a TSV (don’t miss their QVC specials!). *
1431999296_it-january-tsv-powder-compactIT FOUNDATIONS CC+ AIRBRUSH FOUNDATION is the newest powder foundation from IT. This too was part of a QVC TSV. It needs to be sold separately since it’s fabulous when used with their CC+ Cream.
What are your favorite powders? Am I missing something? — Marcia


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