IT Cosmetics has the solution for pores! Bye Bye Pores Illumination and Bye Bye Pores Blush

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Illumination and Bye Bye Pores Blush

Let’s get real – large pores are no fun. I’m always looking for ways to make them disappear from my t-zone. There are lots of products that seem to be that miracle product, but ten minutes later there are those pores again, seemingly bigger than ever. IT Cosmetics is making me a very happy girl these days, however – actually a very happy girl with very smaller looking pores – thanks to Bye Bye Pores Illumination and Bye Bye Pores Blush.

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IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Illumination

Bye Bye Pores Illumination ($29) is the new IT Cosmetics Poreless Finish Airbrush Pressed Powder. It sets makeup, takes away shine and oiliness, and illuminates skin without any shimmer or glitter. It also makes pores look nonexistent! At first I thought this was just an illuminating powder and it does do a great job in that department. But it’s so much more.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Illumination

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Illumination

This pressed powder blurs pores and imperfections, giving a wonderful airbrushed appearance that lasts and lasts. I think the translucent shade will work for all but the darkest skin shades, and the illumination is really beautiful, giving a fabulous glow that is always appreciated. This is one terrific product that everyone needs. Nicely done IT Cosmetics!!

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Blush in Sweet Cheeks

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Blush in Sweet Cheeks

The other pore problem solver is the Bye Bye Pores Blush ($24). I don’t think this one is going to have as many fans as the Bye Bye Pores Illumination. So let’s talk pros and cons. The pros:  yup, it does make pores disappear. Some blushes seem to settle right into pores and make them look like huge craters – ugh, you know what I mean. This pressed powder does the opposite, leaving skin looking practically poreless thanks to Optical Blurring Technology and anti-aging silk, hydrolyzed collagen, antioxidants and peptides. The shade I have, Sweet Cheeks, is a very pretty peachy/gold/pink. So the cons – that shimmer. Just too much shimmer for my middle-aged cheeks. This would be a perfect blush if weren’t for that shimmer!! I think that younger women will love this, but anyone older than 35 will have a tough time, at least with this shade. I am not sure what Je ne Sais Quoi and Naturally Pretty have to offer, but check them out in person. If they are as pretty as their swatches and they are shimmer free, they are probably total home runs.

Wearing IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Illumination and Bye Bye Pores Blush

If you struggle with pore issues, IT Cosmetics has some great problem solving solutions for you. You can find Bye Bye Pores Illumination, Bye Bye Pores Blush, and other IT Cosmetics products online and at Ulta stores.  – Lisa

Gift yourself with IT Cosmetic’s Je Ne Sais Quoi palette #itcosmetics

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

While I am entranced with IT Cosmetics year round, when it comes to the holidays I find that they go all out. Whether you are gifting others or yourself their new Je Ne Sais Quoi palette should be at the top of your list. I’m sure you’ve been nice (with maybe a little naughty thrown in) so you deserve this in your life.                                                       press sample

Everything about this palette is perfection, as a matter of fact it’s subtitled “Your Complexion Perfection”. For $42 you’ll be charmed by the Award-Winning Face Palette with Perfect Lighting Technology”.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

A few days ago Lisa and I showed you the fabulous holiday brush sets that Ulta carries from IT Cosmetics. The set I have, City Chic, is the perfect companion for this palette. They are both a beautiful rose gold and the face brushes work wonderfully with the palette.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette

The 4 talc free powders in the compact are all new except for the translucent pressed powder. You’ll have a perfect travel palette with this as well as one that you’ll use daily at home. The palette is bigger than I expected at 4.5″ square. The colors are each 1..75″ square so getting a brush in is easy and won’t run over into the next color.

Bye Bye Pores Blush in Je Ne Said Quoi is a beautiful brightening shade. One that applies like a dream. If you like intensity it builds up easily or you can use a light touch with your dual fiber blush brush to start light. I could easily wear this blush every day.

Bye Bye Pores Blush in Je Ne Sais Quoi

Bye Bye Pores Blush in Je Ne Sais Quoi

Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder in Translucent is one of the best translucent powders you can wear. I bought this powder as soon as it came out. This sheer powder is great as a finishing powder to set your foundation. It’s one of IT’s most popular products so having it in this palette is a bonus. Have pores? Want to make them disappear? Then you want this powder.

Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder in Translucent

Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder in Translucent

Sunshine in a Compact Bronzer in Warmth is perfect if you are missing your summer color. You can use it as you would a bronzer or contour with it. Both ways work perfectly.

Sunshine in a Compact Bronzer in Warmth

Sunshine in a Compact Bronzer in Warmth

Perfect Lighting Luminizer is the hero product for me in this palette. I am always fascinated with highlighters and this one stands out to me. It’s a soft peachy beige powder that’s luminous but has no glitter. When you are my age you just don’t need glitter on your face. This special luminizer highlights and enhances. I’m sure I’ll end up seeing pan on this shade first.

Perfect Lighting Luminizer

Perfect Lighting Luminizer

This palette would stop me in my tracks at an Ulta as it will you.

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette swatches

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette swatches

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette swatches

IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi palette swatches

Trust me on this one. You really want this, I know you will.  —  Marciait-cosmetics-je-ne-sais-quoi-palette-open2

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IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder for an airbrush finish

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder

About a month ago I finished my IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Loose Powder up – down to the very last bits of the powder. I thought I had a replacement but it turned out to be a different IT Loose Powder in Light and was too dark for me. Well that meant shopping time which isn’t hard when it comes to IT Cosmetics. IT had come out with their translucent powder in a pressed version so I changed from a favorite to a new type of powder. I’m so brave!

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder compact

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder compact

The compact for Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder is very sturdy and is easy to take with you anywhere. There’s a great mirror, the powder, and a sponge applicator for when you are on the go. I had been a fan of MAC Blot Powder for oodles of years but now that IT has this option, I’ve switched.

The powder is definitely translucent as you can see below (there was no way to get a swatch of it)

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder

This wonderful powder is subtitled “Airbrush Silk Pressed Anti-Aging Finishing Powder”. IT Cosmetics is known for their anti-aging ingredients and I need that. The powder contains anti-aging peptides, collagen, silk & anti-oxidants, plus optical-blurring drops of light technology. Got that? It sounds like it was made for me.

The powder is buildable but I like a light sweep of it to set my foundation. Too much and the blurring goes away on me. My deep set pores eat powder so the less the better. If you have oily or combination skin this doubles as a blot powder.

Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder brush

Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder brush

At one point we were sent sent IT’s Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder brush (No. 8) and I couldn’t wait to try this brush out with the powder. Talk about heavenly!! Geez this brush is the epitome of softness that’s amazingly effective. It’s spoiled me for any other brush to use with my pressed powder and now for other powders including highlighters and loose powder.

Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder brush

Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder brush

As with all IT Cosmetic brushes this is uniquely crafted by sculpting and trimming the head of the brush, in this case to form a perfect round ball shape. I can’t recommend this brush enough. It makes applying Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder a delight and never a chore. I didn’t know it was possible to look forward to applying powder before.

While I’m happy I bought the Bye Bye Pores Pressed, I do miss the original Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro Powder and will replace that. It will give me more excuses to use the HEAVENLY Ball Wand brush after all. Have you tried this new pressed powder? — Marcia

*brush sent for consideration, powder is a purchase

Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous to the rescue in this summer heat

Two of the products that have been getting daily use from me the last few weeks are from Hard Candy Cosmetics sold at Walmart. These were sent just in time to beat the heat.

Hard Candy Makeup Setting Spray and Translucent Finishing Powder

Hard Candy Makeup Setting Spray and Translucent Finishing Powder

Both are part of Hard Candy’s new Fast & Fabulous makeup line and came at the perfect time. These can be used separately or together and both will help you through the heat and humidity.

Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Makeup Setting Spray

Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Makeup Setting Spray

If you have meltdowns in any weather than you’ll want the Hard Candy Makeup Setting Spray ($6.00) right away. This spray is very similar to the much more expensive ones from Skindinavia and Urban Decay but the price is much more palatable especially if you aren’t sure if this is what you need. This spray is weightless and it helps set your makeup for the day. You can use it over anything you are wearing including powders. Out of habit I shake it, then hold it about 10 inches away, close my eyes and start spraying. You don’t need that much though. Your face will feel and look damp for a bit so I just blot with my towel. I’m always amazed that it doesn’t budge my makeup – even my powder eyeshadows. No dripping down eyeliner or mascara either.

Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Makeup Setting Spray

Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Makeup Setting Spray

Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Makeup Setting Spray

Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Makeup Setting Spray

Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Makeup Setting Spray ingredients

Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Makeup Setting Spray ingredients

This is a very handy item to help you maintain a look that doesn’t melt, crack, fade or even settle into your fine lines.

The other product in my life is Hard Candy Translucent Finishing Powder ($6.00) which is also part of the Fast & Fabulous collection.

Hard Candy Translucent Finishing Powder

Hard Candy Translucent Finishing Powder

This powder is totally translucent so no matter what skintone you have and no matter if your foundation shade changes in different seasons, this will work year round. It doesn’t leave any color behind but you know it’s working because of the way it sets your foundation. It’s a matte finish that helps absorb oil and reduce shine. I’m not particularly oily but I’ve noticed a difference with this. I’ve traded in my loose powders for this lately. I especially like that it’s a blurring product since I need to be blurred!

Hard Candy Translucent Finishing Powder

Hard Candy Translucent Finishing Powder

I use a kabuki brush with mine but I have tried it with a velour puff and with my Beauty Blender sponge too and get similar results. I find it impossible to overdo so I’m not looking like Nicole Kidman with white powder on my face. This helps extend the length of the face makeup I use.

Beside these two marvels they have a Waterproof Mascara Top Coat ($6.00). It will be interesting to see what else Hard Candy adds to this line.

Hard Candy Waterproof Mascara Top Coat

Hard Candy Waterproof Mascara Top Coat

It’s great that Hard Candy wants us to beat the heat with these Fast & Fabulous products. They may not be the first or the last to manufacture products that keep us from melting away but they surely are the most affordable. Have you seen these at Walmart yet? If so will you add them to your cart? — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

#hardcandy

Lisa from Beauty Info Zone visits her fantasy Desert Island

My fellow Beauty Spotlight bloggers have banished me to a desert island, and I can only bring 12 products (with sunscreen and lip balm already generously provided).  Ok, it’s my fantasy so I am going to let you know up front I am NOT going alone. Nope, on my trip to a deserted island I am accompanied by JOE.

One sniff of Lavanila Vanilla Coconut and I am here.  With Joe.

Here’s my deserted island. And here is Joe.

Joe and I are going to be spending a LOT of time together so I kept that in mind when selecting my twelve items.  Here’s what I am packing for my romantic retreat… I mean desert island experience.

1. Beautisol Dark Self Tanner ($39):  I’m not going to tan in the sun, but a tan makes you look thinner, healthier, and it covers so many flaws!!  Before hanging out with Joe, I am first going to slather myself from head to toe with self tanner. Beautisol Dark Self Tanner is my go-to for a full body tan.

Beautisol Summer Glow Dark Tan

2. MAC Blot Powder ($24):  I live in fear of walking around with a shiny nose so I always have this with me.  It’s the perfect pressed powder.

MAC Blot Powder

MAC Blot Powder

3. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer  ($24):  It’s full coverage, it’s waterproof, and it covers my dark undereye circles beautifully.  Joe and I may be staying up REALLY late at night, but it won’t show under my eyes!

Bye Bye Under Eye

Bye Bye Under Eye

4. MAC Paint Pot in Painterly ($18.50):  I am quite sure I’m not going to be doing full eye makeup on a desert island, but MAC’s Paint Pot in Painterly is my go-to for a clean, finished eye look in seconds.  This creamy eyeshadow dries down quickly and stays all day, and it never creases or cakes on me.

MAC Paint Pot in Painterly

MAC Paint Pot in Painterly

5. Paula’s Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover ($12.95):  I need a cleanser, cause there is no way I am going to get stuck with a blemish on this trip! This is the very best makeup remover I have ever found. It’s super gentle so it doesn’t irritate the eyes, but at the same time it removes even the most stubborn makeup. Another plus – it has anti-irritants that help reduce puffiness.

Paula's Choice Gentle Makeup Remover

Paula’s Choice Gentle Makeup Remover

6. VENNeffect Anti-Aging Lip Treatment ($85):  I have issues with hereditary vertical wrinkle lines around my lips – and this stuff truly reduces their appearance. I’m not going anywhere without it.

VENNeffect Anti-Aging Lip Treatment

VENNeffect Anti-Aging Lip Treatment

7. Besame Sweetheart Balm in Cherry ($18):  I can’t believe I am picking a lip gloss that’s in a pot – sticking sandy fingers into lip gloss doesn’t sound good at all. But I just adore the unbelievable slip and texture of this gloss and the color is simply perfect with tanned skin.

Besame Sweetheart Balm

Besame Sweetheart Balm – Cherry is second from the left

8. Sugar Works Body Gloss in Tybee Island Beach Cottage ($12.95):  I love their body oil, it leaves skin super moist but not wet, and the scent really becomes one with your body so it seems like you just naturally smell that way. This scent is described as “Sun, the ocean, warm sand, beach grass, wild beach flowers, a touch of suntan oil.” For sure Joe won’t be able to keep his hands off me.

Sugar Works Body Gloss

Sugar Works Body Gloss

9. Beach Day Spray by Unite ($29.95):  This is the best spray for that wavy, beachy look because it smells amazing and doesn’t leave your air-dried hair crunchy.

Life's a Beach Day

Life’s a Beach Day

10. Whatever Lola Wants from the Lippmann Collection ($17):  This is my most favorite summer nail color of all time. It’s a beautiful shimmery lilac/lavender/pink and it looks especially amazing in the sun. This color makes me feel cute and sexy all at the same time.

Whatever Lola Wants

Whatever Lola Wants

11.  Body Glide from Athleta ($8):  This is a terrific way to prevent blisters on your feet and chafing around sports bras, plus it does extra duty moisturizing dry, cracked skin. You can insert your own joke about how with Body Glide I won’t have to worry about chafed thighs.

Body Glide

Body Glide

12.  My Poipu hat from Athleta:  I LOVE this sun hat. It has a nice foldable brim that is perfect for shading your eyes, but isn’t so big you bump into things as you walk. Squish it into your beach bag, and it pops right back into shape when you put it on.  It’s on sale now too for only $29.99 – sheesh, I paid $54 for mine!! You can find the hat HERE.

Poipu Hat

Poipu Hat

There’s my list! I’d invite you along, but Joe and I are in some serious need of ‘alone time’.  Aloha!  – Lisa

What do you say, Joe...are you ready to go to that deserted island with me??

What do you say, Joe…are you ready to go to that deserted island with me?

*several items were PR samples, others were personally purchased