Makeup Wars – a favorite foundation of 2014

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This week the Makeup Wars team is doing a series of articles. We are supposed to pick a favorite foundation for Monday, a favorite lipstick for Tuesday and a favorite blush for Thursday. Picking only one is a chore and it makes me feel like I’m slighting all the others that I call favorites. I’m sort of playing by the rules but maybe not exactly.

IT Cosmetic IT-O2  foundation and CoverFX CC Cream

IT Cosmetic IT-O2 foundation and CoverFX CC Cream

I’ve chosen two of my 2014 acquisitions that I haven’t reviewed before. To pretend I’m not cheating only one is a foundation and the other is a CC Cream, which is a form of foundation but who’s counting?

IT Cosmetics IT O2 Ultra Repair Liquid Oxygen Foundation

IT Cosmetics IT O2 Ultra Repair Liquid Oxygen Foundation

IT COSMETICS O2 ULTRA REPAIR LIQUID OXYGEN FOUNDATION was a gift to me from a wonderful blogger. She knew I wanted to try it and she had it in Fair which was too light for her. When she offered it, I jumped at the chance to try this out.  Like all IT Cosmetics products, it has anti-aging skincare built in, “It’s infused with Anti-Aging ingredients and the proprietary IT Cosmetics® Drops of Light Technology® reflecting pigments to optically blur away the appearance of imperfections.

The foundation starts off sheer but you can build it up to a full coverage if you want. I wore it a lot this summer since I liked that it was lightweight yet gave me good coverage. The formula is dewy and it allows skin to breathe. Ingredients include Peptides, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Niacin, Hyaluronic Acid and Grape Seed Oil plus Vitamins A, C, & E. The foundation is Paraben-free, Talc-free and Sulfate-free and Fragrance-free.

CoverFX CC Cream

CoverFX CC Cream

COVER FX CC CREAM, TIME RELEASE TINTED TREATMENT is my newest CC Cream. While I love the CC Cream from IT Cosmetics, I needed to try the Cover FX after all the raves from my friend Phyrra. Since there are 10 shades that this is available in, I went to Sephora to buy mine. I decided that the closest match was N Light which is for fair to light skin with neutral undertones. I actually have a very adaptable skintone since I’m freckled. My swatch makes it look yellower than it actually is.

from left Cover FX, CC, IT O2 foundation

from left Cover FX, CC, IT O2 foundation

My favorite way to apply the Cover FX CC Cream is with the Urban Decay Good Karma Blending Brush (which deserves an award for best brush!), although it goes on just as smoothly with my fingers or a Beauty Blender Sponge. It has beautiful coverage for a CC Cream and the bonus is it has SPF 30 plus it’s fragrance free. It’s oil free, contains no parabens, sulfates or phtalates. CC Cream Time Release is clinically tested, vegan, and free of mineral oil, fragrance, gluten, and talc. I have used this so many times that I don’t bother putting it away. I know several times a week I’ll want it.

Both of these deserve to be in my top foundations of the year. They both give a great finish and didn’t melt away in the heat of the summer. They last well throughout the day and contain ingredients that are good for my skin.

I can’t wait to see what the others pick since there’s always room for another foundation in my life! What would you choose if given only one choice? — Marcia

Living with Osmosis CC Cream – is it skincare or cosmetics?

Osmosis CC Cream

Osmosis CC Cream

Osmosis is a company that is new to me. It’s a skincare company whose full name is Osmosis +Pur Medical Skincare that was developed by Dr. Ben Johnson to help skin with inflammation. That often makes us look older because it’s not as healthy looking as it should be. I was sent a tube of Osmosis +Colour CC Cream to try and I’m totally enjoying it.

Osmosis CC Cream

Osmosis CC Cream

Osmosis CC Cream uses something called True Tone Technology which encapsulates the color so that when you apply it to your skin it bursts into the truest shade for your skin. When I first tested it I noticed that the Ivory shade I was sent was white on my hand.

Osmosis CC Cream drop in Ivory

Osmosis CC Cream drop in Ivory

I’m very fair but not this fair! I hadn’t been outside in almost 2 months so my skin was the lightest it’s been in years but I still felt that what I saw on my hand was going to make me look ghostly.

To my surprise it changed colors once I blended it and I could see the science at work.

Osmosis CC Cream in Ivory blended on my hand

Osmosis CC Cream in Ivory blended on my hand

In that photo it actually looks too dark for my skin but it’s not at all. On my face it becomes a very natural looking ivory that needs little blending to look natural. This is a sheer CC Cream, as they all should be, so I start with concealer under my eyes and on a few red spots I want to cover. That is enough to do the trick so that my face looks uniform yet enhanced. There’s a brightness to it that I find contemporary looking. According to Osmosis: ” Our exclusive Light Lifting Effects diffuse skin discoloration while giving the enhanced appearance of a brighter, more youthful complexion.”

Osmosis CC Cream ingredients

Osmosis CC Cream ingredients

The ingredients in Osmosis CC Cream are what makes this a champ as far as skincare goes. It contains:

TITANIUM DIOXIDE which gives it a natural UV protection that helps create the effect of brightening and lifting in your skin’s appearance.

ADENOSIN which helps to increase the production of dermal proteins like Elastin and Collagen. That increases blood flow to the outer layers of skin.

ZANTHOSYLUM PIPERITUM FRUIT EXTRACT which is actually Japanese Pepper Extract. This is a source of antioxidants to help prevent and repair damaged tissue.

USNEA BARBATA EXTRACT (LICHEN), a natural anti-bacterial agent that is both anti-microbial and anti-fungal. This is what helps with the anti-inflammatory benefits.

Osmosis CC Cream

Osmosis CC Cream

This comes in 4 shades – Ivory, Warm, Neutral and Mocha – and is $38 for 1.7 oz. I love the packaging since it’s clean and stable. The color isn’t going to do its osmosis magic until you apply it to your skin. There are discounts available too at Skincare by Alana.

The dictionary reminds us that one of the definitions of OSMOSIS is a subtle, gradual absorption of information. I feel like Osmosis +Colour is giving me a subtle, gradual absorption of color that is natural both to see on my skin and the lightweight feeling it delivers. I declare this a winner. — Marcia

*sent for consideration

Water , Dimethicone , Cyclopentasiloxane, Kaolin, Titanium Dioxide , Glycerin , Pentylene Glycol , Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone , Cyclohexasiloxane , Sorbitan Olivate , Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone/ Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer , C20-40 Acid , Stearoyl Inulin , Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Disteardimonium Hectorite , Cetyl Dimethicone , CI77492 , Dextrin Palmitate , Polyethylene, BeesWax , CI77491 , CI77499 , HydroxypropylCellulose , Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract , Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Adenosine

 

 

 

Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream – cosmetics from the queen of skincare

Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream

Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream

Kate Somerville is the queen of skincare. Say her name and legions of skincare fanatics have their eyes light up. Everyone I know is interested in Kate Somerville skincare and wants to know more about it. But I have a surprising product for you, one I wouldn’t have expected from her line – Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream (Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA+++). I just don’t think of a cosmetic product when I’m thinking of the Kate Somerville line but she did indeed create one that is pretty fab. In actuality this is a crossbreed of cosmetics and skincare so you get a double dose of great.

The IllumiKate CC Cream is loaded with the skincare ingredients you want on your skin.

-Albatin, Licorice Extract, and Arbutin: Help to brighten the appearance of discoloration.
-Sodium Hyaluronate: Minimizes water loss and improves the appearance of skin.
-Chicory Root Extract: Helps to improve the integrity of the skin’s natural barrier function.

It has fabulous broad spectrum sunscreen coverage with these ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Oxybenzone 3%, and Titanium Dioxide 6.6%.

Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream

Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream

But what you really want to know is how it works as a CC Cream. Because of the skincare ingredients and the high SPF it’s a double duty product that I think of it more as a skincare item. It does color correct, which is what a CC Cream is all about though. It has buildable coverage so if you find the right shade then it would be a great CC Cream to own. On Sephora it’s available in 4 shades: Fair – fair skintones warm to neutral; Light – light skintones neutral to cool; Light-Medium – light medium skintones neutral; and Medium – medium to tan skintones with neutral to warm undertones. I wrote a little about this CC Cream in my winter foundation Makeup Wars article and said how I mix it with a touch of a lighter concealer to get a shade that’s a little better for me. At the time I didn’t realize that it also came in Extra Fair on the KS website, now that I do I have a solution to this minor dilemma.

Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream in Fair

Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream in Fair

Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream in Fair

Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream in Fair

The product is a little thick when it first comes out of the tube but as it warms up it blends in beautifully.  I’m amazed at what a small amount I need to cover my skin. It has a slight dewy finish to it which I love. Since it’s winter I’m getting away using this without any powder and I like that.

Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream info

Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream info

I start with a serum and for this winter weather I’m following that with a moisturizer. Besides being a little thick the Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream is also a little dry feeling. That means I don’t break out with the oilies in my t-zone. In the warmer weather I doubt I’ll use a moisturizer but I will use some type of serum.

So what do we have?

1) A terrific sunscreen of SPF 50 PA+++ with broad spectrum protection

2) Skincare ingredients that help brighten discoloration as well as excellent moisturizing properties

3) A color corrector in the form of a CC Cream which you can use alone for color or use as a starter point for foundation

4) Kate Somerville – enough said!

5) Oh and it has a lovely light citrus fragrance that disappears (a little too soon if you ask me)

I think that adds up to a pretty great product if you can find the proper tone for your skin. I like this kind of math!  — Marcia

What’s your favorite Kate Somerville product?

*sent for review

Ingredient list:

Water, Phenyl Trimethicone, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate, Butylene Glycol, C20-40 Pareth-3, Arbutin, Caprylyl Methicone, Glycerin, Steareth-21, Glycereth-26, Silica, Dipropylene Glycol, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Extract, Tocopherol, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Lecithin, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Aminoethylphosphinic Acid, Ammonium Polyacrylate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Decylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Stearyl Alcohol, Steareth-2, Cellulose Gum, PEG-32, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Mica. [May Contain +/- Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI77492, CI77499)].

Makeup Wars – heavenly foundations

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This week the Makeup War bloggers have decided to take on foundations again. It’s not a new subject for us, or any bloggers, but since we are such fickle pickles most of us change our minds more often than the typical pickle. I have a box filled (or overfilled) with foundation, BB Cream and CC Cream. Choosing which to share was actually easier than I thought since I looked at my vanity and saw 6 bottles and tubes that I’d been switching between for the last several months. So that’s what you see here (along with my laundry room!).

Makeup Wars Heavenly Foundation picks February 2014 @beautyinfozone

Makeup Wars Heavenly Foundation picks February 2014 @beautyinfozone

There are 3 foundations that have been in heavy rotation. These are the items I’ve used the most in January especially.

Makeup Wars foundations: Senna Lasting Illusion, Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation, Lancome Teint Miracle

Makeup Wars foundations: Senna Lasting Illusion, Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation, Lancome Teint Miracle

Senna Lasting Illusion Satin Matte Foundation – I recently reviewed this and to be honest it’s been on my face almost constantly the last few weeks. I’m crazy about the finish of this foundation. It’s the fullest of the three I’m sharing but it’s not so full that it’s mask-like. It covers my imperfections beautifully and lasts wonderfully even in the harsh weather we’ve had in Michigan. I can’t get over how much I like it. I have new items to review but I don’t want to put this away.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation – I need to write a review of this soon. This is the lightest weight, sheerest of the foundations shown but some days that’s exactly what I need. You can build this up to give a fuller coverage though. It’s a beautiful luminizing finish. It comes in 6 shades and it’s only $14.99.

Lancome Teint Miracle – I’ve had this particular bottle at least 3 years but it’s just as good as ever. I know some people wouldn’t keep it that long but as a blogger I am constantly switching and testing. Yet I come back to Teint Miracle often. If I’m asked about Lancome this is what I recommend too. It’s available in an amazing 31 shades so there’s something for everyone here. When I first reviewed it (January 2012) it was available in 16 shades. They’ve since doubled the amount of shades and raised the price $6. I will most likely rebuy this with the right gwp some day.

Makeup Wars Foundations - CC Cream version with It Cosmetics, Kate Somerville Illumikate CC, Pur Minerals

Makeup Wars Foundations – CC Cream version with It Cosmetics, Kate Somerville Illumikate CC, Pur Minerals

My BB creams are all put away for now but 3 of the CC Creams I have are still playing a big part in my rotation. I use these often when I’m in a hurry because they contain skincare elements and SPF but I also use them because I love the finish of them.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC+ Cream has been mentioned by me so often that you are probably tired of the repetition. But when something is this good, it’s worth me telling you over and over. As much as I love this brand and want to recommend it all to you, this is my absolute favorite product from them. This fickle pickle has told you other products were her favorite but this is the true favorite. When I first reviewed it was summer, now it’s winter and it’s still just as wonderful.

Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream is my newest CC Cream and it’s another winner. This only comes in 4 shades though. I was sent this in Fair to review but it’s still a little dark. The solution for me is to take some of my tarte maracuja concealer and mix them, about 1/3 concealer to 2/3 IllumiKate. That color works and I have this beautiful glow that has SPF 50. Look for a full review very soon on this.

Pur Minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is another favorite that works for me year round. I’ve worn this in all seasons except spring and my skin loves it in all of those seasons. The consistency is mousse-like and spreads so easily.

This fickle pickle is officially declaring these 6 products her favorite foundation picks. But don’t be surprised to hear of more later though since I have a few more products to review for you. Fickleness can be delightful!! Have you worn any of these 6? If not which would you most want to try? — Marcia

Please read what these other lovely ladies have decided to share with us. Sharing is caring!

Other Makeup Wars articles can be found HERE.
*some items sent for review purposes

Supercharge your eyes with Ole Henriksen Perfect Truth CC Eye Creme

Ole Henriksen Perfect Truth™ CC Eye Crème

Ole Henriksen Perfect Truth™ CC Eye Crème

This summer is the summer of CC Creams for me. It’s not that I don’t love my foundations and BB Creams but I think I’ve been spoiled by the letters CC. I’m constantly reaching for these as my face color of choice and Ole Henriksen’s Perfect Truth™ CC Crème with broad spectrum SPF 30 is getting an awful lot of use. CC Creams aren’t that terribly different than BB Creams but for me they have more color correcting and more coverage. Plus I’m getting the best of all worlds with good old Ole these days because I’ve been sent his Perfect Truth™ CC Eye Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 15 to test and share the results.

Ole Henricksen Perfect Truth™ CC Eye Crème

Ole Henricksen Perfect Truth™ CC Eye Crème

This CC Eye Crème is a triple threat because it not only protects my eyes with sunscreen, it also protects my eyes with its moisturizing and lightly conceals at the same time. The initials CC stand for Color Correcting and Ole Henriksen does this in a very soft way. If you need heavy duty concealing this isn’t going to do it but if you need to improve the appearance of your undereye area then you want to read on.

Perfect Truth CC Eye Creme

Perfect Truth CC Eye Creme

I almost always mix my concealer with an eye cream. I’ve been doing it for years. Perfect Truth™ CC Eye Crème saves me from that step since it is the eye cream. The moisturizing effect of this is great. The area under your eyes has the most delicate skin on your face and you need to care for it in a fragile way. When companies describe how to use their eye creams they always say to apply with your ring finger since they know you’ll have a lighter touch that way. No matter what finger or tool you use, don’t rub, just pat. That’s how Perfect Truth™ CC Eye Crème works best. You don’t need a lot either. This is an illuminating eye cream/concealer. It’s not flat so it gives my undereye area a very soft look. Almost like the camera stopped focusing on my dark circles and fine lines.

Perfect Truth CC Eye Creme swatch

Perfect Truth CC Eye Creme swatch

Perfect Truth CC Eye Creme blended

Perfect Truth CC Eye Creme blended

It’s loaded with wonderful ingredients:
-Proprietary Five-Source Vitamin C Complex: Brightens, firms, and strengthens.
-Tripeptide-5: Supports natural collagen and elastin; reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
-Ferulic Acid: Defends from environmental aggressors and prevents premature aging.
-Sodium Hyaluronate and Ceramides: Plump the look of skin while nourishing and replenishing moisture.

Perfect Truth CC Eye Creme

Perfect Truth CC Eye Creme

I don’t know about you but at my age I need all the strengthening, plumping and moisturizing I can get. This only comes in one shade but since the texture is so light I think this will work for just about everyone. You blend it in (with that ring finger) and you mostly see the moisturizing, not the concealing. I sometimes follow up with another concealer but most days I don’t need to. It seems to be enough for me lately. It illuminates under my eyes with light reflecting pigment that is meant to diffuse flaws. With time the skincare ingredients are meant to help brighten, fade spots and minimize fine lines. I’ve been using this about a month and I’m seeing the beginning of these effects. If I’m going out at night I’ll reapply this or another concealer just like I refresh my eyes, cheeks and lips.

I’m happy to have another Ole Henriksen product to keep me supercharged and protected from the damaging rays of the sun and the damaging everything of Father Time! — Marcia

*provided for review

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better™ CC+ Cream wants to win your heart

It Cosmetics Anti-Aging Full Coverage Physical SPF50 CC Cream (qvc.com)

It Cosmetics Anti-Aging Full Coverage Physical SPF50 CC Cream (qvc.com)

It’s no surprise to tell you that summer is in a scant 2 weeks. Whether it’s summer, fall, winter or spring though It Cosmetics has something special for you. Two of their newest products have made their way to Beauty Info Zone and we’re thrilled to share these with you. CC Creams are the newest craze and It Cosmetics knows what they are doing as you shall read today. Something even newer is their No. 50 Serum Anti-Aging Collagen Veil Primer and you are going to want this too once you read all about it next Sunday (we believe waiting is good for you). So sit back, relax, and start reading. Then get out your credit card so you too can have these delights.

When I found out that It Cosmetics had a CC Cream I was in total heaven. My favorite brand with one of the first CC Creams on the market. I knew I was in for a treat and I was right about that. I’m head over heels for this. The full name is Your Skin But Better™ CC+ and this is not hype!

It Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC+

It Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC+

What’s the difference between a BB Cream and a CC Cream you ask? (of course you did!) Well from my understanding a BB Cream gives you a light coverage that helps conceal and correct. It was originally considered a “blemish balm” which eventually became a “beauty balm”. A CC Cream has fuller coverage while still containing the best aspects of the BB Cream, it’s a step up the ladder. It’s less like a tinted moisturizer yet it’s lighter in texture than a foundation. It’s a multi-tasking product.

Let’s look at everything that It Cosmetic’s CC Cream has before I start gushing all over the place about my feelings!

1. SPF 50+ UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum sunscreen

Active ingredients for IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream

Active ingredients for IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream

2. This is a physical only sunscreen, it is not a chemical sunscreen.

3. It’s a full-coverage color-correcting cream, antiaging serum, and broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 50+ protection all in one fabulous package.

4. It was created with plastic surgeons to help you develop your best skin ever.

5. “The hydrating formula is infused with peptides; niacin; algae; vitamins A, C, B, and E; hyaluronic acid; and hydrolyzed collagen, along with antioxidants and exotic botanicals for brightening and color-correcting benefits.” (from IT Cosmetics via qvc.com)

It Cosmetics CC+ Cream

It Cosmetics CC+ Cream

Now why do I love It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better™ CC+? Because it applies like a dream and it wears beautifully. I’m getting all the best of the skincare world along with all the best of the color cosmetic world in one handy tube. I have a very uneven skintone and this corrects the way my skin looks the way a full coverage foundation would EXCEPT it’s lightweight and looks totally natural. It has the nicest quick scent of citrus that I notice when applying and then it’s fragrance free. Some days I set it with It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores powder while other days I leave it to be a little more dewy without anything over it.

a drop of Fair

a drop of Fair

blended in

 Fair blended in on Marcia

It Cosmetics CC+ Cream in Medium

It Cosmetics CC+ Cream in Medium

Medium CC+ cream on Lisa's hand

Medium CC+ cream on Lisa’s hand

Two more reasons why I’m in love: it doesn’t settle into those fine lines and the color stays true most of the day without running. But there is one strange thing that I learned when I was looking at all the amazing statistics about It’s CC+ Cream – it contains snail secretion as one of its main ingredients. When I first heard of this as an ingredient in Korean cosmetics (where this is made) I was a little grossed out but since then I’ve learned that it’s common because it’s a terrific moisturizer. it cosmetics CC cream box ingredients

I could go on and on with stats etc. but why when I can sum it up in one word: GUSHING! Get yourself to QVC and pick which of the 5 shades are best for you. GUSHING!! — Marcia

*sent for review