Makeup artist finds from Phytomer – and a giveaway!

Phytomer GiveawayHow about another amazing giveaway?  Phytomer, a French-based professional skin and body care line found in high-end spas all over the world, asked me to choose 3 of my favorite products for a giveaway.   They sent some really terrific products, which I expected since they are one of the few spa brands with their own laboratory and team of scientists.  I chose these three makeup artist-friendly items for the giveaway:  Rose Visage Toning Cleansing Lotion, Hydracontinue Radiance Energizing Cream, and CC Creme with SPF 20.

If you are a makeup artist, you will want all three of these products in your bag of tricks.  And if you just specialize in doing your own makeup, you will want them too!

Phytomer Rosee Visage

Phytomer Rosee Visage

The ROSÉE VISAGE TONING CLEANSING LOTION ($33.50) is everything you need to cleanse and tone all in one bottle.  It is perfect for pretty much everyone since it’s free of alcohol and super gentle.  It cleans like crazy but doesn’t leave a tacky film behind.  Skin is soft, clean, and ready for product.  This has a very soft rose scent that doesn’t linger.  It really is fantastic.

Phytomer Hydracontinue Radiance Energizing Cream

Phytomer Hydracontinue Radiance Energizing Cream

Phytomer Hydracontinue Radiance Energizing Cream

Phytomer Hydracontinue Radiance Energizing Cream

Every makeup artist wants a cream that will hydrate skin and work as a perfect base for makeup.  Phytomer’s HYDRACONTINUE RADIANCE ENERGIZING CREAM ($54) is the perfect answer.  This lightweight cream soaks in quickly and leaves the skin with an amazingly soft texture.  Check out the clinical test results:

Healthy complexion: 95%*
Immediately hydrated skin: 85%*
After 30 minutes, level of hydration: +66%**
Revitalised skin: 85%*
Toned skin: 85%*

I love this as a primer.  It works on every skin type from dry to oily, and it makes a perfect canvas for makeup application.  This is a wonderful multi-tasker that needs to be in your kit.

Phytomer CC Creme SPF 20

Phytomer CC Creme SPF 20

swatch of Phytomer CC Creme

swatch of Phytomer CC Creme

swatch of Phytomer CC Creme

swatch of Phytomer CC Creme

PHYTOMER CC CREME SPF 20 ($51) is such a great find!  It just came on to the market last March.  This creme is fabulous all by itself, or patted on before foundation and under heavier makeup. It evens out skin tone, gives an extra glow, moisturizes, refines pores, and provides sun protection.  There is only one shade but it’s very forgiving, and works on all but super light or dark skin tones.  The effect is beautiful and natural looking.  Phytomer, please make this in more shades!!

Phytomer has sustainable products that truly deliver results.  This is one giveaway everyone – professional makeup artist and cosmetics aficionados – will be extremely happy with.  You will be sending me a gushing thank you note soon!!

Phytomer is giving all three products to one lucky winner.  This fabulous giveaway runs through October 13th at 11:59 p.m. (If comments aren’t open please comment on our Facebook page or email me at [email protected]gmail.com). — Lisa

*products reviewed and giveaway prize courtesy of Phytomer.

This giveaway is US only.

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It Cosmetics and QVC want us to CC Your Way to Beautiful Skin on 3/10/14

CC Your Way to Beautiful Skin!

Available March 10 on QVC as the Today’s Special Value

 

QVC Special for 3/10/14 Beauty Skin! Collection

QVC Special for 3/10/14 Beauty Skin! Collection

Set your clocks ladies and not just for Daylight Savings Time. I want you to set your clocks for the fabulous It Cosmetics TSV on QVC. It’s called CC Your Way to Beautiful Skin and here’s the reason why you need to order – not only will you get a supersize It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum but you’ll also receive the ultimate tool to apply it with.

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum in Fair

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum in Fair

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+™ Cream in Medium

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+™ Cream in Medium

There are 4 products in this TSV and Monday, March 10th is the only day you’ll get this at the special price of $58.98. This kit contains CC+™ Lip Serum Hydrating Anti-Aging Color Correcting Creme Gloss, Tightline™ Waterproof Mascara Primer, a super size (2.53 fl oz) Your Skin But Better CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+, and a Heavenly Luxe™ Plush Paddle Foundation Brush.

The TSV I’ve been sent hasn’t arrived but I’ve been talking to all my blogger friends to find out all I can. I’ve always raved about the CC+ Cream and have featured it in my reviews. I absolutely can’t wait to try it out with the Heavenly Luxe™ Plush Paddle Foundation Brush. The brush is thicker than the typical paddle shaped foundation brush so it’s going to apply the CC Cream beautifully. But even better is that it’s an It Cosmetics brush. These brushes are out of this world. Like all It Cosmetics products they are cruelty free.

a drop of Fair

a drop of Fair

a dollop of Medium

a dollop of Medium

 

Heavenly Luxe™ Plush Paddle Foundation Brush

Heavenly Luxe™ Plush Paddle Foundation Brush

First, start your routine off right with Your Skin But Better CC+ ™ Cream with SPF 50+. Using the Heavenly Luxe™ Plush Paddle Foundation Brush, apply a smooth, even layer to clean skin or on top of moisturizer. This CC Cream combines several products in one step, including SPF 50+ UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum, Physical Only, Non-Chemical Sunscreen.  This is the SUPERSIZE Your Skin But Better CC+ ™ Cream with SPF 50+; at 2.53 FL oz, it more than twice the size of the original CC+ Cream!  Be sure to blend this multi-tasking cream all over the face, neck and décolleté to provide the look of an even, hydrating, luminous finish.

Tightline™ Waterproof Mascara Primer

Tightline™ Waterproof Mascara Primer

Tightline™ Waterproof Mascara Primer brush

Tightline™ Waterproof Mascara Primer brush

Next, prep and prime the eyelashes with a waterproof mascara primer that lasts 12 hours! Lightly and gently press the Tightline™ Waterproof Mascara Primer wand along the root of the lash line to fill in the gaps between the lashes to achieve the look of full volume and definition. I had the original Tightline Mascara Primer and I’m so looking forward to having another one. This time it’s waterproof so you can look even more outstanding at weddings and special events. I’m not good at waterlining but this goes on differently so I’m not washing it away. Move along the entire upper lash line for a beautiful and natural liner effect for lashes that appear longer and fuller.

CC+™ Lip Serum Hydrating Anti-Aging Color Correcting Creme Gloss in Love

CC+™ Lip Serum Hydrating Anti-Aging Color Correcting Creme Gloss in Love

swatch from phyrra.net of Love

swatch from phyrra.net of Love

There’s a new lip product that I can’t wait to see. Like the other products in this TSV it’s only available in the set. The shade is called LOVE and it’s mauve pink but a brighter pink. This new lip product is more hydrating than their others which is hard to believe considering how hydrating It Cosmetics makes their glosses. The name is CC+™ Lip Serum Hydrating Anti-Aging Color Correcting Crème Gloss.

It QVC TSV (photo from phyrra.net)

It QVC TSV (photo from phyrra.net)

$58.98 gets you all this. Remember that the original Your Skin But Better CC+™ Cream costs $36 on its own and this one is 2.53 oz compared to 1.08 oz. You pick your shade from Fair, Light, Medium, Tan or Rich. Here’s my personal hint and how I’ll be ordering this to be sure I get my CC+ Cream in Fair …. I go through Ebates or Mr. Rebates. That gives me a little money back and I can do it on my own time frame. Of course I plan on ordering early since I’m not taking a chance that my shade will run out. Will you be taking advantage of this amazing TSV with me? Don’t tell me no, I don’t want you to be sorry! — Marcia

*press sample expected, I’ll update pictures when it comes

some pictures are courtesy of Phyrra.net, some are from qvc.com and some are personal

Makeup Wars – Summer Complexion Fixers

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It’s summer and I’m all about using the lightest products I can on my skin. When Makeup Wars decided to do “summer complexion fixers” I headed right to my BB Creams and CC Creams. These are the products that get me through when the weather heats up.
I’m concentrating on the three CC Creams that I own and love. These are what I’ve been using for the last month or longer with a few BB Creams thrown in so they don’t get lonely.

 

I’ve previously reviewed It Cosmetic’s CC+ Cream. I love it, I truly do. The official name is Your Skin But Better™ CC+It lives up to its name – it is my skin but better. I won’t go on and on about this since you can read my previous review but it’s a win!

 

The first CC Cream I bought was from Wei to Go. I learned about it from Pammy Blogs Beauty and it was on my mind from that point on. I bought it in the winter since I needed a CC Cream in my collection. I bought it on beauty.com’s site but now it seems to be available just on their site and on Birchbox. What’s nice about Wei to Go Ideal Skin Perfect Finish is that it’s great for travel. I’ve got in it Light and it’s extremely light so if you are super fair this might be good for you. I don’t like the packaging at all though for home use. I think it’s wasteful but the product is good.

It Cosmetics CC+, Wei to Go Ideal Skin, Ole Henrickson Perfect Truth CC Creme

It Cosmetics CC+, Wei to Go Ideal Skin, Ole Henrickson Perfect Truth CC Creme

 

What I’m using all the time now is OLE HENRICKSEN Perfect Truth CC Creme. I seem to be reaching for this daily. Ole Henricksen’s CC Creme (press sample provided) is loaded with their wonderful skincare to make this anti-aging. Here’s some information straight from the source: “Five sources of vitamin C and tripeptide-5 expertly blended with nourishing ceremides and sodium hyaloranate visibly reduce discoloration and fine lines while plumping and firming the look of skin. All whipped up in sheer illuminating coverage and a velvety nourishing texture that melts into skin to diffuse imperfections, skin clarity, resiliency, and radiance improve instantly and over time.”

 

What’s important though is that the Perfect Truth CC Creme looks good on my skin. Even though my comparison pictures shows this as the darkest of the three CC Creams I use, it morphs into the right color on my face. It has a luscious light citrus fragrance that dissipates fairly quickly and gives me enough coverage to get through the day. It doesn’t melt off in sheets of color which is a blessing to me. I like that it has the promises of reducing redness, helping with fine lines and brightening my skin. This comes in Light or Medium so if you can find a shade that works for you I say go for it.

 

Here are some pictures before you move on to see the rest of the Makeup War bloggers choices. We always have some winners for you but, of course, I’m sure my choices are the best. — Marcia

CC Creams: It Cosmetics, Wei to Go, Ole Henrickson.

CC Creams: It Cosmetics, Wei to Go, Ole Henrickson.

blended CC Creams: It, Wei to Go, Ole Henriksen

blended CC Creams: It, Wei to Go, Ole Henriksen