Welcoming spring with Jane Iredale’s newest collection

jane iredale spring collection

The sun is finally shining and spring flowers are starting to pop up. While the BIZ team loves those signs of spring, an even greater sign is this collection from Jane Iredale that we were sent.

This Spring Color collection is aptly named Makeup on Nude and contains 2 peachy pink eyeshadow trios, 2 new Pure Moist lipsticks, a new cream blush stick, and a new Peaches & Cream Bronzer. Sounds and looks beautiful.jane iredale look

Jane Iredale’s philosophy is that cosmetics should be good for your skin and easy to apply. “Her goal is to make products that look good, feel good and are good for the skin.  Products must be easy to apply, as well, so that a woman can be her best in the shortest amount of time.” She achieved this in her latest collection. Thank you Jane!

MARCIA SHARES:

Jane Iredale spring: Candid Cream blush, Pink Quartz eyeshadow trio, Peaches & Cream bronzer refill

Jane Iredale spring: Candid Cream blush, Pink Quartz eyeshadow trio, Peaches & Cream bronzer refill

When Lisa and I divided these up I grabbed the InTouch Cream Blush in Candid. Years ago I had this in Clarity and loved it. These blushes are small but mighty. They are perfect to take with you because they’ll fit in your purse/makeup bag without being bulky. The tube may be short but the top is perfect for application. This just glides on and smooths out easily. It’s not a tacky blush because it’s a cream to powder formula.

Jane Iredale InTouch Cream Blush sticks (janeiredale.com)

Jane Iredale InTouch Cream Blush sticks (janeiredale.com)

Candid is one of 5 shades and one I highly recommend for spring. It contains just the right amount of peach to make it spring perfect. My favorite cream blushes have always been from Jane Iredale and this is no exception. Most cream blushes aren’t in it for the long run but Candid In Touch Cream Blush sticks around. I love the color and I love that there’s no fragrance.

Jane Iredale InTouch Cream Blush stick in Candid

Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush stick in Candid

Jane Iredale InTouch Cream Blush stick in Candid

Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush stick in Candid

Mineral Quad Bronzer in Peaches & Cream isn’t a bronzer on me at all. Instead it’s a multi-use powder that will add a beautiful shine but no shimmer. I’ve used this all over by taking a fluffy brush or fan brush and sweeping it on my face to liven up all this winter paleness. I’ve even used it as eyeshadows since the colors individually are so beautiful.

Jane Iredale Peaches & Cream

Jane Iredale Peaches &
Cream

Jane Iredale Peaches & Cream

Jane Iredale Peaches &
Cream

When I sweep my brush evenly across the 4 shades I end up with a peach shade that isn’t orange on me. It lightens and brightens at the same time. I use this all over very lightly or I’ll concentrate on my cheekbones.

Jane Iredale Peaches & Cream swept over all 4 shades

Jane Iredale Peaches &
Cream swept over all 4 shades

I’m all about eyeshadow but I saved it for last so that you can see the two trios that are just fabulous. I have PurePressed Eyeshadow Trio in Pink Quartz while Lisa will share the other new trio in Soft Kiss. You’ll fall for them both!

Jane Iredale PurePressed Eyeshadow Trio in Pink Quartz

Jane Iredale PurePressed Eyeshadow Trio in Pink Quartz

This is a little bit of heaven for me. They are exactly the colors I’ve been craving lately. I had put together a similar trio but it took me three different palettes to create it. My vanity was filled. Then I opened Pink Quartz and sighed. This single compact has everything I love. According to Jane Iredale it has matte light pink, shimmery soft pink and shimmery cool plum. To me and on me though I find it to be a matte very light pink, a shimmery peach, and a shimmery taupe that’s not too dark.

Jane Iredale PurePressed Eyeshadow Trio in Pink Quartz

Jane Iredale PurePressed Eyeshadow Trio in Pink Quartz

Jane Iredale PurePressed Eyeshadow Trio in Pink Quartz

Jane Iredale PurePressed Eyeshadow Trio in Pink Quartz

I’ve added the bronze shade in the Peaches & Cream Bronzer refill too for a little more definition. The shadows look powdery when I take a brush to them but they aren’t that way on my eyes at all. I have had no fallout but I have had full day coverage with an eyeshadow primer. The colors are beautiful, they last long, and they can be used wet or day. Plus they are vegan and cruelty free. I’m crazy about Pink Quartz!!jane iredale eyeshadows spring

LISA SHARES:

The Jane Iredale Spring 2017 Collection has super pretty shades that are definitely getting me in the mood for green trees and warm days.

Jane Iredale Soft Kiss Purepressed Eyeshadow Triple

Jane Iredale Soft Kiss Purepressed Eyeshadow Triple

Jane Iredale Soft Kiss Purepressed Eyeshadow Triple

Jane Iredale Soft Kiss Purepressed Eyeshadow Triple

My PurePressed Eyeshadow Triple is called Soft Kiss. The shades are a red based purple/mauve, slightly shimmery brownish taupe, and matte warm pink. I am very indecisive so putting together colors can be a real challenge for me. That’s why I love trios, and this one is a real winner. I use the lightest shade as an all over wash, the taupe shade in the crease, then the darkest shade also in the crease and down to line my upper lid. It makes for a very pretty, feminine eye, especially with deep black eyeliner and tons of mascara.

The eyeshadows are soft yet pigmented, and they don’t fade or crease on me. Nicely done, Jane Iredale!

Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lipstick in Lisa

Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lipstick in Lisa

Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lipstick in Lisa

Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lipstick in Lisa

The PureMoist Lipstick ($25) comes in a whopping 27 shades and the two new shades for spring are Lisa and Susan. This lipstick has a nice slip and a natural coverage – not too sheer and not too opaque. Even if you don’t normally wear lipstick I think you will like this one. The ingredients include natural oils and superfruit extracts, so lips feel very soft without any fragrance or taste.

Lisa is a creamy rose beige. Of course I love the name (!!) but I also love this shade, which is a fabulously neutral color that goes with everything. Lisa is one for the purse because you will find yourself reaching for this all-purpose lippie constantly no matter what time of day and what color your outfit.

Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lipstick in Susan

Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lipstick in Susan

Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lipstick in Susan

Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lipstick in Susan

Susan is a springy matte cool pink that adds a beautiful pop of color to your look. I love this with a soft white t-shirt and boyfriend jeans…it’s a fantastic easy-going shade that is very flattering.

Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lipstick in Lisa and Susan

Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lipstick in Lisa and Susan

If you are feeling like adding some nude options to your spring makeup wardrobe, Jane Iredale has fantastic options for you. Take a look; we know that you will love these as much as we do!

* sent for editorial consideration

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


*items were sent for consideration

Tune in January 19th for a wonderful new TSV for IT Cosmetics

tsv IT

 

I don’t think anything on QVC gets me going like an IT Cosmetics TSV. It’s time to get out your credit card because IT’S A NEW YEAR, YOUR MOST BEAUTIFUL SKIN time. This collection contains 5 brand new products that you need in your life. Not just want but NEED.

CC+ Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream

CC+ Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream

1)  CC+ Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream is a concealer developed to conceal skin discoloration while hydrating your under-eye area. It has a new type of cooling tip using a unique Cold Spoon Technology . You want your eyes nourished since it’s the most delicate skin on your face so you’ll appreciate that it’s made with hyaluronic acid, peptides, hydrolized collagen and silk + grape seed oil. It’s a full coverage cream and it contains SPF 50 to protect your eyes even more!

CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact

CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact

2) CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact is the most exciting product in this set. I absolutely adore IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream so to find this in the compact form is a thrill. The compact is airless. You push the button and a precise amount of CC+ Cream is dispensed giving you skincare, sun protection and full coverage. With SPF 50+ UVA/UVB sunscreen it makes it the ideal product for you year round. Your pores will be minimized, it helps correct dark spots, it has an anti-aging serum and a brightening color corrector. I say this is worth the price of the TSV alone.

CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder

CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder

3) CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder is next. This is a lightweight, hydrating powder. It was formulated to help erase the look of fine lines and pores. You’ll end up with an airbrushed look while using a talc free powder infused with hydrolized silk, hydrolized collagen, niacin and peptides. Nothing finer!

It Cosmetics Lipstick in Love

It Cosmetics Lipstick in Love

4) A new lipstick has come to town with IT’s Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill Lipstick in Lipstick in Love, a nude pink shade. Why not have the look of smoother lips while adding a great color? It’s formulated with nourishing ingredients that are meant to hydrate your lips: shea butter, jojoba, grape seed extract, cherry oil and hyaluronic acid. IT Cosmetics is always trying to up the ante and they’ve done that with a lipstick that helps smooth the look of lip lines.

CC+ Angled Buffing Foundation Brush

CC+ Angled Buffing Foundation Brush

5) If you’ve never tried IT’s brushes then you are in for a huge treat. This new brush is their CC+ Angled Buffing Foundation Brush. Like all IT brushes this is a luxe, soft brush that does the work for you. It’s custom cut by hand with over 80,000 hairs. You can seamlessly buff your makeup to help the look of pores and fines lines look almost invisible. All IT Cosmetics products are cruelty-free as is the new Angled Buffing Foundation Brush. I can promise you that you’ll love this brush and want to start collecting more from IT.

While I don’t have this TSV yet, I will share pictures once it’s mine. These pix are all from QVC where you can see the set now, A256971. The regular price is $72.50 but on Monday, January 19, 2015 there will be a special TSV price of $59.94. With 5 brand new products of the finest, cruelty free ingredients, this is a bargain. I can’t wait to get mine!!! — Marcia

Powdering our noses the Painted Earth way

Painted Earth calls themselves Cosmetics from Nature for a good reason – all products are organic, non-toxic and natural. They don’t want us to trade our health for our beauty. They are especially known for their skincare but we’ve found that their cosmetics are pretty terrific and we want to share two of them with you today. You’ve hopefully already read about the Hint of Mint Lip Glosses that have Marcia smiling. Well we have more smiles for you with Magic Powder (it’s compelling just for the name!!) and a beautiful Silk Radiance Mineral High Lite Powder.

MARCIA’S POWDER:

Mineral Silk Radiance Powder compact

Mineral Silk Radiance Powder compact

Mineral Silk Radiance Powder in Seychelles

Mineral Silk Radiance Powder in Seychelles

I’ve been lucky enough to use Painted Earth’s Mineral Silk Radiance Powder in the shade Seychelles ($34). Now some people like bronzer but I prefer a soft powder like this instead to give my face a healthy glow. I’m as pale as can be and in general I embrace my paleness but in the dead of winter especially there are days that I look like the dead of winter! This Mineral Silk Radiance Powder is made up of powders in shades of peach, cream, pink and a rosy lavender. These are soft shades that combine to give a beautiful soft glow on my face.

Mineral Silk Radiance Powder in Seychelles

Mineral Silk Radiance Powder in Seychelles

The powder contains great ingredients: Argan Oil to hydrate skin, Rice Silk to absorb excess shine, Multi-Mineral Complex from Painted Earth along with Vitamins A, C and E to help product skin from the environment. There is no talc in this powder and it’s mineral oil free.

After I’ve got my “face on” I love to take a big fluffy powder brush, sweep it over the powder and finish with it to set my makeup. It’s just enough to make me look alive while imparting a brightened look without ever looking powdery. This is just one of the many Painted Earth products that I’m thrilled to have.

LISA’S POWDER:

This is one of the weirdest products I have ever tried. And I mean that in a good way!! Magic Powder ($39.95) is the strangest, neatest finishing powders ever.  It really is magical!

Magic Powder

Magic Powder

Painted Earth says, “it’s a powder that magically turns into moisture when it is applied to your face. A difference you can see and feel. The Mineral Difference drawn from natures wonders, formulated into an unparalleled line of mineral cosmetics resulting in a more natural, beautiful YOU!”

check out the magic inside

check out the magic inside

This loose powder – and it does look exactly like a loose powder – somehow turns into a cool sort of liquid when it hits your face. The powder is still there, it still absorbs oil and finishes your makeup – but it also hydrates and gives skin a pretty, youthful glow.

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looks like powder, feels like water!

I use this on my face and neck using a big powder fluff brush.  It’s perfect for days when I feel super dry thanks to indoor heating. I can’t wait for this summer because I know I am going to love that cool, moist feeling when it’s really hot out.

what's inside that makes it magic?

what’s inside that makes it magic?

I can’t figure out how they did it, but it really works. Magic Powder starts as a loose powder, then becomes cool hydration for your skin, then works as a finishing powder to complete your look. I keep expecting David Copperfield to pop up next to my vanity…

My Magic Powder FOD

My Magic Powder FOD – David Blaine loves this look!

Painted Earth’s products were created to give you a healthy, youthful glow, and their powders live up to our expectations.  Check out this great line for unique, interesting products that really work!

*pr samples

What makes Make Up For Ever Pro Finish foundation so wonderful?

Make Up For Ever is a huge favorite at Beauty Info Zone so we were really excited about their first new foundation launch in four years – it’s called Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation ($36). This is an extremely unique multi-use compact foundation that you can use wet or dry. Wet, it gives sheer, satin coverage. Dry, it gives full matte coverage. Yes, you read that right – it’s just the opposite of most dual finish powder foundations! Dany Sanz, Make Up For Ever’s creator, tested more than 70 different formulas before perfecting this one. She wanted to create a foundation that could be used wet or dry, that would work for all skin issues, give buildable coverage, be portable, and give professional results in just minutes. Let’s see what Lisa and Marcia found as they tested the Pro Finish Foundation for this Side by Side review.

Pro Finish Foundation

Pro Finish Foundation

Lisa’s Side:

There is a lot to love with Make Up For Ever’s Pro Finish Foundation. The color selection is pretty amazing, with one of the most extensive shade ranges on the market. There are 25 different colors broken down into four undertones (golden, olive, beige and pink). I am in between fair and medium with neutral coloring, and my shade is #120.

three parts:  mirror, foundation, then sponge

three parts: mirror, foundation, then sponge

This is like no other powder foundation I have tried.  I have been leery of powder foundation ever since I was wearing an Armani powder foundation at the mall, and an MA stopped me. She said, “Can I please update your look for you? Your foundation looks so powdery it’s old fashioned.” The best part? She was representing the Armani line! There is much less talc in this foundation so it doesn’t make you look powdery. I like using it dry best since it gives a fuller coverage, although wet is a good option as well.

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shade #120

I find that this foundation is perfect for touch ups throughout the day – over other foundation or even by itself.

swatch

#120 swatched

The reason it works so well dry is because the pigment has a patented vegetal lecithin coating that makes the pigment look really natural on the skin.  Plus, it’s long wearing, and water resistant so using the powder wet doesn’t ‘wreck’ the compact.

the sponge gives a great finish

the sponge gives a great finish

If I use this wet, I get the sponge a little damp and then wipe across the powder, then I pat it on my skin. Dry, I prefer to use a kabuki-style brush. It’s super easy to build and covers freckles, dark areas, and veins with ease. The finish is lovely, it looks very natural on. This foundation is superstar wet or dry, it’s a great versatile foundation that should be in your stash.

My Pro Finish FOD - I used it dry for a full coverage

My Pro Finish FOD – I used it dry for a full coverage

Marcia’s Side:

What I like best about Make Up For Ever’s Pro Finish powder foundation is how versatile it is. I can use it wet, dry or as a finishing powder. It’s wonderful for all 3 types of application. While Lisa seems to like it best dry, I prefer it wet.

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation #110

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation #110

I’ve been using Make Up For Ever’s HD Invisible Coverage Foundation liquid since it first came out. I went to Sephora and was color matched to shade 115, described online as “Ivory – for light skin with pink undertones”. When Make Up For Ever color-matched me for the new Pro Finish I also needed those tones –  the description for #110 is Pink Porcelain. I really don’t find this to be that pink personally, I think they are both on the warmer side of pink. They both seem to help eradicate the redness on my face that I dislike so that makes me very happy.

#110 Pro Finish, #115 HD Invisible Coverage

#110 Pro Finish, #115 HD Invisible Coverage

The foundations are very different and don’t look the same on my face. Pro Finish gives me more coverage than HD Invisible Coverage does. Both though are flattering to my skintone and wear beautifully throughout the day. Pro Finish is a semi-matte finish while HD Invisible Coverage is dewier. The coverage of Pro Finish is also fuller.

#110 Pro Finish, #115 HD Invisible Coverage

#110 Pro Finish, #115 HD Invisible Coverage

I tested Pro Finish first by using it dry. I used my MUFE kabuki but felt the coverage was too heavy for me. Since my skin is dry in the winter it wasn’t the correct method of application as it made me appear more dry. I then used it as a finishing powder over their HD Invisible Coverage liquid and preferred that. I’ve since tried it over other liquids and like the light coverage it gives me with a powder brush. But I wanted perfection and that wasn’t achieved until I tried it wet. I love the finish I get when I use a wet sponge.

Pro Finish comes with a thin sponge that fits in the bottom of the compact perfectly. My preference though is to use a firmer sponge like the Beauty Blender. I get it quite wet and wring it out, then rub it on the compact to pick up the color. Then I pat that on. Done! And I mean completely done – I don’t need to top it with anything else. It’s perfect as it is. The sponge it comes with is great to use but only when it’s in my makeup bag, at home I love the Beauty Blender. As the “hot flash queen” I can attest to the fact that when I use it wet, it lasts. It doesn’t streak or become chalky. And finally, even after using Pro Finish wet, I can still use it dry. The finish isn’t compromised by wetting it.

Sponge for Pro Finish

Sponge for Pro Finish

Make Up For Ever’s Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation is available at Sephora and Sephora.com for $36. Our advice is to try to get to a Sephora store to be color matched; if that’s not possible then take a look at their color descriptions online since those seem accurate. Once you have it, experiment. Find your perfect finish because it’s there! Wet or dry you’ll find that one of these methods is going to be the proper one for you. Let us know once you’ve found it because we’re sure you will.

*Pro Finish provided for review *HD Invisible Coverage was a purchase

It Cosmetics Hello Light Radiance Powder – side by side review and giveaway

It is no secret – Beauty Info Zone LOVES It Cosmetics. It Cosmetics is the brainchild of creator Jamie Kern and a fan favorite on QVC. There’s a reason this line has a huge fan base – it is really terrific. They have amazing products, and our review today happens to be a personal favorite for both Lisa and Marcia. Want to look younger? Get moisturized? Banish oily skin? Check out this BIZ treasure, Hello Light Radiance Powder ($24), and then enter to win one for yourself!

Hello Light

Hello Light Radiance Powder and brush

It Cosmetics Hello Light Radiance Powder back of box

It Cosmetics has come up with a highlighter that not only provides a youthful glow, it also treats the skin with wonderful anti-aging ingredients.  It Cosmetics tell us that it has “micronized pigments of light, plus skin-loving ingredients including peptides, hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed collagen, silk and Vitamins A, C, & E and is free of all of the ingredients that make skin appear older like talc. Anti-oxidants hydrate, condition, and nourish your skin while warding off free-radicals all day long!” Younger looking skin plus nourishment at the same time?  Beauty Info Zone says ‘sign us up’!

Lisa’s Side:

WOW.  That one word pretty much sums it all up for me.

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Hello Light Radiance Powder

This is a really gorgeous highlighter that has a beautiful soft, silky texture. It’s hard to overdo application of this heavenly highlighter – while you can use it on your cheeks, forehead, and under your eyes I am pretty indiscriminate about my application. I slap it on all over and just love it. The powder gets rid of my shiny spots and absorbs oil and makes my skin look perfect. It doesn’t settle into my fine lines and it doesn’t make me look powdery or dry.

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Hello gorgeous!!

This is a golden, shimmery highlighter that I think would work for most skin shades.

swatched

soft buttery goodness

I can’t get over the texture of it. It’s a powder but it’s so moisturizing it feels almost buttery on. Beautiful! It Cosmetics, you have done it again.

Marcia’s Side:

Do you believe in magic? I’m not sure I did before but with Hello Light Anti-Aging Radiance Illuminating Powder I do now. This is like magic on my skin. I’ve always been fascinated by highlighters and have a small collection of them but I’ve never found one prior to this that I could say I L.O.V.E. This is absolutely amazing on my skin.

Unlike Lisa I’m very discriminate about where I place this. I pretty much follow the illustration back of the box. I especially use this around my eyes and on my cheek bones. I love it as a highlighting color on my brow bone. I love it on my cheek bones. Where don’t I love it?

There’s no glitter! There’s no sparkle! Yet it magically brings light to places I want light. The powder itself is very light with a golden tone to it. My skintone is extremely fair and it works perfectly for me. Lisa’s is more of a medium tone and it works perfectly for her. You aren’t going to look at either of us and ask “what’s that powder on your face?” You’ll just notice a youthful glow.

Now let’s talk about the brush you see in that picture on the top, the Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Brush ($48). It is only amazing. Like all It Cosmetic’s brushes it’s cruelty-free, soft as all get out, yet does the job. Read this information from It Cosmetics and tell me you aren’t melting!! “This ultra-luxe plush specialty brush is designed for perfect application, and an esthetically pleasing experience. Its unique wand ball brush head is uniquely crafted, and starts its life by going through a tedious process where each hair is sculpted and trimmed, forming a perfect round ball shape. This creates a unique pick-up and distribution process of powder, for an invisible airbrush finish. Perfect for anyone who wants luxurious application of both pressed and loose powder products, including setting powders, illuminators, bronzers, or blushes.” it heavenly light brushWe have really good news for one US subscriber. One person is going to win both of these. Someone will be able to experience the luxurious brush and the perfect illuminating powder thanks to the generosity of It Cosmetics who not only sent both of us these to review but an extra for one of you. Allow the Rafflecopter to load in order to enter. US only, open through 1/23/13 at 11:59 p.m.

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Side by Side: Poise Int’l Makeup and a giveaway

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to go to a spa in Beverly Hills and be treated like royalty? While Beauty Info Zone can’t take you there (nor can we afford to go there) we can bring a little of it to you with Poise Int’l Beverly Hills. This is a company that’s been in the beauty business for many years and has been trusted by celebrities to give them services and products they can rely on. Not only does Poise Int’l have a full line of spa products but they also have state of the art make up. Today for Side by Side we’re going to introduce you to their pressed mineral powder and HD cream foundation. Later we’ll be sharing with you other products that from them. In addition we have a giveaway for you. Let’s get to the reviews first….

Marcia’s side:

I’m reviewing Poise International’s Cinema Touch HD Cream Base palette. Lisa and I are showing you professional palettes so you’ll have an idea of the wide range of shades in Poise Makeup’s line.  You don’t need to be a makeup artist though to buy Poise Makeup since they sell all products individually. While this entire palette with 15 shades would cost $213.75, an individual Creme Foundation is just $19 for .11 oz or $34 for .5 oz . In total there are 21 shades of the Creme Base available.

Poise Foundation palette

Swatches taken with flash

swatched without flash (click to enlarge)

What makes this Cinema Touch HD Creme Base so good is that it can be used as concealer as well as foundation.  This is a high pigment foundation that contains a balance of minerals, botanicals, peptides and vitamins. It’s recommended for all skin types. It’s recommended for covering tattoos in one pass. What I’ve found is that the foundation goes on so effortlessly. You can use just about any tool you like from your fingers to a dampened sponge to a brush. All give a striking finish. If you want your skin looking more airbrushed then using a dual fiber brush that is lightly dampened and then buffed into your skin works beautifully. For my fair, cool toned skin I’ve found three shades that work well for me as concealer and foundation: Neutral Beige 0, Neutral Beige 1, and Olive Neutral 0.

Individual packaging for Poise Makeup

Individual packaging for Cinema Touch Base

The intense pigment makes this a great choice for photography as well as everyday use. Of course Poise Int’l believes you should follow with their Pressed Powder which Lisa will now tell you about.

Lisa’s Side:

The Mineral Pressed Powder Palette (palette $120 retail, pressed powder $29) is a great choice for several reasons:  1. it gives you six options for powders, so you can use them for contouring or have choices for changing skin color due to faux tanning; 2. it’s fabulous for makeup artists; 3.  the colors pop out so you can refill them and/or replace with other colors.  Here’s what you get:

Poise Mineral Pressed Powder palette

close up of powders

Six huge pans, with colors ranging from Translucent to Deep Tan.  The powder is finely milled and leaves a nice finish that isn’t powdery.  It does a nice job of keeping the oilies at bay.

swatches

Pictured above are swatches of each color.  Translucent is pretty invisible and would work for all but very dark skin.  Fair is perfect for lighter skin tones, and Soft Beige, Deep Beige, and Bronze are all great for medium skin tones.  Deep Tan is for darker skin tones, and can also be used as a bronzer and for contouring.  These are beautiful pressed powders that have no fragrance, and the amount of product you get is terrific.

GIVEAWAY:

Even though we have two more reviews upcoming on this great brand, we are beginning a giveaway for you today. Come back on Tuesday, April 17th to learn about more of the items when Lisa reviews all the cream products from Poise and then again Friday, April 20th to learn about the cream blushes from Marcia. Rest assured, you’ll like these items. Products were sent by Poise and will be mailed by Beauty Info Zone. This giveaway ends on Saturday, April 21st at 11:59 p.m. EST and is open to subscribers in the US and Canada. Wait for the Rafflecopter to load. We have two mandatory requirements (subscribe and comment) and several optional ones that can be done daily. Good luck!!

 


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