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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IT Cosmetics newest TSV, #ITSuperstars, has begun for 11/12/16 only

IT's your top 5 superstars and more!We gave you a tease of the presale for the newest IT Cosmetic TSV over on QVC and now it’s time for the real thing. The TSV is going on right now through 11/12/16 and you don’t want to miss it. It’s the perfect time to stock up on old favorites and add some new ones to your collection. IT Cosmetic always has our favorite TSV because they are such a bargain. For just under $60 you’ll receive 6 of their most popular full size items. Where else can you get 6 winners for only $10 each?

IT's your top 5 superstars and more!IT's your top 5 superstars and more!Beauty Info Zone was sent the TSV to help show you what you’ll be receiving. Each of us will share three of the items so you can rush over to QVC and buy this in your shade.


Celebration Foundation Illumination™ in Medium

Celebration Foundation Illumination™ in Medium

This powder foundation works quickly to give your skin a flawless look. It’s infused with Illuminating Drop of Light Technology™ and anti-aging ingredients. This is a wonderful hydrating formula and with the brush included in the set will give you amazing coverage in just 30 seconds. It can be built to full coverage and it has just a touch of illumination to give your skin some brightness.


This is all you need to cover even the darkest under eye circles.

This is all you need to cover even the darkest under eye circles.

This too is available in 5 shades so once you pick your foundation shade you’ll receive the matching concealer shade. This is the original Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer that we’ve raved about endlessly on Beauty Info Zone. Bye Bye Under Eye is what started us on our love affair. You need a tiny drop of the concealer. The best recommendation we can give you is to place a drop on the back of your hand and rub it gently to warm it up. Then tap it gently under your eye or on other imperfections in your skin. Buff it in with your favorite IT brush and you’ll be set. You’re going to love the coverage.


IT Cosmetics Brow Power

IT Cosmetics Brow Power

IT Cosmetics Brow Power

This wonderful eyebrow pencil is noted because of its charitable aspect as well as its ‘your brows but better’ formula. This universal pencil adjusts to all eyebrow shades by the amount of pressure you use. You can do short feathery strokes for lighter brows or build up to the darkness you need. Brow Power contains biotin, saw palmetto and antioxidants so it’s not just a wonderful tool to use but it is good for you.


IT COSMETICS Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

IT COSMETICS Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

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IT Cosmetics has always made great mascara and the Superhero Mascara saves my lashes every time. It does everything that one would expect from a mascara called ‘Superhero’:  lengthens, volumizes, and separates. The Elastic Stretch Technology wraps around each lash and only gets darker, stronger, thicker, and longer with each coat. In fact, one coat gives lashes 500% more volume! That is a definite game changer.


NEW Heavenly Skin™ Full-Coverage Foundation Brush

NEW Heavenly Skin™ Full-Coverage Foundation Brush

How gorgeous is this brush???  The Heavenly Skin Foundation Brush is the new product in this collection of superstars and it is right at home amongst the best of the best. The super cool swirly brush head has a ‘blur factor’ thanks to the Heavenly Skin brush hair, and the custom cut swirls hug facial contours. The result is an airbrush finish that looks just beautiful.

Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Lip Treatment

Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Lip Treatment

I love all the incarnations of Je Ne Sais Quoi™ lip products and this one is no exception. It’s not a lipstick, it’s a super hydrating lip balm that gives just a hint of color to lips. It feels wonderful on and gives a great slip to lips. I have pale lips to begin with so I think the Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment could have even more of a tint, but anyone with a little natural color to their lips will love it. The packaging is awesome – the cap clicks into place so there is no chance this will come apart in your purse.

Head on over to QVC for this awesome IT Cosmetic TSV.  The collection is only on sale until 11/12/16 so order yours today for the best ever price on all your superstar favorites! – Lisa and Marcia

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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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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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Pürminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and Chisel Brush get some love, side by side

Purminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup

Purminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup

Purminerals is a cosmetics line that is famous for what it’s products DON’T have – you won’t ever find any Parabens, SLS, Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, DEA, Formaldehyde, or Hydroquinone in their products.  What they do have are excellent mineral-based products that perform, and are affordable to boot. Let’s see what Lisa and Marcia think about two Purmineral best sellers:  4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and the Chisel Brush.

Lisa’s Side:

I’ve been a huge fan of Purmineral’s 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup ($26) for years. In fact, I haven’t been without one of these babies in my stash for the past six years.  This pressed powder makeup is one hard working compact, tackling four different jobs:  it can be used as a concealer, as a foundation, as a finishing powder, and as sun protection.

Pur Minerals

Pretty compact!

The coverage is medium, and it’s very natural looking. It doesn’t make skin look dry, nor does it settle into fine lines – I think because there’s no talc in it. In fact, it has shea butter in it which makes it a much creamier powder foundation than most. It really ‘melts’ into your skin, doing an especially terrific job of covering any red areas.


Sturdy, thick compact

My only complaint about this terrific 4-in-1 foundation is that it seems to go so fast! I find that I hit pan relatively quickly, but then I just go back to Ulta and buy myself another one. This really is one of my favorite powder foundations ever.


4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup in Blush Medium

My shade is Blush Medium, which works perfect for my somewhere-in-between-light-and-medium skin tone.


Blush Medium swatch


Blush Medium swatched again

Pur Mineral 4-in-1 powder foundation in Porcelain

Purminerals 4-in-1 powder foundation in Porcelain

The finish is matte but with super tiny shimmers which give the skin a great glow. I have long adored the Purminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and I highly recommend it.

Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and Chisel Brush

Purminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and Chisel Brush

 Marcia’s side:

Now that Lisa has sold you on Pürminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation you need to know more about the Chisel Makeup Brush. This brush is great for the foundation but it has other uses, especially with Pürminerals Pressed Blush and Specialty Powders.

Pur Minerals Chisel brush

Purminerals Chisel brush

It’s so easy to use the Chisel Makeup Brush with the foundation or other products. Pürminerals calls the method the “3D” method – Dip, Draw, and Dust.

DIP the brush into the powder foundation and pick up the amount you need, I swirl it around on the powder.

DRAW circles on the lid to remove the excess.

DUST on the foundation in downward strokes to get a flawless finish.

A pristine brush will look like this:

Pur Minerals Chisel brush

Purminerals Chisel brush

Here’s what the brush will look like when you have the foundation on it:




I advise washing the brush before you use it. It’s a little bit scratchy at first but washing it in something like J&J Baby Shampoo or a mild cleansing product that you’d use for your brushes takes away that feeling. The brush is stiff, it needs to be since it has to pick up the product and blend it on your face. But once washed it becomes soft and easier to use.

This duo sells for $40 and the pressed powder foundation is available in 10 different shades. Buying these together is a savings of $10 since the brush retails for $23 and the foundation for $26. A bonus is that if you order from the Pur Minerals website you’ll also receive a free palette (there’s a choice of 3 at checkout!!). We don’t know how long this bonus lasts but it’s a winner. One of the choices is the Beautiful Creatures palette that I reviewed here. If you are in the market for a new foundation put this Pür Minerals duo on your list.

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BREAKING NEWS: On Tuesday June 25th this duo is on Hautelook for the amazing price of $15 and not only that but you get a blush with it. Total steal and the perfect time to buy this. Hautelook keeps things on sale for 3-4 days but often sells out.