It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact Review

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Hello Friends!

If you have been a reader of my blog for any length of time then you know that I love It Cosmetics. Their CC Cream is my one true foundation love. When I saw that QVC was launching a kit with a new foundation product I ordered it asap. I’ve been using it for several months now and I’m ready to share my thoughts with all of you! SPOILER ALERT: So Disappointed!

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Birthday Haul!

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Hello friends!

Today I want to share with you some of the goodies I received and/or bought around my birthday last month!

The first products I want to share are the birthday rewards I received from Sephora and Ulta.

From Sephora I received the Nars Lip Duo in Rikugien and Cruella

From Ulta I received the Bare Minerals Moxie Lipgloss in Birthday Babe

My mom surprised me with a trip to Ulta and she bought me the Bare Minerals Bare Skin Concealer and the It Cosmetics CC Radiance Blush in Sugar Plum.

Finally, on to the goodies I snagged for myself!

Lipstick Queen’s Medieval, is supposed to be the red that everyone can wear, because it is so sheer. It’s actually really pretty on, but for some reason I don’t have a picture of me wearing it, boo bad blogger!!

I also finally grabbed the Tartelette palette! This palette is amazing and I think I used it non stop for about two weeks even though I was only going to school drop off and pick up 🙂

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The last thing I have to share is the only item I purchased from Sephora, and that is the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask. I have to be honest with you guys, this product totally lives up to the hype. If you have dry, chapped lips this stuff will sort you out asap!!

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Well, that wraps up my birthday haul! I will be reviewing some of these items more in depth, so stay tuned!

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GRWM: It Cosmetics CC Cream Illumination & CC Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream

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Welcome to my first ever Get Ready With Me Post! If you have been with me for awhile you know how much I love It Cosmetics, so I am excited to share my thoughts on two of their newer products It Cosmetics CC+ Cream Illumination and the CC + Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream. Let’s get started!

First up, my super pale bare face with my lovely dark under eye circles:

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After cleansing and moisturizing my face I grab my Coastal Scents Angled Kabuki Brush and It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness and apply around my nose and my chin.

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Up next is the CC Cream Illumination and the CC Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream. I have been using my Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer brush to apply the CC Cream.

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I highly recommend checking out Coastal Scents brushes as they are very affordable and good quality, Coastal Scents is cruelty free and they have sales several times a year! Just FYI they do sell natural/animal hair brushes and synthetic brushes (I only use synthetic) so be sure to double check which type of brush hair you choose if you get some Coastal Scents brushes!

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CC Cream Dots! Super Glamourous!

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Now, here are my thoughts on the new It Cosmetics CC Cream Illumination: When you swatch this on your hand you may have the same reaction I did “WHY SO MUCH SHIMMER JAMIE??” (I may or may not have watched Jamie Kern Lima present on QVC one too many times & feel like we are on a first name basis). I was really bummed with how shimmery it seemed on my hand, but do not despair friends, it doesn’t show up on your face as glitter/shimmer, but they are not kidding about the Illumination part of their name.

All I have on my face in the below picture is Bye Bye Redness and the Illumination CC Cream (in Light). I have gotten several compliments on my skin while wearing this CC Cream, which is always nice to hear! If you like a dewy/glowy face, I would really suggest you try this new CC Cream. You can see the glow/illumination look a little on the above pictures but this picture really shows the highlight effect on my cheek:

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The It Cosmetics CC Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Eye Cream (man It Cosmetics loves their long product names!) is a newish product. I am using the shade Light. It has the same 50+ UVA/UVB SPF that is in the CC Cream and the consistency is a lot thinner than Bye Bye Under Eye. This also has what It calls “cold spoon technology” where the applicator always feels cool. I really really enjoy the cool sensation in the mornings when applying, it feels nice and helps wake me up. I’m not sure this offers the same full coverage as the Bye Bye Under Eye Concentrate (in the blue jar), but I do like having the SPF for my undereye area during the summer.

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For Cheeks I went for something super easy and quick: BECCA Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Watermelon/Moonstone You just blend it in with your finger!

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For my eyes I decided to use the It Cosmetics Eye Shadow Trio (Pretty in Spring) that came in the TSV with the Illumination CC Cream. It is a great neutral trio that is a snap to blend together!

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This is a little more involved than I would normally do for preschool drop off alone, but it works great for a neutral daytime look for work or meeting friends for lunch!

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Well, that is a wrap on my first Get Ready With Me! Have you used any of these products? What did you think?

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2014 Beauty Favorites (It Cosmetics, Josie Maran & More!)

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My major resolution for 2014 was to get educated on skin care and makeup. With the exception of eyeliner, which I still have issues with because I can’t see without my glasses, I feel I have come a really long way! I have found a lot of products and companies that I like and even love, but I have limited this list to the products that have really rocked my world this year!

Let’s get started!

Skin Care

Josie Maran’s Argan Oil: (Vegan) I know this has been around for a long time, but I am so glad I decided to try it! It has replaced my night time serums and moisturizers and my skin is in great shape. My husband also has been using it to replace his after shave gel when he shaves his head and he says he loves how it makes his head feel 🙂

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Rosemira Citrus Blossom I-Restore Eye Cream: Everything I tried from Rosemira has been excellent. My absolute favorite is the Citrus Blossom I-Restore Eye Cream. I use this at night in combination with my Argan Oil and this eye cream has revitalized my under eye area. No more dry/patchy skin around my eyes!

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Pelle Beauty Stellar Multitasking Facial Oil: (Vegan) You guys, this oil is my everything. You can use it so many different ways! When I went on my girls weekend, I took this with me and used it as my eye makeup remover, daily moisturizer and hair serum. I also use this to tame Liam’s fly away hair. I am almost half way through the bottle I received as a birthday gift from Marnie because I can not stop using it. This product is an always repurchase for me!

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Makeup

I have broken this down into sections, mostly because it makes sense in my brain to list these in close to application order, also it’s my blog so I do what I want 🙂

Face Products:

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream: This CC Cream provides the same coverage as a medium to full foundation, and is a great multi-tasking product. This is a combination moisturizer, primer and foundation. It looks great all on it’s own, but I have recently been applying it with the Real Techniques Multi-Tasking Face Brush in a thin layer all over my face as a primer for the next item on the list

It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation: This is a product I didn’t love at first, but the more I played with it and found the best way (for me) to wear it is in combination with the CC Cream and I’m now loving it! Once I started using this in combination with the CC Cream, I have had several people comment on how good my skin looked, which has never ever happened to me!

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Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown: Okay people, I’m not sure how I made it my entire life prior to this year not filling in my brows but I will never go back! I have bald patches in my brows and I always assumed that using brow products would be hard, but I have never been more happy to be wrong! This is the product that even if I have no time for makeup, I will make time for my brows. It may be weird to call a makeup product life changing, but that is how I feel!

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Eyeshadow:

High(ish) End:
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette: This truly lives up to the hype. The eyeshadows are beautiful and apply and blend like a dream. I really think if you want to invest in a big palette, you should try this one! Also, it smells yummy!

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Single Shadow:
Kiss My Sass in Steam Punk. (Vegan) I have been obsessively wearing this eyeshadow every single day since it arrived in the mail. It is getting to the point that I may actually have to put it away, just so I can wear some other shadows. It is described as a medium brown with an almost metallic finish, but I’m not sure that does it justice. It is so so gorgeous and as soon as it is back in stock, I am going to buy back ups. YOU NEED THIS EYESHADOW IN YOUR LIFE!

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Blush and Highlighters

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Highlighter:

The Balm’s Mary Lou-Manizer: is the hands down winner for this category. It is super super shimmery (but not glittery) and pigmented and you can easily end up with way too much on and look a little crazy. I like to use a very thin fan brush to apply to my cheeks, under my brows and sometimes if I’m feeling fancy on my cupid’s bow. If you want to try it don’t pay full price, The Balm is on HauteLook every few months!

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Tarte’s Exposed (Amazonian Clay Blush) This is a great everyday shade that is almost impossible to mess up, which is why I love it!

It Cosmetics Radiant in Rose: This is a highly (EXTREMELY) pigmented blush stain that is gorgeous.  There is a slight learning curve, because even when you think you are using a super light hand, it is probably still too much, but I love the texture and the staying power! I will be trying some other shades!

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So, what was my absolute favorite beauty related item this year?

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Hands down it is the Stellar Multitasking Facial Oil. This product changed my beauty routine by making it simple and easy. I love it and if I had a ton of money, I would buy this for everyone I know! Please do yourself a huge favor and check it out!

Well, that wraps up my first ever Beauty Favorites post. I hope you enjoyed it! What were some of your favorite beauty items this year?

Now that I am done with this post I am going to go watch and read everyone else’s favorites videos. I wouldn’t let myself see any of them because I didn’t want to be influenced to add things to my list…also, let’s be real: I would have been so busy watching and commenting on those videos, that this post would never have gone up!

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Quick & Easy Mom Makeup!

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Hello Friends!

Today I wanted to share with you some of the newer products that I have been using in the mornings before getting Liam ready for school. I have almost no time to get ready, so multi-tasking and easy to use products are a must! I have this routine down to under 10 minutes and if I need to, I can cut out a few things to make it even faster.

First up is my beloved It Cosmetics CC Cream. This is an excellent all in one product! This product can take the place of moisturizer, primer and foundation. On my no time to get ready days, I also use this under my eyes and on my eyelids to cut out concealer and eye primer. It Cosmetics CC Cream is medium to full coverage.

Next up is Bare Minerals Well Rested Concealer this is another awesome multi-tasking product. When I have a lot of time, I like to use this to set my It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer. If I am super pressed for time, I use this alone as an under eye concealer and on my lids to even out the skin tone.

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette this is a super easy brow product to use and since I have bald patches in my brows, it is a must have/always use product for me!

Everyday eyeshadow for me is a super simple single wash of color. Lately I have been loving Steampunk by Kiss My Sass Cosmetics (you can check out my haul post here). It comes as a loose powder, but I pressed the shadow because I am a klutz!

The newest mascara I have been using is Tarte’s Light Camera Lashes. I bought the Deluxe Sample Size for 10.00 to try it out and I am loving it!

On my cheeks today is Tarte’s Exposed Cheek Stain. I bought the Exposed 4 piece collection that was at Ulta, sadly the set is no longer available, but all the items in the set are part of the permanent line. Exposed is a great neutral pink, perfect for everyday!

My everyday lipstick has been Bite Beauty’s Rhubarb. I bought the Holiday Mini 4 pack at Sephora, but Rhubarb is one of Bite Beauty’s permanent colors. It is a great neutral lip that is quick and easy to apply!

Here are a few swatches:

Steampunk & Rhubarb

Steampunk & Rhubarb

Exposed

Exposed

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My fabulous hairstyle is inspired by the fact that I am in desperate need of a cut and color but have no time, so up in the ponytail it goes 🙂

I know this isn’t a groundbreaking post, but I wanted to share that it is possible (and easy!) to look pulled together for preschool drop off even if you have next to no time!

What are your go to get ready in a flash products?

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Review: It Cosmetics Vitality Flush Anti-Aging Lipstick Stain & Gloss Duo

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Hello friends!

Today I want to talk to you about a lip duo that I bought on QVC in October. You guys know that I have an It Cosmetics problem, so when I was browsing through that section of their website and stumbled on this, I had to try it out!

I decided to go with the Berry Flush duo, because that was the set that seemed the most fall/winter appropriate. You can also buy each piece of this set separately.

From the QVC website:

Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Anti-Aging Lipstick Stain Reviver gives you a long-wear flush of naturally pretty color and antiaging, hydrating, luxe treatment lip balm, and it’s infused with a powerful stain that doesn’t dry out your lips. The lipstick/stain is in the shade Pretty Woman. It looks very dark in the tube, but as you can see in the swatch below, it really does come out as a flush of color (as the name Lip Flush suggests). I have been wearing this a lot since I have found the formula to be staining and moisturizing and I feel It Cosmetics knocked it out of the park with this product. I will be purchasing other shades in the Vitality Lip Flush line. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVitality Lip Butter Anti-Aging Gloss delivers added high shine and rich pigment that glides on like a lightweight serum and instantly hydrates and protects your lips. Both formulas drench your lips in butters and oils that work together to hydrate, condition, and nourish, minimizing the appearance of lip lines. The shade that came in this set is called I Believe. I am surprised that I haven’t been wearing this more on it’s own, the way I have with Pretty Woman. There is nothing wrong with the gloss and I do enjoy it, but I haven’t been reaching for it as much as I have the Lip Flush. I do think it pairs well with Pretty Woman & when I am going out for dinner, I always pair the two and it looks fabulous.

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Have you tried the Vitality Lip line from It Cosmetics?

Thanks for reading!