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IT Cosmetics Brow Power Product Review

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Product Review

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Product Review

beauty blog, makeup blog, product reviews blog, beauty reviews blogThis season, brows remain a focal point in the beauty world, and some ridiculous trends have cropped up as a result.  So far I have seen photos of feather brows, wavy brows, braided brows… ugh.  I am channeling my inner Regina George and saying “stop trying to make fetch happen” to the Gretchen makeup artists who are simply trying too hard.  That being said, perfect shape, zero sparse areas, and every single hair in place are absolutely how you nail the trend.  IT Cosmetics already had a super selection of brow pencils, but they’ve added three new weapons to their brow power arsenal for Fall 2017.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE all three!

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Product Review

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Pomade Applicator

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Pomade Applicator

The IT Cosmetics Brow Power Pomade is a super-star product.  This completely clear brow gel can be applied to the brows easily with a teensy little applicator brush.  The formula provides a tiny bit of hold to unruly brows, without making them look stiff or glossy.  Retail price is $24.

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Transforming Taupe

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Transforming Taupe

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Powder is available in a shade named “Universal Transforming Taupe” that apparently adjusts its color based on the pressure used during application!  Not sure how anyone else feels, but this color does indeed work perfectly with my brow shade.  Using the IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Brow Power Universal Brow-Transformer Brush No. 21, you can brush the powder beneath your brows to fill in sparse areas and correct any misshaped spots. The dual-ended design means you can apply the product and shape the brows with one tool.  Retail price is $24 for the compact, and $24 for the applicator brush.

Retailers include ITCosmetics.com, Sephora, Ulta, and QVC.

The products in this review was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Smashbox Makeup Brushes For Foundation, Concealer, and Powder

Smashbox Makeup Brushes For Foundation, Concealer, and Powder

Smashbox Makeup Brushes For Foundation, Concealer, and Powder

beauty blog, makeup blog, product reviews blog, beauty reviews blogTruthfully?  I think maybe I have a bit of a makeup brush obsession.  I also have a bit of an obsession with the color red, so this collection of Smashbox Camera Ready Brushes is really ideal for me!  I purchased an inexpensive desk from Target to act as my vanity.  The color? Red… of course.  An entire drawer of this piece of furniture is filled with makeup brushes.  It seems only right that maybe they feature sexy glossy red handles like this!

Brushes featured in image above (from left to right):

  • Buildable Foundation–  When you are using a medium to full-coverage concealer, it’s best to build up the coverage in thin layers for a more natural look.  This brush is key for this strategy!  Also, if you’re looking to purchase only one foundation brush, this one is your best bet as it can work with almost any formula.  Retail price $32.
  • Sheer Foundation–  This foundation brush is my new favorite!  Intended for use with light-coverage foundations (that are so popular these days) this brush features very long bristles that distribute product evenly in a wider area.  Retail price $40.
  • Powder Foundation– This dense brush is perfect for mineral foundations, and buffs them to a natural finish!  Retail price $38.
  • Full-Coverage Foundation– This brush is intended for full-coverage formulas, and features a slightly angled design to really conform to the face during application.  Retail price $36.
  • Sheer Powder– This brush features long bristles to evenly dust a fine layer of powder on the skin to set makeup.  Retail price $40.
  • Stippling Foundation– Designed to be used with liquid foundations, bronzers, and highlighters, this brush should be gently tapped all over the area you seek coverage, then gently swirled to blend.  Retail price $38.
  • Blurring Foundation– This brush can be used with liquids, creams, powders… you name it!  This brush is designed with multiple lengths of bristles to achieve maximum coverage when you have something to hide.  Retail price $32.
  • Angled Powder–  Fans of contouring, this brush is for you!  The Angled Powder brush can be used to create those perfect chiseled cheekbones using contouring powder.  Retail price $34.
  • Gel Cushion Applicator–  This brush is totally new to me!  Unlike a makeup sponge, this gel cushion applies makeup to the skin in a way more similar than fingertips!  Use it for applying primers, or any liquid or cream foundation. Retail price $20.

So far, I am insanely impressed with the Smashbox Camera Ready Brush Collection!  None of these brushes have shed even one bristle!  They are made with very soft, high-quality synthetic fibers, and YES they are cruelty-free!

Brushes from the Smashbox Camera Ready Brush Collection can be purchased at Smashbox.comSephora, Macys.com, Nordstrom, and Ulta.

The product featured in this post was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Bloomingdales Beauty Box!

Bloomingdales Beauty Box!

Bloomingdales Beauty Box!

beauty blog, makeup blog, product reviews blog, beauty reviews blogI know so many beauty lovers who shop exclusively at boutique beauty stores, and completely overlook the fact that department store beauty department is often overlooked.  I LOVE getting reminders from luxury retailers like Bloomingdale’s that they offer just about everything a beauty-addicted consumer could want, including cutting edge tools!  I’ll be writing more about these products in future posts, but just wanted to give you sneak peek of the fabulous #RANBonusBox filled with goodies from Bloomies!

Click here to shop the latest trends at Bloomingdales.com! Shop new arrivals now. Don’t forget to hit the beauty department!

The products in this post were press samples courtesy of Bloomingdale’s. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

NYX Cosmetics Luv Out Loud Limited Edition Lippies

NYX Luv Out Loud Limited Edition Lippies

NYX Luv Out Loud Limited Edition Lippies

beauty blog, makeup blog, product reviews blog, beauty reviews blogAre you passionate, brave, fearless, confident, extraordinary, or brilliant?  That’s the question NYX Professional Makeup poses to consumers with this limited edition set of 6 Luv Out Loud Liquid Lipsticks, each sporting the budget-friendly price of $7!  This liquid lippie formula features a super light and comfortable whipped consistency, and applies with a pillowy-soft sponge-tip applicator.  The color delivered is intense and very long lasting!  If you’ve got a hankering for a gorgeous modern matte lip, these deliver!

NYX Luv Out Loud Swatches (left to right):

NYX Cosmetics Luv Out Loud Liquid Lipstick swatches

NYX Cosmetics Luv Out Loud Liquid Lipstick swatches from left to right:  Fearless– a bold lavender, Extraordinary– a deep violet, Passionate– dark aubergine, Brave– inky grape, Brilliant– tawny brown, and Confident– pale neutral.  This is my first introduction to NYX Professional Makeup, and already I’m feeling the itch to purchase one of their mega “vaults” of lip color, these liquid lipsticks were so divine!  Personally, I’m smitten with Brilliant.  It’s that perfect earthy shade of neutral that’s so popular right now.  I also love the bold and beautiful Passionate, a warm plum shade is simply perfect for fall!

Retail price is $7 per liquid lipstick.  Retailers include NYXCosmetics.com, Ulta, and Amazon.com.

NYX Professional Makeup, Luv Out Loud Limited Edition Set

NYX Professional Makeup, Luv Out Loud Limited Edition Set

The product in this review was a press sample courtesy of NYX Cosmetics. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

IT Cosmetics Fall 2017 Product Launches

IT Cosmetics Fall 2017 Launches

IT Cosmetics Fall 2017 Launches

beauty blog, makeup blog, product reviews blog, beauty reviews blogMy favorite season of the year is undoubtedly summer.  Even here in the desert, where temperatures can reach 120, I still love hot summer months and long sunny days.  In the world of makeup, however, my favorite season is fall.  Brands launch so many amazing new products for the fall/back-to-school season!  IT Cosmetics is no exception to this rule.  This year the brand sent me what I affectionately call the “tower of power”… a stack of boxes that was about the height of a small child.  Each box was filled with new product launches for fall 2017.

IT Cosmetics Fall 2017 Product Launches

IT Cosmetics Superhero Liner

IT Cosmetics Superhero Liner

IT Cosmetics Superhero Liner Swatch

IT Cosmetics Superhero Liner Swatch

To kick off one of MANY posts about these new launches, check out IT Cosmetics Superhero Liner.  This formula is waterproof for 24 hours, and delivers that gorgeous look of a liquid liner with the easy application of a felt-tip pen.  When I say easy, I mean easy.  I generally shy away from liquid liners, but this pen design delivers a precise line in a deep glossy black that will turn heads.  Once the product sets, it’s smudge-proof.  Retail price $24.

IT Cosmetics Perfect Lighting

IT Cosmetics Perfect Lighting

IT Cosmetics Perfect Lighting Applicator

IT Cosmetics Perfect Lighting Applicator

IT Cosmetics Perfect Lighting Swatches: Radiant Light, Radiant Neutral, and Radiant Honey

IT Cosmetics Perfect Lighting Swatches: Radiant Light, Radiant Neutral, and Radiant Honey

Just a couple of clicks of a button will dispense product through the brush of the new IT Cosmetics Perfect Lighting Radiant Touch Magic Wand, a concealer that also acts to brighten dull skin.  Swatched from left to right above:  Radiant Light- a neutral pink, Radiant Neutral- a pale skintone, and Radiant Honey- a medium skintone.  This product also contains a cocktail of anti-aging ingredients to keep your skin looking young and healthy!  Retail price is $29.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Illumination Radiant Translucent Powder and Sweet Cheeks Blush

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Illumination Radiant Translucent Powder and Sweet Cheeks Blush

To really get that complexion gleaming, IT Cosmetics offers new solutions for all-over face application, and for the cheeks!  Swatched at left above is IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Illumination, a translucent pressed powder that acts to camoflage the appearance of pores and deliver a soft-focus look to the skin.  The finish delivered is a radiant opalescence.  Retail price is $29.  

Swatched at right above is a new shade of IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Blush.  Sweet Cheeks is a universally flattering glowing golden pink that really makes those cheeks pop!  Other shades available include Je Ne Sais Quoi (a deep berry pink) and Naturally Pretty (a peachy tan).  Both formulas are talc-free, and are formulated to not settle into fine lines and pores.  Retail price is $24.

Retailers of these new launches include ITCosmetics.com and Ulta.

The product in this review was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.