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IT Cosmetics CC+ Your Way To Radiant Skin! 5-Piece Collection

IT Cosmetics CC+ Your Way To Radiant Skin! 5-Piece Collection

IT Cosmetics CC+ Your Way To Radiant Skin! 5-Piece Collection

IT Cosmetics is back with another QVC Today’s Special Value. This time, it’s their CC+ Your Way to Radiant Skin! 5-piece Collection.  This collection, available for one day only exclusively on QVC and QVC.com starting midnight (right now) March 27, 2015 features the following products:

 Anti-aging Full Coverage Physical SPF50 CC+ Cream Illumination

This is one of IT Cosmetics’ number one selling products.  It combines sun protection, full coverage foundation, brightening corrector, anti-aging serum, pore-minimizing primer, dark spot corrector, and moisturizing day cream all in one. The coverage is amazing, and you only need a little bit. It also doesn’t feel heavy on the skin either.

Anti-aging Full Coverage Physical SPF50 CC+ Cream Illumination

I can get away with the ‘Rich’ shade almost barely in the winter, but come the warmer months, when my skin is exposed to the sun more, I can see this shade not working for me at all.

Available in the following shades: Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, or Rich

Anti-aging Vitality Face Disc

This 0.78 oz compact features a Matte Bronzer, illuminating powder, and blush that are all formulated with anti-aging ingredients, and is talc-free.

Vitality Face Disc_CC+ Your Way To Radiant Skin! 5-Piece Collection

For my complexion, as you can see from the swatches, the only thing I can really get away with using is the blush.  .:Womp Womp:. I do love the texture of the bronzer and highlighter. I just wish it wasn’t a one-size fits all palette.

Eye Shadow Trio in ‘Pretty In Spring’

IT Cosmetics Eye Shadow Trios are amazing.  They are highly pigmented, and apply effortlessly and smoothly.  The Trio included in the CC+ Your Way to Radiant Skin! 5-piece Collection is rightfully named ‘Pretty in Spring’.  It features three spring-ready shades: a cream shade; Blissful, pale rose shade; and Serene, a rich toffee shade.  All help you create a beautiful, natural-looking, radiant eye look.

Eye Shadow Trio in 'Pretty In Spring'

Heavenly Luxe Radiance Wand Brush

It Cosmetics has some of the best brushes on the market. I’m happy to see that the CC+ Your Way to Radiant Skin! 5-piece Collection has two brushes in the set.  The Heavenly Luxe Radiance Wand Brush, is a soft, fluffy dome-shaped brush to help you effortlessly apply your bronzing powder, illuminator and blush.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Radiance Wand Brush

Heavenly Luxe No Tug Dual Eye Shadow Brush

This is one of my favorite brushes from IT Cosmetics. It’s a dual ended brush that can be used for many things.  I use the large, slightly dense brush head to apply and blend my eyeshadow, and sometimes my concealer.  The smudger side, I use to smudge eyeshadow or liner into my lower lash line.  This brush is perfect for applying makeup to the delicate eye area.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe No Tug Dual Eye Shadow Brush

The combination of the five products in the CC+ Your Way to Radiant Skin Collection promise to help you achieve the most radiant and glowing skin. And then there are the added benefits of SPF50 UVA/UVB sunscreen, just in time for the warmer spring and summer months.

The CC+ Your Way to Radiant Skin! 5-piece Collection will be available on QVC or QVC.com for under $60 ($172.00 value).  Product Code: A262750

 

James Vincent talks about The Makeup Show New York 2015

The Makeup Show New York 2015 10 year

The Makeup Show New York 2914  Haul

 

As a budding makeup artist and beauty blogger, the highlight of my year is always The Makeup Show New York. I’ve been attending The Makeup Show New York for the last 5 years, and each year it gets better and better. The classes and seminars are amazing – I’ve taken a few myself. And then, The Makeup Show showcases the best brands in beauty, both old and new.

Every year, I look forward to finding out just what the masterminds behind The Makeup Show New York have up their sleeves. As a blogger, I get a sneak peek inside just the day before the show begins during the blogger preview. This time, I’m providing you with a little bit more insight ahead of time with this interview from James Vincent, Director of Education.

Keep reading to see what James Vincent suggests to look out for this year at The Makeup Show New York.

Makeup by Kim Porter (MUBKP): The most important question first: Will you be wearing your “Diva” jeans this year? Why or why not?

 

James Vincent (JV): LOL. I probably will be wearing my Diva jeans and a few looks from LA based designer Ashton Michael who always makes me look my best. I will not lie. I love a tight Rock N Roll jean, and for my size, it is not always easy to find things I like. Lady jeans do it. I feel like a big, fat Joan Jett

MUBKP: The Makeup Show New York is now in its tenth year, as the Director of Education, how do you feel The Makeup Show has progressed over the last decade in educating the makeup artist community?

JV: I think in the last ten years The Makeup Show has managed to change the game. Education has always been a part of what we do and now is status quo at all shows. I think we have focused on women in the industry and artists of color and communities that were not traditionally represented on stage or in the spotlight. When we started the show other shows said …”Oh, they do not get real artists…they get bridal or retail artists.” Our thought has always been that we want to be inclusive for all professionals in our industry and give them all a place to come to for education and information and access to the industry leaders and I think we do that now better than ever and it just keeps growing.

MUBKP: Every year The Makeup Show New York has something new to offer, whether its education, a new vendor or product, we can expect to find it at The Makeup Show.  What can attendees expect to find and experience this year?

JV: This year we have a week of education to celebrate The Makeup Show NYC 10 year Anniversary. We have our The Makeup show Gala which is a sit down dinner and performance. We have a week of events and parties that end the Tuesday after the show in my NYC Beauty Bus Tour and we have our The Makeup Show book. All very exciting.

MUBKP: With all of the vendors, seminars and workshops The Makeup Show New York can seem overwhelming.  What is your advice to someone attending The Makeup Show New York for the very first time?

JV: Prepare yourself. Set a schedule for yourself and follow it. Look online and print out the show at a glance. Make notes on your education first. Where you want to be, who you want to see and what time the class starts. Plan your shopping and networking around that. Be comfortable but represent yourself professionally. Meet your friends and have them help you through and most of all have fun.

MUBKP: Are there any favorite vendors/products you’d suggest are a must-try or kit must have? What about classes/workshops?

JV: They are all my favorites. It is like Sophie’s Choice but I think Ellis Faas and Donald Robertson are very exciting. They are fashion industry giants. I think the Ruby Academy Social Networking panel is inspiring and I think there are so many exciting things happening on our FX and Seminar stages.

MUBKP: You can be honest, which city is your favorite place to host The Makeup Show?

JV: Another impossible choice. NYC is my home and our largest show. LA always has a place in my heart and I lived there for a long time. Orlando is easiest and ends with me with a beer by the pool, and Dallas is new and fun, but I think Chicago might be my favorite. It is the stepchild.  My smallest show and the toughest to promote, and to get artists to attend, but I feel like the community there is so strong and growing, and really talented. I want to work towards build a big artist community there and have the show rival NYC in size…But I love them all, of course.

The Makeup Show New York 2015 10 year 

I hope this interview with James Vincent has given you some insight on what to expect this year at The Makeup Show New York, which will take place May 3-4, 2015 at The Metropolitan Pavillion. I also hope to see you there. Stay tuned for my pot on how to navigate The Makeup Show.

 

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation & Audacious Lipstick in Raquel

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

With only two items purchased, I can’t even justify this post as a haul post. But, I am happy to report that I’ve picked up some amazing new goodies: NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation and the NARS Audacious Lipstick.

NARS Cosmetics has some of the best makeup on the market with a price tag to match. I was in need of a new foundation since my HG foundation, which is no longer available, expired. Since I was able to justify my purchase, I decided to treat myself to the latest, and most raved about NARS foundation, the All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation.  For reference, I picked up the shade ‘Macao’ which, is described as “Medium – dark with yellow undertones.

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

The NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is described as

Weightless Long-wear Technology delivers up to 16 hours of wear, while always feeling light-as-air. Featuring advanced flexible polymers and first-to-market treated pigments.

After wearing the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation for a few weeks, I must say that I am happy with the results. After applied, the foundation looks like my skin, but better. It isn’t heavy, and doesn’t look cakey, and applies easily. Stay tuned for a full review.

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Swatches

The NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is available in 20 shades, and costs $48/1 oz.

NARS Audacious Lipstick Raquel

The NARS Audacious Lipstick is described as

Modern lipstick so shamelessly seductive in touch and texture the sensation is audacious. Unadulterated luxury glides on like satin across skin with single-stroke coverage.

I also picked up one NARS Audacious Lipstick in ‘Raquel’.  Porsha Williams of The Real Housewives of Atlanta has deemed ‘Raquel’ her go-to neutral lipstick, and we’re similar in complexion, so I figured it would be a good match for me as well. Since seeing her Instagram post, I’ve tried picking it up, but it’s been sold out up until a few weeks ago when I made my purchase online.  I’m happy I was able to get my hands on a tube, too. The NARS Audacious Lipstick in ‘Raquel’ is a beautiful, if not, perfect pink-beige neutral lip color for me. It applies smoothly, is creamy and pigmented. I’ll post a full review soon as well.

NARS Audacious Lipstick Raquel

The NARS Audacious Lipstick is available in 40 shades, and costs $32.

Have you tried the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation or Audacious Lipsticks?

What are your thoughts?

 

 

 

How does Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Compare to my HG Mascara?

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

I was gifted a Sephora gift card for Christmas. Stumped on what to pick up, I polled one of the beauty blog groups I’m a member of asking them what was worth picking up from Sephora with a $20 budget.  The majority of the responses sang the praises of the Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara. This was a great suggestion since I ran out of my Holy Grail (HG) mascara, and I wouldn’t be a good beauty blogger if I didn’t try out new things, right? So off to Sephora I went to pick up the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.

Too Faced describes their Better Than Sex Mascara as

Inspired by the curves of a woman’s body, the hourglass-shaped brush was designed with extra stiff bristles to maximize the performance of this carbon black, collagen-fueled formula. One coat and lashes are full and defined. Two coats and lashes are even more luscious, curled, and dramatic. Three coats help you achieve the most intense, black, multidimensional lashes possible. 

 

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

The Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, after one coat, I saw a huge difference in my lashes.  They seriously looked like a natural pair of false lashes. Well defined, dark black like I like them, and my lashes weren’t clumpy.  Two coats, my lashes were vavavoom! So full of volume, but still looked natural. By coat three, my lashes did start to clump together, but didn’t give off the spider lash look, and I could also feel the product on my lashes.

The formula of the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is wet, which is how I like my mascaras. With the help of the curved brush, it applies smoothly. Sometimes if a mascara is too wet, I’d have mascara transferring onto my lids, and sometimes my under eye area because it didn’t dry fast enough. However, I didn’t experience this with the Better Than Sex Mascara. And as far as how long I could wear it, after about 5 hours, I didn’t have flaking, but I did notice dark circles around my lower lash line. For some reason, any mascara I use tends to settle there.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Brush

Overall, I was impressed with the results I experienced from using the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. It definitely rivals my HG mascara giving my lashes the look of natural-looking falsies.  I have sensitive eyes, and although I liked the look the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara gave, my eyes didn’t really like the formula too much.  After application, my eyes burned slightly, but it didn’t last long. I’d say the feeling is akin to the sensation one would feel during allergy season; however, I didn’t experience redness of the eyes.

I’d recommend the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara for those without sensitive eyes, especially if you’re in the market for an intensely black, high-end mascara that adds volume and definition to lashes.

The Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara retails for $23/0.27 oz and can be purchased at Sephora or Sephora.com.

Have you tried the Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara?

What do you think of it?

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