Fabulous Fall Makeup From IT Cosmetics

IT Cosmetics is one of my favorite beauty brands.  I love trying all of their products — or at least as many as I can!

IT products are developed with leading plastic surgeons.  The cosmetics and skincare are made with cutting-edge, anti-aging technologies and high performance, skin-loving ingredients.  They provide beauty solutions designed to help us ladies look and feel our most beautiful!

I was lucky enough to be sent these products below to try and review:

Naturally Pretty Essentials Your Superhero Eyes Must-Have Eye Set
Naturally Pretty Essentials Your Superhero Eyes Must-Have Eye Set

Naturally Pretty Essentials Your Superhero Eyes Must-Have Eye Set ($28 USD) –Discover your most naturally pretty eyes with an essential eyeshadow palette that’s perfectly sized to go wherever you do, plus a game-changing mascara that goes beyond the ordinary to transform your lashes! Ideal to gift or get, Naturally Pretty Essentials™ features 6 full-size, anti-aging shadows that, with a tap of the bonus Transforming Hello Light™ shade, turn from matte to radiant satin for a total of 13 eye-opening colors. Developed with plastic surgeons and formulated with collagen, real silk and proprietary No-Tug Technology™, each talc-free shadow glides on smoothly and neutralizes discolorations for younger-looking lids.

To enhance your gorgeous eyes, this palette comes perfectly paired with a travel-size Superhero™ Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara to give your lashes super length, super elastic stretch and a 500% increase in volume in just one coat*! The proprietary Elastic Stretch Technology stretches the look of your lashes wider and longer, and wraps each individual lash in a volume-boosting, lengthening, ultra-conditioning black cape of power and color for your strongest, thickest, most defined results.


  • Imagine: Matte silk beige
  • Wonder: Matte nude khaki
  • Dream: Matte desert sand
  • Passion: Matte nude taupe
  • Intrigue: Matte earthy sepia
  • Allure: Matte smoky gray
  • Transforming Hello Light™: Radiant pearlWhat I think: Superhero is my favorite mascara because it really makes my short lashes long and curled!  The shadows glide on easily and stay on all day.  I love that they are matte, but you can give them a little glow with the Hello Light.  They shades are so pretty and perfect for every day, but can be smoked up with the Allure shade.
    You Sculpted!
    You Sculpted!

    You Sculpted! ($40 USD) –Developed with plastic surgeons, the leading experts in contouring and aesthetics, each powder shade is formulated with proprietary Perfect Lighting™ Technology to mimic real facial contouring and provide a foolproof alternative to fillers. While the four contour shades absorb light and minimize the areas to which you apply them, the two highlighters enhance features you want to pull forward, creating the appearance of more volume. Talc-free, and perfect for all skin types and skin tones, these shades are infused with anti-aging collagen, silk and peptides to blend effortlessly and deliver smooth, natural-looking coverage that lasts all day.

    Added bonus: There’s an included how-to guide to make sculpting your most beautiful you easier than ever!

    What I think:  This contour kit is cool because it includes 4 different matte bronzer shades, so it can be used on many different skin tones.  They can be used to sculpt the face, or to give a subtle glow.  The two highlighters give a soft glow, but not shimmer or glitter.  This is so versatile.  Use it with the Heavenly Luxe™ You Sculpted!™ #18 Contour & Highlight Brush ($34.50).  It is perfect for contouring and highlighting!

    Purchase these and so much more at http://www.itcosmetics.com.  You can also find IT Cosmetics at QVC and Ulta.


Skincare To Prepare Your Face For Cooler Weather Ahead!

As the weather gets cooler, I add more steps to my skincare routine to keep my skin hydrated and to fight wrinkles!

The products below cleanse, hydrate and treat dull fall and winter skin:

Pure Marula Facial Oil
Pure Marula Facial Oil

Marula Pure Marula Facial Oil ($58 for 1 oz and $78 1.69 oz USD) — Light and hydrating, Pure Marula Facial Oil absorbs quickly into the skin without a greasy after-feel providing immediate and long lasting hydration and improved skin elasticity. Pure Marula facial Oil by Marula Pure Beauty Products is the only doctor endorsed, scientifically validated facial oil, with 60% more antioxidants than the leading Argan Oil.

Pure Marula Oil is completely virgin, wild harvested, hand-selected, and cold pressed with no added heat or chemicals ensuring that its beneficial properties are captured in every bottle. This superior Marula facial oil leaves the skin soft and plump with increased firmness for healthy, beautiful, age-defying radiance. Pure Marula Facial Oil is suitable for all skin types.

What I think: This light oil is so hydrating, but not greasy at all.  I love using it as an evening treatment

Purchase at http://www.marula.com

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare is an anti-aging miracle!  I was sent the following products to review:

COMPLETE CLARITY Facial Cleansing Wash ($32.95 USD) — Complete Clarity Facial Cleaning Wash is a luxurious foaming gel cleanser that is gentle on skin but gives strong cleansing action. This cleanser is designed to leave your skin feeling clean but not dry by balancing skin moisture. Removes residual make-up.

CLOSE UP Instant Wrinkle Reducer & Treatment ($79.95 USD) — Get camera ready in a flash! An instant treatment that tightens the look of skin while firming and smoothing the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines, and wrinkles. Use around eyes, mouth and on forehead to erase years from your appearance.

REFOCUS Under Eye Treatment($79.95 USD) –A potent anti-aging serum infused with the Bio Copper Complex.  Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the delicate eye area while it firms, smoothes texture and tones the skin. Improves skin elasticity.

What I think: The foaming cleanser is fun to use and leaves skin clean and soft. The Instant Wrinkle Reducer is great to use before going out or special occasions because it instantly tightens skin and makes lines go away (temporarily).  The eye treatment works over time to firm and smooth the eye area.

Purchase at www.http://christiebrinkleyauthenticskincare.com

Equitance skincare was founded in Japan and claims to brighten the skin:

Brightening Foaming Cleanser ($30 USD) — The perfect start — and finish — to each day, the luxurious facial foaming cleanser effortlessly washes away makeup and environmental-pollution residue. Purifies and softens the skin without stripping away essential natural emollients and oils.

Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 36 ($30 USD) — Effectively safeguards against UV rays and free radicals. The perfect primer for makeup, this sunscreen filters UV rays and environmental stressors that contribute to hyperpigmentation, photoaging and skin-harm. Enhanced with brightening and moisturizing ingredients, the fast-drying formula primes the skin and performs flawlessly under makeup.

Hydrating Brightening Cream ($70 USD) — The ultra-light, yet luxuriously rich cream works as a moisture lock to keep skin soft and supple. This empowered formula not only contains the patented blend of brightening ingredients with sustained delivery system, but also provides needed nutrition and hydration. Balancing and regulating skin’s performance all day, it wards off the effects of drying environmental stressors, for a vital, radiant glow.

What I think:  This is another luxe foaming cleanser that easily removes makeup and dirt gently.  The sunscreen needs to be shaken before use.  It applies like a liquid, but dries down and is not greasy at all.  The brightening cream gives an instant glow, but also brightens the skin over time.

Purchase at http://www.equitance-us.com

Have you tried any of this amazing skincare?  Leave a comment and let me know what you think!


My Beauty Favorites — Week of October 10-16, 2016

As fall goes on, I have been sent some amazing products to review for my hones opinion.

My faves below include makeup that brightens the face, fun luxe eye and cheek colors, plus an amazing oil cleanser, and pomegranate infused skincare:

ittsē Undereye Light-Diffusing Revitalizing Crème ($7.99 USD) — Better than morning coffee, this instantly brightens tired eyes with a combination of light-reflecting ingredients and a delicate cooling sensation for an instantly refreshed feel.

ittsē Soft-Focus Eye Brightening Powder infused with Diamond ($7.99 USD) — Look well-rested and polished with this buttery neutral-toned, light-diffusing powder. Apply over foundation or concealer for a finishing touch, on clean eyelids or undereye as a brightening base, or dust over lashes to keep mascara in place.

Flawless Finish Setting Powder with Hyaluronicittsē Flawless Finish Setting Powder with Hyaluronic and Antioxidants ($8.99 USD) — This silky, translucent finishing powder works magic on all skin tones. The weightless veil formula works to perfect skin and control shine. Skin-smoothing hyaluronic acid spheres help minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines. Wear alone or on top of foundation for a perfect photo finish.

What I think: I love these ittsē products.  They come in pans and they can be used in ittsē’s magnetic palettes.  I love that you can design what is in your palette!

The eye products really brighten my eyes and make me look like I have got way more sleep than I actually have!  The creme is so cooling, it feels amazing and looks amazing under my eyes!  The powder works nicely over the cream, or other foundations to set and brighten.  And the setting powder helps shine and blurs pores and lines.

Purchase and learn more at http://www.ittse.com

KYE For Shu Uemura Makeup Collection
KYE For Shu Uemura Makeup Collection

KYE For Shu Uemura Makeup Collection — this is a beautiful collection that came out in the spring.  Some of these amazing products are still available for purchase:

Sheer Color Balm Lip Balm in Melt in Orange ($30 USD) — Street neon inspired striking shades of lip balm that “magically” transform into surprisingly wearable color  on your lips. The vivid melting lip balm reacts with your lip’s PH and moisture condition to create a unique glow. A lip balm that creates a smooth, thick veil on lips gliding on easily and moisturizing your lips. Comes in packaging specially designed for shu uemura by Korea’s hottest fashion designer Kathleen Kye. Roar in orange like a Korean gummy tiger.

Fresh Cushion Blush in Hibiscus Orange ($32 USD) — First ever cushion cheek blush from shu uemura unveiled for this exclusive collection in shades inspired by Korea’s national flower: mugunghwa , also known as hibiscus syriacus. Apply cushion blush with the provided puff. Build over foundation for a fresh dewy look.
Cheek color that promises perfect harmony with bold eye line and eye brow.

POREfinist Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil ($31 USD) — An incredibly lightweight cleansing oil that leaves the skin clean, fresh, and refined. KYE designed original graphics and collection colors decorate two of shu uemura’s iconic cleansing oils.
The water-like cleansing oil goes beyond make-up removal to dissolve and wash away excess sebum and blackheads that are stuck inside pores.

What I think:  The packaging is gorgeous on these products!  The cosmetics are now only available in the orange shades, but they still are pretty and perfect for fall!  The cleansing oil is very light and leaves my skin so soft!

Purchase at http://www.shuuemura-usa.com/

October marks the start of pomegranate season, and what better way to celebrate your love for pomegranates, than the pomegranate product line by KORRES!

KORRES Pomegranate Cleansing & Make Up Removing Wipes ($15 USD) remove dirt, makeup, and oil from face and eyes. Great for all skin types especially oily and combination, each pre-saturated wipe eliminates impurities, tightens pores, and offers antioxidant protection.

KORRES Pomegranate Lip Butter ($12 USD) This Lip Butter is formulated with natural oils and extracts to soothe and condition lips. Shea butter and rice wax provide lasting hydration and softness.

KORRES Pomegranate Soap ($10.50 USD) Pomegranate extract, with its antiseptic and toning properties, helps tighten the pores and tone the skin—making this the perfect cleansing solution for oily, congested skin.

What I think:  I love pomegranates and was excited to try this collection.  They all smell really fresh and tangy.  The wipes and soap really clean the skin and help keep oil at bay.  The lip butter is so moisturizing.  Plus it gives a little red tint, that is so nice in the fall!

Purchase at Sephora stores and http://www.sephora.com

Dramatic Fall Makeup From Maybelline Will Make Your Eyes Pop!

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Eye Shadow Palette
Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Eye Shadow Palette

I have been sent some gorgeous Maybelline makeup for my honest review, and have been loving how amazing they are making my eyes look! Below are some of my faves that I have been testing, plus a mascara I haven’t tried yet, but hope to soon!

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Eye Shadow Palette ($11.99 USD) — This 12-shade eye shadow palette features dazzling colors infused with rose gold pigments. From bold beiges and sultry sands to brazen bronzes and tempting taupes, this makeup palette is perfect for creating versatile eye makeup looks.

What I think:  These colors are so pretty and work well for all seasons.  The shadows are pretty well pigmented, but to get the correct colors, I have to layer.    For the price, this is a gorgeous palette.

Maybelline Expert Wear Eye Shadow Quads Charcoal Smokes
Maybelline Expert Wear Eye Shadow Quads
Charcoal Smokes

Maybelline Expert Wear Eye Shadow Quads ($4.49 USD) — This long-wearing makeup palette features extraordinary color that lasts up to 12 hours. Powder eye shadow delivers natural day to dramatic night eye looks. This eye shadow makeup quad boasts extraordinary color thanks to ultra-blendable jet-milled pigments. Delivers a silky finish. Ophthalmologist tested.

What I think: I have this palette in Charcoal Smokes.  I use the lighter shades to get a little glam and go darker for more drama.  They blend really well.


Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil
Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil

Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil ($7.99 USD) — This waterproof and smudge-resistant gel eyeliner glides on smooth for impactful definition. All-day wear. Ophthalmologist tested. Dermatologist tested. Allergy tested. Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

What I think:  This is a gorgeous eyeliner!  It goes on so smoothly which I love.  I have this in a few colors, but used the black one to draw deer makeup on my daughter because it is so black and stayed on for hours.  The Polished Amethyst (above), is beautiful for fall.  There are 10 shades to choose from.

Maybelline Eyestudio Brow Define + Fill Duo
Maybelline Eyestudio Brow Define + Fill Duo

Maybelline Eyestudio Brow Define + Fill Duo ($7.99 USD) — Achieve smooth and full brows with this two-in-one eyebrow pencil. Use the pencil to shape and filling powder to fill.

What I think: This is a great on the go brow pencil.  The pencil itself is a little thin, so don’t press too hard or it will break.  The powder is very well pigmented! It stays put fast, so work with it quickly!  Available in 4 shades — Blonde, Auburn, Soft Brown and Deep Brown.

Maybelline Brow Drama Pro Palette
Maybelline Brow Drama Pro Palette

Maybelline Brow Drama Pro Palette ($12.99 US) — The ultimate polished brow: sculpting wax sets hairs in place, pigment powder fills and tints, and highlighting powder accents brow line.

What I think:  The colored wax is so different, it’s usually clear in these type of palettes.  So when you fill with the powder, then set with the wax, the color pops and really colors grey hairs or fills in sparse areas.  The highlighting powder has a subtle sheen to it.  So pretty!

Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Angel Washable Mascara
Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Angel Washable Mascara

Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Angel Washable Mascara ($9.49 USD) — Achieve The Falsies push-up effect, now with a lifted winged look. The exclusive push-up wing brush sweeps lashes to the side, while lifting and plumping from the roots. The styling formula holds the lifted wing look in place. Ophthalmologist tested.

What I think:  I haven’t tried this yet, but I love the idea that it lifts from the roots and gives a winged look.  Fun!  I love Maybelline’s mascara and think that this is one to try!

Learn more and purchase these great products at http://www..maybelline.com and at stores near you!

Have you tried any of these amazing products?  Let me know!

My Beauty Favorites — Week of October 3-9, 2016

I love fall, the changing leaves, pumpkin everything and the fact that Halloween and other holidays are just around the corner!  I wish it would get a little bit cooler in Kansas City so I can wear sweaters and boots, but I know it will come.

This week, I am loving an odd assortment of items, including a cream sheet mask (what?), cute jeggings and a fabric in-wash odor killer:

Masqueology by Beauty Architects
Masqueology by Beauty Architects

Masqueology by Beauty Architects— is reinventing skincare with a unique mask-based treatment line that is convenient, portable and designed to meet your individual skincare concerns. There is one full ounce of concentrated advanced ingredients infused into each deeply relaxing facial sheet mask. These multi-tasking masks are designed specifically to contour to your face shape. In only 20-minutes the treatment results are fast and effective rivaling those of any luxury spa.

This month Masqueology launched a new line of affordable masks into over 3,000 Walmart stores nationwide, and this Winter they will be launching more new products including hair masks and Emoji masks. The four masks currently available are the Collagen Lifting Cream Mask, Moisturizing Cream Mask, Vita Clarifying Cream Mask, and Special Care Cream Mask.
What I think: This mask is so interesting! When I opened the package, the paper mask had a LOT of cream on it.  I’m used to gel masks or paper masks with serum, but the cream was surprising, and a little messy.  But, once unfolded, it is easy to apply and there is enough mask to wrap under the chin, which I like.
I tried the Collagen Lifting Cream Mask, which left my skin firm and glowing and the Special Care Cream Mask, that helps with redness.
Purchase at Walmart stores and http://www.walmart.com


No Nonsense Classic Denim Leggings
No Nonsense Classic Denim Leggings

No Nonsense Classic Denim Leggings ($16.99 USD) — No nonsense New Classic Denim Leggings are made with a new fabric that is more like a “woven” denim jeans! These leggings have functional back pockets, faux front pockets and fly plus a variety of washes. They are super soft with stretch fabric, designed to hug your body while retaining their shape. Inseam measures 29″

What I think: I have these in dark denim and they are so comfy!  But, they are also really cute and look amazing under boots, or with a little flat.  I will be wearing these all fall and winter.  They aren’t thin and fit really well.  They are affordable, too.

Available at http://www.nononsense.com

Febreze In Wash Odor Eliminator
Febreze In Wash Odor Eliminator

Febreze In-Wash Odor Eliminator is a laundry aid that works in the washer with detergents to eliminate odors such as perspiration, cooking oil, grease, motor oil, pets, garden soil and mildew from virtually any washable fabric. While detergents clean the soils Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator cleans away odors that get trapped in fabrics.

Use Febreze In-Wash Odor Eliminator in any of your laundry loads with odors that can be hard to remove with detergent alone. These loads often include items such as work uniforms or clothes, sports or fitness clothing, cooking towels, or restaurant uniforms.

What I think: This is added to the wash, separate from the detergent.  It smells really refreshing and leaves clothes so fresh!  A great additive when your kids do sports or with gym clothes!

Purchase at grocery stores near you and learn more at http://www.febrezeinwash.com

What products are you loving?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Change Up Your Look With New Makeup This Fall!

I love trying something new — whether it’s a brand new product or just new to me!

The makeup products below are fabulous!  Two amazing lip products and a great eyeliner:

Cargo Cosmetics 20th Anniversary Lip Gloss Quad
Cargo Cosmetics 20th Anniversary Lip Gloss Quad

Cargo Cosmetics Limited Edition Lip Gloss Quad ($20 USD) — Cargo’s classic lip gloss quad is back by popular demand for our 20th anniversary celebration!

The best selling lip gloss formula is designed to give you gorgeous shine without any stickiness! Four complementary shades can be worn separately or used together for a custom lip color. Includes a retractable lip brush.

What I think: Love this quad and the colors!  When applied, it feels like a cross between a balm and a gloss, and it is not sticky at all.  All four colors are very wearable and sheer.  The brush retracts and closes, so you can pop the quad and brush in your purse and take with!

Purchase at http://www.cargocosmetics.com

The VERT Beauty Eyeliner Pencil
The VERT Beauty Eyeliner Pencil

The VERT Beauty Eyeliner Pencil provides rich, vibrant color with a hint of shimmer and mega staying power. Infused with an anti-aging blend of mango and meadowfoam seed oils, the vegan formula glides on like a dream (no tugging or skipping!) while keeping the delicate skin around the eyes soft and hydrated. It is available in five colors and can be used to achieve diverse looks, from subtle to dramatic.

Noir Or: The ultimate, sexy black gold

Bleu: An elegant, eye-brightening navy

Violet:  A royally rich purple

Cuivre: A sparkling, intense copper

Vert: A seductive cross between turquoise and jade

What I think: I have this in vert, and it is gorgeous!  It is a deeper color which works so well in the fall. It glides on smoothly and is very pigmented.  So fun!

Available at http://www.vertbeauty.com

Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipstick
Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipstick

Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipstick ($25 USD) —     Vivid pigments blend with nourishing natural oils and superfruit extracts for petal‐soft lips that feel, look and taste amazing. The soothing properties of Moringa Oil saturate the lips with Vitamins A & C, while Coffee Seed Extract infuses with even more antioxidant protection.

What I think: I have been enjoying darker lip colors this fall, and this one is perfect!  It is a bit sheer, but can be layered for a deeper hue.  It’s very moisturizing and feels amazing on.  This lipstick is available in 26 shades, what an amazing selection!

Purchase at http://www.janeiredale.com

What fall makeup are you loving?  Leave a comment and let me know!








Support BCA Month By Purchasing A Great New Product!

I it’s wonderful that during October, so many companies release BCA products and/or give proceeds of sales to the cause.

Below are some amazing products that are giving back.  Plus, they are perfect additions to your beauty stash! Check these out:


eos Berry Blossom Body Lotion

eos Berry Blossom Body Lotion

eos Berry Blossom Body Lotion (6.8 fl oz , $3.99 and 11.8 fl oz, $6.49) — Think pink this October with eos! During the month of October, the brand is exclusively partnering with the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to celebrate and support breast cancer survivors.  With each purchase of the eos Berry Blossom Body Lotion (either size), eos will donate 100% of net profits to breast cancer research. In addition to proceeds going towards Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center through the purchase of the lotion, the brand is going to match contributions made directly to Memorial Sloan Kettering using this link

I love this lotion!  What is it, you ask? High-performing formula that’s lightweight, fast-absorbing and provides 24 hours of long-lasting moisture for skin that’s visibly softer.  It is 100% natural; formulated with rich moisturizing ingredients including shea butter, avocado oil and vitamin E.  The scent is light and fruity, so nice!  And the packaging looks like a perfume bottle!

Available at at Target, Target.com and evolutionofsmooth.com

Baby Foot

Limited Edition Baby Foot 1 Hour Treatment ($25 USD) —  Baby Foot Exfoliant is working hard this month to promote breast cancer awareness with their limited edition Pink Box. Baby Foot is an all natural foot exfoliant containing 17 natural extracts that help get your feet back to looking and feeling like baby feet. This October, 20% of proceeds from their limited edition pink box will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

This is such an interesting products.  I put the booties on my feet for an hour, then washed off the gel.  The dry skin should start peeling off in a few days, and after a week, I should have smooth feet. So cool!

Purchase at http://www.babyfeet.com


Through their innovative, results-oriented line of nourishing hair supplements and natural hair products, Hair La Vie is in the business of making women not only feel good about their hair, but about themselves. Helping causes they hold dear to their heart is also a top priority for them, especially women’s health issues. This month, the National Breast Cancer Foundation will be receiving 20% of profits from Hair La Vie sales.

HAIR LA VIE designs natural hair care products to help you grow longer, fuller hair faster than ever before. Hair La Vie has been on the market for a little over two years and has been incredibly well-received by thousands of women around the country. To learn more about Hair La Vie success stories, please click here.

Hair La Vie Revitalizing Hair Blend Vitamins $39 per bottle of 30 capsules
Hair La Vie Revitalize Shampoo & Restore Conditioner $49 per set, 8 oz. each bottle
Hair La Vie Moroccan Repair Serum $30, 2 fl. oz.
Hair La Vie “Revive” Deep Hydration Masque Price: $35, 8 fl. oz.

Available at HairLaVie.com



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