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Makeup Wars: it Cosmetics CC Radiance Palette

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For this edition of Makeup Wars, we are all talking about the it Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette.

I don’t know if you are very familiar with it Cosmetics or not, but I got to know them from watching founder Jamie Lima introduce it on QVC. Jamie suffers from Rosacea like I do, so it is always amazing to see her using her products to cover and reduce the appearance of the redness. In addition, she makes sure to include the latest in anti-aging technologies in her products, which is a must for me nowadays.

When I heard about the new CC+ Radiance Palette, which is good for color correcting (*hence that CC+ part of the name), brightening, bronzing and blushing, I knew I wanted to try it out.

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Have you guys heard the quote “Use the right tool for the job”? It means that what you are doing will go smoother and easier when you use the best thing to make it happen. It really applies (*see what I did there?) to using the right brushes with this palette, in my case. With my redness, I have to be careful about applying my blush pretty specifically. With the angled French Boutique Blush Brush I was able to get a light application just where I wanted it to be. And, I think we all remember when I showed off my bronzer skills, right? Well, the Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Brush actually makes that pretty difficult for me to screw up so much now. It let me apply a lot less at a time, to build up to heavy, of which I am too lazy to do. So, a light application really works for me. Of course, my skills still aren’t the greatest, but, this is a big improvement.

But, my favorite of the three powders is the Brightening one. It warms up my sallow skin, but not in a sparkly vampire kind of way. And, because it doesn’t have any talc in it, it doesn’t make my skin itch to where I want to scratch it off 5 minutes after putting it on. It’s also so hella easy to put on with the Heavenly brush, that I can slap it on with my eyeliner and mascara and I am set for the day, even without thinking about it.

All of this and anti-aging ingredients, too? Yeah, I think I’m set for the winter with this palette. What about you guys? Do you have any specific face brightening items you use to get thru the dank Winter? Let me know below, and then you need to go check out what the other lovelies said on their sites about the palette.


*Disclaimer: These products were provided by the company’s PR for editorial consideration.

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tarte “Journey to Natural Beauty” QVC TSV

You guys know I love me a good Beauty TSV on QVC. And today’s deal is pretty amazing. It is the tarte Journey to Natural Beauty Six-Piece Collection, today only, for $59.94 (*a $165 value, fyi).

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The collection includes:
(1) Amazonian butter lipstick in “plummy rose”
(1) Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage Broad Spectrum SPF 15 foundation in choice of shades: Fair, Light, Medium, Tan or Deep
(1) lights, camera, flashes! statement mascara
(1) brow architect brow shaper, liner and definer
(1) Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in “fearless”
(1) limited-edition airbrush finish bamboo foundation brush
(1) cosmetic bag (*measures 10-1/4″L x 10-3/4″H x 1/2″W)

I’ve been playing with this collection for a while and a couple of the items really stood out for me and have become staples in my bag lately. First, the butter lipstick – creamy, moisturizing and almost balm like on my lips. And the color is almost nude on me, but just color in it to make my lips look not so pale in these winter months. Second, the brush – holy smokes! The softness this brush was so good that I just sat around brushing it on my cheek and arm for many days before I even moved it to the bathroom to use to put my makeup on. I just wasn’t ready to dirty it up yet. And then, when I finally DID use it – it buffed my foundation whisper smooth. And the bag – it has already become my new travel makeup bag. Done and done.

As for the other items, the foundation was a true full coverage product. Which means it was too opaque for me and my freckles. But, it felt good on, not heavy like some full coverage can be and it seemed to last a good 6-7hours on me before I saw any fade. It felt moisturizing, without getting all greasy, which was nice on my sometimes dry skin. I wasn’t a big fan of the blush, but that was ONLY because it was too sparkly/shimmery for me – those just never look good on me any more. On you? I bet it would be really pretty. icon smile tarte Journey to Natural Beauty QVC TSV
I need to play with the mascara and the brow shaper some more, because the both look to have nice potential – the mascara has a really nice sized brush head on it and the brow pencil is multi-purpose in one stick.

So, if you are looking to add some new tarte products to your stash, or even just wanting to get started with them for the first time, I highly suggest you nab this TSV today. What say you? Do you guys already use tarte on the regular?

*Disclaimer: These products were provided by PR for editorial consideration.

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Sarah Paulson at the 2013 Golden Globes

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Makeup artist Tina Turnbow created the look for Sarah Paulson at the 2013 Golden Globes.

She used to following products to give her that Red Carpet Glow:

Armani Designer Lift Foundation
Tom Ford Eyeliner in “Espresso”
Josie Maran Eyeshadow in “Chianti”
MAC Eyeshadow in “Satin Taupe”
Benefit They’re Real Mascara
Votre Vu Blush in “Ma Cherry”
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Belle du Jour”
BAREminerals Touchup Veil Pressed Powder

Kerry Washington at the 2013 Golden Globes

 Kerry Washington at the 2013 Golden Globes

Makeup
Makeup Artist Carola Gonzalez created the makeup look for Kerry Washington at the 2013 Golden Globes. Carola complemented Kerry’s Miu Miu gown and blunt bangs look with a bold eye – purple was the star shade – and a muted lip.

Face
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation in “Suede N 450″
Lancôme Blush in “Pommettes D’Amour” (New)

Eyes
Lancôme Color Design Infinité 24H Eye Shadow in “Evermore Lilac”
Lancôme Color Design Eye Shadow in “Mochaccino”
Lancôme Hypnôse Star Mascara

Lips
Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in “500 Blush”

Hair
Celebrity hairstylist Marcus Francis was inspired by Kerry’s sequined, structured gown. Here are the steps he took to create her sleek and classic look, using products from John Frieda:

Step 1 – Prep

Spray Frizz-Ease 3-Day Straight Semi-Permanent Styling Spray ($9.99 at drugstores), throughout wet hair and comb through to distribute the product evenly.

Step 2 – Style

Blowdry hair straight. Take a flat iron and straighten hair section by section–the heat of flat iron will activate 3-Day Straight, to ensure sleek style that lasts all night long.

Step 3 – Perfect

Smooth Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon Flawless Finishing Crème ($5.99) throughout hair to give a smooth, shiny finish.

BECCA’s blushing Gypsy & Songbird

We all know that I am a fan of blushes that are not powder. That doesn’t mean that I don’t ever wear a powder blush, that just means I am really selective when I do. As my lovely skin ages, I do not like to use a powder that is drying, making me look harsh, of which I am certainly not (*in a scientific study of me, by me).

So, when I had a chance to try these new BECCA Mineral blushes, I had to give them a try. These anti-oxident rich blushes are alcohol, talc and other filler-free – which are common ingredients that can cause a drier finish. It does contain finely milled with micro-fine, illuminating mineral particles to give a luminous glow, with out the glitter that is so not kind to us older lovelies.

These new colors are “Gypsy” (a ballerina pink) and “Songbird” (a peachy pink) – both can look a bit bright in the pan, (*and on my heavy swatches), but they blend out super sheer and buildable. Check out the blushes in natural light:


These are on counters now and run $32USD.

What is your blush preference? Are you a powder only lovely? Or do you layer – cream on bottom, powder on top?

*Disclaimer: These products were provided by the company’s PR for editorial consideration.

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