Beauty Fall/Winter 2017: Part One – IT Cosmetics Haul #beauty #amwriting


Wow, has it been a long time since I have been able to do a beauty post. I think back in Spring I did one, but this is the first time since then that I have had the opportunity to tell you about some of my more recent beauty finds. This will at least be a three part series so, enjoy and let me know what you think of some the products. Have you tried any of them? What did you think?


1. IT Cosmetics – Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50 + (In Fair) – (www.sephora.ca) – $49.00 CAN


My wear all the time foundation for the last couple of years was an excellent Urban Decay Foundation called “All Nighter,” but I purchased this Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream from IT Cosmetics, as soon as the brand became available in Canada in spring. I had read from countless beauty bloggers with a similar fair skin, hat they loved this CC + cream both for its anti-aging benefits and because it functioned as a matte foundation.

IT Cosmetics - Your Skin But Better CC Cream
Credit: Sephora. ca – IT Cosmetics – Your Skin But Better CC+Cream with SPF 50 + UVB/UVA Ray protection – $49.00 CAN (Matte Coverage).

Moreover, when I purchased this CC+ Cream with some other IT Cosmetics loot, I was extremely pleased with their products. The original CC+ Cream works well, providing the full coverage of a foundation. However, it also has moisturizer and anti-aging ingredients plastic surgeons and dermatologists use in their cosmetic skin treatments. For me, the moisturizer and anti-aging products were a plus as the last couple of years my skin has tended to be more normal and less oily. Since my skin is drier, and the extra moisturizer keeps my skin hydrated. I loved that the product had such a high SPF of 50+ as I burn easily and protecting your face from sun damage and future wrinkles is essential in the summer and all year round.

As well, for those of you who do not know the difference between a foundation, a CC cream, and BB Cream I’ll define those briefly. Foundation is extra coverage on your face to make your skin appear flawless and have an even skin tone. It can come in a cream, liquid, stick or in other version but it does not have extra moisturizer or anti-aging benefits. A BB Cream, however, ss essentially a moisturizer with light coverage and a CC cream has anti-aging products, moisturizer, and buildable or full coverage similar to the coverage of light to medium coverage foundation.

This specific CC+ Cream by IT Cosmetics, is one of the best CC + Creams I’ve ever used and it superior to many foundations, providing full matte coverage that stays most of the day. The product descriptions notes that along with having SPF 50 + UVA/UVB rays, the CC+ Cream works to “clinically increase hydration,” give skin a”smooth[er] texture, and enhance [skin] brightness.” As advertised, I have never found this CC + Cream to crack or crease and its great at hiding imperfections.

As well, the matte CC+ Cream from IT Cosmetics is anti-aging and the ingredients in the product include “hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, vitamins, and antioxidants” that diminish ” wrinkles” and the size of pores.

If you wear makeup almost every day, a tube of matte CC+ Cream from IT Cosmetics lasts three months and feels lighter than my Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation which I save for when I’m going out and wearing my makeup for 18 to 20 hours. This CC+ Cream is a light feeling makeup for in the day and I definitely recommend it. Its price is also comparable in price to most foundations and the benefits of anti-aging ingredients, make thee CC+ creams one of my new favorites for almost every occasion. I give it 5/5 stars!


2. IT Cosmetics – Your Skin But Better CC+ Illumination Cream with SPF 50 + (In Fair) – http://www.sephora.ca – $49.00 CAN


The second time I ordered the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Illumination Cream I noticed they had a new version of the CC + Cream out so I decided to try it as it promised full coverage but with a “radiant finish.” I was as happy with this CC+ Cream as the one above, it still had great anti-aging ingredients such as Collagen and Hyaluronic acid which are essential to your skin staying youthful. However, I also liked that the Illumination formula felt a tad lighter on my skin.

IT Cosmetics - Your Skin But Better CC Illumination Cream
Sephora.ca – IT Cosmetics – Your Skin But Better C+ Illuminating Cream SPF 50 + UVA/UVB Protection (Radiant Finish) – $49.00 CAN

I don’t notice that is less matte than the original CC+ Cream or that it shows more glowiness or radiance. However, comparing the two together the first CC+ cream is actually a bit heavier in coverage while this one feels a bit more natural and mixes better with a liquid highlighter cream. The original CC+ Cream doesn’t mix well with liquid highlighters and tends to remain quite matte. However, to get that ‘radiant’ finish a person does have to add their favorite liquid highlighter. Tarte has a great one if you’re interested, check it out HERE.

I have continued using this CC+ Illuminating Cream into Fall and Winter, for the lighter feel and finish of the CC+ Cream compared to the initial CC+ Cream. I ordered it a third time this month and like the original cream, it lasts about three months.

Especially now that its winter, I notice I need the extra moisturizer and after a few months of using both CC+ Creams I do notice my skin is smoother and feels nicer. Also, if you are worried about breaking out I hardly break out with either CC+ Cream and when I attempted to switch back just to a light coverage foundation, it wasn’t comparable to either the illuminating or original CC + Creams not having the moisture or extra anti-aging products.

I have the  color fair in either CC+ Cream and its perfect for my pale skin but the product can be applied lightly enough so that if you were going on vacation somewhere hot and needed good coverage with the  SPF  50+ and UVA/UVB protection, you could use a darker shade of the CC+ cream or add a few drops of a darker foundation to the product. I give the Illumination CC+ Cream 4/5 stars only because I was expecting more luminance from it.


3. IT Cosmetics – Your Skin But Better CC + Airbrush Perfecting Powder SPF 50+ (www.sephora.ca) – $45.00 CAN


When I had oilier skin I went through powder almost as often as I used foundation and I had never found a product comparable to Clinique’s Almost Powder Makeup until I used this Perfecting Powder from It Cosmetics. One of my favorite things about the powder in summer was that the packaging is designed so that sponge has a little place beneath the powder compact so no germs or bacteria end up in the powder.

Also, I used the color fair which was perfect for me. It gave me coverage where I needed, say when using concealer beneath my eyes or over a concealed blemish.

IT Cosmetics - Your Skin But Better CC Airbrush Perfecting Poweder
Credit; Sephora.ca – IT Cosmetics – Your Skin But Better Airbrush Perfecting Powder SPF 50 + – $45.00 CAN

I do put a bit of powder on my skin for contouring and in only in certain areas of my currently normal skin type. When it was warmer, I put the powder where it might be oilier or where my makeup might fade. Now, I simply use a small powder brush to set concealer under my eyes, on my forehead, chin, and under my contour and blush and it lasts me the entire day.

Also, I love that powder feels light and but has excellent coverage. Again, in a warmer place where you tan, a darker powder would work to keep your face more matte. I liked this powder better than the illuminating powder for its coverage in areas a person needs.

My current compact, purchased in spring, has lasted almost a good six months. I’m only now getting down to the bottom of the package which I bought in early spring. IT Cosmetics also has a colorless powder if you don’t like the skin toned powder and don’t need it. As well, if you use the powder all over your face with one of the CC+ Cream it improves the coverage of your makeup a great deal

As well, the powder is made with “skin-loving Drops of Light Technology” that “transform” the appearance of your skin with “optical-blurring pigments that visually camouflage pores, dark spots, and fine lines.” When I put this powder on certain areas or if you put it on your whole face, it most definitely makes your skin appear “soft, flawless, and luminous” as advertised on Sephora.ca.

Moreover, the Air Brush Perfecting Powder’s anti-aging ingredients include “hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, and silk,” and the coverage of the powder is buildable. I do not have many lines or any wrinkles yet but the product also claims not to settle into lines or wrinkles which is always a bonus.

This is my new favorite powder and comparable in price to my old Clinique Almost Powder makeup as it lasts longer. It also feels lighter on my skin and my skin still feels soft when wearing it. A 5/5 star product for sure!


4. IT Cosmetics – Ombre Radiance Bronzer – http://www.sephora.ca – $44.00 CAN


My first impressions after ordering this Ombre Radiance Bronzer mid-summer was that the Bronze color would be too dark for me even though its a bronzer for most skin tones. I’m quite pale so something too orangy or dark looks ake on my skin especially for bronzing or for contouring.

IT Cosmetics - Ombre Radiance Bronzer
Credit: Sephora.ca – IT Cosmetics -Ombre Radiance Bronzer – $44.00 CAN

However, what I loved about this product as I used it was that it was ombre so that I could essentially mix the bronzer so I used about a medium shade of the ombre on my skin for contouring and the lighter more radiant end for bronzing. If I wanted a look not too matte but a little glowy, I could also mix the light bronzer and the dark bronzer together. Overall the ombre bronzer works well and is a good concept for a bronzer. However, having fair skin I have to be careful not to use the dark and matte end of the bronzer alone.

I liked that the bronzer was big in size for blending in the palette and I also felt like I was receiving my money’s worth. Nevertheless, the cover is similar to a clear bubble and is difficult to put away with other makeup as it sticks up and doesn’t lie flat.

Overall I think the IT Cosmetics Ombre Radiance Bronzer excellent product with 3.5/5 stars. I do think there should be two shades of this bronzer, one for skin with blue or pink tones (and less orange) and one for skin tones that are warmer. It would make it a more effective product for all women. As well, the packaging could be changed to make it easier to store.


5. IT Cosmetics – Brow Power  – Universal Brow Pencil (Universal Taupe) – http://www.sephora.ca – $32.00 CAN

IT Cosmetics - Brow Pow - Universal Brow Pencil
Credit: http://www.sephora.ca – IT Cosmetics – Brow Pow Universal Brow Pencil – $32.00 CAN

This Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil is absolutely one of my favorite brow pencils that I have ever used. It’s not quite a pencil that you sharpen but a thicker brow pencil turning out of the penciled cover with an “ovalled tip.” The pencil is easy to apply to shape brows and to fill in sparse eyebrows.

As brows are a huge makeup trend right now, finding your perfect brow pencil is difficult. However, this pencil is wonderful for many skin tones unless your eyebrows are black or have a warmer tone such as those women who are redheads or have more red in their natural hair color.

As well, if your brows are on the lighter side, you can apply less of the brow pencil. For instance, you can use it to shape your brows and then take the spoolie at the end of the pencil and brush through your brows, using the outside pencil shaping to fill in your naturally lighter toned brows. However, if your eyebrows are naturally a little darker such as mine, you can outline your brows and fill them in a little in the middle, for a more natural looking brow with a bit more definition.

Also, if you wanted a full-on brow look, shaping and filling in your brows with the pencil all over, will give you this bold look.  Moreover, it is my opinion that a brow gel such as Benefit’s Volumizing Brow Gel gives your brow hairs a more defined look and more volume with the Benefit Brow Gel or a similar product. You can also use less brow pencil inside your brows when using a volumizing brow gel.

IT Cosmetics writes that their Universal brow pencil is infused with “proprietary Brow Power™ Technology and brow-enhancing ingredients.” These include ingredients such as “biotin, saw palmetto, and antioxidants.” The “oval tip” of the pencil is also meant to “mimic” the “look of real hair” and the formula of the pencil is “budge-proof” and long-lasting.

My only thought was that a person who has a warmer skin tone might need a brow pencil that is a warmer brown and not a cool taupe. For me the Brow Power IT Cosmetics brow pencil is perfect and I would give it 5/5 stars.

It also lasts a bit over 2 months which is excellent for a quality brow pencil and the price is comparable to say the Anastasia Brow Definer or Benefit Goof Proof Easy Shape and Fill Brow Pencil which tends to be around $30.00 but come in more shades.


6. IT Cosmetics – Vitality Lip Flush Hydrating Lip Gloss Soft Stain – High Shine Finish – (Color: Je Ne Sais Quoi) – http://www.sephora.ca – $25.00 CAN

If you’re like me, you might not be a big lipstick person. Partly because you choose not to focus on your lips in your makeup routine, or partly because you want a more natural lip color that moisturizes and stays on your lips. Although this Vitality Lip Flush is a neat product as it alters lip color to your natural PH level, and your best pink lip color, it’s only moisturizing when you have it on your lips.

IT Cosmetics - Hydrating Lipstick
Credit: Sephora.ca – IT Cosmetics Hydrating Lip Gloss Soft Stain with High Shine Finish – $25.00 CAN

It is not long lasting and once it wears off your lips, they tend to feel dried out even though this lip product is supposed to hydrate well. The Lip Flush appears beautiful when you have it on but it needs to be re-applied every half hour or so. It’s also anti-aging and creates a “pink stain” on your lips which looks pretty, natural, glossy, and healthy.

The product is created with IT Cosmetics’s “Hydra-Luxe™ technology” with ingredients such as “plum oil, cherry oil, shea butter, aloe, and jojoba” that are all supposed to “hydrate, condition, and nourish” your lips. For me, I didn’t like how my lips felt when the product had worn off.

On the upside, it is a great product for all skin tones as it adapts to your perfect pink lip color. It’s not a bad product and I do think its benefits outweigh its ‘cons’ so I would give the product 3 /5 stars as its extremely versatile and moisturizing for the time it remains on your lips.


See You For Part Two of My Fall/Winter 2017 Beauty Haul!!


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Flash Fiction For Aspiring Writers – To a Special Woman


She was sitting alone on a beach and she felt different than she had ever felt. She was young and beautiful and she was perfect; her beauty had no flaws. She was eternally youthful and magnificent. She could do anything she wanted her body was limber and strong.

The beach was the most peaceful place she had ever been. The tide washed up, but the water was transparent. The sand was white like pearls and glimmered. Her perfect eyes took in everything; her vision so sharp she could see far away. And where her vision stopped a seeing in her mind took over.

That’s when she realized she felt no pain. No pain, it was the strangest feeling. There was no aching in her bones. No headache and no sickness. Their was a sense of well-being and harmony within her. She knew then that there was only one place she could be, and she smiled in her radiant youth and walked towards the brilliant orange setting sun.

In Memory of Barbara Beacham.

 

Writing 101: Day 14 – Pampered Thursday


Prompt: Write about a single day. 

I am lying in bed having the same dream over and over again; the dream repeats but I can’t wake up. Finally, hunger breaks through the carnage in my brain and I my eyelids lift like a castle gate, heavily, awkwardly, with painful slowness.

I am warm, snug in my Queen bed, spread out on my stomach and I manage to drag my lethargic body to the kitchen to sit in a chair and eat a bowl of fruit. I hope that their is no bananas in it.

 I pour the raisin bran in a bowl and the milk flows over top the cereal the way I like;  I eat. Then I drag myself back to my cosy nest and sleep again. But I wake twenty minutes later and it’s time to get up, the cab is arriving in an hour and a half.

I am off to Icon, my beauty salon, to get my eyebrows waxed and to get a mani/pedi. I hope to do some Christmas shopping after my appointments but I will see how I’m feeling. My makeup is perfect, foundation, contouring, blush, hilights, and my eyelashes coated in the deepest black mascara.The taxi arrives and the driver wants me to sit up front with him. I don’t know him and I doubt his intentions so I smile and open the sliding door and climb in the back.

At the salon, I drink green tea with whisps of steam floating off it. I burn my tongue before I manage to take a few sips. I wait about twenty minutes. A gifted nail artist starts to file my nails and make them rough so the gel nail polish will stick. I admire her perfect makeup. She works at Sephora too, but she loves MAC makeup. I pepper her with makeup questions as she puts three coats of different clear nail polishes on then three more coats of the pink shade I have chosen. One finger nail is rose gold. She finishes with a final cost of clear polish and some cuticle oil shines my nails. I have never had gel nails before, they conveniently dry fast under special lights with fans. 

Then my favorite aesthetician Amelia takes me to a room and evens out my eyebrows. Tiny blond hairs which only I can see, get waxed away. But I love how great the shape of my brows is now. 

Amelia props up the chair bed and gets me to bend my legs and she soaks my feet in a bowl in rose oil, chamomile, epsom salts, and some other herbal things. We catch up on life and chat. The conversation is as important as the pedicure. She has more to talk about then me but I don’t mind. It’s just wonderful having a conversation with a girl my age who has interesting things to say. Amelia files my nails and scrubs at my heels, which I am happy to say were in good shape thanks to Lush cuticle butter. 

There is a mettle scrapping tool for callouses, but I never let any aesthetician use it on me. My friend got badly cut with one and another lady my Mom works with had to go around work with an IV because she got an infection due to a cut with the mettle tool. The infection went into her bones. I trust Amelia, she is gifted. She is an artist with paints and drawing as much as she is a gifted aesthetician.  But I just won’t risk it. 

The festive gold glimmer of my gel pedicure is lovely though. I tip Amelia and the other girl well because they are fantastic and it’s Christmas soon. 

I arrive home out of breath and tired. I got no Christmas shopping done, but I had to stop at the drugstore and pick up a few personal items. And the milk, can’t forget that. 

I rest on the sofa; I ache and am tired from all that conversation and walking around. But it was nice to talk to someone my age and stage in life. 

I watch TV with my Mom because Thursday night TV is awesome. The Vampire Diaries, Grey’s Anatomy, and How to get Away with Murder play on TV successively.Then I am in bed. I am so fatigued but at least I went out today and did something. At least I wasn’t home in my bubble. And I had a Kale Smoothie from Jugo Juice so, at least I had my vegetables. 

Benefit Cosmetics: Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer, Girl Meets Pearl Hilighter, and They’re Real Mascara.


Hey everyone! If you’re interested, I have 3 new makeup products to blog about today from Benefit Cosmetics. Not only is the packaging funky and lovely but for the most part, the products are pretty awesome too. In the past few month I have tried 3 of their products including the Stay Flawless 15 hour Primer, Girl Meets Pearl Hilighter, and They’re Real Mascara which I’m told is the #1 favorite mascara of many women.

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1. Stay Flawless- 15 hour Primer – ($38.00) – What is great about this primer compared to some other primers is it doesn’t make your skin break out with continuous use and it blends directly with your liquid makeup. So, after you clean your face in the morning and put on your moisturizer let that all sink into your skin then apply the primer. It’s in stick form and you rub the stick over your face and the light and waxy stick glides across your skin. Then you put on your liquid foundation with your fingers or a foundation brush and the primer blends with your foundation so your makeup stays in place. It feels nice on your skin and the slight waxy feeling of the product goes away as soon as it mixes with your foundation. You need to use this makeup primer with liquid foundation because if you use liquid to powder makeup the primer and liquid to powder foundation balls up. I found this out after my mom tried the primer first with her makeup. But for me using a Clinique liquid foundation the primer works great. Not to mention, some primers such as the Light Smashbox primer would cause my skin to break out after one use and Stay Flawless, literally, keeps your skin flawless day after day from breakouts. According to a consumer poll, according to Sephora, 94 % of women said their foundation stayed on better after use of Stay Flawless, 97 % saw an improvement in the look and feel of their skin, and 94 % said it increased foundation coverage. This product is excellent.

2. Girl Meets Pearl Hilighter – ($34.00) – I bought this product a couple of weeks ago and I think I was looking for a bit more of a

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stick hilighter such as the primer but I thought the pinky pearly color of Girl Meets Pearl sounded nice. It gives you a “youthful dewy glow” and “pearlessence.” It also contains moisturizing sesame seed oil and raspberry, chamomile, and sweet almond extract to improve skin “firmness and smoothness.” To apply this product that looks somewhat the color of the foundation I use – light and pinky, You turn the bottom of the container and take a makeup brush ( foundation or concealer brush) and apply the hilighter from the holes in the top piece of the container to the areas of your face. I would usually hilight areas such as my nose, the middle of my forehead, above my eyebrows, the middle of my chin, and tops of my cheeks. The product spreads so nicely, is so light, and is fantastic looking and shimmery in any kind of light.

The only problem I have is the very fact that for me, the hilighter is a bit too close to my skin color and the color of my foundation, which has a dewy look to begin with. So if you are fair this may not be the hilighter for you, you may require something even pearlier and whiter. But overall, for any woman with a bit darker skin, it’s a good product.

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3. They’re Real Mascara – ($29.00)  – I was excited to try this product because I had heard so much about it. It gave me great big voluminized lashes and I had to be careful not to apply too much mascara because I have long lashes. The brush that is a rubbery short- bristly brush is actually great despite my reluctance to use it at first. It is great for applying this awesome mascara and giving any girl great big eyes.

But I had a problem with this mascara. You see, underneath my eyes is oily and if you have this same problem then the mascara from your lower lashes will go right underneath your eyes and give you major raccoon eyes and you don’t even have to try very hard to get them. When you try to wipe this mascara off your under eye skin, it wipes away but there is so much pigment in the mascara that it doesn’t come off easily. In fact, it tends to smear all over and require plenty of makeup remover to take it off. But you can’t do that all day so I think a better mascara for me might be a waterproof mascara by Benefit or any other mascara brand. But overall,  the biggest thing I did not like about this mascara was how pigmented it was coming off onto your skin or trying to take it off with makeup remover.  It took a lot of makeup remover or a couple of makeup remover cloths to remove this mascara. So as a mascara it doesn’t quite live up to it’s hype even though it creates wonder volume on your upper lashes.

Thanks for reading!