It’s time for the IT Cosmetics Friends & Family Event! IT Cosmetics is rewarding their loyal IT Girls with exclusive access to the semi-annual friends & family sale, an event that you DEFINITELY don’t want to miss!
The offer is 25% Off Any $30 itcosmetics.com order (pre tax and shipping). The code is FRIENDS2018.
This sale runs from April 10th thru the 15th.
I love IT Cosmetics and am going to check out the sale in the morning. Are you going to pick anything up?
I included makeup this time! I don’t have any pressed powder products, and don’t know when I will. I’m not close to pan on any pressed shadows, blushes, bronzers etc, because I have so many and like to use different products every day.
Starting with my much loved Maybelline Fit Me! loose powder. I have recently purchased a new powder (and new foundation and concealers) and want to start trying them, so I need to use this up. I’ve been using it for months. Same with the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines foundation and Bye Bye Under Eye concealer. I received all of these in the fall and have been wearing them on and off. It’s time to finish them. They are all so nice and I have been loving them.
I was looking through my stash and saw that I hit a little pan on my ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Reversible. I’m going to try to top off my eye looks with this and maybe even use it as a highlighter.
I also have a body lotion and and hair glossing cream. The Philosophy Snow Angel smells so good. It’s a fresh floral scent and is actually really nice for spring. I received it before Christmas and I haven’t used it up because it is thick and hard to squeeze out of the bottle. I need to leave it on it’s side to be able to use it.
The Oscar Blandi Glossing Cream smells amazing! I use it on wet hair to make it manageable and on dry hair for shine. I’ve had it for a while. It’s close to being finished.
The majority of the pan is skincare. These are the first three products I need to use up. The Ofra Peptide Cleanser is about half full, the H2O+ Waterbright moisturizer is about 3/4 full and I’m not sure about the Neocutis night cream. I’ve had these since last summer/fall so it’s time to use them up!
Here are the last three products! The eye hope is about half full. The Reclaim Botanical neck cream and the Perfectly Posh the ritual mask have both only been used a few times. I need to start using neck cream every day again and I need to give the mask a good try!
I will be doing the first update at the end of April. Wish me luck!
Are you doing a Project Pan this year? How’s it going?
Hi everyone! I finished my first Project Pan! You can read about the start of it here and my update here. I started this in January to focus on using up some skincare I’ve had for a while.
I began with ten products, but used most of them up quickly. So I added a few more at the end of January. I didn’t do a check in at the end of February because I thought I was almost done. But I had a Pur Cosmetics mask that took longer to use up than I thought it would.
I’m not going to list the products here, but you can go back to my original posts to see what was included. I used up all of the products in the photo above and am pretty proud of myself!
The big thing I got out of doing this is that I made sure to use the products every day. Before this, I hadn’t been great about removing makeup and using my skincare at night. I now take of my makeup and use my skincare almost every night and I think my skin looks better! I also make sure to use skincare, including one with SPF in the morning, too.
I’m going to start another 3 month Project Pan this weekend. This time, I’m going to include some other products as well as skincare. Probably not any pressed powders yet, because I’m not even close to pan on any of my eye shadows, blushes, etc! But this will help me use up some of my stash!
Have you done or are you doing a Project Pan. How’s it going?
H2O+ Beauty has some amazing new skincare and bath and body care just released this spring. I love this brand because the products contain natural ingredients and innovative formulas.
One of the new collections I’m reviewing products from are the Rapids Collection that features champagne and yuzu extracts, a balancing and enhancing probiotic skin care collection that makes your skin look and feel immediately healthier:
H2O+ Rapids Soothing Probiotic Bubble Mask ($6 for one pouch, $25 for 5 pouches) – This bubble mask foams up before your eyes and helps calm and soothe skin, promoting a more even looking complexion. Perfect for combination skin.
What I think: Once you massage this mask in, it bubbles up thickly. At first it tickled my nose and I didn’t know if I could keep it one, but the bubbles pop and leave a film on the skin. I rinsed it off after 10 minutes and my skin was smooth. It wasn’t calm though at first, it was a bit red. But it did calm down and I really liked how soft my skin was. One pouch contains about three uses.
H2O+ Rapids Gel to Powder Probiotic Mattifier ($22 USD) — This unique mattifier balances combination skin and blurs imperfections as the gel transforms to a light powdery texture before your eyes. Featuring Probiotics and Champagne and Yuzu extracts, it absorbs excess oil and shine and leaves skin with a visibly flawless, even skin tone. Dermatologist tested. Non-acnegenic. Non-comedogenic. Clinically proven to not clog pores and to reduce the number of blackheads after 2 weeks.**when used as a regimen.
What I think: This is really nice under makeup or on its own to keep oil at bay. I usually only have oily skin in the summer, so for me it will be perfect when it gets hot. I think this will be nice for those who have oily skin all year long.
H2O+ Rapids Probiotic Champagne Illuminator ($22 USD) — A pearlescent highlighter that enhances your best features while also helping skin better retain moisture. Featuring Probiotics, and Champagne and Yuzu extracts, its water-based jelly texture gives you a subtle glow in all the right places. Dermatologist tested. Non-acnegenic. Non-comedogenic. Clinically proven to not clog pores and to reduce the number of blackheads after 2 weeks. **when used as a regimen.
What I think: This is such an interesting highlighter. It’s a peachy-golden glow that applies like skincare. It really feels nice on the skin. It goes on a little wet but dries down. It’s a more natural glow, but looks amazing in the sunlight. The only negative is there is very little product in the container.But a little does go a long way.
The second collection I have been testing is the Coconut Verbena Bath and Body Collection:
Coconut Verbena Body Wash ($18 USD 12.2 Fl oz) — These Coconut Water enriched suds feature Coconut Water, Vitamin E and Verbena extract, cleansing and refreshing skin. So lather up those bubbles and breathe in the crisp, citrusy verbena scent. Cleanses and refreshes with coconut and verbena.
What I think: This is a really refreshing, light scented body wash. It also bubbles up nicely in the bath (I love baths)! It also hydrates the skin and leaves it soft after use. So lovely for warmer weather!
H2O+ Coconut Verbena Body Butter ($22 USD 8 Fl oz) This deeply hydrating body butter features Coconut Milk and Verbena extract, nourishing and softening skin while treating your senses to the crisp and citrusy scent of verbena. Deeply hydrates and softens with coconut and verbena.
What I think: This smells just as pretty as the body wash. It hydrates the skin and leaves it so soft!
Have you tried H2O+ Beauty products? Are you going to pick up any of these new releases?
I have been testing new skincare, which I have been enjoying. I have been using up some skincare from a project pan I have been doing, (I will be posting results soon), so I was ready for some new products!
The two products I have been loving are from N07 and Philosophy. I have received them for my honest review. I have been using them for over a week. Here is what I think:
No7 Early Defence GLOW ACTIVATING Serum ($24.99 1 oz) — This product claims to give glowy skin after 7 days of use. In one week, 87% of women saw a more radiant complexion. This clinically proven serum delivers:
Visibly brighter skin
Reduced appearance of pores
Smoother texture and improved clarity
No7 Early Defense GLOW ACTIVATING Serum, with Ginseng and Vitamin C boosts skin’s natural renewal process to clear and refine pores for a glowing complexion. This powerful formula also supports your skin’s natural defenses, calming skin¿s reactivity to stress and protecting by neutralizing damaging free radicals caused by the sun & pollution.
What I think: I have been using this twice a day for over seven days. It is a white gel/cream and is unscented. It has almost a primer-like feel on the skin — it glides on and smooths out my skin tone. I have noticed that my skin has been looking really nice every morning. My skin tone is even and my pores look a little less noticeable. And I do have a glow! I will continue to use this and see if my skin continues to improve. I do recommend it if your skin needs a bit of a glow.
Available at Ulta stores
Philosophy Purity Made Simple Ultra-Light Moisturizer ($25 4.7 fl. oz.) — I was excited when I saw this new moisturizer, because I love Purity Made Simple cleanser. It is an ultra-lightweight formula that claims to leave skin looking dewy and smooth with less-visible pores—pure and restored to its ideal state. learn more! More claims are:
Clinically proven to keep skin hydrated for 24 hours Immediately feels like a reset for your skin In just 3 days, see makeup-optional skin In 7 days, skin looks young and healthy like the skin you were born with!
What I think: This has the soft lavender scent of the cleanser, which I love! It is very light and absorbs into the skin very quickly. I have been using it over my N07 serum at night (I use an SPF day cream). I don’t like to use heavy night creams at the moment, as I am hot all the time (my own personal summer). This is perfect as it does hydrate without weighing down my skin. I think this will be amazing in the summer when I need moisture without using any heavy creams.
I was sent some amazing Arbonne RE9 Advanced body and neck products for my honest review. I have only been using these for about a week, so I haven’t seen the long term benefits yet. This is more like first impressions.
What I think: I love how this feels on my skin. It immediately hydrates and leaves my skin silky smooth. It isn’t greasy at all. I can tell that it has serum in it, because it sinks into my skin and my skin glows and appears smoother. My dry patches on my elbows already look better! The only issue is that I don’t really care for the scent. It’s lemony, almost like a home cleaner. I am going to use it up to see what it does to my skin.
Arbonne RE9 Advanced Age-Defying Neck Cream
RE9 Advanced Firming Body Cream
Two other products from the collection are the RE9 Advanced Firming Body Cream and the RE9 Advanced Age Defying Neck Cream. Here are the descriptions from the Arbonne website:
RE9 Advanced Age-Defying Neck Cream ($85 USD) — This heavenly cream, formulated with peptides, helps improve the appearance of firmness by adding moisture to your delicate neck and décolletage area, while stabilized vitamin C boosts and maintains moisture to support collagen.1.7 oz.
RE9 Advanced Firming Body Cream ($75 USD) –This luxurious cream deeply nourishes the skin with hydration, formulated with red algae extract, to smooth the appearance of dimpled skin and promote a shapelier-looking silhouette. 6.7 oz.
What I think: The neck cream is hydrating and smoothing. And the body cream is really rich and gives a ton of moisture. I will be trying it out to see if they both firm.
This exclusive four-piece collection features is valued at $173.43 and it is on sale today for $59.96! It contains the following products:
2.53-fl oz CC+ Cream Illumination in Fair, Light, Medium, Medium Tan, Tan, Rich, or Deep
0.192-oz Bye Bye Pores Blush in Sweet Cheeks, a peachy-pink shade
0.057-fl oz Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment Serum
Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush
I have tried all of these amazing products before, except for the brand new lip treatment serum. Here’s more info on each product:
It all begins with the super-size CC+ Cream Illumination. It’s your complete skin care, your SPF 50 UVA/UVB sunscreen, and full coverage in one step. There is no shimmer or glitter, but a lit-from-within look! Infused with hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, hyaluronic acid, and other skin-loving ingredients, Drops of Light Technology helps give your skin a beautiful radiance. Paired with the Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush, CC+ Cream helps improve the appearance of dry fine lines and wrinkles.
To brighten the look of your complexion, Bye Bye Pores Blush in the new shade, Sweet Cheeks, instantly diffuses the look of pores and imperfections while giving your skin the perfect kiss of peachy pink. Hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and peptides infused in your blush? That’s what makes IT Cosmetics so different. What’s more, it’s and talc- and paraben-free!
Infused with butters, oils, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants, Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment Serum delivers hydration with your perfect flush of soft, pink color.
You get a HUGE tube of the CC+ Cream Illumination. This applies so nicely to the skin and makes you look flawless. Using it with the amazing brush will give a pretty even coverage. I love IT brushes — so high quality!
I actually have the blush in Sweet Cheeks already and use it every day. It looks super shimmery in the pan, but when applied, my skin looks so glowy!
The lip product feels nice on. The Je Ne Sais Quoi shade has been made into so many lip products by IT because it is so popular. It goes on very light pink, but deepens to a different shade for each person. On me it’s always super bright pink. So I don’t wear it often. If it stayed a light pink, I would love it!
All in all, this is a great deal, especially if you love IT Cosmetics’ fan favorite CC+ Cream. The jumbo size of that is worth the cost of the whole kit!