Finishing powders are an essential last step in any makeup application. A good powder sets makeup, blurs imperfections and gives your skin an airbrushed look. Over the years I developed a coterie of favorites, starting with the original Make Up For Ever HD Finishing Powder and ending with IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro Powder.
I have a list of must haves when it comes to powder. It has to be light/ white (I don’t like beigey translucent powders), it has to be stable and loose. I don’t like finishing powders that come in a compact, they get gross. With a loose powder, you can shake it into the lid and just tap out the excess, keeping your powder pristine.
The first powder in the trio is Make Up For Ever’s Ultra HD Finishing Powder. It got a bad rap in the past for the white blurs in celebrity red carpet photos but they have fixed that problem. It’s super light and you don’t need a lot. I usually buy the travel version ($20) and it lasts a few months with daily use. The only thing I don’t like is that it is hard to get the last bit of powder out. I tried cutting the webbed cover but still couldn’t get it out. Find it at MUFE stores and Sephora.
Next up is the bargain, E.L.F. High Definition Powder. This powder is a little thicker than the others but at $6, it’s great when you don’t have $20 plus dollars to lay out for powder. It also comes in a skin toned version and a corrective yellow (banana powder).
Finally, my new favorite is Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro Powder by IT Cosmetics. This powder by the anti-aging specialists at IT Cosmetics sets and blurs lines and imperfections. It does have a yellow cast to it but I didn’t really notice it. If you have aging skin, you will really notice a difference. Get it for $24 at ULTA or itcosmetics.com.
Today is the day to get a special deal on some of the best selling IT Cosmetics products. The “IT’s Your Top Five Superstars!” set includes five products plus a brush for $59.94 (or $19.98 x 3 for easy pay) at QVC.com. The set is the Today’s Special Value for Nov. 20, 2015 and lasts until midnight or they run out.
The set includes many products I have reviewed (and love) like the Award-winning Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging concealer, Celebration Foundation Illumination powder, Brow PowerUniversal Eyebrow Pencil, Hello Lashes five-in-one Volumizing Mascara, Vitality Lip Flush four-in-one Lipstick Stain and a Heavenly LuxeMaster Brush. You get to choose from five shades – they have one that will work for almost everybody.
This is my favorite line. I wear something from it everyday. IT was created by Jamie Kern Lima and a battery of plastic surgeons in effort to battle her own Rosacea. It is made with quality ingredients like silk, hyaluronic acid, argan oil, cherry oil and more.
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10, 2015. If you happen to have forgotten to pick something up, don’t worry. Here are a few beauty gifts that she’ll love and you can still Fedex.
Beginning from clockwise, top right:
Bobbi Brown beach Body Scrub: This body scrub will make mom feel like she’s laying on the beach while a cool sea breeze blows through her hair. Scented with Bobbi’s famous Beach scent, this scrub exfoliates and moisturizes while giving mom a zen-like experience, $37 at Nordstrom.com (ship or buy online and pick up in store).
Fekkai PrX Reparatives Intense Fortifying Masque with Argan Extract: This hair mask from Frederic Fekkai will take mom’s hair from dry and damaged to strong and baby soft. Scented with just a soft hint of vanilla, use it once a week for 5 to 10 minutes for hair that is perfection, $24.99 at Drugstore.com.
Limited Edition X0X0 Beautiful You Set by IT Cosmetics: Give mom this set from IT Cosmetics that includes a travel cosmetics bag, Hello Lashes® Clinically Proven 5-IN-1 Mascara, Vitality Lip Flush Lipstick Butter (Shade: In Love), YLBB® Your Lips But Better Waterproof Lip Liner Stain (Shade: Romantic Rose) and Hello Light® Anti-Aging Luminizing Crème Stick. All the colors look great on any complexion and the set is perfect for an #ITGirl or as an introduction to the line, $55 at itcosmetics.com.
Doll 10 BlendSmart Rotating Foundation Brush: Ever wonder how celebs get that perfect airbrush look? Well, it involves a lot of brushing and blending. Beauty brand Doll 10 has introduced a battery powered makeup brush (think sonic tech) that can be used with liquid, creme or powder makeup, making it easy to get perfect airbrushed face, $59.98 at qvc.com.
Jo Malone ‘Red Roses’ Bath Oil: Fragrance maven Jo Malone has captured the essence of bath time with this luxurious bath oil. Mom can inhale the sweet scent of roses while her skin hydrates with sweet almond, jojoba seed and avocado oils, $25 at nordstrom.com.
*This is now live and priced at $59.94. You can pay in two installments and get it on auto-delivery but I’m not sure what the price will be. These products won’t be sold outside of QVC for a few months, so if you want them buy them!
My favorite cosmetics brand, IT Cosmetics will be offering a new Today’s Special Value this Monday, January 19 on QVC. In addition to being a great value, the collection will include five new products; the CC+ Eye Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream, CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact, CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder, Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill Lipstick, and the CC+ Angled Buffing Foundation Brush.
The new CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream Compact takes your favorite IT Cosmetics CC Cream and puts it in an easy to use travel-worthy compact.
The CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder will blur those lines even more. Use it on clean skin or to set your makeup.
The Blurred Line Smooth-Fill Lipstick will fill in dry lips and give your lips a nice pop of color. It is formulated with shea butter, jojoba, grape seed extract, cherry oil and hyaluronic acid.
IT Cosmetics are known for their makeup brushes and this one will be no exception. The CC+® Angled Buffing Foundation Brush is custom-cut by hand and made with over 80,000 hairs.This brush will give your skin that airbrushed look and is cruelty free!
The New Year, Your Most Beautiful Skin! Collection will be available on Monday, January 19 at midnight for 24 hours only. The price has not been disclosed, but the last TSV from IT was around $60. To pick one up, tune into QVC next Monday at midnight, 3 AM, 9 AM, 4 PM, 6 PM and 11 PM (ET) or go online to www.qvc.com.
One of my most favorite products ever is the Your Skin But Better CC Cream by IT Cosmetics. It acts as a sunscreen, foundation and an anti-aging serum. But it does leave one thing to be desired..and that is the leftover product stuck in the container! It comes in a tube with a pump to make application easier, but when the pump “dries up” there is still a bunch of CC Cream left in there. That is when I got wise and decided to clip off the top of the tube.
I cut it pretty close to the bottom and then used a concealer brush to get it out and apply it to my face. I got probably a week or so more use out of it this way and I just stored it in a sealed plastic bag.