Boscia Charcoal Deep-Pore Cleansing Stick Treatment Review!

A month or so ago I went to Sephora looking for the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask, and of course, they did not have it. Not one was in stock. I guess everyone had the same idea as me that weekend. So, one of the girls working there suggested that I try the charcoal stick treatment, and I’m so glad she did!

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This is literally a stick, like deodorant or a chapstick, you roll it up from the bottom. I had never used a solid cleanser before, but I have used charcoal cleansers and really liked them before.

So, basically, you wet your face, roll up a bit of the cleanser and apply in circular motions all over your face. It will lather up slightly, and you’ll feel the fine charcoal particles exfoliate. Then work it in a bit more with your fingers, if you like (I do), and rinse. It rinses easily and leaves my face super clean and not at all dry.

I love this stuff! I am so glad that someone pointed this out to me, otherwise I probably would not have even looked at it. I use this a few times a week, and it definitely helps to clear up my skin if I’m having any issues. Honestly, this might be a new holy grail cleanser for me, I really do love it that much.

Have you every used this before? What about any other solid cleansers?

IT Cosmetics It’s Your Bye Bye Breakthroughs! 5 Piece Collection– May QVC Today’s Special Value!

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It’s time! Time for the IT Cosmetics May QVC Today’s Special Value!

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This is the IT Cosmetics It’s Your Bye Bye Breakthrough collection!

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This is the Bye Bye Lines Serum. It has that orangey scent to it, like many of the other IT Cosmetics products. It’s super light on the skin, absorbs very quickly and makes your skin feel nice and smooth.

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This is one of my all-time favorite products! Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Cleansing Balm is amazing! It takes off all of your makeup, which leaving skin super soft and moisturized.

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This is another one of my personal favorites, I use it all the time. This is Bye Bye Under Eye concealer in light. I use this under my eyes to help conceal dark circles, but I also use it on other spots if I need it.

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Bye Bye Pores Illumination is a new product, it is supposed to give you that air-brushed, lit-from-within glow.

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You can see that is has a nice shine/glow to it. It’s so pretty, and will give you a nice, subtle, natural glow.

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And finally, we have the Bye Bye Pores Powder Brush. Another fantastic brush form IT Cosmetics. It’s super soft and feels nice on the skin. It’s a denser brush so it’s great for buffing in product.

Overall, another great set! I love these QVC TSVs from IT. They are such a great deal and a great way to try out the brand if you haven’t tried then before.

New IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow Swatches and Review!

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Happy May, everyone! Why not start a new month with some new products?!

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These are the new IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow Skin Transforming Healthy Flush Blushing Bronzer palettes! IT is killing it with the Confidence line packaging, these have gradient covers that mimic the actual product! The medallion on the front provides a magnetic closure, and each have a mirror on the inside.

These palettes are infused with high-performance anti-aging ingredients and talc-free pigments. Also, like the rest of the Confidence line, these have that orange scent to them, and they feature a vitamin-C infused, radiance boosting formula.

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First up, we have the palette in Instant Natural Glow.

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Left to right: highlighter, blush, bronzer, swipe of all three

This one has the most classic blush and bronzer combination. It has a pink blush and a lighter bronzer and you can see that the combination of all three is still a very natural, peachy shade.

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Here we have Instant Warm Glow. The palette lives up to it’s name, it gives the skin a nice warm glow, perfect if you’re pale like me and desperately need a tan lol

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Left to right: highlighter, blush, bronzer, swipe of all three

This has a more coral tone throughout the palette, and I think this one has my favorite highlighter of the bunch. This one also has a warmer, darker bronzer. The combination of all three here has a bit more sparkle from the highlighter.

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Here is Instant Nude Glow.

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Left to right: highlighter, blush, bronzer, swipe of all three

This is similar in tone to the Instant Warm Glow, but the shades a touch lighter and a bit more natural. It definitely also warms up the skin, especially if you’re on the fairer side, but I can see it being more ‘nude’ on tanner complexions.

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This is the new Heavenly Skin One-Sweep Wonder Brush . It’s a flat brush, similar to a contour brush, but it’s domed instead of flat. The bristles are also layered and tapered, so there are shorter bristles on the sides, and they get longer as you get toward the middle and top of the brush. So, what you have is a denser base and a featherier top. It’s almost V shaped when you look at it from the side.

As always, this brush is super soft and feels really nice on the skin. It actually picks up a ton of product! Use it carefully, as you can pick up too much product very easily. It does blend nicely, though. You can use this brush a few different ways: you can use the flat side to apply blush, you can use the top edge to contour with bronzer and you can use the flat side vertically to highlight.

So far, I’ve been using Nude Glow the most, followed by Warm Glow. I did use Natural Glow for Easter, though! Honestly, I don’t think I can pick a favorite, they all have their place depending on the occasion. I’ve been alternating between them depending on my mood that morning. I’m loving the brush! It’s multi-use, which is perfect for this palette. I really like swiping through all the shades to warm up my face and then going back into the bronzer to contour. The highlighters are also super beautiful on their own.

If you are looking for a new cheek palette, these are definitely worth checking out! The Confidence In Your Glow palettes are available on the IT Cosmetics and Ulta websites now!

Aora Aurora Chrome Powder Review!

Yes, I wholeheartedly jumped onto the chrome powder train. This has to be my favorite one yet.

 

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Props to the boyfriend for getting this for me for Christmas! I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to review it. It is gorgeous. It is a multichrome chrome power. It shifts from green to blue to purple to pink/orange. In the picture you can see some of the spectrum, it does not do it justice though.

I use it with the Aora gel base and top coat. Out of all the chrome powders that I’ve tried so far, this one has the best application. It applied like a dream. It is milled super fine, a little goes a long way and one swipe with your finger leaves it super shiny and chrome before you even use the top coat. I like to apply it with a silicon tool, then use my finger to smooth it all out. Then just lock in that shine with top coat.

I’m in love with this one. I love a green-blue-purple shift in general, but this takes it to the next level.

Born Pretty Store Blue Chrome Powder Review!

So, I bought this set of Born Pretty Store powders back in December/January. I had tried them over white and lighter colors, but I finally got to try one over black!

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I decided to try he blue first. As my base I have Zoya Willa, which is just black. Then I used my Aora base and tops coats along with the powder. It is like the other chrome powders, so you do need to use it with gel.

When you first apply it over the gel base it isn’t very shiny, but it comes alive when you add the top coat.

I was actually very impressed with the quality of the powder itself, it is very finely milled so you get nice, even coverage. You don’t see any large particles or anything like that.

The color is beautiful, it’s similar to a Zoya Neve, which I love.

Overall, I’m very impressed! I love this color and I’m excited to use the others!

Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Conditioner Review!

I use a lot of dry shampoo, so I figured it’s time to try a dry conditioner as well. I did a bunch of research on the different brands, and decided to try out Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Conditioner.

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I bought the travel size, just in case I didn’t like it. The travel size is 1.3oz for $9, I believe the full size was around $24.

I tend to use it on day 2-3 of my dry shampoo days. Those are the days where my ends start to feel super dry. It’s just like dry shampoo, you spray it in your hair, I usually tend to keep it to my ends, but you can do mid-shaft to ends. Then just brush your hair.

Unlike dry shampoo, there is no white color or any kind of residue. Right after spraying and brushing, my hair feels much smoother and looks less dry. I don’t think it actually hydrates the hair though. I feel like I need to spray my hair a few times and at a few different angles to get all of it.

Overall, I do like it and will keep using it on my dry shampoo days!

Have you tried dried conditioner?

 

Smile Direct Club Update 2!

Time is flying! I’m 4 months in… halfway there (woah oh)! I’m about to switch into my 9th set so I wanted to do another update.

I’m still on the Thursday night switch out, and I’ve totally gotten the hang of seating the aligners. I suggest doing the switch at night, sleeping in them really helps.

So far, this 8th set has been the most uncomfortable since my first few sets. The bottom aligners were definitely a bit more uncomfortable, bordering on a little painful. After about 3 days, I got used to them as normal. I have not experienced enough pain to make me not want to eat though lol.

I do need to file the edges of my top aligners pretty vigorously. They are sharper than they appear and I usually need to spend about 10-20 minutes filing, and I’ll sometimes have to file as I go if I notice that anything is still sharp.

In my last post, I mentioned that the case can start to smell… I was wrong… it was the chewies! Luckily, they’ve sent me another 2 sets of chewies so I’ve gotten rid of my old ones. No problems with the case since I threw those away.

So, right now I have received up to set 12, along with 2 new sets of chewies, files and the remover tool. I’ve been getting sets sporadically, they do send the email that they have been sent out. I have also been getting the random follow up emails. I received two in a row, which looked like they were trying to follow up every 2 weeks, but then I stopped getting them.

And now for the update on my actual teeth… I am definitely seeing results. People have started to notice and have commented that my teeth have gotten straighter. My top teeth have improved dramatically, and it’s very noticeable. My bottom teeth have shifted as well, I can feel the difference when I floss, but it isn’t very visible yet. I believe my bottom teeth will start to shift more during these last 4 months, while my top teeth finish up. I have 8 more sets to go, but I can say now that these seriously work, and if you want to try aligners, it’s a great option to look into. I’ve actually suggested Smile Direct Club to a few who have asked.

 

New IT Cosmetics Confidence in an Eye Cream Review!

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Still haven’t gotten used to the time change? Well, IT Cosmetics has something new for you!

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This is the new Confidence in an Eye Cream! It’s formulated with Anti-Aging Armour Rejuvenating Concentrate and Ceramides to restore, Chrysin to help reduce inflammaton, Peptides and Collagen to smooth the look of lines, Avocado to nourish, Hyaluronic acid and Squalane for hydration, Licorice for brightening and Caffeine to reduce puffiness

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It also features Drops of Light Technology and an exclusive apricot tint for color correction and brightening!

I have been using it every day, in the morning after I wash my face. I do have dark circles and puffiness, so I need a product like this in my life. I just take a small amount and massage it onto my under eye area, and I instantly see a difference. Now, it does take a little while for my bags to completely de-puff, but I definitely see an instant brightening when I use this product.

It has no scent, which is great for the eye area.

I love that it has the apricot tint to help with the dark circles, and the Drop of Light doesn’t have any visible sparkle or shimmer, just a nice brightening effect.

The packaging is great, just like the Confidence in a Cream, except smaller. It has the same high-end skin care looking jar and label. And it is a glass jar so it’s nice and heavy.

I’m loving the new Confidence in a.. products from IT. The Confidence in a Compact is great, I use it everyday, and I’m so excited to add the Confidence in an Eye Cream to my everyday routine!

This product goes live on itcosmetics.com today, 3/21/2017! It will also be available at Ulta and ulta.com in April!

IT Cosmetics It’s All About You Customer Favorites Collection!– March QVC Today’s Special Value!

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IT Cosmetics is the QVC Today’s Special Value! This is the It’s All About You Customer Favorites Collection!

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The entire collection, here we have: Supersize CC+ Illumination with SPF 50+, Superhero mascara, Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin-Perfecting Brush and Je Ne Sais Quoi in Rose

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Supersize CC+ Illumination with SPF 50+. I’ve been using the CC+ Illumination for a while now, it’s one of my go-tos for foundation. It has lighter coverage, but you can build it up. It uses Drops of Light Technology for that radiance and glow, hence being called Illumination. It’s on the thicker side, but blends out very nicely and leaves you with a dewey almost shimery finish from the Drops of Light. You can really only see the slight shimmer up close or when it starts to fade.

The best part is… it has a pump!

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The all-time favorite Superhero mascara. I’ve gifted this to 4 people, and all 4 of them have given it rave reviews. It actually is that good.

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Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin-Perfecting Brush. I love all IT Cosmetics brushes! It’s not secret and it’s without fail, they make amazing brushes. This brush is smaller, it’s very fluffy and not very dense. I actually have an older version of this brush that’s bigger in circumference and denser.

I did test it out with the CC+ Illumination, what I like to do is dot the product all over my face then blend with the brush. Since the CC+ is a bit on the thicker side, I find that it is better to dot the product before using a small, fluffy brush like this one. Since this brush is so fluffy, you do need to buff for quite a while to get the product to sink in. I also think the brush is a bit too small for it’s purpose, but it does do the job. I can definitely see this brush being great for other makeup as well, like blush of bronzer.

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Je Ne Sais Quoi hydrating lip treatment in Rose! I love the Je Ne Sais Quoi in Your Perfect Pink, I use it every day. So I was so excited to see a new shade! I tried it out as soon as I was finished taking pictures lol. I love the logo imprint on the top! The bullet itself is magnetic, just like the other one, which is fantastic… you can just through it in your purse and you don’t need to worry about it opening and getting ruined. As for the shade, you definitely get a hint of a rosey tint. It’s very natural, but I can see a slight difference from my normal lip color. It’s one of those your-lips-but-better products.

All in all, another great QVC TSV from IT Cosmetics. A really nice intro to their products if you haven’t tried them before, or if you just need a refill on some favorite products!

Function of Beauty Update!

So, I’ve been using my custom Function of Beauty shampoo and conditioner for a while now, so I thought I’d give you an update!

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I’ve been using it for about a month, 2-3 times a week, and what you see above is how much of the product I’ve used so far. I’m going through conditioner a bit faster than the shampoo, which is normal for me. I have changed up the way I use the product, for my first shampoo, I lather it up in my hands, but for the second shampoo, I apply to directly to my scalp and lather. I usually end up with 5-6 pumps for shampoo and the same for conditioner.

Pros:

  • I have noticed that the middle section of my hair is very soft and stays soft for days after washing.
  • My hair is noticeable shinier, I definitely see a difference with that, and it stays shiny for days after the wash.

Cons:

  • Even though my formulation is basically just hydration, for some reason, I’ve noticed my scalp is drier than normal.
  • Right after hair washing, my hair feels nice and soft but a day or two later the ends dry up again. If I do any kind of heat styling or even no-heat overnight curls, my ends get very dry, even if it’s right after washing. I don’t use it every day, as suggested, so that might be the problem, but it is worth noting.
  • I haven’t seen any overall improvement on my dry ends. The longer you use it, the more you’ll see the effects, but so far… I haven’t seen any improvement in end hydration, they still get very dry and brittle.

I’ve avoided using any other hair products while testing this one, I just started using argan oil again after my last few washes because I couldn’t take my dry, frizzy ends anymore. My ends are a bit color damaged, so I don’t expect anything to heal them, that’s what haircuts are for lol. However, I am a bit disappointed with the dry scalp, I was not expecting that at all. I actually just decided to switch up my routine, my last wash I used totally different products (one to review!). I’ll probably go back to Function of Beauty after my scalp is back to normal and see how things go from there. I’ll most likely be back with another update!