Review & Swatchfest: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in Tan and Natural Medium

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer
I don't know about you, but as the winter months approach, I find myself looking at a paler, and sometimes more sallow reflection when I put my makeup on in the morning. The drastic decrease in pigment to my already fair face makes it easy for dark circles and blemishes to rage openly. Because I refuse to get in a tanning bed and can only take so much fake bake, I need heavy duty concealer that promises not to cake or dehydrate my skin in already dry weather, and I think I've found it.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer has Vitamin K - an ingredient often reported to decrease the amount of time skin stays swollen and discolored from surgery - serves to actively decrease under eye circles over time while the Vitamin C increases cell turnover and can be attributed to the anti-aging claims. While I can't attest to either of these properties, as I don't typically have dark circles or wrinkles,  I can say that the coverage is spectacular and the texture is smooth and moisturizing.

While the directions say you can use this as an under eye concealer, spot concealer, or even an all over foundation, I've primarily used this under my eyes. The consistency is very thick and resists a surprising amount when coming out of the tube, but putting on the back of my hand to warm it up help it spread really well under my eyes. Once down, it doesn't dry completely matte, but doesn't feel like it will slide away either. The texture also lends to its' ability to stay all day - a definite plus!

Verdict:

Those looking to cover dark circles, redness from blemishes, or even a very full coverage concealer will love the thick, moisturizing texture this concealer has along with the full coverage. While it might be too much coverage for the summer months (for me, at least), this is the perfect product for the dry winter weather that leaves skin so pale. When purchased individually, Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer retails for $24. On QVC, however, you can purchase the concealer along with a dual-ended brush for $29. Given my positive experiences with their brushes (to come soon), I would highly recommend going this route.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer

Tan on the left, Natural Medium on the right
FTC: Products mentioned in this post were sent as press samples, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Speedtorial: Pink Tinged Gold With ELF's Neutral Holiday Palette




The neutral palette is the same as last year and can be found in Walgreens. I hope to have swatches up soon! Check back for a link.

Products Used:
MAC Paint Pot in Indianwood
ELF Natural Eye Holiday Palette
Be a Bombshell Eyeliner
Love Liner Eyebrow Liquid: http://www.imomoko.com/product_detail.php?ID=7134
What's Your Type Mascara from theBalm
Pixi Illuminating Tint & Conceal: http://www.makingupthemw.com/2012/10/review-swatchfest-pixi-illuminating.html
NARS Laguna & Orgasm
Too Faced Highlighter from the Glamour to Go Spun Sugar Edition: http://www.makingupthemw.com/2012/10/review-swatchfest-too-faced-holiday_7338.html
Tarte Lipsurgence in Moody

$10 for $20 at The Body Shop!



In case you aren't an avid Groupon shopper, I thought I would let you know about a beauty and skin care deal they are having. For $10, you can get $20 worth of bath, body, and makeup products! Whether you are doing some early holiday shopping or just wanting a little something for yourself, it's 50% off and an awesome deal.

Happy Shopping!



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Review & Swatchfest: Pop Peak Performance Mascara in Brilliant Black, Inky Indigo, and Cocoa Charm

Pop Peak Performance Mascara

Pop Peak Performance Mascara

With brands trying to differentiate their mascara with different wands, formulas, and even added extras like fibers, Pop Beauty's Peak Performance Mascara completely changes the lash-enhancing game by morphing the wand and tube into one element. This twist up applicator functions similarly to automatic lip glosses that dispense product into the tip. Instead of a fluffy doe-foot applicator on the end of this pencil, there is a row of flexible plastic spines, through which mascara is dispensed - ready to be applied. While this difference in packaging will force you to change your application technique slightly, it might be worth it for the results you can get with it and the formula of the product inside. 

Peak Performance Mascara comes in three shades, brilliant black, inky indigo, and cocoa charm, so that even those that like to deviate from the typical black shade can indulge in this mascara, should they like it. The formula is very wet, so it coats lashes thoroughly, but can take a much longer time to dry. Once it dries, however, the formula is similar to that of the tubing mascara from blinc. That means that there is absolutely no smudging, running, or flaking until you are ready to use some warm water to take it off. 

While some may be formula fanatics, and find this flake-free quality to be enough, others will want to know about what this mascara does for the looks of your lashes. Like any mascara, depending on how you apply this particular formula, you can get a good curl and it stays all day. Clumping, however, can be an issue. The formula can really lengthen lashes, but, because it's so wet, it tends to make them stick together. Be prepared to use a lash comb if you are used to naturally defined lashes. 

The deviation from the typical wand and tube doesn't particularly help the application process, but it doesn't hurt it either. The shape of the comb makes the typical mascara flubs difficult to do. No more worrying about large wands smudging your inner corner! Something to be careful of, however, is that you don't let excess mascara clump the dispenser. Although it hasn't clogged yet, mascara that I left on the comb dried and clumped slightly. While it didn't clog the dispenser by any means, I could see this being a problem in the future, so it's an extra step you need to get used to taking every few times you use it. 

Verdict:  

This mascara definitely has some great qualities. While it might not jump out as a must-have, it's a great option if you are in the market for a new alternative. Those looking for in-your-face colors might not find this color selection to be their thing, but those looking for a more natural look will like the shaded cocoa charm, while those with blue or brown eyes might like the subtle twist inky indigo gives their look. Pop Beauty's Peak Performance Mascara is available for $20 at ULTA.

P.S. See the shade brilliant black in action in the tutorial at the bottom of the post!

Pop Peak Performance Mascara

Pop Peak Performance Mascara - Brilliant Black

Pop Peak Performance Mascara - Brilliant Black

Pop Peak Performance Mascara - Brilliant Black


Pop Peak Performance Mascara Inky Indigo

Pop Peak Performance Mascara - Inky Indigo

Pop Peak Performance Mascara - Inky Indigo

Pop Peak Performance Mascara - Inky Indigo

Pop Peak Performance Mascara - Cocoa Charm

Pop Peak Performance Mascara - Cocoa Charm


Pop Peak Performance Mascara - Cocoa Charm

Pop Peak Performance Mascara - Cocoa Charm


Pop Peak Performance Mascara

Pop Peak Performance Mascara

Pop Peak Performance Mascara


Pop Peak Performance Mascara



FTC: Products mentioned in this post were provided as press samples. All thoughts and opinions are original and honest.

Review & Swatches: IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes Mascara

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes Mascara



























I'm relatively new to the IT Cosmetics brand, but I don't think there is anyone who hasn't heard of IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes 5 -in-1 Volumizing Mascara. I was introduced to it months ago when my grandma - the hip beauty maven that she is - said she spotted this on QVC and heard it did magical things to lashes. Knowing her beauty-obsessed grand daughter, she bought the QVC duo and gave me one!

A self-proclaimed multi-tasker, Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Volumizing Mascara claims to be conditioner, primer, lash tint, curler, and enhancing serum while managing to stay paraben-free, fragrance-free, phthalate-free, and sulfate-free. Some of the characteristics mentioned require long-term use to test, but the tinting and curling properties are easily illustrated by the before and after pictures below. The formula leans wet, so it lays relatively thin coats on lashes. The bristles, however, keep lashes from clumping even when multiple coats are applied. I found the formula to be flake-free, but when I wore it on my lower lashes, there was some minor smudging throughout the day. 

One of the best features about the mascara is the wand. Much like Benefit's They're Real, it has a combination ball tip/want applicator that makes for easy application and allows for special attention to be payed to flared outer lashes and even the puny inner-eye lashes. 

In terms of the long term conditioning aspects this mascara claims to promote, I didn't notice an overwhelming difference between when I started using it up until now. I tend to have long, healthy lashes anyway, so someone with shorter, more brittle lashes might notice a bigger difference. 


Verdict:

Overall, I recommend this to those who are looking for a mascara that performs like Benefit's They're Real. It isn't cheaper by much, but a single tube of this costs $20 and you can buy two for $30, which brings the cost down to $15 a tube whereas Benefit's is $23. If you tend to wear mascara on your bottom lashes, I would steer clear of this as I did notice smudging.While I don't know that my lash volume increases by 430% when I wore it, you can tell they got pretty darn big in the pictures below. 

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes Mascara

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes Mascara

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes Mascara
IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes Mascara - before

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes Mascara - ball tip on outer lashes

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes Mascara - after

A Pixi Deal Just for Making Up the Midwest Readers!

Pixi lovers, or those just interested in dipping their toes in the Pixi pool to test the waters, will be happy to know that until November 20th, Making Up the Midwest readers can get 25% off their entire order from the Pixi Website! Enter the code "piximidwest" at checkout to redeem your savings.

If you are looking for some recommendations, I'll put some of the products I have tried, reviewed, and loved below!



Also, while I haven't done a review on it, I really like the Ultimate Beauty Kit. You can see it in action in one of my recent Halloween tutorials below.



Happy Shopping!


FTC: I am not affiliate with brands mentioned in this post. This is not a sponsored post.

Review & Swatchfest: Pixi Illuminating Tint & Conceal

Pixi Illuminating Tint & Conceal
In case you thought the BB craze was over, think again! The Pixi Tint & Conceal claims to be one of the first of it's kind in a pre-BB world (a.k.a. 2003). With Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C, the Tint & Conceal moisturizes, acts as a sunscreen, and as a foundation with a concealer to boot! The only thing it's explicitly missing is the claim to act as part of a skin care regimen.

Those who like to keep the products they use on a daily basis at the ready will love the packaging. The tinted moisturizer comes in a tube with the solid concealer in a done shaped on the cap. The dome shape is perfect for direct application to the under eye area and the texture is creamy enough to do so. While the tint supposedly dries to a powder finish, I found that it left my skin dewy (in the way that a moisturizer will) relative to other, more matte foundations I  have. I love the finish, but those with oily skin might want to set it with a translucent powder. The coverage was a little heavier than a typical tinted moisturizer, but not nearly as heavy as a full-coverage foundation. Those who are afraid of tinted moisturizers for their sheer coverage, but still want a barely-there feel will love this. The concealer is smooth and creamy but has enough coverage and staying power to cover moderate dark circles all day. I didn't notice any fading or running at the end of the day, even when left unset.

Considering how well each product performs and that you get two products for the price of one, the $30 price tag is very reasonable. Four colors make this line wearable for skin tones that range from fair to medium dark. Very fair and deep complexions might have trouble finding the right shade for them.

If the $30 price tag still seems too steep, Making Up the Midwest readers get 25% off their entire purchase until November 20th! Just use code: piximidwest at checkout.


Pixi Illuminating Tint & Conceal

Pixi Illuminating Tint & Conceal

Pixi Illuminating Tint & Conceal

Pixi Illuminating Tint & Conceal

Influenster Makeover - Try products for FREE!


In the Influenster unboxing I posted yesterday, I briefly mentioned some of the changes the site has undergone since receiving my last box, but I want to go a little more in depth in case there are those of you who are unfamiliar with the program and want to learn more. Recently, Influenster underwent a makeover and relaunched in September. Those of you who are already members will retain membership and can log in to adjust your profile while those without profiles will need to be invited. Looking for an invite? Go to influenster.com to submit your information!

Once invited, you will have the opportunity to earn badges in areas in which you are influential. Much like Klout, Influenster has switched to a scoring system to gauge how influential you are. By taking surveys, you will discover you score and earn badges in both Expert and LifeStages categories. Rather than lumping all of the badges together, the new Influenster has divided the two and added a few more Expert badges, including "Sweet Tooth", "Debonair", and "Pop Culture". The LifeStages category may be new, but the badges are familiar and include "Collegiate" and "Blushing Bride".

Once you have qualified for five badges, the maximum amount you can for the time being, you might become eligible for the many boxes Influenster sends out a month. Once you have taken the qualification survey, you have the opportunity to receive a box! Once in your hands, you have the opportunity to use, play with, and share everything inside your box as well as complete tasks corresponding to each product. While that isn't new to the program, once you complete your tasks, your score will increase accordingly.



In terms of the difference I have personally experienced, the user interface is very slick. Besides that, the qualifying process isn't much different. One thing I thought was interesting was that, in spite of feeling like I spilled by life story by completing all of my qualifying surveys, I still received product that didn't suit the qualities I specified in my profile. For instance, when there was an option to receive one of two products - a product for curly hair versus a product for straight hair - I received the product for curly hair. I'm not complaining by any means, I just wonder how much of the surveys filedl out actually dictate what is received in a box.

If you haven't checked out the new Influenster, you should! If you are looking for an invite, make sure to get on the list so that you too can get boxes of goodies tailored to your interests.



New Fall Favorite: Victoria's Secret Seduction Dark Orchid



Promising to be the "ultimate expression of sexy", Victoria's Secret launched a new fragrance line at the beginning of October: Seduction. The first fragrance in the line, Dark Orchid, typifies a warm fragrance with notes of amber, wood, and musk, and is "all about sexy decadence". A breakdown of the fragrance is provided below:


TOP

Crème de Cassis, Blood Orange, Victoria Plum, Pineapple Blossom, Bergamot, Yuzu Zest



MIDDLE

Jasmine, Red Ginger Orchid, Dark Red Calla Lilies,
Midnight Orchid, Muguet Petals



DRY-DOWN

Smooth Warm Amber, Oud Wood, Tonka Beans, Amber Crystals, Cashmere Woods, Creamy Musk

Those who love fragrances that fade into light, fruity scents might not find this to be their cup of tea. Personally, I'm a huge fan of deeper, amber-laced scents. Much as the note breakdown indicates, the first thing to hit your nose after a spray is a lighter, slightly sharp, citrus scent that quickly fades into a much deeper, muskier fragrance. When dried down, the muskiness remains, but also develops a much sweeter note. The interesting thing about this scent is that it has a hint of smokiness reminiscent of a hearth fire. Perfect for those fall and winter days when you want to take warmth and coziness with you all day. 

While this fragrance is intended to be the embodiment of sexiness worn year-round by "a glamorous provocateur...with a fetish for high fashion", I think anyone with a taste for sweet, sultry warmth will love it during the upcoming cold months. 

You can purchase Seduction Dark Orchid in store or on the Victoria's Secret website. The 1.7 oz retails for $49, while the 3.4 oz is sold for $65.  






FTC: This product is a sample, however I am under no obligation to review or mention it. All thought and opinions are honest and original.

Unboxing: Influenster Beauty Blogger Box

Palette Double Take: Urban Decay's Naked versus Profusion's Midnight Fever

Profusion Midnight Fever
Profusion Midnight Fever
I spotted the Profusion Midnight Fever palette at Walgreens today and had to do a double take because it looked so much like the Urban Decay Naked Palette! Since it was only $4.99, I thought it would be worth doing a comparison for those still looking for an alternative to what is arguably the most coveted neutral palette over. Check out the pictures below to see swatches of both and the closest matches between the two. Overall, the color ranges are very similar but the quality of the shadows are miles apart. I've already review the Naked Palette before (as have many), so I won't talk too much about the stellar quality of the shadows here. 

The Profusion palette includes 10 shadows, two of which are semi-matte while the rest are shimmery. Overall, the pigmentation is good, but the texture is gritty. There are only two duds in the whole batch: the matte dark chocolate brown and the medium shimmery grey (the two are next to each other on the right hand side of the palette). The rest are okay and I would even even go so far as to say there are a few matches with the Naked Palette - namely Sin, Gunmetal, and Toasted. Still, the texture is not equivalent and the powdery-ness in the Profusion palette is very evident. 

If you are looking for a solid neutral palette with many similar, but distinct neutral shades, and you don't care about brand names or that your shadows consistently perform well, this is a great palette for the price. If, however, you already have the Naked Palette or are looking to fill the void by buying multiple  bargain-priced neutral palettes, you will not be satisfied with this. Put the $5 toward the Naked Palette. 

What do you think about the Profusion Eyeshadow Palette? Will you be buying it?

Profusion Midnight Fever

Profusion Midnight Fever

Profusion Midnight Fever

Profusion Midnight Fever

Profusion Midnight Fever

Profusion Midnight Fever

Profusion Midnight Fever

Profusion Midnight Fever and Urban Decay's Naked Palette


Profusion Midnight Fever and Urban Decay's Naked Palette

Urban Decay Naked Palette


Urban Decay Naked Palette


Urban Decay Naked Palette

Profusion on the left, Naked on the right

Profusion on the left, Sin on the right

Profusion on the left, Gunmetal on the right

Profusion on the right, Toasted on the right


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