CC+ Naturally Pretty Palette

Highlight and contour plus blush, oh my!  You may or may not know that I have been on the hunt for a matte highlight that is light enough for my skin, which isn’t so fair, but apparently fair enough that it’s been near impossible to find what I am looking for.  I have also been on the hunt for products/palettes that multitask and condense my makeup kit as I travel.  Enter the IT Cosmetics CC+ Naturally Pretty palette.

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The packaging is a really pretty silver-y color and it has a mirror that almost fills the lid of the palette.  Each powder contains anti-aging ingredients (score!) and the size of each powder is generous for only $38.  The powders:

IT’s Your Color-Correcting Brightener!:  While I was looking for a highlighter, this does the trick to even out some of the underlying redness that I have.  It’s just enough to give me a little bit of highlight and blends wonderfully.  The flecks of colors within the powder help to counteract pigmentation in your skin leaving it radiant.  Then I can add just a bit of shimmer highlight at the top of my cheekbones.

IT’s Your Naturally Pretty Blush!:  This is a new go-to!  It’s very pigmented but blends in so smooth.  It has a little orange/melon undertone to it, which works great with my skin tone.  I haven’t had the chance yet to try it on anyone else with a different skin tone so I look forward to seeing how versatile it is.

IT’s Your Perfect Warmth Bronzer!:  When it comes to this bronzer, the verdict is still out.  I really wanted to use it for more of a contour powder to save some space in my kit but while it looks rich in the packaging, I have to use a lot of it to see even the tiniest bit of bronze.  Granted, it’s not meant to be a contour powder, it’s meant to be a bronzer…but still.

Overall, I really like this palette.  While the amount of product is generous, the size is still compact enough to fit in your kit and leave room for plenty of other goodies.  Since Sephora doesn’t carry IT Cosmetics (and Hawaii doesn’t have an Ulta) I went to Ulta while in California last month to pick this up.  It’s my first foray into the brand and I am looking forward to trying out other IT Cosmetics items.

What IT Cosmetics item should I try next?!

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Sephora Haul Part 2

It’s finally here, the second part to my mini spree during the VIB sale!

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1. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo and Conditioner: I am really liking this stuff! My hair is smoother, softer, and with a little dry shampoo I can get 3 days out of my hair! It’s a little pricier than I typically would spend on shampoo and conditioner but I’m loving the results on my thin, staticky, flyaway hair that’s not quite straight but definitely not curly hair so the price is worth it to me.

2. Sephora Collection Pro Airbrush Foundation Brush: the dense bristles pick up a good amount of foundation making a little go a long way. What I like about this is I can buff on my foundation giving a more airbrushed look rather than”painting” on my foundation as you do with a traditional flat foundation brush.

3. Sephora Collection Pro Angled Blush Brush: just like the foundation brush, the bristles are really dense which can pick up a ton of color. It’s just the right size to keep my blush on my cheeks.

4. Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion: this is a new favorite. It’s a light beige so it helps to even out the skin tone on your lid and it dries quickly. When putting on shadow, it glides right on and doesn’t crease all day.

5. Lancôme Teinte Idole Ultra 24H foundation: I think I’ve just accepted that my ideal foundation doesn’t exist but this comes closer than any other I’ve tried. It goes on really smooth and doesn’t melt off in the heat which is awesome! I love the coverage but it doesn’t quite help with my oily skin as much as I’d like.

6. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz: I prefer this to the DipBrow at this point in my attempt to master the art of the brow. It’s easier to blend in without being too dark. The pencil is really thin so I think it gives a really natural look.

Were you able to take advantage of the sale?!  Share your new favorites!

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