Why You Need IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream

Heard all the hype? Wondered what is so good about the IT Cosmtetics CC+ Cream? Click to find out.

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I am sure you’ve seen people rave over the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream, and you’ve probably wondered what’s so good about it.  Well, I’m going to tell you why it deserves a place in your daily makeup routine.

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Great coverage. Don’t be fooled by the CC cream label, this isn’t a sheer colour corrector – not even close. The coverage is really good. It hides any imperfections while evening out your skin tone in a flash. The result is a beautiful natural looking base, with a velvety finish that allows you to look polished and awake, without any caking or masking.
It doesn’t feel like your wearing makeup. Although the coverage is bang on, it actually doesn’t feel like you are wearing any makeup. It is lightweight, non-sticky and doesn’t transfer. The foundation also doesn’t crease or crack throughout the day. Which means less time is needed to retouch and more time for activities.
You get the benefits of anti-aging skincare.  IT Cosmetics products are created in such a way that it is a skincare treatment first, and a colour cosmetic second. By focusing on soothing, treating and hydrating means that your skin will be benefiting daily from nourishing ingredients instead of your pores being blocked, and your skin getting irritated.  So, essentially you are wearing a nourishing moisturiser and anti-aging treatment with a dose of pigment added at the end to cover and conceal.  This specific formula contains collagen, peptides,  hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and vitamins A,B,C and E.
It contains 50+ SPF.  Being in Australia especially, this is an absolute must in your daily foundation. The biggest anti-ageing treatment is prevention. What better prevention is there than a 50+ SPF that is automatically built into your foundation. The other upside of this is that the SPF is completely physical which means you’ll get absolutely no flashback. Between that and the formula being sweat and water resistant, you will be prepared for anything.
It works on all skin types. I don’t what sorcery has gone into the CC+ cream but along with all those benefits listed above, it works on every skin type. Whether you are dry or oily, you can make this foundation work for you. Depending on what kind of finish you prefer, you might have to set it with powder for something more matte. Otherwise dry, combo and oily babes alike will swoon over this baby.

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I know that the shade range is limited, but I have been assured by the IT Cosmetics educator, that any skin tone will be able to make the shades work. Plus, a little birdy told me that new shades will be released in September.

Have I convinced you yet? It is in stock now but be quick, this bad boy sells out fast. And, believe me, once it is sold out Australia-wide it takes foreverrrr for a restock.

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. Discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information. I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

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Foundation Face Off //Urban Decay Naked Skin vs. Urban Decay All Nighter

Urban Decay Naked Skin and All-Nighter Foundation – Both foundations retail for $65. They are both housed in a tall bottle with a pump style of delivery. Each contains 30ml of product but offer very different things. But which will come out on top?

 

With such a massive selection at Mecca, it is often so hard to pick between products. Especially when a favourite brand has two hot fire foundations that both sound like winners.  I’ve done the legwork for you and compared Naked Skin and All-Nighter so you can decide which is best for your cute little mug.

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Both foundations retail for $65. They are both housed in a tall bottle with a pump style of delivery. Each contains 30ml of product but offer very different things.

Naked Skin Foundation

Fusing cutting-edge technology with high-performance pigment, this ultra-definition liquid foundation delivers a perfected look and weightless feel to the skin.

Naked skin both feels and looks oh-so-natural on the skin. The coverage is medium, but really easily sheered out or built up. I love how I can even out my skin tone with this foundation, but my freckles and skin can still shine through. The finish is a demi-matte, which gives the skin beautiful glow.  It lasts well, but my mug starts to get a little shiny after a couple of hours, and by the end of the day the foundation does start to break up on my face.

I think this would be a great everyday foundation for most skin types. While the longevity isn’t super incredible for oily gals, it gives my skin such a beautiful finish, that can be blotted/powdered when the shine is getting a bit too much. It doesn’t catch on dry bits and has enough hydration that dry skin babes would enjoy this all over their face too.

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Naked Skin (excuse the claw)

All Nighter Foundation

Full coverage flawless in a flash! Waterproof, oil-free, matte and ultra long-wearing, this liquid formulation envelops your complexion in perfection for a completely airbrushed finish.

This shit is legit. When they say full coverage they ain’t lyin’. It completely evens out your skin tone and covers blemishes, discoloration, and freckles. All Nighter lives up to its name by lasting all day, and all damn night.  As you’d expect with such longevity, it controls oil like no other. She’s a doozy! But with that oil control comes a little bit of texture and sinking into fine lines.
The biggest set back with this high-coverage beauty is the level of oxidisation. I’d say it dries down at least a whole shade darker. So keep that in mind when choosing your shade.
If you suffer from oily skin that requires some hardcore coverage, this is going to be your saviour. Personally, I really need to amp up the bronzer and highlight when wearing this, to give my face a little dimension, but other than that I really like it for those long sweaty summer days and steamy nights. But, be sure to steer clear if you have even the slightest bit of dry or flaky skin. This bad boy will grab onto those flakes and not let go. It will highlight even the slightest bit of texture.
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Full coverage, but texture and lines are highlighted

The Results

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Overall, it is a little difficult for me to see a clear winner. Both are used for very different purposes. All-Nighter cannot be beaten when it comes to long-lasting oil control. On the other hand, Naked Skin is weightless and a little more natural looking. I reach for Naked Skin a little bit more, but only because it is more of a daily wear foundation for me. But All Nighter is my go-to for something like a day at the races, or a wedding.

Sorry guys, it’s a stalemate for me.  But I am sure you can decide which is the right choice for you and your needs.

What are your thoughts?

 

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

How I store and organise my makeup collection

I’m sure we’ve all drooled over those beautifully organised makeup storage videos and pictures on Instagram.  Everything has its place and each product is displayed so perfectly in drawer inserts, it is honestly like a work of art.

I’m sure we’ve all drooled over those beautifully organised makeup storage videos and pictures on Instagram.  Everything has its place and each product is displayed so perfectly in drawer inserts, it is honestly like a work of art.

While these organisers seem to be what dreams are made of, they really aren’t very practical to me. Firstly, they are bloody expensive. Who wants to spend more money on some bits of acrylic rather than actual makeup products? Yeah, no thanks. With a staggering total of 19 drawers in my vanity, fitting each of them out with dividers would cost upwards of $800. That certainly doesn’t fit into my budget 😐

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As beautiful and aesthetically pleasing these vanities look, they are just not very space conscious.  I don’t know about you, but I need to fit more than 30 powders in one drawer. I also need flexibility around the size and shape of products I want to fit into my drawers.

My Storage

Firstly, I really dislike a whole heap of clutter sitting on top of my vanity, so I try to keep it as minimalistic as possible (which is so tricky). Excessive clutter actually makes me feel anxious, so I definitely don’t need for my workspace to have items displayed all over the place. I need a space that is inspiring and gets my creative juices flowing. That just doesn’t happen with 3829 products fighting for space. So I am continually chopping and changing the desktop to get it to a point where I am happy – it hasn’t quite happened yet.

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If I could figure out another way to store my perfumes, where they weren’t taking up desk space, I’d be bang on it. I’ve even put away my brush collection and only left out the brushes I use every day.

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Now, as far as the drawers are concerned, I’m more in the mindset of an organised mess. I’m going to make the most of my space by fitting as many products into a drawer as I can, while still being able to see my collection and sorting by product type.

Here are some snapshots of a selection of drawers

See, organised mess 🙂

I get that it doesn’t look as lovely as your typical makeup storage porn, but its practical, cost-effective and it works for me and my needs. Everything still has its place, I can see all of my products and my wallet isn’t $800 lighter.

I still love the look of clear acrylic dividers, but mine only cost between $2-$5 each from Kmart. I also use Mecca Boxes to divide products – they may not look as aesthetically pleasing but it cuts down on waste too. Plus, I can arrange them however I like, so there’s no chance of some larger products been shafted to a reject drawer because of their size and not fitting into the pre-set dividers (Marc Jacobs O!Mega Bronze, I’m looking at you).

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How do you store your collection? Are you a bit of an organised mess, like me or more polished?

 

Camille x

Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Mineral-Rich Atomic Heat Mask REVIEW

It’s got quite the name and boasts a fair list of promises, but does the Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Mineral-Rich Atomic Heat Mask live up to its claims?

This mask helps reduce the look of fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, uneven skin tone, and texture for smoother, healthier, and younger-looking skin. A botanical blend helps replenish, nourish, and moisturize skin, while kaolin clay and magnesium sulfate help open pores and draw out impurities in an invigorating flash of heat.

The Heat Mask is targeted towards all skin types to fight dullness, texture, fine lines, wrinkles, and dehydrated skin.

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What is it?

Formulated with mineral-rich Hungarian Thermal Water, a ridiculously dreamy blend of Sunflower, Jojoba, Peach, Apricot and Rosehip oils, Shea Butter and Pomegranate extract, GATULINE® RC (a beech tree bud extract) and, lastly,  Kaolin Clay and Magnesium Sulfate. It certainly sounds like it is packed to the brim with gorgeous ingredients, but do they translate into results?

Firstly, the packaging is beautiful – the best I’ve seen from PTR yet! The green to blue ombre and gold detailing is really eye-catching and conjures images of clear, fresh waters and bright refreshed skin. The mask itself is quite a unique balm-like consistency, that needs a little warming up between the fingers before it can be spread across the face.  There isn’t any remarkable or irritating fragrance.

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After the mask has warmed up on your skin, it is very easy to spread and feels really soft and buttery on the skin. The directions state to leave the mask on for 3 minutes, and then, with wet fingertips, to massage in to activate the heating sensation. Once the heating has ceased, you then rinse off.

RESULTS

I love the way this mask feels on the skin. The formula is velvety and is only improved by the heating factor, which really makes it a relaxing and soothing experience.  My skin feels oh-so-soft and strokable after the mask has been washed off. My complexion is really bright and looking happy with a healthy glow.  I definitely noticed a difference in hydration level of my skin. My skin looked and felt nourished and plump. After a handful of uses, I can’t say that I noticed any change in fine lines or wrinkles, but I honestly wouldn’t expect to in such a short time and from the use of a mask alone.

To summarise, I really enjoy using this mask. I love the way it feels both while it is on the skin and afterwards. It is a quick mask to use and would be ideal to give your skin a glowy, healthy look before an event when you are in a pinch. The jar itself is quite large, and needing only a small amount for each application, I would imagine it to last for quite a while. I have nothing negative to say about the Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral-Rich Atomic Heat Mask (Well, maybe a shorter name? ;))

Does this mask sound like a winner to you?

Camille x

 

 

 

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

MAC Matte Fix Plus And Pore Refiner Stick Review

MAC have recently built upon their Prep & Prime collection and added a couple of variations to Fix+, including Pinklite, Goldlite, scented versions and more recently a Matte Fix+. This, in addition to a brand new Pore Refiner Stick, has got oily girls like me, a little excited.

MAC’s Fix Plus has got to be one of those items that almost everyone has in their collection, or at least used at some stage.  It has a multitude of uses and certainly is a fixture in my collection. MAC have recently built upon their Prep & Prime collection and added a couple of variations to Fix Plus, including Pinklite, Goldlite, scented versions and more recently a Matte Fix+. This, in addition to a brand new Pore Refiner Stick, has got oily girls like me, a little excited. I’ve put them to the test and come back with my thoughts.

 

Matte Fix+

A light, oil-free emulsion that helps conceal visible pores while controlling oil. Applies “wet” for a gentle micro-exfoliation; dries instantly to create an invisible, long-lasting natural matte finish. Ideal for the T-zone.

At first glance, the formula looks clear, but much like its sparkly counterparts, give it a shake and a powder-like substance mixes in and turns the liquid a milky colour. MAC claims that this bad boy can be used both before and after makeup application for a mattifying effect.

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the two middle swatches have been used with Matte Fix+

 

There is no scent and the mist is exactly the same as the regular Fix+. As soon as I spray this over my face, I can immediately see a difference. I’ve used this on both matte and dewy foundations and the result stays the same – a suuuper matte finish. There isn’t any flashback, nor any residue of any kind on the face. The longevity of my makeup is dramatically increased and my oily t-zone is basically non-existent. Say whaaat? I am so impressed.

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Overall, I’m sold.  I think especially in Summer when sweat and oil are an even bigger issues, this bottle is going to be my matte saviour. If you love a matte finish and struggle with being an oil slick, I would highly recommend getting your mitts on this.

 

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Matte Fix+ used as a setting spray over a dewy foundation

 

Pore Refiner Stick

A magic stick that blurs the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles for a smooth matte finish.

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I know I am not alone in the struggle of giant pores. They almost always come hand-in-hand with oily skin – aren’t we lucky! I am constantly trying products to disguise and diminish the look of these gaping holes all over my face, so I think I did a happy dance when this little stick arrived at Beauty Bender HQ. The stick appears to be quite small but only a small swipe is needed on the skin. Once applied, it feels weightless and so smooth on the face.

I did note an instant reduction in the appearance of my pores and also a mattifying effect. I also noticed that fine lines were hidden and my skin, in general, look much smoother. Foundation applied perfectly over the top – no balling or slipping at all.  My pores are disguised, not totally erased because let’s face it, you’d need putty to fill in those bad boys, but there is definitely a difference.

 

This is another winner in my opinion. Due to how light the formula is, it also works brilliantly over the top of your regular primer or works well on its own. I was never a fan of products like the Benefit Porefessional as it left a bit of a residue behind and made my makeup slip, but the MAC Pore Refiner Stick doesn’t do this at all, in fact, it adds to the longevity of my makeup. Winner.

 

What do you think? Do you need help with your oil situation?

 

Camille x

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.