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.

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.

 

Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation Review

The relatively new Bobbi Brown Weightless Foundation landed on my desk at On A Beauty Bender HQ last week, eager to find a new daily foundation, I put it straight to the test. With claims of light-weight consistency,  a comfort matte finish, long-lasting coverage and an SPF15, this really seems to be a good contender.

 

The relatively new Bobbi Brown Weightless Foundation landed on my desk at On A Beauty Bender HQ last week, eager to find a new daily foundation, I put it straight to the test. With claims of light-weight consistency,  a comfort matte finish, long-lasting coverage and an SPF15, this really seems to be a good contender.

Get your complexion covered all day with this 16-hour wear, buildable medium to full coverage foundation with a natural, multidimensional matte finish that’s comfortable, breathable, and weightless.

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I simply adore the simple glass bottle. It’s a great size that fits into my drawers and has a pump style delivery which is my preferred method. Bobbi Brown do understated class so damn well.

The foundation applies well, it is really workable and can be applied with a sponge, brush or even fingers. I prefer using a Beauty Blender to ensure an even, streak-free and super natural looking finish, I found that a brush did tend to make it look a little streaky and thick.  The coverage can be built up with ease without the threat of the dreaded cakeface.

I found the formula to be creamy, but light like a gel, which seems contradictory but somehow works. I love that with only a light layer, the foundation can even-out skintone and cover blemishes without looking like a mask, but rather acting like a second skin which allows your own skin to shine through – cute little freckles and all.  There is no clinging to dry patches, nor is it too matte that it enhances any texture on my face. Plus, it does a really good job of controlling my oil during the day. As expected my natural oils start to penetrate slightly half-way through the day, but we definitely don’t get to oil-slick territory.

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The wear time is great, and I think this is its only slight downfall. It claims to wear for 16-hours – I can attest to about 12 hours. It definitely does last, but I noticed quite a bit of fading after about 7 hours. The foundation does start to break up a little around my nose and chin, revealing a little bit of redness, but nothing that couldn’t be touched up. So, all-in-all it performs really well.

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Another plus is the shade range. It boasts 30 shades with different undertones, which gives you a fairly decent amount of options to find the right shade for your complexion.

Overall, I am pretty well sold on the Bobbi Brown Skin long-Wear Weightless Foundation. It is definitely light-weight and natural looking but it also covers up the bad bits, smoothes and evens out skin tone all while lasting you most of the day and offering a small amount of SPF. It really ticks the boxes for my current needs and will be a regular on my face.  I have definitely found a new daily wear foundation in this little beauty. I would imagine that it would work well for most skin types and would perhaps wear longer on you gals with not so oily skin.

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Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation retails for $70 and can be purchased directly from the BB website or from Mecca Maxima and department stores.

 

Does this little number tickle your fancy?

 

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. I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

Foundation Face Off – Rimmel Wake Me Up vs. Bourjois Healthy Mix

Hello beauties,

Do you, like me, get a little overwhelmed when looking for a new foundation? With so many different claims, finishes and coverage levels, it is a little bit difficult to know where to start. Today I’m going to compare two VERY similarly marketed foundations to give my my opinion on what I feel is worth your coin.

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Both the Rimmel Wake Me Up ($19.95) and Bourjois Healthy Mix ($29.95) promise anti-fatigue, brightening foundations with the benefits of Vitamin C. Both have been recently reformulated and back on the market due to their high popularity.  The only difference apart from the price, seems to be the that Wake Me Up has SPF, while Healthy Glow does not.

I must note that I have a normal to oily skin type, that is prone to congestion and large pores. I like something a little glowy, but nothing that enhances my extreme oil production. Foundations on me do tend to get greasy-looking and wear off around my chin and nose throughout the day; I like my foundations to last a good 8 hours or more. So keep in mind that my opinions will be made in regards to this. I have trialled both formulas for a week each.

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Rimmel Wake Me Up

Firstly let’s take a closer look at the Rimmel Wake Me Up. Rimmel promises to erase the signs of tiredness and daily stress by instantly brightening and illuminating while evening out the skin tone and reducing dullness. Resulting in a radiant and healthy looking glow. This formula contains vitamin C, radiance pearls and an SPF of 20.

The packaging is sleek and sturdy, with a glass bottle and plastic orange lid. The product is delivered through a pump, which is my preferred method. The formula itself is probably slighter thicker than normal, but only very slightly. I did notice a little bit of sparkles which concerned me slightly – I wanna be glowy, but there is no way in hell that I want my entire face to look like a disco ball.

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Rimmel Wake Me Up

I applied Wake Me Up with a sponge, as I usually do with any foundation. Although the shade was a little too dark for me currently, it did blend out really well and the coverage was quite good. There was no sign of the glittery particles once applied. I’d say it is a medium coverage but noticed it does start to get a little cakey if built up too much. The finish is quite dewy, but I did set with powder to try and mattify slightly to get me through the day.  The rest of my makeup did apply well and was easily blended without anything going too muddy or catching on any specific areas. The finished result is fresh and glowy, but not too heavy.

Each time I have worn this foundation I have noticed it starts to really wear off around the 5 hours mark, regardless of what primer I use.  The redness around my nose starts to shine through, and it does start to look a little cakey in places. The amount of glow is nearing that ‘I’ve just bathed in a pool of oil’ look, which does start to annoy me, as I start to feel a little dirty and gross. However, I am easily able to touch up with a bit of blotting papers and a quick dust of powder. By doing this it brings a bit more life back to my foundation and makes it last for the rest of day without it looking too ratchet. So, overall I think it is a nice everyday foundation, but if you have the pleasure of being a greaseball like me, you’ll need a little extra maintenance.  Dry and normal babes, you might be right on the money with this bad boy.

But how does it compare?

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Bourjois Healthy Mix

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation is a foundation that is said to boost radiance while also providing an instant anti-fatigue effect. The formula is enriched with vitamins B5, C and E. Dark circles, puffiness and redness are erased, for a healthy glow that lasts 16 hours.

Similarly to Wake Me Up, Healthy Mix is in a sleek glass bottle, but with a red plastic lid and it is also a pump style delivery.  On comparison with the Rimmel, I noted that Healthy Mix has a fresh fruity type of fragrance, which I found quite pleasant. Although Rosa from Lipstick and Linguine did mention to me that she wasn’t a fan.  The formula is slightly more watery but still easy to blend and manoeuvre.  I initially noticed that this formula does have a little more coverage and is easier to build up. The finish wasn’t as glowy initially, but did give the skin a healthy, fresh look without being too heavy.

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Bourjois Healthy Mix

Likewise to  Rimmel, I set the foundation with powder and the rest of my face products applied like a dream. No patchiness or muddiness in sight.  As the days wore on, I did notice a little extra dew, but it wasn’t too offensive.There was no point that I felt like it was too much. I found the wear time to be much longer and only noticed the coverage starting to fade around 8 hours, but it wasn’t anything to extreme.  On one day, I had it on for almost 12 hours and was still really happy with how it wore.

Verdict

I can only assume, but I feel as if  these foundations would be super dreamy on dry skin, due to their brightening and glowy properties. Even without the addition of SPF, I think Bourjois is the winner for me. Used with a primer with SPF, it covers all my needs and wants. I love that it lasts much longer, and the ease of being able to build up coverage makes it cross the line first for me. However, I think that both formulas are great everyday foundations, if you are after something light and fresh with a decent amount of coverage. I would imagine that Rimmel Wake Me Up would last longer on someone who isn’t as oily me, so ultimately the two foundations are really comparable. If you are after something a little more affordable, Rimmel is your better option. But, if you want something with a little more oil control and longer lasting, Healthy Mix is for you.

 

Speak soon,

 

Camille x

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DISCLAIMER – Although these products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from 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.