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Glow your way through Cyber Monday!

Happy Thanksgiving beauties!  Are you ready?  I know I’m not.  But I also know that you can look your best with some of my all time favorite products for the holidays!

As you know, I’m a die-hard IT Girl, and I also love a deal.  Well I’m here to tell you that Jamie and her team have come up with a screaming deal of a doorbuster to celebrate the shopping season!

From Black Friday through Cyber Monday, you can nab the special Hello bright Eyes & Hello Light Illuminizer Powder for the little bitty price tag of $39.50.  Now that’s a $64 value, and frankly – having tried and used both of these products, it’s a deal you cannot pass up.  I know I will be stocking up.

If you have the Vitality Face Disc that came in last summer’s TSV you know that this Hello Light Illumnizer ads a gorgeous moondrop glow to your complexion.  Made with Drops of Light technology, this beautiful illuminizing powder gives you that lit from within glow.  I absolutely love it, and use it everyday.  In fact, I will share with you that every time I wear Hello Light, people notice the difference.  What’s not to like about that?  The micronized pigments of light are packed with IT Cosmetic’s signature collagen and vitamin infused ingredients, but no talc.  Sweep the Hello Light across your forehead, on top of your cheekbones, and anywhere else you want to highlight!  My favorite technique is to use IT’s bronzer below my cheekbones, and the Hello Light just above.  WOW!

In addition to the Hello Light, you will also get the Hell Bright Bright Eyes pencil duo.  These silk infused anti-aging brightening pencils use micronized pigments to make your face look lifted, awake and bright.  You can use them on your eyes to open them up, your inner rim to make you look more awake, those pesky 11 lines (which I personally have and try to hide every day), or anywhere that you want to lift, brighten and make more youthful.  With no pulling or tugging, these silk infused pencils glide like butter and have all the collagen, Vitamin A, C, and E that you would expect from an IT Cosmetics product.  I use them in the inner corner and my 11 lines.  This includes Bright Eyes in two colors!

If you didn’t pick up Hello Bright Eyes at the Friends & Family Sale, now is your chance!  To celebrate the giving season, I will be giving away one Bye Bye Pores Finishing Powder to a lucky reader!  Use the RaffleCopter form below to enter, and GOOD LUCK!

Happy Thanksgiving all!

It’s Glitzy!

Merry Christmas!  Well ok, it’s a tad early for that, but since all of the holiday kits are out in stores, urging you to get dressed up and put on a glam face, I thought I’d join the club.

I have been a holiday beauty kit shopping fiend lately!  At the Sephora  Friends & Family sale last month, I picked up the Bare Escentuals Putting on the Glitz Kit, and I’m happy I did.  This is a lovely kit, very subtle but sparkly and festive.

This kit is a Sephora exclusive, and might remind you a bit of last year’s Shimmer and Shine.  It contains 10 pieces, for $54.  That right there is a deal, but I nabbed it at 20% off, making it less than $5 per piece.

The items include (swatched at right, top to bottom)

  • Prime Time Primer Shadow in Toasted Almond (iced coffee).  This primer is just a teesy tiny bit away from the Champagne Toast, another personal favorite of mine.  It is just a tad darker and is a fantastic all over eye color, as well as a primer.
  • Glamtastic eyeshadow (warm champagne luster)  This is a glowing champagne tint, but isn’t too sparkly
  • Glitz eyeshadow (smoky plum sparkle) a deep plum purple brown
  • Gorgeous blush (petunia pink) – a big POP of pink!
  • Luxe Radiance AOFC (apricot pink) – this is a bit too pink to be an AOFC for me but makes an excellent blush. If you mix this with Gorgeous you get a baby pink that makes you glow.

You also get a mascara, a Cheek & eye brush and a clutch.  Included are an eyeliner and pretty amazing as well.


The jury is still out on the Round the Clock Eyeliners for me - they are better than the B&B liners, which just slide off my face in a hot mess, but they aren’t as holy grail to me as Tarte  or Urban Decay.

I like the new Pretty Amazing lipgloss, which is a full color gloss as well; this is a pale shimmering pink.


All of this is wrapped up in a sparkly pink bag for you to take with you; this matches the gold theme of all the holiday kits this year, and is a great way to mix and match the 8.0 Readys or the TSV Ready Duo


There is nothing like Christmas in the middle of the year, and when I shop the Bare Escentuals outlets, it definitely feels like Santa has come.

For today’s look, I wore Christmas Past (2009), otherwise known as The Surprise Kit.

This $54 kit (which I got at the outlet for $24, yay!) contains 9 full size items:

  • Secret Radiance AOFC
  • Spellbound Eyeshadow, infused with Hematite
  • Surreal Eyeshadow, infused with Hematite
  • Suspense Liner Shadow, infused with Hematite
  • Intrigue Blush, infused with Hematite
  • Doubled ended 100% natural lipgloss in Brilliance & Angel Food Cake
  • Soft Sweep Cheek Brush
  • Tapered Crease Defining Brush
  • Line Diffuser Brush

All of this goodness is in a pretty hard box, which is great for storage.

The infusion of Hematite adds sparkle and sheen without being over the top glittery and is a special treat for a holiday collection.

Today, I started with Benefit Primed & Poreless, one of my two go two primers right now.  I followed this with Benefit Bo-ing concealer.  On top of that was Josie Maran Argan Oil Matchmatcher foundation, a light coverage but highly moisturizing color shifting foundation.  I then primed my eyes with Two Faced Shadow Insurance.

Next, I used Secret Radiance to add a glow on my cheeks, forehead, and over the bridge of my nose.

I swept Spellbound, a whispery pink, lash to brow – patting more on the lid.

I followed with Surreal, a champagne bronze, patted over the lid.

Finally, I used the pointed liner brush in the Eyelining Tutorial kit instead of the diffuser brush, because it works better for me.  I applied the Suspense Liner Shadow, which I deepened with Frills (from the Beyond Gorgeous Kit).

Finally, I applied MAC mascara, because well – I’m obsessed with it right now.

I really love the Surprise Kit right now because you can go from soft to smoldering, from demure to damsel.  This kit is sold out everywhere (though outlets might still have a few) but there are singles available as well as full kits on ebay.

I hop you like it too!


Contents value – 5 stars.  This is a ridiculous deal at $54, but even better at $24.  It’s basically like paying for two eyeshadows and getting the rest for free.

Shadows – 5 stars.  It’s BE after all, and they are full size.  The Hematite infusion is just beautiful.

Radiance – 4 stars – this really doesn’t have color, which is great for a radiance.  I love the soft glow it gives, but I am disappointed that it doesn’t last longer on my skin.