About Claudia Materdomini

I love writing about all things beauty and fitness related. Beauty and health related review are my thang. I'm a huge house head and obsessed with my little maltese Sam. You can find me busy on social media and soundcloud all the time. I work in Social Media and also write for the cruelty-free beauty blog My Beauty Bunny.

IT Cosmetics Confidence In A Compact

I’m an owner of several different foundations, BB and CC Creams because I can never pick a favorite and always like to explore new products that hit the market. My skin has also changed since having a kid so I find myself trying out new combos of primers and makeup to see what works best with my skin that went from oily to mostly normal/sensitive-reactive. On top of that, being in my mid-thirties, my skin is drier in general so it requires a more consistent moisturizing and anti-aging routine to keep up appearances. I’ve always been a fan of IT Cosmetics since learning about them long ago in a NewBeauty Testtube, but it was only recently that I got my hands on their latest foundation, IT Cosmetics Confidence In A Compact and fell in love.

Prior to using this new foundation, I was mainly swapping between IT Cosmetics O2 Foundation, and Pur Cosmetics Hydra Fluid Water Serum. Both work great, and I still like them very much but I was intrigued by IT Cosmetics claim that this new foundation was had better buildable coverage (full coverage, in fact), while offering all the skincare benefits of their latest skin cream, Confidence In A Cream. It’s available in seven shades and is suitable for even sensitive skin.

it cosmetics confidence in a compact review by iliketotalkblogWhat makes this foundation unique is that it’s a solid serum. Say what? Yeah. I didn’t know really what that was either, but it includes a SPF 50+ along with their anti-aging Armour Rejuvenating Concentrate that supposed to improve the look of your skin once applied. Were taking improving moisture levels, the size of pores, hiding discoloration, and increased radiance.

it cosmetics confidence in a compact review by iliketotalkblogThe actual product is stiff in the pan, which I like because when you swirl your makeup brush in it, it doesn’t pick up too much product. I kinda dab,dab and swirl and work on different spots of my face with the recommended brush that IT Cosmetics makes; their Heavenly Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush #704. If I see areas on my face that need a bit more I just layer it on and continue to smooth it all out. This brush is everything, guys. It’s quite an investment in my opinion as I’ve never spent that kind of money on a single brush ($48 to be exact), but I can tell you now that it’s 100% worth it. My foundation applies flawlessly. No streaks, no excess product left behind, and looks quite fancy on my counter.

it cosmetics confidence in a compact review by iliketotalkblogAfter applying my foundation, my skin does feel a bit dewy so I wait a few minutes before moving on to blush and contour. My skin feels very moisturized still, but not greasy at all, and I love that it hides everything I need in a natural way. I think this would work best for non-oily skin types as it already has that deep moisturized feel to it that oily skin may not like.

it cosmetics confidence in a compact review by iliketotalkblogI can definitely say that this compact will remain in rotation with my other favorite foundations for those days when I need a little extra coverage. Right now I’m working on removing some hyper-pigmentation and have dark under eyes so this works great when I need that extra help. I’ve been using a sample of their Bye Bye Under Eye Illuminating product and they work fantastic for hiding those signs of being a tired mama.

You can find IT Cosmetics in several places like ULTA, QVC and right at their website. The foundation will run you $38 and is not refillable. It does come with a mirror and cosmetic sponge but I highly suggest you invest in the brush if you can — it’s quite the added treat.

Have you tried IT Cosmetics Confidence In A Compact? What did you think?

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Softer Skin With Clover and Bee

clover and bee skincare body polish review by iliketotalkblogOne of my favorite ways to treat myself is with luxurious feeling bath products. The shower is the one place you can escape as a mom (sometimes) and getting those 15 minutes to yourself feels like bliss. The warm water, a good hair mask, a close shave and a nice scrub make that little moment absolute heaven.

When I was approached by Clover & Bee Skincare I was elated to give them a try.  Born from the idea a mom had to make healthier skincare products, Clover & Bee Skincare was created for her daughter who was struggling with severely dry skin. Best of all, using natural based ingredients, like honey that was harvested straight from her backyard hives. Natural based products appeal to me more, now more than ever. As a new mom, you are bombarded with the threat of toxins all around and you try as best you can to keep healthier, less dangerous products in the house in case your little one gets ahold of them. A product that can give me peace of mind is already winning in my book.

clover and bee skincare body polish review by iliketotalkblogClover & Bee specialized in body polishes, and have three varieties that each have a inviting scent. I chose Grapefruit & Jasmine and fell in love the minute I cracked open the jar.  YOU GUYS. This has got to be one of the most beautiful scrubs I’ve come across! Within the honey granules and sugar are dried jasmine blossoms mixed throughout. What really intrigued me is that its first ingredient was honey and not sugar! It definitely made me take a closer look at it because I never expected that.  The blend also includes skin loving oils like Babassu nut oil (which is a lightweight, non-comedogenic oil with lots of vitamin E) and Macadamia nut oil (a favorite of mine, that moisturizes and is rich in antioxidants).

clover and bee skincare body polish review by iliketotalkblogI like a good granular scrub and Clover & Bee fits the bill. I love using it after shaving my legs and on rough spots like my elbows. Some “scrubs” out there simply don’t have enough scrub to them but this one met my expectations for a body polish.

clover and bee skincare body polish review by iliketotalkblogAnd seriously, how beautiful is the branding and packaging of these scrubs? From the lid emblem to the cute label, I’m totally feeling the Clover & Bee vibes.

clover and bee skincare body polish review by iliketotalkblogEach body polish retails for $34 each and you can grab yourself a tub at the Clover & Bee website.  And don’t forget to follow them on their Instagram!

Keep Your Chest Looking Youthful with SioBeauty

SioBeauty Review by iliketotalkblogThere’s no doubt about it, taking care of our skin as we age is a necessity if we want it to look good for years to come. That means cleansing, exfoliating, treatment and prevention in order to keep it at it’s healthiest state. While we spend a whole lot of time working on our complexions, we sometimes forget that our décolleté can show our age as well. The thin skin of our chest gets just as much sun as our face, and is prone to deep wrinkles due to father time, and just the plain ol’ way we sleep. There is something on the market that can keep your chest looking youthful, and that’s with SioBeauty.  SioBeauty’s three part system works to renew, smooth, and hydrate your décolleté overnight and works especially well for us side-sleepers.

SioBeauty Review by iliketotalkblog

The SioBeauty kit utilizes three easy steps that you can work into your nighttime and morning routine. First is the décolleté cleansing wipes which gently cleanses and exfoliates the skin with glycolic and lactic acids to prepare the skin for the overnight. I usually did this right after my evening shower. After allowing my skin to fully dry, you then apply the silicone skin pad that does the real smoothing magic. These washable and reusable pads stick to your chest preventing new wrinkles from forming while you sleep while increases skin hydration levels by creating a micro-climate that draws moisture to the skin. No need to worry about adhesives that could cause irritation to the skin — these are FDA cleared, and clinically and allergy tested.

SioBeauty Review by iliketotalkblog

In the morning you peel off the pad, rinse it under water with oil free soap so it cleans off any oils and regenerates the stickiness for the following evening. The kit contains two pads with each pad lasting two weeks. I found that the edges kinda lost their stick when fuzz from my top or sheets got stuck to it and that made my baby girl want to peel at it — but stays on well. Not to mention they are comfortable to wear and you forget they are there for the most part.

SioBeauty Review by iliketotalkblogAfter removing the pad from the skin you follow with the décolleté serum that provides additional hydration to keep the skin looking smooth. I love this serum, and it’s lasted long after the rest of the kit was used up. It made my chest feel silky smooth and didn’t clog my skin at all.

SioBeauty Review by iliketotalkblog

I was pretty impressed with how well this system worked. You will really notice a difference on the first morning after you take off the pad and touch your skin. I only wish the pad reached up higher up to work on the deep creases I get from sleeping with my arm up.  I don’t think I could use this on the regular because it’s a bit out of my ongoing beauty budget, but I could see this being useful in prepping for a big day like your wedding or another special occasion.

You can find out more about SioBeauty by visiting their website and see some fabulous before and afters that I wasn’t able to capture myself with an iPhone. I also didn’t have as deep of wrinkles but I can attest to the fact that this system works! You can also follow them on Facebook or Instagram for more details on how SioBeauty can work for you.