Claré Blanc Mineral Makeup

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Heathy Makeup For All Skin Types

Over the past six years I have grown my makeup collection by leaps and bounds. I love that I get to try all sorts of different products and explore brands that I might not have known about before blogging. When I first started blogging, one thing that I did start using a lot of was mineral makeup. I found that it was a healthy makeup option for my then acne-prone skin. Since then, I have branched out to try different types of makeup but recently became acquainted with mineral makeup again through the brand, Claré Blanc.

clare blanc mineral makeup review by iliketotalkblog You may wonder what’s the deal with mineral makeup and what makes it different. For one, it’s free of synthetic ingredients and made from ground up rocks. Sounds a bit crazy, but because it’s made from finely milled rocks, and free of potential irritants like talc, fragrances or parabens, mineral makeup can help skin look and feel better. By eliminating many of the fillers that other types of makeup use to help create their own unique formulas, those with sensitive or acne prone skin can experiment more with less worry. Luckily, my skin has normalized since my acne days so I can use all types of makeup, but I always love going back to a favorite.

Claré Blanc allowed me to choose whatever items I wanted to try so I had the opportunity to put together a look using things I’d actually be interested in. I decided to go with a pressed foundation and concealer, a luminizer, a blush and bronzer, an eyeliner and some shadows.

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The Dream Pressed Foundation come in a large array of shades, and if you have any trouble figuring out your color they are happy to help assist you. I chose one that was a bit light for me, but luckily was still blendable enough to not be a problem. I used my IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush #704 and it worked perfectly to pick up enough powder and apply on the skin.

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I found that I preferred a nice matte blush in Charming since I was pairing it with a Luminizing Powder in Cashmere. I basically used the luminizing powder just about everywhere because I loved it so much. The perfect highlighting power for brow bones, cheekbones, center of the eyelids and cupid’s bow. The bronzer in Rocka Locka gives just enough color to sculpt the hollows of the cheekbones without looking muddy or dirty.

clare blanc mineral makeup review by iliketotalkblogI’m not one to know how to use 5 colors on the eye and make something fantastic. I definitely keep it simple with 2-3 colors. One all over the lid (in lavender ice, a smoky, frosty lavender) and Demure, a shimmery brown-violet in the crease. I lined my eyes with perfect black with a stiff chisel eye liner brush.

The Eye Flash Concealer was something I thought was unique. It has brightening qualities to it and while it’s marketed to be used in the under eye area, I found it worked really nicely in the inner corners of the eyes better for me.

You have to be careful with loose powders because one wrong move can create a mess. Luckily Claré Blanc has little sieve stoppers in the containers to control the amount of product dispensed at the top of the jar. Also, a little goes a long way, so when you pick up the powder, make sure to do a tap, tap on the jar lid to remove excess color. You can always go back and add more if needed! I found that the colors I chose blended together very nicely and sat well on my skin.

To find out more about Claré Blanc you can visit their website and see what they have in stock. They also have a fresh Instagram account so head on over there and give them a little love!

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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My Latest Must Have: Chella Eyebrow Cream

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I love when I come across a product that makes me actually say wow and reach for it everyday.  I’ll admit, since becoming a mom, my makeup days are becoming less and less. I work from home and watch my baby, I take her to swim class, the grocery store, the gym and out for walks, but that about sums up my outings during the week. So my makeup bag sits there waiting for the weekends when I have more time to dress up and look nice.  But lately, I’ve been doing a little something for myself, even on those weekdays when only the grocery check out clerk will see me, and that’s my brows with Chella’s Eyebrow Cream.

Doesn’t everyone else feel a little more put together with their brows on and hey, maybe even a little mascara? I feel like I look less “mom tired” and more “ ready for the day”.

chella eyebrow cream review by iliketotalkblogI was already a fan of their brow products and used their pencil on the regular until I was introduced to this eyebrow cream and was like, whoa. The pencil is super slim and allows you to draw in a very natural looking brow, but what I love MORE about the brow cream is how strong my brows now look. I also chose a slightly different color this time (tantalizing taupe instead of beautiful blonde) which gave me a slightly bolder look giving my brows a little oompf.

The eyebrow cream comes with a precision angled brush that you dip into a mini pot that is housed in the base of the brush. A little goes a long way so I lightly dab the brush into the cream and wipe any excess on the side of the cap.

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I tend to “outline” and define the peak of the brow first and then go back, fill it in, and blend, blend, blend. If I was ever a little heavy handed I just take a spoolie and brush it out a bit. I find that my brows also stay put and look on point to the very end of the day – even through a nap or a workout session. To define my brows just a bit more I follow with Chella’s highlighter pencil in “ivory lace” on the brow bone and just above the tail of my brows.

You can see from the photo below just how much of a difference using this brow cream makes! Left side, no eye brow makeup — Right side, complete.

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The eyebrow cream comes in six different colors that flatter just about everyone. It truly is a long-lasting formula that has proven to be budge-proof throughout my day. It’s also pretty convenient since it includes the brush and cream all in one product.

To find out more about Chella and their complete line of products you can visit their website, or follow them on Facebook or Instagram.