I have to say, I’m pretty proud of this updated minimal makeup routine. Compared to last year’s video, I cut my products down significantly and it takes me no more than 5 minutes to complete! I also find it a testament to how much more confident I feel about my skin (and face in general). It’s by no means perfect, but I have come to the point where I accept it for what it is without feeling the need to cover and change so much of it. I also like this super simple makeup routine during the colder months, where I feel like I need to reapply moisturizer (as well as SPF).
Primer, in my opinion, is the most important step of this minimal, no foundation (and no concealer) makeup look. It acts as a bridge between skincare and makeup, but I actually find the primers I use to lean more on the skincare side. They act as a barrier on the skin, apply easily after sunscreen, increase makeup longevity, minimize the look of skin texture, slightly reduces excess shine, and has a bit of colour correcting properties!
Tatcha Liquid Silk Canvas Protective Primer Has a pink-purple hue so it helps brighten and even out my skin complexion, making it looks a smidge fuller.
Indeed Labs Green Nanoblur (gift) Green help cancels out redness, and I appreciate the subtlety of the colour so it doesn’t look too obvious when I wear it on its own!
Here’s where it gets even more simple. I only brush my brows and apply a coloured brow gel, and curl my lashes. My eyes tend to get especially dry during the colder months, and last year while at the office I found myself applying my hand cream around my eye area throughout the day! Keeping it simple just allows me to apply moisturizer (and SPF) without looking in the mirror and without worrying that I smudged something.
Glossier Boy Brow – Brown Perfect brush size, dispenses the right amount of product, and a great match to my eyebrow colour.
Muji Eyelash Curler Just the one I currently have in my vanity, seems to be made more for Asian-shaped eyes.
Depending on the occasion, this step is actually optional! I use cream or powder, but I was feeling some fall colours this day.
Glossier Cloud Paint – Dusk A little goes a long way with this cream blush, and I like using this colour in particular up to my temples like a blush/bronzer kinda of product.
Depsite current events and still needing to wear a mask, I still like wearing gloss to keep my lips comfortable and give it a tint of colour..
Fenty Gloss Bomb – Fenty Glow Just a nice pinky, sometimes pinky-brown tint and a comfortable gloss.
Glossier Generation G Lipstick – Cake I’m surprised how much I like this formula – it easily applies as a nice blotted look, which is how I prefer wearing lipsticks. Although it is matte, the formula is not too drying. I find this colour in particular to pair well with the Cloud Paint I’m using.
And that’s all, folks! As always, I hope you found this helpful and informative, or at least inspires you to embrace your face!
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When I found out IT Cosmetics launched a new complexion product, I immediately added it to my Sephora cart to try out. Back in 2018 I tried and adored their Your Skin But Better CC Cream, so I was super excited to see how their Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare performed!
Information on IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare claims
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare claims and ingredients
Experience an instantly better-looking complexion and better bare skin in two weeks! Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare features medium buildable coverage that instantly perfects skin—minimizing the look of pores and imperfections while delivering all-day hydration and wear with a natural radiant finish.
Suitable for all skin types and infused with skin-loving hyaluronic acid, aloe vera extract, vitamins E & B5 and hepes acid, your skin-improving makeup works behind the scenes as you wear it. After just two weeks, skin looks smoother, skin tone appears more even and skin texture is visibly refined. IT’s truly your foundation for better skin!– Itcosmetics.ca
PRICE: $52 CAD SIZE: 30ml Made in: U.S.A Total # shades: 40, various undertones MY SHADE: Light Neutral 22 (picked it myself online) Undertone: Neutral leaning pink, not my undertone. I feel like the Warm version would’ve been better and possibly similar to the Estee Lauder swatch.
PACKAGE: Clear glass bottle with a pump TEXTURE: Thick fluid. It travels down my hand but not very fast.
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare Ingredients
AQUA/WATER/EAU, DIMETHICONE, ISODODECANE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, GLYCERIN, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, HYDROXYETHYLPIPERAZINE ETHANE SULFONIC ACID, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, POLYGLYCERYL-4 ISOSTEARATE, HEXYL LAURATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE, TOCOPHEROL, SILICA, PANTHENOL, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, HYDROXYETHYL UREA, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE POWDER, SODIUM HYALURONATE, TIN OXIDE, HYDRATED SILICA, METHICONE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, [+/-: CI 77891/TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/IRON OXIDES, MICA, CI 77007/ULTRAMARINES, CI 15985/YELLOW 6 LAKE, CI 42090/BLUE 1 LAKE, CI 45410/RED 28 LAKE, CI 15850/RED 7]. D247442/1
Highlighted Ingredients: – Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe Vera: Instantly hydrate and visibly smooth skin. – Hepes Acid: Gently exfoliates for a brighter-looking complexion. – Vitamins E and B5: Moisturize and fight free radicals to support skin‘s barrier.
Contains moisturizing ingredients such has various -cones (mostly for texture but nice as a type of occlusive in skincare in general), Glycerin (5th ingredient), Panthenol (vitamin B5), Hydroxyethyl Urea, Aloe Leaf Juice Powder, and Sodium Hyaluronate.
Antioxidant Tocopherol (vitamin E) and Iron Oxides are also in the formula to help protect against visible light.
Now let’s look at this HEPES Acid, a.k.a. hydroxyethylpiperazine ethane sulfonic acid. Skinceuticals describes its function as a “synthetically-derived acid [that] activates natural enzymes in skin to help break the bonds that bind dead skin cells to the surface for even exfoliation.” INCIDecoder and Paula’s Choice lists this ingredient as a buffering agent. The Derm Review also shares that HEPES Acid is pH neutral and commonly combined with Glycolic Acid as a buffering agent. Browsing the interwebs further, Skinceuticals actually formulated their Discoloration Defense serum with 5% HEPES Acid, and Vichy’s Idealia Peeling also has the same concentration, both exfoliating products are however formulated with other acids. Overall as a consumer I’m quite confused. For me personally, I don’t use exfoliating products in my skincare daily in general, and I don’t really want that feature in a potential daily wear foundation either.
Experience with IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare
Overall Activities: Sitting on couch working, working out, walking outside, wearing a mask for 2 minutes. Wore it to the mall with wearing mask for a few hours.
1st Attempt: 1st layer Split-face application with Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki Brush and Beauty Blender. I dotted the foundation on various parts of my face and neck, brush-side had some minor streaking. 2nd layer I used the sponge all over face and neck, still using the dotting technique. Used about 2 pumps total. Looked very cakey, dry patches all over, radiant finish, medium coverage, pores looked more textured. I decided to wash my face and start over. 2nd Attempt: Decided to just apply 1 layer with the Beauty Blender. Instead of dotting all over, I dotted in one area and only applied more when I needed it. I used 1.5 pumps all over my face and neck with this method and it was the best one.
Coverage/Buildable?: 1 thin layer is a light coverage. 2 layers it is a low medium coverage.
Finish: Radiant, not borderline oily. Seems to be the particles in the foundation that disperse light more nicely. 1 layer skin looks smooth, pores look blurred despite radiant finish. Noticed some dry patches but it is forgiving, I don’t see them unless I look really up close. 2nd layer of foundation skin looked cakey, the radiance was a bit extra, sitting into pores, more dry patches, pink undertone was more obvious, wasn’t flattering at all on my skin.
Feel: Light, slightly tacky. Skin started to feel dry every time within 2 hours of wearing the foundation. Sometimes I felt itchy.
Flash Friendly? Yes. My face is lighter than my body (and ears) so I don’t consider this flashback, just a mix of my lighter-skinned face and a wrong shade match.
Oxidize? No, however with 2 layers I notice the pink undertone more.
Oil Controlling? I don’t get super oily until end of day, I found my oils did peak through around that time.
Long Lasting? After work outs, low activities or just chilling all day, I found most of the coverage still lasted after 8-10 hours. I didn’t notice anything significantly disappear unless I wore a mask in which it rubbed off my nose and chin.
End of Day: 1st layer skin always looked like skin from either far away or up close, coverage was still there, some of my natural oils came through.
Natural Light: Looks like my skin but better with 1 layer. 2nd layer looks terrible.
False Light: Looks fine most of the day with 1 layer. End of day I find I notice my skin texture in general but it’s not grossly emphasized with the foundation. When I tested with the 2nd layer I saw texture on my forehead and pore area from a distance near end of day.
OTHER WAYS I’VE WORN THIS FOUNDATION:
With powder (over 1 layer) – Emphasized dryness in the center of my face, made my skin look more dehydrated, nasolabial folds looked more prominent. I did a split-face with my Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation (NC20) and my Mac side looked moisturized, no dry patches, and skin still looked plump and moisturized.
Cream and powder cheek products – Both work fine.
Final Thoughts on the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare
DID IT MEET THE CLAIMS?
Better bare skin in two weeks – With the handful of times I wore this foundation, my skin felt dehydrated every time I wore it and I actually feel like this broke me out.
Medium buildable coverage – More like light to medium buildable coverage.
Minimizing the look of pores and imperfections – Yes. Skin looked smoother and I like how my pores looked most of the time with 1 layer.
All-day hydration – Nope, opposite actually! (Refer to first claim)
Natural radiant finish – Yes, I noticed the particles and felt like light was reflecting off my skin differently. Looked too much when I layered though.
Suitable for all skin types – Meh, I guess, it’s just up to you how you want to work with it/can work with it.
After just two weeks, skin looks smoother, skin tone appears more even and skin texture is visibly refined – Did not wear this foundation long enough to see, but I have my skincare routine to do this stuff. I never rely on foundations for skincare benefits other than maybe not drying out my skin, and potentially protecting against visible light. I actually noticed my skin broke out every time I wore this foundation, quite a bit on my cheeks.
Quick and easy to apply all over face and neck with a brush or sponge.
Radiant finish doesn’t look borderline greasy.
Improves the look of my skin texture, makes skin look smoother.
Pores look blurred despite radiant finish.
1 layer looks the most skin-like and not cakey once I finished my makeup routine.
1 layer it looks really good up close as I wear it throughout the day.
1 layer dry patches are not exaggerated.
Cannot build the coverage without the foundation looking horrible on me. 2 layers don’t work for me because it increases how cakey my face looks, the dry patches, and gathers near my nasolabial folds.
Can’t use powder to subdue shine without it making my skin have more dry patches and look dehydrated.
On its own, 2 layers makes my skin look dehydrated.
Feels drying within 2 hours with both 1 and 2 layers.
I don’t like exfoliating ingredients in my foundations, it just invites more skin problems than improvements in the long run.
MY BEST FACE: 1 thin layer applied with the beauty blender, no powder (other than cheek product).
Overall, the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skincare is a pass for me. I was hoping this could be a potential go-to for an effortless, medium coverage, natural, long-lasting, pore blurring foundation. Alas, I just don’t like my skin feeling tight and dry throughout the day, and building coverage does not work for me. If you’re not prone to dry patches, do not get easily sensitized to drying products, like radiant finishes but want a skin-perfecting quality, you may actually like this foundation! It overall has a good shade range with a variety of undertones and has good coverage, so it may work for you more than it did for me!
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And that’s it for this review! Hope you found it helpful and informative!
Hey everyone and Happy New Year! Following suite to my Makeup Faves of 2019 post, I plan on doing a Project Pan for 2020.
In short, I have too much makeup. So much so that while organizing my products in some new organizers my boyfriend got me for Christmas, the anxiety of all the stuff messily placed in my drawer was real.
This year I decided to shop my stash and give Project Pan a go. Hopefully during this process I 1) Use up makeup products 2) Giveaway what I truly think doesn’t work for me to a family member or friend 3) Throw out the old stuff.
For the month of January, I decided to incorporate both new, old, and already panned products. I want to enjoy my new purchases with some items that have been longstading in my collection. With that in mind, here’s my Project Pan, mauve themed!
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Wow. Wowowowowowow. Time really does pass by so fast!
I have to say, 2019 was a good year of makeup for me. Probably the first time in a while I wasn’t disappointed in my purchases and I didn’t have to do bulk returns!
2020 I think will be a big “shop my stash” year for makeup. Looking in my vanity drawer recently, it’s… a lot. It really is too much for the average working gal. I love beauty, but the amount + mess is giving me unneeded anxiety!
What do you think? A year of Project Pan? I think yes.
In the mean time, I hope you enjoy my “get ready with me” style video using annual makeup faves!
Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer
Dr. Brandt Pores No More Primer
Nude by Nature Perfecting Primer *
Revlon Photoready Candid Foundation 220 Sand Beige *
I’m typically someone who strays away from drugstore foundation due to one or all of the following reasons:
Never finding my shade and/or undertone properly
Breaks me out
However, times have changed, and there seems to be a way better selection of base products than when I was in highschool! I received Revlon’s new PhotoReady Candid Natural Finish Anti-Pollution Foundation and Antioxidant Concealer to try out and I decided to do a wear test and review them for you all!
In this post, I’ll be sharing a wear test I did during Fan Expo 2019 with the Foundation and Concealer, and add some thought after wearing them for almost one month daily!
PHOTOREADY CANDID NATURAL FINISH ANTI-POLLUTION FOUNDATION
This skin-enhancing, natural-looking foundation delivers a flawless finish—all day long—as it hydrates
You get medium coverage that feels weightless and looks like your best skin!
Feels good with: anti-pollution, antioxidant, and anti-blue-light ingredients to protect your skin
Firstly, both foundation and concealer contain antioxidants; In short, antioxidants help scavenge free radicals that cause oxidation (damaging cells). Camellia Sinesis Extract, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopherol / Tocopheryl Acetate are in both formulas, and the concealer contains Niacinamide down the list as well. There may also be Iron Oxides in the formula, which are used as pigment in makeup. Both antioxidants and Iron Oxides have shown to reduce the effects of visible light and help with pigmentation issues. Lab Muffin does a great job at explaining all of the research behind this in a digestible manner – be sure to check out her blog post and others as well! https://labmuffin.com/does-visible-light-cause-skin-damage-and-how-to-protect-against-it/
Surprisingly, Revlon is indeed backing up its claims of their foundation and concealer being anti-pollution, antioxidant, and anti-blue light. However I am wary that some of those ingredients may be in too low amounts to do anything – I’m looking at more of SAP and Niacinamide. I’m not sure how much is needed to have an antioxidant benefit, but for the additional benefits those provide such as brightening and helping with acne, I typically aim for minimum 5-10% in my skincare routine. It still doesn’t hurt to have them in the formula though!
WEAR TEST – FIRST IMPRESSIONS
PREP: On top of a moisturizing SPF – my colleague wears both these products on the daily so I thought I’d dry them together.
TOTAL WEAR TIME: 11.5 hours
Foundation: Tube with a pump.
Concealer: Tube with a large doe-foot applicator
Foundation: 1.5 pumps on face and neck . Normally I apply a small amount in sections, but I wanted to see what kind of coverage one pump would do.
Concealer: One light swipe to just cover breakouts.
Left side used fingers – results were streaky; Right side used brush – more seamless. Had to go in with a sponge to blend out the foundation because I used too much.
Applied on back of hand first, and used a small dense concealer brush to apply and blend around chin and one on my forehead.
Glowy / luminous; to some it looks luminous and glowy, others it can look borderline shiny
Skin looks like my skin, boyfriend and friend couldn’t tell I was wearing anything
Didn’t notice any significant skin-perfecting qualities other than evening out my skin tone and making it look healthy
Having said that, doesn’t exaggerate any texture on my skin
Did not use primer or setting powder, wore the foundation on its own with cream cheek products.
FLASH-FRIENDLY? Yes. if you don’t powder down the “glow” from the foundation, it can be amplified.
OXIDIZE? Surprisingly, it did not!
OIL-CONTROLLING? Hard to tell because the finish gives a natural sheen. I did blot 5 hours in because to me, a previous oily-skinned gal, it looked too much; My friend on the other hand, said it didn’t look oily unless I was in bad lighting, otherwise my skin looked great most of the day.
END OF DAY:
Face still looked fresh and healthy
Coverage was still there
Bit of cakiness and dryness around my breakout areas
Sheen still on my skin but it didn’t look very oily
Gives a “my skin but better” look despite no blurring quality
Looks great in photos, with or without flash
Matched my undertone perfectly
Lasts a work day / school day on its own without the help of primers and/or setting products
Does not oxidize; I was able to build up the coverage in certain areas of my face, and it did not oxidize in patches either
Still look fresh by the end of a long day
Matches skin tone
Does not oxidize
Not a full ounce provided
Doesn’t last on the skin
Creates dry patches
The finish depends on how you prep your skin. It’s not guaranteed to give you a super dewy or satin finish unless your base has that already going for it (hence why my face was so moisturized in the Wear Test).
Buildable coverage, up to medium coverage.
As much as I like the MSBB look, I still wish it had SOME skin blurring properties so I wouldn’t have to worry about my pores.
Concealer does not look cakey on skin if you just need to hide redness and use a very light amount. I think it caked up around my breakouts because of the active I used in my skincare routine (Paula’s Choice 10% Azelaic Acid).
Normal to Dry-skinned peeps: I think you’ll love it; Didn’t feel like it dried out my skin, and it does not emphasize dry patches I have around breakouts. Oily-skinned peeps: May be too glowy for you, even if your base prep is rather matte. I’d recommend trying their Colorstay Foundation – it used to be my go-to drugstore foundation when my skin was very oily!
My best face: Pore-filling primer, thin layers, setting powder (get the most compliments when I do my makeup like this). Here’s my face after ~10 hours of wear on a regular work day, no touch-ups:
Overall I am seriously impressed with Revlon Candid Foundation and Antioxidant Concealer! For a drugstore foundation, I really didn’t know what to expect with its performance, and it definitely surpassed my expectations. I get compliments at work whenever I use this foundation, and I’ve been told that I still look bright and fresh by the end of a work day! I also wore the foundation for 14+ hours for boyfriend’s birthday, and blotted before we went out to celebrate!