IT Cosmetics Feel The Moment Anti-Aging Ultra Hydrating Sensory Awakening Primer Serum Review

IT Cosmetics Feel the Moment Primer“Developed with plastic surgeons, Feel The Moment Anti-Aging Ultra Hydrating Sensory Awakening Primer Serum is a true sensory spa experience in a bottle! Caviar extract, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, peptides and silk all work to nourish, hydrate, prep and prime the skin, while vitamins A, C & E, deep ocean water, argan, jojoba and avocado oil infusions mean skin stays soft, supple and younger looking! Plus balancing essential oils allow you to take a deep breath and start your day and your skin off right!”

Seriously, IT Cosmetics–what the hell is with the 50-word product names?


The IT Cosmetics No. 50 Primer is my go-to primer. I had actually been intending to order this product–the Feel The Moment Anti-Aging Ultra Hydrating Sensory Awakening Primer Serum–instead of the No. 50 the first time I ordered it (which I talk about in my original review). Since I wound up loving the No. 50 from the first day I tried it, I stuck with it and never bothered to order the other primer.

However, after long month of damn near daily use, that original bottle of the No. 50 is down to the last little smidgen. Normally that sends me into a panic, running out of a product I love, but this time I hesitated. I found myself wondering if I should run out and get a new bottle… or if, perhaps, I should switch it up and try the Feel the Moment out instead.

Obviously, I decided to do the latter. In the name of research, of course.

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One Direction Midnight Memories Makeup Kit Review

One Direction Midnight Memories SetThis is a BrandBacker sponsored post.

“The Midnight Memories Kit includes limited-edition makeup by One Direction. A collection of beauty essentials housed in a collectible keepsake tin. Inside is everything you need to rock all your beauty looks on or off the stage.”

When the opportunity to test and review this product first came along, I was a bit skeptical. I am far, far outside the age-range for the draw of this product. To be completely honest, I can’t name a single One Direction song and likely wouldn’t know it was them if I happened across it on the radio or something. Makes me feel quite old admitting that, but as I now listen almost exclusively to certain Sirius stations (in the car) and Pandora channels (at home), I’ve never been much exposed to their stuff.

Still; I pride myself on testing just about anything I can get my hands on, so I can review it for you here on this blog. I also knew a friend’s daughter was a huge One Direction fan, and that–if this kit proved up to snuff–she would be over the moon to receive it after I had reviewed it. So I joined the campaign and not long after the Makeup by One Direction “Midnight Memories” Beauty Collection showed up on my doorstep…

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POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review ~ September 2014

POPSUGAR Must Have Box September 2014

“What inspires us for September? Autumn leaves. Long walks. New tunes. Back to school. Fashion week. Football. “

~Lisa Sugar, POPSUGAR Founder and Editor in Chief

So, I’ve been pretty unhappy with my POPSUGAR Must Have boxes these past two months. I was waffling on whether or not I even wanted to continue on with my subscription. July’s box was a total bust and August’s was just… Okay. And, honestly, I’m not okay with spending $39.95 a month for “okay.”

In the end I decided that, having been much happier with the fall/winter months last year, I’d give it another month before making up my mind. I used a $10.00 off code and figured if I was still unhappy with the September box after spending only $29.95, then it was probably time for me and POPSUGAR to part ways for a bit.

When the box arrived on my doorstep this morning, I was a bit taken aback–it was much smaller than the usual box I had come to expect! I know they say that whole good things/small packages bit but, still; it was a visual shock. My stomach dropped and I wondered if I had made a mistake; was this a sign of terrible things to come?

I immediately ripped into my box (iPhone handy for pic snapping) and goddamn… am I glad that I decided to give them “one last try!”

I am IN LOVE with the September box.

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Tarte Limited-Edition Rainforest After Dark Eye and Cheek Palette Review

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette Box

“Inspired by the rain forest’s deep orchid hues at dusk, Tarte’s limited-edition eye and cheek palette has everything you need to create sultry and sophisticated day to night looks. Infused with colored clay, which naturally color-corrects as it supports oil control, this makeup provides longer wear and truer color payoff. This modern ingredient from the mountainous regions of Brazil brightens, evens, and soothes skin, while the velvety formula glides on and delivers rich color—without settling into fine lines and wrinkles.”

I am a sucker for palettes.

Seriously; I own dozens and yet I am drawn to them again and again. I know, logically, I must have similar colors available to me in my 200+ eyeshadow collection, but somehow I can’t help myself. Maybe its the ease of the all-in-one style packaging. (I’m as much–if not more–a sucker for packaging than I am for palettes.) I love the ease of having a coordinated set on hand on workday mornings, when I’m half asleep and doing my makeup while chugging my morning coffee. Knowing everything (or, more often) almost everything I need to pull together a quick, cohesive look is housed together in one place makes that process so much easier.

Until now, however, my palette collection has pretty much been limited to a one type of item palette (with the exception of the Lorac Pro To Go I keep in a drawer at the office for those mornings where even coffee can’t get me moving in time to slap on my face). They’re all eye or blush palettes, but nothing that combines the two. When I heard Tarte was coming out with a limited edition eye and cheek palette for the fall, I was intrigued. As soon as I laid eyes on what it contained, I knew the Tarte Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette had to be mine.

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Mascara Binge: L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Review

l'oreal miss manga mascara

“L’Oreals Vouminous Miss Manga gives you great volume on the top and bottom. The brush has a 360 degree flexor that helps you build up to 15x the volume in a flash.”

Every once in a while, I get on a kick. Like, I’ll suddenly become obsessed with nude lipsticks and purchase a ton of them over the span of a month or so, trying to find the perfect one; the Holy Grail of Nude Lipsticks, that fits my needs perfectly. Rarely do these searches ever yield that elusive, perfect result… But, usually, I can find something that makes me pretty happy. (And all my lady friends love digging through the big bag of cast-offs I wind up with on these kicks.)

Recently, the obsession became mascara. I have never been too much of a mascara fan and usually relied on eyeliner to give me the definition I craved. Over the past two years my allergies have gotten terrible, leaving me unable to even consider wearing liner during the spring and part of the summer (sniffle). I was beside myself. Then, one day, I woke up and the mascara bug had bitten me. Over the next few months I tried mascara after mascara–both high end and drugstore–searching for The One. I am now calling this craze my Mascara Binge, and sharing the results with you here, in a little mini-series of sorts.

Today’s test subject: L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara.

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Memebox #14 Review

Memebox Global 14

“Feeling antsy for your next arrival of a Memebox?

Don’t fret because we guarantee that memebox #14 is packed with goodies that are worth every second of your wait!”

Memebox, are you psychic?

I had just said in one of my recent Memebox reviews that I was getting a bit inundated with skin care items and was thinking of trying out one of their more makeup heavy boxes. I had no idea that Global Box #14 would be just what I was longing for, when I pre-ordered it months and months ago… But, dang, was I thrilled to open up that hot pink box this morning to find it packed with makeup goodies as well as skin and body care!

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Wantable Accessories Box Review ~ September 2014

Wantable September 2014“Although we love summer weather, there’s nothing better than fall fashion. Colors get vampy and bold and it’s finally cooling off enough to pile on the layers. We’ve fully embraced these trends and can hardly wait to slip into some soft sweaters and wear all of our favorite autumn pieces. September’s pieces have a darker edge to them. Distressed metals, bold jewel tones, and loads of geometric shapes are abundant throughout our collection. Multi tone is having a moment now too, so we have plenty of pieces to help you wear this trend flawlessly. We also love the idea of layering silver and gold pieces and mixing in a little rose gold for a girly spin on modern metallics. Featured brand Cate & Chloe has some amazing pieces with clean lines and designer inspiration that will become your new favorites. It’s time to vamp it up this fall and unleash your inner bad girl.”

So, I decided to go ahead and use up my credits to order another Wantable Accessories Box. The last box I got–July’s box–was such a hit, I couldn’t help but get another.

Now, because my box processed so late in August (around the 25th, I believe), the box I received was actually the September collection instead of August’s. No big whoop; what I get never seems to sync up with their little blurb (above); apparently my tastes are far too eclectic to mesh with the current trends. (And I am totally okay with that.)

So, while it appears that I skipped August, I really didn’t. And, I was still incredibly pleased with the goodies I got…

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