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IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Full Coverage Anti Aging Waterproof Concealer | Review

Hello friends!

One of my favorite things about Ipsy is that it offers not only brands I’ve never heard of, but products that I really want to try from brands I recognize!  One such product is this IT Cosmetics concealer.

IT Cosmetics has always been a brand that has intrigued me, but because of the prices I’ve never really invested in any of their products despite the good things I’ve heard.

Concealer Claims: Per the IT Cosmetics website, “this revolutionary concealer improves the appearance of wrinkles and effectively conceals the look of skin imperfections including dark circles, bags, redness, hyperpigmentation, broken capillaries, age spots and discoloration.”

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Full Coverage Anti Aging Waterproof Concealer | Review - A Midwest Belle

Shade Range: Above is the shade range you can find on the IT Cosmetics website.  I think that it’s a pretty extensive range, which is good!  Some of the lighter swatches look a bit grey to me, but then again I wouldn’t usually trust those to pick a shade.  The side of the page also shows a model wearing the selected shade as an example, which is far more helpful!

The darkest shade, Deep Ebony, looks to be quite deep and they offer a variety of undertones.  The fair shades also look pretty extensive; my only complaint is that the lightest, “neutral” shade is incredibly pink and there’s not really a true warm undertone in the lightest of light shades. (The first “warm” undertone is the 5th shade from the left, top row).

IT Cosmetics also offers a travel size of the concealer, however the shades appear to be more limited.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Full Coverage Anti Aging Waterproof Concealer | Review - A Midwest Belle

Packaging: The concealer is in a squeezy tube, which actually works incredibly well for the product! The texture of this concealer is extremely thick, so it wouldn’t work in standard doefoot packaging.  A pot would be functional as well, but since it spreads best by using your fingers, squeezing it out directly into your hand is the most convenient.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Full Coverage Anti Aging Waterproof Concealer | Review - A Midwest Belle

Application: I found that applying this directly from the tube onto my undereyes and then trying to spread it with my fingers is not the way to go – it’s so thick that it just pulls on my undereyes and doesn’t spread easily.  Instead, I’d heard that the best way to apply this is to put it onto your fingers, rub it between them to warm it up, and then apply it. This worked so much better than applying it directly to my eye, as it was already easier to spread and didn’t tug as much.

I did notice that this has an incredibly sticky texture that was uncomfortable and stayed even after warming it in my fingers for a few seconds; as I tried to move it I would tug on my eyes.  I ended up swiping it from my fingers to my face, and then using a wet sponge to blend because the concealer didn’t stick to it.

Initial Appearance: Despite how thick the concealer is, I was a little disappointed that it didn’t seem to cover my dark circles.  Maybe they’re just too dark for any concealer, but since the name is “bye bye undereyes”, I was under the impression it would be able to cover them.  There is potential that because this color seems to be too light on me that it emphasizes them instead of covering.

It seems that whether I set this concealer or not, it does sink into the fine lines of my undereyes pretty quickly.  While it’s not visible from far away, if you look closely you can definitely see the product bunched in them.  It also doesn’t seem to spread evenly no matter how much I blend, which leads to the product looking clumpy on top of sinking into lines.

It also has a very shiny appearance, even after I used some powder on it.  Maybe I didn’t use enough, but I don’t want to cake up that area, so I’m not really sure what I could do at that point to mattify a bit more.  It wasn’t even that it looked dewy or like skin – it was so shiny that it looked unnatural and reflected light strangely.

Wear: I don’t believe that this concealer has good wear time in the slightest.  When I used this as a redness cover as well as to cover an acne spot, after around 6 hours it was completely gone.  While I did use it on my chin and it potentially wore off while eating, I still do expect it to hold up until I want it to come off.  I understand having some wear as the day goes on, but it was completely gone – I couldn’t even see spots of it to show wear.

When I used this on a spot on my forehead, I had to constantly build and build in order to get the redness to go away; yet once again by the end of the night (about 8 hours later) there was no concealer left to even wipe away, and I was not touching my face in that area or getting sweaty.

Overall: Honestly, I’m not too crazy about this concealer.  I’ve heard a lot of people say they enjoy it, and ratings on Sephora and Ulta are high, so I’m in the minority with this.  However, between the lack of coverage for my dark circles, the poor wear time, and the tendency for this to clump up and settle into lines, I just can’t get behind it, especially for the price.  I will try to use it up, but I won’t be bringing it into my collection permanently and really can’t recommend you to purchase.

What’s your favorite concealer?

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Monthly Makeup Basket | October 2019

Hello friends!

Today I wanted to share the products that I’ll be playing with in October and (hopefully!) getting a review out on them soon.  Let me know if you’re especially curious about anything you see and I’ll try to prioritize getting a review out on them!

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Base:

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Smoothing Primer: I haven’t had much testing time with this primer, but the fact that it’s supposed to help minimize the look of pores is definitely something I’m interested in trying!

Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation: I’ve heard decent things about this foundation & I’ve gotten the chance to wear it a few times, but it’s been a while since I’ve really worn a full face so I want to see what I think for sure.

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Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip “951” | Review

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Funny story with this lipstick- I ordered the Kathleen Lights lip bundle, and was accidentally sent the IluvSarahii set instead.  When I told them about it, they said I could keep it, so yay for bonus reviews for all of you!

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Color: 951 is a really beautiful warm medium brown shade.  I’d say it has a little more depth than your average nude, but is still pink enough to be less intimidating for those scared of a traditional brown.

Finish: The Ultra Satin lips have an almost-matte finish that never quite dry down.  It’s like a demi-matte with just the slightest bit of sheen to keep from the traditional flat finish that most liquid lipsticks have.

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Packaging: The tube of this lipstick is just like their standard tubes, but the cap is a beautiful gold instead of their traditional silver.  The printing on it is also gold versus their traditional holographic text, and it says “iluvsarahii X Colourpop” to notate the collaboration.

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Applicator: The applicator on this is standard for Colourpop; a basic doefoot. While mine does fray a bit and doesn’t sit smooth, I had no difficulties at all with getting straight lines.

Application: I found the application of this particular shade to be very easy.  The color is opaque in one swipe and easy to get a smooth, straight line, even on the edges.

It does remain slightly tacky because it never truly dries down, so in the first few minutes after application it feels a bit off until you get used to it.  If I hadn’t been paying specific attention to that detail, I wouldn’t have felt this on my lips at all.

There is no discernible scent with the Colourpop lipsticks; it smells a bit like chemicals, but the scent isn’t offensive and did not linger. I could never smell it once it was on my lips.

This color had a tendency to emphasize the texture of my lips, especially when they were dry, so even upon application within a few minutes you could see each crack and crevice.  This can be helped by either having smoother lips than I do, or exfoliating/using balm the night before use to minimize the clinging!

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Transfer: One thing that I’ve noticed with all Colourpop Ultra Satin lips is that they transfer quite a bit; this one was no exception.  I found that it would come off on my water bottle after just drinking water, and always came off on my food.  I left lipstick everywhere, especially as the first layer wore down.  After it faded off a bit the amount that transferred did lessen, so if you blotted right away you would probably have less issues than I did!

Fading: Despite the fact that the amount of transfer was frustrating, I was surprised that the fading wasn’t too bad.  After eating a larger or more messy meal, there was a definite need for reapplication, otherwise I had a ring of product around the outside of my lips, and my lips looked even stranger due to the line emphasis.  However, just wearing throughout the day with drinking, breakfast and a non-messy lunch means that this lip product would still look good!

One thing I did notice was that the product built up a bit as the day wore on, which meant that I had patches of slightly orange dry spots on my lips.  This is something that I had only noticed when my lips were especially dry, so again if you properly moisturize beforehand I don’t think you’ll have this issue.

Comfort: Unlike a normal matte liquid lipstick, this never dries down completely. Because of that, I could always feel a bit of stick when I pushed my lips together and I felt more aware of it being on my lips.  That said, it remained incredibly comfortable throughout the duration of wear.  It’s not hydrating,  but it’s also not drying at all and is a great formula for those who hate liquid lipsticks for the feeling of them.

Overall: I love the comfort of the ultra satins, but the fading and transfer of them is definitely frustrating. I think part of the problem is that I have yet to try a lighter shade; both Stud and this one are a bit darker, more brown-toned nudes so it’s not a surprise that the appearance and wear would also be similar.

I haven’t quite decided if I’ll keep this yet, but I’m leaning a bit towards yes.  It’s really beautiful, and if you love this formula and can put up with the fading, you absolutely will not be disappointed!

Price Point: If you really love this color but don’t want to purchase the bundle, you can buy the single lipstick here for $7.  However, if you’re looking to buy a few lipsticks and save some money, you can buy the whole kit here!

Have you ever tried the Ultra Satin formula from Colourpop?

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Recent Beauty Empties | Spring 2019

Hello friends!

I’m back today to share the products that I used up between March and June!  While it’s not as many as I wish, I’m still happy to make any progress.  Plus, I tried some amazing products this time around!

Recent Beauty Empties | Spring 2019 - A Midwest Belle

Bubble & Charm Body Wash “Cups of Tea”: This was not a bad body wash!  I really enjoyed the fragrance of it, but it didn’t foam up much which I like in my body washes.  I got it for free, but I don’t think I would buy it.

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Purlisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk: Purlisse is one of my favorite skincare brands, and this cleanser was incredible!  I would use it on bare skin and skin with makeup and it removed the makeup entirely without feeling like my skin was getting dried out.  I have a hard time getting in the routine of cleansing every night (when I’m not wearing makeup), but with this I actually really enjoyed doing it.  I would absolutely purchase this when my collection gets smaller!

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Colourpop BFF Volumizing Mascara | Review

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At the beginning of 2019, Colourpop finally released their first mascara!  There were multiple different colors, plus black, which is what I have today – “Black on Black”.  With this launch, you can now purchase a full face of Colourpop if you so desire.

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Packaging: The packaging is a white tube with black font.  The cap has various doodles on it with hearts, stars, and “BFF” on it.  This is a part of a new Colourpop BFF range, which includes mascara and various forms of eyeliners currently.

Applicator: The wand is an hourglass shape, reminiscent of iconic Too Faced Better than Sex.  It is very large, close to the same size as my eye, which makes it difficult to apply; especially on the inner corner of my lashes.  The bristles are nylon, if that matters at all in your purchasing decision!

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Nudestix Cream Lip + Cheek Pencil “Whisper” | Review

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I don’t remember where I got this lip pencil from, but I do remember being excited to see it since Nudestix is such a positively rated brand!  Side note: I’ve been shocked recently by the amount of pale peach nudes colors that I have, considering I’m so picky about light colors in the first place, let alone peaches.

Color: Whisper is described as “cool mocha with a pink undertone”.  I personally don’t see that to be true!  I think mocha makes it sound darker than it is, especially because it looks like concealer lips.  It’s very cool toned and definitely has grey undertones on me, which didn’t flatter my complexion.

Comparing the hand swatch versus lip swatch, I definitely feel as though it looks darker on my hand.  Just be aware that this is one color that definitely changes in appearance between your hand and lips – at least it did on me.

Nudestix Cream Lip + Cheek Pencil "Whisper" | Review - A Midwest Belle

Finish: With “cream” in the name, I had assumed this would have a shiny finish, but to me it definitely looks like a matte lip product.  In the hand swatch it looks much creamier than it does on my lips.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss “Kristen” | Review

Hello friends!

Along with their incredibly popular liquid lipsticks, Anastasia Beverly Hills has some lip glosses they released.  I’ve had this one for a while, but never was really sure about how I felt.  Today, I’m giving y’all the low down on this formula!

Color: Kristen is described on Sephora’s website as a “cool desert sand”.  To be completely honest, I’m not really sure what that means.  I would describe it as a mauve with slightly orange undertones on me.  This color is definitely a My Lips But Better Shade.

In terms of finish, I found that this wasn’t quite as shiny as I had expected a gloss to be.  I would actually say that the finish reminds me more of a liquified lipstick than that of a traditional lip gloss.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss "Kristen" | Review - A Midwest Belle

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