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The Beauty Spotlight Team: Weekend Beauty Reads

Phyrra has a rant to share - How Brands Should Make Foundation! She gives constructive feedback on what we need to see in 2017.

Dry winter skin needs extra TLC. Prime Beauty reviews the new limited edition Passionfruit Agave Body Collection from SpaRitual. Psst..they have a beauty box too!

Bright, beautiful, and affordable describes Julie G's nail polish in Sunset Kiss. It's one of only 100+ polishes you could get for a discount too.

When it comes to lipstick, Allison from Never Say Die Beauty never has enough! But she’s holding a giveaway to help you have a chance to increase your lipstick stash with a gorgeous new gorgeous new comfort matte grape shade, After Dark, from Runway Rogue. Check it out and enter!

This week Amber from daydreaming beauty is sharing her Jesse’s Girl must haves, and there's a 20% off coupon code for you! If you aren’t familiar with this drugstore brand, prepare to be wowed!

Given the cold weather, and the desire to wear stunning lipsticks, Lola's Secret Beauty Blog is especially happy to share the lovely
Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipsticks in Abigail and Cindy. They are moisturizing, boast gorgeous saturated shades, and they are a PureJoy to wear!

Pammy Blogs Beauty makes up some beautifully relaxing DIYs with Essential Oils from the Vitamin Shoppe!

There are so many loose setting powders to choose from, where do you start? Justina's Gems details her favoriteson her blog this week.

Camo style couldn't be more popular right now and that makes Blushing Noir VERY happy! Check out her Camo Inspired Fashion Beauty Faves!

15 Minute Beauty finally found a replacement for one of her discontinued, holy grail brow products. It's from Maybelline!

Christa from Perilously Pale has been reliving her childhood thanks to one of the coolest beauty products she's seen released in a while that is part of the Clarins Spring 2017 Collection. You have to see this!

Tired of the matte liquid lipstick trend? No, neither is Shipra of Taneja's Bride. Try the Makeup Revolution Lip Euphoria and Amplification formula.

Just Because: Disneyworld Tips and Tricks

Disneyworld Tips and Tricks

Secret confession time. Or, maybe, not so secret?

I'm a Disney Fanatic. Big time. Huge. When we lived in So Cal, I had season passes and went to Disneyland a few times a month. I was counting down the days until I could take my oldest to Disney World. I read tons of Disney World blogs (yes, they exist!) and I'm even a moderator of a Disney group on Facebook. I could talk about Disney and Disney World for hours. It is to the point that friends and family come to me for planning advice when they decide to take a trip, and I could probably easily get a second job as a Disney Travel Agent.

Since I'm so Disney Obsessed, and I'm currently on countdown for this year's trip, I thought I'd consolidate some of my longer emails and FB posts for friends into a series on the blog. Obviously this is off topic for beauty, but since it is my blog... yeah, I'm going to do it anyways! These posts will likely be just on weekends, once a week or every few weeks.

Today I'll address a few general questions that I hear a lot from friends and family.

Serum in a Solid Foundation? IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact Review

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IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact Review

Confidence in a Compact, Confidence in a Cream and Heavenly Skin Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush #704

A couple of weeks ago on Instagram I posted a picture of a new IT Cosmetics Foundation, and you can see me talking about it in the picture comments with a friend. What is this new foundation? It's interesting. I think really, it's a solid BB Cream. Or a solid foundation with a serum in it. Or some such thing. No matter how you describe it, I like this new Confidence in a Compact stuff.

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact Swatch
1. Fair, 2. Light, 3. Medium, 4. Medium-Tan, 5. Tan, 6. Rich, 7. Deep

So, this is pretty much just what it sounds like. It's a solid foundation that does have a lot of slip and creaminess to it. When compared to my other solid foundations (especially the Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation I've been reaching for so much recently), this is not as thick, and it seems to almost melt on your fingertip. It comes in a compact, the top hides a sponge applicator and under that is a second lid that keeps an airtight seal for the foundation. The entire compact is well made and closes with a very satisfying click, which I love.

While you could apply this with the included sponge, I've found that's more of a medium to full coverage. I prefer to use the Heavenly Skin Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush #704 (which IT sent me with the foundation), which I also use to buff it out. The brush allows me to customize the amount of coverage a bit more, it is more of a medium coverage with the brush.

One of the best things about this product is the shade range. Previously, IT Cosmetics only offered 5 shades of each complexion product. 5 is what QVC allows them to offer, and as a small company they made shades that fit the range of the QVC viewer. Which is apparently on the white side of the US population. While I've been raving about their products, my friends of color have been complaining that the brand doesn't offer products that work for their skin tones. Which was 100% true.

However, IT Cosmetics was just bought out by L'Oreal, and I'm hopeful that this range of 7 shades is just the beginning! I think there need to be at least 2 shades deeper than #7 Deep, and I'm hoping that the new expanded shade range gets extended to their other products such as the CC Cream, which is amazing. Now that the product line is so popular in Sephora and ULTA, there's no reason to stick to the QVC 5 shade rule!

Overall this foundation is very easy to use, and it blends very well. It looks pretty flawless all day, and I do like that it is more hydrating than other solid foundations. However, because it is solid it does still settle a little into any dry spots I might have. If I super hydrate my skin before application, then I don't have an issue. The compact is also really easy to take with you for any touchups you might need. And finally, because it is solid, you don't need to add it to your TSA 3-1-1 bag, saving precious space for other liquids when you're traveling. So, it's perfect to take with you when you're trying to make it on the plane with just a carry on!

You can find Confidence in a Compact at IT Cosmetics, or ULTA.
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Clean it Up: Maybelline Brow Precise Perfecting Highlighter Review

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Maybelline Brow Precise Review

A few years ago, back when I still wrote for Babble (I stopped because with baby #2 the deadlines were just too stressful), I wrote an article about the small makeup steps that can make a big difference in your look. These are the steps that we skip because they aren't a big deal, or we didn't even know that was a thing. Step #2 was concealing above and below your brows. Yes, that's a thing. And it really does make a big difference!

For years, I've been using Too Faced's Instant Attitude Brow Lift (at HSN or Amazon) for this crucial, 30 second makeup step. I draw a line under and over each of my brows, then quickly blend with a fingertip. It makes my brows look much better. They don't look highlighted, but somehow it makes them stand out a bit more, look more professional and cleaned up.

Maybelline Brow Precise Review
left to right: light, medium, dark

Unfortunately, the Too Faced pencil I use is hard to find now (I actually think it's been discontinued and places are just selling out their stock). So, when this similar product showed up at my doorstep, I was excited to try it out! It's basically a neutral concealer in a stick form. It is very similar to the Too Faced, though it goes on looking more pigmented at first, it blends a bit more with my finger, so the look afterwards is basically identical.

This is going to be a new staple product for me! Do you highlight your brow? What are you using?

You can buy Maybelline Brow Precise Perfecting Highlighter at ULTA, or Amazon.

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The Beauty Spotlight Team: Perilously Pale's Product Repurchases

Perilously Pale's Product Repurchases

Christa from Perilously Pale shares with us the 12 Beauty Products She Repurchases Again and Again. See what products make the cut and have been part of her daily beauty routine for years.