July 2018 - Mommy Life Up North

New It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte Review

The product iwas gifted to me by It Cosmetics. All opinions are 100% my own. Photos used in this post are from the It Cosmetics website. This post does contain affiliated links and ads.

Hi loves! Remember how in my last blog post I was giving away one of the new It Cosmetics Oil-Free Matte CC Cream? Well, I ended up receiving one in my shade from Bzzagent! So I thought I would go a head and do a review because this is a product I have been wanting since I heard it was going to be released. It Cosmetics had originally sent over the shade medium which I will never be the shade medium even when I am super tan, so I wanted to give that one away to you in my original blog post about this new CC cream. This post isn't sponsored or anything like that, but I did receive this sample complimentary from It Cosmetics.

I don't know about you, but the original CC cream by It Cosmetics is amazing. I can't wear it too often in the summer though because it does get a little oily on my skin. But they did come out with the Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte version (yes you read that right, MATTE), so this will be the perfect option when it does get hot.

I wanted to include some before and after photos in this post so you can see the coverage of this foundation. It is thick just like the original and still has really good coverage like the original. I did use the the It Cosmetics CC+ Complexion Brush to apply the foundation, which I liked how easy it was to blend out but I think next time I will try with a damp beauty sponge because I did notice it did look a little caky on my dry patches.

The shade I am using is Fair Light which almost matches me perfectly right now. I usually use the shade Fair in the original.

This did do a good job at covering up my redness. It isn't extremely full coverage since you can still see some of my freckles and a few of my imperfections but this is the perfect coverage for me. And it does have a nice finish as well. In my opinion it doesn't look completely matte but doesn't look over dewy either. It just has such a beautiful natural finish. 

I think I will be replacing my original for this one just because I prefer a more matte look. (I hardly ever even use highlight on my face LOL). But if you love the original and want a more matte look, I highly recommend checking this one out. And it also comes in a few more shades compared to the original which is a plus! 

You can purchase this product at Sephora for $38.00.

New It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte|Giveaway

The product in this giveaway was gifted to me by It Cosmetics. All opinions are 100% my own. Photos used in this post are from the It Cosmetics website. This post does contain affiliated links and ads. 

Anyone else obsessed with the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream? It has been one of my favorites for in the winter when my skin is a little bit dryer. You can even check out my review here that I did a while ago. Well now It Cosmetics is releasing an all new CC cream. This is the Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40. Yes, you read that correctly MATTE. You have no idea how excited I am for this new product. The original gives me a little bit of a dewy look which I like in the winter, but not so much in the summer. So the matte would be perfect.

The Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 is full coverage and works on pretty much any skin type. And according to the It Cosmetics website it should last up to 12 hours with a matte finish. This is literally a dream come true.

One thing that I find really exciting about this new CC cream is that it comes in 12 different shades which is a pretty big step compared to the original which only has 7 shades. So they did expand the shade range a little bit.

I just wanted to share with you a little bit of enough on the new product in case you were interested in trying it out. And I also thought this would be a good time to do a giveaway!

It Cosmetics actually gifted me the shade Medium and since I am super pale, obviously medium will not work for me. So I am going to be giving it away to one of you!

You can enter the giveaway right below. It is only open to the US and you must be 18 years or older to enter or have your parents permission. The giveaway is from now until August 1st 2018. The winner will be contacted by email.
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Hi guys, I have an excited journey I want to take you all on and in this post I have a lot of explaining to do. Lately I have been very overwhelmed with the amount of makeup I have so within the next couple of weeks I am going to go through my collection and get it down to 4 drawers. I currently have the IKEA Alex 9 drawer unit and its pretty much completely full. A lot of it is filled with products I do not use and products I still need to review. So I thought it would be fun to write out my plans and take you on the journey with me.

Let's begin with my why.

  • Why I want a small, minimalist makeup collection: after having my daughter things changed with me completely. I was really big into spending money on makeup and not just any makeup. It was makeup that I saw everyone else buying, all the new trendy stuff that I knew in the back of my mind that I did not need. I would spend A LOT of money each month on makeup. Makeup I didn't need, makeup I didn't use, all because I wanted to fit in with what everyone else was buying. When I saw a new collection come out and everyone posting about it, I wanted to fit in with the makeup community. I thought I was doing the right thing at the time, but looking back on all the money I spent on makeup, it literally just makes me so mad at myself. Why did I need 10 new foundations? Why did I need 50 shades of nude lipsticks etc.

And I am sure a lot of you are wondering what I am going to do since I blog 70% about makeup. 
  • What will I do about my blog?: I still plan on blogging about makeup. I still love trying out new products but I am going to limit myself. I am only going to go out and purchase something that I feel like I will actually use. I also get sent a lot of PR, which a good portion of my blog posts are about. So I am still going to be putting out beauty reviews, that will never change. 

Now lets go over my plan. 
  • The plan: I will be vlogging/filming my decluttering experience on my YouTube channel. I plan on completely redoing my beauty room and turning it more into an office environment. My goal is to take one drawer at a time and just keep what I am currently using or products that I know I will use in the near future. I have posted decluttering videos in the past on my channel, but this time I want to only keep maybe 3 or 4 products of a certain type (brow pencils, eyeliners, mascaras etc). So each drawer I will film in detail on what I am keeping and why I am keeping that item. 
  • What I'm doing with the products I do not want to keep: a good portion of the products that I do not want to keep will be donated or giving to family & friends. Since I do receive a lot of PR, my goal is to keep an item or two to review and the rest be giving away to you guys. I want to give back more and instead of reviewing a whole collection, I will just review an item or two and save the rest for you guys. As for expired makeup, of course those will be thrown away. 

Clutter has really gotten to me and I've learned I do not need all these items to be happy. I have my daughter and my fiance that mean the world to me and instead of spending so much money on materialistic items, I can be saving that money to make experiences with my family. I hope you guys are as excited as I am for this journey. And please let me know if you have any questions because I am sure I am forgetting to mention some things. 

New Winky Lux Summer Collection

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Hi loves, how is the summer heat treating everyone? It has seriously been so hot the last couple of weeks here in the U.P of Michigan, but luckily this girl finally has a AC in her bedroom which means lots of time for blogging! I have so many fun new products to share with you and I thought I would start off with some awesome new goodies from Winky Lux. A couple of these items are part of their new summer line. 

I was so excited when I received these goodies from Winky Lux. They sent over their new Marzia La Frutta Eyeshadow Palette, Pucker Up Lip Plumper in Pink Lemonade, Watermelon Jelly Balm and their Glossy Boss in Juicy. All shades are perfect for summer, but I was the most excited for the eyeshadow palettes because it just screams summer. Let's go over the eyeshadow palette first.

The Marzia La Frutta Palette comes with 5 different shades and they are all limited edition. From left to right we have Pesca (shimmery peach), Anguira (matte watermelon shade), Limone (satin lemon), Mango (metallic mango) and Uva (matte grapde). I must say, I am a little disappointed with this palette. A couple of the shades did perform really well like Limone and Mango but the other shades did not have the greatest pigmentation. I was the most excited for Anguira but the shadow was very dry and I really had to build the color up to get good pigmentation. Uva was a little hard to blend and felt dry as well. So they are not my favorite mattes but the shade Mango was incredible and worked really well all over the lid. I don't feel like its a palette you have to have in your collection. It is very pretty but I know you would be able to find shades that do perform better. 

This palette retails for $25.00 and can be found at www.winkylux.com.  

Next up we have the Pucker Up Lip Plumping Gloss in Pink Lemonade. I actually really enjoy this plumping gloss. It is a really pretty light pink color and just adds a little bit of a natural look to my lips. It does plump my lips a tiny bit and I do like the overall look. 

This plumping gloss retails for $16.00 and can be found at www.ulta.com

Next is the Watermelon Jelly Balm. I find the Winky Lux jelly balms to be very interesting. This one of course has adorable packaging and when applied to my lips it turns them into a beautiful medium pink shade. With the balms they have a pH-activated ingredients that makes it color changing. I find it very moisturizing on my lips but not sure how often I will reach for it in the future.  

You can purchase the Watermelon Jelly Balm at www.winkylux.com for $14.00. 

Lastly is the Glossy Boss in Juicy. This color is seriously so beautiful. It is a pretty coral pink shade and it also smells amazing as well. I love the formula of these glosses! 

You can purchase the gloss at www.winkylux.com for $15.00. 

I would love to hear your thoughts on some of these products! I wish the shadows were a little bit of better quailty on the eyeshadow palette because the shades were stunning. And I highly recommend checking out the plumping gloss as well! 

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