Beauty Find - Glossier Zit Stick

Glossier has come up with an effective acne spot treatment inspired by the Tide Stain Stick!  It's called Glossier Zit Stick and I found that their claims that it can reduce the size and appearance of pimples in 3 Hours to be true.

How is this possible?   Zit Stick is meant to be used at the first sign of a pimple and applied three times daily.  The formula doesn't just contain the traditional acne treatment, Benzol Peroxide, which kill the germs that cause acne. and shrinking their size, along with Tea Tree Oil and Capryloyl Salicylic Acid (a less irritating derivative of Salicylic Acid).  The portable pen is designed to live in your pocket, bag, and daily life. 
To use for the FIRST time, you may need to click the bottom the pen at least 15 times or more to get the product flowing.  Then you will see little white dots at the top of the antimicrobial stainless steel tip (see image above left),   

The product went on my skin clear and it absorbed within seconds.  It didn't leave any white residue or sticky feel on my skin.  For best results, I recommend waiting a few minutes before applying additional skincare like sunscreen, or makeup.

The first day, I applied it 3 times a day as directed and I did notice that by the second application my pimple was smaller, less red and less raised.  By the next day, my pimple was almost completely gone!  I used it again 3 times and 2 days later it had disappeared completely, my skin wasn't irritated and it didn't leave much of a dark mark (hyper pigmentation) on my skin.

Aside from the convenient packaging and size, I also loved that the formula worked well over my makeup for the 2nd and third application during the day.  It dried clear and didn't cause any flaking, smudging or color change with my makeup.  Glossier Zit Stick is a skincare game changer and a must have for your skincare collection.

It's also really cute! - RLB

Note: Since products with Benzoyl Peroxide make skin extra sensitive to the sun, it’s especially important to wear sunscreen daily when using Zit Stick

Purchase Here: Glossier Zit Stick

Beauty Find - IT COSMETICS Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 Rich Honey 

If you love a good CC Cream and have oily/combination skin or you're a makeup artist who needs a good skin product for oily clients, IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 is definitely worth picking up.

IT Cosmetics has created a formula which gives all the benefits of color correcting, full coverage and broad spectrum sun protection with a natural looking and long lasting matte finish.  The product claims to reduce shine and control oil up to 12 hours, and it held up to the claim.

Purchase Here: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream
Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40
I used IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 along with the  IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin-Perfecting Brush #702 and found the formula concentrated, but very lightweight on my skin.  I applied smoothly and instantly mattified my skin, with it feeling dry or flaking/smudging. 

Purchase Here: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte  set immediately and the Rich Honey shade was a good match for my summer tanned skin.  My skin looked even, and healthy, not completely flat, and it corrected all my small discolorations.  The feel on the skin was so lightweight it felt like I had virtually nothing on, which is perfect for those of you who hate the feel of foundation.
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte  also wore well with or without my favorite matte primer, so if you don't like to take that extra step, this is the perfect product for you.

As the day went on, it didn't rub off, change color or fade.  I only did a small blot just on my forehead, (my most oily area) late in the afternoon.  Otherwise, my makeup looked fresh long inter the evening. . The IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 range comes in 12 shades.  - RLB

Purchase Here:  IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40

Beauty Find - SKII Overnight Miracle Mask

SK-II Overnight Miracle Mask 6 x 0.14 oz/ 4 g

I've always been a big SK-II  fan, and their SK-II Facial Treatment Essence has been in my skincare rotation for years.  Made with their famous Pitera component, SK-II Facial Treatment Essence never fails to keep my skin glowing and even toned.

That's why I was so happy that SK-II  created a new Mask, one which I consider "Nespresso pods" for skin with their SK-II Overnight Miracle Mask.

SK-II Overnight Miracle Mask is a set of 6 individual mask capsules which are meant to be used as a "sleeping" or overnight mask treatment.  The mask leaves skin plump, clear and brighter with a combination of Pitera, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, and a derivative from the Albizia plant called the Sleeping Tree which increases hydration in skin.

I cleansed in the evening and then opened a single capsule pod and applied the SK-II Overnight Miracle Mask from the pod.  The mask is creamy, yet lightweight, and there was enough for me to apply a very thick layer on my face, as well as some for my neck and decolletage.  The SK-II Overnight Miracle Mask did feel wet for a few minutes, and then began to absorb into my skin.  Note: It also has the earthy natural scent of the Pitera - not a perfumed smell, which may take a few times to get used to depending on your scent preference.  However, by the time I actually got in the bed, the scent had disappeared.  

The SK-II Overnight Miracle Mask didn't get on my case or sheets, and it didn't cause my skin to feel sticky or oily as I slept. In the morning, the mask had completed absorbed into my skin, so no rinsing was necessary.  My skin was hydrated with a natural glow.  Since I only use Micellar Water and a pad most mornings to cleanse, my skin still felt perfectly primed for makeup and felt smooth and even.  SK-II Overnight Miracle Mask is perfect for all skin types, especially combination, since it offers hydration without increasing the oil in the t zone.  

I also loved tossing a few SK-II Overnight Miracle Masks in my travel bag for a long overnight flights.  You can also use it for an intense at-home mask session while you do a movie marathon or binge your favorite TV show on a Sunday.

SK-II Overnight Miracle Mask is worth every penny, and since you never use more than you need with the perfectly measured pod, it's very good buy, even with it's luxury price tag.  Treat yourself to SK-II Overnight Miracle Mask as soon as you can! - RLB

Purchase Here: SK-II Overnight Miracle Mask 6 x 0.14 oz/ 4 g

*This product was provided courtesy of SKII PR for reviewing purposes.