I have been compensated by QVC for this post, but all thoughts and options are my own.
It's summer, it's hot, and if you're anything like me, THE LAST thing you want to do is take the time to put on a full face of makeup and then step outside and sweat it all off! I don't care if it's a day when I'm poolside or another day running errands out in the heat or even just pushing a stroller through an outdoor mall. I like my makeup quick, easy and minimal in the summer months. I like it to come with SPF. And I like it to take me under 5 minutes if possible.
HOW? Let me show you!!!
INSANE deal on my fave CC cream EVER
Before I tell you all about this makeup routine and why all these products will blow your mind, you need to know that this CC cream I'm about to bear my testimony about is ON SALE at QVC for today's special value of $49.98 for TWO full size bottles plus the heavenly luxe makeup brush – a value of $126! That's basically getting the brush and one of the CC creams for free!!! SERIOUSLY – if you're going to buy this CC cream anytime in the near future you're CRAZY to not take advantage of this deal!
Seven products in 1 bottle
First of all, meet one of my makeup drawer BFFs, the IT Cosmetics CC cream. This stuff is straight up MAGIC. It's SEVEN products in one!!! That means you can literally skip your moisturizer, primer, color corrector, anti-aging serum, dark spot concealer, full coverage foundation AND SPF 50 because this bottle whips it all up into one easy little formula.
You guys this stuff is a CULT FAVE of soooo many beauty bloggers and beauty professionals. IN FACT, when I was at QVC a few weeks ago, their professional makeup artist used this exact stuff on me. She picked it over the bottles and bottles of every brand of full coverage foundation I know and love (and some I haven't even tried) and when she pulled it out to use it on me, I was like “oohh I love that stuff,” and she goes “I KNOW isn't it the best?!”
It really is the best CC cream I have ever used. Period.
Full coverage It Cosmetics CC cream
Let's talk about how this stuff is full coverage. I LOVE IT! With a super quick sweep of this stuff my face is perfectly even and moisturized and any of my skin imperfections at the moment just magically vanish! I really don't even need concealer under my nose or eyes for a quick trip to the pool or a walk outside.
The older I get, the more I'm ultra paranoid about being out in the sun without SPF. I looooove that this quick application of IT Cosmetics CC cream not only covers me perfectly for foundation and concealer but it's giving me full protection too!!
Also let's talk about how this It Cosmetics CC cream doesn't just throw moisturizer in there but they DOMINATE with their moisturizer! They've done all these clinical studies that show after 10 minutes of wear, 100% of subjects showed a clinical measure of skin hydration, and they measured 79% increase of skin hydration!
Quick and easy makeup
It really is just one to two pumps of this IT Cosmetics CC cream (depending on how much coverage I want that day) and some very easy sweeps of this brush around my face and it's perfectly, flawlessly covered before I can blink twice! I need that if I'm going to throw this in my bag and do my makeup in the car or once I get somewhere, which I end up doing A LOT. Especially on a Saturday! It's just easier to pile the kids in the car and have Neil drive down to the beach or over to the pool while I slap my makeup on my face in a couple quick minutes. And I really do mean it when I say a couple minutes! Easily under 5 start to finish.
Triple threat compact
I cannot even begin to tell you how much I LOVE this triple threat combo! Some days when I want just a bit more definition than just the ONE dimensional CC cream, I throw this compact in my bag too because it combines the prettiest, easiest blush, bronzer and highlighter in one easy little trio. The brush it comes with makes for a super easy application also. I like to start with the highlighter and go left to right. I apply the highlighter to the tip of my nose, top of my cheek bones, right above the brow and on my cupid's bow. Then I swirl some of the blush on the apples of my cheeks. And last I contour under my cheekbones, in the right and left corner of my forehead, and a tiny bit under my jaw with the bronzer. This whole routine with the triple combo powder pack takes me maybe 30 seconds, if my kids also ask me “Mom are we there yet?” and I have to change the radio from Creed to Mariah Carey. Otherwise maybe even less time ha.
Waterproof brow filler
Wanna fill your brows but make sure it doesn't all come off once you jump in the pool? This waterproof brow pencil makes it super easy to fill in just a little but also not lose that little bit of pencil help if you sweat or swim or anything around the water.
I've been using this brow pencil for a few years now on and off and I will tell you the key to it truly being universal (which I agree with!) is to use a LIGHT HAND when applying. If you apply it very lightly and slowly build if you want a darker color, it will look good on you, your mom, your sister, your aunt and every woman you know no matter what their coloring is – from the darkest black hair to the lightest blondie! I always worry about my brows being TOO DARK and typically I like a taupe pencil that's usually made for blondes. But I LOVE this pencil – as long as I use a very light hand while applying!! And it does really outlast swimming and sweating, which is a ginormous plus in the summer.
Perfectly pink lips
Okay I DID promise that this makeup look only required 3 products, and it does! But if you want to throw in a bonus hydrating lip product, I really really love this Je Ne Sais Quoi hydrating lippy that basically makes your natural pink in your lips POP while spoiling your lips with hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peptides. Yes please!!
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Moisturizer with Brush
IT Cosmetics Confidence Blushing Bronzer
IT Cosmetics Waterproof Brow Pencil Duo
IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Lip Treatment Duo
tos by Arielle Levy
And that's it! That's my super duper EASY makeup look for summer that really only requires you to carry around 3 basic products that pack a punch of 11 amazing products all into one easy routine! How's that for simple.
Don't forget that my favorite CC cream of all time EVER – two Bye Bye Foundation Moisturizers PLUS brush – are on sale at $49.98 ($126 value) TODAY ONLY!!! Deals that are THIS HOT often sell out way before the day is over so hurry and get yours right this hot minute!