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IT Cosmetic’s CEO Seriously Inspires Us

Jamie Kern It CosmeticsI’ve talked about how much of a girl boss the CEO of It Cosmetics is before, but wow does she ever continue to impress. Jamie Kern Lima, co-founder, and CEO of the brand accepted the CEW Achiever Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of women leaders within the beauty industry. Jamie took her acceptance speech as an opportunity to call for change within the beauty industry, challenging the current images of beauty that are being put out in the world today.

 

IT Cosmetics CEO Calls Out the Beauty Industry, Calls for Change.

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Posted by It Cosmetics on Saturday, September 16, 2017

“How will these images impact your mothers and your sisters, and how will they impact your daughters?” In closing her speech she asks, “What will you do with the power that is you?” Anyone else have a minor case of chills?!

IT Cosmetics Launches 52 New Products at Ulta!

If you’re a major IT Cosmetics fan (like me) make sure you’re sitting down, unless of course you’ve already heard the announcement, they have launched 52 new products!

Major congrats to CEO and co-founder Jamie Kern for being an absolute girl-boss and for creating products that have helped women with their beauty problems everywhere. The brand’s mega success has landed them a well-deserved “wall” of products, separated by individual beauty concerns (Dark circles, blemishes, pores, dry skin, redness…). This oh-so-amazing wall is coming to Ulta’s across the country as well as all 52 of their new products! While there are some brand new additions to the brand, there are also some exciting new extensions to their most popular and existing product lines.

Before I dive into breaking down what’s new, I seriously need to talk about how amazing the launch party was last month. I think I had fomo re-watching my Instagram story the next day, and I was there! In all of my years of attending launches and previews, I have to say that this one takes the cake for being the most creative and engaging. Guests were transported to beauty themed amusement park, complete with foundation compact swings, a giant mascara wand slide, and mascara seesaw and SO much more. Needless to say the selfie opportunities were endless. I got to play with some of IT’s new products and I’m super excited to share them with you guys. All of the products mentioned below are available now at Ulta, Ulta.com, QVC and itcosmetics.com. Here’s what you have to look forward to:

It Cosmetics Lands at Sephora with these Exclusives

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It’s happening! This month we no longer have to look to QVC or find a far away Ulta Cosmetics (I live in NYC, they are sparse) to buy It Cosmetics! The rockstar skincare makeup brand which is by the way amazing for sensitive and problematic skin is officially launching at Sephora and Sephora.com this month. And with it comes a handful of exclusive and new products, mostly from the Bye Bye collection that you should be on the lookout for!

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Before I give you the 411, I want to highlight that I’m loving this whole color-infused skincare ideology. It’s something I’ve been noticing more of in the beauty industry where brands are approaching makeup from a skincare angle. The three products we see this the most in from the new It Cosmetics launches is the Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination, Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment and Anti-Aging Armour SPF 50+, which I talk more about below. For anyone not familiar with It Cosmetics they work with dermatologists and plastic surgeons on their formulas and as I mentioned before are ideal for everyone from problematic to perfect skin. Meet the Sephora Exclusives:

6 Highlights of my week: Khloe Kardashian, Jamie Kern, Saks off Fifth comes to NYC, Fiona Stiles launches at Ulta

khloe-kardashian-allergan-kybella-nyc-stong-looks-better-naked-lara-eurdolianWell it’s been an exciting week, new hair color, new stores, finally meeting Jamie Kern and it’s always a pleasure stealing a moment with Khloe Kardashian (especially when a photobooth is involved). Here are some highlights you may have seen on snapchat or Instagram:

Khloe Kardashian hosts Allergan’s “Live Chin Up” event – centered around having a positive body image, Allegran shared their latest innovation, Kybella, the first of it’s kind treatment in facial aesthetics that helps improve that double chin and “Live Chin Up”, a new movement designed to inspire a positive approach to life. Hosted by Khloe Kardashian, who recently wrote the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Strong Looks Better Naked, she moderated a panel discussion which included a doctor, photographer and user of Kybella. What’s cool about Kybella is it’s non-invasive and actually a prescription medicine used by adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin, also called, “double chin”. Naturally my highlight was the photobooth with Khloe which certainly had me holding my chin up high.

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Saks OFF Fifth opens in NYC featuring the first-ever Gilt In-Store Shop – Hosted by actress, Jamie Chung the opening for the new Saks OFF Fifth had a line wrapped around the corner. Now officially open to the public you can enjoy designer clothes, shoes, sunglasses and accessories at massive discounts. There is also a built in Gilt store for all you gilt.com shoppers, where you shop some of the assortment there or they can help you order online and best part is if you order from gilt.com you can return directly to the store! Visit Saks OFF 5TH at 57th and Lexington (125 East 57th Street, New York).

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Breakfast with Neutrogena for the launch of their “See Whats Possible” campaign – Through thousands of hours meeting with women from Dallas to Taipei, Sao Paulo to Paris, Neutrogena uncovered a universal truth – women are stepping back to examine what’s possible in their lives so they can pursue their dreams.  During the Oscars the brand launched their first global campaign featuring the commercial shown above. I’m so impressed by Neutrogena and all they are doing including teaming up with Girls Inc for this initiative to help women achieve their dreams.

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The brand also announced Olivia Holt as the new face of Neutrogena and have so many new foundations shades and products that I’ll be doing a full review on soon!

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Superhero hair with Mark Townsand and Dove for the launch of their NEW Dove Regenerative Nourishment hair collection! It’s been almost a year since I chopped my hair and colored the bottoms green. I upped the ante last week when Dove had me to Salon V in NYC for a color treatment and to test out the new line. We got very creative and gave me a very dusted oil slick type color (or as I like to call it superhero hair).

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The collection includes the Regenerative Nourishment Shampoo ($4.99), Conditioner ($4.99) and Serum-in-Oil ($5.99), and is formulated with red algae + Keratin NutriComplex to replenish lost nutrients and reconstruct the internal structure of hair, all while restoring smoothness and strength. My hair as super soft when leaving the salon. I’ve been religiously using the Serum Oil ever since, it’s awesome for dry ends and bleached hair. I use it on wet and dry hair (on the ends) and it soaks right into strands without any greasy after-math and helps keep my strands shiny and frizz free.

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Jamie Kern Lima, Founder and CEO of IT Cosmetics appearance at Ulta – On Saturday, I picked up two of my blogger gals, Lorna and Makeda and took a car to Garden City to meet Jamie Kern Lima! It Cosmetics is one of my favorite beauty brands that I’ve been using forever that I’m so excited to finally meet the woman behind the brand. By the way if you haven’t tried their new Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara, you’re missing out. It’s incredible!

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Fiona Stiles Beauty Launches at Ulta – Speaking of Ulta… Cast the alarm, celebrity makeup artist, Fiona Stiles much anticipated makeup line has finally arrived! I have no idea what’s good yet but the collection is priced at $12-$30 and includes 120 products in eye, lip and face categories all exclusive to Ulta.com. I tried to get the 411 at Ulta when I was in Garden City but they didn’t have the products yet.

It Cosmetics for the Launches of Superhero Mascara and Confidence in a Cream Moisturizer

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Last Friday was epic! I spent the day indoor skydiving with It Cosmetics for the launch of their NEW Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara and Confidence in a Cream. If you’ve never used It Cosmetics, you’re missing out! Their CC Cream with SPF 50+ and Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer, are two of my staples and all time favorite products. As it turns out I’m not alone, as those are the two top selling products from the line. Here’s the official top 5 ranking as of now:

  1. Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+
  2. Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer
  3. Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro Powder
  4. Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil
  5. Hello Lashes Clinically Shown 5-in-1 Mascara

I have no doubt these new products, especially the Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara will be on this list shortly! Here’s what’s launching in February:

It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

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I have a confession. I’m one of small minority of folks that isn’t obsessed with their Hello Lashes mascara (although as you’ve seen above, it’s one of their top five selling products). On the other hand, I’m completely in love with their NEW Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara and selfishly

The Perfect Stocking Stuffers Under $35

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There’s nothing quite like a little beauty surprise in your stocking and this holiday here are some full-proof stocking stuffer ideas all under $30. They also make for a great secret santa gift!

1. Burt’s Bees Fruitmix Beeswax Bounty ($5) – Perfect for that kiss under the mistletoe, Burt’s Bees Fruitmix Beeswax Bounty contains 4 tubes of original Beeswax Lip Balm. Their compact size is the perfect fit for not only stocking stuffing but also holiday clutches.

2. Fresh Lip Treatment (Fig Pictured, $22.50) – The Fresh Lip Treatment does double duty: soothes chapped winter lips while leaving a pearlescent wine tint, offering sheer coverage or buildable color. Holiday parties here you come!

3. Tarte Dressed to the Nines Lipsurgence Lip Creme Gift Set ($34/$126 Value) – This Tarte Dressed to the Nines Lipsurgence Lip Creme Gift Set is a great value containing nine shades of Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Cremes in a variety of shades. Perfectly packed in three sets of three lippies, you can break the gift apart to create three gifts or pucker up and try every shade out.

4. Lorac Matte Pro Mini Palette ($25/$45 value)- Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, this PRO artistry palette is packed with 8 shadows in all the Lorac matte shades. The shadows are ultra-pigmented to perform wet or dry so they can be used to shade, shadow, line and definethat holiday sparkle in that woman in your life’s eye.

Accessorizing for the Holidays with Pamela Pekerman

Every season I look forward to visiting with super-mom, style expert, Pamela Pekerman for her holiday picks for the season. Being a true taste maker in the fashion industry, Pekerman picks a plethora of brands spanning beauty, fitness/health, style and lifestyle products to introduce her audience. This season, here’s what made her list:

1. Boy Meets Girl – Inspired by the vibrant art and music culture of New York, Boy Meets Girl provides fun and flirty graphic tees with the iconic boy and girl silhouette logo. We’re obsessed with her Coco Hoodies and if you are ever in need of a bridal shower gift, can I recommend her personalized version where you can put the bride and groom’s name on it? And great news fellow Boy Meets Girl fans! Stay Igel, the designer behind the brand is expanding her empire of chic, to now include jewelry! Available at Macys.com, check them out!

boy meets girl coco hoodie2. Coiffie ($55) – Coiffie is a chic, water repellent

PC Top Holiday Beauty Picks As Seen on B-Glowing

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Look that’s me! I’m so excited for my holiday picks to be featured on one of my favorite beauty sites, b-glowing.com! For anyone not familiar, bglowing is an extremely well curated beauty retailer carrying over 145 brands — ones you’re probably familiar with like Becca, Clarisonic, By Terry, Lipstick Queen, and T3… mixed with brands that are new on the market that are destined to be the next, it product. The founder, Lisa James has

What’s New at QVC: Top Beauty Products at Amazing deals

If you’re looking for top beauty, hair and skincare brands at a fraction of their retail price (we’re even talking brands that rarely discount…) then visit QVC. Recently, I stopped by their beauty event to sample some of the new products debuting on their site and network including finds from Stila, Laura, Geller, Josie Maran, Tarte and Philosophy (to name a few) and meet the experts behind the brand.

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1. Josie Maran – Luxury with a Conscience 2. Julep – Freedom Polymer Top Coat: (dries in 5 minutes) 3. Philosophy Grace Products 4. From right to left: Tarte – Mascara, Bare Minerals – Lash Domination mascara, It Cosmetics – Anti-Aging Full Coverage SPR 50+ CC+ Cream, Nuface – Collagen Booster 5. Stila – Countless Color Pigments Eye Shadow with Brush 6. Sarah Potempa – Beachwaver curling iron

My first stop was to the Stila booth where I got to experience the new Countless Color Pigments Eye Shadow (#5 below) that offers long lasting full coverage and an endless shade possibilities.  I have been using the Groupie shade and just love mixing different shades for different occasions.  And since it’s color pigment don’t feel limited by using this product solely on your eyes. Depending on