Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Drugstore VIP: Very Important Products

High end beauty items don't automatically guarantee that a product is better quality or works better. There are instances where drugstore products perform just as well if not better than their pricier counterparts. In thinking about this list of my most reliable drugstore items, I thought about the makeup I chose to pack when I'm traveling. When I'm traveling I'm obviously more limited in the makeup items I can chose to bring and therefore must carefully select those prized items. Oh yes, it can be a difficult decision but there tends to be some drugstore items that are always guaranteed a place!

Drugstore VIP

L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara is my favorite drugstore mascara on the market and probably one of my favorites overall. This has the perfect sized brush and formula for long voluminous lashes.

Elf $1 Eyeshadow Primer has been a product I've repuchrased many times as this $1 find holds up and actually even performs better than pricey high end products.

Rimmel London BB Cream applies like a dream and provides the perfect amount of coverage for my low key days!

Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm provides the perfect splash of color on the go with added nourishing benefits. 

Burt's Bees Ultra Moisturizing Lip Treatment has been my savior in this cold winter weather. I always keep this in my purse. One application greatly improves the condition of my lips. 

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow is one of the easiest to use eyeshadows with intense gorgeous color that lasts. 

Scunci Bobby Pins are always a must, especially on the go! I always pack Scunci  hair ties as well but can always use a Bobby Pin to pin back some fly aways or do a quick up do!

What is your favorite drugstore travel item? Comment and let me know, I'd love to hear from you!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Get Them While You Can! My favorite Limited Edition sets!

When you see a product that is limited edition that catches your eye, your heart immediately starts beating faster and the intense debate over whether you actually need this or not begins. Especially around the holidays there are so many great releases at great prices that it's hard not to want to scoop every single one up. I did my fair share of shopping and browsing and lusting this holiday season so that I could make it easy for you! Here are my hands down top picks for limited edition sets that you can still get now...but not for long! 

Limited Edition Beauty Loves

Contains 3 Eye Shadow Palettes with a total of 12 shades ~ 0.06 oz each, 2 Blush & Bronzer Palettes of "Chocolate Soleil Bronzer" and "Who's Your Poppy Blush" ~ 0.14 oz each, 1 Deluxe Sized "Better Than Sex Mascara.

This set was a holiday set from Too Faced but you can still find it online at places like Amazon. I recommend picking this up while you still can. I was very torn on purchasing this but there were a few pieces in there that I knew would be perfect for certain people as gifts. With six pieces to this, it makes it easy to gift to others and keep something for yourself. I kept a blush and bronzer and an eyeshadow palette. These are super easy to travel with and I'm loving the selections. I wasn't in love with this at first sight but it certainly has grown on me! 

Each of the six exclusive eye shadow shades is formulated with Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™, a proprietary blend of ingredients that gives every shade its velvety texture, rich color, long-lasting power, and blendability. The creamy, award-winning 24/7 Eye Pencil glides on smoothly and dries down to leave a fade-free finish. The full-size lip gloss is created with nourishing rosehip seed oil and infused with Hyaluronic Filling Spheres™, vitamin E, avocado oil, and shea butter to condition lips. The triple-black pigments in the Perversion Mascara leave lashes with deep, bold black color. It’s formulated with Hairdensyl, a complex blend of proteins and amino acids (including marine glycogen), which is known to support lash growth.

My boyfriend got this for me for Christmas and I'm loving it more than I even thought I would at first glance. The eyeshadow colors are just perfect for me with the shimmery pink shade being my favorite. At first glance I thought the pairing of colors was a bit unusual but when I play with these on the lid, the work so amazing well together. My favorite way to wear them is to wear Dive (metallic rose/gold micro-shimmer) all over the lid with Fix (soft taupe matte) in the crease and Stun (metallic bronze/light gold micro-shimmer) on the outer lid. For a more dramatic look use Dare (medium brown matte) in the crease instead of Fix.

A rich, creamy body lotion, Celebrate deeply hydrates and softens with almond oil and cocoa butter, while its intoxicating blend of orange flower, lime, benzoin and cognac oil perfumes the skin with a champagne fragrance that lingers for hours. Indulge in this decadent cream before going out for the night or after a relaxing bath with our Golden Wonder Bath Bomb.

Included in the buy one get one free sale! I've already stocked up on this limited edition lotion as it has quickly become a must have in my stash. The scent of oranges is so uplifting and the lotion is creamy and thick yet lightweight. Luxurious and uplifting is how I'd describe it!

it Cosmetics Holiday Vitality Lip Flush Lipstick Stain 6-Piece Kit
Special limited edition collection of 6 full-size Vitality Lip Flushes housed in a beautiful gift box complete with ribbon, bow and gift tag. Developed with leading plastic surgeons, this truly innovative, formula contains IT Cosmetics® Hydra-Luxe technology, including ingredients such as Plum Oil, Cherry Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe and Jojoba that all work together to treat, hydrate, condition, and nourish your lips. Good-for-you ingredients drench your lips with lasting hydration and color and the naturally pretty shades work on all skin tones. Made in the USA, Paraben-free.

These are some of the easiest lip products to wear and they have great staying power. I've found all to look incredibly natural and flattering. The color in the tube is not necessarily how it will appear on your lips. Testing these out to see how they would appear on my lips was really fun and I fell in love with every shade. These have become a staple in my purse and briefcase. I always need at least one within reach! I did find these to be slightly hydrating and I love that they leave a stain after the initial finish is gone. This is also a great deal at $49.50 because you get $120 worth of lip products!

What is your current favorite limited edition set? Comment and let me know, I'd love to hear from you!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Josie Maran Today's Special Value on QVC!

Josie Maran Argan Pure Complexion 5 Piece Collection exclusively available on QVC’s Today’s Special Value! This set is on sale today for the one time price of $69.96 but it is a $213 value!

This collection of skincare and face beautifiers infused with argan oil will help you achieve healthy, glowing skin this New Year! Argan Cleansing Oil removes dirt, while the 100% Pure Argan Oil hydrates your skin. The Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation and Brush provides even-toned skin care benefits and finally the Argan Color Stick adds a pop of rosy pink to your lips and cheeks!

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays from InTruBeauty!

Happy Holidays to all my readers out there! Thank you for your support this year. I hope you've enjoyed my holiday posts and reviews. As I take some time away this holiday with my friends and family, please check out my top five favorite holiday themed posts. I will return with lots more to come in the new year!

My Top Five Post this Holiday Season:

Monday, December 22, 2014

LUSH Cosmetics Holiday 2014 Top Picks

LUSH Cosmetics always has the best holiday and seasonal items! Even better for Christmas, they have a bunch of great gift sets with all of your favorites in every combination you could ever wish for. I love that they are already pre-wrapped in gorgeous packaging which makes holiday shopping a little bit more fun and a little less stressful! If you have someone on your list that loves bath, body and beauty items and loves to try new things, I highly recommend stopping into a LUSH Cosmetics store. Here are some of my top picks for this holiday season!

It's really hard to pick just one scent from LUSH as there are so many amazing unique scents. If I had to chose a favorite I would probably pick Rose Jam. I made sure to stock up on some extras of the shower gel as it is available only for a limited time. This has a deep rose scent that is relaxing and romantic. I love it as it's not a scent I would typically reach for but it is so luxurious and really makes me feel great after use! I pair this with Ro's Argan Conditioner which contains cocoa butter, cupuacu butter, almond oil and Argan oils, and the fragrant scent of fresh rose petals. 

Snow Fairy
Oh how we've missed lathering up in those fluffy pink bubbles! We crave Snow Fairy's bubblegum and sweet vanilla fragrance all year, and just can't imagine the holidays without her. Our famous fairy contains a smattering of biodegradable shimmering luster (or as we like to call it, Fairy Dust), so she won't harm the earth one little bit! Sparkly, pink and candy scented - what more could we ask for?!

Rose Jam *limited edition
You begged and pleaded with us to bring Rose Jam back for Christmas - and it's here for a limited time! A decadent, rosy shower gel made with vanilla pod infusion, goji berry juice and nourishing argan oil, Rose Jam leaves your skin soft, hydrated and sweetly-scented. Lovers of our Rose Jam Bubbleroon and Ro's Argan Body Conditioner will recognize its gorgeous rose absolute and lemon fragrance. Lathering up with this shower gel is a truly indulgent way to wash!

So White *new in shower gel form
So White Bath Bomb has been a LUSH Christmas favorite for years, and this holiday we've invented a gorgeous shower gel that shares its mouthwatering apple perfume! With fresh, gently cleansing apple infusion, soothing rose water and uplifting bergamot oil, a shower with So White will most certainly leave you feeling as fair as can be. We've added a touch of nourishing rice bran oil and tincture of benzoin to soften and calm the skin through the chilly winter months, and its freshly picked apple perfume will stay with you all day long.

Hot Toddy *new
Ruby red and cinnamon scented, our sparkling Hot Toddy shower gel will transport your senses to the warmest reaches of your mind. Come in from the cold and lather up with a fresh ginger infusion and cinnamon leaf oil mix that will keep you cozy on the chilliest days

Ocean Salt
The minerals in sea salt soften as it scrubs away dirt, dead skin and blockages for a bright, fresh face. We mix in fresh avocado and coconut to hydrate thirsty skin, leaving it balanced and soft. The cleansing effects of lime and vodka are ideal for blocked pores, blackheads or blemishes and leave skin visibly brightened. It's no wonder Ocean Salt is so enormously popular! 

I also highly recommend checking out Rub Rub Rub which is described as a scrubby sea salt and minosa shower wash. It has a dash of lemon juice with the tropical scent of minosa blossoms and it is just heaven! If you like scrubs that are finer, I would recommend that one as Ocean Salt does have some coarser larger salt particles. If you're not sure you can always ask for a sample in-store to test out which you prefer! I'm almost out of Ocean Salt and out of Rub, Rub, Rub and my skin definitely notices the difference without these! 

And for that special man on your list I recommend Dirty Shaving Cream which contains oat milk, shea butter, honey and lavender cream. There is nothing like a soft clean shaven face to kiss on Christmas morning! 

Check out my picks and reviews from last Christmas as well! Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Treat Dry Winter Skin and Eczema with Skinfix Hand Repair Cream

Oh, winter! You're here and no matter how much I want to be in denial, you won't let me! Winter is probably my least favorite season of them all (except for some snowflakes for Christmas). One of the things I like least about winter is dry skin! I live in Wisconsin and so there is really no escaping the brutal cold and inevitable dry skin that results. No matter how many hydrating baths I take or how much lotion I use, I always seem to end up with dry skin the next day. This is why I was so excited to get to test out Skinfix Hand Repair Cream. Keep reading for my thoughts and a special surprise (or ten) for you at the end!
Press sample

Product features:
• Dermatologist-tested and recommended
• Made with natural ingredients
• Free of steroids, fragrance, soy, parabens and phthalates
• Effectively treats hand eczema and extremely dry, cracked hands
• Immediately soothes irritation and redness, and softens skin
• Ultra-rich formula leaves lasting protection, even through hand washing

This not only works to treat dry skin but also eczema. Did you know that the majority of people who suffer from eczema experience it on their hands? This is a rich, medicinal cream that is clinically proven to increase skin moisture levels by 110% after one week of use. This is conveniently sold at Target stores and at

skinfix hand cream 2
One thing I always think of when writing a review is what does this product claim to do and how well does it hold up to that claim? In this area, I definitely think skinfix has passed the test! I definitely noticed immediate hydration on my hands and my elbows (one of my most problem dry skin areas). Even better, I noticed when I woke up in the morning that my skin was still baby soft. One of the problems I've had with skin lotions in the past is that sure they do their job immediately but don't last for more than that moment. With skinfix that definitely was not the case as this lasted into the morning and throughout the day. This also means that I can use less product to achieve my desired results which really is just a win all around! 
skinfix hand cream 3

My friend, Justina from Justina's Gems and I decided to give ten tubes of this away! We know you will love it. Rather than giving away one full sized bottle, we are giving away ten mini 1 oz. creams. These are not the sale size, but they are perfect for your purse. In the first picture of this post- it's the cream in the back. Good luck, and don't forget you have to have a U.S. address to win and be over 18. The rest of the info is in the Rafflecopter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Bite Beauty Mix N' Mingle Lip Minis

Bite Beauty is hands down one of my favorite lip product brands. I hadn't tried anything from them until the past year and quickly became obsessed with all of their product I've tried. It started out by trying one of their glosses and I was hooked after that. What I love about their products is that overall they seem to have really pigmented and long lasting saturated color. They also make a wide range of colors and have many bright and bold colors that I feel suit me so well. So I was super excited to see that they came out with some minis again for the holiday season. If you're like me and you missed out on their Remix set which had 4 deluxe size products, you're watching for the next deal to pounce on. 

They have three different types of minis available. One is a gloss, one is a doubled ended lipstick and one is a matte creme lip crayon.

I already have this product in Sucre and Peche. Although I love both colors, I will probably never end finishing an entire lip product . I wanted to try more of these type of the lip crayons from Bite because I love them so much so I was excited to pick up this mini for $12. I've really been wanting to buy Glace which is a dusty mauve and is the other lip crayon available in this size, however, my Sephora did not carry it in store. I ended up picking up the color Aubergine (described as an eggplant color) which is part of the permanent line. At first glance I was a little worried this may be a little too dark for me, but if I just apply one layer or dab it on, it works really well. Although this color is highly saturated it can still be built up a little so I just avoid a second layer with this. 

This is one of the more comfortable matte lip products I have tried. I find these to be slightly hydrating and not as uncomfortable to wear as some other matte lip products. These are just also worry free for me because the color is so long lasting that I don't have to be worried about it fading unevenly or needing constant touch ups. The full size is $24 for .05 oz and the mini size is $12 for .031 oz. 
What it is:
A limited-edition lip collection with Crème Lipstick Duos, Matte Crème Lip Crayons, and Lush Fruit lip glosses—all in head-turning hues and packaged in bright red ornaments for the holiday season.

What it does:
Featuring Bite Beauty’s deluxe lip minis, ranging from Crème Lipstick Duos to Matte Crème Lip Crayons to Lush Fruit lip glosses, they’re the perfect holiday gift for all skintones. The Lush Fruit Lip Gloss is a mini lip gloss with high pigments and fruit ingredients that are delicious enough to eat. The Matte Crème Lip Crayons offer timeless matte shades that give lips intense hydration. The Luminous Crème Lipstick Duo is a bite-sized lipstick with two contrasting shades.These festive shades come in an array of colors—from vibrant and bold to demure and subtle.

These are also perfect stocking stuffers for the makeup lover or makeup newbie! 


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