The Perfect Gift For Low Maintenance Beauty Lovers

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It Cosmetics makes some of my favorite products (the Your Skin But Better CC Cream and Bye Bye Makeup Cleansing Balm for starters), so whenever they have a new launch, my curiosity is instantly piqued. A few times a year they team up with the retailer who arguably put them on the map, QVC, for a limited edition Today’s Special Value. These sets are a great way to try several products for a deeply discounted price, which is why every time a new It Cosmetics QVC TSV drops, I get really excited.

The latest QVC TSV features seven times, three of which are brand new, for the low price of $69.96 (a $243.33 value). Officially named the It’s Your Season To Give Love, this collection of products is perfect for the low-maintenance beauty lover, but it’s a versatile gift for anyone who wears makeup. To make things easy, here are my thoughts on every item that’s included:

Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer SPF 50

This is easily my favorite item in the kit! As a fan of every version of the Your Skin But Better CC Cream, the Full Coverage Moisturizer had big expectations to meet. When used with the included Buffing Foundation Brush, it provides light/medium coverage, enough to hide imperfections, but doesn’t leave the skin feeling heavy or looking cakey. The finish is dewy and long-wearing if set with a powder. For reference, I wear shade Light.

Where to buy: $39.50, Ulta

Hello Cheekbones Contour Palette

This kit contains a new shade of this contour palette, Love. I haven’t had a chance to try the original shade, but Love contains a warm bronzer shade and a warm, iridescent pink highlighter. Neither product is very pigmented, which makes it perfect for anyone who isn’t a contouring and bronzing pro. The highlighter pigmentation (not texture) reminds me of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders and I ended up using it all over my face.

Where to buy: the included shade isn’t available outside of the kit, but the original is $36, QVC

Bye Bye Pores Poreless Finish Airbrush Brightening Blush

I already own one shade of Bye Bye Pores Blush (in Naturally Pretty) and I’m over-the-moon excited to own another. Using the Bye Bye Pores blurring formula, the Airbrush Brightening Blush smoothes your skin wherever you apply it. The included new shade, Love, is a berry pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It’s pigmented enough to work for a wide range of skin tones.

Where to buy: the included shade isn’t available outside of the kit, but other shades are $24, Ulta | Sephora

Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

Superhero is an incredibly popular mascara, so it’s no surprise that they would include a hero product (no pun intended) in this kit. Although I love the length and pitch-black pigment this mascara provides, I prefer a fluffier, more voluminous lash look. It’s not a bad mascara by any means, just not my personal style.

Where to buy: $24, Ulta | Sephora

Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Serum

I’m a big fan of many of It Cosmetics’ Je Ne Sais Quoi lip products, especially the Lip Balm. This lip serum feels great on the lips and is very moisturizing, but I wouldn’t rely on it to deposit much color. A new color, Love, is included in this set, but I didn’t see any color on my lightly pigmented lips other than the milky shade of the serum. That being said, it’s a great way to hydrate your lips at home.

Where to buy: the included shade isn’t available outside of the kit, but other shades are: $24, QVC

Heavenly Luxe Buffing Foundation Brush

It Cosmetics foundations brushes are my favorite on the market, full stop. The fluffy, rounded shape of this particular brush applies foundation evenly but doesn’t pack product on, making it perfect for those who prefer light to medium coverage.

Where to buy: I can’t find this exact brush anywhere online, but the press information I was provided with doesn’t say it’s a new or exclusive product

Heavenly Luxe Hello Cheekbones Contour Brush

This uniquely shaped brush takes the guesswork about applying contour & highlighter, which makes it the perfect companion to the contour palette. I also used the highlighting side to powder my entire face and the contouring side to bronze the edges of my face with little adjustment.

Where to buy: $48, QVC

Beauty gift sets are high on my wishlist this year. Did the It Cosmetics QVC TSV make your list? Tell me what you’re wishing for in the comments below!

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Sarah Conley
Focusing on style and self-esteem with her inimitable sass, Sarah has helped change the conversation about plus size fashion. She is a socially connected influencer, has been the star of viral videos, and helped lead an anti-body shaming campaign that earned an apology from O, the Oprah Magazine. With an approach that is more Role Model than Runway Model, Sarah has built a credible connection with the fashion community as a whole. As a freelance writer, her work has appeared in TIME, CNN, Teen Vogue, Glamour, InStyle, Lucky, and more. As a consultant, her social strategies have been executed by former clients ELOQUII, Undone Beauty, NARS, MAC Cosmetics, David Yurman, Diane von Furstenberg, Nine West, Clé de Peau Beauté, and many more. Currently, she serves as the Director of Marketing for Arkansas’s only cut-to-order cheese shop, Sweet Freedom Cheese in Bentonville, Arkansas. When she’s not educating people on the wonders of artisanal cheese or taking her rescue dog, Blueberry Shortcake Flowers, for a walk, Sarah can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @imsarahconley.

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