BB and CC creams, oh my!

When it comes to skin care and makeup, the cosmetics world has given us women a great deal of products to choose from. While we could all spend hours and days reading up on everything you could ever put on your face and why one thing is better than the other or the difference between every cream, foam, and serum, let’s just focus on a few things for now.
BB CREAM a.k.a BEAUTY BALM
BB creams are otherwise known as blemish balms outside of the western market. BB creams are promoted to be the all-in-one savior to women. Its purpose was to replace the need for a serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock. BB creams can be worn as a tinted moisturizer on its own, or as a light foundation under a powder. Do not mistake BB creams as foundations as they do not provide as much coverage as your regular foundation would. You’ll notice anywhere BB creams are sold that there is not a great variety of shades.
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L’Oreal’s Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream only comes in four shades: fair, light, medium, and deep. The reason for the low shade count is that BB creams are designed to oxidize to match your skin tone. I bounced between fair and light for a while before finally deciding on light as the fair made my skin look “whitish” in photos. I used this product religiously for a couple months and then felt as though I was becoming sensitive to it. I’ve tried their Visible Lift CC cream as well and it has the same effect. That is my own personal dilemma as this BB cream is truly amazing. Before you’ve even finished applying it, you can see it already doing its job. I liked it because I don’t like heavy foundations as they make my dry skin more noticeable. You can use it in place of your foundation if you want a more light-weight option.
A great benefit to BB creams is that most of them have anti-aging benefits. Mica is a big factor you want in your BB cream. Mica is a mineral with light reflecting properties. This is what gives you that luminous finish. Silicon-based ingredients help to smooth the skin, much like a foundation primer.
Application: Apply after moisturizing with a foundation brush. You can set the cream with a powder or wear it on its own.
CC CREAM a.k.a COLOR CORRECTOR
CC creams are where it’s at for me. My skin tone is very uneven and pink all over. Like BB creams, CC creams moisturize and offer sun protection. Unlike BB creams, CC creams help to control unwanted redness and uneven skin tones.
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I use Lumene’s CC Cream in Light. They only offer two shades: light and medium. This product blends right into my skin and instantly changes the appearance of my skin. The application is very smooth and it only takes a minute to fully apply. I have been using it alone the past few days because I haven’t had the time to focus too much on my face. I have gotten many compliments and recommended this product out to many women. I love that when I get off work and look in the mirror, my skin tone is still in control and I don’t feel a touch up throughout the day is necessary (it does say to reapply every two hours, but I’m 99% positive that’s only for the SPF factor).
The great thing about this product is its 6 benefits and factors all rolled into 1. Foundation, concealer, primer, illuminator, long wear, SPF 20. I find that you do not need to set this product with a powder as I think of it as the perfect product. There will still be days when I use my mattifier, foundation, powder, and setting spray…but when I’m low on prep time, this product alone is my Godsend.
CC creams offer great anti-aging benefits which is becoming very important to me. Up until a couple months ago, I had never given adding an anti-aging regimen to my skin care routine any thought. I’m only 22! And then I started thinking…I’ve been aging since the day I was born, and I’m not stopping anytime soon. So instead of pulling at my wrinkles and fine lines in twenty years, I’m going to start really taking care of my skin.
Obviously, there doesn’t seem to be as much to say about CC as there was about BB, but that’s because they are very similar and do offer many of the same benefits. The main differences is that BB is similar to a foundation, but more light-weight, and CC focuses more on anti-aging while evening out your skin tone.
Application: Apply after a moisturizer with a foundation brush or ring fingers. Wear alone or set with a powder.
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I hope all of this was very helpful to you wonderful ladies! If there has been a question left unanswered, I urge you to leave it in the comments below so I can address it in a follow up post!
Shine on!
-KL

Where have you been?

JK, I’ve been under a rock for God knows how long. Carnival season is over in a week and these parades have been taking over my work life. My store is on the parade route so we’re usually pretty crazy busy during the parade and nothing else is able to get done so it’s catch up time during the week and I keep picking up shifts to make more money so I don’t get much time to focus on blog posts and this sentence is way too long.

 

So what to talk about today? Hmmmm… I thought I’d just share some of my favorite makeup (and a couple hair) photos from the last year and talk about my favorite features from each.

 

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This is the first time I ever truly styled my hair. And I think it came out pretty awesome! My bump is a little uneven, which I’ve always have a problem with. Whenever I show someone this photo, they’re always surprised at how simple it is! And I’m not talking Pinterest-do-all-80-steps-and-then-hope-for-the-best simple, I mean seriously simple. So, I started by teasing my hair so there was some nice volume. I took pieces from the sides and brought them to the back and bobby pinned them (as you can see above the braids). After this, I just braided my hair into pig tails towards the front (so the braids sit on my chest, and not on my back) and tied them off with small pony tail holders. Then I took the braid and brought it back, did a figure eight against my head with it and tucked the pony tail underneath (with each braid). Load up on bobby pins, ladies! Spray it off with some Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play hair spray and conquer the world! (Or the day, whatever.) I know it may be difficult to visualize how to do this without actually seeing it happen, but I promise it is really easy and I just came up with it one day when I was bored. This photo is from Easter last year. If there’s interest, I will try to recreate this look on a friend and take photos step by step and post a tutorial.

 

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Eyebrows. That’s all.

 

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My first and only nude lipstick! I fell in love Rimmel’s Lasting Finish by Kate line after getting this lipstick. This is #113. It is a great matte nude and also is great to use as a base lipstick to lighten another lipstick. I own 5 (I think) lipsticks from this line and really do love them! They go on so soft and do last pretty long (it’s hard to say though because I compulsively reapply my lipstick/gloss whenever I get the urge). I definitely recommend these lipsticks to everyone! Plus, they are fairly inexpensive.

 

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I love this lipstick. It’s Covergirl’s LipPerfection Lipstick in Sweetheart. It looks like a very soft, shiny pink in the bottle but it is brighter than you would think when you apply. But that’s okay, because there’s ways to tone it down! (Like the nude lipstick from above!) This line of Covergirl lip products is amazing. I also have Euphoria which is a deep burgundy color, and a very nice pinup red which I don’t have the name of because it’s too worn out on the bottle. I like to pick these up whenever there’s a BOGO sale on them! I’m also wearing the Covergirl Bombshell mascara! I have become obsessed with it. It. Is. So. Amazing.

 

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I don’t really remember any of the specifics for what makeup I have on in this photo. But to anyone visiting the House of Blues, hit up that bathroom and take a selfie. Because if the lighting in every HOB bathroom is the same, you’re photo will look like this (except, you know, with your own face). This is from December when Rob and I went to see Third Eye Blind (the tickets were his wedding gift to me) for the second time. :)

 

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The first time I really wore any girly pink makeup. I have on Maybelline’s Color Tattoo in Inked in Pink and Avon’s Country Rose (I’m 99% positive it was this shade) lipstick! You can shop for it online here!

 

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Sometime’s a black and white photo can make any makeup desirable. I usually opt for B&W when my makeup doesn’t look good in any Instagram filters, but sometimes that’s when it really looks amazing. I was definitely wearing a red lipstick but as I have about 15 of those, there’s no telling which one it was.

 

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The rags to riches photo collage. This was from a few days ago. The left is when I had just woken up and the right was about five hours into my work shift. Once again, I’m not sure which red this is. I think I should do a post where I feature all of my reds and show you what they all look like on. I knew this day would come… ;)

 

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Last but not least, the glory that was my New Year’s Eve makeup this year. My friend hosted a Gatsby themed party and it was so much fun to do my hair and makeup! This is Avon’s Cherry Jubilee lipstick, a lot of different eye shadows, and my L’Oreal False Fiber Lashes mascara. I’m wearing the Maybelline FIT blush in Deep Coral. This is the blush I wear pretty much every day. I might do a separate post on this hair and makeup style as I took a lot of photos and even made my own head piece for the night!

 

That’s all I’ve got for y’all! There are so many more photos on my Instagram (link below) and I post my makeup/hair pretty much every day. For the most part, the style is all the same but every now and then I like to switch it up. :) Hope this was fun and educational for everyone!

 

Let me know what you think or if you have any questions about any of the photos above. As always, it is a pleasure to have you here and I hope it won’t take me too long to get another post out!

 

-KL

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Covergirl’s Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara

Covergirl's Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara

Alas, you are finally mine! And you were worth the wait! I picked this baby up on Sunday and have finally tried it! It is amazing!

(Okay, so you are reading this on Valentine’s day, but I really wrote this yesterday…do you follow? Bueller?…)

Anywho! I wore this mascara all day and it held up so well. I did not feel the need to curl my lashes or apply too many coats of mascara. Here are my eyes to prove why:
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This is after about ten hours of use. (I just got off work so please excuse my shininess!)

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Oh my goodness, I need to redo my eyebrows!

Okay, so one of the things I love most is how light this mascara feels. My L’Oreal False Fiber mascara goes on so heavy and I feel as though I can feel it all day. This one was the opposite. A weird thing though, my eyelashes feel very hard and dry. So I guess that’s a good thing, too. I won’t have to worry about accidentally smudging it.

I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the two step process, but then I thought about it. I usually use two different mascaras anyways, so what’s the big deal? The two steps have different brushes, so if you want a more subtle look, you can always just use step one:

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Step one is more like a base coat of mascara. I like that it lets you “place” your lashes where you want them to be. It applies a small amount to your lashes that would work for said subtle look. If subtle isn’t your thing, proceed to step two:

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This is where the real Bombshell factor comes in. I don’t know what is in that little bottle labeled ‘2’, but it is amazing. Once you start applying it, it takes your lashes from ‘meh’ to ‘damn!’ I mentioned before about how my lashes feel hard and dry, and I can only assume that whatever that is is in step two.

So, I feel awesome knowing I basically just got two mascaras for the price of one. And they work better than pretty much all of the other mascaras I have (what to do with them now?!). I have a L’Oreal macsara still in the packaging from a few months ago and I don’t feel the need to hold on to it anymore now that I’ve actually tried this one. I know I’m always just gushing about makeup in my reviews, but I can’t help it that everything I own is just so freaking awesome! Maybe someday I’ll come across something I just don’t care for.

Until then, I’ll bat my lashes back to Walgreen’s in search of my next find!

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*today’s makeup*

Also, notice all the photos?! My lovely husband got me a camera last week as an early birthentine’s gift (birthday and Valentine’s)! I’m obviously still trying to figure out how to take the best photos (and I’m also tired so I really didn’t are too much how they came out for this post). Isn’t he just the best?

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One more just because.

Have a great day, lovelies!

-KL

P.S. I realize this post isn’t as detailed as usual, but like I said, I’m really tired and have been working so much lately, and I’m right back at it tomorrow. Hopefully I can get another post up on Monday when I’m finally off! I’m not sure if I want to do another review or a step-by-step on a makeup look? Any suggestions?

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Hello, lovelies!

Sorry for my semi-hiatus. Work has been crazy and I’m not expecting another off day until sometime next week. But! I do have some good news. I finally got my hands on the Covergirl Bombshell Mascara and I’ll be trying it out over the next couple of days and working on a review for it! I hope to have that up by Thursday!

Until then, here’s a photo of Ruby being a bum.

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-KL

Wishlist Wednesday

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Before I begin, I wanted to share my beautiful Social Media buttons with y’all below! It’s the middle widget at the bottom of my blog. I feel so tech savvy now. ;) And a big thanks to Simply Brenna for the buttons. She has some pretty rad posts and shares quite a few ‘freebies’! Be sure to click the links below and follow!

In honor of alliteration, I present to you, Wishlist Wednesdays here at Wonderful World of Beauty! Today is the day I share all the things I wish I had…and hopefully in the future will have! I have a feeling the majority of these lists will be makeup products, but don’t be surprised if you see a ton of random other things!

Makeup:

Revlon Color Stay Shadow Links

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Okay, so my store is out of a few colors, but you get the point. These eye shadows were one of the best things Revlon has created! I say that only owning two of the colors, so I can only imagine how amazing all the others are. If you’re wondering which ones I want, I want them all. Collect all 24, right?! I own ‘Bone’ and ‘Plum’. ‘Bone’ is a very pale cream color. It goes on very smooth and gives such a soft effect. It’s the perfect color to use as a base since it is a matte color, as opposed to ‘Oyster’ which (if I remember correctly) has a more shimmery look. ‘Plum’ is pictured above in the second row, all the way to the right. It is a very deep purple which I have used for a purple smoky eye (once again, sorry for lack of camera to take good photos). The only downfall I can think of when it comes to this shade is that it does take quite a few layers to give you that deep purple coloring. It’s not as greatly pigmented as some other colors I have, but I still love it.
The thing I love most about these shadow links is exactly that. They link up. It’s the neatest thing ever!
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YOU CAN CREATE YOUR OWN PALETTE! You can buy whatever colors you want and put them together in whatever order you want! The hardest problem I have when it comes to buying palettes is not really caring for some colors but really liking others. This way, you don’t have to deal with that. Revlon was all, ‘let them decide what they want!’ and I was all, ‘here, take my money!’
There’s one that is called ‘Seafoam’ that I really want to try out, especially for summer time. The ‘Copper’ and ‘Gold’ shades look like they will be great so I’m excited for those ones, too. ‘Blush’ is a really soft pink (I’m talking about pink again; who am I?!) that I’m wanting to get because it’s a matte color but I’m afraid the pigmentation won’t be as great as the Maybelline Color Tattoo shadow I have.

Covergirl’s Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara

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I have to admit, if Covergirl wanted you to judge their products by the packaging, they have succeeded. The bottle is pretty big and quite flashy, so it definitely caught my attention when I first saw it. Now I see it so much I just want to get it and try it. I have used L’Oreal’s Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Black Lacquer mascara exclusively since August and I really do love it, but I’m looking for something even bigger and better. I’m just hoping Covergirl’s Bombshell mascara can be that for my lashes. I have also never used a mascara that had more than one step to it so that will be interesting to experience. I can’t say that I’m a Covergirl user since for some reason, I have never had the urge to try any of their products. If this mascara is everything I hope it is, I’ll definitely be willing to try more of their products.
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That is one of the best photos I ever got with the L’Oreal mascara. It really does work wonders if you have the patience to spend 10 minutes putting mascara on. Curl, apply, curl, apply, repeat, repeat, repeat. So the L’Oreal one is great and I don’t mind spending the time on my lashes, but I’d love to find a product that doesn’t take so much time and attention. (Okay, just writing all of this has made me want to go back to Wagreen’s and buy the Bombshell mascara right now.)

Naked Palette (and Naked 2) by Urban Decay
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Okay, y’all. I really just want to know what all the fuss is about. I have so many palettes and eye shadows with colors similar to, if not the same as, these. So what is all the fuss about!? The girl who did my makeup for my wedding used colors off of this palette and my makeup was amazing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get these colors another way, and for a lot less money. And maybe that’s my problem, the fact that these palettes run for $52. I just cringe at that! I’m not cheap, I do know that spending a little more money for some things is worth it in the long run, but I don’t believe you have to sacrifice your wallet for makeup. Or maybe I just find that drug store makeup is such a steal. Who knows? But yes, someday, I wouldn’t mind trying these out but I’ll have to be in a better financial position to do so…or it will have to go on super sale.

If anyone has ever used any of the products above, please leave your feedback below! Did you like them? Not like them? If you’ve tried them but there’s a better, similar product, be sure to let me know! Also, suggestions are strongly encouraged!

Other things:
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This set I made on Polyvore about a year ago. I have always wanted a dress like that. Please, get into my closet. I don’t have a lot of green accessories (and by not a lot, I mean none) but if I did, I would want them to be these things. And paired with that lipstick and nail color. *swoons*
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Random things from my Pinterest. Oh, immaculate shoes, dress, and closet, please be mine.

 

And to conclude this post, I wish I had my long hair back.
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And…world peace.

-KL

Maybelline EyeStudio 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow

 I am so excited to be sharing my first review today! I am kicking this blog off with the new loves of my life: Maybelline’s EyeStudio 24hr Color Tattoo eye shadows. Two of the colors featured are from the Metal collection, and the other two are from the “regular” line (for lack of better terminology). The Metal shadows are supposed to present a more metallic look but I honestly don’t think they’re any more special than the rest of them. That being said, here we go!

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1) 55 Inked in Pink 2) 50 Edgy Emerald 3) 15 Audacious Asphalt 4) 70 Barely Branded

These are the four Maybelline Color Tattoo eye shadows I own and I am In. Love. With. Them. I starting using these about a month and a half ago and I don’t know what took me so long to try them!

The tattoo eye shadows come in the cream gel form (which I will be talking about today) and a loose powder. The pigments of the loose powders look brilliant but I have not tried them yet. I’m honestly afraid of loose powder eye shadows. The bottles are just so small and there’s so much powder and one mistake and the shit is everywhere. Anywho… These are so amazing. A little bit goes a long way. I love finding products that have that factor. Who wouldn’t?!

One of the best things I can say about these shadows is how smooth they go on. Not only that, but they stay on. I never have to worry about my makeup fading after a 12 hour day. (And that way I can save my finishing spray for important events!) I was apprehensive about this product because I was afraid it would clump on my skin after a while or feel greasy, but I have had neither problem. How you apply them is how they will look all day. Only when I put too much on do I feel like it’s too “heavy”, but that was only for the first time I tried it and I was still figuring it out. When I really want that pig pop, I’ll put more on than usual. The shadows layer really well also, which makes that easy.

Barely Branded (Metal)
I use Barely Branded the most and for the inside of my eye and sometimes to highlight my brow bone (but be careful with this because, although a light shade, the cream feature won’t produce too soft of a look like a matte powder would).

Audacious Asphalt
I use this one the least. It is a great charcoal grey when applied but I don’t wear grey too much which is why it doesn’t see too much sunlight. That being said, and I know I keep saying this, but the pigment is great so when I do use it, I don’t need to apply much in order to get a nice smoky eye effect.

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love this one! It is probably one of my favorites. I have used plenty of green eye shadows (powder form) that worked great, but this one stands out the most when I wear it. I usually subtly line my eye with this one so as to have a little pop of color. I used this green for a Mardi Gras look I did a couple weeks back and it was the perfect shade of green for the season. I usually have a problem with greens either being too light or too dark but this one was great for the look I did. And now that Carnival is here, I’ll probably do my makeup as such again to share with you!

Inked in Pink (Metal)
I never wear pink. I have worn pink lipstick twice in my adult life and pink eye shadow maybe five times. That was before I bought this eye shadow. The pink is just so soft and feminine and makes me feel like a woman child. If that makes sense. I feel girly when I wear it. And I kind of like that. My color choices tend to be on the darker side, lipstick wise. I like plums and deep reds on my lips and sultry eyes. So for me to really like this pink is saying something (just trust me on that). This one goes great with Barely Branded for a very soft, barely there look.

I can’t wait to get more of these and will probably do so within the next week. The colors I’m really excited about are:
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Tough as Taupe
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Bold Gold
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Pomegranate Punk
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Does anyone here use these shadows? What about the loose powders? Please share your opinion on them! And please leave suggestions for other products for me to try! Nothing beats the feeling of buying a brand new makeup product to take home and try out!

Thanks for the love,

-KL

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Everything You (probably don’t) Need To Know About Me

Trying to think of how to not make this a boring ‘bio’ is taking longer than it should.

My name is Kelly. I’m happily married to a wonderful, burly man with a kickass beard. We met five years ago and have been happily married for about four months (do we still qualify as newlyweds?). We live in the greater New Orleans area and are parents to the best dog in the world, Ruby. She always looks like she’s judging you when she looks at you which can be intimidating. But then you remember how cute she is and it doesn’t matter anymore. We’ve tried explaining to her that she can’t look at people like they’re stupid but I think there’s a language barrier or something. She is hands down the best cuddle buddy and I have come to terms with the fact that no outfit is complete without a little (or a lot of) dog hair.

I work at Walgreen’s as a Beauty Advisor and would eventually like to have proper/professional training in all things beauty. Until then, I’m going to continue to learn on my own and continuously throw myself into moments of trial and error.

I also enjoy writing, rearranging our apartment, and the existence of Netflix.

I plan on doing a lot of reviews of various products (lots of makeup; expect a lot of makeup posts), sharing inspiration, and pretty much sharing anything I think may be useful or helpful to any visitors.

This message was brought to you by an eclectic woman with a passion for feeling beautiful.

-KL