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

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?

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.

Edgy Emerald
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:
Tenacious Teal
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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