Mattetificent Lip Colors for Summer!

Dark shades in the summer are a great contrast against a bright color or a floral print. If you are really feeling bold, pair a dark bold lip against an all white dress or outfit for a dramatic statement.
Below are my favorite wine colored/dark matte lip colors that I wear everyday, while others I reserve for a night out or when I’m going for a dramatic look. They vary between liquid mattes, crayons, and pencils. At the bottom, there is a swatch with all the colors so you can see how they look.

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Nighttime Routine 101

After that long night out or strenuous  kickboxing class, getting into a routine of cleansing and restoring our faces is crucial to our overall well being. We are all guilty of not washing our face  before bed and leaving on our heavily beat face but we must get into a routine just like mom taught us at 3 but now adding a few more steps. The end result being a glowing face in the morning.

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1. I start with first using e.l.f Cosmetics, Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths $3.00 USD to take off my makeup from earlier that day. I do this before I shower so I’m not stuck with raccoon eyes after I get out of the shower and my face will be ready to be cleaned. The quality of these wipes are great for their price and do well on my sensitive skin.

2. Next, I apply Oil Free, Daily Acne Wash, by CVS health $4.29 USD. I have been using this for the past 3 months and it’s a great duplicate for Neutrogena’s Oil Free Acne Wash $6-7.29 USD.  I usually stay with brands, however CVS had a great deal one day and I tried  it and it didn’t over dry my combination skin at all and prevented breakouts and some that I had already. 

3. Next, after cleansing, I apply  Neutrogena’s Pore Refining Toner $6.99 USD. I use cotton balls to apply and do this twice a week. I wouldn’t recommend doing this daily as it may dry out your skin, however, if your skin is on the oily side, it may benefit by doing it more frequently. Also, if your on a budget good old fashion Witch Hazel is a great alternative and is about half the cost depending on where you purchase it.

4. Next, I apply a new product I just started using and I LOVE it. It’s a serum by European Wax Center, Renew Me, Restoring Serum, $20.50 USD. My waxer asked me to try it and like to do samples first but I had just ran out of my old serum and I gave this a try and it’s awesome! It smells wonderful and it’s very light, which a serum should be since it restores and adds back the things our face needs. Also, it leaves your skin with a great glow too. I apply all over my face with 2-3 pumps.

5. Last but surely not least, I apply my eye cream. I have been using Algenist, Complete Eye Renewal Balm, $65.00 USD. This choice is more on the pricey side but it’s worth every penny! I noticed last year that I was developing bags under my eyes and I decided to try this eye balm. The Sephora associate gave me the tip that I apply with my pinky and that I do not need much for the eye area so you can make this bottle last. Since using it for a year my eyes are less puffy and my dark circles diminished. Definitely a skincare staple for a woman in her early 30s.

Although it’s sometimes a pain to take the time to go through a nighttime routine, the benefits of glowing, restored, clean skin outweigh it all!

Xoxo

-CC

Getting into a routine is key!
Makeup remover wipes & cleanser
Toner
Serum & Eye cream

Sunscreen Must Haves

Summer is officially here! Whohoo!  Before we gas up the car and head down the shore/waterpark/resort/walk outside, we can not forget the essential that must be in our purse or beach bag: Sunscreen!

I  will be featuring my two MUST HAVES in terms of sunscreen. First, will be Dr. Murad’s Perfecting Day Cream, Board Spectrum SPF 30 PA++, $49.00 USD which is on the left in the photo. This is an awesome moisturizer that I apply in the morning. Its not greasy at all and great for people that have sensitive skin like myself. I noticed I was getting sun spots last year and I immediately made a B line to Sephora and did my research on their different moisturizers that included SPF. Dr. Murad’s brand is dermatologist developed which I appreciate and love. During my search, I also found an additional sunscreen that I would apply later during the day. My job requires me to be in and outside all day which leaves my sun exposure very high. Especially during 12pm-2pm when the sun is at its peak highest. The mineral sunscreen is by Peter Thomas Roth, Instant Mineral Board Spectrum SPF 45, $30.00 USD pictured on the right in the photo. I apply this right over my makeup midday before or after lunch to protect my face and neck. If I am wearing a sleeveless dress I apply on my shoulders as well. The instant mineral is light and doesn’t ruin your makeup. I have also featured a photo of the brush which shows the mineral powder. Its great for all different skin colors and types.

xoxo

-CC

Welcome!

Hi Everyone!

My name is Christina Capers and welcome to my blog CCSeesBeauty! This blog will feature all facets of the beauty industry that I LOVE! That will include beauty products with reviews, great fashion finds, and flowers and gardening tidbits. I’m your everyday woman that is passionate about keeping herself beautiful with great products and I have a keen eye on finding a great deal!