Vision Board How to and #Inspo

Hey Beauties!

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great start of the work week! One goal that I had set a couple of weeks ago  was that I wanted to make a vision board because I had been feeling very inspired lately and didn’t want to lose that great, excited, passion, warm, fuzzy feeling! Now that I have used a bunch of adjectives let me get started on an easy guide.

1. It’s never too late to start or make a vision board.  Some people believe that you should only make them at the beginning of the year. Now it’s great to get your year started with one, but there is no set time. Think about if you want a career change, setting a weight loss goal, or just trying to envision yourself in a city or state you would like to live or work in. Waking up every morning to what you aspire to be or better yet what inspires you gets you in the right frame of mind to take on the day to get you closer to your goal!

2. Dream Big. Plan tactfully. When planning your board and going through magazines and newspapers, think about your larger goal. Do I want to be a photographer? What type? What equipment will I need? Ask yourself these questions and the tactfull part will fall into place. If you don’t know where to start, try googling whatever it is that you want to achieve and look for a success story. Don’t try to copy but look for a common characteristic  that those particular people possessed that were successful in that field and put that on your board. 

3. Get supportive friends and family involved. I just made a vision board and I included my stepdaughters in the process. I wanted to show them a fun activity while teaching a lesson about staying positive while letting them be creative. When you have a support system that encourages you to strive for the best it will enhance the whole creative process and open up your mind to different possibilities. 

Below are a few photos and videos from my vision board process and a quick IG Story. I would love to know how you all make yours and show photos! 


My 12 year-old  Zy’Ira’s Vision Board ☝🏾

My 9 year old Leah’s Vision board ☝🏾


My vision board above ☝🏾

Xoxo

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Face Mask Review: Rose Stem Cell Mask

Hi Beauties!

There are so many masks on the market that it is hard to keep up! I received a great gift from my mother which was a mask set from @PeterThomasRoth. I’ve only used one of the three which is the Rose Stem Cell one and I’ll share my results below. 

Rose Stem Cell Gel mask

1. The mask helped with my puffy eyes. I can admit that at times I go to bed late and my under eye area suffers. After using this mask about twice a week on and off for two months, I was pleased with the results since my eyes were not as puffy and the circles were not as deep. Below is my before and after picture. The time between the pics was 2 months. Bonus: by putting the mask in the fridge and sleeping with it gave me some extra tingles and it felt amazing!

My results!

2. My skin was glowing! The glow that you get after removing the mask is absolutely amazing! Usually, once I put on my moisturizer I have a glow but directly after removing the mask my skin had a JLo glow! This was my favorite part of the mask because you feel rejuvenated and fresh faced. 

3. It stayed true to the claims. On the bottle, the masks claims to brighten ✔️ tone ✔️ hydrate ✔️ and firms ✔️. This is pretty impressive because there are a lot of creams and masks that claim they are supposed to do what they are supposed and some fall short. Fortunately, this stayed true and I was able to check all of the claims! Bonus: the applicator to apply the mask comes with a textured side and when you massage the gel on your face it feels so soothing and cooking.

I’m happy to report 1 out of 3 is plus and I will report later regarding the other two masks. Enjoy your Sunday!

Xoxo

-CC

How to do a monochromatic look

Hey Beauties!

I hope you all had a great 4th of July holiday! Yesterday inspired me to do a nontradional patriotic look. I simply went with a monochromatic look which is just fancy for wearing the same color from head to toe. This isn’t to be confused with matchy-matchy but I’ll share a few tips so you all can try for a chic look! 

1. Pick one color

This is easier said than done, but the essence of a monochromatic look is to pick one color and play around which the shade of that color. In the photo below, I chose blue for the 4th of July  but took it a step further an paired my light navy colored @OldNavy off the shoulder blouse with a baby blue pair of skinny pants from @BabesandFelines. Both items compliment each other as they are both in the blue family and this rule applies to most colors. Tip: If you opt for a bright color to mono with, my advice is to do the deeper shade on the bottom which will make you more slim, then the brighter on top.

Matching with the blue water

2. Play with different textures 

Once you figure out your color that you want to wear, playing with different textures in the same color will take your look to extra chic. In the summer we have  flowy cotton, chiffon, ruffles, or linen to name a few. During the fall and winter, think of shearling, faux fur, sequins, cable knit for sweaters and blouses. Pick one and decide if you want to make it a statement of your look. Tip: Don’t forget your accessories but try to keep it at a minimum with the finishing touches like a simple necklace or bangles. 

3. Choosing the right footwear

So once your look is put together, I always think it’s best to pick a neutral to wear at the bottom. If you are wearing cool colors like blues and purples think of a darker or light tan or brown color. If you are wearing more warm colors golds and tans are also a great choice. Grays are great for deeper colors as well. 

Check out the photos below by my gorge friend @_Niove 📸





Xoxo

-CC

Happy 1 year!! 

Hey Beauties! Sorry for being so MIA! The past two months have been beyond busy. With my Anniversary, graduations, work trips, and overall life responsiblites I haven’t been able to post. But guess what?? It’s my 1 year blog anniversary of Ccseesbeauty!!! I am so thankful for all of messages, post, suggestions, and thank you’s from all of my followers! 

Beauty, fashion, and reviews are really my passion to help and give my feedback from products that I actually use. I will be revamping the blog soon and switching to my own domain which will be http://www.ccseesbeauty.com!! So stay tuned for my launch and I’ll keep you all posted! 

Thank you again for everything and stay beautiful!

Xoxo

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Beauty Balm review!

Hey Beauties!

Happy Spring! I’m such a Spring baby hence my cherry blossom background of my blog. Sorry it’s been some time since my last post. My family had Spring Break, Easter, and I like to take my time and establish a good time with a new product I buy. For full disclosure I have never been a beauty balm person but decided to give it a go.

Gerard Cosmetics: BB Plus Illumination

BB plus Illumination and my fav flower Peonies!

First, this creme is a great price and Gerard Cosmetics is always doing promotions so it won’t break your account priced at $36 dollars. The creme is very thick and it’s a gold color which I thought at first might be too heavy, but once it’s on your face it glides so smoothly. It leaves your skin with such a beautiful glow and it’s not too glittery or have a yellowish tint to it. A little will go a long way and I apply before I put on my moisturizer. If it had SPF in it, it would be a perfect product. My only gripe is that you do have to make sure that you rub all of the product in as you don’t want a glob in your eyebrow (it happenend to me). Below is a Boomerang of me wearing just the BB creme. ​

I would defintely reccommend this product, especially for the summertime since the product would look even better on tanned sun kissed skin and darker complexions. Your Glow would be poppinnnnn! 

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream Skin Clearing

Wearing Dream Pure BB cream


This is another new favorite of mine and I have added it to my winter skin regime. From time to time I would suffer from pimple breakouts around my cheeks and forehead and foundation is too heavy for my skin in the winter so I needed a solution. I started reading about this BB cream and how great it was and decided to give it a whirl. The picture above is me just wearing the cream and here is my overall assessment. First, Maybelline needs a better variety of skin colors and not just 3. Really though? Also, I find that some CC and BB creams leave a greyish tone to your skin which this one isn’t too bad but it’s something I have noticed. For the price, $8.99 it’s a good deal because it defintely cleared up some of my acne that I had. Also, you really don’t need that much product, and it’s very light and mattifying. It gives a clear clean look like you have foundation on without being heavy.

I would love to know your thoughts and results! Don’t forget to follow me on IG @ccseesbeauty!

Xoxo,

-CC

Kylie LipKit & Kylighter Review

Hey Beauties!

I hope you are all well! I have a confession to make. As someone who LOVES makeup I was on the fence about buying into the hype of @KylieCosmetics products but then, I finally caved. 

Now, this review is strictly for her infamous #Lipkit and new Kylighters. I was very curious to see if both products were both worth the hype and money. They weren’t too expensive and her site has free domestic shipping for orders over $40 so that’s a plus for me. 

lipkit and Kylighter

LipKit in “Head Over Heels”

First all, I know what colors look good on me so this purchase was really to see how long the matte and lipliner would last for. I will defintely say that with eating, drinking, talking ( salesperson over here) it lasted all day. I was pleasantly surprised at the formula that it wasn’t over drying and dried rather quickly. The lipliner was an extra added bonus which gave me extra defintion in the lip department.

head over heels by Kylie

The only downside to this product is that it took a week to get to me. I guess I’m spoiled and used to things arriving more quickly, but that’s my only gripe. I will defintely buy more colors 🙂

Kylighter in “Chocolate Cherry”

Confession number #2, I am obsessed with highlighters. It doesn’t matter the brand if I can get a great glow I. Am. sold!! When I saw the news that Kylie was coming out with a highlighter I was intrigued because she is known for her lippies and felt that she should stay in her lane but I was wrong. I give Kylie credit because she does look out for us brown girls when it comes to her products since her friends are very diverse. My first thought when applying was, ummmm where is it? I used a fan brush and had a BB cream on prior and felt I needed to use a lot of product for it to show on my skin. I didn’t use a bronzer with it so next time I will to see if it comes out brighter. I noticed that in the light it looks the most beautiful and noticeable. I wanted honestly French Vanilla but it was sold out 😩. That will be my next purchase. My overall grade would be at B but to be fair I will wear it with a bronzer next time to get the full effect. Check out my picture below 👇🏾

Kylighter in Chocolate Cherry

Let me know your thought Beauties! 

Xoxo

-CC

Skincare Routine for Winter (Morning)

Hi Beauties!

I’ve been getting questions regarding my skincare routine for the wintertime and it definitely differs from all of the seasons. Like I mention in my last post, I suffer with severe eczema in the early fall-winter and by spring and summer it discipates. However, in the winter my flare ups are the worst and most painful. During this time I take extra care in moisturizing the dry areas.  

Continue to read below on the products that I use:

Morning time products

1. First and foremost, in the morning I usually wash my face with just lukewarm water but if I have a pimple I use, CVS Health, Daily Acne Wash. This product is a great dupe for Neutrogena’s Oil Free Acne Wash. My pimples usually clear up within a couple of days and it doesn’t over dry my skin.

2. Next, when my skin is still moist and a little wet, I take a dollop of the First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream and apply all over my face. This is a great base that maintains moisture all through your day.

3. Then, I apply Algenist Beauty, Concentrated Reconstructing Serum all over my face and it’s not too thick at all. This serum was from a box set and my full review of the set will be coming soon but this is my fav from the set. It’s smooth and gives your skin the best natural glow.

4. Next, I apply Algenist Beauty, Complete Eye Renewal Balm. I use this day and night and I have seen such a reduction in under eye puffiness and dark circles. It’s the best!! 

5. Last but not least, the most important! Murad, Perfecting Day Cream, Board Spectrum, SPF 30. Beauties! We all need to use sunscreen all year round to protect our precious faces from sun exposure and free radicals. This cream is thick and a little goes a long way. The ladies in my family are prone to moles so I use this everyday and have noticed a slow down on the amount I was developing.

no makeup on but lipstick and great skincare

Overall, I take my skincare very seriously and you all should since we only get blessed with one gorgeous face and you are never too young to start! 

Xoxo

-CC

Ultra Repair Cream Review

Hi beauties!

I hope you are all well. This post is dedicated to all of my eczema suffers out there. For those that suffer, know that the winter is the WORST for this painful skin condition and sometimes it feels like you can’t find relief from anything. I was feeling pretty hopeless last month when my eczema was in full swing and it was affecting my hands the most. I had blisters, redness, swollen fingers and most annoying it itched like crazy!

My dermatologist had me on steroid creams and really said that there was really nothing else he could do and I quite frankly was sick of prescriptions. Because I have such a fabulous mother, she’s a QVC/HSN addict and there was a cream being advertised specifically for eczema and severe dry skin. I was totally skeptical at first, but figured I would give it a try. Here are my thoughts after using First Aid Beauty: Ultra Repair Cream:

  1. It’s extremely thick, but non greasy. I used it multiple times throughout the day and found my hands were baby bottom soft after putting the cream on. My hands looked greasy but they felt very smooth.
  2. A little goes a long way. The cream is so thick that all you really need is a dollop for your face, which I applied on the dry spots where my eczema was, then I applied my regime of serum, moisturizer, and eye cream. I pretty much used it as a base. In the past when I put my other creams on, my face would get dry and patchy by mid day, however by using this cream it lasted and moisturized all day. Big plus for me 👍🏾
  3. One con, is that after I applied on my hands, I rubbed my hands and it seemed like I had flakes of the cream coming off but it could be that I just have to exfoliate better.
  4. It’s Allergy tested, no Parabens, harsh chemicals or Colorants. This is a huge benefit for me. My skin is EXTREMLY sensitive and I cannot use every product that says “sensitive skin approved” however this product is the real thing and worth it. My skin did burn after initially putting it on but that is normal for eczema suffers since your skin is inflammed.

great buy!!

Overall, I give this product at A- and it’s affordable as well. It was priced for 2 jars at 14. Oz for $43.00 dollars on QVC. Like I mentioned before, a little goes a long way and below I have my before and after pictures. Let know your thoughts! 

Before using Ultra Repair Cream
After using for 2 weeks

Xoxo

-CC

Friyay Shopping Finds!

Hi beauties!

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! My weekend was relaxing and full of great finds at some of my favorite places. Friday I was in a funky mood and needed a little retail therapy. I had to return some things for my mom at @NordstormRack and decided to look for myself 😉😉

selfie of me! coat is from Target
I was in the hunt for a new tote bag for work but nothing really spoke to me at @NordstromRack. I found the cutest jewelry plates/holders for me and my girls. They were on clearance for $9.98, 5.98, and 4.98! Such a steal! I’ve seen these same items priced at $15-35 dollars.

cute accessories holders from Nordstrom Rack

I then headed upstairs to my Mecca, aka Target and was in heaven! I found a cute tote but I felt like it was a bit overpriced at $40 and it didn’t have the zipper that I wanted on top. 

Then I headed to the women’s section and I always check out the clearance section to see what’s been added on clearance because Target always marks down things doubly if they haven’t moved off the shelves. They had so many bikinis and summer clothes out that it had me picturing myself on the beach 😎.

I ended up getting such great deals! A white bodysuit for $8.48 originally $25. A olive colored blouse that was originally $30 I got for 7.48, a olive turtleneck with black stripes for $9.98 originally $25 and last a black plain turtleneck for my stepdaughter for $7.48.🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

I really reserve Target for my staples that every closet needs like basic neutral thermals, long sleeved tops, cute tops and jackets. If you time it right you can find such great finds! 

NordstormRack and Target Finds

I also got my younger stepdaughter a pair of joggers and black leggings for each $5 dollars! She loved them and looked adorable! I spent a total of $60 dollars combined at both stores and got 9 items! #winning 

Leah in her galaxy joggers

All in all, it was a great trip! I have such a shopping addiction,  I brought my girls with me the next day and got some more goodies but that’s for another post! I’d love to know your Target shopping finds! Till next time!

Xoxo

-CC

Hello Fresh! Review

Hi beauties! 

This post is dedicated to a new service that I recently started using and it’s called Hello Fresh! Now, I know you are all probably wondering 🤔🤔 why is she posting about food and is she getting paid to post this? The first answer is im posting because I have become so busy the start of the new year that grocery shopping is the bane of my existence and secondly NO I am not getting paid to review or endorse Hello Fresh! 

This post is all voluntarily because I loved it so much that I wanted to share it all with my followers! 

The deets:

It’s a food service that provides all fresh ingredients to make a dish that you have picked out already from the choices. I have a family for 4 so I opted for the Family Box.

Now I was skeptical at first that the amount of food I received wouldn’t be enough for my family and I was wrong! It was a perfect amount with leftover as well. I also chose to do 2 meals for the week because I was still trying it out and didn’t want a heavy commitment. 

Just to forewarn everyone, the meals are not cooked already and it’s JUST the ingredients that come in the box. It saves so much time and because I love you all so much I am providing you with my discount code which gets you all $40 dollars off your first week.

Since I signed up with a promotion my Family Box came out to just $50.00 for the week and subsequent weeks I would $70. There are always great discounts and you can always skip a week if you don’t want it and can cancel anytime.

The Meals:

one-pot tortellini for 4

sharwma meatballs for family of 4
My favorite meal has been both! They are both delicious and nutritious at the same time! My two bonus daughters loved the meals and cleared their plates! They have a category for picky eaters so this was rather helpful as well.

Customer service:

The help line for Hello Fresh was by far one of the easiest to use and fastest. I had an issue with changing my meal on the app and they changed it for me very easily. For people that don’t eat pork or vegetarians or vegans you name it they have an option for you. 

Below is my code and please let me know how you like it! 

CHRISSTAR- Apply at checkout 

Www.hellofresh.com

Xoxo

-CC