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. โ€‹

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜ฉ. 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 ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ

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 ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ
  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

LimeCrime True Love Set Review ๐Ÿ‘„

Hi beauties!

I hope your 2017 is off to a great start!  I’m enjoying some of the gifts I received for Christmas and one of them is LimeCrime’s Velvetines True Love set. Now, I have purchased many Velvetines separately but never in a set. I’ll review each color first.

from left to right(saint, true love, cupid)
1. Saint: This color is pictured to the far left and is by far my favorite. It’s a dusty wine color once it dries and it dries so pretty! Below is a pic of me wearing it. ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ

Wearing Saint

2. True Love: This color is pictured in the middle and my second favorite. It’s a bright coral and perfect for all shades. It dries a little more muted than what I expected but it’s still a pretty summery color. Pic below wearing ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ

Wearing True Love

3. Cupid: This is the last one pictured to the right and my least favorite. It dries so ugly and looked horrible on me. No picture here because it was blah ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿพ.  I think this color would look really great on fair or olive colored skin but I just don’t like it on myself. 

Below are the colors swatched so you can see how they all look. I bought these on Hautelook and I may not buy lipstick again since I was 2 for 3 but only in shades I know look good on me as I took a gamble on the last color.

Let know you thoughts! 

Xoxo

-CC

It Cosmetics CC cream Review!

Hey Beauties!!

It’s been awhile since I posted, but since the holidays are winding down I have more time to post. 

Last month I received a pre-Christmas gift from my fabulous mother who is the QUEEN of HSN & QVC. She gave me IT Cosmetics CC Cream, Your Skin But Better: Color correcting and Full coverage cream. 

Photos below ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ

wearing JUST the CC cream
wearing the CC cream and concealer

Now for full disclosure, I am not really a big fan of CC and BB creams. I find them annoying because the ones I have tried never really got my color correct or made me have a lighter complexion ๐Ÿค”. Nevertheless, I accepted my gift from my wonderful mom and below are my pros and cons:

Pro: This cream has SPF 50 UVA/UVA  Broad Spectrum. This is a huge plus since I am black and I take my sunscreen count and spf levels very seriously. This is the highest I have seen without a prescription which is a plus and it offers a light feel that isn’t too heavy. 

Con: I have combination skin which is a challenge to find the right moisturizer that fulfills both of my needs. This products advertises that you can replace your moisturizer but for my face I can’t. I need both. I found even if I applied my routine moisturizer that I usually wear then the CC cream my noise still looked flaky and dry ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ. Since there is color to this cream, it’s noticeable so I had to apply moisturizer again very lightly to my nose. So combo skin ladies this is an FYI.

Pro: Light, Light, and Light again! This cream is really light and not heavy at all! A little goes a long way in terms of applying to your skin and I use a beauty blender which makes it easier. My advice is to do one side of your face first, then the other and not to forget your neck. 

Con: The price. Not don’t get me wrong, I have no problems  paying for quality, however I think this products is slightly overpriced for the CC cream market. It’s competitors which could be drug store CC cream are half the price and are decent quality. I admit the high price could be that it is SPF 50 which is very high and top notch coverage and quality which I do see the value there. Also, you get more product than a drug store CC cream but my nose was still dry after I apply and applying more made it worse so that bummed me.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this CC cream for my ladies that are very sensitive to the sun and need lots of coverage but also be aware of your skin type as well. 
Let me know your thoughts!
Xoxo

-CC


Lipgloss vs. Liquid Matte Review

Hi beauties!

Happy Tuesday! After last weeks’ BeautyCon I bought and received so many different lipsticks that consisted of glosses and mattes! I’ve been wearing a mixture of the two and below I’ll be reviewing each line and it’s color, consistency, staying power and if it’s worth the buy. 

All of the colors swatched on my hand

All reviews will be in numerical order according to the picture above๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿพ

  1. ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip: I loved this gloss as it came inside my BeautyCon swag bag and was impressed with its glossiness and shine. The color is Sookie so I instantly thought of TruBlood. The only downside is that it doesn’t last thru meals which some of the other glosses did.
  2. LimeCrime Velvetine in Teddy Bear: This is my new grayish/lilac toned color! First of all, when I mixed my mattes together I would get this color so it was great to finally find this color that wasn’t too grey. Velvetines are really popular now and for good reason because the pigmigminted colors are gorgeous. This color stayed on for awhile too, even after eating.
  3. LimeCrime Velvetine in Wicked: OMG! This is my favorite brick red color. It goes on so smooth and is such a gorge color. It dries a little deeper and goes on really rich so you shouldn’t feel intimidated. The downside is that after awhile, small little crack may come on to your lip but it’s not a biggie
  4. LimeCrime Velvetine in Saddle: If you are looking for a nice, rich brown color that a beautiful earth tone, Saddle is the color for you. It reminds me of Kylie Cosmetics first line of lipkits which had lots of browns. It goes on really smooth and dries lighter.
  5. NYX Cosmetics Intense Butter Gloss in Black Cherry Tart: When I first swatched this color I thought it was just a little deeper that the ColourPop Sookie but it’s very rich and I LOVE the applicator brush that allows precision when applying the gloss.
  6. NYX Cosmetics Intense Butter Gloss in Spice Cake: I gave this to someone because I knew they would really like the color so I didn’t wear this one but the color is a pinkish wine color which is think and very glossy!
  7. NYX Cosmetics Intense Butter Gloss in Berry Strudel: I was pleasantly surprised my this color and got a lot of compliments when I wore it and it’s the one outside of my comfort zone. You have to apply two coats but it may come out too thick depending on your comfort level and lips. High pigmented color with sooo much gloss!

I hope you all find my reviews helpful and below is a picture of me wearing Black Cherry Tart! 

Wearing Black Cherry Tart by NYX cosmetics

Xoxo Beauties!

-CC

My first BEAUTYCON!

This past weekend I had the pleasure to attend my first ever BeautyCon in NYC! It was a jam packed Saturday but it was well worth it! 

First, I purchased the Total Package ticket which allowed early access into the event and 3 meet ups with content creators. There was an early morning brunch that came with the ticket and I arrived at 10AM. There was a tent set up with @Tanamongeau, @LimeCrimecosmetics, Cosmo mag, and Delta airlines. What was really cool was that LimeCrime was doing touch ups that included colored brows, metallic lips, Baby’s Breath, and Faux freckles to name a few. I went with the Baby’s breath and the makeup artist that applied them was such a sweetheart! Photos are below! 

myself and @sarahmcgbeauty
all the touch ups during the brunch

For Next Year: I will definitely pay the extra for the brunch and get there a little earlier but getting there after it had started had its benefits of not being as crowded.

Next, I ventured into the conference center and there were well over 50 beauty/skin/perfume/wellness brands there! It was very overwelming but I am grateful I was able to visit each larger booth before general admission started flowing through. 

For Next Year: I recommend doing a walk through of the whole center before deciding on which booth to spend your time. I would do the larger brands first since those lines tend to be the longest and then go to the shorter ones since you have early access with the Total and Social packages. 

Some of my favorite booths were Maybelline, NYX Cosmetics, Amika, QVC, LimeCrime, Ricky’s,  Perfumania, and Carols Daughter. These were my favorite because they had great discounts on a lot of their popular items like LimeCrime’s Velvetines and Ricky’s was 25% off everything in the mini store that was set up. The popular theme for the guests were giveaways, photo booth fun, social media interactions, product samples, and  BeautyCon box discounts.

There were a range of panel discussions however it was really difficult to hear the panelists and there was not much seating available. Some of the panelists included: Ashley Graham, Jordyn Woods, Justine Skye, Kelly Rowland, EJ Johnson, Dascha Polanco, and lots of Youtubers: Tana Mongeau, Bethany Mota, MakeupShayla, Angel Merino, Karen Gonzalez, and Nicole Guerriero to name a few.

There was a meet and greet with the fabulous highlight queen, MakeupShalya!  I was able to take a selfie with her and pose with a picture. She was very sweet and nice! Below are our photos together:


Overall, I had a great time at the event along with the meet ups. The only area that can be improved is the organization of the Meet ups and a larger venue because the lines were very long for the booths and not much room to walk around. The panel discussion were nice but just difficult to hear. The swag bag was awesome and worth the money spent for the Total Package. Below are more photos of myself at some of the booths and my swag bag. My snap story is below as well! 


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I definitely recommend beauty enthusiasts, bloggers, and beauty/skincare brands to attend. There were well over 3,000 people in attendance over the course of the day. Until next year! 

Xoxo

-CC

New Product Reviews to get Fall ready!

Hey beautiful people! 

I recently stopped by one of my happy places, Sephora, and picked up some goodies that have been on my list. With Fall approaching soon, I wanted to step outside my comfort zone because I have been buying so many Wine/Bordeaux colored lipsticks.  I purchased new matte products by one well known brand and another brand I haven’t used before. 

Pin Up, Ashton, Lip Primer

1. Ciatรฉ London Liquid Velvet matte lipstick

First off, this color is absolutely gorgeous! The applicator is like most liquid matte lipsticks with the felt tip, but it goes on really smooth and doesn’t dry out your lips. I first started with Bite Beauty’s Line & Define Lip Primer. It’s pictured all the way to the right. The primer has a minty taste to it and definitely allows the lip color to stay in place all day. The great thing about Ciatรฉ London’s velvet matte is that the color is true to the swatch which is at the top and pictured below. It stays smooth all day which is not like most matte lipsticks.

Pin Up on top and Ashton on bottom

2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick

I have been wanting to try this for sooo long! ABH makes such great products I wanted to see if it lived up to its hype. First, this color is so pigmented and rich. It stays true to its swatch and doesn’t feather. The only downside is that it does feel dry once it dries and it dries very quickly after you apply. The primer definitely helps but what I did instead was combine both of the colors by applying Ashton first, then Pin Up. It made a difference with the texture on my lips and it didn’t feel too dry. Below is a picture of me with both colors and they last all day too! 

Ashton & Pin Up together after eating and drinking

The color combination is such cross between mauve and tan together if they had a child. I would recommend both products if you are all about matte lipsticks. If matte is not for you, you will not like these colors but definitely don’t be afraid to play around and mix them up. Let me know how they look! Tag me in IG @CCseesbeauty
Xoxo

-CC