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

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

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

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 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾

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 🤔. 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 😟. 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


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.

(Scroll down to view product photos)

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