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 πŸ€”πŸ€” 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

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LimeCrime True Love Set Review πŸ‘„

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. πŸ‘‡πŸΎ

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 πŸ‘‡πŸΎ

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 πŸ™…πŸΎ.  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 πŸ‘‡πŸΎπŸ‘‡πŸΎπŸ‘‡πŸΎπŸ‘‡πŸΎ

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 πŸ€”. 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


Mixing Prints 101

Hey beauties!

Happy Saturday! It’s a beautiful crispy Fall day and Thanksgiving is coming fast! Recently, for my sisters birthday I styled her for her birthday dinner and she said she wanted something different and funky. We went to my favorite place which is of course, Target! 

When mixing prints, there are few things to keep in mind and you will look effortlessly stylish! 


1. Using a Cheetah or Animal print as a neutral. 

As seen above in the picture of my sister, she had a festive fall dress and I paired it with a cheetah print cardigan. Now I could’ve put a cream or brick red cardigan or blazer but this adds a bit of funkiness and flair to the outfit that takes it to another level. 

2. Making sure the prints are in the same color scheme. 


I have a houndstooth print and a cheetah print which you would think would not go together but these two are both dark colored and complement each other. Try to stay in the same color scheme and you can mix big bold prints together and it will work. 

3. Mixing different textures in same color scheme. 

If prints are too much for you, try mixing different textures like a faux fur vest, Lurex long sleeved top, and/or colored pant that are in the same color scheme. Since it’s the fall going into winter this can be the focal point of your outfit since wearing a coat or peacoat might be much. 

I would love to see all your pics! 

Xoxo

-CC

Amika Dry Shampoo Review!

Hi Beauties!!

It’s been awhile since I posted! My family has been campaigning for my husband who is running for a public office position. Back to the beauty business! 

Last month when I attended BeautyCon NYC, I stopped at the Amika booth, which the bright colors and print attracted me. The salesperson was very warm and friendly and asked me if I wanted to know about their products. I said sure and she showed me some of the popular products, one being “Perk Up” Dry Shampoo. Now I was very biased and thought that Dry Shampoo wasn’t brown girl friendly and she said that it DEFINITELY was and she demonstrated on herself and I loved the results! Her hair looked refreshed and shiny! She gave me a sample and told me to check it out and I promised I would the next time I straighten my hair.

Now keeping my promise, I straightened my hair about 3 weeks ago from the photo below and I am very active in terms of walking everyday for my job and taking kickboxing classes 3-4 times weekly. My hair gets frizzy in the back and needed to be refreshed so I figured let me try the sample.

These photos are after I used Perk Up and the other Dry Shampoo for the roots. The smell is amazing and make sure you don’t spray too much since it has white color to it and all the product is rubbed in. Then, use Perk up for mid-length and ends and it refreshes and cleans very well! I would definitely buy the full bottle since it worked so well on my hair and is increasing the life of my doobie. 

Let me know how it works for you ladies! 

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 aboveπŸ‘†πŸΎπŸ‘†πŸΎπŸ‘†πŸΎπŸ‘†πŸΎ

  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

Β Target shopping tips


Happy Monday!!

There is a slight chill in the air in the morning meaning  fall is on its way! You all know I love mixing high and low pieces, and where I get most of my lower priced items is my favorite, Target!!

Now some of you may get overwhelmed when you approach a large discounted retailer, now Target really doesn’t fall into that category because most of their clothes are low priced and good quality. I have Mossimo and Merona blazers and dresses that I have had for over 8 years.  Below I’m going to share some of my top shopping tips when going to Target to make it easier for you all. 

1. Download the Target CartWheel App

This app is so cool and easy! What it does is that it finds discounts for you that you may not see in the circular (store ad). You can search for any item in the store by brand, type, or category like apparell. You may get 15% off women’s apparell or 5% strawberries. It’s really that random and you can add multiple coupons on one transaction. It’s free on the App Store for IPhones and Androids as well. A must have!

2. Shop seasonal items 1-2 weeks before the seasonal event. 

When a new seasonal event is about to occur, Target usually starts to clear out the old and bring in the new about 1-2 weeks before that event occurs. For example, if you are trying to get your hands on some suede booties in a popular size like 7 or 8, you need to go when they are first put out or you won’t find them. If you actually wait for Fall to begin or the cold to start, you will be getting slim pickings. I worked at Target as a teenager and saw the routine retail schedule relating to seasonal items. The same rules apply to bathing suits, back to school items, any seasonal event. 

3. Apply for a Target Red Card

If you are a frequent Target shopper πŸ™‹πŸΎ (guilty) you will reap lots of benefits from this card. I do not have many retailer credit cards because that brings your credit score down, however pick wisely to which one you will choose. The Target RedCard, allows Free Shipping on all items purchased on Target.com, you can attach your debit card to the Target RedCard, 5% off ALL purchases when you use the card, and you get an extra 30 days on returns and exchanges. Depending on your credit you are given a certain limit, and they give awesome text reminders to pay your bill. 

4. Go to Clearance rack in the middle of the week.

I find that mid-week or on a Monday you will have a better selection on clothes that are marked down. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are good because there is a rumor that on those days the Team members mark down the clearance items even more. Also, it’s not as hectic than it is on the weekends. 

5. Shop their sandals/flats/heels , be particular about boots and booties.

When it comes to their summer shoe choices,  the quality is pretty decent. I have had sandals for over 10 years that I bought from Target and they are in good condition. However, some of the boots only last about 1-2 years if you are lucky. I am heavy footed and walk really strong so I need durable shoes. Don’t get me wrong they are cute and stylish but I would spend a little more on this type of shoe because there will be more wear and tear in Fall & Winter. 

I hope these tips and ticks help you all because they continue to help me as I scout out my favorite Target stores. Happy shopping! 🎯

Xoxo

-CC

Hydra matte review by Gerard Costmetics

Happy September!

Its a month of back to school, football, pumpkin spice lattes, and best of all FALL makeup and fashion!!! I’m so excited to try out new fall colors in lip colors and especially matte. 

I recently tried for the first time Hydra Matte liquid matte lipsticks by @GerardCosmetics. First, the color selection and packaging are gorgeous! I have swatches and pictures with three colors I purchased below:


The great thing about this line of liquid mattes are that they are not overdrying. They dry pretty quickly which has its pros and cons because I like to mix lip colors together and it’s easier to mix when the colors are still wet. This line is usually $20 dollars a piece however I got them for $12 each and the company is always doing promotions so it’s definitely affordable. The ADDED BONUS? I was shipped a liquid lipstick gloss that I didn’t order and it came with a mirror and light??!! It was so cool!I have a picture of the lipgloss separately so you can see the light and mirror.

iced mocha, coachella, salmon, and skinny dip
Salmon liquid listick in gloss

Below are photos of me with each of the liquid mattes on in different lighting as well.

Stay beautiful!

Xoxo

-CC

Essential oils EVERY natural hair gal needs!

Hey beautiful people!

This heat wave we have been having on the east coast is no joke! My hair has been taking a beating with the heat, humidity, rain, and other elements. I’ve been swimming in pools and beaches and it’s always timely to give extra maintainence to your curls. 

Sunday is usually my scheduled maintenance day with catching up on cleaning, getting ready for the week and course my hair! 

I’ll be highlighting the key oils that I use on my hair especially during a maintainence day which includes deep conditioning with a heated cap.

Argan oil, 100% Shea Butter, Jamaican Black Castor Oil

1. 100% Organic Shea Butter should be in every girls dresser/ cabinet because there are so many great uses for it. After I deep condition I apply the Shea butter to my hair that has been divided in 4 parts so it’s equally distributed. I also use the Shea butter because I have really bad eczema and it helps when it flares up.

2. Jamaican Black Castor Oil is another that should be in every lady’s cabinet because of its multipurpose use. See the pattern ladies. If you don’t know JBCO stimulates growth when applied to your scalp. If you recently have encountered breakage, this is the KEY! When I first went natural, 4 years ago, this was my Godsend because I was too much of a wuss to do the big chop so I transitioned slowly and applied JBCO to my roots and new growth line to prevent breakage. Fun fact: JBCO was used back in the day in Jamaica for women who were about to give birth to help with their pain. My grandmother told me the story of how she had to drink it when she was having contractions and how disgusting it was. A little goes a long way with JBCO since it’s so rich and heavy so use depending on thickness and length of hair.

3. Argan Oil works great on my hair because I have color on it and my hair tends to be more on the dry side. The Argan oil is perfect for shine and it lasts  ALL DAY!!!! When I like to wear my fro out I can always depend on the Argan oil to make sure it’s shiny and full of moisture without looking greasy. It has a polished finish to it.

I would love to see pics and how the oils and Shea butter works on your hair. Tag me on my IG page: @ccseesbeauty

Xoxo

-CC