Category Archives: Skin Care

Studio Gear CC Cream-REVIEW

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Today’s hot topic is CC creams!

BB creams, CC creams, DD creams! They’re everywhere and what’s so great about them? Springs right around the corner and I’m sure we are all looking for the perfect day time face makeup to beat the heat. A few weeks ago we talked about the power of BB creams. The ability of a having an all-in-one product.

What’s the difference between a BB cream and a CC cream? CC creams stands for “Color Correcting”. A tinted moisturizer that has skin care provided to help over time even out skin tone.

 

On to the Review. . .

Studio Gear CC Cream SPF 20

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Studio Gear $32 is a prestigious high-end brand that is sold in most department stores, HSN, and ULTA.

This CC cream states to have a light-weight, smooth formula yet fights aging, adds moisture while treating blemishes ,and protecting your skin from the sun. –with a radiant finish more ideal for the non-oily skin.

Product has 3 shades to pick from and contains 1.1 FL OZ. or 33 ML

Sounds pretty magical! Let’s see if it live up to its claims.

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Photo: from Studiogear.com

Main Claims:

  • Protects:  SPF 20 protects the skin, while Hydra-Extend technology provides moisture for up to 72 hours.
  • Perfects:  Enjoy natural looking coverage while micro-encapsulated pigments perfects and fade dark spots and acne scarring.
  • Corrects:  Anti-aging and collagen building ingredients help minimize fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Hydrates:  Hydra-Extend technology provides up to 72 hours of continuous hydration.
  • Conceals:  Micro encapsulated pigments deliver a fresh dose of color that adapts to your own skin tone, creating the most natural looking coverage.
  • Smoothes:  Skin nourishing ingredients help to correct and maintain youthful complexion.

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L’Oreal Youth Code™ Texture Perfector Day/Night Cream – Review

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L’Oreal Youth Code™ Texture Perfector Day/Night Cream – Review

Today’s topic is Creams….   Day creams… Night Creams… Whatever! I can’t stress out how important skin care routines are. We don’t want to be 18 going on 80! (I’m sorry for anyone I might offend). The earlier you start the better for your skin. I highly recommend anyone men or women to start using anti-aging skin care at the age of 25. Enough with the blabbering let’s move on to the review.

L’Oreal Youth Code™ Texture Perfector Day/Night Cream, L'Oreal, day cream, night cream, skin care

The L’Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector is a new line from L’Oreal which retails for $25. When I heard the hype I had to give it a chance. I’ve seen tons of reviews about the serum texture perfector but not so much on the day/night cream.

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“Coon Eyes”- How to conceal dark circles

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“Coon Eyes”

Yes, that was what they used to call me. Let’s just say I had waterproof makeup on and forgot my makeup remover at home. Talk about a disaster. Today, Imma teach you how to NOT look like this.

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  •          Day Eye Cream: Eye cream helps smooth out the concealer and decreases the chance of the concealer caking up since it’s hydrated.
  • Eye Primer: To help with concealer creasing throughout the day.
  • Setting Powder: To DUH set the concealer. So the concealer won’t move.

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  • Pink/Salmon/Peach Concealer: The pink salmon undertone helps cancel out the blue/purple dark circle.

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  • Blending Tools: Either stippling brush/ fluffy brush/ synthetic brush/ OR simply your fingers.

– This is not my hand.

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Let’s start with the BEFORE photo. YIKES.

I USED:

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Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer, in Medium & brightener, Since I don’t own a pink undertone concealer I “mixed” a brightener which is completely pink with a skin tone concealer.

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STEPS

(NO Photos for Steps 1-4) I figure you won’t be able to see it since its clear.

  1. Apply day eye cream.
  2. Allow eye cream set for a minute or so.
  3. Apply eye primer.
  4. Allow eye primer to sink in for a minute or so.
  5. Apply PINK concealer from inner corner of eye to outer corner of eye.
  6. PAT in the pink concealer, OR use blending brush to blend pink concealer.
  7. Apply skin tone concealer over the pink concealer but do not apply over highlighted area such as the cheekbone.
  8. –  If you own a skin tone concealer with pinkish undertone you can skip this step.
  9. Blend skin concealer by patting or blending brush.
  10. SET concealer with powder. (luminous, light-weight, preferable loose powder)
  11. DONE

Finish Face 

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TIPS

  • Do not apply YELLOW tone concealer directly under the eyes. Yellow causes the blue undertone dark circles to stand out more.
  • Cream/liquid concealers are best for underneath the eyes.
  • If you are using liquid foundation, then you apply foundation first THEN concealer.
  • If you are using powder foundation, apply concealer THEN powder foundation.
  • For natural look (daytime, work, school) apply pink tone concealer THEN skin tone.
  • For dramatic look (nighttime, date, going out) apply skin tone THEN pink concealer.

Let’s compare shall we…

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As you can see it covered my dark circles. There is still a shadow but it’s because I don’t recommend using a heavy duty concealer because it would cause it to look cakey and unnatural. You’re better off having a slight shadow under the eye than dry cakey under eyes.

Thank you once again for reading my blog. I hope you find this helpful. Let’s just say I won’t ever forget my makeup wipes ever again. Till then don’t be a victim of “Coon eyes”.

Good Night

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She Does Have Brows!

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My eye brow tint experience

Sometimes I wish I can roll outta bed and look like a movie star every morning. WELL! Life doesn’t work like that. Since I was little I suffered from something called “No brows”. The symptoms calls for very sparse light eyebrows and when you take flash photography your eyebrows disappear. YIKES!

Treatment? Some people who suffer from this tried using growth serum. Could be pricey… Some people got permanent eyebrows. AKA tattoos. – I don’t know about you guys but I’m too scared of commitment to do that.

Solution? – It took me awhile to get here but I discover a way I can meet the middle ground. I found TINTED BROWs…!!!

What is tinted brows? Tinted brows is the application of dying your eyebrows so they’ll appear to be more noticeable.

So I did my research, and I came across The Spa at Plaza Cortez

The Spa Plaza Cortez
The Spa Plaza Cortez

The Spa at Plaza Cortez is located north west Austin. Where I met Robin and her husband Terry. They been running The Spa at Plaza Cortez for 9 years! I have to admit I was quite nervous when I went to my appointment but Robin and Terry were very welcoming and friendly which made the process went by easier.The spa was very comfortable and warming. I loved how they have multiple rooms for parties such as bachelorette parties, birthdays, and so on. They offer tons of services for a reasonable price.

Now on to the brows!

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Process

  1. You lie down on a massage bed while the esthetician examines your brow color. Depending on hair and skin tone.
  2. Next, the esthetician applies the dye on your brows and cleaning the around the unwanted dye around the skin.
  3. Wait 5-8 mins.- trying not to fall asleep. ZZzzZ…
  4. The esthetician wipes off the dye. Waxes the eyebrow. And WaH-LA! Eyebrows!

Pros

  • Tinted brows will allow you to get ready faster since they are already shaped and defined.You’ll be out the door and on time for work!
  • Lazy days- Who wouldn’t love that! Go with NO makeup but at least you’ll have brows!
  • Natural looking
  • Lasts 4-6 weeks- No commitment or long term contracts but long enough for a while without re-doing.

Cons

  • Some salons depending where the appointment could take up to 30 mins.
  • Depending on who applies the dye and the dye itself, I read that the dye could stain the skin over a period of time.
  • Could look harsh- IF not done correctly
  • Some salons charge up to $30 for an application.

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Final Say: I really enjoyed my time at the Spa at Plaza Cortez. The process was quick and easy, The best part? They give a $10 discount to new customers. Making my total of $2! What can you get now these days with $2?! -Other than McDonald’s. – I will be back for more services =) –The spa not McDonald’s!

I feel more confident walking out the door bare face. BUT! Keep in mind because it is so natural looking you will still need to apply brow product when you apply a full face of makeup. This is great for people who have wimpy brows like me. But if you have thick eyebrows it’s still great because it covers the missing patches of hair making your brows more full and even.

-I REALLY recommend you doing a good research of salons before you go out and get this done. You don’t want to walk out with the wrong shade or TOO much brows.

End of story… I live happily ever after with brows =)

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Update: It has been 3 weeks since I got my brows done. So far, they have faded from the first day but not so dramatic that they aren’t there but I am not sure if my brows would last up to 6 weeks without touching up. I don’t mind going back to touch up its the matter if I have time to go back. Sometimes my brows feel itchy. Feels like the tattoo process.-but overall I’m still glad I got them done.

 

Disclaimer: I was told I got permission from Terry and Robin to use their photos from their website.

The Playa

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BOO!!! We don’t like playas!!! Well! In this case we do! Sometimes, we get sucked into commercials and ads so often we rush out and buy products that we pretty much already have at home. You’ll be surprised when you go through your old makeup drawers and see you’ll find =)

Wet N Wild Eye Primer, Take on the day eye primer

Wet N Wild Shimmery eye primer $4.99 (varies), Cream Products, This is overall cream products (Does not have to be this brand or specifically this product) . This product was made for prepping your eye shadows

Alternative uses:

  • Use on top of cheek bones or brow bone for high lighter
  • Apply product on top on the center of your eye shadow-This would enlarge your eyes.
  • Apply on top of cupids bow OR center of your bottom lip to enhance your lips.

Aceite Oil 3, beauty oils

Oils (This one is ACEITE 3)- This ranges anywhere from almond oil, coconut oil, castor, olive, jojoba oil, NOT Vegetable cooking oil!, Prices may vary $0.99-$5.99.

Oils are a SUPER-playa (LOL), not only is it great at multi-tasking you probably have some laying around the house so no need to go to the store. They can be picked up at your local pharmacy (CVS or Walgreens) or regular stores (Walmart or Target).

Alternative uses:

  • Hair Serum
  • Cuticle oil
  • Eyelash serum- Don’t expect Kim K lashes but I apply a small amount nightly and noticed the missing patches are filling in.
  • Dry patches for skin- Do not over apply you will be oily.
  • Eye/lip makeup remover
  • Lip balm

Sonia Kashuk Fluffy eye brush, multi-task products

Fluffy Eye brush, (No specific brand-This one is Sonia Kashuk), Once again probably already in your collection. If not they are easily located –Unless you live in middle of nowhere or the jungle. Ranges from high-end or pharmacy-Or once again Walmart. Favorite affordable brand: Eco tools, Real Techniques, and Sonia Kashuk.

Alternative uses: – OR ways of using

  • Applying OR blending shadow
  • Blending Concealer
  • Applying highlighter
  • Applying/blending bronzer
  • Applying cream products- eye primer

 

Maybelline Concealer, Concealer, liquid concealer, multi-task products

Concealers– Again, you should already have in your collection. Usually when you think of concealers you think covering blemishing but they are so much more.

Alternative uses:

  • Of course covering imperfections- dark circles and blemishes
  • Eye primer
  • High lighting (lighter shades) , Contouring (darker shades)
  • Shaping brows- applying skin tone shade or lighter on areas of the brow making them more define and no needing to pluck extra hairs.

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BB Creams This guy is natural a playa, He is MADE to be multi-function. What is a BB cream?? Foundation + Skin care= BB Cream. That’s right! Skin care in your makeup making your foundation/tinted moisturizer healthier for your skin! You can pick them up at your local drugstore or simply make your own.

Ingredients: Foundation, Moisturizer, Skin care product (SPF or light serum or day cream)

Alternative uses:

  • Tinted moisturizer- for work days- Use less foundation for light coverage
  • Foundation- Opposite use more for MORE coverage-for night time or days that need it.
  • Skin care- While its covering it’s also good for your skin- the SPF blocks sun while the moisturizer keeps it hydrated.
  • Face PRIMER- Keeping your face even toned or making your making your makeup last longer.

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These are the few multi-task products I have to show you guys today. Multi-uses aren’t just great for saving $$ but they’re a fun way to get creative. There is no limit with beauty!! So before you start playa hating, think outside the box. =) Tell me what are your multi-use products!

Have a wonderful day

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BRRRrrr….. It’s Cold Outside!

Winter Must HavesI dunno about you guys but during the winter my face feels like I just got Botox! And not in a good way…. I have combination skin but during these cold times my skin still gets pretty dry. I’ve always been told I have perfect skin. HELLO! *NEWS FLASH* Nobody has perfect skin! Victoria Secret Angels are even are brushed! That’s cause the people outside don’t see what I have to go through to make my skin look this way. My poor husband has to see me look like Shrek every once in a while with my mud mask. =D So sit back, get a cup of hot chocolate, and burn a Bath and Body Works candle and lets get started…

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Clarisonic Mia

The Clarisonic. Yes, It is an investment but now these days you can get the MIA one for a discounted price. I got mine at the outlet for $100! You’ll be surprised how much makeup is still left on your face. EEeWwww…– Please don’t not use this more than twice a week,  IF you have dry skin just use ONCE a week or ONCE every two weeks.

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Dead Sea Mud Hydrating Mask

The Dead Sea Mud Mask, this is the stuff that has your man saying,”Uhh…There’s dirt on your face”. I tried plenty of masks and most of them are about the same, the reults only last for a day so I was quite surprised when I got mine at TJ MAXX for $3.99 and my face was so hydrated for almost a week! WARNING! This stuff does BURN at first! Ah beauty is pain.

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Tree Hut Body Scrub

Tree Hut scrub, well we scrub our face only makes sense we scrub our bodies… Scruba Dubb Dubb… I get mine at Walmart. Very affordable, Smells great! And it’s Natural ingredients =)

Lush Lip Scrub

Lush Lip Scrub

Don’t forget those lips too! Who wants to makeout with crusty lips? Heheh… This is the bubblegum lip scrub from Lush. I enjoyed the flavor but if you ask me go get some Free lip scrub! Located in your kitchen.(Sugar-brown or white & Olive Oil) Tahhh Dahhh!!! 

Tarte Maracuja oil

Tarte Maracuja oil

Face oils! If you don’t own any, then get out from under your rock! Oils is the new big thing! For combination/oily skin I recommend the Tarte Maracuja Oil  for Dry/combination skin I recommend the Josie Moran Argan Oil . You can get the trial size for $15, for a travel size it lasted for me awhile, you’ll thank me later.

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The Body Shop Honey body butter

Top everything off with our favorite body butter. Body Butters are lotions on steroids =) Highly recommend the The Body Shop body butter. I got mine on sale which still going on now.

Tom Ford Fall Lip Color

Tom Ford Fall Lip

Ysl Fall lip

YSL Fall Lip

 Let’s end this note with a fashion statement, the fall lip color trend. This ranges from everything from Plums, Burgundy, Wines, Deep reds, the list goes on and on. I think anybody can pull this off. Well with the Right shade anyways. If you don’t feel bold enough for the dark lip trend, try a sheer lip color or even a gloss.

Well now that you all know my secrets, you’ll all be glowing like J-Lo. Or… Rudolph… Let me know what are your winter essentials?  Hope you enjoyed this post!

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It’s Here . . . . the 2014 Semi Annual Sale

It’s that one time of year that finally get to splurge and won’t feel guilty. Well, sort of. I’m talking about the Semi-Annual Sale folks! Bath & Body works and Victoria’s Secret have two major sales a year that usually last 2-3 weeks. I would almost say you can stop shopping all year and just stock up during the sale that would even last you till the next sale OR EVEN TIL THE NEXT YEAR! Here are my tips and ticks the Holiday Semi Annual sales.

Bath & Body Works Semi Annual Sale Haul

Bath & Body Works Winter 2014 Semi Annual Sale

Obviously, you would think this post is about “Greed”. =) Close! Imma show you how this is all possible without breaking the bank. Who wouldn’t love that?!

1. Coupons! -DUH!
– First off, BBW has a 3 day grace period! 3 Days before & after the coupon expires!
– BBW allows you to use multiple coupons but you have to split them into different transaction.

2. Don’t limit your self to one location, as a crazy person I went to multiple BBWs and some carry different products on sale. And some carry different prices.

3. Check out the Outlet! The BBW outlet carries discontinued items and different prices!

4. It is not necessary to rush out to the stores the first day. The first day will allow you better selections BUT if you wait towards the END of the sale (say the last weekend) many stores want to get rid of their unsold items by doing that they’re willing to almost give it away! You can check their sales on their Facebook which changes daily.

5. Don’t throw out your receipts! the bottom is a $10 OFF coupon that Never expires! You can fill out the survey HERE.

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$10 OFF BBW coupon

Next OFF Victoria’s Secret Semi Annual Sale

Victoria's Secet Winter Semi Annual Sale 2014

Victoria’s Secret SAS Haul

I have to admit I felt awkward posting my bras but wait till I tell you guy how much I paid! If you know anything about VS, you know its not cheap. So stock up now if your needing any bras or panties. Hehe.

Lotions were $1.99 !!- Reg: $12/ Or $20 depending on product line
All bras were$15 ! Reg: $48
Sport Bra were $15 ! Reg: $49
PINK hoodie were $10 ! Reg: $38

Remember how I said hold off till the last day? Well, originally prices were higher but I went in again the last few days of the sale and THEY WERE CUT DOWN EVEN MORE! This is a great time to use your secrets rewards card! And of course any coupons or gift cards from the holidays.

Bath and Body works Semi Annual Sale Receipt

BBW savings Receipt

I dunno about you guys but as cheap as I am I can say I was happy with my purchases. I held out on spending all year and splurge during the sale which you can see will last me for awhile. If you missed this sale don’t worry the next one will be in June. Which is only 5 more months away. =) Happy Savings everyone!

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