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The Difference Between BB and CC Creams

If you’re confused about BB creams vs. CC creams, so was I.  I decided to do some research and see what the differences are between these products.  The differences are subtle but here is what I found out.

BB CREAMS – these provide coverage with added skin care benefits like SPF and anti-oxidants.  They’re lighter than foundations and heavier than tinted moisturizers.

CC CREAMS – these generally stand for color correcting.  The products are meant to address issues like redness or sallowness (usually with light diffusing particles).

The best BB and CC creams based on your facial concerns are:

DrynessEstee Lauder DayWear BB ($42)

Estee Lauder daywear BB cream, BB cream vs. CC cream

 

Blotchiness / Uneven ToneMaybelline Dream Fresh BB ($9)

Maybelline dream fresh BB

Fine LinesBobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 ($46)

Bobbi Brown BB cream

 

BreakoutsDr. Jart BB ($36)

Dr. Jart BB

 

Dark SpotsOlay Tone Correcting CC Cream with Sunscreen ($22)

Olay's total effects

I hope this settles the debate of BB creams vs. CC creams.  There are some great products out there in both camps.  The key is to find the one that is made for your skin type.

Also, don’t forget that the Nordstrom Anniversary sale starts this Thursday, July 13 (if you have a Nordstrom credit or debit card) or July 21 (if you don’t have a store card).  I’ll be posting my best picks from the sale early Thursday morning.  XOXO Michelle




Sweatproof Makeup

Trying to keep your makeup from melting in the hot summer sun is a challenge.  These are my tips for keeping your makeup in place:

  • Wear the least amount of makeup you can when the temperatures rise

Tarte BB tinted treatment

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen ($37) – this is a great choice because it works as a primer, moisturizer, light foundation, anti aging treatment, and sunscreen all in one.

 

  • Use a creme blush

bite beauty multi stick

Bite Beauty Multistick ($24) – this can be used on your cheeks, eyes, and lips.  It would be great to use on days when you are short on time and to keep in your bag for touch-ups.

 

  • Before applying your powder use a blotting sheet.  Apply your powder sparingly with a puff or sponge if you have one.  If applying with a brush, tap the powder on.

Kat Von D blotting powder

Kat Von D Lock-It Blotting Powder ($29)

 

  • When using mascara, choose a smudge free formula and then apply a waterproof topcoat

NYX waterproof mascara top coat

NYX Proof It Waterproof Mascara Topcoat ($7)

 

  • If wearing eye shadow, apply a primer first then your shadow.  Lastly set it with your face powder.

MAC prep and prime eye base

MAC Prep & Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base ($23)

 

  • Set everything and give yourself some more sun protection with this

Supergoop setting mist

Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($28)

 

Bring your blotting sheets and setting mist with you to touch-up and refresh your makeup when needed.  These steps will keep your face from melting and you’ll look great all summer long.  XOXO Michelle




The Best Self Tanners

Do you want a summer glow and not look like a streaky Oompa Loompa?  These are the best self tanners for natural long lasting color.

L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towlettes ($9) – I use these and they are so low maintenance while still giving you instant natural color.

 

St. Tropez Classic Bronzing Mousse ($42) – St. Tropez is one of the most famous names in the sunless tanner business.  My friend uses this and swears by it.  She always has great natural looking color.

 

Lancome Flash Bronzer Tinted Self-Tanning Body Gel ($42) – this is one of the best reviewed self tanners.  It gives your skin immediate color and has light-reflecting micro pearls for a pretty glow.

 

Clarins Radiance – Plus Golden Glow Booster ($32) – I use both this and the face tanner below and they are great.  This one I mix with my moisturizer and it builds into a tan.

 

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare – Alpha Beta Glow Pads ($35) – this one gives you a little more instant gratification and also exfoliates your face.

 

I’ve had a lot of bad self-tanning mishaps over the years the latest being an aerosol spray gone bad in a Mexico resort bathroom.  I think the walls of the bathroom got more of a tan than I did.  We were scrubbing that bathroom for days trying to get it clean.  So learn from my experience and use one of the above.  XOXO Michelle



Sephora Haul

Sephora had their 15% off sale last week.  I went in to stock up on some old favorites.  Instead I left with a bag full of new faves.

I’m obsessed with having dark thick eyebrows and needed to replace my eyebrow pencil and brow gel.  I like to use the pencil when going out for a darker more dramatic look and I use the gel for my everyday look.  I tried out the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products for the first time and loved them.

 

Brow Pen ($21) – this is my new favorite as it gives you a very defined look and is easy to use

 

Tinted Brow Gel ($22) – this fills in your brows for a natural but full look

 

I fell in love with the Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Highlighting Powder ($29).  It will look great this summer with a tan.

Speaking of a tan, I found a great sunless face tanner.  Dr. Dennis Gross Skin Care Alpha Beta Grow Pads ($35) gives your face a nice tan while improving the texture of your skin with alpha and beta hydroxy acids.  The girl at Sephora said to use them every other night after washing your face and to finish with your normal skin care routine.

Being that I love a long lasting lipstick I was excited to find the Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer ($20).  If you apply this over your lipstick it will last all day – even through eating and drinking.

I love make-up and finding new products.  I think these will be great additions to my make-up routine.  I hope you guys were able to score some great products from this sale as well.  I would love to hear what you got too.  XOXO Michelle

Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift

As I talked about in my previous post, last Saturday I attended the Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show.  One of the speakers that really interested me was Katherine, the regional trainer for Trish McEvoy.  She was talking about the Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift.  I have puffiness, dark circles, and the beginning of fine lines around my eyes.  This product really caught the attention of my old looking eyes.

When the show was done we all had the opportunity to try out the products that interested us.  I made a beeline for the Trish McEvoy counter to get my hands on the Instant Eye Lift.  I was lucky enough that Katherine, the regional trainer, was available to help me and help me she did.

She first introduced me to Trish McEvoy’s “Beauty Booster” Eye Serum ($99).  This stuff instantly reduced my puffiness, dark circles, and the new fine lines.

 

She then added the Trish McEvoy “Beauty Booster” Advance Repair Retinol Eye Cream ($126).  This has the highest non-prescription concentration of retinol along with reservatrol and hyaluronic acid.  I have already noticed a reduction in those pesky new fine lines.

 

For the finishing eye touch Katherine applied the Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift ($39).

 

She applied it like an upside down triangle using this amazing brush (Trish McEvoy Deluxe Blender Brush $60) that I just had to have.

 

I have used literally almost every concealer on the market and the Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift is by far my favorite.  My new routine of the Trish McEvoy Eye Serum, Retinol Eye Cream, and Instant Eye Lift has totally transformed my eyes.

There are a lot of other Trish McEvoy products I want to go back and try.  Some of these include:

I’m really impressed with Trish McEvoy’s products.  I’ve learned that all of her products are paraben and cruelty free.  She is an independent business woman and she herself oversees all of her company’s operations.

Thank you Katherine for all of your help last Saturday.  It was so much fun!  XOXO Michelle

 

Nordstrom Spring Beauty Trend Show

Yesterday I attended the Nordstrom Spring Beauty Trend Show in Oak Brook, IL.  It included many top beauty brands showing off their newest and best products for spring.  They also showed some great fashion.  I’m going to focus this post on the beauty and fashion that caught my eye the most.

CHANTECAILLE EYE SHADOW TRIO ($95):

I liked the natural color of these shadows.  They are great to layer and contour.  In addition, five percent of the proceeds are donated to African wildlife charities supporting the animals shown on the products.

 

YVES SAINT LAURANT BABY DOLL KISS & BLUSH ($34):

This is a great product to use on your busy days and to keep in your purse for touch ups.  Use the lighter shade on your cheeks (and maybe even your eyes) and the darker shade is good for your lips.

 

TOM FORD SOLEIL BLANC DRY OIL SPRAY ($70):

Tom Ford’s Private Blend Soleil Blanc fragrance is perfect for spring/summer.  This fragrance comes in many application options but I like the dry oil spray the best.  You get the wonderful Soleil Blanc fragrance along with the emollience of sweet almond oil.

 

FREE PEOPLE OUTFIT: TOP ($128), CAMISOLE ($68), SHORTS ($78), KIMONO ($35)

This was one of the outfits they featured.  I thought it was very wearable and flattering.  I think it would be a great outfit to wear to an outside concert this summer.

 

KATE SOMMERVILLE EXFOLIKATE DAILY FOAMING WASH ($38):

Kate Sommerville’s ExfoliKate is my favorite exfoliating treatment.  I’m very excited by the ExfoliKate Daily Foaming Wash.  It contains AHAs and other natural exfoliators.  I plan to use this a couple times a week to deep clean my face.

 

FRESH BLACK TEA FIRMING OVERNIGHT MASK ($92): 

This mask is made to give your face the appearance of having an overnight face lift.  You can layer it over your normal night time routine.  This would be good to use on weekends or anytime you want to look your best.

 

The Nordstrom spring beauty trend show was fun and informative.  A lot of the models were wearing statement tassel earrings (as shown in my prior 3-16-17 post called “Fun New Spring Accessories”) and sporting athleisure wear (as shown in my prior 1-22-17 post called “Mix & Match Athluxury”).

 

After the show, I visited  the Trish McEvoy counter because I wanted to try her Instant Eye Lift but I left there with so much more.  I will post about that great experience this upcoming week so you don’t want to miss it.  XOXO Michelle

 

The Spring/Summer Smokey Eye

This is the spring/summer version of the smokey eye.  I love these colors and think this is such a fresh and modern look.  To achieve this look you use the “Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow” palette below that you can find at Sephora ($49).

Follow these steps to get the spring/summer smokey eye that is pictured above:

  1. Sweep the color “Peaches & Cream” from the palette all over the lid
  2. Put “Just Peachy” in the crease and also blend it under the eye
  3. Add “Summer Yum” in the crease and also blend it under the eye
  4. Put “Champagne” in the corners and center of the eye lid
  5. Softly add a little “Summer Yum” in the outside corners of the eye
  6. Blend all of these together

For daytime with this eye look, I would use the below “Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick in #6 Rose Nocturne” from Sephora ($34).

For a nighttime look I would add a subtle cat eye with Stila “Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner” (Sephora $22) and a darker lipstick like “Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick #10 Boyish Rose” that you can also find at Sephora ($34).

     

 

I think the IT Cosmetics “Your Most Beautiful You” palette ($38) would work great with this look.

I’m so excited to start wearing this look and think it will look great with all the new spring fashions.  XOXO Michelle