I don’t know if you are very familiar with it Cosmetics or not, but I got to know them from watching founder Jamie Lima introduce it on QVC. Jamie suffers from Rosacea like I do, so it is always amazing to see her using her products to cover and reduce the appearance of the redness. In addition, she makes sure to include the latest in anti-aging technologies in her products, which is a must for me nowadays.
When I heard about the new CC+ Radiance Palette, which is good for color correcting (*hence that CC+ part of the name), brightening, bronzing and blushing, I knew I wanted to try it out.
Have you guys heard the quote “Use the right tool for the job”? It means that what you are doing will go smoother and easier when you use the best thing to make it happen. It really applies (*see what I did there?) to using the right brushes with this palette, in my case. With my redness, I have to be careful about applying my blush pretty specifically. With the angled French Boutique Blush Brush I was able to get a light application just where I wanted it to be. And, I think we all remember when I showed off my bronzer skills, right? Well, the Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Brush actually makes that pretty difficult for me to screw up so much now. It let me apply a lot less at a time, to build up to heavy, of which I am too lazy to do. So, a light application really works for me. Of course, my skills still aren’t the greatest, but, this is a big improvement.
But, my favorite of the three powders is the Brightening one. It warms up my sallow skin, but not in a sparkly vampire kind of way. And, because it doesn’t have any talc in it, it doesn’t make my skin itch to where I want to scratch it off 5 minutes after putting it on. It’s also so hella easy to put on with the Heavenly brush, that I can slap it on with my eyeliner and mascara and I am set for the day, even without thinking about it.
All of this and anti-aging ingredients, too? Yeah, I think I’m set for the winter with this palette. What about you guys? Do you have any specific face brightening items you use to get thru the dank Winter? Let me know below, and then you need to go check out what the other lovelies said on their sites about the palette.
*Disclaimer: These products were provided by the company’s PR for editorial consideration.
This was originally posted here, but I want to repost it as October is here again already.
Today is October 1st, which, for the last 25years has been recognized as “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month”. It’s also the day that my friend say, “Cool – I can get lots of pink things at Target now.”. Yep, that’s what it has come to, in my opinion – a month known for the proliferation of pink things, but not really the cause behind it any more.
And you know what? I’m kind of okay with that.
Of course, I don’t diminish the impact that breast cancer can have on a woman and her family – my son’s grandmother is a breast cancer survivor, in fact. Nor do I ignore the need for awareness for a disease that has the second highest incidence rate to prostrate cancer (2009* (*updated) most recently data available), affecting nearly 200k women directly, each year. I just have a problem with the monetization of the awareness.
Have you guys ever heard of “pinkwashing”? It’s a controversial variation of cause marketing that focuses on breast cancer & how *some* of the companies using the pink ribbon & BCA may not be doing it for pure motives. I emphasis *some* because I want to impress that not ALL companies releasing special products for BCAM have ulterior motives – but you know what they say about “bad apples” and all (*did you know that metaphor is actually true?). Anyway…
In no way am I telling you not to purchase a specially branded product – I’m just asking that you educate yourself of the brand’s intentions with this marketing. The “Breast Cancer Action” organization has come up with a site, “Think Before You Pink” to help consumers challenge themselves to ask questions before purchasing a pink branded item. I don’t see anything wrong with purchasing a product because it is pink and you like it, but please do not say you bought it only as a way to support the cause. Own your purchase and if you are sincere about wanting to help, please donate directly to a reputable breast cancer charity – the most notable being the “Susan G.Komen for the Cure” organization, or give of your time in your local community ANY TIME OF YEAR, not just in October, because we all know cancer doesn’t only strike one month a year. And wear your pretty new pink product when you go.
For this edition of Makeup Wars we set a limit of creating a face look for $30 or less. It was like the $20 Makeup Challenge we did a long time ago, but the extra $10 gave us a little more leeway. (*But, I still stuck to one of my tried and true cheap brands.) However, this time, I didn’t do a video – or even take a face pic. Spending the last 5 week pretty much housebound does not lend itself to photographic evidence – my pallor would make even Michael Baden would be worried about me!
Anyway, after all this time, I am finally going back to work, so, I decided to use this time to treat myself to some new goodies. So I headed over to Target to pick up some new elf goodies.
As you can see, I came in pretty sweetly under the $30 mark, but, I didn’t include a tinted moisturizer or a foundation, because, since it is still almost 100deg here in Oklahoma, NOTHING full face survives. It melts like ice cream on hot concrete. However, if I was going to get one, I would have skipped the blotting powders and gotten a TM for $3.04 & still been on budget. (*Note: elf has slowly been raising their prices, but this $.04 raise is odd. Maybe as inexpensive as the products are, that really makes a difference to the bottom line. *shrug*)
And, since it IS that hot, I went ahead and bought items that I think will try to beat the heat, at least on an individual basis. Plus, there were some new items, and highly rated items, that I really wanted to try, so this totally gave me an excuse.
Shine Eraser: These are indispensable when I start “glistening” on my upper lip, which is pretty much as soon as I walk out of my bathroom.
Studio Makeup Mist & Set: This is a much cheaper version of the MUFE and Skindinavia setting sprays, which buys you some time before your face starts to melt in the heat.
HD Blush in “Encore”: This cream cheek stain is a much cheaper version of the discontinued MUFE HD Blush, if you are missing that one. Plus, even as it wears off, color still remains thru the melting.
Lip Stain in “Fuchsia Fusion”: This isn’t moisturizing, but the color does last in the heat.
Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in “Sangria Starters”: This doesn’t last super long, but it goes over the lip stain for a glossy look, that the stain doesn’t give.
Eyelid Primer in “Sheer”: If you are going to make any eyeshadow last, an eyelid liner is a must. And for $1 this one does a hell of a job, for at least 6 hours on me.
Eyebrow Kit in “Medium”: Seriously, this kit has been talked about all over. It’s ridiculously good and even works better than some of the more expensive kits. And, it doesn’t melt on me. YMMV.
3-in-1 Mascara: This one has a ball on the end, like the high $$ mascara, so I thought that would be fun to try/poke my eye out for a lot less. I really have no clue how this one works in the heat. Guess I will find out!
Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in “Coffee”: A waterproof eyeliner is a must, because when I’m sweating and it drips in my eyes, I can NOT stand to have my eyeliner move into my eye too.
Concealer in “Beige”: Even tho I don’t use a full face of TM or foundation, I still have spots that need to be covered so I will blot this on and blend in with a tiny brush. As long as it dries down before I head out, it tends to last a pretty long time on me.
I do like a lot of the things I picked up, but, I do wish Target would carry more of the items on the website, because there are some new things on there I really want to snag and many more color selections, but, hopefully they’ll make it out into the real world soon.
What about you? Could you do a full face with $30? And would you stick with one brand, or would you try to mix and match? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to see the looks that the other lovelies managed to pull together:
Today makes it three weeks since I broke up with my boyfriend, aka “had my cyst removed”. Everything surgically went great, and my recovery from that has been slow, but positive. (*Who knew it would take so damn much energy to take a shower – let alone stand up??). Unfortunately, there has been an painful complication that has made my life really uncomfortable – to the point that I still can’t return to work. Let me tell you, my nerves are shot and I can’t stand the looks of these 4 walls. And, if I am even getting irritated at my personal doctor cat, Reese,, then you know I have been stuck at home for too long.
So, yeah, these past weeks have given me more than ample time to think and whine. And to hear about the horrible news that a beautiful butterfly that I work with has been diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer, that has spread to her glands. What in the ever living hell? This is an older woman that lives the Godly life – walks the walk, talks the talk. There is beauty in every single one of her days. And now she has this. It makes no sense to me in the grand scheme of things. Saying that some people get what they “deserve” sounds too harsh. I think it’s more like, “that’s not entirely surprising”. I mean, when my mother-in-law, a lifelong smoker, passed away recently from Breast and Lung Cancer, we were devastated, but not completely blindsided, as we have all been told the dangers of smoking. But, this woman has never been a smoker, a drinker and always had a strong belief system. It’s just frustrating to me.
And, she continues to come to work every day with a smile on her face, until they work out a treatment plan. Meanwhile I try to sit here at home, whining all day, while watching HGTV & cooking shows with my mom. Life just doesn’t seem fair sometimes.