Friday, April 18, 2014

Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream

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I am so thrilled to be doing a rave review on the Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream. Having high maintenance sensitive skin, I can't handle most SPF makeup products, they break me out, increase my oil production, clog my pores, and create a minor skin reaction with red inflamed areas that turn to dry flaky patches for a few days. So, when I started using the Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream, with SPF 20 in it, I was impressed with how comfortable it was to wear. I haven't experienced any negative reactions, at all! In fact, I have been loving it so much that I've been wearing it nearly every day; days when I don't wear any other makeup products and days when I want to do a minimal makeup look.

The Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream, $34.00, is available in three shades, Linen, Natural, and Wheat. I have the shade Natural and although it is just a tint of color, it blends nicely with my skin tone, evening out my natural redness and almost camouflaging any break outs I might be tolerating. It doesn't exactly smell like sunscreen, which is a plus for me, but it does have a fresh and clean scent to it. The formula look and feel is very similar to the infamous Origins Vitazing SPF 15 Energy-boosting moisturizer, ($35.00), both look like a white-grey cream with little specks in it, once you start moving it around and blending into the skin it turns to a tinted moisturizer. The BIG difference for me is that the Origins irritates me skin and it turns me greasy within an hour - the Studio Gear is gentle on my skin and keeps a natural finish on my skin all day.

When I apply one layer of the Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream, I get a sheer/light coverage, this basically evens out my skin tone. This is my ideal tinted moisturizer, I don't feel bare face, nor do I feel made up, just comfortable and confident.

When I apply a generous layer or even two layers, I get a medium coverage that almost plays off like a natural finish foundation, no cake-face and still no rush to set with powder. Once I apply my concealer, face powder, blush, bronzer, etc. you can't tell if I'm wearing a CC Cream or a liquid foundation.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

My First Threading at S.H.A.P.E.S Brow Bar

As a busy SAHM of two, I don't really pay much attention to my brows. I'll do basic tweezing to remove stray hairs and some trimming of those random long hairs I tend to get. Other than that, I don't really shape them or groom them very often (we're talking once a month or so). Well, when S.H.A.P.E.S Brow Bar reached out to me about checking out their brow evaluation and grooming services at my local mall kiosk, I figured it was overdue for my brows to get some pampering ;)

I visited the S.H.A.P.E.S kiosk at the Hayward Southland Mall (CA), they also have a store in the mall, but my appointment was over at the kiosk with Aman, she was very gentle on my newbie brows and explained the whole process before starting. Let me just jump in and say, yes, it hurts, no, it's not like tweezing or waxing, it just feels like all my little hairs got stuck in a zipper and ripped out all together... over and over. I shed a few tears, it stung a bit afterwards, but when I saw the results I completely forgot about the pain and was excited to come back for more! Oh and the best part, the service was just $10.00, and I was only there for a few minutes.

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Can we keep up with these awesome ELF promos?! YES! This week they are offering half off on their gifts and Spring items, that's a lot of savings considering their gift sets are already a great deal. Use the code FORMOM on your purchase minimum of $25 (they are also offering a free subscription to People Style Watch if you make a purchase minimum of $50). This promotion ends 4/21/14.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My Birthday Manicure!

Last Friday was my 28th birthday, and to celebrate, the Boyfriend and I spent the weekend in Santa Cruz - child free and relaxing the entire time! It was delightful (and I'm already anxious to plan another weekend getaway together). For my special birthday weekend, I wanted a blue manicure, with glitters of course, gotta be eye catching to be on my nails for three days straight ;) I recently adopted Cult Nails Time Traveler from a blog sale, it's a deep navy blue, and I already had Cult Nails Dance All Night in my untrieds from my Beautylish Lucky Bag back in December, pairing them together had me giddy with tummy butterflies. The vibrant glitters practically glow against the dark base color, I'm so happy with this combo! I even received a compliment on my manicure Friday night from the waitresses at Hanna Bistro in Los Gatos - we stopped there on our way to Santa Cruz, such a great spot for good food! Oh, I also tried the Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat, it definitely dries fast and has the prettiest shine, I was happy that it smoothed out the surface of my manicure which was looking bumpy from the two coats of Dance All Night I applied. Overall, the manicure was a hit and I loved it so much I did it on my toesies too ;)