Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Studio Gear Hydrating CC Color Correction Cream in Natural Swatches and Review

When I was offered the chance to test Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream, I was pretty excited to try it and see how this CC cream actually works.  (CC stands for color correcting).  I received a full sized 1 fl oz, ($34), of the SPF 20 CC Cream in the color of my choice, which was Natural.  

The Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream comes in Linen, Natural and Wheat.  I am a light to medium toned person with beige undertones and while my skin is fairly light most of the year, my beigey-ness lends me to usually wear a light-to-medium toned foundation.  I picked the middle color, Natural, and it is a perfect match for me.

Imagine my surprise when I squeezed some product out of the tube and it was WHITE!!!

The CC Cream contains micro-encapsulated pigments which when rubbed on the skin, transform to match each person's own skintone.  I'd love to see the two other colors to see if they would match me in some fashion, too.  I wonder how far the transformation goes.   Below you will see that I began to spread the little dot around on my hand.  At the bottom of the picture, you can see a couple places where the CC cream starts to make the transformation into my skin color.

After rubbing it completely into my skin, you can see that it matches perfectly with a hint of sheen left to give a natural looking finish. 

After the product dries a little more, it becomes a little more matte.  It gives a nearly medium coverage and if you have any deeper red spots, you'll still need a concealor to cover them.  Apply daily over your moisturizer, or by itself as needed.  Use alone or under another foundation.  I use this alone.

What They Say:  

Hydrating CC Cream transforms and enhances your complexion in an incredibly light, smooth formula. This foundation simultaneously fights aging, retains moisture, and covers and treats blemishes with a non-oily, perfectly radiant finish.
Key Benefits:
  • 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.


My Evaluation:

I really like this CC Cream.  Really.  I'll be repurchasing once I am done with this one.

The idea behind BB and CC creams is that when you use them in the long term, they are supposed to nourish and brighten skin, evening the complexion to provide a more youthful look.  I have only had this about a week, so I can't attest to the long wear properties but I do know that I like the finish and the coverage and look forward to seeing what the long term effects are.

Studio Gear Cosmetics is a fun website to navigate.  There are all kinds of products I think you'd be interested in.  Take a look!  

I have been authorized to offer you a discount code!!!  Enter bloggercc at checkout and receive a 10% discount!!  It's worth it.  Studio Gear is well known for their brushes and if you're a brush fiend like I am, you'll be sure to check those out too.

You can also follow Studio Gear Cosmetics on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.  There are more social media links on their website as well.

How do you like the new CC creams?  Have you seen any that start white like this?  And if you have, did they end up being a perfect match to your skintone?  Have you tried anything else from Studio Gear Cosmetics?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Beauty Blog Coalition May Day Sweepstakes!! Enter Win 1 of 3 Visa Gift Cards!!

It's that time again!!! Members of the Beauty Blog Coalition have pooled our resources to bring you a Springtime Giveaway! The winners will be picked on May Day, (May 1, 2014), for the prizes as listed below. Please wait for the Rafflecopter widget to load and visit the many bloggers who have made this giveaway possible. Thank you and good luck!!!

Visa gift card, winners, sweepstakes, BBC

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Majestical.com Jewelry Review and Giveaway!!

When I was contacted by Majestical Jewelry and asked if I'd like to check out what they have and run a giveaway for them, I thought, "well, this could be interesting!"  Little did I know they would send me a set to play with that I would absolutely ADORE and be able to wear with 1000 different outfits.  I LOVE THIS SET!!!!  Love it!!!!

As you can see, there is a pendant necklace that is a hammered gold tone with a faceted turquoise piece in the middle.  What I really love about the styling of this necklace is that the pendant sits on a chain that is actually four chains together!!  The necklace has a creative movement to it in the four chains that are doubled up to the first clasp and create a depth to the necklace that only adds interest to the pendant.  Love it!!

The pendant piece is 2.5" across and the chain is an 18" piece of art with an extender so that you can wear the pendant at 18" length or a 20" chain length.  It's versatile.  The earrings mirror with pendant with the same hammered gold and faceted turquoise interior.  They are on wires and are 1" across each...the perfect size to be seen in my long hair.  Anything smaller and they just fade against the background of my hair.

In the following pictures, I am wearing the jewelry with a casual outfit of a grey and white striped jersey skirt, an embroided white top and a denim vest.  I dressed the jewelry in a casual way for the pictures.  Unfortunately, it didn't occur to me until right now to include dressy photos as well.  You can totally wear this set dressy and I have the perfect tee styled LBD to wear it with!  (I was playing with a picture editing program on my phone on the right hand picture below - ten years younger!!).

Turquoise is the perfect accent to my pink and purple hair, don't you think???

Before I sign off, I want to introduce you to the giveaway.  Be sure to let the Rafflecopter widget load so that you can enter.  I have been given two gift cards for two lucky winners to receive $10 off each on Majestical.com.

There are so many more beautiful items of jewelry on Majestic.com, you just have to go look and prepare your wish list.  You can find all the links to their social media accounts in the Rafflecopter giveaway widget or on Majestical Jewelry's website.

Now, before I go, don't you think my husband needs to take pictures with reader glasses? Things seemed a little blurry? (I'm really half this size, lol!)

(Jewelry and gift cards for giveaway both provided by Majestical Jewelry.  All opinions are strictly my own honest evaluation.)

A Moose Video. Listen With Volume

I made a video but you have to listen with the volume.  It cracks me up.

What didn't crack me up was when my neighbor got in her car and chased the moose up and down the road honking at it.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Today's Ulta Steal is Butter London Nail Polish!!

Ulta Beauty is doing a 21 Days Of Beauty in March 2014.  Today, 3-20, the steal is two Butter London nail lacquers for just $15!!!  The normal retail price is $15 each so you're basically getting a 2 for 1!!!

This deal is available at all Ulta stores and online for those living in the 48 contiguous states, (don't get me started on how I feel about that).  So those of you who can go to Ulta or order nail polish thru them, this is your lucky day!!!

Butter London has asked that you would show off your polish pair on Instagram using #Ulta21 to be entered for a chance to win a gift bag filled with Beauty Steals, including a butter LONDON Nail Lacquer. Make sure you tag @butterlondon – we love seeing how you rock your colour!

Oh man, my Queendom for an Ulta inAlaska!!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Nordstrom Triple Rewards Points For March 2014

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It's an exciting time...it's Nordstrom Triple Rewards Points and it starts now.  If you're not familiar with this crazy kookie event, it's several days that you can earn triple times the normal rewards points on your Nordstrom Visa card while shopping at Nordies or on-line and Nordstrom Rack, which you can also shop online through the Nordies website.  It's best that I let you know as quickly as possible....but I gotta go!!  I've got an order to place and I don't wanna waste time and I know you don't either!!

Nordies, Rack

If you have any more questions or if you don't have a Nordstrom card, read more HERE.

I've got some clothes in my cart and a couple of lipglosses.  Double check for beauty gift with purchases in order to plan because there are a TON of them!!

Let me know what you'll be purchasing....you show me yours and I'll show you mine.  Now get shopping!!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Butter London Releases The Cut Up Collection

Have you seen the Butter London Boho Collection yet?  They nail polishes are absolutely beautiful.  This collection is being followed by The Cut Up Collection of three nail lacquers which also look like they'll be really pretty.  Take a look at the pictures I received:

nail lacquer, Anorak, Dust-Up, Titchy nail polishes

The Cut Cup Collection features the three transforming overcoats that you see above.  From left to right, they are:

ANORAK: Black, white and silver chunky glitter overcoat suspended in a clear base

DUST-UP: Gold, silver and bronze chunky and fine glitter overcoat suspended in a clear base


TITCHY: Multi-colour chunky and fine glitter overcoat suspended in a clear base

The lacquers will be $15 on ButterLondon.com beginning in March/April.  Butter London products are also sold at Nordstrom, Ulta Beauty, and Beauty.com.

SJP By Sarah Jessica Parker Now At Nordstrom!

The newest most exciting celebrity designer collection, now at Nordstrom, is SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker.  So many people have loved her style since she was Carrie on Sex In The City.  She's been followed everywhere by the paparazzi and we're often treated to pictures of her style roaming the streets of New York City.  Have you ever imagined yourself in her shoes?  Now you can literally experience such a thing.  Let's take a look at some of the things being offered in the SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker collection.

Nordstrom, shoes, purses, handbags, trench coats

The first thing you should know is that the shoes aren't in every Nordstrom store.  They are online but the stores that are initially showcasing the collection are listed at the bottom of this page.

I was really hoping there would be a shoe named Carrie and there is.  You see how it is a quintessential Carrie Bradshaw type of pump in purple, nude or black.  The Nordstrom website even gives complete looks with the collection to illustrate how to style the items.  For instance, here's the Carrie and styled with the SJP trench coat.

Nordstrom, shoes, coats, SJP Collection, style

Here we have the Maud Sandal, which comes in a variety of colors, and a way to style it.

SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker, Nordstrom

You really need to check out the full collection.  There are purses, sandals, flip flops, espidrills, and more.  On the Nordstrom website are videos, a blog with SJP,  and a Pinterest contest to win a collection of SJP shoes worth $2000!  There is so much information online, you really should spend some time looking at it all.

Below are the locations where the shoes are currently displayed:

Fashion Valley (San Diego)
The Grove (Los Angeles)
San Francisco Centre (San Francisco)
Santa Anita (Arcadia)
South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa)
Topanga (Canoga Park)
Valley Fair (San Jose)

Aventura (Aventura)
International Plaza (Tampa)
Village of Merrick Park (Coral Gables)

Ala Moana (Honolulu)

Michigan Avenue (Chicago)
Oakbrook Center (Oak Brook)
Woodfield Shopping Center (Schaumburg)

Natick Mall (Natick)
New Jersey
Cherry Hill (Cherry Hill)
Garden State Plaza (Paramus)

New York
Roosevelt Field (Garden City)

Washington Square (Tigard)

The Mall at Green Hills (Nashville)

Houston Galleria (Houston)
NorthPark Center (Dallas)

The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City (Arlington)
Tysons Corner Center (McLean)

Downtown Flagship (Seattle)

It's pretty exciting to look at.  Shoes are always fun, don't you think?  I couldn't wear as high a heel as Sarah Jessica Parker, but I could do sandals and flats, for sure.

Do you think the shoes are representative of her style?  What do you like the look of the best?


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