Your Guide To: The Alphabet of Beauty Creams

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It is undeniable that we now live in an age where simple moisturisers have been replaced by anti wrinkle , anti ageing serums, where the number of beauty products applied each morning far exceeds the number of shoes within our overbearing collections, and with the climbing amount of beauty buffers, de-shiners, redness reducers, blemish eliminators, do we really understand what each product’s purpose is?

I know I have spend mindless hours wandering around the beauty aisle, in almost any given chemist, supermarket, department store or Priceline, talking myself out of purchasing one of every item. I just want flawless skin like Miranda Kerr, is that to much to ask?! And with the recent developments of BB,CC and now DD creams, It is almost as if cosmetic companies have decided that language just wasn’t enough. Lets bring in ACRONYMS (queue brain melt down and acceptance of a fate of sub-average complexion)

For those of you who are in the same predicament as myself, I present to you your one stop de-acronym…ing, de-bunking and de-confusion…ising of the alphabet of beauty.

BB Creams 

BB Creams, a handy acronym for Blemish Balm or Beauty Balm, was the first culprit on the scene, and pretty quickly grew in popularity with its claims of being everything you need (we’ve heard that before, haven’t we ladies!). It aimed at covering blemishes, evening skin tone, controlling oil, anti ageing and brightening, all while adding a little bit of protection with its added SPF (how kind!) . With many colours available to suit a range of skin tones, it can be used as a tinted moisturiser, primer or foundation.

Some Great BB Creams 

CC Creams 

And then there were CC Creams. Also known as colour correctors, this cream works in a similar way to its sister product, however it’s central focus is on fixing colour and pigmentation, as well as helping with acne , shallowness and acne scarring. It is also packed with Vitamin C and E which is always a plus!

Some Great CC Creams 
  • Lumene Time Freeze Anti-Age CC Cream, $15; ulta.com
  • Stila CC Cream Stick, $38; ulta.com
  • Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream, $35; nordstrom.com

DD Creams 

Finally, to add to all the confusion and mass options, we have the DD cream. Also known as the Dynamic Do-all, it claims to be a hybrid of both BB and CC, with added bonuses such as anti ageing and wrinkle reducing benefits, while also balancing skin tone and protecting the most sensitive parts of your skin. By incorporating this into your beauty regime, it also works to reduce wrinkles and signs of ageing long term, while also creating short term improvements. Almost sounds too good to be true!

Some Great DD Creams

The Round Up

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I hope this helps those of you travelling down a similar path of overwhelming confusion, I always thought I knew the alphabet pretty well.

Sammy Jade xx

Info and Images: Youbeauty, marieclaire.com

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Monday Review: Chanel Mousse Confort Cleanser

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About a month ago I decided to treat my skin to a splurge item, a little thank you to it for surviving a round of makeup induced abuse which lasted for way too long.

I knew that for some time I had wanted to try out the Chanel skincare range as I have loved every other product from them, I knew there was a high chance for success from this too, however, it took me a lot longer to go in for the kill than I had originally planned due to an intimidating cocktail of less than helpful sales staff and not knowing where to begin.

After finally meeting a lovely rep at the Chanel counter, I decided that I was going to go for it, and after being happily surprised by the reasonable price, I couldn’t resist.

At AU $52/150ml, it sounds like a lot for what appears to be such a small amount. However, the way it works means that only the tiniest amount is needed for each use, which ultimately means it will last you a lot longer.

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As intended, the first aspect of the product you experience is the typical classy, chic and simple packaging of the product. The elegance and simplicity of the monochromatic palette creates an emphatic statement of “I don’t need to prove anything to you”. Which is exactly the case.

On the inside of the box the product comes in, is a small pamphlet explaining exactly the products intensions, how it works and how to use it.

The actual cleanser itself, while you only need the smallest amount on your hand, once mixed with water, it begins to take on a silky,semi-foam like appearance and texture, which is then able to be applied generously to the face. Not to mention how fresh and clean the scent of the cleanser is! The very epitome of Chanel.

While this left my face feeling clean and refreshed, I did notice that it dried my skin out a little bit, which I remedied with some lotion. I am yet to determine if this was due to it being Winter here, or if it is the product itself.

At first I thought it was just wishful thinking, but after just one use, I couldn’t help but notice a bit of a difference already, my skin was happier looking and my pores had reduced! With using it twice daily, as recommended by the instructions, these results were greatly amplified.

Overall, I would certainly recommend this product for anyone looking to treat their skin with a little something-something (we all know it deserves it for sure!) and with many products to suit a range of skin types, there will definitely be something there for everyone.

I hope everyone has a great start to their week!

Sammy Jade xx

Review: L’Oreal colour rich nail polish


 

I believe that I am more than worthy of holding the status of veteran to the triumphs and tribulations of nail polish, where not only the quality of the nail polish colour and thickness, but also the drying time, can make or break a day (does that sound really superficial? It does, doesn’t it.)

Where the colour presented within the bottle is by no means what we receive on the outside.

Nail polishes that have dripped, slipped, creased, crunched, chipped and refused to be removed after everything. Ones where the brush hardly picks up anything, where you find yourself awkwardly manoeuvring around the jar as if desperately trying to get to the last of the peanut butter.

Grit your teeth no more.

I have recently tried the L’Oreal Colour Rich Nail Polish, it was the vast array of colours that  were available that instantly drew my attention. Royal Blues, Stunning Purples, Cutsey Pinks, Luscious Reds and everything else in between.

The first thing I noticed when I took the brush out of the bottle, was that it was thoughtfully contoured to fit your fingernail. I was instantly hopeful for the prospect of no awkward overlapping nail polish to skin as a result of an all to eager brush.

I must admit, when I applied my first layer, I was a bit disappointed. Although the colour was there, it wasn’t as strong as I had hoped for. However, this was rectified quickly with 2 more applications.

2 more?! I hear you say as you wait to rush out the door.

It’s not as bad as it sounds. I’m not the most patient of people, and even I thought that the drying time for this was quick! Which is definitely a winning factor in my book.

All in all, I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of this striking range of nail polish.

Sammy Jade xx

Image: Makeup and Beauty Blog 

New Love: Mirrored Nail Polish

This week I had the pleasure of working at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (more on that later). Throughout my time there, I met and saw an array of people and collections that opened my eyes up to an amazing new side of fashion.

While working back stage at one of the shows, I noticed one of the other dressers had on this mirrored nail polish. Although I had seen it before, it had looked so much better right in front of my eyes.  I couldn’t stop looking!

I don’t know about you guys, but my obsession with painted nails often takes me to a dead-end, where no shade of pink satisfies my desire for a more eye-catching detail. This is exactly what I’ve been searching for.

Images via: Tumblr & Google

Better still, It comes in gold!

Happy painting

Sammy Jade xx