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Beauty Battle: Cream vs Powder Blush

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A perfect rosy cheek is something that is always on trend and translates to every season (who doesn’t love that?!) Although there are tons of products out there, they all fall in to one of two basic categories: cream or powder. The trick is deciding between the look you want to achieve. Blush can help to create a matte or dewy finish, which you can read more about here.

 Powder Blush

Using a powder will give a more refined, matte look. Definitely a good choice if you prefer the classic and airbrushed style. Powders are good for girls with oily skin because they help minimize shine and control oil. If you have dry skin, use caution because the powder may accentuate dry skin and cause it to flake.
When applying a powder blush just for come color, use a large fluffy brush, tap off excess powder, and apply blush lightly in a circular motion from the apples of your cheeks upwards to your hairline. If you prefer a more contoured look, invest in a contour brush, these make life A LOT easier. To get the perfect contour, use the brush to apply color from the temples down to the mouth in the area between your top and bottom jaw. Applying color here will create depth and make your cheekbones pop.

Our faves for powder blush are

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L’Oreal’s True Match Super Blendable Blush, $10.99
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and Maybelline’s Fit Me! Pressed Powder Blush, $5.79

Cream Blush

A cream will give you a more radiant, dewy glow. Its a lifesaver in the summer because it holds up beautifully in the heat and always looks fresh, never cakey. It’s definitely better to be used on those of us with dry skin though, as it can add extra moisture (which sometimes causes breakouts in those with oily skin). One thing you must be mindful of when using cream blush is to not add it on top of layers of makeup. This often causes build up and the color with clump up instead of smoothing on evenly. So if you’re going for cream, it’s best to apply on top of bare cheeks. The best part about applying cream blush is how easy it is! All you need to do is apply the color with two fingers on the apples of your cheeks and on top of your cheekbones. This will give you a highlighted effect and really make your face glow.

Our top picks for cream blush are

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Sonia Kashuk Creme Blush, $9.79

 

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and Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush, $12.99

Still undecided on what look you’re eying for?  Use your skin type as the deciding factor. If you break out easily, opt for powder and if you’re skin is dry go for cream. This way you’re skin will be happy and you’ll avoid any mishaps or breakouts.

If you’re still not sure, try out both looks and let us know which one was your favorite!

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Beauty Battle: Gel vs Liquid Eyeliner

Ding ding ding! New year, new battle ladies and this time it’s all eyes on eyeliner. The newest and trendiest eyeliner choices are gel and liquid, but which liner comes out on top? I’m here to break down the pros and cons to help you choose your champion.
beauty battle: liquid vs gel liner

 

Gel Time

 

First up we have gel liner, a super long lasting, very pigmented liner that comes in a pot. Thicker color and the ability to smudge and blend comes from using a gel. Usually best suited for those with an unsteady hand because the lines created with gel are forgiving and luckily, mistakes are barely noticeable. This is perfect if you are going for the smoky effect, as seen on Angelina Jolie.

 

Here you can see how her liner is not exact, but heavier and a tad smudged, which gives her a mysterious look.

Our Pick: L’Oreal’s Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner is perfect: long lasting and under $10! Continue Reading

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Beauty Battle: Dewy vs. Matte Makeup

Time for another beauty battle! This makeup showdown is between giving your skin a dewy look verses a matte finish. The two are complete opposites, but beautiful in their own way. And the showdown begins.

A matte finish is an all around powdery, flat finish. Think vintage glamour. It does not reflect light, and usually offers a more flawless look. Often requiring several layers of foundation and power, you can run the risk of sometimes appearing to “made up”. Be sure to choose your shade carefully.

matte vs dewy

In contrast, the dewy finish carries a liquid sheen to it. Reflecting light in all the right places (cheeks and brow bones), a dewy look gives Continue Reading

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Beauty Battle: BB Cream vs CC Cream

Calling all beauty buffs! When deciding the quickest, easiest, and most effective way to knock out your skin routine on one easy step, what product comes to mind? I’m guessing most of you thought of my favorite magical solution for perfect a complexion: BB cream! There could be some of you out there who have yet to discover this beauty gem, or have discovered it and still not entirely sure what it does. As most of us are still getting used to the wonders of BB (or “beauty balm”), the beauty world is already prepping for a new craze for the complexion perfection obsessed: CC cream.

bb vs cc cream

First thing’s first, our ever-growing love with BB cream. Combining moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock, this single-step cream is the be all and end all for a fast way to a beautiful, even complexion.

A wide spectrum of brands have created their own formulas and cater to all ages and skin types. Whether you want to cover acne marks, conceal brown spots, or just want an all around even glow, BB has you covered.

So now that we’ve got you hooked, I’m sure you’re wondering what could get any better?

Enter CC cream, the super-sized version of BB. CC (“color care” or “color correcting”) cream is essentially a hit sequel to BB. This light weight formula does all the jobs of a BB, but also includes powerful anti-aging and skin correcting ingredients (like B vitamins). Olay was the first brand to give CC it’s American debut. The cream can visibly improve discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles over time (score!). Although just breaking through to American markets, if anything can be said from the BB boom, we’re looking forward to a serious CC craze.

So now the question is, BB or CC?! Heres a breakdown to make this as easy as possible for you….

Texture: While both are lightweight creams, the effects vary depending on your skin type. BB cream is slightly thicker, and most are not oil free (okay for combination or dry skin). The oil free formula (and a more mousse-like texture) of CC is a better option for those of you with oily or acne prone skin.

Color: Both creams tend to come in light, medium, or dark shades. Since CC is lighter texture, it is easier to blend and therefore suitable for a wider range of skin colors.

Benefits: The sunblock in both creams are an obvious, and very important ingredient which has long-term benefits for all ages. If you struggle (like most of us) to remember the sunblock, these creams are essential for everyday. CC creams go beyond temporary and their ingredients offer long-term benefits for aging and uneven complexions.

So now that you’re up to date on BB and CC, which cream do you think will come out on top?