Rachel K CC Cream Renew

After really considering if I needed yet another CC cream in my collection, I finally caved and purchased the Rachel K CC Cream Renew from LisaLisaD1’s online store. Roughly two years ago when she first started to carry the Rachel K CC Creams in her store, I purchased the original formula and wrote a review about it posted here, so I was extra excited she had access to the CC Renew Creams. If you’re interested in reading a comprehensive review, check out The Make-Up Blogette’s post here.

The new Rachel K CC Renew “transforms your skin through instant skin perfection and long-lasting anti-ageing skincare.” Considered to be one step up from the original CC range, the Renew line “illuminates your skin and visibly minimizes all imperfections and dark spots instantly and over time” by incorporating an “advanced color-correcting complex.” A major part of the new Renew line is the Deep Sea Water, which is “highly concentrated in rich minerals” and “immediately moisturizes dehydrated skin.”

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The “break-through Biomimetic Anti-Age Complex boosts the natural skin’s regeneration process to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and to improve skin’s firmness.” With SPF 35 PA++ sun protection and added skincare benefits, this CC cream is made for all skin types and provides sheer to moderate coverage as a base. The texture of the CC cream is featherweight and thin — it applies smoothly and blends out quickly without much effort. I like to use a synthetic buffing brush and it has provided such a naturally radiant finish.

Skincare benefits: this CC rejuvenates your skin with EGF, which repairs skin tissue and promotes collagen. Adenosine is a popular ingredient to for wrinkle reduction, while macadamia oil and white tea are known to be ingredients with high levels of anti-oxidants to protect the skin. Much like traditional BB creams, this CC cream has Hyaluronic Acid to help with hydration and skin’s firmness, and arbutin evens skin tone and reduces redness. This product truly is an all-in-one, fore sure.

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Like most CC creams, this is designed to be worn alone or in conjunction with a foundation. For me, wearing it alone works fine; but, if you’ve got pigmentation issues, pairing this with a light layer of foundation could do wonders for the appearance of your skin. It’s incredibly soothing on the face, dries semi-matte and glowy, and makes pores and redness disappear instantly. I’ve noticed that my skin is hydrated and looks plump and healthy when I use this, and the natural finish and look of the product makes your skin look like skin.

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I chose the shade Extra Light which works great. Originally, I was going to go with Light, but decided against it after seeing swatches. The pink undertone of the shade Extra Light is helpful in making my skin look bright, but it doesn’t make me look white like a ghost. For those with light to light-medium skins, the shade Light should work fine since CC creams tend to adapt to your skin. Unfortunately, Medium is the darkest shade in the Rachel K CC Renew line. I like the CC Renew better than the original. I also like that the pigment of this CC isn’t a weird gray shade — which I personally despise.

Using this product is a quick way to look put together in the morning without going through a “routine” since this is an all-in-one kind of product. I’m interested in the Renew Pressed Powder as well, so that may be one of my next purchases. I recommend the Rachel K CC Cream Renew and it’s by far one of my favorite CC’s as of right now. It comes in a close second behind the Hera Complete Care CC Cream.

Made in Korea.
Retails for $48.00 USD (Rachel K online store & Lisa’s store)

Natural Glam: Creating a bright, flawless canvas

In a perfect world, I would wake up looking well-rested, glowy, and fresh-faced every morning. It’s ironic that a natural, no makeup look could take so much work, lol. Most days, I go for the natural look anyway — but it totally depends on the condition of my skin; and occasionally, my skin needs a little bit extra. What I mean by “natural glam,” is that the general idea of the look is still natural — but there’s a little bit of an oomph. It’s subtle but the flawless and dewy canvas is often faked with glow-inducing products! :)

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For the natural glam look, base makeup is important. What you layer on underneath your makeup needs to be taken into consideration; and, that’s why, for a look that needs extra oomph, I use the Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector to get my skin looking good before makeup application. After the morning skincare routine, I use the Rachel K CC Cream in neutral to even out my skin tone and correct any irregularities. This is perfect for days when you don’t need much but you still need something.

For additional brightening, concealing anything that the CC Cream didn’t get is imperative. Nothing will ruin a bright look than a dark spot — or any darkness, for that matter. For any darkness on the face and under the eyes, it’s best to use something like the Benefit Erase Paste to neutralize anything and everything. It’s also good to apply this around the corners of your mouth and nose as well — and, this is because there’s natural shadows there that will inadvertently create darkness.

Next, I applied NARS The Multiple in “Luxor” to create a healthy, pinky sheen on my cheekbones. This is key for maximum glow factor. Highlighting is a must. I’ve skipped powdering in general because it tends to matte down the skin too much, and it defeats the purpose of a dewy, glowy look. If you want to lock in your concealer, powdering those areas with a translucent powder isn’t a bad idea. For blush, since I’m skipping powder products in general, I’ve used the Benefit Posetint (sample) to get a bright pop of color on my cheeks. While the color is bright (and tends to be brightening), you don’t want it to look stark and unnatural. Firm blending is essential with this.

With a bright complexion, eyebrows are strangely important. Without good, framed eyebrows — it will just look like something’s missing on your face. I used the Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in “Chestnut” because it’s a warm, medium brown shade that isn’t too dark. When my brows are too dark, it makes me look like a demon, lol. And, especially, when you’re going for an ethereal, bright look — you don’t want super dark eyebrows to cast any darkness on the face! :)

Rachel K CC Cream – Neutral

CC creams are all the craze now even though the Western market is just now coming out with BB creams. If you’ve been watching LisaLisaD1 on YouTube, then you’ve heard of the Rachel K CC Creams from her. When she re-stocked her online store, I immediately placed an order to beat the crowd since they’re always sold out!

CC creams are fairly new to me and this is my first one. Before LisaLisaD1, ChefCaffy on YouTube was rumored to have raved about this product, so I didn’t doubt that this was a good, well-performing product. Shipping was fast and I tested the product out immediately. Since then, I’ve been using it non-stop. This is considered to be a “10 in 1” product and is marketed as a mineral color control bb cream. According to the box, “CC cream is a much more refined and improved BB cream which combines various benefits all in one: color control, oil control, whitening, brightening, moisturizing, and UV protection (SPF 35 PA ++).”

The product claims to “ehance complexion by improving texture, balancing skin tone,” and mimics real skin – providing a dewy, fresh, and glowy complexion. The tube is deceiving because it’s quite small; but there’s 1.4 fl. oz. (or 40 g) of product, which is more than the average amount of base product you get.

I can’t say all the additional skincare “benefits” are doing anything miraculous, but it feels nice on the skin and makes me feel like I’m doing something to help my skin during the day.

This good size dollop is more than enough to cover the entire face. I chose the color NEUTRAL because it is supposed to accomodate yellow undertones. To me, the product is not very yellowy, but slightly gray-pink. Like all BB cream, the color adjusts on the face by oxidizing slightly. Like Lisa, if you choose to add mineral powder, power foundation, or anything else on top, the CC cream will balance out.

FOr those who need full coverage, this is great to start out with as a base/primer. Because the product “color corrects,” mostly all imperfections are cancelled out immediately. I feel that applying foundation or anything else on top will be easier since you would need less of it to do the job.

For me, I wear this on its own since I don’t need additional coverage. This product really does create an immaculate cavas – no lines, no pores, no pigmentation peaking through. The coverage is strong and a little bit goes a long way. I would suggest using your hands or a buffing brush to apply this and give it a minute to set on the face before deciding to add anything on top. Although the finish is dewy, it does remain non-oily for the most part of the day.

I can’t say that this is anything more than a BB cream because it seems all work relatively the same for me. I really like the conveience of the product because it makes my morning routine so fast. It’s great to slap on when you don’t have anything planned or you’re heading to the gym (without wanting to look like monster-face).

Made in Korea.