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.

Things I Recommend

The year is coming to a close and it’s a little frightening how fast time goes by. Today’s post is simple – I’ve been getting asked about products I would recommend to ring in the new year. I decided to keep it simple today by showing a few items that have really caught my attention as of late; and most importantly, I’d like to share with you the high-level of performance from these products. Also, I’d like to preface this recommendation post by stating that I was quite surprised with the results from the products. I wasn’t expecting much; but, I’m happy to report that I’m a satisfied customer.

Product Recommendation List:
1. Benefit‘s Hervana Box Blush
2. Revlon‘s Colorburst Lipgloss in “Cocktail Dress”
3. Samantha Chapman‘s Real Techniques Powder Brush

If you’re looking for good drugstore lip glosses, check our Revlon’s Colorburst shades. The texture is silky and long-wearing for a gloss that isn’t too sticky. “Cocktail dress” is a neutral-barely-there color, but the sparkles are amazing in the light. I like that it’s not obnoxiously sparkly, because I don’t want to walk around looking like I’m 12.

Benefit‘s newest box blush Hervana, is a product I thought about skipping at first. For $28, the price of the blush seemed steep for something that comes in a cardboard box; and for that kinda money, I would normally prefer to delve into the products at the Chanel counter. However, I was drawn to this box blush because of the mixture of colors and the flip-top box.

The swirled colors are various hues of pink – light, frosty, and a peachy-pink medium shade. Swirling your brush into the product produces a light pinky color that’s fresh and not overpowering. The multidimensional shades can be quite forgiving on various skin tones; and, in my opinion, it’s the good “flush of color” on your cheeks without looking overdone or too doll-like.

While looking over reviews online, even those with tanned skin were quite impressed with the color payoff. The pigmentation is quite rich and buttery, and is a good combination of pink and peach. Though the description may not sound like anything too exciting – especially for those of you who already own tons of blushes like me – I agree it’s not a total must-have at the moment.

Benefit’s website says to “swirl on this orchid-blossom blush for a heavenly flush of enlightenment! These four shades—lucky shell, divine peach, heavenly rose and berry delight—blend together perfectly to lift your look to cloud 9.” If you like bold cheek colors, it may be better to pass on this product. However, for those of you who prefer the light flush of color, you may pleasantly surprised with the performance of this product – I know I was.

Many of you may already be familiar with the YouTube gurus from Pixiwoo. Samantha Chapman’s line of synthetic and budget friendly brushes are sold at Ulta stores nationwide. I was a little hesitant at first because the sample brush on display at Ulta was less than impressive. I bought it on a whim because I wanted to travel with a brush that wasn’t expensive and easily replaceable in case something happened to it. The Real Techniques line has eye brushes and face brushes and this powder brush pleasantly surprised me. It’s soft but not too fluffy. It’s structured enough to hold its shape, yet flexible enough to deposit color on areasI want to place it. It doesn’t feel prickly and doesn’t shed its fibers all over the place. Cha-ching! Your powder (loose or compact) is deposited evenly, and I do appreciate that very much from a brush that costs a fifth of what a natural haired department store brush may cost.

How are you liking these products (if you already have them)? If not, what interests you the most?

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