I know I have been a naughty blogger and haven’t posted in ages. I had some site issues combined with some holidays and well time got away from me. The good news is that I have been testing heap loads of new products in that time and have engaged in a spot of shopping, ok so “a spot” is an understatement but you knew that! I have a lot to share and have been preparing blog posts like the good little obsessive beauty junkie I am. So enjoy today’s makeup musings and I shall be back in the morning to tell you about an amazing lifting treatment and something called ‘the Cinderella effect’. Disney princess’s completely grab my attention.
Now, to the important stuff!
Is there a BB cream on the market that I haven’t purchased? Apparently not. And now I’ve reluctantly jumped on the CC Cream bandwagon. Ugh, I need help. However, some delightful Gosh products arrived a few weeks ago and I have been trying them out every since. I had share the CC Cream Illuminating Foundation and Prime’n Refresh Illuminating Eye Roll-On with you. Loves!
CC Cream Illuminating Foundation
First, the CC Cream. CC is short for Colour Correcting if you haven’t a clue what I’m on about. The idea is that you get cobverage, moisture and SPF 10 in one tube. It claims to even out skin tone and illuminate the skin. It contains light reflecting pigments that hide any imperfections, I’ll tell you whether I agree now in a moment. It contains anti-aging properties that claim to improve microcirculation in the skin.
When I fist applied this I was expecting something glurpy, don’t ask me why it’s just something I have come to expect from CC Creams. It’s nothing like that. It actually feels like a sheer foundation. Very surprising. It applies easily. There’s enough time to blend before it sets and my face didn’t eat up the product. That might sound nuts but occasionally I have had to use tonne of product to cover my face. Not with this guy. I used the smallest amount possible and blended with a flat top kabuki brush. I then went and applied a little more to the spotty and scarred bits, oh how I love them. The coverage is actually pretty decent. If you are expecting something akin to a tinted moisturiser like I was then this isn’t it. which is great for me. It covers well and evened out my skintone.
This product does has illuminating particles so although my skin felt like satin like after application, it did get sparklier as the day went on. It wore well for a CC Cream. I have combination skin at the moment and I didn’t get greasy or dry. I think it actually suited my skin type quite well. I should point out that I used it over my usual spf moisturiser and a primer and I also applied a sheer layer of MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural as I’m prone to oily patches. It looked natural and skin-like which is important in my books. And after 7 hours it was still there, I could see the illuminating particles under artificial light. I did have the usual wearing signs on my chin and around a dry patch, but I get that with any base. I do wonder how it would work on dry or oily skin, those more on the extreme end. I might ask a few friends to give it a try too and update this post with the results.
A note on the packaging. I love the tube, easy to throw in your handbag and zero mess. You can also control exactly how much product you want without waste. I wish all foundations came with a pump or in a tube! The price, at €13.99 is fairly decent, for Ireland anyway. Especially when you consider that you are getting anti-ageing benefits, spf, hydration and coverage. As I mentioned, there are illuminating particles so if you don’t like that in a product that will be an issue for you, particularly as the day goes on.
There are only 6 shades in the line though. I have shade 03 Honey, which is about right for me this time of year, although a touch too ashy so try before you buy to avoid wasting your money. I just warmed it up with a bronzer. All in all a good CC Cream for daytime use; no grease, some spf, hydration, light feeling and sheer, light coverage. But if you are expecting a rich moisturising one, or one without sparkles – think Revlon Photoready, then keep looking.
Prime’n Refresh Illuminating Eye Roll-On
This firming eye roll-on claims to be a perfect base for all eye makeup. If you test it on the back of your hand you will notice two things; one it does give soft-focus illumination and two, it makes your skin look plump and awesome. Apply it on your eyes and its difficult to see the effects right away but it does work for me.
The roller balls are cool on the skin so this helps bring down any puffiness I may have, which is a lot these days let me tell you. The primer is matt but silky, no grease or chalkiness. I have been using it on a daily basis before applying my eye makeup. My concealer goes on smoother and it provides hydration without making my makeup slip. Best of all, no sparkles. It also doesn’t have any preservatives or perfume so is less irritating on the eyes. It costs €10.99 which might be pushing it a little but I likes! Both are available online at Gosh.ie and at pharmacies around Ireland. Any fans of Gosh?