For the last year, BB creams were the beauty-product-du-jour. It seems like every brand came out with one, and ads on TV and in magazines all touted BB creams as THE skin solution.
I had never tried a BB cream because I felt that they wouldn't provide enough coverage for my skin, which is breakout prone. I like to use concealer to help hide imperfections (like blemishes and unevenness) and then top that with a powder foundation for a smooth, matte finish.
About a year after the reign of BB creams, I suddenly started to notice ads and commercials for CC creams. Promising to offer more coverage and color correction than BB creams, my interest was piqued.
I recently had the chance to test out ALMAY® smart shade CC cream™ . It promises to cover imperfections, correct discoloration in the skin and also to help brighten your skin tone with continued use. It also contains an SPF 35 which is awesome; especially because I live in Texas so extra sun protection is always a plus.
The best part is that the CC cream has Almay's color-match smart shade technology and adjusts to suit your skin tone so there's no guesswork. I used the "light" color and it blends evenly into my skin. I like that it feels moisturizing but not oily, and it gives medium coverage so imperfections are corrected but your real skin still shows through. I've always spent the most time on my skin when I apply makeup because I think having a great "canvas" is crucial to the rest of your makeup looking good. I did add a little concealer on top of Almay's CC cream to help cover a couple of blemishes and then I set the CC cream with a light dusting of Almay's Smart Shade loose powder.
The thing I like about CC cream is that it's kind of an in-between product---not the full coverage of a traditional liquid foundation but more coverage than a tinted moisturizer (or BB cream). It's one of the products I would reach for if I wanted to look a little more polished for a weekend morning of running errands or if I needed to quickly even-out my skin but didn't want to wear a full face of makeup.
Using Almay's CC cream, I created a 'girl's night out" look. Now that I have a baby, girl's nights are very few and far between (okay, let's just call a spade a spade and say there have been no girl's nights since Harper was born, unless you count late night bottles and cuddle sessions as a girl's night). So I thought it would be fun to dress up a little...
Starting my makeup with Almay's CC cream and ending with one of their bright pink color+care liquid lip balm (in "pink pout"), I headed to my closet to select the perfect outfit for a girl's night out. It was an ideal opportunity to wear my new peplum top (yep, definitely jumped on that trend train!)
I like this look because it could be worn for a night out with girlfriends but it's not too fussy---and it's incredibly comfortable too.
My skin with Almay's CC cream and a light dusting of powder- followed by bronzer and blush. You can see a few of the CC cream shades and the gloss I used below!
and here's my girl's night out outfit...
Top- Anthropologie | Jeans- GAP | Shoes- Zara (old) (similar, similar) | Necklace- Groopdealz.com | Bag- Tory Burch Reva Clutch | Sunglasses- Lulu's c/o
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