Knowing your B’s and C’s.

As Ferris Bueller famously said ” Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

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If you happen to have looked around recently you may have noticed that our beauty products have been breeding faster than gremlins being fed after midnight. There’s been a huge influx in the super-amazing-one-cream-does-it-all category. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t want that one elusive product that can do so many things with one application?

As you’re well aware of by now, I worship at the altar of BB cream. It is literally the one product that I can truly say I use every single day. And still love. I currently alternate between the Garnier one and the Benefit YouRebel. I’m yet to find any others that give me the same coverage and moisture. I love the fact that a BB cream instantly gives my skin a more even looking tone. And we all know that an uneven skin tone is more ageing than wrinkles, right?

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If you haven’t jumped on the BB wagon yet there may not be a need to. You see, now there’s the CC cream. No, I’m not making this stuff up. CC stands for anything from ‘colour control’ to ‘colour correction’. It does everything a BB cream does with a little extra- it actually corrects your skin tone. If you suffer from dark spots, acne, or generally dull skin, a CC cream will help even out your skin tone and brighten it as well.

The main difference I’ve found between the BB and CC creams is that the CC cream is much lighter. The consistency and colour are completely different from the BB.

The CC I’ve tried and tested is the Loreal Nude Magique CC cream. It’s been on the market for a little while now and I believe it’s going to give the BB creams a run for their money.

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The first thing you’ll notice is that it comes out green and very runny. It’s a mix between a primer and a tinted moisturiser consistency.

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Once you start rubbing it in, it will blend into your skin and eliminate any redness you may have – the result is an even toned complexion. The more you apply with this product the heavier it looks, so be careful. It can turn into a cakey-foundation looking result if you’re too heavy handed.

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As you keep rubbing it in, it adjusts to the colour of your skin and corrects any redness. What you’re left with is a very natural looking finish. The consistency is very moisturising and smooth. (Please excuse my seriously parched hands, I suffer from extreme-dry-handitis!)

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Here’s a close up of the product once applied to my face. This is before any concealer or photoshopping of any kind. (The tired eyes come courtesy of boys that think 5am is an acceptable wake up time!)
In all honesty though, what I love about this CC cream is that with one application the pigmentation I have at the top of my cheeks seems much lighter and almost un-noticeable. The consistency is nice and light so you don’t feel like you have anything on your face either. If you’re after more coverage though you can just add your own concealer/powder over the top.

If you’ve been a BB user for a while like me, you’ll need time to adjust to the lightness of this product. Verdict? If you have fairly normal skin then the BB cream is probably for you. If you’re looking to correct your complexion and get a little more coverage then I’d give the CC cream a go. Have you already tried a CC cream? Let me know what you think. X

*This was not a sponsored post.

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