Avon Ideal Flawless CC Cream Review


Avon recently came out with their spin on CC Creams, which I have here today to review for you. Their Ideal Flawless CC Color Corrector Cream contains licorice, Vitamin C, and color-correcting pigments and pearls to improve the look of dullness, dark spots, and uneven skin tone. It also has SPF 50 protection.

Out of the five shades available (Light, Light Medium, Medium, Medium Deep, and Deep) I chose Light Medium, since my skin tone is lighter during the winter. The CC Cream comes in the same shade selection as Avon's BB Cream (review here), but the CC Cream's Light Medium shade is a little bit lighter then the BB Cream's. Okay, let's get to performance.. This CC Cream is a little bit thicker in consistency then the BB Cream and blends pretty easily (I use my hands to apply it). It has light to somewhat medium coverage, so while it evens out the skin tone you would still need a concealer to cover up dark spots or under eye circles if you have them; it's pretty much the same as Avon's BB Cream in terms of coverage. This CC Cream also leaves my skin smooth to the touch, gives a really nice and natural finish, and wears well throughout the day. Overall, I like it! It's nice to wear on those days you don't feel like wearing much makeup, or when you just want a non-heavy base. Unfortunately, I haven't been using it long enough to test Avon's claim of fading dark spots in just two weeks, but if I should notice any big improvements I'll report back to you!

PS. If you have oily skin I would definitely try this over the BB Cream as the latter is thinner, more hydrating, has a slightly dewy finish compared to the CC Cream, and can also make you look quite shiny (especially in the heat!).

The Beauty Kitten Turns Two!


Today makes it two years that I've been beauty blogging, so.. Happy Birthday to my blog! Thank you to all of my readers, whether you've been reading from the start or just recently.. I hope that you all enjoy my posts and I hope to improve more throughout this year :)

OPI Nail Laquer in AmazON... AmazOFF Review & Swatch


Out of the twelve polishes in OPI's new Brazil Collection, AmazON... AmazOFF was the only one that caught my eye. While I could do without the silly name (you're too much sometimes OPI, haha) I absolutely love the color - it's gorgeous!

Speaking of the color, AmazON... AmazOFF is described simply as a deep jungle green which I agree with. It was a pain in the butt to photograph since it wanted to show up much more blue then it is, but after some tweaking in Photoshop I've managed to make it as accurate as I could.



In the above photo I'm wearing two coats of AmazON... AmazOFF. The first coat is pretty thin, but with the second the polish was opaque. As for application, I had no issues and the formula of the polish was nice.. not too thin and not too thick. All around it's a good polish! I definitely recommend it if you're like me and love this kind of color.

Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss Review & Swatches

 
Recently I got to try out six minis of Mary Kay's NouriShine Plus Lip Glosses, and today I'll be sharing my thoughts and swatches with you. The shades that I have here are Icicle, Beach Bronze, Fancy Nancy, Pink Luster, Berry Tart, and Red Passion, but there are also eight more shades to choose from.
 
L-R: Icicle, Beach Bronze, Fancy Nancy, Pink Luster, Berry Tart, Red Passion
 
Icicle is a standard clear gloss, Beach Bronze is (obviously) a bronze, Fancy Nancy is a peachy pink akin to something like NARS Orgasm, Pink Luster is a bright, yellow toned pink, Berry Tart is a cool violet, and Red Passion is a bright, warm red. As you can see from the swatches each shade also contains shimmer.
 
Mary Kay claims that their shades are rich, intense, and long wearing, and that these glosses will give you brilliant shine and an instant boost of moisture that will leave the lips feeling nourished. Unfortunately, I wouldn't really call the shades that I have rich or intense.. Even Red Passion, which I thought was the most opaque, became really sheer once applied to the lips. These glosses are on the tacky side (but not quite sticky which I hate) so they do have pretty good wear time though. As for leaving my lips feeling nourished? They were pretty comfortable to wear and my lips did feel a bit softer afterwards but it wasn't anything amazing. Overall, these are nice glosses but would I pay almost $20 for a full size? Personally, no. For that price I'd rather get myself a MAC gloss, and there are also plenty of great options at the drugstore if you wanted something cheaper. What are your thoughts?