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BB VS CC

I’ve been asked a qarter of a billion times about the difference between CC cream and BB cream.  And if they’re even worth it.  Since I’m not above self promotion, I figured I’d explain it on here, so whenever someone asks me- I can just send them right over!

Now, keep in mind that not all brands are created equal.  They don’t all offer the same benefits.  And like all makeup- one size does not fit all.   Your best bet is to try products at stores with good return policies.  Sephora, MAC, Target, and a couple of drug stores will allow returns on used products.  Unfortunately- you have to be your own guinea pig.

With all that said- We’ll start alphabetically

BB Cream.  (Beauty Balm, and occasionally called Blemish Balm) BB Cream is essentially a tinted moisturizer that’s started a new healthier lifestyle.   It contains SPF, and usually skin beneficial antioxidants.  BB Cream is also adds a little more coverage than a regular tinted moisturizer but not enough for fuller coverage foundation.   Although it does contain a certain amount of SPF, it’s generally not a good idea to skip your facial sun screen if you plan on being in the sun at all.  With sunscreen we usually apply it all over the face, neck, ears, and chest.  Due to the actual pigment in a BB cream you’re less likely to apply it to those same areas, leaving them vulnerable to harmful SPF rays.  Because the BB cream is less opaque, you can usually get away with using it over your sun screen on the days you don’t want to actually wear foundation.   Especially now that Summer is just about here.  Its a great alternative to wearing a full face to the pool/beach/lake.

CC Cream (Color Correcting)

The name says it all.  CC Cream usually has all of the same benefits as a BB cream (although usually offers less coverage/pigment) it does focus more on color correcting issues.  CC cream is great for people with dull, red, or skin with dark spots.   CC Cream also focuses more on long term correction.  So not only are you correcting skin discoloration issues immediately, a good CC cream is packed with vitamins and ingredients that can treat and fade skin issues.

Both the CC and BB cream can be used as a sort of skin primer. (under your foundation).

So if you were to ask me which one you should purchase I would have to say “it depends”.

Which it really does. On a daily basis I would use my CC cream under my foundation to help even out my skin tone, and even on days when I’m just around the house -makeup free. I would definitely use the BB cream on those days where you just don’t want a ton of makeup on but you also don’t want to sporting blotchy skin!

I guess what I’m saying is- arm yourself with both!  Do your research on ingredients.  And find which works best for you!

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Raven Maven

How do I love Catherine.  Let me count the ways.

It’s not often I meet someone with as dry of a sense of humor as me.  But when I do.  You better believe I hold on to them tight.  Well probably not.  I’m not a touchy person.  But I do like them a whole-whole lot!  And I do.  I really do like me some Catherine.

I loved getting to know Catherine and her family.  They were all so.. sassy.  I love sassy.   SO much so that I got up super early so that I could head out and have Catherine, her mom, and sister ready to go by 9am!  (Crazy as it is, her wedding was on the same day as the wedding I just posted about the other day!)

Catherine has the best dark raven hair.  And just a gorgeous smile.  She chose to do a sleek and classic updo with a smooth bun.  As well as traditional foundation with a gorgeous pink lip.  Check out that dress too.  Love it!

Photos by Everest Road Photography

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Tweeeelllvee Wedding haiiirs!

That title, my dear friends was in the tune of the 12 days of Christmas.  In honor of our lovely Christine.  The lovely and amazing event planner Barbara with Barbaras Brides sent Christine our way.  I knew right away that Christine was going to be a doll.  Barbara sends me the best clients.  I know I say that a lot about the vendors I work with, and it’s starting to make me think they like me!  I mean, you only want to send your friends the best of the best right?  And that’s Christine.  So very kind.  I met Christine at her makeup trial.  (She had her hair stylist come in from Houston to do her hair).  We spent most of the trial chatting.  It was lovely.  Especially for someone like me.  Who will talk your ear off.  Christine needed us to come out and do hair and makeup for her 8 bridesmaids, 2 moms, and 2 flower girls.  That’s 12 hair.  Almost all of the bridesmaids added on airbrush makeup services as well.  So needless to say, it was a busy day.  But luckily I work with the best team of ladies.  If you’ve worked with me you’ll know my lovely and amazing assistant Chelsea.  If you haven’t worked with me, then you’ve probably worked with Tavia.  She is the right hand lady of LucieMarie.  I brought Tavia along for this group which is a rare treat.  I hardly get to work with Tavia because she’s busy with weddings of her own.

So Chelsea and I worked on all of the hair while Tavia powered through some airbrush makeup.  (with the exception of the bride.  Because I did her trial, I did her makeup on her wedding day).  It was a busy but super easy day.  Everyone loved their looks, and pretty much wanted us to do whatever we wanted.  I was having artistic freedom overload!

Christine chose airbrush makeup for it’s longevity, a natural eye that still “popped” and naturally dramatic lashes.

A super special thanks to Rebel with a Camera for sending me these pictures.  I love not having to bug photographers for pictures!

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Katy

Where do I begin with sweet and soo soo pretty Katy?

Let’s begin by mentioning that one of my favorite people and photographers shot this wedding.  Magan with Urban Grey   referred me to Katy a while back.  She always sends me the sweetest of clients so of course I was excited to work with her.  It’s one of those thing where you’re really hoping the trial goes well.  You don’t want your friend to look bad for referring someone who does bad work, and you don’t want someone to think you do bad work!  Stressful all around.

You know what’s not stressful?  Katy.  Katy is a doll.  So stress free, so sweet, and easy going.  I had a lot of fun working with her and her bridesmaids on her wedding day.  I will say though.  That not everything was a peaches and roses.  Peaches and roses.  Is that even right?  Well anyway.  Not everything was dandy.  ( I have this uncontrollable need to use non-boring adjectives.  So I can’t just say, everything was not awesome.. dang it.  SEE?!, awesome would have been perfect.  )  Katy struggles with perfect skin syndrome.  Like  She doesn’t have pores.  Or wrinkles.  Or blemishes.  Her skin is perfect.  Ugh, and her hair.  Shiny.  Who has perfect hair and skin?!  Katy.  That’s who.

For Katy we did her hair in a romantic and timeless updo, airbrush makeup with natural looking lashes.  Her bridesmaids also chose classic updos as well.

On with the show.

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Shaving off those scales

Okay.  I’ll admit.  Not the best title.  But I didn’t see any other suggestions in the suggestion box so don’t judge.

I get asked a lot.. a lot, a lot about moisturizers.  This is a tough subject because I’m not a dermatologist.  But I do have 500 + Esthetitian hours from cosmetology school.  So same difference right?  (To all my Dermatologist friends who spent countless hours for years studying in medical school, please do not send me a plague of acne, the “same difference” thing was a joke)

I personally have combination skin, that leans more on the oily side.  I get dry patches on my chin and the sides of my nose.  While most of my “T” zone stays well… lubricated.

Not all moisturizers are created equal.  A $60 department store moisturizer may not work as well for you personally as the $10 store brand.  You just have to know what to look for. You want to always look for “noncomedogenic” this just means it won’t clog.  Moisturizers with an SPF of at least 15 are ideal as well.  We don’t want to have to go over the woes of sun spots next right?   Alcohol, parabens, and petroleum are major ingredients in a lot of moisturizers.  All which are ironically bad for you and bad for your skin!

I personally have to use a different moisturizer for winter and summer.  I am much more dry in the winter.  So a heavier moisturizer is needed.   If you have sensitive skin ( Or any kind of skin for that matter) scented moisturizers are probably going to be irritating if not more drying.  Before applying you want to make sure you wash your face and lightly pat dry with a clean towel.  Then immediately apply the moisturizer.  Damp and wet skin absorb moisture faster than dry skin.

Cetaphil is actually the #1 moisturizer recommended by all 5 dermatologist that I’ve ever worked with.

Cetaphil

I personally try to go the more natural route and use Jojoba oil, coconut oil, and/or argan oil.  The coconut oil should be extra virgin.  I’m not 100% sure what the difference between Virgin and Extra Virgin is.  (It’s been unclear to me since high school ;)  )  I can only assume because I’m too lazy to google that it has something to do with the processing and filtration.   Do a test spot for a couple of days because coconut oil can possibly clog pores.  It’s typically better used for dry patches on the skin, but not every day topical use.  Eating coconut oil is great for your complexion however!  All of these are also great for your hair!  These are total game changers.  You’ll thank me later I promise! There are millions of recipes out there as well for lotion bars where you can add in these oils yourself.  I tried making one once and it only made me itchy.  So I just use a pea size amount of either of these oils that I have on hand and rub it into my face.   Shea butter is actually a popular ingredient you usually see moisturizers boasting about on their labels.  But it’s usually a miniscule amount.  You really need raw shea butter in larger amounts to get it’s full effect.

 

Oily Skin

A lot of people with oily skin skip the moisturizer.  Which is a HUGE .. HUGE mistake.  When you have oily skin, and you don’t moisturize you’re making your skin work over time on producing oils because it’s needing more.   All this = even more oil production which = even oilier skin!  That being said, if you have sever acne and really oily skin, you’ll need to find the right balance.  Speak to your dermatologist about whats best for you.

You want to avoid greasy moisturizers, and find a nice light one that works for you.

A CHEAP tip for my oily skinned amigos.  Ditch the oil absorbing papers that cost you $8+ for 50 sheets.  (okay, I totally made that price up, but you’ll get my point in a minute) and run to Sallys and buy you some Perm papers!  Same difference except you get 1000 for like, $5 tops.

Dry skin

Heavier moisturizers that fall into the same guidelines listed above should work well for you.  Lather some of that on and let it sit for a few minutes before lightly blotting off the excess.

Be sure to moisturize twice a day.  After washing your face with a gentle face wash.  If you’re feeling dry and stiff through out the day but already have makeup on, Evian makes a great face mister.  It wont saturate your face like a regular spray bottle.  It lightly mists.

Combination Skin

You’re probably feeling a little torn on what to do.  Just be sure to wash your face morning and night, use a good toner- and just experiment a little to see which type of moisturizer would work best for your skin type.  You may want to focus on the most problematic area.  Are you super oily in some spots and only moderately dry in others?  If so you want to mucus on the oily side.   You can even go as far as getting two different kinds of moisturizers to go on each portion of  the face.   The natural routes seem to be a great fit for those with combination skin.

Don’t know if you’re dry or oily skinned?  Well if you have to ask you’re likely combination.   Some days your dry, some days you’re oily

So folks.  Hopefully that helped a little bit.  I could on on forever about this subject but I wont.  Feel free to leave me a comment with any questions and/or email me.  I’ll help the best way I can!

 

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