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The 25 Days of Christie: Day 20 + Contest WINNER!

Wisdom Wednesday!! Ahh, time for me to once again impart some type of makeup wisdom upon you all. I know I have posted on this before, but I might as well make a blog post about it.

BB Cream!

What the heck is BB Cream?! I get asked this question at least once a day. Seriously. I will brief you all on BB Cream and what it’s all about. Get ready for this.

BB Cream stands for Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm. The word on the street is that BB Cream was originally formulated to heal scars from plastic surgery by a dermatologist in Germany. The thought being– if you will be putting foundation, concealer, whatever to cover up the scars you have– why not create something that both conceals, heals and protects??? Brilliant. So simple, yet so brilliant. Now of course, we’re always the last to know but Korea took this and ran with it when it was introduced in 1985. There was, at first, just one or two brands making BB Cream and everyone was using it. Then word got out about how amazing this stuff is and how marketable and everyone jumped on the band-wagon. It has been huge in Korea for a while before we, in the US, decided, HEY! I want that too. In 2012 just about every cosmetics company in the US created some variation of BB Cream and they’re all massively different.

The claims of the BB Cream in general are almost near magical– and leave us cynics feeling skeptical at best. It is a formula designed to be an “all in one”, something to replace all the products we use regularly. It is said to heal scars and discoloration as well as cover them, protect the skin from sun damage, hydrate, prime, etc etc etc. Some brands have different purposes, claiming anti-aging properties as well. Sounds wonderful but is it true?! Well… that brings me to…

In my research I found that there are many that claim the US BB Creams just don’t stand up to what the Korean ones pioneered. They are selling it under the name BB Cream, but are tinted moisturizers at best– essentially lacking all the wonderful skin treating and healing properties a true BB Cream is meant to represent. Have I tried every single BB Cream? No. Will I? I seriously doubt it. Can I vouch for this claim? Meh. But I can say what I have found in my searching.

I have tried Urban Decay’s BB Cream and Christian Dior’s BB Cream among the US brands right now and I am absolutely stunned at the massive difference. UD’s is barely even a tinted moisturizer, it comes in one color and has little to no pigmentation. No coverage. It is hydrating… but so is my moisturizer. I don’t get it. Christian Dior’s had better coverage and was hydrating, but still not heavy enough to where I’d consider wearing it without foundation. It was bordering a tinted moisturizer. Literally, vastly different formulas under the same name of “BB Cream”. I needed to see what the hype was about with these Korean brands so I did. I ordered my Missha Signature Real Complete from Amazon, one of the top names of the Korean BB Cream market. I’ve noticed a huge difference between the few that I’ve tried from here and my Missha. It has way more coverage, enabling it to be worn alone as a foundation substitute. It is hydrating and healing, I feel like I’ve seen huge improvements in my skin overall. I have to say I am a huge fan.

What I have concluded from my research is that, fortunately, BB Cream is not a hoax or a scam. While it sounds too good to be true, it lives up to its name and with anything it’s about finding the right brand for you. If you have tried any BB Creams, US or otherwise, feel free to share your opinions! Love to hear ’em.

A Few of My Favorite Things:
Day 1: Tweezerman Tweezers
Day 2: Josie Maran Argan Oil
Day 3: Christian Dior Cuticle Cream
Day 4: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Day 5: MakeUp Forever HD Primer
Day 6: Benefit’s Benetint Tinted Lip Balm
Day 7: Buxom Full Bodied Lip Stick
Day 8: Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips
Day 9: Benefit’s “They’re Real” Mascara
Day 10: Essie Crystal Nail File
Day 11: Benefit’s Watts Up
Day 12: OPI Nail Lacquer
Day 13: MAC Brushes
Day 14: Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask
Day 15: MakeUp Forever HD Powder
Day 16: Smith’s Rosebud Salve
Day 17: Missha Signature Real Complete BB Cream
Day 18: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
Day 19: MakeUp Forever HD Foundation
Day 20: Hot Tools Marcel Curling Iron
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I love my irons, I have four– a 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch, 1 inch, and 1 1/2 inch. They’re all marcel, except the 1 1/2 inch and they’re all gold plated. They heat fast and create some bangin, long lasting curls. The tools are extremely important when it comes to getting a good, long lasting style. A marcel is when an iron doesn’t have a spring clip, so instead of feeding it through the bottom and rolling it up and waiting, you feed it through from the root and pump it with your fingers. Takes some getting used to but it’s pretty wonderful.

Last but not least… the winner for Makeup Monday Giveaway!!!

Ohhhhh this brings me so much joy! Congrats to ELIZABETH COOK for winning the Makeup Monday Giveaway!!! I love Makeup Monday! Send me your info girl! Christiecaiola@hotmail.com

Thanks for playing along my friends!!!!! This upcoming Monday is the last giveaway and the final day in the 25 Days of Christie! It might be a big one ;). I hope you all have been having as much fun as I have with this goofy excuse to post as much as I have heh.

Happy Sunny-But-Chilly Wednesday!

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The 25 Days of Christie: Day 18 + Giveaway!!

MAKEUP MONDAY!! I love Makeup Monday– it’s kind of my favorite day in the 25 DoC.

Today’s giveaway will be…

A full sized Buxom Full Bodied Lip Stick!!!

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Don’t be alarmed, this lip stick does not hurt or tingle, but it does make your lips look and feel fuller and smoother. It is hydrating, soft and long lasting with a great color payoff.

Now, here’s the catch. YOU get to pick your own color if you win!! So, enter the contest by following the rules below and I will announce the winner tomorrow. If you win, I will send you the link to see the color swatches and you can send me your choice along with your info.

Here’s how to enter:
1. “Like” my Facebook fan page if you haven’t already.
2. Share this blog post on Facebook.
3. Comment on this blog post any product that you’ve been dying to try along with your full name.

*Contest ends 11:59PM Tuesday night. I extended it to Tuesday night since I posted this so late! Winner will be drawn Wednesday morning. Facebook is in no way responsible or involved in the contest process.

A Few of My Favorite Things:
Day 1: Tweezerman Tweezers
Day 2: Josie Maran Argan Oil
Day 3: Christian Dior Cuticle Cream
Day 4: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Day 5: MakeUp Forever HD Primer
Day 6: Benefit’s Benetint Tinted Lip Balm
Day 7: Buxom Full Bodied Lip Stick
Day 8: Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips
Day 9: Benefit’s “They’re Real” Mascara
Day 10: Essie Crystal Nail File
Day 11: Benefit’s Watts Up
Day 12: OPI Nail Lacquer
Day 13: MAC Brushes
Day 14: Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask
Day 15: MakeUp Forever HD Powder
Day 16: Smith’s Rosebud Salve
Day 17: Missha Signature Real Complete BB Cream
Day 18: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
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I love this curler, it works on everyone’s lashes even the tiniest and straightest. It is well known in the industry and for good reason! It can’t be beat!

Only ONE MORE WEEK of the 25 Days of Christie– and one more giveaway. I have a feeling the last giveaway might be a big one ;). Stay tuned!

Sorry for the late post today. Hubs and baby are sick =(. Have to keep this place together!

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The 25 Days of Christie: Day 16 and 17, St. Patty’s Day + 80’s Themed Lingerie Party??

Whoa, this is one jam packed post. I hope you’re ready for all this.

So, I missed posting yesterday (my first miss in the 25DoC so far– not bad) so I am playing catch up as well as posting some fun pictures from a party I had the pleasure of attending for a very lovely and beautiful friend of mine and wishing you all a happy and safe St. Patty’s Day.

Today is Sit-Back Sunday— and boy, do I need it. Take the opportunity to relax today, go makeup-free (at least for a couple of hours since I know you’ll all be rocking green shadow for St. Patrick’s Day). Sunday is a great chance to give yourself a face mask, throw some cucumbers on your eyes and let your skin breathe. I think I may do just that…

Yesterday was a full day. I had a makeup trial for a beautiful May bride, Linda, in the morning and then got ready for a fun filled night of Madonna, bad hair, and hot pink pants (okay, maybe I was the only one guilty of the bad hair and the hot pink pants…). Something about the 80’s and showering someone in lingerie makes me a little out of control. I may have embarrassed myself, no alcohol needed. I’m pretty sure there’s video of me somewhere leading a group of women in a “choreographed” (not really) dance to I Wanna Dance With Somebody that I pray never surfaces. However, there will be some gems circling the internet one way or another, might as well break the ice.

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Oh yes, I went there. Leotard and all. Even pulled out my 1/2 inch curling iron for this. I’m thinking I might perm my hair like this regularly– only I’d 100% rock the heck out of a fro. Only in my dreams…

 

NOW for the favorite things that I missed!

A Few of My Favorite Things:
Day 1: Tweezerman Tweezers
Day 2: Josie Maran Argan Oil
Day 3: Christian Dior Cuticle Cream
Day 4: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Day 5: MakeUp Forever HD Primer
Day 6: Benefit’s Benetint Tinted Lip Balm
Day 7: Buxom Full Bodied Lip Stick
Day 8: Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips
Day 9: Benefit’s “They’re Real” Mascara
Day 10: Essie Crystal Nail File
Day 11: Benefit’s Watts Up
Day 12: OPI Nail Lacquer
Day 13: MAC Brushes
Day 14: Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask
Day 15: MakeUp Forever HD Powder
Day 16: Smith’s Rosebud Salve
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Day 17: Missha Signature Real Complete BB Cream
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I love my Rosebud Salve, it is something I gift to people no matter the occasion and something I always have on hand (or three or four in various different locations around my house, car, purse, whatever). It is light, wonderful and magical. Yes, magical. I love my Dr. Lipp but this to me will never be replaced. It is also a little glossy so it gives your lips a nice shine as well as conditions and protects. Joy.

Now, my Missha BB Cream is out of this world. Out. Of. This. World. And, quite literally, out of this country since it’s sold in Korea. I know I’m insane but I’m so glad I ordered this it has not disappointed. It feels wonderful on my skin, it has light coverage but surprisingly is buildable. It treats and heals as well as protects from sun damage. I am over the moon for this product and know so many women that I’ve recommended this to that love it just as much. I have been testing out many different types of BB Cream from the states and haven’t found one that compares to my Missha.

Whew, a mouthful! Well, hubs has the flu it seems so I will be caring for my poor sniffly, achy man today. Enjoy your Sunday everyone and prepare those clicking fingers for tomorrow’s MAKEUP MONDAY GIVEAWAY!!!

 

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The 25 Days of Christie: Day 13

Wisdom Wednesday! Here’s a bit of wisdom when it comes to your makeup application– Let’s talk brows.

Brows are an essential part of a makeup application. They frame the eyes and draw attention to them, which is where most people feel their best asset on their face is! Keep them trimmed, shaped and tidy, not too thin or unruly and always fill them in when doing your makeup. This simple step adds a dramatic difference… but most people are either too afraid to do it or don’t even know where to start. The rule of thumb is to go a couple shades lighter than your actual brow color, never the same shade or darker. If you’re using a pencil, make sure it’s sharp and apply the color in strokes, almost to resemble natural hair growth to ever so subtly fill in those gaps and sparse areas. The same can be said about a powder application as well. I use a small angled eye liner brush and wet powder to apply it to the brows in small strokes. If it looks too harsh you can soften it by brushing it with a brow brush, or even just lightly tapping it with your fingers.

There you go, friends. Brow wisdom!

A Few of My Favorite Things:
Day 1: Tweezerman Tweezers
Day 2: Josie Maran Argan Oil
Day 3: Christian Dior Cuticle Cream
Day 4: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Day 5: MakeUp Forever HD Primer
Day 6: Benefit’s Benetint Tinted Lip Balm
Day 7: Buxom Full Bodied Lip Stick
Day 8: Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips
Day 9: Benefit’s “They’re Real” Mascara
Day 10: Essie Crystal Nail File
Day 11: Benefit’s Watts Up
Day 12: OPI Nail Lacquer
Day 13: MAC Brushes
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Almost every single one of my brushes are MAC and I love them. I’ve had some of them since I started doing makeup and really haven’t had to buy brushes in a very long time (fact: I just bought a new brush today… but it wasn’t a replacement, it was one I never had!). They are great for applying product of all varieties and I have multiple versions of certain brushes that I use often so I can work on multiple people before I have to clean them. Great tools make a huge difference in how your product is applied!

Happy Wednesday, friends!

 

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Most. Stunning. Bride. Ever.

Just did a trial for my bride, Heather, who will be getting married this June. She was such a joy, upbeat and is a hugger like me! With great conversation and a laid back atmosphere, we chatted and did makeup. Truly, sometimes I just feel like my job is a perpetual “Girl’s Day”. Like I’ve known these women forever and I get to play makeup. And then I remember I’m a professional. Weird. Anyway, I am so excited about her wedding day and that I get the absolute privilege to be a part of it! Here is her before and after of her trial makeup– seriously is she not stunning?

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Heather, you were such a pleasure and you are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for the opportunity to play makeup!

Enjoy your day all!

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The 25 Days of Christie: Day 11

MAKEUP MONDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hooray another giveaway!!!!!!!!!!! Today is gray and gross and it’s Monday– what better day than to get free stuff? After much thought, I’ve decided to give away a travel sized Makeup Forever HD Primer!!!!! This was on my list of My Favorite Things a few days ago and it has been my favorite primer for years. It smooths out your skin, creates a barrier between your skin and foundation, and makes your makeup last much longer. It’s an absolute must have.

primertravel

Here’s how to enter:
1. “LIKE” my Facebook fan page if you haven’t already.
2. Share this post on Facebook.
3. Comment on this blog post your can’t-leave-the-house-without product in your purse right now!

*Contest ends 11:59PM tonight. Facebook is in no way responsible or involved in the contest process.

A Few of My Favorite Things:
Day 1: Tweezerman Tweezers
Day 2: Josie Maran Argan Oil
Day 3: Christian Dior Cuticle Cream
Day 4: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Day 5: MakeUp Forever HD Primer
Day 6: Benefit’s Benetint Tinted Lip Balm
Day 7: Buxom Full Bodied Lip Stick
Day 8: Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips
Day 9: Benefit’s “They’re Real” Mascara
Day 10: Essie Crystal Nail File
Day 11: Benefit’s Watts Up
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This is a highlighter that could be used really, as a go-to last minute fresh faced look or as finishing touches to a full makeup application. It can be applied to your cheek bones, your brow bone, the inner corner of your eyes, the bridge of your nose and the center of your lips (or all or just one of those). Generally I use it on my cheek bones and it gives the skin a healthy glow and a gorgeous highlight. I know, it seems I’m a little obsessed with Benefit’s products… It’s kind of true. They’re just too darn good.

Good luck on today’s Makeup Monday Giveaway! Can’t wait to hear from you!

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The 25 Days of Christie: Day 10

Sit-Back Sunday!! Wow, sorry for the late post! Worked today for our Easter/Spring Mini-Sessions with Kievning Photography. Got to make up some beautiful mamas today and yesterday, it was such a joy! Stay tuned for some pics! And tonight, my cousin is visiting from Hawaii. He’s a marine and we’ve eaten a feast of corned beef and cabbage– Deeeeeeelish. Anyway, back to our fun filled themed days. Today is Sit-Back Sunday, which if you’re just tuning in means no makeup! Let your skin breathe, put on a face mask, some cucumbers on your eyes and RELAX! Give your skin a break and pamper yourself before the week starts again! If you’re feeling brave, post your beautiful, makeup-free face to my Facebook page.

A Few of My Favorite Things:
Day 1: Tweezerman Tweezers
Day 2: Josie Maran Argan Oil
Day 3: Christian Dior Cuticle Cream
Day 4: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Day 5: MakeUp Forever HD Primer
Day 6: Benefit’s Benetint Tinted Lip Balm
Day 7: Buxom Full Bodied Lip Stick
Day 8: Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips
Day 9: Benefit’s “They’re Real” Mascara
Day 10: Essie Crystal Nail File
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This nail file is un.be.lievable. It never dulls, it cleans easily, and smooths nicely. I’ve had the same nail file for years, it’s not too jagged and it doesn’t wear down. Literally, most genius invention ever. I. Love. This. Thing.

Tomorrow is Makeup Monday!!! Prepare yourselves for another giveaway!!!!!!!!

Happy Sunday!

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