Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream Review

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Having been in love with multiple BB creams, let’s just say they work great for my skin. I was intrigued by the new CC products that kept popping up left and right! And the first CC cream that I tried, aside from the samples in the store, was this Studio Gear Hydrating one.

CC stands for Color Correcting. And that’s just what I need. Back in my high school/college years I used to have a lot of serious acne that left some scars. And even though oil pulling has greatly helped my skin condition, I still wanted a cover up, that would look good and feel good.

This product promises:

Hydrating CC Cream transforms and enhances your complexion in an incredibly light, smooth formula. This foundation simultaneously fights aging, retains moisture, and covers and treats blemishes with a non-oily, perfectly radiant finish.

Key Benefits:

Prevents fine lines and wrinkles with collagen-building ingredients
Restores skin elasticity by promoting moisture retention
Brightens and illuminates skin with a non-oily, complete coverage application

Not too bad right? So let’s see what it did to my skin!

Before

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After

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Texture and color of the product

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I have been using the CC cream for over a month now, I had a travel size sample before committing to the larger version. Let me explain a bit. Even though I got this product for free, I often decline offers to try or test a certain item, because I already have so many of the similar item. I know free is appealing and good, but who needs 10 foundations or blushes? That’s why before I accept products for review, I think twice!

I also like the hydrating feature. Since I wake up really early, sometimes when I do my makeup I’m not completely awake yet, and I forget to put on moisturizer. Yeah… So this is a great way for me to keep my skin hydrated, even if I mess my beauty routine up.

In the end of the day, it’s a great product, it does wear off though, but looks and acts great under a layer of powder. SPF factor is also a great plus. But it is pricey and I probably wouldn’t buy it for myself if I had the choice.

Have you tried a CC cream? What are your thoughts on the whole alphabetized skin care products trend?

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O is for Overalls {A-Z Challenge}

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How could I not post about overalls? The more important question here though is – How do I still not own a pair? I don’t know. I am trying and looking and hoping to find an awesome pair at a thrift store. But, alas, nothing so far. Only my Mavatar collections, which you can check out here:

 

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I am wearing: Jeans: True Religion (hand me down), Top – TJ Maxx, Scarf – Wild Ruffle, Booties – Target, Jacket – Old Navy, Tote – Free People

Dressing up on days off is hard, I hate to admit that. Sometimes I don’t even want to get out of my sweats or pajamas. But it always pays off to make that effort. I feel better about myself, my body and my life in general. I have also been struggling with my hair a bit lately. Now that it’s growing out, I am not sure if I want to cut it again, or just trim it and let it grow out a bit longer. Decisions, decisions. Braids have become my way out though. I’ve been French braiding my hair, and seem to be getting away with it.

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It’s Raining Through My Fingers

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How was your Easter?! Sugar coma anyone? I hope you spent the day with those you love and care for!

I did some damage to my wallet on Friday. That’s what happens when you have Good Friday off, right? But after going to Patisserie 46 for coffee and desserts with a friend, we absolutely had to stop by at Opitz on Excelsior in St Louis Park. And even though I love TJ Maxx dearly, Opitz, hands down, has better designer items at better prices. So I stocked on some amazing Free People items, like this lace sweater and the distressed jeans! And man, fitting into a size 26 felt really good!

Saturday I stopped by our Buffalo Exchange, to support the $1 Earth Day sale, and see what they’ve been up to there, and came out with some amazing stuff as well! So I have a lot a lot a lot of haul videos to make!

Now I am trying to recover from the Easter feast and get back on track with my job and blog! What are your goals for this week?

Zhenya

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Hello, Moto!

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Happy Saturday!

Above all else today I wish you spring, and joy, and edge! I wish you the ability to freely express yourself and be who you are, and be with who you want to be!

Zhenya

I’m wearing: Dress – JCrew – thrifted, Faux Leather Jacket – TJ Maxx, Cut out boots – Forever 21, Tote – Free People, Sunnies – Lucky

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N is for Necklace {A-Z Challenge}

spring-summer-necklaces statement-necklaces There is nothing like a necklace to make an outfit stand out. And if you ask me, that’s my favorite piece of jewelry! I have so many different ones in my collection! But after creating these necklace boards, I got really inspired to go back to DIYs and make my own. How is this one for inspiration? DIY-necklace-inspiration I can’t wait to show you the final result. I am also starting fashion illustration, and if you want me to draw you or one of your favorite outfits from the blog, leave me a comment below! Happy Friday!

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M is for Muumuu {A-Z Challenge}

 

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One of my favorite wardrobe stylists Eric Daman was known for wearing Muumuus in college. That’s how everyone knew who he was. Of course now everyone knows who he is thanks to the shows like Gossip Girl and Carrie’s Diaries. To me Eric is an inspiration and a reminder never to be afraid to wear something that makes me feel good, and helps me stand out. Hence, this muumuu inspired collection! I am off today, so I think I’ll spend some time reconnecting with the vintage pieces in my wardrobe! How are you spending your Friday?

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Crazy Color-block Cocktails

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Are you ready to go out with me? It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be funky, it’s going to be crazy! It’s spring, and there are so many beautiful colors in the palette! I love this dress for it’s straight lines, and color combo. It’s an amazing piece that’s perfect for spring and summer. And you never know, there might be some dancing involved, after those cocktails!

I am wearing: Dress: 10 Dollar Mall ~ Shoes: Target ~ Jacket: Vintage thrifted ~Glasses: thrifted

Last week I had an opportunity to do a photo shoot at a local boutique (Dji G’s Boutique) in Northeast Minneapolis. Here is a little behind the scenes for you. And of course I will share pictures once they are ready.

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I know it’s been crazy with A to Z challenge, and all my outfit photos. Plus the local fashion events are popping up left and right and I love covering those! Hopefully things will slow down in May. I do have some exciting tech posts coming up. I am getting an Intel Tablet here soon, and can’t wait to share my experience with you! But enough about me, how have you all been?

For more great cocktail dresses go to: 

Spoolish // Buttons and Birdcages // Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J

Alligator Toe // The Two Cent Chick // Snippets with Alex

Eclecticity // Confessions of a Refashionista // sistasfromcali

Erika’s Style Diary

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2014 WINGs Flight of Fashion

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I love when fashion meets a good cause. And when it comes to WINGs Flight of Fashion, they don’t call it the most meaningful fashion show in the Twin Cities for nothing. And last Friday I had an amazing opportunity to attend that fashion show.

United Way WINGs is committed to investing in women by providing them with the tools to succeed both financially and professionally. Flight of Fashion helps support the WINGs mission by empowering women through fashion and philanthropy.

They raised over $25,000 to support all the different programs they have for girls and women just that night!

The show took place in a beautiful Radisson Blu at the Mall of America and was hosted by Minneapolis-based style expert Grant Whittaker, and Allison Kaplan from MPLS St. Paul Magazine.

Plus a huge shout out to Haus Salon for the wonderful hair! Totally digging all the braids!

To learn more about United Way Women’s Giving, click here.

Of course on top of seeing new styles and looks from local boutiques like Maha, Minq, Motto, Grethen House, June, Fashion Avenue (my favorite upscale consignment shop) and Arrow, was seeing my wonderful blogger friends from Minneapolis/St Paul area! Aren’t we a great looking group?

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From left to right: Katie from To Live for Style, Yours Truly, Cate and Tammy of Wild Ruffle, Meg and Nora of Two Birds, and Sally of Already Pretty 

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 I am wearing: DKNY sequin pants – thrifted, nude heels – Target, button down – TJ Maxx, Necklace – Wild Ruffle, tote – Free People

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L is for Lace {A-Z Challenge}

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As much as I would like to make this post about leather, I am going a different, more feminine route this time and posting about lace. Some may consider lace old fashioned, it definitely doesn’t have the edge leather brings to an outfit. But sometimes no edge is good. I feel like I’ve been edgy with a lot of my outfits lately. I think it helps me stay strong and confident. You know they say – be careful about your style, it tells people who you are. Sometimes I want my style to state that I am tough and strong and you better not mess with me. But today I am feeling girly and flirty, today is about lace.

If your style could talk, what would it say about you?

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PS. There will be an edgy outfit featuring my amazing faux leather jacket later this week! But shhh!

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