Sunday, April 21, 2013

BB, CC, What What??

I'm sure I'm not the only one out there in the beauty world wondering what the crap all these BB and CC creams are. Just in the last few weeks I've been noticing them popping up in stores and in ads, but the first time I really heard of them was through my Birchbox. I have yet to get one, but it piqued my curiosity to figure out what they were exactly.

Last night I was at Target and I picked up the new Elle magazine and while flipping through it I literally counted 5 full page ads just talking about these creams specifically. Their descriptions always lead me to feel quite confused at exactly what they were. Foundations, moisturizers, tinted creams? Well, I've done my research and I'm here to tell you what they are, and what the difference between "BB" and "CC" is!

BB Cream - "Beauty Balm"

BB cream is really where all this stuff started. Its been around for a very long time, but in the last year its gained popularity. It is a product which does the job of your moisturizer, primer, foundation, powder and SPF all in one. 

BB creams usually contain:
- Anti-aging components, including peptides and antioxidants like Vitamins A, E and C.
- Super moisturizers such as hyaluronic and glycerin.
- Ingredients like licorice and arbutin that even out skin tone.
- Light reflecting mica to give skin a luminous finish.
- Silicone based ingredients, such as dimethicone, which help smooth out the skin, acting like a foundation primer.

So all these fabulous things mixed into one product must be perfect a perfect product for everyone, right? I guess not. There are some down sides to a BB cream and it might not be for everyone. 

Downsides to a BB cream:
-You may have a hard time finding a color match. They are typically sold in just a few colors ranging from fair to medium-dark.
-Wont find acne fighting BB cream if it also contains SPF. The FDA wont allow acne fighting ingredients and SPF to be contained in a singular product.
- Tend to be thicker than a tinted moisturizer but wont provide as much coverage as a foundation.

CC Cream - "Color Correcting"

Now the questions is, what the heck is the difference between a BB cream and a CC cream? At first I thought it was just clever marketing to sell you something that seemed more up and coming than the BB, but after reading up on it, there is actually a difference, albeit a small one. 

CC creams usually contain all the same elements of a BB cream, but takes it to the next level. This primes, protects, moisturizes, controls oil, neutralizes and brightens skin, fades dark spots and sun spots, and diminished post acne marks instantly and over time.

A BB cream is preventative (anti-aging and treats breakouts) while a CC cream is corrective (focuses on existing issues). CC usually contains more coverage than a BB. So like me, if you suffer from acne and need a little more color correction and coverage but dont want to go into a heavy foundation then its the CC cream for you!

In conclusion I think we could all benefit from one of these creams. Im a pretty simple gal when it comes to my make up regimen, but I think after doing all this research on BB and CC creams Ive come to realize Im probably doing it all wrong. Apparently you are supposed to apply all your beauty creams in a specific order. Here is what I read. Wash your face, add serum (huh?), then antioxidants (again, huh?), then hydrate, then lotion (whats the difference between hydrating and lotion?), then SPF, then foundation. These creams take the guess work out of your beauty regimen. Its the only product you need to apply after washing your face and you dont have to worry about which order to apply it to get the best results. 

A few other bonuses:
- The all in one cream will be less expensive over time.
- Faster and easier to apply than multiple products.
- Can still by layered with foundation and concealer to target trouble spots.
- Great option for someone who doesnt like wearing a lot of makeup but still likes simple coverage.

I will definitely be on the market to find which CC cream Ill be buying. Im all about easy application and I cant wait to try one and add it to my favorite list of products. Hope this helped you too!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Tackling another 15 pounds.

I havent been on the Weight Watchers plan since last October, but the last few weeks Ive been feeling like I need to do a re-fresher. When I mentioned this to my co-worker today she seemed surprised Id sign back up on the plan when Ive lost my weight and kept it off. She exclaimed, "Why would you do that?! You are so skinny now and have lost so much, you want to loose more?"

Here are my reasons:

Ive been regularly eating Its-It, on special occasions Ive even had two (thats a whopping 340 calories each)
My portions seem to be getting bigger and Ive been eating everything on my plate
Im not as strict when eating out and tend to eat more than I should be
Even when ordering a salad, I havent been cutting back on my dressing and unhealthier toppings
Ive been drinking more wine/beer than I would be if I was still on the plan

Now, that isnt to say that I haven been staying on track, because I feel like I have done really well at keeping my weight off. What seems to be my hang up is at night after work. Im too tired to put too much effort into choosing healthier options and frankly, the day was stressful and food makes me feel better. 

Heres another "truth" statement. Ive lost a total of 42 pounds to date, but I still want to loose more. I set my original goal at 150 pounds and Im 3 pounds away from that. I set that goal when I was 196 pounds and my goal seemed unattainable at the time. Now that Im only a few pounds away from that, I know I can loose more and I want to challenge myself to do that. 

So, back to Weight Watchers I go, to try an loose another 15 pounds. I feel weird saying I want to loose more weight because I think this time I want to do it not because Im over weight, but because I want to feel more confident about myself and be proud of my body. Yes, Ive lost enough, but I dont want it to just be "enough", I want to feel sexy and confident like I used to and not self conscious. Anyone can relate to this, right?

Im sure this 15 pounds is going to be harder to loose, probably almost more difficult than this 42 pounds, but Im determined and Im excited to see the skinny me in the mirror again. Here we go!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Remember that time we lost $100?

First I must say its been waaaaaaaaaaay too long since I've posted. I took a little hiatus, but now I'm back! Thanks for sticking around during my time of feeling very uninspired.

Any who. Tonight really sucks. Remember that post I did a while back about our Envelope System? Well, if not you can read it here. I normally keep all our envelopes in our kitchen in a box with all our bill related things. I'm pretty organized when it comes to bills and creating our budget and we have been on this system now for at least 10 or so months and have yet to accidentally loose any of our envelopes or misplace our money, until tonight. 

The box, the binder I use to organize our bills, our keys tray and our monkey that holds our laundry room key.

Nathan has a practice space for his music and normally we save the money from the middle of the month pay check and pay the bill at the beginning of the month, so the cash is usually sitting in the envelope for at least two weeks before we pay the bill. The envelope usually stays in the box and the last time I remember seeing it was the last time I did the budget around the 29th of March before I got paid. Well, today was the day Nathan was going to go pay the bill and all of a sudden the envelope isn't there and we both go into a frenzy trying to find it. 

After about 20 minutes of searching everywhere, its still not showing up. We've checked the cars, my purses, under the furniture, everywhere. The most bizarre part is that neither of us usually even take the envelope out of the box we have it in. I withdraw the cash, put it in the envelope and then leave it in the box until Nathan takes it out to pay the rent on the practice space. So the fact that its missing from the box is stumping the both of us. 

The most frustrating part is that I'm the one who does our budget so I feel responsible for the missing envelope. I work so hard to make sure we have everything covered, money saved and room for stuff like this that comes up so we can be responsible and financially stable adults. But I guess when you deal with nothing but cash, at some point some of it is going to go missing. 

Thank God for rainy day funds and having the ability to make things work. Its a good reminder to be more careful with where we keep our money and to keep saving for things that come up. Im just hoping one day Ill be cleaning the house and all of a sudden it will show up and we have an extra $100, cause that'd make my day!