I was introduced to the concept of BB creams by my friend, Frugie. She is always on the up and up when it comes to makeup trends and miracle creams, so I took her advice and picked up some Garnier BB cream at a drugstore for around thirteen dollars.
I was amazed at how much better my skin looked after using it. It worked really well at minimizing the imperfections in my skin and it contained SPF-15. Another thing worth mentioning is that it’s tinted, so it took the place of my old foundation completely.
I could barely contain my excitement when I heard about CC creams.
“Could it be true? Could CC cream really be as good, or better than BB cream?”
Ready to work my way through the skin care alphabet, I headed to Clinique to purchase their CC cream. It was $36 before tax, which was around three times what I was paying for the Garnier BB cream. I hoped it would pay off.
I was thrilled with the results. The Clinique CC cream provided even better coverage than the BB cream I’d been using, and gave my patchy skin tone a more smooth, cohesive look.
Here are my before and after photos.
Amazing!! The results speak for themselves.
Now, I’m going to go even further as I show you my transition from a freshly-washed face, to my face with Clinique CC cream, and NO MAKEUP.
*Note- if you have a weak stomach, are pregnant, or have children in the room please understand that the following images may be disturbing. Loripalooza is not responsible for the needless ransacking of your house, or injuries to yourself and others should these instances arise after seeing the following images. Possible side effects from viewing these images could include, but are not limited to daymares, sleep screaming, and impotence.
I know what you’re thinking.
“Why mess with perfection?”
Trust me, I get that all the time.
Voila! Brighter under the eyes and a more even tone… which now draws attention to my droopy mouth. Ugh!
The three things to take home from this experience.
- Headgear is great for masking a droopy mouth.
- I will probably be unrecognizable by the time they come out with ZZ cream.
- I’m really afraid of what DD cream will be made of.
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I’ve joked before about my Terminal End Stage Acne Disease (TESAD), and while that was a bit of an exaggeration (and perhaps a made up disease) I’m still a thirty-one year old with the complexion of a fifteen year old.
My dermatologist has opted to put me on Accutane, which is a medication with serious implications to a fetus, should you become pregnant. I’m not at risk for pregnancy for reasons that are none of your business, but the FDA wants to make doubly sure that no one gets pregnant while on this medication. In addition to the rigorous hoops you have to jump through to prove you aren’t pregnant, you are also required to sign more paperwork than required for buying a house.
My favorite part of this whole process is making sure that everyone knows what causes pregnancy in a booklet called, Separating the Myths from the Facts. I do realize that the majority of people who take this medication are teens, but I was greatly disturbed to realize what some of today’s myths are. I’ll share a few with you. Keep in mind the language used is targeted toward teenagers.
- You cannot get pregnant if you do it standing up.
- You cannot get pregnant if you have sex underwater.
- “My partner said he is sterile because he had mumps, and he hasn’t gotten anyone else pregnant.”
- Sexually active means you have to move during sex. If I do not move, I cannot get pregnant. (My personal favorite. This particular myth makes me want to find a teenager and punch them in the gonads.)
If today’s youth actually subscribe to these myths, then they have problems far worse than acne to attend to. This is why there is a show called 16 and Pregnant. Maybe somewhere there is a chemist coming up with an acne treatment that also causes sterility.