Wednesday, March 22, 2017

IT Cosmetics CC Cream Review

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Today I'm sharing a review on the It Cosmetics CC cream. It's a medium+ coverage foundation that I've repurchased multiple times. I first fell in love with the product while on vacation in the summer of 2014 (sounds so romantic), and my mom also became a fan after I had her try it on the same trip. She still uses it today! I, however, have moved on to try other things. Keep reading to see why.

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What It Claims:

"Clinically shown to give you 179% of skin hydration, smooth skin texture and enhance skin brightness, this breakthrough color-correcting cream never creases or cracks and instantly camouflages skin imperfections including dark spots. Plus, it’s infused with an advanced anti-aging serum made of hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamins A, B, C and E that work in harmony to diffuse the look of wrinkles, minimize pores and give you a more radiant, supple and flawless-looking complexion."

Sounds like a sweet deal.  Let's see about all that.

Ingredients in It Cosmetics CC Cream:

I'm not going to list them all out because who even know's what all of that is?! Not this girl. but you can read them all here if that's your thing. There's definitely A LOT going on in the list, but I guess that's why they claim it does so many things.

Pros of It Cosmetics CC Cream:

  • Pump Applicator 
  • SPF 50
  • Coverage (medium coverage with half a pump)
  • Easy to blend
  • Natural Glow
  • Cruelty -Free 

I've been using this product for a few YEARS now, and I've turned my mom and her sisters onto it since as well. Not to speak about their age or anything, but I think that shows it's a product that can work with various age groups and not settle into lines. I have never noticed emphasized pores when using this product. I actually didn't even know I had large pores until I started using a new product, but more on that in a different post! 

I can't really tell if it's done anything for brown spots because I've always had freckles that come in the summer and lighten through the winter months, though I can assume the SPF in the product helps to limit exposure and creating new spots. I do question if I get the full benefit of SPF because I don't use a full pump, so if I plan to be in the sun for some time I do apply my own sunscreen underneath to be safe.

So I don't use a full pump? No, because I can get a comfortable amount of coverage for just half the pump amount, which is a bonus because the product lasts me twice as long. I find that a full pump emphasizes the cons I discuss next. 

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Cons of It Cosmetics CC Cream:

Color Range

The limited color range is biggest negative for me, and it seems like I'm not the only one when I looked up some reviews. Most people will require two colors to mix into their perfect shade, and it's way too pricey for that when you can find another suitable color for you somewhere else. This is the main reason I've stopped using it right now. The fair is too gray/ light for me but the light it way too deep + orangey on my pale winter skin tone. When comparing the "light" shade to other light shades, this one is definitely always deeper. It works for me when I self-tan, so I'll probably return to using it in the summer time.


This product doesn't really set - it somewhat sits on top of the skin versus soaking in and setting. If you wore this with a white shirt there could definitely be transfer. I also noticed at times when I touched my face the color would be on my nails.

Wear Time

Because it doesn't really set and has somewhat of a greasy feeling, it will eventually fade and shine up during the day. I usually always set it with a powder and touch up at lunch.

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Final Thoughts on It Cosmetics CC Cream:

I'll start using the It Cosmetics CC Cream again when I have more of a tan in the summer and want something easy to throw on.

I love that it has SPF 50, though I do question it's full benefits if you don't use a full pump.

I can't speak for oily skinned girls, but I don't mind the finish with my drier skin.

I would recommend the original formula over the illumination formula (pink bottle) because I'm not a fan of the subtle sparkle throughout the illumination product.

I really hope they expand their color range of the CC cream because that is the main reason I don't use it today.

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Have you tried the CC cream or other products from It Cosmetics? I've been hearing great things about their bye bye undereye so I may give that a try next.

xo Amanda John

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tulle Sleeves and Pops of Pink

It's no secret I love pink and bows around here, so this outfit is probably one of my top 5 favorite looks I've styled on the blog. Unfortunately, the weather only let us shoot about 15 photos before it rained but I luckily had enough pictures to share!

You may recognize my bow from this post where I wore it in my hair and shared my tips to growing out your hair, but the great thing about it is you can also pin it only a top or skirt because who doesn't love a well-placed bow.

This fun top has been off and on re-stocked in limited sizes. Right now it's available in a small, which is what I'm wearing here but I think I could have also got away with a xs. I just love the fun tulle sleeve! If you're crafty I think this could also be a simple DIY to any striped top.

These shoes run a little big in my opinion, so if you're usually between sizes like me then go with a half size smaller. My bag was recently purchased at a Kate Spade outlet, so if you have one nearby you can shop this little cutie! I linked a similar pink bag from the same brand on sale in the widget below.

I mentioned these jeans on my Instagram stories and y'all seem to love them! I mean who wouldn't want the closest thing to maternity pants on the market? I tucked mine under here to give it a sleeker look at the bottom. Although I wouldn't recommend styling them tucked like in the model at the link. Lets keep these our best-kept secret shall we 😜

Use code STRAWBERRYCHIC for 15% off at Daniel Wellington - not sponsored but I was gifted the product

xo Amanda John 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Haul

Happy first official day of spring! If I could just alternate between spring and fall season I would be ok with that. It's hard to decide between the two, but I think spring shopping is the best of the year. After winter, I'm excited to add some cheerful color to my style. Today I'm sharing some of the pieces I've added to my wardrobe for spring. I also did a haul on my Youtube channel if you prefer video format. 

Bow-tied Sweater
This peachy sweater is one of my favorite purchases. The off the shoulder is right on trend for spring and the tied shoulders are too cute! The cut on the front of the sweater is also very flattering.

Pink Pants
 I've never loved chinos for work, but I loved the color. Unfortunately, these were too baggy in the leg for me so I exchanged them for this pair and they are much more flattering.

Blue Flared Sleeve Top
The sleeves on this top are so fun and right on trend for spring. If you couldn't tell I've been loving the Loft's spring line lately. I also recently purchased this top after putting together this post!

Off The Shoulder Top
This runs really large, I went down a size! I picture wearing it with white jeans and neutral wedges like these with a bow in the near future.

Peach Cardigan
I've been wearing this cardigan a lot between work and the weekends. I love the pastel peachy color. It runs large so order one size down.

She In Blue Bow Top
I think I'm going to return this top for this one from Chicwish instead. I'd prefer it to not be open in the back and I think that causes it to feel large on me.

She In Dress Pom Pom Dress
I'm returning this dress. It definitely runs large and the A shape isn't flattering on me even if I exchanged for a smaller size. I would need a small top half and an xs bottom half to make this dress work.

Nude Lace up Heels (not pictured)
I found these popular heels from last year at the outlet and because I have them in gold I knew they're comfortable and would get a lot of use in my wardrobe!

Pink Heels
These heels will amp up any outfit you pair them with! I'll be styling them tomorrow on the blog. I recommend sizing down a half size in these. See me wearing these in this post - Tulle Sleeves and Pops of Pink!

Valentino Dupes
These literally look identical to the $995 pair you can buy from Valentino. My half size up was sold out, but I would recommend going up a half! I purchased the flats as well that haven't been delivered yet.

Mac Lipstick
The latest lipstick shade I had to have is Pink Nouveau (currently price matched to $14.45). I'm not even that big on lipstick, but for whatever reason, I always buy a new bright shade for spring.

Mesh Rose Gold Watch
The new classic petite watch from Daniel Wellington has been on my wrist non-stop since they gifted it to me. I'm being 100% honest when I say it's worth the purchase. Compared to designer price tags, this watch is more affordable ($179) plus my code STRAWBERRYCHIC will drop your total 15%. I love the new petite size because it's still "oversized" in comparison to the typical petite watch but it fits more comfortable on my smaller wrists. If you still prefer the casual classic watch from DW, this is the other style I would recommend. If you purchase, here is a little video on how to resize it. Figuring out how to resize the watch was a little confusing at first, so let me know if you have any questions about it!

What's your favorite addition to your wardrobe so far?
xo Amanda John