Some Current Cherished Beauty Products: June 2013

Because why not?

I love them, I am gibbering about them to friends and strangers alike (my taxi driver was VERY rude when I was busy explaining the benefits of a gel blush stain, it was almost like he didn’t care at all) so they must be pretty cherished.


I was banging on about this at the Amazing Face Masterclass* Wednesday night. Why I like it, is because like a (good quality) BB cream, it’s far more skin-perfecting and gives more coverage than a tinted moisturiser, which is essentially just a face cream with some tint. You see, a BB or a CC cream works to make sure your skin looks even-toned and perfect (as well as providing some sun protection and priming qualities depending on which you buy), it’s far more cosmetic.

And a CC cream, (stands for colour correcting) works even HARDER to even out and perfect your skin. Which is terrific for someone like me with brown spots/pigmentation… or someone who has redness, or someone with sallowness or even some post-acne scarring, say. It just makes everything look… better. But not like you’re wearing a kilo of makeup.

The coverage from the Smashbox CC is light-medium, and the finish is healthy, but not shiny. The texture is quick thick, and I apply it with my fingers, or a brush so I use only what I need, and get precise coverage.

I use alone on clean skin, unless:

– My skin is thirsty or I am going to be outside for more than 30 minutes, in which case I add daily moisturiser with SPF underneath (The sun protection is actually more than token with this CC! Imagine that.)

– I want more coverage, in which case I blend with some foundation, or add foundation on over the top in certain areas.

Like many BBs and CCs it claims to fade/brighten dark spots over time, but I have my serious skin care for that, I’m more interested in the instant and cosmetic effects.

I was also just sent the new Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF 30 Hydrating Colour Corrector, (let’s just call it “their CC cream”) which is copping some sweet reviews overseas, so I will try that out and let youse guys know on a standard bomb rating, just how much of the bomb it is.




Cheek stains can be terrifying.

BUT, if mastered, can become quite the addiction (cue Benetint/Posietint/Chachatint) due to their lasting power and the way they sink perfectly into the skin, rather than sitting on top of it. Also, they make for a gorgeous flush of colour on the cheeks when dabbed on with ones’ index finger.

Pure Color Cheek Rush in X-Pose Rose


Application tends to be where people come unstuck. Best used over liquid products (they can drag and mess up on top of powder) fingers can get real stained, and sometimes leave blend lines. But blush brushes are too dense. I use a synthetic stipling brush for all my creme/gel/liquid cheek products because it is so soft, and so good for quick buffing into the skin.

To be specific, I use the MAC 188 brush:


And after squirting some of this fun, translucent pinky gel onto my wrist (to be VERY quickly scrubbed off post cheek application), I dab my brush into the gel, then swiftly work the gel into the fleshy part of my cheek, taking it up and back towards my temple for a youthful, uplifting fresh pop of colour that will last until the very last season of Two and a Half Men in 2019. See?

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 Like I’ve been out for a play in the leaves. Lovely.

*It was a one off. But it was very successful and fun, so maybe we can do more. I will let a dame know.

Responses to this drivel: 19 Comments
Responses to this drivel ( 19 )
  • Justine

    Hi Zoe! Wondering if you have ever tried Issada makeup before, or if you have an opinion on it? Would love to hear it if so!

  • Evangeline Alice

    i’d ADORE another masterclass Zo! i missed this one because i just got to NY for a holiday, but you can certainly count me in for the next one if the occasion arises.

  • Lou

    I love smashbox, so am defo going to be trying this. Oh and the cheek tint looks amazing on you! I’m gonna have to get that one two! Every time i read your blog by bank account gets a punish!

  • etal

    hi zoe..i second that ‘love the post’…just a thought for those of us who only have a ‘basic’ Myer’s and Priceline at our finger tips, can your recommend a CC cream that I can ‘try before you buy’…thanks

  • Carrie

    I find that the Benefit Cheek Tint kinda enhances my pigmentation… makes me sad because I really love it. Will def give the Smashbox a crack though so thank you for that!! x

  • Debbie

    Where can I buy the Smashbox cc??

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  • Laura

    Ohhh I work in cosmetics and the other day I had a bevy of women making an otherwise non-existent request for a “CC Cream”. NOW I understand why, they obviously all read your blog! x

  • Sarah

    Interesting recommendation. I always hear good things about Smashbox but every time I try it, it really irritates my skin.

    Tested out the Cliniqiue CC cream at the counter. It felt a little drying but then I didnt use it all over my face so I reserve judgement.

    I’m a fan of the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturisers. Maybe thats a bit old school but for me its the right about of coverage and it has a lovely dewy radiant look.

  • Nykaa Cosmetics

    Hi folks,
    Interesting recommendation,I also love smashbox products and nykaa products. they have various ranges of beauty products at various ranges.

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  • Whitney

    Why do you feel the need to add SPF underneath the CC creams if you are out in the sun for longer than 30min? Are the 30spf in these creams not enough? Or do you just mean you use a higher SPF? I’m all for the 50SPF – however I am yet to find a quality brand sold in Australia for my oily face.

    Thanks for your help 🙂

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