First Impressions: Iman BB Cream

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“Not worth the price.”

I’ve been wanting to try this out since I heard it was being formulated late last year. When it finally hit shelves, I couldn’t find it in any of the local stores around my neighborhood, and I didn’t want to order online. I went into Wal-Mart yesterday, and low and behold: BAM! It was there.

So I finally got a hold of some of Iman’s BB Cream!  A BB cream for women of color!? Fuck yeah!

Price: $20

Shade: Clay Medium (I almost got Clay Medium Deep)

Unfortunately… I’m  not very impressed by it so far, especially not to have spent 20 bucks on it. Eeeh..

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Before: Soo, me without makeup. Hella pale, skin imperfections, puffy under eyes

After: Brightened and more evened skintone, not much coverage, made skin shinier, made puffy under eyes even more visible -__- (and I filled in my eyebrows, I had to. Lol)

Well, these are just my first impressions. I just don’t feel like it makes much of a difference… and for it to make my skin shiny is just, urggh.. Not good. I already have oily skin, so that’s the last thing I need.

I suppose it would be fine to wear if I’m just running out to the store, doing errands. I guess it does look nice for a “Fresh face” kinda look. Granted my skin already feels smooth, this BB cream still makes it feel nice. And I can’t “feel” it sitting on my skin (where as some foundations are heavy and you know it’s there). So that is all a plus.

This is what my full face of makeup would usually consist of:

BB Cream

Concealer

Foundation

Setting Powder

Eyebrow pencil

Liquid Liner

Eye shadow

Mascara or False Lashes

Lipstick/Lipgloss

Bronzer

(Circle lenses? Does that count hahaha)

 

 

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And here I’m only wearing:

Iman’s BB cream

Concealer

Setting Powder (I just can’t with the shininess!! Dx)

Eyebrow pencil

Mascara

So, I’m going to keep it on all day/night. I’ll report back later to let you all know how this BB holds up. I’ll even workout in it haha. Maybe I’ll like it better when I use it more often. It’s suppose to improve my overall skintone over time (days, weeks, months), so I’ll be watching out for that too.

Again, these are just my first impressions.

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Nails: MILANI – Tropical Fiesta

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This is Milani- Tropical Fiesta nail polish. I feel so-so about this color. It’s pretty… Bright. I bough this polish awhile ago when it was on sale (sorry I can’t remember the price), but found it difficult and annoying to apply. So, I just so happen to put it on successfully tonight! The nail polish comes out thick, but it spreads thin (so you have to keep reapplying, and risk applying too much causing it to look overly layered/thick). Anyway, like I said: It’s so-so. What do you guys think of it?

22 Piece Coastal Scents Brush Set

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I purchased this 22 Piece Brush set over from Coastal Scents a couple weeks ago.

This is my first brush set ever, so honestly, I had no idea what half of these brushes were even for! Hahaha!
It was very overwhelming because there were so many, but after doing some research and testing them all out, I’m here to briefly tell you what each brush could be used for and whether I like this set or not

 

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1. Large Fan brush – Setting/Finishing Powder, highlighting, sweeping off excess powder

2. Powder Buffer – Foundation, blush

3. Round Buffer – Powder, Blush

4. Angle Blush – Contouring, Blush

5. Flat Buffer – Blush

6. Foundation – Foundation (duuuurrr :B)

7. Concealer – Concealer (Funny thing, I was totally using this for my eyeshadow at first lmao… Fail!)

8. Large Shadow – eyeshadow

9. Blender – blending out eyeshadows, crease, etc

10. Doe Foot Blender – blending

11. Dome Shadow – eyeshadow

12. Dome Blender – blending

13. Medium Shadow – eyeshadow

14. Detail Shadow – eyeshadow

15. Lip – Lipsss

16. Detail Concealer – Concealer, highlighting

17. Pointed Blender – eyeshadow/crease

18. Brow – eyebrows

19. Smudger Sponge – blending

20. Large Liner/Brow – eyeliner, eyebrow

21. Medium Liner/ Brow – eyeliner, eyebrows

22. Small Liner/ Brow – eyeliner, eyebrows

Obviously, some of these brushes are pretty self explanatory  and some look/feel the same or are just a smaller versions of a bigger brush, so no need to freak out like I initially did.

Upon first opening the package, the brushes (it might have been the leather case, or both) have an odd smell. Honestly, it didn’t bother me. It’s like that new car smell, or new shoe smell….
Only these are brushes, Haha, so.. yeah. I don’t know, it made me really happy and excited though! (New brushes,  HELLOOOOO!)

On the website, you can see what each brush is made of. Some are either synthetic, nylon, fiber, or pony hair (not including the sponge brush… that’s made of rubber apparently). But they are all very soft.

So far I haven’t experienced any shedding from these, even after washing the brushes that I’ve used, so that’s also a good thing.

I’m not sure what else I could possibly say about a bunch of brushes, I think the only way to fully see how well they work is to watch the different makeup looks that I create with them (or to use them yourself :3)!

Price: $34.95

Would I recommend? Absolutely! Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, I think these brushes would benefit anyone. The price is especially nice for such quality brushes.

Where to buy: http://www.coastalscents.com/