The Two Cent Chick

A bargain, thrift, beauty & lifestyle blog. Sharing my two cents to help you save yours!


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Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream Review + Discount Code

My 2013 and 2014 goals to use up as many products as possible, coupled with a spending restriction, have genuinely diminished my interest in most beauty products.

For example, I wince as I glance at my overflowing drawer of eyeshadow and think, “I’ll never use this all up, and it’s starting to lose its appeal.”

But a foundation with decent coverage is a staple I don’t like to do without, so when I had the chance to sample the Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream through BrandBacker, I jumped at the chance!

Review

Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream Benefits

CC Creams are one of the newer beauty trends (just like BB Creams which started sweeping the US a couple years ago). Studio Gear’s comes in three shades (Linen, Natural and Wheat) and sells for $34 for 1 fl. oz.

Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream promises the following benefits:

  • Protects: SPF 20 protects the skin, while Hydra-Extend technology provides moisture for up to 72 hours.
  • Perfects: Enjoy natural looking coverage while micro-encapsulated pigments perfects and fade dark spots and acne scarring.
  • Corrects: Anti-aging and collagen building ingredients help minimize fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Hydrates: Hydra-Extend technology provides up to 72 hours of continuous hydration.
  • Conceals: Micro encapsulated pigments deliver a fresh dose of color that adapts to your own skin tone, creating the most natural looking coverage.
  • Smoothes: Skin nourishing ingredients help to correct and maintain youthful complexion. In addition, Studio Gear claims that “This foundation simultaneously fights aging, retains moisture, and covers and treats blemishes with a non-oily, perfectly radiant finish.”

My Experience and the Verdict

First, a quick background on me:

  • This is the first CC Cream I’ve tried
  • I have sensitive skin
  • I have broken capillaries on my cheeks (aka I look like I’m permanently blushing. So cute! Not.)
  • I used to be very blemish-prone, but that’s changing with continued use of the Clarisonic (check out my bargain skincare routine)
  • I tend to purchase medium-full coverage foundation (my current favorite is CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation in 805 (Ivory); watch my makeup routine here)

Pigments

The “micro encapsulated pigments” that comprise this CC Cream puzzled me; I’ve never tried a foundation that can truly “adapt” to your skin tone.  Also, why is 72 hours of hydration even necessary?! Does this imply that you shouldn’t wash your face for three days? Strange.

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Here is what it looks like before, during and after application:

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After 6 straight days of application, here are my pros and cons:

Pros:

  • SPF 20
  • Lightweight
  • Moisturizing

Cons:

  • Light coverage (might be ideal for some people, but it’s not what I’m looking for)
  • Does not “perfect” or “conceal” (Clearly, under eye and face concealer was still necessary after applying the CC Cream)
  • Cannot layer to add more coverage

Verdict: I will not repurchase. This is a lightweight and light coverage foundation that would be ideal for somebody with close to perfect skin, or maybe to wear on “no makeup” makeup days.

Interested in trying a CC Cream of your own? Get 10% with discount code bloggercc

FTC: This is a sponsored post powered by BrandBacker.


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eBay Tips and the Best Cheap Buys on eBay

(Before you dive into this fabulous post, have you entered my favorite things giveaway yet?! If not, you should!)

eBay is my favorite shopping goldmine; you can uncover treasures and strike gold if you use the right strategy!

I’ve been almost completely satisfied with every purchase I’ve ever made. But don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of junk and fakes on eBay.

Example:

I bought this lovely “opal” ring that actually features a large, white piece of plastic made to look like opal. Don’t worry…I got my money back!

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Don’t buy a fake opal ring like I did. Follow these simple rules: 

1. Research

My #1 tip before making any purchase, but especially one from eBay.

2. Comparison shop/compare prices

Comparing the prices (especially for used items) is essential; ensure you’re actually getting a good deal and not getting swindled!

3. Ask!

Do not be afraid to ask the seller your questions or ask him/her to address any qualms you have. Better to ask beforehand than to end up with a purchase that’s not exactly what you had in mind!

With those tips in mind, here are three of my favorite cheap and awesome eBay purchases:

Crystal Glass nail file

I bought a 4-pack of crystal glass nail files for $1.79 last year and I couldn’t be happier with them! I gave one to my Mom and sisters and kept one for myself.

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Though the blue is chipping off on the top of the file, the grit of the file is still as perfect as the day I bought it!

Pro: These will last FOREVER.

Con: These usually come from China so you might have to wait about a month to receive these.

Knockoff Jewelry

Unlike the disaster of an opal ring I shared above, eBay is a fantastic source for cheap jewelry.

I coveted the J.Crew Bubble Necklace for a few years, but ain’t no way I was paying $150 for a necklace. A mere necklace. Does it come with an outfit and shoes, too?

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So I turned to eBay and snagged this lime green knockoff for $7.95 back in January (featured in last week’s Thrift Style Thursday post). Love it!

Pro: You can find seriously cheap jewelry.

Con: Jewelry may not be the best quality (This was broken upon arrival but my sister fixed it with some jewelry pliers).

Phone Cases

From the good old days when I had a flip phone to my current iPhone 4S, I always purchase my phone cases from eBay. This beauty was only $3.09!

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Pro: Wide variety of cases at every price point.

Con: Some cases come from China and might take a month or more to arrive.


What are your favorite eBay purchases?


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Giveaway: My Favorite Things!

It’s time for my first-ever giveaway! Just because I love this blog and all of my lovely readers so much :)

I’m giving away eight of my favorite things, plus a few random goodies, to one lucky winner. Here’s what you can win:

My Favorite Things

 

Giveaway 1

Neutrogrena Triple Moisture Cream Lather Shampoo  //  Dove Dry Shampoo  //  

The Body Shop Body Polisher (reviewed here)

Giveaway 2

e.l.f. Powder Brush // e.l.f. Eyelid Primer // e.l.f. Eyeshadow Brush //

Carmex Everyday Healing Lip Balm // Sonia Kashuk Nail Polish in Golden Ticket


Earn your first entry into the giveaway by commenting below with your email and three of your favorite things (could be a beauty item, skincare, nail polish, clothes, etc.)!

You have one week to enter. Good luck!

Open to U.S. residents only. 

ENTER HERE/more chances on my Facebook page!


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Pretty in Pink {Thrift Style Thursday}

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If I’m going to wear pink, it’s gotta be bold and bright! None of that pastel or pale pink for me. Though I quickly realized there is a significant dearth of pink in my closet, the pieces I do own indeed pack a punch of pink!

Perhaps this is not a true pink, but I knew I wanted to feature one of my favorite work dresses paired with a new, fun piece of jewelry: a lime green bubble necklace from Ebay!

The necklace really make the pink stand out even more! Here’s how I wore the outfit several times before:

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 Mossimo Blazer: Target

9 & Co Dress: Savers (originally from JC Penney) 

Tights: ? 

Sonoma booties: Kohl’s 

And here’s the outfit with the necklace. Bam!

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I have never received so many compliments on a piece of jewelry as I have with the bubble necklace. Definitely my new favorite!

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See how the other Thrift Style Thursday girls are lookin’ pretty in pink:

Zhenya // Being Zhenya

Martyna // Spoolish

Miche // Buttons and Birdcages

Nout // Sandpaper Kisses

Kristi// Alligator Toe

Jackline // Sincerely Miss J

Alex // Snippets with Alex

Megan // Eclecticity

Sheri // Confessions of a Refashionista

Jacki & Lesli // Sistas from Cali

Erika // Erika’s Style Diary

 


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What’s In My Purse?

I seriously can’t get enough “What’s In My Purse” blog posts and videos, so today, you have the honor of peering into mine!

My current bag is a Nine West Crossbody Purse (Originally: $89.99, On sale for $39.99) purchased at Marshalls with a gift card. I never, ever buy nice purses for myself, but the main reason for that is that I could care less about labels. This purse caught my eye because of the gorgeous nude color, the crossbody strap (a must) and the many pockets!

Nine West Purse

 

Nine West Kensington Marshalls

It’s a beautiful neutral bag with enough space for just about anything I could dream of carrying around. I’m also a sucker for the interior pattern:

What's in my purse Nine West

 

My phone is the only item in the front zippered pocket:

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(iPhone 4s Case from Ebay, $3.09)

The side pockets are the perfect place to stash these essentials:

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(L-R) Blue Diamond Almonds, Taylor Swift Wonderstruck Rollerball, Kleenex and Carmex Lip Balm

The interior zippered pockets contains random items:

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(L-R) Watermelon Lip Smacker, I Love Cookie Dough PocketBac from Bath & Body Works, Receipts

And as for the rest of the purse, I like to call it organized mayhem:

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Top: The Relic Vicky Checkbook Clutch from Kohl’s (currently on sale for $15!)

Bottom: Keys. And yes, that is a blue ear (a Fred & Friends ear ring, to be exact). It’s a conversation starter :)

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My glasses & glasses case, Shoe Goo (in case my favorite boots break again) and a mini  Caramance Pure Facial and Body Water

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Must-haves: Mead Expandables Coupon Organizer and a Moleskine notebook (for lists and random thoughts) and pen


Purse essentials

My “emergency” kit (in a L’Occitane bag):

Top row (L-R):  Eos Berry Blossom Hand Lotion

Eos Lip Balm (not a fan, but trying to use up)

e.l.f. Nail Polish Remover Pads

Bottom row (L-R): Colgate Wisp (Cinnamint)

Ulta Mini Tweezers and Brow Gels

Hair tie & bobby pins

Pill case with Ibuprofen

So that’s what’s in my purse!

Tell me, what are your purse essentials? What am I missing?


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Athletic Aesthetic for Thrift Style Thursday

Who doesn’t love athletic clothes? Especially when they’re as cute as they are functional!

I generally am not on the lookout for thrifted athletic clothing, but I have found several name brand tops and some pants in the past that always impress me. Thrifted definitely doesn’t equate to cheap quality!

P.S. I’m dying to see what my fellow Thrift Style Thursday girls come up with this week! I usually take the themes literally (check out my laid back look), so here’s my literal interpretation of athletic aesthetic :)

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Sunglasses: Forever 21

Danskin Now Semi-fitted Top: Savers ($1!)

Old Navy Women’s Yoga Capris (TOTAL FAVORITE!) 

C9 by Champion Sneakers: Target 

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I highly recommend the Old Navy Active line. Amazing quality and very affordable (usually a 40% off Active sale every year)! I have several sports bras, these compression capris and a few tops.

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Check out the other fabulous looks from the Thrift Style Thursday girls:

Zhenya // Being Zhenya

Martyna // Spoolish

Miche // Buttons and Birdcages

Nout // Sandpaper Kisses

Kristi// Alligator Toe

Jackline // Sincerely Miss J

Alex // Snippets with Alex

Megan // Eclecticity

Sheri // Confessions of a Refashionista

Jacki & Lesli // Sistas from Cali

Erika // Erika’s Style Diary

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