Christina Choi BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Christina Choi

The gorgeous Christina Choi

Normally, I am not really a ‘BB’ kind of girl. I need some coverage for my skin imperfections and most BB creams I try just don’t have enough for me. But I really like the BB Cream that Christina Choi sent to test. It does everything a BB cream is supposed to do plus it does a great job of camouflaging all those areas I don’t want everyone to see.

Christina Choi BB Cream

Christina Choi BB Cream

Christina Choi BB Cream

Christina Choi BB Cream

Christina Choi BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($39.95) is truly a multi-tasking wonder. It works quadruple time as a primer for foundation, a skin tint, a skin strengthener, and a skin brightener. Plus, it protects the skin from sun with Broad Spectrum SPF 30. It has enough coverage to be worn by itself and when paired with foundation it helps my makeup apply smoothly and increases the length of wear.

This is also a skin care product as it contains vitamin E, goji berry extract, and peptides to keep cells healthy and brighten skin tone.

I tried the Light shade, which perfectly matches my right-in-between light and medium skin. I think it would be a little too dark for anyone lighter, but would work fine for those with a medium skin tone.

Christina Choi BB Cream in Light

Christina Choi BB Cream in Light

BB Cream in Light swatched

BB Cream in Light swatched

swatch blended in

swatch blended in

Another great thing about this line is that while it offers something for all ethnicities, it is especially friendly for Asian skin. I adore Christina Choi Cosmetics eye shadow and lip gloss and now I have added the BB Cream to my list of must-haves.

Christina Choi Cosmetics has fantastic products in gorgeous shades and is absolutely worth checking out.

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My Christina Choi FOD

My Christina Choi FOD

Christina Choi and Le Metier de Beaute Face of the Day

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I used a combination of mostly Le Metier and Christina Choi products one day last week and I loved the results.  Here’s what I used:

For this face of the day, I used Le Metier de Beaute Classic Finish Foundation in V applied with a Beauty Blender. Next, I smoothed It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer under my eyes and on any dark or red areas.  After that, I applied Inglot Cream Blush in 81, followed by It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores loose powder and It Cosmetics Hello Light Powder Illumizer, plus a little bit of Le Metier Sun Kissed Bronzer.

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Christina Choi Glitz & Glamour eyes

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On my eyes, I used Christina Choi Glitz and Glamour which I reviewed HERE.  I used Chandelier on the lid, then I used the Glamour cake liner dry on the crease.  I followed with Glitz on the crease and down onto the lid.  Then I wet the cake liner with Face Atelier Transforming Gel and lined my upper lid.  I used Make Up For Ever Kohl Liner in black on my waterline.

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I used the cake liner as an eyeshadow – love multitaskers!

I used my Joey Healy Brow Architect Stylo in Molasses for my eyebrows.

 

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My LM/CC FOD…love acronyms!

Lips were Clarins 01 Bay Rose Lip Definer, Guerlain Levres Lips 02 gloss, and I used my Verge One Spiral Wand on my hair.  Wow, sounds like a lot of products, but it didn’t take long to apply and I was totally ready for my day.  I loved my combination of favorite go-to products, it’s always great when things turn out even better than you had hoped!  – Lisa

*some items received from PR

Best of the Year 2012: Lisa’s picks

 

2012

It’s the new year, so you know what that means – a bunch of people with hangovers and a ton of ‘Best of 2012′ lists!  Beauty Info Zone is jumping right into the pool with our own lists.  Here are my personal picks for Best of the Year 2012, stay tuned for Marcia’s choices tomorrow. 

Shimmer, color, extensions, scents…it’s all here!  I have much to be grateful for, much to be thankful for, and here is my big virtual hug to all the products and product lines that brought me so much joy in 2012.

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Best new (to me anyway) cosmetics lines

 

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Christina Choi lipgloss

Christina Choi – beautiful lip glosses, gorgeous eye shadows (love the duo with a coordinating cake liner), plus so much more.  I am very, very excited about this line.

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My gorgeous Makeup Geek eyeshadows in my Z Palette

Makeup Geek – love the lipsticks, and the eyeshadows are truly the bomb.  If you don’t have any yet, they should be first on your list of new purchases for 2013.

Best old (to me anyway) cosmetics lines

 

Le Metier

Le Metier eyes

Le Metier de Beaute - 2012 was a Le Metier year for me, from fantastic makeovers to awesome facials to workhorse products that I can’t do without. 

Bye Bye Pores powder and puff

Bye Bye Pores powder and puff

It Cosmetics - I am constantly amazed by this line.  There hasn’t been ONE thing that I didn’t love.  I think I look forward to new products from It Cosmetics more than from any other line because they never, ever disappoint.

Dan Read Icy Lilac eyeshadow

Dan Read Icy Lilac eyeshadow

Dan Read Cosmetics -  another line that never lets me down.  I always have my Dan Read Silver Screen Series foundation with me – in fact, on Christmas Day I bought myself another one as a Christmas gift to myself.  I also love the eyeshadows, they are fantastic.   Dan Read is on my ‘best of’ list every single year.  He rocks – and so does his cosmetics line.

Make Up For Ever Iconic Red

Make Up For Ever Iconic Red

Make Up For Ever – did you watch Syfy’s Face Off this past season?  I think it was the best ever thanks to Make Up For Ever.  Dany Sanz is brilliant, and I love all of her creations, particularly the Aqua Rouge lip colors.

Best skin care

 

reviva-primerReviva Labs – I have probably tried 15 different things from this line and I love everything. I think that is amazing. My absolute favorites are the Makeup Primer, Hyalauronic Acid Serum, and the Willard Water.

cooling metal tip applicator

Love the StriVectin cooling metal tip applicator – and if you look closely, you can see my camera reflected in it!!

 StriVectin – oh boy do I love the 360 Tightening Eye Serum - it’s a great serum with the best applicator ever.

Jewelweed Topical Mist close upCreation Pharm – this is a terrific organic line with intriguing products. I still use the Jewelweed Topical Mist every day. I am probably on my 20th bottle.  If you look close, I do believe that is my photo of my fingers holding the Jewelweed bottle on their website!!!

Love my Kleraderm

Love my Kleraderm

Kleraderm - one of the very best skin care lines there is.  I have used it for years and will always be a ‘Kleranet’.  I have an appointment for a facial with Joanne Recchia-Kallabat in a few days and I am so geeked.  She gives a $200 facial for just $20, plus I will be finding out about the latest new products – and I will be sure to share!

Best brushes

 

Domed Shadow Brush

Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush

Real Techniques (Pixie Woo) Domed Shadow Brush – this is by far the very best eyeshadow crease brush I have ever used.  I say thank you for this every day.

212 up close and personal

212 up close and personal

Hakuhodo 212 – the supreme brush for blending eyeshadow.  If you don’t have this — you need it.

Best hair care

 

I will never be without this hairspray

I will never be without this hairspray

Unite – the Go365 Hairspray is the primo hairspray ever. Period.

Cristopher Glossing Shampoo

Cristophe Glossing Shampoo

Cristophe  – the Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner never fail to make my hair super soft, shiny, and bouncy.

Leonor Greyl makes for a good hair day!!

Leonor Greyl makes for a good hair day!!

Leonor Greyl – gorgeous products that smell amazing.  So many of her hair products are cult favorites, and for good reason!

Biggest personal influences in 2012

 

soft waves

Soft waves?  No problem!

Verge One – I would say that two lines dramatically changed my daily appearance in 2012.  The first is Verge One.  Their ‘texture wands’ have completely changed the way I wear my hair.  Now pretty much every day I am curly or wavy, and I love it.  The texture wands are truly fabulous finds for which I am extremely grateful!

More lashes = love!

More lashes = love!

Novalash – the second line that dramatically changed my daily appearance in 2012 is Novalash.  I had what I thought were nicely dramatic eyelashes thanks to Latisse…and then I found Novalash.  WOW.  My lashes are huge and beautiful and easy to care for every single day.  This is a ‘get down on my knees and say THANK YOU‘ find!!

Most fun

 

Everything is better on a stick!

Everything is better on a stick!

Lush – Reflecting back on 2012, I remember so many awesome, entertaining products from Lush.  Seriously, everything they make is not only useful and practical, it’s also a blast. 

blue

Who knew blue hair could be so fun?

HairUWear – another surprising super fun discovery for me this year were hair extensions.  I adore the ones I have tried from HairUWear, whether they are lively and funky bright colors or seriously hair-enhancing extensions.  Absolute enjoyment that reminded me I need to step outside my comfort zone to make new discoveries.

My top product picks

 

OCC Skin:  Conceal Y series

OCC Skin: Conceal Y series

OCC Airbrush Foundation and Conceal Concealer - two of the best finds of 2012.  The foundation is a fantastic water-based foundation that works with every application technique, it looks totally natural and wears like iron.  And the concealer is nothing short of amazing – it’s the perfect concealer times twenty. 

Magic

Tarte Magic blush really is magic!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushfirst-rate blushes with lots of different shades and perfect pigment.  This is a blush that will keep you blushing all day long.

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Lisa Hoffman Fragrance Jewelry – so gorgeous, clever and unique!  One of my favorite fragrances of all time is Lisa’s Tuscan Fig, and to be able to have that inside beautiful jewelry?  Fantastic.

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara - this is the best mascara I have ever found for my lower lashes.  It’s pretty amazing.

Tarte concealer top

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer – another pick from Tarte.  This concealer is creamy long-lasting goodness that saved my eyes this fall when they were going crazy with allergies.  It’s a total winner.

My perfect tube of 3Lab Perfect BB Cream

My perfect tube of 3Lab Perfect BB Cream

3lab Perfect BB Cream – my very first BB cream and the best one out there.  Yes, it’s expensive – but it’s also worth every single penny.

CV Skinlabs bottle

CV Skinlabs - sunburns, bug bites, hives, rashes, it’s all so much easier to live through with Rescue + Relief Spray.  I have a bottle of this in my refrigerator at all times.

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer – the snake serum is far more than a marketing ploy. This stuff works. If you want less wrinkles in 2013, get yourself some Wrinkle Killer.

If 2013 is even close to as good as 2012 was, then we have a LOT to look forward to.  2012 was chock full of great discoveries, wonderful ‘old faithfuls’, tons of joy and nothing to complain about.  Life is good!  – Lisa

Christina Choi Cosmetics Glitz and Glamour Collection review and swatches

“Celebrate your unique beauty.”

Christina Choi

Christina Choi

That’s the mantra of Christina Choi, national makeup artist and owner/creator of Christina Choi Cosmetics.  Christina began her cosmetics career at MAC, then became the Designer of Makeup Artistry and National Makeup Artist at Bare Escentuals.  She was the personal makeup artist for Leslie Blodgett (CEO of Bare Escentuals) and she helped design their ad campaigns and infomercials, so we have been admiring her work for years. 

Christina was inspired to create a cosmetics line that works for everyone.  As an Asian-American, she had difficulty finding products that were designed for her particular needs.  So she created Christina Choi Cosmetics, which has options for all ethnicities and all needs.  Christina believes that cosmetics should enhance, not change who you are.  She launched her line last May, and it’s a really exciting collection of eyeshadows, lip glosses, and brushes.  She also has a BB Cream that I am just dying to try.  She knows her stuff, and I love that her line is completely fragrance and cruelty free.  She has some excellent YouTube tutorials as well.

If you haven’t tried Christina Choi Cosmetics yet, consider the Glitz & Glamour Collection ($70, an $89.50 value).  It’s only available until December 31st.  You also have the option to break up the kit and purchase items individually if you want.

Glitz and Glamour

Glitz and Glamour

 This kit was inspired by old Hollywood, and these are perfect ‘holiday party’ shades.  It comes in a pretty black mesh makeup bag, and here’s what’s inside:

The Perfect Liner Brush ($19) is a long-handled eyeliner brush.

Perfect Liner Brush

Perfect Liner Brush

This is a terrific high quality brush.  It has a nice, tight angled bristle and is great for lining the eyes and also for filling in the eyebrows.

The eyeshadows have a sophisticated packaging, they are thin with a flip top see-through lid.  The Chandelier Eyeshadow ($17) is pretty and unique. 

Chandelier Eyeshadow

Chandelier Eyeshadow

It’s a ‘metallic icy-silver with slight lavender undertones’. 

So pretty!

So pretty!

 It has a pearlized shimmer that really brightens the eyes.  It’s beautifully pigmented and wears wonderfully, even on my oily lids.  It blends like a dream, and all her eyeshadows are pigmented enough to be able to use wet or dry.  I use Chandelier dry as a brow shade, and wet as a lid shade. 

Swatched wet on left, dry on right

Swatched wet on left, dry on right

Christina’s eyeshadows also have Vitamins C and E in them to nourish your eyelids.

Also in the Glitz and Glamour kit is the limited edition Glitz eyeshadow/Glamour cake eyeliner duo.

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Glitz & Glamour

Glitz, the eyeshadow is a ‘rich navy blue with light blue shimmer flecks’.  Glamour is a ‘deep ocean blue cake eyeliner’.

cake eyeliner on left, eyeshadow on right

cake eyeliner on left, eyeshadow on right

Both shades can be used wet or dry.  Below are dry swatches of all three eyeshadows.

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Left to right:  Chandelier, Glamour, Glitz swatched dry

Used dry, Glamour is a deep blue-gray, and as a cake liner it becomes an even deeper blue.  Just put a little water on the eyeliner brush, and that activates the cake liner, making it thicker for gorgeous lining. 

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Glamour cake liner wet

Glitz eyeshadow is stunning.  Used dry it makes a fabulous smoky eye, and you can also use it wet for even more intensity.

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Glamour eyeshadow wet

And the final product in the Glitz and Glamour Collection is the Leading Lady Luxury Gloss ($19.50).  This is a limited edition lip gloss, and it is freaking fantastic.

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Leading Lady Luxury Gloss

Leading Lady is a ‘raspberry pink sheen’ and it is such a gorgeous shade! 

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applicator

 I love the doe-foot applicator.  The lip gloss is hydrating and long-lasting without being sticky.

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Leading Lady swatch

It’s semi-sheer but packs enough of a punch of color to be used on its own.  I think it’s the perfect shade for the season.

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Wearing Leading Lady Luxury Gloss – ready for a party!

 For a really terrific tutorial on different ways to use this kit with application tips, check out Christina’s YouTube video:

Christina Choi Cosmetics is a very exciting new cosmetics line with high quality products.  It’s definitely worth checking out, and the Glitz and Glamour Collection is a great way to start.  – Lisa

*pr sample