Thursday, July 19, 2012
It's been a while! I hope you are all having a wonderful summer. I haven't been around for a few months but I have missed you all!
Anyhoo, we have some catching up to do. I thought I'd start this off by talking about BB Cream. I know a lot of you have heard of this term before, but you're not really sure what it is. Well, just like you, I needed someone to break it to me gently.
You can go ahead and think of BB Cream as tinted moisturizer, or special foundation. BB stands for many things, depending on which company you buy it from, but originally, it stood for Blemish Balm and it was all the rage in Asia... (still is). They are very concerned and pay special attention to their skin over there, according to may sources, and hey, that's not a bad thing... and it's been used in Korean/Japanese makeup artistry for a while. It has made it's jump into the western world in the past two years, and it is gaining popularity. At first you could only find it with luxury skin brands such as Estée Lauder or Dior, but now, you can find these babies at your local pharmacy. I've seen Marcelle, Maybelline, and Garnier flashing this stuff at my last visit to the drug store, but I am very happy with the product I bought by Smashbox.
Okay first of all. What the hell is BB Cream? Pretend it's a tinted moisturizer, primer, and perfecter all in one. Instead of the sun-kissed glow you'd normally get with a tinted moisturizer,with BB Cream you're actually improving the look of your skin and mattifying it at the same time. This stuff is supposed to reduce the amount of oil on your face, so it's perfect for summer. Most also come with SPF 15+ so it's even a bigger plus. Also, it evens out your skin tone and covers up blemishes without giving you a cake face. I simply squeeze a dollop on the back of my hand and dab it on my face with a cosmetic sponge before concealer or bronzer. It leaves a nice texture and does not clog my pores. (I've used this stuff on some photoshoots, and the results are just as perfect as photoshop!!)
If you're looking for a change in foundation I would definitely recommend it. If you're on a budget, try Marcelle or Maybelline. Smashbox cost me a pretty penny, but I really love it. And if you don't give a gosh darn about how much money you spend on your face, try Estée Lauder or Dr. Jart.