I confess. I cheated on foundation. As soon as I was introduced to BB cream, it was love at first touch. Where have you been all my life?! The light, airy, smooth application was the beginning of a beautiful love affair.
What is BB cream?
BB Cream, short for Blemish Balm or Beauty Balm is an all in one facial cream that is made up of but not limited to serum, moisturizer, sunscreen, concealer, primer and foundation. This miracle cream was made for lazy people (like me) who can’t be bothered to slap on several different skincare products to the face on a single sitting. (To read about the rigorous Korean skincare routine, click here). A big thank you to the dermatologist from Germany who first developed the product. Im thinking they must have also gotten frustrated with their long skincare routine and decided to dump all the products into one pot. hehe. What a genius!
So BB creams have apparently been around and popular in the South Korean beauty industry for a long time. It wasn’t until recently that BB creams were introduced to the North American markets and has since become the new craze. From Lancome to Stila, every beauty brand has made it their mission to create THE BB cream of the century.
The great thing about BB creams is not only does it do an effective job of covering the skin’s impurities and blemishes but also treats and improves the quality of the skin. You get a 6 for 1 kind of deal! Its true. Believe it. Now with so many brands of BB creams out on the shelves, one might get overwhelmed trying to decide which one to try so I’d like to share my personal favourites below.
Introducing two of my all time favourite BB creams!
Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream – The first thing I liked about this product was that it came with a pump. None of that twist of the cap nonsense. A single pump is enough coverage for the entire face. I was a bit turned off at first with the ashy shade but once applied, the colour actually changes and blends well with your skin. Apparently, the ash tones down redness and brightens the skin. The great thing about this product is that it contains a high SPF of 42 (yay for sunscreen!) and is quite affordable. Compared to other BB creams in North America, this BB cream is relatively cheap for the value that you get. I bought mine in Korea for about $20 but you can probably order online or drop by Hmart to pick some up. There are 5 different shades to choose from – #13 Milky Beige, #21 Light Beige, #23 Natural Beige, #27 Honey Beige, #31 Golden Beige. (Why they don’t follow proper numerical sequence is beyond me. But it is Korea… the land that confidently advertises unintelligent english phrases. For example…)
Anyway back to the review, I use #21 Light Beige during the winter and switch over to #23 Natural Beige when I have a tan going during the summer.
Tarte BB Cream – I Love Love this product! Where to start… I am not too familiar with the brand Tarte but if I was to recommend anything from them it would be their BB Cream. This healthy, ecofriendly cream provides a coverage that is thick enough to hide blemish spots but doesn’t feel too heavy on the skin. I love that it is not too oily nor watery. This BB cream is the closest to that of a foundation (again, great coverage!) but contains all the fabulous stuff that foundations do not. As mentioned before serum, primer, moisturizer and sunscreen have been added to not only cover but improve your skin. The only downside to this product is that it is not cheap. You can get it for about $35 in the states but with the terrible currency conversion at the moment, it probably costs over $40 for a tube. Unfortunately, like most BB creams, you don’t get much of a colour selection. I believe Tarte has 4 shades to choose from – Fair, Light, Medium and Tan. I currently use Medium which surprisingly matches my skin colour but might have to switch to Tan in the summer.
In conclusion, if you decide to give BB a try I’d advice to use it consistently for a good month or two. Results are not gained overnight but through a prolonged period of time. Enjoy!
In other news,
1. I’ve been featured as Mommy of the Month on StorkCraft, a children’s furniture manufacturer! To check out the interview, click Here. A big thank you to Dawn for the interview!
2. I got a night out last week to enjoy some delicious seafood dinner at Coast with good friends and finished the night off with some amazing dessert at Thierry. I think my sweet tooth has gotten worse after having a kid but Thierry was well worth it… Anyway, sharing some photos from the night below (Apologizing for the poor quality of photos but still figuring out stuff and learning how to use wordpress and everything in between. One day I will get there…).