Saturday, October 20, 2012

what's all the buzz about bb cream?

Ok- one day a couple of weeks ago I ran across some sort of BB Cream while aimlessly wandering around the drug store aisles. I quickly put it in my basket, intrigued, and then ended up putting it back in my "final elimination process" before I proceeded to check out.  I wondered what it was- but never really gave it a second thought.

Flying to NYC this past week gave me some much needed time to indulge in reading a few of my favorite magazines.  In doing so, I definitely noticed a repetitive trend (in Allure's Beauty issue, no less). Advertisement after advertisement,  cosmetic brand after cosmetic brand,  featuring their unique twist on BB Cream.

So what in the world is BB Cream?  Why is every cosmetics company, so it seems, jumping on board with this product?  And which BB Cream is the best?  If you have tried it, please let me know your input and which brand seems to work the best for you and your skin type!

Here are the ads I tore out of ONE magazine this month!

From what I have read thus far, BB stands for Beauty Balm/ Blemish Balm, and is a craze that started in the 1960s in Germany.  It then spread by word of mouth in Asia like wild fire. Now- it has finally hit the shelves of the US. Basically, it is a tinted skin moisturizer with SPF + skin care ingredients all rolled into one!  Each cosmetics company has different components, some more/less than their competitors.

Here is a summary of several BB Creams found in your local drug store:

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB- $8.99
BB creams combine skincare + makeup in 1 simple step
8-in-1 Skin Perfector:
• Blurs imperfections
• Brightens
• Evens skin tone
• Smoothes
• Hydrates
• Enhances
• Protects with SPF 30
• 0% oils and heavy ingredients 
For Best Results
Apply smoothly and evenly to your face and blend with your fingertips.
*Recommended by Allure Beauty

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream- $12.99
Skin concerns, such as discoloration, dullness, blotchiness and dryness can come from a number of different sources. It's hard to find just one product that addresses them all. Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream immediately and effectively fullfills your skincare expectations with just one multi-benefit product that combines intense moisturizing skincare + immediate skin perfecting coverage for skin that looks naturally more even, radiant and smooth.  It’s a new idea in skincare. B.B. Cream is a hybrid formula that offers advanced skincare + immediate skin perfecting coverage in one single beauty product. Gently apply Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream to face and neck prior to sun exposure for instant coverage and correction as well as for protection. Reapply as needed.
*Recommended by Allure Beauty

CoverGirl CG Smoothers BB Cream- $7.99

Sheer Genius! CG Smoothers BB Cream answers 10 of your skincare needs in a single tube.
1. Natural Looking Radiance       6. Blends Effortlessly
2. Sheer Color                              7. Lightweight
3. All Day Hydration                    8. Helps Skin Feel Smooth
4. Improves Skin Elasticity          9. Covers to Help Instantly Improve Skin’s Appearance
5. Broad Spectrum SPF 15          10. Won’t Clog Pores

L'OREAL Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream - $10.95
 4 beautifying actions:
Available in 4 transforming shades. 

Don't see your favorite brands mentioned?  Check out True Beauty Editor's Picks for the Best BB Creams!

1 comment:

  1. I love the lioeli bb creme:) will be doing a blog post on it soon xxx


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