Beauty Buzz: BB Queen

By |May 31st, 2012|Beauty Buzz|

bb creamSmashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

Remember last week when I schooled you on the beauty basic that is primer?  Well, while doing my due diligence and rounding up the best primers on the market, I kept stumbling across this product called “BB cream.”  I had seen a couple of commercials also touting the unfamiliar name, but really thought nothing of it until, I noticed that Sephora had an entire product section devoted to this elusive beauty balm.

Being a total beauty junkie, I was utterly intrigued and hightailed it over to get myself some Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream.  BB Cream is supposed to be the secret to totally flawless skin when worn under your foundation.  The original BB creams (made popular in Asia) contain skin lighteners… not something I particularly need, seeing as I’m resembling Casper these days (can you say vitamin D deficiency?).  They have been mostly removed from the Western versions, but they have not skimped on the other benefits.  Most BB creams contain sunscreen, moisturizers, and anti-aging ingredients (much like primers).  The main difference I noticed with Smashbox’s version, at least, was the amazing coverage.  To be honest, I don’t actually wear foundation.  Usually just something tinted and a bit of powder.  This particular potion is the answer to all my complexion prayers.  It’s enough coverage to hide any unsightly blemishes (not that I ever have those), but not so heavy that I feel like I’m wearing an opera mask.  It stayed put all day and I got several compliments on what lovely skin I had all day.

There may be a bit of redundancy with primers and BB cream in my book.  I would, however, be more likely to trade my primer in for Smashbox’s Camera Ready, unless, of course, you have a primer that is made with water from the fountain of youth… and diamonds.  You don’t, do you?



Beauty Buzz: Prime Time

By |May 24th, 2012|Beauty Buzz|

smeared makeupA crucial step you may be missing (as was I for the majority of my makeup wearing life) is something that happens before the rouge, before the mascara, and even before your foundation.  This very imperative, but often neglected step is the application of a little something called primer.  Primer should be applied the moment you are done moisturizing so as to “lock” in your moisturizer and create the smoothest “canvas” possible.  I know, I know.  It’s starting to get steamy outside, so the last thing you feel like doing is adding another layer to your fabulous face.  You’ve worked awfully hard getting that face painted to perfection, so applying a primer to prevent your face from melting off seems like a worthy cause, no?  And here’s the best part: many primers have added benefits like built in SPF or anti-aging ingredients.

best makeup primers1. Cover FX Skinprep FX Nourishing Foundation Primer & Anti-Aging Serum, 2.Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, 3. NARS Pro-Prime Multi Protect Primer, SPF 30, 4. Amazing Cosmetics Anti Aging Face Primer, 5. Murad Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer Matte Finish


You’re in your prime, lady.




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