Monday, 27 February 2012

Makeup Monday: Um, What the Hell is a BB Cream?

The newest kid on the skincare block is the BB Cream (short for Blemish Balm or Beauty Balm) which is being toted as the next-gen product that will overtake the usually product-packed skin care regime most women use morning and evenings. BB Creams were created in Japan where so many fantastic beauty innovations are made (Shu Uemura eyelash curlers and gel nail art anyone?) and have been on their beauty bestseller lists for years. Yup, not only do we have to thank Japan for creating Hello Kitty, Studio Ghibli, Harajuku Crepes and hilarious game shows, now we have to thank them for creating BB Creams as well. Arigato!

BB Creams are considered next-gen skincare because they combine the positive effects of multiple skincare products into one. Basically they can help you cut down on the number of products you have to use in your daily skincare routine. Depending on the type of BB, instead of having to apply a primer, moisturiser, sunscreen and anti-aging cream you can get away with applying just your BB Cream instead. Which is pretty sweet when you're in a time-poor rush to apply your makeup before work in the morning!

The first BB to hit the Australian market is Garnier's BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector. It claims to give 24 hour moisturisation,  SPF 15 sun protection, diffuse skin imperfections through its lightly tinted base and correct spots over time. Phew. Whether it really can do all it says remains to be seen, but it is a great budget buy at only $13.95.  Stila also has their own super posh sounding HD Beauty Balm ($38.95 USD) which, through "innovative microspheres" is supposed to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles, hide skin imperfections, reduce skin redness and irritation, help stop breakouts and by the sound of it, will probably make you dinner too if you ask it politely enough.

Clinique, Estee Lauder, Lancome and just about every other beauty brand under the sun will soon be releasing their own versions of BB Creams so it's up to you to pick out which one would be the best for you. If in doubt, ask for a sample to take home with you so you can try it out for a few days. Most good makeup counter employees should be more than willing to give you a free sample so don't be afraid to ask!

Have a great week!

xoxo Lauren

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