Face

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BB Creams – All the Rage

Mar

BB Creams, aka Beauty Balms, are the new buzz word of the beauty industry, at least here in North America.  They have been popular in Asian countries for some time, then became popular in Europe, and now are here.  They were originally developed to help regenerate and protect the skin of patients who had undergone laser treatments.

Many creams now are used as a type of foundation, with some claiming to cover blemishes, improve skin texture, and/or reduce acne scars; all while blending imperceptibly onto the skin for even skin tone with a satiny finish. Used both as a skincare treatment and foundation at the same time.

Rather thick in texture, and they often contain plenty of silicones to achieve that satiny finish. And because they are usually highly pigmented, they even out skin tone temporarily, while being almost unnoticeable. They are often recommended for acne prone and sensitive skins.

The creams being released now are touted as being “all-in-one” products (primer, foundation, sunscreen, moisturizer, blemish control, etc.) eliminating the need for a drawer full of separate products.

Many magazines have been talking about them, including:

InStyle (March 2012) –

“Popular in Asia, BB products (the initials typically stand for beauty balm or blemish balm) are “like multifunctional tinted moisturizers,” says Great Neck, N.Y., dermatologist Jeannette Graf.  In other words, they usually contain skin-treatment ingredients such as antioxidants and UV filters while offering sufficient coverage.  Many also have light-reflecting goodies such as mica. “They can help even out skin tone without being as heavy as some foundations,” adds N.Y.C. makeup artist Troy Surratt.”

Cosmopolitan (April 2012) –

“TREND ALERT – A New Sexy Skin Weapon ….  BB creams (short for beauty balms) are like tinted moisturizers – except they do way more (like fade spots and fine lines, reduce redness, and protect with SPF). And each comes in just one or two sheer shades that fit all tones (easy!)”.
(Just beware that since these were made for an Asian market,  sometimes these creams tend towards lighter colours!)

Allure (February 2012) –

“Two-in-one products seem sadly unambitious when you consider BB creams (short for beauty or blemish balm), a makeup and skin-care hybrid that treats, protects, primes, conceals, and covers in one tube.  Developed by a German dermatologist in the 1950s, BB creams later gained a cult following in Asia and are now hitting the U.S. “It’s a twist on tinted moisturizer – these creams hydrate and tint but also contain active ingredients to treat skin, plus antioxidants and broad-spectrum sun protection,” says dermatologist Jeannette Graf.  “They’re good for the person who only wants to put on one thing.” “

Some popular BB Creams:

Boscia BB Cream

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

 

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“Salma Hayek’s Beauty School”

Jan

Beauty Tips from Salma Hayek!

So way back in September, Salma Hayek was on the Rachael Ray show discussing her new product line Nuance Salma Hayek (she’s been working on it for 10 years!).  Apparently her grandmother was into beauty recipes and knew about exotic plants from Mexico, so she wanted to share hew wealth of beauty knowledge with other women.  One of the main ingedients is called tepezcohuite, and it is used in Mexico and South America to regenerate burn victims’ skin.   Its a full product line (from shampoos to lotions to makeup).  She claims her products can get rid of dark circles and wrinkles.  Of course, everyone likes the “pod” packaging of her lipsticks and eye shadows.  They are all less than $20, but available exclusively at CVS,  unfortunately there isn’t one near me!

So after discussing her products, Salma answered audience members beauty questions!  So Salma made the following recommendations:

Dark Circles

Use her Cooling Eye Gel with Green Tea in the morning to help depuff and remove shadows.  Then use the Nuance Wrinkle Filler to tone and tighten (as a temporary fix).  She suggested using an orange concealer (or colour corrector) instead of a lighter concealer to counteract the blue in dark circles (from your veins).  Tap it on, don’t rub!

The Right Blush for Fair Skin

Use tinted moisturizer to  look darker without looking made up.  She suggested matching the blush to the colour of your inner mouth for a natural look.

Fuller Looking Lips

Use a lip liner in the same colour as your lipstick, which should be close to your natural colour.  Take a contour cream and put a tiny amount just under your lip to give depth and bring your bottom lip forward (A New Tip to me – I love learning something new!).  Put a highlighting colour just around the curves of your top lip and top with shimmery gloss.

Mouth

Highlight & Contour

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