Allure

13

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

 

more...
30

Spider Lashes…Yay or Nay?

Jan

For as long as I can remember,  one of my biggest pet peeves is SPIDER LASHES!  I hate it when other girls have them, and I go to painstaking costs to use a lash-comb and non-clumping mascara.  I prefer the look of long, fluttery, feathery lashes.  I want every lash to be defined.

So I was a little bewildered when this past fall, spider lashes became a major trend.  Some put the blame on Kim Kardashian.  And while her lashes are very long and fake looking….  they lack the ‘clumpiness’ that really defines Spider Lashes.  And now Allure Magazine (tagline: The Beauty Expert) is joining the bandwagon.  In their January 2012 issue, there is an article called “Magnifying Lash” (pg.76) featuring 3 lash looks to covet, one of them being, spider lashes! From the article: “…The look has even evolved to include clumpy spider lashes, popularized by [Pat] McGrath when she chunked them up at the fall 2011 Gucci and Lanvin shows.  “The look is so extreme- and there’s great beauty in that,” she says.”.  The article also says that they were “Once a sign of bad taste or technique”. I think that for most every day looks, they are! After all, covergirl Roony Mara seems to be rocking gorgeously clump-free lashes.

Allure Cover

Allure Cover - January 2012

Allure Article

Allure Article

The wikipicks blog had this picture in their “Worst Trends of 2011” post, with the caption:

“The clumpy top and bottom eyelashes that result from a zillion coats of mascara made a dramatic appearance on celebs like Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj. The downside is “lumpy, messy mascara that takes double the time to take off that it did to put on. It’s a nightmare,” says “X Factor USA” style team member Kristofer Buckle. Chanel makeup artist Rachel Goodwin, who works with Lea Michele and Emma Stone, says spider lashes took off because of the overuse of magic-grow eyelash formulas. “Woman had more lashes than they knew what to do with. It looked like they had creatures on their eyes.”.”

spider lash

Semi-Spider lashes

 

This look might be okay for going out, or for rocking a 60’s Twiggy look.
Your Opinion?

So what about you,  do you love or loathe this trend?

So Yay or Nay to the Spider Lashes trend?

  • Nay! I hate it! (100%, 2 Votes)
  • Yay! I love it! (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Love the look, but would never wear it myself (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Don't really care either way..... (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 2

Loading ... Loading ...

 

more...