We are so excited for our Reader Request Series this week. Each day we have picked one of your questions and asked our talented team of artists and stylists for their professional input.
Sherrie asks… “Do you have a BB Cream that you recommend? I want something that has SPF 25 or higher, but still has color and coverage.”
We like the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream with SPF 35. We love this formula, it provides great coverage but works as a light foundation. The creams moisturizes, primes, perfects, controls oils and creates a a beautiful, smooth finish.
Bobbi Brown’s BB Cream (SPF 35) is a great option. This formula includes water-attracting molecules that boost hydration, light-reflecting pearls that brighten dull skin, botanical extracts and caffeine to reduce redness and discoloration and peptides that reduce pores. This cream really is a multi-tasker!
We also would recommend Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream with SPF 25. This cream focuses on 3 main areas. It evens, revitalizes and protects skin. It softens lines, wrinkles and imperfections while revitalizing skin with organic kiwi extract. Finally, this cream protects with SPF 25 and filters to protect the skin against free radicals.
Clinique Age Defence BB Cream with SPF 30 is great. This formula utilizes antioxidants to shield and protect skin while providing UVA/UVB protection and smoothing out fine lines and imperfections. Like the other Clinique skin products, with this you can expect great quality and ingredients.
BB Creams are great if you are in a rush and need a quick fix to even out skin tone. We love BB Creams in the summer especially as you spend more time outdoors. It is the perfect tool to create a flawless face while offering SPF protection with other great skin benefits.
That wraps up day one of our Reader Request Series, thank you so much Sherrie for your question.
Check back tomorrow for day two of our Reader Request Series!
Due to the fact that March is Women’s month, we wanted to shed light on a very successful business woman that was, and is, essential to the cosmetic industry. Bobbi Brown graduated from Emerson College with a degree in theatrical makeup. After she graduated, she moved to New York City to become a professional makeup artist.
While working, Bobbi found that most products were too artificial, which made it difficult to achieve a gorgeous, natural look. On a magazine shoot, Bobbi met a chemist which would be the beginning of something big in the cosmetic industry. Bobbi wanted to create a lipstick that wasn’t greasy or drying that would look like natural lips, but enhanced. The chemist worked with Bobbi to create these unique lipsticks with innovative ingredients.
In 1991, 10 brown-based lipsticks were debuted in Bergdorf Goodman. One hundred lipsticks sold the first day!
After the initial success of her lipstick line, Bobbi expanded to foundations. She created yellow-based foundations (opposed to the pink-based foundations that ruled the market) this revolutionized face makeup as it is know today.
An innovator, a makeup artist, a teacher and a successful business woman. A once struggling freelance makeup artist has worked incredibly hard and built a cosmetic empire. She is so inspiring to artists, entrepreneurs and women everywhere!
What women inspire you? We would love to know! Let us know via Twitter, Facebook or the comments box below!
So I tried the Maybelline foundation and it actually works very well! I mean, it’s not Chanel, Bobbi or even MAC for that matter…but it’ll do the trick if you’re looking to spend less and still get a quality foundation.
The Mousse Blush was alright. It looks great initially when you put it on but I found that the first day I wore it, it blended down so much that within a few hours I had no color. The next day I layered the mousse with a powder blush over top and it lasted my whole work day. It was a great color, too!
The lips left a little more to be desired. I used the pen which is the stain but it felt really dry coming out. It also turned a lot darker on the lips after it sat for the 2 minutes recommended. I layered the gloss over top and that toned it down a bit but I still found that it came off when I ate. It’s nice for work because I only have to touch up the gloss every now and then but if you want something that REALLY stays all day…this isn’t it.
I hope some of you found that helpful! I’ll keep dabbling on my Wal-mart and Target escapades (because it’s so much fun) and let y’all know what else I find out there!
In this state of economic decline I thought, hey, why don’t we try some cheaper products and compare them to the high-end departments store cosmetics we’re used to? I went shopping this weekend with my family (got to see one of my nephews and nieces, too!) and picked up the Maybelline Dream Mousse Foundation I have been seeing advertised on TV so much. I haven’t tried it yet, will do that tomorrow –this weekend was a total NO MAKEUP weekend, if you can believe that — and am definitely looking forward to it. The foundation was only $7!!! Whoa! That’s compared to my $50 something Chanel and $40 something Bobbi Brown. I hope it works out. My wallet does, too! Here’s what the website says about the foundation:
Why You’ll Love It
Air-whipped formula provides skin perfecting coverage.
- Smooth, 100% poreless finish with natural luminosity
- Air-brushed natural perfection
- Blends effortlessly for a flawless, air-brushed finish.
- Oil-free, Fragrance-free, Dermatologist Tested, Allergy Tested, Non-comedogenic – won’t clog pores.
- Safe for sensitive skin, good for all skin types
In addition to the foundation I picked up a Maybelline Mousse Blush and a Cover Girl Outlast Lip Stain with Gloss. The Blush is part of that same “Dream” collection and I’m looking forward to trying out the texture since it, too is oil-free but will most likely work great on my surface-area dryness. I’ll let you know! Here are the blush and lip stain/gloss:
For some reason the blog isn’t letting me link to the respective websites that I am talking about so you can find these products at: http://www.maybelline.com and http://www.covergirl.com.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been SUPER busy lately! With work, going back to school (for my master’s…yikes!), planning get-togethers with my friends/family (one of my New Year’s Goals because I don’t make resolutions, those get broken), etc. I have been up too late and dragging in the a.m. In order to not look like a total fruit cake at work, I have to manage to throw something on my face and work at the tired look….it’s not in style…ever. So, here are a few of my favorite quick-fix products for those mornings when I don’t have time to do a full face but want it “work ready”:
1. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer: from the website, “Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is a sheer, lightweight moisturizer with SPF 20 & a hint of color that can be used in place of foundation for a natural appearance while adding a healthy glow to your complexion.”
2. Chanel Professional Eye Shadow Base: (optional-only if there’s time) This is awesome with or without shadow over top. It really helps to neutralize the darkness that actually can come through on the lid of the eye like concealer does for under.
3. Bobbi Brown Corrector and Concealer: My all-around MUST HAVE, EVERYDAY. No questions about this one ladies! With or without a sleepless night, Bobbi concealer is something every woman should have in her makeup bag!
4. Smashbox Blush: A pop of color right on the apples of the cheeks really brightens the face. It’s an instant pick-me-up.
5. Rosebud Salve: This is the most fantastic lip balm in the world! I like the Strawberry flavor, too. I use this at night before bed and in the morning while I’m getting ready to give my lips some conditioning and a light hint of pink.
6. Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara: Love, love, love this mascara. I love how it really gets the job done by itself or you can add Chanel’s Exceptionnel Mascara to get a bigger bang (when you aren’t running late and can spend time on 2 mascaras)!
What are your must-haves for when you’re running late? Are there things you just can’t go without? Tell us about them!