MYD Reader Request Series: BB Creams

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!

Review of Maybelline Foundation and Mousse Blush and the Covergirl Lip Stain

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!

The Look for Less!

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

Liquid-mousse texture
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.