Remember back when I first told you about BB Creams?
For me (and I know for a lot of your too) it’s been almost 12 months of enlightened skincare and makeup.
In short, Garnier BB Cream changed my lazy-girl beauty routine forever. I fell hard. Oh, yes I did.
I loved the way that my skin looked instantly better. Fresher, if you like, on application. Then the biggest bonus? Even better looking skin the longer I used it.
Got to love that. Thank-you very much.
So, 12 months on, there are more BB Creams entering the makeup market in Australia, Garnier has released a new one for oily skin and I’m also travelling in the US where they have had access to a stack of BB Creams for some time now
In short, I’ve been having a tonne of BB fun.
If you’re new to the whole BB beauty train, then let me fill you in.
BB stands for blemish or beauty balm. The creams are the wunderkind of skincare and makeup.
Not only do they instantly even out complexions, but but over time they’ll also tackle wrinkles and pimples as well as uneven skin tones.
BB creams originated in Asia where women love using them for their lightening and brightening qualities. If you’re ever travelling to Asia, you’ll find BB creams in way greater strengths than we see in Australia.
This summer we’re going to see more BB creams launch into the market place.
I actually brought three with me on my trip to the US to test drive them in summer conditions.* Plus I’ve been shopping at Sephora.
Yes, this store is everything that everyone ever told me. If you’ve been to Mecca Maxima in Australia, it will give you an idea of what to expect. What you won’t expect, even though every person who’s ever been to the US and shopped at Sephora will tell you, are the prices.
They are budget-girl beauty friendly.
And we like that. Yes we do.
In my little vlog (please excuse the casual look … I’m staying in the dessert outside of LA and it’s hot, damn hot) I do a quick run through of all five BB creams I’ve been using and trialling.
To be honest, they’re all good.
What you choose for you will depend on your skin type, your makeup needs and how important a high SPF is to your daily makeup routine.
For me the 35 and 45SPF+ options are very attractive. The UV meter goes through the roof in my neck of the woods over summer and I love that I can have my daily protection covered with one cream.
I also pop a mineral makeup powder over the top before heading out for the day.
You might be happy with just the cream, which is ok and will definitely work as a light coverage. Me, I like the matte finish of the powder plus it’s a more “made up” look.
Have you jumped on the BB train? If you’re already using the Garnier BB Cream, are you happy with it, or keen to look for something else? Is price still the big winner for you in the BB Cream budget equation?
* The Garnier, Bobbi Brown and Catalina Geo BB Creams were sent to me for editorial consideration, in accordance with my disclosure policy.