Kiehl’s Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream SPF 50 Review, Photos, Swatches

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BB Cream: The Kiehl’s way….

In a world full of BB creams, believe me when I tell you that I wasn’t exactly knocking down doors trying to find a new one. It seems EVERY brand has one, and it looks like the BB cream has spawned the birth of the CC cream, even now…the DD cream. (Yikes.) You know I had to find this new one from Kiehl’s pretty dang special to bring it your way!

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Kiehl’s Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream

Fresh on the scene is the Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream with SPF 50. As a leading innovator in the skincare industry, I’m actually surprised that Kiehl’s didn’t launch one sooner—but I also see why they didn’t. True to Kiehl’s fashion, they do things right, or not at all. And it really shows with their BB cream release. [Read more…]

8 Affordable BB Creams for Every Need! (+ Bonus $50 CVS Gift Card Giveaway)

See 8 of the greats, and enter to win a $50 CVS/pharmacy gift card!

With so many BB creams flooding the market lately, I know it can be pretty confusing. Whether you call it a “beauty balm”, a “blemish balm” or just good old “BB cream”, I’m here to help make your next trip to the drugstore a little easier with eight BB picks for every skincare need (and budget). All of these picks are available at CVS/pharmacy, and they’re all products I’ve put through the ringer in the last few months. The cool thing about shopping at CVS for your beauty loot, is that for every $50 spent on qualifying beauty products, you receive $5 ExtraBucks Rewards! And with the CVS Beauty Guarantee, you can pick up your BB cream of choice, test it out—and if you don’t like it, return it within 60 days for a full refund.

While you’re here, don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a $50 CVS/pharmacy gift card at the end!

I hope you find a BB cream you love from these top drugstore picks:

Lumene Vitamin C+ Illuminating Anti-Age BB Cream SPF 20

When it comes to drugstore BB creams, I’ve found this one from Lumene to be the closest in consistency to its Asian BB cream ancestors. A clear favorite among U.S. BB cream connoisseurs, this gives the coverage of a medium foundation, smooths the skin like a primer, and protects the skin like a skincare product with Vitamin C and an SPF 20. Available in two shades, and retails for $14.99. [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: Urban Decay NAKED Skin Beauty Balm

The latest in Urban Decay’s NAKED family is already causing quite a stir—and it won’t even be available until tomorrow. Ready to meet the new NAKED Skin Beauty Balm? I thought so! Let’s go…

Urban Decay NAKED Skin Beauty Balm

Branching out in the NAKED complexion department (and there’s more, just wait!), the NAKED Skin Beauty Balm is a BB cream in theory, but with a unique Urban Decay twist. While most BB creams hailing from Asia focus on coverage and correction, most U.S.-based BB’s have been considered more like tinted moisturizers.

Urban Decay’s NAKED Skin Beauty Balm is a complexion perfector in an optical illusion sense; with light-diffusing spheres that minimize the look of fine lines and pores, while smoothing the skin down to a velvety finish. NAKED Skin Beauty Balm also focuses on skincare properties—with anti-aging ingredients that promise to hydrate, firm, and smooth skin over time. Pair all of that with an oil-free formula and an SPF 20, and that’s Urban Decay’s version of a BB cream.  [Read more…]

Is L’Oréal Paris Youth Code BB Cream the All-In-One Solution to Luminous, Even-Looking Skin?

Say hello to multi-tasking in a tube…

Earlier in the month, I introduced everyone to the new L’Oréal Paris Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator. This new BB cream promises to be your all-in-one skincare hero by doing several things at once; by evening out your skin tone, providing luminosity and hydration, and correcting your complexion. I gave it a test drive over the past week on top of my daytime skincare regimen, and I’m back to share my thoughts!

L’Oréal Paris Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator

To start off, this is available in two shades; light, and medium. I find both shades to look a little warm once they’ve had a chance to sit on my skin, but they’re still pretty universal shades for fair-to-medium skin tones. I have fair skin with a lot of redness, and I thought light did a nice job of color-correcting some of that. Youth Code BB Cream doesn’t give a lot of coverage, and I find it wears a little more like a tinted moisturizer. So I couldn’t look to it to actually conceal, but the slight tint and luminous finish helped to diffuse my skin imperfections, which made it an easy item to grab in the morning to just rub in and go. [Read more…]

Review: Dermalogica AGESmart SkinPerfect Primer SPF 30

Editor’s note: Dilara, my favorite pal and mid-western chick checks in with how some of my fave beauty products perform in her part of the country. I hope you like her findings as much a I do!  Because Dilara RULES.–Amber

Dermalogica AGESmart SkinPerfect Primer SPF 30

A primer is like underwear for your skin. If it is the right kind, you look your best. Dermalogica created AGE Smart SkinPerfect Primer SPF 30 to ensure your skin will always look its best.

I loved the way this product smoothed and conditioned my skin almost immediately after applying it. Since it’s tinted, I decided to skip my moisturizer every time I used it and didn’t feel like I missed a beat. Add SPF 30 into the mix and I was thinking this could pretty much do it all.

AGE Smart SkinPerfect Primer contains a potent mix of white tea, peptides and Sodium Hyaluronate to protect skin from further damage while helping replenish skin’s collagen levels and help hydrate skin. Silica, Pearl Powder and Soy Protein work together to smooth and even skin tone.  Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide create the one-two punch to protect skin from harmful UV exposure.  If you’re thinking your skin could use some underwear, I highly suggest Dermalogica AGE Smart SkinPerfect Primer SPF 30.

Bottom Line…

Smoothes skin, evens tone, protects from the sun—this product does it all.

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Review & Swatches: Pixi by Petra Illuminating Tint & Conceal Tinted Moisturizer & Concealer w/SPF 20

Yesterday, I reviewed a BB cream, but today’s complexion product is a bit different. When the Pixi Illuminating Tint & Conceal arrived, I removed it from the box and thought, “What the heck?”

That quickly turned into, “Whoa, this is AMAZING.”

Illuminating Tint & Conceal is a multi-tasking product with two parts. The component houses a concealer at the tip which is covered by a clear cap. You can unscrew the concealer top, and then there’s a tube of tinted moisturizer. I didn’t want to like this combo packaging, but I ended up loving it. It’s functional—talk about making your packaging work for you! Two-in-ones often let me down. Here’s where there was an exception.

Pixi by Petra Illuminating Tint & Conceal in No. 2 Bare Glow

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Review & Swatches: L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in Fair

One of the newest complexion/BB cream products popping up on drugstore shelves in the US is this little baby right here, the L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream. L’Oreal actually has several new complexion product releases on the way, and I’ll be examining them over the next few weeks—but I found this one especially interesting and had to get to it first.

I’m not going to get into the BB cream debate here—by now, we all know that US interpretations of BB creams have been somewhat disappointing to those who have experience with BB products that originated overseas. But let’s focus on what this product does, and not what it’s called. Sound fair?

Magic Skin BB promises to perform four actions with one product; prime, perfect, hydrate, and correct. It contains vitamins C and E, and feels very light on the skin. It could take some getting used to though, just wait until you see how the product works in the photos below!

L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in Fair

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What’s New: Dr. Jart+ Renewalist BB Beauty Balm

By now, we all know what a BB cream is, right? Even Maybelline has one! I’ve professed my devotion to Dr. Jart’s Premium BB Beauty Balm all over the internet—so you may already be familiar with the brand. I think my followers on Twitter are tired of seeing my answer to my fave BB cream as “Dr. Jart+ Premium“, over and over. I finally got every last drop out of that bottle, and parting was such sweet sorrow…until I found out Dr. Jart just released a new BB cream, the Renewalist BB Beauty Balm. It’s a good thing, because I like it just as much. Let’s take a closer look!

Renewalist focuses on anti-aging properties with buildable coverage for normal or dry skin types. I find Renewalist to be a little more hydrating than Premium (in the gold tube), so if you have oily or combination skin—I’d probably opt for Water Fuse BB (blue tube), or even the new Black Label Detox BB in the black tube (which I’ll also be checking out soon) instead. It also contains an exclusive brightening complex to help even your skin tone over time, with exotic oils and Niacinamide to help boost your moisture levels. Renewalist contains a high level of UV protection with a Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide-based SPF 40. [Read more…]