So I had a long day at school… I had a long day in general (I started the Insanity workout today, I’ll make a post about it tomorrow!). I just got home, worked out, and I just want to relax … Continue reading
I’ve always been interested in BB Cream for years now. I’m sure many of you have heard of it by now, considering the trend sweeping across Western Beauty Brands… But I’m not talking about the Western BB Creams. I’ve been interested in BB Creams long before Western companies began attempting to create their own wanna-be versions (and maybe many of you have also known about them before too!).
The “BB” in BB cream stands for Beauty Balm, Blemish Balm, Beauty Base, or Beblesh Balm. It was originally created in Germany, but became very popular in East and Southeast Asia.
The cream is meant to act as a primer, moisturizer, sunscreen, while also giving light coverage. Different BB creams have different benefits, such as “Anti-Wrinkle”, “Whitening”, “Brightening” “Sebum Control”, and so on.
There are many brands, but today I’m only going to speak about the two that I purchased awhile ago. As a black woman, I’m also going to explain how I wear it. Many BB Creams are usually too light for darker skintones, but that doesn’t stop me!)
So these are the first Korean BB Creams that I’ve ever purchased, I’ve used different Western brands and to put it rather bluntly, they sucked. Being that they are western brands, they also have no excuse not to make BB cream for women with darker skintones (and many brands have done very poorly in that department).
This brand of BB that I have is Skin 79, as you can see, they also came with small samples (which I don’t plan to open or use until I’m out of my current BB).
Skin 79: SUPER+ Beblesh Blam: Triple Functions
The benefits that this BB provides is Whitening, UV Protection, and Wrinkle Improvement.
I’ve been using this BB for over a month now, and I have to say that I really like this product. I especially like the way it makes my skin look. As far as it’s “benefits” go though, I don’t believe this product whitens, and seeing as how I’m not trying to bleach/whiten my skin (granted my face is darker than the rest of my body), that doesn’t bother me at all. And I happen to have smile/laugh lines and a single (frown/worry?) line in my forehead, but I haven’t noticed much difference with those either, haha!
Price: $13.78 (free shipping, on Amazon)
Website: Hot Pink Super+ BB Cream
Skin 79: VIP GOLD COLLECTION: SUPER+ Beblesh Balm
Again, this BB is supposed to provide the same benefits. I actually don’t use this one as often as it’s pink counterpart though. It has a more grey-ish tint (even under my makeup) which doesn’t really sit well with me. Maybe I need to work with it more, but until I do it’s not particularly my favorite.
Price: $13.99 (free shipping, on Amazon)
Website: VIP Gold Super+ BB Cream
(You can find way more information on both products on the website links I provided. )
And these are the samples. 2 Gold (the one I purchased), and One Orange- Which seems to have the exact same functions as the BB Creams that I have, but I’m going to guess maybe it’s a different tint/skintone. I’ll find out when I finally open it. :P
And now I’ll show how *I* wear these BB creams. Obviously, they’re too light for me. Someone with a lighter skintone could wear this BB Cream without any other makeup if they wanted to, but I can’t get away with that. So after I apply it on certain parts of my face and blend it in, I apply my (MAC) concealer/foundation on top of it.
I’m going to use this face canvas that I drew to explain.This is typically where I place the BB cream.
I don’t use a lot. And you don’t want to use a lot either or else it’ll stand out too much under your foundation and have you looking ghostly. I simply pump a small amount onto my index finger and dot it onto my face in these areas: 1.On my forehead between my brows, 2. the tip/bridge of my nose, 3. under my eyes, and 4. on my lower cheeks/jaw (sometimes a little higher)
I just blend it in! I blend the area between my eyebrows/on my forehead to meet the bridge of my nose. I blend under my eyes, but I don’t blend it out so much that it’s spreads all over my face. and I blend out my lower cheeks/jaw upward, onto the outer perimeter/sides of my face (up to about where my ears start- not on my ears though lol) Also, I typically apply my BB this way because this is where I usually have blemishes on my skin (lower cheeks/jaw that I explained) and so those are the areas that I try to cover a little bit. So maybe you will want to figure out what best suits your face, depending on what you want to cover/fix.
And from there, I apply my Mac Concealer and Foundation on top and go through my usual makeup routine. Sometimes, after I’ve finished applying my foundation, I also like to apply a little more BB back under my eyes and on the bridge of my nose and blend it in (for a brighter under eye look). But, that’s about it! :) I definitely plan to expand my Korean BB collection and I’ll be reviewing them as I go along!
I hope this is helpful to someone. If you have any questions, feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to help you out.
I didn’t plan on making many posts about skincare. My skin isn’t “amazing” and my skincare routine is extremely basic:
1. Cetaphil facial wash
2. Custom made vinegar toner
3. St Ives moisturizer (just regular lotion really, until I find something different)
Occasionally I’ll do a facial mask made from natural food items.
I refuse to test out any more skincare brands sold in the U.S.A though. Every time I’ve “tested” a new facial cleanser my face has broken out like it’s nobody’s business, and I really just don’t have time for that!!
I don’t care if it’s going through a “purging phase” or not, I simply refuse. So as you can imagine, like many other people, I’ve tested out many different brands. While I no longer have acne (occasionally I’ll get a bump here or there but that doesn’t bother me), I still have dark marks so my skin overall just doesn’t look how I’d like for it.
I say all that to say:
Since I’m working on getting my skin on point, I might as well share what works for me and review these new products I try out.
Today, I’ll be talking about one of my purchases from Korea. It’s bestseller Innisfree: The Green Tea Seed Serum.
I was a little iffy about the size of the bottle (80 mL) for the price I was paying,
so hopefully I didn’t waste my money.
This is the website to learn more about the brand: http://www.innisfree.co.kr/global/en/eng_main.jsp
Innisfree: The Green Tea Serum
“A moisturizing & nourishing serum with
organic green tea seeds from Jeju to fill the skin with suppleness and clarity.”
(All photos and information provided are from the Innisfree website)
Ingredients (found on the packaging):
*Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Alcohol, Propanediol, Diethyoxyethyl Succinate, Dipropylene, Glycol, Glycerin, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Orchid Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, DL-Panthenol, Betaine, Trehalose, Niacinamide, PEG/PGG-17/6 Copolymer, BIS-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, C12-16 Alcohols, Potassium Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cellulose Gum, Palmitic Acid, Hydogenated Lecithin, Octyldodeceth-16, Dextrin, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
I’m going to use it for a week or so, see if my skin looks or feels any different, then share my opinion on the product itself.
Where to buy: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0060DZXW6/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (I’m sure you can also find on eBay or online Korean skincare/beauty sites)
Price: $29.95 (I’ve also seen it go for $23 somewhere else, but the shipping wasn’t free so you’ll end up paying about the same as I did if not more! )
Toodles! I’m off to go and try it now! ;)