I mentioned a few posts ago (I can’t quite remember where) that for the past few months I’ve been opting to wear BB creams instead of foundation. I’m not sure if it’s because of the crazy heat waves that we had or just because BB creams feel lighter on the skin but my heavy duty, maximum coverage products have definitely taken a back seat.
Before we dive into the meaty bit of this post, if you aren’t too sure what a BB cream is, here’s the low down: BB creams (short for beauty balm or blemish balm) is just like a tinted moisturiser but with a lot more oomph. They are usually hydrating and packed with other beneficial ingredients such as anti-oxidants. Quite a few BB creams also have an SPF.
Now that we’ve got the technical jargon sorted, lets get to the good stuff shall we?
[Save] LA Girl HD Pro BB Cream (R59,95): Cheap as chips and pretty darn decent! I bought this BB cream on a whim a while ago when I cruising the make-up aisles at Dischem. Because of the price, I really didn’t expect much, but, as usual, I was surprised. The cover is more matte than dewy and gives a fair amount of converage in terms of BB creams (obviously no where near what a foundation will give you). The colour can be ever so slightly orange but I found that if I blended like a mad woman with my Real Techniques buffing brush, it looks perfect. This BB cream is paraben and fragrance free (I can hear all the sensitive skin gals shouting “woohoo!”) and also not tested on animals. LA Girl products are available from Dischem.
[Spend] Hean Multi Action BB Cream (R185): I had never used any Hean products before but I had seen quite a few bloggers rave about them and so I was definitely curious to see if I would love the brand as much. When the little parcel arrived on my door step the first thing I grabbed and ripped open was the Multi Action BB Cream. I chose the shade Natural and it is the perfect match for my skin. The cover is quite sheer but still perfect for those days when you really don’t want to wear foundation yet still want to look put-together. This is not a dewy BB cream and so those with oily skin will really enjoy the more matte effect. In saying that, my skin still feels moisturised and comfortable when I wear it. Hean products are available for purchase off the Glamore website over here.
[Splurge] Dermalogica Sheer Tint SPF 20 (R740): You all know I’m a die-hard Dermalogica fan, it just works so well with my skin. Sheer Tint has to be one of my favourites – it’s light weight, it’s hydrating and it has a built in SPF. It dries quickly, doesn’t feel at all tacky on my skin and I don’t feel the need to set it with powder at all, although if you suffer with oily skin you might want to as it is a bit dewy. Out of the three BB creams, I find this one gives me the best coverage and my skin looks radiant and healthy when I wear it. I’m pretty sure, no matter the price, I will almost always have a tube of this in my make-up stash. You can purchase Dermalogica products online here, or you can pop into one of their stockists or concept stores.