By: Honey Good
You may be spotting BB creams on the shelves of your local drugstores and specialty beauty boutiques, but not many of us really know what this product promises to do. The "BB" stands for blemish balm in Asia, where this multitasking product first gained popularity, but in the States "BB" stands for beauty balm. BB creams are touted as do-it-all products that promise to replace a host of items on your vanity; think foundation, serum, moisturizer, primer, and SPF. But, before you head out, determined to come back a BB cream devotee, take my advice and pick one of the BB creams that stood out amongst the many brands I've personally tried, darlings.
Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream
Recommended by the Skin Cancer foundation as an effective UVA/UVB sunscreen, the recently released "Glow Time" is a full coverage mineral BB cream with an SPF 25 rating. This product covers blemishes while minimizing pores and wrinkles, plus it smoothes and brightens skin in a variety of shades. Anti-aging ingredients, including apple extract, bitter orange extract, grapefruit extract, aloe leaf juice, honeysuckle extract, and sunflower seed oil, control oil while soothing and calming skin. Get it for $48 at shopjaneiredale.com or at local medical spas.
Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB cream (and more)
Amongst the first BB creams available in the US, Korean brand, Dr. Jart just released a BB sampler ideal for women ready to try a BB cream but not sure where to start. The four-piece set includes Dr. Jart's classic BB cream plus waterfuse BB cream, Black Label Detox BB cream and an anti-aging BB cream. We tried them all and, frankly, would be hard-pressed to decide which one we liked best. Sampler to the rescue. Get it for $34 at Sephora.
Embryolisse BB Cream
For those with oily skin, Embryolisse's BB cream is more gel-like than many of its counterparts. Best of all, this product also boasts AHAs or fruit acids to help eliminate dead skin cells gently, plus mineral powder pearls that absorb excess oil and reflect light, leaving skin aglow. Embryolisse's BB Cream calls upon hyaluronic acid to plump and firm skin. Get it for $39 at embryolisseusa.com.
Pixi Illuminating Tint & Conceal BB Cream
Pixi's BB cream is a tinted moisturizer, concealer and hydrator with an SPF 20 rating, and it boasts significantly more coverage than many of the other beauty balms we tried. Free of fragrance, talc and oil, the unique roller applicator and SPF 20 protection provides ample coverage with skin-saving ingredients. Get it for $24 at pixibeauty.com.
L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB cream
Surprisingly good. That's how we'd describe Magic Skin Beautifier BB cream. This four-in-one cream primes, perfects, hydrates and corrects skin. Available in a variety of hues chock-full of encapsulated pigments that cover skin imperfections, this BB cream also acts as an ultra-light lotion and contains vitamins C andE. Get it for about $8 at local drugstores and Walmart.
By Susan "Honey" Good
Bat a lash if you are still use eyelash curlers. Far from being archaic, eyelash curlers are still used by many, and recommended by beauty experts.
However, there are some tips to be aware of when curling eyelashes.
For starters, never curl eyelashes after applying mascara -- this can cause eyelash breakage.
Secondly, heated or unheated eyelash curlers… what's your preference? Just as using a curling iron helps the hair on your head hold curl, a heated eyelash curler is ideal for creating a lash curl that lasts. Of course, picking the correct product is essential, which is why I've included my top five lash curlers below.
Another tip: Just as you wash and condition your hair before styling it, lashes should be prepped as well. Make sure lashes a
By Susan "Honey" Good
I've often mentioned my love for early morning showers. But once in awhile, when I really crave rejuvenation, a take a soothing swim... in a bubble bath, of course!
For all of is us who need to escape, but can’t afford to hop on a jet and fly away, the bathtub is an affordable destination for relaxation and renewal. Just pick your favorite bath time accompaniment and soak up this luxurious escape.
By Susan "Honey" Good
“I’ve learned to see beauty where I never saw it before. But only because my expectations are more realistic. My favorite part of my body is my eyes. Not because of their color… but because of what they see.” ~Diane Keaton
This nugget is from Academy Award winner and bestselling author, Diane Keaton's book entitled, "Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty." This candid and funny book covers aging, laughing, loving and living in a world obsessed with beauty.
By Susan "Honey" Good
There are so many wonderful things about being a mature woman, darlings! However, there are also a few changes we have to deal with. Perspective is everything! When we choose to look at the changes that come with aging as "different" rather than "difficult," we can simply adapt with a great attitude. Thinning hair is one of these changes; here's how to deal...
By: Susan "Honey" Good
I am so excited for this fall's beauty trends. The looks from fashion week this year ranged from edgy to polished and fresh faced, so no matter what your style you can find a runway inspired looks to update your style.
I’ve discovered a new tool that makes maintaining gorgeous skin simple. It’s called FOREO Luna.
The FOREO Luna is a revolutionary face brush and skincare system that goes several steps beyond cleansing to reveal healthier, brighter, and younger looking skin. The unique silicon material of this brush is thirty-five times more hygienic than the bristles of standard brushes and you won't have to buy replacement heads either. The brush also works using T-Sonic pulsations that are hard on dirt and grime but gentle enough for everyday use.
Darlings, I know how much fun makeup can be, but I also know how expensive it can get! I have picked out some of the best beauty products you will likely find at your local drugstore. These are great products that don't break the bank. I know I'm always looking for a fresh new lip color or blush to spice up my beauty routine!
Dry shampoo is a must have if you feel like you’re always on the go or in a time crunch. Dry shampoo isn’t a new product, but it has recently picked up popularity since beauty experts and hair stylists have been recommending washing your hair less to keep it feeling and looking healthy. Most recommend that you only wash your hair twice a week, but with so much time in between shampoos, what do you do when you hair starts looking oily?! That’s where dry shampoo comes in!
The quality and length of sleep you receive every night can have a profound impact on your skin’s overall health. When we sleep our bodies recharge. Not only do our bodies recharge, our skin does as well. Dr. Kaleroy Papantoniou is a board certified NYC dermatologist who explains that, “During sleep we heal, restore and eliminate toxins from the skin. If sleep is compromised, so is the body’s ability to carry out these essential skin functions. During the first three hours of sleep your body will start producing the human growth hormone from the pituitary gland. As we age, this hormone is necessary for the maintenance of youthful and radiant skin. Without this hormone release, skin is not repaired from daily damage and thus induces the aging process.”The quality and length of sleep you receive every night can have a profound impact on your skin’s overall health. When we sleep our bodies recharge. Not only do our bodies recharge, our skin does as well. Dr. Kaleroy Papantoniou is a board certified NYC dermatologist who explains that, “ During sleep we heal, restore and eliminate toxins from the skin. If sleep is compromised, so is the body’s ability to carry out these essential skin functions. During the first three hours of sleep your body will start producing the human growth hormone from the pituitary gland. As we age, this hormone is necessary for the maintenance of youthful and radiant skin. Without this hormone release, skin is not repaired from daily damage and thus induces the aging process.”