Shop For Beauty Without Throwing Your Money Away: Part Two
If you’re looking to buy a foundation or tinted moisturizer, pause for a second and take a look at the latest BB Creams and CC Creams that have launched recently; these will moisturize, protect and conceal imperfections, and some even have the ability to correct flaws over time. A combination of bright Summer sunlight and heavy foundation will only highlight any blemishes, marks or dark patches so your best bet for creating the perfect base is to take advantage of the latest in technologically advanced 2-in-1 combined skincare and make-up products – for the face this will include BB Creams and CC Creams, a short-cut to the perfect glowy complexion! No need to spend more on moisturizer, sun protection and foundation, just skip a step by using the best in BB Creams or CC Creams for correcting, and use the time for an extra lie-in during the mornings!
To get the best BB Cream, you won’t actually have to spend on the higher price products, the BB Creams from the drugstore brands are actually my favourites, they compare just as well to the more pricey versions.
My absolute favourite BB Creams is the Maybelline Dream Fresh 8-in-1 BB Cream (I have a MAC NC30 skin tone and use this in the ‘Medium’ shade); this is very light, hydrating and has a fresh, almost gel-creme liquid feel; it’s great as it’s fairly inexpensive but, despite this, I do go through it quite quickly. It has slightly lighter coverage than medium coverage (I wouldn’t call it light coverage) and has an SPF 30; it also doesn’t break me out in spots. I love it for summer when I’m feeling particularly lazy and want to pull off a low-maintenance, quick done-up look but still wish to look a bit polished. It gives one of the best ‘real-skin’ finishes out there and beats a lot of other more expensive BB Creams.
The Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream (in Medium) comes a very close second, and is what I use when my skin is feeling a little drier. Again, it doesn’t break me out in spots, despite being quite rich and nourishing in texture, but it does give more of a sheen and slightly dewy finish to the skin than the lighter textured Maybelline Dream Fresh 8-in-1 BB Cream.
Another innovative and fairly inexpensive new base which I quite like is L’Oreal’s Luminize Youth Code BB Cream (£14.99); this is more of a ‘colour corrector’ which also combines the efficacy of an illuminating moisturiser with the effectiveness of a perfecting foundation (Available in 2 shades: Light and Medium). It gives skin 24 hour hydration and with the Dark Spot Targeting Technology, protects from the sun’s harmful rays with an SPF 15 with UVA protection to help protect against dark spots. All this with a light, oil-free texture, perfect for oilier or combination complexions.
On the other end of the scale, in the higher-end price-bracket, one of the best new products to hit the shelves, and which really fits the bill is Murad’s Skin Perfecting Primer – Dewy Finish (£29.00), a two-in-one problem solver that works to regulate oil production and infuses skin with antioxidants while minimising pores, evening skin tone and leaving skin with a beautiful dewy finish. With a subtle tint and light enhancing minerals, you can dare to go bare and use without foundation or you can use it as a base to help your make-up last all-day long! This oil-free primer comes in a universal shade (perfect for fair to medium and olive skin tones). It balances oil production, disguises flaws, evens skin texture and minimizes the appearance of pores. Used under or in place of foundation, Skin Perfecting Primer Dewy Finish creates the perfect radiant glow.