Wednesday, November 28, 2012

On BB creams...

After months trying BB creams I finally felt prepared to write about them...

So, for those of you who aren't familiar with the term, what is a BB cream?

BB stands for 'Beblesh Balm' or 'Beauty Balm'.

First of all, a BB cream IS NOT a tainted moisturizer or a fond de teint...unfortunately many brands decided to launch 'BB creams' that are very similar to these products...but we'll get there.

A BB cream is mainly a cosmetic product that unifies the skin tone, making it look smooth and healthy - a 'baby skin' effect. The objective is a natural finish, like you don't have make-up at all. 

Most of them claim to have treatment proprieties - yes, they make the skin look good after some months but this is probably because they contain high SPF (sun protection factor) and hydrate the skin, not because some magic secret formula. 

Basically a BB cream is a well balanced mix of a moisturizer, SPF, primer and a little color (to even the skin tone, not to color it!).

Which one to choose?

It depends on your type and tone of skin and the amount of coverage you need.

There are hundreds of BB creams on the market, specially on the Asian one, the main producer and seller of these creams. Now the main European and American brands have launched their BB creams.

The Asian BB creams all have pretty colorful and sparkly packages, kind of royalty names and all of them have millions of proprieties, so it can be really confusing to choose one. For example, Skin79 (on of the top BB creams brands on Asia) has this pretty little board to help you choose the perfect BB cream for you.

The Western BB creams are much easier to choose: usually each brand has only one BB cream with two or three different tones (light, medium, dark).

How to apply it?

I use my BB cream as I would use a primer or a foundation. 
Although it has moisturizer, it doesn't give my skin the hydration it needs, so I apply it after my daily moisturizer. 
I use a small amount and spread it lightly with my fingers and then use a sponge to make it more even. Sometimes, when I have more time, I use a brush. And I don't use foundation on top of it. Some people use it, but I don't see a point in it, at least for me. So, If I need little coverage, I use BB cream, If I need more coverage I use foundation, without BB cream.

So, here are some BB creams I've tried...

♥ Skin79

I ordered this miniature set so I could try the main BB creams from this brand. It brings four 5 g miniatures (enough for a month, if used daily): Hot Pink Super BB, VIP Gold Super Plus BB, Diamond Luminous Pearl BB and Diamond The Prestige BB. Like I said, royalty names.

I found the Hot Pink Super BB to be a little thick. The other three creams were fluid enough for me, the tone being the main difference. So, the VIP Gold Super Plus BB was too yellow (certainly not ideal for european skin) and the Diamond Luminous Pearl BB was way too....pearly - perfect for a night out but definitely not for daily use. So, I felt in love with Diamond The Prestige BB. It has the perfect tone for me and is fluid, very easy to apply.

♥ Estée Lauder

I think this is the closest Western BB cream to what a BB cream should be. Differently from the Skin79 BB creams this one hydrates the skin much better. It has SPF 35 and is available in too shades, light and medium. A little bit overpriced.

♥ Dior

I wouldn't call this one a BB cream. It is somewhere between a tainted moisturize and a regular foundation. Too much coverage, almost no hydration. SPF 30. One (very dark) universal shade, and very expensive. 

♥ Sephora

Like I said, most Western BB creams are very similar to tainted moisturizers...this is another one that looks like one. It is available in two shades, light and medium, both of them very dark. And the SPF is only 15.

♥ Kiko

A pleasant surprise. I though it will be another disappointment, like Sephora BB Cream, but I actually liked it. It is not like the Asian BB creams, but the coverage is thin enough. Besides, it has a wider range of shades - light, natural, rose, medium and dark. And the price is fair enough. Unfortunately SPF is only 15. 

♥ Garnier

Not to much color, but yet, not a true BB cream. A little bit oily in my opinion. It is available in light and medium. SPF 15 only.

♥ Erborian

I really like this one, although it gives a little bit more coverage than those of Skin79. I bought it for those days that I need a little more coverage but I don't feel like covering my face with foundation. It is available in clair and doré shades. It has SPF 25 and leaves the skin really smooth.

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Still have lots of BB creams to try but, for now, I'm sticking with Erborian and Skin79 Diamond The Prestige BB. Yesterday I've purchased the latter here and they delivered it in less than 24 hours! (I live in Portugal and it cames from Spain). Besides that, it came beautifully packed and with samples from other products. I also bought a lemon mascara that smells heavenly.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Endless summer...

So, here's my very first post on what I wore...
Some stuff that I've been into in the last couple of days...

Silky blouses & animal prints  

H&M scarf, Massimo Dutti blouse, Acne jeans

Pretty rose nails  

Chanel, Le Vernis, Rose Caché

Neon & gold  

Asos blazer, H&M t-shirt, Casio watch

Very red lipstick  

Rouge in Love, Lancôme 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Skin break ♥

I use this skin regime - the 'pink regime'! - when my skin is tired and sensitive from all the make-up, creams, deep cleansing...Also perfect for sun exposed skin!

- Bioderma Sensibio (micelle solution for sensitive skin) - make-up remover.

- Evian Brumisateur (Evian water spray) - spray it over the face and dry it with a cotton pad, instead of using a tonner.

- Uriage Toléderm (hydra-soothing cream for intolerant and hyper-reactive skin) - use it instead of serum and moisturizer.

Don't forget to use sun blocker if you are going to be exposed to sun light!

I've been on this regime for almost a month and my skin looks pretty healthy!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Flagrante Delícia ♥

Flagrante delícia is portuguese for blazing delight. And is the title of my favorite desert blog, 'baked' by the wonderful Leonor de Sousa Bastos (who has an exquisite taste for poetry) and capture by Miguel Coelho. Click for the portuguese or the english version.

I've been using her recipes for a while and they never disappoint me. Last week I've tried these delicious pieces of heaven... (obviously these are my photos...don't forget to check the 'real deal'!) 

Areias de Cascais (little biscuits for tea, coffee...or any time of the day)

Queques rápidos de iogurte ~ Quick yogurt muffins

I'm sorry, but I haven't find the english version for Areias de Cascais and quick yogurt muffins...I think they aren't available yet.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Glamour at the Olympics ♥

How many of you have dressed up like The Spice Girls, danced and sung your lungs out when you were kids? I was about 9 or 10 when they first appeared and I would always impersonate Victoria. And yes, I sang their lyrics even though I could't spell the words properly or didn't have idea of their meaning (well, you can imagine how I felt some years later, after learning english and be able to translate "Two Become One"...).

Anyway, I was delighted to watch them again in the Olympic Closing Ceremony - they where absolutely glamorous and, once again, Victoria was my favorite.

Also, I was really impressed with Jessie J vocals (I actually didn't know she could sing) and by her stunning Vivienne Westwood nude jumpsuits (mainly the first one) - it takes courage (and an amazing body, which she actually have) to wear one of those things. She was absolutely fearless!

And how wonderful was Kate Moss in this Alexander McQueen?

All images by Getty Images.

♥ ♥ ♥

And congratulations to all our athletes, specially Fernando Pimenta and Emanuel Silva, who brought silver home!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Black leather & gold...

I bought these studded ballerinas by Carpe Diem (I haven't heard about this brand 'till know) on sale a couple weeks ago...aren't they adorable? 

And, by the way, meet Yoshi (I like to name other things besides my pets...) - it's a lovely hand cream pot, you can buy it here.

My sister's affair...

So, today I was walking around the house and my sister was making a little photo shoot of her Melissa/Mel collection.

She has been on an affair with those little pieces of plastic for a while...

She has a couple of pairs more but they weren't at home. So she used my only two pairs of Melissa to complete the set...can you guess which of those are mine? My feet are really small...

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Summer shopping...

Lovely flower shirt , by H&M 

 Cream lace shirt , by H&M

Cream lace shirt , by H&M (back detail)

Perfect cream loose blouse , by Massimo Dutti

My favourite by Zara

 Blue satin , Killah



Crochet & Metal bracelets , by Anama

Really crappy photos, I'm sorry...

Just to show you some of my new acquisitions...