Based on the enthusiastic comments from last Friday’s post on make up, I thought I’d follow up and take the time to introduce you to my little friend, BB Cream.  There is no doubt in my mind that a Mom invented this stuff.  It is the biggest multi-tasker to hit the beauty store shelves since Benefit’s Benetint graced our cheeks and our lips in a rosy glow.  And how could I not mention Rosebud’s Strawberry Lip Balm?  A delicious lip balm and moisturizer in one?  This Mom has a tin of Rosebud in each and every one of my handbags. It’s one of those awesome products that both girls and guys alike can agree on- It stands alone as the only lip gloss my husband will ask to borrow in the winter, and it helped Jake’s chapped lips when he was a little tiny one.   Again, Moms of the world have united to conspire the beauty goddesses in our favor with the invention of BB Cream.

You may have noticed that almost every single beauty company has their own version of a BB Cream, which translates to “Beauty Balm Cream.”  From drugstore brands such as L’Oreal and Maybelline, to the ultra shi shi brands- Dior Beauty and Chanel at beauty counters in Saks and Neiman Marcus, BB Creams are here, and Momma, you just gotta embrace them!

BB Creams are essentially a makeup multitasker that:

  • Brightens skin tone
  • Hydrates
  • Smooths skin
  • Blends in an instant
  • Contains SPF
  • Corrects imperfections

BB Cream acts as a foundation for your makeup routine, and many come in blendable shades to match your skin tone.  You can wear BB creams alone with eye make up, or you can brush on bronzer or blush to finish your look.  No matter your budget, you can find a BB Cream that fits your face, and your handbag.

Dr. Jart+, the originator of this fine product, offers a wide variety of BB Creams for you to choose from.  To get you started on the basic that started it all, you may want to try Dr. Jart+’s Premium Beauty Balm.  $39.00, Sephora.

Clinique, a popular crowd favorite offers a BB Cream with tint- one of my biggest selling points.  Clinique’s Age Defense BB Cream with SPF 30 is my BB of choice.  $37.00, Sephora.  With a tinted moisturizing BB Cream, you can skip the foundation and pressed powder, and go right from BB Cream application to Bronzer, to eyes, to out the door.  A little goes a long way with BB Creams, and you will not be disappointed!  My Clinique tinted BB Cream is en route from you know, because who has time for the mall??? I’ll let you know how it turns out, but if it’s anything like my makeup artist Ali raves it is, I will be hoarding this stuff like Elaine hoards sponges…

Drugstore cosmetics are my all time favorite pick me up.  You run in for a birthday card, and you run out with 3 bottles of Essie glitter nail polish, a tube of watermelon Lipsmacker, and a Cosmo.  Now you can add BB Cream to your list. 


L’Oreal’s Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream is one of the market’s top rated drugstore brands of BB Cream.  It does what it says and at a nice price.  It’s a great way to get introduced to the magic world of BB, and it has held its own in beauty surveys against much higher priced competitors.  For around $10-$11 a tube, next time you go in for that “one little thing” at CVS or Target, don’t forget to swing by the beauty aisle and pick it up.

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