Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating today! I finally have some time to share my recent favorite products with you. If you get plenty of rest and are lucky to live in a tropical paradise, you won’t even need these. Those who are tired, pale and have dry and dull looking skin in winter, read on, this post is for you! As a working mom of an infant, I swear by these amazing products. Anyone who can’t get enough sleep and wants to look rested with a perfect glowing complexion, would love these.
This is by far my absolute favorite BB cream and I’ve tried plenty of them, including drugstore and luxe brands. It has pretty light coverage, so it’s perfect for everyday use, has SPF25, blends extremely well, adapts to your skin tone and really smoothes your skin. Skin79 is a South Korean brand (hence don’t be scared by the name “beblesh balm” – this is how BB creams are called on the Korean market). Let’s face it, South Korean skin care market is years ahead of European and North American markets. BB creams existed in Asian markets for decades now, whereas they weren’t even introduced to Western markets up until a few years ago. Of course this doesn’t mean that you can’t get a great BB cream from a Western beauty brand! However, for the best value, go to the experts. You can get a luxe quality BB cream from an Asian drugstore brand without paying $50+ for it. I’ve tried a few South Korean BB creams, including other types from Skin79, but I keep going back to this hot pink bottle. It works best for me. I have a very fair complexion, however, the manufacturer says that this product adapts to any skin color. I’ve had several friends whose complexions ranged from fair to medium tried this product, and it seems to be working well! You can read more consumer reviews of this product on MakeUpAlley. For the price ($11-15 on eBay), it’s really worth trying it as you won’t break the bank. Plenty of Asian sellers on eBay carry it, I usually get it from these sellers:
Becca is a new brand that I recently discovered and I wish I looked into it sooner! It’s pricey, but I’ve been very curious about it as it’s featured in many Lisa Eldridge’s videos. This product is so good, that I’m already eyeing a few more products from Becca. This skin perfector is not your average highlighter as the shimmering particles are so tiny that you just get that glow without having your face look glittery. You can see it in Lisa’s video here (she’s featuring Pearl color when you get to 3 minutes and 30 seconds of the video). Here are also a couple of pics from my look to give you a better idea of how this product looks on the skin – notice how it just gives your skin a glowing shimmer, without making it glittery or sparkly:
To be honest, I’m still searching for a perfect concealer. I find this one to be very good though and it has been my go to concealer for a couple of months now. I will probably try something else next time, just because I don’t think I bought the same concealer twice! It has a pretty good texture and is easy to apply. I also think that it’s not worse than any of the luxe brand concealers that I’ve tried. It gives you a very good coverage, but isn’t heavy. I usually use the applicator it comes with and then blend it with a wet Beauty Blender or just using my fingers if I’m in a rush.
For the rested glowing look, you can absolutely use your favorite bronzer. I got a travel size of this bronzer as a part of my Sephora Beauty Insider 500 points reward box. I really love this product! It has a light, soft shimmer and gives you a nice glowing tan. However, it doesn’t make your skin orange or too dark – a common problem with bronzers. Apply the bronzer under your cheek bones and blend with a big powder brush. Also, I like to add touches of bronzer all over my face.
I love using spray toners. This Clinique spray is particularly nice if you want to achieve glowing, dewy look for your skin. Just spray this on your face after you’re done with your makeup. Don’t worry about spraying this over the makeup, it will actually help set it and give a dewy finish to your complexion.