What are BB creams?

BB Creams are very popular in Asia. They are becoming more popular here in the U.S.

What are BB Creams?

BB Creams are a combination of moisturizer, sunscreen and foundation in one. Think of it as a tinted moisturizer with a sunscreen. BB Creams are slightly thicker than traditional moisturizers and they are multi-task products. Some BB Creams also control oil, prime the skin and heal blemishes.

“BB” stands for beauty balm initially used to help the skin heal after a laser treatment.

Where can you find “BB” Creams? Many cosmetic companies make and distribute BB Creams in Asia. You can find several here in the US. Many are offered at Sephora and other beauty retailers. Listed below are 5 top BB Creams worth trying. There are several new BB creams that will be available soon. Dior just launched a BB cream that will moisturizes and hydrates.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35  is available in 5 shades. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 primes and controls oil too. The finish is flawless and smooth as it leaves your skin beautiful.  Although you can wear this product alone, it is light enough to wear under a foundation. ($39 smashbox.com)

Dr Jart Premium Beauty Balm SPF45

Dr Jart Premium Beauty Balm SPF45

Dr Jart Premium  Beauty Balm SPF 45 is a moisturizer, sunscreen, treatment serum that brightens, even your skin tone and providess a natural

coverage. Dr Jart Premium Beauty Balm contains no parabens, harsh chemicals, synthetic fragrances or synthetic dyes. ($39 available at Sephora)

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30 is available in 3 shades and provides sunscreen protection, antioxidants and hides imperfections. Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF30 provides light coverage and can be worn under foundation. ($37 Clinique.com)

boscia B.B. Cream SPF 27

boscia B.B. Cream SPF 27

Boscia B.B. Cream SPF 27 is an oil-free formula that soothes, hydrates and even your skin tone. Boscia B.B. Cream SPF 27 is a self-adjusting formula that conceals imperfections and provides natural long wearing coverage. ($38 available at Sephora)

dr brandt skincare  Flexiton BB Cream

dr brandt skincare Flexiton BB Cream

Dr. Brandt Skincare Flexitone BB Cream provides flawless coverage with anti-aging benefits. This new product helps to even skin tones and improve your skin’s texture. Dr. BrandtSkincare  Flexitone BB Cream smooths lines and wrinkles. There are no parabens, sulfates or synthetics in this product. ($39 drbrandtskincare.com)



Does makeup really expire?

Did you just run out of mascara and remember you have another one that you haven’t used in a while somewhere in your makeup drawer? Think again before apply it to your lashes.

Makeup does have an expiration date. Many products now put the have added this info on the packaging to remind you how long your product is good to use. What this means is once you have opened and used the product for the first time, you now need to plan to replenish before it goes bad.


Mascara’s make our lashes long, beautiful, thick and full. Did you know that you should replace your mascara every 3 months. (Mine never last me that long). Over time, mascara dries out, gets clumpy and  can breed bacteria causing irritation and eye infections. My rule of thumb with mascara: if you can’t remember when you last used it, throw it away and buy a new one.

sun screen


Sunscreen manufacturers usually put this information right on the bottle. It is best to replace your sunscreens after 1 year. Why, because the begin to separate, smell and change color. This also means that the product is less effective. So if the last time you opened that bottle of sunscreen was last spring when you should replace it today.

Foundation and concealer  on average are  good for 12-18 months. You will find that your oil-free foundations tend to be good for about a year because they dry out more quickly. Try not to put your fingers into your foundation bottles. I suggest use a spatula to remove or poor onto a makeup sponge. This helps to lessen the build up of oils and bacteria. Stick concealers and foundations will last longer as long as you keep them closed properly and stored in a cool, dry place.

Facepowder is good for about 2 years. You may get an additional 6 months usage if you change your puff or sponge often. I use disposable powder sponges which helps to prevent oil build up. It also keep the product from becoming hard and changing color.

Moisturizers, serums and eye creams are good for 3 months to 1 year. It really depends upon the ingredients. Botanical and more natural products need to be replenished more often. If you use moisturizers and serums as directed, you won’t need to worry about them going bad because they will be helping to keep your skin soft and hydrated. it is also best to buy and use 1 moisturizer at a time. ( I use a day serum, day moisturizer, night serum and night moisturizer. My eyecream is used both day and night. I use my daytime skin care a little faster because sometimes at night I get lazy and don’t moisturizer. It’s a good thing I have combination skin.).



Blush will last 12-18 months. Cream blush have a shorter life-span. Powder blush will last longer. Using a clean blush brush helps keep your product fresh.

Eyeshadow, Eyeliner, Lipliner, Lipstick  on average will be good for 2 years. Liquid and gel eyeliners will last 3 months to 1 year. It depends on the product as the gel and liquid liners will dry out faster. Eyeliner pencils and lip liners should be sharpened regularly. Creamy lipsticks will last longer than matte formulas.


Best medicated concealers

medicated concealer

medicated concealers help to fight blemishes and conceal flaws.

Conceal and heal

When your skin breaks out, the first thing many of us want to do is hide the blemish or pimple. For some, a pimple always appears at the worst possible time. Stress in addition to our diets, hormones and lifestyle contribute to this problem.

One solution is to use a medicated concealer. These types of concealers help to cover flaws, lighten dark circles and help to brighten the skin. Medicated concealers help to not only cover imperfections, but heal too. Medicated concealers should not be used under the eyes. Many contain zinc oxide, salicylic acid and lavender to clear, soothe, and calm your skin.

Two medicated concealers I have tried and liked are:

Murad Acne Treatment Concealer

This product has won Allure Best of Beauty 2011 and received InStyle Editors Pick in 2011 because it works. Available in light, medium and dark shades to provide you will oil-free coverage while helping to eliminate redness and heal your skin. ($21 murad.com)

Clinique Acne Solutions Clearing Concealer

When you want a concealer that looks so natural you can wear it alone and helps to get rid of your blemish, Clinique Acne Solutions Concealer is a great choice. This product is available in three shades plus an optional corrective green shade to instantly reduce the redness around the blemish. ($15.50 clinique.com)

Book Club – Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone From Beginner To Pro

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone From Beginner To Pro

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone From Beginner To Pro

Bobbi Brown is an internationally renowned makeup artist and CEO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Her Book “Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone From Beginner To Pro” encompasses everything from skin care to makeup application, step by step.

You will learn how to find the right foundation, select the perfect bronzer, shape your brows and other beauty techniques. This book is for everyone, beginners learn information and step by step techniques; Pro’s get inspired by ideas and innovation in application. There is bonus information for aspiring makeup stylists to learn how to get into the beauty business.

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone From Beginner To Pro is a book everyone who loves makeup will want to have. Available at Amazon.