What is a BB Cream, Anyway?

BB Cream. I know you’ve heard the term a thousand times but do you know what a BB cream even is? BB most commonly stands for beauty balm but can also stand for blemish balm or blemish base. It seems to be that every cosmetic line in the galaxy today has this so-called BB cream, but what exactly is it? And why should you try it?

BB creams treat the skins appearance with the highest levels of active skincare ingredients. These creams are multitasking beauty products that hydrate, prime, protect and perfect all in one. Most BB creams you find are also tinted, leaving you no reason for the added step of foundation. Say farewell to your long line of beauty products and say hello to BB.

Here are some great BB creams to try out:


Bobbi Brown BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35 $42.00

Bobbi’s BB cream comes in 5 different shades and features a broad spectrum SPF 35 sun protection. SPF is a MUST for the sunny months ahead. This formula combines water-attracting molecules to help boost hydration as well as light-reflective pearls to brighten a dull looking complexion. The botanical extracts and caffeine in this BB reduces discoloration and redness. While the pore-refining peptides like Argireline help to minimize pore size, fine lines and wrinkles.

Check, check and check! With all that, need I say more? Not only does it do everything under the sun to help protect, correct and perfect your skin, but it also creates a smooth canvas for the rest of your makeup application. Do you dread that unwanted shine that you find in most foundations? Not a worry – this one will leave your skin with the perfect matte finish. Consider this BB your new bestie.


Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream $10.95

This beautiful BB cream comes in 4 different shades and blends so smoothly to leave a bare skin finish. This flawless formula is infused with antioxidants Vitamin C & E and will instantly transform to the perfect shade for your skin tone. Amazing, right? I’ve found that I prefer a full coverage without the heavy feel and this BB cream by Loreal is fabulous for that. It does cover all of my imperfections while leaving my skin looking and feeling bare.

This BB is an awesome product for the price! I would definitely recommend this one to my best friend, mother, coworker or a passing stranger on the street.


Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream $48.00

Getting to be my ALL TIME favorite BB cream is Glow Time by Jane Iredale. This BB cream is magical to say the least and comes in 6 different shades. If you don’t know about Jane Iredale don’t feel silly. This line is very exclusive and will usually only be seen at the high dollar department stores such as Nordstrom or in plastic surgeon offices (but can also be purchased online).

Jane like La Bella Donna from my previous post is a mineral line of makeup. Her products can be found in plastic surgeon offices because they sport such awesome coverage that they are used to hide scaring. BUT do not assume the coverage looks or feels heavy! This BB cream is completely flawless and will cover blemishes, minimize pore size, disguise wrinkles and literally make you glow. I could rant and rave a whole post for this BB but just trust me when I say this one is worth the purchase.


Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream SPF 15 $10.35

Last but not least is the Garnier Skin Renew Miracle skin perfector BB Cream. This one comes in two different shades (we do wish it had more). This little miracle is packed with antioxidants to make your skin feel as good as it looks. The color appears nearly sheer on the skin and goes on super smooth due to the nice creamy texture. The mineral pigments within the formula camouflage any minor skin issues you may have with your complexion, while leaving your skin feeling naked. This BB was named Readers’ Choice Breakthrough in 2013.

Know any other BB creams that you are loving? Feel free to let us know in the comment section. Also have you tested any of these out? If so let us know what your opinion is!

xo JW

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