Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

Burt’s Bees BB Cream

There are days when I just don’t want to wear a heavy, full-coverage foundation. On these days, I try to use a BB Cream which has more coverage than a tinted moisturizer. BB Creams typically have some skincare benefits in addition to their color, and they almost always have some SPF too. Recently, I was able to try the Burt’s Bees BB Cream, which costs about $15 at Target and similar retailers.

Now, this one only comes in three shades, which is a bummer: light, light/medium, and medium. At first, I went for the light one because I’m pretty pale and typically can’t use anything that remotely resembles a medium shade. When I used the light version of this product, I thought the product was awful. It appeared to be the appropriate shade for a ghost and just wouldn’t blend in! However, after I’d given up on this product, I read several posts from other bloggers about how the light/medium shade just seems like a completely different product and is perfect for even very pale gals like me. So, I gave it another shot and bought the light/medium, and I’m so glad I did!

The light/medium version looks seamless once blended into my skin. Coverage-wise, it’s a light coverage that’s buildable to almost a medium coverage. It does a fantastic job at evening out my skintone, but it won’t cover my blemishes (I still need a concealer for that!) It also has some sun protection at 15 SPF and a bit of moisturizer worked in there.

The finish of this product is pretty great too. It’s hydrating enough that my skin doesn’t look dry, but it’s not so hydrating that I look oily or excessively dewy. I love that it’s a semi-matte finish. Honestly, I often don’t even need a finishing powder with it.

Overall, I’m so glad I gave this one another try. This BB cream is nourishing, has great coverage for this type of product, is affordable, and is 98.9% natural. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this shade!

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm 

Dearest Readers,

I’m back! The past six months have been INSANE. I feel like a completely new person. I’ve learned a lot of life lessons and I feel like I’ve recaptured my joy and focus in life. I also starting working on an MFA in creative writing since writing has always been my one true love. So, to reward you for your patience while I rebuilt my life, I give you the ultimate beauty find from the past six months: Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm

I cannot say enough good things about this product. Yes, it’s an expensive BB cream $39.00 1.5 oz. but it is a true skin saver. It has SPF 45, and it seamlessly blends in with the skin (something that is a struggle for most products with high SPF). It has a very good amount of coverage for a BB cream as well. It can’t completely cover my most stubborn of zits, but it does a great job at smoothing out my complexion and covering up minor imperfections. It also lasts all day, although this is most likely to happen if you use a dusting of finishing powder.

This is hands down the best BB cream I have ever used. I was initially nervous because it only comes in two shades, so I had to go with “light/medium.” Usually, anything with the word “medium” is too dark for my pale, cadaverous skin, but this one really blended well. It’s also versatile because my BFF with a genuinely medium skin tone can use the product just as well.

I definitely don’t have to use a separate morning moisturizer when using this product because it is very moisturizing. However, I have never looked oily after using this product. I do use finishing powder with this product (as I mentioned earlier) but that is to extend the coverage of the product and not because I require additional oil control with this product. I have combination skin that leans towards oiliness on my forehead and dryness on my cheeks, so this is the perfect product to balance my whole face. However, someone with very dry skin might need to use a moisturizer underneath the product, and someone with very oily skin might need to always use a powder over the product.

I started with a small sample bottle from Sephora, which quickly evolved into purchasing a full-sized item. And I’ve just repurchased another full-sized container in last week’s VIB Rouge sale (because I couldn’t pass up the 20% off option since I know this is a keeper!)

The only drawback to this product is about the packaging and not the product itself. The tube is hard and not squeezable, so it’s hard to tell how much product is left in the container. Also, because it is not a squeezable tube, it dispenses with a pump. Pumps can be prone to faultiness and often result in a bit of wasted product, which is a big bummer since this product is a bit expensive. However, I’ve found that shaking vigorously can help with the flow, and the pump can pop off so that you can clean the pump in warm water if it gets clogged. While the pump is off, you can also peer down into the tube and get some idea of how much product is left.

If I was told I could only ever promote ONE beauty product for the rest of my life or until it is discontinued (the product – not my life), I would absolutely choose to promote this product!