BB Cream (beauty balm or blemish balm) is like a tinted moisturizer but has other benefits to the skin. It was only sold in the Asian markets until recently hitting the U.S. by storm. Like many beauty products I find, many are not intended or marketed to women with darker complexions. There are not many BB Creams on the market for black women as there are for women with light to olive skinned toned across ethnicities. While there is Smashbox and Iman for black girls, I decided to put Maybelline to the test first!
Maybelline seemed off the back to match my tone correctly and was $9.00 dollars! Some of these creams can get really pricey. So nine bucks didn’t seem so bad. Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB Cream is an 8 in 1 BB cream. It claims to blur imperfections, brighten your skin, enhance your skin, adjust to your skin tone, smooth, hydrate, contain SPF 30 and have 0 % in oils and other heavy ingredients in this product.
What I found by using it on my skin:
-brightens the skin
-adjusts to your skin tone
-gives you a dewy look
-acts as a primer for makeup
-can make your skin greasy (if you have oily proned skin)
-not much coverage
-may cause breakouts if prone to acne (based on my own use and reviews of others)
If you have acne prone skin, oily skin or get sporadic breakouts like myself, I personally would not recommend this product. I found that while it did smooth and give me that dewy natural look that I love (after using it as a primer and then put on mineral based makeup), as the day went on my face became oiler than usual and it caused breakouts on my cheeks and jaw line. Undeterred, I tried it again (two days in a row). It looked great in the morning, but come afternoon, I was greasy (used oil blotter sheets to handle that) and again found little bumps. I have to give this cream up or maybe use it as an under eye base (I have dark circles).
If you have normal to dry skin, I would recommend to try this. You could save yourself some money and get that look you want at half the cost!
After BB Cream application. Please keep in mind i am using Bare Minerals on top of it.
Until the next BB Cream trial!
New hairdo! I usually have my hair in wavy asymetrical bob but I decided to change it up a bit when Friday I could not get to my hair stylist at all. My gurlfriend washed and set my hair at home which turned out nicely and saved me some money too! I blew dry my hair straight on Sunday at the Dominicans for my cousin’s BBQ. Returned to work today and everyone thought I cut my hair and loved it straight! I didn’t cut it, but it looked different just because I wore it straight. So today on impulse, I went over to Seven Salon on 329 Rogers Avenue, Brooklyn, NYC and put my locks into Carla’s hands and she worked her magic. I love it! Next up, blonde pieces in the front next week.
Having a bad hair day? Why not try braiding your hair into a funky goddess updo. Start by creating a side part. Braiding your hair on each side (not too neat) and stop once you get to the nape of your neck. Bobby pin each side down so that it stays. take the remaining hair from both sides and twist them and create sort of a bun and bobby pin some more. Pull out small pieces of hair along the sides (hairline area) to create that goddess look and you have yourself a hairdo for bad hair days. No one will ever know. What do we think?
When I do wear this hairdo I tend to wear long earrings. I purchased these at my hair salon for $5. Talk about one stop shopping!
I am such a product whore. Ok, so I diddddd get sucked in by the fancy commercial of Maybelline Illegal Lengths. The product claims to build length and add fiber extensions close to 4mm long. I have pretty thick and a decent length without mascara. So I was disappointed. I learned my lesson. I will not deviate from my two go to mascaras. I am a faithful buyer of these two mascaras and co-sign it:
Benefit -They’re Real Mascara. Available in two sizes. The small one is $10 bucks and the larger one is $22 bucks. Worth every single penny ladies. It is sooo dark and black and separates every single lash and makes it look sooo dramatic. I have converted many to Benefit, so why not my readers!
and Mark- Lash All You Want Mascara. I know, I know its Avon. I am telling you, this isn’t your mom’s Avon anymore. I love Mark products. This mascara is $10. It has the same effect as the Benefit brand but larger quantity for the money and comes off easier when removing. I have two waiting for me. LOL. Yes I stock pile mascara. LOL. Cant get enough.
Maybelline unfortunately, didn’t cut it for me. I feel that it this product is for a woman who has barely there lashes. You pretty much have to double up and wear a thickening mascara and the Maybelline for it to look fab. So if you have thick or full lashes no need to buy this product. But do try the above. The links take you directly to buy them. If you do buy from Avon, and if asked, Melissa referred you. (and no I don’t get any commission for referring you, LOL).