aikolynn: (LC - Smile)
 
Above is an image of the BB Creams Sephora carries to date...and they're all in the $30 price range.  I have to say that I think that's outrageous--$32-$39 for a small 1-1.75oz product?  I don't think so!  I totally get that these companies* are trying to get into the BB Cream market and take advantage of the American/English-speaking consumers, but I'd rather buy my BB Cream off eBay.  For $15.  "But the quality!" you say...I say BS.  I've tested these and frankly they aren't that great or different from Asian versions.  These may work for some people, but I'd rather not have to pay $30+ for a product of that small size.  I get that it's the trend, but I'd rather not get ripped off for something that's lacking in quality or boasts about certain properties that is found in most BB Creams.  Smashbox is especially guilty of this since they have an entire section dedicated to how wonderful their BB Cream is and how it moisturizes, has SPF, skin care properties, and evens out skin tone.  Wake up call--the majority of BB Creams have this.  Where they differ is usually the brand, thickness of the product, color options, and the specific purpose the product is trying to fulfill (various "types"--moisturizing, shimmer, acne, etc.).

While I think it's pretty cool that this Asian trend is catching on, it disgusts me that the prices for it are so high with some of them lacking in quality or claims to be miracle products.  These may be better suited for Western skin, but doesn't cut it for my Asian one.  I'll stick to my $15 BB Cream, thanks very much, but I am willing to try the Garnier one coming out next month.  At $12.99 it's affordable enough to consider purchasing, but we'll see.

I've come to learn that expensive and branded doesn't always mean it's better than something at a lower price.  I say take advantage of Sephora's buy-and-try policy.  Buy it, try it, hate it?, return it.  Simple and done.

*Dr. Jart is a Korea based company, but most of their BB Creams range from $10-$20 with some of them going up to the $30 range on eBay.  It's one of the higher-end brands of products from Korea, but as to how well they work...I have no idea.


--Cheryl
aikolynn: (Jihyo - Make Up)
Since I bought TheFaceShop's Lovely ME:EX Make Up Base in violet on Saturday I've been wanting to try it.  I finally got a chance this morning when applying my make up for work...and boy does it make you pale!  Because I have Asian skin, the yellow in my skintone was completely covered by the violet (which is what it's supposed to do) and it made me really really pale.  I pretty much looked like death, but after applying my BB Cream and letting it settle (the color of the BB Cream usually darkens once it settles) it was the perfect color.  I have issues with my BB Creams (and previously foundations) darkening due to my oily skin.  For once my face actually matches my décolleté area and makes my blush stand out.
However, I'm wondering, after using this for a couple of days, if it will clog my pores and cause little bumps.  But, hey, it hasn't so far so I'm really happy.  And for $5 how can you go wrong?  I admit I've tested the colored Smashbox Color Correcting primers ($38) and even used the stila One Step Corrector($36), but those are incredibly expensive compared to this...and this appears to work even better.  Talk about a steal!  I think I'll be going back for the green base which eliminates redness.  This makes me wonder how much their foundations are...not that I use foundation any more.

--Cheryl

Bye Bye Spots!

Thursday, December 29th, 2011 09:30 pm
aikolynn: (Sulli - Snow White)
 I've been testing out the Skin Renew Dark Spot Corrector from Garnier since November 18th of this year and, wow, this thing works.  Acne scars have been one of the main issues I've had to deal with since I started getting acne in 6th grade.  It is one of the main reasons I started wearing foundation and concealer so early--I was really self-conscious of my acne scars.  It seemed that nothing I used to hide them worked--they always showed through whatever foundation I used...and to make matters worse, the acne wouldn't go away despite passing puberty.  Since I started using B.B. Cream and B.B. Compact powder, my skin condition has improved greatly, but while it helped minimize the acne, the scars were still there.  In the month and a half that I've been using the Dark Spot Corrector, the visible differences are really amazing.  The first week I noticed my skin looking brighter, but I went out today without my B.B. Compact powder.  I still applied B.B. Cream, but the coverage from the powder is what really helps prevent the really dark spots from showing through.  My skin looked really good today without the powder--and I'm sick.  I love love love this product.  It's one of the few skin care products that I feel actually work with my skin.  I also noticed that my problems with acne have drastically reduced.  While I still get the occasional pimple, they aren't as large, deep, and painful as they used to be.  The combination of the Dark Spot Corrector and the topical acne cream I've been using are like a miracle team for my skin.  I predict the appearance of a products post in the near future...

--Cheryl

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