THE (BB) TRANSFORMERS

From white to a perfect shade. Your own.

Don’t you hate it when you bought the wrong shade of makeup base? I do. Especially if it’s a new product and we have no clue about which shade number we should pick. Well, good to know that problem wouldn’t exist for this latest BB Cream from The Body Shop.

The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream, Colour-Adapting Tinted Cream is available now in Indonesia, in three color changing tones. Number one for lighter skin tones, number two for medium skin tones and number three for darker skin tones. Just pick the shade closest to your skin tone, and let the product do the rest for you. As you can see, mine is number two. 

Unlike any BB Cream I’ve experienced before, this one is lighter in texture. It really feels like moisturizer when applied. And don’t let the white cream fooled you. Yes, it starts out as a white liquid. But once applied, the pigment filled capsules (those tiny dots) will somehow burst, released the color inside and (magically) transformed to your skin tone, leaving no trace of whiteness.  

The key to any successful application is blend, blend and blend (I used my fingers), to reach an undetectable result. It really blend well with just one swept anyway, but just to be safe. With light fragrance, it goes very sheer and subtle. It did even out my skin tone (check out my side of nose), brighten it and added healthy glow. Now, I can see why this BB cream reportedly sold every 27 seconds around the world. For my final result above, I added concealer to hide any extra blemishes and under eyes circles, plus compact powder for that matte look.

Overall, I believe The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream, Colour-Adapting Tinted Cream is perfect for our (super hot) climate as it goes really light. Just don’t forget to apply your regular sunblock beforehand as it doesn’t contain any SPF & for those who need extra coverage, keep your concealer handy.

Currently, The Body Shop Indonesia is having a promotion for this BB Cream on their online store. Go check them out.

 

NEW KIND OF SNOW

The latest BB product from Laneige which actually feels cold as snow when applied.

BB Cream, is actually stands for Blemish Balm, but this BB from a Korean beauty brand which will re-open its’ first counter in Jakarta by March 2013, is totally different from any other.

Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion SPF 50 PA+++ (shown here in #21 Natural Beige) is a base makeup with BB function in liquid texture, not balm, not cream. Even the compact packaging is already different from any other BB, which usually come in tube.

Open the seal, and press gently to the cushion (don’t swipe) to pick it up. The first sensation when I applied, was that cooling feeling. No wonder they called it Snow. As for me, I like how the blue sponge (provided inside the compact) picked up the liquid evenly. It was so easy to apply, I just pat the sponge all over my face, including to both sides of the noses (my own ‘troubled’ zone). I admit I was quite surprised to see how well the coverage was, considering its’ very light (almost watery) texture. See the ‘after’ picture above, check out my under eyes circles and red spots covered quite well. As for the shades, I believe it suits my tone well, not too pinkish or yellowish, it just brighten the whole skin tone.

For my experiment, I still used my own moisturizer, but I skipped sunblock, as it already have a very broad sun protection. I patted on extra loose powder and voila! My face looked more matte and it stayed that way afterwards for about 4 hours on Jakarta’s humid and blazing heat.

According to the release from Laneige, this is an all in one product which offers whitening, sun protection, sweat and sebum resistance, soothing sensation and prevents makeup from fading. For me, it really did what it said and I really recommend this BB for those of you who have oily skin and eager to try BB product minus the heavy feeling and too creamy texture. And guess what? They came with a refill, so it’s really convenient to reuse the whole thing.