Product Type: Boots makeup
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BB Cream = Bloomin' Brilliant Cream!
17 BB Blemish Balm All in One
Member Name: HayleyBlondiee
17 BB Blemish Balm All in One
Advantages: Cheap price, Elegant packaging & makes my skin feel softer!
Disadvantages: Only 2 shades available.
A few months back I found I was hearing about the craze of BB Creams everywhere I went - on the TV, on the radio, in magazines, in newspapers and even on the side of my morning bus! After seeing yet another advertisement in my copy of Heat I buckled, gave into the peer pressure of the pages before me and decided I would try one for myself! However as with most beauty products (especially new hyped up ones) there are as many brands to choose from as the length of a piece of string. I only wanted to dip my foot in to this new fandangled idea so I opted for a cheap version to start off with - just to see how it went. I chose Boots 17 BB Cream costing a mere 499 pennies, or £4.99 to me and you.
Packaged in a shiny, glossy, black plastic tube with a minimal but elegant design of the italic brand name and product name. It's sleek, sophisticated and stylish but also very practical. It only comes in 2 shades - light and medium. There is no darker shade which I think is a strong disadvantage. It contains 30mls of product which is a good amount I believe in a very easy to use squeezy tube!
I don't know about you, but I didn't have the foggiest what a BB Cream actually was. The only BB I was familiar with was my BlackBerry or the TV show Big Brother! So after some research here is what I found out...
BB stands for Blemish Balm, not Baby Bafta or Baffling Bagpiper much to my relief but slight disappointment! It was created by dermatologist Dr Christine Schrammek in the 1950s and produced widely in Korea. Weirdly enough it was not designed and made to be a beauty product but more of an after care for anyone who had undergone laser surgery treatment as it calms and regenerates the incredibly sensitive skin of the patients, as well as providing excellent coverage to conceal any scars or redness. Sounds very good to me so far! And I'm not the only one; after a few well known celebrities started using this wonder cream after their surgery they started telling everyone who would listen about their new found secret weapon. Word spreads fast and soon cosmetic companies ears were pricking up at the sound of a big money making deal! They adapted and created their own formulas and now in 2012 nearly every beauty brand has their own version of the BB Cream - from Rimmel to Dior!
But you may still be wondering what it is, just like I was. I asked everyone I could think of and drove my boyfriend mad every time we went shopping! I finally found out what this brilliant cream does and I will share my findings with you! The BB Cream contains four major attributes (forget 2 for 1 this is a 4 for 1!) it contains a moisturiser, primer, foundation and sun block! I think this is an amazing concept because rather than plastering your face in four separate items which clog your pores indefinitely - you just apply one! Also it saves you a lot of money and time, think how much you spend on a moisturiser plus a primer plus a foundation as well as sunscreen = a small fortune! Another little bonus would be if you are going away on holiday and don't want to cram your suitcase up with loads of beauty products but also don't want your skin to suffer - replace all them bottles with this ONE bottle! Genius!
I was so pleased with the research and reviews that I had read that I couldn't wait to try the 'Boots 17 BB Blemish Balm. All In One Magic Make-up with SPF 15.' I have a very fair complexion so I chose to opt for the light shade rather than the medium and I must say it is VERY light! Once you squeeze some product out it has a slight beige colour to it, but when you blend it in it transforms into a very sheer, iridescent almost pink toned shade with quite a bit of shimmer to it. I like to apply mine with a foundation brush and then buff it into my skin with a stippling brush as I find that sometimes it can cause the dreaded line on the jaw but that could just be me. It gives me full coverage without being too heavy and settling; it does not cake on my skin or sit in dry patches which I am so happy about! It isn't a matte finish so if you have dry skin you will get along with this! But if you have oily skin, don't feel left out; you will also favour this as it has high oil control.
It is very natural looking and gives you that 'no make up' make up look, a little like a tinted moisturiser but with slightly more coverage. I love the fact it doesn't clog pores like foundation - in fact it eliminates and erases any pores that you have thanks to the primer aspect in the formula. I find I don't have to wear any powder over the top to set it in place which is always a tell tale sign of wearing make up, so my skin feels like it can breathe! Any acne, scars or blemishes as well as discoloration or pigmentation are gently covered and concealed as well as giving skin the healing properties it needs to soften, smooth and refine. Its not just a pretty face though, it encourages skin to regenerate new layers that create and maintain youthful glowing skin. We should all protect our skin from the sun but I sometimes forget to apply sun block to my face as I don't want to appear shiny, but with this it contains SPF 15 and a UV protectant for healthy skin and more importantly protected skin!
I have been using my BB Cream for about a month or so now and love the results my skin has been having. It feels more soft and smooth and also looks more radiant. The Boots 17 version is only £4.99, however different brands range up to £25 - I don't see the point in paying that much when you can find one that does exactly the same - maybe even more for a quarter of the price at your local Boots!
Summary: 4 products for the price of one - primer, moisturiser, foundation & sun block!