Product Review Category: FACE

Dior Hydra Life BB Creme Broad Spectrum SPF 30


Dior doesn’t mess around. These folk give us what they give us– a fabulous BB Creme (Hydra Life with SPF 30) … in just three shades. Alrighty then. Kinda annoying, but whatever, it’s Dior.

Bienfait Teinté Beauty Balm

Lancome Bienfait Tiente is the caviar of BBs- Deeply hydrating, yet not sticky, and oh so fraunch. (go ahead, say it with your Pepe La Pew accent!). My only complaint is the “one shade fits all” options. Still, this is the upper tier of the BB world, and feels heavenly on the skin.

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

I don’t wear foundation unless it’s a big event, or I’m REALLY trying to cover something up. If we’re really getting real, the stuff takes me back to junior high and Awkward Town, USA. This was all before Bobbi Brown’s Foundation Stick came into my life. I would wear this stuff all day, every day.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

This drugstore-brand tinted moisturizer fully competes with Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer, but has more SPF (Mercier has SPF 20). It’s cheaper, has natural coverage, evens tone and has light-reflecting minerals. It is thicker than other tinted moisturizers, but I don’t mind this. I use the “light” shade and the color blends really nicely. I used to get compliments on my skin when I was wearing my favorite foundation (that’s another post), but I also get raves with this, and it’s not even foundation! I have never broken out from it.

Ole Henrikson CC Cream

When BB cream just isn’t enough. We’ve all had those days. A night you’ll never forget turns into a day you pray will end as quickly as possible. This fabulous color corrector (music to my uneven skin-toned ears!) from Ole Henrikson will fix the previous night’s transgressions faster than a speeding (iced) red eye. So grateful my favorite gal from Sephora on the Upper West Side of NYC hooked me up with a deluxe sample of this, as it fast became one of my bad skin day fixer-uppers. Added bonus- SPF 30, yahoo!

Too Faced BB Cream

Nothing screams “I misbehaved last night” than a cake-y mask of foundation. A much better option is a BB cream which is, in this PW’s opinion, the best invention since dry shampoo. You’ll see improvements in your skin over time, but you’ll also look great immediately, score!! I love the formula, too–the coverage is just enough, my skin feels super soft, and I feel like I’ve seen an improvement in dark spots. TIP- if things have really headed south, you can always spot treat with foundation.:)

Smashbox O Glow Cheek Glow

It’s the blush equivalent of a mood ring, and I’m sorry, but the tweenie side of me could not resist. If the color it turns your fingers is any indication, things could get scary (aka: hot pink) quick. But no– once, the gel works it’s magic, you have a beautiful, healthy glow that’s hard to get wrong. I ended up building up about three times to get that “no, really, I was a responsible adult last night!” look and the color was stunning. Another benefit for the time-challenged? It looks just as gorgeous on the lips and eyes.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder: Diffused

Cursed are those harsh fluorescent lights on our poor, dehydrated skin. You could hide in the utility closet all day (strongly considered it), or you could carry around this lifesaver from Hourglass. Just a little dusting over your foundation/tinted moisturizer/BB cream is enough to make you look like you’ve suddenly acquired your own personal lighting designer, or an inner dimmer switch. This is a definite winner.

Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Face Primer, Green

I like to think that if this primer could talk it would say, “look girl- I don’t approve of what you did last night (this morning)- but here’s the deal. I got you. It’ll be our secret for today– use a little of me before you throw on all that other nonsense, and I’ll do you a solid. We’ll take that icky redness away and actually make you look kinda stunning. … But don’t let this become a habit.”

Feeling Younger Skin Tint (LUSH)

A vegan, light reflecting tint with oatmeal and jojoba oil? Oh, Lush. You know me so well– can’t handle the hard stuff. Mix a little of this with your eye cream, then a little concealer after that dries. VOILA.