In my obsession with youth, I write a lot about beauty products.
I am willing to try just about any cream, lotion, oil – my favorite youthenizer is always giving way to my next favorite youthenizer.
And then there’s makeup - I love primer, foundation, concealer, highlighter, blush, bronzer, eyeliner, shadow, powder. And lipgloss, lipstick, lip stain, and lip balm. And I can buy one small thing every single week, and not dent my budget. There are thirteen blushers in my bathroom right now, all pleading with me to choose them tomorrow.
I have no loyalty whatsoever. Just an inexplicable optimism that the fountain of youth (and beauty) is out there.
So a few readers have wondered why I hardly ever mention a product by name.
A.) No one is paying me. (and I would gladly consider being a shill for cold hard cash.)
B.) They are all pretty good products but I’m still looking for the PERFECT one.
C.) If you bought something on my say-so and it stunk, you may not visit me anymore.
But I do have a product that I’d like to discuss.
This is not an endorsement, however. It’s an undorsement.
I love to try stuff. So I joined this online “club” where, for a small fee, they send you a bunch of cosmetic samples every month.
It’s so fun. It’s like Christmas every four weeks.
Of course, these are just tiny stocking stuffers. Just .0006 ounces of moisturizer. Or enough lipgloss to cover just the bottom lip. But you get to try shit. I am happy when I am trying shit. I can spend 3 hours in Sephora and spend $9.50. I’m euphoric and I can’t even tell what looks good after a while because my cheeks are pink just from rubbing all the shit off. (Just ask my friend Chris.)
Anyway, I adore all these little products that come each month, especially the skin creams. They send me a lot of these, since they asked me how old I was. And one of these days they will send me a cream, or what they now call ‘serum’ – and bingo – no wrinkles, no age spots, no pores even.
With a little initiative, I can stretch a single application out for a week. I figure this will show me whether it will have any long term benefits. I don’t know why it hasn’t proved an effective technique.
Anyway…back to BB Cream. (you probably forgot – but that’s my topic.)
My beauty adviser (Mom) has been telling me for weeks now that BB Cream is all the rage. And Mom should know – she watches daytime TV. And she has great skin. She’s been using Pond’s Cold Cream (there it IS – an endorsement!) for most of her 88 years. But she’s sure that a better product is out there if she could just find it. I take after her.
BB stands for beauty balm. What it is … well, I’m not that sure. I’ve looked it up and it’s some kind of tinted moisturizer. And every cosmetics company now makes one – or several. Because you may need one for oily skin, or dry, or breakouts, or old-disguising.
And BB creams are great. Why in one single step, your face is creamed, primed, and perfected.
And this month, in my goody box, there it was.
BB Cream! And not a single serving size either. It’s 0.1 ounce. Why that’s enough for two months, the way I can stretch it out!
And guess what?
Moisturizer makes my skin supple. And I love primer. It very subtly smooths my skin, creating a nice surface for my foundation.
This BB cream doesn’t moisturize much. It’s more like chalk.
And as far as primer …well, let’s just call this Spackle.
And as a foundation, I guess it would be perfect if my natural skin tone was ‘aluminum foil’.
On the positive side – it’s going to last for months.