Friday, April 05, 2013
ONE OF THE BEST NEW BEAUTY PRODUCTS
Maybe you've noticed one of the newest beauty products on the market. It actually crawled in under my radar and onto the shelves without attracting my attention. A sales person at the Body Shop first introduced me when I said I was looking for a tinted moisturizer. " Try this," She held a small tube marked BB. "It's Beauty Balm" I then recalled seeing ads for it but they had failed to pique my interest. So many products .. so little time. She must have read my mind. "Just give it try. It's a bit different from what else is out there.
I smoothed some over my face and checked the mirror. My skin had that luminous glow I'm forever in search of. Best of all it didn't look like I was wearing makeup
Beauty Balm, I think originated in Asia . It is a combination of primer, color, moisturizer and sunscreen. It is light and impacts a nice healthy look when you chose the right shade (go lighter rather than darker). It's inexpensive. Maybelline's, which I tried next was under $10. I then moved on to Cover Girl (also good )and L'Oreal which is marketed for mature skin and is a little more moisturizing than the others. However it didn't impart as much color.
On a trip to Sephora, I found that they too had hopped on the Beauty Balm bandwagon with everyone from Benefit to Dior hawking their versions. I decided to be extravagant and try a high end balm. After taking a good look at my face the salesperson returned with a jar. This BB was a water based gel and was one of several from a line I had never heard of, Dr. Jart. The product was rather thick and not easy to apply.I was skeptical,but she was convincing and I had a train to catch so I put another $35plus tax on my credit card and took it home. If there was a glow, I couldn't see it and the gel like texture wasn't to my liking. Back it went no questions asked. For now I'm sticking with the drug store brands .
The balm is a great idea for those of us who like to think we really don't need foundation but look much better with it. Foundation? Me? Of course not! Just a little BB Balm.