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Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

Disclaimer : This is not a sponsored review, nor am I affiliated with the following brand/company in anyway.

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PRODUCT REVIEW/ HOW I WORE IT

I finally gave into the hype at the beginning of the year and I bought my very own BB Cream! I have not really shut up about it since, and I feel as though I am a bit of BB cream product expert, one would think I am getting commission by the way I have been “selling” this product to people that ask me about it. My mother, aunt, cousin and best friend have all recently bought their own (not all the same brand) BB creams and they have also loved them. I have also been able to try them, so I will eventually review those for you too.

Sandylashxx wrote a post on WHAT IS BB CREAM… Check it out.

Because, I am a list person, I have broken down my Smashbox BB Cream experience to the following pros and cons:

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PROS

  • A natural finish
  • Fair selection of shades, actually pale enough for ghosts like me
  • Easy to blend
  • Portable
  • High SPF

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CONS

  • Price/ R390
  • No moisturising ingredients/ properties – NOT  moisturiser like other BB cream brands
  • Difficult to get all the product out the tube
  • Only 5 shades available – this is a huge drawback for potential customers but hopefully in time this is fixed….

This BB Cream is a good option for someone who has an even complexion, like myself, with barely any skin imperfections (I have a few, but I choose to ignore them). There is hardly any coverage to this BB cream. You would have to use a lot of product to get a sheer-medium coverage and using a lot of this expensive product in my opinion is a waste, however if you apply medium coverage foundation over it, you will acheive a sheer-medium coverage. The smoothing aspect of it, as it is a primer or pollyfiller as I like to explain to my clients that always ask what PRIMER is for, is definitely its best feature. The SPF for me, is also a huge deal. I am as pale as a ghost and needless to say, I am terrified of sun damage, automatically the higer the SPF for me, the better the product.

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The application of the Smashbox BB Cream is MUCH easier if done with your fingers, it just blends easier. When attempting with a foundation brush, beauty blender, stipple brush or foundation sponge I feel that the product itself gets wasted (again, it’s not cheap and wasting is a deadly beauty sin especially at R390 a go…) and the cream doesn’t blend as easily as it does with the added heat of your fingers. I almost died when the Smashbox consultant used her fingers on my face, but I understand now that it just works better after trying many different applications myself.

I enjoy having the look of dewy skin,  because I suffer from an oily skin, I’m used to having loads of powder on my face and having a matte finish, this BB cream helps me have dewy skin for longer. You can happily add some powder initially (if you wish) or throughout the day as you normally would with a foundation.

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My go-to makeup look for the last few weeks of summer of late has been as simple as cleanse, tone, moisturise, apply BB cream, dust a bit of bronzer on my face, Smashbox Jet Set Gel Liner to my upper eyelid, a bit of my Inglot brow gel and plenty of mascara for a fun, fresh, “no makeup” makeup look. Quick, effective, and it lasts for the whole day, even in the intense Southern hemisphere heat.

OVERALL RATING

8/10

WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?

Definitely! Try it TODAY!

Please bear in mind, this product may not be the same experience for you but chances are you will enjoy it all the same. Smashbox is available at selected Woolworths stores countrywide, so be sure to go and try it out and see for yourself.

Smashbox is also cruelty free so absolutely no fluffies are harmed in having your perfect flawless looking skin.

x missfitz

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PREPPING YOUR SKIN FOR MAKEUP

HOW TO PREPARE THE SKIN FOR MAKEUP

 Right, since there are soooo many skin types and tones, we can all agree that a makeup artist cannot fit products for each and every type of skin out there!  However, you can narrow it down to an oily foundation and a water based one.  Skin issues should be dealt by a dermatologist.  Don’t expect a MUA to sort a skin ‘issue’ out with a brush stroke.  If you suffer from eczema or acne, I advise you to go to a doctor or dermatologist to deal with it.  However, if you are shy or self-conscious about having acne or scars, DON’T BE!  Artists do not sit there thinking how bad your skin looks, or how gross it is!  (Which it isn’t)  an artist enjoys the challenge of wanting to enhance your beauty despite your temporary problem.

 

I grew up with a very bad skin, and I now have scars.  So when I have to apply makeup on a girl with bad skin, I don’t feel bad at all.  I went through the same thing. Remember that a lot of makeup artists might have had bad skin and therefore wanted to become artists to help those in ‘need’.

SKIN PREPARATION

 *  If you are using an oil based moisturizer, it won’t mix with a water-based foundation.

*  So check your moisturizer, concealer and foundation to make sure they’re not contradicting one another, which will ultimately defeat the purpose.  This is the main reason your makeup won’t last.

*  Use a pH balanced cleanser.

*  Use a toner if you have an oily skin as it removes most of the sebum.  If your toner leaves a layer of residue, ditch it.

*  Moisturize or use a primer, but remember that both at the same time is not needed.   If your face has layers of cream even before your makeup application has even started, your makeup will slide right off.

*  Don’t moisturize your eyelids!

*  If you need to cleanse your face and no cleanser or toner is in sight, use alcohol-free and perfume-free baby wipes.  They don’t leave a creamy residue on your skin.

 

EYE PREPARATION – STEP BY STEP

 *  The eyelids are actually one of the most oiliest parts of your face.  This is the reason you get that oil line on your eyelids after a few hours.

*  Use a primer for eyelids.  I have one from Catrice.  Its a cream but once you lightly rub it on your lids, it turns into a powdery consistency.

*  Before any makeup application, cleanse your lids with an oil free cleanser and remember not to moisturize afterwards.

*  You should apply foundation onto your eyelids, especially if its water based, this is to give you a neutral canvas to start with.   Since most foundations have moisturizer, no other moisturizer is needed!

*  Lightly powder lids with translucent powder.  Normal loose powder may be too cakey.  Otherwise, ‘dilute’ a bit of loose powder with baby powder.

 

Now you can start with your eyeshadow application!

Hope this post helps you if you’re a newbie to makeup or just need to refresh your memory.  

MuchLuv♥

Sandylashxx

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