So remember when I told you that I used to be a make-up artist? I’m working on a post about my favorite make-up tips and tricks, but this latest find was too good to keep till then.
I had been looking for an upgrade from my daily sunscreen/tinted moisturizer, but didn’t want a full-on foundation, which would be too much “look” for my everyday life. Just something with a bit more coverage and sufficient sunscreen (which I’m obsessive about), as I did not want to deal with two separate products.
And then I started seeing something called “beauty balms” everywhere – have you heard of them? They are new, and claim to “do it all” – foundation, sunscreen, anti-ager or make-up primer, depending on the company.
I’m typically skeptical of cosmetics that multi-task, but then I found out that Clinique had just come out with their version of the beauty balm (or “BB”). Having worked for them for many years I can attest to the fact that they really do their homework before rolling out a new product. The web site described their BB as offering, “SPF protection, antioxidants for prevention, plus enough coverage to banish imperfections”.
photo courtesy of Clinique
It sounded like exactly what I was looking for, so I gave it a try.
I absolutely love it!
It gives me more coverage than what I had been using, without looking heavy or “makeup-y” at all. It has an SPF 30 (score!) and gives my skin a polished, finished look. It’s also comfortable to wear and lasts the entire day.
The only issue I had is that it goes on very dry. Although my skin is (still!) oily, I am at the age where I prefer more of dewy finish, as opposed to matte. So what I do is apply the beauty balm immediately over my moisturizer, to give it a little “slip”. Works beautifully.
What are your go-to, can’t-live-without make-up items? Do you find yourself wearing more or less make-up now than when you were younger? Let me know!
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Note: I was not compensated by Clinique for this post; the opinions expressed here are completely my own.