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I’ll confess, I’m a bit of a BB Cream addict. Take a peek in my vanity and you’ll find no less than 6 different kinds of BB Creams. Some work better than others, but they all make it into my daily skincare routine on a regular basis. The latest to hit my arsenal is the new Revlon Photoready BB Cream skin perfector with SPF 30. Like others in this product category, it’s a lightweight multi-benefit Beauty Balm that combines skincare and makeup into one step.

I’ve been using this product every day for 2 weeks and can honestly say it’s one of the best I’ve tried. The consistency isn’t too thick, which makes it perfect for summer, and it isn’t too thin either, so it provides the perfect amount of moisturizing benefits and coverage I need. The light medium tone blends perfectly with my skin, providing virtually invisible, natural coverage. And unlike many other BB Creams which offer little or no sun protection, Revlon Photoready contains SPF 30, which is essential all year round and especially during the summer months.

One of the reasons I am such a fan of BB Creams, is that they have moisturizers and primers built into the product, something that my dry skin needs desperately. In the winter, I typically apply BB Cream on top of a daily moisturizer for added hydration, but in the warmer months, I don’t need any additional products. I simply apply the cream to damp skin to lock in moisture and to assist with even distribution. I add more product to any areas that need additional coverage, so I can often skip concealer.

Along with the BB Cream, I’m also testing out the new Revlon Lash Potion mascara. The product contains a potion “with strengthening proteins that drench lashes for volume” and a triple-groove wand that prevents clumps while lengthening lashes. I’m lucky enough to have fairly long lashes, and this mascara definitely delivers when it comes to thickening and avoiding clumps.

Both of these products have found a permanent place in my makeup kit this summer.

Revlon-Logo-2.jpgRevlon believes there is more than one way for women to be seen. Revlon’s heritage as a color authority and its suite of innovative products inspires women around the world to expressthemselves through beauty each and every day.

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When it comes to new beauty trends, BB cream has been leading the pack in popularity. Brands from Maybelline to Dior offered the beauty balm or blemish balm to the masses who gladly slathered on BB goodness to tint, hydrate and SPF their faces. Seemingly taking a trend and running with it, beauty brands are now selling us on the multiple benefits of CC (or color corrector) cream. So is this for real? Is there a difference between BB cream and CC cream? 

It may surprise you to hear that there actually is a difference between the two similar sounding products. CC cream fits more in the skincare family than the cosmetic family, unlike BB cream. With the main focus of the product on priming, nourishing and providing color correction to your skin, CC cream is the older, wiser and less flashy (color coverage wise) version of BB cream. 

UK based skincare brand Nip + Fab creator, Maria Hatzistefanis, tells us that she created her CC cream “as an answer to many peoples’ complaints about BB creams,” stating that “they are often too oily, too heavy.” Creating a lighter formula that corrects skin rather than just covering it up, brands like Clinique will be introducing their own CC cream this spring that will focus on brighter skin with the use of light diffusing optic technology. If you have redness, uneven skin tone, or acne prone skin, CC cream will be a welcome addition to your routine. 

Curious if CC will work for your skin? Explore CC creams available for purchase now by clicking through the images above.  

L'Oreal Paris Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator

Last week we introduced you to L’Oreal Paris Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator, one of the newest multi-tasking creams aimed at improving the appearance of skin for a flawless look. After spending a couple of weeks using this product daily, I can honestly say Youth Code BB Cream delivers. At the risk of sounding overly enthusiastic, I might go so far as to say the cream is magic in a tube.

Over the years, I’ve tried many tinted moisturizers and, more recently, BB creams, so I was expecting more of the same from this product. After applying a pea-sized amount of the product, I was amazed at how even my skin looked with absolutely no sign of redness. Incredibly, my skin looked flawless and so natural with virtually no tell-tale signs of any product on my skin whatsoever. Did I mention this cream is magic?

Since first trying Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator, I have been using the product daily in place of my usual tinted moisturizer, and every day I marvel at how this cream can make my skin look so beautiful. I’m thrilled to add this to my list of must-use beauty products!

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Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator instantly evens, illuminates, perfects, moisturizes, and protects skin. In one week, tone and texture are improved and skin is healthier looking.


BB Creams (“beauty balms” or “blemish balms”) are without a doubt this year’s most buzzed about cosmetic trend. Though properties of the various creams differ, they all promise one thing: multiple benefits in a single formula. These incredible multi-taskers combine several products into one, allowing women to simplify their skincare and makeup routines. Brilliant, right?

The great news is, you don’t have to spend a fortune on a luxury department store brand now that drugstore brands are getting into the BB game — and with winning results! L’Oreal Paris Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator ($16.99) is one of the newest to enter the market, making it super-easy for anyone to get glowy, flawless skin.

Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator combines 5 benefits into a single step: it instantly evens, illuminates, perfects, moisturizes and protects with built-in SPF 15. Even better, the product promises to improve your skin with continued use, offering better tone, texture and a healthier overall appearance.

Already getting rave reviews, we’re looking forward to testing out this miracle cream first hand. Keep an eye on this column and we’ll post our results in a few weeks!

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Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator instantly evens, illuminates, perfects, moisturizes, and protects skin. In one week, tone and texture are improved and skin is healthier looking.

Since we’re experiencing a major heatwave across the country right now, it seems only apropos to bring you our 2012 edition of the best sunscreens for face! Below, our favorite products to keep your face glowing and protected even when it’s 105 degrees. Just don’t forget to reapply every couple hours for maximum protection!

BB-Creams-Best-Sunscreens-2012.jpgBB Creams and Tinted Moisturizers
What is a BB cream, you may ask? Only one of the most ingenious product inventions on the market right now! Part moisturizer, part primer, part foundation and part sunblock, they do everything from cover blemishes to—duh—protect your skin from the sun. These two, plus a fab tinted moisturizer, really do the job.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 Sunscreen/PA+++
This tinted moisturizer comes in a ton of colors perfect for every skin tone, smells divine, blends easily and quickly into the skin, and contains seawater to restore hydration to the skin.
$42 at

Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream
From the SPF 15 protection to the gorgeous finish left on the skin, this BB cream really does the trick.
$11.04 at

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1- Beauty Balm Skin Perfector
Creamy, lush and makes your skin look radiant. What more could you want?
$6.99 at

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Available in a wide array of price points and SPF levels, these sunblocks really get the job done no matter what kind of protection you’re after.

Chanel UV Essentiel Multi-Protection Daily UV Care SPF 50
If you really want to make sure your skin stays pristine, SPF 50 is the way to go. And Chanel? It doesn’t get more luxurious than that.
$52 at

Lather Daily Defense Facial Sunscreen
A little definitely goes a long way with this sunscreen, which is formulated with botanical extracts and protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays.
$24 at

Arcona Reozone 40
This sunscreen’s light tint adds a gorgeous subtle glow to the skin after applying, while the SPF 40 keeps it from burning in the most harmful of rays.
$28 at

La Prairie Sun Protection Emulsion Face
Not only does this sunscreen sink into skin without looking or feeling greasy, it leaves behind a subtle shimmer. So pretty.
$95 at

Bioelements Sun Diffusing Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen
The SPF 15 protection is just enough to keep your skin safe, but enough to let you get a little color. Safely, of course.
$39 at

Sunscreen-Moisturizers-2012.jpgMoisturizers with SPF
For days when your skin needs a little extra hydration—and you don’t want to wear both moisturizer and sunscreen—these moisturizers are the way to go, because they’re all formulated with SPF!

Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 50
Vitamins C and E combine with green tea and grapeseed extracts to make skin feel conditioned, soft and smooth.
$48 at

Fresh Soy Moisturizing Cream SPF 20
This moisturizer makes the skin glisten and smells absolutely divine, thanks to jojoba seed oils and sea lavender extract.
$42 at

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM
Apply this moisturizer every morning and not only will it be protected with SPF 30, it will hydrate your skin with hyaluronic acid and ceramides.
$13.99 at

Kaplan MD Daily Moisture SPF 30 Concentrate
Everything about this moisturizer is luxuriously divine, from the ombre glass bottle to the rich formula.
$185 at

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