BB cream – What? Why?

Seeing every actress advertise about it on prime time TV, I was wondering What & why is the big fuss about BB creams?
So this weekend did my bit of research and shopping! And here is what I found for you all!

Now, BB cream stands for blemish balm, blemish base, beblesh balm (apparently because of a trademark in Korea on the word “blemish”), and in Western markets, beauty balm.
BB cream is promoted as an all-in-one facial cosmetic product to replace serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation and sunblock.It can be worn alone as a tinted moisturizer, over serum and moisturizer as a regular foundation, and under powder, depending on the desired amount of coverage.
I went shopping and got hold of a pond’s all in one BB cream, shade natural cover.
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POND’S WHITE BEAUTY BB+ ALL IN ONE FAIRNESS CREAM SPF 30 PA++ (9Gms) PRICE: RS.69.

This Beauty Benefit Cream claims to:
-Covers spots and lightens skin
-White beauty Fairness technology to improve your skin tone gradually.
-UV Protection

My review:
-Cost effective and easily available.
-Light weight, smells nice, spreads easily
-Available only in one shade -natural cover for medium to fair skin, so incase you are a shade darker than medium tone you could look like a white ghost!
-It lasts long due to its light weight finish, but in a humid climate you might need to dab the extra oil with a tissue paper and follow by a compact, every 3 to 4 hours, depending on how oily your skin is.
-The skin texture also looks illuminated and dewy.
-Not sure on its fairness cream claims as I need still use it for a longer while to observe its effect.

How to use it?
– you can first moisturise your skin with a very light weight moisturiser like Olay, then apply this bb cream with a foundation brush for complete even coverage.
-follow this up with you shade compact to avoid an oily finish.
-incase you have a shade problem, and this shade is lighter than your skin tone, then you can blend a few drops of your exact shade liquid foundation with bb cream to match the closest to your skin tone, followed by your shade compact powder. Incase there is too much of a shade difference, just avoid using a bb cream at all, until you find your shade in any other brand as well.

TIP: Whenever you are trying a new make up product, always start with a little, then watch and observe how it sits on your skin for a few hours and slowly increase to an appropriate quantity. This way you learn about your skin and what suits it.

Go try this bb baby!

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