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Flower Beauty’s BB Cream – A True BB Cream?

Flower Beauty made a real effort to point out that they created an actual BB Cream that was unlike most of the others that have been released by Western companies. With such an effort to make it clear that Flower’s BB Cream was a real BB Cream, I had to find out if they were correct!

According to Flower’s website, this BB Cream can eliminate skin dullness if used daily, it provides coverage, it softens and smoothes skin, and it eliminates unwanted shine. It does not seem to have any type of scent and claims to last up to 12 hours! Quite the claims, but can it possibly live up to them?

For starters, the Flower BB Cream comes in 4 different shades that range from pretty light to what looks like is somewhat deep. That’s not terribly standard for an Asian BB Cream, but I’m sure it’s greatly appreciated since we come in all shades! I have tried both Shade 1 and Shade 2, and both seem to adjust to my skin tone, which is great and makes finding a shade easier. There is definitely room for error in choosing the “right” shade.
Flower Beauty BB Cream in Shade 1

The next thing that isn’t necessarily apparent, but does make a huge difference when comparing it to Asian BB Creams – Flower Beauty’s BB Cream does not appear to have any skincare properties. One of the original purposes of BB Creams was to include beneficial ingredients for the skin, so this is a little strange to exclude in the Flower BB Cream. Depending on your reason for using a BB Cream, this may be completely irrelevant to you, but I feel it’s worth mentioning.

Now, on to the actual feel and look of the product! The Flower BB Cream is substantial when you squeeze it out of the tube. I don’t want to say thick because that gives the wrong impression, but basically what I mean is that it is not at all runny or watery – maybe like a drier version of a mousse? This is definitely not a tinted moisturizer! With that said, it does not look thick as it’s applied, nor does it feel thick or heavy on the skin. In fact, it feels completely weightless on the skin! The lack of a moisturizer-like texture does make it spread differently – it doesn’t “sink in” as quickly, but it is still surprisingly easy to blend. I can’t quite figure out how that’s possible, but it blends quite nicely and looks really natural on the skin.

This BB Cream is probably best for people with combination or oily skin because it is not at all moisturizing, but it is actually pretty good at controlling oil! I don’t have dry skin, but it seems to me that the texture might not mix well with dry skin. It is genius for combination or oily skin because, as I just mentioned, it really seems to help keep oil at bay and it lasts all day!

Bare face without Flower’s BB Cream

The coverage is actually quite impressive! I would say this has a buildable medium coverage that can be built up to full coverage if you so desire. I was quite surprised by how well the Flower BB Cream covers! No tinted moisturizer-like coverage here!
Wearing only Flower’s BB Cream in Shade 1

Given the amount of coverage it provides, one might think it could look less than natural in the wrong hands. I find that it blends beautifully into the skin and looks verynatural! It does not seem to emphasize imperfections or settle into pores. I find that I do not even need to use my standard Too Faced Primed & Poreless with the Flower Beauty BB Cream because my pores really don’t look much different than they do without makeup! And since it helps control oil and lasts quite well, primer seems completely unnecessary for me. If you have dry skin, the right primer might make this product work better for your skin type, but I really have no way to test that out.
Flower’s BB Cream in Shade 1, Kevyn Aucoin’s
Sensual Skin Enhancer Concealer, Flower Beauty’s
Lash Knockout Volumizing Mascara, Flower Beauty
Blush/Bronze Duo in Shimmering Goddess &
Flower’s Lip Service Lip Butter in Wispy Wisteria

Overall, I am quite impressed with Flower’s new BB Cream! If you’re hoping for skin benefits in addition to coverage, stick to a traditional Asian BB Cream, but if you are more interested in just amazing, natural coverage with staying power and oil controling abilities, I would definitely recommend giving the Flower Beauty BB Cream a try! Not to mention it is quite affordable! Well done again Flower!!! J
For more information about Flower Beauty, check out what I could find here
Flower products are available exclusively at Walmart and the BB Cream retails for $12.95.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Flower Beauty in any way, nor have I been compensated for this review.

Flower Beauty Cosmetics Haul & Initial Impressions

I think I am overly excited about the new Flower Beauty Cosmetics line from Drew Barrymore. I can’t stop looking at the products online and am anxiously anticipating seeing the full collection in stores, instead of just the limited selection from the end caps. Needless to say, I have purchased a bunch of items already – both online and in-store. I may have gone just a wee bit crazy! Since I have been testing some of the products already, I thought I would share some of my goodies and my initial thoughts on them. I have already reviewed the Easy on the Eyes Long Wear Eyeliner in Navy, which you can read about here. As for some of the other products, well, keep reading!

Some of the lip products from Flower Beauty


Shine On Lip Gloss – Pretty-in-Petunia & Hibis-Kiss

  • Doe foot applicator that makes for quick and easy application
  • Goes on nicely and is well pigmented
  • Feels comfortable on lips and remains comfortable as long as it’s on
  • Nice shine – not too overly glossy or frosty
  • Smells like flowers and it tastes a bit like flowers too – that’s my only complaint about this gloss, but I can live with the taste. It does wear off after a while and it’s not unpleasant, just unusual

Pretty-in-Petunia


Hibis-Kiss


Beauty Balm BB Cream

  • It is not a creamy formula that glides on easily, but it does blend nicely
  • The coverage is surprisingly good. Comparable to other Asian BB creams I’ve tried and may be even better at evening out the skin!
  • It is not at all greasy which is great for oilier skins, but probably not so good for drier skins
  • Actually seems to help control oil!
  • It is very comfortable – feels like nothing at all. 
  • It wears well and lasts all day. 
  • Looks natural; it doesn’t look like you’re wearing makeup
  • It does not settle into pores or accent imperfections
  • It does not seem to have any real benefits for skin which really makes it a lightweight foundation, not a BB cream. I do not believe there is even a sunscreen included. If you’re not looking for the skincare elements of a BB cream, this is amazing!
Shade 1
Lip Service Lip Butter – Princess & the Peony, Wispy Wisteria & Cherry Chiffon
  • The darker shades are very pigmented; the lighter shades give more of a sheer tint of color
  • Very “buttery” – they glide on like a dream and almost melt into lips
  • Soooo comfortable, and remain so until they’re gone. 
  • Stays on pretty well, especially for a balm-like product
  • Smells like flowers, but it doesn’t seem to linger once it’s applied
  • I think these are even better than the Revlon Lip Butters!!!
Princess & the Peony

Wispy Wisteria

Cherry Chiffon
Color Play Creme Eye Shadow – Awesome Blossom, Flirty Floret & Mum’s the Word
  •  Very creamy and well pigmented; a little dab goes a long way!
  • Glides nicely over lids and bends easily
  • Nice, natural sheen without being too frosty or metallic
  • Feels very comfortable on lids – you don’t really feel it at all
  • Stays put and lasts almost all day with little to no creasing.
  • My only complaint is that it comes with a stopper shoved into the creme that seems to have no purpose and sticks to the shadow. The patterns in the shadows shown in the photos below are simply from removing this stopper (the last one really stuck). Again, it’s a minor complaint.
Awesome Blossom
Flirty Floret
Mum’s the Word
Lash Knockout Volumizing Mascara
  • Good size bristle brush – not plastic – that is not so big that it is difficult to apply
  • Not too dry or too wet and can easily add coats without much dry time
  • Doesn’t clump or weigh down lashes, nor do lashes feel crunchy or brittle
  • Does not smudge. It seems to be water resistant, but it still removes easily with makeup remover
  • Good for a natural look, but it’s not going to create incredible volume. It does make lashes thicker and a bit longer, just not dramatically so. It’s a good mascara, but not a great mascara.
Kiss Stick Velvet Lip Color – So Gladiola & Flamingo Flower
  • It skips and drags when you apply it
  • Shows any dryness or flakiness on lips and settles into lines
  • Though it is full-coverage, it can look patchy on the lips
  • It has great staying power and feels velvety – it doesn’t feel dry
  • Not quite a full matte finish. I’d call it a low-satin finish
  • Smells like flowers in the tube, but it is not noticeable on the lips
  • Wearing a little lip balm underneath the lipstick helps with all of these issues, but it’s still not the greatest lipstick. I don’t usually go for matte lip colors, but I feel like this is probably similar to most matte formulas. Also, “Flamingo Flower” is not as dry as “So Gladiola”, which makes these issues not as prominent with “Flamingo Flower”
So Gladiola
Flamingo Flower
On Your Mark Liquid Eye Liner
  • Nice thin, precise felt-tip applicator
  • I am terrible with this style liquid liner, but I found this one easy to use and could easily make thin or thicker lines
  • Gives a nice, deeply pigmented color – not at all streaky or patchy
  • Unfortunately, it comes off immediately with even the smallest drop of water and it will run down your face!

Nail’d It Nail Lacquer
  •   Amazing!!! Incredibly chip-resistant! Look for a full review shortly. You can read the review here.
Eye of the Tiger Lily, I Lavendare You!, Fanatical Botanical

I haven’t had a chance to try everything here as well as I’d like to before reviewing it, so these are all simply my first impressions. I can say with relative certainty that I love the Lip Butters and the Nail Lacquers. I’m pretty sure I really like the BB Cream as well, and I suspect the Creme Eye Shadows and the Lip Glosses will also quickly make my favorites list. I really like the Creme Eye Shadow in “Mum’s the Word” with the “Navy” pencil eye liner. I have more things to try as well so I’ll be busy for a while! Like I said, I’m overly excited about this line! 🙂

I hope this helps a bit if you’re planning to pick up some things from this new line! I’m going to try to post more detailed reviews of some products after I have a chance to really test them out. If there’s something not in this post that you’re curious about, please ask because I very well may have it too! Let me know what items you’re most interest in because I’d love to know!!! 

Tarte’s BB Tinted Treatment Primer – The NEW BB Cream?

I must say I was intrigued when I heard about Tarte’s BB Tinted Treatment Primer. Was it just another Western BB cream or was it more? Does it work better than my current Too Faced Primed & Poreless primer? Does it control oil or conceal my pores? So many questions so I decided to try to find the answers!

It feels very much like a primer going on the skin. It has that silicone-slip kind of feel as it glides over the skin (perhaps because it contains silicones?!). Skin looks instantly less shiny which always helps to minimize the look of pores. The feel reminds me quite a bit of the Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Primer when I first put it on. The main visible difference is that the Tarte BB Primer is, in fact, tinted. I chose the shade “Light” which is actually rather dark for a Light (does that make sense?). It blends nicely into my skin tone and I do not notice a shade difference, but for the fairest complexions it may be too dark (Light is their lightest shade). The coverage provided by the BB Primer is sheer to light. I would say the coverage is certainly more than a tinted moisturizer, but not quite as much as many Asian BB creams. QVC’s website claims that it is buildable, but I did not notice it helped much to add more to trouble spots. For a quick run out the door, this will help even out skin tone, but it is not going to camouflage any serious unevenness. It does look nicer than no coverage, but it is not going to work miracles to even out your skin tone. It is not a foundation after all!
Since this IS called a Primer, I tried it with my Urban Decay Naked Foundation as well. My skin was already a bit more even in tone from Tarte’s Primer, which allowed me to use a bit less foundation. I was really curious how it stacked up to my Too Faced Primed & Poreless Primer since that has been the best I found for disguising the craters on my cheeks and forehead (I know I’m probably too critical, but I used to have invisible pores!). If you are not one with a lot of uneven skin texture issues, than the Tarte BB Primer would probably work brilliantly for you. I found it not quite as good as the Too Faced for disguising my huge pores, but it did an admirable job – probably my second choice for that particular issue.
I feel like the Tarte BB Primer DID help my foundation stay truer longer and the finish was quite nice, which the Primed & Poreless is not as good at. It did not completely mattify skin, but it does help a bit with controlling oil and, thus, I think it might be better than a standard BB cream for oilier skins. I do not think Tarte claims this Primer will control oil, but I felt like it helped a bit. For those dry skin girls, I think this would work quite well also because of its super silky, slick glide-on texture. It does not seem to add moisture, but I do not think it is going to emphasize or worsen dryness either. My only real complaint about the BB Primer is that it seemed to take a fair amount to cover my face. Maybe I just expected too much coverage from a thin application, but I felt like I had to use more product than I ordinarily would.
One particularly intriguing aspect of Tarte’s BB Tinted Treatment Primer is that it contains Diamond Powder. I am not entirely sure what this does, but I would guess it is to help create a more luminous finish or to diffuse light? If you know what this is intended to do, please let me know! It also uses mineral pigments and, as with all Tarte products, does not contain parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium laurel sulfate or synthetic fragrances. According to QVC’s website, it also utilizes Tarte’s Beyond BB Complex, whatever that means! It is considered a moisturizer, primer and foundation in one.
Overall, Tarte’s BB Tinted Treatment Primer seems like a very nice multi-purpose, multi-skin type makeup Primer. For my personal needs (read filling in pores), it would be my second choice, but if you are looking for a great primer to keep foundation true and long-lasting, or just want a quick wash of tint that actually helps to even out skin tone, the Tarte BB Tinted Treatment Primer is definitely worth a try!
Tarte’s BB Tinted Treatment Primer retails for $34.00 and is currently only available on QVC.com
For more information about Tarte Cosmetics, see my post here.
No Makeup
With Tarte BB Tinted Treatment Primer
With Tarte BB Tinted Treatment Primer &
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Tarte Cosmetics in any way, nor have I been compensated for this review.

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm Multi-Benefit Skin Care Makeup – Review of an Amazing BB Cream!

Beauty Balms (or BB Creams) have been all the rage in Asia for quite some time. Recently they have gained popularity in Western countries and major cosmetic companies seem to have taken notice. One of the most recent companies to launch a Beauty Balm is Too Faced Cosmetics. No matter what your reason for seeking a BB cream, Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm Multi-Benefit Skin Care Makeup is worth a look!

So what IS this wonder product and what does it do? BB Creams are basically your ultimate all-in-one product for the face. They are similar to a tinted moisturizer, but take it even further. These super-moisturizers often include anti-aging ingredients, provide greater coverage, include a broad spectrum sunscreen and actually work to improve the appearance and texture of skin over time. As if that weren’t enough, if you still would like more coverage, they make a great primer for foundation. No wonder Beauty Balms have been the next great find in Asia – what took so long in the States?
So what makes the new Tinted Beauty Balm Multi-Benefit Skin Care Makeup from Too Faced so special? Like all Beauty Balms, Too Faced’s version is like a moisturizer on steroids. It is a wonderful hypo-allergenic oil-free moisturizer that contains an anti-aging multi-mineral complex for creating a healthy glow and improving the overall appearance of skin upon application. Among these minerals are Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc, Ginseng and Ginko Biloba. It contains light-diffusing pigments that blend effortlessly and create a radiant glowing tint to the skin. This BB Cream also includes a multi-mineral complex that acts as an anti-aging primer which protects against further damage. It includes a broad-spectrum, chemical-free SPF 20 for daily protection from the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays. To soothe and nourish the skin, the Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm also includes Vitamins A & E as well as Chamomile. The result is a nicely moisturized face that feels hydrated, but not greasy while protecting from the sun and imparts a glowing tint that lets skin shine through, or primes the face for foundation.
All that sounds wonderful, but does it really deliver? I would have to say yes – but it depends on what you’re expecting. If you want a full-coverage foundation with the properties of a moisturizer, this is not it. However, if you’re looking for a great moisturizer that makes skin look better, feels nicely hydrated and soft without feeling heavy or greasy, has anti-aging properties AND protects from the sun, Too Faced’s Tinted Beauty Balm Multi-Benefit Skin Care Makeup is wonderful! I really like it a lot!
Though it is unlikely to replace every skin product I use, the Too Faced Beauty Balm really is a great all-around product that can simplify one’s daily routine. As far as coverage goes, I feel like this gives a little bit more coverage than a standard tinted moisturizer, but not as much as a sheer to light coverage foundation. Though I have some slowly fading red spots, I feel like this evens the rest of my skin tone out well enough that I would gladly just dab a little concealer over the redness to create a nice, even face. The thick, creamy and super-soft formula does not settle into any dips or bumps and really does seem to improve the appearance of the skin’s texture while making it look brighter and somewhat glowing. My father, who never notices much of anything especially if it’s related to beauty, actually commented on how nice my skin looked one day and all I had done was apply the Too Faced Tinted BB cream!

The nice thick cream glides on silky smooth, blends very well and makes my skin very soft. My face feels nicely hydrated without feeling like it’s slathered with a heavy moisturizer and it does not make my face feel greasy. Though it does not control oil throughout the day, I feel like my combination skin does not produce more oil throughout the day than without this BB cream. I feel like the Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm would actually work for any skin type!
I love that it protects against UVA and UVB rays and the SPF 20 is a fairly standard amount for normal daily exposure. Certainly if I were heading to the beach or spending the day hiking, I would wear an additional sunscreen for the more extreme sun.
It has a very light, barely noticeable scent that is pleasant and does not seem to linger on the skin and packaged in a nice light tan tube with a pink duo-chrome glow which looks pretty cool.

So what’s the bottom line? Though I wouldn’t go so far as to say I would never need another product for my face, the Too Faced Beauty Balm is an amazing all-around product for every day use, especially as the summer (slowly) approaches. Whether I want to use it for coverage or not, as a softening moisturizer it is so incredible that I will definitely be using the Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm Multi-Benefit Skin Care Makeup! Try it and your face will thank you!

For more information about Too Faced Cosmetics, check out http://makeupguineapig.blogspot.com/2012/01/overview-too-faced-cosmetics-peta.html

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm Multi-Benefit Skin Care Makeup retails for $32.00 and can be found at:
http://www.sephora.com/ and retail locations
http://www.ulta.com/ and retail locations
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Too Faced Cosmetics in any way and I have not been compensated for this review.

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