Review: Pond’s Luminous Finish BB Cream

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Up until this point, I have been quite underwhelmed with the Western BB Cream craze. Unlike their Asian counterparts, the BB Creams on this side of the pond have been nothing more than repackaged tinted moisturizers with negligible skincare benefits. Most of them run too orange and have a greasy finish, like Maybelline’s Dream Fresh and Garnier’s Skin Renew Miracle BB Cream. After trying several BB creams, I had just about decided that this was one skincare trend that was more of a gimmick than anything else. Until I bought the Pond’s BB cream purely on a whim. I didn’t have high hopes for it. I figured it would be too dark for my pale skin, and too dewy for my combination skin. But I figured I would try it anyway.

Boy was I wrong. I love this stuff! It is NOTHING like the oily, orange Garnier BB cream. This is much more of a true BB cream. It hydrates my skin and dries to a semi-matte finish, it provides as much coverage as a foundation, it contains ingredients that lighten dark spots and improve skin tone, and it contains SPF 15.

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It also comes in a shade light enough to match my skin. I know one of the biggest problems with BB creams is that they often come in one “universal” shade, the problem being that many women are either too light or too dark to wear that shade. You all know by now how pale I am, and this BB cream actually matches my skin. Even better, I have been wearing it for three weeks now, and I have had no breakouts from it, and I swear that my old acne scars have faded. It’s got a great texture too; it looks thick at first but it feels almost luxurious when you put it on. It smells nice and floral too, but not too strong.

Heavily swatched
Heavily swatched

I have used a brush and fingers to apply it, and it goes on great both ways. One thing I don’t really get is why it’s marketed as a “luminous” product. To me, luminous implies dewy/glowy, but this isn’t either of those things. It’s pretty matte, although for me that is a plus. Surprisingly for a BB cream, it’s very long-lasting also. I usually set it with a translucent powder, and I can get twelve hours of wear from it. Colorwise, it’s very neutral; it doesn’t pull too yellow or too pink. It is a teeny bit dark on me, but I don’t really mind because it’s getting warm outside and I want to look a little less pasty. I do wear moisturizer under it, but if your skin is straight-up oily and not combination you could probably get away with using just this.

No foundation, just BB cream
No foundation, just BB cream
Wearing just Ponds BB cream
Wearing just Ponds BB cream

In one easy step, this product does the work of a moisturizer, sunscreen, and foundation. The only bad thing about it is that Pond’s does test on animals, which definitely bothers me. The product itself is so good that I really regret it isn’t cruelty-free.

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The Spring Beauty Tag

Hey there kittens! I got tagged for the Spring Beauty Tag by http://brittsbeautyblog.com! To participate, all you have to do is answer a few questions about your Spring beauty habits.
1. Do you change your makeup for Spring? If so, how?
I like wearing something a little lighter since the weather is warmer. During the colder months, I’m all about full-coverage pale foundations, but now I’m moving into the BB creams and powder route! My favorite BB cream for Spring is definitely Ponds Luminous Finish in Light. It is, in my humble opinion, the best drugstore BB cream available right now–it’s lightweight and hydrating, but it also provides really good coverage and fades those pesky dark spots. If I need a little more coverage, I’ll use my Lorac Porefection Baked Powder, which has salicylic acid in it to keep my oily skin under control–a necessity for the Spring. We all like glowy skin, but no one wants to be shiny.

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Also, I like wearing more orange lipstick in the Spring. It’s young and fun, but still edgy. One of my favorites is from the Maybelline Vivids line, called Vibrant Mandarin. It’s one of the more unique colors at the drugstore, a creamy red-orange with a teeny bit of pink.

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Just a swipe of it plus some mascara and you’re done! Needless to say, I will be using my Nars Matte Multiple pretty often too!
2.  What is your favorite Spring fragrance?

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I liberally douse myself with Bath and Body Works Oahu Coconut Sunset every morning. It’s a hybrid of my two favorite fragrance notes, coconut and amber. It is warm and exotic smelling, and people always tell me I smell good when I wear it. Also, I like Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue as a Spring fragrance; it may be one of those perfumes that everybody wears, but hey, it’s popular for a reason.
3. What is going to be your favorite accessory this Spring?
Hmm…probably sunglasses. I am fond of wearing large, dorky sunglasses. I also love necklaces with an ethnic vibe.

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4. What is going to be your most worn item of clothing this Spring?
As soon as it gets warm, I head straight to my floral babydoll dresses. They’re cool and are easy to dress up or down. Throw on boots and a beanie and you’re insta-grunge, or pile on the necklaces and mess up your hair and be hippie-chic.
5. Top three favorite Spring nail polishes?
I tend not to wear the traditional Spring shades. I like my polishes to make more of a statement, and right now I’m loving my Revlon Leather polish, which is a black color that’s got a textured, “leather” finish, and two nail polishes I actually got at Forever 21–the cool teal called Jelly Bean and the classic red called Sangria.

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6.  Do you prefer pumps or sandals for Spring?
Pumps? Yeah right. Watching me stagger around in high heels would ruin my street cred. =P For me, it’s going to be my studded boots. Not very Springy, but they add some toughness to an otherwise pretty look. Either that or barefoot.
7.  Favorite Spring jacket?

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I am pretty much never seen without my trusty faux leather motorcycle jacket (although it MUST be fake leather or I will not wear it. NO real leather or real fur for me.) I think a punky leather jacket is the perfect way to add some edge to the typical flowery dresses of Spring, plus it’s good for when the sun goes down and it’s still a bit chilly outside.
8. What is your favorite flower?
It may be a little clichéd, but roses have always been my favorite flower. I don’t know if that’s because of my Beauty and the Beast obsession when I was little, or because it’s the symbol of the Tudor monarchs (hey, I’m a history nerd!), but to me, roses are the classic example of Nature’s most beautiful flower. If I’m ever brave enough to get a tattoo, one of them will be a blue rose. Has anyone read The Glass Menagerie? With the “Blue Roses” joke? Got the idea from there…

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So those are all the questions. I’m going to tag..http://themakeupaffair.com,

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