Basic B: BB Cream

Hey all! I hope you’ve been having a great Halloween weekend! I finished most of my Sephora classes and got to put those skills to good use this weekend on my Wednesday Addams costume.

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I used my most recently acquired contouring skills and lipstick application techniques – and TBH, I felt pretty fierce.

I have a few product/store/life recommendations and want to highlight them before I get to my foundation info.

At the recommendation of an aesthetician I went to, I’ve been trying to find a probiotic facial cleanser, and apparently, it’s just what my sensitive AF skin has been waiting for. In my search, I stumbled upon Credo Beauty and it is my new favorite. I’ve been there before and loved it – their store is SO zen – but I didn’t fully understand how amazing they are. They carry products that focus on “ingredients that are safe and healthy,” “brands that are sustainable and have ethical sourcing,” and “product that is effective, looks good and feels good.” I did a self-check and researched a few of the brands they carry and they live up to the hype. Specifically, I looked at Acure and Juice Beauty. I have been using Acure products anyways (shampoo, conditioner, and body wash) and saw they have a probiotic cleanser, so I’m going to incorporate that into my routine. It’s only $10 for 4 oz, which is such a deal.

I have a new lip OBSESSION. ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip  – it’s essentially a knock-off of the Kylie Lip Kit, but at a MUCH more reasonable price – $6 per tube. It stays on really well and I usually don’t have to reapply until after lunch. I got their Foxy set of 5 mini-sized colors and love them all. Apply them with Sephora’s Lip Brush and it looks amazingly precise. I have never been a lipstick person until now. These lip colors + applying them well with the lip brush = a fairly effortless way to look like I’m a person who has my shit together. Added bonus – I looked up all of the ingredients through the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) and they were all very low risk. I am in love with these! I’m wearing the Tulle one in my Wednesday Addams picture (I told you they were fierce).

On to Foundation/BB creams. I’m a bigger fan of BB creams personally because they are generally more light-weight and most foundations I’ve used have made me break out. I started my research by compiling a list of chemicals/ingredients to avoid, but that list was way WAY too long. Instead, I’ve made this handy chart below with the main takeaways from my research.

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It’s definitely challenging to sort through the long list of chemicals on the back of a product. Luckily, Sephora has a handy sorting tool on their website that lets you weed out some ingredients you don’t want. Credo Beauty also has a range of foundations and BB creams that they have vetted to be safe. Additionally, I’ve made a cheat sheet of key terms to look for when shopping for foundations and BB creams:

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This will not eliminate every concern, but it is a good place to start. Also, I’ve found that generally speaking if a company is making an effort to be paraben-free, use mineral ingredients, etc., they generally are safety conscious and are a better bet in general.

Here are some recommended products:

I recommended a few tinted moisturizers/BB creams in the Sunscreen post including Burt’s Bees BB Cream, Andalou Naturals Brightening SPF 30, and Juice Beauty Tinted Mineral Moisturizer. Here are some additional recommendations:

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Sweat Cosmetics Mineral Foundation: This is one of the best options offered by Sephora. It is mineral, paraben-free, and fragrance-free.

 

 

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Juice Flawless Serum Foundation: This is filled with many organic ingredients and a lot of the ingredients are plant based. Juice Beauty’s products are given 1-2 scores by EWG.org (the top non-toxic/healthy scores). I will probably switch to a Juice Beauty product after my current BB cream wears out- they come well recommended and are so low risk.

 

 

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L’Oreal Paris Magic Nude Liquid Powder

For a less expensive option, ewg.org also gives this foundation a score of 1. It has an amazon score of 4.3/5 which is great for a drugstore beauty product.

 

 

EWG’s list of foundations can be found here, and you can type your foundation into the search bar on that page to see how they rank it. They don’t have every foundation, but they are pretty comprehensive. If they don’t have it and you’d like some help figuring out if it’s low-risk, shoot me an email/leave a comment!

Hope these recommendations work for you- I’m off to Credo 🙂

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