Saturday, May 9, 2015

Out of Drama Experience: BB Cream

Out of Drama Experience: BB Cream
Drama: Miss Korea

Welcome back friends and future friends to another installment of my Out of Drama Experience series.  Today my out of drama experience that I'll be sharing is my discovery of BB Cream. I'll be honest in saying my interest in BB Cream had first been piqued well before seeing it in a Korean drama. For years, I have been hearing celebrities talking about it and have seen it featured in beauty magazines.  But I didn't really have a lot of knowledge about what it was and what made it different from other beauty products.  Then out came Miss Korea, which is centered around a team that develops the world's first BB Cream and their mission to sponsor the girl who will become Miss Korea so they can get their product out there.  In the drama everyone went crazy for the BB Cream, because it minimizes your pores and flaws and makes your skin look almost airbrushed.  At this point I was pretty much sold. One way or another I was going to get my hands on some BB Cream.

Now I'm a regular Birchbox subscriber. For those unfamiliar, it's a subscription service that sends me monthly samples of high-end beauty products. And guess what came for me the month I was watching Miss Korea? That's right. BB Cream.  I was so excited to use it and the results were as great as I was expecting.  Compared to foundation, I liked it a lot better. It didn't feel like I was wearing make-up and it only required a small amount to do the job.  My pores and flaws were minimized, but at the same time not to the extent that it was clear I was wearing a lot of make-up. 

This product was a game-changer for me because my skin suffered a lot of damage when I was younger. I had an early case of widespread blackheads. It wasn't until my teens that I understood how to properly take care of my skin, but at that point a lot of damage had already been done. So I have a lot of large pores and a lot of remaining blackheads. To top it off my face has naturally always been really red. Needless to say, I needed something to help minimize these flaws and this was the product I was looking for.   I used the entire tube I was sent and then knew I had to go out looking for more.  I wasn't satisfied with the selection and price I was seeing from American brands and since BB Cream was such a hit in Korea, I decided to hit up some Korean beauty suppliers to see what they had to offer.

I tried out several different brands and variations and out of all of the ones I've tried, the one that works best for me is: Holika Holika's Clearing BB Cream.  I buy it on Amazon, but there are several online retailers you can find it from. It's definitely affordable. I usually pay $7-$8 for a tube and it lasts me a few months.  I am a regular and devoted BB Cream user now.  It has built in sun-screen, which is awesome, and I never feel like I have make-up caked on. The only downside is that if you do have a pimple or blemish, BB Cream will not cover it up, so you will need to use some form of cover-up.

I've attached just a simple before and after picture from my morning routine to demonstrate the results. (I apologize for not using a full face shot, but I'm overcoming a bit of a cold right now). As you see, it doesn't look like I'm wearing a ton of make-up and the flaws are still there, but significantly muted and it makes an especially big different when given some distance. 

So as you may have guessed my out of drama synopsis on BB Cream is that I love it.  I will be preaching the benefits until the end of time or until a better product comes out :) 

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