Latest BB Obsession -- Smashbox Camera Ready BB


My philosophy is tinted moisturizer/BB cream for daytime, and a medium to full coverage foundation sans SPF for nighttime and special occasions. Lately, I have been completely obsessed with trying every tinted moisturizer and BB cream I could get in my makeup addicted hands. I love how easily I can slather tinted moisturizers and BBs with my hands for a quick FOTD. The ease of going from light to medium coverage is also a perk.

The Smashbox Camera Ready BB came as a sample in a recent Sephora haul. Smashbox's BB provides SPF 35, and is available in 8 different shades. Generally, for a no makeup makeup look, I only need about a pea-size for my entire face. I think the 1 oz. size would last me quite a while, probably 3 or 4 months. Sephora offers two shades in .5 oz travel sizes -- "Light" and "Light/Medium". Although, I was sent 'Light" instead of "Light/Medium", I was still able to make it work after bronzing and blush. *For reference, I am NC25 in MAC.

I admit that I totally underestimated how much I would like the Smashbox BB. I was pleasantly surprised at how long it lasted --  a good 6-7 hours. Although the matte finish formula is thicker than my watery Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (which I wear in St. Moritz),  it worked surprisingly well with my dry skin. To the naked eye, the matte finish does make you look "Camera Ready", but I would look for something with more coverage for a super important day, like a wedding or school pictures.

On the daily, I prefer a more demi-matte finish so, I have been mixing Smashbox's BB with my super dewy Nars Tinted Moisturizer. I have actually noticed longer staying power with my Nars by mixing the two. I am thinking about ordering a "Light/Medium" and a lighter shade of my Nars tinted moisturizer to mix for the upcoming Fall/Winter. This is definitely a must try.  Available at Sephora, Nordstrom, ULTA, Macy's, and other retailers for $39.00 1oz./$19.50 .5oz.

Have you tried the Smashbox Camera Ready BB?
 

Liquid Gold: Skin Dressing's REALLY GOOD™ Rose Skin Butter


I discovered Los Angeles-based Skin Dressing through Instagram and fell in love with the brand's mission -- to deliver all natural, non-toxic skin care at an affordable price, while still remaining cruelty-free and vegan-friendly. 

I asked, and Skin Dressing generously agreed to send me the REALLY GOOD™ Ultimate Rose Skin Butter. This luxurious and silky heaven in a gold jar is made naturally fragrant with 100% USDA certified organic rose essential oil. NO TOXINS whatsoever. 

The gaudy, and totally my style, gold jar obviously caught my attention, but the rose scent made me down-right obsessed. You can smell the beautiful rose oil from the outside of the jar, which isn't too surprising because according to Skin Dressing, "it takes TWENTY DOZEN organic roses to distill enough oil for just one jar." The Skin Butter is the consistency of a thick clarified butter, but completely smooth, and not at all greasy. 

The REALLY GOOD Ultimate Rose Butter is made with skin-nourishing ingredients like Vitamin E, jojoba oil, and murumuru butter. Murumuru butter is obtained from the seeds of the murumuru palm, which is native to the Amazon Rainforest. I love when skincare ingredients come from plants. Don't you?

How to Apply.
I like to dip a clean finger into the jar, and rub the butter on my collar bone and dab any leftovers on my neck. It gives my skin the perfect, healthy glow, and leaves me smelling amazing. Rose is my absolute favorite scent in the entire world. It's just so feminine and romantic.

I also like to rub a little onto any scars or stretch marks because the REALLY GOOD butter has all that skin repairing goodness from the jojoba.

Why use a skin butter rather than a lotion or cream? 
Skin Dressing's REALLY GOOD Rose Butter's all natural, and waterless formula does not require a chemical preservative like a lot of off-the-shelf lotions and creams do. The waterless formula also gets you a lot of bang for your buck. The Rose Butter's concentrated formula can last four to five times longer than the average tube of lotion. It also doesn't smell at all like those overly sweet or artificial floral fragranced lotions. The Ultimate Rose Butter, $25, and other all-natural skin care available at skindressing.com.

Have you tried the Ultimate Rose Butter or any body butters lately? 




Skin Dressing's  REALLY GOOD™ Rose Skin Butter Ingredients:  organic simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, astrocaryum (murumuru) butter, shorea stenoptera (illipe) seed butter, rosa centifolia (rose) floral wax, organic rosa demascena (rose) oil, mixed tocopherols (derived from organic sunflowers).