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Saturday, 14 June 2014

Summer Skin: Battle of the BB Creams!

 { Five Best BB Creams: Origins VitaZing, Garnier BB Cream, Mac Moisture Tint, Origins Smarty Plants, Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser }

BB creams made their debut in the UK a couple of years ago, and quickly made a huge impact on the beauty industry. Sometimes referred to as Beauty Balms, or Blemish Balms, the creams usually provide moisturisation, SPF protection and sheer coverage as well as soothing and heeling properties, which reduces the need for other products - making them ideal for summer weather so that we can allow our skin to breathe.
Texture wise, they don't differ too much from Tinted Moisturisers, however it's been noted that most BB creams contain ingredients like hyaluronic acids and antioxidants which work to clear the skin. There are so many on the market, and sometimes the tinted moisturisers simply can't be beaten, so here I have chosen my fave favourites, including BBs, CCs and Tinted moisturisers.

The Best For Holidays - Origins VitaZing SPF 15

I mentioned this in my Holiday Beauty Essentials post a few months back, and am yet to find a better tinted moisturiser for holidays. Like the other products in the GinZing range, this little moisturiser adds vitality and vibrance to the skin. It comes out the tube as a white lotion, but the little beads in it release the tint when it is rubbed in, giving a flawless dewy glow. It's ideal if you aren't ready to go makeup free on holiday, and the SPF 15 makes it perfect for wearing in the Sun.

The Best For Everyday, Radiant Look - Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector SPF 15

The first BB cream to launch in Europe, and still one of the best, the Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector contains mineral pigments which create a flawless look, and the texture leaves skin looking radiant and moisturised. It doesn't completely conceal blemishes, but can be layered up on areas of redness. Giving a subtle sheen and with SPF 15, this is usually my BB cream of choice during Spring & Summer.

The Best For Special Occasions & Good Skin Days - MAC Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15

This was my first ever Tinted Moisturiser, and back when my skin was more problematic, it used to be reserved for the last few days of holiday, meaning that the shade I have is far too dark for normal use! Now I use it when I have a bit of a tan, and it has a similar finish to the Garnier BB, but with longer lasting power. If you are confident to wear a tinted moisturiser for a special occasion, this is the one to reach for.

The Best For Everyday, Matte Look - Origins Smarty Plants CC SPF 20 Complexion Corrector

First of all, what a great name! This CC cream from Origins is very easy to blend, and is ideal if applying in a rush. I keep it in my handbag for touchups when I am out and about - yes, sometimes even when on the tube! It gives a demo-matte finish which I love when it gets warm and clammy in London. It won't hide blemishes that well, so some additional concealer may be required on problem areas, but works well to even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of redness.

The Best All-Rounder - NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30

With enough coverage to satisfy good skin days, the NARS tinted moisturiser is an ideal 'tinted moisturiser for beginners' as it delivers all the benefits of the usuals, and has the widest shade - range. This product ticks all the boxes; adds glow, provides moisture, and delivers a hint of tint! If you have oily skin, you may need to touch up with some powder, but overall this is a great Tinted Moisturiser to start with if you are new to them!

Have you tried BB creams / Tinted Moisturisers? Which is your favourite?

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  1. I tried the Garnier and although a great formula it's far too orange for my skin even in the lightest shade ! I think the NARS is next one to try however the Origins products sound awesome :)
    Lauren x

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  2. Definitely going to try some of these! Foundations can be so heavy and gross in the Summer! :( Great post!

    Charlotte |

  3. The Origins is perfect for everyday, love it!

  4. I adore the Erborian one!

  5. I really want to give the Origins one a go - it just sounds so good!

    Beccy ~ Bluebell & Bumpkin

  6. Great products I have never tried but I really want to now

    Emma | With A City Dream

  7. Nars TM it is! Lovely post Josie! definitely have it on my shopping list now :-)

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  8. Great post! I'm a huge fan of the NARS TM and Origins Vitazing, they're both fantastic, natural looking bases for summer!

    Morgan //

  9. I am now tempted to get Origin vitazing for my holidays ... Great post

  10. nice review!! I'm searching for new beauty products!

    Patchwork à Porter

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  11. Love the NARS one, tempted by the MAC and Origins one although the shade range seems a little off for the Origins one hmm xx

  12. Great post! Really want to try a few of these, especially the Origins Vitazing! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

  13. Desperately wanting to try the NARS BB Cream! It sounds so damn good xxx

  14. Mori OnTheThroneSunday, June 15, 2014

    I really like the tea tree bb cream from the body shop!

  15. Nice thorough review, great post :)


  16. I really want to try Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector.

    xx, Be || lovefrombe

  17. I have the Garnier BB cream but sometimes find it's not the best for coverage but it's great for summer holidays and good skin days. I would quite like the try the Nars one :)

  18. GlitterInfatuation JazzMonday, June 16, 2014

    I think I need to try the Garnier BB cream, but I think the ones from Asia will always beat the ones in the UK! x

    Jamie-Lee|Glitter Infatuation Beauty & Lifestlye Blog!

  19. I love BB creams for summer! I really like Seventeens Blemish Balm for a subtle look. The Origins matte one sounds really cool, nothing like beating a bit of face shine!

  20. I've been using the Garnier one for 2 years now and I LOVE it! Seriously it's my go-to everyday base, the finish on me looks so natural, that you can't tell I have anything on. I find that it looks better during summertime because dry winter/flaky skin doesn't work that well with this product because it is quite matte. But if you keep your skin polished and moisturized this product glides on like a dream. I never really repurchase things, but this I will when I run out!

  21. I should try it out! Heard so many good things about it! Thanks for sharing

  22. Thanks for sharing! I LOVED the Origins Smarty Plants CC Cream!

  23. I just came across your blog and realized my latest post was about BB creams and I also titled it 'Battle of the BB Creams'! Haha! But thanks for sharing and the comparisons, I've never heard of the Origins one!

    A new follower x
    Sheri | Behind The Frames

  24. Your photography is always so stunning! If only I wasn't so useless with technology... :)


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