I don’t know about you but as I get older I get more cynical – about many things – but particularly about beauty products.
I’ve never really been that interested tbh, but less so, as I get older and when it comes to reading beauty pages in magazines/blogs/columns in newspapers (apart from Sali Hughes in the Guardian) I simply cba. Amanda and I get invited to lots of lovely beauty launches and I love going, but when it comes to the the bit where the very sweet (young) PR’s start to talk about the miracle properties about the particular product they are promoting, it’s all I can do not to giggle and turn the situation into a French and Saunders QVC type sketch. Sorry ladies, but unless I actually try out the ground breaking new product and it really works, it’s all just beauty bollocks to me!
There are indeed some hero products and appliances that do in some small way make life better/easier – I’m looking at you BaBylis Big Hair, Seche Vite top coat, Benefit Pore Professional and They’re Real mascara and when I come across them, I turn onto some kind of beauty evangelist keen to spread the word and share them with everyone.
I discovered BB cream in New York in the summer on a marathon shopping session in Target (why are foreign supermarkets so much more interesting?) with my product obsessed best friend and daughter. I was doing my usual, I’m far too much of a feminist to be interested in this, “thing”, when someone mentioned BB cream. After a lecture on its miracle properties ( I wasn’t really listening) I reluctantly bunged a tube of L’Oreal BB cream in my basket and thought no more of it.
OMG when I got it home and tried it out – it’s amazing and if you don’t already own a BB cream – go and buy one right now. It is a primer, highlighter, moisturiser and foundation all in one – and even if you don’t know what all of those things actually are, don’t worry, you don’t need to, you just need to know it works.
It will give you a brighter, more even skin tone and natural coverage, you will love it – AND – it doesn’t cost loads of money. The L’Oreal Nude Magique I bought is only £7.99 and Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector (on Vogues list of top 10 BB creams) is only £9.99.
I hesitated over this post as I thought perhaps the whole world already knew (apologies if you do) about BB cream, but it seems everyone I talk too is a bit like me. “Just what is BB cream?’ they ask, to which I reply, “I have absolutely no idea, but I do know it works.” Simple as!