When Makeup and Skincare Unite
I’ve recently added a few new skincare items into the mix and I’m absolutely thrilled to death with them. With the impending birth of my second child, I’m doing everything I can to streamline my beauty routine, without skimping on much. So, combining skincare with makeup, in the case of the BB cream, was right up my alley.
Words that are attractive to me right now are “blur” and “skin perfector” and “glow”. I’m not sure how many of these will be emanating from within, if you know what I’m saying, with little sleep and hormonal changes, but I can do everything I can with my skincare to fake it!
To be totally honest, this is the first BB cream that I’ve really fallen in love with. I found with others I’ve tried in the past that they are worthlessly sheer or end up making my skin feel rather oily. And I don’t have oily skin, so I hated that issue. I resolved that I just wasn’t a BB cream kind of gal. But, I’ve used Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation and loved the coverage, so when I saw the Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Moisture Makeup I knew I had to try it. Could it be a BB cream that provides the right amount of hydration and coverage, without feeling too heavy or oily?
I even set it up for success by using Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector underneath it. This is a dream product on my skin. It goes on like silk, and almost feels like a bit of a makeup primer. It smooths everything out, hides my pores, and even hydrates any dry areas while leaving my skin completely matte. This could easily be used under a BB Cream or liquid foundation, but it would also make powder (loose or pressed) sit perfectly on the skin.
I love when my skin care products not only make my skin better, but it also allows my makeup to wear better too.
Allow me to walk you through how I wear and layer these products. Not shown is me applying the Clinique All About Eyes Serum under my eyes. I did that right after the shower so it had plenty of time to soak in while I applied my eye makeup. I love the metal rollerball on the end of the eye serum. It’s so refreshing and cooling!
I started with a nickel size amount of Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve face cream. It doesn’t get any better than this for a daily face cream.
Then I grabbed a pea sized amount of Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector and applied it starting around my nose and working outwards. Of the products I applied on my face, this one feels the softest.
Other than some dark spots on the tops of my cheeks, which may be related to pregnancy, my skin is blemish-free. So, I just needed a little bit of the Estee Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Moisture Makeup. This has an SPF of 30, which is fantastic, and keeps my skin balanced all day.
I finished with a bit of under eye concealer, blush, and a few swipes of mascara on my lower lashes.
The biggest time saver of all, when it comes to my beauty routine in the morning, is not having to cover up blemishes. My skin wasn’t always this clear, and I remember fussing over broken blemishes and trying to cover them *just right* without the concealer caking up around the spot.
I know I owe it to finding the right products to use on my skin to keep everything balanced, hydrated, clean and even. And seasonally that changes as well. Come summertime, I may skip the Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve day cream and just go with the Micro-Blur Skin Perfector plus the Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Moisture Makeup. There’s likely enough hydration in both of those products to keep my skin from looking dry in the muggy summer days.
This post was created in collaboration with Nordstrom.