My Chinese grandmother claims that spaghetti originated in Asia, and that Mollie is actually a Chinese name. Seeing as how she gives Asian culture the credit for anything awesome, she’d be vindicated to know that beauty’s latest It product was first popularized in Korea. BB Creams (short for Blemish Balm or Beauty Balm) have been incredibly popular in Asia for years, but only recently have they started cropping up stateside. They vary from brand to brand, but the basic premise is this: everything you need, from skincare to makeup, in a single product. They usually have active anti-aging or healing ingredients, hydrating elements, and SPF, plus a slight tint to even out skin. While some people love the simplicity of them, others swear that they give skin an amazing glow.
I was skeptical until Jenn Falik swung by the office the other day looking absolutely radiant. Now, since I know that she sleeps even less than I do, there had to be some sort of miraculous product behind her luminous complexion. And there was — BB Cream. Falik is newly obsessed with Dr. Jart’s Beauty Balm, which is an oil-free moisturizer with SPF and a sheer tint. That was all the convincing I needed — I got myself a tube of Dr. Jart’s BB Cream that day. It has a thick texture that melts in without being greasy, and a light flesh color that blends in completely. I’ve been using it in place of my moisturizer and primer and it works like a charm—it keeps my skin soft and moisturized, and allows me to skip the tinted moisturizer. Plus, think of all the time I’m saving! My grandma would be proud.
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