I’ve dished out the details on why I’ll always love Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer, but I will also always love trying out new products. In particular, drugstore BB Creams have been particularly fun for me to try out.
I love BB Creams because they tend to be more moisturizing and less heavy than a normal foundation (and even many tinted moisturizers). BB Creams work especially well on skin like mine that tends to be sensitive and dry out easily. If you are looking for a light coverage makeup option that evens out your skin tone and can give you a nice glow, I’d definitely try out a BB Cream.
Over the past year, I have tried a few different ones and worn them primarily to work, where I often don’t feel the need to have much makeup on. Most recently, I decided to try L’Oréal’s Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream. I was hopeful this BB Cream would be similar to their Youth Code one that was discontinued.
L’Oréal’s Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream comes out of the tube white, and as you apply it it gets darker to match your skin tone. It feels moisturizing as you apply it. But, by the end of the day, the moisturizing effect has diminished and my skin looks matte. This can be a good or bad thing depending on your skin type. I could see this working great for someone with an oily complexion.
After wearing this for a couple 9 to 5 days, I can tell this product has great staying power. I would consider this BB Cream light coverage, like I would all BB Creams, but this one has better (heavier) coverage than most BB Creams I have used. If you have dark circles or red spots to cover up, this BB Cream would be a great one to try out.
Another great thing about this product is the price! You can’t really beat $8 for a BB Cream. That said, the Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream does not have sun protection and I could only find it in three colors – fair, light & medium. I would also not recommend this BB Cream if you are looking for one that acts as a good moisturizer and/or have dry skin. This BB Cream is perfect if you are looking for a matte finish.
Hopefully this steers you in the right direction. Let me know if you have a favorite drugstore BB Cream, too.
These days business casual attire leans more towards casual and less towards business, if you know what I mean. In general, it seems like dress codes at work are becoming increasingly casual.
Jeans are especially becoming more popular and acceptable at work. While I am a jean-lover, I don’t think wearing jeans to work should be an excuse to look unkept. Personal presence is important. On top of that, looking put together and presentable has a direct correlation to how seriously people take us in the office place, and outside of it.
So, I’m sharing a business casual look you can rock at work. The concept is pretty simple and can be easily recreated with different items. Just pair your work jeans with a silk top and blazer. To accessorize, I reccomend a long necklace and pointy flats or heels.
My jeans are from Rag + Bone. They are one of my favorite pairs of jeans, especially during the fall because of the green color. Both my blazer and top are from J. Crew as well. My navy shoes are Cole Haan. Below are some similar items to put together this look.
Loft Willow Peplum Tee
J. Crew Margot Silk Top
Madewell Lace-up Windowpane Shirt
Loft Willow Peplum Tee J. Crew Margot Top Madewell Silk Lace-Up Shirt
Kendra Scott Tassel Necklace
Cole Haan Alice Skimmer
Kate Spade Crystal Bangle
Kendra Scott Tassel Necklace Cole Haan Alice Skimmer Kate Spade Crystal Bangle
Rag + Bone Velvet Skinny Jeans
J. Crew Rhodes Blazer
Rag + Bone Skinny Jeans
Rag + Bone Velvet Skinny Jeans J. Crew Rhodes Blazer Rag + Bone Skinny Jeans
J. Crew is also having a sale today if you need to stock up on any work wear. Their blazers have always fit me well and lasted a long time. I’d reccomend trying one, especially if you can get a discount!
Do you have any go-to items for your business casual days in the office or any favorite items that you wear to work?
Have a fabulous weekend friends!
I have two months down and two more to go with my invisible aligners from SmileDirectClub (SDC). I haven’t talked about SDC since I started at the end of July. So, here’s an update on how it’s going.
The good news is the aligners are working well. I can tell a big difference with the crowding around my lower teeth from when I began this process. They continue to be easy to put on and take off. A couple times the aligners have been tighter than usual at the beginning of the week but within a day or so that goes away as my teeth begin to shift. SDC has done a great job mailing new aligners to me. I have gotten everything I need at least two weeks before I need it, which is perfect.
Fresh out of the mail!
This is how my teeth look today. It’s hard to tell from this angle, but I’ve definitely seen improvement with my lower tooth that was pushed back the most.
This is how my teeth looked before I started SDC.
The process is going by pretty fast, but the constant taking them off to eat, washing them, brushing your teeth and putting them back on is getting kind of old. It’s most inconvenient when eating out or with friends. I try to wear mine at least 17 hours a day, per SDC’s recommendation on their website. However, that complaint is really the worst of it. While I am ready for this to be done, I know the sacrifice is so minimal when I think about the confidence I’ll have with my smile afterwards and the fact that this only takes four months total.
If anyone has questions about SDC, please ask. I hope the rest of the week brings you lots of smiles! 😀