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If you thought BB, CC, and DD face creams were confusing, wait until you try to sort through the next generation of so-called "alphabet" products. According to a recent article in WWD, BB cream sales alone (not counting CC creams) reached $36 million in 2012, up from $2 million in the prior year. That's 1,800% growth. Last week alone I got samples for three new BB creams, two CC's, and even one BBB cream. So with the skyrocketing popularity of BB creams (and its other ABC relatives), it's not that surprising that companies are trying to expand the category beyond skin.
Fashion Just Won't Quit Blackface: Really, Vogue Netherlands? In 2013 we should not still be seeing blackface in our magazines. The BB Cream Blind Test: We hold a blind BB cream testing session to find the "cream" of the BB crop. Check out our top three faves. Beyoncé Takes Center Stage With Nipple Costumes: Fake nipples seem to be a recurring theme on Beyoncé's Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. The singer opened her tour last Tuesday in a blinged-out nipple dress by The Blonds, and wore another gold-nippled bodysuit by Ralph & Russo Couture only two days after.
In a truly blind beauty test, where the testers have no knowledge of brand, packaging, price range, or previous reviews, what products would reign supreme? With that in mind, we at Fashionista concocted the "Blind BB Cream" test.
There’s a (pseudo) new kid on the beauty block here in the US, and from the looks of it, BB creams—otherwise known as Beauty Balm, Beauty Benefit, Blemish Base, Beblesh Balm, or Blemish Balm--are quickly becoming the crème de la crème of the cosmeceuticals (skin care + makeup) industry. BB creams can be traced back to 1950s Germany, when Dr. Christine Schrammek created a salve to aid skin healing in post-peel and laser surgery patients, while also masking splotchy, inflamed redness and shielding sensitive skin from the sun. Fast forward 50+ years, when BB creams exploded in popularity in Asia, Japan, and Europe--thanks to drop-dead gorgeous Korean actresses like Song Hye Kyo singing its praises--and suddenly everyone is clamoring to introduce their own to the US market. Why?