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Giveaway: Win a POND’S Prize Pack!

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Giveaway courtesy of POND’S

The other week, I let you all in on my newest skincare secret: POND’S Luminous Finish BB+. I swear, I can’t get enough of this BB cream.

Since my POND’S BB cream review, I’ve used it every single day to cover my skin imperfections and protect against the sun immediately, while fading my dark spots over the long term. I promise you I’ll be buying tons of it to ensure I never run out.

Thanks to the generous folks at POND’S, now you have the chance to get your hands on the new BB cream plus the entire POND’S Luminous line without spending a dime!

PhotoGrid_1378915325966Enter to win the giveaway in the Rafflecopter widget below, and one lucky reader will be selected at random on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. ET to win this POND’S prize pack, valued at approximately $40:

  • Luminous Finish BB+ in both Light and Medium (keep one and share one with a friend!)
  • Luminous Moisture™ Day Lotion with SPF 15
  • Luminous Clean™ Cream Cleanser
  • Luminous Clean™ Daily Exfoliating Cleanser
  • Luminous Clean™ Wet Cleansing Towelettes (30/pack)

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Best of luck, beauties!


Photos: POND'S/beautyXposé
Ponds BB Cream

POND’S Introduces BB Cream

New POND’S BB cream brings a classic beauty brand back into the spotlight! Products were sent for review, but opinions are all Anne’s own.

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Who knew POND’S had a banging BB cream?

I have to admit, when someone would say “POND’S,” I would think about my grandmother and decadent (yet old-fashioned) face cream. But boy, has this beauty brand come a long way!

Take the new POND’S BB cream, for example. First, I was shocked to even learn that POND’S had a BB cream (which stands for blemish balm or beauty balm, for those of you who hate acronyms).  But when the brand sent over it’s new product for review, I figured it couldn’t hurt to try it out, even if my expectations were fairly low.

I was so wrong — this stuff is amazing!

Officially called POND’S Luminous Finish BB+ Cream, the product promises to deliver immediate coverage to even out skin tone, while also offering long-term skin-brightening benefits to visibly fade dark spots on the skin’s surface (the active ingredient is Octinoxate 7.49%). Plus, it provides SPF 15.  The only downside is that it’s only offered in two shades at the moment — light and medium.

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POND’s Luminous Finish BB+ Cream comes in light and medium shades

I’ve been wearing the POND’s BB cream for two weeks now, and I’m super impressed. First, there is a LOT more coverage than your typical BB cream (it’s more like a CC cream). You don’t need foundation at all, and you can build up your coverage if you’d like, yet it all still looks sheer and natural, and it doesn’t settle in wrinkles one bit (which is key for those of us in the 30+ category).

Check out how good the coverage is in this pic, where I’ve only applied the Pond’s BB cream to one half of my face.

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POND’S BB Cream on the left, nothing at all on the right. And yes, I have a lot of freckles/age spots.

See what I mean? I love this coverage, and it lasts all day!  The other thing that I love is how smoothly it glides on, and how light-weight it is. It just feels like you’ve applied a very light primer.

Of course, POND’S is also very reasonably priced, so you can pick up your own bottle at retailers nationwide for around $10. Let me know if you decide to try it!


Photos: Anne Houseman/beautyXposé


CAILYN Cosmetics BB Cream and BB Perfector

You would have to have your head in the sand on beauty beach to have not heard about BB cream. Months of bloggers raving about these new BB creams have gone by, and I am JUST giving them a try. Bad beauty blogger, bad! Well, better late than never, right? At least that’s what I’ve been telling myself.

Anywho, back to the point at hand. One day at work, I was having a conversation with a friend about how I really need to give BB creams a go. The makeup fairies at CAILYN cosmetics must have been listening, because I had an email from them waiting when I got home. What did this email say, you ask? Well, the kind folks at CAILYN cosmetics we’re offering me the chance to try out their BB cream and BB perfector. They must be psychics, mind readers or spies. Either way, it was awesome!

BB Cream

BB Cream

Having tried (and loved) their gel eyeliner before, I knew I didn’t want to pass up this opportunity. Before I jump in to what I have to say, I’ll let CAILYN speak for itself:

“What makes this BB Cream so wearable? Lightweight with velvety texture, it delivers amazing results for both men and women. Formulated for all skin types, CAILYN’s BB Cream hides imperfections, evens out skin tone, and mattifies with a non-oily, perfectly powdered finish. Simply squeeze a small amount of CAILYN’s BB Cream onto palm, apply from center of the face, and use semi circular movements pressing gently to even out the skin.

Glowing skin is the ultimate accessory, and now you can achieve a professional make-up artist finish with CAILYN’s BB Cream and BB Perfector! The CAILYN BB Cream gives skin a glowing and delicate look and provides hydration to maintain moisture on the skin to create a smooth canvas. Cover and blend your way with CAILYN’s BB Perfector, a vibrating foundation application, and instantly receive complexion perfection!”

To illustrate the coverage of the BB cream, I took a page from Gouldylox Review’s book (aka blog) – the foundation half & half.

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I’ve been sporting this BB cream for weeks without fail now. While I could build the coverage with a second coat, I typically stick to just one. With one coat, my red spots magically disappear and my complexion evens out. Even in the miserable, biting cold we’ve been experiencing in Boston, the BB cream doesn’t dry out and flake by the end of the day. It stays perfectly smooth and my skin stays moisturized.

The BB perfector is such a fun and useful tool. It helps to even out the cream  while keeping my hands clean. The puff is gentle and fits perfectly in all your face crevices. Face crevices – doesn’t that sound sexy? While I haven’t used it just yet, the cover on the perfector has a mirror, which is perfect for use anywhere and on-the-go.

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I hear that ugly photo-taking faces happen when wearing this BB cream, but I don’t think this correlation points to causation.

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I can’t say enough nice things about the CAILYN Cosmetics BB cream and perfector. All I can do to show how much I love it is share unfortunate pictures of myself on the interwebs.

Have you jumped on the BB cream bandwagon?

Photos: Kristin Bassett/beautyXposé; Disclosure