From the category archives:

makeup – base makeup – BB creams

Shiseido Anessa Spring Summer 2013 Skincare Suncare 1(image/info from www.nikkei.com)

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Shiseido’s Anessa is one of the most popular suncare ranges in Japan. The range features sunscreens (including one designed for babies), foundations, and a BB cream, all of which offer high levels of protection against UVA and UVB rays. The range also includes cleansers formulated to remove high-factor sun protection.

Currently, in Japanese cosmetics, the labels indicating the strengths of UVA protection are PA+, PA++, and PA+++. From January 2013, as a result of the advancement of UVA protection technology in Japan, the Japan Cosmetic Industry Association will introduce PA++++, an even higher level of UVA protection.

Anessa’s spring/summer 2013 suncare collection, which will be released in Japan on February 21st, features items with the PA++++ UVA-protection level. The collection includes (from left to right in the photo above):

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Kanebo Kate Spring 2012 Makeup 1(images/info from www.cosme.net)

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Kanebo Kate will release its spring 2012 point & base makeup collection in Japan on February 1st. The collection includes:

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Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-in-One B. B. Cream SPF 15 Light 1

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Over the years, one of the questions that I have been asked the most by my readers is “Have you tried B. B. creams?”

Personally, B. B. creams don’t fit in with my daily skincare/makeup routine. Currently, when I don’t wear makeup, my daytime routine ends with Olay’s Complete Care Daily Sensitive UV Fluid SPF 15. When I do want coverage, I wear ZA’s Two-Way Foundation on top of the Olay moisturizer. Generally, I prefer pigmented products for face, eyes, and cheeks to be powder-based. (Powder foundations suit my sebaceous skin a lot more, and I find powder eyeshadows (especially those from Japanese lines) and blushers a lot easier to work with. Also, I very rarely wear primers.) Therefore, I haven’t been tempted to purchase a B. B. cream.

However, today, I am taking you through the basics of B. B. creams and I will be reviewing Garnier‘s Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-in-One B. B. Cream.

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