Shangpree Crystal BB Cream

Those of you who have followed the blog for a bit know that I don’t wear much makeup. When I got this BB cream as a PinkSeoul box sample, I thought, ‘Perfect! I didn’t spend extra money on it, and it won’t expire at the bottom of my makeup box.’ I do have some tinted moisturizer that I use when I need to, but I purposely got a travel size of it since I so rarely wear it.

Anyway, Shangpree Crystal BB cream. It came in a tiny packet with a pretty red label, and when I squeezed it out, the product was fairly thick, but not as oily as I suspected. My PinkSeoul box is always the one for oily skin, but I still have misgivings about any foundation and its ability to sit on my face without causing a terrible breakout.

I put on sunscreen at the end of my morning face routine, as I didn’t see anything about the BB cream itself having SPF. I tapped the BB cream onto my face with (clean!) fingers, then just kind of tapped it around until it was all blended properly. For someone who can never seem to match foundation to her skin tone (thanks, Native ancestors), this one soaked right in and didn’t leave any kind of a line around the edges of my face.

Morning photo with excellent lighting.

 

The real test of any kind of face-goo for me is how it stands up to my oily, oily face throughout the day. You know how your oil cleanser dissolves your makeup? My face does that for me! Ha ha, I’m so special. I packed some shimmer powder and blotting papers with me, in case I got what I call ‘the frosted sheet cake effect’ as the day wore on. I did blot at lunchtime, but I didn’t need the powder! Wow! I added a coat of mascara and my favorite lipstick to finish off the look, because for some reason evening out my skin tone like that kinda made my eyes and lips disappear.

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End of day photo with less-great lighting. A little shiny, but not nearly as bad as I feared!

Aside from the staying power, I really liked how well this product evened out the redness in my skin. It’s thicker than tinted moisturizer, which I hear is a quality of most BB creams, so I was able to build it up enough to get the effect I was going for, something tinted moisturizer can’t really do for me. That might be my fault. Not even denying that.

Would I wear this again? Sure! I’m still not interested in getting up every danged morning early enough to do my skincare routine AND this, but if I came across some on sale after my tinted moisturizer runs out or expires, I’d give it a run for the occasions I felt like wearing it.

The thing about makeup for me is that it’s like an art project for my face. There’s something cool about that. It’s also a moment of self-pampering that feels pretty empowering, because I like to walk out of the house feeling like I look particularly good sometimes. We should all allow ourselves to feel that way, however we go about it.

Product Review: SugarBearHair Vitamins

When it comes to trendy vitamins, I tend to wait for a personal recommendation before I just start taking random stuff, as I want to make sure I’m not going to sprout horns or die or something. So the Kardashians weren’t a good enough recommendation for me, as I can’t call them up and be like ‘Hey Khloe, did those vitamins turn your skin blue?’ But when my bestie ordered them and said they were fantastic, then yeah, I was willing to give them a try.

I had been taking a Biotin supplement for a while leading up to my wedding, and it did a good job on my hair and nails, but then the effects started tapering off and eventually I quit taking them. I was looking around for something else, when in walks SugarBearHair. Recommended by excellent people like the aforementioned Kardashians and my bestie, I figured why not? They were cheaper than the conglomeration of vitamins I had been taking, and if they worked in my bestie’s hair and didn’t have any weird side effects, I might as well give them a try. If nothing else, it would give me something to blog about.

Being the skeptical consumer that I am, I perused the nutrition info and the ingredient list before I purchased, to make sure there wasn’t anything super weird in them – I suggest you do the same, Fledglings, as it’s good to be informed about what’s going into your body. Finding nothing to set off any red flags for me, and really happy that they’re gummy vitamins, I ordered the pack with the best value, a three-month supply, and started my new regimen.

Now, my hair doesn’t have a ton of issues. Sometimes I get split ends. It’s really long and thick on its own, so I wasn’t really looking for it to get thicker, but it could stand to be a little more shiny and easier to comb. SugarBearHair also purports to help out your nails, which was far more interesting to me. My nails are prone to being thin and ‘layering,’ where the top layer flakes off of them and they get really weak. They don’t tend to grow very long on their own, before they chip or break off and I have to cut them.

I’ve been taking the vitamins for a little over a month now – one in the morning, one at night, per package instructions – and I have to say I’m impressed. My hair definitely looks shiny, though it’s less wavy, which makes me just a bit sad. It’s always had a natural wave to it, but now it’s a lot straighter. Then again, the extra shine is really nice, so I guess it’s a balance. At this length, I usually have a lot of split ends, something that hasn’t happened, so that’s great news!

Feels super soft too.

But the big news is my nails, guys. My sad, thin, layering nails. They look awesome! My thumbs still layer a little, likely because of me using them to pick at various things and putting strain on them, but they’ve been growing really nicely lately and not chipping unless I really hit one with something. My cuticles look good too, and they used to be pretty gnarly.

So happy about this, you don’t even know.

I haven’t had any kind of side effects or weirdness from the SugarBearHair vitamins at all, so I’m very happy about that. They’re electric blue, and they have a kind of ‘blue raspberry’ flavor that’s very candy-like. Yes, they cost about $30 a month (there’s a discount if you buy three months at a time), but check this: if you look at all the vitamins and nutrients the gummies provide, then try to go to the drug store and buy good-quality supplements in the same amounts, you’d end up paying a lot more, and slogging down a handful of pills every day. These guys average to about 50 cents a gummy. For the results I’m getting, this is a good value.

People have asked if my hair sheds less, and I have to say no, at least not at this point. It doesn’t shed more either, it’s about the same amount. I did take their advice and throw out my old, probably filthy hairbrush and start using a comb instead, and I now braid my hair at night so it doesn’t get tangled while I sleep, which has assisted with keeping it manageable. But I still have to clean out my comb after detangling my hair, and that’s likely due to the fact that my hair is 1) already pretty thick, and 2) down to the middle of my back. That’s some very heavy hair, and I can feel it putting pressure on my scalp if I do an updo and don’t settle it just right. Nobody’s skin can handle that kind of pressure for too terribly long.

If you have thinner hair, I can tell you that my bestie’s hair got SO MUCH thicker and fuller. Her curls are gorgeously defined now, and she looks more fab than usual. So it seems like SugarBearHair can cure whatever is ailing your hair, whether it’s frizz, split ends, or thin hair, and for reals, y’all, my nails look great. Adding these little gummies to your existing hair routine is likely to get good results.