I Tried It: L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream

Ok, so I, like most women, have heard all the buzz about these BB, CC, HH (you get it) creams out there in the beauty world. I’ve been disappointed by new beauty products before, so I was extremely hesitant to waste my money on anything new. Because I’m only lucky in things that don’t involve winning large sums of money, I ended up getting a chance to try a complimentary, full-sized sample of L’Oreal’s Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream through SheSpeaks and L’Oreal. The catch was that I facilitate this review, and I happily obliged. Like most of the creams, L’Oreal’s promised to deliver on not one, but FOUR skin beautifying actions: hydration, priming, correcting, and perfecting. I was definitely skeptical; a drug store cream was going to work magic for me? Okay, we’ll see.

L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream

I waited about a couple of weeks for my sample, and I wasn’t actually expecting an entire tube of the stuff. I received my package (I love getting packages in the mail!), in “light”, and immediately decided to open it up. Whenever I get a new beauty item, the first thing I do is check the consistency. Since one of the claims was that the product was hydrating and a primer, my expectations were that it should be very lightweight and airy. No disappointment there! I was pleasantly surprised by how lightweight it actually was. I was thrown off a bit, because it came out whitish-looking, and I remember hoping that it wouldn’t show up super pale on my already winter pale skin.

My winter pale hand

Luckily, it blended in VERY well. My vanity is preventing me from actually showing you a before and after of how it looked on my face, but take my word for it. I don’t like wearing a ton of makeup, especially heavy foundation, so this cream was a winner for me. If you don’t have a lot to cover up, you could really just use this cream, some concealer and blush, and look fresh-faced.

My winter pale hand...again

So I’ve given you all the great things about this product, and like all things, there have to be some drawbacks. I have very oily skin, and I found that this did nothing to cut back on that oil. Not surprising, since that wasn’t one of the magical features, but definitely a downside for me. Also, the tube was terribly small, so it’s not going to last you too long. You need from a nickel to a quarter-sized amount to get full-coverage, so you could end up running through this tube pretty quickly. It’s not cheap either, at about $11 each, so it would probably be wise to use this on the days that you don’t need heavy coverage (like the gym, errands, etc.), which is what I ended up doing. It also worked great as just a primer, aside from that oily skin issue (no fault of L’Oreal’s, just my bad genes).

If I were to attach a number rating to this product, I’d give it a strong eight. And L’Oreal, if you’re reading, maybe you can create something that would include all of these components plus some oil-cutting action? Thankyouverymuch.

The Need to Be Kneaded

A couple of weeks ago, I treated myself to a wonderful 90 minute aromatherapy massage at Massage Envy, and let me tell you, it was worth every dollar (it’s also a LOT better than bothering your significant other and getting a five minute half-hearted attempt at one). I’m a member, and I pay a flat rate for a one hour massage each month. If you don’t use them, they start to accumulate, which is usually the case with me, and then they can be combined (I currently have four and a half massages saved up right now). I’m such an advocate for them now, because I work out a lot, and my muscles get very sore from time to time. I’m glad that I’ve convinced myself to go regularly, because my first experience was not so pleasant.

Massage Envy

I can vividly remember that first time. I’d always been very nervous, because I didn’t want some strange person touching me, and I felt I wouldn’t be able to relax and get the full benefit. But a couple of years ago, when I first started purchasing Groupons, there was this deal going on for a one hour massage for $35 at some day spa. Since I’d seen other places advertise their rates starting at $60 for a one hour massage, this seemed like a no brainer. I called the place, and scheduled my appointment. The receptionist sounded bored, didn’t give me further information about who I’d be seeing, and pretty much hung up on me. That should have been a red flag, but you know, I had already paid for this Groupon, and I’d be damned if I was going to waste my money.

Apathetic Receptionist

So anyway, the day finally comes, and I got to the place a little early. I checked in, and waited nervously on the couch. A few moments later, a big guy, who looked like a cross between my dad and Gerald Levert (R.I.P.) comes out. I thought maybe he had just gotten a massage, so I look over his shoulder, expecting to see a female therapist behind him, ready to call me in. Um, no. Gerald introduces himself (with a name that wasn’t Gerald) and tells me that he’ll be my therapist. Now, I know some people don’t mind a male therapist, but that made me super uncomfortable. But again, since I had already spent the money, I took a deep breath and decided to get it over with.

Gerald Levert

Let me tell you, that was by far the most uncomfortable experience I have ever had. I don’t think I relaxed for a minute, and I’m sure my body was even worse off than it was when I first got there. Had I been comfortable, I’m positive he would have done a great job, but it just felt, I don’t know, creepy to me. With that being said, before you take the plunge and get a massage, there are a few things you should know.

1) Make sure you’re specific when requesting a therapist. The receptionists aren’t mind readers, they don’t know what you’re comfortable with. This will be harder at smaller day spas, which have limited staff members, but if you call a place like Massage Envy, they should have at least one person that will fit your needs.

2) Take a flipping shower. Some therapists have told me that clients come in, and they reek. Have some respect for yourself and the therapist. I wouldn’t say this if it didn’t have to be said.

3) Don’t be afraid to speak up to your therapist. If the pressure is too light, tell them. If it’s too hard, don’t just wince and bear it. They are providing a service to you, and they don’t mind adjusting the session so you get the most out of it.

4) Relax. It’s not going to be fun OR help you if your body is tense. It kind of defeats the purpose, and then you’re just throwing money away. If you need aromatherapy to help you feel more calm, ask for it.

5) Tip your therapist. If you’re paying $60 for a session, your therapist will probably be getting only a small portion of that. If they’ve done an outstanding job, make sure you follow-up with gratuity that indicates that. 15-20% of a regular-priced session is sufficient.

6) And finally, drink LOTS of water. Before and after. A lot of toxins are being released, and this causes you to be thirsty. I do not know the scientific reasoning behind this, but I’m sure you can Google it. All I know is, you’ll be parched if you’re not properly hydrated.

I’m a huge proponent of massage, and would get one weekly if I could. It helps to clear my mind, and I seem to come up with the best ideas when I’m laying there, forced to do nothing but relax. How often do allow ourselves the luxury of just doing nothing? I’d love to hear your first-time massage stories!

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