When you have acne prone skin like I do, every beauty product you buy goes through a rigorous process – research, read reviews, buy, test, cross your fingers and toes, keep/return. It’s pretty scientific!
A couple of months ago, I randomly started looking into BB creams. After reading a few reviews, I came to the conclusion that they just weren’t for me. I need something that provides lots of coverage and has staying power. And from what I was reading, BB creams equaled tinted moisturizer and not the kind of product I was looking for.
I put the idea of BB creams behind me and went to Sephora to buy some new foundation. And as it goes every time I step inside that store, I started browsing. And that’s when I came across the Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12 Hour Primer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30.
To make a long story short, I started talking to one of the associates about my skin, beauty regimen, etc., and she recommended I try this particular Tarte BB treatment/primer. Based on customer reviews, she was convinced I’d love it. The worse case scenario, as she explained, is that I end up going back to return the product.
I obviously bought myself a tube and called it a day! And guess what, I didn’t end up having to go back and return it!
You guys, I LOVE this stuff. And that’s saying a lot because my skin is not in the best condition. It’s definitely clearing up, but I still have lots of scars. This BB treatment/primer does a really good job covering up imperfections. I would even go as far as saying it’s just as good if not better than most foundations I’ve tried. In fact, 99% of the time I use it as my foundation! Not only that, but it has a very light consistency and feel. It’s not creamy at all, yet it goes on super smooth. And trust me, I get it. When I first saw this tube, I was like, “This is going to last me all of 30 days.” But little did I know, you don’t need a ton of product to get the look you want. A little really goes a long way! And it lasts all day too…in Florida heat and humidity. Magical!
Finding the right shade can be a little tricky. This particular BB treatment/primer comes in five shades, ranging from light to tan. I use the medium tan shade and it’s a little light on my summer skin (while the tan was way too dark). I would highly recommend trying the product in store and going from there.
If you’re wondering how I make the slightly lighter shade work, keep reading!
After buying and trying the Tarte BB treatment/primer, I quickly realized I needed a bronzer…pronto! I wanted something that provided a hint of color and that extra glow. BUT I was not going back to Sephora to find it…my wallet said NO!
That’s when I got back on my computer and started researching. I quickly learned that Physicians Formula bronzers are great for people with sensitive skin. And so I went to CVS…
…where I found this Physicians Formula Nude Wear Bronzer.
And again, I LOVE this product! It gives my skin the warm natural-looking color it needs. And while there is a bit of shimmer, it’s not overpowering at all. I wanted something a bit more subtle, and this delivers. The perfect complement to my Tarte BB treatment/primer!
I know BB creams and bronzers are more of a summertime thing, but I’m convinced this duo will work for me year round. For the first time in a long time, I’m happy with the way my skin looks – more natural, less caked on mess!
If you’re looking to change things up/try something new or just want a more natural look, I highly recommend you check out my new beauty favorites. I’m very happy with my purchases, and that’s saying a lot, especially when you take into consideration my rigorous process!
Please share your latest beauty favorites! I love finding new-to-me products.
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12 thoughts on “New Beauty Favorites – Tarte BB Primer & Physicians Formula Bronzer”
I need to find a BB cream! I tried one but it just didn’t match my skin tone correctly. (I’m so bad at that!) But this brand sounds good. I might have to take a trip to the make up counter, haha 🙂
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The color matching is the trickiest thing about BB creams. You may find a shade that works well. Def think it’s worth checking out!
I always though that as a ‘brownie’ I didn’t need bronzer but I was so wrong! I love the way bronzer makes my skin look. My new fave is The Balm Bronzer. It’s subtle pink with a glow. LOVE IT!
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Thanks! Will def check that one out!
My makeup routine is all weird right now. I’ve gotten a lot more tan since getting back to the U.S. (ironic though it is) but I know it won’t last long so I don’t want to change my makeup. I think I need a good bronzer to offset the difference so I’ll definitely look into this one!
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I’m in the same boat right now! I know my skin will even out this winter, and that’s why this bronzer is perfect. It’s super subtle and natural. 🙂
I’ve always stayed away from BB creams because of my acne but since it worked for you hopefully it can work for me too!
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Me too because all I read was how it doesn’t work well for acne prone skin, but this one is diff. I haven’t had any issues yet!
I will definitely be checking out this Tarte’s BB next time I stop by Sephora. I’m pretty notorious for trying new products and returning them pronto if they don’t work out. My theory is with skin care and make-up everyone is so different so it’s atlas worth a try and if it doesn’t work you just have to be sure to return it on time.
I haven’t ever really tired a bronzer before, but the packing of this Physician’s Formula is super cute!!
Thanks for the recommendations 🙂
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That’s exactly why I love Sephora! Such a great policy they have.
And I’m not going to lie, the packaging might have planned a small part in my buying decision 🙂
I always see that PF bronzer when I go to the drugstore and I always regret not buying one! And I totally use a bronzer year round, otherwise I look paler than pale 😀
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If you’re in the market for a new bronzer, I recommend checking it out! I love how subtle and natural the finish is!