2017 Beauty Wishlist

First post of 2017! In my part of the world, the merrymaking season is not over yet… tomorrow morning the best-behaved of 2016 will open their presents from the Magi, and eat a slice of roscón with the familia.

Diet Eddard Stark Meme

Over here we have till Monday to polish off the last bits of turrón left in the casa, so that they’re not there to lead us to temptation 😛 Though I still have a couple dinners to attend after Epiphany Day, oh dear…

Anyway, my letter to the Magi is almost done…

There’s only one last wish that I wanted to share with other beauty addicts, and maybe I’ll find a kindred spirit who can relate.

A BB cream that does NOT have SPF. My kingdom for such an animal, for combo skin. This may sound strange, but I cannot seem to find such a cream, or at least one that I like enough to buy.

It seems that, wherever I look, there’s nothing but bb/cc/dd creams with SPF, as far as the eye can see… so I wonder, given that the fashionable thing is for cosmetics to be “X/Y/Z-free” (parabens, sulfates, silicones, you name it)… where are the SPF-free double-letter creams?

I personally prefer to apply my sunscreen first, then makeup if I’m wearing it. Why, some of you may be asking? Why would I not want to be done quicker and use less product?

Well, it’s because for sunscreen to do its job of guarding you against melanoma and photoaging, and provide the protection claimed on the package, it needs to be really slathered on (most sources I’ve consulted coincide with my beloved Wayne Goss, citing the equivalent of a teaspoonful for the face), while for BB cream it is the exact opposite: less is more. Just imagine sporting the equivalent of a teaspoonful of makeup to go out, and then having to wash this crust when you get back home… I definitely prefer a nice sunscreen.

Yūrei

No joke, I do look like this spirit, except I have a fivehead and big Western eyes.

During the day I don’t feel one way or the other about this type of makeup, but I don’t much like it for going out in the evening, when it’s likely that at some point someone will pull out their phone for a #groupselfie, and flash! SPF makeup goes from ally to turncoat, giving one that peculiar titanium dioxide look… and I’m unphotogenic enough already, so no need to compound it by appearing like something out of a Japanese terror film.

I usually wiggle out of group pics and selfie nonsense (especially if it’s going to be posted on SM), but as a beauty aficionada, I’m a little surprised that so many brands seem oblivious to this gap in the market.

This isn’t an issue for me, but… don’t makers know that not everyone’s skin tolerates certain ingredients commonly used as filters? Then there’s also those of us that prefer to leave the task of protection to the pros, rather than to some upstart intruder (which is how I feel about color products trying to appropriate the role of skincare, and viceversa)… and, as it turns out, combining two SPF products (say, one with SPF 50 and the other SPF 15) doesn’t mean we obtain we get more SPF, and even if we did, a higher SPF doesn’t really mean we’re much better protected… in fact, as Caroline Hirons notes in her Cheat Sheet, a high-number SPF product may even give you a false sense of security, leading one to think you can expose yourself for longer without risk.

So, do you have any special beauty wishes for this year? Tell me about yours!

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