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Dr. Jart’s Premium Beauty Balm

How often do you come across a beauty product that completely revolutionizes your makeup routine? I’ll often love a new product, thinking, “I’ll use this for life!” And then two weeks later it’s buried under the next great thing. It’s very rare to stumble upon something that you’ll actually keep using.

Well, I plan on using Dr. Jart’s Premium Beauty Balm for a looooong time – maybe even forever. Not only does it replace my tinted moisturizer and foundation, it replaces my regular AM moisturizer, my sunscreen, and my primer! I’ve literally cut my “getting-ready” time by at least ten minutes. That means I can hit “snooze” if I want!

So, what is this amazing product? “Beauty Balms,” “Blemish Balms,” or “BB Creams” are wildly popular in Asia, and finally they’re infiltrating the U.S. market. Basically, they combine a few steps into one, with a flawless complexion being the result. They contain moisturizers, pigment, high-protection sunscreen, and anti-aging ingredients. BB Creams also have pore-smoothing properties, so they can also replace your foundation primer.

Most BB Creams are pretty light in color (probably because of the high mineral SPF content), but hopefully color ranges will be expanded soon. If you are darker than an ivory shade, you will probably need to layer a bit of foundation or foundation powder over the balm to avoid looking ashy (plus your regular blush and bronzer). The beauty of these creams is that while you can wear them alone, they are also meant to go under makeup, creating a perfectly smoothed and moisturized surface for foundation. One friend wore hers under foundation, and she said it actually made her skin look healthier, and that her foundation looked better than ever.

Dr. Jart’s Premium Beauty Balm is lightweight, but still provides a great amount of coverage (even more coverage than a high-coverage tinted moisturizer like Laura Mercier’s). I’ll use one pump to even everything out, and then another half-pump or so to build up coverage on my cheeks, nose, chin, and also to blend into my neck. If I have a bad breakout or some irritated, red patches, I’ll spot conceal with a full-coverage concealer. On good to semi-good skin days, though, I won’t even need concealer. Then I finish with blush, bronzer, highlighter, and a mineral setting powder. The finish is dewy and fresh without being too wet. Powder is definitely essential to take down the dewiness in the T-zone. And if the color is too light for you, pick a pigmented foundation powder that matches your skintone and just use that to set the Beauty Balm.

The first few times I used it I got really dewy in the late afternoon. It was a little too dewy for my taste. Only later did I realize that this product is supposed to replace your regular moisturizer, not go on top of it. Cutting out the extra moisture made a huge difference! And just think about the money you’ll save by cutting out extra steps and extra products.

So, to break it down, here’s what I love about Dr. Jart’s Premium Beauty Balm:

  • Perfect amount of hydration
  • Anti-aging ingredients like a Bio-Peptide Complex to promote collagen synthesis, Arbutin to brighten and even skintone, and Adenosine to improve elasticity and firmness. (I’ve actually noticed improvements in my skin’s evenness and brightness)
  • Pigment that matches my fair skin (which rarely happens with a one-size-fits all product) and covers well
  • High-protection mineral sunblock (SPF 45) which provides natural, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • All the products I don’t have to buy anymore (AM moisturizer, facial sunscreen, primer, foundation, tinted moisturizer)
  • The compliments! I’ve been getting tons of them since I’ve been using it.

Do yourself a favor and try this amazing product! Buy it here at Sephora.

samantha daffodil


Sanitas Skincare

Don’t get me wrong: I love makeup. But I have a confession to make…good skincare is even more important! There’s so much you can do with makeup, but it can only cover up so much. If the canvas isn’t smooth, the painting’s not going to be either.

That’s why I’m so glad a friend recently introduced me to Sanitas skincare. I’ve found some new staples for my skincare routine for good.

Sanitas Solar Block is a healthy sunblock (not a chemical sunscreen), so I feel better about putting it on my face. Instead of chemicals absorbing into my skin, Solar Block soothes redness with zinc and vitamins as it provides a strong layer of protection from the sun. I’m very fair-skinned, so I know how important a good sunblock is. My favorite things about Solar Block are:

  • The smell. It doesn’t smell like sunblock. After all, that traditional “sunblock smell” is only appealing on the beach or at the pool. Solar Block just smells light and fresh.
  • The texture. It just smooths right on. I can actually tell that it visibly smooths the surface and texture of my skin and pores. It nearly acts as a primer for foundation.
  • The protection. It really does protect my fair skin. I wear it under my makeup every day, and as long as I’m not intentionally laying out in the sun and it’s a normal day, I never have to reapply. I haven’t tested it yet, but I’ll bet that even if I did lay out at 3pm (after applying in the am) I would be just fine. I applied it to my arms and chest this past sunny Sunday, and after sitting outside at a restaurant and walking on the bike path – not a bit of sunburn, or even redness!

It’s also oil-free and instead of clogging pores, it’s good for your skin. Sanitas Solar Block is definitely a lifetime product. Find more info on Solar Block here.

Sanitas Lemon Cream Scrub is another one of my new favorites. The number one most forgotten part of a good skincare routine is exfoliation. I’ve realized that I need to manually exfoliate at least two to three times a week to really maintain clear pores and a smooth texture. What I love most about Sanitas’ Lemon Cream Scrub is:

  • The smell. It’s delicious! Yum…
  • The texture. Its granules do the job, but they do it without scratching and damaging the skin. It’s milky and smooth. Most scrubs are too abrasive, and the unsymmetrical grains can scratch the skin and create the perfect environment for infections, bacteria, and acne.

As far as I’m concerned, Sanitas Lemon Cream Scrub is the perfect scrub. Find more info on Lemon Cream Scrub here.

Sanitas Glycotoner 5% is another great product. Applying Glycotoner is not necessarily a pleasant experience…it stings! But don’t worry, that means it’s working. My favorite part about Glycotoner 5%:

  • The benefits. This potent glycolic acid toner chemically exfoliates the skin, basically telling the dead skin cells to scoot and the new ones to emerge. It also helps to decrease pore size and blackheads by cleaning out the gunk. Glycolic acid is also a great preventative weapon against fine lines and wrinkles.

I use Glycotoner 5% a few times a week, and when I feel like my whole face doesn’t need it, I’ll just use a Q-Tip to treat my nose, between my eyebrows, and my chin area. Find more info on Glycotoner 5% here.

I assure you, there will be more wonderful Sanitas reviews to come! It’s such a great skincare line, and I love that it’s all-natural and made in Boulder, Colorado. Check out the full line at http://www.sanitas-skincare.com, and find Sanitas near you.

samantha daffodil