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SYB Freebie: 5 Origins A Perfect World BB Creams

Hola mis amigas! First off, shout out to Denene@MyBrownBaby for winning last week’s SYB Freebie, the Kiehls Aromatic Blends Orange Blossom Collection! I asked you to describe the first fragrance you fell in love with, and her response — about her dearly departed mom’s Fashion Fair lotion — moved all of us to tears. Gorgeous writing, Ms. Denene.

Enter to win FIVE of these babies.

And now, for this week’s SYB Freebie. I’m giving away FIVE of my favorite BB Cream on the planet, Origins A Perfect World SPF 15 BB Cream! This is huge. I’ve tried them all and to me, Origins has the prettiest finish and the best selection of shades for brown women (Smashbox rules too, but sweet baby Jesus, they’re forever sold out). And the ethereal glow, lightweight coverage and all-day moisture it provides is just…well, it’s utterly transforming. To be one of the five winners, hit the comments section and ask me your most pressing beauty question. Oh, and only girls who “like” my FB page are eligible! The SYB Babes with the most interesting/timely/universal questions win 🙂

And speaking of Origins, here’s a fun little video of me hosting the “green carpet” for their annual Origins Rocks Earth Month Concert featuring Gavin DeGraw. I really feel that the orange lip makes the whole moment. Thoughts?

Love ya, mean it!  xoxo, Tia

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  1. Maya
    July 13, 2012 5:26 pm 

    I’m dying for a sunscreen recommendation that (1) doesn’t show up chalky/ashy on my brown skin and (2) doesn’t make my skin oily/shiny by lunchtime. Is this even possible?

    • Amanda E
      July 13, 2012 8:18 pm 

      OK – Mya, I know we are officially in “Tia’s World” :), but I could not ignore your plea for ash free, shine free sunscreen. Glytone sunscreen spf 40 is the dope-ish! I’m an oily girl, but this sunscreen does not induce disco ball shine like the ones I’ve used in the past. For about $35 bucks for only 4 ounces, it is certainly not your pockets best friend, but I believe your face will love it!

  2. C R Williams
    July 13, 2012 5:26 pm 

    Which product do you use to remove dark spots?

  3. July 13, 2012 5:40 pm 

    I’ve come across a dilemma with foundations. They match perfectly in the store but when regularly wearing throughout the day I’ve noticed that my foundation oxides and makes ne look darker thus my face doesn’t match my body. I stopped wearing foundation due to this, how do I go about picking the correct shade to combat oxidation, are some brands more prone to oxidizing than others? FYI I use make up forever foundation. Thx a mil… I hope I win a BB cream! 😉

  4. July 13, 2012 5:53 pm 

    I hopped on the BB cream craze because so many Asian women and other beauty blogs recommended it. I went the cheap route and tried the one by Garnier and oh how was I disappointed in my brown ashy face! Do you have any other BB cream recommendations that are $20?

  5. FelicityR
    July 13, 2012 5:57 pm 

    I have a question for you: Since I work a fairly mundane 9 to 5 under thee worst overhead lighting you could ever imagine, I always tend to look a bit dead at my desk. I’ve tried several different tricks to get my face to pop (bronzers, under eye brightening, and every fun color eyeshadow on the face of the planet), but I always seem to look like every other office zombie in this wretched place! I just want to look bright and dewy, without looking super made up (the office is pretty casual). Help, please!

  6. Tee R
    July 13, 2012 6:15 pm 

    I sooooo am going to try to find an Orange lip….but my most burning beauty question lately is what’s the best way to transition to lipstick type coverage if you’ve forever been a sheer gloss girl? Any product recommendations?

  7. Frederique
    July 13, 2012 6:22 pm 

    The eyeliner “cat-eye” look. It is everywhere. It looks great but my butterfingers cannot make it happen. Is it in the realm of the possible for people (like me) who have zero hand-eye coordination? And if so, what should I be using: pencil, marker, liquid? Help!

  8. laughing808
    July 13, 2012 7:43 pm 

    Do you have any tips for some just beginning to get into make up?

  9. Dee Johnson
    July 13, 2012 7:47 pm 

    In “Could You Pick Your Vag Out of a Lineup?” you explain this awesomely easy way of getting rid of hair on the lady parts (THANK YOU, btw!). How do you deal with the itchiness of without shaving every single day?

  10. Jahna
    July 13, 2012 8:32 pm 

    I really, really, really want to get into the colored lip look, but i have yet to find a color that flatters my super-full lips, so I just stick with gloss. Any tips for finding/applying lipstick?

  11. July 14, 2012 12:39 am 

    First of all, I’m a BB cream virgin and I think it’s about that time to make the first move! Besides that, my question is about fallout from shadow and/or liner. NO MATTER what I do, I ALWAYS get fallout and I’m sick and tired of it! My liner and/or shadow ends up settling into the creases of my already terrible undereye bags, making me look like a beautified zombie. I’m really not feeling the zombie girl look, and I just want to be able to last a whole day (or at lest 4 hours) without having to literally wipe everything off and start over again. I’d love any suggestions, my Ms.Fix it: Beauty Edition. 😉

  12. sharontina
    July 14, 2012 12:41 am 

    Sorry, typo: *least*. The grammar Gods wouldn’t let me leave it be, had to correct it…

  13. July 14, 2012 5:06 pm 

    First, love the blog! Glad that you’re back! Here’s my issue: I think I’ve mastered my everyday “5 minute face” — tinted moisturizer, a little concealer, mascara, blush & gloss (with a little powder on top to set.) By lunchtime I a shiny mess… no hint of makeup in sight! What on earth can I do/use to maintain the natural look without looking overdone? Thanks

  14. July 14, 2012 5:33 pm 

    Correction: By lunch time I am a shiny mess!

  15. gabrielle rosenthal
    July 14, 2012 10:11 pm 

    Being in the make up industry in my early 20’s… This new BB movement has me out of the loop. I want to get back to wearing & being hip on makeup. What products, aside from this BB, would you recommend. I love bronzers.

  16. July 14, 2012 11:49 pm 

    I no longer have a FB account so I’m not eligible for the BB Cream but I do have a question.

    I really like to wear blush but I feel stuck in a rut because I’ve been sticking to coral colors since they match my skins red undertone. Problem is I feel coral tones can be a little matronly for my 22 year old lifestyle. What are 3 high pigment blush colors that POP that can be used on any skin color that won’t make me look like a clown?

  17. Leslie C.
    July 15, 2012 1:37 am 

    It’s summer and I’d love to be able to wear my sun dresses but one thing prevents me from wearing them: unsightly spider veins on my legs. What product do you recommend that covers them quickly and won’t rub off on my clothes?
    Thanks for your help!

  18. Lavendar
    July 15, 2012 6:03 am 

    Tia, Tia, Tia, Tia, Tia (channeling Charlotte LaBeaux from Princess and the Frog, love that movie!) How do you stay on the beauty grind or even kick it up a notch when life has thrown you a major curve ball or you’re in one of life’s many transitions, be it career-wise or relationship-wise or otherwise? All you really want to do is jump in bed with the covers over your head, but instead you’re required to bring your A-game. Can you share any motivational beauty wisdom?

    BTW, I big chopped yesterday at 9 months post. Woo hoo!

  19. China
    July 15, 2012 8:01 pm 

    Ok, call me greedy for knowledge, but I have TWO questions:
    1. Are sonic face brushes really worth the investment/hoopla? I know plenty of women with obnoxiously perfect complexions and they have never touched one a day in their lives.
    2. What’s the deal with eye creams? I’m approaching 28 and starting to see a few more lines than I’d care to admit. It’s freaking me out. Should I have been using an eye cream all these years? What exactly do they do and how do I pick a good one?

    Thanks for your help, Tia!

  20. July 15, 2012 9:18 pm 


    So, my question is about my darn Strawberry Legs. The pores on my legs are big and darker than the rest of the skin on my legs so they’re super noticeable. It’s not the end of the world, but is there anything I can do to get my legs to one smooth color?

  21. Kimmie
    July 16, 2012 2:46 pm 

    Well hello to you Tia! For years, you have been my BFF in my head! I follow you on twitter and like you on FB.

    My question is can you recommend an industrial strength mattifyer? I have dreadfully oily skin like so many African-American women. It is that blessing and curse wrapped it one. cursing my with acne-teen and adult – and blessing me,as my dermatologist swears the oils we secrete are why Black don’t crack. Still, by lunch I am an oily pool in the winter and an unspeakable slick in the summer. Any product faves you recommend are welcomed!

  22. July 16, 2012 4:32 pm 

    Under Eye Cream! I need a recommendation, stat! I’ve recently noticed that under eye area needs a little more TLC that my daily moisturizer can’t or won’t do. My undereye concealer and I would appreciate it!

  23. Danielle
    July 16, 2012 4:35 pm 

    What’s a good product to combat dark lips? I use lip balm with sunscreen it but somehow my lips have steadily darkened. So I now I look like smoking is my favorite pastime. I just want my vibrant lips back!

  24. Tannikka
    July 17, 2012 12:47 am 

    I’ve just gotten into makeup. I had a great time in Sephora with a great consultant and have a good foundation that doesn’t sweat. I also have a great new foundation brush. So now to my questions…

    1) What makeup brushes are absolutely mandatory for a beginner?

    2) How the heck do I clean these brushes?

  25. July 20, 2012 11:17 pm 

    How does a dark skinned beauty go from wearing nothing but Chapstick to makeup w/o looking like a clown? Just wanna look my absolute best.

  26. July 22, 2012 6:19 pm 

    So everytime I go to Sephora Im hunting for my miracle eye cream. My picture should be posted by the eye creams as their very own mascot. The ladies there keep telling me that the lines that decide to make ” special appearances on my face every time I crack a smile is just ” Character.” Well.. I don’t believe it. Tia, you look flawless next to your eyes when you smile. Whats the accent chinese secret?? Let a beauty-nista know??

  27. Manu
    August 13, 2012 7:35 am 

    Hi everyone. I’ve a question about natural skin care products. Don’t know if this is the right place to ask it, but here it is.

    Did you heard about a natural skin care brand named Be&Be (Be Beauty & Be Healthy)?
    I think is not the one on the post.

    I’ve seen an advert with a promotional gift pack (page http://goo.gl/VCQui, and would like your opinion about their products.

    Is there someone who has tried them?
    What do you think about?