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Oh “BB” You…You Got What I Need!

Oh “BB” You…You Got What I Need!


Since it seems that the side-chick known as Winter has finally decided to leave the Northeast the hell alone (knocks on wood) and let Spring show-off for a bit, I’ve begun my quest for light coverage alternatives to replace my heavier winter staples.

With the influx of CC and DD creams I thought the BB cream train had left the station a long time ago. How funny is it that Black Radiance is one of the last cosmetic lines to take a stab at the trend (inserts “BP Time” reference). Anywho, I’m a fan of the line, so I was excited to give the BB cream a go. Here I am pre-BB cream:

This hyper-pigmentation is killing me softly, smh

This hyper-pigmentation is killing me softly, smh


Black Radiance’s True Complexion BB Cream is simply that. A lightweight cream that is lighter than a foundation but heavier than a tinted moisturizer. With only five color selections I was surprised to find a shade that fit me perfectly! Can you guess my shade? Chocolate (she says in a Randy Watson voice)!

The cream gives a weightless, light-to-medium coverage with a soft, dewy finish.  My acne scars and hyper pigmentation were covered considerably but not completely concealed. The SPF of 15 is great for everyday sun protection — and I love that the dose of sunscreen doesn’t make my skin look chalky. I took this pic with a flash and look nothing like Casper the Friendly Ghost.



In short? Black Radiance did that! The train came late but I’m so not mad.


Anieka W.

SYB Freebie: L’Oreal Dark Spot Corrector Collection

SYB Freebie: L’Oreal Dark Spot Corrector Collection

Hey ladies! First off, congrats to Alicia B., who won last week’s SYB Freebie: the Essie ‘Bikini So Teeny’ summer 2012 collection. She slyly mentioned that the periwinkle shade would be the perfect “something blue” for her wedding next month, while the other tropical hues would kill on her Jamaican honeymoon. How could I resist?

Another round of applause Ashli M., who won the second of my five Carol’s Daughter Transitioning 1-2-3 Kit giveaways! Gotta love a chick who names herself as her natural hair icon. Well okay then! Dope.

Win this dark spot-destroyer!

And now, onto this week’s SYB Freebie, the L’Oreal Dark Spot Correcting Collection, which includes the Dark Spot Correcting & Illuminating Serum and the Day Cream SPF 30 ($25 each). If you are a woman with brown skin, you’ve probably experienced hyperpigmentation hell (ie, the dark spots/areas that appear after a pimple, scratch or rash heals). It sucks. You finally got the zit to go away, and now you’re left with a dark mark that won’t budge! L’Oreal’s new duo contain powerful antioxidants and skin-brightening ingredients to fade the marks…plus mirror-like particles that reflect light and create dazzling radiance. Not to get all technical, but when the scientists were testing these products over 80% of women noticed more even-toned skin in just four weeks. Nice.

To be eligible to win, “like” my new Facebook page.…then hit the comments section to reveal your funniest/most embarrassing beauty don’t. My fave wins!



Q&A Tuesday: Hyperpigmentation Nation

Q&A Tuesday: Hyperpigmentation Nation

Hey ladies! Apropos of nothing…why did I wake up this morning with gum stuck to the back of my neck? What grown ass woman falls asleep with gum in her mouth? And how did it get there? My hair was up in a bun, thank god. ‘Cause if I had to cut off my shizz over some Trident, somebody, somewhere would have to pay. I choose Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Marlo because I find her presence wholly intolerable.

Your value system is terrifying, woman.

Okay, so we have a winner for last week’s SYB Freebie giveaway! I promised a Mally Beauty Everclear Poreless Face Defender ($40) to the SYB Babe with the most universal beauty question — which goes to VNikol! Congrats, tenderoni. Here’s her question and the answer:

Q: I really wanna know what works to eliminate hyperpigmentation. Not kinda sorta, but what WORKS. I’ve been able to lighten it up (naturally – no harsh crazy hydroquinone for moi) in certain areas but others have not budged no matter what I do. So what’s the scoop on kickin’ this discoloring madness to the curb 4reals? — VNikol

A: Hyperpigmentation sucks. You know the dark spots and uneven skin tone you get after an acne flare-up, or a scratch heals, or a tan fades? That discoloration is called hyperpigmentation. It’s prevalent among blacks, Asians and Latinas and it’s a biiiatch to get rid of. For a long time, dark spots were treated with products containing hydroquinone, a powerful chemical skin-lightener, but folks found out that if you use it long enough you’ll get a reverse result — more discoloration (and, um, possible liver damage). No thank you, ma’am.

Hyperpigmentation targets blacks, Asians and Latinas. Supermodels Liu Wen and Joan Smalls have clearly escaped its clutches.

So what’s a be-spotted beauty to do? First of all, you need to be exfoliating every day. Sloughing off dead skin cells helps slowly strip away the darkness, making way for fresh, new cells and illuminating your complexion. I’m having a torrid affair with Boscia Smoothing Facial Polish, a super-gentle, paraben and fragrance-free botanical scrub that sweetly buffs my skin to a baby-soft glow without a hint of irritation (make sure you apply on damp, cleansed skin). Secondly, you need a spot treatment for your dark spots, like Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Corrector and Kiehls Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution — all of which are cute, HQ-free options for low-key fading.

Kiehls Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

But if you have large areas with dark spots, or a stubborn unevenness that won’t lighten no matter what you do, then drop everything and get into Rx for Brown Skin. The award-winning line was created by the famous black dermatologist, Dr. Susan Taylor, who’s at the top of her game and also looks exactly like Jasmine Guy.


Bummed by the lack of options for pigmentation disorders, Dr. Taylor spent twenty years researching and whipping up a system solely devoted to preventing and treating discoloration. And it’s genius — Transformation City, population one. VNikol, I don’t know what your specific issue is, but I’d suggest the Complete Flawless Skin System ($49.95), which comes with the collection’s five superstar products: Absolute Radiance Intensive Exfoliating Serum, Naturally Flawless Advanced Botanical Brightener, Age Block UV Shield SFP 15, Gentle Foaming Cleanser for Normal Skin and Exfoliating Toner for Normal to Oily Skin.

Rx for Brown Skin Advanced Botanical Brightener and Intensive Exfoliating Serum, both miracle-workers.

In a nutshell, if you follow the regimen, you can start the summer with the brightest, most even-toned complexion there ever was. Salud!