Jane Iredale BB Cream: One Year Later

Just over a year ago (January 2014), I reviewed a few different brands of liquid make-up, and my favorite was the Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream (that’s a mouth full). You can see that post here. I can’t believe I am still using the same tube of make-up! I thought it was pricey at $48 for 1.7 ounces, but here I am 14 months later and finally getting to the bottom of the tube. I noted then that a little bit goes a long way, but I had no idea it would last this long. Doesn’t seem so pricey now. The product does not have an expiration date, and so far, so good.

Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream
Over a year later–still using the same tube!

I use the BB Cream nearly every day, and even when used sparingly, it provides great coverage. A year ago I was battling some harsh acne, and this BB Cream covered it well. Today my face is nearly clear, so I apply less. I was in a panic about how my face was looking on New Year’s Eve, and I purchased the BB Cream earlier that day in hopes it would do the trick. I am very self-conscious about these acne photos, so I’ve cropped most of my face and am showing you just my chin area. I promise you, both of these photos are me and they were both taken on the same evening, with the same lighting, as I was getting ready to go out. These are true before and after photos!

Before and after acne Jane Iredale BB Cream coverage
Both photos taken 12/31/13. Now that is some great coverage!

I apply the BB Cream with a brush and only occasionally use concealer for a blemish here and there. How did I clear up my skin? I’m not exactly sure, but have some ideas. I’ll share those thoughts once I get them in order. However, no matter the condition of my skin, I was excited about this product a year ago and I’m excited about it now. It hits all the important points for me: great coverage, SPF25, low Skin Deep score, and certified cruelty-free by PETA. Boom!


My Struggle With Acne

My hormones are a mess. There, that’s out there. It’s the result of discontinuing a hormone regulating medication to accommodate a cancer fighting medication. Hmm, cancer vs. raging hormones…I’ll deal with the hormones. The only side effect of the hormone issue has been acne. I wish it were hot flashes or night sweats (I think), but it’s full-blown adolescent-like acne.

So what’s a girl to do? I’ve been avoiding prescription acne treatments due to the side-effects. I tried a couple over the years (Retin-A and Aczone) and both caused my skin to be dry, red, and cracked. It was as bad as the acne. There are a lot more medications out there, but much to my dermatologist’s dismay, I’m reluctant.

I did a little search for natural acne remedies and have been doing a baking soda and water treatment for about a week. My face has calmed a little, but I can’t really say whether it’s the baking soda paste or the downswing of a hormone cycle. Regardless, I’m doing the cover-up thing until (or if) my skin clears.

I’ve been using EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database as a guide to which products are harmful and which are not (huge thank you to Liz for that tip!). Apparently it’s a big deal to make cosmetics that don’t contain toxins. And when I say cosmetics, I’m not just talking makeup. This includes soaps, lotions, toothpastes, deodorants, etc. A contributor to TakePart.com says the average person uses up to 15 beauty products every day. Fifteen. The average person. That’s a lot of gunk soaking into our pores folks.

My mission: find a liquid makeup that

  • Has a low Skin Deep score
  • Wears well with my combination skin
  • Provides good coverage

I want to look good and sleep well knowing I’m not polluting myself with parabens and what-not.

I’ll post product reviews on the makeup I try and include before and after pics (I’m terrified to show you the before pics – thank you, American culture, for that little phobia). I’ll let you know what I find – feel free to share your tips here too. Wish me radiance!