Out of touch

A few months ago on my annual flying visit to England, one item on my shopping list was tinted moisturiser.

I’ve been blessed with satisfactory skin that is self-sufficient and low maintenance, and as a result it receives very little attention. Thus a moisturiser will probably last at least a couple of years. There’s a drawer full of half-used bottles and tubes in the bathroom, but I thought I’d treat myself to a new one, so off I set to Boots.

For twenty minutes I trawled the aisles. Shelves and shelves of every brand; day creams, night creams, neck creams, eye creams, rejuvenating creams, blemish covering creams, wrinkle smoothers, creams to make skin glow, firming creams, peeling products, skin fresheners,  skin toners, blushes, non-comedogenic, alcohol-free, two for three, special offers, pure, gentle, hydrating …………….. But of tinted moisturiser, not a blob to be seen.

I made another circuit, scoured the shelves from left to right, right to left, highest to lowest,  lowest to highest. How could they not stock such a basic product?

Eventually I had to ask a pretty salesgirl. “Do you not sell tinted moisturiser?”

“Yes, Madame, of course we do. Were you after any particular make?”

“No, anything will do,” I said, not being a fussy person.

She led the way to the shelves I’d searched so thoroughly. “Here you are,” she smiled. “These are our BBs. ”

“What is BB?” I asked.

“Beauty balm.”

“Is that the same as tinted moisturiser?”

“Yes, but with lots of other things added – like primer and sunscreen.”

bb

“Oh,” I said, “I see.”

“But,” she went on, “we also have CCs now, if you’d like to see some?”

“What is CC?” I asked.

“It’s like BB, but with added colour corrector,” she explained. “I’ll show you.”

She reached up to a shelf behind her and took down a tube.

“No,” I said hurriedly. “Just two tubes of BB, please.”

I don’t think I’m quite ready for CC yet. By the time I am, I expect it will be JJ, or something similar.

 

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14 thoughts on “Out of touch

  1. It so annoying when someone points out you could have got something really good closer to home… but here goes. Thanks to a friend who had contacts I had a free facial and make up from Caudalie, the natural skin care people based near Bordeaux who have a Spa vinotherapie (sounds good, doesn’t it?), and they have a wonderful tinted moisturiser with just enough colour to give my very pale skin a lift but fine enough to stop it looking like I’ve just covered myself in brown paint. Available in chemists, Monoprix, Galleries Layfayette…

  2. I was given a tube of BB cream for a birthday by a friend who knows I am hopeless at that sort of thing, and find it excellent. I don’t wear much make-up but when I go out I love this stuff. You can buy it easily in France.

  3. It is brilliant, I have to say. I can’t bear smearing layers of products on my skin, and the BB does everything in one go. Except for Colour Correction, of course. You need CC for that. 😀

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