Sunday, 31 March 2013



Another fresh faced trend on the market at the moment, the BB cream. With soo many on the market which to chose?! I have started off with the maybelline dream fresh BB cream.

'Our 1-step wonder for a dream skin day, every day.
8-in-1 Skin Perfector.
Perfect looking skin instantly!'

The BB cream comes in four different tones, light, dark, medium and universal glow. I went for universal glow thinking that i can then use it all year round depending on my tan. On first decanting the cream it seems to be a really bright shade of orange which was slightly worrying to say the least!!
Once i applied a thin layer to my face though it blends in beautifully to my skin tone, just adding a slightly tanned affect.

The 8 listed benefits of this BB cream are

• Imperfections look blurred
• A natural looking glow
• Fresh feel
• Compliments skin tone
• Skin looks smooth
• Hydrates
• Protects with SPF 30
• Oil free, non greasy

And after using this cream for a few months now i can say that most are true. I apply the BB cream as if a foundation, applying an even amount of the cream all over my face (inc over my eyes) and blend down my neck. Due to the colour of the cream i would advise always to blend down the neck otherwise you will end up with a lovely chavvy line around your chin. After applying i do tend to use a translucent powder to set just like with a foundation...the non greasy benefit just doesn't work with my already slightly oily skin, I think this is down to the cream trying to leave a fresh dewy look, on my face it just feels a little tacky and wet.

This is me after applying the cream (no setting powder, hence the shine with the flash on the camera).
My skin looks and feels visibly smoother, fresher and a little brighter. I can most defiantly see a more even complexion to the skin. The instructions say can be used with or without a moisturiser...when i did this i found the high colour of the cream actually clung to my dry areas so if you have a drier skin i would use your day cream mixed with or applied under the BB cream.

The cream feels nice and light and doesn't clog my pores and has in fact become one of my make up bag staples. Great for a day when you cant be bothered to put a whole face of make up on but dont want to go out bare, just to make you feel more human.

All in all my first experience with a BB cream is a great one....i next have an avon BB cream waiting for me to try out so keep a look out for my next BB review.

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Maybelline products are available on line and in all good cosmetic stores and pharmacies
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 Elemis Tri-enzyme resurfacing facial

The elemis tri enzyme facial promises to reveal younger, smoother looking skin in just one facial.
( 'This ground breaking anti-ageing facial instantly resurfaces and smoothes the skin. Clinically proven to visibly resurface by up to 75% and increase skin smoothness by up to 32% after just 1 treatment*, this unique treatment targets blemishes, uneven skin tone, superficial facial scarring and fine lines, revealing a younger looking skin.

Pioneering the precision layering of 3 targeted enzyme serums, this advanced resurfacing technique safely and effectively removes the thickening layer of the epidermis. Skin is left incredibly clean, smooth and radiant, bringing a renewed level of evenness and clarity to the complexion. ')

With so much focus on lines, pigmentation and scarring in the media that even the celebs cant avoid company's every where are springing up with resurfacing products and facials what makes the elemis tri enzyme different?

Elemis does and always has invested heavily in their own clinical trials, trialling facials and products alike for years at a time before it is released into the public domain. Rigorous research and development is put into each and every product/treatment, With the director of product and treatment development Noella Gabriel overseeing each important change.

Behind all the research and science that goes along with these products is the treatment itself, not the most relaxing facial on the earth (due to the tingling sensation with the resurfacing mask) but boy can you see the results.

After having a quick patch test prior to the treatment, The skin is thoroughly cleansed with the tri enzyme facial wash. During the treatment different resurfacing serums and masks are used along with relaxing massage techniques to the scalp, shoulders and arms. The slightly uncomfortable part comes with the first mask, a tingling sensation can be felt as the mask breaks down the higher layers of the skin to reveal a brighter smoother complexion, a soothing shoulder massage helps to relax and unwind and the sensation is soon forgotten. Throughout the one hour facial three serums are used in total each helping to resurface the higher layers of the skin helping to smooth finer lines and wrinkles, scarring and pigmentation patches. With the anti ageing pro collagen marine cream and the liquid layer spf to moisturise and protect at the end of the facial.

After the facial was performed my skin felt extremely soft and smooth and the results were most defiantly visible. Dry winter patches gone, blemishes ans pigmentation visibly reduced.

The resurfacing facials are advised to be had every three weeks having six in one year for optimum results. With tri enzyme home care products available for use in between. (sun factor is advised whilst using the tri enzyme).

All in all this is a great facial, For pigmentation and light scarring visible results after one facial, for more defined lines and wrinkles the course will need to be followed.

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