Monday, 24 June 2013

Nivea Soft Moisturiser | Review

The Nivea Soft Moisturiser is my all time favourite moisturiser. I've been using this baby consecutively for a few years and it's one of those products I swear by. It's also one of those products that has been raved about many times on the internet, and there's a reason why.

I can't actually tell you how many tubes of this wonderful product I've gone through, but I currently own one 75ml tube which is an amazing £2.45 at Boots, but is currently on offer for £1.84, and the 200ml pot, which is also at an amazing price of £4.28 at Boots, currently on offer for £3.21!

So you're probably wondering why I'm so obsessed with this product? Well I have dry skin, and so used to have trouble applying foundation, concealer, setting powders etc, because the product would just stick to any dry patches. This would even occur after applying primers, moisturisers, toners, exfoliating etc. I purchased many products specifically for dry skin, but found my situation was still the same.  That was, of course, until I discovered The Nivea Soft moisturiser!

The consistency of the moisturiser is very creamy and thick, and you can feel its hydration once it touches your skin. It doesn't stay on your face for ages, it just sinks right in, and you can feel your skin becoming softer, it literally leaves my skin feeling baby soft! The product is definitely not greasy, and it acts as a wonderful base for makeup. The product does have a slight scent to it, but it's just that usual moisturiser smell; nothing fancy, but it does smell nice. It also leaves my skin feeling so fresh and hydrated, and I just love the all-round effect it has. It keeps my skin hydrated all day, until I use it again at night before bed. This product hasn't ever caused any kind of irritation for me, and judging by most of the ingredients, I'd say it's a gentle moisturiser which is suitable for sensitive skin. It contains the natural benefits of Jojoba oil to nourish and Vitamin E to protect and preserve the skin.

This is my everyday moisturiser, and I don't know what kind of state my skin would be in without this product. It helps really well with dry skin, making flakes much less visible, if not invisible. I would say that this product would work well on oilier skin too, because if its good absorption qualities.

The product can also be used anywhere on the body: face, hands, legs, arms, back...anywhere! So you could pop a tube of this in your handbag, and you're good for a whole-body moisturiser! It's definitely better than carrying multiple tubs and tubes of different moisturisers. Considering the price of the product, I'd say it's a definite must-try product, and I'm almost certain that most of you will like it.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream | Review

Hello! Yesterday I was looking at my make-up collection when suddenly I realised I didn't own a single BB Cream! So off I popped down to Boots to pick one up. I browsed the many BB Creams they had there, and eventually narrowed it down to the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream (£7.99) and the L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream (£9.99).

In the end I went for the Maybelline BB Cream because it was cheaper, I've heard it's very good for dry skin, and I've also ready many good reviews on it.

So here it is in the bottle:

I must be honest, for some reason it does look and feel like quite a small bottle, however it does contain 30ml of product, which is the standard amount of product you would get in a foundation bottle. And as you can see in the photo above, it is the same size, if not bigger, as two foundations I own.

On the front is claims:

  • That it's an 8-in-1 BB Cream
  • That is gives an Instant Fresh-Faced Glow
  • And that it has SPF 30
So neither of my current moisturisers (Nivea Soft and Soap & Glory's For Daily Youth) contain SPF, and I don't use any other products to get my daily dose of SPF, ( I know it's bad ). So when I saw that the Maybelline BB Cream had SPF 30 in it, I was delighted, and it was another reason I was pushed more towards buying it.

The back of the product:

So on the back it claims to 
  1. Create a natural glow
  2. Compliment the skin-tone
  3. SPF30 UV protection
  4. Hydrates all day
  5. Blurs imperfections
  6. Oil free, non-greasy
  7. Looks visibly smooth
  8. Feels fresh
So for someone with dry skin like mine, claims such as numbers 1 and 4 sound very appealing. And with someone like me who also has very imperfect skin, number 5 sounds glorious!

This is what the BB Cream looks like when put onto the skin. Immediately it looks quite dark, (especially on me since I'm so pale), but once blended in it's surprisingly sheer and undetectable. Bearing in mind that this is also the lightest colour that the BB Cream comes in. ( Light )

When I put the product on my face, again it looked quite dark, but once I blended it in with my fingers the darkness disappeared.

Point number 1 said that the BB Cream would create a natural glow. For me, unfortunately, it didn't, but maybe that's because I have quite dry skin. If you have oilier skin then this might give you a nice glow.

Point number 2 claimed to compliment the skin tone. I think, personally, it did compliment my skin tone, ad it blended in well with my skin colour and covered most redness I had on my face.

Point number 3 says that it has SPF 30, which I can't test for, but I'm sure they're telling the truth! This BB Cream is perfect for Summer with the SPF which will protect you from those harmful UV rays for as long as you wear the cream. I think it would also be good if you're skiing, as SPF is super important when skiing, and you can feel a bit more confident with the BB Cream instead of wearing no make-up at all.

Point 4 says that it hydrates all day. I can agree with this, even though I have quite dry skin I found that by the end of the day my skin still felt quite soft and hydrated which is a big bonus.

I agree and disagree with point 5, which said it will blur imperfections. I found that the BB Cream did blur some imperfections such as most redness on the skin, it blurred my pores and any minor little imperfections. However if you're hoping that this will blur any spots, acne or scars, it probably wont. I found that it didn't cover my spots at all, and so concealer is still a must with this BB Cream if you have any spots. I was surprised to see how well in covered dark circles under the eyes, but still concealer was needed.

Since point six said that the BB Cream was oil free and non-greasy, I experimented by going the day without any powder. By the end of the day my skin did look a little shiny, especially in my T-zone area.

I can agree with point 7 that it did make my skin look smoother, and so I think that you could use this BB Cream as a base for foundation if you wanted a slightly higher-coverage look.

And finally point 8. I can agree that it did make my skin feel fresh, and also hydrated. It didn't stick onto any dry patches on the skin, it actually hydrated the skin, making any flakiness less visible, if not disappear!

So my conclusion on this BB Cream is that I like it a lot, and my first experience of using a BB Cream has been very successful. I will definitely be experimenting with more BB Creams in the future, so be sure to recommend any you think I should try or would like me to review.

From my experience I think this product is great for those of you with dry skin, who find that their current foundation or BB Cream just worsens any dryness on your skin by sticking to it and making it more visible.

This is also great for those days where you don't want to wear too much make-up, but you still want some concealment.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you found this helpful.


I'm Officially a Blogger!

So it's official, I am now a blogger!

I have wanted to start my own blog for quite some time now, as I'm a very big fan of the hugely popular bloggers such as Fleur (FleurDeForce), Zoe (Schoe/Zoella), Tanya Burr, Louise (SprinkleOfGlitter) and many more. I also have a profound love of make-up, beauty, fashion and all that jazz. I've considered starting a blog for some time now, but could never find the time to write my first post, and I've always been a bit nervous. But here I am, and I've finally plucked up the courage to start my blog and share it with you.

So now that we're acquainted, I think a proper introduction is in order, don't you?
My name is Emily and I'm sixteen years old. I'm from a small town in Wales, but I live in a small rural area. I absolutely love make-up, and even though I like to keep my look quite neutral and simple, I will often experiment with some daring looks!

 I'm also a lover of fashion, ans can't stop myself from treating my self once in a while ( maybe a little too often ). But how can you resist it when clothes are just so pretty? My clothing style reflects my make-up, again I like to keep it simple and find myself wearing lots of browns, blacks, and darker colours. However in the Summer I do like to jazz it up a bit with pastels, neons and various patterns!

Now onto lifestyle. Ok, my life isn't really interesting, but I do enjoy my little outings. I often go shopping, go for walks, go out for lunch or dinner etc. So in this blog I hope to share a bit of my everyday life with you, as uninteresting as it may be!

So thank you for visiting my blog, and I'm excited to share my blogging journey with you.