Wednesday, 22 May 2013


The reason I am so unsure in this post, is because I am really unsure on the product. So the new hype is all about the BB creams and the CC creams. Well, I'm not even gonna get on the band wagon for CC creams just yet, as it's taken me forever to try a BB cream!

So I have taken the plunge (finally!) and thought I would try L'oreal Nude Magique BB Cream. 

I have heard so many reviews about loads of different types, that even I got confused with it all. So I literally went into Boots and simply said Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, and yes, my finger stopped at this one!

So what is the purpose? 

What became BB cream was originally formulated in the 1960s in Germany by dermatologist Dr. Christine Schrammek to protect her patient's skin after surgery. Introduced to South Korea and Japan in 1985 – where healthy-looking, porcelain skin is heavily prized – the cream was hailed as "the secret of Korean actresses," and was heavily endorsed by Korean celebrities.
Now it's been formulated and greatly Westernised to suits many skin types. BB cream is promoted as an all-in-one facial cosmetic product to replace serum, moisturiser, primer, foundation, and sunblock. It can be worn alone as a tinted moisturiser over serum and moisturiser as a regular foundation, and under powder, depending on the desired amount of coverage.

So, this particular BB cream states.....................

Bare skin beautifier 5 in 1. Mimics the texture and glow of perfect bare skin, 24hr hydration and SPF 12. Smart pigment capsules, flawless coverage, fresh dewy glow and buildable light weight coverage.........and breeathhhhhhhhhh!!

Of course me being me gave this a good run for its money and tried and tested it many different ways.

First of all it comes out white and when you look at it closely, it has grey little grains in it. Those are the pigment capsules.

You can't see them in my picture above, but I promise you, they are there! Once you then start rubbing the white cream into your skin, the capsules disperse and then start changing into the colour of your skin tone. I chose the the colour light. I believe there are only 2 colours in this and the other colour is medium.

When I first got it, I tried it by itself to see how it would sit on the face. The first thing I noticed was the colour and I personally found it a little orange. But not greatly, so blended in well, you can get away with it. Secondly, after a couple of hours it went very shiny. Something that I do not like. There is a dewy look and there is a greasy chip look. I went like a chip!! In saying that though, I knew from the start that it wouldn't work well for me without a primer, because I do suffer with a lot of oil. So with someone with a dryer skin, could benefit from this.
So then I tried it with a primer. This did work better for me, but the coverage isn't the best. I do need something medium/buildable or full coverage, as I do suffer with slight acne and pigmentation issues. It does state buildable on the tube, which I did try. But I felt like I was using a LOT of product and still very light coverage.
Last but not least, I then tried it under my usual make up routine which is........
  1. Moisturiser
  2. Primer
  3. BB cream (added to routine)
  4. Foundation
  5. Concealer
  6. Powder
This was fine and probably worked the best, but I still wasn't completely happy with the end result. First of all I had a ton of product on my skin and then after a few hours, it seemed to go really cakey and just far too much for me and again a little shiny in my T-Zone.

I am in no way giving this product the thumbs down as there are many good aspects from it and it will be awesome for the more mature lady. So for sure this will be going in my kit and used on mother of the brides!

It has a SPF and as you know, I am a great fan of this. It will be great for the person who has a dryer skin and perfect for someone who needs just a little coverage. In some ways it is like a tinted moisturiser, just with added benefits. And remember, what may not work for me, may completely work for you. Its just that, if you have my skin type, maybe consider a different option.

I hope this helps anyone who is curious of the whole BB cream world. Now I just have to conquer the whole CC cream world! I wish you luck, as well as myself!!!

Lots of Love 

Jay xxx 


Monday, 13 May 2013

Lets Get Undressed! xxx

I am very slow on the uptake I know! This palette has been out for sometime and I have finally got my hands on one. Its the Undressed Eyeshadow Palette from MUA...............................

It contains 12 shades for a measly £4 in Superdrug. The price is awesome for the quality of eyeshadow and the colours (as you probably already know) is a dupe for the Naked Palette by Urban Decay. Which I may add, is £36.00.

I'm not going to go into comparing swatches, coz lets face it, there are 100's of blogs out there that do this. I just want to concentrate on this palette alone. However, before I do, I will say that there is not much difference between the colours in both palettes and quality is immense. Urban Decay, you should be scared.......VERY SCARED!!!!

MUA have come up trumps with these eyeshadows and it just goes to show that you really don't have to pay excessive amounts on make up.There are a lot of shimmers in this palette and only a couple of matte. But whatever you decide to use, you will not be disappointed.

As you can see form above, there are colours that suit many skin tones and many seasons. You can create a look from a simple day look to a real sexy, smokey eye for the evening. There are even bronze tones for a super glam, summer evening look. This palette is just amazing and I'm not sure why I haven't picked it up sooner?!! And again, it's only £4.00.

When swatching these on my forearm, I couldn't believe how soft and creamy these eyeshadows were. The pigmentation is unreal too. One swipe on your finger and the colour is intense. I have tried these on my eyes too and hopefully I will do a tutorial for you. But for now, I can tell you that these blend really well and feel really comfortable on the eyelids. I will say that there is a little fall out from them. But that doesn't worry me, as I always do my foundation after I have done my eye make-up.

So if your like me and haven't tried out these eyeshadows, then I seriously recommend you should! Let me know what you think in the comments below. Even post me a pic on my facebook......I love to see what creations you have made!

Lots of Love

Jay xxx