Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 (Medium to Dark) – Review

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Taken from the Bobbi Brown website:

“Moisturise, perfect and protect-instantly and over time. Now it’s easier than ever to get great skin with Bobbi Brown’s new BB Cream SPF 35. Inspired by a skincare/makeup hybrid that’s a cult favorite in Asia, this formula combines moisturiser, treatment, SPF and a lightweight foundation in one. Plus, it’s available in nine skin tone correct shades carefully formulated by Bobbi herself. Consider it your skin’s new best friend.

The secret to its multitasking magic: Water-attracting molecules boost hydration; light reflective pearls brighten dull skin; botanical extracts and caffeine reduce discolouration and redness; pore-reducing peptides minimise fine lines; and finally, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and antioxidants fend off future damage.”

I purchased this BB Cream at my local department store for £29.00. BB Creams are great because they moisturise the skin, contain anti-oxidants and also SPF. I’ve been using this same tube since April 2014 and nearly a year on I still have a quarter of the tube to go which makes this great value for money. There are nine shades to choose from and the shade range is quite forgiving. I was matched to Medium-Dark. This shade matches best to those who wear between Honey and Golden in Bobbi Brown foundation.

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Packaging: The packaging of this BB Cream means that there is minimal light and air exposure, therefore the anti-oxidant and SPF ingredients stay stable. I like products that come in tubes as they are more much hygienic too.

Formula: The active sunscreen ingredients in this product are : Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 4%, Oxybenzone 2.5%, Titanium Dioxide 1.1%. I’m not a huge fan of chemical sunscreens and would prefer to see more Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide in the formula, nonetheless this has decent UVB and UVA protection. The dimethicone present in the formula gives the cream a nice slip. Also the added anti-oxidants are a great to prevent premature ageing.

Fragrance: This product has no fragrance making it non-irritant and suitable for sensitive skin. This is a big pro for me when choosing skincare/make-up.

Feel/Texture:  This BB cream is very thick and moisturising. For my skin I need less than a pea size amount. I find that it is quite difficult to blend without streaks, it is best blended with a buffing face brush or fingers. The finish is dewy and looks skin-like.

I use this BB Cream sort of like a foundation for everyday use, meaning I wear it on top of my anti-oxidant serum and sunblock moisturiser. The reason being that in order to get all of the sun protection from a BB cream alone you would have to use a LOT of product and this cream is way too heavy for that.  The coverage is light, it won’t cover hyper-pigmentation or spots (I rarely get them), but it does even out my skin tone. I really like how this looks on my skin immediately after I  powder down the T-Zone, after first application.

I have combination skin and I find my T-Zone gets very oily within 4 hours  of using this. By the end of the day my skin is shiny and dewy, I don’t particularly mind myself but it’s something to keep in mind if you’re not a fan of the dew. Also this cream oxidises and separates a bit after 8 hours, less so if you don’t wear sunblock underneath.

I would recommend this BB Cream for daily use as it has some good moisturising and protective ingredients, it is catered to those with dry/mature, sensitive skin. If you’re oily you’re better off avoiding this one. Due to the low amount of coverage it should only be used by those who have good skin but just wants some extra protection and light coverage. I would recommend wearing an SPF underneath the cream for some extra protection.

http://www.bobbibrown.co.uk/product/2573/21694/Skincare/Moisturisers/Face/BB-Cream-SPF-35/New-Shades/index.tmpl 

What is your favourite BB cream? Comment below and let me know 🙂

Jay x

Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner (Perversion) – Review

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect liquid eyeliner for practically the last 8 years. I’ve tried products right from the drug store through to the high end and I decided to try this eyeliner because it gets a lot of love within the beauty community. I picked this up at John Lewis and it cost me £14.

www.johnlewis.com/urban-decay-24-7-liquid-eyeliner/p1495563 

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This eyeliner comes with a tapered brush tip, it is VERY fine which allows for precision when applying the eyeliner. The formula of the product is quite wet (make sure you shake the bottle before use), it applies smoothly and opaquely on the lid. I’m no expert with liquid liners  but this one was very easy to use and I only re-dipped the brush in once to achieve my desired cat-eye look. Initially the product dries shiny, but after drying fully it has a matte finish. Furthermore, the colour is a truly deep dark black.

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The two pictures on the left show the eyeliner immediately after application before it has dried. The two on the right are after 12 hours.

I wore the eyeliner over the Elf Eyelid primer as I always do and there was absolutely NO smudging after a full days wear. I travelled on the London Underground, wind and rain blew in my face, my skin became oily and nothing made this smudge or flake.

The best part of the eyeliner is the removal. Now I’m very fussy about eye make-up removal. I don’t like using harsh chemical removers or tugging at my eyelids. This eyeliner however just peels off when I hold a warm muslin cloth over my eyes.

Hands down this is the BEST eyeliner I have ever used so far and I fully understand why it gets so much hype on the interwebs. It doesn’t break the bank unlike other high-end eyeliners, it applies like a dream, doesn’t smudge or flake and it removes easily.