The BEST tinted moisturiser for oily skin – Jouer Matte Moisture Tint

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Despite owning a plethora of foundation, I’m actually not a fan of wearing them on a daily basis. I’ve always enjoyed wearing BB cream and tinted moisturisers but having oily skin has meant that I haven’t found a formula that suited my skin… until now.

I heard about Jouer Matte Moisture Tint a few years ago and it’s been at the back of my mind for a while, so I finally decided to purchase it for myself. Unfortunately, if you live in the UK it’s difficult to get your hands on this product. I bought mine online from Cult Beauty and if you live in London you can get it from Blow Beauty Bar in Covent Garden, it costs £30 for a 50ml bottle. In terms of colouring there are just 7 shades to choose from with yellow and pink undertones, I did a lot of research and chose the darkest shade Hazel. For reference I’m a NC 42 – 44 in MAC and Syracuse in Nars.

I like the packaging for this product, it comes in a sleek matte brown, opaque and air-proof tube making it great for travel as it maintains stability of the anti-oxidants/sunscreen in the formula. This formula is oil free, fragrance free, contains Vitamins C and E, antioxidants and also contains SPF 15 (physical sunscreen – 4% Titanium Dioxide, 3% Zinc Oxide), it’s important to note that wearing this alone for sun protection won’t be enough. It is aimed at oily skin and due to the formulation it can be used on sensitive skin too.

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I need around a pea size for each side of my face for a light coverage which may be built up. I’ve only ever used my fingers to apply this lightweight product and I find it blends in effortless. The moisturiser covers redness and blemishes whilst evening out skin tone, however it doesn’t completely conceal hyper-pigmentation which I have around my mouth, but I can live with that. It dries to a powdery, matte finish which doesn’t need setting and it actually smooths the texture on my skin. I did notice that if you look really closely at your skin you can see little specs of glitter in it but these are undetectable at a normal distance. If you have any dryness this product will cling to it, so avoid if your skin is so inclined.

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Left : Without tint. Right: Jouer Matte Moisture Tint (Hazel)

I found that this moisturiser kept my oil at bay for a long longer than usual and didn’t fade until around the 6 hour mark. All in all I am SO happy that I decided to give this tinted moisturiser a shot, I’m definitely going to be wearing foundation less as a result of this. It didn’t break me out and looks and feels undetectable on the skin whilst giving me enough coverage and oil control for my work days. My only criticism is that Jouer should come out with more shades as this shade won’t match me when I have a tan, I had to warm it up with bronzer (see below) to really match my skin tone. Also I personally know plenty of darker skin ladies who would LOVE a product like this.

Left: Natural Light. Right: Flash. Lips: MAC Verve. Bronzer: ELF Los Cabos.
Left: Natural Light. Right: Flash. Lips: MAC Verve. Bronzer: ELF Los Cabos.

Have you tried this product before? What is your favourite BB cream or tinted moisturiser? Comment below and let me know.

Until next time!

Jay x

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel – Review

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If any of you remember seeing my previous wishlist you’ll know that I was looking for a night time moisturiser for my combination/oily skin. An ever so popular choice that kept cropping up during my research was Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. I’m a big Clinique fan so I thought to give this moisturiser a go. I bought a 50ml tube of this for £17.50 from Feel Unique

Taken from the Clinique website “Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is oil-free and non-comedogenic. It gives you the lightweight hydration without oiliness so your skin feels smoother, softer and more comfortable”. This moisturiser is specifically for combination or oily skin.

The moisturiser has some decent ingredients including my favourite sodium hyaluronate which is very hydrating, caffeine (invigorating), cucumber extract (soothing) and a couple of antioxidants, which wouldn’t remain stable in this packaging anyway.. The yellow tint (colouring has been added to give the tint) gel has a very slippery, silicone texture that absorbs very quickly into the skin providing some immediate moisture that doesn’t leave a residue on the skin. There is a natural fragrance with this product but no added fragrance making it suitable for sensitive skin. With this having no SPF in it I wouldn’t find it suitable for daytime use.

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For the first 2 weeks of using this product my skin didn’t experience any amazing benefits from this product. I mean, it did the job of moisturising the drier parts of my face whilst not aggravating the oily parts, but I certainly didn’t see a “dramatic difference” in the texture of my skin. It seemed to be working just like any old moisturiser that I can buy from the drug store and didn’t give me the glow I expected.

I continued to use this at night and by week 3-4 I noticed LOTS of whiteheads around my nose. It was really gross to be honest, I had to steam my face and scoop all the gunk out with a blackhead extractor tool. I continued to use the moisturiser and noticed the bumps reappeared around my nose. When I stopped using this the bumps reduced therefore I’m pretty confident this product is responsible for the clogged pores around my nose. I did find that this makes a really good make-up base however so I’ll continue to use it for that purpose.

From reading other reviews I know this product is either a hit or miss with people and unfortunately it was a bit of a miss for me. I would say if you don’t have very oily skin that is prone to clogging then this could potentially work for you.

Hope you found this post useful, comment below if you found this product worked for you or not.

Jay x

Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser Cocoa – Review

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I don’t know about you but the idea of moisturising my skin after a shower sounds like the most tedious, time consuming, uncomfortable thing to do. When I step out of the shower the last thing I want to do is stand around butt-nekkid, freezing my nips off in order to lotion myself. Consequently this has left me with really dry, ashy, scaly skin, so attractive, I know…

Being the ultimate lazy girl, when I saw this product that allows you to moisturise while taking a shower I knew I had to have it. I bought a massive 250ml bottle from Boots for £3.75.

So last night I stepped into my shower and after washing my body with my current fave body wash (Dove Cream Oil Nourishing Body Wash) I squeezed some of this product into my palms and rubbed it all over my body and rinsed off, all within 30 seconds. The smell of this product is amazing, it has the classic cocoa butter smell but with a hint of vanilla or is it floral…I don’t know, either way it smells amazing. My shower became a bit slippery so be careful if you’re using this in a bathtub.

When I rinsed this off I noticed my skin was sooo soft and moisturised, just like I had spent 5 minutes massaging product into my skin. Furthermore when I stepped outside the shower I think the product somehow insulated me making it feel warmer! The moisturiser didn’t rub off onto my towel but I made sure to pat my skin dry.

I’m a night showerer so this product kept my skin supple overnight. It’s perfect to use when I’m in a rush and my skin isn’t going to be exposed to the elements. If I’m wearing shorts/short sleeves the day after then I would probably apply a moisturiser again before stepping outside, just because I have an irrational fear of ashy skin haha!

Jay x

Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser – Review

Hi ladies and gents! So as you might all know I’m a big Liz Earle fan, therefore I wanted to try something from the Superskin range. A 15ml jar of this moisturiser from John Lewis cost £14.95.

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Superskin Containing high levels of GLA and rich in omega-3, it helps prevent moisture loss and improves skin elasticity, while pomegranate fruit extract and natural source vitamin E, both rich in antioxidants, help protect from environmental damage.Naturally active ingredients include precious cranberry, borage and rosehip seed oils.This is marketing at mature or very dry skin types.

The first thing I noticed upon opening the jar was the smell. Now I’m not one of those people who needs my skincare to smell amazing, in fact I prefer unscented products, but this just smells bad! Further to smelling bad it also lingers on the skin which isn’t great if you’re sleeping next to someone.

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The texture of the moisturiser is nice, it is a white cream which isn’t thick, but is very hydrating. I did find it only a little richer than the original Skin Repair. Also because it is unscented, those with sensitive skin care can use it, I myself am not prone to comedogenic breakouts.

I used this small jar for 2 months as my night time moisturiser and whilst it did hydrate my skin I didn’t find it any more effective than the Skin Repair (normal/combination). I was a bit thrown back by the price as this is only £6 cheaper than the 50ml Skin Repair Moisturiser which means it isn’t great value for money. Overall this wasn’t a great stand-out product for me but maybe if you have sensitive skin it could work for you.

Have any of you tried anything from the Superskin line from Liz Earle? What were your thoughts? Comment below 🙂

Jay x

Nature Republic California Aloe Sunblock SPF 50 PA+++

Hey guys, it’s been a while since I last posted on here. The last two months have been rather hectic, I actually started a new job which is a bit more demanding than the last one so I don’t have as much time or energy to post, but now that I’ve settled in I hope to be writing a lot more.

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Being an oily/combination skinned girl I find it very difficult to find sunblocks that don’t leave my skin greasy, uncomfortable and with a white cast. I recently received this sunblock as a sample and after trying it I had to buy the full size. The full size cost £22 from Amazon for a 100ml bottle.

This sunblock contains ingredients that physically block the sun (UVA and UVB), its active ingredients are Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. I always opt for these ingredients as opposed to chemical sunscreens. The sunblock factor is SPF 50 which means it is intended for use during periods of long exposure to the sun. It is also PA+++ meaning it has the highest protection against harmful UVA rays. The only ingredient which may raise concern is Aluminium Hydroxide, whilst there is no evidence to show it is toxic, some may prefer not to use this on their skin.

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The first thing I noticed about this cream upon opening the seal was the smell, it has a fresh aloe fragrance which fades after about 10 minutes on the skin. The cream itself has a thick consistency which spreads easily. Once massaged into the skin the initial white cast disappears completely even on my deep tanned skin. The cream feels moisturising but has a semi-matte finish once it dries, which is perfect for those really hot and sweaty summer days.

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Overall I am very impressed with this cream, it has a high SPF and PA rating, ideal for summer use. It doesn’t leave any white cast and it leaves the drier than any other SPF creams I have used before which makes it a perfect make-up base. I would recommend this for anyone with non-sensitive, non-acne prone, oily skin.

Sua Young Berristure Facial Cream – Review

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Berristure by Sua Young is a refreshing and lightweight gel type cream that instantly hydrates and steadily releases moisture, leaving skin refreshed and rejuvenated throughout the day. The gel contains black collagen capsule which looks like strawberry seed, grape seed oil and gelatine to provide antioxidant protection. This cream is Ideal for all skin types and contains eight different berry extracts to promote skin elasticity and reduce skin irritation. It can be used as a facial cream or a wash off pack.

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First I have to say the packaging of this product is gorgeous, the pot is made of a matt plastic white top and frosted pink plastic bottom. It comes with a spatula which is great because you don’t have to dip your fingers in.

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The consistency of the cream is a cooling light-weight gel and it has little collagen capsules which burst and absorb immediately into the skin. It has a light strawberry fragrance which isn’t too overpowering.

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I used this at the last stage of my skin care routine at night. After two layers of this gel I didn’t feel like my skin was moisturised enough and after about 5 minutes my skin began to feel quite tight, the next morning my skin felt soft, but still a little dry. I then used this as a wash off pack. I layered the product over clean skin and let it dry for 20 mins. After I washed it off my skin felt soft and some of the redness had disappeared.

Having tested this product I don’t think I’ll be rushing out to buy it. It was a nice product to use because it caused some skin tightening and it hasn’t caused any irritation. It performs well as a wash off pack but I’m sure there are cheaper alternatives you could use. I wouldn’t use it as a day cream as it has no SPF and it isn’t moisturising enough as a night cream.

Jay x

Memebox – Cacao + Skin Care + Mask Edition 4 (Unboxing)

So for those of you who don’t know, Memebox is a South Korean beauty box. It is not a subscription service where you pay a monthly fee and the box is automatically delivered, however you just go onto their website and buy the boxes that you want and it begins delivery on the release date.

Each box contains 4-8 full size products or deluxe samples and costs around $23 (£13.48) each. Some boxes are a little cheaper, some a little more expensive depending on what they have in them. The shipping fees are $6.99 (£4.10) for standard shipping (15-25 business days to deliver). If you order over $75 (£44) worth of boxes you qualify for free express shipping which delivers in 3-7 business days.

Overall the actual value of each box comes in at least around $80 (£47), so it’s a great way of trying out new products which you may never get to try otherwise.

Now moving onto what I bought. I got the Cacao + Skin Care + Mask Edition 4 some time last month and it arrived today (woo!!!) *WARNING SPOILERS BELOW*

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Memebox Special #11 Cacao

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MEMEBOX SPECIAL #11 CACAO

1) Etude House Milk Talk 200ml- Full Size $7

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Body Wash that has a chocolate milk scent

2) WondeRuci Cacao Brightening Mask 100g- Full Size $38

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I may have to control myself from eating this face mask

3) Pure Smile Essence Mask Chocolate Milk 23ml- Full Size $1

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Sheet mask infused with milk proteins, cacao, vitamin E and collagen

4) Evas Vitamin Cleansing Dessert Magic Cream Soap Coconut & Cacao 130g- Full size $18

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Facial cleanser with coconut and cacao extract

5) Pure Smile Choosy Lip Scrub Chocolate 25g- Full size $11

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Aw come on! Just a little taste?

6) Purederm Nose Pore 6 Strips Choco Cacao – Full Size $6

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Nose pore strips to clear blackheads, whiteheads and dirt

Total Value of box: $81 (£47.46)

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Memebox Special #9 Skincare

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1) Nasarang Rose Balancing Toner ( 5ml sample)

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Moisturising and brightening toner

2) Verikos Advanced Power Tightening Cream (4g sample)

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Skin tightening cream to improve elasticity and glow

3) Boscians Cycle Repair Wrinkle Spot 15ml- Full size $24

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Cream to treat fine lines and wrinkles- think I’ll gift this to my mum

4) Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence 60ml- Full size $18

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Essence to cleanse help rough, damaged skin

5) Dewytree Tea Tree Porest Powder In Toner 200ml- Full size $26

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Toner for clogged pores and enlarged pores

6) Dewytree White Dew 7 Cut Extreme Serum 30ml- Full size $41

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Facial serum to tackle dark spots and uneven skin tone

7) Secret Key Super Plumping Jelly Cream 50ml- Full Size $77

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Plumping face jelly cream. Gave this one to my mum, I’m such a great daughter haha!

Total Value of box: $186 (£108.99)

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Memebox Special #10 Mask Edition 4

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1) Sua Young Berristure 100g – Full Size $40

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Face cream packed with berry extracts used as a cream or wash off pack

2) SLCOSMETIC Soo Effect Plus Essence Sheet Mask (Repair, Energise, Waterdrop)- 3 Full Sizes $2 each

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Sheet masks to repair, energise and hydrate skin

3) WHEN 10:00pm & Travelmate 23ml- Full size $28

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Nourishing night time sheet mask and day time mask to treat damaged skin

4) Skin Factory 7 Seconds Morning Sheet 7in1 150g- Full size $39

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Double sided toner, emulsion and essence face pads

5) Purederm Vitamin C Facial Pads 24ea- Full size $12

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Revitalising face pads

Total Value of box: $125 (£73.25)

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 I’m super excited to try these products out. This is the first time I’ve bought Memebox and I am delighted with it, the sizes of the products and the value for money is amazing. The products that you get are such high end cosmetics from new to market brands that I would never be able to afford otherwise and the packaging is so cute! If you would like individual product reviews comment below and let me know! Also I’d like to see some of your Memebox unboxings so post a link 🙂

Jay x