Clinique Superdefence Eyecream SPF 20 – Review

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You might know that I have been on the hunt for a daily eye cream with sun protection built in. This product from Clinique has broad spectrum SPF 20 it in making it suitable for short periods of sun exposure . I bought this 15 ml tube from Feel Unique for £30.

Packaging: The eye cream comes in a 15ml, opaque tube which allows the sunscreen and antioxidant ingredients to remain stable. The tube also makes it hygienic to use.

Formula: I love the ingredients in this cream! In contains a good amount of mineral sunscreen (Titanium Dioxide 5.6%, Zinc Oxide 3.8%), antioxidants and some moisturising ingredients.

Appearance and Texture: This cream is an off white colour and provides a brightening effect under the eyes, it is nicely hydrating but not massively so I still use my antioxidant serum before this eye cream. It leaves a white cast which I actually like because I like to see my skin being protected.

Feel:  I love that I can use this eye cream all around my eyes including the eyelids right up to the lash line with no sensitivity and no irritation. I use around a third of a pea size for both eyes by patting it into the skin with my ring finger, it absorbs quickly and sits well under concealer.

There are no downsides to this eye cream apart from it being a little bit expensive, it is so important to protect your eye area from the sun as the skin there is extremely sensitive and thin. I shall be repurchasing this eye cream so long as my budget allows!

Jay x

Liz Earle Daily Eye Repair SPF 10 – Review

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I bought this tiny 5ml tube of Liz Earle’s Daily Eye Repair from the Liz Earle website for £8.95 as I wanted to try an eye cream that contains SPF. The eye area is especially prone to sun damage so it is important to keep this area protected. There aren’t that many SPF eye creams on the market because sunscreen ingredients can be irritating around the eye area, therefore it can be difficult to get the formulation right.

What’s really impressive is that I bought this tube in February and it just finished 2 months later! I didn’t expect a tube this small to last more than a month. The formula contains Titanium Dioxide as the sunblock ingredient amongst other moisturising ingredients.

The cream is white in colour, not particularly thick or tacky and absorbs quickly whilst leaving a bit of a white cast. It sat well under my concealer and didn’t cause any irritation. Overall I did find that this product wasn’t moisturising enough for my dry under eyes therefore I won’t be repurchasing it. However if your skin isn’t too dry then this would be a perfect product to carry in your travel bag.

Jay x

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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

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.

Smells Like Summer

I wanted to update my summer fragrance but I didn’t want to commit to buying an expensive perfume, so I did a little shopping for some summery fragrancy stuff.

The first place I went to was the Body Shop and I purchased the Indian Night Jasmine Fragrance Mist (£7.50). This stuff smells seriously gorgeous, it’s got a really seductive oriental, floral jasmine smell without being too overpowering. I also bought the matching shower gel (£6.50) and body butter (£10). Once these products are layered together they smell divine! I also bought the Aloe & Soft Linen scented candle from the Body Shop (£10), this is such a fresh, light scent that lingers hours after it has been lit.

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Next I went to Lush and bought the R&B Hair Moisturiser (£11.25). In the summer my hair completely dries out so I needed a product that will re-infuse my hair with some moisture. This hair moisturiser has lots of nice oils like coconut and olive oil to strengthen the hair, it is meant for thick, course, curly, very dry or Afro-Caribbean hair so I wouldn’t recommend for the fine haired ladies. I rub a tiny bit of the product on the end of my hair and it tames the frizzies whilst giving my hair a healthy sheen. Also worth mentioning is the amazing smell of this product, it has a strong citrus scent and makes me think of being on a tropical island 🙂

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I then got the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Orange Flower & Chamomile Limited Edition (£19.75). As far as I can tell this has the same formulation as the normal cleanse and polish, but the smell of the orange flower and chamomile is just incredible. I think I’m going to stock up on these as it is a limited edition.

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Finally, I bought Kiehls Ultra Light Daily Moisturiser SPF 50 (£31). I’ve been using Cliniques  Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturiser SPF 20 but that feels way too heavy on my skin in this heat, plus it doesn’t have a high enough SPF. The Kiehls moisturiser has a light texture, which initially feels heavy on the skin, but once it’s absorbed the heaviness disappears. It’s the perfect make-up base if you just wear face powder or BB cream during the summer.

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What products have you guys been buying this summer? Comment below and let me know.

Jay x