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My beauty must haves for 2013

19 Feb

Winter does mad things to your skin. (So does Summer but that’s another post waiting to happen!)

I have tried quite a few Make up products over 2012 and 2013 to cover up/ hide/camouflage my pale and dry complexion but I have now realised that I was going about it all wrong! Instead of concentrating on which foundation would cover up my rosey red cheeks I needed to sort out the skin underneath!

To be honest – I normally have very good skin so I knew that my complexion was not down to any underlying disorders like Acne rosacea or psoriosis which people either forget or do not know can be helped with medication; Metronidazole 0.75% can be obtained by your GP to help rosacea for instance. There are also Make up techniques you can use such as using green concealer underneath your foundation to take the majority of the redness away! I will go into this in more detail on another post 🙂


So… I have only ever used Simple products such as face wash, day and night face cream and their under eye cream (always remember to use a different cream for the delicate area around your eyes!)

I have always had very dry skin around the front part of my cheeks and no where else. I normally try and add a thicker cream just to this area which does tend to help but since getting lots of new products for Christmas I haven’t needed to!

Peaches and… Clean

This Soap and Glory face wash smells incredible. I don’t think I would recommend it if you have very sensitive skin as you can definitely feel it working away as soon as you put it on damp skin; I lather it up and leave it on for a couple of minutes. Then rinse with warm water. Keep it away from your eye area. My face feels really clean afterwards without it drying out and feeling tight. peaches

*Bev’s tip of the day – I think Salma Hayek does this too**  Always try to wash off your Make-up at the end of the day or night time. Then in the morning I just rinse my face with warm water and no soap or face wash. You don’t really want to take off the layer of natural oil that your face produces during the night – this is a great tip for For dry/ normal skin – however, if you have oily or teenage skin prone to break outs I would still use an anti bacterial face wash in the morning.


After dabbing my face dry* with a soft towel, I have started to apply a face serum. I only use a pea size amount all over my face and leave on for 5 minutes to soak in before putting my moisturiser on.

*I have dabbed my face instead of rubbed it dry since I was little! Any action that you do a couple of times a day (in my opinion)  could increase giving you wrinkles! So stop rubbing!lacura

The face serum from Aldi (of all places) is amazing!!  it is called ‘Lacura – face Care , Restorative Multi Intensive Serum’ and is a whopping £3.49!!!  It includes Vitamin E and Shea Butter which are great for dry and skin. On the Aldi website it advertises that “Its moisture complex has a 24 hour effect to help improve the skin’s elasticity. When used regularly the skin feels noticeably smoother and tighter.” And I would totally agree. My skin is very much smoother but I do feel it is the combination of serum and moisturiser that has helped!


Seeing as the serum was such a bargain find I feel this is why I allowed myself the purchase of  a new (Expensive!) moisturiser as well 🙂  I’m (unfortunately) a sucker for packaging, and the Bobbi Brown glass jar and embossed black lid on their Hydrating Gel Cream instantly caught my eye. I wiped a smidge across the back of my hand and the luxurious cream smelled sort of tropical and clean all at the same time, and I was at the till before I knew it – albeit £36 worse off.

Thankfully these new purchases have worked wonders to my dull complexion and I found as soon as I started my new routine I was using less foundation and bronzer daily and I am back to only using BB Cream! (See previous post for more info on BB Cream!)

Well recommended peeps 🙂 


BB Cream…

3 Sep

Unless you have been hiding under a rock you can’t have missed the new ‘BB Cream’ phenomenon this summer! Nearly all major Makeup brands and skin care companies have jumped on the band waggon and are producing their own unique versions so I am going to explain the difference behind them all and what a BB cream actually is!

So…. the ‘BB’ actually stands for Blemish Balm, this gives a better indication of what it is really.

It originates from Korea and has been popular in Asia now for the past couple of years; The main aim of a BB Cream is to give a natural glow to your skin without it looking as though you are wearing a lot of makeup…

Why use a BB Cream?!

Nourishes the skin like a moisturiser, continued use should reduce pores/ fine lines and wrinkles and even out skin tone.

Protects the skin from UVA/UVB damage with added SPF coverage (higher the better for the face!)

Act as a Makeup Primer (this also makes the BB Cream last longer than a tinted moisturiser would)

Give the same ‘dewy’ coverage as a foundation or tinted moisturiser but with the added benefits of being a lot better for your skin

…. Sounds too good to be true!

I have tried a couple of BB Creams myself and had a good research to find out some of the best on the market today covering different price ranges.

Pure BB Cream – Home Bargains – £1.99 (Can you believe!) 

Great for Price – Normal/ clear skin – good for anyone wanting a light coverage

Starting with the cheapest and one that I have used just to go to work! It comes in two shades Light and Medium, and is quite a think cream but doesn’t have amazing coverage – I wouldn’t advise this cream if you had many blemishes but it does the trick for me as I don’t like the idea of wearing heavy makeup on my skin in the day clogging my pores! Only downside really is that there is no SPF protection but for £1.99 you can’t go wrong!

It does work well as a primer as well! Apply a thin layer under a foundation for longer lasting coverage.

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Boots/ Superdrug – £9.99

Great for everyday – Sheer Cover for Dull/ Dry skin


I have actually used this BB Cream on a friend of mine on her wedding day, she was looking for a light coverage and does have very clear skin to begin with (I wouldn’t normally advise using a BB Cream for a wedding makeup due to the photographs) and she was very happy with how it lasted throughout the day. It has a good amount of coverage and doesn’t in fine lines like some foundations can do on dry skin. It comes in two shades and contains SPF 15.

 Garnier BB Cream ‘dewy’ sheer coverage


No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream – Boots – £15.00

Great Choice and Variety –    Normal/ Dry – Dry/ Very Dry – Normal/ Oily

There are three different choices depending on your skin types but only one colour shade! Make sure you colour match to your skin (best to use a tester and blend a bit of the cream along your jaw bone to match your skin tone.. if you see a stripe pale or dark it doesn’t suit your colouring it should blend in!)

It has SPF 15, has a creamy texture but leaves a matte finish on your skin – great for anyone anti ‘dewy’.


Clinique Age Defence BB Cream – Debenhams – £25.00

Great for Sun Defence – Oily, Mature and sensitive skin

This cream is great for its SPF 30 protection, it also contains physical sun blockers such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide (Wouldn’t advise this for wedding makeup/ photo-shoots as the flash reacts badly with these chemicals and bleaches the skin of any colour!) It contains caffeine and seaweed extract which help to control the production of oil on the skin. It’s available in two shades.


Bobbi Brown BB Cream – Debenhams – £28.00

Best Multi tasker – Available in 5 shades! For Normal/ oily skin

Bobbi Brown have only just introduced their BB Cream in the UK, it was released in Japan first then Korea in 2010 and it is definitely is worth the wait. They have produced it in 5 shades, given a SPF 35 protection. This cream contains natural minerals to absorb and control oil and shine on the surface of the skin.



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