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Everything You Need To Know About BB And CC Creams

Hey Lovelies!

When it comes to BB and CC creams there seems to be no shortage of choice. These are a great option for those who want to save time on their skincare routine and are looking for slightly less coverage than a foundation. But which to choose? Read on to discover the differences between BB and CC creams and what you should opt for depending on your skin concern.

The Difference Between BB Creams And CC Creams

BB Creams:

BB (or beauty balm) creams are basically tinted moisturisers that contain specific qualities. Some offer blemish protection, some provide primer or anti-aging benefits, and most will offer an SPF. A BB cream generally aids in the prevention of skin concerns and are great for those lazy days.

CC Creams:

CC (or colour correcting) creams add a tad more coverage than a BB creams, making them the go-to choice for more mature skin with certain concerns. Whether the problem is dealing with age spots, redness or wrinkles, a CC cream will help by colour correcting, priming and concealing the issue.

Which Should You Choose?

1.For Aging Skin Use A CC Cream. Try: Thrive Causmetics Buildable Blur CC Cream, $38, www.thrivecausmetics.com

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Although there are a few BB creams that support aging skin, should you have noticeable and significant imperfections you wish to conceal, a CC cream is the better option. Mature skin types that have hyperpigmentation or sallow skin will benefit from CC creams that contain antioxidants as well as vitamins C and E. Thrive’s multitasking formula successfully blurs (with their Blur Effect Technology), whilst the colour correcting micro-pigments and vitamin C offer optimal hydration and buildable colour correction. Say goodbye to unsightly pores and unwanted signs of aging. Better yet, it comes in 18 shades and has an SPF35.

Another fantastic product is IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF50, £31, www.itcosmetics.co.uk

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This awesome anti-aging cream boasts an array of highly beneficial ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, niacin, peptides and vitamins A, C and E.

2.For Blemish Prevention Choose BB Creams. Try: No.7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream, £22.50, amazon.co.uk

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BB creams are specifically formulated to prohibit blemishes, so this is a fabulous product to try.  Expect nourished and enhanced skin and warrior-like fighting against irksome blemishes.

For more information read my article on the best BB creams to try here.

3.For Skin With Existing Blemishes Try CC Creams. Opt for: by Terry Cellularose Moisturising CC Cream, £44.35, www.amazon.co.uk

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CC creams offer slightly more coverage, so if you already have blemishes, this would be the preferable cream to choose. By Terry offers an all-singing, all-dancing formula, specifically created to conceal any imperfections, as well as discolouration and redness. Brimming with hydrating qualities and vitamin E for protection, this is a true hero CC cream.

4.For Luminosity Choose: BB Cream. Try MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm SPF35, £25, www.lookfantastic.com

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BB creams are designed to provide that much sought-after healthy glow (set to be a key beauty trend this A/W 2019) and to enhance your natural beauty. Great for tired skin, MAC’s pearlised pigments get straight to work, blurring, disguising and creating that much-needed glow.

5.For Redness Choose A CC Cream (Always). Try: La Roche Posay Rosaliac Anti-Redness CC Crème, £15, www.boots.com

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This is a fantastic CC cream that effectively deals with all kinds of redness and is suitable for those with fair to medium skin types. This formula glides quickly and seamlessly, making light work of hydrating, smoothing and concealing problem areas. Amazing!

What are your thoughts on BB and CC creams? Leave me a message in the comments below xx

 

 

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4 Of The Best Concealers That Actually Deliver

Hey Lovelies!

I don’t know about you but I’m so tired of getting excited about trying new concealers only to discover they just don’t stand up to the job. We want concealers to do what they promise – conceal. We want concealers that make our skin look better – not cakey, older or patchy (even when we’ve spent more than long enough blending). I quite like some Rimmel products, but I found their “Hide The Blemish” concealer to be a huge fail.

Check out the best concealers around (and the best prices) that actually deliver true coverage and will improve your appearance!

1.Max Factor Pan Stik, £7.18, www.amazon.co.uk

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This has to be one of my all-time favourite concealers. It instantly provides superior, yet natural coverage for pretty much every skin concern. The lightweight formula blends easily and lasts as long as your foundation (unlike the useless twist pen stick concealers), it is excellent value for money. I always come back to this concealer (for good reason). #happydays.

2.Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer, £20.40 (Was £24), www.debenhams.com

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Nars is an awesome brand and their Soft Matte Concealer offers exceptional results. Achieving a natural yet full coverage, this product is lightweight and blends seamlessly. Whether you need to cover up dark circles (who doesn’t?), acne, blemishes, pigmentation or redness – the concealer will be like a complexion’s super hero. With its light-diffusing capabilities to blur and combining an array of proven skin-nourishing ingredients, this formula ensures your complexion will be nothing short of radiant. Furthermore, it is available in almost every shade you can think of.

3.Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer, £9.75 (RRP £19.50), www.feelunique.com

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This is another concealer that ticks all the boxes. The Naked Skin Concealer provides coverage that is easily buildable, whilst guaranteeing a full and even coverage of which glides on seamlessly. Including incredible ingredients such as Japanese green tea (to diminish the appearance of lines), Matrixyl 3000 and Litchiderm (to enhance collagen production and protect), this concealer literally transforms the look of your skin. Yay!

4.MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, £18.50 (9ml), www.maccosmetics.co.uk

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You didn’t think I could discuss great makeup without mentioning MAC, did you? Of course not. I hate concealers that (even when you use a setting spray) seem to either disappear completely, or stubbornly remain in unattractive vague patches on your face. Behold MAC’s Pro Longwear Concealer. The lightweight product feels amazing, is lightweight whilst simultaneously achieving excellent coverage and has serious staying power. I love this!

Best Beauty Gift Sets For Under £40

Hey Lovelies!

All beauty fanatics out there are certain to love a fabulous beauty gift set in their Christmas stocking. Discover the best beauty gift sets around for under £40. Read on:

1.Benefit Defined And Refined Brows Kit, £31.50, boots.com

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Everyone knows that if your eyebrows look great it literally transforms your overall look. Now you can achieve professional brows with ease; this awesome kit contains everything you need for creating flawless brows and incredible selfies. I love this.

2.Bobbi Brown Pret-A-Party Mini Eye & Lip Palette, £26, bobbibrown.co.uk

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I am a total sucker from neutral eyeshadows and nobody does them better than Bobbi Brown. Check out this awesome little gift set combining 5 eyeshadows and nude lip gloss to complete a beautiful Insta-worthy look. Sold!

3.Laura Mercier Pret-A-Powder Limited Edition Powder & Puff (Translucent), £36, spacenk.com

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Want sheer matte coverage, perfectly set makeup and an undeniably pampered feeling? Behold, Laura Mercier’s rose-gold lidded gift set. Fantastic Christmas pics – Check, check and check!

4.MAC Look In a Box Basic Brush Set, £39.50,  maccosmetics.co.uk

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Globally-loved brand MAC brings us their best-selling makeup brushes in a too cute for words, giant-sized lipstick holder. Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want this in their Christmas stocking (other than the dog, perhaps)?

5.Dior Diorshow Pump N’ Volume Gift Set, £27, boots.com

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This Christmas make your eyes pop and wow all who see you with Dior’s backstage kit, including Diorshow Pump N’ Volume Mascara and a mini Diorshow Maximizer 3D for the perfect base to achieve maximum effect lashes. Could this Christmas get any better? I think not.

Have you bought any of these gift sets? What do you think? Please leave your comments below xx

Game-Changing Foundations For Dry Skin

Hey Lovelies!

Today I want to share with you game-changing foundations for those with dry skin. No matter how much water I drink or oil I apply, the area around my nose seems to be forever under attack by the dreaded dry skin gremlin. Throw the wrong foundation into the mix and we aren’t dealing with just dry skin – the skin concern suddenly becomes amplified and we also have to deal with a cakey appearance and very noticeable fine lines! Thankfully, there are some fabulous foundations capable of ensuring your complexion looks totally flawless, hydrated and radiant! These foundations are literal life savers!

1.Too Faced Born This Way Liquid Foundation, £29 (30ml), www.debenhams.co.uk

For an incredible ‘I’m not wearing any makeup’ look, this foundation is a must-have. The oil-free product combines coconut oil to enhance moisture levels, alpine rose to both brighten and improve elasticity and hyaluronic acid that rehydrates and rejuvenates. Tackle dry skin by applying a facial oil to the affected area, followed by a primer and then simply add your foundation until you achieve the required coverage. The result is one incredible complexion and one huge smile!

2. MAC Next To Nothing Face Colour, £27, www.maccosmetics.co.ukScreenshot 2018-02-15 13.34.22

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Forget all about dreaded dry skin and instead enjoy glowing luminosity. MAC’s light yet balm-like Face Colour replenishes moisture and offers light-reflecting opalescent microspheres to diminish the appearance of imperfections and enhancing radiance. MAC’s Face Colour is so good it is a serious game-changer for those with dry skin. The foundation achieves seamless coverage whilst remaining super-light. Given this fact, apply a thicker layer for medium to full coverage.

3. Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation, £45, www.facethefuture.co.uk

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Say goodbye to damaged and dry skin with the help of this little gem of a foundation. I’ve mentioned this product’s awesome capabilities before and it remains to be one of the best for dry and damaged skin. The formula contains Ceravitae to effectively deliver oxygen into the skin cells, allowing skin to heal, collagen to support the healing process, whilst simultaneously concealing acne, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and even burns! Buy here

4.Chantecaille, £63, www.spacenk.com

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Should you want a change from moisturizing oils, this is a fantastic alternative. Formulated from charged water and the all-singing, all-dancing properties found in Aloe, this amazing foundation will be your newfound holy grail for concealing any pesky dry skin or imperfections. Skin is rehydrated and revitalized and your complexion looks and feels like a dream. #Lifegoals!

Do you have a favourite foundation for hiding dry skin? Leave me your comments below and have a happy Friday xx

 

Have a happy Friday xx

8 Easy Tips For Fuller Lips

We have yearned for fuller, fatter lips since Angelina Jolie took the world by storm, and with the ever-growing investment in the lip fillers (although, not always achieving the best results) there seems no end to this obsessional trend dying down. Thankfully, we do not need to risk disfiguring our face to acquire an envy-worthy pout. Follow these little tips and you will be well on your way to posting a #nofilterpout on your Instagram feed. Hooray!

1.Invest In A Scrub

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Invest in a gentle yet thorough lip scrub to boost circulation, rid any dry skin, whilst smoothing and preparing your pout for a full plumpness we may have before only dreamt of achieving. Sugar scrubs are fabulous – I love Clinique’s Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm (£15.50). Combining a two-in-one treatment with a scrub on one side and balm on the other, in one handy little pot.

2.Nourish With A Balm

Apply a hydrating lip balm and allow this to soak in and work its circulation boosting and hydrating magic to take effect (usually about 6-7 minutes). Buy the Clinique Sweet Pot and you will have the second step well and truly covered.

3.Don’t Forget The Base

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A key trick to plumper lips is to firstly apply your foundation over your pout, creating the perfect base, of which also enhances their size. Furthermore, this allows your lipstick to remain intact and unbelievably smooth. Should you be looking for a new foundation, I recommend Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation, (£45). This foundation is renowned for it’s ability to act like a breathable second skin.

4.Optical Illusion

Many makeup artists swear by this tip and for good reason – it works. Simply dot a little highlighter to your cupid’s bow. This works to reflect light providing an immediately fuller result.

5.Lip Liners

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If you have particularly thin lips, the general advice is to stay well away from bold dark colours as this will have a detrimental effect. The same goes for liners. Choose instead, a colour that is one shade darker than your natural lip colour. I love Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat Pink Venus Lip Liner, (£16).

6.Light-Reflecting Particles Are Key

Choose a lip gloss that contains light-reflecting particles which will in turn work like a dream to exaggerate the size of your lips. For more mature lips, detract from signs of feathering by applying gloss in the centre of the lips alone, avoiding the outer corners.

7.A little More Fake

Invest in a good lip plumping gloss to temporarily plump up your pout. If you are on a night out don’t forget to pop it in your clutch before you leave for the ball – btw, the magic will not last until midnight! I adore Transformulas Lip Volume, (£29.95).

8.Lipstick And More Liner

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Next add your lipstick. For further enhancement apply a little white liner in a vertical line down the centre of your lips, dab and blend in. Right now, I’m totally obsessed with Mac’s Matte Lipstick, Velvet Teddy, (£16.50).

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