Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream&MY FIRST REAL REVIEW.


Before I get into all the review-y stuff (real word) I just want to apologise to any of you who tried to get onto my blog yesterday or the day before but couldn’t, I’ve got a really bad internet connection at the moment and my blog spazzed out for a bit:) So if I don’t blog or reply to a comment or anything for the next week, I’m really sorry, but I’m not, cause it’s not my fault:)

INTO THE REVIEW. WOOHOO.

Good start- I can’t even upload a bloody picture.

Sorry, I’ll upload one ASAP-.-

If you’ve read some of my other posts then you’ll know it’s taken a lot of will power for me to leave my Bobbi Brown Foundation in my make-up bag at home while I’m on holiday and bring a BB Cream with me. A lot of willpower- not just because I bloody love my foundation, but because I’ve always been very suspicious of BB Creams. They advertise themselves as pretty much the most perfect stuff you will ever want to slap on your face-for example, Dream Fresh promises to:

  1. Create a natural glow
  2. Compliment skin tone
  3. Have spf30 UV protection
  4. Hydrate all day
  5. Blur imperfections
  6. Stay oil free and non greasy
  7. Look visibly smooth
  8. Feel fresh

And that’s not including the very persuasive caption on the back of the very pretty, lightweight bottle, which says ‘INSTANT FRESH-FACED GLOW WITHOUT LOOKING ALL MADE UP. OUR GEL-BASED FORMULA ENHANCES SKIN WITH 8 BENEFITS IN 1.’

Yes. In block capitals. I kid you not.

Another reason I was hesitant to try a BB Cream is the fact that I very closely resemble Casper. I am pale, incredibly so, with hundreds of freckles, the occasional teenage spot and pretty constant red skin. So for obvious reasons, I was worried about the fact that most affordable BB Creams seem to only be available in Light, Medium or Dark. In case you don’t have these problems, and these reasons are not obvious, I was worrying that their idea of Light would be too dark for me.

I decided to face my no-foundation fears here, on holiday, where the temperature is, no exaggeration, ten times hotter than the lovely English climate (assuming the lovely English climate is currently around 2.6 to 2.8 degrees) in the hope that I would at least tan enough to be dark enough to wear the lightest shade, with the added benefit of spf30.

So onto the actual product, because I can sense you all getting bored of me telling you about my skin. When I first opened the lid (which is twist off, which I don’t really like, particularly if I already have moisturiser on my hands) I completely freaked out. It looks so dark. Like twice as dark as my foundation. I decided to give it a go anyway, and, somehow, it blended into my skin and actually, shock horror, matched?

I know, I know, shocking isn’t it?

I’m going to go into the pro’s and con’s list now- that’s right isn’t it? I’ve seen other blog posts where they do pro and con lists. I’ll give it a go.

PRO’S

  • Matches the skin tones of even Casper-related humans
  • Has spf30, has so far prevented me from breaking out in freckles in sun (keep your fingers crossed people)
  • Has very cute packaging
  • Weighs nothing, yet has 30ml of product
  • Would fit in even the most pathetic of handbag sizes
  • Will take away some redness from spots
  • Seems pretty resilient to the effects of sitting near a pool inhabited with small children
  • If you’re looking at the last point thinking ‘…what?’- it’s pretty waterproof
  • Dewey (which shall reside in both columns, as I am unsure of evil-ness of said look)
  • Less than £10

CON’S

  • Squeezy tube- many a time have I taken the cap of to find an explosion of BB Cream
  • Very thick and doesn’t like to move around face
  • A lot has to be used (see earlier point)
  • Does not hydrate, separate moisturiser recommended- despite this resulting in difficulty taking cap of BB Cream
  • I don’t know what the hell they’re talking about by ‘feels fresh’. Never have I felt my skin and though ‘Yes. I feel positively newborn today.’
  • Dewey. Looks shiny. Not attractive unless you can really pull that sort of thing off (in case you’re wondering, I can’t).
  • Doesn’t do an amazing job of covering spots
  • Doesn’t do an amazing job of covering redness caused by previously mentioned spots

So, with the pro and con list in mind, lets annotate the 8-in-1 list, shall we?!

1)      Creates a natural glow- embrace looking like you’ve just done a ten mile run at the gym!

2)      Compliments skin tone- yes, even for us ghost girls, it’ll work.

3)      Spf30 UV protection- for the sun-safety-suspicious of you out there, mix with sun cream to maintain your pale complexion!

4)      Hydrates all day! (when used with a separate moisturiser-not included)

5)      Blurs imperfections- blur? Not a fantastic choice of word.

6)      Oil free, non greasy. Yeah, it’s just shiny.

7)      Looks visibly smooth. Not in a Voldemort-esque way though, you will still be able to see your nose.

8)      Feels fresh. See ‘Con’ list. Apples are fresh. Strawberries are fresh. Skin is not fresh. Skin is dead.

 

I really think that Maybelline should consider using me to advertise their products. I just make it sound so much more buy-able, don’t I?

Alright, I know I’ve been pretty mean about this product during this review, but honestly, I do like it. Whether that’s out of shock that it matches my skin tone, or because it’s actually a good product, I’m not 100% sure.

If your skin is pretty perfect and you don’t need much coverage, go and buy yourself this BB Cream. ‘Aaaah’ at the cute packaging, be amazed that there is somehow 30 ml of product inside the weightless tube, and try out the ‘dewy’ look.

It works. It’s not the best product in the make-up world- not by a long shot- but it’s pretty damn good for something that I’m pretty sure was £7.99.

Thanks for reading! Leave me a comment if you have any questions or you can recommend me another BB Cream to challenge this one, or just recommend me something cool you’ve tried:) &if you have tried Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream, tell me what you thought of it, or leave me a link to your review:) 

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The Free Gift Theory: Clinique


OK, so, I’m casually walking around Boots or Superdrug, when BAM, buy one get one free, or BAM, free gift, or BAM, 3 for £10. I hate them. I HATE THEM. Which is annoying, because I also love them, because It’s FREE MAKEUP. But I end up buying way more stuff than I actually need.

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This is what I bought the other day, when I went shopping to get a BB Cream. Clinique have this offer going on where you can buy one skincare and any other item and you get a free gift, and it’s a reallyreally good free gift. Just want to start off by mentioning the citrus-y make-up bag everything comes in-

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IT’S SO CUTE. I did a post about my make-up bag the other day, but yeah. This is my new make-up bag. ISN’T IT PRETTY?

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This is actually amazing, the only things here that I actually payed for (I know, I know, they’re so overpriced I actually payed for all of it) are the Clinique Chubby Stick in 08 Grandest Grape which I love. If you’ve read any of my posts before you’ll know I’ve been obsessed with these for ages, and I actually love them. It’s not one of those really depressing things that you REALLYREALLYWANT and then you buy it and it’s crap, they’re actually amazing. The only fault  with them, especially with this dark colour, is that it’s quite difficult to apply. The end is kind of pointed like a crayon, which means you literally have to colour your lips in, but I think when I’ve used it a few times it’ll be fine:) The skincare item I bought was Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Pressed Powder, which looks amazing. I haven’t used it yet, but you apparently just dab it on your skin to get rid of redness, which is great for me because my skin is awful and I go bright red, so I’ll let you know if it’s any good. Hopefully my mom won’t decide it’s rightfully hers and steal it before then, though. 

The contents of the free gift:

Ironically, it actually contained a chubby stick. It’s a mini version in 06 Whoppin’ Watermelon, which is nice but I don’t like it as much as my grape one because my lips are naturally quite dark, so this doesn’t show up unless I spend two hours making my lips look lighter first. This kind of defeats the object of why I wanted a chubby stick in the first place. I love lipsticks that you can just apply quickly before you leave the house which I can’t do with light colours. It’s lovely all the same, and I will use it, but I prefer lipsticks that stand out, otherwise I don’t really see the point. Also, correct me if I’m wrong, but watermelon is, ahem, RED. Not sheer pink. 

The gift also came with High Impact Mascara in 01 Black. I hardly ever wear mascara, so I’m not sure how much use I’ll get out of this, but the brush looks OK and the formula seems fine, but it’s got nothing on my Avon one. Honestly, best mascara ever. It also came with Quickliner for Eyes in 01 Intense Black, which is actually amazing. It’s in kind of pencil form but it looks like liquid liner when you’re wearing it, and it’s really easy to apply. I only have one problem. I’ve used it once and it’s pretty much run out. Well, it hasn’t, but it’s obviously not one you can sharpen, and it won’t twist or anything so I can get the rest of the eyeliner. Am I being really thick here? Is there some really obvious way to get it to work? PLEASE HELP ME. 

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I’m so confused. By the way, I’m not sure if you can tell by this, but the packaging feels really cheap. I’m not sure if that means this is a sample, and you only get like a tiny bit of eyeliner with it, because the packaging says ‘not for individual sale’ so I’m not sure if you can buy it. Leave me a comment if you have any ideas.

It also came with Moisture Surge moisturiser, which is gorgeous, and I think I’ll be buying it in full size when it runs out. It’s one of those formulas that goes on like liquid and then feels like powder. It’s a really nice light moisturiser and you really don’t need a lot of it. There was also All About Eyes serum which is supposed reduce puffy eyes and dark circles. Not sure how useful this will be to me, but it’s a really nice formula like the moisturiser, and I’ll definitely give it a go. 

The last thing that came with the gift that I’m pretty exited about is the Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser. I hate taking my make-up off with make-up wipes because they’re just so bad for your skin, so this is cool:) I’ve been using my No7 one a lot recently but there isn’t much left, so this is good. My mom’s used this before and says she loved it actually:) Me and my dad got this gift for her about a week ago for her birthday,  and she wanted the full size version of this cleanser as the skin care part but we got the wrong one (oops), and we got her the full-size foundation that she had as a trial a while ago. 

My BB Cream-

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I can cross this off my Spring Wishlist now!:) I’m not going to say too much about this because I want to do a full review of it because I realised I only ever do like big group type reviews. 

Other random stuff I got yesterday-

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Dry shampoo! I have a real love/hate relationship with this stuff. But look how nice the bottle is? I’m embracing the pink. I’m growing up.

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Bandeau tops- I think the rest if the world bought these about a year ago but I’ve only just got round to it, basically only because I’ve decided they’ll be pretty useful for when I go on holiday:)

Thanks for reading, leave me a comment if you have any sort of idea about that bloody eyeliner-.-

I HAVE A CLINIQUE CHUBBY STICK. WOO.

The Soap&Glory Post


I got my first Soap and Glory stuff about three years ago, but at the time, I had just been introduced to Lush and Honey I Washed the Kids soap, so everything else bath-stuff-wise kinda took a back seat. But, when I realised about 6 months later that I wasn’t completely in love with Honey I Washed the Kids soap, I discovered that in the real world, Soap&Glory is just as awesome as Lush. Here’s my full collection (minus my Soap&Glory make-up, which I’ll show you at the end)—

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If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know I’m not a huge fan of all things pink and pretty, but I actually kind of love this packaging. The whole brand has a kind of retro-girl-power theme to it, and some of the captions on said packaging are bloody hilarious.

Face Soap* and Clarity

*for the chemistry sticklers who may scrutinize the ingredients list, we will readily admit: this is not technically a ‘soap’. NOPE. This is a high-tech, non-drying, foaming facial wash, formulated with complexion friendly non-drying easy-rinse surfactants.

(Try and form a relevant pun out of that, we dare you). Dictionary be damned, it will do a bang-up job at washing your face.

Just a little example of what’s on the packaging of Face Soap and Clarity there for you.

Here are my currently half-used products that are living in the bathroom—Image

Aaaaah, fancy. This is Scrub ’em and Leave ’em, Clean, Girls, Foam Call and Face Soap and Clarity.

AND MOVING ON.

These are the separate pictures of my collection, because they came in different sets (note: some of the above are not pictured in either of these sets because they were purchased separately. It’s lovely having a constant 3-for-2 sale at Boots, but it doesn’t help the fact that I’m trying not to buy loads of stuff that I will never get round to using).

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This was all part of the ‘Best of All’ gift set, which is huge. They normally reduce the huge sets at Christmas (I got this for £30 instead of £60) and it comes in a Soap&Glory fabric ‘bag’. Come to think of it, I’ve only ever seen the huge sets at Christmas, so maybe that’s the only time they sell them, but anyway, they’re great, so keep an eye out for them. I can’t remember what the one the year before last was called, but that was really cool to. This set included Smoothie Star, Peaches and Clean, Hand Food, Heel Genius, Clean on Me, Sugar Crush, The Righteous Butter, Thick and Fast Mascara and Punch Bowl Sexy Mother Pucker Lipgloss (the mascara and lipgloss aren’t in this picture, they’re going to be in the make-up picture in a bit).

The next set, which was also for Christmas, is called Small Wonders, which is filled with, as you may have guessed, small, travel size products.

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This is: one of those scratchy body puff things, mini Hand Food, mini Scrub of your Life, mini Righteous Butter and mini Clean on Me. These are really cute, and I’m saving them for my holiday.

Soap&Glory Make-up…

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That’s Thick and Fast Mascara, Sexy Mother Pucker (see my review here) in Candy Gloss and Punch Bowl, and Crazy Sexy Kohl Eyes set, which is five eyeliners (black, brown, purple, green, blue) and three eyeshadows (black, mauve, taupe).

I pretty much have nothing bad to say about any of this stuff. I love the whole Soap&Glory range, and to be fair, there isn’t a huge range of scents, but everything smells distinctly Soap&Glory-ish becuase it sticks to about three different ‘flavours’ and I’m pretty sure I would know it anywhere. If you want to know if you like the smell of Soap&Glory before you start buying loads of it, I’d try one of the body mists (see first picture), Mist you Madly or Glam-a-lot. They’re both a lot sweeter than the rest of the stuff, but a lot of the bottles say ‘scented with Mist you Madly’  and you can kinda get an idea of which ones to buy, depending on which scent you liked. I think that Soap&Glory is really well priced- one bottle goes a long long long way, hence my huge collection (the pictures above don’t show the items of have two or three of;0).

You can buy Soap&Glory at http://www.boots.com

And this is the official website- http://www.soapandglory.com

Let me know what you think!

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