To BB or not to BB? The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream

What is it?

A BB cream that comes out white and blends into the skin when rubbed in. Light coverage base used in place of a foundation and similar to a tinted moisturiser.

The Review:

I have to say I was disappointed with this product. For starters it only comes in 3 shades and although it apparently adjusts to your skin tone I’m not convinced everyone would find the right shade for them.

Now, I got the fairest shade, have warmer undertones to my skin and tan really well in summer. I’m not deathly pale by any means but I’m certainly not the colour this came out on my skin!

I like the way it feels on my skin, it’s light, non-oily, minimal coverage (which I don’t mind as my skin is pretty good) and doesn’t make me shiny. However, I am NOT orange! This is supposed to adjust to your skin colour and having worn it several times now, I would say it really doesn’t work for me colour wise.

It does adjust slightly but bearing in mind this is the fairest shade they do I resent having to bronze up my neck a bit to get it matched enough to leave the house. This is just too orangey to me, I don’t think anyone, unless they fake tan is really similar to this colour, it’s not a natural tone for anyone’s skin.

The only time I found I didn’t really have to work with it to get it to match was in the height of summer when I was really tanned. This is the one and only time I can get this to work for me and so I will be saving for then.

Worth the Money?

Personally I won’t be repurchasing this which is a shame as I normally love The Body Shop products. If you have lighter skin tones I definitely don’t recommend this. It’s £12 for a tube which isn’t awful but I’ve heard some amazing things about the BB creams from Dr.Jart so I would suggest trying one of those instead as there are several different type and the colours are a better match for most skin tones.

If you are interested then here is the link to purchase The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream:

http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/make-up/face/all-in-one-bb-cream.aspx

PS. If anyone else has tried this product and had a different experience with it please do comment below!

Hannah xxx

The Body Shop – Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion

What is it?

A light moisturiser infused with tea oil to hydrate the skin whilst helping to control and prevent blemishes.

Worth the Money?

I got on with this moisturiser very well and am actually on my second tube.

Now, this has in no way replaced my Liz Earle oily/combination skin moisturiser as I use this at night time as its richer. This moisturiser has become my favourite to use under make up, or even just as my morning moisturiser if I’m not wearing any.

Everyone knows a good base makes a difference to how make up will sit on your face and for me, although I don’t suffer with full on acne and generally have pretty good skin, I am prone to small breakouts in my T-zone where I get oily.

I expect that this is also due to the line of work I’m in as if I’m shooting you can guarantee I will have heavy make up on and we all know that constantly wearing a lot of make up can have a negative effect on the skin.

This moisturiser isn’t particularly thick or particularly runny, although a little goes surprisingly far. The smell is somewhere inbetween tea tree and fresh grass but I don’t feel it’s overpowering and it certainly didn’t put me off. Let’s face it, if you’ve purchased a product with tea tree in it then it’s going to smell like it!

This moisturiser is ideally suited to normal, combination or oily skin as it has mattifying properties and is therefore not suitable for dry skin.

It applies smoothly and evenly and feels lovely and fresh on the skin leaving me sufficiently moisturised but not greasy or shiny – ideal for going under make up, especially if you’re prone to getting oily throughout the day.

As for the ‘clearing’ bit, this is by no means a miracle product but I have seen a noticeable improvement in my skin and in the number of breakouts I suffer so for me this is something I will continue to repurchase.

If you have similar skin to mine and just need something for oil control and a bit of preventative action then this is great and will help, if you have more problematic skin then The Body Shop do a whole Tea Tree range of products that I have heard great things about. Tea tree has always been known for its positive effects on problematic skin and I have personally always found that things that work on spots for me always contain it in some form.

Where can I get it?

This product is available from The Body Shop and online stores and retails for £7 for 50ml or £3 for 15ml:

http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/shop-by-range/tea-tree/tea-tree-skin-clearing-lotion.aspx

Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup Foundation

What is it?


A light weight foundation perfect for the ‘no foundation’ foundation girl. Like a tinted moisturiser but better coverage.

 

The Review

I am the first to admit that I am a full face of make up kind of girl without the need for a full face of make up. I have good skin, no dark circles and only occasionally a small breakout generally in my t-zone where I am likely to get oily. I have combination skin – an oilier t-zone and dryer cheeks.

I had finally been convinced by a great make up artist I had been working with that I should change my foundation to a lighter one and so she recommended Estee Lauder.

What she had suggested was actually their tinted moisturiser, I, however was not completely comfortable with this idea and explained this to the lovely lady at the counter when I went in that weekend.

She suggested I try the invisible fluid makeup instead and actually did my whole face as I had brazenly gone in without a scrap of make up on.

I was very impressed with how good the foundation felt on my skin, how light it was and that it was ever so slightly mattifying without making my skin look dry or chalky.

After purchasing the foundation and playing around with it at home I found that I like to use a normal foundation brush to apply it or lately, the Real Techniques buffing brush for a nice even coverage.

The  base delivers a lightweight, slightly mattifying finish that evens out my skin beautifully without masking it.

The fluid formula reminds me of Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua. The bottle needs a  thorough shake to mix the formula before application and contains a small  ball bearing to help with this.  Unlike the Chanel, and despite its mattifying features the Invisible Fluid Makeup gives my skin a brightness to it.

The wear on this foundation is good too, I didn’t have to use a tonne and it stayed put all day with it only waning a little around the sides of my nose .

I also loved the fact that unlike most of Estee Lauder’s products, this one is completely unscented which I was surprised at.

All in all this is a lovely foundation for people with fairly good skin, those who suffer with blemishes may not find the coverage is enough and I would imagine that this foundation is also less suited to those with dry skin due to the mattifying effects.

 

Worth the money?

I believe this retails for £27.00 so it is pricey but then it’s a premium brand. I do really rate it though if you like a more natural look without feeling a little bare with just a tinted moisturiser. I would totally repurchase this and have to say, I was definitely a full coverage kind of girl, but now, especially for summer when there’s a risk of your perfectly applied full coverage foundation sliding off your face, I’m in love with this foundation and think it’s well worth the investment.

This product can be found at most department stores and the official website:

http://www.esteelauder.co.uk/products/643/Product-Catalog/Makeup/Face/Foundations/index.tmpl