beauty review

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream & Swatch

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 I know BB creams are no longer cool. They’re no CC or EE creams, are they! But I bought this ages ago and I’ve only recently started reusing it. I originally purchased this in the my early acne days, when I was hopeful that a bit of chemicals (in this case, salicylic acid) could cure it. Sadly for me, this was not the case, and when I started using benzoyl peroxide, the combination of both was so drying my skin was a flaky mess. Cue me, popping this in my makeup bag to be rediscovered nearly six months later.

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream Review

Maybeline Dream Pure BB cream is marketed as an 8 in 1 cream, which I think is pushing it a little bit! These 8 properties are:

Conceals imperfections
Helps protect against the appearance of blemishes
Oil free & non greasy
Minimises the appearance of pores
Clarifies the skin’s look
Conceals redness
Hydrates and smoothes
Compliments skin tone

This could definitely be squished into about three! My main attraction to this BB cream was the 2% salicylic acid and the SPF 15. Salicylic acid is really good for treating small, on the surface blemishes. 2% is no way near prescription strength, so you don’t need to worry about it being too harsh on your skin. The salicylic acid and oil free formula means it is really good for drying out oily areas on your face, without causing dry patches.

I don’t wear suncream under my makeup as it makes my face a greasy, shiny mess and acts as the worst base of makeup, plus I find it gives me spots, so having something that targets spots, acts as suncream and covers blemishes is perfect for me!

The BB cream is a very sheer coverage. It helps smooth your complexion, but doesn’t go so far as to actual cover any deep blemishes, although it is quite good at evening out dull or pink patches of skin. It’s obviously not meant to be as thick as foundation, so I wasn’t expecting thick coverage. It does help minimise pores and conceal small blemishes, but it’s BB cream status is reflected in its coverage.

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream Swatch

I actually use this as a base, underneath my foundation, as it means I can treat tiny bumps and blemishes, get a slight coverage, dry out any oil and get a matte complexion and save my skin from damage, and because it is so sheer it is easy to layer it with foundation and not look like I am caked in makeup. If I had perfect skin (ha!) I would happily go out wearing this on its own, and unless I am severely short of time I will continue to use it underneath my foundation

There isn’t a huge selection of shades, but because it is a sheer coverage, it melts into your skin ad matches your skin tone really well. I’ve got medium which I think it would be a really good match for anyone a few shades above or below me.

I love this BB cream. I’m so happy I can use it again! I’ve been using it for a couple of days and I just feel like it helps to undo any bad damage of makeup whilst allowing me to layer up for really good coverage. I’m hoping that the salicylic acid in it will help get rid of my acne scars, and prevent those tiny annoying blemishes that like to trouble me sometimes.

Are you a BB cream fan or have you progressed the alphabet to newer models?

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GOSH Eyebrow Kit

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I have pretty big eyebrows. Perhaps not Cara Delevingne worthy, but they are probably the most striking feature on my face. It’s been a journey and a half growing them, I’ll be honest. I was part of the generation where being 15 meant having eyebrows thicker than two hairs was completely uncool, and although they are big I do still find they need filling in, especially since I’ve dyed my hair brown (complete mistake, as I knew it would be!).

GOSH brow kit review

Up until recently I’ve been using an eyebrow pencil but I find it is way too harsh, and makes my natural eyebrows look completely unnatural. I’ve been reading reviews on eyebrow pallets for a while and the only ones that have got really high praise cost around £30, and my eyebrows do not need that much care I can justify that! Plus they all include stencils which would be wasted on me.

I was in Superdrug and saw this GOSH compact eyebrow pallet and decided to get it. I used to love Gosh when I was younger because they did the brightest eyeliners! It’s a suave, matte circle compact, and has a light, medium and dark brown colour, plus wax and a double ended applicatior, with a brush on one end and sponge on the other.

GOSH brow kit review

I normally use an eyebrow pencil a shade lighter than my brows, but follow the instructions say to use the colour closest to your eyebrows, which for me was the darkest (my eyebrows are like a dark grey brown and comparing them in the mirror, they matched perfectly). When I applied it, I could immediately tell it was too dark to completely fill my brows, so used the medium instead, and used the dark to help where the ends of ym eyebrows were bit sparser. I used the sponge to colour the main part of my brows in, and the brush to fill in the ends as it’s more accurate, and the used the brush to lightly wax my eyebrows.


I love that the colour is an exact match for my brows, and I like that the wax isn’t particularly ‘waxy’, it literally just helps fix your brows in place without making them stiff or shiny. My main problem with this pallet is that in the instructions on how to make the ideal eyebrow it says to use a highlighter, but the pallet doesn’t contain a highlighter. This is a bit baffling. Why make an eyebrow pallet and then highlight that it’s missing a component for the perfect brows. That’s like providing a ready-made pasta bake without the pasta!

I like the product itself, and you can tell that it would be suitable for all eyebrow and skin colours, and I think it’s quite good value for £7.99, as it lasted all day and the quality seems good. I just have a slight issue with the instructions saying to use a highlighter for best results, and not providing said highlighter.

What eyebrow kits do you use?

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Biotherm: Biosource Instand Hydrating Softening Lotion

Hey lovely readers! I hope you’ve all had a good weekend. I’ve had a really nice day and will be blogging about it tomorrow so don’t forget to check back or subscribe to me to find out why (self promo, sorry not sorry!) 🙂

I got given Biotherm’s Biosource instant hydrating softening lotion from my internship as a thank you for reaching targets and stuff, as they had a couple lying around. It’s a hydrating and softening lotion that is meant to be used after cleansing and toning but before serums and moisturisers.  I use some acne treatments so I decided to put it on after cleansing and before these, as I felt it might wash them off what with it being watery!

Biotherm Biosource hydrating softening lotion


Clinique High Impact Mascara (Before & After)

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I saw a review on Clinique’s high impact mascara a few days ago and I did a little inside squeal because I remembered getting it free when I ordered a couple of things off their website. I hadn’t used it because I had a couple mascaras open at the time and I know they only have a couple of months shelf life but I decided to dig it out and give it a go!

The mascara tube is pretty understated: black with silver writing and a silver lid. This can either mean two things normally: the product is rubbish and they haven’t bothered doing up the packaging, or the product is amazing and they don’t need fancy packaging. Let’s see which one it is!

Clinique High Impact Mascara Review (more…)

Sleek Lip 4 Palette Review And Swatches

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I’m going to be honest, I only heard of Sleek makeup when I was reading through beauty blogs a while ago and they kind of exploded over everyone’s feeds. I hadn’t got round to buying any when I saw that you got a few freebies when you subscribed to Cosmopolitan. Now I love Cosmo and I love freebies, so I was going to get it myself when my boyfriend decided to get it for me as part of my Christmas present. Cutie. I got a couple of other palettes but I honestly just haven’t got round to testing them out so I’ll be doing reviews on them sporadically I am sure.

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Nivea In Shower Moisturiser

I’m really lazy so when it comes to my after shower routine, the less I have to do, the better. Bit of coconut oil on my face and hair ends and I’m happy leaving my usual routine until bed time. I hate moisturising my body straight after a shower. It’s always too cold! My instinct is to dry off as quickly as possible, throw on my fleeciest pyjamas and hide under the covers until the heating comes on, but this comes at the cost of having dry skin on my legs (although strangely enough, nowhere else) so I was quite excited when Nivea brought out their in shower moisturiser. I know it was a while ago that it came out but I’ve had a huge stash of shower gels and separate moisturisers, and limited money the past few months so it was low on my list of priorities.

Nivea In Shower Moisturiser Review


Beyonce Pulse

Beyonce is everywhere at the moment, what with her tour and her raunchy new videos. I’m actually probably one of the only people in the world who doesn’t think Beyonce is AMAZING. Don’t get me wrong, I think she is gorgeous and I  think her music is good, but I just don’t get the fascination with her. I do, however, love her perfume Pulse.

Beyonce Pulse Perfume