Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream

So I picked this up, along with a few other pieces during a 3 for 2 offer at Tesco. Looking at Beauty products during your weekly food shop is dangerous, something always ends up in my basket. It retails for around £7.99, so it’s cheaper than a usual high street foundation. The shade I picked up is called “Medium” – it’s a tad too dark, but will look fine once I get my Summer tan on the go. Up until a couple of weeks ago I would’ve definately have purchased “Light”.

It claims to be an 8 in 1 product, which would be pretty handy. Who wouldn’t want to skip out on moisturiser, concealer, foundation and instead use one product? The gell based formula enhances skin by;

1. Creates a natural glow
2. Compliments skin tone
3. SPF30 UV Protection
4. Hydrates all day
5. Blurs imperfections
6. Oil-free, non-greasy
7. Looks visibly smooth.
8. Feels fresh

At least that’s what the packaging says. Unfortunately there’s nothing anti-aging, or anything that will help improve your skin (except for the hydrating aspect) and the formula has very little pigment. In all honesty, it’s just another tinted moisturiser that’s been branded as a BB cream. Many “BB creams” in the UK market just don’t live up to the quality of the original Asian BB creams.

If you can get over the fact that this is a tinted moisturiser that’s been mis-labelled as a BB cream, then you’ll be okay. Anything more and you’ll be disappointed.

The gel formula is lovely, very comfortable to wear and hydrating. My skin hasn’t missed my usual daily moisturiser in the morning. It blends well and is great for Summer when a foundation is too much.

Coverage is barely there. None of my imprefections, or blemished were “blurred” as there were still very much visible. Skin has a fresh faced glow rather than any actual coverage. The product does contain SPF 30, which is pretty good. However you need only apply a thin layer of the product, so I’m not entirely convinced you’ll get proper sun protection.

Overall, it’s a nice product. I’ll continue to use it throughout the Summer. If you’ve never tried any of the Asian BB creams before, you might like this one. Otherwise, and you’ll be disappointed.

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Origins Super Spot Remover

This has to be my newest love. I can see myself being quite faithful to this product for a long time.

Origins Super Spot Remover contains Salicylic Acid, which helps to eliminate blemishes. It also contains skin calming Caffeine and Red Algae which will visibly improve and relieve irritating redness. All you need to do is simply apply to targeted areas on your skin.

It costs £12.00 a pop, not exactly cheap but my previous spot remover cost £8.00, so it’s not a massive increase for me. You get 10ml worth of a gel product, when used sparingly will last quite some time.

On normal spots, it does reduce the size very quickly and I am finding that they don’t actually turn into nasty big white heads but they remain under the skin and just shrink within a couple of days. I use morning and night, and haven’t experienced any dryness or bad reactions. It does sting a tiny bit for only a few seconds.

This is probably the most effective anti-blemish/spot remover product I’ve tried so far. It’s not drying, and does the job. Anybody else a big fan of Origins products?

Essie Cute as a Button

So I’ve finally managed to get my hands on some Essie. I did spy some in Boots a couple of weeks ago, the nude, taupe-y shades were practically gone, but put off buying. On the off-chance that my boyfriend and I were browsing Boots last weekend, he pointed out the Essie stand to me and said “You like nail varnish, don’t you?”

I’m so glad he notices such things. As a treat, he bought me a bottle. I let him choose the colour, to surprise me. So here is Essie’s Cute as a Button.

Cute as a Button is a great Summer shade. It’s a gorgeous coral colour, that’s bright, almost neon in artificial light. It dries a little matte, so a super glossy topcoat is required.

Annoyingly, like most Essie polishes (diffusion line or not), it streaks. There’s actually some bald spots after applying 3 coats. However I do really like the new wider brush. I’ll have to do a comparison post of the diffusion line and original Essies.

If you don’t quite fancy shelling out £7.99 for a bottle, Bourjois make a very similar colour as part of their 10 Day Nail Polish range. It’s Macaron and costs £5.99

Glesni xo

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Sure Maximum Protection Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Cream

As Summer beings to arrive, it’s important to stay fresh and dry. Not the prettiest of subjects, but I’m so happy and impressed with Sure’s latest deodorant that I had to share!

The version I have is called “confidence” with a pink stripe. There’s also a sensitive option. It smells just like any other deodorant, clean, fresh and non-offensive.

Sure Women Maximum Protection Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Cream Clean Fresh is formulated with TRIsolid innovative body responsive technology (errr, whaaaaat?!) which is supposed to provide maximum protection from wetness, odour fighting technology and moisturising for the skin. It also claims to last for 48 hours, but I dare not test that claim. I shower daily.

For the best effect, you’re supposed to use it at night before bed to ensure that it builds a long-lasting protection. I personally apply it both morning and night, without suffering any problems.

It is a little unusual as you have to twist from the bottom of the bottle to dispense the product. But if you’re already a roll-on user this isn’t much of a change.

So does it work? Yes!
It doesn’t burn or sting in the slightest and most importantly keeps me dry, clean and smelling fresh throughout the day. Even in our current wave of heat, and whilst running around like a headless chicken trying to prepare for Parent’s Evening (gulp!). As I previously said, I’m super impressed.

The only downside is the price. £5.30 is mighty expensive for a deodorant. Luckily I got mine half price at Tesco. Definately a repurchase for me though.

Glesni xo

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17 Va-Va Voom Mascara

A couple of weeks ago I was in a bit of a pickle. I had to rush from work, for a night out – without my makeup bag. So I rushed off to an open-late Boots and gathered some cheap makeup with the intention of “that’ll have to do.” Among these items was 17’s newly repackaged mascara, Va Va Voom. The RRP of this mascara is a pretty decent £6.29 for 8ml. I adore the packaging – it’s quirky and the tube’s shape is perfect, not too bulky or oddly shaped like some mascaras.

Inside the tube is housed a rather large brush, my favourite kind of mascara brushes.

It’s actually turned out to be an okay product, in fact pretty darn good for a cheap mascara. I got the shade “Black” which is indeed black, and it applied easily. A little clumping, and I like my volumising mascaras. Here are my bare lashes, excuse the brows – they’re due a good wax. Oh, and the dark circles, and the silly puffiness.

And now on to my lashes after the product has been applied. Roughly two coats, but I generally just keep going until I get the look I want.

As you can see, much longer, blacker and thicker looking lashes. Practically like spider legs! The formulas pretty nice, it’s not too wet or thick, and barely smudges much under the eyes. No curl – but the pictures do the speaking really!

Glesni xo

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Project 10 Pan – May

I’ve succesfully managed to use up another 10 items. It’s a really nice feeling seeing all these empty bottles.

1. Boots Essentials Cleansing Wipes
I’ve actually finished two packets of these in the past month, they were both half full so I thought it best to finish the wipes before opening a new packet. These are my favourite, go-to, cheap wipes.

2. Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum
My review for this product can be found here. It’s a lovely product, but not quite right for my skin type at the moment.

3. T-Zone Nose Pore Strips
I’ve also reviewed these nose pore strips. They work wonderfully, but are a tad expensive. You can read my review here.

4. Nutriganics Smoothing Day Cream
I’ve had this product a while, so it’s about time I used it up. This moisturiser is part of The Body Shop’s anti-ageing, organic range of skincare products. It did a nice job of keeping my skin hydrated, it’s not thick or heavy but it didn’t really do much for my skin.

5. Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub
Another nice product, that I’ve reviewed before. The product does what it promises, and leaves your lips super smooth.

6. The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash
I’ve been buying this facial wash for years. These days I prefer more luxurious ways of removing my makeup (oils, and hot cloths) but when I jump in the shower I use this stuff. It’s less fiddly than trying to use a hot cloth, and it’s gentle enough not to strip my skin of it’s natural oils. Face feels clean and refreshed, without any tightness.

7. The Body Shop Sweet Lemon Body Butter
This is just a small trial size pot, but it still lasted quite some time! The Sweet Lemon is fresh, and not overpowering. The product itself is smooth and buttery, unlike the thicker body butters such as the coconut one. It did a decent job, but if you have very dry skin then this probably won’t be enough moisture for you.

8. Nivea Invisible for Black & White Clear Roll-On Deodorant
Another product that does as it claims to do. Doesn’t leave white marks on black clothing, no staining on white clothing. Perfect.

9. Sally Hansen Miracle Nail Thickener
About half way through this bottle the product became really thick and annoyingly stringy. It doesn’t work either.

10.Cosmo Shambhala Invigorate Shower Gel
One of the many shower gels I have received in a Glossybox. It smells lovely, and kinda reminded me of Olbas oil. Even more so when I became quite ill at the beginning of April and taking a shower with this stuff felt fantastic. Really fresh and tingly. It didn’t irritate or dry out my skin either, which is a bonus.

Now as I’ve been such a good girl finishing these products, I figured I may aswell buy myself a treat. And I sure did. All £70 quid of it. Haha. It’s fragrance related, and I’ll be posting soon. Among other purchases, I need more face wipes, deodorant and a repurchase of The Body Shop Vitamin E facial wash. But that’s it. Still lots of shower gels and moisturisers to consume.

Glesni x0

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Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion

So I bought this liquid eyeliner after being a very good girl and using up 10 products as part of my Project 10 Pan challenge. Such a lovely little treat, and it cost £14.

These eyeliners claim to be long-lasting, waterproof and easy to make sharp, precise lines. They’re available in a ton of shades, ranging from matte to glossy to shimmery. The packaging is slim, convenient to pack away in your handbag or makeupbag and are colour-matched to each shade.

I choose the shade Perversion, which is a inky, deep black. It dries almost matte, although looks glossy in my swatch picture. The brush is thin, narrow and provides a very precise line – I adore the applicator, it makes applying liquid eyeliner a breeze.

The liquid eyeliner itself is very pigmented, but try not to spread the product too thin across your eyelid as it will appear patchy and not the deep black that it should be. It also helps if you shake the eyeliner first, so that it doesn’t come out watery and apply sheer. It lasts forever on my eyelids, and doesn’t budge at all. I wore it to a funeral, and it survived alot of crying. No smudging, no flaking and no fading. I’ve had some on my hand for several hours and it hasn’t moved.

I absolutely love this liquid eyeliner from Urban Decay. I literally can’t wait to get my hands on the other colours and check some more of the brand. Totally worth the £14 I paid for it.

Glesni x0

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