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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you know that I am a big fan of BB creams. I have a couple of foundations that I bring out on special occasions, but my go-to everyday staple is the BB cream. Because of my acne prone skin, I feel that BB creams are a bit more gentle on my skin and don’t make me break out. Since the majority of my skincare consists of Clarins, I decided to give the Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream a try and see if I love it as much as I do the rest of their products.
The first thing I noticed is that once the cream is applied, it looks like makeup but feels like a heavier moisturizer. The cream has medium coverage so it’s great for covering up hyperpigmentation and acne scars, but it’s light enough for your skin to breath. The texture is silky smooth and very easy to blend. Once it’s applied, skin looks smooth, even and radiant. Another thing that I love is that it includes SPF 25. I never apply a separate SPF (unless I’m at the beach), so I always try and find products with sun protection in them. The Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream aims to “Revitalise, Protect, Perfect”and does so with a blend of plant extracts and radiance pigments which fuse together to provide a light but effective BB Cream.
The only flaw that I found with this product is the shade selection. With only three shades available it will be a struggle to find a match. I went for the lightest shade 00 Fair, which is actually a pretty good match for my fair skin, but with only three shades, it will be difficult to match everyone’s skin tone. The BB cream retails for $42 in the US, which is not cheap… but if it substitutes your foundation, it’s completely worth it.
The last few months have been a whirlwind for me, and my skin has been paying the price. After a lengthy vacation, I moved back to Dubai so my skin has been out of whack. As I’m slowly adjusting to the extreme heat and the humidity my skin is still trying to adjust; although it’s getting better by the day. One of the reasons is the Lancer Method Polish exfoliator.
This scrub has brought my dull, patchy skin back to life! The exfoliator includes pure minerals and pumpkin and pomegranate enzymes that remove surface debris and dry cells. The formula is a bit grainy and not as gentle as my other face scrubs, but I don’t mind it. It does not irritate my skin or make me break out. Once it’s applied on the skin, you can feel a warming sensation, which feels very nice and makes you feel like you’re at a spa. I tend to exfoliate my skin twice a week and this has worked exceptionally well for me. This is my first purchase from Lancer and I’m quite impressed. The Lancer Method as it’s called, is based on a biological principle universal to all skin… the cellular cycle of renewal. According to the brand, by devising a system that supports this process through manual exfoliation, they are able to create a unique antiaging line that delivers beautiful, glowing results to all skin types. Sounds great right? I will be exploring the brand a bit more in the coming months and will report back soon on my findings.
I am currently on my annual beach vacation in Greece (follow me on Instagram to see what I’ve been up to) and I realized I need to update my beach bag. I need something that is big enough to fit multiple beach towels, sunblock and books but stylish enough to take to the pool bar. I love straw tote bags and these two are exactly what I’m looking for. Which of the two do you prefer? Splurge or Steal?
I don’t know about you, but I have a love-hate relationship with self tanners. Yes, I always use them during the summer, but I hate the application process. It takes less than 10 minutes for me to tan my entire body so it’s not time consuming, but I hate the waiting part afterwords and the horrible smell. With my annual beach vacation just around the corner, I decided to try a new self tanner called Vita Liberata Luxury Tan. My friend keeps raving about this so I decided to try it out. I chose to try the pHenomenal 2-3 week tan in Dark, which means that the tan actually lasts for 2-3 weeks! Amazing right?
The self-tanner is a mousse, which I always find the easiest to apply with a tanning mitt. It’s easy to squirt out the same amount for each leg and arm, making the tan look even throughout the body. The first thing I noticed is the smell, or actually, the lack of. This is truly the first self-tanner I’ve used that doesn’t have that offensive odor, and because of that, you can actually apply it during the day and go about your business without smelling like self-tanner all day long.
The fast-absorbing mousse formula gives instant natural bronzing and develops to a deep, natural-looking tan, that lasts up to four times longer than regular tans. I am currently on week two and my tan is still going strong. Vita Liberata does recommend for a longer lasting tan, to apply three times over 12 to 24 hours, showering with only water before each application, but I think that might be too dark for me. Just one application gave me a gorgeous natural-looking bronze tan, so I didn’t want to mess that color up. Overall, this is the best self-tanner I have tried to date. It is fast-absorbing, easy to use and the color lasts longer than any other tanner I have ever tried. All Vita Liberata products are made with organic botanicals and a unique Moisture Lock™ system that draw water to the skin’s surface and provide up to 72 hours of hydration. Skin looks soft and glowy after each application. If you’re in to self-tanning, definitely give this one a try and let me know your thoughts.
When it comes to contouring, I am still trying to master the art of sculpting but I’m slowly getting better at it. Up until now I’ve been using the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow and have been loving it, but I wanted to try something else with a little less shimmer. I wasn’t planning on purchasing the Marc Jacobs #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour, but the color drew me in. I swatched the bronzer while I was in Sephora and the color was simply amazing (I picked up the lightest shade, Mirage Filter 40). What drew me in more though, was how buttery and blendable the contour powder was. This was going to make my blending job much easier! The powder is very finely milled and velvety soft, which makes application a breeze. It’s also very buildable which is great for the days I want my contour to be a bit more dramatic.
I knew I loved the bronzer as soon as I saw it, but I never thought I would love the highlighter so much. When I first saw it in the pan it looked a bit bland. A simple, yellow based color with no shimmer. I just assumed that I would only use the bronzer side. I always assumed that highlighters needed to have some sort of shimmer in them so make cheekbones pop. Well I was wrong. This is the perfect highlighter for day and night because it doesn’t have shimmer. It highlights the skin without adding an overpowering shine. My cheekbones look bright and illuminated from within. It brightens the skin very softly and naturally, and it’s perfect for everyday use. I will be going on vacation in a few weeks and this is the only contour/bronzer/highlighter combo I’m taking with me, so that says a lot! If you’re in the market for a new contour kit, give this a try and let me know your thoughts!
Hi lovelies! I wanted to post an updated skincare routine because I’ve changed up all of my skincare products lately. I used to use NeoStrata years ago and for some reason I stopped. Bad idea! If you’re looking for a cleanser that will literally transform your skin, you have to try the Glycolic Wash. It has not only cleared up my skin, but it has changed the texture of it as well. If you’re new to the brand, it’s worth checking them out. They have some amazing products! I know by looking at my routine you’re thinking I’m on a glycolic overload. I probably am… but my skin is currently loving this combination of products. My skin’s texture has completely changed and I owe it all to this combo of products. If you want to take a look at my old skincare routine, click here! Let me know if you have any NeoStrata favorites. I would love to try out some more things from this brand!
I think I have finally found THE ONE! The one perfect primer that is! I haven’t had the best relationship with primer over the past few years. Some would break me out, some would dry me out and some just didn’t really work. Yes, I’ve tried a few that I liked, but nothing worth re-purchasing. Until I tried the YSL Touch Eclat Blur Primer that is! Let me just start off by saying.. yes, it’s worth the hype!
I had heard so many bloggers rave about this primer so I really wanted to try it. The way I would describe this is “glow in a bottle.” The primer illuminates the skin, blurs imperfections and boosts the radiance of the foundation. Once I put it on, my pores seem smaller, my skin feels smoother, and my skintone is more even. It’s enriched with four nourishing oils… corn oil, apricot kernel oil, passiflora oil, and rice bran oil. The primer does have a golden shimmer that gives the skin that soft glow, but it’s not overpowering. The best part is, I haven’t broken out using this. If you’re looking to achieve that luminous glow, definitely give this primer a try. It is truly the best one I have tried.