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Over the last few years I’ve noticed that my skin has lost its radiance no doubt due to a combination of getting older, having less sleep, late nights, more stress and not as much time to dedicate to all the various rituals that I used to perform on a weekly basis such as masks, scrubs and steaming. That’s why I’ve gone OTT for BB creams. Here’s my review of the mid-priced ones out there.

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INDEPENDENT REVIEW: Just lately BB creams are big news. Who, what, why? I may hear some of you cry. Well, BB (short for blemish/base balms) is not just for covering up spots and patchy skin. A better name for them would be Multifunctional Balms as they do a whole host of things. Yes, a good BB covers up like a foundation, creates a natural-ish looking base and also has skincare properties of a moisturiser with illuminating effects and some SPF thrown in too. The latest one that I’ve just bought, Maybelline Dream Fresh BB, promises 8 functions in 1. Phew!

I’ve never worn foundation regularly and although I have tried quite a few I’ve never liked the full-on, made-up look. What I like about BB creams however, is that are not as thick or masking as a foundation but they do improve the look of your skin without covering every last freckle.

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At the moment I’ve got 3 BB creams on the go (excessive, moi?) The first is L’Oreal Nude Magique, £9.99 which promises ‘to recreate the texture and glow of perfect nude looking skin’. This is a great BB for those who are make-up shy as it isn’t coloured. The lotion is actually white when it comes out the tube but has coloured pigment balls in it which are released when you rub it in. It’s very subtle, so again great for those who don’t like the ‘made-up’ look. I thought it definitely improved the finish of my skin. For me the only problem with Nude Magique is that I find it a bit drying. I can overcome this by making sure that I’m really well moisturised prior to putting it on which is OK when you’ve got time to spend doing a full-on moisturising routine but not great for say, the mad panic of the morning school run.

The second BB on the go is Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector, £9.99: ‘an all-in-one, super dooper, anytime, anywhere skincare solution for perfected skin’. This one is much thicker than Nude Magique and has, in my opinion, a consistency similar to foundation. You only need to use a tiny bit to see the effects and it gives a really lovely dewy look to skin. In fact I’d go so far as to say don’t overdo this one as you’ll be overly shiny.
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The two BBs above have SPFs of 12 and 15 which are OK when the sun’s not strong and that, my friend, is why I picked up Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB Cream. This one has a SPF of 30 which is getting closer to the 50 that I like to wear on a daily basis. I picked up the Universal Glow colour and was a bit shocked when I saw how dark it was. However, I recovered as it melts really quickly into the skin and didn’t look too dark at all. I liked the way that my skin felt moisturised and soft all day long and true to my expectations maintained its dewy look. Like Garnier’s BB it gives a nice polish to the cheeks and a touch of colour that made me look perkier than I felt. At £6.60 it is also a very affordable purchase.

Out of the three BBs for me the Maybelline Day Fresh is my favourite because of the significant SPF coverage and price. No doubt these other BBs will up the ante in the SPF stakes before long.

If you are going to give a BB a try why not watch this Youtube clip showing you how to apply it?

Disclaimer: This review is based on products I have bought myself and uses my own words and opinions.


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