Younique BB Flawless Complexion Enhancer

As a natural redhead, I have very fair skin. For the last few years, I’ve been really careful to avoid getting sunburned but in the past… Not so much! As a consequence, my skin is freckled in places, particularly on my arms and face. Although many people think freckles are pretty, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with mine. Sometimes I’m happy to let them show, other times I want to disguise them a little bit. As well as freckles, my skin also has a slightly pink tint to it – particularly on my cheeks. So on days where I’d like to let my freckles show but hide the pinkness, I need a product that has lightweight, sheer coverage but will even out my skin tone. Enter Younique’s BB Flawless Complexion Enhancer… This is a creamy 3 in 1 moisturiser, treatment and lightweight foundation that evens skin tone and complexion. As an all in one product, it’s also ideal if you’re like me and like to save time with your beauty routine. It’s not laziness – we’re working smarter, not harder right?

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Younique’s BB Flawless Complexion Enhancer 

BB stands for blemish balm (or beauty balm). BB creams are the hybrid between skincare and makeup and have been around for a few years now (remember when they first came out and we thought ‘BB cream? WTF is that?’ Well I did anyway!) I’ve tried a few different BB creams from drugstore to high end and results have varied. How will this one shape up? Here’s my review. First impressions… It comes in a nicely presented, squeezy tube containing 50ml of product (so slightly more than many comparable high end brands). So far so good. Although I’m a sucker for nice packaging, it’s really the product inside that counts. Before diving in to any liquid makeup product (particularly those with a lot of natural ingredients), I always give it a shake first. It helps to mix up any natural separation that may have occurred. Shake completed, now time to check out the cream itself! The first thing I noticed was it’s consistency – it’s surprisingly thick! It’s thicker than many other foundations and moisturisers I have tried in the past. When you think about what this product actually is though – a moisturiser, foundation and skin treatment in one, the thickness of it’s consistency kind of makes sense. It’s also unscented too. It comes in six different shades – Cream (cool ivory – my shade, which is perfect for redheads and strawberry blondes), Bisque (warm beige), Honey (warm tan), Caramel (cool golden), Chestnut (warm almond) and Carob (deep walnut).

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It’s currently available in six different shades

We’ve learned that the cream is thick so how does it apply? Surprisingly well! I applied a thin, even layer to my face and neck using a damp Blending Bud which gives the best results but you could always use a cosmetic sponge, foundation brush or your fingers too. It spread smoothly, evenly and blended with ease leaving no residue. Although the cream is thick, it provides a lightweight coverage without the ‘heavy’ feeling on the skin that some people associate with wearing makeup. It is very light and stays on all day, doesn’t go ‘cakey’ and it moisturises skin very well with no dry spots or greasiness. The coverage is natural, lightweight and sheer so if you prefer heavier coverage, top with powder, mix with concealer or wear it under foundation. This BB cream doesn’t have undertones and mixes with any skin tone perfectly without looking yellow or pinkish. If you suffer with dry or sensitive skin and like natural, sheer coverage, this is the product for you (it’s best avoided if you have oily skin). The finish is dewy rather than matte so if you prefer a matte finish, top it with powder.

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Coverage with a blend of Younique BB Flawless Cream, Touch Cream Foundation and Concealer

We are currently experiencing a spell of really hot weather here in the UK (makes a change!) and it copes really well with the heat and humidity. It contains natural antioxidants, antibacterials, moisturisers and skin conditioners to keep your skin looking smooth and flawless. It also contains natural sun protection, is gluten free and vegan friendly. As well as providing a lightweight coverage it works as a treatment for your skin. Packed full of beneficial ingredients, it leaves your skin feeling nourished. Among the many natural ingredients it contains (93% of the ingredients are natural) are shea butter, a rich source of antioxidants and allantoin – this is huge in the skincare world. It comes from the roots of the comfrey plant and is well known medically for it’s cell renewal, healing and smoothing properties.  

This BB cream also works perfectly as a great highlight and contour kit too when you purchase two colours (it’s available to buy in a highlight and contouring set with two colours and Blending Buds). Apply seamlessly with Blending Buds – it literally changes your face! It also makes a perfect base for powder concealers – try mixing my favourite BB Brew! It’s a mixture of BB Flawless cream mixed with a little bit of Mineral Powder Concealer. It’s hydrating, feels lightweight, provides amazing full coverage and a gorgeous glowy finish. This combination is the bomb! Also try mixing BB cream and liquid concealer! The coverage is amazing! If you have ever tried another brand of BB cream, do not judge Younique’s on that! It’s in a whole different league. Although the price is higher end, it’s worth it. The tube is bigger than your average foundation tube and you do not need to use very much – a little goes a long way. 

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For best results apply with Blending Buds

BB Flawless Complexion Enhancer is covered by a 14 day money back guarantee so why not see how it stands up to your current brand? Younique are an online only brand available from authorised Younique Presenters only. If you would like to treat yourself to this amazing BB cream, please click here (currency can be changed in the top right corner). Not sure which colour you need? I’d be happy to help you find your perfect colour match so please, don’t be afraid to ask! Contact me for a free colour matching consultation. 

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Coverage from Younique’s BB Flawless Cream and Touch Pressed Powder Foundation

Until next time, stay beautiful x

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A Buyers Guide To Makeup Brushes

In my last post, I talked about how I consider makeup an art form. And when it comes to applying your makeup, like any artist, it is worth investing in good quality tools. One of the most important tools in the application of your makeup is your brushes. Good brushes can make all the difference between your makeup looking ‘good’ and ‘great’.

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Good brushes are one of the most important makeup tools you will use

Everybody wears different products and applies their makeup differently and so will require different brushes to suit their needs. The main brushes which I use on a regular basis are a brow brush, an eyeshadow brush and a face brush. These are basic brushes which are used by most of us on a daily basis and so it is worth buying the best you can afford. There are many other types of brush available for different purposes and it is up to you to decide which ones you need depending on the type of makeup you wear.

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Assess the quality of your brushes before you buy

Although there are many different styles of brush available to buy, the key points to consider when choosing your brushes are –

Bristles – The bristles on a brush will be either synthetic or natural. Synthetic bristles are stiffer and offer a more controlled, precise application. These are therefore a good choice if you are working with liquid makeup products. Natural bristles are soft and allow more scope for blending so work well with powder based products. However, bristles are obtained from animals such as squirrels and rabbits so if this is an issue for you, stick with synthetic.

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Many makeup artists such as Bobbi Brown have their own range of high quality brushes

Cruelty free – If you do not wish to use brushes with bristles obtained from animals, there are alternatives that are soft and perform much like a natural brush. Too Faced cosmetics have a great range of high quality, soft synthetic brushes. Other companies such as Younique make brushes using animal hair that has been obtained in a cruelty free manner.

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Too Faced cosmetics have a great range of cruelty free synthetic brushes

Quality – Run your fingers through the bristles to see if there is evidence of shedding. Poorer quality brushes are much more likely to shed. Test brushes out by seeing how they feel against your skin. A good quality brush should feel comfortable to hold and easy to control.

Size – Some makeup products come with a brush included although these are usually very small and are designed to fit inside a compact and therefore are not the easiest to work with.

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Chanel Kabuki Brush

Whether you use two or three basic brushes or have an entire professional style roll, using these basic tips will help you to choose the best brushes for your needs.

Until next time, stay beautiful x