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

The Great Beauty Bake Off

Today I’m going to talk about a beauty trend which has been attracting a lot of attention in the press and on social media of late – baking. No, not that kind of baking. There’s no jam or soggy bottoms to be found here. This type of baking is of the beauty variety. A trend beloved of celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, baking is a technique that has actually been around for years in the drag community and practised by professional makeup artists. It originated as a way for performers to prevent their makeup from melting under hot stage lighting but for us mere mortals, it can help you to achieve a really flawless, wrinkle free makeup look (in theory). So what exactly is it? Read on and find out… 

Just like other techniques such as highlighting, contouring and strobing, baking is another technique that can appear ridiculously complex and leave viewers of beauty tutorials scratching their heads and thinking, ‘Huh? I ain’t got time for that!’ Well, in case you have got the time, here’s how it works. Before we go any further, I must point out that despite the name, baking does not involve warming up your products in the microwave or sticking your head in an oven. So please don’t do it! The ‘baking’ process actually comes from the heat from your face. So in effect, the warmth of your skin sets (bakes) your makeup. Aaaah… Making sense now? So how do you do it? 

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Translucent setting powder is used to set your products during baking

Firstly, you need to make sure that your skin is really well hydrated and moisturised (particularly under your eyes). Moisturising should be a non-negotiable part of your daily skincare routine anyway but it’s particularly important for makeup techniques like this. If your skin is dry, baking will make your skin look cakey, flakey and pretty rank in all honesty. Once you’ve ensured that your skin is moisturised and silky smooth, you can then get to work on your baking. Also make sure that you have good lighting when applying your makeup. You don’t want to do this in a dark room and then emerge looking as though an undertaker has applied your makeup. Basically all you do is apply your foundation/BB cream (or whatever base you are using). Then apply a thick splodge (that is a technical term) of concealer below your eyes in an inverted triangle shape. It doesn’t matter if the concealer is heavy – it’s meant to be. It’s best if you work your concealer using upward strokes and blend using a slightly damp blending bud or makeup sponge. You can also add concealer to any other areas of your face that you wish to appear brighter. It’s a little like highlighting but without the shimmery sparkle. If you really want to go all out, you can apply another layer of concealer. I know what you’re thinking… ‘F*ck, that’s a lot of makeup’. Yes it is and don’t worry, it’s supposed to be.

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A fan brush (centre) can be used to dust off excess powder

Once you’ve applied your concealer, blend the edges so that it is blended naturally with your foundation. With me so far? Once you have reached this step, you then apply a thick layer of loose translucent powder on top of the concealer. You can do this using a damp sponge or blending bud. You can apply more powder if you wish. You then proceed to ‘bake’ (in other words, you leave the powder and concealer to set using the warmth from your skin). Most people ‘bake’ for around ten minutes and use this time to finish the rest of their makeup. Some people take it even further and ‘bake’ for half an hour. Crikey. Once you have finished baking, you can lightly dust off and blend any excess powder if there is any using a fan brush (or any other really fluffy brush). And voila! If you have done it correctly, you should have flawless, even skin and perfectly set makeup. If you wish, you can then contour, apply blusher or whatever else you want to do to finish your look. 

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Finished baked look using Younique products

Ultimately, this is not a technique you should be employing on a daily basis. Baking requires a thick layer of products which in time, will clog your pores and mess up your skin. No matter how much you may dislike your makeup free skin, it’s always a good idea to allow your skin to ‘breathe’ sometimes. So that’s how you bake. It’s not a difficult technique to master, it just takes time and practice. There are plenty of tutorials out there on YouTube showing lots of different tips and techniques, some more complex than others… But these are the basic principles of baking. Why not give it a try yourself sometime? 

Until next time, stay beautiful x 

Pioneers Of Beauty – Barbara Daly

This is the first post in a series entitled ‘Pioneers Of Beauty’. This series will look at people who have shaped the beauty world as we know it. The artists and innovators who have made a lasting impact on the cosmetics industry and have changed the way we view makeup and indeed, ourselves. My first ‘beauty pioneer’ is British makeup artist Barbara Daly. Even if you have never heard of her before, most of you will be familiar with her work. She was the makeup artist for the Stanley Kubrick films ‘The Shining’ and ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and has inspired countless Halloween makeup looks since!

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Barbara Daly’s infamous work on the film ‘A Clockwork Orange’

Barbara began her career as a makeup artist in the 1960’s working on TV shows for the BBC before embarking upon a career as a freelancer. She has worked with numerous well known photographers such as Helmut Newton, David Bailey and Lord Snowdon and was the makeup artist behind some of the most iconic Vogue covers of the 1970’s and 80’s. She was also called upon to be the makeup artist for one of the most famous and photographed weddings in history – Princess Diana’s. Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was also a client of Barbara’s.

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Barbara Daly’s highest profile commission – Princess Diana’s wedding day

If you live in the UK, Barbara has a self titled range of makeup available from Tesco. From the outlandish style of ‘A Clockwork Orange’ through to smokey eyes and the fashionable ‘no makeup’ makeup look, Barbara Daly’s influence can be felt to this day throughout the world of makeup artistry. There are many well known makeup artists these days such as Bobbi Brown, Jemma Kidd, Jeffree Star and countless others. But Barbara truly paved the way for makeup artists to become ‘stars’ in their own right. A true pioneer of beauty. 

Until next time, stay beautiful x