What’s The Difference Between BB, CC & DD Cream?

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I get asked about the difference between BB, CC & DD creams quite a lot. So I thought I would do a post about it for everyone that might not be too sure. These tinted creams have been around for a while now and have taken the beauty world by storm.

BB Cream

A little bit of information..
BB stands for Beauty Balm and it was originally developed in Germany. It was the start of many tinted creams. It was developed to be used for skin care following a cosmetic surgery procedure. It used to stand for Blemish Balm, until it hit the US, and there is was renamed. It firstly caught on in Korea, and then became a must have beauty product in most of East Asia. The product is alot different in Korea then the western version. They tend to be thicker with higher levels of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for more opaque sun protection, and foundation-like coverage. They also produce a whiter appearance on skin. Western BB creams are more like a tinted moisturiser. Some people actually use it as a primer to get a fuller coverage, rather then switching to a heavier foundation.

What are the benefits?
It’s great if you have good skin and just want to have a bit of a glow. It provides some amount of coverage but leaves a more sheer finish. Obviously it all depends on different brands formulas, but what ever country you purchase this in, the popular benefits form using it is daily sun protection, skin lightening, extra hydration, and some have anti aging ingredients. Pretty much an all round product! Perfect for everyday use. I wouldn’t stop using your usual anti aging creams though, because there isn’t usually alot of anti aging ingredients in them. Use them as a supplement, not a replacement!

CC Cream

A little bit of information..
CC stands for Colour Correcting. After the beauty world exploded with its sister formula BB,  CC was created for those people that cried out for the same benefits, but with a fuller coverage. The first CC cream appeared in 2010 by the product of a Singapore-based brand Rachel K. They usually provide more coverage then BB creams, but this isn’t always the case.

What are the benefits?
It provides the same multitasking benefits as BB cream. They also contain ingredients that can cover flaws such as dark spots and redness, give life to dull complexions, and even out skin tone with light diffusing particles, while still feeling light weight.

DD Cream

A little bit of information..
DD stands for Daily Defence, but they are also sometimes known as Dynamic Do-All and Dermatologist’s Dream, depending on the brand. It’s the latest in this trend that isn’t as recognised as it’s predecessors.

What are the benefits?
They are supposed to provide more coverage then BB, but with more anti aging benefits then CC. They can also protect the skin’s barrier to prevent moisture loss, which is great for people with dry skin. But it’s stronget power is its anti aging claims. They usually have some combination of botanical oils, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and peptides. They are best used by people who want to focus on improving tone and diminishing fine lines and wrinkles overtime.

What BB, CC & DD creams have you used? Any you can recommend? Let me know!

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January Birchbox First Impressions

Hello beauties! So I got Birchbox’s first box of the year and this month and it’s all about women’s health!

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This month’s box is very exciting because they have joined forces with the experts and editors to bring you both products and content that will help you start the new year with your best foot forward.

Stila Lip Glaze

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A converted, suits all complexions colour. This sheer gloss is a cult classic for a reason!

I’ve wanted to try Stila for a long time, every time I walk past their stand in Boots I always have a quick look. I’m not really one for lip glazes but I’ll I’m always open to new products! This is a 1.5ml sample. The full size is 2.4ml so it’s a pretty good sample size. The shade I received is called Gleam which is a lovely shimmery pink. It comes in 36 shades which all look totally wearable. Full size costs £15

Philip Kingsley Body Building Conditioner

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Transform lifeless locks and help seal flyaways with this lustrous, wheat peotein conditioner.

I love Philip Kingsley products. I’m always up for trying out more of their range, and wheat is so good for your hair. I read once that models sometimes soak their hair in beer because of all the wheat in it.. Not that if want to try to because I’d smell like a brewery! This is a 20ml sample size which will probably only do my hair about 2 times. Sizes range from 75ml at £8.50 to 1000ml at £45.

Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

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Radiance in a tube! A fast working, exfoliating treatment that improves texture, tone and combats congestion.

The one thing I am missing from my samples is a new mask to try out, so I was glad to receive this one. One of my new years resolution is to use more masks because I hardly ever use them. This is a 10ml sample, full size is 50ml at £30. This brand promotes clean skincare products, so they don’t contain any paraben, sulphates, mineral oil, petrolathum, synthetic fragrances, synthetic colours, T.E.A, D.E.A, glycols silicones and Pegs Et Al.

HealGel Intensive

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Protect and restore skin with infusion of organic silicones, collagen boosting peptides and arnica.

This is a multi-purpose skin rescue gel packed full of active ingredients which work to restore, protect and soothe the skin. It takes me a while to get through creams because I have so many of them through thea  subscriptions. But I am interested by its claims of being scientifically-designed with complexes such as arnica and madecassoside which reduce puffiness and discolouration whilst soothing irritations and reducing sensitivity. This is a 5ml sample. Full size is 30ml at £37.50.

Activbod Cooling Finish Lotion

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Re-energise after a work with this invigorating, menthol packed lotion.

Not gonna lie.. I don’t work out. It’s never really been something that’s interested me. I always used to say that I was going to join the gym, but I never did, so not sure how much use I’m gonna get out of this. Maybe in the summer? Let me know cause I’m pretty clueless to products like this. This is a 20ml sample. Full size is 100ml at £12.

Embrace Matcha Green Tea

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Our new favourite superfood, Matcha is 100% natural with 10 times the antioxidants of regular green tea.

More tea samples! I really don’t like tea. More of a coffee person myself, so this is going to someone that enjoys teas!

Lifestyle Extra

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I also for this pilates band! I’m not too familiar with pilates.. Again I’m not really into the whole gym thing, but it says it’s used for toning, increasing strength and improves muscle endurance with the stretchy resistance band. Not sure if I’m ever going to use this.. But if I ever decide to become a gym person I will have it handy.

So that’s all my products this month’s from Birchbox! All sample sizes this month, but they are all from high end brands which is good. I’m really excited to use the Ren mask and the Philip Kingsley conditioner so all in all, a petty good box! I think some of the fitness things might go to friends as I wouldn’t really get much use out of them, and the green tea I’ll donate to someone!

If you’re interested in subscribing to Birchbox, use my referral link and each of our accounts will be credited with £5 to use in the birchbox shop!

What did you get in this month’s box? Have you tried anything from my box? What did you think? Let me know!

January You Beauty Discovery Box First Impressions

Hello beauties! I hope you are all well. So I got this year’s first you beauty discovery box through the post the other day. I was really looking forward to receiving it because of one product in particular!

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This month’s box is committed to banished the January blues, through the power of hand picked nourishing and revitalising edit of beauty and skincare products. In the spirit of new year new you month, each product in their January box has been selected for its dedication to fixing rather then changing, all in the hopes of making you feel and look better.

Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm & Overnight Recharge Night Cream

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A powerful duo that has got everyone tweeting! Marumaya’s Cleansing Balm and Overnight Recharge Night Cream duo first takes the chore out of cleaning and then ensures your skin is thoroughly moisturised and restore whilst you sleep. That’s two exclusive and pioneering formulations, taking the skincare industry by storm.

I’ve always wanted to try some of their products so this was a perfect oppuritinty grab some samples! I see them around all the time when I’m having a shop and I’ve always been interested by their products. Can’t wait to try them out!

Boutique Nail Varnish – Away With The Fairies

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Set to transform the way women shop for their makeup bag essentials, boutique nail polishes have become must have additions. This easy to wear shade with the everyday woman in mind, is the ideal feminine shade to compliment your outfit, whatever the weather.

I always love trying out new nail varnishes. My nail varnish collection is quite big at the moment.. But I felt that from their shortlist I wouldn’t really use much else, or I already had! This is a lovely colour. The other colour was quite dark and I have too many dark nail varnishes so I thought I would go for this spring looking colour.

Extras

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I have so many samples of different teas I don’t know what to do with them! I think I might have to give then to one of the girls at work because I don’t really like tea. But I’m really interested in trying out the Dove youthful vitality hair cream. I’m always up for trying out new hair products. I’ve had a gift card from hello fresh before and never used it. They put new recipes on each week and you choose which one you want to try, they sent you the ingredients and a how to cook guide, and they send it to your door step! I’d love to try it because I want to eat healthier.

So that’s what I got in this month’s box! Have you tried any of these? What did you think? Let me know!

My Skincare Routine

Hello beauties! So I thought I’d tell everyone about my Skincare routine. Everyone’s is pretty much the same but maybe someone can learn form this!

Cleanser
Firstly, the most important thing you can do is wash your hands before touching your face, so you won’t be transferring bacteria to your face. I then wet my skin with warm water because it opens the pores. I apply a cleanser and massage it into my skin in a upwards, circular motion. I then take it off with a Muslin cloth with warm water. It’s important to make sure you remove all of the cleanser, as it encourages irritation, spots and imperfections. I then rinse my face off with cold water which closes your pores. It’s important to do this because it prevent dirt getting back into your pores. It also wakes me up in the morning! I then dab my face with a clean towel. Always make sure you use a clean towel or your just transferring loads of bacteria onto your face that you have just cleansed. I use Simple Kind To Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion at the moment.

Toner
If you don’t know what toner is, it helps in removing residue from the cleanser. The skin has a natural pH balance, which is affected by the use of a variety of skin products, as well as exposure to pollution, etc. A toner helps in regaining this lost balance, and gives the skin a more radiant look. There are alot of types of toner so pick one that’s right for you. You don’t want one that is designed to get rid of spots if you don’t have them because it will be too harsh for your skin. So after cleansing, I apply a small amount to a cotton pad and just wipe it over my face. Try and avoid the sensitive eye area. This product you don’t wash off. I use Simple Kind To Skin Soothing Facial Toner and the moment

Moisturiser
So after I’ve cleansed and toned, it’s then on to moisturising. This step is the most important. There are lots of types of moisturisers like gels, creams and serums all designed for different skin types. Pick one that best suits your skin. Apply a small amount and work it into your skin in a circular motion, making sure you cover your neck too. Some people like to use eye cream for under there eyes for anti aging benefits. My face is finally ready for my make up! I use The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream at the moment

Wipes
So after a long day at work, I like to take my make up off straight away when I get home (If I’m not doing anything else that day anyway) alot of people don’t like taking make up off with wipes because they say it doesn’t get rid of all the make up. And your right, it doesn’t. But I like to let my skin breath between me getting home and taking my make up off, until I’m getting ready for bed and doing my night routine. As long as you make sure you cleanse before you go to bed it’s fine. I use Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes at the moment.

Repeat Cleanser, Toner & Moisturiser Step
Make sure you do this before you go to bed. What differs in my day moisturiser to my night is the product. On a night I like to use a serum. This isn’t going to work with everyone. But if you have combination or dry skin it may. I find when I wake up that my skin feels better and hydrated. I also like to use Vaseline too on my lips before going to bed, so when I wake up they aren’t dry. I use The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil.

Once or Twice a Week Cleanser
In replace of my usual cleanser, I like to use an exfoliating wash. This is essentials because it removed dead skin cells which can leave your complexion appearing dull, and can clog up pores. It really depends on how your skin is feeling to how many times a week to do this. But I don’t recommend doing it more then twice a week. Remove your make up first and and gently massage the product into your skin for about 30 seconds in a outward circular motion. I use a Muslin cloth to remove it with warm water and buff my face in a circular motion. Don’t buff too hard though! Make sure you get into the creased of your nose. At the moment I use The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion.

Face mask
There are many different types of face mask with different benefits and sutible for different skin types. Face masks should only be used once a week at the most. Any more often and you’ll be over cleansing your face and confusing it. Use it on clean, warm skin for best results, and rinse with cool water. At the moment I use The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Claymask.

So that’s my routine! Do you do anything different? Let me know please!