Marcelle DD Cream Review

Marcelle DD Creamimage

Price: CAD26.99
Volume: 30ml
Shade: Light to Medium
SPF: 25

Continuing with my Marcelle haul, readers of this blog will know that I love, love, LOVE Marcelle’s skincare and cosmetics products; I first tried out their BB Creams (both the original Beauty Balm one and the 24hr Intense Moisture one) and my skin has never been happier.

This time around, I wanted to branch out and try some of their other base products, and I came across this do-it-all product that is called a DD cream. As the name suggests, this product functions as an all-in-one powerhouse that will correct and protect your skin from environmental aggressors. Infused with platinum, this DD cream comes with all the benefits that their original BB cream(s) came with plus SPF 25 and the added benefits of tightening pores and soothing and calming dry/damaged skin. In addition, this product is carries the same promises as their other base items, which is definitely music to the ears of those who have sensitive skin:

  • Hypo-allergenic    
  • Dermatologist tested
  • 100% Paraben free    
  • 100% Oil free    
  • 100% Perfume free    
  • Non-comedogenic

With this DD cream, I’ve used it on its own (sheer coverage), as a base before foundation (sheer-to-medium coverage), as well as on top of a primer/makeup base and underneath a foundation (medium to medium/full coverage). I liked the fact that this was flexible enough for me to wear out on its own with concealer(s) where I needed it, or layered with other base products for a higher coverage. On all accounts, I found that my skin looked smoother and even-toned; in addition, I noticed that the hydration was quite good for both humid and drier climates as even after a long work day, my skin looked dewy with a healthy glow as opposed to oily and gross. On another note, I personally like to dust powder on top of this regardless of whether or not it is layered with another base/foundation or used it on its own because I’m not a fan of having a semi-sticky face out and about in a city where smog and dust are rife and will cling to anything remotely moist. UGH.

Given that I’m an avid proponent of proper sun care, I like the fact that this has SPF added to it, albeit not nearly as high as I would prefer (it’s SPF50 for me people <3); this would be good for those who forget to put on a separate sunscreen and they can just use this as it’s better than a) no sunscreen and b) you get to even out your skintone to a natural finish. If you’re normally pretty good with applying sunscreen, you can choose this little powerhouse or opt for any of the following multi-taskers:

SpectraBAN SPF60 Sunscreen Review

SpectraBAN SPF60 Sunscreen Reviewimage

Price: HKD200
Volume: 100g
SPF: 60

Another sunscreen that I have on a steady rotation with my Biotherm Lait Solaire is the SpectraBAN SPF60. Much like the Biotherm one, I’ve used this on its own and under my makeup with no problems at all. The main difference here would be that this is fragrance- and perfume-free <3 If you’re allergic to fragrances or your skin is going through a rough patch, I would recommend that you use this brand instead as it is a pharmaceutical brand that is formulated to be hypoallergenic and regularly prescribed for those who have had facial treatments or very sensitive skin. Think La Roche-Posay, Skinceuticals or Avene, only…not as expensive. <3

Personally, I like how it’s a cute tube and it’s definitely portable for travel or just…sitting at home and reminding you to SLATHER ON THE SUNBLOCK BEFORE YOU WALK OUT OF THE HOUSE, GIRL. 😀 In addition, I’ve used this on its own for my face and body, especially after my morning skincare routine and before I put on my Kiko Skintone Correcting Primer. Using the dotting method, I only really need a pea-sized amount for my face before squirting out another pea-sized amount for my neck and décolletage.

Much like the Biotherm Lait Solaire, I will note here that I’m probably able to get away with using this sunscreen under my makeup now because it’s winter and in addition to having combination-dry skin, I also work in an air-conditioned environment (i.e. I sit right underneath it.); I doubt that I’d be able to do so once it gets warmer as it does add an extra layer of moisturization to my skin. Again, if you’re okay with the dewy look this will probably not bother you but if you’d rather not look dewy, approach with caution when applying this to your face.

I find that the product spreads easily and sinks in within a minute, which is very impressive for something with such a high SPF. I noticed that there’s no white cast from this sunscreen when I applied my makeup afterwards, nor did it leave any residue whatsoever on my clothes and such.

All in all, I would definitely repurchase this in a heartbeat and I suggest that all my fellow sensitive-skin friends to make this a staple in their beauty cabinets <3 Long live sun protection! 😀

Biotherm Lait Solaire SPF50 Review

Biotherm Lait Solaire SPF50 Reviewimage

Price: HKD260
Volume: 200ml
SPF: 50

Continuing with my sun protection post, I find myself reaching for this sun milk more often than not because it’s lightweight with an awesome citrusy lemon scent and it has a great SPF coverage. I’ve used this on its own for my face and body, and actually, these days, I’ve used this on my face, neck and décolletage after my morning skincare routine and before I put on my Kiko Skintone Correcting Primer. Using the dotting method, I only really need a pea-sized amount for my face before squirting out another pea-sized amount for my neck and décolletage.

I will note here that I’m probably able to get away with using this sunscreen under my makeup now because it’s winter and in addition to having combination-dry skin, I also work in an air-conditioned environment (i.e. I sit right underneath it.); I doubt that I’d be able to do so once it gets warmer as it does add an extra layer of moisturization to my skin. Again, if you’re okay with the dewy look this will probably not bother you but if you’d rather not look dewy, approach with caution when applying this to your face.

I find that the light fluid spreads easily and sinks in within a minute, which is very impressive for something with such a high SPF. I noticed that there’s no white cast from this sunscreen when I applied my makeup afterwards, nor did it leave any residue whatsoever on my clothes and such. Another important point to add is that although there is a citrusy lemon scent to it, my skin — face and body — did not react adversely to it.

All in all, I quite like this sunscreen from Biotherm and I’m definitely repurchasing this when I run out of this 200ml bottle! <3

All day, every day, rain or shine: Sun Protection

All day, every day, rain or shine: Sun Protectionimage

If I had to just pick one beauty tip that Mama Cappuccino taught me as a child, I would have to pick putting on sunscreen, all day every day, rain or shine. 😀 As a child, I was in scouts and I would end up not getting burnt to a crisp or
load up on freckles/moles after a camping trip (true situation: for some girls, they started getting freckles and moles as a result of the camping trips and then their frantic application of whitening treatments and lotions — which is a terrible, horrible NO when your skin is, well, fried.). Well, I have Mama Cappuccino to thank for diligently reminding me to slather that sunscreen on and reapply every X number of hours.

I have gone through different brands (i.e. Clinique, Biotherm, La Roche-Posay and Neutrogena) and types (i.e. spray-ons, lotions, liquids and makeup bases); some have stuck with me through thick and thin, others have had to be dropped as my skin conditions changed and I ended up getting terrible itchy rashes and patches (Neutrogena spray-ons, we were once best buddies but now…no more 🙁 )

These days, I find myself reaching for these more often:

Reviews to follow! 🙂

 

La Roche Posay Uvidea XL BB Melt-in Cream Review

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Price: HKD280 (Watsons)
Volume: 30ml
Shade: 01
SPF: 50P++++ UVA
Made In France

Amongst some of my recent discoveries, this was surprising. Fragrance-free and made for sensitive skin, this BB cream melts right into your natural skin tone for a nice even complexion and healthy-looking skin; it’s key aims are to prevent premature skin aging issues such as age spots and wrinkles, and of course to hydrate skin. It was surprising for me as I thought that the BB cream with such a high SPF would be too sticky/tacky for my tastes and the fact that there are only two shades available made me think that it might not work for me. The colour tone worked out great for me (NC 20-25) as most Korean BB creams tend to give me a whiteish or greyish cast.

In terms of the packaging, I really like how the BB melt-in cream is in a squeeze tube and the product dispensed through a very small funnel tip which is great in terms of hygiene and appropriating the right amount every time 🙂 I would suggest to start of with dotting the BB cream onto your face and smoothing it out before deciding whether you need more of the product as with this one, a little bit seriously goes a long way. This is not one of those products where it’s better if you applied more; it will feel tacky when you apply too much of it as I’ve made that mistake and I think it’s because of the SPF that makes the product better if you simply used thin layers here.

2015-10-07 19.22.50Upon squirting out a small amount onto the back of my hand, the BB cream has a very smooth consistency but I do feel that it’s ever so slightly thicker because of the SPF: think of blending a blob of sunblock and your favourite foundation together and you’ll have an idea of the texture. This means it blends and buffs into skin very well. Although the BB cream doesn’t dry to a matte finish, it certainly does sink into the skin without leaving an oily feeling behind; it actually leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated. The hydration was actually a very noticeable feature, even once blended. This is perfect for my combination-dry skin but I can see how this might be a tad too dewy for ladies with slightly oilier skin; you’ll definitely need a light dust of powder on top to set it.

Once fully blended, it is hard to detect on the skin, but does offer just the right touch of coverage to even out your skin tone. It does have a light coverage though, so I would recommend only for light day-time wear, and not to cover up bad blemishes. If you want a more perfect coverage, you can use the BB cream as a makeup base and then add a thin layer of your favourite foundation and concealer wherever you might need it; the results are amazing 😀

Bobbi Brown SPF 50/PA+++ Protective Face Base Review

Bobbi Brown SPF 50/PA+++ Protective Face Base

Bobbi Brown Counter: HKD350
Volume: 40ml/tube
SPF: 50+

The summer here in Hong Kong is stifling hot with the sun shining ever so brightly in the sky; the temperature usually peaks around 36 – 37ºc, and levels out around 35ºc. With this kind of weather, I certainly love me some good makeup base with a higher SPF content that doesn’t a) clog my pores, b) leave a whitish cast and finally, c) would help protect my skin from sun damage. Wrinkles are not a nice addition to any person’s face 🙁

Enter this fantastic tube of sunscreen awesomeness by Bobbi Brown!

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Upon squeezing out a quarter’s worth of the base, I felt that it was very much like a lotion without the usual sunscreen-y smell; in fact, there was a very light hint of lavender in it but it was hardly detectable once I put it on my face. I’ve applied it in two different ways to see if it affects the way my makeup ends up looking: a) spreading it on my palms first to pat it all onto my face and b) dotting it all over my face before blending it in with my fingers. Both of these methods worked just fine without affecting my makeup; it was simply just a matter of preference.

Although this product performed well as an everyday makeup base, I didn’t feel that this did much in terms of oil control. In fact, I would probably apply less of this product if you tend to have oilier skin. I normally use approximately half of a Canadian quarter’s worth of the product for my entire face during the summer; when I used this during the winter I could stand to have a little bit more of the moisturization that this base provided as my combination-dry skin leans towards being dryer during that time. In addition, I experienced no breakouts, itchy patches or general sensitive skin issues 🙂

Between this and the Bobbi Brown’s CC cream that I also have, I would use this product if I strictly wanted higher SPF coverage; I don’t feel that this did much in the brightening or colour-correcting department. For those of you who would wear this base on its own, do not expect to even out your skin tone or blur (minor) blemishes with this as it does much better when paired with a foundation; I would hesitate to say with a BB cream as I feel that that would be too greasy of a combination.

All in all, this was a great purchase and I will be popping it into my shopping basket the next time I have to stock up 🙂

Bobbi Brown CC Cream Review

Bobbi Brown CC Cream

Bobbi Brown Counter: HKD380
Volume: 40ml/tube
Shade: Blushed Nude
SPF: 35

I’ve been on the BB and CC cream wagon for a while now, but for the most parts the shades have been rather off for my skin tone. I’ve been on the hunt for a while now…

Until I caught a sight of this gem at the Bobbi Brown beauty counter!

Courtesy of the Bobbi Brown website :)
Courtesy of the Bobbi Brown website 🙂

Priced at HKD380 per tube, I bought the shade that I felt was closest to my NC20 skin tone, which was the Blushed Nude. The entire CC cream line has a total of five shades with Blushed Nude and Pale Nude which are ideal for fair skin tones; Warm Nude, best for medium skin tones; and Golden Nude and Rich Nude, perfect for deep skin tones.
CC creams are colour-correcting creams, and Bobbi Brown notes that this product will make your skin look healthie2015-07-24 18.22.58r and more even toned when using this as a base. With
prolonged use, the skin will become brighter and more even in skin tone. This cream does not, however, work well as a primer to hang onto any foundation or concealer that is added to the skin; I feel that this is better utilized to even out already-pretty-good skin. For those who have relatively blemish-free skin, the CC cream can be worn alone on top of skincare to even out the skin tone; if you need more coverage, then I suggest topping it off with concealer on your problem areas or a layer of foundation as this CC cream does not cover any imperfections.

When I first squeezed a pea-sized amount and smoothed it onto my skin, the consistency was that of a slightly thicker lotion but not to the point where it’s a cream. As I have combination/dry skin, I don’t feel that this CC cream was greasy or made my skin any oilier after putting it on. In addition, I have not gotten any breakouts or sensitive skin patches; my skin also does appear to be a bit lighter and brighter overall when I consistently used this product everyday for a month; in fact, I used this under a foundation that I have and find to be a little dull on me. I like the fact that it has SPF 35 included so that I can worry about one less layer for my daytime skin care routine 😀

It could be just me, but either way I’m a happy camper with this product!

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