FIRST IMPRESSION/REVIEW : Bellápierre Cosmetics BB Cream

FIRST IMPRESSION/REVIEW : Bellápierre Cosmetics BB Cream

Happy Friday everyone! 

Today I’m reviewing a product I’m so excited for, Bellápierre Cosmetics BB Cream. I purchased this for €35.00 from Biofresh Skincare, which you can do by clicking HERE, alternatively you can drop into either of their stores or purchase over the phone. Biofresh are the Irish distributors of the Bellápierre range, which are a US brand. 

So what makes Bellápierre special you say? Well this makeup range offers products that are full of natural ingredients that not only cover imperfections but also help to heal the skin without causing the pores to become clogged which leads to more breakouts. 

Beauty Balm (BB) is a combination of advanced skincare and full skin coverage. 

It combines 4 products in 1 – concealer, foundation, SPF 15, moisturiser – 

Oil free formula. Made with minerals, naturally covers imperfections. Controls oils and shine.

As you may know I’ve been struggling with my skin for quite some time, I made the move to using the probiotic skincare range from Biofresh along side their acne out lotion, which I noticed a big improvement but unfortunately I soon realised that using my normal much loved makeup was just keeping my problem alive. 

So this BB cream comes in five shades – fair, light, medium, dark, deep – I’ve purchased in light for when I’m not fake tanned. My first impression from the packaging was that it was nicely packaged in a handy black squeeze tube, making it easy to dispense product. I also love that you get 40ml of product whereas normally with foundations you’d only get 30/35ml. 

                       Application 

After cleansing my face and priming using the Couleur Caramel Mattifying primer I went ahead and started to dab the BB cream on my face. I was quite surprised at how thick it was, I started to blend it out with my flat top makeup brush which was so easy, it blended out effortlessly and seemed to melt onto my skin. I did have to build up the coverage on my cheeks were I have the most breakouts. The colour matched me fairly well, I will probably get the lighter shade and try it next to see if it’s a perfect match. I set my face using the Bellápierre mineral foundation. My skin wasn’t flawless, a lot of my breakouts were showing a little bit more than I’d like but I guess using extra concealer would help cover them up. 

Before & After

                       Impression 

I applied this BB cream at 2pm and wore it until 11.30pm. Firstly it applied like a dream, I literally had it applied in a few minutes whereas other normal foundations would take me longer to blend out. Super easy! It looks so natural on the skin, almost like my skin but better. My skin had an all over natural glow plus I didn’t even feel like I was wearing anything on my skin. The BB cream lasted really well too, it only faded around my mouth from eating and drinking. I did have to repowder my tzone twice as the day went on but that’s nothing abnormal for me. Overall I LOVE this product, the fact that it not only looks amazing on the skin but is good for the skin. The only thing I was slightly disappointed with was that I thought it would be more full coverage considering it says its ideal for acne or troublesome skin. However I still give it a 4/5, just purchase a concealer with it for extra coverage! Definitely going to be a big hit with me over the summer!

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Have you tried Bellápierres BB cream? Do you love it? If you found this review helpful then please give it a like and make sure to follow my blog to keep up to date with new posts! Thanks for reading.

Catherine xox

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REVIEW/FIRST IMPRESSION : Couleur Caramel Hydracoton Foundation 

REVIEW/FIRST IMPRESSION : Couleur Caramel Hydracoton Foundation 

Hi guys, today I’m reviewing an organic/natural foundation for you all, this one comes from the Couleur Caramel range, it’s their Hydracoton Foundation. I got two samples of this foundation to try out from Dun Laoghaire Pharmacy in Dublin/ online HERE or you can purchase online from CouleurCaramel.ie, it retails for around €34.00. Couleur Caramel are a natural, organic makeup brand that are now available in Ireland.

Couleur Caramel Organic Hydracoton Foundation, with its powder finish, offers unbelievable comfort and long-lasting hold. Its lightweight texture transforms upon application to smooth the skin’s texture and deliver a velvety powder finish.

So I received two shades, No.11 (lightest shade) No.12 ( second lightest shade). To start the fragrance of the products reminded me of card broad, I’m not into heavily scented cosmetic products so this really didn’t bother me and once applied I couldn’t smell the product at all. So I primed my face using the Velvet Smoothing Mattifying Primer also from Couleur Caramel, I also went in with a little concealer on any major breakouts to help cover them up. I used an angled foundation brush to begin applying the foundation, which turned out awful – the product wouldn’t stick to some parts of my face and was quite patchy in parts – I also noticed that the shade I used, No.11 had oxidised on my face, turning from a perfect pale colour match to a shade darker with ALOT of red undertones to it. I had to removed all the product and go again, this time using the No.12 shade and my Miracle Complexion Sponge from Real Techniques. It definitely applied much better and a lot less patchy, but some areas still looked bad. The coverage is definitely  light/medium as I struggled to hide my blemishes, no matter how much I tried to build up. However areas where my skin had no blemishes it looked quite pretty almost like my skin but better. 

Main Active Ingredients 

Cottonseed oil (Gossypium herbaceum): softens and restore tone.

Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii): moisterise, revitalise and regenerate the skin.

Organic Camelina oil (Camelina Sativa): softerns and nourishes, recommended for very dry skin.

Organic Sesame oil (Sesamum Indicum): softens, protect and regenerate the skin.

I applied this foundation at 2pm and wore it til 12pm that night. I didn’t need to re powder my face, as I’ve an oily t-zone that was a surprise. It did fade a lot around my mouth from eating and drinking and on the sides of my face. I think that I would like this foundation when my blemishes all clear up *im working on it* especially during the summer as a kind of BB cream. It’s definitely not the type of foundation I’d wear until my skin clears as the coverage is very light. 

Before & After

I’d give this a 2.5 out of 5. Have you tried this foundation out, what’s your thoughts on it? Share your favourite natural/organic foundations below. 

Thanks for reading, 

Catherine xox 

REVIEW : Caught Short

REVIEW : Caught Short

Hi guys, today I’m reviewing some products that were sent to me by a UK site called Caught Short. This company offers organic natural sanitary products, along with loads of other really clever items, such as panties on the go and fab little bag, which are little bags that you can put your used tampons or sanitary towels in – perfect for young girls starting out! Visit their site HERE

So as you can see I received two pairs of the panties on the go which are basically spare knickers. These are 95% cotton and 5% elastane pants that come in a handy reusable plastic pocket, meaning they can be easily stored at your office, school locker etc. Having a reusable plastic pocket means that should you get a surprise from Mother Nature and need a change you can easily put your used underwear in the plastic pocket. The pants are also washable so they may be used as many times as you like. I received two pairs of the size medium, which fitted me perfectly. The underwear was so much more comfortable than I thought it would be and I felt everything was secured in place. 

I also received a sample of some Natracare products. In the sample box was two tampons, one large and one smaller, a liner and a one ultra pad, along with a leaflet containing some information about organic sanitary products and why we should use them. I tried both the liner and the ultra pad out and I honestly am converted! They are so much smoother than anything I’ve ever used, I literally didn’t feel like I was wearing anything at all. Which any girl can appreciate one less painful complaint at that time of the month! The tampons I don’t use so I passed them to my friend who was more than happy to try them and get back to me and I’m pleased to report she loved them. 

As you may know I am currently on a mission to turn as many products as possible I use to natural organic ones, I never would of thought about converting to organic sanitary towels until now. I read through the leaflet and was surprised to find out that using normal pads and towels can actually cause repeated bouts of thrush and allergic reactions in some women (AFI) – such as itching, soreness, discharge – which makes so much sense as women who suffer with thrush are encouraged to switch to cotton underwear.

I honestly can’t thank Caught Short for sending these out to me enough, even my sister is converting! I would 100% recommend you checking these guys out and even getting a sample  for yourself! I hope my review was helpful and maybe you learned something like me. Have you tried these out already? Share your experience in the comments. 

Thanks for reading, 

Catherine xox 

*disclaimer* these products were sent to me by Caught Short for a review but as always my opinion is 100% my own