Beauty | Enca AC Control BB Cream

Beauty | Enca AC Control BB Cream
It seems to be all about the BB creams over on this here blog recently, doesn’t it? For someone who declared her dislike of them not too long ago, I have had some pretty positive experiences with BB creams that I’ve tried since. As part of my monthly reviews for Wishtrend, I was recently sent this item to try out and see how I got on. I have been trying it out for a little while now and finally feel ready to give my views.

Said to be a tri functional cream, I was intrigued to see if it could really tackle all 3 areas: wrinkling, whitening and protecting my skin from the sun. Although whitening isn’t really a problem for my skin, I have recently noticed some fine lines and wrinkles appearing on my complexion and am starting to think that the best idea is to tackle them head on before they get too bad. I also really need makeup items with an SPF as I am so awful at remembering to put sunscreen on – so knowing that the makeup I am wearing is protecting me just that little bit is very reassuring.

I put this to the test on a busy Saturday at work. Working in retail means I am on my feet all day and inevitably rushing around, especially on a market day such as Saturday, so I really need something that will last the distance and not disappear too easily.
As you can see from the two pictures above, the cream is a fairly light colour and I did wonder if this would leave me looking, thus feeling, washed out. Once blended (in the bottom picture), it actually left my skin looking quite radiant and healthy. I do often look washed out and exhausted when at work, I have been suffering sleep wise recently, but there is one girl at work I speak to quite often about different makeup (I also often tweet asking for advice on her behalf – she loves all you beauty bloggers out there!) and she remarked how bright my complexion was. This was really nice to hear as it is all too easy to feel a little self confident when trying out a new product, even if it looks perfectly fine!

This BB cream, as well as its tri-functional elements, is also acne controlling if you hadn’t guessed the name. I don’t really suffer from acne, only suffering from a breakout or a little bit of redness occasionally, so I cannot comment on how well it works in regards to that claim.

How did it fare? As I said, whitening doesn’t really pose a problem for me, but when it comes to the other two functions, it did quite well. Whilst leaving me with a fresh complexion, this cream also helped to slightly cover the fine lines that have started to crop up. I say slightly, as they were still noticeable, but nowhere near as much as before. The SPF left me feeling very well protected but whether it really protected me as much, I cannot be sure – I was in work for most of the day and the sun truly did not have his hat on that day!! Its wear time was pretty impressive. I was at work for 6 hours the day with a commute either way (only 15 minutes but I have to get into town early for work and have to wait around for a bus afterwards…) so let’s say 8 hours – this was just starting to shift after that time, which included running up and down the two flights of stairs numerous times for customers plus constantly rushing around downstairs changing displays and carrying heavy items everywhere. Pretty impressive, huh?

It seems that my opinions on BB creams have totally swung in the opposite direction in 2013 – my experiences so far have been totally positive and this one is no different. You can buy the Enca AC Control BB Cream on the Wishtrend website here for under $25 – definitely worth investing in!

I will be posting a review of another Enca product in the week, keep an eye out for that!

Rojukiss Spot Light BB Cream

Rojukiss Spot Light BB Cream
 Older followers may know that I am part of a certain beauty panel for Wishtrend; the WUBB Beauty Bloggers. Comprised of myself, Sarah from Life In A Breakdown, D from Sweet, Grace from All That Slap, Liss from Latino Look and Laalaa from Dolce Vanity, we occasionally get sent products from their ranges to try out – sometimes the same, sometimes different.
Meet the Rojukiss Spotlight BB Cream*. Described as being good for oily and combination skin, this BB Cream originates from Korea; one of the leading original countries for the production of BB Cream.
I have tried various high street alternatives but was always told that the original formula’s were different and sometimes even better to the ones we know and love on our high street. 
Said to cover blemishes whilst creating a natural skin tone, I was eager to see how it would fare. The various big name brand alternatives that I have tried have left me a little disappointed and reluctant to dip into the BB world again – so this popping through my letterbox was definitely a chance to try again! 

The formula itself is quite thick, a big difference to many of the other creams that I have tried. I did worry when applying that this shade would be too dark for me: fortunately, it suited me perfectly – however, it cannot be said whether it will or won’t work for you – having only one shade does hold its limitations.

 As I’ve mentioned, the formula is thick and incredibly moisturising. I found application a little rough; it seemed to drag across the skin as I was applying – however, this isn’t a deal breaker for me. I used this as a base for my makeup the other day before work and had a few (nice!) comments about my skin that day; which I’d have to contribute to the BB Cream itself! 

All in all, this is a fantastic BB cream – a great alternative to Western BB creams that we can so easily find on our high street. If it applied smoothly, I would have given this a 5 out of 5 – no doubt about it! However, although it isn’t a deal breaker, I can’t get past the dragging sensation so for that reason, I’ll have to give it a 3 out of 5. 

This BB Cream currently retails on Wishtrend for $20 (50ml) – which roughly converts to just under £12.50. A little more than our high street brands perhaps, but better in quality for sure. 

What is your favourite BB cream?

REVIEW: Garnier Daily All-In-One BB cream (light)

REVIEW: Garnier Daily All-In-One BB cream (light)
The release of the Garnier BB cream a couple of months ago sent the blogging world into a frenzy. The product, available from a variety of retailers from as little as £7, had posts springing up everywhere on the internet – some praising the product, some downright trashing the product.
I didn’t really get involved with the hype back then, and I’m afraid to say I don’t really get the hype right now.
I recently a received a couple of free sample sachets of the product to try, and I must admit I was not impressed. So unimpressed in fact that I am only showing you the swatches of the product on my hand – the product itself is very sheer and left the imperfections on my face that I wished to cover looking untouched. From some other (positive) posts, I had been gullible enough to think that the product would work for me like it had for them, however, I found myself firmly in the negative bracket, feeling like the product had done little to my skin at all.
I have to say I did not feel covered or illuminated by the product, in all honesty.
I received the light sample, and as you can see on the sachet above, it is described as a Miracle Skin Perfector. I don’t deny that some people may find this product is near enough exactly that, however I’d have to state that I am not.
Being a sachet sample, I found there wasn’t a great amount of product within, and after viewing the application of one sachet with no noticeable change, I also applied another – still no change. The above picture is of the contents of one sachet – it didn’t exactly come out easily either! The cream looks quite dark in the picture, but I did find that it truly was the light cream as stated, as I felt like I’d applied a layer of nothingness.
Perhaps I just ordered a sample of the wrong shade, however I’m generally a light or ivory shade when it comes to BB creams, foundations or concealers. Unfortunately for me, this BB(Blemish Balm) cream failed to cover even the slightest blemish, and this left me extremely dissatisfied with the product.
Have you tried this product? Did you find it worked for you? Or do you have any idea why it may not have worked for me?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!
As stated above, this item was received as a free sample from the Garnier webpage. All thoughts in this review however are completely my own and I will always be 100% honest with my readers