Beauty: Coming Soon To BareMinerals – Blemish Remedy Acne-Clearing Foundation

As some of you already know, I went to LA back in March and while I was there (as well as all the exploring) I did some shopping.

I was on a mission for BareMinerals as I am already loyal to their products and knew I could get them cheaper while in the U.S. What I didn’t know was that there would be a few exclusive products that weren’t available in the UK.

I discovered two products that I knew I couldn’t get back home.

One of the products was a miniature version of the BareSkin Perfecting Veil in Light/Medium, this came with a miniature brush and both products came in their own little clear BareEscentuals bag.image

The second product was like a dream come true for me. Anyone that has followed my previous posts will know that I have very difficult and sensitive skin, it reacts to so many products and that’s one of the main reasons that I trust BareMinerals. My skin doesn’t reject BareMinerals because the products are natural, no matter how many products I try, I always end up going back to trusty BareMinerals!

After discovering that this next product existed I was in awe. As a girl with spot-prone skin, when I discovered that there was in fact a BLEMISH REMEDY FOUNDATION, I lost it. After doing a colour test I found that I was (of course) the lightest shade ‘Clearly Porcelain 01’. I went to purchase it, only to find that my shade was out of stock and naturally I tried to get the next shade up, also unavailable. This was just my luck.

The assistant then tried another colour test and discovered that the third shade ‘Clearly Cream 03’ actually fit my skin tone also. I then purchased this product and was over the moon with my new * ~ MaGicAl FoUnDaTiOn ~ * It wasn’t until getting home and doing a little research that I realised I should have purchased way more while I had the chance.

It turns out that the foundation was not only exclusive to the U.S. but it was exclusive to Sephora. Even the U.S. BareMinerals doesn’t stock it!

When I got back home I wanted to try Complexion Rescue as it had just released to UK stores, so I went to my local BareMinerals within Debenhams to get a tester (this was a liquid and I wanted to make sure my skin was ok with the product prior to purchasing). After I got my tester, I showed the woman at the BareMinerals stand the products that I picked up in the U.S.

About a week or two later after trying and loving Complexion Rescue, I went back to buy it. The woman was excited to see me and tell me the just the day before, her manager had shown her that the Blemish Remedy Foundation is a product that will be released to the UK soon! She didn’t know exactly when, but I’m sure after the hype of Complexion Remedy dies down, it will be time to unveil Blemish Remedy to the UK stores.

I’m so glad that I got to try the product before it had even released to the UK, because I know that I love it already. I have the product in the ‘Clearly Cream 03’ shade, but as soon as it is released I will get my true shade of ‘Clearly Porcelain 01’.

I can’t wait for this to hit the UK and would recommend the product to anyone with acne prone skin.

What exactly is it?

It is a loose powder foundation, it comes in a different pot to your usual BareMinerals foundations. The foundation is released through a mesh-type layer, this minimises wasting of the product and keeps you from putting too much on your face.

If you have previously tried the Blemish Remedy powder solution, this foundation is basically an advanced version of that as a foundation. It does what it says in the name, it is an acne clearing foundation!

For anyone else that has already tried Blemish Remedy Foundation – What did you think of it?

I shall discuss my thoughts on Complexion Rescue soon.

XOXO

Hannah.

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Beauty: Back to bareMinerals?

As many of you know, I try not to wear make up as much as possible, I just feel so fake and hate the way it feels on my skin.

As you also may know, my skin goes through good and bad stages and when it’s bad, it’s really bad and makes me feel absolutely crap.

When my skin is really bad and I need to go to work or out of the house, I do try to cover up a bit and for this I use the Bourjois Paris Healthy Mix Serum (in 51) — which I love and there is nothing wrong with it, but sometimes I prefer the way bareMinerals felt on my skin. Although the Healthy Mix Serum is light (and smells delicious) it can go oily after a while as it is a liquid, this isn’t really a problem for me as I carry the Healthy Balance Unifying Powder (52) with me for when this happens, but I don’t want to have to keep applying more crap to my face and with bareMinerals it took a lot less effort.

Back when I used to use bareMinerals I didn’t have a problem with it, it was more an issue of using the wrong moisturiser. My skin did not get along with the bareMinerals Purely Nourishing Moisturiser and this not only affected the way my skin felt, but the overall accuracy of the loose powder foundation.

Now that I know which moisturisers work for me, I feel it’s time to give the ol’ BM another go. It was super easy to apply, I didn’t need to use much and it took a lot less time in the mornings. Instead of opting for the Original Foundation (in Fairly Medium) I think i’ll give the Matte one a go as it may be better suited for my Combination and sometimes Oily skin.

I have done my research and this may be it for me, I will still use my Healthy Mix Serum and others that work for me such as the Mac Face and Body.

However, there are a few that I will steer clear of, ones that I probably shouldn’t have splashed out on right away. One that didn’t work for me were Nars Sheer Glow (in Gobi) was way too much for my skin, it was just cakey and suffocating on my delicate façade.

A foundation that I haven’t completely sworn off was the L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique Eau De Teint, it was a little too oily for my liking but did depend on the state of my skin at the time (probably down the again, the wrong moisturiser).

I also want to give the bareMinerals READY To Go Complexion Perfection Palette, but we will get to that later.

All-in-all, from my experience the only solution for my skin is less stress, less sugar and more water (if only there was a magic spell for removing all stress from one’s life).

I will do an update on my decision when I have returned to bareMinerals and have used the product for at least one month.

Love y’all,

XOXO

Hannah.

The clear out (1)

The first two products that I once loved, but had to give up were the BareMinerals Prime Time primers in Neutralising and Brightening.

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In the summer I loved these primers and I may go back to them as the weather warms up again, but these primers did not work for me this winter.

The reason for me saying I may go back to them and not that I will is because although BareMinerals is made from mostly natural products, my skin still reacted badly from their products every now and again, so I don’t trust the products fully anymore.

I will be going back to the loose powders in the summer though as I love them, but they too do not work for me in the winter.

The reason these primers didn’t work for me in the winter is because they cancelled out any form of moisturiser I had used and did not go on my dry winter skin smoothly, in fact they accentuated my dry skin and made it impossible to cover over with anything.

However in the summertime these products were great, the Neutralising Prime Time was a yellow based primer created to cancel out redness and that it did, it still did the job in the winter but was impossible to use with dry skin.

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As for the Brightening Prime Time… it was too glittery, too oily, caused pimples and was a useless primer, I will not be using this one ever again.

I have tried the Oil Control Prime Time too and actual found it to be such a weird texture that it make my not-so-oily skin oily.

The only BareMinerals Prime Time that I ever plan on using again is the Neutralising primer, as for the others… they will be going straight in the bin.

Beauty: New skincare, new skin?

So after facing that I cannot go back to my Origins or BareMinerals moisturisers and (as stated in my previous post) purchasing some Nivea ones. Hoping that my skin wouldn’t react to the Nivea ones as they are very simple and also very low in price which is a great bonus!

I have been using the Nivea Cremé and the Nivea Light Moisturising Day Cream and am happy to say that my skin hasn’t reacted to either of them, what’s better is that my skin may finally be getting better!

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I cannot confirm that they are great just yet, but have had no problems yet.

The Nivea Creme is a little oily for my liking, but sinks in eventually and the Light Moisturising Day Cream is fine on my skin, reacts a little with my burn (that happened at Benefit Cosmetics) that is healing now. I expected that the cream may react with the burn as it is still quite delicate, that is nothing to do with the cream, just my skin’s current state.

The Nivea Cremé appears to actually be healing the burn, this isn’t the purpose of the Cremé but it is working.

As for the Light moisturising day cream, I have no reactions, it is light on my skin and causes no breakouts, still a tiny bit oily but goes away on it’s own roughly a minute after application.

So glad that Nivea seems to work with my skin as they have many decent products at very reasonable prices!

Going to become a Nivea whore…

Love Hannah

~ XOXO

Nobody’s Perfect

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A little post about my skin…

My Skin’s History

I have battled with bad skin since I was 13/14, it ruined my confidence and forced me to start wearing foundation from a very young age. As I was in High School, I had no choice but to attempt to cover everything up (which is very hard to do when you are that age and have never used make-up before).

I never wore make-up properly until 2 years ago, that was when I actually had a real interest in it, I started experimenting on which things were best for my skin, which I am only really figuring out now.

Make-Up That Helps!

I tried BareMinerals last year and that worked great on my skin up until the winter time, my skin was too dry in the winter to wear BareMinerals so I stopped wearing make-up from July time (I went on holiday in July and decided it was time to let my skin breathe).

I sometimes wear concealer and a little foundation if my skin is really bad, but I try not to wear any in order to heal my skin faster.

I try to stick to wearing make-up when I go out in the evenings, or if I feel like looking nice.

My Winter Discovery

I did find a good foundation to use in december, it was the L’oreal Paris Nude Magique Eau De Teint which is a very light foundation, non-pore clogging (which is great as my skin is highly sensitive to breakouts) and it is very natural looking (I only need a tiny bit each time I wear it).

It’s All About The Wash

Since finding the right face wash, my skin has calmed down a lot, I am still yet to find the perfect moisturiser, but the Origins Ginzing is gentle enough to use on my skin and is a great product for now (if you read my last post you will know which moisturiser I am dying to try!).

Food!

It’s not always products that control my skin though…

Drinking peppermint tea instead of normal tea has done me good (since I can no longer have caffeine — another story for another time).

I cut down on my sugar intake around November and it has left me feeling exhausted all the time, but it has improved my skin, I still have chocolate now and again (and that is usually the main reason my my breakouts), but less sugar, more water and a bit of fruit now and again does my skin wonders!

Sadly I eat unhealthy meals more than I eat healthy ones and this affects my skin very negatively.

The Pill

I found that my previous contraceptive pill Cerazette made my skin a lot worse and since switching to Micronor my skin has been much easier to handle. Of course the pill has different affects on different people and I needed to experience the bad affects of one to find the one that works for me.

To Conclude

There is no one thing that keeps my skin acne free, I try to tame it as often as I can, the best way is to stay healthy, find products that work for you, track what you are doing and how it is affecting your skin and don’t worry about what other people think.

Skin changes all the time, being judged on your skin may feel horrible at the time, but it won’t last forever as the spots disappear when they want to.

Don’t worry, be happy!

Hannah.

~ XOXO