You’re Never Too Old

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 Todays post could have been Face Mask Friday but it’s really a mini review of a LINE of products so you know, it doesn’t really count. I had planned to post about the Avene Cleanance range over a month ago when I received this fun package but my initial feelings were not as expected so I wanted to give them a proper test run before sharing my opinion on them with you. It’s a fairly extensive range of products aimed at clearing skin without stripping it and the latest campaign ‘You’re Never Too Old’ suggests that those of us still suffering with ‘teenage’ skin into (and out of) our twenties can find products that are kinder than the abrasive cleansers of our youth.

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 My skin is up and down, it can be great and then I’ll suffer a monster breakout from nowhere so I was excited to try Cleanance and see how it helped to balance things. Unfortunately for the first few days I tried all three products above and found my skin to be much drier and far from clear.. I was ready to write it all off as not for me but I really wanted it to work for me so I persevered. After cutting out the Micellar water I discovered that that was what didn’t agree with me.. of all things.. a cleansing water?!? I can’t tell you that I”ve experienced amazing results with the mask or the moisturiser but the dryness issue is no more. The moisturiser is a nice base for makeup and something I’ll reach for as a barrier if I’m experiencing skin issues but I’ve had some serious stress spots this week (moving house) and these products haven’t touched them so although I don’t hate them (as I first suspected) they just don’t do it for me. I’d be really interested to hear from you if you’ve tried any of the Cleanance products and whether they work for you. I”ve heard really good things about them so I don’t know if I’m expecting too much, perhaps they work better in a long term skincare routine.. I’d love to know your thoughts but for now? Not for me.

Cleanance is available online here

Miss BB

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Nails By Freedom

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 This isn’t a NOTD per se more a brand overview as I have every single colour from Freedom (I work with them on their YouTube channel) so I’m never going to get around to showing you every colour but I’ve worn a fair few and thing I can give you a good idea of what you’re getting across the board. First off the finishes and colours available are excellent, from creams to metallics to multiple top coats, they have something for everyone. One thing I really like is their vast selection of ‘nudes’. In the same way a nude lipstick is not universal neither is a nude nail and they have so many to choose from I’d wager there’s something for everyone.

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Colours featured in this post: 423 (top) and 415, 451, 454, 452 (bottom)

The opacity is also good, you can get a bottle colour in 2 or 3 coats even with the paler shades. If there was one thing I would change it would be DRYING TIME! The brush is wide, it makes quick work of the application but then I’m waiting at least 10 minutes for a totally dry finish and if you want the longest lasting finish you want each coat to dry 100%.. it’s not a quick job. That being said they’re £1.00 each and if that’s the only negative they’re still pretty damn good. I use Seche Vite quick drying top coat over every manicure regardless of brand so by the time I get to my final coat that does help speed things along as you can apply it over barely touch dry polish but I definitely have to set aside a little more time to do my nails with Freedom.. kind of worth it for that beautiful metallic sea green though!

Available online here

You can see some other shades ‘in action’ in this video I made for Freedom’s YouTube channel!

Miss BB

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Maybelline Master Sculpt

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m really getting in to contouring again lately, I’m not the best at it but since discovering ‘strobing’ (highlighting the areas you want to brighten rather than accentuating shadow) I’ve been experimenting with a few new products and this is a great basic kit. If you’re scared of those harsh lines and don’t have Kardashian bone structure a more subtle scultped look might be more what you’re looking for. Maybelline Master Sculpt comes in 2 shades (and I have the darkest) neither of which are incredibly bold so if you’re after something softer this might just be for you.

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I have been using this (and other sculpting kits) as a second step after foundation. I lay dow my coverage and then use the highligt shade to brighten in the middle of my forehead, down my nose, the tops of my cheeks and my chin. The areas I want to lift go in first and then I add just the tiniest bit of contour in the hollows of my cheeks. It’s the most foolproof way I’ve found of applying any sculpting products on my very pale, pretty shapeless face with the minimal skills that I have. If I want to kick it up a notch that’s when I go in with a sheen/shimmery highlight over the top of my cheeks again and other areas as necessary. The discovery of matte highlights has been the big thing here, it’s tough to blend a shimmery highlight next to a matte contour shade without mixing the two and totally messing it all up but by the time I go in with my ‘glow’ I’m all blended and ready to go. If you’ve struggled in the past I’d highly recommend you give it another go, whether it be with this or something else.. but this is a pretty handy package!

Miss BB

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