First of all: This BRTC BB cream has great, great coverage. When wearing this, my spots/acne and redness weren't visible at all! Even though this BB cream is quite thick, it didn't feel heavy (or unpleasant in any other way) on my face. It didn't make my face look very matte, so I always had to 'fix' the cream with translucent powder, and after a couple of hours I had to blot and touch up the oily 'problem areas' - nose, forehead - with powder again. But maybe this was due to the fact that I always applied a moisturiser for oily skin before applying the BRTC cream. I had to mix the BB cream with a tiny bit of mattifying foundation about two shades too dark for me, because otherwise I'd look like a geisha, which isn't the look I'm going for on a daily basis (; The BB cream has a tea tree-y scent to it, which I had to get used to at first (after months of 'Missha M Vita BB cream Matte', which is also a good BB cream, by the way!), but ended up quite liking it. As for the drying and fading of blemishes, scars etc... I don't think the BB cream really does that. Not on my skin, at least. I have used this product every single day for a little bit more than 3 months, and I didn't notice that much of a difference. It didn't make my acne or blemishes worse, either. The BB cream simply 'balanced' my skin, maybe prevented a spot or two and made my skin appear rather even when wearing it. Because I want to try out more Asian (/Korean) BB creams for oily, acne prone skin, I won't buy this BRTC cream again any time soon... but! I'd recommend anyone with the same (or a similar) skin type I have to try this one too. And if I won't find a better BB cream, I think I'll come back to this BRTC cream one day. (:
Even though my skin is a lot more on the fair side, I use the 'Medium to Dark' instead of the 'Fair to Medium' version of this bodylotion, as the latter doesn't really give me that much of a visible tan after using it once. The 'Medium to Dark' bodylotion gives me a nice tan overnight without making me look like a tangerine, which is always a good thing. It gives me a tan with a yellow undertone, which is a bit different from the tan I get by sunbathing, but it still looks natural. When I'm happy with how tan I am (mostly after using it one or two days in a row), I keep up my tan by mixing a bit of Dove's summer glow with a regular bodylotion of a similar texture to avoid becoming too dark and streaky. The bodylotion gets absorbed quite quickly and makes my skin feel soft and smooth. The scent of this product is nice, fresh and sweet when you apply it onto your skin, but after a few hours it unfortunately develops into the typical musty 'fake tan smell'. I use this self tan before I go to bed though, so I can rinse off the smell and the 'film' that the product has left over my skin during my morning shower. Also, the body lotion rubs off onto my bedsheets, so you may have to think twice about the combination of sleeping with this fake tan and white/light-coloured bedding (or clothes, if you want to use this product during the daytime). Overall, the bodylotion is worth the price. I've recently finished yet another tube, and as I'm still happy about the effect of this self tan, I'll buy a new one again soon.
Moisturizers -The Body Shop - Tea Tree Oil Blemish Fade Night Lotion
HelloLucy 1/16/2013 9:27:00 AM
I've been intensively using this product for five days now, and I'm really pleased with how my skin looks so far! I don't just apply the blemish fade lotion before I go to sleep, but also in the morning (I've swapped my daycream for this lotion at the moment), because it feels really nice and fresh on my oily, acne prone skin. It doesn't make my skin feel dry at all! It's also the perfect base for my BB cream, as this lotion makes my face look matte. My blemishes are slowly fading every day. No overnight miracles, but my skin has improved a little every day since I've started using this product! The smell isn't bad at all to me. For a tea-tree product (Yes, I've tried quite a few of those!), the scent is rather subtle and doesn't linger for too long. The only downside to this lotion is the price.. it's a little on the expensive side for the amount of product you get. But then again, it really does what it promises, so it's worth my money.
BB Cream -Maybelline - Dream Fresh 8-in-1 BB Cream
HelloLucy 1/16/2013 8:56:00 AM
If you have a near-perfect skin that only needs an extra 'boost' (moisturising, for example), Maybeline's BB cream may work for you. If you have dark circles, blemishes, a bit of redness and pimples like me, this product could turn out a disaster. For me it was! This cream did absolutely NOTHING for my skin. It didn't cover up anything (not even after applying multiple layers later on), so the cream didn't quite 'blur imperfections' like the packaging promised. It also gave my skin a weird, slightly orangey-pink hue (and I bought the lightest shade there is..). As for the 'glow'.. that's an understatement - this product made my face look very shiny. I still tried to make it work by using concealer and translucent powder, but with this BB cream as a base my skin looked awful nevertheless. In the end, I just rubbed it all off and went to a nearby drugstore to buy a different product. Maybe I'm spoilt because I've tried a lot of quality Asian BB creams (Missha, BRTC, Skin 79, Lioele) which all looked really natural on my skin AND had absolutely great coverage. But this 'Dream Fresh BB cream' is really a waste of my good money (10 euros! ..Which isn't nice being a student on a budget (; ), and I'll never use it again. This product doesn't work for me and isn't what my skin needs. Back to real Asian BB creams it is!