I’ve been testing B is for Beautiful skincare for a week (actually, I’ve continued testing beyond a week, but more on that in a moment). Replacing all my usual skincare – which is 99% of the time a mixture of all sorts of different brands – all with just B is for Beautiful skincare items that are suitable for my skin care needs.
As way of an intro, a little about my skin type and my usual routine. My skin is combination/dry with dehydrated cheeks and a bit of an oily t-zone. I am fairly lucky not to get many break outs, but if I do these are around my chin area. My main concerns are fine lines, particularly around the eye area. My usual routine is generally:
AM: Cleanse in shower. Apply serum, eye cream and day cream with SPF.
PM: Double cleanse (usually something like Bioderma or an oil cleanser followed by either a foamy or creamy cleanser), apply eye cream, night treatment or serum and night cream. Or overnight mask.
Occasional each week: Use a light scrub exfoliator, or chemical exfoliating toner. Deep cleanse mask or hydrating mask.
For my new routine I was sent an entire wardrobe of products to play with, including a few I’m very glad have been brought to my attention. To be totally honest, when B is for Beautiful launched in Superdrug – it didn’t really grab me and make it to the top of my ‘must try’ list for some reason. I had a little peruse occasionally when in store, but nothing quite made it as far as into my shopping basket. But having used some of the skincare I’ve definitely found a few items that will be sticking in my routine and definitely deserve a bit more shouting about! A little run down and review of each of the products I’ve been using, and how they fit into my new routine…
B. Refined Exfoliating Gel Cleanser: A very finely grained cleanser that has just the right balance between ‘feeling scrubby’, like it’s doing something and being gentle. This was my morning cleanse in the shower product and I absolutely loved it. It didn’t feel too harsh and I liked how fresh and clean my skin felt after use.
B. Radiant Rejuvenating Serum: A light serum that feels very nice to use and my skin does feel lovely after applying, it does have a very find shimmer running through it to help with the boost in ‘radiance’. I initially used this as my serum for day and night, but when I realised the fine shimmer was in there only used in the day.
B. Pure Micellar Water: Replacing my Bioderma with this cleansing water. I found this one best to use in the evening as the second step in my cleanse routine, after the Melting Gel Cleanser (more on this in a moment) to make sure all make-up really was removed and my skin was sparkly clean. Almost like a toner.. but only in the sense of using it to remove any last trace of cleanser and to just check that my skin was totally clean.
B. Clean Melting Gel Cleanser: One of the stand outs for me – reminds me a little of the Clarins Melting Gel Cleanser in texture. Feels lovely to use, especially if you have dehydrated skin – turns milky and rinses away easily when you add some warm water. A really pleasant cleanser to use and one I’m keeping in the routine going forward.
B. Active Day Cream: A tub of day cream, a little feels like it goes a long way with this and it does feel really hydrating which is v. important for me – but not too heavy. It contains SPF 15, which is good – although perhaps 30 might be nice…and whilst it is a lovely cream I would prefer it in a pump bottle as prefer this type of packaging for skincare.
B. Renewed Night Cream: Much like the day version, it manages to strike a happy balance between feeling hydrating and not feeling heavy. Skin does feel lovely on waking after using this all over the face and neck (yep, I’m at that age where I feel the need to moisturise my neck..). Only slight thing with this is same as the Day Cream – would love it if was in a bottle/pump dispenser instead of a pot.
B. Rescued Energising Balm: Another stand out product for me… and one that I think could very well be an affordable version of a certain Clarins cult classic product… The balm promises an instant pick-me-up for tired, dull skin to leave it feeling fresh, radiant and awake. This can also double up as a mask (I do love a multi-tasker). Whilst it’s a thicker texture than a serum, this was the one I find myself leaning towards instead of the B. Radiant Serum. Definitely a keeper from the bunch.
B. Flawless Targeting Wrinkle Filler: This is one of those cross over products that half sits in skincare and half sits in make-up as it’s a great pre-foundation primer if you have fine lines. But it does also contain ingredients to actually help reduce lines and wrinkles (the claim is by up to 9% in four weeks) I mixed using this and the eye cream.
B. Vitalised Eye Cream: Lovely light texture product, slightly thicker than a serum. Instantly absorbs in and feels refreshing to use – I opted for this one day and night, occasionally layering this and the B. Flawless for day time but generally this eye cream was my personal preference.
I also had a bit of a play with a few of their make-up bits and discovered a new love of a lipstick shade – the colour ‘Dolls House’ which is a gorgeous peachy pink nude shade that’s lovely and creamy to wear (with some fun quirky packaging). A perfect every day shade – but more on this another time as this is all about the skincare!
Overall, my first impressions after a week are good. My skin feels soft and more balanced than usual. I’ve had zero break outs or any sort of reaction, which is always the number one thing that you’re aware of when trialling a new skincare product or routine. I guess the number one thing that stands out to me from being set the week long trial is that I have happily continued using the products for a further week beyond that – which I think is what speaks volumes about how it’s been working for me. The real stand out products are the Exfoliating Cleanser, Melting Gel Cleanser and the Energising Balm. These are the ones that I am sticking with in the routine. B is for Beautiful is a range that I think definitely deserves a bit more of a closer look as there are some gems to be found.
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