Friday, March 7, 2014

No Sleep? No Problem...

I’ve been really struggling with sleeping recently. The stress of working life, family life and social life can leave us feeling absolutely shattered. There’s just never enough hours in the day is there? 

Lack of sleep has really affected my skin – I already have quite puffy eyes on the best of days, but with the mix of stress and no sleep, they are getting darker and bigger by the day. The overall condition of my skin is taking a hit too; it’s dull, dry and zombie-like. 

My go-to Revlon Nearly Naked was just adding to the problem – I’ve loved this foundation for such a long time but it’s turned on me! It’s become really drying and settles into my fine lines – massively exaggerating them. I’m trying my best to use stuff up before buying new, but I couldn’t stand how this made my face look for much longer, so I headed to the shops.

I’d heard good things about the new Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream, so was looking to pick this up. Unfortunately, the Boots I visited was tiny and didn’t stock this, so I opted for the foundation version of the formula as I thought they are bound to be pretty similar. 

From the first use, I was blown away! The Bourjois 123 Perfect aims to give “a flawless even complexion for 16 hours” with 3 colour correcting pigments to tackle specific complexion issues. Yellow pigments improve the appearance of dark circles, mauve pigments tackle dullness and green pigments counteract redness – literally tackling all of the issues I’m having at the moment. 

This is a perfect colour match for me, which to be honest I find unusual for Bourjois – this is the first time I’ve found one of their foundations to have a shade light enough for me. Application is so easy; it blends like a dream and settles to a glowing, almost dewy finish. I definitely feel like my skin is more illuminated with this, and is doesn’t have any shimmer in it like other ‘illuminating’ foundations. 

This paired with the Seventeen Phroarr Paint creates an illusion of a full night’s sleep. Seventeen is a nostalgic brand for me. I use to wear loads of their makeup when I was younger, but it’s not a brand I’ve reached for in recent years. When they brought out a Heavy Duty Under Eye Concealer that everyone was raving about, I knew I had to try it. 

This stuff is thick, but that’s a good thing for my bags at the moment. This is designed for baaad bags, and it really does work. You have to heat it up a little first to get it smooth enough, but once you do, it glides on like a dream. It brightens slightly too, which is good, but mainly covers the nasty blue tones I’ve got going on at the moment. I do have to set it to avoid creasing, but this is part of my normal routine anyway to be honest. 

So there you have it. A perfect duo for a full night’s sleep face. 

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  1. these look really good, I'll have to look out for them when I next go into Boots :) xx

  2. Oooo may have to take a look at these beauties! X


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