I love wearing makeup, especially foundation, but wearing a thick and full coverage foundation every day can feel like it is suffocating the skin. Even when removing my makeup at the end of the day properly with a good cleanser or face wash, wearing a foundation daily became too much for my skin.
A year later, I have finally found a balance of wearing minimal or no makeup for the majority of the week, sometimes even a few weeks with no foundation. This is because I have finally found a beautiful looking and feeling BB cream to wear instead of foundation!
A typical week for me is running around being a Mum and a housewife. This means in and out of the house, cooking, cleaning, play dates, after school classes etc. Wearing a full face of makeup daily, like I said, can be too much. Thankfully recently, I have found a great balance in my daily skincare routine, where I now feel confident that I can leave the house with just my skincare products applied and nothing else. Check out a recent post on My Morning Skincare Routine.
It has taken me many years to feel this relaxed about my skin, even on the days that I have small blemishes or hormonal redness around my nose. However, that being said, during these winter months, I have found that the condition of my skin, even though improved and clearer, as an olive skinned Turkish Cypriot, when my skin naturally lightens due to less sunshine, my skin tone becomes more sallow and yellow. I even make jokes to my friends that I look like a Simpson!
I’ve tried so many different alternatives to foundations, lightweight foundations, BB creams, CC creams, primers. The trouble is none of the shades matched my skin tone, they were either too pink or too pale, so I gave up! Nothing gave me that natural glow I wanted to see in my skin during the winter months. That was until I received a travel size sample of the Marcelle BB cream in one of my Birchbox box’s last year. This product changed everything!
This BB cream was everything I had been looking for! A light-weight formula, which had light-reflecting pigments to help enhances the radiance in the skin and comes in one shade for all. This multi-tasking BB cream does so much more than that too! It smooths out my skin, evening skin tone, hydrating and calming my skin of any redness! And the best bit is that its perfect for a combination/oily skin type, with shine-control while still creating a dewy finish to the skin.
This light weight fluid is so easy to use in this pump action tube, giving you control of how much you use. TIP: the key is to start with a small amount and build up the coverage/application.
After you cleanse/tone and apply your daily moisturiser, apply onto the face either with your fingers in a light sweeping motion starting from the centre of your face and then outwards or use a foundation brush to apply in the same way.
You can either wear this product as it is or use it as a makeup base/primer and continue with your foundation for that added radiance to your makeup.
This product has become my go-to makeup item on those few days of the week where I feel like having a ‘no makeup’ day. It lasts all day without sliding off my face and the colour matches my skin tone so well that it looks natural. You can purchase this product on the Birchbox Shop for £25.50 for a 45ml bottle, which I think is a great price compared to the amount of money I have paid for other brands with smaller bottles.
Have you tried this brand of BB cream before? What do you use for your makeup days off and natural skin looks?