A little while ago I was having a conversation with my husband about my vast skincare collection. He is a very neat person who likes things tidy and minimalistic. I am a hoarder who loves to surround myself with things. A match made in heaven…! As I have rosacea and therefore very temperamental skin, I have accumulated a lot of skincare. I have my morning routine which has at least 5 steps and my evening routine which has at least 6. And that’s when my skin is behaving! I have lotions and potions that I swap in and out if my dermatitis is playing up… ones for when my flare ups are making my face so warm I feel like I might spontaneously combust… others for if I have papules/pustules…the list goes on.
So when this conversation turned towards what I would do without these products, you can forgive me if I turned a bit pale (as pale as you can get under a big red rosacea face). What would I do if we were burgled by a skincare obsessive? Or if I went on holiday and an incompetent baggage handler lost my luggage? Or if there was a really, really localised asteroid shower that only impacted my dressing table? I felt a bit sick. But it got me thinking (*put on your best Carrie from SATC voice here*), could I find a capsule skincare collection that not only would work with my atypical skin but would also not require a bank loan to acquire?
B.Skincare The Ultimate Capsule Skincare Collection RosaceaReview
The B. brand has been on my radar for a while now, but I’d only tried their make up (which is excellent by the way, you can see my thoughts HERE). However, I’d been hearing very good things about their skincare range. So throughout August, I gave it a full test. Below are all the bits I’ve been trying:
In a rush? To quickly summarise, yes. It’s brilliant. It would make a wonderful ‘I need to replace everything in my skincare routine in one go’ collection. It’s also a great place to start if you don’t really have a skincare routine at the moment or are looking to introduce some new steps (e.g. people like my sister who STILL uses face wipes and STILL only uses a moisturiser even after I’ve badgered her for years to mix it up a bit). The best bit is that the whole range is ridiculously affordable. At full price, you can get the whole range that I have tested out below for under £50 and it includes a morning and night routine. PLUS, this range is on offer at Superdrug at the moment so you can get all of these bits for about £25 which is truly, truly unbelievable.
Want the details? Let’s dive in…
If you’re a face wipe fan (*stares at you for an uncomfortably long time*) please consider a change to micellar water. If you don’t know what these are, they are wonderful beasts. Basically it’s water in which teeny oil particles are suspended. They are a fantastic make up remover, even on waterproof mascara. You just soak a cotton pad or two, depending on how much make up you wear, and go to town on your face. For sensitive skin like mine, they’re wonderful if you’re in the middle of a bad flare up. When my skin is unhappy, I try not to get too much water on it as it can aggravate it, and using a flannel is out of the question. The B.Pure Micellar Water is the best I’ve tried on the high street: it is unscented, it doesn’t leave a film on the face and it does get rid of make up really well, without having to drag on your face or scrub at your eyes.
The B.Clean Melting Gel Cleanser is probably my favourite product in the whole range: it is a clear thick gel (see image below) that feels very calming and smooth on your face, but as you work it into your skin it turns into an oil, which then turns into a milky cleanser when you apply water. It’s wonderful for removing make up and doesn’t make my skin feel tight, dry or aggravated.
I use a serum twice a day but I know a lot of people don’t. Personally I can really tell the difference when I don’t use one: it really ramps up the hydration in my skin and gives it a definite boost, so I always recommend people try one out. The B.Radiant Rejuvenating Serum is a very good basic. It’s a white gel/cream texture that sinks in very quickly in preparation for your moisturiser.
The B.Active Day Cream was probably my least favourite product from the products I tried, but that is very much down to my personal preferences. I am not a fan of moisturisers in tubs like this (#longnailproblems), and I also found it took quite a long time to sink into the skin. I like to snooze my alarm so my mornings are always very frantic. Therefore, I need skincare to do what it’s doing and do it QUICKLY. But the actual moisturiser is good, very much just a standard moisturiser that will stop you looking like a lizard. Which is nice.
I am a facial oil fiend. A lot of people are scared of oils, especially if their skin is oily/combination as they worry that they’re making their skin even more of a oil-slick. This is not true. I would say I have very oily skin and my skin is so much better since I’ve started using facial oils at night. The right oil can plump up the skin, give a gorgeous glow and is one of the few skincare products which can give an almost instant improvement to your skin. B.Replenished Facial Oil has a lovely smooth texture, doesn’t smell funky (as some oils can) and sinks in very quickly compared to other oils, so you won’t have an greasy pillow!
All of the B. ranges are suitable for vegans and are cruelty-free, and their sales crop up very regularly. The skincare products have a very useful key that helps you to pinpoint what products you might need, depending on age which you can find details of HERE. There are a lot more skincare bits and pieces in the range as well so you can definitely find anything you need.
Do you think you’ll be trying out anything from the B.Skincare range? Do you like the idea of a capsule skincare collection?
*B. skincare was provided by b. for review, but the idea for the blog and the words are my own.