Tuesday, September 22

- Base Products: Out With The Old, In With The New?...

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Whilst I love, and I mean love, experimenting with different makeup brands and products, there are some things where I take the stance of 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'. I've been using the same base products for months & months now, and the thought of mixing things up hadn't crossed my mind. That is, until recently...

You may have seen a BB cream and face powder in my latest BonjourHK haul. When I first saw them, I wasn't sure what to think. Could anything beat my trusty combination of Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream topped with Rimmel Stay Matte powder?!

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Well in short, yes. Yes it can. That's not to say I've gone off the Bonjour 123 Perfect CC cream (£9.99) offering though. It's thin, it's lightweight, it covers imperfections and lasts a full working day without touch-ups.

So why have I been preferring the WOWWOW Weightless BB Cream (£7.33*)? As you can see, the formula is less fluid than the Bourjois offering, but surprisingly it blends easier. They both share the same pros, but the WOWWOW version seems to offer more that little bit more with added SPF 30 protection and natural essential rose oil. It seems to treat my dry/dehydrated skin at the same time as enhancing and colour correcting it. If you're a lover of dewy skin, you'll love this. It's provides the perfect 'glow from within', which I can't get enough of.

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As for powder, I've repurchased the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder (£3.99) for years now, as it seems to work the best out of the affordable ones I've tried and tested. It offers great coverage, keeps shine at bay and does the overall job wonderfully. However, I'm pale (I'm talking ghostly pale) and often think even the shade 'Transparent' looks a little too warm on me.

Which is where Club Cosmetice Skincare Powder (£7.97*) comes in. This powder is definitely a gem for us paler ones. Plus, like the BB cream, it contains rose which gives it a wonderful uplifting, feminine scent whilst providing some goodness to the skin. You'll also see that a sponge applicator is included, which I surprisingly use and find effective. It's a lot thicker and structured compared to other flimsy ones. If you're more towards the oily side of things, perhaps stick to Rimmel Stay Matte, but if you're like me, this works wonders!

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So there we have my new holy grail base products. I still love my previous must-haves and can't see me saying goodbye to them fully anytime soon, but there's no harm in mixing things up afterall, right?

Have you tried any of these base products? Let me know in the comments below!

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been gifted. I only feature products/services to my personal taste and all opinions are 100% my own.



  1. Hello from Spain: fabulous beauty products. Great makeup .. We keep in touch

  2. So need to get my hands on that Bourjois CC Cream, I have heard great things about it

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  3. I'm an avid repurchaser of the Rimmel powder too and I've been meaning to try a cc base for a while! I've recently found my usual Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation is disappearing through the day (maybe my skin is oilier) so I could do with something lighter.
    J x

  4. I love wowwow products they are amazing and the powder sounds great especially as I am pale and find it hard to find anything light enough ;) xxx

  5. Hehehe they do say if it worked once it will work again! Love the cosmetice skincare powder it does look fabulous on you Karen <3 I always repurchase gems ... Sometimes they're irreplacable no matter how hard you try hehe xoxox


  6. It's really nice to read that the WOWWOW BB cream performs better than Bourjois because I've read really good stuff about that CC cream. Also refreshing to read about a good online site that sells good quality products.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  7. Great post and your blog is beautiful! :D I am always finding that products are always way too warm and 'orange' for me, even the palest shades. I have just found a Rimmel foundation that I love, it's an even better shade than my last, but smells a lot stronger! xx

    elizabeth | ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara | bloglovin follow for follow

  8. Great post! Your blog is amazing and so inspiring for new beauty bloggers like us! :)
    PS. I would love it if you could check out our blog and let me know what you think x Also, follow for follow anyone?


  9. I wish I didn't like to change up my foundation as much as I do haha as I end up buying too much at once & then don't use them up. Love the look of the powder & such pretty packaging too x

    Beauty with charm

  10. Thank for this review , I'm looking for a new press product and that one for Rommel London looks great !!
    The color palette

  11. The BB cream sounds great, I always see people with dewy skin and wonder how on earth they get it to look like that! I might have to look into the WOWWOW brand :)

    Velvet Blush

  12. This was such a lovely idea for a post! I am in love with this CC Cream but I definitely need to try out the BB Cream :) it sounds amazing! x


  13. I really love the smell of the Stay Matte powder!

    Heba xx ││The HebaBloglovinInstagram

  14. If this beats the Bourjois CC cream, then I need to try it, it's my absolute favourite! Who doesn't want to look lit from within too? :)


  15. I loooooove the Booujois cc cream, it works so well on my skin and doesnt even feel like I'm wearing anything. I remember using the Rimmel powder when I was in high school, maybe I should go for it again :)
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  16. Sometimes it's good to venture out of the comfort zone! I use the same Rimmel powder and have done for years. I often think I ought to try out something different but tend to fall into the habit of just picking up another one up when I'm running out, because it's convenient and it works! Let's see if you inspire me to branch out anytime soon! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  17. The packaging of the powder is so cute. I have been using Bourjois CC cream a lot lately but the WOWWOW BB cream sounds dreamy! Will keep it it mind for my next foundation purchase. Xx

    Ally | Glam O’Clock

  18. I use the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder from time to time. I'm always trying so many base products though. I have about 8 foundations in rotation at the moment and three powders. And there are still some powders that I haven't even used yet! #beautyjunkieproblems Lol

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl's Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  19. Mixing things up is always a good idea! I'd love to try the WOWWOW bb cream. Just because it's a fun name ha.

    Corinne x

  20. I have never tried these products but I am currently trying (and researching) trying to find my must have products and haven't been having any luck so I will definitely have to look more into these.

  21. Have never heard of your new HG products before but they sound great. I mean, if it's better than the Bourjois CC cream, which I also love, it's gotta be good. :)

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  22. I love the Rimmel Stay Matte powder- I've gone through so many of them!

    Brunette-ish | A Beauty Blog

  23. I don't really combined make up items but maybe I should have a rethink. The wowwow looks like a great product because it is light but has good coverage Lucy x