The darlings over at Ralo were kind enough to send me their new collection of BB creams to try out.
Firstly, Sandylashxx posted about BB cream and explained what is supposed to be over here and without copying what she said, Ralo have said that the benefits of their newly launched BB cream also include being a primer, concealer, foundation, moisturiser, to be light and non-greasy and to also protect from the sun with an added SPF.
There are 4 different tones of the Ralo BB Cream, namely light, medium, dark and deep. If one of these tones do not suit your skin tone, they suggest to blend two shades together for a perfet match. My skin tone is “light” because I’m as pale as a ghost (thank you British genes AND winter) and it is probably still ever so slightly too dark for my skin tone but if you brush a touch of bronzer on your cheeks no one notices. Just blend it into your neck/jawline well and no one knows!
This product can be used on its own but I am a firm believer in always using a moisturiser first before applying any makeup-like product as BB cream can be described as both a cream/primer/foundation supplement – so just do it – because I said so! 😉
I have been using this product on its own over moisturiser and it easily covers blemishes and any red marks or imperfections, as most of the BB creams on the market do. I find that if i do not proceed to put a powder over the BB cream the pigment has the staying power on the face like a tinted moisturiser (it can have no pigment in an hour or so after application) which is ideal for sometimes but if you want more coverage apply a thin layer of setting powder of your choice on top and it lasts the whole day. It is not oily however with my oily skin I find it makes my skin feel oily about late afternoon (if applied early morning) and I require a powder touch up.
Using the product as a primer has not been my favourite go-to use as I feel the product provides a medium coverage and I’ve been loving light-to-medium coverage on my face recently due to good behaved skin! It does work however as a primer but I would suggest using a light-to-medium coverage foundation on top of the BB cream as the coverage will be quite heavy – suitable for a glam night time look.
All in all, this product is actually quite impressive given that it only costs R69.50 and is available from the 29 nation-wide Ralo branches or at the Ralo Online Shop.
Just on a side note, I did contact Ralo and asked them about their Cruelty Free Status and they are 100% cruelty free which gives them even more brownie points!
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes. This did not alter my view of the product in anyway.
This bride has a mixed skin tone with chocolate coloured eyes yet creamy, pinkish skin you can see on the collarbone. Silver with a warm-coloured stone flatters both tones and the slightly off-white dress.
As with any outfit, making sure your accessories, clothing and shoes match is a vital part of the dressing up process. This is even more important on your wedding day. Every bride wants to look their best and a co-ordinated outfit will definitely give you that flawless, beautiful look. When it comes to accessories one of the easiest ways to make sure you’re outfit is well matched is to choose the most flattering metal jewellery.
The most vital aspect to look at is your skin tone. But how to you figure out what yours is? Here are a few tips. I’ve omitted hair colour is it’s often irrelevant as dying hair is so common.
- Have pink undertones if skin colour is light or little undertone or a hint of sallowness if dark (Azealia Banks is a great example of dark cool skin). Skin looks a crisp and almost cool to the touch.
- Eye colour is blue, grey or almost black.
- Looking at your veins in direct sunlight they appear blue.
- You have been told you flatter the colours blue, jewel green, pink, blue-based red, pure black and pure white etc.
- The skin colour is often in the mid-range; if dark or pale the undertones are yellow and make the skin look warm.
- Eyes are usually warm tones of brown, green and hazel.
- In sunlight your veins look green.
- You’ve been told you look good in off-white or cream, brown, orangy reds, wine coloured purples and natural greens. If you look good in khaki you’re probably warm.
Once you’ve got a rough idea what metal you should suit take a look at your dress. There is more than one tone of white! Crisp white dresses with hard lines, simple sleekness or lots of diamante will often look better combined with silver jewellery. If you’re dress is one of the colours listed in the cool section silver is definitely the best choice. If the dress has an invitingly warm hint it’s likely to be an off-white colour, which is far better with gold pieces. Often dresses with ruffles and dresses with a lot of volume look better with gold jewellery as gold can be worn more simply while still looking luxurious. As above, if the dress is cream or any of the listed warm colours gold is definitely the way to go.
The big issue is that most of us are a mix of skin tones. You could look great in a champagne coloured dress but not look good in gold. If this is the case stick to the metal you know looks good on you. To bring colours from the opposite end of the spectrum look for details in the dress’s colour spectrum. If you have a cream dress but are cool choose silver jewellery, look for some with off-white pearls or stones in a warm colour such as amber or ruby. As a cool toned woman myself I’ve used similar silver jewellery with amber to warm up my daily outfits too! This is both a great way to make your jewellery stand out as well as harmonise the wedding outfit colours. To cool down gold diamonds are always a good choice, or look for pure white pearl and stones in jewel colours such as sapphire and emerald.
One last area to consider is the style of your wedding. If you’re wearing a dark blue silky dress you’d think silver jewellery is the answer, but if you’re getting married on a sunny beach gold and its association with the summer holidays would suit the wedding far more (your skin should be getting a nice warm glow from all the sunshine anyway!). A more formal, traditional wedding might mean that silver jewellery flatters you best, while a wedding out in nature might require you to stock up on natural materials like pearl and stones and experiment with both metals for the best affect.
I hope this gives any bride-to -be some ideas for choosing the best metal jewellery for their big day. Having a rough idea of the colours that fit together takes a huge chunk of stress out of matching your dress and your jewellery together.
Bio: Adina is a part-time sci-fi geek and loves to blog through guest posting as a great way to meet people from all over the globe.