REVIEW: Nivea Daily Essentials BB Cream

Ok so this is a bit of a tricky review for me as I adore Nivea products however hate this one.

I’ll start off by saying I’ve tried the Tinted Moisturising Day Cream and absolutely loved it so thought that I’d try the BB cream when I came across it the other day whilst I was in Body Care.

These were what the product states it does:

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The instructions for application also say to “Apply the cream on cleansed face by gently massaging in small circles.”

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As I said I love Nivea products and had really high hopes for this one but it really didn’t live up to my expectations and here’s why:

  • Even after I’d moisturised and primed my face with hydrating primer it seemed to stick to my dry patches which made it look uneven and really irritated my skin.
  • I started off by applying the cream in the specified way to apply it and it looked blotchy and patchy so I tried using a makeup sponge, the same thing happened.
  • The skin match was horrific as I have light skin in the winter but I wouldn’t say it’s fair, however the lightest shade made my face look orange.
  • It says that it refines the appearance of pores but my pores seemed to show more than they normally would, even without makeup on.
  • I never really use powder all over my face as I feel it makes my skin look dry and cakey however I tried to fix the look by packing it all over my face, this made my skin all itchy.

I’d say this product has two pros if I’m being generous and they are the smell- I absolutely love the smell of it as it smells like most Nivea products do, and it is SPF 10 to protect your skin from the sun.

I’d like to say that maybe it’s just because it’s winter and my skin is all dry and pale and that if it were summer and I were to try out the product again (which I might do) it would have a better effect.

Or it could just be my bad application. Either way, for me this product was a 1 out of 5, purely because it did the complete opposite to my skin to what it said it would do.

If you have any BB cream recommendations (preferably under a tenner) then please suggest them in the comments as I am desperate!!

EG x

My PM skincare routine

Since the age of 13 til around the age of 18 I had spots and my skin was so sensitive. I’m now nearly 20 and can finally use nice products on my face to cleanse and moisturise rather than just clean my face with prescription cleansers to prevent spots.

I waited for Christmas so that I could ask for some nice basic skincare products to start me off and I decided the brand I wanted to try for skincare was going to be e.l.f.

I just asked for generic things so my Mum got me the Exfoliating Scrub, the Daily Face Cleanser and the Daily Hydration moisturiser– all from e.l.f., and so far so good.

She also got me the Nivea Double Effect Eye Make-up Remover which is also a nice product.

Step 1

I only do this first step of my routine if I’m wearing makeup, which is to use the Double Effect Eye Make-up Remover to remove my eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara. At first I was sceptical of using it as I just thought it’d be like using a makeup wipe so I thought what’s the extra hassle worth? I was completely wrong.

This product states on the instructions to shake well before use, to apply it to a cotton pad and that no rubbing is needed. I was like “No rubbing? What a load of BS” but it turns out what I thought was actually the BS because this thing worked a treat. Of course it’s a nice surprise when you’re tired AF and you just want to take your makeup off with no effort!

Step 2

Step two is something I do two to three times a week. One because it says to do so on the instructions, and two because I agree.

I’ll do this if I do or don’t have makeup on as it makes no difference to the results. I put it on my fingertips then massage it around my face in circular motions, focusing it particularly on my dry bits like my nose and in between my eyebrows, along with the parts of my face where my pores get clogged more.

This leaves my skin feeling soft and ready for step 3.

Step 3

This step is my favourite purely because I love to use my No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Brush.

I start off by wetting my face then putting the Daily Face Cleanser on the tips of my fingers and rubbing it on my face in circular motions for a few seconds. I then scrape the leftover product off my hands and put it on my face.

This is when I use my Cleansing Brush which has two settings. I start off by wetting it and then shaking of the excess water just so it makes the cleanser lather. I put the brush on its first setting which is slow and use it all over my face (not including my eyes) in circular motions. After around 30 secs I put it on it’s higher setting which makes it faster doing the same thing for around the same time.

I then wash the product off my face and dab my skin dry with a clean towel.

Step 4

The final step to my routine is moisturising. I put a generous amount of the Daily Hydration Moisturiser on my finger tips then blob it around my face evenly. I then rub it in focusing on my dry patches (which there are a lot of because of the cold weather).

I usually put lip balm on right before bed too so that my lips are less likely to crack.

If you have any products you’d like to recommend or have any questions about the products I’ve used, feel free to comment them below.

EG x