Bourjois Healthy Mix BB Cream

Bourjois Healthy Mix BB Cream

bourjois healthy mix bb cream 01 light review swatch application coverage

After my all time favorite BB cream was discontinued by The Body Shop, some people recommended I look into the newly released Bourjois Healthy Mix BB Cream. It took ages before I could find it in store last winter and since BB cream is a summer makeup product for me I didn’t get around to using it until this month. Will this be a good replacement for the BB cream I loved so much? More importantly yet: will it be a good, lightweight summer time base that can withstand a bit of sweat and heat?

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The Body Shop Tea Tree BB Cream

The Body Shop Tea Tree BB Cream

I hadn’t tried anything from TBS’s Tea Tree line yet. That was until I bought this BB cream. Since the Tea Tree line is formulated especially for blemish prone skin and my skin is anything but blemish prone, I had never really looked into it. That changed when I was looking for a product for a friend and then stumbled upon a BB cream. I was intrigued and when the lady in the store told me she was wearing it too, I decided to pick it up. Today I’ll be letting you know how I got on.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream 01

The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream 01

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Rimmel BB Cream Radiance in Very Light

Rimmel BB Cream Radiance in Very Light

Flawless skin is one aspect that make up can bring you, so I am forever looking for the perfect base products. A few years ago, BB creams were all the rage. Boasting skincare benefits as well as coverage, they quickly became a bestselling product and last year Rimmel expanded their range. As their original BB cream is one of my favorite base products, I decided to give their Radiance 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Super MakeUp in Very Light a try. Will it beat my experience with the Match Perfection Foundation which turned me into an Oompa Loompa?

Rimmel BB Cream Radiance 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup

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Review: Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector (or BB Cream)

Review: Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector (or BB Cream)

There has been lots of buzz about this new product Garnier put on the market just recently. It’s supposed to be the first BB Cream produced for Non-Asian people. BB Creams are in fact blemish balms (hence the BB) that have been Asian women’s go to products for years. The problem was that the color tones of Asian BB creams never matched up with Westerners’ skin tones. Garnier tries to put an end to that and here is why I purchased it and my thoughts.

Garnier BB Cream

I purchased this product because I’m not really into day creams and foundations as they make my skin feel gross. The best part of this product is that it is not a make up product, but a skin care product. It is a day cream, but with some color to it to cover up redness and other parts of your face that you would otherwise cover in foundation or concealer. I don’t like the feel of foundation on my skin and because I have dry skin. It usually makes my skin look worse rather than better. Especially around my nose it will start to adhere to flakes of skin making it look like I’m a snake ready to shed. This makes it necessary for me to use a good moisturizer, but all the creams I’ve tried just sit on my skin and don’t seem to do anything but make my skin greasy. So that combined with the fact that creams and foundations making me feel yucky, made me not use it at all. Until now.

I purchased the BB cream on Monday and have been using it ever since. I love it and I hope to tell you why in the rest of this review. Let’s look at what Garnier says first of all.

Discover the BB Cream secret – a new generation of skincare that combines the best of skincare with the benefits of make-up in one application! New Miracle Skin Perfector has a lightweight formula with vitamin C and mineral pigments to deliver long-lasting hydrating care with SPF15 UV filters and a light touch of make-up for instantly visible, radiant results. Quickly & perfectly it unifies, corrects, brightens, moisturises & protects!

Now the SPF 15 I could do without. I don’t get a lot of sun to begin with so I treasure every ray I can catch, but in the light of aging skin it is a plus I guess. Other than that they promise to moisturize your skin and to correct it. In all it should give you healthier and better looking skin. Let’s look at the product to test these claims shall we?

The packaging

Plain and simple packaging. Me likies. I really don’t like products that look as if someone from the Barok era had their way with it. It also comes in a handy tube: you just squirt out a bit of the product and that’s it. It’s clean, hygienic and easy to use.

The cream itself

I have the BB cream in the color light, but this still looks a bit dark for me. The cream is nice and thick, yet still soft. It feels like whipped cream and is easy to spread out. It feels great on my face and it is absorbed by my skin wonderfully. This really is the first cream that is easy to wear and doesn’t just ‘sit’ on top of it. It also doesn’t rub off during the day.

Blendability

As you can see, the cream seems a bit dark for me here, but it is very blendable and if you just keep rubbing it will flawlessly match your skin. Even when you are NW15 like me! Because, yes, you can see that I have something on, but if I had covered my entire hand with it, you wouldn’t have seen the difference.

left: bare skin, right: with BB cream

Now on to the real test: does it work? Does it makes your skin look better? Does it reduce redness? Does it make your skin more glowy and healthy looking? Well judging by the picture above I think you can say yes. It is not hardcore coverage that you get, so if you really have bad spots you would still need a concealer, but it makes your complexion look 10x better. Another great thing is that it is buildable: need to reduce some more redness?, just put on a thin extra layer.

I’m actually loving this product. It really does make a difference whether or not I’m wearing this. To me, this really offers the best of both worlds as it moisturizes my skin as well as evening it out ever so slightly. I guess that if your skin has more blemishes and not just some redness like mine, you will need a foundation to cover it all up, but if your skin is not that bad and you still want to take proper care of it and make it look better without looking like you’re wearing a ton of make up, then this is a product you may want to consider.

The only slight turn off I can find about it is the smell. It smells sort of sweet, like they fused it with perfume. I don’t like scented creams as perfume does not always agree with my skin. However, after using it a few days I came to like it and I don’t even notice it anymore. Also, I didn’t break out or anything like that, so maybe it’s a natural scent rather than perfume.

Q: Are you looking to purchasing Garnier’s new BB cream?

Beauty shoplog with MAC, Lush, nail polish and more

Beauty shoplog with MAC, Lush, nail polish and more

I got a few beauty related trinkets too over the past few weeks. Some of this I bought on a whim. Other things I bought because I had been wanting it for a long time. Here they are:

Nail polish: NYC In A New York Color Minute Chelsea, NYC In A New York Color Minute Canal Street, OPI Royal Flush Blush, OPI Designer… De Better

I really don’t need anymore nail polishes, but hey when I see unique colors, or when I see good reviews of polishes by a brand that I haven’t tried yet, I want to see for myself. So that is why I got these. OPI just came out with their Muppet Collection for the Holidays. When I saw them there was this one color that just popped out. It was the sparkly taupe shade you see on the right in the picture. The NYC ones were cheap but the colors are great. Don’t believe me? Here are the swatches for the four polishes:

OPI is on the left, NYC is on the right. Designer… De Better is a bit more sheer than I had hoped but it is still a great color. The NYC colors are very opaque and I just love the soft rose color of Royal Flush Blush.

Lush stuff: Glögg, Angels on Bare Skin (repurchase), soap in figs & leaves

I also hit up Lush. I got a shower gel (Glögg) which smells heavenly and will be perfect for the cold days coming up. I already wrote about Angels on Bare Skin and am curious to try Figs & Leaves. I only bought a small piece as I’m not too fond of soaps, but this felt so rich and creamy and apparently gently exfoliates at the same time, which should make it perfect for me. I can’t wait to try it out.

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector (aka BB Cream)

This product has been pretty hyped up and I was curious to try it. I will post a review of this tomorrow so if you want to know how it works and why I bought it: stay tuned.

MAC: lip pencil in In Synch, lipstick (cremesheen) in Creme D’ Nude & Studio Sculpt concealer in NW15

Yesterday I took a trip up to The Hague as Leiden doesn’t have a MAC counter. MAC released their new Glitter & Ice Collection for the Holidays yesterday and I had been eyeballing a paintpot ever since seeing the first pictures online. It was nice weather and so I went to The Hague to pay MAC a visit. Once there, my wanted paintpot had of course sold out already (sigh) but I had something else on my wishlist so I went with that: a nude lipstick that does NOT make me look like I’ve just been resurrected from the dead.

Because that is the usual effect. After some great help and lots of tries I finally found the right one. I also found out that the concealer I usually use is too dark for me and since I find the pump system of that thing annoying (it gives me so much product that I could cover my whole face with it) I also though something in a pot would be a better option. The MUA recommended the Studio Sculpt as it works best with dry skin and I now know I’m NW15 in MAC face products: the lightest there is.

I also did some swatches of these for you guys:

Lip pencil, lipstick & concealer

Q: What are beauty products that are on your wishlist?