Garnier Micellar Water for dry skin

Garnier Micellar Water for dry skin

Micellar water is one of my favorite skin cleansing products. I have tried several over the years, but my favorite is and will forever be the ones that Garnier has brought out. However, one thing still missing from Garnier’s line was a micellar water formulated for dry skin. Bioderma has one and it would only be a matter of time before Garnier would do the same.

garnier micellar water cleanser dry skin review swatch

Garnier Skin Active Micellar Water for Dry Skin

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Garnier waterproof eye make up remover

Garnier waterproof eye make up remover

Talking about long overdue reviews! I am almost through my second bottle of the Garnier waterproof eye make up remover and not once have I mentioned it on here. Shame on me! Because this is a great little product that is quite affordable, does a really good job at removing make up, yet is gentle and non-irritating on my skin at the same time. Time to tell you all about it.

Garnier waterproof eye make up remover

Garnier waterproof eye make up remover

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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?

Review: Garnier Pure Active Anti-Spot Roll On

Review: Garnier Pure Active Anti-Spot Roll On

I already wrote a review a while ago about Garnier’s Eye Roller with Caffeine. Since I liked that one, I was very curious to see how well their anti-spot treatment would work.

You can see the product in the picture above. The packaging is very similar to the eye roller and it’s very handy. The top has a small ball that you can roll over a spot and then it should disappear. Here’s what Garnier says:

New Garnier Pure Active

Garnier Pure Active is our generation of concentrated formulae tested on imperfection-prone skin.

Garnier Pure Active Roll-on
76% of people tested say it had an instant drying effect**
The new roll-on revolutionary roller-ball is designed to immediately soothe and cool skin. The easy-to-use targeted application provides instant drying action and helps protect against spots on the go.
**Self assessment on 37 men & women 2009

Now I don’t get a lot of spots/ zits. Only every so often and usually around that time of the month so I thought this would be perfect for me. It’s not as expensive as the eye roller, which is a plus. I believe this retails at around €7 – €8. Still not very cheap, but compared to €15 for the eye roller this is a bargain.

And the best part is: it works! It works best on spots that are only just developing, but even when you have one that popped up in the course of the night, this stuff will work. What it does exactly as what Garnier says: it dries out the spot and this way it will disappear a lot quicker.

I’m really happy I got this as now I will refrain from trying to get rid of zits the bad way (i.e. by using my nails to squeeze it out. This is a much more hygienic and efficient way, to keep spots away.

(And again a slogan. Maybe I’m in the wrong profession. I should have gone into advertising. J/k)

Q: What do you think? Would you like to try this?

Review: Garnier Eye Roller with Cafeine

Review: Garnier Eye Roller with Cafeine

I walked by this product SO many times and always decided against buying it as it is rather expensive (€15). However, a while ago the drugstore had a discount and I caved. If you want to say bye bye to puffy bags under your eyes: this is for you!

Here’s what Garnier has to say:

Roll away under-eye puffiness and dark circles for brighter, more radiant eyes.

Is it right for me?
While you sleep circulation slows down and causes fluid to collect in your lower eye area. Dark circles and puffiness appear. Skin Renew anti-puff eye roller is right for you if you gently want to stimulate micro-circulation around skin’s delicate eye area to decongest excess fluid for diminished dark circles and puffiness.

How do I use it?
Gently roll Skin Renew anti-puff eye roller under the eye from the inner corner to the outer corner, one to two times.

How do I use Skin Renew products together?
After cleansing with your favorite Garnier cleanser, use your preferred Skin Renew daily moisture lotion. Apply Skin Renew anti-puff eye roller as your daily care, morning and night.

For advanced care, incorporate into your routine:
Skin Renew radiance moisture cream

These rollers now come in different varieties as well, but I haven’t tried those. All I have tried is the regular one with a cafeine boost for your under eyes. All I have to say is: I love this! Especially when I wake up at 6 AM to go to work I get those silly bags. All you do is just roll it on, massage it in with your fingers and let it dry. 5 mins later *poof* those bags are gone. All I need is a bit of Benefit’s Ooh La Lift and I’m all set. I don’t even need concealer anymore, as I don’t get super dark circles, only puffiness.So yay for that! This is what the roller looks like:

Needless to say I will definitely repurchase this product and may try a different one next time! The downside is that it is expensive. However I will be buying it on sale though, as Garnier products are on sale plenty of times throughout the year.