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Garnier BB Cream

Kept in my bathroom counter so I can remember to apply in the mornings

So it’s been about a month since I’ve started using Garnier’s Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream in light/medium. I picked it up because I had a three dollar off coupon inside my latest Elle Canada magazine.

As you’ll remember, I was initially hesitant about trying out BB Creams but decided to give it a shot since I got a deal for it. So what’s the verdict?

Pros:

  • I really works to reduce the redness in my face which is something I’m always concerned about. I don’t have rosacea but I do have sensitive skin which is often red in the cheeks and sometimes my chin. The BB Cream helps tone down the redness and doesn’t irritate the areas.
  • It’s convenient to moisturize and apply foundation in one step. I don’t generally wear foundation but I do moisturize. But I found I did enjoy the extra coverage I was getting out of it. I can imagine for some girls who wear sheer foundation, this will help save time in the mornings by eliminating 1 step from their beauty routine.
  • It always felt comfortable on my face, never sticky which some moisturizers and foundations can feel. This is problematic for me especially because of the aforementioned sensitive skin issue.
  • The makeup always looked natural which is important to me. The mask effect from foundation is one main reason I generally do not wear foundation. I’d rather people see my skin (flaws & all) rather than seeing me with a foundation mask on.

Cons:

  • It’s easy to over-moisturize with this, especially if you’re looking for more coverage. I found when I had a breakout, I was over-applying because the coverage just wasn’t enough. Ultimately, I ended up applying a separate moisturizer and a separate foundation for when I wanted to achieve a flawless face.
  • If my skin was flaky from a dried up zit, the BB cream would emphasize rather than camouflage it. My skin needs to be lightly exfoliated every day to keep it smooth.
  • The finish is supposed to be glowy but I ended up looking oily as my skin goes between normal and oily already. I found I was always lightly dusting my nose to keep it from being too shiny.

According to Garnier, I should have been a difference at around two weeks of regular use. My skin initially started off irritated and had broken out around my cheekbones. I do notice that the redness has been reduced. My skin’s still prone to breaking out, but I don’t think it’s from the BB cream (which neither causes nor treats my acne). My wrinkles are also still there. I don’t have many – just tiny ones under my eyes. They’re still there and don’t appear to be in a hurry to go somewhere.

Right now, I’m not 100% ready to say Yay or Nay on BB creams. I think I like them better than my initial impression of them. But I’m still on the fence about whether it’s better to go with a BB cream rather than a separate moisturizer & foundation – both of which I can customize to work better for my skin than an all-in-one solution. (I’ve often found that all-in-one solutions usually aren’t that effective.)

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I spent way too much money this weekend. To hide my guilt and shame, I’ve decided against telling you what the prices are. Instead, here’s what I bought:

1) Talula Shrunken Exeter Blazer in black from Aritzia

Talula Shrunk Exeter Blazer

I know, everyone and their momma has one of these. But I don’t have a single blazer in my closet and I figured this is the easiest way to look put together without actually being so. Shrunken blazer because at 5’2″, my short stubby legs hated the regular one.

2) Talula Silk Tank in both Whitecap Grey and Cockatoo from Aritzia

Talula Silk Tank Top

in Whitecap Grey

Just a couple basic tanks, one in a neutral and one in a kicky mint green.

3) Monk & Lou Blazer in cream from Plenty

Monk & Lou Blazer

Something to dress up my summer wardrobe as well as, again, fake that whole “put together” look. I’m not 100% sure about this one and may end up returning it later on this week.

4) Vero Moda Blake 2/4 tank in Shiny Cobalt from Plenty

Vero Moda Blake 2/4

in Shiny Cobalt (what's so shiny about it?)

It was the colour that attracted me to this. Couldn’t help it. Lately I’ve really been into this bright blue colour lately. (But for some reason, that monologue that Miranda Priestly spouts off keeps running through my head.) I’m also on the fence about this purchase.

5) Big Blue Jessica Ankle Thin Jeggings from Plenty

Big Blue Jessica

in black rather than blue

I know, I know. The dreaded J word: jegging. But they’re so soft and comfortable and don’t look like denim. I’m hoping to be able to wear them to the work with some cute heels. Of course, on me, they’re just regular length jeggings and not ankle length.

That’s it! Of course, it doesn’t look like a lot,… until I see my Visa bill next month.

It’s been a really busy couple days lately so I haven’t done a couple looks. And my nails are peeling, cracking, chipping, dying, etc. So no nails either. So it’s time for another edition of loves & loathes.

Love: my new Marc by Marc Jacobs Natasha purse
So I caved and bought it last month at Aritzia with my work bonus. It’s my first big purse in a long time. For the last 3-4 years, I’ve been carrying around small purses that are just roomy enough for my wallet, cellphone and my lipstick/gloss. The Natasha not only has enough room for all of those things but also my keys, an umbrella and a Vitamin Water. I just have to make sure this doesn’t devolve into those gigantic purses I used to carry & gave me shoulder pain.

Natasha, Marc by Marc Jacobs

 

Loathes: the absurd $435 pricetag of Mulberry’s Mini Cookie bag
I accidentally went into Holt Renfrew to look at the Marc by Marc Jacobs purse (and didn’t buy since no one helped me) and saw this purse as well as the regular size Cookie purse (which retails for approximately $1000). Of course, I had to go pick it up and fall in love with the softness of the leather. And the scrumptious scalloping. I love it in the creamy white but I think I’m leaning towards caramel colour for practicality. But wow, I cannot afford to spend four digits on a purse. It already took me two years to finally buy the MK bag above. So even though I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this purse since I saw it, I’ll just have it let it be. Some love stories don’t end happily.

Mini Cookie bag in Ocre

If this came in a natural leather I'd be all over that.

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Loving my newest nailpolish, China Glaze’s Sea Spray from their 2011 Anchors Away Collection. It’s a lovely murky blue with microscopic silver shimmer. Two coats and again, no base or top coat. I should have applied another coat as it’s still too streaky for my taste. On my index finger is nails inc’s Special Effects Holographic Glitter Top Coat which my friend Zinnat let me try out. So pretty and mesmerizing that I’m considering grabbing my own bottle.

Kourt is Red-y for a Pedi

taken in natural light

While a part of me is loath to admit that I bought something Kardashian, I have to admit that this Nicole by OPI nailpolish is one of the prettiest shades of red that I’ve ever bought. Kourt Is Red-y For A Pedi is a perfect shade of orange-red that is inspired by her signature lipstick, YSL’s Le Orange. The colour is so bright and cheerful on my nails that I can’t help but feel happy when I see it. (Which was needed this week considering how gloomy the weather was.)

What you see here is two coats without a base or top coat (I’ve been lazy lately) and 4 days worth of wear. I have to say I’m pretty impressed with this polish. This required only two thin coats to get the colour opaque and even. I’m used to three coats and sometimes even four! I also love how well the colour held up. My tips show wear but not nearly as much as I’d expect considering how it looks.

I was curious to see how close the colour resembled YSL’s Le Orange so I took a picture.

Kourt Is Red-y For A Pedi with Le Orange

Yup, pretty close match.

The colour also reminded me of another orange-red lipstick, MAC’s Lady Danger.

Kourt Is Red-y For A Pedi with Lady Danger

Another pretty close match

Kourt Is Red-y For A Pedi was a wonderful match for both lipsticks. Considering Lady Danger is one of my all-time favourite lipsticks, I suddenly understood why I am so into this nailpolish as well as YSL’s Le Orange. And just for fun, here’s a picture of me wearing Lady Danger and Le Orange. Can you tell which is which?

Lady Danger and Le Orange

MAC's Lady Danger on my top lip, YSL's Le Orange on my bottom lip

Over the last year, I’ve had multiple friends ask me if I’ve tried out BB creams yet. I guess because they know I’m a makeup enthusiast (read: fanatic) and read beauty blogs (and wrote my own at one point).

[BB creams, as I’m sure most ladies who are reading right now know, are supposed to be an all-in-one cream. Depending on which one you’re looking at, that all-in-one can include skincare, foundation, concealer and SPF, amongst a whole host of other things.]

I had yet to buy a BB cream yet even though it sounds right up my alley. I’d been tempted the last few months though because it’s so readily available (at my local drugstore even) and so popular right now. Still, I had a couple of reservations about BB creams that I wasn’t able let go of just yet.

1) The BB creams currently in the North American market seem to be catering towards those with dry skin. I’ve had oily, acne-prone skin since I was fifteen so I generally don’t need or want to moisturize my skin more than my light morning moisturizer (which already has SPF). And my moisturizer does a great job for me so it’s not like I’ll be giving it up in favour of BB creams. The BB creams in the Asian market seem to treat blemishes/acne but that doesn’t seem to have translated when they brought the product over here to Canada.

2) I just don’t like to wear foundation in general, preferring the look of my bare skin to a “flawless” finish (read: mask-like). I usually lightly powder to take off the shine and that’s it. On the days I’m feeling ambitious, I’ll rub a drop or two of foundation on both my cheeks to take down the redness. I know that most BB creams promise light coverage but it still feels like too much for my tastes.

Nonetheless, this weekend, I took the plunge and bought my first one: Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream, using a $3 off coupon. I have yet to try it out although I’m not really optimistic. I’ll report back the results later.