For some time now I have been trying to ensure that I’m using the right facial cleanser in my skincare routine. Due to many recommendations and good reviews, I finally got the Origins by Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask for my skin cleansing routine. I have a lot of blackheads and pores galore on my nose and I was hoping some solution would rid it once and for all.
The last time I was in Sephora, I was in the states and bought my first BB Cream. I opted for Dr Jart++ Water Fuse BB Cream since I read fairly good reviews on it,and it is in Asian brand, so I gave it a try. I don’t have/wear foundation, so I thought this BB Cream would be a to-go product for my bad skin days.
What it is:
A one-step skin perfecting balm that minimizes the need for foundation or concealer.
What it is formulated to do:
A moisturizer, sunscreen, and treatment serum, this all-in-one product also hides imperfections. Made with 50 percent water, Dr. Jart’s Advanced Water Bead Technology helps hydrate and maintain healthy moisture for a dewy, fresh look. Like a drink for your skin, once applied, tiny droplets of water appear before being quickly absorbed, generating an instant soothing and cooling effect.
A little goes a very long way for this product. 1.5 pea sized amount would cover my face. It has a very sheer coverage, which is fine with me. I’m worried about clogged pores. This BB Cream does a fairly decent job hiding the redness around my nose without primer underneath.
This product is supposed to be hydrating- and it is! My face didn’t feel dry, nor did I see any dry patches. When I apply it to my face and start spreading/dabbing it, water droplets actually form. Water is infused in this, for sure! It’s very light weight and it absorbs quickly, so I have to pat in my face hastily. I also like the sunscreen inside, however, I wish the SPF was higher. It also looks very natural on my skin, so it doesn’t look like I put anything on at all.There is a slight scent, not irritating ,and it goes away after it is put on my face.
A disadvantage of this product is that, there is only one colour available for this. So if your complexion is slightly off, it will show. Please sample this before buying to make sure your skin tone matches this!
I am pleased with the consistency, colour, and moisture content of this BB Cream. The freshness this product gives me is great for the summer! This definitely replaces my lack of foundation and concealer!
Couple months ago, I received a sample of Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream in the mail, which I signed up for via Facebook. As it was my first time trying BB Cream, I was a bit excited since it seems to have many skin-helping properties.
Firstly- this BB Cream is said to
- even skin tone
- brighten skin
- hydrates 24 hours
- renew skin
- SPF 15 sun protection
I used it last month and I just got around to reviewing this. For this product, a little bit goes a long way- a pea sized managed to cover most of my face. I wore it for a day (approximately 10 hours) and here are my thoughts:
- It didn’t dry out my skin, but it did feel a bit sticky at the end of the day.
- Minimum coverage, but it reduced a bit of redness around my nose
- Although I received the Light/Medium colour, I still felt it was a bit darker compared to my natural skin complexion.
I didn’t really see any effect in “brightening” or evening in the skin tone, as I looked fairly the same after, except a bit darker. I think is easier to dab the product around then using a finger and blending it in.
The cream also had a floral-fruity smell to it, similar to the shampoo. If I closed my eyes and smelled the product, I wouldn’t have thought it was BB Cream. To me, this is more of a tinted moisturizer than an actual BB Cream. I don’t think this BB Cream was worth the hype!
Anyone else experienced this product? What BB Cream do you use?
Although I am fairly content with my skin, sometimes I get those days with breakouts- I feel that slight uneasiness…noticing the growing redness…and I feel my face and there’s the tiniest hint of a zit and it’s screaming “If you don’t fix me I’m going to grow bigger!” To destroy that little bugger, I take out my Tea Tree Oil products I bought from Body Shop.
[If you are worried about the price, the Body Shop often has the sale Buy 1 get 1 50% off, Buy 2 get 1 Free, Buy 3 get 2 free- I’ve also seen Buy 3 get 3 free during some promotional periods. Furthermore, if you have a Body Shop membership card, you get 10% off purchases!]
I actually don’t go to Body Shop for skincare products, since I think their main selling attraction is, well, body products. But these two items from the Tea Tree line is an absolute necessity for my breakout problems. (These products work on me, but I can’t guarantee it works for everyone, I’m just sharing my opinion! :))
Tea Tree Oil:
“A medicine cabinet must. A pre-blended oil which can be used in many different ways to help soothe blemished skin. Dab directly onto skin at first sign of a blemish.”- The Body Shop site
This bottle of 10mL contains 15% Tea Tree Oil. It is on the semi-expensive side, because you can get pure tea tree oil for $10-$12 and dilute it yourself, but..I didn’t for lazy reasons. Also, I may dilute it wrong or add too much or add too little water- I’ll just stick to simplicity.
However, when I put this on overnight on problem areas, it has killed them immediately and my skin would look completely normal the next day. I have been repurchasing this little bottle for years- often buying 2-3 at a time when Body Shop has their sales.
Warning: It has a tingly feeling + a weird smell. I, personally, am fine with the smell, but others may find it stinging as it has a strong herbal smell. If you add some oil on bigger zits/pimples, it can hurt a bit.
Tea Tree Blemish Night Fade Lotion:
From The Body Shop site-
- Best if you want to: Improve the appearance of blemish-damaged skin, control oiliness and moisturize while you sleep with a light, moisturizing, non-oily lotion that sinks into the skin.
- How it works:
- Lemon tea tree and Community Trade tea tree oil from Kenya contain properties that help fight blemishes and prevent new ones from forming.
- Tamanu oil from Madagascar has a soothing effect and helps to calm irritation and redness.
In combination with the tea tree oil, I also use this lotion. I have been using the same lotion for more than a year now, since I only pump it out when I have problems, and do not use it nightly nor regularly. I’m not quite sure why it’s a night lotion, but I use it at night for my problem areas at night anyway.
I usually feel my zits growing at night time (thank goodness!) so this is my routine:
- Rinse face with cleanser
- Put toner on face
- Put moisturizer on parts of face, avoiding the problem areas
- Using a Q-tip, put a tiny amount (less than pea sized) of the night fade lotion on the areas that I feel a growing zit.
- Using the other end of the Q-tip, soak it with tea tree oil (2 drops approximately) and dab it on top of the zit.
- Go to bed- wake up and my zit is gone!
For bigger zits/problem spots, it might take two days to eradicate it, but there is a definite decrease of size and redness! Technically this product is for blemished skin, but it works effectively for me in solely targeting breakouts. It is efficient with breakouts here and there, but I’m not sure of its effectiveness with bigger breakouts or acne.
Hope you enjoyed my fighting-breakout routine!
As a victim of extreme dry and flaky lips, a good lip exfoliator is included in my skincare routine. I’ve always lusted over Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, but it costs $26 CAD! Last summer, I was in Lush, I found a little jar of “Mint Julips” lip scrub for $8.95, so I decided to pick it up and see if it can be effective! It’s been almost a year since using my first bottle, and there’s still some product left in it-they last for quite a while (I exfoliate 1-2 times a week or when necessary) and I have already purchased my second bottle for the moment when I run out. They are amazing!
What the site says:
Mint-chocolate pout polish
- For a flawless pout: Scrub Mint Julips over your lips (be sure to lick off the excess) and then apply your favorite lip color.
- Mint chocolate, oh my! Follow your Mint Julips scrub with Double Choc lip tint for gorgeous, bronzed lips.
- Fair Trade sugar: As the base of our lip scrubs, Fair Trade sugar makes for an effective exfoliant.
What I say:
Inside the jar is densely packed of sugar scrub, which smells amazing. (However, it might taste a bit bitter if it ends up inside your mouth.) It’s very minty with a hint of chocolate! You do not need a large amount of sugar scrub, cause it could get messy. A small pea sized amount should do, and I use my index finger to rub some on the top and bottom lip.
After exfoliating for 30 seconds, I use a towel to clean off excess sugar- already I felt my lips were much smoother and all flakiness is gone! Then I apply a lip balm and my lips are instantly restored to its former glow!
- It could hurt a bit if you rub it too harshly and use too much product- less is more! I tend to rub in small circles starting from one side of my lips to the other.
- Clean with cold water after exfoliation, then use any moisturizing lip balm for maximum moisture.
I know some people make their own lip scrub, but I’m a bit lazy and this jar can last me for almost a year, so I’m extremely satisfied with this Lush product! What lip scrub do you use?