So here’s the promised review of the new Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector, BB Cream, (Blemish Balm) that I bought on Friday (Superdrug £9.99, last time I looked Boots was still waiting for stock).
Well, I was very excited as I’d read a feature in Grazia Magazine on BB creams saying that they are the big thing in Asia and that they are here now in the UK for us luckies to get our hands on! BB cream is like having 5 separate creams in one. It addresses more than one skin problem in one go. In fact Garnier’s claims to brighten/illuminate, even out skintone, minimize wrinkles , hydrate and all with an added SPF (15) bonus.
Now,there are other alternatives, none of which I have tried because Garnier’s was by far the cheapest and I thought I’d give it the benefit of the doubt first. Mac, Clinique and Dior have also jumped on the all in one wonder cream bandwagon, all with pricier options. Had I been one for foundation (never ever, ever wear it as I feel like it clogs my skin and looks false) or for tinted moisturizer (same reason as foundation but to a lesser extent – yes I still have a full tube of Laura Mercier in my bathroom cabinet; the one that everyone raves about and it looks and feels chalky and unnatural to me) I would have gone for a more expensive option from the start. However, I like a bargain and I’m facing the next year at least without my significant salary as the family breadwinner, so I went for the cheapest option . It comes in two colours ; light and dark. I’m very, very fair (a general hinderance in finding suitable tinted creams) so went for the light option, hoping that it would match.
When I brought it home I tried some on the back of my hand. I was impressed. Now please understand, I’m a born salesperson which means that I am easy to sell to. I desperately wanted this to be the miracle that it purports to be. I believe what I am told but I’m not stupid so if it doesn’t live up, I’m over it already! Also, please bear in mind that I do not have problem skin, I do not have a lot that I need to ‘cover up’, (apart from the odd enormous hormonal breakout whilst pregnant) if anything my skin is normal to dry. The consistency was good, nice even. It went on smoothly and blended well. My skin also felt quite soft afterwards. Saturday night I did the real test and wore it out of the house on my face. It looked natural. I liked it and tried it again sunday in the daylight. It didn’t feel like foundation, neither heavy nor overly tinted so it blended nicely and gave a nice even glow to my skin. As for the wrinkle reduction; I am not convinced yet. It didn’t visibly do much for them at all as far as I could tell but I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt for now because I do actually like it otherwise. Also, I would add that it verges (but only verges) on highlighting open pores which I believe a lot if make-up can. Again it’s getting the benefit of the doubt for the same reason as before. Overall, so far a tentative thumbs up. That’s pretty good going for me as a normally naked- faced tester who can’t stand the feeling of anything other than a good moisturizer on her skin! Its worth giving it a go.
Are you looking for a beauty pick-me-up? Are you pregnant? Feeling fat, frumpy, ugly? Ok, well I’m going a bit overboard but you get my drift. It’s not easy when you’re pregnant. No point spending on clothes that won’t fit in two weeks time, not the greatest idea to keep dyeing your hair, there’s only so much make-up one can or will want to pile on. So, what can you do? I know what I’ve done. I’ve gone down the hair route today and not the conventional colour and cut either. No, not me! I’ve always been a bit of an experimentalist and a hippy ,(well, I like to think so anyway!) so to add to my flourescent pink and blue streaks, (extensions I acquired in Camden last week) today I’ve added hair feathers and I love them. At long last too, as I’ve been in search of somewhere to have them put in ever since I read about them a few weeks ago in the Style section of The Sunday Times. These are no common all garden feathers I’ll have you know either, these are premium chicken feathers that are in short supply I am told (I bet they’re free-range too! ).Being natural means that they wash well too, like normal hair. Having tracked down Feather Ray (http://www.featherray.com)to a stall in Brick Lane Up Market on Sundays, off I went and below are the results. I love, love, love them. More unusual and classier than your average hair extension, available in loads of shades and bright colours too and they stay in for a couple of months, attached in with a silicon-lined micro ring which is hair friendly too. You can also buy from them online and put them in yourself but I didn’t trust my hairdressing skills (non-existent) to do so although now having had them done I would certainly do it myself next time. For £25 you get a choice of 7. I love my new hair. It’s not easy to find a quick, cheap and easy way to update your look so give it a go if you’re at a loss for a beauty fix! Continue Reading
Off back to the EGA Wing at UCLH to see the midwife . I’m doing the usual ‘ take the time on the tube to write my blog’ thing. Mr Pregnantcitygirl reading the Metro opposite me (a scintillating addition to the post, that!). I’m lucky to have him come with me, in fact, I’m so lucky as it would be impossible trying to keep him away. I’ve been thinking lately; I love him so much. I don’t know what I’d do without him. I don’t think we have your average marriage. I feel safe and protected with him. He’s always looking out for me, looking after me. I would never ever be worried that we might have an argument and he would think badly of me. I am probably too dependent. He was under the Aston the other day (nothing new there, he’s always taking things off, putting them on, draining break fluid, fixing the aircon- he’s brilliant like that luckily, as we certainly couldn’t afford to send it to the garage every weekend!) and the jack collapsed. I exaggerate once again because he wasn’t under it, (or is that just a plain old lie then?!) he had been under it. I came out to see the car with no wheels on perched precariously on our drive, resting on its chassis. He could easily have been crushed. Given that I’ve berm stung twice this summer by a wasp, my first time in 38 years of life, I am worried that my luck is running out or running low at the moment at least, so I really contemplated the tragic possibility of the worst at that moment and it’s not worth contemplating, if that the right way of putting it, so that it doesn’t sound like I might have been thinking that there was a positive side to it!
At the hospital now. Men are funny creatures. Start talking to complete strangers over football. I think football is for thugs but one thing I must say is that it seems unites people, when they’re on the same side that is. I think it’s a bit of an alien concept for women, forgive me all you football-loving geezer birds!! Continue Reading
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