Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

For someone like me, who doesn’t stray too far away from my skincare routine, there are nights when I am just not in the mood to go through the whole ritual of first cleanse, second cleanse, tone, serum, and moisturize. As tired and as lazy I can get some nights, I still make it a priority to always ALWAYS remove my day’s makeup no matter what. That’s why I love using micellar waters, particularly the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water:

A few years ago, I did a review on the Bioderma micellar water and really liked it. Since then, there are more drugstore options (at more affordable prices) and the Garnier version is one of them – and in my opinion, is just as effective as Bioderma, if not better.

Micellar cleansing waters are basically meant to replace washing your face with regular water. These formulas have the consistency of water and are loaded with ‘micelles’ which are small oil molecules suspended in a ball of water that attract dirt and oil, therefore making it ideal for cleansing your face.

The Garnier cleanser is fragrance-free and oil free and comes in two formulas: regular and one designed to remove waterproof makeup. I did try and finish up a travel size bottle of the regular Garnier cleanser (pink cap) and really liked that one, so I decided to go try out the dual-phase, waterproof formula (blue cap) in the full size. It is good for all skin types.

It takes me about saturated 3 cotton pads to remove all traces of makeup from my face with this cleanser. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry or stripped – it actually feels fresh, just like I washed it with a traditional cleanser and water.  Afterwards I will simply go in with my nighttime moisturizer.

Honestly, I don’t feel that there is much of the difference between the two formulas. Although, even though both are oil-free, the waterproof one does feel every-so-slightly ‘oilier’ compared with the regular formula. As far as cleansing abilities, I don’t find the waterproof formula to work any better  than the regular version – both will not take off my waterproof mascara completely – I will always go in with an eye makeup remover anyway. So, for those reasons – the next time I purchase this, I will repurchase the regular formula.

I would recommend this to anyone who’s looking for a ‘back-up’ for those lazy nights you just can’t even drum up the strength to walk up to your bathroom sink for a proper cleanse. This is also a quick and easy morning cleanser for a fast refresh just to wipe away any oils that have accumulated on your skin overnight. The travel size versions would be great to throw in your purse along with a few cotton pads, if you need a little refresh on a hot, humid day or after a workout, or to fix any makeup mishaps throughout your day.

I purchase this big 400ml bottle on sale at the drugstore for $7.98 CDN and will definitely be repurchasing the regular version.

Have you tried this micellar water?  Like or dislike?  Any other favourites?

Thanks for reading!!



Beauty Product Review: Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer

Hello Pretties!

I’ve read a lot of hype around this product and wanted to see if it was as amazeballs as a lot of beauty gurus make it out to be. It’s the Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector:

Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Aging Corrector

Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector

Here’s some additional info that’s provided right on the box:
Garnier Ultra-Life Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector

Garnier Ultra-Life Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector

At first I wasn’t too sure HOW exactly to use this product — is it a moisturizer? And/or a corrector? Or a tinted moisturizer? Do I use it alone and/or underneath makeup? Help!

To be honest, I still really don’t know. And I haven’t been using this product every single day. However, what I can tell you is that I kinda like it.

Of the few times I’ve used this, I’ve opted it as my weekend makeup-no-makeup face base. After cleansing and prepping my skin, this is my last step before putting on some light blush and mascara — no BB cream or foundation required.

The Transformer starts out as a white lotion and blends/transforms to match any skin tone. On me, it provides just enough colour on my face to blur out the redness around my nose and forehead and sort of lightens up the darkness under my eyes. The coverage is very light — there’s really no sense in building this up as it’s main purpose is to be a moisturizer (with benefits), not a full-on coverage product. If you want more coverage you might as well use a foundation or BB cream. It absorbs very quickly and blends into the skin very smoothly. It has a floral-y fresh scent (if you’ve smelled Garnier products before, you’ll know what I mean).

In my opinion, I would place this in the category of a tinted moisturizer. I am perfectly comfortable wearing this on it’s own, without any help from concealer or foundation. This is great for when you just want to even out your skintone without having to put on a full face of makeup. But I would say if you’re looking to really cover redness, blemishes, spots, etc. this is too light of a coverage to do that.

I’m actually quite curious to know how this would work if I followed up with a BB cream or foundation for extra coverage? Would the colours in each product interfere with one another? Hmm.

The highest price I’ve seen this sold for was $25 Cdn. I got mine on sale for $14 Cdn which is actually the lowest I’ve seen it priced so far in numerous drugstores I’ve been to.

I give the Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer: a SHOULDER SHRUG

Have you tried this?  How do you like it?  How do you use it

Thanks for tuning in Pretties! And as always, comments, suggestions and questions are more than welcome! Please leave your words in the comments below!