Neutrogena Healthy Skin CC cream

Hello Pretties!

They’ve been on the market for quite some time, but I’ve gone and joined the CC cream club just in the last week. If you are a regular Pretty reading my posts, you’ll know that I am a fan of BB creams. I figured it was finally time to try out a CC cream. CC stands for “colour correcting” and these creams aim to do just that — even out any discolourations in the skin, such as redness, dark spots, sallowness and just give an overall glow and radiance to the face.

I decided to go with the Neutrogena Healthy Skin® CC Cream as my first introduction to these creams:

Neutrogena Healthy Skin CC Cream in Light to Medium

Neutrogena Healthy Skin CC Cream in Light to Medium

On the Neutrogena website it describes the product as such:

Benefits: Evens and brightens your skin tone and reduce the look of dark spots. Instantly smooths skin to reveal radiant, healthy-looking skin. Protects with SPF 30 to provide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection.

Description: CC Creams, also known as Colour Correcting creams, provide all-in-one skin perfecting benefits for naturally beautiful skin. Like BB Creams (Beauty Balm Creams), they will instantly correct your complexion, plus go one step further to help even your skin tone and reduce the look of dark spots. This tinted lightweight non-greasy moisturizer contains ESEENTIAL SOY® extract to brighten skin and minimize the look of freckles and dark spots for flawless, even looking skin while SPF 30 protects against sunburn. Available in 2 shades: Fair-Light and Light to Medium.

I bought this on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) for $13.99.

I’ve used this CC cream as my main face base through all of last weekend. I did not use this as my primary moisturizer; I used it over top my regular daytime moisturizer (as I do with all BB creams or foundations). This cream has a light to medium semi-whipped texture and very easy to blend. It smells of sunscreen, not surpisingly, with an SPF of 30. It feels slightly heavy on my skin, but I think I just haven’t found just the perfect amount to apply to my face yet.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin CC Cream in Light to Medium swatched.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin CC Cream in Light to Medium swatched.

It’s unfortunate that this only comes in 2 shades: Fair/Light and Light/Medium. I have Light/Medium and luckily, it is somewhat of a good colour match for my skintone. When I first apply this, it scared me a little as it sort of gave off that typical grey cast that products with sunscreen tend to give off. It also looked quite greasy on my face at first (even though it claims to be non-greasy). But after about 5-10 minutes, once the cream settled into my skin, the colour faded to just about a perfect match to my own skintone and the greasy-like finish actually settled to quite a nice “glow”. Normally, I would give my entire face a light dusting of my MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural to set the base, but I only dusted my T-zone this time because I really liked the glow that this left me with — I didn’t want to matte my whole face down.

This definitely delivered in terms of evening out my skin and provided me with light coverage. With a little concealer on the spots on my face that tend to have the most redness (i.e. around my nose, between my eyebrows on my forehead), I’d say I feel confident enough to go out in public without feeling completely face-naked.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin CC Cream in Light to Medium: about 90% blended; I wanted to show you the radiance it leaves on my skin.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin CC Cream in Light to Medium: about 90% blended; I don’t think the photo really picks it up all that well, but I wanted to show you the slight glow it leaves on my skin. Once this is blended and settled in completely, it really does leave my skin glowing.

So far, so good. I will continue to use this CC cream over the next few months to experiment a bit further on its’ performance in wamer weather and how the colour will match once I get more of a summer tan. I’ve always been a fan of most Neutrogena products I’ve tried — thumbs up for this product as well so far!

I give the Neutrogena Healthy Skin® CC Cream: a HIGH FIVE

Have you tried this CC cream?  What CC creams have you tried?  What are your CC cream likes and dislikes?  Any CC cream suggestions for me?

Thanks for tuning in again Pretties!!

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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!

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Beauty Review: Drugstore BB Creams – Hits & Misses

Hello Pretties!

I came a little late on the BB cream scene, but I have stuck to it for probably a good eight months now. I’ve forgone my usual foundation wearing days and have come to appreciate a much lighter coverage on my skin thanks to BB creams. What Pretty doesn’t want to look natural but just a better version of natural? Well, with BB creams you can achieve the no-makeup-makeup-look, while doing good things to your skin.

In short, the BB in BB cream stands for Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm. I believe BB creams started out in Asia and have made a big hit in the Western world for the past year, I’d say. Most BB creams are marketed as a makeup and skincare product — an “all-in-one skin solution” of sorts. Many claim to do primarily the following things: brighten, prime, hydrate, protect, provide light to medium coverage and even out skin tone. Some are equipped with SPFs and some are not. The formulations are much lighter in weight than foundations — almost feeling like a “second skin”.

But you all probably know all this already, unless you’ve been living under a rock!

Over the last eight months or so, I’ve tried and tested a few BB creams — keep in mind that there are a gazillion BB creams out there on the market, both drugstore and high-end. I have tried out only five, but with the ones I’ve tried, I’ve found a few hits and misses. All the ones I have tried are drugstore brands readily available and range in price from $3 U.S. to $20 Cdn.

The five I’ve tried are here:

From L-R: Annabelle BB cream with SPF 15 in Medium/Dark; L'oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB cream in 814 Medium; E.L.F Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20; The Body Shop All-In-One BB cream in 03 Deep; and Revlon Photoready BB cream with SPF 30.

From L-R: Annabelle BB cream with SPF 15 in Medium/Dark; L’oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB cream in 814 Medium; e.l.f. Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20; The Body Shop All-In-One BB cream in 03 Deep; and Revlon Photoready BB cream with SPF 30.

As you can see, there’s quite a large range in selection as far as those containing SPF and not; and the level of SPF in the products as well. The daytime moisturizer that I typically wear everyday has SPF, so I’m not too fussed over picking a BB cream with sun protection, however, I do prefer products with SPF for that added protection. With BB creams, personally, my main concern is evening out my skin tone and finding the perfect (or close to) colour match to my skin — which all of these do, however there are some that I prefer over the others in terms of texture, coverage, colour and consistency.

Let’s start with the misses:

The Body Shop BB cream and Revlon Photoready BB cream

The Body Shop BB cream and Revlon Photoready BB cream

The Body Shop BB cream in 03 Deep and the Photoready BB cream in Medium are misses for me, but not completely.

The Body Shop BB cream is advertised as a “colour-adapting tinted cream” meaning that it comes out white and and when you rub it into your skin, it changes to your skin colour. The consistency of this product is a bit liquidy, but not so much that it would run down your face when you dot it on to apply. The Body Shop BB cream is an OK colour match for me — I am yellow-undertoned and this one runs a little bit on the pinky/orange-undertone side, but depending on the amount I can use and how well I blend it in I can actually get away with it. This leaves my skin looking very very dewy, not greasy. A good thing when I want to go for that look, but with my combination skin, I find the dewiness somehow accentuates the T-zone, where I am most oily. The texture of this is very smooth and blends well. Although this does not have and SPF and it leaves a dewy finish, I can see myself using this during the summer months for the colour – as I get more of a tan, I can see this matching my skin-tone better for the summer season. A light dusting of setting powder would keep the “shine” at bay with this one. It has a slight smell, one I can’t describe, but not offensive and doesn’t linger on the skin.

This retails at the Body Shop for $20 and comes in 4 colours:  00 for the lightest skin tone all the way to 03 for the deepest. I found this runs pretty fair in the colour range, so although I am a medium skin tone, the 03 deep shade is perfect for me.

The next miss for me is the Revlon Photoready BB cream with SPF 30 in 030 Medium. I was excited for this one because of the high amount of SPF in the product and the fact that it’s marketed as being a “photoready” makeup (i.e. face will look great with this on when taking pictures). This one pretty much smells like a sunscreen, no surprise with the high amount of SPF, which I don’t mind but… when I put this on my face, it left a definite sunscreen-y effect — whitecast, verging on grey. Not a good look, in person or in photos! Also, like with most traditional sunscreen, this BB cream felt sticky on my skin, not completely feeling like it ever really “set” into my face. The colour match is good, but I think because of the amount of SPF in it, the shade was overcome by the sunscreen. I will probably give this another go during the summer months for the sun protection alone, but I almost already know that I won’t like it (I just hate to let things go to waste!). Out of all the BB creams I mention here today, the Revlon Photoready is the last one that I would reach for.

I picked this up at Shoppers Drug Mart on sale for $11.99 (I believe regular price is around $20). There are 4 shades: light, light/medium, medium, and deep.

The next two “Semi-Hits” are the Annabelle BB cream with SPF 15 in medium/dark and the e.l.f. Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 in Beige:

Annabelle BB cream with SPF 15 in Medium/Dark and e.l.f. Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 in Beige

Annabelle BB cream with SPF 15 in Medium/Dark and e.l.f. Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 in Beige

The Annabelle BB cream is one that I reach for very often. Firstly, the colour match to my skin tone is PERFECT — yellow-undertoned. This one out of all the products here provides the most coverage — one application (about a domed dime size) provides me with enough coverage to even out my skin tone and a light to medium coverage. I have tried applying more and I can build this up to a medium to full coverage, without it feeling or looking too heavy on my skin. Very very impressive. The SPF 15 is the perfect amount, in my mind, to not have that whitecast/sunscreeny finish on the face. This has a slight smell, one of sunscreen but not as strong as the Revlon. It’s formulation is creamy but not too thick. I’m actually almost done this tube and it’s definitely one that I will consider repurchasing. This is one I can use all year round.

I picked this up at Shoppers Drug Mart on sale for $11.99 (I believe it retails at Shoppers for around $16-$19 regular price). It comes in two shades: light/medium and medium/dark.

The next product that is a semi-hit for me is not marketed as a BB cream (although e.l.f. has recently created one and I’ve put in an order for it already, hooray! Watch for a review on that too!) is the e.l.f. Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 in shade Beige. I’ve decide to consider this as part of my BB cream collection simply because BB creams are touted as “glorified tinted moisturizers” — meaning, tinted moisturizers have very similar coverage properties but without all the extras, like priming and brightening, that most BB creams claim to provide.

The e.l.f. Tinted Moisturizer is a great staying at home, not going out or just going out to the grocery store makeup, when I don’t want to put on a full face of makeup but still want my skin to look even-toned and have that “my skin but better” look. With a high SPF of 20 I was a bit afraid of getting that ghostly effect on my skin, but this does not do that whatsoever. It’s also equipped with aloe, cucumber and vitamins A, C, and E — not certain on how much of these ingredients are in this tinted moisturizer, but always a good thing. The formulation of this is light and creamy – the coverage with this is definitely light (the lightest of all the products here) and I’d say buildable, but I usually don’t because I find that the coverage with one application is enough for those casual days that I usually use this one for. The colour match with this one for me runs a bit on the tan side, which is perfect for the summer months when I get a bit darker, but also good for the cooler months because it gives me a bit of a wash of healthy colour. This is one I can use all year round.

The e.l.f. Tinted Moisturizer retails for $3 U.S. Yup, three bucks Pretties — an awesome steal of a deal!. I actually purchased two more tubes of this on the e.l.f. website a few days ago at 50% off! I have purchased MANY products from e.l.f. cosmetics online — they have awesome makeup and prices are outstanding:  $1 to $8. AND, they frequently have promotions, so when they do, I take advantage and stock up on my favourites and try new things! The e.l.f. Tinted Moisturizer comes in 8 shades: ivory, porcelain, nude, beige, sand, almond, mocha and espresso.

And the number one most definite HIT for me is… L’oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB cream in shade 814 Medium!:

My holy grail of drugstore BB creams:  L'oreal Magic Skin Beautifier in Medium. I love this stuff!

My holy grail of drugstore BB creams: L’oreal Magic Skin Beautifier in Medium. I love this stuff!

The L’oreal BB cream is by far my most favourite BB cream out of all that I’ve tried. The tube you see in the photo above? That’s my second one! This product just hits all the right points in my book: colour match, decent light to medium coverage, matte finish (great for my T-zone), non-offensive smell, blendable, and feels and looks great on my skin. The only downside to this is that it doesn’t contain any SPF, but like I said, I’m not too fussed about that. The pros definitely outweigh the con.

The L’oreal BB cream is formulated the same way as The Body Shop BB cream, in that it comes out white and “self-adjusts” to your skin tone:

L'oreal BB cream:  what it looks like out of the tube and partially blended

L’oreal BB cream: what it looks like out of the tube and partially blended. You can see it transforming from white to a medium shade to match my skin tone

And this is what it looks like swatched when fully blended:

L'oreal BB cream: fully blended

L’oreal BB cream: fully transformed!

On my own face, the colour “transforms” pretty much perfectly to my skintone. I don’t really know how this concept works, but whatever – it WORKS for me! This leaves more of a matte finish to my face, which I actually prefer, but it doesn’t make my face look “flat” if you know what I mean. I usually don’t set with a powder after applying the L’oreal (I do with the other ones) because the finish is more than enough to keep shine away for a good few hours. The formulation of this is very similar to The Body Shop BB cream – liquidy, but not too wet. Again, about a domed-dime size amount of this is more than enough to cover my face. This evens out any redness and unevenness in my skintone, blends easily, hydrates and feels like nothing on my skin. I reach for this one almost on a daily basis — definitely my go-to product to provide the perfect base for the rest of my makeup!

I bought this on sale from Shoppers Drug Mart for $12.99 (I believe it retails for around $20). It comes in four shades: fair, light, medium and deep.

So, all in all, I am a BIG fan of BB creams. There are still so many brands I’d like to try – from drugstore to high-end. But for now, I’ve found a few that work well for me and bonus that they are reasonably priced and easy to access.

I rate the BB creams as follows (click HERE to see my Rating System to find out what these crazy things mean!):

The Body Shop All-In-One BB cream:  a SHOULDER SHRUG

Revlon Photoready BB cream:  a THUMBS DOWN

Annabelle BB cream:  a HIGH-FIVE

e.l.f. Tinted Moisturizer:  a HIGH-FIVE

L’oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB cream:  a STANDING OVATION

I hope you found this helpful! Have you tried any of these? If so, how do you like them? Are there any that you recommend? I’d be soooo happy to get your suggestions on some BB creams that you’ve tried and love!

I know there are CC (and DD??) creams out on the market now making it’s way onto many of our dressing tables… I have yet to jump on the CC/DD bandwagon! But for now, I’ll stick with what works.. but if you have any recommendations on an intro CC cream that you’ve tried that you think I might enjoy, please let me know!

Thanks for tuning in Pretties!!

🙂  Tess