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Essence Good Girl Bad Girl lipsticks

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

I finally found the display of Essence Good Girl Bad Girl collection last week.

I grabbed the 2 lipsticks first, $3.49 each. Still have the standard Longlasting lipstick packaging, with the collection name printed on the tube.

The colour indication strips and the coloured labels at the bottom give good indication of the colours, and there are testers on the display as well.

I think it was neat that the colours interpreted the Good Girl - Bad Girl concept pretty well, one "evil" dark colour, one "innocent" pink :)

Here are It wasn't Me! (left) and Caught in the Middle (right).

The pigmentation in these two lipsticks is slightly more sheer with the first coat compared to the core shades, but they layer up quite nicely.

It wasn't Me! looks almost black in the tube. On, it is a very dark plum with a strong tint of purple. A bit patchy, requires a bit of care in application.

As an opposite, Caught in the Middle is brighter in the tube, goes on more subtle. Like I said, it looks innocent and cheerful, as intended. Not totally my type of colour but it is great to layer on top of It wasn't Me! to lighten it.

Swatches below were 2 coats, flash on the left, natural light on the right.

I always have a soft spot for Essence LE lipsticks and wish they had more shades in this collection. The display only has 3 tubes of each shade, so get them soon.


Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

If you haven't heard, is now live, just in time for holiday shopping for us Canadians. Free full size 24/7 Glide-on eye pencil in Rockstar with $25 orders. Free shipping with $50 orders.

The Store Locator on the site points out the Shoppers locations that carry the brand, which I find helpful as well.


*** Saturday & Sunday: x20 points with $50 purchase, only when you load the offer from their website onto your Optimum card, or print it and bring to the store. No more flyer offers.

*** Sunday & Monday: L'Oreal Hair Expertise: CAD3.88 (limit 4, after limit and rest of the week: CAD4.99).

*** All week:
- Avene, Elancyl, Jouviance skin care: 20% off
- Vichy Idealia, ProEven skin care: 20% off
- Neostrata anti aging/ anti wrinkle skin care: 20% off
- Nivea Q10, Garnier facial moisturizer: CAD13.99
- Neutrogena skin, hair care: 20% off
- Olay Regenerist: 20% off
- L'Oreal RevitaLift Triple Power lotion, Age Perfect Cell Renewal eye cream: 20% off
- Aussie, Fructis hair care: CAD2.99
- L'Oreal Ever hair care, Elnett hair spray: CAD6.99
- L'Oreal matte/ Super Lustrous lip: CAD3.99; Colour Riche Le Matte/ Le Lacque lip: CAD9.99
- Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama mascara: CAD8.99; eyeshadow palette: CAD15.99
- CoverGirl The Supersizer mascara, Ready Set Gorgeous makeup: CAD7.99; Outlast lip, TruBlend, Outlast makeup: CAD11.99
- Revlon Ultra HD lip: CAD9.99
- Annabelle Stay Sharp eye/ lip liner: CAD8.99
- Marcelle mascara, brow: 20% off
- Rimmel Oh My Gloss, Wonder Lash mascara: CAD6.99
- Physicians Formula: 30% off
- Sally Hansen Complete Salon nail polish: 2/CAD12 or CAD6.99 each
- Quo by Orly gels, nail polish, treatment: CAD5.99
- Duo eyelash adhesive: CAD6.99.

*** Bonus Optimum points:
- x20 points with Gold Bond skin/ foot care
- x20 points with Cetaphil skin care
- x20 points with Biore/ Oxy acne care
- x10 points with Strivectin-AR skin care
- 8,000 points with 2 Cover FX brush, cream concealer, pressed mineral foundation
- 8,000 points with Calvin Klein men's fragrances
- 5,000 points with Calvin Klein Eternity Now fragrance (50 - 100ml)
- 4,000 points with 2 La Roche Posay Lipikar skin care products
- 2,000 points with 2 Revlon by Marchesa/ Gold Series implements.

- L'Oreal Hair Expertise, TreSemme: CAD3.99
- Vichy anti aging skin care: 25% off
- Marcelle Revival, New Age Precision skin care: 25% off
- L'Oreal RevitaLift, Deep Wrinkle skin care: CAD19.99 (bonus Airmiles)
- L'Oreal Voluminous mascara: CAD7.99
- Maybelline Baby Lips, Expert Wear eyeshadow single: CAD4.99; Color Sensational lip, Fit Me: CAD6.99 (bonus miles)
- Annabelle eyeshadow quad, Instaglam eyeliner, BB, eyeshadow palette: CAD8.99
- Wet n Wild: 20% off.

- Revlon Color Burst matte balm (with bonus lacquer balm), ColorStay lip liner: CAD7.96; ColorStay makeup: CAD15.77
- CoverGirl Smoothers makeup: CAD8.88; mascara & liner value pack: CAD12.97
- L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes/ Miss Manga Rock mascara: CAD8.96
- Hard Candy Stroke of Gorgeous felt tip/ Stay in Line eyeliner, All Glossed Up/ All Matte Up lip stain: CAD5.98; Sheer Envy primer, Pro Eye kit: CAD8.98
- Flower Beauty Ultimate mascara, Velvet Lip chubby: CAD8.98
- Olay Regenerist/ Age Defying, Neutrogena, Nivea Q10 skin care: on roll back
- St. Ives facial scrub: CAD3.97
- Biore deep cleansing charcoal pore strips: CAD5.97
- Lipidol skin care oils: CAD8.97
- L'Oreal Hair Expertise: CAD3.92
- Pantene hair care: CAD6.96
- Sally Hansen Miracle Gel: CAD9.97.

Superstore: No tax Saturday (NS)
- Maybelline Baby Lips: CAD3.97; Great Lash mascara: CAD5.99; Brow Drama: CAD7.97; Color Blur: CAD8.97
- L'Oreal Colour Riche lip, Infallible 2-step nail: CAD7.97; Voluminous Butterfly/ Intenza mascara: CAD8.97; Infallible Matte powder, Mega Fix spray: CAD11.97
- CoverGirl SuperSizer mascara, Clean makeup: CAD5.97; Lash Blast mascara: CAD6.97
- Revlon Super Lustrous lip: CAD4.97; Gel Envy nail: CAD5.97; Ultimate Suede lip: CAD9.97; Gold Series slant tweezers: CAD14.17.

Sephora: x2 points on skin care October 1-4 and October 8-11.

Sally: All cosmetics are B2G1F. Time to stock up on Ardell Brow pomade and the like!

Bath and Body Works: 20% off coupon on FB, good until Sunday.

The Body Shop:
- B3G3F in store and online until Monday. Exclusions apply
- Buy 2 or more Spa of the World regular priced products and save 20%. Excluding gift sets and accessories
- Lip butters & balms: 3/CAD15
- Soaps: 4/CAD12.

Skindinavia: 20% off and free shipping (any US order/ $50+ international orders) with code "HALLOWEEN" until Monday.

Royal & Langnickel: 40% off individual brushes, 50% off kits/ wraps/ belts until Tuesday.

La Senza: $10 off $50, $25 off $75 or $50 off $125 in store and online with code "SAVE" (free CAN/ US shipping with $75 orderse) until Saturday. 

Victoria's Secret: Until Sunday
- Free shipping to Canada with $50 orders with code "SHIP50"  Nod valid with other offers that provide discounts on your entire order
- The Incredible Sport bras: $35
- Free $15 reward card with purchase of 2 bras with code "2VSBRAS" or free $25 reward card with purchase of 3 bras with code "3VSBRAS" (excluding clearance).
Reward card is redeemable between October 5-24 online or in store (excluding outlets).


China Glaze Toe-tally Textured

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Tuesday was the 12 year mark of Hurricane Juan, the worst storm (Category 2) that hit this town since 1893. And today we are gearing up for lots of rain through Friday. Exciting stuff!

Have to try to cheer myself up from all that with a bright texture polish. This is China Glaze Toe-tally Textured from the Texture collection 2 years ago.

I have only showed you one other shade from this collection before - In the Rough and it is not as bright. This orange is definitely one of the rare things to save me from misery right now :)

I did one and a half coats with Toe-tally Textured to smooth out some bald spots on my part. No "Pixie Dust"-like sparkly glow here but it is beautiful enough on its own anyway. No complain here.

I will have to get to the rest of the Texture shades in the stash soon, feeling guilty that I have been leaving them in the untried pile for so long.

It has been quite quiet on the new nail polish front for me, which explains why I was wearing lots of old shades. Nothing wrong with that, but I do hope for something new and exciting coming soon.


Lush fresh face masks

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

I recently had the opportunity to pick up 2 brand new fresh masks at my local Lush store. They are meant to be stored in the fridge at all time to ensure freshness (with a short window of a few weeks to expiry date), hence cannot be shipped by mail.

The first one is called Don't Look at Me, mostly due to its vibrant aqua blue colour which you might not want to be seen masking with :)

This is a rejuvenating fresh face mask with interesting key ingredients:
- Ground rice: gently scrubs away dry skin
- Murumuru butter: moisturizes
- Zingy lemon juice: tones
- Organic silken tofu: softens the skin. 

Like most face masks, this one is meant to be left on 10-15 minutes, then rinsed with warm water.

I love scrubs so it is not hard to like this mask. The exfoliating effect is just right, not too harsh, not too gentle. Coming out of the fridge, it is cooling and refreshing. And the effect lasts for a bit afterward. The scent is slightly herbal, might not be the best first impression but it does not linger very long.

Ingredients: Kaolin, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice (Citrus Limonum), Glycerine, Rice Syrup (Oryza Sativa), Ground White Rice (Oryza Sativa), Organic Silken Tofu, Murumuru Butter (Astrocaryum Murumuru), Bentone (Hectorite), Rice Milk (Oryza Sativa), Water, Fragrance, etc.

The tub is small (60g), retails for $10.95.

On the totally opposite spectrum is Rosy Cheeks, a soothing mask for the face and body with Kaolin, Calamine and Turkish rose oil.

It is very smooth going on the skin, with the cooling effect after being refrigerated. Feels like silk when it goes on and after it washes off too.

The texture is quite thick so it takes a bit of spreading action, which is the reason why I don't really use it on the body. But it is the absolute treat for my troubled skin.

Ingredients: Calamine Powder, Glycerine, Kaolin, Water, Rose Clay (Kaolinite), Red Rose Petals (Rosa Centifolia), Fragrance, Rose Oil (Rosa Damascena), *Benzyl Alcohol, Lilial, *Citronellol, *Geraniol.
*Occurs naturally in essential oils.

Same size (60g), sells for $12.95.

You can see the rice particles in Don't Look at Me and how smooth Rosy Cheeks is.

You can't go wrong between these 2 masks, depending on your skin needs. Just make sure you use it up before the expiry date!

There is also Cup 'O Coffee face and body mask but my store didn't have it in at the time. I can see it being a hit to those who love coffee :) Have you tried a Lush fresh mask before? Which is your favorite?


Garnier 2-in-1 eye makeup remover

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Near the end of last month, I spotted a coupon for the new Garnier Skin Naturals 2-in-1 eye makeup remover but couldn't find the product on the shelf. Garnier kindly offered to send me a bottle to try.

This is the dual phased type of makeup remover, needs to be shaken up (clear liquid and light purple oil layer) before using.

The formula is enriched with Arginine, supposedly leaving a protective layer on the lashes, leaving them shiny and supple.

I like the thin and compact packaging, with tightly closed flip top, easy to travel with.

Instructions: shake the bottle, add a few drops to a cotton pad, hold against the eyes for a few seconds, wipe gently without rubbing.

Happy to find the product not leaving a greasy feeling nor blurring out my vision. If you are used to the water-like feeling of micellar products, you will possibly detect a very very light feel of the oil in the formula, but not oily by any means.

It does a great job removing my eyeshadows and about 90% of water resistant liners and mascaras. A follow up with a second cotton pad is recommended if you wear waterproof products. I do not notice any lashes coming off on to the cotton pad.

No concern about the purple tint in the oil transferring to your eyes. The product is almost invisible on the cotton pad. No scent detected.

Ingredients: Water, Isododecane, Isopropyl Palmitate, Undecane, Arginine, CI 60725, Citric Acid, Dipotassium Phosphate, Disodium Edta, Hexylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Octyldodecyl Xyloside, Polyaminopropyl Biduanide, Potassium Phosphate, Sodiumchloride, Tridecane (F.I.L. C176875/1).

I would recommend this eye makeup remover, especially if you travel a lot. Suitable for contact lense wearers, the product is 125ml, retails $10.99.


Wet n Wild Here's to the Wild Ones

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

You know when I spotted the display of Wet n Wild Fall 2015 collection Here's to the Wild Ones at Superstore, I had to get some of the LE Megalast lipsticks, don't you? :)

5, to be exact - Celeb Sighting, On the Ave, Vintage Vibe, Photobomb and Nightcap. Decided to skip Coffee Buzz, seems to be too dark to wear most of the time.

I love the matte black tube - hinting the semi matte finish of the lipsticks (vs. the glossy tube in the permanent Megalast lipsticks), but the hazard of the bullet sticking out of the tube still needs to be mentioned.

Celeb Sighting turns out to be my favorite, despite the popular trend of darker lips for Fall. Orange red is always flattering on my skin tone. On the Ave is also quite bright, a fuchsia pink.

The last 3 colours look quite close in the tube but show different bases when swatched. Vintage Vibe has a fuchsia undertone, Photobomb red toned and Nightcap brown toned. You probably don't need all 3, so go with the base colour that suits your skin tone.

The lipsticks are 0.11oz/ 3.3g, 3.49 each.


Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

IMATS Toronto is this weekend!

I originally planned to go but it fell short, sadly. The exhibitors this year are great, especially Bdellium, Inglot, MUFE, Morphe, NYX, etc.

For those who make it, Farleyco has a booth with Real Techniques & EcoTools brushes, COLAB dry shampoos and Zoella Beauty products, for the first time ever :)

With NYX's first Canadian stand-alone store opening next month, they also mention launching products to stores. @thebeautyblogca said they will be in Shoppers next year, together with Joe Fresh. Exciting time!

Now that it's Fall, Halloween makeup starts to show up.

LA Splash posted a sneak peek yesterday on their instagram of the (LE) "Day of the Dead" collection with new colours and gorgeous packaging. Out next month.

I mentioned before the LA Splash Canadian site offers CAD prices and $10 flat rate shipping, still haven't taken the plunge. Also heard there are a few other Canadian sites carrying LA Splash.

Hopefully we can get our hands on this collection without paying too much for shipping.

Wet n Wild Here's to the Wild Ones (LE) Fall 2015 collection has arrived at Superstore. 6 Megalast lipsticks and 6 nail polish.

At the time I found the display, the prices have not been in the system so the SA told the cashier to charge me the same price as the permanent Megalast lipsticks, $3.49 a piece. I don't recall the price for the nail polish.

Similar to the situation with the Venice Beach collection where we only got the lip glosses at Superstore, it doesn't seem we are getting the 5-pan eyeshadow palettes with Here's to the Wild Ones collection either.

Shoppers: offers 8,000 points with your first purchase with code "SHOPONLINE".

*** Saturday & Sunday: x20 points with $50 purchase, only when you load the offer from their website onto your Optimum card, or print it and bring to the store. No more flyer offers.

*** All week:
- Olay skin care: 25% off
- Garnier facial moisturizer: CAD14.99
- Aveeno, L'Oreal facial moisturizer, Bio oil (125ml): CAD21.99
- Aveeno, L'Oreal facial cleanser: CAD8.99
- L'Oreal Revitalift Triple Power facial moisturizer: CAD29.99
- Neutrogena, L'Oreal shave care: 25% off
- Clean & Clear acne care, cleanser: 20% off
- Nivea skin, lip care: 25% off
- Avene Tolerant/ Intolerant skin care: 20% off
- Neostrata facial cleanser, Moisture Fusion skin care: 20% off
- Reversa skin care: 20% off
- RoC Soleil Protexion+ sun care: 20% off
- Herbal Essences hair care: 2/CAD5 or CAD2.99 each
- TreSemme hair care: CAD4.99
- CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom mascara, Colorlicious lip, Clean makeup: CAD6.99; Smoothers makeup, Bombshell eye: CAD8.99; Outlast lip: CAD10.99; The Supersizer bonus pack: CAD15.99
- Revlon makeup: 25% off
- Revlon Color Burst lip, eye: CAD8.99
- L'Oreal Colour Riche eyeshadow palette, Voluminous mascara, Infallible makeup: 25% off
- L'Oreal Colour Riche: CAD9.99
- Maybelline Color Blur, SuperStay lip: CAD9.99
- Rimmel Extra Wow Lash mascara, lip/ eyeliner: CAD3.99; Scandal Eyes mascara, Lasting Finish lip, makeup: CAD5.99
- Essie: CAD7.99
- EoS, Burt's Bees, Blistex lip care: CAD3.99.

*** Bonus Optimum points:
- x20 points with Cover FX Illuminating primer, powder blush or mineral bronzing powder
- x20 points with John Frieda, Live Clean hair care
- x10 points with CoverGirl TruBlend makeup
- x10 points with Gosh eye/ makeup
- x10 point with $30 Quo makeup
- x5 points with No7 skin care set
- 5,000 points with Vichy Neovadiol serum or cream
- 5,000 points with Conair Curl Secret
- 2,500 points with 2 No7 Restore & Renew Eye/ Day/ Night cream
- 2,000 points with 2 Almay makeup products.

- Avene Hydrance skin care: 20% off (bonus Airmiles)
- Marcelle Essentials, Hydra C skin care: 25% off
- L'Oreal eye/ brow liner: 30% off
- Maybelline foundation, powder, concealer: 30% off (bonus miles)
- Revlon foundation, powder, concealer: CAD14.99
- Annabelle Lipsies: CAD3.99; TwistUp, Big Show lip: CAD6.99
- Marcelle eye, lip: 25% off
- NYX foundation, powder, blush, setting spray: 20% off
- Revlon beauty tools, nail polish: 25% off.

Sephora: Daily Gift of Beauty contest is hosted on the Canadian site until next Friday, with prizes from UD, tarte, etc. Link to the contest is on their main page.

@BeautyGeek said some of the brands that disappeared after the switch to Canadian warehouse for shipping are adding French to their labels so that they can reenter the Canadian market, if not already (e.g. Perricone MD).

The Bay: F&F sale is on this weekend online with code "FRIENDS" and in store
- Extra 20% off on almost anything with Hudson's Bay credit card/ MasterCard (or extra 15% off with other tenders)
- Extra 10% off on furniture, mattresses, major and small appliances, personal care electrics, vacuums, confectionery, cookware, bakeware and gadgets with any tender.

Exclusions apply.

The Body Shop: B3G3F or B2G1F in store and online until Monday. Exclusions apply.

Bath and Body Works: Fall Haul event on Saturday 12-4pm with exclusive offers, including 25% off your purchase.

Sally: until Sunday
- OPI: B2G1F (excluding kits & clearance), limit 1; free base or top coat with purchase of 3 Infinite Shine colors (excluding kits), limit 1
- China Glaze: BOGO (excluding EverGlaze, kits & clearance)
- All hair spray, Select salon essentials plus, Select hair care/ color: B2G1F
- AGEbeautiful anti-aging hair color: BOGO (excluding AGEbeautiful Root touch up), limit 6
- GiGi wax: BOGO, limit 12
- Hot Shot styling tools: $10 off (excluding Gold curling irons & clearance).

Scarlet & Julia: 25% off your order with code "BIRTHDAY", today only. Free shipping with $75 orders.

Besides private sales (flash events), they also carry regular beauty products (including Stila Patina, Lise Watier, OPI, etc.), great to grab with this sale.

Beyond the Rack: Free base shipping with $50+ orders until 3am EST Monday.

Forever 21: Until September 30, on regular-priced and sale items
- 10% off $40 with code "FALL10"
- 15% off $75 with code "FALL15" or
- 20% off $100 with code "FALL20".
Free shipping on orders over $60.


NOTD: Joe Fresh Ultra Violet

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Back to routine today and I could hardly get out of bed :)

The weather has been so nice, almost summer-like, so I didn't realize yesterday was the first day of Fall. Accidentally, today's NOTD kinda fits.

This is 2 coats of Joe Fresh Ultra Violet. Not a new shade at all cause it was part of the Fall 2013 release, but it was left untried for a long time in the stash. I was in the mood for a dark purple, and Ultra Violet definitely is it!

I love the fact that it is so dark but still remains purple and does not lean toward black. Application was smooth and easy too.

To honour the warm sun that still makes appearance despite the arrival of Fall, I did the accent nail with the famous Gosh Holographic, also 2 coats.

I still can't get a decent wear out of Holographic, which is a shame against how pretty it looks. Just have to prepare to do another mani about 2 days after :)

Ultra Violet does not last much longer than Holographic, unfortunately. I guess they pair up nicely that way.

It has been a long week, I am so glad Friday arrives tomorrow.


FOTD: Vichy Normaderm BB Clear

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

You know I would follow up that bare face I showed in the review of Vichy Normaderm BB Clear with a FOTD. Know that no makeup would be able to completely camouflage the breakout (and old acne scars) I have but it definitely helps. And I feel better with some colours on the face.

Still BB Clear as the base, no primer, with support of a few more products. On the face:
- It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eyes full coverage concealer in Neutral Medium
- Joe Fresh mousse blush in Rose.

On the eyes:
- Flower Beauty Color Play cream eyeshadow in Time Willow Tell as base
- Freedom Makeup Pro 12 palette in Romance and Jewels
- Jordana Best Lash Extreme volumizing mascara in Black
- Barry M Intense eyeliner pen in Dark Emerald and Rimmel Scandal Eyes waterproof kohl kajal liner in Light Blue.

I tried to find a good colour match and coverage for the brows, which explained the number of products:
- Annabelle Stay Sharp brow liner in Taupe
- Marcelle Forever Sharp in Medium Brown and
- Annabelle Brow Show brow liner + highlighter in Light.

On the lips: Maybelline Color Blur I Like to Mauve It, and I do like it :) The colour is more subdue than what I normally wear, but it works for certain looks.

I have been out of town for a few days for work, and it was nice. Awesome harbour view outside my hotel room window with a different cruise ship in the harbour every day, nice weather for this time of year, no cooking/ cleaning, lots of eating :) But it's heading home time today. I can't wait to pick up some donuts and cronuts from a bakery on the way, and get back to a routine.


Vichy Normaderm BB Clear

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Vichy Normaderm line is dedicated to imperfection-prone skin, like it understands my pain of dealing with acne almost my whole adult life.

I am old enough to say I am too old for acne, but unfortunately acne does not discriminate based on age and it still plays with my heart (and face).

I have reviewed quite a number of Normaderm products on the blog, especially worth mentioning are the Hydrating acne care and the micellar solution. The line has 2 brand new products that arrived just in time to rescue me. If you are brave enough, stay tuned till the end to see my almost-bare face with only one product on :)

Top: Normaderm Cleansing mattifying foam. Bottom: Normaderm BB Clear in 2 shades.

The purpose: conceal imperfections and treat acne at the same time.

The Normaderm cleansing mattifying foam would start my acne skin care routine, meant to exfoliate and eliminate impurities (including residual makeup and excess sebum) with salicylic acid.

The water to foam texture is easy to use and rinse, and does what it does what it promises to do. Personally, I have always been wary about foaming cleansers drying out the skin, hence did not use the product every day and it turned out fine.

I don't particularly find the skin looking matte after washing but since I always follow it up with other skin care products, I don't really need the cleanser to be matte anyway.

Ingredients: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, PEG-30 Glyceryl Cocoate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Potassium Chloride, Triethanolamine, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, etc.

The foam is oil/ soap/ paraben/ alcohol free, 150ml, $19.95.

And then there is Normaderm BB Clear anti-acne unifying beauty balm, available in Light and Medium, with:

- 2% salicylic acid (anti imperfection active ingredient)
- Mineral pigments: melt into the skin for a natural coverage (no mask effect)
- Anti-bacterial/ sebum-regulating zinc: decongests pores, removes dead skin cells, slows down sebum production and stimulates cellular renewal
- Kaolin and silica: absorb excess sebum and neutralize shine.

BB Clear, with a light powdery non-greasy texture, is formulated to help mattify the skin, conceal imperfections and treats acne. On me, it is more about evening out the skin tone than concealing, since my imperfection requires a serious concealer with good coverage. It would be perfect for you if acne is only a temporary issue and you want light natural-looking makeup.

Here are BB Clear in Light and Medium, in comparison with Vichy Idealia BB cream in Medium.

BB Clear is a little lighter in texture, making it very easy to blend. The matte finish only lasts until about lunch time for me, or extra an hour or 2 with a primer, though.

Idealia BB cream has pink pigments to correct the grey tone in the skin and is not matte.

Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Glycerin, Diisostearyl Malate, Kaolin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Salicylic Acid, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, PEG-9 Zinc Gluconate, etc.

BB Clear is paraben free, 40ml, $19.95.

Here is the forewarned bare face with just one coat each of these 3 BB creams - Normaderm BB Clear in Light on the forehead, Medium on my left side of the face and Idealia BB cream in Medium on the right side of the face.

Once blended out, Light and Medium shades both work for my skin tone, mostly because of the light coverage. And I end up liking both BB creams - the Normaderm version a bit more while I am breaking out (been wearing it for a few weeks now with a concealer) but the Idealia version is always an option for better skin days.

I will follow up with a FOTD tomorrow, with more makeup on of course :)