YOU may have passed me in the street this week and not recognised me. You see, I’ve been donning a new face.

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream

Me... showing off Garnier's new BB Cream

A slight improvement on the old one.

Garnier sent through its version of the new worldwide beauty phenomenon, BB Cream. Theirs is called Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream. If you haven’t heard about BB creams yet, it stands for “Blemish Balm’’ or “Beauty Balm’’. Having seen so many beauty trends come and go, this one grabbed my attention because there’s some history behind it.

BB creams were developed in the ‘50s to soothe and heal a patient’s skin after surgical procedures.  It took off in the late 2000s in Korea and became the beauty secret of its film stars. It’s now quickly spread through the UK, US and finally Australia.

Miracle Skin Perfector combines skincare with makeup. How easy will your morning skincare routine be now? The skincare is made up of anti-oxidant properties and Vitamin C to boost the skin’s natural glow and radiance.

After a week and a half of using it, what do I think?

  • Someone said it was more like tinted moisturiser, which left me a little sceptical. I’ll admit, I need better coverage than that these days. We’ll thank sleep deprivation for finally catching up with me. But it couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s given me great coverage without being heavy thanks to mineral pigments for natural coverage.
  • It claims to deliver five instant benefits24 hour hydration (yes), even skin tone (my complexion does look better), corrects blemishes (even the pigmentation under my eye is looking better), boost radiance (I’m glowing!) and SPF protection (well, yes, obviously).
  • The product could be improved by increasing the SFP 15 to 30. Our sun is too harsh.
  • Interestingly, for my combination skin at least, it’s not too oily or drying. It’s quite creamy and is really easy to apply.
  • When I’m wearing it, it lessens the lines around my eyes and mouth. Well, my deep canyons look more like ravines, anyway. Unfortunately, I lucked out on simple “fine lines’’.
  • There are only two shades – light and medium. More shade options would be better for busy mums who may require mixing the two shades to get the right match. Fortunately, the light shade is perfect for me.
  • I was impressed by the longevity of the coverage.  It stayed on… all day! I tend to see foundation slide off my nose by late afternoon. Although, I am still wearing a concealer underneath. I’ve yet to find a product that hasn’t required me to do this.
  • It’s only $13.95. Really?  I’m not even going to reveal how much I’m spending on skincare and foundation at the moment. I’m starting to wonder why I’m paying all that money.
  • It smells divine.
  • I love the idea that while there’s an immediate cosmetic effect, there are long term benefits as well. I’ll be keen to see how my skin transforms over a longer period.
Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream

... and just a bit more self portraiture!

The Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector – BB cream (RRP: $13.95) is available at Priceline, supermarkets, pharmacies, independent and variety stores. You can also find out more about the BB cream at and on its Facebook page.

Would you like to try it? Well, Garnier have teamed up with Three Li’l Princesses to giveaway 1 x Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Light AND 1 x Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Medium to 10 – yes 10 – readers. For a chance to win, simply leave a comment telling us the best beauty tip your mother/grandmother passed on to you. The giveaway closes Thursday, October 6 at 7pm and a winner will be drawn randomly and announced on this blog and via Facebook and Twitter. Australian residents only. Limit of four entries.

Want extra entries? Then here’s how you can up your chances in the draw. Each task is worth one extra entry, but must be included as a separate comment (or it won’t count).

  1. Click the Facebook button below and share this giveaway with your Facebook friends. Then leave a separate comment saying something along the lines of “I’ve shared this on Facebook’’.
  2. Click the Twitter button below and share this giveaway with your Twitter followers (Twitter handle is @ThreeLil). Then leave a separate comment saying something along the lines of “I’ve shared this on Twitter’’.
  3. Follow me on my new Google Friend Connect button over there in the sidebar and leave a comment telling me you’re now a follower.

**DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Light and 1 x Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Medium for review. All opinions expressed are purely my own.

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78 Responses to WIN: The worldwide beauty phenomenon: BB Cream by Garnier (review and giveaway)

  1. Toni says:

    Well, aren’t YOU just gorgeous????

    I didn’t get any beauty tips from my mother or grandmother, so I’ll blame them for looking the way I do.
    My own careful research points out that you should STAY OUT OF THE SUN. (based on watching many women cook themselves in coconut oil in the 70s and 80s, and now they look mummified)
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  2. Amy Cross says:

    Don’t read in the dark! (well, semi-dark!) In my teenage years my mum would always check on my siblings & me before heading to bed and would always comment that I should have the light or lamp on if I was going to read in bed (I thought relying on the light coming from the hallway was fine at the time!). Very good advice & something I think about every time I see those beginnings of crow’s feet……

  3. Amy Cross says:

    I’ve shared on facebook 🙂

  4. Caroline says:

    The best tip I recieved from both mum & my gran was less is more (closely followed by stay out of the sun at lunch time)
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  5. Caroline says:

    Shared on Facebook 🙂
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  6. Caroline says:

    shared on twitter 🙂
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  7. Caroline says:

    and now following you 🙂
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  8. Suzi says:

    Never go to bed with your makeup still on. If i ever get time to actually put makeup on (lol), then I try and make sure I get it off before going to bed.

  9. Suzi says:

    Following you on GFC (as MardyMax)

  10. oh it looks like it works well!
    Shared on Facebook and twitter

    My mums words of wisdom.. moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!!! lol shes right too!
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  11. Kelly B says:

    WOW! You look amazing! I’ll watch out for it.
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  12. MultipleMum says:

    Sounds like a quick and easy solution. I am all for that. I am not sure that my Mum or G’ma gave out beauty secrets but I guess I was always encouraged to ‘get your beauty sleep’ from a young age so the benefits of sleep for skin? You are looking gorgeous in your new BB cream! x
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  13. My mum said to never wear makeup to bed and to use moisturiser every night after washing my face. Sometimes its the simple things that work the best.

  14. Cheryle says:

    My Grandmother has incrediable skin and counts that to never using more than eyeliner & red lipstick and a hat whilst out doors as an avid gardener at 85 you can tell it has gone along way . My Mother well asks me and has a look in my bathroom draw for new things to try . as a person with sensitive skin , large dark lack of sleep circles im always on the look for somthing simple and easy to use .
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  15. A Keeper says:

    The best tip I was told, was rosehip oil. It’s not oily so you don’t have to worry about it adding to the oil on your face, but it really helps to moisturise and keep those fine lines at bay. I use it at least once a week to balance out my skin and more often on any dry areas.

  16. Pauline Tan says:

    shared on facebook page!

  17. Pauline Tan says:

    i am a follower now!

  18. Pauline Tan says:

    my best tip from my mother was to cleanse face thoroughly twice per day and never sleep with make up on, simple yet many failed to do so. Another tip is drink plenty of water! (:

  19. Melissa K says:

    shared on Facebook 🙂

  20. Melissa K says:

    shared on twitter also (@Mel0307)

  21. Melissa K says:

    am already a follower via GFC (Melissa K)

    thanks for the fab giveaway!

  22. Linda Hynson says:

    shared facebook and twitter:-)

  23. I remember my Mum telling me not to shave my legs after sunbaking (sunburn + razor = ouch). Does that count as a beauty tip? Oh and that if you wear red nail polish, it has to be PERFECT because it shows any imperfection in your application skills. I don’t think she told me any others. I remember my Grandma used Ponds cream daily & at 89 she looks like she’s in her 60’s so that must have been some good stuff! This Garnier BB looks like a goer. (P.S. I’m a light rather than a medium. Just in case I win!)

  24. And I have facebooked you.

  25. Cindy says:

    My Mum’s beauty tip was to never go to bed with make-up on. To this day I never have and I am now 57 so I guess that one really stuck!

  26. Liz says:

    My mother told me that lemon juice makes your nails whiter! I think it works (at least, my nails are nice and white)

  27. Liz says:

    I follow via GFC!

  28. Rebekah says:

    The best beauty tip my mum passed to me was to wash my face!! Simple, but important! 🙂
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  29. Rebekah says:

    I tweeted this giveaway from @theaussiemommy
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  30. Rebekah says:

    Congrats on your GFC! I’m following you there as the aussie mommy too! 🙂
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  31. Shelley says:

    I love these pictures of you just as much as the others you posted today – you are glowing! The best advice my Nan ever gave me was to lather myself in hand cream every night just before going to sleep. Works a treat! (PS Come and share your wedding with me this week? Love to see you as a bride 🙂 )
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  32. Barbara says:

    Smile and the world will smile back at you!
    Also always wear sunscreen

  33. Cate says:

    The best tip I received was not to wear too much makeup- a little bit goes a long way.

  34. Deb says:

    Oh Kel you look great!!!!! The best beauty tip my mother gave me was to drink plenty of water with a little apple juice added to keep your body and skin hydrated:)

  35. Deb says:

    Shared on fb also:)

  36. nellbe says:

    my mum told me just to look after my skin, don’t take it for granted, wear sunscreen, wash it daily, don’t smoke. Her advice has been great.
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  37. I don’t have any fantastic advice, but everyone else’s tips have been great 😉
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  38. Michelle Rivett says:

    I’ve never heard of this cream, but I’m definitely interested after reading your review! My mum has been through some tough times so she has aged very poorly, indirectly this has taught me to look after my skin from an early age, because while it’s never too late to start, the earlier the better!

  39. angel says:

    hi the best advice my grandmom gave to me was to sleep early and to get up early and splash your face with cold water. shared with friends on FB as Jenna Sara

  40. angel says:

    I’ve shared this on Facebook

  41. Chris says:

    “Get some good sleep and drink a lot of water”.

  42. Cyndie says:

    My mum is a very feminine person and she loves to look after herself. Her best tip to me was to always remove makeup even when I am tired and lazy, in order to prevent ageing.

  43. Gael Macpherson says:

    My Grandmother gave me a tube of Nivea face cream when I was about 7 years old and told me I should use it every day if i wanted to have good skin when I grew up. Of course I didn’t do that, did I? lol

  44. Gael Macpherson says:

    I’ve shared this on facebook.

  45. Nicola Pengilly says:

    You look gorgeous – I can only hope it works half as well on my (older) skin! The best tip my mother ever gave me was to get to bed earlier – although of course I took no notice at the time………!

  46. melanie w says:

    They didnt have any beauty tips i was left to my own devices but im doing quite well i have been using face creams since i was 11.

  47. melanie w says:

    Following on GFC

  48. Kirsty @Mummytofive says:

    Always always remove your makeup before bed!! No-one pulls off the panda eyes of a morning!!

  49. Laura says:

    Only just recently heard about this stuff – sounds so exciting!

    Best tip my mum’s given me: always wax my legs, never shave. Painful at first, but well worth it since they’re so sparse now I can get away for months between doing it.

  50. Laura says:

    Not sure what it is, but I’m following you on the Google Friends Connect thing.

    Now to go suss out what it that is!

  51. Candice says:

    I remember my mum telling me to never go to bed with any makeup on – to make sure I cleanse, tone and moisturise each evening 🙂

  52. Candice says:

    Ive shared on twitter @Candy3181

  53. Candice says:

    Im now following you on Google Friend Connect

  54. Jasmine says:

    Slip, slop, slap

  55. Emma Sparnon says:

    Moisturise and lots of water & sleep!

  56. Emma Sparnon says:

    Shared & tagged you in it on f
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  57. Emma Sparnon says:

    Liked on google connect.
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  58. Pam says:

    Always, always remember to moisturise your neck!
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  59. Pam says:

    Shared on Facebook too 🙂
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  60. Amanda Collins says:

    My Grandmother has beautiful skin. Cleansing and moisturising day and night is her only ritual, but it has certainly paid off now that she is in her 80s and looking fantastic!

  61. Amanda Collins says:

    My Mum has always been careful to cleanse and moisturise her skin, just like my Grandma, and it has definately worked for them!

  62. Amanda Collins says:

    Make sure your beauty routine continues down your neck and decolletage!

  63. Amanda Collins says:

    The back of your hands is one spot that often goes on forgotten. With our harsh sun often hitting this area, it is usually one of the first places to show your age! Make sure you take care of your hands.

  64. tattoomummy says:

    My great Grandnanna told me that every time you wash your hands gently push back your cuticles when they are wet.
    She had BEAUTIFUL nails.
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  65. I was (repeatedly) shown the good ‘ol teaspoon trick!

    5 minutes in the freezer and popped on eyes for those ah…tired mummy days.
    Get’s rid of baggies in a minute!

    I keep two teaspoons in the fridge permanently hahaha (I have A LOT of those mummy days at the moment!)

    About to share this gorgeous giveaway on FB 🙂

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  66. tattoomummy says:

    shared on twitter @tattoomummy
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  67. tattoomummy says:

    Followed on google =]
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  68. Charmaine says:

    Love your blog. Thanks.

  69. Charmaine says:

    I’ve shared this on Facebook.

  70. SquiggleMum says:

    I can’t WAIT to try the BB cream – especially since it looks so amazing on everyone I know who has trialled it.

    Best beauty tip passed down to me: it’s not about what you wear… it’s all about how you wear it!
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  71. meghan says:

    Best beauty tip passed down to me: No mirror will ever reveal all of your beauty, but everyone will see it – Courtesy of my Granny Gray who passed in November 2000

  72. silvana says:

    lovely nice !

  73. silvana says:

    beauty tip be as natural as you can be but used also the best product you can afford