Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm aka BB cream needs no introduction! Is there anything this versatile product can’t do? From moisturizing & priming the skin to providing seamless coverage & sun protection, it does everything and this is why this multitasker baby is a part of our everyday beauty routine 😊.
Today, I am going to review a Korean cosmetic product, Hydra Intensive Blemish Balm with SPF 30 PA++ from Dr. G (Gowoonsesang) brand which I bought from SASA Store, Hong Kong, a few months back. To know more about this BB cream read ahead peeps...
Containing hydrophilic and lipophilic ingredients recognized for their ability to support you, each of these unique formulations work on a cellular level to help face skin achieve and maintain a clearer, healthier look.
Discover a program of complete care for the face based on innovative research and proven science. Apply a thin layer of blemish balm onto all over the face. Use fingertips to spread gently until it has been completely absorbed.
About the Brand:
Image source: SASA Official website
Image Source: SASA official website
Bearberry Extract and Rose Water
Category: BB cream
Type of Skin: All skin types
Price & quantity: 43$ for 60ml (and 10HKD for 5ml in SASA)
Availability: Online & in all SASA stores across Hong Kong
My Experience With Dr.G Hydra Intensive Blemish Balm:
Skin Type: Combination (Oily T-zone & Dry U-zone)
In Sasa Store, there is a section where you can find various skincare samples from brands like Clinique, Estee Lauder etc. I was browsing some other products when I spotted this tiny BB cream. As I had no BB cream and my old foundation also got finished, I grabbed this baby to try first and then make a full product purchase. The downside fact is thatit comes in only one shade. Since the price was cheap, I didn’t mind to spend thus came home happy with this product.
As far as the packaging is concerned, it is fully hygienic and comes in a small silver coloured tube with a firm screw cap. Product details and usage direction are given on the packaging.
Coming to the texture, this BB cream is of greyish-pink coloured and has a thick yet smooth consistency. It has no artificial fragrance at all.
Wearing Dr. G Hydra Intensive Blemish Balm SPF 30 PA ++
(Face Product Used: On LHS- Dr.G BB cream, RHS- only moisturiser)
Camera Used- Canon 700 D, Day time shooting
When applied on the moisturized skin, it feels lightweight, glides on smoothly, and imparts a matte finish to the skin. The coverage is sheer to medium, I would say. It does cover the redness on my skin but not those deep acne scars. The BB cream has sort of grey to neutral undertones, so on persons having yellow skin tone like me (NC 40), it oxidizes & looks ashy/grey. Be cautious with the amount you put on your skin because more product leads to scarier face especially for deep skin toned beauties! Anyway, the grayish look turns into normal after a few hours and you are good to go. Although it settles into a matte finish, the texture is not that drying in nature as the name suggests Hydra Intensive! However, I do not prefer dusting powder on top of it otherwise my skin looks a bit drier. This BB cream is definitely suitable for oily skinned people with fair and pale skin tones.
Camera Used: Canon 700D, Pic taken under yellow room light
On my engagement anniversary day, I applied a thick cream first because winter season had arrived already by that time and then followed it with an ample amount of this BB cream for a good coverage with the help of a sponge. My skin appeared grayish still I waited to see the final result. Freak! Even after 30 minutes, it seemed that grayish look wasn’t going to fade away anytime soon. I used a wet sponge to tone down the shade. Then I applied some baby powder to complete my look. Anyway, I wasn’t happy with that look 😞.
Wearing Dr. G Hydra Intensive Blemish Balm SPF 30 PA++
(Face Product Used- Aroma Essentials Day Serum & Dr.G BB cream. No powder)
Camera used - Mobile Photography/Pic taken under room light at night
PS: Please excuse my undone bushy brows as I haven't been to the salon for a long
time due to illness!
After a lot of trial & error, recently, I was satisfied with its performance. Instead of moisturizer, I used a lightweight yet hydrating serum on my skin first and then used a tiny amount of this BB cream and applied with my fingers. This way, the shade looked natural on my skin, no grayish/ashy-ness and my skin looked glowing too. Yay 😍 It has a good staying power of around 6-7 hours and covers minor blemishes. For higher coverage, you have to build this up but asthis cream is matte in texture, for dry & yellow skinned beauties, it’s not a good idea! This is just a 5ml sample so will last me a few more usages. The best part, it doesn’t clog the pores, skin can breathe thus no breakouts!
Great for oily and sensitive skinned people
Follow the instruction and use your fingertips for the application. It works wonders that way!
Provides a matte finish
Best for pale, fair and light skin tones
Good staying power
Has SPF 30 PA ++
Little amount would suffice the purpose!
No artificial fragrance
Infused with skincare benefits
Good for summers
Coverage is buildable
Comes in only one shade
Full ingredient list is missing!
It couldn’t cover my acne scars!
Skin looks dark/ashy right after the application!!
Not great for dry skinned beauties!
Moisturizing your skin is a must before its application!
Not ideal for yellow or dark skin toned persons
Dr.G Hydra Intensive Blemish Balm is a lightweight BB cream with matte finish formula and SPF 30 PA++ which is perfect for all fair/pale, sensitive, oily and combination skin types. Best way to achieve a natural, glowing finish is to use this product with your fingers, that’s what I have learnt & shared here!! I will not repurchase this product as I want to try other Asian BB creams rather than sticking to one.
Dr.G Hydra Intensive Blemish Balm SPF 30 PA++
If you are on the lookout for an affordable, hydrating yet matte finish BB cream then this product is worth a try!
Hope you find this review helpful.
See you soon 💗
Have You Ever Tried Dr.G Hydra Intensive Blemish Balm? If Yes, Then Please Do Share Your Experience With Me In The Comment Section Below.
Hope all of you are doing great 😊. Well, it's a long pending post but better late than never!! After a long time, hubby and I celebrated Xmas & New Year with our families in India and enjoyed the festivals to the fullest. New Year 2018 gave me an opportunity to grow my makeup collection 😁 No, seriously, most of my makeup and skincare stuff got expired and emptied last year, some are about to finish this month. I resisted myself from buying unnecessary stuff though and did purchase only those products which I need at this moment (who am I kidding😜 ). Hence brace yourselves because this post is going to be a lengthy one as I did shop a lot this time. So without any delay let’s jump into the haul!
Let’s start with skincare first –
Plum Green Tea Alcohol-free Toner From Nykaa:
Now, this is the best-selling toner from Plum and I have read a lot of good reviews about this product. My all time favourite toner is, of course, pure rose water or rose water based toners but I like to use other variants too for my skin for taming acne. So I thought to give this green tea toner a try thus purchased it from Nykaa! The brand says- “It’s for combination, oily, acne-prone skin. Alcohol-free toner with organic antioxidant green tea gives you a fresh, taut feeling after use. Minus the dryness and redness that alcohol can bring about”.
Plum Green Tea Alcohol-free Toner
Price & Quantity: Rs.390.00 for 200ml
Kama Ayurveda Pure Rose Water From Nykaa:
I am in love with my current Gulsha Pure Rose Water but it’s about to finish this month! Besides I always wanted to try Kama Ayurveda products and what would be better than trying their best-selling product –Pure Rose Water? This rose water is made from the roses of Kannauj, a region in north India, rich in white clay soil conductive to roses growth. Let’s see how it works for my combination skin!
Kama Ayurveda Pure Rose Water
Price & quantity: INR 250.00 For 50ml
Nature’s Essence Lacto Tan Clear:
My all-time favourite tan-removal cream!! I have used this product so many times when I was in India so was missing it badly here in Hong Kong. Last year, I made a few trips so my skin got tanned eventually but couldn’t do anything to reduce the harsh tan lines except using some homemade masks. Hence I decided to stock this product up and use it whenever needed. Tada, no more tans!!
Nature's Essence Lacto Tan Clear
Price & Quantity: INR 100 for 50g
Biotique Morning Nectar Ultra Soothing Face Lotion:
This moisturizer from Biotique is highly raved by maximum Indian beauty bloggers. I wanted to try a lightweight yet nourishing lotion to moisturize my face in summers and before wearing the makeup, so this product seemed perfect!
Biotique Morning Nectar Ultra Soothing Face Lotion
Price & Quantity: INR 199.00 for 12oml.
Biotique Bio Quince Seed Nourishing Face Massage Cream:
Till date, I was using heavy creams as a massage cream. I didn’t have any specific massage cream in my stash so when I spotted this beauty, I immediately grabbed it. The product says- “Quince Seed is one of the oldest cultivated herbs, rich in vitamins and minerals and known for its moisture-retaining and skin-renewing benefits. This pampering and nourishing face massage cream is blended with quince seed oil, Vitamin E and special hydrating molecules to awaken the skin to new freshness, smoothness and youthful resilience”. I have high hopes from this one!
Biotique Bio Quince Seed Nourishing Face Massage Cream
Price & quantity: INR 230.00 for 50g
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock:
I have used only one brand for sunscreens till now and that is Lotus Herbals. So I thought why not try a new brand this time! Most of my friends swear by Neutrogena sunblock hence purchased it without any second thought. The brand says-“ Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50+ PA+++ is a breakthrough in sun protection. This lightweight sunscreen has a light fresh scent and is gentle enough for sensitive skin. It is water resistant, sweat resistant, resists rub-off, non-comedogenic, oil free and PABA free”.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock
Price & Quantity: INR 549.00 for 88ml
Gillette Satin Care Shave Gel With Aloe Vera:
My favourite shaving gel! I haven’t yet reviewed it on NBAM but shall write about it soon, stay hooked. The product says- “It is specially designed for sensitive skin. Helps protect your sensitive skin. Provides incredible razor glide, protecting you against nicks and cuts”.
Gillette Satin Care Shaving Gel With Aloe Vera
Price & quantity: INR 225.00 For 195g
Jovees & VLCC Henna Powder (Hair Care):
I have been using VLCC Henna continuously for the last one year yet haven’t got that time to review this product! Anyway, this time I bought Jovees Henna too along with VLCC for an experiment of course! I would surely write about both these hennas soon on my blog.
My bestie literally forced me to try out this BB cream and am happy, I bought it. It comes in just one shade and I purchased a tiny 9g product so it will not last me long for sure! Let me try this BB cream for a few days and I will come up with a detailed review of it.
Garnier BB Cream
Price & quantity: INR 69.00 for 9g
Faces Ultime Pro Lip Definer- Pink 04:
So I went to our regular beauty shop situated in my hometown with an intention to buy only Kajal and sindoor powder. BUT as usual I got carried away and purchased some extra beauty products too; this lip liner is one of them. I hope it would match my Revlon pink lipstick shade; I haven’t yet applied it directly to my lips! Stay tuned guys for its full review.
Faces Ultime Pro Lip Definer-Pink 04
Price & quantity: INR 549.00 for 0.35g
Faces Ultime Pro Matte Eye Pencil- Dazzling Blue 05:
Another one from Faces Cosmetics but this one is matte eye pencil, not a lip liner! It’s been long I haven’t used coloured eyeliners. My first ever blue eyeliner was from AVON and green one from VOV. Oh! I so miss those babies!! So when the shopkeeper showed me this blueliner and swatched it on my hand, I really liked the shade. I am super excited to try this colour, hope it would look good on me. Fingers crossed!!
Faces Ultime Pro Matte Eye Pencil- Dzzling Blue 05
Price & quantity: INR 549.00 for 1.2g
Shahnaz Husain Hair Touch Up Plus Pencil – Black (Hair Makeup):
My mom uses Tru-Tone dye stick to conceal her grey hair sometimes for easy touch-ups. I find that stick to be very drying in nature so I never liked that. I use henna monthly to cover my grey hair (yes, I do suffer from premature hair greying) but sometimes in hurry, you need something to conceal grey hair instantly and there this baby comes real handy!! I haven’t used it earlier but have good expectation from this one.
Shahnaz Husain Hair Touch-Up Plus- Black
Price & quantity: INR 320.00 for 7.5g
Wet & Wild Color Icon Chestnut Lip Liner From Nykaa:
Another product purchased from Nykaa was this lip liner from the brand Wet & Wild. This is my first purchase from this brand and I hope this shade will flatter my skin tone. I shall soon come up with its detailed review.
Wet & Wild Color Icon Lip Liner- Chestnut
Price: INR 135.00 (So pocket-friendly)!
Lotus Ecostay Kajal – Black:
I love kajals from Lotus brand, especially that Colorkick kajal. When I asked that shopkeeper to show me a black kajal, he gave me this one and said, it’s the blackest black kajal and is smudge-proof & water-proof too! I have swatched it once and quite liked it. Unfortunately, I got a damaged product with a broken tip and now I have to sharpen it to get that sleek pointed shape.
LOTUS Eco Stay Kajal- Black
Price & quantity: INR 325.00 for 1.2g
Keya Seth Herbal Sindoor Powder – Red:
From that same beauty shop, I purchased my regular sindoor (Vermilion) powder. I have already reviewed this product here on my blog. I love its deep red shade and smooth powdery formula. Oh! It’s herbal too!!
Keya Seth Herbal Sindoor Powder-Red
Price: INR 125.00
MAC Studio Conceal And Correct Duo Cache-cernes – Rich Yellow/Burnt Coral:
Now, if you are following me on IG and FB, then you might have read the post where I shared my recent shopping experience with MAC & Sephora. I specifically wanted to buy a dewy foundation and liked Waterweight foundation for my skin but it wasn’t available in Phoenix mall, Pune. Meanwhile, I asked the MUA about colour correctors so she showed me this dual-ended product and then demonstrated too. I quite liked that two-in-one formula so bought it without any hesitation.
MAC Studio Conceal and Correct Duo cache-cernes- Rich Yellow/Burnt Coral
Price: INR 2250 for 8ml.
Makeup Forever Mist & Fix Setting Spray from SEPHORA:
Till date, I have never been to Sephora so I was literally excited upon finding that outlet at Phoenix Mall. I wanted to buy NYX products especially their setting spray and soft matte lip creams but SA informed me that they do not have a lot of NYX products and then asked me if I want to try some of SEPHORA makeup products. In the meantime, she also showed me this setting spray from MAKEUP FOREVER which claims to be moisturizing & long lasting. I didn’t give a second thought and purchased it. Hope, this will be true to its claims!!
Makeup Forever Mist & Fix Setting Spray
Price & quantity: INR 1000.00 (Got it at Rs.925) for 30ml
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer 20 Sand Sable:
A few months back I asked my beautiful fellow blogger Khushi (from Not Only Makeup Blog) to suggest me a good concealer and she voted for this one! I got the shade 20 Sand Sable for my medium skin tone.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer 20 Sand Sable
Price & quantity:INR 525.00 for 6.8ml
Maybelline Dream Satin Skin Ultra Breathable Satin Two Way Cake – PO Peach Puff:
I needed a face powder as my one and only Lakme powder got expired long back. The SA showed me this two-way cake powder which also acts as a foundation- sort of powder foundation. I thought- “So what if I couldn’t get MAC foundation, for the time being, I can try this powder foundation”!! Hence I purchased this product in the hope that it would give my skin a flawless finish both as foundation and powder. Let me use this for a couple of times and I shall share my views soon with you all.
The hottest makeup trend right now isn’t boyfriend brows, smoky eyes or matte lipstick — it’s wearing none whatsoever. Need evidence? Take a quick scan of celebrity Instagram accounts — more and more A-listers, from actresses and pop stars to supermodels, are going au naturel and proudly posting photos to prove it.
Sure, we all have fun trying out a new look now and then for date night or a special event. But there’s also something inexplicably empowering about ditching the eyeliner and bronzer and simply embracing your natural beauty (try this melting cleansing balm to remove long-lasting makeup). Read on for a look back at some memorable #nomakeup selfies from our favourite stars, plus some tips on how to rock the makeup-free look yourself.
One might say that Alicia Keys started the #nomakeup movement. The singer-songwriter even made an announcement to fans that she would be skipping out on makeup in both her personal and public life. In her essay for the email newsletter Lenny Letter, she spoke about striving to feel confident without the help of any mascara or lip gloss. "Every time I left the house, I would be worried if I didn't put on makeup: What if someone wanted a picture?? What if they POSTED it???” she wrote.
“These were the insecure, superficial, but honest thoughts I was thinking.” Her attitude changed after a shoot for her single “In Common,” when a photographer took some photos of her with no makeup on. “I don't want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing," Keys has said.
This actress shared a selfie captioned, "#nomakeup for my 44th birthday, embracing my past and future.” Paltrow looked incredibly fresh-faced, with a flawless complexion, beachy hair and a sparkling smile.
Achieving (and maintaining) an even tone like Paltrow’s with no foundation whatsoever requires wearing SPF to combat sun damage and redness. Ideally, you should apply a naturally-derived product, like Green Screen, daily. This SPF 30 broad-spectrum sunscreen is brimming with antioxidants to reduce dark spots and even skin tone while protecting the skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays, free radicals and other pollutants in the environment — all of which contribute to premature ageing.
For some time now, Diaz has been a proponent of ageing gracefully. Hence, it came as no surprise when she posted a bare-fared Instagram captioned, "I'm so excited to continue the conversation because learning that you can age well will actually help you age better. If you understand how your body works, then you can take action to help keep it in the best possible condition so it can carry you through a long and beautiful life.” In another post, the actress challenged followers to submit selfies showing where they are in the ageing process.
Eager to maintain a youthful complexion like Diaz? Seek out products that contain Echinacea GreenEnvy™ — it boasts a high concentration of the antioxidant Cichoric Acid, which helps to protect and support the skin’s collagen for a firmer, more supple appearance. For example, Invincible, a root cell anti-ageing serum contains this patent-protected variant of Echinacea Purpurea. To boot, the serum includes Proform vitamin C and Strelitzia Nicolai Seed Aril Extract for an extra dose of illumination, as well as a unique triple hyaluronic acid complex, which helps your skin seal in moisture while also boosting production of collagen and elastin, both of which are crucial for young-looking skin.
While Gaga has been known to rock some bold makeup looks in performances and on the red carpet, if you peruse the singer’s Instagram account, you’ll notice that she looks bare-faced in many of them. It seems in her downtime, she prefers to be low-maintenance — in fact, on her 30th birthday, she posted a selfie sans makeup.
She also celebrated her new album dropping by posting a makeup-less selfie. If a glamorous pop star can go without makeup, why can’t you? The key, of course, is to find both a morning and nighttime regimen that works for your skin’s specific needs. For example, those with dry skin should be sure to incorporate a gentle cleanser, such as Clear Bloom. The unique oil formulation cleanses the skin of dirt and impurities without drying it out, leaving it soft and smooth.
The product contains sunflower oil, which because it contains a high ratio of linoleic acid to oleic acid, can help to improve the skin barrier function. The skin barrier function plays a role in not only combating dehydration by keeping moisture in but also blocking any harmful chemicals and irritants.
What’s the secret to the perfect selfie? According to Salma Hayek (via her Instagram caption): "Wet hair, no make-up, no filter, no retouch, but very good light." She looked fresh-faced and radiant with no extra help whatsoever from cosmetics.
To achieve the A-list star’s glowing complexion, try using Honey Potion with Echinacea GreenEnvy™. The antioxidant-rich hydration mask features an ultra-nourishing combination of honey, a natural humectant (meaning it draws moisture to your skin) and amino acids, as well as essential B vitamins that promote cell renewal for a youthful appearance. Battling dullness or uneven skin texture? The product has been shown to offer a smooth, glowing complexion.
As both a mom and supermodel, Cindy Crawford is constantly on the go. Still, she didn’t show any signs of fatigue or jet lag in a no-makeup selfie she posted from a Miami hotel bed — in fact, she looked downright youthful and alert. She also posted another makeup-less selfie to celebrate her 50th birthday. To look as refreshed as Crawford (no matter how much sleep you’ve gotten), apply the Dew It All Total eye cream both morning and night to firm up and brighten the skin around the eyes while simultaneously minimizing the appearance of dark circles.