The Skincare/Makeup Hybrids




It’s almost like for a while I forgot about the amazing ‘not skincare/but not makeup’ product category. Complexion enhancers that do the job of skincare, while leaving a veil of tint on the skin that mean that foundation and concealer application are negotiable. Having used my original hybrid find, Origins Vitazing, down to the last helping and taking quite literally years to repurchase it, it’s been a while since I’ve used them on a daily basis. But they really are so good – making no makeup makeup days (sorta) a thing of the norm – that I thought it was time to revisit my favourites for any newbies round these parts…

The Sunkisser One (not pictured because it’s all used up – boo) – This Works Perfect Look Skin Miracle. If I instantly need a bit of oomph in my complexion then this is the one I go for. Most skincare items that offer up a hint of tint can come up a little orangey, but this pump squeezes out a hue of caramel that naturally peps up all skin tones. In the summer I slick this on with a dab of concealer, mascara and lipgloss and I can easily be out the door in five minutes with a few seconds to spare to make sure my pants are on the right way (it happens more often that you think).

The Original OneOrigins Vitazing Energy Boosting Moisturiser. Gawd this stuff is good. There’s just something about applying a thin layer of this all over my chops that just makes me look healthy. Energy Boosted? Only a quick boogie to Beyoncé can do that. But more radiant and glowy? It delivers on those counts. It smells good enough to eat and I promise, promise that my skincare routine will never be without it again. See it in action here.

The Does-It-All OneGarnier Miracle Skin Cream and Miracle Eye Cream. There’s really not much to distinguish Garnier’s line-up from the Origins one aside from the fact that it’s half the price and perhaps comes off a tad bit pinker in tone. The Miracle Skin Cream is fab – no complaints and it acts in a similar way as the other two aforementioned complexion cheerleaders. But the Eye Cream does need a little extra moisture beneath it to stop it looking too dry – but to its credit it does a good job of unloading and lightening the load on my under eye bags. See the Skin Cream in action here.

Whether you use ’em to beef up your base prior to foundations or smooth them on alone – it will make you wonder what you did before you found this awesome category of hybrid beauty.


  • Anna Blush

    This definitely sounds like a category my beauty stash is lacking in. I’ll think I’ll have to opt for Garnier’s more budget friendly option to ease me in x

  • I love the This Works skin miracle too! its great for lazy days!

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  • blshingbambi

    I loooove stuff like that! Which one do you think works the best with very pale skin? 🙂

  • Fientje Van Hove

    Purchased the Garnier one, loved it. Now using the Estee Lauder one which is amazing as well!

  • lovely blog post ! The origin product is looking so good ! I’m eyeing on this brand for sooo long now.. 🙂
    Anna thanks so much for your amazing posts, they are so interesting, full of informations, and also fun to read at the same time ! 🙂
    xx from France

  • Yvonne

    it is so frustrating that they don’t sell these hybrids in the asia pacific area!
    the origins vitazing really lives up to its hype!
    love your blog posts! looking forward to seeing your next one. : )


      But surely you can get real BB creams where you are? In my opinion that is the better option!

  • I love the idea of these! Going to be perfect for holidays 🙂 xx

  • Lovely blog post, I must try one of these, especially for the summer.

    Jess x

  • It’s so difficult to get hold of them here. Sigh.

  • I’ve never tried one of these because I am so pale, and I always think they may look a little dark or orange on me and it scares me!
    They do sound so good though and definitely like something I’d enjoy.

  • Zazie Bibi

    Really want to try the Garnier range, sounds great!~ x

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  • amycino

    I have heard amazing things about these products and think this would be great for beauty boxes to sample out – they should take inspo from you guys! Just popped up today’s video, who will be the 2nd viewer I wonder! x 🙂

  • Harrie

    The miracle skin cream sound so nice 🙂 x

  • Baljeet Samra

    Really want to try the Origins vita zing it’s been on my wishlist for a while but I think the Garnier miracle skin cream is something I’ll be picking up pretty soon! x

  • Michelle Glassow Schroll

    I need to try the Garnier Miracle Skin Creme. It just came out in Denmark today so I will be hitting the shops any time soon 🙂

  • I love VitaZing! Use it all the time lately on it’s own or under foundation. It definitely gives a healthy glow to the skin! LOVE! x

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  • Hannah Marie

    I want to try Garnier one no doubt that will end up in a massive drugstore splurge I’ve been so good lately!

  • Parisian To Be

    I love Origins Vitazing and I don’t use it enough. I’m dying to get my hands on the Garnier one, but it has yet to make it to US shores. x

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  • I love these products, I personally don’t like having a lot on my face so these are a life saver for me! x Savannah

  • I’ve never tried anything like this before, will have to give it a try

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  • Kristy Mansfield

    Have heard so much about the Garnier offerings lately, would love to try that and the Origins version.

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  • mikaylaa.s

    I’m really interested in the Garnier Miracle Products- looks like I will have to get them now.


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  • Laurel Loves

    Sound good to me, saw these in Boots as was tempted. Will probably go for them now!

  • Definitely tempted by the Garnier offering- sounds perfect for a quick, but polished makeup look 🙂

  • Miss_M

    Sorry, but I didn’t like either of these. The Origins VitaZing was way too sheer and dark for my porcelain skin and the Garnier Skin Miracle cream gave me acne and left a weird looking yellow cast on my face, like I was suffering from a bad case of jaundice. Not a pretty look!

  • I’ve always wanted to try VitaZing but I’m so pale I’m worried it won’t suit me! xx

  • be likealady

    vita zing sounds amazing. I have heard about zing formula stuff which are one the most effective sun protections.

  • Laura G.

    Unfortunately, the VitaZing turned out to be a bit of a bust for me. It turns my skin a bit oompa-loompa-ish. I guess it picks up my skin’s ultra pink undertones. I wish it would do a better job at canceling out the redness, instead of emphasizing it!

  • Ellie

    The Origins Vitazing sounds great! I may have to pick up a smaller tube or sample of that! 😀


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  • Rachel

    These all sound so tempting! But like other commenters I’m considered they’d be too dark :/ But it’s such an awesome idea to have a hybrid between skincare and makeup!

  • Dominique Burleson

    Big fan of the Vitazing, I need to repurchase. I have yet to see the Garnier in stores, I wonder if its offered in the states? These are seriously the best kind of products for rushed days. I’ve got three kiddos, so a full face isn’t always an option!

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  • Cassie

    The origins moisturizer sounds amazing!

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  • Emily Knott

    Still yet to get my hands on the skin cream, its on the shopping list!

  • Great post! So tempted to try the Garnier Miracle Cream, sounds like the perfect summer face if it ever gets warmer!

    Ella x

  • Think I’ll be trying the Garnier Miracle cream, it sounds pretty good! x

  • I absolutely love VitaZing, so at a cheaper price and larger size the Garnier Miracle Cream looks fantastic! And I absolutely must try out its Eye Cream counterpart!

  • Chloe Tanner

    I need to try the origins vitazing so bad!!!! xx

  • Sylvia

    I haven’t seen the Garnier Eye Cream here but I do love the Skin Cream (it’s called the Ultra-Lift Transformer in Canada).


  • Cath

    I bought the Miracle Cream on the back of one of your previous blog posts (can’t remember which now, sorry), and it was pretty darn close to miraculous. I will now have to hunt out the eye cream to go with it.

  • khannablog

    Planning to buy the Garnier skin cream tomorrow (very happy with the price compared to Origins) – thanks for this post :).

  • Gillian Lamb

    I’ve been meaning to get the Vitazing for quite a while but I might just have to buy the Garnier instead now 🙂