Saturday, February 28, 2015

February Favourites

February might be the month of love but for me it was also the month of frigid cold temperatures, dry skin, chapped lips and static-y hair. I can literally whine about the weather all day but I will spare you the discomfort and leave you with this revelation … I am always amazed to see how seasons reflects the beauty product’s I like. So with that dry arctic air here and moisturizing on the mind here are my February favourites.

Clarins Lip Comfort Oil
Even with my team of nourishing lip products it was a struggle to keep my lips hydrated.  However after reading one good review after another I was compelled to purchase.  Clarins Lip Comfort Oil hydrates, soothes, plums and lasts for hours on your lips. With some days this reaching the -40 mark and my lips looking unscathed I would say this has endured the ultimate test.  For a more in depth review I would highly suggest you check out my full review here.

Patyka Biokaliftin Repair Face Cream
Patyka is a luxury brand that focuses on being natural and organic. This duel daytime, nighttime moisturizer intended for those with sensitive, dehydrated or more mature skin types. Boasting hyaluronic acid and oat polysaccharides Biokaliftin helps plump, hydrate and reduce redness. 
The very first time I used this I had that I "yesss" moment and I still continue to get that feeling same level of excitement within each application. A moisturizer of this caliber definitely needs a review of its own, so be on the look out for that. 

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum 
I finally repurchased this and now I remember why I consider this to be my all time favourite foundation. It's hydrating, dewy, offers just the right coverage but looks completely undetectable on the skin. If you have dry skin and notice every foundation clinging to dry areas try the Bourjois it does not disappoint. 
I did a whole summery of why I love this so much here

Avene Xera Calm AD 
This will be an over share but its been so cold and dry that my skin has literally arms broken into dry patches and my chest has broken into hives. TMI I know, but I'm sure there are many of you out there with similar stories. My answer to intolerant skin is Avene's Xera Calm Ad. This soothing, ultra moisturizing body cream helps not only calm itching but it helps nourish dry areas too. While giving a much needed boost of moisture this it doesn't leave the skin greasy in the slightest. 

Random tip- If you are suffering from really dry, itchy, intolrant skin my advice is to avoid anything with perfumes, or harsh chemicals and stick with basic gentle, nourishing products. 

I tried some fun products this month and even introduced some spring-y selections into my makeup routine. However what really shined for me wasn't that spring pink lipstick nor that easter pastel polish. No ladies, this month for me was all about hydration, hydration and more hydration. What products have you been loving this month, leave me a comment. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

3 Things to Try THE FACE SHOP

The Face Shop is Korean brand that seems to be just about everywhere right now. Their eye catching products are not only adorable, but feature some unique innovations at affordable prices. Over the past year I’ve tried at least a dozen of The Face Shop products some bad, some good and some in that “you need to buy this now” category.  With my top three products all under $5.00 I am ecstatic to share with these today.

Cotton Pads
For years I was hooked to the very expensive Shiseido cotton.  I have to say a package Shiseido cotton lasts for a while and the cotton itself is undeniably soft, but at $11.00 a pop it seemed to be a rather spendy purchase.  So quests for cheaper cotton lead me to The Face Shop…
At only $3.00 a pack I have to say not only is this bargain, but the cotton itself is really soft and feels luxurious on the skin.  Unlike the Shiseido layered cotton The Face Shop features edges that are stuck together making the cotton less prone to fall apart.

Hyaluronic Face Mask
If you have dehydrated or dry skin this will be your best friend. For $2.00 a pop you get a generous dose of hydration that will leave your skin noticeably glowing, hydrated and plump. For only a couple of bucks I don’t think you can do anything better for your skin. If you don’t have dehydrated skin this is literally a wall of face masks suitable for every skin type at The Face Shop.

Design My Eye Brow
 When I started running out of this and realized my local Face Shop was sold out I went into full on panic mode. Yes, I am absolutly crazy about this pencil I just love how natural it looks. I also happen to love the convenient spooly brush and I love the slanted tip pencil, oh yeah I love the price too. Come to think about it I love the moustache logo on the packaging, even though I can't make sense of it.  Its one of the very few eye brow products you can apply in seconds and it still manages to look good. Now with 2 back ups on hand I don't dare go without. As for the price Design My Eye Brow is only $4.00 and out it performs any high-end eyebrow pencil I've tried to date. 

Yes people there you have it my top 3 products from The Face Shop. What are some of your favourite products from The Face Shop? leave me a comment. 

To see more of my top 3 products from other brands... please see the links below!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Brands That I Forgot

After reminiscing high school memories with an old friend the subject of makeup came up. Yes, I was that awkward teenager that was guilty of rocking rainbow colour shadows, colouring my hair just about every shade possible and wearing colourful studded belts. After having a few good laughs I came to the realization that I have been wearing makeup on the regular for almost 15 years! It’s no surprise that in those 15 years not only have my preferences changed but the brands I use. 

At one point I would have been able to tell you that Benefit was my all-time favorite brand. Like many what first attracted me to Benefit was there cute packaging and fun approach to beauty. Among my favorite products was the Eyecon eye cream, Dandelion Blush and High Beam high lighter. Also bonus points if you remember there amazing matte eye shadow singles. 
My time away from Benefit isn't just because one specific thing. There foundations and powders are to dark, while there sets are always to bulky and at times there products seem a little to gimmicky. With that in mind, although I don't purchase much from Benefit every time they release a new it's always exciting and interesting.

I use to be MAC obsessed. For years I followed each of there collections and even knew the MAC girls at my local counter. Crazy right? Honestly though these days MAC is a brand that I tend to stray from. The MAC I use to love had beautifully crafted products, believed in artistry and had note worthy collections. These days I find MAC pumps out so many limited edition products that quality and artistry seem to go out the door. I also find that the limited edition collections over shadow some of the cult worthy products in there core range. Even my the packaging has changed over the years. Maybe I'm not being welcoming to change but its a brand that feels and looks very different to the brand I fell in love with. 

I think its natural that as we age not only do our looks change but the actual brands we use.  
What brands have you forgotten over the years?  leave me a comment? 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Current Favourite Lip Products

Pictures of tulips, bright lip glosses and cute rainy day outfits  been flooding the blog world as of late. Which is great because I'm early anticipating for the warm weather, but also not so great because is freaken cold here in Canada.  With the hydration always in mind and weather set at -25°C here tomorrow here are my current favourite lip products. 

NUXE Reve De Miel Moisturizing Stick 
With its matte finish and unique gritty texture everyone knows of the potted version of Reve De Miel.  While I love the orignal I can honestly its unique texture and potted packaging its something I reserve mostly before bed. The Moisture Stick still has all of the hydrating qualities of the original but its smooth finish and tube packaging make it my favourite choice for on the go. 

Clarins Lip Comfort Oil 
This half makeup, half skincare lip treatment is amazing. Clarins Lip Comfort Oil is hydrating, lasts for hours and really repairs dry lips. Plus the jumbo sized applicator some how feels comforting too. I love this lip product and there is so much more to say about it, so for a more in depth review go here. 

Dior Lip Maximizer 
Minty lip products are such a love or a hate. Personally I love them and Dior Lip Maximizer is one of my all-time favourites. While I can't say this is a lip injection in a bottle I can say this makes lips look more plump due, which is credited by all of it's hydrating ingredients. Maybe it's just me but the cold air and a minty lip product is like a match made in makeup heaven. 

Fresh Sugar Berry Lip Balm 
I bought this lip balm back in September and it hasn't left my makeup bag since. Unlike many barely tinted lip balms, Fresh's Berry actually does a good job at packing on some colour. Also unlike a lipstick Fresh Berry has all the benefits of a lip balm... which kind of makes this the perfect winter lip product if you ask me and probably the reason why this hasn't left my makeup bag. 

Yes there is a whole lot of lip balm action happening but with the cold dry weather here my lips need the added nourishment. Come to think about it this post should have been called lip balm, lip balm and more lip balm! 
What are some of your favourite lip products right now? leave me a comment! 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Disappointing Products

Research, reading reviews and in store sampling are my fool proof steps to buying good makeup. Actually my technique rarely fails and the majority of the time I end up loving the products I purchase. So why are where here then? The thing about my no-fail plan is I have the tendency to be an impulsive shopper, which more times than not leads me to purchasing disappointing products. There is a moral to the story here but without further ado here are my disappointing products.

Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser
I bought this cleanser because it looked like a perfect concept. My entail thought was I love cold cream, I like cream cleansers, my skin happens to be extra dry at the moment and this had the added bonus of smelling like  roses. However, even with long list of amazing things I did not like this cleanser. Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser left my skin with a greasy residue, which caused my pores to get clogged and eventually lead a breakout. I’m not sure if it’s the grade of mineral oil this product uses but this was an oily mess even on my dry skin.

Lush Honey I Washed the Kids Soap
This is actually, something not impulsive because I use to be a Lush addict and my favorite product among them all was Honey I Washed the Kids soap. This little slice of soap set me back $6.00 and lasted under two weeks. Not only was it expensive, but I found it dried out my skin too. Don’t get me wrong Honey I Washed the Kids smells delicious, but the bottom line is in terms of price and hydration I would rather use Dove.  

Nip + Fab Sheer Makeup Fix
Nip + Fab is a drugstore skin care brand that do some pretty revolutionary things but this unfortunately was not one of them. With a name like “Sheer Makeup” you would expect it to blur out fine line and pores… well it didn’t. Sheer Makeup Fix didn’t do a lot of things like my skin hydrated nor did it work well as a primer. If you were looking for a clear perfecting base my recommendation is the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm.

Clarins Daily Energizing Cream
Let this be a lesson to us all! This cream, like many of the products here was purchased based entirely on impulse. I needed a moisturizer, I love Clarins, it smelt good, I was in a rush and it was only $26.00. There is nothing wrong with this moisturizer, it’s mildly hydrating, it smells nice it and it absorbs into the skin instantly. The problem with this Cream is it’s just not as hydrating as I thought. The lesson here is if I did my research I would have purchased a more nourishing cream from there Hydra Quench Range and saved the $26.00. Lesson learnt!

Moral of the story is I could have saved myself the grief by just sticking to the plan.  Is it just me or do find yourself in the same situation? What products have disappointed you?
Leave me a comment.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Back to Bourjois

I don’t talk about foundation often, not because I don’t like foundation, but mainly because I am at a crossroads right now. Currently I have two bases on the go Estee Lauder's Double Wear Light and NARS Sheer Glow.  I did a wishy washy review on NARS Sheer Glow here and to be honest my mind is still unclear whether I like it or not. I like the coverage and the color but at times I find Sheer Glow too drying. Estee Lauder Double Wear Light hasn’t gotten much love on the blog. It’s not a bad it’s just nothing jaw dropping either, plus the colour is slightly off.

Call this a foundation hissy fit if you would like.
My logic has always been never to be wasteful, but I have come to a point where I am fed up with attempting to make both products work. So I came to the conclusion it’s time for me to throw in the towel go to my all-time favorite Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum.

There are some great things going on this foundation so where do we even start? Its glow-y but without the added shimmer, long wearing but without being cakey, it’s medium coverage but still remains light weight and its hydrating but not tacky. More importantly and what it all comes down to is Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum makes my parched skin look healthy. Even the scent makes me smile!

Why did I ever stray from this perfect formula? I don’t know, but as I am typing this with a huge smile on my face I am glad to have Bourjois back into my life.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Calming Redness

When I think of long weekends like most Canadians I think of summer cottage trips, warm summer nights and family BBQ's. However, this February long weekend is more like crippling cold weather and red irritated skin.  With a few helpful tips and some great soothing products here are my top three ways to calming red angry skin. 

1. Drink Water
Personally I always think hot weather equates do dehydration but always over look the fact cold weather can mean dehydration too. So my first tip for you is to drink plenty of water. Redness (and dryness) will significantly decrease ifyour body is hydrated. 

2. Avene Soothing Moisture Mask 
This has to be one of my favourite masks of all time, while it hydrates the skin it also reduces redness like no ones business. The Avene website suggests you remove this mask but I highly recommend letting your skin soak in all the benefits over night. This creamy colourless mask is perfect for soothing irritated skin but it's also great at soothing sunburns too. 
If you suffer from rosacea or extreme redness I highly recommend Avene's Antirougeurs Calm Soothing Masking. 

3. A-Derma Exomega  
Although I have quite sensitive skin on my face for the most part my body is not. Yes, its true I can usually get away using the most perfumed, the most chemically filled products the market has to offer. Not saying that is good but you get what I mean! However something happens when it gets cold and dry... all those perfume-y body washes I loved irritate the hell out of my skin. I'm sure most of you get those red, bumpy, itchy patches under your arms too and my cure for that is A-Derma's Exomega. This perfume free oat based shower gel, helps reduce redness, hydrate and product. Plus the formula is so mild it can be used on the entire family. 

What are some of your redness reducing tips leave me a comment.
For those Canadians reading this I hope your all enjoying the long weekend and enduring this harsh weather!