Skin Care

Review: First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

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First Aid Beauty has been raved about for a while now and even though I heard a lot about it, I had never tried any of their products! So when I saw that Sephora’s 500 pt gift set was a First Aid Beauty Skin care set, I jumped quickly to give them a try! One of the products in the gift set was this particular product. After using 10 pads of this, I knew I had to buy the full size!

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What is it: This is a daily treatment pad that contains lactic and glycolic acids to exfoliate, tone and brighten all skin types. This has been created for people who are looking to improve dullness in their skin as well as uneven skin tone. You can use this twice a day or once a day. It’s completely up to you! The formula also includes cucumber and Indian gooseberry, which targets toning your skin. It also has lemon peel and liquorice root for a bright glowy complexion! Not only does it target uneven skin tone, it also helps improve skin’s texture! It’s safe to use for sensitive skin!

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The Good: OMG. This has improved the texture of my skin overnight. Like not even kidding. Initially, I was worried that it might break me out but it did nothing of that sort. After two weeks of using it day and night, I found the dark spots around my mouth start to fade. It was not drastic but I could definitely see a difference. My skin felt brighter and healthier. I found that this layered with other skin products and makeup so well! The smell isn’t overpowering and these pads are SO easy to use. I use the exfoliating part to wipe first and then with the smooth side I do one last swipe. I just loved how it made my skin feel! I’m on my second container now!

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The Bad: Nothing!

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Overall Rating: 9/10 ($37 for 60 pads & $18.50 for 28 pads, I got mine at Sephora)

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Beauty, Skin Care

First Impressions: Glossier

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OKAY. I’ve been waiting a LONG time to get my hands on anything by Glossier and the day has finally come! After months and months of contemplating whether or not to order online, I did it.

I first heard about Glossier from a little blurb on Allure about their Milk Jelly Cleanser. It won an award and I was intrigued about this brand. More research led me to find out that Glossier is the makeup brand by the infamous beauty/lifestyle blog ‘Into The Gloss’ and….drum roll….the founder of the both the blog and Glossier is none other than Emily Weiss. I’m sure you’re like who is that? UHM. Remember The Hills on MTV? Remember when Lauren and Whitney were interns at Teen Vogue? Remember Intern Emily? The one that got to go to THE dinner? THIS IS THE SAME EMILY (mindblown). I’m not lying, I pretty much sat and stared at my laptop for what seemed like a whole day. Now that that’s out of the way, What is Glossier, you ask?

Glossier is a skincare/makeup brand that has only one focus in mind: Skin first, Makeup second. I’ve realized that the older I’m getting, the more I’m realizing that the focus shouldn’t be on having airbrushed makeup but rather healthy skin! That was one of the main reasons why I gravitated towards trying products out from this brand. Of course, I live in Canada and despite what everyone believes…not all brands are easily accessible. Glossier at one point did have a pop-up shop in Toronto, but alas I was not able to make it. So, when I saw that they shipped to Canada (minus Quebec, sorry), I was ecstatic!

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The Online Order Process: Glossier’s website is one of the easiest websites I’ve ever used. I love the fact that there aren’t an overwhelming amount of products or choices, which is why Glossier as a brand works well. Placing the online order was simple and sweet. Another thing I love is that the prices are stated in CAD, which is amazing because who wants to sit and convert the dollar? After inputing your credit card info, you were asked to pick a sample to put in your package (woohoo). And then, voila! You’re done. See? So simple. Once your package has been shipped, you’ll receive an email.

 

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The Shipping Process: This process was probably the most surprising for me. When I saw that if you spend $40 CAD, then you qualify for free shipping…I was ecstatic! There was a down side though. Free shipping means it will take 7-10 business days to ship to your destination, which initially was kind of a bummer. After I got an email updating me that the products had been shipped, I decided to go about my life because the expected arrival date for my items was exactly in 10 business days. SO WHEN THE PACKAGE ARRIVED A WHOPPING 5 DAYS LATER I WAS JUMPING WITH JOY! Honestly, it was a surprise because this was pretty quick! Again, super simple.

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The Package: This is probably the most instagrammable package I have ever received from any makeup/skincare brand! As you can see, it came in a cardboard box which was sealed with a Glossier embosses tape.  All the products were neatly tucked inside the infamous Glossier pink pouch. And it came with a sheet of stickers, which was super cool! Each of the products came in their own packaging. It was sleek, to the point and wasn’t busy looking. It was simple and sweet, which is exactly what this brand preaches.

The Products:

  1. Super Glow Serum ($35): I was on the hunt for a vitamin C+magnesium serum!
  2. Balm Dotcom in Mint ($15): I love me some lip balm! They had a selection of a few tinted and clear, I went with the clear in the Mint flavour. 
  3. Boy Brow in Brown ($20): Again, this is a cult favourite so I had to give it a try! 
  4. Cloud Paint Duo in Puff and Storm ($36): The whole concept of applying blush with your fingers seems super cool. Storm is one of their newest shades, so that was a plus point!
  5. Generation G Sheer Matte Lipstick in Crush ($20): I added this on a whim and I am definitely in love! 

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First Impressions: As soon as I finished taking pictures of all the products and packaging, I began to swipe the Generation G sheer matte lipstick in crush on my lips. I didn’t know how I’d feel about a “sheer-matte” lipstick…because I didn’t understand what a sheer matte was. Upon first swipe, I fell in love and I can’t wait to order some of the other shades. All the products from the Cloud Paints to the serum were phenomenal upon first use. I was not disappointed at all. If you want more in-depth reviews, let me know!

 

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Overall Impressions of Glossier: Can I be a Glossier girl? Like seriously? Honestly, I have never been so impressed by a brand in my life. I’m usually not into the whole au natural look, but this brand is changing it for me. I won’t lie, the prices are a little steep, BUT I do believe it’s worth it. I think the more I’ll use the products, the more I’ll see. But as of now, I do like everything I’ve ordered. I am super impressed by this brand! I love how fuss free these products are!

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Will I Order Again? YES. YES. YES. I can’t wait to try more of their makeup and skincare products!

ALSO: 

If you want 10% off your first Glossier order, then click this link and purchase away! 🙂 

 

Skin Care

What’s In My Skincare Cabinet?

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Top Row

  • Neutrogena Oil-Free Makeup Remover: I’ve always gone back to using this because it’s so good! This one does a great job at removing waterproof makeup with ease.
  • Clarisonic Mia: You Can read about my thoughts on this here. But, now I use this before I apply a face mask.
  • Clinique Moisture Surge Gel: I love how moisturizing this is without being greasy. It’s great under makeup and great for daytime!
  • Tarte Frixxxtion Stick Exfoliating Cleanser: I’m on my second bottle and I can’t wait to do an in-depth review on this soon! I use this as an exfoliator 1-3 times a week.
  • Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment: This has become one of my favourite leave on face masks. I use it whenever I feel like my skin is looking dull and the results are great. This is a deluxe sample size & I’ll def will be repurchasing the full size as soon as this has been fully used.
  • Caudalie Instant Detox Mask: This does exactly what the names says…detoxifies! I use this once every 2 weeks!
  • Origins Retuxturizing Mask with Rose Clay: BEST. EVER. Here’s why! I use this once a week and it’s miraculous!
  • Origins Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores: I haven’t been using this as much but I do use it once in a while! It’s a great way to get your pores squeaky clean!
  • Boscia Luminzing Black Charcoal Peel Off Face mask: This is spectacular. I keep getting deluxe sizes of this product and I love it. I will warn you though, make sure to put a thick layer on your skin because when you peel it off…you won’t feel it as much.
  • First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask: I recently received this clear mask and I definitely am loving how light and easy to use this product is. It also makes my skin feel super soft after!

Middle Row

  • Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3: I have used this toner for years and I can’t seem to stop using it. I’m guessing this is why. I use this toner at night!
  • Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover: This whole “Take the day off” range is fantastic. I use liquid lipsticks like crazy and this one takes the makeup off while moisturizing my lips!
  • Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream: I use this in the morning and I can’t explain to you how awesome this eye cream is! You can read more about it here!
  • Mario Badescu Skincare Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater: I was NEVER into facial mists until I used this! It’s refreshing, moisturizing and smells gorgeous! I use this after the shower & after a work out!
  • LANEIGE Water Bank Eye Gel: I use this eye cream at night. It makes my under eye area feel so luxurious!
  • Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel: I have used this for years (I think this is like my 10th bottle) and I probably will never stop using this moisturizer ever. Here’s why!
  • Tarteguard SPF 30 Sunscreen: DO NOT FORGET TO USE SUNSCREEN! EVEN IN THE WINTER! I love this because it doesn’t leave a weird sunscreen residue on your face and it smells good! This also looks great under makeup.

Bottom Row

  • First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser: I just started using this and I like it so far! I still swear by the Cetaphil & Clinique cleansers but this is great for sensitive skin and doesn’t dry my face out!
  • First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads: I use this in the morning and I love how it brightens my tired skin without irritating it!
  • LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask: I love this SO much! I use it before big events and sometimes once a week!
  • Tarte Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer: I use this as a night cream! I love how moisturized my skin is in the morning and it just makes my skin look so awesome!
  • Boscia Revitalizing black Charcoal Hydration Gel: I generally use this after I step out of the shower or if my face is feeling extra dry!
  • Sunday Riley Good Genes: I got this as a sample and I love how it feels on my skin!
  • Lush Beauty Honey Lip Scrub: This is a great lip scrub and I use it about once a week and/or before a big event!
  • Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover: This is an interesting way to remove makeup! It’s a spray you spritz on your face. You let it soak and then use a cotton pad to remove your makeup. I tend to take this with me when I travel because of its ease!
  • Clean & Clear Advantage Spot Treatment: This is a life saviour whenever I get a breakout and here’s why!
  • Eye makeup Removers by Sephora and Lancome: I use these when I travel or when I’ve run out of other eye makeup removers!

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  • Cetaphil Cleanser: I use this in the morning to wash my face and I can honestly say this is one of the best affordable cleansers out there!
  • Clinique Take the day off Balm: Literally the BEST!
  • Neutrogena Makeup Remover wipes: This has been my go-to since I was like 14. It does everything it can to take off even the stubbornest of makeups!
  • Clinique Mild Facial Cleanser: I use this in the shower to wash my face! & this was one of the first ever cleanser I ever purchased and here’s why!
Skin Care

Review: Tarte Cosmetics’ Tight & Bright Clay Multi-Mask

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When I saw that Tarte was adding a face mask to their line, I didn’t know exactly what to expect but I was definitely excited. I’m still a newbie when it comes to face masks because it is so time-consuming. But what I learned with this particular face mask duo was that anything that is time-consuming for your face will have results…and I’m all for it.

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What is it: Tarte’s Tight & Bright clay mask comes with two clay masks (score!). It’s got a purple/lavender side and a gold side in the pot. I won’t lie it’s really pretty to look at! The lavender mask is a detoxifying and purifying mask that is targeted towards your T-zone to combat excess oil and tighten pores (hence the ‘Tight’ part of its name). It’s the detoxifying part of this multi-mask duo. The gold side is a firming gel mask targeted towards any dry parts of your face as well as any delicate parts (like under your eyes) that need an instant boost of brightness! Both these masks have Amazonian clay in them. The gold gel has hyaluronic acid that helps restore your skin’s natural moisture balance for a supple, soft, and energized look! You can use these two on its own or together to get the perfect at-home facial. You need to leave this mask on for 10-20 min for best results.

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The Good: My favourite part of this duo is the fact that I can use one product to target all my skin concerns all at once. This alone should be the reason why everyone should own this, if not at least try it out once. I promise, you will not be disappointed. I used them together and by themselves…but I won’t lie…I find that they work best when you use them together. I put the gold gel on my cheeks and under eye. I put the lavender on my T-zone and chin. The formula of both these masks are incredible. The gold gel is so smooth and easy to apply on your skin. It also feels really nice. The lavender mask has microbeads in them, which I find is a great way to exfoliate dead skin when I rinse it off. When I use them together, I leave it on for about 15-18 minutes. Remember how I said anything time-consuming for your face is always going to get you results? Well, let me tell you the results of this mask were incredible. My face was soft to touch and it felt super hydrated, despite using a clay mask! The brightening part brightened and the tightening part tightened (LOL) and I can’t say I was disappointed at all! My face had this gorgeous glow and I can’t see myself not incorporating this into my skincare routine going forward. Also, the packaging is super cute! I love that it’s in a pot!

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The Bad: The only downside is the price. But look at it as an investment! Also, I wish it came with a spatula or brush to apply this mask.

Overall Rating: 9/10 (You can pick yours up at any Tarte retailer, I got mine from Sephora for $52 CDN)

 

 

Skin Care

My Skincare Routine

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Morning Skincare

  1. Clinique 3 Step: Cleanser, Toner & Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel in that order.
  2. Tarte’s Tarteguard: I’m like on my third bottle now and I can’t stress enough how important it is to use sunscreen for your face everyday…no matter the season!
  3. Origins’ Ginzing Eye Cream: Coffee for your under eyes. No joke.
  4. Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub: This is such an interesting lip balm. It’s got sugar bits that literally melt on your lips keeping them soft! Perfect base for using liquid lipsticks (which are my go to for the work week).
  5. If I have a pimple or some sort of breakout, I’ll use the Clean and Clear Advantage spot treatment.
  6. Clinque Pep Start: I love using this before I apply makeup or even on its own because it legit blurs all the pores on my face!

Night Time Skincare

  1. Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser: I swear by this cleanser at night because it really cleans out my skin without damaging or drying it out.
  2. Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel: I’ve been using this for years and I can’t seem to stop.
  3. Currently I’m alternating between Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Serum and Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Radiance Serum. Both are great, both do different things for my skin…so it really comes down to how I feel on the night of. If I want a radiance boost or my skin is super dull looking, then I’ll go with the radiance serum otherwise I’m always using the Estee Lauder.
  4. Estee Lauder Advanced Repair Eye Cream: This makes my under eye area feel super awesome the next morning!
  5. Clinique Moisture Surge Gel: If my skin is feeling extra dry or I’ve used like every makeup product I own on my face, then I’ll use this. It adds hydration to my skin instantly!
  6. One a week, I’ll use Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask to add back any hydration I’ve lost during the week!
  7. Lush’s Honey Lip Scrub: Again, because I use liquid lipstick so much…I feel like I need to use a lip scrub once every 3 days.
  8. Dior’s Creme De Rose: I apply this to my lips right before I go to sleep!

 

Beauty, Skin Care

Review: Lush Lip Scrub In Honey

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Whenever I walk into a Lush store, I’m overwhelmed with excitement! Although, I will be the first one to admit that I didn’t know much about Lush until a friend urged me to go and check out their soaps. Once I went inside, I was intrigued with everything these natural/handmade/organic products had to offer. This particular product had been on my list to try out and boy am I glad I did.

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What is it: This is a handmade lip scrub. I picked up the Honey flavour because it smelled oh so yummy. This pot is filled with castor sugar crystals mixed in with honey, white chocolate (yes you read that right), vanilla and jojoba oil as well as tingly mint. It’s  meant to flake all the dead & dry skin off your lips while leaving them super soft and smooth.

How it works: This isn’t just your average lip scrub. Nope. Not at all. It’s edible. Seriously. I mean you can’t eat it in spoonfuls but you can def lick the excess off your lips (it says so on the bottle, I’m not making this up). This is probably because all the products used in this are natural. With a Q-tip (you can use your fingers too), I take a pea size amount and apply it to my lips. Depending on the severity of my lips (winter is brutal), I either use the Q tip or my lips to spread the sugar crystals around to “flake” off the dead skin. The best thing about this product is there’s no need to rinse…you just lick your lips off (LOL)….or you can apply lip balm after…whatever floats your boat.

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The Good: I love the size of this product. You get so much in a tiny pot and you don’t even need to use a lot of the product. The texture of this product is pretty good. The sugar crystals don’t melt upon touch and stays in tact on your lips until you begin to “scrub”. It’s super gentle, which is a HUGE plus point especially for sensitive lips. It’s really easy to work with and there’s no fallout. Although the product is edible, I haven’t tried to eat it nor have I licked it despite it smelling oh so good! The scrub did what it said it would do, which is good!

The Bad: With everything being said…unfortunately, this wasn’t like a life changing product for my lips. It’s nice, don’t get me wrong, but I felt like it was pretty average. After I took off the lip scrub, my lips weren’t over the top moisturized and I definitely had to apply lip balm…but that was literally the only downside to it. Nonetheless, this isn’t a horrible product at all. The price of this is $10.95(CDN) and you can pick it up at any Lush store or online.

Rating: 7.5/10

Skin Care

Review: Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

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Since we are transitioning between winter and spring (although, it feels more like winter here in Toronto), I figured I should share with you one of my favourite skin care products that I’m completely obsessed with. Before coming across Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask, I honestly was having a little bit of an issue with my skin (I know such first world problems). I have combination oily skin, so I would notice that whenever the seasons would be transitioning, my skin would start acting wonkydonky (aka dry peeling patches). I never quite was able to find a long-term solution to it, until this product. Everything else I used would temporarily fix or rather moisturize my skin.

This is a gel based water sleeping mask that is meant to rejuvenate and hydrate your skin while you sleep (huzzah for this). Initially, I hadn’t tried a sleeping mask prior to this but I can safely say that I haven’t gone back since using this.

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What I love about this product is how simple and easy it is to use. I slather this lightly on my face before bed (once a week) and I wake up with the softest skin I have ever had! It makes my skin extremely radiant and super moisturized. I found that ever since I incorporated this into my skin care routine, I’ve NEVER had those flaky skin issues between seasons changing. In fact, my skin’s elasticity has improved even more. This is perfect for all skin types and I love that this works while you sleep. It literally is every lazy girl’s (or boys) dream come true! It’s got a tiny bit of fragrance to it, but nothing that overpowers. The texture of the formula is AMAZING! Since it is a gel based mask, the formula is super light and doesn’t feel heavy when you apply it. In fact, it feels like you’re using a normal moisturizer. I also found that using this once a week made my skin a lot smoother in the long run. It never has irritated my skin nor has it caused any breakouts, which is a huge plus. I got mine at Sephora for $30 (CDN). Honestly, I hadn’t heard of this brand until I got a sample from Sephora and like I’ve already said, this really was a game changer for my skin in the long run. The size of the product is great because you really don’t need to use a lot of it. I definitely think this is worth every little bit, especially if you’re looking for a sleeping mask that give you results!

Pros:

  • Smells great
  • Moisturizes while you sleep
  • You wake up with glowy, radiant skin
  • Keeps skin super soft

Cons:

  • None

Rating: 10/10