Best of 2016 – Skin Care Edit

Hello, hello!

I’m back! I got hit with a horrible cold just before Christmas and I’m still not 100% healthy yet.

As the year draws to a close, I would like to take the time to thank each and every one of you for following, liking and commenting on my blog!

Here’s my “Best of 2016 – Skin Care” and links to the original reviews.

Best Cleanser: 

I have a tie for best cleansers, both are from Mychelle Dermaceuticals – the Refining Sugar Cleanser and the Creamy Pumpkin Cleanser. I’ve been using both of these cleansers since the fall.

Best Scrub:

Sukin Revitalizing Facial Scrub

I’ve tried several different scrubs this year, but the Sukin Revitalizing Facial Scrub has to be my favourite.

Best Serum:

Consonant Skincare Antioxidant Superhero Serum

I actually have three serums that I use regularly, but the Consonant Antioxidant Superhero Serum is my favourite of the bunch. Runners up are the Mychelle Dermaceuticals Perfect C and Remarkable Retinal Serums.

Best Facial Oil:

Ingenium Naturals

Facial oils are a fairly new thing for me, it is an area of skincare that I want to explore further in the new year. I’ve been using the Tsubaki Oil from Ingenium Naturals daily. I add a few drops to my moisturizer every morning, and it has helped prevent my skin from the dreaded winter dryness.

Best Moisturizer:

I have two favourite moisturizers, one for day, and one for night. The first one is the Sensi-Cream from Ingenium Naturals. I use it in the mornings with a few drops of Tsubaki Oil mixed in. At night, I use the Pumkin Renew Cream from Mychelle Dermaceuticals.

Best Facial Mask:

Another tie. I absolutely love the Consonant Skincare DHE Mask, and the Sukin Purifying Facial Masque.

Best Eye Cream:

Sukin Antioxidant Eye Serum

Another one from Sukin, the Antioxidant Eye Serum. It hydrates without irritating my sensitive eyes.

Best Facial Mist / Floral Water / Toner:

Maison Jacynthe Eau Florale de Rose

A new product category for me. I fell in love with using facial mists / floral waters. Again, this is a product category that I want to try more of in the new year. I am so in love with the Eau Florale de Rose from Maison Jacynthe. The Hydrating Mist Toner from Sukin is also a personal fave.

 

There you have it, my Best of Skin Care for 2016! Thanks for reading and have a beautiful 2017! ❤❤❤

Still to come, Best of Body and Hair Care for 2016, and Best of Makeup for 2016!

Disclosure: See the original reviews for individual product disclosure statements.

 

Prezzies in the Mail!

Recently I found out that I had won Rachael’s giveaway (otherwise known as Helpless Whilst Drying) via twitter (she’s @helplessdrying on Twitter) – It arrived yesterday!

Helpless Whilst Drying

Needless to say, I was super excited because I’ve never tried anything from Soap & Glory as it is almost impossible to find here in Montreal, and they seem to only have a few bits of the line – mostly the bath and body stuff).

It arrived yesterday! It is a cute little box set from Soap & Glory shaped like a house! It was wee bit squished as my mail carrier crammed the package into my mailbox, but that’s typical delivery behaviour…

 

So whats in the Beauty-Full House? Let’s take a closer look:

Helpless Whilst Drying

Inside are three products –

The Thick & Fast HD Mascara (Lengthening & Volumizing with Collagen) *description in italics taken from the Soap & Glory UK website*

Helpless Whilst Drying

The BRUSH is the stuff – Soap & Glory’s 7-SIDED FAN FLARE-180™ brush with a V-groove to lay down volume & intensity, and a network of combing & curling surfaces to give length, definition and DRAMA. Featuring strength-building COLLAGEN* PRE-PEPTIDES, LONG-STRETCH POLYMERS that wrap lashes in a flexible, lengthening film and NO FLAKE 24 all-day wear technology, prepare yourself for TOTAL LASH LIFT-OFF!
The Glow All Out Cheek Stick (Highlighter)
Helpless Whilst Drying

Girls, our GLOW ALL OUT™ CHEEK STICK will give you an instant pop of champagne glow to sigh for. With Illuminating Radiance-Pearls™ your skin will receive a wonderful, sheer, luminous finish. And ‘wow-look-at-her’ double takes. In the coolly stunning shade, ICE SHIMMER.

And a Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss in the limited edition shade Plumble.

Helpless Whilst Drying

Fasten your seatbelts! Soap & Glory’s world-famous SEXY MOTHER PUCKER™ Lip Plumping Gloss just got sexier. Amazing. Addictive. And definitely something to shout a-pout, it features the same ingenious lip-plumping technology as the original. With SUPERFILL™ Lip Plumping Spheres, which explode in volume when they meet the moisture on your lips. (They’re like tiny, dehydrated sponges that expand when they get wet.) Plus LIPSWELL™ Natural Plant Oil Infusion – an incredible microcirculation-boosting extract that makes your lips feel instantly fuller. Plus, with a new super-smooth formula, it glides on… so your lips feel soft and look ravishing. It’s set to send you (and lips) a-buzzing!

So excited to try this stuff out over the holidays! Review to follow once I’ve had a chance to test everything out! Thanks again Rachel! xoxo

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

I probably won’t be posting again until after Boxing Day (December 26th), with my picks for the Best of 2016.

Disclosure: This was a giveaway prize that I won in case you missed that at the beginning. I’m under no obligation to review these things, but I will, because I choose to.

 

 

 

Red Lips for Christmas* – My Picks

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Red Lips for Christmas* – Or any other holiday, or any reason to celebrate

My picks:

Red Lips

From left to right – Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick F-Bomb (shade is still available as a Vice Lipstick), Essence Adorable Matt!, ColourPop Lost, and Nars Cruella.

Red Lips

Which one would you choose to wear?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Weekly Re-Cap (Dec 12th to 18th)

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

Hello, hello!

Just a little re-cap in case you’ve missed any of my posts this week…

Tuesday, December 13thTatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil Review

Thursday, December 15thIpsy Glam Bag Unboxing & First Impressions, December 2016

 

In other news:

I got an early Christmas present last week, an Instant Pot! So I’ve been experimenting with recipes and learning to use this new addition to my kitchen. The two most exciting things that I’ve made are yogurt and cheesecake! If you follow my Instagram, you will have seen photos…

And I made my very first gluten free lasagna last night! I was finally able to find gluten free lasagna noodles this weekend. It was so good! My first lasagna in about FIVE YEARS!

There was a huge recall for Cuisinart food processors because the blade was breaking off. Over 8 MILLION food processors have been effected. If you own one, please check the website to find out if yours is on the recall list. If it is, you can register to get a replacement blade mailed to you. Mine was on the recall list, and I use mine ALL THE TIME. In fact, I’d used mine the night before the recall was announced! Thankfully nothing bad had happened.

This week, I’ll only be posting on Tuesday and Thursday again.

Hope you all have a beautiful week, thanks so much for reading! ❤

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016 Unboxing & First Impressions

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

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This month’s Ipsy Glam Bag is a good one in my opinion. Let’s take a look:

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

This month’s theme was Carpe P.M., and the bag is supposed to double as a little wristlet. It is a pinky red fuzzy fabric, with a gold metallic interior lining. It is kind of cute in a tacky way, but not something that I would use.

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

The first product is the Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask. I’ve tried this product before, and it works well for my sensitive skin. Cruelty free brand, owned by a parent company that is not cruelty free.

A fruity cocktail to brighten us up. Glycolic acid from pineapple, lactic acid from passion fruit, citric acid from lemon, and tartaric acid from grape work together to exfoliate and leave our skin looking its most radiant.

  • Let’s add one more fruit to that. Papain from Mexican papayas helps reduce the appearance of fine lines.
  • Downplay. Minimizes pores and diminishes hyperpigmentation.
  • 10 out of 10 of us here at ipsy HQ said our skin felt firmer after a single use.

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

The second product is the Nyx Prismatic Shadow in shade Jaded. The photos just don’t do this one justice, it is a beautiful metallic green shade. Cruelty free brand owned by a parent company that is not cruelty free.

Razzle dazzle ‘em. We’re in awe over how pigmented this shadow is, delivering rich color with gentle metallic shimmer in a single swipe.

  • Go it alone. No primer necessary to turn on the glitz and get a look that lasts.
  • Standout formula. Soft texture makes the shadow easy to blend, without flecks falling onto our cheeks.

ipsters who sample this shadow in their Glam Bag will receive Bedroom Eyes (chestnut)Fireball (reddish rose)Jaded (green) or Punk Heart (amethyst).

I really like the one that I received, but all four shades are gorgeous.

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

The third product is the Symphony Beauty Snow Cream Moisturizer. I’ve only tested this on my wrist so far, but it has such a cool texture. Cruelty free brand.

Zero gravity. This weightless whipped gel moisturizer feels as light and fluffy as fresh snow—and has us dreaming of a white Christmas.

  • Instant gratification. Absorbs immediately and leaves our faces looking fresh and hydrated.
  • Cut the grease. No sticky or tacky residue left behind. Just super smooth skin.
  • Oh, do glow on. Vitamin E nourishes and helps brighten up our complexions.

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

The fourth product is the Ciaté Liquid Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Pin Up. I like how this one applies smoothly and evenly. It actually feels comfortable! Way better than the one from last month’s bag (here). Cruelty free company.

We’re matte about it. One of the most comfy liquid lipsticks we’ve ever tried.  And trust us, we’ve sampled hundreds here at ipsy HQ. Creamy and moisturizing, it dries down to a soft finish that lasts and lasts.

  • Berry nice. Purplish-pink shade looks fan-freaking-tastic with any skin tone.
  • Hyaluronic acid conditions lips (buh-bye, dryness and flaking) and makes them appear fuller and smoother.
  • Stay inside the lines. Precision tip makes it easy to apply and totally goof-proof, even for liquid lipstick newbies.

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

The fifth and final product is the Tarte Maracuja Oil (aka Barracuda Oil, right Cat and Stashy, haha!)  I’m super happy about this one! Cruelty free.

Oils can seem scary (um hello! who wants to look greasy?!) but this multitasker left our skin quenched, nourished, and dewy—not shiny. You’ll want to have a bottle on you at all times. 

  • Packed with complexion heroes like skin-brightening Vitamin C and repairing fatty acids
  • Use it for a zillion other things like frizz-fighting, on-the-go manis, makeup removal

I’ve had several samples of this oil over the years, I think that it might be the first facial oil that I’d ever tried.

Overall, I think that this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag was great! I got three skincare products and two makeup products that I really like. What did you get in your bag? Were you happy with what you received?

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I pay for this subscription, my opinions are my own.

 

Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil

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I finally got around to trying the Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil sample that I got in last month’s Ipsy Glam Bag.  (info in italics taken from the Tatcha website)

Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil

What it is:
A beautiful blend of Camellia and Rice Bran oils. A gentle, two-in-one makeup remover and cleanser that melts away even waterproof makeup, leaving behind purified, silky soft skin. 

Why it’s different:
Nutrient-rich Camellia and Rice Bran oils combine to beautify skin, emulsifying completely with no residue.

Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil

I found this to be a mostly gentle cleanser. I say mostly, because it stung my eyes. It also did not remove my waterproof mascara even though it claims to do that. Let’s take a look at the ingredients:

Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Polyglyceryl-10 Dioleate, Polyglyceryl-2 Sesquicaprylate, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Glyceryl Behenate/eicosadioate, Water, Algae Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, Fragrance (Natural), Phenoxyethanol.

I think I know why it stung – it has both alcohol and fragrance in it! I had to use another product to remove my waterproof mascara, this is not a deal breaker, but if it claims to be capable of removing waterproof makeup, then it should at least do that!

Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil

I prefer the Clear Bloom Cleansing Oil from Farmacy (reviewed here).

Have you tried this cleansing oil? Do you have a favourite one? I want to try more.

My December Ipsy Glam Bag arrived yesterday, so I’ll have an unboxing / unbagging and first impressions on Thursday.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

 

Weekly Re-Cap (Dec 5th to 11th)

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Just a little re-cap of the week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed any…

Monday, December 5th – Saje AromaGem Diffuser /Nebulizer Review

Wednesday, December 7th – Wayne Goss The Air-Brush Review

Wayne Goss The Air-Brush

Friday, December 9th – Saje Natural Wellness Sweet Lips and Tingle Lips

Saje Natural Wellness Sweet Lips & Tingle Lips

This coming week I’ll only be posting on Tuesday and Thursday instead of my usual Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

 

Sweet Lips and Tingle Lips – Saje Lip Balms

Saje Natural Wellness Sweet Lips & Tingle Lips

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Saje Natural Wellness Sweet Lips & Tingle Lips

Today I’m reviewing two lip balms from Saje Natural Wellness – the Sweet Lips and the Tingle Lips balms (information in italics taken from the Saje website).

I’m a lip balm addict, and had so many in my stash to use up, that these might be the first lip balms that I’ve purchased in nearly two years!

Sweet Lips: 

Saje Natural Wellness Sweet Lips

CALMING. NOURISHING. SMOOTH.
Make your lips that much sweeter with this moisturizing and soothing fennel lip balm.
Sweet talk your way into soft lips.
Ingredients:
  • coconut oil (cocos nucifera (coconut) oil)
  • beeswax
  • shea nut butter (butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter)
  • fennel (foeniculum vulgare)
  • cocoa butter (theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter)
  • stearic acid
  • tocotrienols
  • aloe vera leaf juice (aloe barbadensis leaf juice)

Tingle Lips:

Saje Natural Wellness Tingle Lips

INVIGORATING. FRESH. COOLING.
This stimulating balm invigorates your senses while providing the moisture your lips are thirsty for.
Give your lips a fresh start.
Ingredients:
  • coconut oil (cocos nucifera (coconut) oil)
  • beeswax
  • shea nut butter (butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter)
  • peppermint (mentha piperita)
  • cocoa butter (theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter)
  • stearic acid
  • tocomin (tocotrienols)
  • stevia leaf (stevia rebaudiana leaf extract)
  • aloe vera leaf juice (aloe barbadensis leaf juice)
Saje Natural Wellness Sweet Lips & Tingle Lips
The review:
These lip balms are so good that I don’t know which one I love more! They both work amazingly well to hydrate my lips. I love the sweet fennel scent of Sweet Lips, and the minty scent and tingle of Tingle Lips.
Are you a lip balm addict as well? How many do you have in your stash? I used to have several in each room as well as at least one in every purse. I’m now down to three stick type lip balms, and two in tins.
Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤
Disclosure: I purchased these things!

Wayne Goss The Air-Brush Review

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I FINALLY got The Air-Brush! I kept missing out on this Wayne Goss’ brush every time it was re-stocked since it was first introduced, but not this time! *I might have set myself an alarm to not miss out this time, just fyi*

Wayne Goss The Air-Brush

What is The Air-Brush? (info in italics taken from Beautylish.com)

Exquisitely soft and artfully designed by makeup artist Wayne Goss, this limited edition powder brush is the one tool you need to sculpt, buff, and bake your way to a flawless, airbrushed look.

Why It’s Special
  • Master even the most advanced makeup techniques, including contouring, baking, buffing, highlighting, and more, with the versatile tapered shape
  • Decadently soft blue squirrel bristles glide across skin to ensure a smooth, seamless finish
How to Use

Use with your favorite powder products to easily achieve the sculpted, airbrushed look you want. When angled on its thin side, the brush creates a sharp contour line. The tapered tip can be used to apply highlighter to targeted areas. Sweep blush and bronzer onto the cheeks with the large flat side. Buff powder into skin or blend away lines by moving the brush in circular motions with light pressure.

Other Details
  • Handmade by traditional artisans in Japan
  • Made with 100% cruelty-free blue squirrel fur
  • Limited edition
  • For use with powder products only
  • Full length from tip to end: 17 cm
  • Length of bristles: 3.75 cm

I’m a huge fan of Wayne Goss, his brush collection and his youtube channel. I own and have reviewed a four of his brushes already (here and here).

The Air-Brush is just a beautiful as the others, the bristles are ridiculously soft. SO SOFT! The glossy black handle has a nice weight. I prefer brushes with this type of handle.

Wayne Goss The Air-Brush

I’ve only used it for highlighter and bronzer so far, but my makeup technique goal for the new year is to teach myself how to contour. But so far, like my other Wayne Goss brushes (two eye shadow brushes, one blush, and one foundation brush) I’m completely in love!

Wayne Goss The Air-Brush

Have you tried any of his brushes?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!