June 2017 Faves

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Can you believe that June is nearly over? Today I have my faves for the month of June. I tried to keep it within five products or less per product category:

Fave Hair & Body Products:

June Faves - Wildcraft, Mychelle, Briogeo

Wildcraft Buff Face and Body Scrub, originally reviewed here – I absolutely love this scrub for the body. I still think that it would be way to harsh for my sensitive face.

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Replenishing Solar Defence SPF 30*, originally reviewed here – this is such a great sunscreen, I can wear it on my face or my body. And it plays nicely with makeup.

Briogeo Curl Charisma, originally reviewed here, humidity makes my hair an unruly mess, and this helps tame the frizz without making it feel heavy or crunchy.

Not pictured – Schmidt’s Naturals Deodorant Sensitive Skin Formula in Lavender Tips, originally reviewed here, a great natural deodorant for my sensitive underarms! The first baking soda free deodorant that works well for me.

Fave Skincare Products:

June Faves - The Ordinary, Herbivore

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%, reviewed here – I’m loving this one at night. My skin looks so good when I wake up in the morning!

Herbivore Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask, reviewed here – I only use this once a week, but it I think that it really helps with skin texture. I’ll definitely be buying a full size of this one!

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, reviewed here – this works so great at de-puffing my poor allergy plagued under eye area! I use this one in the morning only.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, reviewed here – my skin LOVES hyaluronic acid. It just plumps and hydrates the skin so well without making it feel oily or heavy. I use this one morning and night.

The Ordinary “Buffet” Multi-Technology Peptide Serum, reviewed here – another serum that makes my skin look and feel great! I use this one morning and night.

Fave Make-Up:

June Faves - Bite. The Ordinary, ColourPop

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Pepper, reviewed here – I’ve been wearing this lipstick so much since getting it in April! It is such a perfect MLBB shade.

The Ordinary High Spreadability Fluid Primer, reviewed here – this is the first primer that I’ve tried and really liked.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation in  1.2P, reviewed here – this is a nice light foundation. these days I mostly only wear foundation when I have client meetings, and this is the one that I’ve reached for each time!

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Rhubarb, reviewed here – this is such a wearable shade. I’ve been wearing this one a lot this month as well.

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Dopey, reviewed here – I’ve been wearing this one non-stop over the past week. I’d actually forgotten that I owned this one!

So there you have it, all of my faves for the month of June! What were your fave products this month?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Products marked with * are PR samples, the rest were either purchased by me, or given as a gift from a friend.

The Ordinary 100% Plant Derived Squalane Review

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Today I am reviewing the final product from my recent haul from The Ordinary – the 100% Plant Derived Squalane. Info in italics is taken from their website:

Squalane is a saturated and stable hydrocarbon that is found naturally in the skin. It has very high emollience, is an exceptional hydrator and can prevent ongoing loss of hydration that impairs dermal suppleness. Squalane is non-comedogenic and is suitable for use on all skin types. It can also be applied to hair to increase heat protection, add shine and reduce breakage potential.

The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane

In all honesty, this is the one product that I’ve used on my face the least. Not because I don’t like it, but my skin hasn’t been having issues with dryness since the weather has gotten warmer.

I have been using it on my hair though, since it has been feeling a little dry these days and it has been helping to hydrate my hair. I love multi-use products – I’ll probably use this one more in the colder months. But it is good to have on hand in case of sudden dryness.

This one costs $7.90 CAD.

Have you tried this multi-use oil? What is your fave facial  / skin / hair oil?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

Weekly Recap June 19th to 25th

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Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you missed out on anything…

Monday, June 19th – The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid  2% + B5 Review

The Ordinary HA 2% + B5 Serum

Thursday, June 22nd – The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG Review

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Friday, June 23rd – The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% Emulsion Review

I just realized that Friday’s post didn’t have any photos uploaded! Oops, the post has since been fixed to include photos!

The Ordinary Advanced Retinol 2%

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased all the things!

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% Emulsion Review

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Today I have a review of the Advanced Retinoid 2% Emulsion from my recent haul from The Ordinary. All info in italics taken from their website.

This formulation combines two forms of next-generation retinoid actives in a combined concentration of 2% by weight:
These two actives are:
a) Solubilized Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate is a highly-advanced form of retinoid which is, in fact, a non-prescription ester of all-trans direct retinoic acid that offers a multi-fold better effect against signs of ageing than retinol, retinyl palmitate and nearly all other forms of non-prescription retinoid;
b) a sustained-delivery form of pure retinol in a protective capsule system which supports both the delivery and the effect of Solubilized Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate.
Both forms of retinoid used avoid the irritation associated with retinoid (including retinol) use while delivering better visible results against signs of ageing.

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%

I chose the Retinoid formula because it was supposed to be less irritating since I find that some retinol / retinoid formulations are a little harsh on my sensitive skin. Some cause stinging, and some cause excessive dryness. I’m happy to say that this milky Retinoid emulsion is gentle, but effective. And it doesn’t have a scent!

As always, if you use any retinol / retinoid products, remember to wear SPF. Well, you should be wearing SPF regardless!

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%

This one is also cruelty free and vegan, and costs $9.80 CAD.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Ethyl Linoleate, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Bisabolol, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Retinol, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteareth-12, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carrageenan, Xanthan gum, Acacia Senegal Gum, Cetyl Palmitate, Sucrose Laurate, Polysorbate 20, Isoceteth-20, Behentrimonium Chloride, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Disodium EDTA, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

Have you tried this one? What is your fave retinol / retinoid product?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG Review

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Today I have a review of the Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG from my recent haul from The Ordinary.  I ordered this eye serum after watching a YouTube review from Wayne Goss. All info in italics taken from their website:

This light-textured formula contains an extremely high 5% concentration of caffeine, supplemented with highly-purified Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG) from green tea leaves. Independent studies have shown that topical use of each of caffeine and EGCG can help reduce looks of puffiness and of dark circles in the eye contour. Additional studies have shown that caffeine can also reduce the appearance of cellulite.

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

I’ve had both dark circles from insomnia AND puffy eyes from allergies recently so I was willing to try anything to try to help deal with my zombie eye problem. It definitely reduces my eye puffiness. And I’ve found that it helps to minimize, but not fully eliminate my dark circles – but I highly doubt that there is anything that could fully eliminate them other than several weeks of awesome sleep!

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

A word of warning though, do not get this serum into your eyes while applying! It really stings!

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Caffeine, Propanediol, Maltodextrin, Glycerin, Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside, Gallyl Glucoside, Hyaluronic Acid, Oxidized Glutathione, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Polypodium Vulgare Rhizome Extract, Cetraria Islandica Thallus Extract, Sphagnum Magellanicum Extract, Urea, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Xanthan gum, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Propyl Gallate, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ethoxydiglycol, Benzyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.

This serum is cruelty-free and vegan, and only costs $6.70 CAD! Most eye creams or serums cost way more than that!

Have you tried this? What do you use for dark circles and puffiness?

Disclosure: I purchased this!

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Review

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Today I’m reviewing another skincare product from my recent haul from The Ordinary – the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. All info in italics is taken from their website.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) can attract up to 1,000 times its weight in water. The molecular size of HA determines its depth of delivery in the skin. This formulation combines low-, medium- and high-molecular weight HA, as well as a next-generation HA crosspolymer at a combined concentration of 2% for multi-depth hydration. This system is supported with the addition of Vitamin B5 which also enhances surface hydration.

TheOrdinaryHA5

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Ethoxydiglycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

The Ordinary HA 2% + B5 Serum

My skin loves Hyaluronic Acid products. I really love this one, for two main reasons – the first being the price ($6.80 CAD), and the second being that it has no scent. Add to that, the product is cruelty free (and vegan). It is a great way to add extra hydration to my skin. It plays nicely with other skincare products (and makeup).

This one is a keeper for me!

Have you tried this Hyaluronic Acid serum? What is your fave?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Weekly Re-Cap (June 5 to 18th)

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Just a little re-cap of the past two weeks worth of blog posts as I didn’t post a re-cap last week.

Monday June 5th – Spring Cleaning Project Collab – Month Four Update & Final Thoughts

Wednesday June 7th – Schmidt’s Naturals Deodorant Sensitive Skin Formula Review (Lavender Tips)

Friday June 9th – The Ordinary High Spreadability Fluid Primer Review

Monday June 12th – The Ordinary Serum Foundation Review 

Wednesday June 14th – The Ordinary Buffet Multi-Technology Peptide Serum Review

Friday June 16th – Ipsy GlamBag June 2017 Unboxing & First Impressions

So there you have it – all of the past two weeks worth of blog posts. Coming up this week, I have a few more skincare products from The Ordinary to review.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Ipsy GlamBag June 2017 Unboxing & First Impressions

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Today I have my unboxing and first impressions on the June Ipsy GlamBag. The theme for this month is “Volume Up” – to fearlessly express yourself. All text in italics taken from the Ipsy website.

 

The bag design this month is a super cute, canvas bag. Let’s see what was inside:

Beaute Basics Travel Face Blender

 

 

  • Streaky makeup is so not ok! This blending beauty helps you apply all your liquid and cream formulas like a boss—so your complexion looks airbrushed, filtered, and totes flawless.  
  • Brushes can be so tricky. We love how this super easy-to-use sponge gets all up in the hard-to-reach places (like the edge of your nose and inner corners of your eyes).
  • This small wonder is great for travel, and the #millennialpink shade happens to look really cute in your makeup kit.

I actually needed to replace one of my makeup sponges, so this came at a perfect time. This travel face blender is a firmer, bouncier sponge than what I’m used to, but I’m sure that I can make it work.

Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Recovery Cream

Ipsy GlamBag June 2017

  • We already know that probiotics are good for our insides (that’s why we OD on yogurt, right?), but they’re also AMAZING for our skin. That’s why we’re super obsessed with this probiotic-infused moisturizing miracle cream!

  • It’s also made with ultra powerful peptides and Vitamin C, which brightens up dull skin and enhances natural collagen reproduction (AKA makes us look younger.)

  • This stuff is legit. Aside from “skincare queen/anti-aging specialist”, Dr. Fan’s job titles ALSO include biochemist, microbiologist, and practicing ophthalmologist. NBD.

I haven’t tried this, but I did open it enough to smell it – it is highly scented, so I will be passing this onto someone who doesn’t mind using scented facial products. It is cruelty free though, which is awesome!

Make Up Forever Aqua XL Eye Pencil in M-10 Matte Black

 

  • The cutting-edge formula is insanely creamy, so it glides on like buttah with no tugging or dragging.

  • Because YOU draw the line, and YOU get to call the shots, this waterproof baby literally stays put until you decide it’s quitting time. (Just make sure you have some good makeup remover on deck!)

  • Wanna try a blurred-out, rock n’ roll liner look? This perf pencil gives you plenty of time to smudge up your lines before it sets for good.

Another black eyeliner. Joy. I have enough black eyeliners to last a lifetime. I’ll be passing this onto someone who will use it.

Kokie Cosmetics Nail Polish in Atlantis at Last

Ipsy GlamBag June 2017

The Ordinary Buffet Multi-Technology Peptide Serum Review

The Ordinary Buffet

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Today I have a review of the “Buffet” Peptide Serum from The Ordinary.

The Ordinary Buffet

Information in italics is taken from the website:

This formula combines a comprehensive array of studied technologies to target multiple signs of ageing at once. The technologies are Matrixyl 3,000 peptide complex (with palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7), Matrixyl Synthe’6 peptide complex (with palmitoyl tripeptide-38), Syn-Ake peptide complex (with dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate), Relistase peptide complex (with acetylarginyltryptophyl diphenylglycine), Argirelox peptide complex (with acetyl hexapeptide-8, pentapeptide-18), Probiotic complex (with lactococcus lactis lysate), in a base of 11 skin-friendly amino acids and multiple hyaluronic acid complexes. The total concentration of these technologies in the formula by weight is 25.1%.

This clear serum is to be used morning and night. The serum targets hydration, fine lines, wrinkles, dynamic lines and skin texture.

I’ve been using this for several weeks now both morning and night after washing my face, and feel that I can give a solid opinion on this serum. I find this to be a nice lightweight serum, and it layers nicely with other skincare products – other serums, moisturizers, primer, sunscreen, make-up etc.

The Ordinary Buffet

I find that the Buffet serum is hydrating, and I’ve noticed an improvement in my fine lines and skin texture. And get this, the serum costs $14.80 – for an anti-aging serum! Most anti-aging serums tend to be way more expensive!

Have you tried the Buffet Multi-Technology Peptide Serum?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!