Three Ships Beauty Dream Bio-Retinol + Shorea Butter Night Cream Review

Three Ships Beauty Dream Bio-Retinol Night Cream

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Three Ships Beauty Dream Bio-Retinol Night Cream

Today I’m reviewing the newly launched Dream Bio-Retinol + Shorea Butter Night Cream from Three Ships Beauty, a Canadian cruelty free and vegan skincare brand. I purchased it for myself using my discount code during their Virtual Launch Event back in October (and re-stocked my Purify Aloe + Amino Acid Cleanser). [info in italics taken from the Three Ships Beauty website]

Three Ships Beauty Dream Bio-Retinol Night Cream

Our new night cream works to encourage skin cell turnover and even out skin tone, leaving your skin feeling softer and smoother overnight. The key? A super gentle, plant-based retinol from Picão Preto – a medicinal herb that’s native to Brazil.

Look closer: Vegan squalane and seed butters like Shorea and Murumuru give this product a nice creamy texture that seals in moisture.

Three Ships Beauty Dream Bio-Retinol Night Cream

The Dream Night Cream is not at all drying or irritating like traditional retinol serums and creams can be. I think that the combination of the bio-retinol with the squalane and seed butters that make it so hydrating and non-irritating. It is lightweight, and non-greasy. I can see this night cream working for pretty much all skin types – unless you have a sensitivity to one of the ingredients. And unlike traditional retinol based skincare, this cream can be used during pregnancy / breast-feeding.

One of the really cool things about this brand is that on their website they have an ingredient glossary so you can familiarize yourself with ingredients AND where they are sourced.

Three Ships Beauty Dream Bio-Retinol Night Cream

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Shorea Stenoptera Seed Butter, Squalane, Olus Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Lactate, Propanediol, Glyceryl Stearate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Palmitic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, C12-16 Alcohols, Diheptyl Succinate, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Sodium Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Bidens Pilosa Extract, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Polyglyceryl-3 Dicitrate/Stearate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract

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My JetPeel Experience

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Today I have something a little different than my usual product review. I was invited to the W Hotel here in downtown Montreal for the JetPeel Experience last week (November 2nd) – thank you JetPeel and Blend PR [info in italics and infographics / photos from JetPeel Press Release]

JetPeel

Based on subsonic jet stream application, JetPeel enables fast transdermal delivery with no needles, no pain, and no downtime. The world’s first and only beauty technology of its kind, JetPeel is clinically proven to provide instant, same day, visible results in a non-invasive comfortable and relaxing treatment.

JetPeel turns targeted solutions into a fine mist that is able to penetrate the skin on a deeper level helping to provide you with specific treatments tailored just for you—travelling at a subsonic speed of over 200 m/s. Applied with an advanced JetPeel wand, the jet stream exfoliates the epidermal layer and gently stretches the skin surface, opening microchannels that allow for noninvasive delivery of nutritive microdroplets deep into the skin. The treatment takes about 45 minutes.

I was very intrigued by this facial technology, especially as it has no downtime, and is painless!

When I first arrived, the JetPeel Technician, Erin took a good look at my skin, and asked me a few questions to help target the treatment type based on my skincare concerns – which I’ll get into after walking you through the process.

JetPeel Treatment Sequence

The JetPeel is feels super cold – I jokingly compared it to February in Montreal when it occasionally goes down to -40C. It doesn’t hurt at all. The first step is the lymphatic drainage – it feels like a massage, and it reduces toxins and puffiness and increases circulation in the skin – this is done from your hairline down your neck to your clavicles.

The next step is the exfoliation / hydradermabrasion stage, where the chemical exfoliant is applied, and then sits for approximately 6 or 7 minutes before being neutralized. There are several different exfoliation ingredients to choose from, a Glycolic Acid 10% solution was used for me. The JetPeel machine basically blasts off dead skin cells and mades the skin ready for the next stage – the hydroporation and booster infusion stage.

The hydroporation and booster infusion stage is, in my opinion, “where the magic happens” – this is where you can target specific concerns and the treatments are delivered deep into the layers of the skin. We decided to do a combination treatment based on my skin concerns – redness / mild rosacea on my cheeks, mild hyper-pigmentation (from a sunburn from several years ago), and fine lines / wrinkles on my forehead, outer eye, and smile lines. Let’s take a look at each of the treatments / solutions that were used on me:

COUPEROSE (Rosacea Treatment): Specially formulated for the treatment of rosacea and very sensitive skin, Couperose & Sensitive Skin Serum is rich in anti-inflammatory and sun defence ingredients that soothe and protect, preventing irritation and redness. The formula is infused with purifying antioxidant aloe barbadensis extract, Niacinamide for the reduction of fine lines and pigmentation, antibacterial Azelaic acid that evens and tones the skin, and calming, regenerating Troxerutin. It’s the perfect gentle yet powerful solution for the most sensitive and delicate skins.

BRIGHTENING: Jet Solution Brightening Complex contains powerful ingredients that act as pigment inhibitors, instantly creating a brighter, more uniform tone. Enriched with Stay-C Vitamin, an oxidation-resistant variant of vitamin C, and the exclusive Bio-Light compound, rich in natural brightening and redness-reducing ingredients, the formula is gentle and powerful for effective use on the face, chin, neck, decollete, and hands.

ATX-NAT (Botox alternative): Discover a natural, safe and painless anti-ageing treatment that offers a superior alternative to Botulinum Toxin A. ATX-NAT Jet Solution takes a different approach, relaxing the muscles for a firmer appearance and improvement of fine lines and wrinkles. The clinically-proven formula is based on Argireline, a peptide composed of 6 amino acids, and Betaine, which balances the skin’s water retention activity for a hydrated, nourished result. Ideal for effectively and safely treating the wrinkle-prone areas around the eyes and lips, ATX-NAT is the key to exceptionally brighter, softer, and smoother skin.

Immediately after the JetPeel Treatment my skin was slightly pink, but not in a sensitive skin reaction way, just in that freshly cleansed way. My skin looked so smooth, plumped and glowing! Any pinkness disappeared before I made it back to my place from downtown. Its been a week post-treatment, and I look well-rested, and I can see a reduction in the pinkness in my cheeks, my serums and moisturizers feel like they sink in faster.

All in all, an AMAZING experience!

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, I had the JetPeel Treatment for free, however my opinion is based on my personal experience (as always). Thank you JetPeel Canada and BlendPR.

Made For Me Classic Experience Box Review

Made for Me Classic Experience Box

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Made for Me Classic Experience Box

I was sent the Made For Me (MfM) Classic Experience Box to try out and review. Made For Me is a new Toronto based skincare brand, that is made in Australia, and is organic, vegan and cruelty-free [info in italics taken from the Made For Me website]

Made for Me Classic Experience Box

The concept for the Experience Box was modelled after that of the “subscription box” – a trend that was well known in the 2010s where consumers receive a monthly box full of curated products as a way of gifting them. However, not all monthly boxes are created equal, and some came in with mixed results to consumers.

After testing out the concept of the products in different sets, we found what works best and decided to package them together. However we still believe in the concept of gifting so long as it adds to their normal routines. Every few months, when you order a box, you may still get the same 3 core products, but you also get a mystery item that may be different from what you got before. That is, we decided to combine the surprise element with the predictability of our high quality, all organic selections that you would love. You are not obligated to order the boxes at preset durations. 

The Classic Experience Box ($90 CAD), is composed of a Brightening C Serum, a Hydrating Moisturizer and an Eye Cream. There is also a surprise mystery gift (this gift changes quarterly). Let’s take a look at the Brightening C Serum:

Made for Me Classic Experience Box

The serum contains properties from marine collagen, which improves the skin’s firmness and plumpness. It is also a great choice if you’ve been looking to fade dark spots or achieve the smooth, luminous texture that you’ve always dreamed of. Ingredients contain: Kakadu Plum Extract, Aloe Vera, Vitamin C

My skin LOVES vitamin C based skincare, and this is a great serum. If you want luminous skin, then this is the serum for you. I can see this working for all skin types.

Now onto the Hydrating Moisturizer:

Made for Me Classic Experience Box

Our Star product and a fan favourite, this facial lotion helps promote and improve overall glow of the skin. It contains a number of organic and botanical antioxidants to restore the skin’s natural appearance and achieve a supple complexion. Use it after the brightening serum and don’t forget your SPF! It can also be used as a makeup primer, as it leaves the skin glowing and prepped for any product you may be using after.
Ingredients contain: Hyaluronic Acid, Green Tea, Davidson Plum

This is such a nice moisturizer! It is light, hydrating and works amazingly well with the Brightening C Serum. Hello glowing skin! It plays nicely with makeup too. It can be used both morning and night.

And last, but not least, the Eye Cream:

Made for Me Classic Experience Box

The Classic Eye Cream helps in de- puffing & soothes the skin around the eye area. Its soft, velvety texture enables the skin to absorb nutrients to reduce dark circles and lessen the look of wrinkles leaving the eye area firm and well hydrated. Ingredients contain: Jojoba, Avocado Extract, Shea butter

My eyes are often puffy from allergies, and dark circles from the combination of allergies and occasional insomnia, so this eye cream has been such a great product for me. It really works to de-puff and soothe my under eyes.

And as for the mystery gift box – it is such a great idea, and no I’m not going to spoil it, my lips are sealed!

Made for Me Classic Experience Box

This is such a great skincare set, and it would make a great gift idea. Each of the three products are also sold separately – which I think is a great idea, because I use up moisturizer faster than serums, or eye creams.

Have you tried this brand?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this box was PR gifted for reviewing purposes. However, my opinion is always my own.

Facial Oil Edit – Greenvines and AYSWE

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Facial Oil Edit Greenvines and AYSWE

If you follow me on InstaGram, you will remember that I was on the 2021 Cert Clean “Clean Beauty Awards” judging panel for a second year in a row, and my category was facial oils. I was sent a box of facial oils to test out and rate as a part of the jury. I wanted to show you two of the facial oils that I still use on a regular basis – the Greenvines Know More Resilience Facial Oil and the AYSWE Hydrate and Glow Facial Oil with Squalane. I’ve been using them both since the beginning of May. [info in italics taken from their respective websites]

Let’s take a look at the Greenvines Know More Resilience Facial Oil:

Facial Oil Edit Greenvines and AYSWE

Formulated with a skin-mimicking, light-weight oil complex, and featuring the award-winning Marine Bamboo that leave the skin feeling contoured with an iridescent glow, not weary and dull. Know more deep nourishment and no more inefficient absorption.

And now the AYSWE Hydrate and Glow Facial Oil with Squalane:

Facial Oil Edit Greenvines and AYSWE

A lightweight oil formulated with organic babassu oil, argan oil, sugarcane-derived Squalane and other nourishing ingredients like vitamin E, black tea to soften and deeply moisturize skin. It also works to even out dull skin and keep skin elastic. This natural oil packs your skin with antioxidants and fatty acids without leaving a greasy feeling, making it suitable for all skin types, even oily and combination skin. Hydrate & Glow oil seamlessly absorbs into skin and is perfect for day or night time application. 

Facial Oil Edit Greenvines and AYSWE

Both of these facial oils contain squalane, which is probably why my skin loves them so much. Both are lightweight, non-greasy, quick to absorb and give my skin a healthy glow. Love them!

Both brands claim to be vegan and cruelty free. Where they differ is in pricepoint – the Greenvines sells for $76 USD, and AYSWE sells for $42 USD – both are sold in 30ml / 1oz glass bottles.

Do you like squalane based facial oils?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, I received these facial oils as a part of my judging panel duties, and am under no obligation to review. My opinion is always my own.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA Review

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA

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The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA
HA

Today I’m reviewing the The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA (Hyaluronic Acid) that I purchased several weeks ago. [info in italics taken from the Deciem website]

Lactic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates the skin. This 10% formulation offers mild exfoliation and is supported with a purified Tasmanian pepperberry known to reduce signs of inflammation and sensitivity that is often associated with exfoliation.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA

Contraindications: Lactic Acid should not be used on sensitive, peeling or compromised skin. Please refer to additional sun protection note and other warnings in provided Directions.

Because I know that my skin can be sensitive, I did my usual two rounds of patch testing – on my arm first and then on my neck or chest before trying this on my face. I only use this once a week, and never on the same night as retinol as both have irritation risks.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA

Surprisingly, this lactic acid does not irritate my sensitive skin, I guess that the Tasmanian pepperberry and hyaluronic acid really work to cancel out the irritation risk from the acid. It gives my sensitive skin a gentle exfoliation which I love.

Acids should only be used at night, and always followed by sunscreen the next day as they can make your skin more sun sensitive. You should always be wearing sunscreen anyways though.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA

Have you tried this one? Do you have a fave AHA for exfoliation?

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The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Retinol 1% in Squalane from The Ordinary. I’ve been using it for several weeks now, and I purchased this to replace Press Restart – Gentle Retinol Serum from Versed. [info in italics taken from Deciem’s website]

The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane

This water-free solution contains 1% pure Retinol, an ingredient that can reduce the appearances of fine lines, of photo damage and of general skin aging. While Retinol has been studied extensively, it is irritating to the skin and newer technologies exist that mimic the visible effects of Retinol without causing skin irritation.

The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane

Retinol can cause significant irritation, redness and peeling, especially around the eyes and mouth, in the early stages of treatment while skin builds tolerance. If you have not used high-strength retinol formulas in the past, we strongly recommend that you start your retinol regimen with our Retinol 0.2% in Squalane and adjust to higher strengths of Retinol 0.5% in Squalane and Retinol 1% in Squalane as your skin builds tolerance. You will achieve the same end results without the unpleasant redness and peeling along the way.

The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane

The Ordinary has several different Retinol based serums, ranging in strength and irritation risk levels. I’ve previously used and loved their Advanced Retinoid 2% Emulsion, which later became the Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion (moderate strength, low to no irritation). The Retinol 1% in Squalane is their highest retinol formula (high strength, and very high irritation risk)!

Wait a minute, high irritation risk? Don’t I have sensitive skin – I know, I know! I did my patch tests – first on my wrist, and then on my neck and chest, before trying it on my face. This retinol does not irritate my skin! I think that the squalane actually works to counteract the irritation risk, and my skin is quite used to retinoids / retinols.

The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane

I like this one, I feel that it does help with fine lines, and my skin has not been prone to redness, irritation or peeling after using several nights a week (for several weeks), I only skip using it if I’m using an acid formula. My skin seems to be far less sensitive these days – I guess that my current skincare routine is making my skin very happy!

If you are new to retinoids / retinol or have super sensitive skin – this is not the product for you, I’d recommend starting with either the Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion or the Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane, and using every couple of nights until your skin adjusts before moving onto the stronger Retinol formulas. As always, retinol should be used at night, and always followed by sunscreen in the daytime as retinol can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. You should be wearing SPF daily anyway!

Have you tried this one?

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The Ordinary Pycnogenol 5% Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Pycnogenol 5% serum from The Ordinary. I purchased it several weeks ago because it was a new to me ingredient that I was curious about! [info in italics taken from The Ordinary website].

The Ordinary Pycnogenol 5%

Pycnogenol® is a natural plant extract derived from the pine bark of French maritime pine trees. It contains procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids that work in synergy to rejuvenate the skin, with the aim of enhancing skin hydration and elasticity. With the ability to selectively bind to collagen and elastin, Pycnogenol® protects these proteins from degradation, helping to nourish the skin from the inside out. Being a unique and powerful antioxidant, Pycnogenol® scavenges for free radicals before they cause damage by oxidative stress. It can also recycle oxidized Vitamin C to restore its activity. The Ordinary Pycnogenol® 5% is free of artificial colours. The formula’s deep red colour is due to the high procyanidin content in Pycnogenol®. After application, please wash hands and avoid product contact with light coloured fabric as it may stain.

The Ordinary Pycnogenol 5%

So in a nutshell, it provides: Antioxidant Support, Enhances Skin Hydration, Rebuilds Skin Elasticity

This serum / solution has such an interesting colour! It can be mixed with other serums and creams to give them boost, but I’ve mostly been just applying it on its own or layering it with other serums (which also boosts the performance of whatever it is combined with). I feel that it really does help increase skin hydration. And I love that it can be used both day and night.

The Ordinary Pycnogenol 5%

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Consonant Skin+Care Reusable Silicone Eye Mask Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Consonant Skin+Care Reusable Silicone Eye Masks that I purchased a few weeks ago from well.ca. [info in italics taken from the Consonant website]

Consonant Skin+Care Reusable Eye Mask
  • These masks can be used with any eye-friendly skin care product, making it customizable to your skin’s needs each day.
  • Made from long-lasting silicone just wash clean after you’re done and it’s ready for your next masking session.
  • Comes with 2 individual eye masks and a complementary mini jelly bag for safe storage.

I purchased these eye masks to help deal with allergy related eye puffiness. I love that you can use it with whatever eye cream or serum you want – I’m currently using them with my Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream. Because they are re-usable, there is so much less waste than the foil and plastic wrapped single use mask packs.

Consonant Skin+Care Reusable Eye Mask

They’re super easy to use – just apply your cream / serum and place under your eye, sit back and let it do the work. Just remember to wash them off after use, pat them dry, and then put them in the little jelly bag. I keep mine in the fridge for added cooling effect. And I use my jade roller for extra cooling / de-puffing.

Consonant Skin+Care Reusable Eye Mask

These little silicone eye masks are GREAT! They really do help with eye puffiness, and fine lines – it seems to help the eye cream or serum soak in and mega hydrate my under eye area. I highly recommend!

Have you tried them?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, I purchased this!

Three Ships Beauty Purify Aloe + Amino Cleanser Review

Three Ships Beauty Purify Aloe + Amino Acid Cleanser

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Today I am reviewing the Three Ships Beauty Purify Aloe + Amino Cleanser. I purchased this a few weeks ago in my most recent well.ca mini haul. I’ve been using this gel based cleanser for a few weeks now. [info in italics taken from the Three Ships Beauty website]

Three Ships Beauty Purify Aloe + Amino Acid Cleanser

Natural amino acids replenish your skin’s moisture barrier, cleansing without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Containing zero alcohol, this formula contains 26% aloe vera, proven to hydrate and soothe your skin.

This cleanser is targeted for normal to dry skin, and is supposed to balance tone. It is super gentle, and you really only need one (maybe two) pumps of this foaming cleanser. Purify works well to clean my skin and not leave it feeling dry, stripped or irritated. It does a great job at removing makeup and sunscreen.

Three Ships Beauty Purify Aloe + Amino Acid Cleanser

This is a great cleanser for sensitive skin (unless you have a sensitivity / allergy to one of the ingredients). Purify also works well for double cleansing, in which case I like to use an oil or cream based cleanser in conjunction with this gel based cleanser.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Aloe Vera Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Populus Tremuloides (Aspen) Bark Extract, Betaine, Saccharomyces Ferment (Yeast) Filtrate, Cellulose Gum, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Xanthan Gum, Inulin, Cellulose, Glucose, Fructose, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, PCA, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Proline, Threonine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Citrus Auranitum Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil, Sodium Phytate, Citric Acid

Three Ships Beauty Purify Aloe + Amino Acid Cleanser

Since purchasing this cleanser, I’ve since become an affiliate for Three Ships Beauty, and have an affiliate code with a 20% discount – ABRASHATTITUDE20 I will receive compensation for any sales made through my link and discount code.

I’ve also previously reviewed their Lip Exfoliator and Hydrating Lip Mask (both of which I loved), the review is here if you want to check it out.

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Disclosure: I purchased this. Blog post contains an affiliate link and code, of which I will receive compensation for any sales made via my link. My opinion remains my own, regardless of this.