skincare

A Giant Korean Skincare Haul

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I’M ADDICTED TO SNAILS??

Sounds like a clickbaity beauty guru Youtube videos that you end up clicking on because it sounds gross yet weirdly intriguing at the same time.

Countless bloggers touted snail products as being holy grails in their skincare routine.

Today, I’ll be sharing part 1 of my giant K-Beauty haul – the skincare items!

Many of them being…snail skincare!

I saw an almost instant boost in the appearance of my skin after just a few days of using these products.

Apparently snail mucin is a magical skincare ingredient that has the ability to repair everything from dry patches, to acne breakouts, to hyperpigmentation.

Hell yea I’m all for putting snail slime on my face if that means I have flawless and hydrated skin!

So when I made my giant k-beauty haul, I had to pick up some snail mucin infused skincare! Today, I’ll be reviewing 5 different snail products.

But how many snail products does a girl even need?

Probably not that many, but my mom jumped in on my haul as well so I’ve been testing some of her products as well (hehehehe)

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First Impressions – Makeup, Skincare and Hair Products!

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NEW BITS & BOBS

Hi friends!!

Over the past little while, a few new bits have landed on my doorstep, as well some new products I’ve picked up! I thought I’d put together a little first impressions now that I’ve been using these products for the past month or so.

October was my month experimenting with the smoky eye! To be honest, I wasn’t really sure how much I was going to like it – I’ve always leaned towards more natural, neutral tones when I do my eye makeup. However, two eyeshadow palettes really worked me into the smoky look…

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Effortless French Beauty ft. Guerlain

SIMPLY ICONIC

When I say Iconic French Beauty House, what do you think of? For me, Guerlain springs to mind. I remember seeing the little pot of Guerlain Météorites sitting on top of the washroom counter when I was little, that where my mom had placed just out of my reach. When she wasn’t around, I’d climb up on the counter and use the puff she kept inside the tin to pat my face. I learned to love the sweet scent of violets that Guerlain uses to fragrance their products.

So I’m sure you understand my excitement when Guerlain invited me to their fall beauty masterclass! Hosted by Guerlain International Beauty Artist, Maxime Poulin, we learned about the autumn trends and new Guerlain launches. I’m partnering with illustrator (and bff) Emily Beaton to feature some of her illustrations.

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New in Asian Skincare

Hello lovelies! As you already know, I’m a massive fan of Asian beauty and skincare. You’ve heard me preach time and time again about how amazing Asian skincare products are – they’ve really figured it out. I firmly believe that having a curated skincare regime will make you look and feel great, as well as improving makeup application. Asian beauty and skincare products have truly improved the texture and appearance of my skin! I’m always excited when I get to try out a new Asian skincare brands.

Today, we’ll be taking a look at new launches from Laneige, Sekkisei, Paul & Joe, and Dr Belmeur!

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What’s In My Makeup Bag

What’s in my Makeup Bag – Glow Edition

Heeeeelllo lovelies! How’s it goin?

I typically do a makeup bag shakeup ever week or two so I can cycle through my collection and switch up my products… However I’ve been wearing a few products almost daily and wanted to share my current ride-or-die faves! These products are my go-to’s for my daily morning makeup routine, that keeps me glowing and looking put together during the work day.

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Ipsy Generation Beauty | Creator Swag Bag 2017

Hello lovelies!

This past weekend was Ipsy’s Generation Beauty, a weekend-long makeup and beauty event founded by Michelle Phan for beauty lovers to network, meet their favourite brands, and get a ton of free stuff! (I say “free”, but I think the regular attendee badge was about $100?) I was fortunate enough to qualify for Ipsy’s Generation Beauty as a creator. Keep reading to see what we received….

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One Brand Review: Laneige Skincare

 

Let’s Take A Look At Laneige…

Hello lovelies!

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge skincare junkie. I have tried hundreds of different products and brands over the years, but I keep coming back to my favourite – Laneige! Have you tried Laneige products before? I’m a huge fan of this Korean skincare brand – I’ve done features on their trial kits and masks in the past which I absolutely loved. I’m serious = this brand has saved my skin time and time again. For reference, I have dry-normal combo skin. I realized I had almost a full set of Laneige products for a one-brand feature, so lets jump right into it!

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Sephora VIB haul

Hello lovelies!

Jumping back into the swing of blogging after a hectic few weeks. I might do a personal update post later… still trying to decide because I’m so exhausted from trying to correct my sleep schedule. The 9-5 really wrecks the college student body, lemme tell ya.

Anyway, today’s post is a long one.  What did you pick up during the Sephora VIB sale? Can you believe that I held out on ordering between February to April (self control, amirite?) 15% isn’t even much either (basically the cost of tax,) but Sephora hardly has any sales so in the end, it was worth it.

Enough rambling – let’s do this!

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The Ordinary | “Buffet”, Advanced Retinol, and Caffeine Solution 5% Review

Hiya lovelies!

I did it. I jumped on the bandwagon (again) and picked up some items from The Ordinary by DECIEM. And I did it for all the right reasons – the low-cost, science-backed brand swept across the blogosphere and earned raving reviews from skincare afficionados. I bought three items –Buffet,”Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, and Advanced Retinol 2%. Keep reading to find out my thoughts!

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Ride the #NoShaveWave with Silk’n Flash & Go | 3 Month Update

Silk'n Flash & Go Compact

Silk’n Flash & Go Compact – 3 Months Later

As you may remember, I started using the Silk’n Flash&Go device back in August. You can read my post here. My quest for smooth legs is a contintual trial, and I think I am close to finding a solution! Although the results were not as noticeable early on, I’m here to report back with my experience using the devie over the summer and autumn months.

You know what they say… Summer bodies are built in the winter! Well, so are smooth legs! I know many of us give up on shaving during the winter months – if they’re not going to be seeing your legs, why bother? However, this is a great time to use the Silk’n Flash & Go device. After continual usage during the winter, your legs will be smooth and glowy by the time summer rolls around. The Silk’n Flash & Go is a beautiful piece of technology that is perfect for the woman on the go, and fits right in to your weekly pamper routine. Keep reading for my experiences after 3 months of continual usage!

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Farmacy Perenial Picks Discovery Kit | Review

Hello lovelies! Skincare is incredibly important – by shaking up my skincare routine and finding products that worked well for me, I managed to correct my skin type and change it from dry to normal! I’m always looking for new skincare products to try out. Fortunately, I was able to test out the Farmacy Perenial Picks Discovery Kit in today’s review!

Farmacy has released a four piece trial size kit – the Perenial Picks Discovery Kit – aimed at delivering youthful-looking skin, featuring a foaming exfoliating cream, a skin radiance serum, a renewing night treatment, and a lightweight day cream. The kit itself emphasizes the use of natural extracts to plump and hydrate the skin, while achieving a pretty and youthful glow! Keep reading for my thoughts on the kit…

 

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TheFaceShop Mango Seed Skincare & BB Pact Review | ft. BBCosmetic

TheFaceShop Haul with BBcosmetic

I’m sure by now, you all know how much I absolutely loooove TheFaceShop! A few weeks back, I went on a big skincare shopping spree (read about it here) and picked up the Mango Seed discovery kit, which featured the toner, lotion, and facial butter. When popular online Korean cosmetic and skincare shop BBcosmetic reached out for a review, I leapt at the chance to try out some more TheFaceShop products!
Today I’ll be reviewing two items from the Mango Seed skincare line, as well as the My Other Bag x TheFaceShop collaboration CC Moist Cushion Foundation*!

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A Rather Large Face Shop Haul | The Smim, Face Masks, and Mango Seed Skincare

I’m obsessed with Korean skincare products.

Recently, my skin type has become quite dry and sensitive. My usual skincare regime hasnt really been doing much for me, so it was time for a shake up! Luckily, The Face Shop has storefronts in almost every major mall around me! Korean skincare has never been more accessible, and the price point isn’t that different from major online Korean Skincare shops. I went into The Face Shop to pick up a few face masks, but walked out with a few extra bits. Keep reading to see what I picked up!

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Sephora VIB Sale 2016; What I Picked Up!

It’s that tiiiiiime again…

…Sephora spring sale! As per the usual spring event, VIBs had 15% off their purchases. Unfortunately for us Canadians, this pretty much just covers tax (13% in Ontario). Woo, no tax and 2% off! What’s a steal! I’ll take any type of discount I can get though – I used this opportunity to stock up on some items that are going to run out between now and the next sale.

I used ebates for the current 4% cash back – seriously, if you’re not already doing this, get started! You use the site’s affiliate links and get cash back through online purchases! It’s great – check it out here! 😀

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Gingersnap

I literally just did a post about my first Bite Beauty purchase – Amuse Bouche lipstick in Sweet Cream (which you can read about here). I’m completely addicted to the formula – it’s so creamy and longlasting, and fades to a matte finish. It’s a brighter peach colour compared to Sweet Cream, which is a bit deeper and red-toned.

I had $15 left on my gift card so I figured I may as well get Gingersnap since it’s the perfect summer peach! So I only really had to pay $14 for another Amuse Bouche! Awww yeeeeea.

Swipe on bold, creamy lip color with Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche. Created and crafted by hand, Bite’s small batch, low-heat process preserves a balanced blend of lip-quenching nutrients, vitamins, and omega oils that are essential for achieving healthy-looking lips. Made with 12 edible oils and triple milled pigments, this lipstick provides saturated lip color with weightless coverage and a citrus flavor made from fresh pressed fruit. 


Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray

I’ve been using the UD Makeup Setting Sprays for years now! I’ve only used Deslick and I’m running low on my current bottle of All Nighter. I decided to try out Chill, which seems like it’ll work well for the summer! One bottle will last me for a very long time, so I only ever buy it on sale. I find that all of the UD setting sprays are quite similar, but this one has a cooling effect on the skin, very refreshing.

To stop makeup meltdown, just Chill. Perfect for drier or combination skin, Chill mists on to keep makeup from smudging or settling into fine lines. Temperature Control Technology actually chills the surface of your makeup to keep it looking gorgeously just-applied for up to 12 hours.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

My holy grail face cream. The Ultra Repair Cream is amazing. It repairs and hydrates my dry skin super quickly, and works especially well during the winter months. I would have bought the larger tube but it was sold out, and I hate the tub designs. If you suffer from dry/chapped skin, this is a life saver!


Chloe Love Story Eat De Parfum Rollerball

Chloe scents are so lovely and romantic. My previous rollerball – the Chloe original scent- is almost finished, and I absolutely needed to pick up another one! Love Story seems a bit stronger than the original, and a bit sweeter. The rollerball format is more convenient as I keep one as a permanent resident in my purse, great for touchups and on the go.

Floral, fresh, and sexy, Love Story is the new unforgettable essence of seduction from Chloé. Orange flower oil opens the fragrance with a radiant, luminous, and intoxicating characteristic like the flush of new love. The seductive and joyful scent of stephanotis jasmine, often used in wedding bouquets, gives the fragrance its heart. Finally the scent is grounded by the sensual diffusion, strength, and freshness of cedarwood, creating a unified and complex base that endures. 

I also decided to redeem some of my VIB points for a mini Lancome Bi-Facil Double Action Eye & Makeup Remover (great for travel), and the Minnie Mouse tote bag for the Sephora collaboration! I don’t really wear tote bags too often but the design is super cute and I figured it would be good to use as a grocery bag or something!

Aaaand finally, here are the three samples I picked up! I’m particularly interested in the Darphin oil as I love to try out new skincare and serums, especially floral scented ones!

I bought less than I originally planned – the Anastasia contour kit sat in my cart for a while until I finally convinced myself that I wasn’t going to get full value from it. (I was thinking more for cosplay purposes, but I’m still not sure. Still trying to decide, but if I do get it, it’ll likely be when ebates is at 8% cash back!) I also thought about getting the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation for something a bit higher coverage, but I’ll probably get that from The Bay when they have a free gift with purchase offer!

Did you pick up any goodies during the Sephora spring sale?

Haulin’ Five New Faves

Out Shopping… (again)

I’ve picked up a few products which I’ve really been loving lately – a little mix of skincare and makeup! The drug store has really been killin’  it lately! It makes me happy that more budget friendly brands are stepping up their skincare and makeup game, making ~beauty more accessible for all~.

It’s a very skincare focused haul this time.. let’s jump right in!


Dove Dry Deodorant Spray (Original)

Aerosol deodorants and only recently becoming a thing here in Canada. When I lived in the UK, I noticed that deodorants were primarily sprays, and I liked them a lot better than the stick types; my favourite was the Dove Pomegranate spray! However when I tried it out, it seemed to smell different than I last remembered. The original scent is soft (kind of like baby powder), dries quickly, and claims to have 48hr protection.

Nivea Men After Shave Balm

This was another youtube impulse purchase. I’ve been loving NikkiTutorials recently, and she often uses this after shave balm as a primer! I never really use primers (sometimes they feel to siliconey for me), but it was on sale for $6 at Loblaws so I figured why not? It’s a liquidy lotion texture when first applied, but dries quickly and leaves a slightly tacky surface that works well as a makeup base! It does leave behind a ~manly~ scent that definitely lingers for a bit (maybe an hour or so?). It’s not too strong but I’m quite sensitive to scents and I kept picking it up after I had finished my makeup. A great budget primer!

Caolion Pore Tightening Memory Sleeping Pact

I’m going to be real here – the appearance and texture looks like mucus. It’s a weird jelly consistency that’s hard to describe, and it has a slightly herbal scent. But it feels so good on the skin! It’s an ultra moisturizing sleeping mask that makes your face feel all cool and tingly. Read my full review here!

Bare Minerals Original Powder Foundation in Fairly Light.

This was given to me by a friend who originally bought it for herself but didn’t like how it looked on her. Luckily… I love it! I like powder foundations, and I’m almost finished my little pot of the Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Powder Foundation (which I own in Ivory, but it’s a shade too light for me right now.) This Bare Minerals formula is medium coverage and feels invisible on the skin. I’ve never tried any Bare Minerals before but I think I can say that I’m in love! This is the original formula, which gives your skin a satiny finish (not completely matte.)

Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara

An oldie but a goodie. I tossed a bunch of mascaras last week so I decided to go back to one of my favourites as a teen! The wand is long and stiff, and works fabulously to lengthen and volumize my lashes. The waterproof formula holds a curl, and any mascara that manages to keep my straight-ass iron filings for lashes in place is a winner in my book.

Have you tried out any of these products? The Nivea After Shave Balm is a real steal of a deal if you can get past the man-deodorant scent! Raid your boyfriend’s washroom cabinets because you might already have this lying around! 😉 Luckily, I absolutely love colognes and after-shave smells so I can’t get enough of this, especially for $6!

March 2016 – Glossybox Review

Glossybox – March 2016 

The March Glossybox had a pretty good selection – I loved 3/5 products that were included! Great brands too – Too Faced, Luxie Brushes, and Eyeko! I love it when boxes include a nice variety of items and sizes, ranging from full size to travel size!

Let’s take a look inside…

I Love … Coconut & Cream Super Soft Hand Lotion
Hmmm, I’m quite conflicted with this one. It’s a full size bottle which is good, and the lotion itself isn’t greasy or oily. The scent is just… so strong! It carries a very sweet and strong creamy coconut fragrance, Probably a little better for the summer months!

Luxie Angled Face Brush
A super soft angled face brush. I actually got one of these brushes a while ago in an ipsy bag! It has super soft bristles and I never experienced any fallout. It’s my favourite brush for applying blush because it fits perfectly on my cheek!

Vine Vera Resveratrol Merlot Moisture Day Cream (x2 Samples)
I have never heard of this brand before. The Glossybox included to deluxe sample pots! I actually gave this to my mom because I’m at a point where I’m happy with my skincare regime, and I know what works for me!

Eyeko That’s Where I Draw The Line Liquid Eyeliner Pen
Finally, an Eyeko product! I’ve never tried Eyeko before, since it’s not really a brand that is widely carried in Canada. This is the Alexa Chung (aka my queen) collaboration, featuring an inky black liquid eyeliner pen with a felt nib. Very good for drawing on wings!

Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick in Chihuahua
Probably the most exciting item in the entire box. I’ve tested some of the shades in Sephora but couldn’t bring myself to drop another $25 on a lipstick. Fortunately, one appeared in my Glossybox! It’s about half the size of a regular tube. The shade ‘Chihuahua’ is described as a dusty mauve. I’m going to be annoying and say it’s very ‘Kylie Jenner’, aka perfect for me.

What are your thoughts on the March Glossybox? 



*This post contains press samples, but as always it’s 100% my honest opinion

Caolion Pore Packs for Perfect Skin – Demos + Review

Caolion Face Packs

Korean brands are absolutely killing the skincare game! It’s safe to say that my favourite skincare products are all from Korean skin care brands (*cough* Laneige, The Face Shop *cough*) You guys know how much I love my fact masks. I have three Caolion packs to share with you today. Each is housed within a plastic jar, and comes with a small plastic spatula.

Caolion Blackhead O2 Bubble Pore Pack

This is a self-heating wash-off mask—perfect for a weekly spa-like treatment. Even better, it’s appropriate for all skin types, including sensitive skin. The mask is formulated with 100% natural sparkling water and deep-cleansing charcoal powder work to eliminate impurities. Natural oat grains make sure your skin retains its moisture, and gently buff dead skin cells away.

Texture: Mud texture and applies smoothly, although there are little grains. 

Scent: A light herbal scent.

Application: I love this mask – it’s so cool!I’ve never tried anything like this. It looks like a standard charcoal mud mask, but it foams up when applied. After a minute or two, the black mud turns into a bubble mask.  

Caolion Premium Original Pore Pack

I had a very interesting experience with this one! I didn’t read the label at first and had quite the surprise when I put this mask on in the shower. This is a cooling mask, which means after applying, you’ll feel an intense and refreshing cooling feeling on the face! This purifying formula tightens pores and enhances the complexion. Glacial clay, Alaskan glacial water, and menthol combine for a soothing, cooling, and relaxing experience that will leave you glowing.

Texture: A smooth, slippery, mud-like texture.

Scent: Smells like VapoRub or Tiger Balm… An herby menthol scent that isn’t the nicest but isn’t too intense.

Application: I didn’t realize that this was a cooling pack at first, and was quite alarmed that my face started tingling when I was in a hot shower. I thought I was having an allergic reaction at first! It was a pretty nice feeling though, and it’ll feel great during the sweaty summer months.

Caolion Pore Tightening Memory Sleeping Pack

Now, this one conflicted me. It looks gross, but it works! I’d compare it to Laneige’s Water Sleeping Pack.

Texture: A light yellow/green, fairly sticky gel. I hate to say it, but it looks like snot.

Scent: Another mask that has quite a strong scent of Chinese medicine! Whyyyyyyy, if Laneige can make a mask that smells like pocky then why can’t Caolion? 🙁 It fades quickly after application

Application: Despite the weird scent, this pack makes a notable difference on the skin.
It’s a thick moisturizing mask that feels a bit sticky when you first apply it. When you wash it off in the morning, your skin feels refreshed and hydrated! I have normal – dry skin and it really does give that extra boost of hydration.

Caolion Freshly Chitosan Foam Cleanser

This cleanser quite intense. It dispenses as a cream, but lathers up into a rich and luxurious foam. I wouldn’t recommend this for everyday use because it really does deeply cleanse the skin, leaving the face feeling dry and a little bit stripped afterwards. It is fantastic for removing heavy makeup, and would be ideal for those with oily skin! I would compare it to The Face Shop’s Rice Water Bright cleansing foam!

Overall, I definitely like the bubbling mask the best! I’ve been using it the most of the three packs, and it’s just so different from any other pack that I’ve tried. The heating and foaming effects are really relaxing, especially if you apply it during a bath.
Have you tried any Caolion products before? 
xox,

Sachie

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*This post contains press samples, but as always it’s 100% my honest opinion

Cruelty-Free and Vegan Skincare : Sibu Seaberry Therapy

Sibu Sea Berry Therapy

Recently, across my social media channels, I have seen a flood of reviews and recommendations for cruelty free makeup and skincare brands. I definitely support vegan and cruelty free beauty and skincare products – so many products out there contain animal byproducts or have been tested on animals, and it is often swept under the carpet that many people don’t even realize this! Even if a brand says they don’t test on animals, they may be owned by parent company who does.

Today, I’d like to feature a brand called Sibu. Sibu is an ethically conscious, vegan, and cruelty free brand that sources its ingredients through fair trade practices! It’s a great thing to look into if you’d like to transition to a more cruelty free regime. They currently carry a line of products with Sea Buckthorn extracts.

I have never heard of Sea Buckthorn before, but according to their website, it contains many beneficial properties.

For healthy and beautiful hair, skin and nails
High in the Tibetan Himalayas (12,000 feet above sea level) grows a tiny but resilient fruit that resists the harsh weather conditions and high altitudes. The sea buckthorn berry fortifies itself against the elements by producing an array of powerful nutrients. With over 190 bioactive compounds, sea buckthorn is an unsurpassed source of Omegas 3, 6, and 9. And it’s a rich source of the elusive essential fatty acid, Omega-7, a fatty acid vital to collagen production and healthy skin, hair and nails.

Sea buckthorn is a natural product with 1300 years of traditional uses with the modern scientific research to back it up. Our superior processing techniques and our premium and exclusive source of sea buckthorn allow us to create a revolutionary group of beauty products.

Sibu Sea Berry Therapy Nourishing Face Cream

I really like this moisturizer! It is enriched with Shea Butter, and Meadowfoam to create a powerful barrier that keeps in moisture, protects against toxins, and rejuvenates damaged skin.

Texture: A light but rich face cream incased in a frosted glass bottle with a pump.
Scent: It has a light citrus scent to it… Think standard soft lotion smell with a hint of orange.
Application: The cream is dispensed from a plastic pump. It feels light on the skin, yet noticeably hydrating. It does not feel oily upon application, and it absorbs into the skin fairly quickly.

This feels like a very light moisturizer, probably better as a day cream as it works very nicely as a light primer! 

Sibu Sea Berry Seed Oil

Made of 100% pure Sea Buckthorn, this oil claims to transform dull skin and repair blemishes and scars. 
Texture: A fairly watery consistency. The oil is also a bright orange color, but this is not too noticeable on the skin.
Scent: A light citrus scent.
Application: The oil is housed in a brown glass bottle and is dispensed through a dropper! 2-3 drops is more than enough for the entire face. It initially comes out as a bright orange liquid, but quickly absorbs into the skin. It does leave behind a thin oil residue, but that’s to be expected.
Apparently this oil helps soothe redness, so I have high hopes! I had quite a bit of redness on my face and around my nose, so I’ll keep you guys updated on my results. It boasts extra benefits for those with troubled skin, as the oil has powerful anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and skin repairing properties. 
The interesting part about this oil is that it can be used for first aid! Apply to cuts, scrapes, minor burns or any damaged skin area to help accelerate the healing process and prevent scarring.

Sibu Sea Berry Therapy Omega 7 Oil 

So at first I thought this was just a big jar of face serum, until I saw the nutritional facts on the back! This is actually an Omega 7 supplement that can be added to food. The directions state to add 2 full squeezes of the dropper into food, drink, or directly into the mouth. Sibu’s Seven Omega 7 Fruit Oil helps regulate cholesterol levels, smooths artery walls and moisturizes skin from the inside out. 
It doesn’t really have much of a taste, so you don’t notice it when it has been mixed into food.

Have you tried cruelty-free / vegan skincare or makeup products before? Sibu is a great brand to check out if you’re thinking about trying new vegan products! They also have some more skincare and supplement products on their website.
xox,

Sachie

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*This post contains press samples, but as always it’s 100% my honest opinion

Laneige Spring 2016 Launches at Sephora

New Laneige Launches

You guys already know about my obsession with Laneige – I’ve previously raved about them in my reviews for the Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask and their Advanced Hydration Kit. I’m so happy that Sephora is carrying more Asian skincare lines – it means lower pricing and easier access! Now I don’t have to wait a month for Korean cosmetics to arrive!

Laneige recently sent me some goodies that will be launching this month at Sephora. Let’s take a look, shall we?

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My Travel Carry-On Essentials / Fjallraven Kanken

I’ve got a case of wanderlust.

It seems like almost all of my favourite bloggers and vloggers seem to be on vacation! I’ve been hardcore dreaming about my next trip. I can only really afford to go on one trip a year at the moment – Los Angeles in July for Anime Expo, but that’s more of a networking trip if anything. Matt and I have been talking about doing a few little trips within the province and possibly in the States, which has gotten me all excited for traveling again. Today, I’d love to share some of my carry-on essentials when I go on long trips, whether it be by train, plane, or bus!

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February 2016 – Glossybox Review

My First Glossybox

For those of you that are not well versed in the world of beauty subscription boxes, you’re missing out! The premise of Glossyboxes are simple – it’s a box subscription service whereby you pay $21/month (free shipping within the US), and receive a selection of five beauty products from various brands. It’s a great budget method of testing different products without committing to paying full price for products. The February Glossybox appeared in my mailbox – let’s take a look inside…….

First of all – the box! I do love good packaging – it makes the overall experience seem much more thoughtful. Beautiful watercolour heart balloons grace the top, whereas the inside sports bright pink tissue paper and paper padding. Glossybox includes a card introducing the items and brands that are included in each box.

Let’s check it out…

The February 2016 Glossybox included 4 skincare products, and one makeup product. I was surprised to see Glamglow in the box – it’s a brand that I have been curious about and have seen around Sephora, but never took the plunge because of the high price point!

Benefit Porefessional – 3ml

I can’t tell you how many times I have received the Benefit Porefessional – trial versions seem to be included in almost every subscription box! (Not that I’m against that – it’s a solid product.) The Glossybox contains a 3ml sample in a little tube. It’s a nude-toned primer that isn’t oily or creasy, and helps reduce the appearance of pores and prolong makeup wear!

Glamglow ThirstCleanse Daily Hydrating Cleanser – 30g

Easily the item I was most excited for in the box! I’ve heard so many great things about Glamglow masks. The idea behind this cleanser is quite interesting – it’s a mud to foam cleanser. It comes out of the tube like a mud mask – you apply it as a mask, take the left over mud and add water, lather it up into a foam, and then work it into your face with the rest of the mud! It doesn’t leave your face feeling squeaky clean, but rather soothed and moisturized. It leaves behind a bit of a film, and would be best following an exfoliating cleanser.

Teeez Oasis Gem Lipstick in Heat Wave Ruby

My mother spotted  this and snatched it up quite quickly! It’s a satin-finish, warm red colour. It applies smoothly on the lips and has a very nice formulation. I’ve never heard of Teeez Cosmetics before but I’d say it’s a brand to look out for!

Biorepublic Aloe Rescue Revitalizing Fiber Mask

I am no stranger to face masks – I love them! This face mask from BioRepublic has a soft aloe scent and lots of serum, which is absorbed into a cloth mask and applied to the face. It soothes the skin and leaves it feeling super moisturized.

Etre Belle Golden Skin Roll-On

I’ve never really tried an eye-roller before, and it seems as though this is a full sized product! It’s a clear gel that is dispensed by rolling the metal ball over your under eyes, and claims firm the skin around the under-eye area.

Overall…

My first experience with Glossybox was great – I’ve been loving skincare products at the moment and definitely have a use for all of the products that were included. The only downside at the moment is that the Canadian dollar is absolutely disgusting right now, which makes the Glossybox quite pricey after the exchange rate!

Have you tried Glossybox before? Which one of the items would you like to try out the most?

xox,

Sachie

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*This post contains press samples, but as always it’s 100% my honest opinion

Review: Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask

Hello lovelies! I would love to share another one of my favourite products from Laneige. This korean brand has definitely swooped in over these past few weeks and completely taken over my current skincare regime!

Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask

This is such a wonderful mask. Laneige has such lovely packaging! I love the shape and colour, and the bottle itself is durable. It comes with a small spatula which is quite thoughtful, although I just use my fingers.
The Multiberry Yogurt Repair Pack is an ultra-nourishing treatment that soothes and supports firmness in skin. It claims to be made with antioxidants and nutrition from yogurt and various berry extracts. It aims to nourish and hydrate skin, as well as producing and supporting natural collagen production.

Texture: The texture feels like a thick moisturizer. When I first tried it, I thought it was a lotion rather than a mask. It almost looks a bit like yogurt! It applies with a thinner consistency than the usual thicker masks I’m used to. It glides smoothly onto the skin and doesn’t feel thick or sticky.  

Scent: It smells like Strawberry Pocky! It took me a while to pinpoint the scent but it’s absolutely delicious… 

Application: This mask is fabulous for dehydrated or dry skin. I definitely saw an improvement after using the mask a few times – it plumps up the skin. I used a chemical exfoliator (The Face Shop mango seed exfoliator) before applying the mask, and I didn’t feel any burning or stinging as I sometimes do when I apply moisturizers or masks afterwards.  It does a great job and hydrating and moisturizing my dry/combination skin. When it rinses off, it doesn’t wash off super squeaky clean – it leaves a film behind, much like a conditioner. It doesn’t feel oily or greasy, so it’s all good.

I really really like this mask. I’m a big fan of masks and creams that are fast drying and non greasy, while achieving immediate effects! My skin feels immediately plumped and hydrated. Plus the scent is to dieeee for! I mean, strawberry pocky yogurt FOR THE FACE!

The mask comes in a deluxe trial size, along with the Water Sleeping Mask. You can read my review on the sleeping mask (as well as other products in their Advance Hydration Trial kit) here!

The full size mask is listed on Sephora for $33CAD.

The good night kit is listed for just $8 CAD! I would highly recommend buying  the trial version before committing to the larger size – the little pot has about 10+ uses! Definitely enough time to check it out and see if you like it. Also great for travelling! You also get a Water Sleeping Mask sample, which is another fabulous Laneige product.

Check out my review of the Laneige Advance Hydration Trial kit!

Have you tried this mask? What are some of your favourite Laneige products?

xox,

Sachie

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New Skincare Loves – Laneige Advanced Hydration Kit & Review!



Korean cosmetics. Korean skincare. Gimme gimme gimme!


I’ve been using Korean skincare products for years now. I used Skin79’s BB creams religiously during my early days of makeup discovery. I later discovered brands such as Lioele, Etude House, and Missha, and subsequently fell in love with the world of Korean cosmetics.  I hardly ventured into Korean skincare products as I had already found a few holy grail products and hesitated at switching up my skincare regime. I had a brief fling with Luview cleansers, and some nice samples from the Missha Super Aqua line.
That all changed after Sephora introduced Laneige into their collection of brands! I first noticed Laneige whilst browsing Korean cosmetic websites, but the price point was much higher than what I would typically spend. It wasn’t until I received a sample of the Laneige Sleeping Pact in a Sephora order that I decided to test out some of the products. My skin had gotten horribly dry and flaky and I was desperately searching for a solution.
Today, I’ll be reviewing the trial hydration kit and the good night kit from Laneige that are currently offered at Sephora. (Spoiler: I loved everything)

Sephora has a fabulous deal at the moment – $15 for four trial size products! A mini cleanser, water sleeping mask, water bank moisture cream, and water bank serum. You can find the advanced hydration trial kit here! There is also the good night kit for $8, for a trial sleeping mask and multiberry yogurt repairing mask.

Laneige Water Sleeping Pack

This is the product that first drew me to the brand, yet I haven’t purchased the full size yet! I’m getting around to it, I swear (hehe) I’m trying to use up my current moisturizer before moving on to a new one. 
The Water Sleeping Pack is the spotlight product on Laneige’s brand page. Its a highly concentrated overnight, revitalizing gel mask that absorbs instantly and works while you sleep to deeply hydrate skin. It claims to deliver intense doses of moisture to stressed, parched skin. 

Texture: Thick and gel like. I absolutely love gel moisturizers, so this is a win in my books. It isn’t sticky at all, which is very nice for an overnight mask. It takes a few seconds for the gel to set before sinking into the skin. 

Scent: The mask features an aromatic scent with notes of orange flower, rose, and sandalwood that relaxes and helps sleep. It’s an incredibly relaxing smell, and definitely helps me calm down before bed. I like smelling it straight from the tub! 

Application: This is such a lovely mask, and I think I might like it more than my holy grail Korres Wild Rose Advanced Sleeping Facial! Although rose is my favourite scent, there’s something about the texture and relaxing fragrance of the Laneige mask that just ties it together for me! It does a fabulous job of giving an instant boost of hydration. Upon waking up, my skin feels more hydrated and awake! After using the mini for about two weeks, the dry patches on my face have cleared up.

Laneige Multi Cleanser

I love love love a good cleanser! The trial size of Laneige’s Multi Cleanser in the advanced hydration kit is actually decently sized – there’s a lot of product! I’d say about a months worth with consistent use. (I’ve been using it for two weeks and I’m not even half way through, despite daily use!) It leaves my face feeling thoroughly cleaned and soothed. It claims to exfoliate while removing makeup, sunscreen, and impurities.

Texture: Thick and creamy. It reminds me a lot of The Face Shop’s rice bright foaming cleanser. This cleanser does a great job of cleaning the skin, as well as removing makeup. 

Scent: Not sure how to explain it, but it’s quite close to the scent of the Water Sleeping Pack. Light and unobtrusive, does not linger on the skin afterwards. 

Application: A little goes a long way! The cream lathers up into a thick foam on the skin, and feels quite luxurious. I’ll admit it does make my skin very cleansed and squeaky clean, so I would highly recommend following up with a moisturizer or toner or your skin might feel a little dry.

Laneige Water Bank Serum & Moisture Cream

The trial size advance hydration kit includes samples of the serum and moisturizer. Compared to the other items in the kit, these tubes contain significantly less product. Here are my initial thoughts:

The serum is like a light oil-free gel, a bit thinner consistency than the sleeping mask, but has the same soft and comforting fragrance. Not as noticeably hydrating as the mask but works very well when applied before the cream. 

The moisture cream is a light oil-free moisturizer, more of a cream consistency. Applies smoothly and absorbs very quickly into the skin. Has a similar scent to the serum and sleeping mask, and skin looks visibly more hydrated after! 

You can find the Advance Hydration Kit on Sephora for $15 CAD! What a steal! I love how Laneige offers trial kits, it’s a great way to test the brand before committing to a full size. I wish more brands offered this!

Stay tuned for my review of Laneige’s Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask, later this week!

Clear Skin with Neutrogena – Oil-Free & Pink Grapefruit Solutions Review!

Here we are… a very cold and grey 2016! We were doing so well – I truly believe we were going to get through winter with the 10C+ temperatures unscathed… Although we seem to have avoided the 4-foot snow piles (for now), the weather is still harsh against my sensitive skin.

Lately, I have been facing a series of unfortunate breakouts – I’m sure it’s because of the harsh, icy temperatures, or the relentless dry winds. I wish it was socially acceptable to wear ski masks out in public without looking like I’m about the rob a bank, because I’d be all over that trend. These breakouts are different from my typical hormonal bouts and the teenage acne I was once cursed with. My skin becomes more sensitive during the winter months, resulting in a rigorous exfoliation regime that seems to have resulted in excess facial oil and sebum production.

Fortunately, I was given to opportunity to trial Neutrogena’s Rapid Clear anti-spot gel, as well as their oil-free products and signature pink grapefruit line!

I am very familiar with the pink grapefruit line – many of the products formed the basis of my high school skincare holy grail. Neutrogena’s oil-free pink grapefruit line focus on cleansing, hydrating, and soothing acne-prone skin which is often difficult to achieve in the Winter months, where everything seems to be dried out and dull. Oh how I love winter.

CLEANSER
The Neutrogena oil-free acne wash is an alcohol-free cleanser that provides deep cleaning without overdrying the skin. This wash penetrates deep down to clean pores to help prevent blemishes by removing excess oil and surface buildup. It feels refreshing on the skin! I also feel like it helped to clear up my acne as it contains salicylic acid to provide intensive deep cleansing. The formula is also gentle enough for daily use.

MOISTURIZER
When suffering from acne, it is important to keep the skin clean and hydrated. Neutrogena’s oil-free formula works well with sensitive skin. Some anti-acne cleansers can make the skin feel dry, and possible cause peeling and flakiness. This makes it difficult to apply makeup may even cause acne to appear worse than it is. It is essential to moisturize the skin- I recommend choosing a non-greasy water-based formula that won’t clog pores and fights acne fast! Remember – moisturizing is necessary to keep skin looking healthy and smooth!

BODY WASH
For those suffering from breakouts on the chest, back, or shoulders… look no further! The Neutrogena pink grapefruit body wash is made with 100% natural derived grapefruit extract and vitamin C. The scented body gel is super refreshing, and is gentle enough for everyday use!

SPOT TREATMENT
Don’t you hate it when you have one big obnoxious zit sitting in the middle of my face? For about a week, I had a stupid zit lurking underneath my skin – it was red and painful and all-around unpleasant. The Neutrogena Rapid Clear spot gel is a clear gel that is applied directly to the zit and lasts up to eight hours! Spot treatments are an excellent solution for drawing out and healing those annoying lurkers. It can be reapplied continuously as needed, and has a soothing cooling sensation.

You can find most of these Neutrogena items in department stores and pharmacies. You can also find additional information, and purchase the products at Neutrogena.ca!

*This post was sponsored by Neutrogenabut as always it’s 100% my honest opinion! 

The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Bath

Hello lovelies!

I don’t know about you, but it’s getting quite chilly here in Toronto. (Canada? Cold? You’ve gotta be kiddin’ me!) I know right – who would’ve thought! The drop in temperatures gives me that extra excuse to cozy up in the evenings and bundle myself up. The stress of Christmas shopping, cold air, and hectic social schedules can really catch up on a girl! All the better to take a bath…right?

Take a bath!

I absolutely love taking baths. I know some prefer showers but I think that taking a nice long soak can help relax muscles and sweat out some toxins. A nice smelling bath with candles, oils, a drink, and some Netflix – what’s not to love? (And yes, I bring my tablet in with me and set it on the side counter and binge watch Friends… Truly living on the edge!)My friends have even jokingly nicknamed me the bath queen – I’d happily sit in a bath all day if the water stayed warm and I didn’t get all pruny. I’ve tried tons of bath products and today I’ll be sharing some of my favourites with you. Hopefully you’ll be able to find some cool products to try out yourself, or gift to another bath lover!

A bath without some special products would just be plain boring – I always like to add bubble bath, bath oils, or bath bombs. Here are some of my favourite products…

Lush Bath Bombs…

Sex Bomb is an absolute fave – it’s purple with a rosy centre, and turns the water a milky purple. It’s a sensual smelling one, and has notes of jasmine, clary sage, ylang ylang, and soya milk. I discovered the Lord of Misrule bath bomb during Lush’s fall releases. Don’t let your eyes fool you – although green in its exterior, it turns the bath a soft wine colour! Lord of Misrule has a spicy herbal blend of patchouli and black pepper oil. (Pictured below.)

If you’re looking for a bath bomb that’ll turn the water into something from an anime, look no further!  Big Blue transforms the water into a gorgeous cerulean shade, fragranced with lavender and lemon oil. Be warned, this one is a bit messy… It’ll release a ton of seaweed strips which can be a bit of a pain to clean out. Finally, the Sakura bath bomb calms the soul with a relaxing aura of jasmine and mimosa. It is fairly colourless, and causes the bath water to look cloudy.

I’ve reviewed a few Lush products in the past – you can read those here!

Bath Oils…

A few coupons and a recent trip to Bath & Body Works caused me to stumble upon these bath oils. Now, I’m no stranger to Bath and Body Works. I’ve been using items from their Aromatherapy line for years now, ever since they first opened up stores in Toronto. I was picking up some bubble bath and had a coupon for a free item with $15 dollar purchase, so I spontaneously grabbed this oil because I liked the scent (lavender vanilla).
This oil doesn’t create bubbles or change the colour of the water like bath bombs do. A thin layer of oil floats atop your bath, coats your skin and fills the room with a gorgeous fragrance. I would recommend this if you don’t want to fuss around with the colours and cleanup of bath bombs. It also doubles as a massage oil, and feels wonderful when rubbed into the skin.

Bath Salts & Sweat Baths…

So you’re a fan of bath bombs eh? Why not try some bath salts? One of my favourite bath products are these salts from the Japanese brand called Bison. They’re sweat bath powders/salts that contain hot pepper, ginger, and epsom salt combined with carbon dioxide to create a sweat-inducing and water-crackling bath experience! The salts also contain a heating and thickening agent that causes the water to become slightly thicker/slimy. It’s a really pleasant feeling and bison makes some of my favourite bath products.
You can read a review of some of my favourite bison salts here! You can find Bison salts at T&T and other Asian beauty stores. Make sure to bring a glass of water into the bathroom with you because it’ll turn into a bit of a sauna… If you’re unable to find Asian sweat baths, brands like Bath & Body Works also make aromatherapy bath salts which you can find here. They won’t make you super sweaty or create loads of steam, but it’ll make the water smell nice!

Favourite Soaps…

I had to throw this one in – Lush makes a fabulous soap called Karma. When I first bought it in store, I realized it had a very familiar scent. Then it hit me – it smells very similar to YSL’s Opium Eau De Toilette! Karma has notes of spicy patchouli, refreshing lemongrass, orange oil and pine oil.

Here are a few more of my favourites, even though I don’t have any more left at the moment! The first three are, of course, Lush products… The first is Sexy Peel – a citrusy soap scented with organic orange juice and zesty lime oil. Great if you want a wake me up scent!
Next is Cupid’s Love Soap, which was part of Lush’s Valentines Day collection. Fragranced with fresh figs, sassionfruit, bergamot and rosewood. Plus it’s shaped like a heart! Bohemian is another citrusy soap, and smells very, very lemony. Finally, the classic Bee & Flower soap has always been a staple in my house. My grandpa often used the original, but I love the rose version!

Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles!

Bubble baths are one of the most relaxing things in the world…It’s so nice sitting bath in the tub covered in bubbles! Bath and Body Works makes luxurious bath soaks – my favourite is the Lavender Vanilla scent! (Can you tell I loooove their Aromatherapy line?)

Lush also makes some lovely bubbleroons (a macaron shaped bubble bar!) It kinda looks like a little butt. The rose jam bubbleroon is made up of two parts which can be divided and crumbled under running water. The result is a soft pink bath that smells like roses. I absolutely adore rose scented products, so this one of my all time favourites.

What are some of your favourite bath products? Make sure to let me know in the comments – I’m always looking for new products to try out!

Now if you’ll excuse me… Gotta take a bath! 😉

xox,

Sachie

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Korres Wild Rose Brightening Set

Ah yes, Christmas season has begun! I’m always instantly drawn to the Beauty Boutique section of Shoppers Drug Mart as brands start to release their holiday gift sets! Korres has been great with releases this year, offering a few different sets with trial and full sized items.

I picked up this gift set earlier this week because I’m almost done my Wild Rose Advanced Sleeping Facial – a thick and luxurious night cream which restores and hydrates my skin overnight! I’ve been wanting to try the other items in the Wild Rose range but never went ahead due to the hefty price tag. I saw this kit for $50 in Shoppers and decided to go for it to test out these items! And luckily for me, the kit scanned for $40.99 at the checkout (which I kept quiet about because it must have been a pricing error, but $10 off, yay!)

This kit includes two full sized products – the Wild Rose Brightening 24-Hour Moisturiser and the Exfoliating Cleanser. I love the Wild Rose Scent! For those who are a bit more sensitive to scents, you might want to test it in stores first. My skin is sensitive but the fragrance does not cause breakouts.

The moisturizer comes in a solid glass jar with a thick white plastic lid. I originally wanted to compare the moisturiser to the sleeping facial cream to see if there was that much of a difference in consistency and overall result, and I must say, there is. I would have included pictures of the sleeping facial but I’ve basically run out so I’d just be showing you an empty jar, but the packaging is quite similar except it’s white rather than red.

The Wild Rose Brightening 24-Hour Moisturiser is very lightweight and applies like a light lotion. It is quickly absorbed and has a dewy finish when worked into the skin, My skin feels moisturised and hydrated throughout the day, but the “24-hour” claim is a bit of a stretch. It has a powdery rose scent which lingers for a little bit after application before fading away.

By contrast, the Wild Rose Sleeping Facial is much thicker and has a more gel-like consistency. I only really use it before bed on days where I’ve been wearing a lot of makeup, or before I go out in very cold weather. It offers a huge hydration boost to the skin. I always notice that my skin has a drastic improvement in brightness and elasticity when I wake up in the mornings, which is nice!

If you’re debating on which product to make the splurge on, I’d 100% say the sleeping facial. However, the moisturiser is good too! Especially for the set value.

Next – the exfoliating cleanser! This is a very creamy exfoliating cleanser with microbeads. The formula isn’t packed with them – it is very gentle on the skin and works up to a creamy lather when water is added. I love how this feels on my face! It has the same powdery rose scent as the moisturiser. It exfoliates my skin without drying it out. I’ll probably purchase the full size when I’m finished with this one!

Overall, I really like this set! Definitely pick it up if you’re a fan of Korres products. This would also make a great gift for the friend or family member who likes rose scented products and is looking to invest more in their skincare regime!

Have you tried any Korres products? What are some essentials in your winter skincare regime?

xox,

Sachie

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Bioderma – Anti-Redness and Sensitive Skin Holiday Kit

Hello lovelies!

I’ve been on a huge skincare kick these past few weeks. After discovering the Bioderma skin care trial kits, I’ve been addicted to the brand! I’ve used Bioderma in the past (bought two bottles of their micellar cleansing water in France), but have only recently expanded to their collections in Shoppers Drug Mart. Fortunately for me, SDM carry a huge array of Bioderma products!

I’ve always struggled with redness and rosacea on my face. Whilst browsing the aisles in Eaton Centre’s Beauty Boutique, I noticed that Bioderma had released a holiday trial kit for sensitive skin and redness! I had previously wanted to try the anti-redness cream but decided against it because of the price tag. I had the $5 off coupon from the previous trial kits, and a $10 credit from my optimum points! The holiday hit only cost me $18 in the end, which I considered to be a very good deal!


The kit includes a mini Sensibo micellar water (I swear I have like 6 of these now lol), a full size anti-redness moisturizer, a full size anti-puffiness eye cream, and a moisturizing balm cream.

It also includes a $5 coupon for the Atoderm PP Balm… Although, I haven’t really figured out what the balm is for. It doesn’t feel like a thick balm, it’s more like a lotion? I’ll keep testing it out and get back to you later!

The star of the show – the anti-redness care moisturizer! It’s an ultra-gentle moisturizer which is supposed to minimize the look of redness and soothe irritated skin. I didn’t really notice any instant effects, but I’ll continue using it over the next little while. It does make for a very good makeup primer though! It has a gel/cream consistency that isn’t oily and absorbs quickly into the skin.

Next up, the eye contour gel. I really like this moisturizer – I’ve never really used specialty eye creams – I usually just pat extra night time moisturizer under my eyes to supplement. This gel absorbs quickly and feels very soothing on the undereye area!

It also includes a tiny sample of this Bioderma ultra-nourishing balm. I expected it to be more like a lip balm / vaseline type of lotion but its more like a gel consistency.

Have you tried any Bioderma products? I’m excited to see if they do reduce redness on my skin over the upcoming weeks, especially since the air is getting colder and dryer…

Thanks for reading!

xox,

Sachie

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Acne Free with Clean & Clear

Hello lovelies!

My battle against acne has spanned over the past ten years. I’ve tried almost every acne-fighting cleanser, scrub, astringent, pad, or cream in the drug store. Fortunately, I’ve found what works for me, and my acne has been at an all time low! You can find out what’s in my current skincare regime by checking out my skincare tag.

I recently had the opportunity to try out Clean & Clear‘s three step cleansing system! I remember using these products when I was a teen, so it’s a real throwback. The three step system includes a cleanser, a deep cleaning astringent, and a moisturizer. If I remember correctly, It retails about $14 – $15 at most drugstores (like Walmart!)

The products target dull skin and acne, in order to hydrate and even skin tones. There are three simple steps: cleanse, tone, and moisturize…

The Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser has a gel formulation with Vitamin C and ginseng. It has a light citrus scent which is really nice to use in the mornings. It also contains soft bursting beads that work to gently exfoliate the skin. After cleansing, it did make my face feel quite dry. I have combination skin at the moment, but I imagine this would work well for those that have oily skin types or suffer from excess sebum.

The cleanser is meant to be followed by the Essentials Deep Cleaning Astringent. This toner targets the additional dirt or makeup that is left behind after cleansing. Acne fighting ingredients such as salicylic acid treat and prevent blackheads, pimples, and breakouts.

Again, this product is quite drying. You’re supposed to take a cotton pad and wipe it over areas such as your T-zone, or any other places where you make have excess oil. I would only recommend using it once a day, and make sure to moisturize right after!

And finally, the Dual Action Moisturizer. The oil-free formula helps to moisturize and provide additional acne treatment to the skin. I really like this moisturizer! It absorbs and dries quickly on the skin without feeling sticky or oily. It feels cool and tingly on the skin at first which is great.

Overall, I don’t think this set is for me as oily skin and acne protection aren’t my primary skin concerns at the moment. If you’re suffering from excess oil or frequent bursts of facial acne, I would highly recommend for you to check this out!

Have you tried Clean and Clear products before? What are some of your favourite acne-preventing products?

Thanks for reading!

xox,

Sachie

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*PR sample provided by Johnson & Johnson Inc for consideration! 

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Bioderma – Hydration and Purifying Trial Kits

Hello lovelies!

Bioderma is a brand I discovered, and subsequently fell in love with, whilst I was studying abroad in England. During that time, I was very into the English youtube community (especially the beauty gurus). They would constantly praise the French brand, discussing it’s gentle cleansing and skin-enhancing qualities. I picked up a double pack of their famous micellar cleansing water 2 years ago, and I’m still working my way through my second bottle!

Shoppers Drug Mart recently released these Bioderma trial size kits. For only $6.95, you get about $23 – 33 worth of Bioderma products! This is great if you travel a lot, or if you’re looking to discover the brand for yourself.

It took 3 Shoppers Drug Marts before I found one that had them in stock. If you see them, impulse buy them! It’s great value for Bioderma products. I bought both kits – the original one and the purifying kit. I haven’t tested the purifying products before but I was excited to try it!

Each of the kits include a cleansing water mini, a serum, and a moisturizer. It also includes a $5 coupon for Bioderma purchases over $25!

The purifying kit (green) targets acne prone skin, and focuses on tightening and refining pores. The cleansing micellar water removes makeup and prevents the appearance of blemishes.The serum mattifies skin and controls sebum to reduce oiliness and acne. Finally, the moisturizer targets acne and blackheads, and absorbs quickly into the skin. The products have a soft, light fresh floral scent.

When I first bought these, I expected the sizes to be a little bit bigger haha. I didn’t realize the moisturizer was so puny! It’s only 5ml, which is essentially what, like two uses? Either way it has a very nice formula, and is great when you’re travelling. The small sizes are carry-on approved. I’m going to take this with me when I go travelling this weekend!

Next is the original kit. The micellar water that I currently have has the pink cap. This kit has a higher value than the purifying kit ($33 for $6.95). This kit targets hydration and moisturization of the skin to look more youthful!

As with the other kit, this original kit includes 3 items. The original micellar water removes makeup and soothes skin! It’s great to use right after exfoliating as it doesn’t sting like other toners. The serum is light and absorbs very quickly! It gives a radiant boost to the skin. It dispenses in a cream/gel form. The moisturizer evens out skin, and can be used as a primer for makeup!

You get decently sized mini products of the cleansing water and serum, but again the moisturizer is only 5ml haha!! But for $7, I can’t really complain. This kit also includes a $5 coupon for your next Bioderma purchase of over $25!

I can’t wait to test these out some more! I’m particularly interested in the purifying kit as my skin has been breaking out a bit more. My skin is very sensitive and I have to be careful with the types of products I apply but I’ve had great experiences with Bioderma in the past.

Have you tried Bioderma products before? Do you have any favourites?

Thanks for reading!

xox,

Sachie

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Aveeno Positively Radiant CC Eye Cream + Moisturizer | Review

Hello lovelies!

I’ve been familiar with Aveeno as a brand for a very long time. A few years ago, when I started to research and invest more into my skincare regime, I swore by Aveeno’s foaming facial cleansers. I’m also a huge fan of their calming bath powders…so relaxing!

I had the opportunity to try out some Aveeno products from their Positively Radiant line!

The packaging is what always draws me to Aveeno products. It’s made of this matte cardboard, which really goes along with their whole ‘natural’ theme!

The first thing I’d like to share are these Positively Radiant CC Eye Creams! I received them in two shades – fair/light and medium. Light/fair fit me well, so I gave the medium shade to my mum! The CC creams contain active naturals total soy complex which claims to grant a more radiant look to the skin, fixing tone, texture, dullness, blotchiness, and brown spots!

It works kind of like a concealer. It’s medium coverage, which is impressive because it’s marketed as a tinted moisturizer. It also claims to improve skin over time, concealing dark circles and puffiness around the eyes! The skin around the eyes is quite delicate as well, so we want to make sure to take care of it. This CC cream is also oil-free, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic (which means it won’t cause blackheads or irritation by blocking pores)!

The applicator kind of reminds me of a lipgloss tube applicator! The shape allows for it to be applied directly to the under eyes, however I’d recommend applying it with your fingertips as sometimes too much products squeezes out.

I have quite light skin with peach undertones, and the fair-light shade matches my skin tone perfectly. Medium is a slightly darker shade that will suit tanned – medium skin tones! Overall I liked the formula of the CC eye creams – it felt super moisturizing and has good coverage! It retails for $19.99.

Next up, a classic in the Aveeno moisturizing line….

The Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 15. I absolutely love this moisturizer – I’ve actually purchased it in the past and loved it! It’s a lightweight and moisturizing cream that absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave an oily residue behind. It also contains Aveeno’s active naturals soy complex to even tone, smooth texture, and soften skin!

I always apply a moisturizer before I apply makeup, and it’s nice to have one that keeps your skin hydrated without feeling oily. It’s quick drying and hypoallergenic, which is great because my skin is quite sensitive to moisturizers! This is currently my day cream, love the light scent and texture. It retails for $21.99

You can find these products at most drug stores / department stores!

Have you tried any Aveeno products? What are your thoughts about the CC cream craze? Have you tried any other tinted moisturisers?

Thanks for reading!

xox,
Sachie


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