Face Files: X-Mas Buying Guide

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Bite Beauty: Agave Kisses Set @ Sephora $24.00 CDN

I know it’s only October but I am pretty much done my Christmas shopping (for my kiddo) which got me to thinking about early starts. Maybe some of you out there in internet-la-la-land would be interested in some ideas to maybe put on your list or grab for that hard to please friends. I also just bought a couple of Christmas gift sets (for myself…yes I am selfish) that I am just oh-so-in-love with! So I will be gabbing about them.  First up, this amazing Bite Beauty gift set.

The Brand.

Bite Beauty is a Canadian Cosmetic Company with a factory located in Toronto, Ont. The cosmetic company prides itself in providing organic, so natural you can eat it, lip products. I’ve used a couple of their lipsticks and I’ve always been very pleased with them but haven’t jumped the gun into buying a full size one (I mostly have samples of their lipsticks). I don’t know why I haven’t jumped the gun yet, perhaps because the are still going strong? So I haven’t had the need just yet to refill my lovely little babies.

True to my habit, I recently bought this little travel set. It’s fall and the weather is getting colder which means my lips are getting drying with each chilly breath taken in and out. So I went ahead and purchased this cute little gift/travel set. It is within the Agave rage and it comes with a lip balm, a scrub and a lip mask.

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Seriously love the tin can it comes in. Love that I can just place it in my bathroom vanity and use it as I see fit. All the items will be where I need them to be and I am finding that I am using these products as part of my morning and bedtime routine only. What can I say? I like to pamper myself.

Let’s take a look at the scrub, shall we? I have a couple of lip scrubs that I use on a weekly basis and I usually still have gross, chapped, flaky lips (it’s my personal beauty battle…ugh) so I wasn’t optimistic when I opened this sucker up. To my surprise when I undid the lid, half of the product was hanging out on the lid. SO I proceeded with caution. There isn’t A LOT of product in the container so I only grabbed a smidgen and proceeded to scrub-a-dub-dub on the old lippies. A little went a long way which made me very happy! Now, this formula is much different than most lip scrubs I’ve used. Most lip scrubs are usually more sugar than they are “oil” or they are more “oil” than they are sugar. This one on the other hand has the ratio down to perfection.

At first, I was 100% sure this product was made with honey but it 100% is not!  It’s made of sugar, sunflower seed oil, chemicals (haha), vanilla extract, agave tequilana nectar extract, trans-resveratrol*, caramel, grape skin extract and more chemicals. The list of ingredients says the chemicals are either organic or natural…more research would be needed to verify those claims. As I stated, the formula is the perfect consistency, not too oily and not too grainy. It actually helped remove my lip flakes while at the same time moisturizing the heck out of them! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this lip scrub. It’s already in my Sephora basket to purchase a full size one next month. lipscrub.bitebeauty

After you use the lip scrub and depending if it’s morning or night you would follow this with the lip balm or the lip mask, or if you’re me…both…well at least on the first night I used this kit. In the morning, I usually would only use the lip balm and get on with the day…but since my lips are extra chapped I’ve been grabbing the lip mask but for the sake of normalcy, I will talk about the lip balm next.

The lip balm is good. I am extremely picky when it comes to lip balm. I hate 90% of them since I feel that most of them just give you the comfort of a moist lip product but actually dehydrate your lips more. I tend to stick to my holy grail lip balm: Roc Enydrial Repairing Lip care which is $9.00 versus the $20 the full size of this Bite Beauty baby will run you. I don’t think this one has replaced it quite yet. But it’s a pretty good lip balm. The price is a little high for a lip balm and I can easily get my hands on the Roc one plus it’s more than less than half the price of this one so…I’ll likely be just sticking to my beloved holy grail. Plus, the balm may have broken in half when I applied it. It’s a very soft formula and I should’ve known better. Tip: when applying it, DO NOT ROLL IT UP MORE THAN YOU HAVE TOO. I think the full size version of this is thicker so I don’t think those using the full size will have that issue.

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Druuuuuuum roll please! For now we are discussing the most fabulous product of all! The Agave Everyday Lip Mask is honestly what I love the most out of this kit. I’ve been using it twice a day since I got it. It’s a nice thick balm that sticks to the lips. It is so replenishing and I think it’s the only thing that has helped with a giant allergic reaction I had a couple weeks ago (to another balm if you can believe it!). My lips were so chapped from the reaction and I had been using EVERYTHING. This finally calmed down the reaction and also nourished the lips. It also stays on nicely since it’s so thick. I prefer to use this at nighttime, especially after a day of wearing liquid lipsticks. Get this. Don’t sleep on this. Get this.

 

 

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Face Files: Tom Ford Eyeliner

 

 

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LET’S TALK EYELINER.

Alright, if you wear eyeliner who know the quest. You probably already have an eyeliner that you’re perfectly okay with and that’s 100% alright. Keep using it baby! Cause I am about to discuss a $68 eyeliner. Yes, $68…the TOM FORD Eye Defining Pen. And guuuuuuuuurl, it’s definitely eye defining. For $68 it better be! But I have mixed opinions so let’s dig into it.

Application:

If you are a beginner at liquid eyeliner than this EYE DEFINING PEN is for you! Yes, I know it’s super expensive but just save up for it, learn how to draw the perfect winged liner with it and then never be able to replicate it again with any other eyeliner pen again, haha. Let me tell you! This is the most user friendly eyeliner I’ve ever used.

The struggle most of us have with any liquid eyeliner is the way the ink is dispensed. You can literally be mid-eye when the thing decides to dry-out and cut-off so it starts to make the squiggly lines we want to avoid when trying to make a knife-sharp-winged eyeliner. So you have to put the cap back on and shake it to get the ink to soak the tip of the sponge and smooth out those edges! Not with this eyeliner.

Enter this $68 EYE DEFINING PEN. Okay, so the eyeliner in the photo above is QUITE exaggerated but guess what: it was on purpose. I wanted to see if I could do a crazy eyeliner look without needing to re-shake the pen to soak it with ink. BEHOLD: I did both eyes without needing to put the cap back on and shake the damn thing. *mic drop*

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I think the way the way this pen is designed makes it worth the money. It’s heavy and when you apply it: it goes on smoothly and freely.

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The pen has two tips. One that is your standard size; which is the perfect size to create the illusion of a thicker lash line. It’s perfect.

Then there is this side:

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The mini tip, perfect to get into the corners. Now I usually do not do the inner corners of my eyes and I have my reasons (keep reading) but I tried with this pen (you gotta). It allowed for easier application but I WILL SAY that since this pen is weighted and a little longer than most, it was a little bit awkward getting in there.

The Formula:

It’s extremely opaque. It is the blackest black eyeliner I’ve ever used. It does dry down in a good amount of time, not too quickly and doesn’t take forever. If you make a mistake, you have time to fix it before it’s too late. Once again, it glides onto the eye so it makes for easy application.

Now, the million dollar question: does the formula last all day long? And this is where my mixed emotions come. Yes and No. It depends on where the eyeliner is place. I have extremely oily skin so this is why I usually do not put any near the inner corners of my eyes, no matter the formula it never sticks. This one was no exception which is a little disappointing. Did I mention this eyeliner is $68?! I also wore it during extremely smokey conditions so near the end of the day it was running a little bit down my face BUT I was rubbing my eyes QUITE a bit.

Verdict:

I am unsure. I am sorry! I am going to continue to test it out. Now that the smoke has calmed down I will be re-testing it during “normal” weather conditions. Check-in on my Instagram @criavolver to see any further developed opinions on it!

 

Much love,

criavolver

 

 

 

Face Files: Lash lift, worth it?

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Does this remind you of the scene in Brazil (1985), where an old woman is getting the latest in beauty treatments? Don’t know what I mean…click here. To think that the film was predicting what the 21st century would look like, haha. And yet, here. we. are. Look at me! All taped up and laying there practically motionless for an hour and a half. For what? To experience fuss-free eyelashes. The eyelash tech, at the Downtown Merle Norman, in Lethbridge, swore that I wouldn’t even need to wear mascara once the procedure was complete. I was skeptical. I love mascara AND…I actually really need it since my eyelashes may be long but they are pretty thin.

The Procedure:

You go through a couple steps to get your lashes lifted…a.k.a…permed. You firstly need to arrive with a clean face. Hence why you can see EVERY SINGLE PORE on my face in the photo above (#realLife there was not a lick of makeup on). The technician still makes sure there is nothing on there and does a once over on your eyes with makeup remover. She then asks you to lay down and proceeds to tape you up with what you see there. There was actually a little more tape on but she removed it so the picture wouldn’t look so drastic.

She then applies the solution that perms your lashes. She went with a medium curl which gave a natural look to the lashes. The procedure was painless and lasted 45 minutes. All I did was lay there, almost fell asleep.

After the solution was removed she then added conditioning agent that also tinted the eyelashes a little darker. That procedure was also painless and lasted 15 minutes. In total, you’re laying down with your eyes taped shut for about an hour and a half.

The Outcome:

I got the procedure at introductory rate of $75 and upkeep will cost about $50. I got the procedure in mid-July, it is now September and my eye lashes are still lifted! Here is a picture of me with my makeup done and not having used my eyelash curler juuuuust yet! I still do use my eyelash curler because I like a tighter looking curl. I do believe that if we would’ve used the smaller curl to perm them, then the eyelash curler would’ve collected dust all summer long. So, check out my Instagram @Criavolver to see what the smaller curl looks like since I am hoping to get in by end of week before I set-off to Berlin!

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Let me know if you’ve ever had a lash perm!

 

Have you checked out the latest skin care post on toners and why people need to start using acids? Check it out here!

xo

Criavolver!

 

The Face Files: Daily Toners

My daily routine may sound extra for some women. Yes, I double cleanse at night time. Yes, I use two toners twice a day. Yes, I have an eye cream. Yes, I use serums. But I cannot stress how much I love my skin compared to what it was a couple of years ago. It isn’t the perfect canvas but it is the best it has ever been and I am over the age of 30! Who says they have great skin past the age of 30? This girl!

I will say that healthy skin isn’t completely dependent on skincare. It also is dependent on the nutrients you are putting into your skin. I don’t smoke cigarettes. I try to keep the drinking at a minimum (try). Water is a staple throughout my day. Health and beauty are correlated in so many ways. I will ALWAYS say this in every post: the more you take care of yourself, the better you will look. While this is true, you can eat your way to better skin there are things on the market that can boost vibrancy, help with hydration and decrease your wrinkles. It’s all about finding the right products. And there is one product that always goes unnoticed: the toners.

Most people never even consider adding a toner into their skin care routine. They don’t understand why we would be rubbing something that seems like water over our skin before putting on our serums and moisturizer. Well, if you have the wrong toner, it’s a waste of money and time. But if you have a specific toner that works best with your skin it can make all the difference in the world. As I’ve stated: I use two toners. Each toner has a specific purpose. My first toner is an acid based toner. The second is a hydrating based toner. Each have their different uses. Let’s start with the acid based toner.

The toners:

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Acid:

Okay so when someone mentions to you that you should be using an acid, most people automatically think about skin peeling off your dead cadaver in the bathtub. Right? Haha, wrong! Acid is not just something that only misdirected men like Heisenberg use, it’s also for the day-to-day woman and man. Acid toners can be used to bring your skin’s ph balance up to snuff. This can help your serums sink into the skin better and get the best performance for you moisturizers. On top of that (my most favourite reason to use acid toners) it provides a chemical exfoliation. It allows for the dead skin cells to be removed off your face! Which helps with buildup which helps control your breakouts. Most importantly, it brightens up your skin. I swear to you, when I don’t use my acid toner, my skin turns a nice shade of grey.

Hydration:

Most toners can be put into this category. If glycerin is listed as one of the top ingredients on the ingredients list then you can use it after your acid toner. I like using this sort of toner because it sandwiches hydration between the serum. You get a hydration kick before your serum and you add hydration back in with your moisturizer. I also find that it helps with calming the skin a little. I personally like to spritz this form of toner on my skin so that it really sinks into the skin. If you really don’t see the point in doing this, then you can skip it. I personally just love the ritual of spritzing my face with a toner that makes my skin feel softer. It COULD be in my head but it could also not be in my head. I don’t want to risk or even think about removing this step in my ritual.

Now I use Pixi Glow Tonic and Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist. You can try these out but I warn you with the acid: start out slow. Start out using it once a week and slow increase it’s uses. If this doesn’t work seek out other acid based toners. Get samples! Just keep trying until you find the formula that works for you. I know of at least 10 different acid toners on the market that people can use. So don’t give up. In regards to a moisturizing toner, I also give the same advice. Find one that works. I would start out with the Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist: it’s gentle. Very gentle.

Until next time!

love,

Criavolver

 

 

Health Files: Reflexology Pedicures

Last week I think I had the most important treatment I will ever have in my life (and continue to have because I am H-O-O-K-E-D). I had a reflexology treatment that focused on the feet! The treatment can be aligned with a pedicure which I haven’t had…yet, so I cannot speak to this but I am sure it would be heavenly (watch out for an Instagram update when I get a pedicure with the reflexology treatment). Regardless of pedicure or not the treatment was magical.

Reflexology is an ancient treatment that has been a popular procedure in the Eastern Hemisphere of our world. It has been documented in ancient Egyptians papyrus since 2500 B.C. Many cultures have been practicing reflexology for thousands of years. The practice was developed into Zone Therapy in Europe in the 14th Century. A version of Zone Therapy has even been practiced by Indigenous people in North America. A lot of cultures entrenched in wisdom have been using this form of therapy to heal the human body. It’s an alternative therapy that can help with pain management, depression, relaxation and even Cancer therapy.

The most important thing when it comes to reflexology/zone therapy is to go in with an open mind. I am grateful that I went to Sheryl Trimble who is currently working at Chizzle’d Fringe Salon. Not only does she have a beautiful room to practice in. She is also a person that can make a person feel instantly comfortable. She can read your mannerism within minutes of knowing you. In my personal opinion she is the best sort of person you want performing reflexology on you. And issn’t her room just so welcoming and chic?

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The Procedure: You sit on the lovely seat and place the pillow beneath your legs. She sits in front of your feet and begins by relaxing them. She works on one foot at a time. She works all over your foot; at the same time she works many parts of your body. The first time I came to see her she worked extensively on my shoulders…through my feet! And I am not lying when I say, I can feel the work performed on my shoulders. It was the neatest sensation. She also spent some time working on my knees. I have bad knees and thanks to bootcamp, they aren’t ever in a state of greatness.

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And that’s just the physical level. I will say that Sheryl and I do have a connection. We both appreciate each other’s wisdom and are constantly learning from each other. I think this is crucial when having a reflexology treatment. You need to have a mutual connection with the person giving you this treatment. I believe Sheryl is the kind of person that can give a person a connection since she is very open to people. On my last treatment she worked on a new spot on my foot. It had both physical implications (it was where my new sandals were bothering my feet) and where the matters of the heart lay connected. Needless to say, I confessed I was about to go on a first day where I was a complete ball of nerves over (it happens when you think a person is a damn fox and a sweetheart rolled into one). The confession lead for her to work the area even more and after the treatment I felt more confident. I mean, it could’ve been the confession itself but I do believe that the spot she worked on my foot also helped me just shift focus. It was a combination of the two. And I’ll say the treatment is amazing for mental health. Whether it’s just having the confidence to talk or if it is also the active pressure points stimulating parts of your body that normally would have never been stimulated.

Watch out for Sheryl’s upcoming business page on Facebook, in the mean time you can contact her through Chizzle’d Finge Salon. Go and book an appointment now!

Face Files: The plight of Makeup

 

The Plight.

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A note on Sephora samples. Sephora is known for their samples. It’s part of their business model. They WANT YOU TO get samples. So…yes, this is the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in a SAMPLE form. I am no longer buying expensive products without trying them first. So yes, here is a picture of my sample of the product. Try before you buy people!

Makeup is a tricky, tricky, tricky thing. There are so many options and it seems like they are all never-ending. Every month there is a new release. A new product that will just be the answer to your beauty concerns. Or a new colour that you just need to try on your face. It’s the trickster that fools us into thinking that its needed. On top of the overwhelming amount of products on the market, you always hear rumours on how one high end product is the exact same thing to a drugstore one. Likely when you look into it, low and behold, both products are similar to each other.

So why does this happen? Why do high end and low end products seem to have the same ingredients and perform the same way among the sea of products out there? And why is one product way more expensive than the other? I have my speculations.

The first thing to know when buying any makeup is that all makeup brands are owned by parent companies. A lot of companies are connected to each other. For example L’Oréal owns the following beauty companies:

  • NYX Cosmetics
  • Essie
  • Lancome
  • YSL
  • Armani Cosmetics
  • Khiel’s
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Biotherm
  • and many, many more

So when this happens, they can all share their secrets, procedures and ingredients without any legal trouble. Take for example the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation and L’Oreal’s Pro-Glow Foundation. Both of them are owned by the parent company of L’Oreal. I’ve heard rumours that they both are the same thing but obviously one lives in a $50 glass bottle while the other lives in a $1 plastic container.

I’v decided to investigate if these two products are indeed the same or not.

The one thing that is a distinction between something like the Giorgio Armani foundation and the L’Oreal Pro-glow foundation (which have the similar ingredients) is the grade of their ingredients. Yes. Similar ingredients, different quality. That will always be a difference when one company uses a higher grade of ingredients, the performance will be different and there might be an allergic reaction. I’ve listed the ingredients of both products below:

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Luminous Silkwatercyclopentasiloxaneglycerin, isododecane, alcohol, polyglyceryl-4 isostearate, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, cetyl peg/ppg-10/1 dimethicone, hexyl laurate, disteardimonium hectorite, phenoxyethanol, acetylated glycol stearate, magnesium sulfate, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, tristearin, cellulose gum, nylon-12, limonene, benzyl salicylate, linalool, diphenyl dimethicone, acrylates copolymer, fragrance, disodium stearoyl glutamate, methylparaben, butylparaben, butylphenyl methylpropional, aluminum hydroxide, hexyl cinnamal. May contain: CI 77891/titanium dioxide, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77491/iron oxides, CI 77007/ultramarines, mica. <— MICA (EEEWWWW)

Pro-Glow: Octinoxate 3.01%. Inactive: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Alcohol Denat., Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Bis-PEG / PPG-14 / 14 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Talc, Silica, PEG / PPG / Polybutylene Glycol-8 / 5 / 3 Glycerin, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Dimethicone / Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Stearate, Silica Silylate, Dipropylene Glycol, Alumina, BHT, Sodium Citrate, Tocopherol, Isopropyl Alcohol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride.

Alright, so obviously the bolded ones are the same ingredients. About 30% are the same for both foundations. A lot of the ingredients are skin conditioners. But when I compared each of them Luminous Silk contained ingredients that were less concerning. Many ingredients listed came up with a low to moderate warning in both foundations, Pro-Glow had a little bit more warnings. Regardless it was a little concerning.

I just want to know to what degree we should be taking these warnings. If it’s been scientifically tested, then it should be reasonably safe? But then again, how regulated is the beauty industry? What laws are in place to protect consumers? These are questions that have come up while writing this post. And believe me, I will likely be spending some time looking into it and reporting back. So stay tuned as I cross-reference and read-up and just educate myself a little more on this topic.

Another thing I noticed was Pro-Glow has a lot of Dimethicon and derivatives of Dimethicone in it while Luminous Silk only has one ingredient derived from Dimethicon.   This to me indicates that Luminous Silk has one ingredients that does the same thing that the many ingredients do for Pro-Glow. But that’s speculation. Again, I need to look more deeply into it since I want to discuss wear time and how it actually feels on the skin, I’ll have to leave it for another post (stay tuned).

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Might be the Devil but does it wear well?

Okay, so we’ve gone over ingredients, kinda. And although I don’t think I’ve proved that Luminous Silk is the higher grade of Pro-Glow, necessarily; I will say that scratching the surface of what makes up this foundation is frightening. On that alone, I would invest in Luminous Silk rather than continually just buy the Pro-Glow. But I also don’t believe in waste so I’ll continue to use it…with mixed feelings. Also, I feel like I need to state that I am speculating right now. Perhaps the ingredients have been deemed safe and their risks are a really low ratio. Low ratios are key since that’s how medicine becomes approved. Nothing is every 100% safe. At this point everything is food for thought.

HOW. DO. THEY. WEAR?

Both foundations I will admit feel the same and give off the same effect. The thing that most beauty bloggers/makeup artist/beauty guru will say about Luminous Silk is that the foundation sinks into your skin and creates a perfecting veil WHILE keeping the integrity of your skin. It doesn’t create a mask like effect like some high-coverage foundations might do. Instead it blurs out imperfection while still looking like your real skin. Does that make sense? The Pro-Glow does the same damn thing as Luminous Silk does.  Just look for yourself:

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Wearing both foundations, can you tell the difference?
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I’ve been playing with both foundations for a couple weeks now and I’ll say this. They both wear beautifully. I have textured skin. Nothing will ever mask that and I don’t expect a foundation to mask it. What I do expect from a foundation is to even out my skin toneminimize pores and cover-up imperfections. I have a couple of spots on my nose from an eczema patch, a cut and a raised area from my glasses that I need covered up. Can you see them? Barely. So this foundation does the trick in doing what I require a foundation to do.

Next, I need other products to go on them effortlessly. If a product doesn’t apply well it can be because of the foundation or the product itself. For this look, I used blush, bronzer and highlight that is of good quality and I know performs well. They all went on beautifully without getting patchy. I didn’t really powder much of my face in these photos because I wanted the foundation to speak for itself. Even without powdering my face other powdered products went on smoothly.

Wear time. This is where the foundation would likely require some powdering. I would say these foundations wears well for 6 hours without help from other products. For foundation, that’s amazing. I usually never touch up my face. By the time I go and wipe it off, it’s usually mostly all gone. But that’s with 100% of all of my foundations.

Overall, I do really like both foundations. I reach for them often. The ingredients worry me but all makeup products ingredients worry me. So stay tuned for further thoughts on this topic.

Have you read on how I remove my foundation in my last post? Click here to read up on my daily cleansers.

 

Face Files: the daily routine, Cleansers

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Just mascara since all my makeup had rubbed off by this point.

Okay so before I get into the meat of this post I want to state a word of caution: what may work for me, may not work for you. Skin care products are a fickle thing. They can improve your skin or really mess it up. Humans are all complex beings and no company will ever be able to cater to all of our needs. What someone swears by, may break-out another.

What I am about to describe are products that have worked really well for me. The one thing readers should take from this is post is the importance of an established routine. The skincare routine is everything. A well established one will leave your skin clear, bright and will help fight the signs of aging. The Bare bones routine includes: two cleansers (one to remove your makeup at night and one to really cleanse your skin in the morning and during the second cleanse), an acid toner, a moisturizing toner, serum (day/night or day and night), eye cream and a moisturizer. Yes….that’s a giant product list to add into a routine. And many of us are too tired by nightfall and simply don’t wanna. But my skin has never been clearer, brighter and well moisturized ever since the routine was implemented. And my skin has suffered through Acne. I swear by the routine.

Cleansers:

I stand by my conviction of a double cleanse at night makes a happy and clear skinned criavolver. Let’s start at night since this is likely the most important routine you’ll need to establish. I start out with an oil to remove my makeup. The first oil based-cleanser I ever used was from the Body Shop. At that point I was using foaming cleansers still and had never had a cleanser leave my skin so soft. Mind blown, I became addicted to oil cleansers and I never turned back.

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Erborian, Solid Cleansing Oil: This Korean solid cleansing oil is one of my favourite makeup removers. When it ran out on me, I scrapped the sides until I was basically touching plastic. It melts makeup off the skin like fire does to wax (let’s be real, if you have your full makeup on…that’s what our faces look like during this process, haha). This oil is so legit that it will remove that one “waterproof” mascara (I don’t wear waterproof mascara…this mascara isn’t suppose to be waterproof) that I own. None of my other makeup removers remove that mascara as “easily” as this one. (The mascara is a bitch to remove so it does require a little bit of extra elbow grease). The one little thing that sucks about this cleansing oil is that it stings a little if you get it in your eyes. I’ve used oils before that you can open your eyes mid-wash to make sure your toddler hasn’t stuck their hands in the toilet or something whacky like that. This on stings when you need to open those peepers. A quick rinse and the sting is gone though.

Ingredients: Coconut oil, Sunflower oil, tea tree, licorice, Japanese Knotweed, Skullcap, Rosemary, Chamomile and Centella Asiatica along with low-hazard emulsifying and cleansing agents. We all know that coconut oil and sunflower oil are bomb oils. Tea tree is the essential oil we all grew up using for clearer skin (thank-you body shop). Licorice root is great for anti-inflammatory purposes. Japanese knotweed is an anti-aging ingredient. Skullcap is another anti-inflammatory herb that also has calming benefits. Rosemary and Chamomile are both two calming agents. Centella Asiatica also has healing properties so it’s great for pigmentation. The cleanser is loaded with calming ingredients. Perfect for sensitive skin and amazing for removing your makeup. Love.

Side note: a lot of the herbs used in this product, if ingested, have really great benefits that I am thinking of experiment with in the near future.

Rodial, Stemcell Super-Food Cleanser: I knew I was going to love this cleanser the moment I opened the box. It came with a muslin wash-cloth. Although I don’t use muslin wash clothes (towel wash clothes all the way), I really appreciated the message they were laying down. Using a wash cloth to remove your cleansers is a great way to physically exfoliate your skin. It also helps control black heads (to a certain extend and if you have minimal black heads). Beyond the packaging and message the product itself is fantastic. It’s a beautiful cream cleanser that doesn’t strip your face of precious oils (we need them to keep our skin healthy). It removes any remaining makeup (if I’ve caked it on that day) and just cleanses and soothes the skin.

Ingredients: Marula Oil, PhytoCellTec Alp Rose Flower, Coconut Oil and Coco Butter along with other low-concerning ingredients that are used as skin conditioners and emollients. Marula oil is a powerful oil that comes from South Africa. It’s an oil that can help fight wrinkles, radicals and moisturize the skin. Since this cleanser can be used as a face mask, you can get the benefits of the marula oil it has to offer. The “stem cell” part of this cleanser comes from the PhytoCellTec Alp Rose flower which is an ingredient that is derived from wild Swiss flowers that grow in high altitudes. This ingredient is used to maintain skin cells and help fight off UV-stress. This is exactly the type of ingredient you want on your skin. Again, because you can leave it on your skin for a period of time, you get more of a benefit from it than just a regular cleanser.

Alright. I’ll stop gushing here and move on to Toners but in the next post! Until next time. Interested in more beauty and cannot wait until the next post? Click here for my last post on skincare products.

 

xo

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