Skincare

Exfoliating: What you need to know to get glowing skin!

Exfoliating. Just let that word roll around in your head for a few seconds. exfoliating… Oh I just love the way that sounds.

I am an absolute exfoliating junkie. Anything that promises to slough off dead skin and make my skin smoother, and more radiant? I am game. Someone could tell me that battery acid was an effective exfoliator, and I would definitely consider it. (I have good friends that would talk me out of it, luckily!)

Your skin will naturally go through it’s cycle, and exfoliate itself every 28 days. Which is wonderful right? But like everything else, as we age, things change. Our cell turnover slows down, leaving us with more and more dead skin cells on the surface of our skin. This will make the skin appear dull, and prevent our skincare products from properly penetrating. If you are using (especially an expensive) skincare regime, and not using an exfoliator, you are throwing money down the drain! Luckily, there are many different products on the market that we can use to speed up the process, and keep that skin glowing!

I have tried many different techniques for exfoliating. Manual, chemical, peel offs, powdered exfoliants … If it’s on the market, I have tried it. I have been using my Benefit Refined Finish, and as happy as I was with it, I recently went back to using an old favorite, and I am falling in love all over again.

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Number 7 Total Renewal Microdermabrasion Exfoliator is one of the finest exfoliators I have ever used. The micro beads are so fine and leave my skin feeling incredibly smooth, but not irritated. It rinses very clean, and doesn’t have any irritating scent to it.

I use this product about twice a week, or after days that I wore heavier makeup. Being someone who uses a Clarisonic once a night, I sometimes don’t get the satisfying smooth feeling after using an exfoliator. That’s what got me hooked on this product again. So smooth… I could just rinse my face over and over. My skin has really started looking better, and I have noticed that my products are sinking into my skin much better than before I had this product at my sink.

What is your favorite method of exfoliating? Manual Exfoliation is definitely mine!

Have an awesome weekend everybody!

-Sara

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Empties Post! New Year, New Empties!

What better to do on a Monday morning than clean out your bucket of empties? I had a few makeup products in here which was exciting, as of many of you with ridiculous makeup collections know, it can be hard to get to the bottom of makeup products!
I did a separate blog for my empty mascaras. Truth be told, a few of them were definitely not empty, they were just so bad that they had to be retired early. Make sure you check out that blog post if you are interested in mascaras!

Let’s jump into the empties! (Disclaimer: I went a little crop crazy with the first picture, so excuse that!)

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Biotherm Oil Therapy Baume Corps: I love this body lotion. This is probably my third or fourth bottle. If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know that I can never wear this again, because the smell of it sends Sabah into an absolute emotional downward spiral. We haven’t quite figured out why yet, but I would be a pretty bad friend if I wore it anyway! I would recommend this lotion though, it’s great for dry legs!

L’oreal Elnett Hairspray (Unfragranced): Show of hands, who is tired of hearing me rave about Elnett!? Just for any new readers, this is what you need to know. This hairspray is amazing, you can use as much as you want, and can easily brush it through. Your hair never gets crunchy, and it holds my style really well. Always ALWAYS get the unfragranced version, because the other ones smell like the your grandmothers basement!

Benefit Foamingly Clean Facial Cleanser: I love this product. It smells great, plays well with my Clarisonic, and never makes my skin feel dried out. Benefit really did well with their cleanser and also their exfoliant. And packaging inspired by sea glass? Sign me up. Love this!

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Vichy Aqualia Thermal Mineral Balm: I have a seperate review for this product here. This product worked really well for me, and has been the only thing that really has kept my upper lip area from flaking. I haven’t repurchased, because I am trying out some new products, but this will be something I will use again. It’s a perfect barrier cream!

ROC Anti Fatigue Nourishing Cream: This was a cream I had thrown in my travel bag and it didn’t break me out, but it also didn’t wow me. I actually finished the tube moisturizing my legs after my boyfriend came home from a work trip a day early to surprise me, and a very quick, very aggressive leg shaving had to happen in a flash. Seriously, why do men think early surprises are a good idea? After two weeks, I had neglected shaving my legs, had a full face mask on, and was wearing a fleece onesie. I was horrified, but I pulled it together. Either way, even though this moisturizer was fine, I wouldn’t repurchase it.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation: I can’t say enough good things about this foundation. And it’s the first foundation I have actually finished in a long time. I got this in September, and have used it almost exclusively since then. It leaves a very natural finish, feels super light on the skin, and didn’t break me out at all. This isn’t available in Canada, so I won’t be repurchasing, but my next trip to the States, I will be buying this again!

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No Dark Shadows: This concealer worked really well for me. It didn’t crease when set with a powder, and it was nice to use for highlighting as well. I went through it super fast, and when I used it one morning and I heard that click that tells you the product is gone, I was shocked. I am a bit of a concealer junkie, so I have already moved on to other things, but if you are looking for a new brightening concealer, give this one a try. It’s inexpensive, but harder to find. I got mine at Shoppers. The only thing I would change is the packaging. I’m not a fan of the twist up brush packaging.

Cover Girl Smoochies in Text Me 220: This product surprised me, I really liked it. The color was great, and it wore really comfortably on the lips. None of the other colors in the range really interest me, but if they ever launched some new shades, I would repurchase for sure!

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Eyebrow Pencil in Brownette: This is the best brow pencil I have ever used in my life. And through the cosmetic grapevine, I have heard so many people switching from their HG Anastasia Brow Wiz to this pencil. It’s a little less expensive, and in my opinion, much nicer. Everything from the product, to the packaging, to the spooly brush. I’ve never lost a cap on either side of the product, (which always happens to me with brow pencils for some reason) and I have actually kept this empty product, just to use the spooly that’s on it. It blends your brows out perfectly, without removing too much product. I have already repurchased another one, which I am so glad for, because I’ve been trying lots of other brow pencils, and they just aren’t the same!

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Cliniderm Gentle Cleanser: This was the absolute most boring product I have ever used. More boring than Philosophy Purity. But that being said, I still liked it. It did the job, didn’t have any fragrance, didn’t irritate my eyes, or sting my skin. If you have sensitive skin and want a very basic cleanser, I would definitely try this out!

Caress Passionate Spell Body Wash: I loved this product! It was such a warm spicy scent, unlike any body wash I have ever used. Of course I can’t buy this where I live, so I’ll have to do without until I can find it. It was the perfect winter body wash… I wish they made a more creamy version for dry skin. It was like having a bath or shower right next to a crackling fire.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Hair Mask: This changed my hair. Seriously, over all higher end hair masks I have ever used, this made my hair smoother and softer. Even my boyfriend would mention how soft my hair was after using this. I got two of these for $6.00 USD and I am so sad that mine is gone. I’ve had people tell me I can find this in Canada at London Drugs, so I will have to get my sisters in Calgary on the hunt. Next time you hit the drugstore and see this, pick it up and try it!

Once again left with an empty empties bin. I can’t wait to get into some new products and start filling it up again!

Have an awesome Monday beauties!

-Sara

Review: Vichy Mineral Balm!

I write this review, having finished this entire bottle of product. And ironically, finishing it was the only thing I didn’t like about it. But that’s getting ahead of ourselves … Let’s get to the review!

Flash advice. This is not a moisturizer for just anyone. This was a unique product that I think would cater to very specific needs. If you have normal/combo or oily skin, I can’t imagine you would like this too much. Dry skins, or even normal skins in different situations, would love this.

I think of this more as a glove for my face. My super dry flaky skin loved this. It works similarly to a barrier cream, and by that I mean it creates a seal over your skin. Let me try to explain this for you guys so it makes sense … If you apply this product to only half the face, and then wave a magazine in front of your face, the half with this product on it, will feel the slightest bit of wind, while the half that has no product on it, will feel the wind is a lot stronger. It will actually seal the moisture in your skin and not let any of it escape. Paraben free, Fragrance free and Colorant free, this cream did not irritate my skin at all. In fact, it made it feel super soft and I didn’t have to battle with my dreaded dry skin moustache even once when I was using this. I used this morning and night, but was sure to use a little less in the morning, and apply it ahead of time to allow it to sink into my skin before applying makeup.

I think this cream would be amazing for people who are outside often, especially in the colder months. I would apply a thick layer of this before walking my dog outside, and I would come home with soft skin that didn’t feel chapped or tight at all.

I want to stress my disclaimer again, that this is a specific cream for a specific type of skin. As a skin protectant it is amazing, but I can understand why someone who doesn’t battle with dry flaky skin wouldn’t like the texture of this cream. It is quite heavy, and leaves quite a bit of shine on the skin after application.

My only negative thought about this cream was there is absolutely no way to tell when it will run out. It happened to me one morning, and I was really upset! I have since started using the Ultra Repair Cream from First Aid Beauty, so we will see how that goes!

Do you think you have a need for a skin balm like this in your life?

-Sara

Empties Post! Part One!

Hello Everybody! Who has been panicking about the holidays? It’s all I’ve really had on my mind lately, and thankfully I have a basket full of empties to distract me for a little while! Before we start, I would like to take a second to recognize Almira! She posts blogs on here randomly, and is truly one of my besties! It is her birthday today so everybody send her some love! Happy Birthday Almira, can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Let’s get into the empties! This first segment will be mostly skincare products, and tomorrow’s post will be more heavy on the makeup side. I get super excited when I finish a makeup product! Sometimes I feel like it takes me forever to see the bottom!

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Psssst! Dry Shampoo: This was an okay product. Nothing I would repurchase, as I definitely love the Batiste dry shampoo a lot more. You can’t buy this in Canada so Id be lying if I said I wasn’t happy that it didn’t really knock my socks off …

Bioderma Micellar Water: I’ll save my raves about this product as we all know by now how I feel about this product. It is liquid gold and I can’t say enough good things about it! It’s one of my rare staples that I will never be caught without!

Vichy 2 in 1 Aqua Destock: This is a cellulite product that I tried in hopes of finding a cheaper alternative to my Clarins High Definition Body Lift. I will say, this product felt nice, and definitely helped me on those days when my legs were feeling heavy, but as far as helping cellulite, this did nothing. I wouldn’t repurchase, and I will be going back to my Clarins for sure!

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Vichy Cellu Destock Expert: This was another product that didn’t work for me. I loved the packaging, it dispenses itself and allows you to massage it in with a triple ball roller head. But it didn’t give me any tightening feeling at all – and absolutely no improvement in my cellulite. I’m glad I tried it, but again, the Clarins worked much better for me!

La Roche Posay Toleraine Cleanser: I loved this product. I was actually really surprised how fast I went through it. Everytime I used it, I felt like the product was getting lower and lower in the bottle. Not until the end of it did I realize there was a huge crack in the bottom of the bottle, and most of it had dripped out of my shower caddy and down my drain! This worked well all over my skin, and didn’t irritate my eyes at all! I would repurchase this again, it was great for those times I jumped in the shower and forgot to Bioderma my makeup off first.

Aveeno Eczema Care Hand Cream: This is a drugstore must have for me. It works just as well as the Kiehl’s hand cream and I got mine on sale for $6.99 CAD. Anyone who has dry hands, or in my case Eczema, should have this on hand, especially in the colder months!!

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps: This lotion was amazing, and I am really upset that it’s gone! It’s not something that’s easy to find in Halifax, so I won’t be repurchasing this anytime soon, but the next time I can get my hands on it, I will be buying the largest bottle I can find!

That’s it for the skincare portion of the empties … I do have two other skincare products that I will talk about tomorrow!!

What have you guys emptied out lately?

-Sara

Review: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask!

Hello everybody! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week, and enjoying buying all of the makeup that I’m not allowed to buy. (If you read my blog regularly, you know I am on a cosmetics purchasing ban!)

I have a review for you guys today, for a product that people ask me about all the time. Now, I consider myself a serious lip treatment junkie. My lips (like everything else) get super dry, and in the dead of Winter, I pretty much shed my skin similar to a snake.

The amazing reviews on this product lured me in, and I have loved everything from Bite that I have come into contact with. But this product my friends, is glorified Vaseline.

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First of all, I need to talk about the sheer frustration of the 15g packaging. It is a decent amount of product, but it is so bloody hard to squeeze out of the tube. I literally brought this product to Sabahs house, so she could feel how hard you need to squeeze to get some of the product out. While I appreciate the reminder of how weak I am, and how badly I need to go to the gym, I don’t need the embarrassment from a lip balm on the daily. When the product finally does come out, you need the smallest amount. This has the texture of what can only be described to me as melted car tires. It is thick, and goopy, but the uncomfortable feeling soon goes away after you apply it , and your body heat warms the product. This is definitely not a lip balm/treatment that you throw in your bag, or top up your lipstick with. This was exclusively a nighttime product for me. I would apply it before bed, and wake up with dry lips that didn’t have the remains of any hydration. I get much better results with my trusty Aquaphor, which is so super cheap! This 15g tube retails for $30.00 CAD, and I will more than likely pass this off to one of my sisters to try.

If you are someone who likes a higher end fancy lip balm to apply, I would definitely stand by the Christian Dior Creme de Rose lip balm, but if you’re on a budget, simple Aquaphor will do the trick.

This one stings me, because I could have purchased something amazing with $30.00. A classic case of money directly down the drain.

Like I said, this product gets amaZing reviews online, what did you think of this product?

-Sara

Recent Empties: Take a peek in my trash!

It’s a wonderful time. That joyous moment when you realize your empties container is full, and you get the satisfaction of seeing all the products that you’ve used up. Such a good feeling to see some of these products go! Some were great, some were uneventful, and some were absolute garbage. Read on if you’re interested!

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Elnett Hairspray: This is the fragrance free version. Let this be a life lesson for everybody. Fragrance Free, with the green stripe. Always. The other Elnetts smell like a 97 year old rug, that’s been stored in Youth Dew fragrance for years. Yuck. But this version is amazing. I can spray as much as I like, and once it’s brushed out, the hold remains, but my hair is super touchable and never crunchy. Have already repurchased!

Dove Purely Pampering Pistachio and Magnolia Body Wash: I also love this stuff. The smell is divine, and these body washes are thick enough to shave with. I will continue to buy these over and over. There is an almond scent that is also amazing!

Clarins Men Smooth Shave: I know this is a product made for men. I honestly was curious if I thought a $22.00 shave foam would be any better than my $2.99 shave foams. The short answer- it definitely isn’t worth the money. The only high end shave foam that I love is the Biotherm (also for men) because I find that one very moisturizing. This was a total waste of money, so if you’re curious, save your money!

Shiseido Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam: I love this cleanser. I really love all of Shiseido’s cleansers. You need such a small amount, they foam up like crazy, and they are the perfect companion for my Clarisonic. They never leave my skin feeling dry, however they do burn my eyes a little bit if I accidentally get some too close. I have a ton of cleansers to get through first, so I won’t be repurchasing, however I would definitely recommend these!

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Strivectin Extreme Cream: I have mixed feelings about this product. It is meant for people with dry skin, and it does help with that for sure. My issue was, I needed so much of it to make my skin feel hydrated. So much so, that I went through this entire jar in 16 days. That’s right. 16 days. This was given to me by Strivectin, and although I do love it, I can’t justify repurchasing a $109.00 cream that will last me 16 days. Almira got one as well, which she gave to me, so I am on my second jar, but after this one I will move on to something else!

Lush Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner: Another mixed feeling about this guy. The smell is divine, it is SUPER hydrating, and while I was using it, I didn’t aggressively scratch my legs. This is huge for me. It was weird to use a body conditioner, I have never used anything like this before. My complaint was while rinsing, your hands felt like you just washed them in vegetable oil. It leaves a thick residue on the skin, but once I got out of the shower I really didn’t notice it. I think I will repurchase this, because anything that can make me stop scratching, is worth it’s weight in gold. If you have dry skin, give this a try!

Clarins Double Serum: I left this product for awhile, and I don’t know why. I love everything about this. The texture, the smell, the glow it gives my skin… I could go on and on. I already have a back up, and would recommend this to anyone, regardless of your skin type!

Elizabeth Arden 8 hour lip balm: This lip balm was okay. I wouldn’t repurchase based on the scent and the taste. It smells like old plastic! It did definitely hydrate my lips, but I just can’t stand the feeling or smell!

Kerestase Nectar Thermique: This heat protectant is killing me. It’s so expensive, but I haven’t found anything comparable that’s any cheaper. I have already purchased the full size, so I am set for awhile. But – if anyone has any suggestions for a cheaper cream heat protectant, please throw them my way!!

Bioderma Micellar Water: I won’t bore you all with this again. It’s better than anything else. If you haven’t tried it, buy it. If you have tried it, buy it again. If I could buy stocks for Bioderma, I would invest all my savings.

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Korres Quecertin and Oak Serum: I liked this stuff. I wouldn’t repurchase as I saw no real difference in my skin, but I know that Sabah absolutely loves this stuff. It was an okay serum for me, but it didn’t wow me. Save your money, pass on this one, and invest in double serum!!

Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream: This was another okay product. I used it in conjunction with the Ceramidin liquid, and it helped my dry skin, but I still would wake up with flakes on my skin, and it smelled really funny. It’s a hard product to find here in Halifax, so it’s for the best that I wasn’t crazy about it!

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer: I loved this concealer. If you follow us on Instagram, you know that Sabah and I argued about wether or not this was empty. I gave it a good 6 months, and I started getting the empty streaks up the tube. For someone who likes to have minimal product open at the same time, it was just time to move on. I would definitely recommend this to someone looking for a great brightening concealer. Blends out amazingly with a beauty blender!!

Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara: Saved the worst for last. I have a full review on this “mascara” and let me save you the time by telling you it is absolute rubbish. It pretty much just paints your lashes slightly black, and does not much else than that. If you must stick with Clinique, I prefer the High Impact mascara, but honestly, I’d skip them completely and go to Lancôme if you’re looking for an amazing mascara!

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Last but not least, Bioderma Wipes. The first few I used were a little dry, but once I got through those, the wipes were really nice. Didn’t sting my eyes at all, and removed most of my makeup. I prefer the water for sure, but when travelling, these work great. I finished off the pack scrubbing the yellow away from my Marge Simpson costume, and they held up. The cloths themselves are very sturdy, and never ripped on me once!

Well, that’s my garbage! So excited to say goodbye to these things and start using some new stuff!!

What have you emptied recently?

-Sara

Recent Beauty Empties!

So before I started writing this post, I realized that somehow I have lost the list of shades for the makeup part of this, so bear with me, I’ll try my best to remember what I can, but we are just going to have to go by the photos for most of this … I recently did a massive cosmetic clear out, so I have a lot of empties to show you! (And a few products I’m just getting rid of that didn’t work for me!)

Batiste Dry Shampoo (Tropical) – I love Batiste dry shampoo, I’ve talked about this before. I prefer the regular version, but this one was on super clearout. I still have one can of this left, and I will continue to use Batiste.

Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser – This has become my go to cleanser. I rotate between this one for normal/combo skin and the one with Shea Butter for dry skin. You need a tiny amount, it foams like a dream, and it plays well with my Clarisonic. Will definitely repurchase!

Aquaphor – I can’t believe I actually emptied this. But I guess, this stuff is great. Dry lips, dry patches, cuticle cream, this is an all over beauty product, and I will be picking another one up before the colder months for sure.

Quo Nail Polish Remover- Nothing fancy here, it does the job, and I will repurchase as it’s what’s available to me. Does anyone really find a difference between nail polish removers?

L’oreal EverCreme Nourishing Masque – This masque is now discontinued, but oh my lord I love this stuff. I stocked up when it was on clearout, and this was my last jar. I recently purchased the Aussie 3 minute moist mask, and I’m still deciding what one I like best!

Bourjois Eye Makeup Remover – Solid product. It comes in a huge bottle, and is fairly inexpensive. I used this on days when I had a lot of eye makeup or liner on, and it never let me down. Bioderma does the trick for me on a daily basis, but I will probably repurchase this when holiday makeup starts. Glitter is no joke to remove.

La Roche Posay Ceralip- This product didn’t really do anything for me. I am still searching for a Holy Grail lip balm, and I won’t repurchase this, as it didn’t deliver the results I wanted.

Biotherm Aquasource Nuit- I liked this stuff, but on days when my skin was irritated, or a little red, it did sting a little. I finished it, but I won’t repurchase. I actually had to use this as a serum as it wasn’t hydrating enough for my skin.

Phyto PhytoBaume Express Conditioner- Another blah product. It was nice, but didn’t give me any results I couldn’t get from a drugstore conditioner.

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And now for the makeup. Again, I apologize for the lack of shade names, but I’m sure us beauty junkies can figure out what is what!

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Lancome Juicy Tube in Spring Fling – This gloss was great for topping off dry feeling lipsticks, it had the slightest tiny, but really came off as clear. Great shine, but it was a little too sticky for my preference.

Chanel Lip Gloss – I LOVE this lip gloss, and I don’t know why I haven’t sought out more of them. Whatever color this was (I honestly can’t remember, but I think it was shade 69) was beautiful, and I loved the way these felt on my lips! Total thumbs up for this prestige gem.

Clarins Rouge Prodige Gloss in Nude – I also love these glosses, I have several colors, and I really am going to miss this nude one. I am currently playing around with some other brands, but it’s only a matter of time until I come back to this. They smell soooo good!

Rimmel Lash Accelerator in Blackest Black- I thought I liked this mascara at first, but about two weeks into it, it was flake city. Maybe because I wear contacts and touch my eyes a lot, and this is a fibre mascara so we just had to break it off. No bad feelings, I think this might work well for somebody who isn’t an obsessive eye rubber.

Stila Forever your Curl Mascara – I did not like this mascara one bit. Honestly, I have never ever liked any of Stilas mascaras (until Mile High came along, that stuff is amazing!) I didn’t notice any curl with this, and while I appreciated the small wand that could grab my tiniest lashes, it did nothing for me. Barely any length, and zero volume. Will not be going back to this one for sure.

Essence Lash Mania Mascara- Another one that flakes on me. To be fair, this costs like $3.99, so I’m not too disappointed with the purchase. Interesting though, this has the exact same wand as the new Stila Mile High lashes. I’ll stick to my I love Extreme Crazy Volume mascara when it comes to Essence.

Sephora Liquid Eyeliner in Pool Party – I wore this eyeliner honestly once. It was so dry and by the end of my work shift, I had flakes of cobalt blue all over my face. It was horrifying. Lancôme makes a similar shade, and that one worked so much better for me. I will not use these eyeliners again!

L’oreal Le Gloss Lip Gloss – This is an oldie but a goodie. As you can see, the packaging has worn off, and for good reason. These are awesome, affordable, non sticky glosses, and I wish they would launch some more colors.

Vichy Aqualia Eye Roller – Another non event product. This felt amazing, I kept mine in the fridge and it was nice to use in the morning, but I need more hydration from an eye cream, and puffiness isn’t one of my main concerns with my eyes, so I won’t be going back to this again!

CoverGirl Clump Crusher mascara (water resistant) – You may have remembered my travel post on this. I took this to Florida with me, and it did not hold up to it’s water resistant claim. I was in a hot tub (not even underwater) and the product was all over my face. As soon as I got back from my trip, I threw this in the empty bin.

Smashbox Duo Blush – This was a limited edition blush that came in a kit from Smashbox years ago. I used it and used it and used it, and it was finally time to say goodbye. I loved the two colors because you could use the deeper one near the hollows of the cheek, and the lighter one on the apple. It have a beautiful dimensional cheek, and this will me missed for sure!

Urban Decay Lip Junkie Gloss in Naked – I liked this product, but I wasn’t a fan of the squeeze packaging. I prefer a wand as I get more control, and I think I would purchase the NAKED glosses over this formula.

Phew – that was a huge amount of empties. Thanks for sticking through it with me! Will I ever get tired of the satisfying feeling of making my collection smaller? Now I have room to start picking up the holiday sets! 😉

Thanks for reading!

-Sara

Ascenta Skin – Liquid Gold for your face!

As someone who is constantly trying new products, and monitoring the state of my skin, I have to put a disclaimer out there, that this will be an absolute rave review, and if you end up running out to get this product, don’t blame me.

Years ago, I worked as a receptionist at a spa, and I met one of my dear friends Cailean. One of the first things I noticed about Cailean (besides her banging body and hilarious humour) was her skin. She always looked like she had a team of people around her giving her the J-lo glow treatment. A few days in, I broke down and had to ask. What do you use on your skin to make yourself glow like that? Her response? “It’s not what I put on, it’s what I put in…”

Right. I had a split second of “this girl is a crazy bag…” But once she told me about the Ascenta products, I quickly got myself a bottle of Ascenta HP. This fish oil has changed my skin, my hair, and my nails. And I kid you not, it makes my mind feel more clear.

Well, of course they have finally launched Ascenta Skin. I have gone through several bottles of the liquid, but am currently taking the gel caps.

This product claims to boost elasticity, increase firmness, restore skin tone, reduce redness and roughness, enhance hydration, and boost UV protection.

It really is interesting to read about so I recommend you guys check out their website at http://www.ascentaskin.com.

My experience with this product has been really impressive. My redness is definitely calmer when I am faithfully taking the 4 gel caps daily, and I see big differences in my skin, hair and nails. My hands suffer from pretty bad dermatitis, and it really has helped manage that too. I will say, I prefer the liquid to the gel caps. It has zero fishy taste or smell, and it’s just faster for me than trying to swallow down 4 huge pills.

I love the concept of what you’re putting in your body will show on the outside (I am huge on water for this. If I am not drinking enough water, my face looks like hanging skin on my bones. I dehydrate similar to a piece of beef jerky.) All of the ingredients in this product are really beneficial for your skin, and the science and clinical trials are there to back it up.

One of the most interesting claims this product has, is increasing your skins tolerance to UV damage. Ascenta has done so many clinical trials, and this one really sticks out to me. It’s like drinking sunscreen …

As mentioned, this product is available in liquid form or soft gels. You get 200ml in liquid form, or 120 soft gels retailing for $80.00 CAD.

There is so much information on their website, I highly recommend that you go check it out, and see if this is something you would like to try. I have used several of their products (even the omega feline for Dexter) and I will tell you, I am one of the biggest skeptics when it comes to things like these, but I am completely obsessed with this product, and my skin is thanking me daily.

Live like my beautiful friend Cailean, and remember. It’s not what you put on … It’s what you put in…

Do you guys take any supplements for beauty? I have taken Bioten before to try to thicken my hair, but fish oils have been the only things that have really made a difference …

-Sara

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Sabah’s Recent Empties!

And here are some products I’ve used up folks!

No7 Beautiful skin Quick Thinking Wipes: I’m aware that it is kind of discouraged in the beauty world to be a makeup wipe addict but I am! I’m sorry if that offends you but my skin seems okay with it. I at one point made a list of all the wipes at a local drug store and made an effort to try almost all of them. Crazy? Obviously. What is crazier is that I have bought these wipes at least 15 times in the last two years. They are awesome. They do a great job removing my makeup. They have a snap closing that prevents them from drying out. They have the perfect level of dampness without being kinda gross and drenched. If you’re a wipe junkie then do yourself a favor and pick these guys up.

Revlon Precision Lash Adhesive: Okay, I probably shouldn’t even be reviewing this. I used it a few times a while ago. I liked it, I wasn’t overwhelmed with it and I wear lashes so rarely that it isn’t really empty so much as it freaked me out that I couldn’t remember when I bought it, therefore, it was going nowhere near my eyes.

YSL Shocking Mascara: Oh Shocking, I waited for you to come into my life for so long and now we part like people who realize they are better off as friends. This could definitely be someone’s Holy Grail, just not mine. I like this mascara a lot. It could be wonderful on some days but not so much on others. There was also some issues with flaking. There was some awesome volume that came with this puppy so if that’s your objective than this might be worth the money. I likely won’t buy this one again but will try different formulas from YSL.

Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Conditioner: I don’t use a lot of traditional conditioners. I typically use a variety of hair masks pretty well every time I was my hair. I keep this one on hand at almost all times though. Like the shampoo of this line my hair really likes it. After using this product my hair is almost as soft as when I use some high end masks. I’ll definitely repurchase.

Cake Milk Made Hand Cream: Gross, won’t make this mistake again. I hated this stuff. I went through a brief phase recently where I wanted to smell like baked goods? I have no idea what I was thinking. I hate vanilla scented fragrances. Anyway aside from the gross smell it left a film on my hands. The film would then turn kinda itchy. Oh and the packaging broke making it unusable in a purse. A hand cream that can’t travel? No thank you, I’ll stick to Cauldalie, Clarins or really any other hand cream I’ve ever tried.

St Tropez Bronzing Mousse: Meh, I don’t get any colour out of this line of St Tropez (I have had much more success with the express). I bought this mini to try. I used it a few times but went back to my Clarins cream. I will add that later when I found this in my stuff I used it again pretty heavily to try and get through the product and I did have a lot more colour but to get that much tan I used a ton of product. I would also add that it has no sick self-tan stench and it dries so fast that it’s a dream. IF this gave me the colour my Clarins does I would jump ship but alas it does not.

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What have you guys empties recently?

-Sabah

My must have Beauty Travel items!

Almira and I recently travelled to Florida for some (relaxation) makeup shopping. We were on the hunt for things we couldn’t buy in Canada, and we definitely succeeded. Check back for our Haul Posts, as they are hefty, and very exciting for us! But for now, I wanted to talk about the beauty products I took with me, and my experience of them on the trip. Some I have used before, and others were just thrown in, with hope for the best.

1.) Vichy Capital Soleil Touchable Mist SPF 30: This was the first time I tried this product, and I am in love. I can’t imagine using another Sunscreen again. I finished the bottle (I reapplied like a maniac) and not once did the nozzle clog, and it sprayed upside down like a dream. I even sprayed this on my face throughout the trip, and had zero issues. My beef with spray sunscreens, is that even though you spray them, you need to rub them in with your hands. This one doesn’t require you to do anything. The mist is so fine, you can just spray and go. It gives you no excuse to not wear sunscreen, and I came back more pale than when I left. (Which is exactly what I wanted … any sign of a tan is damage!)

2.) Glam Glow Thirsty Mud Hydrating Mask: Before you scream at me, yes I brought a hydrating mask to Florida. And yes, I used it as my day and night cream. This is what happens, when your skin is so dry, you immediately flake if moisturizer is not applied seconds after a shower. My skin loves this product, and I am really glad I brought it. It was awesome on the flights too, because it kept my skin hydrated in the dreaded plane air.

3.) Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me: No surprise here, I love this at all times. The main reason this was what I threw in my bag, was the SPF 20. I had zero burns on my lips, and my lip color was awesome the whole trip.

4.) Clarins UV40 in Medium: This turned out to be a life saver. The coverage of this tinted sunscreen is amazing, and it was just what I needed. I will never travel without this again. It feels so light on the skin, is oil free, and never breaks me out.

5.) Bioderma Wipes: These were also a god send. After coming in from a busy day of shopping, it was so easy to grab one of these to wipe my face off. They travelled perfectly, and I didn’t have to deal with any spills from my regular Bioderma. No breakouts, and these removed eye makeup as well.

6.) Cover Girl Clump Crusher Water Resistant Mascara: This part of my makeup bag seriously failed me. Water Resistant is a load of crap when it comes to this. I didn’t make it three minutes in the hot tub (which is above water) before this mascara was all over my face. And to add insult to injury, I lost four eyelashes taking the rest off. Water Resistant is not worth it in my opinion. My regular Lancome Hypnose has held up better in ocean swims, than this did in a hot tub session. Garbage.

7.) Avene Thermal Water: This is a travel must. Almira and I used this so many times on the flight, and actually sprayed a man down that was sitting next to us on the way home. Nothing will save your skin during flights like Thermal Water. Hydration is key!

8.) Kiehls Crème de Corps: This was the first time using this lotion, it was a gift from Almira, and I took it because of its small size. I need to buy the large size of this, it is freaking amazing. It smells so good, and leaves my skin feeling like silk after I use it. This was a part of the Allure Magazine 50 Things to buy before you die list, and now I know why. Total Winner.

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What items do you always reach for when you’re travelling?

-Sara