Skin Care Empties

Hello beautiful people! and Happy New Year!

I cannot believe how quickly 2o16 flew by! It was a wonderful year, I had some up’s and down’s but I think they made me a stronger, and wiser person.

I’m hoping 2017 is going to be an incredible year! Carmen and I are looking to buy our first home and I have a few resolutions I’m trying my hardest to keep (4 days in – so far so good) which include blogging A LOT more – so I think 2017 will be full of lovely memories and lovely people.

I have a problem with hoarding products (I’m sure I’m not the only beauty junkie out there with this issue.. right?) but when Carmen and I decided to start looking for a home, obviously we sat down and crunched some numbers, and I have to say, I spend a bit too much money on beauty products – hair care, skin care, make up, etc. So, I promised myself I would use up all the products I have before buying anything new.
Let me tell you, this is not an easy thing to do when all these beautiful new products are launching, or I’m wandering through shoppers drug mart and see something I’ve never tried before, but I’m doing my best and managed to get through some of the things in my collection.

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The Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel ($51.00 CAD)
This has got to be one of the nicest cleansers I have ever used on my skin.
It doesn’t foam up like a cream cleanser does, it just suds up a tiny bit and leaves my skin feeling super fresh, without being stripped or tight.
I use this with my Clarisonic at night for a deeper cleanse, and I use it in the morning just with my hands for a gentle and lovely refresh.
This product is quite expensive for a cleanser, but you only need a pea sized amount for your entire face! To be completely honest, my skin has never looked as clear and decongested as it did when I was using this. Once I use up my other cleansers I am definitely repurchasing this baby.

 

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Origins Modern Friction ($50.00 CAD)
This is probably one of the first exfoliators I ever purchased, the formula is gentle but very effective. It uses Rice Starch to get the dead skin and grime off the skin, and is infused with lemon oil to leave your skin looking fresh and illuminated.
It smells absolutely amazing, and has quite a thick and sticky consistency which means you only need a little bit. I use this on my skin while it’s dry to get a bit of a deeper exfoliation, and then wet my hands and massage it into a creamy lather before rinsing it off.
One thing I do not like about this product is that it hurts like a b if you get it in your eye so be extra careful!

 

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Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Skin Brightening Exfoliator ($36.00 CAD)
Apparently I have a real thing for scrubs!
This product is meant to brighten the skin and make pores look smaller. To be honest, I can’t say I notice a massive difference using this or the Origins one, aside from the consistency of this is less thick and more gel like, so if you’re looking for something slightly less expensive I would go for this one. It uses White Bark Extract to promote collagen turn over in the skin, as well as peony extract to brighten and leave your skin feeling hydrated and fresh.
Especially now that the weather is colder, and we’ve all finished binging on sweets and delicious holiday food, I definitely think my skin could use a pick me up and I will for sure be repurchasing this one.

 

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Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist ($42.00CAD)
Honestly, I was incredibly disappointed with this mist. It smells aggressively like roses, which I probably should have expected, but my sister kept making a joke that my face smelled like a grandma. I also really didn’t notice any kind of change in my skin, it’s said to balance, hydrate and condition the skin for your other skin care products, but I didn’t notice any of that aside from MAYBE a bit of hydration. I used the whole bottle because I paid for it, but I don’t think I’ll be picking this up again, I much prefer my Saje Natural Wellness Skin Fitness Toner which is only $20.00.

 

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Origins Eye Doctor Eye Cream ($44.00CAD)
The price of these seems high, but this little bottle lasted me over a year! As far as eye creams go, I don’t think you can get much better than this little guy. It smells like cucumbers, has a lovely creamy consistency that doesn’t leave your under eye area looking like a greasy mess, sits beautifully under make up and hydrates like a dream.
In winter my eyes water like crazy, and I tend to get really dry in the outer corners which is so annoying, but after discovering Eye Doctor, I no longer suffer with that issue. If you have dry skin around your eyes, or are generally just looking for something luxurious for such a sensitive area of the face I would 100% suggest picking this up, or getting a sample from your local Sephora.

 

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Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate($54.00CAD)
I have definitely rambled about this before so I won’t stay here too long. BASICALLY, this is the loveliest oil ever. It smells absolutely divine and leaves my skin feeling nourished, brightened and healthy. This was my second bottle, and you better believe I’ll be buying my third! I ran out of this mid-December and I’ve already noticed my skin changing without it – my complexion is already looking a little uneven and dull which tells you how effective this stuff is.

That’s all for now my loves, I hope 2017 is being kind to you so far.
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

 

 

 

March 2016 Favourites!

Hello beautiful people!
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend and no one has pranked you too hard today!

It’s time for another monthly favourites post! I haven’t written one of these in ages, so I have quite a few beauty/skincare/random favourites to share.

I’ll start with skincare as I’ve really been having quite a difficult time with my skin this winter. I don’t know if it’s because of the weather, or that I’m getting older or what but it’s really been getting me down! I’ve had a lot of annoying breakouts, some random redness and lots of little dry patches, which makes all my foundations look awful on my skin. Finally in the passed couple of months I’ve found a few products that seem to helping the situation!

The Clinique take the day off cleansing balm ($36CAD) is what I’ve been using as step one in my skin care routine lately, and I’ve really been loving it (as you can see by the crater I’ve dug out of the middle). It’s the consistency of wax, but when you rub it in your palms, it kind of warms up and melts to turn into this really nourishing oil that melts away all your make up!
I like to massage this onto my skin for about a minute to make sure I’m really getting all that make up off, and then I’ll wet my hands and it kind of emulsifies into this lovely milk, which then cleanses the skin without stripping it at all. I love my micellar waters, but can find them to be a bit drying, so this has been working wonders for me as it doesn’t dry out my skin at all! a little goes a long way as well, so this tub should last me another 3 months or so!


Another skin care saviour I’ve been loving is the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant ($74CAD). This is quite pricey, but may very well be the nicest thing in my skin care collection. As you can see from the photo (which looks slightly like drugs) it comes in a powder form, which you then add water too and create this lovely and gentle exfoliant that you can use every day. I’ve been using this at night after my cleansing balm to help get rid of any debris, dry skin or extra make up, and let me tell you my skin feels incredible! This is formulated with rice protein which helps to get rid of dead skin and promote cell turn over for a more radiant and smooth complexion!
This is also a bit of a 3-in-1 product, the girl at the store told me you can add a lot of water for a more gentle exfoliant to brighten the skin and gently cleanse, or you can use a little bit of water for a rougher more physical exfoliant 3 times a week, or you can add a little bit of water and leave it on as a 5 minute mini mask! If you ask me, I think for that many options it’s well worth the price.

Last but not least in my skin care favourites is the Kiehl’s Hydro-plumping re-texturizing skin serum concentrate ($60CAD). This serum literally feels like you’re rubbing water into your skin, it’s so light but so hydrating at the same time. Usually things that hydrate feel really thick and sticky on the skin, but this just sinks right in and gives my skin the drink of water it’s really been needing, and I’ve definitely noticed less dry spots on my face. This stuff is also meant to plump the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but I’ve only been using it about 2 weeks so I’ll have to see about that!

On to make up favourites!

This is a fairly new purchase for me, but I absolutely love it. The By Terry touch expert advanced ultra-radiance active concealer ($59CAD) in the shade 1 is the absolute perfect concealer for getting rid of dark circles. This is very expensive, but Toronto just got Saks Fifth Ave, and they had a By Terry counter and I just couldn’t resist (sorry not sorry). I got this kind of bisque shade because I wanted a little extra something to cover up my dark circles, and this literally makes them disappear – if I’m being honest, my under eye circles are not that bad, but this stuff just makes them non-existent and makes me feel super awake and fresh! It has similar packaging to the YSL Touche Eclat pen with the little pump on the bottom that forces the product up and into the brush, which I think is really classy and lovely. The product itself smells really fresh and clean, and blends into the skin like a dream! A little goes a long way with this stuff as well so you can get your moneys worth!

I wasn’t a huge fan of the first Tartelette palette, but when I saw the new Tartelette In Bloom palette ($54CAD) I absolutely had to have it! The shades in this are a mix of shimmer, glitter and mattes, with nice warm neutral shades. I was really feeling the matte shades in this palette throughout March, I’m not usually one to wear an all matte look, but the formulation of these shadows just blends like butter so they look really soft and lovely on the lid. If you’re looking for a new palette I would definitely suggest giving this baby try!

Last but not least is the Kat Von D everlasting liquid lipstick in the shade Bow n Arrow ($24CAD). I wore this non-stop in March, it’s just the perfect bold lip to transition into spring without being too red or berry toned. It dries down to this beautiful ashy, burnt rose colour which I absolutely adore! It lasts all day long, through eating and drinking, and it doesn’t dry out your lips at all! If you haven’t given her liquid lipsticks a try I would highly recommend any of the shades because the formula is spot on!

My final March favourite is actually a TV show that I literally binge watched through February and March because I just couldn’t get enough! Parks and Rec is probably one of the funniest TV shows I’ve watched in a long time, it stars Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari and a bunch of other amazing actors/actresses who just work so well together. It’s about a group of people who work in the Parks Department in this tiny town in Indiana and it just catalogues their day to day activities, which sounds boring but is actually amazing! If you watched the office, or are a fan of any of the actors I mentioned I think you could get into Parks and Rec!

That’s it for now my loves!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

Product Empties!

Hello beautiful people, and happy Sunday! I hope you’ve all had a fabulous weekend, and that you’re spending today relaxing.

I recently ran out a few products and thought it was as good a time as any to write an empties post! These are all things I love and would definitely re-purchase (if I haven’t already) after I go through the products I’m using now.

First are the Living Proof PHD (perfect hair day) shampoo and conditioner, honestly these are the best I’ve ever used. My hair feels healthier, softer, stronger and less damaged! They are very pricey at $30 each, but they’re formulated so that you don’t have to wash your hair as often, and if I’m being totally honest, I only wash my hair twice a week anyway so I find they last me quite a while. If you’re the kind of person who has to wash their hair everyday, these may not be for you – or you could buy them and only use them once or twice a week to give your hair a bit of a treatment. These in combination with the PHD 5-in-1 leave in treatment has literally transformed my thin and damaged hair, so I think it goes without saying that I’ve already re-purchased these babies.
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Next is the Origins A Perfect World moisturizer. This is a great, light weight day time moisturizer that I’ve probably been using for about 2 years – its got white tea in it which is full of anti-oxidants, and it protects your skin from the free radicals in the polluted air. It’s very hydrating, with a nice scent and make up blends seamlessly over it, right now I’m using a Kate Somerville cream because I wanted to try something new, but I will definitely be re-purchasing this eventually.
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Another Origins product I ran out of shortly after the moisturizer is the Gin-zing eye cream. This a great one for puffiness and dark circles. It’s formulated with caffeine to really help brighten and tighten, and the cream itself has a bit of a shimmer to it which creates a glow that makes you look more awake. I’m using the Origins Eye Doctor cream at the moment for night and day, but I may re-purchase this for the fall when my dark circles tend to get a little worse.
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This next one is a bit boring, but we all need body-wash right? The Aveeno hydrating body wash is a really nice one. It left my skin feeling soft, hydrating and smelling really nice, I also found that the bottle was a lot larger than the average one you find in the drugstore, so it seemed to last me longer. I’m not sure that I’ll re-purchase this anytime soon, just because I tend to just buy what’s on sale.
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The Kiehl’s Calendula foaming cleanser is a product that I’ve already re-purchased because I find it agrees very well with my skin. It doesn’t dry me out or irritate me, and it’s gentle enough that I can use it with my clarisonic. If you have combination – oily skin I would recommend giving this a try, the calendula extract in it actually has healing properties, so if you suffer from break outs the cleanser alone can help with them – I noticed a big difference in my skin when I started using this!
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The final product is definitely the one I’m most upset to be out of, the Glam Glow Supermud clearing treatment is by far the best detoxifying mask I’ve ever used. I was lucky enough to find this pot on sale at winners, because other wise this stuff is super expensive (although, my birthday is in a couple of weeks, so I’m hoping to get some Sephora gift cards) but either way I will definitely be picking up another one, because I think my skin would suffer without it. If you haven’t used this before, you absolutely need to, it makes a difference in your skin in one use, and the pot lasts you a long time because you only need a very thin layer all over your face – you can even use it as a spot treatment for bad blemishes and pimples.
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Those are all my empties for now, let me know if you’ve used some of these products or if you want to see more of these posts.
Until next time my loves,
xoxo
-Lo

My Evening Skin Care Routine!

Hello beautiful people & happy Wednesday! We’re half way to the weekend!

Since my last post was my morning skin care routine, I figured it was only right to do my evening skin care routine as today’s post!

I like to start by taking off my make-up (if I was wearing any that day) because there’s nothing worse than trying to properly cleanse your skin with a full face of make up on.
I use bioderma cleansing water ($33) to take off my face make up, I find this super effective and gentle on the skin. It doesn’t strip away any moisture, and doesn’t cause any break outs which is always a bonus!
I use this Clean and Clear Eye Make-up Remover ($6.99), because I find it’s more effective at removing any and all make up from my eyes, including waterproof mascara!
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After I’ve taken all the make up off the surface of my skin, I like to use my Kiehl’s Calendula cleanser ($35) and my clarisonic Aria ($230). Using these together deep cleans my skin and leaves it feeling soft and supple!
Some night’s I’ll use an exfoliator, like Kate Somerville Exfolikate or Origins Modern Friction, but that’s only a couple of times a week when I really want to give my skin a nice treatment.
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Once I’ve cleansed, I use my Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate ($50), which is a blend of essential oils meant to hydrate, heal and protect your skin. This serum smells amazing, like lavender and vanilla, and even though it’s an oil, you’re skin doesn’t feel greasy at all. Since I’ve been using this, I’ve really noticed an improvement in the tone and texture of my skin!
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I usually let that sink in for a couple of minutes, I’ll go and brush my teeth, and then I’ll come back and put my night cream on, and I bet you guys can guess, I use the Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins ($51)! Surprise surprise, more Origins!
I’ve been using this for a little over a year now, and I love it so much! It’s quite a thick cream, which absorbs into your skin while you sleep, and you wake up with the softest, smoothest, prettiest skin! It also smells like oranges, which is absolutely lovely.
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Last but not least, I throw on the Origins Eye Doctor eye cream ($40.50), which smells like cucumbers and hydrates the under eye area like a dream.
I find in the colder months my eyes water, and then the skin gets really dry and sometimes even cracks, but when I started using this eye cream, that went away completely! Also, I feel like this pot will last me a long time because it has a light consistency, so a little goes a long way.
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There you go! My evening skin care routine! Let me know in the comments if you’ve used any of these products, or if you have any other recommendations!
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Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

My Morning Skin Care Rountine!

Hello beautiful people! Hopefully the weather where you are is as sunny and gorgeous as it’s been here in Canada lately, I think spring has finally arrived!
I was reading through some of my old posts the other day, and I realized that I’ve never written a skin care routine post! So, without further ado, my morning skin care routine!

During the day, I don’t like to have a lot of heavy products on my skin; I typically reserve products that are geared more towards treating and correcting my skin for the evening. All of these products are light weight; they smell really good, and provide protection and hydration for my skin throughout the day.
Let me just tell you guys that I have combination/oily skin, so I tend to get oily through my t-zone and break out in that area as well. So even though some of these products are amazing for me, they may not work with your skin type.

First, I cleanse with my Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash ($35). This is a really nice cleanser that lathers into thick foam, which really makes it feel like you’re cleansing your skin deeply, just like it says on the bottle. I’ve been using this since just before Christmas and I really like it, it’s gentle and effective and makes my skin feel really clean without drying it out.
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Next I move on to my Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum with Willow Herb ($48), I recently mentioned this in a favourites post, so I won’t ramble on for too long about it. This serum has a gel like texture, so it sinks into the skin without feeling greasy, your skin feels soft as soon as you apply this, and over time I’ve really seen an improvement in the tone and texture of my skin.
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The moisturizer I use is something that won’t be a shock to you if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, the Origins A Perfect World White Tea Antioxidant moisturizer ($51). I’ve been using this as my day cream for almost two years now and I love it, its super light-weight which allows a little to go a long way, it smells like oranges so it really wakes you up in the mornings. This product is enriched with vitamins and antioxidants that protect your skin from free radicals, while adding a beautiful level of hydration. You can also get this cream with an SPF in it, but I prefer the regular formulation.
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Last but not least is the Origins (Surprise, I really love origins!) Gin-Zing eye cream ($37.50). This cream really brightens and de-puffs the under eye area, it has a slight shimmer to it which reflects the light, and it hydrates really well without being too watery.
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Make-up layers on top of these products beautifully as well!
This has been my morning skin care routine for a few months now and I’m noticing some great improvements in my skin!
Let me know if you’ve tried these or if you have and recommendations for my combo/oily skin! I’m always up for trying new products!
I hope you all have a beautiful weekend!
Until next time,
xoxo |
-Lo

** Another photobomb, courtesy of my cat Woobie
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January favourites!

Hello beautiful people! I hope you’ve all had a lovely week, and are looking forward to a fun weekend!
Since we’re only a couple of days away from the beginning of February, I figured a January favourites post was in order!

My first January favourite has got to be my new kitten, Woobie. She is the cutest, most energetic little baby, and I can’t imagine my house without her now!
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Next is actually a YouTube channel! I decided I want to make more of an effort to be physically active, but I’m so not a gym kind of person, so I haven’t always been motivated to exercise.
After finding Blogilates,that’s definitely changed!
Cassey Ho creates workouts that are fun and effective; they’re also not that long, which I personally prefer as I’m not the kind of person who can work out for hours on end! I’m definitely going at my own pace and taking it slow, but I look forward to working out alongside her videos! If you’re finding it hard to get motivated, I’d check out her channel.

During the winter months, I find my hair gets super dry and frizzy and my regular drugstore products just aren’t cutting it.
To remedy my issue, I went into Sephora and picked up the Living Proof PHD (perfect hair day) system, which has a shampoo, conditioner and a leave in treatment.
After the first use of these products my hair looked so much softer and healthier, there was way less frizz, and all in all my hair looked and felt 100 times better. I use the leave in treatment on my damp hair, and then I’ll either blow dry it or let it air dry, but I always end up with salon soft locks!
The shampoo and conditioner are quite pricey, at $30 a bottle, but as gross as it is, I only wash my hair 2 times a week, so the bottles last quite a while. I would say if you can’t afford those, at least go for the leave in treatment ($18) because I feel like alone it would still make your hair feel incredible!
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The Revlon colourburst laquer balm in tease is my next favourite. I’ve been wearing this every single day, it’s so gorgeous!
I recently used this in a drugstore make up look post, so I won’t go into too much of a ramble, but this pencil is hydrating while adding a lovely wash of colour to the lips. I’ll definitely continue using this throughout February and into the spring.
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I think I’m super late to the party on this product, but the Maybelline colour tattoo cream shadow in Bad to the Bronze (or on and on bronze depending where you live) is honestly incredible. It’s a gorgeous bronzey- taupe shade that creates a really beautiful effect on the lids. It’s got great pigmentation and it’s long lasting, just like all the other colour tattoos. I wear this by itself, or with shadow layered on top to add more intensity.
I’m sure a lot of you already have this in your collection, but if you don’t, I promise it’s worth the hype.
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Another product I wrote a whole blog post on is the LUSH cosmetics Mask of Magnaminty, so again, I won’t gas on about it. I use this mask once a week and have definitely noticed a huge improvement in my skin! I have way less break outs, and my skin looks smooth and glowing. If you haven’t tried this, please give it a shot! It smells great and really works!
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Yet again, a product I’ve already done a post on, but really love!
The Covergirl full lash bloom mascara separates lashes while adding a good amount of volume, and literally 0 flaking. I’ve worn this mascara for 12 hours straight without a single flake falling, and it’s not even a waterproof formula! The packaging is cute, and it’s a drugstore product so the price is right! If you’re looking for a new mascara, I would highly, highly recommend this one!
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Finally is another skin care discovery! The kiehl’s midnight recovery concentrate is a blend of essential oils to help hydrate, and add radiance to your skin. You can use it on its own, or underneath your night cream depending how much hydration you want/need. I noticed a difference after only a few days of using this stuff! My skin looked less red, my blemishes weren’t as sore; my skin just looked hydrated and lovely. Also this serum smells slightly like lavender, which is soothing when you’re trying to fall asleep.
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January was full of new favourites!
Let me know if you guys have tried these & what you think of them!
Until next time,
xoxo
-Lo