MY MORNING RITUALS WITH DR. HAUSCHKA | MAKE-UP & SKINCARE


Mornings are always busy... and lately, my mornings have been hectic, not to mention my days and nights. Since there are a lot of new chapters happening in my life soon, I haven't really had the time to stop and relax. Luckily, there are a few morning rituals I have been doing to help me have a moment of peace to start my day, one of them being doing my makeup in the morning, which is always relaxing to me.

Lately I've been using some lovely products from Dr. Hauschka that I received a couple weeks ago at the makeup launch where bonjourzoe and I finally met, and had a very pretty morning with breakfast and custom floral bouquets at Berkeley Field House. These three products, the Facial Toner, Colour Correcting Powder, and Brow & Lash Gel, have made my mornings just a little prettier, and I'm excited to share my thoughts on them with you!


DR. HAUSCHKA COLOUR CORRECTING POWDER

I have been reaching for this powder every single day since I took these photos of the products. The Colour Correcting Powder is a translucent powder and features four different shades. All of the shades are meant to work together to reduce the appearance of redness and lightens shadows for a fresh complexion. The mineral pigments are combined with nourishing botanical ingredients such as anthyllis and witch hazel, which give the powder a light scent.

The Colour Correcting Powder is very fine, and so it blends so easily on the skin. It can be worn with or without foundation, but I always use powder to set my makeup, so I was thrilled that this powder seamlessly blends into my face without leaving a dusty residue whatsoever.



DR. HAUSCHKA FACIAL TONER

In the mornings, I love spritzing a couple sprays of the Facial Toner onto my freshly cleansed face. The mist is very fine and so it always feels so luxurious and refreshing on the skin. The Facial Toner helps me achieve a radiant and rosy complexion, and smells lovely with its extracts of witch hazel and anthyllis. 

In addition to using this in the mornings, I've also reached for it whenever my skin is feeling congested or on those hot days we had a couple weeks ago in Toronto. The Facial Toner leaves my skin feeling fresh and revitalised while encouraging a balanced pH level and simple hydration.



DR. HAUSCHKA BROW & LASH GEL

I do my brows every morning, but I've never been a big brow gel type of person. However, I was very excited to try the Dr. Hauschka Brow & Lash Gel after learning that it is one of the first of its kind in the natural beauty department. This is because it is very difficult to create a transparent gel using natural ingredients, but after a few years of trial and error, Dr. Hauschka finally delivered!

The Brow & Lash Gel can be used as a primer for mascara on the lashes, or as a setting gel for eyebrow hairs. I like to use it for the latter. As with all of the Dr. Hauschka products, this gel smells florally and botanical, and definitely holds my hairs in place throughout the day.

I should also mention that all of Dr. Hauschka's products are made in Germany. They are a cruelty-free and natural and organic brand, with no parabens or preservatives used in any of their products. You can find them at Hudson's Bay and on Well.ca.

What are some of your morning rituals? Let me know in the comments down below :)

- Nancy

PIXI SKIN TREATS | GLOW MUD CLEANSER, OVERNIGHT GLOW SERUM, & GLOW TONIC


Pixi Beauty has been a part of my skincare routine for the past few months, and I'm super grateful to Pixi for allowing me to continue to try out their various products and share my thoughts with all of you! A couple months ago they sent me their Glow Mud Cleanser, Overnight Glow Serum, and the Glow Tonic To-Go Pads to try out, and while this is long overdue, I always like to have the time to try products out before I post about them.


GLOW MUD CLEANSER ($24 CAD)

The Glow Mud Cleanser is a cleanser that can be used in the morning or night. It gently exfoliates the skin, leaving it with a radiant finish. The mud deep cleans, while the 5% glycolic acid enhances the skin's complexion.

It makes your face feel clean and refreshed without drying it out. The scent is not over-powering at all and is very light and clean. In terms of texture, it comes out in a paste form and at first looks a bit like clay. Since it is a mud cleanser, it doesn't foam up but rather, forms a milky mixture when mixed with water. I've read that sensitive skin people swear by this cleanser, but it's fantastic for all types of skin.

I like using this cleanser a lot, but I'm going to be honest, at its given price point, I don't see that dramatic of a difference to say that I will re-purchase. At $24 CAD, it's definitely on the steep end for a drugstore cleanser, but if you're willing to splurge, I don't think you'll be disappointed either.


OVERNIGHT GLOW SERUM ($34 CAD)

The Overnight Glow Serum is best described as a brightening serum that exfoliates and soothes the skin while you sleep. It's formulated with 10% glycolic acid and vitamins A, C, and E, all which work together to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and fade sun spots over time. Cucumber and aloe vera extracts also work to calm the skin and provide it with soothing effects.

I personally really enjoyed using this serum. Its gel-like texture absorbed into my skin really quickly, and I liked the cooling effect that you're left with after applying it. In terms of brightening, I did notice that it lightened any dark spots on my face from breakouts within about two weeks of using it. If you're iffy with skincare but looking for a serum that will calm any irritation on your face, I'd definitely recommend the Overnight Glow Serum, since it is also suitable for all skin types.


GLOW TONIC TO-GO ($24 CAD)

The cult classic Glow Tonic, in to-go form! These are super travel friendly cotton pads that are pre-soaked in Glow Tonic. They're formulated with 5% glycolic acid, and are meant to tone, brighten, hydrate, and gently exfoliate. The Glow Tonic is also alcohol free, so you don't have to worry about drying out your skin.

Having never tried Glow Tonic myself before the to-go pads, I found myself consistently reaching for these every night in my skincare routine. They do everything that Pixi claims, so I can definitely see why these are a cult classic. In terms of these pads though, I always like having toners in pad-form because they are great for travel and are so easy for transport.

Have you tried any of these products from Pixi Beauty? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments down below :)

- Nancy


HYLAMIDE REVIEW | FROM DECIEM (THE ABNORMAL BEAUTY COMPANY)


Today I want to share with you some recent additions into my skincare routine. While we all know that I've been using The Ordinary products from Deciem, they were kind enough to send me a few products from the Hylamide range. This range offers a selection of multi-depth products, mostly with their own individual functions, designed for specific skin concerns or daily use. The technology behind the Hylamide line is quite extensive, but essentially they've worked it out to create a skincare range for every depth of your skin.


PORE DELETE

The Pore Delete ($19.00 CAD) is a part of Hylamide's Finisher series. It is a liquid primer that blurs pores, shine, and textural irregularities on the skin, and it can be used with or without makeup. The instructions state that if you are wearing no makeup, you should apply it as the last step of your skincare routine, but if you are wearing makeup, to apply it right after foundation before powder.

Having tried a few types of finishers myself, I was curious to see how the Pore Delete performs, but I do have to say there is definitely a learning curve with this product. It definitely blurs the skin and my pores are pretty much invisible whenever I use this product, and a little goes a very long way.

Texture and finish wise, the Pore Delete feels a little like glue, even when it dries, so sometimes I've found that powder can stick to it if you apply it after foundation. While it definitely does what it claims to do, I think most people will have to play around with this to find the best way they like to use it. I haven't reached for this much, as I do have other finishers/touch-up products that are easier to use, although they don't work as well as the Pore Delete.


LOW-MOLECULAR HA

The Low-Molecular HA ($20.00) is a serum in the Booster series from Hylamide. It contains five forms of hyaluronic compounds, which work together to create a super-charged rehydration serum. The Low-Molecular HA helps with hydration,  plumping the skin, and skin elasticity. After using this serum for the past few weeks, I can definitely say that this serum does all of that and more. Overall, it's a good serum for those who want to add more moisture into their skin. Even if you have oily skin, I think it's important to add moisture into it as much as possible, and this serum is so watery and lightweight that your pores won't feel clogged at all. 


GLOW

Also in the Booster series is the Glow ($32.00 CAD) serum, a DHA free self-tanner serum. It targets dullness, uneven skin tone, and lack-luster skin. I wouldn't say that this serum makes you look any more tanned, but what is does is actually quite incredible. The technology in this serum gives you a very natural glow, partly due to the fact that it evens out any discolouration on the skin and creates a slightly golden tone that looks very sunkissed even with no sun. This isn't the type of serum I would use for every day, but whenever my skin looks dull and could use a boost, I will add this serum to my morning and nighttime routines, and it makes a world of difference.


HYDRA-DENSITY MIST

The Hydra-Density Mist ($18.00) is a multi-depth toner designed to help with water density and retention. The ingredients in this mist offer immediate and lasting oil-free hydration. It also soothes the skin to reduce signs and feelings of irritation, and reduces inflammation and redness. I found this mist to be very soothing and cooling for the skin, and I really enjoyed spritzing it on after my more sensitive toners such as glycolic acid and tea tree toners. I would definitely give this a try if you have sensitive or easily irritated skin, and even if you don't, the Hydra-Density Mist is just great as an overall refresher for the face.


Overall, I've enjoyed testing a few of the Hylamide products out. I highly recommend the Low-Molecular HA serum and the Hydra-Density Mist, especially now that the weather is getting colder in Canada. The Glow serum is a little more niche, although it definitely is nice to have. Lastly, the Pore Delete finisher works amazingly, but if you've never used a product like this before, I would probably go for something easier to control and use first.

What have you tried from Hylamide? I would LOVE to know, and of course, if you have any questions about the products in this post, please let me know down below!

- Nancy

*Products in this post were samples sent to me for review, although that in no way affects the honesty of this review.

WET N WILD MEGALAST LIQUID CATSUIT MATTE LIPSTICK | REVIEW


Hey bebs! These Wet N Wild liquid lipsticks were trending a couple months ago when they first launched, but I'm not late on the bandwagon - I'm simply just late... I took these photos after a press event for the launch and I've been using them since, but only now am I going back to talk about these, because they really are a gem.


The Wet N Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipsticks ($6.99 CAD) are by far the most affordable drugstore liquid lipsticks on the market. They're also vegan, fragrance free, and cruelty-free! The shade range contains 13 different shades, ranging from nudes to pinks and more vampy colours. 

Upon application, the doe foot applicator makes it easy to swipe the product across your lips. The Catsuit Lipstick glides on smoothly, and I found that I only needed what was on the applicator (one swipe) to cover my top and bottom lip. I had a lighter to darker shade range to test out, and all three of these were very opaque.

In terms of wear time, these liquid lipsticks will last a fair amount of time on your lips. They're also smudge-proof which is evident from how they dry. If you're not a fan of matte liquid lipsticks because they feel "dry", then you probably won't like these. However, I personally like that about them because then I know that the colour will actually stay on my lips.


From left to right, the colours swatched are: Oh My Dolly, Coral Corruption, and Pink Really Hard. Coral Corruption is my favourite shade of the trio. They're available at select drugstore retailers, and on wetandwildbeauty.com if you'd like to check them out!

- Nancy

THE ORDINARY PRODUCT(S) REVIEW | THE DECIEM BLOG POST


Given the hype around The Ordinary products I knew I had to try some products from the line so a month ago, I visited the Deciem store in the Distillery District in Toronto. I picked up the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution and the High Spreadability Fluid Primer. I wanted to test out their Serum Foundations, but several shades were sold out, so hopefully one day my shade will be in stock.

I've been using these products for about a month, and in that month I have also picked up several more products from The Ordinary, as well as received a sponsorship with Deciem for a future blog post. So, if you're curious about the company, keep an eye out for more things Deciem! In the meantime, keep on reading if you want to know more about these two products...


GLYCOLIC ACID 7% TONING SOLUTION

A social media star, the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution is a toner that is designed for all skin types to enhance skin radiance and texture. Glycolic acid provides mild exfoliation while also correcting the pH balance of your skin after cleansing. Its recommend use is once a day, preferably in the PM as it does have a mildly acidic (like vinegar, although it doesn't sting) scent. Because glycolic acid may make your skin more sensitive to the sun, you should also wear sun protection during the day to combat that. Personally, I love glycolic acid and I think it's so beneficial in your skincare routine for daily exfoliation. I know other brands offer similar solutions, but at $8.40 CAD for a 240mL bottle, you really can't go wrong.


HIGH SPREADABILITY FLUID PRIMER

The High-Spreadability Fluid Primer is a makeup base designed to increase the spreadability of your makeup whether it be foundation, powder, concealer, etc. I was pleasantly surprised with how lightweight this primer feels on top of my skin. It is more watery and serum-like than you would imagine, but it still mattifies your skin while leaving a hydrated, dewy-like finish. I like to reach for this primer on days when my skin feels a little more dry and needs that hydration aspect before foundation application. While the only thing critique I have of this primer is its slightly "off" scent, I just think it's so interesting how a primer can be mattifying yet hydrating at the same time. 

Coming up soon, I will be posting about some serums from The Ordinary, as well as a special post featuring some products from Deciem's Hylamide line!

- Nancy

THE BIRTHDAY EDIT | 23


Happy Monday! It's my birthday! Yup, I am officially twenty-three (and unable to explain how I feel about that, for more reasons than a blink-182 song).

When I sat down to write this blog post, I really had no idea what I wanted to write about. I'm literally sitting here with writer's block. I guess in some ways, 23 is a big number for me. It signifies five years of living in Toronto, in which I feel like more has happened to me in my life than my 18 years in Calgary. It's just hard to put into perspective I suppose. 


Since I literally can't think of how I feel being a year older, and inn honour of my birthday, I want to talk about twenty three things that are in some way important to me since being in Toronto.
  1. Moving from suburban Calgary to completely different downtown Toronto.
  2. Building self-confidence (which I am still working on now).
  3. Attending Ryerson University's Fashion Program.
  4. Graduating from Ryerson University's Fashion Program.
  5. Trying (and failing several times) Tinder dating.
  6. Starting a DIY Youtube channel.
  7. Exploring new places for the first time in Toronto, most of which are some of my favourite places in Toronto.
  8. Living with roommates; doing the whole renting thing.
  9. Flying out to PEI for a few days, a dream come true!
  10. Starting a beauty blog on Tumblr, which led to this permanent blog.
  11. Attending my first PR event with so many amazing #Girlbosses.
  12. Being introduced to craft beer at Sin and Redemption on Dundas West.
  13. Taking runs along the Don Valley trail.
  14. Having lattes at Dark Horse, many lattes.
  15. Getting out of the whole roommate thing and moving into my own apartment.
  16. Teaching little kids how to sew.
  17. Hosting "Orphan Thanksgiving" dinners.
  18. Spending nights playing pool, dancing, and listening to live music with pints of Guinness.
  19. Working at trade shows and learning the small business side of things.
  20. Getting my first "real" tattoo on Queen East.
  21. Playing board games at Snakes & Lattes.
  22. Getting thrifty at Black Market and Value Village.
  23. Finding the person who feels like home for me. 
I was also looking back at my Twenty-Two Things for 22 blog post last year, and I can happily say that I accomplished or am in the process of accomplishing almost all of those things on the list!

I don't do them very often, but I hope you enjoyed this more personal blog post.

xoxo,
Nancy

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