L'OCCITANE CLEANSING OIL | REVIEW


Hi friends! As promised, today I have a quick review on the L'Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil. I have been using a cleansing oil to remove my makeup for years and it has literally changed how I clean my face at the end of the day. While I do love the cheaper alternative (The Body Shop's Chamomile Cleansing Oil), I wanted to splurge and treat myself to a higher end product and compare the differences.

The L'Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil comes in a 200mL bottle and retails for $29.00 CAD. It's only slightly more costly than some cleansing oils but I would say it's definitely in the mid-tier in terms of price. The base is of sunflower oil, and is super liquidy but feels very silky on the skin. The Shea Cleansing Oil does a fantastic job of removing makeup, even waterproof makeup. It has that shea butter scent you would expect if you've used other products from the shea butter line, and because of that ingredient, it also adds a touch of hydration. Like most cleansing oils, it emulsifies well when mixed with water, and even when it's washed off, there is no greasy residue. Of course, I do like to use a regular facial cleanser afterwards to make sure everything is off, but the cleansing oil definitely does its job in removing all of my makeup.

Overall, I did really like the Shea Cleansing Oil. Would I purchase it again? Yes, but only if I feel like treating myself because while it did its job and I don't have any complaints, I would say I would rather spend less money on The Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Oil because they really both do the same thing. Both are also ethically produced and use high quality ingredients, so I love that about them but for an every day product, I just have a preference.

Have you tried the L'Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil? What did you think about it? Also, do you do the double-cleanse method? 

- Nancy

MY FAVOURITE INNISFREE SHEET MASKS


A couple months ago I was introduced to the entire range of My Real Squeeze sheet masks from Innisfree and I absolutely loved them! My friends over at Take Good Care kindly sent me the collection to try out and after using them up, I of course had to re-order a few of my favourites. The My Real Squeeze masks come in three different variations: water, essence, and cream. I found that I definitely gravitated more towards the cream-based sheet masks because not only were they refreshing, I also found the ingredients in them to feel more nourishing and effective.


MY FAVOURITE MASKS

Cream based //
Shea Butter | The shea butter masks are soaked in an essence that is recommended for normal to dry skin. When the weather was colder in Toronto, I loved using this mask because it left my skin feeling smooth, and super moisturized. 
Oatmeal | The oatmeal sheet mask is soaked in a creamy essence that feels super soothing on my skin.
Rice | Rice sheet masks are great for brightening dull looking skin, so whenever my skin looks lack luster, I like to apply this mask right before bed and I'll wake up to a glowy complexion.

Essence based //
Aloe | This mask is saturated in an aloe-based essence which is known for its soothing properties, and is great for when my skin is feeling irritated or inflamed. 
Manuka Honey | Honey is known for its antibacterial and healing properties, so I love this mask for when my skin is recovering from breakouts.

I thoroughly enjoyed the water-based masks too but I didn't end up reordering them. However, I highly recommend any of them if you're looking for a sheet mask that will make your skin feel very refreshed!


Have you tried the My Real Squeeze masks from Innisfree? Which ones do you like the best? If you haven't and would like to try them, I highly recommend shopping through Take Good Care as they not only offer a wide selection of other Korean beauty products, they are also reputable and a Canadian online retailer.

Have a great weekend!
- Nancy

Disclaimer* The Innisfree sheet masks were sent to me for review initially however, I repurchased them for this blog post because I love them!

MY DAILY FOUNDATION ROUTINE | 2018


After having a reminiscent night and going through my blog posts from the past, I realized that it's been a hot minute since I last published an updated foundation routine/base makeup routine. After reading my last routine too, I realized that I currently use none of the products I used circa 1.5-2 years ago. Everything has stayed the same in terms of primer, foundation, bronzer, etc, but it surprised me how different the products I use now are. I've tried out so many different types of products over the years so I thought I'd share the routine I am currently doing for my base makeup!

THE PRODUCTS

primer | I currently use Pixi's Flawless & Poreless Primer. After my skincare routine, I like how different this priner feels compared to other pore minimizing primers because it is very hydrating, and doesn’t have the typical silicone texture that most of us are used to. It’s definitely pore minimizing but it also adds a dewy underlayer to the skin.
foundation | For foundation, I have been loving The Ordinary’s Serum Foundation. My shade is 2.0N. This foundation is so lightweight and feels more watery, which is great because I don’t like thick, matte type of foundations. The coverage is light to medium, and one pump of this does the trick for me.

concealer | I was on the hunt for a new concealer, so when The Face Shop had their annual holiday sale, I thought I’d try their Super Cover Concealer. This is hands down one of the best concealers I have ever used! Korean makeup tends to have a reputation of being light coverage, but this concealer is flawless in its coverage ability. A little goes a long way and it doesn’t feel very heavy either.



powder
 | I ran out of my favourite (Dr. Hauschka's Correcting Powder) so I went back to using elf’s Tone Correcting Powder. I’ve actually used this in the past and it’s a great powder for setting. It's packed tightly so it's not cakey at all and I love using correcting powders since they have all of the colours to even out my skin tone.

bronze & highlight | For my bronzer and highlighter, I been using the cult classics from Benefit - Hoola Bronzer and Watt’s Up. Hooler Bronzer is simply universal and just warms up my skintone after powdering and Watt’s Up is a cream based highlighter that adds a subtle glow to my cheekbones.

setting spray | Lastly, to seal everything in, I spritz two to three pumps of Wet n Wild's Photofocus Matte Finish and then we're good to go! 
And that’s everything I currently use for my base makeup! I’m sure my routine will change when the weather gets warmer, but these have definitely been my go-to products for the past few months.

Have a great week everyone!
- Nancy

EVENT RECAP | DR. HAUSCHKA LA VIE EN ROSE


Happy Friday everyone! On Tuesday I went to the Dr. Hauschka press dinner to celebrate their 50th anniversary as well discover some of their products featuring the Rose. The event was held at The Richmond and decorated to perfection with florals, a very photographic dinner setting, and a selection of skincare and makeup products offered by Dr. Hauschka. 


We were treated to appetizers and rosé, and I sat down with a group of fabulous women to learn more about Dr. Hauschka's offerings. I met Shira from Stop Drop and Makeup, Jessica from Diary of a Toronto Girl, Teresa from The Balance, and Anum from SummerxSkin

The food was a totally vegan and totally delicious meal, complete with wine top-ups and impeccable service. Throughout dinner, we were treated to a presentation about the brand and its philosophies. I was first introduced to Dr. Hauschka back in September, and since then I have been a huge fan of the brand and their products. Not only is the brand certified organic and natural, they are also one of the very few brands in the entire world that is certified by Natrue and is a Certified B Corporation, meaning that they give back to the environment and their products are the purest of the pure - considering they have their own garden located outside of any major cities in Germany. 



At the end of the night and presentation, we were given a limited edition 50mL tube of their Rose Day Cream, one of their Sheer Lipsticks, and a couple minis including the Facial Toner in a travel size which I am super excited about! I can't wait to try these products out and let you know what I think of them. In the meantime, if you're interested in Dr. Hauschka, you can find them at The Bay and Well.ca.


Have a great weekend! 
- Nancy

Disclaimer* Press event with products given as press samples.

LIVE CLEAN MINERAL CLAY SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER | REVIEW


Today we're talking about Live Clean's newest shampoo and conditioner release - the Mineral Clay Rebalancing range. I've actually tried a few different products from Live Clean before (hair care, hand soaps, etc), but I was super excited to hear that they've released a shampoo and conditioner duo for "combination hair" ie. oily roots and dry ends. 

As someone who washes their hair every day (I know, forgive me, but I am trying to get better at going on no hair wash days!), my hair gets oily very easily especially at the roots. In turn, the ends of my hair lose their moisture resulting in dry and split ends. Live Clean's Mineral Clay Rebalancing shampoo purifies oily roots while the conditioner hydrates, detoxifies, and moisturizes dry ends. 



Live Clean's Mineral Clay Rebalancing Shampoo and Conditioner combine three mineral clays - Kaolin, Montmorillonite, and Bentonite - known for their cleansing, oil absorbing, and stimulating properties. The shampoo and conditioner also contain known purifiers such as Apple Cider, Tea Tree, and Green Tea. In terms of moisturization, the range contains Vitamin E and Provitamin B5. 

I've tried a number of Live Clean's shampoos and conditioners before and I have never been disappointed. My favourite is their Exotic Nectar Argan Oil range which is extremely hydrating, but what I really love about the Mineral Clay Rebalancing range is just that - it's "rebalancing". Since I wash my hair every day, I like how this shampoo and conditioner doesn't weigh down my hair with too much moisture but instead, hydrates where it is needed and absorbs oils where it is needed. 

Another plus is that Live Clean's products use plant and natural based ingredients, they are paraben free, pure vegan and vegetarian, and are totally cruelty free! You can find the Mineral Clay Rebalancing Shampoo and Conditioner which retails for $7.99 CAD each at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, and Well.ca now.

I have so many more things I want to share from Live Clean with all of you! Keep checking back in a few weeks as I'm sure I'll be adding more blog posts featuring a few of their products. 

Have a great week!
Nancy

Disclaimer* Products sent complimentary for review, all opinions are my own.

NEUTROGENA LIGHT THERAPY ACNE SPOT TREATMENT | REVIEW


Happy Wednesday everyone! Recently, I was sent the Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment from Neutrogena to try out and review for you guys. A couple months ago, I reviewed the Light Therapy Acne Mask, which you can check out here if you would like to learn more about the actual treatment and my thoughts. Now, Neutrogena has come out with a smaller, portable version of light therapy for on-the-go pimple treatments.

For a general overview, light therapy uses red and blue light to treat pimples. Each colour works differently to combat two of the major factors that contribute to acne: bacteria and inflammation. The red light targets inflammation while the blue light fights bacteria.

The Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment is super slim and reminds me of a pen. The treatment is powered by a single AA battery and has a 1/2" area to enclose the breakout or pimple when you hold it up to your face. To use it, you simply apply it directly on clean skin so that the light fully surrounds the pimple. Each treatment lasts for 2 minutes and the device will turn off automatically after the 2 minutes. It should be used three times a day until the pimple is gone.


In terms of my own skin, I generally have pretty clear skin however, for the past two months, I have been battling the worse breakouts, especially around my nose and chin. This is probably due to several factors including stress and diet, but that also means I was able to put the Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment to the ultimate test!

I had two major breakouts to test this treatment on: one on my nose and one on my chin. Both were at the point where they were pretty prominent and very painful, but I was curious to see if the spot treatment would speed up the healing process. I used the treatment on both breakouts for two days, and by the third day, I noticed less swelling on both, and by the fourth day, the breakout on my nose had popped, and was on it's way to healing. The breakout on my chin was considerably smaller, but what I noticed the most was that while there was still a "bump", there was absolutely no redness on or around the pimple. I think by having the light treatment hit directly on the breakout, it's much more effective than having it rest 1-2" above the face. 

Ultimately, there are two things I love about the spot treatment. Firstly, I like how it is a direct treatment to the breakout. It reminds me of cream or gel based spot treatments, but light therapy is less invasive and doesn't lead to any drying or flaking. Secondly, I love how slim the spot treatment is, and I can literally carry it around with me in my purse or have it at my desk. I can also see myself bringing it with me to travel, and since it only uses a single battery, it's super easy to replace.

You can pick up the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment from Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada. It retails for $32.00 CAD and while there is an expirary date on the pen (as the LED lights do become ineffective at some point), the only other cost is a battery replacement when it runs out.

Have you tried any of the Light Therapy treatments from Neutrogena? What do you think of them? Let me know in the comments down below!

- Nancy

*Disclaimer: Product sent for free for review. All opinions are honest and my own.
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