Almost Bronze

This is from the archives.  A bronzer that’s bronze but not too bronze.  I think they need to bring this back.  More pigmented is not always better because it’s harder to blend and sometimes you just want a smidge!  Read the review (from 2009) and tell me what you think in the comments!

I love a subtle bronzing product because it’s easy to work with and it makes it difficult to apply too much product.

If you’re new to using bronzer, you should check out Clinique’s Almost Bronzer. It comes with 2 shades built into the bronzer so that you can pick and choose how bronze you want to go. I use the light shade as a highlight on the tops of my cheeks and love it because it doesn’t look too obvious. There’s a subtle shimmer and it’s even got SPF 15 which makes it perfect for achieving a bronze no-makeup look this summer.

You can get this at all Clinique counters and it retails for $34 in Canada.

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3 Cute Skincare Brands That Are At Shoppers Drug Mart

How cute is all this packaging? All these are available at Shopper Drug Mart (and gifted to me), and I am very impressed with them.

Now, I already knew about Indeed Labs which is a Canadian company that makes effective, ingredient-focused skincare that actually works. I’ve talked about their sunscreen which is a blend of mineral and chemical sunscreen.

Now I have their Hydraluron Mist which is new to me and to the brand. It’s $22.99.

Honest Beauty is also known as Jessica Alba’s brand and this Hydrogel Cream is silky smooth.  More of a review coming soon.

Cocokind oil to milk cleanser smells amazing and I’m so interested in learning more about this brand.

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Natural-Looking Makeup: Rimmel Conceal and Correct Palette

I’m totally into makeup that lets your skin shine through while just making you look a little bit more polished and put together.  I also love applying product with my fingertips because I feel that you can blend it in so much better and really get a feel for your skin at the same time.

That’s why I’ve been loving the Rimmel Conceal and Contour palette which came out as part of their Insta collection.  This cute little palette has a light shade to highlight, a medium peachy shade to use under the eyes where shadows can be more blue, and a deeper colour to contour.  

I’ll start by saying that the contour colour is too brown to really use as a contour and while this palette looks great, there’s way too much of the deep brown to ever really be useful.  I apply just a touch on my cheeks and forehead, and I use way more of the highlight and correct colours.  

I have the palette in light/medium and the shades work so well on my skin.  I can just apply them and they just melt in looking totally natural.  The extremely soft quality of these creams might make them prone to creasing, and they’re pretty glowy once blended in, but I like to top with powder and I find that they set so nicely and last the whole day.   I use these instead of foundation not on top of it, and I find that they look so much more natural because I’m just applying a little bit of each cream where I need it, not one shade all over.

A couple of months into using it and I’m almost done – you’ll see an empty of this soon!

Available at drugstores and mass merchandisers.  $11.98 at Walmart.

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The Lancer Method Anti-Aging Regimen Review

I got asked about the Lancer line of products because they’re now available at Shoppers Drug Mart.  Dr. Lancer is known for being a “celebrity” dermatologist, and there was a time when he was associated with being Kim Kardashian’s derm.  I’m sure she has a team of people she consults, but his line came out after he became known as being a person that saw many celebrities.

As we know, this is not that unusual – Dr. Brandt and even Dr. Dennis Gross were also known as being derms to the stars and they came out with their own lines too.

Dr. Lancer’s line got sent to me and a lot of the copy behind it is that it’s an “anti-aging line”.  Sorry, there are a lot of quotation marks being thrown around here.

What do I say about an anti-aging regimen that doesn’t have any Vitamin C, acids, or retinol?  What this line does have is peptides.

The Dr. Lancer line The kit includes a cleanser, a scrub, and a basic moisturizer, and eye gel.  The moisturizer has peptides in it which aid in stimulating collagen production in your skin and so can help minimize the look of wrinkles. 

Scrubs are abrasive and it was surprising to me that Dr. Lancer included them in his line.  Many dermatologists advise staying away from scrubs because of the microtears they can cause on your skin.  They feel satisfying to use, but that doesn’t mean that they’re good for you long term. The grains in the Dr. Lancer scrub are aluminum crystals which is what is used in microdermabrasion, but even that is something that the skincare community is moving away from.

The moisturizer and the eye cream are fine – they are on the basic side but they’re not terrible.

The entire regimen can be found for $179.

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13 Dot Method of Applying Sunscreen Video

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Life Brand Replenishing Mask

I love a good sheet mask to relax when I’m very tired or when my skin feels a bit parched.  Sometimes I’m a bit of both, and I liked using Life Brand’s Replenishing Hydrogel Facial Sheet Mask.  Let’s face it, all sheet masks are soothing, hydrating, and cooling so they’re great for using in the summer.

Did you know that Hydrogel can hold more moisture than the average sheet mask, and keeps the moisture from evaporating as quickly?  This mask doesn’t feel very wet, but it was still damp enough to make a difference on my skin.  It also comes in 2 parts, so the top and the bottom apply separately and more accurately.

You can find Life Brand masks at Shoppers Drug Mart for $1.99.

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Summer Skincare Routine Video

I added some new things to my skincare routine. I didn’t revamp the whole routine because it was going fine, but I definitely have added some things that are really working for my skin and I thought I would share them with you guys.

I’m trying the Differin Cream instead of the gel and I think that it’s great. It’s moisturizing instead of drying but it still works. I’m using it about 3-4 times a week. This is prescription-only so ask your doctor about that.

Also using Neostrata Correct lotion at night on the nights that I’m not using the Differin, and it’s also great. Loving it.

Sometimes I throw in the A313 pomade and it would be great for dry skin. You can only get it on Amazon because it’s from Europe. Here’s the link for that: A313. I went on to Amazon to get this link and my history told me that I first bought this in 2018! I can’t believe that I bought it so long ago and I’m still liking it! My most recent tube, I bought when I was actually in France and they had to go into the back room to get it.

Also, used Deciem 23% Vitamin C Suspension and it’s crazy tingling at first, and then your skin calms down and it’s fine.

Ren Skincare Overnight Glow Mask is amazing! Phyto-glygogen and Algae do a great job at brightening your skin.

Sunscreen right now is Avene Tinted Mineral Fluid.

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Quo Beauty Compact Travel Hair Dryer

So, I’ve been traveling inside Canada just a little bit this summer, and I packed this handy dandy Quo Beauty Compact Travel Dryer with me. You can see from the picture how small it is and because of its size, it’s pretty light too.

Now, this doesn’t pack quite the punch that larger hair dryers do, but it’s comfortable to use and I usually use hair dryers on their first setting anyway. This folds up to be even more compact and fits into my gym bag for swimming (when swimming opens up again, I’ll be taking this with me!).

$24.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart.

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Lise Watier’s Most Amazing Lip Product

Happy #InternationalLipstickDay!

This is makeup you need in your life: it’s Lise Watier’s #BaiserVelours.

Lise Watier Baiser Velours

These are lip creams that dry to a matte long-wearing finish, kind of like NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Creams but in a more elegant formulation because they’re much creamier to apply. The applicator for the Lise Watier Baiser Velours is also fine tipped to allow for precise application.

Although they apply super creamy, actually the lip creams dry matte so if you have flaky lips at all, they’re emphasized. Your best bet is to exfoliate first, and then apply the product. The lasting power is unreal. I got through breakfast, coffee, and then snack, and there was still lip colour on my lips. The reason for that is that the pigment is very intense so it does really stick to the lips.

$28 where Lise Watier products are sold. My favourite colour is Sweet Kiss – it’s the perfect neutral pink (kind of like Pink Plaid by MAC) and it goes from day to night in a flash.

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CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser

If you have sensitive skin, or if you’re using anything that will “peel” or exfoliate your skin in any way, then it’s time to have a look at the kind of cleanser that you’re using on your skin.  Maybe you’ve had a time when your skin was just so irritated even though you were using everything that you always used anyway.  Maybe you suffer from periodic bouts of eczema or breakouts but skincare doesn’t seem to be the issue.  It could be that you’ve impaired your skin’s moisture barrier and you need to give it a break from harsh cleansers and other drying products.

That’s where cleansers from CeraVe come in – CeraVe has built a reputation on cleansers that are gentle but still work.  There won’t be excessively drying ingredients in them, and that’s why they’re perfect if you have sensitive skin and even if you don’t.

My favourite is the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser.  Because I have oily skin, I’ve got an affinity to foaming cleansers.  They really take off any gunk and grim that could accumulate during the day and seem to leave my skin feeling fresh and clean.  CeraVe’s Foaming Facial Cleanser has a pump dispenser and a smooth gel texture.  It emulsifies quickly with water to create a slight lather, melts makeup off, but doesn’t leave a residue on your skin.  It’s suitable for all skin types, and it’s proof that good skincare products don’t have to cost a lot of money!   You can find CeraVe at the drugstore.

$17.99 at drugstores and mass merchandisers, or online.

 

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