Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Sunscreen Review Video

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Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Review

I had a video review about this sunscreen… and then deleted by mistake. Oops. But here you go: if you want a mineral sunscreen, this is a great option, although you can only get it online.

The main sunscreen ingredient is 19% Zinc Oxide which means that it’s got lots of zinc oxide in it. That’s great, but zinc oxide usually shows up super white on tan skins, and this one doesn’t do that. Sure, there’s a bit of a cast but not so much that it’s bothersome to look at.

It’s greasy so I don’t like using it on my face, but I love using it on my body because it works like a moisturizer too. It’s also water-resistant (probably because it’s so greasy), so I took it with me for a day at the beach with my kids. I slathered them and myself with the sunscreen, and honestly, I was using so much that it was a little white on our skins but our photos from the beach look pretty good.

But, it’s sticky.  Sand stuck to it non-stop and that was not fun.  It was hard to change our clothes after a day at the beach, and reapplying sticky sunscreen over top of sand and more sticky sunscreen was super annoying.  Just saying.  It would be great for a day on the patio, but maybe not for the beach.

Available online: $49.

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Veriphy Skincare

Brand new to Shoppers Drug Mart locations is skincare brand Veriphy, and I’ve been giving their three products a try this summer. They include a face serum, an eye cream, and a face lotion. The brand is out of Guelph, Ontario, and was created to incorporate a new ingredient called Phytoglycogen which was discovered at the University of Guelph. Phytoglycogen is glycogen extracted from plants – where as glycogen is found in our bodies and helps give us energy (I’m simplifying this, but that’s how it works). In your skin, phytoglycogen could help with hydration, collagen, and skin health.

The packaging is luxe and heavy. Dark green glass bottles with gold lids and lettering looks unique but pretty on my vanity. You can see the boxes that the bottles come in, and they have all the ingredients in them.

My favourite from this collection was the Power Trip Facial Serum because it has some lactic acid in it which helps exfoliate skin and just makes skin brighter but moisturizes too.

The facial serum is $105, the eye cream is $82, and the face lotion is $85.  You can find them online.

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Live Clean Super Fruit Waters Quenching Curls Shampoo & Conditioner

If you’re a fan of Live Clean (like so many people in my family are) you’ll be happy to know that there’s a new line of Live Clean haircare that’s just for those of us with curly hair.  The Super Fruit Waters Quenching Curls Shampoo and Conditioner is made up of light-weight hydrating ingredients to leave curls fresh and bouncy.

If you have frizz-prone hair, this might be your first step in taking care of that.

Available in drugstores and mass merchandisers now.

$7.49 – $7.99.

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Scent Intense by Costume National

Never has a scent intrigued me as much as Scent Intense by Costume National. I had only heard of the design house fleetingly and certainly didn’t know that they made a perfume. I don’t even know what compelled me to pick up the fairly nondescript black bottle, take a sniff, and then spray some on myself.

This is a scent unlike any other.

First things first: it’s unisex, and not unisex in a Calvin Klein kind of way where all you smell is a cologne. It’s unisex in the way that it’s mostly made for men and women who don’t mind smelling like men. I found it in the women’s scent department.

Basenotes says that the base of this scent is Amber but I smell so much more than that in this. I smell a very distinct woodiness in the dry down and it’s very powdery. At the end of the day, this scent is very smoky and dry. It’s comforting and even in the heat of the summer, it has the ability to transport one out of the city and into a place where wood fires are burning a dark and mysterious fire.

If you’re looking for something different, you should check this scent out. It’s a fairly linear scent and lasts a long time on the skin. Strong and unusual, it’s not for those who like to blend in.

Available online: $165 for 100ml.

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Products I’m On My Way to Finishing

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Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil

If you’re in hot and humid weather and you have curly hair, straightening it is pretty much useless, so the next best thing is to wear it curly and for this, I love a good serum. It minimizes the frizz and leaves your hair soft and defined. Lots of serums have dimethicone or some other form of silicone in them, but the Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil also has a blend of different oils that help condition your hair. The result is frizz-free defined curls and healthier hair.

Available at salons. $53.

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Dermae Vitamin C Concentrated Serum

Vitamin C is a great option for adding an antioxidant into your skincare routine. Antioxidants get rid of environmental stress and it can even help skincare products like sunscreen work better.  Because I use vitamin C on a regular basis, I don’t always notice a huge difference when I change products.  That being said, I do sometimes have dry skin and I love that the Dermae Vitamin C serum also has hyaluronic acid in it as its base.

Dermae also has a Vitamin C Instant Radiance Citrus Facial Peel which actually has ground of orange peel in it.  I think the orange peel is a bit excessive, and probably didn’t do anything for my skin, but this peel did have glycolic acid and vitamin C in it and I experienced some mild tingling when I put it on my skin.

You can find Dermae products on their website.

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It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Illumination Review

Ok, my friends, I gotta say that I’m a huge It Cosmetics fan because their products are awesome. Soooo, I’m always a little biased when I talk about their products. BUT, I will say that I am on the fence about this CC cream. It is more like a foundation, even though it’s only available in  6 colours – and I have the shade medium.

If you’re looking for foundation-like coverage, then this is the CC cream for you.  I love using a foundation that has SPF 50 in it because then I have to worry less about sunscreen.

But check out how much shimmer was left on my hand after using this CC cream.  It was pretty shimmery which means that my face was shimmery too.  It looked more natural on my face than it did on my hand, but super be aware that this is a pretty shimmery cream.  It was toned down once I put powder on it and looked like a natural satin finish.

Available at Sephora for $52.

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Vivier Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Sunscreen Video

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