Hi my name is Pam. 35 year old mom of two. Runner. Follow me on my journey learning about best finds for anti-aging and clean skincare!
Thank-you JadesJourney for the amazing Giveaway!
I’m so excited that I won a giveaway!! And all the way from Australia! That means I’ll get to try some products that I’ve never heard of in Canada. Thank-you @JadesJourneyfor the amazing giveaway! Really looking forward to trying these products. Some of the items include: OLAY - Regenerist Micro Sculpting Super Essence Water KORA - Turmeric BHA Brightening Treatment Mask FARM SKIN - Freshfood for Skin Facial Sheet Mask (Honey) LANCÔME - Monsieur Big Mascara FORMULA 10.0.6 - Seriously Shine Free Mattifying Oil Free Moisturizer FORMULA 10.0.6 - Best Face Forward Daily Foaming Cleanser
FORMULA 10.0.6-Best Face Forward Daily Foaming Cleanser
My skincare wishlist
Here are some of the products I’m hoping to get for Christmas this year: The themes are: clean, value sets, AHAd, and masks. Most are new to me, with one favourite that I’ve tried. FARMACY - Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask FARMACY - Honeymoon Glow Serum BIOSSANCE - Overachievers Set SUNDAY RILEY - Dynamic Duo Kit FIRST AID BEAUTY - All That Fab PETER THOMAS ROTH - Masking Minis 5-Piece Mask Kit Glossier. - Boy Brow + Balm Dotcom + Futuredew SOL de Janeiro - Brazilian Bum Bum Cream pixi - Glow Tonic I’m also planning on gifting skincare to my friends & family. With not much to do with the pandemic I think it’s the perfect gift to pamper yourself at home. Either masks, bath products, or hydrating lotions I think make great gifts in the winter for the women in your life. What do you want for the holidays?
FIRST AID BEAUTY-All That Fab
How do you exfoliate? Serum or Toner?
Sometimes I feel like the more I learn about skincare, the more confused I get 🤷🏻♀️ I just finished reading Caroline Hirons new book “Skincare: the ultimate no nonsense guide”. I definitely recommend it. I’ll post soon some of my biggest take aways. But, the major thing it left me confused about is exfoliating and acids Caroline Hirons, the Queen of skincare, recommends acid toning twice a day. You should have 2-3 acid toners in your skincare line-up and rotate them, a stronger one followed by gentler, different kinds of acids. I was hoping her treatment section she would touch on acids and how she uses both, but she didn’t talk about acids as serums. Before my skincare journey I was using CLINIQUE - Clarifying Lotion 2 For Dry Combination Skin I had no complaints. It was gentle. I wouldn’t really call it exfoliating. But, after reading the ingredients and seeing alcohol at the top and dyes, I’ve decided to ditch it. I was also using CLINIQUE - CLINIQUE Exfoliating Scrub Again, no complaints. A gentle 7-day scrub. But, I learned that chemical exfoliation is better than physical, so I decided to stop using this everyday. I learned that adding AHA & BHA into your routine is important in your 30s. I tried SUNDAY RILEY - Good Genes All in One Lactic Acid Treatment And wow 🤩 it claims that you can notice smoother & brighter skin in 3mins. MINUTES! Not months or weeks. And it is true! I love this serum. I was using 1-2 times a week. Adding acids slowly to my routine. I never experienced any irritation. I also purchased The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HAto see how it compared to the Sunday Riley Good Genes, since it’s less than 10% the price. I’ll give a review after I’ve been using it at least a month. I’ve also tried Kate Somerville - Liquid ExfoliKate Triple Acid Resurfacing Treatment This is a strong acid toner. More similar to the products that Caroline Hirons recommends. I don’t love it as much as the Sunday Riley. It smells strong. And I find it more irritating. I’ve used it every other day and that seems like too much. I do find it stings. Here’s my questions: How do you exfoliate? Serums? Or toners? Or both? To make matters more confusing, what about night creams with AHAs??? How often? I’ve read no more than twice a week. But products recommend daily. And Caroline Hirons is recommending twice a day (although alternating between gentle & strong). I think like the serums more than a strong toner. I will try a new gentler toner for twice daily use. And continue using a serum twice weekly in the evenings. I’d love to hear how you incorporate acids into your routine! Thanks 😊
CLINIQUE-CLINIQUE Exfoliating Scrub
Clean Skincare - are they are a dealbreaker?
If you’ve been following me, I’ve recently done two posts on ingredients to avoid in skincare & cosmetics, “the dirty dozen” chemicals. I went through my cupboard to find out how many of my products had the dirty dozen chemicals, and almost everyone had PEGs. What was more confusing is that Clean by Sephora allows PEGs in the products they certify, but with limits. I wanted to find out more about what is the risk and is this ingredient a dealbreaker for me when moving to a clean skincare routine. What are PEGs? Polyethylene glycols are petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. What are the risks? Depending on manufacturing processes, PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. Ethylene oxide is a known human carcinogen and 1,4-dioxane is a possible human carcinogen. Ethylene oxide can also harm the nervous system. The California Environmental Protection Agency has classified it as a developmental toxicant based on evidence that it may interfere with human development. 1,4-dioxane can be removed from cosmetics during the manufacturing process by vacuum stripping, but there is no easy way for consumers to know whether products containing PEGs have undergone this process. Sephora Clean & PEGs Sephora’s Clean seal allows PEGs but brands have to test that 1, 4-dioxane is below a threshold of 10 or less parts per million of products that are meant to be rinsed off and 3 or less parts per million of products that are meant to stay on. Other related ingredients ✅ Propylene glycol is a related chemical that, like PEGs, functions as a penetration enhancer and can allow harmful ingredients to be absorbed more readily through the skin. Doesn’t have a risk for cancer, developmental or reproductive, but may cause allergies or irritation. ✅ Butylene Glycol is included in formulas for these types of products because it adds moisture and conditions hair and skin. This ingredient is not petroleum based but made from corn. Butylene glycol doesn’t have a risk as a carcinogen, developmental, or reproductive health. But may cause allergies or irritation.
One Month Review - Did it work?
If you follow me, you know dark circles are one of biggest skincare concern. Mom of two 🙋🏻♀️ A busy three year old and 9 month old who doesn’t let her mom sleep. When I saw that The Ordinary has an eye serum that targets dark circles, with my favourite caffeine ☕️, and for under $10 I had to buy it! Cherie made me buy it 🍒 The Claims This light-textured formula contains an extremely high 5% concentration of caffeine, supplemented with highly-purified Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG) from green tea leaves. Independent studies have shown that topical use of each of caffeine and EGCG can help reduce looks of puffiness and of dark circles in the eye contour. My Experience I’ve been using The Ordinary’s Caffeine Solution AM & PM for the past month. I massage a small drop under each eye. This is more than enough. The serum absorbs after a couple minutes. I like it’s consistency and that it has no scent. I’ve used approximately 1/3 of the bottle, so this bottle should last you 3 months. Has anyone else noticed the build up on the bottle? What is this? The Before & After Do you see a difference in my dark circles? Sadly, I really don’t notice any difference. Also, I find this eye serum drying, so in the evening I apply an eye cream on top of it. Verdict The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG ❌ I won’t be repurchasing this product. I think I’d rather buy an eye cream that’s hydrating and targets dark circles and fine lines.
The Ordinary-Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
Dirty Dozen Chemicals in my Skincare
I want to move towards a clean skincare routine. My current products were not purchased with clean skincare in mind, but I want to know how many of the Dirty Dozen chemicals are in my skincare. See my previous clean skincare posts for more details. Dirty Dozen Chemicals to Avoid: 1. Coal Tar Dyes 2. DEA / MEA / TEA 3. Phthalates / Parfum / fragrence 4. Formaldehyde releasing perservatives 5. Parabens 6. PEG compounds 7. Petrolatum 8. Siloxanes 9. Sulfates 10. Triclosan 11. Talc 12. Hydroquinone A quick summary, almost every product contains PEGs! PEGs (polyethylene glycols) are petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. Depending on manufacturing processes, PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, known human carcinogens. 1,4-dioxane can be removed from cosmetics during the manufacturing process by vacuum stripping, but there is no easy way for consumers to know whether products containing PEGs have undergone this process. Here’s what’s in my current products: The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG ✅ clean The Ordinary - 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil ✅ clean CLINIQUE - Dramatically Different Oil-Free Gel ❌ contains paraffin ❌contains Petrolatum (Also contains dyes) Kate Somerville - Liquid ExfoliKate Triple Acid Resurfacing Treatment ✅ clean of dirty dozen SUNDAY RILEY - Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment ❌ contains PEG-100, PEG-75 CLINIQUE - Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm ❌contains PEGs CLINIQUE - All About Eyes ❌contains PEGs ❌contains Petrolatum CLINIQUE - Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator ❌ contains PEGs (Also contains dyes) CLINIQUE - Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate ❌contains PEGs (Also contains dyes) CLINIQUE - Jumbo Liquid Facial Soap Oily Skin Formula ❌contains sulfates ❌contains PEGs CLINIQUE - Smart Custom-Repair Serum ❌contains PEGs (Also contains dyes) VERSED - STROKE OF BRILLIANCE Brightening Serum ✅ clean from dirty dozen I’m new to reading labels, so if I’ve missed something let me know! What’s in your skincare?
The Ordinary-100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
Glossier to go 🏃🏻♀️💨
A beauty set is great way to test out a brand or to stock up on your favorites! When Glossier came out with the Glossier. - The Skincare Edit I thought it’d be perfect to travel with (little did I know we would be stuck at home for months). I already know and love most of the products included in this set so I knew it was a good deal for me, let me break it down for ya: Glossier. - Milky Jelly Cleanser this is one of my favorite cleansers, I love using it as my wash after a workout or as a second cleanser at night. It’s super gentle, doesn’t lather much and doesn’t leave my skin feeling stripped just nice and clean. Glossier. - Priming Moisturizer Rich Luxurious Face Cream I have a new found love for this moisturizer, my skin changes with the season and weather and this was amazing during the colder months. Do keep in mind it has some extracts that can be irritating for some. Glossier. - Balm Dotcom the OG. These two mini bbs balm dotcoms are the cutest I’ve ever seen. So great to throw in your bag and go and leave at your nightstand for some hydration before bed. 10/10. Glossier. - Futuredew Oil Serum Hybrid for a glow as bright as your future. This oil/serum hybrid is perfect to lock in all your skincare in the morning, it’ll leave you with the most dewy skin. Glossier. - Super Bounce Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin B5 Serum ah the supers. I think this serum is great, but I definitely think there are better, similar options out there. It’s nice to get it with the set but it’s nothing groundbreaking. Super cute tho. The set also comes with a cute pink bandana so you can hold your hair while doing your skincare!
🧎🏼♀️Indie Lee: All Things Start From A Rare Brain Tumor
The founder started her eponymous brand after surviving a rare brain tumor in 2009. Learning that her beauty routine may have almost cost her her life, she had a newfound drive.
$60 VS. $550 who’s the winner?
I’ve never been able to master a great at-home blowout, despite having the best hair dryer and smoothing hair products known to man. Moments into the process, a) my super curly hair frizzes in protest, b) I give up when my biceps and delts can no longer handle the burn. That’s why, when I want to go sleek, I am a devotee to hair dryer brushes, which combine the work of round brushing and blow drying hair into one foolproof step, perfect for people like me who "can't dry their own hair." And that's why I love the Dyson AirWrap, which transforms my mop of thick, curly hair in a silky smooth sheet in 15 minutes flat — but it comes with a whopping $550 price tag. Way too expensive. I went to Amazon to find a dupe of Dyson Airwrap — when I stumbled upon the Revlon One-Step. I've seen it on Instagram, Youtube A LOT. And heard some of the hype and was instantly sold by the more than 20,000 reviewers claiming it changed their lives. If it was good enough for them, it was certainly good enough for my low-maintenance (read: lazy) hair care routine. So I decided to give it a try. REVLON - One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer Is the No.1 Best Seller On Amazon In Beauty Care. The smart design of the brush is what makes this tool unique. The oval shape allows for two different types of brushes to work together simultaneously: The longer, flatter side acts as a hair-straightening paddle brush, while its rounded corners lift the hair from its roots and create volume like a round brush does. I was surprised at how big the One-Step was in person. It was retro-looking in comparison to some of the other hair tools I’ve seen. I washed my hair, towel-dried it and let it air-dry for about 15 minutes while I got ready. Twisting the handle to the high setting, I ran the brush under large sections of my damp hair, then pulled the brush to the ends in curling motion. It was awkward at first because of how big the brush was, but eventually I got the hang of it. It was easier than the times I tried to use a regular blow-dryer and round brush in tandem, and my arms never got tired. My hair looks like I went to the hair salon, had a noticeable amount of volume and shine — a pretty good hair day in my book. I wish it had a smaller barrel size so I could create more volume from the base of my roots, but I know I shouldn’t expect the same results of a traditional blow-dryer blowout. This is a great option for someone who wants a quick and easy way to dry their hair and do simple styling.
REVLON-One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer
How to use Ascorbic Acid POWDER + my AM routine
Vitamin C will forever be part of my morning routine, because the 'before and afters' don't lie!! I experimented with a number of AM routines and different vit C serums from The Ordinary before landing on their The Ordinary - 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder Ascorbic Acid is pure vitamin C in its most potent, and also the most unstable form. It is incredibly difficult to formulate serums with L-Ascorbic Acid, which is why TO offers it in a powder form to slow/prevent its oxidation. You are meant to mix it with a liquid only as you need it. Don't worry, it dissolves in water based serums almost instantly and does not feel gritty! My "before" photo is from a little over a month ago, and my "after" was taken today (Nov 20) after using the ascorbic acid powder daily for 1 month! Both taken in the same room, same lighting, zero makeup. In addition to improving texture and decreasing breakouts, the difference it made in my pigmentation and skin tone is incredible! This is my AM routine and directions on how to properly use a pure powdered form of Ascorbic Acid. After cleansing, I add 1/2 a scoop of The Ordinary - 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder into my palm (start with only 1/4 of the supplied scoop until your skin adjusts). Then I add 2 drops of The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5and 2 drops of The Ordinary - Amino Acids + B5. You're aiming for about a 20% concentration of vit C. Mix with a finger until the powder is fully dissolved then apply evenly over face and neck, avoiding eye area. It is advised to use additional antioxidants with vitamin C in order to minimize oxidation and increase its effectiveness. Therefore I immediately follow up with 2 or 3 drops of The Ordinary - Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% I then apply an oil to moisturize. I currently use about 3 drops ofThe Ordinary - 100% Cold Pressed Virgin Marula Oil and sometimes mix with a couple drops of The Ordinary - 100% Plant-Derived Squalaneif I need a moisture boost. (Feel free to use any moisturizer that you prefer, as long as it doesn't contain actives that conflict with Ascorbic acid.) The last step is always, always, always sunscreen! I use thinksport - Everyday Face Sunscreenspf 30 which I tint to match my own skin tone (see my previous diy post for this). Then proceed with makeup (or not). Some additional notes: Keep powder closed, away from sunlight, and DRY. Don't even open it in a humid bathroom after a shower! If it oxidizes, toss it immediately. It mixes most easily in water based serums, but can be added to other serum or moisturizer which it does not conflict with (consult TO's regimen guide). Mix only what you need per application, don't pre-mix a batch. And start out slowly since it does tingle/sting a bit. I hope this is helpful, but don't hesitate to ask me if you have additional questions. Thanks for reading!
The Ordinary-100% Cold Pressed Virgin Marula Oil
Hyram Approved😍The Ordinary or The Inkey List? Which is the BEST?
The Ordinary and The Inkey List are getting a lot more popular recently because of how affordable they are. In this post, I will give you the answer from Hyram through the ingredients evaluation and his own experience. Niacinamide: treats so many skin problems, such as redness and sensitivity, dark spots and hyperpigmentation, controlling the oiliness in the skin, etc. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%($6) VS. THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serum ($7): Ingredient Winner: The Inkey List: in addition to Niacinamide, it contains a lot more incredible ingredients, like Radish Root Ferment to soothe sensitivity, Squalene to hydrate the skin, Sodium Hyaluronate is a concentrated form of hyaluronic acid, Soybean Oil to retain skin moisturized Experience & Performance Winner: The Ordinary: super lightweight and sinks into the skin easier, great for people who have combination to oily skin. Whereas The Inkey List product has a thicker consistency with a heavier layer on the surface of skin, great to dry to normal skin. You can choose any from them based on your own skin type. Retinol: a powerful ingredient to repair multiple types of damage within the skin, including acne scars, pigmentation, fine line, aging, sun damage, etc. The Ordinary - Retinol 0.5% in Squalane($6) VS. THE inkey LIST - Retinol Serum($10)Ingredient Winner: Tied. The Inkey List claims to have 1% retinol but actually 0.5% retinol and 0.5% hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, with is an ester of retinoic acid (an extremely powerful anti-aging and repairing product)Overall: The Ordinary is better because of how many options of retinol at different concentrations they have for a variety of skin types. Retinol can cause a lot of sensitivity if you’re not careful with the concentration Experience & Performance Winner: The Inkey List: No heavy feeling, easy to spread, very effective but non-sensitizing. However, The Ordinary products don’t feel very easy to apply. Hyaluronic Acid: helps to hydrate and condition your skin THE inkey LIST - Hyaluronic Acid Serum($8) VS. The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 ($7)Ingredient Winner: Tied. The Inkey List contains Peptides to help soothe and plump the skin, Glycerin to draw in moisture, and radish root ferment. The Ordinary has Ahnfeltia Cocinna Extract to hydrate the skin. Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): brighten pigmentation and dark spots, protect against free radical damage throughout the day. While it is a very unstable ingredient, it could be very effective when it’s put in a stable formula. Ingredient Winner: The Ordinary - Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone($7): It’s a water-free formula, but also has squalene, coconut alkanes, which is great for hydrating and moisturizing the skin. Experience & Performance Winner: THE inkey LIST - Vitamin C Brightening Cream($10): very lightweight on the skin, and Hyram never had sensitivity while using this product. Glycolic Acid: dissolves all the dead skin cells off the surface of your skin to make your skin glow and hydrated Ingredient Winner: The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution($9): the primary ingredients have Glycerin, a bunch of different amino acids, and Panax Ginseng Root Extract to support the health of the skin Experience & Performance Winner: THE inkey LIST - Glycolic Acid Liquid Toner 100ml($11): no sensitivity reaction but still effective for exfoliating the face Cleaners: The Ordinary - Squalane Cleanser($8)THE inkey LIST - Salicylic Acid Acne + Pore Cleanser($10), THE inkey LIST - Oat Cleansing Balm ($10), THE inkey LIST - Oil and Water Double Cleanser($10)Ingredient Winner: The Inkey List Experience & Performance Winner: The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm ($10): incredible for moving sunscreen, oil, and dirt from the face Moisturizers: Winner: THE inkey LIST - Hemp Oil Cream Moisturiser ($13): good for reducing redness; THE inkey LIST - Snow Mushroom Hydrating Gel Moisturizer($10): great for reducing sensitivity; THE inkey LIST - Multi-Biotic Balancing Moisturizer($13): great for healing the healthy bacteria count on your skin The Ordinary - Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA($8): it is good but in comparison to The Inkey List it just doesn’t stand out Check the link below to watch more from Hyram, and let me know if you have any thoughts.💖💖 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Znd29c8mTo&feature=emb_title
THE inkey LIST- Hyaluronic Acid Serum