🇨🇦 Montreal, CA 😍Passionate about skincare and ingredients that work!
SAVE YOUR MONEY 😢👎🏻
Man, I don’t know what it is but lip balms and masks have been seriously disappointing lately 👎🏻 The more hype around a lip balm or a new lip mask and the more damage control I have to do AFTER using it on my lips. This one is no different and I threw all $30 of it right in the bin. It’s been a week since I have stopped using BIOSSANCE - Squalane+ Rose Vegan Lip Balm and my lips are almost back to normal. I used it 3 times and it really damaged my lips..they became ireparably dry, cracked, flaky and prune-y. I woke up with cracks all along my inner lips one night and no other lip balm or salve helped - not even the good ones I love. The only thing that has been working to restore them slowly is regular coconut oil. The pros are that this balm comes in a lovely pot, has an amazing whipped texture and a luxurious faint smell to it but it doesn’t work to do what it’s supposed to at the end of the day. The same thing happened to me with the LANEIGE - LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask it just took longer but basically the same results over time! Does anyone know why this happens? and why no one talks about it? Let me know in the comments. WHO is actually having such a good experience with lip masks that they get all this hype?!? Lip masks are starting to smell like the new eye creams to me... 🙅🏻♀️ I’m going to save myself the painful chap from now on and stick to my trusty BITE - Agave+ Intensive Vegan Lip Mask products. They actually work to hydrate the lips not just form a barrier! 👄
BITE-Agave+ Intensive Vegan Lip Mask
The best Cleansing Balm ever
I have tried my fair share of good cleansing balms over the years but my favorite is the THE inkey LIST - Oat Cleansing Balm I’ve been using this for over 4 months now and it has actually improved the overall look and feel of my skin. It’s a really decent size tube for $16 CAD and its the first one I ever try that comes in a squeeze tube. If you regularly use cleansing balms you know how convenient that is! No more scratching balm out of a tub with your nails which can be frustrating and unsanitary 🥴 Once you warm it up in your hands it applies thin and smooth over the face. There’s a very subtle exfoliating/grainy feeling (I think that’s the “oat” in it) but in no way is this irritating or abrasive on sensitive skin. 😇 I have exzcema flare ups and extremely sensitive skin and if anything, using this cleansing balm every night has actually helped! The only negative thing I will say is that it doesn’t seem to be too “spreadable” so I feel like I need more product to rub all of the makeup off than I usually need from other cleansing balms but at this price-point and quality it won’t bother me too much to buy a replacement bottle sooner. Here’s some of the previous balms I’ve tried that are now replaced by this one ✨: FARMACY - Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm fine but huge price tag for nothing magical CLINIQUE - Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm Home & Away Duo I THOUGHT this was my favorite until the inkey list one revealed my skin was struggling all along 😱 GLOW RECIPE - Papaya Sorbet Smoothing Enzyme Cleansing Balm lovely but didnt like the scent heimish - All Clean Balm great but too little for the price and left my skin oily sometimes DHC - Deep Cleansing Oil WORST one. Broke me out for months and I couldn’t figure out what it was! I stopped using it after learning that olive oil is extremely comodegenic and problematic if you have acne-prone skin ...and this cleanser is olive-oil based 🙅🏻♀️ What do you guys think of cleansing balms?! Do you double-cleanse?
heimish-All Clean Balm
BITE Beauty Yaysayer lip plumping gloss 👄
I’ve been a die hard fan of BITE lip products for YEARS! When I saw this I decided it was time to burn $33 CAD on a gloss 😅 At least I wasn’t disappointed👌🏻 BITE - Yaysayer Plumping Lip Gloss in “Sugar Drizzle” goes on SMOOOOOTH as butter and the applicator feels really nice and glides comfortably across the lips. I have to admit it took me a second to get a hang of the twist pump but once I got it, it worked just fine. The formula is kind of jelly and once applied it actually feels like a thick balm. No tackiness or stickiness though, at least not on me. It’s very comfortable all day. There’s barely any scent but it does smell a tiny bit like cinnamon. The cinnamon oil in this is supposed to make your lips look plump without the tingly sensation and I think it performed pretty great 👍🏻 my lips didn’t necessarily look “plump” but they did feel smoother and fuller. The shade is transparent with holographic micro-glitter particles. The glitter isn’t too obvious but you can kind of feel it on your lips if you rub them together. Its not gritty or anything like that but you might want to keep it in mind in case that sort of thing bothers you. Lasting power sucks. The only reason I took out a star. It was on my lips for MAYBE 1 hour and I didn’t eat or drink anything but water. It didn’t last which sucks but at least its very comfortable and convenient to re-apply. Definitely will buy again. I will probably get the “Guava” shade next! 💕
BITE-Yaysayer Plumping Lip Gloss
4 steps to make green / hazel eyes POP! 👊🏻
Only 2% of the world’s population has green eyes 👀! I mean actually green eyes - looking at you, hazel folks 😉 But this works for all shades of green/hazel and maybe even light brown eyes. This is the "are those your real eyes or colour contacts?" routine. This one’s for you, you beautiful 2%! Step 1: take a small fluffy brush and lightly swipe bronzer into your eyelid crease. I use MAYBELLINE - City Bronzer but any bronzer works great as long as it’s a nice shade match and its MATTE - very important. I like benefit - Hoola Matte Bronzing Powder in LIGHT as well. You want to do just 1-3 swipes of the area, lightly. Just looking to bring some depth to the eyelid. Step 2: line the outer half of your top eyelid ONLY with a BROWN/DARK AUBERGINE creamy pencil eyeliner. You want the liner to act like a shadow to your lash line so be very thin with the line and as close as possible to your lash line. This will also make your lashes look thicker and your eyes look rounded. I love LAURA GELLER - Inkcredible Waterproof Gel Eyeliner Pencil in brown but I also use L'ORÉAL - Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in brown or dark aubergine. Step 3: curl lashes and apply 1 coat of your favorite black/brown mascara. Let it dry. (!) You can skip this step. I have very difficult straight lashes and any plum mascara I’ve tried just doesn’t keep a curl or cut it for me so I "prime" my lashes with my favorite black mascara first (!). Then Apply 1 coat of dark PLUM/BURGUNDY mascara over that. Everyone thinks its going to be obvious but the plum doesn’t actually stand out, it’s more of a reflect. I love benefit - Badgal Lash Mascara in PLUM or L'ORÉAL - Voluminous Original Volume Building Mascara in DARK BURGUNDY. Step 4: with a waterproof matte liquid liner in BLACK, tight-line your top waterline. This closes the gap between your eye and the brown liner on the top of the eyelid and makes your lash line look THICC. I havent met one better than MILANI - Stay Put Matte Liquid Eyeliner It is 100% waterproof and transferproof which is important when its going in a waterline. LET IT DRY ⏰ before moving on to Step 5 (optional). Step 5: (optional but worth it) using a waterproof pencil liner in a flesh or cream colour, tight line the bottom waterline. This makes the whole white of your eye look brighter and ties in the look. I loove REVLON - Colorstay Micro Hyper Precision Gel Eyeliner in colour BEIGE. It’s the perfect fair/light skin tone nude colour.
benefit-Badgal Lash Mascara
Face Mask fit for Canadian Winter 🇨🇦
Winter’s coming, some would say is already here, in Montreal, Canada and my skin knows it! For those of you who have never experienced Montreal winters, I can only describe them as completely unforgiving. They’re windy, icy, snowy and bone-chillingly cold. -30º Celsius takes quite the toll on your skin come February and I load up on masks throughout the winter to keep the dry patches and redness at bay as much as I can. LANEIGE - Cica Sleeping Mask is my favorite cold weather mask. It’s not described as hydrating, its more like a replenishing mask. So its perfect for not only dry skin but also reactionary and sensitive skin too. When your skin is irritated or red or wind-burned from the cold, this mask is going to calm and even everything out. This is my second winter with it and I love it so much. It has never irritated my skin, felt sticky or greasy. It glides on smooth and washes off pretty easy. They say to put it on over your moisturizer but I like it to go directly on my skin. I completely cleanse my skin and pat dry before applying a thin layer for the night. I wake up, cleanse and use normal CERAVE moisturizer and my skin feels moisturized from within, smooth and even. Dry patches never stood a chance 😏 I can use this up to 3 times a week in January/ February and I’ve never had an issue with breakouts or oiliness either. It’s just an incredible moisturizing/replenishing and restoring treatment mask that’s stood the test of Canadian winter 💕
LANEIGE-Cica Sleeping Mask
The $13 cleanser that saved my skin 🧼
2 years ago I found myself in a bit of a skin rut. We’ve all been there at some point and it’s the same frustrated feeling of trying to find what is causing it every time 😓 I had acne, dry patches, white heads, black heads, texture, dullness - you name it. Even makeup was starting to become irritating and my skin was reacting to everything! I started removing things from my routine, one product at a time, to see what could be the culprit: overnight mask - gone..then the moisturizer, then the serum, then the toner. I waited two weeks in between each elimination and I only exfoliated with anything once every two weeks. I never thought it would take getting rid of my cleanser for my face to finally recover...but here we are! I had been using YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser for 4 months. For the first 4-6 weeks of that, my skin was lovely. Fresh and plump and acne-free. It was going so well at the beginning and I thought it just couldnt be my cleanser causing all of this. I ditched it anyways just in case and started using Vanicream and saw improvements immediately 🙏🏻👏🏻 My skin was so much better in just 2 days of starting the Vanicream. The YTTP cleanser was just way too harsh and dry for me to use over time it turns out. Say what you want about Susan Yara but I’m so grateful one of her videos popped up on my suggested !. She was talking about how hard it is to fix your skin barrier once you’ve used harsh cleansers and products. She recommended starting with this ultra gentle, ultra effective cleanser VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser It’s creamy, foamy, gentle but also leaves your skin feeling super clean. It doesn’t leave any residue or feeling of dryness or tightness.. it doesn’t smell any particular way or have any harsh dyes or soaps in it...and it’s $12.99!! on amazon.ca. I would be willing to pay 4 X that because it’s excellent quality. I’ve been using it as step #2 in my double-cleanse routine for years now and my skin has never went back to that dry, red irritated place ☺️
VANICREAM-Gentle Facial Cleanser
$11 For Smooth Glowing Skin ✨
Our skin doesn’t get enough love! In the winter moisture from our skin is being absorbed into our clothes or dried up by the harsh air and in the summer everything our skin touches is taking moisture from our skins surface. To keep our skin looking young and vibrant we need to treat it and put back into it what it loses everyday. My favorite Shea Moisture product is their African Black Soap In-Shower Body Conditioner. This product has so many amazing ingredients to treat, calm, soothe and hydrate your skin. It is made with: ⭐️Shea Butter which has fatty acids and vitamins that have many benefits for the skin including: + Softening + Soothing + Moisturizing + Anti-Inflamatory + Antioxidant + Reduces the appearance of wrinkles, stretch marks and Scaring + Boosts Collagen Production ⭐️Aloe is packed with Vitamin A and C and contains antioxidants that help with: + Acne treatment + Dry Skin + Anti-inflammatory + Reduces the appearance of dark spots + Soothes Sunburn + Moisturizes skin + Acts as Natural Exfoliant ⭐️Vitamin E + Antioxidant + Moisturizer + Anti-inflammatory + Strengthens Skin Barrier ⭐️Oats + Soaks up excess oils + Antioxidant + Anti-inflammatory + Removes Dead Skin Cells, Dirt and Oil + Exfoliates + Cleanses + Absorbs UVA ⭐️African Black Soap + Moisturizer + Antibacterial + Soothes Skin + Fights Acne + Anti-inflammatory + creates a akin barrier protecting from the sun + Improves Skin Texture + Reduces Hyperpigmentation This is a thick cream that coats the skin and when you rinse it off it leaves your skin looking and feeling moisturized without feeling greasy. In the winter i use this in the shower and follow up with a lotion and in the hotter months I dry off and follow up with a sun screen. It really improves the texture of my skin and soothes my skin after shaving! It retails for $11 and is worth every penny.
How/why I use Toner under my armpits! I use it twice a day! It takes care of the smell and has evened out the texture under my arms! Currently 3 months deo free and loving it! Life changing! The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
The Ordinary-Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
🏖Bum Bum body scrub✨
🧡 I’m a many years deep & very devoted Bum Bum Cream fan, but I only recently ventured into trying all of their body & haircare offerings. SOL de Janeiro - Bum Bum Body Scrub $42/7.8 oz At first I honestly didn’t love anything about this but the scent, which is the now quite iconic “Cheirosa ’62” fragrance. It has notes of Pistachio, Almond, Vanilla & Jasmine. Heaven. 🇧🇷 ‘Cheirosa’ means irresistible in Portuguese. Their signature scent was named after the year 1962, when the song "Garota de Ipanema" (The Girl from Ipanema) was first written & recorded. This Brazilian Bossa Nova/Jazz song was a huge international hit by the mid-1960s, introducing the world to music from Brazil. Now onto the formula! When I first used this it was really hard to get into. Like hard as a rock- It’s getting very cold where I live, so the texture Coconut oil will completely change. Cold-pressed pure Coconut oil is the 2nd ingredient. It also contains antioxidant rich Açaí, Sunflower seed & Vitamin E oils! 🥄 I used a my little metal spoons from Truly (love those) because any plastic type of skincare spatula would have simply cracked. I even used a literal kitchen spoon at one point😭 The formula is dense with Sugar (1st ingredient) so I could actually break off chunks. 🚿 This cold Coconut oil may not be everyone’s issue... But if it’s cold where you live too, I recommend running the tub under hot water in your shower or bath. Once I used up a bit of the formula it became much easier to work with, as it would warm up faster. The scrub itself is a bit rougher than some, so very sensitive skin may want to skip it. Sugar is a natural humectant, drawing moisture into the skin, which also begins to dissolve in water as you exfoliate. However, it also contains crushed Cupuaçu seeds, they’re quite finely milled, but still a bit scratchy. Personally when I use body scrubs (3-4x week) I don’t really “scrub” that hard. I actually like to more of a body-mask vibe, where I try to get as much body coverage with the formula as I can, working it in a bit, & leaving it on as long as I can before rinsing. This lets all of those great hydrating & moisturizing ingredients really do their thing! 🥥 The rich formula also includes Coconut amino acids, hydrating glycerin & Rice bran extract. ✨This product is particularly good for this body-mask method. It leaves my skin so moisturized & calmed. It also contains circulation boosting caffeine in the form of Guaraná seed extract; a 2-5x more potent caffeine source than coffee beans!☕️ Guaraná Is native to The Amazon Rainforest. Sol de Janeiro is made in the US, but utilizes a lot of native South American ingredients like Cupuaçu butter, but they are sustainably sourced! ♻️🐇 All of their products are also vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, free of parabens & other petroleum byproducts. Hydroquinone-free, no SLS/SLES, sulfates & the fragrance is phthalates-free. Their products also now come in recyclable packaging!
SOL de Janeiro-Bum Bum Body Scrub
Fenty Fat Water Review
When Fenty Skin released I knew I had to try something, and out of all the products, this one intrigued me the most! This is a toner/serum hybrid that claims to reduce pore size, even skin tone, and this one had such a cute name I couldn’t resist! I have been using FENTY SKIN - Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum in my morning routine for a few weeks now and I’m really liking it! The consistency is a bit thick, hence the name, but I still really enjoy it! It still absorbs quickly into the skin without feeling sticky or tacky! It contains antioxidant rich ingredients such as Barbados cherry, fig, and green tea, and also contains niacinamide! However, it also contains fragrance, so if that is something that irritates your skin this product might not be for you, but I personally haven’t had any issues with it! Recently, my skin has been doing really well, and I definitely think this product has been helping! I have no new breakouts, even while continuously wearing a mask, and my skin tone does look even and bright! My positive experience with Fat Water makes me really want to try the other products in this line, especially the moisturizer/spf!
FENTY SKIN-Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum
This lipstick is worth every penny
If you find yourself with $30 to spend on a lipstick, you really need to get Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick. It’s a lipstick texture that applies like a lip gloss and delivers a high-shine finish. Seriously, it’s amazing. This formula is such a game-changer and it’s so hydrating. Plus, the color payoff is incredible and it’s glossy without being tacky or sticky or any of those qualities that you hate about lip gloss. MARC JACOBS BEAUTY - Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick Limited Edition
MARC JACOBS BEAUTY-Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick Limited Edition