skincare enthusiast & truths from personal experience ✨
The Inkey List - Niacinamide ✨
THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serum —————————————— My journey So I’ve been trying to find a Canadian dupe for the Paula’s choice niacinamide booster. I started off with the Ordinary’s niacinamide which did not suit my skin at all. Next, I tried the inkey list. Well I could say this was definitely better suited for my skin type when compared to the Ordinary’s niacinamide, however it was definitely not as good Paula’s choice. ——————————————— My experience My experience with this product wasn’t the greatest. Although it works well with both oily and dry skin, I used it for a couple months and found that it did not improve my skin, but it also did not worsen my skin. It did not dry out my skin or cause any break outs. However, it also did not help with the overall discolouration and dullness of my skin. Recommend 70% ——————————————— If you’re on a tight budget, I would recommend this product. It does the job well enough considering it’s price point. As for me though, I will definitely be going back to Paula’s choice niacinamide as it totally transformed my skin like no other!
THE inkey LIST-Niacinamide Oil Control Serum
Not the perfect dupe - Ordinary’s Niacinamide
I originally used the Paula’s choice 10% Niacinamide booster and absolutely loved it! Instead of purchasing a $50 product I decided to purchase the The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% as a dupe for the Paula’s choice. I must start by saying that was a HUGE mistake. Before I get into my experience with this product. I have to mention that I did do my research before purchasing this product. I read many reviews stating that the Ordinary’s Niacinamide was better suited for oily skin, which I know now is very true (but I was still willing to give it a try). —————————————— My experience I began using this product about a month ago. I used it continuously every night after cleansing and toning for about a week. It did not irritate my skin at all, however it also didn’t do anything positive for my skin. A week into using the niacinamide nightly, I started to break out around my mouth. These breakouts left insane dark spots all over my chin and mouth area. I immediately stopped using it. ____________ Recommend 10% I would definitely not recommend this product to anyone with dry skin. I think this product is strictly made for people with oily skin, and from my personal experience I don’t think the 1% zinc suits dry skin. I will definitely be repurchasing the niacinamide from Paula’s choice!
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
JOSIE MARAN - 100% Pure Argan Oil Looking to apply a face oil before makeup or a phenomenal face primer? I would highly suggest the 100% pure argan oil by Josie Maran. I have continuously used this product for almost a decade and I absolutely love it for a glowy makeup look. This face oil is perfect for dry skin, it creates a sleek canvas to comfortably apply makeup. I find that my makeup blends in so much nicer when I apply this face oil first. As I have dry skin, I always apply this face oil even if I’m not going for a dewy makeup look. ————————————— Results This product is perfect for dry skin. In the winter, when I feel my skin is especially dry, I use the face oil as a regular nighttime moisturizer. I have not experienced any negative impacts from the face oil. ————————————— Recommend 100% I would definitely recommend this product to anyone suffering from dehydrated skin. This product is perfect at moisturizing and locking in hydration. I’m not sure how this product would work on combination skin. Lastly, the argan oil remains on the pricey side, however I would still say it is a great investment and totally worth it!
JOSIE MARAN-100% Pure Argan Oil
Extraordinary hair treatment✨
MOROCCANOIL - Treatment Light Switching things up a notch. Healthy hair is so important. I’ve been using a variety types of hair oils and hair treatments since I was young. I always tried to maintain long, thick and silky hair. I began using this about 6 years ago and I have been in love since! Guys, if you’re looking for a hair oil, I would definitely suggest to invest in this one! It helps keep your hair thick and silky! Although I use other hair treatments as well, I have never left this product out of my hair routine. ———————————— How to use? After washing my hair with regular shampoo and conditioning. I apply the Moroccan hair oil after the shower throughout my damp hair. I run it through my fingers and then through my hair. A little goes a long way and one use per week should do the job. ———————————— Recommend 100% I would recommend this hair oil to anyone and everyone! It definitely shows results in just a couple of weeks and the shine in your hair after one use will show immediately! Although this product is a little pricey, I must say it is totally worth the price! A 100ml bottle usually lasts me a year. It is important to only use a little, one pump goes a long way and that’s enough for my hair (I have long hair). Lastly, if the right amount is used, it doesn’t leave your hair looking oily or greasy. Just to add the cherry on top, it also has a phenomenal fragrance that leaves your hair smelling good as ever.
SUMMER FRIDAYS - Jet Lag Mask So I originally purchased this product due to its huge rage.. I must say... the rage is real and it is a phenomenal product. I have super dry skin and this mask definitely helped with my dryness and added moisture and hydration. It is important to mention that I do not use this product as a mask. Rather, I apply it as a moisturizer during the nighttime and leave it on for the night. As my skin absorbs the moisture the best during the PM, my skin feels rich and glowy in the morning. ———————————— Results The summer Friday’s mask has somewhat of a thick consistency that feels great during the winter. I love love love this product for the winter as my skin feels dry as ever during the winter and the moisture is much needed. In addition, the product also has a bit of fragrance to it. This usually irritates my skin, however the fragrance is so minimal that it did not negatively affect my skin at all (but it is something to consider before purchasing). ———————————— Recommend 90% As a result, I would recommend this product to everyone for the winter season. It brings lots of moisture and hydration. I would not recommend this product to people with oily skin as it is very thick. Also, I think its best use is as a moisturizer rather than a mask because I feel like it’s more effective that way. The only downfall to this product I must mention would be the price point. I would say it remains on the pricey end of the scale due to how much product you actually get in one tube.
SUMMER FRIDAYS-Jet Lag Mask
Toner & exfoliant in one✨
CLINIQUE - Clarifying Lotion 1.0 Twice A Day Exfoliator The Clinique clarifying lotion was one of the first toners I used. I instantly liked it as it left my skin feeling clean and fresh as ever. I use number 1 due to my very dry skin, however I still feel like it dries my skin out due to its high concentration of alcohol. Despite the fact however, I follow up with a thick moisturizer to balance out the dryness. I have used this toner for numerous years and have yet to find one that does a better job than the Clinique one. ————————————— How to use? cleanse tone moisturize ————————————— Results The clarifying lotion is a 2 in one. It is meant to be a toner and an exfoliant. It exfoliates the skin leaving healthier and smoother skin while toning the skin to maintain a clear and even complexion. After 6 months of consistently using this product, I have seen a significant difference in my complexion and texture. ————————————— Recommend 80% As a result, I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for a toner. However, it is important to mention that if you have really really dry skin, this toner will only further dry out your skin if you do not moisturize enough due to its high concentration of alcohol. Please do your research before buying this product, especially if you have sensitive skin as it may not work on every skin type.
CLINIQUE-Clarifying Lotion 1.0 Twice A Day Exfoliator
Battle of the Hyped Sunscreens
My skin type is combo oily that can lean more dry during the weather changes or just randomly. My skin concerns are acne, oiliness throughout the day and also dehydration. I’ve ranked these popular hyped sunscreens based on how they worked for me personally (going from favorite to least favorite). My favorite is Unseen because it’s a primer and sunscreen in one, is lightweight and I haven’t had an issue with pilling. I prefer SPF 40 or higher. . Supergoop! - Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Key Ingredients: Complex Derived from Meadowfoam Seed (increases hydration levels), and Red Algae (helps protect against blue light emitted by electronic devices). Texture/Consistency: Gel Scent: None Price: $34 for 1.7 oz / 50 mL Experience: Is designed to be used as a primer, makes it quicker to get ready. It feels so lightweight, I can’t even tell that I’m wearing it throughout the day, doesn’t pill or make me oily. Repurchase/Recommend?: Yes, I definitely am going to purchase the full size of this! It simplifies my routine and lightweight. . Supergoop! - Play Everyday Lotion 50 Default Title Key Ingredients: Sunflower Extract (protects your skin from external environmental elements) and Rosemary Leaf Extract (has a calming effect on the skin and is rich in antioxidants). Texture/Consistency: Lotion Scent: None Price: $32 for 5.5 oz / 162 mL OR $58 for 18 oz / 532 mL Experience: It was too heavy on top of a moisturizer and made me look greasy, but applied by itself it was lovely (have a glow, but wasn’t too heavy). It also doesn’t pill when I put my makeup on. Repurchase/Recommend?: Yes, it would be more for people with dry skin, but it’s moisturizing enough to act as my moisturizer too so I apply it by itself (or on top of serum). . FIRST AID BEAUTY - Weightless Liquid Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Key Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (physical sunscreen that helps filter harmful UV rays) and Alteromonas Ferment Filtrate and Vitamin E (both help protect against environmental aggressors). Scent: None Texture/Consistency: Liquidy Price: $34 for 1.5 oz / 44 mL Experience: I love that this is tinted, it doesn’t leave a white cast at all! It is lightweight, easily sinks in, and doesn’t make me oily throughout the day. It also doesn’t pill at all, so easy to put makeup on after. Repurchase/Recommend?: Maybe, I just wish it was a higher SPF. . DRUNK ELEPHANT - Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 Key Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (physical sunscreen that protects from harmful rays) and Algae Extract and Sunflower Sprout Extract (both protect against free radical damage). Scent: None Texture/Consistency: Lightweight Cream Price: $36 for 2 oz / 60 mL Experience: It feels heavy and doesn’t sink in all the way, plus pilled and made my CC Cream look cakey and terrible. Repurchase/Recommend?: No, it pilled badly and doesn’t work well with makeup on me.
Supergoop!-Play Everyday Lotion 50 Default Title
DRY SKIN TRY THESE TIPS!
Do’s and DON’Ts for DRY skin that will change your skincare life! Hello all my fellow dry skin babes. This one is for you! I’ve got to say, dry skin is relatively new to me. I always had more normal to oily skin and then I moved to San Francisco and for whatever reason my skin is pretty dry now. I’ve learned how to take real good care of my skin and maintain moisture to keep my dry skin as happy as it can be. SO here’s some DO this and DON’T YOU DARE do that tips. DO Use a gentle and hydrating cleanser. (Milk makeup vegan milk cleanser) If you’re going to tone, please look for more hydrating toners. (Puristry) LAYER UP! Layer your hydration with different skincare products like serums, face oils, and moisturizers. EXFOLIATE. Get that layer of dead skin off! all the hard work of layering hydration won’t absorb into your skin. Use products with hydrating/moisture retaining ingredients like; Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramides, squalene and Honey. (Honey and Ceramide will change ya skincare game!) DON’T Over exfoliate. This is just going to cause irritation and breakouts, so now on top of dry skin you have broken out and angry skin. Keep exfoliation in your routine for 1-2x a week. Stay away from harsh ingredients. Ingredients like Benzyl proxide, Salicylic Acid, Alcohol etc. can dry you out, so use it in moderation. Don’t over do it. Getting rid of dry skin takes time! Keep a steady routine and you will start to see results. Wear matte makeup! This will add to your dry skin. My best advice is to wear a hydrating primer and then you can go in with a matte foundation. Try to keep away from setting powders. (HG Laura Mercier translucent powder is made for oily skin! Only making you dry skin babes ever more dry) best of all, don’t be lazy. You can’t fix your skin if you aren’t consistent and keep up a routine. **Dry skin can often appear as oily skin, so if you start to get really oily and its pretty far from your normal, then keep that in mind. When our skin is so dry it starts to produce natural oils to replenish the moisture and essentially fix itself. Dry skin can be so severe that our skin starts producing these oils like crazy. I can sit here and really get into it, but I know I’ll bore you and you’ll just skip through it. So follow these go to and simple tips to be on your way to balance and “normal” skin! May the hydration forever be with you 😉 💦
COSRX-Balancium, Comfort Ceramide Cream
Not gonna buy this one anymore I got this mini of Benefit's The POREfessional Face Primer a few weeks ago on Sephora. It says on the website that this one is a lightweight balm that can quickly minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines and make the skin look smoother. And now I want to share my experience and talk about whether I will purchase the full size. My answer is on the next pic so slide right to the left and check the answer! I used it for about 5 times, not much, because I really don't like it. :( 😢First of all, it doesn't work in terms of minimized the appearance of pores as it claims. The effect on me is not that satisfying. You can check the third pic and see the texture of it. Yes it is lightweight but the coverage is disappointing. It might fit someone who has perfect skin instead of me since my pore is a little bit large and needs something with higher coverage. 😢Also, it is a little bit cakey. It stuck together into my fine lines which is the major bummer for me. I don't like makeup look when applying this one as my primer. Definitely WON'T repurchase it, not to mention full size. I will go find other products that really fit me.
benefit-The POREfessional Face Primer