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Graydon Skincare Pt 3: A surprise hit and a miss
The Product: Berry Rich Face + Eye Cream Plus the free samples that came with my order From the brand: “A probiotic face cream.This velvety-rich, blue-hued probiotic face cream helps maintain and protect your microbiome (aka your skin barrier) while improving hydration, enhancing your skin’s radiance and luminosity.” They say this cream is intended for dry and mature skin. My skin is dry-combo but acne prone so I was a little wary of this product. It came in the set however, and i figured I could use it on dry patches or even on my body if worse came to worst. BOY WAS I SURPRISED. I started off testing it on some dry itchy skin around my nose. When that went well, i took the plunge and put it on my jawline to wear under a mask. At this point, I was JUST starting to realize that the cure to my maskne might actually be to stop attacking it with acids and use MORE moisture and HEAVIER creams, especially under the mask. It seemed so counterintuitive at the time but I was willing to try... and it freaking worked! This is absolutely my favorite occlusive ever. I no longer dread wearing a mask because it means i can slather this over my face first 😍. I also tested it out as a skin protectant while skiing, and it preformed A+ as a wind barrier. It has the most delicious scent that reminds me of berry buttercream icing or something. It smells edible thats for sure! most surprising maskne cure for me, absolutely recommend for the dry acne-prone, and shocked to say I will have to repurchase soon 😱 GRAYDON - Berry Rich Cream Ingredient Highlights: * Arthrospira Platensis (Blue Majik) Extract: blue-green algae rich in phycocyanin, amino acids, vitamins & minerals. Helps increase firmness and smooth fine lines * Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter: heals and moisturizes skin exposed to the elements * Vaccinium Corymbosum (Blueberry) Seed Oil: rich in vitamin C to brighten skin, minimize dark spots, & promote circulation to lighten dark circles * Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate (Vegan Probiotics): improve and strengthen skin barrier, maintain balance of good bacteria which send signals to your immune system to stop inflammation, keeping acne and rosacea at bay Samples: GRAYDON - Aloe Milk Cleanser This was a very nice gentle cleanser, but it didn’t feel any different than other, much cheaper, creamy cleansers. GRAYDON - Super Sensitive Skin Stuff Also a very nice gentle ceramide cream, but just not worth the price when so many drugstore creams contain ceramides (eg all Cerave products) GRAYDON - Green Cream This one I was really excited about and wanted to love. It contains TWO botanical retinol alternatives: moth bean extract (which I love so much in the Fullmoon Serum) and bakuchiol. Idk what it was, but I just didn’t like the smell... it smelled... bitter? to me, that’s the best way I can describe it. I also noticed some product pilling, but mostly the smell turned me off.
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krcogswell
Graydon Skincare Part 2: Face mist!
The Product: Face Food Mineral Mist “It gives your skin an instant glow-up by locking in moisture and creating a weightless protective barrier against environmental pollution.” This is another one of the products that donates $1 to Plastic Oceans with every purchase to clean up shorelines. It also comes in a 240mL refill size without the plastic pump! As with Graydon’s other products, this mist is clean, vegan, cruelty free, hypoallergenic, and safe for sensitive skin! I originally purchased the three-piece holiday set because I wanted to buy the Fullmoon Serum, but I also wanted to try the Face Food Mineral Mist, and it was just more cost effective to get the set! The brand notes that this mist can be used as a: toner, essence, after serum/moisturizer to help boost the absorption of actives, as a makeup finishing spray, or as a skin refresher! I don’t wear makeup, so I can’t speak to that use, but I have used it for almost every other purpose. My favorite use is applying it between serums or between a serum and my moisturizer. My skin likes to dry out quickly and sometimes it is hard to get products to absorb properly. When I first started layering products I had issues with pilling all the time. Adding in this misting step has helped with absorption tremendously! Additionally I love the gentle vanilla scent, and the anti pollution benefits. I live in a big city AND wear a mask all the time, my face can use all the protection it can get! This is quite pricey and I am wondering if anyone has suggestions for cheaper dupes? Because I don’t know of any dupes at the moment, I’m giving it full stars despite the price! GRAYDON - Face Food Mineral Mist Ingredient Highlights: White Tea Leaf Extract: high in catechins, the antioxidants in tea Magnesium: soothing to skin & combats skin allergies Copper: used in collagen & elastin production, and inhibits free radicals Silver: helps kill bacteria, reduces redness & blotchy skin, neutralizes harmful sodium-fluoride in water, & accelerates wound healing (including acne) Zinc: decreases inflammation, natural protection against UVA & UVB rays, & regulates oil production Malachite: semiprecious healing gemstone that detoxes skin, is an antioxidant and antipollution, & contains copper to increase collagen production Vanilla: Besides smelling delicious, is anti-inflammatory & also helps with wound healing/infections
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Graydon Skincare Pt 3: A surprise hit and a miss
The Product: Berry Rich Face + Eye Cream Plus the free samples that came with my order From the brand: “A probiotic face cream.This velvety-rich, blue-hued probiotic face cream helps maintain and protect your microbiome (aka your skin barrier) while improving hydration, enhancing your skin’s radiance and luminosity.” They say this cream is intended for dry and mature skin. My skin is dry-combo but acne prone so I was a little wary of this product. It came in the set however, and i figured I could use it on dry patches or even on my body if worse came to worst. BOY WAS I SURPRISED. I started off testing it on some dry itchy skin around my nose. When that went well, i took the plunge and put it on my jawline to wear under a mask. At this point, I was JUST starting to realize that the cure to my maskne might actually be to stop attacking it with acids and use MORE moisture and HEAVIER creams, especially under the mask. It seemed so counterintuitive at the time but I was willing to try... and it freaking worked! This is absolutely my favorite occlusive ever. I no longer dread wearing a mask because it means i can slather this over my face first 😍. I also tested it out as a skin protectant while skiing, and it preformed A+ as a wind barrier. It has the most delicious scent that reminds me of berry buttercream icing or something. It smells edible thats for sure! most surprising maskne cure for me, absolutely recommend for the dry acne-prone, and shocked to say I will have to repurchase soon 😱 GRAYDON - Berry Rich Cream Ingredient Highlights: * Arthrospira Platensis (Blue Majik) Extract: blue-green algae rich in phycocyanin, amino acids, vitamins & minerals. Helps increase firmness and smooth fine lines * Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter: heals and moisturizes skin exposed to the elements * Vaccinium Corymbosum (Blueberry) Seed Oil: rich in vitamin C to brighten skin, minimize dark spots, & promote circulation to lighten dark circles * Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate (Vegan Probiotics): improve and strengthen skin barrier, maintain balance of good bacteria which send signals to your immune system to stop inflammation, keeping acne and rosacea at bay Samples: GRAYDON - Aloe Milk Cleanser This was a very nice gentle cleanser, but it didn’t feel any different than other, much cheaper, creamy cleansers. GRAYDON - Super Sensitive Skin Stuff Also a very nice gentle ceramide cream, but just not worth the price when so many drugstore creams contain ceramides (eg all Cerave products) GRAYDON - Green Cream This one I was really excited about and wanted to love. It contains TWO botanical retinol alternatives: moth bean extract (which I love so much in the Fullmoon Serum) and bakuchiol. Idk what it was, but I just didn’t like the smell... it smelled... bitter? to me, that’s the best way I can describe it. I also noticed some product pilling, but mostly the smell turned me off.
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krcogswell
Graydon Skincare Part 2: Face mist!
The Product: Face Food Mineral Mist “It gives your skin an instant glow-up by locking in moisture and creating a weightless protective barrier against environmental pollution.” This is another one of the products that donates $1 to Plastic Oceans with every purchase to clean up shorelines. It also comes in a 240mL refill size without the plastic pump! As with Graydon’s other products, this mist is clean, vegan, cruelty free, hypoallergenic, and safe for sensitive skin! I originally purchased the three-piece holiday set because I wanted to buy the Fullmoon Serum, but I also wanted to try the Face Food Mineral Mist, and it was just more cost effective to get the set! The brand notes that this mist can be used as a: toner, essence, after serum/moisturizer to help boost the absorption of actives, as a makeup finishing spray, or as a skin refresher! I don’t wear makeup, so I can’t speak to that use, but I have used it for almost every other purpose. My favorite use is applying it between serums or between a serum and my moisturizer. My skin likes to dry out quickly and sometimes it is hard to get products to absorb properly. When I first started layering products I had issues with pilling all the time. Adding in this misting step has helped with absorption tremendously! Additionally I love the gentle vanilla scent, and the anti pollution benefits. I live in a big city AND wear a mask all the time, my face can use all the protection it can get! This is quite pricey and I am wondering if anyone has suggestions for cheaper dupes? Because I don’t know of any dupes at the moment, I’m giving it full stars despite the price! GRAYDON - Face Food Mineral Mist Ingredient Highlights: White Tea Leaf Extract: high in catechins, the antioxidants in tea Magnesium: soothing to skin & combats skin allergies Copper: used in collagen & elastin production, and inhibits free radicals Silver: helps kill bacteria, reduces redness & blotchy skin, neutralizes harmful sodium-fluoride in water, & accelerates wound healing (including acne) Zinc: decreases inflammation, natural protection against UVA & UVB rays, & regulates oil production Malachite: semiprecious healing gemstone that detoxes skin, is an antioxidant and antipollution, & contains copper to increase collagen production Vanilla: Besides smelling delicious, is anti-inflammatory & also helps with wound healing/infections
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Hemp Oil: great for body AND face 🌿
Hemp oil has been so good to my combination, eczema-prone skin 😍 Hemp oil is a carrier oil that normally constitutes the majority of the product concentration. A part of Cannabis sativa, it is therapeutic to the skin. Containing nutrients like omega rich fatty acids and proteins, its topical use is found to strengthen the skin and more resistant to infection - sounds like a win/win to maintain eczema! It’s nourishing for the face AND smooths out the skin on the rest of your body. I found out about this ingredient when I started frequenting marijuana shops about 4 years ago. I noticed that there was a whole moisturizer line with the name “Hemp” in it. As tempted as I was to try this, I stayed off trying any of it because when I read the ingredients it contained fragrance 🤬 Fast forward to December when I started working in another clean beauty shop where Graydon plant powered skincare is sold and as I learned more about the products and ingredients, I couldn’t help myself but to try... and months later, using hemp oil in my products from face to whole body, no regrets! Face GRAYDON - The Putty Y’all know I love this. It soothes eczema and any irritation quite well. Very nourishing and protective for the dry winter. Leaves a smooth face. Body & hair tbh GRAYDON - Intimacy Oil Ugh I love this too. & no it’s not what you think! 🤪 At $50CAD/ 100mL, I tried not to buy this for the longest of time, but honestly every time I sampled it I fell deeper and deeper in love. Even before dampening the skin, this oil absorbs quite quickly and does not leave a sticky feeling on the skin which is a great incentive to use this as a form of moisturizing dry skin more often. Ash be gone! It’s so nourishing that I even use it on my hair on wash day as it adds a nice sheen. I also really admire its serene scent.
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valchemic
My Skincare Awards 🏆 Moisturizer Edition
Finding a good moisturizer for eczema and milia prone sensitive skin is key! Over the years, my skin type has ranged from oily to dry to combination. Here’s my selection from favourite to least favourite: 1. GRAYDON - The Putty This is a moisturizer that has really come through for me, specifically during the eczema days 👏🏽 Scent: oatmealish Price: $46 CAD/50mL I gave this product a try after receiving for free at work, I found it a little thick for the face at first so I mostly used it on my neck, where I had eczema. With ingredients like zinc, colloidal oatmeal, hemp seed oil, manuka honey, turmeric, it’s meant to be soothing for irritated skin... and it proved to be so, I’m glad it fell into my hands 💝 I really admired what it did for my neck that I started using it on my face too *over damp skin* so it would absorb better, and it kept my face moisturizer and protected during the cold winter. I’ve repurchased this in a FULL SIZE quantity and recommended it to friends ✨ 2. sahajan - Nourish Face Cream This is great for everyday use, under makeup too. Scent: mature lotion Price: $60 CAD/50mL I also got this for free at work and was excited to try it as I really admire the premise behind this Ayurvedic brand. Though after a few months, the cream’s texture goes from silky smooth to a bit hardened with some crunchier bits, once it melts in your palms it makes for a nice application that mattifies the skin. Great before applying makeup or just having fresh, semi-glowing skin. I apply it on over damp skin as well. Although it contains coconut oil, I find that it doesn’t break me out. I’ve definitely recommended this to my friends and will probably be repurchasing this once the winter comes around. 3. wildcraft - Bergamot Rose Face Cream This was one of the first moisturizer I remember investing in once I discovered Hyaluronic acid and needed something for the eczema on my face. Scent: ylang ylang Price: $26 CAD/60mL This is a little more on the greasy side, but at the time I found it quite nourishing for my dry, flakey skin. However, after using it almost daily for a few months is when I started noticing milia starting to form on my face, so I questioned whether this moisturizer was too rich for my skin. I’ve been using it less frequently since just wanting to use it up but also not wanting to chance it anymore, so I might finish it off as a body butter 🥴 I purchased this 3 times, but won’t be repurchasing it again since finding the 2 aforementioned moisturizers that I prefer more! Won’t be recommending this to friends anymore unless they want an affordable option. What’s your favourite moisturizer?!
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valchemic
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10 min Makeup - Quick Morning Transformation🧚🏽
I’m technically working from home again. I spent the last couple of weeks working in film production, so I didn’t even have a chance to do anything for myself since ~16 hrs of my day were focused on getting to/from work & being present there. Now that I’m home more, it’s important for me to still treat myself like I’m going somewhere... because I am towards my destiny, finding a way to turn my passion into a career 😅 and it’s nice to look “nice, presentable” or whatever for yourself, even at home... if we’ve learned anything during quarantine, amirite? So here’s what I look like waking up to what a few mins of tending to myself with products looks like ✨ It’s not a huge change, but it definitely perks me up! Also before anyone starts, glasses are cute AF but sometimes I feel like they hide my face, especially in photos! ... even though that’s the reason I got rimless glasses 🤣 Anyways, I started by undoing my overnight braids with a little bit of the GRAYDON - Intimacy Oil on my fingers to “lubricate” the hair strands and give em a little sheen. Then I started my face off with some Glossier. - Haloscope Dew Effect Highlighter in Topaz and Glossier. - Niteshine Highlighter Concentrate in Copper (I like to use this as a bronzer, slight contour) I used the ĀETHER BEAUTY - Crystal Charged Cheek Palette as both highlighter, blush AND the main eyeshadow to brighten my lids. Speaking of eyeshadow, MISMACK - Large ART Shadow in 'Shade' and Pure Anada - Grape Pressed Eye in Espresso we’re used for definition. Then I finished my upper face with Milk MAKEUP - KUSH High Volume Mascara and Milk MAKEUP - KUSH Fiber Brow Gel . To both add a little pigment and hydrate my lips, I used my fave lip balm Kosas - Kosasport Lipfuel in Pulse.
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valchemic
Amazing Wash Day #CheriePartner
I went swimming in the lake yesterday and though I was sleepy coming back, I ended up mastering the strength to wash my hair at 2 am 😂 Using these products, followed by doing a twist out did amazing things for my hair! I usually can’t predict what a twist out will do, as the result looks different every time but I’m so pleased with how it looks today especially because usually on the first day after wash day it’s a bit funny looking but this time it’s luscious and elegant! I washed with Pure Anada - Shampoo - Peppermint Rosemary and a few drops of tea trees oil in warmer water, then calia - Organic Intensive Conditioner in colder water, and finished the wash with Pure Anada - Conditioner - Peppermint Rosemary in cold water too. It was a good, detangling my thoughts kind of wash. After allowing the towel to gently soak in the excess water, I rubbed the GRAYDON - Intimacy Oil throughput my hair and brushed it. I then separated my hair, and did about 8 braids. In the morning, before taking out the twist out, I applied some Dahaab natural care - Glow Body Butter on the tips of my hair and then over the braids. I realize I especially like how this oil feels on my hair because after taking the braids out, my hair was lustrous 💎
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valchemic
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Graydon Skincare Pt 3: A surprise hit and a miss
The Product: Berry Rich Face + Eye Cream Plus the free samples that came with my order From the brand: “A probiotic face cream.This velvety-rich, blue-hued probiotic face cream helps maintain and protect your microbiome (aka your skin barrier) while improving hydration, enhancing your skin’s radiance and luminosity.” They say this cream is intended for dry and mature skin. My skin is dry-combo but acne prone so I was a little wary of this product. It came in the set however, and i figured I could use it on dry patches or even on my body if worse came to worst. BOY WAS I SURPRISED. I started off testing it on some dry itchy skin around my nose. When that went well, i took the plunge and put it on my jawline to wear under a mask. At this point, I was JUST starting to realize that the cure to my maskne might actually be to stop attacking it with acids and use MORE moisture and HEAVIER creams, especially under the mask. It seemed so counterintuitive at the time but I was willing to try... and it freaking worked! This is absolutely my favorite occlusive ever. I no longer dread wearing a mask because it means i can slather this over my face first 😍. I also tested it out as a skin protectant while skiing, and it preformed A+ as a wind barrier. It has the most delicious scent that reminds me of berry buttercream icing or something. It smells edible thats for sure! most surprising maskne cure for me, absolutely recommend for the dry acne-prone, and shocked to say I will have to repurchase soon 😱 GRAYDON - Berry Rich Cream Ingredient Highlights: * Arthrospira Platensis (Blue Majik) Extract: blue-green algae rich in phycocyanin, amino acids, vitamins & minerals. Helps increase firmness and smooth fine lines * Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter: heals and moisturizes skin exposed to the elements * Vaccinium Corymbosum (Blueberry) Seed Oil: rich in vitamin C to brighten skin, minimize dark spots, & promote circulation to lighten dark circles * Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate (Vegan Probiotics): improve and strengthen skin barrier, maintain balance of good bacteria which send signals to your immune system to stop inflammation, keeping acne and rosacea at bay Samples: GRAYDON - Aloe Milk Cleanser This was a very nice gentle cleanser, but it didn’t feel any different than other, much cheaper, creamy cleansers. GRAYDON - Super Sensitive Skin Stuff Also a very nice gentle ceramide cream, but just not worth the price when so many drugstore creams contain ceramides (eg all Cerave products) GRAYDON - Green Cream This one I was really excited about and wanted to love. It contains TWO botanical retinol alternatives: moth bean extract (which I love so much in the Fullmoon Serum) and bakuchiol. Idk what it was, but I just didn’t like the smell... it smelled... bitter? to me, that’s the best way I can describe it. I also noticed some product pilling, but mostly the smell turned me off.
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krcogswell
Oct-Nov Empties 🗑 🧴
[Swipe to see which ones I repurchased/replaced] It’s nice to get closer to a point where I know what works for me, so I don’t have to keep trying a bazillion new products that may ended up going to waste! ♻️ • GRAYDON - Green Cream Phyto Clear (fka Green Cream) sample replaced by a full sized bottle 💦 this botanical retinol works amazing as a spot treatment for incoming acne/recent scars & helps loosen up my milia. Can be used on full face for oily skin types. • calia - Organic Intensive Conditioner is one of the few hair products that doesn’t break my eczema-prone neck out & makes my hair softer, so already repurchased 👌🏽 • Corpa Flora seasonal Tangerine Tango cleansing oil - great for makeup removal & slightly emulsifies with warm water, repurchased the Corpa Flora - Beauté Divine Sensitive Skin Cleansing Oil sensitive skin version with next to no essential oils. • GRAYDON - Aloe Milk Cleanser was shared between my partner & me. Great quick face wash for sensitive skin. Might repurchase in the future, but for now I’m using up the @lifancenaturalskincare Restore (milk) cleanser, with gently exfoliating white willow bark, I’ve been gifted with👍🏽 • routine. - The Curator Natural Deodorant I LOVE THIS NATURAL DEO. They have a baking soda free version THAT ACTUALLY WORKS 👏🏽 I finished my 2nd jar of The Curator and now trying out Woah! blackberry Betty - makes me smell like berries 😸
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valchemic
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Graydon Skincare Pt 3: A surprise hit and a miss
The Product: Berry Rich Face + Eye Cream Plus the free samples that came with my order From the brand: “A probiotic face cream.This velvety-rich, blue-hued probiotic face cream helps maintain and protect your microbiome (aka your skin barrier) while improving hydration, enhancing your skin’s radiance and luminosity.” They say this cream is intended for dry and mature skin. My skin is dry-combo but acne prone so I was a little wary of this product. It came in the set however, and i figured I could use it on dry patches or even on my body if worse came to worst. BOY WAS I SURPRISED. I started off testing it on some dry itchy skin around my nose. When that went well, i took the plunge and put it on my jawline to wear under a mask. At this point, I was JUST starting to realize that the cure to my maskne might actually be to stop attacking it with acids and use MORE moisture and HEAVIER creams, especially under the mask. It seemed so counterintuitive at the time but I was willing to try... and it freaking worked! This is absolutely my favorite occlusive ever. I no longer dread wearing a mask because it means i can slather this over my face first 😍. I also tested it out as a skin protectant while skiing, and it preformed A+ as a wind barrier. It has the most delicious scent that reminds me of berry buttercream icing or something. It smells edible thats for sure! most surprising maskne cure for me, absolutely recommend for the dry acne-prone, and shocked to say I will have to repurchase soon 😱 GRAYDON - Berry Rich Cream Ingredient Highlights: * Arthrospira Platensis (Blue Majik) Extract: blue-green algae rich in phycocyanin, amino acids, vitamins & minerals. Helps increase firmness and smooth fine lines * Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter: heals and moisturizes skin exposed to the elements * Vaccinium Corymbosum (Blueberry) Seed Oil: rich in vitamin C to brighten skin, minimize dark spots, & promote circulation to lighten dark circles * Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate (Vegan Probiotics): improve and strengthen skin barrier, maintain balance of good bacteria which send signals to your immune system to stop inflammation, keeping acne and rosacea at bay Samples: GRAYDON - Aloe Milk Cleanser This was a very nice gentle cleanser, but it didn’t feel any different than other, much cheaper, creamy cleansers. GRAYDON - Super Sensitive Skin Stuff Also a very nice gentle ceramide cream, but just not worth the price when so many drugstore creams contain ceramides (eg all Cerave products) GRAYDON - Green Cream This one I was really excited about and wanted to love. It contains TWO botanical retinol alternatives: moth bean extract (which I love so much in the Fullmoon Serum) and bakuchiol. Idk what it was, but I just didn’t like the smell... it smelled... bitter? to me, that’s the best way I can describe it. I also noticed some product pilling, but mostly the smell turned me off.
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krcogswell
Oct-Nov Empties 🗑 🧴
[Swipe to see which ones I repurchased/replaced] It’s nice to get closer to a point where I know what works for me, so I don’t have to keep trying a bazillion new products that may ended up going to waste! ♻️ • GRAYDON - Green Cream Phyto Clear (fka Green Cream) sample replaced by a full sized bottle 💦 this botanical retinol works amazing as a spot treatment for incoming acne/recent scars & helps loosen up my milia. Can be used on full face for oily skin types. • calia - Organic Intensive Conditioner is one of the few hair products that doesn’t break my eczema-prone neck out & makes my hair softer, so already repurchased 👌🏽 • Corpa Flora seasonal Tangerine Tango cleansing oil - great for makeup removal & slightly emulsifies with warm water, repurchased the Corpa Flora - Beauté Divine Sensitive Skin Cleansing Oil sensitive skin version with next to no essential oils. • GRAYDON - Aloe Milk Cleanser was shared between my partner & me. Great quick face wash for sensitive skin. Might repurchase in the future, but for now I’m using up the @lifancenaturalskincare Restore (milk) cleanser, with gently exfoliating white willow bark, I’ve been gifted with👍🏽 • routine. - The Curator Natural Deodorant I LOVE THIS NATURAL DEO. They have a baking soda free version THAT ACTUALLY WORKS 👏🏽 I finished my 2nd jar of The Curator and now trying out Woah! blackberry Betty - makes me smell like berries 😸
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valchemic
Are Luxury Serums Worth It?
Everyone has a different priority when it comes to what they’re willing to spend some serious ca$h on for good quality. For some it’s cars, for some it’s shoes, for me it’s pretty much anything I consume, whether it’s food or skincare. Now this does not mean that I prefer to cash out on skincare, but since I am into clean beauty, it often happens to be more on the pricey side. When is it worth it? I personally think it depends on the source and processing of ingredients, rarity, and the brand’s vision. Hydration-based Serums I learned this about a year ago: when it comes to hydration-based serums, such as Hyaluronic acid, it’s best not to cheap out. I’ve started of with the $65 HA serum and it ruined my experience with an $8 serum and even a $32 serum. The two cheaper ones just didn’t compare, even though I was really hoping they would do it for me so I could save some coin. The texture of the cheaper ones wasn’t as plumping and it didn’t seem to be doing much for my skin. It was a mere experience of applying something on the skin 🥱 Overall, I find that the more expensive HA serums I gravitate to are usually more trustworthy and effective because their process entails thorough clinical studies. Recently I had the opportunity to try the GRAYDON - Fullmoon Serum 🎁 with key ingredients: moth bean (botanical retinol alternative), moringa (vitamin C), senna (vegan hyaluronic acid), malachite (support skin exposed to pollution). I was hesitating to get it for a while because it retails at $87 CAD, but then I was sent it for free from Graydon Skincare itself in return for a lil routine vid. Would I buy it again? Well, considering its light textured, non-irritating formula has helped me remove some of the persistent milia on my skin, while fading the occasional breakout scars after a couple of days, and smoothing over my smile lines... I am a big fan. So yes, I’d actually buy this luxury product. But I’m always on the lookout for a discount, so I could at least find a 15% off coupon code somewhere! Oil-based Serums For this one, I honestly feel like unless the oil itself is hard to extract and is a rare commodity, like plain organic jojoba oil, OR has extremely apparent healing benefits, there’s no need to empty out your whole purse on the counter! I probably feel this way because there are tons of face oils on the market. As long as I can find a non-greasy, nourishing oil, I’m content. Would I purchase GRAYDON - Superfood Serum 🎁 with key ingredients: saffron (stem cell extract), raspberry seed oil (Linoleic acid), sacha inchi (Omega rich essential fatty acids), turmeric? Well, I’m not in love with the scent, as it’s a bit bitter, but the texture of the oil is dense enough yet not sticky and absorbs so well on top of the Fullmoon Serum. Though it leaves my skin feeling smooth, I’m just not in a place in my life where complex oil-based formulas are that important to me. PeepThePackageLabeling😍
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valchemic
✨ NEW MONTH, NEW L&R ✨
So excited to share what I got in the November Laurel and Reed box. I’m sure you know by now this is my favourite clean skincare subscription box! I’m always impressed at the variety of high quality products they give! This month included erbaviva ORGANIC SKINCARE - Jasmine Grapefruit Organic Deodorant- which is awesome because I only use natural deodorant and I’m always looking for new and effective brands! I’m excited to keep you posted on my thoughts for this one. This spray contains highly effective organic essential oils to reduce perspiration and fight underarm bacteria! A fragrant, and effective mist of safe and pure bacterial and odour protections - that can also be used as a hand sanitizer apparently! Interesting! The deo goes for $26 for 3.5oz blue haven HOLISTICS - Cacao Mousse Antioxidant Face MaskThis mask looks and smells good enough to eat, it’s packed with amazing ingredients like raw cacao, goji berry, kakadu plum, and great tea that helps gently detoxify, rejuvenate,hydrate and purify skin. I’m interested to try this, I’m skeptical right now as it’s a pretty big product and expires in 4 months after opening.. so hopefully I love it! This ones $39 for 2.5oz GRAYDON - Face GlowI’ve been meaning to add a tinted moisturizer to my am routine, and am excited to try this one! I’ve heard lots of good things about Graydon, and this is the first product I’m trying from them! I love the texture and the tint is nice also it smells really pleasant too! It’s a lightweight moisturizer/skin primer that delivers brightening and highlighting effects for an overall dewy, radiant complexion. Perfect for the “no-makeup” makeup look! $46 for 40ml of product. #Ere Perez - Cranberry lip & eye butter[products]#this butter is meant to regenerate delicate skin with its deeply moisturizing formula. Rich Shea butter, cranberry fruit, cucumber & lactic acid help skin retain moisture and manage the effects of environmental stressors on skin. I’ve you saw my last post, you know I wasn’t crazy about the smell or taste of this product so I will probably never use it on my lips, but am hoping for some nice results around the eye area! This product is $29.50 for 10g Have you tried any of these products ?! Also, if you want to try out L&R and save a little $ use MADI15 for 15% off! ✨
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madihomewood
✨MY BLACK FRIDAY MUST HAVES✨
So... Black Friday has always been a big deal for me. Every year I make a point of staring a note in my phone of everyone I will have to buy for and what I want to surprise them with. I keep this going through the year and whenever I have a good idea I just pop it in my note. (I didn’t come up with this, I stole the idea from my super organized boyfriend) And then every year I buy all my presents for everyone on Black Friday, or whenever the B.F sales start. I love doing this cause I always feel like I get the best price, and I know that everything will arrive before Christmas. Now, it’s best to stick to the list but I can’t help but get caught up and snag a few things for myself. Here’s the deals for me that were simple too good to pass up; Biossance - 30% off site wide! now if you’ve been on my profile you know that their eye cream is a holy grail product for me! I decided to spring for the full size and try something new as well! I grabbed the BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream and the BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Glycolic Renewal Mask, and for only $7 I couldn’t pass on the travel size BIOSSANCE - Eye Rescue Duo. The Laurel and Reed 3 month clean skincare box subscription - 25% off on Cratejoy! I’m absolutely obsessed with this box subscription. If you love clean skincare the products are AMAZING and the value is incredible. It’s all full size products and the brands they work with are killer! I also love that they do a colour theme every month so the boxes are so aesthetically pleasing. These boxes are only $47.95 for a 3 month subscription and have at least $125’s worth of goodies but honestly usually way more... it’s a good deal at the best of time but right now you can get an additional 25% off. Some of the items I’ve received in the past from L&R include; GRAYDON - Face Glow #Ere Perez - Cranberry Lip & Eye Butter[products]# LOLI - Plum Elixir LATHER - Honey Moisture Mask with Propolis Extract SRANGE BIRD - Inner Clarity Cleanser ONE LOVE ORGANICS - Botanical C Facial Serum PURE ALCHEMY BEAUTY - Turmeric Glow sahajan - Nourish Face Cream Any deals you just couldn’t pass up this Black Friday ?
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madihomewood
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Graydon Skincare Pt 3: A surprise hit and a miss
The Product: Berry Rich Face + Eye Cream Plus the free samples that came with my order From the brand: “A probiotic face cream.This velvety-rich, blue-hued probiotic face cream helps maintain and protect your microbiome (aka your skin barrier) while improving hydration, enhancing your skin’s radiance and luminosity.” They say this cream is intended for dry and mature skin. My skin is dry-combo but acne prone so I was a little wary of this product. It came in the set however, and i figured I could use it on dry patches or even on my body if worse came to worst. BOY WAS I SURPRISED. I started off testing it on some dry itchy skin around my nose. When that went well, i took the plunge and put it on my jawline to wear under a mask. At this point, I was JUST starting to realize that the cure to my maskne might actually be to stop attacking it with acids and use MORE moisture and HEAVIER creams, especially under the mask. It seemed so counterintuitive at the time but I was willing to try... and it freaking worked! This is absolutely my favorite occlusive ever. I no longer dread wearing a mask because it means i can slather this over my face first 😍. I also tested it out as a skin protectant while skiing, and it preformed A+ as a wind barrier. It has the most delicious scent that reminds me of berry buttercream icing or something. It smells edible thats for sure! most surprising maskne cure for me, absolutely recommend for the dry acne-prone, and shocked to say I will have to repurchase soon 😱 GRAYDON - Berry Rich Cream Ingredient Highlights: * Arthrospira Platensis (Blue Majik) Extract: blue-green algae rich in phycocyanin, amino acids, vitamins & minerals. Helps increase firmness and smooth fine lines * Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter: heals and moisturizes skin exposed to the elements * Vaccinium Corymbosum (Blueberry) Seed Oil: rich in vitamin C to brighten skin, minimize dark spots, & promote circulation to lighten dark circles * Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate (Vegan Probiotics): improve and strengthen skin barrier, maintain balance of good bacteria which send signals to your immune system to stop inflammation, keeping acne and rosacea at bay Samples: GRAYDON - Aloe Milk Cleanser This was a very nice gentle cleanser, but it didn’t feel any different than other, much cheaper, creamy cleansers. GRAYDON - Super Sensitive Skin Stuff Also a very nice gentle ceramide cream, but just not worth the price when so many drugstore creams contain ceramides (eg all Cerave products) GRAYDON - Green Cream This one I was really excited about and wanted to love. It contains TWO botanical retinol alternatives: moth bean extract (which I love so much in the Fullmoon Serum) and bakuchiol. Idk what it was, but I just didn’t like the smell... it smelled... bitter? to me, that’s the best way I can describe it. I also noticed some product pilling, but mostly the smell turned me off.
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krcogswell
Graydon Skincare Part 2: Face mist!
The Product: Face Food Mineral Mist “It gives your skin an instant glow-up by locking in moisture and creating a weightless protective barrier against environmental pollution.” This is another one of the products that donates $1 to Plastic Oceans with every purchase to clean up shorelines. It also comes in a 240mL refill size without the plastic pump! As with Graydon’s other products, this mist is clean, vegan, cruelty free, hypoallergenic, and safe for sensitive skin! I originally purchased the three-piece holiday set because I wanted to buy the Fullmoon Serum, but I also wanted to try the Face Food Mineral Mist, and it was just more cost effective to get the set! The brand notes that this mist can be used as a: toner, essence, after serum/moisturizer to help boost the absorption of actives, as a makeup finishing spray, or as a skin refresher! I don’t wear makeup, so I can’t speak to that use, but I have used it for almost every other purpose. My favorite use is applying it between serums or between a serum and my moisturizer. My skin likes to dry out quickly and sometimes it is hard to get products to absorb properly. When I first started layering products I had issues with pilling all the time. Adding in this misting step has helped with absorption tremendously! Additionally I love the gentle vanilla scent, and the anti pollution benefits. I live in a big city AND wear a mask all the time, my face can use all the protection it can get! This is quite pricey and I am wondering if anyone has suggestions for cheaper dupes? Because I don’t know of any dupes at the moment, I’m giving it full stars despite the price! GRAYDON - Face Food Mineral Mist Ingredient Highlights: White Tea Leaf Extract: high in catechins, the antioxidants in tea Magnesium: soothing to skin & combats skin allergies Copper: used in collagen & elastin production, and inhibits free radicals Silver: helps kill bacteria, reduces redness & blotchy skin, neutralizes harmful sodium-fluoride in water, & accelerates wound healing (including acne) Zinc: decreases inflammation, natural protection against UVA & UVB rays, & regulates oil production Malachite: semiprecious healing gemstone that detoxes skin, is an antioxidant and antipollution, & contains copper to increase collagen production Vanilla: Besides smelling delicious, is anti-inflammatory & also helps with wound healing/infections
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krcogswell
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Powerhouse
Powerhouse
GRAYDON - Fullmoon Serum This serum is not only stunning to look at and reasonably priced it also has amazing ingredients that don’t irritate even sensitive skin. It is a hyaluronic acid based serum so it’s consistency is light and moisturizing but it’s still has retinol derived from moth bean and collagen to really plump up the skin and provide an array of actives. One of my favorite finds so far of 2020! I think it would work for any skin type as a first serum to apply given its light weight and absorbency.
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brightskinbrooke
Fullmoon Serum
GRAYDON-Fullmoon Serum
My Skincare Awards 🏆 Moisturizer Edition
My Skincare Awards 🏆 Moisturizer Edition
Finding a good moisturizer for eczema and milia prone sensitive skin is key! Over the years, my skin type has ranged from oily to dry to combination. Here’s my selection from favourite to least favourite: 1. GRAYDON - The Putty This is a moisturizer that has really come through for me, specifically during the eczema days 👏🏽 Scent: oatmealish Price: $46 CAD/50mL I gave this product a try after receiving for free at work, I found it a little thick for the face at first so I mostly used it on my neck, where I had eczema. With ingredients like zinc, colloidal oatmeal, hemp seed oil, manuka honey, turmeric, it’s meant to be soothing for irritated skin... and it proved to be so, I’m glad it fell into my hands 💝 I really admired what it did for my neck that I started using it on my face too *over damp skin* so it would absorb better, and it kept my face moisturizer and protected during the cold winter. I’ve repurchased this in a FULL SIZE quantity and recommended it to friends ✨ 2. sahajan - Nourish Face Cream This is great for everyday use, under makeup too. Scent: mature lotion Price: $60 CAD/50mL I also got this for free at work and was excited to try it as I really admire the premise behind this Ayurvedic brand. Though after a few months, the cream’s texture goes from silky smooth to a bit hardened with some crunchier bits, once it melts in your palms it makes for a nice application that mattifies the skin. Great before applying makeup or just having fresh, semi-glowing skin. I apply it on over damp skin as well. Although it contains coconut oil, I find that it doesn’t break me out. I’ve definitely recommended this to my friends and will probably be repurchasing this once the winter comes around. 3. wildcraft - Bergamot Rose Face Cream This was one of the first moisturizer I remember investing in once I discovered Hyaluronic acid and needed something for the eczema on my face. Scent: ylang ylang Price: $26 CAD/60mL This is a little more on the greasy side, but at the time I found it quite nourishing for my dry, flakey skin. However, after using it almost daily for a few months is when I started noticing milia starting to form on my face, so I questioned whether this moisturizer was too rich for my skin. I’ve been using it less frequently since just wanting to use it up but also not wanting to chance it anymore, so I might finish it off as a body butter 🥴 I purchased this 3 times, but won’t be repurchasing it again since finding the 2 aforementioned moisturizers that I prefer more! Won’t be recommending this to friends anymore unless they want an affordable option. What’s your favourite moisturizer?!
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valchemic
Bergamot Rose Face Cream
wildcraft -Bergamot Rose Face Cream
Here’s the weekly morning rout
Here’s the weekly morning routine—I changed my essence. That’s it . 〰️Volition Strawberry-C Serum* Strawberry fruit & seed extract, Kakadu plum, HA & 3-0 Ethyl Ascorbic Acid (more stable version) 〰️YOU Skincare Clarifying Glow Serum* This serum gently exfoliates, improves tone & clarity plus it supports the skins ability to heal itself. Aloe, rose hydrosol, gotu kola, willow bark, niacinimide, squalane, daisy, probiotics, uva ursi, camellia, ginkgo biloba, panthenol, sea buckthorn & rosehip 〰️Graydon Fullmoon Serum from the July beautyheroes box—Moth bean, oligopeptides, collagen, HA, blue tansy, coffee leaf/seed extract & malachite for antipollution. This has a waterlight texture 〰️Heart of Gold Sweetbriar Hydrating Nectar* from theboxwalla August box. Looks creamy but it’s really lightweight—Aloe, rose hydrolat, blackcurrant, juneberry, wild rose, meadowfoam & di-ribose 〰️YTTP Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner* So excited for this one—kombucha ferment, tree bark ferment, ginger, lactic & glycolic acids & lemon water extract 〰️African Botanics Cloudburst Micro-Emulsion. I subbed this for an oil because it is an oil in water emulsion. It’s the perfect level for the summer weather for me 〰️Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence* Love this fermented tea slippery lightweight hydrating essence
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thebeautyendeavor
CLOUDBURST MICRO-EMULSION
African Botanics-CLOUDBURST MICRO-EMULSION
A combo I wouldn’t go without for dry skin
A combo I wouldn’t go without for dry skin
For mornings that I want to keep my skincare steps to a minimum, I stick with this hydrating, protective, repairing combo of Face food mineral mist & Repair booster oil. GRAYDON - Face Food Mineral Mist is not just any kind of toner, as with minerals such as Zinc, Copper, Magnesium it serves to protect the face from elements & pollutants. Bonus points for the gentle vanilla extract, which smells heavenly and is also good for the skin! PUUR Ingrid - Repair Booster is a nice light oil, containing collagen-promoting Squalane + a green tea antioxidant, repairs the skin cells. It technically falls under the “anti-aging” category; however, if you’re prone to super dry skin or even recovering from dermatitis, this comes in handy. This not only leaves my skin baby smooth, but also has a scent that reminds me of baby oil, which I personally like. I love pairing these two together, as spraying the toner dampens the skin, which then allows the oil to penetrate the skin better. If you want to keep your routine simple and you have dry/aging/sensitive skin or just desire an upkeep for normal, healthier skin... this is the one!
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valchemic
Face Food Mineral Mist
GRAYDON-Face Food Mineral Mist
Valentina’s Introduction
Valentina’s Introduction
Hey lovelies, I’m so excited to be here, a social media app for skincare - whaaaat a dream come true! 💫 My personal skincare journey began when I started getting eczema on my neck, face, arms, legs in university, which I graduated with a BScience. I knew about the risks of using topical steroids, so I’ve been adamant on finding holistic ways to treat my case of eczema by first understanding the root cause. It’s a complex journey, as I’ve come to understand that there are different causes for eczema, such as stress, nutrition deficiencies, allergies, genetics, etc. So I began looking into skincare to find ways to manage my skin health while figuring out my entire health 🤪 Growing up with sensitive skin, I stayed away from most beauty products to avoid getting adverse reactions from certain synthetic ingredients... until I started looking into the benefits of clean, plant-based ingredients. And I make sure to look out for greenwashing! 🤓 I’ve since found that when I use the right ingredients, my skin actually thanks me. I now also look at skincare as part of self care rituals that our ancestors took on for many generations. In the past couple years, my passion has been focused on working out a skincare formula to soothe eczema-related rashes and infections. In the meanwhile, I’ve started working at a conscious, ethical beauty studio, Portia-Ella that carries ~40 Canadian brands, mostly led by women. I love working with our empowering team, which fuels my growth/self-development. We get a lot of training on ingredients and interact with various skin types, so I’m always happy to help! 🥰 In these photos, from Valentine’s Day, I’m holding some of my favourite skincare products of all-time, which you can find at Portia-Ella (online too.) I’ll be reviewing them in future posts 🤩 What’s your current skincare obsession? 🙌🏽 GRAYDON - The Putty WOODLOT - Nourishing Cleansing Balm GRAYDON - Face Food Mineral Mist Corpa Flora - Antidote HB5 Hydration
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valchemic
Antidote HB5 Hydration
Corpa Flora-Antidote HB5 Hydration
My Top 3 Products for “Healing” Eczema
My Top 3 Products for “Healing” Eczema
The truth is healing eczema isn’t as simple as applying on creams and ointments, alone. It’s a whole process, from stress management to better nutrient intake to looking into underlying conditions, like thyroid issues. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t find the right skincare to manage eczema. Over the years, I’ve tried various products and topical remedies, and though it can be tricky to sift through all the right formulas... I have finally found the right ones for me! Hydrate with Corpa Flora - Antidote HB5 Hydration which contains hydration-boosting propanediol, hyaluronic acid, pro vitamin B5 and promoting collagen, making the skin more firm. This really helped me with dry patches on my face, I don’t get those anymore! 💦 Moisturize & Soothe with GRAYDON - The Putty which contains restorative ingredients, such as zinc, hemp oil, turmeric, manuka honey. It’s so soothing, I noticed changes within a few days and only needed to apply it twice a day vs some other eczema solutions that require constant reapplication due to excessive dryness. 🤗 Sanitize & Repair with purO3 - Ozonated Olive Oil which is a One ingredient powerhouse. Honestly this is my holy grail y’all! The only reason it’s a 4 ⭐️ is due to the strong scent, which my partner doesn’t enjoy sleeping next to when I use it 😅 but ozonated oil is honestly the one for stopping skin infections, like Staphylococcus aureus in its tracks, and on top of that, repairing the skin so the S. aureus doesn’t repenetrate the skin. I’ve been using this one for years! 🙏🏽 What are some of your favourite eczema solutions? 💞
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valchemic
Antidote HB5 Hydration
Corpa Flora-Antidote HB5 Hydration
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