Best of 2020 Skincare

As 2020 comes to an end I have decided to do a wrap up of my favourite and most used products of 2020. The first part of the wrap up is my favourite skincare products of 2020. In the second part of my wrap up I will share my favourite makeup products of 2020. Stay tuned for that post coming soon!

This past year took me into a whole new world of skincare because my skin’s needs changed entirely. I went from pretty normal skin that was combination – dry on my forehead and cheeks and more oily on my nose and chin, to sensitive and acne prone. As someone who has never really had problem skin this was a huge struggle. I have a new appreciation for anyone with acne prone skin and what you battle on a daily basis. Through this process I have discovered some new products that have worked really well at battling my acne and the sensitivities I was experiencing. Even if you don’t suffer from acne or a lot of sensitivity there are some really great products I discovered that could work well no matter your skin type. Here is a look at some of the products that my skin really loved this year.

Neostrata Glycolic Mousse Cleanser – I feel like everyone has tried this cleanser and I was definitely late to the game. For the first half of 2020, this was my go to cleanser. This is a great cleanser for anyone with normal, combination or oily skin. If you are on the drier side it might be a little bit too much for everyday – I would recommend their PHA Cleanser instead. The glycolic acid provides a gentle exfoliation and the light mousse texture is very refreshing. I find this product is super great for treating blackheads and congestion on the skin. If you are looking for a cleanser with some gentle exfoliation that is safe for daily use I recommend checking this one out.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Foaming Gel

La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Gel Cleanser – When my acne started to flare up, and my skin became much more sensitive and problematic, I switched to this gel cleanser from La Roche Posay. What attracted me to this cleanser versus other acne cleansers is that the active ingredient is zinc PCA. Zinc PCA is great for killing acne causing bacteria, so it will get rid of existing acne and prevent new acne from occurring. Zinc PCA is also good for controlling oil production on the skin and is a humectant. This means, unlike other acne treatments, it will not strip the skin of the natural oils or dry out the skin. The zinc PCA makes it great for anyone who has a drier skin type because it helps treat the acne and hydrate the skin. This has really helped my acne a lot. I have kept it in my routine even as my acne has disappeared and I love it. It has helped to keep my acne at a manageable state. If you are really sensitive to other acne treatments, or are a drier skin type and suffer from acne, I highly recommend testing this cleanser out.

Vichy Mineral 89 Eye Review

Vichy Mineral 89 Eye Care – I went through two bottles of this eye cream in 2020 and will definitely repurchase this after I finish up some other eye creams in my stash. The texture on this eye cream is a really nice light gel cream that leaves behind a nice cooling sensation. The cooling sensation feels so nice on tired eyes and helps to depuff the eye contour. It is an amazing base for makeup. My eyeshadow and concealer apply so nicely overtop. The thing I love most about this eye cream is how brightening it is. I really noticed a difference in how bright my under eye area was while using this eye cream. If you are looking for a really gentle, hydrating and brightening eye cream give this one a try.

Vichy Mineral 8

Vichy Mineral 89 – I don’t even know if I need to give this product much of an explanation. If you have been following me you probably already know my love for this product. If I could shower my whole body in it I would. I have gone through more bottles of this then I can count. Mineral 89 is a skin booster containing hyaluronic acid and Vichy’s thermal water. This product helps to strengthen and protect the skin. It is a great boost of hydration for the skin. It is always the first step in my routine after cleansing and I apply it to my face eyes and lips. If you are looking for an extra boost of moisture, or to help strengthen your skin I can’t recommend Mineral 89 enough.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo +

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo + – This was my holy grail acne treatment this year. This saved my skin and was the true superstar when it came to treating my acne breakouts and getting my skin back under control. It is one of the most gentle acne treatments I have ever used, but still so effective. Others I had tried during the year were so harsh and what contributed to the issues with sensitivity I was having. This product didn’t cause any feelings of sensitivity and with consistent use, and some patience, are really what got my acne under control. I am going to insert some photos below of my acne when it was the worst and my skin after adding Duo + into my routine. If you are someone who suffers from acne and finds a lot of treatments to be too harsh for your skin, or are just looking for a more gentle acne treatment I highly recommend trying this product out. When my acne was at its worst I used this product morning and night until I got it under control. Once my breakouts were becoming less severe I continued to use it in the morning to help prevent breakouts while wearing a mask all day.

Before and after using La Roche Posay Effaclar
Top Photos: Skin as of September 2020 prior to starting Effaclar products. Bottom Photos: Skin as of January 2021. Results in the bottom photos were after using Effaclar Cleanser and Duo + morning and night September 2020 – November 2020. In November 2020, I began continued using the cleanser morning and night, but used Duo + in the morning and Avene Aoxitive Peeling Cream at night.
La Roche Posay Toleriane Sensitive

La Roche Posay Toleriane Sensitive – This was definitely my most used cream of 2020. It is a lightweight texture that is fragrance free, alcohol free, balances the skin’s microbiome and safe for sensitive skin. I loved it because I could use it day or night and it is safe to layer with any products. It is super gentle and really helped to soothe my irritation. I went through two or three bottles this year and is something I would repurchase immediately. It is the perfect basic moisturizer and has a super reasonable price point. Pro tip: Not all of the product dispenses out at the very end. Cut off the top and remove what is left inside with your finger tips. I always get quite a few more applications out of the product by doing this.

Avene Aoxitive Night Peel – This is one of my all-time favourite retinol products. It helped my skin so much this year when it came to my acne scars. As the Effaclar Duo + started to clear my acne I was left behind was quite a bit of acne scarring. Although my breakouts were under control the marks left behind still made me feel pretty self conscious. Adding this retinol product to my routine made a world of difference. It made such a difference that other people were commenting on how great my skin looked – you know a product is really working when other people make note. I will be continuing to use this product in the future. Although I don’t need it as much now for treating acne scars I like that it made my skin smooth, radiant and it helps with early signs of aging. If you are looking to try a retinol product, or have issues with acne scarring I recommend trying this one out.

Neostrata Triple Firming Neck Cream

Neostrata Neck Cream – This was a rediscovered product for me in 2020. I have used this neck cream in the past and in 2020 I was reminded how much I love it. I have tried a few different neck creams, but this is truly my favourite because of the texture. Others I find can feel too heavy or oily and don’t absorb. Hours later I can still feel some creams on my neck area. This one has the most luxurious texture. It melts right into the skin and gives an instant tightening feeling. This product also really feels like it is doing something. The skin on my neck area is a lot smoother and there has been a decrease in the size and depth of the horizontal lines on my neck.

Avene Cicalfate Restorative Cream

Avene Cicalfate + – This is a product I have known about for many years, but never truly appreciated until this year. I have always recommended it to people with cuts and scrapes or burns because of the soothing and healing properties, but it never occurred to me that it could become a staple in my skincare routine. This was another game changer when it came to healing my acne and healing irritation from harsh acne treatments and masks. It contains copper and zinc sulfate, which have purifying properties. These purifying properties allow it to effectively treat breakouts. I also like applying it on a blemish I may have picked as it speeds up the healing time.

I also love this product if my skin is dull, or looking for a boost. I apply a thin layer all over the face at night and it leaves my skin looking so healthy and renewed. It is also great to pair with a retinol or a more irritating active ingredient as it really helps to minimize any harsh side effects.

Avene Cicalfate Hand Cream – I have never been a big hand cream user. I find they are too greasy or slimy and I am honestly just too lazy to be consistent with applying one. This year I desperately needed to use hand cream. With all the hand sanitizer and hand washing my hands became really dry and irritated. With similar properties to the Cicalfate + the Cicalfate hand cream has been amazing for combatting the dryness and irritation. Within the first 24 hours of using it, and reapplying regularly, I noticed a huge improvement on my hands. I really like the texture of this product because it isn’t too greasy and absorbs quickly. I keep this product in my pocket at work and it has truly been a staple for 2020.

Vichy Mineral Tinted Sunscreen

Vichy Mineral Tinted Sunscreen – With going out a lot less, and wearing a mask most of the time, I really stepped away from wearing foundation in 2020. As an alternative, I started to wear tinted sunscreen instead and this one from Vichy ended up being a favourite. It is a mineral sunscreen with an SPF 50 and a universal tint. It leaves a nice glow on the skin and is sweat and water resistant for up to 80 minutes. Although the coverage on this product is super light weight I love it. It just slightly blurs and neutralizes redness, but still lets your skin show through. It is just enough coverage to give me that extra boost of confidence to feel good about going makeup free.

La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra Fluid Face Sunscreen – This is one of my all time favourite sunscreen products. I have been using it for years and in 2020 it got even better as they slightly reformulated it. The new formulation is anti-migration meaning it won’t move from the skin and transfer into the eyes. There were times in the past where I did get this in my eyes and let me just say it wasn’t pleasant. The reason why I love this product the most is that it truly is invisible on the skin. It disappears into the skin and feels like there is nothing left on the skin. It wears beautifully on its own or under makeup. It doesn’t break me out or irritate my skin. If you are looking for a great facial sunscreen I recommend giving this one a try.

Vichy Ideal Soleil Sport Sunscreen – This is has been my favourite body sunscreen for a few years, but I think this might be the first time it is appearing on the blog. This past summer I spent a lot time outdoors and I went through many bottles of this sunscreen. Most body sunscreens I do not like. I find them to feel sticky, greasy and they leave a residue on your skin and clothing. The Vichy Sport Sunscreen is everything I have ever wanted in a body sunscreen. It disappears into the skin without any trace of feeling sticky, greasy with no residue left behind. It is hydrating and leaves a bit of a cooling sensation on the skin. It is both sweat and water resistant and it can be applied to wet skin. The fact that is can be applied to wet skin is so convenient. I think people already dread reapplying as needed, especially when swimming, because of the hassle of having to dry off first. I still do towel off, but I don’t have to worry too much if my skin is a bit damp.

I also really love the texture of this on my face. I have been using it in the winter months on my face and it is also so beautiful. I love that it is hydrating and doesn’t feel too heavy. This is a great product if you are just looking to purchase one sunscreen you can use on face and body.

Neostrata Bionic Oxygen Recovery

Neostrata Bionic Oxygen Recovery – When my skin was at its peak with acne and sensitivity this was such a great option for when I needed exfoliation. This mask combines PHA and bionic acid to gently exfoliate and deliver oxygen to the skin. Even after my sensitivity and acne has gone down I still love using this product. It is so gentle, soothing and leaves me skin feeling soft and radiant.

This mask is also very unique in the application. You massage a thick layer onto damp skin. It then starts to bubble and then disappears and you rinse it with cold water. I will warn you the bubbles tickle, A LOT. It’s not uncomfortable it is just unusual and definitely takes some time to get used to. If you are a sensitive skin type who can’t use a lot of harsh actives in your routine, or are already use some stronger actives and want an exfoliator that can be paired with anything definitely give this treatment a try.

Skyn Iceland Eye Mask, Patchology Eye Mask, Pixi Eye Mask

Pixi DetoxifEYE Eye Patches – These eye patches were an essential part of many self care moments in 2020. I keep them in the fridge and they just feel so good. I find that they really soothe my eye area – especially when they are cold from the fridge. They really leave my eyes feeling hydrated and refreshed. When applying them be careful that they don’t stick together. On a few occasions I have accidentally applied two to one eye as they do easily stick together.

If you are still with me – thank you! That was quite a novel. I really loved reflecting on what products I really loved this year and it is making me want to do some shopping to replenish. What products did you love this year? I would love to hear in a comment below! Thanks again for reading and stay tuned for my 2020 makeup favourites.


Monthly Must Haves: October 2020

Can you believe it is already November? Is anyone else starting to feel excited for Christmas? We had a little dusting of snow last week that really got me into the spirit. With a new month underway I am sharing some of my favourite products I used during October. Here is a look at some of my recent favourite products.

Avene Cicalfate Restorative Cream

Avene Cicalfate Restorative Cream – This is a product I have always thought to use on other parts of the body, but never on my face until Romy from Ymor Beauty. (If you don’t follow Romy I highly recommend you check her out. She has a background in science and brings so much knowledge to her reviews. She is a great resource.) I have been using Cicalfate primarily when I have a blemish clearing up or to heal any irritation. It has amazing healing and restorative benefits . Plus the zinc sulfate is antibacterial and can help prevent acne causing bacteria from developing on the skin.

I also love using this product if my skin just needs a boost. If my skin is super dry and dull I apply this product at night. The next morning I wake up with the most glowing, soft and radiant skin.

Neostrata Bionic Oxygen Recovery

Neostrata Bionic Oxygen Recovery – I have become a big fan of Neostrata products. If you follow my blog or instagram you will often see their products popping up in my content. This Bionic Oxygen Recovery Treatment is amazing. It is made up of polyhydroxy acids or PHAs, which the founders of Neostrata discovered – HOW COOL! PHAs provide exfoliation, strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier while being gentle and not irritating. They are so gentle they can even be used on post-procedure skin. PHAs are an amazing ingredient for anyone with sensitive skin who can not use strong actives.

Right now, I am unable to use many actives due to wearing a mask because my skin has become really sensitive. This has made treating acne a bit difficult. Adding this treatment into my routine 2-3 times a week has been a complete game changer for me. It combines two different PHAS, gluconolactone and lactobionic acid, to gently exfoliate the skin. The antioxidant and humectant properties help to repair and hydrate the skin.

To use this product you massage a thin layer onto damp skin. The product begins to bubble and disappears after 5 minutes. The bubbling action helps to deliver molecular oxygen to the skin to energize your skin cells.

The results I have seen from using this product are amazing! After one use I noticed immediate radiance – my skin is glowing! It has also calmed my stressed out skin and really helped calm down my acne. My skin is looking a lot clearer, more radiant and just overall healthy and thriving since I have been using this.

Neostrata Triple Firming Neck Cream

Neostrata Triple Firming Neck Cream – Our neck is often and area we neglect and is one of the first places we show signs of aging. With the increase in technology people are often noticing signs of aging on the neck really early and it is referred to as “Tech Neck”.

Tech neck is the horizontal lines that develop on the neck as a result of constantly looking down at devices like phones or computers. This is something I have definitely started to develop and I want to start caring for now and taking preventative measures.

This neck cream helps to firm, reduce appearance of lines and wrinkles and even the skin tone. It is really effective at doing all of those things and I have definitely noticed more smoothness in my neck area and a reduction in the appearance of lines on my neck. The thing I love most about this neck cream is the texture. A lot of other neck creams I have tried can be very oily, or feel like they just sit on the surface of the skin and don’t fully absorb. This one is super light in texture and absorbs into the skin beautifully.

Do I recommend this neck cream? Absolutely, but I also understand that spending $98 on a neck cream isn’t realistic for everyone. If I can offer one piece of advice it would be to carry your skincare down your neck. Bring everything down – cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen.

Covergirl Clean Fresh Translucent Powder

Cover Girl Clean Fresh Translucent Pressed Powder – I have never used a pressed translucent powder as I usually opt for loose. I am so impressed with this powder and it is drugstore. It does a really great job at setting your makeup and blurring the skin. I mainly use it under my eyes and through my t-zone. It does a great job at leaving a natural matte finish and blurring any lines or pores. I have seen other reviews where people said they felt like it left a white cast on their skin. I personally have never experienced this, but I am a pretty fair skin tone. I also think this will be great for travelling or on the go instead of bringing my loose translucent powders with me as they can be quite messy.

Fekkai Technician Color Shampoo and Conditioner

Fekkai Color Technician Shampoo and Conditioner – I’ve been searching for a shampoo and conditioner that is easily accessible (can be purchased at the drugstore rather then the salon) and doesn’t contain things like silicones or sulfates. Fekkai recently relaunched their products at the drugstore and I am really excited about it. I have been using their shampoo and conditioner for colour treated hair. It is supposed to extend the life of your colour and prevent brassiness from occuring. It is free of silicones, sulfates, phthalates and parabens. It has definitely helped my hair with brassiness. I find I am using my purple shampoo less often to maintain my blonde. It also leaves my hair feeling really clean and doesn’t add any weight to my hair.

Those are a few of my favourite products from October. What products have you been loving?

Product Empties: Volume 2

I have another collection of empty products I have used up. Spoiler alert: I really liked them all! As I said in my last post about product empties, I love sharing thoughts after using a product up entirely. You really get a true impression of how you like a product when using up the entire thing. Some of the products I am sharing today are tried and true products in my routine that I have repurchased over and over. Others are new to me, but I would not hesitate to repurchase them again. Interested to see what these winning products are? Just keep reading!

La Roche Posay Ultra Micellar Water Sensitive – This is one of my favourite micellar waters. It is super gentle, but still effective. It gets all my makeup off in one sweep. It doesn’t feel drying, leave any residue on the skin or irritate my eyes. It leaves the skin feeling clean and refreshed. They also make a few other versions for different skin types – reactive, sensitive and acne prone. This is something I will probably repurchase once I finish up the other micellar waters I have on hand.

La Roche Posay Toleriance Ultra – I have recommended this products for years – it is great! If you are someone with really sensitive skin, experiencing any kind of skin irritation, or just want minimal ingredients in your moisturizer definitely check this out. This product is free of fragrance, alcohol, lanolin, parabens and preservatives. It comes in air tight packaging which allows the product to stay sterile and safe for the most sensitive skin. This product has really helped me to combat any irritation I have been experiencing from wearing a mask. I will definitely repurchase this product.

Bioderma Atoderm Gentle Shower Gel – I never realized the difference between drugstore and dermo-cosmetic body wash products until I made the switch for myself. I knew the technology and ingredient differences, but I had never experienced the difference myself. Prior to now, I would buy whatever was on sale and smelled pretty. But, since using dermo-cosmetic body washes I don’t think I can go back. The biggest difference I notice is the hydration and comfort I feel in my skin. My skin always feels hydrated and nourished. There is also little fragrance in these products and, if there is, they are hypoallergenic. I appreciate this because it really isn’t ideal to be using fragrance on more delicate areas of the body.

This body wash is hypoallergenic, soap free, allergen free, paraben free and respects the skin’s balance. It is safe for the whole family. It does have a light scent. The blue colour is natural colouring and it does not have any added colourant. Overall, I would repurchase this product. I liked how it made my skin feel and how it lathered.

Bioderma Atoderm Shower Oil – This product is another body wash product from Bioderma. It is different from the last one in the way that it is for atopic (eczema prone) skin. It provides immediate soothing effects, hydration and protects the skin. It is rich with lipids (good fatty acids for the skin), prevents bad bacteria from binding to the skin and can increase the tolerance of sensitive skin. I actually love using this product as a bubble bath or to shave my legs. It created a really nice foam in the bath and leaves your skin feeling so hydrated and smooth after shaving. I think this will be a great product to use in the winter time to help with the dry skin that comes along with the colder temperatures. I also like using this as a hand wash when my hands become irritated from hand sanitizer or frequent hand washing. I can’t say enough good things about this product.

Avene Thermal Spring Water – This product has been a staple in my routine for years now. I don’t know if I have ever talked about it on my blog (and I am too lazy to go back and look). This is a thermal water rich in minerals with a low mineral salt content. It is known in my household as magic water because you can use it for just about anything. I use it as part of my skincare routine, on skin irritations, to refresh throughout the day, to soothe irritated eyes from contact lenses… literally anything. Avene’s thermal water is unique because it is rich in silica, which helps to soften the skin. This product has so many amazing soothing benefits. I have already restocked and have one for back up. This is something I can’t live without.

Vichy Mineral 89 – Since this product launched a few years ago it has been a staple in my routine. I always have multiple bottles on hand, so I am never without. I like to describe this product as a multi-vitamin for your skin. It is 89% Vichy Thermal Water which is packed with 15 different minerals to help strengthen and protect your skin. It also contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump the skin. You can use this product on face, eyes and lips. It has no fragrance, alcohol or parabens. If I could shower my whole body in Mineral 89 I would.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray – This product is a well known product in the makeup community and there is definitely a reason for it. This is at least my third bottle I have gone through. It really does help your makeup last all day… or night. It keeps your makeup looking fresh, helps prevent transfer and blends all your products together flawlessly.

My favourite way to use it is by doing what I call a setting spray sandwich. After applying my skincare I do one layer of setting spray then apply all of my makeup, except mascara. I then apply another layer of setting spray and finish off with my mascara. I like to apply setting spray before my mascara because sometimes the spray can weigh down my lashes and they don’t look as lifted or curled. By doing two layers of setting spray I find the first layer helps your makeup adhere to your skin better and the second layer locks in your products.

Annabelle Brow Fibre Gel – This is one of my all-time favourite brow gels and it has been discontinued. It is such a good dupe for the Benefit Gimme Brow. It has an identical brush and formula. It is a tinted brow gel with small fibers to tint, shape and fill in your brows. The formula is amazing, but the other thing I loved the most about this is the colour. The shade I wear is light/medium. It is the perfect shade. I find a lot of brow gels can be really warm in the lighter shades, but this is light and cool toned. Annabelle please bring this back.

Klorane Dry Shampoo With Nettle – This is my go-to dry shampoo. I have repurchased this so many times. I like this dry shampoo because it leaves your hair feeling clean and brushable. It doesn’t leave your hair feeling stiff, or like there is a lot of product in your hair after using it. My favourite way to use it is to apply it the night before and then brush it out in the morning. It also doesn’t have a very strong smell, it is just a soft clean scent that doesn’t linger. I’ve already repurchased this.

Those are the latest products I have used up lately and without a doubt will be repurchasing. I love doing these kind of posts because they really help me to stay on track with finishing products and I love being able to give a full review versus more of a first impression. Have you finished up any beauty products lately? Let me know in a comment below!

Monthly Must Haves: September 2020

Monthly Must Haves featuring La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel, Effaclar Duo+, La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Dermallegro, Dermablend Cover Care Concealer, Bioderma Hydrabio Micellar Water

Happy October! With another month come and gone I have a round up of some of my favourite products. This month I have a lot of products from La Roche Posay. To say that La Roche Posay has saved my skin over the last month or two is an understatement. I know I keep bringing up maskne and the breakouts I have been having with my skin a lot, but it has been a struggle. About mid-August the breakouts I have been having from my mask got out of control. It was at a point where I was grateful to be able to hide them under a mask. I was battling both irritation from the mask along with blemishes. I have sensitive as well as combination to dry skin, so this duo can be tricky to treat as most acne treatments are geared towards oily skin and can be very harsh. If you are having the same struggles as me, or have a similar skin type as me, check out my favourites below.

La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Dermallegro

La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Dermallegro – Before I started treating my acne I needed to address the irritation I was experiencing. La Roche Posay recently launched Dermallegro serum to help skin in distress – whether that be from irritation, allergies or you just have very sensitive skin. It has a very minimal formula soothes irriation, redness and itchiness upon contact to the skin. I can definitley attest to this claim. Prior to starting this serum my skin felt tight, itchy and red. Immediately after applying it I felt relief for all of those sensations. This product has really helped restore my skin’s barrier and control any irritation my mask was causing. I have already finished a full bottle and am on my second. I can’t recommend this product enough for helping with any kind of skin discomfort.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Clarifying Foaming Gel

La Roche Posay Effaclar Clarifying Foaming Gel – This cleanser is a lot different then most acne cleansers. Most acne cleansers are salicylic acid based, or benzoyl peroxide based. Effaclar Foaming Gel uses zinc pca. For me, this is great for my skin type. It helps to moderate oil production on the skin and prevent the growth of acne causing bacteria – both things I need to help my maskne. The other important thing that zinc pca does is that its a natural mosturizing factor meaning it helps the skin to stay hydrated. This product helps to control my acne and keep my skin from drying out. What more could I need? Since using it I definitely have noticed a change in my skin. I am not 100% breakout free, but there has for sure been an improvement.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo +

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo + – This is the acne treatment I have been using after cleansing with the Effaclar Foaming Gel and prepping my skin with the Dermallegro Serum. I chose this treatment because it has a low amount of salicylic acid and also has zinc pca in it. It also has niacinimide to help with redness and pigmentation on the skin. It is a global acne treatment meaning it treats current breakouts and prevents them from reoccurring. I like this product because it is so gentle, but still effective. It hasn’t dried out or irritated my skin at all. Like with the cleanser my breakouts aren’t entirely cleared up, but they are on the mend. It is important to keep in mind that treating acne takes time and a consistent routine. That can sometimes be discouraging as we all want results yesterday. One way I have been keeping myself motivated to stick with it is by taking regular photos of my skin so I visually see the progress that is happening.

Dermablend Cover Care Concealer

Dermablend Cover Care Concealer – I think this might be the best concealer I have ever used. Is that a big claim? Maybe, but I like it a lot. The coverage is incredible. It has 30% pigment, twice the amount of typical full coverage concealers. It is super long wearing and does not require setting. I can put it under my eyes and it stays in place all day without creasing or smudging. I have never owned a concealer before now that I could wear without setting. It is also hydrating, but I do recommend a good hydrating eye cream and moisturizer prior to applying it. It looks much better when applied to hydrated skin. It is hypoallergenic, fragrance free, non-comedogic, tested on allergy and acne-prone skin. It is one of the safest and best concealers I have ever used.

Bioderma Hydrabio Micellar Water

Bioderma Hydrobio H2O Micellar Water – Bioderma created micellar water technology, so I feel like I don’t even have to say that their micellar waters are some of the best on the market. I have always been a big fan of Bioderma micellar water and I always purchase the Sensibio version for sensitive skin. I have to say I am really impressed with the Hydrabio, the hydrating version, I have been using this month. It effectively removes all my makeup easily and really leaves my skin soothed and hydrated. This has been great for my skin in conjunction with the difference acne treatments I have been trying. It keeps my skin feeling hydrated and refreshed.

Those are the products I have fallen in love with during September. Did you try anything new this month? Let me know in a comment below!

Monthly Must Haves: August 2020

Does it feel like 2020 is flying by, or is it just me? How are we already in the month of September? With a new month well underway it means I can take a moment to reflect on some products I have had in rotation over the last month and share with you what I have been loving. Wearing a mask has become a big part of my day to day routine, so I am using a lot more skincare. When it comes to makeup I am really just sticking to eye products and brow products. Based on my new routine here is a look at what I have been really enjoying for the month of August.

Pacifica Pore Warrior Serum

Pacifica Pore Warrior Booster Serum – Pacifica is now available in Canada – wahoo! I’ve been seeing so many people talking about Pacifica skincare that I had to try something from the range. I chose this serum because it is meant help control oil and blemishes on the skin while maintaining the skin’s barrier. It contains niacinamide to help regulate oil, improve appearance of pores, even skin tone and support skin barrier. If you have been watching TikTok everyone has been raving about the benefits of niacinamide. It also has a triple berry complex to help with oil production and blemishes. I really love the texture of this serum. It is very light and absorbs quickly into the skin. I have noticed this serum does a good job at helping to control oil on my skin.

Marcelle Fortifying and Lengthening Mascara

Marcelle Xtension Plus Pro Lash Growth Complex Mascara – I recently saw someone with the most beautiful eye lashes I have ever seen. I had to ask them what mascara they were wearing and turns out it was this one from Marcelle. Marcelle makes amazing mascara for anyone with sensitive eyes. All of their products are hypoallergenic and they have a huge range of mascaras.

This one, in particular, is a plastic wand with short bristles on one side and longer bristles on the other side. This is great because it can build both volume and length with the lashes. The real reason I love this mascara is because of the growth complex that it has to help your lashes grow. I definitely have noticed that my lashes look longer since wearing this mascara. I think this is a great affordable option for anyone looking for a lash growth treatment.

Lise Watier Rose Gel Toner

Lise Watier Soothing Rose Petal Gel Toner – This is my first time trying a gel toner. A gel toner is applied differently then a regular toner. When applying a gel toner you place a few drops into the palm of your hands and pat it into the skin. I like this because there is way less waste then using a cotton pad with a traditional toner. This one from Lise Watier has rose petals suspended in it. It is hydrating and soothing and leaves my skin so soft. My makeup applies so well after using this.

T3 Curling Iron

T3 Curling Iron – This was definitely a treat yourself moment when I ordered this. I had been saving my PC Optimum points for a while and decided to redeem them for a new curling iron. I love how this curls my hair. The clamp is really tight, so it smooths my hair at the same time. I comes with a small, medium and large barrel. I usually use the medium size to create soft loose waves. This is definitely an expensive item and I don’t think it is something I need or that I could have justified paying full price for, but I do love it.

Vichy Dercos Kera-Solutions Repairing Leave-In Serum – I purchased this serum in hopes of taming the ends of my hair. I felt like the ends of my hair a have looked a little dry and unruly even though I have recently had a haircut. This serum repairs damage linked to keratin loss, hydrates and protects the hair from heat. I think this serum is beautiful. It is a light creamy texture that I find has really helped to smooth and hydrate the ends of my hair.

Those are some of my August favourites. What did you love this month?

Monthly Must Haves: July 2020


Nexcare Acne Cover, Neostrata Dual Acid Peel, Vichy Mineral Sunscreen, Lise Watier Deep Cleansing Oil, Avene Cicalfate Hand CreamOver the last couple of months I have discovered some really great summer and skincare favourites. I have been spending a lot time outdoors and wearing a mask, which has really changed up what products I’m using. I have been wearing a lot less make up and really leaning in to skincare. If you’d like to know some new products I have been loving just keep reading!

Lise Watier Deep Cleansing OilLise Watier Deep Cleansing Oil – This cleansing oil is amazing. I regret not trying it sooner. It is so great for breaking down sunscreen and pulling impurities from the skin. I have been following LA Beautyologists oil cleansing routine and have been seeing a lot of impurities being pulled from my skin. Not only have I found her method incredibly effective, but the facial massage component feels so good.

I love this oil cleanser because it doesn’t break me out and it leaves my skin feeling really hydrated and soft. I also find my skin can feel really oily and congested after wearing a mask. This oil cleanser does a great job at leaving my skin feeling clean and nourishing my skin.

Avene Cicalfate Hand CreamAvene Cicalfate Hand Cream – I have never washed my hands, or used as much hand sanitizer, as I have in the past few months. As a result, my hands have been so dry and I started experiencing eczema. So many people who swear by this hand cream and I was desperate to try anything. Withing 24 hours of using this cream I noticed a significant difference in the dryness and irritation on my hands. I applied this cream as needed throughout the first 24 hours. Since then, I have been using it on an as needed basis. See the photos below for the difference within 24 hours of using the cream. This is the best hand cream I have ever tried.

Before and After using Avene Cicalfate Hand CreamBefore and After using Avene Cicalfate Hand Cream





Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers

Nexcare Acne Covers – Where were these when I was a teenager? This is one of the best spot treatment products I have ever used. Best part? They are around ten dollars and are from the drugstore. They work like a sponge to pull out the oil and puss from the breakout. You can wear them at night while you sleep. Sometimes it can take a couple of nights to clear up the blemish completely.

My favourite way to wear these is under my mask. I have to wear a mask for eight hours a day at work. I have been experiencing some serious maskne because of this. To help combat the spread of the acne bacteria, and to prevent more breakouts caused by my mask rubbing I wear the patches underneath my mask. Doing this has greatly reduced the inflammation and helps clear up the blemishes faster. Never did I think I would be wearing pimple patches out in public, but 2020 is a strange time.

Vichy Mineral Tinted SunscreenVichy Mineral Tinted Sunscreen – Stepping away from makeup has given me a whole new appreciation for tinted sunscreen. Tinted sunscreen, in general, has really helped me feel more confident day to day when not wearing makeup – especially with maskne. The tint is really light and gives just enough coverage to reduce any redness from a blemish, but still leaves my skin looking like skin. You can still see blemishes – it just helps them to be less red and noticeable.

I also really like this sunscreen because it is mineral. With my skin having more blemishes lately a mineral sunscreen is a better alternative as it is more gentle on the skin and less likely to cause breakouts. I also this it acts as a good barrier between my skin and my mask.

This sunscreen doesn’t leave any kind of white cast and doesn’t feel sticky. I find it adds a bit of a dewy or glowy finish on the skin. It is also water and sweat resistant, fragrance free and non-comedogenic.

Neostrata Dual Action Clarifying PeelNeostrata Dual Acid Clarifying Peel – This has been a favourite for a while whenever I have a breakout, or need a really good exfoliation. It uses a 10% AHA and 10% PHA to exfoliate the skin. It helps to minimize the appearance of pores, treat break outs and reduce acne scarring. I love this product because it is effective and provides instant gratification. It takes 15-20 minutes and I always notice a difference in the clarity, brightness and texture of my skin.

Those are some of the products I have been loving over the last couple of months. What have you been loving lately? Have you changed up the kind of products you use in your routine?


Product Empties: Volume 1

Jouviance, Neostrata, Bioderma, Vichy, Lise Watier, Pixi, Benefit, La Roche Posay

Spending more time at home over the last few months has me shopping my stash a lot more lately and I have lots of products I have finished up. I thought I would share some of the products I have used up lately and how I liked them. Using a product up entirely gives you a much different perspective then just using it for a week or two and then reviewing it. Here are some of the products I’ve used up:

La Roche Posay Hyalu B5 Anti-Wrinkle Plumping Serum – This product is something I would definitely repurchase – I loved it. I gifted an extra one I had on hand to a friend and I regret gifting it a little bit because I loved it so much. This serum is gentle, hydrating and plumping. It has hyaluronic acid which hydrates and plumps the skin. B5 stimulates the skin’s healing process and is really hydrating and nourishing. One of my favorite ways to use this serum was to pair it with a product with a more active or irritating ingredient – like retinol. The B5 really helped to soothe and minimize any irritation that could come with using the active. The combination was a dream team. Anyone with dry skin, or looking for a lot of nourishment, plumpness and radiance for the skin should try this product. The only thing I will say is that I didn’t love the scent of this product, but it doesn’t linger long on the skin. When using this product a little bit goes a long way. If you use too much it will roll off the skin and feel really sticky.

Jouviance 3-D Action Boost First Wrinkle Anti Aging Cream – This is another product I would repurchase. I started initially using it just as a night cream, but during the colder months integrated it into my morning routine as well. It is a rich texture, so I was worried it wouldn’t sit well under makeup, but it was fantastic. It was an amazing makeup base that left my skin looking really dewy and hydrated. This product smooths, hydrates and protects the skin – I definitely noticed these benefits. It has Tightenyl, which is an ingredient derived from plants that works like a retinol without the irritation typically associated with retinol.  This product would be amazing for anyone who is sensitive and unable to use retinol because Tightenyl is anti-inflammatory. I also think this is a great alternative to retinol while we are wearing masks because it is really soothing, This product is naturally fragranced and I really enjoyed the scent.

Neostrata Glycolic Mousse Cleanser – This is my second bottle I have used up of this cleanser, so it is safe to say I am a fan. If you have been following me on instagram lately you know I have been loving Neostrata products. This cleanser pumps out in a light foamy texture. It has glycolic acid and bionic acid to provide a chemical exfoliation on the skin. I find this cleanser can be a little bit drying for me when the weather is colder and my skin is more on the dry side, so I follow up with a good moisturizer – the Hyalu B5 Serum from La Roche Posay was great to compensate for the dryness. Even though it can be drying I continued using this product because it helps with blemishes. I recently have started to experience more acne. This is something that I have never dealt with before, but with daily use of this cleanser it has really helped to keep pesky breakouts away. After I finished this cleanser I started to break out again. Once I added it back into my routine everything settled down again, so this will definitely be a staple in my routine. I also want to note this product can seem a little pricey retailing at $35. Keep in mind it does have two active ingredients, and a little bit goes a long way. I only need to use half a pump of product.

Bioderma Sensibio Eye Contour Gel – This eye cream from Bioderma is a light gel cream texture that is really hydrating and soothing. It wears great under makeup and leaves the eyes feeling really hydrated and soothed. I loved the texture of it. It is really light and absorbs very quickly. This is a great eye cream, but I don’t think I would repurchase it. I need something that works to help brighten dark under eye circles and this eye cream doesn’t work to target that concern. If you are someone who is really sensitive and needs something really hydrating and soothing I would definitely recommend. It is hypoallergenic, fragrance free, safe for contact lens wearers and paraben free.

A-Derma Emollient Foaming Gel – I love using body washes (like this one) that are geared for atopic, or dry sensitive skin. I find they are really gentle and also so hydrating and nourishing on the skin. I am really lazy when it comes to things like applying body lotion, so any added benefit I can get from my body wash is great. This one is fragrance free, soothes, protects, relieves itching sensations linked to dry skin. I find that when I use more gentle body washes it also helps sunless tanning products last so much longer on the skin and fade more naturally. They don’t become all patchy they just slowly fade and you don’t notice it as much. This product is fragrance free, so it does have a bit of a smell. I would definitely repurchase this body wash. I think it is a great product and loved how it made my skin feel.

Vichy Purete Thermale Micellar Cleansing Wipes – I have use up many packages of these makeup wipes from Vichy – they are my favourite wipes. I don’t use makeup wipes daily to remove my makeup, but I have them on hand for lazy days, or to clean up a mistake during makeup application. These makeup wipes are super gentle. They are not too abrasive and they don’t irritate my skin. They are free of fragrance, alcohol and parabens. They are allergy tested and safe for sensitive skin. I also find that they do a good job at removing makeup without leaving and residue or any oily feeling behind. You can also find them in a two for the price of one package, so I consider them to be pretty affordable.

Lise Watier Perfection Fiber Eyebrow Pencil – This eyebrow pencil lasted such a long time and I was really happy about it. I was using a drugstore brow pencil prior to this one and I would run out in 3-4 weeks. This brow pencil easily lasted me 6 months. The initial purchase price is obviously more, but when I look at how often I had to repurchase other brow pencils in the past the Lise Watier pencil ends up being more cost effective. I wear the shade Chatain and it is the perfect shade for me. This product has little fibers to add volume to the brow. Personally, I don’t really notice the fibers or any added volume. This product is pigmented, creamy and looks really natural. It is also waterproof and I find it wears well and is long lasting. I have already repurchased this product because I enjoyed it so much.

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pencil – This eyeliner was great. It is a super creamy formula, my favourite, which glided onto the skin very easily. I loved the Bronzed Beam colour as it was a really warm brown that worked really great with blue eyes. I always prefer a brown eyeliner as it looks really soft on the eye. This pencil claims to be waterproof and smudge proof, however I found if I was touching my eyes it did move around. For me this isn’t necessarily a deal breaker, but if you are someone looking for a waterproof pencil this one may not be ideal. I am not overly loyal when it comes to eyeliner pencils, so I haven’t repurchased it as I wanted to try something new.

Benefit Hoola Lite Matte Bronzer – We all know Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer, but did you know that they offer other shades? Hoola Lite is the lightest shade in the collection and it is a perfect contour colour for me. I also like using it in the winter months as a more subtle way to add warmth to the skin. If you are fair in complexion this will be your best friend.

Klorane Shampoo With Mango Butter – This shampoo is one of my favourites. It is a great hydrating shampoo that does not weigh down your hair or leave it feeling heavy or greasy. It still leaves my hair with lots of volume. It nourishes the hair and smells amazing. I have repurchased it many times and will probably repurchase it again.

Those are some of the products I have used up lately. Have you been using up more products from your stash with all this time spent at home? I would love to hear what you’ve used up lately! Let me know in a comment below.

Monthly Must Haves: April 2020

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With everything that has been going on lately I have really been missing sharing my passion for beauty. Previous to now, I have been fulfilling this passion with my day-to-day work in retail, but with all of the changes as a result of Covid-19 that is not my main focus at work these days. While I still feel very fortunate to be going to work on a daily basis to help Canadians stock up on essentials I really do miss sharing my love for beauty. To fill this void, I have decided to start posting on here again. What better way to start things off then by sharing some products with you that I have been absolutely loving lately. Here are my April 2020 favourites…

Klorane Mango Hair Mask Review

Klorane Mask With Mango Butter – I am a huge fan of Klorane hair products and this mask definitely didn’t disappoint. I was noticing that my hair was feeling really dry, so I decided to give this mask a try and it was perfect. It left my hair feeling soft, nourished and smooth. I also really liked it because it wasn’t heavy. I find sometimes that hydrating products can really weigh down the hair, but this still left my hair with body and volume. And it smells AMAZING!

Skyn Iceland Eye Mask, Patchology Eye Mask, Pixi Eye Mask

Eye Patches – During this time I have been looking for any opportunity to practice self care, even if it is just for a few minutes. One of my favourite ways has been with under eye masks or patches. I can pop them on while doing dishes or wear them during a Netflix binge. My dark circles have never been darker. I don’t know that the patches have really improved my dark circles, but they feel so good. I keep mine in the fridge, which makes them feel even more cooling and soothing. They also leave my under eyes feeling really hydrated and soothed. Some of my favourites are the Pixi DetoxifEYE, Patchology FlashPatch Restoring Night Gels and the Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels.

Vichy Mineral 89 Eye Review

Vichy Mineral 89 Eye – I am obsessed with Vichy’s original Mineral 89. When they launched the eye cream I was so excited to try it. I really love it, but I didn’t realized how much until I stopped using it for a little while and added in another eye cream. My under eyes got so dark and I thought it was just from everything going on right now, but then when I added the Vichy Mineral 89 Eye back into my routine I really noticed the brightening effect. I have never used an eye cream before and noticed a significant difference in my dark circles. This is an item I will definitely be repurchasing as it has become a staple for me. In addition to the brightening effect, I find it very hydrating, soothing and leaves my eye area nice and smooth. I also love that I can apply it directly on my eye lid. It makes a great base for makeup.

La Roche Posay Toleriane Tinted Cream Review

La Roche Posay Toleriane Sensitive Tinted Cream – My foundation preferences have changed a lot. I used to be a full coverage matte finish girl, but in recent months have loved using lighter coverage products that give a more natural skin look and leave a more radiant and dewy finish. This new launch from La Roche Posay has been my go to. It has light to medium coverage and leaves a beautiful finish that looks like skin. It doesn’t look like you’re wearing makeup, it is very natural. This product is also great if you have sensitive skin as it is a hybrid of sensitive skincare and tinted makeup.

Swatch of Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick in Rose & ShineRimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Rose & Shine – This is definitely my favourite lip colour for spring and it is less then $10. It is the perfect pop of pink that brightens up a look without being too overpowering. I also love the formula. It is so light that you barely feel it on your lips and it doesn’t feel overly dry. I do find that when applying you can only do one layer. If you try to do too many it starts to pull the product off your lips. I have tried darker shades in this range and I didn’t find them to be opaque enough, but the nudes and softer colours are great. If you want to see this colour in action I filmed my first IGTV video where I show you my go to spring makeup featuring this lip colour along with the La Roche Posay Toleriane Tint. 



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A-Derma Xera-Mega Cream

A-Derma Xera-Mega Cream – Between all the hand sanitizer and hand washing I have been doing lately my hands have been in rough shape. I pulled this cream from A-Derma out of my stash because it was honestly the first one I found and it has been a hero product for me. I apply a thick layer at night before I go to bed and put a pair of cotton gloves on over top. (I feel like the cotton gloves should also be a favourite this month.) What I like most is that I see results right away after just one application. It leaves my hands feeling, nourished soft and soothed. It has no added fragrance or harsh ingredients. It is a very clean and simple, but effective formula. A-Derma products are also safe for the entire family, vegan and plant based – I love when I know a formula I am putting on is super clean and safe.  

Those are some products I have been loving lately. Have you tried anything new, or rediscovered anything from your stash that is a must have? Let me know in comment, or my latest post on Instagram. 


Best of Beauty 2018


Happy 2019! To end off 2018, I thought I would do a little round up of new beauty products I started using in 2018 that have become a staple in my routine. There were some really great new products I fell in love with in 2018, especially at the drugstore. Keep reading for a full break down of some of my must have products for 2018.

Skin Care Products


La Roche Posay Toleriane Caring Wash – La Roche Posay launched a new cleanser within their Toleriane line in the fall and I have gone through at least two bottles since then. Although it was added to my routine in late 2018 I had to include it in this round up. It is a texture that is in the middle of  a milk and micellar water – more fluid then a milk, but not as liquid as a micellar water. I use this after removing my makeup to catch any extra makeup or impurities that my makeup remover may have left behind. It is fragrance free and extremely gentle. It leaves my skin feeling clean, but not stripped. It is fragrance free and safe to use on your face eyes and lips. 

Avene Soothing Eye Contour Cream I refer to this cream as “the magic eye cream”. To be honest, I actually refer to a lot of Avene products as magic because they are so great for soothing or calming any kind of irritation. I started using the Avene Eye Cream after experiencing an irritation under both of my eyes – dry red flakey patches that were both extremely itchy and burning. This instantly took the uncomfortable sensations away. It also soothes my eyes if they feel irritated from my contact lenses. If you are someone who experiences a lot of sensitivity around your eyes, or are just looking for something gentle and hydrating definitely try this out. 

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant My best friend gifted me a trial size of the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant and I don’t know how I survived before having this product. It is a powder you shake into wet hands that turns into a thick paste once combined with the water. You then massage it around your face and rinse it off. It is so gentle, yet so effective and you can use it everyday. It makes my skincare absorb faster and my makeup apply smoother. My pores look clearer and smaller, plus I find in get fewer breakouts since using this product. If you struggle with congestion on your skin, or can’t find an exfoliant that is gentle enough I highly recommend trying this one. 

Foreo Luna Play Plus – As a die hard Clarisonic user, I was a bit apprehensive to try out a different facial cleansing device, but I was pleasantly surprised. First of all, I think this product is amazing for travel. It is really small, and can be dried off completely unlike my Clarisonic which holds a lot of water in the brush head. I also like that I don’t have to repurchase a brush head periodically and that it cannot grow bacteria because it is silicone. It also has a great battery life. I have been using it twice a day for approximately four months and have not had to replace the batteries yet. I also find this product keeps my pores looking clear and leaves my skin feeling clean. It gives a very gentle, but effective clean. If you are someone who finds the Clarisonic too harsh for you definitely give this a try because it is a lot more gentle.


Hair Care Products 


Marc Anthony Grow Long Volumizing Texture Spray – If you read my Best of Beauty 2017 post, then you’ll know I love the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dry Spun Finish spray. I am someone who loves texturizing spray and it was my goal to find a more affordable option for 2018. The Marc Anthony Grow Long Volumizing Texture Spray was the answer to my prayers. Although it is not an exact dupe for my beloved Bumble and Bumble Spray, it is a great alternative from the drugstore. The Marc Anthony spray is not too heavy, or wet and leaves enough grit in your hair to hold some texture and volume. It also smells great and is supposed to help your hair grow.

Ice Cream No Yellow Shampoo This is the best purple shampoo available at the drugstore. All my fellow blonde hair friends need to try this. I also recommend wearing gloves when using this because it is potent enough to turn your hands purple, but that’s what gives you the really icy blonde tone you want. I find it works so well I only need to use it every couple of weeks, or I dilute it with my regular shampoo in between. My hair stylist recommended it to me and I am so happy she did. I find it better then the high end one I was previously using and it was three times the price.

Makeup Products


Smashbox Super Fan Mascara –  The Smashbox Super Fan Mascara was one of the only new mascaras I tried in and truly loved enough to repurchase. I love this mascara because you can apply more layers to build up the volume and drama. I find it doesn’t clump even after a couple of coats and really separates the lashes while still building a lot of volume. It also doesn’t dry right away, so you have some time to play with your lashes a bit and get the look you want.

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Glowtion – This was hands down L’Oreal’s best lauch of 2018. After seeing so many Youtubers and Influencers raving about it I had to try it. My favourite way to use it is mixed in with my foundation. Since using it, I’ve been getting so many compliments on my skin. It leaves this natural and dewy healthy glow to the skin that is so incredibly beautiful. 

Dermablend Professional Loose Setting Powder  – I have always been a lover of powder, but in 2018 I made the switched from pressed powder to loose powder. Previously, I have been scared of loose translucent powder after a terrible incident involving a photo with flashback. I am happy to report that there is zero flashback with the Dermablend Translucent Powder. It does an amazing job at setting my makeup and locking everything into place. All of my foundations wear really beautiful underneath and it doesn’t look heavy or cakey. 

Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick  – The Maybelline SuperStay Liquid Lipsticks have had some mixed reviews, but I am a huge fan. I love them because I can put it on in the morning and it will stay put all day without feeling dry, flaking or transferring off. They are so long wearing that I have to remove them at the end of the day with a makeup remover. They are also super comfortable to wear – they do have a sticky feeling at first, but once they dry to a matte finish you can’t even feel them on your lips. These are probably my favourite drugstore product of 2018. My go to shade is “Lover” (linked above).

Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lipstick – My second most worn lipstick shade of 2018 was Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lipstick in the shade “Au Naturalle”. They discontinued this shade *crying emoji*, but I still wanted to mention it because I love the formula. It goes on really easily, is super pigmented and comfortable. My favourite thing about this is the applicator wand. It comes to a point at the tip and I can easily define my lips – it is perfect!

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Contour Duo – This was the only highlighter and contour product I wore in 2018. The contour colour has a slight sheen to it that adds a nice glow to the skin. It is not too glittery or shimmery, so it still looks natural on the skin. The highlighter is amazing. I have been using it as both a highlighter and an eye shadow. In the pan it looks pretty underwhelming, but on the skin it is a beautiful champagne highlight.

Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer – This has been one of my favourite eye liners for as long as I can remember, but I don’t think I have ever shared it on my blog. I have used Rimmel eyeliners for years and they are one of my favourites. They have a kohl formula which is creamy and not too dry so it doesn’t tug or pull while you apply it. It does not transfer and it is waterproof, so it lasts all day. Plus, you cannot beat the price!

Milani Eyeshadow Primer  – This was another great drugstore find this year. I like this one because it is affordable and works great. I didn’t realize how well it worked until one day I was getting ready quickly and decided to skip it. By the end of the day there was no eyeshadow left on my eyes and it looked terrible. It is super light weight and doesn’t have a lot of colour to it, so it is great for all skin tones. 

That’s a look at my newly discovered favourite products of 2018. Were there any products you fell in love with last year? Let me know in a comment below!

Happy 2018,








Mask Monday: Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque

Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque Review

I finally restocked one of my all time favourite face masks, so I knew it had to be my next Mask Monday feature.

I first tried Dermalogica’s Charcoal Rescue Masque after a travel size was gifted to me by a friend, and it was recommended to me my aesthetician. This mask is really an all in one treatment. It brightens and detoxifies the skin through both physical and chemical exfoliation. It helps with all major skin concerns too – aging, dullness and break outs.

I really love Dermalogica because they are professional grade. They use the best ingredients available. This mask uses sulfur to promote cell turnover and binchotan charcoal to clear up impurities. Along with bamboo, hydroxy acids, volcanic ash and sea silt to help with brightness.  Plus, it is vegan, gluten free, cruelty free, paraben free and has no artificial colours or fragrances.

When I use a skincare product I like to see instant results. For me, I instantly saw a difference in the clarity and brightness of my skin. I love using this mask once a week to help maintain my skins glow, or to help clear up the occasional breakout.

Do you have a holy grail mask in your routine?