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!

Skin Benefits of Thermal Water

Vichy Thermal Water, La Roche Posay Thermal Water, Avene Thermal WaterI already know what you’re thinking, “It’s water in a can… why would I buy water in a can?”.  Trust me, I felt the same way as you. After doing some research and adding it to my skincare routine, I’m hooked. Not only does it have a million different uses, it also has so many benefits for your skin.

Let’s dive right into it, what is thermal water? It is rain water that is harvested from springs in France. The water takes years to get to the source where it is harvested. During this journey, it collects minerals and anti-oxidants from the earth that have incredible benefits for the skin.

Thermal water is amazing at soothing any kind of redness associated with inflammation. It can also soothe irritation and has the ability to balance the pH level on the skin (aka it can work as a toner). It can be used as a makeup setting spray, add hydration to the skin and cool the skin.

I love using thermal water through out the day. Working indoors, and over the winter, I found my skin could feel very dry throughout the day. A little spritz of thermal water helps my skin feel refreshed and reduce any feeling of dehydration. Also, during the summer it feels so refreshing on a hot day. In addition to use throughout the day, I also use it as part of my morning and nighttime skincare routine. I apply it after cleansing and before moisturizing. Applying moisturizer over top helps to lock the hydration, anti-oxidants and minerals into the skin.

Vichy Thermal Water

La Roche Posay Thermal Water

Avene Thermal Water

How do you use thermal waters?

Happy spritzing!

Kaitlyn xo

Micellar Water: A lazy girl’s cleansing dream

Micellar WaterListen up lazy girls, I’m about to answer your skincare prayers. You thought cleansing your face in the shower was a dream? Well I’ve got two words for you that are even easier (once you figure out how to pronounce the first one): micellar water.

Micellar water was a huge North American trend in 2015 with what seemed like every brand bringing one to the market. Micellar water is made up of tiny micelles. These micelles attract dirt, oil and impurities and remove them from the skin without the harsh stripping action that happens with foaming cleansers. The product is great for any skin type, and leaves behind a hydrated glowy finish.

Now you’re probably wondering, “How is this a lazy girl’s dream?”. It’s a non-rinsing formula! That means you apply the micellar water to a cotton pad, swipe it on your face, then you’re good to go. In one product you can easily cleanse and hydrate. Plus the micelles are great at breaking down makeup.

Micellar water was a great addition to my skincare routine this past year. Here are a few to try out (captured in the photo above):

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water, $9.99, Drugstore

Bioderma Sensibio H2O, $19.97, Shoppers Drug Mart

Caudalie Micellar Water, $28, Sephora

Avene Micellar Lotion, $28, Shoppers Drug Mart

Lancome Eau Fraiche Doucher Micellar Water, $39, Sephora

Happy cleansing to all my fellow lazy girls out there!

Kaitlyn xo