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!

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.

Micellar Water Comparison (Bioderma, Vichy, Garnier, Marcelle and Simple)

Garnier Micellar Water, Vichy Micellar Water, Simple Skincare Micellar Water, Marcelle Micellar WaterMicellar water has been a huge part of my skincare routine for the past two years. With so many new options available at the drugstore, I decided to put some other alternatives to the test to see how they rank in comparison to my tried and true Bioderma. Let the battle of the micellar waters begin!

Vichy Purete One Step Cleansing Micellar Solution 3 in 1

The Vichy One Step Cleansing Micellar Solution claims to be a cleanser, toner and eye makeup remover. It is ultra-gentle, refreshing, purifies skin, removes makeup and soothes irritation. It attracts impurities like a magnet eliminating any need to rub or tug at the skin to remove makeup. It is ideal for all skin types and all skin concerns. Vichy states that they have a unique micellar technology which can effectively remove impurities.

Formula: The Vichy Micellar Solution has a very fresh clean scent – it is an added fragrance to the product. The list of ingredients in this micellar and the Garnier version (up next, keep reading!) are almost identical. Vichy’s micellar is tested on sensitive skin under dermatological control, hypoallergenic, paraben free and includes the Vichy Thermal Spa Water making it both soothing and fortifying.

Packaging: The packaging on this water is very similar to most on the market. It has a flip open cap with a small hole that dispenses the product when turned upside down. The one thing I did like about this bottle in particular is that it is more rectangular in shape and I felt like it was easier to pack when I have needed to take makeup somewhere and it fit better in  my makeup bag because of the shape.

Performance: This product worked extremely quickly and is the most comparable to my dear Bioderma. I could remove my entire face of makeup in about one and a half cotton pads – super impressive. The product was very soothing on the skin and left my face refreshed and clean without feeling stripped or dry. It was not irritating to the eyes or lips. I will mention that I did have a skin irritation as a result of testing out some new products recently. Normally, I would have avoided placing the micellar water on this area, but since it said it had soothing properties I decided to give it a try. It wasn’t my smartest idea and it ended up making that irritation feel worse. Overall, I did really enjoy this micellar water, it was gentle, and it did live up to it’s claims. However, I would avoid any contact with skin irritations in the future.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water All-In-1 Cleansing Water

The Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water claims to remove makeup, cleanse and refresh. It is a non-rinse formula safe for the face, eyes and lips. It is oil free, alcohol free and fragrance free. It is tested under Dermatological and Ophthalmological control and is non-greasy and non-comedogenic.

Formula: The formula, as previously mentioned is almost identical to Vichy’s, but there are two main differences. One, there is no fragrance to this product. And two, there is BHT in this formula (also known as butylated hydroxytoluene). It is used to help extend product shelf life and maintain product quality. You’re probably wondering why I am bringing up this long word and the reason being is some people boycott products over this ingredient due to potential side effects. I have looked into it and it is an ingredient that is regulated by Health Canada and they only allow a concentration of 0.1% or less. It is continuously being reviewed and monitored by Health Canada and they have confirmed that the amount currently found in cosmetic products is safe. You can find more details here. Based on my own research I will definitely be more aware of BHT, but I don’t plan on avoiding products with BHT in the future and it won’t stop me from reusing or repurchasing this product.

Packaging: Garnier Micellar Water has very standard packaging. It is similar to most micellar waters on the market. It has a flip cap with a small hole underneath that dispenses the product when it is flipped upside down.

Performance: The performance on this product is basically identical to Vichy’s, which isn’t surprising considering their ingredients are very similar. It took very little product to remove a full face of makeup (about one and a half cotton pads). It left no residue on the skin, no tight feeling and my skin felt clean. The only thing I didn’t find with this one that I was missing is that I didn’t feel a cooling refreshing feeling on the skin afterwards. This was a little disappointing as that is something I really enjoy in a micellar. Other than that, the performance was extremely good and very comparable to Bioderma.

Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Solution

The Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Solution claims to gently cleanse and effectively remove makeup from both the face and eyes, while soothing the skin. It is supposed to work on even the most dry, sensitive and intolerant skin. Effective on even waterproof makeup.

Formula: It has a very fresh cucumber scent, which comes from the cucumber extract included within the list of ingredients – there is no added fragrance to this product. Something I found interesting about the list of ingredients on this micellar water is that it has salicylic acid in it. This is a nice addition to the product as salicylic acid is great for improving skin texture. It is also 100% hypoallergenic, 100% perfume free, gluten free, paraben free, alcohol free, oil free, soap free, non comedogenic, recognized by the Canadian Dermatology Association and Ophthalmologist tested.

Packaging: I loooove the packaging on this product and I think every other brand should adopt this packaging. It has a pump on the top that you place your cotton over top of and then press down. As you press down, the product is dispensed and immediately absorbed into your cotton. This provides a lot better control when it comes to how much product you use because you know the exact number of pumps you need to soak your cotton and get the job done. Plus, if you’re clumsy like me, you don’t have to worry about knocking it over and spilling it everywhere as the pump makes it spill proof!

Marcelle occasionally releases bonus format sizes where you can get extra product for the same cost, or a small gift will be attached as a gift with purchase. Marcelle is great at providing really good bonus offers with their products.

Performance: It left my skin feeling clean without any residue on the skin. It provided a very cooling sensation on the skin and did not leave my skin feeling tight or stripped. It took two cotton pads to remove my full face of makeup – one for each half of my face. It did a good job at removing my makeup, however it was much faster at taking off my face makeup (foundation) versus my eye makeup (mascara). Overall, I am very happy with the performance.

Simple Skincare Cleansing Micellar Water

Simple claims that their micellar is the perfect blend of multi-vitamins. It has skin loving ingredients that will gently cleanse with removing makeup leaving the skin feeling clean and hydrated.

Formula: The Simple Micellar Water has a very light chamomile scent to it. There are no harsh chemicals to upset the skin, no artificial fragrance and no parabens. It is Dermatologist tested and non-comedogenic.

Packaging: The standard flip cap packaging – you get it by now.

Performance: Over, this was my least favourite in comparison to the rest in terms of performance. I used a lot of product and my skin still did not feel clean after. I felt like I really needed to rub my skin to get any makeup off. I was never able to remove all of my makeup with this product. It was very refreshing on the skin and hydrating. This product would be great in the morning as a super gentle cleanser, but I would not recommend it for removing makeup.

Overall, I’m pretty impressed with the other micellar waters that are out there! Vichy and Garnier tie for my first favourite followed by Marcelle and then Simple. Check out my other post about what micellar water is and how to use it here.

What’s your favourite micellar products?

Happy cleansing!

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