Archive | January 2018

L’oreal Lash Paradise Mascara Review: I Love Mascaras!

L'oreal Lash Paradise Mascara

When it comes to mascara I want to try up all of them!  New, old and best-selling ones that I have yet to get my hands on.  They make your lashes longer, thicker and fan them out to look like they are false and if someone says they look false, well that’s just icing on the cake.  That is exactly what I’m looking for but try finding one ‘cause in a sea of mascara as well as finding the perfect mascara wand it can be daunting and troublesome.

As a teen I started with mascara and lip gloss hence the obsession started.  My first mascara?  The L’oreal voluminous mascara that changed my world.  Now you have to remember this was my first mascara and on my first time buying a mascara, it did everything I wanted it to do.  It thickened, made my lashes longer and it didn’t clump.

Fast forward to today and I’ve tried quite a few mascaras since then.  Everything from $10.00 to $50.00, new mascaras and best-selling ones.  I even bought ones that I was constantly selling to my clients and even ask them why they liked it so much.  Word of mouth is probably the best way you can find your next mascara.  That is how I found and bought my latest mascara.  For the last couple months, this mascara been selling out and we are constantly trying to keep it in stock which I took as a good sign and figured I should try it out.  Here is my review of the L’oreal mascara.

L’oreal lash paradise mascara

Currently L’oreal says that this is the number one selling mascara in Canada which may be true because it keeps selling out in my store.  But L’oreal is a mascara giant when it comes to drugstore makeup.  They have so many mascaras to choose from and each mascara addresses a certain need for all women which is why I can’t sleep go back to them and pretty much have tried all their mascara is that they have come out with.

This mascara is made for length and volume and an added bonus, it makes your lashes feel very soft and light to the touch.  The wand is a soft bristle in a wavy shape that deposits the formula evenly on your lashes.  And 1 to 2 coats you get instant volume and also fans out the lashes nice and evenly without it looking clumpy.

My personal thoughts on this: this mascara is another hit for me from L’oreal!  The formula and the brush work well to give me a nice length and instant volume.  This is what I’m usually looking for in a mascara because my lashes are short and fine. For me in 2 to 3 coats and some wiggling in between gets me the results I’m looking for.  It stays on all day and no flakes fall on my cheeks which you all know you’ve had that problem before in the past with a mascara.  There’s no scent which I like and I really like the soft bristle brush as opposed to the plastic ones I see out in the mascara world that pull and tug at my lashes.

There will always be the newest and latest mascara out there and I would love to try every one of them if I can.  But for now this is my fave mascara and for my fave company no less.  L’oreal has made a lasting impression on me because my first purchase ever of a mascara was by them and it was a hit.  I hoped you have that kind of impression from A makeup company that you keep going back to.  Because being a teen was hard enough, your makeup shouldn’t be.  Until next week, have a good day my beauties!

Loreal lash paradise mascara

My First Review of the Year: La Roche Posay Skincare

La Roche Posay reiew

It’s a new year and this is my first post and what better way to start the year with a post about skincare?  In the winter time, we go for warm sweaters, hot beverages and nourishing and healing skincare products.  Our skin does change with the seasons and we must change our routine accordingly.

What I usually see and that this is a general observation, the most common complaints is drier, itchy and even redness in the skin will happen.  That’s why going back to basics is usually than the the route to go when you want to call home and soothes the skin as well keep the skin hydrated and that as much as possible throughout the winter season.

But I have seen some people including my husband who have it a bit worse than most.  Some people can suffer from eczema which usually means the skin turns red and can get try the itchy but be that way throughout the whole winter until warmer weather arrives and sometimes it disappears.  For clients like these, it’s really all about protecting the skin when you’re outside and using products that will heal and repair the skin as well as moisturize and reduce redness.  Winter may suck, but if you live in a place where it’s cold this is just what you have to do.  It’s our normal.

For me personally, and the last couple winters my skin has changed to.  My winter routine was usually filled with all things exfoliating.  My toner, my cream at night and even my facial peel all contained glycolic acid to help smooth and refine my skin.  so when I went to my usual routine my skin felt so tight and dehydrated and plume that for the first time in my life I had to actually change my routine.

So I replaced my exfoliating toner with a hydrating one, I use a serum underneath my glycolic acid night cream, but I use that cream every other night.  I still do my glycolic acid peels, but instead of twice a week I use it once a week and afterwards use a serum and hydrating cream to replenish.  And now I use a very hydrating face cream during the day.  I didn’t think I would see this day when my oily skin actually needed a hydrating face cream and not break out!  So here is my latest review of my current face cream.

La Roche Posay Hydraphase UV Spf 30 Lotion

This line is made in France with the main ingredient in all their products thermal spring water.  I know this line of quite well because I’ve worked with it for many years, have recommended it to clients, have had clients come from dermatologists office that has recommended this line for their skin because it is sensitive, as well as from other clients who used it and love it and for me who has used it and have never had a problem with it so far.

I decided to use this specific lotion because it is one of our best-selling sunscreen and moisturizer in one.  I had used it once or twice before as a simple but didn’t like how my skin looked because it was very shiny on my already oily and shiny skin.  And I guess I didn’t really need it so I used their actual sun screen lotion Spf 60 that was perfect for oily skin.  But the winter season came on and I needed an actual moisturizer with sunscreen this time.

This moisturizer is paraben free, perfume free and no harsh ingredients in this product.  It is one of their basic lines the Hydraphase collection which is good for any one, any age and as well if any skin type and basically hydrates the skin hence the name.  This moisturizer in particular has spf 30 and really helps too deeply moisturize the skin throughout the day as well as to protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays.  This product like all their other products are made for specifically sensitive skin but anyone can use it.

So my personal thoughts is this, when I apply it on my face, it goes on pretty easily but feels kind of sticky.  It doesn’t peel off or rub off, just feel sticky and somehow it doesn’t disturb my makeup.  Now I understand for darker skin tones like me they can have that white film on their face because of the actual sunscreen, but I do not see it with this which is a total bonus for me.  When I apply my makeup, it goes on smoothly and doesn’t feel heavy and with both moisturizer and makeup on I feel like I have a nice even skin tone and my skin looks healthy, which is all we want right?

I don’t break out, it doesn’t clog my pores and it doesn’t mess with my makeup plus it doesn’t feel heavy throughout the day.  So what is my only issue with this?  I still get shiny pretty quick in the day.  It’s not as bad as it was several years ago, but I still get shiny.  It could be that I change my foundation as well but I do have to blot 2 to 3 times a day.  But as I always said if I don’t break out, doesn’t clog my pores and doesn’t feel heavy on my skin all still wear it.  Because it makes my skin feel comfortable and also protects it which is what I’m looking for.

I will definitely only use this in the winter time and go back to my sunscreen Spf 60 that is made for oily skin when it gets warmer.  I truly don’t care if I have to blot a couple times a day to keep my skin shine free.  My skin is changing and it’s going to be an adjustment period where I’m going to be using products I never thought I could use and this is one of them.  Thank god for returns just in case it didn’t work out!  But I won’t be returning this one ‘cause I got lucky.

So my last words to you in this article is change your routine with the season, your skin will think you.  Until next week my beauties have a good day!

La Roche Posay