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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

Another eye cream, another review: Milk Makeup Eye Stick De-puffer

milk makeup eye cream

For me, I knew skincare was important at a young age, because I had and still do have problems skin and I need to make sure that whatever purchase I make that adds to my skincare routine needs to be oil free, doesn’t clog my pores, doesn’t feel heavy or uncomfortable on my skin and doesn’t give me any more shine that I already have.

I take everything into account including my cleanser, my serums, my face creams and my eye cream.  I had recently purchased an eye cream a few months back thinking I’ll be OK with it.  I mean I used products from this company before without a problem and great results.  But this was literally the second time for me where the product was just not working with me.  I was experiencing ongoing burning and my eyes were itchy and even watering at times.  Even after a couple weeks of this it did not go away.  I even had to not wear makeup for several days!  Do you know how hard that is?  That’s how irritated my eyes were.

So this time instead of getting something anti-aging, I looked for something that would be soothing, calming and would help my dark circles.  I’m always interested in new skincare lines and what they have to offer and I was intrigued by milk makeup.  I was intrigued by their simple packaging, simple ingredients and how easy it is to use their products.  I needed an eye care so I went for their cooling water eye cream stick.  Here is my review on this product.

Milk makeup cooling water de-puffer

I went back to basics with this cooling eye cream and now that it has gotten colder probably a good choice to choose something hydrating as well.  When I first received it, I wasn’t sure how it would work because of the product being a little bit bigger than I thought it would be.  But to be honest now, it’s kind of fun and soothing to use it and plus whenever I need a boost during the day I can simply roll it on, touch up the makeup and looked instantly refreshed.

The main ingredients are caffeine and sea water that help to reenergize and hydrate the eye area.  Red sea algae also helps to preserve dry skin and help maintain your skin structure with moisture.  Aloe also helps to soothe and cool the skin as well.  It is mainly for the eye area but I have seen a video on the milk makeup web site where you can actually put it on your face.  I don’t think I’ll be using on my face any time soon but it’s good to know I have the option.

My review on this eye cream is it’s easy to use, quick to apply and its lightweight.  When I first apply it on, it blurs the look of lines and dark circles.  But after a few minutes after applying it, there is a sticky almost tacky feel around the eye area where I applied it.  Although it does not disturb the makeup I put on top of it or makes it look greasy, it still feels weird to me.  But maybe that’s how the formula works and how it keeps it hydrated and making the eye area look brighter and more awake.  After getting used to that, it no longer bothers me because it stays where you apply it and makes my eyes and makeup looked great.

Buying this eye cream was a last minute decision only because I wasn’t planning on buying another eye cream anytime soon.  Maybe all have better luck next time buying an anti aging cream but until then I will see you beauties next week!

milk makeup review

This entry was posted on December 16, 2017, in Skincare.

My Skincare Routine for my Body and A Review

Clarins Body lotion skincare

It’s that time of the year when we have to put away our summer clothes, put our sandals at the back of the closet and freshen up our makeup and skincare.  We tend to gravitate towards nourishing and more moisturizing products to comfort and soothe our skin because we definitely take a hit when the cold, harsh winter hits us.

Since last winter I noticed my skin getting drier and a bit if she now and then, especially when it got very cold.  And since last winter I’ve added another product to my routine for my body.  I actually have three products that I use on my skin for my body.  Crazy right?  But not exactly, at least I don’t think so.  I’ve just found a routine that works for me.

The three products that I’ll be using this winter will be a thermal spray water to help soothe and calm down itching on my skin, a body moisturizer that has 10% glycolic acid that I use a couple times a week to help exfoliate the skin and a body moisturizer to help keep my skin healthy and nourished throughout the winter months.  In this post, I will be talking about the third product and give you both links down below to the thermal water spray and the 10% glycolic acid body moisturizer I use.

clarins body lotion review

Clarins satin  smooth body lotion

I love products from this line because I’ve never run into a problem with their skincare, so I decided to get their body lotion.  This body lotion is lighter and melts into the skin very quickly which I love because my skin can’t really handle heavy or greasy creams.  This body lotion has the right amount of moisture to keep my skin moisturized all day without feeling heavy.

It is also very skin friendly with natural ingredients and being paraben free and having a mild fragrance to it, this body lotion doesn’t mix with my perfume.  The ingredients that it has in this product is hyaluronic acid to retain the moisture, sorbier bud to even out skin tone and katafay extract to help with the texture of your skin, it seems like a reasonable choice to pick this body lotion for the winter.

Now I am usually quite lazy when it comes to putting on my body care, but this year I have noticed the difference in my skin and I will be trying my best to keep up with my routine.  Overall this body lotion is super light on the skin, does not leave a greasy film on my body and doesn’t leave anything on my close as well.  So now that I found a body lotion that I can agree with and actually love using, I will try to be more consistent with my routine.

We all have very busy lives these days but I think taking 5 minutes to pamper yourself with massaging your skin with your fave body lotion, might just help to relax you and say goodbye to your stresses of the day.  So until next time have a good day and I’ll see you here next week my beauties!

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This entry was posted on November 24, 2017, in Skincare.

Sheet Masks Vs. Mask in a Jar: Which one do you prefer?

sheet masks vs. masks

Masks are not just at the spa anymore.  Today you can find masks of all kinds, sheet masks starting from $2.00 and up and even your classic mask in a jar can start from $10.00 and up.  And every one of every skin type can benefit from a relaxing mask once a week.  Now is the fun part of finding the right mask for you.  The mask world has only gotten bigger and will continue to because of the Korean skincare craze.

When I first started in the beauty industry, you were only able to buy a jar of your favorite mask.  For me it was easy, I bought a clay mask for my super oily skin.  But what if you had skin that changed with the season?  You obviously have to buy a new jar of mask.  Which isn’t a huge issue but you would probably have some left over from your other mask that you say you used in the summer but can use in the winter and by the following year that same that mask that you used last summer was probably not good.

That’s why when a few years ago when the whole korean skincare craze came over to Canada and sheet masks started getting more popular, it was a lot easier to choose a mask that would help you figure out what you should be using.

I’ve only started using sheet masks since last year, because my skin started changing.  I wasn’t sure what to use during the cooler seasons because I would always use a clay mask all year round.  That’s why I got interested in buying several different sheet masks to see what I could use before committing to a jar of a mask that I can actually use.  Sheet masks saved my skin and also helped me make a sound decision to buying my first ever hydrating mask in a jar.

I’m really glad that this part of the skincare industry has gotten a bit easier to choose a mask.  It makes my life and I’m sure yours easier to figure out treatment mask for your skin type whenever it is.  Because to me skincare is very personal and you have to make a good decision about it because you will be committed to that skincare for few months for more.  So while there might be more choices in masks, at least those choices can be made by purchasing a sheet mask or a jar of your favorite mask.

I’ve seen the skincare industry change and change for the better.  There is more choices than ever before and I do love choices. So when you go pick out your next great mask, the only thing you have to ask yourself “do I want a sheet mask or a good jar of one maske?”

Until next week my beauties, have a good day!

 

This entry was posted on November 5, 2017, in Skincare.