Product Reviews

REVIEW: Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask 

Hello, lovelies!

I use a mask 1-2 times per week to thoroughly deep-clean my skin. My skin type is dry, and acne-prone. When I heard Origins Active Charcoal Mask is composed of white china clay and glycerin water I decided to give it a try, crossing my fingers that it would banish my blemishes. This charcoal mask not only kept my skin free of dirt and oil but it also left my complexion soft.

The Packaging 

The product comes in a triangular tube with a capped closure. I like the tube format of the product, this makes it lightweight. The colour of the product is reflective when you look at the tube – it is a muted ash-grey.

The Mask 

adore how this mask works! The texture begins as a liquid and dries into a hardened material once on the skin for a few moments. I rinse with warm water and my skin is softer and feels brighter. The glycerin water and white china clay ingredients clears my pores and absorbs excess toxins.

How to Use It 

It is important to note that your pores must be open before using the mask. How do you open your pores?

  • Place a warm, moistened towel on the face for a moment to open pores
  • Apply the mask onto the skin using fingertips
  • Allow the mask to sit until it dries completely
  • Rinse with warm water

I noticed considerable improvement in my skin after using the mask a few times. My pores appeared smaller and I experienced less breakouts. Origins masks are great products to supplement with your weekly skincare routine.

Sephora  sells different sized tubes of this product. A sample-sized container retails for $5. The smaller tube (1.7 oz) is priced at $20 while the largest tube (3.4 oz) is $34.

Have you tried Origins skincare before? If so, what type of mask is your favourite? 




Tips and tricks

3 Quick Tips for Clear, Glowing Skin All Year-Round

Hello, lovelies!

Achieving a healthy, glowing complexion takes time. I still struggle with breakouts at age 21. After modifying my skin care routine I’ve determined specific steps to minimize imperfections and enhance my natural glow. Today I share a few of the tips I use on a daily basis with you.

TIP #1 – Moisturize your face 

I’ve noticed that using moisturizer makes a huge difference to my skin. If I don’t follow up with moisturizer after cleansing, my skin feels tight. New breakouts also appear when I skip this step. Moisturizing each day adds a healthy layer of moisture into your skin. This moisture prevents the skin from becoming dry and tight – preventing new breakouts.

TIP #2 – Hands off 

Touching your face throughout the day introduces new bacteria into the skin. Keep your hands away from your face to prevent new acne from occurring. When you do not touch your face, your skin stays clear from excess dirt and oil.

TIP #3 – Drink enough water 

Water impacts your skin health. Drinking adequate water helps the skin appear brighter. It also lessens the chance of introducing new particles into the skin. Adequate water consumption hydrates the skin.

What are your top tips for clearer skin? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below! 

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My Top 3 Favourite Skin Care and Makeup Products for Acne-Prone Skin (and How I Use Them)

Hello, lovelies!

I’ve struggled with acne since the age of 15, but it seemed to worsen once I began university. In the past few years, I’ve tried different products and routines to clear my skin. Today I share my favourite products:

1. Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup 

Clinique Acne Solutions is a lightweight facial makeup. It contains benzol peroxide to treat acne-prone skin. I use it most often in the summer months for a light finish that clears my skin. I buff it into my skin with an angled foundation brush to achieve all-over coverage.

2. Dove Beauty Bar 

This soap is the most gentle product for my skin. It cleanses while clearing. I integrate soap into my facial cleansing routine about four times a week. My skin remains soft and clean. I tried 10-20 different products before soap. To my surprise, it worked better than acne-reducing cleansers to clean and refresh my skin. I massage the soap into my skin, let it sit for a few seconds, then rinse with warm water.

3. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask 

This active charcoal mask purifies and deep cleans. I use it weekly to remove dirt, oil, and makeup that contributes to breakouts. It contains white China clay and lecithin to remove impurities. It leaves my skin clearer and bright. I use this mask by first opening my pores with a warm towel. I apply the mask and let it dry before rinsing with warm water.

What product do you use to combat acne-prone skin?


My (Refined) Skin Care Routine 

Hello, lovelies! 

I previously wrote about my daily skin care routine. As part of my New Years Resolutions, I decided to refine my daily routine. I have modified some of the steps in my routine, and added new products. The core steps in my routine include: Cleansing, exfoliating, and brightening


I cleanse my face with Noxzema anti-blemish pads to banish any imperfections. I follow this step with moisturizer. My skin tends to be drier in the winter. To overcome this dryness, I switched my moisturizer to Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost moisturizer. This formula is lightweight and non-irritating. 


At least once a week, I use products suited for a deeper clean. I recieved a sample of Fresh Cosmetics Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boost face mask recently, and it is a perfect product to use for this purpose. The mask contains crushed citrus fruits and has a grainier texture than my Noxzema pads. I use it weekly to remove excess dirt, oil, and dead skin cells. The gentle exfoliation creates a good balance for my skin.  (Stay tuned for a full review of this mask!) 

I remove all makeup with a gentle, cleansing makeup remover wipe. I often switch between makeup remover wipes and Clinique’s Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

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My Skincare Routine


Happy Monday, my lovely readers!

As a teenager, my acne and breakouts were minimal. Upon beginning university almost four years ago, the stress caused my skin to react. The number of breakouts I experienced seemed to double. Since then,  I tried a variety of different products, and routines. Only in the past little while have I narrowed down my routine to suit my face. It has taken trial and error to determine what works best.


Cleanse: I like to keep my routine minimal, to help save time during busy mornings. After rinsing my face with lukewarm water, I cleanse using Noxzema Anti-Blemish pads. These pads contain salicylic acid to help treat any breakouts.

Moisturize: I apply an Olay moisturizer. I am not picky over my moisturizers, so if it is not on hand, I use whichever one is available. Moisturizing is a crucial step following cleansing my skin. Anti-blemish pads are sometimes drying.


Makeup removal: Before I do anything else before bed, I remove my makeup. By the end of the day, I can become lazy with my skincare routine, and want something quick and simple. To remove my makeup at once, I use a makeup remover wipe.

Do you have a particular skincare routine you follow daily?


Product Reviews

REVIEW: Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup

Happy Friday, everyone!

Today’s product review features Clinique Acne Solutions liquid makeup. This foundation not only covers and conceals, but it also treats acne! This foundation contains salicylic acid to help control blemishes. The amounts of salicylic acid are small. The foundation should be used along with a face wash containing salicylic acid. According to Clinique’s website, this foundation is a “non-irritating oil free makeup that helps blend blemishes and neutralize redness.”


When applied to the skin, this foundation is lightweight. It blends well, and does not feel caked. I have tried foundations in the past that have melted off my skin by the end of the day. Clinique’s foundation stays in place until removed with makeup remover. This foundation is cooling and comfortable on the skin.

Clinique’s foundation is available in a 30 ml bottle. One of my favourite aspects of this foundation is the design of the bottle. The bottle has a fine nozzle tip, allowing the makeup to dispense only as needed.

Below are swatches of the foundation. This foundation has the texture of a lotion.


A great tip for choosing a foundation shade: Sephora stores offer a colour IQ service to help find the best shade for your skin. Clinique’s Acne Solutions liquid makeup is available in 11 shades. I use the shade Fresh Alabaster. This foundation is available on Sephora’s official website or from Clinique’s official website for $34 (Canadian).



Tips and tricks

Tips and tricks for clear skin

Hi everyone! I’ve created the following post based on my own skin and skincare routine. Each skin type may not require the same products as another.

My skin:

I have dry skin – it often feels tight and is easily irritated. My skin is less-prone to breakouts than it used to be. When I do get them, they often appear in my t-zone (forehead, cheeks and chin – it forms a T!).

My daily routine:

I’ve tried countless products to tame my breakouts – from Proactiv to soap/water. Each of these products had varying results. Most products have been too harsh, others too mild. I  sought a product that kept my skin clear and soft. A simple drugstore product is my current-go to!

In the mornings, I like to keep my skincare routine simple and quick. I recently discovered Noxzema anti-blemish pads and hit the skincare jackpot. These pads are quick to use (ideal for anyone who is always in a rush in the mornings!) and keep my skin clear. Each pad contains salyclic acid. I always follow these pads with a dollop of moisturizer to keep my skin soft.

By the end of the day I, like many of you, am prone to forgetting to remove my makeup. (Who has the time when they’re exhausted?) To  remove makeup and dirt/oil, I use a moistened makeup remover wipe. No fuss, no mess!

Tips and tricks for clear skin:

  • Eating for clear skin. Diet has a major impact on our skin. Cutting back on sugar and eating nutrient-rich foods is vital to keeping skin bright. I’ve experienced this often – on days I load up on fruits, veggies and proteins my skin is smooth and clear. The opposite is also true – if the diet is full of sugary and salty foods, the skin tends to break out more.
  • Makeup removal. I know, I know, it’s not always easy to remember to remove makeup at the end of the day especially when all you want to do is sleep. Removing makeup is important to keep pores free of bacteria.
  • SPF. Sun protection is an important element when it comes to skincare. Sunscreen protects the skin from the suns rays, which can damage the skin. Some moisturizers available contain built-in SPF, cutting down on the extra step.
  • Makeup products containing salylic acid can help clear breakouts. My current foundation, by Clinique, is branded as an Acne Solutions product. It contains salylic acid to minimize and prevent breakouts!