Product Reviews

REVIEW: Caudalie Instant Detox Mask

Hello, lovelies!

I recently received a sample of the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask from Sephora. While my skincare routine is fairly regimented, I enjoy trying new masks to clarify and detoxify my skin. This mask contains a variety of natural ingredients to clean the pores and reduce excess oil.

The Packaging

This packaging is quite earth-toned and soothing. The mask comes in a mint-green tube that bears the Caudalie logo and a floral design. This tube is lightweight and travel-friendly. My favourite aspect of the packaging is that the mask can be dispensed onto my palm without placing my fingers into the product.

The Mask

The first thing I noticed about this mask was its beautiful pale pink colour. This mask has a gritty texture that feels deep-cleaning when applied to the skin. It contains grape marc to detofixy, pink clay and coffee to absorb dirt and excess oil, and papaya to brighten. These natural ingredients feel soothing and non-irritating on the skin. After using this mask, my skin felt clearer, brighter and smooth.

How to use it

I like to use this mask 1-2 times per week. I apply a thin layer to my skin, leave it on for 5-10 minutes then rinse.

Caudalie’s Instant Detox Mask worked well to clear my skin, and did not feel chalky or tight like other masks I’ve tried. If you’re looking for a soothing mask to add into your skincare routine, I’d recommend this one! Caudalie’s Instant Detox Mask retails for $47 at Sephora.

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3 Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making With Makeup Remover Wipes

Hello, lovelies!

Makeup remover wipes are ideal for removing makeup in a pinch, but did you know that you might be using them incorrectly? I like to use makeup remover wipes to remove the initial layer of makeup on my skin, but I’ve learned a few little tricks that might be reducing the effectiveness of the beloved makeup wipe!

Relying solely on a makeup wipe to remove all your makeup

We all know that removing makeup at the end of each day is important. How do you remove your makeup? If you’re using just a makeup wipe to remove everything, you may be leaving residual makeup on your skin. A makeup remover wipe works well in a pinch but it doesn’t effectively breakdown makeup enough to cleanse the skin. I notice this whenever I use makeup wipes, and typically have to wash my face immediately after to remove all my makeup.

Letting the wipes dry out 

Makeup remover wipes are pre-moistened. If you leave the wipes exposed to air, there’s a chance that the wipes will dry out and won’t be as effective. Ensure that you firmly seal the package after removing a wipe to prevent the entire package from losing moisture.

Wiping the skin too hard

A big misconception about makeup wipes is that the harder you scrub your skin, the more makeup you’ll remove. It doesn’t take aggressive scrubbing to remove makeup fully and you may end up irritating the skin instead. I like to gently swipe the wipe across my skin in a light buffing motion.

What is your favourite way to remove makeup? Do you like or dislike makeup remover wipes? 

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3 Things You Should Never Do To Your Skin

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Your skin is with you for life. If there’s one thing you should do, it is to treat your skin with care and respect. We know there are certain ways to care for the skin, but most of the time, we just bypass them regardless. Here are three things you should never do if you want your skin to love you back.

Over-exfoliating 

Exfoliating 1-2 times per week is great – it refreshes your skin and removes any dead skin cells that may be causing breakouts or dullness in the skin. Over-exfoliating can cause scratching on the skin’s surface which leaves it prone to environmental toxins and breakouts.

Not protecting your skin

Sunscreen is a vital skincare product. You probably know that you’re supposed to wear sunscreen daily, but have you ever considered why? The sun is responsible for how your skin ages, and wearing sunblock daily not only prevents aging, but it also protects against dark spots.

Using the same products for a long time 

You may have found the best moisturizer or cleanser ever, but your skin will eventually change and adapt to any active ingredients in the product. Over time, this causes the product to become less effective. It’s important to know your skin type and how it reacts to different products. If your beloved cleanser or moisturizer is no longer working, it’s time to reevaluate the products you use.

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REVIEW: MAC Fix+ Setting Spray

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MAC’s Fix+ is a staple in my daily beauty routine. MAC’s Fix+ is a combination setting spray and primer. I use mostly for setting my makeup but it also gives bare skin a refreshing boost. Sephora recently launched MAC products in-store and on its official website, and I was enticed to write a review of the brand’s beloved Fix+!

The Packaging 

The outer package is a glittery black box. The spray comes in a lightweight bottle. It is clear and capped with a matte black top. The top of the product is slightly indented with a button you press to dispense the product, which can be adjusted to lock or unlock. It displays the MAC logo.

What is it?

This product is a lightweight mist of water that contains vitamins/minerals to sooth and refresh the skin. It gives a boost of hydration while delivering a soft sheen to refresh and finish makeup. It can be used underneath makeup to prep the skin or after makeup to set and lock-in makeup.

How to use it

I hold it a few inches away from my face then spray it on. It can be used alone or to finish makeup. The spray has multiple benefits:

  • Hydrating
  • Soothes and refreshes skin
  • Finishes makeup

It provides my skin with refreshing hydration, but once it dries into my skin it sets my makeup for the entire day. I spray it over my eye/face makeup and it doesn’t budge for hours! I have not experienced any melting makeup after I’ve used the spray. I love how it acts as a double-duty makeup product.

If you’re looking for a new setting spray, or simply a refreshing mist for your skin, I’d definitely recommend MAC Fix+. Last year, MAC released new three new scents as part of the Fix+ line. These scents include Lavender, Coconut, and Rose. Each bottle retails for $31 on MAC’s official website or from Sephora’s official website.

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3 Truths To Know Before Sleeping In Your Makeup Again

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If you wear makeup, you’ve probably heard hundreds of times the importance of removing your makeup before bed. Have you every considered ‘why’ it’s so important to remove your makeup, or how to remove it the most effectively? Here are three things you need to know before you consider hitting the pillow with a full face of makeup again!

It negatively affects every skin type

No matter what your skin type is, sleeping in your makeup will negatively affect it. Poorly removed makeup can clog pores and exacerbate any current skin conditions (for example, hormonal acne or rosacea). If your skin is oily or acne-prone, you may notice increased breakouts or redness in your skin the following morning.

Your lips will thank you

I’m a regular culprit, but sleeping with remnants of lipstick on your lips does some damage. Many lipstick formulas contain drying waxes, which can lead to clogged pores in the skin around your lips (hello, breakouts!). Wearing lipstick to bed can zap your lips of their natural moisture, so it’s best to remove it before bed.

Makeup remover wipes are a lifesaver, but they shouldn’t substitute your regular cleansing routine 

Makeup remover wipes are convenient and portable. While they remove most of your makeup with one swipe, they shouldn’t be substituted for a deep cleanse. If you find that your makeup remover wipes aren’t doing the job, you can always supplement them with a cleansing oil to remove any excess makeup.

 

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REVIEW: Milk Makeup Matcha Detofixying Face Mask

Hello, lovelies!

I adore testing new face masks. My skin tends to be dry, acne-prone and dull throughout the winter, so I’m always eager to add a new face mask into my routine to rejuvenate my complexion. I recently bought the Matcha Detoxifying Face Mask from Milk Makeup and the soothing mask balances my skin, reduces oil and clears breakouts!

The Packaging

The packaging of this product is eye-catching and fun. The mask itself is comes in a twistable stick format. I love this unique packaging idea – it is easy to use and not messy when applying the mask to my face. The stick is a gorgeous mint-green shade that bears the Milk Makeup logo.

The Mask

I adore  this mask. The clay mask feels soothing on the skin, non-drying and it is not messy. The mask applies easily to wet or dry skin, and it dries down without feeling tight on the skin. After the mask dries, it rinses quickly with water and leaves no residue. After applying the mask, my skin appeared soft, radiant, and my blemishes were reduced. The clay feels soft and smooth when applied to the skin.

How to use it

This is one of the easiest, quickest face masks I’ve ever used. It can be applied to wet or dry skin. I roll the product onto my skin (I prefer to apply it to slightly damp skin) and let it dry. It takes approximately 10 minutes to dry completely. I then rinse with lukewarm water and the mask disappears in a flash. This product is perfect to apply once or twice per week as part of your regular skincare routine.

If you’re looking for a quick, no-fuss face mask that clears and calms your skin I’d recommend this one from Milk Makeup! Milk Makeup’s Matcha Detofixying Face Mask retails for $29 at Sephora.

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3 Key Tips to Care For Acne-Prone Skin

Hello, lovelies!

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to skincare. It can take years, and countless routines, to determine what works best for your skin. I revisit a few key tips to maintain clear, acne-free skin that I’m thrilled to share with you!

Wash your face daily

First and foremost, washing your face daily is essential to achieve clear skin. Cleansing and treating your skin daily is the best way to banish breakouts. If your regular skincare routine won’t suffice, makeup remover wipes work in a pinch!

Choose the right cleanser for your skin type

To get the most out of your cleanser, select a cleanser that is suited for your skin type. If your skin is oily, choose products that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to cleanse. For sensitive skin, look for cleansers with hydrating ingredients that won’t dry out your complexion.

Don’t over-exfoliate

This is the biggest tip that I use to care for my skin. Scrubbing your skin with grainy cleansers can harm your skin instead of clear it. I often notice that over-exfoliating my skin causes redness, inflammation and scarring. If you wish to exfoliate your skin, it should be done once a week.

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