I enjoy using face masks 1-2 times per week to supplement my skin care routine. GlamGlow’s Super Mud Clearing Treatment is a mask that is fully effective for clearing my pores and minimizing breakouts. I initially received a sample of the product, but later returned to Sephora for a larger container.
This mask comes in a starry, white and silver jar. The reflective surface is fun and aesthetically-pleasing. It features the GlamGlow logo and a description of the jar’s contents.
I love how this mask works! When first applied to the face, it is sticky and retains the texture of a charcoal mask. As it dries, the texture changes to a clay. It does not fully transform into a clay texture – any black patches that remain are areas where the mask works to clear excess oil!
How to use it
I gently clean my skin before I apply the mask. I apply it to moist skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with warm water. An important thing to note about this mask is that if you have sensitive skin, your skin may appear quite red after the mask is initially rinsed. My skin appeared red and blotchy for a few moments after I rinsed the mask, but it quickly calmed to leave my skin soft and clear!
GlamGlow’s SuperMud Clearing Treatment is a great product if you’re looking for a mask to clear and soothe acne. I incorporated it into my weekly routine about 1-2 months ago and noticed results within the first week of use.
This mask retails for $69 at Sephora. It is also available in a travel-sized container for $24.
With winter approaching, I like rotating a new moisturizer in my skincare routine. I received a sample of Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate during a trip to Sephora. This moisturizer is hydrating and soothing on my skin. The unique formula immediately added a boost of hydration to my face.
I’ve always been a fan of Clinique’s tidy, sophisticated packaging. That quality shines through with this product. The moisturizer itself comes in a cylindrical, sleek tube. It is clear to show the fun pink-colored gel inside. My favourite aspect of the package is the pump-dispenser. It is an ideal format for releasing a small amount of product without creating a mess.
This product is a water gel that delivers a boost of moisture to the skin. I sometimes hesitate to use water gel formulas, but this one suits my dry skin. It has a smooth texture that cools once it touches my face, similar to a serum. The lightweight gel doesn’t add heaviness to my skin and feels rather light once it dries. An added bonus of this product is that it is fragrance-free. If you have sensitive skin like I do, fragrance can be an irritant.
How to use it
I cleanse my skin before applying the product. It is ideal for morning or night use, depending on your skincare routine. I dot a small amount on my skin and gently massage it in. Due to the hydration it contains, you only need to use a little product to refresh your entire face.
Clinique Moisture Surge Supercharged Concentrate retails for $17 (for the smaller size) or the full-size is $46 at Sephora.
Micellar cleansing water helps draw dirt and impurities from the skin while gently cleansing it. I bought a bottle of Sephora Collection Triple Action Cleansing Water to substitute my regular makeup remover. I use it mainly for that purpose, but was pleasantly surprised with it’s other benefits!
The product comes in a large, transparent bottle that is lightweight. The cap features a push-top with a hole for dispensing the product. One thing to note about the cap is that it is easy to spill excess cleanser unless it is tightly closed. Despite the size of the bottle, it is easy to transport when I am on-the-go. The product features the Sephora logo, and is simple and clean.
The first thing I notice when I opened this product was the fresh, grassy scent. This light fragrance is refreshing to use at the end of each day. I dispense the cleanser onto a cotton ball to remove makeup. While it does not remove all my makeup in one swipe, it does effectively remove it well. Once my makeup is removed my skin feels refreshed and lightly hydrated. My skin is sensitive and I was initially hesitant to use the product because some makeup removers tend to cause irritation on my skin. After 1-2 uses of this cleansing water, I did not experience any breakouts.
Like the name suggests, this cleansing water deliver specific benefits:
- Cleanses the skin to remove makeup, oil and impurities
- Formulated with Hydrosenn+, a natural ingredient that hydrates the skin
How to use it
Open the lid and dispense the product onto a cotton ball or tissue. Gently wipe your face, eyes, and lips to remove makeup. This requires no rinsing.
This product works well as a gentle, effective makeup remover. I like to supplement with my regular makeup-remover wipes to give my skin a refreshing cleanse.
Sephora Collection Triple Action Cleansing Water retails for $15 at Sephora.
I received this face cleanser as a sample from Sephora. I like to test new cleansers for a while before reviewing them to gauge how my skin reacts to the product. This product is a gentle, foaming cleanser that is suitable for all skin types.
True to the product’s name, the packaging is simple and feels fresh. The lightweight, white tube makes the product portable. The white background makes the red lettering pop. The tube contains 150 mL/5 o.z. of product.
The gel formula is smooth and soft. It is transparent until you work it into a foamy lather on your face. The gel has a pleasantly cooling sensation when first applied which dissipates once lathered. It is suitable to use on a bare face or to remove makeup. I’ve used it as both a cleanser and makeup remover, and it is gentle enough for both uses.
- This cleanser has a pleasant, cucumber scent
- A little product goes a long way. I apply a small, pea-sized amount to my skin.
- The product, for me, was not effective in clearing my blemishes
- The cleanser is a gel product that does not foam. This is more of a personal preference, but I feel that foaming products give my skin a deeper-clean
While the cleanser is gentle and doesn’t strip moisture from the skin, I have an acne-prone complexion. I did not find the product to be great in terms of cleansing but it did leave my skin soft and moisturized. If you are looking for a gentle, daily cleanser I would recommend trying this one. If you’re searching for a cleanser more suitable for blemish-prone skin with a deeper cleaning power, I’d skip it.
Fresh Beauty’s Soy Face Cleanser is available in a mini or full-sized tube. The mini tube retails for $20 while the full-sized product retails for $47. You can find this cleanser on Sephora’s official website.
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I bought this product while in Toronto and immediately added into my daily makeup routine. M.A.C.’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.
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 M.A.C. 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.
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:
- 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+. It retails for $25 from M.A.C. Cosmetics official website
I adore liquid lipstick. I own various lipstick formulas in the classic bullet style, but I always prefer the liquid version. Make Up For Ever introduced a 6-shade Artist Liquid Lipstick range this past spring. This is the first product I’ve tried from the brand, and was excited to receive a sample of the lipstick!
These lipsticks come in a standard lip gloss tube. The doe-foot applicator is easy to use, and it applies the product precisely onto the lips. Despite the clear tube, the lacquered black cap and MUFE Logo add a touch of elegance. Because I own a sample of the lipstick, it is compact and lightweight.
The lipstick is soft and creamy. It sets to a completely matte finish that is not drying on the lips. It has a soft vanilla scent, which I enjoy. The texture of this lipstick is smooth and feather-light. I do not experience any patchiness or dryness when I wear this lipstick.
I own the shade 105 – Rosewood. I adore the shade. It is a soft nude with pink-mauve undertones. I prefer nude lipstick shades with hints of pink or red in the undertones. It is a beautiful colour to wear with darker eyeshadow. One thing to note about the colour: Each shade dries a bit darker than it appears in the tube.
I was interested to test how long this liquid lipstick lasts on my lips compared to other brands I own. Even with eating/drinking throughout the day, it lasts 7-8 hours without smudging! It also does not flake or crack once applied.
Make Up For Ever Liquid Lipstick is available in 15 shades:
- 101 – Cream Beige
- 103 – Warm Beige
- 105 – Rosewood
- 107 – Neutral Beige
- 109 – Praline
- 201 – Fresh Pink
- 203 – Cold Pink
- 205 – Mauve Pink
- 207 – Raspberry
- 301 – Rust
- 401 – Red
- 403 – Deep Red
- 501 – Purple
- 503 – Deep Plum
- 505 – Blackcurrant
This is a great, smudge-proof liquid lipstick. It retails for $25 at Sephora.
I received a sample of Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel during a recent Sephora trip. This is the first product I’ve used to keep my eyebrows tidy between waxing appointments. This gel helps set and define brows.
This product is lightweight and shaped like a mascara tube. The cap holds a mascara wand with tightly-packed bristles to apply the gel with. The bottom of the tube contains the clear gel. I like the sophistication of the product – it is chrome-coloured and contains the Anastasia Beverly Hills logo.
I like that this product is clear. I apply it underneath my brow pencil and it sets the colour all day! It is smooth and doesn’t clump. It contains botanical and essential oils like camomile to condition hairs. The product does leave my brows slightly stiff after drying but this is compensated by the longevity of the product. The effect is natural-looking and it suits all eyebrow colours.
How to Use
Apply desired brow product. Withdraw the wand from the tube and wipe off any excess product. Apply gel in short, upward strokes.
This is a perfect product to complete my eyebrow look. The gel keeps my brows full while still looking tidy. I pair it with Benefit Cosmetic’s Gimme Brow and it sets the product without fuss.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel retails for $29 at Sephora.