Product Reviews

REVIEW: Fresh Beauty Soy Face Cleanser

Hello, lovelies!

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.

The Packaging 

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 Cleanser 

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.

Pros:

  • This cleanser has a pleasant, cucumber scent
  • A little product goes a long way. I apply a small, pea-sized amount to my skin.

Cons:

  • 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

The Verdict 

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.

Have you tried any products from FRESH Beauty before? On a side note, I created a YouTube channel this week and just uploaded my most recent Sephora haul. You can find it here! Feel free to Subscribe if you’re also on YouTube!

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Product Reviews

REVIEW: M.A.C. Fix+ Setting Spray


Hello, lovelies!

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 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 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:

  • 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+. It retails for $25 from M.A.C. Cosmetics official website

 

 

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Clinique Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask 


Hello, lovelies!

I received a sample of Clinique’s Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask a few weeks ago at Sephora. (That’s a mouthful, hey?) This is a gel mask that purifies and cleanses the skin. The word bubble instantly caught my eye, and I knew I had to try it.

The Packaging 

This mask is packaged in a vibrant green tube. It is lightweight and portable. The Clinique logo is stamped across the front.

The Mask 

I love this mask. It starts as a gel and begins to foam once applied to the face. My skin appeared brighter and clearer after use. 

How to use it 

Shake well and apply to clean, makeup-free skin. Leave it on for 2 minutes until it fully bubbles. It transforms from a gel to a white foam. Rinse with warm water. 

I use this mask 1-2 times per week to supplement my skin care routine. It refreshes and cleanses my skin. 

Clinique Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask retails for $34 at Sephora

 

Tips and tricks

3 Key Tips for Treating Acne-Prone Skin


Hello, lovelies!

I spent a lot of time switching up my skincare routine until finding what works. I still experience breakouts, albeit less frequently than before. I often research new tips and methods to care for my skin. I’ve narrowed down my tips to the ones you’ll see in today’s post. Keep reading to find out the tips I use daily to care for acne-prone skin.

1. AVOID HARSH EXFOLIATION 

Exfoliation may seem like the perfect way to cleanse, but for acne-prone skin, it is too harsh. Use your fingertips to massage your cleanser into the skin gently. Avoid cleansers with ingredients like beads or ones with high alcohol contents. These types of cleansers are drying. As a good rule of thumb, pat the skin dry instead of scrubbing.

2. CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES

I’m guilty of not cleaning my brushes as often as I should. Makeup brushes harbor bacteria that contributes to breakouts. You should wash brushes every 2 weeks, and sponges every week.

3. BOOST YOUR SKIN’S HYDRATION 

Hydrating the skin is important. Your skin tends to lose moisture when you use exfoliating products, which contributes to breakouts. Boost the hydration in your skin by adding a water-based serum into your daily routine.

 

Tips and tricks

A Guide to the 5 Types of Face Acne and Helpful Tips to Reduce It


Hello, lovelies!

Face acne is surprisingly common. Many of us have dealt with it, and continue to. Acne affects teenagers and adults alike. I continue to battle against acne, into my 20s. For today’s post, I wrote a guide I refer to often to determine each type of acne.

Type #1: All-Over Facial Acne

This acne appears in clusters on the face. Is it prevalant along your t-zone (your chin, nose and forehead).  I combat this acne by washing my face twice a day with a gentle cleanser. My current favourite cleanser is Fresh Beauty Soy Face Cleanser. It gently treats acne without causing further irritation. Applying toner and lotion to the face after cleansing reduces inflammation. This balances oil production.

Type #2: Deep + Inflamed Acne

It is important to avoid touching the face when you have this type of acne. Touching the face attributes to further irritation. This type of acne responds well to acne treatments, especially those containing Salicylic Acid. It is important to be patient with this acne. It takes time for it to heal.

Type #3: Chin-Area Acne

I experience this type of acne often. Chin-area acne is caused by hormonal imbalances, and elevated stress levels. This acne responds well to spot treatments. Applying cold to the affected area also reduces redness.

Type #4: Forehead Acne

Dehydration attributes to increased oil production. Staying hydrated will reduce this type of acne. It is often caused by stress, but increased oil production from the scalp will also cause it.

Type #5: Nose Acne

Acne on the nose and surrounding areas results from excess salt intake. This acne is reduced with gentle exfoliation. 

Do you experience breakouts? If so, what are your favourite remedies to use?

Product Reviews

REVIEW: Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer 


Hello, lovelies!

A good primer smoothes the skin for foundation application and blurs imperfections. Smashbox Iconic Finish Primer is part of the companys Photo Finish lineup. I use it daily to prime my skin before applying makeup.

The Packaging 

The primer is contained within a clear tube. The design is elegant and features black striping and the Smashbox logo. It is triangular shaped and lightweight. This design allows you to easily see the gel inside.

The Primer 

This primer is oil-free, meaning it will not clog pores. I was worried about this when I began using the primer. To my delight, my skin does not break out when using the primer! This Smashbox primer is silky in texture and leaves the skin feeling smooth. 

How to use it 

I dispense the primer on the back of my hand. I then blend it into my skin using my fingertips for even coverage. I blend the primer over my entire face. 

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer is my go-to primer. You only need a tiny amount each time you use it. It will stay in my makeup drawer for a while! It retails at Sephora between $16-$49. 

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?