The Fall Skincare Shuffle

Fall Skincare Shuffle

I don’t have classically combination skin in the oily-T-zone-dry-cheeks sense. My skin can get oily in the T-zone, but I also have dry patches in between my brows and around my mouth/chin area. Not classically combo, but combo (and complicated!) nonetheless.

While it leans oily in the summertime, it definitely starts to get dry and lackluster in the winter. As we head into the colder months, I’m starting to incorporate products that pack a seriously hydrating punch into my routine. For now, I’m sticking with a lighter moisturizer for daytime (when I can still get oily), but a few key hydration boosters have been shuffled in here and there. Read more!

My Favourite Sephora 500-Point Perk Yet

Origins Kit OutsideOrigins Kit faraway

This post is part review, part public service announcement.

Most high-end beauty lovers know how Sephora’s Beauty Insider works – sign up for free, collect points every time you make a purchase, cash them in for deluxe samples in set increments, and get a bonus birthday gift. I’ve been part of this program for years – I remember when only 100-point samples were available. Since then, they’ve expanded the program so that you can redeem in 250, 500, and even 1000-point increments. Read more!

Masks for All!

I love skincare – probably more than I love makeup – and masks are a big part of that. They can give you instant results (results that require maintenance, but instant no less!). So I’m sharing my favourite masks for all skin types.

Glow-ly Cow!

Caudalie Serum

I know, I know. Bad pun. But stick with me, will ya?

If you’ve read my skincare posts before, you’ll know that I’m especially fond of radiance-boosting products. (Exhibit A. Exhibit B. Exhibit C. And that’s just for starters…) Needless to say, I’m a little obsessed with getting my skin as even and glowy as I possibly can. Between naturally uneven skintone and acne scars from even the most minor of breakouts, it can get kind of dicey. Read more!

Better Call Backup

Backups

I recently went into my backup stash to grab a mascara, and I thought I’d give you a peek at what products I love too much to ever be without. Read more!

How I Cleared Up My Skin

Skin Saviours

During all of May, my skin seriously misbehaved. It must be the change to warmer weather (and more oil). I’m spoiled in the sense that I’m not breakout-prone regularly, so I was a real baby about it. Complaining all the time and wondering when they’d go away…yep, all that.

It didn’t really get better until I introduced a few new products – and an old favourite – into my nighttime routine. Trying new products on angry skin was a risky move, but I was feeling desperate gutsy and, luckily, the risk paid off. Read more!

Chemical Exfoliation for Newbies

Modern Friction Pads Collage

It sounds oddly sinister for a skincare process. Like the kind of thing a villian in a James Bond movie might be plotting.

Chemical exfoliation.

Seriously, they (the beauty powers that be, of course) need to think of a better name for it because up until recently, I was scared of it because of the name alone. But it can be so good for your skin, and – unbeknownst to me – I was already doing it. Read more!

Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser

GinZing Scrub Cleanser

When I first saw a photo of this on Instagram, I thought it was an urban-beauty-blog-legend, born of some cruel person’s wishful thinking, abuse of Photoshop, and desire to taunt GinZing lovers like me. But alas, I was wrong – it popped up at my local Origins counter. Read more!

Origins GinZing Duo

Origins GinZing Eye Cream and Moisturizer

Some products are such an integral part of my routine that I simply overlook them and don’t mention them.

Origins GinZing Moisturizer and Eye Cream* are such products.

The basic premise behind both products is simple: brightening. Dark spots , dark circles, and general dullness are my major skincare concerns, and these products are designed to address that.

Read more!

Top Four Posts in Four Months of Blogging

Top 4

Sometimes I marvel at the fact that people actually read the stuff I write, look at the photos I take, and return to see what I have to say the next day.

When I started blogging, I didn’t expect to be successful largely because I tried to start a beauty blog in the past and didn’t stick with it. But lo and behold, I write things, I enjoy writing the things, and you lovely folks seem to enjoy reading the things I write, which is super cool.

These are my four most popular posts, according to WordPress.

1. Review: Urban Decay DeSlick Setting Spray – Setting spray is important, particularly for nights out and in the summer months. I like DeSlick because I tend to get an oily T-zone situation. This post was featured on Temptalia’s Sunday Link Love. I nearly died when I found out because Christine is one of the most disciplined, thorough, and all-around best beauty bloggers out there.

2. Review: Doctor Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright Dark Circle Minimizer (Eye Cream) – I got this product before it was available at Sephora or on the Origins website because I have an Origins counter near me that tends to get new products early. (For the curious, I still love the stuff.)

3. Review: Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm – I reviewed this cult product in one of my very first posts, and I was not impressed. It was $30 and did nothing at all for me, so I ended up returning it. I think the cult status and hefty price tag had me expecting miracles. I’ve since become wary of lip balms, particularly pricey ones.

4. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Swatches, Thoughts & a Naked Comparison! – When the Naked 3 Palette came out, I went to extraordinary lengths to acquire it. Then, like any normal person, I blogged about it. I still use it frequently, and switch it out with my Naked 1 often. I believe I mention in the post that 1 and 3 are my favourites – and they still are.

If you haven’t read these posts, they might be a fun read; other people seem to like them!