Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate

A Kiehl’s store opened near me recently, and although I had never tried anything from the brand before, I’d heard amazing things about their Midnight Recovery Concentrate.

I wasn’t 100% sure of what it was, and to tell you the truth, I’m still not sure. But after using it for a while, I’ll do my very best to describe what it is and the results I’ve seen from it. Read more!

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My Favourite Sephora 500-Point Perk Yet

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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.

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!

Morning Skincare Routine

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After a few requests and questions about my skincare, I’ve made a video about everything I do before the makeup goes on!
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The Face Mist That Shouldn’t Work But Does

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

Last year, the blogosphere was abuzz with rave reviews for Caudalie Beauty Elixir. It’s a facial mist with a spalike smell attributed to a bunch of different waters and essential oils. I opted out of it largely because a quick spritz in Sephora made me feel (and look!) Severus Snape-level greasy. I figured it wasn’t for my combo skin, so I passed. 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!

The Face Shop Konjac Cleansing Sponge

Konjac sponge

Maybe a year ago, Boscia released a konjac cleansing sponge that became a bit of a best seller at Sephora. It’s basically a sponge made of konjac root (also known as devil’s tongue jelly) that you can use to clean your face. Like so many effective and interesting beauty products, the konjac sponge got its start in Asia. Those factors combined had me instantly intrigued, but the price tag was discouraging. Really? $22 for a sponge that’s only supposed to last two months? No thanks.

But soon enough, knockoffs started to pop up everywhere. I saw Quo had one, and I saw them on eBay, too. The price was steadily coming down, but still not where I wanted it.

I was in The Face Shop the other day picking up some more delightful sheet masks when I spied a konjac sponge in the skincare tools section. The best part? It was $4. Bitchin’. Read more!

My First Sheet Mask Experience: The Face Shop

TheFaceShop Sheet masks

So the other day I was strolling through the mall, on my way out to the bus stop, when I saw that Fruits & Passion had been replaced by a new store called “The Face Shop”. I had just come from The Body Shop, so I was somewhat amused, but I didn’t think much of it until I saw one of the window displays.

Sheet masks.

Sheet masks are a creepy-looking skincare craze. It’s predominantly popular in Asia, where a lot of really cool and innovative beauty products come from (like BB cream, fibre mascara, and double cleansing). [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.

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