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July 28, 2014

Vichy Capital Soleil Invisible Mist

High protection UVA/UVB with Mexoryl XL technology in an ultra-comfortable and refreshing texture with 0% alcohol. 100% suitable for sensitive skin. -vichy.ca
 As you may have heard me talk about a few times before in this blog, I am super sensitive to the sun and its effects on my skin. Yes, I get sun hives. It just sort of happens when I go out in the sun, with or without sunscreen. My best protection is to layer up with good quality sunscreen, reapply and hide in the shade while covered up. But I still get hives. So when I learned that alcohol in my much beloved spray on sunscreens could be further irritating my skin I  decided to look into my options.

Alcohol is traditionally used in spray on sunscreens a carrier ingredient and lends to its 'lightweight' feeling, the very thing I love about spray on sunscreens. As a result skin can feel dry (it is alcohol after all, it does that to the skin). But in my case, if I've had hives the night before and I use a spray on sunscreen the next day with alcohol it can burn a bit, because well I often scratch the hives, I just cant help it, leading to little open soars.
Needless to say alcohol on my skin after hives is just not a good idea.

I learned that Vichy had found a way to make their Capital Soleil Invisible Mist not just feel great on the skin but also alcohol free and hydrating with vitamin E but it also sports the new Health Canada UVA Seal of
Recognition.


Criteria for the UVA Seal of Recognition as follows:
  • The UVA protection factor must be at least 1/3 of the UVB protection factor (for example, a product with an SPF of 30 must then have a UVA PF of 10)
  • The formula must protect against the long UVA rays reaching a critical wavelength of 370 nm. 
Pros:
  • Alcohol free = less irritating
  • Smells good
  • Vitamin E = a bit of moisture for your skin
  • Spray on - my favourite type of sunscreen
  • Has the Health Canada UVA Seal of Recognition 
  • Feels incredibly nice on the skin - light weight, non drying , but still soft on skin
Cons:
  • 30 SPF is the only strength it comes in at the moment - I generally prefer stronger SPF level, but I found it worked quite well.
Overall:
So what do I think of the formula after using it for the last month? I love it. It feels lightweight , my skin feels soft and supple after using it, but still like no product was really applied. My skin is far less irritated, if I use it after a hive breakout I itch far less the next day, it certainly feels more refreshing on my skin.

I would recommend this sunscreen to anyone with sensitive skin who is looking for a good quality sunscreen that wont dry out your skin but still feel ultralight on your skin without leaving a residue.
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*I received this product for consideration, it does not influence my views on them.

July 21, 2014

FOTD Almay Smart Shade Look

I was recently sent a few items from Almay's Smart Shade SkinTone Matching line. Since I was new to the line, I thought I would play around with it a bit to get an idea of what I thought of it before reviewing the individual items. So far I am in love, Love Love Love. I created this light summery look on my first use and was extremely impressed with the results.
What I used:

Primer: Almay Smart Shade CC Luminous Primer - Complexion Correcting Primer
Foundation:Almay Smart Shade - Skintone Matching Makeup - Light - SPF 15
Concealer: Almay Smart Shade Concealer Plus Brightener - Light/Pink
LipGloss: Color and Care Liquid Lip Balm - Cantaloupe
Blush: Almay Smart Shade Powder Blush -Coral
Mascara: Revlon: Lash Potion Waterproof - Blackest Black (already in my collection)
The only non Almay product I used was my Revlon Lash Potion Mascara. The only tool I used was my Crown C427 brush to apply the blush.
 Overall I really love the CC primer, it leaves your skin with a definite cast on it but that is all part of the colour correcting. Once I applied the concealer and the foundation my skin looked flawless. I was really impressed with how light the foundation felt on my skin and how it adjusted to my skin tone so well.
The gloss is light and just gives a hint of peach to my lips, a perfect light summer look if you ask me. The blush is extremely blendable but has quite the kick of shimmer to it.
Overall I am really loving this light and summery look. Nothing fancy but my skin looks great and and all the products were easy to work with. Super happy.

Have you tried any of the Almay Smart Shade products yet? What do you think of them?
Batting a Lash:
*I received this product for consideration, it does not influence my views on them.

July 20, 2014

ELF Haul 2014


 Oh my, I went a little nuts with my annual ELF haul. I got 28 items, a few are repeats. Everything was 50% off during their Anniversary sale, so luckily it didn't break the bank.

Below are some of our items that I got. As well there is a video where I show everything I got.
Blush Palette in Dark
Matt Lip Color in Nearly Nude and Praline
Long Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Soiree
Lip Exfoliator
22 Piece on the Go Set 
top layer of the set - 10 shadows
second layer of set - 5 lip stick and a mascara 
bottom layer of set- 3 blushes and the same mascara
Stipple Travel Brush Set
Hydrating Face Primer - Hey I deported it into they 8ml tube…
that was the perfect size for it. Now it takes up much less space

HD Mattifying Cream Foundation in Porcelain 
BB Cream in Fair
Moisturizing Foundation Stick in Ivory
stick on left, BB in the middle and Mattifying cream on right. 



July 13, 2014

L'oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara

The MEGA VOLUME You’ve Been Dreaming Of. The secret of big manga eyes is here with Miss Manga™ by Voluminous™! The 360º Flexor Brush amplifies upper lashes while the precision cone tip maximizes lower lashes. It’s the ultimate manga look with up to 15X more volume and no flakes! -lorealparis.ca

If you love full, thick and dark lashes you are going to want to check out L'oreal's Miss Manga Mascara right away! With a pointed brush on a flexible wand you can layer this baby up to your hearts content and not risk any flaking.

I love the point to the wand, it lets me get a good amount of coverage to those pesky inner lashes and right down to the lashes base. The flexible handle makes it so I don't poke my eyes out too easy (seriously I am really prone to poking myself in the eye with mascara wands).

The formula works great to create a really built up look without being spidery. I personally love to do slow coats and take the time to do about 3 and I end up with insanely big lashes. I really am loving the big lash effect, I feel like I am almost wearing falsies when I use it.
In August three limited edition shades will be out in stores, Electric Blue, Purple and Turquoise. The permanent line up is already available in stores and includes Black, Blackest Black, Black Brown, Waterproof Blackest Black and Waterproof Black. I personally am going to hunt down the Waterproof Blackest Black and Turquoise as soon as I see them in a store.
Above is a picture of two coats of the purple on my lashes. The purple shade is not over the top vibrant and quite suitable for day or work wear. The blue and turquoise (which I do not have) are much more bold and vibrant from what I have seen. I personally like that the purple is a more wearable shade and have getting lots of complements on it whenever I wear it. To see a great swatch of the Turquoise here is a link to Perilously Pale's post on it.

The permeant shades are available in stores now and the limited editions ones will be in mid August. Suggested retail is $10.99.

As I said above, I love this mascara and cannot wait to get the Turquoise and the waterproof Blackest Black in my hands. What are your thoughts on this mascara? Any shade you want to try out?
Batting a Lash:
*I received this product for consideration, it does not influence my views on them.

July 07, 2014

Alternatives To Washing With Soap


If you're cursed with dry skin like I am, soap is the last thing you want to touch your skin, none the less your face. Here are some great alternatives to washing your face with soap that are sure to keep protect it from over drying and still get is sparkling clean.

Mincellar Water:
In general Mincellar water is a cleanser that you put onto a cotton pad to wipe away your makeup. I personally love these babies...I just can't get enough of them. If you are a fan of makeup wipes, but wish they did more, this might just be the product for you. Below are three brands that I use regularly, have repurchased and will continue to use until they discontinue them or die (I hope neither happens for a long long time).

1404435805_sk7843L'oreal Paris Gentle Mincellar Solution - Beyond makeup removal, the Gentle Micellar Solution cleanses and removes all traces of makeup from the face, eyes and lips in one step. So gentle, it is suitable even for sensitive skin. Removes makeup and soothes. No rubbing, no rinsing, fragrance free and hypoallergenic. -Lorealparis.ca
With claims like that and a name like L'oreal backing it up you know it will be worth trying. I really have been loving this product, it gets rid of all my makeup pretty much after one swipe and my skin never feels tight afterwards. I also love that I can go into any mass market store or drug store and get this stuff, and at a decent price. I find I don't need too much when it comes to the L'oreal Solution because it just works so well.
1404435470_showimageVichy Pureté Thermale Calming Cleansing Micellar Solution - The #1 selling micellar solution in Canadian drugstores! For women with sensitive or irritated skin and eyes.Micellar technology attracts impurities like a magnet, so there is no need to rub or rinse the skin. -Vichy.ca
This one is the most popular one available in Canadian drug stores, which says a lot because usually when you think of Mincellar water you think of a bottle with a pink top, you know the one. Well this one tops it on sales and performance (at least I think it does). I love the Vichy brand, and love that you can get such a specialized line in drugstores, no need to try to find a fancy counter for great products here. While Vichy delivers in so many ways for my skin care needs, their Micellar water just can't be beat.
1- Cleanses all impurities.
2- Balances skin's pH.
3- Purifies the skin without the need to rinse.
1404435309_eau_micellaire_en_recommendMarcelle Soothing Cleansing Water - A refreshing take on beautiful skin. A soothing refreshing water that gently cleanses and tones skin while removing eye make-up, just what you wished for. Introducing Essentials Soothing Cleansing Water make-up cleanser, a rinse-free formula that micro-emulsifies impurities and waterproof make-up without irritating skin, gentle for even the driest and most sensitive complexions. Skin feels clean, refreshed, and revitalized. -marcelle.com
I cannot say enough good things about this cleanser. It is just fantastic. This was the first cleansing water I ever used and I have not stopped purchasing it ever since. Marcelle is by far one of the most innovative Canadian brands out there, and this water is no exception. It really is great when my skin is at its worst and about to flare up in a puffy allergic mess (yep, dry and sensitive skin, isn't my life wonderful). Nothing seems to soothe it quite the same way, must be the aloe in it.

Cleansing Oil:
Cleansing oils have been around a while now, and while I first discovered it years ago (hey one of my first blog posts was on Mac's Cleanse Off Oil) and have never stopped using them, I am always on the look out for newer and better products. While they used to be reserved for spas and counters, we now can find cleansing oils at our local drug stores or mass retailers.  Basically apply it to dry skin, rub it around and dissolve any dirt and makeup on your skin. Then wet your hands and rub your skin until it becomes milky. Rinse off. Your done.

1404435264_camomile-silky-cleansing-oil_lThe Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil - This silky-soft cleanser will effortlessly remove make-up from the whole face quickly and effectively, leaving skin feeling clean, refreshed and clear of impurities. It’s the ultimate time-saver.Removes makeup, Suitable for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers, Removes waterproof make-up, Leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed -thebodyshop.ca
When I first heard The Body Shop had launched a Cleansing oil I (impatiently) waited for the next 3 for $30 sale to nab one up. I was not disappointed. If anything this reminds me or my Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil but at a fraction of the price. It is quite thick but is convenient in a pump format (something Origins can't claim).  Basically it is cheap, it works well and smells great. No draw backs. I won't be buying Origins again any time soon.
1404435168_sk7846L'oreal Paris Sublime Radiance -Sensational Cleansing Oil - Beyond makeup removal, this incredibly gentle oil removes traces of makeup and impurities to reveal skin that looks amazingly hydrated, sublime and glowing. This radiance-infused formula instantly removes traces of makeup (even waterproof), for face and eyes, with no greasy finish. -lorealparis.ca
What can I say about this one? Well it is a bit thinner and actually reminds me of Mac's Cleanse Off Oil in constancy, but that is where the similarities end. This is so much better and cheaper. When I am done with it there is no trace of makeup left on my skin, and unlike some other brands, there is no clouding in my eyes. I love it, oh and you can buy it just about anywhere.

Soap Free Cleanser:
Weather it is a gel or a milk, a soap free cleanser can be a great way to clean your skin and remove makeup without the need for traditional soap biased cleanser. Popular in Europe, Milk Cleansers are applied dry and wiped off with a cotton pad or a cloth. Soap free gel cleansers are becoming more popular on the market and promote clean skin without interfering with skins moisture levels.

1404435102_ultragentleMarcelle Ultra Gentle Cleansing Gel - An ultra-mild and non-foaming cleanser that gently yet effectively cleans the skin while respecting the skin’s natural moisture barrier. - marcelle.com
Yep, another Marcelle product, I just love this Canuck brand. This cleanser is great for people of all skin types including sensitive (woot woot). Containing Aloe vera, glycerin and glyceryl oleate it helps with hydration levels and has a wonderful soothing effect on the skin. It also is perfume free and hypo-allergentic. This truly is a gentle gel cleanser. Another huge plus is it comes in a gigantic 350 ml pump bottle for only $12.95 (srp). 
1404435607_showimageVichy Pureté Thermale 3-in-1 One Step Cleanser - 3-in-1 Cleanser - milk, toning lotion and eye makeup remover. Ultra-quick and practical cleanser for sensitive skin. Perfectly cleanses and removes all traces of makeup. Leaves skin feeling fresh, soft and soothed. -vichy.ca
Cleansing milks are an amazing way to remove makeup, cleanse, tone and hydrate you skin. It does it all. As I said above these are quite popular in Europe and gaining ground here in North America. Vichy being a French brand is definitely one you should check out if you want to get a good milk cleanser for you dry skin.

Cleansing Balm:
Cleansing balms seem to be all the rage right now. While high end brands ten to be leading the way, there are some affordable options too. Pretty much you slather it on dry skin, rub it around and then use a wet muslin cloth to remove it and bam!You have clean skin that is soft. Some people like to do facial massage while it is on for more emollient effects and lymphatic drainage.

1404435226_camomile-sumptuous-cleansing-butter_lThe Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Balm - 
This cleanser is an indulgent make-up remover for the whole face. It gently and efficiently melts away make-up and impurities, leaving skin feeling clean, refreshed and pampered.Gently melts away make-up,Leaves skin feeling clean and petal-soft, Removes all types of make-up, Suitable for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers -thebodyshop.ca
 Not sure what I can add to this that the description above has not said. This stuff is amazing. When I load up the waterproof makeup, this wipes it away...gone no more. It also leaves my skin super hydrated and soft. I just adore it.


So there you go, a bunch of ways you can get clean skin by skipping the soap. Milk cleansers, cleansing oil, cleansing waters, cleansing balms, soap free gels....just lots of options. I would truly recommend giving any of these product a try.

What's your favourite way to clean your skin?

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