Saturday, January 13, 2018

Jar Body Africa Body Scrub Review

The harsh winter conditions we are currently experiencing in Canada have both been great, with lots of beautiful snow but also frustrating as the cold as left my skin feeling dry. This pushed me to take a trip down memory lane to rediscover some of my favorite body scrubs, my number one product to tackle dry skin. The Jar Body Africa Body Scrub was one the first to come to mind when it comes to powerful exfoliators.

This body scrubs is made with ground coffee, pink Himalayan sea salt, coconut oil, sugar and other types of salt. First of the scent is important to address, it is described as being coffee and vanilla but it only smells like coffee to me which is a scent I don’t enjoy. That being said, the combination of ingredients offers such a thorough exfoliation I can overlook the coffee scent (tough you might really enjoy it).

Even though it contains coconut oil, you cannot feel any oiliness on your skin, it is in fact a very dry scrub and it will not leave a residue on your skin. This makes it perfect to use before self-tanners or if you are after a deep exfoliation, the gritty texture really removes dead skin. Personally I much prefer this kind of scrub to oilier ones and just follow it up with a good moisturizer, hydrating your skin afterwards is essential. One thing I noticed however is that frequent use can leave my skin feeling dry. This is common with all salt based scrubs for me, which is why I prefer sugar ones, so I try to only use it once a week and use something more gentle if I feel like I need more exfoliation throughout the week.

The Jar Body Africa Body Scrub is a really efficient product, it works really well (you don’t need to scrub for hours) and you need very little at a time so the bag should last you quite a long time. I bought mine from Nourished Life for 22.95$ (they offer international shipping) and it is also available from the Jar Body website (Australia only). 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Lov Organic Lovely Glögg: Tea Tuesday

Although I love tea all year-round, the colder weather makes the perfect cup that much more enjoyable. Having some nice herbal tea before going to bed is one of my favorite ways to unwind which is why I’m always on the hunt for a good caffeine-free brew. One of my seasonal favorites is the amazing Lov Organic Lovely Glögg.

This tea is an organic blend of cinnamon, hibiscus, blackcurrant, almond flavoring and other ingredients that create an amazing sweet but warming tea. I absolutely love this blend because, unlike many other seasonal blends, it’s not too spicy but it still gives you that warming feeling that we all crave when the weather gets colder. Lovely Glögg is actually inspired by Scandinavian mulled wine and spending cozy evenings in during the winter. It feels really relaxing to drink and you don’t have to worry about having it in the evening as it is theine-free.

Lov Organic Lovely Glögg is available online from their website and you can find in stores that stock the brand. I believe this is limited edition for the winter so I wouldn’t hesitate if you are looking to treat yourself.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Review

I’m really happy lip glosses are making a comeback because they have always been one of my favorite makeup items. With so many colors and formulas on the market picking the perfect one can be difficult, which is why I thought it would be a good idea to talk about the perfect classic lip gloss: the Dior Addict LipMaximizer.

I have been fortunate enough to gather many samples of it over the years so I haven’t had to buy the full size one, but I definitely plan on doing so before Christmas. This lip gloss is the perfect staple to keep in your makeup bag, it gives great shine but isn’t gloopy or sticky. The texture is on the thicker side but it just feels cushiony on the lip, making them look plumper. I think this is where the maximizer term comes from because there is no unpleasant tingling sensation upon application. It contains collagen and hyaluronic fillers that will make your lips smoother according to the brand.

The gloss itself has a very light pink tint but it doesn’t alter the color of other lip products you might use under it. I quite like it on its own as well because it enhances my natural lip color, which is always nice. Now I know this technically shouldn’t matter since the actual product is great, but I love the Dior packaging on both the mini and the full size versions. It looks chic and luxurious which is really nice for such a classic item. I think this is the perfect product if you are looking to give lip gloss another chance or simply if you want a good quality product to use daily that will not let you down.

The Dior AddictLip Maximizer is available at all Dior counters as well as online from Dior and websites like Feelunique.  

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser Review

Fall is a time when I love to test out new cleansers, I enjoy taking more time with my skincare routine and double cleansing every night. The Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser really left a big impression on me after I tried it out last year and now seemed like the perfect time to go back to it.

The Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser is a super gentle certified organic cream cleanser with a very pleasant light scent from the essential oils it contains. I think it is far too lovely to use as a makeup remover so I typically use it in the morning or as a second cleanse at night. The formula feels very comforting, after every use my skin feels soft, balanced and there is no oily residue left behind. To me, this is a simple, classic cleanser that helps make my routine effortless and my skin feel good.

For a certified organic skincare product, the formula feels really luxurious and sophisticated because it’s very easy to remove. The pump packaging is super practical and hygienic which is great for a natural product because it helps protect the ingredients. I honestly don’t have a bad thing to say about the Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser it’s a fantastic product.

The Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser is available on the Pai website and from online retailers like Lookfantastic and Naturisimo. The smaller size shown in the picture is part of a set available here.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Klorane Floral Water Make-up Remover Review

With Halloween and party season fast approaching I thought it would be the perfect time to talk about the essential skincare item you need to see you through your nights out. Whether it’s after a party or a very long day, you might not feel like removing your makeup but it is so important to do so to keep your skin looking its best. This is why I always have a bottle of cleansing water in my room to make sure that no matter how tired I am, my makeup will come off before I go to bed. I need something that works well to make sure the process is easy and quick, which is why I have been loving the Klorane Floral Water Make-up Remover.

This made in France cleansing water from Klorane is amazing, it is fragrance-free and alcohol-free so it is super gentle on the skin. I found it removes both base and eye makeup quickly and it does not irritate my eyes at all which is great because most eye makeup remover sting my eyes. However, what I love most about it is that it doesn’t leave any residue on my skin which some cleansing waters do. I still rinse my face after using it (maybe double cleanse if I have enough energy) but I would feel comfortable not doing so if I had to.

Klorane, being a French pharmacy brand, the Floral Water Make-up Remover is super affordable and the large bottle should last you quite a long time. I have already repurchased it, so it has become a staple in my skincare collection.

The Klorane Floral Water Make-up Remover is available from many drugstores and on the Klorane website

Friday, October 27, 2017

Caudalie French Kiss Tinted Lip Balm in Séduction Review

My love for Caudalie is well documented and in my eyes Mathilde Thomas can do no wrong. Which is why I was over the moon when Caudalie announced they were releasing tinted lip balms, their lip conditioner is my most repurchased lip balm (try it it’s amazing). The only issue was choosing a color out of the three lovely shades they have released. I settled on Séduction a medium neutral pink that seemed great for every day, keep reading for my full review.

The French Kiss Tinted Lip Balms come in super cute little pots with wooden lids, they look adorable. Now I have seen various opinions on the tinted aspect of these balms, personally I enjoy the level of color they give, it’s a sheer wash but they definitely have pigment. In a way they remind me of the Dior Crème de Rose lip balm because the top layer of the balm is quite hard and you need to go through that layer to get to the more pigmented and creamier part of the balm (it only takes a few uses). Séduction is a medium neutral pink color which looks natural and helps bring color to the face, the berry toned Addiction is next on my list.

As for the formula, it is very different to the lip conditioner which is great to rehydrate the lips and helps deal with chapped lips. The French Kiss balm is quite different, it feels very cushiony on the lips and has a thicker formula which makes it great to seal moisture into your lips. The balm will prevent your lips from drying out and can diminish the appearance of chapped lips, but if your lips are already quite chapped the lip conditioner would be a better option.

I personally love the glossy plump look from the French Kiss Tinted Lip Balm and I think it’s perfect to put on in the morning before heading out. It looks great on its own but it can also be layered over lipstick and stains. At £10 I think it’s a lovely product and a nice little treat.

The Caudalie French Kiss Tinted Lip Balm is available from the Caudalie website and from many retailers including Feelunique and Naturisimo.  

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Innisfree Blueberry Rebalancing 5.5 Cleanser Review

I love the feeling of freshly cleansed skin, honestly nothing feels better than removing your makeup and washing your face at the end of the day. A good cleanser is essential to the process which makes testing out new ones super fun. A while ago, Innisfree came out with a new natural skincare line with a more minimal ingredients’ list and packaging. I haven’t seen a lot of the new range online, I think that’s mostly because the products are only available on the Korean Innisfree website and all the information is in Korean. Well today I’m going to talk about the Innisfree Blueberry Rebalancing 5.5 Cleanser and I hope to get my hands on more products from the line in the future, the beetroot range also look very promising.

This looks like your typical creamy foaming cleanser, but it creates a really nice light lather when you add water to it. Because the cleanser has a low pH (meaning it is more acidic), it shouldn’t disturb your skin’s acid mantle which many foaming cleansers actually do because they are very alkaline (high pH). I also believe it’s SLS-free although I had a hard time finding an ingredients’ list in English. The reason why I like it so much is because it gives the feeling of really fresh and clean skin without any dryness. Most foaming cleansers leave my face feeling tight and dehydrated but this one doesn’t! In my opinion this makes the Blueberry Rebalancing 5.5 Cleanser a great option to use in the morning or as a second cleanse at night. I haven’t used it to remove makeup (because I prefer cleansing oils) so I cannot say how it performs on that front.

I really love this cleanser, I am actually on my second tube and I hope they will bring the whole line to their international website soon. Also thumbs up for Innisfree having such a great product at such an affordable price, I paid about 10$ for mine and the other products are also all very affordable. 

The Innisfree Blueberry Rebalancing 5.5 Cleanser is available on the Innisfree website (Korea only) but you can find it from other retailers, I got mine on Ebay.   
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