The Messiest Mask I’ve Ever Used

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Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask

I love Fresh. And I love masks. So when they introduced the Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask I decided to splurge.

And I do sort of like it. Well, it’s full of good stuff like lemon and orange fruit extracts from a concentrated citrus fruit paste of crushed oranges, lemons, and clementines with AHA Fruit Acids to gently exfoliate and smooth the skin and make your skin glow. And it smells really good too! Like a great, fresh squeezed glass of OJ!

But…they’re not kidding when they say it’s a paste! I’d say that it’s like a fruit salsa you guys. When you apply it, there’s chunks of fruit all over your face. You can’t walk around and do things with this mask on your face otherwise you’ll leave bits of it everywhere. It’s just really messy.

But, it does give your skin a brightening lift. I like using it in the morning for a quick 10 minute skin boost. I just wish it wasn’t so chunky, because taking it off is the weirdest thing ever. It kind of feels like you spilled food on your face tbh. Again I have to say, WHY. Lot’s of whys I’ve been wondering lately hahaha.

The messiest face mask I’ve ever used, that’s for sure. What’s the messiest face mask you’ve encountered?

Ok, so if you haven’t heard yet, I am quitting beauty blogging. It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve finally made the decision and you know what? I am SO HAPPY. It’s just time for me to go.

I have a month left on my server before the blog disappears, so I thought I’d just blog about stuff I’ve been wanting to talk about but have been too busy and not very motivated to. So, before I say Aloha to you all, welcome to: THE LAST BLOG POSTS. This, is gonna be FUN hahahahahahahahaha…….

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum:When You Wanna Keep that Hot Dog Smell With You All Day Long

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Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum

It seems like pretty much everybody uses and loves Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum, but for the longest time it wasn’t sold here in Canada(it is now). Last year sometime, I picked it up in California and it sat in my skincare backup drawer because I really love my Hylamide C-25 Booster and wanted to use up my vial before cracking this expensive puppy open.

What do I like? The packaging. I like the airless pump. It’s great. That’s about it though. I really didn’t notice anything life changing about it, and it’s not any better than my cheaper love, the Hylamide C-25 Booster.

Other than the cool pump I can honestly and unequivocally say that I FREAKIN’ HATE THIS STUFF.

Now, usually I’m ok with scents in facial products. I know that most of the time they shouldn’t be there and that they can cause reactions for people, but hey sue me-I like a nice rose scent or violet scent when I apply my skincare. It doesn’t bother me. Usually.

But this stuff? STINKS. Like hot dogs. And the stink lasts for quite awhile too. I don’t care what people say about how good it is, I can’t stand walking around with my face smelling like a hot dog for hours and hours. Like WHY.

So now, I have this expensive meat sandwich stinking Vitamin C serum sitting in my drawer that I should use, but don’t wanna because I can’t stand the smell. Sigh. Third World Problems really suck, hey? 😉

Have you tried this? Do you notice the hot dog smell? Or am I just an always hungry freak?

 

Say Bye-Bye Dry Winter Skin With Eczema Care For The Whole Family #AveenoCA

Yeah, despite the weather being pretty balmy here in Edmonton this past week, my skin is deep in winter mode: DRY, DRY, DRY, ITCHY, ITCHY, DRY.

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Now, I don’t have Eczema, but my legs have been so dry and itchy this winter for the first time I think. I’m pretty sure it’s the lack of estrogen in my body that’s the cause, now that I am officially in Menopause-hey that rhymes haha! Anyways, I needed something to help. Scritchin’ and scratchin’ my legs all day is not fun.

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Aveeno Eczema Care Anti-Itch Balm & Baby Eczema Care Nighttime Balm

Aveeno Eczema Care Anti-Itch Balm is FULL of ACTIVE NATURALS® colloidal oatmeal to intensely moisturizes and help relieve dry, itchy, irritated skin. And boy does it work well! One night and my legs aren’t screaming to be scratched anymore so YAY!
It’s got loads of glycerin and ceramides to moisturize and strengthen the skin’s natural moisture barrier. And this is a true balm-it’s thick, with water being the last ingredient on the list. Now, as you know I’m usually not a fan of balms-I don’t like feeling like a greased up turkey. But Aveeno Eczema Care Anti-Itch Balm absorbs quite easily, and I don’t notice a scent. It’s great to use at night, as it’s not greasy at all. #NoButterballFeeling

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The New Aveeno Baby Eczema Care Nighttime Balm is awesome as well, and is the first and only nighttime balm specifically formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® colloidal oatmeal and cermaides. It’ll help your baby sleep better and bring relief to their dry, itchy skin as well.

Both of these Aveeno Eczema Balms are paraben-free, steroid-free and allergy tested and have been awarded the Eczema Society of Canada’s Seal of Acceptance.

Highly recommend them if you’re finding that your family’s skin is showing the effects of winter like mine! And especially if anyone has Eczema-these will be a godsend for them. Find them both across Canada, with prices around $21.99-$23.99 CAD. There’s a LOT of product in each tub, and since it’s a balm, you need to use very little, so it will last a long time.

What’s your favourite moisturizer for itchy, winter skin?

Happy New Year everyone! It’s that time of year again! There’s a lot to go through, so get comfy folks!

My Skincare Faves of 2016

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Beauty Reflections’ Skincare Faves of 2016

Cleansers

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I love Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil($58) to remove sunscreen and makeup. It takes off everything, including mascara and doesn’t irritate my eyes. Of all the cleansing oils I’ve tried, this one emulsifies the best and rinses off the best as well, leaving no oily residue at all. My skin feels soft and clean after using it, and sometimes I don’t even feel the need to double cleanse to remove any leftovers. It’s never, ever broken me out either. Will definitely repurchase this for sure!

BriAA’s Genesis Cleansing Gel is new for me. BriAA is an Israeli Company that is launching in the USA. They are a leading skincare manufacturer with international reputation of more than 38 years in the skincare industry, specializing in natural cosmetics and skin rejuvenation technologies. They sent me a couple of products to try, and WOW-I LOVE this gel cleanser a lot! It smells like green tea and is so light and refreshing. Without a doubt, it’s probably the best foaming, gentle, gel cleanser I’ve ever tried. It cleanses gently, and leaves my skin feeling so GOOD and soft. LOVE IT. Look out for this company, their products are pretty awesome from what I’ve tried.

Hylamide Hydra-Density Mist($18)

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Love this mist after cleansing! It has some marine extracts with a higher water-retaining capacity than hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin. There’s also Green Tea Polyphenols, Golden Eye Grass Root, and Tasmanian Pepperberry to soothe skin and reduce redness. It’s a meaty spray which I love and works well. Good stuff!

AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel
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I didn’t use this for a few months as I was testing out so much skincare this year, and I missed it SO SO MUCH. I’m so glad to be using it again and so is my skin haha. Within a week, my skin looked brighter, better, calmer, less flaky, and less breakouts. See my original review here on how it changed my skin. It now has the dubious distinction of being the one skincare product that I’ve been using for over 2 years now and that’s something when you’re a blogger!

Hylamide and Deciem The Ordinary 
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The Hylamide Booster C25($38) is back again this year as a fave. It’s just solidly good stuff and my skin loves this 25% concentrated and completely stable 25% Ethylated Vitamin C booster. I should really do a more in-depth review of The Ordinary serums and that skincare line, which you can find here. I don’t know how they do it, but their prices are outrageously affordable and from what I’ve tried-REALLY GOOD TOO. The Ordinary Buffet($14.80) is a Multi-Technology Peptide Serum, with Matrixyl 3000 being the main proven anti-aging peptide. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 ($6.80) is an awesome hydrating serum and did you see that frickin’ price? HOW. The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% costs $6.50 and it’s SO GOOD you guys. Lactic Acid is for me at least, the one exfoliating HA that doesn’t break me out. This one smells good too, not overpowering at all, but has a nice gentle scent. It works so well, leaving skin smooth as silk. I use it every other night and love it. They have a 10% concentration as well, and that’s the next one I’m picking up for sure.

It’s hard to see in that pic, but Consonant HydrEXTREME ($72 for 10ml) is on my faves list again. It’s seriously the BEST hydrating serum I’ve ever used. Click on that link to read all about it.

Yuri Pibu Artichoke Power Essence($38)
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Here’s comes some of the Korean Skincare I’ve been using and loving this year. Yuri Pibu Artichoke Power Essence contains 60% artichoke extract to hydrate, nourish and smooth skin and it also helps to tighten the appearance of pores. It’s waterless, which I find amazing and has no silicones, no parabens or other not good for your skin ingredients. It’s an essence, so that means it’s a lotion-y serum. It absorbs quickly, and I swear my pores are looking smoother too. You can find it at Glow Recipe, although it’s sold out at the moment.

J.One Jelly Pack($42) and J.One Hana Cream($30)
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This Korean Skincare line is created by a popular actress and these two products are AWESOME. J.One Jelly Pack firms, hydrates and is a primer for makeup too. It’s a weird texture, a kind of sticky gel that seems a bit hard to rub on, but don’t worry, it does finally sink in and when it does WOWZA. I swear my face loses like 10 pounds when I use this stuff haha! It firms and lifts up everything, smooths over pores, and is a great primer too.
The J.One Hana Cream is a capsule cream which is SO COOL.

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Each little sphere is perfectly portioned so you get the right amount every time you use it. I love this idea! It’s full of ingredients that brighten, firm, blur, and plumps up the skin. You can find both of these products at Sephora in the USA right now, and I’m hoping they make their way across the border soon. Otherwise, you can order them from Glow Recipe which ships to Canada in 2-3 days. So worth it!

Moisturizers

 photo SAM_5408Beauty Reflections' Skincare Faves of 2016Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb($38) is Korean as well, and you can find the line at The Face Shop across Canada, and at Sephora in the USA. It’s such a good moisturizer if you have really dry skin. It’s a kind of bouncy cream that gives instant moisture. You know when people say it feels like your skin just drank a big glass of water? That’s exactly what this feels like.

Live Clean Fresh Face Soothing Daily Moisturizer is probably the best drugstore moisturizer I’ve tried, and it made my list this year again. So affordable at around $14 for a massive tube-it’s 5 oz. Who in the heck makes a face moisturizer that size these days? Live Clean, that’s who! No bad for your skin ingredients at all, it’s a solid moisturizer that I love to use and never interferes with makeup at all.

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Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30($52) is another Korean skincare brand, and again I’m so sorry, but this one isn’t in Canada either. The other Tiger Grass cream is, but because this one has SPF it’s not here. Maybe soon. But I love using this one on no makeup days.

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The green-beige colour does a pretty decent job at correcting my redness amazingly enough! Shocked me actually. I got a sample at Disneyland the last time we were there, and loved it so much I got the full size to take home. The Tiger Grass helps soothe redness and reduce it. It’s thick, and really protects the skin’s barrier. Plus, it’s got SPF 30 too, so for me this is a godsend product. If you suffer from redness like I do, it’s worth trying for sure.

Night Creams/Moisturizers

 photo SAM_5415.jpgMost nights, I opt for a sleeping mask with Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask($92) being my fave. I love the stuff. I wake up with moisturized, brighter, firmer looking skin every time I use it.

Another Live Clean Fresh Face product! The Nourishing Night Cream($20) is awesome. Natural, organic ingredients that work so well and is so affordable. I love using this one if I’m using an acid or retinol overnight as it doesn’t have any ingredients that would interfere. Love it and Live Clean a lot!

Masks

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I love masks. And I love the Blithe Patting Splash Mask in Rejuvenating Purple Berry($45). Marky loves the Soothing Green Tea one. You can read my review HERE, but for both of us these Splash Masks are probably one of the best skincare finds of the year.

Beauty Reflections' Skincare Faves of 2016.jpgI have a lot of masks, but to be honest these three from Eau Thermal Avène are the ones I reach for and use the most. Pretty much after every shower I’ll use one. The Soothing Moisture Mask I’ll even use as a moisturizer if I’m feeling especially parched. The Tolérance Extreme Mask  is great when my skin is acting up and feeling itchy and blotchy and misbehaving. And the Antirougeurs Calm is perfect for anytime I want to look less red.

Eye Cream

 photo SAM_5428.jpgThe Bella Aura Instant Lifting Eye Contour is my favourite daytime eye cream hands down. It’s more of a lotion than a cream, but it sinks in immediately, cools, refreshes, brightens, and I swear my eyes look lifted as well. I adore it so much, and will need to repurchase another this month for sure.

The Peter Thomas Roth Retinal PM Cream($68) I’ve been using since the Sephora VIB Sale in November, so I can honestly tell you this is probably the best eye cream I’ve used to reduce the look of fine lines and crow’s feet. I’m really noticing the difference about now, and that’s the thing with products like this, it takes time before you really see results. I figure I’ll need to replace it this month, and I plan on doing that for sure.

Sunscreen

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Cyberderm Simply Zinc Sun Whip and Every Morning Sun Whip($38 each) are the best mineral sunscreens I’ve ever used. They protect all day long, don’t interfere with makeup, and never break me out. I prefer mineral sunscreen on my face, and these two are pretty much perfection in my eyes. And yay! They are Canadian as well! And, they ship to the USA and International as well.

Favourite Skincare Line Of 2016

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Bella Aura’s Essential Energy Boosting Kit

Bella Aura Skincare was the best skincare line I’ve tried this past year. It’s a luxurious, natural, and highly effective skincare line that is is emulsion-based. Emulsions are created when a water based moisturizer is combined with botanical oils. They are lightweight and quickly absorb into the deepest layers of your skin, leaving no greasy residue at all. An emulsion has the ability to maintain hydration levels and prevent moisture loss from your skin’s surface. All skin types benefit from emulsions, as they are hydrating and don’t clog pores at all. This is Bella Aura’s Essential Energy Boosting Kit($75) and contains 10ml sizes of all 5 Bella Aura Skincare products. It’s a great way to try the line and I think you’d love it as much as I do!

Phew again! These faves posts take so long to do, but I like doing them because it really makes me look at what products I actually use. A lot of them I’ve bought on my own, a few have been sent by PR. But all of them I will continue to keep using and purchasing when I run out, that’s for sure.

Have you tried any of these products? What skincare gems did you discover last year?

It’s no secret I love me some skincare! And when I find skincare at the drugstore that I like? That’s even BETTER!

New Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Collection

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Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Collection contains a Blackberry Complex that combines blackberry leaf extract and dill to help improve the appearance of lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging like sagging. Who knew blackberry and dill could help us mature ladies out? Blackberry Extract helps protect elastin, while the dill helps encourage new elastin. Elastin is what helps hold everything in place and as we age, that’s kind of important. The more sagging, the more wrinkles, the more lines, the more….you get it I think. Elastin is our friend and we need it.

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Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Moisturizing Cleanser is a nice, gentle gel cleanser that doesn’t strip skin of moisture at all. It’s smells good too-a gentle berry scent that isn’t overpowering at all. Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Intensive Renewal Serum strengthens the skin’s natural moisture barrier and helps keep moisture in. It’s nice and light and sinks in quickly. I especially LOVE the Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Daily Moisturizer SPF30. It’s a great daily moisturizer that smooths and moisturizes, plus protects with SPF 30. My favourite product in the line is the Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Eye Cream. It really does help with any puffiness and makes my under eye area look smoother and brighter by keeping it well hydrated. And the Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Restorative Night Cream is my fave night cream at the moment. After just a couple of days of using it, my face is less red and irritated. It’s very moisturizing and you’ll notice that your face looks smoother and brighter in one week. ONE. WEEK.

That’s the promise Aveeno makes when you try the  Absolutely Ageless line, and I have to say it’s true. I saw a difference for sure! And so will you.

And thanks to Aveeno, one of you will get to try the Aveeno Absolutely Ageless line and see the difference it can make in one week as well! You have to be a Canadian to enter though-please remember that. The contest will run for one week. Just enter using the easy rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

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