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Thursday, December 27, 2012

My skin care essential: la roche posay's hydraphase intense legere moisturizer

Hey!

So I've been excited about reviewing this product for ages.  La Roche Posay's Hydraphase Intense Legere moisturizer.  It is the best.  Basically, this is a 50 mL moisturizer which contains hylauronic acid - a substance which draws moisture from the air and plumps the skin.  It cost me $36 at Shoppers.  Worth every penny, my friends.  
Hydraphase Intense Light

When I put this on I notice near instant results:  my skin looks glowing and plumped.  Grease isn't a factor here, it's like a plump and supple situation.  I have used this product since February of 2012 (nearly a year) and I can say with confidence that it has not broken me out.  It has simply transformed my dull, dehydrated, weary-looking skin into a glowy new version of itself. This baby is also paraben free.  I use it every night, and on some mornings depending on what my skin needs.  

This works markedly better than the Nivea moisturizers I have relied on in the past.  It is also nicer than the Caudalie balancing concentrate.  I was happy to repurchase this.  I really recommend it, especially if you have normal - combination skin like I do.

happy holidays all, 

Clara 

Body Shop Sweet Lemon Body Scrub in review

Hi everyone, 

here today to review the Body Shop's Sweet Lemon Body Scrub.  I have finished SO many body shop products this year.  I haven't loved any of them so far.  And yet today I popped down to mall and bought yet more body shop items.  Maybe they will buck the trend and be great.  Who knows.  They were on sale.  Anyway, the sweet lemon scrub was disappointing.  Here it is:  

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I got this on sale for $8.  It was quite huge and lasted me a solid four months.  I exfoliate every other day (in theory).  I didn't like this guy.  It smelled like cleaning fluid, which I've come to learn that many lemon scented products do.   But I could have gotten past that.  Sadly, it was the texture of this that I didn't like.  It was sort of "jelly-like" - the sugar grains were suspended in an oily base, but there was also a distinct jelly business going on.  And I hated that!  The jelly wouldn't fully dissolve and it would just sort of clump up and squidge around on my skin as I attempted to buff.  I also wouldn't say that this was a particularly moisturizing scrub, either.  Maybe better in hot summer weather.  I won't buy it it again, even in the summer.  I just purchased the spiced vanilla body scrub by the Body Shop (again, on sale) so we'll see how that goes.  It's in a creamy base so fingers crossed on the moisturization front!  

cheers all, 

Clara

Monday, December 17, 2012

Body Shop's Rainforest Balance Shampoo... the sulfate free you've been hoping for?

Hi all, 

here to review a shampoo I recently finished:  the Body Shop's Rainforest Balance Shampoo.  I got this in a 3 for 2 deal (though the listed price is $14).  You get 400 mL.  It lasted me for about 4 months.  Ya.  That's a long time to spend with one shampoo.  Here it is:

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Well, it's a sulfate free shampoo.  It is also formulated without parabens.  But ughhhhhh I would not repurchase.  I liked the smell.  But it was a pain to apply.  It didn't lather well and tangling became an issue as my grew longer and longer.  I didn't notice that it "balanced" my hair:  I didn't have to wash my hair any less.  Boo.  It didn't make my hair particularly shiny either.  I will say that it didn't weigh my hair down as some of those smoothing ones tend to do.  

I think you can spend far less than $14 for a sulfate-free shampoo which smells nice.  And if you are looking for a balancing shampoo, I can't say that this one will fit the bill.  All in all I can't recommend it :(  

Cheers everyone, 

Clara

Aura Cacia Sweet Almond Skin Care Oil in review

Hey everyone, 

here to review for you....a skin care oil.  Oils could not be more trendy these days.  From argan to seabuckthorn, people are going crazy for oils.  I have hopped on the bandwagon and could not be more happy about it.  Winter is murder on my skin.  My body gets super dry.  It's the hot showers that do it - but really, who is willing to give up a nice hot shower on a bitterly cold winter's day?  Not I.  I used the Aura Cacia skin care oil in the shower right before turning off the water and hopping out.  I would massage some into any area of my body which tends to get dry (legs and arms especially!), jump out of the shower and towel dry.  I like to think of this as a sort of "body serum":  it moisturizes the skin with a nurturing all natural oil.  And if any parts needed EXTRA moisture, I could always apply a thick body butter on top.  I love being able to use an oil:  it means more time in the shower, and a really quick moisturizer application.  What's not to love?

I got this particular oil for $19.99 at Loblaws (check the organic bath and body section).  It contained 473mL.  It last me about 7 months.  I think you could probably get sweet almond oil for cheaper than this.  You could also check out different sorts of oils.  I personally have repurchased sweet almond (a different brand this time) but I am intrigued by the world of jojoba oil... 

Hope you're all well AND happy holidays!

Clara

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Reviewed: Bath and Body Works Night Time Tea Body Wash & Foam Bath

So many reviews today! Here's the last one..a couple weeks ago I finished the Bath & Body Works Night Time Tea Body Wash & Foam Bath. It's paraben free, but it does have SLS though so if that isn't your cup of tea, I'd pass on this one. I picked this up because Bath & Body Works was having a sale, and because it smells sooo nice. I also got the same scent in the bubble bath. It's supposed to help you relax and sleep. The scent is really relaxing. It says it has cedarwood and orange essential oils- and I do smell those a little bit. I can't really place the scent, but it's just soo nice. Not sweet or sugary at all. A really fresh but relaxing scent- very earthy? I'm super bad at this. But trust me, it's divine. 
image via amazon.com
Anyways, as a body wash it's..fine? I don't know how to really describe body washes. It cleaned well, it had a good lather to it. The scent didn't really stick to the skin, which is unfortunate because I loved it. It didn't make my skin feel very soft though- kind of a negative. I wish it was more moisturizing- is that a thing though? Can body washes do that? I feel like they should. 


All in all, this is a decent body wash..other than the scent, it's pretty middle of the road (but slightly pricey unless you can get it on a sale). I'd recommend getting it in the bubble bath.  I loveee that. It would also make a good gift! 

Deema xx

Reviewed: Bioderma Solution Micellaire

Considering everyone and their mother is raving about Bioderma in the blogger/youtube world, I thought I just had to see what the hoopla was all about. I was in Shoppers and saw that they had little 100mL bottles for $7.49, so I figured that this would be a good way to try it out without springing for the huge bottle. I got the one with the pink cap, for sensitive skin. 

It took me a while to get through the bottle, because I just couldn't figure out a way to use it that I really liked. I'm not a huge fan of using it as an eye makeup remover. It just didn't seem to take all of my mascara off- no matter how many times I did the Lisa Eldridge move of drenching the cotton pad and gently pressing it on to my eyes. I'm also not crazy about using it as a makeup remover for my whole face. It worked fine I guess, but I didn't feel like it really got all the makeup off. It is nice when you accidentally get eyeliner/mascara somewhere and you want to clean it up without screwing up the rest of your makeup though. But really, it's not worth it to get a giant bottle for that one, very small, purpose. I know most people absolutely love it, but I'm just not a fan! Still on the lookout for a good eye makeup remover though- nothing seems to take off my eyeliner/mascara properly! I do have an amazing face-makeup remover though (Nuxe Rose Cleansing Milk- love love love). 

Deema xx

Reviewed: bareMinerals i.d. Multi Tasking Minerals

Here's a finished product review..I know it's been a while (boo school), but here it is! The other day I finished my bareMinerals i.d Multi Tasking Minerals, in the shade Summer Bisque. I bought this two years ago..I used it religiously for about 6 months and then didn't start using it again until this past summer. I use it mostly as a setting powder for my under eyes and any concealing I did for blemishes/acne scarring. It's advertised as a multi purpose product- you can use it as a concealer or an eyeshadow base. Before I get into the nitty gritty, I do want to point out that it's now just called bareMinerals Multi Tasking Face. I don't know if the formula changed, or if it was just the name. You can still buy the exact product I have from amazon though. 

this is actually the foundation, but they have the same packaging soo..you get the idea
When I bought this, the lady at the counter just said it was a concealer so I've never actually used it as an eyeshadow base but I don't imagine it would be all that great- I'd much prefer a cream base that sets. Anyways..as a concealer this does basically nothing. Regardless of whether I put this on or the foundation first, it did not conceal anything. That's the main reason I stopped using it (also, I just generally fell out of love with mineral products and just tossed them in my drawer). So this past summer I started using my mineral foundation again and decided that instead of using this as a concealer, I would conceal normally and then just set my concealer with it for a bit more coverage. This is, in my opinion, the best way to use this product. It lasts a relatively good amount of time, but its not long lasting by any stretch of the imagination. It sits very naturally on the skin, though it can look cakey if you pack it on. It can also settle into fine lines underneath the eyes. Basically, this product is not worth it. I won't repurchase it, I just think there are better setting powders out there. Definitely don't recommend this as a concealer. And as an eyeshadow base...if it doesn't set my concealer for a long time I don't think it would help set eyeshadow either. 

It's also $18..kind of steep for a product that does little more than nothing. Unless they changed the formula with the new name, I'd stay away from this one!

Deema xx

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