I love makeup and skincare products and most importantly, being honest about what I think about these products. The beauty industry is a lot of marketing and is a huge industry. As a Canadian beauty blogger with a love of all things cosmetics, makeup and skincare I have a lot to say!
If you’re looking for a green clean cleansing balm then look no further than Farmacy’s cleansing balm. If you’re looking at a makeup melter these are also called cleansing balms depending on the brand.
farmacy green clean cleansing balm review
Typically, the way you use a meltaway cleansing balm is you use it on a dry face and massage into the skin. YIt gently melts away makeup and is perfect for all skin types. After using this makeup meltaway, you would typically follow up with a facial cleanser. This is also what is known as double cleansing. Essentially, a makeup meltaway cleansing balm is the first step and the main cleanser is step two – hence: double cleansing!
Is better to use 2 face cleansers?
I say that it depends on how much of a deep clean you want. I only use 2 face cleansers if I have been wearing a lot of makeup or I haven’t done a deep clean or a mask on my face in awhile. I do find that using two cleansers works well but it isn’t always necessary and it is time consuming.
I have tried the Green Clean Cleansing balm by Farmacy and have a unique perspective as to why I love it and what I having trouble getting around. Keep reading to find out if I recommend this product.
What is a Makeup Cleansing Balm
Firstly, before I get into the review you may be wondering what a cleansing balm is and why you need it versus a regular makeup remover.
A cleansing balm is supposed to take off your makeup but not strip your skin of any natural oils or feeling. The balm part is nourishing and allows you to take your makeup off and acts as a first step in your skincare routine. For years, I have been using an astringent or a micellar water with a cotton pad to remove my makeup. It would often leave my skin feeling tight and itchy so close to bedtime.
The cleansing balm element is supposed to provide that extra layer of moisture that I was missing.
Many brands have started to come out with cleansing balms such as: Clinique, Drunk Elephant and of course – Farmacy Beauty. Brands that specialize in skincare are the best ones to purchase a cleansing balm from.
Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm Overview
The Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm feels almost like butter to the touch. It is a cream base but it goes on feeling waxy. The great thing about cleansing balms is that they act as both a makeup remover and an exfoliant but are not harsh on the skin.
It’s good for skin that is Natural, Dry Combination and yes, the Farmacy Cleansing Balm is good for oily skin too according to the description on Sephora.
Ingredients for the Cleansing Balm
The ingredients in the cleansing balm are really nourishing for the skin. They are as follows:
Papaya enzymes that naturally help to exfoliate pores, Tumeric exctracts which help remove impurities including sunscreen residue and pollutants. Sunflower and ginger root oils to melt long wearing makeup that is stubborn to remove.
1. Apply the product on your face using the included scoop that is included in the package 2. Using dry hands, massage product into the skin in circular motions to warm up the product so that it melts down into an easy rubbing oil 3. Wipe off with a washcloth or splash with damp water to remove product
Now that you know all about the Farmacy Cleansing Balm, keep reading to find out if I even liked this product enough to purchase and keep it on my shelf.
If you read the steps above on how to use it, I stopped loving it at step 2. I loved applying the product to my face because rubbing it into the skin actually made it feel like butter.
As I rubbed the product into my eyes, it started to sting and making them feel so cloudy. It honestly took me until the next day to be able to see clearly again.
The product also broke me out the next day so I had a double whammy with both my skin breaking out and not being able to see straight. I also wasn’t able to put makeup on my eyes the next day either which wasn’t fun.
I also found out that there is Polyethylene listed in the ingredients which may be the reason why the product feels so smooth on the skin. It is also unfortunate that Polyethylene is actual plastic which leaves me questioning if this product can even be considered “green and clean”. I’ll leave this to the experts to decide but for me, this is the final straw.
I will be returning the Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Cleansing Balm to Sephora and will not be turning back.
Farmacy Green Clean Dupes
There are dupes of the Farmacy Green Clean makeup melter. Anything that has a balm base such as coconut oil makes for a clean makeup meltaway. My three favourite dupes are as follows:
This one is unique because it comes with a small shaker of exfoliates called a Bamboo Booster which is a charcoal powder gently exfoliate away built-up dead, dry skin. You can add this sparingly to the Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser to turn it into an exfoliating product.
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If you’re aware of Drunk Elephant, they use wholesome ingredients such as fruit-extracts and clean ingredients. Since Drunk Elephant is a skincare brand you know you’re getting quality ingredients. However, the reviews on Sephora are mixed because many feel that the Clinique Cleansing Balm works better.
Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
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Sephora describes the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm goes from oil to milk when you apply the product to melt away makeup and sunscreen. Clinique products are very affordable and always put skin first so I highly recommend.
Final Thoughts on Farmacy Beauty Green Clean Makeup Melter
I have tried a few makeup cleansing balms and I decided they are not for me and my acne prone skin. The goal of using a cleansing balm was to stop using so many cotton round pads as the balm was supposed to do a good job at removing my eye makeup.
I would rather stick (and I’m going to) with my micellar water instead but I have decided I’m going to buy reusable face pads so that I don’t keep running through my reusable cotton pads. To me, this is the better alternative to a makeup cleansing balm because I can continue to use my micellar water on my eyes with the pad. If you haven’t used a makeup removing balm before, I highly suggest you pick up a sample first from Sephora or your favourite beauty counter to ensure they are for you.
Drunk Elephant describes the B-Hydra Serum as a “cool drink of water for your thirsty skin”.
Since it’s a serum, the B-Hydra penetrates down into skin and replenishes complexion, skin texture and tone.
The Drunk Elephant B-Hydra serum (also known as an intensive hydration serum) also includes pineapple ceramide and vitamin B5 in order to leave your skin with a healthy glow. The B-Hydra serum is really lightweight and allows for quick absorption into skin which is great because you don’t have to wait a long time before applying makeup.
The Littles Drunk Elephant From Sephora
Additionally, Drunk Elephant products are made to be used together so you don’t have to follow a specific step regimen. The B-Hydra Serum is made to pair with the C-Firma Serum which is a Vitamin C based Serum. You can apply both Drunk Elephant Serums by themselves or together, again – it doesn’t matter the order. I already have the truth serum from Ole Henrikson so I didn’t feel the need to purchase the C-Firma.
Ingredients of the Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Serum
You may be wondering what makes the B-Hydra Serum so great and why it has the name “B-Hydra”. The B-Hydra Serum is really an intensive hydration gel that acts like a moisturizer. I find that when I apply B-Hydra, I don’t need to apply a moisturizer on top (only sunscreen as there is no SPF). It is fragrance-free and works really well for all skin types and doesn’t clog pores.
The “B” in “B-Hydra” stands for Vitamin B5 (panthenol) which helps skin attract, absorb and maintain moisture in the skin. It is also beneficial in reducing skin inflammation and speed up the recovery time for scars and wounds resulting in a healthy layer of skin.
It also includes sodium hyaluronate which is the sodium salt of hyaluronic acid which is the ingredient that holds onto the water which makes it the best skin moisturizer ingredient. If you’re looking to control fine lines and wrinkles: sodium hyaluronate will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and give skin a more youthful glow.
I love applying the B-Hydra serum because it gives my skin a fresh glow and does illuminate the skin before I apply my foundation which is key for me. It is also a water based formula and it doesn’t have silicone. It does provide a surprisingly high amount of hydration which is what I expect from this product.
Packaging of the Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Serum
The packaging of the B-Hydra Serum is well known from Drunk Elephant. They always ensure there’s a thought behind the bottle. There are two things I love about this packaging:
The way you open the bottle you have to twist it to the right. This allows you to actually close the bottle without it hitting the air and clunking up the nozzle at the bottom.
The pump allows you to only press out a small drop of the product. Instead of going with the pump, you can press down as much or as little as you want for the product to come out.
Drunk Elephant B Hydra Versus The Ordinary
The Ordinary is a skincare brand without the frills and is a lower price. The Ordinary also makes a hyaluronic acid serum with 2% which is a formula that is supposed to hold in
Results of Using Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Serum for 1 Week
After 1 week of using the B-Hydra Serum, my skin is pretty soft and supple. I love applying it after a shower in the morning and during my night skincare routine in the evening. I do think it’s one of the best serums I have tried. It is also not very sticky which I find that a lot of serums do. I would recommend this product albeit the price.
If you’re using any hyaluronic acid or hydration products then you’ll definitely understand that these moisture based serums are different altogether.
I find that the more I use the B-Hydra Serum, the better my skin gets. I have acne prone skin but sometimes I have dry skin in some areas so I find that B-Hydra also helps to balance my different skin feelings.
Update: It is now one year later and I am still using the B-Hydra Serum. I bought my second tube at the previous sale at Sephora and I haven’t started it yet. I find that since the pump allows you to squeeze out a small amount, a little does go a long way.
My skin always gets such amazing compliments after having used the B-Hydra serum from Drunk Elephant that I think it is slowly replacing my Ole Henrikson Truth Serum which you can read the review here).
Let me know if you’re loving the B-Hydra Serum or if you think you’ll try it out after reading this review!
I had the pleasure of visiting a new clean beauty shop just around the corner from where I live in midtown Toronto called: Bloom Beauty.
Not only is there an abundance of curated clean beauty brands to shop from and explore, but they also offer clean beauty services as well.
We are also guided to start thinking differently about beauty which is a phrase that is written on their walls as you can see from the image.
I was so happy to be a guest during a launch party for this chic dynamic duo: Pam and Sam, as they opened their doors to the public. Think “Detox Market” mixed with the girls next door. Pam and Sam have combined their expertise being in the beauty industry for years by ensuring every product that hits shelves are ones they would stand behind.
Pam and Sam Co-Owners of Bloom Beauty Toronto
Some of the clean beauty brands, including makeup and skincare, are more well known than others but I loved learning about how they differ. Pam also delivered a mini beauty class and showed how the products and brands could create a perfect day to night face that looked like any other luxury beauty brand.
The brands that caught my eye were: Indie Lee, Coola, Ere Perez, Graydon Skincare and Vapour Beauty. I came home with a goodie bag full of amazing products. Namely, all over lip, cheek and eye products from Vapour Beauty and a full size serum from Graydon Skincare.
Bloom Beauty is a clean beauty shop brings a unique experience to Torontonians because we don’t have many unique places in this city where you can go to a one-stop-shop for all clean beauty essentials, including services. Everything is also pink, airy and light as you can see from the photo below.
Anything pink, especially small boutiques makes me extremely happy!
Interior of Bloom Beauty in Toronto
Clean services include: organic spray tans, microblading and lash extensions. If you happen to choose one of these amazing services, you’ll walk downstairs to the pink sparkly floor with a private room.
What I really loved about Bloom Beauty’s offering is their teen makeup lesson program. For only $75 you can bring your teenager and co-owners Pam, Sam or their amazing employees will show your teen how to do their makeup.
The other amazing thing about Bloom Beauty is that they will help guide you if you’re looking to make the switch to cleaner products. If you have a fail safe makeup routine, Bloom Beauty has a service that will help you find comparable items to replace your makeup stash. This service is only $40 but the fee is waived if you select an item from their shelves. win/win if you ask me!
Overall, I’m so happy to have found a shop that allows me to shop clean beauty alternatives whether it be makeup or skincare. I also have been looking for a new spray tan service in Toronto that is CLEAN and the organic spray tan is next on my list to try.
Just remember, we should start thinking differently about beauty as the sign says and hopefully our routine’s will all be a little bit cleaner :).
Clean makeup at Sephora has been around for awhile but only started to pick up steam. I started thinking, what kind of crap am I putting on my face and letting it sit there, seeping into my pores? I love my brands and stick to them but as I do further research into the ingredients some skincare brands put into their products – the more I keep gravitating toward clean makeup. Keep reading and I’ll reveal some of my favourite clean and green makeup products you can find at your local Sephora.
What is Clean Beauty
You may be wondering what clean beauty products have versus regular skincare or makeup that has been tested in labs. There are ingredients such as fillers. An example of this is dimethicone which is a silicon that helps your products “feel” smooth and can act as a natural barrier for your skin BUT it’s not always so great for you. Dimethicone can block pores and worsen acne-prone skin but it can also help the texture of the product not separate and stay together.
It depends on your skin type but this is an example of a product that can do more harm than good to your skin especially if you don’t know the pros and cons of this ingredient.
Buying vegan and cruelty-free beauty is more of a choice than a staple in my opinion. I’m gravitating toward more vegan products because if we think that the earth has already given us all of the nutrients we need, we shouldn’t need to manufacture our own products now should we?
Cruelty-free is a choice I’m making especially in skincare because there’s no reason why we need to test on animals. Especially since rabbits and cute fluffy bunnies are my favourite animals in the world, I don’t need to put lipstick on a pig, literally.
Clean Beauty at Sephora
The clean beauty at Sephora can be represented by the green seal which stands for the fact that Sephora has determined the product doesn’t have any of the following specific ingredients (apparently, we told Sephora to avoid these):
Sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, triclocarban. All skincare, hair, and makeup brands with the Clean Seal have less than one percent of synthetic fragrances.
Here are a few of the ingredients that you’ll need to watch out for that are excluded from the green seal:
Sulfates SLS and SLES – foaming agents and behave similarly to how soap lathers. They aren’t always bad but it depends on how your skin reacts and can be a skin irritant. It’s best to stay away from these ingredients if you have sensitive skin.
Parabens – Some studies have found that parabens can emmulate certain estrogen hormones in the body but it hasn’t quite yet been proven. Parabens can also hide in very unique ingredients that we may not even know the name of. Overall, you just don’t need these in your beauty routine and many brands have already eliminated them anyway but always read the ingredients!
Formalddehydes – Are likely not in big enough dosage in beauty products that you’ll even know they are there but they can cause dermatitis, so again, if you have skin that is easily irritated you will not want to put these on your face or body.
These are just of the few key brands but the clean symbol at Sephora will have already done the dirty work for you so you won’t have to worry. At worst case, just ensure you’re reading your ingredients and use Google to understand what is in your products if you’re unsure!
My Favourite Clean Beauty BrandsYouth To The People
You know when you’ve found a new brand that just makes you squeal with delight? Youth To The People does that for me. I got my deluxe sample of the Superfood Face Wash that contains simple ingredients such as: Kale + Green Tea, Spinach and Vitamins.
I really love the cleanser but I’m not sure I can explain why I love it so much. It feels so smooth on the skin going on as it is more like a gel but also, it has a cleansing element without stripping the skin of its natural oils. I will say that the Superfood Cleanser is probably not the greatest for dry skin because I noticed I got a little tight but that didn’t bother me. The idea that there aren’t any ingredients I don’t understand in this little green bottle are enough to make me feel secure that I’m being cautious.
After the cleanser, I followed up with the hylauronic acid moisturizer that contains the same ingredients (Kale, Spinach and Vitamins) as the Superfood Cleanser. The hylauronic acid was so comfortable on the skin and very comparable to other water based moisturizers except I felt that this gave me more nourishment.
While in Sephora, I also tried the Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream from Youth To The People and I really loved the way it felt on my hands. It definitely wasn’t too heavy at all and perfect for mature skin. The Adaptogen Deep Moisture has ingredients such as adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms which help our skin adapt to aging and the elements around us.
The other products in the Youth To The People line also have me intrigued. I’m most interested in the Superfood Firm and Brighten Serum as well as the Superberry Hydrate and Glow Dream Mask. Both are products that have gotten rave reviews from Sephora customers but also contain very clean ingredients and of course is vegan too! The Superberry Hydrate and Glow Dream Mask is an overnight mask that is VERY rich and great for dry skin too.
Farmacy as a clean skincare brand at Sephora has taken the industry by storm. I feel that they’ve popped up overnight but have really been around for quite some time.
Most of the products from Farmacy have been given the clean beauty symbol by Sephora. The top seller from Farmacy right now is their Green Clean Makeup Removing Balm (comes in two sizes). If you’re aware that makeup balms help clean and remove makeup without stripping the skin of natural oils. This Green Clean Makeup Removing Balm by Farmacy has gotten rave reviews on Sephora’s website and it is also free of parabens, sulfates and silicons. It is also cruelty-free and vegan making it a top contender for Sephora’s clean beauty products.
Another amazing product from Farmacy is their Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum with Hydrating Honey + Gentle Flower Acids. Another lesson on skincare ingredients: AHA is Alpha Hydroxy Acid and is used for uprooting the upper most layer of the skin for better cell turn over. This means that it naturally exfoliates your skin while you sleep and your skin will become firmer over time.
Farmacy Honeymoon Glow
Clean beauty doesn’t have to be complicated – in fact, I find more brands are simplifying what they put into their products.
Drunk Elephant is another example of clean beauty and skincare brands that can be found at Sephora in Canada. One of my favourite Drunk Elephant products is the B-Hydra (read the review here). The B-Hydra is an illuminating serum which I use as both a serum and moisturizer in one. It’s one of the products that I have on repeat and will continue to repurchase.
Drunk Elephant B-Hydra
Drunk Elephant also has their Protini Moisturizer that contains protein and adds more collagen and muscle support to the skin. Think of it as a smoothie for your face.
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
The other Drunk Elephant product that has everyone raving is their T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum which is another AHA night time serum that helps improve skin turnover and encourage cell rejuvenation while you sleep. In this formula you have raspberry extracts, citric and salicylic acid all in one tube. The natural ingredients combined with some chemical ones make this serum a favourite for night time.
Tatcha is one of my favourite brands because of so many reasons: it’s clean skincare, the packaging is gorgeous (which makes me love taking photos of this brand) and the smells are so great. Tatcha is known for it’s Japanese take on clean beauty but I find they have a unique product line.
Right now, the most interesting product from Tatcha is the Dewy Cream. If you’re into the dewy look like I am, you’ll know that the cream makes your skin look like glass which is a very Asian beauty concept that I love. Combine the Dewy Cream with the Luminous Dewy Skin Mist (click to read the review).
Tatcha is considered clean skincare at Sephora Canada and doesn’t have a huge range of products but the ones they do carry are very well thought out. The only one of their products I don’t like is the Silk Canvas Primer. You can read my review here.
I’ve heard this from a few of my Canadian beauty blogger friends also who don’t really like the Silk Canvas Primer which is more focused on shielding your skin from pollution so if you’re going to buy it you probably wont’ like it under foundation so just wear it on its own.
Clean Makeup at Sephora
Now that we talked about my favourite clean skincare brands, we’ll focus on clean makeup at Sephora.
Ilia is a clean beauty and makeup line that can be found at other stores other than Sephora but if you’re a member of the VIB and collect points, you may want to buy Ilia products there. Ilia believes in delivering makeup without the toxins but still maintains the wearable factor for gorgeous colour which can get lost with some organic makeup brands.
Ilia Cucumber Water Stick
One of my favourite products from Ilia is the Cucumber Water Stick. Forget your regular primer, the Ilia Cucumber Water Stick is a toner for pre-makeup application. It acts a soothing and cooling base before you start your regular makeup routine so you don’t need to prep your skin further as it acts as a de-puffing agent and allows for better circulation.
RMS Beauty was created by makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift (hence the name RMS beauty). RMS beauty products are made with raw and food-grade organic products so you know your face is free of toxins.
RMS Beauty Eye Polish
One of my favourite RMS Beauty products is the eye polish which is only available online at Sephora. If you love a dewy look everywhere, you’ll love the eye polish especially in the colour “Embrace” which is a quartz rose pink. I love to swipe colour on my eyelids and go but the eye polish also allows the nourishment of the oil base that helps to coat the eyelids for maximum comfort. Since it is an oil, this product will crease so make sure you apply a translucent powder to set your eyes beforehand.
I’m sure you have heard of the name Josie Maran before but maybe didn’t know what separated this brand versus other luxury or organic beauty brands. If you love dewy skin, Josie Maran products are known for being infused with argan oil. Argan oil heals and helps with nourishing elements that improve hair, skin and nails with omega 3, 6 and 9. The 100% Argan Oil is cruelty free, vegan and paraben free which makes it a clean makeup item at Sephora.
Josie Maran also infuse the 100% Argan oil into her makeup products. My favourite product pick from Josie Maran is the Vibrancy Argan Oil Fresh Face Paint Palette. It comes in 4 colours and is a creamy lip, cheek and eyeshadow palette in one with orangey and pink hues. It allows you to create a full face of makeup on the go in a handy travelling palette.
If you have been waiting for it, the dates of the Sephora Canada Sale Spring 2019 have been announced!
If you are aware of the Sephora Beauty Insider program, you will be able to identify when the sale starts for you based on what level you are in the points system. The Sephora Sale for Spring all ends on May 6 but depending on how high your level is, you’ll be able to start shopping sooner.
Here are the dates of the Sephora sale for each tier:
Offer can be redeemed unlimited use ** in-store and online
Offer valid for both US and CA.
Offer codes – Use code to redeem online, flash your email to redeem in store.
The great thing about the Sephora Sale Canada this year is that Rouge will now get 20% which is higher than the usual 15% off that they got in the Sephora Canada Spring Sale 2018.
Top picks for the Sephora Canada Spring Sale 2019 By Colour
This took me quite awhile so I hope you love how I created my Sephora Canada Spring Sale picks! You’ll see I have chosen the best products by their specific colour! I have linked all of the makeup and skincare reviews below under their respective colours. If you have further questions, please leave them in the comments below.
Sephora Sale Picks in RedSephora Sale Picks Red Lipsticks
When I was looking for products in the red family, I couldn’t deny that the majority of the products were red lipstick. I didn’t have a problem with this so I embraced it. The rest of the Sephora Sale Picks are not just lipstick but for the “Raging Red” category it seemed fitting.
Top Sephora Sale Picks in CoralSephora Sale Picks Coral
The Pantone colour of the year for 2019 is Living Coral. What better way to celebrate this amazing colour than to express it in the form of makeup. My absolute favourite blush tone to wear is coral. I find that it acts as a perfect contour and makes my complexion pop. Additionally, coral lipstick ties everything together for the perfect monochromatic look. I love a good creamy lipstick!
Here are the links to my top Sephora Sale picks for all things coral (top left to top right)
Top Sephora Sale Picks in OrangeSephora Sale Picks Orange
Orange or tangerine has really taken off! I’m obsessed with everything that has to do with this colour, especially for nails! A day glow orange hue as bold as it is can often become subtle in makeup. Orange makeup looks really good when it is in the form of a cream. It can blend so nicely into the skin and give you a perfectly flushed and healthy glow.
Check out my top picks for tangerine or orange makeup (top left to top right):
Sephora Sale Picks in YellowSephora Sale Picks Yellow
Yellow seems to be the colour that everyone is rocking this season. I bought this lemon yellow coat and people can’t stop staring at me. I love wearing such a bright colour and it just makes people feel so happy. Yellow isn’t the easiest colour to wear especially if you have yellow undertones but you can incorporate yellow into your makeup in other ways. I love yellow nails for the summer especially! What is your favourite yellow makeup item?
Top Sephora Sale Spring 2019 Picks in Yellow (top left to top right):
Sephora Sale Picks in GreenSephora Sale Picks Green
Everyone associates green with being eco friendly and I have to say this has stuck. I’m now getting really into clean beauty and skincare and just think that all the packaging should be green! Green is such a hard colour to wear but I think the Charlotte Tilbury luxury eyeshadow palette does a great job at incorporating green without being too clown-y. There were some outrageous green picks on Sephora Canada’s website but I tried to stick with meaningful items that would speak to anybody.
Here are my top Sephora Sale Spring Green Picks (top left to top right):
Blue is a hot colour especially for eyeshadow for Spring 2019. We’re seeing lots of different hues ranging from bolder blues to lighter powder shades. I find blue very flattering to wear when it is done right. I tend to gravitate toward the blue eyeliners because I find them easier to wear but I love the look of blue on the eyelid. The Stila shimmer eyeshadow is the perfect topper for a night out eye look.
Here are my top Sephora Spring Sale Picks in the colour blue (top left to top right):
Sephora Sale Picks in PurpleSephora Sale Picks Purple
There are a few Canadian bloggers who don’t love purple eyeshadow. I won’t name names but I am shocked to see know that many shy away from purple. I have green eyes so purple always works for me and I love any palette where I can wear purple in the crease. Take the Marc Jacobs palette for example, the purples there are bold enough but then compliment the lighter colours.
Here are my top Sephora Spring Sale picks in the colour purple (top left to top right):
She’s at it again! Anastasia Beverly Hills released a new eyeshadow palette earlier this month called the Riviera Palette. This is the perfect eyeshadow palette for spring that packs a mighty punch of bold colours especially the hot pink pigment called ‘Bahamas’
Anastasia Beverly Hills is known for her eyeshadow palettes that are best sellers. Some of my favourite ones are the Soft Glam Palette (read the review here) that focuses on neutrals and oranges and the Modern Renaissance Palette which focuses on taupes, pinks and reds. Both are very warm eyeshadow palettes but the Riviera Palette is on the bolder side.
The Riviera Palette cover is a nautical theme which makes this the perfect palette to take with you on vacation. I am instantly reminded of a cruise when I see this palette.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette Cover
The top row of the Riviera Palette consist of shimmers and sparkly shadows. The bottom row of the Riviera Palette are packed tightly and milled finely – these are considered pigments.
Here are some swatches of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette:
As you can see, all of the colours in the Anastasia Beverly Hills Palette are labelled very luxurious names. This makes me think of going on a cruise which is probably the intention of the Riviera Palette.
If you have a colourful palette, I don’t know if you need this palette but I love that it contains neutrals as well as bright bold colours. It’s quite gorgeous and if you follow Instagrammers, a lot of them are using Riviera to create amazing smokey pink eyeshadow looks that feel like a sunset.
You know you can buy shampoo online on Amazon…right? This post is going to round up the best Amazon hair care products including some handy tools to round out your hair care routine.
Also, I know how frustrating it can be when there’s a hair product such as a shampoo that has been discontinued and you don’t know where you can find it. I’ve been lucky to find a lot of shampoo and conditioner products on Amazon that I may not be able to find in salons or stores. There is a great variety of drugstore brands like L’Oreal, Herbal Essences and salon level shampoo such as Fekkai and Olaplex. Try searching now for your favourite brands, you may be surprised at what you find!
I always go to Amazon to find products that I love and since brands I trust are available, I usually try and check Amazon first because of the Amazon Prime 2 day shipping feature as well as some of the bundling options I’ve found. They are are sometimes a lot cheaper too but I do caution you to read the amazon reviews before you buy in case the products come from shop owners who may have had the inventory for awhile. Meaning, you don’t know how fresh hair care products are on Amazon. The reviews should tell you everything you need to own!
Also, if you want the latest and innovative hair care products then you’ll want to start shopping on Amazon. In this post I’ll talk about some of the hot hair topics right now including the new shampoo brush scalp massage tool that is blowing up!
Let’s get into this post on the best Amazon hair products right now:
Olaplex on Amazon
You may have heard of this new product called Olaplex. Olaplex is a bond repairing system that is perfect for blondes or anybody with bleached hair (for example, if you have blue hair and need to bleach your strands before applying the colour). Amazon offers Olaplex numbers 3, 4 and 5 and sometimes 2 if you can find it.
Olaplex 3 is a leave in treatment and not a conditioner. It relinks hair bonds that have been weakened by chemical damage to the hair.
Olaplex 4 is a bond maintenance shampoo which helps keeps bonds in place in between treatments. It restores the internal strength of the hair shaft and maintains shine and healthy strands.
Olaplex 5 is best followed up to Olaplex 4 which is the bond repairing conditioner that helps to round out the entire system, especially if you’re using the Shampoo.
Olaplex is one of the best hair care products on Amazon and in salons nowadays. The prices are quite impressive compared to the fact that you can buy the treatments online if you don’t have a salon close by that you can walk into.
Apparently, it feels amazing and people can’t get enough of this product. It is also great for people with long nails because it massages the shampoo into your scalp without you having to use your own nails to do so.
For only $10 CAD, this is Amazon’s choice for a scalp massager and brush in one that you NEED to own.
Living Proof Hair Line
If you have thin hair like me and yes, I talk about it in this review of the Living Proof Full line but it is actually cheaper to buy the Shampoo and Conditioner from Amazon. I wasn’t sure if I wanted the full line so I purchased it at Sephora because it was easy for me to return the items if I didn’t like them but when I run out of the product I’ll absolutely check out Amazon for Living Proof.
What I love about shopping for Living Proof on Amazon is that because there are so many complementary products (such as leave in creams, root sprays etc.), you can read all of the reviews and determine if any of them are worth buying. Of course, you can always go on Sephora and read the reviews but I feel that the Amazon reviews are real and do not sugar coat the truth.
The other great thing about shopping for hair care on Amazon is the fact that there are some products that you can’t get anywhere else, either in size or in bundle. Living proof has giant sizes of your favourite shampoos and also bundle like items together which make it easier to get the whole product suite.
If you’re looking for a blow dryer and brush in one and don’t want to invest in the Dyson Hair Wrap, then you’ll want to try the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer. The reviews for this product have been stellar and it is supposed to give you a healthy shine and blow out in one shot.
Revlon One Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer on Amazon
More than 4.5/5 recommend the this product and it is easy to see why.
The product is basically a brush on the end of a wand that acts like a hair dryer as well. It is not a perfect dupe of the Dyson Hair Wrap to be honest. However, if you think of the price differential then you’re in luck – the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer is only $49.99 plus shipping where the Dyson Hair Wrap is $499!
I think we can all agree that some compromising makes sense here given the price difference and the fact that the Revlon Hair Dryer and Volumizer has a great rating on Amazon so far.
Alterna Caviar Hair Care
I love the Alterna Caviar Line and up until I did a search on Amazon, I thought you could only buy it at Sephora. However, the Caviar Anti-Aging line is readily available on Amazon Canada. The selection is quite large because the selection ranges from Shampoo to styling cream and even the scalp elixer.
WOW Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo & Hair Conditioner
Have you heard of the brand WOW for hair care? This is currently trending on Amazon’s list of the best hair care. The reason why this product is so hot right now is because it uses virgin coconut and avocado oils to rejuvenate weak and damaged hair by promoting a healthy scalp. It also uses the nutrients in the oils to replenish good vitamins that are lost in the hair.
It’s a detoxifying shampoo and conditioner that focuses on scalp hair first so while it removes build up and impurities it allows healthier hair to grow through. The key benefits that the WOW products help with are:
Clarifying, Frizz Taming, Dandruff Control and repair. You can see how these are all linked to having healthy hair from the root where it starts.
If you read the reviews, you’ll see that it takes up to about a week to see great results from the WOW system but overall, the sentiment is positive.
Don’t forget, you can also shop by brand for the best Amazon hair care products. There are other brands I didn’t quite touch on in this article such as: L’Oreal, Fekkai, Redken, Chi and more.
Do you normally leave reviews on Amazon when you try a product? Discuss!
I’m starting to feel that there’s a lot more room for the drugstore makeup dupes than I write about. Usually, I’m swayed by pretty packaging and don’t mind the price if I space out my transactions a lot I don’t notice the rising costs.
However, when I make a trip to the drugstore makeup aisle in Shoppers Drugmart, I started recognizing drugstore makeup brands releasing product that is very similar to the ones I’m seeing with the luxury beauty brands.
Everyone is familiar with glow lotions, contour kits and liquid matte stay lipstick that it really isn’t a secret to what is trending in makeup be it drugstore or luxury.
Here are some of my favourite drugstore makeup dupes I think are way better than their expensive makeup counterparts.
This drugstore primer doesn’t get the respect it deserves. It is full of Vitamins A, C and E to get moisture to that face of yours! The most similar to the hydrating face primer is the Smashbox Photofinish Primerizer (which is a favourite of mine I have to admit).
Do you know that E.L.F. Cosmetics dupes the higher end makeup and they aren’t shy about it! Sometimes, the E.L.F. drugstore versions are better than the actual dupe they are trying to beat.
Yes another E.L.F. product but this time it’s in a mist. If you’re a fan of Fix Plus by Mac or any other primer misting sprays then you’ll want to try the Illuminating Primer Mist. These primer mists usually just have some glycerin in them so they really aren’t all that innovative if you think they are just water and glycerin :).
The makeup world is obsessed with finding the perfect matte foundation and so am I. Dare to read my review of the Hourglass Seamless Vanish Foundation? At $68 Canadian I think I’ll take a pass.
The L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation has been loved by beauty bloggers everywhere and is not only light on the skin but also oil-free. If you have oily skin, read about my post about the best foundations for oily skin here and you’ll be presented with a whole lot of other matte foundations. I only like to wear matte foundations in the winter but once I’ve found one, I will stick to it. In fact, the whole L’Oreal line is close to perfect so I will leave you with that.
The NYX Total Control Drop Foundation is perfect for setting the level that you want. If you want more coverage you simply need to use the dropper to add more drops.
It’s also oil-free so if you suffer from any specific acne such as cystic, you’ll likely want to seek out an oil free foundation like this one. I am told this is a dupe and similar to the Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Foundation if you’re wondering!
The NYX Total Control Drop Foundation reviews are pretty good on Makeup Alley. You’ll likely want to use a beauty blender for this application because the product is a bit watery and using a beauty sponge versus a brush will help soak up that extra product so you don’t lose it to the bristles. Also, wait until it fully dries before applying any setting powder so that it doesn’t shift on the skin!
You may have seen this packaging everywhere and wondered what the hell this product does. Well it is one of THE BEST concealers I have ever used – way better than my NARS Creamy Concealer. This product clicks up to release product into the applicator so you don’t have to use a brush or a sponge and the product evenly distributes where you want it.
Of course, I seek the under eyes and it’s honestly so smooth and light going on I don’t even realize that I’ve applied anything but I’ve already got full coverage without cake-y lines.
This product is one of the best drugstore products in my opinion because it does exactly what it says it will and there’s absolutely NO mess. Perfect for throwing into your makeup bag!
Remember above when I said L’Oreal products are the best? The L’Oreal Finallible Pro-Glow Concealer is actually closest to my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. What is so great about this product is that the applicator is great for sculpting and contouring. A lot of people have been using their concealers in their contouring routine because it’s easy to place the product exactly where the light would hit your face.
It also has a long wear of up to 16 hours and I love products that last the entire day.
Pro Tip – One thing I would mention is that you should set this product with a loose powder or else it may slide around on your face.
Have you ever seen a blush so beautiful in your life? Honestly I am loving the makeup products by Milani. They really have a lot of the neutral colours that you’re loving from more luxury brands. Milani is a drugstore makeup line and I’m so happy they are as affordable as they are. The packaging makes the product look a lot more expensive too so you’ll want to carry around all of these pretty items in your makeup bag.
The Milani Rose Powder Blush is a matte finish blush and goes on so softly. I find this to be the perfect blush shade because you can contour with it and it has a bit of a bronzer feel if you don’t build it up.
Honestly, the Milani product are of top quality and I encourage you to try them out!
Hopefully you read my review of the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer. I felt that I had to put the Butter Bronzer back into this drugstore makeup products that are way better than expensive makeup because this truly is the case for this bronzer.
Every luxury bronzer I’ve owned always has an orangey tint or doesn’t really blow me away. The Butter Bronzer smells like coconut and it’s honestly so smooth going on the skin. I apply it with a tapered contour brush and make sure to get all of the areas of my face that I want to contour.
Since it comes in a compact, it does have a little brush in the bottom so you can take this compact with you in your makeup bag and not have to worry about a specific contour brush.
The City Mini Eyeshadow Palette is one of my favourite colour stories. Maybelline makes quality eyeshadow and I love the types of palettes they put together. This eyeshadow palette is very similar to the Smashbox mini palettes because the concept is the same, throw it in your purse but you still get a variety of colours in a mini size. Let’s face it: Who actually uses all of the eyeshadows in one palette anyway?
The City Mini Palette has a mix of bronzes and golds for a shimmery and natural look. If you’re going to pick up any nude palette, I would consider this one over another luxury eyeshadow palette.
This eyeshadow concept is really everything you need in a mini eyeshadow kit. It even includes the primer, highlight and darker shadow you need to create a full eye look. This product is really great if you’re sure that you love a particular colour and wear it all the time. The Revlon Photoready Primer, Shadow + Sparkle can be compared to the Smashbox Trio Shadows but I would say that the Revlon one is even better because it includes the primer.
Ok. Hold the phone here. This is one of my all time favourite liquid lipsticks. I wore it on Valentine’s Day and no joke, my lips did not budge for the entire day and I ate way more than three times that day! The colours of the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink are very bold and bright which is great in my opinion because if you’re going to go bright, I’d rather my lipstick not budge.
Maybelline also just teamed up with Puma to release some new shades and something tells me that this lippy isn’t going away. I’ll do a full review of the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink shortly and you can read about all of the colours I am currently crushing on. However, my favourite one is called “Dreamer” which is number 015. Definitely pick it up from your local drugstore – you will not regret it!
Also, the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink is the perfect drugstore makeup dupes of brands like Stila, Kylie and Rihanna’s Fenty Liquid Lipsticks. Liquid lipsticks have been around for quite some time but with the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink you’re not getting that dried out lip look. It appears almost like a coating that allows your lips to move in any direction (and I mean ANY) and not crack because of the lipstick.
The best drugstore makeup dupes of the Milani Keep It Full Nourishing Lip Plumper have to be the lip glosses from Buxom Beauty. They are known for the nourishing and lip plumping effect and Milani just seems to do it better.
With the Buxom Beauty lip glosses, I found that they wore off within 30 minutes of wear. With the Milani Nourishing Lip Plumper, I found that my lips actually stayed moist and it didn’t wear off nor did the lip plumper feel horrible.
I know I just talked about a liquid lipstick but the Pixi Mattelast Liquid Lip has received some top notch reviews. I would compare this Liquid Lipstick to the smashbox formula. Still not as drying on the lips as other liquid lipsticks but gives a really nice pop of colour without budging.
How could I end a whole drugstore makeup dupes post without talking about a bullet lipstick and a brand that is known for it’s drugstore makeup: Wet ‘N Wild. The Silk Finish Lipstick formula is creamy on the lips and surprised me for a drugstore lipstick. Sometimes, I find drugstore lipsticks waxy and don’t go on as pigmented but I didn’t get the same feeling with the Silk Finish Lipstick by Wet ‘N Wild.
When I talk about drugstore makeup dupes I am aware not to say that I will never shop luxury makeup again but rather I am more cautious as to where I spend my money if there is something better for cheaper.
Hope you enjoyed this makeup roundup post! Let me know if you have any other drugstore makeup dupes that I’ve missed in the comments below.
As someone who writes reviews, I often read them too. Go figure. I heard oh SO much about this Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask that I had to explore what exactly it is. You should read this article if you are wondering what are some ways to treat itchy lips. If you put the Lip Sleeping Mask on at night and wake up in the morning, you’ll have soft supple lips in the winter time. This can also work well with your skin care or night time routine.
What is Laneige?
First, let`s talk about this new brand on the scene: Laneige. Laneige is a skincare brand that focuses on the idea of luxury Korean skincare without having to travel far to get it. All of the products that are created, are done with purpose around the Korean skincare regimens.
Before I go to bed, I religiously put a dot of vaseline on my lips. This usually dries out by the time my head hits the pillow because I often sleep with a fan on. I’m a snorer and it has basically saved my relationship with my husband…maybe even the reason I’m still married today! Anyway, in the morning – my lips were still flaky and dry.
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask Review
Enter Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. I went to Sephora so I could smell the stuff. It smells like apple pie and watermelon – yum! Even if it didn’t work the way I wanted it to, I would look at this product like an everyday lip balm.
Let’s get into the actual review:
Lip Sleeping Mask Packaging
I love how big the tub is. It feels like a decent size. The lid closes tightly on the pretty pink outer that really makes me trust this brand. ALSO, it comes with a rubber lip applicator. Definitely considerate of us who have longer nails which make it hard to reach all the way into the jar.
How To Apply The Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
I’ve been using the mini applicator and find that it’s not really stick to apply. As soon as I put it on my lips are hydrated. This product is supposed to plump and while I don’t really find that it does, my ultimate goal is to get soft lips at the end of the night. The product goes on smoothly which was my expectation. Check!
The Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask has amazing fruit extracts that are evident in the smell and the benefits this product provides. The fruit extracts in the Berry Mix Complex contain raspberry, strawberry, cranberry and blueberry. There is also a mix of hylauronic acid and other minerals that help lock in the moisture in the lips.
Laneige also came out with another flavour for the Lip Sleeping Mask which is Vanilla. The Vanilla Lip Sleeping Mask smells amazing! If you love very sweet smelling products, the vanilla lip sleeping mask is a limited edition so you’ll want to pick it up before it sells out.
Should You Buy The Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask?
When I wake up the next morning, my lips no longer have any cracks and feel smooth and plump. I love this product and it’s really easy to use and produces amazing results when used consistently.
For $25 at Sephora, it’s definitely a BUY. However, I recommend going directly to Laneige because they often have unique sales that you cannot get at Sephora. You can purchase the Lip Sleeping Mask here
You can also get more amazing skincare products at Laneige by visiting this link here.