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Does anyone else always peruse articles online before making a beauty purchase? I'm that person that will pull up a new tab and do a quick search on my phone while debating whether to spend the moola in the aisle. That's why I love sharing reviews so much because they help me make an informed decision on what's worth giving a try. I've been a fan of Paula's Choice skincare for a few years as they make some of my favourite cleansers and moisturizers. Although I regularly rotate the skincare brands I use, I always come back to using their line. Paula's Choice recently came out with two new products: the Omega+ Complex Moisturizer* and the Earth Sourced Power Berry Serum*. I've been using them for the past few weeks and wanted to report back on how I have been faring with these new additions to my skincare stash.


The Omega+ Complex Moisturizer is a great, no-fuss product. I love that combined with the serum shown below, it gives my skin a healthy glow. As someone who has combination skin, I also notice it does not make me shiny in my T-zone as happens when using other day lotions, and the formula does not feel greasy whatsoever. The texture is on the creamier side, almost like a heavy mousse, yet when applied spreads easily and feels lightweight. Most importantly, it does what it claims: my skin feels supple throughout the day, and my base makeup goes on smoothly on top. This moisturizer is rich in omega fatty acids and antioxidants and contains a blend of various plant extracts, such as chia seeds, passion fruit, guava, flax seeds, shea butter and olive oil. I make sure to follow up with a good facial sunscreen since this one does not offer sun protection.


The Earth Sourced Power Berry Serum really intrigued me, and as soon as I got it, I applied some straight away. The product itself is pink, reflecting the high berry content as the product is void of colourants and also 95% natural. This antioxidant-rich, anti-aging serum has a liquid texture, and my skin drinks it up within seconds. The extensive list of 13 different berries includes gooseberry, açaí, blueberry, bilberry, raspberry, elderberry, acerola, seaberry, blackberry, goji berry, jabuticaba, strawberry and chinaberry. I mean, it's quite impressive, and a handful of these I have never even come across before! I was hoping it would have a sweet scent but alas, the serum is fragrance-free. I've been using this serum morning and night and being suitable for all skin types, I have not had any issues using this on my sensitive skin.


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All in all, I have been enjoying using these two new skincare products from Paula's Choice as part of my routine! I feel like these will quickly become best-selling products as they work so gently and effectively. Let me know if you end up giving any of these a try!

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I've been on a new hair care kick for the last few months (catch my last feature here!), and one brand that I wanted to take the time to share with you is Renpure. I had heard of this company in the last few years, but it isn't until recently that I discovered that it is available in drugstores in Canada. What immediately drew me to this brand is that all of their products are plant-based and gluten-free, made with natural ingredients and void of harmful toxins such as dyes, sulfates, parabens, phtalates and formaldehyde. I personally love trying out new shampoos and conditioners, so I was looking forward to seeing just how well Renpure's Tea Tree Lemon Sage* and Restorative Hemp Oil* hair washing duos perform.


I put the Tea Tree Lemon Sage Refreshing Shampoo and Conditioner to the test first because 1) I'm a sucker for anything green and 2) the scent is actually incredible (spoiler alert: my fave of the two). I absolutely love tea tree in my skincare, but can't recall ever using hair products containing it. I'm not the biggest tea tree scent lover, but it is barely detectable as the citrus extract comes through most, as does eucalyptus and peppermint. Despite being sulfate-free, the shampoo provides a light lather and spreads nicely with just a small amount. I've been more conscious about how much product I use too, only focusing the shampoo on my roots and letting it disperse to the rest of my hair only upon rinsing. The cream conditioner also goes a long way, and I noticed has really helped tame the frizz. I like leaving it on for over five minutes for my strands to soak in all the benefits. I love the aromatherapy this duo provides to, it really leaves you feeling invigorated!


The next set I got to try is the Restorative Hemp Oil Moisture Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner. As with the above products, these come in big 473 mL or 16 fl oz bottles, which makes them great to share with the entire family! The coconut scent comes through the most, with other notable ingredients including rapeseed oil and citric acid. The shampoo works great at removing buildup and being packed full of fatty acids, really gets deep to bring nourishment and shine to the hair. The formula provides a gentle lather once again, and one application is sufficient to leave my hair feeling clean. The conditioner I have noticed has really helped keep my hair detangled, an issue I deal with on a regular basis. I've been washing my hair every 2-3 days, and I can still smell the product in my hair in between washes, which is pretty awesome for someone like me who does not use too many styling products.

Renpure is available in stores in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart and on Well.ca. In the U.S., you can find their products at Target and Walmart.

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I always look forward to seeing the makeup Sothys releases, and this year's Spring/Summer collection is no exception! I am a summer baby through and through, so when I saw that they had named their latest one the Summer Chill Collection*, I was immediately drawn to it. I got my hands on a few items from this limited edition release, namely a blush, bronzer, eyeshadow palette, lip pencil, two lip crayons and nail polish. I figured I might as well show you how these apply and how you can easily achieve a wearable look using them together, so I have also put together a video showing you exactly how I have been using these products.


The first thing I noticed is that Sothys has changed the packaging of their mirrored compacts to a magnetic closure, which makes them so much easier to open as with past ones they were tricky to get into, so this is definitely a nice upgrade. The Sothys Blush in 40 Rose Estival ($52.95) I would describe as a peachy pink with a slight shimmer. I've been on a matte blush kick for a while now, but since using this one I've not gone back. It isn't overly pigmented, which is what I prefer when it comes to this type of product, so you can easily layer this blush without going overboard from the get-go. I also find myself skipping highlighter on days when I reach for this blush since it provides such a nice glow on its own. The powder blends with ease and gives a beautiful natural-looking flush to the cheeks. I already know it will be my go-to for the coming months!

The next product I tried out is the Sothys Poudre Bronzante in 40 Terre Lointaine ($61.50). Their bronzers are some of my favourites because they work very well on my skin tone, which alternates between light to medium throughout the year. Once again, this matte powder is very buildable so I can intensify the bronzed effect during the summer months when I have more pigment to my skin. It does not pull orange or muddy and blends out with ease as well. This bronzing powder also has a subtle vanilla scent to it which brings nostalgic memories of a sunscreen I often used growing up, making me long for those hot summer months even more!



I've also been playing with the Sothys Ombre Eye Quartet Palette in 40 Harmonie de Tons Nude ($68.50), which includes four iridescent shadows: a pearl shade, a champagne shade, a taupe shade and a dark brown, making it perfect for an everyday wearable look or for a more blown out smoky look. I like to test out eyeshadows without a primer to see how they apply and wear, and the verdict on this quad is that these shadows are nicely pigmented and long-lasting, and I haven't experienced any creasing or fading when wearing them. I also haven't experienced any fallout during the application or throughout the day so I can attest to the high quality of these shadows. These colours are ones I typically reach for the most in my collection, so I know I will be getting a lot of use out of this palette.



A product that really intrigued me is the Sothys Contour Lip Pencil in 10 Teinte Universelle ($24.00). I usually skip using a lip liner, but after recently getting my makeup done at the Charlotte Tilbury beauty counter at Holt Renfrew Ogilvy and seeing the difference that using one actually makes on my lips, I am now hooked. The cool thing about this one is that it is a universal shade so it can be combined with any lip colour to have your pout looking its best. You can draw the liner on all over your lips as a base to make your final lip colour last longer, use it on its own for a pretty nude look, or simply use it to outline the contour of your lips and fill the rest in with your desired colour, which is what I did to create the look in this video. The formula is on the creamier side and does not tug at the lips, and on its own, it's pretty long-lasting too!

I also received two of their Lip Crayons, one in 10 Fuschia Fauve and the other in 20 Rouge Orangé ($35.95 each). They come in a twist tube that does not require sharpening and combined with the lip pencil, it wears nicely without having to worry about the colour bleeding outside of my lips. Fuschia Fauve is a deep pink, and Rouge Orangé is a coral red which I ended up reaching for to create the look below. They both have a nice sheen to them without being overly sticky. They also have a delicious blackberry scent. The formula is very moisturizing thanks to shea butter and castor oil and does not accentuate dryer areas. It also contains brown algae, which provides a lip-plumping effect.


Voilà!

Makeup look created using the Sothys Summer Chill Collection

Lastly, this collection also includes a luminous finish nail polish, the Sothys Vernis in 313 Fuschia Fauve ($19.00). The formula is very smooth, not too runny nor too thick and is enriched with vitamins B5, C and E as well as sweet almond oil to protect and nourish the nails. I actually only applied one coat in the picture you see above, but some of my nails slightly chipped the next day so I would recommend applying two coats as well as a top coat to get longer wear. I know I will be getting a lot of use out of this colour because I always gravitate towards similar ones in the summer, especially on my toes.

You can see all of these Sothys products in action (I'm even wearing the nail polish!) in this video:

Sothys Summer Chill Collection | Makeup Look - YouTube

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Sothys products can be purchased at Sothys Institutes and spas across Canada. You can call 1-800-361-3004 or visit the Sothys website to find a location near you.

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Cake Beauty is a brand I have been familiar with for a few years, but it isn't until recently that I took a deep dive into their products to see what they are all about. What attracted me to this line in the first place is that they are Canadian, vegan and cruelty-free, and aesthetically, their products just scream cute and fun! I first tried The Wave Maker last year and was looking forward to test out more of their hair care, namely The Posh Wosh, The Soft Serve, The Take Out and The Hold Out, as well as some skincare, namely Heavy Cream and Cake Walk. Curious to know how I've been getting along with these Cake Beauty* products? I'm spilling the tea on these deliciously-scented goodies!


If you've been on the lookout for a product that can help you achieve beachy and soft waves, The Wave Maker Texturizing Beach Spray might just be what you have been looking for. I naturally have wavy hair, but it tends to be flatter in certain areas and not as defined as I would like on non-wash days. That's where this gem of a product comes in. Not only does this sugar-infused spray make my hair smell like sweet candy, but it helps bring that natural wave back and keeps my mane looking nicely defined in between washes. I'm super picky when it comes to styling products because I usually find they weigh my hair down and create a lot of buildup, but I've been pleasantly surprised with this one. You can use it on wet hair by gently scrunching and then letting it air dry/blow drying it (use this method if you don't already have wavy hair), but I've been mostly using it on my dry hair as a finishing spray to help bring my waves back to life.

The other styling product I have been enjoying is The Hold Out Flexy Hold Hair Spray. I avoid hair sprays that leave my hair feeling dry and crunchy, which is why I am such a fan of this one. It leaves my hair feeling touchably soft and not stiff or dry, yet still allows for movement while helping tame the frizz, flyaways and baby hairs that stick out. It also helps bring out the volume, so if on a certain day my hair is looking extra flat, I like to revive it by spraying some of this stuff on. As with all of Cake Beauty's products, it is free of harsh chemicals (which I am especially sensitive to in hair sprays). This flexible hold spray has been such a nice addition for times when I want my hair to look more put together and less like a frizzy mess. It has has a sweet, citrus scent, which I absolutely love as well.

Now, The Take Out Dry Shampoo Sheets got me extra excited because I've never tried anything quite like them. They are basically like blotting sheets, but for your hair roots! I've been using dry shampoo sprays and powders for years, so I was looking forward to trying this new method. The package contains 20 sheets, and I love that it is so compact and travel-friendly, something you can easily throw in your purse too! These are basically oil-absorbing rice sheets that help draw out the oil from your hair, plus you don't have to worry about a powdery residue being left behind. I've been mostly using these on second-day hair since I need something more heavy duty past that. It's kind of cool (gross?) seeing the oil transfer onto the scented sheet. I recommend going with a gentle hand since these thin sheets tend to tear easily. I must admit I was pretty shocked to experience how well these work!


I always enjoy trying new hair washing products, and The Posh Wash Sulfate-Free Swirl Shampoo has been such a treat to use. As with all Cake Beauty products, the sweet scent is absolutely divine - it reminds me of when I used to work at a pastry shop! As this shampoo is sulfate-free, it does not lather immensely, however it still suds up slightly making it easy to spread a small amount all over my scalp. I find that I can go longer between washes since I've started using this. It contains ingredients such as moringa seed extract (which I personally love in hair care as documented here), aloe leaf juice and apple cider vinegar. The first time I used it, I poured way too much out and realized how much a little goes a long way. I definitely feel like it helps remove any buildup and leaves my hair feeling super clean.

I follow up with The Soft Serve Cream Rinse Conditioner which I focus from ear-level down. It has quite a creamy texture, which is why I like leaving it on for about three minutes, almost like a hair mask, to let my strands soak in the benefits before rinsing. Once again, it contains moringa seed extract as well as shea butter and lemon seed oil, so you can just imagine how deeply nourishing the formula is. I can immediately notice smoother hair upon stepping out of the shower, and when dry, my hair feels super soft and has a healthy shine to it. Despite it being a heavier conditioner, the volume of my hair is not compromised as my hair doesn't end up looking flat or weighed down and still has a nice bounce to it.


If you are looking for a heavy duty hand cream, the Heavy Cream Intensive Hand Repair Balm might just put an end to your search. This cream is very concentrated and thick, so you don't need to use very much. It smells very sweet, with the coconut oil and vanilla coming through. Other notable ingredients include shea butter, aloe vera, sunflower seed oil, olive oil, camellia leaf extract, licorice root extract and grape seed extract. This has done wonders to keep my hands moisturized throughout the day as I like to apply this first thing in the morning. My only gripe with this product is that is can be a little hard to squeeze out of the tube because it is so thick, so keep that in mind, especially at first use. The product will eventually come out with a good amount of pressure.

To be honest, I often neglect moisturizing my feet, as I prioritize taking care of my face when it comes to skincare. That being said, the Cake Walk Rich + Reviving Foot Pretty Creme has made me look forward to showing my feet some TLC, being that the minty and buttery scent is so fresh and uplifting and that this creme works like a charm. It is definitely on the thicker side, and I've found the best way to use it is to apply a thin layer and then slip some socks on before going to bed. Some key ingredients include sunflower seed oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, coconut oil and peppermint oil. I really need to be more consistent doing this because I notice my feet looking and feeling so much smoother after just one use - that's how effective it is!

You can purchase Cake Beauty directly on their website. In Canada, it is also available at Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix, both in stores and online, as well as on Well.ca.

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I hope everyone's spring is off to a great start! I've been keeping busy with new and exciting endeavours these past few weeks, and I feel like this first quarter has just flown by. As tradition holds, I sat down and filmed a video in which I share all of the products I managed to declutter and use up in the last few months. I also recently went through my makeup collection and got rid of products that no longer served me and which, as you will see, I also included in this empties episode. I also wanted to give back to my amazing community, and am giving away a selection of makeup and skincare products from some of my favourite beauty brands you may have heard me talk about and share on the blog and YouTube channel over the years. Just keep reading to find out what's up for grabs!

Here are all of the products I am parting ways with, broken down by category:


- Makeup -

e.l.f. Blush in Pink Passion (review)
Prestige Total Intensity Long Term Relationship Fierce Color Eyeshadow in Hocus Pocus* (review)
Sothys Iridescent Eyeshadow in 10 Reflet Nocturne* (review)
Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in 09 Cool Down
Rimmel Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Pencil in 071 Pure White


- Face Care -

Gold Elements D'Or Facial Cream* (review)
Meditree Pure Australian Botanicals Tea Tree Facial Cleanser*


- Body Care -

Jealous Body Grapeseed + Macadamia Coffee Scrub (review)
Institut Esthederm Sculp System High Nutrition Body Balm* (review)
Messinian Spa Body Butter in Pomegranate & Honey* (review)
Bath & Body Works Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint Hand Cream


- Supplements -

Be Biotin* (review)
Clef des Champs Depuratix Eczema Detox
MRM Vegan Vitamin D3 5,000 IU

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And now for the giveaway: one lucky winner will win the 15 products pictured above, which I think will be super fun to use in the spring and summer months and which will allow you to experiment with so many different looks! These include both makeup and skincare products from some of my favourite brands: Yes To, Glo Skin Beauty, Pixi, Make Up For Ever and Sothys!

Here's a breakdown of the products you could win:

Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lips in Real Red, Peony Pink and Bare Beauty
Glo Skin Beauty Lipsticks in French Nude and It Girl
Pixi Glow-y Gossamer Duo in Subtle Sunrise

Feeling lucky? Entering is easy, all you need to do is fill out the box below. The first few entries are mandatory, and more entry options will be unlocked once you complete the first few. This giveaway is open internationally. For full terms and conditions, see the Rafflecopter box. Good luck!


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I recently introduced you all to PURITO, a Korean skincare brand that distinguishes itself for its cruelty-free stance and that focuses on delivering high-quality products made from non-toxic, EWG-certified ingredients. I posted an in-depth review of the PURITO Centella Green Level Buffet Serum, and this time around, I'm back to share a couple more products I have been using together with the serum, namely the PURITO Centella Green Level Recovery Cream and the PURITO Centella Green Level Safe Sun*. I always get excited to try new skincare products and report back on how they perform, as I myself like to research products before trying them out. I hope you find this post helpful if this is your first dive into Korean skincare as well!


The PURITO Green Level Recovery Cream is a light, non-greasy moisturizer that is packed full of hydrating ingredients and can be used both on the face and body. The base is made out of 50% Centella Asiatica extract, also known as tiger grass, a perennial plant native to the wetlands of Asia and that is made up of Asiaticoside, Madacassic and Asiatic acid. The Recovery Cream also contains a plethora of rich, plant-based ingredients such as squalane, glycerin, 2% niacinamide, macadamia seed oil, shea butter, argan oil, mushroom extract, witch hazel, bergamot fruit oil, and lavender oil, just to name a few.


Not only is it great to lock in moisture, but the Recovery Cream also helps whiten the skin, stimulates collagen production, provides an anti-wrinkle defence, helps calm inflamed skin and also helps minimize hyperpigmentation. The scent is very botanical and uplifting, and since it is synthetic-fragrance free, it is especially great for sensitive skin. I enjoy wearing this cream during the day on days when I don't need to step outside and don't have to worry about applying sun protection.


If you are someone who avoids heavy creams but still wants to experience the benefits of a nutrient-rich moisturizer, the Recovery Cream provides just that.


I've also been reaching for the PURITO Centella Green Level Safe Sun on days when I get out of the house, a moisturizer which provides SPF50+ PA++++. The formula is 70% water-based, making it super easy to spread without leaving a white cast or a sticky feeling. Since I often wear makeup when heading out, I appreciate when I can find a daily face lotion that can protect my skin yet not disturb my makeup application, and this one does just that. Safe Sun protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays while also brightening and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


Safe Sun can also be used on both the face and body and, like with any sunscreen, should be reapplied if spending a prolonged time in the sun or following a dip in water to keep the skin protected throughout the day. Once again, this sun protection cream contains the star ingredient, Centella Asiatica extract, as well as glycerin, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, olive oil, lavender oil, and chamomile flower oil. As we are entering the warmer, sunny time of the year, I know I will be getting a lot of use out of this sunscreen lotion in the coming months.


I personally avoid using heavily-scented, greasy sunscreens, and Safe Sun is my definition of the perfect sun protective cream formulation.

I love everything PURITO stands for because they are so transparent and put research into ensuring that their products are safe to use for both adults and children. I also appreciate that their skincare line is so affordable for the high-calibre ingredients they formulate their products with. I would highly recommend you try their line, their products truly are top-notch!

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If you've been following this blog for a while, you know how much of a fan of iHerb I am! I first stumbled across the superstore's website around the same time I started blogging back in 2012 (time flies), and I've been purchasing from them ever since. Never heard of iHerb? You've been missing out! Let me bring you up to speed. iHerb is a world leader in guaranteeing the best overall value to customers when it comes to natural products, carrying more than 30,000 products. They offer a Triple Guarantee for 100% customer satisfaction: value guarantee (as mentioned above), quality guarantee (they are based in California and assure U.S.- based brand authenticity as well as quality assurance by shipping from climate-controlled warehouses), and delivery guarantee (with free or discounted shipping to over 150 countries). If like me you are located outside of the U.S., you can look into shipping methods to your country. I was recently introduced to Azelique, a vegan and cruelty-free skincare line exclusive to iHerb and wanted to share how I have been getting along with this new-to-me range.

Azelique offers a selection of products that includes everything you need for a complete skincare routine, from a cleanser to an exfoliator, a day lotion, a night cream, a selection of serums, an eye treatment, and a face mask. Using a combination of both botanicals and nutraceuticals, this line offers a good balance of natural extracts as well as nutrient-rich active ingredients that are known for their efficacy and performance. The brand got its name, Azelique, from Azelaic Acid, an acid which has been found to diminish visible signs redness, blemishes, acne scarring and hyperpigmentation, as well as even out tone and texture, aka everything I deal with on a regular basis, so it's a match made in heaven.


Azelique Age Refining Cleanser

I've been using the Age Refining Cleanser both morning and evening, and what I love about it is that it's super gentle and suitable for all skin types, including sensitive, which I fall under. Once squeezed out of the tube, it appears clear, but combined with water, will slightly lather and turn into a white emulsion. It's great at breaking down face makeup without disturbing the skin's pH level or leaving my skin looking red or irritated. It has a light floral scent, and key ingredients include vitamins E, C and A, CoQ10, green tea leaf extract, grape seed oil, olive leaf extract, acai berry, and rosehip extract.

Azelique Age Refining Skin Polish

Twice a week, I like to reach for the Age Refining Skin Polish, a heavy-duty physical facial exfoliator. It contains white micro granules that help dislodge and lift impurities that are found deep in the pores. Once applied, I simply massage the product in circular motions for a minute with a light hand, and rinse. After recently receiving a facial which included extractions, I am being more diligent about ensuring my pores are as clear as they can be, and this polish has been a welcome addition to my skincare stash. Since the formula is on the slightly grittier side, it's also great to treat dry patches. Also, a little goes a long way!

Azelique Age Refining Activated Charcoal & Clay Mask

The Activated Charcoal & Clay Mask is pretty neat as it's a hybrid between a mask and a mechanical exfoliator. The mask is made from a base of activated charcoal, kaolin clay, bentonite clay and sea kelp for the ultimate detoxifying effect. It also contains glycolic acid, which helps even out skin tone, hyaluronic acid, which acts as a humectant, and apricot seed powder for a polishing effect which kicks in when massaging prior to rinsing. When I first apply the mask, I feel a slight warming sensation for the first few minutes (nothing uncomfortable), which then switches to a cooling sensation. I like to do this mask once a week and leave it on for roughly 15 minutes - by then, the mask has dried and turned light grey and my pores are peaking through the mask, revealing that the mask has done its work by absorbing excess sebum.


Azelique Anti-Aging Retinol Vitamin A Facial Serum

I've been on the lookout for a skincare product containing retinol to add to my daily routine, so I was excited to come across the Anti-Aging Retinol Vitamin A Facial Serum. In case you weren't aware, retinol is basically vitamin A, which applied topically helps with the skin renewal process and reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and pore size and will overall improve your skin tone. This liquid serum also contains jojoba esters, pumpkin seed extract, vitamin E, barley seed extract, peach leaf extract and oat seed extract. I like alternating between this serum with the next one, applying it all over my face and neck before moving on to moisturizer.

Azelique Age Refining Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant, meaning it draws moisture from its surroundings, that is naturally present in the body, but it can also be incorporated into a water-based skincare product. Applying hyaluronic acid topically is known to not only boost hydration and plump the skin but also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The Age Refining Hyaluronic Acid Serum has more of a liquid-gel consistency and my skin drinks this stuff right up! If you've been dealing with dehydrated skin like I have these last few weeks (thanks frigid temperatures), this serum will also help boost the performance of the face products you will apply afterwards as it will help retain moisture.


Azelique Age Refining Day Lotion

I've been reaching for the Age Refining Day Lotion every morning after cleansing and applying a serum. What I like is that the weightless formula absorbs super quickly which makes this moisturizer perfect to apply before moving on to doing your makeup. It contains a mix of CoQ10, vitamins A, C and E as well as other botanical extracts such as safflower seed oil, grape seed oil, witch hazel, green tea leaf extract, acai berry fruit extract and pomegranate seed oil. It has a light floral scent and does not leave a greasy residue behind, something I personally prefer when it comes to facial products I reach for during the day.

Azelique Age Refining Night Cream

At night, I always opt for a heavier cream or facial oil, and I've been using the Age Refining Night Cream consistently for the last few weeks. Housed in a thin bottle with a pump dispenser just like the day lotion, this cream feels slightly oilier once applied, yet does not leave the skin feeling greasy. What I also like is that you can feel the firming effect it has within a couple of minutes following application. Once again, this product contains a handful of nutraceuticals and botanical extracts high in antioxidants and polyphenols which help calm the skin. It also has resveratrol ferment, which helps increase collagen production as well as even out and brighten the skin.

Azelique Age Refining Eye Treatment

The last step in my skincare routine is the Age Refining Eye Treatment. I've been using this fragrance-free eye cream morning and night, as the skin around my eyes has been on the drier side the last few weeks, and I've been needing all the help I can get! It contains coffee extract, which helps reduce puffiness around the eyes as well as glycolic acid to gently exfoliate the sensitive area around the eyes. This eye treatment has a light creamy texture that absorbs quickly into the skin. Moisturizing around my eyes also helps prevent my concealer from creasing throughout the day, so it's definitely become a must-have for me.

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K-beauty has gained a lot of popularity in the Western world in recent years, and I for one have definitely been sucked into trying various brands out and even showcased some here on the blog throughout the years. The latest brand to have caught my attention is PURITO*. What makes them stand out from the rest, you ask? Not only are they cruelty-free, but they are also conscious and honest about the ingredients that go into their products, which are all EWG Verified, meaning they were tested for their overall hazard to the human body and were deemed as safe. The name PURITO is a fusion of the words "purify" and "to", which stands for soil. Thus, their ideology is based on ensuring that you are only exposed to the cleanest ingredients that come from the earth.


I've been testing out a handful of their products in the last few weeks, and the first one I wanted to share with you is the Centella Green Level Buffet Serum*. They pretty much hit the nail on the head with the name, as it's basically a generous offering of "food for your skin." Serums are something I didn't think I needed until I actually gave them a chance and this one from PURITO rates pretty high up there for me, and definitely figures in my top five.

This water-based, nutrient-rich serum contains a blend of acids and peptides, including 49% Centella Asiatica extract, or Asiatic pennywort extract, which includes Asiaticoside, Asiatic acid and Madecassic acid, as well as hyaluronic acid, collagen and ceramide. It is also formulated with a Palmitoyl Peptide Complex to protect and reinforce your skin barrier from environmental aggressors as well as 3% Niacinamide. Its invigorating and fresh botanical scent comes from a blend of camellia leaf extract, bergamot fruit oil and lavender oil.


The texture is watery yet has a slight gel-like feel to it and does not feel sticky whatsoever. It feels super hydrating and my dry winter skin has been drinking it up in seconds. Since serums contain a higher concentration of active ingredients, that means a little goes a long way and you get more bang for your buck, with the ingredients penetrating the skin faster and more effectively, and since the formula is alcohol-free, your skin will be moisturized longer since it does not evaporate. It also has anti-inflammatory, anti-wrinkle, and whitening properties, while also stimulating collagen production and reducing pigmentation. This serum is great for all skin types, including sensitive skin and what I especially appreciate is that it is one of the most affordable clean serums I have come across!

If you are someone who likes skincare products that offer a weightless feel and stray away from oily skin bases, the Centella Green Level Buffet Serum will be your new BFF. I've been pairing this serum with a couple of other PURITO products, which I will be sharing in an upcoming post, so stay tuned to learn more!

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As I'm sure is the case for many of us, when I first started dabbling in all things skincare, I feared to apply oils directly on my face. As a teenager, I had oilier skin and as someone who deals with acne on the regular, the thought of oils actually helping and not making my skin break out more didn't make sense to me. As I learned, the right oil or oil blend for your skin will help maintain your moisture barrier and also make your skin more resilient thanks to the high vitamin content and antioxidants that will nourish, strengthen and protect it.

The first oil I decided to try back in the day was pure coconut oil because it was so raved about, yet it, unfortunately, broke me out. I later found out that this oil rates quite high on the comedogenic (pore-clogging) scale, which I had not realized. I personally still use it to remove heavy eye makeup but refrain from using it all over my face, although I know that some people can tolerate it. That is when I started to explore other carrier oil options, first trying rosehip oil, then sesame oil, sea buckthorn oil, argan oil, and the list goes on! With regular use over the years, I have found that these have helped calm my skin, as well as fade my scars. I also personally love applying them on my eyebrows and eyelashes at night. I still enjoy using the above oils in their pure form, but I've also been testing out a handful of blends for both face and body in the last few months, and I figured I would share some of my current favourites with you since I think they are worth checking out.


GRAYDON FULLMOON SERUM

I've fallen hard and fast for the Graydon Fullmoon Serum*. I kept hearing amazing things about this Canadian brand from YouTuber Allana Davison (who also happens to be Canadian!) and this girl has a knack for making me want to try ALL the skincare she is recommending! The Fullmoon Serum is one of their newer releases and has a beautiful blue tint. It contains various plant-derived actives to replenish and hydrate the skin. I've been using it for the last two months and not only does it smell beyond lovely (think super fresh), but it is also great if, like me, you suffer from redness and inflammation and need something calming and soothing and that won't leave your skin looking all fired up and irritated. From protein-rich African Mahogany collagen to hyaluronic acid, retinol, moringa leaf, blue tansy and *the cherry on the cake* malachite gemstone infusion (oh yes!), this luxurious serum with leave you wanting to try everything the brand has to offer. Next on my wishlist? Their Face Food Mineral Mist, because how amazing does that sound?

DERMA E ILLUMINATING ROSEHIP CRANBERRY FACE OIL

I've also been really enjoying the Derma E Illuminating Rosehip Cranberry Face Oil* because despite it being an oil blend, it sinks in quickly without leaving an unwanted oily residue or icky feeling for hours. One thing I appreciate about this brand is that their skincare is quite affordable for the wonderful ingredients they contain, and even my local health food store carries their products - they've really stepped it up recently and carry a ton more products, which makes this girl really happy! I will use 4-5 drops on its own and gently pat it all over my face and neck. I also like to mix it in with the Double Happiness Face Oil Potion for a nice little face oil concoction since the potion is oilier and the Derma E oil helps dilute it a bit. Rosehip oil is one of my favourite oils to reduce scarring and stretch marks. I highly recommend it if you have yet to try it!

PURA BOTANICALS NEROLI EYE RITUAL

Tired of looking tired? Of course, nothing beats a good night's rest, but on days when my under eyes have taken a bit of a beating from restlessness, the Pura Botanicals Neroli Eye Ritual* has been coming to the rescue. It features a handy rollerball applicator and all I need to do is roll some oil underneath my eyes and over my eyelids, gently dab it in and just let it do its thing! The ingredient list is super minimal, and on top of neroli oil, this product also contains lavender oil, rosehip oil, jojoba oil and aloe vera leaf juice - that's it! This vegan company is also Canadian (based in Edmonton), with all of their products being handcrafted in house at their studio and they carry a whole range of amazing-sounding skincare products.


LEGENDARY APOTHECARY SMOOTH FEET

My feet, especially my heels, have been bearing the brunt of this dry winter weather and I was on the lookout for a nourishing foot oil, and that is exactly what I found in the Legendary Apothecary Smooth Feet*. A family recipe passed down four generations, the co-creator released it to market after making this promise to her grandmother. All it contains is vegetable glycerin, pure lavender oil and sugar cane alcohol. To apply, use a full dropper for each foot, making sure they are dry and clean. It is best to use it at bedtime by first letting your feet air dry for a few minutes to reduce the sticky feeling. I've been doing this after every shower combined with using a scrub to exfoliate and my feet have never looked better!

UMA ABSOLUTE ANTI AGING BODY OIL

I've been in love with every single product I've tried from this brand, and the Uma Absolute Anti Aging Body Oil* is no exception. It has the same signature scent I have come to love from other Uma products I have tried, which I would describe as an exotic spice blend with a muskier top note, making it a very enjoyable aromatherapy experience. I would describe this to be more of a dry oil because it barely feels greasy once applied, but leaves your skin with the most beautiful, healthy glow. Made from a base of pomegranate, moringa, grapeseed and jojoba oils and enhanced with essential oils of rose, neroli, sandalwood, frankincense, grapefruit and juniper berry (that is all!), this 100% natural and organic body oil is not only rich in antioxidants, but it also helps repair dry and damaged skin, such as from scars, stretch marks, or sun damage. Uma offers luxury skincare so their prices are quite steep, but if you are looking to treat yourself (or someone you love) to the good stuff, Uma is where it's at.

That wraps up my top serum and face and body oils blends of the moment! Are you big into skincare oils as well?

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I've been itching to film a makeup tutorial since it's been ages since I've done one, and with some sunny weather finally cooperating, I knew it was a sign to get on it! I've been keeping my makeup pretty simple these days, nothing too complicated or time-consuming. I have been doing a few steps differently though which I find make for a positive change, which I share with you in this Chatty Get Ready With Me. I also talk about chopping a chunk of my hair off on my own earlier this week, so if you'd like to know if it was a triumphant success or a major fail, you'll have to tune in to find out! I also fill you in on what new tools and techniques I've incorporated into my skincare routine and that have been total game changers. If you would like me to do a separate post on these, do let me know!


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