A couple of weeks ago I got the chance to check out the Ultra Calming line from Dermalogica at the Dermalogica Chalet. We got two items from the line to try out: the Calm Water Gel and the Barrier Defence Booster. I’ve been using the two for a couple of weeks now and I think I can give you my opinion on the two!
Calm Water Gel
The Calm Water Gel ($65 CAD) is a moisturizer to help sooth sensitive skin. The texture is unique as it’s a very watery gel. When it comes out of the tube, it’s a gel, but when you mix it in your hands, it becomes very watery. The directed use is to ‘activate’ this moisturizer by rubbing it together in your hands and then patting it on. I would say this a good moisturizer, but if you have extremely flakey skin, I would recommend more of a thicker cream. This worked fine for me as it was more of a ‘barrier’ than a mositurizer. I didn’t feel a deep down moisturize, but after putting it on my skin, it felt refreshed and natural without making my skin feel greasy. I had some really dry patches on my upper lip after doing laser, which never really got fully smooth. This might not be considered ‘dry’ skin, but I still expected some relief or moisture benefits.
Barrier Defense Booster
The Barrier Defense Booster ($101 CAD) is an oil to both relieve dryness and help to prevent against further irritation. I actually really like this product. I’ve just started to dabble in facial oils and I find they actually do help a lot. I’ve always stayed away from oil based products because of my oily-combination skin. I find that oils help to improve the texture of my skin and help keep my makeup looking fresh. I’ve been using the Barrier Defense Booster under my moisturizer and it’s been working very well! My skin has felt smooth and moisturized during this cold biting winter.
In general, I think if you have really sensitive skin, the Ultra Calming line is worth looking into. I can definitely see myself using up these products, but not sure if I’ll be repurchasing. The price point is really high on these, and even though I do think they make my skin better, do they make it that much better?
With this being said, I’m curious to try more Dermalogica products in the future!
It’s almost comforting thinking about spring, especially when winter still is in full swing! One way I get my mind on warmer thoughts is through new makeup launches! Mary Kay has a couple of new items out for spring so I thought I would share!
Essential Brush Collection
One thing that I haven’t seen much from Mary Kay are brushes! I feel like a lot of companies are starting to get on the brush train. The Essential Brush Collection ($75 CAD) contains 5 brushes for a full look:
All Over Powder Brush
Eye Smudger Brush
All Over Eye Shadow Brush
Eye Crease Brush
I’m pretty happy with the quality of these brushes and synthetic brushes I find work a bit better than natural hair. The powder and cheek brushes are very dense and fluffy which is something I look for in my larger face brushes. The eye brushes are pretty similar to others that I’ve used. The brushes are super soft!
Mineral Colour Eye Colour Quad
There are two colour quads in this collection ($21 each): berry haute and shades of jade. Similar to other Mary Kay quads, these come in a magnetic format that you can snap easily into a magnetized palette. I noticed for the two in the Spring 2018 palettes, the shadows themselves seemed a bit smaller than prior collections.
Mary Kay Berry Haute Swatches
Mary Kay Shades of Jade Swatches
In comparison to other Mary Kay eye quads, I thought some of the pigmentation was a bit lacking. It was still pretty strong when swatching with a finger, but when trying to create eye looks with it, I found I wasn’t able to really pull the look together. I think the colour combinations are really pretty, but the last Mary Kay quads still take the cake for me!
Satin Body Collection
The Satin Body collection throws me back to some of the Satin Body items from a couple of years ago with their hand and lip care collections! The collection comes with 4 items:
Shea Scrub ($22 CAD)
Shea Wash ($22 CAD)
Shea Lotion ($22 CAD)
Whipped Body Cream ($26 CAD)
All items are scented with white tea and citrus which is a clean scent. It has a bit of a purfume-y edge, but something I’d still use.
Mary Kay Whipped Shea Body Cream
Opening the whipped body cream, I couldn’t stop staring at those swirls! Too cool!!
And there is the Spring 2018 Mary Kay collection! Anything catch your eye?
Limited edition collections always seem to pull at my heart strings. The Rifle Paper Co. for L’Occitane collection was especially tempting because I’m such a huge fan of both brands. I went a bit crazy, buying a few sets from the collection. I thought it made sense because I was able to get a free gift set for buying over $65. At least, that’s what I told myself.
Nourishing Shea Body Ritual Set
One of the reasons why I was so enthralled with this collection was this nourishing shea butter kit. I CAN’T!! It’s just so darn cute. I can’t wait to use the tin case for….something. This kit contains some L’Occitane favourites such as their ultra rich body cream, ultra rich body scrub, hand cream, and shower oil. The hand cream is already one of my favourites, and I’ve only heard good things about the rest of the items. The limited edition packaging looks so cute! Can’t wait to dig into this!
Petite Shea Butter Trio
I have never tried any of their potted shea butters, so I was curious. I’m not a huge fan of potted lip balms, but was thinking of trying this one out. The three pots have that cute Rifle Paper Co print in: classic, rose and apricot. I think this would be a great gift set for someone as well. I’m hoping to break up the 3 pots to combine with the hand creams (which is the next item I bought) to make a little galentines gift!
Hand Cream Kisses
The Hand Cream Kisses set has four mini hand creams in rose, cherry blossom, almond and shea. The cherry blossom and the shea are already a huge favourite for me. I love to carry these around with me in my purse. They’re the perfect size in that they don’t take up a lot of space, but also have a decent amount of product in them. This set also has another really cute tin that will probably make its way into blog photos!
Gift with Purchase
The gift with purchase is such a good set! The bag is unbelievably adorable and such a good size! I know everyone has so many gift with purchase bags in their collection, but I can definitely see myself using this one. It’s a soft canvas and the shape seems good for a purse. This kit contains a mini rose hand cream, body cream and bar soap. I’m surprised that the rose isn’t in the Rifle Paper Co packaging, but I’m not complaining.
You can still get this limited edition gift with purchase by buying instore or online (using the code BEMINE) up until today, Feb 11. If you buy at least $25 you qualify for 4 mini Rifle Paper Co cards. Past the $65 threshold, you’ll get both the postcards and the little pouch with product! (Promotion is for Canada only)
Any favourites from this collection for you? In love with L’Occitane and Rifle Paper Co as much as me?
Saje is one of the most well-known aromatherapy places in Canada, selling everything from air diffusers, reeds, candles, essential oils, and more. In my opinion, I think they really got off the ground and more popular in recent years thanks to their air diffusers.
The Saje AromaBreeze in white is the diffuser I have. Saje has many models to choose from, and the AromaBreeze is one of the upper-mid range models. The price of the diffuser is dependent on the misting duration (in hours) and how many square ft the mist will cover. With both of these in mind and thinking about the space, you should be able to find a good option.
The diffuser itself plugs into a regular electrical outlet. The upper part of the diffuser is removable to place your water in. Saje also gives you a little water measuring cup. I’m not too exact in my measurements, but this little cup is handy to fill it up either way.
The process itself is extremely simple. You fill the diffuser up with water and then add your favourite essential oils. I think most recommend 5-10 drops depending on the potency you want. In terms of cleaning, I asked Saje on twitter (they are extremely helpful through social media) what the recommended option was and here is their response:
Great question! We recommend wiping out the interior of your water tank with a soft cloth and rubbing alcohol. You can then clean out the ceramic disc in the base of the unit with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol. This should keep your diffuser running at it’s best!
The Best of Saje set is fantastic for those with a new diffuser. This kit contains 6 blends:
My favourite two of the bunch are Spa Spirit (a calming scent that does remind me of the spa) and Liquid Sunshine (a wonderful cheery citrus scent). This set is great that includes some good scents to introduce you to diffusing essential oils.
And there is a quick overview on my Saje diffusing materials! Do you have a diffuser? Any favourite blends?
This is the quickest turnaround for a post that I think I’ve ever done! Last night I went to a Dermalogica event to promote their new products along with their brick and mortar Dermalogica Chalet. This was my first introduction to Dermalogica personally so I was really excited to dive right in!
Dermalogica Chalet Services
I’ll first start with the Dermalogica Chalet itself. It’s located at 639 Queen St W in Toronto. It opens to the public today, January 18th 2018, and runs until Sunday (January 21, 2018) The decorations are Nordic with a very cozy feel! It was a chilly evening, so being inside was definitely a huge relief.
The Chalet is split up into a couple of different areas:
The first station that I hit was the Face Mapping Skin Analysis area. My friend Maria from Pink Petals and I did it together. One consultant used an iPad to record results (mine) while the other used pen and paper (hers). They asked us some questions about skin concerns, sensitivities, what our current routines are, etc. Then they used this magnifier light to get really close to our skin so they could take a better look at it.
My consultant said my skin was dehydrated (which I’m not surprised about) and mentioned the redness I have around the crease of my nose and cheeks. After they completed the analysis, we both got individualized skincare recommendations. This was helpful as Dermalogica has a LOT of different products for a LOT of different skin concerns!
The next thing that Maria and I did was get a treatment done at their Skin Bar. They are essentially 10 minute mini facials! My consultant was super nice and explained fully all the products she was using and why she was using them.
My skin currently still feels amazing. It feels hydrated without being greasy, and the texture is really nice! My consultant used some of the new products being featured from Dermalogica which i’ll get to in a bit.
Dermalogica ProSkin 30 Treatment
Something that I didn’t try was the longer, more substantial facial. It’s apparently 30 minutes with it being specialized to your specific skin concerns. I had a couple of friends try it in the evening and they seemed impressed!
From an onlooker perspective, one of the coolest things about the facial is the ambiance! It’s right at the front of the Chalet in a little ‘cavern’ with cushy faux fur lined chairs. It definitely seems like an original set up for a facial!
Service Price List
Below is a list of all the skin treatments you can do (described above) including their prices. I don’t think these prices are super expensive, and they are in the range for an average facial that I’ve gotten in the past.
Something else the Chalet functions as is a storefront for Dermalogica. They are specifically highlighting two of their new products: The Barrier Defense Booster and the Calm Water Gel. I had both used in my facial and I’m excited to start integrating them into my routine (we got some press samples to try them out further).
The Barrier Defense Booster is described as a “concentrated oil booster that nourishes skin, relieves dryness, and guards against discomfort”. The Calm Water Gel is a “weightless water-gel moisturizer that penetrates skin to lock in moisture”.
The chalet theme is perfect to promote these products as they are specifically designed for dry and sensitive skin. You can also purchase other Dermalogica products, not only these two new guys.
And there we have an overview of the Dermalogica Chalet! It was a fun night filled with good skincare and friends, so I’m happy!
As I mentioned, the Dermalogica Chalet will be in Toronto (639 Queen St W) for 4 days starting today and ending Sunday. The see the full hours of operations and to pre-book any appointments, you can do so through the Dermalogica website. If you’re looking to treat yourself and are in the area, I would definitely recommend checking it out!
Thanks for reading! Have a great day!
*Sent for review (I was invited to a Press Event which provided complementary services and product)
One thing that I’d like to explore more is Canadian beauty brands. This country is clock full of makeup that I haven’t really explored. One brand that I was recently introduced to is Annabelle Cosmetics. I’ve definitely seen them around while visiting drugstores, but never really grabbed anything. I got my makeup done last fall from Annabelle and was sent home some items to try. I’m just getting around to this post now between all the holiday releases and switching jobs!
Eye & Brow Palette
First up is the Eye & Brow Palette ($12.95 CAD). I was excited to try this as the colours are totally up my alley. I was curious to see how this palette compared to others that I’ve tired. Using this palette a couple of times, I would say it’s ‘ok’. I definitely wouldn’t say the quality is similar to the likes of Urban Decay, ABH, MAC, etc, but I do think this is a decent choice for the drugstore. Some of the lighter shades I had issues getting good pigmentation on, but if you build it up quite a bit, you can get a very natural eye. I do like that this palette has a mixture of mattes and shimmers with the two brow shades at the end. If you’re just starting to get into makeup, this might be a good choice to try playing around with.
I’m a huge fan of eyeliner so I’m always curious to try new ones. Unfortunately this one didn’t hit the mark for me. It was super creamy, but I found that it didn’t place very much pigment. I had to go over this with a liquid liner which definitely doesn’t work for me. I like my eyeliners super black, so unfortunately this is a thumbs down for me!
Eyeink Bubble Liquid Liner
The Eyeink Bubble liner is a cute concept, but I don’t really see myself using this on the regular. The tip is not a sharp point, but actually a round ‘bubble’. The formula on this is okay, but again, nothing mind blowing. I find that it has a bit of a thinner consistency than other liners that I’ve used. So I would say for an experiment this could work, but not really worth it for every day.
Waterline Luminous Eyeliner
Out of all the eyeliners I tried from Annabelle, this waterline one was my favourite. I don’t usually do anything on my waterline just because the shape of my eye, but this formula was creamy and natural. It has a pearl sheen which adds a nice look to the eyes. In terms of wear time, It didn’t last all day, but I honestly didn’t expect it to. If you’re looking for a waterline pencil to help brighten your eyes, I think this would be a nice choice to try.
Big Show Lip Shine
Unfortunately this lip gloss was a bit of a bust for me. It felt sticky on the lips, and the colour payoff wasn’t there. You would DEFINITELY need to wear a colour underneath this just because it’s mostly just glitter. I tried this on bare lips and it didn’t look great. The glitter just accentuated my lip lines, so this is a hard NO from me.
Biggy Bronzer Matte
I saved the best for last. The Biggy Bronzer Matte blew my expectations! I don’t use bronzer much, but have a couple of favourites that I turned to. Between both high end and drugstore, this is one of my favourites!! It looks extremely natural on, doesn’t look too orange, and it’s very easy to blend! I would highly recommend this bronzer!
And there we have some first impressions of Annabelle. Unfortunately a lot of the items didn’t blow me away, but I’m still curious to try more from the brand. The bronzer is such a great find and I was happy to add that to my collection! Any favourites from Annabelle that you’d recommend I try?
If you’re not too tired of hauls after this holiday season, I have another one coming at you! Sephora always has 20% off of sale at the end of the year and I ended up picking up a few things! It’s always nice to save money and I was able to use some of my giftcards too!
BITE Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip Set
I was alerted to this discounted set from Julie over at Swatch and Review! I was super interested in this set, but I’m glad I waited cause of the 20% sale! The BITE Amuse Bouche Liquified Lip Set contains 4 minis of their liquified lipstick formula. The four shades in this are Demi-Glace, Flambe, Braised, and Whip. I have the Mauvember liquified lipstick and love the formula! These are quite mini (about an inch or two), but for the sale price of of $17 CAD I think it’s definitely worth it!
ColourPop Amber Crystal Collection Bundle
Funny enough, this was one of those sets where I was thinking….why did I actually buy this? I didn’t really need anything in this kit (who really needs anything they buy from Sephora), but I was curious. I’ve tried everything a couple of times in the ColourPop Amber Crystal Collection Bundle and I’m actually really impressed! I would say this set it outside of the ‘hype’ colourpop items, so it was interesting for me to try items outside their shadows and lipsticks.
The lip balm is actually quite nice with a very nice mango scent. The tube itself looks very pigmented but it definitely sheers out a lot. I wouldn’t consider this even a tinted balm really. The highlighter is potent! A litte goes a long way! The only thing that kinda sucks about this kit is the spray bottle of the setting spray. I haven’t been able to truely test the setting spray because the bottle is actually the worst. Imagine the worst spray bottle you can think of and multiple that by 10. This one squirts out big thick droplets every which way and then drips all down the side. I’ll definitely have to switch this into another bottle!
Tocca Fragrance Wardrobe
This was a bit of an unexpected purchase for me. I don’t feature fragrance on here a lot and that’s because I don’t wear it very much. I have a Jo Malone fragrance that I pop out every now and again and also the Kat Von D fragrances which I actually do like (but never wear). The Tocca Fragrance Wardrobe has 7 rollerball fragrance which are perfect for on the go. The rollerball aspect appealed to me the most just because I find sprays can get a bit too potent. I’m excited to try these all out!
And there we have a mini Sephora haul! Short but sweet! Thanks for reading! Have a great day!
One thing that I look for in my hair care is any mention of the words “frizz” and “free” in the same sentence. This Giovanni 2chic has “frizz be gone” which is close enough. I was sent this shampoo and conditioner duo a couple of months ago and I’ve been using it ever since. I’m happy to give my full review of this line!
One of the best duos for frizz that I’ve ever used!
$15 CAD each
Let me start by saying I have EXTREMELY frizzy hair. Like, next level frizz. I have tons of flyaways, and hair that adds a couple of inches to my head. I’ve found some things that work, but nothing that has completely tamed my frizz. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this, but it did pass my expectations!
I’ll start off by giving a bit of info about Giovanni Cosmetics. They are said to be the “first full-range, salon-inspired hair care brand in natural stores and today is the #1 selling Hair Care line in the US natural industry”. I’ve never really tried natural hair care before and was curious how it would compare to other lines!
Top – Conditioner, Bottom – Shampoo
When I first used this I was surprised how thick the shampoo was. I’m used to my shampoos being more see-through or lighter so I was interested! Both the shampoo and conditioner are infused with shea butter and sweet almond oil so this could be the reason for the thickness! This shampoo lathers up quite well.
The conditioner is very similar to others that I’ve used in the past, and it works quite well! I’ve always used these two together and the experience has been great. There is a very mild scent to both the shampoo and conditioner that smells a bit like shea butter and almonds? (hmmm I wonder why that would be…? ;))
After rinsing the conditioner out of my hair, it feels extremely soft and smooth. I’ve been able to test this duo in many scenarios both with and without serum, air dry and blow dry. There is a serum in the 2chic line, but I’ve been using my regular frizz fighting serums. The biggest surprise for me has been how my hair has looked using NO serum. I haven’t been able to not user serum in a long time.
My picture above is completely air dried hair with no serum. Lets be clear, this isn’t totally straight perfect hair. But jeez if you’ve seen my regular hair this is 10x better than that. There is some frizz, but the flyaways aren’t crazy and it feels soft and smooth.
All in all I’m very happy with these hair care products. I would definitely repurchase them again on my own (you can get this line and more from Giovanni cosmetics on well.ca). I would say my first foray into natural haircare has been successful!!