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Saturday Skin's Rise + Shine Gentle Cleanser is a Skin Cleansing Warrior

Saturday Skin's Rise + Shine Gentle Cleanser is a Skin Cleansing Warrior





At the end of last fall I had decided to ditch soapy face cleansers for the entire winter season because for the past two years, every winter, my skin would dry up and flake all winter. It was really bad situation and especially disgusting around my nose. Exfoliating made it come back with a vengeance within a day and wearing makeup made it looks 10x worse than it was. So, I picked up an oil cleanser and it helped my winter skin a ton by swapping sebum for hydrating oils.  

Now that spring has made it's appearance, I decided to get back on the frothy, foamy, soapy cleanser train. I really wanted to avoid a product that made my skin feel tight after cleansing but still made my face feel squeaky clean. I picked up Saturday Skin's Rise + Shine Gentle Cleanser but I was definitely a little wary at first. That millennial pink packaging, as pretty as it is, was making me wonder if it's just good branding with a subpar product. 


Well... I was very happy with my first try! I used a pea sized amount with my electric facial brush and went for it. This stuff lathers up like crazy! It looked like shaving cream on my face. I don't know if if that's everyones cup of tea but it was super satisfying for me. I also used it without an electric brush and it lathered up beautifully as well but I just reaaally liked it with a brush. 


Their website says it's made with apple extracts which lightens and brightens skin tone, has anti-aging benefits and helps with hydration while the peach extracts help regenerate skin tissue, lighten dark circles and smoothes out fine lines. However, while looking at the ingredient list, theres a whole slurry of extracts in it.


Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract, also known as the soap bark tree is an alternative to soap since it lathers up with contact to water. This must be the reason the cleanser has such a luxurious lather.


Ananas Sativus Fruit Extract is pineapple extract and it contains antioxidants and skin soothing properties.


Actinidia Chinensis Fruit Extract is the super fancy term for kiwi extract. This extract is a collagen stimulant thus helping with firmness. It also contains an enzyme that helps exfoliate skin. 


Fragaria Vesca Fruit Extract aka strawberry extract, is known to brighten skin complexion and is loaded with antioxidants thanks to the high amount of vitamin c. 


Vitis Vinifera Fruit Extract which is grape seed extract is known to be an anti fungal, anti microbial and an antioxidant. It contains malic acid which is an AHA that helps break down top layers of skin.


Hydrolyzed Avocado Protein stimulates the hyaluronic acid that is in our skin to restore volume to mature and dehydrated skin. 


The cleanser doesn't leave my skin tight and dry and that would be thanks to it being packed with oils like lemon peel, cedar wood, sweet lemon, grapefruit, eucalyptus, lavender and rosemary oil. I can hardly notice any scent in it but in reading other peoples reviews, they have mentioned a light apple scent. 


Last but not least, it's made without parabens, sulphates, synthetic colours or synthetic fragrance and it's cruelty free.

You can purchase Saturday Skin through Sephora here

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My Search for the Holy Grail of Deodorants has Ended

My Search for the Holy Grail of Deodorants has Ended



I was in my late teens when I bought and used my first deodorant. It was a gel type from Secret and I felt so incredibly fancy to be adding a scented product into my self-care routine which only really consisted of the basics plus plucking my eyebrows to death. However, I usually forgot to wear it and I yearned to need it more than I actually did. Classic childhood anecdote or wanting to be "grown up".

As I got older, I still kept a deodorant in my stash for days I wore fabrics that weren't breathable or on the off chance that I wanted my pits to smell like fresh linen. I never actually needed it until I gave birth to Quinn last year and started suffering horribly from night sweats, day sweats and pretty much all-the-time-sweats. It seriously took me by surprise and since first time moms go through a whole lot of change all at once, I never really had much time to think about what was going on. 

As the months rolled by and my hormones started to balance out, things started getting better but never quite the same. I still hadn't caught up with the habit of putting on deodorant every day (sorry friends!) and even though I had been given the advice to put it on right after taking a shower; I really hated the way my deodorants felt (fyi, I've tried many!) so I would often wait to put it on until I forgot about it all together. However, one thing was clear... I will never again be able to go deodorant free without harming someone's nostrils. 

I purchased Fresh's Roll-on Sugar Deodorant/Antiperspirant since I've been really loving their other products lately and felt confident enough in their brand to try this product blindly. I was not disappointed. 

Firstly, antiperspirant is a well documented un-loved product because of studies that theorize aluminum's association with cancer and kidney problems. However, these claims aren't scientifically proven and just add to the list of things I should be wary of in my 30's like eat generic hotdogs and wear my contacts 15 hours a day. I do them anyways, because yolo. 

Also, if you're worried about aluminum plugging up your sweat ducts and preventing toxins from being released, you have nothing to worry about because toxins are filtered through your liver and kidneys and exit the body through urine. 

Fresh's deodorant uses sugar and it's not just for the amazing sweet lemony scent of the product but because sugar is actually a bacteria killing ingredient. Since bacteria can't metabolize the sugar, they'll just starve and die. But, my favourite aspect of this roll-on is that once you apply it and it dries, it is absolutely undetectable. No more sticky armpits and no more powdery stains on your clothes! It is literally second skin and added bonus; washing it off is a breeze as well.

After a full day of grocery shopping and running errands this past week, I detected zero smell. This is honestly the body odour product of my dreams and my inner goddess is yodelling from the top of mount glorious and her aura is sparkling like diamonds.

I haven't noticed any sweating either which had become such a nuissance in my new postpartum life but finally I've found some relief. Now if only I can roll this on over my face and décolletage, I'd be all set. Jokes aside, I give this product two thumbs up for it's toughness on odour and perspiration while having the most soft and sweet scent, having the ability to dry quickly, stay undetectable and wash off easily.

Fresh Sugar Deodorant Antiperspirant C$25 at Sephora

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Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask is the Perfect Mask for Self Care Sunday

Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask is the Perfect Mask for Self Care Sunday


The Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask feels like a thick luxurious cream and smells like a Campino strawberry cream candy (fond childhood memories).

When I went to purchase this mask, I was set out to look for a mask that would wash off easily. I had gotten eyelash extensions the week before and most of the masks that I own are a little tough to wash off (which could interfere with the longevity of my extensions) so I was reaching for them less often and let me tell you, these eyelashes look bangin so they're here to stay.

I couldn't let that come in the way of my love for masking though and I ended up finding the perfect mask to soothe my skin. First thing, the price was very reasonable and Laneige has an excellent reputation for having great products. Since purchasing this mask, they've stopped carrying it at Sephora but you can still get it through them directly here.

The mask is formulated with a berry salad of extracts which include blueberry, raspberries, wolf berries, cranberries and strawberries which have great antioxidant properties. It also is made with fermented yogurt which will soothe and firm your skin. Topical antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals that are caused by the environment. These free radicals attack the collagen in your skin which leads to a plethora of issues such as sun damage, wrinkles and inflammation. The mask is also formulated with niacinamide which is one of my favourite skincare ingredients which visibly and effectively brightens and tones your complexion (among other things, but from my experience, niacinamide has always made me glow instantly).

They recommend using it once of twice a week but I've actually been using it more often. Whenever I feel a little tightness in my skin caused by the dry weather, I've reached for this mask and after the treatment my skin becomes comfortable again.

You don't need a lot of the product, just a thin layer will do and it gives a nice cooling sensation once applied. The mask stays moist but may "disappear" as it dries. I also left it on as long as my heart desired with no negative side effects and I just wipe it off with a warm wash cloth.

If you're looking to add a skin soothing, moisturizing and free radical busting product in your skincare stash, something that is perfect for a long bath while sipping rosé and binge watching Jessica Jones, this is your guy. You can purchase it through LaNeige by following this link.

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Olaplex No. 3 on Virgin Hair

Olaplex No. 3 on Virgin Hair



I'm pretty low maintenance with my hair. I like the idea of styling products and blow outs and fancy shampoos but I tend to try things out for a week and then put my hair goals on the back burner until the next cool product makes my eyes twinkle.

I typically blow-dry my hair at least twice a week and use a round brush to style the front while letting the rest of my hair to what it pleases. IGK has released some products that are a lazy girl's dream so I'm itching to try out their products (Dirty Spray is totally my jam).

Another product that was brought up to me by a friend was Olaplex No. 3. I didn't know anything about it and after doing a little research, it seemed like a one of a kind product and I needed to try it out STAT! The product is said to repair the structure of hair by relinking broken disulfide bonds. Disulfide bonds give your hair elasticity and strength and when they're weakened through chemical processing and heat styling, the hair bends and becomes damaged.

All the reviews I read were done by people with colour treated hair or severe damage but the Olaplex website states that it can be used on virgin hair as well but what would be the benefit of that? I decided I would find out.

According to Olaplex, you should apply a generous amount of product to towel dried hair and if your hair has buildup, you should shampoo first. I may have had some banana puree dried-up in my hair so I decided to shampoo my hair (I shampooed twice actually. A tip from a beauty insta-influencer) and then I applied about a one fifth of the bottle in my hair and I raked my fingers through to get it well dispersed (my hair is currently a little past my shoulders).

Olaplex also says to keep it in for a minimum of 10 minutes but the longer you keep it in the better it will work. Another tip given to me was to wear it overnight. I don't own a shower cap so I tied a plastic bag around my head. I swear. For someone who obsesses over beauty and skincare, I really didn't look the part at that moment. So I slept with a plastic bag on my head with no problems (it was meant to be) and in the morning I shampooed the product out and then used my normal conditioner. After brushing my hair with my beloved Wet Brush, I let it air dry for about an hour.

The first thing I noticed is that my post partum hair regrowth which is mostly around the side of my forehead looked "fluffy" and they're normally flat against my head. I don't know if this is good or bad but I figured I'd find out once I blow dry my hair.

I noticed that blowdrying my hair took less time than usual which is a plus. I used a round brush to set my hair around my face and that also took less time. My hair felt a bit softer and had a more elegant bend and the ends as if I had styled my whole head. I clipped my hair into a bun to avoid going bald by my son and his new found strength. My baby hair at the nape of my neck were tame, straight and soft and they're usually an unruly mess.

So basically the treatment gave me a nicer version of my hair. Some problematic spots, like my frizzy baby hairs, we're smoothed out and my naturally straight hair had a nice bounce to it.

I'm also the type of person who doesn't have nice "next day hair". I have a cowlick that becomes unmanageable overnight, the texture of my hair becomes less desirable and my hair becomes limp and sad. However, after the treatment and a day later, I brushed out my hair and it was still bouncy and soft with nice bends at the ends.

Overall, I think this is an amazing one of a kind product and can transform virgin hair to be a healthier version of itself. However, at $38CAD for only 100mL, it's pretty expensive and time consuming to apply so the people who would most benefit from this product are ones with coarse textured, curly or damaged hair but people will virgin hair will also get beautiful results.

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Petit Vour February Box Reveal

Petit Vour February Box Reveal




With tomorrow being March already and each passing day getting brighter for longer, I feel a little extra pep in my step. I'm look forward to long walks on a sunny day, my best friends wedding in Bordeaux (I'm the maid of honour!) and playing in the waterpark with my little fam. I'm going to do my best to stay optimistic as the seasons change because it's so easy for me to get bogged down with responsibilities and anxieties that before I know it, summer is over and I didn't do shhh...t 👎

Another thing I look forward to is my monthly subscription to Petit Vour. My latest box had 4 amazing goodies that are certified cruelty free.

I was excited to finally be able to try a product from Derma E as I've heard great things about the brand and their products. I received the Purifying Daily Detox Scrub with Activated Charcoal which aims to remove impurities and pollutants. It's formulated with Kimarine Wakame (mmm... wakame salad...) which fights against pollution, Bladderwrack which is another type of seaweed that hydrates the skin, Activated Charcoal which is very well known to be able to pull impurities out of your skin and apricot seed powder to exfoliate. Apricot seed power? I'm getting flashbacks of high school and my St Ives Apricot Scrub. Ouch!

I was surprised to find that the apricot particles were a bit sharp however there weren't a lot of them so it wasn't aggressive. The scrub comes out as a silvery cream and a dime sized amount can do your whole face. It has a really nice cooling effect (there's menthol in the ingredients) and it washed off easily.

From Zabana Essentials I received the Tamanu Calendula Face Balm which is an antioxidant rich balm with ingredients to combat acne, redness, scars, wrinkles and dryness. The Tamanu tree originates in Southest Asia and the Polynesian Islands and was once considered sacred by the Polynesians and has both beauty and health benefits.

I'm not sure what Tamanu oil smells like but the balm smells like citronella. It's really earthy and lovely as a scent and I didn't find it overwhelming. I used a dime sized amount on my face which was far too much. I would cut that down to less than a half dime if I wanted to cover my whole face. I applied this on bare skin to see how it felt and it's very much like a face oil. I would like this more layered on top of a moisturizer instead because I find face oils sit on top of my skin so I'm still left with the "tight skin" feeling underneath. I would use this after doing a clay mask to soothe redness and calm my skin.

The Creme Revealer concealer by Elate Cosmetics reminds me of a sheerer version of RCMA foundations. When removing the cover, I noticed some oil bubbles (as I did with my RCMA palette) and that's because it's formulated with a blend of oils. I used my fingertip to dab this on under my eyes and it worked great at keeping the area looking bright and hydrated. And damn son, look how pretty their highlighters and packaging are!

Finally the prettiest lip liner from Red Apple Lipsticks in the colour "Natural". This liner is waterproof and gluten-free (I didn't know people suffering from celiac disease can be intolerant to products with gluten applied topically!). Unsurprising to anyone who knows me personally, I don't own lip liner because I rarely wear colour on my lips and when I do, I typically wear long-lasting formulas. But, it doesn't hurt to have one liner in your arsenal and this is a really nice one to have.

I found it to be slightly creamy and pretty pigmented. I applied it all over my lips and wanted to wear a red lipstick on top to test but when I went to look in my stash, I was shocked to see all I own are about a dozen nude lipsticks and a few burgundy toned ones. Nothing else. Nada. Zip. Where'd they all go?

Oh yeah, I have a tendency to give away my lipstick to my mom and friends when they're over.

So, I just kept the lip liner on my lips because it looked pretty damn good. I have sightly darker lips and it looked like a dusky pink a bit on the warmer side and it pretty much covered my natural lip colour.

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[REVIEW] The Ordinary's AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

[REVIEW] The Ordinary's AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution


Tip: When first using this The Ordinary's Peeling Solution, scare your roommate or loved one when they ask what the hell is on your face. Answer "Fresh placenta mask" and walk away. I bet they'd believe you.

The red liquid is actually not all that horrifying if you're a skincare lover (we're used to putting all sorts of things on our faces!) and actually really helps you see how much you're putting on and where you're putting it.

The Ordinary advises this product to be used by people who are already experienced with acids. This is because the solution is extremely potent. It's actually not even available for sale in Canada*. It has a blend of 30% AHA and 2% BHA. To cut a long story short, AHA's are chemical exfoliants that do an enormous amount of skin benefitting work, some of which are exfoliation, wrinkle reduction, brightening, firming and reducing pigmentation issues. While AHA's are water soluble and work on the skin's surface, BHA's are oil soluble and will go deeper into your pores to do their dirty work.

They also advise not to use this longer than 10 minutes and no more than twice a week. I only had a little experience with acids, so I started using this for 6 minutes and once a week. I use this treatment only at night because it makes your skin sensitive to the sun and I don't use any other acid that morning, that night and the next morning. I gradually worked my way up to 10 minutes twice a week with no problems.

I use about two droppers worth of product which I drop into my palm then use my fingers to carefully smooth it onto my face avoiding my eye area. I set a timer to 10 minutes and I let it do it's work. The consistency is like a liquid-gel which stays put so don't worry about dancing around while this is on, it'll stay put. I wash this off with warm water, pay dry and then apply a soothing moisturizer.

This little miracle bottle is an instant facial. After the first use you will immediately notice your skin to be incredibly soft.The next morning you'll also notice your face to look a lot brighter. Long term use can also reduce the appearance of wrinkles and pigmentation. Since I use a medley of products to help with hyper pigmentation, once I added this to my weekly regime, I've noticed significant fading in my problem areas.

I cannot imagine my skincare stash without a bottle of this. People have compared this to Drunk Elephant's Baby Facial but with such a steep difference in price, how can you go wrong with The Ordinary?

If you choose to purchase The Ordinary through Beauylish, they will include super useful set of stickers so you can label your skincare.

*While the product isn't available in Canada, I was able to order mine with no problems through Beautylish. The Ordinary also will have something new available this year that will be within the Canadian standards for sale.

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