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My Current Go-To Skincare Essentials

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With the seasons about to change and my skin always changing (thanks pregnancy hormones!), I am always looking out for new products to test out that are compatible with my skin’s current needs. There are so many great, new products out there that I’ve reviewed but I’ve found these ones are really working for me at the moment. They’ve become my go-to skincare essentials that my skin has been enjoying and I wanted to share them with you all πŸ™‚

My Current Go-To Skincare Essentials

Sekkisei Clear Cleansing Oil / $29 / 160ml / Available at Shoppers Drug Mart: I’ve become addicted to cleansers this year but I’ve found that a lot of them end up stripping my skin and making it feel tight and dry. So then I switched to a cleansing oil and my skin (and life) changed. I actually discovered this one back in March but didn’t start using it until this past month and I’ve been loving it ever since. It’s gentle yet effective at removing all makeup, dirt and impurities from your skin and leaving it feeling soft and supple. It’s formulated with herb extracts like coix seed oil, apricot kernel oil and grape seed oil, to name a few with provide tons of nourishment and hydration.

My Current Go-To Skincare Essentials

Mary Kay Botanical Effects Invigorating Scrub

Mary Kay Botanical Effects Invigorating Scrub / $21 / 88ml: Since my skin has been feeling extra dry, I always make sure to scrub my face with something that isn’t too rough on my skin but still gets the job done while leaving it feeling soft and smooth afterwards. This new Mary Kay scrub is formulated with natural exfoliating fruit seeds (which you can see above) that help unclog pores and get rid of any dead skin, as well as most of the ingredients come naturally derived from coconuts and apples. It also contains dragon fruit extract that helps fight damaging free radicals, as well as contains aloe extract that comes with tons of antioxidants. The scrub also smells amazing and gives my skin a nice glow whenever I use it.

My Current Go-To Skincare Essentials

La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Serum / $49 / 30ml / Available at Shoppers Drug Mart: I love a products that provide moisture and anti-aging benefits to my skin and when I can get those 2 qualities in one product, I love it even more. This anti-wrinkle serum from La Roche-Posay not only helps reduce wrinkles and fine lines over time but it also replumps your skin to give it more bounce and a suppler, healthier look overall. It feels really hydrating on my skin and very soothing so it’s a really nice anti-aging product to use when you don’t want to use anything that’s too aggressive.

My Current Go-To Skincare Essentials

From L-R: Vichy Aqualia Thermal Hydrating Serum & La-Roche Posay Hyalu B5 Serum

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Hydrating Serum / $42.95 / 30ml / Available at Shoppers Drug Mart: I love switching between this serum and the LR-P one depending on how my skin’s feeling. When I need more moisture, I gravitate towards this Vichy serum which compliments the moisturizer I’ve been loving lately.Β It contains hyaluronic acid, mineralized water and plant sugar mannose. The serum helps replenish dry and dehydrated skin to give it a dewy, soft and freshly hydrated feeling that lasts for 48 hours.

My Current Go-To Skincare Essentials

Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel / $68 / 15ml / Available at Sephora: Biossance is a new brand to me that has quickly become a new skincare favourite. This eye gel is very lightweight and helps with puffiness and dark circles. Sleeping has been HORRIBLE lately and I have to avoid looking into the mirror before putting this on because my eyes always look so bad. The formula is rich in peptides and squalane, which acts as a barrier and prevents moisture loss. It’s a Sephora approved clean product and made withoutΒ Sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban. It’s very gentle yet very soothing under the eyes and I always notice a difference in my eyes whenever I put it on. This eye gel is going to continue serving me well when sleep gets even worse with a new baby around!

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream / $39.95 / 50ml / Available at Shoppers Drug Mart: My skin has been a lot drier than usual so I’ve had to amp up my moisturizer with something a little heavier. I’ve reviewed the original Aqualia Thermal line and this is an even richer formula that helps those with really dry skin. Like the serum, this cream contains hyaluronic acid, mineralized water and plant sugar mannose. The cream hydrates dry, dehydrated skin giving it a moisturized, dewy look that lasts for 48 hours. I definitely feel like this cream really soaks into my skin and plumps it up quickly and gets rid of any tightness and flakes.

My Current Go-To Skincare Essentials

From L-R: Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel, Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream & Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Body Lotion

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Body Lotion / $18 / 500ml / Available at Shoppers Drug Mart: I enjoy body lotions but admit that I never use them as much as I should. I have NEVER come across a body lotion that smells as beautiful and feels as hydrating as this body lotion. It completely took me by surprise as soon as I pumped some of it out. I knew immediately that I wanted to apply it EVERYWHERE. It is scented withΒ bergamot, peach, vanilla and sandalwood.. so pretty much everything I look for in a perfume but in body lotion formula. This body lotion is rich yet lightweight and formulated with shea and cocoa seed butters, sweet almond and rosehip seed oils, aloe vera and vitamin E, as well as a special sourced seaweed that helps smooth rough skin. Since it is lightweight, it sinks into your skin really nicely and leaves it feeling incredibly soft and smooth.

My Current Go-To Skincare Essentials

MaskerAide Face MasksΒ / $7 ea. / 8ml / Available at Rexall: I am and always will be a face mask fiend. There’s something so relaxing and pampering about putting one on and kicking back while it works its magic. MaskerAide makes some of my absolute favourites and I just can’t get over the adorable packaging their masks come in. They have a mask for every concern and area of the face that needs extra attention and these two masks have been it for me lately. The Sweet Treats Mini Mask Sheets are perfect for targeting the troublesome areas on my face and it contains Vitamins C, A, B1 and B2 to help smooth and moisturize by replenishing your skin’s natural lipids and helping prevent moisture loss. It is a real treat for really dry areas on my face, especially along my jawline where I have areas that are drier and rougher in texture. The other mask I’ve been loving is theΒ ROSΓ‰ ALL DAY Rose Gold Peel Off Mask. Not only do I love it because the mask is a rose gold tone and *ahem* made with 24k gold flakes, it helps luminize and refine your skin tone, as well as helps visibly shrink your pores. The mask also helps firm your skin and gently removes any hairs on your face to give you a brighter more luminous tone. It all depends on what I’m needing at the moment but I know I can always find a treatment mask that answers all of my needs from MaskerAide!

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I also wanted to share that I’m going back on YouTube! I’ve signed up for Erika Vieira’s Zero to Influence YouTube Bootcamp to help get my butt into gear and utilize and dedicated a lot of my maternity leave, aside from taking care of my baby girl of course, to creating more videos and sharing my makeup looks and thoughts on products through that format as opposed to just writing and taking photos of it. I hope to connect with you guys more on there and I hope you enjoy what I come out with! If you haven’t already subscribed, please check out my channel at The Glitter DiariesΒ πŸ™‚

What do you guys think of my current go-to skincare essentials? Have you tried any of these products out?! Share your thoughts below!

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: Some of these products were provided for editorial consideration, however these are my honest opinions.

Passing Down Beauty Traditions with Lip Smacker

Lip Smacker, Review
Passing Down Beauty Traditions with Lip Smacker

I know I’ve mentioned this before in a previous post, but Lip Smacker was one of the first beauty products I found out about and started wearing. The flavours, the scents.. everything drew me in. What young girl didn’t want to collect them all and keep one (or a few) with her at all times? Now flash forward today and I can’t help but still reminisce about that time in my life and how it means more to me now than ever before. I think about it so fondly now because one day I will get to share my first beauty love with my own daughter and get her as obsessed with them as I used to be and frankly, still am.

Lip Smacker has come a long way since I discovered them in my childhood. They still have the classic lip balms like Dr. Pepper, Watermelon, Strawberry, and the list goes on, and they’ve released new balms over recent years that target young and old adults alike with their Coffee House Party Pack and launching balms in packaging that makes it necessary to buy at least 2 of so you can put one on display.

They are always staying innovative and fun with their new product lines which still gets me excited to add to my collection but also excited for when my daughter can start wearing lip balm. I’ve got quite a few years until that time comes, since she hasn’t even been born yet, but that will not stop me from introducing her to my collection and telling her all about my childhood experiences with Lip Smacker.

Passing Down Beauty Traditions with Lip Smacker

One of their new launches comes in the form of their Disney Emoji Flip Balm’s. Not only does this merge the love I have for Lip Smacker lip balms but also for Disney anything. The Disney Emoji Flip Balm’s ($4.95) feature a different emoji expression on each side of the balm that flips open to reveal a yummy flavour within and also comes with 7.4 grams of product. For instance, they have Disney princesses like Belle from Beauty and the Beast who, of course, is scented/flavoured with rose. And there is also Cinderella who has a berry scent/flavour. You can also get the Mickey & Minnie Duo ($9.49) where Mickey has a birthday/vanilla cake scent and Minnie smells like strawberries. Each one has a different scent/flavour to them and that’s another thing about them that makes them fun to collect.

Passing Down Beauty Traditions with Lip Smacker

The next new collection that I cannot wait to show my daughter is the new Lippy Pal Lip Balm Trio’s ($10.99). It’s an adorable collection featuring cute little animals on the packaging that contain fun flavours inside. Each of these Lippy Pal’s come from different trio’s and the pink Fox is flavoured with apples, the Panda Bear has a cream puff flavour, and the Kitten has a watermelon flavour. There really isn’t a rhyme or reason to most of the flavour and animal pairings but it just goes to show how different each one can be and how addictive they are to collect.

These are absolutely collection-building worthy and are so cute to display on your vanity or pull out of your purse. Gone are the days when lip balm used to nothing fancy to look at and just something you put on your lips and toss back quickly into your bag. Now you can show them off and have fun collecting them especially if you’re like me and love anything Disney related and anything with adorable animal packaging. This makes the experience of applying lip balm more exciting than it used to be and even though Lip Smacker balms were pretty exciting to buy and wear back when I was a kid, it’s even more exciting now because of how far the brand has come and I can’t wait to share that with my daughter. I don’t want her to grow up too quickly by getting her into makeup at a young age (even though I’m so excited and anxious to) but lip balm is something you can get a kid into before all of that because not only is it beauty related but it also gets them in the habit of starting to take care of their skin as they grow up and that is something I absolutely want to pass down to my baby girl.

What do you think of the Lip Smacker Disney Emoji Flip Balms and Lippy Pal Trio’s? If you have kids or are pregnant like me, what are some beauty traditions you have or are going to be passing down to them?! Share your thoughts below!

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: These products were provided for editorial consideration, however these are my honest opinions.

What’s Your Sign? Wet n Wild Zodiac Collection Review

Review, Wet n Wild
What's Your Sign? Wet n Wild Zodiac Collection Review

My mom introduced me to astrology when I was very young and it quickly became a huge part of my life. I would always do charts for friends/boyfriends/etc. to find out how compatible I was with these people. It also helped me discover more about myself. I’m very much an Aquarius but my rising sign is Scorpio which has a big role on my emotions and how I express them. Do any of you follow astrology?! Let me know in the comments! So, you can imagine that I’ve been LOVING the influx of astrology themed makeup collections lately. One collection in particular immediately caught my eye and it is, of course, from Wet n Wild! Their Zodiac Collection is inspired by all of the elements and the astrological signs that they cover.

There are 12 signs within each of the 4 elements, so there is A LOT for me to cover for you guys. The collection is inspired by the celestial beauty of the 12 zodiac signs and gives everyone the opportunity to express their unique personality through the stunningly curated shades that perfectly align with every star sign and their elements. Like all of Wet n Wild’s products, these products are cruelty free, gluten free, fragrance free and paraben free. They are also trying to make all of their products vegan and a lot of this collection contains vegan products. This is also launching in Walmart stores here in Canada, although I have yet to spot it.

What's Your Sign? Wet n Wild Zodiac Collection Review

The collection includes 12 Color Icon Lip Gloss‘s ($2.93) that deliver ultra pigmented mirror-like shine and are formulated with argan oil and macadamia oil to keep your lips soft and moisturized, as well as Vitamin E and jojoba oil which both improve and soothe your lip’s texture. All of the lip glosses are vegan except for Taurus, Libra and Pisces.

The Swatches:

What's Your Sign? Wet n Wild Zodiac Collection ReviewFire Element Color Icon Lip Glosses – Aries – deep burgundy red gloss, Leo – sheer peach with pink sparkles gloss, Sagittarius – rosy purple sparkly gloss
What's Your Sign? Wet n Wild Zodiac Collection ReviewWater Element Color Icon Glosses – Cancer – sheer silvery white sparkle gloss, Pisces – semi-sheer pinkish white opalescent gloss, Scorpio – semi opaque purple with purple sparkle gloss
What's Your Sign? Wet n Wild Zodiac Collection ReviewEarth Element Color Icon Lip Glosses – Capricorn – rose metallic glitter gloss, Taurus – pink sparkly gloss, Virgo – taupe brown metallic glitter gloss
What's Your Sign? Wet n Wild Zodiac Collection ReviewAir Element Color Icon Lip Glosses – Aquarius – peach gloss, Gemini – yellow gold metallic gloss & Libra – sheer opalescent pink gloss

What's Your Sign? Wet n Wild Zodiac Collection Review

There are also 4 Color Icon Eyeshadow ($4.68) palettes in the collection that are inspired by the elements and offer highly-pigmented metallic shades that are extremely blendable and provide long wearing power. You can wear them wet or dry depending on how vivid you want the shadows to be.

The Swatches:

What's Your Sign? Wet n Wild Zodiac Collection ReviewFire Element Color Icon EyeshadowΒ 
Top from L-R: maroon red, cranberry red & bronze brown
Bottom from L-R: orange bronze, burnt yellow gold, pale beige gold
What's Your Sign? Wet n Wild Zodiac Collection ReviewWater Element Color Icon EyeshadowΒ 
Top from L-R: turquoise green, pale beige taupe, chocolate brown
Bottom from L-R: navy blue, silvery white, icy white
What's Your Sign? Wet n Wild Zodiac Collection ReviewEarth Element Color Icon EyeshadowΒ 
Top from L-R: bronzy gold, bronzy brown, dark brown
Bottom from L-R: dark emerald green, reddish golden bronze, yellow gold
What's Your Sign? Wet n Wild Zodiac Collection ReviewAir Element Color Icon Eyeshadow
Top from L-R: sandy beige, pale pink & reddish bronze
Bottom from L-R: purple pink, pinkish white & white gold

What's Your Sign? Wet n Wild Zodiac Collection Review

You can’t have a collection without highlighters! This collection has 5 of them and the first 4 are Mega Glo Highlighting Bar‘s ($6.93). Inspired by the elements, the highlighting bars have a very smooth formula that provides a strobing effect to your skin that blends in seamlessly and can be applied wet or dry to give you a variety of glowy effects. The Earth highlighting bar is the only one that’s vegan out of these highlighters.

The Swatches:

What's Your Sign? Wet n Wild Zodiac Collection ReviewMegaGlo Highlighting Bars From L-R: Fire – reddish bronze, Water – icy blue, Earth – golden tan, Air – pink beige

What's Your Sign? Wet n Wild Zodiac Collection Review

The last highlighter is definitely one of the most exciting products in the collection for me and it is the MegaGlo Loose Highlighting Powder ($6.93) in Written in the Stars. This loose highlighting powder, made of iridescent pearls, is great for using anywhere you want to glowΒ  and has a buildable formula that blends in really smoothly for a stunning luminous sheen. It is also vegan.

The Swatch:

What's Your Sign? Wet n Wild Zodiac Collection ReviewLoose Highlighting Powder in Written in the Stars – pearly beige

My Glittery Thoughts:

What I discovered with each of the lip gloss sets for each element was that most of them featured a sheer sparkly gloss, a semi-opaque coloured gloss and a metallic glitter gloss. I think it’s a cool idea to offer a range of different finishes and looks you can achieve. So if you’re more into subtle, sheer glosses with a hint of sparkle, you’ve got a selection of choices and if you want to wear something really bold and different, you would probably love the metallic glitter glosses. The sheer glosses aren’t very sticky and easy to wear, while the semi-opaque glosses are buildable, which makes them another option for people who are too shy to wear something bold. I’ve always thought that glosses are a fun and easy way to wear colour on your lips without it feeling uncomfortable. The glitter glosses have some grit to them because of all of the glitter but man, are they stunning! I especially love the metallic glitter glosses from the Earth set.

The eyeshadow palettes are, for the most part, very stunning but I’m not a fan of how the colours are situated in each pan. Since they don’t have their own separate pans, these palettes get very messy really quickly and some of the eyeshadows are very hard to dip into because of their size. It would be more helpful if it was laid out like their regular palettes because I know I would enjoy them a lot more. The colour schemes for each palette are fun, except in the Fire palette, the two red shades that are side by side took me a really long time to figure out what their differences were. All of the shadows are metallic/shimmery, so you can’t make up a complete eye look with any of the palettes because there are no mattes included. If you don’t mind using another palette in addition to these ones, they definitely amp up your eye looks because some of the shadows are so intense and colourful, and I love using them wet or dry.

The highlighting bars are a bit of a hit/miss for me because they don’t go on as smoothly as they swatch and look a little chalky on the skin. The blue highlighter goes on like a pale icy bluish white and takes a bit to build up. All of the shades take a bit of patience and work to make them look smooth and pigmented. I absolutely love the loose highlighting powder from the Goth-o-graphic collection, so I was beyond excited to try this one out and it impressed the hell out of me. It makes your skin glow and shine like the stars, so when I want to amp up my look, I will dip into this highlighter. It can create a subtle or really glamorous highlight. The only difference between this one and the one from Goth-o-graphic, aside from the colour of course, is that it is a little bit chunkier in consistency but it still goes on very smoothly.

There is a lot to love and enjoy in this collection and if you love astrology, like me, the lip glosses are not one to miss and the loose highlighting powder is stunning, and if don’t mind some products that take a bit of work to play with, picking up an eyeshadow palette or highlighting bar or two aren’t a bad idea to pick up either πŸ™‚

What do you think of theΒ Wet n Wild Zodiac Collection? What is/are your favourite product(s) from the collection?! Share your thoughts below!

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: These products were provided for editorial consideration, however these are my honest opinions.