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La Roche-Posay Micellar Water Ultra Review

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La Roche-Posay Micellar Water Ultra Review

I cannot live without micellar water. I end up using them more than cleansers, probably because they do so much more than just cleanse your skin. This is why I’m always excited to try out new micellar waters and La Roche-Posay just came out with THREE of them! The La Roche-Posay Micellar Water Ultra collection is very powerful at removing makeup but also very gentle on the skin, especially every type of sensitive skin.

Sensitive skin is prone to being really vulnerable to harsh cleansing. Even something that suits all skin types can leave someone with sensitive skin feeling itchy, prickly, and with a stinging sensation. That’s why La Roche-Posay came out with this collection of micellar waters to cover every individual need for each sensitive skin type. LR-P has come out with a new formula that’s inspired by bi-phase makeup remover technology with their new glyco-micellar technology. The power of micelles combined with ultra-hydrating glycerin come together to give optimal cleansing efficacy with optimal tolerance. This means that you’re getting higher makeup removal with the first coated cotton pad, smoother gliding and less rubbing for easier removal and less contact on sensitive skin, and lasting comfort because it contains up to 5% glycerin, which leaves the skin hydrated and never feeling stripped.

La Roche-Posay Micellar Water Ultra Review

The first Micellar Water Ultra I tested out was the one for Dry to Reactive Skin. It contains 5% glycerin which is the highest percentage in the Micellar Water Ultra range. The Dry/Reactive skin formula is proven to increase hydration by 46.8% in just 30 minutes, and also reduces redness caused by cleansing and the feeling of tightness. The next Miceller Water Ultra I tested was the Oily Skin formula, which goes beyond cleansing and purifies and mattifies your skin to eliminate shine. It’s enriched with the purifying power of zinc and removes impurities and dirt, without drying out the skin. The last one I tried is the Normal to Sensitive Skin formula. This formula works to remove makeup, dirt and impurities while still preserving the skin’s barrier, so it doesn’t feel stripped. It contains a light hypoallergenic fragrance and hydrating glycerin, which leaves your skin feeling refreshed and pleasantly soft all day long.

Price: $19.95 ea. / 400ml / Available now at Mass Drugstores

My Thoughts: 

My skin is dry and sometimes gets sensitive to really harsh products, so I knew right from the get go that these products would feel really good on my skin no matter what. All of them are so very soothing and even when I’ve put my skin through hell with different treatments, they make my skin feel brand new again. Even the formula for oily skin doesn’t feel like it’s too mattifying on my dry skin, so I can easily use up that bottle on my own. And on really late nights when all I can manage to do is cleanse my skin, I don’t wake up the next morning with tight, itchy skin because these micellar waters manage to keep my skin feeling hydrated and soothed. They are really handy to have around if you deal with even the slightest bit of sensitivity because they do amazingly well at removing makeup and any dirt and inpurities without much work, and giving your skin that soothed, fresh feeling.

What do you think of the La Roche-Posay Micellar Water Ultra collection? Which Micellar Water Ultra formula would you love to try?! 

 

 

 

 

 

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

My Best of Beauty 2014: Skin Care

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My Best of Beauty 2014: Face Care

Some of my favourite posts to read are ‘Best of (Year)’ posts. I love finding out other people’s opinions on the best products they’ve tried out and love, especially if it’s on things we agree on. Being a beauty blogger and product junkie, I found that 2014 was a really good year for making me fall in love with so many products. It’s hard to figure out how to compile everything without bogging you lovely readers, so I think I’ll split this post into sections based on my favourite skin care, makeup and haircare products of the year! 

First up is skincare and a few of my top picks feature two products at different price points because it was difficult to choose just one and it also offers you guys more options if you’re looking to replenish an item in your skincare colletion!

My Best of Beauty 2014: Face Care


1. Best Cleansers – Amie Morning Clear Purifying Facial Wash (reviewed here) / Vichy Purete Thermale 3 in 1: Depending on how much time I have in the mornings or at night, I adore using Amie’s facial wash and Vichy’s Purete Thermale. Vichy’s 3 in 1 is especially perfect for those nights when I just want to crawl into bed immediately. I love it because it takes everything off without the need to rinse it off. When I’m going through my full skincare routine, I will use Amie to fully cleanse which leaves my skin feeling refreshed, without feeling tight.

2. Best Serum & Facial Oil – Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum (reviewed here) / Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil FACE (reviewed here): Vichy’s Aqualia Thermal Serum is amazing for adding more moisture to my skin, which is very important to me at this time of year. I’m also obsessed with facial oil’s right now and Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil for the Face is great for keeping my skin moisturized but also contains Retinol, so it also helps me get a smoother complexion.

3. Best Day Creams – Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light (reviewed here) / Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream: Choosing one day cream as my favourite was really tough as I’ve been stuck between Vichy’s Aqualia Thermal & Olay Regenerist. They both offer great hydration and help smooth out the appearance of fine lines, which become even more apparent in the colder months.


4. Best Night Creams – Miracle 10 AHA Cream / Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa:These two night creams are new discoveries and offer two different, but great attributes. Obviously, like the other Aqualia Thermal products, Vichy’s Night Spa moisturizes really well, but also is a nice mask that I can pack on my face before bed and wake up to super soft and supple skin. Miracle 10’s AHA Cream is a little different. It makes my skin dry skin tingle as soon as I put it on but the Lactic Acid and Vitamin E that are in it are working to exfoliate my skin to reveal a nice glow. 

5. Best Eye Treatments – Vichy LifActiv Eyes / Olay Fresh Effects Bright On Schedule Eye Awakening Cream: If you want your skin to age nicely, you HAVE to include a good eye cream in your routine. We’re more consumed by day creams but eye products are just as important. I’ve had Vichy’s LiftActiv Eyes for a couple months now and have slowly been seeing an improvement in the lines around my eyes. I also can’t go without Olay Fresh Effects Bright On when I’m running on little sleep. The cooling roller beads wake me up as well as the bags under my eyes and reduce puffiness.

6. Best Skin Device – Clarisonic Mia 2: If you’ve ever used a Clarisonic device, I’m sure you’ve been hit by its spell. The Mia 2 has two speeds and a brush head for sensitive skin, so you don’t feel like you’re taking off a layer of your skin while you’re brushing away. Plus, it comes in pretty awesome colours like neon yellow!

7. Best Exfoliator – Olay Regenerist Luminious Brightening Cream Cleanser (reviewed here): Especially in the winter, I really feel like my skin needs light exfoliation on a regular basis. The Olay Regenerist Luminous cleanser has tiny micro-beads that get the job done and make my skin tone more even.

8.Best Face Mask – Amie Spring Clean Deep Cleansing Mask (reviewed here): Super refreshing and the scent is amazing, I absolutely love Amie’s Spring Clean Deep Cleaning Mask. My skin smells like freshly squeezed lime and looks incredible after I’ve had this on for a few minutes.

9. Best Sunscreens – Vichy Capital Soleil (reviewed here) / La Roche Posay Anthelios XL(reviewed here): I mentioned back in the summer that these two sunscreens are my sun protection tag-team must have! I’m not a big fan of sunscreens and how they feel but these take those worries away because they’re soo not like that!

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Look out tomorrow for my Best of Beauty 2014 post that’s all about makeup!

What are your favourite face care products of 2014? Share yours below!

Sun Protection 101 & My Current Fave Sunscreens

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Sun Protection 101 & My Current Fave Sunscreens
The sun is really making its presence known out there and whether you like wearing sunscreen or not, you need to start wearing something to protect your skin stat! I will admit that I haven’t always been a fan of sunscreens. The way they smell and feel on my skin has put me off which has caused me to deal with some pretty nasty sunburns. I’ve learned my lesson though and, thankfully, sunscreens have come a long way in the past couple years. Today, you can find different formulas on the market to cater to everyone, even those that hate wearing sunscreen. I’ve chosen to highlight a couple of my current faves in today’s post, but first I wanted to share a little sunscreen 101.
Do you fully understand all of the labels and what not on bottles of sunscreen? I used to be oblivious to what everything meant and only understood SPF but this is something everyone needs to know or get a refresher on!
  1. SPF: I’m starting with the obvious label most of us understand. SPF a.k.a. Sun Protection Factor tells you how long the sunscreen will keep your skin from burning. This is compared to not being protected at all. For example, SPF 15 will shield you from getting burnt 15 times longer than if you’re wearing nothing at all and end up burning after 10 minutes out in the sun.
  2.  Broad Spectrum: This label is very important to find on your sunscreen because it means it guards against both kinds of ultraviolet rays, UVA and UVB. Broad Spectrum sunscreens of SPF 15, because you won’t get protected properly if it’s any lower, or higher help reduce the risk of early signs of aging and skin cancer. Sun protection that doesn’t state it’s Broad Spectrum can only say that it protects against a sunburn.
  3. UV Rays: The difference between UVA and UVB rays is UVA rays will penetrate the layers of your skin deep down which can lead to things like brown spots and wrinkles, as well as be a contributing cause to some skin cancers, such as melanoma. UVB rays penetrate the outer layer of the skin and are responsible for creating sunburns and is the main cause of skin cancer. 
  4. Water Resistant: Did you know that sunscreens can’t claim that they’re waterproof anymore? This is why you’ll see most sunscreens stating they’re Water Resistant, which protects you while you’re perspiring or swimming, but will need to be reapplied soon thereafter as water and sweat will dilute and break down the sunscreen.

Quick Sunscreen Tips: 

  • If you want to get the best protection outdoors, go with an SPF of 30. Anything lower than that won’t be as effective in ensuring your skin is fully protected. 
  • If you’re afraid of your skin breaking out from wearing sunscreen, look for a bottle that doesn’t include ingredients like petroleum and mineral oil. A sunblock that states it’s oil-free and non-comedogenic is your best bet!
  • Sunscreen needs to be reapplied every 2 hours, if you’re out in the sun, or sooner if you’ve been sweating heavily or swimming.

 Now that we’ve got you up-to-date on what you need to know about sun protection, here are my current favourite sunscreens I’ve been wearing!

Sun Protection 101 & My Current Fave Sunscreens

Price: $29.95 CAD / 155g / Shoppers Drug Mart
Invisible and refreshing protection for the body.. what could be better?! Vichy’s Capital Soleil Invisible Mist is made with Mexoryl XL, a sun filtering system that protects your skin for longer periods of sun exposure and is also a Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen. It also contains 0% alcohol, so it’s perfect for anyone with sensitive skin. It’s integrated with Vichy’s Thermal Spa Water which helps fortify, soothe and regenerate the skin. It has a nice light fragrance and dries upon application, plus it even helps with sweating! This sunscreen is a lifesaver for me because I break a sweat even when I’m barely doing anything outside and this keeps me fresh and dry! It takes no time to apply on my body which is awesome!
Sun Protection 101 & My Current Fave Sunscreens

Price: $28 CAD / 100ml / Shoppers Drug Mart
If you’re the type who likes higher coverage in a cream format, LRP‘s Anthelios XL SPF60 is actually a lightweight formula that doesn’t leave your skin greasy. This formula dries quickly without leaving any white marks and leaves your skin feeling nice and supple which is very comforting. I wear this primarily on my face and shoulders as I like getting the maximum amount of protection there and love the fragrance-free velvet finish it leaves behind.
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These two products are my skin saviors when I’m out and about in the sun (even when I’m out driving or by windows because the sun will get you there!) and I never have to worry about dealing with lobster-red skin and the horrible experience I went through a few years back where I burnt my face so bad that I ended up looking like the guy in those Rogers commercials! I shudder at the thought.. Stay protected lovelies! 

What are your favourite sunscreens?
 
Disclosure: These products were received for editorial consideration, however these opinions are my own.