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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.

Mary Kay TimeWise Age Minimize 3D Skincare

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Mary Kay TimeWise Age Minimize 3D Skincare Review

I love anti-aging skincare and will try anything to help my skin look as youthful as possible while also giving it the moisture that it needs. Mary Kay recently launched the TimeWise Age Minimize 3D Skincare set that provides a three dimensional approach to defending against triggers that make your skin look older, delaying visible signs of aging and delivering younger looking skin, which I am always game for.

The skincare collection includes all of the must have products you would need in a skincare routine, which include TimeWise Age Minimize 3D 4-in-1 Cleanser, Β Age Minimize 3D Day Cream SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, Age Minimize 3D Night Cream, and Age Minimize 3D Eye Cream. Each of the products features theirΒ Age Minimize 3D Complex,Β  that includes encapsulated resveratrol, vitamin B3 and an age-defying peptide. It also comes in two formulas, one for normal to dry skin and one for combination to oily skin. In as little as 4 weeks, the set will improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, improve resiliency, luminosity, smoothness, softness and your skin’s overall appearance.

Mary Kay TimeWise Age Minimize 3D Skincare Review

The Age Minimize 3D 4-in-1 Cleanser is a multitasking cleanser that removes impurities in your skin that make it look dull, giving it a clean, exfoliated and brighter appearance. It’s gentle enough to be used twice a day because the exfoliation is really light and the cleanser leaves your skin feeling soft and comfortable with every use.

Price: $32 / 127 g / Available now at MaryKay.ca

Age Minimize 3D Day Cream SPF 30 is a moisture-replenishing cream that re-energizes the skin’s natural, youthful glow by delaying signs of aging while also protecting it from harmful UVA/UVB rays. It’s a non-greasy cream that moisturizes your skin for 12 hours leaving it feeling nourished and looking brighter and more vibrant.

Price: $47 / 48 g / Available now at MaryKay.ca

Following up from the day cream is the Age Minimize 3D Night Cream, which delivers a boost of antioxidants to your skin while you sleep while also working to rebuild its reserves. The next morning your skin will look rejuvenated, well rested and more radiant than ever. The cream moisturizes for 12 hours and also helps soften expression lines, firms the skin as well as helps brighten it.

Price: $47 / 48 g / Available now at MaryKay.ca

Taking care of your eyes is the Age Minimize 3D Eye Cream, whichΒ  is a fast absorbing formula that helps improve signs of aging as well as fatigue to make your eyes look brighter and more youthful. The cream helps with improving dark circles, under eye bags, fine lines and wrinkles, while also keeping the eye are moisturized for 12 hours.

Price: $44 / 14 g / Available now at MaryKay.ca

The Swatches:

Mary Kay TimeWise Age Minimize 3D Skincare Review

From L-R: TimeWise Age Minimize 3D Day Cream SPF 30, Age Minimize 3D Eye Cream, Age Minimize 3D Night Cream

My Glittery Thoughts:

I test out a lot of skincare because I love finding things that work. The TimeWise line feels luxurious on the skin, with a soft feminine scent, and the tubes are very travel friendly too. My skin feels really good, definitely more even in tone and more moisturized.Β  I love the cleanser because it’s got those little exfoliating granules in it so I can get some light exfoliation while I cleanse my skin and it makes it feel soothed, softer and has been helping with making it look more plump, fresh and even. I like that I can use it daily because it’s not a harsh exfoliator. The day cream is thicker in consistency compared to the night cream, most likely because it has SPF in it, but I like that about it because it makes my skin feel more hydrated and fresher. I also don’t have time to put an SPF on after my skincare during the week so I like that this has enough protection for my face so I don’t have to worry about that step.

The eye cream is very light and sinks well into the skin but still keeps that area moisturized and ready for makeup. I’ve also noticed that it dulls the look of my dark circles when I apply it. Last but not least, like the day cream, I really enjoy wearing the night cream. It’s lighter than the day cream but still hydrating and soothing. My skin doesn’t look as parched in the morning as it has been in the past. I have noticed a difference in my skin with using the products. My skin doesn’t look as rough and dull. My fine lines and wrinkles are less visible when I’m wearing the creams. I feel like I have a great base for faking that “just had a facial” look. You can also get the whole set of products for $159 on MaryKay.ca which isn’t a bad deal! If you want to try something new and anti-aging, I would definitely recommend!

What do you think ofΒ Mary Kay TimeWise Age Minimize 3D Skincare? Have you tried any Mary Kay skincare products before?! Share your thought below!

 

 

 

 

 

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

Mary Kay Fall 2017 Colour Collection

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Mary Kay Fall 2017 Colour Collection Review

So far this month, it’s all been about taking a look at what to expect in makeup and beauty this fall. Mary Kay is bringing IT this fall with the release of a bunch of really stunning products. This fall/winter season collection from Mary Kay offers a mix of rosy nudes and smoky neutrals with rich-toned accents that are very on trend. Let’s dig right in!

The limited edition Fall 2017 Collection offers two Eye Color Palettes in Simply Smoky and Rose Nudes, two Lip Suede’s in Mulberry Muse and Rose Blush, and three Nail Lacquer’s in Pink Escape, Rose Blush and Violet Silk. Plus, if you spend $60 on the limited edition collection, you get a cute faux-suede Collection Bag.

Mary Kay Fall 2017 Colour Collection

The Eye Color Palettes are quite stunning, so let’s start there first. The Simply Smoky palette ($27 / Available now at MaryKay.ca) offers a mix of satin, matte and pearl finishes in a range of smoky blues, purples and greens while RosΓ© Nudes ($27 / Available now at MaryKay.ca) offers the same finishes in rosy mauves and berry pinks. Both palettes will take you from your desk to dinner and drinks and will help you come up with endless, on-trend looks.

The Swatches:

Mary Kay Fall 2017 Colour Collection Review

Simply Smoky Eye Colour Palette

Mary Kay Fall 2017 Colour Collection Review

RosΓ© Nudes Eye Colour Palette

Mary Kay Fall 2017 Colour Collection Review

The Lip Suedes provide true colour payoff in a semi-matte finish that glides on soft and smooth. They’re lightweight, transfer resistant and won’t feather or bleed. Mulberry Muse ($19 / 2g / Available now at MaryKay.ca) is a dark burgundy plum with a satin finish and Rose Blush ($19 / 2g / Available now at MaryKay.ca) is a dusty rose nude with a satin finish as well.

The Swatches:

Mary Kay Fall 2017 Colour Collection Review

Top: Rose Blush Bottom: Mulberry Muse

Mary Kay Fall 2017 Colour Collection Review

Pink Escape Nail Lacquer

A fall colour collection isn’t complete without a few new nail polishes. Each of the limited edition Nail Lacquers features on-trend colours with an effortless application in a satin finish. They’re scratch resistant and glide on with little effort. Pink Escape ($10 / 7.5ml / Available now at MaryKay.ca) is a ballet pink with a satin finish, Rose Blush ($10 / 7.5ml / Available now at MaryKay.ca) is a medium dusty rose with a satin finish, and Violet Silk ($10 / 7.5ml / Available now at MaryKay.ca) is a dark plum with a satin finish.

Mary Kay Fall 2017 Colour Collection Review

Violet Silk Nail Lacquer

Mary Kay Fall 2017 Colour Collection Review

Rose Blush Nail Lacquer

My Glittery Thoughts:

The smoky and rosy shades are totally my thing and rosy shades and mauves are always my favourites to wear because they really enhance my eyes. The Lip Suede’s are incredibly pigmented, very gorgeous and extremely comfortable to wear. I like the semi-matte finish because it keeps my lips hydrated. There is a bit of transferring but only a bit, so you won’t have to touch it up a lot unless you’re really going to town on a greasy meal. I like that a ballet pink has made an appearance as an on-trend shade for the fall. It’s always a reliable go-to when I want a soft pink and chipping is not as noticeable with them. The wear time is average and the application is very smooth. Overall, my favourites from the collection are the Lip Suedes because the colours are gorgeous and it’s a perfect, comfortable, moisturizing finish to wear in the fall.

What do you think of the Mary Kay Fall 2017 Colour Collection? What are your favourite shades to wear in the fall?! Share your thoughts below!

 

 

 

 

 

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