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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.

Struggling to Feel or Look your Best? Say Yes To a Face Mask!

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Struggling to Feel or Look your Best? Say Yes To a Face Mask!

I’m one of those lucky people that never really get sick. It only happens maybe once or twice at the most every year and twice is usually rare. Well, now that I’m pregnant, I’m getting sick once or twice A MONTH! I cannot tell you how drained I feel on a regular non-sick day, so then add this on top and I’m a completely useless person. Applying my makeup is at the bottom of my priority list when I’m sick but I still try somewhat to take care of my skin, so I don’t look at my face in the mirror, after another illness has wiped me out, and feel completely terrified. I LOVE face masks because I don’t have to DO anything while they’re on. Just relax and close my eyes, which is exactly what I prefer doing when I’m at home and not feeling well in the slightest, and let the mask work its magic.

It didn’t feel like a sign at the time but I received a set of new paper and mud face masks from Yes To, a brand I haven’t tried much of until now. But little did I know at the time, that this was going to be just what I needed. Are you struggling to feel or look your best? Always say Yes To a face mask!

Yes To is all about providing innovative natural products that take care of you from head to toe, are free of toxic ingredients and parabens and are made of recyclable materials. They use a lot of fruits and veggies in their products and have a lot of dedicated products devoted to many of the top nourishing and antioxidant filled fruits and vegetables out there. Yes To has been expanding their skincare line recently with a ton of new and exciting paper and mud masks that are designed to meet the needs of a variety of skin types.

Struggling to Feel or Look your Best? Say Yes To a Face Mask!

The Yes To Mud Masks offer everything your skin might need from extra moisture, to detoxification, to reducing inflammation. They are easy to use and will leave your face feeling moisturized, nourished and glowing after just 10 minutes. Among the new mud masks is Yes To Cucumbers Calming Mud Mask that helps soothe and calm down sensitive skin. Aside from cucumbers, which are very soothing to apply, the mask also contains french green clay which is an absorbent clay that helps remove impurities and balances your skin. Yes To Coconut Moisturizing Mud Mask is all about delivering intense hydration to your skin. It contains virgin coconut oil and kaolin clay which is a soft clay that gently cleanses, balances and purifies while leaving your face feeling nicely moisturized. Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud MaskΒ has the perfect balance of added moisture to help hydrate and detoxification to draw out any dirt and impurities in your pores. It contains charcoal which is a natural detoxifier that cleanses and draws out gunk from your skin and brings it to the surface while salicylic acid helps the cells of the epidermis shed properly to prevent pores from becoming clogged with bacteria. Yes To Primrose Oil Mud Mask helps treat and soothe redness and irritation, as well as boosts hydration. Primrose Oil is a natural source of omega 6 fatty acids and vitamins E & C, so it helps soothe and reduce redness, while adding hydration. Each of these mud masks retails for $3.99 each and contains 0.33 fl. oz/10ml and can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart and Rexall.

Struggling to Feel or Look your Best? Say Yes To a Face Mask!

Struggling to Feel or Look your Best? Say Yes To a Face Mask!

The Yes To Paper Masks are easy, mess-free and relaxing to use and cater to a variety of needs. Like the mud masks, they are all free of parabens, SLS and silicones. The paper masks come in the same varieties as the mud masks except there isn’t a primrose oil one but two Yes To Tomatoes masks. One is for blemish fighting and helps get rid of blackheads and unclogs your pores. It contains tomatoes, which are rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your skin from environmental stressors that clog pores and cause breakouts, and as well as also containing salicylic acid. Each paper mask retails for $3.99 containing 0.67 fl. oz./20ml and are also available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart and Rexall.

My Glittery Thoughts:

I really like that you can find each type of mask in two different formats (excluding primrose oil). Both only need to be worn for 10 minutes but it’s all about preference and what you’re looking for. I enjoy paper masks for when I want something easy and stress free. When I feel like taking more time for myself, I will put on a mud mask. Either way, your skin is still getting the same benefits with either type of mask. I like the variety of types designed for different needs. My skin has been super dry lately because of how sick I’ve been getting so the coconut and primrose oil masks have been nice to use in this case, however I find that for the most part all of them leave my skin feeling soft and hydrated. There was one thing I discovered with using them that even my hubby mentioned because I had him try a mask and that is that these masks TINGLE! So if you have very sensitive skin, I would be cautious and try putting a spot of the solution or mud on a part of your face before applying the whole thing and see how it reacts. I’m not sure what caused it because my hubby and I tried different masks and it took at least 5 minutes for the tingling to die down. When we took off the masks, there was no redness because of it but I just found it a little freaky because I was not expecting it, especially with the cucumber mask. If you can get over that, it does leave your skin feeling and looking much more healthy and vibrant.

What do you think of Yes To face masks? Which one would you love to try out?! Share your thoughts below!

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: 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.