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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!


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.

My Husband’s New & Approved Skincare Routine

Review, Vichy
My Husband's New & Approved Skincare Routine

Since I do get a lot of skincare products to try out, my skincare routine takes a bit more time to complete compared to your average person. I know my hubby isn’t that pleased about it since he likes spending time with me and I’m in the bathroom for 20 or so minutes going through my routine steps. It’s hard to get him going on his own skincare routine since I’ve only really been able to get him to regularly use face cleansers and that’s it.

I recently got a box full of Vichy Normaderm products that I knew wouldn’t work for my dry skin but would work really well on his oily/acne prone skin. This was my opportunity to get him started on something that was more than just a simple cleanser but didn’t add many additional steps to make it a hassle for him. It was a success ladies! Here’s my husband’s new and approved skincare routine.

Vichy’s Normaderm line keeps pimples, blackheads and shine under control that covers everything from cleansers to makeup. My hubby received four products to try out which included the Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel, the Cleansing Mattifying Foam, the Skin Balance Anti-Oiliness Aquagel and the Corrective Anti-Acne Treatment.

My Husband's New & Approved Skincare Routine

From L-R: Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel & Cleansing Mattifying Foam

The Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel ($19.95 / 200 ml / Available at Mass Drugstores) is formulated with LHA, salicylic and glycolic acid for skin that’s prone to breakouts, dilated pores and excessive shine. It’s a gentle soap-free and alcohol-free cleansing gel that deep cleans sebum and impurities without drying or irritating the skin. The ingredients in it have purifying, anti-bacterial and keratolytic properties to help prevent new breakouts from happening. The Cleansing Mattifying Foam ($19.95 / 150 ml / Available at Mass Drugstores) is a very effective mattifying cleansing foam for cleansing away excess sebum and impurities without irritating and leaves the skin feeling soft and matte, not tight.

My Husband's New & Approved Skincare Routine

From L-R: Corrective Anti-Acne Treatment & Skin Balance Anti-Oiliness Aquagel

The Skin Balance Anti-Oiliness Aquagel ($19.95 / 40 ml / Available at Mass Drugstores) is a lightweight moisturizer that offers the perfect balance of hydration and oil control in a cool, new aquagel texture. The formula gives your skin a purified and fresh sensation while mattifying and reducing the size of your pores. The Corrective Anti-Acne Treatment ($29.95 / 50 ml / Available at Mass Drugstores) has a formula that combines 1.5% Salicylic Acid, LHA, Phe Resorcinol and Air Licium Technology to treat and prevent signs of acne, blackheads, shine, visible pores, pimples and acne marks. It comes in a very light aerogel formula to give the skin a soft focus, mattified finish that lasts for 24 hours.

My (Hubby’s) Glittery Thoughts:

As someone who has used body wash to cleanse his face, he noticed the difference almost immediately when he tried the foam and gel cleansers. His favourite of the two was the gel cleanser because he could really get it lathered up on his face and his skin felt great afterwards. He has a job where he spends a lot of time running around so the aquagel helps with making sure his skin doesn’t feel or get oily throughout the day. His favourite product out of the collection was the Corrective Anti-Acne Treatment because it has visibly reduced the redness from old acne, reduced his pores, and takes care of new flare ups. I can’t get him to totally change his ways when it comes to skincare but he has definitely found some new favourites that he will be heading to Shoppers Drug Mart for once he runs out!

What do you think ofΒ my husband’s new & approved skincare routine? Have you tried anything from the Vichy Normaderm line?! Share your thoughts below!






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

Vichy Idealia Peeling

Review, Vichy
Vichy Idealia Peeling Review

Vichy’s Idealia skincare line has long been a favourite of mine since I tried the Idealia Skin Sleep, Idealia Life Serum and the Idealia BB Creams, among others. This year they’ve added Idealia Peeling to their line which works overnight to remove dead skin cells and stimulate skin regeneration to give you a gorgeous glow and smoother skin when you wake up.

Vichy Idealia Peeling ReviewVichy‘s Idealia line was pretty complete except for its night time offering, which is where Idealia Peeling Radiance Activating Night Peeling Care becomes a much needed and effective part of any skincare routine. Over time, Peeling will even dark spots and fade acne marks, as well as smooth wrinkles. It contains peeling action due to glycolic acid (4%) and hepes (5%) combined with the extracts of fermented black tea and blueberry polyphenols, as well as Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water.

Price: $39.95 / 100 ml / Available now at & Mass Drugstores

How to Apply: Apply on a clean face with a cotton pad (no rinsing needed) before you put on your serum and moisturizer.

Ingredients: Aqua, Alcohol Denat., Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, BHT, Bis-PEG-18-Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, CI 17200, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbitol, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Xanthan Gum, Panthenol, Biotin, Parfum, (Code FIL: C194475/1)

Vichy Idealia Peeling ReviewMy Glittery Thoughts:

With Idealia Peeling being my first night time treatment that you just swipe on with a cotton pad, I was very excited to start using it. Like every other Vichy product I’ve tried, this one smells so amazingly refreshing and with a little dab of it onto a cotton pad, I can feel it tightening my skin a little and shrinking my pores and giving me an added glow before I go to bed. With 4% glycolic acid in it, it’s gentle but effective at keeping my skin looking smooth without drying it out. I currently use glycolic peels but I use them only once a week, so being able to use Peeling in between those sessions has made my skin look even better. Plus, I love how big the bottle is and the fact that it’s going to last me for a long time. If your skin doesn’t take well to glycolic peels or lotions that have a stronger glycolic acid percentage but you still want to be able to use something with it, I would definitely recommend this gentle formula!

What do you think of the Vichy Idealia Peeling? Have you tried an exfoliating treatment like this one before?! Share your thoughts below!






Disclosure: This product was provided for editorial consideration, however these are my honest opinions.