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January to May 2018 Empties

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It’s been a while but here’s some more empties!

St. Ives Refresh and Revive Pear Nectar & Soy body lotion

Always a favourite. Always have backups.

Shiseido Ibuki Refining Moisturizer Enriched

One of my favourite night time moisturizers. On my last back up now so will need to decide soon – get another one or try something new?

Shiseido Ibuki Gentle Cleanser

Came back to this after a long break and now I find it’s a little drying to my skin.

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Balancing Softener W

Cute little sample that I can’t remember where I got it from. Perfect for travel.

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Balancing Softener Enriched W

A wonderful softener that I love using, despite it’s price tag. Not sure what the difference is between this one and the one above, but they seem to work the same.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate 

Love this stuff and am using the backup now. The nice thing is that it’s more affordable than my previous holy grail, Lancome’s Advanced Genifique.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

Sephora’s birthday gift from last year. This cute little serum comes in a glass bottle and a dropper. Very moisturizing.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Moisturizing Sorbet

The second part of Sephora’s birthday gift from last year. This applies almost like a gel and is quite cooling. I probably should have saved this for the summer months.

Shiseido Facial Cotton

Luxurious cotton that I only use with Shiseido’s softeners.

Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate Ultra Moisturizing Hand Therapy

Super moisturizing and seems to cure my dryness overnight.

EOS Essential Hand Lotion

Tried this on a whim after spotting it at the dollar store! Shows immediate softness after application, but I don’t find it lasts long.

Skyn Hydro Cool Firming Face Gels for Smile Lines

Something fun to try. Being only one time use, I can’t tell any difference before and after, even though it claims to “help smooth smile lines in minutes”.

Written by Jessica

May 31st, 2018 at 11:28 am

September to December 2017 Empties

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Yes, this was long time coming. In this time frame, I had my second child and have forgotten what sleep is. It does come back eventually, right?! These were also the months that I managed to make a decent dent in the samples box.

 

Shiseido Benefiance Night Emulsion

Absorbs well and my skin felt amazingly soft afterwards.

Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment

I confess, I used this so long ago I don’t remember it.

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream

It feels nice, and has a very strong lotus scent.

Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Oxygenating eye gel cream and gel cream

Both are of a gel texture, which would be wonderful in the hot summer months. The gel would feel nice and cool. No greasy feeling here.

Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur moisturizer

This product confused me. It’s like a moisturizer and primer in one? I wasn’t a fan of this.

L’Occitane Precious Cream

Really nice cream. Really soft skin.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

Another really nice facial cream that’s easier on the wallet.

Shiseido Bio Performance Glow Revival Cream

A very nice facial cream. Would totally get this.

Philosophy Miracle Worker Multi-Rejuvenating Retinol+Superfood Oil pad

It was a single use pad that was pre-soaked. I’m not entirely sure I would buy this.

 

Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence

Absorbs well and smells pretty nice.

Lancôme Advanced Génifique Sensitive

Apparently this sample doesn’t contain the activating ingredients and instead, is purely for texture!! If I had known that, I wouldn’t have chosen this as a sample!

Shiseido Revitalizing Essence

Nice. Absorbs well. Light, pleasant fragrance.

Shiseido Bio-Performance Glow Revival Serum

Very nice serum. Would totally purchase this.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate x2

I’m not a huge fan of “oil-type” facial products. It does absorb well, but there’s a residue that lingers.

Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate

Can’t remember much about this except that the texture was like a fluffy cream.

Live Clean Glowing Daily Serum

I hated this. The smell was awful and it didn’t absorb well. I couldn’t bring myself to use this on my face so it went on my legs.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

Have used this before and loved it. Am using a full size bottle now actually.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster

Very strong yet pleasant citrus smell. Another “oil-type” product that I’m not a fan of.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair

Finally got to try this out after reading so many rave reviews of it. Can’t comment too much about it since it was a sample packet. Maybe I’ll get around to getting a bottle one day.

 

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Yogurt Body Wash – Apricot and Honey

I’m not usually one to use body washes, but this one wasn’t too bad. The fragrance is strong and sweet, but dissipates pretty quickly after the shower. There’s only a faint after smell.

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser – foaming formula

Another bottle I’ve lost track of how many I’ve gone through. Holy grail facial cleanser here!

Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Repair Argan Oil of Morocco shampoo and conditioner

I can’t remember much about these sample packets except that I wasn’t super impressed by it. Not likely going to purchase.

Shiseido Future Solution LX Extra Rich Cleansing Foam

This was extremely rich but made my skin feel so nice afterwards!

Philosophy Purity Made Simple  3-in-1 cleanser for face and eyes

A decent cleanser but felt very watery.

 

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Balancing Softener

Great stuff! Currently on back up bottle.

Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Love love love this stuff! Not a fan of how much the price has gone up over the years. Am currently debating repurchasing or trying something new.

Lancôme Tonique Radiance

Another favourite for summer. Will need to get a few before it gets too warm out.

ALPA Apiko

This is neat. My mom bought this for me when she was in Europe last year. I couldn’t find too much information about it online except that it’s a popular face cream that contains bee venom!

Shiseido Ibuki Eye Correcting Cream

A great daily eye cream. Didn’t repurchase (this was my second tube) as I wanted to try something new.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-fluid Lotion

A really fantastic fluid sunscreen that goes on and absorbs fast, and doesn’t leave that greasy feeling I absolutely hate. It really does come out as a fluid, so apply and rub it in quick! You do pay more for such a small bottle, but if I’m more likely to wear it because of the properties it has, then I don’t mind paying for it.

 

St Ives Hydrate Cucumber Melon Body Lotion

I have lost count how many bottles of St Ive’s I’ve gone through. Definitely too many to count!

Aveeno Baby Daily Lotion

My elder kiddo uses this now that his eczema is under control. Sometimes I’ll use it too.

X3 Clean Germ Attack Hand Sanitizer

Love this stuff. Still have 2 more backup bottles for the good ol’ diaper bag.

Marcelle | Thyme Stretch Mark Triple Action Cream

I remember using Thyme’s Stretch Mark cream when I was pregnant with my first kid. I’m not entirely sure if there’s a new formulation now that it’s partnered up with Marcelle. The sample was pretty small so two applications on the belly and it was done. At least it was fragrance free.

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP+

The holy grail for baby’s eczema. I WILL NOT USE ANYTHING ELSE ON HIM!

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Yogurt – Apricot and Honey Lotion

So-so. Hubby likes it and I wasn’t a huge fan of it. Fragrance is light. Absorbs fast but leaves a slight greasy feeling on me, but no such feeling on my hubby.

Kiehl’s Nurturing Baby Cream for Face & Body

Really nice cream that absorbs easily into the skin and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. May or may not get because of price point.

Cetaphil Baby Daily Lotion

The fragrance was so incredibly strong that I couldn’t even bring myself to use it, let alone use it on my baby. It became “leg lotion” (Any kind of cream or lotion I don’t like gets relegated to arms and legs. Thus it gets used and not entirely wasted!).

Written by Jessica

January 30th, 2018 at 4:11 pm

June to August 2017 Empties

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Trying to go through some sample packets

St. Ives Refresh & Revive Pear Nectar & Soy Body Lotion

If you’ve been keeping up with my empties, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of St. Ives body lotions. The Refresh & Revive line is what I’ve been using lately and it’s absolutely perfect during the summer months. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion

This was a great little sample packet that lasted me two days – perfect for traveling! Slightly thicker than a lotion but lighter than a cream, this moisturized really well when my skin was feeling a bit dry and flaky.

Vichy Ideal Body Aqua Sorbet

A super hydrating body lotion that worked amazing on my skin!

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

Full review here.

Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate

A cool and refreshing eye concentrate with the same properties as Ultimune.

Shiseido Future Solution LX Extra Rich Cleansing Foam

I’m not normally a big fan of cleansing foams but this was very light and left me with a good feeling of clean. I think the Future Solution LX line is too rich for me so I’m glad for the chance to try it via sample packets.

Shiseido Future Solution LX Concetrated Balancing Softener

An amazing softener that feels even better than Ibuki! As above, the Future Solution LX line is too rich for me so I am happy with the Ibuki and White Lucent lines.

Sephora Express Cleansing & Exfoliating Wipes

Did not like these at all and struggled to finish the packs. The exfoliating side is too scratchy and actually hurts, even when using light pressure. I ended up using only the soft side to remove as much makeup as I could, and even the, it wasn’t super effective. I used this as a first pass, then used another facial cleanser to remove the rest.

 


Mostly skincare these last few months

La Roche-Posay Anthelios dermo-kids 50 SPF

I love this stuff for my toddler. We went through 2 bottles of it last summer and we’re on our second bottle of it this summer. I apply it generously in the morning before sending him off to daycare. His teachers do a second application with a different sunscreen prior to afternoon play time (the bottle gets kept at daycare). He’s tanned but not super tanned. This stuff is light and doesn’t feel overly greasy, which makes application really easy. I also like that after application, he’s not going to leave a ton of residue all over the car seats. Love this stuff and will continue to buy!

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-fluid lotion 60 SPF

I got this for myself because I wanted to find a sunscreen that was light and non-greasy. This was recommended to me by the beauty consultant at Shoppers Drug Mart. She told me a lot of golfers purchase this because it’s so light but the coverage is so great. I find it perfect for my face but also use it on my arms and legs too. A little pricey for such a small bottle, but since it is so light, I find myself reaching for it to apply more often than with other sunscreens.

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Protective Emulsion W

Full review here.

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Moisturizing Emulsion W

This one is like the protective emulsion, but a bit thicker and more moisturizing for night time use.

Lancôme Teint Miracle Lit-From-Within Makeup

Finally finished this bottle! I feel like I’ve hit a huge milestone finishing this one up (my 4th bottle!). I’m currently contemplating buying my 5th bottle vs trying a different foundation altogether. It’s been quite a number of years sticking with Lancôme Teint Miracle!

Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Shampoo

I got these minis from the Hilton Hotel a few years ago and had stashed them away for “when I go traveling”. Well, as you know, the stash is a little too well hidden so when I finally found them, it’s high time I use them! The shampoo lathers quite rich and smells amazing. Hair is quite squeaky clean.

Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Conditioner

The conditioner brings some moisture back into the hair after the conditioner. Together, they make for some beautiful lucious locks on my head.

Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Body Lotion

I am loving this body lotion. Thick and rich, yet is easily absorbed into my skin. No greasy residue and skin is super soft. This is pretty good stuff for hotel toiletries!

Written by Jessica

August 29th, 2017 at 4:31 pm

May 2017 Empties

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First batch

St. Ives Refresh and Revive Pear Nectar & Soy Body Lotion

Another empties post and another St. Ives. I love this stuff and I keep going back for more.

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP

Full review here. Finished 2 of these as they’re both in my room and the little guy’s room. I rarely use it except for when my hands are super dry. It’s mostly for my little guy after his bath time. His skin was so sensitive when he was a baby that this was the only body lotion/cream that he didn’t react to. Now that he’s older, his skin is still sensitive (but not so much as before) and we’ve been able to find another less expensive lotion that his skin can handle, however this will forever be remembered as a life saver for me.

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser Foaming Formula

Full review here. This still remains my favourite facial cleanser. I think I still have 2 more in the backup stash.

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Balancing Softener W

Full review here. Wonderful stuff and preps my skin for absorption of my serums and creams. You’ve probably noticed from my empties posts that I don’t stray very often from what I use. That’s because a) I tend to purchase multiples as backups when I find something I like, and b) I need to use up those backups before they expire or sit in my closet for too long.

 


Second batch

7th Heaven Glove Masques

Full review here. A great way to soften those hands in a jiffy!

Iope Plant Stem Cell Softener Skin Perfection

Received this as part of a sample pack when I bought my CC pact. Softens the skin great but it’s so thick it was difficult to get out of the bottle. Had to flip it upside down and carefully flick it out.

Iope Plant Stem Cell Emulsion Skin Perfection

This was also part of the sample pack along with the softener and cream. This was a lighter cream which was great for day time. Not as thick as a softener surprisingly, but gave ample moisturization.

Iope Plant Stem Cell Cream Skin Perfection

A very thick cream in which a little goes a long way. I’m not in love with it but I don’t hate it either. It was ok. I don’t think I’d purchase a full size of it.

Smashbox Camera BB Cream

I’ve had this forever and finally finished using it. It offers pretty decent coverage and stays on well during the day. The smell is a little off-putting (to me anyways) so I didn’t reach for it every single day. I think in the end, I prefer more sheer/light coverage foundations over medium/full coverage.

Shiseido Glow Enhancing Primer

Had a little sample of this and love the glow I get! I’m not sparkly like a vampire, but it does give me a slight healthy glow. Might be picking this up in the future when I finish my current primer!

Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Powder

I love using this as a setting powder and it really does help set the makeup all day!

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil x2

Good-bye Sabbath and Perversion. You guys were fantastic eye pencils and I love how pigmented you are. Also, the staying power is amazing – you don’t budge! One of the very few waterproof eye pencils that I’ve used that doesn’t transfer to my upper eyelid.

Shiseido Facial Cotton

Love this stuff. Need I say more?

Written by Jessica

June 12th, 2017 at 9:56 am

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

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Disclaimer: I received this product free for review purposes and all opinions are 100% my own.


Simple and minimal packaging

The Real Techniques brand is created by two sisters, Sam and Nic Chapman. Makeup artists in their own right, they have built an empire with their Youtube channel, Pixiwoo, and a full line of cosmetic brushes and sponges.

 

The Packaging

I love how their packaging is simple and isn’t full of frilly details. It’s simply housed in a stiff plastic box with thick, sturdy cardboard to help retain the box’s shape. Open the top of the box and the brush just slides right out. The only concern is if there is heavy handling (ie. extreme shaking) of the box, you could potentially bend or misshape the bristles. However, given that the brush will likely be hanging on the wall at the store, the likelihood of this happening is pretty low.

 

The Product


Brand on barrel

The brush has a rubber base, an aluminum barrel, with soft, dense bristles. One one side of the barrel, you have the words “REAL TECHNIQUES by Sam & Nic.” The rubber base is wide and supposed to be flat so you can stand them up on their own, however, the brush I have has a slightly rounded base so it wobbles instead.

 


On the other side, the type of brush

The other side of the barrel has “expert face brush” printed on it.

 


Soft bristles

The bristles are made from synthetic taklon. They’re hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free. Packed in ultra dense, the brush is broad which makes it great for blending cream or liquid foundations. I generally use mine to blend out my liquid foundations after applying with my fingers.

 

The Verdict

Being near-sighted, I can’t see anything once my glasses comes off, so this makes makeup application tricky. I apply my liquid foundations with my fingers because it’s more tactile, however there’s always some areas where I haven’t blended well at all. This is where the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush comes in. I’ll buff around my nose so I can put my glasses on, then I can see where exactly I need to blend out uneven spots. A couple of swirls does the trick and I’m done! I love how fast and easy it is. It’s easily worked its way into my daily beauty routine.

 

Where to Buy – $12.99 CND

  • Walmart
  • Recall Pharma Plus
  • London Drugs
  • FarleyCo

Written by Jessica

June 5th, 2017 at 11:15 am

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Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water

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Disclaimer: I won these in a giveaway on Beautezine last year. All opinions are 100% my own.


Blue one dissolves waterproof makeup, pink one is regular

I won this last year and finally got around to using it. There are two versions of the Micellar Water. One is regular, and the other specifies that it will remove waterproof makeup.

 

The Packaging


Back of bottles

They’re fairly large bottles containing 400ml each of product. The bottles are made of sturdy, clear plastic with coloured tops for easy identification.

 


Pop tops

The tops pop off and you can immediately dispense the product. There is no safety seal here so you’ll have to hope nothing’s happened to the bottle prior to you receiving it.

 

The Product

Regular version – only one liquid layer here. Takes off makeup really well except for waterproof makeup. Love the clean, refreshing feeling you have afterwards. Best part is, no sticky feeling!

Waterproof version – you can see the bottle’s contents are biphasic. There exists two layers. However, the top layer is significantly less than the bottom layer (if you look at Lancôme’s Bi-Facil, the two layers are equal). Removes waterproof makeup like a dream. This is a wonderful alternative to Bi-Facil if the price tag prevents you from buying it. You get so much more for your buck here.

 

The Verdict

Garnier’s Micellar waters are awesome!! I would prefer to go with the waterproof version since it does double duty. Would definitely repurchase this again.

 

Where to Buy

Written by Jessica

May 29th, 2017 at 10:00 am

Posted in Beauty,eyes,face,skincare

January to April 2017 Empties

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Only a few things this time

Shiseido Facial Cotton

Am still loving these facial cottons. They are so incredibly soft and not prone to breaking apart when wet and in use. They also don’t leave stringy pieces on your face like some other cotton pads out there. What will I do when I run out of my backups??

Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum+

Found this at by luck at my local Marshall’s and decided to try it out. I know it’s discontinued recently but I doubt it’s expired that quickly. I didn’t notice any dramatic lightening of my dark spots but some of my lighter spots seemed

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Balancing Softener Enriched W

Shiseido’s softeners are so fantastic that I had bought a couple from the last Shiseido sale. I’m hoping for another sale soon so I can stock up!

Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics Lychee Gel Softening Shower & Bath Gel

Got this in a Luxebox a long time ago. Finally getting around to using it now as part of my “shop my stash” initiative. Definitely smells sweet like lychees, and lathers really well. However, I didn’t find anything overly amazing about it.

Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover

I keep saying a review of this is coming and I swear that it is! All you need to know is that this stuff is amazing and no wonder it’s one of Lancôme’s top-sellers.

Maybelline Baby Lips

Alas, my last Baby Lips and I’m so sad! I love the ones that go on clear because they’re perfect for tossing into my pocket at work. I only saw the Neon ones at the last L’Oreal sale so didn’t stock up on any.

Written by Jessica

May 3rd, 2017 at 3:49 pm

Lancôme Teint Miracle

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I’ve been using Lancôme’s Teint Miracle for over 5 years now, so I think it’s safe to say I can write a pretty decent review of it now. Touted as a “lit-from-within makeup,” this light-weight foundation offers light coverage while enhancing your skin’s natural light and giving off a natural looking finish. I personally prefer more natural finishes and when I first tried this, it was love at first application.

 

Lancome Teint Miracle - packaging
Ooo Teint Miracle, how I love you so!

I think I’m on my 4th bottle now. I love that it has such a lightweight formula and doesn’t clog my pores. It also contains SPF15, of which, for lazy people like me, is better than no sunscreen at all.

 

The Packaging

Lancome Teint Miracle - bottle
Tall, slim, glass bottle

You get 30ml of foundation in a tall, slim, glass bottle. I like how the Lancôme rose and “Teint Miracle” are printed in reflective text.

 

Lancome Teint Miracle - cap and nozzle
Clear lid with Lancôme rose on top

The lid is clear and made of plastic, with Lancôme’s rose on top.

 

Lancome Teint Miracle - nozzle
Pump nozzle

The pump nozzle is also made of plastic. Play around with how much foundation you need. I found 1 to 1.5 pumps was enough for me.

 

The Product

Lancome Teint Miracle - swatch - Bisque 4W
From L->R: drop from bottle, smeared, blended

It’s light weight, it’s hydrating, it feels like it blends really well into my skin, and I don’t have this caked on feeling. Of course, the trade off is that it’s not as long-lasting as full coverage foundation. Despite that, I like that my skin is able to breathe with it on.

 

The Verdict

Like I said in the beginning, I absolutely love Teint Miracle. Already on my 4th bottle (I maybe have purchased too many backups haha), I use this mainly for when I go to work. I’ve strayed and tried some other foundations/BB/CC creams, but I pretty much default back to Teint Miracle. I’ve read recently that Lancôme reformulated the foundation but I haven’t tried the new formulation yet.

 

Where to Buy – $50 CAD

Written by Jessica

March 29th, 2017 at 3:05 pm

Posted in Beauty,face

September to December 2016 Empties

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Happy New Year! It figures it takes me this long to get an empties post fully written. This year I’m “shopping my stash” so to say. No buying anything unless I’ve run out of it completely!

 

Sept to Dec 2016 Empties 1/4
Body lotions and creams

St. Ives Refresh & Revive Pear Nectar and Soy body lotion

One of my favourite body lotions and a constant staple in our backup stash. It’s more for daily maintenance of keeping skin hydrated. If I end up with very dry skin, I use something else to bring moisture back, and then I switch back to this to maintain it.

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Lait

Did I ever mention that my little guy’s skin used to be super dry and flaky, and despite trying multiple different creams, it was only Lipikar Baume that made a difference? We’ve used it ever since, and over the summer, discovered Lipikar Lait, a lighter and less dense lotion. I’ve lost track how many bottles we’ve finished (at least 2) and with winter weather upon us, we’re back to Lipikar Baume. If your baby’s skin is very dry and you’re finding nothing works, give this one a try!

Lancôme Nutrix Royal Body Intense Lipid Repair Cream

Back at the end of October, we took a mini family vacation to Calgary. The city was gorgeous and all, but it wrecked havoc on our skin (I’m sure those hotel body lotions were partly to blame as those can’t hydrate anything). When I got back, I had extremely dry itchy skin. I rummaged through my stash and found this – it was from a gift with purchase a couple years ago that I had saved in case I had really dry itchy skin. With one application, I already noticed a difference in my skin. Boy was my skin parched! This little tube was enough to last me a full week and had completely revitalized my skin. Just as I had finished the tube, my skin was in a condition to jump back to my St. Ives body lotion. Amazing stuff!

L’Occitane Verveine Body Lotion

This was part of a gift set I had received last Christmas that I was saving (sense a trend here?). It has a light olive fragrance that isn’t overpowering at all. Like St Ives, it’s a maintenance body lotion rather than saving ultra dry skin. Good and I like it, but not for that price point.

L’Occitane Verveine Gel Creme Cooling Hand Cream Gel

I had this on my trip to Calgary and it definitely helped my poor dry hands. The cooling effect is pretty neat which caused me to think menthol was one of the ingredients. Indeed, peppermint oil is one of the ingredients listed. Took a little bit to get used to the gel texture, but in the end it worked.

Crabtree & Evelyn Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Therapy – Avocado

I’ve been hanging onto this for such a long time! I’m glad I finally used it to the end. Love using this just before I go to sleep. The scent is moderate initially, but dissipates rather quickly.

 

Sept to Dec 2016 Empties 2/4
Cleansers

L’Occitane Verveine Shower Gel

I’m not a big shower gel user, but this was lovely to use. The light olive fragrance was just enough and my skin was soft and smooth even before I applied body lotion. It’s a small bottle (250ml) compared to drug store brands, but this lasted me a good 3 months.

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser – foaming formula

Hands down my favourite facial cleanser of all time. Still use it daily. Full review here.

L’Oréal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Scrub Cleanser

Trying to leave my review for the actual post, which has brewing for a couple months now.

Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution

Love this stuff! And the fact that it comes in a pump bottle like the giant Bioderma is an extra bonus. I find it works just as well as Bioderma, but at a fraction of the cost. Time to finish current stash before buying more, hehe.

Lancôme Crème Radiance Clarifying Cream-to-Foam Cleanser

Used this in the past but I don’t think I ever did a full write up of it. Really gets all the makeup off the face (with the exception of eyes as it’s not for eye use) and leaves skin feeling soft. Difficult to use in the winter, particularly if your place is cooler, as the cream is a bit firm to squeeze out. In warmer weather, it squeezes out fairly easily.

Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover

How have I never written a full review on this one yet? Still my number one eye makeup remover. Will have to get on this immediately. Also love the mini bottles for traveling.

Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser

This was a Black Friday purchase from way back in 2015 I think. Yes, the stash yields some interesting treasures. Very strong citrus fragrance, but it doesn’t give me that “clean” feeling I like with my Neutrogena. Not likely to repurchase.

 

Sept to Dec 2016 Empties 3/4
Facial skincare

Shiseido Ibuki Softening Concentrate

Full review here.

Shiseido Ibuki Protective Moisturizer SPF 18

Full review here.

Shiseido Ibuki Refining Moisturizer Enriched

A thicker moisturizer meant more night time use. It’s a great moisturizer that leaves my skin nicely hydrated and ready for the day. This is the 2nd of 3rd time I’ve repurchased it.

L’Oréal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Peel Pads

Full review coming soon!

L’Oréal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Dual Overnight Moisturizer

Full review coming soon!

L’Oréal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Lotion

Full review coming soon!

Laneíge Perfect Renew Essence_EX

A tiny sample of Laneíge’s Perfect Renew Essence. I’m not entirely sure of it’s effects on my skin since the sample was so small, but my skin agrees with it and didn’t react.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Dermo-Kids SPF 50

Since La Roche-Posay worked so well for my little guy’s skin, I didn’t hesitate to get a bottle of the sun screen for him too. It rubs in easily and doesn’t have that super greasy feel afterwards. I did purchase a bottle of Ombrelle for Kids for daycare reapplication use but I prefer slathering him with Anthelios before sending him off.

Shiseido Facial Cotton

Really good stuff. Love using it with Shiseido’s skin softeners. I refuse to use it for any other use (makeup removers, nail polish removers). It feels like such a luxury on the face!

 

Sept to Dec 2016 Empties 4/4
Makeup and random sample

Lancôme Teint Miracle

I’ve been using this light foundation for quite some time now. At one point, I had 3 bottles going on at once! One for the summer tan, one for the winter fairness. The third bottle was somewhere in between. In the end, I mixed both to get my current shade, and thus I’m working on my third bottle. Love that it’s light coverage and doesn’t leave me looking cakey.

Eucerin Calming Crème

This tiny little sample was from my doctor’s office. If your hands aren’t dry, you’ll find this extremely greasy. If your hands are super dry with cracked skin and is begging for moisture, this is the cream for you. It soaks in right away and your skin feels renewed. I dare say it rivals Lancôme’s Nutrix Royal Body Intense Lipid Repair Cream (minus the fragrance and cost point)!

Written by Jessica

January 11th, 2017 at 3:48 pm

Iope Air Cushion XP

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Iope Air Cushion - packaging
Iope Air Cushion XP – comes with a compact and a refill

I’ve long wanted to try out a makeup cushion and finally jumped on the bandwagon. I bought mine during a family visit to Pacific Mall last year (2015) and, as luck would have it, my baby was finally asleep in the stroller, so that gave me time to browse the store and ask the sales lady a couple of questions. She told me the Iope Air Cushion XP was the very first CC cushion to come to market and that one sells every 4 seconds. Having also watched many beauty gurus rave about this cushion, I caved in and bought one. [Note: I’m reading online that Iope has moved onto their 4th generation cushion this year so keep that in mind if you decide to purchase one of these.  This review is of the 3rd gen.]

So what is a cushion compact anyways? It’s basically a cushion soaked in product and stored in a compact. You use an applicator pad to press onto the cushion to pick up the product, then you pat it onto your face. Iope’s compact contains 30% mineral water, which is great for skin hydration. It also contains SPF 50+ and offers great coverage from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

 

The Packaging

Iope Air Cushion - box ingredients
Side of the box

The whole thing is packaged in a beautiful glossy box. I really appreciate good, aesthetically pleasing packaging and this hit the spot. The box itself is a navy blue with a silver top and bottom. The packaging makes me feel like it’s for a more mature crowd, and it’s simplistic look is for anyone.

 

Iope Air Cushion - compact
Compact itself

The compact is white, with a reflective ring around the side. The top is a pearly white, whereas the bottom of the compact is a flat, opaque white.

 

Iope Air Cushion - inside of compact
Flip open the compact to reveal the applicator pad

The top of the lid also contains a mirror – handy!

 

Iope Air Cushion - protective film
Remove pad and lift second flap – seal sticker in place

When you take out the applicator pad, you flip another flap, and there’s a seal sticker in place. I’m a big fan of these seals as it ensures that the product has not been tampered with and that you will be the first person to actually touch the product. Bonus points in my book!

 

Iope Air Cushion - cushion
Soaked cushion!

Remove the seal sticker and there’s the cushion soaked with CC cream!

 

Iope Air Cushion - applicator sponge
Underside of applicator pad

The top of the applicator pad has a ribbon across the diameter, so you can insert 2-3 fingers and use it as a holder. The underside is blue and is the perfect partner to your cushion. It picks up product but doesn’t get soaked in! Coupled with the fact that these applicator pads don’t require any cleaning between uses, this is as convenient as it gets.

 

Iope Air Cushion - English instructions 1/2
Instructions that also have English!

Instructions are always nice to read through, no matter what product it is. I’m glad there was an English section!

 

Iope Air Cushion - English instructions 2/2
Instructions on how to change refill

Just in case anyone didn’t know how to change the refill (me!), there were instructions on how to do so.

 

Not pictured but you can see in the first picture is the refill pack. It’s sealed in an aluminum foil packet and contains a refill cushion as well as a new sponge. These cushions are designed to hold enough product for 3 months worth of daily use (according to the sales lady) so this box will last you half a year. I can’t comment on that since I don’t use mine daily. It’s been a year since I started using mine and I’m part way through my refill pack.

 

The Product

Iope Air Cushion - swatch
L: one swipe, R: patted in

The sales lady tried really hard to sell me the C21, which offers more coverage and is coloured “fair”. I opted for C23, which is more of a beige. The 21 made me look too white and I wanted a more natural look. As you can see in the picture above, it blends pretty well into my skin tone.

There were several colour and coverage options to choose from, but I’m reading now that Iope is on their 4th generation of the Air Cushion XP so this info will be moot. I may need to purchase this newer gen soon to compare!

With the applicator pad, push onto the cushion to pick up the product. Then, using a patting motion, gently pat the product onto your face, adding more product to areas that require more coverage. You can add more layers for more coverage, but I’m a light coverage kind of gal so I just do one application.

 

The Verdict

This is literally the perfect product for a 5-minute makeup routine. Being a glasses wearer, I need products that are absolutely foolproof for when my glasses are off (I have insanely high near sightedness). Open compact, pat onto face, done. Put on glasses to check for even coverage. Done!

It feels light on my skin but at the end of the day, I do feel a little bit of stickiness. And with all glasses-wearing woes, it starts to cake up where my glasses touch my nose. Throughout the day, I’ll use a clean finger to rub it back into the skin. Those would be my only complaints about this.

 

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Written by Jessica

October 19th, 2016 at 9:43 pm

Posted in Beauty,face