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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

I love… Strawberries & Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Crème

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

I love... Strawberries and Cream bubble bath and shower cream
Half a litre of sweetness!

Feel like some self-pampering but without breaking the bank? Try the I love… brand, a collection of bath, body, and beauty. They offer a variety of bath and shower gels, body butters, and even body spritzers.

 

The Packaging

It’s packaged in a clear, plastic bottle with a flip-top black cap. Semi-soft plastic so you can squeeze to get the product out.

 

The Product

It’s a really pretty pearly pink colour, with some shimmery swirls. There isn’t any actual sparkles in the body wash so you don’t have to worry about looking like someone sparkle bombed you. It’s sweet smelling and smells more like cotton candy than strawberries and cream.

 

The Verdict

It’s ok. I like the clean feeling it leaves and it lathers up nicely, but the fragrance is just too strong for me. Ten years ago I wouldn’t have minded, but now I prefer more muted scents instead. This 500ml bottle lasted me a really long time though. With 3-4 uses a week, I had it in my shower for a good 5 months!

 

Where to Buy

  • Exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart

Written by Jessica

January 16th, 2017 at 9:00 am

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I love… Raspberry & Blackberry Nourishing Body Butter

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Disclaimer: I received this product free for testing purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

I love... Raspberry and Blackberry nourishing body butter - pack
Do you love body butters?

I finally opened this up after hoarding it forever. I love… has this great line of nourishing body butters that I’ve seen lately but haven’t tried yet. I have the Raspberry & Blackberry version.

 

The Packaging

It’s a round, screw top tub which holds 200ml of product. The lid is black whereas the container is semi-opaque.

 

The Product

I love... Raspberry and Blackberry nourishing body butter - text
Looks like frosting

It’s not as thick as a body butter but thicker than a lotion. The fragrance is a big one here – very very sweet, and reminds me of jello! I can definitely smell raspberry but not any blackberry (probably because blackberry doesn’t really have much of a smell to it to begin with). I just can’t stop thinking about jello when I put it on. It does dissipate after a while, but be prepared to smell like a walking jello bowl for the first 30min or so.

 

The Verdict

While it does leave my skin feeling soft and moisturized, the smell was too strong for my liking. If you like sweet smelling products that work, this is definitely for you.

 

Where to Buy

  • Exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart

Written by Jessica

January 14th, 2017 at 9:21 am

Posted in Beauty,body,skincare

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

May to August 2016 Empties

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Ah yes, it’s been a long time. Life and family took over most of my time this summer and it was great enjoying it all. I did keep a rather large stash of empties in my room (to which my husband always asked when I was going to throw them all out, haha). I amassed quite a bit this time so let’s get to it.

May to August 2016 Empties 1/3
Larger bottles first

The Body Shop Almond Conditioning Hand Wash

I always default to this hand wash whenever my hands are running amuck with dry, itchy, flaky skin from washing them so much at work. It’s gentle, moisturizing, and has a light fragrance. Best to get when The Body Shop has their buy 3 get 2 free sales.

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

Currently on my second bottle. This is a great moisturizer that works without breaking the bank. I use it mainly for daily maintenance, since I save a richer moisturizer for when my skin gets too dry. It absorbs quickly and leaves no greasy residue.

Aveeno Baby Daily Lotion

Bought the smaller size squeeze bottle to try it out with my baby’s skin. Being as sensitive as they are in their early months (and it seems like no ever works to get rid of that dry skin), it wasn’t until this year that I seriously tried using it again. I think it’s a combination of his skin being more resistant now as well as the humidity, but this is a great daily lotion that keeps the dryness at bay. It definitely works for my baby so I’m more likely to purchase the larger pump bottle next time (more volume per dollar).

I love… Strawberries & Cream bubble bath and shower crème

I’ve got a review for this that’s coming up soon.

Marcelle Gentle Make-Up Remover for Sensitive Eyes

Review coming soon!

Lancôme Tonique Radiance

Full review here.

 

May to August 2016 Empties 2/3
Samples next

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid

Hard to say if this works or not as I’m not major acne sufferer. I get the occasional one here and there, but nothing that I need to use specialized creams or treatments for it. It has a very strong smell, too strong for me.

Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

I tried using this scrub twice a week just to exfoliate. There’s tons of micro-crystals in here so a little bit goes a long way. Also, take care in how hard you scrub. The first time I used it I didn’t think about that and felt like I had tiny scratches all over my face. Use a light hand and you’ll be fine.

Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Full review here. I’ve been trying to get through my sample stash lately.

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil

I’m not a huge fan of facial oils because I can’t get over the psychological components of slathering oil all over my face. It is moisturizing, however, it does take some time for it to absorb fully. As moisturizing as it is, I get that greasy feeling that just won’t go away. Likely won’t get this or any other facial oils.

Laneige Light Balancing Emulsion

Full review here.

Lancôme Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector

Another Lancôme sample to try out. I don’t have wrinkles (yet), problematic pores (yet), or unevenness (yet), so I can’t comment on the efficacy of this. The fragrance is half and half – it’s pleasant yet it’s not. I can’t put my finger on it. For now, I like Advanced Génefique and it works, so I’ll stick with it.

 

May to August 2016 Empties 3/3
And miscellaneous

Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths – Brightening

Whoa oranges!! The first thing I noticed was the smell – a very strong orange smell. Though not a super sweet smell, it’s quite nice. These cleansing cloths are great for taking off the day’s sweat and grime, but leave a bit of a residue afterwards. I still like using good old water and a face cloth afterwards just for that clean feeling.

L’Occitane 20% Shea Dry Skin Hand Cream

This stuff is amazing! I may need to pick up a tube or two or three…

Soft lips Lip Moisturizer SPF20 Watermelon

Really need to write a full review for this. One of my favourite lip balms that I keep buying over and over.

Written by Jessica

September 8th, 2016 at 12:12 pm

March and April 2016 Empties

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Yes, blog posts are slow coming out. Hard to find time between work, baby, life, and me time. Some more posts are being cooked (slow-cooked?) up so stay tuned!

 

March/April 2016 empties 1/3

Delectable Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream

This stuff works well, but smells really really sweet. Think cotton candy. I like that it helps out my dry hands but the smell is really overbearing. Probably won’t buy this again.

DERMAdoctor KP duty lotion

Ah this stuff reminds me of Glysomed! It goes on thick and almost creates a super thin layer to keep moisture in. It doesn’t work all that well during the day when you need to wash your hands frequently, but it works really well just before bed.

The Face Shop Herb Day Cleansing Foam Mousse – lemon

I wanted to like this but I find it dries out my skin. Perhaps it’s because of the lemon (and the brightening properties it has or so the sales lady tells me) but it leaves me with that super squeaky feeling after rinsing it off. I think this would work on those with oily skin, but for normal/combination, be wary that it may dry you out more.

Pür-lisse Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser

This was my first time using a milk-type cleanser and I’m not a huge fan of it. I almost feel like my face is a little greasy afterwards.

NeoStrata Glycolic Renewal Smoothing Cream

The chemical smell is strong in this one!! Supposedly it helps cell renewal with its 5% glycolic acid content. With such a small sample, I can’t really speak for any of those claims. The smell is enough to keep me away though.

Soft lips Lip Hydration and Protection

I think they’ve revamped their look recently so they don’t look like this anymore. Still love this stuff for every day lip hydration. For severely cracked lips, it doesn’t help much, but for daily conditioning, it works.

 

March/April 2016 empties 2/3

Lancôme Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Full review here. Love this stuff!

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Youth Concentrate and Youth Cream

Full review here. A great alternative to the pricier option above!

Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream

Full review here. Really good stuff for the summer months!

 

March/April 2016 empties 3/3

I love… Raspberry & Blackberry nourishing body butter

Full review coming soon!

Iope Air Cushion XP

Full review coming soon!

Written by Jessica

May 13th, 2016 at 11:37 am

February 2016 Empties

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February 2016 empties
Excuse the background – my kid’s taken over my house

Naisture Mask Pack – White Rose

I’m finding the Naisture mask packs to have a very strong smell to them. It could be that I’ve had them for a long time and that’s why it’s smelling so much. For some reason, this mask pack stung a little bit and I didn’t leave it on my face for the full 15 minutes.

Matrix Biolage Exquisite Oil Micro-Oil Shampoo and Oil Crème Conditioner

I bought a ton of these last year and have finally gotten through a pair of them. This is my current favourite shampoo and conditioner combination and I still have another backup in addition to the ones I have open now.

Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days Repairing Lotion

Full review here. Love this stuff but I get the feeling that it’s been discontinued. I’m having a hard time finding it for sale these days.

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser – foaming formula

Full review here. Love love love this stuff. Still using it. Haven’t found anything else I like better.

Soft lips Lip Moisturizer SPF 20 – Watermelon

This is still my favourite lip balm that hydrates my lips and keeps the skin soft. I have one on my nightstand as well as one in my diaper bag/purse. It has to be with me!

Written by Jessica

March 3rd, 2016 at 7:24 pm

October and November 2015 Empties

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Whoops! The pictures I originally took got erased by accident (Mr reformatted the memory card without making sure everything was offloaded) so this post will be text heavy. I will indicate what was full size and what was sample size.

[Edit: Jan 9th, 2016 – Pictures have been found!! Post updated to include pictures and remove sample count in text.]

 

Oct - Nov 2016 Empties part 1

 

Laneige Water Sleeping Pack EX

Full review here. I love this stuff. I use this mini jar for traveling hence why it took so long to get through. Still going through the regular size jar, plus I now have 2 more mini jars thanks to my good friend G!

Evolvh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo

I got this in a Luxebox and was immediately disappointed it didn’t come with the accompanying conditioner. The shampoo itself was pretty good – I felt it really washed all the grease and grime away leaving me with squeaky clean hair. I used it twice a week just to make sure my hair was super clean. Would I purchase a full size? Probably not as I don’t usually indulge in hair treatments. I’m a shampoo and conditioner only kind of gal.

Lancôme Tonique Radiance

Full review here. Still have two more backups (or was that three?).

 

Oct - Nov 2016 Empties part 2

 

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream for normal to dry skin

The best part of getting multiple samples is the chance to really use a product. This sample was only 0.18oz, which is barely enough to moisturize my arms. Since I had 5 of them, I had no problem moisturizing my entire body (arms, torso, legs). There is an ever so slightly sticky feeling immediately after applying, however it goes away fairly quickly. Skin is left smooth and soft. Very little scent, if any. Great for those who want a great budget moisturizer with sensitivities to fragrances.

Softlips Lip Moisturizer SPF 20 in Watermelon

This is my absolute favourite lip moisturizer. I don’t know why I never did a full review on the blog about this. Watermelon is one of my favourite scents for this. The small and thin size make it perfect to toss into any bag (or pocket!) and it works so well when my lips are dry and chapped. I’ve got 2 more backups.

Live Clean (Baby) moisturizing baby lotion

I know, it’s supposed to be for baby but I used it on myself instead. Although it moisturized well, the smell was atrocious. I can’t imagine using this on my baby. Never. Ever. Not until they get rid of that horrible smell.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks

Only one little sample so can’t say much about how it did for stretch marks. It did, however, smell too strongly of cocoa and the smell lingered too long for my liking. Will not be purchasing this.

Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream

I’m trying to remember if I got this in a beauty box or a Sephora order. Regardless, it is the best damn sample I have ever received. This eye cream is amazingly and I love it. The fact that it’s a 7ml sample that lasted me over 2 months of use (usually at night) was already a winner.  Add in the fact that when looking at how much it costs in regular size, this little deluxe sample is actually worth $50!

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

Full review here. Again, I love sample sizes specifically for travel.

Written by Jessica

December 17th, 2015 at 9:46 am

September 2015 Empties

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September 2015 Empties
Just a couple of things this time

Garnier Body Hydra Express 24H Hydrating Gel-Cream

Finally, I’ve finished off the last of the bottles of gel-cream formulation! As expressed in my previous empties post, I am not a fan of the gel-cream and am quite excited to be finally done with them. Am definitely not repurchasing this version.

Pur-Lisse Pur-Moist Hydra-Balance Moisturizer

A sample I received in a Luxebox, this moisturizer was ok. Though it was hydrating, it did have a bit of a greasy feeling afterwards. Will not be purchasing this.

Written by Jessica

October 10th, 2015 at 8:55 am

March to July 2015 Empties

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Could it be that the hiatus is over? Well, not exactly. Now that baby is taking somewhat regular naps, I figure I should try to catch up a little bit. Reviews won’t be coming as quickly as they used to, but I’m working on it. Thank you for sticking with me for so long. 🙂

 

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Mainly big items over these 5 months

Garnier Body Hydra Express 24H Hydrating Gel-Cream

I liked the Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days lotion so I figured I’d give the Hydra Express a try. Plus, they were a steal from the Spring L’Oreal Warehouse sale so why not stock up? In the end, I wasn’t fan of the gel-cream at all. On application, it felt like there was a microbe residue that I couldn’t rub completely into my skin, even though I couldn’t see the beads. The Mr. and I used it religiously every day just for the sake of using it up quickly. I wouldn’t recommend this and am not buying multiple bottles of it again!

Thyme Maternity Soothing Therapy Stretch Mark Cream

Full review here.

Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Full review here. The one I finished here is the old formulation. Am currently using the new formulation again!

Laneige Power Essential Skin Refiner Light

Love this during the summer. It’s mainly for oily-combination skin types which is perfect for me in the summer time. It soothes the skin and preps it well for serums and moisturizers.

Marcelle Ultra Gentle Cleansing Gel

Working on a full review and this worked so-so with my skin. I can’t comment on how well it removes makeup (I honestly didn’t wear any bit of makeup since the baby was born). It didn’t pass my Clarisonic test as it got into and irritated my eyes. Will post a full review soon.

Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion with Cooling Menthol

Full review here.

 

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Written by Jessica

September 10th, 2015 at 4:56 pm