THE BEST OIL CLEANSERS

If you have not been using an oil to clean your face in the evening, then you desperately need to start!  Like Yesterday!

Despite what you may think about your most effective skin stripping cleanser, it will not rid you of all of the makeup, dirt, and pollutants that have been congesting your visage throughout the day. In the past, I had developed the bad habit of over cleansing. I was a novice, just beginning my skincare routine journey. I remember using the Clinique makeup removing gel cleanser to take off  my face in the evening, and my skin would be left completely dry and tight. Even after that when I used my toner, I would still see traces of makeup residue left on the cotton pad. All of that changed once I started habitually using oil cleansers years ago. I even use them when I don’t have any makeup on. It just ensures that my skin is that much cleaner.

The first thing you should know about oil cleansers is that they should NOT be your only cleansing method. They work best and most efficiently as a pre-cleanser. They work to penetrate into your pores and pull out what is trapped, removing all traces of makeup (even mascara), all while conditioning your skin without any stripping. The trick is in finding the right type of oil cleanser.

All oil cleansers should emulsify and become milky when they are rinsed off. Your skin should not be left with any oily residue. The best oil cleansers will also always use quality natural oils. These are the only oils that will actually penetrate and benefit your skin. Mineral oil does nothing but sit on top of your skin. It is such a cheap filler oil, I would not want a product that contained it anyway. As a general rule, never buy beauty or skincare products that contain mineral oil, especially expensive ones.

If you are on the fence about which cleansing oils to use, I have narrowed it down to my 5 favorites. They are truly the best ones I have found so far.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil $28 

This is the first oil cleanser I ever used, and is still the one I grab when I need some really deep pre-cleansing. I love it for when I need to take off some really potent sunscreen. It is olive oil based, so it is very soothing if you have irritated skin.

L'Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil
L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil $24 

This oil cleanser is by far the most moisturizing one I have tried. Shea butter as you know is one of the best emollients for skin, so it is my top pick for the cold Winter months. Sunflower oil rounds out the formula along with highly nourishing baobab oil. If you don’t know anything about baobab oil then you are missing out on a prime treat for skin. Baobab oil contains linoleic, oleic, and linolenic acid, which are very concentrated fatty acids. They actually restore the epidermis and maintain the health of cell membranes. Who knew you could get all of that from an oil cleanser!

AmorePacific Treatment Cleansing Oil
AmorePacific Treatment Cleansing Oil $50 

This oil is on the expensive side, but for what you are getting it is totally worth the splurge! You get the benefits of coconut oil, but it doesn’t stop there, orbignya and camellia seed oils blend with brightening oils and ginger extract; which has an energizing effect on skin. If you travel quite a bit, this would be a good pick. It makes my skin look completely refreshed and renewed after using. I almost want to use it as a moisturizing facial oil sometimes.

Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil
Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil $32 

I love how this oil smells! It has a pretty fruity aroma. Anti-oxidant rich grapeseed oil is blended with natural sunflower, argan, and olive oils; and brightening grapefruit seed oil. This is a good choice for Summer since it is so light and silky.

Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil
Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil $48 

This is the latest one I have tried. I am loving camellia oil right now, and that is the main oil in this product along with rice bran oil. I also love anything with green tea, it’s a great anti-oxidant. What’s different about this is that it is moisturizing but also will help to control oil. I would call this a balancing oil cleanser. That means it will be perfectly suited for those that tend to have oilier skin. Acne prone individuals should not be afraid to use this one either. They call it “pure” for a reason.

Any of these oil cleansers would be a great pick for everyday use all year round, but I love the fact that they are each a little bit different and would suit certain skin types better than the others might.

WANT A RADIANT COMPLEXION? THINK LEMONS

 I remember one of my childhood friends used to spray a ton of lemon juice and water in her hair to get those natural looking sun-kissed highlights. If you have ever done that then you most likely know that if you spray a mixture of lemon juice in your hair, it will become lighter and brighter. The same is fortunately true when you apply lemon juice to your skin; fresh lemon juice, not the concentrate from the bottle. Lemons act as a natural exfoliant, thanks to the concentrated amounts of citric acid; while Vitamin C works to brighten. Lemon juice will lighten dark spots and freckles and reduce oiliness. The anti-fungal properties in lemons will also treat acne. You also get the added benefits of calcium and magnesium. It truly is a super fruit!

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 A lemon enzyme facial or a fruit acid peel are some of my favorite ways to get my skin glowing. Lemon infused facial treatments can be easily overdone, however. The trick is to use it in an occasional treatment and not as part of your everyday routine. Lemon juice is harsh. If it will strip away the enamel from your teeth, it will strip away more layers of your skin than you actually need it to. You must also never expose skin to direct sunlight if you have any sort of concentrated lemon product on your face. It will cause your skin to become sensitive or could cause a phototoxic reaction, which is true for any type of acid used in facial products. Everything in moderation is my motto!

So what type of product should you use? I have found that you will get the best balance of effective yet gentle, with a mask or peel. Then you can control the amount of time you have the product on your face. If you have sensitive skin, start out slow and then work your way up to more frequent use.

Here are my top picks for the best lemon based facial products!

Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy Boosting Face Mask $62
Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy Boosting Face Mask $62 

I love this new facial from Fresh! It works so effectively and is one of my new favorite go to facials. It is 50% concentrated crushed fruit! You can see the bits of lemon. That is a ton of natural fruit AHA! My skin just looks glowing after. The recommended usage for this product is leaving on for 10 minutes, but I would start out with 5 and see how your skin reacts. I am used to regular exfoliation treatments, so for me it is a perfect pick me up. It smells fruity too.

Ole Henriksen Lemon Strip Flash Peel $48
Ole Henriksen Lemon Strip Flash Peel $48

This is great for those of you with sensitive skin. It is a combo of glycolic, lactic, and lemon citric acid; but also contains licorice extract, which will work to soothe any skin irritation.

Neogen Dermalogy Bio_peel Gauze Peeling Lemon $27
Neogen Dermalogy Bio_peel Gauze Peeling Lemon $27 

These little pads pack a punch; they are double-sided and work amazingly! One side of the pad applies the product, and the other sloughs the dead skin cells away. This product contains lemon and several other fruit acids along with other chemical exfoliators. These are great if you are just trying fruit acids for the first time; you get a months worth of product for under $30. I love how fresh and fruity they smell too. I like that these travel well. The pads are soaked with solution, so if you wanted to take a few in a separate container you could. Then you wouldn’t have to worry about wasting product or taking the entire jar with you.

EmerginC Vitamin C+Retinol Mask $50
EmerginC Vitamin C+Retinol Mask $50 

I have been using this product for years and it has yet to let me down. This is a sort of clay based mask. Aside from the lemon extracts, fruit acids, and retinol, there are some great antioxidants in this formula including green tea extract. This mask works so well to brighten and retexturize at the same time. It is quite powerful, so those with sensitive skin, I caution again to start out slow. I love this mask in the Winter too as it helps to combat flaky skin.

If you haven’t tried a lemon facial product before, you can’t go wrong with any of these. My face adores them! Just a fair warning: All of that lemony scented product may cause you to develop an unhealthy lemon meringue pie fetish!

 

THE NEW CLE DE PEAU ILLUMINATING SKIN TRIO

Over the years, I have tried many a luxury skin care product that boasts an enduring cult following. Everything from the modestly priced, overly priced and in between; some that have worked wonders for my skin and some that just did absolutely nothing to warrant the price tag. Crème de la Mer for example, is arguably one of the most desirable face creams on the market. For $170 a 1 oz. jar, it is hardly modestly priced, but it is also not overly priced when you compare it to other creams on the market, think Orlane Cream Royale for $650.

But is any of it really worth the price? Personally, I love Crème de la Mer; especially after a skin searing peel or microdermabrasion treatment. It just heals and soothes my facial skin.

It still goes without saying however, that if I am buying luxury; I want LUXURY. Luxury that works that is. Enter the new Illuminating Skin Trio from Clé de Peau.

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These are not exactly new products, as they have been around for some time, but they have been re-formulated along with getting a packaging face lift that is almost too beautiful. The bottle and jars are faceted with golden accents. Once they were empty, I don’t think I would throw them away.

La Creme $535-$795
La Creme $535-$795

La Crème is an intensive and rich face cream that is loaded with a plethora of beneficial ingredients. A concentrated retinol is blended with major anti-oxidants, silk and pearl extracts, and rich moisturizers. I am partial to anything that includes retinol in the formulation. Also present, is pine tree extract. Now, if you are unaware about what pine extracts can do for your skin, this information may enlighten you. Pine extracts are potent in proanthocyanidins, which are flavenoids. Some of you may already know that flavenoids are the longevity ingredients found in red wines. Pine extract in skin care’s main function is to repair collagen, and all of the studies that have been conducted on it show that so far it is doing a pretty darn good job. Touted as being more powerful than vitamins C and E, you get more potent antioxidant enzymes and UV radiation protection. This cream carries a price tag of $535 for a 1 oz. jar, but if this cream is truly the “fountain of youth” what is $535? It is cheaper than botox! It will treat your entire face and certainly doesn’t carry the risks associated with botox.

Intensive Eye Contour Cream $250
Intensive Eye Contour Cream $250

This eye cream is already an award winner and has gotten some stellar reviews for its ability to lighten dark spots and re-energize the delicate skin around the eyes. Most interesting is the exclusive wand that comes with the eye cream. The wand is designed for a targeted eye massage to increase circulation and improve skin tone. Skin care tools for accompanying use with skin care products are all the rage right now, and I have personally found them to be quite effective.

Le Serum $325
Le Serum $325

Boasting awards of its own, this serum contains Inositol, which is a very important B vitamin complex that maintains healthy skin cells. Add in key moisturizers, and you get a well-rounded formula that is perfect for daily and nightly use. I do like that this is a pump and not a dropper. Although with pumps a bit of product is always wasted, I know the active ingredients will stay fresher.

If it is complete and effective luxury skin care you are looking for, then these new products are about as good as it gets!

FACTS ABOUT LASER SKIN TIGHTENING

Are you considering having a laser skin tightening treatment done? Figuring out whether you’re a good candidate for a laser skin tightening procedure is easy, as long as you know what factors make a good candidate. To figure that out, you first have to understand the process itself.

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Laser Skin Tightening is a Non-Surgical Process

First of all, you should know that laser skin tightening is 100% knife free. That’s important because you don’t have to worry about things like anesthesia. A laser skin procedure only uses localized anesthetic to numb your skin. The laser will then project light and heat at your skin, which will help to stimulate your body into repairing its own skin cells.

The fact that it is a non-surgical process means that it’s also a fast process. You can be in and out of the clinic in as little as an hour in some cases. There is no preparation required. no recovery time, and an overnight stay at the clinic is not necessary. This procedure is even less invasive when compared to medical grade chemical peels and microdermabrasion. We live in a fortunate age where with all of these non-surgical advances in facial treatments, face lifts, botox, and other surgeries are becoming more and more unnecessary.

Laser Skin Tightening and Laser Skin Resurfacing Aren’t the Same

The next thing you should know is that laser skin resurfacing and laser skin tightening are different procedures. Although, similar types of laser skincare devices are used to perform both types of treatments. It’s entirely possible that you could be a good candidate for one and not the other.

Resurfacing is a process that removes the top layer of skin, which is mostly dead anyway. Tightening procedures penetrate down into deeper layers of skin without affecting the surface as much. That means that the results of skin tightening procedures might not be as clear right away as the results of resurfacing.

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Laser Treatment and Their Results Can be Ongoing

Another thing to be aware of is that laser treatment results can be ongoing. In other words, you will probably see a bit of difference right away, but that may not be the final result. Over the weeks following your appointment, your body should produce a lot more collagen and other healthy skin-fortifying substances. So, the general appearance of your skin can improve over time, even after or in between appointments.

Nevertheless, one treatment isn’t usually very helpful. Most skin tightening procedures need to be repeated several times as part of a series of treatments. You may even choose to schedule a second treatment series at some point after you are done with the first. Unfortunately, wrinkles don’t form only once. Therefore, they won’t disappear forever after one treatment. You have to stay on top of the problem, if you want your skin to continue looking healthy and youthful. A series of five or six laser treatments can cost as little as $500 or as much as $2,000, depending on the specific treatment and clinic.

Generally speaking, you’ll be a good candidate for laser skin treatment if you’re over 30 years old and under 60. However, your general health and other factors might make you a bad candidate. For instance, having oily skin can prevent you from undergoing laser treatments because the oils can be heated up too much by the lasers.

The only way to know for sure is to ask the experts at your local clinic. They can tell you the best treatment plan for you, which will probably involve lasers, but there are also other skin tightening options that you can try if lasers aren’t an option for you.

Overall, this is going to be a great option for anyone who wants some potent anti-aging and age reversal benefits without surgery or botox.

NEW FACE MASKS FROM BOBBI BROWN

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Who doesn’t love a good face mask? A truly well formulated one can do wonders for numerous issues you might be having with your skin. There seems to be 100+ mask options for every type of problem from dryness, to dullness, acne, redness, enlarged pores, excess oil, and everything in between. With so many choices available it is difficult to choose just one. There are too many great ones!

I must have tried over 100 different face masks in my lifetime so far. What I have found over the years, is that I have always gravitated towards face formulated for dryness, exfoliation, and detoxing. Which is why Bobbi Brown’s new trio of face masks is so ideal,  they address all 3 of those issues.

Skin Nourish Coral Grass and Green Algae Moisture Mask $47
Skin Nourish Coral Grass and Green Algae Moisture Mask $47 

This mask is my most absolute favourite out of the three, and I will never be without it! It is so deeply mositurizing and soothing, yet it is pretty lightweight. Your skin just drinks up the nourishing natural oils, butters, plant extracts, and proteins.

Everyone should know by now that algae is extremely good for your skin, and green algae is one of the main ingredients. Aside from the algae, coral grass is the star component to the mask. Coral grass, also known as eucheuma cotonii or “sea bird’s nest” is a type of seaweed that is extremely rich in enzyme nutrients, calcium, iron, and proteins. When applied topically, coral grass will help to generate collagen production and protect it, as well as lock in vital moisture. This would be perfect to use after any in office microdermabrasion treatments or chemical peels.

There are also numerous health benefits to eating coral grass as well, and it is being touted as the next “big health food”. Don’t be surprised if coral grass starts popping up in all kinds of new skin care products.

After using this mask my skin was plumped, more even toned, and perfectly moisturized. The directions say to rinse it off after a few minutes but, I leave it on all night for a twice a week, overnight deep treatment. You do it for your hair after all, why not for your face? I truly cannot say enough about this one.

Instant Detox Hawaiian Sea Water and White Clay Mask $47
Instant Detox Hawaiian Sea Water and White Clay Mask $47

Clays in skin care are all synonymous for detoxing. Unfortunately, I have found that most of them are also synonymous for overly drying my skin out in the process of detoxing. That is why I love this one, it did not dry out my skin at all! I was just left with soft and clean skin.

Some detoxifying masks also tend to burn, and with this one all I felt was a slight refreshing tingle.

As for my pores, I noticed a difference, but nothing to write home about. There has yet to be a mask invented that will completely eradicate your pores for all time.

The white clay intrigued me, as I have never used a mask that contained it, and I find that the white clay is easier to work with when rinsing off. Black clay masks have become very popular as of late, but they can sometimes be a pain to remove; the black residue seems to linger.

This is a perfect option for someone who wants to detox but also has sensitive skin.

Radiance Boost Superfine Walnut Grain and Orange Oil Exfoliating Mask $47
Radiance Boost Superfine Walnut Grain and Orange Oil Exfoliating Mask $47 

I was a bit skeptical and cautious when I first tried this one. I was thinking “okay walnut grains…..I hope not like the go to apricot scrub of my early teens”. Obviously that was before I knew better. I was so pleasantly surprised by this one however, the grains really are superfine. My skin was retexturized and very smooth.

The addition of Vitamin C rich orange oil gives an antioxidant boost and extra exfoliation. For such an intense formula, I was surprised that my skin wasn’t slightly irritated. I would however, caution those who have a sunburn to not use this mask until after the burns have healed. I can imagine it would sting!

This trio has the makings of being the only mask collection you will ever need!

TOM FORD SOLEIL COLLECTION

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I got a chance to take a look at the new Tom Ford 2016 Soleil collection and it is gorgeous! I am not into overly bright candy colours for the Summer, so this collection is ideal. 

I am loving the sleek white accents in the packaging. It brings to mind all of the white marble and gold accents that Lidia Bersani uses in her interior designs.

Moisturecore Lip Colour $55
Moisturecore Lip Colour $55

This lip colour is MOISTURIZING! There is a passion fruit oil core in every tube, and the surrounding formula is an interfuse of nourishing extracts and butters. This formula is a bit more lightweight than its fuller coverage counterpart. The shades are somewhat darker than one might expect for the Summer, but bright pinks and pastels have been done time and again, time to change-up the game!

Ultra-Rich Lip Colour $52
Ultra-Rich Lip Colour $52

This is the full coverage option. The pigment is so saturating, so prepare for a bold statement lip. This is a moisturizing formula as well, but wears on the lips longer than the Moisturecore.

Sheer Cheek Duo-Bicoastal $78
Sheer Cheek Duo-Bicoastal $78

This is a universally flattering and bold rose shade, with a light pink highlighter. The coverage is buildable, which makes it great for all skin tones.

Radiant Moisture Souffle $98
Radiant Moisture Souffle $98

This gold pearl infused, whipped meringue of a cream, does for your face what Touche Éclat does for your eyes. It reawakens, re-energizes, and gives a look of vitality. Lightweight and perfect for warmer temps, this soufflé moisturizes and protects while giving you that sexy Summer glow.

CReam and Powder Eye Colour $60
Cream and Powder Eye Colour $60

These pots are filled with a luminous cream shadow on the bottom, and a coordinating shimmery powder shadow on the top. Both options are long wearing and can be worn alone, layered or blended for multiple eye looks.

Skin Illuminator-Fire Lust $72
Skin Illuminator-Fire Lust $72

This peachy-pink, lightweight lotion gives skin a natural sunny kiss. It will work for just about every skin tone and can be used under or over makeup. It is not a primer specifically, but I think it would work well as one if you are wearing a lightweight foundation over it.

Large Bronzing Powder $98
Large Bronzing Powder $98

These bronzing powders are gorgeous! They are so versatile and can be used as a contour product as well. It comes in 3 different shades so there will be one that will compliment your skin tone. It gives a subtle shimmer, and the formula is very long-lasting.

Cream Cheek Colour $68
Cream Cheek Colour $68

This creamy cheek colour comes in two universal sun-kissed shades, a bronzy peach and a gold toned pink. I was surprised at how blendable these are. I usually run into a blending problem with cream cheek colours.

Skin Contouring Compact-The Afternooner $108
Skin Contouring Compact-The Afternooner $108

In my opinion this will be the only all in one compact you will ever need. You get your contour, blush, and highlighter in one. The contour and the blush are a nice stay true formula, but depending on how dark you want or need it to be, you can build the colour. The highlighter is not too shimmery, just right, and can be used for a multitude purposes. These shades are ideal year round, which I love.

Bronzing Primer-Resort to Pleasure $74
Bronzing Primer-Resort to Pleasure $74

While this product is specifically a primer, I feel like if you can use it in place of a foundation. It is silky and just gives a nice even toned glow to the skin. It is not too dark and would work for all skin tones.

Soleil Blanc Eau de Parfum $220-$550
Soleil Blanc Eau de Parfum $220-$550

This fragrance sums up what the entire collection is meant to exude. It smells of sensuality and refined luxury. This is not your typical Summer, beachy fragrance. No nuances of suntan lotion to be found, and thank goodness for that because there are one too many. It is warm, slightly sweet, and exotic. Think of a warm, sweet breeze blowing in from the Mediterranean, that is how I can best describe it. Most Tom Ford fragrances tend to be unisex, but I think Soleil Blanc is decidedly feminine. For such a warm and lush fragrance you would think it would be heavy or too cloying for the Summer, but it isn’t at all. Aside from my Black Orchid, Soleil Blanc is my other Favourite Tom Ford fragrance!

Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil $98
Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil $98

If you want the best of multiple worlds than this body oil is for you! The problem is that it doesn’t come in a big enough bottle. This silky oil moisturizes, delicately fragrances, and gives your skin a sensual glow. An added bonus is that if you use this under the Soleil Blanc EDP, your fragrance will last much longer.

This Soleil collection is by far my absolute favourite for Summer!

ALPESSENCE CAVIAR SERUM

When you think of luxury skincare, what are some of the first products that come to mind? What deems it to be luxurious? In my mind, such a skincare product is one that outperforms all others in terms of the formulation, quality of ingredients, and effectiveness. I have relentlessly tried and tested so much of what the industry calls “luxury” skincare, only to be disappointed by some of it.

I recently had the fortunate opportunity to receive a bottle of Alpessence Caviar Serum, and after testing it out for almost 2 weeks, I am beyond thrilled with this product.

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Alpessence is a luxury skincare line based in Switzerland, and all of their ingredients used are sourced there as well. They do not test their products on animals, which is always a huge plus in my book. I WILL NOT buy products that are tested on animals.

The Caviar Serum is Alpessence’s best-selling and most awarded product. All of Alpessence’s products are formulated to absorb efficiently and quickly, without losing the effectiveness of the serum. It truly does take about 30 seconds to absorb completely, and it leaves your skin feeling smooth and velvety. Layering this with your other skincare products is a breeze!

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Before using or purchasing any skin or body care products, I always read the ingredient list. I cannot reiterate enough how important it is to understand exactly what you are putting on your face, hair and body.

The star ingredient of this serum is of course caviar. Caviar has been showing up in a ton of new products lately and the reasons are obvious. Caviar extracts contain proteins and amino and omega fatty acids, which everyone should know by now is completely beneficial to the skin. All else aside, does caviar not scream luxury?

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Rounding out this formula is copper, zinc gluconate, honey, hydrolyzed hyalauronic acid, rose stem cells, tamarind seed, lactic acid, humecants, vitamins, and other plant extracts. These ingredients provide a well-rounded formula that will produce collagen and elastin, protect existing cells, moisturize, heal, improve texture and tone, and diminish wrinkles.

I tried this serum alone for 5 days, and then used it in conjunction with my other skincare. I was pleasently surprised to find that this serum did help the absorption of my other products.

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The silky formula spreads nice and evenly over your face. A little will definitely go a long way, so only one pump is needed. I also love the fact that the packaging is a pump so that way you are not constantly opening a bottle and exposing the active ingredients to air.

After using this I have found that my skin is much more even toned and smooth. My skin has a wonderful glow to it after I put this on. I have had no adverse reactions and my skin can be quite sensitive. The true test of how my skin will react to a new product, is what happens when I use it after I have done some thorough exfoliating. Fresh skin is the best canvas to test products on.

I was truly impressed with this serum and will be adding it to my regular routine!

 

 

 

This is a sponsored post. I received this product for the purposes of honest review on my website.

BRAND SPOTLIGHT: HERBIVORE SKINCARE

If you are anything like me, then you cannot resist trying most of the latest products that hit the shelves. I say “most of” because for the past six years or so, I have become very particular about what I put on my face, hair, and body etc. I will not buy something just because it is the latest obsession according to beauty gurus everywhere. The product had better work and the ingredient list must be stellar. After all, some of those products are very pricey, and some not worth the hefty price tag.

Browsing through Sephora, I came across Hebivore’s line of skincare. This brand does not do animal testing, which is also a requirement of the products I buy. Their ingredients are natural with no artificial colours, fragrances, or preservatives. Pretty ideal!

Herbivore Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil $72
Herbivore Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil $72

This is supposed to be ideal for those who have combination skin. This oil is formulated with Blue Tansy! If you love Sunday Riley Luna Oil, which I have been a faithful user for the past 9 months, then you know all about Blue Tansy and its calming and anti-aging benefits.

Herbivore Phoenix Cell Regenerating Facial Oil $88
Herbivore Phoenix Cell Regenerating Facial Oil $88

Rosehip seed oil is so good for your skin, and is the main oil in this product. This does contain jojoba oil, which is technically a wax, so it is going to be a heavier oil. Those with skin that tends to breakout may want to skip this one. It would be great for Winter though.

Herbivore Orchid Youth Preserving Facial Oil $64
Herbivore Orchid Youth Preserving Facial Oil $64

Orchid extracts are becoming very popular in skincare lately. I have yet to try an Orchid based product, but the ones I have seen have gotten some pretty good reviews.

Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Lip Conditioner $22
Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Lip Conditioner $22  

This is one of those dreamy edible lip butters. Anything coconut oil is always luscious!

Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Lip Polish $18
Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Lip Polish $18

Of course you need the lip polish to go with the lip balm. It will be hard for me to cheat on my Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, but I might have to just this once.

Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish $38
Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish $38

They had to make one for your entire body! I could see becoming quickly addicted to this stuff. The grains have a finer texture than most scrubs, which means it works better.

Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Facial Mist $32
Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Facial Mist $32

Coconut water is so beneficial for your body with its naturally occurring electrolytes, so it is going to do the same thing for your skin. The additional rose extracts give you some anti-oxidant power.

Herbivore Pink Clay Gentle Cleanse Clay Soap Bar $12
Herbivore Pink Clay Gentle Cleanse Clay Soap Bar $12

This is the only cleanser in their skincare lineup, but it will be a good one for all skin types. Not too drying, with gentle moisturizers.

Herbivore Pink Clay Hyalauronic Acid Mega Moisture Cream Mask $38
Herbivore Pink Clay Hyaluronic Acid Mega Moisture Cream Mask $48

This moisture mask is the real deal. Some great plant oils and plenty of hyaluronic acid. I would honestly use it as a sleeping facial instead of just a mask.

Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask $48 

This mask is going to provide some pretty potent chemical exfoliation, but with a more gentle delivery thanks to the soothing Blue Tansy.

Herbivore Brighten Pineapple Enzyme Gemstone Instant Glow Mask $48
Herbivore Brighten Pineapple Enzyme Gemstone Instant Glow Mask $48

I love a good fruit enzyme based mask. They really do brighten with the natural fruit acids, and their exfoliating properties are surprisingly effective. I love the Peter Thomas Roth Firm-X, and this mask would be along the same lines as that.

Herbivore Jasmine Glowing Hydration Body Oil $44
Herbivore Jasmine Glowing Hydration Body Oil $44

The brand has put out two body oils and I am so excited to try them! My product closet mostly consists of all things oil these days. Jasmine oil is so soothing! There are also a ton of other moisturizing oils in here to make you glowing soft skin.

Herbivore Citrine Ultra Hydration Neroli Body Oil $44
Herbivore Citrine Ultra Hydration Neroli Body Oil $44

Have you ever smelled anything with Neroli oil? It smells heavenly. This body oil is ultra moisturizing. This is going to be a Winter skin saver for me I can already tell.

That wraps it up for the latest from Herbivore! Have you tried this line yet, and if so what did you think?

YOU MIGHT BE A PUMPKIN ADDICT IF…………

As soon as the leaves start turning, one of the first things that always come to mind is pumpkin…….everything. Are you one of the 87.6% that become overly obsessed with pumpkin everything before, during, and possibly after the holiday seasons? If you are then you will want to further your decent into pumpkin madness with my favourite must have products.

Philosophy Pumpkin Icing Shower Gel $18
Philosophy Pumpkin Icing Shower Gel $18 

This is hands down my favourite pumpkin scented shower gel. Philosophy shower gels are just amazing, they all smell so wonderful. This is a sugary sweet, slightly spicy pumpkin scent. My entire bathroom smells like pumpkin pie after I am done taking a shower. The scent does not linger very long on your skin, but that is to be expected with a product that you are “washing off”. Just the scent experience itself while using it is enough to keep it in your body wash arsenal.

Arcona Pumpkin Body Lotion 10% $35
Arcona Pumpkin Body Lotion 10% $35

This is a very potent lotion. It contains 10% glycolic acid, so if you have sensitive skin, you might want to approach this product with caution. The results I get with it however, are phenomenal. It does tingle a bit sometimes, but is by no means uncomfortable. The tingle tells you it is working, sloughing off all of those dead skin cells. If you do spray tanning or go to the tanning bed, you will not want to use it either as it will breakdown your tan faster. The scent is heavenly, unadulterated, pumpkin bliss though. If you can stand some mild exfoliation, this will keep your skin baby soft.

Bath and Body Works Pumpkin Pie # Wick Candle $22
Bath and Body Works Pumpkin Pie 3 Wick Candle $22

If you love for your house to smell like you have been baking pumpkin pies all day everyday, then you are going to want to stock up on this candle. I am embarrassed to say how many of these are in my candle cabinet (yes I have a cabinet for my candles). I burn one downstairs and one upstairs, and my entire house smells like a pumpkin bakery. I can even smell it in the garage before I walk in. Love it!

Nest Fragrances Pumpkin Chai Liquid Hand Soap $22
Nest Fragrances Pumpkin Chai Liquid Hand Soap $22

This is one of the few hand soaps I ever buy. I particularly like the Nest hand soaps because they do not dry out my skin when I wash my hands. This stuff literally smells like they took the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, and bottled it into a liquid soap form.

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask $58
Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask $58

This mask does double time at exfoliating those dead skin cells off of your face. It is an all around miracle worker. The AHA and pumpkin enzymes break down dead cells, the vitamin C brightens, and the aluminum oxide crystals slough it all away. Use this cautiously if you have sensitive skin. I do get better results with this if I let the thin layer sit on my skin for a few minutes, then massage the crystals in. And yes, it also smells like pumpkins! I keep this in stock, as it is one of my favourite masks.

What is your favorite pumpkin product so far this year?

NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHER”S LIP BALM

Has there ever been a lip balm in existence worth the gargantuan price tag of $42? The answer is most certainly yes, if we are talking about Hourglass N° 28 Lip Treatment Oil.

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I had passed this product by so many times at Sephora, thinking it would end up being a waste of money. My curiosity always gets the better of me eventually.

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Now, at least half of the price tag for this stuff is owing to the fact that it features a 24 karat gold-plated applicator tip. While that is not a necessary attribute to this lip oil being spectacular, it is the thick, opaque, golden liquid contained inside that makes it worth it. With cooler weather fast approaching, I can already feel my skin and lips needing a head start in Winter maintenance. Oh delicate lip skin, why couldn’t you just have been designed with oil glands?

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This stuff is so incredibly moisturizing. There are 28 different essential oils in this formula. The oils provide a slew of benefits ranging from anti-oxidant protection, to intense hydration, as well as anti-aging benefits. I am also loving the fact that one of the most powerful moisturizers in the formula is the sunflower derived plant emollient Viamerine. I have never been a particular fan of slathering anything petroleum-based on any part of my body.

The good thing, is that a little really does go a long way. I do not see myself running out of this any time soon. It stays on all night, and if I apply during the day with no other lip product, I get some decent wear with it as well. The only negatives are that the applicator can be a bit tricky. You depress the button behind the applicator tip to dispense. The other thing I have found with this is that if you are a fan of Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick (I am an habitual Intime user), I recommend that you use the lip oil it a little more sparingly as the lipstick tends to not stay on as well with it underneath. These factors will not deter me from keeping this in stock! My lips are so soft!

If you are looking for a new Winter save all for your lips, this might just do it for you!

MY BIRTHDAY JUBILATION

Yesterday was my birthday, and a wonderful one it was at that! I started the day off doing absolutely nothing. It was my birthday after all, and I should be allowed a day of complete R&R right?

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My husband got me my favourite gourmet cupcakes. There were actually more of them, but I started eating them before I took the photo.

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I got to go on a bit of a shopping spree! When in doubt my husband just gets me gift cards. My mom even got me a Sephora gift card this year!

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream 

I love this for my body on those dry Winter days, but you can actually use this on your face as well. I have started using it as a “sealer” after all of my other skincare treatments in the evening. It is just the best all-purpose cream to have around.

Make Up Forever Mist and Fix
Make Up Forever Mist and Fix 

This is my favourite makeup setting spray. It is alcohol free and really works to make your makeup last on a hot day, which we have been getting plenty of those lately.

L'Occitane Imortelle Divine Youth Oil
L’Occitane Imortelle Divine Youth Oil 

I can’t say that I have tried every facial oil out there, but I have tried a few and this one is hands down my favourite. It soaks into my skin better than any other one I have tried,  and it makes my skin just glow. It does not leave a terribly greasy after feel like most facial oils tend to do. It smells great and has yet to clog my pores. I really cannot say enough about this oil.

NUFace Collagen Booster B1
NUFace Collagen Booster B1 

My new favourite serums are officially the ones from NUFace. They soak in quickly and I am seeing some great results so far. They are not pore clogging and are fragrance, alcohol, and paraben free. You do not get a great deal of product, but they are thin in consistency so it does not take much to spread a good amount onto your face.

Make Up Forever Artist Shadow in D124 Crystalline White
Make Up Forever Artist Shadow in D124 Crystalline White 

This is the perfect shimmery white shadow. I use this for an array of highlighting purposes.

Diorskin Forever Compact in 010 Ivory
Diorskin Forever Compact in 010 Ivory 

This is fast becoming my new favourite powder. The texture is amazing with buildable light to medium coverage. The ivory shade matches my skin perfectly. It seriously does not feel heavy or look cakey at all.

Living Proof Restore Instant Protection Spray
Living Proof Restore Instant Protection Spray 

Living Proof recently reformulated their revitalizing spray with a heat protectant, so naturally I had to try it. I love it. It dries instantly and my air does not feel fried after using it.

Algenist Hydrating Essence Toner
Algenist Hydrating Essence Toner 

After years and years of using my trusted Clinique toner, I have decided to switch to this one. It is alcohol free like the Clinique one, which was really the deciding factor, but there are so many other benefits to this one. Namely there is no silicones! I will elaborate on that in a later post. If you are looking for a pretty perfect toner, give this one a try.

Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien
Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien 

I got a sample size of this pencil in my Sephora birthday gift, and I love it! It stays on for quite awhile, and I love the colour. It is the perfect nude rosy pink.

Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in Cecile
Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in Cecile 

This is my favourite YLBB lipstick. I do not like ultra glossy finishes, they just do not last long and I loathe when my hair sticks to my lips. This gives just enough sheer pigment for me when applied lightly.

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish
Fresh Sugar Lip Polish 

This lip polish is currently my favourite after the Mac lip scrub was discontinued. It smells like brown sugar, vanilla, and lemon. I find myself wanting to eat it sometimes.

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So, remember that post I did about the runway Rebecca Minkoff Rylan tote? I did say that I wanted it for my birthday and I believe I mentioned somewhere that I was willing to shamelessly grovel to my husband about it. Well………he surprised me! He did get the black one, and I am so glad he did. It will go with so much more than the lavender shade would have. The leather is so soft and so on par with Rebecca Minkoff quality. It is an eye-catcher for sure. The details are amazing. The fringe is well done and not messy looking.

We went to dinner at one of my favourite sushi restaurants, and they took forever serving us this time. I ate it so fast I didn’t even think about taking photos. I had so many dear friends and family members there, it was wonderful. Those amazing people are truly what made it so special. Best birthday yet!

CLINIQUE HAS A NEW CREAM

If you are a faithful devotee of Clinique’s classic yellow moisturizer but always wanted a bit more moisture than the original offers, look no further than Clinique’s new Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream.

The lotion formula is not actually moisturizing enough for some, and you have to resort to adding a supplemental moisture cream on top of the lotion. I personally am a product layering addict, but I know some people do not like all the fuss and muss of adding extra products just to achieve something the initial moisturizer should have done in the first place. This new cream, designed for dry to very dry skin, would solve that problem and only require the additional use of a basic sunscreen on top during the day. I personally have always liked Clinique’s Sheer City Block.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream $14.50-26
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream $14.50-26 

I was fortunate to be able to sample this at Macy’s. The consistency is rich, but not overly thick or greasy feeling. For the most part it absorbed very well into the skin. Just like the original lotion and gel formulas, there is of course no added fragrance. I could tell that it was indeed more moisturizing than the lotion. Very nice to apply.  Price-wise, this is a pretty good value for what you get. It starts at $14.50 for 1oz., and $26 for 1.7 oz. To my knowledge, this cream is currently only available at Macy’s and Lord and Taylor.

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IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL WORTH IT?

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If you are anything like me, you probably hate your hair. No not the hair on your head, although sometimes that can be an annoyance on humid days, I am referring to your body hair. Having milky pale skin with pretty much black hair means that I have probably about the worst combo when it comes to body hair. It is extremely noticeable.

When I was younger I shaved all the time, and of course that was the only option for me at the time. I had considered the electrolysis treatments of the past , but after talking to people who had it done, I decided it wouldn’t be worth the investment. A few years later I decided to start looking into laser hair removal, and I can tell you it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

I have been getting a lot of questions about this topic lately, so I thought I would summarize some key points for anyone who is interested in doing these treatments.

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• What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a professional cosmetic treatment that is performed to remove unwanted facial and body hair. A laser is used to beam concentrated light into hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles absorb the light and the hair is destroyed. After several treatments, your hair removal will become permanent.

• Who is a good candidate for the treatment?

Unfortunately laser hair removal is not ideal for people with very fine light, or vellus hair. The laser is much more effective on dark, coarse, terminal hair. Having really light hair means that the follicle will not absorb the light.

• Where can you get the treatments done, and what are the best places?

Most all dermatologist offices will offer laser hair removal treatments, and that is the place that I would recommend the most since a dermatologist specializes in skin. Sometimes you can get the treatments done in a doctor’s office or a medical spa. I personally have only ever gone to a dermatologist, simply because they are better trained professionals. You can always look up someone’s credentials, which I also recommend doing.

• How much does it cost?

The cost varies significantly depending on the areas you are treating  and how many times you need to have it done. Sometimes you can get a better deal if you purchase a treatment package. I have even heard of buying 5 treatments and getting 1 for free. My arms for example cost me around $400 when all was said and done. I purchased a package for 5 treatments and that was all I needed for the hair to be completely gone on my arms. My legs were obviously more expensive. I would recommend you start with a smaller problem area first (hint hint) then work your way up to the larger areas.

• Do you see immediate results?

After you get your first treatment done you may feel a moment of disappointment when you see that your hair is growing back! That is normal. The hair is just pushing its way through and will fall out. You can usually schedule another treatment within 4 to 6 weeks. You will continue to get them done until your hair no longer grows back. Once that happens it is smooth sailing!

• What are the risks?

As with all cosmetic procedures, there are some risks associated with getting laser hair removal. For a couple of days the area of the skin that was treated will feel sort of like it was sunburned. You may experience some tenderness or slight swelling. Using cold compresses or cool unscented aloe vera gel will help to soothe irritation. There are also a number of post-treatment moisturizers that you can buy specifically for that. There have been instances where blisters can develop and even scarring. These are more rare side effects and are exactly the reason why you should always go to a skin professional.

• What do I do to prepare?

Do not tweeze, wax, thread, or do any sort of electrolysis treatment before laser hair removal. Remember the laser needs to detect the follicle, and if you have plucked it out it will not work. Also not tanning or excessive sun exposure, as this will also make the laser less effective.

• What does the treatment feel like?

If you go by my account it feels like little rubber bands snapping against your skin. Personally I find that very therapeutic. With every little zap I know a hair follicle is dying a slow death! It is not painful and should never be. Always trust your gut instinct. If something feels not quite right let the person performing the treatment know immediately! Always ask a ton of questions before and after so you can have all of the facts.

• What can I expect afterwards?

As I mentioned above, you will treat the areas like you would a sunburn. Do not, and I can not stress this enough, do not go to a tanning bed for at least 6 weeks afterwards. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! If you are a tanner this may not be a good thing for you to pursue as you will basically be advised not to tan for over 6 months if you keep up your treatments consistently. I never, ever, ever tan, never, so for me there was no great sacrifice.

Bottom line:

If you simply abhor your body hair and you meet the requirements to have the procedure done, then this is something that you will most likely find a worthwhile investment. I never had any adverse reactions to the treatments aside from some minor irritation and redness. I love my smooth skin! In my opinion getting laser hair removal pays for itself in the long run. When you think about how much money you will save on shaving cream, razors, water bills, and natural gas and propane bills over your lifetime it’s kind of a no brainer. Also consider how much time you will save in the mornings or evenings getting ready. It would not be amiss for me to also mention the fact that not having to shave while on vacation is a mini vacation all in itself! I absolutely recommend this as an investment in yourself!

Is laser hair removal something you are considering? If you have any questions let me know!

SEPHORA HAUL

June is here. I can hardly believe the year is halfway over. I was so excited because not only is it officially the start of my birthday month, but according to my weather app it was supposed to be pretty mild temps this week. Not so. High 80’s. That is a bit out of my comfort zone. Thankfully I have Sephora to perk me up!

 Some of these are new products for me so we will see if they make it to permanence in my product closet.

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Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF2 25 $7.50
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF2 25 $7.50 

This is one of the best lip balms I have ever tried. It makes my lips so soft and smooth and is the best winter lip saver hands down. I always use a little bit under any lip product I am wearing. It is a thicker balm but not too sticky. This is very long-lasting. I put it on before bed and it is still there in the morning. There are several flavours to choose from, but this mint one is my favourite. I love that it includes SPF.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed $38
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed $38 

I have been wanting to get a new highlighting powder. I usually use the Kevin Aucoin Candlelight, but that one gets really flaky if you swipe the brush too hard. That really vexes me since I feel like I am wasting a lot of product. I had my reservations about this one because of the shimmer, but one of my Ulta gals put it on and stepped outside and it looked amazing on her, so I decided to give it a try.

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I got the Moonstone shade, which is a very light champagne color. The texture of this one is creamier than the Kevin Aucoin and not as golden. I think this would be a universally flattering shade. The shimmer is very subtle, not chunky glitter at all.

Urban Decay Afterglow Blush $26
Urban Decay Afterglow Blush $26 

This is another product that I have seen on someone else and thought it looked great. These blushes are supposed to last quite awhile. So far they have gotten great reviews.

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I got the shade Obsessed, which is a vivid light pink. I like that it has that blue undertone. I dislike anything with an orange undertone on myself.

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Excess Mascara $32
Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Excess Mascara $32 

I have been waiting for this mascara to come back in stock for a while. It got some good reviews so far so we’ll see how I like it compared to the Guerlain Cils d’Enfer.

Urban Decay Ultimate Ozone The Multi-Purpose   Primer Pencil $16
Urban Decay Ultimate Ozone The Multi-Purpose Primer Pencil $16 

This is getting such rave reviews so I had to see what all of the fuss is about. You can apparently use this as a lip primer, a correcter stick, and an eye primer. I want to see if it will make my eyeliner even more smudge-proof.

Lancome Cils Booster XL Super Enhancing Mascara Base $25
Lancome Cils Booster XL Super Enhancing Mascara Base $25

I read that this will help keep mascara from flaking. Even the best mascaras tend to flake a little, so I am hoping that this will prevent that for the most part.

Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask $58
Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask $58 

I am finally getting around to trying this and I am so excited to! Peter Thomas Roth products are some of my favourites. I hope I will have a better experience with this than I did with the Bliss Multifaceted mask.

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector$29
Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector$29 

When I first saw this I was a little confused at how it was supposed to work, since the texture is very sticky. You actually use it as a primer of sorts for your under eye concealer. It is supposed to keep your concealer from creasing and brighten up the under eye area. My friend really likes this stuff so I thought I would try it too.

L'Occitane Shea Clensing Oil $22
L’Occitane Shea Clensing Oil $22 

This is my absolute favourite cleansing oil right now! It gets all of my makeup off, including eye makeup. This leaves NO greasy residue after using it. It smells great and you get so much product for the price. If you love L’Occitane as much as I do, you will probably love this.

Have you tried any of these products? What is on your current Sephora wish list?

BEST WARM WEATHER MOISTURIZERS

Warmer weather! The time when most people adopt a “less is more” mantra, especially when it comes to their moisturizers. I tend to stick to my regimen no matter what the season, only because I always want my skin to be in the most ideal shape. However, there are times when I cave and go for something a little more lightweight. The problem for me is finding something lightweight that is still moisturizing enough.

I love trying new products, but finding something to suit my skin is not always the most exciting task. In fact, it can be quite daunting because I never know how my skin will react to a new formula. I am sure that is true for most of you as well. So in light of that, I thought I would compile a list of moisturizer options that I have used in the past and present, that would be good for almost every skin type.

Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer $65
Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer $65 

This was my HG moisturizer while I was living on the East Coast. Sadly, when I moved to the Northwest I had to give this one up. It is very lightweight and completely fragrance and oil free. This one uses some great algae-based moisturizers to keep skin supple. I am not an advocate for using mattifying moisturizers as most contain alcohol. This would be an excellent choice for anyone who is very oily or acne prone. I would not recommend this if you are living in a drier climate, as you do need extra moisture in that case.

Dermalogica Active Moist $41
Dermalogica Active Moist $41 

This one is a bit heavier than the previous, yet still light and silky. It smells naturally of lavender, so it is very soothing. This one is a pretty simple formulation, not too much in the way of anti aging, but still a good all around basic. If you layer serums like I do, this one would be good for that. I never felt greasy while using this. You also get a pretty good amount for the money. The only thing to note is that if you are sensitive to fragrant plant oils, you might want to approach this one with caution. There is a minuscule amount of lavender extract in this, but could still cause a reaction for ultra sensitive skins.

Perricone MD Photoplasma $69
Perricone MD Photoplasma $69

I cannot say enough about this product! I have been using this for a few years now, and I will continue to buy it as long as they make it. It has a light almost mousse like texture. It has some great anti-oxidants, higher Spf, ant-aging ingredients, and it is fragrance and oil free. Yes you can probably find other sunscreens that are not as expensive, but this has prevented me from getting burnt on more than one occasion, makes my skin look amazing, and all without having to worry about breakouts. I feel this would be great for all skin types, as it uses gentle mineral sunscreens. I am hooked on this stuff!

Belif Milky Hydra Balancing Moisturizer $38
Belif Milky Hydra Balancing Moisturizer $38 

This is PACKED full of anti-oxidants and most of them all-natural. I got a sample of this and I love the texture. Very lightweight. This would also be a good option for extra oily or acne prone skins. The only reason I didn’t end up buying the full size of this is because it lacks some anti-aging ingredients that I prefer in my moisturizers. If aging is not at the forefront of your concerns though, this one is worth a try.

Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense Lotion $42
Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense Lotion $42 

This one is a great all around solution for summer. It is sheer, silky, anti-aging, contains anti-oxidants, and offers sun protection. I am just addicted to my Photoplasma, so I do not need another moisturizer with an Spf. This one does give you an added bonus with the addition of vitamin C, so it will brighten as well!

Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Lotion $75
Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Lotion $75 

This one is going to be the heaviest out of the bunch. It has some heavier emollients, like shea butter, but it is still in a lotion form, so it will still be lighter than a cream. This is foremost an anti-aging moisturizer, with all of the ingredients I look for and then some. I really liked the sample of this lotion, so I am doing some more research to decide if I want to make this my new daytime moisturizer. I don’t feel like this made me oily as the day progressed, but when I tried it, it was still plenty cold. I will have to see how this would do now that it is warmer outside.

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief $52
Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief $52 

This has been a favorite product of mine for years! You honestly get so much hydration for a gel form consistency. It feels so good going on the skin. A great thing about this one is that you can pat it on over dry spots if you get a little dry later in the day. Such a great option for oily and acne prone skin. It is fragrance free as well for those of you who are sensitive. I have a good tip for this one too: Get a tiny little jar, put some in, stick it in the fridge, and then slather it on your face after a long day. Seriously, the most refreshing thing.

I hope this guide has proven helpful. What is your go to moisturizer for Summer?