Fall Skincare: SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque

11 Oct

SkinCeuticals Clay Masque

Hi beauties!

After an amazing September in Vancouver, it’s finally starting to look like fall. 🍂🍂🍂

Since the cooler weather means turning on indoor heat, I’ve been checking out some masks to help prevent irritation and dryness in my combination skin.

One thing I’ve figured out is that clay masks are a good choice for fall skincare since they contain bentonite. Bentonite clay, which is formed from volcanic ash, benefits skin by helping to remove toxins and reduce inflammation.

SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque combines bentonite and kaolin (another natural clay) to help calm the skin.

Even though the the clay in the mask decongests the skin and lifts impurities, I find it to be non-drying. It’s probably due to the rich, velvety texture of the masque which makes my skin feel soft and smooth whenever I use it.

Tips for Using Clay Masks

Here are some general tips to help make clay masks more effective.

  1. Use a brush to apply the mask to ensure it’s applied evenly and to avoid bacteria from your fingers.
  2. Apply the mask to spot areas, if you want to focus on certain parts of your face.
  3. To help remove the mask once it dries, apply a warm, damp cloth to your face to hydrate and loosen the mask from your skin.
  4. Use a clay mask 1-2 times a week to help restore and maintain a fresh complexion.
Disclaimer: Media sample provided, all opinions are my own.



Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lipstick

3 Oct

Burt's Bees Lipstick

Hi beauties!

I love lipstick of all kinds, especially ones that lean toward natural ingredients. 💋

So, I was excited to discover a Burt’s Bees Lipstick in a goodie bag I received at a recent Rexall Drugs beauty event in Vancouver.

Burt’s Bees launched this lipstick line last year and it’s been a hit, with beauty recognition like a 2016 Allure Best of Beauty Award.

When it comes to a hydrating lipstick, the formula is key. Since this is Burt’s Bees, you won’t find any parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, or petrolatum in this lipstick. What you will find is moisturizing moringa and raspberry-seed oils and Vitamin E to help soften and condition lips.

Usually a moisturizing lipstick is sheer, which means it doesn’t last long. This lipstick has more of a matte finish which has more staying power.

The shade I received is a pretty coral pink called Sunset Cruise. If you like this type of lipstick, there’s a versatile range of 14 shades from berry to deep red so there’s something for everyone.

Since Burt’s Bees is an eco-conscious brand, the packaging is made from 60 percent recycled plastic.

The lipstick tube also has a see through honeycomb pattern, which shows the color of the lipstick so there are no surprises. 💕

Disclaimer: Media samples provided, all opinions are my own.

NYX Cosmetics Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

20 Sep

NYX Away We Glow Highlighter

Hi beauties!

If you want to add to your highlighter stash, NYX Away We Glow Liquid Highlighters are lightweight highlighters that can be mixed with a moisturizer or applied on top of foundation.

As usual, NYX is offering a nice selection of shades from deep rose gold to champagne that suit every skin tone. At $12 each (CDN), the price is right for the amount of product you get especially if you want to create different looks.

One of the features that I like is that you can control the intensity from a subtle to a dramatic glow. The creamy formula also makes it blendable.

With a wide applicator, applying the highlighter is super easy with a single swipe. It also works well if you want to multitask and use the highlighter as eye shadow: either on the lids or under the brow.

Here are the nine shades in the Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter collection (the first four in the list are pictured in the photo):

  • Rose Quartz–Rose Gold Pearl
  • Golden Hour–True Gold Pearl
  • State of Flux–Lavender Pearl
  • Gold Rush–Bronzed Gold Pearl
  • Liquid Prism–White Opal Iridescence
  • Crystal Glare–White Champagne Pearl
  • Daytime Halo–True Champagne Pearl
  • Moon Glow–White Pearl
  • Moonbeam–Soft Pink Pearl

For fair skin, State of Flux is very pretty, while Golden Hour or Gold Rush suit deeper skin tones. Whichever shade you pick up, the highlighters have good color payoff and all day wear.

Disclaimer: Media samples provided, all opinions are my own.