Youth To The People: Mandelic Acid + Superfood Unity Exfoliant

2 Sep

Happy September everyone!

A few months ago, I received a sample of the Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser from the vegan brand, Youth to the People. This gel cleanser has ingredients like kale, spinach, and green tea that help to remove makeup, prevent buildup in pores, and support skin’s pH balance.

Last week, the folks at Youth to the People were so kind to send me a sample of their latest launch: Mandelic Acid + Superfood Unity Exfoliant. This launch is designed to work with the Superfood cleanser as a leave-on liquid exfoliant.

I’ve been looking for a gentle exfoliant for a long time that won’t stress out my sensitive skin. Since we’re all still using masks and coming into a cooler season, I’ve been excited to try out this new launch.

This multitasking exfoliating facial toner brings together three gentle acids including, three percent AHA, two percent BHA, and one percent PHA. Here’s what each of the three gentle acids does:

  • ⁠Mandelic Acid (AHA) 3%: This acid gently lifts dull surface skin cells to reveal smooth texture and even tone.
  • Salicylic Acid (BHA) 2%: This acid exfoliates skin’s surface and pores to remove buildup that may create blemishes.
  • Gluconolactone (PHA) 1%: This acid helps with cell turnover and hydration. ⁠

Along with these acids, superfoods like kale, green tea, and licorice root also help ease congestion and reduce the look of dark spots.

It’s also super easy to use. After cleansing, I just saturate a cotton ball and sweep it over a dry face and neck. Since my skin is sensitive, I just use it once a day. So far, my skin is not reacting to the toner, and it’s looking good!

Like all YTTP products, this exfoliant is vegan, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

You can find the Mandelic Acid + Superfood Unity Exfoliant at youthtothepeople.com and Sephora.

IT Cosmetics IT Girl Beauty Book

5 Jul

Hi everyone. Happy July!

It’s been smoking hot here in Vancouver. It’s unusual for our city to be in the news for warm weather, but it happened last week.

I love the relaxed vibe of summer, but I’m not a fan of extreme temps so I’m happy for the cooler weather (for now).

Also happening last week was our province’s relaxation of the mask mandate for indoors, which is great news! By the way, I hope everyone is doing OK and enjoying more freedom.

Since I haven’t worn a lot of makeup during the pandemic, other than mascara, this is a fun time to explore what I’ve been missing.

One of my favourite palettes is the IT Cosmetics IT Girl Beauty Book. This palette has it all: coverage, color, and complexion refinement in a gift-boxed set.

The palette includes:

  • Three shades of Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer
  • Bye Bye Pores Presser Powder
  • Bye Bye Pores Bronzer
  • Hello Light Powder
  • Ombre Radiance Blush
  • Three Blurred Lines Lipstick shades
  • Superhero Eye Foundation
  • Superhero Liner
  • Brow Power Powder
  • Nine eyeshadow shades (neutrals)

There are several versions (or volumes) of this palette, and I usually pick up the latest release as it’s such a great value.

I love the Bye Bye Bronzer and Ombre Radiance Blush because they provide great color pigmentation and blur pores really well. On top of that, IT Cosmetics products contain skincare ingredients.

The palettes are usually available around the holidays, so keep your eyes open for the next volume because this is such a beautiful palette.

See you next month. 👋

 

Clarins Lip Comfort Oil: Blackberry

1 Jun

Hi beauties!

For the last year, I haven’t been wearing too many lip products. With warmer weather and less mask time, lips are back and I’m so ready for it!

Clarins introduced a Lip Comfort Oil collection a few years ago, and they recently sent me a new shade of their lip comfort oil to sample.

The Blackberry (08) shade has a berry scent and a transparent tint of plum. When I first saw the shade, I thought it was going to be super dark but it’s actually a pretty berry shade (it looks like you just ate a grape popsicle).

The lip comfort oil is a fusion of shine and treatment. Not only does it give lips a plumped up mirrored shine, it also provides a nourishing cocktail of plant oils like hazelnut and jojoba.

The curved sponge applicator is designed to glide and follow the contours of the lips so it delivers the right amount of oil to smooth and shine. You can wear the lip oil alone for naturally soft lips, or top it over lipstick for a glossy effect.

Up until June 4th, Clarins is partnering with Shoppers Drug Mart beauty on a campaign called Share the Love to benefit Look Good Feel Better Canada. For every Clarins Lip Comfort Oil sold in one of 850 Shoppers Drug Mart locations across Canada or online, $5 will be donated to help women feel better again.

See you again soon!