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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. ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‚

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.



Next Generation: Clarins Double Serum

12 Sep

Hi beauties! I hope you’re enjoying the fall so far.ย ๐Ÿ‚

Earlier this year, I attended a Clarins beauty event to introduce the next generation of Clarins’ Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate.

This serum, which has been around since 1985, continuously ranks as one of the best-selling anti-aging serums due to its double formula with water-soluble (hydric) and oil-soluble (lipidic) plant ingredients.

What’s new about this version of Double Serum? Clarins has added new ingredients to the formula and created a new delivery system for the 8th edition of the serum.

Bio-inspired Formula

Double Serum contains over 20 powerful plant extracts (including white tea and avocado) that mix together to stimulate the skin’s vital functions like nutrition, oxygenation, and protection. Among the plants, nine are organic and three come from fair trade.

The new generation of Double Serum now includes teasel extract to minimize the look of fine lines and organic leaf of life extract to boost skin hydration. But the star ingredient in this version of Double Serum is turmeric (yes, that’s a container of delicious turmeric in the photo).

You may already be spicing up your cooking with turmeric. The plant extract, called turmerone, improves cell communication in the skin for added radiance.

Double-Pump System

It’s always good to see beauty brands designing products so that we get the right dose for maximum product efficacy. The updated dual-chamber bottle lets you twist the top to release either a larger or a smaller drop, each containing the perfect ratio of both hydric and lipidic component.

If you have oily skin, for example, or want to use less during the day, switch the dial to the smaller drop. If you have dry skin or want to amp up the serum at night, turn the dial to the larger drop.

I’ve been using the serum, which is an amber-colored oil and gel mix, twice a day and it penetrates quickly without feeling greasy. I’m even more excited with the results, which so far include better hydration and fresher more radiant-looking skin. ๐Ÿ’•

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

Shine Control: NeoStrata Pore Minimizing Anti-Shine Hydrating Gel

9 Aug

Hi beauties!

It’s been extremely hot and humid in Vancouver, and that means shiny skin.

I don’t like to overdo it with powder, so I’ve been using an anti-shine gel to control oily areas like the T-zone.

NeoStrata Pore Minimizing Anti-Shine Hydrating Gel is an oil-free gel that reduces shine and mattifies for up to 8 hours.

In addition to instant shine control, this gel visibly reduces pore size and refines skin texture over time. The formula is designed for combination and oily skin, but is also suitable for sensitive skin.

To get the best results, you can apply the gel after cleansing once or twice a day:

  • If your skin is oily, apply the gel all over your face.
  • If you have combination skin, apply the gel on the T-zone.

Even though we’re into the dog days of summer, I know this antiโ€‘shine gel will be part of my daily skincare routine well into the fall. ๐Ÿ’•

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