Oils begone!

Stepping away from skincare a little bit…I thought it would only be relevent to talk about my summer hair and what I use. The summer months in Toronto tend to be hot…sticky and humid my hair becomes oily even faster and dull. I don’t wash my hair every single day (well I try not too) and in between washes I gravitate towards dry shampoo.

I’ve had my share of trying different dry shampoos…some work…some didn’t…some work but I didn’t like and ranging from higher price points to lower price points. As there are tons of suggestions on which one works and which one doesn’t but keep in mind that it takes a while to find the right one hence trying and purchasing. And of course the ones that didn’t work for me i’ve given it to friends and family.

With trying dry shampoo using it once is usually sufficient for me to know if I like it or not.

So without furthur ado…lets get into it!

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I actually stumble upon CO Lab on my usual Shoppers Drug Mart Run and I was out of my previous dry shampoo and I thought lets try something new, and honestly, I did not enjoy the previous one I was using although it did work.

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So I decided to pick up the CO Lab London for Volume. I was a little disappointed as it made my hair quite sticky but I did really like the smell so I continued using it. I would describe the scent as musky, with a bit of floral. It was like perfume for the hair and I loved it. I tried making it work as I would use it and throw my hair up as I’m the type of person to always play with my hair. The plus side was that it made it easy to pull up my hair…messy bun…half up the stickiness worked in its favor.

I had asked a friend for some suggestions on what’s out there that I could try and that could work. There was a few that she suggested and one of them being the CO Lab London although she did say it would be sticky and why not trying the same brand but different type. SO I went out and purchased the…

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CO Lab RIO tropical in Sheer Invisible. AND it has been my holy grail for day 2 hair!! The scent is perfect for summer hence the RIO tropical. It didn’t make my hair sticky and it worked like a charm. The scent reminds me of a fruit juice with that slight musky untone which is perfect…perfume for the hair.

For now…this works great for me and of course are tons out there that I would still love to try! So stay tuned! There will be a part 2 =)

I hope everyone is having a great summer, enjoying the weather!

Stay safe!

xoxo

-dee

 

Oils begone!

Summer Skincare

Happy Friday everyone! It is absolutely beautiful outside feels like 37 degrees =) and it is great patio weather!!

As we dive into summer now our skin has changed a slight bit from the harsh winter we’ve endured. It’s no surprised that i’ve added a few things and subtracted a few things into my skincare routine. In this blog i’ll be concentrating on my morning skincare throughout the week.

Lets jump right in…

Klairs Toner

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I have to say…i’ve been really enjoying this toner in the morning. It is refreshing, moisturing and soothes any redness I have in the morning. Normally I layer this twice, one on a cotton pad and two patting it in with my hands. This leaves the skin super hydrated which is always a plus considering you do not want any dry patches going in with make application and during the day! don’t forget being inside whether office setting, shopping, restaurants and even sitting in the car…you’re in a space with AC and that will leave your skin dry.

Rohto Medical – Acnes25 Medical Cream

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I may have that random pimple or a pimple ready to emerge. A quick dap of this PM before bed; AM after toner to keep it calm. This also helps create a protective barrel from the surrounding environment. It is not too thick or too thin, a good consistency thats easy to apply. Using q-tip I dab around areas I feel that there may be a pimple coming through or a pimple that already exist.

A.H.C – The Real Eye Cream for Face

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I cannot say that I love this or hate this at the same time. I do however really like the scent of this…a warm musky but clean smell. As for the cream itself as an eyecream I find it on a oily side. Once applied I can see that there is a oily film across – this sort of got to me a little but with the “oily film” I did find that when applying concealer under the eyes it stuck better without running or slipping. It seemed to hold itself better… ??? hahahaha

I’m from Vitamin Tree Water-Gel and Klairs Vitamin C Drops

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I have been using these two as a combo for a while now and it is probably the best combination I have seen it work during the warmer weather. Although I was not a huge fan of the smell of the Vitamin Tree Water Gel, there seems to be this alcohol smell lingering as I am applying this but overall, it did not break me out, it did not leave my skin feeling dried out nor did I have any reaction to it.

I add about two drops of the Klairs Vitamin C, and I definitely say that I have seen a change in the texture/appearance of my skin. It protects your skin from the UV rays which through this time I have noticed my freckles/sun spots diminishing or fading lighter then it was before. Not to mention I used this during the cooler weather with a heavier moisturizer and it seems to work just as well!

And lastly…

Souci Souci Limited Edition Butter

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This a little gift I got near the beginning of the year for purchasing throughout last year! Which I found amazing as Souci Souci is very customer oriented. Mainly used this before going to bed but I also found it to work well first thing in the morning to keep my lips hydrated throughout the day. I might need to touch up once or twice during the day but it does not leave your lips chapped as some lip balms I feel very realiant on it.

Rosy Souci Lipsoft

 

 

As this is a limited edition I have included a similar product that I enjoy using with the same results as well.

I hope you enjoyed this short blog! It has been a while since i’ve updated but I’m back and in full gear =) Have a great weekend!

I have included below some Wishtrend sites that include some of the Klairs products in a package, I believe when I had purchase the toner and vitamin c drops it came in package as a very good price.

– – This includes toner and vitamin c drops – –

http://www.wishtrend.com/skin-care/1676-free-shipping-angry-skin-calming-package-klairs.html

– – This only includes the toner – –

http://www.wishtrend.com/skin-care/1596-deep-cleansing-package-klairs.html

xoxo

– dee

Summer Skincare

Going Herbal

Happy Sunday Everyone!

In the last month i’ve changed my nighttime routine due to having dry and irritable skin. I wasn’t sure if it was due to the changing weather, enviroment or just the products I was constantly using and trying but everything I used would either make my skin red or give me dry patches. So hearing about this line I took the dive and tried Pyunkang Yul after hearing Youtubers and bloggers rave about it. And! I am so glad that I did because once I used it, my skin has been clear, no irritation or dry patches.

Pyunkang Yul (the website is in Korean but some online stores do have english descriptions) cruelty free and is developed by a Traditional Herbal Clinic.

These non-scented products are perfect for sensitive skin and the great thing about it, is that it is available on Stylekorean and from time to time they offer the products in sets. For instance, as of now they have a set of three that includes Essence Toner, Moisture Serum and ATO Cream for only 59.00$ USD (don’t forget the conversion rate and shipping fees) but still it is a great deal!

At that time when I purchased my set of three, it was the Essence Toner, Oil and Nutrition Cream for 29.99$ USD.

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Now let’s get into the products ~

Starting with the base… Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner – 200ml

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This Essence Toner is amazing. Not only does it feel great on the skin, it is fragance free which makes is safe on really sensitive skin. Everyone is talking about the 7 layer toner step and I have to say it is a little too much for my skin so i’ve deducted about 4 layers. The first layer I use a cotton pad just to wipe away any left over makeup or dirt thats on my skin after cleansing. The second layer I apply with my hands in patting technique that allows my skin to absorb all the product and lastly the third layer really depends how my skin is that night. If I find that it is on the drier side, i’ll add the third layer if it’s not too bad i’ll actually skip the third and go straight to the next step.

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The toner contains Milk Vetch Root Extract which says it helps to bring elasticity back to the skin, while replenishing and re-energizing skin cell; which I can say that my skin does feel quite firm and replenished by morning. It doesn’t feel sticky at all making it prepped and ready for step 2.

Pyunkang Yul Nutrition Cream – 100ml and Pyunkang Yul Oil – 26ml

This nutrition cream feels really nice and refreshing. When applied on its own it has a cooling effect. It does provide hydration for my skin and it is said to help with providing a healthy glow with the product penetrating deep down to the skin allowing for a clear and radiant complexion.

Along with Step 2 Nutrition Cream is the Oil as well

For extra hydration they recommend adding 2-3 drops of the oil along with cream and applying it to the skin. It contains 7 plant based natural oils and can actually be used in your hair as well.

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Like it says, it works great for hydration which leads into having a radiant glow and clear complexion. Of course, don’t go by the amount they tell you, adjust the amount you need according to your skin type. As for me adding 2 drops is a little too much; it becomes overly oily for me so adding 1 drop is sufficient. They say there will be a light oil barrier that will prevent any moisture from evaporating…this is an excellent point because once this is applied I don’t find my skin losing my moisure at all and by morning my skin feels super hydrated making morning makeup application so smooth.

Overall I find the pricing to be quite reasonable for what it is, and of course on STYLEKOREAN you would find Pyunkang Yul in sets or single products on sale. You don’t need a lot while using these, a little goes a long way…which goes with any products out there. Definitely a great line for those who have really sensitive skin and have sensitive smell to fraganced products; along with skin types who need tons of hydration, These products would be great in the Winter months as well. I’m absolutely thrilled that I have an alternative for my skincare in the Winter now.

I hope you guys enjoyed this long blog post!

Have a great start to the week! Stay safe!!

xoxo

-dee

Going Herbal

Scented ~

Happy Sunday everyone! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

I thought I do something different and start the week off with a blog post and why not talk about some of my favourite room scents. From candles to room mist, there are only three that I cherish and have repurchased a few times. I’m sure there are plenty of scented mist and candles I will stumble upon but for Spring 2017 my list will still remain the same.

I am one of those individuals that is extremely sensitive to smell and it is no surprise that my room has to smell a certain way or it’ll throw off my day or night.  Scent is definitely one those things that can start and end your day. So without my rambles lets get into it!

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Each scented items have their own unique feature. Whether clean, floral or musky it brings a different vibe and it goes according to how I feel that day or how I can change my mood.

Lets start with how I start my day…

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W.DRESSROOM NEW YORK 97 – APRIL COTTON

This is by the far the perfect scent I enjoy during the week. I work early hours and I get even earlier to get ready (I’m talking about waking up at 5:45am and getting to work for 7:00am) first thing I reach for is this scent and the name itself explains it all. It’s a fresh, spring almost good for rainy days type of scent, you can also describe it as clean and fresh out of the laundry. This different perks me up in the morning, gets my day started and definitely wakes me up! You only need two spritz and it’s enouhg for a fresh scent to lighten the mood since it is so early in the morning!

The next scent I enjoy during the week as well but mostly during the weekend is…

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W.DRESSROOM NEW YORK 46 – PURE LILY

During my weekends, I tend to automatically wake up around 6:00am from being so use to waking up that time during the week and when I do I tend to grab this scent to relax myself and go back to sleep. Pure Lily describes it perfectly as well, it’s floral but with a hint of freshness and muskiness. It’s very calming and as some floral scents are not close to what it is suppose to smell like. Pure Lily has that rich lily fragance. This is perfect for my room and even in the living room during Spring. If I had to choose a scent to describe Spring…this would be it!! Great for rainy days and sunny days!

Last but not least…

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Siren – Moonlit Orchid

I didn’t actually purchase this through the website but I did find this at Homesense and the few times I was there…stock was still available!!

This is great for bedtime. The scent is light calming, musky with a hint of orchid fragance. The muskiness for myself helps to calm my mind and mellow out the enviroment around me. It is not overpowering but almost a warm embrace kind of scent. I would recommend this to those are struggling to sleep or need a rich but light smell for meditating. AND the color scheme itself is *thumbs up*

I  hope you guys enjoyed this little post and definitely let me know what scent you guys are into or any recommendations at all!

Have a great week! Stay safe and healthy!!

xoxo

-dee

Scented ~

Skin Reset

Hope everyone had a great long weekend! Despite it being a little chilly, windy and rainy yesterday, today seems like a better day.

Life needs a reset button sometimes and whether it may be unwinding from the day with a bubble bath, a simple work out, wine and dine or just relaxing at home this helps us reset for the next day or the week ahead. It is no surprise that your skin needs a reset as well. From skincare to makeup…the dust and dirt in the air your skin is bound to collect these particals through the day and week.

To reset my skin, I like to use a deep cleansing mask at the end of the week, just so I’m starting the week with a clean canvas. It helps to clean out the pores, soothe any irritations, diminish acne scars or pimples. There are two masks that I have been loving at the end of the week. Both reaches it’s expectation and does almost about the same as one is a little more aggressively then the other.

Let’s get into it..

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Secret Nature Volcanic Ash Pore Pack vs Skin&Lab Dr. Pore Tightening Glacial Clay Facial Mask

Both of these masks key point is Pore diminishing and with that being said it leaves the skin feeling fresh and clean.

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Lets start with Secret Nature Volcanic Ash Pore Pack.

Texture is on the harder side and I find that it dries out quite quickly after opening. It spreads quite well and the texture is on the heavy side despite using a small amount. There isn’t an apparent smell to the clay mask, nothing too perfumey.

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Overall: Leaves my skin quite clean without that squeaky texture. Skin is a little red especially on my cheeks, but once followed up with toner and moisture cream the redness diminishes. With this mask I find that using a heavier moisture works great as it allows my skin to drink up the goodness.

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Skin&Lab Dr. Pore Tightening Glacial Clay Facial Mask

This is a great comparison to the Secret Nature Volcanic Mask. The texture is creamy and glides on easily. There are these little beads that works as an exfolitator. No perfume smell which is great just the normal clay mask smell.

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Overall: Love this product! I would definitely give this a 10/10. At times in the morning when I want that extra cleanser I use this as a cleanser. No redness after using this as mask or cleanser. Leaves the skin feeling very fresh and clean without having it feel like it has stripped away any natural oils.

If I was to repurchase just one of these products, it would be the Skin&Lab clay mask due to not having any redness to my skin after use. I also enjoy the texture/consistency of this product more so than the Secret Nature Volcanic Mask as it dries up really quickly.

I hope you guys enjoy this quick little followup with skin cleansing. Have a great week!

xoxo

-dee

Skin Reset

Squeaky Clean

Happy Friday everyone!

Through many years of finding the right cleanser for my skin type i’ve gather some of my go-to/favourite products i’ve been repurchasing. And in continuation of “cleaning” I thought it would be nice to share some old and new goodies.

Honestly, this is probably my favorite time of the day…getting home from work/going out and just removing all the makeup and allowing my skin to breathe. I want a gentle but effective cleanser that I know will do the job without stripping away any of my natural oils.

Before I get started, I just wanted to stress that this is NOT a sponsored post as i’ll be linking a lot of the products in one source. It just so happens that i’ve purchased all these products from StyleKorean.

Now lets get into it…

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So starting off with removing my makeup…

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(Banila Co - Clean it Zero Resveratol;
two layers of eyeliner and two rounds of gentle scrubbing)

For the longest time i’ve been in love with Banila Co – Clean it Zero Resveratol. The texture was great, although the smell is a little too perfumey for my liking but overall it did the job. It didn’t clog my pores and it removed my waterproof makeup with ease.  A little goes a long way especially around the eye area, I didn’t need to agressively scrub away my mascara and eyeliner. Easily a 9/10 for me…it is a little on the pricey side with it being $20.00 USD sometimes on sale for $18.00 USD and within a year I would probably need to purchase 3 – 4 (which isn’t too bad but with the conversion rate it does get quite pricey)

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(Heimish All Clean Balm; two layers of eyeliner and two rounds of gentle scrubbing)

An alternative that i’ve been hearing about was the Heimish All Clean Balm. You are probably thinking, the price is relatively the same with Heimish being a dollar less. BUT I don’t actually purchase the balm on it’s on only because StyleKorean offers the Heimish All Clean White Clay Foam and All Clean Balm in a set for only $25.23 USD. I love the both of this combined. The All Clean Balm works exactly the same as the Clean it Zero with the pro side of not being too perfumey. The texture is slightly different as you can tell from the picture above; it does solidify quickly into a wax like texture. I do find that along with it being not too perfumey, it also removes my eye makeup a lot easier without looking like a panda hahah.

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(Heimish All Clean White Clay Foam)

Now onto the Heimish All Clean White Clay Foam. I love these two duos together. Right after removing my makeup I use the White Clay Foam as a cleanser. The texture is so gentle; my skin feels soft and clean without the feeling of my natural oils being stripped away. (that awful feeling of my skin cracking after cleansing) A few times i’ve gone in with a toner to see if it had removed all my makeup, and I can definitely say there was no residue.

[SET] [heimish] All Clean White Clay Foam + [heimish] All Clean Balm 120ml

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(belif Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist)

Another cleanser i’ve have been enjoying is the belif Creamy Cleansing Foam Moist. I actually find this a similar to the Heimish All Clean White Clay Foam with the slight difference of it being thinner and lighter. This is now part of my morning skincare routine along with the whole line of belif products. I purchased this in a travel to go set just to test it out and right now it has worked for me. It leaves my skin feeling soft and nourished even after removing my makeup. The last few weeks i’ve noticed my skin texture feeling more plumped, brighter and healthier without the dullness. Belif products are actually available at The Face Shop in Canada.

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(Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Scrub)

Now onto the last product…the scrub. It isn’t a korean brand only because I have yet to come across a facial scrub that I enjoy. I’ve been using Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating for years now and i’m hoping it does not get discontinued. Although I am not using this for the purpose of eliminating blackhead, I do enjoy using this once a week to do a full facial scrub, removing any inpurities and dead skin. It is quite lightweight with little beads that are not too abbressive for the skin.

I hope everyone had a great week! I know here in Toronto it has been and will be a soggy weekend, other then that have a great weekend, stay safe and dry!

xoxo

-dee

Squeaky Clean

Clean and Repair

The weather this past weekend was on point and I hope everyone had a great time!

In the midst of cleaning comes repair and the one thing I tend to neglect is my hair (that rhythms quite nicely hahah). From bleaching and coloring to blowing drying and straightening, and with the change in weather  it definitely puts a lot of stress on my hair. I go through phases where hair masks are a must once a week to no masks for months. This is definitely something I should keep up with.

I recently received my StyleKorean shipment and I had purchased a pack of five Cureit Protein Repair Cream. I was a little skeptical about another set of hair treatment when really you can DIY it. But honestly…to go out and purchase the ingredients and make the mask, it was not something I had the time for at the moment.

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Upon reading the use of the Cureit Repair Cream, there are three ways to use this product.

  1. After shampooing – On damp hair, best part is no rinsing!
  2. During the day – when you feel like your hair is a little lifeless.
  3. Full on mask – after shampooing, a generously amount throughout the hair, leaving it for 10-15 minutes and rinse.

I’ve tried all three methods and I find this product absolutely amazing. It leaves my hair soft, smooth, shiny, tangle free and surprisingly my split ends are not as visible.

Texture: is the same as most regular cream like formulas. It is on the thicker side but given the fragrance is more subtle and not overwhelming.

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Method 3 is what I intended as my main purpose for the Repair Cream.

The process starts after using a clarifying shampoo, I wanted to strip any oils and left over residue from my hair, giving it a clean canvas for the mask to be more effective. My hair was so dry after the Winter months and was desperately wanting a nourishing mask. It literally drank the formula and rinsing after 15 minutes my hair looked healthier and alive.

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At first I thought the product would be too thick for my hair as I have fine but very straight hair and a lot of it. But it was the right consistency and did not feel heavy or greasy afterwards. I do recommend starting with a little and proceeding to add as you may not need the whole tube, I definitely did not need the whole tube even with the amount of hair that I have; making the product last a lot longer. Like always a little goes a long way.

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There are tons of DIY hair masks out there online, and I have tried a few but this is a good alternative and the plus side to this; the formula contains castor oil. And we all know the benefits of castor oil which does wonders for hair, skin and nails.

Keep in mind, masks are just for the surface. To maintain healthy skin, hair and nails it all starts internally. Diet, vitamin intake, water intake…taking care of the body inside really reflects on the outside. And when you combine the two, the results are even better!

Have a great Monday everyone!!

xoxo

-dee

Clean and Repair