The Body Shop

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The Body Shop had 50% off a few weeks ago! I love when this happens and I have a need for getting some new products. I haven’t gotten Body Shop products in ages, and I have found that The Body Shop have been having so many good deals lately. So I went a little crazy and bought maybe a few more products that I probably ought to. Is 9 too many? I have tried most of them so far, so heres a review in order of likes.

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1. Papaya Body Butter – I have been covering my whole body in this every night for the past few nights. It smells so fruity and is so moisturizing. When I wake up my skin feels so soft and buttery. Plus my pajamas smell lovely too.

2. Coconut Body Scrub – I have to say that I love body scrubs. If there is anything worth using in the shower, it is a scrub. Coconut just makes it smell like summer, the beach, and being a teenager. I used to wear Coconut Body Butter every date night as a teen and I love that smell.

3. Loofahs – I bought 3 of them. Is that too many? They were $1.50, and you can’t get much cheaper than that for even a drugstore loofah. These ones are infinitely better. They are thicker, and lather soap better, and I find that they do last a lot longer too. Plus, they are in this beautiful blue colour. I should have bought more. (Actually, they are called Refining Bath Lilies, haha).

4. Mango and Papaya Shower Gel – These smell absolutely amazing and I love the way that it makes my skin feel. I find that sometimes with shower gels they can leave your skin feeling slightly dry, especially in the winter. However, I don’t find that with The Body Shop shower gels. At all. They are great.

5. Pink Grapefruit Body Scrub – Out of everything fruity, I love the smell of pink grapefruit. As you can tell with some of the other moisturizers that I like, pink grapefruit will be the one that I am drawn to the most.

6. Satsuma Body Butter – I love this scent and I am so happy that I got this one in this a travel size so that I can take this around with me everywhere. So that I can really add to the plethora of hand creams to bring around in my purse and make it infinitely heavier. I love it.

I can’t wait to use all of these up and buy more. I should have bought more.

Thanks for reading!

L.

My Morning Skincare Routine

I have really gotten into the habit of washing my face in the morning and at night more recently (a little late I suppose), but better late than never! I don’t use anything really fancy on my face, because I really don’t like to use a lot of heavy products. I have pretty much combination type of skin where I have a tendency to get really dry around my nose and on my cheeks, but I can get very oily on my t-zone, especially directly on my nose and sometimes my chin.

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I start with using the Freemans Grapefruit Facial Scrub, which I massage all over my face. I have found since using this that my skin is more smooth and I have less black heads and much fewer clogged pores. I have never had extremely smooth skin, especially on my face, but since using this for sure I have noticed such a difference. This is certainly an abrasive scrub, but not to extent that it is painful. The scrubs in this exfoliator are fine, and I don’t find that it bothers my skin, and I have very sensitive skin. It makes me feel more like I am really cleansing and purifying my skin. Plus, I love grapefruit, so I get the best of everything.

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Next, I use my favourite skin cleanser that I have been using for the better of about 5 years is the Spectro Jel Cleanser for Blemish-Prone Skin, which my husband actually turned me on to using. I have never had much luck with cleansers. I have tried the Philosophy Skin Cleanser with the moisturizer, but this broke me out a lot, so I stopped using it. I am always very hesitant to try new cleansers for this very reason. I think that if you are using something that works really well, why change anything? All that you can do is add to it!

I have yet to really find a toner that I really like, since I find that toners generally are very drying, and I already have fairly dry skin, especially in the winter. I don’t like to keep my morning routine very complicated, and I don’t use very expensive products. You can get the scrub for about $5 at London Drugs (and they usually have them on sale), and the cleanser I can get at Walmart for about $12 for the big pump. Really, I am not spending a lot. I don’t like to keep things very complicated for sure.

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Then I finish off my face with just a simple moisturizer. In the summer I use the Coppertone Oil Free Sunscreen Lotion for the Face. I really like this moisturizer because it doesn’t break me out, it blends in beautifully, and it has the added bonus of being SPF 60. I started using this about 2 years ago, and even on really sunny days in the winter I will sometimes use this for sure. It also doesn’t run in my eyes when I sweat, which I find a lot of face sunscreens do, so that is a big plus for me.

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Every other time I use the La Roche-Posay Rosaliac UV Riche Anti-redness Hydrating Cream for my moisturizer. This is the most expensive product that I use for my face, and I do find that it does reduce the amount of redness in my face. I started using this maybe about 9 months ago because I was really looking for a moisturizer that wasn’t heavy and also kept my skin from becoming very dry. When I was looking for a good moisturizer all of the ones that I was finding really left my skin feeling parched, so when I found this one I was very happy. No, it isn’t overly expensive, and usually London Drugs will have deals so that I can buy it on sale. I love the way that this really soaks into the skin well, and I don’t have to use a lot. I am not totally shut off to other moisturizers, but since I have very red and sensitive skin, I am very picky.

And that is my morning skincare routine. Not overly complicated, even though I seem to go on and on about what I use, but I am just really enjoying my products right now. If anyone has a good suggestion for daily eye cream I am totally for some suggestions! My nighttime routine will be coming soon as well. Thanks for reading!

L.

My Favourite Moisturizers

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Just to start off: I love moisturizers. I get such dry skin in the summer (because I spend a lot of time in the water), and in the fall/winter, for obvious reasons. Finding the best moisturizers for my skin and face has always been, not so much a battle, but a mission of mine. I have such sensitive skin as well, that I truly have to have the best stuff. Like most people, scent is also super important. I just love a sweet smell, with nothing too harsh or with a harsh perfume scent. You know what I mean. Everyone is different with what kind of scents that they like, and no one can really describe something until you use it.
Here are 5 of my favourite moisturizers that I am using right now:

1. Butter Yourself by Soap & Glory – I really love this stuff. You can get it in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart, hooray! It isn’t the cheapest stuff, but I really like the scent, so I went with it. I find it, like the name suggests, very buttery. It has a soft and lightly fruity scent that I just find very pleasing. It isn’t super strong, but I really like how this stuff makes my skin feel. Not too greasy, but all around soft. I usually put it on after my shower, or before I go to bed.

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2. Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion (fragrance free) by Aveeno – In the fall and winter I really tend to get very dry and itchy skin. I don’t know why it happens, but my skin just gets very dry and I can get small patches of psoriasis as well. (Attractive, I know). This stuff is really not greasy at all (because obviously I have a huge issue with my skin feeling greasy – I hate it), and the smell is barely noticeable. I use this more for my back, or when I start finding dry patches on my skin. This stuff works so well that I bought a travel size too to take with me on vacation. You can buy this stuff in a tub (which I have used in the past) that has a menthol type feel and a stronger scent, but it is quite a strong scent and not for everybody.

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3. Macadamia Oil Body Cream by Barefoot Venus – This moisturizer smells like heaven to me. I love the smell of grapefruit lotion, perfume, anything. I really love grapefruits. This moisturizer includes scents of bergamot, and peppermint as well which just smells really fresh. I use this on my hands before I go to bed all the time. I keep it on my nightstand right now, but I didn’t use it for a long time before now. My mom got it for me for Christmas about a year or 2 ago. I am pretty sure that where she bought it it was about $18-20, so kind of pricey. But I love the smell. It is a little bit greasier than the other creams that I use, but I don’t find that that feeling lasts very long.

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4. Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial by Korres – It took me such a long time to decide to buy this product. I had gotten a sample of it from Sephora probably 6 months or more ago and I really liked it. I am not the biggest fan of most rose scented things, but I loved what this cream did for my skin. I work a lot of night shifts, so when I get home and wash my face I put this on before I go to sleep at like 8:00am. The first time that I used this I woke up and went, “Wow”. My skin was soft and smooth, and I really felt like my face looked a lot brighter. This product is about $50, but worth it. (Plus my husband really likes the scent, and he thinks that I look better too).

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5. Hand Food by Soap & Glory – Yes, another Soap & Glory product. I can’t get enough of this brand for sure. I think that all of their products that I have smelt are amazing. Like I mentioned about watching a ton of makeup videos on Youtube, I am seriously jealous of anyone living in the U.K. who can get the whole line of these products. I love them! Hand Food is a product that I carry around with me in my purse a lot. It smells really nice…I don’t know, it says that it is made with marshmallow and macadamia oil, with shea butter. I don’t know what it smells like, but it is also just a gentle and soft smell. Some of their other products also smell like this, and I really like it. It almost like a traditional scent (whatever that means), and it isn’t too strong, but makes my hands feel amazing. I wash my hands a ton, and I have only had this for a few months, but I really think that this will do my hands justice throughout the winter.

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Is 5 a lot of moisturizers to love? Probably. Oh well, I love them a lot and use them on almost a daily basis, for different reasons. Plus, it is fall now and starting to get colder. The air is getting so much cooler, and I am slathering the moisturizer on a lot more.

What are your favourite moisturizers?

Thanks for reading!

L.