Products That I Have Used Up

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I can’t believe that it is the beginning of April already. Where has the time gone? Seriously. Good thing is that I have actually used up some of my products. Whoohoo! This rarely happens I think because when you use so many products, it makes it difficult to make it through them all, let alone one of them. Beauty problems.

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1. L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB cream in Fair. I bought this BB cream a long time ago (obviously, as the “BB” part is rubbed off), and I usually use it when I am going to work to just give my skin a little bit of coverage. It goes on very interestingly, because it is white with little beads inside, but when you rub it on your skin it blends it. The consistency is a bit drying and powdery, but it does the job. I may buy it again, but I would try a few others before buying this one.

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2. La Roche-Posay Rosaliac UV Riche. I love this product. It even has SPF. I use this pretty well everyday and I love using it. I talked about this product in My Morning Skincare Routine post. It is really hydrating on my skin and does help with a bit of the redness that I get on my cheeks and by my nose. I will be repurchasing this from the drugstore.

3. Papaya Body Butter from the Body Shop. I have just a little bit left in this tub, but it is practically gone. I use it almost every night and it really makes my skin super soft and moisturized. Most of all, I really love the smell of this. Unfortunately, I only bought this a few months ago and I am almost out! I talked about this product in my Body Shop Haul post. When the Body Shop has another sale I will probably buy another few of just this product.

I think in the next few months I am going to be trying a few new things and not buying much of the same products. Stay tuned.

Thanks for reading.

L.

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Getting Older

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Why doesn’t anyone want to get older? I think that it is pretty sad actually. Growing older is totally a natural and normal part of life, but everyone feels like you can’t get older. Heaven forbid you every have wrinkles or grey hair, or look over the age of 25. Obviously, this phenomenon is especially prevalent for women. As a woman approaching the age of 30 (yikes!), I feel this number getting bigger and bigger. It is like I am slowly driving towards the sign that is ever so rapidly getting larger as the days go on.

I know that this really shouldn’t be that big of a deal, but the other day my coworker (who I don’t work with very often, thank goodness) thought that I was 31. Maybe not an insult to most people, but that is 5 years older than what I actually am, and I was horribly offended. I don’t think that I look that old, but I guess I do? I am aging, obviously. I mean, aren’t we all? So now I am really into anti-wrinkle creams and eye cream, especially. Better start early right?

Well, that just leaves the main questions: what do we do about it? I have a list of musts.

Shel Silverstein said it best

Shel Silverstein said it best

1. Embrace it.

Everyone gets older. No one can stay young forever. And the ones who try end of looking super creepy (note: Joan Rivers and Courtney Cox). You want to be able to accept your age, whatever it may be.

Remember when you couldn’t wait to older and get bigger and be a grown up? Remind your kids, or anyone who is younger than you, to never wish this. Being grown up is great, but you want to be able to enjoy every age. Age comes with so many more responsibilities that are not very fun and last for the rest of your life. Enjoy the freedom.

2. Start doing preventative care now.

That means wearing sunscreen. Big time. Don’t spend hours in the sun. Having a tan is not all that it is cracked up to be. Seriously. Those people who were sun worshippers at a young age, end up looking at least 5 to 10 years older than what they actually are. Find a great sunscreen for your face and body and slather that stuff on. Always. I don’t ever not wear sunscreen on my face and chest during the day.

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Image Courtesy of http://www.rocskincare.com

3. Eye cream.

Just do it. If anything can help making you look younger, it is those lines around your eyes. You can wear it at night and/or during the day. Paying special attention to your eyes really helps you stay looking younger. I have been trying to find the best one that I can, but I haven’t really found the right one I feel.

I have used the Neutrogena Eye Cream, which did virtually nothing. I used it for 6 months and noticed no difference whatsoever. It claims to have results in 1 week. I used it for like 6 months and noticed nothing. Might work for other people I guess.

I have been using the ROC Eye Cream for sensitive eyes for about 5 months, and I find that it does make a small difference, but not super noticeable. Maybe I should have gotten the full retinol eye cream, and not the milder one, but my skin is sensitive to products that produce a burning effect like this one does. I don’t think that I would have been able to handle the “full strength” product. I bought this product when I went to Ulta in Portland, Oregon. You can read that post here.

Now I am trying the Kiehls Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream, and so far (after only about 10 days) I have noticed a small difference already. I just have the sample right now, but I am asking for this for my birthday in March. I am really liking it.

4. Don’t focus on getting older.

I find that a lot of people (myself included) tend to focus on an age so much that it feels like it becomes a bigger even than it is. I found when I turned 26 that I all of a sudden got older. The age 25 felt so much closer to 20, and 26 feels so much closer to 30. It is only a year, but feels like a leap. Does that make sense?

Honestly, what I am telling you, and what I am telling myself, is that really, you shouldn’t focus so much on something that you can’t change. It will happen whether you like it or not. So this year I am focusing on eating better, taking better care of my skin, not going in the sun (or at least wearing a ton of sunscreen), and embracing myself as a person. These things are so much more important than a number.

This list is all personal, I am not an expert. I just talk about my life.

Thanks for reading!

L.

More Soap and Glory?

I have gotten a lot of new products to talk about because I will probably be spending a lot of time inside. Why you ask? Because it is so freakin cold outside that it is crazy! Because I live in Western Canada, our winters are usually not that extreme. We might get a little snow, we might get a bit of colder weather, but nothing that is really all that crazy. Not this year. It is 0 degrees Celsius (or 32 F), and with the wind chill, it feels like -20 C (which is -4 F). So, it is bloody cold for here and it kind of isn’t very fun. Plus, my hands are so unbelievably dry and red and cracking. It is horrible. Onto new things!

Why don’t I discuss some moisturizing products? Sure! So, I got a Soap and Glory gift box for Christmas that I really wanted from Shoppers Drug Mart. (If you haven’t heard me going on about all things Soap and Glory, you have been missing out). I know that Sephora is now selling Soap and Glory which is great! Trust me, this stuff is totally worth buying. I love it. Anyways, I thought that I would do a post about all of the lovely pieces that I got in the cute little gift box (which I can’t find and therefore can’t take a picture of to show you).

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1. The Righteous Butter!

I have especially been using this in the past few weeks from how cold it is. It comes in this cute little tub that is super easy to carry around. Normally I use my beloved Hand Food that also came in the container, but actually I used it up already. And it is only February. Crazy. It was the smaller version of the Hand Food and obviously did not last very long.

Anyways, this stuff feels so nice and smells so wonderful (like all Soap and Glory products do). I find this one a little more greasy on the hands, but it really makes my hands nice and buttery and soft, so I don’t mind a little grease.

2. Clean On Me!

This is the body wash that comes in the pack and it smells so wonderful. We took it away with us when we went to Portland, Oregon, at the beginning of the year. I love this product because it is super moisturizing for a body wash and doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry. Plus, my husband uses it and then he smells good. Can’t complain about that.

This is the first body wash that I have used from Soap and Glory, and I am obviously not disappointed. I really want to try the Sugar Scrub body wash that I know is sold at Shoppers, but I think that I need to get through all of the ones that I currently have before I buy something new.

3. Scrub of Your Life!

Don’t these products have the funniest names? The one makeup product that I haven’t really tried are the Sexy Motherpucker lip glosses, and I think that that is the best name ever! This one is the body scrub to use in the shower to make your body lovely and soft. I honestly love scrubs. Whether for your face or body. This is probably because I bumpy skin and I feel like scrubs really try to smooth my skin (the best they can). I don’t have a lot of pimples, but my face isn’t entirely smooth so I do like something that helps smooth things out. How many times did I use the word smooth in this paragraph?

4. Then there was a loofah that came with it too! Gotta love an adorably loofah, because they can get gross pretty fast. I find that if I don’t have a new one waiting, I will rarely buy a new one. I don’t know why.

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Be prepared for more posts! I have a bunch of new things to talk about this month. Also, if you want to follow me on Instagram, I am also doing the fmsphotography photo a day posts and I am really liking doing it. My Instagram is #lollie12.

Thanks for reading!

L.

New Products in January

I have been working this whole weekend, and I should be doing laundry right now, but I got inspired to write a blog post and went with it. Currently, I am watching Zoella on Youtube. I love her. Just is so adorable and I love

In the beginning of January there are always new products that come out and I love that. I like trying new products, because you never know what you are going to like. Also, do you ever feel like when you buy a product, and you keep using it just because you don’t have anything better? For instance, I have been using the Maybelline BB Cream, and to be honest, I don’t really like it a whole lot. It makes my skin look “ok”, and I find it makes me look really pale. It is the BB cream that is supposed to match your skin. Maybe I really am that pale and don’t want to admit it? Maybe.

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1. Anyways, I bought something new that should kind of work like a BB cream, but is actually a foundation. (So, I completely thought that this was a BB cream, but when I started looking more at the package, I realized that it is a foundation. That makes sense. I will explain). I bought the Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation in the the shade 100 Ivory, which turned out to be a perfect colour for me. I always like to match my skin to what I am when I am pale. I don’t tan very well, and I am better off to buy a foundation that matches my skin 70% of the year. I know some people buy more than one to match when they are more tanned. That isn’t me. Why waste your money? When do you know when you become less tanned? You could run into some trouble there.

I should probably talk about the product. I really like it. We can move on now (j/k). It feels very light, but still like you are wearing a creamy moisturizer. A little goes a long way with this product I have found. You can use too much, and you really don’t need to. It blends out really well and I have found that it doesn’t really smudge very easily, like when you wipe your face and you find foundation on your fingers (doesn’t really happen). I really like the packaging as well, and I appreciate that it comes in a tube (I hate bottles), so that you can control how much comes out. Mostly. It doesn’t make my face look greasy, or dry, and the coverage is great. It definitely covered up my red spots quite well. I just used a small amount of light concealer under my eyes and over top some more angry red spots.

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2. I went out and got the much talked about Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. To be honest, I know that I just bought the Benefit Porefessional not that long ago, but this one came out and I really wanted to try it. I know that people compare the Baby Skin more to the Smashbox primer, and I agree that it doesn’t feel or look at all like the Benefit product. I even used this one on my husband in different areas of his face to try to see the difference between the two (he actually let me, which was pretty awesome). To be honest, the Benefit product did work a little better to blur your pores, but I like the consistency of the Baby Skin. It is a little more lightweight, and doesn’t really feel like you are wearing anything on your skin. It does a decent job of blurring your pores, but it isn’t perfect. I do like that it is less than half of the price of the Porefessional, so I would be more likely to use it on a daily basis and not worry about it running out too fast. Plus, the colour of the tube is wonderful. Actually, both are in a similar colour family. I just like the packaging of products really. What do you need to draw me in? Something nice to look at. There. I said it.

I didn’t really get a huge amount of products, but I did find ones that I had researched a lot and were very interested in trying. I will definitely continue to use them and they are perfect to travel with.

Speaking of travel (nice segway eh?), my husband and I have booked our next trip! We are going to Ireland, Spain, and Portugal in May! I have wanted to go to these places for such a long time. I really didn’t want to stop travelling until I had gone and now we are going! My husband booked the flights yesterday and we will be spending a few days in London, then off to Dublin, and home from Lisbon, Portugal. I will give you more details when the planning gets more intense.

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Thanks for reading!

L.

My Nighttime Skincare Routine

My nighttime routine has really just come into fruition within the past 6 months or so where I do this every night (or morning, depending on when I am going to sleep). Because I work primarily night shifts, I really don’t want that to show as age on my face, as I am getting older (eek!). I have now bought much more expensive creams and such to really take care of my skin so that I can look more youthful for longer. Easy enough right? Not too complicated. Although, for one piece of advice, I really wish that I had started these habits earlier, and not when I started to notice lines on my face. Oh well, c’est la vie!

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If my skin feels like it is very clogged, or just that it needs a really good intense clean, then I use my Norwex Antibacterial Body Cloths for my face. It removes my makeup really well, and also works like a scrub for my face. I really like using these, but I don’t use them everyday because I do find that they can be a little harsh for my skin. These cloths are a very quick way to both scrub and remove makeup from your face. Dual purpose those bad boys are. I am certainly a fast and easy kind of girl, *wink*.

First off, if I have worn makeup during the day (especially if I have used waterproof mascara), then I use the La Roche Posay Gentle Makeup Remover. This has a creamy texture and I find that it works very well at removing most of my makeup. I like to use this product with a cotton pad around my eyes especially. Even when I use this, I still feel like I always find that there is a little bit of mascara that always finds its way to be completely unremovable no matter how much I try to get it off. I really find this with waterproof products, which I only wear when I am going to have a long day at work (or if I am going to sweat a lot). I still want to look respectable and not have a bunch of mascara underneath my eyes. (Not like I usually look which is a bit rough around the edges).

Then, as mentioned in , I use my Spectro Jel cleanser. Not too special, but I love the way that this works; so morning and night, I am devoted. This product is just very gentle, and I tend not to get a lot of breakouts when I use this so…speaks for itself really.

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I then like to apply my Korres 24 hour Brightening Nighttime Cream, which I mentioned in blog post. I really like this product for sure. However, since I bought it in September I am more than half way through it which is pretty disappointing. I think that I am going to have to find another cream that I can alternate it with. I just really like using this product because I really find that it brightens my skin and makes me look less tired. Plus, it doesn’t break me out like a lot of other creams tend to do.

Image Courtesy of www.rocskincare.com

Image Courtesy of http://www.rocskincare.com

Lastly, and definitely not least, I use my ROC eye cream for sensitive eyes. I don’t really know how much this works. I also bought it at Ulta when we were in Portland, but I wasn’t sure if it really worked, so I didn’t write a review on it. I have used it for basically about 2 months since I bought, almost every night, and I am still not sure how much it works. It definitely burns the first few times that you use it, and I find if I have really rubbed my eyes right before I put it on than it still burns, but, you know, the hazards of beauty. I am for sure going to continue using it, but we will see if I buy it again. I did have the Neutrogena * eye cream that I used for about 3 months and I just stopped using it because I think that it did absolutely nothing for me. I will give the ROC cream another month. I did read really good reviews on it, so it should work….what do you think? Is there another brand that I should try?

And that is my ever so complicated nighttime routine. Not too much, just experimenting for now. I am definitely open to more options and opinions about skincare for sure. 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.