The Brightening Wardrobe: First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

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First Aid B
eauty Facial Radiance Pads, $14 or $30, CAD
I have heard great things about these pads, and First Aid Beauty as a brand, all over the internet, so I decided to pick up the small tub of these pads one day – they were winking at me at the checkout aisle of doom at Sephora so I just had to have them. You can see that I have cut them in half as I do think they are big enough like that to use all over my face. I use both sides of the half-pad to swipe. They have a faint, herbal-y scent that all the FAB products I’ve tried have. It’s difficult to track the exact effect they have had on my skin, seeing as how I use several brightening products in my skincare routine; however I will say that with all the products combined, it does appear to have worked. I don’t use the pads every single day, though I do try to use them 4-5 times a week. Even cut in half they are running out very fast!
They do make my skin tingle when they get swiped on over active acne or a rare dry patch but as I said before, I love that feeling, so at least I know something is happening.

I will continue using them til they’re gone, but am probably not going to re-purchase as I would like to try the other acne-preventing kind in the red tub.

Have you tried this product or anything like it? I would definitely be interested in knowing which of these acidic peel-type wipes are good.

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The Other Wardrobe Bits: Serums

Serum-wise, pretty much everything in my skincare regime and anything I look at buying is targeted at brightening my skin and diminishing my acne scars. I scar VERY easily, and the combination really doesn’t help. Sometimes if I can feel a pimple coming I immediately slap on some kind of treatment (I will post about that later) and if I catch it early enough I can get it to reduce and go away, but even THOSE will scar. It’s fun, having so many friends on my face at the same time.

Bliss Peeling Groovy Facial Serum, $77 CAD
This is the very first acid-type brightening treatment I ever bDSC_0239ought and I am currently on my third bottle of the stuff. I discovered it about 4-5 years ago when I realized there were products on the market targeted at brightening and evening out people’s skin tones. My idea of ‘brightening’ at the time was the skin bleaches they sell in Asia to actually get lighter skin. Gross. Anyway, I digress. This stuff does work, I pat one pump on the areas where I need it after toner (everywhere except the eyeballs), and let it sit for a few minutes before applying moisturizer or anything else. I use this either day or night but usually in the day. It also tingles/burns if I have active acne on my face, of which I actually love the feeling, because it feels like it’s doing something.

Jurlique Purely Bright Treatment Serum, $70 CAD
This is a newer serum I’ve been using for the last 6 months or so. I was using it in the daytime, but I have switched to using it in the evenings recently bDSC_0242ecause it is a creamier serum, as opposed to the Bliss one, which is a watery-gel like texture. I do think that it works a little bit, but I highly doubt I’ll be repurchasing this one as there are many other serums I would love to try.  This is the first product I’ve ever tried from Jurlique and it’s definitely encouraging me to try other products from their line. I know scarring and hyperpigmentation are some of the most difficult things to get rid of, so it’s sometimes hard to tell if a product is working or not, especially as I am using other products in combination. However, I rarely repurchase skin care items (with the exception of a couple), and would like to try the Kiehl’s Dark Spot Corrector when I am finished with the Jurlique one. I’ve heard good things about it and after trialling it for 2-3 weeks a few months ago I did like it quite a bit.

Those are the two main serums I am currently using. Have you tried any of the products mentioned and what would you recommend for helping hyperpigmentation/acne scarring?

The Other Wardrobe Bits: Eye Creams

Eye creamsSince my previous post was about a skincare trial kit and I mentioned there were a few other bits and pieces in my skincare routine that weren’t filled by that kit. This would be eye creams and serums (later post(s) coming) – I should say that these are the same products I use and have been using recently since before I started using the trial and after as I finish the products from that kit.

Eye creams for me are something that are quite difficult to see the results of while I am still in my twenties. I have exceedingly dark circles but I don’t generally believe any claims that eye creams have of banishing those circles. I have tried a couple, and let’s just say that the concealer still gets gobbed on in equal amounts. For me, it’s just about trying to maintain the situation rather than really improve anything. I do believe there’s gotta be a product out there that can improve what I’ve got going on but I haven’t yet found it – perhaps it has to be through long term use and permanent wallet damage.

That being said, I do generally still splash out for eye creams as I think they can’t hurt and I have tried some really bad cheaper ones. Currently, I am using:

Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream, $30 CAD
In the day time I like to use this one since it is lighter and supposedly gives a brightening effect (never seen it). I do like the way it feels and it’s moisturizing, and doesn’t roll off in bits like some eye creams do when you try to apply concealer or makeup over top.

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, $56 CAD
This is the cream I use at night, because while most of my face is an oil slick, my under-eye area can get dry. This has the funniest colour and texture, which did take some getting used to, but it is one that definitely requires a patting motion, rather than a dragging motion, to apply.

I also use both eye creams on the top of my eyelids as well, as for some reason, I get plagued by dry, flaky eyelids every now and then. However, if I pile too much on, I get milia on my eyelids, which are extremely annoying and an obstacle to eyeliner. Any ideas on how to hydrate without clogging up the pores?

On the odd occasion, I also use the:

Nip + Fab Dark Circle Fix
This is an additional eye cream I have been using when I know I’ll be washing my face in 2-4 hours or doing something that may cause a lot of sweating (mmm..), but I still want to hydrate my eye area. I can’t recall how much this was as I bought it on sale at Shoppers one day, but it’s alright – a light gel/cream texture, and it sinks in quite fast. Half a pump will do both eyes quite nicely.

The Trial Wardrobe: Pangea Organics Oily to Blemish-Prone Skin Kit

 

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Pangea Organics is a difficult brand to find in Canada – I think I’ve only seen it in Pistachio, which is actually a stationery shop that also carries natural/organic brands, including nail polish brands such as as Butter London. Since there isn’t a Pistachio closeby, I forgot about the brand for a few years because I tend to buy my cosmetics from places where I can get points–I am a complete Sephora/Shoppers Drug Mart fiend.

But recently, I was browsing well.ca, which is a site that carries all sorts of brands and types of items, everywhere from makeup to household items, including many natural and organic brands, AND ships to Canada without any fuss or extra tariffs, etc. So I decided to make an order, including this mini set of Pangea Organics skincare items for oily to blemish-prone skin. They also have a kit for normal to dry skin for those so interested.

The kit comes with a scrub, a gel cleanser, toner, mask and moisturizer. Each of the products contains organically-sourced ingredients, which I like the idea of. I’m not 100% against having certain chemicals and things, but if they can be avoided, why not?

Anyhow, I have been using the kit since the beginning of July and this is how I incorporate them into my routine:

1)  Egyptian Geranium with Adzuki Bean & Cranberry Scrub
This is what I use first thing in the morning. I am generally accustomed to using a manual exfoliant 99% of mornings, just because I feel like it gets rid of all the dead skin and grime that has accumulated overnight. I find the texture of this scrub to be nice, not too chunky and not to fine. I gently work this into my face, avoiding the eye area and then rinse it off using lukewarm water. I find that it leaves the skin very soft, which I like.

2) Argentinian Tangerine & Thyme Toner
I love toner. I have about 4-5 of them kicking around at any given time, and this one is quite lovely. It has an herbal-fruity scent.. right, just like the name says, duh! I put a bit on a cotton pad and work it into my skin. It does also come with a spray top, but I prefer not to spray this one since I would like to avoid getting it into my eyes. I use this twice, daily.

3) Moroccan Argan with Willow & Rosemary Facial Cream
This product is strictly for morning-time use. It is supposed to help with oil control and calm surface inflammation. The consistency is a runny cream, which doesn’t bother me, though one does have to be careful when getting some out! It’s easy to overdo it.

4) Australian Wild Plum & Willow Cleanser
A gel cleanser that is also quite runny, I use this with my Clarisonic in the shower after I come home from work and remove all my makeup. I’ve tried dozens of so-called targeted acne cleansers, and while this one does the job, I don’t find that it’s any different from any of the others I have tried. This is also the first and only product I’ve used up from the set.

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5) Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai & Goji Berry Mask
I’m not really too fussed about having three so-called ‘super foods’ all in one mask–it’s a bit of a marketing ploy if you ask me. Either way, I use this mask once or twice a week in rotation with the 4-5 other masks I have on the go. I leave it on for about 15-20 minutes, sometimes a bit more or less, and after I rinse it off it does leave my skin feeling lovely. It claims to make it ‘glowing and radiant’, and I’m honestly not sure about that part.

Overall, after almost a month straight of using these products (I use eye creams and serums outside of the range since they are not included in the kit), I am unsure if my skin is any better. I have had blemishes pop up but at this point I am doubtful that anything can keep the large, painful hormonal breakouts on my chin go away. I’ve been playing with a few different ideas of why I get them, and while they sometimes seem improved, I’m not sure how much of an impact my choice of products has upon them.

However, I will say that this kit is a good way to try new products and to pick and choose what works best. My favourites from the line and what I would consider re-purchasing in the full size would be only the scrub and toner. The mask is decent too but I already have masks that do similar things and leave my skin feeling soothed and smoothed.

I’m definitely left curious about the brand and plan on trying more things from them eventually. Have you ever tried anything from Pangea Organics, and what did you think?