The Warm Weather Wardrobe

With the long weekend and warm weather coinciding here (sun, finally!), it’s about time I added some new products into my regular rotation to accommodate the change in seasons.

For skincare, I decided to try a different moisturizer that helps to mattify the skin and help keep blemishes at bay. The Ole Henriksen Vitamin Plus is specifically formulated to balance and regulate oil, while keeping skin properly hydrated. I’ve been using this for a few weeks now, and I find that it does quite a good job of reducing oil (nothing will ever get rid of it completely, I’m convinced) – it’s a slightly thicker cream that spreads and absorbs easily, and has a light herbal scent. Definitely not the cheapest product but a good one, and I’m interested in trying out the rest of the line now. SPF is also a must-have with blue skies and longer daylight hours, so I finally got around to picking up the La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 60 Ultra-Fluid Lotion, which I mix into the Vitamin Plus so that I never get that ‘sunscreen’ feeling on my skin. It works great, and absorbs without feeling greasy or leaving a white cast. It hasn’t caused any breakouts so far, so I’m loving it and will re-purchase throughout the summer.

It’s almost time to go full-out with the brights and corals for lips and tips, but so far I’ve been loving some slightly muted options to get me in the mood. I’ve been wearing the American Apparel nail polish in Summer Peach pretty much non-stop. It’s not as orange as it looks in the bottle – it goes on exactly as the name sounds: peachy. For lips I recently did a Back to MAC and picked up Tropic Tonic lipstick, which is a matte coral that isn’t too bright and perfect for both spring and summer. I also picked up the L’Oreal La Lacque Shiny Full Coverage Lip Colour in 207 Lacque-y You, which is a deep raspberry that’s bright enough to wear year round. The formula isn’t overly ‘shiny’ and it’s super easy to apply to due to the narrow bullet. My one qualm with this product is that it smells like floral chemicals, which isn’t great. However, if you can get past that, this is a great lipstick.

What are your top picks for the warmer weather?

A Tale of Two Scrubs

I’m like a broken record this year. Spend less! Don’t buy impulsively! It’s almost necessary that I keep that up to myself, however, in order to ensure I’m not wasting too much money. One of the ways I’ve been trying to cut down on the dollars is by replacing high-end products with cheaper alternatives.

Recently, I managed to run out of both my morning and evening face washes, which were this Philosophy and this Clarins scrubs. When it comes to cleansers, I’m definitely pretty particular, but I figure that if I’m going to spend my money somewhere on my skincare, it’ll have to be on something that stays on my face instead of being washed off after 60 seconds, so I’m still willing to drop some cash at Sephora for serums and moisturizers and things. However, it made a ton of sense to me to start going for less expensive cleansers right away. I spent a lot of time roaming the aisles of Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall, reading the backs of bottles, because as much as I love scrubs, there’s now the microbead controversy to worry about. I’d like to avoid contributing to that problem as much as possible.

Anyway, I picked up the Yes to Grapefruit Daily Facial Scrub as I’d heard good things about it. I really like it – it’s a great refreshing smell in the morning, and the scrubby bits are slightly larger and sparser than most scrubs, which is okay for the morning as I don’t want to get too rough with my skin right when I wake up. I’d definitely repurchase and/or try other scrubs from the Yes to line. I’ve always been interested in the Body Shop’s skincare lines and have used bits on and off over the years so when I needed a new cleanser I popped in there and picked up the Vitamin C Microdermabrasion exfoliator, which is more of a thick paste and contains tons of crushed crystal pieces for exfoliating. It’s definitely more intense of a scrub and is recommended to be used only once or twice a week. I might eventually get something gentler that I can use daily and then use this one the way it’s meant to be used, but for now I’ve been using it after I remove my makeup and it leaves my skin feeling great.

A note about daily scrubbing – I’ve mentioned this before on the blog but I often get told that I should stop doing that and switch to gentler methods of cleansing. I have very hardy skin and a ton of clogged pores / dead skin cells lingering so it’s necessary for me to exfoliate everyday. I’ve never had an issue with that and have tried the ‘gentler’ method. Result is more clogged pores and breakouts – ew.

What are your favourite drugstore exfoliators and what would you recommend?

I’m Still Alive … and Some Beauty Conference Deals

No, I haven’t abandoned this blog forever! The recent weeks have been a bit of a crazy whirlwind – we recently moved, which was quite stressful, so I haven’t had a chance to properly sit down and photograph and write. There are still bits and bobs lying around everywhere to be unpacked and I still haven’t actually found where everything goes yet.

But, a few weeks ago I had the opportunity of attending a beauty / esthetic conference, where I was very good about not buying too much (the cash only policy helped). They had a whole beautyblender display, which was insane, because the standard beautyblender with the sample-sized beautyblender cleanser solid was only $20 CAD. Ones without the cleanser were going for $16, which if you live in Canada, is a massive deal, as they retail for $28 in Sephora.

The next display my friend and I could NOT resist was the Essie stand – $4.50 a bottle, and on top of that, buy 4 get 1 free (Essie retails for around $12 CAD normally)! We decided to split the deal, and I really don’t need more so I let her get the third free one. As you can see I went pretty boring and neutral, but I find that I get the most wear out of colours like that. I picked up the shades Angel Food and Minimalistic, the latter of which is more pink. While I love the colours, in true Essie fashion, they are very sheer and require 3-4 coats to really achieve an opaque effect. I’ll probably only be using these when I know I have a ton of time to paint my nails!