More New Discoveries

The beauty lover’s life – it’s a constant hunt and chase for better products, cheaper alternatives, colour dupes, etc. “But aren’t you on a no buy this year?” Absolutely. But I’ve been using products up like crazy, so when it came time to replace them, it was no surprise that I found three more alternatives to products that have become staples in my beauty routine.

I previously posted about the Yes to Grapefruits Scrub, which I really like but the consistency of the scrub is quite watery, so it tends to dribble out of the tube quite a bit, which I’m not crazy about. So I decided to try a different scrub in the line – the Yes to Tomatoes Daily Pore Scrub for Combination Skin, which is a creamier, thicker formula with smaller particles – it’s a great scrub and the creaminess will be great going into the fall. I am really enjoying the Yes to! line, and am looking forward to trying more from the line.

Makeup remover is something I run out of frequently, and after having gone through several bottles of the same kind, I decided to try the Sephora Supreme Cleansing Oil, which is an alright price ($19 CAD for 6.4 oz). I have been pleasantly surprised, as it works the best out of all the oils I’ve tried, and a major plus – it doesn’t sting my eyes or leave a weird film. The only complaint I have is that it smells kind of like chemicals and it often gets in the mouth, which is very unpleasant. But I would definitely repurchase this as it takes off all my waterproof eye makeup with hardly any effort.

Lastly, I’ve gone on and on before about the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, which I’ve gone through like crazy. I’ve been without for a while and not really loving the other alternative night creams I was pulling out of my stash, so when I was in the Korean grocery store last month, I picked up the Missha Near Skin Water Sleeping Mask, which I can only assume is a copycat version of the Laneige – it’s the same colour and a similar consistency. It doesn’t sink into the skin quite as well, but it’s been great so far and it’s a few dollars cheaper.

All in all it’s been a good month for new skincare finds. Have you tried any of these products and what are your recent skincare faves?

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The Ultra Low-Key Face

We all have ’em. Those days when we need to go out and face the world but don’t feel like doing the full blend-swipe-brush face. It’s too hard and recently, it’s been way too hot. There’s been a bit of a heat wave where I live, so besides going to the office daily, I really can’t be bothered to do the full face when I’m going out for a movie, or to see friends, or whatever else on the weekend.

I’ve found some a few products that really speed up the getting ready process and make me look almost as put-together as usual. The first is the new CoverGirl Clean Matte BB Cream in Light Medium, which I’ve been using a bit and loving. It packs quite a punch in the coverage department, despite being a bb cream, and it dries down to a powdery-matte finish. It doesn’t need to be powdered or set, although the extra steps definitely help it last. And the colour match is almost spot on – it runs just slightly pink. But when I’m quickly slapping a layer of this stuff on my face with my fingers,there isn’t too much of a problem if I blend it down the neck. This is a perfect product for us oily gals, especially in the summer time.

I can’t leave the house without eyeliner, but when I don’t feel like doing the whole liquid liner preciseness, I take some of this Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Cocoa, and smudge it along my lash line and blend it in with my fingers to give the illusion of a line and definition. Funnily enough, I can’t wear pencil eyeliner because it smudges on me, but cream eyeshadows stay put all day long.

And last but not least, I give my stick straight eyelashes a quick curl with the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, which is just the best and I’ve spoken about 100 times on the blog already.

What are your 1-minute face necessities and have you tried any of these products?

The Q2 Clearout

As promised, I’m keeping up with my quarterly clearouts – I think I actually did quite well this spring, with some good haircare/skincare/makeup empties that I’ve managed to use up and get rid of. As you can see, I’m a keen tube-cutter. There is tons of product left inside a tube, so I highly recommend doing this to get your money’s worth. Some highlighted products:

The Giovanni 2Chic Brazilian Keratin & Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioner is an interesting product – I’ve tried a different leave-in conditioner from them that was great, and this one was similar – I take a dollop on my ends after showering and it leaves my hair really silky and smooth. The downside to this guy is that it smells absolutely horrible, kind of like cat urine, if you’ve ever had the good fortune of sniffing that. I won’t be repurchasing this specific hair product, but I do like the brand in general.

I used up a lot of my favourites, including the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, Laneige Water Sleeping Mask and the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation in shade 103. All three are going to be repurchases for sure!

The one item I had to get rid of due to age was the Revlon Brow Fantasy in shade Dark Brown. This is the first and only brow pencil I’ve ever bought in my life, and as you can see, it didn’t get much use – I had originally bought it for the gel on the other end, which has long dried up. I just found that because my brows are quite low maintenance, there wasn’t really a need for a pencil – any other tinted brow gel will do, and tons have been released into the market since I bought the Brow Fantasy.

Which products have you tried and do you regularly clean them out?