There are so many amazing gifts available this year we have more than one post for so many categories. Especially skin care, because all of us want great skin next year.
Foreo Deep Cleansing Essentials
Invest in your (or someone you love’s) skin care this holiday season with this Foreo set. I have never been a big fan of face cleansing tools and brushes and devices. I think that their hype overvalues them. That makes my support of the Foreo mean so much more. A lot of products tout that it’s like a spa facial at home. After washing with the Foreo, it really does feel like a spa facial at home! My skin feels refreshed and totally clean. It isn’t tough. I’m sure it’s just as nice on sensitive skin, as it is on my tough exterior. There is a smoother Day Cleanser and an exfolitating Night Cleanser to give you an all-day glow.
Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders + Cleanse
Give a unique little holiday gift set this year with this compact set. Mom or your favourite aunt will love this set for a more youthful glow. This set includes African Red Tea Foaming Cleaner, Truth Serum Collagen Booster, Sheer Transformation moisturizer, and Invigorating Night Treatment. This skin care set is different than the regular old set you give every year because of the exciting ingredients. Ole Henriksen uses amazing natural ingredients including citrus, licorice and red tea. Whoever you give it to will be impressed.
Peter Thomas Roth Mask-A-Holic Kit
Any mask addict like myself is going to love opening any of the mask sets from Peter Thomas Roth. It’s hard for us to choose just one that we would put on our Christmas wish list. Sets range from the $20 Mini Mask Magic Kit all of the way to the $45 Skinstant Mask Magic set. Try choosing a set based on the different masks included. The Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is a more intensive treatment, not suitable for sensitive skin. The Cucumber Gel Mask is much more hydrating. I would recommend the MAsk-A-Holic set because it includes the amazing 24K Gold Mask. It’s so luxurious and gives your skin a natural glow after just one use! You will almost want to keep it for yourself.
Nude Triple Skin Rescue
All natural skin care isn’t boring anymore! This Nude skin care set doesn’t have any parabens, pulphates or any other products that you don’t always want on your face, plus it’s really innovative. The three products are more than just your regular cleansers. Modernize your routine with the makeup removing Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly, the interesting Detox Fizzy Powder Wash and the silky Progenius Omega Rescue Oil.
Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar
Need that finishing touch to the stocking? This moisturizer is perfect. Renewed Hope In A Jar is a philosophy classic product. This moisturizer is great for almost any skin type. It has a very light powdery smell. It absorbs quickly and leaves your skin feeling soft right away. Everyone will love it.
Over the holidays we focus a lot on makeup, hair and nails both for gift giving and ourselves. But our skin needs love too. So we found our Most Wanted skin care gift sets for both face and body that you can either gift or keep for yourself. Because everyone’s skin needs a little help during winter. Vichy Aqualia Thermal Gift Set
You get two choices with this gift set, Rich or Light. They both come with Boosting Essence Water and Aqualia Thermal Night Spa. All you have to do is pick which Aqualia Thermal you want and your dry to very dry, dehydrated skin will thank you. StriVectin Skin Renewing Favorites
If you’ve always wanted to try StriVectin or know someone who’s into anti-aging skin care, this is a great gift. It includes SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate for Wrinkles & Stretch Marks, Eye Concentrate For Wrinkles, TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream and Intensive Illuminating Serum. I have a couple family members who are getting this one and they’re going to love it. boscia Japanese Favorites
boscia is known for their Japanese skin care and if you’ve never tried the Luminizing Black Mask, now you can try it along with other boscia faves like the Detoxifying Black Cleanser, Tsubaki Beauty Oil and Exfoliating Peel Gel. But really, try the mask. It’s insanely good. philosophy Glowing Days Ahead Set
philosophy’s Glowing Days Ahead has everything you need to transform dull, winter skin into glowing youthfulness. This set includes everything from cleanser (Purity Made Simple) to The Microdelivery Peels, Time In A Bottle Serum and the ever important moisturizer (Renewed Hope In A Jar). Glowing Days Ahead is a must have for the anti-aging skin care junkie on your list. L’Occitane Almond Star Gift
We can’t neglect the dried out skin on our bodies during the winter and with L’Occitane’s Almond Star Gift you’ll not only have soft, hydrated skin but you’ll smell amazing. With the Almond Shower Oil, Almond Supple Skin Oil, Almond Milk Concentrate, Almond Delicious Hands and Almond Soap; you’re going to want to keep this one for yourself. Or you could buy a couple, $10 from every sale of this gift goes to Dress For Success.
Oils aren’t new to the beauty aisle, but somehow face oils became a silent trend to the market. Many companies are now releasing oils based moisturizers and cleansers. As someone with fairly oily skin to begin with, this wasn’t a trend I was excited about. I tried four very different oils to see if this trend could win me over!
Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil
This treatment oil is part moisturizer and part serum for serious dry skin. You only need a few drops of this oil to cover your whole face. I read some reviews that said that this oil was a bit harsh on people’s skin. While I have tough skin and didn’t see that as a big problem, this treatment oil did make my face a bit red when I applied it. It faded really quickly though. This oil is serious on its moisturizing properties though. I would only recommend it for the very driest of faces. Getting it in the summer, when my skin is normally oilier wasn’t great, it was just too much. It you have a problem with very dry skin, especially in the winter, this is the oil for you!
Leaves Of Trees Facial Cleansing Oils
For a softer and more moisturizing way to get clean skin this winter, there are cleansing oils too! All natural company Leaves Of Trees has an organic cleansing oil that is filled with lovely natural ingredients like argan and rosehip that get me all excited! The smell of this oil is really strong! If you are sensitive to that kind of thing, be warned. This cleansing oil, like many oil products, is perfect for sensitive and dry skin. This oil gives you a very light clean that leaves your skin feeling moisturized and not at all dried out like some cleaners.
Skyn Iceland Arctic Face Oil
Oils can also be a new alternative to your daily moisturizer. This super affordable Skyn Iceland oil promises to hydrate and repair gently. My skin is sometime oily, so an oil based moisturizer was worrisome. I didn’t want to add oil on top of oil. This Arctic Face Oil is actually quite light. I would recommend leaving some time for it to absorb before applying any makeup because it does take longer to dry. Otherwise though, my face felt really nice after wearing this oil.
Biotherm Balm-To-Oil Deep Cleanser & Makeup Remover
This is my favourite of all of the oils that I tried. This cleanser comes in a balm consistency with little smell and just a simple creamy texture. As you massage it into your dry face, it transforms into silky oil that removes dirt and all makeup. It’s so light on your skin. Add a little water and it turns into a milky cleanser that you can rinse away easily. It doesn’t leave you with any greasy feeling on your face. It left me with all of the benefits of oil cleansers and moisturizers, while also acting as something really unique to the market!
We’ve been using a ton of masks lately and while we like most of them, it takes a lot to get one to stand out. L’Occitane has completely upped the mask game with the newest addition to their Divine line, the Divine Cream Mask. The mask comes with a little spoon so you don’t have to stick your fingers in the jar and a 24-carat gold applicator inspired by the immortelle flower which is the base of the mask.
You can use the mask as either a moisturizer or a mask experience. If you choose the mask experience, there’s a lot of steps to follow and you use the applicator. It basically turns it into a facial you can do at home but the instructions were really confusing to me at first. Luckily I found a video online to make things a little easier to understand, it’s at the bottom of this post.
While I love the idea of having a ritual to follow while using the mask, I don’t generally have the patience to do it that way very often. I’ve been using the mask for the most part as a moisturizer and sometimes as a regular mask without the applicator. Either way, the results have been fantastic. My skin is much more hydrated and I’ve noticed I look a lot more rested the next morning. There’s a post about the rest of the Divine line coming up and this cream mask is a good representation of how fantastic it is.
I’ve been using Lush’s fresh face masks for years and they don’t add new ones very often so I was thrilled when they announced not one but three brand new masks. You can normally only buy Lush’s masks in-store because they have to be refrigerated but Cup O’Coffee is available online and can be kept on the counter. It also has a much longer shelf life. Rosy Cheeks and Don’t Look At Me are both the typical, refrigerated type. Don’t Look At Me
At first look, the colour of Don’t Look At Me is gorgeous. If you’re a fan of Ocean Salt, this is almost a mask version. It has a little bit of the same scent but actually smells more like Fruit Loops. Don’t Look At Me is good for normal to oily skin and the lemon in it is great for dark spots. Cup O’Coffee
I live off of coffee, so a mask that’s made of it? Yes please! This scrubby mask is good for your face and body and while Ocean Salt turns my skin bright red, this one is a little more gentle. The clay base does harden and you get a good scrub when you take it off. Unfortunately one of the scents in it caused me to have a couple sneezing fits, so I wasn’t able to keep it on long but I still got great results after two minutes. Rosy Cheeks
My all time favourite scent from Lush is of the Ro’s Argan, Rose Jam variety and Rosy Cheeks smells exactly the same. I have a tendency to use my Lush masks while I’m in the shower and when I use this one with my other rose products the shower smells amazing. This calamine based mask would work great with Fresh Farmacy and is great for my sensitive, combination skin. It dried out the oilier parts of my skin but didn’t leave the rest feeling tight and dried out. This has quickly replaced Oatifix as my favourite Lush mask. Too bad everytime I’ve tried to buy another one it’s been sold out.
There was already a Lush mask for every skin type but these are fantastic new additions to an already great lineup. If you can get to a Lush store you might want to pick one or more of these up. And try layering Cup O’Coffee over Rosy Cheeks, it’s amazing.
I’ve tried Vichy’s whole Normaderm line before, but these two new additions really take this line to the next level.
I love this line because it doesn’t make me feel crazy for still having acne in my 30’s. So many other products are targeted just for teens. I feel silly using them now. Vichy’s Normaderm line makes dealing with adult acne seem like any other skin care issue anyone might have. That’s why I initially fell in love with the line. It’s products like the new Cleansing Mattifying Foam and BB Clear Beauty Balm that keep me coming back for more.
This cleaner makes my skin feel clean and dry. All of those oily parts are back to normal again. Meanwhile the Vichy BB Cream has great coverage, while also fighting acne.
I always worry that this type of BB cream will be too light or too heavy. I worry that it’s not made with both medicinal and makeup purposes in mind. Vichy has it all covered! Honestly my skin looked amazing after just a week of using this line. I stopped using it for a while and it was like you could hear my face crying out wanting it back.
I have tried hundreds of these types of at-home foot smoother devices over my years. This Dr. Scholl’s Express Pedi Foot Smoother is the first one that I would really tell you to buy!
Since I don’t go for pedicures, (gasp, I know) I am always looking for different devices and treatments to use on my feet at-home. I’ve seen a million scrub brushes that look identical to the Dr. Scholl’s Smoother. They all have a similar handle with a textured wheel that spins quickly. The idea is to scrub the dry and dead skin off your feet leaving you with smooth soles.
Until now I didn’t think this type of tool even worked. There were always a million flaws with these things. They would be awkward to hold, the brush would be too weak, or too strong, or whatever, but there was always an issue. Dr. Scholl’s has shown me how the Express Pedi Foot Soother is supposed to work.
This little tool is just the right size to easily use on your foot to get at all of those rough spots. It is going at just the right speed. It doesn’t stop or get jammed up when it touches your skin like some of the weaker systems I’ve used. You don’t need to press down really hard to get results.
This device really smoothes the soles of your feet. My feet were so smooth I felt like I could slide across the floor. My feet feel great! It does leave you with some foot ‘dust’ if you want to call it that. Clean up is so easy though.
Now I don’t have to worry about not going for a pedicure, because I can do it all at home!
I’ve seen a lot of weird skin care and anti-aging devices over the years, but the Noome Anti-Aging Device might be the most interesting one that I have ever had the pleasure of actually trying myself.
This battery operated device is supposed to help skin regain natural cushion, radiance and stimulate cell renewal. It should also smooth lines, increase collagen production, soothe facial strain, brighten complexion and help your overall skin care routine. Phew! There is no denying that evoDerma is promising a lot from one little device.
The white handle is topped with a hard rubber suction cup type end. There is a firm or soft option depending on your personal preference. When you turn it on, the end contracts and sucks in repeatedly. You’re supposed to move it over your face slowly in different patterns, letting the cup suction your skin. The sensation is a bit funny. It’s not hard or painful, but it does pull at your skin. It kind of reminded me of those electric pads that they sell in late night infomercials for weight loss. It makes your skin pull and contract in funny ways. If you have thin skin, you might not want to try the Noome. It works best on full, thicker skin that it can suck up.
I used the Noome device a number of times, and I don’t know if it really works as it claims. The idea seems so simple. It’s almost pulling the wrinkles out of your skin. It’s the same idea as knocking a dent out of a car. You just suck the wrinkles off your face. That sounds way too good to be true. I will have to keep using it for a long time before I could give a truly honest account of whether it works.
We did find a great practical use for the Noome. It works great for headaches. The suction is like a little massage for tense face muscles. It relaxes your face and relieves the headache.
Honestly, I don’t know if I would recommend the Noome to readers. I feel like people who would want to try this tool, will try it regardless. Those who don’t believe it will work, won’t. Are you ready to give it a try?
I am closing out the summer with two new products form Dr. Hauschka that are going to help me (and you) extend that summer tan as long as possible.
First I have the Dr. Hauschka Tinted Day Cream. This is a thick moisturizer that is perfect for moving into cold fall weather. This moisturizer is thick! It smells a little bit medicinal, which lets me know that this is serious business. A little goes a long way so be light handed when you are using this moisturizer.
Unlike some other tinted moisturizers, this one is very tinted. It isn’t so dark that is could replace your foundation, but it is great to keep some of that colour. You need to carefully plan what other makeup you will wear with this moisturizer. Since it is heavy, I would recommend making everything else very light. I have just been wearing this Dr. Hauschka Tinted Moisturizer and a finishing powder over top for a great look. It’s not done up to the nines, but it’s clean and fresh faced with a nice glow and great moisture.
Next on the docket for the rest of my body is the Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronzing Tint. Mix this tinted liquid with your regular moisturizer and apply on your body to extend that summer tan. I tried it with a wide variety of different moisturizers for both my face and body to see whether it worked no matter what I mixed it with any every time I had the same results.
I love non-committal bronzed look that I can get with this tint. I’ve been open here about my struggles with fake tans in the past, but this tint lets me control the colour that I’m getting. The tint looks dark when it comes out, but you cut it with your moisturizer so that it will work with any skin tone. I like that I can make it a bit darker on my arms, but mix up a new batch for my face. I made it light enough that it looked natural. You don’t even need a full pump to get a gorgeous tan. As long as you use it cautiously, you can have a great tan through the whole winter.
Lately there has been some buzz about a traditional Asian face washing product, the konjac sponge. This little sponge has been used for hundreds, even thousands of years.
A little background first before we get into the heart of this product: Konjac is a weird looking Asian plant that is praised for its detoxifying effects. It is use in a lot of different dishes often as gelatin or jelly. It has a naturally spongey feel to it, which leads into this product.
This sponge is made up of 100% konjac root fibres. It’s all natural to this strange and interesting plant.
When you first open it and hold it in your hand, you are going to be confused. It’s really solid and porous. It seems similar to a pumice stone almost. You are going to be confused, because the instructions an everything that you read says this sponge is perfect for extremely sensitive skin and delicate areas of the face. It’s suppose to pull the impurities from your skin while cleaning it. You don’t even need to use soap if you don’t want to.
When you soak this hard stone in water, it slowly softens up in your hand. Eventually you will be holding a weird, soft, delicate feeling sponge. It feels light and full of air. Almost like it’s made up of nothing at all. All that’s left is to scrub your face with it. Like I said before, you don’t need soap. The Washbeauty Co. sponge is so light on your face. You will be surprised that it can clean your skin at all. You can feel that it is exfoliating your pores without irritating your skin.
I used this sponge a few times without soap, but I also tried it with soap. If you need a bit of extra cleaning power, this is a great option to change things up. With soap, it feels a bit more like a traditional face wash, but it’s still extremely light.
I don’t have sensitive skin, so sometimes I do like a deep exfoliating clean. I can imagine how amazing this sponge would be for someone whose skin does get easily irritated. For the rest of us, this is a nice way to get an every day clean without adding any extra product.