Category: Skin Care Reviews

L’Occitane Soothing & Comforting Skin Care

We could all use a little more comfort in our lives. L’Occitane is here to help with new products for soothing and comforting your skin during the driest and harshest skin season.

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Replace your regular moisturizer with the L’Occitane Soothing Fluid. I’m not sure why it’s called a fluid. This is a moisturizer with a similar creamy formula as some of your other favourites. It’s here to both comfort and protect sensitive skin. I don’t have sensitive skin, so I don’t usually use these types of products, but I have to say this is really nice. This moisturizer is extra light and airy. It has a light powder scent that is, dare I say, comforting. It dries very quickly on the skin and leaves no residue or dewiness on my face. I love moisturizer that leaves no trace. I am a firm believer that you shouldn’t notice your moisturizer. That makes this product a winner in my books!

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For the evening, we have the L’Occitane Comfort Oil. Oils are the biggest thing in moisturizing right now. Every brand is releasing an oil to add serious moisture to your skin. This product is 100% natural and perfect for all skin types.

While it says you can apply this oil morning and night, I find it a little too thick and oily for day time under my makeup. It leaves residue on your hands that you have to wash off. It’s ideal for applying before bed though to get your moisture while you sleep.

So curl up with L’Occitane this winter to get nice and cozy.

Most Wanted Face Scrubs

Obviously it’s important to exfoliate our skin all year round but with winter’s dryness comes dead skin, flaky patches and uneven skin tone. Luckily, I love a face scrub so I put together a list of my Most Wanted.
Clarins Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream With Microbeads
Clarins Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream
This gentle exfoliating cream gets the job done and takes it easy on your skin. You get a deep clean from the microbeads but Mimosa extract stops it from drying out your skin. It’s not too harsh for sensitive skin but I would use it less often than the twice a week they suggest.
Vichy Pureté Thermale Skin Renewing Screamy Scrub
Vichy Purete Thermale Skin Renewing Creamy Scrub
This is probably what most people expect from a face scrub. A cream with new environmentally friendly Jojoba beads. It’s extremely gentle but does a great job of exfoliating. This is the one you could probably use more often without irritating your skin.
Laura Mercier Face Polish
Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish
I was really expecting this to be a little too harsh for my sensitive skin, it’s really grainy. But I didn’t have any redness or irritation. It did such a great job of clearing out my pores, I found blackheads I didn’t know were there.
Lush Ocean Salt Face And Body Scrub
Lush Ocean Salt Face And Body Scrub
This is such a classic product that I’m pretty sure anyone who loves Lush has tried it at least once. The salt, lime and vodka combination are fantastic for clearing out your skin and the avocado and coconut stops it from drying out your skin. Just a tip for anyone with sensitive skin, try a patch test first to see if you’ll react, salt can be irritating.
StriVectin Oxygen Infusion Smoothing Mask
StriVectin Oxygen Infusion Smoothing Mask
When this product was suggested to me as an exfoliator, I was hugely skeptical. I’ve heard of scrubby masks but this one isn’t scrubby at all. It’s also the coolest mask I’ve ever tried. You apply the cream to your face, watch it foam up and while it dries into a clear film you can feel it get all the crap out of your pores. This has become my most recent obsession and it does such a great job, I was glowing when I rinsed it off.

There are obviously tons of other face scrubs out there, but to get a really good exfoliation, these are my picks.

Vichy Idéalia Day Care Smoothing And Illuminating Cream

Idéalia Day Care Tub
Around six months ago I got to try Vichy’s Idéalia line and I was instantly in love with it. I’m still using the whole line and I’m on my second tub of Skin Sleep. I’m not someone who uses one skin care line from start to finish. I like to mix and match my products to what suits my skin the best or to what I’m in the mood for. But if I wanted to stick to one line exclusively, Idéalia is definitely missing some core products. While Vichy does carry other cleansers and toners, there aren’t any for Idéalia. But now there’s a day moisturizer.
Idéalia Day Care Inside
I haven’t had Idéalia Day Care that long so I can’t really talk about long term effects, but the short term ones have been pretty fantastic. From the first time I used it I noticed my combination skin, that’s been extremely dried out by winter, was hydrated right away and stayed that way all day.

Idéalia Day Care has Kombucha from black tea and Vitamin E among it’s good for you ingredients and is supposed to address fine lines and pores while making your skin radiant. The radiance comes right away. My skin has been a lot more glowy (for lack of a better word) than usual. I don’t have a ton of fine lines so I can’t speak to how that part is going and while I haven’t noticed a major difference in my pores, I really haven’t been using it long enough to see real results but I have good expectations.

This cream is light enough for a day cream but strong enough to use at night if you wanted to. It also has the same delicious scent as Skin Sleep, which makes me really happy. Idéalia Day Care is a perfect addition to the Idéalia line. I’m just hoping they keep adding to this collection because this has quickly become of my staple skin care lines.

More Great Skin Care Gifts

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
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
Ole Henriksen
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
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
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
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.

Holiday Most Wanted – Skin Care Gift Sets

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
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
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 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 Glowing Days Ahead
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
L'Occitane Almond Star  Collection
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.

Fall’s Must Have Face Oils

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

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

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

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

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!

L’Occitane Divine Cream Mask

L'Occitane Divine Cream Mask Box
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.
L'Occitane Divine Cream Mask + Applicator
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.

Lush New Fresh Face Masks

Lush Face Masks Fall '15
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
Lush 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
Lush 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
Lush 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.

Vichy Normaderm Cleanser & BB Cream

Normaderm-Cleansing Mattifying Foam

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.

vichy BB Cream

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.

Dr. Scholl’s Express Pedi Foot Smoother

Dr Scholls Express Pedi Foot Smoother

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!