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Olay Luminous Whip Moisturizer Quick Review

Olay has always had fantastic moisturizers. There is a reason why they are one of the most trusted beauty brands in the country. The new Whip Moisturizer is the same quality as all of the other Olay products. Whip Moisturizer is actually light as air. I know it sounds cheesy, but it’s true. It does leave a bit of a residue on my skin that’s noticeable to the touch. It also has a little perfumed smell that for some might not be so pleasant. To me though, this is a great addition to the Olay family. It has everything I want and expect from Olay moisturizer.

Tarte TarteGuard Tinted Moisturizer

It’s been a long time that I have loved a product as much as I love this new Tarte Tinted Moisturizer. Unlike a lot of products, it literally does everything that I want it to and it arrived on beauty shelves just in time for summer.

Once you start using Tarteguard Tinted Moisturizer, you will be protecting your skin on so many levels. First as a moisturizer, it keeps your skin moisturized without getting oily. It absorbs quickly leaving your skin glowing, but not moist. It has very little scent, which is nice for those of us who hate perfumed moisturizers.  It’s also packed full of great ingredients like vitamin A, vitamin E and apple extract, all protecting your face from the day.

As a tinted face product, this has just the right amount of coverage. I am a solid foundation lover. I usually avoid tinted moisturizer because it leaves me wanting more. This one has the perfect amount of sheer coverage. Pair it with a dab of concealer on those problem areas and you are ready to go. It gives a nice even look that lasts all day. The light-medium tone was good for winter, but as I have been getting more sun lately, I am going to move up to the medium. I am surprised there isn’t a darker option for people with darker skin, who still want a Tarte Tined Moisturizer. I think that’s a huge miss from Tarte, that should be addressed.

Finally, since it’s a part of the TarteGuard collection, this also has SPF 20 Sunscreen included. You might think that’s nothing, but as far as tinted moisturizers from makeup companies go, this one is pretty good. I took this on vacation to Miami with me this spring and didn’t get a burn on my face at all. Usually my face is the first place to show colour.

Overall, since the first time I used this Tarte moisturizer I have been hooked. Now I just have to make it last all summer.

Volition Ultimate Anti-Aging Trio

If you are serious about moisturizer, I think that I’ve found the product for you. Volition has created a 3-piece moisturizing set that works year round, from day to night.

It all starts with the Dual Cream Base. This is their standard moisturizer. It makes for a nice and simple moisturizer. It isn’t scented. The texture and thickness is right in the middle. It’s moisturizing enough for the winter, but also thin enough to wear in the summer. It absorbs very quickly with a matte finish.

Now here is where it becomes advanced. This luxury skin care set from Volition comes with two special “ampoule” or liquid to be mixed with the moisturizer for more advanced benefits. They look the same, but act different.

The Day Active is full of wine extract, which sounds like the start of a great day. It has anti-aging benefits, collagen and moisture that will help plump up dry skin. The Night Active has more soothing ingredients like chamomile, rose hips and vitamin C that will soothe skin and brighten your complexion while you sleep.

The little droppers allow you to add your chosen active formula to the base moisturizer when needed for added benefits. You can add this to any moisturizer if you want, but right now it is only sold as a set from Volition. You have to get all three things.

Personally, this moisturizing set is a bit too advanced for me. I like my skin care more simple. That doesn’t mean it’s not for you. This trio is perfect for someone looking for the next step in skin care. You can really customized what you use and when for the perfect match.

Extend Your Summer Tan With Dr. Hauschka

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.

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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.

dr hauschka bronzing tint

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.

RoC Pro-Preserve Collection

RoC skin care is anti a lot of things this winter with their Pro-Preserve collection. This line is anti-dryness and anti-oxidant for younger looking and feeling skin.

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I started my experience with the line with the Protecting Cream. This moisturizer has a rich, cucumber smell. The cream feels really thick on your hand and is still thick on your face. It gets absorbed pretty quickly though and leaves my face feeling dewy and moist without any tacky feel. I also applied it to my neck and décolletage for added moisture that is much needed as we move into winter. I didn’t think much of this cream until the end of the day. After a few days of using this cream, I started noticing that by the end of the day my face still felt dewy. After a long day of work and events, my face didn’t dry out. My face has never felt so moisturized!

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For added protection, I added Anti-Oxidant Protecting Fluid to my daily regime as well. This cream is fragrance free and even lighter than the cream. It is supposed to be an added layer to protect my skin from the dangers of the world. I can’t be positive that my skin was protected, but like I said it was so soft.

I will note that, I can sometimes suffer from breakouts and RoC’s creams did make me break out after about two weeks of using them daily. Since these creams are for dry skin, if your skin has a tendency of getting oily, this moisturizer might be too much for your skin. If you want lots of moisture though, this cream is for you!

St. Ives Fresh Hydration Lotion

St Ives Fresh Hydration Lotion

If you have ever had dry skin, then I would bet you have purchased at least one bottle of St. Ives moisturizer or body wash in your life. Everyone knows and trusts St. Ives. So now it’s even easier to get that St. Ives hydration with their new spray moisturizer.

I think people are worried that they are going to lose quality in a spray lotion and not get the same moisturizer as a traditional cream. Don’t worry; St. Ives has managed to make their moisturizer feel exactly the same, but just with an easy spray formula.

This moisturizer sprays fast, so you have to be ready when you press down. The spray is thick and creamy without feeling heavy on your skin. Just keep your hands moving while you spray to ensure you get an even coating. Rub it in afterwards to feel it absorb into your skin.

This isn’t an intense moisturizer, so when winter really kicks in you might need to upgrade. It’s great to get your skin ready for the dry season though.

Skinfix Body Balm Review

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This winter had been especially harsh on my skin. The never ending cold combined with the dry heat in my house has made us all itchier than usual. Dry patches on our skin seemed to be impossible to cure with regular method.

Fortunately Skinfix is not your regular moisturizer. This is very intense moisturizer for very intense situations.

Skinfix is by far the thickest moisturizer I have ever used. This isn’t just for spread all over to get soft smooth skin. This is for targeting moisturizing of only the driest parts. Their moisturizer is made for people with extreme dry skin issues, eczema, chafing and even for infant diaper rash. It’s thick and doesn’t spread well, but it definitely works.

It gives relief from itchy skin and gets right in there to moisturize your toughest spots. I can’t believe I lived this long without it.

Most Wanted: Hand Creams

My skin is pretty dry but winter in Toronto this year has pretty much killed it. Luckily I’ve found a few hand creams that have saved my skin.

L’Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream
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This is my go to hand cream. I must have 5 different scents lying around but the original Dry Skin Hand Cream is my favourite. It’s non greasy, absorbs super fast and lasts for a really long time.

Lush Charity Pot
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I keep a small tub of this on my desk. I love the scent, it’s absorbs relatively quickly and I love that the proceeds of every sale go to different charities.

Soap And Glory Hand Food
soapandgloryhandfoodThis is what I keep in my purse. It goes on really smoothly and it has a pretty girly fragrance that I love.

There are definitely other hand creams I use but these are my most wanted

Lush Cosmetics Most Wanted: Alyssa’s Picks

I’ve been using Lush products since I was in high school, so over 10 years later I’ve pretty much tried everything they make. These are my absolute favourite, can’t live without products from Lush.

Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner
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I was have really dry skin so I was skeptical of using an in shower body lotion but once you rinse this off in the shower you really don’t need any other kind of moisturizer. This has seriously saved my skin during the winter. The rose scent is kind of amazing as well.

Rock Star Soap
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It smells like vanilla candy and it’s really creamy and moisturizing for hand soap. I’ve been using this for so many years I’ve lost count.

Celestial Moisturizer
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My face is pretty much a crazy combination of oily and dry depending on the day. This is the first moisturizer I’ve found that balances it out and clears up the dry patches without leaving me greasy.

Happy Happy Joy Joy
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I have fine, wavy, frizzy hair and this conditioner balances it out without leaving it too weighed down. You only need a little, so the smallest bottle lasts a long time. And it makes you want to smell your hair constantly.

Sea Spray
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I love most sea salt hair products but this one is my favourite. Only a couple spritzes and it calms your hair into really nice waves and doesn’t leave them crunchy.

I love most sea salt hair products but this one is my favourite. Only a couple spritzes and it calms your hair into really nice waves and doesn’t leave them crunchy.

Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer Review

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Like every diligent lady, I’m always on the lookout for the next best moisturizer. Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer is a new take on hydration. The first thing that I noticed was that it doesn’t say moisturizer anywhere, it says hydrator. With this dry winter skin, I could definitely go for some hydration.

Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer is supposed to be a daily hydrator that reduces signs of stress like fatigue and redness and protects against future stress. They say it will strengthen my skin, soothe, and hydrate leaving me with a fresh face. With all of these perks and the intrigue of a non-moisturizer I gave it a shot.

The first thing I noticed is that Kiehl’s hydrating cream doesn’t have the same pretty smelling and creamy texture as other moisturizers on my shelf. It has more of a chemical scent maybe from the botanical extract and mannose ingredients. Either way, this isn’t a girly moisturizer, but I often take that as a sign that it’s going to be serious!

It may not look like much, but a little goes a long way with this cream. Two or three small pumps are all you need to cover your clean face. It gets absorbed into the skin very quickly. Unlike other moisturizers it doesn’t leave my face feeling dewy or soft. It feels clean and hydrated.

After a few weeks, I’m not sure if my skin is looking less stressed than before. It does feel very nicely hydrated all day long and it doesn’t feel like this Kiehl’s cream is clogging my pores like some other creams. If your regular moisturizer is feeling tired, maybe you need a skin rescue too.