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
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
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
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
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
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.
January has been all about skin care for me, so it’s not surprising that my Most Wanted products this month have almost nothing to do with makeup. These are my Most Wanted this month. Lancôme Visionnaire Advanced Multi Correcting Cream
The first time I used this balm-like cream I was convinced it wasn’t right for my skin type because it didn’t feel like it was doing anything at all. But the next morning my skin looked better than normal so I kept using it. Literally every time I use it at night, I’m glowing the next morning. My skin tone looks more even, clearer and I’ve been getting a ton of compliments. I don’t know how it works but I’m loving the results. Eve Lom Radiance Perfected Brilliant Cover Concealer in Ivory 02
This might be called a concealer but I’ve been using it as a cream foundation. I typically don’t wear a ton of face makeup but I have a lot of redness and this concealer completely covers it up and leaves my skin looking flawless. It doesn’t crack and leaves a silky finish that doesn’t feel cakey. mark. Naked Love Hand Cream
This apricot scented hand cream smells delicious. It’s not too thick but not runny and absorbs really well. I love that this works as well as it smells. Live Clean Fresh Face Refreshing Facial Wipes
A lot of makeup remover wipes don’t have any texture to them which makes my skin feel not so clean sometimes. Luckily these wipes have an open weave to them and get every last bit of makeup off. They don’t irritate my skin, especially around the eyes, at all. The fact that there’s a snap lid to keep them fresh is a bonus. Malin+Goetz Mojito Lip Balm
I received this balm in my Ipsy bag last month and I haven’t stopped using it since. It has a really nice slip to it and keeps my lips hydrated for hours. I can even feel it on my lips after eating but it isn’t sticky at all. I just wish there was more in the tube so I wouldn’t run out as fast.
2014 was a great year for nail polish but there were definite standouts for us. These are our Most Wanted polishes from 2014. We can’t wait to see what this year holds for us. Ceramic Glaze Exotic Dragon Fruit
This was not only the winner for Ceramic Glaze’s Island Paradise Collection (although we love that entire collection). Both of us love Exotic Dragon Fruit so much that it was the first shade that popped in our heads when putting this list together. CND Vinylux Fine Vermillion
We really could’ve chosen any shade from CND Vinylux’s Modern Folklore Collection but Fine Vermillion was just the perfect burnt orange shade for fall. Trust Fund Beauty Resting Bitch Face
I knew the name of this shade before we got it and I was hoping it would look as great as it sounded and oh boy did it deliver. I’ve worn this shade so many times in the past few months and I get compliments every single time. And once they hear the name they love it even more.
Check out my original review here. Lacc 1999
This is by far my favourite black polish of the year. It’s not as harsh as some black shades and the shimmer just adds so much dimension.
See my original review here. Essie Double Breasted Jacket
This is my favourite Essie shade of 2014 and it’s one of my overall shades in general. This pink tinged ruby from the Winter ’14 Collection is just such a dream to apply and it’s just a little different from a lot of reds.
We really had so many options to choose from that making this list was a little difficult but these are by far our Most Wanted Nail Polish of 2014 and it’s reminded me that I really want to try more polishes from Lacc and Trust Fund. This year we’re going to try as many polishes as we possibly can.
The second October hit, it’s like my hands knew winter was on it’s way and immediately dried out. And it’s only going to get worse from here. The one thing I hate about hand cream though is waiting for it to absorb so I can actually use my hands. These are my Most Wanted hand creams that not only work instantly but let you get on with your day in a hurry. L’Occitane Shea Hand Cream
There’s a reason this hand cream is a classic. It’s thick, creamy and sinks into your skin super fast. I love that it still works even after you wash your hands.
CeraVe Theraputic Hand Cream
If you need to use something unscented and have really rough, cracked hands you need this hand cream. It’s not as thick as I was expecting but it literally absorbs instantly and you’re left with completely dry, moisturized hands. This is going to be a dead of winter staple.
butter LONDON Backstage Basics Intensive Hand Cream
This isn’t your typical Glycerine based hand cream. While it’s just as moisturizing as the ones you’re used to, it’s way less greasy. I’m not a huge fan of the scent but it does a great job keeping my hands soft.
The Body Shop Honeymania Hand Cream
Where has this scent been all my life? This is the lightest of the hand creams and something I reach for when my hands are just a little on the dry side. It’s not as thick as the others but absorbs just as well.
EOS Hand Lotion in Fresh Flowers
This hand cream is the perfect size for my purse and since it’s a flip top, I don’t have to worry about unscrewing a cap and losing it in the car. It’s also a super fast dryer and smells delicious.
These are my Most Wanted Hand Creams for the weather coming up, what are yours?
We go through a ton of nail polish remover around here since we get a lot of nail polish and do swatches for all of them. These are our Most Wanted nail polish removers.
Quo Nail Polish Remover Pump
This is my daily polish remover. I like the ease of the pump and the acetone based remover does a good job of getting most polishes off pretty easily.
Formula X For Sephora Delete Nail Polish Remover
If you have glitter or any other hard to remove polish on, you need this remover. It gets the toughest, glittery polishes off in seconds. No tin foil needed.
CND Shellac Power Polish Nourishing Remover
Since most polish removers smell awful, this melon scented remover is great for someone whose nose is a little sensitive. It doesn’t smell like polish remover at all but still does a great job of getting polish off easily.
Butter London Scrubbers
These polish remover wipes are great for travelling. I usually use two to get all my polish off but the texture of these wipes do a great job of prepping your nails for new polish.
With summer comes sandals, flip flops, bare feet and the need for pedicures. If you’re like me and absolutely hate the minty smell that comes with most foot products, these are my Most Wanted pedicure alternatives. Lush Stepping Stone
This sugar scrub has a delicious lime scent and you can multiple uses out of one bar. Break off a little piece, scrub it on wet skin and the sugar and butters leave you smooth and moisturized. I also use it on my hands in winter. Soap And Glory Heel Genius Foot Cream
This is the first foot cream I’ve found that smells like a hand cream. It’s more of a gel-cream hybrid but it really does the job and makes your feet feel super soft. Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil
A lot of people tend to forget the cuticles on their toes. Essie’s Apricot Cuticle Oil is a little too strong for my hands but it works on feel beautifully. Footlogix Foot Deodorant Spray
Sweating in your shoes all summer means things can get a little stinky and I don’t care what anyone says but using a foot spray can sometimes make things worse. Footlogix’s Foot Deodorant Spray has a soft tea tree scent that fixes the problem without leaving an obvious odour. Footlogix has a huge range that can be found online here with free shipping to Canada no less. OPI Hotter Than You Pink
Every pedi needs a great colour. OPI’s Hotter Than You pink is the perfect summer shade.
As summer gets warmer I find myself using way less makeup than I normally do and I’ve been noticing that the products I’m reaching for the most are from Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. This company was new to me when I received these products and now it’s one of my favourites (I have a wishlist of what I want to try next). We’ve already put Youngblood in our Bronzers Most Wanted post. With the addition of mascara, these three cosmetics can get me out of the house looking made up without me worrying about my makeup melting all over the place. Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen
I’ve never been good at any kind of liquid liner or eyeliner pen until I tried these. They’re so easy to use and get a perfect line, even if you think you won’t be able to do it. I use these with a primer but even without them, they last a really long time and don’t smudge. I don’t think I’ve used a pencil liner more then twice since I started using these. Just make sure you close the cap tightly, when I went to take the swatches I noticed that Gris wasn’t closed properly and was almost dried out. These are also vegan and paraben free. Anti-Shine Mattifier Unlike a lot of mattifiers I’ve tried that come in liquid primer form, this one comes semi-solid and with a sponge. And it really really works without leaving your skin feeling tight or dried out. It’s almost clear and feels silky, almost like a balm. Considering how shiny I get in the summer, I’ve been getting a ton of use out of this. Hydrating Lip Tint SPF 15 If there’s one thing I hate about throwing tinted lip balms in my purse, it’s looking for the caps when they fall off. The packaging for these lip tints are genius. They’re spring loaded so once you snap them closed, they stay closed. The shades are sheer and feel like you’re not wearing anything but they’re also super flattering and hydrating.
You can find more info on Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics here.
I have very fair skin and over the years summer has become a game of what sunscreen will keep me from turning lobster red and what does absolutely nothing. At this point I’m absolutely fine with being pale all year round so I’ve put together a list of sunscreens that actually work.
Arbonne Water-Resistant Sunscreen SPF 30
This is more of a traditional sunscreen lotion. It absorbs really well and has a slight orange scent. It doesn’t leave a greasy feel but like most lotions can get a little difficult to reapply on wet skin.
Neutrogena Beach Defense Kids SPF 60
Another lotion, I find that kid’s formulas sometimes work better on my super fair, sensitive skin and this is one of those times. This one definitely works, but it takes a little effort to rub it in.
Ombrelle Dry Mist SPF 60
Spray sunscreens have come a long way in that now they actually work. This Ombrelle sunscreen is what I use on a daily basis when I’m running into the car or heading out for an hour. It sprays on almost invisibly and it really does feel dry. The lack of greasiness or moisture sometimes causes me to question how much actually went on.
L’Oreal Sublime Sun Quick Dry SPF 30
This spray isn’t quite as dry as the Ombrelle one but it’s alcohol free which means it won’t dry out my skin as easily, it smells delicious and it works really well.
Coppertone Kids Mousse SPF 60
I’ve never seem a mousse sunscreen before and I had to try it. It’s the same as using mousse for your hair only it feels much drier. It absorbs so quickly, the first couple times I used it I went over the same areas a few times because I thought I had missed spots. This one takes a little more work in application but it won’t leave you greasy.
I love the way that sunscreen is changing into working better and not leaving you looking like an oil slick. Did I miss a sunscreen you love? Let us know!
Cargo products are finally easier to get in Canada again and to celebrate we decided to do a Most Wanted on our favourite Cargo products and giveaway a prizepack to one of our lucky readers!
Cargo High Definition Mattifier
Not only is a primer really important in the summer but one that’s also mattifying? Completely necessary. This one goes on really smoothly and lasts all day without feeling heavy. And it does a really good job on getting rid of the shine. Cargo Brow Pencil
My eyebrows are so pale they look bleached, which makes finding a pencil that doesn’t look completely fake nearly impossible. Until I found the Cargo Brow Pencil. It’s pretty much changed how I feel about my eyebrows. Cargo Essential Palette
If you’re not an eyeshadow expert (and really, how many of us are?), this palette is perfect for you. It tells you exactly where each shade goes and comes in a few great neutral options. Cargo Essential Lip Gloss
The shades this lip gloss comes in are gorgeous, not sticky and have pretty good wear time. What more could you want in a gloss?
We’re giving away a Cargo prizepack consisting of:
Texasliner Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Bronzing Powder in Matte-Medium
Essential Eye Shadow Palette in Warm Neutral
Long Wear Lip Gloss in Bourbon Street
We haven’t done any posts for guys in the past but we have to shop for Father’s Day so we thought we’d put together some last minute gift ideas that dads, boyfriends and husbands will love but are all easily accessible last minute so you don’t have to buy a tie or something equally predictable.
The Body Shop Energizing Face Bundle
This gift set has everything a guy could need to keep his face looking great without having to borrow the ‘girly’ stuff. The set includes a face wash, a face protector and a scrub.
Braun Cool Tec Shaver
This shaver cools down the skin while shaving leaving less irritation and redness. It also features a trimmer.
Oral-B Black 7000 Electric Toothbrush
This high tech toothbrush has 6 modes and a SmartGuide display that gives you feedback while you brush.
L’Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Moisturizer and Lip Balm Guys love lip balm just as much as we do only now they have one just for them. A 3-Day Beard Moisturizer is great for those guys who hate to shave but love keeping their beard looking great.
We hope we helped with our last minute Father’s Day gift ideas!