Sometimes a girl just needs an at-home spa day for a little pampering with all of your favourite new bath, body and beauty products, candles and a glass of wine. Here are a few products to add to your supple for the perfect spa day at home:
Live Clean Dead Sea Salts – Soothe tired muscles on your at-home spa day with a long bath with these Live Clean Dead Sea Salts. They have Epsom salts, green tea extracts, aloe vera, Eucalyptus essential oils and Ginger. All of this combines for soothed muscles. The scent is strong, but really relaxing at the same time. It’s perfect for helping you forget that busy week.
Avon Foot Works Clay Mask – A spa day wouldn’t be complete without a little foot pampering. Short of having someone to give you a pedicure in your living room, this foot clay mask is the best thing to do. I’ve tried lots of clay masks for my face, but never for my feet. The feeling is pretty similar. Be sure that you are sitting somewhere good, because you won’t be able to walk around. You will need to clean your feet off wherever you are. The lavender smell is nice and relaxing while you wait. I didn’t expect much in the way of results, but my feet were very soft after just 10 minutes or so with this on.
Arbonne Tahitian Coconut Lip Therapy Set – You don’t usually get to pamper your lips, but it feels so good when you do. The Lip Smoother is a coconut exfoliator that will help clean up all of that dead skin from winter. The Lip Salve is an oil based balm that softens and moisturizes. It’s a nice treat for your lips to feel soften and fresh.
Claus Porto Soap Gift Box – This is the MOST beautiful soap that I’ve ever owned. The white box with the art deco logo is the first signal that you are in for a treat. No matter how many times I opened it to see the three soaps inside, I was never not in awe. The packaging for each of these German soaps is a work of art in itself. Almost too beautiful to use. When you have had your time with the box, be ready for a nice treat with this soft smelling soap in the tub. Spoil yourself, or someone that you love a lot, with these soaps for every occasion.
Skyn Iceland All Eyes On You Treatments – Skyn Iceland has some of my favourite eye products. They always make them nice and cooling and soothing so that my eyes feel relaxed. This set includes an Icelandic Relief Eye Pen, Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels and Glacial Cleansing Cloths. This means you can pamper yourself with the gels now and have the cloths and pen for your regular everyday use.
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!
Another month, another Birchbox. It seems like they’re coming closer together but I’m not complaining. July’s box teamed up with Best Health magazine and to be honest other than a subscription discount card in the box I really would’ve had no idea. That aside, I was pretty happy with my box this month, although I do wish Birchbox Canada would start adding more new brands. I see the American boxes and get really jealous but since I haven’t gotten anything close to a duplicate yet I can be patient. If you haven’t tried Birchbox yet, for $14.95 CDN/Month you get five deluxe beauty samples. You can find more information here. Here’s what was in my box this month.
I love that the contents insert tells you exactly how much the full size product is, I don’t really care how much the samples are worth but I want to know how much I have to spend on a full size product if I love it.
Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Lotion
I did get a Gilchrist & Soames lotion in my May Birchbox but I like this one a lot better. It’s got a really light texture and is perfect for summer when you don’t want to over moisturize. The scent is fresh and kind of reminds me of cucumber.
Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo
Another brand I received in my May box (I got hairspray), this shampoo retails for $36-82! That seems pretty expensive for shampoo but it smells amazing so I’ll definitely be trying it. I wish they would automatically send the matching conditioner but at this rate I’m pretty sure I’ll end up with an entire Number 4 sample collection.
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
Steph adores these but I haven’t tried them yet. Summer is probably the best time to try them out so I’ll be using these really soon.
theBalm Balm Desert Blush and Bronzer
I’m so fair that I don’t use bronzer at all but I love the Balm so I tried it out and it’s actually not too dark for me. I would use it as an eyeshadow instead though. theBalm has the best sample packaging ever, it’s just a smaller version of their full size products and they’re adorable.
Vasanti Cosmetics Detox Nutrient-Rich Purifying Facial Cleanser
I haven’t used a ton of products from Vasanti but I’ve liked what I have tried so this cleanser will get used.
This box was pretty good but not my favourite and I still don’t really get the association with Best Health but I’ll use everything I received and that’s a win for a subscription box. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for me next month.
Your hands aren’t the only things that get dry and tight during the winter. Give your face some needed moisture with these three new moisturizers.
Skyn Iceland Pure Cloud Cream
Skyn Iceland had one of my favourite products of last year, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I wanted to try their new moisturizer. This moisturizer is meant to smooth and soothe the skin, hydrate and fix environmental stresses.
The smell and texture of this cream are a little strange, but don’t let that turn you off. The smell is a slightly sour lemon smell. It’s not strong, but it is there. The texture is so weird that it’s almost off putting. It’s like a big ball of jelly. It wiggles and stayed together like a solid cloud.
Once you get it out, it’s a really nice moisturizer. It has a cooling effect on the skin that is fresh. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave any residue on my skin. It leaves my face feeling refreshed and alert at any time.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream
If you need something rich and thick, Vichy’s Aqualia moisturizer is exactly what your skin needs. I don’t usually have dry skin year round. So, while I loved the light smell and texture, this moisturizer was a bit too heavy duty for my face. It actually makes me wish that I had dry skin, so that I could appreciate this line for everything it is offering.
Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream
My favourite of the bunch, the moisturizer that is just right, is the Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream Moisturizer. It has a soft powdery smell that I want my skin to smell like. It makes my face feel soft and smooth.
When it comes to cleansing cloths, most of them are all pretty typical. Skyn Iceland’s Glacial Cleansing Cloths are anything but. We’re already obsessed with their Hydro Cool Face Gels so we expected good things from these cloths but we got more than we bargained for. Before you use these cloths you have to rub them together to form a foam. I had never seen that in a face wipe before so I was definitely intrigued.
I tried the clothes with regular makeup first and with great results went on to try them on some of my most stubborn makeup. Urban Decay’s Perversion Mascara, Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Rouge Waterproof Lipstick and Benefit’s They’re Real! Push Up Liner. All of these are notorious for being a pain to get off and I’ve never been able to use any kind of wipe to get them off.
One Glacial Cleansing Cloth got everything off really gently and without any scrubbing. This is actually the only wipe that’s been able to get the MUFE lipstick off at all. You don’t have to rinse off after using these but occasionally I find them a little sticky so I go over with toner.
I knew these wipes were going to be good, but I had no idea how good. These have completely changed how I take off stubborn or waterproof makeup!
Face masks sometimes feel like they are a dime a dozen, but you can tell when you get the Skyn Iceland Face Gels that they are something different. The package promises less wrinkles and creases in minutes.
From the looks of the packaging, I thought they were going to be complicated and difficult to apply, but these Face Gels are simple. Skyn Iceland has created masks that aren’t all gooey, messy and sticky. These are thin, dry pads that stick to your face without messing up your hands. You just peel off the back sticker and apply to your forehead, smile lines or under your eyes.
I fell instantly in love with the cooling sensation from the pads. It was so relaxing after a long day at work. I used them in all of the right places to feel calm with these cooling pads on my face. As I put my feet up and let the pads do their work, I noticed that they didn’t tug or get stiff like some masks. I could feel them there, but they were never uncomfortable.
After 10 minutes, I went back to the bathroom to remove the pads. There was no tugging or ripping on my skin. They peeled off with no pain. It’s not like those other pads that peel the dirt off of your skin. These slide off and leave your skin feeling soft and moist. My skin has never felt better. It feels so soft that I can’t stop touching it. I don’t really think I have wrinkles, but even my skin feels unbelievably smooth after using these little pads. Under my eyes does feel tighter, leading me to believe that if I did have wrinkles, I would be praising the miracle properties of Skyn Iceland even more. For now I will keep on relaxing with these cool pads on my face and fight wrinkles before they start.
After you hear all of these amazing things about the Skyn Iceland Face Gels, you probably won’t believe me when I tell you that you can get a bag full of all the gels you need for under $20!