For the love of toner

So I haven’t really blogged about my skin care routine because, frankly, I think it’s kind of dull. That said, I do take good care of my skin because you only get one face. I think it’s a good idea to look after it. Ya feel me? I don’t do anything super fancy but I definitely have a few products I swear by. For me, exfoliating, toning, and moisturizing are the keys to healthy looking skin. I recently ran out of toner and I wanted to try something new. I headed to the good old Body Shop, I’ve been obsessed with it lately, and picked up a bottle of the Seaweed Clarifying Toner.

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This toner is supposed to remove impurities and refine pores. I haven’t really noticed a difference in my pores (does anyone ever actually see a change? ) but I do like this stuff. It’s really good for catching any make up I missed when washing my face and it’s super gentle. It’s also going to last for ages, which is nice. My only complaint is that the bottle isn’t very squeezy. Overall I think I will definitely be repurchasing this product.

On the same trip I also purchased a tub of the Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream.

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With the change in seasons my skin had been feeling a little dry and I wanted a richer moisturizer. I read positive reviews of this one on a few blogs and I wasn’t disappointed.

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This cream is very silky and luxurious. It’s not greasy and just gives that extra bit of hydration that I was looking for. It’s a day cream but I’ve been using it at night as well because I’m lazy a rebel and it does the job nicely. It claims to be light reflecting but to be honest I really haven’t noticed anything like that; however, I like this cream and I will definitely buy it again.

P.S. I am still completely obsessed with the Chocomania Dry Oil. Have you tried it yet? I think that you should.

What’s your skin care routine?

It puts the lotion on its skin… again

I recently finished off two tubes of lotion. Am I the only one who finds this immensely satisfying? I doubt it. I am always rubbing lotion into my hands. I have a tube in my purse, beside my bed, in the kitchen… well you get the idea.

The first is by the brand H2O. I got this a few years ago here in Vancouver. I love it. The smell, raspberry guava,  is to die for. To DIE for. Fruity, delicious, and not overpoweringly sweet. The formula is rich but light and totally non greasy. It cost a pretty penny, $16.50, but it lasted nearly three years.

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The second is by Pacifica. The scent is Malibu Lemon Blossom. It reminds me faintly of dish soap but not in a bad way. The formula is very thick, which I normally don’t like but I found that it absorbs well and doesn’t leave you feeling sticky at all. This is a great lotion for winter. Also, the packaging is just gorgeous. This is the kind of tube you want to leave out so people can see it.

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Do you feel like you’ve accomplished something when you get through a lotion?

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A Lush? Me? Never.

Lush is one of those places that you either love or hate. You all know its smell; the one that announces that there’s a Lush nearby blocks before you can see it. I love that smell, I wish they’d bottle it so I could douse myself in it; however, I certainly understand why some people don’t care for it. It’s strong!

I love Lush products but I feel like I’m preparing for battle every time I enter the store. I gird my loins, take a deep breath, and try to avoid eye contact with the super pushy sales assistants. I’m not sure if it’s just in Canada (I certainly don’t remember them being so bad in the UK), but I am sure that they all work on commission. I am a browser when I shop, I like to look at everything in my own sweet time, and I’ll ask for help when and if I need it. I cannot stand the way that five or six people descend on you when you walk into a Lush and immediately start slathering stuff all over your hands, even if you tell them clearly that you are not looking for a lavender avocado facial scrub that was made by garden gnomes and is laced with fairy dust. Honestly.

Whew! Was that a rant and a half or what? I did manage to fight my way through the store and leave with a goodie that’s been on my mind for a while, Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner. I’m kind of obssessed with the idea of in-shower lotion. I love the concept because I’m a lazy moisturizer at best. I use hand lotion obsessively, I slather myself up after having a bath, and sometimes I put lotion on my legs before bed and that’s about the extent of it.  

Body Conditioner

I used my new body conditioner this morning. My thoughts on the product are mixed. The scent is to die for. It’s called Rose Jam, though I would not describe it as floral. I don’t really know how to describe it but it’s fantastic. The texture is pretty dreamy. It’s very smooth and feels lovely on the skin. It is very moisturizing; however, my body feels like it’s coated in an oily film. I rinsed it off really well but it has definitely left me feeling kind of greasy. Tomorrow I think I’ll use it before my body wash and hope for the best. It’d be a shame to wash off that great smell but I really don’t like the way my skin feels today.

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Final verdict? I like this stuff but I’m not going to buy it again.

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Do you love Lush or do you avoid it like the plague?

Love you long time…

I’m a big fan of a lot of Aveeno products. Their facial lotions don’t really agree with me and their unscented body lotion leaves me feeling greasy, but I adore their body washes and, in particular, one of their lotions. Actually, it’s not lotion it’s a moisturizing oil! Fancy schmancy!

 

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Aveeno Active Naturals Creamy Moisturizing Oil. YUM.  I’ve been using this stuff for 4 or 5 years now and I’m on my umpteenth bottle. There are a couple of things I love about this lotion moisturizing oil. The smell is lovely; light, fresh, and almondy (I’ve described it as smelling like angels, which is totes accurate), and it’s very light and absorbs completely. I do not like using heavy, greasy lotion that feels like it just sits on your skin. I find that this lotion moisturizing oil is also quite soothing for itchy winter skin, though it’s certainly light enough to use in the summer as well. Aveeno Moisturizing Oil
Are you an Aveeno fan?

It puts the lotion on its skin…

I’m addicted to hand lotion. Anyone who knows me is accustomed to the sight of me feverishly rubbing my hands together as lotion soaks into them. I keep a tube stashed in my purse, on my bedside table, in the bathroom, and on the coffee table. I love lotion. I want to marry it. You get the gist.

A few years ago I was at YVR (Vancouver International Airport) in between flights. My lotion had been confiscated and my hands were chafing. I was maniacally searching casually looking for a new tube when I stumbled upon a little stand of Cake Beauty products. I was hooked immediately, I mean, it’s called CAKE. I opened a bottle of lotion, sniffed it, and as soon as the  scent of baked goods entered my nose I was sold.

Fast forward three or four years, and I’m still a Cake Beauty devotee. My latest acquisition is the Sugar Cookie Velveteen Hand Cream, it’s currently available at Sephora for a mere $9!

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This lotion is light, non-greasy, and smells like I imagine Heaven smells, like a sugar cookie. The ingredients include whole milk, shea butter, mango butter, and marshmallow extract. I didn’t even know I needed marshmallow extract in my lotion but there you have it, Cake delivers a cream that is simply gorgeous. I love this stuff! My recommendation? Run out and purchase this lotion immediately, though if you’re not into heavily scented products this is not the lotion for you.

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Have you tried any Cake Beauty products?

Sticky Situation

I have the oiliest skin you’ve ever seen. I’m constantly sopping up slicks on my t-zone with oil absorbing sheets (my favourite ones are made by Bioré). I’ve been told that it’s a good thing, because when I’m old I’ll have young looking skin. Woopie. I want good skin now while I’m still *ahem* young.

I wash my face twice a day with a tea tree oil cleanser. I use a daily exfoliating scrub every morning in the shower. I use a toner, and a little cooling eye gel. I stopped using face cream when I moved to Vancouver because it’s so humid here. With all of these ministrations my skin has become a tad less oily. A tad. The downside, however, is that I often wake up with flaky, over dried skin. Unpleasant. Last night I tried something new. I slathered Morrocan Oil, which I use on my hair (MIRACLE product), all over my face. I left it on for half an hour and then rinsed with warm water.

It felt super greasy on, and it took a lot of self control not to rinse it off immediately. I also somehow managed to get it all over my glasses, what a disaster that was!

The result? I woke up this morning with nary a flake in sight, and dewy, soft skin! I highly recommend giving this a try if you’re finding yourself with over-dried skin. I love a good multipurpose product!

What are your secrets for dealing with problem skin?