Tuesday, February 20, 2018

My February 2018 Topbox Review

For the first time ever (or at least that I can remember) I didn't get the Privé Topbox that I requested. Each month, Topbox offers subscribers the chance to request one of its "Privé" boxes, brand-specific creations that list off their contents. One of February's Privé offerings was for a new makeup line and it featured deluxe-sized samples of a foundation, a concealer, a powder and a couple other products. In other words, it was a really, really good box and I really hoped that I would get it.

But I didn't get it and instead was send a regular Topbox. At least though it was a pretty good box. Here's what I received this month:
  • Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Metal in Crimson Chrome (deluxe sample
  • The Face Shop MASK.LAB Anti-Aging Foil Face Mask (one regular mask)
  • LARITZY Cosmetics Eye Pencil in Shimmer (full size)
  • Wella Professionals Oil Reflections Luminous Shampoo (50ml)
  • Wella Professionals Oil Reflections Luminous Conditioner (50ml)

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Deciem The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Review

What grade would you give your skin? If it's a B, maybe a B+, I know of a product that might take your skin to an A: The Ordinary's Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%.

According to Deciem, "Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is indicated to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion" while "A high 10% concentration of this vitamin is supported in the formula by zinc salt of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid to balance visible aspects of sebum activity." In other words, this serum-like product is supposed to give you clearer, brighter, healthier looking skin.

And I found that it did kind of do this. Using it on the parts of my face that were already at B-level did result in visibly improved skin, taking it up to an A-level. I'd put this on at night and when I'd wake up the next morning, my skin would be soft, smooth and clear.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Deciem The Ordinary's Salicylic Acid 2% Solution Review

So much for getting all my Deciem reviews done in January. While I've been busy with real, paying work, I'm determined to get two posts up this week so let's start with a look at a product I absolutely love: The Ordinary's Salicylic Acid 2% Solution.

While I'm in my 30s, I still regularly battle blemishes. Pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, I hate them and I want them gone. And with this product, I can just that. According to Deciem, this "2% treatment solution helps exfoliate the inside walls of pores to fight the appearance of blemishes and for better visible skin clarity with continued use." And yeah, that's exactly what this product does.

It's not a miracle-maker. If you put it on a nasty pimple it won't make it vanish overnight. However, I did find that it visibly improved pretty much any blemish-related problem area. Without a doubt, this product left me with clearer, brighter, healthier looking-skin.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Life Brand Exfoliating Foot Mask Review

Last January I tried out Look Beauty's Feetreat Pedi Exfoliating foot mask. It was a huge disappointment as the mask failed to do much of anything, let alone give me the baby smooth feet I was after. Clearly having not learned my lesson when it comes to foot masks, I decided to start this year off with another one, this time made by Shopper Drug Mart's Life brand.

The mask looked promising. According to the packaging, it uses "AHA, salicylic acid and lime caviar extract" to "help remove dead skin cells, revealing a new layer of skin and improved skin texture." While I don't know much about "lime caviar" other than that it's a fruit, AHA and salicylic are ingredients that could indeed deliver the baby smooth feet that I'm after.

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA Review

After taking a detour to blog about my Sephora Personal One-On-One session, it's time to get back to reviewing the many Deceim serums and creams that I've been using since early November.

Want a simple, natural moisturizer made up of ingredients that you can easily pronounce? Then pass on this daily face moisturizer by acclaimed Canadian beauty company Deceim. But if you want an easy-to-use moisturizer that adds hydration without shine or a high price tag then you'll want to keep reading about Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA.