Review: Kate Somerville ‘ExfoliKate Cleanser’ – daily foaming wash

So I don’t typically invest in my face products, but with adult acne and oil prone skin I am attempting to help myself and really take the time to replenish and cleanse my face with better quality products. I started this with a trip to my local Sephora and asked around for some ideas on what would be worth a shot and what wasn’t super expensive/worth the money.

I ended up with the Kate Somerville Cleanser.

I was told it is a light exfoliate both chemically and physically. But gentle enough I could use everyday. Although this isn’t typically a problem for me because I really don’t have very sensitive skin. So I thought why not, and purchased it for $48 CAD.

The sales woman promised me I would love it and that it would help my acne tremendously. She did not lie.

This product is fantastic! I haven’t used it every day but have still have noticed major skin improvements. I would definitely recommend to friends and I will continue to use/buy. The texture feels very soft and non-irritating and there is no chemical smell.

I feel refreshed after using it and honestly like I am really caring for my skin – which is a bonus.

 

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration* Review

It’s been awhile guys, but beauty reviews are back! I got a mia 2 (face cleansing brush) about a year ago and it came with the first aid beauty ultra repair cream intense hydration. I am obsessed.

It ranges from a small tube (about $15 CAD) to a large jar (about $37 CAD). For what it does and how it works, it is hands down worth the money. I am learning to invest more in what products I use on my sensitive acne prone skin, and a product under $20 that is a miracle worker – I’m good with.

It says it’s good for all skin types but oily, however I have oily skin and use it as a night time cream. For me this works because I wash my face in the morning anyways and overnight my face gets extra hydration help. It has oatmeal, shea butter, and other ingredients that provide the ultra moist skin. It lacks parabens, and sulfates which is an added bonus. It is fragrance free which is huge for sensitive skin and allergies.

Overall, worth it. 5/5 thumbs up.

 

Simple Fall Look

Red lip? Check. Winged liner? Check. Warm eyeshadows, and a glow? Check and Check.

This is my simple fall look, still slightly sun-kissed but ready for the fall season.

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First I wash my face, and prep with my Neutrogena Moisturizer that’s oil free.

Then for the eyes I use small pieces of tape to define a winged edge from the outer corner of my eye to the end of my eyebrow. I used my Walmart branded Natural Eyes palette which is always extremely pigmented and worth $8 CAD. You can use any palette I just used a light brown as a base and layered on the outer corner some darker browns and blended it all out with a shimmery taupe.  I then go in with my Estée Lauder Idealist face primer to minimize pores. And today I decided to use an old favourite, my L’Oreal True Match in Classic Ivory (N2).

To finish up I use my lovely Marc Jacobs sample (216, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), and dust some MAC bronzer over my nose, forehead edge and cheek hollows. To complete the look on my cheek bones I lightly apply highlighter, this one is Lumi by L’Oreal.

Stay Matte and Flawless with $8

Back to the good old roots of budget friendly yet good quality. I found this Stay Matte Mousse Foundation by Rimmel and it is great! It can be risky with mousse and oily skin to not look glowing but shinning. This claims to be a lightweight shine control foundation – bonus points.

img_8159  Before: As you can see my skin naturally shines, and is acne prone with some under eye circles (not severe but there). I look for in a foundation, one that covers acne, controls the oil and stays put.

I have found this in my $8 CAD purchase.

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This is purely foundation and mascara. No blush, bronzer, powder, anything. As you can clearly see it covers quite well and keeps the shine away. As I wore it through the day, I did add some powder and found no issues. There was a little under eye loss of product but nothing major or devastating.

Overall, 4/5 thumbs up.

Affordable Cleansing System Review

I have a clarisonic – it’s amazing. I then lost the charger for it and to replace that alone is $30. I was at a small drugstore with my mom when I came across the Danielle Deep Facial Cleansing System. It retails for about $30-$40 CAD depending on where you buy.

This brush is great bang for the buck.

It comes with three heads; a soft brush, silicon brush and buffer. Great uses for each, a gentle cleanse, a harsher exfoliation or a nice polish. It also runs off AA batteries. Too me this is a huge bonus – I can’t loose it and the charger will never malfunction. Now I wanted to put it to the test so I had some BB cream on with a layer of oil naturally produced with some powder.

Before:

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After:

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Although it may not look as dramatic, you can clearly see the level of shine has gone down and the acne is more noticeable and not as caked over top. It doesn’t leave my skin red or irritated and after taking a makeup wipe to ensure everything was off it came back clean.

The only downside is like most machines you cannot go near the eyes, so you are manually taking off eye makeup. But hey what’s new?

Overall huge thumbs up, 4/5.

Fall Essentials.

I love summer don’t get me wrong, but I am the girl who enjoys her pumpkin spice flavours, fall colours, cozy sweaters and warm blankets. Here are some of my fall essentials so far…

So I’ve started to use a new foundation and serum combination (review to come) but I think I’m in love. It is the Estée Lauder serum – Idealist Pore Minimizing and the Estée Lauder foundation – Double Wear. This combination is mind blowing.

Of course candles are on the list of fall essentials. I’m a huge fan of any scent most of the year round but especially during fall – lavender and mint, marshmallow, and just got a new creme brûlée scent!

Sweater weather. Two key words, with not much explanation needed.

Food wise, classic grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup. It is warm and comforting and all those great childhood feelings wrapped into a meal.

Another go-to is having a girls night in, loving netflix and a good early 2000’s show ‘Scrubs’. It is a hospital comedy – really amusing.

I also have been enjoying journalling more and writing down whatever comes to mind. This could mean to-do lists, blog ideas or just how my day went. This with meditation is very stress relieving and calming.

Who doesn’t love to feel good?

Neutrogena Skincare Routine and Review

I don’t think I’ve mentioned my age before but I am 22 years old. The point of this being I am past the teenager acne phase.. or so I had hoped. But like many other young adults, we still get acne and sometimes often. My doctor had told me about Neutrogena and my mom always said she grew up with the soap bar from them – so I thought why not give it a try?

I start off by washing off my makeup with the All-in-One Make-up Removing Cleansing Lotion (about $10 CAD). This takes off a good amount of the day’s debris and doesn’t strip the skin. I then go in with the Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser (about $10 CAD). This is for sensitive skin, and cleanses that extra mile, but doesn’t dry out or irritate my skin. Then lastly I go in with the Oil-Free Moisturizer for combination skin (about $13 CAD). This leaves my skin refreshed but not oily, as I tend to have enough of that on my own. So far this has been helping me a lot and it’s a nice way to end the day feeling clean.

All-in-One Make-up Removing Cleansing Lotion (4/5)

Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser (4.5/5)

Oil-Free Moisturizer for combination skin (3.5/5)