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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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.

Estée Lauder Review

Now I know I’m usually about the affordable but decent makeup products – however as I age and with some troubling skin I know sometimes we need to invest in better quality makeup and skincare that we use. For the last month I have been using the Estée Lauder Idealist (Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher) and the Double Wear (Stay-in-Place) Foundation.  The refinisher runs about $70 CAD and the foundation is about $45 CAD.

Now I know $70 seems like a lot for a face serum but this is magical. It does not break me out even if used all day with makeup, it smoothes my pores, feels so fresh and clean on my skin (not heavy or thick), and makes my face glow in the perfect non-oily way. Although perfectly paired with the foundation, I even use it with my drugstore brands and it still enhances all the good qualities. You put in on before moisturizer and it helps absorb right into the skin. Trust me it’s a great investment because a little drop goes a long way.

Now for the foundation – also incredible. Same idea where a little drop goes a long way, and that makes me feel like my money is well spent not only on quantity but quality. It claims to be long-wearing and last up to 15 hours, now I don’t usually have makeup on that long but because I sweat and have oily skin this is a great offer for me. It is non-transferable, meaning once it’s on and set, I’m not going to put on a baseball cap and have that everlasting makeup stain mark from my forehead. Another perk is the multitude of shades that it comes in. It is a medium coverage but very buildable and has a semi-matte finish which is great for me. It doesn’t leave dry spots looking flakey or oily spots looking slick. My favourite bonus is that it’s oil-free and fragrance-free so no smelly makeup and longer lasting yet again.

Overall, I give both of these a 5/5.

It’s all about you and the pamper.

So lately I have not been actively blogging (and I’m sorry) but I’ve come into some health issues and the best advice I’m finally taking is sometimes ‘it’s all about you’. So I’ve taken the last little while to focus on priority matters and focus on myself. This has come to me re-taking up yoga, and walking a bit more. Spending time with friends and family and of course and mostly at home with my dog. So what’s some pampering I’ve picked up? Here’s a list.

  1. face masks – are amazing, and fun to experiment with.
  2. bathes – not only good for a sore body and stress relief, but with some scented bubble bath; winning combination.
  3. comfy clothes – sometimes it’s nice not to stress about what you’re wearing and some yoga pants and a long t-shirt go a long way.
  4. yoga – good for the body and mind.
  5. meditation – the just re-centres me and allows me to truly focus on how I’m feeling and let’s me breathe
  6. no makeup – now I know not everyone is comfortable but you should try it, it is freeing.

 

Any other suggestions I’m missing? Let me know

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)

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Refresh

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This was $8.00.

Let’s just start off by saying, as a post-secondary student the last 4 years I’ve quickly learned what is worth the money and what is not, and what is genuinely  affordable for what you get. This is.

I was always hesitant on the “ok so this water is going to clean my face?”. But this product is incredible. I take off my makeup with whatever makeup wipe I’m using at the time, then swipe over with a little cotton pad and it’s like I haven’t even taken makeup off to start with. This removes so much debris that you never thought was still there. Yes I say debris, you know what it’s like after a long day and if it’s heavier makeup too.

I know there are some higher end micellar waters, but I mean this is affordable and good for what you get. So why not save a little and still feel fabulous?

5/5 thumbs up.