clarisonic deep pore cleansing system

scar clearing beauty products

{The dream team}

I know most women probably suffer the same fate as me but every so often around that time of month I see a few pimples pop up on my complexion here and there. I’m well past the age of acne breakout outs but when these little critters arrive they usually leave behind a reminder that they were there.

clarisonic deep pore cleansing system

{Clarisonic Deep Pore Detoxifying Solution}

I loathe pimple scarring! I’d rather not cake on the concealer to congest my skin so set out to find  a dream team of a skincare routine that would help make them disappear. First order of business. Cleansing. Perturbed by my constant failures of decongesting mask after mask I finally found a detoxifying routine that works. The new Clarisonic Deep Pore Cleansing Clay Mask and Gel Cleanser with the deep pore cleansing brush head is everything and more.

Step one: cleanse your skin using the gel cleanser and Clarisonic

Step two: apply a thin layer of the deep pore cleansing mask and leave on for ten minutes

Step three: wet the brush head and remove the mask using the device

Result? The cleanest, clearest skin you’ll ever have and boy is it immediately noticeable.

vichy pro even night lancome dreamtone

{The star serums}

Talking more longterm, dark-spot-like scars are basically post-inflammatory pigmentation and aren’t necessarily permanent damage. That being said, the increased melanin (darker pigmented skin cells) to the surface of your skin are seriously sensitive to the sun and can get darker if you’re not using sun-protection.

Before my sunscreen and day cream I apply Lancome’s Dreamtone Serum which really is a dream when it comes to brightening my overall skintone and evening out my patchy colouring after a rough ride. Tried, tested and approved as the best.

At night I use a targeted serum, Vichy’s ProEven Concentrate for Dark Spots. This lightweight product works the overnight shift to help resurface the skin let you wake with brighter skin.

palmers skin therapy oil

{Hydration and Repair}

To finish it off with added hydration and repairing properties overnight, I use Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil For Face or The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Serum-in Oil. Oils increase the blood circulation to the skin offer more of those fancy white blood cells to help with the healing process of the dead skin cells. It contains ten different types of oils including Argan oil for repairing and hydrating properties, Vitamin E oil for scar healing and Vitamin C oil for brightening.

I had three (to be precise) scars on my left cheek and after a month of trying this set up they’re almost gone.

Don’t forget though…if you don’t wear SPF everyday then you may as well throw these efforts away!

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best eye creams for dark circles wrinkles dry eyes

best eye creams for dark circles wrinkles dry eyes

{The Eye Cream rotation}

I know it seems a little absurd to have a rotation of eye creams but a skincare specialist once told me there is no one eye cream that can do it all and it totally made sense to me. For the longest time I was trying eye creams that claimed to do so much but felt like they were doing nothing at all!

To be able to target specific problems and target them well, you have to consider focusing on one thing at a time.

That being said, it’s no surprise I use a variation of now five different eye creams to target different things. These my friends, are my favourites.

olay fresh effects bright on schedule eye awakening cream

{De-puffing perfection}

I admit that I often have my doubts with drugstore brands but almost every product from the new Fresh Effects collection by Olay has been more than impressive. This eye cream and the cleansing wipes being the standout pieces. Bright On Schedule, Eye Awakening Cream is a rollerball that claims to brighten and de-puff your eyes instantly. No exaggeration – it does just that. This is the eye cream I go to if I’m desperate to get my eyes from potato sacks to bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

olay fresh effects eye rollerball cream

{The rollerball effect}

The cooling rollerball has a lot to do with the impressive bag-busting results.

skinceuticals aox eye gel

{Anti-aging – the miracle worker}

I know it’s easy to forget about the future of your beautifully aging skin but if you want to keep it looking that way then preventative measures hold a place in your beauty regime. Skinceuticals are one of the best in this field and I’m a huge fan of this AOX antioxidant Eye Gel ($89). With that, it repairs sun damage to the eye and helps you look a lot less tired than you feel.

{lancome genifique eye cream serum

{Dark circles – Let there be bright}

If you’re a fan of the Clarisonic Opal I highly recommend using this light-bulb of a serum in conjunction with it. Lancome’s Genifique Eye Light-Pearl ($88) is light enough to use with the device (that alone helps to soften the look of puffiness in an instant) and product alone is fantastic at easing dark circles after just a few weeks of use. If you’re looking for hydration and the banishment of fine lines look for something a little richer. I find this to be drying at times but when I layer it with a richer cream it’s a dream.

kiehls midnight recovery eye cream

{Sleeping beauty}

This sleeping beauty boasts a mix of botanicals and essential oils that offer an under eye area that’s soft and supple. Though it claims to, the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream ($40) doesn’t always banish puffy peepers but when my skin has been obviously thirsty, this little wonder helps me wake with a fresher look.

Shiseido ibuki eye correcting cream{The holy grail}

When pulling together these edits there’s often a product that stand out the most and I feel like it’s my duty to give you that “If you had to pick ONE” recommendation. Obviously the above are fantastic in their areas of expertise but the Shiseido Ibuki Eye Cream is my number one, daytime eye cream. It smoothes out fine lines and contains a pearlescent ingredient that illuminates the skin instantly. It takes me from looking zombie like to “I woke up like this”.

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drugstore skincare cleansers

drugstore skincare cleansers

{Cleansing collections}

In a world where the best of cleansers could set you back a juicy $90, it’s a relief to my credit card to see some frugal options. A couple of these beauty finds have secured a permanent spot in my routine and I couldn’t be happier that they’re less than $20.

drugstore cleansing oils

{Garnier vs L’oreal}

Both brands released a cleansing oil that’s almost identical in texture but my vote goes to Garnier’s Clean Nourishing Cleansing oil. An ever so slightly softer touch to the skin with a soft scent. Perfect for my dry skin, I’m guessing the Jojoba and Macadamia oils have something to do with it.

Garnier Nourish Cleansing Oil – $11.99

L’Oreal Sensational Cleansing Oil – $12.99

loreal sublime soft micellar solution

{L’Oreal Gentle Micellar Solution}

I don’t know but I love this product so much that I’m rationing it despite it’s steal of a price tag at $14.99. This beauty literally melts away my makeup without having to rub at my eyes and the delicate scent isn’t  overbearing in the slightest.

If you checked out any of the other blogs you’ll see this being compared to the Bioderma offering quite a bit but I found that product to sting despite it’s sensitive skin claims. Without a doubt I’ll be buying this beauty over and over again.

olay fresh effects wipes and eye cream

{Olay Fresh Effects}

I can’t even begin to stress how much this Olay collection has impressed me. The wipes just rock my world. One side is soft to gently wipe away the makeup on my skin, the other is rough and works to exfoliate those areas that need a deeper clean.

Perfect for day or night use but I prefer using these in the morning for a wake-up call.

I simply had to mention the Bright on Schedule roller eye cream because I’ve been using it everyday since I got it. The cooling applicator smooths on a product that works in conjunction to instantly de-puff my tired eyes. A major winner of a product!

sublime fresh foaming garnier smoothing cream cleanser

{Cream vs foaming cleanser}

As a gal that suffers with dry skin (thanks Canadian winter), Garnier, yet again wins the battle for best drugstore cleanser. The Smoothing Cream Cleanser feels like butter and works that way too to wash away the day’s look.

L’Oreal’s Purifying Foaming Cleanser is fab if your skin is leans towards the oilier side.

Have you recently picked up a drugstore cleanser that you’re raving about? Let me know which and why in the comments below!

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overnight serum oil treatment

overnight serum oil treatment

As I apply this oil for the fifth night in a row I decided I had to snap a pic and share, immediately. I’ve been using overnight masks and creams for a while but the sticky texture always left for a messy pillow.

 The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil ($28) and I are so good in bed together.

A silky oil that my skin just wants to devour. In seconds my skin is softer, smoother and way more comfortable.

I’ve been suffering the consequences of the Polar Vortex and had nothing but tight skin, even after the use of intensely hydrating moisturizers, it just wasn’t quenching the thirst.

The morning after was worthy of a walk of fame. The product claims to offer eight hours of overnight bliss but I needed it to work in six or seven and that it did. I woke up to delectably soft, glowing and best of all hydrated skin after the first use.

Day five and I’m in evening-skin bliss.

Have you tried this amazing oil yet? Join the conversation! #GoodInBed

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