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Quick Deciem Haul: What did I buy from The Ordinary and Hylamide?

I am always looking for new products to try, and there is a brand that I have been interested in for months. It’s the Canadian brand DECIEM. I first started hearing about DECIEM and their cult favourite line The Ordinary from British bloggers. Everyone was raving about the effectiveness of this budget-friendly brand. They have not been readily available here in the US, but that is about to change.

DECIEM is about the make their grand entrance into the US market!! I am super excited about this. The Ordinary and Hylamide products will be debuting in Sephora stores in the US and Canada on December 20 (as per Allure). Also……The first of a number of stand-alone DECIEM stores will open in NYC in December as well (as soon as I have the exact date, I will update this post). The stores will contain all the lines under the DECIEM brand, including The Ordinary Colours (their popular foundation line, darkest shades always sold out), The Chemistry Brand (hand and body care), NIOD (their high-end, new technology driven line) and Fountain (liquid vitamins). And it looks like they are also launching another line under the umbrella called, Abnomoly, which will house products that are different and don’t fit neatly into beauty categories.

Prior to this, DECIEM products could have been purchased online at their website, and selected products were available on Beautylish or Ricky’s NYC. So when it came time to replenish my skincare stash, I decided to pick up some products from Ricky’s. This is going to be the first of many purchases.

DECIEM Haul – Video

 

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Who is having a sale? Black Friday Cyber Monday 2017 deals

We are already at the end of November! This year has flown. I am looking forward to 2018, but before we get there, there is some shopping to do. Thanksgiving in the US and hence the start of a frantic 6 week shopping season beginning with Black Friday. There is also Small Business Saturday, focused on supporting your local small businesses. It seems as though companies are starting earlier and earlier with the sales.

Here are some beauty and haircare sales that I think are interesting. I will continue to add as I discover more deals!

Before you start shopping, check out Honey and Ebates. Ebates gives you cash back on many of the places that you shop both online and in-stores. Honey scavenges for coupon codes and applies then automatically. This is not a sponsored post, but I do have affiliate links listed below. Feel free to sign up using my links, but you have no obligation to do so.

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Black Friday Cyber Monday 2017 – Deals
Black Friday Cyber Monday 2017 – Makeup & Skincare

Brand: The Body Shop

  • Discount: 40% off items under $11; 3 for $33 for items over $11
  • Shipping: Free
  • Code: -None-
  • Dates: November 20 – November 29
  • Other Details: Store exclusive deals, $50 Black Friday tote

Brand: Senna Cosmetics

  • Discount: 25% off all items
  • Shipping: Free over $50
  • Code: GIVING
  • Dates: Now thru November 27th 11:59PM PT
  • Other Details:

Brand: Paula’s Choice

  • Discount: 20% off eligible items
  • Shipping: Free for US and CA
  • Code: -None-
  • Dates: Now thru November 27th 11:59PM PT
  • Other Details:

See my review on some Paula’s Choice products here.

Brand: NARS Cosmetics

  • Discount: 20% off online and boutiques
  • Shipping:
  • Code: TAKE20
  • Dates: November 23 to November 28 11:59PM ET
  • Other Details:

Brand: Cirque Colors

  • Discount: 20% off online
  • Shipping:
  • Code: CIRQUE20
  • Dates: Now thru November 27, 11:59PM ET
  • Other Details: Excludes Holiday Collection and Clearance items

Brand: Mischo Beauty

  • Discount: 50% off online
  • Shipping:
  • Code: BLACKFRIDAY17
  • Dates: Black Friday only, November 24
  • Other Details:

Brand: Barielle

  • Discount: 35% off
  • Shipping: FREE
  • Code: BLCKFRIDAY&CYBERMONDAY
  • Dates: November 20 to November 26
  • Other Details:

Brand: Smashbox

  • Discount: 25% off orders over $50
  • Shipping: FREE
  • Code:
  • Dates: Now thru November 26
  • Other Details:

Brand: Camera Ready Cosmetics

  • Discount: 20% off sitewide
  • Shipping:
  • Code: BLKFRI20
  • Dates: Now thru November 24, 11:59PM CT
  • Other Details:

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Glossier Invisible Shield: Is it really invisible, powerful protection?

My search for person of colour sunscreens continues. A few months ago, Glossier came out with a new sunscreen that promises to be a game changer. There were ads all over the subway and billboards in New York. The Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen SPF 35 is touted as a broad-spectrum sunscreen that goes on invisible on all skin tones. This got my attention. As I have discussed in previous posts and videos, one of my biggest pet peeves with sunscreens available in the US is that they often leave an ashy cast on the skin. This is partially because sunscreens are regulated as drugs (by the FDA) as opposed to just cosmetics. The E.U., Asia (especially South Korea and Japan) and Australia have access to a wider variety of sun-protecting filters. So I paid another visit to the showroom on Lafayette and picked this up, crossing my fingers. And by the way, check out my other Glossier reviews.

Glossier Invisible Shield Review – Video

For those who like the visuals, here’s my video review.

Glossier Invisible Shield Review – General Product Details

The Glossier Invisible Shield is descibed as “a clear watergel formula filled with active microcapsules that instantly absorbed into the skin with no greasy residue and zero white cast”.

It is vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free and non-comedogenic and suitable for all skintypes and skintones.

The active sunscreen ingredients are: avobenzone, homosalate and octisalate. These are well known and used chemical sunscreen commonly used in the US. It does not contain octinoxate, which I *think* is the ingredient that gives me problems. These filters are contained in microspheres which bust as your rub this onto the skin to release these ingredients.

The other active ingredients are:

Water – yes. Water is a main ingredient and the formula is a thin gel. This makes it great for both dry and oily skin types. Water also helps the product to sink into the skin quickly. Also it contains no alcohol, which is a good solvent but can be drying on the skin.

Antioxidant Complex – These are Vitamin E and P, Broccoli and Aloe Leaf Extracts. These provide extra protection against free radicals and oxidants that are found in the air that we breathe and that surround us. Breaking up the effects of UV radiation also can pass that released energy to oxidants which can contribute to aging and cancers. The antioxidants counteract that.

Fermented Yeast and Vegetal Extracts – Fermented ingredients are very popular in Asian, especially Korean and Japanese, skincare routines for many years, even centuries. These fermented ingredients help form a physical barrier on the skin to block out pollutants.

This product also contains Sweet Orange Oil as a fragrance. It gives it a very fresh, citrus scent. For some people, this may cause irritation to some.

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The 3 best Paula’s Choice anti-aging products you should use

I have been using Paula’s Choice products for a few years now. I have even gotten my Mum hooked on some of her products too! I am always drawn to well-thought out, well researched skincare brands that rely on hard science when making their formulations. Paula Begoun is one of the better known skincare experts in the cosmeceuticals industry. I like that her products have simple ingredient listings i.e. there are not a lot of ‘filler’ ingredients, added fragrance and are made for use by people with skin sensitivities. She also gives you ingredients that are in high enough concentrations to be effective. The last thing that is pretty unique about PC, is that she includes published research from medical journals that support her decisions for using particular active ingredients.

Paula’s Choice Products – Video

In this post I will be talking about the 3 products that I have been using from Paula’s Choice. These are the Paula’s Choice RESIST C15 Super Booster 15% Vitamin C, RESIST Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA & RESIST Intensive Repair Cream. For more details on each individual product, please check out my video below.

Paula’s Choice Products – Ingredient Review and Product Usage

Paula’s Choice products are cruelty-free, contains no added fragrance or dyes and manufactured in the USA.

Paula’s Choice RESIST C15 Super Booster 15% Vitamin C (USD$49 for 0.67 fl. oz.)

Paula's Choice RESIST C15

Image via Dermstore

This product has a very watery consistency with a distinctive citrus smell and a very pale yellow/orange tint. I apply it directly to skin after toning but it can also be added to your moisturiser. It comes in UV safe packaging. Once your product has deepened in shade, it is time to be thrown out. I use this right after cleansing and toning in the morning.

Active Ingredients: L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)

L-Ascorbic Acid is found in multiple levels in the skin and is vital for the production of collagen. This is how Vitamin C is helpful in the reduction of the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also attacks the oxidants (free-radicals) that damage the structure of skin which also causes wrinkles.

Vitamin C is also protects against the damage from UV exposure. It attacks the free radicals that are activated by sun exposure therefore it protects the skin and it also prevents photo-damage, which includes overproduction of melanin. This leads to brightening of the skin (not whitening) and it had help those with hyperpigmentation.

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5 ways to effectively remove your makeup that you should know

There are tons of reviews and articles online about makeup application. What products to use, what brushes to buy, how to apply it. But what are you to do when you have come home, exhausted and need to take that makeup off? What do we use? Makeup removal should be your first step of your skincare routine. That leftover foundation will block or affect the efficacy of any serum, hydrator, antioxidant that you use. Nowadays, in the US, folks are using more and more long wearing, richly pigmented, heavy duty or waterproof makeup and sometimes your regular cleanser just doesn’t cut it. I like to get rid of that first layer of product so that my cleansers would be more effective and deep cleaning. So in this post, I will be discussing 4 different types of makeup removers. I even include an extra makeup removal tip! So that is really 5 ways to remove your makeup.

So this post and video will only cover removal methods for regular consumer makeup products. Special effects, theatrical and other alcohol/silicone based makeup are excluded.

Check out my video on makeup removers

Details mentioned in the Makeup Removers video
  1. Balms/Cleansing Oils Makeup Removers

These do a great job in breaking down pigments, long wearing makeup and even sunscreen. Does this without drying the skin and can be used on all skin types.

Examples

2. Micellar Water Makeup Removers

Makeup Removers Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Solution

Image via Bioderma – Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution

 

Made famous in the US by French brands. Water like consistency and actually contain mild surfactants/cleansers. Good to use if looking for a one step process

Examples

* Not a makeup remover but a clarifying cleanser for hair! –My DevaCurl Buildup Buster Micellar Cleansing Serum

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