REVIEW + GIVEAWAY! Palmer’s Coconut Oil Line

I was fortunate enough to receive a nice PR goodie bag from Palmer’s with a selection of products from their new Coconut Oil line. It got sent at a pretty good time, because self-care towards my body has decreased significantly (I’ll just say it: laziness) during these cold months.

I received the following:


Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Body Oil
Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Body Lotion
Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Body Cream

My boyfriend and I have been using all 3 products for a couple of weeks and it’s about time to officially share the love with you all!

Palmer’s is kind enough to provide a set of the same Coconut Oil products we got to 3 lucky winners!

If you are participating, please make sure to click on the giveaway link down below for details on how to enter.

Onto the review!

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REVIEW: By Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash

I love me some chemical exfoliators: they make my skin smoother, keep any wrinkles and acne at bay, and when used in moderation, really amp up the quality of my skin.

I guess I was too comfortable using chemical exfoliants in the form of toners and masks, for I was sent the By Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash*  to try out and felt like sorcery was at work!

I was VERY perplexed by enzyme powder washes. My friend loves them, but I just couldn’t comprehend how a powder cleanser could be that amazing. I’ve used powder cleansers in the past, and although they’re handy for travelling purposes, I couldn’t bring myself to to find them a necessity. This is where the noggin’  wasn’t processing the word “enzyme” in enzyme wash!

From my understanding,  (food-derived) enzymes are chemical exfoliants that are gentler, and quicker at removing dead skin cells. These types of enzymes are proteolytic, meaning they break down other proteins.

In the case of our skin, they remove old keratin, a skin protein that glues cells to each other to form a protective layer outside the skin. Usually too much keratin is what causes scaly skin and too much build up, which can lead to skin conditions like keratosis pilaris.

While researching the effectiveness of enzyme washes, I could not find any scientific study on its beneficial (or detrimental) uses in skincare. Only sources for enzyme washing detergents popped up, so I’m even more perplexed by enzyme facial exfoliants.

Before we get into the use, let me just say I grossly underestimated this product.

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REVIEW: Pixi x Weylie Hoang Dimensional Eye Creator Kit

Back in the good old oily-skinned acne days, I stumbled upon Weylie’s channel when trying to find a skincare routine and makeup that worked for my skin type. I’ve enjoyed watching her since, and even though I don’t have the same skin-type as hers today, I still like her content and watch her videos.

Naturally being a longtime fan of Weylie, I was excited when I saw Weylie release her collab product with Pixi actually available at Shoppers Drugmart. I couldn’t resist, and I picked up one for me and my sister.


The palette is $28 CAD ($20 USD) and comes with an Eyeshadow Palette and Dual Ended Liner.

“Highlight and define for the ultimate dimensional eyes. Pigmented, blendable eye shades in a portable palette curated by Weylie are teamed up with a 2-in-1 black kohl pencil and liquid eyeliner duo to make this kit the perfect everyday eye essential.”

I’ve been playing with the products a handful of times and am ready to share my thoughts!

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Dynamic Duo? Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop & Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Face Mask

If you follow the Korean beauty scene, the latest skincare advice is to use vitamin C and vitamin E products together in your skincare routine. They have been talked about as a power couple and it is highly recommended to combine the two to really maximize both their skincare benefits.

The Benefits of Vitamin C and E Together

  • Boosting vitamin C effects on your skin
  • Protecting skin from sun damage
  • Neutralize any free radicals that occur after sun exposure
  • Help synthesize collagen
  • Maintain the cross-links between the collagen fibers

I happen to have two Klairs products that have been recommended to go together! Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop and Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask.

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The Controversy Combining Niacinamide with Vitamin C

If you noticed on the Vitamin E Mask, niacinamide is one of the key ingredients. Some beauty companies advise consumers not to pair any niacinamide to vitamin C products; both combined will neutralize the other, rendering both ingredients ineffective in your skincare routine.

The only time I have heard otherwise:

  • Charlotte Cho from Soko Glam state that Niacinamide actually helps stabilize vitamin C and they’re very safe to use together
  • Paula Begoun explaining that old studies on their incompatibility were due to using unstable formulas, and today’s studies show the formulations they test with today are stable
  • Wishtrend conflicted itself; they had a youtube video saying to not combine the two ingredients together, yet on their Vitamin E Mask page, it describes how Niacinamide helps stabilize vitamin C and its own benefits are enhanced when combined

I’ve been using these 2 products as part of my night time skincare routine for a few months now, and I feel comfortable enough to finalize my thoughts on these products and how they work together.

To piece this review nicely, I’m going to start by individually reviewing the products and finalize my thoughts by how they perform together at the end. Also, because I’m reviewing two products, I didn’t include the section on claims and ingredients list, but I left links down below for you to check it out yourself.
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