NIOD Skincare Review – SDSM2, RP, MG, S0, LBLC

NIOD stands for Non-Invasive Options in Dermal Science. The late Brandon Truaxe stated that NIOD was created “with only a single genetic commitment—to be at the very edge of science without regard to brands, trends, criticisms and words.”

After using NIOD skincare for over half a year, each formula was easy to include in my skincare routine and not compromise the health of my skin. All formulas have very good mileage; I do not need a lot to cover my face and neck. One bottle will last a good amount of time if used once or twice a day. Bonus, all visually look interesting and feel elegant.

In this post, I will be quickly reviewing the other NIOD Skincare products I have tried:

  • Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist (SDSM2)
  • Re:Pigment (RP)
  • Modulating Glucosides (MG)
  • Survival 0 (S0)
  • Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate (LBLC)

In the summer of 2022, I had a skincare routine consisting of NIOD SDSM2, CAIS3, RP, and S0. Demo is shown in the Youtube video below:

I also wrote a dedicated review of NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 3 1:1 (CAIS3). Please be sure to check that out as well!

NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 3 1:1 (CAIS3) Review

Perhaps in the future I will write a dedicated post for each. In the meantime, I hope this “speedy” review helps you make an informed decision if you plan on shopping during DECIEM’s Slowvember Sale month!


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NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist (SDSM2) REVIEW

General Information About SDSM2

Description: “Daily Mist Targeting Environmental Stressors and Transepidermal Water Loss”
Concern: Antioxidant support, Look of Redness, Signs of Aging, Dryness
Amount: 240ml
Price: 43 EUR
* https://go.shopmy.us/p-557806


My Experience Using NIOD SDSM2

Texture: Turquoise; Watery.

Fragrance: None.

Use: After cleansing on damp skin, mist 4 times.

Firstly, SDSM2 has a great mister. Once it’s done, I’m definitely keeping the bottle to reuse! Truthfully I did not understand the hype around SDSM2 after a couple of months of use. It’s gentle, lightly hydrating, preps the skin for skincare, and can be used over makeup to rehydrate face. I feel like these are all points I’ve experienced with other facial mists.

I finally noticed something worthwhile after over half a year, and it has to do with signs of aging. After a basic skincare routine of non-foaming cleanser, moisturizer and SPF, my face still looked depleted. So much so that for the first time in a long time, dehydration lines appeared on my forehead! I sprayed SDSM2 and noticed it did make my face look more hydrated and plump. The dehydration lines on my forehead subsided, and my nasolabial folds didn’t look as emphasized.

I’m really happy that it improved my skin condition after not being so content with my skincare that day. For this reason, it does differ from other mists I have tried. Usually I like mists to just simply rehydrate. SDSM2 clearly did something more with my complexion alongside with the feel of my skin.

I do recommend if you want a multi-use lightweight face mist. Be it as a prep step in skincare, to rehydrate throughout the day, or to even rejuvinate skin throughout the day.


NIOD Re:Pigment (RP) REVIEW

General Information About NIOD RP

Description: “Multi-Pathway Brightening System”
Concern: Uneven Skin Tone, Dullness
Amount: 15ml
Price: 38 EUR
* https://go.shopmy.us/p-557808


My Experience Using NIOD RP

Texture: Pale yellow; Watery with a tacky finish.

Fragrance: Stinky. Not sure how else to describe it lol. Fades after application.

Use: After SDSM2 and CAIS3; 4-6 drops for face neck.

NIOD RP is my least favourite product out of the bunch I’m reviewing. It did maintain a bright, even complexion… When it did not irritate. No matter how long I rotate it in my skincare routine, I always feel an uncomfortable stinging. In addition, I dislike the smell, despite it disappearing quickly. It does overall perform well in maintaining an even complexion, but not enough for me to want to purchase the full size. I did not notice a difference in the freckles on my face until I switched to a high UVA-protecting sunscreen.

I’m currently testing this on an age spot on my leg. If anything changes, I’ll be sure to share my results. As of now, I do not recommend. I feel like many other products – or just changing your skincare routine – can provide a brightened, even-tone effect.


NIOD Modulating Glucosides (MG) REVIEW

General Information About NIOD MG

Description: “Dermal-Friendly Lipids Support Barrier Function to Help Lessen Skin Reactivity”
Concern: Antioxidant support, Uneven Skin Tone, Look of Redness
Amount: 30ml
Price: 29 EUR
* https://go.shopmy.us/p-821347


My Experience Using NIOD MG

Texture: Opaque light yellow; Thin emollient lotion.

Fragrance: Sweet and warm.

Use: As needed; After RP, before S0; Dime-nickel size amount for face and neck.

MG is my favourite product out of the bunch mentioned today. I notice an instant soothing effect when applied on sensitized skin from using a strong active prior (eg. NIOD RP). When I used it more consistently alongside a fermented serum, I always found my skin calm without redness around the typical areas of my face. MG is also texturally elegant and smells so damn good!

I highly recommend this one if you want a soothing product for daily use that’s easy to include in your skincare routine. This will be especially useful alongside a strong active like LAA, AHA, and/or tretinoin.


NIOD Survival 0 (S0) REVIEW

General Information About NIOD S0

Description: “Networked Defence System”
Concern: Antioxidant support
Amount: 30ml
Price: 25 EUR
* https://go.shopmy.us/p-557813


My Experience Using NIOD S0

Texture: Burnt orange; Thin, watery lotion.

Fragrance: Sweet and light.

Use: Last step after RP, before sunscreen; One pump for face and neck.

NIOD S0 has been my go-to gentle antioxidant blend since I discontinued use of an L-ascorbic acid serum during my CO2 Fraxel Laser sessions. I am near the end of my second bottle and it has always been reliable, even on my most sensitive skin days. However it was unfortunately with S0 that I experienced an allergic reaction back at the beginning of November. After I got over a couple of weeks of being sick, it was this product I reintroduced. I am suspecting my bottle may have gone bad despite not opening it until June-July 2022 (under 6 months).

I recommend if you want a gentle antioxidant serum. If you do decide to pick up S0, make sure to use whatever bottles you have in a timely manner.


NIOD LIP BIO-LIPID CONCENTRATE (LBLC) REVIEW

General Information About NIOD LBLC

Description: “Multi-Peptide Formulation to Improve the Look of Lip Colour, Volume, and Texture”
Concern: Lip Plumpness
Amount: 15ml
Price: 49 EUR
* https://go.shopmy.us/p-821812


My Experience Using NIOD LBLC

Lips before NIOD LBLC application
Lips 1-2 minutes after LBLC application

Texture: Cloudy light green-yellow; Thin, dry oil.

Fragrance: None.

Use: As needed; Very small drop all over lips.

Admittedly, NIOD LBLC was a for-fun purchase. Last year, my lips generally did not have a lot of pigment and sometimes looked grey. I liked applying LBLC to get some natural colour on my lips and to plump them out more. Back when I was more consistent with use (applied both morning and night), the plumping effect did not tingle as much and the colour in my lips stayed.

Now I do not use it a lot, only when I feel like plumping my lips out before going out. I do plan on using it more frequently to make my lips more smoother and to just give them some more TLC.

I recommend as a fun purchase 😀 Otherwise it’s not needed, and applying hydrating skincare on your lip can also help.


My Thoughts So Far on NIOD Skincare

In the summer, my NIOD skincare routine kept my skin looking fresh for a long period of time. My normal to dry skin always felt well hydrated and I never found the need to use concealer. I spent majority of my time outside and would go to bed late. My skin never looked haggard. To be fair, I never felt stressed despite the busy summer schedule and I slept really well. Either way, my skin stayed in great condition despite all the gelato 😀

As always, I hope you find content like this helpful and informative. If you’d like a more detailed review of a particular NIOD product, let me know in the comments down below!

xo, M

The Ordinary “Buffet” vs. The Ordinary “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1% Review

I have been all over the place with my thoughts on peptides for the past few years. I’ve tried only a few peptide-containing skincare products in the past. Back then, I couldn’t really grasp what exactly they were doing for my skin. In 2021, I had a “skincare funk” or “skincare fatigue”. I was getting very fed up with my routine and skincare in general. I added The Ordinary Buffet and The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% into my routine to try something different. I opted for The Ordinary peptide products because I like that they offer straight shooter formulas. It helps to understand what an ingredient does for you, all the while at a decent price point.


General Information About The Ordinary “Buffet” & “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1%

“This formula combines a comprehensive array of studied technologies to target multiple signs of aging at once.”

The Ordinary

The Ordinary “Buffet”

Amount: 30-60ml
Price: $18.30 – $32.90 CAD
Where to Buy:
Deciem
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The Ordinary “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1%

Amount: 30ml
Price: $33.70 CAD
Where to Buy:
Deciem
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The Ordinary “Buffet” & “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1% Ingredients

The following technologies make up 25.1% of the formula. They are:

  • Matrixyl™ 3000 peptide complex (with palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, reduces inflammation)
  • Matrixyl™ synthe’6™ peptide complex (with palmitoyl tripeptide-38, claims to boost 6 major components of the skin matrix, including collagen and hyaluronic acid)
  • SYN™-AKE peptide complex (with dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate, “botox in a jar”)
  • ARGIRELOX™ peptide complex (with acetyl hexapeptide-8, pentapeptide-18, “botox in a jar”)
  • Postbiotic complex (with Lactococcus lactis lysate, helps strengthen skin barrier)  in a base of 11 amino acids and multiple hyaluronic acid complexes
  • The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% has of course 26.1% of peptides in the formula, the extra 1% being the Copper Peptides – wound-healing, promotes good collagen, anti-inflammatory. It is naturally occurring in some bodily fluids (plasma, urine), and we lose on average a few ng/ml every year

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My Experience with the Ordinary “Buffet” & “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1%

Both consistencies are lightweight in texture and are gel-like serums. I would say out of the two, The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% had a thinner consistency. I found myself applying The Ordinary Buffet more liberally. For The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1%, I only needed 4 drops to find it effective (could also be price/size difference lol). The Ordinary Buffet did not have a scent to it, whereas The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% smelled like vinegar.

Upon first use, both The Ordinary Buffet and The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% sensitized my skin. It slightly stung and my skin looked a bit red. As My skin acclimated with gradual usage and I no longer experienced any sensitization from either. With consistent nightly application, I noticed the next morning my face looked bright and even. I noticed more of a luminosity and healthier look with The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% in particular. My husband was also using The Ordinary Buffet+ Copper Peptides 1% every night. I noticed his complexion looked brighter and had a smoother than usual appearance (his skin is enviously flawless).

In terms of hydration, both are decent but I do find my skin prefers something more emollient in general. I found myself reaching for Regimen Lab’s Wave Serum (reviewed) in conjunction with one of the TO serums.


My Final Thoughts on the Ordinary “Buffet” & “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1%

Peptides are still fairly new to me in my skincare routine, but so far I like what I’m seeing. The Ordinary’s straight-shooter formulas have been helpful to understand what peptides do. I want to continue incorporating peptides in my skincare routine. I found The Ordinary Buffet mostly served as a hydrating serum. I used The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% more as an active/treatment along the lines of Tretinoin, AHAs, etc. The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% definitely furthered my interest in copper peptides. I purchased the favourite NIOD CAIS3 in 2021 during Deciem’s Slowvember Sale.

I haven’t been consistent in using NIOD CAIS3 however. I am still trying to finish up The Ordinary Buffet, and I reintroduced my 0.1% Tretinoin prescription into my nighttime skincare routine once my face fully healed from my 3rd CO2 Fraxel Laser session. However I am now near the end of The Ordinary Buffet. Rest assured, NIOD CAIS3 will be used regularly soon! If you are thinking of picking up one of The Ordinary peptide serums, opt for The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1%. Yes, you get double the amount for a similar price with The Ordinary Buffet 60ml. However, I found I saw more benefits with The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% with just a few drops at a time.

As always, I hope you find content like this helpful and informative!

xo, M

Regimen Lab C.R.E.A.M. Review

Final product in my series of reviews from Regimen Lab – their C.R.E.A.M.! Be sure to check out my reviews on their Vitamin X and Wave Serum.


General Information on Regimen Lab C.R.E.A.M.

“C.R.E.A.M. is based on game-changing research that gives us a new understanding of how moisture moves through the skin. We use high-concentration ceramides to better replenish your skin’s natural barrier and aquaporins to help generate and lock in moisture.” – regimenlab.com

Price: $49 CAD/$39 USD
Amount: 50ml
Packaging: Opaque white bottle with an airless pump
pH: 4.5 – 5.0


Regimen Lab Vitamin C.R.E.A.M. Ingredients

Aqua, Glycerin, Isostearyl Isostearate, Isopropyl Isostearate, Isosorbide Dicaprylate, Bisabolol, Glyceryl Glucoside, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Ceramide NP, Ceramide EOP, Ursolic Acid, Propanediol, Adipic Acid, Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Phospholipids, Cholesterol, Linolenic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Stearic Acid, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Tocopherol, Dimethoxymethyl Chromanol, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth 7, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin

INCIDecoder

For the skincare enthusiasts, I’m sure we have seen the “Why Most Ceramide Products are a Scam” reddit post. We felt shook if beloved moisturizer did not have the 3:1:1 (ceramides, cholesterol, essential fatty acids) ratio of ingredients.

What is this ratio and why are us skincare enthusiasts obsessed with it? The 1:1:1 or 3:1:1 molar ratio of ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids is sought after in skincare. This is reportedly the ideal ratio seen to recover the skin barrier. Our skin is made up of these substances, it only makes sense that if we have an impaired skin barrier, we replenish it with what the skin lacks. The molar ratio has a range because the barrier recovery is dependent on factors such as skin type, use of topicals, etc. You can read more about it in the pdf down below. Note, it is a difficult read for us non-science lingo oriented folk:

Optimization of Physiological Lipid Mixtures for Barrier Repair

Regimen Lab states their C.R.E.A.M. has a 3:1:1:1 (note the extra 1) ratio:

  • ceramides
  • cholesterol
  • essential fatty acids (EFAs)
  • non-essential fatty acids (NEFAs)

Naturally, I was excited to try it out and see what impact it may have on my skin!

Quick Briefer:

  • Ceramides – make up 50% of the outer layer of our skin – they help make up the glue that holds our skin cells together, keeping our skin hydrated.
  • Cholesterol – make up 25% of the lipids on the outer layer of our skin
  • Fatty Acids – make up 15% of the lipids on the outer layer of our skin

From my understanding (a non-science profession one), the ratio C.R.E.A.M. is as follows:
(This is based on their 5% of the following ingredients and how it’s ordered in the INCI list)

2.5% Ceramides (NP + EOP) : 0.833% Cholesterol + Phospholipids : 0.833% Lineonic Acid (Omega 3, essential) + Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) : 0.833% Stearic Acid

Now that we (including I) understand this 3:1:1:1 ratio offered in C.R.E.A.M., time for the rest of the standout ingredients!

  • 5% Glycerin – also an ingredient naturally occurring in our skin that acts as a humectant.
  • 2% Isosorbide Dicaprylate and 2% Glyceryl Glucoside – according to Regimen Lab, help activate more efficient hydration alongside Glycerin.
  • 2% Bisabolol – soothing.
  • 2% Ursolic Acid Liposomes – according to Regimen Lab, this ingredient helps support the skin barrier.

Tocopherol – antioxidant.

I’m glad you made it through this skinthusiast perspective about the madness behind this 3:1:1 ratio! Now on to my personal use of C.R.E.A.M.


My Experience Using Regimen Lab C.R.E.A.M.

As you may have guessed, I used Regimen Lab C.R.E.A.M. as my moisturizer lol. In the morning, I used it after all the serums, before SPF (of course). At night, it was the last step in my skincare routine. I applied 2 pumps of C.R.E.A.M. for my face and neck in the summer. I find myself doubling the amount now that we are in the cold season!

The finish feels nice and velvety and it just gives the skin a nice healthy look. Unfortunately in the summer and now fall months, it did not moisturize enough. The moisture would disappear, especially if I was inside majority of the day. My skin felt dry to the touch and my face would start to feel a tad tight. My face would feel comfortable if I was out and about, producing tidbits of my own oils mixed into C.R.E.A.M. Overnight I found myself waking up with dry, slightly tight skin if I used it on its own. This plus the weather change is what prompted me to increase the amount I used. While the feeling did improve a bit, I still sometimes find myself applying my go-to moisturizer as a safeguard.

I tried using C.R.E.A.M. in combination with the Wave Serum. Basically, I wasn’t a fan of this mixture; I’d rather use the two separately. I also used it as a “supplemental” moisturizing product in my routine. I just wasn’t into the feel and finish of it on my skin. I preferred the Wave Serum for this purpose.


My Final Thoughts on Regimen Lab C.R.E.A.M.

I appreciate the formulation of Regimen Lab’s C.R.E.A.M. in that it’s offering us skincare nerds that “golden” ratio of barrier repairing ingredients. Unfortunately it doesn’t really suit my routine at the moment. It is not rich enough for my dry skin to use as a moisturizer, I just use too much for 50ml. I wasn’t a fan of mixing it with the Wave Serum, and on its own I didn’t really notice any significant impact it had on my skin’s health. I don’t think I am the right candidate for this skincare product. it may be better suited to those who are in dire need of something repairing.

Where to Buy: Regimen Lab Official Website

As always, I hope you find content like this helpful and informative!

xo, M

Regimen Lab Wave Serum Review

A continuation of my review of Regimen Lab Skincare! Be sure to check out the first review of their Vitamin X Serum.


General Information on Regimen Lab Wave Serum


“Wave hydrates instantly and deeply using multi-molecular weight hyaluronic acid to penetrate each layer of the skin. We designed it to mimic the skin’s moisture barrier, using 24 humectants for intense hydration and plant and marine hyaluronics to lock that moisture in. The result is a serum that hydrates as effectively and deeply as scientifically possible.” – regimenlab.com

Price: $47 CAD/$37 USD
Amount: 30ml
Packaging: Opaque white bottle with an airless pump
pH: 5.3-5.5


Regimen Lab Wave Serum Ingredients

Aqua, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Pseudoalteromonas Exopolysaccharides, Betaine, Glycerin, Urea, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Pentylene Glycol, Saccharide Isomerate, Sodium Lactate, PPG-20 Methyl Glucose Ether, Sodium PCA, Sorbitol, Lactic Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Asiaticoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiatic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, PCA, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Proline, Threonine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Sclerotium Gum, Pullulan, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

INCIDecoder

Regimen Lab’s Wave serum is a cocktail of proven moisturizing ingredients. It includes molecules from the skin’s Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF) and plant and marine-derived humectants. But lets get into what I think are some highlights (majority of the ingredients lol)!

5% Urea and 5% Hydroxyethyl Urea – Urea is a humectant naturally found in our skin. It also helps thicken our skin barrier to prevent excess Trans-Epidermal Water Loss, and regulates our skin cells shedding process. HE Urea is a derivative from urea that has the moisturizing elements.

The Wave Serum also has 5% Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Glycerin and Betaine, 2% Sodium PCA and Sodium Lactate, 1% Sodium Hyaluronate – all great humectants that will help our skin hold on to water and keep the surface plump and hydrated.

1% Panthenol – also a humectant that has additional soothing and wound-headling benefits, always a goodie to have in a skincare formula.

0.5% Centella Asiatica constituents – Asiaticoside, Madecassic Acid and Asiatic Acid. Add antioxidant, moisturizing, barrier repairing, and wound-headling benefits.

Amino acids Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Proline, Threonine, Isoleucine, Histidine, and Phenylalanine. Amino acids are also moisturizing ingredients part of our NMF, some may play a role with soothing the skin as well.


My Experience Using Regimen Lab Wave Serum

Just like the Vitamin X Serum, I use one full pump of Regimen Lab’s Wave Serum all over my face and neck. In the AM I will use after the Vitamin X Serum, PM I use on damp skin after applying a hydrating toner or essence, then follow up with my tretinoin or fermented serum.

The texture looks like a thin gel, but it’s rather thick and emollient in feel, which I personally like in a serum that’s primarily used to add more moisture to my skin. I’ve come to the conclusion that runny gel serums are not my thing, I always associate them with a lotion like Hada Labo Premium Lotion but in smaller packaging.

After applying the Wave Serum, my face instantly looks so smooth and plump! Right before my eyes, I also notice my pores looking smaller and my face in general just feels comfortably moisturized throughout the day when I use this serum in conjunction with the Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Baume.


My Final Thoughts on Regimen Lab Wave Serum

After rotating Regimen Lab’s Wave Serum in my morning and nighttime skincare routine for the past month, I am quite impressed. I usually don’t like buying just a hydrating serum because I feel like any serum I use does that, but I have noticed it’s performance and the difference it makes in my skincare routine, so it is officially my go-to hydrating serum. It’s also the urea product I’ve been looking for – it contains 5% urea which is an ingredient I have been struggling to incorporate in my skincare routine for years.

Back then I didn’t know hydroxyethyl urea was different and didn’t have the same benefits to urea other than the moisturizing aspect. Also for moisturizers I haven’t found one that keeps my skin feeling calm, collected and well moisturized throughout the day like Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Baume. The Wave Serum is exactly what I need it to be – a serum form of urea that I can easily include in my existing skincare routine without sacrificing my HG moisturizer.

Where to Buy: Regimen Lab Official Website

As always, I hope you find content like this helpful and informative!

xo, M

Regimen Lab Vitamin X Serum Review

I first heard of Regimen Lab from Sarah of No BS Beauty, and shortly after watched Dr. Dray’s brand review. I was so pleasantly surprised to learn that a science-backed, peer-reviewed skincare brand existed in Toronto, Canada, where I’m from!

When I looked at Regimen Lab’s website for the first time, I really liked what I saw. Here’s the breakdown of their brand, products, and website in general:

  • Products made for us skincare nerds
  • Only use ingredients backed by thorough, independent scientific evidence
  • Use the best ingredients in their highest effective concentrations
  • Formulation, sourcing, production are all done in their lab
  • Curate specific products with a cocktail of beneficial ingredients, don’t release based on an individual key ingredient
  • List the pH of each product
  • An encyclopedia of skincare ingredients
  • Informative blog posts
  • No fear-mongering “free of” marketing, but just say that their products do not contain common concerns to make their skincare as straight to the point as possible
  • Cruelty-free

Perusing their website more, it is probably the first time in a while I felt like I was learning something new about skincare. All coming from a skincare brand no less! I find their encyclopedia on skincare ingredients and blog very insightful and I feel like a skincare student again.

After checking out what they have to offer and rave reviews, I was very keen on trying Regimen Lab products. I bought skincare items seemed to suit my skin needs – Vitamin X serum, Wave Serum, and C.R.E.A.M. I have been incorporating all of these items in my skincare routine one by one. It has been rotated over the course of a few of months, so I’m ready to share my experience with you all!

In this post, I will be reviewing the Regimen Lab Vitamin X Serum. I originally attempted to review all 3 items in this post, but as you can imagine, it got quite lengthy!


General Information on Regimen Lab Vitamin X Serum

Vitamin X is packed with more antioxidants, in the highest clinically proven concentrations, than anything before it. It’s the antioxidant of the future, but we got it here a little sooner.” – regimenlab.com

Price: $59 CAD/$47 USD
Amount: 30ml
Packaging: Opaque white bottle with an aireless pump
pH: 3.0


Regimen Lab Vitamin X Serum Ingredients

Aqua, Propanediol, Ascorbic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Pentylene Glycol, Acetyl Zingerone, Glycerin, Tocopherol, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Ferulic Acid, Resveratrol, Genistein, Quercetin, Silymarin, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Sclerotium Gum, Pullulan, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid

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We see the Ascorbic Acid (AA), Ferulic Acid, and Tocopherol trifecta all at a lovely low pH of 3.0. I saw the brand was doing a Q&A on instagram so I asked there what the percentage of LAA was. They answered with 15%! So to all the vitamin C conoisseurs out there, the Vitamin X serum hits the bells and whistles.

But as advertised, this is more than just a vitamin C serum. We can’t forget the 8 other antioxidants in the formula! EGCG, Resveratrol, Quercetin, and Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone also have soothing properties. Definitely a nice bonus, as AA at a low pH can irritate my skin. This has always been a struggle for me when trying to find a vitamin C serum!

Regimen Lab also highlights 2% Acetyl Zingerone helps reduce immediate and delayed DNA damage. Dimethulmethoxy Chromanol provides double scavenging action against reaction nitrogen and oxygen species.

Genistein helps reduce UVB-induced redness. Silymarin adds some skin-conditioning benefit (I feel like a lot of plant-derived skincare offers some moisturizing ability…).

Lets not forget good ol’ Glycerin – one of the best humectants out there and always welcome in a skincare product.

Another interesting point to make note: Regimen Lab also shared on their Instagram Q&A that the Vitamin X Serum (as well as the other products) are good for up to a year. Without refigeration. Actually, they said not to refigerate Vitamin X as it was formulated to be stable at room temperature.


My Experience Using Regimen Lab Vitamin X Serum

Upon first pump, I did get thrown off that the colour was a bright neon yellow. The brand did explain that this is the natural colour. I have been using it daily in my AM skincare routine for a couple of months. I haven’t noticed any intense oxidization until the 3rd month when the colour became deeper.

Texture and Application

The texture is not watery like I’m used to using, but a rather slippy, runny gel. As mentioned, I use the Vitamin X Serum in the AM after applying a hydrating toner or essence. One pump is enough to cover my entire face and neck. Regimen Lab suggests to wait 5 minutes for maximum absorption until following up with the rest of your skincare routine. I personally just wait until it feels like it settled on my skin then continue. I don’t like waiting long between steps because I run the risk of dehydration.


Experience

First time I applied the serum, I did feel a little bit of irritation. I have not experienced this since so overall I find it gentle. It also leaves a bit of a moisturizing layer on my skin.

Regimen Lab Vitamin X Serum maintains a bright complexion on my skin. Even in recent times where I have been going to the beach a lot, my skin does not look compromised. It didn’t do anything to prevent freckles (I don’t really care). However I have noticed it performs well alongside my tretinoin to reduce the colour and longevity of post-acne red marks. I used to get very dark red marks after dealing with a breakout. It would take 6 months minimum for them to fade. I’ve noticed this since using gentler, properly formulated vitamin C serums that they disappear significantly faster. I’d say within a couple of months. With the Vitamin X Serum in particular, I also notice my skin is looking smoother.

Unfortunately you can’t have so many good things without a little bad involved. One major con I have with this serum is that it does oxidize after a few months. I tried to remove my bias of using clear coloured vitamin C serums and continued using Vitamin X. (Recently I have read that this could be refigerated, darn!)

I also started to notice blackheads on my nose, around my nose, and faded black dots all over my chin. The only time I experience blackheads like this is in the summer with too many emollient layers. In addition, I have been continuing the same skincare routine as I had in the summer months. Why am I getting these blackheads? Well, it’s because the vitamin C in the Vitamin X Serum has oxidized, and it’s showing on my face.


My Final Thoughts on Regimen Lab Vitamin X Serum

Regimen Lab’s Vitamin X Serum has the bells and whistles I’m looking for in a vitamin C serum. LAA-F-E combo and a hell of a lot more antioxidant prowess (I’ve been liking this word recently lol). It is quite a pricey serum at $59 CAD for a 30ml bottle. But I believe it is worth it considering its formula and that you use it in a timely manner.

Vitamin C has been one of the biggest-love hate products for me for quite a while because:

  1. finding the right formula
  2. whether or not it is gentle
  3. price
  4. accepting that there are some results I will not see unless I use it longterm.

With Regimen Lab’s Vitamin X Serum, it has a lot of benefits. It fits in my skincare routine, I like the texture, I see the brightening, post-acne mark fading benefits, it’s gentle, my skin feels smoother, it feels like it adds a touch of moisture to my skin, it’s local (or was local, currently in Europe lol)…

It is one of the best vitamin C serums – or antioxidant serum I have come across. I am considering repurchasing, but right now I actually repurchased the Geek & Gorgeous 101 C-Glow Serum (reviewed). I also want to try NIOD’s Survival 0. It may be 2 products, but I want to see if both would last longer. I’ve used 2 bottles of C-Glow in the past and it kept for a long time when stored in the fridge.

Where to Buy: Regimen Lab Official Website

As always, I hope you find posts like this helpful and informative!

XO, M

SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #10: Indeed Laboratories inDefense30 – Moisturiser & Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen with SPF 30

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inDefense30™ is a lightweight moisturiser and partial mineral-based broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30. This formula easily absorbs into your skin to provide intense hydration and protect your skin against harmful UVA/UVB rays and premature aging. It contains zinc oxide, a non-toxic and soothing mineral that increases skin’s stability and defends against hyperpigmentation and brown spots; and Pycnogenol®, one of nature’s most powerful natural antioxidants that rebuilds collagen and protects skin from harmful enzymes to rebuild elasticity for smoother, younger-looking skin.

– Indeed Labs

Price: $20 CAD
Amount: 1.0 fl oz/30 ml

UV FILTERS:

Type: Hybrid – mineral and organic
Octinoxate – 7.5%
Zinc Oxide – 7%

Protection: UVA/UVB, SPF 30

HIGHLIGHT INGREDIENTS (skinthusiast perspective):
Petrolatum – probably the best occlusive to prevent TEWL
Glycerin, Urea, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA – humectants that are all skin-identical ingredients (already found in our skin)
Allantoin – soothing, skin softening, wound-healing
Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract (Pycogenol) – antioxidant, when applied topically has shown to provide photoprotection
I appreciate that for a drugstore SPF there’s quite the handful of beneficial ingredients in the formula to help moisturize the skin and keep it calm. I noticed there’s Mica in the formula as well, but I don’t even pick up a glow from the swatch alone, so the amount seems fairly tasteful.

EXPERIENCE

PACKAGING:  Opaque plastic tube with a small spout.

CONSISTENCY:  Mid-weight cream.

FRAGRANCE: No additional fragrance or noticeable scent.

APPLICATION: On my hand it was very easy to apply, but on my face there was a constant struggle to prevent pilling.

FINISH: Moisturized, subtle glow, some pilling (eyebrows, nose, jaw)
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FEEL: Comfortable. I tried using this as a stand-alone moisturizer and it was not enough for my normal to dry skin type.

STINGS EYES? No.

WHITECAST / TINTED? Yes.

WATER RESISTANT? No.

SKIN BENEFITS?
Adds some moisture to the skin. Not significant for us drier types, but it does not take away moisture!

UNDER MAKEUP:
I haven’t bothered to try this under makeup because I couldn’t get it to work in my skincare routine in general.


PROS:

  • Gentle
  • Has additional moisturizing ingredients for skin’s health
  • Contains a cool antioxidant that may aid in photoprotection in pair with your SPF
  • Spout doesn’t get disgusting

CONS:

  • The insane pilling
  • Still has a cast despite there being an organic filter in the formulation

IN-BETWEEN FEELS:

  • I wasn’t a fan of the price for the amount you get, but the amount of beneficial ingredients in the formula make up for it

FINAL THOUGHTS

I have tried to Indeed Labs inDefense30 a number of ways:

  • Minimal skincare routine
  • After exfoliating
  • Exfoliating the night before
  • Shaved face night before
  • Regular skincare routine

And it just does NOT want to work with my skin. The only place this sunscreen seems to perform well on are my hands. I’m thinking for those of you with oilier skin, you might fare better with this one, maybe my face is just too dry. If you apply 2mg/cm2 with this SPF, I find it is slightly more comfortable compared to other greasy mineral-based formulas I have tried.

After reviewing this, it turns out that both my local drugstore and Indeed Labs official website do not sell this sunscreen anymore. Is there a reformulation in the works? I sure hope so!

Either way, I hope you found this post helpful and informative!

xo, M


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My Scalp & Hair Care Routine 2020 (1A, Low Porosity, Thick, Long Hair)

If you read my Hair Care Haul post, you already know that last year I began an overhaul on my scalp and hair care routine. My routine prior to that was standard – scalp serum, shampoo, conditioner,  hair serum, air dry most times, only blow dry when necessary. I found it all very tedious because I have a lot of hair and long hair, I just wanted it to be over with as soon as possible. I was definitely never as attentive to my hair back then as I am now. My scalp and hair were barely problematic for most of my life; It wasn’t until I started working in aviation and bleached my hair multiple times that I started developing problems. I would spend most of my money on scalp serums that definitely helped, but didn’t really pay attention to the other products as much – as long as my hair felt smooth and didn’t irritate my scalp, it was okay in my books.

I’m sure many of you have seen Holistic Habits and Organically Anna, the ladies with long, healthy, gorgeous hair. They pretty much inspired me to pay attention to my scalp and hair more. Also just me getting older and realizing I banked on my hair just being dead straight and with Asian genes equating to unproblematic. Oh how that is not the case!

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Using the recommended products and applying their tips and tricks, I have been doing the following routine for about a year since purchasing the recommended products to achieve and maintain healthy hair.


ABOUT MY SCALP & HAIR

My Scalp
Used to be super inflamed when I bleached for years, to the point where I developed a disgusting amount of dandruff. Now it is fairly balanced – no dandruff, but scalp gets itchy by the 2nd day after washing. Scalp can get quite oily. I tried “adjusting” to wash my hair only 1-2x a week for a year and it never adjusted (yes, even without using heat, using SLS and silicone-free shampoo / conditioners, dry shampoo).

My Hair
Long (just above waist). Dark brown that gets natural highlights in the summer, tips are dyed because I’ve been growing out my natural hair – haven’t dyed my hair since December 2017. Pretty much straight 24/7 – although when I get a haircut there is a slight wave. Would say mostly my hair is 1A. Low porosity. Not thick like typical Asian hair but still considered thick (if that makes sense). It didn’t look unhealthy, but I personally felt like my hair was lifeless and becoming dull.


MY SCALP AND HAIR ROUTINE

1x Week/Every Other Week:

Scalp Treatment: On a wash day, I massage the Innate Life Scalp Treatment all over my scalp by sectioning off my hair and rubbing the treatment on my hair line. Once I have covered my entire scalp, I massage it for 3-5 minutes, then let the treatment sit for 2 hours before shampooing with a clarifying shampoo twice (Aveeno Scalp Soothing Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo) and a Calia Natural Shampoo. I have to shampoo my hair 3 times to get the treatment out, so that’s why I like following up with Calia Natural.

Conditioning Treatment: I have tried Calia Natural’s Intensive Conditioner, Briogeo’s Don’t Despair Repair, Innate Life’s Herbal Hair Mask… None satisfy me! I stopped using a conditioning treatment for a bit and just leave plain conditioner in my hair for longer. Currently I am trying to start to use Coconut Oil on my ends more consistently; It is able to penetrate the hair shafts, create a water-blocking layer, and prevent protein loss. I have a lot of hair, so it’s definitely the more affordable option!

Every Other Day:

Shampoo & Condition: After much trial and error, 1-2x a week hair washing is not for me. The buildup of oils is too much that no dry shampoo can help, also my scalp becomes irritated. It’s felt a lot better since giving up that endeavour and just washing it when I need to. I alternate my Calia Natural shampoos and conditioners depending on my mood.  I’ve been loving this brand because it doesn’t irritate my scalp at all, and the shampoos and conditioners are actually pH balanced to match the pH of your scalp and hair shaft! I make sure to massage the shampoo on my scalp for a few minutes, and leave conditioner on the mid-shaft to my ends for a few minutes as well. I recently started using a clarifying shampoo on days where I feel like my hair looks weighed down. The Calia Shampoos barely lather and I don’t see any cleansing agent in the ingredient list, but my hair always feels clean after using them and never oily. Sometimes my hair starts to look a little weighed down if I use them too much, so I use my clarifying shampoo (Aveeno Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo) to help add back volume.

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Drying: I like to use a microfibre towel (Kitsch Microfibre Towel) to absorb as much water out of my hair as possible and I find it helps minimize hair breakage(you can also use an old T-shirt). I usually have it on for 30 minutes to an hour depending how chill I am lol. I find doing this helps lessen the amount of time I apply heat on my hair. When I am ready to dry my hair, I apply a leave-in conditioner all over, with a focus on my ends (I have been rotating between Briogeo Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray and Beach Cosmetics Mellow Out Leave-in Conditioning Detangler). I keep the dryer a fair distance away from my scalp and hair, and I switch to the cool setting once I feel that my hair has dried enough. I have tried air drying my hair for years and frankly I haven’t noticed much of a difference for what it does to my hair other than it being annoying and causing more frizz to my seemingly straight hair.

Every Day:

 

Apply Hair Serum to Ends: The Innate Life Rose Hair Elixir is the first oil-based hair serum that I actually really like. It moisturizes my ends really well, has a faint rose scent, and I only need a few drops! Occasionally I use the Hask Monoi Nourishing Shine Oil; While I like that it smells nice and softens my hair, I find it’s not as long-lasting. Silicone-based products tend to build up in your hair, this one just disappears lol. Usually my hair likes silicone-based hair serums, I guess this one just can’t compete with the bleach! On occasion, I also like to spray my hair again with leave-in conditioner to make my hair feel softer (and smell good).

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Brush hair 2-3x a day: I have been using the TEK Oval Brush religiously for over a year to brush my hair. Wooden brushes are recommended to help with scalp massage, distribute your natural oils through your hair strands, and prevent excessive breakage. I personally haven’t noticed a difference with hair oil distribution, but I love it for scalp massages and it has been one of the gentler brushes I have used on my hair. It’s tips are rounded and I had a hard time trying to dupe it. I like that I can put some pressure on my scalp and get a nice, comfortable massage going without it getting tender up there.


And that is is for my current scalp and hair routine! I honestly never thought I’d be the type of person to put this much effort into my hair, but I’ve really been noticing the benefits from all this TLC and the difference when I get lazy. I have also received compliments from friends and family that my hair looks shinier and thicker, and feels softer! I actually find my haircare more relaxing and contributes to my #SelfCare more than skincare lately!

I’m almost finished all my Calia Natural Shampoos and Conditioners and have actually purchased the Innate Life Herbal Shampoo and Conditioner to try out. I also purchased their new Neroli Hair Primer and Leave-In Conditioner! I actually wanted to repurchase the Beach Cosmetics Mellow Out Leave-in Conditioning Detangler, but it looks like they’re not operating anymore :'(

Overall I find this routine has been working really well for me, but my curiosity has peaked with the Capillary Schedule (Cronograma Capilar) and I may be trying that soon! Have you tried it before? Let me know in the comments, I’m super intrigued by it.

As always, I hope you found this helpful and informative! I had fun talking about something other than skincare, so I may be doing some more scalp and hair related content in the future.

xo, M


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Aveeno Scalp Soothing Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo
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Briogeo Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioner
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TEK Oval Brush
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Kitsch Microfiber Hair Towel
Well.ca

Hask Monoi Coconut Oil Nourishing Shine Oil
Ulta

REVIEW: Belle & Candide Bath Milk

Product was sent for review purposes.
All opinions are my own, always *casts doe patronus*


Hey everyone, I have another #ShopLocal inspired post for you all, especially those living in jolie Quebec.

L’Atelier Candide is an e-retailer that sells recognizable and popular eco-friendly Canadian brands – Green Beaver, Graydon, and Kaia Naturals being some of the more familiar ones to me.

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They were kind enough to send over the Belle & Candide Bath Milk, which is their in-house natural beauty brand! I chose the scent Eucalyptus & Lime, but they have other delicious-sounding scents such as Lavender & Hibiscus and Sugar & Spices!


INFO

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SCENT: Eucalyptus and Lime
PRICE: $20 CAD
AMOUNT: 330g / 11.06oz
PACKAGING: Glass bottle with metal cap
MADE IN: Montreal

A natural fragrance of eucalyptus essential oil for a spa day at home!

As temperatures drop and winter sets in, there’s nothing better than a warm and relaxing time at home. In addition to promoting relaxation and helping you let go of tension, our bath milks will leave your skin soft and hydrated.

Benefits of a milk bath:

  • Promotes relaxation and well-being
  • Moisturizes, softens and prevents skin from drying out
  • Gently exfoliates thanks to the lactic acid naturally present in milk.

Made in Montreal (Quebec, Canada).


INGREDIENTS

INCI: Sodium bicarbonate, lac powder, avena sativa (oats), zea mays starch (corn starch), perfume (mixture of essential oils).

Off the bat, not happy that baking soda is the first ingredient. Baking Soda is great in small amount in skincare to adjust the pH, but as the main ingredient and it’s natural pH is 8.3, it’s not super skin friendly. I was hoping that the Bath Milk being diluted in a tub of whatever would help, but alas, I can feel the squeaky clean feeling on my skin after a soak.

The other ingredients however, I like! Milk Powder always makes my skin feel very soft and soothed, paired with oats, it’s definitely a great combo! I just wish they were the more prominent ingredients in the mix.


EXPERIENCE

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USAGE: 3 generous shakes spread in the bath tub. Initially the product is chunky and you’d want to just break it down with your fingers, otherwise it dissipates pretty easily.

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MID-BATH: The scent is noticeable on initial pour but not overwhelming.

RESULT: My body has a nice light scent after the bath of Eucalyptus and Lime! I really like how it’s not artificial smelling and overpowering. However my skin feels “squeaky clean” in general, not in a good way. There’s a bit of residue left from what I think are the oats, but definitely not a tub ruiner.


FINAL THOUGHTS

For $20, the Belle & Candide Bath Milks are a nice treat, and I really like that I don’t have to use half the bottle to get a lovely, lingering scent on my skin.

Aside from that, I really hope the brand considers swapping out Baking Soda for something else that will help the skin retain some moisture better after a steamy hot bath.

Belle & Candide products can be purchased on L’Atelier Candide’s official website.

Hope you found this review helpful and informative!

xo,

M

HAIRCARE HAUL: She’s a big one!

Hey everyone!

I haven’t done a hair specific post before, but I’d thought no better time then now since I bought a LOT of items to improve my scalp and hair.

I’ve tried every single product listed below, but will wait another month to give them proper reviews. All you have to know for now is I’ve been getting positive comments on how my hair has been looking! My friend says it visibly looks smoother, my mother even noticed it looks thicker and fuller, particular at the front, and I’ve noticed my hair feels super soft despite having bleached/dyed ends.

My hair:  Long (underboob length). Dark brown that gets natural highlights in the summer, tips are dyed because I’ve been growing out my natural hair – haven’t dyed my hair since December 2017. Pretty much straight 24/7 – although when I get a haircut there is a slight wave. Would say mostly my hair is 1A. Low porosity. Not thick like typical Asian hair but still considered thick (if that makes sense).

My Scalp: Used to be super inflamed when I bleached for years, to the point where I developed a disgusting amount of dandruff. Now it is fairly balanced – no dandruff, but scalp gets itchy by the 2nd day after washing. Scalp can get quite oily. I tried “adjusting” to wash my hair only 1-2x a week for a year and it never adjusted (yes, even without using heat, using SLS and silicone-free shampoo / conditioners, dry shampoo).


CALIA NATURAL

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Broken record intro, yes, I heard about this from Holistic Habits lol.

I actually contacted Calia Natural customer service because they actually have such a huge selection of products, catered to any hair type! After explaining to them my current scalp and hair situation, they recommended for me the Purifying line for dry hair, the Balancing line, and to do a conditioning mask every so often. I opted for the smallest sizes of their Purifying Shampoo, Balancing Conditioner, and Intensive Conditioner. I’ve used these a handful of times and holy moly, my hair feels AMAZING. I’m no stranger to SLS-free, silicone-free shampoos and such. I’ve actually been using them for years. I think the biggest standout about their products is that they are attentive to the pH of their products. Their shampoos are around pH 5.5 (like the scalp) and conditioners around pH 4.5 (like the hair shaft). I am VERY impressed with these products so far, and totally get the hype around them.


THE INNATE LIFE + HASK

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This brand has also been mentioned by Holistic Habits, but it was actually OrganicallyAnna’s review that convinced me to give this the Innate Life a go. I purchased their small bundle which contains their Scalp Treatment for Problematic Scalp, Herbal Hair Mask and Rose Hair Elixir. I have had an irritated scalp for years, and have always bought serums to help. Not once however, did I ever intently massage my scalp, or did I ever use something so oil-based for it before! I tried coconut oil in the past and honestly w-t-f is the point if I need to do 2-4 shampoos to get it out!? So far though the Scalp Treatment has been fairly easy to wash out, and very enjoyable to use! I love the scent of the Herbal Hair Mask, but it performs kinda meh; I’ll have to try it in different ways to see how it performs best.

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Usually for hair oils, silicone always performs the best for me, hence why I purchased an amazingly affordable one from Hask – their Monoi Nourishing Shine Oil. I love how a small amount goes a long way and makes my bleached, dyed ends feels soft. However, I am equally as impressed and more obsessed with the smell from the Innate Life’s Rose Hair Elixir. O-M-G, yes, you smell like roses for majority of the day if you use this in your hair. Both hair oils have great scents actually, not super strong, quite subtle, but I prefer the natural scent from the Rose Hair Elixir.


BEACH COSMETICS

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After giving spot-on recommendations, I trusted OrganicallyAnna with another one of her favourites, Beach Cosmetics Mellow Out Leave-In Conditioning Detangler. After having horrid results from using Carina Organics Sweet Pea Leave-In Conditioner, I steered clear from leave-in conditioners for a while. I tried a sample-size of the Briogeo one and actually seemed decent, but I opted to support a more local brand made by a Canadian actress! I’ve used this detangler the least amount of times compared to the other products, but I still enjoyed using it the couple of times I did! It’s a lovely fine spray, leaves my hair actually detangled, feeling soft, and smelling like a cookie! It’s a bit too faux-fragranced for my liking, yet I can’t stop smelling my hair and feeling delicious. Either way while it’s in my hair it’s not overpowering and I don’t smell it unless I willingly sniff my hair (admittedly more often than usual). I may consider the Briogeo one in the future but for now I’m happy with the one I just got!


TEK BRUSHES + KITSCH

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The only tools / accessories purchased in this haul! I feel like almost every channel I watched, TEK Brushes were ALWAYS mentioned! And on top of that, I haven’t found a brush that looks quite like it (well, I did, but the quality was poo-poo). I caved and bought TEK’s Oval Brush, which I have been loving! Basically a wooden brush is supposed to help massaging your scalp, help distribute your natural oils throughout your hair strands, and not cause a lot of breakage to your hair when brushing. So far the head massages have been nice and gentle, and I can’t really tell if the “oil distribution” part is doing much. Either way this brush definitely performs and is great quality! As for the Kitsch Microfiber Hair Towel Wrap – I like how microfiber absorbs a lot of water from my hair, for this has helped reduce the amount of heat I use significantly! I already had a microfiber cloth, but Kitsch offered a turban towel so I had to get it. I’m happy to report that it fits all my hair easily!

Honourable Mention: Revlon One-Step Dryer and Volumizer. Check out my Instagram post on it if you want to know more about why I love this tool!


And that’s that for the haul! I’m going to attempt to explain my haircare routine in the future, and I’ll be reviewing some of the products at a later date (I’m thinking July, since some of these products are made by Canadians!).

xo, M

SUNSCREEN WEEK [Day #6]: Riversol SPF 30 Lightweight Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

 

 

Price: $39 CAD
Amount: 60 ml
Protection: UVA/UVB
Strength: SPF 30

UV FILTERS:
Type: Physical
Zinc Oxide 10%
Titanium Dioxide 6%

INGREDIENTS:
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CONSISTENCY: Mousse.

 

 

APPLICATION: Easy to blend with no sign of pilling. I’ve seen suggestions on their website you don’t need to apply a lot to cover your face, which is the complete opposite of what I hear from dermatologists or skincare professionals…
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FINISH: Glow up.
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FEEL: Light.

STINGS EYES? No.

WHITECAST? I do notice the tint slightly, but over all it seems to mask the whitecast.

WATER RESISTANT? No.

SKIN BENEFITS?
I haven’t been using it enough to see, but so far it’s performing well as a cosmetically elegant physical sunscreen that’s slightly moisturizing.

UNDER MAKEUP:
Not as difficult to blend in as the Ordinary UV Mineral Filters, but not as easy as the other sunscreens I’ve reviewed thus far. Overall I think it’s good since I’m simple with my base anyways.

WHERE TO BUY:
Riversol’s Official Website

Riversol SPF 30 Lightweight Broad Spectrum Sunscreen * is one of the better physical sunscreens I have come across so far. What I like is that the tube is filled with product, no empty space to be found once you receive it. If I can’t get a hold of Elta Md at an affordable price I will definitely go back to this one.

By the way, I just got an email saying that if you purchase Riversol SPF 30 Sunscreen from their official website, you will get free shipping! It’s like a sign to try it, no? 😛

Thanks for sticking with me this far! One more to go!

xo, M


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