2022 Skincare Favourites

Unbelievable, we’re already well into the middle of February! Well just like past favourites videos, it’s better late than never!

Now That I’ve shared all my hauls of 2022, it’s time to share my skincare favourites of the year!

I always make sure to include new discoveries from the year, but there are also some oldie but goodie skincare that I have come to appreciate in 2022.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water

I remember first trying Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water back in 2013, and I hated it. At the time, my skin was at its worst with inflamed cystic acne all over my face and covering it up with a lot of makeup. I found the micellar water did not remove makeup well and my skin stung from it. Fast forward 9 years later, I have come to really appreciate it and used it frequently in my skincare routines.

My go-to for majority of 2022 was none other than the first one I’ve ever tried: Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water. I tried the Hydrabio minis prior and had a good experience with it. I opted for the full size of Sensibio because it has a simpler formula. It has been a great skincare item to have throughout 2022 because I became quite lazy with cleansing. Sensibio came in handy on those multiple lazy days and it worked well, especially since I don’t wear as much makeup as I used to.

Shout out to the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water & Makeup Remover Mini – it’s more cost effective yet still gentle, leaves no residue and does the job just as well.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water
* https://go.shopmy.us/p-585879

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water & Makeup Remover Mini
* https://go.shopmy.us/p-1012585
* https://go.shopmy.us/p-1012586

Quick & Easy Skincare + Makeup Routine https://youtu.be/KUHdbAxGx0U
Carry-On Skincare https://youtu.be/CADjPU0XSmw

Balea MD Ultra Sensitive Reiningungs Schaum/Cleansing Foam

This isn’t really a new thing in my skincare routine, but I always have to give a shoutout to a good cleanser find! The first one is Balea MD Ultra Sensitive Reiningungs Schaum/Cleansing Foam. Very affordable, low pH, nice ingredients list, and fun to use! The texture is a fluffy, dense foam. I have to be careful to not overuse product and overcleanse my face because I enjoy it so much.

Shoutout to an OG in the beautysphere – and that’s the Cerave Hydrating Cleanser. As the seasons changed, I notice my skin becoming more easily parched in the colder months. Not feeling much like experimenting, I picked up an already tried and true cleanser. My skincare and makeup habits changed a lot since I last used it. Before, I questioned its cleansing ability despite how much I enjoyed using it. Now, I am able to use it as my only cleanser, not even double cleanse in anyway in my nighttime skincare routine.

Balea MD Ultra Sensitive Reiningungs Schaum/Cleansing Foam

Cerave Hydrating Cleanser
* https://go.shopmy.us/p-1012588
* https://go.shopmy.us/p-1012590

Slow Skincare Routine
– Blog Fall 2022 PM Slow Skincare Routine
– Youtube https://youtu.be/m6sfzowGf4U
Carry-On Skincare https://youtu.be/CADjPU0XSmw

Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Ampoule 5x

2022 was definitely the year of trying out “alternative actives” AKA not tretinoin, AHA, vitamin C, etc. I completed my 3rd CO2 fraxel laser session for my acne scars around the end of February. Since my skin needed to be babied more, I thought I would incorporate gentler, alternative actives in my skincare routine until I could reintroduce my usual ones.

I’ve been smitten with ferment lysate serums since 2021, so it’s no surprise that I include one in my annual favourites of 2022. I purchased the Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Ampoule 5x and I’ve been low-key obsessed with it every since. It does exactly what the previous one did, but with more oomph – brightens, smooths skin, strengthens skin, reduces redness.

Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Ampoule 5x
* https://shrsl.com/3lvjv
* https://go.shopmy.us/p-621086

Skincare Haul #3
– Blog Third Skincare Haul of 2022: Korean Skincare
– Youtube https://youtu.be/IQHw4_NKQRo

NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 3 1:1

Second alternative active I tried out was none other than the famous NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 3 1:1 (Reviewed). I am someone who’s “one foot in, one foot out” with peptides in general. I use the gold standard tretinoin and have been using a vitamin A prescription for 9 years (cumulatively). NIOD CAIS3 is the first peptide I tried that made me think this really could be an alternative active for those who cannot tolerate vitamin A. I noticed the same skin refining benefits that I did with tretinoin and I like that copper peptides in particular has a wound-healing property. I am still 32 years young with no significant signs of aging so I do not see any more benefits beyond that. Although I prefer tretinoin over copper peptides, I see why NIOD CAIS3 has been a fan favourite.

NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 3 1:1
* https://go.shopmy.us/p-557807

NIOD CAIS3 Review 6+ Months Later
– Blog NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 3 1:1 (CAIS3) Review
– Youtube https://youtu.be/nW6iHBsPdm0

Malezia Acne Treatment Gel

For the past few years I have been using prescription Dapsone in my morning and nighttime skincare routines to tackle both inflamed and non-inflamed acne. Once I ran out, I have been going without the need for it ever since! My skin, thankfully, is not as reactive and inflamed as it used to be.

For the times when I still get the occasional cystic acne, I reach for an oldie but goodie anti-acne ingredient, Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO). I found myself reaching for Malezia’s Acne Treatment Gel with 2.5% BPO (Reviewed) when my skin on both my face and body are in need. It’s one of the gentler leave-on BPO treatments I’ve tried, and I like that it’s so effective with a small percentage. More does not mean better, both in concentration and application!

Malezia Acne Treatment Gel
* https://collabs.shop/iwcpiq

Body Care Routine for Bacne
– Blog My Body Care Routine to Prevent & Clear Bacne
– Youtube https://youtu.be/AOAU4uZkCP4

Retin-A Micro

Of course, I can’t not mention my prescription Retin-A Micro (0.1% Tretinoin) when talking about appreciating old reliables. I reintroduced Tretinoin back into my skincare routine more consistently after the summer. I went a long time without using it because 1) my skin was sensitive after CO2 Fraxel Laser sessions, and 2) I was testing out NIOD CAIS3. Essentially, Tretinoin is a must in my skincare routine. It helps with acne, makes my pores look good, refines my overall skin texture, just improves my skin quality in general.

Retin-A Micro 0.1% tretinoin – PRESCRIPTION ONLY

Slow Skincare Routine
– Blog Fall 2022 PM Slow Skincare Routine
– Youtube https://youtu.be/m6sfzowGf4U

Bioderma Cicabio Pommade

A cica/centella asiatica based product has rotated in my skincare routine for years. End of 2021 and all of 2022 however were the years that I really upped the rotation, almost to a daily basis. We can thank CO2 Fraxel Laser, frustrating allergic reactions and carby deliciousness for that!

Bioderma Cicabio Pommade was a new discovery in 2022 thanks to a recommendation from an Instagram follower. I immediately fell in love with its ointment-like texture, how it quickly calmed my skin AND no white cast! This was my first purchase in 2022 and I even emptied and repurchased.

Bioderma Cicabio Pommade
* https://go.shopmy.us/p-557843

1st Haul of 2022
– Blog My First Skincare Haul of 2022!
– Youtube https://youtu.be/ItDdfz3t4Is
Slow Skincare Routine
– Blog Fall 2022 PM Slow Skincare Routine
– Youtube https://youtu.be/m6sfzowGf4U

La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5+

Near the end of 2022, I stumbled upon the new La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5+ (Reviewed). I have purchased the original 3 times, yet I never got around to reviewing it and featuring it on my blog or Youtube! Just like the Bioderma Cicabio Pommade, I immediatlely fell in love. I was instantly reminded of why it used to be my go-to to soothe the skin and use on acne spots!

Both Cica products, and cica/centella asiatica in general, are must-haves in my skincare collection. They just do no wrong for my skin.

La Roche Cicaplast Baume B5+
* https://go.shopmy.us/p-780082

La Roche Posay New Cicaplast Baume B5+ Review
– Blog La Roche Posay’s New Cicaplast Baume B5+ Review
– Youtube https://youtu.be/sSumhGxElTc
Slow Skincare Routine
– Blog Fall 2022 PM Slow Skincare Routine
– Youtube https://youtu.be/m6sfzowGf4U

Avene Very High Protection Cream SPF50+

After years and years of trying new sunscreen, I finally stumbled on one that can actually be worn on its own, comfortably! Avene’s New Very High Protection Cream SPF50+. It has a cream texture that’s easy to apply and reapply all over the face and neck. At first there’s a bit of a yellow tint on application but immediately disappears. I actually find it helps make my complexion look more even. In the summer months, I used this sunscreen on its own without a moisturizer. It’s the first time since starting my blog and Youtube that I found such a sunscreen that comfortably moisturizes my skin without feeling or looking greasy.

Avene Very High Protection Cream SPF50+
* https://go.shopmy.us/p-557811

GRWM Summer 2022 Skincare + Makeup https://youtu.be/hn_pzjBiKDQ

And that’s all, folks!

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

Let me know in the comments down below if you’ve tried any of the products mentioned!

xo, M

December 2018 Roundup – I DID IT!

*clap clap clap* I have somehow managed to do a roundup for every month this year, and use up a ton of products along the way! Here are my favourites and empties for December, and stay tuned for the Beauty of Beauty posts!




Cerave Baby Healing Ointment – The regular one isn’t available in Canada, but I swear these have similar ingredients! This is my current go-to occlusive for around my eyes, smile area and any dry spots (let’s be real – my entire face). It has 45% petroleum, mineral oil, as well as *drumroll* CERAMIDES! You guessed it lol. Basically this is less greasy to use compared to straight up Vaseline (although still greasy) and is easier to thin out or mix with my moisturizer.


Sephora Pro-Diffuser Brush #64 – Another solid recommendation from my friend. This brush is the best complexion brush I have ever used. MAC Face and Body, MUFE Matte Velvet, cream blush. powder blush, general blending… Bless this brush, for it does everything!




Benzagel 5 Acne Wash – One of the best BP products I’ve ever used. It was really gentle when I used it, lasted WAY longer than expected, and worked well with OTC Differin.
My Nighttime (PM) Skincare Routine 2018

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment – Love it more than the Phytopolleine I had prior. It worked fairly quickly at balancing my scalp, and I actually found I didn’t have a need for it until I *unbalanced* it with other hair products I’ve been trying. Will probably repurchase this.

CNP Brightening Daily Fluid Sun Essential Fluid Formula SPF50+ PA++++ – Loved it when I first bought it because of how milky it was. However near it’s end it seemed to pill on my face a LOT! Also I can’t rely find a reliable link even if I wanted to repurchase.

Dermalogica Biolumin-C Serum * – After much reflection on all the Vitamin C serums I have tried this year, I have concluded that this was the best one. Mainly because it benefitted my skin in a variety of ways, and the one major con is the price.
REVIEW: Dermalogica Biolumin-C Serum

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel * – Holy cow, this took so long to finish, I actually used it in the morning as well. I got this back in October 2017 And pretty much used it every night since (aside from testing other stuff). A little went a long way and despite the price you really do get the full value of this cleanser!

Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream 30ml – You all know I purchased the 60ml size, ’nuff said.
BRAND REVIEW: Dear, Klairs

Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream – This moisturizer will always have a special place in my heart. The only moisturizer I  could rely on when my skin was Going from oily to dry while still breaking out from getting off of BC.



January – 4
February – 4
March – 6
April – 5
May – 4
June – 5
July – 3
August – 7
September – 10
October & November – 7
December – 7

62 MO’FREAKIN’ PRODUCTS! I know my bf helped me with some, but majority of them were on my own damn face! Keep in mind I didn’t purchase all these products, some were gifts and PR.

For 2019, I’m really going to try being more diligent at using up products I have before purchasing another one. I thought I was doing pretty good, but receiving PR that I care to use after review makes it difficult.

Hope you enjoyed my Roundup series! This year I may just do current favourites and empties based on the season so the video is more focused on a topic. Stay tuned for my Best of Beauty 2018 posts, they are almost done!

xo, M

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October & November 2018 Roundup

Jeez, I missed one month! Where was my head at!? Either way, the roundup is not lengthy at all but they are items worth mentioning!




Bubz Beauty Liquid Lipstick “Girl Next Door” – The latest and current favourite lip product in my collection. It’s a neutral pink colour, and it’s the most comfortable liquid lipstick I’ve tried. Instagram Post

Butterfly Social Eye Lashes *– At first look, you’d think they’re an underwhelming pair of lashes because of how natural they are. But they looked so natural once applied, no one could tell I was wearing falsies! They match the length of my lashes and make my existing lash line look fuller. Instagram Post

Nudestix Magnetic Matte Lip Boho – It took me a while to like this colour let alone try it! I had some creative urges this fall and this colour inspired me to wear more cold colours. This isn’t my favourite formula from Nudestix, but I found prepping my lips before hand does the trick to wear it comfortably! Instagram Post




Cerave Moisturizing Cream – Used day and night by Nick, used on my body and face at nighttime, it is finally an empty! Although it does moisturize well, I found it took a bit of a wait time until the moisture actually kicked in. I’d have to play a fairly generous layer to get an instant satisfaction.

Cerave PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion – Another one bites the dust! And in the nick of time too. It got cold fast in Toronto, and I felt like I needed to use a lot of this to feel satisfyingly moisturized. I’m finishing up my Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream I’ve had on the backburner, but I am looking to purchase an Avene moisturizer. Recommendations?

Cuccio Naturale Non-oily, Hydrating Butter Milk & Honey *– A lovely butter I used for my hands before bed. They felt velvety after use and the smell was so relaxing!

Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel – One of my favourite peeling gels because I can use it on a wet face right after the shower! It provided just enough manual exfoliation to rid my face of some extra flakes, and didn’t sensitize my skin.

EltaMd UV Facial Broad-Spectrum SPF 30+ – I was holding off on finishing this one because Amazon is just so tricky when purchasing it! My face felt moisturized, smooth and even tone after using this, plus it was great at sun protection. I have quite the amount of sunscreens to go through but I am missing reaching for this one in my collection.

Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask * – Received my second one in the mail shortly after finishing this pot! If I didn’t get one sent to me, I would’ve purchased it. It’s one of my favourite sleeping masks I’ve tried, and I definitely recommend it to dry skin types!


MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ – This is an OG spray if you just want your makeup to look less cakey, however it doesn’t contribute to longevity. I purchased a Pixi Mist instead, but the fragrance is SO heavy and artifical! Any recommendations for an affordable finishing spray that kinda does it all without a heavy fragrance?




Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop – A Vitamin C serum that gave me the glow, even tone and hydration, but didn’t tackle my hyperpigmentation! (Didn’t mean to rhyme lol).

Timeless 20& Vitamin C + E + Ferulic Acid Serum – Did similar things like the previous Vitamin C serum (or any other for that matter) but it stung my face almost every time I used it, causing my face to be slightly red until it settled. This has been hyped as a dupe for the Skinceuticals Vitamin C serum, and Angie from Hot and Flashy did an awesome test on it along with other ones! This unfortunately wasn’t my favourite, I actually still prefer Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C Serum out of the two.

And that’s that for October and November! I can’t believe it’s the end of the year. Enjoy the holidays!

xo, M

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My Morning (AM) Skincare Routine 2018
My Nighttime (PM) Skincare Routine 2018
BRAND REVIEW: Dear, Klairs
Dynamic Duo? Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop & Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Face Mask

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September 2018 Roundup



Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50+ PA++++ * – Klairs did a great job with this sunscreen; It is comfortable to use on application and finish, doesn’t add a crazy glow, and is not sticky. My boyfriend, who has normal skin, was able to use this alone and he felt comfortably moisturized. Whereas for myself, it was okay at first on its own, but I did notice my dry skin feeling dry (lol). Nonetheless I think it’s great for any skin type!
SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #1: Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50+ PA++++

Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Full Coverage Foundation Y305 Soft Beige – Around this time of year I get into full coverage foundations. I’m still super happy with my It Cosmetics CC Cream (REVIEW: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF 50+ (Medium)), but the beauty junkie in me can’t help but gravitate towards a more polished look. I grabbed this foundation on recommendation from a couple of friends that this would be a great matte foundation for dry skin. Well, they were right! It looks very natural for it’s not a flat matte, buildable coverage, and lasts all day. I’ll give a full review when I have tried wearing it in other ways.

Physician’s Formula Eye Booster Ultra Fine Liquid Eyeliner – It’s been years since I picked up an eye liner from the drugstore, but this one did not disappoint! It has a nice brush tip, is very black, easy to use, and doesn’t smudge! On the packaging it says it’s made in Japan, and I have actually been using Japanese eye liners for years. Highly recommend this product!



ByWishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water * – I really liked how this acid toner did not leave my skin feeling dry and somehow managed to help control my acne despite it being an AHA! It did sting a bit at times, I’m not sure if I had cuts on my face or what, but I do remember never feeling sensitized at the beginning while using this. If you’re looking for a gentle acid toner, Mandelic Acid is the one to pick and ByWishtrend’s Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water is a good option to consider.
REVIEW | [ByWishtrend] Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water

Cerave PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion – Already repurchased my 3rd bottle! This is such a great moisturizer and truthfully peaked my interest in trying out more drugstore skincare.
My Morning (AM) Skincare Routine 2018

Dermalogica PreCleanse Balm * – A more thicker first cleanse product, but I loved that a little went a long way and it took about a year to finish up the entire tube! You’ll definitely get your money’s worth if you have been thinking about getting this. Because it’s heavier, I don’t think any oily-skinned peeps would like this and would probably want to opt for their PreCleanse.
I tried Dermalogica’s Double Cleanse Routine ft. the PreCleanse Balm

Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask – This was my second purchase of this mask, and I’m already missing it. Despite it being a clay mask, I was able to wear this for a long period of time without feeling like my skin completely dried up. My skin always looked even tone and really helped subside the size and pain around any active breakouts. Because of the size, I always had it in my carry-on back in my frequent flyer days, when I tend to get a zit or two after being on the plane for so long. I’m trying to finish up other masks right now, but definitely consider this one if you want an affordable K-Beauty mask!

I’m From Honey Mask  – I definitely had this for too long, for I feel like it lost a bit of its potency since I didn’t use it up when it was near its end. I’m definitely considering repurchasing this, for my face became clearer from breakouts, and my skin felt very moisturized to the touch and smooth.
Review: I’M FROM Honey Mask

Differin – I already cracked open my 2nd tube of this stuff, and I feel like since using it my face looks a tad bit smoother and less breakout prone. I’m not sure if I want to keep using it however, because I want a retinoid or retinol that’ll help with breakouts AND preventative aging. I’ve been noticing the finest of lines on my forehead and around my mouth, so I’ll keep using this until I find something else to tackle additional concerns.
My Nighttime (PM) Skincare Routine 2018

Hada Labo Koi Goku-Jyun Perfect Gel – I miss this one. I got the classic Lotion to try and it really doesn’t do anything for me other than make my face feel a bit more hydrated. The Perfect Gel just really locks in my hydrators and leaves my skin feeling super smooth. Maybe the Premium Lotion would be a better one to look into since it has 5% urea in it.

Mad Hippie Eye Cream – A potent moisturizing, and lightweight eye cream. Ever since I stopped using this and tried to use just my regular moisturizer my under eyes don’t have the same bright, youthful look. I definitely want to repurchase this, but first I’m going to try an eye serum.

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum – This vitamin C product was very gentle and showed its effectiveness. I don’t think it did too much to help prevent breakouts, but I noticed my post-inflammatory marks didn’t last as long (especially when I used Differin at night). Defintiely recommend if you want to start using a vitamin C serum, I haven’t found other ones that worked for me (even the Ordinary ones!).

Timeless 20% Vitamin C + E + Ferulic Acid Serum – Not completely finished because it oxidized. My boyfriend was using this one and we purchased another bottle for both of us to use. It is definitely more potent than the Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum, but it does have 20% Ascorbic Acid, the big brother of vitamin Cs. Nick’s face has always been good and never problematic like mine, but I do notice his skin looks a tad brighter and tighter from the first bottle. Let’s hope I get similar results!

Hope you enjoyed this month’s roundup! So proud of all the empties for this month.

xo, M

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August 2018 Roundup

Basic BG Statement: I CAN’T believe we’re near the end of summer! Seriously, as you get older, time passes so quickly. Anyone else feeling the same way? Anywho, here is August’s roundup!



Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid – I totally get the hype. I like how gentle it is that I can bring it up to my eye area without worry. I’ve repeated this a couple of times to friends, but my face looks very poreless, smooth and “juicy” when I use this product. I want to say the texture is borderline toner to essence. Like an acid essence. It doesn’t dry out my skin at all, and I can wait a few minutes before adding other products.

Riversol SPF 30 Lightweight Broad Spectrum Sunscreen – This has been a very pleasant sunscreen to use. Despite the mica in it to create a natural shimmer, I find it doesn’t blend too shiny or white on my skin. Having said that, I don’t think the tint will 100% adapt to your skin type. Definitely a sunscreen meant for drier skin types, because I do notice it adds an extra layer of moisture on my skin. Until the weather becomes colder and I become a little more lighter, I like using this under my powder foundation.

La Roche Posay Anthelios Mineral Tinted Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF 50 – It’s a bit pricey for the size, but I love how easy it is to apply without worrying about an obvious cast. This is the the sunscreen I reach for if I don’t want to wear any makeup, but I want some miniscule amount of evenness in my skin. It’s also great to wear at the gym!

I did a Sunscreen Week on my blog back in July, where I go more in depth about these sunscreens!
SUNSCREEN WEEK [Day #6]: Riversol SPF 30 Lightweight Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
SUNSCREEN WEEK [DAY #7]: La Roche Posay Anthelios Mineral Tinted Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF 50

Featured CBB Blog of the Month – I am part of a group called the Canadian Beauty Bloggers Network, and I was featured as August’s Blog of the Month! Around this time I’ve been blogging for just about 3 years, and have 100+ blog posts. I love being part of this community of bloggers who are so supportive, helpful and encouraging!
My featured blog post – August 2018 Blog of the Month: MICHXMASH




Consonant DHE Mask – This mask was REALLY good at cutting down the size and pain of very active zits! I mostly used this as a spot treatment, but occassionally all over the face. My skin didn’t feel dry from the clay, and it was fairly soft after washing the mask off. If you want a mask that doubles as a spot treatment, this is your go-to!
REVIEW: Consonant “One For All” Kit

COSRX Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power (Tone Balancing) Essence – I noticed such a difference in my skin the moment I incorporated this product into my routine! I stopped complaining about tightness in my skin, and my face felt smoother in texture. I was skeptical about essences, let alone Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, but this essence performed really well. I bought the Secret Key essence instead of repurchasing this one however because I *did* give in to the nice packaging of it! Out of the two however, I prefer the texture of the COSRX one!
I’m Finally Sharing my Current Skincare Routines 2018

Too Cool For School Xakziuza Cleansing Water – Better than their Eye & Makeup Remover Counterpart. My face didn’t tingle, which normally happens when I use a product with micelles in it. I won’t repurchase because this also has a strong scent and I’m trying out Riversol’s Micellar Water at the moment.

Make P:rem UV Defense ME Blue Ray Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ – Not completely empty, but I can’t get the rest of the product out! Argh! >_< Either way, this is a great chemical sunscreen. My face always looked even, also during days if I was outside in the sun all day. I also did a dedicated review on this sunscreen if you want more details!
SUNSCREEN WEEK [Day #1]: Make P:rem UV Defense Me Blue Ray Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++

Paula’s Choice Clinical Ultra-Rich Moisturizer – This was okay. When I first started using this, I felt like it was actually DRYING out my skin, and made the center of my face very discoloured. Now that the weather is a bit better and I have a different approach to my skincare routine, it’s doesn’t seem to do that anymore. I’m not saying this moisturizer is bad, I just think I’ve tried better moisturizers.
REVIEW: Paula’s Choice Moisturizers for Dry Skin


Aveda Clove Color Conditioner – Already bought another one! Aveda has been my go-to since I discovered it for treating my coloured hair, and I can’t find anything else that’s easier and effective to use. Clove is what I use to keep the darkness of the ash brown in my hair. It’s been almost a month since I ran out of it, and I can tell my hair’s been getting lighter faster.
MICHXMASH & Vera Rapunzel’s Haircare Faves 2017

North American Hemp Co. Area 369 Hair Serum – I finally ran out of this guy! I really enjoyed this hair serum and my hair felt soft and detangled almost instantly. I would still have to apply this on a daily basis to make sure my ends were not feeling frayed. I just hate the packaging, What’s the point of it having a cap like this if the bottle doesn’t even let you squeeze!?


Paula’s Choice Gentle Cleansing Cloths – Impressed how nicely saturated it was and GENTLE around my eyes! I’m not a makeup remover wipe kinda gal, but I definitely see the appeal of this one and would consider adding it into my cart the next time I buy PC products. I usually use wipes when I swatched a lot on my hands for a post/video!

Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum – I can’t even recall anything special about this other than the texture was cool. Sure, it has a nice list of ingredients, but I already use a vitamin C serum, and I like my Cerave PM Moisturizing Facial Lotion for my ceramides.

And that’s that for last month’s roundup!

Hope you enjoyed the read.



July 2018 Roundup

Usually I like doing both video and blog posts on my monthly roundup, but I’ve been rushing to get a bit of content up (eg. Nighttime (PM) Skincare Routine video is published, not post) so for this post I’m sacrificing words that I am pretty much saying in my video. Enjoy!

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Secret Key Lemon Sparkling Peeling Gel REVIEW: [JOLSE] secretKey Lemon Sparkling Peeling Gel 120ml (New Package) *

Marcelle Gentle Make-Up Remover for Sensitive Eyes

La Roche-Posay Serozinc Purifying Mist

Divine Essence Wild Cornflower Floral Water *

Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream SPF 40

It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation SPF 50



Cerave PM Moisturizing Facial Lotion
My Morning (AM) Skincare Routine 2018

Banish Acne Scars Pumpkin Enzyme Masque
REVIEW: Banish Acne Scars Banish Starter Kit

Le Correcteur de Chanel Longwear Concealer (20)

Very short post, but I still hope you enjoyed it!

xo, M

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June 2018 Roundup


Mentholatum Hada Labo Koi-Gokujyun Perfect Gel – My skin may not be perfect, but it’s looking and feeling a lot better since I’ve incorporated this as the humectant-type moisturizer to my routine. My skin feels softer and smoother and more plump in general. It must be working at keeping all that hydration in!

Levi’s 501 Shorts – I can’t stop wearing these. They fit me so well and make my butt look really good.



Banish Acne Scars Activated Charcoal Clay Masque – I’m really happy that this managed to last around 4 months with consistent use, especially since it’s in a small jar. I won’t be repurchasing this because I don’t like masks in powdered form in general, and I prefer creamier textures when it comes to clay masks. REVIEW: Banish Acne Scars Banish Starter Kit

Boo Bamboo Natural Sunscreen Mini Spray SPF 30 * – I take back what I said in my Green Beauty Products I Don’t Like vid. My boyfriend wanted to use it up instead of giving it away, and I’ve come to like it. It’s spreads nicely, doesn’t feel thick on the body, no whitecast when you rub it in and wait, and is a dry finish without drying your skin. I still stand by what I said before though, don’t use this if you plan on going in any water. It got really patchy on my body and it was not a pleasant site!

Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner (Scented) – I’ve already done a dedicated review on this bad boy, so no need to go into detail. I am currently using the unscented one, and for the summer months I am finding it quite enjoyable and it seems to be performing just as well long-term as the original. REVIEW & COMPARE: Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner – Scented and Unscented!

The Face Shop Orchid Hand Cream * – I love the scent of orchid, so this hand cream was pure bliss when I used it; I preferred applying it at nighttime to relax me. The the finish is light so it won’t leave your hands overly greasy. At the same time, I don’t find it overly moisturizing, but it does enough. This is the second tube I’ve used up and I’m definitely considering having it on my nightstand again.

Weleda Everon Lip Balm – Best. Lip balm. EVER! It’s one of the more pricier lip balms I’ve purchased, but it lasts a long time both in my purse and on my lips, and it leaves a comfortable moisturized finish.

Not a lot of favourites this month, but I’ve also been testing out new products like crazy. You may see them featured in my next roundup since I didn’t use them enough to give a mention in this month’s. Either way, I’m happy I emptied a handful of products!

xo, M

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May 2018 Roundup: Favourites, Empties, Accomplishments!

I’m exciting to share a personal accomplishment this month alongside my product faves and empties. It may seem silly, but I’m sure proud of myself! Also, a few of the products I’m going to mention are actually my purchases from the Sephora Spring VIB Haul. Usually I return more than half the stuff cause they end up sucking, but I’ve actually been consistently using all of them since I got it in the mail!

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April 2018 Roundup

I actually did quite a bit of shopping in the month of April, especially since I’ve decluttered many a things and have given them away to family members and friends. It gave me a smidgen of room to try other things I’ve been waiting to buy!

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