La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ – New Canadian Version (comparing it to Europe’s Shaka Fluid) SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #17

When I was first notified of La Roche Posay’s reformulation of their Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF60, my first thought was, “IS IT THE SAME AS SHAKA FLUID!?!?!?”

In short, LRP Canada on their Instagram informed me it was the same formula. I looked at both ingredients list, and there is a difference between the two, so it’s not 100% the same. In addition, I discovered the PPD is not the same either, so don’t expect this to be like Shaka Fluid’s PPD 46 that I originally thought despite the slight differences.

Either way, I have got a good feel of the new La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ and am ready to share my thoughts! I have also compared its ingredients list to the Shaka Fluid if you’re like me and were interested in the similarities and differences.


Information on La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+

High UVA-UVB protection with an invisible finish. A unique combination of invisible yet ultra-resistant protection developed for sensitive skin. – Shoppers Drug Mart.

Price: $29 CAD
Amount: 50 ml

UV FILTERS (Total: 7):
Drometrizole Trisiloxane (Mexoryl XL) 7%
Bemotrizinol (Tinosorb S) 5%
Octisalate 5%
Octocrylene 5%
Avobenzone 3%
Homosalate 2%
Ensulizole 0.5%

Protection:
UVB: SPF50+ (~60)
UVA: LRP Canada said on their Instagram the PPD is 35.


ANTHELIOS ULTRA-FLUID VS. SHAKA FLUID

Feel free to skip past this part if you really don’t care lol.

CANADIAN LRP INCI Canadian website
Active ingredients: Drometrizole Trisiloxane (Mexoryl XL) 7%, Bemotrizinol 5%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 5%, Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 2%, Ensulizole 0.5%
Inactive ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Alcohol Denat., Silica, Isopropyl Myristate, Glycerin, Diisopropyl Sebacate, C12-22 Alkyl Acrylate/Hydroxyethylacrylate Copolymer, Propanediol, Perlite, Tocopherol, Triethanolamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Disodium Edta, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer

EUROPEAN LRP INCIDecoder
Aqua/​Water, Alcohol Denat, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Silica, Isopropyl Myristate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Butylmethoxydibenzoylmethane, Glycerin, C12-22 Alkyl Acrylate/​Hydroxyethylacrylate Copolymer, Propanediol, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Perlite, Tocopherol, Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride, Acrylates/​C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Triethanolamine, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate

SHARED UV FILTERS
Mexoryl XL – Drometrizole Trisiloxane  (UVB UVA)
Tinosorb S – Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine – Bimotrizinol (UVB UVAI UVAII)
Avobenzone – Butylmethoxydibenzoylmethane (UVAI UVAII)
Octisalate – Ethylhexyl Salicylate (UVB)

CANADIAN ONLY
Octocrylene (UVB some UVA II)
Homosalate (UVB)
Ensulizole (UVB)

EUROPEAN ONLY
Mexoryl SX – Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid (UVB UVAI UVAII)
Uvinul T 150 – EthylHexyl Triazone (UVB)

In short, first 10 inactive ingredients are the same, 5 of the same ingredients are in different order, and there is 1 different ingredient:

Canada – Disodium Edta – viscosity
Europe – Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride – emollient

Skinthusiast Perspective…

Uvinul T 150 is not a regulated UV filter in Canada, so that’s why we see Homosalate and Ensulizole in our ingredient list instead as extra UVB filters. Aside from Uvinul T 150, I do not understand why Mexoryl SX is not in our formula and we could not have the additional emollient ingredient. But then again, I’m not a chemist, and cannot assume we can have it all “cooked” together.

As shown in the first screenshot, La Roche Posay Canada’s Instagram stated this is the same formula as Shaka Fluid, it is just named differently here. However after comparing the ingredients list, this is incorrect. I don’t blame the Social Media Manager not knowing, their job is to mostly know the Canadian products. I also emailed LRP Canada’s customer service to ask further about this sunscreen compared to the Shaka Fluid and received no answer (this was months ago). After doing the digging myself with the ingredients and filters, it is clear it is not the same formula, but it is pretty dang close! I still can’t help but feel a little disappointed the Canadian formula doesn’t have Mexoryl SX though, it’s in Ombrelle’s sunscreens (a Canadian sunscreen brand that also uses the patented Mexoryl UV filers).

In the next screenhot, LRPCa provided the PPD of their new Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ is 35. This makes sense, considering we don’t have the additional high-protection UVA filter Mexoryl SX. This blog post by a French independent lab however tested the rating of the Shaka Fluid. Their test results showed that the Shaka Fluid’s PPD was a 27! Everything just becomes more confusing, doesn’t it? Either way, PPD of 27 or 35 is still better than 16, and my experience with the La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion was overall a very positive one!


My Experience with La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+

PACKAGING:  Opaque white plastic bottle, twist off cap with a small spout.

CONSISTENCY:  Thin fluid.

FRAGRANCE: None.

APPLICATION: Slides on very easily with a light touch.

FINISH: Glowy.

FEEL: Emollient, like my skin has a moisturizer on it.

STINGS EYES? Surprisingly, it does not!

WHITECAST / TINTED? No, there are no mineral UV filters that could potentially leave a cast. In addition, the Silica, a white powdery substance, is not leaving a white streaky film.

WATER RESISTANT? Yes – 80 minutes.

SKIN BENEFITS? This has denat. alcohol in the formula, but the sunsreen still manages to add extra moisture to my skin. I have actually managed to wear this without moisturizer in the summer! In winter, this has worn fairly comfortably throughout the day, but I do gravitate to “greasier” sunscreens to avoid any dry feeling all together.

UNDER MAKEUP: Does not add or subtract to longevity for my drier skin type.


Final Thoughts on La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+

PROS:

  • High protection – SPF50+ PPD 35
  • Easy to apply the 2mg/cm2
  • Feels light
  • Can wear it as a moisturizing SPF in the summer
  • This does not sting my eyes

CONS:

  • Sometimes stings my skin if I used an active that impaired my skin a little bit (eg. too much chemical exfoliation)

IN-BETWEEN FEELS

  • Bit pricey per ml, but it’s a sunscreen I would wear everyday if I didn’t have such a collection of SPF 😀
  • Sometimes I look too glowy, borderline oily in the summer time
  • I don’t expect the social media manager to know everything about their products, but I wouldn’t go telling customers that it’s the same formula as the Shaka Fluid in Europe

The La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ definitely knocks my other high protecting sunscreen out of the park when it comes to cosmetic elegance. I went through a bottle of this no problem in the summer without issues. Also the fact that I’m able to wear this without moisturizer underneath just amazes me (in the summer). Overall, the La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ is great despite the price point and it’s in my top favourite sunscreens so far.

WHERE TO BUY:
Well.ca *
Shoppers Drug Mart

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As, always I hope you found this post helpful and informative!

xo, M

Neogen Dermalogy Probiotics Collection Review

I’ve always heard great things about Neogen, particularly their foaming cleansers and toning pads. StyleKorean sent a generous PR package of their Probiotic Collection to test out and review! I have been rotating all the products in my skincare routine for almost a month now, and I’m ready to share my experience with you all.

I was also sent their Probiotics Relief Sun Essence. You can read more about it in a Sunscreen Sunday post which I will link here!

PR Samples sent for review purposes. This in no way effects my opinion of the products. My reviews are honest, always *casts doe patronus*
Disclosure


ABOUT NEOGEN PROBIOTICS COLLECTION

The Neogen Probiotics Collection contains a variety of products that include fermented ingredients such as Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment, Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate and/or Bifida Ferment Lysate. The primary goal is to build a strong skin barrier and aid our skin’s microbiome. Building and maintaining our skin barrier is crucial to skin health, for a weakened barrier is a common denominator in many skin concerns – for myself, that would be my acne-prone, dry skin!

While inspecting all the ingredients list, my eyes kinda wanted to pop out of my skull, for they are jacked with some good stuff! I gathered the lists from multiple online retailers and cross-referenced all 7 in a google document to see which ingredients are shared to avoid repeating myself throughout the post. Sorry if it’s not 100% accurate, I did my best to re-check everything.

All 7 have these shared ingredients: Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment, one or more type of Ceramide, Cholesterol, Phospholipids, and Hyaluronic Acid and/or its derivatives.

6/7 have these shared ingredients:

  • Excluding Relief Cream: Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Glycerin, Arginine, Allantoin, Hydrolized Collagen, Lactic Acid, and Tocopherol or Tocopheryl Acetate.
  • Excluding Mist: Peptides – Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Hexapeptide-9, Tripeptide-2, Nonapeptide-1, Hexapeptide-11, and/or Copper Tripeptide-1
  • Excluding Toning Pads: Amino Acids Glycine, Alanine, Proline, Threonine, Serine, Valine, Histidine, Isoleucine, and Phenylalanine, and Propolis Extract

5/7 have these shared ingredients:

  • excluding Toning Pads and Relief Cream: Aspartic Acid, Panthenol, Sodium PCA, Betaine, Trehalose, Squalane

After scouring all 7 ingredients lists, I’m kind of stunned. Were Neogen skincare products always this loaded!?!? As you can imagine, I was pretty excited to get all the lotions and potions on my face.

The products in the Neogen Probiotics Collection more or less aim to do the same thing – short term add extra moisture to the skin and offer a bit of brightness, long term strengthen skin’s barrier. What it comes down to is your choice of vehicle – what kind of product do you like best and/or will suit your routine? Below I provide the amount of the fermented ingredients in each product and my general experience.


NEOGEN DERMALOGY PROBIOTICS YOUTH REPAIR MIST

Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate – 71ppm – 0.0071%
Bifida Ferment Lysate – 7ppb – 0.0000007%
Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment – 2ppb – 0.0000002%

The Neogen Probiotics Youth Repair Mist is a bi-phase mist that contains 5% oil, and 95% water. I am quite in awe of the mister, for I have never used one that delivered such a soft mist to the skin! I generously sprayed this on my face when it was feeling VERY dry (tight feeling and void of moisture kinda dry) and surprisingly my face did feel more comfortable, and the feeling lasted until I had to do my nighttime skincare routine. I guess I was surprised it actually helped because the mist is so light and feels like nothing on the skin. I did notice a bit of a shimmer from it, which I’m personally wary of since I don’t want to use anything to emphasize my textured skin. I also tried this mist over makeup and it did not disrupt the wear – again the mist is quite fine so that concern never crossed my mind.


NEOGEN PROBIOTICS RELIEF TONING PADS

Rice Ferment Filtrate (Sake) – 10%
Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate – 5%
Bifida Ferment Lysate – 4.9ppm – 0.00049%
Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment – 1.4ppm – 0.00014%

This is my second time ever trying toning pads, the first time trying Neogen ones, and I have to say, they suit my routine well! In the morning I usually wipe my face with a hydrating toner using a cotton round, so Neogen’s Probiotic Relief Toning Pads just put the 2 things I need in one packaging. They’re all nicely saturated and the jar is even filled halfway with serum, I also like that it comes with a little clip to grab a round!


NEOGEN DERMALOGY PROBIOTICS RELIEF MASK

Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate – 8.5%
Bifida Ferment Lysate – 7ppb – 8.4ppm – 0.00084%
Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment – 2.4ppm – 0.00024%


For some reason I was so surprised to see a thick milky texture in the sheet mask’s package – I usually tend to go for the clear, light looking serum sheet masks so I wasn’t sure how this would feel. The mask itself was very round and the slits were only on the nose and cheeks – it would’ve been more useful if there were more for the jaw area, because it kept peeling off for me. After 15 minutes my face looked great – really smooth-looking, bright, pores looked smaller, and my skin felt very well conditioned.

NEOGEN DERMALOGY PROBIOTICS YOUTH REPAIR EMULSION

Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate – 71ppm – 0.0071%
Bifida Ferment Lysate – 7ppb – 0.0000007%
Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment – 2ppb – 0.0000002%

Very light lotiony texture, I can’t recall using another milky product like this. I usually go for hydrating products like this mostly because of the size – way more than you’d get in an average size serum and still similar ingredients, so I can use a more generous amount all over my face and neck. It did not set as thick as I thought it would and it felt quite pleasant.


NEOGEN DERMALOGY PROBIOTICS DOUBLE ACTION SERUM

Probiotic Serum
Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate – 21%
Bifida Ferment Lysate – 21ppm – 0.0021%
Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment – 6ppm – 0.0006%

Pro Barrier Action Serum
Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate – 10ppm – 0.001%
Bifida Ferment Lysate – 0.98ppb – 0.000000098%
Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment – 0.28ppb – 0.000000028%

I personally do not see the need for 2 separate serums. Both of them have the same three fermented ingredients at different concentrations, the Peptides, Allantoin, Betaine, Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide, Cholesterol… there are some minor differences in the formula that make one seem thicker over the other. I guess it’s just to have options if you buy one of the Probiotics products. The textures are both lighter than the emulsion, but one offers more ferment. I find with this type of formula, I’m more likely to incorporate it when layering various hydrators in my routine.


NEOGEN DERMALOGY PROBIOTICS YOUTH REPAIR CREAM

Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate – 14.3%
Bifida Ferment Lysate – 14ppm – 0.0014%
Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment – 0.0004%

Neogen’s Probiotics Youth Repair Cream is formulated with the most ferment filtrate out of the two moisturizers in the collection and the richer texture of the two. I like how emollient the finish feels on this one and it does feel like it satisfies my skin’s moisture levels a bit more. It’s not on the same level as my current go-to, but I noticed this moisturizer was all I needed when I used a sheet mask prior! Other times I paired it with an occlusive over top since it is winter now and I did not want to risk feeling too dry in the morning.


NEOGEN DERMALOGY PROBIOTICS RELIEF CREAM

Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment – 2ppb – 0.0000002%

The lighter cream of the two offered, and the one with the least amount of ferment. Not a bad thing, sometimes it’s nice to have a simpler product in the collection! For my dryer skin, it’s something I would use like a hydrator before my actual moisturizer. It leaves a light hydrating layer on my skin and does not feel heavy with emollience.


FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE NEOGEN PROBIOTICS COLLECTION

This is my first time trying any products from Neogen, and it definitely did not disappoint! While including their various Probiotics products in my routine, I noticed my skin looked instantly smooth, felt comfortably moisturized in this dry weather, kept my complexion bright and even, never irritated my skin, and layered well with other items in my skincare routine. I know the star is supposed to be the fermented ingredients, but frankly it’s hard to give credit to just the them for doing the heavy lifting when there are many other great ingredients included that help with strengthening the skin barrier. Having said that, in my personal experience, essences I have used with high concentrations of a ferment have proven its benefits – brighten, hydrate, and soften skin, and creating an even complexion. Also note just because some have small amounts of the fermented ingredients, doesn’t mean they are not doing anything – not all ingredients only perform well at high concentrations! So seeing fermented ingredients combined with a bunch of other all-star ingredients – I ain’t mad.

The one con that spans across all of them except the Double Action Serum – the fragrance. It is an artificial, bubble gum scent that is not a light, soft smell like cotton candy, but a deeper smell (A for effort with fragrance description). While it does not tend to linger, it is still at times headache inducing. The Double Action Serum uses essential oils; It is very light, the least offensive of the bunch and I find it very pleasant. Headaches did not happen with every use but I was more cognizant of how many products in the collection I was using at a time just to make sure I did not overwhelm myself.

Overall I am really happy I got a chance to experience what the hype was behind Neogen and try out the Dermalogy Probiotics Collection! I was able to work in every product in my routine and enjoyed using them.

WHERE TO BUY:
StyleKorean *

*This is an affiliate link. If you use this link to make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no extra charge to you. Thank you if you decide to use it! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.

If you made it this far in this post, bless your heart, and I hope you found the review helpful and informative.

xo, M

Neogen Dermalogy Probiotics Relief Sun Essence SPF50+ PA++++ – SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #16

I’ve never tried any Neogen skincare before, so I was very excited when a sunscreen was included in a generous PR package StyleKorean sent over! With all the hype around this brand, I did have an expectation for Neogen’s Dermalogy Probiotics Relief Sun Essence – that it would be a cosmetically elegant sunscreen with a ton of skin-beneficial ingredients!

If you’re interested in reading my review on the rest of the Neogen Dermalogy Probiotic Collection, check out the post here!

PR Sample sent for review purposes. This in no way effects my opinion of the products. My reviews are honest, always *casts doe patronus*
Disclosure

ABOUT NEOGEN PROBIOTICS RELIEF SUN ESSENCE

Ditch greasy sunscreens for this water-based, gel type formula that fends off UVA & UVB rays with powerful SPF50+ PA++++ protection. Specially formulated to fight signs of aging, this sun essence is infused with superprobiotics to restore skin’s elasticity while three types of hyaluronic acid as well as milk protein extract offer long-lasting moisture.

– YesStyle.com

Sunscreen Type: 100% Organic
Amount: 50ml
Price: $27 USD

UV Filters:

  • Octocrylene (UVB some UVAII)
  • Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate – Octinoxate (UVB)
  • Ethylhexyl Salicylate – Octisalate (UVB)
  • Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane – Avobenzone (UVAI and UVAII)
  • Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine – Tinosorb S (UVB, UVAI and UVAII)

AMOUNT OF PROTECTION:

  • UVA: at least a PPD of 16
  • UVB: ~60

Full Ingredients List: Water, Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-30/10 Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethiconol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Parfum(Fragrance), Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate, Adenosine, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Isopentyldiol, Xylitol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glucose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Milk Protein Extract, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate, Propanediol, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Potassium Hyaluronate

INCIDecoder

Neogen Probiotics Relief Sun Essence has several types of ferments in the formula at unknown concentrations – Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Streptococcus Thermophilus Ferment. Fermented ingredients claim to help strengthen the skin’s barrier by increasing its moisture levels, while offering a brightening effect and softening the skin. In my personal experience using essences with a high concentration of ferments, I find the claims to be true! Considering the Neogen Probiotics collection is all about strengthening the skin barrier, it only makes sense to include these types of ingredients in sunscreen, the ultimate barrier!

There are also molecules that are naturally found in our skin also part of this formula:

  • Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid (there are also its derivatives) are humectants that are part of our natural moisturizing factors
  • Adenosine – helps with wound-healing and barrier repair, is also anti-inflammatory

Sugar molecules are also included which act as humectants – Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Glucose.


MY EXPERIENCE WITH NEOGEN PROBIOTICS RELIEF SUN ESSENCE

CONSISTENCY:  Gel-cream.

FRAGRANCE: Artificial sweet smell.

APPLICATION: Glides on very easily all over face and neck without issue. It almost looks like it takes on a gel form

FINISH: Glowy, it looks like there are small particles in the sunscreen that adds to the glow.

FEEL: Sometimes it stings a bit after application. Slightly greasy for initial feel, but it sets to a slight tacky finish.

STINGS EYES? Yes.

WHITECAST / TINTED? No, it does not contain any mineral filters or Tinosorb M, and it does not have an ingredient that creates a powdery film on the skin.

WATER-RESISTANT? No.

SKIN BENEFITS? Adds extra moisture to my skin.

UNDER MAKEUP: Does not add or subtract to longevity. On my drier skin type it sets to a tacky finish and I don’t produce a lot of oils or sweat.


FINAL THOUGHTS ON NEOGEN PROBIOTICS RELIEF SUN ESSENCE

PROS:

  • High protection – SPF50+ PA++++
  • Easy to apply the 2mg/cm2
  • Feels light
  • Moisturizing

CONS:

  • Stings my eyes
  • Fragrance is strong

IN-BETWEEN FEELS:

  • The shimmer – I like that they’re not glittery chunks but it also looks a bit much on the skin, especially with the amount needed to reach the protection as indicated on the label. I’m more wary of this because I have visibly textured skin, but I can see those with less texture and/or wear medium coverage foundations like this and not have a problem with it.

The Neogen Dermalogy Probiotics Relief Sun Essence is a cosmetically elegant formula – no surprises here! Shame it stings my eyes, I’m not a fan of going in with a separate SPF on my eyes purely out of slight inconvenience. Also I really wish they didn’t add shimmer particles in it, it seems like it could’ve been glowy all on its own! For those of you who wear foundation more frequently and like using a luminous primer, you may be able to eliminate that step with just this sunscreen.

WHERE TO BUY:
StyleKorean *
YesStyle *

*This is an affiliate link. If you use this link to make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no extra charge to you. Thank you if you decide to use it! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.

As, always I hope you found this post helpful and informative!

xo, M

China Glaze Jollywood Collection – Winter 2020

This is quite an exciting post for me to write, for it is my first time reviewing nail polishes! If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’ve been posting some swatches and a bit of nail art this year. I’ve had an “aha” moment of why painting your nails feels so therapeutic – and just fun! After watching a few tutorials I feel way more patient and comfortable painting my nails. Having said this, I’m still not the cleanest painter on the web, so please forgive me if my cuticle line isn’t up to par like the pros.

In this post I’ll be reviewing the China Glaze Jollywood Collection kindly sent by Nail Polish Canada! I swatched all 12 nail polishes, provided a brief description of each shade as indicated by China Glaze, and my own two cents as a beginner nail polish aficionado!

For every swatch, I used a base coat, painted two coats, and topped off with Seche Vite quick dry top coat. Note that some polishes did need 3 coats, which I will flag down below. My nails are also on the longer side.

PR Samples sent for review purposes. This in no way effects my opinion of the products.
My opinions are honest, always *casts doe patronus*


Tinsel Town, Snow Biz, Slay Your Line

I grouped these three shades together because they all had the same finish and effect. They are shimmer polishes but looked almost foiled when angled differently. Their shimmer had mostly the same colour, and all created a sparkly wet icicle effect in real life! I saw a bit of nail line with 2 coats, but it wasn’t obvious unless I inspected up close.

Tinsel Town is silver shimmer. Pretty colour, but it is quite bright and cool for my undertone.
Snow Biz is a silver gray shimmer. I see hints of red, green and magenta glitter when it sparkles.
Slay Your Line is a silver blue shimmer. It’s what Kelli Marissa would call a “blurple” – sometimes I see an icy blue, other times icy purple.


Screen Vixen

Screen Vixen

Screen Vixen is a gold shimmer matte, a type of polish I never knew existed! The finish and colour reminds me of a frosted gold ornament. The polish was fully opaque in 2 coats, and a bit of shine was brought back with a top coat. Again another pretty colour, but the it looked off with my skin tone.


Melrose Fireplace, Valet the Sleigh

I grouped these two polishes together because they both have larger glitter and dry down to a textured finish. Adding a top coat brings the shine back to both.

Melrose Fireplace is a champagne gold shimmer. Once a top coat is added, it sparkles like Tinsel Town, Snow Biz, and Slay Your Line. In the photo it looks like champagne gold, but in person the colour reminds me of an ivory wedding dress that has a hint of pink with sparkles running through it. I can also still see a bit of nail line after the second coat, but it’s not very noticeable unless I look up close. It is my favourite classic, neutral colour out of the four so far!

Valet the Sleigh is a purple glitter, that has silver, black, magenta, and red glitter. It reminds me of a non-traditional colour holiday party dress! I find the depth of the purple a bit more prominent than what’s shown in the photo.


Famous Fir Sure, Silent Nightlife


Famous Fir Sure is a metallic green.
Silent Nightlife is a lavender shimmer crème.

They both have similar metallic pearl finishes, but I do notice Silent Nightlife looks a little softer than Famous Fir Sure based on the photo. I also learned that this type of polish formula is supposed to be the kind of that shows brush strokes, but I think I did an okay job on the second coat! In comparison to Screen Vixen, the particles are all the same size and colour except it’s a shiny finish. These shades also remind me of soft, frosted looking ornaments, but they are so soft I do feel some spring vibes coming from them.


Yule Jewels and Santa Monica Claus

Is this what is known as a “crelly” formula? Not really a cream and not really a jelly? I could still see my nail line from far away in 2 coats, so these nail definitely needed three coats for more opacity. Both of them are red, but have different undertones to them and I find the sparkle quite different on the two.

Yule Jewels is a light red lacquer with holographic flakes. It is a lighter red compared to Santa Monica Claus, and leans quite warm, like an orange-red. Even with 3 coats I still saw a smidge of nail line, and I don’t see any holographic reflect in this polish, the glitter also looks mostly orange-red with hints of green, I find it more dimensional.

Santa Monica Claus is a red gold shimmer lacquer. Darker and more opaque than Yule Jewels, it also leans on the cooler, more blue undertone kind of red. This one does not have as large or as bright of glitter as Yule Jewels, but it sure still is pretty under false light!


Deck the Malls, Celebri-Tree

Saved the more “difficult” polishes for last! Difficult in the sense that these were the two that had such an uneven first coat when I applied them. After the first coat however it was all the feel I needed to do the second to make it more level. Both didn’t dry to a super textured finish but a glossy top coat definitely helps make them feel a bit smoother.

Deck the Malls is a dark blue glitter. Quite a different colour from the collection, but it still gives me a holiday feel. I like that it’s such a dark blue, but I don’t confuse it for black. The glitters in here look square-shaped and they are scattered as you apply the polish. Inspecting up close, it looks like a soft starry night. The photo is quite up close with a glossy finish, but this colour does give a gentle, subtle sparkle look in person. It’s definitely not as sparkly as the golds and silvers in the collection.

Celebri-Tree is an emerald tinsel. Okay, this is seriously my FAVOURITE colour out of the collection! It looks SO cool! It has some serious Christmas tree (or Christmas grass) vibes. There is clearly a silver bar type glitter in this as well as small silver round ones. Layering this polish also changes up the colour of some of the glitter, giving it a cool effect. This colour instantly reminded me of a ton of Christmas/winter movies – How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Night Before Christmas, the Nutcracker, Chronicles of Narnia. Yeah, it’s peculiar, but the point is the holiday feel and sparkler really comes out of this polish!


FINAL THOUGHTS ON CHINA GLAZE JOLLYWOOD COLLECTION

I really enjoyed trying all these new polishes and new-to-me formulas. China Glaze Jollywood collection offers a variety of different formulas and finishes, enough to make me “ooh” and “awe” along the swatch-fest!

Here are my top colours that gave me the most feels:

You can purchase the China Glaze Jollywood collection at Nail Polish Canada.

I hope you found my first nail polish review helpful and informative! It was fun to do, but wow the fumes.

Let me know how I did in the comments down below, hopefully my swatches next time will look cleaner and I’ll have a steadier hand by then.

xo, M

Rovectin Cica Care Line – Purifying Toner, Balm, Sleeping Pack, and Dr. Mask Cica

Rovectin seems to be the new kid on the block in the K-beautysphere. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, this Korean beauty brand was originally created for cancer patients who experience irritating, skin-drying and barrier deteriorating side-effects from the treatments. Knowing this, Rovectin primarily focuses on providing skincare products to those with the most sensitive skin types – effective, gentle formulations to promote skin health.

I’ve been sent the following products to test out from Rovectin’s Cica Care Line:

  • Rovectin Cica Care Purifying Toner
  • Rovectin Cica Care Balm
  • Rovectin Cica Care Sleeping Pack
  • Rovectin Cica Care Dr. Mask Cica

The Cica Care Line focuses on irritated skin due to acne. Cica – Centella Asiatica – is the key ingredient in this line, alongside Calamine – remember the pink stuff we put on bug bites as kids? I’ve been rotating these products in my skincare routine for the past couple of months and I am ready to share my experience!

I am acne-prone, normal to dry. My skin gets easily sensitized to drying products and environments. I have been using topical prescriptions for my acne daily for almost 3 years such as Vitamin A and Aczone.

Products were sent to me for review purposes, however this in no way effects my opinion of them. My opinions are honest, always *casts doe patronus*


ABOUT ROVECTIN CICA CARE LINE

Cica Care Line for soothing and calming your irritated skin – acne-prone, hormonal breakouts and dark spots. Calamine and Madecassoside work day and night to revitalize your sensitive skin.

– Rovectin.com
  • All products are cruelty-free
  • Some products are vegan friendly
  • All products contain fragrance – I believe the fragrance component has been updated but the overall formula and performance is the same
  • Price point in my opinion is mid-range $$

Not a skin expert in any way, just a passionate skincare enthusiast! For the highlighted ingredients below, I listed the ones I thought were important and their basic function for convenience.


ROVECTIN CICA CARE BALM

Rovectin Cica Care Balm

Price: $26 USD
Amount: 40ml
pH: 6.5 – 8.5

Highlighted Ingredients:

  • Trehalose – humectant sugar molecule
  • Calamine
  • Centella Asiatica Extract, Madecassoside – wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, and have antioxidant benefits
  • Glycerin – skin-identical humectant
  • Betaine – humectant sugar amino acid derivative

A thin, slightly pink gel-cream, I tried the Cica Care balm in 2 ways – spot treatment and all over moisturizer. As a spot treatment I thought it performed decently, it’s definitely a more “supportive” product (as I like to call it) when used alongside my anti-acne prescriptions – helps keep the effected areas calm and moisturized, to prevent any side effects such as irritation and dryness. As an all-over face moisturizer, it’s definitely not enough for my dryer skin type in the winter time in Canada, but I can see this being a good stand-alone moisturizer if I were to live in a more humid place. Paired with the Sleeping Pack, I did find my face comfortably moisturized all through the night.


ROVECTIN CICA CARE PURIFYING TONER

Rovectin Cica Care Purifying Toner

Price: $24 USD
Amount: 260ml
pH: 5.25 – 5.75


Highlighted Ingredients:

  • Glycerin – skin-identical humectant
  • Centella Asiatica Extract and Madecassoside – wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, and have antioxidant benefits
  • Panthenol – humectant with soothing and wound healing benefits
  • Houttuynia Cordata Extract – traditional Asian plant extract high in flavonoids that show antioxidant, soothing, and antibacterial properties
  • Ceramide NP – skin-identical waxy lipid (I guess an emollient?)
  • Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract – an antioxidant, helps with pores and antibacterial
  • Amino Acids – Glycine, Glutamic Acid, Serine, Lysine, Alanine, Threonine, Proline – skin-identical humectants

I opted for this toner as a “morning cleanse” – it has the right pH, moisturizing ingredients, and is quite watery, so I didn’t really classify it as a hydrator in my skincare routine. I’d saturate a cotton round and wipe my face and neck from a night’s sweat and fluff. The big standout of this toner is the fragrance – it has quite a deep Lavender scent to it; I have mixed feelings about it – sometimes I don’t mind it, other times it’s just too strong. I believe the fragrance component in this Cica Care Purifying Toner has been updated so it may not be as strong for some of you considering this.


ROVECTIN CICA CARE SLEEPING PACK

Rovectin Cica Care Sleeping Pack

Price: $34 USD
Amount: 80ml
pH: 6.3 – 6.5

Highlighted Ingredients:

  • Glycerin – skin-identical humectant
  • Betaine – humectant sugar amino acid derivative
  • Panthenol – humectant with soothing and wound healing benefits
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract – humectant/emollient with soothing properties
  • Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate – humectant with soothing properties
  • Allantoin – soothing
  • Bioflavinoids – soothing

My favourite product out of the bunch! I suspect it has quite a bit of Glycerin in the formula, because it immediately reminded me of La Roche Posay Cicaplast Mains which is 30% Glycerin. I like using sleeping masks over my moisturizer, for I don’t find it performs that well on its own for my dryer skin type. The next morning after using this mask, I was always pleased at how well it retained moisture in my skin – comparable to more affordable occlusives found at the drugstore!


ROVECTIN DR. MASK CICA

Rovectin Dr. Mask Cica

Price: $20 USD for 5
Amount: 25ml/sheet
pH: 4.3 – 5.3

Highlighted Ingredients:

  • Glycerin – skin-identical humectant
  • Arginine – skin-identical humectant, wound-healing benefits
  • Centella Asiatica Extract and Madecassoside – wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, and have antioxidant benefits
  • Sodium Hyaluronate – skin-identical humectant
  • Trehalose – humectant sugar molecule
  • Betaine – humectant sugar amino acid derivative
  • Calamine
  • Houttuynia Cordata Extract – traditional Asian plant extract high in flavonoids that show antioxidant, soothing, and antibacterial properties

The Cica sheet mask is a cotton material, was nicely drenched in a more viscous serum, and fit my face well. I specifically used this sheet mask on a day I was experiencing a breakout (not that inflamed) from the It Cosmetics Foundation + Skincare to test out how much it can help my sensitized skin. It hydrated my skin nicely, didn’t irritate my acne spots, but it didn’t really do much to lower the size of them either. I have used sheet masks that are able to reduce the size of breakouts and redness, so I know those claims can be true.

Note on the packaging of the box I have, it says there is salicylic acid in the formula for exfoliation – there is no BHA in any form in it. I don’t know why they would advertise it :\ But just know this is why it’s always important to look at the ingredients list to make sure they have something to match their claims!


FINAL THOUGHTS ON ROVECTIN CICA CARE LINE

Rovectin’s Cica Care Line performed nicely. I like how their formulations cater to sensitive acne-prone skin, nothing stripped or overly sensitized my skin while rotating the products in my skincare routines. Keep in mind my skin is not impaired and I don’t have a lot of inflamed acne, but I still found them to be good supportive products around the actives I do use to help control it. The one major standout con was the heavy fragrance in the Cica Care Purifying Toner, but as I have mentioned at the beginning of this post, Rovectin has updated the fragrance component in some of their products, I believe this toner included. This is where the major pro comes in – Rovectin shows they listen to their customers and continue to grow their brand based on their feedback. Overall I find this line more suitable for those with normal to oily skin types because majority of the products have a light consistency, but any skin type can make them work in a skincare routine.

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As always, I hope you found this review helpful and informative!

xo, M