I finally bit the bullet and purchased a very highly talked about item in the beautysphere – the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF 50+. My main reason for buying it is because I wanted a complexion product that will give me a “my skin but better” look while providing sun protection and mainly consist of skincare ingredients. The It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF 50+ pretty much fills all my requirements! But does it perform well? Onto the review.
What is Glass Skin? Glow Recipe Co-Founder Christine Chang describes it as “…when your skin is so healthy, even toned, and plumped with hydration that it’s almost translucent, like a shard of glass.” – Vogue Article
It was almost instinctive that I brush off glass skin to be something achievable for me. Why? First off, I still break out. Secondly, I’m still trying to heal the atrophic scarring I have from my cystic acne past. So I did what everyone else would do, watch perfect-skin looking YouTubers do it and enjoy the aesthetic vicariously. It actually wasn’t until I saw Edward Avila’s take on glass skin that I became inspired to try it myself. Edward is a KBeauty YouTuber based in Seoul and he has a considerable amount of texture from acne like myself. Despite the crazy glow mixed with texture, his skin overall looked REALLY good and in my opinion definitely achieved the look. To see someone with a similar skin-type as mine prompted me to try it for myself.
I was fortunate enough to receive a nice PR goodie bag from Palmer’s with a selection of products from their new Coconut Oil line. It got sent at a pretty good time, because self-care towards my body has decreased significantly (I’ll just say it: laziness) during these cold months.
I received the following:
Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Body Oil
Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Body Lotion
Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Body Cream
My boyfriend and I have been using all 3 products for a couple of weeks and it’s about time to officially share the love with you all!
Palmer’s is kind enough to provide a set of the same Coconut Oil products we got to 3 lucky winners!
If you are participating, please make sure to click on the giveaway link down below for details on how to enter.
Onto the review!
I love me some chemical exfoliators: they make my skin smoother, keep any wrinkles and acne at bay, and when used in moderation, really amp up the quality of my skin.
I guess I was too comfortable using chemical exfoliants in the form of toners and masks, for I was sent the By Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash* to try out and felt like sorcery was at work!
I was VERY perplexed by enzyme powder washes. My friend loves them, but I just couldn’t comprehend how a powder cleanser could be that amazing. I’ve used powder cleansers in the past, and although they’re handy for travelling purposes, I couldn’t bring myself to to find them a necessity. This is where the noggin’ wasn’t processing the word “enzyme” in enzyme wash!
From my understanding, (food-derived) enzymes are chemical exfoliants that are gentler, and quicker at removing dead skin cells. These types of enzymes are proteolytic, meaning they break down other proteins.
In the case of our skin, they remove old keratin, a skin protein that glues cells to each other to form a protective layer outside the skin. Usually too much keratin is what causes scaly skin and too much build up, which can lead to skin conditions like keratosis pilaris.
While researching the effectiveness of enzyme washes, I could not find any scientific study on its beneficial (or detrimental) uses in skincare. Only sources for enzyme washing detergents popped up, so I’m even more perplexed by enzyme facial exfoliants.
Before we get into the use, let me just say I grossly underestimated this product.
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All thoughts are my own, always. *casts doe patronus*
“The cushion that not only covers acne prone skin but also calms and soothes
1. Contains trouble care and soothing essences to treat sensitive skin all the while providing excellent coverage
2. Provides perfect coverage to leave your skin looking flawless
3. Trouble & Acne Scarring Coverage + Calming + Care
4. Specialized for sensitive, acne-prone skin
Packaging and Amount
Testing the Product
- will cling to dry patches
- reapplication will emphasize it more
- using a setting powder will REALLY emphasize dryness
- This cushion becomes super dewy, you will be doing check-ups quite frequently.
- It may fade faster, since it faded on my dry skin in time.
- It doesn’t emphasize texture. It may emphasize the big bumps on your skin if you have, in which case, I would really precisely set certain areas to make sure that isn’t the case.
Between humid to dry weather, it’ll last longer in drier weather. It doesn’t look like you’re melting in humid weather, but if you’ll be outside all day, expect to touch-frequently.
Where you can buy the Cosrx Clear Fit Blemish Cushion:
Another year, another round up of beauty products I have loved for 2017! And by love I mean… When I think about these products, it gives me the glo on the inside. I’ve actually discovered so many products in 2017, the skincare round up is a different post all-together! I don’t think it’s possible for me to live minimally. So much to try, not enough faces!
IMO, double cleansing is probably one of the biggest reasons my skin started to clear up. Before I used to just run a basic cleanser (*cough* Cetaphil) on my face for a few seconds, rinse it off and rub my face with a towel. This routine obviously exacerbated my skin problems; I wore a cake-face amount of makeup to cover all the imperfections, and barely any of it would properly wash off. I basically just maintained a vicious cycle of skin problems because makeup would always be left on my face. It wasn’t until I discovered the magic of using facial oils as the first step of my skincare routine that I realized how important and beneficial a good cleansing routine is.
In short, Double Cleansing is – well – washing your face twice. But instead of using your regular cleanser two times, you want your first step to be an oil-based cleanser. This is beneficial as the first step of makeup removal because oil easily breaks down makeup and removes excess sebum your skin may have produced throughout the day.
Dermalogica released their newest product, the PreCleanse Balm. It is claimed to be a deep-cleansing balm-to-oil emulsifier that melts away impurities from the skin.
By using this with their Cleansing Mitt (included when purchasing the PreCleanse Balm), it’ll thoroughly cleanse the debris from the skin’s surface, and allow your cleanser to deliver more effective results.
A few weeks ago the company Carbon Coco contacted me to review their Ultimate Carbon Kit* that contains their popular Activated Charcoal Tooth Polish, Activated Charcoal Toothpaste, Bamboo Bristled Toothbrush, Tongue Cleaner, and Satin Pouch. I have been having my own oral health struggles for a bit, and have actually have been eyeing their products for quite a while on Instagram and Facebook, so the opportunity to test out and review these products could not have come at a better time!
“Made from 100% certified organic coconut shell charcoal, Carbon Coco not only brightens your smile, but also improves your overall mouth health. Our medical grade activated charcoal powder removes toxins, stains, and plaque from your teeth through a process called adsorption, in which activated charcoal binds with these particles and flushes them out of your teeth and mouth. The super finely milled polish won’t damage your enamel or gums and also contains bentonite clay, a natural ingredient that helps remineralise teeth plus a hint of lemon myrtle, which has gentle and non-acidic antibacterial properties.”
I have been using the products for two weeks, day and night. They claim that results will be seen in 7-14 days, and I wanted to really put it to the test to see if it works. Please be sure to read the additional information to fully understand how this product worked for me, and how it may benefit your oral health.
I’m just gonna say it right now: this is a magical product. If I wasn’t fascinated by the Face Shop Papaya Peeling gel (First Impressions from a Peeling Gel Skeptic | FT. The Face Shop Mild Papaya Peeling), I’m just blown outta the water by the Charmzone Control Cream Self Massage!
I’m pretty stubborn when it comes to sales clerks giving me recommendations. ESPECIALLY when I don’t ask for help. However, I was convinced to try this product because the cheap Italy Towel I have been using to scrub my face away was making me look… worn. I opted for the advice of the nice Korean lady in charge of the beauty booth at the P.A.T. Market and got a way gentler exfoliant to try (after trying samples).
I’m sure you’ve seen products from Province Apothecary float around my Instagram at some point, and I thought it’s about damn time I write up a post! If you haven’t noticed already, I’ve been reviewing more Canadian products lately, so be sure to check them out and click the category here –> “Canadian” to get a list of select blog posts! I’ll also link down below a few posts I have written up as of recent.
ABOUT THE BRAND
“Province Apothecary began with the mission to produce the best skincare products using only high quality, certified organic ingredients sourced from each Canadian provinces. Julie expertly formulates, blends, and packages all products by hand in small batches, ensuring the highest quality skincare for you. She is blending the wilds of Canada into nourishing and balancing skincare.”
+Hand-blended in small batches to ensure highest quality
+Products for even the most sensitive complexion
+Ingredients sourced from small local farms in different Canadian provinces:
+Organic seaweed – Nova Scotia
+Maple syrup – Quebec
+Organic sunflower oil – Ontario
+Organic beeswax – Alberta
+Organic lentil flour – Manitoba
+Organic raspberry oil + glacial clay – British Columbia
Within good time, since this line is a bit esspenssive (as KathleenLights would put it), I invested in:
The Invigorating + Balancing Toner ($42 CAD/120ml)
Protecting + Restoring Face Balm ($76 CAD/30ml)
Full Brow Serum ($36 CAD/30ml)