Face Masks 101

Hello my pretty berries,

I thought I would talk to you about face masks. I’m not much of a professional when it comes to skincare but this is just how I do it and it’s been working fine for me. Basically, face masks comes in a gamut of brands that does different things, looks differently, smells differently and feels differently. There are even mask that comes in a creamy/lotion form or powder form or facial sheets. I guess my point is that the choices are endless with different purposes. The most important part in this process is how you prep your face prior to applying the face mask. For me, I like to give my face a really good scrub (I will talk about different kind of face scrubs in another blog) in order to remove all the dead skin and helps the masks to perform better. Then, if I have the extra time, I would grab some simmering water and put it in a bowl large enough that I can put my face over it . This will allow to open up my pores, again, to further help the face mask perform and I get the most benefit this way. Sometimes, I would put in green tea bags or those tablets that you can buy at Lush which are amazing!

Just click on the pictures to see where you can buy these face masks.

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I like all the Freeman face masks line but this one is my absolute favourite. Not just because it smells like chocolate heaven but it actually brighten your face and minimizes your pores. I’ve had this for a while now and I’m just halfway though the tube so I mean it’s a really good buy and it’s a drugstore product so it’s easy to find.

 

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I gotta tell you that your face will feel really minty and refresh overtime you use it. I believe I got mine at Sally’s when I was down in the U.S. probably 1.5 years ago and I still have more than half the tub left and I use this at least once a week. It does have a greenish colour that may be a bit unpleasant at first but after a while I don’t mind it anymore. As for the smell, it doesn’t really smell anything specific but I guess if I would describe it, I would say it smells like minty clay?

 

 

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St. Ive’s products are very affordable and can easily be found in any drugstores. I’ve used many of their products but I’ve used the “Timeless Skin” mask the longest and I have an extra one as a back up because I’m scared I will run out of it. It extracts all the gunk out of your face and leaves you with baby soft skin; what else can you ask for!?

 

 

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I am a true believer of this brand and I swear by all their skincare too I just wish that I don’t have to always order it online because shipping cost too much after a while. I am trying to save it so I only have to use it when my skin is really bad or breaking out or when I have a party to go to because it’s not as easy to get compared to my drugstore products. Anyhow, the product itself is amazing to my skin and the kaolin clay in it helps to draw out all the impurities and nourishes your face at the same time. I love love love love this! If there’s one thing you would want to get then I highly suggest you get this mask. Plus, it’s an organic product (the whole company focuses on organic products) which means that they don’t use any preservatives or other additives that are unnecessary or will irritate your skin. Okay, I can go on and on and on so I will just stop here and possibly do a big haul when I make a re-order of some of the products I love from Michael Todd.

 

 

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This is a more recent discovery but I already love it. I mainly got this because it was getting really cold and my skin is getting really dry (more dry than it already is) so I panicked and went on a hunt for some moisturizing mask because all my masks are pretty much meant for drawing out impurities out of your skin and they all make my skin a bit dry after I use them. I went to the Body Shop because they had a buy 2 get 1 free sale so of course I was all over that deal and I pretty much got this baby for free! I tried this that night and it immediately replenished my skin, it feels like my skin got a boost of moisture so the next time I tried it I put it on my face as per usual and then I slept with the mask on (it does dry to a point that it is comfortable to sleep with it) and I woke up with softer skin than I’ve ever had. All in all, I would recommend applying a thin layer of it on your face and neck and sleeping with it to get the most benefit that you can get.

 

That is all from me today my pretty berries, I hope you enjoyed my post and don’t forget to comment and like =)

-Joy

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Top 5 uses for tea tree oil

Hello my pretty berries,

You know how much I rely on this little boy. I pretty much have all my skincare infused with tea tree oil and it sure helps control the break outs without over drying my skin, but did you know that there are many other uses for tea tree oil. I have listed below the top 5 ways that I personally like to use tea tree oil.

Tea Tree Oil

 

  1. Acne

Okay, so this is the most obvious reason why I would even use tea tree oil. We all breakout and it is the most annoying and sometimes painful thing we have to go through. What’s really good about this is that it’s more on the natural side compared to salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which can be too harsh and drying to the skin (especially the face).

 

  1. Insect Bites

Using tea tree oil is a better alternative if you don’t have those over the counter bug bites topical creams. I find that it reduces itchiness just as well as other insect bite medications out there and it’s cheaper. Also, it calms the affected area, which means that it can help reduce the pain and redness and further speed up the healing process. I’m pretty sure that you can even buy the tea tree oil in a roller ball packaging, which is just amazing!

 

  1. Cuts and Wounds

Tea tree oil disinfects that exposed cut or wound which will prevent bacteria from causing any infection. Also, if you need to wash out the inflamed area then you may dilute the oil with warm water and use a towel to gently clean it.

 

  1. Eczema

During the cold winter months, my eczema usually shows up and makes me all itchy from all the dryness of my skin. When I came across this product, I started dabbing little amounts on the areas where I have dry patches (I know its gross LOL) using a cotton swab and that works just perfectly for me. If you want to try this on yourself, you may want to dilute it first and try it in a small area before going all out with it.

 

  1. Ear infections

Okay, before anyone judges, I got an ear piercing a while back that got infected which was really hurting. So I went to the place I got my piercings and the lady there told me that I should use tea tree oil to clean and disinfect around the pierced ear. I am kind of guilty for this because I wasn’t cleaning the fresh new piercing as often as I should to begin with so there you have it, don’t be like me and neglect your new piercings.

 

Alright! So that’s all of my personal top uses for tea tree oil. I’m sure that there are many many more other things that you can use this product and if you know of any other fantastic ways to use tea tree oil please share them on the comment down below.

 

Kisses,

Joy

Skincare Routine ~ Night Time

Hello my pretty berries,

I wanted to make up for the lack of blog posts by posting up my evening skincare routine before this week is over. This is pretty match a part 2 of my skincare. I have already described my skin type on my daytime skin care routine blog post.

You will see below the steps I take before I go to sleep. Although, I gotta be honest I do have my lazy days where I just don’t go through my entire evening routine but I still try to do as much as I can even when I am absolutely exhausted. Anyhow, I just think about breaking out and that usually pushes me to stop being so lazy and go through my entire routine.

I will try to link the websites at the end of the blog post where you can find the products that I am currently using. I will try to link sites that ships to Canada (since I am from Canada) or sites that usually offers real free shipping to Canada. Most of my products can easily be found at local drugstores (Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Rexall, etc.) or at Sephora or at Mac Counters.

 

Evening Routine:

 

Maybelline Clean Express

Maybelline Clean express make up remover

If I were wearing make-up that day then I would remove my make-up first and then continue with my normal evening routine. I remove my eye make-up first using this Maybelline Clean Express Make-up Remover with a cotton pad, which works just fine for me. It removes even waterproof mascara and eyeliners.

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Pond’s Cold Cream

Pond’s cold cream

Once all my eye make-up has been removed, I used this cold cream on my skin (make sure your face is dry when you apply the product) and massage it all over my face and neck area. I have a cloth that I soak in warm water and I use that to wipe away the entire product off my face.

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Mac Cleanse Off Oil

MAC Cleanse Off Oil

This is another option that I like to use when I am super lazy and cannot be bothered with using eye make-up remover and then the cold cream. The Cleanse off oil removes everything!! The only problem I kind of have with it is that it irritates my eyes and makes my sight a bit cloudy but it does go away after a minute or two.

Bioderma

Bioderma cleansing water

Okay, so this is what I use when I’m super super super lazy or tired and I just want to go to sleep. It does work like magic and removes every trace of make-up and dirt in my face. Sometimes, if I’m just home and I felt like I need to refresh my face then I would put some of this on a cotton pad and quickly clean my face.

Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash

Tea Tree cool & creamy wash

If my skin is breaking out or about to have break outs then I usually use this cleanser. It’s infused with tea tree oil, which helps with pimples and acne scarring. The only downside is the smell, which is mainly tea tree oil, but I got used to it and it actually doesn’t bother me as much now.

Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash

Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash

I usually alternate this with my Tea tree cool & creamy wash depending on how I feel on that day. This product is quite new so I am still trying to get a feel out of it but so far it hasn’t totally dried off my skin. In comparison, to my Tea tree cool & creamy wash which is absolutely “creamy” as the product labeled it to be and it doesn’t dry out my skin so I can use it every night.

Lush Lip Scrub in Bubblegum

Lush lip scrub in Bubblegum

We can’t forget our lips! I have very dry lips and it’s gotta be scrubbed every night. The bubblegum flavor is not my fave but I have it so I’m going to finish it. I am thinking of getting the peppermint/mint flavor next time. Let me know if you have tried it before!

Michael Todd Blue Green Algae Toner

 

Michael Todd Blue Green Algae Toner

After all the cleansing and removing all the dirt and make-up on my face then I go ahead and use this toner to further remove more of the dirt/make-up residue plus it actually helps neutralize the Ph all over your face and it is alcohol free. I just use a cotton pad and wipe it all over my face and neck. I love love this product and I have tried other Michael Todd products before and I have loved all of them. Unfortunately, I finished them already so I can’t show you anymore but if I make a new order of Michael Todd Products then I will probably do an updated skincare routine.

 

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

I use this basically every morning and night, which I have mentioned in my pervious post. This is a product that I cannot live without!! I have noticed such a difference in my skin’s texture, lessened/lightened my acne scars and helped to even out my skin tone. I just need a pea-sized amount of the product and pat it around my face and it does absorb really quick.

 

Ole Henriksen Fresh Start Eye Creme

Ole Henriksen Fresh Start Eye Crème

I really like eye creams and this one really does its job. I think this may be a daytime eye cream but I found it too thick for morning so I switched it to my nighttime routine and it works quite well with moisturizing. It is on the expensive side so I don’t know if I would want to repurchase but we’ll see how it goes.

 

Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion

Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion

Another Tea tree product (can you tell I like anything infused with tea tree oil..haha). Again, it does smell like tea tree oil and a lot of people doesn’t necessarily like that smell but it doesn’t really linger so I’m okay with it. It does help with breakouts and prevents any new ones from popping out.

 

Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil

Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil

I apply a drop or two of this after I apply my Tea tree blemish fade night lotion. I gotta say this may be another holy grail for me and I’m almost certain that I will be repurchasing this product.

 

Derma e Vitamin E skin oil

Derma e Vitamin e skin oil

Okay, I know this may be over the top but I only apply this every other day and I gently massage it all over my face and my neck. This pure vitamin e oil greatly helps with any scarring and it does help to keep your face looking youthful. Also, if I do use this product then I would skip the Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil.

 

 

Etude House Sleeping Pack

Etude House Sleeping Pack

This is pretty much an overnight mask that I put on after my eye cream, lotion and face oil have been applied and absorbed in my skin. I only use this 3-4 times a week. I would put just a pea size amount of the sleeping pack and that would be enough to cover my entire face and neck. Once applied, I usually have to wait around 5 minutes for the product to sink it to my skin before I can go to sleep. Then when I wake up, my face feels so moisturized and plump.

 

Life Clear Action, Holista Tea Tree Oil & Mario Badescu Dryng Lotion

Life Clear Action, Tea tree oil, Mario Badescu drying lotion

Now, if I were breaking out that day then I would use any of these three products. I like to alternate my acne treatments mainly because I think that if I keep using the same one, my skin would get use to it and it won’t be as effective anymore. When I do this process, I feel that my breakouts go away a lot faster.

 

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1

I almost forgot the lip balm. So I pretty much use whatever lip balm I can find. My favourite right now is the Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1

 

So that is all of it for my evening routine and I hope that you enjoyed this post. I would love to know what your holy grail products when it comes to skincare so please post them down on the comments below.

 

 

 

Maybelline Clean express make up remover – http://www.maybelline.com

Ponds cold cream – http://www.ponds.com

MAC Cleanse Off Oil – http://www.maccosmetics.com

Bioderma cleansing water – www.murale.ca

Tea Tree cool & creamy wash – www.thebodyshop.ca

Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash – www.thebodyshop.ca

Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion – www.thebodyshop.ca

 

Lush lip scrub in Bubblegum – http://www.lush.ca

Michael Todd Blue Green Algae Toner – http://www.michaeltoddtrueorganics.com

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution – http://www.thebay.com

Ole Henriksen Fresh Start Eye Crème – http://www.sephora.com

Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil – http://www.sephora.com

Derma e Vitamin e oil – http://www.gnc.com

Current Skincare routine ~ Daytime

Hello my pretty berries,

I thought I would start by talking to you a little bit about my skin type. The journey with my skincare seems to be a never-ending discovery of good and bad finds. Since I was a child, I’ve had very sensitive skin and I cannot use just any kind of products that had any harsh ingredients or scents in it. In fact, my skin was so bad I had to get prescriptions from my dermatologist that went on until I got older.

 

Fast-forward to today; I have learned more about my own skin and what it likes and what it hates. I don’t go to a dermatologist anymore but I do still have to take great care of my skin; especially my face.

 

My face is still sensitive and dry which usually means you can get premature wrinkles a lot earlier than a person that has oily/combination skin types. Isn’t that scary?! So I really focus on moisturizing and making sure that my face is always plump and I never miss putting on an eye cream (we do not want them wrinkles too early!!)

 

Below are the products that I am recently using and I’ve also given you different options that I usually alternate depending on how I’m feeling on that day.

 

If you have the same skin type as me, let me know if there are other products out there that I should try out because I like trying out new things and maybe review them for all of you!! I’m on the look out for anything organic or natural.

 

Morning Skincare Routine:

 

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Cetaphil face wash

This is a very gentle cleanser that I have used for many many years and it’s just great for mornings when I just woke up in the morning and just need to kind of refresh my skin.

 

Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Wash

Tea tree cool & creamy wash

If my skin is breaking out or about to have break outs then I usually use this cleanser in the morning. It’s infused with tea tree oil, which helps with pimples and acne scarring. The only downside is the smell, which is mainly tea tree oil, but I got used to it and it actually doesn’t bother me as much now.

 

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

Mario Badescu facial spray

I usually spray this all over my face after I wash my face in the morning. I also like this for times when my skin feels a bit dehydrated and I just do a couple spritz of this on my face and I feel so refreshed.

 

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

Kiehl’s spot corrector serum

This is a holy grail for me and I cannot live without this product! I’ve purchased this a couple times and they do last for a very long time since you only need a pea size for your entire face.

 

Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion

Cetaphil face lotion

Another holy grail product for me. I have used this lotion for many many years (just like my Cetaphil gentle cleanser) and you can never go wrong with this lotion. It never breaks me out and it keeps my skin super moisturized. I also use this on my body since I love it so much.

 

Physician’s Formula Wrinkle Smoother Eyecream

Physician’s formula eye cream

I gotta say this product has all the hype for the make-up products but their skincare is okay. It’s not that bad but I feel like there is nothing amazing happening to my skin when I use this but for now it works great for my morning routine since it is quite thin in consistency and it absorbs super quickly. I am on the hunt for a really good moisturizing day cream so holla at me if you have any eye cream products I should try.

 

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1

 

Kiehl’s lip balm #1

Of course I can’t forget the lip balm, which I am kind of addicted to. It’s something that I switch up a lot just because I lose them in my purse or some magical lip balm fairy takes it.

 

 

 

That’s all of it! I try to keep my skincare routine quick and easy in the morning because I am not a morning person at all. Also, I have been really good at finishing up my products first before I go and buy new ones so that way I don’t overwhelm my skin with too much products.

 

I will be posting up my Evening Skincare routine hopefully before the end of the week.

 

Top 3 Lush Products~!

Hello my little berries!

So I went to Lush the other day and I just want to put it out there how heavenly their store smells. I feel like whenever I leave that store, the scent still lingers on my skin and on my hair and on my clothings! I wish I can just buy everything in there and try them all out but hey I’m not that rich so we’ll stick to shopping in moderation 🙂

Anyways, besides the amazing smell of the store, I did pick up a couple of new stuff. Some of these things I have tried before and most are new to me (and most definitely enjoying!) I just want to let you know that I am also an avid organic/all natural junkie, so I usually like to find the most organic/natural stuff out there especially anything that goes on my skin. I know I know it’s super hard to just get “all 100% natural” in anything unless I made it myself and I know exactly what I put in it. I just think that it is better to have some natural than no natural ingredients, right??

TOP 1

Charity PotThe first one is the Charity Pot. This hand and body lotion smells divine and very moisturizing.  I love to apply this all over my body before I go to bed for the full moisturizing power of the product also because I like how my bed smells the next morning. If you’re still not sold on this product, I think you will be once you find out that the “Charity Pot” is actually putting all of its revenue (even the tax you pay for) towards numerous local charities. I think that it’s actually pretty cool that their pots would display different charities that they contribute to and it just makes me a whole lot better that I am doing my skin some good and helping others at the same time. I’m already halfway empty and I cannot wait to go and purchase another one!

 

TOP 2

 

Vanilla Dee-Lite

 

Top 2 on my list is nothing else but Lush’s Vanilla Dee-Lite! I didn’t even think about it when I went to Lush, I just wanted to pick up some bath bombs but when I passed by the body lotion section I tried this on my skin and holy god of all berries it smelled sooo dee-liteful! I couldn’t even stop sniffing my arm and I tried it again right when I got home; it still smell just as good in the store. This was a new product to me and I am so glad I bought it because the smell is just plain yummy but not too strongly sweet. It surprisingly has a very very settle vanilla scent but not too much with some floral accents in there; nothing overpowering at all. For some reason, I feel kind of sophisticated and girly when I have this on, maybe it’s the lightness and the perfect balance of all the fragrance in the product. You just have to go to the store and sniff it for yourself and tell me you did not just fall in love with the scent.

 

 

TOP 3

bubble bar brightside

 

OKAY! so they have this new vibrant bubble bar at the store called Brightside and boy did it catch my eye right when I got in the store. The moment I smelled this heavenly goodness I thought I was holding an orange, like literally the fruit orange! That’s the only description I can give you is that it smells exactly like an orange. It’s sooo fruity that I feel like it would liven me up when I use this in the bath, so this might be more of a during the day “pamper day” for me since I usually prefer a more calming and soothing smell for night time baths. There’s enough said; I love it!

 

 

I hope you all enjoyed this post! Until next time.