JANUARY 2015 FAVORITES ~!

Hello my pretty berries,

This is it my first monthly favorites for 2015 (duh it’s on January…)! I am so excited to be doing this because I love reading and watching other people’s monthly favorites and here I am posting mine to share with all of you.

Once again, I am doing a blog post plus Youtube video for my January Favorites so I would truly appreciate it if you can check out my channel if you like to watch me chit chat =)

Let me tell you, I bow down to all those people that make it look so effortless and easy. I had to take the week off from all the posting and filming because I was so unorganized and all over the place that I need to pause and get myself together. So now I’m back with a better scheduling plan and deadlines that I hope I can actually commit to. Let me know if you share the same struggle as me. =P

Anyways, let’s get back to business! Below are the products that I have been loving this month and some are actually products that I’ve used for more than a month. My last favourites post was back in October so since then I have discovered new things.

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YOUTUBE LINK: http://youtu.be/HsqsWFK4gI4

MAKE UP

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1

So before we go any further, you will realize that I am very much focused on moisturizing anything that is dry and reviving my dull, lifeless looking skin. Of course, any lipbalm would probably work but I specifically reach for my Kiehl’s Lipbalm because it’s very moisturizing and not sticky. I feel like it’s the one I need for some intense moisture treatment without having that heavy and sticky feel of a lipbalm

E.L.F.  Mineral Lip Tint – Guava

The E.L.F. Mineral Lip Tint is my daytime lipbalm because of the extra pop of color! It has the same exact texture and feel as my Kiehl’s lipbalm but the only difference is the price and this one obviously gives me a slight tint on the lips. I really want to get all the shades that they have online!

E.L.F. Baked Blush – Pinktastic

They categorized this as a blush but I think it’s too sheer and too reflective for a blush so I just used it as a highlight which works amazingly. It blends easily and melts with the rest of my face make-up  like nobody’s business. It’s great for the gloomy days where you really need to look more glowy and alive (unlike the horrible cold weather).

Physician’s Formula Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio

This is probably the best drugstore purchase I’ve ever done because the quality is very much comparable to high-end eyeliners and I’m just a fan of anything that twists up. Not to mention they’re so pigmented and it glides nicely on the eye area without tugging or pulling; you don’t want them premature wrinkles!!

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick – Outlaw

I know this is a rare moment for me to even choose just one lip favorite since I do love my lippies but I managed to pick one that I have been rocking all month long and that is the Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in the shade outlaw. It’s so long lasting and it doesn’t dry out my lips either.

HAIR

Pantene Silk Moisture Whip

It’s pretty much a leave-in conditioner and protectant for the hair. It smells great and my hair has never felt softer since I’ve found this baby. If there is one thing that you’re thinking of trying out then I say you go run to the nearest drugstore and get your hand on this. Just a heads up, it dispenses just like a whip cream container and you got to shake it everytime you have to use it to properly deposit the product.

Nume White Truffle Hair Primer

This came with my Nume Lustrum Set that I got a couple months ago and I use to this alternatively with my Pantene Silk Moisture Whip mainly because I don’t want to run out of it and it’s kind of pricey if I just purchase it on the Nume website. It’s more of an oil rather than a creamy whipped texture but it does work the same although I’ve learned that it performs better if I put it on wet hair and then blow dry it rather than applying it when my hair is already dry. I just don’t think the oil gets absorb as well as when my hair is dried already.

SKINCARE

Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream

Sticking with the whole moisturizing topic, The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream has been nothing but good to me especially for those cold spells that we’ve been having here. So far it hasn’t broken me out nor has it irritated my skin which is a big thing when it comes to face moisturizers. I use only Cetaphil for years and I do still use it but I just wanted to try something new and I can be more happier that I stumbled upon this moisture cream. The vitamin e also acts a a barrier for the skin that helps with looking youthful and brighter.

Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil

Yes yes I know this is such an expensive product and some people would probably not want to splurge for a bottle of oil and I got to say you can probably find a cheaper Argan Oil somewhere else but I  just happened to have this one. I only use this for special events or rougher skin days where I really want to get that really soft and moisturized skin. Sometimes, I use it for the rest of my body and it gives me the most luminous, “Victoria Secret-esque” glow.

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The Body Shop Shea Body Butter

Oh my goodness, you have to see my Youtube video to see for yourself how much I have used this body butter. Seriously, the entire month of January I only used this and nothing else and I am almost done with it. I think I want to get the larger tub that you can get from the Body Shop just to stock up but the smart buyer in me just wants to wait for a really good sale to come up at The Body Shop. The scent of it is so settle and not overpowering at! The Shea Butter doesn’t irritate my skin as well so that’s always a bonus.

Brush Guards

I don’t know how I washed my make up brushes before without these brush guards. It just makes a world of a difference with re-shaping my make up brushes and helping them stay right up when it’s drying.

Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Lotion – Evelyn Rose

Not much to say about this but it has not left my purse when I go out and stays by my bedside when I’m just home. That should be enough to tell you how much I love this lotion mainly because it smells good and yes it is moisturizing too (I feel so repetitive…)

Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner

Aside from focusing on moisturizing my face and body this month, I have also been busy being a germaphobe. Therefore, I need to have a spot cleaner to clean my make up brushes in between uses and sometimes I would actually spray alcohol on the bristles of my brushes (i know it can dry out brushes but I can’t help it) when I remember. I do think that everyone should be spot cleaning their make-up tools since it is what you always use on the face and it absorbs the oil and dirt the most.

Michael Kors Perfume – Sexy Rio De Janeiro

Lastly, my current favorite scent is this sexy Rio De Janeiro perfume by Michael Kors. It’s potent and a little goes a long way. Also, it has this musky scent that I don’t typically go for but this one has a more feminine touch to it that I just cant quite explain but I like it is all that matter right?

Oh my goodness, if you are still with me please like this blog because this is superrr long and I appreciate you reaching it all the way to the end. Also, I just want to thank you all those that have been supporting me on my blog and Youtube journey and I truly appreciate all those who subscribed to me and followed me =) and for those of you who haven’t done those yet then what else are you waiting for!!?!?!? follow me to see more amazing videos and blog posts!

Until next time my beautiful little berries,

Joy ❤

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Sephora Haul

Hi my pretty berries,

I went to Sephora a couple days ago and I thought I would do a quick haul for you. I caved in and bought some things from there but not much.

lipstick

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick – Outlaw

I’ve always been wanting to try the Kat Von D Lip products and I got so excited when I swatched this on my hand in the store. It is extremely pigmented and they weren’t kidding when they said that it’s long lasting. I will update date you more once I get more use out of it and probably do a more detailed product review.

 

 

 

 

brush cleanerSephora Daily Brush Cleaner

I re-stocked my daily brush cleanser because I was running out and the germaphobe in me cannot live without these stuff. It works for day-to-day use (as the name goes) just so it gets rid of the residue from the make-up brushes.

 

 

 

 

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Sephora Machine Konjac Sponge Duo – Polish Me 

This is my first time trying the Konjac Sponges and I have heard good things about it so I will update you all once I have used it some more.

 

That’s all for me today my pretty berries. More updates to come once I can use my products some more. Don’t forget to like and comment =)

 

Kisses,

Joy

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

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.