Tuesday, 27 September 2011

My Skincare Routine

As mentioned during my products sweep, here is my skin during the year:

Summer: Very oily
Fall: Oily
Winter: Combination to dry
Spring: Combination to oily

My skincare routine is pretty simple. While it looks like I put a lot of stuff on my face, I don't use all of them during the day. The following is my routine for the fall.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Lunchbreak Haul

Last week, I took a small stroll around my office building... Really didn't get too much, but wanted to show you these goodies at least!

Monday, 19 September 2011

Inspiration in two words...


Just wanted to say a very special thanks to two of my best friends for giving me inspiration over the past few months. 

Beautiful, intelligent, fashionistas, geniuses, bargain-hunters, splurgers... they are the perfect combination of what a best friend means.


Check out their frequently-updated blogs:

Goodies Haul: Makeup, Shoes, and random stuff

Yesterday, my famz and I hit up Buffalo, NY for a small day of shopping. I went there on a mission... not for specific products, but on a mission to visit Target and ULTA, which we don't yet have here in Canada (at least, not to my knowledge).

Special shout out to having the MOST patient family ever!!!

Reviews for each product will come soon. Most of the products I haven't even opened!

Here's what I purchased...

Sonya Kashuk blending sponge with bonus brush & sponge cleanser

Sunday, 18 September 2011

OOTD - Work Look

Well, this is going to be the last time that I'll post so far apart. I been trying to explore options and finalize a few things.

Here's an outfit worn to work last Thursday.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Cosmetic Products Sweep Series - Part 1: Skincare Products

Part 1 - Skincare Products

Hoping you read my post below, which provides important resources on ingredients to avoid in your skincare and makeup products.

It's important to note that the following products reflect my opinions, based on my skin (which is acne-prone). I've based my "sweep" based on the ingredients found on the two sites I listed below. 

Here's my skin during the year:
  • Summer: Very oily
  • Fall: Oily
  • Winter: Combination to dry
  • Spring: Combination to oily
I can't guarantee that the ingredients in the following products are really the source of my recent flare-ups, however I'd rather take extra precaution and rid myself of products that 
contain problematic ingredients.

Here are the products I've gotten rid of and reasons for discontinuing their use:

Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2: Contains denatured alcohol, witch hazel, and menthol: all gravely related to causing skin irritation.

Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Over the past few months, I've noticed my scarring from past acne vulgaris, getting much worse. While I've been able to rid myself of new acne eruptions since 2009 (from being on Accutane for 6 months), the scars are not going away. Unfortunately, in the past month, new eruptions have definitely started up again.

I ignored the worsening of the scars during the past few months and thought maybe the scars were due to dry skin in the wintertime, maybe stress, who knows. While stress is one of the causes for acne, I wasn't convinced that it was the sole reason for the worsening of these scars.

I turned to my makeup and my skincare products. Over the years, I've avoided products containing heavy perfume (irritant), oil (pore clogger), and alcohol (drying effects). 

This time though, I dug deeper (no pun intended)...

Monday, 5 September 2011

August 2011 Lip Products Haul

Hey guys,

Here's an accumulation of lip products I purchased this August. I absolutely LOVE all shades!