Multi-masking your way to glowy skin with Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask, Pore Purifying Clay Mask, and Quenching Mineral Mask

Vichy Mask review

My new found hobby is masking – I use a face mask every night if I can, with treatment times ranging from 15 minutes, sometimes up to 1.5 hours (yay May Lindstrom!). Recently Vichy came out with a new mask trio that I’ve very happily added to my mask bar.

Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask review

The Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask is a cute peach-toned gel mask that’s aimed at exfoliating the skin to create a glowy complexion. It contains Vichy’s mineralized thermal water, as well as fruit enzymes as chemical exfoliants in the form of bilbery extract (vaccinium myrtillus fruit extract), sugar cane extract (saccharum officinarum extract), orange fruit water (citrus aurantium dulcis fruit water), lemon fruit extract (citrus lemon fruit extract), and sugar maple extract (acer saccharum extract). It also contains volcanic rock (pumice) as a mild physical exfoliant, and vitamin C (ascorbyl glucoside) for brightening.

I use this mask on the most sensitive parts of my face during my multi-masking sessions – my cheeks. The fruit enzymes in this mask create a mild tingling on the skin. Despite the presence of pumice, this mask is ultra refined and gel-like – I could not feel any grittiness. My biggest dislike about this mask is that the thicker gel texture means that it almost creates a cushion on the skin, which makes it extremely hard to wash off. I washed this off in the shower, and it still took a few minutes of the water blasting directly in my face, I can’t imagine what it would be like in the sink.

This mask is perfect for those who live in the city and lead busy lives. Our skin tends to get congested when faced with a lot of pollution and stress, so this mask is great for slowly giving us back our glow.

Ingredients:

Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask ingredients

>Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask review

The Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask is a ultra refined, almost milky clay mask aimed at deep cleansing and purifying the skin, as well as tightening pores. It contains kaolin and bentonite clays to draw out impurities, Vichy’s mineralized thermal water, as well as aloe vera to soothe the skin.

I wear this in my T-zone and on my chin during my multi-masking sessions. For a clay-based mask, this is very gentle. I left it long for slightly longer than the 5-10 minutes of recommended treatment time, and my skin didn’t feel dried out at all. Due to the thin consistency, a little bit goes a very long way, but is still effective. I found that it doesn’t dry out fully hardened, like other clay masks, but I also need to remember to keep an eye out on it because I don’t have that reminder to wash it off like other masks. My skin felt clean, my pores felt tight tight, but I didn’t feel stripped at all.

The Pore Purifying Clay Mask is great for anyone with congested skin. I think for a clay mask, this one is quite gentle so even those with dry skin can use it, it’s not just limited to oily or combination skin types!

Ingredients:

>Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask ingredients

Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask review

The Quenching Mineral Mask is an ultra lightweight, hydrating gel mask. This has the lightest texture out of all these mask, and contains a high concentration of glycerin for hydration, and vitamin B3 (niacinamide) for brightening and soothing the skin.

I would always use this separately on my whole face, usually after multi-masking with the Double Glow Peel Mask and Pore Purifying Clay Mask. This Quenching Mineral mask is SO cooling and hydrating. It feels like a breath of fresh air on the skin! The lightweight texture is super easy to spread, and immediately I can feel my skin becoming plumper. Vichy recommends using this for 5-10 minutes, but I’ve been reading that people are using this as overnight masks too, which I think is an awesome idea. I left mine on for about 20 minutes, and after washing it off, my skin just felt so plump and bouncy!

I recommend the Quenching Mineral Mask for all skin types. Seriously, anyone can use a dose of hydration, and this one is so lightweight that even the oiliest of skin types can use it to help balance out their skin. The slightly cooling effect is great as an after-sun treatment as well.

Ingredients:

Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask ingredients

In terms of scent, all of these have that very faint fresh scent that’s a signature of Vichy’s products. It’s not overpowering at all, and washes away completely with the mask.

Even better, these masks are available for just $34! And you get 75mL of product, which is pretty generous. Do I recommend these? Absolutely! The Vichy masks offer great efficacy at a pretty affordable price. You can purchase the Vichy masks at Shopper’s Drug Mart, London Drugs, and everywhere else Vichy is sold.

Vichy Mask review

Vichy provides some ideas for ways you can use these masks to multi-mask:

Vichy mask

Lastly, Vichy is offering readers of Maddy Loves a 25% discount off all Normaderm products until September 30 with the code MaddyNormaderm, valid on http://www.vichy.ca/.

Ultimate shopping guide to Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury shopping guide

In the last year or so, my Charlotte Tilbury collection has gone from zero to something like 30+ products. After much trial and error, here are my top 5 must-buy products, as well as top 5 products that were duds for me.

Must buys

  1. Luxury Eyeshadow Palette in the Dolce Vita – My favourite Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow palette, and super wearable for all skin tones. The colours are so wearable for both day and night looks; it doesn’t require a primer to show up with full pigmentation; and it stays put ALL DAY without fading, creasing, or smudging, which is completely unheard of for an eyeshadow palette on me without primer. I’ve worn this for 10+ hours straight with no touch-ups and no fading, and the eyeshadow looked as good as when I just applied it. You need this!
  2. Filmstar Bronze and Glow – If you have a limited budget (okay I’m using a very liberal definition of limited), then you need to buy the Filmstar Bronze and Glow as the only Charlotte Tilbury product. The bronzer gives you the most incredible sun kissed look, while also doubling as a natural sculpt and contour. The highlight is strong and gives you a very beautfiul glow. The powder is ultra refined
  3. Cheek to Chic Blusher in Sex on Fire – My favourite all-rounder blush from Charlotte Tilbury. It gives me a gorgeous rosy glow that’s great for all year round. Charlotte Tilbury blushes are very finely milled and super long lasting, which is great for those hot summer months when makeup tends to melt off your face.
  4. Air Brush Flawless Finish Powder – You NEED to feel this the next time you’re at a Charlotte Tilbury counter because it is so finely milled it’s almost creamy. This is the powder that I can pile on without it ever looking cakey or heavy, and even after multiple layers, it still looks really natural, light, and gives you a very smoothed over look. This is the ultimate low maintenance powder, it’s also the only powder I’ve hit pan on.
  5. Magic Cream + Wonder Glow + Light Wonder Foundation – Okay this is kinda cheating since there are three products here, but I have a legitimate reason for this. I tried the Magic Cream, Wonder Glow, and Light Wonder foundation separately on their own, and they are just meh. I found that the Magic Cream was too heavy, Wonder Glow glowy but not special, and Light Wonder Foundation just not offering enough coverage. However when used together, oh my goodness I get the most incredibly soft focused, glowy skin with medium coverage.

Charlotte Tilbury product recommendations

Honourary mentions: Cheek to Chic Blusher in Ecstasy, what I’ve been wearing a lot this summer; K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Bitch Perfect, my perfect pink nude without washing out my features; Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillowtalk, a pretty pale pink lip liner that is creamy and easy to use.

Skips

Charlotte Tilbury product recommendations

  1. Goddess Skin Clay Mask – I wanted to love this mask so much, it was one of the first Charlotte Tilbury products I’ve ever purchased. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do much for my skin, and it was expensive ($80…). I will still use it because I can’t bear to throw it away (because expensive…), but it’s just not worth the money or the time. I’d rather spend a few extra bucks to get the Ila Skin Face Mask for Revitalizing Skin, which is AMAZING and completely rejuvenates my skin.
  2. Magic Eye Rescue – It gave me milia, that’s all.
  3. Colour Chameleon – I LOVE this eyeshadow stick, it is long wearing, easy to blend, comes in gorgeous colours, and makes my eyes pop. However I’ve had mine for just over a year, with the cap on, and it has already dries to oblivion and now is unusable. I like my eyeshadow crayons to be convenient for on the go, and I can’t bring this out with me because the cap just doesn’t like to stay on, which aggravates the whole drying out thing. For something that is $32, this is just not acceptable, so despite how awesome it is, it’s just not practical or wallet-friendly.
  4. Feline Flick Pen – I generally prefer a brush applicator over a foam one, so the Feline Flick Pen lost points there. It also smudges on me, which is a big no-no.
  5. Full Fat Lashes – I know that this is a cult favourite of many people, I just couldn’t to get it to work on me. My lashes are naturally stick straight and also very short, so I need something that is lengthening, volumizing, and also holds a mean curl. This is none of them. It also smudges a bit on my lower lash line. I tried using this so many times, I just couldn’t find myself loving it, which sucks because so many people rave about it.

Honorary mentions: Classic Eye Pencil in Audrey, smudges on me in the first few hours; Magic Cream, Wonder Glow, Light Wonder Foundation separately, I just get much better results with other day creams, primers, and foundations separately, but together it’s like they have some magic synergy power.

What are your Charlotte Tilbury favourites? What are your Charlotte Tilbury duds?

Review + swatches: Clinique Lid Pop in 01 Vanilla Pop, 03 Cocoa Pop, 05 Willow Pop, 08 Petal Pop and 11 Surf Pop

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Two years ago, Clinique released the Cheek Pop line and everyone went crazy over them. The success was followed by the release of the Pop Lip Colour lipsticks. Early this year, Clinique expanded the Pop line to include eyeshadows, lip glosses, and sheer lipsticks. The eyeshadows – Lid Pops (C$22) – come in the same sunflower imprinted pots as the Cheek Pops, which are super cute. I have five shades to share with you today:

Clinique Lid Pop in 01 Vanilla Pop, 03 Cocoa Pop, 05 Willow Pop, 08 Petal Pop and 11 Surf Pop

  • 01 Vanilla Pop is a matte cream off-white that is perfect for as a base colour. This shade applied creamy with minimal fallout, and stayed on all day.
  • 03 Cocoa Pop is a medium, warm-toned brown with a satin finish. I don’t generally gravitate towards browns but this one is very smooth, pigmented, and generally a lovely staple colour.
  • 05 Willow Pop is an olive green with gold shimmers. This one is one of two of my favourites of the ones I received, along with Petal Pop. It applies very pigmented and smooth.
  • 08 Petal Pop is a beautiful pink with silver almost duochrome shimmer. This definitely my favourite of the bunch. Even though it is sheer compared to the others, it adds a beautiful pop of colour when layered on top of other shadows.
  • 11 Surf Pop is an ocean blue with silver shimmers. This is the worst performing of all the shades, applying patchy with lots of fallout.

Clinique Lid Pop in 01 Vanilla Pop, 03 Cocoa Pop, 05 Willow Pop, 08 Petal Pop and 11 Surf Pop

I’ve tried these a few times and while I do like them, I’m not sure they’re worth $22 each especially because of all the others out there on the market that perform similarly, or even better. These colours aren’t the most unique either, so you will likely find dupes of these in your makeup collection already. The only exception is Petal Pop, which is beautiful and I think everyone should go buy. Otherwise in this era of incredible-performing makeup, these Lid Pops are just not good enough for me to recommend.

Clinique Lid Pops are $22 each and available now at Clinique counters and at Sephora.

The swatches

Clinique Lid Pop in 01 Vanilla Pop, 03 Cocoa Pop, 05 Willow Pop, 08 Petal Pop and 11 Surf Pop
Clinique Lid Pop in 01 Vanilla Pop, 03 Cocoa Pop, 05 Willow Pop, 08 Petal Pop and 11 Surf Pop

Review: May Lindstrom the Pendulum Potion Cleansing Oil + multitasker

May Lindstrom the Pendulum Potion review

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how my first May Lindstrom Skin order got me completely addicted to this brand. May’s line only has seven products in it currently, and because May herself uses her own products, she doesn’t like to add any unnecessary steps in her skincare regime. This fall, May is releasing a new product – the Pendulum Potion – and I received a sneak preview of this multi-tasking oil when I ordered a few of her other classic products. The Pendulum Potion is touted to be a cleansing oil, and can also be used as a hydrating oil for the face and body.

The Pendulum Potion is not on the May Lindstrom website yet, but I reached out to Elli, Director of Care at May Lindstrom Skin and she sent me some instructions for using the oil, as well as the ingredients of this beautiful oil.

Instructions for use (per May Lindstrom team): To experience The Pendulum Potion, make a small pool in your palms, pressing together and inhaling deeply. Massage gently into your dry skin, focusing on areas on congestion, heavier makeup and environmental debris. Wet hands and continue massage and then place a warm, steamy face towel over face and neck, hold, rinse and repeat until skin is soft and cleansed, gently sweeping upwards and complete with a final rinse.

You may also indulge in this beauty as a last step, allowing the goodness to drink right into your wet face, neck and décolleté immediately after cleansing for beautifully balancing and nourishing hydration.

Bonus – I love The Pendulum Potion head to toe on wet skin after bathing to drench myself in a gorgeous aromatic experience. Our new treasure is a truly a multi-tasking must for your ritual.

I have been treasuring my May Lindstrom products so I’ve been using the Pendulum Potion mostly as a hydrating oil serum. Like the Youth Dew, it is entirely made of natural ingredients and oils which help to nourish and balance the skin. I generally spritz my face a few times with a hydration essence lotion in order to get it damp, and then I press one to one and a half pumps of the Pendulum Potion, pressing it into my face and neck. I find the Pendulum Potion not as hydrating as the Youth Dew, so I will follow it with a lightly hydrating gel moisturizer to seal in the goodness.

I’ve also used this a couple of times as a cleansing oil to remove light makeup, incorporating some facial massage in order to get the most of this oil. I use four to five pumps in my palms, and then massage it in my skin for at least three minutes. Unlike other cleansing oils, this does not emulsify, so I remove it using a warm, wet muslin cloth. I am left with the most incredibly soft, supple, and very cleansed skin – all traces of makeup is gone. My skin is also lightly moisturized. I then follow this with the Clean Dirt to exfoliate, or the Honey Mud for a quick 5-10 minute rescue mask if my skin is feeling in extra need of TLC. I seriously can’t get over how lovely my skin feels afterwards.

Because this product isn’t released yet, I don’t have a price point. The bottle I have is 20mL, which is the same size as the Youth Dew, and since I’ve been using it mostly like a hydrating oil, the bottle is lasting me a long time. This is great for going on travels as well, since you can just bring one bottle of product and use it for different things.

I do have to note that my boyfriend commented on the scent of the Pendulum Potion, and he wasn’t a fan of it. I also personally noticed that the scent lingers for a lot longer on the face than the Youth Dew or the Blue Cocoon. I know that May Lindstrom doesn’t put perfumes or fragrances in her products, so it’s just due to the blend of different oils. If you are extra scent-sensitive though, you might want to try out a sample of this first. It reminds me of a stronger, heartier the Good Stuff.

As with all May Lindstrom Skin products, the Pendulum Potion is truly a spa experience. The products are pricey, but I definitely believe that you are getting a lovely pampering session that embodies physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It’s not a must-have, per se, because you can purchase cheaper and similarly effective cleansing oils, but I do recommend it if you want that full spa experience to go with your cleansing ritual every night. May Lindstrom products are for the true skincare enthusiast.

Ingredients: blend of tamanu oil, camellia oil, macadamia oil, avocado oil, olive oil, plum kernel oil, cocoa absolute, peru balsam , sweet orange, myrrh, jasmine absolute, ylang-ylang, lemon, and frankincense

Review – Clarins Extra-Firming Mask

Clarins Extra-Firming Mask review

For fall 2016, Clarins is introducing its first relaxing, anti-aging mask. The Clarins Extra-Firming Mask (C$65 for 75mL) is a leave-on mask that doubles as a massage cream as well. It contains ingredients such as palmitoyl glycine, lemon thyme, organic green banana, and acerola seed, the combination of which claims to reduce the look of tension lines, reinforce the links between collagen fibre and cells, and encourages the oxygenation of cells to revive skin radiance.

Clarins Extra-Firming Mask review

Even though it’s called the Extra-Firming Mask, it should really be called the ultimate night-time relaxation treatment. It comes in a really pretty mauve lavender jar, and the colour of the cream itself is a light mauve lavender that stimulates relaxation. It smells absolutely divine, utilizing another one of the senses to induce relaxation. The texture is a thick gel that makes it perfect for a quick massage. It absorbs completely with absolutely no residue, so that your hair won’t stick to your face. You don’t need to rinse this off, and you can either go to bed and use it as a sleeping mask, or continue with your evening. Because it has a thicker texture with some slip, I don’t recommend using this during the day underneath makeup.

Clarins Extra-Firming Mask is available September 1, 2016, in store at Beauty Court, the Bay, select Shoppers Drug Mart, and online at Clarins.com

Clarins Extra-Firming Mask review

Review + swatches – Burberry Full Kisses lipstick in Light Crimson, Coral Red, Nude, and Military Red

Burberry Full Kisses lipstick in Light Crimson, Coral Red, Nude, and Military Red review and swatches

Burberry makes some of my favourite lipsticks; their Kisses formula is a pigmented, yet still ultra comfortable lipstick that’s great for every day wear. Recently Burberry launched the Full Kisses line, which is a creamy full coverage lipstick. I received four shades to try:

  • Light Crimson No. 517 – bright coral pink
  • Coral Red No. 525 – a bright orangey red
  • Nude No. 505 – light brown
  • Military Red No. 553 – true blue-based red

The texture of these lipsticks is very creamy, with a lot of slip, and feels very comfortable on the lips. Pigmentation is great, being semi-opaque in one swipe, and achieving full opacity in multiple swipes. It doesn’t feel heavy at all, despite the full pigmentation, and it doesn’t settle into fine lines. Wear time is great – I get a 4-5 hours of wear with the Full Kisses formula, which is shortened if I eat or drink too much.

The bullet is different from other lipsticks on the market, having a very flat top allows the user to draw very precise lines to create a perfectly sculpted pout. The only other lipstick I’ve seen like this on the market is Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution line, which also has a flat tip at the top of the bullet.

Burberry Full Kisses lipstick in Light Crimson, Coral Red, Nude, and Military Red review and swatches

Now despite all the awesome things about this lipstick, I need to explain why I actually really dislike it – the lipstick design is just not practical. I love the flat top which makes precise application a breeze, which is super important in a full coverage lipstick like this. However, that top of the lipstick does not screw down, which means I have to be extra careful when removing and replacing the lipstick cap because the inside of the cap will graze the side of the lipstick. This makes on-to-go application nearly impossible.

Burberry Full Kisses lipstick in Light Crimson, Coral Red, Nude, and Military Red review and swatches

When compared to the original Kisses formula, Full Kisses is a lot creamier, with more slip. The original Kisses is definitely more gel-like. Despite this difference, I actually find them to apply and wear very similarly in terms of wear time, pigmentation, and feel on the lips, with maybe Full Kisses being a tinge heavier than the original Kisses.

Burberry Full Kisses lipstick in Light Crimson, Coral Red, Nude, and Military Red review and swatches

All in all, the inconvenience of that bullet tip is enough to offset everything else that’s great about these lipsticks. The original Kisses formula comes quite close to the experience you’d get with Full Kisses, so I would recommend those instead. The original Kisses lipstick also comes in a wider number of colours. With all the other awesome lipstick formulas on the market (see Bite Amuse Bouche), it would be tough to recommend Burberry Full Kisses.

You can purchase Burberry Full Kisses now at your local Nordstrom, the Bay, or online at Sephora.

Burberry Full Kisses lipstick in Light Crimson, Coral Red, Nude, and Military Red review and swatches

The swatches

From left to right (one swipe then layered): Light Crimson, Coral Red, Nude, and Military Red, then a layered swatch of the original Burberry Kisses lipstick in Military Red

Burberry Full Kisses lipstick in Light Crimson, Coral Red, Nude, and Military Red review and swatches

Experience: Tata Harper Brightening Facial at Collective Skin Care

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Tata Harper is one of my favourite natural skincare brands – their cleansers are just out-of-this-world amazing. Tata’s journey started when her father was diagnosed with cancer. The doctor stated that the chemicals present in every day life played a big part in this, thus Tata set out to research and create skincare products that were natural and non-toxic. Tata Harper products are created in a vertically integrated manufacturing and distribution plant located in Vermont, which also houses a farm where much of the ingredients are grown. Her products are certified organic, all natural, and most of the products are vegan, with the exception of certain products that contain beeswax and honey, and also cruelty-free.

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As my biggest skin concerns are hyperpigmentation and dehydration. I received the brightening facial at Collective Skin Care. My facial started with the incredibly luxurious Nourishing Oil Cleanser, this is one of the richest oil cleansers I’ve ever used, and it’s also extremely hydrating and nourishing. It contains Beta Carotene, Vitamins A, C, E, Lycopene and Omega 3 to soften and improve skin texture. It removed all of my makeup, and prepped my skin for the Purifying Cleanser, a cleanser containing enzymes, designed to gently loosen dead skin cells, deep cleanse the pores, and release toxins and pollutants from the skin. Next came exfoliation using Tata Harper’s award winning Regenerating Cleanser, which also happens to be my favourite Tata Harper product. I’ve reviewed the Regenerating Cleanser extensively here, so check it out. One interesting thing to note was that all three cleansers were applied to dry skin, which allowed maximum product penetration and efficacy since the skin is not shielded by water. I felt that using the Regenerating Cleanser dry felt a bit rough on the skin, but I didn’t notice any long term sensitivity.

After triple cleansing and exfoliating, I got to try out the new Purifying Mask. This clay-based mask was designed to deep cleanse the skin and extract any toxins that were buried deep within the pores. It is also filled with natural pressed oils to help hydrate and nourish the skin. Clay is generally a very drying skincare ingredient, but when mixed with plant extracts and oils, it will replenish any dryness with moisture. After removing the mask, it was followed by a face, neck, and decollete massage with their Beautifying Facial Oil.

The oil was removed with the Refreshing Cleanser, which contains pomegranate enzymes, grapefruit and bergamot, french pink clay, and willow bark, which come together to gently cleanse the skin. The Resurfacing Mask, one of Tata Harper’s most popular products, was layered directly on top of the cleanser to create a concentrated enzyme mask, with double the brightening and exfoliating powers. I have the Resurfacing Mask and I’m kind of on the fence about it, which is why I haven’t done a review of it yet. I just felt like it hasn’t done much to my skin on its own, but together with the Refreshing Cleanser, there is mild stinging which feels like the enzymes are doing their jobs.

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The key to this brightening facial was the incorporation of the Concentrated Brightening Essence, applied to the face blended with the Concentrated Brightening Serum. It is rare for a natural skincare line to have brightening products because most products on the market contain chemicals to reduce hyperpigmentation and even out the skintone. However, Tata Harper’s brightening products include ingredients such as sea kelp, milk thistle, enzymes, and willow bark extract to gently yet effectively exfoliate the skin, reduce the look of spots, and also prevent new spots from producing.

My facial finished off with a generous dose of the Repairative Moisturizer. This moisturizer, designed for dry or mature skin types, contains mango seed butter, jojoba seed oil, and raw honey sourced from a neighbouring farm in Vermont. I actually love this moisturizer so much that I went and bought a full sized version – I’m completely in love with honey in my skincare right now, so just the mention of that made me jump on it.

After my facial, I’ve noticed that my skin texture has improved significantly – it is definitely brighter, more refined, smoother, and much softer than it was before. My pores have been deep cleansed, and much of my blackheads have disappeared.

The only downside I can think of is that Tata Harper doesn’t have any products that contain sunscreen, so when I left the facial, I was walking outside on a sunny day with no sunscreen on.

Collective Skin Care in Yaletown offers Tata Harper facials, and while the prices are a bit higher than what I’ve been used to for facials, you will arrive and leave with confidence that the products being used are the very best of the best. I highly recommend the Brightening Facial, especially if your skin is going through a change of season, or if you are preparing for a special event that requires you to look your best. This is a great way to give yourself a skin “reset,” even if you are already using Tata Harper products in your regular routine.

Now here’s a photo with me post-facial with no makeup on. What do you think?

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Review – the mask to end all masks – May Lindstrom Skin the Honey Mud and the Problem Solver

May Lindstrom Skin the Honey Mud review

I am obsessed with May Lindstrom Skin right now; everything I’ve used from the line just makes me want more of it. I recently purchased the Honey Mud and the Youth Dew, and May was very kind and generous to provide me with deluxe travel size samples of all of the products in the line. I’ve been trying everything out in the line for the last few weeks, and I have to say that the two products I feel the most attached to are the Honey Mud and the Problem Solver, particularly when used together.

The Honey Mud (C$98 for 100mL) is described to be a cleansing silk. May claims that “this silken, pudding-like treat gently frees you of the day’s pollutants, infusing your skin with active enzymes and nourishment while restoring your optimal hydration and individual rhythm.” In addition to using this as a cleanser, you can also double this as a mask, applying a liberal amount on the face and leaving it on for 20 minutes.

I’ve used the Honey Mud mostly as a mask because I though it was too wasteful to use as a cleanser. Due to the high honey content (it’s the first ingredient on the list), it’s very thick and a bit sticky, but feels ultra silky on the skin. I’ve left this on my skin for up to an hour, and it never dries out. I wash this off to reveal incredibly smooth, supple, and very hydrated skin that also feels calmed and soothed.

May Lindstrom Skin the Honey Mud review

May Lindstrom Skin the Honey Mud review

The Problem Solver (C$112 for 250g) is a mud-based correcting mask. May’s description says this is “a jet-black fusion of antioxidant-rich raw cacao, healing bamboo charcoal, soil nutrients, salts, and exotic warming spices go deep on a mission to reveal your most radiant self.” It claims to purify & tighten pores, calm inflammations, fight & heal blemishes, improve skin circulation & detoxify the skin. It comes in a powder form, and activates upon contact with water to create a mousse texture that is thick and soothing on the skin. A few minutes into the treatment, the mask will warm up due to all of the spices in the ingredients list, which is what helps to open and clear the pores, as well as detoxify the skin.

Used alone, it has an incredible deep cleansing effect – I will use this if I used heavy makeup, or if I’m travelling in a city with lots of pollution, and I can feel my skin detoxing all of those external pollutants out of my pores. The Problem Solver, on its own, feels almost a bit too abrasive on my skin. I like the skin warming effect, but my cheeks are quite sensitive, and even though May has stated that this is great even for sensitive skin, I’m still a bit wary about using this too much. The instructions say to use equal parts water and powder, but I use just a few drops of water, adding a bit more if necessary to create a thicker, moussier mask. If you use equal parts water, it will be too watery and you’ll find that it drips a bit and can get messy.

My favourite way to use the Honey Mud and the Problem Solver is mixed together; it becomes a detoxifying, deep-cleansing mask that is soothing, gentle and ultra hydrating. I use about equal parts Honey Mud and Problem Solver, add a few drops of water to activate the Problem Solver, and mix together with a synthetic brush so that the ingredients are well blended together. I then spread it on my face with the brush, and leave it on for about an hour. I feel like it doesn’t get as warm as when I use the Problem Solver alone, and it never fully dries because of the Honey Mud. That being said, I washed this off to the most incredible skin – my pores are tightened, my skin feels SO SOFT, and everything feels clean but still hydrated.

May’s products are all hand blended in small batches. You will see the batch date at the bottom of your bottle or jar so that you know you are getting the freshest products.

May Lindstrom Skin the Honey Mud review

Yes, the products are expensive, but a little goes a long way, and May’s full size the Problem Solver mask, if my calculations are correct, will last me anywhere between 40-50 treatments because it is so big. I just finished up my little deluxe sample bottle and already purchased the full size. I will also be purchasing a second jar of the Honey Mud as soon as I run low because I like to use this stuff whenever my skin feels like it needs a bit of a pick me up. Also if you think about it, buying skincare is like therapy – you relax and escape from the daily frustrations and stresses of life, and bonus, you look amazing coming out of it. It’s so worth it, and you need this!

The Honey Mud ingredients: *** Raw Honey with Bee Pollen and Propolis, White Halloysite Clay, * Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia Nut Oil), * Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Absolute) Oil, * Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, * Cananga Odorata (Ylang-Ylang) Oil, * Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) CO2 Total Essential Oil, * Juniperus Virginiana (Cedarwood) Oil, ** Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense) Oil, ** Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil, Argentum Metallicum (Silver).

* Certified Organic
** Wild Harvested
*** Collected from Unsprayed and Unfertilized Fields of Wildowers

The Problem Solver ingredients: Fuller’s Earth Clay, Red Moroccan Rhassoul Clay, **Theobroma Cacao (Raw Cacao), Red Alaea Sea Salt, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Sodium Bicarbonate, Bamboo Carbon Charcoal Powder, *Vanilla Planifolia Bean, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower, *Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root, ***Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense), *Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), *Archangelica (Angelica) Root, *Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon), *Myristica Fragans (Nutmeg), *Syzygium Aromaticum (Clove), *Curcuma Longa (Turmeric), *Capsicum Annuum (Cayenne) Pepper.

*Certified Organic
**Fair Trade Certified
***Wild Harvested

Also lastly I wanted to give a shoutout to Elli, the Director of Care at May Lindstrom Skin. She is so sweet and has provided me with one of the best shopping online shopping experiences of my life. I buy most of my stuff online and she has really made me want to be a repeat customer again and again. Thank you, Elli!May Lindstrom Skin the Problem Solver review

Calling all lipstick junkies, you need Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche lipstick!

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Pepper, Beetroot, and Jam review and swatches

Bite Beauty is a Toronto-based company that specializes in lip products. Their signature ingredient in all of their lip products is resveratrol, which is an anti-oxidant. Bite Beauty’s Maple Agave Lip Mask is my absolute favourite lip mask, especially for travelling when airplane air causes havoc on my dry lips. My lips are generally very dry, so I prefer lip products that are moisturizing, full coverage, pigmented, with a satin-matte finish.

Amuse Bouche (C$30) is Bite’s newest line of lipsticks, complete with 34 different shades that ensures anyone can find a or two shade they love. The lipsticks contain 12 different essential oils – sweet almond, grapeseed, olive, sunflower, apricot, avocado, coconut, argan, pomegranate, sesame, and jojoba – to create the ultimate luxurious, yet edible lipstick. When this line first launched, I purchased the shade Rhubarb, which is a warm mauve pink, and then later I received three shades from the line to try:

  • Pepper – light mauve pink
  • Beetroot – warm medium berry pink
  • Jam – warm royal purple

I can’t say enough good things about the Amuse Bouche formula. It is incredibly pigmented, ultra creamy, and incredibly long lasting. I have very dry lips but I prefer creamy lipsticks, which usually means that the lipstick sinks into my lip lines or gets stuck on the dry pieces of skin. The Amuse Bouche formula is so creamy yet it does not migrate at all, and it actually helps to keep my lips super moisturized. The darker colours are very long wearing, lasting for 4-6 hours even with eating and drinking, and then they also leave behind a stain that lasts for another 4 hours. I remove this with my oil cleanser at night and it’s all gone, so it’s not difficult to remove.

Out of these three colours, Pepper is the most everyday wearable, and goes with a variety of different looks. Most recently, I’ve been wearing Pepper as my lip colour-of-choice along with the rest of Charlotte Tilbury’s Dolce Vita look. I definitely prefer the look of Pepper over the Penelope Pink that’s included with the Dolce Vita look because Pepper helps to brighten up my complexion, whereas Penelope Pink is too nude which washes out my features. For a quick night time look, I can either pop on Beetroot for a brightened look, or Jam for a sultry look.

I cannot stop wearing these lipsticks. If you know me, I have a TON of lipsticks in my collection yet these ones have quickly become the lipsticks that I reach for often. For a high end brand, the price tag of $30 is pretty good, and I definitely won’t hesitate to pick up another shade.

You can purchase the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipsticks at Sephora in store and online.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Pepper, Beetroot, and Jam review and swatches

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Pepper, Beetroot, and Jam review and swatches

The swatches

From left to right (one swipe, then layered) – Pepper, Beetroot, and Jam

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Pepper, Beetroot, and Jam review and swatches

The look

Wearing Bite Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Pepper, with the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita look.

Bite Amuse Bouche lipstick in Pepper

Ingredients:
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Pepper, Beetroot, and Jam review and swatches

Quick review: Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Lip Butter & Foot Butter

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Lip Butter & Foot Butter

Rocky Mountain Soap Co.’s products have been my staples ever since I discovered the brand two years ago. The Lip Butter (I previously shared some limited edition Rocky Mountain Soap Co. products here) is something I can live without. It is easily my all-time favourite Rocky Mountain Soap Co. product as it is super emollient, but not sticky or heavy, and very moisturizing. I slather a thick layer of this stuff on my lips before bed and my lips stay moisturized and protected throughout the night. I also enjoy using this during the day because it’s still light enough to use underneath a lipstick. My favourite flavour of the Lip Butter is the Lemon Lime, and the Peppermint flavour is pretty good too. I’ve shared some with my brother and boyfriend and they really love it too, despite their low maintenance statuses, which is really a tribute to how well the product works without fuss.

The Foot Butter is something I love using when my feet feel dry or in need of a pick-me-up. It’s convenient to use in a solid bar form that you can just rub all over your feet. I’m not a frequent user of foot creams because I find them to be too greasy, but this one isn’t greasy at all and absorbs quickly. You can also easily control how much or how little you want to apply. It’s great for taking on beach trips to keep your feet looking good without the hassle of it being a liquid. I use this mostly in the summer when it’s sandal weather (and when my feet are more exposed causing them to become dry quickly), but it’s also great in the winter right before you put on your socks.

Lastly just as a quick plug, I’ve purchased several of Rocky Mountain Soap Co.’s bath bombs as gifts for my boyfriends mom and she absolutely adores them. In addition to using them in baths, she keeps them stashed away in her car and in other areas of her house to help keep the air fresh. I can definitely see myself purchasing more of the products as presents because they’ve just been so popular with everyone I’ve gifted to in the past!

Have you tried Rocky Mountain Soap Co.’s products?