Cleanser, Face, Skincare

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser.

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser

I first tried this cleanser because I was having a skin reaction to something that I was using. As a result I tried switching out all the products I was using at the time to try to figure out what it was that was causing the trouble. In the end I never did figure out the culprit.

CeraVe was a brand that was recommended to me by multiple people for being gentle on skin and good for sensitive skin. I read reviews online that also said the same – that it was one of the few things that worked for people with sensitive skin. I found that those recommendations were right on.

Less than one pump of CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser was enough to wash my face. I apply it to my wet face, and it lathers up quite nicely. It washes off without leaving anything – it feels like all the dirt, oil, and makeup comes off. I didn’t have to scrub either to feel like my face was clean either. It also didn’t leave my skin feeling tight like some cleansers have in the past.

I was very happy that I didn’t have any reactions to it despite my sensitive skin. If you also struggle with sensitive skin I would suggest giving CeraVe products a try. I’ve also used other products from this line and I’ve really liked all of them so far.

Needless to say, this is definitely a cleanser that I’ll be buying again. It’s gentle on my sensitive skin but also gets my face clean from oil and makeup.

The CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser is available at your local drugstore for $20 or online here (affiliate link).

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Face, Hair, Skincare

Sephora Favorites Beauty Sleep

Today I’m sharing the products in the Sephora Favorites Beauty Sleep box.

Sephora Favorites Beauty Sleep Box

Last weekend I ended up buying a few things from Sephora, so I thought I’d share one of them with you today. I’m currently all about the skincare (my focus recently is to make my skin as healthy as I can), so I decided to buy the Sephora Favorites Beauty Sleep box. It comes with 7 mini sized skincare products that you use at night (though a few say on their labels that they can also be used in the morning).

What does this box include?

 Sephora Favorites Beauty Sleep

Although I have tried a few of these brands in the past, all of these products are new to me. In that regard, this was the perfect box for me to try. Getting to try mini sizes of these products allows me to pick my favorites and then buy the full sized versions of them.

So far the only one that I’ve tried is the Kate Somerville Eye Cream. My first impressions are good and I’m really liking it. I’m super excited to try the Sunday Riley Night Oil and Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector. I’ll be sure to share the superstars of this box once I have a chance to try them all out.

The snow has finally arrived here in Calgary (we actually got so much last week that the city was under a snowfall warning). If anyone has any suggestions on moisturizers or creams that help with dry skin during the cold winter I’d love some suggestions. I have a couple spot on my face that are notoriously dry, and it’s already driving me crazy.

Have you tried any of the products in the Sephora Favorites Beauty Sleep box? Which is your favorite? 

Eyes, Face, Makeup Remover, Skincare

Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover

Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover

I first bought Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover because I liked that it was an oil free formula. Since I first tried it several years ago, I seem to keep coming back to it. Really, who needs added oil on their face? Not me, especially since I’m prone to breakouts.

I know that I probably don’t need to say this, but it’s so important to take off your makeup before going to bed. I know it can be tempting to skip taking it off completely when you’re tired, but it’s hard on your skin. Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover makes it really easy to take off eye makeup, which is part of why I like it so much.

In terms of application, I first shake the bottle to that it gets bubbly. I then put some on a cotton pad. I out he cotton pad on my eyelid for a few seconds to let the makeup remover soak in before I start rubbing gently. Although I do need to rub to get all of the mascara and eye shadow off, it’s not a lot of rubbing. I don’t wear eyeliner, so I can’t speak to it’s effectiveness to getting it off. Since it leaves a bit of a residue after the makeup is gone, I rinse my eyelids with water. It comes off easily.

I really like that fact that this doesn’t feel greasy while it’s on my face. I’ve tried other eye makeup removers in the past that either haven’t been effective at taking off all of my eye makeup or leave behind a weird film that’s hard to get off. That’s definitely not the case with Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover.

It doesn’t take a lot of product to get off all of my eye makeup. I find that a bottle lasts me a few months.

Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover is available at your local drugstore for $9 or online here (affiliate link).

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Body, Moisturizer

Nivea Q10 Plus Firming Body Lotion

I’m a huge fan of Nivea products, so I was looking forward to trying this out. As a result, my expectations were high.

Nivea Q10 Plus Firming Body Lotion

Nivea Firming Body Lotion contains Q10, Creatine, and L-Carnitine. The label claims that with continued use over two weeks it “improves the feeling of skin firmness”.

I found the Nivea Q10 Plus Firming Body Lotion for normal skin to absorb quickly. It wasn’t greasy at all. I found myself wishing that the formula was a bit thicker than it was. While I wasn’t a huge fan of the consistency, I did like the scent.

As for the packaging, I really liked the pump bottle that it came in. Like most people, I prefer pumps over tubs that require using my fingers instead.

In terms of the firming claims, I didn’t see a difference. I’m not surprised, as I wasn’t expecting a visible difference. However, when it comes to moisturizing, I found that it did a great job.

I tend to have dry hands, elbows, and heels, so I’m always looking for something to work on those trouble spots. My skin felt hydrated and moisturized for hours at a time. I found that I got the best effect applying it right after getting out of the shower in the morning.

Although I didn’t notice a difference in firming, I would still buy this body lotion for it’s moisturizing properites. I also think that it’s a great price for the amount of product you get, so it’s a great value.

Nivea Q10 Plus Firming Body Lotion is available at your local drugstore for $11 or online here (affiliate link).

Have you tried Nivea Q10 Plus Firming Body Lotion? What’s your go to moisturizer for dry skin? 

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Cleanser, Face, Skincare

Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser

Today I’m reviewing the Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser. 

Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser

Before I get into this review I thought I’d give you a bit of an idea about my skin. I have sensitive combination skin. I sometimes have reactions to skincare and makeup causing redness. I tend to be oily through my nose and forehead and dry on my chin and cheeks. Yeah, I have really fun skin.

This has been my go to cleanser for years. I seem to have pretty good luck with Aveeno products not causing reactions with my sensitive skin, so I’ve used them quite a bit over the last few years. While I definitely have used other cleansers as well, I always seem to come back to this one.

I typically only wash my face once per day at night before going to bed. If I wash it more than that the dryness on my chin and cheeks gets dramatically worse. I don’t have any problems with the oil getting out of control with just the one wash per day, which I’m grateful for. As a result of using the cleanser just once every day, I’ve found that this bottle will last me a few months.

Just 1 pump is enough product to wash my face. I find that this cleanser lathers up nicely. It also doesn’t have an overpowering scent, which is nice because I find scents can cause my skin to react. It cleans my face without making it feel dry. In fact, my skin feels pretty soft after I’m done. I feel like I’ve gotten all of my makeup off as well as any dirt and oil from the day.

Per their website, the Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser contains Active Naturals Total Soy Complex, which improves tone, texture, dullness, blotchiness, and brown spots. While I don’t have problems with brown spots (yet), I do have some blotchiness that it hasn’t dealt with, not that I was really expecting it to though.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser is available at your local drugstore for $9 or online here (affiliate link).

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Conditioner, Hair, Shampoo

L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Shampoo and Conditioner

Total Repair 5 Shampoo and Conditioner

I’m going to start off this review by sharing what my typical hair routine is looks like.

I wash my hair daily. Between workouts and having naturally greasy roots, it’s just something that I need to every day. In addition to washing it, I also blow dry my hair daily – which I know isn’t ideal, but it just has to happen. I don’t use any other hot styling tools like curling irons or straighteners. I also currently don’t color my hair. It’s probably been 10 years since the last time I did.

Now that you have a good idea of the state of my hair, I think it’ll be easier to share my thoughts on how the L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Shampoo and Conditioner affected my hair.

First and foremost, this shampoo and conditioner duo smell fantastic. I’m much more likely to use a product consistently (and even want to use it) if it smells good, so that’s always a good thing. The conditioner is thicker than the shampoo, which is usually the case.

The L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Shampoo and Conditioner both contain Pro-Keratin and Cicamide. They help to enhance the strength, density, vitality, shine, and silkiness of the hair. Unlike some shampoos and conditioners that can weight hair down, I didn’t find that with this one. In fact, I found that it actually added some volume, which is a good thing since I tend to have limp hair. My hair also feels healthier – softer and more shinier – than before I started using it.

I’m interested in trying out the L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Replenishing Mask, which goes along with the shampoo and conditioner. The next time I see it at the drug store I’m going to buy it. It has good reviews online.

The bottom line is that I’m happy with how this shampoo and conditioner duo worked for me hair. It gave my hair some extra volume while also making it softer and shinier. These are definitely something that I would buy again.

L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Shampoo and Conditioner is available at your local drugstore for $4 each.

Lip Balm, Lips

Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm

Today I’m reviewing the Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm.

Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm

This is my second or third tube of this lip balm. I’m usually using several lip balms at the same time – I then them stashed at my desk, in my bag, and by my bed. I clearly hate to have dry lips. Just like other Nivea products that I’ve tried, it does it’s job for an affordable price.

In terms of application, it goes on smooth and doesn’t get clumpy like some lip balms can get. I’ve tried lip balms like that in the past, and no matter how hard I try, there were always clumps. This Nivea lip balm definitely doesn’t have that problem.

This formula includes aloe, so it’s sure to leave your lips feeling moisturized. I found that it absorbed easily into my lips without leaving them feeling greasy. It adds no color to my lips, which I like. It also doesn’t have a scent either.

Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm is available at your local drugstore for $3 for a package of two. Considering how affordable it is and how well it works, I think it’s a steal.

What’s your favorite lip balm? I’d love to hear about it in the comments. 

Hands, Nails, Oil

The Body Shop Almond Nail and Cuticle Oil

Today I’m reviewing The Body Shop Almond Nail and Cuticle Oil. Spoiler: I’ve been using it for years and it’s a favorite!

The Body Shop Almond Nail and Cuticle Oil

I can’t even remember when I first bought The Almond Nail and Cuticle Oil from The Body Shop – I’ve been using it that long. I’m going to say since at least university. I graduated from university in 2006, so at the very least 11 years.

Once you’ve taken the lid off, you see the applicator is actually a brush. You simply twist the opposite end to release some oil and then brush it into your nails and cuticles. I find that one twist is enough oil for a couple fingers, though my hands are usually pretty dry. If yours are generally more moisturized you could probably get another nail or two done with each twist.

The lid of The Body Shop Almond Nail and Cuticle Oil has a rubber cuticle pusher on it, which is really handy. Once the almond oil has soaked in for a few minutes, you can push back your cuticles. I find this cuticle pusher a bit softer and easier to use than others I’ve tried in the past.

I typically use it at night when I’m about to go to bed. I find that that’s the best way to make sure that the oil sinks into my nails and cuticles without leaving an oily smudge on everything that I touch. It soaks in relatively quickly with some rubbing. The smell isn’t overwhelming, which is nice.

You can find The Body Shop Almond Nail and Cuticle Oil online or at your local store for $12. They’re currently having a buy 3 get 3 free sale plus free shipping on orders over $75, so it’s a great time to stock up on your favorites from The Body Shop.

Have you tried The Body Shop’s Almond Nail and Cuticle Oil before? What’s a favorite cuticle oil of yours? 

Lip Balm, Lips, Review

EOS Strawberry Sorbet and Sweet Mint Lip Balm

Today I’m reviewing EOS lip balm in Strawberry Sorbet and Sweet Mint. 

EOS Lip Balm

First off, I have to admit that I’ve never tried EOS lip balm. Ever. I’ve used lots of other brands, but never EOS. I’m a huge lip balm user. As a result, I was kind of excited to be able to give these two EOS lip balms a try.

I hate when my lips feel dry, so I feel like I’m applying it all the time. It’s probably more like every few hours though. I have one on my desk, one on my night stand, one in my bag – you get the idea. I currently have these two on my desk.

EOS Lip Balm

I’m huge fan of the scent of the Strawberry Sorbet EOS lip balm. It smells like strawberries without being too over the top or fake. Both of these lip balms go on clear and don’t provide much shine. I felt like they kept my lips feeling moisturized for a fair amount of time, a few hours or so. Of course I had to apply a bit more often if I was eating or drinking.

EOS Sweet Mint Lip Balm

I typically don’t go for mint things (the smell and flavor is usually too strong for my liking), but I was pleasantly surprised that I like the Sweet Mint one. Maybe I need to give minty things – whatever they are – more of a chance.

The only thing that I didn’t like was the shape of the lip balm. I know it’s a signature for EOS,but it made putting it in my pocket a bit of a pain because it looked weird and bulgy. In addition, it was tough to get enough coverage in just a few swipes until the top of the lip balm was flatter. Really, those are just nitpicky things and overall I was happy with the actual formula of the lip balm.

EOS Strawberry Sorbet and Sweet Mint Lip Balm can be found at your local drugstore for about $4 each or online Strawberry Sorbet or Sweet mint (affiliate links).

I received both of these EOS lip balms from chickadvisor.com for free in exchange for a free review. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting my blog, I appreciate it! 

Face, Skincare, Towelettes

Burt’s Bees Facial Towelettes with White Tea Extract

Today I’m reviewing Burt’s Bees Facial Towelettes with White Tea Extract. They’re perfect for nights when you’re feeling lazy and don’t want to wash your face with cleanser and water as well as for travelling.

Burt's Bees Facial Towelettes with White Tea Extract

 

I picked Burt’s Bees Facial Towelettes with White Tea Extract up on a whim a few months ago while I was browsing at my local drug store. I’m so glad I did though because it turns out that I really like them.

Not only does the formula of these towelettes smell good, but it’s effective at getting off oil, dirt, and even makeup. The oil and dirt comes off easily, while taking off mascara took a bit more work, but didn’t require any harsh scrubbing. I have sensitive skin, but I didn’t have any reactions using these towelettes.

The wipes are a good size and I’ve always had enough space to be able to clean my face. The cloths are also nice and soft so it feels good against my skin.

I’ve had problems with packaging letting towelettes dry out before, but that hasn’t happened with these ones. Under the plastic lip is a sticker that covered the wipes. This two layered opening has kept my wipes just as moist as the first time I opened them. In addition, the wipes are also easy to pull out.

I keep these towelettes in my gym bag. After workouts when I’m in the locker room I use them to clean my face. I’ve also taken them with me travelling. They’re so much easier to pack than a bottle of cleanser and I feel like they worked just as good for the time that I was away.

I have no complaints about these towelettes. I’ll be buying them again.

Burt’s Bees Facial Towelettes with White Tea Extract are available in drugstores for about $10 or online here (affiliate link).

Have you tried these before? What are your favorite facial towelettes?

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