Battle of the Eye Makeup Removers

I think I’ve found my favourite eye makeup remover after years of searching. What a struggle, right?

You know the typical issues, it’s either too oily and leaves your skin feeling gross, or it doesn’t actually remove all of your eye makeup – especially for those ladies (and gents) who wear waterproof makeup.

Well my internet friends, I think I may have found the solution (get it?)

Bioderma

Now, if you follow any beauty bloggers or vloggers, you’ve probably already heard about this stuff. It took me awhile to pay attention to Bioderma  Sensibio H2O (let’s just call it Bioderma for the rest of this post) because I thought it was just another super hyped product that was overpriced. I will admit that the price is up there, but I think it might be worth it.

I had only ever seen the bigger 250mL bottles for around $20, so when I came across this itty bitty 100mL bottle for $6, I grabbed it. I’m pretty glad I did, too.

Doing some research on the Bioderma product line, they have a few different types of makeup removing solutions and other products to go along with them. I have the Sensibilo (sensitive skin), but there is also the Sebium line for people with oily/combination skin. Now I do have combination skin but it’s also pretty sensitive. I decided to try the Sensibilo and I’ve had no regrets.

Two products I had previously been using were the Lancome Bi-Facial Double Action Eye Makeup Remover and the Clean & Clear Soothing Eye Makeup Remover, but they both left my skin feeling oily afterwards – Bioderma doesn’t do that. You don’t need a lot of the solution, I use a few drops on a cotton pad before I wash my face at night and I don’t have to worry about scrubbing my already sensitive eyes.

My conclusion: Although overly hyped by every beauty blogger and on the tad bit expensive side, Bioderma works for me!

What are your favourite eye makeup removers?

xx.

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I’m a Lush…

I don’t shop here a lot but, ohhh how I love Lush. The closest Lush store to me is at least a 30 minute drive so I like to save it for special occasions. This past weekend was one of those, as you might have seen I got together with some friends last weekend and ended up going shopping. The mall in particular that we went to has a Lush, so of course I made it my business to go try some new pretty smelling things. I wasn’t at all disappointed.

Pretty pretty lush

Pretty pretty lush

I’d been wanting to try one of their Fresh Face Masks for awhile and I was trying to decide between Cupcake or Cosmetic Warrior. However, chatting with one of the lovely sales associates, he pointed out Love Lettuce and I was sold.

I do this weird thing, when I buy a new product I don’t use it for awhile, but with this mask I had to try it, I’m so glad I did. It left my skin feeling so smooth and without discolouration, which I’m prone to – I’ve always been an easily flushed kind of girl.

Here’s what I loved about it:

  • smells like a cup of delicious hot tea
  • went on smoothly
  • you don’t need to use a lot of product (lasts longer!!)
  • dries quickly and evenly
  • feels fresh
  • the exfoliating beads (of ALMOND!)

Here’s what I didn’t love so much:

  • the colour (but I can look past that, the product is amazing)

The mask left skin feeling smooth and hydrated, I usually put on a mostiurizer right after I wash or exfoliate my face, I didn’t geel like I needed to after I washed it all off. I have somewhat sensitive skin so I’m going to keep using this and loving the way it makes my skin feel – here’s hoping me skin doesn’t freak out.

While I was in Lush, I HAD to pick up a Bubble Bar. This took me awhile, I think I went around the store smelling everything at least twice (sorry Coleen and Meghan). I just couldn’t decide everything just smells and looks so good! I ended up choosing the first Bubble Bar I saw, the Dorothy. Holy cow this thing smells amazing, according to Lush’s website it says it smells of “ylang ylang, sweet figs and uplifting orange oil” fine by me – I’ll take 5 more.

I think another trip to Lush in the very near future is in order…

xx.

My Winter Favourites (so far)

I’ve been debating whether to post about some of my favourite beauty products for awhile now, I want to keep variety on my blog so I thought – why not!

These past few (very busy) months have made me want to pamper myself a little bit more. I’ve always been a drugstore face wash and bar soap kind of girl until I fell in love with a few of the next products.

The Body Shop has always been a place I go to stock up on body wash and body butter when I’m in the mood, but over the 10 years that I’ve been shopping there, I never took a second glance at their skin care products – until now. I would classify my skin as a true combination, my T-zone is oily but otherwise I have fairly “normal” skin. I’ve been on the hunt for a great skin regime for years and I think I may have found it.

The Body Shop Seaweed line seems to do the trick, it controls the oil while still leaving the rest of my non-oily skin healthy and hydrated. At the moment I’m using the Seaweed Purifying Facial Cleanser, the Clarifying Toner, and the Mattifying Day Cream. This combination seems to be doing wonders for my skin. I don’t need to touch up or use as many blotting papers during long days.

I’m also using the Aloe Eye Defense and Aloe Soothing Night Cream after I wash all my makeup off at night to keep my skin hydrated, seriously loving this combination.

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As for the rest of my body, I’ve fallen in love with the Shea line at the Body Shop. Who know’s where this Body Shop obsession started but I don’t hate it.

The Shea line is great, I’m especially loving the body scrub, my skin loves it too! I’m not even joking when I say I’ve bought the majority of the line, the scent is amazing and it leaves my skin soft and hydrated.

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I think I’ll keep writing about some of my favourite (and not so favourite) products. I’ve discovered so many these past few months and I want to share!

xx.

It’s been awhile… it’s been too long

Wow, the end of 2013 became pretty hectic for me and I sadly neglected my corner of fun. For the duration of November and December I had the opportunity to work at a local theatre company and help out with their holiday production. I didn’t realise how time consuming it would be, working 12+ hour days 6 days a week and trying to keep sane didn’t permit a lot of fun blogging time.

I’m back now and super excited for 2014. To say that 2013 was horrible would be unfair, it started out great, had a great run through the summer, and then it teetered off. I want to make 2014 the year of me – how cheesy, but I love it.

I’m promising myself to  go on more adventures with my Canon, take more time to appreciate family and friends, and just grow into my own.

I honestly cannot believe how quickly this past year has gone by, it just doesn’t seem right that it’s already January 2014. So much has changed in the last little while and so far I think it’s good change.

Here’s to a fabulous 2014 filled with love, laughter, family and friends!

xx.