La Roche-Posay- Hyalu B5 Serum Review

Lately, i’ve been talking skincare a lot, and today i’m doing just that again lol.  I started thinking about incorporating serums into my skincare as i’ve read through research that they tend to penetrate the skin better than a cream and provide great results.  La Roche-Posay is one of my all time favourite skincare brands, I have never been disappointed with any of their products. They recently released a product called Hyalu B5 Serum and I can’t get enough- continue reading for my review.

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Clarins- Moisture-Rich Body Lotion Review

Good morning beauties, hope you had a great long weekend!  We had some nice sunny weather here in Ottawa and so it’s time to bust out the dresses and shorts.  In doing so one of the concerns is that winter dry skin, ew.  I was given the Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion at the Cityline Dave Lackie event in April and it’s absolutely awesome!

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Cityline 2018- Dave Lackie Event

Hi lovelies, I’m super excited to be writing this recap as I had the BEST day Friday.  I was lucky enough to get to attend a Dave Lackie event at Cityline in Toronto!  Beauty Editor and Cityline Beauty Expert Dave Lackie invited us to the station in Toronto where we were treated to a breakfast hosted by Philosophy, and to be in the audience for a taping of the show.  We also got to hangout with Dave, host of the show Tracy Moore and the producers and crew.  We were sent home with an extremely generous gift bag and I am already loving so many of the products we received.

Here is a quick recap of the morning:

Breakfast and a chat with Dave Lackie and Tracy Moore in the green room:

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Lush Cosmetics- Bubblegum Lip Scrub Review

Continuing on with my Winter skin-saver favourites, today I’m reviewing one of my holy-grail products by Lush Cosmetics.  I love Lush, I use a lot of their products from head to toe!

Their Bubblegum Lip Scrub is fantastic.  It is my favourite lip scrub I have ever used.  Winter weather leaves our lips chapped because of the constant change in temperature from hot to cold, interior to exterior, which takes the moisture out of our skin.  Chapped lips is one of the most uncomfortable things, as well as it really ruins my lip look when using lipstick or liner, and that just doesn’t fly with me.

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So I did some research on lip scrubs a few years ago and tried out a few different ones, and Lush’s Bubblegum Lip Scrub has been my favourite ever since.  You can also purchase the scrub in other flavours:

This scrub is formulated with safe synthetics and natural ingredients:

  • Castor Sugar
  • Organic Jojoba Oil
  • Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone
  • Flavour
  • Red 21 Lake

Lush also classifies this product as Vegan.

I like to use this after my shower but you can use this anytime.  The castor sugar gently exfoliates your lips, and the jojoba oil adds moisture back into the lips.  When I am done using it my lips feel so soft and smooth.  When I purchased this at Lush for C$12.00 the girl working told me that you can lick off the excess scrub and it tastes really good.  She definitely is right the scrub tastes amazing, and usually I am not a huge fan of the bubblegum flavour, but I do really like this one.  However, I don’t tend to lick off the excess scrub because to me it feels like I am then swallowing the dead skin I just exfoliated off haha but to each his own!

You can see here how the product looks up close, it really makes me feel like I am going to be moisturizing my lips every time I take the product out of the pot because it doesn’t look dry at all.  I also love the vibrant pink shade.

One of my other favourite things about Lush products is that you get the date is was made as well as the expiry date on the sticker, usually found on the bottom of the product.  It’s also cute how the sticker  has who made that specific batch- makes me laugh every time.

The only thing I recommend when using this is to make sure you wash your hands beforehand.  If you don’t you could be putting bacteria into the pot if you remove it with your finger with unwashed hands.  You can also buy little spatulas or disposable beauty tools at your local beauty supplier to get the product out.  This would be the only thing I don’t like about the product because this method is less hygienic compared to other lip scrubs that come in tube  or solid lipstick-like form.  But I just make sure my hands are washed and clean before taking the product out.

I use this year-round and I am so happy with how well it works!

Have you tried any of the Lush lip scrubs, or any other of their lip products?

 

La Roche-Posay- Lipikar Fluide and Gel Lavant Review

So excited to share with you another brand I am absolutely loving: La Roche-Posay.  If you have sensitive skin, or just want products that are paraben-free or fragrance-free, you must give them a try.

Here is a little info on the brand who’s products are made in France.  I copied this from their website here. “For over 30 years, La Roche-Posay has worked with dermatologists in Canada and throughout the world to invent skincare that meet their needs and requirements. La Roche-Posay also supports them in their training and their role of taking daily care of patients, through a number of actions including educational workshops for patients and awareness campaigns.”

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Since the Winter weather has started here in Canada, my skin has been experiencing some changes this year that I had not experienced before.  My skin has been very dry, and worst of all I developed some redness on my cheeks.

I wasn’t sure what was going on with my skin as i’ve never experienced this during Winter, usually my skin isn’t sensitive, and I don’t experience many changes year-round regardless of the season.  I went to see my doctor to inquire about what I could do.  My doctor thought the redness I had developed on my cheeks on my face to be some mild eczema.  With the change in temperature, indoor heating and cold winds, the rest of my the skin on my body being dry seemed pretty normal, but the redness on my cheeks was really bothering me.

My doctor recommended I switch my body soap, moisturizer and face products to fragrance-free alternatives.  I was reluctant to do this at first, I love my vanilla scented body soap and lotion.  I spoke with my Mom and she had been using La Roche-Posay products for her very sensitive skin and she was loving them.

So I took the advice from my doctor and made my way to Shoppers Drug Mart.  I purchased the same two products my Mom has which are the Lipikar Fluide and Lipikar Gel Lavant.

Here is a little more info on the brand that I copied form their website “With over 30 years’ research experience and 25 patents, La Roche-Posay has become a leading player in the development of products formulated for sensitive skin ensuring the highest tolerance and safety. In this way La Roche-Posay meets the requirements of over 70% of women who claim to have sensitive skin.* (IPSOS Health & Beauty, France, Pharmacie 2007)” Click here to read more.

Lipikar Fluide

Lipikar Fluide is extremely hydrating.  It works better than the body moisturizer I was using before.  The formula is great for sensitive and dry skin.  It is a soothing, protecting hydrating fluid.  The consistency is comparable to any moisturizer you can purchase at a drugstore, and it is white in colour.  When I apply this it goes on looking shiny so I find it makes it easy to see where I have applied it.  It dries very quickly on the skin, and when it does the shine goes away and it leaves my skin visibly softer looking, as well as to the touch.  I use this all over my body and face.  I couldn’t get over how nice it felt on my skin and how fast it absorbs.  When I applied this to my face it did not make the redness on my cheeks sting at all.  The previous moisturizer I was using would give me a burning sensation once the redness on my cheeks was starting to develop.  The Lipikar Fluid is made for skin sensitivity and dryness in babies, children and adults.

Lipikar Gel Lavant

The Lipikar Gel Lavant gives a refreshing clean.  It gently cleanses skin, and is a soothing, protecting shower gel.  It is formulated for sensitive skin in babies, children and adults.  The packaging states it also respects the physiological pH of the skin.  This gel contains Shea Butter and Niacinamide, which helps restore the cutaneous barrier.  Having this barrier in its best state ensures hydrated skin, and protects the skin from infection.

I love to use this in the shower on my face and body.  Sometimes when you use drugstore cleansers they can leave your skin feeling dry and tight, which actually isn’t good for your skin contrary to popular belief.  The Lipikar Gel Lavant doesn’t strip your skin of it’s natural moisture, therefore, my skin doesn’t feel tight after cleansing- this is exactly what you want!

One of the things I love most is how both products can be used on your face and body.  This is not only extremely convenient for your skincare routine, but it also makes both products a 2 in 1.  My skin feels much better.  I love applying the moisturizer because it really takes away any tightness, dryness or discomfort I had previous to moisturizing.  After using these products my skin feels cleaner, it doesn’t feel like I have slathered on anything heavy, and best of all it has not blocked my pores whatsoever.

The redness and dryness on my cheeks has significantly gone down, it is almost completely gone.  I am sure with continued use it will go away completely.  These products do not aggravate it at all!

My skin feels cleaner, more hydrated and all around much softer.  I don’t even mind having to toss my vanilla scented products to the side, because the benefits and results the La Roche-Posay line produces are worth it.  My skin health overall feels and looks much better than before.  I give both of these products a 10 out of 10.

I will be purchasing some more products from their line shortly, so stay tuned for another review!  If you are interested in either of these products I purchased mine at Shoppers Drug Mart.  I will include links to the Shopper’s Drug Mart page here: The Lipikar Fluid was C$29.00 and the Lipikar Gel Lavant was C$21.00.  Although this may seem expensive for both products, I can assure you it is worth it.  When you think about it, seeing as both products are 2 in 1 products you only have 2 things to purchase.  Compared to before I would purchase 4 products: a body moisturizer, face moisturizer, body cleanser and face cleanser.  So when you think about it it’s not really that expensive, and it comes to basically the same amount of money spent if you were purchasing 4 products before compared to now purchasing only 2.

Have you tried La Roche-Posay products?  Let me know in a comment below!

Eden’s Semilla- Vitamin E and Jojoba oil Review

Continuing with the Winter skin-savers, today’s post is all about oil for skin moisturizing.  Eden’s Semilla have sent me their Vitamin E oil and Jojoba oil, and both are fantastic!  If you have not tried moisturizing your skin with oil,  I highly recommend you start- you can thank me later 😉

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I have used many oils as part of my skincare routine, I use them on my face as well as my body.  I have tried various different brands oils, and I can assure you that Eden’s Semilla is top of the line.  Both the Vitamin E and Jojoba oil are so moisturizing on the skin, they really give you the conditioned skin texture and look we are all after.

Vitamin E oil

This is a special kind of Vitamin E oil, because it is a blend of Organic Rosehip and Jojoba.  I really liked using this all over my body and my nails.  Using this on my nails really helped to condition my cuticles.

The packaging reads “Topical Vitamin E contains excellent healing properties for damaged or tired looking skin. A rich blend of organic Jojoba and Rosehip delivers a natural carrier oil that is easily absorbed, fast acting and full of natural goodness. Hydrates and nourishes all in one.”

All of these ingredients work wonders on the skin.  I even noticed a difference in a small scar I have.  Using this oil on it helped to take down the redness and puffiness by conditioning it.  Rosehip and Jojoba are both great oils for diminishing the appearance of scars, I have used Rosehip seed oil on its own before, and it really does make a difference.

Benefits listed on the packaging:

  • Antioxidant protection
  • Non greasy
  • High absorbency
  • Hydrates & nourishes

Jojoba Oil

The Jojoba oil contains Vitamin C and fatty acids for skin defence.

The packaging reads “Closely resembling a sebum, a substance naturally produced by skin glands to promote a softer, more radiant complexion. Contains Vitamin C and essential fatty acids for all round skin defence. A natural conditioner that leaves hair silky smooth- lasting protection for the skin and scalp.”

Jojoba oil is great because it mimics the natural oil your body produces, that is why it is so effective when used on the skin.  It is known to improve dryness and skin texture.  I applied this on my body and feet.  After doing a foot soak with some epsom salts and lavender essential oil, I applied the Jojoba oil to my feet, and it helped a lot with any dryness I had.

Benefits listed on packaging:

  • Natural conditioner
  • Non greasy
  • Protects and repairs
  • High absorbency

Both oils are 100% natural, and extremely conditioning for the skin, but on top of this they are also fast-absorbing and non-greasy.  This is a HUGE plus in my books.  Personally, I don’t like it when my skin feels greasy, or like there is residue on it after using a product- especially oils (even though this can be hard to avoid.)  Eden’s Semilla oils absorb so well into the skin, and you can barely feel any residue leftover.

Both oils are beneficial for:

  • Skin
  • Hair
  • Nails

After using these oils for about two weeks, I notice a difference in the overall consistency of my skin.  By this I mean normally in Winter I have to moisturize my body every single day to avoid getting dry skin, and by the next day I notice my skin already feeling tight and needing to be moisturized again.  Yet since I have been using the Eden’s Semilla oils, my skin still feels conditioned by the next day when I go to moisturize again.  I really like the texture of these oils as well, they are both not too thick and not too thin.  They are very easy to spread on the skin- a little goes a long way, and scent wise they are both very light.

Tip: I like to use these together as well!  If you are pressed for time, or you don’t want to wait for the oil to absorb, I suggest mixing this with body moisturizer.  I put some drops of each in the palm of my hand and mix it with my favourite body moisturizer.  This way it spreads on evenly, and you don’t have to wait as long to get dressed.

In terms of product, Eden’s Semilla offer natural oils, essential oils and facial serums.  You can shop their products by clicking here.  The Vitamin E oil retails for $18.95 for 60ml and $28.95 for 120ml.  The Jojoba oil retails for $19.95 for 60ml and $24.95 for 120ml.  Both oils also come with a dropper that conveniently fits on the bottle.

Have you tried natural oils to moisturize your skin?  Or have you tried Eden’s Semilla products?  Let me know in a comment below!

You can follow Eden’s Semilla on their social media channels below:

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Thank you again to Eden’s Semilla for sending me both of these oils! xo

Bella Aura- Skincare Review

HOLY GRAIL alert!  This is at the TOP of my must-have skincare list.  I love using skincare products that are natural and contain essential oils, so my skincare routine was originally filled with staple products that contain natural ingredients/benefits.  But Bella Aura is this and so much more.  I am absolutely SO impressed with the effectiveness of this line of skincare, and I cannot stress enough how I think everyone needs to hear about and try these products.

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Proudly made in Canada, Bella Aura’s philosophy is to have you feeling your best, because beauty starts from the inside.  They believe “When you’re at your best, the positive spirit within you emanates from the surface of your skin, spreading illuminating energy into the world.  At Bella Aura, our mission is simple: to craft pristine natural skincare infused with groundbreaking technology so that your complexion radiates your pure inner glow.”*  This is so heart-warming to hear.  I love brands that believe in telling women to embrace their natural beauty, and that they are beautiful as they are.  I also love when they stress that feeling beautiful inside is where it all starts, this is what Bella Aura believes, as do I;  so naturally I am intrigued by this brand.

I had the absolute pleasure of speaking with founder and CEO, Yasmine Jones.  She is a genuinely kind woman and a very spiritual person.  Yasmine and I share a lot of the same views, we both believe in meditation and the power of positive thinking, and being happy with yourself as you are.  Sometimes companies can make you feel as though you need their products to “fix” or “mask” the “problems” you think you have.  I find this so sad, because I think it’s important to support brands like Bella Aura who encourage you to feel you are perfect as you are, and to be happy and secure with yourself and that this is beauty.

The Products:

Yasmine was kind enough to send me the entire line of skincare products to try out and review- 5 products total.

“Each of our products contains our exclusive Kamilah blend of four natural botanical extracts loaded with a spectrum of energizing vitamins, minerals and Omega 3,6,9 Fatty Acids.” *

  • Gentle Purifying Cleanser
  • Daily Moisture Repair Emulsion (moisturizer)
  • Antioxidant Booster Emulsion
  • Night Cellular Renewal Emulsion
  • Instant Lifting Eye Contour

Note- Emulsion: “Water based moisturizer with oil. It is lightweight and quickly absorbs into the deepest layers of your skin, leaving no greasy residue. An emulsion has the ability to maintain hydration levels and prevent moisture loss from your skin’s surface. It is beneficial for all skin types, including people with oily skin, as it is a water base and does not cause pore clogging.” *

Not only am I in love with Bella Aura’s philosophy, but I am so AMAZED at how well the products perform.  Here are some individual photos and descriptions of each:

Gentle Purifying Cleanser

Blue logo:  Symbolizes calmness. Blue projects tranquility and inner peace.

“Gently cleanses the skin without stripping its own moisture. Helps skin detox from visible effects that accumulate during the day, purifying and refinishing skin’s surface, reducing visible signs of aging. Replenishes skin with rich, nourishing moisture to keep it soft, smooth and comfortable. Supercharges skin with vitamins and re-strengthening minerals. A velvety smooth texture that doesn’t contain harsh soap.” *

Daily Moisture Repair Emulsion

Green logo: Communicated renewal. Green projects healing, rejuvenation and a sense of nature.

“Infuses skin with High Performance Peptides, rich Vitamins E-A-C-D-F-K-B complex, minerals, omega 3-6-9 fatty acids to nourish, hydrate, rejuvenate and replenish your skin. Provides better hydration properties than Glycerin or Hyaluronic Acid. Proven to reduce trans-epidermal water loss and dramatically improves skin hydration. Helps minimize the look of dullness and fine, dry lines through delivering refreshing hydration. Helps support the skin’s natural collagen and reveals a younger, more lifted look.” *

Antioxidant Booster Emulsion

Orange logo: Symbolizes a burst of energy and creativity. It projects a radiant glow.

“Infuses skin with High Performance Peptides, vitamins C-E-A-B complex-D-F-k, minerals, omega 3-6-9 fatty acids to nourish, protect, rejuvenate and re-balance your skin to provide a more radiant look. Helps the skin detox from visible effects that accumulate during the day by purifying and refinishing the skin’s surface, therefore reducing visible signs of aging. Helps reduce the look of dark spots, discoloration, blotchiness and redness. Helps support the skin’s natural collagen and reveals a younger look. It repairs and restores the skin’s natural barrier that prevents the damaging effects of free radicals.” *

Night Cellular Renewal Emulsion

Pink logo: Evokes compassion, beauty and love. It projects warmth and passion.

“Infuses skin with Peptides, rich vitamins E-C-A-K-F-D-B Complex, Omega 3-6-9 Fatty acids, Minerals and nutrients to replenish, renew, rejuvenate and re-balance your skin for a more radiant glow. Provides your skin with intense hydration and helps protect skin from environmental assaults. Helps support the skin’s natural collagen and reveal a younger, more lifted lookImproves skin hydration, firmness, elasticity to help retain a superior moisture barrier. Stimulate the rejuvenation process of mature skin and dramatically reduce the visible signs of aging.” *

Instant Lifting Eye Contour

Indigo logo: Represents our spirituality and intuition. Indigo projects a heightened sense of awareness.

“Infuses skin with rich vitamins K-E-C-A-F-D-B complex, minerals, omega 3-6-9 fatty acids and peptides to nourish, replenish, rejuvenate, and hydrate your skin for a more radiant look. Helps support the skin’s natural collagen and reveals a more lifted look. Helps the delicate skin around the eyes to instantly look brighter, smoother and more even-toned. Lifts, firms, hydrates and helps define the eye area for a younger, brighter look.” *

I have been using the entire line going on my third week.  The texture of the products are not thick, they are very light.  It spreads so easily on the skin and absorbs extremely well.  I was very impressed with the lightweight formula, and how clean and fresh my skin felt after using them all.  Within the first few days I noticed a difference in my skin.  My skin felt so soft and looked smoother.  Now after continued use it still feels soft, looks smooth and feels more “pure”.  This may sound strange haha, but to be honest my skin just feels overall cleaner deep down.  In addition to this, you know those stubborn blackheads you can never seem to get rid of?  Yes, gross I know!  Well Bella Aura skincare has significantly diminished the appearance of those on my skin, I am absolutely amazed.  No other product has EVER done this for me- ever.

My favourite product out of the 5 if I had to pick one, is the Instant Lifting Eye Contour- just WOW.  I noticed a difference after just one use.  My under eye area is brighter and although I am still young and do not have “wrinkles”, it has made the lines I do have much smoother, and my under eye concealer blends in like a dream now.  It works so well, I looked in the mirror in the morning after the first use and couldn’t get over it.


Interview

I also had the pleasure of interviewing Yasmine to ask her a few additional questions regarding her brand and her views:

Q.1  Chantal: What does Bella Aura mean?

Yasmine: It means a beautiful aura. Your own reflective image that represents both inner and outer beauty, the deep glow from within that illuminates your complexion.

Q. 2  Chantal: What is your number one tip for feeling beautiful inside and out?

Yasmine: Beauty is about living your life and being happy with yourself inside and out. Being happy that doesn’t mean that everything is perfect, it means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections. You create your beauty with your attitude, behavior and actions.

Q. 3  Chantal: If you could use one word to describe Bella Aura Skincare what would it be?

Yasmine: Complete.

Q. 4  Chantal: What is one piece of advice you would give your younger self?

Yasmine: Happiness is when you feel good about yourself without feeling the need for anyone else’s approval. You live life on your own term instead of buckling to society’s pressures. Surround yourself with positive, spiritual and loving people that bring you joy and success in all areas of your life. Be grateful for what you already have and you will attract more good things. Gratitude is a powerful process for shifting your energy and bringing more of what you want in life. Love yourself for who you are.

I encourage you to read Yasmine’s story here.  It is truly touching and explains how Bella Aura came about.


I give Bella Aura skincare a 10 out of 10.  I am blown away by the company philosophy, research, formula and performance/effectiveness of the products.  Trust me, you NEED to try this, you will not regret it.  In addition to the fact that this skincare line produces results, you would also be supporting a brand that is proudly Canadian, and that has a founder that is truly an inspirational and beautiful person inside and out.

Find Bella Aura Online:

Website

http://www.bellaaura.com/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/BellaAuraSkin

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/bellaauraskin/

All content marked with a “*” is taken from Bella Aura marketing pieces and/or website.