The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

If you’re a long time follower, you’re probably sick of me telling you how AWESOME the Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil is. This stuff is liquid silk on my face and removes all my makeup in a snap!

I had run out of cleansing oil and was ready to purchase yet another bottle of the camomile oil (4th bottle I think?) but this time, I thought I’d be rebellious and try out the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter. Essentially the same product but in balm form.

The main purpose of a cleansing oil or balm is to be your ‘first cleanse’ – the first part of skincare routine on the days you wear makeup.  When you rub the oil onto your dry face it breaks down all the makeup and melts it away easily, before you go in with your actual facial cleanser. I never miss the step of using a cleansing oil/balm before my ‘second cleanse’ because it just feels so luxurious to use and it guarantees that all my make up is removed first before I go in with my regular cleanser, which actually works better on already ‘cleansed’ skin.

Anyway, back to the balm. The balm looks exactly like hardened coconut oil. The fragrance is the same as the camomile oil version – mmmmm, love it!

I scoop about a teaspoon with my fingertips and rub it between my palms – this heats up the solid oil into liquid and then I massage my hands onto my face. The consistency of this – even when it it’s liquid state –  feels like it has more viscosity when compared to the camomile oil version, but literally, this stuff works the same.  Once I’m done massaging, I’ll rinse off with warm water and voila – a makeup-free face!  No oily residue left behind and also leaves my skin feeling nourished, yet very clean.

If I had to choose between the camomile oil or balm – I can’t!  I love them both!  They are equal in their performance.  The main difference I’d say is that the oil version is great because of the convenient packaging:  a pump bottle, which means easy access for use while it sits near your bathroom sink.  But for traveling, could be a potential disaster if it leaks in your luggage.  The balm on the other hand: packaging would be great for travelling, solid in a very well-contained tin.  But having to fuss to open it, scoop out the product and then remembering to close it back up, might be a pain for some.

Would I purchase this again?  Yes, definitely!  I think I’ll be rotating between the camomile cleansing oil and balm quite frequently.

You can find this at The Body Shop for $16 Cdn.

Have you tried this product?  Like or dislike?

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L’oreal Pure Clay Face Masks

I am addicted to facial masks. Clay masks, hydrating masks, sheet masks – you name it, I love them all. Some of you ladies and gents think, “I don’t have time for that”. But trust me, if you’re serious about skincare, it’s definitely worth the investment in time to pop on a mask, at least once a week, to amp up your skincare routine.

I was super excited when L’oreal came out with 3 clay masks, all meant to do different things.  Of course, being the guinea pig I am for all of you, I bought all three – and at a great deal, each on sale for $12 Cdn.  If you know, there are some masks out there that cost an arm and leg, so getting 3 masks for the price of one higher end sounded like a pretty good deal to me.

 

I have tried all three and I’ll give you my thoughts on each of them.

For you sensitive skins, all these masks are very fragrant, so keep that in mind, if you find fragrance irritating in your skincare products.

All of these masks are suggested to leave on for 10 minutes, wait to dry, and rinse away.  Personally, my skin is not overly sensitive, so I will typically leave these on for at least 20-30 minutes.

Also, I’ve been using these masks 2 to 3 times a week – rotating every other day with each one.

The red one: Exfoliate & Refine (made of 3 pure clays, red algae, apricot; exfoliates dead skin cells; unclogs and tightens pores)

This is probably my favourite one out of the three. Simply because of manual exfoliation of this mask (since I typically use glycolic acid pads daily for exfoliation) a good once-a-week “scrub” on my skin does it wonders. As you can probably guess, this leaves my face feeling really refined and smooth after using. I let it dry and then wet my hands with water and start massaging into my face. The mask starts to soften up and in circular motions, I work the exfoliating granules into my skin. Rinse away and I’m left with soft, clean, and refreshed skin. If you’ve ever tried the Origins Rose Clay Mask, this one is very similar – but half the price!

The mint green one:  Purify & Mattify (made of 3 pure clays and eucalyptus; for oily and shiny skin)

This mask is the one that leaves my skin the most vibrant and bright looking immediately afterwards.  I love it!  I don’t have overly oily skin and although this mask is targeted for oily types, I think as long as you don’t have super dry skin, this is a good clay mask staple to have in your stash. The scent of eucalyptus is quite strong (I don’t mind it) and it makes me feel like I’m getting a spa treatment. This leave my skin super fresh and clean feeling after using, and somehow bright, luminous and really healthy.  For a mattifying mask, it certainly does, without overdrying.  This is one that I will definitely be repurchasing once I run out of it.

The grey one:  Detox & Brighten (made of 3 pure clays and charcoal; for tired and dull-looking skin)

This mask is your standard charcoal mask. I’d say very comparable to the Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Clay Mask and the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (which I do like very much).  And for about half the price of the Clinique and Origins masks, I’m pretty happy with the quality and performance of the L’oreal one.  After using this mask, my skin definitely looks and feels much cleaner – my pores look like they’ve had a good deep clean!  Definitely a detoxifying mask that sucks out all the impurities and doesn’t leave my skin dry afterwards. I can see this being a really good one to use in the summer months, when I tend to be a little oilier and being outside more, my skin could use this for a really good detox.

If you’re just starting out to clay masks, these are some good options to try (again, if you’re overly sensitive to fragrance, because these do pack a bit of a punch in that respect). Price point is good and the convenience of finding them at your local drugstore is a plus.

I give all three L’oreal Pure Clay Face Masks:  a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried any of these yet?  What’s your favourite?

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L’oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation

You may have noticed I’ve been MIA from beauty reviews in the last little while. Frankly, I did a little makeup budget haul and realized I was over-spending a little too much on products for my wallet’s liking.  I haven’t really bought much makeup in the last few months (spending most of my money on skin care these days). And having a good run-through of my current makeup stash, I realized I have more makeup to last me half a lifetime.

Although I’m being more picky (i.e. wise) with what I spend my money on these days, I really wanted to get my hands on the L’oreal Infallible Pro Glow foundation.  I quite enjoy the L’oreal Infallible Pro Matte foundation which gives more of a full-coverage, matte finish.  My combo skin right now, is slightly drier during this harsh winter, so anything matte tends to cling to my dry spots. The Pro Glow claims to provide 24-hour wear and provide a glowy, radiant finish.  Thought it would be the perfect time for me to try it out.

 

The shade I’m using is Natural Beige 205.  At my drugstore, the range has about 12 shades. I settled on 205 because it was one of the two (Sun Beige 208) that looked to have the most yellow undertone in it which I thought would be a good match for my skintone.  Sun Beige 208 seems yellow based too, but looked too dark for my winter skin (however, I might have to pick this up for when I have a tan!)

I’ve been wearing this every day for the last week and I really like this foundation!  It does leave a radiant and very natural looking finish – my skin still looks like skin.  I apply a light layer with my beauty blender and this provides seamless coverage. It blends very easily – the formula is liquidy and light and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin.  This can be built up to a medium, almost full coverage but I really like the coverage it provides with one, thin layer.

I don’t find that this foundation oxidizes (yay!) but at the end of the day – with a good 8 hours wear –  I would say it slightly is darker but that’s probably because my oils are at full-force by that time of day. No complaints because I’ve had some foundations oxidize within 15 minutes of applying – ugh!

This lasts pretty much through out my whole work day (8 hours) and when I get home a quick check in the mirror shows that my blush/bronzer is still there, so that’s a good sign.

Although this foundation is marketed for drier skin, I can definitely see this being a good foundation for most skintypes.  With my oilier T-zone (all year round), this foundation doesn’t keep that area matte, but setting powder takes care of that if I feel I need it.

Overall, I am really enjoying this foundation – it might be one at the drugstore that I’ll come back to. It ticks off all the things I look for in a foundation and for half the price of some the high end foundations I really like, this is a great option!

Side note:  I’m a big fan of L’oreal foundations, so it didn’t really surprise me that I liked the Pro Glow.  Some of my faves are the Pro Matte, Tru Match, and Lumi, all by L’oreal!

Have you tried the L’oreal Infallible Pro Glow?  Like or dislike?  Have you tried any other L’oreal foundations, if so, what’s your fave?

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