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New Cucumber Herbal Conditioning Cleanser at Kiehl’s, and DIY Cucumber Inspired Mask

Happy Monday All!

I’m excited to say that we FINALLY have the Cucumber Herbal Conditioning Cleanser at Kiehl’s stores in Canada (not online, yet), which is great considering it’s popularity elsewhere in the world! Social media has been living for it recently.

Obviously I picked one up the moment it hit the shelves and I’m already obsessed. It’s thick consistency and light, but fresh smell are a great start to it’s light lather and great cleansing properties; it even takes off light makeup! It leaves the skin feeling moisturized and hydrated which makes it great for a dry skin type, and all skins, even those with acne.

You can pick one up at your local Kiehl’s store, for now!

I was feeling inspired by the launch of the cleanser and so threw together a DIY Cucumber Mask. It was hydrating and soothing, also super cooling. If you’re thinking you might want to give it a shot, see the instructions below!

What you need:


Instructions:

  1. Peel and puree the cucumber,
  2. Mix the other two ingredients with the puree,
  3. Cover and refrigerate for 30 min,
  4. Wash skin using Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Conditioning Cleanser and then dry,
  5. Apply mask to skin and leave on for 10 minutes,
  6. Wash off and finish with prefered skincare routine.

Doesn’t your skin feel super fresh?

I’m vowed to myself that I’m going to start trying more DIY masks and I’ll definitely be sharing those experiences along the way.

I’d also love to know your thoughts on this DIY mask and also the new Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Conditioning Cleanser (once you get your hands on it). As always, leave those thoughts below or shoot me an email.

itspetergrande@gmail.com

Stay Fresh,

=D. 

Foundations… my top 3.

Ladies and gents, something I haven’t done in a while is talk about makeup, simply because I don’t wear much of it anymore. However there are odd days where I feel up to it and may throw on one of my favourite foundations, so I’ve rounded them up for a quick conversation.

In parcticular, there are three that I go between regularly…

< in order of preference >

it Cosmetics / Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream w/ SPF 50+ / $38.00

it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+, Heavenly Skin Perfecting Brush, Bye Bye Pores Finishing Powder

For the longest time I had read and heard great reviews about this well-rounded product but it wasn’t accessible in Canada yet. When I went to New York City in April I obviously dashed for Sephora and stocked up on whatever it Cosmetics I could. The Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream being one of the products.

I generally wear it when I’m headed somewhere fancy that requires bringing my A-Game, and here’s why:

  • Full-coverage, and I mean FULL. You’ve never seen a CC Cream hide your baggage like this bad boy can,
  • Beyond radiant complexion,
  • Full UVA/UVB protection,
  • Skincare benefits from an anti-aging serum featuing Hydrolyzed Collagen.

I will suggest pairing it with the recommended Heavenly Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush for optimal application and wear. I can’t go an application without it.

You’re also going to want to make sure it’s set well and if keeping to the full range of products I’d say go with the Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder from it Cosmetics, yet another personal favourite.

Seriously though, you can’t go wrong.

Surratt Beauty / Surreal Real Skin Foundation Wand / $65.00

Surratt Beauty Surreal Real Skin Wand

About a year ago I was on the hunt for a new foundation, and again, just so happened to be in New York City as well. At the Sephora on 5th Avenue I came across the line Surratt Beauty, also not available in Canada, and an inclination led me to grab their Surreal Real Skin Foundation Wand.

This unique product has a pump at the bottom and bristled applicator at its top for a one-stop-shop product that has it all concealed into one cylinder. Its a smooth and seamless application that leaves the skin looking fresh and dewy, with every wear. It also last great throughout the day, but do expect a HEAVY glow by the end of the day if you have a slightly oilier skin type.

The only down fall to this great foundation is the possibility of damaging the applicator, leading to the overall waste of the entire product. However it hasn’t happened yet, so I’ll just go ahead and knock on a piece of wood.

I say try it. You won’t regret it. It’s definitely going to remain one of my top picks for quite a while.

The Ordinary / Coverage Foundation / $6.90

The Ordinary Coverage Serum Foundation

When it comes to The Ordinary by Deciem there isn’t much more to be said other than cost effective and results oriented. The Toronto brand popped up just a few years back and has made their mark, fast. Whenever I head into one of their shops the Coverage Foundations are never in stock which make them hard to come by.

So when I went into the Bay & Bloor store last week and saw a full shelf, I 100% matched my shade and snagged a bottle.

For $6.90, I’m not going to complain…

  • It has light wear but great coverage (not nearly as much as the it CC+ Cream though),
  • Sits well over a light moisturizer,
  • Lasts well through contact with light water.

I would certainly not recommend it for an OILY skin type and would highly suggest a slightly mattifying setting powder to finish the application off. The full range of shades also makes it a product for almost any skin colour.

Goodluck getting one. But if you do, enjoy!

Essentially these are the foundations I wouldn’t be able to live without, as of right now.

If you’ve tried any of the above leave us some of your thoughts. If not, happy testing! All the links provided will get you to the right places.

Remember the Foundations,

pG. =D

L’Oréal Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Charcoal Clay || Week 2 || Day 7 

Alright so we’ve made it this far, officially the 14th day of masking. Crazy, right?

I can’t even imagine my skin without all the benefits of the amazing masks that I’ve just indulged in and continue to. The compliments I’ve received along the way have been many and it just reiterates the power of dedicating time to taking care of our skin.

This brings me to my final mask of The 7 Day Mask Challenge, and it’s one that I’ve used for quite some time now. Funny enough as I took it out to apply it the other night I realized I had enough for one application left, timing it nicely for the final post of my challenge.

And this mask is…

L’Oréal Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Charcoal Clay Mask

I discovered the L’Oréal Pure-Clay Masks last year when an influencer on Instagram was posting about her experiences with them, and I honestly couldn’t wait to get my hands on them. Overall, they’ve certainly left me satisfied and hungry for more.

From the manafacturers:

  • Detoxify and illuminate skin in just 10 minutes,
  • Luxurious experience while potent pure clays and charcoals act like a magnet to clean out pores as well as draw out and capture deep impurities (such as dirt, oil and pollution),
  • Creamy, non-drying formula leaves skin feeling clean, velvety and rebalanced,
  • Addresses dull, tired skin to reveal a purified, even and radiant complexion.

Although everything said above is entirely true, I find the mask itself got a little drying nearer the end of the pot.

I do this mask often for the reason that its a comfortable experience and doesn’t dry out my skin, while purifying it as suggested. However with my recent application (the last one out of the jar) I wasn’t too happy with my skin the following day. I can vouch for the even complexion and purification 100% as that’s how me skin looked and felt, but when applying my makeup the following morning I noticed a few patches which I assume were dehydration.

Now this also could have been my doing as well as I had did an overnight purification mask the previous night, and may have drawn a little too much out of my skin.

Nothing that couldn’t be fixed though, a few pumps of a hydrating serum followed by a refreshing face mist; does the trick well.

I can tell you that the L’Oréal Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Charcoal Clay Mask is worth the small investment and I would recommend it for a normal to oily skin type, maybe for a dry skin type depending on the sensitivity level. Its definitely a great way to freshen up the skin before a special even or a big day out.

Tomorrow I’ll be back with my final recap of The 7 Day Mask Challenge to summarize my overall experience as well as what my all-time favourites are.

Until then…

Keep Radiant,

pG. 

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque + Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask || Week 2 || Day 5 

I’m a little late with this post, and for that I am terribly sorry!

Now let’s not waste any time and get right into Day 5 of The 7 Day Mask Challenge. I preach it regularly and I have throughout this challenge already, I LOVE Multi-Masking. Being able to use multiple masks in one session and benefit from the results of multiple active ingredients simultaneously is a great way to maximize on time, and usage. For Day 3 I chose to speak about my favourite combo and now we’ll talk a little more about my second go-to.

Deep pore cleansing is extremely important at keeping our pores minimized and sebum levels low, limiting the possibility of a breakout. And who likes breakouts?

However sometimes we may find that a deep pore cleansing mask may be slightly drying, but that doesn’t mean that all are. Regardless it certainly doesn’t hurt to re-hydrate and re-fresh the skin afterwards, which is why I use a combo of…

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque

Here’s what the retailers have to say:

  • Formulated with Amazonian White Clay to gently draw out oil, dirt and toxins from clogged pores,
  • The addition of Oatmeal and Aloe Vera helps to soothe.

Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque

From the manafacturers:

  • Lightweight gel mask formulated with hand-picked Calendula Flower Petals and Aloe Vera bursts into a refreshing surge of cooling hydration,
  • Upon application, dry skin is instantly hydrated and smoothed,
  • Whith continued use skin is revitalized for a healthy looking complexion.

If you’ve been following along with some of my mask posts you should definitely know how much I LOVE my Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque. I’ve mentioned how great of an addition it is to any Multi-Masking combo and even on its own as a refreshing treatment. It literally softens, hydrates and smoothes the skin with an insanely addictive Sweet Lemon smell. 

Now despite my love for the above, let’s talk a little of the Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque now instead.

I said earlier that some deep pore cleansing masques dry-out the skin and that is one thing I do not find I experience when using the Kiehl’s mask. I love how clean and purified my skin looks post-usage, and how nicely the rest of my routine absorbs into my skin once I’ve washed it off. Despite it not being drying I would NOT suggest a deep pore cleansing mask like this one to someone who suffers from dry skin.

However if you are on the oiler side and prone to larger pores and/or blemishes, the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque is certainly a sure-winner for your cause.

Unlike my week with Sheet Masks, as I begin to near the end of my week with Professional Masks I’ve noticed no negative changes in my skin but only positive ones. With Sheet Masks I had noticed a few random blemishes that had left me feeling uncomfortable and it was 100% a cause of overnourishment. So far these results reiterate Professional Masks being more appropriate for a normal-oily skin type…

… and I’m okay with that.

Tomorrow I’ll be back with another one of my favourite overnight masks, until then…

Stay Cleansed,

pG.

* the thoughts and opinions shared in this piece belong to the publisher and publisher alone, with no ties to third-party corporation.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Mask || Week 2 || Day 4

So you may have clued in to this already, but its no secret that I’m a die-hard Kiehl’s fan. Not only do I love the range of masks and how they can be used together, but I love the way the products feel and react with my skin, as well as how results oriented the products are to begin with.

That being said, I do own all Kiehl’s masks at home and use them daily, if not twice daily.

Hydrating our skin is something that is extremely important and often it gets overlooked when people mix Moisture and Hydration as two of the same. To be clear, Moisture is oil and Hydration is water, make sense? And the skin needs an even balance, 50% give or take, of both in order to maintain a healthy function. Now even if you are an oiler skin type, there are definitely skin care products out there designed to hydrate the skin and restore a balance, hopefully bringing oil levels down to a par.

On the other hand if you do have dry skin and it feels tight as well as irritable, you may want to get as many hydrating products you can into your routine to prevent early signs of aging. And who wants to age?

That being said one great way to hydrate the skin is with the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Mask, a HUGE personal fave.

Side note, I keep all my gel masks/products in the fridge for instant cooling and soothing.

So without further prolonging…

Kiehl’s Overnight Hydrating Mask

and what the retailers have to say:

  • Helps to instantly boost skins ability to absorb and hold moisture for long-lasting hydration,
  • Glacial Proteins and Desert Plant leaves skin smoother and softer, refreshed and supple by morning,
  • Amplifies the hydration provided by a daily moisturizer,
  • Silicone, Paraben, Fragrance & Colorant Free.

When using this mask you’re going to want to cleanse as per usual, then apply your toner and follow with eye cream; before applying the mask as the final step of your evening routine. This way the mask doesn’t get shoved into the eye area, and so that the skin is properly prepared overall.

Sometimes I exfoliate before applying a hydrating mask to allow for better penetration by the active ingredients, thus creating even greater results. When using this mask it also isn’t necessary to moisturize as this does the job on its own quite well.

After sleeping with the mask on I’ll usually begin the next day with an exfoliation, like I mentioned in my 7 Day Mask Challenge Day 2 post; that way any dirt, debris or residue from the masking is removed effectively as well. I hate clogged pores!

Essentially the results the next day are:

  • Radiant (less dull, tired) skin,
  • Smooth and soft skin.

Anything hydrating will always awaken, smooth and soften which is why hydrating products are generally my favourites. Even in the summer, nothing beats an overnight hydrating pack; especially the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Mask.

If you’re looking for a way to freshen up the skins’ appearance, revitalize it and/or cure textural differences this is definitely the mask for you.

Keep Hydrated,

pG.

* the thoughts and opinions shared in this piece belong to the publisher and publisher alone, with no ties to third-party corporation.

Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Energizing Radiance Mask w/ Calendula and Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask || Week 2 || Day 3 

When it comes to multi-masking I tend to get a little mask crazy sometimes and use so many at once, but ideally I try and restrict my usage to two masks at once. Which sometimes becomes three.

Much like multi-tasking, multi-masking allows us to gain from the benefits of multiple masks at once, opposed to waiting 24 hours or so in between processes. This makes masking extremely fun and sometimes complex for skincare junkies like ourselves.

One of my favourite multi-masking combos is the radiance, smoothing and hydration inducing combination provided by both the Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Energizing Radiance Mask and the Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask, when used together. I try to do this combination at least once a week and often do it in the morning for a fresh and radiant look throughout the day. It is also a GREAT combo to do before any big makeup application as well, to smooth out the texture of the skin and hydrated it before applying a film of product over the face.

Moving forward, let’s learn a little more about the masks…

Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Energizing Radiance Mask

Here’s what the retailers have to say:

  • “Instant Facial” mask brightens and energizes the look of dull, fatigued skin to restore a healthy, rosy appearance,
  • Formulated with Cranberry Seeds and Turmeric, this invigorating mask helps soften skin and gently exfoliates it for smoother, brighter and illuminated looking skin.

Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask

From the manufacturers:

  • Lightweight gel mask formulated with hand-picked Calendula Flower Petals and Aloe Vera bursts into a refreshing surge of cooling hydration,
  • Upon application, dry skin is instantly hydrated and smoothed,
  • Whith continued use skin is revitalized for a healthy looking complexion.

… so you can see why these two make a fantastic pairing.

I always begin by cleansing my makeup off of my skin using a cleansing oil and then proceed with and second cleanse, before applying my toner pre-masks; and then we’re off…

Using a mask brush I apply a thin layer of the Turmeric & Cranberry Energizing Radiance Mask all over my face while being sure to avoid the eye area. Once that is done I allow it to dry for about 10 minutes before wetting my hands and beginning to massage the product on my face; this way the Cranberry Seeds within the mask are able to exfoliate as designed to. Then, wash the remainder of the mask off.

Right after I’ve pat dry my skin I take my mask brush and my Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask (which I keep in the fridge by the way) and apply a thin, even layer all over the face while being sure to avoid the eye area. After about 5 minutes I wash it off, and then proceed with my nightly routine.

The results?

  • Healthy/ fresh glow,
  • Greater radiance,
  • Soft and smooth skin,
  • Hydrated skin.

These are benefits that ANYONE can enjoy, regardless of skin type. Although I would be weary if I were a more sensitive skin type when using the Turmeric & Cranberry Energizing Radiance Mask. The reason I say this is because Turmeric is a powerful ingredient and could create a small discomfort if your skin is already leaning towards the more sensitive side.

Essentially these are two of my favourite masks because of the results they produce, especially when used together. This is why I chose the multi-masking combo of the Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Energizing Radiance Mask and the Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask as my Day 3 choices for The 7 Day Mask Challenges.

If you’re in the market for a bright complexion, softer skin and even textures you now know where to look.

Stay Bright,

pG.

* the thoughts and opinions shared in this piece belong to the publisher and publisher alone, with no ties to third-party corporation.

Biotherm Life Plankton Mask || Week 2 || Day 2

One of my favourite about doing something like The 7 Day Mask Challenge is the fact that my skin consistently looks so fresh and clean, which is more than I could ask for; when it comes to beauty products anyways.

Today I’ll be reviewing my experience the Biotherm Life Plankton Mask as my choice for Day 2 of The 7 Day Mask Challenge.

So this mask made it into my possession by pure fluke seeing as how I hadn’t purchase it but rather it was gifted to me. And yes, gifting me a new mask I’ve yet to try is never a bad idea. When I began researching the benefits of Life Plankton and some of the other products that it can be found in, I became eager to crack open my own Biotherm Life Plankton Mask for a go at it myself.

Incase you aren’t sure what the benefits of (Fermented) Life Plankton aren’t either, here’s a brief overview:

  • Developed by Biotherm Biologists,
  • Micro-Organism,
  • Extreme regenerative properties. 

Although it’s a mask my skin my not necessarily need, it definitely doesn’t harm to gain from the benefits of Life Plankton in a sense of just keeping the skin healthy and nourished. And even if you an oiler skin type, hydration won’t ever kill you.

I give you…

Biotherm Life Plankton Mask

Here’s what the manufactures have to say…

  • Hydrogel facial mask,
  • Use twice-weekly when your over-scheduled skin shows up damage, appears lifeless, feels dry and tights, looks red and irritated,
  • Sheet Mask inspired, Hydrogel texture wraps skin,
  • Visibly brighter and dewy skin.

What I personally love most about this mask is that it’s application is not only easy, but since it’s an overnight mask it simplifies the process of the pm routine on evenings when it’s used. Bonus.

I usually use the The Body Facial Mask Brush to apply this mask, after removing my makeup and going through my evening cleansing process. I also make sure that I’ve toned my skin and applied my eye cream before applying an overnight mask, as it’s the final step in an evening routine and you want to ensure that is so when you are using one; unless instructed otherwise.

The Biotherm Life Plankton Mask has a lovely cooling sensation when it’s applied, and you can honestly feel the Hydrogel wrapping your skin as suggested. And although it tickles, it definitely feels soothing and hydrating. The great thing about this mask is that it also dries extremely quickly so you aren’t waiting and hour before you can go to sleep, which means a longer one. Another bonus.

The next day I prefer to wash my overnight masks off with an exfoliating cleanser and the one I used this morning won’t be on the market until Thursday, but I’ll be back with more about that product then. The reason for this is to ensure that you’ve gotten all of the mask residue from the one that sat wrapping your face all night off of your skin, and to make sure that any foreign debris that may have got stuck in your pores is now also long gone. The result: 

  • Smoother,
  • Radiant,
  • Softer,
  • Calmed,

… skin.

I definitely recommend the Biotherm Life Plankton Mask to anyone in need of repair and revitalizing, deep hydration, extreme soothing and/or just a nice cooling mask after a day of wear-and-tear. Any skin type.

Tomorrow I’ll be back with a Multi-Mask combo with two of my personal faves, so check back after 6 pm for that post and all the luxurious details. Until then be sure to keep exploring what’s out there and let me know if you find anything worth spending some time playing around with.

Stay Calm and Mask On,

pG.

L’Oréal Pure-Clay Mask Exfoliate & Refining Treatment || 7 Day Mask Challenge || Week 2 || Day 1

Well here it is, the beginning of 7 days of indulgence; which is not unusual for myself anyways.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, my mask routine can be quite intricate sometimes and even I wonder how, or why. And then I think to myself, “it’s because you enjoy not only looking clean, but feeling good as well.” Don’t we all? Which it’s why I’m sharing my love for Professional Masks over the next few days, so maybe you’ll fall in love as well.

Last night I kicked off The 7 Day Mask Challenge Week Two with one of L’Oréal’s 3 Pure-Clay Masks. The one I went with, L’Oréal Pure-Clay Mask Exfoliate & Refining Treatment. Before I dive into the mask itself, let’s take a look at what some of the designated benefits are from this product…

L’Oréal Pure-Clay Mask Exfoliate & Refining Treatment

 

  • 3 Pure-Clay’s and Red Algae Extract,

  • Potent Pure-Clays and Volcanic Rock exfoliate dead skin on face and smooth surface imperfections,
  • Addresses rough skin deep clogged pores,
  • Imperfections are less visible.

The reason I decided to begin with this bad-boy is because it’s ability to cleanse deeply makes it a good start to any week of consistent masking; to eliminate debris and oils that linger in our pores. That way we don’t trap any unwanted entity in our pores before treating the skin.

After doing my usual double-cleanse, one to remove my makeup and the other as an extra-precautionary step to ensure the skin is super-clean, I threw on my toner and then went ahead with applying the mask. I use a mask brush to restrict my use of product but to also make sure I get an even and visible application.

The mask sits on the skin for about 10 minutes before needing washed off. Now since this mask has small exfoliating particles it’s suggested that we apply a small bit of water to the dry mask and massage gently before washing off entirely. This added feature ensure the exfoliating process takes place fully, and you definitely want to do that.

My thoughts on the mask overall are that it’s extremely effective: it cleanses my pores deeply, it definitely refines the texture of my skin for a smoother feel and look, as well as making sure my complexion is warm and even. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be a staple part of my routine.

I would recommend the L’Oréal Pure-Clay Mask Exfoliate & Refining Treatment to anyone looking for a gentle exfoliation, in search of refined pores and smoother skin. Preferably a normal to oily skin type.

Tomorrow I’ll be back with Day 2 of The 7 Day Mask Challenge Week Two as I begin to get even more in depth with my favourite mask routines.

Smoother is always better,

pG.  

Rodan+Fields || A few things…

A little while back I was approached via DM on Instagram by @mlong8 who works for the brand Rodan+Fields, and she asked if I’d be interested in trying a few products; being the junkie that I am and all. So of course I went ahead and said yes but since I had never heard much of the brand before, I went ahead and did a little bit of research on my own.

Here’s the important stuff, from Rodan+Fields themselves:

  • Founded in 2002 as a department store brand by Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields,
  • Dermatology based skincare products,
  • Creativing positive changes in both people’s skin and their lives,
  • Independent Consulting.

Essentially another brand geared towards improving the way we look and feel both physically as well as mentally, and truly, both are equally as important.

When shopping on Rodan+Fields you can expect to see pricing on individual products as well as kits ranging from  $5.00 up to $400.00 in pricing.

Let’s get to what Michelle (@mlong8 on Instagram) sent me, and what my overall thoughts are…

The Redefine Daily Cleansing Mask

How to use:

  1. Clean makeup off of skin,
  2. Wet finger tips and massage quarter size amount onto dry skin,
  3. Allow two minutes to dry,
  4. Rinse thoroughly with water.

Here are my overall thoughts:

  • It has a creamy-clay consistency,
  • It offers light exfoliation,
  • The smell is somewhat medicinal,
  • A generous amount is needed for one application,
  • It has a light cooling sensation,
  • Quick-dry,
  • A slower/longer removal process (like a deep pore cleansing mask),
  • Smooth and even skin appearance post-usage,
  • A lovely product but I could not commit to using it daily.

The Micro-Dermabrasion Paste

How to use:

  1. Massage onto clean dry skin on face and/or body,
  2. Massage for no more than 30-60 seconds,
  3. Use on damp skin for more sensitive skins,
  4. Rinse thoroughly after usage.

What I think of the produxt:

  • Thicker consistency like a hair pomade that contains thick exfoliating particles,
  • Fruit-like smell but also medicinal, almost liquor like,
  • Broke down and spread across face easily,
  • Only a light pressure is needed as it is an abrasive exfoliator,
  • Do not need to do for long,
  • Easy wash-off,
  • My skin was extremely smoothe, radiant and supple post-usage,
  • Skin felt nourished and moisturized (not overly dry),
  • Would use once a week.

The Redefine Night Renewing Serum

How to use:

  1. Cleanser and toner,
  2. Apply product across entire face (avoid eye area),
  3. Finish with moisturizer.

Some of my thoughts:

  • A rich and heavy gel consistency,
  • No obvious smell,
  • Great spreadability across skin,
  • Fast absorption,
  • Smoothing and softening,
  • Next day results were hydrating, soft and radiant skin with minimized fine lines.

The Redefine Lip Renewing Serum

How to use:

  1. Apply evenly to entire lip area in evening. 

Here’s my thoughts:

  • Thick, heavy gel consistency,
  • Vanilla like taste,
  • Slow-dry,
  • Next day results were much softer, hydrated and smoother lips.

Overall I have to say that I’m impressed with the few samples I’ve tried and I can see why it’s a growing brand, in areas that it is. Personally I’d opt-in for the Micro-Dermabrasion Paste and the Redefine Lip Renewing Serum if I were to grab any Rodan+Fields for myself.

If you’re interested in learning more definitely give their website a visit and/or reach out to one of their personal consultants, or even…

@mlong on Instagram.

Until next time.

Stay in-the-loop,

pG. =D


The 7 Day Mask Challenge || Week One || Day 6

Day 6, can you believe it?

If you’ve been following along over the last few days then you are definitely up to date on the array of Sheet Masks that I’ve tried so far. If not, here’s a link to Week One of The 7 Day Mask Challenge.

I’ve got to be front when I say that I have enjoyed the first half of this challenge much more than the second half so far, as a result of my mask choices. Nonetheless I’m a man of commitment so will see the schedule that I proposed right through until its end.

Last night I dabbled with a Sheet Mask featuring Pearl as an ingredient, something I hadn’t tried before. Even though its a product of one of my lesser favourite brands I picked it up to put its claims to the test.

Let’s chat a little about those claims made by the…

Etude House Pearl Mask

The mask itself is quite inexpensive and serves as a nice filler treatment for those of us with elaborate skincare routines, but it’s not something I would count on for extreme results. I would also suggest it for any skin type, but would not use it frequently with oilier skin condotions.

Retailers Description:

  • This mask contains Pearl Extract (Hydrolyzed Pearl) full of Amino Acids and Minerals, brightening up dull skin for a clear and bright complexion.

I’ve mentioned previously that I’m not a huge fan of the sheets used by Etude House in their masks because they allow the product to run creating a mess, and a slight bit of discomfort. Regardless I sat with the mask on for 15 minutes and allowed the Hydrolyzed Pearl to manage my complexion as it said it would. The mask itself was refreshing and had a light cooling to it which I enjoy after a day of running about.

Once I removed the mask I definitely noticed a great amount of the essence still sitting on my skin, so I pat it in. Following that once the product dried in I felt a great deal of hydration and moisture handed back to my skin from the essence containing the Hydrolyzed Pearl. All in all, a decent complexion boost for under $2.00 CAD.

Would I recommend this mask?

Yeah I could definitely suggest it to a few people but keeping in mind that it’s really a nice filler treatment for a light complexion boost, it’s not a heavy targeted treatment by any means.

Would I use it again?

I wouldn’t make it my first choice when shopping for Sheet Masks, but I may give it a shot again in the future.

Overall I give the Etude House Pearl Mask a 2/5 for Sheet Masks.

Well that brings me to the end of my Day 6 post with anticipation for the final night of The 7 Day Mask Challenge featuring another new-try from Innisfree, that I’ve had my eye on for a while.

Check back tomorrow for my final post from Week One of the challenge and a follow-up recap before I head into Week Two, Professional Masks.

Stay Bright,

pG. =D