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L’Oreal’s Colorista and a ‘Superkid’

Hey There Beauts!

If you’ve been keeping up with my Instagram Stories over the last 7 days you’ll know that I recently partnered on L’Oreal’s Colorista 2017 campaign. That’s right, I went from blonde to neon and guess what, I LOVED it.

I was sent a box of three coloursaquablue and purple. My task was to create a ‘Festival’ inspired look and share it with all of you, which is exactly what I did. The look that was created was The Superkid.

Colorista Aqua
Colorista Blue

Colorista Purple
To get this look we took my already-platinum blonde hair and painted panels of coloured highlights across it. While doing so we made sure to place more of the purple in the back, with blue and aqua paneled lightly in the back as well but heavier near the front of the hair. Essentially it created a metallic, texturized look that resembled the Superkid ice cream we all know so well.

The Superkid

So, why Colorista? There’s a few good reasons…

  1. The formula’s are vegan,
  2. The formula’s are ammonia free,
  3. There is no mixing required,
  4. The colour is semi-permanent and washes out within 4-10 washes.
The Superkid

    Overall I’m amazed at the pigment from this healthy hair colour and also the simple process required to remove the colour using the Colorista Colour Remover, should you want to. I work in a field that sometimes doesn’t allow me to colour my hair so vibrantly, so I opted in for the removal and I have nothing but fantastic things to say. But you should really try for yourself!

    I’d love to know what your thoughts on this look are, and also what colours you yourself have played around with before!

    As always, leave those answers below. 

    Your Colour Your Way
    ,

    pG. =D 

    Rescued on a Sunday / Skincare Routine 

    Happy Sunday kiddo’s, it’s an absolutely gorgeous day in Toronto and that deserves a day of pampering as well as some R&R.

    Last week was a slightly hectic one, but when is it not, I mean really; however I made it through with my skin still intact. Although, as I got to the end of the week I began seeing some of the impact from the added stress, and I absolutely DESPISE stressed skin, so here’s what we’re going to do to aleviate that issue…

    Rescued on a Sunday Routine,                     For Normal/Oily Skin with Textural Issues and Slight Pigmentation

    1. 1 Pump ~ Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash to kickstart the skin into its woken state, reduce puffiness and invigorate,
    2. 10 Minutes ~ L’Oréal Pure-Clay Red Algae Mask for a gentle exfoliation, energized radiance and youthful glow,
    3. 5 Minutes ~ Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask to refresh the skin with a burst of hydration and calm any infmaled, red or irritated areas,
    4. Kiehl’s Brightness Activating Toner to restore pH and reduce building of melanin,
    5. Kiehl’s Age Defender Eye Contour Cream to reduce dark circles, puffiness and initial signs of aging,
    6. 3 Drops ~ The Ordinary 2% Hyaluronic Acid + B5 to hydrate the skin and restore its’ texture,
    7. 3 Drops ~ The Ordinary 12% Ascorbyl Glucoside to combat melanogenesis,
    8. 3 Drops ~ Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate to supply anti-oxidants and a healthy, warm glow,
    9. 1 1/2 Pumps ~ Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer to calm and moisturize stressed skin.

    Now, didn’t that feel incredible?

    These bad boys are my go-to whenever my skin is feeling weak, malnourished and/or stressed. All together, they’re some of my favourite products.

    So if you find you’re skin is ever feeling stressed or beginning to wear-down you might want to consider taking a look at a few of these products. And as always, hit me up with any questions or if you want some added guidance.

    Keep your skin calm and it shall carry on,

    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 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.  

    Week Two || Professional Masks

    One of the questions I often face from many people is, 

    What’s the difference between a Sheet Mask and Wash-Off/Professional Masks?

    … so I decided to do a little project and point out some of those differences.

    Two weeks ago I did 7 days straight of Sheet Masks and starting tonight I’ll be doing the same with different Professional Masks.

    The key difference between a Professional Mask and a Sheet Mask is that Professional ones are more targeted treatments, and can offer deeper cleanses while doing so. In essence, someone with a more complex/oily skin type may want to use Professional Masks over Sheet Masks, in order to help address the specific needs and concerns at hand.

    … and I love my Professional Masks.

    Here’s my schedule for my 7 Day Mask Challenge, Week Two, Professional Masks:

    • May 19th: L’Oréal Pure Clay Pore Refining Mask,
    • May 20th: Brothers Life Plankton Mask,
    • May 21st: Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Energizing Radiance Mask + Kiehl’s Calendula and Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask,
    • May 22nd: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Mask,
    • May 23rd: Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask + Kiehl’s Calendula and Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask,
    • May 24th: Kiehl’s Cilantro and Orange Pollutant Defendant Mask,
    • May 25th: L’Oréal Pure Clay Brightening Mask.

    Intricate, isn’t it?

    Much like with The 7 Day Mask Challenge, Week One, I’ll be posting daily about my experience with each mask and what I enjoyed about it.

    So check back tomorrow for Day 1’s post, and keep in mind you may be encouraged to try a new mask or two once we get started… and I wouldn’t blame you.

    TGIF,

    pG.