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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 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.

7 Day Mask Challenge || Week One Recap

First off, my sincerest apologies.

I had originally meant to get to this post last week but as life sometimes has it, I got carried away with other obligations. Like running the Sporting Life 10K Run Toronto on Mothers Day, which will be another blog post on its own very soon.

Essentially I just want to recap my week of Sheet Masks and what my overall results were, as well as my favourites and least favourites from the week. I’ll be keeping it brief as well.

Earlier in the week my skin was in its normal state of habitation with my oil levels at par and slight dehydration, as per usual. So what I really wanted to see was how much glow my skin would have obtained by the end of 7 days of Sheet Masks. If you followed along with my posts throughout the week you’ll know what masks I decided to go with, but incase you didn’t, here’s the link to each day…

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

By the end of using each mask I noticed a few changes in my skin, that gradually took place throughout the week. For example, there was definitely an increase in the warmth of my skin tone and it’s overall “dewy” look near the middle to end of the day. The texture was smooth and my skin was softened, but there was one or two concerns I began to draw near Day 5.

I noticed a few small red bumps begin forming on my skin, a small breakout I imagine, and they didn’t turn into a whitehead but were enough to leave me feeling uncomfortable. This can 100% be attributed to the over-nourishment of my skin with all the Essence from the Sheet Masks.

If you can recall when I first began The 7 Day Mask Challenges I had mentioned the difference between Sheet Masks and Professional Masks and one of the key ones being that Sheet Masks are more of a moisturizing/ nourishing treatment; whereas Professional Masks can be targeted treatments with tremendous results and are better for deeper cleanses as well. It only makes sense that my normal-oily skin type would react slightly off to all the moisture it was receiving from so all the masking.

But, what were my favourites?

Well I have to say that I definitely fell out of love with the Etude House brand due to its sheer tendency to run, and the sheets were too thin with little ability to sit well on the skin.

However I DID highly enjoy the quality of the Innisfree Sheet Masks and their ability to sit comfortably without having the Essence run down my neck. Although don’t get me wrong, their masks won’t work any miracles, rather they were a great way to indulge and relax.

The real deal was when I threw on both the SNP and Dewytree deep cleansing masks that not only felt amazing, but produced incredible results. I had mentioned that I received numerous compliments after using the SNP Charcoal Mineral Mask and I swore that I would use it again, again and again.

Tomorrow morning I’ll be back with my 7 Day Mask Challenge Week Two schedule, Professional Masks.

Despite the greater commitment required in terms of time for their usage, I cannot wait to see the results after 7 days straight of these bad boys.

Until Tomorrow,

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 5

It’s hard to believe that I’m already on my Day 5 post of The 7 Day Mask Challenge, when I committed myself to the cause last week I wasn’t sure how great my actual dedication would be.

And well, here I am.

Going into the last 3 days of the challenge I’m using masks that are a little more nourishing and firming to follow-up and free the detox mask I had did the other night. The mask I’m going to review today is one that I’ve actually tried before, and obviously loved. It uses one of my favourite ingredients that also happens to be the primary ingredient in my AM moisturizer, the Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream.

Although right now we’re going to dive into the Sheet Mask up for discussion…

Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Manuka Honey Mask

As per usual I kicked off the night with my evening routine by removing my makeup with the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil, there’s nothing like the scent of Lavender before bed. I then got myself comfortable in bed and applied my Sheet Mask. To understand this mask more let’s take a look at some of the things the retailer has to say about their product.

Retailer Description:

  • Manuka Honey from New Zealand’s Manuka Flowers have abundant nutrients for healthier skin,
  • The Jeju Green Complex consists of Green Tea, Cactus, Camellia Leaves and Orchids to keep the skin healthy,
  • The triple layer sheet has long-lasting effects so that the essence can gradually be absorbed into the skin.

Now if there is one key thing I like about the Innisfree masks opposed to the Etude House masks is that the sheets used are much different in their level of comfort. The Innisfree triple-layer sheet is thick and holds the essences for comfortable absorption where as the ultra-thin sheets used by Etude House let the product run wild and messy.

My 15 minutes with the Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Manuka Honey Mask was comfortably spent and I could feel the Jeju Green Complex delivering the nutrients into my skin. Once I removed the mask I noticed greater radiance and soft, smooth skin that left me smiling before tucking into the sheets. 

Additionally, the absorption speed of the remaining essence once the mask is removed is quite fast meaning that there’s no long wait time before continuing with the remainder of the nightly routine. This is always a bonus!

Would I use this Sheet Mask again?

100%, this was my second time and I certainly see myself grabbing it off the shelf at M Brand Shop again when I feel it’s necessary.

Would I recommend it?

Absolutely, especially if you’re looking for a nice mask to relax with that features Manuka Honey and its’ benefits. 

Overall I give the Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Mask a 3/5 in its category.

Tonight I’ll be moving onto a new-try, the Etude House Pearl Mask, and I mentioned earlier in this post that I’m not the biggest fan of Etude House so let’s see how this goes over. However I’m always open to trying new things and broadening my horizons so I don’t see the harm in trying something Pearl related at least once. I mean, it could be a real treat after all right?

If you’re reading from Toronto stay dry out there tonight and if not, I hope the weather is better wherever you are.

Stay Dry,

pG. =D

The 7 Day Mask Challenge || Week One || Day 3

Well I’m almost halfway through the first week of the two week challenge I bestowed upon myself, The 7 Day Mask Challenges.

Week One consists of Sheet Masks and Sheet Masks only, while Week Two will consist of just Professional Masks alone. Incase you’re just tuning in now…

Last night I dabbled with the Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Rice Mask that claims to be moisturizing and complexion enhancing, it was the latter that sold me on it. Also, I haven’t ever really tried anything with a Rice content before.

To prepare my skin I cleansed with my Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser and did a little exfoliating with the Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Skin Brightening Exfoliator. Exfoliating is one thing I’m being sure to keep consistent with during this challenge to ensure that I don’t create and build-up or clogging where I may not want it.

I did mention that this could either go one of two ways for my skin, because it often doesn’t benefit to overload the skin with moisture so consistently. However to avoid this even moreso it helps to piece together a solid mask schedule before diving into a week straight of them.

For now, let’s get back to the…

Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Rice Mask

I had been eyeing this one down for a little while now and decided that The 7 Day Mask Challenge would be a good time to give it a go.

Retailer Description:

  • Authentic face mask made with fresh Rice ingredients to moisturize the skin,
  • Jeju Green Complex consists of Green Tea, Tangerine, Cactus, Camellia Leaves and Orchids,
  • A triple layer sheet for complete adherence and long-lasting effects,
  • Clinical Test completed: moisture level in the skin increased by 125% after using product.

Alright so before going ANY further I want to touch on the last claim in the above list made by the retailer. I’m not going to agree nor disagree, however I am going to say be mindful of claims like this. I mean, who wants skin that’s 25% more moisturized than what the skin can truly handle?

Anways, after preparing my skin I placed the mask on for 15 minutes and let it get to work, and it was an enjoyably comfortable 15 minutes at that. The mask itself wasn’t too wet in product and it fit the face quite well, it began to almost tighten too. At moments I felt my skin tightening with the mask and I imagine that was a factor of Rice being in the formula. It wasn’t a product of dehydration either, something was definitely taking its course in my skin.

Once I removed the mask I payed notice to the radiance my skin had obtained, and the overall enhanced glow that it had been given by the Jeju Complex. I let it dry for a few moments, after patting it of course, as per normal and then went on with the remainder of my nightly routine.

Would I try the Innisfree It’s Real Squeeze Rice Mask again?

Absolutely, it was refreshing and inexpensive all together.

Would I recommend it?

Sure, there’s no harm in healthy, comfortable moisture.

Overall I would give this Sheet Mask a 3/5 stars in its category.

Now that I’m halway through I’ll be detoxing my skin with the Dewytree Detox Black Mask to pull any unnecessary sebum and debris out of my pores, before going forward with the rest of my 7 Day Challenge Schedule.

Catch ya tomorrow?

Stay Fresh,

pG. =D

F+O || Style Plan || Round One 

I recently tossed-up a blog about Style Plan, the new service that Frank and Oak launched not too long ago; and how incredible personalized and innovative it truly is. I even shared a link that saves you $30.00 CAD from the $89.00 CAD monthly fee, for your first month, a link that Frank and Oak generously provided me with. If you haven’t done-so yet here’s a few reasons why you should sign up for, or at least consider, Style Plan:

  1. Automatic billing means that the $89.00 CAD monthly fee is automatically charged and your purchasing tokens replenished with no work required (with the option to pause or cancel the service at any time),
  2. Style recommendations are made and each shopping experience is personalized to each individual who shops through Style Plan,
  3. Your order is shipped right your doorstep without the hastle of needing to physically visit a store (returns can be easily and freely made at the courtesy of Frank and Oak).

I personally just received my first order last week and I promised to curate a post about my thoughts on my pieces. Using the 5 tokens alotted to me within my first month I ordered 3 shirts that I fell absolutely in love with at first sight. Not only do they visually suit my style preferences, but now that I’ve had the chance to try them on I’m head over heels.

Let’s go through each shirt together and take a look at how they fit into my wardrobe, shall we?

The Melon-Print Poplin Cotton Shirt

I’m truly a sucker for any fun and/or cute print so when I set my eyes on this snazzy gold in the form of cotton, I didn’t resist. I’m an admirer of the quality of cotton that was used to manafacture the shirt, it’s extremely comfy and sits well on my slender build. The long sleeves also make it great for a summers’ evening soirée or even just a night out on the town with some friends.

I’d pair this with a lightly washed out denim pant in black or grey, or even with a fresh khaki. If I do wear shorts with my Mellon-Print I’ll be going with a white or navy blue that’s been cut at around the knees or slightly higher, and most likely incorporating a black or brown belt depending on my shoe choice (most likely a white or brown.

The Crewneck Pocket T-Shirt in Black 

Let’s be real, even though it’s a simple design it’s true that every wardrobe benefits from a Crewneck. Not only is it a 100% Cotton make but the addition of the pocket in the design had me in favour of this piece, opposed to something similar that you may find at a store like H&M. I do love the way that the sleeves fall off my shoulders in comparison to other Crewnecks that either fit too small or too large, with no in-between.

You would catch me wearing this shirt to work for a more casual look. You may also see me pairing this Crewneck as an undershirt with a red, green or plaid long-sleeve shirt.

The best thing about black is that it pairs seemlessly with almost any other colour; and I see a lot of denim in this specific Crewnecks’ future.

The Jasper Oxford Short-Sleeve Shirt in Light Blue

Back in January when I took my first dive into Frank and Oak I ordered the Jasper Oxford Shirt in White and I haven’t been able to stop wearing it. It’s a shirt that I’ve grown to love so when I discovered the Short-Sleeve in Light Blue, I hit the select button and added it to my basket instantly.

My favourite pairing for this piece is with a dark denim and a black boot, and leaving the shirt either fully OR partly untucked. I also see this fitting well with a white, navy-blue or khaki short throughout the summer; tucked in with a black or brown belt.

I greatly enjoy the way the Jasper Oxford Short-Sleeve Shirt in Light Blue fits, especially at the shoulders.

Needless to say the Summer wardrobe that I anticipated is falling into place rather nicely, thanks to the innovations and stylings of Frank and Oak. The quality, affordability and their commitment to the consistently perfect customer experience makes Frank and Oak my go-to store for any apparel.

Soon enough I’ll be ordering my second stock from Style Plan, and I’ll be back shortly after receiving it to brag about another great Frank and Oak haul.

Here’s a link to the $30.00 CAD off of your FIRST MONTH, special invite. Incase I peaked your interest…

CLICK HERE 

Stay Swaggin’,

Peter. =D 

The Art of Layering

Each and every morning, as well as night, when I open my cabinet doors in the bathroom I am faced with an array of products that I am privileged to own. Then follows the question, where do I begin? As someone who invests a great deal of time into his skin I often need to take a step back and devise some sort of game plan, in order to provide my skin with what it needs at that exact moment. Of course, there are about 13 products that remain consistent in my routine on a daily basis; however let us also take into account the multiple exfoliators and masques that are incorporated as well.

For the sake of simplicity I will stick with my go-to system that I find works for me. Keep in mind that we all bear different skin types than one another, but we also carry varrying concerns. 

The basic starter-system often recommended is a cleanser, toner and moisturizer. This sounds absolutely preposterous to those of us who obsess over our skin, does it not? If you are anyting like me your daily routines probably consist of, wait for it: multiple cleansers, toners, eye creams, serums, oils, moisturizers, sunscreen and a primer. Emphasis on the plural. So where do all of these sit in conjuction to one another?

Well let us chat…

Clarisonic with Deep Pore Cleansing & Normal Brushes

Professionals will suggest that layering should begin with the product bearing a thinner consistency and follow through in order to the product with the thickest consistency. I whole heartedly agree with and operate under this structure as well, always after a double cleanse. The key is to structure your routine so that your products and their ingredients compliment one another, and so that they can also function as a unified whole in synergy. The best way to do this is certainly through trial and error which is when samples become our best friend.

Things to look for during this trial period:

  • Redness, sensitivity and/or irritation,
  • Bumps and/or Acne,
  • Excess oil production,
  • Dry and/or flaky skin,
  • Uneven skin tone and/or pigmentation,
  • Dull skin,
  • Rough texture. 

Keep in mind that you want to address your concerns, at least the primary and secondary ones, with your routine. Also keep in mind that your samples will probably not produce immediate results; rather they will give you some insight into the feel, smell and look of a product as well as its potential compatability with your skin. 

To uncover what your concerns are I suggest a visit to a credible Skincare retailer, or better yet feel free to get in touch with myself for some quick and genuine advice. 

Now for my routine, in order of usage:

AM

  1. Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Facewash with Clarisonic – Normal Brush,
  2. Arcona Toner Tea Bar,
  3. Kiehl’s Brightness Activating Toner ,
  4. Kiehl’s Age Defender Eye Repair (applying an eye cream before a serum will prevent possible irritations),
  5. The Ordinary. Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 (hydrating serums first),
  6. Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate,
  7. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream (moisturizers, creams or lotions last),
  8. Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ (sunscreen is a must as a preventative to aging but also when using any brightening product or one that has a hasrsher interaction),
  9. Hylamide HA Blur – Finisher (to prepare for makeup).

PM

  1. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil (oil removes oil AND makeup),
  2. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser with Clarisonic – Deep Pore Cleansing Brush,
  3. Kiehl’s Brightness Activating Toner,
  4. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye,
  5. The Ordinary. Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5,
  6. Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate (gels after hydrating product),
  7. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate,
  8. Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream.

Trial and error has guided me here.

I am being too true when I say not everyone has the ability to operate at this caliber; I have a sick obsession with personal care. I do need to stress one more piece of advice before wrapping this up…

Some products work best when given time to absorb between applications. 

I speak truths. This is not only a fact but I can guarantee that if you put this theory to the test you may be satisfied with the results. I recently introduced this policy into my own routine and I have nothing but positive things to say in return. Some products like Benzoyl Peroxide for example, which treat concerns like Acne, do require up to 3 hours to sit before another product is applied; this allows the Benzoyl Peroxide to function at its full potential. Not all products require this amount of wait time but most do benefit from at least a 5-minute interval when layering. Again, it never hurts to do some research for the overall benefit of yourself, your skin, and your investment into Skincare products.

The PM Routine

It is my hope that I was able to provide some insight into how you can perfect your process and maximize on your natural beauty. If you have any questions or would like further guidance please do not hesitate to reach out.

I do not bite, promise.

thecityconglomerate@gmail.com

Stay in Order,

Peter. =D 

New Looks, Courtesy of BonLook 

Eyeware.

The absolute bane of my existence.

Last week I posted about My Toronto Eaton Centre Top 5 Shops with BonLook being one of them. This on-the-rise eyeware retailer is a native Canadian-based brand from Montreal, with 8 stores currently open to the public. I easily became intrigued by their advertised price for a pair of frames and lenses at a much lower price than other stores, $135 CAD; $185 CAD if you require their super thin lenses for a heavier prescription. Once they finally opened-up shop at the Toronto Eaton Centre near the end of 2016 I took full advantage of their fantastic pricing, and also beautiful collection.

The staff at the Toronto Eaton Centre location are not only incredibly friendly but also come from such a genuine place when selling. From the greeting to the sale, the service is extremely polished. The representative whom helped me was able to create an ultimately seamless experience and after some serious browsing with her at my side, I was able to chose my pair.

Trailblazer in Woodland Plaid
Trailblazer in Woodland Plaid

The Trailblazer in Woodland Plaid, do they not just sound Canadian? These are the bad boys that would finally give me some character and not just be, I hate to say it, basic. With blues, pinks, blacks and other colors in a plaid pattern decorating the frame which is light, slim and shaped to fit my face to perfection; I fell in love instantly. They are definitely my favorite pair of fames I have owned to date so it is no surprise that I waited to anxiously to pick them up after ordering them. 

Nearly three weeks is what it took to get them and I ordered them into the store, despite the home delivery option. I will not sit here and complain because there is an automated email system and online interface through their website that keeps the process fully transparent. What makes BonLook special is that they cut out the middle men/women from the entire operation. No outsourced distrubution centre or mail delivery service.

Trailblazer in Woodland Plaid

Coming from someone who has purchased glasses of all sorts from LenaCrafters, Hakim Optical and Clearly Contacts with a with a heavy +5.50 in both eyes, I can assure you that the quality of my new friends from BonLook do not compare. I already mentioned the light weight that the frames bear but I must also comment on the sleek design that makes them feel slightly more compact, yet durable, than others do when folded into resting. Being the clumsy nugget I am at times I have already knocked them once or twice, despite every intention to avoid doing so, and they have yet to succumb to owner-inflicted damage just yet; I knocked on wood, not to worry. This is a true testament to their overall durability thus far.

After a week of wear I can honestly say that I am beyond happy with how they feel and look, and I am definitely enjoying the compliments; as would anyone. What I will say with certainty is thay if you are in the market for a new pair of specs I should urge you to explore your options at BonLook before pounding down your gavel on a decision elsewhere. Take it from me and try something new. You will not regret it but in the case that you do, you know where to find me.

Keep in Vision,

Peter. =D