I’m Laurel Astridge, a Toronto lifestyle blogger with a passion for creativity and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance. My blog www.laurelmusical.com is all about sharing beauty, fashion, music, recipes, and advice.
This is one of those makeup products where you try to make yourself like it because so many others do. Before purchasing it, I read so many five star reviews on this CC+ Cream because of its hydrating ingredients, medium to full coverage, and 50+ SPF sunscreen. However, every time I used it I felt like I got a couple of small pimples after wearing it and I think it was my skin reacting to the lemon oil, orange oil, and other ‘natural fragrances’ they’ve added to the foundation.
When I use a mascara, I want there to be some sort of ‘wow’ factor be it giving volume or lengthening my lashes. This CoverGirl mascara didn’t make the cut and I’m not interested in re-purchasing it. However, it doesn’t mean you wouldn’t like it because there was no smudging, flaking, or clumping.
I can admit that this stuff is practically magic vaseline. It is loaded with wonderful ingredients like lanolin, glycerin, and panthenol that are hydrating and have the ability to heal dry-cracked skin. It is also a multipurpose product that can be both used as an ointment or lip balm. I prefer the travel size Eucerin Aquaphor because the product cannot be contaminated as easily as the jar version can.
After three months of using this product, I finally finished my 453g tub of goodness. I was recommended it by my dermatologist and I’m glad I purchased it because it’s full of ceramides and hyaluronic acid. I apply the emollient rich and non comedogenic fragrance-free cream after my serums to make sure I lock them in before my applying my sunscreen in the morning or my occlusive at night. If you are new to moisturizing I really recommend giving this cream a try because the ingredients are amazing and the price is so right.
If I could sign up for a subscribe and save on this Drunk Elephant product, I would. This hydrating gel serum is sandwiched between my thin hyaluronic acid serums and my emollient rich cream. My favourite ingredient in this serum is pineapple ceramide which helps restore and protect your skin’s moisture barrier. I only use one pump twice a day because I want to savour the product since it’s such an investment.
I thought thermal spring water sprays were a placebo product till I watched a famous French spa esthetician on YouTube incorporate it into her skincare routine. She explained that France’s tap water is hard and can be drying on the skin which is why they were the first to create micellar waters and thermal spring water sprays. I spray the spring water on my face after cleansing and then apply my hyaluronic acid serum immediately. You can notice a difference because the hyaluronic acid is soaking up the French Spring Water rather than the tap water and keeping your skin even more hydrated.
Double cleansing is a necessity in anyone's skincare routine especially if you wear makeup or daily SPF. Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is the only oil-based makeup remover that I've tried and since it's fragrance-free and I can purchase it in stores rather than online, I'm going to keep re-purchasing it.
Mascara is a staple in my makeup routine and I am always open to trying new ones that come out at the drugstore. Thank you Influenster Canada and Revlon Canada for a mascara that gave my lashes so much volume with such high-quality packaging. I experienced no smudging, flaking, or clumping while using this mascara either! I recieved this product for free from Influenster Canada and Revlon Canada. Revlon Mega Multiplier™ Mascara
This Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Size Eye Shadow Palette is the one to purchase if you don’t want to break the bank. It’s an amazing gift for anyone who doesn’t indulge in purchasing large eye shadow palettes or is a frequent traveller. Smashbox’s Full Exposure Travel Size Eye Shadow Palette comes with eight brown-tone shades, 4 shimmery and 4 matte, that suit everyone’s lifestyle and skin tone. In addition, they are extremely pigmented and made out of high-quality materials. This eye shadow palette is also convenient and compact. I like using it when I’m travelling or performing and need to do touch-ups later in the day.