No Makeup Monday: Skincare

I made the decision shortly after Cash was born that I was going to start taking better care of my skin. I am now barely wearing makeup, maybe a couple days a week if that and it became evident my skin needed a bit more love and care if I was going to age gracefully 😉 Im coming up to my last year in my twenty’s (yikes)!!

I set out to find a natural, plant based skincare that was Vegan, did not test on animals and would not break the bank. This is where I started and ended up reconnecting with The Body Shop. I truthfully have not shopped at the Body Shop since high school but was really surprised at the quality of product and the range of products they offer.

I knew for skincare I wanted to find a cleanser, moisturizer and something additionally to help revitalize my skin. I decided on the Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash (literally so creamy and so soft!)  I wanted something I could use everyday that would not irritate or dry out my skin, that I could use throughout the year regardless of season and I have to say I absolutely love this cleanser!!

Next up is the moisturizer! I wanted a mattifying moisturizer to help with reducing oil/breakouts on my skin so I decided to go with the Seaweed Oil-Control Mattifying Gel Day Cream. It has a creamy gel consistency and applies great however I have to admit I love it, it does its job well but I needed more moisture so on my next purchase I will be going with the Vitamin E Moisture Cream.

Lastly I wanted to add an extra pop and decided the Drops of Youth Serum would be it after reading all of their amazing reviews. I lovvve this product, one drop in the morning and one at night it glides over your skin to help boost the surface skin cell renewal!

For masks, I decided on these two, the Chinese Ginseng and Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask and the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask. Two masks, two totally different purposes which is what I wanted. I use each mask once a week and because I still tend to break out every once and a while so I wanted an exfoliating, clarifying mask to help with my breaks out and the plumping mask to help enrich moisture back into my skin for a more youthful and brighter glow.

I already have my eyes out for my next trip to the Body Shop and plan to include the Camomile Gentle Makeup RemoverCoconut Body Milk Lotion and the Almond Milk & Honey Calming Bath Milk!

Overall I am absolutely ecstatic with my purchases minus the one change to a Vitamin E moisture cream for added hydration. I have already noticed the quality of my skin has improved, its smoother, more even and definitely more hydrated. I highly recommend you go to your local Body Shop and check out all of their amazing products as there is sure to be a winning combination. Lastly their pricing is so reasonable, as a mom on maternity leave I do not have hundreds of dollars to spend that being said I wanted a quality product and found it at the Body Shop!

Hope you have a great week!

Sarah xo

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Dry Lip Regiment

With winter upon us (whether we like it or not!) I was finding my lips extra dry and cracked, especially in the mornings. I was finding my burts bees nourishing chapstick wasn’t doing the job so I set out to find some kind of scrub and lip treatment to help solve my chapped lip problem! Enter Fresh’s Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment and Lip Polish Scrub.

After reading several reviews and looking at several different products I decided on these two and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. I use the scrub in the mornings after I brush my teeth and then apply the lip treatment. If I’m finding my lips extra dry, I will repeat in the evening before bed! Both products smell amazing and make my lips feel nourished and hydrated!

Another added bonus of both of these products is that they are both made without the use of Paragons, Sulfates and Phthalates.

I would definitely recommend adding either or both products to your morning regiment depending on how your lips fair in our weather!

Hope you guys have a great week!

Sarah xo


Real Techniques Complexion Sponge Review

The first thing you should know about me is that I cannot live without my beauty blender. I use it to apply my foundation, concealer and finishing powder for a flawless finish. If I could take one beauty tool to a desert island this would be it!

I set out looking for an alternative that was a bit easier on the bank account but just as flawless in application. Introducing Real Techniques Complexion Sponge. I purchased the two pack on Amazon however it is available locally at London Drugs.

At first glance it is larger than the Beauty Blender but still has the pointed tip for application around the eyes or lining finishing powder. Its absorption of water I would rank higher than the beauty blender, I found I had to really pat it on a towel otherwise it was too damp. Lastly the Real Techniques sponge has a flat bottom which I have found perfect for baking under the cheeks to draw a straight line along the jawline.

In terms of pricing, the Real Techniques sponge is much more affordable, I bought two for $15, where as one Beauty Blender retails for $28.

Overall, I have been extremely happy with the Real Techniques sponge after using it this past month. I would not hesitate to continue buying this brand and would definitely recommend this sponge for anyone looking for a quality sponge at an affordable price!

PS The key to using any blender or sponge is to use it damp. It allows an even application of both liquid and powder without soaking up all your product!

I hope you have enjoyed this review!

Have a great week!

Sarah xo