Sunday, March 31, 2013

Skincare Sunday II: SilkPeel Dermalinfusion

Exciting times over here in skincare land... this week I had my very first "professional" skincare treatment. A super gentle treatment, if you compare it to the likes of intense peels or lasers, but a first for me nonetheless so I thought it would be fun to share my experience on the blog.
The procedure is called SilkPeel and it combines the process of microdermabrasion along with the simultanous delivery of a skincare solution depending on your need. There are different available formulas depending on your skin concern - clarifying for acne, vitamin C for anti-aging, lumixyl for hyperpigmentation or hydration of very dry skins. I chose the clarifying formula which is salicylic acid based. 


I've never had a microdermabrasion before but it felt very nice and thorough. A diamond-tip wand is used to break down damaged cells on the top layer of the skin leaving the fresh cells underneath exposed to whatever condition-specific solution you have selected for your treatment. The whole thing lasted about half an hour and, like I said, I felt no discomfort whatsoever. It was soothing and it felt great having all those gross dead skin cells scraped off!

Before - a post cystic acne war zone

The cost? I paid $110, taxes included, at my local dermatologist.

The results?

Slight redness right after the procedure itself but it went away within a couple of hours. My skin texture was visibly improved. Skin surface looked smoother and any annoying bumps I had brewing are gone.  The skincare solution that was infused during the procedure is intended to keep on working at improving and addressing particular skincare concerns. My deeper acne scars and more aggressive hyperpigmentation weren't improved but that wasn't within the scope of a single treatment. My dermatologist recommended this treatment almost as a "primer", before diving into a series of more aggressive peels (which I will also document). 

After - a smoother, softer skin texture
Some of the acne scarring I have accumulated over years and years of fighting with cystic acne is too deep for normal over-the-counter products to obliterate. After having my breakouts under control for the best past of the last 2 years it is finally time for me to properly and professionally address those scars!

I'm very happy with my little introduction to professional skincare solutions. I can imagine that this type of treatment would produce amazing results on slightly more mature skins in need of a good "pick-me-up"... their Vitamin C brightening version of this treatment certainly looks promising :)

Have you been battling acne scarring? What has worked for you and what hasn't?

PS: How do you feel about my new Skincare Sunday instalment? Catch up on last week's post here.


x

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Skincare Sunday I: Origins Plantscription SPF 25

What better way to wind down on a Sunday evening than by writing my first instalment of "Skincare Sunday"? One skincare product diced, chopped, tried out and reviewed by yours truly for all Sundays left in this year :)
I'm a skincare enthusiast. I get excited reading about active ingredients and there's nothing I love more than the feeling of trying out something that works (shout out to La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, the little tube that never lets me down). 
I hope you'll enjoy my weekly skincare blurbs as much as I enjoy writing them!

Without further ado, I'd like to showcase today's little pot of wonder:
Origins Plantscription SPF 25 Oil Free Cream

I got this in the mail from the kind people at Origins about 2 months ago and I've been testing it out regularly since. Canadian winters are painfully longer than regular winters so my skin, which is usually oily, has been more normal during these months. 


I dip the end of a clean Q-tip in the pot (to keep things sanitary) and pick up about a dime-sized amount of cream, which is enough to spread over my whole face and neck. It leaves my skin looking plump and glowy. It makes for a lovely primer before foundation. The formula is rich in anti-oxidants and has an SPF of 25 which is pretty decent. It's heavier in texture than the Murad Essential-C moisturizer (which I still absolutely adore and recommend) which makes it more suitable for combination/dry and normal skins. There is also a formula that is not oil-free that caters to dry/more mature skins. If you're combination oily to oily, it might be a bit too much for you. It's not cheap, but a little goes a long way. I've been using it regularly over the last 6 weeks or so, and have barely made a dent!


To sum it up, here's what I love about it:
  • non-offensive fragrance (super light clean scent that doesn't linger after application)
  • no greasy residue yet leaves skin looking glowy
  • decent SPF
  • easily available at a number of retailers (Sephora, Origins, The Bay, Macy's)  
  • a little goes a long way
  • doesn't break me out
  • my skin looks seriously healthy and plump when I use this in the morning!
The negatives:
  • comes in a pot, so if you're a clean freak like me it might be a pain in the butt; Q-tip method is alright though
  • skip this if you're having an "oily" day, even though it's oil free, it will enhance oil slick factor by midday
  • $55 in the US, $69 in Canada (umm... woof.)
All in all, I am loving this lately!

Any Origins products that you love and recommend? Send the suggestions my way :)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Today's Makeup

I wore this look in one of my recent videos on YouTube and got a few requests to re-create it so what better than a "Get Ready With Me" type post? :)
It's a simple monochromatic look on the eyes - brown eyeshadow and brown liner and a vibrant lip that just begs for spring.
I've worn it several times over the past couple of weeks, albeit changing up the lip or blush, and I can't get enough.


As always, the names of all products used will be listed underneath, along with links where you can find the products!



Face

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Foundation – 02 (Nordstrom // Sephora // House Of Fraser)
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (ULTA // Walmart in Canada)
Maybelline Age Rewind – Brightener (Drugstores)
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer – Very Light/Fair (ASOS)
Sephora Professional Airbrush #57 (Sephora)
NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder – Pressed (Sephora // Space NK // NARS)
MAC 129 Brush (MAC)
Dior Nude Bronzer – 02 Amber (Nordstrom // Sephora // Neiman Marcus)
Quo Professional Bronzer Brush (Shoppers Drug Mart)
NARS Blush – Madly (Sephora // Nordstrom // NARS)
NARS Yachiyo Brush (Nordstrom // NARS)

Eyes

Urban Decay Eyeshadow – Naked (Sephora // LookFantastic)
MAC 217 Brush (MAC)
Clarins Nude Eyeshadow - I use this to "clean up" sometimes (Nordstrom)
MAC 227 Brush (MAC)
Dior Waterproof Eyeliner – Dark Brown (Nordstrom // Sephora // FeelUnique
Pupa Diva’s Lashes Mascara (Amazon)

Lips

Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick – Muse (Sephora // SpaceNK)

Music: Atoms For Peace - “Dropped”

What has been your go-to makeup look lately?

x

Sandra

Sunday, March 10, 2013

A Rimmel Round-up

A couple of weeks ago I was perusing the aisles of my beloved local drugstore when I stumbled across a "3 for 2" type of sale on Rimmel cosmetics. I was feeling rather... experimental... so I walked out with some new goodies that I have been using for the past several days.


1. Kate Moss lipstick in #113

This. Smells. So. Bad. 
Why oh why do brands decide to pump nasty smells in perfectly good lipsticks? The texture and colour of this are absolutely beautiful. It's creamy and matte and a slightly lighter version of MAC Shy Girl. I can tone down the nasty smell by using it underneath a nicely scented balmy lip product like a YSL Sheer Candy or Maybelline Baby Lips. I have actually created some of my favourite lip combinations in this way and I'll be sure to show you more in detail soon :)

2. Stay Matte Powder
The Internet has been ablaze with rave reviews of this setting powder. Many of my fellow oily skinned girls have dubbed this the best setting powder they have ever used. Me? Underwhelmed. It's just TOO matte. It literally sucks the life out of the areas of the face where I place it, and still doesn't miraculously keep the oils at bay all day long. This is a miss. The NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder is superior, in my opinion (I have the pressed powder version, which for some reason I've only been able to find online on Sephora.com).

3. Wake Me Up Concealer
This has a lovely texture and doesn't crease under the eyes. It's a bit too sheer for me for some days, but works great in conjunction with my Maybelline Age Rewind Brightener if I'm now having a particular bad under-eye day and just need a quick lift. Awesome formula, terrible colour selection (my shade is Fair/Very Light and it's more of a Light/Medium, I'd say.)

How do you feel about Rimmel cosmetics? 
What have you tried and is there anything I should be looking at next?
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