Clarisonic Mia 2 Review

Hola Senoritas and Senors! 🙂 How have you been doing? Good summer so far? We’ve been having fun traveling this past summer but we’ll be more consistent with blog posts now! Who’s ready for a big review? We got the famous Clarisonic, coming your way!

Description

This is a two-speed sonic cleansing facial tool that comes with a removable brush head. It delivers 300 micro-massage movements every second to remove dirt, oil and makeup up to six times better hand hands alone. It works to keep your skin’s natural elasticity while cleaning out your pores. After 60 seconds of use, your skin is fully prepped for treatment products, and ready for seamless makeup application.

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It comes with one brush head, a clarisonic cleanser and a charger. This cleansing system costs $219 CAD, however clarisonic has many sets that are sometimes limited edition that incorporates cleansers cleansers from other brands.

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Review

We are going to divide this review into two parts since we both have different experiences with this cleansing tool.

Katelyn

I surprisingly enjoyed this skincare tool and have made it a part of my regular skincare routine, however I do not use it everyday (will go into more detail about this in a bit). The major draw for me was the results I experienced after my first few uses. There was immediate change in the condition of my skin. It felt much smoother and it definitely did a great job in cleansing my face. It removes all traces of makeup, dirt and any other gunk on my face. I was afraid of it causing irritation or being too abrasive but that wasn’t the case. Instead it provided a great deep cleanse especially after using heavier products like liquid foundation which can clog my pores.

However after using this product over an extended period of time I have found that I prefer using it 2-3 a week. I found using it everyday stripped my skin of its natural oils and got a tad dry. Overall, I think this is a great tool to up your skincare game and I’ll continue to use it. The main drawback is that you have to buy replacement heads every 3 months (I try to extend it’s life till around 5 months 😛 ) because bacteria can accumulate on the brush overtime, so it can definitely add up but I think it’s worth the money considering the results.

Helen

Unfortunately, I’ll start off by saying this just didn’t work for me. I have very sensitive combination skin and am acne prone. I was hoping this would work to give my skin a deep cleanse and purge out all the toxins and dead skin cells. I tried using the softest Clarisonic brush head intended for very sensitive skin, the Delicate brush head, and cleansed my face as I normally did, twice a day. Unfortunately, it seemed that even this brush head was too harsh for my sensitive skin. It seemed to irritate my skin and at first, I thought it might be the Clarisonic purging my skin, as I’ve heard some people have their skin get worse before it gets better. However my skin just seemed to get worse and worse after a few weeks… no sign of getting better. After a month of giving the Clarisonic a try and even try to only use it once a day or every few days, I gave up on the Clarisonic. It just seemed aggravate my skin and gave me more breakouts than I normally had. Once I stopped using the Clarisonic and went back to my usual routine of washing my face with my konjac sponge, my face went back to its normal happy self.

While it didn’t work out for me in the end, I don’t regret trying it. At the end of the day, I learned that it didn’t work for me. Try it out if you’re interested! I recommend purchasing from Sephora, because after a month of figuring out that I didn’t like the Clarisonic, I was able to return it and get a full refund.

Pros Cons
  • Effective in removing makeup, dirt and oils
  • Katelyn:
    • Not abrasive, didn’t irritate skin
    • Noticeable change in skin condition
    • Smoothen skin texture
  • Not an everyday tool – good for deeper cleansing
  • Must regularly buy replacement brush heads
  • May not work for very sensitive skin

What do you think? Did we persuade you? 😉 Let us know if you’re thinking about giving it a try or if you’ve already tried it! Come back next week, we may be reviewing some makeup products, you don’t want to miss it! Until then, have a fantastic week 🙂

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GAME CHANGING SKINCARE ITEM | Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence

It has been a tough week so we’re so grateful for this weekend and the time away from work and worries! How has your week been? Let’s treat ourselves and give our skin some much needed TLC. In this review we’ll be talking about a skin essence that Helen found on Amazon. It is the Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence. LOTS of people have compared this product to the ever so popular SKI II Facial Essence, so we had to give this a try…!! 

Description

This is a facial skin essence that will brighten and whiten your skin tone by renewing damaged skin cells and developing healthier ones. It contains 95% of galactomyces (a type of fungus apparently?!) which helps enhance your complexion by deeply nourishing the skin, and at the same time it provides hydration to keep the skin looking smooth and supple. This can be bought on Amazon for ~$23.

Review

Helen first stumbled across this as she was browsing through Amazon. Somehow she stumbled across the Asian skincare line, and then facial essences, and then finally this little guy. It had pretty good reviews, all of which were 4-5 stars at least, although it didn’t exactly have a lot of reviews. Given neither of us had tried a facial essence before, Helen decided to give it a try, especially given this was so affordable next to the SK-II Essence which usually goes for well over $100. After using it once, Helen was hooked!! It soothed and hydrated her sensitive, dry-combo skin – something that’s pretty hard to do given how sensitive her skin is. She found her skincare gem!

This facial essence gives that little bit of extra hydration without feeling heavy. As a quick note, facial essences typically help to give you an extra dose of hydration or can help with the texture of your skin, depending what the essence is trying to target. You usually apply it after you’ve cleansed and toned your skin, but before moisturizing. This essence isn’t the consistency of water, it’s a little thicker, but the essence is clear and sinks into the skin really quickly. It definitely soothes your skin, even when it’s super tired, uneven, and dry! After using it consistently, we’ve noticed that it has helped hydrate and nourish the skin, leaving it softer and more supple.

While the essence is meant to be a ‘whitening’ essence, we didn’t notice that it lightened our skin – which for us, isn’t a priority anyways but if that’s something that is important to you, it might be good to keep in mind. As well, we’ve only found it available through Amazon, which to be honest isn’t that difficult to get your hands on but again, good to keep in mind. Overall though, it’s a fantastic product that we highly recommend! Even if you’re new to facial essences, give a try, invest in your skincare! 😉

Pros Cons
  • Cheaper than most facial essences
  • Almost instant results
  • Smooths and hydrates skin
  • Good for sensitive skin
  • Easy step to include in skin care routine
  • Not readily available to purchase
  • Not whitening(?)

Are you convinced to give it a try yet? 🙂 If you do, let us know in the comments below! Also let us know if you have any other favourites from Cosrx – it’s a new brand we’re exploring and we’d love to try out some skincare that you love too!

Thanks for stopping by and liking our post, we hope you have an awesome week ahead!

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleansers

Bonjour bonjour! Sorry we missed our post last Sunday but we hope you enjoyed spending quality time with your dad on Father’s Day! 🙂 Katelyn posted a wishlist on Thursday though so if you haven’t seen it yet, check it out and see what she’s had an eye on lately! This week, Katelyn will also be taking the reigns and talking about cleansers she’s tried out – in fact, she’ll be going over a cleanser SHOWDOWN!;) Get ready in 3, 2, 1!

Description

As you may have already seen from the blog title, we’re talking about Philosophy cleansers this week! Specifically, we’re talking about the Purity Made Simple line, the one that everyone and their grandma knows about 😉 Philosophy’s original and most popular cleanser, Purity Made Simple Cleanser, is a one step cleanser that helps to cleanse and hydrate your skin, good for all skin types (dry, oily, combo, normal, sensitive). It gently cleanses your skin from dirt, oil and makeup, all while conditioning the skin with natural oil extracts. This creamy cleanser comes in several sizes and retails for $32 CAD for 240mL/8 oz which can be found at Sephora.

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Philosophy also carries a Purity Made Simple High Foaming Daily Cleanser. This cleanser is very similar, although it is a liquid-to-foam version of Purity. It’s meant for those who like the Purity cleanser but prefer the feeling of a foam cleanser. I bought it at Winners for $16.99 CAD for 177.4mL/6 oz, but it’s a pretty hard to find cleanser outside of randomly finding it at Winners. Amazon does seem to offer it but for $50 for a 16 oz bottle… worth it? Keep reading!

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Review

Before purchasing these two cleansers I read amazing reviews on many products from Philosophy. Some of my favourite beauty gurus swore by their cleansers, so it seemed like a high end brand that actually worked for many people, especially for those with sensitive skin. The first product I tried from this line was the Purity cleanser and I’ve repurchased it at Sephora several times over the years, however I’ve always managed to grab it on a seasonal sale (as a seasoned bargainer would naturally do 😉 ). I had high hopes for this product, and it definitely did not disappoint me. I would say there isn’t anything particularly distinctive about it but it just gets the job done! It gets rid of all of my makeup, but it doesn’t strip my face or leave it feeling dry. I can always rely on it, so it has become a staple product in my skincare routine.

On a trip to Winners I recently discovered that the Philosophy cleanser I loved so much came in a liquid to foam form as well. Of course I had to try it out to see how it stacked up against the original cleanser. Would there be a difference? Would I like the foam version better?! These were the thoughts going through my mind which I thought justified this purchase even though I just bought two other cleansers to try… (I might have a problem…). Long story short I tested it out and I loved it… it did a comparable job at cleansing my face and it also didn’t cause any irritation or dryness.

I like these too very similar cleansers and if we compare cleansing ability they both are evenly matched. However, if I had to repurchase one over the other I would buy the creamy cleanser (even if they foam version could be easily bought). I enjoy how easy I can distribute the foam on my face and it lathers super easily. On the other hand, I feel like I use more of the product in comparison to the original cleanser. I feel like I’m choosing between two of my children. Both are very great cleansers so I don’t think there is a right or wrong choice. This is just my personal opinion 🙂

Purity Made Simple – OG Purity Made Simple High Foaming
  • Gentle/safe for sensitive skin
  • Not-scented
  • Non stripping
  • Gets rid of makeup
  • Improves skin texture
  • Small amount needed only

 

  • Gentle/safe for sensitive skin
  • Not-scented
  • Non stripping
  • Gets rid of makeup
  • Improves skin texture
  • Have to use more product

Have you tried either one of these cleansers? Which would you purchase? Comment below and let us know! Don’t forget to come back Thursday to check out Helen’s Weekly Wishlist 🙂 Wishing you all a beautiful sunny week ahead!

Dermal: Snail Gold Hydro Gel Eye Patches

Salut! How’s your Sunday going? We hope you’re having a beautiful day! Vancouver is a beautiful sunny day which has been rare these past few weeks so we’re definitely taking time to soak up the sun 🙂

Helen’s Wishlist was posted on Thursday – did you see anything you liked?? If you haven’t seen the post just yet, hit up our Beauty Page and you’ll be able to catch up on some products Helen’s been having an eye on lately 😉 This week we’ll be delving into the world of Korean Beauty… snail eye masks! What?!! Don’t worry, they aren’t as weird as they sound, we promise!

Description

Dermal’s Snail Gold Hydro Gel Eye Patches were something we first came across these when we were browsing our local supermarket, Superstore. As we were browsing the aisles in the beauty section, we came across a whole aisle dedicated to Asian beauty products – everything from Korean sheet masks to Chinese skin creams to Japanese hair care products. AKA – what we once dreamed of was suddenly a beautiful reality!

The eye patches are essentially little masks for your under-eye area – an intensive under-eye treatment. They are a thin, gel-like mask, made up of vegetable gums, seaweed, agar, and konjak to name a few ingredients. They are also made with natural extracts, making them biodegradable. Given that the masks are saturated in the extracts and essence, they adhere well to your under-eye area without slipping and sliding out of place. It comes in a container of 30 pairs and retails for about $16 USD or about $22 CAD.

Review

These eye patches are a super easy way to add a little something special to your skincare routine. You literally just plop them under your eyes and you can do whatever you want for 20-30 min while it drys. It’s definitely hydrating for the under-eye area and if you place the container in the fridge beforehand, the patches will be nice and cool when you apply them. We’ve found that this helps with redness and reduces puffiness. Our eyes (especially Helen’s) are sensitive but these patches don’t cause any irritation at all. One container will last you quite a while and if you break down the cost, a pair of eye patches costs less than a dollar. If you’re lucky, single pairs cost around $3-4 each so it’s a good bang for your buck (note: we’ve seen eye masks go for $6-15 per pair at Sephora from various brands!). In terms of packaging, we love the gold…who doesn’t… but we also enjoy the fact that it comes with a little spatula which helps take out the patches and it keeps everything super sanitary. Lastly, as an environmental bonus these patches are biodegradable!


With lots of skincare products it’s hard to see immediate differences upon first use and sometimes it can take a month to see any changes. So far we haven’t experienced anything mind-blowing but so far so good. It does a great job at hydrating and de-puffing so no big complaints.

Pros Cons
  • Easy to apply
  • Moisturizing, hydrating
  • No irritation
  • Cooling
  • Biodegradable
  • Lasts a long time
  • Affordable 
  • No immediate changes or improvements 

Have any of you tried out an under-eye mask? If you have, let us know! We’d love to try some new ones! As always, thank you for stopping by, we hope you have a lovely week!

 

 

Body Shop Seaweed Oil Balancing Clay Mask vs. GlamGlow Supermud

Bonjour mes amis! Hope you enjoyed our last post on Wet n Wild lippies. Unfortunately we don’t like everything we try out, and we really struggled with these lipsticks in particular. We want to provide a honest review and the Megalast lipsticks just didn’t make our cut. Check out last weeks post where we break down the good, the bad and the ugly…

This week it’s the battle of the masks. We are putting The Body Shop Seaweed Oil Balancing Clay Mask against the infamous GlamGlow Supermud. Who will be the victor? Keep reading to find out 😉

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Description

The Body Shop seaweed clay mask is meant to deeply cleanse your skin leaving it feeling fresh and revitalised. It contains mineral rich bladderwack seaweed which helps detoxify, purify and balance facial oils, so it’s a suitable product for those who have combination and/or oily skin. This 100% vegan mask comes in a 100 mL container and retails for $23 CAD and USD.

The GlamGlow mask is intended to help treat acne and blemishes, pores, and oiliness. It claims to have Activated-X charcoal that helps detoxify, lift impurities, and leave skin feeling brightened, softer, and overall healthier. This comes in a 1.7 oz jar (~48 mL) for $79 CAD or $69 USD. GlamGlow also offers a travel size in Canada, $24 for 5 single-use packets at 0.01 oz each.

Review

We first came across The Body Shop mask while we took a weekend getaway to Vancouver Island. Looking for an inexpensive way to treat ourselves, we stumbled across this mask while we were in The Body Shop. We decided to give it a try since we both love a good clay mask and ended up loving it! The clay mask is a thick consistency but applies very smoothly and easily. There is a slight seaweed scent, however it is not overpowering and pretty undetectable when applied. We normally leave it on for about 25 minutes before washing it off, at which point your face feels really tight. As it drys, you can actually see the oils being pulled out from your face! Gross but very satisfying 😉 It’s easy to wash off and once it is completely gone our faces felt clean and refreshed. We did experience a bit of tightness afterward, so we recommend following up with your favourite moisturizer.

The product itself lasts a very long time. We’ve each had ours for over a year although it does start to dry out beyond that point. Price wise it’s fairly reasonable especially in comparison to high-end masks. The only drawback is that it comes in one size which may make it not as travel friendly.

Thanks to Youtube and TatiWestbrook we decided to give the GlamGlow line a try. Although we only have the sample size in the photos we have tried the full sized version for a couple of months (you may start to see which one we like better). The consistency of this mask is thinner than the Body Shop mask and it contains small pieces leaves. It’s not runny by any means which makes it easy to apply. When you first apply it, you can feel a tingling and burning sensation. You might also notice a licorice scent, and just like the clay mask it is unnoticeable once it’s on your face. We were alarmed at first but it does go away. Again you can also see your facial oils being extracted. It’s easy to wash off and similar to the clay mask our faces felt a bit tight, so we applied moisturizer right afterward.

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Completely dry. The dark spots are my facial oils being extracted.

The biggest drawback is definitely the price and the burning sensation may agitate the sensitive people out there (us included). The seaweed gives the same results but at a lower price point and more product. Save some money to buy more product 🙂 (never ending spending cycle :’) ).

Pros Cons
Body Shop
  • Affordable
  • Visibly extract oils
  • Skin feels soft and refreshed
  • Lasts a fairly long time
  • Product drys out before you can finish it
  • Comes in one size
GlamGlow
  • Visibly extract oils
  • Skin feels soft and refreshed
  • Comes in various sizes
  • Das expensif!!!
  • Product drys out before you can finish it
  • Burns sensitive skin

Do you guys have any other dupes for the GlamGlow mask? Have you tried out the Body Shop mask? Let us know in the comments below!

The Body Shop: Body Butters

Hola Senoritas! Welcome to our first blog post! We have a great product to share with you this week: BUTTERS! The Body Shop body butters have been a long time favourite of ours and we’re pretty sure you’re gonna love them too! You butter..hehehe 😉

Description

The body butters are marketed as a line of natural moisturizers that will give you rich hydration, making your skin feel soft and smooth. They are known for their buttery texture and variety of delicious scents. Their products are also enriched with community trade shea butter or cocoa butter. The butters come in 3 different sizes, minis at 50 mL for $6, regular at 200 mL for $21, and jumbo at 400 mL for $34.

Review

As mentioned before, these body butters have been a long time favourite for both of us. Funny enough, we both discovered these gems through our mothers and since then they have been a staple product in our daily skincare routines. We’ve used a variety of the butters throughout the past few years but today we’ll be reviewing the Pink Grapefruit and Coconut body butters.

The butters are incredibly moisturizing without being greasy or too heavy. There are a variety of scents to choose from, from fresh and fruity to sweet and subtle. Regardless of the butter you choose, the scents generally smell authentic and true to life. The Pink Grapefruit leaves behind a fresh, slightly sweet scent with subtle citrus notes while the Coconut leaves behind a creamy, milky coconut scent (delicious!). Because the butters leave behind a subtle scent, these are great options for people who don’t wear perfume and still want to wear a scent that isn’t overpowering. These bad boys will generally last you a long time since the butters are so rich, so a little goes a long way! And to add the cherry on top, the packaging is colour-coordinated, making it easy to spot  different body butters in your collection – shout out to all OCD homies out there!

Our only critique on the butters is based on personal preference of scents, although the formula is still spot on. Every year around the winter holidays, the Body Shop launches limited edition holiday scents, like Vanilla Chain, Frosted Berries, and Spiced Apple. While these scents are fun and festive, they often smell sweeter and more artificial than the permanent collection.

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Jumbo Body Butter and iPhone 5 for size reference

Not sure if you’re convinced to try the body butters yet? Try the mini size! The selection is limited but they’re a good way to try out the formula and scent without too much commitment.

If you are convinced, please wait for a sale! There’s always some promotion or sale where you can save money, and most of the time you can get it for half off. On top of that, whip out your membership discount! If you purchase products regularly from the Body Shop, you may want to consider looking into signing up with their membership program where you get 10% discounts on all purchases and other perks.

Pros Cons
  • Very moisturizing, not greasy
  • Subtle, non-artificial scent
  • Comes in 3 sizes
  • Good range of scents
  • Colour-coordinated packaging
  • Long-lasting, little product goes a long way
  • Holiday collections produce artificial scents that tend to be overpowering

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Let us know your thoughts on the butters and comment below if you have any questions!

Stay hydrated, friends 😉