Saturday, May 19, 2018

IT COSMETICS | Confidence Skincare

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IT Cosmetics - Confidence Skincare

IT Cosmetics is founded on the idea that your beauty deserves hard working, scientifically researched and results based ingredients. You’ll often find owner Jamie doing amazing on-air demonstrations on QVC (I’m completely a closet addict) and I see the brand as a more modern, green juice drinking version of Clinique. I’ve recently had the opportunity to try out the set of their Confidence Skincare* which boasts their clinically researched Anti-Aging Armour Rejuvenating Concentrate which contains a variety of collagen, peptides, oils and vitamins across all their products.

IT Cosmetics - Confidence Skincare

CONFIDENCE IN A CLEANSER* 
$36 CAD | SHOP HERE

IT Cosmetics says: A skin transforming hydrating cleansing serum which contains hyaluronic acid to sooth and moisturize but will also take off your waterproof makeup in a pinch

A very likeable non-foaming / very light foaming cleanser that I prefer to use in the morning because it feels comfortable and easy on the skin. While I don’t find it drying, I also don’t find it particularly hydrating but this may vary depending on your skin type. Running through all three products is a light citrus scent which is evident by the various natural oils in this concoction. I do think it leaves my skin clean although I still don’t feel completely assured using this to remove my makeup. The effect and after-feel is comparable to something like Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel - well balanced and comfortable. Now the real question is, do we really need such an expansive ingredients list for a cleanser when most people only spend 30 seconds washing their face? You decide.

INGREDIENTS: Aqua/Water/Eau, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Chloride, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Arginine Cocoate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Coco-Glucoside, Citric Acid, Hexylene Glycol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Sinensis Peel Oil Expressed, Butylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Ethylhexylglycerin, Niacinamide, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Water, Colloidal Oatmeal, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Ceramide Np, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ceteareth-20, Glyceryl Citrate/Lactate/Linoleate/Oleate, Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide Mea, Glycosphingolipids, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Meadowfoam Estolide, Ceramide Ap, Ethylhexyl Isonanoate, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Steareth-20, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Disodium EDTA, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, FD&C Yellow No. 5 (CI 19140).


IT Cosmetics - Confidence Skincare

CONFIDENCE IN A CREAM* 
$62 CAD | SHOP HERE

IT Cosmetics says: Transforming moisturizing super cream for rejuvenating skin everywhere

Having used face creams from a wide range of brands and price points, I can say straight away that I think this formulation is very reasonable value for money when factoring in ingredients and the overall feel of the product. This, in short, is what IT Cosmetics considers its do-it-all super cream that took 7 years to bring out. The application and texture reminds me of the Fresh Crème Ancienne in the sense it was thick and dense in the jar yet sat comfortable and non-greasy on the skin. The dry down is great for smoothing out the skin for foundation and I suspect that it’ll still be fresh enough for summer so I plan on finishing up the jar. If you have combination skin this would be very ideal. When it comes down to the boasted skincare effects, I must say that I don’t think I am the best person to test its results as anti-aging isn’t my major concern at the moment. While preventative care is always recommended, my major skin struggles are still large pores and skin texture issues more so than wrinkles. I can say that when used consistently, I found my skin to look plump and refreshed even when I definitely don’t feel that way on the inside. 

INGREDIENTS: Aqua (Water, Eau), Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate / Dicaprate, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Caprylic / Capric / Myristic / Stearic Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG - 100 Stearate, Polyglyceryl - 3 Methylglucose Distearate, Stearyl Behenate, Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Biosaccharide Gum - 1, Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Polyethylene, PEG / PPG - 20 / 15 Dimethicone, Phenyl Methicone, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate / Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polyquaternium - 51, Niacinamide, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, PEG - 150 Distearate, Ceramide Ap, Glycosphingolipids, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Meadowfoam Estolide, Sorbitan Isostearate, Squalane, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide - 4, Polysorbate 20, Steareth - 20, N - Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide - 1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide - 7, Polysorbate 60, Aleuritic Acid, Yeast Extract, Glycoproteins, Betaine, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Ceramide NP, Allantoin, Colloidal Oatmeal, Retinyl Retinoate, Polylactic Acid, Canola Oil, Cholesteryl Nonanoate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Water, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Eruca Sativa Leaf Extract, Glyceryl Citrate / Lactate/Linoleate / Oleate, Ceteareth - 20, Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide Mea, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glucose, Stearyl Stearate, Tromethamine, Citric Acid, 1, 2 - Hexanediol, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Potassium Sorbate, Dipropylene Glycol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Citratus Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caramel, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Limonene, Linalool.

IT Cosmetics - Confidence Skincare

CONFIDENCE IN AN EYE CREAM*  
$48 CAD | SHOP HERE
IT Cosmetics says: Brightens, repairs and transforms, this day to night eye cream will do it all from minimizing darkness to banishing wrinkles.

As with the moisturizer, the texture of this eye cream is a big winner for me. Its very lightweight and silky plus leaves a slight sheen on the skin which I believe is what the brand claims as "brightening". While I don't think this would be sufficient moisture for the winter season, it's perfectly balanced for summer and simply feels weightless on the skin. Results wise, I haven't noticed any major improvement in undereye puffiness (which is my main concern) but it does seem to minimize fine dehydration lines at the outer corners. It's definitely too soon for me to decide if this is a must-have product especially since I'm not a religious eye cream user so this is one that probably needs a second opinion.

INGREDIENTS: Aqua/Water/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Niacinamide, PEG-40 Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Polyacrylate-13, Polysilicone-11, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Polyisobutene, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, Sorbitan Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Chlorphenesin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Alkanna Tinctoria Root Extract, Sorbitan Isostearate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Benzophenone-5, Tin Oxide, Coptis Japonica Root Extract, Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Colloidal Oatmeal, Caffeine, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Squalane, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Royal Jelly Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Cholesteryl Nonanoate, Cholesteryl Chloride, Cholesteryl Isostearate, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Lecithin, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Steareth-20, Creatine, Maris Aqua/Sea Water/Eau De Mer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Ceramide NP, Panthenol, Polyglutamic Acid, Phytosphingosine, Ceramide Ap, Tocopheryl Acetate, Arginine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Valine, Threonine, Methionine, Lysine, Phenylalanine, Tryptophan, Cholesterol, Histidine, Saccharide Isomerate, Xanthan Gum, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Retinol, Collagen, Copper Gluconate, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Tea-Cocoyl Glutamate, Potassium Sorbate, Copper Tripeptide-1, Magnesium Aspartate, Biotin, Zinc Gluconate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ascorbic Acid, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Ceramide Eop, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).

THE FINAL VERDICT
Test period: 3 weeks
The IT Cosmetics Confidence Skincare range is a beautifully textured, easy to use collection that I would recommend if you are looking for powered up version of a minimal routine. Best suited for combination, slightly oily or slightly dry skin of any age range, there's some impressive ingredients in each formulation with a focus on natural additives so do have a read if you know you're reactive to anything specific. I haven't experienced any sensitivity or negative reactions. For the money, I think the range is well priced and certainly more promisingly than a lot of other higher end and fancier packaged options. I personally didn't see a huge anti-aging improvement but I also don't have a lot of visible signs to treat in the first place and it's not my current main skin concern. It would be something I'd consider as preventive skincare if you're similar to my skin age.

Chat soon,

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Shu Uemura and the cleansing oils

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Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil

When I say Shu Uemura, two things probably comes to mind - eyelash curler and the Shu cleansing oils*. The latter is celebrating a 50 year birthday this year and can really be counted as one of the iconic products in modern beauty history. In fact, for decades this was the only product of its kind that you can get your hands on in the western market and continues to gather a cult following. Rewind to 1950s Hollywood and Mr. Shu Uemura used a first version of his cleansing oil to take off the heavy pancake makeup favoured for film and movie sets. Today, the Shu Uemura brand offers various formulas and textures for different skin types and needs. There are currently 7 listed on their website that range from anti-pollution to large pore challenges.

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil
Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil
Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil

SHOP SHU UEMURA | Sephora | Shu Online ($42-93CAD size & formula depending) 

Cleansing oils became a big part of my beauty routine when I first delved into Asian skincare and learned the importance of double cleansing - first wash to take off makeup and second wash to cleanse the skin -  something that I still preach today whenever the topic of face washing arises. Shu oils have entered my routine only within the past few years partially due to its price point but also that they had previously often included mineral oil in their formulas - thankfully this is being phased out! What I can appreciate about these cleansing oils in particular is how well they emulsify and wash away fuss free. All the fears about a sticky oily residue is not a problem as long as you use the right method. I’m extra excited to try out the new emulsion formula which not only seems like a great texture but also adverts the dripping-all-over-the-sink scenario.

Got a favourite cleansing oil brand? Share the deets!

Chat soon,

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Narciso Rodriguez | L'Absolu Perfume

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Narciso Rodriguez L'Absolu

As a personal tradition over the past occasions, I've started the year by choosing a new fragrance to celebrate and cement the upcoming twelve months. It's a bit of a fussy process but one that I thoroughly enjoy as I want the scent to embody my goals and outlook for the upcoming year. For 2018, I finally settled on L'Absolu by Narciso Rodriguez and I am thrilled about it.

The fragrance is marketed as a floriental with notes of musk, tuberose, jasmine, amberlyn, sandalwood and patchouli. It's available in an eau de parfum and is made in France. Though it's been out for a few years now, it seems to be the less talked about of the Narciso trio however it's no less lovely than all the others and I'd argue that it deserves its own applause. It you love the YSL Black Opium, you may want to investigate this.

SHOP NARCISO RODRIGUEZ | Sephora | Shoppers Drug Mart (50ml @ $112 CAD)

Narciso Rodriguez L'Absolu
Narciso Rodriguez L'Absolu

In fact, it also reads very similar to my signature scent, Guerlain's Samsara but in a more modern way (Guerlain is undoubtedly a scent of its decade after all). L'Absolu is sweet, rich and slightly intoxicating but not in a young and brash way. In fact, for many years I've admired the Narciso aesthetic but didn't feel ready to wear the brand. The Narciso woman is one who has a quiet confidence, a strong sense of self and is feminine in an elegant way. While many people love and wear the scent, I find that it pairs best with someone who carries themselves with more maturity. This is exactly the kind of woman I want to grow into in the next few years and so I thought it would be a great introduction to my everyday life. When I put it on every morning, I take a moment to remind myself that I have the inner strength to face all the upcoming challenges of the days, months and years.

Narciso Rodriguez L'Absolu

On it's own, I do find L'Absolu to be a winter scent hence more suited to wooly coats, sweaters and the winter chill so coming into spring I have also purchase the original N.R. Eau de Toilette to pair with it. The latter is a better daytime and office appropriate choice which wears softer on the skin. I find both to be reasonably long lasting and it's the kind of fragrance that others smell on you more so than you do on yourself so refrain from using a heavy hand.

Happy Sunday,


Monday, April 9, 2018

PIXI Collaborations | Chloe Morello, Dulce Candy, ILikeWeylie

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Pixi Pretties Makeup Collection

Today’s post brings you the newest Pixi influencer collaboration and in usual Pixi fashion, it’s a really wearable array of everyday neutrals. If there’s one word to describe the brand as a whole it would certainly be - pretty. Pretty cute, pretty neutral, pretty easy to wear and overall the type of products that fit well into your daily makeup wardrobe.

Pixi Pretties Makeup Collection

This release release contains 3 palettes as the main feature and is a collaboration between Chloe Morello,  Dulce Candy and ILikeWeylie.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Foundation Collection : 15 and counting... + video

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Foundation Collection

There's no other way to say this. I am unashamedly a foundation collector and have no real reason to justify this weird addiction to this single makeup product. Regardless of what good things I may be using or claiming to have a found a favourite, the immediate attraction when a brand new drop hits the new arrivals page is like nature's calling. On the flip side, this means I actually have a collection video to show you because the average person certainly doesn't own 15 foundations...and counting.

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...and of course just in case you're looking for more skin tone matches, I have a few other brand colours listed under the My Stats tab at the top of the page. Over the years I've used a fair share of both drugstore and high end offerings but sometimes you just have to admit that drugstore shades are far and lacking. If you're also a self proclaimed foundation collector, I'd love to know your favourites for your skin type!

Happy Sunday,


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Filofax Clipbook: My new (again) planner

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Filofax A5 custom planner

While I’d hardly define myself as a #planneraddict even in the loose sense of the word, I am somehow always shuffling through a couple of different planners over the course of the year. Having bounced around between more traditional bound dated options, to bullet journals and various layouts, my current daily writer is a self compiled Filofax Clipbook, adapted with personal printables. 

If you had watched my inexpensive DayDesigner x Walmart planner video from earlier this year, I talked about how I had been pleased with finding a perfect pre-dated weekly design but over the weeks the real kicker had always been the paper quality which not only limited my pen options but also seemed to affect how often I used it. 

Filofax A5 custom planner

Filofax had always been a familiar name but not a brand that I had paid a lot of attention to until I recently bought one of their removable page notebooks for work. My goal had always been to find the most functional, compact with practical design features and their new A5 sized Clipbook, with the self adjusting soft cover is a strong contender. Self-adjusting simply meant that the cover is attached so it can lay flatter when you don't have it filled up. And although neon pink isn't my preferred colour choice, it was on a great discount on Amazon which means I could try out the size and system without feeling too guilty.

Filofax A5 custom planner

Filofax A5 custom planner

The current contents of my Filofax planner is still in the works, especially as I'm still waiting for a few other inserts to arrive in the mail but so far I'm loving the size, flexibility plus the fact that I can print my own weekly pages on some incredible paper. The week on a single side seemed daunting to at first but I quickly found that I hardly needed more than this for my appointments an I can always add an in between page if there's anything important to write. This means that instead of 52 pages for an entire calendar year, I've just shrunken it down to 25 pages! Here's what I have in here so far.

Using my We R Memory Keepers special adjustable punch, I can also add in any pages that I'm loving at the moment or simply just bits and bobs that I want easy access too. So far, I'm loving the change so we'll see how long this holds up.

Chat soon,