Monday, August 22, 2016

Review: Cyberderm - The Sunscreen Company

Cyberderm Sunscreen Review

Sunscreen. One of those things that I'm forever on the hunt for but yet never seem to get right. The problem? I'm reactive to certain sunscreen chemicals, I have breakout prone skin, I don't like suncreen in my moisturizer and I wear foundation so it must be comfortable all day.

Fickle, I know.

In my latest search, I was introduced to Cyberderm, a company that specializes in health conscious sunscreen formulas with modern textures for every day use. This means focusing on using more mineral sunblock ingredients to shield rather than simply filter UV rays and catering to sensitive skin types in particular. It all looked great on paper so in my daily routine they went.

Cyberderm Sunscreen Review

Brand: Cyberderm
Product: Every Morning Sun Whip SPF25*, Simply Zinc Sun Whip SPF30*
Size: 50ml
Price: $38 CAD
Availability: Online and select skincare retailers

Cyberderm currently offers two sunblock/sunscreen formulas with different textures to suite anything from acnegenic to drier skin. Reading the description, I was impressed by the use of zinc oxide in both formulas; a physical sun shielding ingredient that veils the skin instead of being absorbed into the bloodstream (like many chemical formulas). Plus, its usually considered pretty stable and is kind to reactive skin types. The air tight vacuum sealed in 50ml bottles means its hygienic and keeps the ingredients fresh inside. The small pump is easy to control and so far has remained clog free as we.

Cyberderm Sunscreen Review


Ingredients: (w/w) 22% Zinc Oxide, Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Isostearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Methylcellulose, Tetrapeptide-21, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Butylene Glycol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid

This first version as suggested by it's name, is a solo zinc oxide based sunblock in a moisturizing olive oil based formula. It's marketed towards those who are looking for a strong daily shield especially hyperpigmentation or sensitivity is already an issue. The sunblock itself has the consistency of thick whipped buttercream; a combination of moussey and creamy but certainly more on the heavier side. Because it is so emollient, I decided to skip moisturizer and go straight to sunblock which was very hard to rub into the skin evenly if you're in a rush. If you happen to leave an uneven spot, the product dries quickly so the it becomes even harder to smooth out and unblended area. If anything it behaved the exact that zinc oxide has always behaved in other pure sunblock I've used in the past so sadly there was nothing revolutionary in terms of texture or application.

Cyberderm Sunscreen Review

Once on my face, it does feel heavy although makeup applied just fine over top. There is an ever slight white tint (especially if you weren't careful with application) but any foundation or bronzer used over top should mediate the problem. My main issue with this zinc based sunblock is how it seemed to sweat off my skin during the hotter days and it does so in a rather unflattering white film over my face. At that point it's futile to try and touch up my makeup so I usual admit defeat and take the whole thing off. So while this is pure zinc protection, while it doesn't break me out and while it dries to a non-greasy finish, it's not something that feels comfortable or long lasting enough for my personal needs.

Cyberderm Sunscreen Review


Ingredients: (w/w) 15% Zinc Oxide (ZinClearTM), 7.5% Octinoxate (Encapsulated), Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Isostearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-75 Stearate, Ceteth 20, Steareth-20, Glycerin, Cetyl Dimethicone, Methycellulose, Trisodium Ethylenediame Disuccinate, Xanthan Gum, Sclerotium Gum, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Silica, PVP, Chlorphenesin, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA

With the first trial gone bust, there was even higher expectation when it comes to the Every Morning Sun Whip. This version is a physical-chemical combination cocktail with zinc oxide and octinoxate and offering a good daily dosage of SPF25. The reality is, chemical sunscreen ingredients tend to be lighter in texture and make for more "invisible" products that feel more comfortable on the skin overall. The feel of this one is comparable to the Lancome Teint Benefait (though perhaps a little thicker) and spreads very easily like a creamy moisturizing lotion. Again, I forgone my regular morning face cream when using this and it works just fine for the summertime alone. While I can still feel the product on my skin (vs bare skin), it's much more likable and again makeup applied without a problem over top. I especially loved that it wasn't silicone based (as many lightweight skincare are) and so I had no pilling issues with layering additional products.

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It did a great job at protecting me from the sun during a full school day (let's be real here, the instruction says reapply every 2hrs but that's not happening while I already have makeup on though I leave that option completely up to you). After a few weeks of daily use, I did notice a few more whiteheads than usual though I wouldn't call it a breakout. Overall, it was actually a great choice for this summer as it never got terribly hot for very long and I liked that it had enough moisturization for my combination skin without feeling downright greasy but once in a while I would need a mid-day blot.

Cyberderm Sunscreen Review

I really like Cyberderm's approach to looking at sun safe ingredients and the whole ethos of their skincare brand with a focus on education and their aims at making high quality, skin friendly sunblock. However I think I was just expecting more from their products. The Simply Zinc Sun Whip SPF30 wasn't a formulation that sat well with my skin type and given the fact that the consistency wasn't any more remarkable than other more affordable physical sunblock options, I'd call this a pass. The Everyday Sun Whip SPF25 is something I'd recommend for dry to combination skin types or to anyone living in mild climate zones as this is still a little too rich for oily skin or hot weather. It does however feel comfortable for daily wear and pairs well with makeup for city protection.  

Stay beautiful Sunshine,

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Back to School Skincare + Giveaway | ft. Vichy


Back to school can be a stressful time; getting up too early, staying up too late and if you're in university or college it means meeting new people in your classes all over again - talk about breakout inducing triggers all rolled into one! In collaboration with Vichy, I'm here to show you ways to customize an anti-acne routine for combination skin types like mine with some extra tips on mixing up your products.

Haven't met Vichy yet? They are a French skincare line founded in 1930s based around the healing properties of thermal spring water which is still the foundation of all their products. They are widely available in the beauty pharmacy side of drugstores like Shoppers Drug Mart and London Drugs. Now an world wide brand,Vichy creates targeted skincare ranges for total body care.


  • VICHY | Normaderm Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel*
  • VICHY | Normaderm Purifying Pore-Tightening Lotion/Toner*
  • VICHY | Normaderm Corrective Anti-Acne Treatment*
  • VICHY | Aqualia Thermal Light Moisturizer*
  • VICHY | Aqualia Thermal Night Spa*
  • VICHY | Peeling Masque*
You can shop Vichy products online anytime |


Are you a Canadian reader? Vichy Canada has got an extra surprise for you! Share your experience with Vichy products and win a 3 piece Normaderm skincare set to mix into your own routine.


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  • Remember that only entries logged in Rafflecopter will be counted as this helps me keep track of everyone who entered and the total amount of entries.
  • Open to: Canadian Residents (or if you have a Canadian address that Vichy can ship to!)
  • Giveaway closes: Sunday, August 28th 2016
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  • Giveaway winner to be contacted via the email registered on Rafflecopter so please use a recent address.

Good luck,

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Seamwork | A sewing pattern subscription

Well, here's something new. Feeding to my renewed zest in garment sewing, I've been delving into the world of indie patterns. Colette might be a name you remember when I attempted their Wardrobe Architect Challenge last year but in addition to running a sewing blog and producing vintage inspired patterns, they also just so happen to run a sewing magazine called Seamwork (cutest name, I know).

Having finally succumbed to my curiosity and signing up for my first subscription last night, I thought I'd share my excitement with any of you who also love crafting.

Seamwork is a monthly digital publication which focuses on all aspects of sewing including techniques, alterations, fabrics and the like. Each month, they also release two easy to sew patterns to their digital library collection which you can redeem for using the two pattern credits you get as part of your subscription fee of $6USD per month. Let's call that just under $10CAD/month since the exchange rate is currently horrid.

Now I wouldn't necessarily call this a magazine fee since anyone can ready any of the articles for free online but it does mean that each pattern works out to be $3USD each instead of the Colette website price of $12USD. All this math sounded pretty good to me!

Seamwork patterns are designed to be easy, approachable, relaxed and customizable, all words which are a win in my dictionary. Having been working through my stash of vintage sewing patterns, I can tell you there are much too many fist shaking moments from complicated instructions to just plain complicated technique so having an arsenal of simple pieces seems particularly appealing. I also like that most of the Seamwork patterns do not require zippers which are my current worse enemy.

So with the first two pattern credits in my account, I quickly went and redeemed one for this gorgeously styled winter cape named Camden. On top of being smitten by the model they used, I'm also smitten by the fact that this is fully lined, has contrasting panel options built into the design (hello - colour blocking).

No collar means this should be less fussy and its pretty much just straight lines all around. Here, it looks like they've used a wool or tweed but I can imagine this potentially in a boulce although I may eventually just do tweed as well.

Now one caveat with Seamwork patterns is that they are all digital which means great for reusuability and accessibility as you can just print off and reprint as you which but it's so time consuming to tape 20-35 pieces of paper together every time you want to make sometime. Sometimes you just want to get going already!

With all that being said, I'm still very excited about these new patterns and hopefully they are as sewing friendly as they sound. I'm tired of wearing the same old couple of jeans and tops some wardrobe basics are definitely in high demand. I'm currently also eyeing Oslo and Bristol so have a peep and let me know what you think!

Happy Sewing,

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Summer Sephora Beauty Haul

  • TARTE | Rainforest of the Sea Foundation (Fair-Light Neutral)
  • SEPHORA | Mini Solid Brush Cleanser
  • GIORGIO ARMANI | Luminous Silk Foundation (#04)
  • ANASTASIA | Liquid Lipstick (Dusty Rose)
  • EMINENCE | Stone Crop Mask
  • STILA | Aqua Glow Serum Foundation
  • MARC JACOBS | Mod Noir
  • NARS | Orgasm Blush
  • LANCER | Glowing Skin Perfector
  • YVES SAINT LAURENT | Black Opium Perfume
  • SEPHORA | Marc Jacobs Birthday Set
  • ALTERNA | Caviar Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist
  • FRESH | Seaberry Moisturizing Facial Oil
  • FRESH | Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask
  • FRESH | Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy

Well, this list looks pretty errr... impressive now doesn't it? Really, I love a good Sephora order and if it wasn't for the $50CAD free shipping minimum I'd be on there much too often. You've got those great, online exclusive products and little mini sets make luxury beauty a little more affordable for the cosmetically curious. Since two deals are better than one, I always try to double up on those exclusive sample codes for extra deluxe bobbles (Sephora is the only newsletter I always read in my inbox) that you can't get in stores. At the moment, the new KatVonD concealer is up for grabs as well as a stash of Sunday Riley, Tata Harper and Tatcha samples. So what's your shopping habit? Do you crave the instant satisfaction? Or do you hold out for a good online deal?

Happy Shopping,


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Everyday Makeup | July most used products + Video

Happy (almost) Friday! Here's a look at my everyday makeup - drugstore edition! Lots of you really seemed to enjoy my last video so I'm definitely hoping to do these more regularly. It's a reminder that false lashes are not an everyday necessity for us regular folk and that just seven makeup products is plenty for running out the door. 

  • L'OREAL | True Match Lumi Cushion | N2 (review)
  • MAYBELLINE | BrowDrama Pro Palette | Dark Brown
  • PRESTIGE | Total Intensity Liner | Bold Brown
  • MAYBELLINE | Falsies Push Up Mascara WP*
  • RIMMEL | Sculpting Palette* | Coral
  • MAYBELLINE | Superstay Better Skin Concealer* | Light
  • REVLON | Ultra HD Matte Lip* | Seduction (review)

If you haven't caught on yet, most of my everyday looks are based around a cheek and lip combo. Because I can't be bothered to wear a lot of shadow during regular busy days, I turn to those two spots for hints of colour. Coordinated, easy and fresh as always. I'd love to know what is one of your drugstore daily makeup necessity?

Smile on,

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Review: SLEEK | Day vs. Night Shadow Palettes + Look

SLEEK Makeup Eyeshadow Palette

I love the idea of functional eyeshadow palettes - ones that know exactly who they are and help you tackle the day with purpose. SLEEK Makeup, has done up its popular shadow palettes in a corresponding pair for anything daily life can throw at you. A New Day and All Night Long both feature a selection of neutral based shadows with pops of metallic shimmer each with with it's own subtle twist.

SLEEK Asian Makeup

Brand: SLEEK Makeup
Product: All Night Long Eyeshadow Palette*, A New Day Eyeshadow Palette*
Size: 12 x 1.1grams / palette
Price: $11.99 USD
Availability: SLEEK Makeup online, select UK drugstores
Would I (re)purchase: Undecided

Now of course this isn't the first time you've seen SLEEK palettes on my blog. I've previous talked about some other collections but I thought we'd take a moment to really dive into the shadows solely, especially since they are such a fan favourite and there's such a selection to choose from. 

All variations of their i-Divine palettes come with 12 shades, a large mirrored flip top and a dual ended sponge applicator. Each pan is about 2cm in diameter which means its slim to tote around but large enough to dip a regular sized shadow brush inside. The black matte casing is very sturdy and the combination of colours and design means these end up being some my most carried travel palettes (feel free to swap out the the sponge for a real brush).