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Sensitive AND oily skin? Try this-amie Radiant Dawn exfoliating face wash!

*I received this product for review*

I don’t know whether I’m just starting to pay attention or there are more and more people in my friends and family ‘circle’ who are extremely sensitive or allergic to -well, almost everything.  I myself have an appointment with an allergist later this month.  I’ve been looking for different products that are both more ‘natural’ and effective.

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amie Radiant Dawn Exfoliating Daily Wash

Deep cleanses pores & exfoliates for clear and radiant skin

Free from Parabens, Sulphates, Mineral oils or animal extracts.

Green Apple.
Lemon Extract
Blueberry Seed
Vitamin E bursting beads

To use:
Smooth over wet face and massage into skin using circular movements and paying particular attention to areas such as the T-zone, where dirt and oil collect. Avoid using on delicate skin around the eye area. Wash away with warm water. Use daily for best results. Avoid direct contact with eyes.

My thoughts:

One thing I’ve also been paying attention to (besides ingredients) is directions on how to best use the product.  Although it seems rather self explanatory, taking 10 seconds to read the instructions can make a difference in how the product performs.

I like this product. It’s not a product that I would use everyday-my underlying fear of exfoliating my face off will never leave me!  I do rather like it.  It’s a product that I would recommend for someone who wants the exfoliation but not the “OMG Am I rubbing my face with sandpaper?” type of exfoliation.  The fragrance is pleasant but not overpowering….scent sensitive types will be able to handle this.

I like that these products are ~95% naturally derived and also that they are wallet friendly.  They’re also pH balanced and dermalogically tested.  Yes.

Here’s where you can find amie:

on the web

on twitter

on facebook

 

Treat Yo-self….with skin treats from fresh!!! Bonus-anti aging recipe for the hands!

When I hear about the brand fresh what immediately springs to mind is the fresh lip scrubs and lip tints (of which I have several and gift them on the regular). I know so many people that have at least 1 of these in their purse, bag, jean pocket, or hand.  I never associated the brand with skincare.  After doing a bit of ‘investigation’ with my bestie Google….. the brand has so much history-and surprisingly their skincare was developed BEFORE my beloved lip products.

 

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I’m really into my skin….and I take my skincare seriously.  I have a fairly “involved” daily routine but absolutely love indulging in a luxurious mask or giving myself a nice scrub.  Especially when the products are natural, and smell amazing.   Take a look:

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Sugar Face Polish: A nourishing exfoliant made with pure brown sugar and strawberry seeds that refines and hydrates for a more radiant complexion.

  • Brown sugar, a natural humectant that seals in moisture, gently buffs away dry, dull skin.
  • Real wild strawberries, packed with vitamin C, help to brighten and soothe.
  • Plum seed oil and grapeseed oil are notable for their hydrating and nourishing properties

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Rose Face Mask:  A unique gel formula infused with real rose petals and pure rosewater that hydrates and tones the complexion.

  • Pure rosewater is notable for its soothing and toning properties.
  • Cucumber extract and aloe vera gel help soothe the skin and have an immediate cooling and calming effect.
  • Porphyridium cruentum, a “smart” algae, delivers optimum moisture.
  • Antioxidant-rich green tea helps to brighten and protect.

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Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask: A hydrating treatment that immediately reveals softer, firmer, healthier-looking skin.

  • Black tea ferment is an advanced antioxidant that helps to defend against wrinkle-causing free radicals** while softening, smoothing, and enhancing luster.
  • Lychee seed extract helps maintain the skin’s elasticity.
  • Polysaccharides help to smooth the skin.
  • Jicama root juice is notable for its hydrating and nourishing properties

*bonus*-here’s my “recipe” to prevent the dreaded “Madonna Hands Syndrome”  (notice she is ALWAYS wearing gloves lately?  It’s to hide the aging). 

  1. Wash hands with antibacterial soap and dab dry.
  2. Rub fresh sugar face polish all over hands and don’t skip in between fingers.  Wait 5-10 minutes and then rinse off.
  3. Apply fresh rose face mask to hands (don’t skip any parts again).  Wait 5-1o minutes and then rinse off.
  4. Apply your favorite deep moisture hand cream  Voila!  Instantly soft and hydrated hands that look youthful and vibrant!

The verdict?

Love love LOVE these products.

Love that they are natural and good for my skin

Love that they smell amazing

Love that they work and give me skin that is soft and dewy.

Give these a try-they’re worth the splurge!  Find fresh:

on the web

on facebook

on twitter

 

 

Glow baby Glow! My Miracle 10 peel & skincare-it’s not what you’d expect, it’s better!

If you’ve read my blog, read my Facebook timeline, twitter timeline, or instagram timeline-you will know I’ve been around the skincare circuit.  Especially in Toronto….

You’ve been asking, so now I’m going to tell….

I’ve also blogged and spoken about (via social media) the Miracle 10 skincare boutique in Yorkville.  I’ve been there several times for a master class, and for IPL treatments –blog post
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There are so many reasons to love Miracle10 -service and product.  My main reason for using their products almost exclusively is because they WORK with the ‘power of 10’

10 hours-noticeable results in smoothness & clarity

10 days-discoloration and dullness visibly improved

10 weeks-appearance of wrinkles and pore size diminished

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The Miracle 10 Skincare collection is rooted in the science of the skin’s own healing abilities. Our scientifically proven recovery compounds include essential active ingredients ranging from Grapeseed Oil, Vitamins C and E, to Retinol, and EMC10, our patented blend of peptides. These laboratory tested ingredients bring skin to a whole new level of beauty, clarity and radiance.

The Miracle10 Facial Peel:

The revolutionary Miracle10 Facial Peel combines a fruit enzyme scrub with a unique derma-planing treatment to slough off layers of dull, dry skin.  A mild lactic or glycolic peel is applied to the skin, followed by a soothing, anti-oxidant rich clay mask. Extractions may be conducted as necessary.  Skin will look and feel  soft and supple.

I just came from my latest Miracle10 treatment-their face peel, and it was so good I have to tell you about it.  Like I said, I’ve had peels before.  The aesthetician cleanses your face and then applies the peel for several minutes, it tingles, she removes it, applies moisturizer and away you go.

Not at Miracle10….

I arrived at the clinic and was led to a treatment room.  Nadia, the esthetican asked me a series of questions and then explained the treatment.  She cleansed my face.  Then she began to Dermaplane.  Just in case you don’t know, Dermaplaning is a simple and safe procedure for exfoliating the epidermis and ridding the skin of fine vellus hair (peach fuzz).  Using a scalpel and a delicate touch, the provider simply abrades the surface of the skin using light feathering strokes.

After the Dermaplane, she applied the peel.  There are 3 types of peels available, and the one applied on my skin was a lactic acid peel (the most gentle.  Glycolic and Salcyclic are also offered).  She left it on for several minutes (a fan was blowing on my face), then used soft cotton pads to ‘buff’ the product into my skin.  She removed the peel afterwards by using cool cotton pads.

After the cotton pads, she gave me goggles to wear and applied dry ice to my skin to ensure it was absolutely clean (this kills any remaining bacteria).  It felt cool on my skin.

A hydrating, cooling masque was applied to my face and the lights were lowered.  The masque sat on my face for approximately 15 minutes and it felt wonderful!

At the end of the treatment, sunscreen was applied and then it was over.

Thoughts:

This isn’t your average peel

I recommend it

  • There are several stand out features of this peel: dermaplane, masque
  • the skincare products complement the treatment(s) available
  • I’m sticking with Miracle10

Want to know more!  Hit up:

Miracle10 website

Miracle10 twitter

Miracle10 facebook

Miracle10 instagram

 

Flash Giveaway….open to anyone who can get to Toronto!

Hey all, if you are subscribed to yours truly this could be a huge opportunity for you!  I’m having a giveaway….and it’s beauty/skincare oriented!  Why am I doing this? Because I can!

Stay tuned to my twitter, facebook page, and instagram account…..like anyone of my ‘This giveaway starts NOW” and follow me on one account  or all 3 for your chance to win a gift card from one of my favorite Toronto spas-The Purebeauty Salon & Spa at Trump International Hotel and Tower.

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The rules are simple:

1. This giveaway is going to run for 2 hours.  I’ll announce the winner on Saturday, February 28th and contact them.

2. Anyone over 18 can enter, but this spa is located in Toronto so if you can’t get here, I’d pass it by.

3. I’d appreciate a re-tweet or a favorite or a like if you could please.  After all, it IS a GIVEaway.

So what’s the prize then exactly?

Well, it is a gift card from aforementioned spa-and has a value of over $100 CAD!  Good times!

Here’s the spa menu in case you needed ANY more convincing:

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oh and before I end this post, check this photo out because the giveaway starts NOW! Head on over to my twitter, facebook, or instagram or ALL 3!

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Clarins Garden Escape Collection -it’s oh-so-pretty!

Sick of winter? Escape with Clarins!

It’s been a minute since I’ve reviewed any makeup from Clarins.  Let me show you these 2 little pretties:

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Let me tell you right now that the Instant Comfort lip oil has been my BFF this incredibly brutal winter season.  It’s in my purse on the way to work, it sits on my desk during the day, and is next to  my nightstand at night.  It applies like a dream and feels so great on my lips.  It provides immediate relief to chapped lips and long term moisture!  It contains:

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And check out this palette-screams spring, doesn’t it? You can count on Clarins eyeshadows to be pigmented, soft, and blend well.

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I give the Clarins Garden Escape palette and Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil 2 thumbs up.  They are well suited for eachother!  Definitely do not pass these up for spring (which WILL come eventually).

Vichy LiftActiv Supreme progressive anti-wrinkle and firmness correcting care

How’s that for a long product name?  Vichy, I can always count on you for a next level name.

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I honestly thought this was a night cream….I mean look at the packaging.  Does this not remind you of a night cream?  Typically (not always), night creams are in round jars…day creams are in taller pump type dispensers.  So I just wasn’t sure what to think of this, and I’m glad I read the directions.

For normal to combination:
The 1st daylong lifting care. Continuous correction of wrinkles + firmness for a young skin now, tonight and tomorrow even more.

EFFECTIVENESS
Immediate optical smoothing effect on the look of wrinkles and surface imperfections. Until evening, complexion looks fresh and radiant, features remain rested. From 1 month, deep wrinkles appear corrected and skin feels firmer as if lifted.

TOLERANCE
Sensitive skin. Hypoallergenic. Vichy Thermal Spa Water.

PLEASURE
Velvet touch, smoothing texture. Non greasy, non sticky.

USE
Apply in the morning on clean skin on the entire face. If desired, can also be applied twice daily in the morning and evening.

So I used this cream in the a.m. for several weeks…..and I have to say I like it.  It has an instant firming effect, smells pleasant and absorbs quickly.  Does it produce long lasting, permanent effects comparable to fillers/neuromodulators? No of course not, but as the weeks progressed I have to say my skin looked brighter and felt firmer.  I’m all for that!  I’m also a fan of not breaking out when I try a new cream-yay Vichy! Give this product a whirl if you want your skin to feel firmer and look brighter.

Need it, Get it, GIFT IT! Craveworthy skin with Vichy!

Far be it from me to be talking about gifts for anyone-heck, I have been so inconsistent with gifting you dear readers with a post.  But I must tell you…..if you have a beauty lover in your life, please please PLEASE do yourself a favor and check out these skincare sets from Vichy (and no, I’m not getting paid to talk about them).  These are a GREAT value and let’s face it, everyone wants beautiful skin!

 

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Aqualia Thermal Gift Set, $38.50 CDN
Ideal for the person looking for a boost of hydration
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Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Gift Set, $57 CDN
Wrinkles?! Pffft, not if she has this set!
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ProEVEN Gift Set, $57.50 CDN
Looking to even out the skin tone, and get rid of those pesky dark spots? Try this!
Normaderm

Vichy Normaderm Gift Set
includes: Normaderm Hydrating Acne Care, Normaderm Cleansing Gel and travel size Normaderm Hyaluspot
Price: $39.95 CDN
this is a personal favorite (I wrote about it here)

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Vichy Homme Sensi-Balm Gift Set, $29 CDN
Because he needs great skin too, right?!
Vichy has something for EVERYONE on your list and at these prices??? Your wallet and your skin will thank you!
Any of these sets caught your eye? I’m picking up the Homme Sensi-Balm for several people on my list!

Beautifully speaking…..2 reasons to love the Yonge/St. Clair area-a teaser post!

Since I work in the area, I felt it necessary to find some ‘go-to’ spots for all my getting pretty requirements.  So far, I’ve done pretty well. Get it? PRETTY well? Check out my latest finds and stay tuned for an in-depth look at all my new work neighborhood hot spots!

Me & T Studio

1568 Yonge Street, Toronto

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What they’re about:

Nails, pedicures, tanning, lashes, hair-hmmm what else is there again? Seriously ladies/gents, this place is a GEM.  This ain’t  your average $15.00 manicure pick out your color corner nail shop.  The 3 resident nail gurus (Dylan, Elizabeth, Shirley) can whip up just about anything your heart desires in terms of shape, color, and design-the sky IS the limit.  They all have their particular niche-and make SURE you ask to see their nail art….they have so many unique designs! Ummmm also, Me&T offers complimentary hand scrub AND paraffin wax treatment with a manicure…….WHOAH.

Let’s talk lashes…..are yours lacking or do you want a bit of a boost? Owner of Me & T Shauna will hook you up with some Novolash lash extensions to your liking of course-long, natural, bambi eyes……she can do it all!  I tend to go for the doe-eyes and am loving my lashes! No mascara required!

Feeling pasty?  Try a spray tan!  Again, this isn’t the mystic tan booth that leaves you with streaks and drips all over.  This is AVIVA, the top of the line, crème de la crème of custom airbrush tanning.  A variety of shades are available, it’s NOT ORANGE and you can put your clothes back on your body as soon as you are dry (under 5 minutes for this girl).  So easy, and safe-completely UV free!  Did I mention Fridays are Faux at Me & T? Book a tan on Friday for a 20% discount!  Want to keep your tan in check? Me & T has your aftercare on the shelf and IN STOCK!

Me&T offers competitive pricing and superb quality -you can tell the difference between a corner nail shop manicure and a Me&T mani! Check out their website for services offered and pricing-you also have the ability to book appointments online! If you’re a social media type, check out their instagram & twitter accounts for nail art updates and examples of their work.

PLEASE NOTE-it is preferable to book an appointment at Me&T to get EXACTLY what you want when you want it. Staff books up incredibly fast.

And as if Me & T wasn’t enough, how about Fiorio Salon & Spa on Yonge?

Fiorio Salon & Spa

1470 Yonge Street, Toronto

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What they’re about:  Hair, manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing

Okay so this place is where I went on a complete whim after several months of DIY hair disasters (think Pinterest NAILED IT MEMES-yes that was me).  Samantha had me in dozens of foils in under an hour and I walked out of that salon a blonde.  I haven’t looked back since.

My haircut, also 2-thumbs up-was quick and efficient.

Please note-Fiorio has colorists and stylists….so if you do go there, you will always be seeing at least 2 people.  Also, one thing I loved is the attentiveness of ALL staff.  You won’t be sitting under the dryer forgotten at Fiorio and your beverage glass will always be filled promptly.

THE FACIAL OF THE MOMENT-Oh, I can not say enough about Sandra Thompson at Fiorio for facials.  Skill, experience, great bedside manner, and a fantastic product line (Phytomer).  My skin was assessed, thoroughly cleaned and nourished in 60 minutes. No blotches, no broken capillaries…..FANTASTIC.   I didn’t have to worry about a greasy scalp or oily looking face.  I enjoyed an amazing hand massage on top of that.  Super impressed by this aesthetician.  Can’t say enough good things about her……purchased the 12H Flash Gel at Sandra’s suggestion and haven’t looked back.

Fiorio has a beautiful retail section-I highly recommend it!

Prices at Fiorio are fair and comparable to the area.  Check out their website for services offered and prices!

 

Like I said, stay tuned for an in-depth look at my experiences at each of my work neighborhood spots!

*Logos for Me & T and Fiorio taken from meandtstudio.com and fiorio.com*

*I am not being paid to write this blog post-these were MY experiences!*

Vichy Pro-even dark spot corrector!

I received this product for review

All my skin care professionals that have looked at my skin know that I was a child of the sun…..yup, I frequented the beach, and tanning beds when I was younger. Now that I know better, I’m the sunscreen cheerleader!

But what about all the spots that I have as reminders? How do I get rid of those without going through some fairly invasive procedures?

Vichy Proeven Night is Vichy’s 1st dark spots overnight concentrate, with skin resurfacing and brightening effect from the 1st morning, and effective reduction on the look of dark spots in 4 weeks.

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From the website:

Unique resurfacing technology with the highest concentration of LHA (3x more than the day formula), Ceramide Bright™ and Vitamin C. It infuses into all layers of the skin at night to act during the cells’ natural skin regeneration process for a resurfacing action all night long.

From the 1st morning: skin looks brighter and luminous.
In 4 weeks: dark spots, sun spots and brown spots look visibly reduced, skin tone looks evened with an improved skin texture and radiance.

How to use:

1. Use every night as a NIGHT TREATMENT applying a thin layer on cleansed face.
2. Use once or twice a week as a MASK, following these steps:
a. Apply in thick layer all over a cleansed face.
b. Allow product to infuse into the skin for 5 minutes.
c. Remove excess with cotton pad.

My thoughts?

I prefer using the Proeven at night, applying a thin layer on a clean face.  I concentrate the product more on the spots where I know my sun damage is most noticeable.  I’ve been using the product going on 3 weeks now and while the spots are still there, they are *slightly* less noticeable.  I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the fragrance of this product.  It’s not as heavy as other Vichy products.  This products absorbs quickly and makes my skin feel firmer (don’t know if it’s supposed to do that).

If you’re looking for an over the counter product to lighten your dark spots, then you may want to check this out.

Find Vichy:

on the web

on facebook

on twitter