[REVIEW] BIODERMA SENSIBIO GEL MOUSSANT

Ever heard of a cleansing gel that is safe for the eyes? No? Yeah, me neither. This is the first time coming across a product like this.  I wrote a review for their Sensibio Micellar Water , please feel free to check it out and see why it’s so popular! I want to thank Lea for sending this over to me so I can try out and experience their Sensibio line. I was not aware that they had a product like this, I think this was either unavailable at my local drugstore or just sold out.

Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Cleansing and Makeup Removing Foaming Gel – 200 ml

Available at: Amazon

Claims

This foaming gel is specifically created for those who have sensitive skin who are looking for a mild cleansing option that is reinforced with hydration. Sensitive skin/intolerant skin does not have the ability to combat against irritants. Makeup, makeup removing, pollution, external stress leaves skin weakened and tightened day in and day out.

This foaming gel is free of the following: soap, fragrance, paraben and it hypoallergenic + non-comedogenic (will not clog your pores)

My thoughts

I’ll admit, I was quite nervous when I read the claim of it being eye-safe. My eyes are ridiculously sensitive, they easily get itchy, dry and even red from just using products that had ingredients that irritate it. Surprisingly, I did not experience any stinging or issues with using this and it removed pretty much all of my makeup off really well. I wear waterproof liquid eyeliner every single day and it’s quite stubborn and strong stuff so I’m shocked to see something so mild and gentle on my eye and especially my eyes be able to remove the toughest makeup. This has definitely made my makeup cleansing experience a lot more exciting because I know I wouldn’t have stinging eyes or tight skin from using this. I’ve been using this about a month and I’m very confident to say that I really love this micellar gel.

TIP: With clean and wet hands, dispense out 1 pump of the product and lather it between your palms until it gets a bit frothy then apply onto face. Close your eyes and gently massage the product off your face, this step will take about 2-3 minutes so be gentle and patient. Once you rinse off the product, you will notice your skin is clean and soft but not squeaky clean, dry and tight.

Overall:

  • Texture: 5/5 – This is a light gel texture and I love how it does not get soapy when you lather it up.
  • Scent: 5/5 – No detectable scent and I’m very pleased with that because my skin is easily sensitized, it’s always better to have unscented products.
  • Price: 5/5 – This is pretty affordable for the amount of product you get and I would recommend you all to invest in this over any drugstore cleanser because I’ve tried a handful of them from Neutrogena, Aveeno to olay – a lot of them are high in pH and are very stripping. I don’t have any dry or tight skin issues when using this and I can always count on this to be able to clean but not strip my skin’s natural oils.
  • Packaging: 5/5 – It’s fantastic! the bottle itself is adorable and pink! Comes with a pump that is easy to control and distributes out a good amount of product without wasting excess product.
  • Overall: 5/5 – It’s a YES! I’m beyond impress with this micellar gel and will repurchase after finishing this because it works and most certainly works for my sensitive eyes and is so gentle. Some cleansers can give me bloodshot, red and itchy eyes and I don’t have that issue when using this so it says a lot. Take it from me who easily get irritated by a lot of products. It works like a charm and is available on Amazon for prime delivery!

 

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[REVIEW] CERAVE RENEWING SA CREAM

Who said thick creams are strictly for winter? I suffer from very dehydrated skin. Although I have combination skin, it’s still possible to have that issue. Cerave has been one of the most life-changing brands that I came across late last year. I was struggling with seasonal eczema and nothing I used worked for my skin except for their classic moisturizing cream, formulated with ceramides, fatty alcohols and hyaluronic acid. It wasn’t the most glamorous looking however, it did the job; better than any high-end product I’ve tried. One 500ml tub cost me around 15 CAD( I got this during a sale) but they normally range between 20~26, varying where you purchase it.

Cerave was kind enough to send over their renewing SA line. The first product I will be sharing with you is their cream. This is specifically to help prevent and reduce the appearance of recurrence of dry, itchy and inflamed skin. Sounds like the dream, huh? It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, my body is forever dry and quite flakey.

340g ~ price may vary where you purchase it. See links below.

Available at: Shoppers | Well.ca | Amazon

Claims

  • With ceramides 1, 3 and 6-II
  • Salicylic acid softens and smoothes skin
  • Lactic acid exfoliates
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Fragrance-free, hypoallergenic
  • Gentle, non-irritating formula

Ingredients

Purified Water, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate and Cetearyl Alcohol, Mineral Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Ammonium Lactate, Salicylic Acid, Triethanolamine, Cetyl Alcohol, Niacinamide, PEG-100 Stearate, Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3 in Corn Oil), Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-11, Ceramide 1, Cholesterol, Phytosphingosine, Hyaluronic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Methylparaben, Edetate Disodium, Propylparaben, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum.

My thoughts

Initially, I was worried that this cream was going to be too thick for me. I wanted something a bit more lightweight however I had a couple moments where my skin’s barrier was compromised; it felt so rough and parched so I turned to this to see if it could help and it really did. With continuous usage for over 2 months, I saw a significant difference in my skin’s overall health and appearance. You can see how much more glowy it is, plump and hydrated. I would recommend this to those who suffer from dehydration, irritated and textured skin.

Overall

  • Texture: 5/5 – This is ONE thick cream, folks. If you’re not a fan of thick creams, stray away but I personally have grown to love thick creams all year round.
  • Scent: 3/5 – There is a faint medicinal scent to it but it goes away after a few minutes so don’t worry about it lingering.
  • Performance: 5/5 – Works like a charm. Cerave has never failed me and I will continue to support and purchase their beautiful products.
  • Packaging: 4/5 – Practical and functions perfectly fine. Although I do prefer it being in a tube form for hygiene reasons, I don’t like digging my fingers in products so I have to use a spatula every time to scoop out the product.
  • Overall: 4/5 – Fantastic find and product. I think Cerave deserves more love especially for a drugstore brand that is reasonably priced. Who said you need to invest big bucks in skincare? You’d be surprised what you can find at the drugstore and what it can offer for your skin’s needs.

    *Some links on this post are affiliate links. This means that I will earn a small commission if you purchase from these links.

[REVIEW] HYDRABIO GEL-CREME

Bioderma does it again with another outstanding product. My skin has been absolutely insane this summer and not only that, it has been constantly flipping back and forth from dehydration to producing excess oil. My skin most certainly is responding to the humidity and the constant shift of cool to hot weather in a very negative way. Although I enjoy rich and creamy textures, I do prefer to wear more lightweight and gel formulas during the day time because it’s more comfortable on the skin and does the job.

Bioderma Hydrabio Gel-Creme
40 ml ~ price may vary between 25 ~ 30

How to use:

You can apply this evenly throughout the face or you can use this as light treatment for skin irritation and use another moisturizer if needed. I often have irritation on my nose and cheeks and a lot of products I normally use, do not work for my skin during when it’s irritated. I find this is quite mild where I can use it as a topical treatment to calm down and soothe my irritation.

Claims

  • The gel-cream is an innovative and physiological lamellar emulsion
  • The technology allows active ingredients to deeply penetrate into the skin at ease
  • It’s able to merge skin’s lipids and the lamellar emulsion strengthens skin’s barrier
  • It’s formulated with Salicylic acid which is able to smoothe and even out skin’s texture along with Vitamin B3 that can stimulate skin’s cohesion and resistance and has Cucumber Extract that soothes the skin. Glycerin that can store skin’s capacity to retain moisture and Vitamin E can aid against stress.
  • Recommended to be used for the morning, evening, 7 days a week. The gel-cream can be used once or twice a day, seven days a week.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dipropylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Squalane, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, C14-22 Alcohols, Hdi/trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Ammonium Cryloyldimethyltaurate/vp Copolymer, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Pentylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Steareth-21, Disodium Edta, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Mannitol, Xylitol, Hexyldecanol, Peg/ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Rhamnose, Malachite Extract, Pyrus Malus (apple) Seed Extract, Brassica Campestris (rapeseed) Sterols, Tocopherol, Fragrance (parfum).

Overall:

  • Texture: 5/5 – lightweight cream, gel formula that absorbs easily into the skin without any residue left behind. Comfortable to wear alone and with makeup if needed. Apply this on prior to SPF then layer SPF on after. Remember folks, do not forget to SPF! It is a crucial step.
  • Scent: 3/5 – There is a scent to this however because it’s so low on dosage, I’m not bothered by it. However, I do prefer skincare that has no fragrance in it. In the past, I said I didn’t mind skincare with fragrance however my skin is quite hit or miss with fragrances so better to stay safe than sorry.
  • Price: 3/5 – The price may vary where you decide to purchase this from. The dermstore has this product for 24.90, which is quite reasonable because you only need a little bit to apply evenly throughout your face.Performance: 4/5 – It’s pretty good. It definitely met my expectations I had for it and provided me long-lasting hydration to my skin and was super comfortable to wear with and without makeup.
  • Packaging: 5/5 – Practical, compact and comes with a pump. The pump is easy to control and does not squeeze out too much. I find it really travel-friendly too!
  • Overall: 4/5 – Nice! I like it a lot. There are a few question ingredients as I put them on italics for you to reference off of but that’s up to you whether you think it’s best for you. Personally, I’m ok with alcohols as long as they don’t irritate my skin and eyes. The first place that reacts to alcohol-based products are my eyes, they go bloodshot red and stay that way until I remove off the product. For this, I didn’t have that issue at all. I know there’s some controversy behind silicones/dimethicone but I personally do not mind silicones. Silicones do aid against water loss and can assist with delivering active ingredients deeply into the skin. You’ll likely find a lot of products that are marketed for skin repairing/healing do contain silicones in them. However, if your skin does not like silicones, please do a patch test prior to using or ask for a sample of the product.

[REVIEW] GASTON CUSHION

 

Gaston does it again with another cute product. This time they decided to create a cushion compact! The one thing I admire and enjoy about cushion compacts is although it may have makeup components to it, it also has skincare benefits such as brightening, anti-aging and even spf!

This cushion has this luxurious appearance to it because of the gold accents to it. The cat logo is iconic and is just adorable! I was one of the very first international influencers to collaborate with Gaston and I am grateful to be able to be working with them. The first debuted with their beautiful eye patches. Both clear and black eye patches were just fantastic. They contacted me to see if I would be interested in trying out their cushion compact. I chose the shade #21 because I’m #21 for other brands such as Missha, Hera and etc.

My Skin Type and concerns:

Combination | PIE | Congested | Dehydrated | (Occasionally) Sensitive

Claims

  • Has SPF 50+ PA++++
  • Provides Anti-aging and whitening properties
  • Conceals and covers blemishes and creates the appearance of healthy and radiant skin
  • There is a slight cooling sensation when first applied onto the skin
  • Contains moisturizing essence and moisturizing oil to create that healthy skin appearance
  • There is a pink beige undertone to this to help brighten the skin
  • The ruby cell antibacterial puff is made in Japan and created the top-notch materials that are highly acid and alkali resistant.

Key ingredients

  • Red Ginseng Extract – helps with skin elasticity, moisturizing and protects the skin from UV damage
  • Bamboo Sap Extract – antioxidant that can prevent and slow down the process of aging
  • Royal Jelly Extract – this is one of the richest sources of vitamins, amino acids, and protein! Perfect for countering the signs of skin inflammation and promotes cell renewal.
  • Centella Asiatica Extract – a plant-based ingredient that has multiple healing properties. The extract is rich with amino acids, fatty acids and etc that can help treat and prevent acne, calming down skin inflammation and promote collagen growth.

    Overall

    • Texture: 5/5 – The formula for this cushion is really nourishing, rich and dense. Some cushion formulas are really light in feeling and have not much colour pay off.
    • Scent: 5/5 – There is a scent to this however, it’s not overpowering and quickly goes away.
    • Performance: 5/5 – Although it’s a richer and thicker formula, it’s quite long-wearing. I had little to no touch-ups with this and it did not oxidize on my skin. I found it very comfortable to wear and it didn’t feel like “makeup on the skin”. It just felt like I put a really nice facial oil that happens to have coverage to it.
    • Packaging: 5/5 – It’s super cute! I love GASTON’s logo because it’s fun and adorable. It looks luxurious in a way because of the gold packaging. I love the technology behind the cushion’s formula and rubycell puff.
    • Overall: 5/5 – I’m very pleased with this product, I honestly had no expectations nor did I know what to expect because they’re a new company and I’ve only tried their eye patches. It’s incredible! This is probably going to be one of my top cushions picks simply because it works and has an amazing amount of coverage. I found this quite close to my all-time favourite moonshot balm cushion. I don’t think these are currently available online however if I find a seller who sells these, I will let you know and update this.

      *Some links on this post are affiliate links. This means that I will earn a small commission if you purchase from these links.

 

[REVIEW] BIODERMA SENSIBIO MICELLAR WATER

Bioderma sent over some goodies for it to try out to review for you all! They were so generous and sent over another bottle of my all-time fave micellar water. I will be gradually sharing their products one by one. I’ve gone through bottles of this, multiple dupes to see if there was anything like this and I turned back to this. Here’s why!

Available: Amazon

The older packaging was just something you just poured out the product or while the newer, revamped packaging has a pump function.

HOW TO: Place the cotton pad on the top and it pumps out the product. I need about two full pumps to fill up my cotton and it does an amazing job breaking down waterproof eye makeup.

Overall:

  • Texture: 5/5 – Watery, lightweight. Leaves no watery or residue behind the skin. However, you should rinse it off anyway even if it says no rinse.
  • Scent: 5/5 – No Scent what so ever! The sensibio line is marketed specifically for those who have sensitive skin.
  • Price: 5/5 – One bottle lasts forever! I wear makeup 5-6 days a week and it takes about 3 months to finish ONE 500ml bottle.Performance: 5/5 – It’s super mild. Unlike some makeup removers, this has no residue, colour or harsh on the skin. My eyes are very sensitive so I have to be careful what I apply near it, I have no issues with this and it does not sting my eyes like some eye makeup removers do. It does not dry my skin and gently removes off stubborn eye makeup without ripping my lashes off. I promise you this is definitely worth the investment. It’s my HOLY GRAIL makeup remover. I wouldn’t use this alone and expect it to remove every inch of your makeup however, it is a good first step. Please follow up with a cleanser to ensure you cleaned off your makeup. My favourite cleanser is the Youth To The People Super Food Kale Cleanser.
  • Packaging: 5/5 – It’s not messy, functions perfectly fine and dispenses out the perfect amount of product without wasting a ton. I prefer this packaging over the previous one simply because I dropped not one, I dropped TWO of my bottles with the older packaging and the cap/lid snapped right off. It wasn’t a pretty experience but luckily this cap is a lot bigger and doesn’t break off that easily.
  • Overall: 5/5 – It’s a fantastic product, the price tag may be high for some but I promise you that it’s worth the investment. I would not buy any off-brand ones because they just don’t work! Yes, the Garnier ones were terrible; they did absolutely nothing for me. I’ve tried pretty much every form of makeup remover from cold creams, wipes, oil-based makeup remover and etc but most of them either irritated my skin, made it dry or  I always go back to this product and they come in 2 different sizes. There’s a travel size one and that one comes in handy! You can find it at your local Rexall. Also, I wanted to include that just because a product claims that you don’t need to rinse after using it, I really do believe you should rinse it off anyway because it’s a cleansing product.

It’s Skin Be A Flower Tone-Up Highlighting Cushion

Hi friends! Welcome back to my blog and this week is more of a swatch and explanation type of blog post rather than a review. I’m sure we all know why I got this. It’s from Its skin and just look at how incredible packaging. If you guys have been following me for a long time, you would have known that its skin was one of the first brands I tried when I first got into k-beauty. They’re always known for their clever and cute packaging with innovative products. Remember the cookies and cream hand cream? smells and looks exactly like cookies and cream and it’s super affordable!

Alright, without further or do – this cushion is not your typical foundation cushion, it’s actually a highlighter cushion. Don’t make the rookie mistake like me and apply this directly onto your face without checking what exactly it is. It has highlighter fluid inside and there are little shimmers to it.

with SPF 50 PA +++
Made in Korea

In Shade: 02 GOLD

How I like to use this cushion is I apply this is layers on my cheeks for a beaming highlight. You can also use this as a luminous base for your foundation as well. If you guys are familiar with liquid highlighters such as the cover fx custom enhance drops, this kind of reminds me of it but less metallic looking. You can mix liquid luminizers with your foundation to achieve that effortless, dewy appearance to your skin.

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Anyone can really make a DIY cushion for a foundation, blusher, bronzer, highlighter and etc, if you’re interested in a tutorial post, please let me know on the comments so I can make one for you guys! It’s quite simple but it’s always nice to share some DIYs and learning new beauty hacks.

 

[HOW TO] Shop smart online

I did an Instagram poll not too long ago asking if my audience liked to purchase their skincare/beauty products online or instore and surprisingly, a lot of them preferred to shop online. As a fellow beauty lover, I am quite the same. I prefer to not have any real-life interactions and prefer to shop freely. There are countless online shops everyone seems to shop at. My favorite online stores to shop at are:

Amazon
Yesstyle
EBay
Jolse

There are other shops I do shop at however, I prefer shopping from these sources because I usually can find products I enjoy at a very fair price.

My tips finding a good bargain or a hidden gem:

  • When shopping anywhere, see if there is a drag box available on the shop menu where you can ascend items from lowest to highest price.
  • Always look for a sale tab to check out what the store has promotions/offers for that week.
  • Coupon codes are usually available on the front page of the website, sent to your email (be sure to double-check your junk mailbox), and also, some online reviewers may have a discount code for you to use to look around before you check out.
  • Take your time and look through categories on the shop because unlike instore, we won’t be followed around and asked if you need help so you can self serve and also do your own research prior to committing to a purchase.
  • If you shop on eBay, sometimes sellers give you the option to “make an offer“, which means you can haggle your way to finding the best price for your item. I believe you get about 3 chances so make some reasonable offers because the seller needs to make money as well.
  • I always get excited when there are new releases, specifically if they’re from my favorite brands. Most online stores have a “NEW” items tab for you to check out their new store releases.

Watch out for counterfeits!

  • It’s really difficult at times because sometimes when a brand is really well-known and popular, you may come across a counterfeit. There are a few ways you can dodge counterfeits on eBay and Amazon.
  • Do your research, always look up comparison photos between the authentic and counterfeit because you would be very surprised how well these items can be replicated.
  • For eBay, check for reputable sellers with a HIGH amount of orders and reviews. Be sure to look specifically at the negative reviews to sell what people were complaining about to avoid the same issue occurring to you.
  • For Amazon, it’s a bit different simply because eBay tends to be a platform with resellers while Amazon actually has retailers and also third-party sellers. If you were to purchase from a third-party seller and they were fulfilled by Amazon, the third-party seller ships the product to Amazon then Amazon ships the item to you. This does not mean that Amazon will check if whether your item is authentic or not.
  • If you’re really unsure, search up the seller’s name on google to find any additional feedback or reviews on their products and legitimacy. I would look into finding long, detailed reviews and ones that provide actual images, rather than generic answers that are short and sweet. Don’t be fooled with the “verified purchase” beside their names because some businesses actually think they’re sneaky enough to hire people to create fake accounts, purchasing their own products and writing an amazing review.

In no way, I am trying to scare you all but rather share some precautions I take when online shopping because you truly never really know. If you have any further questions, please feel free to drop me a comment below or DM me on instagram!