Monday, January 16, 2017

Sunset Inspired MOTD featuring the Morphe 35F Fall Into Frost Palette

Morphe 35f palette makeup look

Guys, I think I'm in love. It took me a while to get into my first Morphe palette, but I get the hype now. These palettes are fricking genius!!

At 35 pans of color, the Morphe PRO makeup palettes are downright intimidating, but once you dive in, oh boy is it ever glorious. I'm talking smooth, buttery, minimal fallout, gorgeousness and for hella cheap at only $23 USD!

The Morphe 35F Fall into Frost palette debuted last year and I don't know what the numbering convention means, but F denotes I believe a more frost/metallic leaning palette, however I wouldn't say it's limited to just that by any means. I was originally hoping to get the 35O palette, which leans much more autumnal and matte, but I'm so glad that I opted for this spur of the moment choice.

morphe fall into frost tutorial

The Morphe 35F Fall Into Frost palette is a gorgeous mix of colors ranging from olive, to gold, orange, black and the most stunning range of reds, maroons and plums. It's the latter spectrum of colors that swayed me as these tones are so hot right now. As well, unlike the 35O, the finish of this palette is much more versatile as it ranges from metallic, to the softest satin and a whole row of buttery mattes.

Anyways, I'll have to do a proper swatch fest and review of this palette another time as this post is supposed to be about how to wear it! Over the holidays I started playing around in earnest with this palette and that's when I fell in love. Lately I've been obsessed with playing around with the more sunset/fiery tones of the palette, which is how I came up with this look here, that I've been wearing as often as I can.

Here's how to get the look!

fall into frost palette morphe

Base
  • Dermalogica Sheer Tint SPF 20 Moisturizer (review)
  • NIOD Photography Fluid Opacity 12% (review)
Now, red toned eye looks can make you look tired, so it's important that your skin looks as hydrated and luminous as you can. To achieve that, I skipped the setting powder and went for a "wet" look with a tinted moisturizer and then a generous dose of an illuminating fluid along my temples, cheekbones, center of forehead and bridge of my nose. Also, using a damp makeup sponge helps to really set these base products into skin while also imparting a dewy finish.

morphe 35f fall into frost look

Eyes
  • Morphe 35F Fall into Frost palette
  • Essence Forbidden Volume mascara
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion (original)
I picked up a trick lately from watching Nikki Tutorials and this has really changed my shadow game. The trick is to lay down a matte base and transition shade first before applying your colorful and shimmery shadows on top. The result leaves you with a much more natural transition and depth and when you discover this, it's a literal light bulb moment, because now you'll know why all good palettes must have matte shades!

Anyways, to start, I laid down my base with a primer and then shade 1, a light, slightly beige-orange shadow all over my lid. This color is basically my skin color with a bit more orange to it, so if you're quite pale, this will show up way more. Ideally you want a color that's close to your natural lid color. 

Next, I applied shade 2, a shade that's a couple shades darker than #1 down where you'd place your transition color, namely the middle of the lid for me. 

Taking a small outer corner brush, I then darkened the outer corner of my eyes with a matte ash brown shade (shade 3). 

You don't have to apply your brow highlight at this step, but I just like to because then I can just spend a moment gasping at how incredible this shimmery, frosty highlight (shade 4) is. It's a pure white gold and it is everything.

morphe 35f makeup looks

Now into the fun parts! I took shade 5, which is a bright satin pink and swept that over my lid from lash line to crease with a flat shadow brush. Since this particular shade sheers out easily, I used patting motions to really layer the color. 

With the same brush, I then dipped into shade 6, a dark magenta-plum and applied it over the same area where shade 3 was. I then kept layering it on until I had the effect I wanted, which was a nice late sunset gradient. 

Lastly, to balance and define my eyes, I took a small liner brush and shaded the bottom half of my eyes with shade 3 and lined my top lash line with a matte black shadow. 

I think this look would be fantastic with falsies, but for everyday wear, I just slipped on 2 coats of black mascara.

Brows
  • Tarte emphasEyes Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse in Rich Brown
With such strong eyes, I needed my brows to also be strong so they didn't disappear. Lately I've been using this Tarte brow mousse all the time as it fills in my brows instantly, doesn't fade, and is easily blended. The only downside is it can be easy to overdo it!

morphe 35f fall into frost palette

Cheeks
  • Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush palette
  • Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow
  • Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Incandescent 
At this point, I was looking rather washed out with my bright pink-red eyes and no contour! Thank goodness for my go-to, all year, bronzer. I quickly brushed bronzer into the hollows my cheeks and then brought some flush to my face by generously applying the shade Embraced from the Tarte Pin Up Girl blush palette, which is a plummy rose, to my cheeks, concentrating the color closer to my hairline. Then to finish everything off and give myself a frosty finish, I generously brushed the tops of my cheekbones and temples with a pink-white highlight. In winter, I'm all about pink-white highlights as they just look so good with pale skin and winter's cool light.

Lips
  • MAC Cremesheen Glass in Richer, Lusher
Finally to top things off, I opted for a "pretty girl" gloss in a pink-peach tone. I wanted something that was nude, but not too nude as I still needed some color elsewhere on my face to balance my dramatic eyes. 

morphe 35f review

I hope you enjoyed this look! I think this would be a great evening makeup look for someone who's more low key. Personally I'd wear this out in the daytime and then layer on more color, glitter and liner for evening. Needless to say, I'm in love with this palette and can't wait to try out more color combinations!



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Life lately: This post was also partly inspired by my favourite 90's grunge band, Nirvana. The 90's were really angsty weren't they? We all thought we were so complicated and anti-authority. I remember definitely feeling that way then. I was a straight-A student with a rebel's heart who thought she was better than everyone. Grunge was my saviour back then as it could express the anger I was too shy to ever express to all the jerks at school. What music described your teen years?




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Friday, January 13, 2017

THEFACESHOP Nokyong Collagen Contour Lift Gold Capsule Cream Review | A foray into luxury Korean skincare

As I grow older, my fascination with skincare grows as well. There's always new innovative formulas to try and I've always been curious to try a capsule cream. Unlike regular creams, capsule creams consist primarily of small pearls or beads of concentrated ingredients suspended in a moisturizing base. The idea is that you burst these capsules upon application, for a super-charged hydrating effect. Ever the innovator, Korean skincare brand THEFACESHOP recently launched their own capsule cream, the Nokyong Collagen Contour Lift Gold Capsule Cream and I was eager to check it out!

nokyong collagen contour lift cream review

This anti-aging cream can be used solo or as a booster to your regular evening moisturizer. The Nokyong Collagen Contour Lift Gold Capsule Cream contains powerful natural extracts, niacinamide for brightening, and collagen to lift and firm the skin. The end result according to THEFACESHOP is a youthfully glowing and renewed visage.

I'm thinking with such a concentrated product, that this cream is likely targeted to an older consumer, but as I'm in my 30's now, I'm all about age prevention, so I figured I could still review this legitimately.

nokyong collagen cream review

The Guts
Besides the aforementioned ingredients, the Nokyong Collagen Contour Lift Gold Capsule Cream primarily contains:
  • Water
  • Glycerin - a moisturizer
  • Dipropylene glycol - a solvent commonly used in beauty products. As it's in such a high concentration in this cream, there's a slight possibility for irritation
  • Denatured alcohol - another solvent common in Asian skincare that helps other ingredients penetrate skin more easily, but which can be too drying for some
  • Propanediol - another helper ingredient for other ingredients to be absorbed more readily and also moisturizes skin
and in lesser amounts also has more moisturizers (panthenol, velvet extract, silk extract, betaine, nutmeg, green purslane) and antioxidants (peony root extract). On the bad side, it does contains silicones (cyclopentasiloxane and dimethicone) and the touted hydrolyzed collagen is far down in the ingredients list, implying that it probably won't do much.

nokyong collagen contour lift gold capsule cream review

Price & Packaging
A single jar of the Nokyong Collagen Contour Lift Gold Capsule Cream comes in a large cardboard box which is quite elegant looking and the jar itself is a fancy plastic material with an included spatula for spooning out the capsules. Everything is shiny and gold, to fit with the branding. I love the box as it contains a slot for you to store the spatula, which so many brands don't think of. Those little plastic spatulas are way too easy to lose! 

Each jar of the Nokyong Collagen Contour Lift Gold Capsule Cream contains 50 g of product and once you unscrew the unnecessarily large lid, you'll see that 50 g is not that many pearls, so you can tell that this is a treat yo'self product, not a slather all over one!

Price-wise, this product could set you back anywhere between $60-80+ depending on where you purchase it. I couldn't find it on the THEFACESHOP Canada site, but on an American one, it's listed as $89!!

nokyong collagen contour lift serum review

Effectiveness
If you're mixing the capsules in with your usual night cream, then scoop out 2-3 pearls into your hand and squish them before mixing in your cream. I tried using the Nokyong Collagen Contour Lift Gold Capsule Cream mixed in with my night cream and solo, and I prefer the latter as it's really quite messy to apply. If wearing this solo, you can use 3-4 pearls.

Contrary to the elegant feeling using gold pearls on one's face may imply, it's actually quite messy and awkward in practice. My pearls were fairly hard and slippery from its carrier fluid, so it was really hard to squish the little buggers as they kept slipping away! I basically had to jam my fingers down quickly onto each one and mash it into my palm until it became a gold colored paste. Hardly lady-like and luxurious.

Application issues aside, the Nokyong Collagen Contour Lift Gold Capsule Cream is definitely more of a serum than a cream as it's not hydrating enough to wear solo, especially in the winter. I found it hydrating, but if I just wore it alone, then after a few minutes my skin would start feeling dry again. It's also really sticky, so I know that's a deal breaker for many people. 

the face shop nokyong collagen

I've been alternating the Nokyong Collagen Contour Lift Gold Capsule Cream as a night serum with my other serums and generally, I feel meh about this one and have to force myself to remember to use it. This cream/serum is definitely one of those okay, does the job I guess, but nothing to write home about, products and for the price, it's so not worth it. 

Final Verdict
Ditch - pricey and its tricky application made this product all hype and no substance for me.


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Foodie Adventures: Asian-style Braised Ginger Chicken with Portabello Mushrooms

It's been forever since I posted about my cooking, but here ladies and gentlemen is a MizzJ original! I've been on a braising kick lately with all the snowy weather, and this is a dish that I tried out the other week using ingredients I happened to have. Apologies ahead of time as the ingredient amounts are estimated as I made this up as I went!

Braised chicken with portabello mushroom

Winter time just means ginger to me. Ginger can be a bit too strong and pungent if overused, but when tempered with a rich broth, its spice becomes tempered into mild, rich sauce. Alongside some meaty, juicy portabello mushrooms, this fungi is a hearty complement to tender chicken. I really love how the braising results in such fragrant, juicy chicken and it's quickly become my favourite way to eat chicken lately. This dish tastes great with the sauce dribbled over some steamed rice and crunchy green veg like gai lan.


Asian-style Braised Ginger Chicken with Portabello Mushrooms

Recipe by MizzJ
Spicy ginger and rich mushroom broth combine in this Asian-inspired braised chicken thigh dish.
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Yield: 4 servings of 2 thighs each

Ingredients
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 3 Portabello mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, 1 tbsp slivered while the other in large slices
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp cornstarch dissolved in warm water
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 2 green onion stalks, chopped into finger long pieces
  • salt and pepper (black and white), to taste
  • ginger powder, to taste
  • 1/3 cup water for mushroom stalk
  • pinch of sugar
Cooking Directions
  1. Start by boiling the water. Add in half of the portabello mushrooms and a couple of the large ginger slices and lower heat to medium to make a mushroom stock.
  2. Prep the other ingredients. Season the raw chicken with salt and black pepper. Heat a large saucepan on medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add 1 tbsp cooking oil and the chicken. Cook the chicken till seared golden-brown on both sides, about 5-7 minutes. Use a spatula to scrape up the browned bits in the pan.
  3. Add in the ginger, garlic and mushrooms (including the ones you used for stock) to the pan and saute for a minute. Use a spatula to scrape up the browned bits in the pan.
  4. Pour in your stock, a pinch of white pepper, a pinch of ginger powder and the sugar. Pour in the cornstarch and stir till it's dissolved.
  5. Lower the heat to medium, cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes until chicken is tender.
  6. In the last minute, sprinkle the top of the dish with the green onion. Serve with rice.

Braised chicken with portabello mushroom

I hope you enjoyed this return of my Foodie Adventures! I've been trying out different recipe apps, but I haven't found any good ones for Asian/Chinese cooking, so if anyone knows any, please let me know!


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Monday, January 9, 2017

The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil Review | A revelation and revolution in skincare!

the ordinary skincare deciem

Okay, call me unpatriotic, but if you had told me one of the most innovative skincare companies outside of Korea was Canadian, I would have scoffed, but people, Deciem is the real deal and they have struck gold once again.

Launched last year, The Ordinary is far from it. Tired of seeing shelves of meaningless mumbo-jumbo and pseudo-science crowding skincare aisles and leading to overpriced products, Deciem decided to take action to make a brand that is as much about honesty as it is efficacy.

Described as "clinical formulations with integrity," The Ordinary is a line of serums, treatments and oils targeting various skin needs ranging from hydration, pigmentation and anti-aging. Each of the formulas are made with only the purest ingredients, with no fillers, parabens, or animal oils; plus they are cruelty-free!

The most astounding thing though about The Ordinary is their pricing - most everything is available for under $10!!! When I first heard about this, my jaw had to be picked up off my keyboard. This kind of pricing for this level of quality is unheard of. I immediately had to have some, so of course I sent in an order (Deciem is primarily available only online).

The first product I tried was The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil, which is exactly just what it says and nothing more.

the ordinary rosehip oil

Available in a 30 ml tinted glass bottle for only $9.90, this rose hip oil is a potent evening serum. Rose hip oil is well known for its potent moisturizing properties, due to its incredibly high levels of linoleic acids and vitamin A. Rose hip oil is a great all-around product as it's hydrating and anti-aging, while also helping to repair sun damage for more even skin tone and it's gentle enough for most anyone to use.

As it's so pure, I was interested if the Rose Hip Seed Oil had any scent, and yes, it does smell a bit green and more earthy than actual rose flowers. The oil is a medium amber color and of medium viscosity. Each night after cleansing and toning, I apply 3 drops to my neck and 4 to my face - as you age, don't forget to treat your necks ladies as they wrinkle too!

I found the oil to be very soothing and rich. It absorbs super quick and leaves behind a slightly sticky, but almost velvety feel to my skin. My face immediately feels softer and plumper upon application. Combined with the rest of my evening skincare, my skin appears brighter and feels more silky. After a month of use, I've noticed my fine lines are literally gone... well, except under my eyes, but unfortunately this is probably too heavy to apply there.

Based on this one product, I'm absolutely sold on The Ordinary. The products can be really intimidating to get into as they have very scientific names, but this rose oil is a great intro. Deciem also publishes a handy guide on when and how to apply each The Ordinary product and even sample regimens to use for various skin concerns. I also purchased their Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, so perhaps I should just round my collection with the rest of the anti-aging regimen and why not when the entire 5 product regimen would cost the same or less than a single serum from most brands?

Seriously, why are you still reading this review? Go buy this already!

the ordinary rosehip oil review

Final Verdict
Buy, duh - deeply moisturizing and super cheap, this pure rose hip seed oil is a great all-rounder anyone should add to their routine.


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Friday, December 23, 2016

End of Year Reader Survey and Giveaway!

It's my last post of 2016 before I take my usual holiday break from blogging to enjoy the snow, sleeping in and copious amounts of mulled wine and cookies! This year I'm doing something a little different and am reaching out to YOU my amazing readers to invite you to give me some feedback on how I'm doing as a blogger.

Everyday that I work and obsess over this little corner of the Interwebz that belongs to me, it's always hard to know whether it means anything or that anyone even cares. I want to make sure that this is a safe, happy and fun space not just for me, but also for you! I really really appreciate from my heart every person that chooses to follow me and I hope that you will continue to do so in 2017!

Now, to thank you all, all you have to do is fill out this short little survey I put together and you'll be entered to win a $25 CAD Sephora gift card! The prize is open for sure to all my Canadian and American readers. For my non-North American readers, I'll try to see if I can send you it through the US side or I'll make up a prize pack for you!

Thanks so much for another fab year and I'll see you all in 2017!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Best of 2016: Makeup

In part 2 of my round off of 2016, I take a look back at my favourite makeup posts of the year, using some of the best products for your eyes, lip and face!

clinique pretty easy eye palette
Clinique Pretty Easy Eye Palette

Kicking things off is beautiful eye shadow palette by Clinique. This was actually my first post of 2016, so it's fitting that it helps wrap up the year too. I have a weakness for rose-toned and mauve palettes, so of course I was immediately drawn towards this one. Although none of these colors are super pigmented, they are very easy to work with and quite foolproof. If you love soft eye looks like me, then you'll be a fan!

Read my full review of the Clinique Pretty Easy Eye palette here.

stila stay all day foundation
Stila Stay All Day Foundation

Like boyfriends, sometimes you have to give them a second chance before saying goodbye forever; such is the case with this newly revamped foundation by Stila. To be honest, I'd never actually tried this formula before, but I know it's been a mainstay at Stila for quite awhile. The old packaging was rather blase, but this new sleek packaging, with its innovative pump and side window so you can see the actual shade and level of foundation inside is just utter genius! I wish more brands would pay attention to details like this. The foundation itself too is just perfection; it gives me flawless, all-day coverage that effortlessly erases unevenness, redness, scars and any other imperfections. If you hate that feeling of full coverage, this one can be easily applied thinner for a more medium finish. I love this one so much, I even labeled it as a HG product!

Read my full review of the Stila Stay All Day Foundation here.

bite beauty luminous creme lipstick bold trio
Bite Beauty Luminous Creme lipsticks

Besides foundation and eyeshadow palettes, my other big makeup weakness is lipstick and when I find a great lipstick formula, I just want to get them all! Case in point: Bite Beauty. I was initially blown away by the Amuse Bouche lipsticks, but I'm almost equally as impressed with the original Luminous Creme lipsticks. They are pretty much the same formula, with some slight differences that only lipstick afficionados will detect, and they come in a stunning array of gorgeous colors. I purchased 6 of these during a Sephora sale and against my better judgement, I am keeping 5 for myself!

Read my full review of the Bite Beauty Luminous Creme lipsticks here.

One thing I'm always going on about on the blog, is pledging to do more makeup looks. In 2016 I think I did slightly achieve that goal, but it's still a work in progress to find time and good lighting to do more of them!

I am quite happy though with how the following 2 makeup looks turned out:

makeup look with nyx gunmetal glitter
NYX Face & Body Glitter makeup look

The above look was the first time I tried posting a makeup look featuring loose glitter pigment. I'm not makeup expert, so this was quite an accomplishment for me and I'm pretty happy with how it came together. I'm also still waiting for a party invite that I can wear this out in public for :(

Read how this look was done here.

guerlain meteorites carousel review
Guerlain Meteorites no-makeup makeup look

On the other end of the spectrum, I was really into fresh-faced, no-makeup looks as well. Winter is all about glowing, fair skin and flushed cheeks, so this look I created with the amazing Guerlain Carousel Meteorites perfectly captures that wintry feeling. I was really floored by the incredibly soft, lit-from-within glow I was able to achieve with these pearls. They're truly worth all the hype!

Read how I created this glowy look here.


I hope you enjoyed this recap of my favourite makeup posts of 2016! Please let me know what your favourites were in the comments!




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Monday, December 19, 2016

Best of 2016: Skincare

So my original plan for December was to be all keener with blogging and post actual gift guides this year, which I normally never ever do. Well guess what? As per usual, as soon as December hit, I became an utter lazy ass with the blog and those gift guide ideas just went out the window! This week though, I'm going to make up for it by posting my usual roundup of the best things I tried out in 2016, starting with skincare!

I was really fortunate to try some pretty awesome skincare lines this year, many of which were totally new to me. A big theme looking back this year was the incorporation of chemical acids and green beauty lines into my routine. I really feel both of these have changed my skin for the better and given me more peace of mind when it comes to being conscious of how my consumption affects the planet.

Here are the top skincare items I'd recommend from 2016:

odylique super fruit serum and facial oil
Odylique Superfruit Concentrate Serum

I'm a big believer in serums, but not all serums are equal. Lately I've been using more oil-based serums and they have really helped improve the supplenes and texture of my skin. This Odylique serum is made of natural and 100% organic ingredients, such as jojoba oil, avocado oil, pomengranate, rosehip and rosemary extracts and sea buckthorn fruit. This oil serum is chock full of moisturizers and antioxidants and absorbs super readily into my skin, unlike a lot of the usual facial oils, which just sit there. This one is a little pricey as it comes from the UK, but it's green, handmade and oh so amazing!

Read my original review of the Odylique Superfruit Concentrate Serum here.

happily ever ava lemon vanilla body scrub review
Happily Ever Ava All Natural Scrub in Lemon Vanilla

When a product is all natural AND local AND amazing, it's a triple win and the ultimate no-brainer to buy. Such is the case with this incredible body scrub from Vancouver's Happily Ever Ava. Owner Ava handmakes her sugar body scrubs with luxurious shea and mango butters, coconut oil and aloe vera. There are multiple "flavours" of scrubs to purchase, but my favourite by far was the Lemon Vanilla, which smells exactly like fresh lemon meringue pie to me. All of Ava's scrubs are vegan, locally sourced and 10% of proceeds are donated to charity! You never have to worry about this scrub's harshness as the butters and oils will slough off dead skin cells and then replenish it with soothing moisture. Nothing keeps away scaly elbows and heels like these scrubs!

Read my original review of the Happily Ever Ava All Natural Scrubs here.

Eminence organics review
Eminence Organics Skincare

If you really want to see the effects of a skincare line, then it's always better to try out multiple products at once as they're usually designed to complement one another. A few months ago I got to try out these Eminence Organics products, all of which are aimed at replenishing moisture and preventings signs of aging. While almost all of these are stellar, the real star of the show for me was the Firm Skin Acai Cleanser. This purple cleanser smells like fresh berries and contains anti-aging blueberries, acai berries, co-enzyme Q10 and hyaluronic acid. It can be used day or night and is a great milky-style cleanser. As far as cleansers go, this is a little pricier than what I'd normally spend, at $38 per bottle, but it's so damn amazing I just can't help myself!

Read my original review of the Eminence Firm Skin Acai Cleanser here.

belif skincare reviews
belif skincare

Vancouver has been in an Arctic cold snap lately and the one thing I truly believe keeping my skin from flaking away into the winter winds are these 2 face creams from belif. This Korean apothecary-style skincare line is focused on delivering intense, immediate hydration to skin. Both the True Cream - Moisturizing Bomb and True Cream - Aqua Bomb are crazy moisturizing miracles. I slightly love the Aqua Bomb a bit more as its unique gel texture is a jolt of freshness to my skin in the mornings, while the soothing cream scent and light, yet rich, texture of the Moisturizing Bomb is a great way to relax at night. When I came back from Spain, my skin was shocked from the transition from hot, dry weather to instantly cold temps, and these 2 creams helped restore my skin's balance within a couple weeks!

Read my original review of belif skincare here.

origins drink up intensive overnight mask review
Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

Another big winter win for me was this limited edition Origins hydrating mask. I love using sleeping masks and this one was such a refreshing addition to my mask arsenal. This mask contains rose flower water, aloe vera, rice extract and chamomile to soothe away redness and inject the skin with moisturizing softness. Again, this mask paired with the belif creams have truly been warriors for me against the winter chill.

Read my original review of the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask here.

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant Review
Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid

And last, but not least, is the Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. This chemical exfoliator uses salicylic acid to gradually reveal softer, brighter and more even skin. This is probably one of the products that really turned me onto the miracles of chemical exfoliants. Sure, they don't have that satisfying, instant gratification of a physical scrub, but my skin has really reacted well to chemical exfoliants. If you read my review, I noted at the time that after just a couple of weeks, my skin literally felt like silk and all my blemishes disappeared! This is magic in a bottle guys!

Read my original review of the Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant here.


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