Category Archives: Skincare Reviews

eos Berry Blossom Body Lotion Review

eos Berry Blossom Body Lotion

When it comes to eos (Evolution of Smooth), I’ve only tried their cute, spherical lip balms. (I sometimes use them as lipstick primers.)

Recently, I tried the eos Berry Blossom Body Lotion, and it’s the first eos product I’ve tested out that’s not a lip balm. Call me a cat because I was very curious!

It promises to absorb quickly into the skin and provide hydration. This interested me because, when slathering on body lotion after showering, nobody wants to feel like poultry being marinated for a feast! (However, with some lotions and creams I’ve tried, that has been the case, and I feel gross when skincare leaves me looking and feeling greasy.)

I wondered how strong the Berry Blossom scent would be and if it would last for several hours after its application.

How did the eos Berry Blossom Body Lotion perform? I’ll share my experience with you in this post!

P.S. On my nails, I’m wearing Essie Viva Antigua!, which is from the Summer 2016 Collection.

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Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster Review

Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster

When it comes to skincare, I believe in using high-quality products that make your complexion not only look great, but feel comfortable with effective, lasting results. No skimping allowed, but no going berserk and spending $800 on one skincare product, either!

Unlike nail polish where I readily test out every colour, finish, and formula, with skincare, I tread carefully like a swimmer in an unknown body of water.

I have my favourite skincare essentials that work, so I don’t frequently change my regimen often. When I do experiment, I introduce a new product slowly into my tried-and-true skincare regimen, and I test it out for several weeks and even months before I decide whether I notice any positive or negative effects.

It gives me time to collect my thoughts, watch for any allergic reactions, and notice potential conflicts with other skincare products that I use on a daily basis.

Last year, I had the opportunity to test out the new Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster, and after using it on a daily basis for two months straight, I’m now comfortable sharing my detailed thoughts about it with you.

In a nutshell: I joined the Booster Club, and I think that SUPERSTART is a SUPERSTAR! 😉

The Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster has many strong claims, and I was eager to see how it would fare in combination with my skincare regimen.

Some of my skincare staples are by Shiseido, a brand that I’ve religiously used for several years. And, although the SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster is formulated to be used in conjunction with other Elizabeth Arden skincare products, I wasn’t ready to introduce a slew of new skincare products at once. Instead, I just added the Elizabeth Arden skin booster to my regular routine.

For your reference, I have combination skin that tends to feel more on the drier side during the colder months. Also, I have sensitive skin and typically don’t get pimples except when it’s around my period (i.e. hormonal levels are changing) or if I eat too much greasy food.

In this detailed post, I’ll share with you my experience of incorporating the SUPERSTART booster, as well as show you the official press release about the product. (You’ll find the press release handy, as it includes the results of the clinical study and information regarding the participants.)

As with any skincare product, results can significantly vary from one person to another. Many factors, such as skin type, age, the current condition of your skin, other products you’re using (or not using), and more can play salient roles in determining whether or not this booster will work for you.

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Consonant Natural Foaming Face Wash Review

Consonant Natural Foaming Face Wash

A while back, I had the pleasure of test-driving the 100% natural Consonant Natural Foaming Face Wash (Pure Unscented) in the cute travel-sized can.

Considering that the Consonant Natural Foaming Face Wash won two awards (Globe and Mail Style Beauty Awards’ Best Cleanser and Beauty Connexion’s Top Beauty Product), it had a lot to live up to.

Full of nourishing botanicals such as Tea Tree Oil and Grape Seed Oil to hydrate the skin, the Consonant face wash also promises to eliminate an uneven skin tone and fight blemishes.

Additionally, it’s supposed to be able to remove makeup (even stubborn eye makeup), and it’s pH-balanced.

So how did it fare? Learn more about my experience in this post!

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Laboratoire Dr Renaud Skincare

Laboratoire Dr Renaud Skincare

A few days ago, I asked readers via a Twitter poll to let me know what kind of beauty reviews they were most interested in. It didn’t come as any surprise that the vast majority (86%) voted for nail-polish reviews! 😉 However, 7% said skincare, and 7% said makeup.

Since most of my reviews tend to focus on nail products, I thought that today, I’d switch it up a bit and focus on high-quality Laboratoire Dr Renaud Skincare!

You won’t find these skincare products at the drugstore. Laboratoire Dr Renaud skincare is available exclusively at more than 1,000 aesthetician salons and spas across Canada.

I’m a big believer in not skimping on good skincare because it’s the foundation for any beauty routine. When PR introduced me to Laboratoire Dr Renaud skincare, I was intrigued because I’ve never tried anything from this brand. Also, I haven’t experimented with some of these types of products before, such as peel pads and loose powder with SPF 50!

In addition to the products I photographed above, they also sent me their new anti-fatigue tissue mask and eye-contour patches (not shown in the above photograph, but presented later in this post).

Here are some interesting facts about Laboratoire Dr Renaud that I learned:

  • The company was founded in France in 1947 by Dr. Louis Raymond Renaud (the first dermatologist to undertake skincare product research)
  • In 1963, it became a Canadian company based in Montreal
  • They research, develop, and manufacture all of their products in their Montreal facility
  • Their products are not tested on animals
  • Their products are free of parabens, synthetic colourants, fragrance, and mineral oil
  • Isabelle Villeneuve, the Director of Research and Development and Global Strategic Projects, has been with the company for 20 years. She heads their research team that consists of all women – it’s very rare in the field. (Scroll to the bottom of this blog post for the Q and A with her.)
  • Laboratoire Dr Renaud’s philosophy is to combine the best of nature and science. They have a huge range of products to address every skin concern for every age, and the brand has professional treatments.

In the rest of this post, I share with you some quick photos of a few skincare items, as well as more information on each product.

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Pretty Serious Cute Cuticles Cupcake Cuticle Oil Review

Cuticle Oil for Dry CuticlesWhen the mercury drops and the air gets chilly, my cuticles tend to feel and look parched. It also doesn’t help matters any that after washing my hands, I don’t usually slather on lotion regularly.

I purchased the Pretty Serious Cute Cuticles Cupcake Cuticle Oil many months ago to help me through those (literally) rough times. 😉

Perhaps my inner child is showing, but I mainly was attracted specifically to this Pretty Serious cuticle oil because it promised to not only nourish cuticles, but it also is supposed to smell like cupcakes. Hehe, if that isn’t a reason to try a new cuticle oil, I don’t know what is!

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Live Clean Sheer Light Dry Body Oil Review

Live Clean Sheer Light Skin Perfecting Dry Body Oil Review

Now that the mercury has dropped, my skin has become a bit drier. This is typical during the fall and winter. Moisturizing becomes even more important to ward off that uncomfortable dry and itchy feeling.

What great timing it was when the Live Clean Sheer Light Dry Body Oil came to Swatch And Learn headquarters! It was just what my skin needed.

The Live Clean Sheer Light Dry Body Oil is 99% plant-derived and free of mineral oils, petroleums, parabens, silicones, phthalates, dyes, and preservatives. Additionally, it’s vegan, hypoallergenic, never tested on animals, and made of biodegradable ingredients.

The Certified Organic oils it contains include Safflower Oil, Argan Oil, Avocado Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Coconut Oil.

So did it hydrate my skin and leave a smooth and silky finish like it claimed to? See the rest of my detailed review to find out!

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Consonant Intensive Therapy Organic Hand Cream Review

Consonant Intensive Therapy Organic Hand Cream ReviewAt work, the hand soap is so abrasive and far from moisturizing. (Sometimes I feel like it brings the desert to my hands!)

Especially since I tend to wash my hands a few times throughout the day, and I also wash my dishes that I use during my lunch break, my cuticles and hands tend to look and feel really dry and uncomfortable.

Hand cream is the only way to reverse that parched, tight feeling.

For a few weeks, I’ve been using the Consonant Intensive Therapy Organic Hand Cream, which is unscented, and I’m now at the point where I’m ready to share my thoughts on it with you.

P.S. At the end of this post, I share information about the Consonant Skincare Healthy Skincare Swap event that will run Monday May 25th to Sunday May 31st where you can get 50% off a Consonant Skincare product at their stores or online.

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