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.
When 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!
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!
At 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.
One of my favourite cocktails to sip is the mojito because it has a punch of citrus combined with refreshing, uplifting mint. It’s light and great for patio weather during those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. (Great, now I have the song looping in my head…)
But even if you don’t drink or you haven’t reached the legal drinking age, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the amazing scent of a mojito. No, I’m not saying to order a mojito and just sniff it. 😉
The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Butter smells spot on like a mojito, and unlike the cocktail, you can slather it on your skin without getting weird glances from strangers.
Be on the lookout for The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Butter – it will hit The Body Shop stores and their website in July, along with other matching mojito-scented skincare.
At the beginning of this month, I had the pleasure and honour of being invited to attend an exclusive launch for Consonant Skincare’s downtown location located at 120 Adelaide Street West (Unit R12) in Toronto’s Richmond-Adelaide Centre.
You’ll remember that previously, I published my exclusive interview with Consonant Skincare’s owner and CEO, Bill Baker. Bill was also at the event, and we got to chit chat about the brand and the wide range of natural products.
The core philosophy of the brand is that what you put on your body goes in your body. That’s why they offer natural skincare – they’re not laden with chemicals, so their products are a great choice for those who are looking for healthier skincare options.
After the event, I received a wonderful bag filled with goodies, which I shared on my Instagram here.
One of the treats inside was this Consonant Natural Lip Conditioner Pure Unscented, which is 100% natural and has high levels of essential fatty acids, which are important for healthy skin.
It’s the first Consonant Skincare product that I’ve ever tried. I’m a big fan of lip balms, so it was a no brainer that it would be the first item I’d try.
The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Body Butter may look familiar – I had a giveaway a few months ago for a bunch of The Body Shop Smoky Poppy products in February!
It has a fragrance like no other skincare I have. The Body Shop Smoky Poppy is sultry, so if you’re looking for something that’s seductive, this is one you may want to try. But don’t dilly dally because this scent is limited edition!
As with all of The Body Shop’s Body Butters, this one is formulated to help moisture the skin. I put it to the test, and here are my observations.
P.S. In case you missed it, I’m having a Canadian giveaway right now. Enter until April 24 for a chance to win the Essie Resort 2015 Collection!