My Top 5 | Complexion Essentials


When it comes to my beauty routine, I love to experiment constantly with new products. In fact, I recently discovered the notion of monthly beauty box subscriptions (packages of sample sized beauty products that are delivered to one’s door every month). There are tons of options out there, Ipsyย and Glossy Box to name just a couple (see more here). The ย box I chose to subscribe to was Birchbox and I have to say I was very much impressed by their May box curated by one of my all time favorite blogger’s Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere. I love to try new cosmetics and skin care products on a regular basis, not only because I get bored easily and like to try new things, but also because I believe that it is beneficial to change up one’s routine once in a while as one’s skin can change and you never know what will work best on you. That being said, there are a few products that I consistently use and find myself repurchasing again and again.

1. Skoah Hydradew Mask

I discovered Skoah and this mask by chance after my boyfriend got me one of their Power Facials as a birthday present (To die for. Be prepared to melt into your seat and walk like a drunk person afterwards). Prior to this appointment I had always thought of my skin as being rather combination to oily. After my skin assessment I was told that my skin was actually very dehydrated and dry and as a result my face produced extra oil to combat this dehydration. This light gel mask not only smells fresh and delicious (exactly like fresh grapes) but it is moisturizing without feeling heavy or oily like so many moisturizing masks tend do. It’s loaded with nourishing, healing ingredients such as sea kelp, algae and gingko biloba extract. It has a natural cooling effect too and would be an excellent treatment for soothing sunburns this summer.

2. LUSH Aqua Marina Fresh Cleanser

Another product that I found by chance. I wandered into work about two hours before the start of my shift (how I did that I will never know, but at least I was early and not late!) and then realized I had quite a bit of time to kill. I work on busy and bustling Robson street, one of the largest shopping hubs in Vancouver, so downtime usually equates to money being spent. I walked into LUSH, a store I would usually walk past and ignore and found myself conversing with a shop assistant about my skin -dry, sensitive, prone to irritation. He helpfully recommended the BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask and this cleanser. Packed with calamine, sea weed and aloe vera, this cleanser does wonders for my often red, sensitive skin. Not only that but the calamine absorbs excess oil while having a very soothing, creamy texture (unlike the Ocean Salt which I love as a body scrub but would never let it near my face again). For those who are new to LUSH cleansers, they are solid but very easy to use. Simply pinch off a piece, make a paste with a little water and cleanse as usual. A great all natural, Vegan product that actually delivers noticeable results. This and Angels on Bare Skin from LUSH are my all time favorite cleansers.

3. Vichy Ideal Soleil Self Tanner – Moisturizing Milk for Face and Body

Prior to using this ultra light cream by Vichy, I wouldn’t dare touch my face or body with self tanner. The results always seem so fake! This one however I was given as a gift with purchase and as I didn’t want to waste it, I put it on and was extremely surprised by the excellent results. I have very fair skin and this lotion gave me a subtle yet noticeable warm, healthy glow without being reminiscent of Snooki from Jersey Shore. It was also very moisturizing, evened out my skin tone and didn’t break out my sensitive skin. I love to use it to warm up my skin every once in a while.

4. Burt’s Bees Radiance Night Cream

This night cream by Burts Bees is extremely rich and dewy making it a great choice for people with dry and dehydrated skin. It’s somewhat expensive and has a strong sweet, honey-esque smell that I enjoy but some people may find it to be a bit much (my boyfriend is not a fan and says “are you wearing that stuff again?” when I wear it when I am sleeping at his place). That being said, it is deeply hydrated and I wake up to fresh, supple, even skin. It’s great for the Winter when the cold dry air leaves my skin parched and red but I also wear it in the summer (I stick it in the fridge for a cooling effect) as it rehydrates my sun burnt, dry skin.

5. Benefit The Pore-fessional

I don’t always splash out on high end beauty products as I know that there are a lot of inexpensive high quality products I can find in drugstores or in health food stores. However, for this little gem of a primer I make an exception. It has an extremely sheer, velvety texture. While it doesn’t provide any real coverage, it smoothes out the appearance of pores or any small bumps that might be on one’s face. I love to use it in conjunction with Benefit’s Highbeam highlighter with a dusting of pressed powder and touch of concealer for those days when I want a perfect, doll-like complexion.

Any products that you love so much that I should try and feature on my blog? Let me know in the comments.




6 thoughts on “My Top 5 | Complexion Essentials

  1. Great post. I signed up for Ipsy last year and couldn’t be happier with what they’ve sent me! Have you tried a Clarisonic, GlamGlow masks, Kate Somerville ExfoliKate, Oribe, anything like that? I know those are products people always want to see reviewed.

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate that. A good friend of mine gets Ipsy and it looks great too. I’m tempted to get both but I don’t want to go too crazy with the beauty boxes haha. I absolutely love GlamGlow but haven’t tried the other ones you mentioned. I’ve wanted to try Clarisonic for a while. I was in Sephora looking at products and will definitely look into checking those out! Have you tried any of them?


      1. Gotcha. I would’ve done what you did and gotten Birchbox instead, but I don’t think they ship to Canada yet ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’ve tried all the things I mentioned – used to be quite a product junkie lol! The Clarisonic is excellent for evening out skin tone, brightening complexion and removing dark spots/acne scars (I’ve tried Olay’s $30 facial brush and it didn’t compare). Kate Somerville’s products are all excellent; same with Oribe haircare. You should ask for samples the next time you’re in Sephora! I love getting those little pots filled with an expensive product – that’s the best way to try something out without breaking the bank.


      2. They do ship to Canada ๐Ÿ™‚ I am in Canada you just have to do it through the Canadian website. It’s funny I never ask for samples, I need to start! I am always curious. I am definitely going to try the the brush I have heard amazing things about it. Thanks for the tips! ๐Ÿ™‚


      3. They do?! Whoa…that’s bad news for my credit card, haha. You definitely gotta ask for samples then, and usually if the store is on the emptier side they’ll give you an extra little tub and/or take you around the store letting you try out multiple items.

        No prob! Hope you love the brush ๐Ÿ™‚


      4. Btw, I’m noticing that a lot of people are becoming more and more interested in natural/organic beauty products. After having awesome results with coconut oil, I took to my blog to post some info as well as a face mask tutorial and got a lot of people tell me they tried it and loved it. So maybe that’s something to keep in mind for your future posts ๐Ÿ™‚


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