Winter Skincare Wonders

winter-skincareLeft to right: Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre; Glossier Body Hero Daily Perfecting Cream; Lano-hands Rose Hand Cream Intense; Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream; Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox™ Hydra-Gel Eye Patches; Bumble and Bumble Bb. While You Sleep Overnight Damage Repair Masque; Drunk Elephant Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream; Caudalie Vine Body Butter

The Christmas Gift Edit – The Beauty Maven

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You know them. They can’t walk by a Sephora or department store beauty counter without itching to have a look at the latest palette or luminizing powder. You’ll find them scouring the aisles, their hands and forearms full of colourful swatches like an artist’s palette.  Always full of recommendations and excitedly chattering about new products to test. At least three lippy’s always fall out of their bag every time they need to get something from inside. The Beauty Maven, the skin care connoisseur, the fragrance savant, the eyeshadow expert – whichever they may be, here are some gift ideas for your favourite beauty product pro.

xo Coco

Clockwise from top left: L’Occitane Holiday 2014 Hand Creams Of ProvenceEstée Lauder AERIN Beauty Fragrance Coffret (Limited Edition)AERIN Brush EssentialsBoscia Multi-Masking MedleyFresh Sugar Cravings Kissing TrioHourglass Ambient Lighting PaletteUrban Decay Naked On The Run PaletteDelia’s You Makeup Bag

Think Pink: Winter Wonder Moisturizers

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It has officially dipped below zero degrees for the first time since Fall has begun which, of course, signals the emergence of those power moisturizers from makeup drawers across the land. Considering that, when outdoors, the skin that’s most often left exposed is the delicate skin on our faces, these pink picks are targeted to bring serious moisture back to the face and lips. Clinique’s Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief is a moisturizer that comes in the form of an oil-free hydrating gel formula which absorbs into the skin pretty much immediately, is listed as being suitable for all skin types and is meant to help skin resist dehydration.  I recently switched out my trusted drugstore daily moisturizer for this and there’s no going back for me, it’s a complete winner.

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The Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in ‘Budding Blossom’ looks like a bright, Barbie-pink in the tube but goes on the lips a subtle and natural your-lips-but-better tint. But let’s get to whats really important – the hydration factor –  as it’s got to fend off the sandpaper lips that the Winter winds tend to grace us with. This it does, even lasting a whole morning commute and past my morning latte. Looks like this winter is looking a lot pinker.

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Have you tried either of these products?  What are your Winter Wonder products?

xo Coco


The Art of Multi-Masking

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Having heard raves from many a beauty blogger about the Boscia Bright White Face Mask, I was looking to give it try when, lo and behold, I came across this gem of a collection beaming like a beauty homing beacon from the shelf at Sephora.  Pulling me in like a skincare tractor beam, The Art Of Multi-Masking™ Kit from Boscia includes smaller-sized versions of their popular collection of peel-off face masks including the Bright White Mask, Luminizing Black Mask, Cool Blue Calming Mask and Green Tea Oil-Control Mask.

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The kit also comes with a synthetic mask application brush and a handy card with directions and step-by-step instructions to apply various multi-mask treatments for occasions including “The Date Night,” ‘The Post-Flight,” and “The Clean Sweep.”

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Not only can you try out four different masks to decide which is right for your skin but the smaller-sized tubes make them great to have for your travel bag and with the Christmas season upon us, this collection could make a really neat gift for your favourite skincare-aholic, or, you know, you could treat yourself 😉

xo Coco

The Natural: Amie Spring Clean Deep Cleansing Mask

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We may be heading into Fall but this gentle, calming face mask is some serious Spring cleaning for your skin.  Amie products recently became available in stores in Canada and I’m certainly glad they did!  The brand is from the UK and is a range for sensitive skin by beauty expert Fiona Parkhouse.  The products are made without any parabens, sulphates, mineral oils, petrochemicals or animal extracts and can be used by both vegetarians and vegans. The line includes everything from cleansers and moisturizers to exfoliators and masks, as well as makeup.

If their Spring Clean Deep Cleansing Mask is anything to go by, my bathroom counter, and my skin, will be seeing a lot more of this range.  Made with organic peppermint, white clay and lime butter, a thin layer is applied over the face, left for ten minutes, then washed off with warm water.  The formula is thick but applies really easily, and I LOVE the smell, it was instant calm once that scent hit my nostrils.  The mask leaves skin feeling super soft and deep down clean without any signs of irritation or breakouts so far.  New holy grail product? All I know is that my face = happy.

xo Coco

The Mattifier Memo – NYX Cosmetics Shine Killer

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Okay, okay, this is a bit of a controversial one.  Snapped up the NYX Shine Killer primer/corrector on a whim – even though reviews have not been particularly stellar – and decided to give it a go myself.  As a member of the unofficial ‘Oily T-zone Club’ I have been through more blotting papers and mattifying creams, cleansers, balms and serums than is reasonable. So, what’s the verdict? I was expecting a cream, but the formula is more of a clear gel and it does sink into the skin after a few seconds without being sticky or leaving a weird film (so a plus there!) It does what it says and leaves a matte finish (another plus) while also doing a pretty good job of filling in pores around the nose area (more pluses.)  The only real downside was that it didn’t last more than and hour or two and then I had to reapply. Will definitely use again and haven’t broken out at all, but not sure if it’s a repurchase (yet.) Stay Tuned!

xo Coco