Sukin Skincare – Products Review

Fall is here and that means it’s time to switch up my skincare routine.

I just finished using some of these products and am I ever in love with them! I still have the face creams as you only need a super super small amount for the entire face so this could last me another 2-3 months which is perfect because the creams are heavy and hydrating, great for the Fall/Winter season.

I’m so glad I discovered Sukin Skincare – if you haven’t heard of them, they’re an amazing company based out of Australia with all natural and carbon neutral products :). I’ve mixed and matched the products from all their skincare lines to create a routine for myself – because who said you have to stick to one thing!

So lets get to the review!

Clarifying Facial Tonic:


This is a great toner for oily skin. I used a few drops on a cotton pad and wiped it all over my face. I like how it quickly dries so I can carry on with my routine and it doesn’t feel oily, it left my face mattified.
I just didn’t like the smell too much…

Facial Oil:


The name of this oil has now changed but the formula is still the same – if I remember correct it’s an Argan oil which is great for the skin. I noticed after using this lightweight oil my skin was much more brighter and softer. I really liked how this oil penetrates into the skin very quickly so the face does not look oily even with a moisturizer on.
Best thing is the smoothing action of Calendula – my face never experienced any redness every time I used this oil. It’s a huge must to add this into your skincare routine if you are looking for an oil, you won’t regret it!

Moisture Restoring Night Cream


If you’re looking for lots of hydration – this is the cream! I apply a small amount of this cream right after the facial oil and lightly pat it into my skin every night and my skin is very hydrated and not dry at all the next morning. It also has a soft scent to it.

Tip: Add 1 drop of Facial oil to the face cream, mix and apply to face.

Rosehip Hydrating Day Cream


This cream I found to be a little too heavy on my skin for daytime but during the winter months it’s great because it keeps my skin moisturized. I couldn’t use this during the summer because my skin looked way too oily and I felt like I could feel the cream on my face. Also doesn’t have a strong scent to it which is nice.

Super Greens Detox Facial Scrub


I like the combination of this exfoliant with kale and spirulina. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth and not rough at all. I also like how the exfoliant doesn’t have big beads or anything. The texture is very fine which is perfect to lightly rub the product into the skin. I use this scrub every other day in the morning just before my cleanser.

Purifying Body Scrub


I love how soft and smooth this scrub left my skin feeling! The beads again are not too big at all which is great because its not too rough on the body and also doesn’t clog the drain (the environment will thank us!). I follow this scrub with the Lime and Coconut Hydrating Body Lotion – hello extra moist skin!!

Antioxidant Eye Serum


I found this serum to be a bit too watery. I apply it under the eye with my third finger by gently patting the product into my skin everyday, morning and night. It definitely helps keep the area under my eye hydrated and moisturized all day but I just wish it had a little more texture so it didn’t feel like I was putting water under my eyes…

That’s it for today – thanks for reading!

Comment below if you’ve tried Sukin products and which ones are your favs!

*This post is not sponsored by any brand or company. All opinions are my own.*

Product Review: Rocky Mountain Soap Co.

Happy first day of Summer!

To kick off the new season, I changed up my skincare routine and finished these products so am going to review them today on the blog.

 

Brightening Face Polish

  • Initially I thought this was too rough for my face when I used it with just water but mixing it with a foam or gel cleanser did the trick! It’s a double cleanser + exfoliant and an ultimate time saver when you’re in a rush. I used this polish twice a week and it truly is a brightener leaving the skin super duper soft.

Purifying Toner

  • I have used all 3 toners from this company and I’m in love with them all! They’re all very lightweight, penetrate into the skin easily and have an amazing light scent leaving the skin feel fresh and ready for the next step. I like this toner because of it doesn’t leave any residue on the skin and it feels so refreshing!

Day Cream – Pomegranate

  • I wasn’t too impressed with this particular cream. It was a little heavy and left an oily residue on my skin even though it is for oily skin types. I also did not notice any visible differences on my skin other than leaving it hydrated all day.

Blossom Berry Bar Soap

  • I got this one as a sample and it was pretty good – just a regular bar soap with a flowery scent.

Have you tried any products from this brand? Which ones do you like?

Tea Tree Products Review: Body Shop + Rocky Mountain Soap Co

 

Hey everyone! Hope your week is off to an awesome start 🙂

I use quite a few tea tree products because of my skin type (oily/combination) and today I wanted to share with you guys some of the products I’ve been using.

I’ll start from left to right and of course feel free to comment below with any questions.

  • Body Shop: Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser – I like this product for its cleansing capabilities however, it left my skin super dry afterwards and I literally have to use a face cream right away otherwise my face is soooo itchy! It also has a pretty strong smell (I found this entire line from the Body Shop to be quite strong in terms of scent) but I’m not a fussy person when it comes to scent so if you are, I wouldn’t really recommend this.
  • Body Shop: Tea Tree Face Mask – I wasn’t a fan of this product at all. I found it to be very strong and I experienced a burning sensation every time I used it. I also didn’t find it clearing out my blemishes much either.
  • Rocky Mountain Soap Co: Purifying Toner – I absolutely love this toner! Better yet, I love this company. All their products are free of toxins and are not strong at all (and it’s Canadian, woohoo!!). Comparing all the other tea tree products I’ve used this product was gentle on my skin and didn’t burn my cheeks! I love it!! If you’re looking for a toner and have an oily skin type, I would highly highly recommend this toner.
  • Body Shop: Tea Tree Oil – One of my favourite products from the Body shop, it’s a miracle oil for blemishes! I use it about twice a week if necessary, and apply it to any blemishes right after cleansing.
  • Body Shop: Flawless BB Cream – one of my everyday essentials, I wear this cream to work everyday and it works wonders as it hides all my blemishes + provides a tint to my skin + lasts 8 hours without any oily residue.

Until next time…

Product Review: Origins – Active Charcoal Exfoliating Cleansing Powder

Lately, I’ve been all over this charcoal craze that’s taken over the skincare world because of the benefits of active charcoal on the skin (and no, I will never ever brush with charcoal no matter the benefits of that).

I had actually purchased this product when it first came out at Sephora a few months ago at one of the malls and I remember the cashier looked at me like I was crazy! She wasn’t even aware of the product in the store and the thought of charcoal on the face made her eery – I still vividly remember her facial reaction while she was processing my transaction. But I’m a happy customer and I definitely will be purchasing this product again in the near future – continue reading to find out why!

The product is a super smooth powder which I like to mix about a dime sized amount with my gel cleanser from Yours Truly Organics. You can mix it with any type of cleanser (preferably gel or foam) or even just water. I use it about once or twice a week in the shower and it is an amazing exfoliant!
I love it because it’s perfect for my oily skin. It doesn’t strip the skin dry but rather clears the pores while removing all the dirt – and you can actually feel the skin super smooth and clean after each use!

The instructions say to use it once a day but I think that’s a bit too harsh – it is activated charcoal after all and using it everyday I think would strip the skin of necessary oil. The great thing about this product is you can also use it as a mask so it has dual purpose! If I use it as a mask then I mix the powder with water and make a thicker consistency, leave it on for 5-10 minutes then wipe off with a damp washcloth.

I highly recommend this product if you’re looking for an exfoliator or a mask, especially if you have oily/combination skin – it is ah-mazing!! Worth every single penny 🙂

Until next time…

*This post is not sponsored by any brand or company. All opinions are my own.*

Facial Oil Review

I only recently started to incorporate facial oils into my skin care routine because I’ve always found that oils tend to make my skin more oily (makes sense right!?). However, after reading a lot of articles and blogs and doing some more research as to why oils are actually good for the face – I figured I should give it a try…

Basically, in a nutshell – using oils prevent dehydrated skin, reduce large pores, stop the skin from producing excess oils and depending on the type of oil it is also the perfect primer for skin prior to applying makeup. It’s a win-win-win all around!!

There are some oils that I do find a little bit too oily for my face. I think the best one yet is Provence Beauty because it’s a relatively lightweight oil, has a nice fresh scent and I can wear it all day without a day time moisturizer and my skin is still soft and moisturized. It’s also perfect to wear under makeup.

Here is a review of some of the oils I’ve tried so far:

Provence Beauty: Rebalance Facial Oil


This is a lightweight oil which absorbs into my skin fairly quickly and doesn’t leave an oily residue. I like using this oil when I apply makeup because of the light texture and I find my makeup applies smoothly. It has a light scent – the mix of Argan and Jojoba oils is hydrating as well.

Drunk Elephant: Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil


This brand has been everywhere on my Instagram feed and I was excited to try the oil and the serum when I saw it at Sephora. The oil has no scent and has a light texture as well. I use this once every night and love how hydrated and revitalized my skin is in the morning! I know the full size is quite expensive but I highly recommend this oil especially, if you have oily skin as I found it kind of mattified my face in the morning.

Sukin: Facial Treatment Oil


This one is an Argan oil facial oil. It also doesn’t have a scent but is a little thicker consistency than the Provence Beauty and Drunk Elephant ones. I didn’t notice anything too drastic or different about this one on my face.

Body Shop: Oils of Life


I reviewed this one previously (here). It’s the heaviest consistency out of all of the oils I’ve used so far. I love how my skin feels after applying this one – suuuuper soft and smooth! It can get oily at times but I use max 2 drops for my whole face. I definitely cannot use this one under any makeup as it’s just way to heavy so I tend to use this generally with my night time routine.

*This post is not sponsored by any brand or company. All opinions are my own.*

DIY – Coffee Scrub

 

This DIY is for all you coffee drinkers out there!

I make at the very least one cup of coffee everyday – usually in the mornings and rather than throw the coffee grinds away I make a super quick and easy body exfoliant with the leftovers. And let me tell you – it’s the best, I know you’ll be hooked!! There are so many coffee scrubs out there that you can purchase but this one is with all the ingredients you have at home already and it’s waaaay cheaper (ps. if you don’t have the essential oils you can substitute with lemon juice and orange juice – just be sure to use the scrub that same day for maximum benefits).

Ingredients:

1 cup ground coffee
2 tbsp coconut oil
2-3 drops lemon essential oil
2-3 drops orange essential oil

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Apply all over the body in circular motions and rinse off.

I like to use this exfoliant about twice a week in the shower and then apply a body lotion afterwards.
Here’s to more glowing, softer and smoother skin – happy exfoliating!!

Do you use an exfoliant? Comment below and let me know which one is your favourite!

Olive Skincare – Product Review

You read right, Olive skincare products! Yes, they contain olive oil which is all the rave right now in not only food but skincare as well. I purchased a set of 4 products: cleansing milk, toner, day cream and night cream which I’ll be reviewing today. Olive is a New Zealand based natural skincare company and their products contain Olive leaf extract which is an amazing antioxidant and the cool part about this company is that they’re a family owned business with an Olive Estate! Olive oils for life!

 

Rich Cleansing Milk – I’ve only recently started using cleansing milks. Prior to this one, I had a sample of the Juice beauty one which I liked but at the time didn’t really know what the whole purpose of these milks were until I read more about them and found out how amazing they are!
Basically, you can use these as makeup removers – how awesome is that! They’re lightweight and a bit runny and they remove and cleanse at the same time removing all that dirt and grime. I use my makeup towel to remove make up first and then use this milk after to ensure that there is absolutely noooo residue left. And trust me it works – nothing at all after this deep cleansing.
I put a bit into the palms of my hands, rub my hands together and then apply it to my face in circular motions and wash off with warm water. I really like this milk as it’s soft and gentle on the skin and has a light scent.

Hydrating Facial Toner – This truly is a hydrating toner. I love the soft mist and it absorbs into the skin quickly and easily leaving the skin feeling fresh.

Nourishing Day Cream – Lightweight cream that is soft and lightly scented. I use literally a pea sized amount for my whole face as a little goes a long way.

 

Moisturising Night Cream – This is also a lightweight cream with a mild scent. Again a little goes a long way. I’ve used quite a few different night creams in the past and I like how this one isn’t as heavy as some of the other one’s I’ve used. I sometimes can even use a facial oil underneath and then this one on top without my skin feeling oily and heavy.

 

There you have it! Overall, I was pretty happy with these products. I used these when I had a mild rash on my cheeks and these products were my rescue to get my skin back on track – they sure worked!

What’s your favourite natural skin brand? Comment below!

DavidsTea Review – Part 2

Christmas may be over 2 months ago, but I still have a few of these teas I’m going through. Here’s Part 2 and the last of my DavidsTea Review for now! Which one’s your favourite? Comment below!

  1. Tea: Organic Sweet Almond Green
 
Type of Tea: Green tea

 

Ingredients: Green tea, almonds, marigold flowers, cornflower petal, natural almond flavouring

 

Smells like: A garden!

 

Review: I didn’t like the taste of this tea. I was expecting it to taste much better because the smell is pretty amazing but I didn’t like the mix of marigold flowers with tea. I don’t know but something about edible flowers does not appeal to me at all. This tea was a no go for me.

 

Tea stars: 1/5

 

  1. Tea: Santa’s Secret
Type of Tea: Black tea

 

Ingredients: Black tea, peppermint, sprinkles, natural and artificial vanilla flavouring

 

Smells like: A chocolate cake

 

Review: This is an amazing tasting tea! I love the peppermint bits mixed with the black tea. It has a mild chocolate flavour and is not sweet at all.

Tea stars: 4/5
 

  1. Tea: Sleigh Ride

 

Type of Tea: Herbal tea

 

Ingredients: Apple, hibiscus blossoms, pineapple, papaya, beetroot, cinnamon, raisins, coconut, roasted almonds, popped rice, natural and artificial flavouring.

 

Smells like: A tropical paradise

 

Review: This tea tastes like a tropical drink! I like the mix of apple, papaya and pineapple. If steeped for too long it also has a very sweet and bitter flavour so its best to steep for a shorter amount of time.

 

Tea stars: 3/5

 

  1. Tea: Snow Day

 

Type of Tea: Herbal tea

 

Ingredients: Peppermint leaves, cocoa beans, cocoa husk, chocolate drops, white chocolate pieces, sugar sprinkles, cream flavouring, peppermint oil, natural chocolate and peppermint flavouring

 

Smells like: A candycane

 

Review: This is very refreshing tea and is perfect to have after dinner. I like the peppermint taste mixed with a light chocolate aftertaste. The peppermint flakes are also super cute! I wanted to pick them all out and eat them.

 

Tea stars: 3/5

DavidsTea Review – Part 1

The weather has cleared up here in Vancouver, no more sight of snow – although I don’t know about you but I kind of miss it! This weekend is Family Day weekend here and I hope everyone has a chance to spend some time with their family this weekend.

Today I’ll be reviewing more of the teas I had purchased from DavidsTea over the holidays.

Comment below and let me know which one you’ve tried!

1. Tea: Apple Cider


Ingredients: Apple, apple pomace, sweet blackberry leaves, apple flavouring, artificial vanilla and cream flavouring.
Smells like: A sweet apple Pie

Review: I thought this tea would have tasted exactly like it says like apple cider but I was disappointed. It didn’t have much flavour even and if I steeped it too much then it would taste very sweet. Definitely was not a fan of this cider.

Tea stars: 2/5

2. Tea: Chocolate Covered Almonds


Type of Tea: Black tea

Ingredients: Cocoa nibs, roasted carob, black tea, almonds, yerba mate, sugar, natural and artificial chocolate and cream-almond flavourings
Smells like: Exactly as it is – chocolate covered almonds

Review: I’m not too much of a chocolate fan but this tea had a great blend between chocolate and almonds. It has sweet taste but is the perfect pair with a non-chocolate dessert.

Tea stars: 3.5/5

3. Tea: Coffee Cake
Type of Tea: Black tea

Ingredients: Black tea, candied fruit, natural and artificial flavouring.
Smells like: Coffee!

Review: A coffee tea? Sounds a little weird doesn’t it!? But I was impressed with this one, it has a light coffee flavour and is not too sweet either. Great to pair this tea with banana bread or a scone.

Tea stars: 3/5

4. Tea: Nutty and Spice
Type of Tea: Oolong tea

Ingredients: Oolong tea, roasted chicory root, pineapple, payaya, cinnamon, walnuts, ginger, apple, rose pepper, roasted almonds, cardamom, almonds, pistachios, cranberries, rose blossoms, natural and artificial flavourings.
Smells like: A spiced cake

Review: I really like this tea because of all the spices. It’s a warming and cozy tea. Not very sweet either. I didn’t steep this one for too long because it becomes bitter.

Tea stars: 4/5

Rata & Co Night Cream

I was going through the skincare section at Winners the other day and came across this brand, Rata & Co. I thought I’d give it a try as I was looking for a night cream for this Winter weather since it’s been snowing here in Vancouver for the past of couple days and it’s making my skin super dry. Although I’m not complaining with this weather – I could sit on my couch all day and watch the snow fall – so beautiful!

What really caught my attention about this cream is the packaging (yes, I’m a sucker for packaging…) and the fact that it contains 3 oils: Chia Seed, Avocado and Coconut – talk about hyyyyydration! Also, I haven’t seen many products which contain Chia Seed oil so I thought this was unique let alone a mix of all three.

I gave this cream a try for a few weeks and was impressed with it. It is a little too intense for my skintype though as my face kind of felt a bit more oily than normal in the mornings but other than that it left my skin soooo smooth! I only use a small amount on my face because it’s a thick texture and is very heavy. It has a very subtle scent which is perfect for night time as it’s not too strong. Overall, I’m happy with it, worked for my dry skin during Winter 🙂

There you have it – quick review of Rata & Co Night Cream!