A few weeks ago, I switched up my skincare routine to test out a new Korean skincare line. Belif uses an old apothecary approach for all its products and promises a clean and natural experience. Each container displays a guarantee that products do not contain artificial dies, fragrances, preservatives, mineral oils, or animal byproducts (vegan). The products are also free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates, preservatives known to be bad for the environment and linked to cancer.
Nothing excites me more than testing face cream and moisturizers this time of the year, because my skin is so dry from fluctuating temperatures. I have had a chance to dabble in all the products that were sent my way, and hope to share an honest review to help you with your quest for a new natural skin care routine.
The classic Eau Thermale Avène, that we all know and love, has launched a brand-new skin care product! Introducing the new Eau Thermale Avène YsthéAL Intense, a solution designed to improve the quality of your skin and a quick and safer way to get the same results as a chemical-peel, in the comfort of your own home. I was invited to join the conversation and given these samples to try at home, and take part in the experience.
I’m lucky, I know. I have been blessed with great skin. But, I also eat a very balanced diet which includes loads of fruit and veggies and very little processed foods. I strongly believe that what we put in our bodies, comes through our skin, hair and nails. Considering how many products I test, and how much makeup I wear, I cannot take my skin for granted. When I received the Eau Thermale Avène YsthéAL Intense, I wondered if it would be too harsh for my skin and if I even needed it at all.
Eau Thermale Avène YsthéAL Intense promises to smoothen wrinkles and fine lines and visibly improve the quality and brightness of your skin. It refines the texture of skin and evens out complexion as well. Although I may not have wrinkles, I do have tiny lines on my forehead and neck that I could easily part ways with.
The cream contains highly concentrated active ingredients:
– Retinaldehyde: a benchmark anti-aging active ingredient, with anti-wrinkle efficacy clinically proven under dermatological control, boosts cellular activity in the skin.
– G.G.O.: Boosts the efficacy of Retinaldehyde for increased anti-wrinkle action and protects the skin’s elastin, restoring firmness and elasticity
– Pre-tocopheryl: a powerful antioxidant agent that forms a protective shield against the harmful effects of free radicals.
– Avène Thermal Spring Water: soothing and anti-irritant, comforts your skin instantly.
(Source Avene website)
How to use Eau Thermale Avène YsthéAL Intense
I always like to show my readers what the product looks like up close. This cream is quite thick with a yellow tinge to it. I applied a nickel-size (2 pumps) all over my face and it felt great. It was very rich and moisturizing. It had a slight cool tingling sensation after a few minutes, but it was very gentle and very subtle. I then sprayed my face with the Eau Thermal. I did not have any reactions or redness to the face and my face feels and looks great this morning. I look forward to including this in my routine and help get rid of SOME of my laugh lines… not all 😉
“You’re invited to attend a sneak preview of M.A.C’s newest collections“… Take my money, take my house, I don’t care. I just want to play with the makeup!!! Hahaha
I am sick in the head when it comes to makeup, let alone M.A.C. makeup, let alone being gifted the makeup in exchange for my open and honest (FAN GIRL!!!) review. I attended the preview with my girl Katie from Yow City Style a few weeks ago and we both got pampered by the awesome staff at the M.A.C. store in Bayshore! I think we both fell head over heels for the coloured mascara. I mean, I used to buy the stuff at dollar stores, and lord knows what was in them! I am relieved there is now a more trusted brand making coloured mascara that is safe for my eyes. Sadly, these bad boys won’t last long, so hurry, unless it’s already too late!
This year MAC Cosmetics collaborated with a number of well-known makeup artists and featured a new line of makeup products under each artist. I was privileged to receive a number of new MAC products to review by James Kaliardos’s and the Kabuki Magic collection.