Product review: AlumierMD Sheer Hydration and Clear Shield Tinted Sunscreen

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I might dub “Sunscreen” as the 2017 Summer beauty trend, even though we didn’t have the best summer to put theses products to good use. But with this amazing sunny weather and extended summer we have been having, you may need to think twice about putting away the sun protection. That’s the true irony of it all, isn’t it? You don’t have to wait for a sunny day to use sunscreen. We seem to be wired somehow, to think that our skin is safe if the sun isn’t out. In reality, sunscreen should be part of your daily beauty routine.

So, if you’re going to put it on your skin, every single day, you really have to love it!

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#PoweredByTheDark: New Biotherm AquaSource Everplump Review

“So what’s inside the box?” That was the first thing I asked myself as I unboxed this mysterious package a few weeks ago! Turns out, it was Biotherm AquaSource Everplump 24/7 Plumped Up Routine, their newest line of  skin plumping and next-level Hyaluronic Acid moisture treatment. The kit included a day cream, gel sleeping mask that you leave all night, a silicone brush to apply the gel and a plumping lip-gloss. The next day… research ensues.

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Eau Thermale Avène YsthéAL Intense: A new and safe way to chemical peel at home

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.

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Amore Pacific: Why I don’t mind spending $500 plus on my skincare routine

I should clarify, I am not a baller, but there are some things I like to splurge on, if I can justify it. I should also add that this is NOT a sponsored post, and albeit I get gifted a lot of product, I have not made it to the big leagues yet. I would faint if Amore Pacific sent me their products to review. But really why should they? I am already sold on it and dishing out the Robby Bordens (i.e. Benjamins) to make this face look flawless and ever youthful.

How did I discover Amore Pacific? I was invited to a beauty event at Nordstrom Ottawa in the summer and gifted a luxury Amore Pacific facial. The young lady was super sweet and informative. She walked me through all the steps of the facial and tried almost every product on me. When we were done I was like “I’ll take everything!”, then I asked how much it was and almost fainted. I settled with half the products, but regret the hand cream until this day, it was divine! Expensive, but divine. My purchases sat in the Nordstrom bag in my office for a good month, before I used any of it. You know, the buyer’s remorse had to dissipate before I unboxed it all. Finally, the products made it in my medicine cabinet and are now a part of my skincare routine.

Because I am constantly in product testing mode, I’ve been sporadically using my Amore Pacific ritual when I have time, but I really love treating myself after my shower. My face is super clean but feels dry and only the concentrated formulas of Amore Pacific can quench its thirst. And I say ritual because Amore Pacific has purposefully broken down all their products into individually highly-concentrated hard-working formulas that are meant to be applied in layers. See, layering beauty products is just as trendy as layering for Fall!

My friend Dom, from Style Domination, made me laugh in her post “The Art of Getting Ready” when she admits to being lazy when it comes to her morning routine. In her ideal world, she would “be able to enjoy the 10-step Korean skincare process that goes directly against her lazy North American sensibilities.” So much wisdom in that statement, we do need to slow down, don’t we?

So, what does my Amore Pacific ritual look like?

Some of these products I purchased and some I got samples of. But for the most part, I do the following:

  1. On a dry face (if I have makeup), I cleanse with the oil and work up a foam with a dab of water. Then rinse! I know cleansing with oil seems counter-intuitive, but it actually breaks down makeup and pulls more dirt out of your pores, without drying your skin! If you’re not sold on cleansing with oil, you would love the foaming cleanser.
  2. On a clean face, I use the eye cream. You can go up really close to your eyes with this very gentle formula. It’s highly concentrated and known to work miracles on fine lines when used consistently.
  3. I then moisturize my entire face with the Age defying creme.
  4. Then I apply the serum all over my face. I can’t tell you how much I love serum!
  5. Lastly, I spray my face with the hydration mist. You can use this after your makeup is done to set it on your skin. Apparently, this is a #1 seller at Nordstrom.

The rest of the products like the neck cream and tea oil, were given as samples and the toner and eye essence (rolling ball) were used on the trail. I am sharing them because I truly do love them and are worth sharing. There is also a nice starter kit available, which is a great way to get introduced to the brand. And as I said, I will be back for that hand cream!

My final disclaimer is that I was blessed with healthy skin, on the normal to dry side, and do not rely on product claims to keep my skin looking great. I use what finishes I like, what smells yummy and what makes me feel happy. If you have a troubling complexion, I would strongly suggest getting samples of products to see if your skin agrees with them, before splurging.

AMOREPACIFIC All Day Balancing Care Serum • Amore Pacific • $200
AMOREPACIFIC ‘Time Response’ Intensive Hand Renewal Crème • Amore Pacific • $90
AMOREPACIFIC ‘Future Response’ Age Defense Creme SPF 30 • Amore Pacific • $195
AMOREPACIFIC Green Tea Seed Treatment Oil • Amore Pacific • $195
AMOREPACIFIC ‘Moisture Bound’ Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System • Amore Pacific • $60
AMOREPACIFIC ‘Time Response’ Eye Renewal Crème • Amore Pacific • $260
AMOREPACIFIC ‘Moisture Bound’ Rejuvenating Serum • Amore Pacific • $100
AMOREPACIFIC ‘Time Response’ Skin Renewal Toner • Amore Pacific • $180
AMOREPACIFIC ‘Time Response’ Introductory Regimen • Amore Pacific • $175
AMOREPACIFIC ‘Treatment’ Cleansing Foam • Amore Pacific • $50
AMOREPACIFIC Treatment Cleansing Oil • Amore Pacific • $50
AMOREPACIFIC Intensive Vitalizing Eye Essence • Amore Pacific • $95

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