Review: Good Molecules Skincare

In October, I received an email from Good Molecules, asking me if I would like to try a few of their products. I’ve actually seen Good Molecules while shopping on Beautylish, and was intrigued by their low prices. I’m incredibly grateful to Good Molecules and Beautylish for providing me with the opportunity to try their products, but I still wanted to give everything an honest review, as always.

It’s taken me a long time to write this review for several reasons. Some skincare ingredients take longer than others to see results, and I wanted to test them out thoroughly instead of just throwing my review out there after two weeks of testing. I also received most of these products at the same time, and didn’t want to completely change up my skincare routine and cause my skin to freak out. I took my time slowly adding in these products into my routine to ensure that my skin would stay happy, so it’s taken some time for me to be able to use everything.

Group shot of Good Molecules Products

I told Good Molecules that my skincare concerns were dryness, texture, and hyperpigmentation, so the products that they sent me specifically target these issues. The products that I received and will be reviewing today are:

  • Niacinamide Brightening Toner
  • Niacinamide Serum
  • Discolouration Serum
  • Cold-pressed Rosehip Oil
  • Ultra-Hydrating Facial Oil
  • Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer

Grab a drink, get cozy, and settle in, because this is going to be one long review. Continue reading to see what I think of these products!

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Review: Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

Hello, my friends! Today, I have a review of the Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb, a moisturizer I’ve been using for the last 6 months. Last year, Belif was a brand I had heard about on IG but never really looked into, until my friend Stashy brought this brand to the forefront when she told me this was one of her favourite products of 2018.

When I needed a new moisturizer in April, I was looking for one that would be light enough for summer, but still keep my dry skin hydrated and be moisturized enough for the fall and winter. As I was scrolling through the Sephora website looking for a moisturizer I might be interested in trying, I remembered what Stashy said about enjoying her Belif moisturizer, so I started doing some digging into the brand. It turns out that Belif is readily accessible at Sephora!

I hear a lot of people talking about the Aqua Bomb, which seems like a dupe for the hugely hyped Tatcha Water Cream (I haven’t tried either, but the textures seem similar to me). The Moisturizing Bomb is a thicker version of the Aqua Bomb, and I don’t hear quite as many people talking about it, but I knew that the thicker texture is something my dry skin would need. Now that I’ve been using it for six months and I’m almost out of the moisturizer, I’m ready to do a review!

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Review: Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate & Glow Dream Mask

Hello, my loves! Today’s post is a review of the Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate & Glow Dream Mask. When I first saw this mask on Instagram last year, I was SO INTRIGUED. It’s yellow and looks a bit like custard or lemon meringue, and the dessert-lover in me needed it in my life, haha! On a more serious note, I love overnight masks in general, and this looked very thick and hydrating, so naturally, me and my dry AF skin wanted to give it a try.

As a reference, I have dry skin all year round and suffer from the odd dry patches every so often. I don’t suffer from regular breakouts or acne, but have some uneven skin texture as well as hyperpigmentation.

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THE BASICS

“This creamy overnight mask is the ultimate hydrating radiance treatment. Powered by antioxidant-rich superberries, squalane, and vitamin C, this mask works throughout the night to revive dehydrated skin for a softer, more youthful-looking complexion by morning”.

The Superberry Dream Mask is an overnight mask that is meant to hydrate, plump, and brighten the complexion for all skin types. The ingredients work together to target dullness and brighten uneven skin tone, which results in radiant skin. It retails at $63 for 59 mL and can be found at Sephora, and the Youth to the People website. It is made in the USA.

This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free with recyclable packaging. It is free from ingredients such as dimethicone, mineral oil, sulfates, phthalates, and parabens, which means it has been given the “Clean at Sephora” seal at Sephora.

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THE INGREDIENTS

The star ingredients in this mask are:

  • Maqui berry, which is an antioxidant-rich ingredient that help prevent against oxidation
  • Vitamin C (in the form of THD ascorbate) for brightening and firming the skin
  • Squalane, hyaluronic acid, betaine, and glycerin, which are all hydrating ingredients for providing and locking in moisture

Ingredients list: Water/Aqua/Eau(Aqua),Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Betaine, Isopropyl Myristate, Stearic Acid, Opuntia Tuna (Prickly Pear) Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Extract, Aristotelia Chilensis (Maqui) Fruit Extract, Moringa Oleifera Leaf Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Stearyl Citrate,Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Glyceryl Laurate, Squalane Olive, Carbomer, Hyaluronic Acid, Allantoin, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Natural Fragrance, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)

THE PERFORMANCE

Since this is an overnight mask, you are supposed to apply a layer of this to freshly cleansed skin, and then keep it on until you wake up the next morning. For an added boost of moisture, I do use it this way, but I actually prefer to use this over my moisturizer in the evenings, to lock in the moisturizer. Whether or not I have moisturizer on underneath, my skin just drinks this up, and the mask is absorbed right into my skin. I haven’t had an issue with it rubbing off onto my pillowcase while I have it on during the night, either.

The Dream Mask has a light but creamy texture. It is rich without being super thick or goopy. I feel like the richer texture may be more suited for drier skin types, but if anyone with oily skin has used it and love it, please let me know! I really loved the way this made my skin felt. After I wash it off in the morning, my skin is so soft, smooth and plump. I really enjoy applying these in conjunction with acids (retinols, AHAs, Vitamin C) because it feels very soothing after using these stronger products on my skin.

Other than hydration, I don’t think this does a whole lot for my skin. I don’t really see any brightening or firming results, but to be honest, I have other lotions and potions (retinol and vitamin C serums) that I rely on to provide better results for those particular skin issues. The main concern I want my overnight masks to address is hydration, which this does in spades; however, it does claim to brighten and firm, so I don’t think it lives up to those claims.

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The nice thing about this mask is that it comes with a spatula, so everything’s nice and hygienic, and you’re not digging your fingers into the jar. I love that more and more skincare products are including spatulas!

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The Dream Mask has a very subtle fruity scent – nothing too sweet or fake. I don’t feel like it’s strong enough to bother anyone, but people whose skin is sensitive to scents may not enjoy this.

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THE SUMMARY

Pros:

  • Makes skin feel soft and plump
  • Nice creamy, rich texture
  • Does not rub off onto my pillow at night
  • Spatula included for hygienic purposes

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Scented (but is subtle)
  • Does not firm or brighten as it claims

This overnight mask makes my skin feel super soft and hydrated – I’m a huge fan! If you’re looking for something to help keep your skin feeling moisturized, this mask is a good one to have in your arsenal. Have you tried this mask, or anything from Youth to the People? What is your favourite overnight mask?

Skincare Stories | The Benefits of Double-Cleansing

Hi, everyone! Today’s post is another installment of my Skincare Stories series, and it’s all about double-cleansing.

A few weeks ago, I was shopping with a girlfriend, and she wanted to go into Shoppers Drug Mart to restock on some of her Neutrogena skincare products. While she was looking, she told me she had been having some issues with her skin and that she thought it was because her cleanser wasn’t removing her makeup properly.

My suggestion was that her skin might be needing an oil cleanser as a first step to remove her makeup first, and then go  in with her regular cleanser afterwards. She ended up picking up the Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil, which is not a cleansing oil that I have used before, but it seems like a pretty standard cleansing oil. She texted me after a few days to tell me that she already found the extra step to be life-changing! This experience is the basis of today’s post: double-cleansing.

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Review: Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum

Hello, everyone! Today’s post is a review of the Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum, which I’ve been using this for the past three months. Sometimes I find it really hard to test skincare out, because most skincare products take a month or two of regular use to see any results. After using it for a few months, I feel like I can finally do a thorough review!

Alpha-hydroxy acids, or AHAs, are one of my favourite skincare products. They just do so much good for the skin! I had been using the Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and I was really enjoying it. As most of us know, Drunk Elephant is quite pricey, and I was looking for a more affordable AHA. I had only tried two Farmacy products before this, but I loved them both. I was seeing the Honeymoon Glow all over the internet, so I decided to give this a try!

As a note, I have dry skin all year round. It is not acne-prone or particularly sensitive. My main skincare issues are dry, flaky spots, redness, hyperpigmentation, and off-and-on textured skin as a result of bumps that won’t go away unless I squeeze them.

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Skincare Stories | What is the 10 Step Skincare Routine?

Hello, everyone! I’ve decided to start a new series called Skincare Stories that focuses around…you guessed it, skincare! Skincare can be quite daunting for a lot of people; everyone has a different skin types which respond differently to products, and everyone struggles with different skin issues, too. Sometimes, it’s really hard to figure out what each ingredient does, what type of products your skin needs, and what ingredients actually work, versus products that are just a gimmick or fad!

I’m no expert when it comes to skincare, but taking care of my skin is something that I do enjoy. I thought that starting a series all about it would really help to get some things cleared up (even for myself!) and to get some discussion going!

Some people might think that we buy all of these lotions and potions because we’re vain, and that skincare is a gimmick. Our skin is the largest organ in our body, AND it’s also the most visible. We take care of our hearts by going to the gym, and we take care of our livers by not binge-drinking. Why shouldn’t we be doing our best to take care of our skin by providing it with the ingredients it needs to keep it happy? Good skincare also doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg, either. There is perfectly affordable skincare out there that works just as well, too!

Today’s post is all about the 10-step skincare routine. My friend recently asked me if I follow the 10-step skincare routine, and I told her that I actually don’t. If you haven’t heard of the the 10-step skincare routine, it comes from Korea and like all Korean beauty products, it has really taken off the last few years. Some steps are the same as the Western skincare regime, while some steps are new. The 10 steps are as follows:

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Review: Herbivore Botanicals Balance & Clarify Natural Skincare Mini Collection

Hello, everyone! Today’s post is a review of the Herbivore Botanicals products included in the Balance & Clarify set. My interest is always piqued when it comes to popular brands and whether they are actually worth the hype. Last year, I tried the Herbivore Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme and I really loved it, so I was itching to try more from Herbivore. However, the price of Herbivore products is on the pricey side, so I figured that sets are a more affordable way to be able to try their products. The Balance & Clarify set comes in four minis of some of their bestselling products, which includes:

  • Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask
  • Prism Exfoliating Glow Potion
  • Jasmine Green Tea Balancing Toner
  • Lapis Balancing Facial Oil

For reference, I have normal to dry skin that is not particularly sensitive, but is prone to flaking and dry spots. My skin is not acne-prone, but I do have issues with clogged pores, uneven texture and some redness every once in a while.

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Fourth Ray Beauty Wide Awake Set | Review

Hello, everyone! Today I’m doing a review of some Fourth Ray Beauty products I picked up two months ago; in particular, I will be reviewing the Wide Awake set. As a reference, I have dry skin with the occasional dry spots. My skin is not sensitive or acne-prone, but tends to have some texture issues, redness, and hyperpigmentation.

Group shot of the products in the Fourth Ray Beauty Wide Awake Set Watermelon Seed Oil, Fresh AF Mist, Matcha Face Milk

THE BASICS

Fourth Ray Beauty is ColourPop’s sister brand that focuses on skincare. According to the brand, they “promote clean beauty, balanced living, and total wellness – going beyond the skin to embrace the whole being.” Every product apparently contains a custom crystal blend that will not only help balance your skin, but your energy as well. What?? My honest opinion is that Fourth Ray Beauty is a skincare brand – no matter how many buzzwords you throw into your bio, you promote skincare first. I’m so not into that hippy-dippy energy stuff!

The brand’s products are sold on the Fourth Ray Beauty website, and a limited selection of products are sold on the ColourPop website. The brand is cruelty-free.

The Wide Awake set retails for $15 USD and includes full sizes of the:

  • Matcha Face Milk
  • Fresh AF Mist
  • Watermelon Seed Oil

This products included in the set are meant to refresh energized and dull skin, which is something my skin needs.

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Best of Beauty 2018: Skincare Edition

Hi everyone! On Monday, I shared Part 1 of my Best of Beauty of the year, which was all about my makeup favourites. Today is the second of my Best in Beauty of 2018, which features all about my bodycare and skincare favourites. Read on to see what I loved this year!

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Hand Cream: Delectable Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream

I bought a 6 pack of these last December, and now I’m currently on my last two tubes. A lot of my blogger friends raved about these Delectable hand creams before I ever got to try them, and now I finally see why. I wash my hands a lot, so they’re always dry. They’re very affordable drugstore hand creams, and are the most hydrating lotions I’ve used in a long time. A huge plus is that these are the perfect size for the purse! A few of the scents were not my favourite, but they weren’t a dealbreaker, either. I recently bought a set of bigger tubes that I have placed on my bedside table and office desk!

 

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Lip Balm: Glossier Balm Dotcom

In my makeup favourites post, I talked about how much I love the Cloud Paints. These are another hit from Glossier! My long-time favourite lip balm for the last decade has been the ones from Jack Black, and I’ve never been able to find another brand that I liked just as much. Well, I discovered this year that the Balm Dotcom gives it a run for its money! I’ve tried a few balms throughout 2018, but the Balm Dotcom was my favourite by far. I wouldn’t say that it’s better than the Jack Black, to be honest, but it’s just as good even though the formula is different. It keeps my lips moisturized for a few hours before reapplication is needed, and it’s just the right texture – not thin and greasy, but also not thick and hard to spread out either. I recently purchased the rose scent, and I’m looking forward to adding more to my collection one day.

 

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Makeup Remover: Farmacy Green Clean Meltaway Cleansing Balm

reviewed this makeup remover in the summer, and it’s still a standout for me now. For the first time in nearly a decade, I’ve found a makeup remover that has replaced my holy grail, the MAC Cleanse Off Oil. This cleansing balm has a subtle fresh scent that smells really nice. More importantly, I want my makeup removal process to be fast and effective, and this removes even the most stubborn of my makeup quickly with no trace of it left over. Massaging it into the skin feels nice too, as it feels very hydrating and turns into a nice milky texture once you add water to it. It’s the first cleansing balm I’ve ever tried, and it won’t be my last!

Runner up is the Garnier Miscellar Water, which saved me when I had eyelash extensions and couldn’t use an oil-based makeup remover. I never “believed” in miscellar waters before because anything besides oil-based remover has always been ineffective in makeup removal on me, but this was so impressive in getting makeup off my skin.

 

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Serums: Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Lotion

I didn’t really know how to classify this, but I guess a serum is close enough. I’ve tested out 4 different hyaluronic acids now, and this has by FAR been my favourite even though it’s the newest addition to my collection! I purchased it in Japan after reading that pretty much EVERYONE recommends this, and it lives up to the hype. It’s the most hydrating out of the four, and soaks right into the skin. It also has a nice consistency that’s not too runny but also not goopy. it’s unscented, and it doesn’t do anything weird like pill underneath other skincare or makeup. I feel like my skin has felt a lot less tight since starting to use this!

 

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Facial Oil: The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane

I’ve never had much luck with facial oils until I met this one. Squalane is meant to lock in moisture, and this does just that. I apply it as the last step on my nighttime routine in order to lock in all of the hydrating properties from the other products I applied underneath. I’ve found that since using the squalane, my skin feels quenched and supple in the morning. Although it’s an oil, it doesn’t feel too greasy, and it’s also unscented, which is a big plus for a lot of skincare lovers. I reviewed this back in September here.

 

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Exfoliator: Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum

I will be doing a review of all the products included in the Drunk Elephant Littles Kit in the next month or so, but all you have to know about this product is that it is so phenomenal. This is a pretty strong AHA/BHA blend, but I found this to be really gentle on my skin. No stinging, no scent, and no drying out my skin. I’ve found that I just end up with a smooth and much more radiant complexion after using this regularly.

 

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Moisturizer: Herbivore Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme

Not only is the packaging and the pink cream pretty (the aesthetics is always a bonus, am I right?), but it has a light, airy texture that feels nice on the skin. Yet, this is still really moisturizing despite the lighter texture. I have dry skin and have that it has worked well for both the summer and winter so far, although as the weather continues to get colder, I’m now just starting to find it’s not enough. The scent is a bit strong, which is definitely a negative for people who don’t like fragrance in their skincare, but I personally don’t hate it. I did an in-depth review of this moisturizer here.

The runner-up in this category is the Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream. It’s a runner-up because I only started using it in December and need more time to test it, but I’m seriously loving it so far. This moisturizer is a lot thicker than the Herbivore Pink Cloud, but it doesn’t sit heavily on my skin. My skin has been drinking all of the moisture up! I will have a review of this up in the next two months.

And that is it for my roundup of 2018 favourites! What products did you love this year?

 

Skincare Must-Haves for the Winter

Hello, everyone! This week has been crazy – I forgot to post this blog post on Tuesday AND Wednesday, and almost forgot today too. It’s been a struggle!

If you’re a long-time reader of my blog, you’ll know that I have dry skin all year round, but the dryness gets particularly bad in the winter. I feel like I’ve finally gotten it under control in the last two years, so today I wanted to share some skincare categories that are necessities in my winter skincare routine. In particular, I want to show you some specific products that I love. Read on for my winter skincare suggestions!

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Moisturizer

This one is a given! You really need a good moisturizer to keep your skin looking soft and supple all year round, but it’s especially important during the winter. I’ve been loving the Herbivore Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme since the spring and summer, but I tend to switch to a heavier moisturizer in the winter. However, I’ve found that this has been working just fine in the winter so far; I’m not sure if it’s because it hasn’t been too dry and cold this winter, or if this is really good for all year round – but I’ll take it!

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