Hi, everyone! If you follow me on social media, you'll know I just returned from an ultra fun weekend in my hometown. I spent Thursday babysitting my adorable and extremely active 18-month-old niece, on Friday my sister threw me a bachelorette party with several of my closest friends, and on Saturday I got to celebrate my cousin's wedding! Some very busy days that involved tons of quality time but also more drink and junk food- and less sleep- that my typical weekend. Knowing these activities were in-store, I wanted to bring with me a streamlined, simple, but effective lineup of skin care products to keep my complexion balanced amidst the chaos!
Here's what I brought!
The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter
I say without reservation that this is my favourite makeup remover of all time! It feels luxurious on the skin without being one bit heavy or clogging, removes my heavy makeup thoroughly and rinses clean, and has never broken me out. And all for less than $20!
Pure Skin Botanicals Aloe & Chamomile Gel Cleanser**
A gentle, effective cleanser from an indie brand I'm obsessed with! Pure Skin Botanicals is a British Columbia-based natural skin care line that focuses on holistic healing and harnessing the power of plants in artisinal formulas that are also a pleasure to use. This cleanser is designed for oily, acne-prone skin and is meant to deep clean while soothing the skin. It's amazing as a morning or second cleanser and, despite the mild lather it creates, it never leaves me feeling stripped!
Pure Skin Botanicals Rosemary Toner**
This toner is designed for oily skin prone to enlarged pores and breakouts. It aims to detox the skin, regulate hormonal fluctuations, and work as an anti-microbial. It has a wonderful mix of astringent ingredients like witch hazel and apple cider vinegar, but also soothing elements like rose and aloe. I love that it's alcohol-free and has a wonderful herbal scent! It has really helped with clearing some persistent breakouts over the last week.
The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%**
Every single retinol-based product I've used the in the past has irritated my sensitive skin. All but this one, that is! I've been using this serum nearly nightly for the past two weeks and have never once woken up to any red, angry patches or breakouts. In fact, my skin looks quite calm and even come morning! In the longer term, this serum promises to reduce signs of aging and smooth skin texture- looking forward to those results to come!
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5**
I've been coming to terms with the reality that my skin, despite superficial oiliness, can get quite dehydrated. Hyaluronic acid is one of my favourite ways to hydrate my skin, as it's lightweight and penetrates super easily. This serum is no exception! It smooths over skin effortlessly and sinks in to a super-sheer finish. It wears well underneath heavier oils, creams, and serums and hasn't irritated me one bit. So far, so good!
Dr. Alkaitis Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil**
I raved about this oil in a previous post, here! It's a wonderfully hydrating blend of antioxidant oils and extracts to smooth fine lines and soothe redness and yet is lightweight enough to wear under makeup during the day. It leaves my skin glowing and does not break me out. Plus, a little goes a long way! This little bottle is only half emptied after nearly two months!
This lineup really is a mish-mash of brands and formulas, but did an amazing job at keeping my skin calm, balanced, and properly cleansed during my busy,
booze-filled, ultra fun weekend away! Not a dud in the bunch!
What skin care products have you been loving lately?
Thanks so much for stopping by! xo
**These products were sent to me as PR samples for consideration and review. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% authentic and my own!