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Summer Love Tag!

Summer Love TagI was nominated to do the “Summer Love Tag” by the lovely Sonalhira…x. I know summer is almost over, but here are some of the things I’ve loved this summer:

1. Summer lipstick you’re loving?
I’ve been gravitating toward plums and darker, vampy shades lately (not very “summery”). I guess I am in fall mode already! The more summer time type of shade I’ve been wearing is MAC Syrup.

MAC lipstick in Syrup

MAC lipstick in “Syrup”

2. Summer nail polish you’re loving?
I love really dark shades on summer toes! This summer I’ve been wearing Essie “Over the Edge”, a “dramatic metallic midnight silver”, pretty much non-stop.

Essie "Over the Edge"

Essie “Over the Edge” (Photo from http://www.essie.ca)

3. Bikini you’re loving?
I’m more of a full-piece, vintage, Marilyn Monroe-inspired swimsuit gal. My fav is my halter neck, black swimsuit with red cherry print.

4. Favorite summer frappuccino from Starbucks?
I like a plain ol’ iced coffee – literally coffee with ice-cubes.

5. Favorite fake tan?
For pale gals, check out my review of Jergens Natural Glow. It really works!

6. Favorite summer song?
I am such a nerd and not really into pop music 😛

7. Favorite summer accessories?
My pink fedora with an even pinker faux flower, cause why not.
nerdylibrariangirl8. Favorite summer fragrance/perfume?
Issey Miyake.

9. Summer book you’re loving?
Summer is all about the Netflix binge watching (Orange is the New Black season 2, Homeland, V). I am a bad, bad Librarian.

10. What are you most excited to do this summer? What is the most exciting thing you did this summer?
Go to Vegas! Check out some of my posts on Vegas Makeup shopping here, here & here.

I feel like its too late to tag others with a summer-themed tag with summer being nearly over. I tag anyone reading this to reply to this post with answers to these 3 questions:

  1. What’s your fav fall lipstick?
  2. What’s your fav fall blush?
  3. What’s your fav fall accessory?

Thanks for visiting my blog! ❤


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Skincare Routine for Sensitive Acne-Prone Skin

My skincare routine for sensitive/blemish prone skin

My skincare routine for sensitive/blemish prone skin

I just want to start by saying that if you are having skin issues, particularly acne, I would recommend seeing a professional dermatologist. They can assess you individually and provide you with prescription strength treatments that are unavailable over-the-counter. Seeing a dermatologist helped me tremendously.

This is my current evening skincare routine. I hope this post helps you if you are struggling with similar skin concerns. If you have any questions, leave me a comment below and I will be happy to provide more information.

Step 1: Eye Makeup Removal

Lid-Care Towelettes Eye Makeup Remover

Lid-Care Towelettes Eye Makeup Remover

Lid-Care Towelettes Eye Makeup Remover

This is what the individually wrapped towelette looks like

I have VERY sensitive eyes and had a hard time finding an eye makeup remover that wouldn’t sting and irritate the skin around my eyes. Then I discovered these Lid-Care Towelettes. They are specifically made for cleaning your eyelids and are fragrance-free and non-irritating. I love that they are pre-moistened and individually wrapped: Great for travel! A box of 30 is $12.99 CAD. I get mine at Lawton’s Drugs, but they are also available at Wal-Mart and well.ca.

Step 2: Makeup Removal

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-Up Removing Micelle Solution for Sensitive Skin (Fragrance-free)

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-Up Removing Micelle Solution for Sensitive Skin (Fragrance-free)

I started using Bioderma about 8 months ago and I have noticed a huge improvement in my skin. Miceller water, according to this cosmetic scientist, contains micelles or spherical liquid crystals that “vastly reduce the irritancy of some detergents”. This gentle cleanser removes every trace of makeup but doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry. Although Bioderma is available in most drugstore chains, none of my local drugstores carry it (the perils of small town living). I order it online through Murale or pick op a bottle when I’m traveling. Its $21.95 CAD.

I use the square Quo Luxury Cotton Facial Pads with it. You may want to checkout my post on how they’re a dupe for the Shiseido Facial Cotton pads.

Step 3: Cleansing

Adasept Antibacterial Skin Cleanser and the Clarasonic Mia

Adasept Antibacterial Skin Cleanser and the Clarasonic Mia

My dermatologist recommended using an antibacterial cleanser, Tersaseptic, which I used for years but has been discontinued. My pharmacist told me about Adasept, which has the exact same active ingredient, Triclosan 0.5%. Adasept is a “gentle sudsing soapless formula for acne”. I buy mine at Lawton’s Drugs. Rexall also carries it and its available online through well.ca: the 500 ml size is $22.89 and the  250ml size is $12.29 CAD.

I use it with the Clarasonic Mia. The Clarasoinc is an investment at $150 CAD, but I’ve had mine for 10 years and use it every night, dropped it a bunch of times, travel with it, and it just keeps on going! It deep cleans my pores (I get almost zero blackheads) yet its very gentle. I can’t recommend this enough. I use the “sensitive” head and replace it about every 6 months. Replacement heads are $31 CAD.

Step 4: Topical Acne Treatment

Clindets pads clindamycin 1% available with prescription only

Clindets pads clindamycin 1% available with prescription only

As I mentioned, I really recommend a prescription strength treatment for acne-prone skin. There are many different types and your skin may not respond to certain treatments, so a doctor can work with you trying different things until you find something that works for you. For example, my skin did not react well to Retinoid cream which severely irritated it and caused redness, and worst of all didn’t improve the acne. My skin responds better to a topical antibiotic. I initially used erythromycin, but eventually my skin stopped responding to that (which can happen) so we switched to clindamycin. The individually wrapped Clindets pads have been working amazingly well. I apply twice daily. The treatment is covered by my insurance.

UPDATE: I’ve been unable to get Clindets, as there seems to be a distribution issue. My pharmacist is filling my prescription with Dalacin T. It’s a topical antibiotic clindamycin 1% in isopropyl alcohol 50% in a bottle with a rollerball on top (VS pre-moistened pads). It is working as well as Clindets.

Step 5: Moisturize

Complex 15 Moisturizer

Complex 15 Moisturizer

Complex 15 was recommended by my dermatologist. Its water-based and fragrance-free.  There is a smaller 100ml size labelled “Daily Face Cream”  and a larger 300ml size labelled “Body Lotion”. Both are $9.99 CAD and I cannot for the life of me find any difference between the two, so I just buy the “body lotion” and use it on my face. Its available at most Canadian drugstores (Shoppers Drugmart, London Drugs, Lawtons Drugs), Walmart, and online through well.ca. You may also want to see my post on Moisturizers for Sensitive Skin.

Step 6: Spot Treatment as Needed

Adasept Benzoyl Peroxide Gel USP 5%

Adasept Benzoyl Peroxide Gel USP 5%

If I feel a blemish coming on, I will use the Adasept Gel as a spot-treatment. When I wake up the next morning, its usually completely gone. It is amazing! I buy mine at Lawton’s Drugs and its available online through well.ca for $13.3 CAD. I only need to use a tiny amount of this so a little bottle lasts months.

Once a week: Exfoliate

Phytomer Vegetal Exfoliant

Use a gentle enzyme exfoliator once a week to remove dead skin cells

Its important to exfoliate dead skin cells regularly to help combat acne. I prefer a gentler enzyme-based exfoliator to a physical exfoliator (products with grains or beads which can actually irritate skin more). There are lots to choose from. I’m currently using the Phytomer Vegetal Exfoliant which uses papain, the fruit enzyme from papaya, to dissolve dead skin cells. I got it at a spa when I had a facial and I think it was around $35 CAD. I apply it to clean skin on a Saturday or a Sunday morning and leave it on for 10 minutes.

Morning Skincare Routine
In the mornings, I wash my face with just water, use my Clindets pad, and then moisturize with Complex 15.

This is what’s been currently working for me. Hope this  helps!

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Jergens Natural Glow: A sunless tanner that works on fair skin?

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer "Fair to Medium"

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer “Fair to Medium”

Let me just start by saying I do not tan. I literally cannot tan. I turn bright red and then go back to white again. I remember in the 1990s when suddenly “self-tanning” or “sunless tanning” lotions were all the rage. I’ll admit, I tried them. What I remember about them is 1. they smelled awful, and 2. they turned my skin an unattractive, patchy and uneven carrot-orange colour. I’d essentially given up on tanners completely.

Then, a lot of people started buzzing about Jergens Natural Glow, which claims to have “no odour” and to “gradually create flawless, natural-looking color”. I am leaving for very hot and sunny Las Vegas today (hooray!), so in preparation for my trip I decided to give this new generation sunless tanner, a mix of both moisturizer and self-tanner, a try.

I can’t agree with the “no odour” claim. It definitely has much LESS of that weird self-tanner smell, but during the day I kept getting slight hints of self-tanner aroma. I have to admit it wasn’t that bad though. I would describe it as “low odour”.

But did it work on my uber-pale skin? It actually did. It applied very easily and was completely streak-free (except for my feet). Just like it claimed, the colour developed very gradually over a couple of weeks and is very subtle. It worked really well on my arms and legs. I applied regular moisturizer over my knees and elbows first and as Jergens advised, used “sparingly” on knees, elbows and ankles. The only place it looks patchy is on my feet.

I don’t think anyone would describe me as “tanned” but my once stark white skin is now glowier and slightly more golden-bronzier, and best of all NOT orange. What more could this pale nerd ask for? 🙂

Jergens Natural Glow is $11.99 CAD and is available in most Canadian drugstores (I picked mine up at Lawton’s Drugs).

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Moisturizing Mask for Sensitive Skin

Avene Soothing Moisture Mask

Avene Soothing Moisture Mask for Sensitive Skin

While I was on vacation in British Columbia, my skin was super dry. I popped in to a London Drugs in search of a hydrating mask, and the sales assistant recommended Avene Soothing Moisture Mask for Sensitive Skin. It does have a very slight scent, but Avene says the fragrance is “tolerated by sensitive skin”. I have not experienced any irritation. Its also preservative-free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic.

The directions say to leave on for 15 minutes, but I have been leaving it on overnight. My skin is dry enough that after 15 minutes it has pretty much soaked in completely. I wake up the next morning with soft, hydrated skin.

Avene recommends using it once or twice a week. It is very rich and although 72% thermal spring water , it does contain safflower oil. I have only been using it once a week or once every two weeks. I haven’t had any breakouts, but I don’t think if you are acne prone that you would want to use it too frequently. It is a really great mask for dry, sensitive skin.

The Avene Soothing Moisture Mask is $35.oo CAD. Avene skincare products are available in Canada at London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, and well.ca.

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Ipsy May Glam Bag Review

May Ipsy Glam Bag: Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil, Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo, Hey Honey Take It Off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask, Pur-lisse Pur-moist Hydra Balance moisturizer, Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 sunscreen

May Ipsy Glam Bag: Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil, Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo, Hey Honey Take It Off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask, Pur-lisse Pur-moist Hydra Balance moisturizer, Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 sunscreen

The May Glam Bag’s “Fresh Picks” theme was all about natural beauty. I nicknamed mine the “hippy glam bag” because all my products seemed to be of the all-natural, sustainable, ethical, organic, cruelty-free variety. Even the cosmetic bag was unbleached cotton with a green leaf design. My bag also contained more skincare products then any of my previous bags. Only one item out of the five was a makeup item. I received:

  • Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil (travel size): $14.00 CAD
  • Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo in “Moonbeam” and “Unicorn” (unable to find a price)
  • Hey Honey Take It Off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask (10ml sample size): $38.00 CAD for full 50ml size
  • Pur-lisse Pur-moist Hydra Balance moisturizer (15ml sample size): $60.00 CAD for full 50ml size
  • Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 natural sunscreen (sample size): $14.00 CAD for full size

Retail prices are in CAD and don’t include taxes or applicable shipping.

The total retail value of the May bag if I were to purchase the full-sized products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) would be: $126.00 CAD. That is without the Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo which had no price available.

The Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil is silicone-free and uses essential oils like Sesame, Grapeseed, Jojoba, and Tamanu and certified organic ingredients. Its cruelty-free and has recyclable packaging. I have super frizzy hair and generally like hair oils. I found the scent of this one a bit off-putting – a very sinus-clearing eucalyptus. I could not find where this brand might be sold in Canada. We can’t order online, but their website says you can call or email to place an international order, but beware they ship using UPS.

The Pacifica eyeshadow duo is not on their website, so I suspect it was an item specially created for Ipsy. The brand’s products are gluten-free, 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and don’t contain “FD&C color, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, benzene, mineral oil, petroleum, peanut oil, triclosan, and other ingredients you do not want on your skin” and they are really environmentally and ethically conscious.

Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo 2 in "Moonbeam" and "Unicorn"

Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo 2 in “Moonbeam” and “Unicorn”

Their mineral eyeshadow duo, infused with coconut water, was literally a hit and a miss. The darker, purpley-taupey shade was quite nice and wearable, with a very smooth texture and satin finish. The other half of the duo, a glittery cream shade, was awful! That shade was everything I dislike in an eyeshadow: scratchy, uneven texture; chunky; patchy to apply; and over-the-top sparkly. Pacifica is available through well.ca and may be at some Target stores in Canada (not mine).

I love getting facial masks in my Ipsy bag. The Hey Honey brand uses honey as the main ingredient in all their products, so I am excited to try out the Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask. The Hey Honey site ships to Canada using USPS for very reasonable shipping ($8.99 USD) and with USPS there aren’t additional import or customs fees.

Pur-lisse is quite a high-end brand. One of the great things about getting samples in my Ipsy bag is that I can try out expensive products to see how my skin reacts before dropping a lot of money on the full sized product and then discovering it irritates my sensitive skin. The Pur-moist Hydra Balance moisturizer does contain natural fragrance oils so we will see how it goes.

I was excited to get a sunscreen in my Ipsy bag. Being a very pale girl, I practically never leave the house in summer without at least an SPF 30 on (and prefer an SPF 50 or even 75). The Hang Ten Classic Sport contains some organic ingredients, is Oxybenzone, Paraben, and Retinyl Palmitate free, and has a “a signature beach themed all-natural non-synthetic scent”. It smells delicious! Again, I am glad I get to test this out first to see how my skin reacts. Although I couldn’t find where to purchase this brand in Canada.

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Moisturizers for Sensitive Skin

Moisturizers for sensitive skinI have sensitive skin that’s also fairly dry. I’m always searching for good moisturizers that won’t irritate my skin or, if I’m using it on my face, won’t cause breakouts. Here are some of my favourites:

  • Complex 15: This is my go-to moisturizer for my face that I use daily. Its water-based (so it won’t cause breakouts), lightweight, and fragrance-free. It was actually recommended by my dermatologist. I’ve been using it for years. Its available at most Canadian drugstores (Shoppers Drugmart, London Drugs, Lawtons Drugs), Walmart, and online through well.ca. Its also very inexpensive. PRICE: $7.99-$9.99 CAD
  • Impruv Cream: Specifically for dry, sensitive skin it contains no dyes, perfumes or preservatives. It has shea butter which can be a little rich, so I don’t use this one daily. But it is great in winter or on those days when my skin needs extra hydration. I get mine at Shoppers Drug Mart. Its also available online through well.ca. PRICE: $16.50 CAD
  • Oilatum Cream: Made for the treatment of eczema and dry skin conditions, Oilatum is fragrance-free and contains 6% light liquid paraffin and 15% white soft paraffin. I picked this up while I was in England and its my favourite hand cream. I love the way the paraffin feels. Oilatum is a UK brand and sadly its been discontinued in Canada, but it is available on amazon.ca. PRICE: $13.28 CAD
  • Bio-Oil: Advertised to “improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks”, I have no idea if Bio-Oil can actually do that, but it sure can moisturize. I really like using this on my elbows and feet. Its does have some fragrance, but hasn’t irritated my skin. Its available at most Canadian drugstores (Shoppers Drugmart, London Drugs, Lawtons Drugs), Walmart, and online through well.ca. PRICE: $12.99 CAD
  • Bioderma Sensibio Light: Water-based, preservative-free and fragrance-free, I tried this after I started using Bioderma Sensibio H2O (love it!). Bioderma is available at Shoppers Drug Mart and online through Murale. PRICE: $29.95 CAD

Do you have a favourite moisturizer for sensitive skin?

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