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My Favourite Goat’s Milk Soap

Slice Soapworks Goat Milk & Oatmeal Soap

Slice Soapworks Goat Milk & Oatmeal Soap

I have been using goat’s milk soap for years. If you have sensitive or dry skin, soap made with goat’s milk is much gentler and moisturizing than soap made with water. The important thing is to find soap made with fresh, liquid goat’s milk, not processed or powdered like some of the mass-produced brands in the drugstore. Goat’s milk is very beneficial for your skin. It contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids that help remove dead skin cells, vitamin A, and the high fat content makes it super moisturizing. It won’t dry your skin like regular soaps will.

I would find hand-made goat’s milk soap in specialty shops or farmers markets. Then, about 2 years ago while I was in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, I went to a farmer’s market and found, literally, the best goat’s milk soap ever!

Slice Soapworks is run by a lovely lady named Terri-Lynn who I met at the market. She has a farm in Falmouth, Nova Scotia, where she raises her own adorable goats and even keeps her own bees to make honey to add to her soaps. My two favourites are her fragrance-free Goat Milk & Oatmeal soap with honey and certified organic oats (which smells naturally AMAZING all on its own) and her Honey, I Love You! soap imprinted with a honey comb pattern on the top.

The Slice Soapworks website is currently undergoing a make-over, but you can order soaps by simply sending them an email and arranging payment through Paypal. That’s what I do. These all-natural, hand-made soaps are $5.00 CAD.

I thought I’d leave you with some pictures of the actual goats borrowed from their blog. Look how frickin cute they are!

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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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Best Foundation for Fair Skin: Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 110 Porcelain Pink

Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in “110 Porcelain Pink”

My last post, Foundation Graveyard: Fair Skin Foundation Fails listed all of the liquid foundations I’ve tried that really haven’t worked for me. So I thought I would give us fair-skinned girls some hope and talk about a foundation I am currently loving: Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in “110 Porcelain Pink”.

I had mentioned this in a previous post along with some other things I’d been trying. I’ve been using it for over a month now and I can honestly say it’s working really well. The MUF foundation range has 26 shades! The lightest, 110 Porcelain Pink “for porcelain skin with pink undertones”, is the best colour match I have ever found. The best thing is it doesn’t oxidize or shift in colour throughout the day.

It’s also  super long wearing. I don’t even set it with a powder, although I do use the UD Setting Spray. It’s sheer and natural looking, letting your own skin come through, yet also provides good coverage. I apply it with the Beautyblender. The foundation is water-based and very light. So far, I haven’t had any issues with it aggravating my skin.

The only negative is the price: $49 CND. But I have such a difficult time finding a foundation I am happy with, I really feel it is worth it to have something that looks good, matches my skintone, and doesn’t bother my skin. It is a thin consistency and a little also goes a long way, so I feel like it will last me a long time before I have to repurchase (I can keep you updated on that). UPDATE: I am finding that one bottle lasts about 3-4 months.

If you have a recommendation for a good foundation for fair skin, leave me a comment! For where to buy Make Up Forever in Canada, check out my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians. Thanks for stopping by! ❤

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Foundation Graveyard: Fair Skin Foundation “Fails”

Foundation Fails L-R: Neutrogena Healthy Skin, Revlon Nealy Naked, Stila Tinted Moisturizer, Loreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder, Revlon Photo Ready, MAC Studio Sculpt, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Revlon Colorstay, Loreal Magic B.B. Cream

Foundation Fails L-R: Neutrogena Healthy Skin, Revlon Nealy Naked, Stila Tinted Moisturizer, Loreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder, Revlon Photo Ready, MAC Studio Sculpt, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Revlon Colorstay, Loreal Magic B.B. Cream

When I did my review of the Loreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder and Magic B.B. Cream, I mentioned doing a post on my “Foundation Graveyard” – about all of the other liquid foundations I’ve tried that have been fails – so here it is! As someone with very fair skin that’s also sensitive and prone to breakouts, I’ve always found it a struggle to find a foundation that is actually light enough to match my skin-tone (even the lightest shade is still not light enough) and that won’t irritate my skin. I have typically stuck with my BareMinerals Original mineral powder in “Fair C10”, but find that a powder foundation can be too dry for a Canadian winter.

Here is a quick run-down on why all of these liquid foundations were fails:

  • Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20 in “Natural Ivory 20” – WAY too dark. And orange. It looks soo much more orangey on the skin than in the bottle, almost as if some strange chemical reaction happened as soon as it made contact with the air. I was so disappointed because you can’t get Neutrogena makeup in Canada and I picked this up while I was in Florida visiting my Dad. It had gotten rave reviews,  but sadly the colour range was not meant to include us pale girls 😦
  • Revlon Nearly Naked in “110 Ivory” – Out of all of the liquid foundations I’ve tried, Revlon does tend to have the best colour range and is usually the closest match I can find. Although the Nearly Naked started off as a pretty good match, it seriously oxidized during the day to get increasingly darker and more warm-toned (I’m cool toned). I also wasn’t fussy over the finish of this one. It was too sheer, emphasized fine lines, and didn’t have much staying power.
  • Stila Sheer Colour Tinted Moisturizer Oil-free in “Bare” – The Stila Tinted Moisturizer is very popular. A Sephora SA colour matched me for this one. As you can see from the swatch below it was WAY too yellow and probably the worst of the bunch in terms of a colour match.
  • Revlon Photo Ready in “001 Ivory” – I actually really loved the way this one looked on my skin. The problem: it doesn’t last AT ALL. It was a very close colour match, had a beautiful natural finish, and is oil and fragrance free. But literally within an hour it was totally breaking down and looking patchy.
  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-free in “Porcelain” – I got this one after reading that the MUA for True Blood used it on actress Deborah Ann Woll who plays Jessica. That girl is PALE! I mean, she’s even a vampire. I thought – well, if it’s light enough for her… Sadly, the Laura Mercier foundations are all very yellow toned. This one is way too yellow and oxidized like crazy to just get darker and darker as the day went on. Even though it’s oil free, it also did not get on well with my skin and caused some clogged pores. Total fail.
  • MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NC15 – I really really loved this foundation even though I had to finally admit it wasn’t the greatest colour match. It looked amazing and made my skin feel so soft. I spent a half hour with a MAC SA who tested out the NC15s from EVERY liquid foundation they made on me. They were all too dark except this one. Like the Nearly Naked, it would start off as a good match but then oxidize throughout the day. It was also too moisturizing for my skin and did start to cause some clogged pores and breakouts.
  • Revlon Colorstay for Normal/Dry Skin in “110 Ivory” – The best colour match of them all (nearly perfect), the Colorstay was the only one that did not oxidize or shift in colour throughout the day. It’s also, as the name suggests, very long wearing. I can see why this makes a lot of peoples’ favourites list. The downside: it’s  difficult to remove. After wearing it regularly (I used almost the entire bottle) I was noticing a lot of clogged pores and breakouts.
L-R: Neutrogena Healthy Skin, Revlon Nealy Naked, Stila Tinted Moisturizer, Revlon Photo Ready, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, MAC Studio Sculpt, Revlon Colorstay

L-R: Neutrogena Healthy Skin, Revlon Nealy Naked, Stila Tinted Moisturizer, Revlon Photo Ready, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, MAC Studio Sculpt, Revlon Colorstay

If you’re a cool-toned (pink undertone) fair skinned girl like me, I hope this helps you out knowing some foundations you may want to skip. My next post will be about the liquid foundation I have found that ISN’T a fail…stay tuned!

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NEW! Physicians Formula Nude Wear Glowing Nude Blush

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Glowing Nude Blush in Natural

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Glowing Nude Blush in Natural

While in my local Lawton’s Drugs, I saw a display of a new line from Physicians Formula. Their “Nude Wear” line includes finishing powder, bronzer, blush, and a “Touch Of Glow” concealer/highlighter/touch-up tool.

I picked up the blush in “Natural”. The blush did initially have the slightly raised words “Nude Wear” covered in a light, sparkly over-spray, but that was swept off the very first time I applied the product.

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Glowing Nude Blush in Natural

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Glowing Nude Blush in Natural

I was drawn to this blush for a similar reason I was attracted to the Physicians Formula Sexy Glow blush; the super cute and super pink packaging. Luckily I am much happier with the Nude Wear blush! It is fragrance free like I’ve come to expect from their products. With the exception of the Sexy Glow, I normally really like Physicians Formula blushes.

The Nude Wear in Natural is a reasonably pigmented, flattering, peachy-pink shade that is perfect for fair skin. As I’ve mentioned before, too much pigment can be difficult to work with when your very pale. It has a mostly matte finish with that little bit of sheen (but not sparkle). I have found it very long wearing so far.

Swatches L-R: Each square individually, and then all four swirled together

Swatches L-R: Each square individually, and then all four swirled together

The Physicians Formula Nude Wear Glowing Nude Blush retails for $14.99 CAD. Check out my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians for where to buy Physicians Formula in Canada.

Have you tried any of the other Nude Wear products? What do you think?

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Rimmel Waterproof Kohl Kajal

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in "004 Taupe"

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in “004 Taupe”

One word: Sticky. Who knew eyeliner could even BE sticky?

I was drawn to this because it is almost impossible to find a taupe eyeliner. I absolutely loved this colour.

Swatch: Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in "004 Taupe"

Swatch: Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in “004 Taupe”

Sadly, the formula of this eyeliner is not for me. I only applied it to my lower lash line and lower waterline. Every time I blinked, my eyes would slightly stick together. It was like the liner never really “set”. Hours later you could still smudge it. Worst of all it made my eyes water and felt itchy.

Can anyone recommend another taupe eyeliner?

(Check out my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians for where to buy Rimmel in Canada)

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Shoppers Drug Mart BeautyBOUTIQUE/Chanel Haul

I was recently in Toronto and had a chance to go to the new Shoppers Drug Mart beautyBOUTIQUE in the Eaton’s Centre. Its beautiful! Check out Toronto Shopkeeper for a great review and some photos of the swanky new space. I also really like the new beautyBOUTIQUE store locator site where you can search by brand, because not all of the locations carry certain brands.

The best part of going to a beautyBOUTIQUE is that you can redeem your Shoppers Optimum Points there! I had $170.00 CND worth of points to redeem, and unlike some other points programs, you get to choose the products you would like to spend your points on. I headed straight for the Chanel…

Redeeming Shoppers Optimum Points for Chanel Makeup at beautyBOUTIQUE

Redeeming Shoppers Optimum Points for Chanel Makeup at beautyBOUTIQUE

Joues Contraste Powder Blush, Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow, Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick, Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour, Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow

Joues Contraste Powder Blush, Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow, Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick, Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour, Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow

Chanel Powder Blush in 55 In Love

Chanel Powder Blush in 55 In Love

Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 55 In Love

Let’s start with my favourite. This is my first Chanel blush. I got the shade In Love, a light, corally-peachy shade with slight shimmer. I knew I wanted this shade after seeing actress Rose Byrne wearing it in this pic.

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 55 In Love

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 55 In Love

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 55 In Love

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 55 In Love

Everyone always talks about the scent of Chanel blushes, so I was a bit nervous that I might find it too strongly scented or that it might irritate my sensitive skin. No worries there. The blush is very lightly scented and once applied, you don’t notice it at all. I really like the scent. It doesn’t smell like anything else. Just a lovely, sophisticated this-is-probably-really-expensive smell. So far, it hasn’t bothered my skin at all.

The blush has the same scent as the Chanel lipsticks. I already had a Rouge Coco Shine in 74 Parfait (a light shimmery pink) that I love. I picked up another Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick in 66 Bel-Ami, and a Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in 05 Mademoiselle.

Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in 05 Mademoiselle, and  Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick in 66 Bel-Ami.

Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in 05 Mademoiselle, and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick in 66 Bel-Ami.

Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in 05 Mademoiselle, and  Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick in 66 Bel-Ami

Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in 05 Mademoiselle, and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick in 66 Bel-Ami

Mademoiselle is a popular shade (it’s the one Vanessa Paradis is wearing in the original ad!) and I can see why. It’s a flattering, deep rosy neutral that would look great on many skin tones. The lipstick is very creamy and, like the description says, very hydrating.

Bel-Ami is beautiful mauvey, plumey shade. The Coco Shines remind me of the Revlon Lip Butters.  They are super moisturizing, sheer, and can be swiped on quickly without needing a mirror. I’ve worn this one non-stop since I got it.

The most interesting and unique Chanel product for me was the Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in 83 Illusoire. Whenever you see a celebrity on the red carpet or a magazine cover and read which products their MUA used, you often see the Illusion d’Ombres mentioned.

Chanel Illusion d'ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in 83 Illusoire.

Chanel Illusion d’ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in 83 Illusoire.

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in 83 Illusoire

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in 83 Illusoire

The Illusion d’Ombre goes on smooth and creamy and then dries to more of a powder finish. It’s a bit more shimmery than I normally wear, but that’s the “luminous” part I guess 🙂 The shade Illusoire is a beautiful, rich, cool taupe. I have worn it on its own and as a base for eyeshadow quad.

Chanel Les 4 Ombre Quadra Eye Shadow in 33 Prelude

Chanel Les 4 Ombre Quadra Eye Shadow in 33 Prelude

Chanel Les 4 Ombre Quadra Eye Shadow in 33 Prelude

Chanel Les 4 Ombre Quadra Eye Shadow in 33 Prelude

Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in 33 Prelude: This is the only thing that I was a little bit disappointed in. Although I love the colours, for a high-end brand, the pigmentation and staying power of these shadows are somewhat lacking. After the Burberry eyeshadow (think: buttery, richly pigmented, long wearing) the Chanel quad seemed sheer and definitely didn’t wear as well as my other eyeshadows, even with a primer. I will still wear them and enjoy them, but unlike the other items I got, I don’t think it’s quite worth the price.

So here is a breakdown of what I WOULD have paid, if I hadn’t had all of those sweet, sweet Optimum Points:
Joues Contraste Powder Blush: $48.00 CND
Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick: $39.00 CND
Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour: $39.00 CND
Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow: $38.00 CND
Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow: $62.00 CND

In Canada, Chanel is available in stores at The Bay, Murale, and some Shoppers Drug Mart beautyBOUTIQUES. As far as I know, there are no websites that ship Chanel makeup to Canada. UPDATE: You can order online through The Bay!

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Physicians Formula Sexy Glow Blush

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush in Natural

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush in Natural

How could I resist this packaging? Its got a little, pink, high-heeled shoe on it! I really like Physicians Formula’s blushes and the brand is known for being fragrance free, so it didn’t even occur to me to check the ingredients.

Sadly,  the Sexy Booster line has added fragrance. It’s “infused with the scent of warm vanilla”. This blush really smells – a cloyingly sweet, artificial chocolate-ish sort of smell. The worst part is the scent does NOT fade away after its applied. I could still smell it hours later and actually had to wash it off.

Aside from the smell, the blush itself is quite pretty, but I just can’t get past the scent. The Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush retails for around a whopping $15.99 CND (which I think is a little overpriced). For availability in Canada, see my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians.

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