Monday, June 23, 2014

Review: The Body Shop's Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

Cleansing oils started to interest me last year when they were popping up in different blogs that I followed. Most of the cleansing oils were from asian brands, as this type of product hadn't yet become popular in North America. Now, it seems that every known brand is making their own cleansing oil. When I spotted the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil in my local Body Shop, I just couldn't resist to finally try. The price was 16 dollars, but if I remember correctly there was a sale going on, so I got it for a little bit cheaper than that.


I've had this cleansing oil for a while now, and I've been using it to remove my make up before cleansing with my St. Ives Green Tea scrub. It removes makeup beautifully, and it even removes waterproof mascara. You just apply it on dry skin and massage it in. After doing this, simply remove it with a little bit of water. The oil comes off, along with the makeup you were wearing. Super easy!

PROS:
Smells wonderful, like a bouquet of camomile
Not irritating to eyes or skin
Removes makeup completely

CONS:
The pump is a little tricky, you have to be careful not to accidentally squirt the product everywhere (which happens to me often -_-)
The price is a little expensive (16 dollars for 200 ml)

FINAL THOUGHTS:
I really like this cleansing oil, and will definitely be repurchasing once I run out. However, I think I will try to repurchase when there is a sale because it's quite expensive in my opinion. I recommend this for anyone who has sensitive skin and wants to try cleansing oils.

xx Cynthia

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Mint and Yellow Nails

I'm not super talented, so nail art is a little difficult for me, but I wanted to do something different with my nails today. I also really wanted to use the new polish that I got from Essence, so this is what I came up with!


I basically just painted my nail tips, alternating between mint and yellow. I used nail tip sticker guides by Nailene to get a straight line (it would have been impossible for me otherwise, haha).


I used China Glaze's Lemon Fizz, and Essence's That's What I Mint for the tips of my nails. After that I applied a coat of Essie's Mademoiselle. I also applied a top coat (which I forgot to include in the picture!). I think that these colours are really cute together, and perfect for summer. What do you think? ^ ^

xx Cynthia



Sunday, June 8, 2014

On my nails: Barielle in Teaser

When I decided on buying this lovely green polish from Barielle, I wasn't convinced I would get much use out of it. Green is definitely one of my most favourite colours, but for my nails I tend to gravitate for more girly colours.



To my surprise, I find myself reaching for this polish quite often. I thought I would snap a few pictures of my nails before they get ruined from all the cleaning I have to do today ^ -^.


This is what three coats of Teaser with a clear top coat looks like. I quite like the formula, and I'm pretty sure you could get away with applying only two coats. I actually had never heard of this brand before, and I purchased this polish from the beauty section of Winners. So I don't know in which stores you can find this polish. I would definitely be interested in purchasing from this brand again, so if you do know where Barielle polishes are sold, please let me know!


xx Cynthia


Monday, June 2, 2014

Review: Clean & Clear persa-gel 5

As I've mentioned previously, I really struggle with acne and blemishes. Unfortunately, I also have very sensitive skin. Salicylic acid, which is the usual medicine contained in acne treatments tends to be too harsh for my skin. If I use a salicylic acid based cream on a zit, the zit would be gone the next day, but I'd be left with a dry patch instead. This dry patch would sometimes last for weeks > - < . 

If you've had a dry patch on your face before, you know how impossible they are to hide. The dry skin is even more accentuated if you make the mistake of using foundation. Because of this, I decided to stay away from salicylic acid treatment creams. I then tried a cream containing sulfur...and let me tell you, it's the worse ever. Your face will smell...like sulfur, and it didn't even work for me at all!

Feeling desperate whilst looking for some new acne medication to try, I remembered that Claire, from heyclaire said that she used acne medication with benzoyl peroxide. This is how I found the Clean & Clear persa-gel 5 acne medication.



I was so happy to find out that this helped heal any new blemishes and diminish the ones that I had at the moment. If salicylic acid based creams are currently working for you, you might want to stick to those. My impression is that benzoyl peroxide based creams are much slower at giving results. However, they do not dry out my skin, which is what I wanted to avoid most.

Overall, I really like this acne cream, and would recommend it to anyone who can't use creams that contain salicylic acid.

xx Cynthia