L’OREAL Paris – Youth Code Serum Corrector Review

It was recommended that I use this product for at least 8 weeks to see a difference in my sun spots. I have been using this product pretty consistently twice a day with some missed days in between. Once in the morning before I leave and once at night before bed.

My face [skin] type:  dry and sensitive, a few sunspots around the cheekbone area

Product: L’OREAL Paris Youth Code Serum Corrector (30ml/1.0 fl. oz)

Price: $24.99 (30ml/1.0 fl. oz)


My thoughts

According to the L’Oreal Paris website, this Youth Code serum is meant to correct dark spots and illuminate the skin/even out skin tone. Their studies show that a large portion of the females who use this product saw results, such as fewer dark spots in 8 weeks time.

I have been using this product for about 4 months now (~16 weeks). Twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed. The instructions say to use it before the application of moisturiser, which I followed. I’m not sure if it’s the moisturiser I’m using (I’ve tried using 2 different kinds of drugstore moisturisers), but it seems to react with this product. In the beginning, when I first used this product, it just seemed ineffective, but it did say 8 weeks, so I figured I was just impatient to see results. After 8 weeks time, I still hadn’t seen much of a difference in my sun spots! Gradually, I started realizing that I would often get a kind of light rash near my cheekbones. I only apply the serum around my cheekbones (because that’s where my sun spots are located), as well as moisturiser (but this goes all over my face and neck). It would take a couple of days of me not using any the serum for the rash to go away. Maybe the days that I didn’t use the serum rendered it useless despite 4 months of usage?

Yes, there are days where I experiment and didn’t use any moisturiser at all along with the serum. I would get rashes less often, but light rashes still appeared. It wasn’t super noticeable unless you touched it or went right up to my face!

So as you can tell, I didn’t have the best experience with this product as I found that it didn’t have much effect on correcting my sun spots. I believe the combination of this serum and moisturiser caused my sensitive skin to react as well.

Would I recommend this product? No. If you have sensitive, dry skin, I wouldn’t recommend this product. This product doesn’t act as a moisturiser so you need to use moisturiser in combination with this serum for daily use and it doesn’t seem to be the best combo out there! Maybe it’s just my skin, but hopefully this doesn’t happen to anyone else!


LANEIGE – Multiberry Yogurt Peeling Gel Review

I’ve been using LANEIGE’s Multiberry Yogurt Peeling Gel for a couple of months now. I use it approximately twice a week.

My face [skin] type:  dry and sensitive to many exfoliating products

Product: LANEIGE Multiberry Yogurt Peeling Gel (120ml/4.1 fl. oz.)

Price: $28 (120ml/4.1 fl. oz)


My thoughts

This peeling gel is hypo-allergenic peeling gel that exfoliates without the feeling of harsh beads that are common in most exfoliators. It possesses anti-oxidadant properties from the berry extracts for even skin tone as well as anti-inflammatory characteristics from Sogurty. Sogurty is a “specialized fermented yogurt to encourage collagen synthesis.

I use this peeling gel about twice a week in my showers. Because of my sensitive skin, a lot of exfoliators leave my face red and blotchy! This peeling gel, however, doesn’t leave my face red and blotchy after my showers! When you first put it on, it actually doesn’t feel like it exfoliates at all. You can’t tell if the residue is the remaining gel or dead skin from your face either.

How I was able to tell that this peeling gel is effective was really because I have really tiny pores. I’ve used multiple nose strips and none of them seem to ever pull any dirt out or gotten rid of my blackheads. I have to manually use scary surgical looking tools to force a handful of blackheads out! After my first use, I immediately noticed a difference on my nose area! It looked like there was less dirt and lighter/less blackheads! After using this peeling gel, it also leaves your face feeling super smooth! I don’t think I’d be exaggerating if I said it definitely also evens out my skin tone! Need I say more?!

Would I recommend this product? YES. YES. YES. I recommend this product for anyone who has super sensitive skin and small pores! It works like a charm in getting rid of dirt/blackheads. I’m still not positive on it’s effectiveness on getting rid of dead skin like regular exfoliators, but I visibly see less dirt/black heads on my face and that is good enough for me!

Garnier Body Intensive 7 days Hydrating Gel-Cream Review

To start off my very own review section for my blog, I wanted to review a product that I recently purchased to try out that was affordable, but effective. So I went to the drugstore and picked up a few body lotions and so far, this has been my favourite experience!

My skin type: Dry [I get itchy and flaky more so near the winter time]

Product: Garnier Body Intensive 7 days Hydrating Gel-Cream with L-Bifidus and Grape Oil (400 ml)

Price: $5.99 CAD (250 ml), $7.99 CAD (400 ml)



My thoughts

Compared to other body lotions, I thought the gel idea was amazing. This product is very light, it absorbs almost immediately, and it definitely hydrates! The best part is probably the fact that it doesn’t feel sticky or gross after application! I know on the bottle it advertises that the moisturizing affect lasts up to 7 days, but I found that I still had to apply it every other day before dryness kicks in. So if you’re someone who moisturizes after a shower, this body lotion is meant for you since it absorbs quickly and leaves no sticky after-feeling. It does mention that their study shows that after 4 weeks of usage, even without applying this gel-cream twice daily, consumers felt hydration that lasted up until 7 days. I’ve only used this product for about a week and a half so maybe it’ll build up for me! Bonus: This body moisturizer smells fantastic!!!

Located on the back of the bottle, they mention the ingredient L-Bifidus, which was inspired by probiotics found in yogurt. It essentially aids in improving your natural protective barrier to help keep moisture in.

Grape Oil, their other advertised ingredient, is rich in vitamin E (an antioxidant that prevents cellular damage, aka good for skin)

The only thing I’m not too sure on is, I don’t see many articles on L-Bifidus and it’s role in skin care. I tried searching up scientific articles on it but can’t seem to come across any directly related to L-bifidus and skin care. Garnier does mention it is “inspired” by probiotics so maybe they have their own studies.

Would I recommend this product? Definitely. Of all the body lotions, creams, and butters I’ve come across, this would be on the top of my list for effectiveness, great smelling, and reasonably priced!




November 2013 – Ipsy/My Glam


Number of Samples: SIX


For $10/month ($15/month for Canadians), I was truly disappointed in this month’s ipsy’s glam bag. If you’ve read my other posts, I am not a fan of sparkly makeup or things in general! This month’s “cute little bag” may be cute to some of you, but for me it was a complete disaster! It felt like golden tin foil! I don’t think I can use it as a mini “personal item” carrier for those monthly inconveniences without catching the attention of every living creature in  a room. I would probably get less attention if I just straight-up carried a pad or tampon in the open compared to shoving it inside this bag! I considered it as a possible clutch, but the feel (TIN FOIL) and quality (CHEAP) didn’t work out for me either. Maybe if they had added a wristlet portion to the previous bags it may have worked out or just made this bag of higher quality! I don’t know what I would do with this bag at all! A complete no-no for me this month. =(

1) STARLOOKS: Amethyst Gem Eye Pencil

Full Size: $14 (one pencil)


2) CAILYN: Built-In sponge Tip Mineral Eyeshadow in Champagne (2.5g)

Full Size: $15 (2.5g)


3) em michelle phan: pillow plush cushiony lip balm in vanilla (5g/0.176 oz)

Full Size: $15 (5g/0.176 oz)


4) nailtini: Nail Lacquer in Champagne (15ml/0.5 fl. oz)

Full Size: $13 (15ml/ 0.5 fl. oz)


5) PIXI: Beauty Bronzer in Summertime (3.2g/0.11 oz)

Full Size: £15.00 or $25.17 CAD (10.21g/0.36 oz)

Sample Size:  £4.70 or $7.89 CAD (3.2g/0.11 oz)


6) be a bombshell: Lip Crayon in hot damn (1 crayon)

Full Size: $14 (1 crayon)


This Month’s Total Value of Full Sized Items: $96.17

Estimated Value of this Month’s Bag: $78.89

Thoughts for this month’s ipsy bag

As I’ve mentioned early, sparkly and I don’t go together so this month’s make-up bag was not for me! =( However, I was super excited that I got 5 FULL SIZED items this month! If you just briefly glance above, the value of this month’s bag was super duper duper worth it! (Excuse my childish language LOL) but there were some mixed feelings about the items I received! Just because the items were mostly sparkly items, I wasn’t too keen on jumping right into trying them out as I was writing my review of the bag. The STARLOOKS: Amethyst Gem Eye PencilCAILYN: Built-In sponge Tip Mineral Eyeshadow in Champagne, and nailtini: Nail Lacquer in Champagne will probably be given away and never tried by me. The colours and sparkles just don’t work with me! I have single eye-lids, imagine how difficult it would be for me to wear amethyst and champagne on a regular basis or even occasional basis. I would literally need to be attending a gold-sparkles theme party to be able to look normal! On the other hand, I absolutely LOVEEE em michelle phan: pillow plush cushiony lip balm in vanilla. This lip balm at first feels a bit sticky (kind of like lip gloss) and then when you apply more, it has this nice creamy-smooth texture to it! Makes you constantly smack your lips together cause it’s so smooth and wonderful feeling! Definitely moisturizes! I applied quite a bit of this lip balm on to try and duplicate the colour on her site, but it’s more of a shear colour with a tint of sparkles, not too much! I’m also quite a fan of the PIXI: Beauty Bronzer in Summertime because even though summer is gone, this bronzer will help my pale, pasty skin look a bit healthier over the cold winter that’s about to come! And the best part is that, this bronzer doesn’t look orange like most bronzers! Finally, I know most people aren’t a fan of crayons, but for me, I love the be a bombshell: Lip Crayon in hot damn. I love how crayons work, they come in nice bright colours (if you haven’t guessed, my favourite colour is red!) and this month, ipsy graciously gave me a red-sparkly crayon! I know I said I don’t like sparkly things, but I can FEEL that I will love this crayon! I love bright red lips! I haven’t tried on this crayon because I’m currently spending an unhealthy amount of time smacking my lips together ’cause of the em lip balm! =)

P.S. See! I kept my promise. I wrote this up as soon I as received my package ^__^

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Free Spa Trial Offer – Toronto Only

Today I received this email about a free trial for certain spa services! No, I don’t get paid to promote this or anything. I just figured I like free stuff, others might too!

I’ve had their laser hair removal and it was pretty good! My sister on the other hand tried their face peels and she absolutely loved it!

Note: We had these months ago and we paid for the full session. I’m not too sure how these trials will be. So ladies and gents (yes, I know you gentlemen like spoiling yourselves too!), let me know how the trials turn out to be!

This promotion ends August 30, 2013, so hurry and book your trials!

*Anti Aging, Non- Surgical Face Lift & Body Skin Tightening
*Pain Free Laser Hair Removal
*Age Defying Chemical Peels
and More..