I am 100% DONE

... With these products.

Over the last few months, I've been taking notes on the products that I've finished. In the future, I'll do this monthly but let's get into it:

 

Face

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Boscia Cactus Water Moisturizer

I was very excited to try this moisturizer, especially since its oil free and was billed as being super hydrating and healing. Unfortunately, I was underwhelmed. The gel cream texture was very pleasant and melted into my skin well, and it was hydrating but also left my skin a bit sticky. I didn’t see or feel it making a noticeable difference, and at $50.00 for the full size version (I got this lil pot as a complimentary sample) I really don’t feel like this moisturizer is worth it.

Also, I found it was chemically incompatible with my primer (Blur Stick by Milk Makeup), which caused the product to ball up on my face and rendered both solutions ineffective and inert. 2/5

 

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Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water

A staple. An every day luxury. A grail.

This micellar water is very gentle on my skin and eyes, while at the same time very effectively removing any excess oil, makeup, or just grime that is sitting on the surface. To use, I soak a cotton pad and wipe across my face, focusing on any areas where makeup may be a bit more stubborn, like mascara. After one pass, I’ll flip the cotton pad over and cleanse my face with the unused side to make sure that I get everything. Since rinsing isn’t needed with this product, I may go straight in to serum/moisturizing if I feel like my skin doesn’t need a double cleanse.

Bioderma micellar water is a cult classic for a reason. 5/5

 

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Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Another cult classic. Deeply unsexy, but very affordable and is the obvious inspiration for Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser. Love that this cleanser comes in such a large container and the pump top is very convenient. Smells like nothing, is really gentle yet effective, and makes a great shaving solution. Would love if Cetaphil looked into paraben-free preservative options. 4/5

 

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Milk Makeup Watermelon Serum

Another very underrated product, and maybe should be advertised as something else than a serum! I bought this serum as soon as it was available, but then almost returned it because I honestly hadn’t used many serums or felt like they were an unnessecary step. Maybe they are but that’s for another day.

So glad that I gave this a shot before returning it! For me, this product was hydrating enough to be a moisturizer in its own right, and provided pretty impressive brightening results because of the vitamin C. Some of the major complaints that I saw online were about the lack of watermelon scent -this product has no scent- and frankly I’m really happy that Milk Makeup chose to leave this product unscented, since I know that’s something that can aggravate sensitive skin. Another complaint as that this product felt sticky on the skin, which I didn’t find.

This is a beautiful and functional skincare product that I will be repurchasing in the future. It’s fairly pricy but lasts for a long time. 4.5/5

 

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Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

Was so looking forward to using this product, and almost ordered it online from America since it was previously unavailable here in Canada, but as been recently released in Sephora. I scored trial size set at Marshall’s as was stoked to try this gentle, moisturizing chemical exfoliator. 

I feel like this is what everyone who was disappointed by Milk’s Watermelon Serum wanted it to be. Smells strongly of watermelon candy, jelly consistency, soaks into an almost matte finish. I think it helped my skin but I’m not sure, it’s fairly moisturizing and not sticky, which was another complaint that the Milk’s Watermelon serum got.

Not crazy about how the mask pills up overnight, leaving me looking like I have lots of flaking dry skin. Not cute. Strong scent makes me think that it may not be great for people who have sensitive skin. 2/5

 

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Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

Tried branching out from my ride-or-die Rosewater and Glycerine from The Heritage Store, but ended up running right back into their sweet embrace. This facial spray has achieved cult status due to its wide distribution, but I feel like it’s overcomplicated and not as gentle as the aforementioned, especially since the Mario Badescu Facial Spray lists Fragrance as an ingredient. 2/5

 

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Tatcha The Deep Cleanse Facial Cleanser

Got this lil guy as a 100 point perk from Sephora and am going to try to redeem for another one in the future. Great cleanser that I reach for when my skin is feeling extra oily.

The Deep Cleanse has a very spa-like scent and contains little bits of rice bran husk for gentle physical exfoliation. I have my eyes on Tatcha’s Obento set and may spring for that in the fall Sephora sale, since I’m trying to work through my current horde of products. 5/5

 

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Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask

At a suggested use time of ~5 minutes, this is a great clay mask for times when my skin is oily and needs a bit of rehab but I can’t be bothered to set aside the time for a Glamglow Supermud mask. Key ingredients are Fuller’s earth and sandalwood, both astringent and drying but balanced well by lavender and olive oil. Leaves skin feeling smooth and velvety.

One big twist: this mask is green, not grey as the packaging would have you believe. Not a holy grail for me, but worth a try. 3.5/5

 

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Drunk Elephant Beste Jelly Cleanser

Bought this trial size in a set (are you sensing a theme?) with the LaLa Retro Whipped Cream moisturizer, both from Drunk Elephant. Drunk Elephant’s products are super lavish and so I had high hopes for this cleanser. It’s a jelly consistency with no discernible scent that makes a gentle foam and is quite cleansing. This cleanser is good, but unremarkable. 2.5/5

 

 

Body

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Frank Body Cream

Frank Body is well known for their coffee scrubs, but their body moisturizer is super heavenly! It smells incredible, sort of like icing but not cloyingly, and is sufficiently moisturizing for the spring and summer. Using one of their scrubs and then following with this body cream on freshly towel dried skin will leave your skin super soft. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve repurchased already. 4/5

*My referral link*

 

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Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

Yep, another body cream. 

Maybe TMI but I have very dry skin on my body, and need to moisturize within minutes of getting out of the bath or shower, or else my skin will become so dry that it itches. Love how surprisingly rich this body cream is and the fact that it comes in such a large container. No scent. 4/5

 

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Epsom Salts

Another staple, especially during the colder months. Add a cup or more to a nice hot bath to release muscle tension and heal your skin. 

This particular container was from the drugstore down the street from my house, and I would highly recommend getting unscented salts, since the added fragrances can be irritating for skin, limit the salt’s use with other products (I love a bath bomb), or the added scent can just be downright bad. I recently made the call to buy some lavender Epsom salts and the scent isn’t herbal and floral, so much as soapy. Stick to unscented. 5/5

 

 

Hair

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Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Conditioner

As someone with chemically processed hair, I only wash it about twice per week, and only use shampoo during the warmer months, so shampoo and conditioner tend to last me a very long time. Got this mini guy in a set, but I typically buy the huge bottles with the pump top a couple of times per year.

It’s hard for me to explain how Living Proof’s products are different -they do a great job on their site- but I’m totally sold on their conditioner. It smells great and makes my hair feel very soft and each strand feels very individually strong. I will either use this conditioner normally to follow a shampoo, use it on its own to co-wash, or mix a bit of semi-permanent hair dye into it and apply to dry hair for a nourishing mask that refreshes my pastel hair. 4.5/5

 

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Olaplex No. 3

PLOT TWIST: Super underrated but only in my own mind! 

As someone with bleached hair, I rationally know and understand that this is something I should be using every week, and yet I honestly Olaplex maybe once a month (Sorry Nicole!!!!) but it makes my hair feel amazing and super strong right away so I don’t know what my excuse is. I mean I guess its expensive but? Ugh. 5/5

 

Good Day Hair Shop Holy Rose Water Conditioner

The last time I got my hair done at Good Day Hair Shop, Jaymi surprised me with a take home set of shampoo and conditioner that were tinted to help with my colour maintenance. Super sweet and generous of her! 💖 This conditioner is really lovely and my only note would be that I wish it was even more hydrating for bottle blondes like myself. Apparently a lot of people aren’t crazy about the scent of this conditioner, but I’m really into it, especially since it’s all natural rose scent! Come on, people!

*This conditioner was gifted to me by Good Day Hair Shop, but my opinions are my own.*

 

Check back next month to see what I work my way through in September 👋