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Wednesday, January 05, 2022

DIY: Post-holiday detox face mask

January 05, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Now that all the presents have been opened, the delicious food devoured, and the decorations are starting to come down, you probably think you need a detox. What better way to kick off the new year than by taking care of your skin with a DIY detox mask


Let's make one thing clear: strictly speaking, the holidays and comfort food are not toxic! You do not need to "detox" from them! However, a detoxifying face mask is always a good idea!


To make this DIY mask, you will need only four simple ingredients!


Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp crushed ripe blueberries.
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice.
  • 1 tbsp cucumber juice.
  •  2 tbsp baking soda.
cucumbers and blueberries

Blueberries contain antioxidants that protect your body from free radicals.

Lemon juice contains citrus enzymes that brighten the skin.

Cucumber juice has a cooling, soothing, de-puffing and refreshing effect.

Baking soda helps dislodge blackheads; its granules will give you extra exfoliation. 


Method: 

  1. Combine all ingredients together in a bowl. 
  2. Apply mask onto your face. 
  3. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes. 
  4. Wet your fingers with warm water and gently massage your face.
  5. Gently wash off and pat your face dry. 


This mask will give you a glowing complexion! Try it and let me know your thoughts.




Thursday, April 15, 2021

Beauty heck | Baby shampoo as a face wash

April 15, 2021 6 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to share a little heck with you.  A week ago, I started using Johnson's Baby Chamomile Shampoo instead of my regular facial cleanser.  I always favoured a foaming face wash over a milky or creamy cleanser.  I used it a few times as an eye makeup remover and decided to try and wash my face with it and see what happens.  

Some of the products out there are too harsh and strip all the natural oil from the face.  I also tend to be a little sceptical of products with very long ingredients lists.  Here's the ingredient list of  Johnson's Baby Chamomile Shampoo:

Aqua, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Polyquaternium-10, Coconut Acid, Glycerin, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, PEG-150 Distearate, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, BHT, Sodium Benzoate, Parfum 

Johnson's baby shampoo is free from dyes, parabens, phthalates, sulphates, alcohol, and soap and has been proven to be gentle to use on babies and young children.  Baby shampoo is tear-free, so you can rub around your eyes without worrying about burning or irritation.  This makes it an excellent eye makeup remover; it's especially good at taking off stubborn mascara and pencil in the waterline.  If you are sensitive to fragrances and want to try this heck, choose a fragrance-free or unscented baby shampoo.

If you try it and do not like it, or it does not work for your skin you can; 
  • Use it to clean your makeup brushes and sponges.
  • Replace your shaving cream with it.
  • Wash your dog with it (or any other pet).  I use it to wash my pup's tear stains!  When I used to have guinea pigs I used to wash them with baby shampoo too.

I'm going to try it for a month to give it a fair shot.  You need to use a product for roughly a month before you can see a difference.  So far, it's working just as well as any other facial wash.  It's not too drying and leaves my skin soft and dewy, but not oily.

Have you ever tried baby shampoo as a face wash?  Did you like it?  Leave a comment and let me know!

XOXO, Cosette





Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Body hair removal

June 24, 2020 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Methods of hair removal have been practised in virtually all human cultures since at least the Neolithic era.  These hair removal methods have varied in different times and areas, but shaving was and still is the most common method.  

women's legs

Body hair has long shaped gender dynamics, served as an indicator of social class and defined notions of femininity and the “ideal body”.  Today, most women feel like they have to remove body hair as if they have no other option.  There's something unsettling about that, however, perceptions are slowly shifting.  Removing body hair or growing it out is a personal choice!

If you choose to remove it there are two types of hair removal: depilation (surface removal by shaving, dissolving), or epilation (removal of the entire hair, such as waxing or plucking). 

I’ve written various posts about this topic in the past, today’s post is a roundup of my hair removal related blog posts.  This way you can find them all in one handy post.

  • For shaving tips and tricks, check out this post: Shaving tips
  • For more information about epilation, check out:  Using an epilator
  • Sugaring vs waxing: Sugaring is a vegan option; some waxes are not vegan you have to check before you buy.


One of the main problems associated with hair removal is ingrown hair!  Shaving is not the only way ingrown hairs can happen.  Depilatory creams can run a similar risk to shaving as it is also a form of depilation.  Because the hairs are being dissolved, rather than cut, the risk of having ingrown hairs can be far less than that of shaving.  Waxing and plucking hairs out can also cause ingrown hairs. 



I hope you found this post helpful, just remember that you do not have to remove your body hair, it’s completely your choice.  


Feel free to share your thoughts on hair removal in the comment section below!


Thursday, May 21, 2020

Shhh... It's a beauty secret! #04 | The best facial cleanser EVER!

May 21, 2020 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to share my number one secret for moisturised, plump, soft, and glowing skin.  It's neither a fancy face cream nor one of my usual DIY recipes.  It's actually something I never thought I'd use on my face at all. 

Shhh... It's a beauty secret!

Years ago I wrote about the many benefits of vegetable glycerin in a post titled: Vegetable glycerin for glowing skin! and I also shared a recipe for a DIY make-up setting spray containing glycerin as a key ingredient.  I've also been using glycerin soap on and off in the shower for quite some time but I never used it to wash my face with, until recently.  

I had a new, unopened jasmine glycerin soap in my bathroom and since my face was a little dry I decided, on a hunch, to try the soap as a face cleanser.  I used it at night before I went to sleep and let me tell you I was shocked at how soft and hydrated my skin was after just one use.  The next morning my face was visibly plumper and my skin was glowing, so I decided I should keep using it to see if the result were consistent.

Glycerin soap

Now, as you can see from the pictures below, I've been using the soap for a few weeks and I absolutely love it.  This is by far the best face cleanser I've ever used, and let me tell you, I used quite a few high-end, very expensive products in the past.  

Glycerin soap

Glycerin soap


So what is glycerin soap and why is it so effective? 

Glycerin soap is a soap that contains glycerin.  Vegetable glycerin is an odourless, clear liquid with a thick syrup consistency.  It is added to beauty products because of its ability to attract moisture and act as an emollient.  Glycerin soaps are recognisably different from other soaps because they are translucent.

Vegetable glycerin soap is vegan-friendly and a great option for people with sensitive skin.  Glycerin can help lock in the skin’s natural moisture and prevent over-drying.  This may be especially beneficial for people who experience conditions like:

  • acne
  • eczema
  • dermatitis
  • dry skin
  • psoriasis
  • rosacea

At the same time, glycerin is non-greasy.  This means it’s a good choice for anyone with oily or combination skin.  Glycerin may also have anti-ageing benefits.  It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and other surface blemishes.

Glycerin soap is not just a cleanser, it's a beauty treatment!  I'm turning 35 next week (on May 30th), and since glycerin soap has incredible benefits for ageing skin, I’m confident it will remain a staple in my beauty routine in the coming years.

Have you ever used glycerin soap?  Would you consider using it now that you know a little bit more about it?  Leave a comment and let me know!





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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Spring cleaning

March 20, 2016 3 Comments
Hello everyone!
Today is the first day of SPRING and it's officially spring cleaning season!
Spring cleaning is the practice of thoroughly cleaning a house in the springtime.  However, you don’t have to stop with cleaning your house; your skin care regimen needs some spring cleaning too.


1.  Spring cleaning is a great opportunity to clean out old beauty products.  Old products can harbour bacteria and lose their effectiveness.
Check the dates on your products and toss the following:
  • Anything past the expiration date
  • Products that have changed consistency, colour, or smell
  • Mascara tubes older than three months
  • Dry products
  • Old make-up brushes and sponges
  • Anything with an SPF older than one year 
2.  Spring is a good time for deep exfoliation.  Here are three DIY exfoliation recipes that will leave your skin ready for dresses and sandals:
3.  Adjust your skin care routine to reflect the season.
  • Higher temperatures result in oilier skin.  It’s important to use a lighter moisturiser during spring and summer.
  • Use a lighter foundation and lighter, brighter make-up colours.
  • Sunscreen is important all year, but it is essential in the spring and summer. 
I hope you find this helpful.  If you have more beauty tips for transitioning from winter to spring, leave them in the comment section.  

Happy first day of spring!






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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

VIVANT SKIN CARE Wink Eye Rejuvenation Cream | Review

November 25, 2015 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I'm reviewing
Wink.  Wink Eye Rejuvenation Cream  is from VIVANT Skin Care, whose potent, medically-based products were formulated by James E. Fulton, M.D., Ph.D., the co-developer of Retin-A ®.

Product description:

Vivant Skin Care Wink Eye Rejuvenation Cream - 0.5 fl oz (14.8 ml)

Combines vitamin A propionate, peptides, hyaluronic acid and kojic acid to soften fine lines, brighten dark circles, and reduce puffiness, giving skin a more youthful appearance.



Price:

$57.50 
from Vivant Skin Care website and Amazon

Skin Types: 

All

Directions: 


For best results, begin using Wink every other day for the first two weeks, progressing to daily use and eventually, as your skin tolerates it, twice daily. This formulation is gentle enough to be used on any sensitive area, such as the neck and décolleté.

Key Ingredients: 
  • VitaminA diminishes the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and crow’s feet and protects against further photoaging and free radical damage.
  • Oligopeptides stimulate the production of naturally-occurring collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin, which are lost with advancing age.
  • Kojicacid, derived from Japanese mushrooms, lightens the skin and prevents pigmentation.
  • Caffeine brightens dark circles and eliminates puffiness around the eyes.
  • Aloe is an anti-inflammatory agent that leaves the delicate eye area soothed.
  • Oatextracts soothe the skin, locking in moisture and further protecting the skin.
  • Grape seed oil helps tighten the skin and is a potent antioxidant and hydrator with anti-inflammatory properties.

The Benefits of Vivant Wink Eye Rejuvenation Cream:

A high-performance formulation of antioxidant and free radical-fighting ingredients, Wink combines Vitamin A with Oligopeptides, caffeine and grape seed oil to soften fine lines, lighten dark circles, and reduce puffiness.  This concentrated, age-defying formulation also leaves skin looking brighter, giving the skin a more youthful appearance.

My experience:

Vivant Skin Care Wink Eye Rejuvenation Cream has a very thick consistency.  It has a very pale pink colour and comes in a plastic container with a pump dispenser.  It has a light scent, and does not irritate my eyes.  The cream is not greasy and it is absorbed very quickly by my skin.  I love that!

The skin around my eye area really does feel softer, smoother and tighter.  However, I cannot really say much about dark circles and puffiness under my eyes because I don't have that problem.  I recommend Wink Eye Rejuvenation Cream to anyone looking to upgrade or begin an eye care regimen.  It can also be used during the day underneath a concealer with SPF This eye cream really does give my eye area, and my face,  a more youthful appearance.  It really works!


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

RevivSerums - TelomErase Serum 6-in-1 Multi-Corrective

November 18, 2015 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

I recently had the opportunity to try the 
TelomErase Serum from RevivSerums.  

RevivSerums, located in San Francisco California, specializes in novel and innovative clinical treatment serums.  Their unique formulations are next-generation, high-performance, leading-edge, professional-grade treatment serums for skin, hair & lash rejuvenation.


Product description:


TelomErase Triple Telomere Targeting Serum is next-gen age-defying technology: a 6-in-1 multi-corrective that erases, tightens, brightens, blurs, moisturizes and regenerates. It contains the most powerful combination of new ingredients available to visibly reduce the appearance of sags & bags, dark circles, fine lines, sunspots, redness, pore size & laxity.


Price:

RevivSerums is offering 10% off the $149/140 (2 oz/60 ml) half-off introductory SALE price to you, my readers and followers!


Use the discount code TIGHT10 at checkout at RevivSerums.com.  Limited one per customer/household.  This discount code is valid until December 31, 2015.

Note: Because of patent restrictions, not to be sold or shipped to Japan.


Here's a short video about this remarkable new serum:


Directions for use:

Apply a thin layer to clean, dry skin (face, neck, chest and hands) once or twice daily for two to three months, then three times weekly thereafter for maintenance.  A slight initial tingling sensation upon application is normal.  Suitable for the upper eyelid orbital bone area if tolerated, but avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes.  Decrease frequency or discontinue use if irritation develops.  For external use only.


Ingredients:

Sea Kelp (Lactobacillus/Kelp Ferment Filtrate) Bioferment, Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium PCA, Bisabolol (Alpha), Coconut Endosperm, Algae Extract (and) Pullulan, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (and) Teprenone, Lecithin (and) Ubiquinone (and) Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (and) Tocopherol (and) Vegetable Oil/Huile Vegetale (and) Glycerin (and) Benzoic Acid, Porphyridium Extract, Sodium Acrylate (and) Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer (and) Isohexadecane (and) Polysorbate 80, Fucoxanthin, Astaxanthin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Guaizulene, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein (and) Hydrolyzed Rice Protein (and) Superoxide Dismutase, Cycloastragenol, Kappaphycus Alvarezii Extract, Pentylene Glycol (and) 4-t-Butylcyclohexanol, sh-Polypeptide-11 (aFGF Recombinant Human acidic Fibroblast Growth Factor), Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate.


My experience:

I received two deluxe travel size airless pump bottles of  TelomErase Serum, Triple Telomere Targeting 6-in-1 Multi-Corrective from RevivSerums in exchange for an honest review.  After using it for a week, my skin feels more hydrated, smoother and plumper.  This serum also evened out my skin tone.  



The product is very light and thin.  It dries quickly and you cannot feel it on your skin.  I have sensitive skin and had no issues with using this product on my face, including my eye area!  really like this product!  I recommend it to anyone who is in the market for a high-performance anti-ageing serum. 






C/O RevivSerums