November 2015 | Samantha Jane

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++

Retails: $39.50 USD & $44 CAD at Sephora

Even though we are approaching the winter months *shivers with fear* it is still important to keep SPF in mind! For oily skinned girls like myself, this stuff is amazing!
It's not tested on animals, and formulated without sulphates, parabens or phlatlates. It also has some great skin benefits in addition to control shine, as listed on the Sephora website: 
  • Willow Bark Extract: Helps manage breakouts and clears skin of impurities
  • Argan Extract: Reveals smoother, softer skin
  • Octinoxate 7.5%, Zinc Oxide 3%, Ensulizole 1%: Sunscreen



The consistency is similar to a thick sunscreen, because it essentially is sunscreen, just with more benefits. I prefer to mix it in with my regular moisturizer, so I get the SPF benefits, use less product and then it is also not so thick on my skin. It can be tricky to apply due to it's consistency but you can warm it up in your fingers if you just want to apply it alone .

As for mattifying I definitely notice a difference in my skin's oil production when I don't use it. I wouldn't say it keeps me completely matte all day (nothing does, I am super oily) but it is a great addition to my mattifying skin arsenal!

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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Reversa Solution for Oily and Acne Prone Skin


Retail:$37 CAD Available HERE

First of all, this is a Canadian brand, which I love!!
I have battled with acne for literally as long as I can remember, grade 5 to be exact. I'm now 25 so that is a solid 14 years. It was very embarrassing being so young with such large and noticeable acne mainly on my forehead. As I got older, into my teens, it stayed on my forehead and moved to my nose and chin. Now, my acne (I am guessing more hormonal) is pretty much only on my cheeks! It comes and goes and isn't as constant which is great.. but I just want it gone 100%!!

I have extremely oily, acne-prone skin. But I think in addition to helping with acne it helps keep my oiliness under control!

I was sent this by Reversa to try out, and after trying just about everything, I was skeptical. But I am really really impressed! I use it twice a day, in the morning and at night. I don't find it drying, I do however have very oily skin! It is 8% glycolic acid, so if you have sensitive skin start daily then move to twice a day. It is also SO important to use SPF, acid makes your skin more susceptive to burn and skin damage.

During "that time of the month" I did have a breakout or two, but nothing major or sore, and it did not stick around for long!

If you have never used acid on your skin, don't worry, it's not scary! It's a chemical way to exfoliate your skin, and this way you avoid uneven or sharp exfoliators that can cause mini tears in your skin. It does not burn, but there can be a small tingling sensation.

It dries quickly on the skin, then you can apply your SPF, moisturizer, whatever is next in your routine! 
Keep in mind, if you commit to any skincare routine, as I committed to using this everyday, you should see improvements in your skin! Consistency is key, no matter the skin issue. 

What are your favourite oily, acne-prone skin products?! 



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Sunday, 1 November 2015

Sephora VIB Sale November 2015


Sephora VIB Sale Dates November 2015: 20% off!
VIB ROUGE: November 6-9 Code: ROUGE20 
VIB: November 13-16 Code: VIB20
*Save extra by shopping on EBATES. Earn a % back! 

YAY! It is that special time of the year where you can save on high end makeup! The Sephora VIB Sale November 2015! It's a great time to buy gifts, stock up on your favourites, or purchase something you have been eyeing! 

Here are some of my favourites from Sephora to consider on your shopping trip! 
- I own this in Apricot, Sephora stocks 5 shades online 
- Adds beautiful glow without glitter 
- "Creamy" texture 

- 17 shades, new "Metal" formula as well, new Chocolate colors on the way soon
- Long wearing, semi matte, not drying 
- Doe foot applicator 

- 28 shades (cult classics Lolita, Bauhau5, Outlaw and Vampira)
- Long wearing, completely matte 
- Can be drying but they wear forever! 

-11 shades
- Long wearing, use a light hand and it can look natural 
- So much product, especially for the price! 

- SO MUCH FUN TO PEEL OFF! 
- Made my skin feel so soft and clean 
- Not drying 
- 15 lip products (4 full size) 
- Great to give to yourself or split up for gifts 
- Big range of finishes and shades 
- Find my blog review HERE or YouTube review HERE
- 24 shadows, matte, shimmer, metallic 
- Amazing for makeup lovers or people looking to experiment with color! 
- Surprisingly wearable 
- Find me blog review HERE or YouTube review HERE
- Great price, cute package
- Comes with magnets and a tool for depotting (genius)

HAPPY SHOPPING!!!!!
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