30 Day Masking Challenge

No one gave me this challenge but I just decided to do it out of curiosity. Would using a mask every single day truly help my skin?

I focused on using single-use sheet or clay masks for the whole month of June.  [warning: long post]

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Birthday Swap with Joyce, my Birthday Twin!

It’s NOT my birthday yet, but neither Joyce nor myself could wait to post this, so we’re showing our swap a week and one day before our actual birthdays. 😉 Yes, Joyce of Local Girl Foreign Land and I share a birthday!  It’s next Tuesday July 11th! 😀  Here’s a glimpse at what Joyce sent:

😍 I’m so excited to dig into everything! Let’s have a closer look:

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Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair vs Holika Holika One Solution Anti-Wrinkle

Firstly, I need to make a PSA: once again I’m in SPAM HELL. 😡 I’ve noticed that many of my comments on other blogs are disappearing which means they’re likely being flagged as spam. Please check your spam folder as shown in this post. I recently upgraded to Windows 10 system, not sure if that’s what caused it, grrrr. 👿 Onward to the post!

I didn’t originally set out to compare these two serums, but then I noticed how similar their bottles are:

Right? 😮 I’ve been using the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II at nights and the Holika Holika One Solution Anti-Wrinkle for days – let’s see how these two perform and compare.

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BHA Exfoliants: CosRX vs Paula’s Choice

Today I’m reviewing and comparing 2 BHA exfoliants:

• CosRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
• Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

I’ve been a long time devoted customer of Paula’s Choice – I just checked my account, my first order from her was in 2011!  My favourite products from her are the chemical exfoliants – they just work and are well-priced. So what prompted me to try something else?

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MUJI Cut Cotton White – Shiseido Facial Cotton DUPE

I was going to make this post a “journey of discovery” and keep it a mystery on whether the MUJI is a dupe or not for the Shiseido, but I’m just going to come out and tell you that YES, the MUJI Cut Cotton in WHITE is indeed a viable DUPE to the cult favourite – and pricey – Shiseido Facial Cotton.
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I’ve been using both MUJI and Shiseido cottons interchangeably for the past month to get a true sense of how similar or dissimilar they are to each other.

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Two Cleansing Oils: THREE Balancing Cleansing Oil and DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

Here’s another item that I bought in Japan last June – I decided to open up the THREE Balancing Cleansing Oil and bypass some other cleansing oils in my stash because it contains no preservatives and I didn’t want it to spoil.
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This product has a lot of hype around it, and I wanted to see for myself how a luxury cleansing oil performs. I’ll spoil the review here now because you’ll notice that the title mentioned TWO cleansing oils – the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil came to the rescue when the THREE oil failed to deliver. 😦  I have a question for you – when people ask if you want to hear the bad news first or the good news first – which do you normally say? I always want to hear the bad news first…

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Two Face Creams Face Off: The Body Shop Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream and MAC Studio Moisture Cream

I didn’t really know how to name this post – but basically, I’ve been using two new nighttime face creams recently.  The first one, I started using and reacted badly to, and the second was to the rescue.
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Can you guess which was which?

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MUJI Skincare Giveaway WINNER!

It’s all treats tonight, no tricks! 😛

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A joke from the most recent podcast episode. 😉 Source.

And the winner of the MUJI Skincare giveaway is:

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MUJI Skincare [+ GIVEAWAY!]

[THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED]

You probably know that I already love the MUJI skincare items that I’ve tried, so I was completely in my element at the most recent MUJI Canada Open House which was to showcase their skincare.
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Similar to previous MUJI Open House sessions, it was a small intimate affair which I much prefer. 🙂 We learned about the different MUJI skincare lines with a focus on the Sensitive Skin range (my favourite!) and we all received a selection of products to try for ourselves. Here’s what we learned, and what we received.

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Nuworld Botanicals Cold-pressed Organic Sea buckthorn & Jojoba oil

In late August, I received a few items from Nuworld Botanicals to try:

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I showed this in my August accountability post.

I did not select the specific items – I described a few of my likes and dislikes, along with my skin type and concerns – and left it up to Nuworld Botanicals to surprise me! 😀 Today I’m reviewing the first item that I’ve been testing for the past month, the Cold-pressed Organic Sea buckthorn & Jojoba oil:
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If you’ve been a reader of this blog, you’ll know that I love oils for all sorts of beautifying aspects: cleansing, hydrating and protecting. So how does this oil from Nuword Botanical stack up against other oils I’ve tried?

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