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    L’Oréal Fine Flowers Collection

    I  have to admit I was pretty excited to see L’Oréal Paris new Fine Flowers Collection on the shelf at my local drugstore. This collection has been out for about a year now but I have never seen it stocked so of course, out of curiosity, I purchased the 3 products in the collection because #1 I needed to test these out for myself to see what all the hype was about AND  #2 I’m a sucker for cute packaging! Into the cart they went 🙂

     

     

    I purchased the L’Oréal Fine Flowers Cleansing Milk, Cleansing Wipes and Cleansing Gel.

     

    L'Oeral Fine Flowers collection

     

    Cleansing Milk $10.97

    This cleansing milk has extracts of Rose and Jasmine flower which are known for their calming properties. The texture of the cleansing milk is creamy and not runny as some people would think since it has the word “Milk” in the name. A pump or two is all you need to remove makeup, impurities and to achieve a good cleanse to your skin.

    I apply it first thing in the morning to take off my night time skin care ( I could just use water but I like being a bit extra!) or at the end of the night to take off my makeup. A cleansing milk is always the first or second step in my skincare routine. If I had a lot of makeup on then I would definitely use a wipe or makeup remover first but honestly, lately I haven’t reached for any make up remover as my makeup has been B.A.S.I.C and I ‘m loving it!

    I am a big fan of cleansing milk and have been a loyal fan of Nivea Daily Essentials cleansing milk for years now and never thought I would replace it , but I think I found it’s  replacement. The L’Oréal fine flowers cleansing milk will leave your skin feeling smooth, clean and not drying.

     

    L'Oeral Fine Flowers collection

    Cleansing Wipes $10.97

    The cleansing wipes also have a mix of Rose and Jasmine flower to sooth and clean the skin. Out of all 3 products in this collection, I would say the wipes are not my favourite and I will not repurchase them. I found them to be a bit thin compared to other wipes I have used and to get every last bit of makeup on my skin including shadow and foundation I had to use more than one wipe. I don’t’ know why but I also found the wipes themselves to be a bit small in size. The wipes have a slight fragrance thanks to the Rose and Jasmine flower extract and  left my skin feeling smooth but that’s about it for these wipes. I didn’t feel they fully removed my makeup.

    For $11 /25 wipes you’re still getting a great deal, however I did not feel it removed all my makeup and the cloth are too thin for my liking. I won’t be switching from my L’Oréal Ideal Clean makeup wipes to these.

     

    L'Oeral Fine Flowers collection

    Cleansing Gel $10.97

    This Cleansing Gel is a combo of gel and cream texture. It cleans like gel product and moisturizes like a cream product. Does that make sense? It’s a bit runny to dispense with caution as you may get more than what you actually need to use.

    The cleanser has the Rose and Jasmine extracts and is soap, alcohol and “fragrance free” but there definitely is a slight hint of flower in the cleanser.

    I used the cleanser gel after the cleansing milk a few times and honestly did not feel I needed the cleanser gel. The cleanser milk did such a good job, I decide to forgo the gel after a week.

    If you prefer to use gel to take your makeup off and give yourself a clean faced fresh feeling , then this would be a good inexpensive product for you. I personally did not see the benefit since the Cleansing milk did the job for me so well. I have since given the cleanser gel away to a friend of mine as I did not  want it to go to waste.

    Overall I was a but underwhelmed by the L’Oreal Fine Flowers collection. Clearly the big winner for me is the cleansing milk. I was really disappointed with the cleansing wipes as I have used L’Oréal wipes in the past and have raved about how great they are to remove makeup in one shot, but sadly these were a no-go for me.

     

    Have you tried any of the L’Oréal Fine Flowers products? If so please share your thoughts in the comments below !

    XO, MAHA

     

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    ULTIMATE GUIDE : BEST DRUGSTORE SKINCARE PRODUCTS

     

    This creamy cleanser is fragrance free, lightweight and does not foam when you add water to it. I find the cleansers that foam to be a bit drying on my skin, but that’s just me. I’ve used this cleanser for years, not only because it’s super affordable but it really is the only drugstore cleanser that does not dry out my skin. I’ve tried Kiehls and Clarins cleansers and both products are good products, but were drying my skin out quickly. I would love if Neutrogena made a bigger bottle, as this one is only a 354 ml and I tend to use it up fairly quickly. Also this specific formula(creamy) is not sold in Canada! I know…why rave about it if you can’t buy it here? Because, it’s that good! When I travel to good OL’ Ogdensburgh, NY I stop off at the Walmart and I STOCK UP! In Canada Neutrogena does sell the Ultra Gentle Cleanser Foaming Formula. It’s similar to the creamy formula but foams when you add water to it. Another equally impressive cleanser is this one. It’s for Normal to Dry skin and non-foaming. If you do find the creamy formula sold in Canada, please let me know!
    This is an outstanding moisturizer for the eyes. This formula is loaded with anti-ageing ingredients such as niacinamide, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid. I mostly use this product in the winter months when my face and eye area are extremely dry and need a bit more love! I find this formula to be very moisturizing but not greasy and I’ve never experienced any irritations with it. I’ve tried very expensive high end eye creams and by far this product is my favorite eye cream!
     
     
     
    If you love healthy, hydrated glowing skin then you’ll love facial oils. I started experimenting with facial oils years back. I would mix virgin olive oil (voo) and vanilla essential oil and apply it to my face before bed. I had great results the next morning. I had a natural glow and any blemishes I had seemed to diminish slightly. There are numerous benefits to applying voo on your skin; however  the oil is just too thick to wear underneath makeup or even alone as you’ll look greasy. It did work in keeping my skin hydrated and plump but it wasn’t a practical solution. Fast forward a couple years and voila…Facial Oils are being sold everywhere now! Facial oils have natural antioxidants and protect your skin from harsh external factors (pollution, cold weather, over cleansing). They instantly absorb into your skin to give you a nice glow. In the colder months I absolutely do not leave my house without applying facial oil. If I go without it, within minutes my face will feel tight and it’ll bother me the whole day. Before I found Acure Marula Oil, I had tested out about 3 o r 4 facial oils and none of them felt great on my skin. Acure Marula Oil is paraben and pesticides free (also Vegan). The oil is harvested in South Africa by local women as part of the Marula Project that economically empowers all women of South Africa. Many people compare the Marula oil to Argan oil and both are amazing naturally derived oils; however my results with Marula oil outweigh the results I achieved with Argan oil. As with Argan, Marula oil can be applied to the tips of your hair, your cuticles and any other dry areas you may have. This product can be found at Target or online here.
    Beauty Tip: If you have oily skin YES you can use facial oils! To be on the safe side, apply one drop at first and work up to about 2-3 drops with each application.
     
     I was deliberating whether or not to include this mask in my drugstore post. I wasn’t sure if it would be considered a drugstore product for 2 reasons: it’s sold at select few drugstores (mostly health food stores like Kardish and Rainbow Foods) and because it’s pricier that most drugstore items I’ve previously mentioned. But in all honesty, I really like this mask and I haven’t been able to find  a drugstore product that gives me the same results! It leaves your skin plumped, soft and radiant. I leave this mask on overnight once a week, but in the colder months I definitely use it twice a week for extra hydration. There are a lot of great ingredients in this product that will nourish your skin but the star ingredient is Hyaluronic Acid. This ingredient “can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water” which basically translates too MAJOR HYDRATION for your skin. The company claims that this mask will treat wrinkles. I don’t know how true this claim is but it definitely works to hydrate my skin and get rid of any blackheads and redness I may have. I wanted to also mention that this is also a vegan and sulphate free product.
     
     
    If you haven’t noticed already by reading any blog post of mine, I’m a huge fan of glowing skin and I’m not talking about that Instagram glow you achieve from a kick ass highlighter! That’s great as well, but I want the natural glow that my body can achieve with the help of a good product. That’s why I use products like Derma e. I’ve tried many toners from drugstore brands, department store to the absurdly expensive (Hello CHANEL LOTION DOUCER!)and this toner simply trumps them all. This product is alcohol and fragrance free. It contains niamicide and cell repairing ingredients. It’s helps with uneven skin tone and it really aids your skin in absorbing any other product you apply after.
     
    This is a great moisturizer for someone who has normal to combination skin. This is a lightweight moisturizer and works well when used under makeup. I don’t recommend this product for dry skin but definitely worth looking into if you like lightweight products. I found that it does have a slight fragrance to it but nothing overwhelming, however if you are sensitive to fragrance then this may not be a good option for you. As you know sunscreen is really important, so the added benefit of using this moisturizer is the protection from the sun’s rays. IMO this is another great product from Aveeno.

     

    This is a drugstore moisturizing lotion that can be used on the face and body. It’s fragrance free , lightweight and IMO great for wear underneath makeup. It has loads of ceramids that help restore and maintain the skins natural barriers. I love this moisturizer because I do feel it helps my combination skin (dryer in the winter months) stay plump and hydrated all day. The only drawback is that it does not contain SPF so I mix a bit of this sunblock with the moisturizer and I’m protected from the sun! I have to say that switch back and forth between Cerave lotion and Paula’s Choice Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer with SPF 25. Both are great products but Cerave can be bought at your local drugstore.

     

    For years I wasn’t able to find a makeup remover that didn’t irritate my eyes. All the products either contained oils or alcohol and my eyes, being so sensitive, would swell up for hours after just one use. I received a sample of Simple Kind to Eyes makeup remover on a trip to the drugstore and the sales associated reassured me that this product would not irritate my eyes and it definitely would not leave me with a greasy residue. I was apprehensive at first but she was 100% right! That night as I applied the product I braced myself for the initial “burn” I was accustomed to when using eye makeup remover but the “burn” never happened. I was pleasantly surprised. It removed all of my eye makeup without any swelling or irritation. Simple also produce makeup remover wipes but I still prefer their liquid over the wipes.
    I need to mention that I do use use this product to remove the rest of my face makeup. Even though it’s at the top end of my budget for a makeup remover it has lasted me awhile (over a year) as a little goes a long way. It’s a very well formulated product and similar to the Simple brand makeup remover, this is also an award winner. 
     
    If you haven’t heard of this facial cloth then you most likely have been living under a rock. I read somewhere that these are the most purchased facial cloths in all of Europe and America. One side of the cloth is smooth for cleansing and the other side is slightly textured for exfoliating. I really like them because of the convenience they offer. At the end of the night you’re tired and can’t be bothered with your regular bedtime beauty ritual, grab one of these wipes and you’re good to go! According to Olay these cloths can be used as your cleanser, toner, mask and scrub. I can definitely agree that they do a good job as a cleanser and I have used the textured side for exfoliating but I won’t be replacing my toner, exfoliator and mask for these. They are just for convenience on days where I need to clean my face quickly. Don’t get me wrong, these cloths do a superb quick job at cleaning my face, but in order to maintain youthful healthy skin you need skin care products that are formulated to target specific skin concerns.
     

    I love this product! It feels so luxurious on the hands and it smells so good! If you don’t like the smell of coconut then stay away 🙂 This cream will restore cracked and chapped hands without leaving a greasy residue. Its formulated with virgin coconut oil, vitamin A, C , E and Shea butter! I keep this product on my bathroom counter to remind me to apply the hand and cuticle cream before bed! It’s a nightly ritual for me. 
    I fell in love with Aveeno products when my daughter was born. To treat her extremely dry skin my doctor recommended I bathe her with Aveeno Baby Cleansing Therapy Wash. I instantly noticed a difference in her skin and since then I’ve only used Aveeno products on my kids. Soon after having her, I noticed I also developed very dry skin, so of course I did what the doctor recommended and starting using Aveeno hydrating body wash. It’s an award winning product for good reason. The natural fig and Shea butter in this product help soothe and hydrate dry skin for hours after you’ve rinsed this product off. It never leaves a residue on your skin or around your shower, it smells divine and for the low price tag definitely worth trying it out. I think I’m on my 12th bottle already!
    I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my post!
    XO
    MAHA
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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