I love face masks and this is one of my go-to face masks when i am experiencing some congestion on my skin. As per the Origins website description “Glow big with our innovative 2-in-1 mask! Made with Mediterranean Rose Clay, Canadian Willow Herb and exfoliating Jojoba beads, it helps gently deep clean while refining skin’s texture. Pores appear to vanish. Clarity is restored. Glow is instant.” The description is right as per my experience, this is a nice clay mask which deep cleanses without causing dryness on my combination skin.

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Who is this for?

All skin types, mainly normal, dry and oily. I have combination skin and suits me very well.

What it does and how it worked for me?

This is a light pink clay mask with tiny jojoba beads mixed throughout which claims to deep cleanse the skin gently and also refine skin’s texture. It also claims to restore the clarity and radiance to the skin. For me, it worked very nicely and stood to its description.  It has a strong, spa-like, botanical scent so if you are sensitive to fragrance, stay away. The jojoba beads are not too harsh on the skin and never caused any irritation.  As mentioned above, the mask has jojoba beads rather than plastic micro beads which is a nice thing.

When i use this mask?

I use this mask when i feel congestion on the skin which is after every few weeks. Apart from those congestion weeks, whenever i feel my skin needs some deep cleansing, i go for this mask. I have been using this mask on and off since last six months, sometimes twice a week and sometimes weekly.

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How i use it?

I cleanse my face before using this mask. Then, I use a nice thick layer of this mask, avoiding eye and lip area, on the whole face and upper part of my neck where i get congestion. It dries out completely in about 10-15 minutes. I remove this mask in two ways, First way is to spray my face with some face mist like rose water, thermal spring water to re-moisten and gently massage the mask to exfoliate, wiping it off when I’m done. Second way is to just wash it off with plain water. Then, i follow with my serum and moisturizer.

Final words

This mask has never caused any dryness or irritation to my skin. The active ingredient in this mask, Canadian Willow herb helps to soothe any redness I have and my skin is left radiant and soft. I noticed that it smoothes out my textured skin, and helps with congestion too. It has decent amount for the price, CAD $31 excluding taxes for 100ml, especially when compared to other clay masks from good brands.

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Beauty Boutique by Shoppers Drug Mart


I love trying new products that are effective and gentle to the skin. I have heard good reviews about Korres as a brand and their shower gels were in my to-buy list for a long time.

Korres is a homeopathic pharmacy in Athens, Greece and they are committed to developing natural skincare, color, and body products that provide maximum results. Korres utilizes active natural extracts with antioxidant and skin-transforming benefits for clinically proven results which also makes their product formulations environment friendly and skin compatible.

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Who is it for?

For all skin types. They are formulated without Parabens, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs, Triclosan

What it does and how it worked for me?

As per the Korres website “These beautifully scented, creamy showergels contain emollients and humectants that provide a lasting moisturizing effect and help to maintain the natural moisture level of the skin, as if you have used a leave on product.

I used to think shower gels are not moisturizing but after using these showers gels, they proved to be very close to moisturizing and non drying. These really are very gentle and moisturizing on the body. I have very dry skin on my body and these have been my friends since last winter. The scent of these shower gels is so beautiful and fresh. Since i bought the first shower gel from korres, i have bought them twice again with different scent every time. All the scents are so nice and lingers for some time, pairs very nicely with their body butter.

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The Active Aloe in the shower gels makes it rick in  vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc and antioxidant enzymes, enhances the immune system of the skin, improves its ability to stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis helps reduce the visible signs of ageing. 5% organic Distillates Marshmallow & Everlasting makes this shower gel skin smoothing and soothing, anti-inflammatory, with regenerating and antioxidant properties. They contain 91.4% natural ingredients which is nice.

What are the Ingredients?

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Fragrance, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Arginine, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Castoryl Maleate, Coco Glucoside, Coumarin, Geraniol, Glyceryl Oleate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten, Lactic Acid, Limonene, Phenoxyethanol, Polyquaternium-7, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Gluconate, Tocopherol

How i use it?

I use it on the loofah or a wash cloth and sometimes directly on to the skin. After adding some water, it creates a nice creamy lather. Then i rinse with water. I have used the body butter from Korres after bathing and it works well to lock-in the moisture during winters. In summer, i follow with a light body moisturizer as it seems to be moisturizing enough.

Final Words:

These are nice shower gels that i have re-purchased many times. They cost around CAD $22 excluding taxes for 400ml of the product. They last quite a long time.

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Christophe Robin is an A-list colorist for over 20 years, created his hair care line in 1999 selecting powerful natural ingredients for recognized long term results. After hearing and reading impressive reviews of this hair care line, I bought the regenerating mask with rare prickly pear oil to calm my easily irritated scalp and dry frizzy wavy hair. It contains pure prickly pear seed oil which is a natural treasure with antioxidant and repairing properties. There are many products in the market which contain the prickly pear seed oil, which seems like the most hyped hair oil nowadays and after using this mask regularly for the last 7 months, i love it.

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Who is this hair mask for?

Anyone with normal, weak or damaged hair, basically all hair types. Suitable for colored hair. It is formulated without Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates.

What it does and how it worked for me?

As per Sephora description, “This regenerative mask treatment has creamy formula that penetrates into the hair for a profound and long-lasting effect, from roots to tips. It is enriched with pure prickly pear seed oil—a precious natural remedy with antioxidant and regenerative virtues. Its action is reinforced with a 100 percent natural repairing agent that restructures and strengthens hair from the inside, smoothing and enhancing its shine. These active ingredients are combined with inula flower extract to reinvigorate and protect the pigments of natural or dyed hair. The scalp is stimulated, roots are regenerated, and hair is protected from breakage and split ends for a smooth, soft, radiant finish.

I totally agree with each point in the description above. Along with repairing and protecting the lengths of hair, it also stimulates the scalp and protects hair from split ends and further breakages. I have felt a very nice change in my hair and scalp. My scalp has been quite calm since i started using this mask. My dry frizzy hair have been in control. My scalp and hair are moisturized without being oily.

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How i use it?

I use it once every week and sometimes twice when my hair are drier than usual. I take a small amount in my fingers and start massaging it into my cleansed scalp. Then, I work towards the hair ends. Little is more in this case. I take the size of hazelnut of this mask twice, one for my scalp and other for hair lengths. This does produce a little leather when water is added while massaging. The massage feels relaxing when you know you are putting something good on your scalp and hair. I do a quick bun with a hair clip and continue with my bath. I keep this mask on hair for 5 to 15 minutes.

The important thing i want to mention here is to rinse the hair thoroughly, i have had an experience when i was in hurry and later felt like the product was still in my hair. As this is a treatment mask, and there is a time limit to keep this in hair, so always rinse it out thoroughly. I skip conditioner when i am using this mask. I like the smell of this mask too, not very strong but nice. I have used this mask before air drying, blow drying and heat styling, and my hair looks healthy and shiny in all ways. Even when i am travelling, I refill and take my travel jar with me.

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Final Words

I feel my scalp and hair are stronger and healthier since i started using this mask. Hair have been smoother and shiny. This is one of those cult things that will always be my go-to when my scalp and hair needs help.

Have you used this mask or planning to buy it?

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As per the Lancome website, it is a skin correcting serum which “Corrects the appearance of wrinkles*, pores* and uneven skin texture. Day after day, skin looks as if transformed. It seems softer and smoother. Skin texture appears refined. ”

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I bought this serum during pregnancy to fade my acne scars and after a lot of research, found this safe to use during pregnancy. I have used this serum during my pregnancy and after it too. This is a nice serum and suited well with my combination acne prone skin. The texture of the serum is light and silky. This serum can be used during day and night. I used this serum for about 3 months on and off during day time. The results were quick and my skin started looking more even and radiant within the first week of using this.  I also think that it has helped my skin to fade acne scars to some extent.

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The scent of this serum is heavy but i liked it. I have used this serum with and without makeup and the results in both cases were good. The skin was nice, even and looked bright. This acted as a good primer on the makeup days. I noticed improvement in the texture of my skin and the size of the pores with this serum. The serum blends very well and it absorbed into my skin fairly quickly. So, I did not have to wait to apply my moisturizer. I used 1-1/2 pump of the product after toning and before moisturizing my skin.

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Overall, this is a nice serum for my type of skin. I am not planning to repurchase this soon as i have lot of other serums i love and few that i want to try.

Have you tried this serum or planning to try this?

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Beauty Boutique by Shoppers Drug Mart


The samples in my stash have been accumulating since the last Christmas 2015 and i have tried to use a part of them since then. Some samples are from the purchases i made from the brand, some from subscription boxes and some are from the reward points from Sephora.

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I have got many cream and moisturizer samples from Estee Lauder and Shu Uemura which i loved. There was not a single moisturizer from them which i did not like. All the samples i used up were delux samples ranging from 13ml to 15ml. On average, one sample lasted me for about 7 to 8 days when i used it once a day. Few of them i used during travel and others out of interest for sampling.

The Estee lauder creams i used were Estee Lauder Nightwear Plus Anti Oxidant Night Detox Cream, Estee Lauder Nutritious, Estee Lauder Day Wear Advanced Multi Protection Cream. All the creams suited my combination skin very nicely, i felt comfortable using them, no breakouts or irritation. I am now totally confident while using any of Estee Lauder products as i have used many of their products and they always lived up to their name. The creams had a nice medium texture and they never felt oily on my skin. I really look forward to buying a full size of one of them when i am finished with my huge stash of moisturizers.20160411_152127

The Shu Uemura creams i tried are Shu Uemura vitalizing renewing night cream and Shu Uemura vitalizing retexturizing cream. They are marvelous too, they had a really nice smell and the texture was quite thick and silky. I really enjoyed using them, they made me look forward to using them the next day or the night when i do my skin care routine. I am in love with this Japanese brand. Everything i bought and sampled from them makes me love them more. I tried looking these creams here in Canada on the Shu Uemura website, The Bay and Sephora but they do not have these here yet(But i do received these samples when i placed online order on Shu Uemura Canada website).

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Apart from my regular body wash and body moisturizers, the samples i tried and used up are Bliss grapefruit = aloe body butter maximum moisture cream(30ml), Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating Body Lotion(20ml) and Balance Me Revitalizing Hand and Body Wash(100ml). All of these were in my travel bag and loved using them while travelling. The Bliss body butter is true to its name, really moisturizing and my skin was happy with it. I never felt any dryness or irritation anywhere. The Bliss body butter lasted me for a little more than 2 uses on my whole body. The Weleda body lotion is also a good one for body, i liked it and it lasted me for a little more than one use. Then comes the hero, Balance Me Hand and Body Wash. I mainly used it for my body. It has a opaque jelly like medium texture. It is very gentle and has a nice smell, not overpowering or anything. It is 99% natural and never caused any irritation or over dryness over my already dry body, although i use body moisturizer everyday. I still have one more of the same body wash with me that is still unopened and is in samples stash. I like this brand and will try something more from this brand in future.

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I have already mentioned my love for the Estee Lauder Enlighten Serum which made me buy a full size of this serum. The full review post for this serum is here. Last, but not the least, the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil for oily skin, this was also in my travel bag. I have the full size of the Shu Uemura Anti Oxi Skin Refining Cleansing Oil and with the generous samples from Shu Uemura with every order, i have a big collections of these minis that i keep aside for travel. I like this very much and is one of the first cleansing oils that i started using.

I hope you liked my sample empties and their mini reviews. Have you tried any of these products?



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