Skin


I know you must be thinking why just one skincare product in this ‘holiday find and recommend post’, that is just because I feel this single product needs one dedicated post to show my appreciation on how my skin is liking and acting to it. Moreover, this is not a new product but it is new to me as is the brand. And what can be the better time to try this in the beautiful holiday packaging, it does come in regular all clear bottle. I am talking about the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence.

If you have never heard of SK-II, it is one of the most trusted and bestselling skincare brands in Asia and is quickly becoming a must-have among beauty experts in North America. And if you are not aware and never used an essence before, Essences are clear liquids rich in active ingredients and light in consistency. They are used after the lotion and before the serum in Asian routines but in our western routines, it can be used after cleansing and before the serum or moisturizer. In any case, it is going to benefit if applied before the other rich products in your routine and after cleansing. The key ingredient, PITERA™ is a bio-ingredient derived from yeast fermentation that resembles your skin’s natural moisturizing factors; contains over 50 micro-nutrients like vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and organic acids to condition skin’s natural functions.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence KARAN Limited Edition

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is SK-II’s signature product which is essentially unchanged for over 35 years. Facial Treatment Essence is SK-II’s signature and most awarded bestseller. This essence is described to transform all five dimensions of the skin to crystal clear—spots are less visible, the appearance of wrinkles is reduced, skin texture is more refined, firmness is improved, and radiance is beautifully elevated. With over 90 percent Pitera, SK-II’s bio-ingredient helps renew skin, boost moisture and radiance, and combat signs of aging. The lightweight formula allows for faster absorption and higher penetration of the product into the skin as compared to serums or creams.

The bottle as you see in the pictures is from the KARAN Limited Edition Collection which SK-II created in collaboration with artist Karan Singh. The limited edition bottle has a pop-art design illustrating the power of PITERA™ and looks so gorgeous, like a work of art which will look great on the vanity even after the product is finished.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence KARAN Limited Edition

For my combination skin which is prone to breakouts, I was not sure what this clear liquid like product will do to it. I am so glad I tried this, though I have read some nice things about this in the past, from my trusted fellow bloggers as well as my friend. I have been using this as the first step after cleansing, preferably with a cotton round as I feel I have more control on the application on all parts of my face excluding the eye area. It absorbs quickly, it did calm my problem areas instantly. I did have few breakouts the time I started using this and it did not irritate but instead calmed the area. For other parts of the face, it just sank into the skin. With the consistent use, I am feeling my face is more radiant, bright, the texture is even, my skin feels balanced. I do use other products in my routine but I do feel this makes a difference. My skin is soft and the products I use after using this essence work even better having this on the skin first. And one more thing, I do feel the difference in how my skin looks and feels if I stop using this essence for a few days. I am very happy and look forward to having this in my skincare routine forever 🙂 No doubt why this essence has won so many beauty and critic awards.

I highly recommend you to check SK-II Facial Treatment Essence if you are looking for something that helps with brightening the skin, preventing the formation of dark spots caused by sun damage, fine lines, smooth and supple skin. It is suitable for all skin types. And a great time to try or to get a backup of this 230ml version of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence KARAN Limited Edition. It is available at SK-II.com, Sephora, and Sephora Canada.

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Looking at all the cute packaging of the Drunk Elephant products, I was so intrigued to try and see how the products work for my combination skin. And I was more interested into it since I read about the skin concerns that the founder of the brand had, they all seemed to like my skin concerns – combination skin, oily t-zone, occasionally break out prone, out-of-balance, pigmentation, and visible pores. Drunk Elephant products have isolated both great synthetic and natural ingredients that are only there to directly benefit the health of the skin. The product formulas have high percentage’s of actives at the ideal pH levels and were made sure all the ingredients were easily absorbable and recognized by the skin. The result of using these products is a new category of skincare: clean-clinical and It really works – as per the brand and as per my experience by using them for over a month.

Drunk Elephant skincare review

I have arranged the products as per my routine using them, as you see in the pictures, there is my morning skincare routine, once a weeknight routine, and night skincare routine. There is the cleanser, face oil, and moisturizer that I can use day and night. Then there is s day serum and night serum which are specific to the day and night. Then there is my once a week ritual, I usually do that on the weekend.

Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser is described as a jelly cleanser with a blend of mild surfactants and makeup dissolving emollients, this gentle formula rinses away without an ounce of residue, leaving skin clean and soft. Beste No. 9 is formulated at an ideal, non-stripping pH level of 5.5. I have been using this as my morning cleanser and second cleanser for the evening. This works great to keep my skin calm, clean, and never strips it. I feel it very refreshing too. It is gentle, never stings or irritates my eyes.

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial is described as a pro-quality AHA/BHA “facial” that resurfaces to reveal greater clarity, improved skin texture and tone, and a more youthful radiance. Think of it as an extra nudge for stubborn, dull skin (in other words, it’ll knock your cells off). It contains 25% AHA and 2% BHA blend including Glycolic plus Tartaric, Lactic, Citric and Salicylic acids to gently but efficiently resurface as it exfoliates the pore lining, getting rid of built-up dead skin cells by breaking down the substance that holds them to the surface. Along with nourishing, moisturizing, brightening, balancing ingredients, it also has Niacinamide, a “cell-communicating” ingredient, effectively revives a healthy look and feel to the skin as it brightens and tones. This mask is suitable for all skin types and has an ideal pH level of 3.5 – 3.6 with a blend of acids that work together synergistically to ensure higher efficacy without the redness and sensitization.

Drunk Elephant skincare review

Once a week routine

I have used it once a week for over four times and do feel this does a good job of giving some extra care to revive the skin. This helps to deeply cleanse and resurface. My skin feels and looks soft, clear, smooth, radiant, even, and helps with my breakouts too. This has become one of my most reached out mask these days. The texture of the mask is smooth and a little grainy, just right consistency that is easy to apply, not runny or thick.

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum is a 12% AHA/BHA night serum that helps refine and resurface skin to reveal a smoother and more radiant looking complexion. T.L.C. Framboos™ enhances the performance of other products by clearing the way for maximum absorption. It is formulated with an ideal pH level of 3.8-4.0 which makes it effective and non-sensitizing. The AHA/BHA blend including Glycolic, Lactic, Tartaric, Citric and Salicylic acids and blended with raspberry extract, T.L.C. Framboos sinks in easily and delivers effective and precise chemical exfoliation without the harsh side effects like dryness or sensitization. There are more ingredients which help in soothing skin, discoloration, and pores.

This gel serum resurfaces dull skin, gently lifting dead skin cells away by dissolving the glue that holds them to the surface, giving greater clarity and a smoother, more even looking complexion. I use it after cleansing my face and my skin looks and feels smooth, refined, bright, and even toned in the morning. I have experienced results the next morning and the more regular I am, I do notice the difference it makes. It is not harsh and does not irritate or break out my skin. I do follow with few drops of Virgin Marula Oil after using this serum.

Drunk Elephant skincare review

Night time routine

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum is described as a super-potent vitamin C day serum packed with a powerful antioxidant complex of 15% l-ascorbic acid, 0.5% ferulic acid, and 1% vitamin E, essential nutrients, and fruit enzymes, all working together to firm and brighten the appearance of skin while improving the signs of photoaging. C-Firma has a pH level of 3.3 – 3.5, which is believed to be non-irritating, effective formulation.

Drunk Elephant skincare review

I use it after cleansing during the day and is one of my favorite brightening serum with Vitamin C. I notice the results immediately with this and on the long run, my spots and pigmentations seem to be fading. My skin looks brighter, smooth, and radiant.

Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil is described as high in critical antioxidants tocopherol (vitamin E), tocotrienol, phenolic compounds and flavonoids, and rich in omegas 6 and 9, helps to moisturize, rejuvenate and nourish skin while restoring a youthful glow. Straight from the “pip” of the marula fruit, our Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil is untouched by any chemical or fragrance, natural or synthetic and remains in its purest form.

I have been using a few drops of it before my moisturizer or just on its own after the serum or facial mask. Being nourishing, it did not break me out. It is gentle, did not irritate my combination problem skin. It does impart a nice glow to my skin, my skin feels nourished and soft.

Drunk Elephant skincare review

Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream is described as a protein moisturizer combines an unprecedented array and concentration of signal peptides, growth factors, supportive amino acids and pygmy waterlily for visible and immediate improvement in the appearance of skin’s tone, texture, and firmness. Like adding a shot of protein to the smoothie, this moisturizer is abundant with proteins and nutrients, it replenishes and restores your skin back to a strong, healthy state. Protini is formulated at the ideal pH level of 4.0.

I have been really enjoying this moisturizer, not light and not rich, just the right consistency that glides as well as absorbs into the skin instantly. My skin feels healthy, comfortable, plump, radiant, and is moisturized. It did not irritate or break out my skin.

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 is described as a sheer physical sunscreen that delivers powerful broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and helps aid in the prevention of free radical and oxidative damage as well as photoaging for a more youthful-looking complexion. This is a physical sunscreen that is formulated without any chemical sunscreens, which can be sensitizing and not as beneficial to the skin as the naturally-derived alternative, zinc oxide.

Drunk Elephant skincare reviewDay time routine

Sunscreen is something I am never without any day around the year, yes I do Live in Canada where almost half of the year we are inside most of the time due to harsh cold weather and yet, Sunscreen is a must. This is a nice addition to my sunscreens, it is gentle, non-irritating, no-fragrance, no pilling, glides nicely on the skin, absorbs nicely, and sits great under my makeup. It is not greasy and leaves a nice dewy glow to the skin. The little white cast dissolves once rubbed in.

Drunk Elephant skincare review

I am so glad to be using these products from Drunk Elephant. The brand is totally worth all the hype. I am so looking forward to keeping these products on rotation, they have become my trusted go-to’s when my skin needs help. Check out more of my skincare routines with Drunk Elephant on my Instagram Handle here. Drunk Elephant is available at Sephora Canada and Sephora.

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I am still obsessing over how amazing the curation of products in the ‘12 Miracles of Beauty Advent Calendar‘ has which I shared here. There is this box I am sharing in this post, which is another value box to check out this festive season, for you or to gift your loved one. The Beauty Boxes and Advent Calendars are a great way to try some best selling products and to get an introduction on what a particular brand has to offer, to experience their products and see if their chemistry if that co-ordinates with yours. And then you start exploring more from the brand. And when brands like Jurlique, which is an amazing brand from Australia with products having natural, paraben free ingredients, have some best selling products of theirs curated in a single box by SkinStore and offered at an amazing value (USD $159 worth and retails in USD $55), it is for sure must-try. SkinStore X Jurlique Limited Edition Beauty Box contains 6 brand-hero products from Australian botanical skincare brand, Jurlique, including 3 full-size products.

SkinStore X Jurlique Limited Edition Beauty Box

The Jurlique Limited Edition Beauty Box is designed keeping in mind all skin types and to improve the complexion by deeply hydrating and nourishing. It also includes body care products, perfect for unwinding at the end of the day.

SkinStore X Jurlique Limited Edition Beauty Box

The Box Contains:

  • Rose Body Oil (100ml – Full Size) – It is a moisturizing body oil to nurture the skin and senses. It would be great for the coming weather when moisture is all your skin needs.
  • Activating Water Essence (10ml) – It softens and revitalizes skin. It also prepares skin in order to benefit most from your serum and moisturizer.

SkinStore X Jurlique Limited Edition Beauty Box

  • Rose Moisture Plus Lotion (50ml – Full Size) – It is a lightweight, replenishing formula that provides hydration and protection. The lotion absorbs rapidly and leaves skin comfortably hydrated, smooth and balanced
  • Rose Hand Cream (15ml) – It is a  rich, protective hand cream deeply moisturizes and restores smoothness, leaving hands soft and supple.
  • Rosewater Balancing Mist (100ml – Full Size) – Rosewater balancing mist helps to restore and hydrate while leaving the skin balanced and refreshed. It is the bestselling products from the brand.

SkinStore X Jurlique Limited Edition Beauty Box

  • Nutri Define Superior Retexturising Facial Serum (6g) – It is a unique blend of natural ingredients put together to replenish the complexion. The Biosome5 technology boasts five lavish ingredients to soften and tighten the skin, with rosemary leaf, glycogen, peppermint leaf, and horseradish forming together to improve elasticity, finished with licorice, ginseng, and mulberry root extracts.

SkinStore X Jurlique Limited Edition Beauty Box

I am so glad to have three of the best selling products from the brand as full sizes and the rest are something I am so excited to try, especially the hand cream and the retexturizing serum. As you see in the pictures, the curation and packaging of the products are on the point, it would make a perfect gift for yourself and for the dear ones. The products are suitable for most of the skin types. I am so obsessed with the pink packaging which looks kind of pretty and cute.

As this box is LIMITED EDITION, you need to be quick. SkinStore X Jurlique Limited Edition Beauty Box is available at SkinStore here.

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You might have heard of ‘Food for the face’ here and there but when it comes to the real reasoning on why it is called so, it might not fit well into the whole concept. But what I am referring to here is the brand which, in my opinion, has a solid backup of why it is called ‘Superfood for the skin’. Superfoods are the foods which contain antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins that provide a host of benefits for the skin as well as the body and overall health like Kale and Spinach.

Youth To The People Superfood Cleanser, Youth To The People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream, Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil review

Youth To The People or ‘Superfood for the skin’ is a brand with clean, greens-based products that are suitable for most of the skin types for their formulas and effectiveness. The products are packed with a concoction of skin and body healthy nutrients, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and phytonutrients from cold-pressed plant extracts. The other thing I really like about the brand is that they work on small batches for maximum freshness. I have been testing three products from the brand including the new Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil.

Youth To The People Superfood Cleanser, Youth To The People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream, Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil review

Youth To The People Superfood Cleanser is a gentle daily cleanser for the face which is formulated with cold-pressed antioxidants – kale, spinach, and green tea – to cleanse, calm, and purify the skin. It works nicely to prevent buildup in pores and balance pH without drying or stripping. This is a really nice first cleanse for the mornings and second cleanse for the evenings for me. This is indeed the green juice cleanse for your face in terms of the brand’s vocabulary and vision for the superfoods. The texture has a gel texture and has a fresh herbal scent to it.

Youth To The People Superfood Cleanser, Youth To The People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream, Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil review

Youth To The People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream is a moisturizing cream suitable for dry skin but I am glad to try it during the fall when my skin is behaving and as we enter into winter, my skin needs more moisture. The Adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms in this cream calm the skin when faced with daily stressors like UV rays and environmental pollutants. The Pentapeptide calms the stress reaction in the sensitive and irritated skin. The Proprietary Adaptogen Blend contains Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Reishi, and Holy Basil, all these ingredients made me more excited to try this because, my background being from India, all these herbs have been a part of my day to day vocabulary as well as life. With healing properties, treatment for stress, anxiety, exhaustion, Ashwagandha is something I do take orally too and so glad to apply it on my face with this cream. It has a really nice smooth texture which melts into the skin and there is no scent in the cream. It leaves a nice glow on the skin and no residue or oiliness.

Youth To The People Superfood Cleanser, Youth To The People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream, Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil review

Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil is a face oil that harnesses the nutrients of rare super berries. This oil has Maqui, the most antioxidant dense fruit in the world, which is combined with açaí and goji, creating a potent antioxidant elixir. Also included are the intensely hydrating prickly pear and squalane oil to lock in moisture with the help of omega fatty acids and high levels of vitamin C. It is very lightweight and easy to apply, sinks in nicely without giving any residue or feeling of oiliness.

Youth To The People Superfood Cleanser, Youth To The People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream, Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate and Glow Oil review

There is a fruity scent to the oil which is very uplifting. It works great on its own after serum and before moisturizer during the day and even a drop of this oil in the foundation makes a nice difference in how fresh and dewy the skin looks.

Overall, a real superfood treats for the skin. I am really liking the products and they will be staying in the rotation in my skincare routine. Youth To The People products are available at Sephora Canada, Sephora, Free People Canada, and Nordstrom.

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With holiday and fall collections in full swing online and in stores, I am sharing one of the best collections you definitely need to check, whether you are a skincare junkie or someone who has just started to take skincare seriously, or want to try some amazing products all curated in one single box which is perfect for yourself and for gifting. I want to mention the packaging is another plus, it is so beautiful and it alone makes you feel so special and in the holiday mood. SkinStore’s 12 Miracles of Beauty advent calendar is the brand new and exclusive collection for 2018, has been carefully curated by the dedicated team at SkinStore for over 12 months. More than half of the products are full-size products.

SkinStore's 12 Miracles of Beauty Advent Calendar - Limited Edition

‘SkinStore’s 12 Miracles of Beauty advent calendar is valued at USD $99 and has worth over USD $340, each product has been specifically picked to ensure that you discover a brand new treat that will provide you everyday confidence across your makeup, skin care, and hair care routines.’

SkinStore's 12 Miracles of Beauty Advent Calendar - Limited Edition

The 2018 Christmas advent calendar comes in a beautiful presentation case that features 12 wonderful products from some of the world’s most premium beauty brands:

Erno Laszlo Phelityl Night Cream (15ml) is a lightweight and non-greasy, the night cream contains Dr. Laszlo’s unique moisturizing complex that delivers moisture into the skin by matching the natural pH and replenishing fatty acids essential to its health.

Caudalie Vinosource Sorbet (40ml – Full-Size) is gel-cream formula has immediate soothing properties and leaves skin refreshed and comfortable, it is a sensitive skin savior blended with organic grape water to hydrate and calming chamomile.

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel (50ml – Full-Size) is a rinse-off at home facial peel that contains natural, exfoliating fruit enzymes. Papaya and calming Pineapple smooth and clarify one’s complexion.

SkinStore's 12 Miracles of Beauty Advent Calendar - Limited Edition

This Works Power Nap Sleep Spray (10ml)  is an easy-to-use sleep aid to improve your daytime performance. It is formulated with a relaxing blend of Lavender, Vetiver, and Chamomile to alleviate stress and tension and restore mental balance, the spray makes it easier to nod off quickly and stay asleep, even when under pressure.

First Aid Beauty Facial Cleanser (30ml) gently cleanses the skin, removes surface oils, makeup, dirt, and grime. Its whipped texture transforms into a rich cream when blended with water.

Eyeko Fat Stick Shade Satin (Full-Size) is a chubby crayon that applies effortlessly to deliver long-wearing, high-pigmented color. With a twist-up design, the easy-to-control jumbo pencil glides on without dragging or tugging.

SkinStore's 12 Miracles of Beauty Advent Calendar - Limited Edition

Skinchemists Rose Quartz Youth Defence Lip Plump (8ml – Full-Size) helps improve the shape, texture, and volume of lips. Antioxidant-rich Vitamin E soothes against inflammation and protects against skin damage from UV rays and free-radicals. The treatment improves lip texture by synthesizing naturally occurring Hyaluronic acid, popular for its ability to retain and increase visible firmness and plumpness of the lips. Finished with a blend of Peppermint Oil producing a fresh, invigorating aroma.

Omorovicza Balancing Moisturiser (30ml) is a cooling, gel-cream moisturizer specially developed to help balance and regulate oily to combination skin. The moisturizer absorbs quickly into skin; it strikes the perfect balance between hydration and sebum regulation to control shine and help prevent blemishes. Rich in Apple Pectin and Ruby Crystal, it moisturizes skin whilst blurring the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles, and utilizes a Hydro Mineral Transference™ delivery system that facilitates mineral absorption for maximum benefit within the skin. Please note the full size of this moisturizer is 50ml and retails at USD $135.

SkinStore's 12 Miracles of Beauty Advent Calendar - Limited Edition

Dr. Botanicals Pomegranate Superfood Brightening Eye Serum (15ml – Full-Size) delivers a potent dose of antioxidant activity to the delicate tissue surrounding the eyes, smoothing and brightening for radiant-looking skin. This is a new brand for me and looking forward to incorporating this into my skincare routine.

Grow Gorgeous Hair Density Serum Intense (60ml – Full-Size) has a high concentration of technologies for maximum efficacy, the formula aims to enhance the appearance of fine, deflated hair to promote fuller, healthier-looking locks.

Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Gel (150ml – Full-Size) is formulated with effective pure essential oils of Rosemary, Black Pepper and Ginger, this gel helps to soothe an over-worked body.

SkinMedica: 1) SkinMedica TNS Repair (2ml) OR 2) SkinMedica Total Defense and Repair SPF34 (7ml) – This a new brand for me and I am looking forward to trying these, the sizes are good enough for me to test if it works.

SkinStore's 12 Miracles of Beauty Advent Calendar - Limited Edition

The advent calendar is designed in holiday red and gold, it will make the perfect centerpiece in any home this holiday. After you’ve gotten over how big and gorgeous it is, open the doors to uncover 12 pull-out drawers that will reveal a magical discovery each day.

You need to be quick though, as SkinStore’s 12 Miracles of Beauty advent calendar 2018 is strictly limited edition and is available on a first-come, first served basis. I highly recommend you to check this out now to avoid disappointment and shop the 12 Miracles of Beauty advent calendar sale today here!

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