Skin


Clinique Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask (CAD $34) is a new mask from Clinique which aims to smooth complexion with the power of bubbles. This mask is a transformative cleansing gel mask which deeply cleanses, purifies and preps the skin, either for the makeup, night treatment or moisturizer. The unique formula of this mask transforms from a pink gel into a blanket of small white debris- lifting bubbles. The energizing bubbling sensation along with exfoliating ingredients work to lift away surface oil and dirt to reveal softer, smoother and makeup ready skin. It is suitable for all skin types. The packaging of this mask is in a green tube with a pump to dispense the product.

Clinique Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask

The main ingredients of this mask include:

Decyl Glucoside + Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate + Cocamidopropyl Betaine – These are the foaming agents that help wash away the surface dirt and impurities that can lead to clogged pores and a dull, lackluster complexion.

Glycerin – A moisturizing agent that helps to prevent drying and stripping skins.

N-Actyl D-Glucosamine – An amino sugar that increases moisture, decreases flakiness and helps to normalize exfoliation on the outer layer of skin.

Clinique Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask

It is suggested to shake the tube of this mask before using. I spread an even layer of this mask on my face and neck avoiding the eye area. The pink color of the gel starts to change and bubbles start to form which grow a little in size, making it a very bubbly layer over the face. After two minutes, I massage the mask with warm water while rinsing away. Then I pat dry and follow with my skin care products, followed by makeup if I use it in the morning. I have used it thrice per week and have used it for two weeks. It is a great pick me up for a Monday morning and it just takes 2 minutes and the skin looks refreshed. For other days, I use it in the evening followed by my night serum and moisturizer.

Clinique Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask

Clinique Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask

It is also great after a workout or yoga sweat session, and perfect for an evening out because it really helps prime skin for makeup application. I am really liking that my skin looks more clear and less clogged pores, thank you to this mask. I try to stay consistent with my skin care, it is not a one day or one week but it is part of my daily routine and this is what I suggest everyone. With care and consistency, anyone can improve and maintain the quality of the skin. This is a great mask and I would recommend this to anyone who needs a quick boost for the dullness and uneven texture or for that maintenance and improvement of the skin by deep cleansing and purifying the skin. This mask is exclusively available at Sephora.

Which is your favorite deep cleansing and purifying mask? What is your favorite product from Clinique?


Being a fan of Goldfaden MD products since I discovered this brand last year, I have been thoroughly enjoying some newness and two cult favorite products from this brand since I received them last month. As a brand developed by a Dermatologist, this is based on plant-based, the problem-solving range is packed with potent antioxidants to give the needed strength and protection to the skin. So, when it comes to this range, I do expect a lot from it and here I am sharing my reviews for ‘Skin Detox with Goldfaden MD’ after using this trio for over a month during my night skincare routine, yes because I want to feel and enjoy these products in the evening when I have some quiet time to myself. I got Detox Clarifying Facial Wash which is the newest addition to the great line, the cult favorite Doctor’s Scrub and Facial Detox Mask for testing and reviewing. The packaging of the products is in the standard Goldfaden MD style, beautiful green, and golden writing on sturdy white plastic jars.

Goldfaden MD Detox

Goldfaden MD Detox Clarifying Facial Wash (CAD $45) is the newest product from this brand which is an AHA Nutrient Rich Treatment. This foaming facial wash is aimed to address problem skin by reaching deep into pores and kicking out stubborn dirt and oils. The formulation comprises a combination of two Alpha Hydroxy Acids, namely, Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid, which work together to dissolve excess oil and dead skin cells. The Detox ComplexTM in this facial wash is comprised of potent fruit extracts and active plant cells to provide anti-pollution benefits and to revitalize and detoxify the skin. All of the ingredients work together to give a fresher, cleaner, smoother and rejuvenated complexion.

Goldfaden MD Detox

I have been reaching out to this foaming facial wash as I do see a difference in how my skin feels when I am using this trio. I do not remove makeup or sunscreen with this facial wash but I use it as my second cleanser to get the benefits of the nice formulation created by this line.I take two pumps of this product and massage it with circular motions on my damp skin for few seconds and then wash it off with lukewarm water. It does not make my skin feel dry or irritated but I feel a nice clean fresh face. I see Glycerin is high on the ingredient list, actually, it is the second ingredient, that means I get a clean fresh hydrated skin. All the ingredients are listed on the Goldfaden MD official website if you are interested to know the details. This is a keeper for me and is another hit for me from this brand.

Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub (CAD $95) is a cult favorite product, loved and praised by many. It is a daily exfoliator, yes daily, that adds hydration and removes dead skin cells giving a brighter, radiant and healthier looking skin. The key ingredients of this product include Ruby Crystals, Hyaluronic Acid, Seaweed Extract and Jojoba Oil. The perfectly round Ruby Crystals provide an effective exfoliating to give that brighter, clearer, younger-looking skin. The line-filling Hyaluronic Acid delivers long-lasting hydration. Seaweed extract helps improve moisture level of the skin while providing natural glow, tone, and texture to the skin. It also plumps and nourishes the skin while providing high levels of antioxidant benefits. Jojoba Oil is a moisturizing agent that helps prevent water loss and improves skin’s flexibility and suppleness. It is suitable for all skin types.

Goldfaden MD Detox

First of all, the scrubs I have used all my life are advised to be used twice or thrice in a week, so it seemed really exciting and interesting that I can use this daily. And when I started using this daily, I could see why it is advised that way. It is very gentle and it does works to give the claimed benefits and that is why it is the cult favorite product. I take a small amount of this product and massage gently on my damp skin for 25-30 seconds in circular motions and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. After seeing the results from this, yes the glow is real after I use this, I did use this scrub on my neck, decollete and body which did impress me. My skin felt comfortable, hydrated and glowy with no irritation or sensitivity after using this daily.

Goldfaden MD Detox

Goldfaden MD Facial Detox Clarify + Clear Mask ( CAD $85) is a purifying mask that draws out dirt and pore-clogging debris from the skin. This is a gentle mask with ingredients that improve the appearance of skin and avoid breakouts apart from treating the existing problem areas. This is a skin corrective and purifying mask which has some nice ingredients like Zinc Oxide, Sulfur, and Camphor. Zinc Oxide soothes skin and reduces the appearance of marks by working to form a protective layer on the skin reducing the appearance of redness. Sulfur has been known to work as a natural protector and it regulates extra-oily problem areas and prompts shedding and exfoliation of pore-clogging dead skin cells, dirt, and oil. Camphor works to wash skin as a natural astringent sourced from the bark and wood of the camphor tree. It works to clean skin by helping draw out oils and impurities and tampers appearance of redness and discomfort.

Goldfaden MD Detox

I have used this mask both as a full face treatment as well as a spot treatment with good results. I apply a thin layer to the entire cleansed face twice a week and 3-4 times as a spot treatment. Once it is dry or after 15 minutes, I wash this off with lukewarm water following up with my treatment serum or moisturizer. I have noticed a difference in the frequency of any flare-ups of acne as well as the size of my pores and intensity of my acne spots and redness. I love a good mask and have a big collection of those, this is a great addition to my treatment masks to be used regularly twice a week or as a go-to mask when my skin behaves.

Overall, these are some great products that are suitable for all skin types and will be a great addition to your skin care regime whether you have few products that work for you or to you detox collection if you are skin care obsessed like I am. These products are available online through Goldfaden MD Official website, GeeBeauty Canada, and Cult Beauty websites respectively.

What is your favorite product which you reach out to when your skin behaves?


Everyone has those few products which work for their skin when nothing else works and Clarins Skin Beauty Repair Concentrate S.O.S Treatment for Sensitive skin (CAD $66 excl taxes for 15ml) is one of those products for me. This has been in my skincare arsenal since few years and it is not advised to be used regularly but when the skin is in dire need. I reach for this serum/oil when my skin behaves badly whether it is due to weather, stress, allergic reaction or when I have eczema flaring up ( my eczema does come up once or twice in a year). The packaging of this product is in a small plastic bottle which is air tight and the product comes out of the pump. The fragrance is very subtle and I find it medicinal in a nice way.

Clarins Skin Beauty Repair Concentrate

Clarins Skin Beauty Repair Concentrate S.O.S Treatment for Sensitive skin is described as ultra-soothing “emergency” treatment for skin that reacts to every little thing. It helps calm extreme irritations and inflammations with the nurturing benefits of 90% pure plant extracts. It restores balance and clarity to sensitive skin with continued use. It is suitable for skin of all ages and skin types normal, oily, combination and dry. The texture of this treatment is oily.

Clarins Skin Beauty Repair Concentrate

The main ingredients involved in its formulation are derived from Sunflower, Olive Tree, Avocado, and Sweet Marjoram. The oil and wax from the seeds of Sunflower have moisturizing and protective benefits. The chemical from the leaves of the Olive tree is extremely moisturizing and is similar to the lipids in the skin. Avocado is exceptionally rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins and essential fatty acids and has been used as a remedy for a migraine, respiratory disorders, and skin disease. Sweet Marjoram is valued for its medicinal purposes by Greeks and in many other parts of the world.

Clarins Skin Beauty Repair Concentrate

As mentioned in the starting of this post, this serum/oil is advised to be used as a treatment for no more than 15-20 days at a time as an intensive treatment or any time of the day as an emergency treatment, and one pump on cleansed face and neck avoiding eye area. The texture is oily but does get absorbed into the skin very fast without leaving any residue or oily feeling. I reach for this bottle when my skin is red and irritated due to breakouts or allergy. It does work very well on my eczema or dry patches on the skin which I usually get around the change of season. I find this treatment calms down my skin and I can rely on it when nothing else works for my skin. I follow up with a gentle moisturizer after using this product.

This is available at Clarins Canada Official website, Hudsons Bay, and Sephora.

Have you tried Clarins Skin Beauty Repair Concentrate? What is your go to product in skin emergency needs?


I am all about the best and luxurious products and when it comes to few of my favorite brands, I just have to buy the product. I love Omorovicza as a brand and have used a few of their products which I have reviewed in this blog and posted on my Instagram. If you are interested in reading about them, you can write ‘Omorovicza’ in the search bar on the right and will see all the posts about the brand. I got a small sample of this mist a few years back (precisely almost three years back) and then I purchased the full size of Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist (CAD $110 excl taxes) which tempted me to get a travel size (CAD $40 excl taxes) to keep in my bag and yes, here I am with the review for one of my go-to mists.

Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist

Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist is described as a refreshing neroli and rose-scented toning facial mist perfect for a midday pick-me-up or as a post-cleanse toner. A quick spritz of this neroli and rose-scented facial mist refreshes the skin and lifts the spirits. The formulation is purifying and hydrating. This mist was inspired by the Queen of Hungary Water, the world’s first recorded perfume, formulated for Queen Elizabeth of Hungary in the 14th century. It is free from Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates and synthetic colors and fragrances. As all other Omorovicza products, this is also powered by a potent blend of Hungary’s mineral-rich healing waters and their patented Hydro Mineral Transference™ delivery system. It is suitable for most of the skin types and does work well for dull and dry skin.

Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist

I do love facial mists, I am not referring to the makeup setting sprays but the mists which have some skin care benefits and can be incorporated into your skin care routine. In my skin care routine, mists are must whether it is after cleansing my face, drying it and then spraying the mist before applying the serum onto my skin or if it is a follow-up spray after using an acid exfoliator. I have used this mist for a long time, almost 3 years on and off and I do like to keep it in my skin care stash always.

Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist

Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist, the names itself sounds divine, majestic and luxurious ( so many beautiful words in one sentence for this mist I know). A spritz of this mist does give a nice glow, hydration, and freshness to the skin and to the senses too. The packaging is beautiful glass bottle and the best part is the topper from where the mist comes out, it is the gentlest and fine mist that comes out of that topper, not like you get wet or the product gets to different directions, but just the perfect kind and like made as per your face’s size and needs.

My face needs 2-3 spritz and I just wait for few seconds to apply my serum on to the skin. It makes the serums get absorbed nicely.The fragrance of this mist is very subtle and natural. Apart from using it the ways I described above, I do like to keep this in the fridge and spritz it onto my face during my skin care routine, it feels so calming and freshening. For using this as a mid day pick me up, the aroma and the gentle mist does freshen up the senses and the skin. It is available to be purchased at Sephora and the Omorovicza official website ( they do ship worldwide).

Have you used Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist? What is your favorite skin care mist/hydrating toner?


Pili Ani is the first Filipino skincare line which is developed by mother and daughter duo Rosalina and Mary Jane Tan. This skincare line that the pili nut as its primary ingredient. The pili oil has been a part of the locals for the needs of skin problems, with few examples of farmers whose 10-year-old psoriases was cleared when he started working on the Pili farm. The pili pulp contains a lot of beta carotene, as well as vitamins A and E which makes it a natural antioxidant. From amongst the five skin care products under the brand, I was sent Pili Ani Natural Radiance Facial Moisturizer Cream (USD $125 excl taxes) and Pili Ani Intense Hydrating Facial Oil(USD $155 excl taxes) for testing and review purposes. The products use pili and elemi oils mixed with active ingredients that aim to solve various skin concerns like dullness, wrinkling, dryness, and sagging. The packaging as you see in the pictures is very beautiful and luxurious. The shape of the jar and bottle is very unique and the colors work very well with the natural and brightening aspects of the brand.

Pili Ani

Pili Ani Natural Radiance Facial Moisturizer Cream is a creamy moisturizer which is formulated with a luxurious blend of Pili Ani’s pure Pili and Elemi Oils. Pili and Elemi Oils are clinically proven to be effective vitamins and superfood extracts. This moisturizer cream revitalizes the complexion for an intrinsically lit from within glow. The key ingredients in this product are Pure Pili Oil, Pure Elemi Oil, Vitamin C and White Truffle Extract.

Pili Ani

Pili is prized in Asian Pacific region for centuries for its skin nourishing properties. Pili oil is derived from the Pili tree’s pulp and hand pressed to preserve its efficacy. It is rich in essential fatty acids, amino acids, and flavonoids that provide intense hydration and antioxidant benefits along with reducing inflammation. The Elemi oil in the ingredients is derived from the pili tree’s bark and acts as a gentle antibacterial that balances skin’s oil levels and supports firmer, tighter looking skin.

Pili Ani

The powerful duo of Pili Oil and Elemi Oil blends seamlessly into the skin for nourishing and lightweight hydration. The papaya extract, white truffle extract, and Centella Asiatica are other key ingredients which form a cocktail to work to inhibit melanin production to improve skin tone and increase overall brightness. The results are smooth, even and radiant skin. It is advised to be gently massaged over face, neck and decollete to lighten uneven skin tone, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation. It is best suited to be used in your night skin care routine.

Pili Ani

Pili Ani Intense Hydrating Facial Oil is a natural skin conditioning facial oil that deeply absorbs into the skin leaving it soft and smooth while providing a healthy, natural glow. The key ingredients of this oil are Pure Pili Oil, Pure Elemi Oil, and Vitamin E. The Intense Hydrating Oil boasts an abundance of natural antioxidants and Vitamin E that help protect skin by limiting the exposure of free radicals, helping reduce the signs of aging. The Pili Oil has a high level of hydration and moisturizing properties. It is also known as an anti-aging aid, anti-bacterial and supports firmer, stronger and tighter looking skin. It normalizes the skins oil balance and reduces overly oily skin. It is an anti-inflammatory and has a very balancing, uplifting aroma. The Elemi Oil supports stronger, tighter looking skin. It is advised to be gently massaged over face, neck and decollete to hydrate the skin.

Pili Ani

My overall thoughts about these two products are very positive. I have been using them during my night skincare regime since over 3 weeks. Both the products do provide a natural glow to the skin, not the shine but the lit from within glow. Pili Ani Natural Radiance Facial Moisturizer Cream is a nice addition to my night time moisturizers and delivers very well to the claim of providing natural radiance. My skin does look supple, bright and glowy in the morning after using this moisturizer at night. I believe this is a nice treatment moisturizer that does help long term with anti-aging and skin firming. I am reaching my mid-thirties soon and this is a nice addition to my growing anti-aging squad.

The Pili Ani Intense Hydrating Facial Oil first seemed to me just a hydrating oil and that too intense hydrating, means congestion acne for my combination acne prone skin. But no, I read about the inflammatory benefits of the ingredients and I felt safe to use this on my face. And yes, I did not experience any congestion or acne after using this, but my skin felt more supple and brighter, with no new acne. I am a fan of oils and this is a keeper in my face oils collection. Both the products did not leave any residue and never irritated or congested my skin, despite being hydrating. I have been using both during the night and very happy with the results.

Have you heard of the Pili nut and its benefits? Which product would you like to try from this skincare line?

 

Media samples kindly provided, all opinions are my own



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