5 top products to try from DHC | More than just cleansing oil

Thursday, October 22, 2015

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1. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil ($28 USD)

When I first started beauty blogging, everyone who was anyone was obsessed with the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. It was the only cleansing oil worth noting for those “in the know,” and for a little while there, it felt like all of my beauty friends & fellow bloggers were all ordering it online and raving about its magical, makeup-removing properties.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil review

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil review

I finally tried the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil this month, and let me just say: even though years have gone by and it seems like every single brand out there has released a cleansing oil since then, this is still, somehow, one of the best cleansing oils I have ever tried. Its rich, cushy olive oil and rosemary formula (no cheap mineral oil here!) takes off everything, even waterproof eyeliner, and rinses off with perfect skin neutrality (you know; no greasy film or stripped finish), making it perfect for oily and super-dry skin types alike.

DHC Sweetpea moisture care lipstick review

DHC Moisture Care Lipstick in Sweetpea

2. & 3. DHC Moisture Care Lipstick ($14.50 USD/each)

I’m not big on lipsticks with shimmer, but the DHC Moisture Care Lipsticks are totally the cutest lipsticks to be had at under $15 each! They’re shiny and slick, and detailed in flowers and butterflies — what could be cuter?

Pictured here are PK04 Sweetpea (the peachy nude) and WN12 Sugarplum (the plum). Both come with a heaping dose of silver shimmer and a glossy frost finish, so purchase only if you’re a glitter lover!

DHC Sugarplum moisture care lipstick review

DHC Moisture Care Lipstick in Sugarplum

4. DHC Extra Nighttime Moisture ($36 USD)

The DHC Extra Nighttime Moisture moisturizer is the perfect plain moisturizer. It’s full of olive oil, squalane, collagen, and radish root ferment filtrate, and is free of stuff like silicones, fragrances, and parabens.

I wouldn’t recommend this one as a day moisturizer (it definitely leaves you looking greasy), but it’s great for dry or reactive skin that just needs something really rich, soothing, and nourishing.

DHC Extra Nighttime Moistsure review

DHC Extra Nighttime Moisture review

5. DHC Face Wash Powder ($12.50 USD)

Ladies and gents, I have saved the best for last. The DHC Face Wash Powder looks unassuming–fine, white powder; basic, dated packaging–but it is an absolute treat to use.

When mixed with a couple drops of water, this boring-looking powder foams up to create a lovely, dense lather that removes all of my day-to-day makeup without any scrubbing or smearing. It’s gentle, simple, and completely non-gritty and non-stripping.

I love this one for daily use, but it would be fantastic for travel, too!

DHC Face Wash Powder review cleanser

DHC Face Wash Powder review

What are your favourite products from DHC?

This is a sponsored post. However, all of the opinions included in it are my own — I got to pick out each product & share my honest thoughts on all of them! 

LUSH Bat Heebie-Jeebie Halloween review | Lord of Misrule Shower Cream + Nightwing Shower Jelly

Monday, October 19, 2015

LUSH Halloween 2015 review bat heebie jeebie

The product: LUSH Bat Heebie-Jeebie Halloween gift set

↳ Lord Of Misrule Shower Cream (60 ml) and Nightwing Shower Jelly (full-sized)

Every October, LUSH comes out with a bunch of adorably spooky shower confections and gifts for Halloween lovers small and tall. This year, one of those gifts is the Bat Heebie-Jeebie ($17.95 CAD), a little bat-shaped decoration filled with a Nightwing Shower Jelly and a baby Lord of Misrule shower cream.

LUSH Bat Heebie Jeebie review

LUSH Bat Heebie-Jeebie gift set review

LUSH Nightwing Shower Jelly review

LUSH Nightwing Shower Jelly ($6.95 CAD)

The last thing I expected when I picked up my little Shower Jelly tub was that it would contain, somehow, an entire jelly bat inside of it — but that’s exactly what I got.

The Nightwing Shower Jelly bleeds purple and smells exactly like green apple/lime candies. It’s super wibbly, ultra wobbly, and (presumably) made of magic, seeing as it can unfold entirely and get stuffed back into a plastic tub repeatedly without any wear or tear.

LUSH shower jelly review Nightwing Halloween 2015

Shower Jellies, as I found out just today, can also be frozen for a stiffer experience or used as shampoo to add softness and shine, making Nightwing a great all-’rounder! Plus, it’s hella fun to cut into little pieces and use (seriously, this stuff is like invincible jell-o), and it doesn’t leave a lingering scent the way that the Lord of Misrule does.

The LUSH Nightwing Shower Jelly ingredients:

Glycerine, Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Fresh Lime Juice and Aloe Vera Gel Decoction, Carrageenan Extract, Lime Oil, Carob Syrup, Citral, Limonene, Red 33, Blue 1, Iron Oxides. AND MAGIC, APPARENTLY.

LUSH Lord of Misrule Shower Cream review

LUSH Lord of Misrule Shower Cream ($9.95 CAD)

The Lord of Misrule is a LUSH Halloween classic, available this year in Shower Cream format and as a Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb ($6.95 CAD), which contains little popping candies that fizz and crackle in the bath.

This super-liquidy shower cream is bright green and full of glitter, making it the most interesting shower not-gel experience I’ve ever had. Unfortunately, I also found it to be really drying, and for some reason (WHY???), it stains my skin if I leave it sitting for too long.

Even though I know that many love the Lord of Misrule scent (it’s black pepper oil, patchouli, and vanilla), it just doesn’t live up to its promises of being “perfect for dry winter skin.” By which I mean: it’s actually awful for dry skin. Like, it’s cool in theory and feels fine while you’re using it, but… yikes.

The LUSH Lord of Misrule Shower Cream ingredients:

Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Patchouli and Black Peppercorn Infusion, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Stearic Acid, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Fragrance, Lactic Acid, Organic Wheatgerm Oil, Black Pepper Oil, Patchouli Oil, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, Titanium Dioxide, Limonene, Linalool, Snowflake Lustre (Potassium Aluminium Silicate, Titanium Dioxide), Yellow 5 Lake, Blue 1, Methylparaben.

LUSH Lord of Misrule review shower cream

The verdict?

While I really wasn’t impressed with the Lord of Misrule Shower Cream, LUSH’s Nightwing Shower Jelly is just too cool to pass up. If you’re a texture junkie (and really, what beauty addict isn’t), you totally need to give it a try!

Or, if bats aren’t really your thing, LUSH offers plenty of other jellies, too–but only the seasonal ones come in cool shapes like this one. (I want to try Needles and Pines and 93, 000 Miles next!)

Availability: $17.95 for the set at LUSH stores and online. (Or, buy Nightwing on its own here.)

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Odacité Oleosomes Time Release Delivery Crème review | The perfect serum booster

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Odacité Oleosomes moisturizer serum review

The product: Odacité Oleosomes Time Release Delivery Crème

The science behind oleosomes: The new Odacité Time Release Delivery Crème features safflower oleosomes, which are plant organelles that store vitamins and triglycerides surrounded by a phospholipid bilayer. Oleosomes melt upon contact with the skin, and can be used as an all-natural delivery system in skincare.

The Oleosomes moisturizer also contains things like aloe (to hydrate), white tea extracts, hyaluronic acid, and calendula oil (to soothe), but the big pull is the oleosomes — they’re meant to deliver actives to the skin slowly, keeping it hydrated and glowing all day long.

Odacite Time Release Delivery Creme review

Odacité Oleosomes delivery review comparison

The idea: Odacité recommends two different uses of their Oleosomes Delivery Crème: (1) used on its own as a moisturizer, or (2) used with 2-3 drops of an Odacité Serum Concentrate to deliver the serum to your skin throughout the day/night.

The idea behind this is that you’d use your Oleosomes Crème as a staple product, and then edit your serums frequently, switching them up for day/night, changes in the weather, etc. It makes a lot of sense, if you ask me — I tweak my skincare regimen based on how my skin is doing at any particular moment (for instance, I’ll use Ca+C when my skin is sensitive, but Po+R when it’s dry), and it’s cool to see an entire skincare line that operates around that idea, too!

Odacite Oleosomes review

The results: I really liked the Odacité Oleosomes moisturizer, but I have to admit — I did have a couple of problems with it. First off, the good stuff: the formula blends perfectly with any oil, and it feels rich and smooth when applied. It’s also 100% natural and silicone-free, and works well for sensitive skin types.

As a delivery mechanism, I think the Odacité Oleosomes crème is wonderful. It pairs well with all of my serums to deliver all-day hydration and efficacy, and I only need one pump of moisturizer to two drops of oil for great results.

Odacite Oleosomes moisturizer review

Odacite Oleosomes Time Release Delivery Creme

However. For skin as dry as mine, I need not one, not two, but almost three pumps of product if I’m using it alone, and there’s just something kind of strange about the texture of this product — it melts into the skin when applied, but is stiff enough in the bottle that it can be a struggle to get any product out at all.

If you live in a warmer climate or you have normal to slightly dry skin, I doubt you’ll even notice a problem with either of these things. But for those in colder climates (or those with dry skin or eczema), I would definitely give this one a pass.

Odacite Oleosomes Time Release Delivery Creme moisturizer review

The verdict?

If you own and love any of Odacité’s Pure Elements Serum Concentrates (the fact that you’ll love them is taken for granted) and you’re not sure what moisturizer to mix them with, the Oleosomes Time Release Delivery Crème will be perfect for you. It’s hydrating and non-irritating, and will definitely help you get the most out of your serums. 

However, it wouldn’t be my first choice for a stand-alone moisturizer. I like the line’s Night Time Repair Serum moisturizer ($120 USD) a lot more when used alone (that one’s actually quite nice), and in terms of getting the most bang for your buck, I think it would make more sense to add one of the line’s serums to a cheaper skincare regimen than it would to switch your normal moisturizer to this one!

Availability: $68 USD/$82 CAD at The Detox Market.

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BISC Vol.17: ​​How do you get rid of acne scars?

Sunday, October 11, 2015


How do you get rid of acne scars?

MELISSA | Switzerland | Kiss & Make-up

I’m afraid I don’t have any secret insider tips on how to get rid of acne scars. I just kind of just leave them be and heal on their own. However I did read somewhere that putting Vaseline on acne scars can help them heal faster though, but I haven’t tried it yet myself…

ANNE | Germany | Linda, Libra, Loca

Acne scars is something I have a lot of experience with. The worst don’t come from my early years of acne but from my mid-twenties, when my skin went completely mental for six months.

I have tried several things to lighten them and will gladly share what worked for me:
– Microdermabrasion: Done by a beautician, quite expensive, refines overall skin texture
– AHA/BHA: Done at home am and pm, see my favorite productshere, here and here.
– Sunscreen: Prevention is key!

Things I haven’t tried before are Retinol (will do once the pregnancy is over) and laser.

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LILY | Malaysia | Chloe Ash

I used to have pimple marks but not excessive scarring which affects the texture of the skin. The marks turn from red to dark, and I get rid of them by gentle exfoliation and using a good brightening serum. I swear by the Diorsnow range because it got rid of all my pimple marks but each skin is different. Keeping skin well hydrated is also very important. So drink lots of water to get the juice flowing!

ERIN | USA | Clever Girl Reviews

I’ve tried everything short of lasers and not much has worked miracles for me. The key is persistence with things that help like retinoids, vitamin C, and botanical brighteners. Exfoliating is also key to improving skin texture. My current routine featuresSunday Riley Luna, Fresh Seaberry Oil, Derma E’s brightening line, Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Pads, and Fresh Black Tea Essence. Each of these things addresses texture, tone, and brightness while healing the skin. I’ve had a ton of acne scarring. I’ve also had light chemical peels and microdermabrasion but they didn’t help much.

TRACY | USA | Swaybeauty

I try preventing them from the start. When I feel a spot coming on I immediately treat the area with salicylic acid and leave it alone (no picking). I take a break from wearing makeup to let my skin breathe & give it a chance to heal itself. I’ll continue this treatment until it’s gone. If it happens to leave a mark I’ll dab it with aloe vera or apple cider vinegar to lighten the spot.


MATROMAO | Philippines | FoodWorldMe

Two things: Exfoliation and Hydration. I don’t get to go to the dermatologist, so I do the best I can with what I have at home. I exfoliate with a scrub once a week, and then I follow that up with an at-home peel like Philosophy Microdelivery Peel. Then I just religiously slather on moisturizer to try and help along the skin renewal process. I also use argan oil, since I feel like it helps acne scars lighten faster.

RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog

I mostly just wait patiently (okay, not so patiently) for them to fade, but when I’m really antsy about a particular scar, I’ll add a little Marcelle Revival Firming + Brightening Cream Serum into my skincare regimen. It’s still a waiting game, but the serum really helps speed things along!

JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa

I’ve been incorporating apple cider vinegar in my skincare routine (as a toner AM and PM) for about 4 months now and I’ve seen great results! Not only does it help fade acne scars, but it also softens and smooths my skin over time. It’s super cheap and effective! The smell is terrible but you’ll eventually get used to it. Then I continue with my VERSO cream day and night. I also exfoliate my skin twice a day with a Foreo Luna. Sunscreen is also a must and now I am using the Tatcha one. I think with acne scars, it takes time so be patient!

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5 AHAVA salt & mud products you need to try (& a giveaway to win a set for yourself!)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

AHAVA salt mud skincare giveaway

I have something a little different for you today, dear reader: a countdown of my five favourite silicone-free products from AHAVA, plus a giveaway at the end so that you can try out some of my favourite products from the line!

AHAVA is an Israeli brand with a pretty cool origin story (but not the supervillain kind). Founded in 1988, the brand’s products are based around what they call the Osmoter — a concentrated, proprietary extract of mineral-rich Dead Sea water.

Since ’88, they’ve built a brand around the magic of the Dead Sea, with a plant-based Water Return Process that cleans their manufacturing facility’s waste water without chemicals so that it can be returned back to the region and used again. All of their products are paraben-free, GMO-free, and petroleum-free, and the company itself is cruelty-free!

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AHAVA Liquid Dead Sea Salt review

5. AHAVA Liquid Dead Sea Salt ($22.50 USD)

I wanted to start today with one of AHAVA’s coolest products: their liquid salt body mask, a shower-gel-like detoxifying product that can be used as a 2-minute body mask or as a liquid bath salt. The formula contains vitamin E, Dunaliella Algae, and Grapefruit Oil to enhance the skin’s natural defence system and moisture level — think of it like a transportable soak in the Dead Sea. 

I’ve never used a liquid salt product before, so (of course) I had to make sure that there really was salt in there… And the verdict is that, yup, very salty; would not recommend licking.

AHAVA dead sea mud purifying soap review

4. AHAVA Moisturizing Salt Soap / AHAVA Purifying Mud Soap ($10 USD/each)

For a Dead Sea shower staple product, AHAVA offers two face-friendly bar soaps: a salt soap for dry skin, and a mud soap for oily skin.

The softly-scented Moisturizing Salt Soap is definitely better suited for my skin, and I’ve been enjoying its rich, non-stripping lather in the shower every night. It features AHAVA’s exclusive Osmoter, a blend of Dead Sea minerals designed to replenish and rehydrate the skin.

AHAVA Deadesa Salt moisturizing soap review

The Purifying Mud Soap is definitely the more unique option of the two, though, so I had to give it a try, too! My skin was actually pretty happy with it — it’s an anti-bacterial, oil-free cleansing bar for the face and body, and it got my skin nice and clean without drying it out. The mud soap bar is also made with the AHAVA Osmoter complex, and contains black mineral mud from the Dead Sea region.

AHAVA Dead Sea Plants body oil review

3. AHAVA Precious Desert Oils ($42 USD)

I’ve always been a sucker for a good body oil, and this one — this one is good. It’s not as hydrating as some of the 100% oil blends that I own, but it soaks all the way into the skin for a soft, non-greasy finish (and isn’t that always the trade-off). Its formula includes jojoba, sesame, and desert date oils, as well as a little bit of myrrh oil, the AHAVA Osmoter, and Dead Sea algae extract.

At $42 USD, it’s a little pricier than the rest of the line, but the packaging and subtle fragrance are an absolute treat.

AHAVA precious desert oils body treatement review

2. AHAVA Hydration Cream Mask ($30 USD)

The AHAVA Hydration Cream Mask ties with their Softening Butter Salt Scrub for me, except for one thing: the salt scrub smells inordinately delicious (so, of course, it had to take first place).

AHAVA Time to Hydrate Cream Mask review

I am so, so into this hydrating mask, though! It’s a 3-5 minute mask that’s designed to be used 1-2 times each week, or you can leave it on overnight, as I do. It has a soft floral fragrance and feels very spa-like as it’s worked into the skin, soaking in instantly and making my face feel immediately hydrated and supple.

The formula is loaded up with ingredients like shea butter, Dead Sea water, lactic acid, and aloe, and I always wake up to smooth, fine-line-free skin in the morning — it’s like an overnight radiance facial. 

AHAVA Deadsea Salt Softening Butter Salt Scrub review

1. AHAVA Softening Butter Salt Scrub ($24 USD)

My favourite product, by far, from the AHAVA line is this one: the Softening Butter Salt Scrub. This is one product that I think everybody needs to have in their shower, no matter their skin type or shower habits!

The Softening Butter Salt Scrub smells absolutely amazing (it’s scented with a delicious blend of essential oils; think fruity and floral, not herbs and citrus) and is both super scrubby and gentle on the skin. You take a scoop of this stuff, buff it into your skin BEFORE showering, and then rinse off in the shower to turn it into a light, silky lotion.

For me, this shower butter/salt scrub is the best of both worlds. It leaves my skin feeling SO soft, smells fantastic, and acts as an in-shower body moisturizer or moisturizing shaving cream as long as I don’t scrub it off under the spray.

AHAVA salt mud skincare giveaway

The giveaway

And, lastly, I have something exciting to share with all of you guys: a chance to win your very own at home AHAVA spa kit! (Worth up to $64 USD.)

To enter, use the form below and make sure to tell me if you want a handpicked DEAD SEA SALT SET (for normal to dry skin; includes the AHAVA Hydration Cream Mask, Softening Butter Salt Scrub, and Moisturizing Salt Soap bar) or the DEAD SEA MUD SET (for normal to oily skin; includes the AHAVA Softening Butter Salt Scrub, Purifying Mud Soap bar, and Natural Dead Sea Mud body mask).

This giveaway will be open for two weeks, until October 22nd at 11:59 PM MST, and is open to Canadian & US readers. Good luck!

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but all of the opinions are still my own. I chose, tested, cut, and re-tested every single product in this post, and I hope you like them as much as I do! 

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