Product Review: First Aid Beauty Mattifying Moisturizer Gel

This is one of my Holy Grail face base products. I have been using this for a year and a half and I haven’t been abe to find anything I’ve like this much since. I must start by saying that I have combination skin and this moisturiser works great with oily and dry skin.

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This product retails for $37 CAD on the Sephora Website. I know its a bit pricey for someone who has combination skin. I have not found a moisturiser that compares to this, as a makeup base.

The product comes in a 2 oz squeeze tube. The product is transparent in appearance and goes on a  regular moisturiser.

When you get to the end of the product, it can be difficult to get the last of the product out (and there is a fair bit stuck in the lid area). I found it was best to remove the plastic cap and squeeze out the gel-like toothpaste.

What Does it Mean to be a “Mattifying” Product

Unfortunately, there are many negative reviews on this product. However, this is just a misconception on how mattifying products perform. Mattifying aren’t meant to make you matte despite the name.

Mattifying is a term used for absorbency. Particularly for those with oily or combination skin. This gel is intended to absorb quickly for oily individuals leaving a skin smooth matte service.

Why I love this!

Regardless of the price, I will continue to purchase this item. It lasts for several months and a little goes a long way.

For combination skin, I found this does not emphasise my dry patches. In fact, it does a wonderful job of smoothing them down.

As for oily skin, this does not make me oilier throughout the day.

As a makeup base I can put this on and it has fully absorbed into my oily skin within 5 minutes. This is the feature I love the most of this and why I continue to purchase it over and over again.



Product Review: Kate Somerville EradiKate

At first, I didn’t like this product but that was mostly learning how to use it with different types of acne. I must say, I have quickly become addicted to the Kate Somerville EradiKate and can say it is a HOLY GRAIL skin care item.

I first say this in a Chloe Morello skin care video. When Christmas time came around I was able to purchase this thanks to a gift card my boyfriend gave me.

In a spin of irony, my skin was clear for a couple weeks so I had to wait until I was broken out to try this.

This product retails for $26 CAD through the Sephora Website. The product is packaged in a 30ml bottle filled with a pink powder content. Upon the label, it reads ” Do not shake”. When you open the jar there is a foul odour. The product is exacted from the bottle with a Q-tip.

After doing some research the contents of this bottle is sulphur. A natural product that has historically been used to treat acne and mild blemishes.

With blemishes, I found this product would minimise the amount the blemish would raise out of the skin.

With acne, it was best to lance a pimple and then apply the product directly to the affected area. There would be some mild burning but only for a few seconds.

With multiple uses on an affected area I noticed some mild dryness, but nothing as bad as benzoyl peroxide. Also, this product does not stain your clothes, unlike benzoyl peroxide.

This product is great and I highly recommend it as a night spot treatment. I give it two thumbs up.

Would I Purchase These 5 Empties?

Hey all! I thought I would share with you some recent empties and if I would or have already repurchased them.

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  • Laura Mercier Translucent Powder. Yes! Yes! and Yes! This powder is amazing for oily skin it just takes some getting use to as it is easy to make cake face. I have already repurchased this item and it is my HOLY GRAIL powder.

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  • BITE Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Torte. Yes–if they were still making this shade 😦 This is my one of my daily go to products for work and unfortunately this shade is not available. It makes me sad as this was a very flattering mauve-pink for all skin tones. For a swatch of this product you can find it here.

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  • First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Oil Free Mattifying Gel Moisturizer. Geez! that’s a mouth full and yes I have repurchased this many time. As an oily individual it is hard to find a moisturizer that absorbs quickly as a make-up base. This is my HOLY GRAIL moisturizer when  getting ready for work.

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  • Lancome Teint Idole 24 Long Wear Foundation. Yes this is my HOLY GRAIL foundation for long work days. This product does not move or slide on my oily skin. Best of all it does not break me out. To see how this product compared against other full coverage foundations, check out the link here.

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  • Benefit Ready Set Brow! 24 Hour Brow Gel. No! I will not be purchasing this.  There are just too many things I don’t like about this product. It’s not awful but its not the greatest either. It doesn’t hold up to the 24 hour claim and the spatula applicator is annoying and wasteful of product.  For a full product review you can find it here.


What products have you finished Let me in the comments below.


Product Review: NYX Soft Mattes

It seems like whenever you see a post involving a lip stick collection these days, there’s one item that is consistently there.

The NYX Soft Mattes are a staple in most lip collections. They are affordable lip products retailing for $9.00 CAD through I picked mine up at Shopper’s Drug Mart.

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People who dread matte products should not be turned off of these. Even though they are named mattes these do not try down completely thus offering comfort.

The NYX Soft Mattes come in a plastic tube with a doe foot applicator. There is 0.27 fl.oz in this product.

There seems to be some consistency issues with the formulation of this product. For instance I had the shades in Monte Carlo (red) and Transylvania (dark brown-purple).

I have no complaints about Monte Carlo but Transylvania no matter how you layered it was a streaky and patchy mess.

Final Thoughts?

These are great because they are affordable. If your not a matte or liquid lipstick kind of person then these will meet you half way.

The Soft Mattes are great for days that you are just running out for a couple hours.

It’s easy to see why these would a staple in any collectors brood.





Product Review: NYX Shine Killer

When NYX came to Canada last February (I think) this is one of the first products I picked up.

Unfortunately, this is one of those judge a book by its cover situations as the name “Shine Killer” got me. Surely with a name such as Shine Killer, this product would guarantee a satisfying matte look–I told myself.

Lo and behold disappointment ensued.

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The NYX Shine Killer retails for $13.99 CAD at Shopper’s Drug Mart. It comes in a black squeeze tube of 0.67 fl.oz. The product is a clear silicone based gel that absorbs into the skin and is formulated to be oil free.

There is no oil control in this product and that becomes evident after 3-4 hours of wear. I found when this is worn as a primer, foundation will melt and pool in large pores.

If you’re oily like me, you will shine on. This product is best intended for those with dry-normal skin who are looking for a smoothing primer.

Final Thoughts?

This product performs well as a smoothing primer, not as a mattifying primer with oil control agents. Despite the name, if you are oily avoid this product and look for a mattifying primer.

If you are considering this based on it silicone contents I would suggest looking at other smoothing primers with a higher silicone content–like Baby Skin. It’s a little bit cheaper and will out perform this.

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Product Review: Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control

May I dare say it? Holy Grail Status?

I bought the Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control on a whim. Back in the Fall my skin went completely out of whack and I needed something extra to add to my routine.

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There are mixed reviews on this product and I am glad I ignored the negative ones. This product has been phenomenal as a primer and BHA exfoliate. Yes– this product does in indeed have a BHA in it.

Best of all, the BHA is at an appropriate PH level to exfoliate your skin while your wear it.

This primer is fast absorbing, it acts as a moisturizing lotion and mild acne treatment. As someone with combination skin, I can say this does not add any oiliness to the longevity of my wear.

At $50 CAD this is an expensive purchase. However, it is a product with dual purposes and most products with BHA are a bit pricey.

I would recommend this product for those with sensitive to combination skin. Normal to dry skin types may find the addition of BHA drying.

Product Review: Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment

I’ll admit it, when I got a sample of the Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment I had a very objective view towards it. In one corner, this is a rather pricey skincare item at $69 CAD. At that price I was afraid I was going to like it. In the other corner, I had a fear of having a mass break out because of the list of irritable plants in this product.

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When I first applied the Glamglow mask I was stunned at how little you actually needed –just enough to coat the skin in a thin layer (about two fingers filled in length). Once I began the application, it dried quickly and lightened in colour with my skin tightening beneath the mud.

The drying power of this is incredible. It took approximately 7 minutes for the full mask to harden. Dark spot began to appear were the mask began to pull oil up from my clogged pores.

And I could see my Glamglow mask addiction begin. Seriously, there is something so satisfying in watching these little black dots appear.

When scrubbing it off, it does feel a bit scratchy. Like wiping off fine milled black sand. So it does have minimal exfoliating properties.

Final Thoughts?

There are irritable plants listed in the Supermud Clearing Treatment. So those with sensitive skin may be turned off of this. I have combination skin and this felt amazing on my  T-zone and cheeks but it felt sucked the life out of chin area. Those who have dry skin may want to avoid this product as it can feel very drying. I recommend this for combination skin and oily skin individuals.

As an after affect of doing this mask my skin felt clean for days. This is an experience I have never had with a mask before. Normally my skin would feel refreshed up to 24 hours after.

There was a clear difference in the texture of my skin. Surface bumps were clearly minimized.

Would I buy the full size version?

No. For $69 CAD I would not buy the full size version. The way this is packaged means the organic materials in this will loose there potency. Thus, based on how little you actually need for the mask, the Supermud would diminish before I could use a full size container.

However, for $24 CAD you can purchase 5 single use packets. This is more consumer friendly and does not waste product.