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WINTER BEAUTY SURVIVAL KIT

Is it just me or is old man winter really taking his toll these days? Continue reading WINTER BEAUTY SURVIVAL KIT

WINTER EYELIDS // PERIORBITAL ECZEMA

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As you already know, I suffer from eczema on my eyelids during the winter. The cold winter air brings on small patches of dry, flaky, red skin around my eyes which is annoying to say the least.

However, a few weekends ago, my eyelids freaked out and I woke up three days in a row with extremely swollen, red and dry eyelids. They were painful and no matter what I tried, I just could not get them to look or feel any better.

On the Sunday, I had had enough, as I had woken up with my eyelids more swollen, red and painful than ever. After a quick visit to the doctor, I learned that I have peri-orbital eczema, which can only be healed with a Protopic ointment. As I stated before, NEVER use hydrocortisone on your eyelids for irritations of any kind–it will thin the already delicate and thin skin!

For the past few days, Elizabeth Arden’s 8-hour cream and Avene’s Thermal Spring Water have been life-savers (other than my Protopic ointment). I didn’t wear a stitch of makeup on my eyes for a few days after the outbreak, but I gently cleansed my eyelids with a cooling mist (very nice on my burning, sensitive skin) of Avene’s spray and quick pat down with a cotton pad. After applying the ointment, I would slather on the 8-hour cream for hydration and protection from the elements. I plan on applying the 8-hour cream for the rest of winter to protect my eyelids from the wind on my walk to and from work (it is also gives a pretty, glossy sheen).

The 8-hour cream is my new favourite all-in-one product; it soothes and protects your skin throughout the winter months.  You can apply it anywhere really–as a lipbalm, moisturizer on your face or hands, on your eyebrows as a defining gel, on your eyelids for a glossy, peachy look, or mixed in with eyeshadow for a wet look. Even after my eyelids have recovered, I plan on mixing this convertible product with my eyeshadow for a smudgy, lived-in, smoky look.

Avene’s spray will also be very handy for hot summer days when my face needs refreshing (or has been burnt from the sun) and on planes when my when my skin is feeling parched from the dry cabin air.

GET READY FOR SUMMER // BEACH-READY GIVEAWAY

Now for the second of the June giveaways!

Get beach-ready with gorgeous tan, shimmery skin and polished nails, then refresh yourself from the heat with a thermal water spray. Here’s what’s in this week’s prize:

Clarins Backpack (not pictured)

Clarins Golden Glow Booster

Clarins HydraQuench Cream

Two Revlon Gel Polishes

Avene Thermal Water Spray

Omorovicza Gold Shimmer Oil

Approx. value of $160

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AVENE ESSENTIALS

A few of Amanda and Anna’s favourites from the famous french pharmacy line.
While Avene makes products for all skin types, their ranges are known for being perfect for super sensitive skin. Many of their products are fragrance-free and all of their products are hypoallergenic and they make many products that help relieve the symptoms of skin conditions from eczema to rosacea.
Anna’s favourites

Gentle Body Scrub: Everyone thinks to exfoliate their face, but no one thinks about their body–little scrub can work wonders in this chill weather. I’ve had this huge bottle hanging around in my shower for months, and it works great for post-shave exfoliation (which prevents ingrown hairs, ouch), gets rid of dry and flaky elbows during the winter months, my go-to scrub to ward off keratosis pilaris bumps on my arms and the perfect pre-fake tan skin primer (or post-fake tan if things didn’t turn out so well).

Cleanance Lotion: This is one of those products that I’ve always got stashed away, that I come back to every few months. It’s a staple daily moisturizer for anyone with combination, oily or acne prone skin. The non-greasy gel texture feels light and nourishing on the skin and doesn’t clog the pores.

Cleanance Purifying Mask: This one’s a great quick mask to throw on (five minutes, pfft) and will be your best friend when your face is feeling a bit irritated from breakouts, or overdoing it with the acne treatments. The grainy texture feels strange for a mask, but when it comes time to wash off, the beads work as a gentle exfoliator.

Amanda’s favourites

Xera Calm A.D: This moisturizer, named a balm by Avene, is thick and really coats the skin in a non-greasy way to totally restore moisture and quell any itching from dry skin. This is especially great for those with skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. This has been a god-send for me this winter since jeans can only protect my legs from windchill so much. The bottle also has a special top that keeps the cream sterile, which is important for those with eczema-prone skin.

Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Cream: This is a great cream for all skin types really. It has enough SPF to protect your skin from the sun and contains ingredients like Ceramides and vitamin E to prevent moisture loss. A really nice texture that absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy residue. Also available in both lighter and richer formulations.

Cold Cream: This is what they are perhaps best known for, apart from the Thermal Water. This super emollient cream is for skin that is parched.  If you skin is so dry and dehydrated, or if you are suffering from patches of eczema, this is what you need to bring your skin back to life. You can apply it either to the whole face or on dry patches.While it looks greasy at first after application, it will quickly absorb into the skin. The accompanying lip balm is also wonderful and leaves your lips looking slightly frosted.

Rich Compensating Cream: This one is intense. It even comes with a little spoon for application. While it is thick and non-greasy, this isn’t for everyone. This is for skin that is mature, very dry and dehydrated, or has maybe suffered some trauma and has cracked or suffered moisture loss. This one does, however, contain mineral oil, so if your skin is at all prone to acne, I wouldn’t suggest it.

Cold Cream Nourishing Body Lotion: This is a really nice and lighter weight body moisturizer. Absorbs quickly, fragrance-free and hydrates dry skin well. My husband really like this one to relieve itchy, dry skin (plus no fragrance = manly).

IN MY BAG // FALL LIP PRODUCTS EDITION

This is ridiculous. New bag (old faithful is getting repaired), new lip products, new post. No fewer than 7 lip products this season. A girl’s gotta have options! And for all of those who think I’m too vain for having 7 lip options, well, haters gonna hate.
RMS LipShine in Sacred: Even though it is now Fall (how is it so cold already?), I still love this hot pink. Buildable colour and shine, and fades to a pretty stain. Instant glamour and a pop of colour for when Fall makes your face look sad and pale.
Fresh Sugar Lip Balm in Rosé: A super-hydrating, pretty pink. This balm has been a mainstay since Sephora offered it as the VIB birthday gift two years ago. I somehow managed to snap up a second birthday gift from that year and have not yet to purchase one of these balms yet. When the day comes that I run out of tube #2, I will finally go to Sephora and actually purchase one in full-size.
Nuxe Rêve de Miel: So hydrating, with the most luxurious texture and prettiest most delicious smell. Definitely my best impulse grab from France.
Avène Cold Cream Lip Balm: Great for when you’re all business and just need a quick swipe of balm. Hydrating and gives you a slight 90’s frosted lip (like Angela Chase). What’s not to love?
Elizabeth Arden 8-hour Cream: This cure-all has stayed in my bag since last winter, when I got eczema on my eyelids. I apply to protect my lids from the cold winds, to my cuticles, to my lips, or mixed into some hand cream.
Rodial Glam Balm Multi: Similar to 8-hour, this magic all-in-one has so many different uses, from lips, to face, to body.
Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Medieval: The newest addition to my purse collection. It’s quick and easy (it’s a balm and lipstick in one) and the perfect subtle red– a great colour to have in my purse for Fall.
Also in my bag: Eye drops, Matte FX and Stila Retractable Powder Brush, Snagless Hair Tie.

ANNA’S CLEANSING ROUTINE

After seeing Amanda’s acne-free, clear complexion, I was eager to try out her new, slightly intense cleansing routine. Basically,you get your water as hot as you can (like burning your hands hot), and soak your face towel. Once you’ve lathered up your product (as I will get to momentarily), cover your face with the hot towel. Take three deep breaths. Relax. Find your inner zen. Then, rinse the towel, and repeat twice more. Finish off by either a) rinsing the remaining product with cold water, or b) rinse towel, scrub your face, then rinse the towel once more with cold water and apply to your face.
I usually look forward to washing my face at night– I mean my makeup usually feels pretty gross by then, plus I cringe at the thought of all the dirt that ends up of my face from just the air and my hands. Nonetheless, whether you wear makeup or not, cleansing before bed is SO important for clear, healthy skin. I use a makeup removing wipe on my cheeks, chin and forehead (only avoiding my eyes, they just sting too much) to get the majority of the product off. Then, I get any remaining foundation/concealer with coconut oil, lathering my face and neck for around 30 seconds (thanks for the idea, Joanna). And I know you’re probably thinking, like why would I want to spread oil on my face, that’s just asking for breakouts, well let me set the record straight. I have extremely oily (I mean it), acne-prone skin, and using coconut oil has not made me 1. breakout nor 2. made my skin more oily (heaven forbid). Plus, it’s like ah-mazing for your skin (along with these other oils). I’d like to think of it as like my all-natural (and much cheaper) dupe for those covet-worthy Shu Uemuera cleansing oils. I take it all off with the routine I listed above, ending off with option b. Now, you may think we’re done, but this is why I say this routine is slightly intense. I then wash my newly open pores with this Avene cleanser, going at it for around 45 seconds to a minute, rinsing with cold water. As you can imagine, I sleep well knowing my face is squeaky clean.
7 a.m. Wake up, turn on my tunes, dance around while laughing with my friends, this is a typical monday morning in my house. No. This is not a Clean and Clear commercial. No matter how long I’ve slept, the ring of my alarm pisses me off every morning. I trudge over to the sink and get the show on the road. With the same Avene cleanser, I get bubbly for around 45 seconds to a minute (still pretty angry that I’m awake and have to go to school). This is where I shake off my tired trance and, well, actually wake up. I follow the procedure I mentioned above, finishing with the a method (rinsing with cold water). I find scrubbing of any sorts leaves my skin quite red– not ideal for applying makeup.
Since following this deep cleansing routine, my skin has felt noticeably softer and while I am not acne-free (unlike lucky Amanda), I am not breaking out as much. Hey, I’ll take what I can get.
–Anna Raponi