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The other Delevingne, Poppy, has been announced as Jo Malone’s first ever ambassador, and can we say that they couldn’t have made a better pick?



Don’t get me wrong, I love the luxurious packaging and Sephora’s beauty insider points, but there is something so satisfying in finding a great, sometimes better than high-end, inexpensive product at the drugstore.

I have pretty thick eyebrows that don’t really need filling in, but one of my essentials is a clear brow gel to keep them in place. I’ve used the Anastasia one, another from Estée Lauder (which doesn’t seem to exist anymore) before I stumbled upon Maybelline’s Great Lash Gel. It does take a little longer to dry and it is an unusually liquidy formula, but the end result is the same, and for a product that you technically don’t actually see, it makes no difference what brand it is.

As for the mascara, I can’t take all the credit. My friend bought it in brown by accident and gave it to me. I didn’t know what to expect– I’m not a huge mascara girl. I usually wear brown, I just think black is too obvious on me. And that’s the other thing– I like a really seperating and just tad volumizing formula, like as natural looking as possible.

I had been using Clinique’s High Impact, but it was getting a bit funky, it had been a while. I gave this one a try, and man, it was like love at first sight. The formula is really… wet, you know what I mean? The brush was easy to manoeuvre so I could get right to the roots. I was left with defined and voluminous lashes. My only complaint, and I really mean it when I say only, is that it flaked by the end of the day, which doesn’t really surprise me because I’ve found that most drugstore mascaras do that. Nonetheless, I’m so pleased with this one I’m probably not be going back to high-end mascaras for a while.

–Anna Raponi


This is probably one of the least glamorous-looking beauty products out there. But, it’s efficacy makes up for it’s un-aesthetically pleasing white tube.

I have now been on Differin for more than three months now (supposedly how long it takes to actually work), and I can definitely see an improvement in my skin.

It has really purged my pores of little under the skin bumps, pimples, blackheads and more. However–don’t get me wrong–I still have some blackheads on my nose, some comedones on my chin and forehead and the occasional cystic pimple. But there are far less of them and this adapalene gel makes them much more manageable.

I used to experience a never ending circle of cystic pimples on my chin and cheeks and now, I may get 1 every two weeks (more likely around my special time of the month) and instead of lurking around for a week before disappearing, the Differin brings down the size and pain significantly in one night and speeds up the healing process to only a day or two. This in itself, for me, is magic.

If you’re expecting Differin to clear up your skin by 3 months, you’re probably dreaming. When I was frustrated and approaching my second month (and going through what seemed like purge cycle upon purge cycle), I found online that Differin really needs at least 4 months to be given a chance. There’s definite improvements so far, so I’m going to stick with it.

Tips for using Differin:

  • Make sure you have thoroughly cleansed your face beforehand, and then wait 15 minutes before applying a pea-sized amount to your entire face. This is not a spot treatment.
  • I usually give the gel a few minutes to sink in before applying my other skincare. If you have oilier skin, you might be able to go without any moisturizer on top, but the retinol can be quite drying.
  • Don’t use any heavy serums, oils or moisturizers over top. Keep it light.
  • If you have uber-sensitive skin, then start slowly by only using it every other night for the first week.
  • Follow the directions: only use a pea-sized amount, cover your entire face and do wait those 15-20 minutes: I read a blog post about a girl who was complaining about it’s efficacy but she was using it totally wrong (using it as a spot treatment after applying moisturizer).
What skincare I’m using along with Differin:
N.B. This might seem like a lot of exfoliation for some, but my skin really needs to be well exfoliated to stay clear. My skin gets congested very easily.

Differin cannot be bought from a department store: you need a prescription from your doctor. As a beauty blogger, I am so lucky to receive many products for free, but all in all, this is the best product that I don’t have to pay for (thank you benefits). So, for now at least, I’ll keep truckin’ and keep you all updated with the results in a few months.


YES, THIS CLEANSER LOOKS LIKE LARD, but not to worry, it isn’t. It’s a hard balm that when scraped out and massage on the face, turns into an oil that effectively removes ALL makeup, every bit of it, from your face. Eye makeup easily melts away, quickly transforming you into a panda/the scary girl from the grudge.

With a wet washcloth, the dirt from your day is swept away (rhyming, yo) in a second. Perfect for a first cleanse at night. Plus, it’s unscented, so it’s perfect for you sensi gals. Another plus, it’s also cheap–$35.00 for this tub will last you months and months since you only need a very small amount. The formulation of this cleanser (which is quite stiff at first) also makes it hard to easily waste/use an excess of this product (thanks, Clinique!).

The cheapest cleanser I’ve found around town that doesn’t contain mineral oil, shea butter (bad for acne-prone skin) or parabens and it WORKS. The best.


I DUNNO BOUT YOU, but my skin freaked right out as soon as it got cold in November. The super dry heating got turned on in full force at my office, the air in my apartment lost it’s moisture and the whatever life/normalness was remaining in my skin was essentially sucked out of my face by the cold winds on my commute (I walk 20 mins to and from the office).

So! With the change in seasons, comes a change in your skincare. Gels are traded in for creams, lotions for oils, etc. etc. Don’t worry though, I’ve got all bases covered–from milks all the way to balm.

You’re not going to want to make any drastic changes, but if you’ve noticed that your face is dryer than usual, you might want to switch to something a bit more hydrating and less stripping, either full-time for the winter, or part-time. (Also, if you are using foaming cleansers, I beg you to give those up full-time. They are bad news bears for your face).

So! I’ve got four cleansers here for you. If you don’t already use one, it’s a good idea to incorporate the use of a washcloth with milks, creams and balms to properly remove the product from the skin.

Lancôme Galatée Confort
This is a really nice, thick milk/cream hybrid that effectively removes makeup. However! You need to use this with a washcloth to properly remove it. I also wouldn’t recommend it for acne-prone skin of any kind (it does contain mineral oil). Overall, it has a lovely smell, works, and is great for a morning or second cleanse.

Clinique Comforting Cream Cleanser & Aurelia Miracle Cream Cleanser
I’ve included two creams here for you–they are different enough to warrant this, I promise you. They come in at quite different price points, and one is fragranced (Aurelia)–deliciously I might add, and the other is unfragranced (Clinique). They are both great at cleansing the skin, and once again, I would recommend a wash cloth for proper removal. The Clinique is better at removing eye make up for sure, but I would still both use them as morning or second cleanses.

If you’re worried about ingredients, Aurelia is definitely more natural and uses essential oils to create a really beautiful cleanser (as you know, I am obsessed with all their products). However, if you’re on a budget, the Clinique works perfectly well.

Clinique Take the Day Off
As you know, I am a huge fan of balm cleansers, and really any good one with good ingredients will do. I haven’t yet reviewed TTDO, so this is why I’m including it here (here are some other balms I love). TTDO is another gold-star product from Clinique–no mineral oil here so it’s suitable for all skin types, and it removes makeup in a flash, really, anything and everything. Plus, it’s the most affordable balm that I’ve been able to find that won’t irritate acne-prone skin and doesn’t contain parabens. Win!


We asked Victoria about her favourite beauty products:
“I’ve always been more of a skin care than makeup girl, for me healthy natural-looking skin is the key to beauty, and can’t replace any kind of foundation. To cleanse my face I use organic products, in the morning and afternoon I use Nubian Heritage Black Soap, which also serves as a makeup remover. Every day I apply a face mask called Tensoderm which I buy at a local pharmacy, or the Creamy Mask with Tropical Resins by Sisley which I love. A secret product (which is about to become not-so-secret) is Argan Oil, which I apply a tiny bit on a tissue and dab around my face before bed – it makes me feel incredible when I wake up, since it gives me a luminous and fresh complexion, hydrated just right. To moisturize I have tried about ninety different creams, but the product that works for me is Physiogel which you can buy in pharmacies too. Aside from that, I don’t use anything else. Though in summer, I put a bottle of rose water in my fridge and spray my face with it very often, it’s so refreshing.
Regarding makeup, I really don’t use much of it, aside from the days when I get breakouts. I use the Clinique CC Cream to cover any imperfections, and the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat under my eyes to look (and feel) refreshed. I never ever use eyeshadow since I don’t suit it at all, but I do love the Lancôme Définicils Mascara, which really makes a difference as it visually opens my eyes. For my cheeks, for some reason I love MAC’s Mineralize Blush in Dainty, it gives a beautiful subtle glow. The one thing I love experimenting with is lipstick, and right now I love Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet in La Distinguée as it’s two tones darker than my normal lip colour and gives me that natural look I always go for.”

 –Victoria Berezhna, author of the blog, Bougeotte, and fashion contributor for This Is Glamorous