skincare

The Benefits of Rosehip Seed Oil

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I’ve been on a mission to revamp my skin care routine ever since my skin decided to get a million times more sensitive this past year ūüôĀ I picked up rosehip seed oil after seeing Zendaya recommend it (that girl’s skin GLOWS, ok?) and it turns out it’s¬†perfect for my dry and sensitive skin….

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Must Have Summer Beauty Products

Summer time is my FAVOURITE time, and I’m only a¬†lliiiittle¬†biased as a summer baby. I love hot summer days that just give off life and energy and put everyone in a good mood, I love spending my days outside and feeling the warm breeze and I love the smell of sunscreen and grass and I love seeing people out and about everywhere I go. No matter what you’re up to, there are people around doing people things and I LOVE IT! (Maybe) my¬†favourite part of summer is the easy breezy makeup. The summer sun adds a little colour and glow to your face, and you start whipping out SPF tinted moisturizers and all the lowkey makeup products that create a classic, effortless, beachy beauty look. Here are my go-to summer products!…

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Beauty | L'Occitane Advent Calendar Review

14875321_10154707350703493_371023932_n14885722_10154707350288493_316362347_nIt’s almost December which means it’s almost beauty advent calendar season! I found the L’Occitane ¬†was the best one in terms of quality of products and cost. If you’re new to beauty advent calendars, or if you’re still looking for the perfect one check out this lil review I’ve done.

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Beauty | L'Occitane Haul

14914641_10154707351363493_1321359745_n14875272_10154707351648493_1940627576_nAloha friends! I recently did a spot of shopping over on the L’Occitane website because:

a. I wanted a Beauty Advent Calendar this year and their’s seems like the best bang for your buck.

b. I spent some time in their duty free shop in the Dublin Airport and everything smelled amazing and I’ve been obsessed ever since.

Obviously, the first thing I picked up was their Beauty¬†Advent Calendar, but there will be more on that in a later post as we near December (but I would totally recommend if you’re looking for one!)

I only actually purchased two other items, but I also received their October Beauty Gift (Free!!), and three samples,¬†and a free gift wrapping kit (excellent for blog posts like this, also excellent to rewrap in Christmas paper and use to box a gift). On top of all that, I also received free shipping. To be fair, I did end up spending $80 CAD, and some of the perks came from spending over a certain amount, but I 100% feel like I got my money’s worth – which is exactly how you want to feel when you’re spending money you really shouldn’t!¬†…

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Beauty | Rodan + Fields Review

I’m not going to lie to you, I’m really not a skincare type of person. That’s not to say I don’t have my fair amount of issues with my skin – it’s incredibly sensitive, breaks out in eczema patches (teeny tiny ones, on my face!!), I have chronic under eye circles, and constantly chapped lips. However¬† I’m convinced that anytime I try to play around and fix any of these problems, I always end up worse off than before. When Michaela from Rodan + Fields reached out to me to sample¬†some of her products I was relieved for the guidance she gave me (thanks girl!) and for the opportunity to see if these products work for me before having to buy the full product.
Michaela sent me a few different products from the company, mostly from their Redefine range, and some specified to my personally skin issues I mentioned above – here’s what I thought of them!
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Lip Renewing Serum –¬†$ 64.00 CAD
This came in a little silver bead and as instructed before bed I broke it open and¬†applied the contents over my lips. I found that the sample was¬†very generous, so I applied it not only to my lips but a bit to the surrounding areas… I was a bit nervous this would make me break out as it was quite a thick, syrupy serum but it did nothing but moisturise the area! The night that I used this was after one of my rougher lip days. I hadn’t drank enough water and spent a good part of the day out in the sun, and my lips were really feeling it. The serum didn’t completely smooth over my lips, but within two days they were feeling¬†so much better. It just softened out my lips and left them so smooth and supple – I’ll definitely be looking out for this again come the dry winter months.
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Micro Derm-Abrasion ¬†–¬†$ 52.00 CAD
The Micro-Derm-Abrasion paste came in a little silver package, again the amount was very generous for a sample size. The directions say to only use about a dime size of paste so I got multiple uses out of this. My first impression was that it was very rough – not so great for my sensitive skin. Thankfully the directions had an option for ‘gentler exfoliation’ so I opted for that, and scrubbed it in for only 30 seconds. Even though I only did ¬†a gentle¬†exfoliation, I still found that this really cleared up my skin. I used it after washing sunscreen off my face, which always leaves me feeling oily and gross and even now, almost 8 hours later, my skin still feels as smooth and as fresh as it did right after I finished exfoliating. For me, the biggest drawback of this product is the smell ¬†– it doesn’t seem to have any kind of additives to make it smell nice, which is a¬†good thing in my books¬†because it means no added unnecessary chemicals.¬†However it also means it doesn’t smell nice (my opinion) – another blogger who did a review actually really liked the smell so to each their own! You can read her post¬†here:
https://elizeaboutbeauty.com/2016/08/16/elize-about-rodan-fields-review/
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Night Renewing Serum –¬†$105.00 CAD
This sample came in a little blue bead and claims to soften wrinkles. Now, I’m only 20 years old – I don’t have a ton of wrinkles to cover up or soften out so I can’t speak for it’s effectiveness in that department. When I applied it, it¬†went on very smoothly and sunk right into my skin. My skin didn’t feel oily or slick, but rather soft and silky. I noticed that the next morning my skin did feel softer – any little bumps or rough patches had been smoothed over.¬†I have quite dry skin and most mornings I wake up with a dry face – the morning after using the serum was no different. Overall, this isn’t a product that I feel like I need in my life yet, but I do think it would do the trick if I did have a few wrinkles that I was insecure about.
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Eye Cream – $71.00 CAD
Michaela added this sample in for me to try out on my under eye circles. I used it a few times just before bed and left it on overnight. I didn’t notice any¬†extreme different in my persistent under eye circles, they weren’t as bad as they usually are, but it definitely didn’t fix my problem. That being said, I’m not 100% sure if this problem can be fixed – many people of Mediterranean descent just have persistent under eye circles and there’s not much you can do about it. If it was a circulation problem I may be able to improve it with products like this eye cream – the problem is that I both have circulation problems,¬†and I’m of Mediterranean descent and have relatives with the same issue. I’m just not sure if it’s worth spending money trying out different eye creams if it’s not something that can be helped. I might reconsider in the winter months as it usually gets a bit worse then (does this mean it’s circulation then? Or is it because I get even less sun than usual? Who knows!) If ¬†you’re someone who’s noticed that their under eye circles improve with eye creams then I would definitely recommend this one. Though I still had some darkness in the area, it helped with wrinkles and pouffiness and it¬†did reduce the darkness.
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Moisturizer – $30.00 CAD
¬†The mositurizer I received was another added sample that Michaela gave me after I told her about my dry skin issues. It was very moisturising and worked perfectly well. It’s definitely something that I would add to my cart if I was placing an order with Rodan + Fields.
About Rodan + Fields 

Rodan and Fields is a consultant based, dermatologist created, skincare company. They specialise in anti-aging products, but also have ranges for discolouration and acne – you can learn more about them by clicking¬†here. For more information about these products, please comment below and I can pass along some contact information. ūüôā

*All photographs are taken from the Rodan & Fields website and are not my own*

xx Sabrina

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Summer Favourites 2016

Aloha friends! I’ve decided to put together a little ‘summer favourites’ post now that summer’s winding up (at least here up north it is!). Hopefully this will give those of you who have a bit longer of a summer season some late-summer inspiration! x…

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