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Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration

BzzAgent did me a favour again, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Just when the weather was turning to a brisk -17C not including windchill I was sent an invite to get in on their Burts Bees Intense Hydration campaign. For the first time ever, I had dry and flaky eyelids (my under eyes weren’t any prettier). As an added bonus for Christmas, the sides of my mouth were cracked and oozing. I can be like a little child, when it hurts and it’s within range I lick compulsively.

The Bzz kit for this campaign contained a full size night moisturizer and cream cleanser, along with sample packets to pass out to friends and coworkers. I’ve been using the moisturizer during the day and at bedtime on my skin and eyes (shh…don’t tell anyone!!); within a week my skin was well and back to normal. It was a pleasant surprise, usually creams for dry skin break me out. A major win for this cream, no irritation, burning, or breakouts. I’m becoming a fangirl for Burts Bees.

The Bzz kit did not include eye cream, but the next time I purchase it will probably be from the Intense Hydration line. I really loved these products.

(Please see this post here for an explanation about what BzzAgent is and how it works)

Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

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I received a sample of this in one of my earlier Glymm boxes and it quickly became an integral product in my beauty arsenal. The listing on Vasanti.ca states:

1. Powerful papaya enzymes break down dead skin cells to help progressively smooth your skin’s surface and uncover a healthy radiant glow.
2. Dermatologist-grade Microderm Crystals at 25%, work to stimulate and exfoliate your skin to help smooth and reduce the appearance of fine lines, scars and blemishes. Many dermatologists use these same crystals for their microdermabrasion treatments.
3. Aloe vera, coconut, panthenol along with a mild cleansing gel keeps your skin hydrated and refreshed and helps soothe the skin during the exfoliation process.

I’ve been sparsely using my sample tube three times a week for about a month and am loving the results. My skin feels softer and smoother while also looking brighter and less sallow. It is gentle yet effective and didn’t irritate my irritable skin.

Brighten Up! can be found on Vasanti and Glymm for $34 CA.

Vichy Pureté Thermale 3-in-1 Calming Cleansing Solution

Vichy Pureté Thermale 3-in-1 Calming Cleansing Solution.

I keep this baby on my desk with cleansing pads to remove my makeup on lazy nights. Gentle yet effective, it removes eye and face makeup with no burning or irritation. As a micellar solution, it has no scent and is alcohol and soap free. I picked this up on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart months ago for around $19 CA.

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder: Loose Powder

Sephora: MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder: Loose Powder.

On my last Sephora online shop I tossed the travel version of Make For Ever HD Microfinish Powder (yowza) into my shopping bag. With oily skin prone to freak-outs, I prefer a light powder to top up my foundation and spot treat oily spots throughout the day. Most drugstore powders (Revlon Colour-Stay Pressed Powder, I’m looking directly at you) have clogged my pores and caused breakouts because they did little to control the oil.

This version has a cornstarch-like consistently and works well to keep the oil at bay without looking cakey. I dust this on after putting on my foundation and concealer with my Eco-Tools Bamboo Powder Brush, and it sets my face without matting its appearance completely.

On Sephora, this little buddy does set you back a bit, but the performance matches the price. The HD Microfinish Powder is $16 CA for the 0.17 oz container and $32 CA for the 0.35 oz container.

Petroleum Jelly: 100% Pure Vaseline®

Petroleum Jelly: 100% Pure | Vaseline®.

Petroleum Jelly, the cheapest and most effective moisturizer I have ever found. I use this for my dry cuticles, hands, feet, lips, and cracks around my mouth. My grandmother kept tubs of this by her bed, in her kitchen, and bathroom. I love this stuff, it doesn’t burn or irritate my sensitive skin and doesn’t clog pores. The fact that it’s a petroleum product doesn’t bother me in the slightest, one can also argue that it’s natural. Neither are really selling points nor fear factors for me.

Makeup Remover

Makeup Remover

I use these nightly to remove my makeup. The Pampers Sensitive baby wipes are the gentlest wipes I have found. They remove my all makeup  and gently exfoliate my face all in one step. I use the same wipe to remove my eye makeup and mascara and I am not sure if these will remove waterproof mascara, but they do remove my Colourstay foundation. The formula doesn’t completely strip my oily skin or freak it out sensitive-wise and is perfume free and hypoallergenic. I don’t feel a residue on my face after using these and I moisturize directly after without rinsing or using any other products. I do store the container upside down to retain the moisture in the uppermost wipes. All in all, inexpensive and effective comparing to other drugstore brands I have tested.

Burt’s Bees Sensitive-End of Week One

I’m at the end of week one of testing the Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily Cleanser and Moisturizer, previously posted here. As a member of BzzAgent (explanation posted here), I earned the opportunity to test part of the new line for sensitive skin. After a week of daily use, my skin feels really soft and moisturized. I haven’t had any new blemishes rear their ugly heads and the redness on my cheeks has calmed down somewhat.

The cleanser is really creamy. For those who like a lot of lather, this may not be the product for you. The cleanser does clean well and my skin did not have any residue after using. It feels almost like a cold cream in texture, without the burning I usually experience with those products.

The daily moisturizer has enough moisture for my oily combination skin. It absorbs immediately, again without residue. I’ve put this on a chapped area around my mouth several times a day. This did burn somewhat, but the area was red and irritated to begin with.

So far I’m a fan of these products, but I’m heading into the breakout time of my cycle. I’ll keep posting updates and I’m hoping to take photos of my skin as it is at this point to compare in the future.

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