Missy’s May 2015 Favourites

YAY Spring! BOO Weather related complexion issues!

Canadian Springs bring rain, flowers, aaaaand complexion issues
Canadian Springs bring rain, flowers, aaaaand complexion issues

Ottawa is especially bad for skin issues as the seasons change. We go from an ice cold winter with almost zero humidity to a steamy spring with tons of humidity. These changes mean that my skin will show it’s displeasure in breakouts. So every Spring I begin by searching for a good transitional exfoliate, cleanser and mask. The ones that I’ve favored below are not cheap but they get the job done. However, if you’re on a budget and don’t want to shell out the big bucks on a transitional skin care regime I highly recommend to become a sample hoarder like me. Every time I shop for cosmetics, I unabashedly ask for free samples. Whether it’s at a fancy spa, hair dresser, drug stores, department store counters, or big make up stores you better believe that they usually have free samples lurking somewhere. I even like to go so far and to tell them about my skin care woes and they’re usually more than happy to recommend/give extra if they know you’re going to use it. Make them care about you/ your skin by telling them how you have a really big date, presentation, family event etc. Sometimes they’ll just give you extra samples to shut you up!

It was on this quest for free samples that I discovered this lovely line of organic products called Eminence. I was trying to get in ‘Bridesmaid Beauty’ shape for my friend’s down South wedding so I started waxing, buffing, and generally getting ready for her photo album as soon as I heard about her engagement. By sharing my bridesmaid photo anxieties I was able to get TONS of free samples and I have to say that the Eminence products were the best of all. Eminence products work and smell good enough to eat but they can be fairly pricey. Luckily, a little goes a long way, so I’ve been rooting through my stash for this exfoliant/cleanser that starts out dry and then becomes a foamy paste when mixed with water. The strawberry rhubarb scent is scrumptious and the dry rice powder absorbs oil while lactic and salicylic acids remove dead skin cells. Unfortunately, it appears that I can only buy this product in salons and I’m sure it’s in the $50 range. So when I run out of this product’s samples my plan is to book $50 facial and then not so subtlety beg for some more free samples.

Next of the list of cleaners I need for Spring is the Origins ‘Checks and Balances’ frothy face wash. Since my skin doesn’t know whether to be dry or oily once winter is done this clever product balances dry and oily skin without cancelling each other out. I LOOOOOVE this product as a transition from my moisturizer winter face cleanser to my oil sapping summer cleansers. Bonus: I bought this with Sephora Points!

Origins Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash
Origins Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash

Finally, I get to the star of this month: Origins  ‘Clear Improvement – Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores’. This is great stuff folks. It’s easy to use, is not irritating to the skin, and has a fairly neutral, earthy smell which I feel is a bonus for something that has to be left of your face for any period of time. I personally like using this mask after I’ve done some extractions and I want to be sure I got ALL the gross stuff out. I also find it helps lessen redness around these areas. It’s the perfect mask to do spot check corrections. Bonus: I bought this with Sephora Points!

Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores
Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores

So this has been my May skin care plan. Do you have any favorite transition products?



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