Okay, when it comes to aesthetic packaging, I think Glow Recipe definitely takes the cake.
In case you aren’t familiar with Glow Recipe, it’s a brand that utilizes K-Beauty trends and uses natural, fruit-powered ingredients that is designed to bring out your glow. The brand has been around since 2014 and you’ll recognize it by it’s bright packaging and fun bottles. Their products are also clean, cruelty-free and free of all that toxic stuff like parabens, sulfates and phthalates.
The brand recently released their newest innovation, the Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops (C$45), which launched in December 2020. This serum is a makeup-skincare hybrid that gives you a dewy glow instantly and over time the more you use it. This lightweight gel formula can be worn under makeup or over top and will hydrate skin, as well as visibly brighten your face.
The ingredients include niacinamide, which contains Vitamin B3 and antioxidants to reduce hyper pigmentation and correct the look of dullness and minimize pores; watermelon to hydrate and brighten skin; as well as hyaluronic acid to moisturize and hydrate.
I love the idea of this product and for the most part have used it as a serum underneath their Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer. I think in the summer time I will mix it in with my CC cream for days where I want a more dewy finish and a beautiful glow. Regardless of if you are using this with makeup or not, you’ll find that after regular use your skin will look less dull and more radiant.
Glow Recipe’s Watermelon line is one of their original ones and works to hydrate, soothe, and fight free radical damage. It also will combat fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots.
As mention, I like to use this with the Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer (C$50), which is a lightweight gel moisturizer that hydrates, brightens and boosts radiance and glow on the skin. Ideal for normal, dry, combination, and oily skin, this moisturizer will help combat dryness, redness, and fine lines and wrinkles.
The formula includes watermelon extract to quench skin with moisture and soothe irritation, hyaluronic acid to hydrate, and antioxidants to protect skin against daily aggressors. For those who have oily or combination skin, Glow Recipe recommends using this as a moisturizer, whereas for those who have dry skin they can use it as a serum. Since the formula is a gel, it is very cooling and instantly absorbs into the skin.
Now that you’re moisturized and glowing, finish your skin off with their Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist (C$37). This ultra-fine mist (and I really mean it when I say “ultra-fine”) is formulated with 84 per cent watermelon, hyaluronic acid, and hibiscus to hydrate and fresh skin and enhance your makeup. The hibiscus also gently smooths the look of your skin’s texture and softens and hydrates it, leaving it prepped for your makeup. Finally, it also contains apple cider vinegar to balance oil production, and rice germ oil to protect your skin against free radicals.
I absolutely love this mist as the bottle really does nicely mist it on your skin. It’s such a nice little finisher to your skincare routine and I recommend carrying it around with you whenever you want a little refresh.
There are a few other products in their Watermelon line, including the iconic Sleeping Mask and PHA/+BHA Pore-Tight Toner. I also have the Glow Lip Pop (C$29, on sale for C$26.10), which is a lip balm with build-in exfoliant that hydrates, exfoliates, and gives lips a pop of colour.
This balm, which tastes like watermelon, includes watermelon extract, vitamin E, and coconut oil and watermelon seed oil to give you juicy and nourished lips. It also contains edible flower-derived AHA to naturally smooth lips, as well as coconut flower sugar to gently exfoliate and remove dead skin.
You guys know how much I love my Laneige Lip Sleeping mask for nighttime wear, but I have found that I have been applying this one before bed now too. I also like just applying it whenever I want some moisture and the added colour is a nice touch as well.
So far I have really been enjoying these Glow Recipe products and truthfully, more than anything, I just love the way they look on my countertop (I’m such a sucker for pink things and pretty packaging). I’ll be trying out a few other Glow Recipe products soon and after using these one on a regular basis, I can definitely see what all the hype is about.
Have you tried Glow Recipe?
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Hands up if you’ve been loving all the clean beauty mascaras coming out lately!
Last week I chatted about CoverGirl’s newest mascara, the Lash Blast Clean Volume mascara, and shortly after I wrote that post I got in Bite Beauty’s take on it, the Upswing Full-Volume mascara (C$37). Now when it comes to Bite Beauty and their line up of products, I’ve only really ever tried their lip products. They also have a foundation, a primer, a powder, and more, but they started their line with lips and I can tell you, they do lip products quite well (especially considering that they make their products with all natural ingredients; their whole schtick is that you can literally eat their items since there is nothing bad or chemically in them).
Brand new to the line is their first mascara, Upswing, which is a volumizing mascara that is also flake resistant and will give you lifted, long, and curled lashes. The brush features that hourglass shape I love and is designed to curve around the lashes for the right amount of lift.
The formula of the mascara itself contains vegan tree berry wax to grip the lashes for buildable and lightweight volume. This mascara is definitely very buildable and will give your lashes the right amount of lift that we all strive for.
Now I feel like I have that preconceived notion that just because it’s a clean beauty brand, it won’t work as well as my other mascaras. This one actually does a pretty good job in giving younoticeable lashes. It doesn’t quite crack my top five, however, I do think it gave me nice looking and long lashes. Compared to CoverGirl’s version, I would say that this one performed better for my lashes personally, but I have a soft spot for that hourglass brush, so I knew I would really enjoy it.
I’m really happy that Bite Beauty came out with mascara since I don’t think there are a ton of vegan and clean ones on the market. It seems like more and more brands are releasing them and I’m happy to see that this is now the norm for a lot of companies out there. If you are on the hunt for a good clean mascara, I would look into Upswing.
Have you tried Bite Beauty’s Upswing mascara?
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A must-have for me every week? Throwing on a face mask.
I usually reserve Sunday nights for my mask time, but sometimes I’ll throw in an additional day throughout the week depending on how my skin is looking and feeling. I have a lot of face masks in my collection (the skincare kind FYI… although I do have a lot of masks now too for when I’m out and about); everything ranging from gels, sheets, clays…. you name it. With that, I’m always down to trying out new brands and formulas as well.
Alya Skincare has been on my radar for a while now, mostly due to it’s super cute pink packaging. The brand is quite small in their offering, but I like how the products all work together so you get a nice and through routine.
In case you aren’t familiar with Alya Skincare, they hail from Australia and their star product, the Pink Clay Mask, is made with Australian clay, which detoxifies and brightens your skin. This clay is also safe for sensitive skin types and all their products are vegan and animal cruelty free as well.
The brand launched in Canada in 2019 online and you can find their products in store at select drugstores as of February 2021. Like I said, they are known for their Pink Clay Mask (C$49.95) which is made with kaolin clay, witch hazel, aloe vera, and Vitamins C and E. This mask detoxifies and brightens your skin, as well as tightens pore. It helps to extract pollutants and junk from your skin and will also assist in the removal of acne and pimples. Just apply the pink clay to your face, chill out for 10 minutes, then rinse.
Speaking of rinsing, use their Foaming Micellar Cleanser (C$19.99), which is infused with watermelon seed oil, essential rose oil, and witch hazel. This foaming cleaner will help to hydrate, rejuvenate, and cleanse skin, while the micelles draw out dirt and oil without drying out your skin.
Now that your skin is cleansed, use their Australian Native Berries Moisturizer (C$24.95), which hydrates and moisturizes skin thanks to the added pepperberry, macadamia oil shea butter, and riberry.
The brand also has a scrub, the Pomegranate Facial Exfoliator (C$24.95), which they recommend using prior to the Pink Clay Mask (I actually like to use it after to help remove the mask).
This scrub is safe for sensitive skin and will deeply exfoliate and cleanse your skin. It helps to extract pollutants and dirt and will also help with acne and pimples
As mentioned, all of Alya Skin’s products are vegan, cruelty free, and come in the cutest pink packaging. Alya does recommend using their products together for the best outcome and overall, I have used the regimen as a complete set. They have also recently released a serum as well, so I like how they are building up their collection (they just need an eye cream and toner now!).
I like this brand, however, I would recommend it more for those who are under 30 since I prefer more anti-aging benefits personally, but for the Gen Z crowd I think this would be really beneficial for their skin and the cost is at a good price point as well. You can find them via the Alya Skin site or on freshglow.ca.
Have you tried Alya Skin before?
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