Golden hour: RoC Brightening Vitamin C collection

When it comes to my daytime skincare routine, one thing that I have to include now is Vitamin C.

A few months ago I participated in a Zoom call with Skinceuticals where they talked about their Vitamin C serums and the importance of adding Vitamin C into your routine.  If you suffer from uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and fines lines, or dullness (which honestly, who doesn’t have one of those?), then it’s time you started to incorporate a Vitamin C product into your routine.

In case you aren’t familiar with what Vitamin C (also known as L-Ascorbic acid) does, and why you should use it, let me entertain you.  Vitamin C is great for protecting your skin against free radicals from sunlight that causes damage to skin cells.  It also helps with stimulating collagen production, which is helpful for improving the visible signs of aging.  In addition to all this, it brightens your skin and can help with hyperpigmentation.

RoC Vitamin C Brightening collection

Now the Skinceuticals Vitamin C serums are on the pricier end of things, but if you are looking for a more affordable option, then RoC has your back.  They recently introduced a Vitamin C collection earlier this year, which contains products aimed to give you younger-looking, brighter, and more even skin tone.

The RoC Vitamin C collection contains four products, three of which they sent me.  The collection contains a 10 per cent active Vitamin C blend and will help you attain younger-looking skin.

Start first with the Multi Correxion Revive + Glow Gel Cleanser (C$14.99), which is a cleanser that is clinically proven to give you brighter and more radiant skin.  This cleanser contains a formula with a potent combination of glycolic acid to resurface and extract skin-dulling impurities, as well as Vitamin C to give you brighter, smoother, and more even skin.

RoC Vitamin C Brightening collection

You can use this cleanser for both morning and night, and over time you will notice smoother skin and better tone and texture.

Now that your skin is clean and prepped, go in with the RoC Multi Correxion Revive + Glow Daily Serum (C$43.99).  This serum contains a supercharged formula that gives you more luminous skin, as well as visibly reduced lines and wrinkles.  It contains a 10 per cent active Vitamin C blend and is lightweight enough to use daily.  The Vitamin C blend contains a highly stable form of Vitamin C with complementary peptides, antioxidants, and advanced hydrators for better efficacy.

Definitely apply this serum in the morning before your moisturizer and then make sure to apply SPF (very important).  You can also apply this at night, but it’s most important to apply during the day. I don’t usually apply a Vitamin C at night (I like to use different serums for nighttime use), but if this is the only one you have, then you can definitely apply it at night.

Finally, to round out the routine, apply the Multi Correxion Revive + Glow Gel Cream (C$43.99).  This moisturizer gives skin 24-hour hydration, as well as boosted radiance and a more plump complexion.  The formula is a gel-cream hybrid and won’t leave you with a greasy feeling.  After time you’ll notice more luminous skin that looks brighter and tighter.

RoC Vitamin C Brightening collection Gel Cream

You can use this moisturizer both morning and night. I like using it in the morning since I have a more heavy-duty moisturizer for nighttime use already.  For night time use, RoC also has the Revive + Glow Night Serum Capsules, which is a more potent serum with 20 per cent pure Vitamin C.  I didn’t receive these to try, but if you are looking for something more serious to up your Vitamin C game, then I would look into these.

Overall, whether you use this regimen or not, adding in Vitamin C to your skincare routine is a  must.  Vitamin C is such a necessary part of skincare and if you are in your mid-to-late 20s and early 30s, then I would highly recommend looking into picking up a Vitamin C product for you.  The great thing about RoC is it is more affordable than other lines out there and is easy to find since you can grab it at the drugstore.

Do you use Vitamin C in your skincare routine?

Please note, products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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In the sun: Five facial sunscreens to use this summer

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably spending a lot of time in the sun right now.

Living in Canada, we only get a few months out of the year to really enjoy hot weather (although I feel like this year it started to warm up in March).  Although you should be wearing sunscreen on your face year round, it’s more important (well, it’s always important) to wear sunscreen on your face.

I apply my sunscreen as the last step in my daytime skincare routine, but if you don’t have a dedicated sunscreen in your collection, there are tons of moisturizers out there that also contain SPF.  I have used some of these myself, but as a creature of habit, I will still apply a dedicated SPF for some extra sun protection.

Looking for a facial sunscreen but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry girl, I got you.

Skinceuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50

Skinceuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50

When it comes to medical-grade sunscreens, Skinceuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 (C$49) ranks high on my list.

I have been using this sunscreen for years now and it’s an ultra-sheer and transparent sunscreen that provides SPF 50 and is formulated with a plankton extract to help boost skin’s natural defences to UV and heat-induced stress.

It contain 100 per cent physical filters Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide and spreads evenly on the face. It’s also on the thinner side, making it lightweight, with a little going. along way.  All skin types can use this, including sensitive.

Tula Protect + Glow – Daily Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

Tula Protect + Glow – Daily Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

So the Skinceuticals sunscreen was my go-to until Tula released a formula of their own.

The Tula Protect + Glow – Daily Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen (US$36) is a broad spectrum sunscreen that gives you SPF 30 protection, while also giving you blue light protection and coverage against damaging pollution.

The formula is non-comedogenic and won’t clog pores or leave a white cast on skin. Like all of Tula’s ingredients, the sunscreen is powered by probiotics, as well as pineapple and papaya, which will help promote even skin tone. It also includes wild butterfly ginger root, which helps to protect it against blue light.

I apply this to my face as my last step in the morning. The sunscreen is yellow and blends out really nicely on the skin (it doesn’t make your skin yellow either… in fact it’s quite refreshing to apply). It doesn’t have that chemically sunscreen scent either and leaves you with a really pretty glow.

Unfortunately Tula isn’t available in Canada at the moment but if you are in the states or have a forwarding mailbox, I highly recommend picking this up. Don’t forget, score 15 per cent off your Tula order with code SHAYNA.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen

If you are looking for something on the affordable side that is also easy to find, then take a look at Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen (C$17.99).

This sunscreen is formulated with their Helioplex technology and provides broad-spectrum, photostable production against UVA and UVB rays.  It is available in both SPF 45 and SPF 60, the latter of which I have in my collection.

This one I do find to be on the thicker side, but it does blend out nicely and is fast absorbing.  It also gives you 80 minutes of water and sweat resistance.

Between all the sunscreens, I would go with the other two over this one, but Neutrogena is such an affordable brand and you can find it anywhere, so it’s super easy to pick up if you need something stat.

Lancome UV Expert Aquagel Defense Primer & Moisturizer SPF 50 and Peter Thomas Roth Mineral Sunscreen powder

Lancome UV Expert Aquagel Defense Primer & Moisturizer SPF 50

If you are looking for a sunscreen that double as a primer and moisturizer, then take a look at Lancome’s UV Expert Aquagel Defense Primer & Moisturizer SPF 50 (C$42). Containing SPF 50, this sunscreen is good enough to use on its own and under makeup for more hydrated and smoother-looking skin.

The formula contains vitamin E, moringa extract, and Edelweiss extract, which are potent antioxidants that helps to improve skin’s appearance. When I use this one, I do tend to use a moisturizer still, but I like to layer under makeup for some extra protection as I love the fact that it’s also a primer. The formula is also lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin.  All skin types can use this one and you’ll notice more hydrated and glowing skin with regular use.

Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 45

Okay, so you apply your sunscreen, then your makeup, but need some extra sun protection a few hours into sitting in the sun?  That’s where these mineral sunscreen brushes come in handy.

I’ve tried a few formulas of these but the one I’ve been using this summer is by Peter Thomas Roth.  The Instant Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 45 (C$36.84) is a mineral powder sunscreen that gives you SPF 45 protection all in the form of a finishing powder.  This ones in a brush packaging where you gently shake the container to dispense the powder into the brush.

The formula has Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide for UVA and UVB protection. It also doesn’t leave any white cast and since the packaging is all-in-one, it’s great for taking with you anywhere you go.

These brushes are great since it’s good for touch ups throughout the day, or if you suffer from oily or greasy skin, then it will help to tame down any shine, as well as provide sun protection all day long.

Of course, there are a million other sunscreens out there to try as well, but these are just some of the ones I have on rotation at the moment that I have been using and loving.  As I mentioned, you can also pick up moisturizers or BB and CC creams with SPF in them to get your SPF fix, but there really isn’t anything like a tried and true sunscreen to really give you the sun protection you need.

What’s your favourite sunscreen?

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Ready for adventure: Taking the 2021 Kia Sorento for a weekend away

2021 Kia Sorento So little life update. Although I am a born-and-bred Winnipegger, since the beginning of May I have been in Montreal.  For the past year I have been going back and forth since my boyfriend now lives here in the city.

Prior to my boyfriend moving here last July, I have visited Montreal many times in the past but I haven’t ventured outside the city limits.  Last December we took a road trip to Tremblant for a night and absolutely loved it.  I feel like when it comes to Quebec in general, obviously Montreal and Quebec City are the two major places to visit, but they really need to promote the smaller regions more as this province really gives me B.C. vibes.  There are mountains, lakes, you name it. It’s really gorgeous and makes for a stunning car ride.

After going to Tremblant for one night last winter, I knew I wanted to go back in the summer time and experience what the area was like when the snow melted. The great thing about Tremblant is that although it is known for being a ski town, it’s a great all-year-round destination since it features amazing cottage country in the spring and fall.

Console of 2021 Kia Sorento

Since we live in downtown Montreal, getting out of the city is a bit of a hassle since we need to rent a car, but thankfully Kia Canada lent us the 2021 Kia Sorento to make the drive super easy and convenient.

We got the car on Wednesday, June 9 and was happy to have it for a few days in Montreal to explore some places that we would traditionally need a car for. Wednesday night we hit up Costco, since all the space of the SUV made it super simple to store all the groceries and various other bulk items we wanted to get (it would be such a hassle to Costco shop without a vehicle).  Then on Thursday, we ended up heading to Verdun, which is a cute neighbourhood that gives me major small town vibes.  In the summer they actually close down Wellington Avenue, which is their main street, and there’s tons of patios that you can visit.

We’ve actually biked to Verdun in the past, but since there is a park and beach there, I wanted to take Ziggy with us, so we threw him in the car and made our way over (Ziggy loves car rides).

Quebec road trip with the 2021 Kia Sorento Quebec road trip with the 2021 Kia Sorento

From the Friday to Sunday, we headed out to an Air BNB on Lac Superieur, which is a region just east of Tremblant (it’s about a 20-minute drive to the resort town/slopes).  Once you get out of the Montreal/Laval area and into the country it starts to get so beautiful and you drive through the mountains, which are honestly so lush this time of the year.

The 2021 Kia Sorento is an SUV that was completely redesigned for this year. It features seven seats with the back row being able to fold down for more room (we did this to bring all our stuff and food, and Ziggy too obviously).

On the Friday night after we settled in at the chalet we actually decided to head to Tremblant town for dinner.  It was quite a windy road, but thankfully the Kia Sorento features all-wheel drive and traction control, so it was a super safe and efficient ride.  It also features blind spot collision avoidance assist, so if there was a car in our blindspot, it would notify us or even intervene so no accidents happen.

Another cool feature of the Kia Sorento we experienced on the way back.  Since it was a Sunday afternoon we did hit some traffic. If were waiting and just taking in the surroundings, the car would make a noise when traffic ahead of us started moving, so we would then continue the drive. This was a feature I have never seen before and thought it was really helpful (especially if you get distracted while waiting in traffic or a red light).

Sitting in the back of the 2021 Kia Sorento Dog in backseat of 2021 Kia Sorento

Truthfully, it was such a nice weekend away and I was so sad to come back to the city. If you are able to, I highly recommend heading to the Laurentians since it’s such a beautiful region in Quebec (and so close to Montreal).  From our door to the chalet door, it was only around 111 kilometres, so it’s a nice and easy trip.

As for the Kia Sorento, this was my first time driving a Kia and it won’t be my last.  It was such a smooth ride and I loved all the room in the Sorento (Ziggy was a fan too).  The 2021 Kia Sorento is the perfect car for adventures as it’s large enough to bring all the things you need for a weekend away, but not too big for city driving.

Check out the Kia Sorento on their website to learn more about the different models offered.

Have you been to the Tremblant region in Quebec?

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