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Drugstore beauty – The Ordinary Co.

When it comes to my skincare routine, I’m still in love with Rodan & Fields (I wrote about it here) and have found it to be a game changer with my skin. Sadly – it’s expensive and it’s awkward to buy (you need a rep). Although I’m usually brand loyal when I find a product,  I’m trying to break up with the brand because the relationship is making a dent on my bank account. I’m not quite ready to give up on them yet, but I do admit to seeing “others” on the side.

I occasionally try new products to see if they give me some nice results in between my uses of my R&F routine. Last week I picked up some of The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Masque when I was making a purchase from Well.ca. I don’t know why I picked it. I just liked the idea of adding a mask into my routine.

 

It arrived, and before bedtime I decided to use it. The first thing that I noticed was that when I opened it and put a dab of the mask on my finger to see black. Usually with acid masks they are clear. Turns our there is charcoal in it! That explains it.  (I didn’t obviously read it too well before applying.) Anyhow, I didn’t know how well this was going to wash off, so I went light on the application. I left it on for ten minutes as per the bottle and washed it off  with warm water. It came off my skin easily without any leftover residue and my skin felt clean and brighter.

It was pretty mild, and from my research, it’s a good mask to start with if you’re adding in exfoliation into your routine. (Which I am)  After this, I followed it up with my normal bedtime routine of Vitamin C Serum, Evening Moisturizer and Leaves of Trees Argan Oil to seal it all in. This morning my skin looked AMAZING, so this little mask is staying in my weekly skincare routine.

Recommend? Yes!
Thoughts: Pretty mild, but leaves your skin feeling super clean
BuyThe Ordinary Salicylic Acid Masque

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Obsession / Kristin Ess Hair Care Products

For the past year (or two) my hairstyle of choice has been a top knot bun. I mean, it’s easy.  I resorted to this hair style for a few reasons. 1. I’m tired in the morning and have no desire to style my hair and 2. I was having a hard time taming my thick hair. Annnnd, I didn’t love it. However, one day last Spring I was picking up Oscar school. I was coming straight from the salon, having got my my hair cut and blown dry.  Oscar saw me, ran up to me and ran his fingers through my hair and said I looked pretty. Then that night lying in bed, asked if I’d wear it this way. Since then I’ve been trying to figure out ways to style it without seeing my hairdresser to blow dry my hair on the daily (I mean, how nice would that be?) or, be spending a ton of time on it. Here are some of my finds that have cut down on my styling time and given me some super shiny hair without the weight of a serum. I mean – I still rock my top knot bun but I’m getting into the blow dryer life too.

KRISTEN ESS products


Kristin Ess Blow Dry Mist.
Available: Well.ca / Target
Details: I spray this on before blow drying and I swear it actually does cut drying time. It’s not oily or sticky, and gives me gorgeous shine and no flyaways. Hooked.

1. Kristin Ess Detoxifying Bubble Mask
Available: Well.ca / Target
My friend recommended the Kristin Ess Hair Mask but I couldn’t figure out which one she meant. Instead of  clarifying like a normal person would do, I decided to buy both Hair Masks I found as product seemed to offer different benefits. This morning I tried the Bubble mask and I’m obsessed. It goes on your dry hair before a shower – it’s like a bubbling mouse that foams up and tickles your scalp. I’ve never had quite a sensation before. But after leaving it on for 3 minutes like the bottle suggested, I washed my hair and it actually was squeaky clean after. Like, literally. When I was pulling water out of my hair, my hair squeaked. And my roots felt lighter and not weighed down. On the website it says “This bubbling scalp mask instantly removes oil, build-up, dead surface skin cells + debris. Use it as a pre-shampoo scalp treatment on dry hair before you shower” I’m in love. Ps., I need to try the other mask but I’m saving that for a night in type of ritual.  

Kristin Ess Iconic Style Professional Blow Dryer 
Available: Well.ca / Target
This was a little bit of a splurge because I technically already have a hair dryer (But it’s old and, makes me have like massive frizz) I had some birthday money in my sock drawer and decided to get myself this hair dryer. First of all, it is white. Second, the price point is WAY better than a Dyson Hair Dryer.  What intrigued me was the Ionic feature of the hair dyer. According to the description, the “Innovative ionic button allows you to tailor your blow dry to your hair type or style.” So when you have the Ionic button on, it “creates smooth, sleek styles. Ideal for thick, curly of frizzy hair.” Which I have. But then if you push the Ionic button off, the hair dryer “opens the cuticle to give hair more body and bounce. Use this setting to create volume or add texture.” I left the house today with super smooth hair and was asked by two people if I had just come from the salon!

So there you go. Some of my new favourites for cutting down on time, but getting some super shiny salon hair. I’m now a loyal fan of Kristin Ess products! 

xo Linds 

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Bits + Pieces – Summer Edition Part 1

Oye. The Summer is going by rather quickly. I’ve been meaning to post but alas, it has been a bit of a whirlwind start to the season. We started off the Summer, the weekend of my 40th birthday, with a trip to the Emergency room with Oscar. A few hours after being admitted, my brave little man was in surgery getting his appendix taken out. The surgeons were amazing, and the nurses taking care of him afterwards were also fantastic. I stayed at the hospital every night, sleeping on one of those chairs that turn into a bed (that was surprisingly comfy). It was the worst seeing Oscar in pain, but I was so thankful that we knew what was going on and there was a solution to it.

The appendicitis was so bad, that it took awhile for him to recover – but I’m happy to report that a few days after getting home (he had to stay a few days), he was chomping down popsicles and getting some of the Oscar-isms back. He was most excited to make it home in time for the release of Super Mario Maker 2 on the Switch. And Nintendo Canada was lovely enough to notice (I made reference to it on Instagram) – and sent him this lovely gift of a sweet note, some sticker sheets and Mario Hard Hats…

A week after he got home from the hospital, we headed to Haute Goat near Toronto, a birthday gift / expedition. Here you get to hang out with goats (GOATS!) and at the end of the day sit on the grass and snuggle with them. My Mom adores goats, and we brought her along. Honestly, it was THE best experience ever.

Seriously, goats are hilarious.

The baby goats weren’t great at following the pack, so Oscar was right in there helping get them moving.

I mean. That FACE.

New planters from HomeSense got some Lavender – I’ve decided that Lavender not only smells beautiful, but they make a gorgeous statement when planted in groups. Bring on more lavender next year.

xo Linds