MAD CHIPMUNK

BEAUTY REVIEWS, VINTAGE FINDS & OTHER BEAUTIFUL THINGS

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Hall of Fame: Exfoliators

  I’m an exfoliation warrior and have experimented with a wide range of exfoliators.  I combine both physical and acid exfoliators into my routine on a regular basis.  I don’t prefer one over the other but like them both for different reasons.  Both types slough off dead skin allowing the active ingredients in the products that you use after (serum, retinols, vitamin c, etc.) penetrate deeper into the skin.  The

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Hall of Fame: Sunscreens

My favorite sunscreens in no particular order.  Many of these have been in my rotation for years because they meet all of my criteria for an SPF for the face.  1.  High percentage of SPF (30 minimum).  2.  Works great under make-up.  3.  Doesn’t seep into my eyes.  4.  Broad Spectrum, protects against UVA and UVB rays. Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ – A longtime favorite.  Light in

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Current P.M. Skincare Routine

My current P.M. skincare routine – Summer 2017 Step 1 – Remove make-up Bioderma Micellar Water – This French wonder removes stubborn eye make-up and everything else. Amazon is known to have fakes so buy from a reputable online site. Melvita Rose Cleansing Oil – Another French brand, organic and so lovely to use. I love the rose scent. Safe for the eyes as well. Known for their plant based

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Current A.M. Skincare Routine

My current A.M. skincare routine – Summer 2017 Step 1 – Cleanse Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser – I’ve written a full review here.  This is perfect for a morning cleanse with mild exfoliation.  Step 2 – Hydrate La Roche-Posay Thermal Water – It’s my habit to spritz my face with a facial water or essence before adding serum.  Theory being that water molecules help serum absorb deeper into the skin.  I

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Pharmacy: Korean Beauty

I can never pass up a Korean beauty market when I spot one.  Reviews on the way!

DECIEM: The Ordinary

DECIEM, The Abnormal Beauty Company is a Toronto based company and beauty industry disrupter.  By focusing on high concentrations of readily available and affordable key ingredients and ditching fancy packaging and costly marketing campaigns, they deliver quality skincare to hungry consumers at cut-rate prices.  That’s exciting! I’ve tried their Hylamide and The Chemistry Brand ranges.  Both deliver great results.  Their Founder, Brandon Truaxe, was involved with Canadian skincare brand, Indeed Labs,

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Pharmacy: Korean Beauty

Excited to try more Korean beauty find!  I’m almost never disappointed.  Reviews on the way.

April Favorites

My favorites this past month. Crack Original Styling Treatment: Love this leave in treatment that reduces frizz, protects from heat, and adds shine.  Smells great also.  Available online or Ulta. Elnett Hairspray: The. Best. At drugstores. Dry Wax by AG Hair Care: This is a new product for me that I’ve incorporated into my daily use.  Used sparingly, I love the texture it adds to styled hair.  At Ulta. Koh

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Pharmacy: UK Beauty Spree

I picked up some beauty and skincare products on my recent trip to the UK.  Reviews coming soon!  

Product Review: Glycolic Facial Pads

NIP + FAB Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Facial Pads What it claims to do?   “Radiance-boosting pads, soaked in exfoliating glycolic acid (2.8%) retexture + resurface skin whilst witch hazel helps to tone. This moisturising formula with hyaluronic acid + soothing blue daisy helps to reveal brighter + smoother looking skin.” Do I agree? Yes.  This pad is mild enough for daily use and it’s a good product for beginners

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