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Pharmacy: Korean Beauty

I can never pass up a Korean beauty market when I spot one.  K-Beauty is everywhere these days, from the drugstore to department stores.    I have a post about my favorite K-beauty products coming soon but I wanted to list some of my favorites stores and online sources.  Online sources are convenient but physical locations are so much fun to browse in person.  I can easily lose myself for

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Current A.M. & P.M. Skincare Routine – April 2019

Step 1: Cleanse Pixi Peel & Polish – I like this fresh and fruity physical exfoliator. It wakes up my skin in the morning. Pixi is also available at Target. Step 2: Serum ISDIN Flavo-C Serum – I bought a few skincare products in Madrid last year and a couple of products from the Spanish skincare range, ISDIN. These Vitamin C serum ampules come with a lid that allows you

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Hall of Fame: Lip Balms & Treatments

My all-time favorite lip balms and treatments. I’ve been using Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream for years.  Some don’t care for the smell but I love it.  This can be used anywhere on the body to treat dry, cracked skin but I use it mostly as a lip treatment.  Available at most department stores.  It’s a real hero product. Lanolips is a recent discovery that I will repurchase.  The Lemonaid

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Hall of Fame: Matrixyl Serums

Matrixyl is a peptide combination invented and trademarked in France. Its development was a breakthrough in anti-aging technology and it’s found in hundreds of skincare products. There are three types, or generations: Matrixyl™, Matrixyl™ 3000, and Matrixyl™ synthe’6. One is not necessarily better than the other. My skin benefits greatly from any or all combinations which is why I include it regularly into my regimen. Matrixyl signals your body to

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Pharmacy: Montreal, Quebec City

A quick post today highlighting some of my favorite skincare finds from Quebec, Canada. The best part about making a pharmacy run to Quebec is the wonderful abundance of all my French AND Canadian skincare favorites in one place. I’ll admit, I hit three pharmacies in total in order to pack my suitcase to the maximum with products; some new to test, some old favorites, from Indeed Labs, Coup d’Eclat,

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Current A.M. & P.M. Skincare Routine – January 2019

My current morning skincare routine. Step 1: Cleanse Murad Age Reform AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser – I like to begin each morning with a mild scrub. This one from Murad contains the main three; salicylic acid, lactic acid, and glycolic acid yet it’s not too harsh. Available where Murad is sold. Step 2: Treatmen0.5 mm Derma Roller – I’m trying to use my derma rollers more frequently to get all the

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Hall of Fame: Eye Creams

The eye creams I’ve included here in my Hall of Fame focus on anti-aging meaning that they deliver some form or forms of active, anti-aging ingredients aside from mere hydration. I’ve been testing more affordable eye creams as of late and will include some of them in an upcoming post but none to date deliver the results of the following eye creams that come at a higher price. I will

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Pharmacy: Vancouver BC

I’ve been traveling to Vancouver, BC for decades. It’s one of my favorite cities to visit. While my main objective is usually to visit friends, explore the city and surrounding area, eat good food, and hit the shops on Robson Street, a beauty run to the nearest pharmacy is always on the list. It goes without saying that there are numerous skincare and makeup brands available in Canada that one

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My 10 Best Beauty Discoveries of 2018

Garden of Wisdom Skincare – In the same vein as The Ordinary and Indeed Labs, Garden of Wisdom offers active ingredient skincare at a very affordable price. These brands (including The INKEY List) are the disrupters in the overpriced, overpackaged, highly marketed beauty industry that we’ve known for decades. I’m excited about the products and thrilled to support the brands. The INKEY List – This no-faff budget skincare line was

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Current A.M & P.M. Skincare Routine – December 2018

My current morning skincare routine. Step 1 – Hydrate No.7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask – On days when I have more time in the morning, I will start the day with a hydrating mask and leave it on for an hour or two before cleansing. I like this moisturizing one from No.7. Available online. Step 2 – Cleanse/Exfoliate ACURE Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub – This sea kelp and clay exfoliator

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