Vichy Purete Thermale Cleansers & Micellar Oil Review

vichy purete thermale cleansers and micellar oil review

Hi Lovelies! You may have noticed I haven't posted in a little bit. I actually haven't had internet for a few weeks and took a bit of a break as well. I am happy to say that I will still be continuing reviews and will try to incorporate other posts as well! I said in the past that I wanted to expand on the blog, but as of now, I have decided to stick to beauty and skincare reviews :) Now onto my newest review!

As you know, I am a huge fan of Vichy. When asked my favourite skincare line, this is the first brand that pops into my head. They have so many product lines that are suitable for my skin type (sensitive) and are always innovating. I have here 2 new cleansing products of the Purete Thermale collection, and one that turns cleansing and toning into one step!

Vichy Purete Thermale: 

•  Collection contains 11 cleansing products (as stated on the Canadian website). See rest of line here.

•  Highly concentrated with Vichy Thermal Spa Water
•  Suitable for all skin types
•  Respects the hydro-lipidic barrier
•  Hypoallergenic, Paraben-free, Dermatologically tested

vichy purete thermale fresh cleansing gel review

Vichy Purete Thermale Fresh Cleansing Gel:
$19.95 for 200 ml

•  Contains Purisoft Technology (Moringa Seed Extract) to cleanse impurities, pollution particles, dust, excess sebum.
•  Reduces effect of hard water on the skin
•  Glycerine and amilite technology to cleanse without leaving skin tight

It is so hard to say much about a cleanser other than it works and leaves the skin feeling and smelling fresh afterwards. It is very gently foaming (don't expect a facial bubble bath or anything) and easy to rinse off. This is so ideal for morning showers as it is quick and will help reduce excess sebum from the night before. It will NOT really remove makeup and was not designed for that. You can see my test results at the end of this post.

vichy purete thermale beautifying micellar oil review
vichy purete thermale beautifying micellar oil review

Vichy Purete Thermale Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil:
$19.95 for 125 ml

 Contains Micellar Technology + Camellia Oil 

This is truely something different from Vichy. With all the new cleansing oils coming out on the market, I knew they had to get in the game! I am so in love with this cleansing micellar oil and it really makes taking off makeup a breeze! It gets just about everything and is quick and simple. I typically use two pumps, massage it onto my face (being cautious not to get it too close to my hair), add a bit of water to the hands and continue massaging then rinse.

The oil becomes milky once it comes in contact with water and my foundation comes off easily! Eyeshadow = no problem! It does remove mascara but takes a bit of rubbing and irritating of the eyes so I prefer to just use another makeup remover beforehand (if I have mascara on). I've used this on its own and no my skin does not feel dry afterwards, but I do prefer to use the Cleansing Gel right after.

vichy purete thermale one step cleanser sensitive skin 3 in 1 review

Vichy Purete Thermale 3-in-1 One Step Cleanser for Sensitive Skin:
$19.95 for 200 ml

•  Unique milk-gel texture to leave skin comfortable and non-greasy

This One Step Cleanser is the only one that let me down! I was under the impression it would remove makeup a lot better than it did. It does state that it is ideal for cleansing make-up for the face and eyes, and it does seem to (almost) do the job in my demonstration below, but the results just didn't live up to my expectations. It is definitely something to try out (samples at Shoppers Drug Mart anyone?); Maybe for someone who doesn't wear too much makeup, or those days when you are too lazy to tone and moisturize. I just prefer to take an extra step and use the Micellar Oil and Cleansing Gel together.

vichy purete thermale review
vichy purete thermale cleansing gel beautifying micellar oil and 3 in 1 cleanser tested review

L to R: Fresh Cleansing Gel, Beautifying Micellar Oil, One Step Cleanser

vichy purete thermale cleansing gel beautifying micellar oil and 3 in 1 cleanser tested review

As you can see, the Beautifying Micellar Oil did the best job of removing the eyeliner and lip crayon swatches. The Fresh Cleansing Gel (on left) does not claim to remove makeup and it does need to be used with a makeup remover beforehand. The One Step Cleanser did ok, but just doesn't live up to my expectations when using it on a full face of makeup. 

I don't think the prices are out of this world at all and definitely affordable for the average shopper. I would gladly purchase the Micellar Oil and Fresh Cleansing Gel. You can find Vichy Purete Thermale products at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada, Ulta in the US, FeelUnique online or in the UK.

These products were received for consideration. All opinions stated are my own and are not influenced by any affiliates. 

Paul & Joe Moisturizing Fluid Foundation in 102 Review

paul and joe moisturizing fluid foundation in 102 nude review

Paul & Joe Beauté is a brand you might not be familiar with; being quite new to Canada and currently only available at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations. I have here their Moisturizing Fluid Foundation in shade 102 (Nude). There seem to be only 3 shades currently available here, 102 (Nude), 103 (Clear), and 201 (Fresh). 

The brand was originally launched in 1995 as a menswear company and a year later, womenswear. In 2002, founder Sophie Mechaly launched the Beaute line, which includes skincare items, cosmetics, and fragrances. The whole idea behind the Paul & Joe Beaute line is to provide women with vanity-worthy products in fun and gorgeous packaging, but that also work to give luminous skin.

paul and joe moisturizing fluid foundation in 102 nude review
paul and joe moisturizing fluid foundation in 102 nude review
Shade 102 Swatched.

Paul & Joe's Moisturizing Fluid Foundation contains a special key ingredient, Orange Flower Water. This smells lovely and is used instead of just regular water.

paul and joe moisturizing fluid foundation in 102 nude shade before and after
Before and After. After photo is Paul & Joe Moisturizing Fluid Foundation on top of Bioderma Sebium Mat Moisturizer and Pore Refiner. No concealer. 

NOTE: I apologize for the After photo being a bit blurry!! See the final look below for more sharpness :)

My first impressions of this foundation was that the orange scent was lovely of course, and the texture is light, and a bit runny. It comes with a pump (yay), and I typically need about 1 1/2-2 pumps. The foundation instantly blurred my imperfections and made my skin look great, considering how light the coverage was. I used my Sigma F80 Brush, but the coverage was not enough to go without a concealer (for me, at least), so I do end up using a concealer on top of this for the final look below. 

I would recommend using a mattifying moisturizer, or a light moisturizer underneath this. I also wouldn't recommend this for oily skin. You might have to blot every few hours and possibly re-apply. I got quite oily in my t-zone.

It is definitely a 'light-medium coverage' foundation and you will not have much success building up this foundation so no need for a second layer. Use concealer instead, if necessary. The finish is very natural and dewy, great for summer. Personally, I need to use a mattifying/setting powder on top of this. With a powder, it doesn't transfer so super easily after a few hours, and I can go a bit longer without blotting.

paul and joe moisturizing fluid foundation in 102 nude shade final look with concealer
Final look with Maybelline Master Conceal Concealer, Benefit Hoola and NYX Sunny Bronzers, and Covergirl Lipstick.

In regards to the shade 102 (Nude), I am typically a NC20 after using my St. Tropez Self Tanning Mousse and the colour matches me well on days when I've applied the self-tanner recently.

Overall, the foundation did stay on longer than I expected and just needed touching up in my problem areas (t-zone!!).  It is ideal for non-oily skin, and those with minimal imperfections or willing to use a concealer alongside the foundation. It is a light foundation and not intended to be built up or layered on. I would not rely on it to cover redness for very long. I am a fan of the foundation when applied correctly but wish it lasted longer without showcasing my oiliness so quickly! It would definitely be nice to see a matte or longer lasting version of the Moisturizing Fluid Foundation in the future.

You can find Paul & Joe Moisturizing Fluid Foundation at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations in Canada for $54 CAD; also available on the BeautyBay or Asos.

This product was received for consideration. All opinions stated are my own and are not influenced by any affiliates. 

Flare Beauty Box

flare beauty box classic and fearless partnered with p&g and topbox review

P&G has partnered with FLARE & Topbox to bring you two beauty boxes available online now, for just $9 + tax (free shipping!) for Canadian residents. Both boxes showcase what Flare editors consider this season's top essentials. I have here the two boxes, which both come with a full-sized Covergirl lipstick and mascara, plus a free product coupon for a Clairol or Vidal Sassoon hair colour product!

The boxes are available at the link here, but you can read on to see what's inside them, and which one I would choose!

flare beauty box classic and fearless partnered with p&g and topbox review

The Classic Beauty Box:
•  Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex Sample x2
•  Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara in Very Black
•  Covergirl Colorlicious Lipstick in a nude shade (I got 275 Coffee Crave)
•  Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash Sample
•  Pantene Expert Advanced Keratin Repair Split End Fuser
•  Clairol Free Hair Colour Product Coupon!
+ Free 60-Day NextIssue Trial

flare beauty box classic and fearless partnered with p&g and topbox review

The Fearless Beauty Box:
•  Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara 
•  Covergirl Colorlicious Lipstick in Succulent Cherry
•  Olay Fresh Effects Clear Skin Swirled Mattifier Packet Sample x2
•  Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash Sample
•  Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Rejuvenating Shampoo & Conditioner Samples
•  Vidal Sassoon Salonist Free Hair Colour Product Coupon!
+ Free 60-Day NextIssue Trial

flare beauty box classic and fearless partnered with p&g and topbox review

Both boxes are well worthy of $9 (Ok.. $10.17 damn taxes!). I think the hair product coupon really meets, well, exceeds, the value of the box as well as the full-sized lipstick and mascara. Personally I would have a hard time deciding which to choose but I think I'd go for the Classic Beauty Box because of the Pantene Split End product, and I'm not too big a fan of shampoo/conditioner samples (am I the only one that finds them annoying?).

The FLARE Beauty Boxes are available now at and I'm totally not sure how long they will last so if you're looking to dye your hair, need a new mascara or lipstick, I'd suggest you jump on this deal now! 

The two boxes were received for consideration and to inform you all about this great deal! It was completely my decision choice to post about it :)

Real Techniques Sculpting and Concealer Brushes Review

real techniques sculpting brush and concealer brush review 2015

As you may or may not know, I am a huge fan of Real Techniques brushes and there are only a few I do not (currently) own. I was sent these two brushes for review by accident (it was meant for another Toronto blogger!) but I was more than happy to review them anyways! Both brushes are new for 2015 and great additions to the Real Techniques lineup!

real techniques sculpting brush and concealer brush review 2015

The Sculpting Brush, the pink one, is an angled chubby brush meant for contouring and enhancing the bone structure of the face. It is meant for use with creams and powders but I personally have just stuck to powders (I prefer them to cream products because they are more foolproof imo). All brushes are pretty universal, it can also be used for highlighting or foundation application, but I prefer to stick to contouring with this brush. It applies and buffs my bronzer wonderfully and is the perfect shape for creating that natural but defined cheekbone. It is very soft and I'd say it is definitely worth it for the price.

Come to think of it, this is Real Techniques first Concealer Brush, isn't it? I've been using their Pointed Foundation Brush for concealer, but this one has an angled shape and even bristles. It is small and ideal for covering small blemishes or imperfections. Because of it's size it is very easy to get around the sides of the nose and such. The Concealer Brush is nothing special, but with a good concealer it will work to hide blemishes or cover those dark circles. It will leave streaks until the concealer is properly worked in, I typically use a Beauty Blender afterwards to make sure everything is left smooth and non-streaky. It can also be used to highlight or contour. I prefer to use it as a concealer brush, but it also works well with a cream product for nose contouring.

real techniques sculpting brush and concealer brush review 2015

The Sculpting Brush retails for $13.99 CAD, Concealer Brush for $10.69 CAD. Yes the prices are worth it and if you don't want to pay that then you might get lucky and find one at Winners for a few dollars less. If I had to pick one, I would go with the Sculpting Brush, especially if you already have small foundation brushes you use for concealer. You can find these Real Techniques brushes in Canada at, London Drugs, Uniprix, select Familiprix, Lawtons Drugs, Pharmasave, Pharma Plus (Rexall).

These products were received for consideration. All opinions stated are my own and are not influenced by any affiliates. 

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation Review


Bourjois is a french brand, often found in the UK and has made its way over to Shoppers Drug Mart's here in Canada. I picked up this foundation a month or so ago, it is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation in shade 52 Vanilla. They have a small shade range of about 6 colours, with this being the second lightest in the range. It has a yellow undertone and beautiful fruity & floral scent. It is actually one of the only light yellow undertone foundations I could find in a drugstore, although it doesn't come with a typical drugstore price..

Bourjois Healthy Mix is priced at $29 CAD, and is only found at select Shoppers Drug Marts. Some of its claims or benefits are...

- 16 hour, radiance-boosting even revived complexion.
- Vitamin-rich frug therapy, instant anti-fatigue.
- Light coverage, Semi-matte finish
- Hypoallergenic, lets skin breathe. Dermatologically tested.

Read more product details and see ingredients list here.

bourjois healthy mix serum gel foundation 52 vanilla review and swatches
Click to enlarge

Above is me with only moisturizer and primer on the left, and Bourjois Serum Gel Foundation on the right. In my opinion, it delivers a dewy-finish, and for oily or combination skin types I would definitely suggest using a mattifying powder to set the foundation. It matches my skin tone perfectly and is great as an everyday wear foundation. The coverage is definitely light (as they claim), but it can slightly be built up to almost medium(?) if you use a beauty blender. I personally, like to use my Sigma F80 to apply this all over (I use probably 1.5-2 pumps), and add a bit of concealer under my eyes, and on the cheeks or any problem spots. I HAVE to go over it with a mattifying or setting powder. I dislike the shine it leaves on my t-zone (I typically prefer matte foundations). 

The foundation is definitely breathable and hasn't broken me out as far as I can tell. The scent is again, fruity and florally. As for the lasting power, even with a mattifying powder it does show oil through my t-zone after about a few hours, but I can get it to last longer with a light moisturizer like La Roche Posay's Effaclar Mat. It will definitely not be lasting you the claimed 16-hours, but it is fine for a typical day. I would not recommend this for oily skin however, for combination (like mine) it is do-able with a powder.

bourjois healthy mix serum gel foundation 52 vanilla review and swatches
bourjois healthy mix serum gel foundation 52 vanilla review and swatches
Swatches, and Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel FD in 52 Vanilla worn with concealer, bronzer.

I love that this foundation comes with a pump and I will continue to use it for everyday coverage. I do prefer to use a concealer with it however, just because it has a hard time covering redness and will reveal blemishes in a few hours on me. A good, mattifying primer and setting powder is key for this foundation! I am unsure whether I would purchase again just because it has a bit of a high-end price ($30) and I do find myself using quite a bit of product.

Nivea In-Shower Body Milk Review

nivea in shower body milk lotion review dry skin

I'm sure the name of this product speaks for itself, an in-shower body milk (lotion) that is designed to moisturize your skin and rinsed off, just before you exit the shower. I was super excited when I saw that a full size of this was included in my Spark Sessions goody bag, quite a few months back. Unfortunately, although it is a fun and interesting product, I would not purchase it once I run out.

There are 3 variations of this in-shower moisturizer, Hydrating (Normal to Dry Skin), Smoothing (Dry Skin), and Nourishing (Very Dry Skin). I have here the 'Nourishing for Very Dry Skin'. The texture is much like a light lotion, has a regular 'nothing special' scent, and is quite slippery. The bottle actually warns that it may make the tub slippery, which is very true! In which case I would not recommend this for the elderly. Nivea's In-Shower Body Milk is such a fun and interesting product, it is fun to use the first few times, but in the end I found it a bit tedious because I would forget to use it. I also didn't notice much of a difference in the moisture level of my skin and for really dry skin, I'm sure you would have to use a moisturizer after the shower anyways. I do believe I feel a slight moisturization but nothing to replace the effects of traditional moisturizers. It does have Almond Oil which is probably one of the only beneficial ingredients on the ingredient list. 

Overall, this is quite the idea, fun to use, although a bit gimmicky and overpriced. I would say it is definitely something you should try out once (but wait for a sale/coupon first!) and who knows, maybe you might like it? Everyone's skin is different but mine definitely sees more of a benefit from moisturizing after a shower. 
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