Currently loving: NeoStrata, Bobbi Brown, Lise Watier & Impruv

I’ve got some big love for handful of things right now …

NeoStrata

I’ve been using Paula’s Choice AHA and BHA products this year but they’re both coming to the end of their bottle. I came across reviews for NeoStrata’s Glycolic Renewal Smoothing Cream 5% and got a sample of it from Shoppers Drug Mart.

I love it. It’s super creamy and it exfoliates. It feels great under my foundation. The full size is on my shopping list next pay day. It usually sells for about $39 but it’s on sale at Shoppers for around $26 until December 18.

UPDATE & STUPID ALERT: After buying the full-sized version of this and using it for about a week I decided to look at the ingredients – something I had failed to do up to this point. Alcohol is literally the third or so item listed. Not one of the acceptable types used in skincare but straight alcohol. I stopped using this immediately and tried to find the receipt. No luck. It’s a lovely ‘feeling’ product but I’m simply not going to use something that contains such a high concentration of alcohol on my already very dry skin. Thanks but no thanks.

Bobbi Brown

Regular readers know how obsessed I am lately with foundation. My current favourite is Maybelline’s Fit Me Hydrate and Smooth.

I wanted to treat myself this Christmas to a high-end foundation and was planning to buy Chanel’s Vitalumiere Satin Smoothing Fluid Makeup (supposedly very good for dry, mature skin) but after getting a sample of it, I was so disappointed.

I have a feeling the SA didn’t shake the bottle before pouring the sample and it was like applying plaster to my face.

That led me to Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation. I read a bunch of reviews online and lots of folks with dry, older skin seemed to really like it. So I got a sample yesterday (in Porcelain which I think is a tad too pale for me) and it’s glorious.

This is totally going on my Christmas list.

Lise Watier

Eyebrows have been the bane of my life lately. Overplucked as a teenager and never recovered, they have a life of their own.

For a while I’d been using MAC’s Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Tailor Grey to fill in my brows. But I needed something darker.

I bought and returned two MAC brow pencils. Why does every cosmetics company think people with brown hair want auburn eyebrows? Every pencil I tried was far too warm. Ugh.

I finally stumbled upon Lise Watier’s Eyebrow Pencil in the shade Châtain – it’s the perfect mud colour. Kind of grey, kind of black, kind of brown. And it’s brilliant.

Impruv

Terrible name, great product. In the never-ending search for a good winter moisturizer for my dehydrated, ageing skin I found Stiefel Impruv Derma Membrane Structure Cream for dry, sensitive skin. Horrah! That’s me.

I read somewhere on another blog that you’ll find it on some dusty bottom shelf at Shoppers Drug Mart. And that’s exactly right. It’s inexpensive ($18) and contains some fabulous ingredients.

I read a lot of reviews from Canadians who say this saved their skin during winter. So I’m giving it a go and so far, so good.

Canadian Beauty Bloggers Network on Facebook

I’m a member of this (closed) group on Facebook and turned to the other members for dry skin advice.

I asked:

What are your dry/dehydrated skincare recommendations? I live in Winnipeg and no matter what I put on my face it still feels tight. The best luck I’ve had so far is with Eucerin’s Aquaphor ointment but it’s not very practical for daytime use. I’ve tried lots of stuff so I’m hoping one of you has a miracle moisturizer recommendation to kick Canada’s winter butt! 

One cream recommended to me several times was Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré. The folks at Beautypedia don’t think much of it but – apparently – it’s a bit of a cult beauty product.

I rubbed a bunch of stuff on my hands yesterday at Sephora (namely Josie Maran’s Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment and a couple of First Aid Beauty creams) and fell in love. Stupidly I didn’t look for the Embryolisse stuff.

Clearly I have a lot of moisturizing to do over the next little while.

[Along with the winter skin advice it was recommended that I exfoliate, use a cream or oil cleanser and a good serum. I’m already doing that. My skin must be doomed.]

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