I’m a big fan of non-fragrant plant oils.

I use them on my face all year round but step it up in winter. Canadian winters in Winnipeg are super harsh. Temperatures fall as low as minus 40 and I rely heavily on plant oils to grease up my skin. Oils are a staple in my skin care routine.

I have very dry skin in winter which tends to go red and flakes a lot. I’ve yet to find anything that truly rids me of my scales but oils make it more manageable.

I typically add five or six drops of oil to my moisturizer morning and night. And during the day I wear liquid foundation over top. My face generally stays oily all day (that’s the intention to protect it from the indoor heating and extreme cold.)

The folks at Eden’s Semilla, a US company, sent me two of their oils to review. Organic jojoba and a vitamin E blend.

The company sells a small range of non-fragrant plant oils and essential oils along with a few targeted serums. But their organic jojoba seems to be their flagship product.

As someone who’s anal about ingredient lists on skincare products, I was a bit disappointed they fail to provide a simple, comprehensive list of ingredients for each item on their website. They need to add a tab to each product with this information. It would deter me from buying this blind.

I’ve tried numerous brands of plant oils and honestly haven’t noticed that one is better than another.

I liked a lot about the Eden’s Semilla oils. You get a lot of product for your money. The oils also come with a great dropper and are in brown bottles to protect the gentle ingredients from sunlight.

Jojoba Oil | 120ml | certified organic

This is a lovely oil.

I was really impressed that the bottle comes with a stopper as well as a twist off lid. Plant oils need to be stored away from light and heat and this was a well thought out addition.

I was about to throw away the box when I discovered the dropper that comes with it! Absolute bonus points for this. I reuse old bottles and droppers because the jojoba I regularly buy doesn’t come with one. And this is a really nice sized dropper.

The oil is rich and feels great on my skin. Great product all round.

Vitamin E Oil + Organic Rosehip & Jojoba Blend | 120ml

This is a wonderful blend of safflower, wheatgerm, sunflower, sweet almond, apricot, avocado, jojoba and rosehip. An impressive combination.

Not all of the ingredients here are organic. Only the jojoba and rosehip are organic. This isn’t a deal breaker but I would prefer organic.

But, according to Paula’s choice, this doesn’t matter.

I’ve been using the vitamin E blend morning and night for about two weeks and love it. Because you get so many great oils in one bottle here, I totally recommend this for dry, dehydrated winter skin.

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I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t remind you about a post I wrote on essential oils. Don’t put them on your face! Essential oils are fragrant. The oils I reviewed above are non-fragrant.

This post was sponsored by Eden’s Semilla. This post contains no affiliate links, and all opinions are my own.

While I was working out the other day my trainer, Lindsay, asked me this question: what’s the secret to hydrating your skin?

My initial response was to tell her about things to avoid such as always checking the list of ingredients on her skincare products to look for alcohol (SD alcohol, ethanol, denatured, isopropyl, methanol or ethyl alcohol) as a main ingredient.

I recently threw out some otherwise top quality products because I hadn’t noticed alcohol came THIRD in the list of ingredients (and I would lump fragrance in here too. If it has fragrance, I won’t buy it. It has no place in skincare.)

According to Paula’s Choice (my favourite place for skincare advice):

There is so much incomplete or misleading information online, it’s easy to believe that alcohol-based moisturizers or treatments aren’t really all that bad for your skin. Formulas loaded with alcohol … often have a pleasing, quick-drying finish that feels weightless on skin, so it’s easy to see their appeal. Despite the conflicting information you’ll come across, the research is clear: No matter your skin-care concerns, alcohol as a main ingredient in any skin-care product is a problem.

Take a look at the ingredients on some of your favourite products (skincare AND makeup) and I bet you find alcohol. Read more about alcohol in skincare.

As I continued to run on the treadmill and she went for a pee, I had a chance to think about Lindsay’s question for a bit longer.

I decided that my number one skincare tip would be to ALWAYS WEAR SPF on your face.

It’s not something I learned to do until about a year ago. Even if I’m just popping out to walk my dog, I always wear sunscreen (for the record my favourite product is Clinique’s Sun Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Face Cream. It’s basically a great moisturizer with antioxidants.)

Lindsay told me she loves using natural products to keep her face hydrated. Which is where my third piece of advice comes in.

We’re often led to believe that ‘natural’ ingredients are good ingredients but that’s not always the case.

Lots of ‘natural’ products contain fragrant essential oils.

Ooh! That lavender smells so lovely and natural. It must be good for my skin, right?

Wrong <—- click this link and you’ll see why. In short, lavender can be toxic to skin cells. But, more importantly, “… research has demonstrated that you don’t always need to see it or feel it happening for your skin to suffer damage.”

What IS good for your skin are non-fragrant plant oils such as grapeseed, coconut, jojoba, apricot, avocado, sweet almond and argan.

To find out more about the good and bad of essential oils, check out the video above.

Now, I’m no expert by any means but as I age, I’m becoming more alert to stuff that might be drying out my skin. And as far as I’m concerned, the only place alcohol should be going is in a glass and down my throat!

For a thorough list of cosmetic ingredients, check out Paula’s Choice online Ingredient Dictionary.

Kat Von D Featherweight Primer

I’ve never liked the idea of primers.

I always thought they were just a way to make more money out of us.

We’d all been applying our foundation contentedly for years without them and suddenly they’re a thing.

I’ve bought approximately two primers to date (I don’t even remember which ones) and I’d long ago decided I didn’t need one.

But I watch a lot of YouTube videos (about beauty products) and pretty much every YouTuber I watch uses a primer.

I wondered if my whole foundation debacle wasn’t just a result of me not using a primer.

Armed with a bit of Christmas money, I concluded that it was worth a shot and a primer should be on my shopping list.

Bearing in mind I have very dry skin, my research narrowed it down to two candidates:

  1. Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer ($55 CA for 1 oz)
  2. Kat Von D Lock-It Featherweight Primer ($38 CA for 1 oz)

After returning numerous tinted moisturizers to Sephora over the past week, I decided to exchange the last one for a damn good primer.

Honestly, the Marc Jacobs primer felt the best. Gorgeous. But so expensive. There wasn’t a massive difference so I bought the Kat Von D primer.

I can tell you now that the application of my foundation has improved 100% since using this stuff. My foundation glides on so smoothly. The primer doesn’t disguise pores or wrinkles but it absolutely helps my makeup look better.

Do you have to spend $38 to achieve the same results? I dunno. There are cheaper primers on my hit list including L’Oréal’s Revitalift Miracle Blur, The Body Shop’s Moisturize It and Maybelline’s Baby Skin. Once I get round to checking them out, I’ll know more.

But for now, I’m really impressed with this Kat Von D stuff.

MAC Face and Body Foundation

After all the hullabaloo about finding a foundation which works on my dry skin in winter, I had an idea: maybe I’m going about it all wrong and should be looking for a good tinted moisturizer (or BB/CC cream).

Despite having weird, ageing skin, it’s still pretty good skin. I don’t need a lot of coverage from a foundation. I have no scarring or hyper-pigmentation to conceal.

The idea of finding a moisturizing foundation seemed like an impossibility. And, according to something I read on Beautypedia, there actually aren’t a lot of them because once you add a lot of moisture to a foundation it starts creasing and accentuating lines and pores, hence the most you’ll get from the majority of foundations is a satin finish.

And so began my research into tinted moisturizer.

(Stupid alert: I bought MAC’s Face and Body Foundation about a year ago. It’s more like a tinted moisturizer and looks very ‘skin-like.’ I’ve only worn it in the summer. I hadn’t considered wearing it this winter. It’s my summer foundation innit?)

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel Cream

After loads of online research I decided to buy BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream which was described by a lot of people as being closer to a tinted moisturizer than a foundation but with light to medium coverage.

I had some Christmas money so went on a bit of a splurge and also picked up – on a bit of a whim – CoverGirl Advanced Radiance foundation (note: this one has light fragrance which I don’t care for. I usually buy fragrance free products).

Using sponges, I applied BareMinerals to one side of my face and the CoverGirl stuff to the other (after cleansing, moisturizing and sunscreen, as is the case with all the products below). The CoverGirl side was easily the smoother, better looking of the two.

BareMinerals bunched up and looked really obvious. It didn’t sit well on my face fuzz either. So I returned it to Sephora in exchange for Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer – a cult favourite.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

Laura Mercier offers three versions of this stuff: one for normal skin, an oil-free formula and an illuminating formula for dry skin.

Sephora was out of the illuminating version so I opted for the normal one in the shade Cameo which, it turned out, was too light for me. And they were out of stock of the better colour match – Blush.

Aside from the colour, I really didn’t like this stuff. It felt drying on my face and clung to flaky patches. The marketing claims for this product are full of bullshit. This stuff is supposed to “… hydrate skin and soften fine, dry lines.” Nope. Not even a bit.

During another Sephora visit I compared it to the illumination version which is supposedly designed for dry skin. If anything, the one I bought was more moisturizing which isn’t really saying much!

Again, I returned it. This time I exchanged it for NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

NARS tinted moisturizer is another cult favourite apparently. It was definitely the best of the three I tried.

But it’s bloody expensive. I felt like a $54 tinted moisturizer should be pretty spectacular, right?

It was okay. Like the others, it still felt a bit drying and not at all moisturizing. But it didn’t stick to my dry bits and looked fairly smooth.

In a last ditch attempt to make this stuff work, I went over it with my MAC Face and Body. To give my face a bit of moisture.

It was in that moment that I felt like a complete idiot.

I had my winter skin solution sitting in front of me the whole time.

I bloody love MAC Face and Body. It definitely isn’t for everyone. It makes me look shiny and glowy <— is that even a word? It offers very sheer coverage. It won’t conceal spots, acne, scars or significant discoloration. It’s very watery and doesn’t come in fancy packaging (a plastic bottle which you need to shake vigorously each time you use it.)

But it’s my absolute #1 foundation for any season. It stops my face feeling tight and wrinkly but it still lets my real skin show through.

It’s also really affordable for a high-end product.

Of course, the NARS stuff got returned and I treated myself to some other Sephora goodies instead.

Note: regular readers will know I do extensive research before I buy something. I watch a ton of YouTube video reviews, read blog reviews, Beautypedia reviews and opinions on MakeupAlley. Interestingly, Beautypedia doesn’t rate MAC Face and Body very highly which just goes to show, you can’t always rely on the opinions of others. Where Beautypedia always excels is in their disclosure of scientific information like revealing a moisturizer contains more alcohol and fragrance than beneficial ingredients.

Veronica Gorgeois

In my never-ending quest for information on dealing with super dry skin, I came across a great video (at the end of this post).

Veronica Gorgeois (pictured above) is an esthetician with a very popular YouTube channel. She shares my same philosophies about skincare AND she has super dry skin. I love her.

Her tips include things I’m already doing such as using argan oil and Eucerin’s Aquaphor Healing Ointment, creamy cleansers and – something which I think you might laugh at but I’ve been thinking about for a while – sleeping on a non-absorbent pillowcase. Watch the video to find out more.


Josie Maran skincare essentials

I received Josie Maran‘s Whimsical Wonder Argan Oil Skincare Essentials gift set for Christmas.

And I bloody love it.

The Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment is glorious for winter skin and I’m absolutely buying the full size when my trial one runs out. I’ve been applying it like a serum in the morning.

The Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil feels a lot like oily vaseline in a squeeze tube. It has an orange cream scent which I’m not a fan of. I’ve been mixing it with a blob of Eucerin’s Aquaphor Healing Ointment at night.

The argan oil is lovely. I regularly use jojoba oil and argan feels smoother. Both are excellent for dry skin. I’m not sure I need to buy Josie Maran’s version when I run out of this but I’ll definitely be getting some.

I really like the Josie Maran line. Shame it’s so bloody expensive.

Note: the gift set I have also came with an argan oil hair treatment which I gave to my husband and an apricot vanilla scented body butter which seems okay.

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


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.


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.]


I recently had the great misfortune of messing up the skin on my face.

I’m not entirely sure what I did but I think it was a combination of rubbing too hard with a washcloth and using chemical exfoliation.

Almost overnight, the skin on the sides of nose and immediate cheeks became very dry and wrinkled. It looked parched and thin. Nothing I put on it seemed to make a difference. It didn’t really flake but it felt very tight and looked dehydrated.

I drink LOADS of water every day (around two litres), I don’t use skin products containing alcohol or other irritating ingredients and genuinely limit the things that dry out skin. So I resigned myself to the fact that at 41 my skin was just getting old. This made me very depressed.

My face looked shriveled. Like your fingers do when you spend too much time in the bath or shower. I spent some time researching this but found little to help me.

I finally began researching ‘orange peel skin’ – which is sort of how my face looked – and came across a bunch of helpful articles and tips on how to treat it.

The advice included things like using Emu oil and manuka honey. I wasn’t super keen on the Emu thing and raw manuka honey costs about a million dollars.

I immediately stopped the BHA and AHA exfoliation, set aside my washcloths and, for about a week, massaged jojoba oil into my face prior to removing my makeup each night.

Both night and day, I topped off my regular skincare routine with Eucerin’s Aquaphor Healing Ointment. It was the only thing which didn’t leave my face tight and dry. Yes, I looked like a grease ball but my face felt better.

It’s been a couple of weeks now and my face has started to look normal again. I’m fairly sure it takes many weeks to truly heal damaged skin so I’ll be keeping up the gentle routine for as long as it takes.

I was lucky enough to find some very affordable skin balm on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart – A-Derma Exomega Emollient Balm – which cost $22 for a giant tube and contains stuff like Shea butter and Evening Primrose Oil. I’ve started using this day and night too.

The rest of the time this is what I’m using. You’ll probably freak out when you see what I put on my face.



After two weeks, I’ve reintroduced my AHA/BHA exfoliation. I use Paula’s Choice 8% AHA gel in the morning (after toning) and Paula’s Choice 1% BHA lotion in the evening.

I have a special code which gives you $10 off your Paula’s Choice order. If you’re ready to buy any of the PC items here, use this link.

How do you deal with winter skin? I’d love to hear what’s in your skincare arsenal.

Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Advanced Kit

Firstly, if you’ve never heard of Paula’s Choice, you need to read about the brand right now.

I first became aware of Paula Begoun in my teens. Paula was known as the Cosmetics Cop and had written a book called Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me which was mentioned in various fashion magazines I read.

I never actually bought the book but always admired Paula. And now here we are in 2015 with the magic of the interwebs which means all of her genius is available online.

I’ve been a keen user of Beautypedia – the skincare and makeup review part of Paula’s website – for the better part of a year now. Naturally, I graduated from being a regular reader to an account holder then a reviewer (anyone can leave a comment about a product on Beautypedia) and eventually a customer of Paula’s Choice (she has her own makeup and skincare line which gets rave reviews of its own).

I had no idea what to buy when I first decided I was going to try out her products so I opted for the Skin Recovery Advanced Kit which contains seven full-sized products and costs around $150. Although it sounds like a lot of money, I rationalised that it was actually a pretty good deal.

The ordering process was easy peasy. I was able to track my package through her website and it arrived in a reasonable amount of time.

I’ve been using the kit for about a month now which I thought was a sufficient amount of time to get a good feel for the products.

(1) Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser

This is a creamy cleanser which you massage on to your dry face. I follow that with a wet wash cloth. It successfully removes makeup including mascara. It’s fragrance free (like all Paula’s Choice products).

My first reaction to the cleanser was that it made my hands feel squeaky clean afterwards. Not a feeling I really want in a cream cleanser. I’m sort of attempting to hydrate my skin by using a cream cleanser, not strip it of natural oils.

Ultimately I’ve decided this isn’t any better or worse than my Eucerin DermatoCLEAN Mild Cleansing Lotion which costs about a quarter of the price. I won’t be re-purchasing.

JULY UPDATE: I actually really like this now. I’ve just about used the whole bottle up and have already ordered another (larger) bottle.

(2) Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner

After cleansing I squirt this stuff on to a cotton pad and wipe it over my face and neck. It’s super nice and much softer than my very gentle Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion.

When I hear the word ‘toner’ I think of nasty, striping concoctions that we used as teenagers to keep zits away. Well things have changed a lot since 1990 and toners – this one in particular – are super gentle.

According to Paula’s website this stuff has “… a richer consistency than any other toner you may have tried. Its milky texture is loaded with skin-protecting antioxidants, essential lipids, cell-communicating ingredients and restorative skin-identical ingredients to leave your skin feeling silky-smooth and better able to recover from damage.” And helps “… eliminate dry, flaky skin … When used after cleansing, it helps skin restore and repair itself so it can look and act younger. It also works to remove last traces of makeup.”

I’d buy this again.

(3) Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant

This is the 21st century way to exfoliate – using an AHA or BHA. It’s supposed to brighten skin and get rid of dead skin cells.

If you have dry skin like me, you use an AHA. If you have oily, spotty skin, you use a BHA.

I’d buy this again. It has kind of a sticky, oddly emollient formula and can sting a bit if you get it on an open zit but I like it.

I’ve realised I have combination skin (like most people). Overall it’s pretty dry but my forehead gets oily and my whole t-zone has blackheads and visible, large pores. For that reason I’ve just ordered trial sizes of several of Paula’s BHA products which unclog and shrink pores.

JULY UPDATE:  I recently bought the full-sized 1% BHA lotion which I’m using every day. The trial-sized 2% BHA liquid was too drying for my skin. 

(4) Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum

It’s a serum. It smells nice (kind of natural and oily). It feels nice. I’ve no idea if it’s made any difference to my skin. If you’re considering buying this, I say go for it but it’s not something I’d buy again.

I remain a little skeptical about serums. I’ve tried a few and Andalou Naturals Fruit Stem Cell Revitalize Serum is my favourite so far. I think I can take them or leave them.

JUNE UPDATE: If I stop using this serum my skin doesn’t seem to look as good. I really enjoy the oily rich feel of this product. And the smell is SO natural. I’ve changed my mind. I’d buy this again.

JULY UPDATE: I’ve already bought another tube of this stuff.

(5) Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30

This moisturizer was a total fail for me.

It feels very nice but leaves a horrible white cast on my face due to the SPF content. I have Clinique Sun Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Face Cream which is far superior and doesn’t make my face white. It also feels a lot more moisturizing. This product wouldn’t be anywhere near hydrating enough for me to use in winter.

Definitely not buying again.

JUNE UPDATE: I returned this to PC and exchanged it for the Moisture Boost SPF 30 and it’s WAY better. No whiteness. It’s still not my favourite sunscreen though.

JULY UPDATE: After trying out the PC Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50 for face and body, I’ve ordered a full-sized tube.

(6) Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer

This is billed as a night cream in the instructions that come with the kit. It’s just ‘okay.’

I love the smell (fragrance free but still has a nice natural smell) but it doesn’t feel moisturizing enough. I’m the kind of gal who likes to see a bit of grease on her face after applying a cream. This stuff sinks right in and I haven’t noticed any discernible improvement.

My holy grail night cream remains Clinique’s Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturizer. I don’t think anything will ever beat it.

JUNE UPDATE: I’ve somehow learned to love this. It still isn’t as good as my Clinique night cream but I totally like it and would buy it again.

(7) Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask

I haven’t used this as an actual mask yet because the instructions said it could be used as an intensive night cream which is how I’ve used it so far.

It feels lovely. You can’t rub it in like a regular moisturizer though because it kind of balls up like a mask would so you absolutely need to rinse it off eventually.

Masks I can take or leave. While this feels super nice, I consider it a bit of a luxury and wouldn’t spend money on this or any other mask again.

Overall I like Paula’s Choice products. Like everything, some stuff will work well for me but not for others and vice versa.

Nothing has blown my mind yet but I will say I stopped using my Paula’s Choice stuff for a couple of days because my aunt gave me some Elemis stuff. My skin looked noticeably worse after using it so I switched right back to PC.

I have a special code which gives you $10 off your Paula’s Choice order. If you’re ready to buy a Paula’s Choice product, use this link.

Elemis skincare products

There are two people in my life who hand off makeup and skincare freebies to me: my mum and my Auntie Karen.

I was lucky enough to be the recipient of an exceptional skincare haul this past weekend courtesy of Karen.

Thank you Karen!