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My Current Nighttime Skincare Routine

I’ll be the first person to admit that I am not the most diligent when it comes to skincare routines. In fact, my morning routine just consists of splashing water on my face and patting it dry (in defiance of everything everyone has ever told me about twice-a-day routines). I really would rather sleep in for the few extra minutes. In fact, I would go to school in pajamas if I could.

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I’ve been pretty diligent lately and am starting to look forward to my nighttime skincare every night. I’ve started to think of it as a treat, associating it with relaxation and a break from studying. Here’s what I have been using recently and how I have been using it.

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Asian Supermarket Beauty Finds: Ichikami Moisturizing Hair Care

I know I said I’d update my old blog posts first, but it’s taking much longer than I thought it would. So I’m going to cheat a little and talk about this instead because I am excited to use my new shampoo tonight!

I have used Pantene Pro-V since elementary school and had always come back to the brand. I haven’t been enjoying the newer formulation and packaging. Since I just ran out of shampoo, my friend angelandthings recommended the Shiseido Tsubaki Damage Care Shampoo.

It seems that Asian beauty products have been slowly moving their way into Canada, as I found lots of Asian products at my local T&T Supermarket. They even had skincare and BB cream for sale. Unfortunately, the Shiseido Tsubaki Damage Care Shampoo was all sold out at T&T. I guess that’s a testament to its popularity. It costs $18.89 CAD. There was ONE lonely bottle of the conditioner left…

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GWP’s at Sephora and The Bay

Unlike many, I did not get out of bed this morning for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. What got me out of bed was seeing an email from Sephora indicating that there was an exclusive VIB Bare  Escentuals gift with a purchase of $25 CAD at Sephora. It was a beautiful day with beautiful weather, putting me in good spirits for a trip to the mall!

I had only intended to spend the $25 in order to get my GWP. I picked up Fairy Drops’ Scandal Queen mascara, which I’d heard great things about and have wanted for a while. On my way out, I passed by Buxom and checked out their cream shadows. My eyes got to wandering and settled on Buxom’s lash Mascara (one of my favourites!), and the available value sets – which inevitably led to…

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Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Eye Contour Care SPF 30 Review

I’ve been waiting for Spring to spring for a month. Lately, the weather has been a huge tease – looking bright and sunny with a fresh breeze in the morning, then following with cloudy skies, a biting wind, and snow in the afternoon. Then I have to drag on my winter boots again and clomp through the slush. Ick.

In the spirit of welcoming a new month and hopefully ushering Spring in, I want to share this eye cream: Clarins’ Sun Wrinkle Control Eye Contour Care with SPF 30.

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Shiseido Aqualabel Deep Clear Oil Cleansing (Whitening) Review

This was the first thing I opened when I received my first YesStyle purchase (site review here), and have been dying to review it ever since. I find the packaging simple and sleek, and its description certainly seemed promising.

The product description says :

A light, cleansing oil designed to deep cleanse skin, removing all traces of dirt, sebum and makeup without stinging eyes or irritating skin. Added moisturizers help skin remain optimally hydrated, improving skin elasticity without causing an uncomfortable tight feeling. White Plus formula then softens the outer layer, allowing blackheads and keratin to be lifted and washed away to reveal the fresh and bright skin underneath. By Shiseido.

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yesstyle.ca Review

I first found out about YesStyle when I was browsing the internet for BB creams  a month ago. One of the searches popped YesStyle’s inventory up. Apparently YesStyle is a pretty popular website for ordering things online, especially from Asia. Their product list includes everything from clothes and shoes to makeup and skincare, complete with accessories and sections for men as well. The brands are sourced from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea, to name a few.

So why are there no reviews on its credibility?!

I was looking for reviews on YesStyle and whether or not it was reputable enough to trust, as I am always hesitant about making purchases online. To my surprise, despite its apparent popularity, there were no reviews generated by the search engine! I had to resort to searching up “yesstyle.com” on YouTube, which generated videos of people showing off their hauls. So I supposed that lent credibility to the website.

So I set my jaw and placed an order on Friday, October 7th. All the items in my basket were labeled as ready for shipping in 1-2 days. Lo and behold, the order was shipped out on October 11th, the Tuesday after a long weekend. I was surprised that I received my order just over a week later on Thursday, October 20th.

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