Monday, 24 August 2015

Let's Talk Skin Care | Toners | Presley Charlotte

Hello everyone, it has been a very long time that I have written up a blog post, or done a video! Since it is obvious that I am not very good at editing a beauty tutorial and better at a talk through! So here is a talk through about toners and how to use and why you used them!

Toners are one of the skin care products that are so important to a skin care regiment but are so underestimated! Toners look like water and some think they are more of a gimmick and marketing tool, but in actuality they are an essential part of the regiment that will increase the benefits of the serums, moisturizers and masks!

Our skin is a natural pH of 4.5-5.5, meaning it is techinally acidic. This is a way of self protection because bacteria cannot grow on an acidic surface, but once you cleanse your skin it quickly turns alkaline. Some products are designed specifically to not alter the pH, those products will be labeled "acid balanced" instead of "pH balanced". If you cannot find acid balanced products, then please use pH balanced to ensure the skin is not stripped completely.

Next, after you cleanse you should always use a toner. Toners are designed to bring your skin back to its favorable pH quickly to inhibit bacteria growth and optimal absorption of any skin care products applied next!

When I do a skin consultation I always ask these questions:

-What do you cleanse with

-Do you use a Toner

- Do you remove your makeup/wash the pollution off your face before bed.

Often the last one is the culprit of unfavorable skin conditions, however you would be surprised at how adding the simple step of a toner will enhance your skin's condition!

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Monday, 22 June 2015

June Ipsy Glam Bag

Hello Beauties!!

This month in my Ipsy Glam Bag I received a Lavanilla Body Butter deluxe sample size, a TreStique Eyeshadow stick, an Ofra Eyeliner and a Smashbox Face Primer. These products are perfect for me this summer because the makeup products are water proof, long lasting and the perfect colors!

Keep an eye out for my next makeup tutorial using the eye products from this glam bag!

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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Color Clash Makeup Look

Today I filmed my first makeup video, and if I do says so myself it's not too shabby!

I used a lot of drugstore makeup like Annabelle, l'oreal, the Jean Coutu brand Personelle. I also used some BH cosmetics and Clarins Makeup. 

You can find the video here: , I will have it posted on this blog as soon as possible. 

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Presley Charlotte

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Clarins and Thierry Mugler!!

Today a collegue and I had the chance to attend a training course on Clarins newest products and Thierry Mugler fragrances (part of the Clarins Fragrance Group). I'm so excited because we got to go home with many of the new products! 

I work with Clarins at the spa and am absolutely blown awes with the quality of these products! I already have a Clarins Daily Energizer Cream-Gel, Multi Active Night Comfort Cream, Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Tamarind and Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cottonseed, Toning Lotion with Iris, Body Lift cellulite gel (no one is immune!), Pure and Radiant mask with Pink Clay (check my review here: ), Multi Active Skin Renewal Serum, and he Double Serum. Reviews coming soon, please let me know if there are any ones you'd like me to review sooner, including the next items I'll list that I received today!

From left to right: Masvelt Body Shaping Cream, Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate(sample), Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector, Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate (full size), Instant Concealer, and Wonder Perfect mascara.

The next photo is of the Thierry Mugler fragrance we received called Alien Eau Extraordinaire. It really is extraordinary, it's a strong smell but with the proper application anyone can love it and wear it. It is one of those fragrances that just change your perception of the kind of woman you are. His fragrances are very sexy yet subtle, not the typical vanilla or musk type of sexy either. 

The box says : enhance your sensuality with the luminous freshness of Alien Eau Extraordinaire Eau de Toilette. The positive energy of a crystalline precious stone that can be refilled thanks to the Eco-Refill Bottle.

Right away that catches my attention because a refillable perfume bottle is hard to come by! So far I really love the fragrance and will have a review coming if it is requested. 

Let me know of any questions or if you've tried these products before, I'd love to hear your thoughts! 

Presley Charlotte :)

Monday, 19 January 2015

Skinny Teatox: Week 1 Review

Hello Beauties,

This post is going to be a little less about skin care and a lot more about all over health and well being. After the holidays we tend to fall into a pitfall of lessened self esteem, lethargy, over sleeping and over eating because we have over indulged so much over the holidays! I am no exception to this what-so-ever! I have been struggling to get back into a routine, even though I wouldn't consider what I was doing before even close to a routine, either way it has not been easy! I've been looking at getting the Skinny Teatox for a while now, for several reason not only to shed a few pounds that have been built up because of toxin and water retention, but to kick start a healthier way of life!

WARNING: If you are a woman (or man) on the go all the time, I would take caution in trying this product as you will need to be in very close proximaty to a bathroom once the nighttime tea takes into effect! That being said, its really not that bad.

So I started this teatox journey mid last week, Tuesday I believe, and I can say I'm quite impressed with the immediate jolt of energy you get with a mid-day crash! I started my Tuesday with the daytime tea, this is usually when I have three or so black teas to wake myself up but during the last week my black tea consumption decreased! The daytime tea is a stimulant to increase energy production in the cells and metabolism function which in turn gives you a wide awake without a jittery cafeine induced effect. The flavour is very light, which I like, its fruity and easy to finish a whole cup in no time. The energy I got from this tea was enough to last me the whole day, even through the preverbial 2pm "wall". It was so easy to wake up and get my day started with this tea, and I'm one of those girls who really take extra long to wake up the sense, drag my feet to the kitchen and get ready for my day. This was a big win in my books for this tea!

The nighttime tea was much better than I thought, I was expecting a taste more on the very herby side, but it was quite light in flavour. I had read and watched reviews on this tea, and the pamphlet that came with it said to be aware that the nighttime tea's laxative effect will more than likely take 3-10 hours to work, however it was after 12 hours for me. No big deal as when it did happen it wasn't as scary as you would think, given the word describing it is "laxative". Make sure you drink lots of water during this teatox, it will help everything go , well.... smoothly! ;)

The pamphlet and website of this product also highly recommends that anyone participating in a teatox to eat a sufficient amount of fruits and vegetables and healthy carbs and proteins. This is of course vital for any type of weightloss but also for a better lifestyle. I found that once I had the daytime tea it was almost the same effect as if I went to the gym, it felt like I was already doing my body some good so I of course didn't want to reverse that and eat junk food, so I opted for healthier options, yogurt with flax seed, fruits and vegetables, healthy proteins. I even recreated my favorite lunch sandwich from the cafe down the hall from my work; rye bread will a little cheese, light mayo, deli meat and a handful and a half of spring mix greens! Absolutely amazing. If anything this teatox will have definitely reset my "habit" clock of going across the street or to the cafe for lunch, in turn saving me calories and money! Win-win!

And since this is a skin care blog, I should add in a little tidbit about skin care! The more fruits and vegetables and water you consume, the better you skin will be receptive to the products you apply to it. Vitamins and minerals in healthy foods are not only essential for the body's well being, but for all the cells, including your skin, hair and nails!

I did purchase the 14 day teatox, however I have had to split it up into two weeks because on my fifth day, I was supposed to have a nighttime tea, and instead I didn't because my boyfriend and I both had a touch of food poisoning from some smoked salmon.. so needless to say I did not need any help getting that out of my system that night! So today I write my review of my first week on the 14 day teatox and tomorrow I will be starting again on my second week.

I would highly recommend this product for anyone looking to kickstart their lifestyle change, and help change some unhealthy habits! I want to point out that I have not weighed myself yet for any concrete results as I'm not finished the teatox, and I can be quite forgetful in that aspect of things, but I do find I'm quite happy with overall effects and my energy levels and need for fruits and vegetables instead of chocolates and fudge! ;)

Thanks for reading, please comment below if you have any questions about this and if you have any topics you want me to right about!

Have a wonderful day!

Presley Charlotte :)

Skinny Teatox Daytime Tea, so tasty! 

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Let's Talk Skin Care Ingredients: Why I Love Hyaluronic Acid

This post is going to be a partial rave post. I love, love, love this ingredient for many reasons! But when people see "acid" as part of a name for a skin care ingredient they tend to freak out! This type of acid is not like glycolic or salycilic acids, it does not perform an exfoliating action, instead it is best used for hydration!

Many anti-ageing products will have Hyaluronic acid for its plumping effect. It can give a youthful glow and fullness to otherwise slackening skin and It is wonderful for dehydrated and dry skin types because it is a water binder, which is the main reason it "plumps" the dermis.

I love this ingredient in serums because they penetrate down into the deeper layers of the dermis to pull water up to the epidermis while pulling the moisture from your day or night cream to the dermis. This is what creates that plumping effect, water is gathered and held in the middle so moisture is not lost as quickly from the skin.

Literally every skin type can benefit from this ingredient because each skin type is dehydrated, and most often when you correct dehydration and add the proper moisture most skin problems tend to correct themselves. Of course with help from your Esthetician you skin will be good as new even quicker!

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Friday, 28 November 2014

Product Review: Clarins Pure and Radiant Mask with Pink Clay

So, it has been much too long since my last post, and while I have many topics to write about I have been very busy! So instead of writing a lengthy post full of (awesome) skin car science facts and advice I decided to write my first ever product first impression and review! So here it goes!

Recently the spa I work at changes owners and product lines. Before we used Phyto5 which was nice, but not many people knew about it, now we use Clarins. Yes, the world renowned brand developed in France that literally perfected the way skin care specialists/Estheticians, Makeup Artists and Registered Massage Therapists treat the skin, Clarins. And we love it!

So, naturally, I wanted to try out the products! Of my Clarins collection thus far are a cleanser, toner, two serums(one for day and one for night, reviews to come), body gel for cellulite(no one is immune!), eye makeup removers and lastly a mask. 

The Pure and Radiant Mask with Pink Clay is the treatment mask designed for the purifying line for oily-combo and acneic skin types, which I have. My skin is quite oily and I breakout in remote areas quite frequently, but my cheeks remain dryer than the rest of my face. 

This mask is really great for treating my skin without making it feel super tight and dry after absorbing all the excess oils and treating my breakouts. It feels refreshing on the skin, but not cold and it doesn't tingle aggressively like most masks. Many clay masks tingle in a way that almost burns and then you're left wondering if your skin is sensitive, if the product is crap, or both! The Pure and Radiant mask leaves skin feel soft and hydrated and while it absorbs the excess oil it doesn't soak up all the necessary oils!  This is very important when choosing a mask, or any treatment product, if it leaves you feeling like a prune it's probably not any better for your skin.

The price point is great for a product like this, $31 for a tube. And it can also be used as a spot treatment instead of a full face mask, so it can take a few months to use up! In order to achieve the best results with any mask is to exfoliate right before applying with a gentle refining scrub(small micro beads) and using your mask faithfully once a week. 

My results after using this mask: my skin feels smooth in texture, it looks even with a new found radiance. My blemishes are still there(but nothing will miraculously make them disappear) but they are noticeably less inflamed and not as sore. In my eyes that's a goal achieved! With weekly use I can expect clearer, smoother and healthier skin!

Let me know by commenting below what you'd like to read about next, be it skin conditions, skin types, product reviews, or products that are best for dry, sensitive or oily skin types.

Have a great weekend everyone! 

Presley Charlotte :)