Category: beauty

Protecting Our Eczema Prone Skin with Polysporin #EczemaAndMe #shop

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
The fall (and quickly approaching winter) season is upon us. With the cooler weather we find that there is a typical rise in eczema symptoms in our home. Both of my children as well as myself suffer with eczema. Each of us has our own triggers but the one thing that holds true is that the cold weather makes our skin rawer and much more sensitive. Finding the right products to deal with our eczema can be difficult – normal lotions just don’t cut it! We headed out to Walmart to pick up the new Polysporin Eczema line as part of the #CollectiveBias campaign and couldn’t wait to try it out on our already sensitive skin.

Not familiar with eczema? Here are some of the signs of eczema (don’t forget to always take your child in to see the doctor if you feel they have eczema!):

  • patches of chronically itchy,dry, thickened skin
  • if scratched these patches can open and bleed (yikes!)
  • eczema blisters (nothing is worse than seeing these form on your child – I speak from experience here)

Eczema can interfere with your day to day routine as well as your self confidence. When my arms are at their worst I will cover them with long sleeves because I am embarrassed at the state of them – I don’t want anyone to see the blisters and raw skin.  Proper care of our skin as part of a daily routine is essential in order to ensure the flare ups do not occur or lessen the occurrence of the flare ups. This includes using a body wash and lotion designed specifically for eczema prone skin.

Polysporin Eczema Essentials Daily Body Wash (as one part of their #EczemaAndMe campaign line) is an excellent tool to help protect your skin on a daily basis. Their brand new unique formula includes a lipid, humectants, emollient and botanical blend to help cleanse and moisturize your sensitive skin.
When purchasing a body wash for eczema prone skin it is so important to ensure that the product is fragrance free, contains an emollient (helps to cover the outer layer of the skin to prevent water loss) and designed for eczema prone skin. Polysporin Eczema Essentials Daily body wash covers all of these points!
After several days of use we are already noticing an improvement in our skin texture and eczema. The Polysporin body wash lathers on thickly with even a small amount coating the skin – which is perfect as it helps retain the moisture in our skin. Don’t forget when you towel off to pat dry to prevent irritating your skin.
Polysporin also has a fantastic coupon on their site to help you save on their eczema products (yay!). The English coupon can be found on their site here and the french coupon here.

Not following Polysporin on Twitter yet? Head over now and follow them to find great tips, deals and more!

What is your first line of defense against eczema?
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#GOSHGoddess Makeup Collection #review

I love my makeup – in fact I am a bit of a makeup hoarder! I am constantly checking out the newest selections and purchasing them (even if I don’t need them!). When I was chosen to try out GOSH cosmetics through Chick Advisor I was beyond excited. This was my first time trying out the GOSH line and I couldn’t wait to get my #GOSHGoddess on!

My favourite item in the #GOSHGoddess collection I received was the Lip Lacquer #6. This has to be the brightest lip colour I have ever tried but it looks stunning on. A small amount is needed and it applies extremely well and evenly. It has the most amazing shine and lasts well into the lunch hour (I applied at seven in the morning!).

The second product was GOSH Mineral Powder 004. I don’t usually use a loose powder so this was also new for me (I almost always purchase a compact powder). The coverage was light but covered very well. I am going through a current breakout (no one warned me about the adult acne breakouts!) and had to use just the mineral powder one day and it helped to soften the redness around my nose perfectly.

I also tried out the GOSH double precision mascara – one side for the top lashes and the opposite for the lower lashes. This is the perfect solution as the bristle lengths are shorter for the lower lashes which is usually such a problem to deal with if using a larger brush. It allowed for better definition of the lower lashes. The coverage is nice and dark which is my favourite!

The last product I was able to try was the brow defining gel. This is a product I would have never even thought of buying before but it blew me away. It truly makes the difference when you are aiming for a more polished look. It was easy to apply (just like a mascara wand) and gave greater definition and shape to my eyebrows. I was actually complimented at work where a supervisor thought my makeup was done professionally! It truly made my day!

Here is my favourite #GOSHGoddess look (sorry for the blurry image my iPhone doesn’t always capture the best images!)

Are you familiar with the GOSH product line? What is your must have makeup product?

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products free of charge. I was not obligated to post about my experiences but wanted to share my love of them with you!

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Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray #review

I love my make up – it helps to enhance the look that I am going for that day, helps bring me confidence and on my tired days a good application of mascara prevents me from rubbing my eyes and yawning!

While I love the summer months they also bring the humid air that tends to send my makeup dripping off my face not to mention the eye shadow that magically disappears by the end of the work day (so unfair!). Finding a makeup primer is necessary to ensuring that gorgeous look stays put all day long.

Skindinavia makeup primer spray launched in May of this year. Skindinavia is a lightweight, breathable, silicone free makeup primer spray. It is also oil, paraben and sulfate free – it is also tested for use on sensitive skin (perfect for my tender skin that is so prone to breakouts!).

Skindinavia makeup primer is easy to use – three to four quick sprays in a T and X shape across the face, allow to dry and start applying your makeup! Easy right? I loved that it left my skin feeling soft and it actually allowed me to apply my foundation and eye shadow with little trouble. It helped my makeup last through the work day which I appreciated immensely. I was initially worried about break outs but I had none which was a relief. You can order online here.

THE FLAWLESS FACTS

  • 83% of users agree this is the best makeup primer that have ever used.
  • 93% of users noticed their skin felt smoother.
  • Silicone-free base creates a breathable barrier between skin and makeup.
  • Helps to prevent common skin issues associated with makeup use including redness, large pores and irritation.
  • Proven to reduce the need for makeup touch-ups or blotting.
  • Formulated to be worn with or without makeup.
  • All SKINDINAVIA products are oil, paraben and sulfate-free. Each product is tested for sensitive skin.

 

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Skin Barrier Health: Skinfix

As you are aware, I am a Skinfix Ambassador  – if you are not familiar with the brand you can check out my post here or visit their website at this link. Skin care is so important to me especially with eczema affecting both my children and myself. I wanted to share this important video with you from Skinfix on skin barrier health. Enjoy and take care of your skin! 🙂

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Dry Hair Relief with Garnier #DamageEraser

For the past two weeks I have been testing out Garnier’s new line of #DamageEraser products from Influenster. The Damage Eraser line is formulated for dry, damaged and distressed hair. It is designed to reconstruct and preserve hair strength by up to 90%

The formula contains Phyto-Keratin with plant based proteins and fruit concentrate, Cupuacu Butter and natural lipids. The entire line consists of shampoo, conditioner, reconstructing butter and split ends repair.

The product itself has a great smell to it. You can actually smell the Cupuacu Butter (I love body butters so I am so familiar with this smell!). The texture is quite rich and does not feel watered down. I was quite impressed with the results of the line! My hair has been through years of abuse from colouring my dark brown hair blonde to black along with over ten years in a pool daily (I still get comments when I get in the stylist chair about the green undertones in my hair from the chlorine!). I found the best results from the reconstructing butter (pictured below). It left my hair feeling smooth, silky and shiny after one application.

Rating: 4/5

You can find more about their products by visiting Garnier’s website here.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products for free from Influenster. All opinions expressed are my own.

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