SUMMER SKIN CARE: La Roche-Posay

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La Roche-Posay is the number 1 Dermatologist recommended sunscreen brand in Canada. We have been using La Roche-Posay products for many years and their sunscreens are one of our favourite brands that we have ever used. We are both extremely picky when it comes to SPF and we have high expectations of what we want. What we like and what we don’t. We know that we don’t like thick, heavy, greasy, white residue left on the skin like some SPF’s. No one wants to feel that, especially on the face.

La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios SPF 60 Ultra Fluid Lotion for the face has been a favourite for many reasons. It’s such a light fluid formula that you don’t even know it’s on the skin because it absorbs instantly and completely. It’s a matte finish, fragrance free, water resistant and paraben free. I wear it daily. Every single day of the year. Yes, even on the cloudy days.

We are all very aware by now that wearing SPF during the hot summer days is extremely important to protect your skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays. But what some people don’t seem to realize is that it is just as important to protect your skin year round from the environmental factors such as air pollution and the ozone layer. Doing so prevents those unattractive browns spots aka age spots, skin blotchiness, redness and premature aging in general. Let’s not forget about skin cancer. The earlier you start wearing sunscreen the better your skin will look when you’re older.

NEW ULTRA-FLUID SPF 50 LOTION FOR BODY
We were thanking the SPF gods for this gem of a product that La Roche-Posay recently launched. It’s like our beloved LRP fluid SPF 60 for the face but for the body! It has all of the same benefits, ultra light fluid that quickly absorbs, is fragrance free, water resistant and paraben free. It literally feels like nothing on your skin. It has quickly become our numero uno body SPF!

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NEW LIPIKAR LAIT ($19/200ml, $25/400ml)

In addition to being completely paraben and fragrance free, Lipikar Lait contains:

66% soothing Thermal Spring Water (this product contains the highest concentration of thermal spring water than any other product from La Roche-Posay!)
10% nourishing Shea Butter (sourced in Burkina Faso)
3% repairing Cold Cream
Anti-inflammatory Niacinamide

What we love most about the new Lipikar Lait is that the formula is 100% safe for the whole family – babies, children, adults and seniors. It is sensitive enough for all skin types. I have been wearing the Lipikar Lait lotion for the past two weeks and absolutely love it. It’s a lightweight, non-greasy lotion that is perfect for everyday wear.

What La Roche-Posay product are you lovin’ this Summer?!
Laura & Natasha xo

SKIN CARE: Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Skin Kit

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Happy Summer everyone! Did you know that June is Acne Awareness Month?! Today we are celebrating by sharing some of our latest favourite acne-fighting skin care finds.

I suffered from acne as a teenager and still get occasional breakouts from time to time. I know first hand just how hard it can be to find skin care products that are not only effective but also safe. A lot of acne products contain harsh ingredients that dry out your skin and can leave your skin feeling/looking worse off than before! As I’ve gotten older, I find myself continuously choosing beauty products that contain natural ingredients. When we heard about Thursday Plantation‘s 100% natural skin care products, we knew we had to try them out!

Thursday Plantation is an Australian beauty and wellness company who make 100% natural skin care products. They carry everything from essential oils to skin and hair products.

Today we are talking about Thursday Plantation’s line of Tea Tree skin care products that are specially suited for acne-prone skin. Thursday Plantation was actually the first company in Australia to use Tea tree oil in an acne range of skin care products! Tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial ingredient which is a very effective acne treatment. Not only is tea tree oil an amazing remedy for acne, it has many other uses. Tea tree oil can be used to relieve minor cuts and bites and it can also be used as a household cleaner killing 99.9% of household germs! Pretty amazing stuff right?

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Thursday Plantation’s Tea Tree Skin Care range includes the following:

100% Pure Tea Tree Oil ($7.99/10ml)
Tea Tree Medicated Gel for Acne ($11.99/10g)
Tea Tree Face Wash Foam ($14.99/150ml)
Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Toner ($12.99/100ml)
Tea Tree Face Cream ($15.99/65g)

Each product contains 100% pure tea tree oil which was sourced from and made in Australia.

I was pleasantly surprised with just how well all these products worked, especially when used in conjunction. You have your Foaming Cleanser (step 1), Toner (step 2), and Face Cream (step 3). All are loaded with powerful natural ingredients that fight breakouts. I tested the acne range for the past 2 weeks and I am thrilled to say that I did not get any new breakouts which was awesome! As someone who doesn’t currently have severe acne, I did find that the 3 steps may be a little too much for people who don’t suffer from acne. If you have sensitive skin and are not prone to breakouts, the 3 step routine may be a little too harsh for your skin. I would recommend adding in just one of the tea tree products into your current regime and alternating products when needed. Each night I switched things up – one night I used my regular cleanser and finished with the Tea Tree Face Cream. Than the next night I would use the Tea Tree Cleanser and than my regular moisturizer. It worked perfectly on my skin.

My favourite product in the acne range is the Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Toner. It is completely effective in fighting breakouts. It tones and purifies, tightens the pores without drying out the skin. The toner contains aloe vera and calming lavender to soothe the skin and is alcohol/benzoyl peroxide free.

Where to buy:
Thursday Plantation products are available at Walmart, Loblaws, Superstore, Rexall, Well.ca and Natural Heath Food Stores across Canada

*products pictured in this post were provided to us by PR for review purposes. all opinions are our own.

Have you tried Thursday Plantation products? Let us know!

Natasha & Laura xo
(written, photos by Natasha)

SKIN CARE: Beautycounter+ Plumping Collection

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Beautycounter recently launched a new skin care collection to their lineup titled Beautycounter+.
Beautycounter+ is a collection of targeted treatments formulated with safer ingredients to enhance your daily skin care regiment. The new line features three separate collections to suit different skin types. Each collection contains a facial oil, mask and mist. Beautycounter+ includes the Brightening Collection, Plumping Collection and Balancing Collection.

We had the opportunity to test out the Plumping Collection. Both of us love all things skin care and do our best to take care of our skin. So we were pretty excited to try out the new Beautycounter+ line! We have written a few features on Beautycounter’s products on our site previously. We absolutely LOVE Beautycounter. Every product we have tried from them we both have loved and would actually repurchase. (Their lip glosses are amazing! Non-sticky and long lasting.)

However the main reason we love Beautycounter is because of their philosophy and what they stand for. Beautycounter promotes clean beauty and only use safe ingredients in their products. They have tested and banned over 1,500 harmful ingredients that are commonly used in other cosmetic brands! When you purchase a Beautycounter product, you can be assured that you are not putting any kind of harmful ingredient on your body.

The Beautycounter+ Plumping Collection does not disappoint. Formulated with peony and jasmine essences, the Plumping Collection is designed to restore and firm moisture-depleted skin. This collection is absolutely perfect for any one who suffers from dry skin (like myself) and needs a boost of hydration.

I was really impressed with the quality of each product in the collection (facial mask, oil and mist). Each product does what it claims and adds moisture to your skin. When all three products are used in conjunction, it really does make a huge difference. I’ve used the three products for the past week and a half and my skin seems firmer and more hydrated. I don’t feel the need to use as much moisturizer at night now. The stand out product in the collection for me was the No.2 Plumping Facial Oil ($68). It is by far the best facial oil I have ever used! I have dry skin but also get occasional breakouts/redness and have found that a lot of oils make my skin break out. I was pleasantly surprised with Beautycounter’s Plumping Facial Oil. It is lightweight and not greasy at all. The facial oil contains seven natural oils and smells absolutely divine due to the fragrant jasmine oil! Contains no synthetic or mineral oils and can be worn day and night. The oil has made a noticeable different in my skin tone and I will continue using the Plumping Oil in my skin care routine. My mom (Laura) is more of an oily skin type but she also uses and likes the Plumping Facial Oil. It works with all skin types.

Beautycounter+ Plumping Collection:
No. 2 Plumping Facial Oil
No. 2 Plumping Face Mask
No. 2 Plumping Facial Mist

Beautycounter Online: Official Site, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Have you tried Beautycounter’s products? Let us know!

’til next time beauties…
Natasha & Laura
(written by Natasha)