SKINCARE: The Body Shop – Spa Of The World

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We have been obsessed with The Body Shop‘s Spa Of The World Body Care collection since it first hit stores. Spa Of The World is literally like having your own private spa treatment in the convenience of your own home… every single day! It’s unbelievably fabulous. From the packaging to the high quality ingredients, this collection is completely luxurious

The Body Shop travelled the globe searching for the rarest, purest, most effective, natural and always ethical ingredients that have been passed down from generation after generation. The Spa Of The World body care line is one of those unique collections where each product actually delivers. The quality and price of these products (ranging from $10-$60) can’t be beat.

The Hawaiian Kukui Cream ($36/350ml) is our favourite product from the Spa Of The World collection. Only because we both LOVE the smell. This cream is made with kukui oil which has extreme nourishing properties and has been used by the sun-loving Hawaiian women for generations. It’s non-greasy, extremely hydrating and the scent smells just like Summer! The cream is light enough to replace your fragrance during the hotter months. 

The Body Shop Canada OnlineOfficial Site, Facebook, Twitter

Have you tried The Body Shop’s Spa Of The World collection? Let us know! 
Laura & Natasha xo

Lise Watier HydraForce

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Canadian favourite, Lise Watier just launched 2 new moisturizers and a hydrating lip balm to their skincare line up. Appropriately named HydraForce, these products are incredibly hydrating and nourishing even in the most severe weather conditions. #coldcanadianwinters!

Formulated right here in Canada, HydraForce’s star ingredient is a seaweed found along the North Eastern Atlantic coast line. This seaweed called Gasp├ę Algae Extract, survives through the harshest of East Coast Canadian winters. The skin experts at Lise Watier discovered this algae acts as a protective shield when applied to the face which helps prevent water loss and keeps skin super hydrated.

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HydraForce is available in 2 formulas (Hydra-Protective Creme-Gel & Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme) plus a hydrating protective lip balm.

Both moisturizers have a light-weight, creamy luxurious texture. They do have a light scent to them which we both didn’t mind at all. The cream-gel is great for a normal to combination/oily skin type (which I use) and the cream option has a richer texture more suitable for a normal to dry skin type (Natasha uses).

We both found that after only a week of using these moisturizers we had noticed a difference in our skin. Our skin was more hydrated, smooth and looked radiant. We really loved the way the moisturizers absorbed into the skin and didn’t leave a greasy feeling.

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The HydraForce Hydra-Protective Lip Balm ($20/10ml) is amazing! We are both big lip product junkies and both love this balm so much. It protects, nourishes and gives immense hydration. After using it for a couple days we both noticed a big improvement in the condition of our lips. It looks like a clear gloss on the lips yet it’s not heavy or greasy. Best thing is that it instantly relieves dry, chapped lips and you don’t have to reapply it a million times to feel like it’s actually helping. Plus the balm’s orange citrus scent smells absolutely delicious!

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Where to buy:
Lise Watier products can be found Online, at London Drugs & Shoppers Drug Mart.

Connect with Lise Watier Online: Official Site, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Have you tried Lise Watier’s HydraForce products? Let us know!

Laura & Natasha xo
(written by Laura, photos by Natasha)

Get your Glow on this Holiday at Project Skin MD

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It’s the Holiday season. Let the bells ring! It’s our most favourite time of the year.
A time when we are extra busy with shopping, baking, entertaining, and parties. Oh my! 

It takes an awful lot of extra energy just getting it all done. You know what that means right? It can start to wear you out and then you can look, well, tired. Definitely not the ‘glowy holiday look‘ we’re aiming for. That’s where Project Skin MD saves the day. More like, saves the Holiday season. Even one treatment during the holidays can do your skin wonders. Let us tell ya. 

We had NEVER had a facial or any type of treatment done before. You know that saying, ‘Seeing is believing’? Well, that’s Natasha and I. We went to Project Skin MD a couple of weeks ago for a treatment called Dermaplaning with a customized glow facial treatment. We were shocked at the difference it made to our skin. Instantly. We definitely seen and now believe!

Dermaplaning is a mechanical exfoliation treatment that removes any dead skin, peach fuzz, while brightening and improving the skin’s texture. Currently this procedure is only offered in British Columbia exclusively at Project Skin MD

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For anyone who hasn’t had a facial treatment before, rest assured the service you receive here is bar none. They take their time with you, thoroughly go over every step of the process, answer all of your questions and concerns. There are no surprises and you are made to feel comfortable and relaxed during the whole procedure. 
Each treatment they perform is customized specifically to each clients needs. So you can feel confident that you are receiving exactly what will benefit you. 

Our Dermaplaning treatment took 1 1/2 hours and consisted of:

1. Cleanse
2. Skin Analysis
3. Exfoliation
4. Peel (if needed) – we both did!
5. Extractions (if required) – we both did! 
6. Serum Application 
7. Mask 
8. Neck & Shoulder Massage (oh-my-god… LOVE)
9. SPF Application
10. Mineral Make Up Application 

This treatment is the ultimate choice for an immediate skin boost. To get that glow on during the holiday season or for a pre-event outing any time of the year. It requires no needles, fillers, heat, suction or crystals so there is no down time. No lasting redness or healing time required. Your skin may have a slight redness immediately following treatment but doesn’t last long. Both of us didn’t experience any redness or irritation at all, which we were both honestly expecting to see. 

Regardless, if you were thinking of getting your skin re-energized and glowing for a special event, it would be recommended to do it at least the day before. When Nashina completed my treatment and handed me a mirror so I could look at my face I was completely in awe. I was shocked at the way it looked because I wasn’t expecting to actually see a big difference. Not right away. It was stunning and glowing. Quite beautiful if I do say so myself! ­čśë

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After your treatment you will receive a complimentary make up application. Glo Minerals make up is a natural mineral foundation that gives you an instant soft, even, and best of all, natural looking coverage. It literally feels like you have zero make up on. We left feeling and looking like a million bucks!

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We want to give a huge thank you to Dr. McGillivray, Vanessa and the team at Project Skin MD. Our experience was fabulous thanks to our amazing Medical Aesthesticians, Nashina (pictured above with me) and Gwen. They were exceptionally professional and made us feel completely comfortable. 

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We asked Vanessa, (Business Director at Project Skin MD) what facials she would recommend to achieve the perfect Holiday Glow this season.

 Top 3 Facials to get your Holiday Glow On at Project Skin MD:

1. DERMAPLANING (followed by a customized glow facial treatment) –
to remove any superficial dead skin, peach fuzz while brightening the skin and improve texture.
(1h30 for $220)

2. DERMAPEN MICRONEEDLING –
to naturally invite the skin to regenerate and stimulate new collagen without any laser energy.
($375 for full face, 75min appointment)

3. CLEAR + BRILLIANT
 preventative laser procedure that helps to lift up superficial sun damage, reduce pore size, stimulate collagen and refresh the overall complexion.
($350 for full face, 30min appointment)

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Voila! Two weeks after our facials at Project Skin MD and my skin is still glowing! Let the Holiday festivities begin.

Check out our previous post on the amazing skincare line SkinCeuticals, which can also be found at Project Skin MD.

Happy Holidays Everyone!
Laura & Natasha xo
(written by Laura, photos by Natasha)

Personalized Skincare Regime: SkinCeuticals

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We were completely honored to be invited to Project Skin MD in Vancouver a few weeks ago. We had never been before and we didn’t really know much about it so we were definitely looking forward to our visit. What we did know about Project Skin MD is that it is a non-invasive, dermatological skincare clinic and that we would be learning about SkinCeuticals new photoaging, correcting moisturizer called Metacell Renewal B3. (aka… A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! More about that below.)

What we didn’t realize was just how incredible our experience at Project Skin MD would be! We got to spend the afternoon being pampered starting with a IPL Photorejevenation treatment which was a new experience for both of us. This is a non-invasive treatment that evens out your skin tone, zapping those dark sun spots and basically turning back the clock on your skin’s appearance. All I can say is… yes please! Love it. We both noticed a difference in our skin’s appearance immediately. What was really interesting is we both seen improvement even as the days passed. It continued to look brighter as the dark areas continued to fade. It just looked more radiant and refreshed.

The lovely ladies at Project Skin MD are absolutely fabulous and assist you through every step of the way. They are incredibly knowledgeable and answer all of your skincare questions and give you professional skincare advice that is tailored exactly to your specific needs and concerns. Stay tuned for our full feature on Project Skin MD – coming soon to Rose & Lea!

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This post however is all about skincare brand, SkinCeuticals! SkinCeuticals is the only skincare brand that is sold at Project Skin MD and with good reason. They believe in it, it is the brand of choice. The line was created by Dr. Pinnell while he was doing extensive research for skin cancer. It is now exclusively recommended by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and medi-spas for home use worldwide.

We have both been regularly using the SkinCeuticals products that were specifically recommended to each of us since our visit.
Everyone who knows me, knows that I am no stranger to skincare. I am well informed and always current on most of the numerous choices out in the market. I don’t get caught up in what celebrity is promoting a product or what fancy advertising outlets are streaming into social media. I am more concerned with ingredients and what these ingredients are proven to do. The science of the product. The research of the product. Naturally with my Type A personality I went right to work doing my investigative research reading anything I could about this brand and it’s ingredients. 
I have to say everything I read about SkinCeuticals was ingredient driven and proven. We were most eager to begin testing the product out for ourselves.

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The RETEXTURING ACTIVATOR ($77/30ml) contains hylauronic acid which holds 1000x it’s own weight in water. This oil-free activator helps the skin maintain water which helps hydration and smooths any roughness. We have been using this as our night time serum and find when we wake up our skin is totally supple and glowing.

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VITAMIN C SERUM – C E FERULIC ($162/30ml)

This is actually one of my favourite products from SkinCeuticals. I take a lot of medication daily for my Kidney Transplant and my skin can start looking very dull very easily. It’s a continuous battle for me so I’m forever searching for effective products. C E Ferulic contains 15% Vitamin C which has helped make my skin look much healthier. I need all of the help I can get for my skin and I find that this combined with a moisturizer added intense radiance. It is non-oily and absorbs instantly into the skin. 

This C E Ferulic serum is a daytime antioxidant serum that delivers advanced environmental protection, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
It remains on your skin for up to 72 hours, even after washing. It is like wearing a continuous anti-aging shield on your face!

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CLARIFYING CLAY MASQUE ($51/60ml)

We’re both normal/combination skin types and we both LOVE clay masks. We’re obsessed with trying clay masks and have tried MANY through the years. This one is seriously the bomb.  It is packed with kaolin, bentonite, highest quality earth clays, botanicals and minerals. Completely deep cleansing, refreshing and hydrating at the same time! You know how some clay masks get dry and crack on your face? Yeah, well, this one doesn’t do that. With the chamomile and aloe it soothes and refreshes your skin like no clay mask we’ve ever tried. We’ve been using it once a week and we found that the impurities and excess oils around our nose areas appear clearer and smooth. This is one of Natasha’s favourite products from SkinCeuticals.

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EQUALIZING TONER ($34/250ml) & SIMPLY CLEAN CLEANSER ($34/240ml)

There are a variety of cleansers and toners available in the SkinCeuticals line, each designed for different skin types.

We have both been using the Simply Clean Cleanser (pictured above) which is ideal for combination/oily skin. It gently exfoliates dead skin cells while clarifying the skin and smoothing out rough texture

I have had a hard time finding a cleanser that I can use day & night because they seem to dry out my skin pretty bad. So I was intriqued to see how SkinCeuticals’ cleanser would hold up and have to say, I am really impressed! It’s gentle enough for me to use twice daily, has kept breakouts down and doesn’t irritate my skin at all. – Natasha

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METACELL RENEWAL B3 ($110/50ml)

Metacall Renewal B3 is the new star product and was just recently launched. It is a comprehensive daily emulsion to improve the appearance of early photoaging.

METACALL RENEWAL B3 contains:

Niacinamide which reduces discoloration
Tri-Peptide Concentrate which tightens and reduces the fine lines and wrinkles 
Pure Glycerin which provides deeper intense hydration

We both really like the texture of this product, it’s light, non-oily and absorbs easily.

  • Renews skin by increasing cell turnover
  • Reduces the appearance of discoloration and the look of redness
  • Formulated to deliver intense hydration without a tacky feel

Can be used day/night in conjunction with the serums and the sunscreen.

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Overall we’re both extremely happy with the SkinCeuticals products that we’ve tried and how they have noticeably made a difference in our skin over the past few weeks. We both agree that it is one of the better skincare lines that we have tried and tested. The products may be pricey, but SkinCeuticals has been proven to work and you do get what you pay for. Even after using SkinCeuticals for only a week, you start to see the results in your skin.

Connect with SkinCeuticals Online: Official Site, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Have you tried the SkinCeuticals line before? Let us know! xo

Laura & Natasha xo
(written by Laura, photos by Natasha)