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Benefit To The Rescue!

Benefit Instant Comeback Facial Serum has been around for a few years, and while I was aware of it I was not too inclined to try it. I adored the packaging of course, but did not think I could take this brand seriously when it came to skincare.

whiteAt some point last year I received a trial size of this serum. It got thrown in with a bunch of stuff on my “to – do” beauty list. It should not go unmentioned that the sample size was actually a mini version of the full sized product and not just a sample package or vial. As usual this company impresses with it’s consistent adorableness and weaving that cute – factor down to even a sample.

Once late November hit here in Canada, I started noticing my moisturizer was not enough anymore. My face was tight and my skin was getting more reactive due to the dehydration. I went through my product stash to see what I could try out and came across the forgotten Benefit sample. I decided to give a try.

Am I ever glad I did! This serum lives up to the name “Instant Comeback”. My skin felt hydrated immediately. The serum was sucked right into my thirsty skin and did not leave behind any stickiness. Within a few days my skin started to glow again like it does in the summer when there is actual humidity in the air. Gone was the tightness and reactiveness!

The serum has a slight scent, which is lovely and light, and it really feels like I am giving my skin a big glass of water along with a nutritional supplement (my description, not a product claim).

A small detail that I can’t overlook it that the little sample bottle is easy to refill from my full sized one – instant travel size forever.

Tell me Foxes, what do you do to overcome wintery effects on your skin?


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A Divine Cleanser

I love a good cleanser. I also love a good scrub. Put them together and I am pretty much going to try it out. Origins GinZing™ Refreshing Scrub Cleanser appealed to me as this is a brand I have been wanting to use for awhile now, and this seemed like a great starter product.

First of allUnknown, this feels divine! The gentle exfoliation smooths without aggression, and the aroma is refreshing and energizing thanks to Grapefruit, Lemon and Spearmint.

I prefer to use this one the shower to make it easier to rinse off all of the little scrubbing beads, and I only use it maybe 3 times a week. I even work it into the décolleté area to smooth this area and prep for a good moisturizer.

After trying this product out, I am quite likely to try a few more in this brand. Possible the start of a new affair…


Product Review: Aveeno Fresh Essentials®

*Disclaimer: These products were supplied to me at no cost to review. This does not sway my opinion is any way and this is a review I would have given even if I paid for them.

I first used an Aveeno product back in high school when I was suffering from super dry skin. It was a body moisturizer with oatmeal and I had seen it advertised on the pages of my Sassy, Teen and Seventeen magazines. It is funny how times have changed and how we learn about things now through such wide variety of media streams! Anyhow, the oatmeal lotion was superb to heal my dry and flaky skin and I even used it on my face.

I have always associated Aveeno with oatmeal. But here in modern day, I realize that it is about so much more than just oatmeal. They have a whole range of skin care for face and body, and they even have a super hot spokeswoman – the lovely Jennifer Aniston. I will admit that it has been many years since I tried any Aveeno products, so when these items arrived on my doorstep I was eager to check them out and experience them on my skin.

The products that came are part of a line called Fresh Essentials® and they are touted to “replenish moisture to stressed skin and reveal natural beauty with ACTIVE NATURALS® ingredient, Southernwood Extract and vitamins A, C, &E.” The idea of this line is to keep what’s good for your skin IN- and the bad OUT. Now I have been working in the business a very long time, and the vitamin A, C, & E is a commonly used antioxidant cocktail that you will find in may skin care products.

SCIENCE LESSON: An antioxidant helps to block the effects of free radicals in your skin. Free radicals are are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons. These can be formed naturally, but things like excess sun exposure can cause a free radical.  Once formed these highly reactive radicals can start a chain reaction, like dominoes. They can really weak havoc and react with important cellular components such as DNA, or the cell membrane. Cells may function poorly or even die if this occurs. To prevent free radical damage the body has a defense system of antioxidants.

The addition of Southernwood Extract in this formula is said to also provide antioxidant protection and help to strengthen your skin’s natural moisture barrier. This in turn will help your skin keep the vital elements like water in your skin and guard against the bad stuff from getting in (hence moisture barrier). 

The very first product that I tried was the Aveeno Fresh Essentials® Daily Exfoliating Scrub. I tried this in the morning while I showered, and I enjoyed the gentle exfoliation. It was not aggressive by any means, but it felt like something was actually in there. It did not foam a ton, which I really like because I find things that foam a lot are really drying. It rinsed away clean and did not leave a residue. I can’t say there was any significant scent in this scrub, but it had a mild and pleasant smell. This product comes in a 145 mL tube and retails between $9.97- $12.99 CAD. I will give my honest opinion here that I think this is a steal for the price.

Next, I tried the Aveeno Fresh Essentials®  Nourishing Moisturizer SPF 30. Sometimes moisturizers that have an SPF over 15 in them can be quite heavy and difficult to rub in. This was not like that at all. The moisturizer was delivered via pump, and one pump was more than enough for my face. It absorbed quickly and left my face feeling comfortable and moisturized, but the most amazing part is that I was able to apply a powder foundation over top of it about 15 minutes later without any streaking or patchiness. The lotion that I was using before I tried this never seemed to absorb and made my powder go on weird. I like this moisturizer a lot, and considering I usually spend around $40 for 50 mL, this Aveeno Fresh Essentials® Nourishing Moisturizer SPF 30 is HUGE at 74 mL and costs a mere $16.97- $19.99 CAD. 

Then, in the evening I tried the Aveeno Fresh Essentials® Hydrating Night Cream. This cream felt very nice going on my skin, and it was also quickly absorbed. I like that I didn’t feel it on my skin since quite often I find night creams to sit on top and rub off all over my pillow or make my hair stick to my face. This one was another winner from Aveeno, and in the morning I was definitely well hydrated still. This night cream retails for $16.97- $19.99 CAD for a standard size jar of 49 mL. photo 1

What I liked: You can get started on a simple skin care regime for less than $60. It felt wonderful and proved to be very effective for me as I tested this in a cold snap during winter time. Overall the line is attractive and functional.

What I would change or improve: I would like the night cream in a squeeze tube as I don’t like dipping my fingers into the jar. I would always enjoy packaging that looks more premium, but realize that would increase the price too. I honestly had to really stretch my mind to find things I would improve about this product.

Who I would recommend this to: Normal or normal to combination skin. People of any age looking for hydration and/ or sun protection built in to their daily moisturizer.

It should also be noted that these Aveeno Fresh Essentials® products are all oil- free, hypoallergenic (does not use any known allergens) and non- comedogenic (does not clog pores).

So this is my first official product review of something that I was provided at no charge to try for the purpose of this blog. I am please to have been able to review something that I actually like and can see myself using again. I wrestled with the idea of taking products from brands/ PR firms to try for the purpose of reviews because I really want to keep this blog honest, so I have decided that if I accept something to try I am NOT obligated to review it or give a BS positive review. If I like it, I will tell you. If I don’t like it I probably won’t even mention it at all. Deal?

Now it is your turn to tell me something Foxes – have you ever used an Aveeno product? Are you using any now? I would love to know!

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Day 10: Foxy Advent Calendar Tip Of The Day

Ten days in and still so many more awesome tips to go. I truly hope all of you Foxes are enjoying getting all of these great tips from our experts across the country.

I met Gina Chong when we both won a COSA back in 2005, and have stayed in touch with this vivacious lady all these years later! Gina is currently a Chanel counter manager at Hudson’s Bay Southgate in Edmonton, and has been in the business for decades.


“Keep your make up fresh and natural looking while giving skin a glow with a primer. Try Le Blanc De Chanel Multi-Use Illuminating Base. Used under foundation or mixed in, this will give your skin a healthy glow. It can also be used with your concealer. It’s light weight, non oily and easy to apply.”

I know with this cold, dark winter I need anything I can get to give me a little glow… Thanks Gina!

Foxy Friends, do you use anything underneath your foundation? A primer? Tell me and let me know what kind you use. Until tomorrow!


Baby It’s Cold Outside: The Final Chapter

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As I begin work in this post, many of my friends live in an area with minus 40 weather happening. This one’s for you Foxes!

The face. Finally, we are going to talk about cold weather and that Foxy Face of yours. When it’s cold outside, we cover up a good portion of our bodies, but our face almost always braves the elements. The cold can make it rough, dry, flaky and you can even get a wind burn and sun burn! If you live somewhere that gets cold in the winter, you need to make a few alterations to your skin care routine.


Let’s start with the basic act of washing your face. This may be something you do in the shower or at the end of the day to remove makeup, or both. Using something too soapy or aggressive can strip your skin of moisture even more, so you need to use something gentle. Look for a mild cleanser for your skin type. Cleansers that have a milky or creamy texture generally tend to be a little milder. Always buy for your skin type, or something suitable for all skin types. Usually an “all skin type” product is good for normal or combination skin, but if you are extremely oily or extremely dry, get something for your specific type. Vichy makes some a good range of cleansers in their Pureté Thermale line. Also check out Avène and La Roche Posay for gentle yet effective cleansers.

If you use a toner, consider using a mild one. Toners do not have to sting or feel tingly, in fact they can even moisturize skin. Whatever your skin type, ensure to get the right toner for your skin type. As mentioned above, Vichy, LaRoche Posay and Avène offer great options.

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Moisturizer is really where you will get a good bang for your buck. If you use something specific in the summer months, see if the line offers one a little heavier in the same line up but still for your skin type. Often the heavier ones just offer a little more consistency for comfort. Lots of lines offer a moisturizing serum which you can layer in below your regular moisturizer for an extra kick. For example, I really like Biotherm Aqausource for normal/ combination skin, and when it gets really cold I use the Aquasource Deep Serum along with the moisturizer. This is an easy way to winterize your skin care routine. You do not have to stick within the same brand if you add a moisture serum, and almost all skin care brands make them.

Specialty Care

Now, there have been times when I have been exposed to cold or wind so much that my skin was left dry and cracked. My cheeks had a hard shell – like feeling to them and were so sensitive to heat when I would come back indoors. Remember, there was a time when I lived in Yellowknife and temperatures quite often were in the minus 40 – 50 range. Here are some recommendations for specialty treatments when you really have an issue to contend with:

  • Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Skin Cream Protectant – Protect skin from drying wind, central heating and air conditioning. This skincare multi-tasker soothes, restores, calms and helps relieve minor skin irritations, including roughness, redness, chapped, cracked or dry skin. I recommend using this to treat, but also to protect skin if you know you are going to be exposed to extreme weather conditions.
  • La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 – For very dry and irritated skin for adults, children and babies (chapping, dry patches, diaper rash, etc.).  I have used this on my own babies for chapped winter faces and it helps heal and protect. peaux-intolerantes-creme
  • Avène Skin Recovery Cream – Calms irritation and restores the skin while helping to reduce the skin’s reactivity. Also provide long-lasting protection.

Foxes, I hope this post gives you some ideas to help keep those faces looking gorgeous throughout the colder months. Tell me, what specific face care product(s) do you use in the winter? How do you change up your skin care routine?