Laura's August Favorites

Did you enjoy your August? Mine was filled with a quick trip (sans kids) to Cancun, followed by lots of outdoor time, bike rides, and gelato with kids. The month went by quickly, and September brings huge changes to my family: my baby girl starts daycare, my little guy goes to KINDERGARTEN, and I go back to work. I wish I could have just a few more weeks of summer!

Onto some August favourites:


NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum

$60 cad

Containing 1% pure Copper Tripeptide-1 this serum targets skin health, and tackles multiple signs of skin aging (pores, uneven texture, and dullness). I’ve been using this consistently for about a year and a half, but this past month I’ve been especially thankful for CAIS. One of the things I love is to test new products, but with that comes uncertainty around how my skin will handle the new additions. I firmly believe that having CAIS as the foundation of all of my night routines has kept my skin calm and less reactive. If I do have a blemish, this speeds healing and lessens redness. I know the jury is about half and half on this serum, with half placing it in the “I’ll never be without” category and the other half wondering what, if any, benefits it had on their skin - I am proudly in the first camp and will never be without this little blue wonder serum.


Skinceuticals Metacell Renewal B3

$110 USD

I’ve discussed my love for Niacinamide many times before - a vitamin that addresses skin texture, discolouration, enlarged pores, dullness, and dehydration, it was pretty much made for me. I finished my Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster which I loved, and decided to try this Skinceuticals version which contains 5% Niacinamide, 15% pure glycerin (skin replenishing ingredient) and peptides (anti aging, skin restoring). I thought this would be a great addition to my morning routine in order to smooth my skin and help retain moisture throughout the day, and I was right. I’ve been using this consistently for two months and have no complaints. My skin is smoother, brighter, and more hydrated throughout the day. You only need a small amount, and it wears wonderfully under my makeup and SPF.


Paula’s Choice C15 Booster

$50 usd

This year, I decided to commit to using a 15% L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) serum in the mornings primarily for antioxidant protection as well as to brighten and even skin tone, and address fine lines and wrinkles. One of the most famous vitamin C serums is Skinceuticals C E Ferulic and for good measure - I saw brighter skin and a reduction in my stubborn sun spots with regular use. The downside to this one, and many other L-AA serums, is they oxidize quickly, and in 4.5 months my beloved (and expensive) C E Ferulic had turned orange and it was time to part ways. Enter Paula’s Choice C15 Booster - 15% L-Ascorbic Acid, also with Ferulic Acid and Vitamin E at a low enough pH to remain active yet not be irritating, for a fraction of the price. I am so happy to report that I’ve been using this daily for a month and I notice no differences between this one and the Skinceuticals one. The texture and wear of the serum is exactly the same, and my skin is bright and my sun spots are continuing to slowly fade. I can see many bottles of this little vitamin C powerhouse in my cabinet in the years to come.


Cerave Hydrating Cleanser

$15 USD

This was a godsend to me in my acne days. When I poorly packed for a 5 day trip to my parents cottage a couple weeks ago, I picked this up without hesitation at the nearest pharmacy and was instantly reminded of how much I love it. Its creamy without being greasy, moisturizing without being heavy, and rinses clean leaving my skin baby soft. Even better? This cleanser is jam packed with good for you ingredients: hyaluronic acid, ceramides, glycerin, and cholesterol to name a few. It not only respects the skin’s moisture barrier but replenishes it as well. This does a lot more than most of the cleansers I own and for a third of the price, it’s been one of my smartest purchases all year.

I’m going to save my makeup favourites for another post as I’m currently testing quite a few primers, foundations, blushes, and bronzers and I need more time to form some solid opinions. It’s all about back to school and back to work in my household at the moment, and although I’m sad my maternity leave is coming to an end, a bright spot is that I now have a reason to put on makeup every day, and for me, that’s something to be happy about!

I hope you all enjoyed the last weekend of summer, bring on leather jacket weather!