Laura's September Favorites + First Impressions

After a random 7 days of hotter weather than we had all summer, we have finally shifted to cooler temperatures and I am SO HAPPY. Fall weather calls for leather jackets, scarves, and booties, along with hydrated skin, subtle contour, and berry lips. Bring on all things fall!

Favorites

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AlumierMD Alumience A.G.E*

 My love for antioxidants, especially in the morning, is no secret. When I was asked if I wanted to try AlumierMD’s new A.G.E serum, dedicated to providing protection from both pollution and UV skin damage, I jumped at the chance. I live and work in Toronto and although not too bad, the city smog is real. This serum is packed with stable vitamin C, vitamin E, peptides, amino acids, anti-glycation ingredients, and a biometric pollution shield. It’s texture is a lightweight, easily absorbed gel that sits nicely on the skin and doesn’t pill when layered. My morning routine has been cleanse, mist, AGE serum, hydrating serum, and SPF for about a month now and I’m a happy, happy camper.

Jordan Samuel Skin The Skincare Cloth 

(7/$30)

 I primarily use wash cloths for gently patting my skin dry (or semi dry) after cleansing. I know many are strict on the “you must use a washcloth to remove your cleanser” camp but to me, that’s too much exfoliation for my skin. The only time I use a washcloth to remove product is when I’m using a balm that doesn’t emulsify or a mask. I prefer my washcloths like I prefer my potato chips: cheap and available to buy in bulk.High on the list then of things I buy that I don’t need is these washcloths but YOU GUYS, this is like rubbing your face into the softest teddy bear in the world. On one side is facial grade microfiber that literally pulls off every miniscule particle of dirt, grime, mask or balm, while the other is plush terry cloth that takes off the perfect amount of moisture without truly drying the skin. These are my special occasion washcloths, reserved for nights when I need a deep clean without using a harsh cleanser, or when I’m feeling crabby and need to comfort myself with the baby soft fabric. A worthwhile investment in my book.

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Topix Replenix Enriched Nighttime Bio-Therapy

($84)

I bought this as an alternative to my beloved Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore and it’s been wonderful. I’ve been using it consistently for a couple months now and have zero complaints. Loaded with ceramides, peptides, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, stem cells, and antioxidants, this has left my skin plump, calm, and smooth each morning after use. I’ve been testing some new, stronger retinols and this has been my go to for after application to minimize redness and peeling. If you’re in the market for a great barrier enriching PM moisturizer, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this one.

First Impressions

I thought I’d do a little first impressions post as I’m testing quite a few new things and it’s too soon for full reviews, so here we go:

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Niod Re:Pigment

($70)

 I’ve been using this consistently for a month and I can’t tell a difference just yet. I think with pigmentation you need at least three months to start seeing any noticeable improvement so I’m going to keep going. Texture is very watery and it absorbs easily into my skin. I get a tiny tingle on application, but it dissipates quickly and I’ve had no breakouts. Onwards and upwards (hopefully) with this.

Shani Darden Retinol Reform

($95)

I’ve wanted this for a long time and when Gee Beauty started carrying it, I knew it was time to purchase. This is STRONG and I’ve only been using it once, max twice a week. I haven’t had any redness or peeling, but I have noticed my skin is a little oilier than usual which happens to me when I am using stronger retinols. Featuring 5% retinol with lactic acid and niacinamide, it’s a powerhouse and I’m slowly working my way up to using this more frequently.

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Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette

($65)

 I had a big eyeshadow palette binge last week and this was the second addition to my always growing family. I love the rose gold palette and the shades in the desert dusk one are gorgeous. I wish there were more matte shades in this collection though as I find the shimmer ones harder to pull off for my skintone. I adore the warm, peachy pinks and golds though and have had a lot of fun trying new looks with this. I’m not sure if I like this as much as the rose gold palette, but I’m still pretty new to it.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette

($75)

my love for CT shadow’s runs deep and when I found out she was releasing a limited edition, 12 shade palette broken down into four separate looks (Day, Desk, Date, Disco) I knew it had to be mine. Fast forward to last week when she released it for only 24 hours and that baby was added to my cart faster than I run for the corkscrew on Friday nights. The palette is gorgeous and full of beautifully muted shades that are wearable for both day and night. I’ve tried two looks so far, both times getting compliments from my husband who rarely comments on my makeup. Two for two so far and I can’t wait to try out the rest.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting edit Volume 3

($80)

another day, another palette. I have both the previous versions of this palette and have loved them both dearly. This one features both Dim and Diffused light, along with the tried and true Luminous Bronze Light. The other three shades (two blushes and one highlighter) are new to the collection and beautiful on the skin. I’ve had a lot of fun with this palette and am really enjoying how it can liven up my skin, especially mid day. Since I’ve been back to work the majority of my days include a day to night makeup touchup and this palette has been my go to to brighten my skin without looking like I’ve caked on another layer of makeup. My only wish is a different material for the packaging as mine is already full of fingerprints and I don’t feel quite as fancy as I’d like to when opening gorgeous little compact. First world problems, no?

I could probably write an entire post on first impressions but I’ll stop there for now. I’m headed away for a girls weekend with my mom at the end of this week and I can’t wait - three days of food, wine, and gymnastics, what could be better? I’m already planning my skincare and makeup to pack, no surprises here but I’ll probably bring more blushes than clothes, and more mists than shoes. A girl’s gotta be ready, right?

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead,

Laura

*Note: Product gifted by brand