Friday, 30 November 2018

My First Time using Melixir face oil

This year, my skin has been on its best behaviour. I'm not entirely sure if it's because I've been paying more attention to what my body needs or if I've become really selective with what I put on my face that has been working...whatever it is, I seem to have found the right balance. In the cooler months I like to incorporate more oils into my skincare routine because I'm fighting the constant battle of dry skin and seasonal texture issues. Anyone else get large pores, dry patches, rough skin, and really dry hair when it's cold outside? It was a cold week in Toronto and my skin wasn't too pleased about it. I love setting myself up for an evening of self care when it's cold outside and I have no where else to be. I'm hoping this year is finally the year I don't complain about the skin troubles the cold weather brings with the help of a new plant based squalane oil that I got to test from Melixir. 


The Melixir face oil is a powerful night time renewal serum that promises radiant and youthful looking skin and enhanced hydration and luminosity. Perfect...just what I need at a time like this! I was thrilled to learn that this face oil helps regulate excess oil production and has exceptional healing properties that can address fine lines, dryness, large pores, and is great for people with sensitive skin. Not only is this face oil powerful, its vegan so I know that I'm using an honest product that is ethically sourced.  

So what is squalane anyway? Squalane is a saturated and stable hydrocarbon that is found naturally in the skin. It has very high emollience, is an exceptional hydrator and can prevent ongoing loss of hydration that impairs dermal suppleness. Squalane is non-comedogenic and is suitable for use on all skin types. It can also be applied to hair to increase heat protection, add shine and reduce breakage potential. When used on the face, this oil is best used after water-based treatments so you don't run into the problem of pilling like I did. 

I used this product numerous times over the course of a few weeks and the results I found were incredible. At first use, I was impressed with the formula and how soft it felt on my fingers. I've used many oils and some of them feel like grease- which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The Melixir face oil feels like silk when you put it on your face, so it was nice to feel a different texture for a face oil. I have noticed that this face oil works best on its own and on days when I used it in conjunction with other products like serums and night creams, I was met with a lot of pilling. My face still felt smooth, but I felt like something wasn't being absorbed properly when it was pilling too much.  

The face oil absorbs well and works great. My skin looks radiant in the morning after I use it and actually still feels soft. I'm thrilled to add this to my regular routine and I really can't wait to see what else the Melixir team has in store. If you're curious about the plant based squalane face oil, visit the Melixir website at https://www.melixir.co/.

So tell me, do you use face oils? How do you combat dry skin when the weather gets cold? Let me know your fave products! I'd love to hear from you :)

Thursday, 15 November 2018

CURRENT OBSESSION- Gemstone Silver Jewelry

2018 has been a year of personal growth for me and I must say, the journey to self discovery has been incredible. I have fallen in love with crystals and gems and the healing powers they bring, which is why I was over the moon *teehee* when I got a lovely package from the Gemstone Silver Jewelry team. I've been a long time admirer of the moonstone, and if you know about this mysterious gem, then you know why it’s my current jewelry obsession.

So what is moonstone anyway?

Also called hecatolite,  it is a gemstone that is best described as having a milky or bluish lustre or glow that originates from below the surface of the gemstone. It gives the impression of lunar light floating on water. You can see a similar effect in other stones like opal or agate.


Being a perfect expression of the yin feminine energy and the soothing energy of the moon, the moonstone is said to be the bringer of calm, peace and balance. You can find moonstones in a variety of colours, but it is the sheen caused by light diffraction that makes it truly seem magical. Moonstones have been used for centuries as it was believed to be born from the solidified rays of the moon.

Sounds incredible right? So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I got a lovely package that included some beautiful jewelry from the Gemstone Silver Jewelry shop. A huge thanks to the GSJ team for enabling my moonstone obsession! I got a 14KT Rose Gold Hand of Fatima Good Karma choker, Smooth Honor Moonstone Ring, Striking Arrow Moonstone Ring, Floral Angel Moonstone Ring, and the Dawn to Dusk Moonstone Bracelet.
Each piece looks incredible on their own, but even better if you wear them together.


The Dawn to Dusk Moonstone Bracelet is a true masterpiece. I wore this on the same hand with my other moonstone rings and I’ve gotten so many compliments! It was the perfect size and wasn’t heavy. It caught the light beautifully :) The rings are perfect for sensitive skin and look super cute. My absolute favourite piece was the Striking Arrow ring. It’s hard for me to find statement rings that don’t look ridiculous because I have small fingers but the Striking Arrow ring looked stunning! I do wash my hands regularly and I was happy to see that the ring didn’t turn green after being exposed to water. BONUS! The moonstone jewelry from Gemstone Silver Jewelry is made with high quality materials that will add a touch of class to any outfit. I was thrilled to learn that all jewelry from GSJ is handpicked and carries the genuine 925 Sterling Silver stamp. You can also find 14K yellow gold and rose gold jewelry without moonstones.


I even found a nail polish that made my nails look like moonstones. OMG I know right !? It’s a top coat from L’oreal called 805- The Shift Me and when you wear it on your bare nails, It shimmers just like a moonstone. Perfect for matching your jewelry from Gemstone Silver Jewelry! 

There are over 500 designs on the GSJ website, and if you’d like to learn more about their jewelry, visit their website at https://www.gemstonesilverjewelry.us and I promise you won’t be disappointed!! I’m going to be placing another order soon and if you’re obsessed with moonstones like I am, take a look at the beautiful bracelets, rings, earring and pendants. There are so many to choose from!

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