Smile for it All is on Instagram!

Anna Sui Rose Cheek Colour (blush) in 303

Anna Sui Rose Cheek Colour (blush) in 303

Hello everyone!!

It’s been way too long since I last wrote a post and I cannot tell you how nostalgic it feels to be sharing something with you all again.

First, I want to say thank you to the few of you who have been following my blog for oh-so-long. I love that I can share my hobbies and something that I get joy out of with those of you out there, reading this now. (Insert awkward internet hug here.) Your likes, comments and views just make me grin.. so thank you!

Unfortunately I haven’t been able to keep up with my blog as much as I wanted. Life has gotten busy and time has been going by like the snap of a finger. However, today I’m excited to share a new adventure with you all, one that I hope you will join me on. Smile for it All is now on Instagram!!

For the last year I have ooh-ed and ahh-ed over Insta beauty accounts, pouring over mini reviews, face of the day/night posts, product swatches, beauty shoutouts and so much more. I love how quickly, beautifully and easily people can share what they love. After a while of liking and commenting (I’m definitely one of those I-like-everything-always Instagram users), I felt an urge to join in and share my thoughts. That idea is finally becoming a reality and I am SUPER excited.

For those of you who enjoy beauty posts on Instagram, I would love for you to follow me @smileforitall and let me know what you think! And if you have a beauty account, please do comment below and let me know so I can ooh-away at your pictures as well.. because if it’s about makeup there is a pretty big chance I’ll become obsessed. #truth

Again, thank you to those who have read my posts in the past. I do hope to start blogging again. In the mean time, my camera and my makeup bag will go side-by-side.

Take care and hope to see you all on Instagram!



Bioderma- Is it worth the hype?


Bioderma has been an online beauty community favourite for quite some time now. Pull up a monthly favourites video of any YouTube beauty blogger, and you have a good chance of finding this in the list. Unfortunately, I’m not impressed. Simply put, this is one of those products where if you have it, you’ll find ways to make use of it. And if you don’t have it- well, you’re not missing out.

What it is: A makeup removing solution, with a light watery texture, which is supposed to remove makeup by “eating” it and absorbing it into the cotton pad, rather than spreading it around your face.

Do I believe it? Not really. This just seems like your average, oil-free makeup remover to me.

To be quite honest, what disappointed me most about this product was the functionality. When it came to removing general makeup, Bioderma took it off. But I found I was using quite a lot of product to get a clean face (how wasteful!). To top it off, it left my skin with a noticeable film that I definitely could feel, even when washing my face after. When it came to removing eye makeup I was plain not impressed. While it took off most my eyeshadow, it still left traces of eyeliner and mascara behind. My favourite oil-based eye makeup remover by Marcelle definitely does a way better job at leaving me with a clean finish.

What I find Bioderma good for is convenience. It’s small and light, easy to throw in an overnight bag instead of lugging around several makeup removing products. It’s nice when you want a quick wipe over your eyes in the morning to remove any leftover eye makeup from the night before. It’s quite convenient to clean up makeup boo-boos and smudges without messing up the rest of your face. I can see myself taking this to work if I am going out and want to refresh my face. But that’s about it.

Overall, I was not greatly impressed with this product. While I don’t find myself reaching for it all the time, I think it’s fine to have around for travel or emergency purposes. But I can’t say that I’ll be running to stock up on bottles any time soon.

If you have any thoughts on Bioderma, I’d love to hear them below. 🙂

Take it all off! – Go-To Makeup Removing Products

As much fun as it is to put makeup on, nothing beats the feeling of taking it all off after a long day and feeling clean and refreshed. There are several products on the market that promise to remove makeup and cleanse the skin-  some of which are pretty pricey and sometimes not that great. I count on three effective yet affordable products to the the job done… and here they are!

Be Better Sensitive Natural All-in-One Make-Up Remover Wipes – $5.49 for 25
Be Better is Rexall’s own brand of beauty, food and wellness products. These wipes are soaked in a cleansing fluid which removes almost all makeup (except for stubborn mascara). The great thing about these wipes is they don’t leave behind any residue or an oily film, which a lot of wipes can do. Your skin simply feels clean. This sensitive skin line is paraben, chlorine and fragrance free and is also organic and biodegradable.
Tip: If you find your makeup wipes dry out, store them upside down. That way the top most wipes are always soaked and ready for use!

Clean and Clear Makeup Dissolving Foaming Cleanser -$6.49
One of my old roommates introduced me to this cleanser a few years ago and I’ve stuck to it ever since. It comes out as a foam and literally melts/dissolves/washes away makeup. Despite being scented, it does not dry or irritate skin.

Marcelle Gentle Make-Up Remover for Sensitive Eyes (with Oil)- $13.99 for the Bonus Size
I’m a big fan of Marcelle, having tried several of their products over the years. Their duo-phase (meaning there are two levels, oil and cleanser) eye makeup remover is a staple product that I’ve been using for over seven years.  I shake the bottle, pour the solution on a cotton pad, gently swipe over my eyes and boom- eye makeup gone. This stuff even gets off waterproof mascara, gel liners and eye primers. I prefer this version over the oil-free one, as this melts away my makeup without tugging at my skin. The oil-free version however, requires some elbow grease which isn’t great for the delicate eye area. Also, for those of you who are fans of the Lancome Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover, this is a complete dupe (but way better)!

If you are looking to try any makeup removers that won’t hurt your wallet, then I definitely recommend checking these products out!

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Dermatologists Divulge- Skincare Tips for Every Skin Issue- Glow Magazine

Acne sucks. Enlarged pores suck. As does dry skin, redness, oily skin, etc. Many of these I have suffered through myself (and still do).

Dealing with issues like these can be a giant pain in the butt- but there are solutions. I interviewed some of the best and most renowned dermatologists in Toronto to see what they had to say.

Check out my latest Glow article- Skin: Dermatologists Provide Tips for Major Skin Problems – to read their tips, tricks and advice! 🙂

Skin Saviours- Time to Pamper

Last week was a flurry of wedding events with parties, celebrations and one groom egging (fun, yet disgusting). As much fun as I had, my skin has definitely felt the effects of wearing photo primers and a full face of foundation for days in a row. Now that the festivities are over, I ‘m starting to pamper my skin to get it clean, decongested, hydrated and ready for the colder weather. Here are some of the products that I’ve been reaching for:

St. Ives Mineral Clay Firming Mask: This is one of the best clay masks I’ve ever tried. Similar to the Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask (so I hear), it has mint to really cool the skin and make it feel refreshed. I like to use this after I shower, when my pores are open. In ten minutes this will suck out all the gunk, dirt and oil in your skin that you didn’t even know was there. I use this once a week.

NeoStrata Skin Renewal Peel Solution: This peel was recommended to me for my hyper-pigmentation acne scars by a cosmetician who had experienced them herself. By sloughing off the top dead layer of skin, you not only help lighten scars, but also remove the dead skin cells that can clog your pores and cause future breakouts. I make sure to do this when I know I won’t need to wear heavy makeup the next day. That way my newly surfaced skin gets a clean break. I use this about once a month, followed by a good moisturizer.
A word to the wise: this stuff WORKS. The first time I used it, it removed so much of my dead surface skin that my roommates asked if I was wearing makeup, and said my face was obviously fairer. The NeoStrata line in general can be pricey, but it goes on sale frequently.

Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator : I’ve tried so many types of exfoliators that I’ve literally lost count. This is by far one of the best ones. The base is made with papaya enzymes, a natural exfoliant that breaks down dead skin. Instead of scrubbing beads, this has fine, sharp microderm crystals- the same crystals that are used in dermatologist microdermabrasion treatments. It can be a bit abrasive so I find the trick is to use a little and rub in circular motions gently. I use this once every 3-4 days, or when needed.

If you have any products you use to pamper your skin, please do leave me a comment below! And look out for an upcoming product rave post (hint hint, it’s MAC). 🙂

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