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. 🙂


Let’s Fly Away- Travel Beauty

Travel makeup videos are some of my favourites to watch on YouTube. I love seeing what bits and bobs people choose out of their collections to take with them when they travel. As I recently returned from a mini getaway, I thought I would share what I brought with me. When it came to beauty I wanted to bring the essentials, but also give myself some options when it came to looks and colours.

For the face I stuck to the basics with a versatile MAC blush and my Smashbox Photoset powder that can be used on it’s own or to set liquid foundation. As you can see my NYC bronzer sadly shattered on the trip, but luckily it’s still usable!

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Everyday face products including MAC blush (top left) in Mocha, Smashbox Photoset Powder in Medium (bottom centre) and Vasanti Liquid Cover Up in V6 (bottom right)

For lips I went slightly overboard and brought a bunch of lip colours from the new Bite Beauty Best of Bite set (which I will be reviewing soon), a neutral pink gloss and a deep plum berry gloss from MAC. I was addicted to Rhubarb throughout the trip, which is a beautiful my-lips-but-better pink.

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From left: MAC Lipglass in Pop Mode, Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencils in Rubharb, Quince, Cranberry and a Lacome Juicy Tube in Tickled Pink

For eyes I wanted to choose a pallet suitable for both day and night. I generally bring my MAC shadows with me when I travel but this time, I decided to show some love to my Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips set in Malibu pink. The entire shimmer strips line is a drugstore dupe for the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick sets. They are the perfect multitasking product, meant to be used as eyeshadows, blush and a highlight. I also brought my one and only Dior shadow in Spicy Brown, which is a beautiful cooler-toned brown colour with a bit of golden shimmer.

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From left: Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips in Malibu Strip and Dior Mono Eyeshadow in Spicy Brown

If you have any travel essentials or go-to’s, I would love to know! 🙂

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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The Welcome Wagon is here!

Hi! Welcome to smile for it all! 🙂

Thank you for taking the time to check out my blog!  After some debate and several discarded ideas, I have started this creative outlet where I can talk about all that makes me smile. I love to write and I am excited to share my thoughts with you all.

In case you’re curious, here is a little something about me:
I am a 24 year-old proud Canadian female who loves all things beauty. I deal with beauty day in and day out. During the day I work as an online beauty intern at a magazine. In the evenings… well, I come home and play with more makeup.

I plan on touching on all things beauty, cosmetics, skincare and hair. But, knowing me, I may dive into the world of books, decor, style, DIY etc.. Basically anything that tickles my fancy.

If you wish, please leave me a comment to say hey! I’d love to hear from you!

Until then,

Big smiles! 😀