Saturday, September 23, 2017

Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask

The coolest thing in skincare this year? I think so. The Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask ($45.99 to $49.99 CAD at major retailers starting September 2017) is a new way to treat acne, an at-home LED device that uses red and blue light to gently treat acne. Red light reduces inflammation, while blue light targets acne-causing bacteria. 

The Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask includes two pieces - a mask and an activator. The mask is plugged into the activator, which delivers up to 30 treatments. After the 30 treatments, a new activator ($19.99 to $21.99 CAD) must be purchased for another 30 treatments. 

How to use the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask

  1. Wash your face
  2. Plug the mask into the activator
  3. Place the mask on your face and press and hold start for a full second
  4. Lie back and relax for 10 minutes while the mask works its magic. 

Does it work? 

Neutrogena has conducted a study for 12 weeks, where those using the mask saw fewer breakouts (98%), had smoother skin (94%), and showed a reduction in inflammatory acne (90%). Further, 85% agreed that it is gentle on the skin. 

I've been using the mask on and off this summer, maybe once or twice a week. My skin is generally clear, but I get hormonal acne during that special time of the month. I didn't see a significant difference in the reduction in hormonal acne, but my acne did seem to be less red, under the skin cystic bumps and more surface level acne, which I find in general to be more manageable. 

The mask is very easy to use, but for my face shape I didn't find it easy to sit up with it on, as the glasses would slide off my face. In my opinion, the best way to wear the mask is lying down in bed (the best way to do most things). I'm glad that the mask has sunglasses because the light is very bright. So bright that I find it best to just close my eyes (which goes hand in hand with lying down in bed). 


One of my initial hesitations with the device was that while the mask itself is reusable, the Mask Activator would not be recyclable. Well, it is. Neutrogena is partnering with Stericycle to help consumers recycle their Activators. It's as simple as printing off a pre-paid shipping label and sending it off to a Stericycle plant to be recycled. 

For more info on recylcing your Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask Activator visit


It's a super cool, innovative device at a very accessible price. I think it is worth the small investment, especially if you find topical products and stonger acid products to be too harsh or ineffective. 

I partnered with NEUTROGENA® on this post. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Where to Buy Prescription Glasses Online

As a glasses wearer since 2000, I've had my fair share of pairs. Here's a summary of my experiences with purchasing glasses online: 

From left to right: Firmoo, Glasses Shop, Clearly, Smart Buy Glasses is my go-to for inexpensive glasses in simple styles. When I say inexpensive, I mean two pairs of prescription glasses for $19 or free and just pay shipping type prices. Firmoo's deals are out of this world. The frames aren't exactly sturdy. I've had the style I'm currently wearing (Style #S6252 - $23) for about a year. A nose pad fell off while I was on vacation in Peru and I latched it back on with a needle and thread.

The Verdict: is great if you're rough with your glasses (I sat on a pair once) or don't care for designer brands.
Ships from China

Like, offers eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses at discount prices. For example, you can buy eyeglasses online for 50% off everything with the code GSHOT50 or get the first pair free with the code FIRSTFREE. I received a pair of the Amanda Cat Eye - Tortise ($34.95) prescription sunglasses for review. They're a little big on my face but look decent. However, the frame feels a bit flimsy.

The Verdict: About the same as Firmoo, it just depends when you want your glasses and which site has the better deal. 

Ships from China is a one stop shop for both contacts and eyewear. Sunglasses and glasses start from $50 and go up to $280 for some designer frames. Clearly is unique because they also sell their own exclusive brands of eyewear that are designed in Vancouver, Canada. These brands include Kam Dhillon, Main Central, Derek Cardigan and Joseph Marc. The in-house brands feature very stylish and on-trend colours and shapes.

I have a pair of Kam Dhillon Gold Chloe Glasses, which I love to wear when I'm feeling fancy. 

The Verdict: Pricier eyewear but for trendy and unique frames at fairly affordable price. Also, faster shipping since it's domestic. 

Ships from Canada

SmartBuyGlasses has  more selection than Firmoo, with over 80,000 frames. The website also has a sustainability "buy one, plant one" tree program called "Oh My Woodness". In collaboration with the Eden Reforestation projects, for each pair of wooden sunglasses sold a tree is planted in Haiti, Madagascar or Nepal in collaboration.

I was sent a pair of Giorgio Armani Asian Fit AR8040F sunglasses (non-prescription - $404.95). I think anything more than $300 is an exorbitant amount of money for a pair of glasses, especially if they don't include prescription lenses. SmartBuyGlasses guarantees the authenticity of its products. However, the frames I received felt light and cheap, nothing like how I would expect designer to feel. On another note, "Asian Fit" is not one-size-fits-all-Asians, the frames are too narrow for my face and the rims touch my cheekbones.

The Verdict: SmartBuyGlasses has an amazing selection of frames and the corporate social responsibility programs are a nice touch, but I'm iffy about the pricing and authenticity of their products.

Ships from China

Where do you purchase your glasses online?

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Generation Beauty 2017 (vs. 2016)

I've come out of hiding to answer the question...

Is it worth it to go to Generation Beauty Toronto? Indeed, it is. Let me break it down for you. And because I'm a nerd, I've even included a couple tables. 

Generation Beauty Toronto is a two-day conference for beauty lovers and creators held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Saturday, June 24th, and Sunday, June 25th. 2017 is the conference's second year in Toronto. This year, there were 28 brands (compared to 17 last year). 

Monday, April 10, 2017


Hey y'all. You may have noticed that it has been a while since my last post. I'm well but working on a few personal things. Follow me on Instagram for updates! Be back soon :) - Steph

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Physicians Formula Spring 2017

Sad story. This is my second time writing this post. To keep it short and sweet, today I'm sharing several quick reviews of new 2017 products from Physicians Formula. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wet N Wild Color Icon Au Natural 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

The Wet n Wild Color Icon Au Natural 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($7.99 CAD) bears an uncanny resemblance to the Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette (and its dupes including the Chi Chi Glamorous Nudes Eyeshadow Palette, Annabelle Smoky Nudes, etc.) 

The formulation of the shadows is smooth and not overly powdery but not buttery soft like Urban Decay or even Wet N Wild's OG palettes like the Walking on Eggshells trio. The powders blend well and can be layered for more/less opacity. However, they don't build up to quite a bold statement as some other eyeshadows in my collection and 100% require a primer. 

Colour and finish-wise, this palette is pretty great. It includes 3 matte-ish and 6 satin/shimmery shades. The lightest two shades are a total write-off. They're sheer and hard to make pigmented on the eyes. Like most drugstore palettes, the mattes are ok - not amazing and the shimmers are where it's at. Those three golden/bronze tones on the left are speaking to me. 

All in all, the Wet N Wild Color Icon Au Natural 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette is a decent palette with a lot of variety, especially for the price. It's not at all unique nor is it the best neutral palette at the drugstore. If you're looking for a solid drugstore eye palette, first I'd recommend CoverGirl's TruNaked Eyeshadow Palettes, Annabelle's Smokey Nudes and then this one from Wet N Wild.

What do you think of this drugstore eyeshadow palette?
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

HAUL: Tom Ford and LORAC on Glambot

Glambot is an online re-seller of new and lightly used rare, limited edition, and discontinued makeup items. The site claims to alleviate the difficulties of swap-lifting, counterfeits, and unusable/damaged items. 

I am by no means a "makeup collector". I do love makeup but I'm not in search of rare or discontinued makeup. The website is a little overwhelming. There are a lot of brands, the brands highly sought-after ones...and brands that are not available in Canada. It's pretty straightforward to navigate but I don't love the fact that "sold out" items are still listed. 

Monday, March 13, 2017


aka hair favourites of the moment. There have been a number of exciting launches in shampoo/conditioner science from the likes of brands like Live Clean, GLISS, Pantene, Garnier, and John Frieda and Redken. At the moment, I'm shampoo-ed out and having a hard time determining the difference between Shampoo A and Shampoo B, Conditioner X and Conditioner Y. Lately, what has been standing out to me is everything in between. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

UNBOXING: Foodie Pages The Tasting Box

Gifts of food are always accepted here. Zubie was kind enough to gift me the Foodie Pages X Toronto Life Tasting Box during the holiday months. The Tasting Box is a monthly non-subscription box filled with 5-7 gourmet food items. This particular box was curated by the food editors of Toronto Life Magazine.

It's been quite a while since the holidays but I've finally gotten the chance to try everything in the box.