Monday, 23 November 2015

Makeup Monday: NeoStrata Skincare Favourites and Review

Last month during Fashion Week in Toronto (WMCFW), I had the opportunity to connect with some wonderful brands and sponsors. One of the brands I had the pleasure of interacting with was the team from the Canadian skincare company, NeoStrata. NeoStrata really helped make my WMCFW special, especially on the day that I had to attend solo (my Fashion Week buddy, Allie had to work that day). 

I knew I wanted to partner with NeoStrata, when I discovered that they maintain values that are very much in alignment with mine. Literally, the byline on my blog is "a blog designed to inspire everyone to feel comfortable in confident in their own skin". NeoStrata makes it their mission to curate products that help customers (of all ages) to feel confident and happy! A match made in heaven, no?
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NeoStrata was coined the first "cosmeceutical" brand in Canada (how cute is that?!), and was founded in 1991 (the same year I was born). FYI: It''s safe to say, greatness was born in Canada nearly 25 years ago *wink wink* NeoStrata is a is Canada's #1 recommended skincare company, by pharmacists. That means, pharmacists recognize how awesome these product are, and how well they work. NeoStrata is proof that you don't have to create multicoloured products with fragrances to be successful in the beauty/skincare market. They are very proud of this, and rightfully so. Clinical evidence that supports the efficacy and results achieved speaks volumes!
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NeoStrata sent me some goodies a few weeks back, and I have been using them religiously for the last 1.5-2 weeks now. Below are detailed accounts of my experience and progress (with pictures) of my weeks using ONLY NeoStrata skincare products.
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Before
Lash Enhancer Serum: I had a friend stop me and ask me how my lashes got so long in just one week. She begged me for the secret. Funny enough, she is involved with another cosmetic company, and was stunned by the results I had achieved with NeoStrata. The serum is applied with a brush that looks like it's designed for liquid eyeliner. Although I do wish the applicator was similar to a mascara wand (for easier application), I'm sure there's a very good reason that it's not. Fun fact: You can also use it to promote eyebrow growth (I haven't tried that yet). 
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Blemish Spot Gel: This product is where it's at. After three weeks in between jobs and a less than ideal diet, my face was pretty much a minefield of blemishes. The gel contains 5% glycolic acid, which helps remove dead skin cells. It also contains 2% salicylic acid, which is an ingredient that prevents clogged pores. Most products on the market (such as Clinique) contain only 1% salicylic acid. A higher percentage of salicylic acid should produce better (and quicker) results, especially in reducing the appearance of blemishes.

SecureWhite Brightening Serum: I have to be a bit honest about this product, and that is I am neutral. I don't know why, but I felt that I didn't achieve noticeable results from the brightening serum. I have a washed out complexion to begin with... so really, it could just be my skin. I'll keep using this one and see if I achieve more long-term results!
Perhaps, this is a product that slowly achieves brightness and I have only been using it for a week and a half.
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FirmaLift Eye Contour Firming Cream: NeoStrata's eye cream promises to achieve firmness and elasticity, as well as reduce puffiness. When using this product twice daily for the last week, I noticed that under my eyes appeared brighter, and yes, less puffy. To be honest, my under eye bags are quite prominent right now (likely due to stress and lack of sleep). I hope that a few more weeks of daily use will encourage some more lift and maybe address the fine wrinkle lines. I may have to use another anti-wrinkle cream for that however. We'll see!

Skin Resurfacing Duo: I have to say, that of all the products I've tried so far, this is my favourite. First of all, I have to comment on the luscious citrus scent. Usually, I'm the first one to get annoyed by overly strong scents (especially citrus scents), but for some reason I am so calmed by the scent of the crystals. The 'activator' gel is scent-free, but when combined with the crystals, it lathers into a lemon dream on your face. It's exfoliating, which leaves the skin looking radiant. It's great to use after wearing a full face of makeup everyday of the week!
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I did receive a few more goodies, but I thought I would first focus on my use of the basic skincare products. That way, I could prep my skin to really maximize the effects of others. Stay tuned for a follow up review of the others!
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After
Best of all, I did not have any reactions to any of my NeoStrata products (something I've struggled with in the past). 
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Side-by-Side Before (L) and After (R) of using NeoStrata Skincare
*Pictures were taken two weeks apart*

Look at how radiant my skin is in the after picture! My skin looks so much healthier, and check out the difference in the eyes. I appear awake!!!

Did you like my NeoStrata review? Next week, I'm launching a NeoStrata GIVEAWAY!!! In time for the holidays, NeoStrata and I have partnered up to giveaway two lucky winners a NeoStrata gift basket (all items chosen by me!). Let me know, which product(s) are you eager to try! Any comments on this post will be used to add an extra ballot to your regular number of entries in the giveaway next week! 

Disclaimer: This is a post sponsored by NeoStrata, all opinions are my own. 

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