Monthly Archives: July 2012

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Zit spot treatment: Kate Somerville’s Pimple Punisher

July 9, 2012

Way back when, I wrote a post about my skincare routine and mentioned the discountinued Acne Spot Treatment from Avène’s that I’ve been desperately looking to replace. I’ve been pretty diligent about taking care of my skin lately (to come: a new cleanser from the just-launched brand M-61 which kept my skin clear while it lasted). But one little slip and I found a couple zits popping up — in this case, it was using a makeup-remover wipe that didn’t work with my skin. I was rummaging through some products that I haven’t even gotten around to trying out and came across Kate Somerville’s 24 Hour Pimple Punisher (damn I love that name).

Kate Somerville Pimple Punisher

The spot-treamtent is a double-ended tube — one side for its AM Blemish Clearing Gel with peptides and tea tree extract, and the other for its PM Acne Treatment Clay with salicylic acid and green kaolin clay to absorb excess oils. The formula’s pretty hydrating so it didn’t irritate my skin and the AM gel easily wears under makeup without bunching.

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Happy to report, a day and a half later, my zit was gone and I found my new go-to spot treatment. The Pimple Punisher will cost you $28 which is a bit on the pricier side but if you’re only going to use it occasionally for those random zits, it’ll last a while. Also, I thought the sleek packaging would make it ideal for travel, but I’ve been reading online that it actually doesn’t stay together very well (apparently the tube breaks off its cap easily?). I haven’t experienced this since I just use it from home but maybe something to consider if you’re on the go often. What do you use for emergency spot treating?


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Travel essential: Caudalie Beauty Elixir

July 5, 2012

We’re all allowed at least one diva product, right? Like those things that you won’t actually melt without, but life just feels better when you have it? Well, yeah, Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir spray is mine.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

I wanted something that helps me freshen up while traveling, and I found this from Caudalie, which has slowly made its way from my travel bag to my everyday purse. The toner spray ($18) is a radiance-inducing blend of grape, rosemary, peppermint extracts and vitamin E to soothe skin and tighten pores. I’ll spray it before/after plane rides and when I need a pick-me-up. You can also use it to set your makeup (sort of the same reasons I love MAC’s Fix+ Spray ($10), which a very jet-lagged Mickey Contractor put me on after spending a whole day with him in Toronto for the IIFA awards). But even the scent of Caudalie’s feels like it has some relaxing aromatherapeutic benefits (it smells a little lavender-y to me!). Yes, I’ve also devised a way to discreetly apply before take off and after landing (window seats, FTW!).

Note though, that its formula does contain alcohol/fragrance which might not mesh all that well with the especially sensi-types. If you’re into something even more light, consider some good ol’ Evian Mineral Water Spray ($11). Granted, it doesn’t come with all the skin-awakening ingredients, but is refreshing all the same.

Anyway, since we’re on topic — what would you consider your diva product?

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