musings from morgan : olay fresh effects

March 5, 2014By DJMC

I’m always on the hunt for products that make my skincare routine easier, whether that’s through saving me time or tackling more than one issue in one product.

Olay has an entire line of products aimed at doing just that, while encouraging us to “embrace a world without filters” and be our uncensored selves. You may have seen the funky packaging on the shelves by now too – it’s their Fresh Effects line which carries products from makeup remover wipes to moisturizers, and cleansers to sunscreen.

I was given the opportunity to try out two products: the Out of this Swirled Deep Pore Clean + Exfoliating Scrub and the S’Wipe Out Refreshing Makeup Removal Cloths (cutest names ever).  I used the wipes a few times to test their performance on removing a full face of makeup, and I used the scrub over the course of a week to see how it performed on my combo skin.

First up were the wipes, which right off the bat I liked for their convenience. The pre-moistened wipes are something you can throw in an overnight or gym bag, and mine are already housed in the latter. They smell great, were gentle on my skin and did a decent job of removing my makeup. They didn’t remove every trace (my mascara, for example needed something a little more heavy duty) but if you’ve just got a little bit of makeup on they’re good for quick removal.

The exfoliating scrub I had was the Honeysuckle and White Tea scent (which smelled delightful). The product has two components – a moisture-rich cleanser ribbon paired with an exfoliating microbead ribbon to cleanse the skin and minimize pores. The product has an easy-to-use pump which puts about a quarter-sized amount of product in your hand.

This cleanser is definitely on the gentle side, and I think is a good day-to-day product if you have few skin problems. I, on the other hand, lean towards cleansers that will manage the oil in my skin and set me up to stay matte all day, so I’d recommend this if you’re looking for a basic daily cleanser that both gently exfoliates and moisturizes.

I think the entire Fresh Effects line has a ton of great products to check out, and I’m definitely curious to try the Shine Minimizing Cleanser after trying out these.

Have you tried anything from the Olay Fresh Effects line? What do you like from the selection of products?

Disclosure: These products were sent to for editorial consideration by the brand’s public relations team. We tested and reviewed the product to share our honest opinion with you (our fabulous readers) and would only ever recommend or review products we truly believe in!

fresh year, fresh start: the green

January 4, 2013By stephanie

Alright. So I have spent the week chatting you up with new base products, lip colours, blushes, liners, and mascaras. A whole bunch of items you can either add to your kit or create a whole new one with (the latter sounds so much more fun, doesn’t it?). But here is something to think about: greening your routine …

I know. It is hard to give up on your hard-working, quality, lush, not-so-green products. They work for you. They last long and stay put throughout the day. They make you feel great about yourself. Why change? It’s true – nothing can really replace that red lip color you have loved for years. Or the cleanser that has kept you clear since high school. I get it. But I also know that choosing better products for your skin, health and for the environment is in the back of your mind too. You want to try but don’t know where to begin. With the onset of many new and independent brands, you aren’t sure what really works and what doesn’t. Lastly, some of those green brands can be a bit pricey! Believe me I know.

So how about for the new year, you aim to switch out or incorporate one (or two if you’re an over-achiever) organic beauty product to your routine? Manageable, right? Easy on the budget, yes? Here are some suggestions.

rms beauty “un” cover-up

Since we use base products ALL over the face, it makes sense to try and green yourself here first. After all, what you put on your skin goes IN your skin. With four colours in the range, you can find a colour that suits you best or mix to match. Lightweight and creamy, this “un” cover-up blends easily and hides imperfections well. You can also layer to build coverage. In small clear pots, a little bit goes a long way! Available at The Detox Market and online.

S.W. Basics of Brooklyn Cleanser

Imagine a product with no more than five ingredients that takes off your makeup and cleans the face with the swipe of a cotton pad. Repeat: five ingredients. All organic. Stop imagining and just try it. So easy to use and so gentle on the skin, this cleanser removes dirt, makeup (even mascara) and grime with ease. Nighttime cleaning has never been breezier. Just moisten a cotton pad and wipe the skin, rinse with water. You are done. Available at BlushPretty. (Ahem)

Ilia Beauty Lipstick

Before, you could only find organic lipsticks in very sheer shades of everyday basics and neutrals. That was before. With Ilia, you can find brighter pinks and deeper reds. Complete with long wear and a creamy, no drag, application these lipsticks provide all the pigment you need for bold lips. No more worrying about how much lead is in your lipstick and how much of it you are consuming … there are options out there for you! Available at Jacob+Sebastian and The Detox Market.

So this ends our fresh year, fresh start series … What do I have in store for you next week? Well, I suppose you will just have to come back …


at the boutique: presenting Kaia Naturals

August 10, 2012By admin2

During the summer months, sweat, oil and grime are pretty much your biggest beauty enemies. Your makeup barely stands a chance and plenty of us opt to go as natural as possible during the warmer seasons. That doesn’t mean you’re not fighting off the greasy grimies still. You definitely are.

A great product to have on hand when you are trying to beat the heat are Kaia Natural Juicy Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths. A quick swipe and refresh as you go from office to beach (or patio or dog park or wherever) will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. With 8 essential oils your skin will be left clean, soft and hydrated.

It’s worth it to have a petite little box stowed away in your tote … come by and visit us at the studio to pick it up.