Product Review: Boscia Oil Free Nightly Hydration

Lately, I have been very on the fence with Boscia products and their performances compared to lesser brands.

Ladies and Gentleman, I am happy to present to you a winner!

The Product

Boscia Oil-Free Nightly Hydration

This product comes in a 1.4 Fl.oz dispensing pump tube. The product comes out as transparent and absorbs into the skin as a gel.

This Boscia Oil Free Nightly Hydration is great for oily, and combination skin individuals as the product absorbs into the skin almost immediately.

Simply, dispense and pat into the skin. A little product does go a long way. So this will last a long time despite the size of the packaging.

For those with sensitive skin, this is an excellent pick as the product is lightweight and does not appear to cause breakouts.

If you have dry skin, this product is not overall moisturizing–just hydrating. However, if you have dry patches this product will help to smooth those down.

This product does not have a greasy feel to it or a fragrance.

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Final Thoughts?

This product is great for all skin types and due to how little product is needed to cover the face it will last a long time.

This Boscia Oil Free Hydration is not intended to be a moisturizer, but an extra step to introduce extra hydration into your skincare routine–perhaps after suffering a sunburn or in the winter months.

I love how there is no fragrance and or greasy feel to this. The product is ultra light weight. I feel almost naked on the skin but comfortable enough that you don’t feel dry.

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Product Revisited: Kate Somerville EradiKate

I remember when I bought this product I was so excited. This sulphur based product did wonders for my skin from a mild pimple to the angriest cystic acne.

In fact, in my original review (Product Review: Kate Somerville EradiKate), you can read about how enthusiastic I was that this was a new staple in my skincare routine.

So what changed?

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The product does not have a long shelf life!

After about 4 months of owning this product all the liquid that harnesses the sulphur sediment evaporated. As I was taking special care of this $30+ product, all the liquid simply disappeared. Thus, making it impossible to dig out the sediment to treat acne.

I did not leave the cap off of this once.

As it is right now it is difficult to get enough sediment to stick to a Q-tip and you have to really dig for content.

Final Thoughts

I am really disappointed by this discovery. I’m on the fence whether or not I would purchase this again. On the pro side, it did a wonderful job of treating and taming my acne.

On the con side, for $30+ I expect a product to perform better, I don’t know if this is a packaging issue or ingredient issue. But I only got halfway through a bottle of this product.

Honestly, I am entertaining the idea of the Mario Badescu treatment it sells for half the cost. I just have to see what shipping restrictions there are for Canadians.

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Product Review: Boscia Luminizating Charcoal Mask

It is no secret that I enjoy a charcoal mask. In fact, charcoal masks have been reviewed time and time again on Lidsandtricks.

That being said I wanted to see how a mid range brand such as Bosica differed from the charcoal masks of Amazon.

I was shocked when I noticed quite a difference in formula.

The Product

You can purchase the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask from Sephora at a cost of $44 CAD. The product comes in a 2.8. FL.oz squeeze tube.

When dispersed the product comes out as black goo with no fragrance.

The Application

Apply directly to clean skin avoid all areas with hair!

As this mask began to dry, I noticed it had a WAY stickier formula then the cheaper black masks. It set tightly on the skin and I could already tell this mask was going to rip out my peach fuzz.

The second it dried, I immediately noticed a minty like feeling as the mask dried on my face. From the ingredients list, there is no mention of menthol as a product. However, it does feel that way. There are plant extracts that are present in the formula, including grapefruit extract, eucalyptus extract, and rosemary extract that might be the cause of this.

It has been a week since I did this mask and my skin remains smooth as a baby’s bottom.

However, that could be due to the amount of peach fuzz that was ripped out at the time of removal. I have not seen any breakouts caused by this!

Final Thoughts?

I did really enjoy this formula, however, I would not repurchase. There are cheaper black masks available that do an almost identical job.

I must say that the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask has the longest lasting result of the black masks tested.  I can’t justify a price of $44 CAD when I can get other products for $5.

As a word of caution for those who have acne prone or sensitive skin. There are known plant irritants in this formulation. In addition to a skin binding formula that will remove any hair. Make sure to take the proper after care and cleanse skin.

For such a sticky formula, it was expecting some black head removal but was disappointed, when other black masks do remove black heads.

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Would I Repurchase These 5 Empties?

Hey All!

Here’s a list of recent empties and whether I would repurchase them.

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Oil-Free Mattifying Gel Mosturizer has been my go to holy grail for 1.5 years now. I can’t find anything else that works as effectively for my combination skin. I use this as a moisturizer base before I put on primer and foundation. It absorbs quickly with in minutes and I continue to purchase this over and over again!

Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer with SPF 15 was a purchase from Walmart for $15 CAD. Although this is a reasonable product for the price. I found it exaggerated my oiliness after a couple hours of wear. This would be an excellent product for those with dry skin who are looking for a product with mild SPF in it–it’s just not me.

Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer is my new obsession. This product is great for all skin type from dry to combination. This product is great for soothing dry patches and blurring pores. It works well with oily skin and does not emphasise pooling as other silicone primers do. I already have this in my shopping cart to purchase.

Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer is an excellent product that lasts. This is my second favourite eye shadow primer that is reliable for an 8-9 hour work day. I honestly buy one of these a year–because that’s how long it lasts for. This product is worth the investment if you like to wear eye shadow.

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit is of my favourite lip products. This is a lip balm that I keep beside my bed. It’s great for at night lip care and has an almost massaging feeling on the lips because of the grapefruit. I have been buying this for 5 years and will not be stopping now.

Put the squeeze on dry lips.

Nivea Rich Moisture Soft Caring Shower Cream has become my favourite body wash for after an intense workout. The lather from this is intense and it feels like it penetrates your muscles. This is also great for the winter months when your skin is drier. I will be repurchasing this.

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Product Review: Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

To me, mascaras are a dime a dozen, and I really try to avoid talking about them. But every now and then I get one that is worth getting a special mention.

Lately, I have been using the Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara in my Instagram looks, makeup tutorials, and my everyday work makeup.

The end results have been gorgeous.

The Product

The Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara retails for $23 CAD at select Shopper’s Drug Marts and Sephora for the full-size product.

The product comes in jet black and contains a spoolie in a 0.032 Fl.oz tube.

The Application

Initially, I found the spoolie a bit large for the tube. It honestly reminded me of one of those scrubbing wands for a fish aquarium.

That being said it coated the lashed wonderfully, not only volumizing them but lengthening them too.

The only downside to this kind of spoolie is the product sits on the bottom of the tube them ends up clumped when pulled out. I found that I had to wipe the end of the wand religiously to avoid mishaps.

However, the end of the wand is great for getting into the inner corner of the eye to really flare out the lashes.

The Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara was great for lengthening the bottom lashes without making them too long and spider leg like.

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In Conclusion

In general, I can’t justify spending more than $5 for a mascara and therefore I wouldn’t purchase this at the full amount. Part of this is due to the fact that mascara is only good for 3-4 months before expiring.

This would be an excellent product to splurge on for date night or for those who are trying to make sparse eyelashes look fuller.

I would definitely purchase this item in a travel size or sample size.

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Product Review: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

I’m not going to lie. I’ve had a stockpile of these in travel sized tubes just hiding in my makeup vanity. I don’t know why I never tried this product but boy am I glad I did!

Like most new sample products I receive with my purchases, I was sceptical that they weren’t going to work or they would annoy my sensitive skin.

This didn’t.

The Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer can be purchased at select Shopper’s Drug Mart and Sephora for $44 CAD.

It comes in 1 Fl.oz. and applies as a transparent silicone primer.


I have tested this primer on everything from 4 hour days to 13 hours days. Under cool conditions and under muggy and humid conditions–and I was impressed.

As someone who has combination skin silicone primer tend to have a “melting point” where it simply can not keep up with the oil break through and pools into pores.

Under humid and muggy conditions this primer held up. There was still some oil breakthrough however it did not disturb the overall aesthetic of the foundation and there wasn’t any exaggerated pooling.

Why I would actually recommend this primer is for its smoothing properties. Yes, it’s silicone and silicone is meant to smooth the surface of the skin. However, this performed well on dry patches on an extended work day.

I find with other primer dry patches are generally emphasised in the later work day from the movement of the face. Although, I was aware I had dry patches on my face. You could not tell as the skin remained smoothed down.

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There is a reason this has been the “best selling primer for 15 years!”

I will be purchasing the full size of this primer. Compared to other primers in the same price range I feel like the $44 CAD price tag is worthy of the product.

This primer is great for all skin type from those who have combination skin to those who have dry skin.

It blurs pores and fine lines but especially smoothes out dry patches. Which is my favourite characteristic of this primer!

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Product Review: Estee Edit The Barest Contour Lip Liner

When I bought this product I was excited. I don’t have a lot of lip liners and wanted to play around with a product I wasn’t familiar with.

I had mixed feelings on the Estee Edit line as it was hit and miss when it came to product performance. However its hard to pass up a line that is curated for nude lips of all skin tones.

The Product

The Estee Edit Lip Contour Lip Liner sells for $24.00 CAD on the Sephora Website. It comes in a 0.0009 oz twist up pen.

This item is very lightweight to the touch. Almost like a feather.

The Application

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My first impressions when etching out my lips was that this product wasn’t very pigmented. So this isn’t a good pick for those who like to overline their lips.

When I was drawing my lips I found the lip liner to tug on the skin rather than go on in a buttery fashion. This reminded me of when you’re sketching on a notepad during a phone call. Bit by bit I would eventually get the product on lips.

I found the product somewhat wasteful. To achieve a flawless outline you have to go back re-line your lips over and over again.


I love Estee Lauder and was disappointed with the Estee Edit Lip Contour Lip Liner. For the price point, I want a product that won’t cause me a hassle.

For what it’s worth, you have to take extra care to ensure that the lip liner is performing well. The product tugs at your lips and it isn’t that pigmented.

I don’t know if that’s because Estee Lauder is targeted towards a mature demographic that want muted lips. Thus, the manufacturers used the same formula or not. But I thought the point of Estee Edit was for the younger demographic. Just my thoughts.

There are numerous other lip liners that perform remarkably better that are sold at the fraction of the price.

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