There are SO many strange products people find with similar ingredients to high end beauty and skincare products and everyone seems to want to slather it on their face like it’s magical. Here are 5 products not meant for skincare. We have all heard about those household products that are cheap dupes (and I use that term VERY loosely) that are supposed to work FABULOUSLY as makeup/skincare (and maybe they even do!) but realistically, they aren’t meant for those purposes and the damage in the end will outweigh the short-term benefits.

I think it’s important that people pay really close attention to what they’re putting on their face, and what ingredients are in these products and how your skin will react to them. Anyone can have a reaction to an ingredient in a product, and even if a product you use has one of these ingredients or another harmful one, they’re always at varying concentrations -you may be able to tolerate it at a lower concentration as opposed to a higher one. Keep in mind, products also have additional ingredients that are used to carefully balance out others.

So please refrain from using the following products as cheap dupes for actual skincare products.

Here goes!

Lemon/Lemon Juice in Skincare

I have seen lemon or lemon juice recommended everywhere – beauty magazines, YouTube, Beauty Bloggers, Instagram, Pinterest. I have seen it recommended to clear acne, as a blackhead treatment, to lighten hyperpigmentation, reduce oil – you name it. I have seen it recommended in different forms – add lemon juice to moisturizer, put it on a cotton ball and use as a toner, I have seen someone recommend rubbing half of a lemon on your face. Um, what?

Here’s some insight.

Everyone’s skin has an acid mantle which is a film that is meant to keep things (like, bacteria and viruses) from penetrating the skin. This is, essentially, your skins barrier from everything that’s harmful to our skin. The normal pH balance of human skin is between 4.5-5. Going below 4.5 makes your skin too acidic and above 5 makes it too alkaline. These changes in pH could make your skin more susceptible to bacteria and can result in irritation or make a person more prone to break outs.

Why is this relevant? Lemon carries a pH level of 2.5 which will bring your skin to an unhealthy, acidic pH level. While I understand that some products do have a pH of 2.5 and we still comfortably put those products on our face, we have to remember that these products are carefully formulated by chemists for a very specific purpose and….a lemon is just a lemon.

If that doesn’t convince you – lemon can also be used as a hair lightener in the summer, put it on your hair and sit in the sun and it will turn those beautiful caramel locks of yours lighter. It will also dry them out beyond belief. Imagine what it’s doing to your healthy skin.

Milk of Magnesia

This is actually a MIRACLE product to use as a primer under your makeup. It works fabulously. It’s dirt cheap in comparison to high end primers and works 10 times better. I definitely see the appeal. It’s also extremely disgusting when you actually think about it. I read about this as a primer in so many places, and the beauty blogger in me told me that I HAD to try this out to see what all the hype was about. I have really oily skin. Makeup and my skin just don’t mix – they separate, and then my makeup slides down my face. It’s so attractive. I read that a lot of professional makeup artists use this trick for bridal makeup to keep makeup from sliding around. I wouldn’t believe everything you read though, that’s probably not true.

Using MoM kept me absolutely OIL FREE all day – not a drop of oil broke through that solid barrier in 12 hours. It was quite honestly just MAGIC – left my makeup beautiful and flawless.

Funny side story: This was at least 5 years ago that I tried it. I used it before going into work one day, to see how my makeup held up and my FedEx guy looked at me and said, “well look at you all fancy today and wearing makeup” I always wear makeup to work. Yup.

Would I ever use it again? Not if you paid me!

The beauty (see what I did there?) behind this product is that the ingredients create a solid barrier – that my friend, is the purpose of the product when you use it correctly.

Remember that pH spiel I gave above, where the normal and healthy pH of human skin is between 4.5 and 5? Well, the pH level of milk of magnesia is about 10, highly alkaline. Let me put this in to a little better perspective for you…Milk of Magnesia is only ONE – just one, ladies – step down from PURE AMMONIA which has a pH of 11.6. In other words, it’s fairly damaging.

This product doesn’t have DUAL purposes. It has just one and it’s not as a primer.

Rubbing Alcohol

On your facial skin – this product has absolutely no place. Your facial skin is very delicate and rubbing alcohol is VERY harsh and drying. I personally try to avoid alcohol in my skincare – even diluted. However, I can’t imagine using it straight up on my face. That’s a disaster. However, alcohol is contained in most skincare ingredients (as a preservative) and some people do have a sensitivity to it, and most times it’s a lower concentration.

Baking Soda

I use this as a stain remover with Dawn to scrub stains out of clothes – works fabulously. This has been recommended so many times as an excellent facial scrub to slough off dead skin but only if you want to take the healthy skin with it! Sounds legit. Not only are the baking soda crystals very rough and harsh – it will irritate your skin, make it red and angry (it may not forgive you!). The pH of baking soda is also very high between 8 and 9. It will eventually damage your moisture barrier with continued use. There are other fabulous products on the market that will also effectively exfoliate your skin – try those!

*Disclaimer: Physical exfoliation in any way can be harmful to your skin. I wholly recommend considering chemical exfoliation for the purpose of removing dead skin cells.


Please. Please. Please don’t put this on your skin. This is absolutely not an effective method to lightening acne scars, or curing acne. Using this is beyond damaging to your skin. There are other perfectly safe, and perfectly effective methods to lightening acne scars. This is NOT one of them. I honestly can’t even comprehend putting something so harsh anywhere near my skin.

Right back to the pH spiel I was on about earlier – this product is one step ABOVE Milk of Magnesia. By using bleach, even diluted, for long periods of time you are damaging that moisture barrier and will make your skin susceptible to gross bacteria. Not only that, it will surely dry your skin out beyond belief.

I wrote this post with a permanent cringe face – the whole time, every second. It astounds me every time I see them recommended – I’m literally like…

5 Products Not Meant for Skincare

My face. Every. Time.

Please be very careful with the products that you put on your face, if you’re unsure…google it and find out how harmful it could be. I get it, some may be miracle products…short term, but they truly are bad things to put on facial skin.



Benefit POREfessional Primer, Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer, Smashbox Photo Finish Original Primer, Make Up For Ever Step 1 Mattifying primer - Foundation Primers for Oily Skin

I am always looking for the best foundation primers for oily skin! If you’re anything like me than you know the feeling here…makeup and oily skin do not work well together! I have for the most part, lessened the amount of oil my skin produces (which will probably soon change) but has been a huge blessing. I do still produce a small amount of oil that tends to break up my makeup if I don’t use a good primer under my makeup. All the primers below are high end primers as I haven’t found a drug store primer that works quite as well as these ones do.

Smashbox Photo Finishing Primer Original

The Smashbox Photo Finishing Primer (the whole line) has been my ride or die foundation primer since the first time I used it. I have used the original, the pore minimizing, the light and the colour correcting. I started using the Original primer which is a silicone based primer, it has a very smooth silicone texture. It glides on like a dream and definitely helps to fill the very large pores near my nose (they’re like craters – I swear!). This can be purchased at Sephora for $44 CAD for 1 oz of product. It is quite pricey, but a little goes a very long way and you don’t need a ton of product.

Smashbox Photo Finish Original Primer - Foundation Primers for Oily Skin

Smashbox Photo Finishing Primer Colour Correcting

Seriously, ride or die. I started using this primer about 2 years ago because I have very bad Keratosis Pilaris on my face and it’s always red and angry. Granted, this primer by no means CLEARS the redness, it does help to conceal it slightly. It’s not a miracle product, but it combines the Smashbox Photo Finishing Original formula and colour correcting goodness in one primer. It has the same texture and same feel as the original with just that added benefit for my specific needs. This is the same cost and the consistency is similar – more of a mix between the Light formula and the Original formula.

If you use to much of this product it will not work the way you want it to. It can get really greasy, really fast if you use too much. A little goes SUCH a long way and a little is all you need – which is great, because this product the most expensive of these primers. It retails at Sephora for $44 CAD for 1 oz of product. Keep in mind, you only need a little and 1 bottle has lasted me a year before. So for me, it’s totally worth it!

Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer - Foundation Primers for Oily Skin

Make Up For Ever Step 1

The Make Up For Ever Step 1 Primer is a mattifying primer meant for those with an oily skin type. It contains Lactic Acid which is a chemical exfoliant and that is what attracted me to the product when I had purchased it – I did not look for reviews.

The package is not really anything special, it’s dark grey and in a squeeze tube – 1 point for hygienic packaging.

The product, however, is like glue. I do not know if that’s the consistency of this entire line – but this product is like spreading glue. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though! This didn’t fill my pores nearly as well as the Smashbox Photo Finishing Primer, but definitely got the job. It left me matte for most of the day but definitely isn’t a replacement for my HG Face Primer.

You can get this at Sephora for $43 CAD for 1 oz of product. I would say a little goes a long way with this product, but the consistency makes it rather difficult to blend I find.

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Mattifying primer - Foundation Primers for Oily Skin

Benefit’s The POREfessional

The Benefit POREfessional is very similar to the texture of the Smashbox Photo Finishing Primer – also a silicone base (most or all of my primers are). For me, this was an okay primer – it wasn’t anything crazy for me. It has a nude colour to it but there’s no coverage, and it blends right into your skin. It goes on smooth and blends wonderfully. However, it just didn’t have the staying power that I’m used to with the Smashbox Photo Finish primers.

In Canada, this is available at Shoppers (WOO! – I love Shoppers!) and at Sephora and it’s $39 CAD for 0.75 oz of product – which is fairly pricey.

Benefit POREfessional Primer - Foundation Primers for Oily Skin

These are my 4 favourite foundation primers that I have ever tried for my oily skin (and I’ve tried a lot!). Also keep in mind, that I use other products in conjunction with these to get the effect and the look that I want, one that works for my skin type. If these don’t work for you right away, I highly recommend experimenting with other products (sunscreen, serums, moisturizers, even other foundations) that will work with this product to control your oil and increase the staying power of your foundation.

What generally works best for me when choosing a foundation primer, is to really consider the base of the foundation that I’m using. Water-based foundations don’t generally do well on my skin, so I lean more towards silicone based foundations, and search for a primer with the same silicone base. Prep your face, allow all your layers to absorb properly, and set your makeup and you should be perfect!

Let me know if any of these foundation primers work for you!


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That’s right, I am doing a giveaway of this BEAUTIFUL Morphe Brushes 35U Shimmer palette below.

Morphe Brushes 35U Shimmer Palette Giveaway

Morphe Brushes 35U Shimmer Palette Giveaway

I have been absolutely loving these palettes lately and I’ve quite honestly used nothing else. The Morphe palettes are absolutely wonderful palettes if you’re just getting started – they’re very easy to use. They’re buttery, smooth and have excellent pigment. I definitely recommend these palettes. I have quite a few, and I love them dearly. So I have decided to run a holiday giveaway with the above palette to share my love with you guys!


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Irresistible Me Hair Extensions Review

Review of the Royal Remy Clip-in Style, Royal Jet Black, 18″ Irresistible Me Hair Extensions*

I seem to have really stubborn hair that doesn’t like to grow quickly enough for my liking, or it’s very likely I’m just totally impatient. For those who have stubborn hair not unlike my own, the Irresistible Me Hair Extensions* are definitely worth it to be able to change your hair and create different styles.

My hair has this thing where it stops growing at a certain point which is usually just passed my shoulders. Once it gets to that point, it’s almost as if it stops growing and let me tell you, it takes ages to get that long in the first place.

I personally love having long hair because I can style it so many different ways and not get bored, because I do get bored very easily with my hair and I get the urge to change it – whether it be the colour, the length or the style.

I got the Royal Remy Style clip-in hair extensions in Royal Jet Black, 18″ length and 200 grams. I have jet black hair, so the colour I knew wouldn’t be an issue with attempting to blend it. The length was pretty long, much longer than my actual hair but it still blended perfectly and looked 100% natural. I was so impressed with how natural these extensions looked with my own hair – I honestly couldn’t believe it.

Review of Irresistible Me Hair ExtensionsReview of Irresistible Me Hair Extensions

This is actually a horrible angle and I apologize.

This set includes: 200 g sets (10 pieces) – 1 pc of 4 clips (7.5″), 2 pcs of 3 clips (6″), 5 pcs of 2 clips (4″), 2 pcs of 1 clip (1.2″).

I use the extensions for not only length but for volume as well so the 200 g set is perfect for that. I didn’t have any issues with these extensions at all, and I still don’t. The clips are very sturdy and the hair did shed a little bit, but it’s to be expected. I found that they’re also very heavy, but that’s also to be expected. Keep in mind, the more wefts you use – the heavier it will be. The less you’ll be able to flip your hair, I can’t when I’m wearing them.

These extensions are real human hair so you are able to straighten, curl, cut and colour them just as you would your own hair. Only wash them when you notice them start to become oily as they will pick up the oil from your own hair. It’s not necessary to wash them after every use. Before you wash them, make sure you remove any tangles only using a wide tooth come and a gentle hand. When washing them, wash them in lukewarm water (separately), using a shampoo for chemically treated hair and apply it in a downward motion. Use conditioner as you would your own hair.

The best tip for keeping these extensions in good condition is to treat them as you would your own hair. Don’t heat style without heat protection, don’t wring/scrub/rub when washing, don’t wash them daily, and pat them dry as opposed to rubbing them with a towel. Extensions are very expensive, and if you want to keep them in good shape, you have to take care of them.

The Irresistible Me Hair Extensions* are definitely worth the cost if you’re looking at purchasing or replacing hair extensions. I had been looking at it for quite a while and I was very happy when they approached me to review them and I’m very very happy with the quality of the product, and how beautifully they blended and looked with my natural hair.



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Laneige Water Bank Serum

I received the Laneige Water Bank Serum about 2 weeks ago – it was a happy surprise on my door step when I came home that night! If you couldn’t tell by this blog, I do tend to focus a lot on skincare. Since I do have a few skincare issues that are quite a feat to clear up, I do a lot of  research on skincare products and ingredients and their effects on skin – so I was very happy to receive an Influenster Voxbox that was skincare focused. I do have dehydrated skin that I struggle with, and I know that I’m not the only one. What really helps is knowing and finding the appropriate products that will properly hydrate your skin. Also, drink lots of water!

Laneige is actually a Korean skincare brand and if you’re not familiar – Korean and Japanese skincare actually KILLS it every time. There are actually groups of people on this continent that lust over Korean products or have routines containing only Korean products. There are also products in North America that are imitations of Korean products – they’re just not quite up to par. I absolutely love the fact that this is a Korean product.

Laneige Water Bank Serum is packed with loads of antioxidants, moisturizers and emollients, so there are other benefits to this product aside from the obvious increase in hydration.

Laneige Water Bank Serum

Laneige Water Bank Serum

This product is a creamy, light consistency and it goes on smooth. The texture is less of a serum, and more of a lotion. There’s no sticky feeling or residue left behind. It makes my skin feel soft, and supple (just as it should). Your skin should feel plump, the glycerin (second ingredient) is made to draw moisture from the air into your skin. Products that claim to hydrate, the ingredient that pulls the moisture into your skin ie. glycerin, sometimes isn’t one of the first ingredients (they HAVE to be listed in descending order). If it’s not, I would look for a different product. Ingredients closer to the top of the list of ingredients, always have a higher concentration than those on the bottom of the list.

Laneige Water Bank Serum

Laneige Water Bank Serum

I have fairly sensitive skin – that does get dehydrated because naturally..I choose coffee instead of water. Oops. Regardless, I have sensitive skin and this product is highly fragranced. Products that contain a high amount of fragrance, almost always contain one or more irritating or comedogenic ingredients to create that fragrance. I choose to stay away from products that contain fragrance as not to irritate my skin further. Personal choice. Obviously some people may have no problem at all with fragrances – we’re not one size fits all.

I don’t love the bottle for this product, and this probably goes for most products. As a brand, I think it’s important to really think about the product and determine appropriate packaging relative to that product. Create one that’s advantageous to the customer. If you’re going to spend more money to put it in a cute bottle, and make it pretty looking…at least make it functional. If its not, how pretty the bottle is won’t matter. This particular product is in a clear bottle – serums, vit. c, anything with anti-oxidants should be in dark coloured bottles or solid bottles because light effects their potency and they become less effective.

Sadly, due to the fragrance in this product, I won’t be continuing use and I will look for a different product to provide hydration to my skin. I will be giving this to someone else who may not have as sensitive skin as I do and will greatly benefit from the hydration, and antioxidants this product provides.



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