Skin Journal 02

A few moisturizers found their way to my vanity this last week. I rarely find moisturizers which meet my standards, and so I often skip them and choose hydrating serums and carrier oils. That being said, the formulations coming out lately have been interesting.

Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream has been my favourite. It blends six carrier oils together in a cream texture, which layers well over skin and I can only describe it as comforting. A skincare wardrobe staple from now on, though one too rich for my balanced skins to use daily.

GlamGlow Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturizer is a pressed cream designed to minimize topical sebum while giving a satin finish. I appreciate the vitamin B5 (water retention) and prickly pear extract (antioxidant), and the silicone-heavy formulation did have a mild blurring effect to pores and minor imperfections. I did not notice a reduction in topical sebum, which was disappointing, though skin had a reflective glow. I see this as a great lazy morning cream.

Skin Journal 01

A different format, one where I can spend less time on aesthetics and more time on sharing my thoughts on the newest products in the beauty and skincare industry.

I have taken another look at Tata Harper. In the morning I have been experimenting with the Purifying and Regenerating cleansers, and I now remember how much I enjoyed using them last year. Purifying gives a deep clean with a light lemon scent, while Regenerating leaves my skin rather luminous. Neither would make for a great twice-daily cleanse for anyone but the most oily of skins; instead I would alternate them with a gentle oil cleanse (perhaps the Nourishing Oil Cleanser). As for the Rejuvenating Serum, I have been using it in the morning as a moisturizer. It hydrates and illuminates brilliantly. Every other day I have been using the Resurfacing Mask, which has sloughed away any rough texture resulting from my retinol. Tata is a great brand to consider if skincare is an experience for you, and you value naturals.

Spring Apparel


I am always into autumn apparel for springtime. As the temperatures change, my eyes are always drawn to warm, rough wools and dark, earthy tones. This winter I have bought two coats; one a dark grey, another a rich brown. My thoughts were with a camel coat this year, as they were last and the year prior, but I suppose everyone else is doing camel so why should I. Cream, dove grey, and pitch grey are all in my wheelhouse this season, but the bottom right photograph is catching my eye more than I would have had presumed. There is something about a bold yet restrained pattern that has my attention. Whatever you choose: stay warm for now, my friends.

Photographs, from top.

A gentleman in a charcoal beanie and charcoal overcoat over a white tee and black trousers. Found on Pinterest.

A gentleman in a long white knitted sweater, brown narrow trousers, and boots. Zara Studio.

A woman standing in a long off-white coat. Found on Pinterest.

A gentleman in an off-white long-sleeve, black trousers, and a bold brown-and-black printed overcoat. Zara.

Verso Skincare

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What: Verso Skincare.

Who: Mature skin, blemish-prone skin, city-dwellers.

How: Formulated with Retinol 8 technology, Verso features unique technology in brilliantly restrained packaging. Dark Spot Fix contains the highest concentration of Retinol 8, and reviewers say it makes quick work of sun damage and residual acne scarring; brown marks of discolouration, essentially. It also features niacinamide, one of my favourite ingredients, that aids in the inhibition of melanin production and visible redness.Their day cream, night cream, serum, and oil all contain shea butter which makes them more suitable for those with insufficient oil production rather than those prone to congestion. Despite that, I am more comfortable with recommending Super Facial Oil, a formulation which includes a light-weight ester of shea butter rather than the more unprocessed variant typical to skincare. And to start your routine on the right foot, Foaming Cleanser is a cream-based cleanser with a slight lather. Its formula is rather minimal, though it is a gentle option to consider.

Why not: The line is a tad bit confusing in that it is not made clear why there are so many products, despite them saying they offer few. If Retinol 8 is so fantastic, why are there so many different products in the collection? A day cream and night cream, alright, but why a serum, a face oil, and a dark spot corrector? I think greater clarity in that regard would be appreciate. On another note, Canadian availability is limited with no major physical retailer carrying the line; a shame, because the results of Verso are widely cited.

Where: Sephora (America), Mecca (Australia), Cult Beauty (internationally), Feelunique (internationally).