Lancer Method


What is it?

A clinical skincare system for glow.

What did I try?

The Method: Polish, The Method: Cleanse, Retexturizing Treatment Cream Glycolic Acid 10x, The Method: Nourish.

What is the key ingredient?

The Method: Polish – quartz and sodium bicarbonate crystals (physical exfoliant), pumpkin and pomegranate enzymes (chemical exfoliant), brown sea algae (globally corrective).
The Method: Cleanse – sodium PCA (pH-balancing), rice protein (softening), amino acids (hydrating).
Retexturizing Treatment Cream Glycolic Acid 10x – glycolic acid (resurfacing), CoQ10 (antioxidant), phospholipids (hydrating).
The Method: Nourish – nasturtium flower extract (glow), hexapeptide 48 (treats fine lines), polyphenol (antioxidant).
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Skincare Journal 03

Nearly a year ago I purchased most of the Drunk Elephant collection. Everything else went away into a box, and I went all-in. I was impressed by how each product seemed to leave skin comfortable for the next, and the result was skin with a bit more balance to it than my typical hodgepodge of active ingredients, products, and brands. The Pekee and Juju cleansing bars are a bit too much for twice-daily use, so I suggest Pekee every evening and Juju twice a week; splash your face with tepid water in the morning. B-Hydra was hydrating and plumping, and T.L.C. was brilliant at tackling texture and small blemishes. I now have Lala, and find it far too heavy for twice daily use; once in a while it’s a comforting treat. Overall the line is a tad bit expensive for what it is, but the formulas are great and the philosophy of simplicity is one I can get behind.

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.

Verso Skincare

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).

NIOD Cleanse

niod-cleanse-skincare-2017In the spirit of a new year—though I never have much thought for the turning-over of a number—I took today to begin the rebuild of my skin from the last few weeks of gift buying, long days at work, travelling, and preparing for the winter semester. I have already brought back NIOD CAIS into my routine, after spending a great deal of time reading academic papers on inflammation; trust me, copper is a good thing. After reading the January edition of the Victoria Health newsletter I was inspired to share my adapted NIOD cleanse routine, something I hope to incorporate weekly as the results are truly remarkable.

As for my goals this year, I am working very hard to not set any; I always find myself far more willing to excel if I am left limitless. On the whole though, you can expect more intelligent writings here on the blog, and a refined selection of product reviews. Personally I am cleaning out most of the no-good products in my drawers and trying to limit my intake of gluten, sugar, and dairy in an effort to become Gwyneth Paltrow (and better my skin and body). Now, onto the cleanse.

The Weekly NIOD Cleanse Routine

Components: NIOD Low-Viscosity Cleaning EsterNIOD Sanskrit SaponinsNIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide MistNIOD Flavanone Mud, NIOD Myrrh ClayNIOD Mastic MustNIOD Hydration Vaccine.
 Congestion, dullness, enlarged pores, unbalanced sebum production, irritation, redness, areas of dryness, puffiness.
Frequency: Weekly, either morning or evening.
Aftercare: Makeup application is discouraged.
Substitutions: Replace Hydration Vaccine with Voicemail Masque for the further benefit of improved cellular communication.

  1. If makeup is present, dispense NIOD Low-Viscosity Cleaning Ester into the centre of one palm. Spread the liquid across both palms, then massage into the skin using upward, slow, firm motions. Continue until makeup is removed. Gently rinse with tepid water. Pat skin with a clean towel until dry.
  2. Squeeze a large dollop of NIOD Sanskrit Saponins in the palm of one hand. Wet the other hand. Massage both hands together to form a creamy paste. Starting on the cheeks and shifting outwards toward the ears, press the paste into dry skin using firm, slow motions. Take the time to breath between presses. Now press paste onto the temples, along the forehead, down the nose, and onto the chin. Let activate for five minutes. Gently rinse with tepid water. Pat skin dry.
  3. Mist face with NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist, four or more spritzes should do.
  4. Take a dollop of NIOD Flavanone Mud on the tip of a finger and draw a line along each cheek, then across the forehead, and then down the centre of the face. Smooth the lines outward, avoiding the eye area, until a thin layer coats the entire face. Relax for twenty minutes. Generously wet your hands with water and, with force, hold your cheeks for a count of five. Do the same with your forehead. Take more water and massage the face, loosening the mud from the skin. Continue until face is clear of residue. Pat skin dry.
  5. Mist face with NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist.
  6. In the same manner as the NIOD Flavanone Mud, apply NIOD Myrrh Clay. Pay special attention to taking Myrrh Clay down along the neck and across the chest to promote a tauter appearance. Remove Myrrh Clay in the same manner as NIOD Flavanone Mud. Pat skin dry.
  7. Squeeze a generous dollop of NIOD Mastic Must in the palm of both hands. Apply to the face in upward, slow, sweeping motions beginning along the jawline and moving upward to the top of the forehead. Relax for ten minutes. Remove in the same manner as NIOD Flavanone Mud. Pat skin dry. On a low-heat setting, use a blowdryer to further activate the blurring properties of Mastic Must. Close your eyes and slowly move the airflow across the face. Spend no longer than fifteen seconds.
  8. Mist face with NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist.
  9. Take a small bit of NIOD Hydration Vaccine in the palm of one hand. Smooth Hydration Vaccine across the other hand, then apply to the face in upward, slow, sweeping motions beginning along the neck and moving upward to the top of the forehead.

6 Beauty Products To Try In 2017

6 New Beauty Products for 2017

It could be just me, but 2017 sounds like the future. It may be the way ‘7’ is drawn, but just writing the number has an air of mystery to it. No matter what lies ahead, there is no better time to discover something new than when beginning a new year. Here is an assortment of six skincare, fragrance, and even a cosmetic product to try. All are on my wishlist, needless to say.

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CCC Cream by CLE Cosmetics. Moving beyond the swoon-worthy packaging—a minimalist’s fantasy, I daresay—is said to bring life to a problematic complexion by blurring imperfections. Five shades are available, and it features not only SPF 45+ but also niacinamide—to even skin tone and calm inflammation—and a host of support botanicals like chrysanthemum, camellia, and blueberry. Find it at Cult Beauty.

Super Seed Facial Oil by Votary. I tried to buy the entire collection, but my financial conscious got the best of me when I saw the customs and duty charges. Votary—sold exclusively by Anthropologie, Liberty, Badezimmer, and Votary itself—is a luxury brand focusing on natural plant oils and actives. Their Super Seed collection, crafted from 21 seed oils, does away with the notion of traditional essential oils and harnesses seeds from grape, pumpkin, cranberry, chia, strawberry, pomegranate, broccoli, and other plants to calm inflammation, soothe irritation, and nourish the skin. They have even launched a nutritional supplement (which I only just realized and now need). Find it on the Votary website.

EradiKate Daily Cleanser by Kate Somerville. A launch I knew was coming months ago, yet surprised me when I noticed it in an email recently as having launched, this cleanser is a nice departure from the traditional ‘acne’ cleansers. Rather than drying the skin or subjecting it to a constant army of acids, this makes use of sulfur to exfoliate the skin, oat extract to balance sebum production, and a bundle of honey extract to calm inflammation, frankincense to reduce scarring, and rice bran to hydrate. I love the concept, and am very excited to give it a try. Find it at Sephora.

Black Leather by Clean. I would never purchase a fragrance in an ugly packaging, so Black Leather is clearly on my list of fragrances to try. With notes of bergamot, black peppercorn, black orchid, juniper, and amber this is sure to be a delight for fans of Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb. Oh, and this black and white packaging? I appreciate it. Find it at Sephora.

Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturiser by GlamGlow. I hesitated on Cyber Monday when this was available for a limited time, and lived in regret ever since. Fortunately it is back in time for the new year, and oh is this one interesting. A solid balm that melts when spread onto the skin, Volcasmic is formulated to create a matte-yet-natural finish on skin through the use of volcanic minerals and a base of cyclopentasiloxane and dimethicone. I am a tad bit worried about the inclusion of cyclopentasiloxane, which you can read more about on EWG, but I will have to do a bit more research prior making a final call. The TEAOXI Complex in Volcasmic consists of cherry tomato leaf, prickly pear, and vitamin B5 for antioxidants and moisture barrier support. Find it at Sephora.

ZIIP Nano Current Device by ZIIP Beauty. Devices have interested me a great deal in 2016, and I imagine that will continue through the new year as they become more refined and more widely available. Inspired by microcurrent procedures performed at the clinic, ZIIP uses a combination of electrical currents to firm, tighten, brighten, decrease puffiness, reduce under-eye darkness, and prevent acne. So … essentially every skincare concern known to humankind. You can bet any amount of money I will be eyeing this for a while. Find it at Violet Grey or Cult Beauty.

And because I can never restrict myself, here are a few rapid-fire releases on my list.

Pestle & Mortar Double Cleansing System, Oskia Renaissance Mask, Hannes Dóttir Elixir of Minerals, Sunday Riley C.E.O (unreleased), Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser, Perricone MD Pre:Empt Series, Allies of Skin, January Labs, Milk Makeup, RMS Beauty highlighters, MAKE Beauty.