Cold Weather Skincare Essentials, Face Edition: Pure+Simple, Holistic Vanity, Pai, SkinCeuticals and KORRES

I don’t know why, but every time I go through my current skincare favourites, it’s just impossible for me to be succinct. Does that happen to you, too? It doesn’t help that my skincare regimen consists of a kajillion steps… 🙂


Pai Skincare Camellia & Rose Organic Facial Cleanser ($49 at Pai Skincare)

Now that the idea of a harsh foaming cleanser totally makes me cringe, it’s so wonderful to find a cream cleanser that still cleanses the day’s oil and grime. This cleanser is gentle on sensitive skin but works well, especially when used with the included muslin cloth. I miss the muslin cloth; I left it at the cottage this past summer. Wahhh! It doesn’t do the best job at removing mascara and eyeliner, but I’m okay with that.

Eye Cream

Pure + simple Super Vitalizing Eye Kit ($59 at Pure + simple)

This handy little holiday kit contains a Collagen Elastin Eye + Lip Concentrate and Eye Brightening Cream. The former has a water-like consistency and applies with a roller ball. But I don’t use the roller ball! I found that it can get a little scratchy on the delicate undereye area, so I roll it on to my finger first and then apply the product to my eyes. It’s quite nice and refreshing. After that dries I follow up with the eye cream. The eye brightening cream is deeply soothing with its apricot kernel, borage seed oil and shea butter. In a pinch I actually use it all over my face, and it’s a nice moisturizing face cream!


SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel ($78 for 30 ml at various medical and high-end spas)

This was a post-summer favourite, and still is. After cleansing, I quickly apply this gel/serum over my face and my skin just drinks it up. It feels absolutely wonderful and cooling on the skin, and its tissue repairing properties is a nice little bonus, too. 🙂


Day: Pai Skincare Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream ($40 for 30 ml at Pai Skincare)

This organic day cream’s green scent can be too sharp at first, but I am willing to overlook it as it provides the perfect amount of hydration I want for daytime. The main ingredients — avocado and jojoba oil — are well-known to be intensive moisturizers and I believe it. This is great to wear under makeup because it absorbs well and leaves a natural non-greasy finish.

Night: KORRES Quercetin & Oak Antiageing & Antiwrinkle Night Cream ($59 for 1.35 oz at Sephora)

My beloved KORRES Quercetin & Oak Night Cream jar is almost empty now (noooooo!). This woody scented cream soaks into the skin just wonderfully while still leaving the skin velvety and not oily. I’ve recommended this night cream to my sister and she also loves it as much as I do.


Holistic Vanity Damage Care Restorative Raw Argan Oil ($58 for 100 ml at Pure + simple) or Holistic Vanity Rosacea Care Comforting Camelia Oil ($57 for 100 ml at Pure + simple)

You guys, I’m just head over heels over Holistic Vanity’s oils. Holistic Vanity is a sister brand of Pure + simple (I should probably start calling it the Church of P+S now). These facial oils seal in moisture like nothing else. Recently I have been using the argan oil from the new Damage Care line and have fallen in love with it. I love the slightly nutty scent, and I can understand why a lot of people love argan oil. It’s an oil that isn’t greasy, so it’s a great gateway drug oil for those who are scared of putting anything heavy on their face.

The camelia oil is richer and a little bit more luxurious with its dreamy scent. I am trying to make my deluxe-sized sample last for as long as I can. 🙂 Hopefully until the end of winter.


Pure + simple Skin Restoration Mask ($16.45 at Pure + simple)

This cloth mask is the next best thing to a Pure + simple Super Hydrating facial. The mask is huge and is super saturated with a serum that my skin just loves. When my skin needs a bit more boost, this mask does the trick for instantly radiant skin.

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  • Oh yay I see Pai! LOVE the cleanser so much! Once you’ve tried a couple of good cream cleansers, you’ll find it impossible to go back to the foaming stuff!

    • Hi Sunny! What are your other favourite cream cleansers?

  • dowantmakeup

    LOL gateway oil! Thanks for posting this, I’ve been thinking about trying argan oil out on my dry skin, and Holistic Vanity is looking good! $58 for 100 ml is pretty reasonable considering the Josie Maran Argan Oil is $48 USD for 50 ml.

    • Ahahahaha someone’s actually reading my crazy ramblings. I totally recommend the argan oil. 🙂 Enjoy!

  • How do you find the eye and KORRES Night cream for anti-wrinkle power?

    • Hi Lisa, sorry I’m still in my mid-20s so wrinkles aren’t my skin concerns right now. I can’t say as I don’t have wrinkles just yet.

  • Neira

    First off: I love your blog! Thanks for sharing your finds and tips with everyone.
    Secondly: I have extremely dry skin in the winter and was thinking of getting a hydrating serum. Would you recommend the SkinCeuticals B5 Gel or the Consonant HydrExtreme Extreme Hydration Booster? I know you’ve tried both, so which is better in your opinion?

    • Thanks so much Neira. 🙂

      You can’t go wrong with either one. The Consonant HydrExtreme is like water in consistency, and the SkinCeuticals B5 gel is a bit thicker. I *feel* the SkinCeuticals more so I tend to favour that over the Consonant one.

      • Neira

        Thank you!

  • These are skincare gems – thanks for your reviews… I keep seeing great review about Pai and thought it was only available in the UK…but they do international shipping….nice!

  • Nunu

    Why do I imagine Scherbie going “Oh hai, would you like some pai?”

  • Thank you for the interesting post, I love Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel.

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