Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Sensitive Skin Cream

I have hyper-sensitive and reactive skin. Rather than relish the luxury of my pretty-penny cleansers, my facial epidermis shines red after every wash. (What gives, skin?)

Cue Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Sensitive Skin Cream, a 78% organic moisturizer formulated for delicate and hyper-sensitive skin. I've slathered two pumps twice a day for one month on every inch of my face to test its claim. The verdict? It's mighty soothing. 

This yellow-colored cream brags omegas 3, 6, 7 & 9, along with potent portion of German chamomile CO2 extract to soothe, and Rosehip CO2 Extract to repair and guard the epidermis barrier of moisture. Devoid of alcohol and other irritants, this calming concoction packs a punch but does not irritate or burn on contact. Unfortunately, my facial redness not was not completely calmed or eradicated with each use, but I still count  it as a winner due to its organic elements, soothing action on contact, and ability to dispel at least some of that resilient hue. The smell of the moisturizer is fresh and definitely not as strong as the orange Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil from the same line. It adequately hydrates, but remains light enough to employ under makeup. 

I love Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Sensitive Skin Cream, and at the moment, 1/4 of the bottle remains despite 4 consistent pumps per day. One pump could stretch for the whole face, but the moisture junkie in me cooed for that extra dollop.

Everyone's skin is different. If you have mild redness or reactive sensitivity, Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Sensitive Skin Cream could completely soothe it away. But if you are highly-reactive and sensitive like me, I recommend it as a management or 'won't make it worse' product rather than a complete solution. At a whopping $48/ounce, I am saving my pennies to buy another.

Available at paiskincare.com (incredibly fast delivery!), naturisimo.com, and freshfaced.ca. 

Have you tried Pai Sensitive Skin Cream? How about any other stellar moisturizers for sensitive skin? Please let me know! 

Please Excuse This Julie Andrews Interruption #1

But these are a few of last week's favorite things!

Welcome to a new series on Bibliogloss: my weekly well-liked. The topic's not revolutionary or unique, but I'm quite fickle with beauty products and find myself itching to share quick scribbles on everything I try. 

First up is a confession: washing my hair is one of my least favorite beauty rituals. My hair is so fine that it takes forever to blow-dry and, without a heaping dose of thickener, it lays limp against my scalp. I read once that Audrey Hepburn only washed her hair once a week, and while I may not wash as infrequently as Holly herself, this Suave Professional Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo does save the strands above my neck. I spray it a few inches away from any oily bits and voilà, my hair is pretty without sacrificing too many pennies. Plus it's devoid of any white cast that would qualify me to be an extra on Golden Girls. 

Next up is tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Powder Foundation. Whenever I unscrew the palm-sized cap I swear I can hear angels singing... it's the first powder foundation I've tried that's full coverage on the first sweep. You know that pesky powder explosion that greets your first attempt at touch ups? Well, tarte has eliminated it; a fabric mesh filter now keeps the powder in the container and not in the air.

If you follow me on Instagram (@bibliogloss), you've seen my obsession with freckled fingertips. I regrettably jumped the gun back in January and bought Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Freckle straight from the source, paying an extra $15 to ship it to America. Now I can only hope to get my pennies' worth by repeated bird's egg brush-ons throughout the summer. 

My skincare routine has been purged of most things synthetic, so I've enlisted Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil to  produce vitamin A results the natural way.  Repeated nightly drops has pumped up the plump on my entire face, but the fine lines around my eyes show the biggest improvement. I only wish the bottle was opaque to protect the delicate oil inside.

Do you enjoy this type of series? Have you tried any of these products? I'd love to know! 

Guilty Pleasure Reading: The Host

Confession: I think I'm a fangirl. This hasn't happened to me since I ran around my primary school playground, imaginary Nimbus 2000 in tow. 
It all started with a hankering for a guilty read that was awesomely romantic (sshh not like that) in a cheesy first-love kind of way. Before I knew it, I had put down The New Yorker and one-clicked The Host by Stephanie Meyer onto my Kindle.

I know what you're thinking. "Stephanie Meyer? Come on, Lindsey! I thought you had a literature degree." But yes, I spent the ENTIRE night tapping those virtual pages until there was nothing left to tap (stop your dirty mind!!). 

Of course The Host wouldn't be a guilty pleasure read without a love triangle. The difference here? Meyer crafts her tri-pointed passion unprecedentedly. Each character is dynamic and I found myself scoffing at the few I initially expected to love. 

I'll admit the Twilight books sit hidden on my shelf, but this particular Meyer offering stands alone. It's set in a post-alien invasion world where the female "soul" protagonist navigates her existence on Earth while sharing consciousness with the original human owner of her body. No vampires, no werewolves, no disheveled-yet-calculated hair, just an entertaining read capable of provoking personal introspection. 

Have you read The Host? There is a movie version in theaters now but it looks lame.  If you are brave enough to share, I'd love to know some of your guilty pleasure reads! No judging allowed... all the cool kids (aka me and Kate Bush) are doing it.  


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