Skin Care Series: Vitamin A | First Impression

Hi Everyone!

I’m trying something new, a vitamin regimen! I’m taking the recommended daily dose of Vitamin A everyday with my lunch. I also started cutting open the capsules and applying it directly to my skin. I’m using Jamieson Vitamin A capsules since they contain natural carrier ingredients (soybean oil, etc).

I do this after using my favourite cleansing and toning products. My post on cleansing can be found here and the one on toning is here.

My internet research has shown that some people have had success clearing their acne with a similar regimen. I don’t plan on keeping this up forever as Vitamin A can build up to toxic levels over time (especially if taking more than the recommended dose, so just don’t). I’ll be keeping this up for a month or so to see if there’s any improvement. If there is I might continue for a few months hoping for lasting results.

Apparently it can reduce the amount of oil the skin produces which will then reduce the amount of blocked pores and acne. So far I’ve noticed my skin texture is improved after around one week of use. The skin that isn’t affected by acne looks more smooth and pores are less visible. I’m still dealing with (some, but less) acne. I read that part takes at least a few weeks before seeing major improvement *crosses fingers*.


I’m using one capsule in the morning as moisturizer (my oily skin doesn’t need more) and two capsules at night (drinks it up overnight). Side note: don’t forget the SPF during the day since it can increase sensitivity to sun exposure.

I’ll keep you posted! I’m taking other supplements alongside so let me know if you’re interested in knowing more about that.

As always, follow me on Instagram and Twitter to see what I’m using and be notified when new posts are up!

Have you ever taken vitamins or supplements to clear acne? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Maybelline The Smokes Palette | First Impression

Happy Saturday Everyone!

I picked up a Maybelline The Smokes palette at the drugstore recently. It was a sunny morning today, which was perfect for taking some photos and doing swatches. All photos are taken in natural sunlight.

sleek, travel-friendly packaging...
sleek, travel-friendly packaging…

I usually do very simple eye makeup looks for everyday. A swipe of Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze with Kat Von D Liquid Liner in Trooper and I’m ready for mascara! If I’m going out for a special occasion I’ll do a neutral smokey eye. I already have this palette in The Nudes and love it!

them nudes...
them nudes…

I’m excited to try The Smokes palette because there are a few swatches that look very promising!

7 shimmer, 5 mattes...
A good mix of shimmers and mattes. The shades don’t seem to have names so I’ve numbered them.
I can't wait to try numbers 5, 9, and 11...
I can’t wait to try numbers 5, 9, and 11…

If it turns out alright, I might post a follow-up “MOTD” look with this!

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

What do you think of this palette? Have you tried it or others like it? Let me know in the comments below!