We just wrapped on two weeks of film related fun as the Toronto International Film Festival came to a close in our city. From endless film screenings, networking events and glamorous party after glamorous party, it’s all fun and games until you wake up two weeks later and your brain and body kind of hate you. It was all a great time, don’t get me wrong, but TIFF does take its toll.
During a festival like this one sleep is fleeting, late nights are frequent and drinking and poor eating habits are unavoidable. You can’t hide from the consequences of these behaviors since you literally wear them on your face. Dehydrated skin, puffy eyes, clogged pores; these are just some of the symptoms of TOO good of a TIFF time.
Since I wanted to be fit to be seen, and feel better about my face as well as my life, I did the best I could to care for my skin and myself throughout the festival, and even more so now that it’s done. So here are some the products that have saved my skin post the TIFF party tornado that was my life for the past two weeks.
Yes To Cucumbers Calming Mask Removing Wipes
Confession: I am one of those dirtbags that forgets to take her makeup off after a night of partying more times that I care to admit. Because of that, I’ve come into the habit of keeping facewipes right in my nightstand, so no matter how “tired” I am after a night out, I can at least clumsily get my Fenty Foundation off my face before succumbing to a few precious hours of sleep before starting all over again the next day. I love these Yes to Cucumbers wipes for their soothing and cooling sensation and their ability to take EVERYTHING off, makeup wise. Fair warning, I do mean everything; if you rock lash extensions like I do, be careful around your lash line as these wipes will melt away the bonds that hold your lashes together.
Consonant Skincare Natural Foaming Facewash
For the nights where I have the wherewithal to wash my face before bed, or the mornings when I didn’t even have the energy for an aforementioned wipe, Consonant’s flagship facewash is my hero. This gentle yet effective foaming cleanser takes EVERYTHING off too, except for my lash extensions. That’s why I love it and I’ve been coming back to it year after year.
Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal SnapMask Stick
This nifty little product has been my savior for those days when I did not take my makeup off the night before. The easy roll up product spreads easily on my skin in the shower, with just enough foam and grit to exfoliate the post party makeup grossness out of my abused pores. It’s gentle enough to use a couple of times a week while effective enough to prevent the breakouts I would normally suffer by putting my skin through such bad behavior.
Laneige Sleeping Eye Mask
This lightweight, heavenly smelling gel is like a spa for your eye area. Cooling, moisturizing and soothing, I love gently rubbing this gel around my eyes using the innovative ceramic ball applicator, especially when my head hurts after indulging in too many cocktails. I apply it before bed and wake up with comforted and far happier eyes that I went to bed with. You can bet this gel eyemask will be my frequent bedtime companion now that TIFF is done for another year, I certainly need it!
These products were my hydration heroes through the 2 week TIFF assault on my skin. When you’re not hydrating from the inside out, it shows on your face. Thanks to these Biotherm Aquasource products however I could get away with looking like I was drinking my 8 glasses of water a day, even though most of my water consumption came from the melting ice in my cocktails. Lightweight, refreshing and moisturizing, these products were livesavers during the craziness.
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