Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara Waterproof Review

Essence Lash Princess Waterproof Mascara

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Today I’m reviewing the Essence Cosmetics Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara Waterproof. [info in italics taken from the Essence Cosmetics website]

Essence Lash Princess Waterproof Mascara

your favorite royal sister is NOW IN WATERPROOF! lash princess false lash waterproof gives you voluminous false lash effects of the original in a new waterproof formula! the conic shape fiber brush provides lashes with dramatic volume and sculpted length. opthalmologically tested.
Essence Lash Princess Waterproof Mascara
I admit to being extremely picky when it comes to mascara – my lashes are long, stick straight and surprisingly light in colour for a natural dark brunette. I always curl my
lashes before applying mascara. My eyes are sensitive, and water easily so any mascara that I use must be smudge proof, and water-resistant or ideally waterproof.
Essence Lash Princess Waterproof Mascara

 

I have seven requirements for a mascara, and I’ll comment on each requirement and score each point. So how did the Essence Cosmetics Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara Waterproof measure up?

1. waterproof +1 point

2. smudge-proof +1 point

3. non-flaking / non-clumping +1 point

4. must be DARK black (not blackish, not brown black, and definitely not grey black) +1 point, this mascara is super mega black (yay!)

5. volumizing +3/4 point (Fairly volumizing, but not Awesomesauce level of volume – I’m being uber picky on this point, I know!)

6. must hold a curl +1 point

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes +1 point

Essence Lash Princess Waterproof Mascara

I really like the tapered shape of the bristle wand, it is great for reaching the inner and outer corners. Overall, this one was really, really good,  with a score of 6.75 out of 7 (based on my rating scale) – the more I use it, the more I’m loving it.

Have you tried this mascara, did you like it?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

Sothys Detoxify – Energize Skincare Collection Review

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Today I’m reviewing three products from the new Detoxify – Energize  / Detox Energie Skincare Collection from Sothys, that was kindly gifted to me from the PR team PozPub / Sothys Canada. [info in italics taken from press release and Sothys website]

Sothys Detox Energie / Detoxify Energize

This collection aims to detox and protect the skin from pollution, which is a cause of premature aging on the skin. The Detox Energie / Detoxify Energize line was developed to make the skin more luminous, better oxygenated, and boosted, its youthful radiance restored.

There are five items in the Detox Energie / Detoxify Energize line:  Energizing Serum / Sérum énergisant intégral (depollute / oxygenate), Protective Depolluting Essence / Essence dépolluante protectrice (anti-pollution shield), Instant Energizing Corrector / Correcteur énergisant instantané (unify), Energizing Radiance Ampoules / Ampoules éclat énergisantes (smoothing), and Depolluting Youth Cream / Crème jeunesse dépolluante (rebalance the microbiome) .

I received the Energizing Serum, Protective Depolluting Essence and Instant Energizing Corrector and have been testing them out for a few weeks now. Let’s take a closer look at each one:

Energizing Serum / Sérum énergisant intégral:

Sothys Detox Energie / Detoxify Energize

This powerful detoxifying and energizing cocktail is an incredibly gentle and light-textured serum: the ideal boost to your skincare ritual. Skin regains its vitality and looks younger.

Key ingredients: Organic energizing Siberian ginseng root extract (Protects the cell to maintain good energy levels and boosts intracellular energy) and Organic elderberry extract – A complete active ingredient to protect against pollution 92%*. Anti-free radical. * Anti-pollution protection: 92% – in vitro testing of keratinocytes exposed to urban pollution.

This is a light, milky looking serum. It absorbs into my skin quickly and feels very gentle, but hydrating without feeling sticky or greasy. It is scented, but does not trigger a reaction for me.

Protective Depolluting Essence / Essence dépolluante protectrice:

Sothys Detox Energie / Detoxify Energize

To incorporate into your beauty ritual every day, and protect your skin’s youth. This formula works like a barrier against pollution. Its innovative dropper bottle provides just the right amount of protection, every day while enveloping the skin in an ultra-comfortable hydrating veil. * Depolluting = helps to limit damaged to the skin caused by pollution.

Key ingredients: Detoxifying peptides [Biomimetic design. 360°global antipollution (outdoor/ indoor/internal)], Organic energizing Siberian ginseng root extract and Organic elderberry extract.

In the morning, this is applied after your moisturizer, and in the evening, before applying moisturizer. This is a very watery essence, but it absorbs into the skin fairly quickly, leaving a very slight tacky finish at first (but the tackiness disappears quickly). This one is also scented – but again, does not trigger a reaction for me.

Instant Energizing Corrector / Correcteur énergisant instantané:

Sothys Detox Energie / Detoxify Energize

An incredible texture that transforms during application to adapt to all skin tones and skin types EE* cream contains encapsulated pigments to instantly target and correct any imperfections visible on the skin’s surface. * Energy Enhancer

Key Ingredients: Detoxifying peptides, Organic energizing Siberian ginseng root extract and Organic elderberry extract.

This one is very much a blurring and brightening product, and it makes my skin so glowy and radiant. You can use it one its own for makeup free days, or as a primer before makeup. This turned out to my my favourite of the three products, and I find myself only wearing foundation when I have client meetings, and the rest of the time just wearing this with under-eye concealer and a touch of setting powder – it makes my skin look so good!

Sothys Detox Energie / Detoxify Energize

Have you tried anything form the Sothys Detox Energie / Detoxify Energize line?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the very beginning, these are PR samples, this is not a sponsored post.

Empties November 2019

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Another month’s worth of empties – I think that I’ve made really great progress on my stash this month! Because I’m on a low-buy (only buying things when necessary, if I say that I would re-purchase it means eventually, not right away).

Let’s take a look:

Skincare

Empties November 2019 - Skincare

Akar Skin Balance Toning Mist – This was from my Petit Vour subscription. I loved it a lot and would love to buy a full size eventually. Review is here.

Osea Atmosphere Protection Cream – Another Petit Vour gem that I loved. Lightweight hydration. Would purchase this one. Review is here.

By Anhesa Cedar Face Cream – I won this in a giveaway. This one is great for when my skin is dry and I need a moisture boost. And it smells wonderful. Would buy. Review is here.

Honua Skincare Pa’akai Cleansing Cream – This was such a dreamy cleansing cream from my Petit Vour subscription. Would LOVE to buy a full size of this but have so many cleansers to use up. Review is here.

Cosmessential Premium Facial Serum The Grande – This was a PR sample. It worked really well for me. It was lightweight, super-hydrating and filled with loads of anti-aging ingredients. Would buy if I didn’t have several more serums to use up. Review is here.

Haircare:

Empties November 2019 - Haircare

Maui Moisture Color Protection + Sea Minerals Shampoo & Conditioner – I’ve purchased several of the Maui Moisture formulations over the past year (or two). This one might be my favourite! It helped keep my colour from fading fast and made my hair feel soft and clean. I’ll probably buy this again (eventually). Review is here.

Makeup:

Empties November 2019 - Makeup

Harvest Natural Beauty Lengthening Organic Mascara – Another Petit Vour box item. This wasn’t the mascara for me as it isn’t waterproof and my eyes water easily. If you don’t have watery eyes, you might like it a lot. Review is here.

Essence I ❤ Extreme Volume Mascara (Waterproof) – This is one of my go-to mascaras. It adds volume, holds a curl and its waterproof. Been buying this mascara since 2016! Review is here.

Joik Gloss & Care Lip Oil – My friend brought this back from Estonia a few months ago. I’m sad that it is empty because I love it so much! I bought my first one back in 2017 when I travelled to Estonia. International shipping is quite expensive, so this is going on the wishlist. Review is here.

There were a few more products that I’m so close to finishing up, hopefully they’ll be in next month’s empties. Do you finish up much this month?

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Disclosure: This post contains mostly products paid for by me, except for one PR sample, and one personal gift – all are identified above.

Petit Vour Unboxing & First Impressions – November 2019

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Petit Vour November 2019

My November Petit Vour box finally arrived on November 27th. I often show my Petit Vour box on my InstaGram, but here on the blog you will get the unboxing AND first impressions. Full reviews to follow once I’ve had a chance to test things out. [info in italics is taken from the Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour November 2019

Petit Vour is a cruelty-free and vegan monthly subscription box with four (occasionally five) products. The subscription is $18 USD a month in the US, $23 USD for Canada, and $25 USD for the rest of the world. With the exchange rate @1.3526 my box cost me $31.11 CAD this month.

Let’s take a closer look :

Joséphine Cosmetics Eye / Define Natural Waterproof Graphic Eyeliner (0.10 oz / 2 g – $26 USD)

Petit Vour November 2019

Defining. Enhancing. Tenacious. A high definition, natural and vegan, waterproof liquid eyeliner that defines & creates bold, beautiful eyes.

Highly-pigmented and completely waterproof, Eye/Define is a smooth & smudge proof formula – even in the most humid of conditions. This precious ink contains Shea Butter, Vegetable oils, Vitamin E & C to keep the skin conditioned without causing eye irritations. A precise felt tip applicator allows easy & effortless movement for a smooth application to achieve the ultimate cat eye.

I have several liquid liners in my stash, so it will take me awhile to get to testing this one out. I like that it is waterproof and a clean formula.

Leahlani Bless Beauty Balm (sample size 7ml – $13 USD, full size 30 ml $54 USD)

Petit Vour November 2019

Bless Beauty Balm is a delicate and silken moisture melt for your skin. Rich, organic butters coalesce with the most lush organic and cold pressed beauty oils to nurture and help reduce inflammation. From her pink, velvety texture to her sweet and grounding essence of orange blossoms and blue tansy oils – every element of Bless will envelop your skin and senses with love, vibrancy and aloha. 

Bless beauty balm melts tenderly between your fingertips, leaving your skin feeling smooth as silk and perfectly moisturized. This concentrated beauty balm is free of water, wax and emulsifiers, ensuring that every last dollop is full to the brim with 100% potent skin softening and skin nourishing ingredients. This precious, pink beauty has been infused with an abundant amount of aloha. Tenderly nourish your sweet complexion and Bless your skin. Best suited for all skin types, but is especially beneficial for dry, sensitive and mature skin. 

With the colder weather, this sounds like it will be perfect for my normal to dry, sensitive skin. Can’t wait to try this one out!

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive Exfoliating Mask (sample size 0.5 oz $11 USD, full size 2 oz $48 USD)

Petit Vour November 2019

Reveal a brighter complexion with this potent alpha and beta hydroxy acid mask that delivers spa-grade exfoliation, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as dark spots and discoloration, for optimum age-defying results.

designed for all skin types (except sensitive skin), 20’s and up and is effective for helping uneven skin tone and texture.

NOTE: The Juice Beauty GREEN APPLE® Brightening Collection is not designed for very sensitive or rosacea skin due to the alpha/beta hydroxy fruit acids.

I will have to do a patch test due to having sensitive skin. Peels make me nervous as I have reacted to them in the past.

Lavido Madarin Aromatic Body Lotion (sample size 1 oz / 30 ml $5 USD, full size 4.05 oz / 120 ml $19 USD)

Petit Vour November 2019

This rich but lightweight body lotion leaves your skin buttery soft and restored with organic essential oils. Best for all skin types.

I love body lotions, hopefully I’ll like the scent. I’ll be testing this one out starting asap!

Petit Vour November 2019

This month’s box is worth  $55 USD – which works out to be $74.39 CAD based on the exchange rate that I paid this month.

So what did you think of this month’s box?

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Disclosure: I pay for this monthly subscription.

The Inkey List Caffeine Review

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Today I am reviewing the Caffeine Eye Serum from The Inkey List. I’ve been wanting to try this eye serum for SO LONG, and it seems to be always out of stock (both online and in stores). Well, a few weeks ago I popped in to Pharmaprix (aka Shopper’s Drug Mart), I spotted it tucked away on a bottom shelf. And it was on sale! [info in italics taken from the Shopper’s website]

The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Serum

An under-eye serum which is an anti-inflammatory antioxidant derived from coffee. It helps to reduce puffiness, dark circles and prevent skin damage from free radicals which can make dark circles more pronounced. As caffeine is a diuretic it can help to relieve water retention which can be a major cause of puffiness under the eyes. Caffeine serum acts to: Target dark circles Reduce the appearance of dark circles Reduce puffiness Reduce the appearance of fine lines.

The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Serum

I am prone to puffiness and dark circles and have some fine lines – due to allergies,  occasional insomnia and age. My skin is sensitive, and so are my eyes, so a lot of eye serums and creams cause irritation. Thankfully this one does not.

It really does help reduce under-eye puffiness, and I think it does well to help minimize dark circles and fine lines. I’m so happy that I was able to finally try this one out!

The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Serum

Ingredients: Water (Aqua / Eau), Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Propanediol, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Squalane, Caffeine, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Phospholipids, Tribehenin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract, Polysorbate 60, Disodium Edta, Glyceryl Behenate, Glycolipids, Butylene Glycol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterol, Leuconostoc/radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Hyaluronic Acid, Carbomer, Darutoside, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Phenoxyethanol.

The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Serum

Have you tried this eye serum? Do you have a favourite?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, I purchased this!

 

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Flawless Serum Foundation Review (Rosy Beige)

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Today I’m reviewing the Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Flawless Serum Foundation that I purchased recently after doing a de-clutter of a lot of old foundations from my stash. I mainly only wear foundation in the colder months, and a tinted BB cream with SPF in the warmer months. Since I’d tried and loved Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular CC Cream, I decided to try their serum foundation. [info in italics taken from the Juice Beauty website]

Juice Beauty Serum Foundation

Skin perfecting foundation and age-defying serum in one with concentrated plant-derived Phyto-Pigments. This buildable to full-coverage formula blends seamlessly for a flawless finish while delivering a noticeably smoother, more youthful looking appearance. Formulated without silicones, its hydrating coconut alkanes and antioxidant-rich technology provides comfort, as well as leaving skin looking radiant.

Juice Beauty Serum Foundation in Rosy Beige

I ordered this foundation online, and took a chance on the shade Rosy Beige for light skin with pink undertones. When I first opened the package I thought that it was going to be way too dark for me, but thankfully the shade match is perfect once blended in!

Juice Beauty Serum Foundation in Rosy Beige

Because this is a watery serum formula, I find that I get the smoothest and most even application by using my fingers, and then buffing / blending with either a sponge or foundation brush.

 

The coverage is buildable, but I prefer to keep it on the light to medium side. The finish is very smooth and radiant – great for when you want glowing skin!

Juice Beauty Serum Foundation in Rosy Beige

Have you tried this foundation? Do you like serum foundations?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

Province Apothecary Moisturizing Cleanser + Makeup Remover

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Today I’m reviewing the Moisturizing Cleanser + Makeup Remover from Province Apothecary that came in my October Petit Vour box. I was originally planning on stashing it away, but curiosity got the better of me, haha! [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Province Apothecary Moisturizing Oil Cleanser Remover

The Moisturizing Cleanser + Makeup Remover with Avocado & Raspberry Oil is great for all skin types. These hydrating oils remove makeup & excess oil, restoring your skin’s natural radiance while gently cleansing without over-drying your skin or destroying its natural pH. Raspberry Oil stimulates cell turnover, rejuvenating skin. Bergamot Oil clears congestion. Frankincense tones the skin. Lavender heals blemishes and works as a restorative. This essential oil blend calms, reduces stress, and relaxes your parasympathetic nervous system. The cleanser helps your skin stay nourished, balanced, and healthy.

Province Apothecary Moisturizing Oil Cleanser Remover

Oil based cleansers are so great, I especially like to use them when doing a double cleanse on days when I’m wearing makeup. This cleanser works well to remove stubborn waterproof mascara but is still super gentle on the skin and eyes. It is hydrating and effective. And the scent is pleasant, clean and mild (yay!)

Province Apothecary Moisturizing Oil Cleanser Remover

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Sunflower Seed Oil*,  Jojoba Oil*, Avocado Oil*, Evening Primrose Oil*, Raspberry Seed Oil*, Gmo-Free Vitamin E, Rosemary Leaf Extract, And Therapeutic Essential Oils Of: Bergamot, Lavender*, Frankincense* And Petit Grain. | *Certified Organic. Bergamot is Bergamotene-free (not photo-toxic). Made in Canada

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Disclosure: This came in my Petit Vour subscription that I pay for.

Ace Beaute Glimmer Shadow Review (Iced Latte)

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Today I have a little review and swatching of another one of the many goodies that I won in Rossy’s (Ayr Galaxy) giveaway awhile back – the Ace Beaute Glimmer Shadow in the shade Iced Latte. [info in italics taken from the Ace Beaute website]

Ace Beaute Iced Latte1

High pigmented soft shadows with a creamy texture specially designed for ultimate color pay-off. These shadows provide bold color in one swipe without fallout, creasing or fading.

Use a shader brush or your finger to apply to the desired area. For a foiled effect, spray brush lightly before picking up shadows

Ace Beaute Glimmer Shadow Iced Latte

The Glimmer Shadow reminds me of the Colour Pop Super Shock shadows as they have  a similar bouncy texture. The Iced Latte shade is a really pretty coppery bronze metallic shade – perfect for holiday looks!

Ace Beaute Glimmer Shadow Iced Latte

Synthetic brush and / or finger application seems to work best with this type of shadow. I find that some primers make it hard to blend this type of shadow out, so using a setting after applying and blending works to help lock it into place!

Have you tried anything from Ace Beaute?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the very beginning, this was one of several things that I won in a giveaway awhile back (thanks Rossy!).

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream Review and Swatching (Stockholm)

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream - Stockholm Swatch

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Today I have a little review of another goody from the package that I won from Rossy’s recent giveaway (Ayr Galaxy) – the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in the shade Stockholm. [info in italics taken from the Nyx Canada website]

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream - Stockholm

Our velvety smooth Soft Matte Lip Cream delivers a burst of creamy color and sets to a stunning Matte finish. Surprisingly durable, lightweight and delightfully creamy, it’s no wonder this sweetly scented formula is a NYX Professional Makeup fan favorite.

WHAT IT DOES – Envelopes the lips in creamy, highly pigmented matte color.

WHY WE LOVE IT – This fan-favorite formula is light on the lips and heavy on the pigmentation –a perfect combination. Enriched with skin-smoothing silicones, our Soft Matte Lip Creams keep your pout looking and feeling soft with a creamy whipped texture.

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream - Stockholm Swatch

The shade Stockholm is described as a mid-tone beige pink  (pink toned nude shade). I feel that it is slightly too light, and pulls quite pink on my lips since I’m so pale, but if I combine it with a slightly darker nude lip crayon from my stash it makes the perfect shade for me. I do love the formula, it is super creamy and doesn’t dry my lips out.

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream - Stockholm

Have you tried this one?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, I won this in a giveaway (thanks Rossy!)