Rebels Refinery Capital Vices Skull Lip Balm

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Today I have a review of a lip balm that I was gifted last year (thanks Stashy!), and I actually got a second one gifted to me for my birthday this year (thanks R)! I’ve been using the first one for several months now. Since I’m a lip balm addict, having a second one is awesome!

The Capital Vices Skull Lip Balm is made by Rebels Refinery, a Toronto-based company (yay Canada!).

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The description in italics is taken from their website:

Function meets design with the Capital Vices Collection Skull Lip Balm. The highest quality coconut and sweet almond oils moisten, nourish and protect while Vitamin E provides essential antioxidants. The bottom of each balm is also embossed w/ the quotation: “Be all my sins remember’d”- Hamlet

Not only is the lip balm really cool looking in its skull shaped container, it is actually a really great lip balm! It is super moisturizing, and is crafted using natural and mostly organic ingredients (97% natural / 90% organic).

Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Beeswax (Cera Alba / Cire d’abeille), Canola Oil (Canola / Huile de colza), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Honey (Mel / Miel), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Limonene (mint contains peppermint oil) (passion fruit contains natural passion fruit flavoring)

Refinery Capital Vices Skull Lip Balm

Isn’t this great? Have you tried this lip balm?

Disclosure: Both lip balms were gifts.

Ipsy GlamBag May 2017 Unbox & First Impressions

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My May Ipsy Glam Bag finally arrived. This month’s bag has a summer theme.

Let’s see what I got this month! (Descriptions in italics taken from the Ipsy website)

Up first is a Charcoal Wash Off Mask from Global Beauty Care

Ipsy GlamBag May 2017

  • Another mud mask? Groundbreaking. But seriously, this one’s special! It’s made from charcoal, which digs deep to gently remove icky dirt and grime without drying out your skin.

  • If you want to skip makeup, this mask is great for prepping your complexion to bare it all. Think: all the glowy goodness of a facial in just 15 minutes!

I love facial masks, so I was pretty happy to get this one. I have yet to try it out, so a review is still to come. According to the packaging, this product is not tested on animals.

Up next, is a five shade Island Life mini palette from Pacifica.

 

Weekly Re-cap May 15th to 21st

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Just a little re-cap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out on anything…

Tuesday, May 16th – Hey Honey Bésame Mucho Lip Balm Review

Thursday, May 18th – Sunday Riley C.E.O. C+E Protect & Repair Moisturizer Review

Last week was super busy with work deadlines and chaos, this week should hopefully be less hectic.

Thanks for reading and have  beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original reviews for product disclosure.

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Moisturizer

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Just a little review of the Sunday Riley C.E.O. C+E antiOxidant Protect and Repair Moisturizer. I got it as a deluxe sample using my Beauty Insider points on my birthday haul.

Sunday Riley C.E.O.

Here’a a description from the Sephora website:

Luxuriously hydrating and scientifically advanced, C.E.O. provides fast-absorbing moisturization without greasiness—protecting during the day and visibly repairing at night. It is enriched with five percent powerful, lipid-soluble, advanced vitamin C (tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, the most superior form), which is more stable and less irritating than ascorbic acid and other vitamin C derivatives. Blended with protective, anti-pollution exopolysaccharides and refining lime pearl extract, C.E.O. moisturizes your skin, visibly brightens, supports natural collagen, provides antioxidant support, and expertly fights the five visible signs of environmental and micropollution-induced skin damage: sensitivity, dehydration, dullness, uneven tone, and premature lines and wrinkles.

The ingredient list is super long:

Water, Squalane, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Dicaprylyl Carbonate, C10-18 Triglycerides, PEG-8 Beeswax, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Tapioca Starch, PPG-12 SMDI Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Jojoba Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Lecithin, Glycerin, Microcitrus Australasica Fruit (Lime Pearl) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Alteromonas Ferment Extract (Exopolysaccharides), Phenoxyethanol, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit (Kakadu Plum) Extract, Bisabolol, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Nylon-12, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citric Acid, Sodium Phytate, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fragrance, Rosa Centifolia Flower Wax, Rosa Damascena Flower Wax, Alcohol Denat (found in botanical extracts), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit (Yuzu) Extract, Lippia Citriodora Flower (Lemon Verbena) Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit (Rosehips)Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Oolong Tea).

The fragrance, although lovely and sunny smelling, and despite masking the vitamin C scent, makes me unhappy because I don’t like overly scented products for my face.

Sunday Riley C.E.O.

Is it a nice moisturizer? It isn’t terrible for me, but I don’t love it. I find that my skin is oilier than usual when I wake up in the morning after using this. It doesn’t seem to fully sink into my skin – not even the dry parts! I don’t normally have oily skin, it is more on the normal to dry side.

I don’t know how it plays with makeup or sunscreen as I’ve only been using this at night. I think that this would be best for really dry skin, and might be a disaster for oily skin.

I’m glad that I got a sample of this one instead of splurging on the full size as it is fairly expensive at $85 CAD for 1.7oz / 50g.

Have you tried the C.E.O. Moisturizer from Sunday Riley? Did it work for you?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Beauty Insider points were used to “purchase” this sample.

Hey Honey Bésame Mucho Lip Balm Review

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I am so swamped with work, sorry I did not post yesterday! This week is super mega busy!

Ok, on the review! As you all know, I’m a lip balm addict so when the Hey Honey Bésame Mucho Shea Butter and Propolis Lip Balm arrived in a recent Ipsy Glam Bag, I was happy to try it out as I’d managed to finish up a few lip balms from my stash recently.

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Here’s what it says on the Hey Honey website:

WHAT IS IT:

A creamy, concentrated shea butter and Propolis lip balm.

Hey Honey Besame Mucho

WHY USE IT:
Designed to care for and protect dry, chapped lips with nourishing emollients such as Shea Butter, squalane, and triglycerides. Absorbs well, leaving the lips feeling soft and hydrated. The antibacterial and antiseptic properties of the Propolis extract helps to keep your lips clean and hydrated to promote smoother texture.

This is a cruelty free and paraben free brand – yay!

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I really like this lip balm. It is super smooth and fairly fast absorbing and not at all waxy or sticky. I tend to use this one in the daytime, and my Bite Beauty Lip Mask at bed time.

All in all, a great lip balm. Have you tried this lip balm, or anything else from Hey Honey?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Product from monthly Ipsy Glam Bag subscription that I pay for.

Weekly Re-cap May 8th to 14th

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Just a little re-cap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out on anything…

Monday, May 8th – Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner Lolita Review *

Wednesday, May 10th – Wildcraft Buff Face & Body Scrub Review

Friday, May 12th – Trust Fund Beauty Just Talk to My Lawyer Review

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Product marked with a * is a complimentary PR sample for testing purposes (more specifically an Influenster VoxBox), the rest were birthday gifts from a friend.

Trust Fund Beauty – Just Talk to My Lawyer Review

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Today I have a little review of a nail polish from Trust Fund Beauty, a Montreal-based vegan and cruelty free brand (yay Canada!). The funny thing is that the nail polish was purchased in Toronto, and sent to me, here in Montreal! (this is part of my birthday loot, fyi)

 

A little bit about Trust Fund Beauty (info in italics taken from their website):

Samara Granofsky is the founder, creator and brain behind Trust Fund Beauty. She started this brand in memory of her late mother. Samara’s mother was diagnosed with cancer and had to go through chemotherapy.

The treatment made her nails brittle and yellow so she wanted a nail polish to wear to feel better about herself. At the time, a the brands on the market offered a limited selection of colours and names that were not fun. Samara’s mother wanted a cool fashion forward brand, but could not find one.

Years after her Mother’s passing in February 2014, Samara decided to launch Trust Fund Beauty. She combined her mothers want and their joint sense of humour to create the brand.

Trust Fund Beauty started off with nails but quickly expanded to other products.  It was important for Samara to create an ethical brand with a sense of humour to show that you can be ethical, beautiful and sassy all at the same time. 

The polish is in the shade “Just Talk to My Lawyer” – which is no longer listed on the website (possibly discontinued shade?) but it is a dark blackened burgundy. The formula applies a little streaky and sheer with the first coat, but evens out nicely  with a second coat, and dries to a glossy finish. In the swatch photos, I’m not wearing a top coat, just to show how shiny the finish is.

Nail polish doesn’t last very long on my fingernails, regardless of the brand, so for me to get more than three days without any chipping is a MIRACLE. This one lasted four days before I had some chipping near the tips. It lasted three weeks on my toes before any chipping / wear occurred.

I love that this nail polish is non toxic – free some of the common toxic ingredients like toluene, formaldehyde, lead, nickel, phthalates (and other nasties), vegan and cruelty free. I’d like to try more from this brand!

Have you tried anything from Trust Fund Beauty?

Disclosure: Birthday gift from a friend!

Wildcraft Buff Face & Body Scrub Review

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Wildcraft Buff Face & Body Scrub

Today I’m reviewing another one of the treats that I was given for my birthday last month – the Buff Face & Body Scrub from Toronto-based Wildcraft. Descriptions in italics taken from the Wildcraft website:

Wildcraft is a Toronto based company devoted to creating 100% natural skin care products. Our products are all handmade in small batches with ingredient lists that are simple, pure and easy to understand, giving you peace of mind in knowing exactly what you are putting on your body.

Wildcraft Buff Face & Body Scrub

Here’s what it says about the Buff Face & Body Scrub:

Clean and smooth your skin with this invigorating, mineral rich exfoliant for the face and body. The healing ingredients gently remove dull skin and dry out blemishes so your natural beauty can shine through. Leaves skin feeling refreshed, soft and polished.

Key properties:
– Clears congested skin
– Helps dry out blemishes
– Increases skin cell turnover

Wildcraft Buff Face & Body Scrub

This exfoliating scrub comes in a glass bottle, in dry powder form, and you just pour a small amount into your hand and add water. Buff has a really fresh spearmint scent, and works beautifully as an exfoliating scrub. Although it says that it can be used as a facial exfoliator, I’ve only used it as a body scrub as I have very sensitive skin, and it feels like it would be a little too harsh for my face. If you don’t have super sensitive skin, you probably could use it on your face. All in all, I really like this one!

Here’s the ingredient list:

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Have you tried anything from Wildcraft? I definitely want to try more from this Canadian brand! Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day ❤

Disclosure: This was a birthday gift from a friend.

Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner in Lolita Review

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Today I have a little review of one of the new Everlasting Lip Liners from Kat Von D Beauty in the iconic Lolita shade. I was one of the lucky Influensters who received the VoxBox for testing and review purposes.

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Description is taken from the Sephora website:

What it is:
A lip liner that combines 24-hour, water-resistant wear and weightless color, in 30 shades matched to Kat Von D’s iconic lipsticks.
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What it does:
At last, a lip liner in a boundary-breaking spectrum of 30 shades, from classic nudes and reds to fearless bolds you can only expect from Kat Von D. Everlasting Lip Liner lives up to the promise of Kat’s beloved Everlasting Liquid Lipstick with comfortable, long wear and a matte, high-pigment formula.

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I find that most lip liners are quite drying on the lips, but this one is surprisingly comfortable and super long wearing. Very highly pigmented – this stuff does not budge until you remove it!

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Lolita is described as being a chestnut rose shade. I’ve worn it on its own, as well as combined with some of my fave lipsticks. Here it is swatched with a few from my collection:

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Disclosure: Product received complimentary for testing purposes, thanks Influenster and Kat Von D Beauty!