Öko Creations Makeup Removal Pads Review

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Today I have a review of the Öko Creations Makeup Removal Pads. I purchsed these a few weeks ago to try, as I wanted a more environmentally friendly and sustainable replacement for disposable cotton rounds. Öko Creations is a Quebec based brand [info in italics is taken from the Öko Creations website]

At Öko Creations, our goal is to help consumers transition to a more eco-friendly lifestyle by offering a range of zero waste products for the whole family such as reusable handkerchiefs, menstrual pads and so much more!

We are actively working to minimize the environmental impacts of our operations from the beginning to the end of our production cycle. Our collections are proudly created and designed in Quebec from high quality and conscientiously chosen textiles such as help and organic cotton.

We are excited to promote local ethical sewing, helping rejuvenate Quebec’s textile industry. We offer good working conditions to our employees, such as fair wages, breaks, a healthy environment, yoga sessions, etc. Our corporate culture is based on human and collective values and we encourage every employee to take an active role in product development and manufacturing processes.

How amazing does this company sound?

Let’s take a look at the Makeup Removal Pads:

Made of natural hemp fleece, these reusable makeup removal pads are gentle on the skin and eliminate the need for disposable pads. Unlike the disposable ones, they will not tear between your fingers when wet. They are also, of course, an economical and environmental choice! An easy zero waste step! Effective for removing all types of makeup, lipstick and mascara, they can also be used for minor wound care, face washing, as ultra-light breast pads or other delicate tasks!

  • Format: 8-pack
  • Colour: natural, undyed with variable coloured trim.
  • Composition: 55% hemp, 45% organic cotton
  • Label: FSC paper, no plastic!
Öko Creations Makeup Removal Pads

These makeup removal pads are so velvety soft – and work amazingly well for removing mascara / eye makeup, and are perfect for applying facial toner.

So far I have not had any issues with staining, but I rinse them with soap and water right after using as suggested on the packaging. I keep the clean rounds in a repurposed glass jar to prevent them from getting dirty or lost when not in use.

The construction is sturdy, comprised of a double layer of the brushed hemp – cotton blend fleece, with brightly coloured stitching around the edges. I can see these lasting quite some time before needing to replace them!

Do you use reusable / washable makeup remover pads?

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

Quo Beauty Hydrating Facial Serum Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Quo Beauty Hydrating Facial Serum – another one of my recent purchases from Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now, so I’m ready to let you know how it measures up. [info in italics taken from the Shoppers website]

Hydrating Facial Serum formulated with hyaluronic acid is just what your skin has been waiting for. The light weight texture & formula helps leave your skin feeling soft and smooth with a velvety finish.

Vitamin C helps to even out the skin tone while helping diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Sodium Hyaluronate (a derivative of Hyaluronic Acid) penetrates deeper layers of the skin to attract and hold moisture which, overtime, works to enhance & replenish skin. Vegan Cruelty Free

Another budget friendly, drugstore brand!

This facial serum is lightweight, non-sticky and sinks into the skin quickly, and adds extra hydration. It contains two of my favourite ingredients – hyaluronic acid and vitamin C. My skin loves anything with vitamin C in it.

It plays nicely with my moisturizer, spf and with makeup too. Also – it has little to no scent! Always a plus in my opinion as I don’t enjoy using over-scented skincare products.

Have you tried this facial serum?

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

Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream. I purchased, and have been using it for several weeks now. [info in italics taken from the Shoppers Drug Mart website]

Velvety cream with algae extract and peptides to firm the under eyes with a hint of light- reflecting illumination, thanks to finely-milled, ethically-sourced mica.

Rich eye cream for improving the appearance of fine lines Smoothing algae extract and firming peptides Made for aging skin Clean, cruelty-free, vegan

This is a really nice eye cream – it is hydrating but not heavy feeling, and the mica adds radiance, and the vitamin C adds brightening to my under-eyes. It plays nicely with my under-eye concealer too – always a plus!

The texture of the eye cream is velvety and quick to sink in. I use it morning and night.

It’s super affordable at less than $25 CAD – and it is often on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix!

Have you tried this eye cream?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum that I purchased and have been testing for a few weeks now. [info in italics taken from the Shoppers Drug Mart website]

Retexturizing night serum that uses gentle encapsulated retinol and two natural botanical retinol alternatives to help speed up cell turnover, boost collagen production, and smooth wrinkles without irritation.

Creamy yet light texture absorbs seamlessly into skin Made for aging, dullness, and problem skin Clean, cruelty-free, vegan.

This would be a great “starter” retinol if you are new to retinol based products, or if you have sensitive skin. After doing my usual 24 hour patch test, I started using it nightly with no irritation or dryness. The serum is milky in appearance and absorbs quickly, and doesn’t feel sticky or heavy.

Reminder – retinol really should only be used at night, and if you are using retinol, always wear SPF – you should be wearing sunscreen daily regardless of retinol usage!

Have you tried this retinol serum?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

Routine Moon Sisters Natural Deodorant Stick Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Natural Deodorant Stick from Routine in the Moon Sisters scent that was purchased recently from well.ca. Routine is a Canadian brand – this is my first time trying anything from this brand [info in italics taken from the Routine website]

Whimsical nostalgia, neroli & roses.
Wearing nothin’ but the moonlight,
summer swimming, striking poses.
CHARCOAL, MAGNESIUM & PREBIOTICS
Scent Profile: Floral & Grounding Predominant Scent: Rose & Neroli (low key floral with nostalgic undertones of summer) Formula: CHARCOAL (with prebiotics) Essential Oils: Lavender, Rose, Neroli, Champa, Vetiver, and Peppermint.

The charcoal detoxifies, magnesium relaxes the pits to reduce stress sweats and prebiotics keep your skin healthy. There is a touch of baking soda for added deodorizing- just enough to keep most sensitive skinned people from getting irritation.

This natural deodorant WORKS really well. Although it says that it only has a touch of baking soda in it, it is just enough that if I use it seven days in a row, it will trigger some irritation – but that is normal for me with any natural deodorant if it has baking soda. So I alternate using with a baking soda free deodorant to prevent reaction / give my skin a break.

Because this deodorant contains charcoal it is grey in colour, so I wouldn’t want to use it with a tank top as it does leave a faint grey cast on the skin. The scent is really nice – not too strong – I love rose and neroli, such a fresh and light floral scent!

I plan to try their baking soda free version the next time I’m stocking up on things from well.ca.

Are you a fan of natural deodorant? Have you tried this one?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Concealer Review

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Today I have a review of the FLOWER Beauty Light Illusion Full Coverage Concealer that I recently purchased from well.ca – this is the first product that I’ve tried from this cruelty-free brand [info in italics taken from the FLOWER Beauty website].

We have the secret so that you can fake your 8 hours in a flash… Light Illusion Full Coverage Concealer. Our weightless concealer provides dark circle diffusing illumination with our exclusive blurring pigments. A high coverage concealer it imparts a subtle radiance as it conceals discolorations. The formula instantly diminishes the appearance of imperfections, fine lines, and signs of fatigue for a flawless luminous look. Our creamy texture blends seamlessly.

I picked this up to try to find a more budget friendly replacement for the Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector. I’ve been using the one from Becca since 2016 – but the brand is closing down later this year, so I wanted to start testing out potential replacements.

I picked the shade L1-2 Fair, and it is a pretty good match for me shade-wise despite looking super dark in the tube. It adds luminosity / brightness to the under-eye area, and does a pretty decent job at camouflaging dark circles. I don’t find it to be as hydrating as the Becca Under Eye. I tried it both with and without my eye cream, – I’d advise using an eye cream before applying so it won’t look or feel dry.

Application-wise, it works well with fingers, concealer brush or a sponge – it all depends on your preference. The coverage is buildable too. I like to apply a very thin amount for the most natural looking coverage.The Light Illusion Concealer is available in 12 shades, ranging from L0 Porcelain to D4 Mocha with the bulk of the shades in the light to medium shade range – the brand needs to expand their darker shades.

Overall, it definitely is not a dupe for the Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector, but it is a pretty good brightening concealer. My search continues for a true replacement.

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

Bloomiss Blooming Lashes Mascara Review

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen in my stories that I recently received a PR package from Bloomiss – they’re a Canadian brand that specializes in beauty, skincare and aromatherapy. I received the Tension Balm, a Natural Tinted Lip Balm, and the Blooming Lashes Mascara. Today I’m reviewing the Blooming Lashes Mascara. [info in italics taken from the Bloomiss website]

Blooming Lashes Mascara will give your eye lashes a treatment that is nourishing and conditioning, making sure to keep them healthy. That’s not all…we all know volume is key with lashes, so this special formula will lengthen and give your lashing natural looking volume in a deep black to make your eyes pop.  It’s a 100% natural clean mascara that you will feel good about putting on your eye lashes. A mascara that is toxin-free, paraben-free, and free from any harmful chemicals. 

Based on the description of the Blooming Lashes Mascara, this sounds like my kind of mascara. If you’ve been reading abrashattitude.com for awhile, you will know that I am admittedly so mega picky about mascara. I have long, super stick-straight lashes that are quite light in colour considering my natural hair colour is dark brown. I need to use a lash curler and I need a mascara that holds a curl. My eyes are sensitive, and water easily so any mascara that I use must be smudge proof, and water-resistant. I have not had a lot of luck with any of the more natural mascara formulations that I’ve tried so far, but I’m always willing to try another one!

I have seven requirements for a mascara, and I’ll comment on each requirement and score each point. So how did the Blooming Lashes Mascara measure up?

1. waterproof / water resistant  +3/4 Not waterproof, but it withstood my watery eyes fairly well!

2. smudge-proof +1 This was surprising as it is not a waterproof formulation, but I had no smudging!

3. non-flaking / non-clumping +1

4. must be DARK black (not blackish, not brown black, and definitely not grey black) +1 Super dark black!

5. volumizing +1 Gave my lashes pretty good volume!

6. must hold a curl +3/4 It held a curl for several hours, but not as long as I had hoped! If it improves as it starts to dry out a bit, I will update my score.

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes +1 Probably the most eye friendly mascara formulation I’ve ever tried!

Overall I would give this mascara a 6.5 out of 7 – the highest score I’ve ever given to a natural-based mascara!

Have you tried this mascara, did you like it?

I have an affiliate code, so if you are interested in buying this mascara (or anything else, for that matter) I will earn a commission, but please don’t feel any pressure. I’m not a fan of pushy sales people!

https://www.bloomiss.com?sca_ref=556809.TGPlGud3Eq

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this product was gifted, and yes, there is an affiliate code – but my opinion is always my own.

Bloomiss Tension Balm and Tinted Lip Balm Reviews

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen in my stories that I recently received a PR package from Bloomiss – they’re a Canadian brand that specializes in beauty, skincare and aromatherapy. I received the Tension Balm, a Natural Tinted Lip Balm, and the Blooming Lashes Mascara. Today I’m reviewing the Tension Balm and the Tinted Lip Balm – my review of the Mascara will be later this week. [info in italics taken from the Bloomiss website]

Founded in 2016 as a natural organic beauty, skincare and aromatherapy company, Bloomiss products were created to help every woman live their life in full bloom. The name Bloomiss was a word created to encompass a (Blooming) beautiful woman (Miss) when she is striving to be her very best – BLOOMISS.

The Bloomiss product line is a mix of three elements; beauty, skincare, and aromatherapy created to feed your skin and body, healthy natural nourishing ingredients that have results you can see as well as luxury indulgent products to treat yourself and the ones you love. 

Tension Balm:

Relieves the tension and pressure in your neck, head, and achy muscles in our jumbo tube.  Do you have a sore stiff neck…head…shoulders full of tension from daily life? Tired of taking ibuprofen and muscle relaxers in large doses to relax your tension and muscle stiffness.  We have developed our tension balm stick for you to take on the go and to help you with your tension in a natural way. Our tension balm is 100% natural to relieve the tension and pressure on your neck, shoulders, head or any achy body parts. 

Anything that helps relieve soreness / stiffness without popping pain killers is welcomed. I really love the giant tube for easy application.

The standout ingredients are camphor, menthol and arnica – arnica works amazingly well for joint stiffness and pain. You can also use this Tension Balm for headaches. This stuff works really well to provide relief!

Natural Tinted Lip Balm:

100% Natural Beauty Products, All natural minerals are used to make this lip butter smooth, silky and extremely moisturizing. A best selling natural tinted lip balm that will moisturize, nourish and protect your lips while giving you beautiful lip colour! A light mint scent  A  tint of poppies and peaches gives your lips a glistening colour and look. Paraben-Free, Cruelty-Free, Chemical Free, Dye Free 

Ingredients:  Organic Castor Oil, Organic Beeswax,  Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Vanilla Flavor, Organic Peppermint Oil, Organic Aloe Vera Oil, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Titanium Dioxide,  Iron Oxide, Mica

This is a really great lip balm – the tint is really nice too. It doesn’t feel waxy or sticky. Very hydrating – I’m a lip balm addict, so hydration is a must!

I have an affiliate code, so if you are interested in buying either of these (or anything else, for that matter) I will earn a commission, but please don’t feel any pressure. I’m not a fan of pushy sales people!

https://www.bloomiss.com?sca_ref=556809.TGPlGud3Eq

Have you tried either of these? Do you like pain relief balms / creams? Are you also a lip balm addict?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, these products were gifted, and yes, there is an affiliate code – but my opinion is always my own.