Hurraw Lip Balm Reviews – Earl Grey and Moon

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Today I have a review of two lip balms from Hurraw – Earl Grey and Moon Lip Balms that I purchased in my recent mini haul from well.ca. [info in italics taken from well.ca]

Hurraw! Balm launched in 2010 out of pure intent; an obsession to create the perfect balm: truly natural, vegan, made from premium raw and organic ingredients. It also had to meet some tough criteria…long lasting, not sweet, never grainy, pocket melt proof…and the list goes on.

Hurraw Lip Balm

To ensure the quality and integrity of their product, Hurraw! manufactures fresh and individually pours each tube of balm in their dedicated NOP and EcoCert certified facility. Their priority is to make Hurraw! the finest balm available… a great product to be used by everyone regardless of lifestyle.

I decided to try two different lip balms – Earl Grey and Moon.

Hurraw Lip Balm

Here’s the description of Earl Grey:

Love tea? Hurraw does. So they added the soothing, yet uplifting scent of Italian Bergamot oranges to make puttin’ on this earl grey balm just like sippin’ a cuppa.

And here’s the Moon balm:

Extra thick, creamy and rich; this balm has some serious staying power. The vanilla and peru balsam scent will lull you to sleep. Azulene packed blue chamomile helps soothes your lips for some true beauty z’s

Hurraw Lip Balm

Both Hurraw Lip Balms are incredible – super smooth and creamy feeling on the lips, and surprisingly long wearing. I don’t carry lip balms in my pockets, so I can’t comment on them being pocket melt-proof, but the Earl Grey one lasted in my bag on  a super hot day. Both of the Earl Grey and Moon smell really great too.

As a lip balm addict, I’ll probably end up getting a few more to stash around the house.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

Sudsatorium Great Gatsby Lip Scrub Review

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Today I have a review of the Great Gatsby Lip Scrub from Sudsatorium that I got in my most recent mini-haul from well.ca. This is my first time trying out anything from this Canadian company – they also make lip balms, bath and body stuff, and haircare. [info in italics taken from the well.ca]

Sudsatorium Great Gatsby Lip Scrub

A lip scrub fit for Daisy Buchanan, our favourite fictional heartbreaker with a penchant for lavish shindigs, fast cars, and most importantly mint juleps. Inspired by her excellent choice of libation, the Sudsatorium Great Gatsby lip scrub is made with refreshing spearmint essential oil to soothe sore, dry lips and fair trade vanilla extract to lock in all of that moisturizing jojoba oil for long lasting softness and beautiful sheen. You’ll surely enjoy the gentle tingling sensation of mint as it lingers on your kissers.

Sudsatorium Great Gatsby Lip Scrub

The Great Gatsby Lip Scrub is AWESOME – and the ingredients are simple:

Fair Trade Organic Cane Sugar (Sucrose), Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), Fair Trade Organic Spearmint Oil (Mentha Viridis), Organic Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla Planifolia)

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The sugar and oil blend is super moisturizing, and gives the perfect amount of exfoliation – not harsh or scratchy at all – leaving my lips smooth and soft.

I definitely want to try more from Sudsatorium, I have a few things added to my wishlist to try once I clear out more of my stash.

Sudsatorium Great Gatsby Lip Scrub

What is your fave lip scrub? Do you make your own?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Mini Haul + Sneak Peek of What I’m Testing

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I placed a small online order at well.ca last week and it just arrived – so I thought I would show you what I got:

Mini Haul + Sneak Peek

Sudsatorium Lip Scrub in Great Gatsby (mint julep)

Hurraw Lip Balms in Earl Grey (bergamot) and Moon (blue chammomile and vanilla)

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Oil (kukui nut)

Kristin Ess Sea Salt Air Dry Spray

Mini Haul + Sneak Peek

Reviews to follow as soon as I’ve managed to test everything out!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased these things.

Osea Essential Hydrating Oil Review

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Today I have a reveiw of the Essential Hydrating Oil from Osea that came in my July Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Osea Essential Hydrating Oil

This ultra-hydrating botanical oil restores a healthy luster to the skin. Naturally rich Jojoba and Sesame seed oils deliver advanced hydration, visibly reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A precious blend of pure Lavender, Rosewood and Geranium essential oils provide a dewy, illuminated complexion and create a gorgeous aromatic allure. The perfect instant surge of hydration for a beautiful, radiant glow. Skin Type: All Skin Types / Age Defying 

I love facial oils, and have been incorporating them more and more into my skincare routine. I’ve been using this one daily since it arrived even though we are in the midst of another heat wave – because although my skin isn’t as dry as it is in the winter, all the heat and sun does dry out my skin. This oil is light and hydrating, and absorbs fairly quickly into my skin. It plays nicely with my Juice Beauty CC Cream SPF30, and with my usual sunscreens  from LASPA SPF30 and Mychelle Dermaceuticals SPF28 and 30.

Osea Essential Hydrating Oil

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | *Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, *Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Thuja Occidentalis (Cedar Leaf) Oil, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, *Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, *Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) |*Certified Organic Ingredient

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As you can see from the ingredient list, it is a blend of macadamia / sesame / jojoba seed oils and several essential oils. Scentwise, my nose picks up on the cedar and rosewood more than the other oils. It kind of reminds me of the Sensitive Elixir from Saje Naturals.

I really like this facial oil, I’m super happy that the sample size is quite good (0.34 oz / 10 ml) so I’ll be able to get several weeks of use from it!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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

Little Barn Apothecary Aloe + Rosewater Balance Mist Review

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Today I have a review of the Aloe + Rosewater Balance Mist from Little Barn Apothecary that came in my July Petit Vour Box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Little Barn Apothecary Aloe + Rosewater Balancing Mist

A supercharged replenishing and nourishing facial mist with the added benefits of natural botanicals – rose, aloe, hibiscus and witch hazel. This unique combination provides the skin with antioxidant protection known widely to assist in supporting the skin’s own collagen production. Aromas: Deep floral & fresh.

Little Barn Apothecary Aloe + Rosewater Balancing Mist

I am a huge fan of facial mists. This one has very simple, skin friendly, ingredients. I’ve been keeping mine in the fridge, and whenever I need a refreshing blast of moisture, I give my face a spritz.

Little Barn Apothecary Aloe + Rosewater Balancing Mist

The scent is very much rose and a fresh note – I would guess that the aloe is what gives it that extra fresh scent. I absolutely love the scent!

Little Barn Apothecary Aloe + Rosewater Balancing Mist

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Hamamelus Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (Natural Preservative), Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Hibiscus Flower)

Little Barn Apothecary Aloe + Rosewater Balancing Mist

The sample size is 1 oz  for $8 USD, travel size is 2 oz  for $16 USD, and the full size is  4 oz  for $32 USD

Are you a facial mist user? What is your fave?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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

 

Empties July 2018

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Today I have my monthly empties post in which I’m sharing the products that I’ve managed to use up, links to reviews, and whether or not I’ll purchase / repurchase. I didn’t finish up as much as I had hoped, but progress is progress!

Bath & Body:

Empties July 2018

The Body Shop Soaps in Shea and Olive – My mom is a huuuuuge fan of The Body Shop, and gives me several bars of this soap every year. I think that I just opened the last bar in my stash. I rarely remember to keep the package, so they rarely show up in my empties. Review is here. And I’ll likely purchase these soaps again (or my momma bear will gift some to me)

Kani Moon Milk – When I first got this in a Petit Vour box, I loved the scent but found it to be a little too much sparkle. Once I got a tan (not by most people’s standards, but by pale standards) I used it a lot. I even added some of my argan oil in the container to make it last longer! Review is here. I don’t know that I would purchase a full size even though I did like it.

Neal’s Yard Remedies Bee Lovely All Over Balm – This was a PR item, and I absolutely LOVED it. I used it all winter long, and started using it again when my feet needed a little extra love. Review is here. This is on my wishlist because I have other body creams / balms to use up.

Skincare:

Empties July 2018

Haus of Gloi Lip Balm in Beguiled – This lip balm was lost for ages, and I finally found it. Sadly it was a little off, but it was very finished. This was in my stash since before I started blogging, I can’t even remember how long I’ve had it. When I re-stock my pumpkin butter collection, I’ll add a lip balm (or three) to my order.

The Ordinary “Buffet” – I’ve lost track of how many of these I’ve gone through – at least four I think – my skin really does well with this one. Review is here. Will I repurchase? Maybe. But I’ve been eyeing other serums that I would love to try.

Sukin Antioxidant Eye Serum – Stashy  from Stash Matters sent this one to me in a care packag almost two years ago. This is one of the few eye creams that I’ve tried that does not irritate my sensitive eyes. I’ve been using this almost every single night and need to replace this asap! Review is here.

Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil – Another Petit Vour product.I mostly used this for body and hair since I have so many oils to use up. I think that the bulk of it was mixed in with my Kani Moon Milk. Review is here. I still have a few oils to use up, so I won’t even think about replacing this with a full size at any point soon.

Suntegrity Vanish Organic Cleansing Oil -The container kept rolling away every time I tried to take a photo, haha! Another Petit Vour sample. I mostly used this as the first step in my cleansing process when I was wearing loads on sunscreen. It also worked really well at removing waterproof mascara and smelled really nice. I liked it, but I have a few cleansers to use up, so no need to purchase a full size. Review is here.

Ursa Major 4-in-1 Essential Face Wipe – I actually finished three of these facial wipes, but can’t find the third package. I just reviewed them on Monday – I don’t often use facial wipes for cleansing, but these were the nicest ones I’ve ever tried and I really liked the scent. I probably won’t buy them, but will use up the rest of the package at some point.

Sothys Noctuelle Chrono De-Stressing Sleeping Mask – PR sample. There should be two empty packages here – I suspect that I left one of the empties in Nova Scotia. This is a really lovely night cream / sleeping mask. I managed to get several uses from each foil pack. Every time I used it, I woke up with such great skin! I have a few moisturizers / face creams to use up so I won’t be purchasing, but I’ll put it on my wishlist. Review is here.

Still going, and will never, ever, ever be finished:

July Almost Empties

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Pressed Powder – I’d mentioned this in last month’s empties as a “nearly empty” and it is still going strong! I use this powder EVERY SINGLE DAY and it just won’t quit! I really like it, but want the satisfaction of finishing it!

Milani The Multitasker Face Powder – I keep this powder in my bag for touch ups, so it isn’t used as much as the Wet n Wild one, but I will get through it eventually!

Did you finish up much this month? Do you find that face powders take forever to finish?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Anything gifted by family / friends or PR are identified. Everything else was purchased by me.

Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes

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Today I have a review of the Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes that came in my July Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

These award-winning, individually-wrapped bamboo face wipes are the ultimate skin care multi-taskers. Infused with a generous dose of the 4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic formula, they clean, exfoliate, soothe and hydrate – leaving your skin feeling refreshed, firm and alive.

  • Removes oil and grime without stripping
    skin of moisture
  • Exfoliates dead skin, brightens and clarifies (AHA/BHA complex)
  • Soothes and hydrates (no shine or sticky residue)
  • Perfect for sprucing up on the go
  • Works great for all skin types
  • Same formula as the 4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic

Aroma: Refreshing medicinal brew spiked with orange, fir and lavender.

Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes

I’m not usually a big fan of wipes as a one-step daily cleansing method, but will use them in a double cleanse process occasionally. These ones are nice and gentle, and make my skin feel clean and hydrated. They aren’t sticky like most facial wipes that I’ve tried. I really don’t like it when wipes leave a soapy residue feeling on the skin. I’ll be stashing two of them away for a weekend getaway!

Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Water/Aqua/Eau, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Pulp Water*, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf /Flower Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Levulinic Acid, Sodium Levulinate, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit/Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Seed Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Betula Alba (Birch) Sap, Lactobacillus/Arundinaria Gigantea (Bamboo) Ferment Filtrate, Caprylyl/Capryl Wheat Bran/Straw Glycosides, Fusel Wheat Bran/Straw Glycosides, Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Pseudotsuga Menziesii (Fir) Needle Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Leaf/Flower Oil*, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Resin Extract, Alcohol Denatured* | *Certified Organic   Wipe Substrate: 100% bamboo fiber

Do you use facial wipes?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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

Petit Vour Unboxing & First Impressions – July 2018

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My Petit Vour box finally arrived! This is just an unboxing and first impressions as I’ve not yet had the chance to test things out. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

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 U.S., $23 USD for Canada, and $25 USD for the rest of the world. With the exchange rate (1.3495) my box cost me $31.04 CAD this month

Let’s take a look inside to see what I got this month:

Unboxing Petit Vour July 2018

Unboxing Petit Vour July 2018

This informational month’s card is not the usual beautiful watercolour print – I really love the watercolour art cards.

Unboxing Petit Vour July 2018

Osea Malibu – Essential Hydrating Oil – sample size 0.34 oz $32 USD, full size 1 oz $68 USD

Unboxing Petit Vour July 2018

 

This ultra-hydrating botanical oil restores a healthy luster to the skin. Naturally rich Jojoba and Sesame seed oils deliver advanced hydration, visibly reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A precious blend of pure Lavender, Rosewood and Geranium essential oils provide a dewy, illuminated complexion and create a gorgeous aromatic allure. The perfect instant surge of hydration for a beautiful, radiant glow. Skin Type: All Skin Types / Age Defying 

I love facial oils, and since this one is for hydration and fine lines, I’m excited to try this one out. I like that the sample size is large enough for several uses.

Lilah B. Beauty – Divine Duo – Lip & Check Set – sample size of three shades $4 USD, full size single color $46 USD

Double your pleasure with this multi-purpose, creamy lip and cheek duo with a luxurious matte finish. Long-wearing, yet creamy and moisturizing, this innovative formulation provides blend-able and buildable color – perfect for day and night. Apply as a cream eyeshadow for the ultimate multitasker.

Available in the following shades:

  • b. fearless – red
  • b. sassy – bright pink 
  • b. daring – coral
  • b. true – mauve 
  • b. real – light pink
  • b. memorable – wine
  • b. lovely – nude
  • b. dazzling – champagne shimmer

This is a blister pack of three shades (b. real, b. fearless, and b. sassy).  This one is kind of a dud value-wise for me as this is something that I would get from Sephora as a free sample. The colours are nice, and I’m sure that it is a lovely product, but come on…

Ursa Major – 4-in-1 Essential Face Wipes – sample size pack of 5 wipes $7 USD, full size pack of 20 wipes $24 USD

Unboxing Petit Vour July 2018

 

These award-winning, individually-wrapped bamboo face wipes are the ultimate skin care multi-taskers. Infused with a generous dose of the 4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic formula, they clean, exfoliate, soothe and hydrate – leaving your skin feeling refreshed, firm and alive.

  • Removes oil and grime without stripping
    skin of moisture
  • Exfoliates dead skin, brightens and clarifies (AHA/BHA complex)
  • Soothes and hydrates (no shine or sticky residue)
  • Perfect for sprucing up on the go
  • Works great for all skin types
  • Same formula as the 4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic

Aroma: Refreshing medicinal brew spiked with orange, fir and lavender.

These will be great for freshening up, very travel friendly. I’m happy to try this out!

Little Barn Apothecary – Aloe + Rosewater Balance Mist – sample size 1 oz $8 USD, travel size 2 oz $16 USD, full size 4 oz $32 USD

Unboxing Petit Vour July 2018

A supercharged replenishing and nourishing facial mist with the added benefits of natural botanicals – rose, aloe, hibiscus and witch hazel. This unique combination provides the skin with antioxidant protection known widely to assist in supporting the skin’s own collagen production.

Aromas: Deep floral & fresh.

I love facial mists. And this one is rosewater based, so I’m likely to fall in love with it! I’m going to pop this in the fridge and try it out in a few hours.

Unboxing Petit Vour July 2018

Total value of this month’s box = $51 USD ($68.82 CAD). Overall my first impression is that this month’s box is a mostly good one – three potentially awesome things, and one woefully small sample. Reviews to follow as soon as I test everything out.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I pay for this monthly subscription.

Summer Hair Essentials for Wavy Hair

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While I wait for my July Petit Vour box to arrive, I thought that I would show you my summer hair essentials. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you will know that my hair is thick and wavy. I dye my hair and I try not to heat style it very often. My hair is also super prone to frizz.

Condition and Treat:

Summer Essentials for Wavy Hair - DevaCurl and Yarok

DevaCurl Melt into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask – I used my Sephora Beauty Insider points to get this deluxe sized sample. This stuff makes my hair so silky soft and manageable. The full size is $49, but I’m planning on splurging on it since it does such a beautiful job with my hair. Full review is here.

Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave-In Conditioner – Not only does this conditioning spray smell amazing, it works so well to add hydration to my hair without making it greasy. It can be used as a detangler (definitely works for me) and as a heat protecting spray (haven’t tested this, as I haven’t been heat styling at all this summer). This was a Petit Vour sample, full review is here.

Style and Control:

Summer Essentials for Wavy Hair - Ouai and Briogeo

Ouai Wave Spray – I bought this at Sephora in December 2017 / January 2018. This gives my hair beautifully beachy waves. I still think that it is a little too highly scented for my preference, but since it works so well with my hair, I’ll definitely use it up. Full review is here.

Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-In Defining Crème – I’ve been using this since February / March 2017, and this tube should be in my monthly empties in the next month or two. This helps leave my waves soft and under control. No crunchy curls here! I tend to alternate between using the Ouai Wave Spray and the Briogeo Curl Charisma. Full review is here.

Summer Essentials for Wavy Hair - Briogeo, DevaCurl, Yarok and Ouai

Do you have wavy or out of control hair? What do you use to tame your mane?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: All purchased by me!