EVOLVh UltraFlex Hairspray Review

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Today I have a review of the UltraFlex Hairspray from EVOLVh – this hairspray comes out on February 20th. Because I’ve tried and loved a few products – gotten from both PR and through my Petit Vour subscription – when offered the chance to try out the new UltraFlex hairspray, I jumped at the chance! [info in italics taken from the EVOLVh website]

Evolvh UltraFlex Hairspray

Strong Flexible Hold & Brilliant Shine, Alcohol Free and No Crunch!

UltraFlex is a magnificent working hairspray with a strong yet flexible hold. fast-drying, lightweight, and versatile, UltraFlex leaves hair feeling clean and soft, never crunchy, and with brilliant shine.  Build up free, and non-drying to hair – the performance is simply amazing.  And of course free from all of the nasties typically found in hairsprays. 

Evolvh UltraFlex Hairspray

KEY INGREDIENTS

  • Tapioca Starch gives hold and shine, for a pliable or hard hold without dulling the hair or becoming sticky.
  • Flax builds body, and adds hold and shine.
  • Rice Bran Extract and Cumin Seed Oil guard against heat damage and provide UV protection.
  • Red Raspberry Seed Oil provides exceptional moisturizing and strengthening properties in addition to UV protection.

I rarely use hairspray because most of them make my hair feel gross  – dirty, crunchy and dull – so any product that can add control and shine to my hair without stickiness or crunchiness is awesome. I’ve used it as a wave spray with wet hair, so get soft, manageable waves, and I’ve used it on dry hair for frizz control and hold. I love that it helps control my hair and keeps it soft and shiny.

Evolvh UltraFlex Hairspray

INGREDIENTS: Water, Glycerine*, Tapioca Starch*, Flax Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract*, Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil*, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Kernel Oil*, Lecithin*, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil*, Rosa Canina Flower Extract†, Achillea Millefolium Extract†, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Cymbopogon (Lemongrass) Schoenanthus Extract*, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract†, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil†, Vitis Vinifera (Red Grape) Seed Oil*, Vaccinium Macrocapron (Cranberry) Seed Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil†, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil*, Cinnamomum Cassia Leaf Oil*, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf Oil*, Citric Acid, Tocopherol from Rosa Canina (Rose Hip)†, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Gluconolactone*, Sodium Benzoate*, Calcium Gluconate*  *ECOCERT Certified Ingredient †Organic Ingredient All Ingredients are non-GMO

Are you going to try the UltraFlex Hairspray when it comes out?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this was a PR sample, but my opinion is based on my experience of using the product.

The Inkey List Collagen Booster Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Collagen Booster from The Inkey List. I’ve been using this serum for a few weeks now, so I’m ready to review. [info in italics taken from the Cult Beauty website]

The Inkey List Collagen Booster

They say you only miss things once they’re gone and, sadly, our love for collagen (the natural skin protein that helps to support skin’s firmness, suppleness and elasticity) tends to appear only once we realise its production has begun to slow down – sob. A perfect antidote to this sorry state of affairs, THE INKEY LIST’s Collagen Serum stars clever peptides called Matrixyl 3000 and Syn Tacks, which mimic the effect of natural collagen, keeping your skin looking plumper and smoother for longer. The formula also helps to boost collagen production, so your skin will look increasingly firm and supple in the long run too. Minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and targeting sagging, this skin-boosting potion is like an elixir of youth for your complexion.

I bought this at Pharmaprix (aka Shoppers Drug Mart in the rest of Canada) back in January, so I’ve been testing it out for several weeks now. It is a clear, super-watery, serum that sinks into my skin quickly. It helps to plump and smooth the skin. It also plays nicely with all of my various serums, facial oils, moisturizers and makeup too!

The Inkey List Collagen Booster

And, as an added plus, it is super budget friendly at $10.99 CAD!

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

Aether Beauty Amethyst Single Shadow Review

Aether Beauty Amethyst Single Shadow

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Today I’m reviewing a Single Shadow from Aether Beauty that came in my January Petit Vour box. I’ve been eyeing their palettes for awhile now, so I was super excited to find a single shadow to try out in my subscription box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Aether Beauty Amethyst Single Shadow

The perfect day to night romantic shades. Customize your palette with these go-to single eyeshadows. 

Formulated with organic coconut oil and organic shea butter, it creates a smooth, buttery texture for one swipe application. Infused with organic rosehip oil which provides radiant looking, glowing skin.

 

Aether Beauty Amethyst Single Shadow

The single shadow is available on the Petit Vour website in two shades: Amethyst, a purple gray metallic infused with amethyst, and  Solar Eclipse, a peach metallic, infused with topaz. I received the shade Amethyst.

Aether Beauty Amethyst Single Shadow

It is a super wearable shade – on me it tends to pull more purple taupe than purple gray which I really like. The texture is super smooth and buttery, and it is highly pigmented. I’ve swatched it both with and without primer (the primer is not a good shade for my eyelids, but it works great for swatching). This shadow is so difficult to photograph – I tried photographing it from different angles to try to capture how truly beautiful it is!

Aether Beauty Amethyst6

I don’t buy eyeshadow very often, because I already own quite a lot, but I really think that I want to get either the Rose Quartz or the Solstice palette.

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Mica*, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate*, Zinc Stearate*, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate*, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Rosa (Rose Hip) Canina Seed Oil**, Silica*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil***, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*** Tin Oxide, (Rose) Quartz*, Alumina* May Contain: Bronze Powder*, Titanium Dioxide, Manganese Violet, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines*, Bismuth Oxychloride | *Certified Organic Ingredients, Natural Derived, Fair Trade.

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

MOA The Green Fairy Hand & Lip Balm Review

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Today I’m reviewing The Green Fairy Hand & Lip Balm by MOA that came in my January Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

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Summon the spirit of The Green Fairy with this dual-purpose salvation balm. A non-greasy formula to soften dry cuticles, hands and lips. Caster oil, shea and cocoa butter provide a silky-smooth moisturizing base to soothe and condition. Candelilla wax provides a nourishing, protective coating, whilst stevia leaves a subtle, sweet taste on the lips. With yarrow extract and a magical blend of essential oils including, brightening grapefruit and lemon peel and aromatic peppermint, fennel and aniseed. 

MOA Absinthe The Green Fairy Hand & Lip Balm

How cute is the tin packaging of this balm?

I’m a lip balm addict so I was excited to try this one out. It is super hydrating and not waxy, and smells amazing – I love the absinthe / aniseseed notes! This also works really well as a cuticle balm – something that I majorly need in the wintertime.

MOA Absinthe The Green Fairy Hand & Lip Balm

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Alcohol, Stevia Rebaudiana Extract, Citrus Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Oil, Pimpinella Anisum (Anise) Seed Oil, Absinthe Extract, *Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, **Citral, **Limonene. *Certified Organic **Occurs Naturally In Essential Oils

MOA Absinthe The Green Fairy Hand & Lip Balm

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

5th Dimension Sub Rosa Serum Review

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Today I have a review of the 5th Dimension Sub Rosa Serum that came in my December Petit Vour subscription box. I finally got around to testing it out in mid-January! [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

5th Dimension Sub Rosa Serum

Sub Rosa is a blend of highly concentrated antioxidant and omega fatty acid oils infused with rose petals to refresh and replenish skin’s complexion.  Non-comedogenic, this face oil requires just a few drops to hydrate, soften, regulate oil production, and soothe inflammation.

5th Dimension Sub Rosa Serum

  • Rose – used topically, rose promotes cell regeneration, astringent and regulates oil production, all while balancing skin’s PH to create a healthier skin biome. Rose promotes self love and protection.
  • Hemp Seed Oil – omega fatty acids, linoleic acid and oleic acid minimize visible damage due to free radicals. This nutrient dense oil regulates sebum production, making it ideal for all skin types. Its anti-inflammatory properties soothe redness and irritation.
  • Rosehip Seed Oil – highly concentrated with omega fatty acids & antioxidants to repair and protect skin against visible damage.

5th Dimension Sub Rosa Serum

I especially like to add a few drops of this serum / oil into my moisturizer for an added boost of hydration. It is gentle, soothing and feels lightweight on the skin – not greasy or heavy.

I love that it has minimal ingredients. I can see this working for all skin types – unless you have an allergy or sensitivity to one of the ingredients. The scent is very mild and herbal – I can smell the hemp seed oil, clary sage and frankincense but not the rose.

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan|Hemp Seed (Cannabis sativa) Oil*, Rose* (Rosa sp.), Rosehip (Rosa canina) Seed Oil*, Essential Oils of Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea), Frankincense (Boswellia sp.) | *Certified Organic 

5th Dimension Sub Rosa Serum

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

Fitglow Beauty Good Lash + Mascara

Fitglow Beauty Good Lash + Mascara

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Today I’m reviewing the Fitglow Beauty Goodlash + Mascara that came in my January Petit Vour box [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Fitglow Beauty Good Lash + Mascara

3-in-1 vegan mascara, amplifies lash volume and length while nourishing lashes with powerful botanical extracts and plant protein to promote lash health and growth. The multitasking mascara/serum/conditioner enhances the look of lashes on a day-to-day basis plus provides potent vitamins and antioxidants to help lashes grow thicker, denser and fuller. Frail and brittle lashes are strengthened and protected by organic emulsion which prevents breakage and leaves lashes looking rich and full. 

Fitglow Beauty Good Lash + Mascara

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Aqua, Iron Oxide (CI 77499), *Euphorbia Cerifera (Candellila) Wax, *Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba Wax), *Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Vegetable Collagen, *Myrica Pubescens Fruit Wax, Stearic Acid (Cocoa Source), *Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail Plant) Extract, *Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Propanediol / Pentylene Glycol / Phenethyl Alcohol (Non GMO Sugar Source), Hydrolyzed (Lupine) Plant Protein. | *Certified Organic

I am so picky about mascara. I have long, super stick-straight lashes. They are quite light in colour considering my natural hair colour is dark brown. Because my lashes are straight, I always use a lash curler before applying mascara. My eyes are sensitive, and water easily so any mascara that I use must be smudge proof, and water-resistant (ideally waterproof).

Fitglow Beauty Good Lash + Mascara

I have seven requirements for a mascara, and I’ll comment on each requirement and score each point. So how did the Fitglow Beauty Good Lash + Mascara measure up?

1. waterproof / water resistant +0 This is not a water-proof or water-resistant mascara. And I have eyes that water very easily.

2. smudge-proof +1/2 This mascara was not smudgeproof on me. It was not horror movie level smudging, but definite darkness under the eyes by the end of the day.

3. non-flaking / non-clumping +1 No flaking or clumping!

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

5. volumizing +3/4 It gave my lashes some volume, but not as much as I was hoping for

6. must hold a curl +3/4 It held a curl pretty well, for most of the day.

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes +1 My lashes felt soft after using this mascara and my eyes were not at all irritated.

Fitglow Beauty Good Lash + Mascara

The wand is a nice conical shape, great for the inner and outer lash corners. Overall, I would score this mascara a 5 out of 7. It is a really nice mascara, just not a mascara for me due to my watery eyes. If you don’t have watery eyes, this might be an awesome mascara for you. I will continue to use it on days that I’m working from home to get the lash conditioning benefits. If they ever make a waterproof version, I would definitely want to try it!

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

 

EVOLVh UltraRepair Reconstructing Masque Review

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I’ve reviewed a few products from EVOLVh previously, both from my Petit Vour subscription and as PR samples, so when given the opportunity to try out the new UltraRepair Reconstructing Masque, I jumped on the chance because hair masks are one of my favourite haircare products! [info in italics taken from the EVOLVh website]

EVOLVh UltraRepair Reconstructing Hair Masque

Renew, Replenish, Restore Dry, Dull or Compromised Hair.  UltraRepair is an intensive treatment for hair that has been compromised by color or bleach processing, heat styling, or environmental factors.  
EVOLVh UltraRepair Reconstructing Hair Masque
Highly effective for smoothing coarse, curly or frizz-prone hair, protecting your hair from breakage, dehydration, tangles and split ends.   Do yourself a favor, use of this clean beauty favorite will result in  healthy, shiny and silky hair – no matter what its previous condition.  Available in a new light & fresh scent – yummy grapefruit.
EVOLVh UltraRepair Reconstructing Hair Masque
My hair is wavy and prone to frizz, so a hair mask helps tame my hair. My hair tends to
get drier in the winter months – party due to the cold weather and partly due to using a hair dryer more often than I usually do the rest of the year.
My hair is so much softer and way less frizz prone (even when I let my hair air dry) after using this hair mask. And as an added plus, it smells like grapefruit – an instant energy boost. I love it!
EVOLVh UltraRepair Reconstructing Hair Masque
Ingredients: Water, Brassicamidopropyl Dimethylamine†, Silk Amino Acids†, Dicapryl Succinate†, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Kernel Oil*, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract*, Lecithin*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract*, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*, Soy Amino Acids†, Vitamin E from Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Viola Tricolor (Wild Pansy) Extract†, Melilotus Offincialis (Sweet Clover) Extract†, Prunus Armenica Fruit (Apricot) Extract†, Nasturtium Officinale (Nasturtium) Extract†, Prunus Percisa Nectarina Fruit (Nectarine) Extract†, Passiflora Incarnata Fruit (Passion Flower) Extract†, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract†, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract‡, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria)†, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract*, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract†,  Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Seed Butter*, Vitis Vinifera (Red Grape) Seed Oil‡, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil†, Dehydroacetic Acid*, Benzyl Alcohol * *ECOCERT Certified Ingredient †Natural Ingredient ‡Plant Derived/Organically Derived
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Disclosure: PR sample, but my love for awesome hair care is based on my experience!

CertClean 5th Annual Clean Beauty Awards Finalists & Judging Experience

CertClean Clean Beauty Awards

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CertClean Clean Beauty Awards

 

If you follow me on InstaGram, you will know that I was asked to be on the judging panel for the CertClean’s 5th Annual Clean Beauty Awards, and was on the judging panel for  face washes. I received a total of eight facial cleansers and tested them out from late August, until the end of November when I submitted my scoring grid.

CertClean Clean Beauty Awards

 

Here’s my round one face wash products:

CertClean Clean Beauty Awards

  • Birch Babe Naturals Facial Bar
  • AEOS Energized Organics Cleansing Oil Dé-Maq
  • Be Genki Radiant Cleansing Oil
  • Pure Saavy Come Hell or High Water 3-in-1 Micellar Water
  • Penny Lane Organics Cleansing Milk & Makeup Remover
  • Kaelen Harwell Refining Roman Chamomile Ylang Ylang Cleanser
  • Aromatica Natural Coconut Cleansing Oil
  • EcoTan Super Citrus Cleanser

I had pages (and pages) of notes during the testing period – with information on the companies, type of cleanser, ingredients, usability, and personal experience with the products. The quality of all of the facial cleansers was very high, which made scoring so difficult, and in the end, it was often 1 point difference that separated my top scoring face washes.

CertClean Clean Beauty Awards

The finalists of Round One judging was announced on February 3rd. Here’s the finalists for the Face Wash Category:

  • SanRe Organic Skinfood Rose Cleanse
  • Helena Lane Skincare Red Western Cedar & Lemon Cleanser
  • Alighten Natural Skin Care Gentle Renewing Facial Cleanser
  • Jane Apothecary Soothing Cleansing Balm
  • Lo & Behold Naturals Echinacea and Chamomile Cleansing Balm
  • Biossance Squalane + Tea Tree Cleansing Gel
  • Eco Tan Super Citrus Cleanser
  • Province Apothecary Moisturizing Oil Cleanser + Makeup Remover
  • Aiona Alive Skin Care E-citrus Exfoliating Cleanser
  • Derma E Acne Deep Pore Cleansing Wash

Out of the ten finalists, only one of the products that I tested / judged in Round One will be moving onto Round Two of judging – the Eco Tan Super Citrus Cleanser which was in my top three! Round Two judging will be starting soon for the finalists in the Face Wash category! Very exciting!

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Disclosure: I received eight cleansers to test and score for Round One of the CertClean Clean Beauty Awards Face Wash judging panel. My opinion is based on my experience with these products.

Empties January 2020

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Today I have my monthly empties. I didn’t finish up as much as I’d hoped, and am SO CLOSE to finishing a couple of moisturizers. But progress is progress when it comes to finishing up things from my stash! I’m on a low buy, so if I say I’ll purchase / re-purchase it means that I would do so eventually. My goal is to only buy necessities.

Skincare Empties:

Empties January 2020 - Skincare

The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA, and Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% – I have at least two more acid type peels to use up, and at least three serums to use up, and so many on my wishlist, that it is doubtful that I will repurchase in the near future. Reviews are here and here.

Derma E Radiance Toner (Glycolic Acid & Rooibos) – I liked this toner (Petit Vour subscription sample). I have other toners to use up, but I really liked this one as it felt gentle. Review is here.

Lavido Aromatic Body Lotion (Mandarin, Orange & Bergamot) – Another Petit Vour sample. I mainly used this as a hand cream, it worked great! I have other body lotions in my stash to use up. Review is here.

Kalos After Hours Soothing Night Cream – A Petit Vour sample. I’m sad that this is empty, it is such an amazing and gentle night cream, especially great for dry and sensitive skin. This one is on my wishlist, as I have a few more moisturizers and creams to use up. Review is here.

Kariderm Moisturizing Protective Cream – This was a PR sample. Another amazing face cream, great for dry and sensitive skin. Lightweight in texture but really hydrating. I would purchase this if I didn’t have a few more to finish up! Review is here.

Makeup Empties:

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Catrice Rock Couture Extreme Volume Mascara (Waterproof) – I liked this mascara, but I didn’t love it because it didn’t give me enough volume so I won’t repurchase this one. Review is here.

Maison Jacynthe Fluide de Teint Fluid Foundation – PR Sample. This was in my stash way too long for a liquid product (2.5 years!), so it had to go. I currently have a few foundations in my stash and a list of more that I want to try, so no purchase right now. Review is here.

Hey Honey Trick and Treat Concealer – I think this was an Ipsy Glam Bag sample. A fantastic concealer, I finished it up by mainly using it for toning down the redness in my cheeks on minimal makeup (no foundation) days. I have other concealers to use up currently. Review is here.

Not pictured: Nyx #NOFILTER Finishing Powder – I finally finished this powder! And I cannot find it – I think that the packaging might have gone out in last week’s recycling. I really liked this finishing powder, but I have others in my stash to use up, and a list of powders that I’d like to try. Review is here.

Did you finish up much this month?

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Disclosure: This post contains mostly products paid for by me, and one PR sample.