Sneak Peek – Now Testing

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Just a sneak peek of what I’m in the process of testing.

If you follow me on InstaGram, you will know that I placed an order with Native for two of their natural deodorants – one for me, and one for the Mister.

Native Deodorant

We’ve both been using natural deodorants for a few years now, so we won’t go through the detox process that underarms go through when making the switch from anti-perspirant to deodorant.

The review will follow once we’ve had a chance to test them out.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I paid for this!

Andalou Naturals Goji Peptide Perfecting Cream Mini-Review

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Today I have a mini-review / first impressions of the Goji Peptide Perfecting Cream from Andalou Naturals that came in my April Petit Vour box. Why a mini-review? Because it is a small blister pack type sample of 0.14oz (4g). [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour April 2018

Fruit stem cell complex, resveratrol CoQ10, and super antioxidants help support dermal vitality as goji glycopeptides uplift tone and texture for velvety soft skin. It leaves the appearance with fewer fine lines and wrinkles, and a rejuvenated complexion. For Dry/Very Dry Skin

Andalou Naturals Goji Peptide Perfecting Cream

Although the sample says that it is a single use pack, there was enough in it for me to try out for four days – enough to gather some impressions, but not really long enough to have an opinion on its effectiveness on fine lines / wrinkles.

It is a fairly lightweight facial cream considering it is geared for dry to very dry skin, but nonetheless, I found it to moisturize really well, without feeling heavy.

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Purified Water (Aqua), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*†, Vegetable Glycerin, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Glyceryl Laurate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Allantoin, Bisabolol, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil*, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Xanthan Gum, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Riboflavin, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract*†, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract*†, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Apricot Isolates, Vanilla Isolate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil* | *Certified Organic Ingredients.

It has a mildly fruity scent – I guess that is the goji berry, and Orange Peel Oil.

All in all, I think that this cream might be worth trying out for a longer period of time, the full size is 1.7oz for $25 USD, so it isn’t super expensive.

Have you tried this facial cream?

Thanks fo reading and have a beautiful day!

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

Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Argan Oil from Kahina Giving Beauty that came in my March Petit Vour box. It sat unopened in my stash until last week. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour March 2018

Certified organic and fair-trade argan oil. Light and non-greasy, argan oil absorbs easily, instantly giving skin a radiant glow.

• Minimizes fine lines
• Restores elasticity
• Improves skin tone
• Soothes irritation
• Neutralizes free radicals that cause signs of aging
• Protect the skin from harmful environmental agents

Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil

Because I have a few facial oils already open, I decided to use the Argan Oil for my hair and body. It is a lovely, highly moisturizing oil, that absorbs quickly into my skin and hair. It is really is non-greasy and lightweight.

The full size costs $82 USD for 100 ml, $36  USD for 30 ml, and $15 USD for 10ml.

Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil

Do you use Argan Oil? What is your fave oil for body / haircare use?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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


EiR NYC Sunset Oil Review

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Today I have a review of the Sunset Oil from EiR NYC that came in my May Petit Vour subscription box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour May 2018 Unboxing

An essential for beach bums, this arnica and aloe-infused body oil contains soothing essential oils and vitamins to restore parched skin damaged by the sun, salt, and wind. For everyday use or to be applied post-sun to keep skin extra-moisturized.

The Review: I’ve been using the EiR NYC Sunset Oil since it arrived when I get out of the shower or bath because it smells amazing and my skin is so smooth and hydrated after using! It keeps my legs moisturized all day! I really like this body oil!

Price-wise the full size bottle is $35 USD for 8 oz –  it is little on the spendy side, but not outrageously so as a little goes a long way. My sample was 1 oz, and I’ve gotten several uses out of it, and still have at least one of two uses left before I finish it!

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Olive Oil,  Sweet Almond Oil, *Coconut Oil, *Arnica, *Calendula-infusion, Jojoba Oil, *Aloe Vera, Vitamin E,  Lavender, Rose, Geranium and *Chamomille, Essential Oil Blend, *Rosemary Extract. | *Certified Organic Ingredients

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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

Canada Day Nail Vinyls from Nail Polish Canada!

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Today I have something fun for you – Nail Polish Canada has teamed up with a bunch of Canadian bloggers for a Canada Day freebie promotion. I have a coupon code for 10 of my Canadian readers to receive a free set of Canada Day Nail Vinyls by What’s Up Nails. (sorry to my international readers, you must have a Canadian address for this one)

This is a super fun and easy way to have Canada Day themed nails – especially if you are like me, and are not skilled at nail art! The above photos are from Nail Polish Canada – my nails are currently wrecked and short (as shown in the photo on the bottom right).

Here’s the page to claim them:

Coupon code: ZV8C737OVC91

Since there are several Canadian Beauty Bloggers participating in the Canada Day giveaway, they will be linked on the Nail Polish Canada website – that way, if ten people have already claimed my code, you can find another coupon code if you’ve missed out!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! Thanks Nail Polish Canada!

Disclosure: PR sample and coupon code (not an affiliate code).

Zabana Essentials Banana Colloidal Oatmeal Face Mask + Scrub Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Zabana Essentials Banana Colloidal Oatmeal Face Mask + Scrub that came in my May Petit Vour subscription box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour May 2018 Unboxing

Say goodbye to dry skin! Banana & Colloidal Oatmeal work as a mild and soothing powerhouse duo to hydrate, soothe, repair, and pamper the driest skin. Rich in Vitamin A, Potassium, and Silica skin proteins that will instantly reveal a smooth complexion and your natural glow.

Zabana Essentials Banana Colloidal Oatmeal Hydrating & Rejuvenating Face Mask + Scrub

This facial scrub – mask combo looks and feels a lot like a sugar scrub in texture. You apply it to wet skin, and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes and then massage it into the skin before rinsing it off. The facial mask + scrub is super gentle, and my skin felt so soft and hydrated after rinsing it off!

The sample pack contains enough of the mask-scrub for several uses, which I really like, because I prefer to use a product several times in order to have a solid opinion on how a product works for my sensitive skin.

The full size sells for $25 USD for a 2 oz jar, the sample foil pack contains 1 oz of product (worth $12.50 USD).

Zabana Essentials Banana Colloidal Oatmeal Hydrating & Rejuvenating Face Mask + Scrub

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Rhassoul Clay, *Musa (Banana) Powder, *Avena Sativa (Colloidal Oatmeal) Powder,  *Maranta (Arrowroot) Arundinacea Powder, *Sucrose (Sugar), Nucifera Prunus Dulcis (Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Essential Oil, *Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Plant Extract | *Certified Organic Ingredients. 

Have you tried this hybrid facial mask and scrub?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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

The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA

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Today I’m reviewing the Mandelic Acid 10% + HA from the Ordinary / Deciem. This review has been in my drafts folder for quite awhile, I put it on hold due to recent Deciem drama-lama stuff.  I decided that I would finally publish the review before I finish it up as I’ve been using it since March! [info in italics taken from the website]

The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA

Mandelic Acid 10% + HA offers superficial dermal peeling that is gentler than other alpha hydroxy acids. The molecular weight of mandelic acid is 152.1 daltons which is larger than other alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic acid is 76.0 daltons, for example). This larger size allows mandelic acid to penetrate the skin more slowly which in turn makes it very gentle and suitable for all skin types including the most sensitive skin. You don’t need a concentration of more than 10%, because then you would simply be achieving an indirect peeling strength that is more easily offered through lower percentages of glycolic acid.

The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA

Since I have sensitive skin I chose to try this Alpha Hydroxy Acid as it was supposed to be gentle and suitable for sensitive types. I did my usual patch test, just in case before testing it out on my face.

It actually feels similar to a light facial oil when applied, and it absorbs into the skin fairly quickly. I did not feel any tingle sensation like I do with most AHAs. It has a very gentle exfoliation effect, so don’t expect huge results the first time that you use it. Despite that, it does brighten and smooth the skin. For me, it is gentle enough that I could use it every night, but I don’t because I alternate between the Mandelic Acid, the Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion (the new version of the Advanced Retinoid 2% Emulsion), and the Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%.

The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA

AHAs might make your skin more sun sensitive, so don’t forget to wear your sunscreen. You should be wearing it anyway!

Ingredients: Propanediol, Aqua (Water), Mandelic Acid, Glycerin, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol. 

Have you tried this one? Or another version of Mandelic Acid? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!


Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara. I got it in an Ipsy bag back when I had a subscription (Oct 2017), but never got around to trying it out until recently!

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes

Just a reminder – my lashes are long and stick straight, so I have to curl my lashes before I apply mascara or else it looks like I don’t have any lashes. As well, my eyes are sensitive so many mascaras irritate my eyes. My eyes water easily, so smudge-proof mascara is a MUST.

I have seven requirements for a mascara:

1. waterproof

2. smudge-proof

3. non-flaking / non-clumping

4. must be DARK black (not blackish, not brown black, and definitely not grey black)

5. volumizing

6. must hold a curl

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes

What it is: A lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning mascara. 
What it does: Tarte lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara could be considered a dramatic makeover for your lashes. This high-performance formula is proven to increase the appearance of lash volume by 330 percent—creating strikingly thick, sexy lashes. 

This mascara is not waterproof, but I did not have any problems with smudging, which is a miracle! I also did not have any problems with clumping of flaking. My lashes looked super black and super long, but I don’t think that the mascara was over volumizing, and definitely not 330% more volume! How do they measure that? It held a curl ok, not amazingly well, but my lashes didn’t revert to their normal stick straight. And finally, this mascara did not irritate my sensitive (and allergy prone) eyes.

Overall, I would rate this mascara to be a 5.5 out of 7 for me, with 1/2 a point taken off for not being waterproof – but despite it not being waterproof, it did not smudge on me, and 1/2 a point off each for volume and curl holding requirements. All in all, this mascara is pretty good. It won’t replace my holy grail ones from Essence, but I’ll use it up anyway.

I have to say that this is one of the most difficult mascaras to photograph! You would not believe how many photos I took, and only ended up using two of them – so frustrating!

Disclosure: This came in an Ipsy Glam Bag back when I was paying for a monthly subscription.


Minimal Makeup Faves for May 2018

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I cannot believe that it is already June! I thought that I would share my makeup faves for the month of May with you (and links to the reviews).

I’ve been wearing minimal makeup these days, but there are a few products that I’ve reached for on days that I wore makeup:

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream

This is perfect for when I want to be wearing sunscreen, but want some light coverage and evening out of my skintone. I don’t think that I’ve worn regular foundation in weeks! Review is here.

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector 

BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector

I’ve been using this under eye corrector since I purchased it in May 2016. It works well for me, and doesn’t crease on me. I especially need it during allergy season! Review is here.

Elate Cosmetics Creme Revealer

Elate Cosmetics Creme Revealer

I’ve been using this a lot since finishing up my Nyx HD Concealer. It works so well with my skintone, and doesn’t cake up! Review is here.

Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow

Wet n Wild Ultimatebrow Retractable Brow Pencil

I use this brow pencil for days when I want a quick and easy brow. When I have loads of time, I’ll use my SureThik Brow Powder, but when I’m strapped for time, I tend to go for this pencil as it is fool-proof! Review is here.

Essence The False Lashes Mascara or I ❤ Extreme Volume Waterproof Mascara

Both are my go to mascaras because they add volume and hold a curl for my stubborn stick straight lashes. I’ve purchased and repurchased both mascaras several times. Reviews are here and here.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Swatches

I’m always wearing of the the Bite Beauty Lipsticks that I own. I have several and all are swatched in my Sweet Cream review ! I can’t wait to own more!

What were your favourites for May?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Products purchased by me, except for the Juice Beauty CC Cream and Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick – those were birthday gifts (from my mom).