Lush’s Rose Queen Bath Bomb

This is the first review of one of the bath treats from my mini Lush haul that I posted about (here). Mini Lush Haul #2

The Rose Queen Bath Bomb is the one at the very top of the photo. On the Lush website, and in other bloggers photos, it is much brighter pink in colour than the one that I got. But as you can see, the inside of the bath bomb is quite pink:

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I picked this one for two reasons, the first being that I love rose scented bath products, and the second being that I was told that it was being discontinued, so I knew that I had to try it.

On the Lush website, here’s what they say about the Rose Queen Bath Bomb:

Full of blossoms, petals and a sensuous new rose fragrance, this one is a splendid, sophisticated bomb fit for a queen. When LUSH co-founder and Bath Bomb inventor Mo first dropped one of these in a tub to show everyone her latest invention, she asked if there were enough petals. Everyone said they thought there was plenty, but Mo went ahead and put lots more in to really spoil us!

As you can see from the photo, and read from the description, there are loads of petals in there.

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Now onto the bath! It fizzed up very quickly, turning the bathwater a lovely shade of pink, and filling the room with the gorgeous scent of roses. As you can see, there are petals floating in the water.

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The lighting over my bathtub is not the best, so next is a photo that the lighting has been tweaked slightly to try to give a better approximation of the actual colour of the bathwater:

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Overall I did enjoy this bath bomb. I loved the rose scent and the amazing moisturizing properties. I didn’t even need to use body butter afterwards! The colour of the water was pretty as well. My only complaint is all the damn petals! It was like there were petals and twigs and random other bits of plants and flowers that stuck to my skin when I got out of the bath. And worse, the amount of petals (and other debris) that I had to clean out of my bath after draining all the water!

I’d forgotten that I’m not a fan of bath bombs with petals in them. If you don’t mind bits and bobs floating around in your bathwater, then this is the one for you to try before they discontinue it. I’m glad that I picked this one to try even though I didn’t enjoy the mess of petals. Would I get this one again, no. Not unless they made a petal-free version.

Disclosure: This was part of a mini-haul that was partially paid for with a gift card from a friend, and partly paid for by me.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask Review

Happy Friday lovelies!

As I’ve mentioned several times before, I have VERY sensitive skin, and my skin will react very quickly to some ingredients and products. This means that trying new skincare products can be a little scary at times, especially if I’m trying something on my face because when I react to something, my skin most often reacts dramatically. Because of this, I am super aware of some of the signs that my skin is not liking a certain product – whether it be itching, redness or burning sensations. (Keep this in mind as you read my review, because this is important)

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A few weeks ago, the lovely Stashy from Stash Matters reviewed the Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask (please do check it out, here), and I knew that I wanted to try it for several reasons: 1. I love facial masks, 2. I wanted an exfoliating mask with AHAs, 3. this is a cruelty-free brand (Leaping Bunny certified) and 4. because pumpkin!

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First of all, I want to comment on the packaging. All of the important information is printed on the box, as well as the usage instructions. I love that they explain the effects of the key ingredients: fruit stem cells (renew, repair and regenerate cells), bioactive 8 berry complex (antioxidants), and aloe vera (reduces inflammation, oxygenation and hydration).

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The combination of ingredients aids in exfoliating the dead skin cells which leaves the skin smoother and more evenly toned, which in turn gives you a brightening skin effect. The ingredients are listed on the box, which saves you from having to try to find the information online. As you can see, they use non-GMO, certified organic and fair trade ingredients.

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The combination of ingredients aids in exfoliating the dead skin cells which leaves the skin smoother and more evenly toned, which in turn gives you a brightening skin effect.

Let’s take a look inside the box at the packaging of the mask itself:

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I love that the usage instructions are on the jar because I almost always pitch the boxes in the recycling bin as soon as I start using a product.

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I’ve used the Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask three times since I received my package from well.ca, long enough that I feel that I have a solid opinion of this facial mask. It looks and smells like pumpkin pie filling. And to be honest, it feels almost the same as pumpkin pie filling (it even has the same spices that I use when I make pumpkin pie).

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With facial masks containing AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids), a bit of a tingle can be expected when you first apply it to your skin. In my case, immediately upon applying, it was a bit more than a tingle since my skin is so incredibly sensitive. My first thought was:

Oh no, this is more than a tingle, this is closer to a stinging, or mild burning sensation, should I wash it off? Will the glow effect be more of a glowing red sunburn effect instead of a brightening effect?

Just as I was about to rush to the sink to rinse it off in a panic after about two minutes, the stinging stopped, so I left it on for the full ten minutes before washing it off, with only a slight pinkness to my skin instead of the expected glowing red sunburn. The pinkness faded fairly quickly after I applied my serum and moisturizer. If my skin was taking a bad reaction, the stinging sensation would not have stopped, and my skin would actually look like a bad sunburn – I know this from past experience.

Verdict: Despite the initial reaction, more than a little tingle, closer to a mild burning feeling, I do love this facial mask. My skin is smoother and seems to be more radiant. The smoothness is definitely from the mask, the radiance boost or brightening effect might be due to a combination of this and the Hyaluronic Acid serum that I’ve been using. I would definitely buy this again.

Where to buy: You can buy the Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask from the Andalou Naturals website for $14.95 USD, and they have a list of where you can find their products world-wide.

Disclosure: I purchased this.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤ ❤ ❤

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso Review

After my review of Milani’s Baked Blush in Rose d’Oro, several of my fellow bloggers recommended that I try it in Luminoso. So last week I finally placed an order at well.ca since I’ve never been able to find Milani here in Montreal.

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Here’s the description from the Milani website:

This silky blush with benefits can be used so many ways. It shapes, it contours, it highlights. Sunbaked on Italian terracotta tiles, it’s buildable from sheer to vibrant.Yes, it adds a cheeky pop of colour to your complexion. Radiance and warmth, too.

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This blush applies like a dream, great pigmentation and easily buildable. As with the previous Baked Blush, the brush is terrible and went straight into the recycling bin.

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Luminoso is described as a luminous peachy pink.

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On my skin it leans more peachy than pink, and it really does have a luminosity, or glow, without being full-on glittery.

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Verdict: I LOVE IT! A huge thank you to everyone who told me that I had to try it out! I think that I’ve worn it just about every day since my package arrived!

What colour should I get next? Keep in mind that I’m pale, and blue eyed, and my hair is a dark chocolate brown. I was thinking about Berry Amore (Rose Berry with Gold Shimmer). Any thoughts?

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

Lush Giftcard / Mini Haul

As I mentioned in my previous post, I was given a gift card from Lush. I decided to trek down to the nearest Lush store (a 20 minute or so walk from my place) and pick up a few little bath treats since my stash of bath stuff is completely empty.

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Of course I ended up spending more than the amount of my gift card, because, bath products are one of my weaknesses!

I got Rose Queen (bath bomb), Amandopondo (bubble bar), Rose Jam Bubbleroon (bubble bar), The Comforter (bubble bar), and Butterball (bath bomb). It was so warm on the walk back from the store that my little Rose Jam started to get really soft, and it came very close to melting, so I stuck it in the fridge for a few hours to try to firm it up a bit!

Reviews to follow as soon as I use each one.

On Wednesday I’ll be reviewing the Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso.

Disclosure: This was purchased partly by me, and partly with a gift card that was given to me by a visiting friend.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤ ❤ ❤

Mini Haul of Recommended Makeup and Skincare

Happy Friday everyone!!!  Just a quickie post today.

I placed an order with well.ca earlier this week, and it just arrived! I think that everything that I purchased were products that were reviewed by one or more of you lovely people.

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Reviews to follow as soon as I’ve had a chance to test things out long enough to have a solid opinion on.

Also, my friend who was visiting me from Toronto gave me a gift card for Lush, so I’ll probably be heading to the Lush store over the weekend to get some bubble bars and bathbombs!

Thanks for reading, and have a beautiful day! ❤ ❤ ❤

Meet the Blogger – Jodi

The lovely Chanelle asked me if I wanted to be featured in one of her “Meet the Blogger” posts. So here’s a little bit about me.

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JodiHello there! I’m Jodi, the not-so-evil mastermind behind Montreal based beauty blog A Brash Attitude. My beauty and skincare blog has a special focus on cruelty-free brands and sensitive skin issues. When I’m not testing, photographing or writing about products for my blog, I can often be found with my nose in a book, binge-watching Netflix, or experimenting in the kitchen.

1. When did you begin blogging?

I started blogging in late March 2015.

2. How did you decide on a name for your blog?

To have a brash attitude is to be assertive, confident, bold, audacious and daring. It can also be used to describe someone who is abrasive and in-your-face. I think that a lot of the time when a woman is assertive, confident, bold, audacious and daring, the term BRASH is used as if it is a negative thing. In my opinion, being brash is being…

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Zabana Essentials Dry Shampoo

I love using dry shampoo to refresh my hair if I don’t feel like washing it that day. There are loads of dry shampoos on the market and my biggest problem with most of them it that although they do absorb grease and freshen up my hair, they always make it feel so rough and tangled. My other main problem is that I really don’t like the heavy perfumey scents that most of them have.

After reading several reviews of the Zabana Essentials Shimmery Dry Glow Shampoo, I was tempted to try it, but found out that it has a coconut based scent so a definite no go for me, as coconut is one of my most hated scents. Luckily, the dry shampoo is also available in two other scents: lavender citrus mint and sage blood orange.

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Here’s what is says on the website:

Plump up those limp strands!  ZE Dry Shampoo is a quick on the go alternative; absorbing excess oils, volumizing, and refreshing the hair and scalp without water. Infused with natural Minerals, Essential Oils, and Bamboo Extract that softens, adds shine & strength to hair and scalp.

*Suitable For All Hair Textures And Colors*

TO USE:
Sprinkle on roots and distribute to the ends of hair using a natural bristle brush, allow Dry Shampoo to set  5-10 minutes, then style as usual.

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INGREDIENTS:
Kaolin Clay,  Avena (Collodial Oatmeal) Sativa, Maranta (Arrowroot) Arundinacea Powder, Sodium Bicarbonate, Essential Oils, Bambusa (Bamboo) Vulgaris Extract

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I decided to go purchase the lavender citrus mint scent option. It really does work well to absorb oil, add volume and refreshes your hair. And the scent is amazing – I love the lavender mint combination, I don’t really smell the citrus though. And unlike most of the other dry shampoos that I’ve tried, it doesn’t make my hair feel tangled and gross. Instead, it makes my hair feel soft to the touch – likely due to the bamboo extract. My only complaint about the Zabana Essentials Dry Shampoo is the applicator bottle. For me, it seems like the dry shampoo doesn’t come out evenly, and sometimes I will get nothing coming out, followed by a puff of a load of dry shampoo.

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Verdict – Despite not loving the application, I would buy this again in a second because of how smooth and soft it makes my hair feel, and how good it smells.

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Zabana Essentials Dry Shampoo comes in a 2 oz (59ml) nozzled squeeze bottle, for $8.95 USD from the Zabana Essentials website.

Zabana Essentials is a natural, cruelty-free and vegan company, from San Diego California.

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤ ❤ ❤

Getting ready for the Color Run Montreal 2015

Hello Loves!!!

No reviews today. I’m getting ready for tomorrow morning’s Color Run Montreal. This is my second year of doing the Color Run. So this morning I sorted through all of my make-up to find the brightest and most glitterific colours, and I’ll be testing out a few ideas later today.

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The shirt is a super thin, super soft jersey – I’d even go as far as calling it tissue jersey. Very sheer, so I’ll be wearing a bright tank top underneath. Since the t-shirt is unisex sizing, the fit is super boxy and unflattering on me, so I decided to break out my fabric scissors and try to improve it a little by cutting off the sleeve hems (to make the sleeves shorter), and cutting the high neck band off, and making a slightly scooped wider neckline.

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Here’s a few of my glittery brights. I might attempt a rainbow eye, this afternoon’s experiment will be the deciding factor of whether or not I have the skills to do it well. I also have neon pink, lime green (but not metallic or glittery). If you have any suggestions on what to wear colour-wise, or tips on doing a rainbow eye, please comment (or post links).

I bought a bandana to wear during the run because last year I found that the amount of coloured dust to be a little overwhelming at times, so I plan wear it around my neck and pull it up over my mouth and nose if my allergies start to freak out, or if I start to wheeze. Look how pretty it is:

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Last year I wore a rainbow tutu, which was super cute, but really annoying because it kept moving up from my waist as I ran. So this year, I think I will leave it at home. But I do have some rainbow striped arm warmers that I will wear instead.

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The headband is horrible on the head, but I might wear it around my neck. I guess I’ll figure it out in the morning.

Hopefully I will be able to take a few photos tomorrow during the Color Run.

Thanks for reading, and have a beautiful day! ❤ ❤ ❤

I won my very first giveaway!

So on August 9th I found out that I had won my very first giveaway hosted by the ever-lovely Cat from MyLipAddiction!

She mailed it out on Monday, and I received it YESTERDAY (Tuesday, August 11)! Here’s all the loot that she sent me:

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If you aren’t following Cat yet, you really should as she is one of the sweetest and supportive bloggers that you will meet!

Thanks again Cat, you really are the best! ❤ ❤ ❤