June 2016 Favourites

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Today I’d like to show you my favourites for the month of June.

Makeup:

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette + – Most days this month I’ve used this palette. I absolutely love it. Original review is here.

Black Moon Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Wrath – I’ve worn this lipstick so much this month. Original review is here.

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector – I’ve been using this one every single day since I bought it in mid may. It has really helped with my dark circles from insomnia and puffiness from allergies. Original review is here.

Essence Silky Touch Blush in Babydoll – I’ve been wearing this one a lot these days. Perfect for a summer flush. Original review is here.

Skincare:

Saje Sensitive Elixir (Calming Skin Serum) – My nighttime skin serum. Original review is here.

Nuworld Botanicals Sun Kissed Skin Facial Oil * – My morning skin holy grail. Original review is here.

Bath / Body / Wellness:

I really LOVED everything that I tried from Nuworld Botanicals and have been using them daily. *

Stress Relief Multi-Mineral Bath Soak and  Signature Roll-On* . I’ve used the bath salts up (they are in my June Empties post), and I usually have the Roll-On in my bag or next to my bed so I can use it any time. Original reviews are here.

Anxiety Relief Whipped Borage Oil Hand & Foot Butter, the Multi-Nutritive 3-in-1 Oil and the Signature Roll-On *. The Hand & Body Butter is AMAZING, I use it every night (and usually every morning). I’ve been using the 3-in-1 Oil both in the bath and a few drops on the ends of my hair, it is so moisturizing, and the scent is soothing. The Roll-On is usually in my bag in the day time, or next to my bed at night. Original review is here.

Nuworld Botanicals - Energy Boost

Last, but definitely not least, is the Energy Boost Multi-Nutritive 3-in-1 Oil and the Signature Roll-On*. I am so in love with this scent, it is such a great mood booster. I love to use a few drops of the oil in the bath, or in my hair. And the Roll-On is great for on the go pick-me-ups.

I had quite a few faves this month. What about you, what were your favourites this month?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Items marked with an asterix * are PR samples for testing and review purposes. Items marked with a plus + were either gifts or personal blog giveaway loot. Everything else was purchased by me.

June 2016 Empties

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Can you believe that June is nearly over already? This year is flying by so quickly!

June 2016 Empties

This was supposed to be yesterday’s post, but I was away over the weekend, and didn’t get my photos taken and edited until this morning. Oh well, better late than never!

Onto the empties – I finished up quite a few products this month. I’ve been really trying to clear out my stash of things before buying new ones.

 

Nuworld Botanicals Stress Relief Multi-Mineral Bath Soak* – I loved these bath salts, and once I finish clearing up my stash, I plan on replacing them. Original review is here.

Caprina Fresh Goat’s Milk Foaming Milk Bath+ – I received this as a birthday gift in April. I don’t think that I reviewed this one already but it was ok. I had to use nearly half a bottle to get a decent amount of foam to happen. I probably won’t purchase this one.

Haus of Gloi Haus Amber Pumpkin Butter – I absolutely LOVE Haus of Gloi stuff! I have a few more Pumpkin Butters in my stash to use up, but I’ll definitely replace them once finishing up a few more.

Oz Naturals Sweet Almond and Macadamia Nut Body Butter* – I loved this one, especially on days that I did not want to wear a scented product. I would buy this one again, but not until I clear out my stash. Original review is here.

Haus of Gloi Bubbling Scrubs in Snow Wolf and S’mores – I will always buy the Bubbling Scrubs from Haus of Gloi. I LOVE THEM. Again, I have a few more in my stash, but as soon as I’m nearly finished, I’ll be making a Haus haul. I don’t think that I’ve ever reviewed these scrubs, I’ll have to put that on my list!

Lush Rehab Shampoo (Restauration) and Veganese Conditioner (Vegetalien) – I would buy the Rehab Shampoo again, but the Veganese Conditioner is too light for my crazy mane of hair. Original reviews are here.

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Shampoo and Conditioner* – I did like both of these as they really helped keep my hair colour bright and refreshed. I’m testing out some new shampoo / conditioner combinations right now, so I’m not going to be replacing these ones any time soon. Original review is here.

Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask – This is one of my holy grail skincare items for winter. But really, any time my skin needs a moisture boost. I’ll be buying this one again in the fall / winter. Original review is here.

Shiseido Facial Cotton+ – These cushy facial cotton pads were a part of the runner-up prize that I won from Stashy’s awesometastic giveaway. These are super mega luxurious! I’m sad that they are gone, because even though I loved them, I normally buy whichever ones are on sale. Original review is here.

Paula’s Choice Resist Cellular Defence Daily Moisturizer with SPF 25 – I liked wearing this with just powder, but it did not play nicely with liquid foundation. I’ve had this for quite awhile now and the last bit started to go off, so into the empties bin with this one. I probably won’t replace it, as I prefer to use a higher SPF.

Skinfix Inc Ultra Rich Body Butter* – Another beautiful body butter, so rich but not at all greasy. This one is totally stash worthy. I’ll be picking one up! Original review is here.

Au Naturale Creme Concealer – I haven’t used this one in ages. I remember really liking it when I got it. But it has since dried out so it is getting pitched (and the container will be recycled). Original review is here.

Elf BB Cream – I really liked this one, but won’t be re-purchasing as I prefer a high SPF in my BB Creams. It worked well with my skin and didn’t feel too heavy. Original review is here.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

I’ll be back on Thursday with my June Favourites – I know, my Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule is off this week. Next week I plan on returning to my usual schedule.

Disclosure: Most (but not all) of these products were purchased by me.Products marked with an asterix * are either freebies or PR samples given for testing and review purposes. Products marked with a plus sign + are either personal blog giveaway loot or were gifted to me.

Saje Natural Wellness – Sensitive Elixir

Saje Sensitive Elixir

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Today I’m reviewing another product recommendation from Stashy at Stash Matters – the Sensitive Elixir (Calming Skin Serum) from Saje Natural Wellness. Not only did she recommend the product, she actually brought me (and Cat from My Lip Addiction) to the Queen Street West store during our epic meet-up!

Saje Natural Wellness is a Canadian company, with a focus on the power of nature, 100% all natural ingredients, using real essential oils (no synthetics!), free from parabens (and other nasties), support sustainable practices (renewable resources), and are cruelty-free. And their packaging is made of recycled and / or recyclable materials!

Saje Sensitive Elixir

As you all know, I have sensitive skin. So anything that might help keep my skin happy is a good thing. Here’s what it says on the website:

Sensitive Elixir helps to restructure delicate, sensitive skin that is usually dry and easily irritated. Sensitive skin is thin, and therefore has the blood supply closer to the surface, which often shows the capillaries and blood vessels. Skin-rejuvenating oils of rosehip, grape seed, apricot, and evening primrose are infused with skin-nourishing geranium, rosewood, roman chamomile and lavender essential oils to regenerate the skin. Massage Sensitive Elixir into freshly-cleansed and toned skin to nourish and increase blood circulation.

I’ve been using this serum nearly every single night since purchasing it in May. Normally when the weather starts to change, my skin becomes super sensitive and irritated. But not this year! This oil based serum is gentle and soothing, hydrating without making my skin feel greasy. At first I found the rosewood scent to be a little strong, but I’m getting used to it, and now I really love it! And at $19.95 CAD per 30ml bottle, it is an affordable serum.

Saje Sensitive Elixir

Ingredients:

rosa canina (rosehip) fruit  oil, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil, and essential oils of pelargonium graveolens (geranium), aniba rosaeodora (rosewood), anthemis nobilis (roman chamomile) flower and lavandula angustifolia (lavender).

There are so many things that I want to try from Saje – their skincare, bath and body care, natural deodorants, their nebulizer / diffusers, and their essential oil blends – just to name a few things, haha!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector

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Today I’m reviewing the Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector. I have been curious about this product for ages, and when both Ingrid from Curly Spring Blossom, and Stashy from Stash Matters talked about it, I knew that I had to try it for myself!

I purchased it at the Sephora store on Bloor when I was in Toronto last month, and have been using it daily since then, so I feel like I have given it a good test run. It costs $39 CAD at Sephora, and is listed on the BECCA website for $30 USD.

This innovative Under Eye Brightening Corrector completely eradicates undereye darkness by brightening and blurring imperfections. Infused with ultrafine light-reflecting illuminators, this rich, luminescent cream won’t settle into fine lines or wrinkles as it preps skin for smooth, even concealer coverage. It pairs perfectly with the Ultimate Coverage Concealing Crème to conceal, color correct, and brighten the undereye area.

Here’s the ingredient list:

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Polybutene, Rhus Succedanea Fruit Wax, Kaolin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Barium Sulfate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Squalane, Zinc Chloride, Aluminum Hydroxide, Trihydroxystearin, Hydrogenated Polycyclopentadiene, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Sodium Lauroyl Aspartatel, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector

My Experience:

Leading up to buying this I was struggling with a bout of insomnia, and then my seasonal allergies kicked in, so my eyes were the perfect testing conditions with both dark circles and puffiness! (Lucky me, I know)

The Under Eye Brightening Corrector does work to blur darkness and brighten the under eye area. I find it to be very hydrating, without being greasy, and it does not settle into fine lines. I won’t say that it completely hides dark circles for me on its own, but paired with a concealer, it does the best job at camouflaging dark circles and puffiness that I’ve used thus far!

Have you tried the Under Eye Brightening Corrector? If not, what is your holy grail product for combatting dark circles?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

 

 

 

Rock Your Hair – Spray It Clean Dry Shampoo

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Summer has definitely arrived here in Montreal! How is the weather wherever you are? Today I’m reviewing Michael O’Rourke’s Rock Your Hair Spray It Clean Dry Shampoo *Freebie from the Rock Your Hair booth at Generation Beauty*

Here’s a little bit of info on the brand:

Based in Malibu, California, Rock Your Hair is the latest big thing in the world of professional hair care. Designed by the founder of Big Sexy Hair, LA celebrity stylist Michael O’Rourke, Rock Your Hair delivers big volume and endless styling capabilities combining ingredient technologies that protect and repair hair from damage brought on by heat styling and chemical processes. All products are sulfate and paraben free and safe for all hair types. A shout out to our four legged friends, Rock Your Hair and Rock Your Fur are both 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free! Don’t forget it’s always better to RESCUE!

Now onto the product itself – Rock Your Hair Spray It Clean Dry Shampoo:

Refreshes tired locks when you don’t have time to shampoo. Absorbs excess oil and boosts volume. Prolongs the life of your color and blow out. Invisible powder that adds moisture without added weight and works perfect for all shades of color.

Rock Your Hair Spray It Clean Dry Shampoo

My Experience:

I really like this dry shampoo, it doesn’t make my hair dull, it adds volume and absorbs oil without making my hair feel like straw – everything that I want in a dry shampoo.

Have you tried this dry shampoo? Which one is your fave?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: PR sample from the Rock Your Hair booth at the Generation Beauty event (May 2016). I’m under no obligation to review this product. And most importantly, my opinion is my own!

H&M Solid Perfumes – Intuition and Revelation

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When I was in Toronto last month, I was browsing at the H&M store at the Eaton’s Center, and purchased two of the solid perfumes from their new beauty range.

The first perfume,  Intuition:

A solid wax perfume that softens and subtly scents the skin with a light, feminine blend of bergamot, blackcurrant and blossoming flowers.

Intuition is a lovely floral scent, but the blackcurrant keeps it from being too flowery.

The second perfume, Revelation:

A solid wax perfume that softens and subtly scents the skin with a refined, spicy blend of cinnamon, violet and warm amber.

Revelation is a lovely warm and spicy scent, but the violet keeps it from becoming too heavy or overpowering.

I love both scents! They both smell gorgeous and are long lasting. Because they are solid, you can just throw them in your purse without worrying about spillage. And as an added plus, the two scents work really well when combined together.

H&M Solid Perfume

At just $9.99 USD / $12.99 CAD, they are super affordable.

Have you tried either of these perfumes? What are your favourite scents for summer?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased these things!

Canadian Brands at Generation Beauty – Skinfix and Cake Beauty

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Today I’m reviewing a few things from two Canadian brands that are new to me, that had booths at the Generation Beauty event in Toronto last month.

First up are two products from Skinfix, a cruelty-free Canadian skincare brand. The first of which is the Ultra Rich Hand Cream *Gift Bag Swag*

Clinically proven to promote healthy skin on hands. Award winning Skinfix Ultra Rich Hand Cream is the ultimate in hand hydration. This rich, yet quick-absorbing hand cream is loaded with natural emollient oils of coconut and sunflower to relieve dryness and cracking on contact. Aloe leaf juice, chamomile and calendula soothe away dryness and provide long-lasting protection throughout the day. Skinfix Ultra Rich Hand Cream is the ultimate skin fix.*

This hand cream is super mega rich, but not at all greasy, and has no real scent. Great for dry hands and feet.

The second product is the Ultra Rich Body Butter *Freebie from the Skinfix booth*

Chronic dry skin is a result of a depleted lipid barrier combined with overall dehydration. For most, simple lotions do not offer enough relief and do not contain enough emollient ingredients to heal the skin barrier. Skinfix introduces Ultra Rich Body Butter, the ultimate super quencher for skin that’s extremely dry, flaking and rough. This luxurious, rich formula melts into skin to instantly relieve tightness and flaking. It also deeply penetrates to lock in essential moisture that leaves skin soft, supple and healthy all day. Natural shea butter, coconut and sunflower oil soothe and nourish depleted skin while antioxidants soothe and protect. Can be used daily all over the body for maximum comfort. For best results, apply has a regimen following Skinfix Cleansing Oil Wash. Skinfix Ultra Rich Body Butter is the ultimate skin fix.*

Ok, I know that I just said that the Ultra Rich Hand Cream was super rich and not greasy, but the Body Butter is even more hydrating. It works amazingly well on skin that is both sensitive and needing moisture.

The other brand is Cake Beauty, a Canadian hair, body and beauty brand, that is also cruelty-free. The first product is the Everything Balm *Freebie from the Cake Beauty booth*

Scale down your routine with this all-over beauty balm. Silky smooth (and never greasy), this wonderfully rich and moisturizing formula has you covered everything hydration is needed. With 21+ innovative uses, this natural balm is a naturally luxe, highly addictive, easy-to-apply, timesaving, get-creative-with-it, must-have miracle worker.

The Everything Balm’s key ingredient is high-performing natural castor oil. Used for thousands of years as a hair and skin treatment because of its deep penetration capabilities, it is known to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, encourage hair, brow, and lash strength and growth, and soothe skin from head to toe. This super-ingredient is supplemented with well-known humectants such as shea butter, coconut oil, cocoa butter and sunflower seed oil.

The Delectable Everything Balm: softens skin, tames brows, plumps pouts, conditions cuticles, pops cheekbones, brightens dark circles, seals split ends, glosses lips, nourishes dryness, softens heels, polishes puckers, shields skin, rejuvenates knees, smooths frizz, reduces itchiness, refreshes hands, unchaps lips, soothes sunburns, nurses cracks, restores elbows, eases bug bites and more…

This stuff is a true multi-tasking product with a mild, sweet scent. I’ve used it as lip balm, on my cuticles, and on the ends of my hair. I’ll probably end up buying a full size of this when it is gone, I love that it is such a multi-purpose product.

The second product from Cake Beauty is the Strawberries and Cream Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream *Gift Bag Swag*

Packed full of goodness, this ultra nourishing hand cream is enriched with mango butter, shea butter and aloe vera to smooth, nourish and rejuvenate hand and cuticles. Rich and never greasy, this beautiful blend is kissed with the delectable scent of strawberry & cream. Enjoy super-smooth, soft and nourished hands. A standing ovation all for you.

This hand cream is also rich without bring greasy. It has a strawberries and cream scent that is long lasting, so if you are sensitive to scented products, then this is not the one for you.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Products received at Generation Beauty. I am under no obligation to review these products, and my opinion is my own.

Generation Beauty – Eyeliner Edit

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Today I’m reviewing the eyeliners that I received at the Generation Beauty event that I attended last month.

First up is a Liquid Liner from Absolute New York. *Gift Bag Swag from Generation Beauty*

Whether you need ultra-fine precision, or dramatic definition, discover your inner eye expert with these six specially designed felt tip liners. Each dispenses a pigmented, ultra-black formula that boasts budge-proof, smudge-proof wear.

Nano: Ultra Fine Precision Liner (Water-Resistant)
Shape n’ Define: Expert Contour Liner (Waterproof)
Design n’ Define: Expert Calligraphy Liner (Waterproof)
Triple Play: Trio Tip Definer (Water-Resistant)
Duo Stroke: Dual-Ended Precision Liner (Waterproof)
Double Trouble: Jumbo Dual-Ended Liner (Waterproof)

I received the Duo Stroke liner. It is a nice deep dark black, and has AMAZING staying power – it is waterproof, so this is not going to budge until you remove it! I like that it has two different tips, so you can choose how thick or thin of a line to use.

Up next is a khol eyeliner pencil from Crown Brush in shade Sea Green K-48. *Freebie from the Crown Brush booth*

I was surprised to not get a brush as the booth freebie when the other brush companies at GenBeauty were giving out brushes. I could not find the exact product on the Crown Brush website, but here’s what it says on the website about their similar eye pencils:

Versatile pencils suitable for both your eyes and brows. Sharp enough to create a defined point but also soft enough to create a smokey, blended effect.
Comfortable to apply and easy to sharpen.

I do love the colour, but I don’t find it to be soft. The colour smudges easily, and it is not super long wearing on me.

Crown Brush & Essence Swatches

And lastly we have the Long Lasting Eye Pencil from Essence in shade 01 Black Fever. *Gift Bag Swag from Generation Beauty*

long-lasting and color-intense: the long-lasting eye pencil is super-easy to apply accurately thanks to its innovative twist-mechanism and guarantees long-lasting color results.

This pencil is soft and applies like a dream. It is more of a soft black than an ultra-black colour to me, maybe because I’m used to both Perversion and Zero from Urban Decay which are super dark. As for lasting power, it isn’t as long lasting as UD on me, but I’d still say that the lasting power was decent.

What is your fave liquid liner? Fave eyeliner pencil?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: These products were freebies / gift bag swag from Generation Beauty Toronto event. I am under no obligation to review these products. My opinion is my own.

Nuworld Botanicals – Beauty & Wellness – Sun-Kissed Skin Facial Oil

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It is a gorgeous sunny morning here, so it is the perfect day for my final Nuworld Botanicals review! I was sent an Aromatherapy Personals Sun-Kissed Skin Naturally Active Oil Concentrate for testing and review.

Nuworld Botanicals Sun-Kissed Skin

Here’s what it says on the website about this facial oil:

Fight the effects of aging while adding a slightly bronzed glow to the skin, with Aromatherapy Personals™ SUN-KISSED SKIN. Naturally unscented and aroma-free, ideal for Sensitive Skin.

A premium blend of 100 percent natural and organic plant oils formulated to promote supple, youthful skin tone and texture while delivering a slightly bronzed tone to the skin. Suitable for all skin types. Contains a balancing blend of Carrot oil and Sea Buckthorn oil, especially high in carotenoids, beta-carotene and vitamins A, C and E; plumps and rejuvenates skin tissue while providing a gentle tanning boost. Pumpkin seed oil together with Pomegranate oil, contains high levels of vitamins, minerals and proteins that helps maintain soft smooth skin and prevent moisture loss. Sea Buckthorn contains high levels of vitamins A and C and helps protect skin from environmental damage while promoting the natural skin restorative process.

I’ve been using this orange toned facial oil in the mornings after washing and toning my sensitive skin. My skin is so smooth  and hydrated, and it gives my skin a healthy glow. I’ve been using it daily since my package arrived, and I’m in love with how it makes my skin look and feel!

Nuworld Botanicals Sun-Kissed Skin

Active Ingredients: Argania spinosa kernal (argan) oil, Daucus carota (carrot) root extract, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, Rosa canina (rosehip) fruit oil, Curcurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed oil, Punica grantusm (pomegranate) seed oil, Limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, Hippophae rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) oil, Tocopherol (natural vitamin e)

Do you use facial oils? If so, what ones do you use?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

In case you missed it, I’ve already reviewed products from the Stress Relief, Energy Boost and Anxiety Relief Aromatherapy Personals range.

Disclosure: Product sent for testing and review purposes from Nuworld Botanicals, however, my opinion is my own.