July 2017 Empties

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I did not finish up as many products as I had hoped for July, but some progress is better than no progress!

July 2017 Empties

As you can see, I’ve mostly finished hair care products this month. I was super close to finishing up several skin care products, but I guess that they will be in my August empties.

July 2017 Empties

Maui Moisture Nourish & Moisture + Coconut Milk Shampoo & Conditioner* – originally reviewed here. I really loved this shampoo and conditioner, and would definitely buy it again, but I purchased the Shea Butter formulation to try out as its replacement.

CO LAB Dry Shampoo in Tokyo Scent – If you’ve been reading the blog for awhile, you will see the CO LAB Dry Shampoo appear in my empties on a fairly regular basis.  I usually buy the Rio scent, but it wasn’t in stock when I went to repurchase it, so I go this one instead. I’ll be repurchasing this one (or the Rio) soon.

July 2017 Empties

The Ordinary “Buffet” Multi Technology Peptide Serum – Originally reviewed here. I love this serum – it worked well for my skin. I plan on repurchasing this one along with a few new products to try out from The Ordinary.

Did you finish up many products this month? Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Products marked with an asterix * are PR samples, the rest have been purchased by me.

Weekly Recap July 24th to 30th

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Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out on anything and want to catch up…

Monday, July 24th – Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Shampoo & Conditioner Review


Friday, July 28th – Choupette Chocolat Review


Can you believe that July is almost over? This month has passed by so quickly for me!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original reviews for product disclosures.

Choupette Chocolat Review

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Today I have something a little different – an artisanal chocolate review. I was recently contacted by one of the owners of Choupette Chocolat and asked if I wanted to try their newly launched chocolate bars. Of course I said yes!

Choupette Chocolat

A few days later, a little package arrived. Let’s take a look inside:

Choupette Chocolat is made in Montreal, QC (Canada). They made fine chocolate with fun and original flavours. They currently have four different flavoured bars, ranging from 45% to 50% cocoa, sold in 35 gram bars (185 calories).

Chocolat Fin & Croustilles (Fine Chocolate & Chips)

This one is flavoured with kettle chips, maple flakes and sea salt. I didn’t think that I was going to like this one, but it is a perfect blend of salty, sweet and crunchy!

Chocolat fin & Mais Souffleé (Fine Chocolate & Popcorn)

Flavoured with popcorn, maple flakes and sea salt, this one was my favourite of the four, as the popcorn added a buttery note to the salty sweet blend.

Chocolat Fin & Bretzels (Fine Chocolate & Pretzels)

This one is flavoured with pretzels, caramel, maple flakes and sea salt. The flavour of this one is hard to describe, it was sweeter than I expected it to be, but still had a salty sweet crunch.

Chocolat Fin & Érable Croquant (Fine Chocolate & Maple Crunch)

This one is flavoured with maple taffy, maple flakes, and sea salt. This is the sweetest one of the four, but the addition of sea salt kept it from being too overly sweet. Again, this was one of my favourites.

Choupette Chocolat can be found on facebook and instagram (@choupettechocolat).

Merci Choupette Chocolat!

Disclosure: PR samples, however my chocolate snobbery is entirely my own!


Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Shampoo & Conditioner Review

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Today I have a review of the Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner from Maui Moisture. I attended the Montreal launch for the brand back in October 2016, where I received the Nourish & Moisture Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner set (review is here). Information in italics is taken from the Maui Moisture website.

The Shampoo:

Maui Moisture Revive & Hydrate + Shea Butter

Creamy shea butter is whipped into this hydrating shampoo blend along with rich coconut and macadamia oils help deeply quench, nourish, and soften strands to get your hair back to looking healthy.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Water (Aqua), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, PPG-2 Hydroxyethyl Coco/Isostearamide, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Polyquaternium-6, Polyquaternium-10, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Methyl Gluceth-10, Tapioca Starch, Sodium Chloride, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance (Parfum).

The Conditioner:

Maui Moisture Revive & Hydrate + Shea Butter

Creamy shea butter is whipped into this hydrating conditioner blend along with rich coconut and macadamia oils help deeply quench, nourish, and soften strands to get your hair back to looking healthy.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Water (Aqua), Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-10, Polyquaternium-37, Diheptyl Succinate, Caprylyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Tapioca Starch, Propylene Glycol, DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance (Parfum).

The review:
Maui Moisture Revive & Hydrate + Shea Butter
I decided to purchase the Heal & Moisturize + Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner as I was nearly finished using up my Coconut Milk set and wanted to try another one from their line. Since my hair is thick, wavy and frizz prone in the the summer months (well, MORE frizz prone), I wanted something that would be super hydrating in the hopes to help tame my hair and keep it nice and soft.
The shampoo really lathers well for a sulfate free shampoo. It makes my hair feel clean without feeling stripped. The conditioner really helps tame and detangle my unruly hair. My hair is less frizzy when I let it air dry. I do think that this one might be too heavy for fine hair, or hair that gets oily easily.
Both the shampoo and conditioner have a mild pleasant scent which is likely due to the combination of shea and macadamia nut. This set really works for my hair type.
Maui Moisture Revive & Hydrate + Shea Butter
About Maui Moisture:

MAUI MOISTURE® starts with a unique blend of aloe vera juice and is infused with pure coconut water, unlike some other shampoos that start with deionized water as their first ingredient listed. The results? Moisturized strands, mended split-ends, and a healthy glow with every use.

  • No mineral oil
  • No silicones
  • No parabens
  • No gluten
  • No SLS
  • No sulfated surfactants
  • No synthetic dye
  • YES eco-friendly
  • YES pure coconut water
  • YES pure aloe juice

Cruelty free?

MAUI MOISTURE® products are NOT tested on animals. MAUI MOISTURE® does not initiate animal tests on either finished products or ingredients whether directly or indirectly. All ingredients used are carefully monitored. All suppliers are requested to confirm that their materials have not been tested on animals. Ingredients which do not have this data supplied for them are not used in any products. MAUI MOISTURE® is against the suffering endured by animals when ingredients and products are tested. We support suppliers and organizations that are developing alternative methods of testing without using animals.

Have you tried anything from Maui Moisture?

Disclosure: I purchased these things!

13 Months of Ipsy GlamBag – A Look Back

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I realized that I’ve had my Ipsy GlamBag Subscription for over a year now – 13 months to be exact. After getting ANOTHER black eyeliner, I got to thinking that I would take a look at all of the GlamBags that I received and tally up how many of each product type that arrived each month, rate the contents of each bag, and see how many cruelty free products that I received.

Ipsy GlamBag 13 months

As you can see, the top three categories are Make-up (31 products – out of which 4 were black eyeliners), Skincare (17 products) and Tools (10 – out of which 9 of them were brushes). And, to the best of my knowledge, 58 out of 65 products were cruelty free.

I took off points if there were non-cruelty free products in the bag, or if there were products that I didn’t like (like eyeliners, or highly scented products, or products that I either cannot use due to skin sensitivity, or products that I just won’t use). Anything that I didn’t like or cannot use, I’ve passed onto someone who will make use of them rather than have them go to waste.

Do you have an Ipsy subscription? How long have you had it? And are you mostly happy or disappointed with it?

Disclosure: I pay for this subscription.



Ipsy GlamBag July 2017 Unboxing & First Impressions

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Today I have my unboxing and first impressions for my July Ipsy GlamBag. (All info in italics is taken from the Ipsy website)

Let’s take a look! The bag itself is pretty cute with Sanrio’s Gudetama, a lazy egg creature.

Here’s the insert card:

Up first is a Crease Brush from IBY Beauty.

  • Wanna step up your shadow game ASAP?! You’ll need the right tools. Thankfully, this blending master picks up what you’re putting down, flawlessly. (No fallout here thankyouverymuch.)
  • Thanks to the dense, domed shape, this is THE brush you need to blend out your darker shadow shades and create fierce definition.  
  • It’s furry friendly! The super soft, synthetic bristles are 100% vegan.

I absolutely love getting brushes in my Ipsy GlamBags, especially when they are cruelty free and vegan.

Second is the Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet from Caudalie

Ipsy Glam Bag July 2017

  • Cult classic alert! This bestselling baby helps hydrate, soothe, and soften ALL skin types. (Shout out to all you hyper-sensitive peeps!)
  • We love a cooling, refreshing sorbet in the summer, and this is no exception! It’s totes lightweight, so your skin will feel rejuvenated and oh-so fresh.
  • Forever young? Yes please! This moisturizing gem is legit loaded with a patented cocktail of organic grape water and grape-seed polyphenols, which protect your skin from icky wrinkle-causing free radicals.
Third is the Illuminating Highlighter from Nomad Cosmetics in the shade Midnight Sun:
  • This summer we’re taking it #overeasy, so we’re all about that maximum glow potential with little-to-no effort. (Sorry not sorry.) That’s why we’re OBSESSED with this gorg golden highlighter that makes us look dewy AF in a flash.
  • Glittery, shimmery highlighter is SO not chill. The finely-milled powder is infused with a nutrient-packed Nordic superberry for a totally natural looking, lit-from-within finish.
  • Wanna go for a beach babe-tastic monochromatic glow? This golden wonder also works as an eyeshadow!

Ipsy Glam Bag July 2017

I’ll start with the good, this highlighter is a soft and finely milled highlighter that is cruelty free, and the shade is beautiful – similar to the one that I recently reviewed from Maison Jacynthe. The bad is that this is so tiny. It is miniscule!
Fourth is the Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel from Tarte:
Ipsy Glam Bag July 2017
  • Dissolve waterproof makeup with this hypoallergenic, non-drying cleanser that’s ideal for daily use.

  • Seafood? It’s vegan, so antioxidant marine ingredients like algae and marine flower extract are the only food we see! (It’s food for your skin. Don’t eat this gel, even though it smells amazing.)

  • Turn your medicine cabinet into a mermaid’s treasure trove with the irresistible under-the-sea packaging.

Again, I’l start with the good – this cleanser sounds really amazing, I plan on taking it with me on my upcoming vacation next month. And it is cruelty free. The bad is how disappointingly tiny this sample is.
The fifth and final product is the Wonderwand Gel-Kohl Hybrid Liner in Black from Ciaté London:
Ipsy Glam Bag July 2017
  • Black liners are a dime a dozen, but we’ve never seen one like this. TBH, this *wonderwand* is giving us maj Wonder Woman vibes. (Like the kind of wonder woman who can create an amazing cat eye and make it look effortless.)
  • You can literally create ANY eye look (from slept in and smudgy to razor sharp flicks) with this magic wand. It’s double-ended with a rich, inky black kohl formula on one side and a blending/smudging brush on the other.
  • Real talk: We expect a LOT from our liners, and we simply won’t stand for anything less than long-wearing. We wore this one to our BFFs wedding and it stayed on point all. damn. day.
YET ANOTHER BLACK EYELINER. It is cruelty free at least. But I’ll be passing this onto someone who will use it as I have more eyeliners than I will ever use in my lifetime.
This photo shows my overall feeling towards the bag:
Ipsy Glam Bag July 2017
I’m happy with the inclusion of mostly cruelty free brands, but I’m rather meh about how small the samples are – I don’t feel that this month’s bag was worth the $20 CAD (with the exchange rate) that I paid. And I’m super annoyed that I got yet another black eyeliner.
I plan on keeping my Ipsy monthly subscription for another couple of months to see if they redeem themselves.
Disclosure: I pay for this subscription.

Weekly Recap July 10th to 16th

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Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out and wanted to catch up…

Monday, July 10th – Maison Jacynthe Fluid Foundation Review

Thursday, July 13th – Maison Jacynthe Illuminator and Nail Polish Reviews

I’ll be continuing to post on twice a week, most likely sticking to Monday and Thursday blog posts.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure:  PR samples, however my opinion is my own, based on my experience.

Maison Jacynthe Illuminator and Nail Polish Reviews

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I was recently sent a lovely package from Maison Jacynthe of some of their new product launches (Thank You Maison Jacynthe!) I’ve previously reviewed products from Maison Jacynthe (here and here) and really loved them, so I was super excited to open my package!

Maison Jacynthe1

I received three products – a Fluid Foundation, an Illuminator / Highlighter, and a Nail Polish.  Earlier this week I reviewed the Fluid Foundation (here), and today I’m reviewing the Illuminator and a Nail Polish.

All info in italics is taken from the Maison Jacynthe website. Let’s start with the Illuminator:

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This natural highlighter has an excellent hold and gives you a sublime and structured look. Its formula, made with coffee extracts, corn, macadamia oil and apricot, brightens and hydrates the skin. You will love its texture and fine pigments. Available in 2 shades:

  • 01 Soleil Pétillant is shimmery with a slight golden tint.
  • 02 Lune Rose is also shimmery with a golden pink finish.

Our highlighters catch the light and give you an immediate healthy looking skin.

Maison Jacynthe

I chose the Soleil Pétillant / Sparkling Sun shade. It is a very soft golden highlighter, and really gives my skin a natural looking glow. It is very finely milled, and long wearing. My photos just don’t capture how beautiful it looks on the skin.

All of the eyeshadows, blushes, and illuminators come in this type of packaging where you can purchase a beauty empty compact from Maison Jacynthe, or just put it into another empty palette.

Now onto the Nail Polish:

This unique nail polish (available in 10 colors) is free of 9-10 of the most toxic ingredients usually found in nail polish. * 75.5%-80% of natural origin * enriched with organic silicon with fortifying and protective properties * certified by PETA, cruelty-free * gluten-free, nickel-free (to avoid risks of allergies) * FREE OF: formalin – formaldehyde – toluene – dibutyl phthalate – paraben – xylene – camphor – styrene – benzophenone – rosin (except color #9)

Out of the 10 shades, I picked Taormina, a beautiful mauve nude shade. It is really difficult to capture this shade – as you can see in the above two photos, it looks more grey or brown in tone, but in reality it is more mauve (closer to the first two photos). This is a highly wearable colour. I would say that it needs two to three coats for perfect application. I wear tested this nail polish without a top coat to see how it would perform.

Maison Jacynthe

Most nail polishes do not last more than three days without chipping on me, even with a top coat. The above photo is after five days, no topcoat, – with minor tip wear on most nails, and chips on two nails – so with a topcoat, it would last even longer for me! That is impressive for my nails!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: PR sample, however my opinion is my own!