GummiBand Hair Cords Review

*PR sample*

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You might have seen me doing a little unboxing on my Instagram Stories of a package from GummiBand. They did a call for bloggers and when I found out that they were a Canadian company, I sent them a an email to let them know that I was interested in trying GummiBands out.


I received a package with two of each of the following colours – clear, black, brunette, light pink, dark pink, teal and purple, as well as a lovely letter from the owner Kirsten. If you look at all the photos, there is one GummiBand missing because it was in my hair while taking photos! They are currently available in 8 different colours – the only one that I did not receive was the blonde.


My hair is fairly long (the longest point is just past my bra strap), thick and wavy. I’ve mostly stopped using conventional hair elastics, and was using those flat, stretchy, ribbon type hair bands – but found that they stretched out and got dirty looking after several uses.


After reading up on GummiBands, I was hopeful that they would work for me. (info in Italics taken from the GummiBands website).

GummiBand Hair Cords are:

Hypoallergenic (They do not absorb water or sweat so they do not breed bacteria)

Suitable for all types of hair (Long and thick hair? Use 2 GummiBands for extra hold!)

Gentle on hair, reducing breakage and styling damage.

Reusable for years. When the cord stretched out, warm it up with hot air from a hair dryer or hot water to return it to its original shape!

GummiBand hair cords come with a 1 year full replacement warranty

Even though it says to use 2 GummiBands for extra hold, I find that I can get away with just using one for either a ponytail or a bun – even with my thick, wavy hair!

They really do shrink back into shape when heated! I purposely stretched one out and then heated it with my hair dryer and it returned to its original shape.

I’ve been wearing mine daily since receiving my package. My unruly, messy hair is thankful! ❤


They come in a package of four, and sell for $7.99 CAD, with free shipping in Canada. As well, GummiBands has kindly given me a coupon code to receive 2 bonus GummiBands with the purchase of every four-cord pack. The code is BONUS16 (just add the code into the notes section during checkout.

A little bit about GummiBands:

-Amazingly Awesome People
-Proudly Canadian, eh
-From the land of LuluLemon and all-you-can-eat sushi… Vancouver
-100% Female owned and operated


They are very community oriented and give back!

The team at GummiBand supports women in business around the world through micro-loans on Kiva. Kiva allows us to select female loan applicants from developing countries and help fund their entrepreneurial or educational dreams. 

ALSO, they support more than 50+ local fundraisers, AND mentor female high school students.  AND they work directly with their factory to ensure fair, safe and profitable working conditions, AND directly employ 15 women in Canada, the Philippines and India.

I might be a little bit smitten with this Canadian company!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this contains PR samples and a coupon code, however my opinion is always my own!



Reminder – Giveaway Extended to Dec 5th

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Just a reminder that my giveaway with Smile Brilliant is still open – they were kind enough to extend the giveaway until December 5th, so do please enter, details below are taken from my original blog post review – you can read it here.
The folks at Smile Brilliant have kindly given me a promo code for my readers as well as a giveaway prize for a $139 credit towards a whitening kit!
Promo code for $15  off: abrashattitude15
The Giveaway is open until December 5th. Please enter through the link.
This giveaway is open to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia residents. Good luck!
Disclosure: PR sample, giveaway and promo code. However, my opinion is very much my own!

Monthly Watch Club Review


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If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen a little unboxing in my Stories from Monthly Watch Club. They contacted me and asked if I wanted to try out one of their watches – funnily enough, I actually needed a new watch – so of course I said yes!

[info in italics taken from their website]

Monthly Watch Club

For as little as CA $33.00 ($25 USD) a month you will receive a new custom made watch that is yours to keep. We work with watch makers from around the world to provide you with amazing watches at an amazing price. You will never receive the same watch twice. Start building your collection today!



I received the September watch which has a gold coloured face and hands, a date dial, and brown leather strap. It is a lovely looking watch, and is comfortable to wear.

The watch arrived in a padded envelope and packaged in a black gift box.

Monthly Watch Club

I think that this would make a great gift idea for people who collect watches –  they have subscriptions for both men and women’s watches  – there are several subscription options: month to month plans, 3 months, six months, and 12 months.


One of the cool things about this company is that they give back:

Monthly Watch Club cares about the entrepreneurs struggling around the world, that’s why we are partnered with Kiva to provide 10% of all profits going towards people building businesses around the world.

What do you think about a monthly watch subscription? Do you wear the same watch all the time, or do you have a collection?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this is a PR sample, however all opinions are my own.



Weekly Recap Nov 20th to 26th

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

Monday, Nov 20th – Kani Botanicals Moon Milk Review

Wednesday, Nov 22nd – Plant Apothecary Get Happy Bodywash Review

Friday, Nov 24th – Poetic Blend The Ghost Oil Review

This coming week, I will only be posting on Tuesday and Thursday instead of my usual Monday, Wednesday and Friday schedule. I’ll still be reading and commenting daily as usual.

By the way, the Kani Moon Milk works great as a hair oil! My hair was soft and under control. And no one commented that my hair looked like a disco ball.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: All are from my Petit Vour subscription that I pay for.

Poetic Blend The Ghost Oil Review

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Today I have a review of The Ghost Oil from Poetic Blend that came in my October box from Petit Vour [info in italics from the Petit Vour website]

Poetic Blend The Ghost Oil

As the quintessential daily moisturizer made with a beautifying blend of incredibly fast absorbing and highly nutritive oils, this uniquely formulated creation is supremely lightweight, ultra nourishing and vanishes deep within – leaving behind nothing but silky smooth and hydrated skin. The Ghost oil vanishes deep within the skin without leaving a trace.

Poetic Blend The Ghost Oil

The Ghost Oil is super lightweight and really does absorb quickly into the skin. And as an added bonus, it has no real scent. I’ve been adding a few drops into my moisturizer to give my skin an extra hydration boost in the mornings and on its own (after various serums) at night. I really like this facial oil!

It is a multi use oil:  used on its own or added to moisturizer, used as a makeup remover and facial cleansing oil, used as a nail and cuticle oil, used for dry patches, used as a hair oil, used as a shaving oil, and as a massage oil! I love multi-purpose products.

Poetic Blend The Ghost Oil

The Ghost Oil contains just five ingredients:

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Squalane oil, Coconut fractionated oil, Camellia flower oil, Safflower oil and Apricot Kernel seed oil. *Certified Organic

The full size bottle (30ml) costs $50 USD on the Petit Vour website.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

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




Plant Apothecary Get Happy Bodywash Review

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Today I have a review of the Get Happy Bodywash from Plant Apothecary that came in my October box from Petit Vour [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Plant Apothecary Get Happy Bodywash

The GET HAPPY Organic Bodywash is enriched with organic essential oils of geranium and peppermint, which are known for their uplifting properties. Take a sniff and lather up to boost your mood and make it a happy day! The all-natural, honeylike gel is made of only eight simple ingredients, and is completely free of parabens, SLS, petroleum, silicones and harsh, mysterious chemicals. And its gentle, low-sudsing formula is gentle on even sensitive skin.

Plant Apothecary Get Happy Bodywash

This bodywash smells so amazing and uplifting. It reminds me of the Buff Face and Body Scrub from Wildcraft that I absolutely love (review is here). This is a really lovely and gentle bodywash. Definitely a great one for those dark and cold mornings when you need a little extra oomph to get going!

Plant Apothecary Get Happy Bodywash

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Potassium Cocoate (Coconut Oil Soap),* Potassium Olivate (Olive Oil Soap),* Potassium Jojobate (Jojoba Oil Soap),* Glycerine (vegetable), Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum,* Aloe Barbadensis Leaf,* Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil,* Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil.* | *Certified Organic. 


I love that this bodywash has minimal ingredients, and that they are all organic.

The full size bottle is listed at $20 USD for 9.5oz (281ml), and the sample size listed at $7 USD for 2.3oz (70ml).

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

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

Kani Botanicals Moon Milk Review

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Today I have a review of the Moon Milk Shimmering Body Oil from Kani Botanicals that came in my October Petit Vour subscription box [info in italics is taken from the Petit Vour website].

Kani Moon Milk

This silky and lightweight oil illuminates with shimmers of gold to complement every complexion. Infused with a bouquet of natural and organic ingredients, this beauty oil protects and moisturizes dry skin leaving you radiantly glowing. It’s captivating scent wraps a bouquet of jasmine blossom and velvety tuberose.

Kani Moon Milk

Jasmine scents are not usually a favourite of mine. It is probably my second most hated scent. That being said, for some reason I actually like the scent of this body oil. I guess that the Tuberose somehow makes the jasmine work for my nose.

Kani Moon Milk

This is a nice body oil, it absorbs quickly into the skin and isn’t greasy feeling, and it smells lovely, but it is too glittery for my liking. Kani Moon Milk

I will use it up though, because I love the scent and how it feels on my skin so I’ll probably have glittery legs this winter, haha!

Kani Moon Milk

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | *Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil,  *Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mica, Iron Oxides, Jasmine Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Polyanthus Tuberose (Tuberose) Oil, Non-GMO Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Silica | *Certified Organic


Do you have a favourite body oil?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I pay for my monthly Petit Vour subscription.

Weekly Recap Nov 13th to 19th

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

Monday, November 13th – Easy Home Whitening for Sensitive Teeth with Smile Brilliant (and Giveaway) *PR sample, promo code and giveaway link*

Wednesday, November 15th – The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% Review

Friday, November 17th – Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme Facial Masque Review

Things and stuff:

It is a snowy and wet Sunday morning here in Montreal. I’m so not ready for winter!

I made a Thai inspired soup this morning in my InstantPot and my entire place smells like lemongrass and ginger. Yuuuuuuum!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: All products disclosed in original reviews. My opinion is always my own whether the post involves a PR sample or something that I paid for myself.

Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Review

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Today I have a review of the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask from Shamanuti that I received in my October Petit Vour subscription box. I’ve had a chance to try this several times now, and feel ready to let you know what I think. [all info in italics is from the Petit Vour website]

Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme Masque

A pumpkin facial masque, rich with nutrients

• Transforms dull complexions into brighter, healthier skin
• Rejuvenates skin while preserving its natural, protective mantle

This Pumpkin Masque is rich in natural antioxidants, enzymes and over 100 beneficial nutrients, which increase the rate of cell renewal, transforming dull complexions to bright and healthy skin. Comparable to the effects of alpha hydroxyl acids, this organic face masque rejuvenates skin while preserving its natural protective mantle.

Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme Masque

I’ve tested out and reviewed a few pumpkin based facial masks previously – the Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask from Anadalou Naturals (review is here) and the Incredible Pumpkin Peel from MyChelle Dermaceuticals (here), so I was excited to try this one out.

Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme Masque

Masks have acids or enzymes in them usually tingle when applied – and this one does tingle a bit. For me, it is within the tolerable range, and not in the danger zone of face melting. If you have sensitive skin or sensitivity to acids / enzyme based products ALWAYS DO A PATCH TEST before trying on your face. Trust me on this one.

Your skin will glow after using this mask. And it looks and smells like pumpkin pie filling – which I love! My skin does not feel dry or stripped after using.

Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme Masque

I only have one complaint about this mask – the pump in the sample size clogs easily due to the thickness / texture of the mask which is annoying. So I just take the pump off and use it to scoop the mask out of the bottle. The packaging for the full size looks similar to the sample size, so it might be an issue.

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Cucurbita pepo (Pumpkin), Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharinum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, Aqua (Water), Vegetable Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate, Glucolactone, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Oil, Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide Gum), Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Bark, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Powder, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Powder, Pimenta Officinalis (Allspice) Powder, Rosmarinus Officnalis (Rosemary Oleoresin), Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Oil

The full size is listed on the Petit Vour website at $42 USD for 4 fluid ounces.

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