Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Golden Hour Recovery Cream from Ursa Major that came in December’s Petit Vour subscription box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream

This intensely hydrating yet fast-absorbing face cream provides deep hydration and nourishment to soothe and replenish weary skin. Use it as a daily moisturizer, as a “wrinkle-busting” night cream or anytime your skin needs extra TLC. Works great for all skin types; especially recommended for anyone recovering from prolonged exposure to the elements.

Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream

  • Delivers intense hydration without feeling heavy
  • Helps combat the visible signs of aging
  • Reduces the appearance of redness and uneven skin tone
  • Soothes irritation from dryness and exposure to the elements
  • Works for all skin types, especially dry, sensitive or neglected skin

Aroma: Neroli, sandalwood and a touch of sour rose anchored with fresh-soaked earth. 

Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream

This golden hued facial cream arrived during a deep freeze, so my skin needed the extra boost of moisture. It is super hydrating, but not heavy or greasy. The scent is mild and earthy – but I don’t get the sour rose scent at all.

It works well for both day and night, and plays nicely with my foundation. All in all a lovely facial cream, perfect for cold weather.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

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

True Moringa Lip Whip Review

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Today I have a review of the Lip Whip from True Moringa in the shade Truth that came in my December Petit Vour subscription box. [info in italic taken from the Petit Vour website]

True Moringa Lip Whip

Who says clean beauty can’t be glamorous? Introducing True Moringa’s series of naturally colored and flavored lip whips for a lasting hint of color, shimmer and moisture to protect lips year-round.     

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ANTI AGING  Moringa is rich in zeatin, known for stimulating cell division, growth, and delaying aging of cells. Moringa is packed with crucial fatty acids and antioxidants that the fight free radicals that cause premature aging.

INTENSE HYDRATION + PROTECTION  The unique blend of luxurious cocoa butter and moringa penetrate deeply into the skin and replenish essential animo acids and nutrients.  

IDEAL FOR DRY LIPS Rejuvenate and heal scaly or cracked lips and replenish moisture with daily use.

True Moringa Lip Whip

The Lip Whips are available in three different shades: Truth (pink yarrow cocoa), Mystery (burgundy Anise) and Moonlight (white gold peppermint).

True Moringa Lip Whip

As you all know, I’m a lip balm addict, so I was happy to see a tinted lip balm in the December box. I currently don’t have any other tinted lip balms in my stash right now.

It is a really pretty glossy balm, but without the stickiness of a lip gloss. I find it to be super hydrating, and the hint of tint is really pretty. I find myself using it a lot these days, as my lips have been dry from the winter weather.

Although the description says that it is naturally flavoured, I really cannot taste anything. Or for that matter, it does not seem to have any scent whatsoever, which I find surprising as I would expect it to smell like cocoa butter.

True Moringa is cruelty free brand (all Petit Vour brands are cruelty free).

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

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

 

 

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Ultra-Natural Mascara

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Today I have a review of the Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Ultra-Natural Mascara that came in my December Petit Vour subscription box. Here’s what it says on the Petit Vour website:

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Mascara

Volumizing nutrient-rich mascara powered by intense plant-derived Phyto-Pigments for a feathery-soft look and feel after every smooth, buildable coat. Non-drying formula leaves lashes clump-free and is designed to minimize smudging and flaking.

WHAT IT DOES:

  • Volumizes lashes
  • Unique brush designed for optimal pick-up of the formula: slim profile for precise application and spiral-shaped to coat lashes from all angles
  • Formulated with more than 60% certified organic ingredients and with Phyto-Pigments and minerals instead of petroleum combustion carbon black

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Just a reminder about my lashes – they 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

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Mascara

So how does this mascara measure up?

When first applied, I found that it gave me natural looking lashes without clumping or flaking, a kind of a “my lashes but slightly better” look as it darkened them slightly and seemed to hold a curl. It did not give me the level of volume that I was expecting.

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Mascara

I wore this mascara and went out to run a few errands yesterday afternoon. When I came home and looked in the mirror, THE HORROR! It was smeared REALLY BADLY under my eyes!  So it is definitely not waterproof  (which it does not claim) or smudge-proof (it claims to be smudge-proof).

I will say two good things about this mascara – it was super easy to remove (on purpose, not the accidental horror-show smear-fest), and it did not irritate my eyes. Because of that I’ll score it 2 out of 7.

If you like a natural looking mascara and don’t have watery eyes, you might really like this mascara. But sadly, it is not the one for me!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

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

 

Weekly Re-cap Jan 8th to 14th (2018)

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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, Jan 8th – Best of 2017 – Makeup

Wednesday, Jan 10th – Petit Vour Unboxing and First Impressions (December 2017 Box)

Petit Vour December 2017

Friday, Jan 12th – Odacité Synergie [4] Immediate Skin Perfecting Beauty Masque Review

What else?

I’m still managing to keep up with the Yoga With Adriene YWA True daily practices so far. Nearly at the half-way mark for the 30 days!

I bought myself a new pair of winter boots because my old pair was not warm and were heavy and so uncomfortable.

Columbia Minx Mid Boots

These are the Columbia Minx Mid boots, and they have are waterproof, breathable, and toasty warm (up to -25F / -32C). They are super lightweight and the soles feel bouncy!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original blog post for disclosures.

Odacité Synergie [4] Immediate Skin Perfecting Beauty Masque

Petit Vour December 2017

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I was originally going to test out the Odacité Synergie [4] Immediate Skin Perfecting Beauty Masque on the weekend, I decided to test it out yesterday instead after my patch test on my arm was fine. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour December 2017

This powdered facial mask works on four levels:

SYNERGIE[1] DETOX & PURIFY PORES :The synergy of Clay + Activated Charcoal works diligently on your skin, leaving your pores visibly refined and free of blemishes. 

SYNERGIE[2] PEEL : The synergy of Enzymes + Fruit Acids works instantly to slough off dead skin cells, encouraging fresh new ones to the surface for a fresh, healthy glow. 

SYNERGIE[3] BRIGHTEN & EVEN OUT SKIN TONE: The fast-acting synergy of Vitamin C + Enzymes fades hyperpigmentation and prevents brown spots, revealing a radiant and even skin tone. 

SYNERGIE[4]  FIRM: The synergy of Vitamin C + Probiotics works in duo to boost collagen synthesis, providing the skin with the support it needs to stay firm and youthful.

Odacité Synergie [4] Masque

The mask is water activated, but if you want to bump up the effectiveness of one of the four synergies, you can add a different liquid (such as yogurt, milk, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice).

Odacité Synergie [4] Masque

I decided to just use water to test out the mask itself, before trying any other liquids, so I would know how my skin reacted to the mask itself.

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I mixed the mask up, with slightly too much water at first, but then added a bit more of the powder to thicken it up (roughly half the package total), applied the facial mask with a brush, and left it on for 15 minutes. After washing off the mask, my face was a little pink. But my skin looked like it had been deeply cleaned – but not aggressively so. It definitely cleans your pores!

 

I do think that you would need to use this mask several times to really notice the brightening and firming effects, but overall I think that this is a lovely facial mask. I would love to own the full size, but at $59 USD, it will have to go on my wishlist right now.

Odacité Synergie [4] Masque

Messy hair and all! Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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

Petit Vour Unboxing December 2017

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Today I have my unboxing and first impressions for December’s Petit Vour box. It arrived last week and I’ve finally had a chance to photograph everything.

Petit Vour December 2017

The monthly Canadian subscription costs $23 USD – with the exchange rate that I paid in December, that works out to be $30 CAD. Let’s take a closer look at what was inside.

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Province Apothecary Full Brow Serum – I’ve never used a brow serum before, and have skimpy brows, so I’ll definitely be trying this one out! It is also the first product that I will have tried from Province Apothecary. This will probably be several months worth of brow serum since you only use 1 to 2 drops per use. Review to follow once I’ve tested it out for a few weeks.

Petit Vour December 2017

Odacité Synergie [4] Immediate Skin Perfecting Beauty Masque – This facial mask powder sounds interesting as it is a multi-tasker – detox, peel, brighten and firm. I’m going to do a patch test before using it on my face. I do love facial masks, so I’m happy with this one. Review to follow.

Petit Vour December 2017

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Ultra-Natural Mascara – I haven’t tried a natural mascara before, but I’m looking forward to trying it out. Hopefully the claims of no smudging, flaking or clumping hold true. I’m also hoping that it will hold a curl. Review to follow!

Petit Vour December 2017

True Moringa Lip Whip in Truth – I love lip balms, so I’m always happy to get one. Another new to me brand. Review upcoming!

Petit Vour December 2017

Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream – I love skincare products, and after the deep freeze that we’ve been going through, I could use all the hydration! Another brand that I’ve wanted to try for quite awhile! Review to follow once I’ve tested it out!

Total value of this month’s box is $54 USD – which at the exchange rate that I paid works out to be $70.43 CAD! I love that all of the products in the Petit Vour box are cruelty free AND they are also all vegan.

Disclosure: I pay for this monthly subscription. And my opinion is very much always my own!

Best of 2017 – Makeup

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Today I’m sharing my top makeup picks for 2017. These are all new to me products that I’ve tested out during the year, and do not include any old favourites. These products are the most used, and most loved additions to my makeup collection in 2017.

Best of 2017 Makeup

Masion Jacynthe Fluide de Teint / Fluid Foundation (PR Sample) – This is the perfect foundation for this time of year when my skin needs extra moisture as this is a hydrating and dewy finish foundation. I’ve been adding in a little of one of my paler foundations to get a perfect shade match for my winter pale skin. Reviewed here.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation – This is a great all year round foundation as it contains some SPF, and is lightweight, with what I would call a semi-matte finish (not a super flat matte). I have this in two shades (1.2P and 1.1N). I’d like to try the 1.1P next. Lately I’ve been mixing the two together to make the perfect shade for me! Reviewed here and here.

Milani The Multitasker Face Powder – I use this powder to set my Maison Jacynthe Fluid Foundation, to make the finish is little less dewy, and to cut down on shine on my nose for other foundations. Reviewed here.

Maison Jacynthe Illuminateur / Illuminator  (PR Sample) – I have this in the shade Sparkling Sun, a pale gold toned highlighter. It is great for adding a subtle glow to the skin. Out of all the highlighters that I own, I seem to use this one the most. Reviewed here.

Hey Honey Active Propolis Cream Concealer – This concealer works so well for the under eye area as it hydrates and conceals. Reviewed here.

Best of 2017 Makeup

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks in Pepper, Rhubarb, and Verbena – I’ve been wearing these lipsticks ALL THE TIME since purchasing my first one in the spring. The best lipstick formula I’ve ever tried. Reviewed here, here and here.

Sothys Paris Velvet Effect Lipstick in Rose le Pic (PR Sample) – This lipstick formula comes close to the perfection of the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick. It is a very wearable rose shade that I’ve been wearing a lot. Reviewed here.

Essence Cosmetics The False Lashes Mascara – This is the best non-waterproof mascara I’ve ever tried. My eyes water easily, so most non-waterproof mascaras are a no-go for me. This one has everything I look for in a mascara – deep, dark, ultra black, volumizing, lengthening, AND hold a curl without flaking or running / smearing. I need to pick up a new tube asap! Reviewed here.

What were your most favourite products for 2017?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: All PR Samples identified, the rest have been purchased by me. My opinion is my own.

Weekly Re-cap Jan 1st to 7th

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Just a little re-cap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out and want to catch up.

Tuesday, January 2nd – December Empties

Dec 2017 Empties

Friday, January 5th – Best 17 of 2017 – Skin, Bath & Body, Hair

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Best of 2017

Best of 2017

It has been so cold here in Montreal, my skin has been SO DRY! Supposedly the cold snap is ending tonight and we will return to our normal level of winter cold.

If you follow me on Twitter, you will know that I’ve been doing the annual Yoga With Adriene 30 Day Challenge. This year’s practices are titled True. So far, I’ve been able to stick to a daily practice, and I’ve been enjoying it so far!

Monday’s post will be my Best of 2017 – Makeup. My December Petit Vour box arrived last week, so I’ll be sharing my unboxing and first impressions with you during the week as well.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

 

Best 17 of 2017 – Skin and Hair Care

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Today I am sharing my pocks for the best of 2017 in Skincare, Bath / Body and Hair Care – in some categories I picked more than one product.

Skincare:

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Best Cleansers of 2017 – Farmacy Beauty Green Clean Balm and Juice Beauty Brightening Gel Cleanser. Both have become my favourite cleansers that I tried this past year! Reviewed here and here.

Best Serums of 2017 – The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% and Buffet. I’ve gone through two of each of these and they work really well for my sensitive skin. Reviewed here and here.

Best Eye Cream / Serum of 2017 – The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG. This is the the only caffeine based eye serum that I’ve tried that doesn’t irritate my eyes. It works well for calming undereye puffiness. Review is here.

Best Toner of 2017 – The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution. Admittedly, I’ve not tried a lot of toners this year, but this one works well for my skin. I only use it a few times a week and not daily. Review is here.

Best Facial Oil of 2017 – Poetic Blend Ghost Oil. This came in a Petit Vour box, and I absolutely love it, especially now that we are in the midst of cold winter weather. Review is here.

Best in Bath and Body 2017

Best of 2017

Best in Body Care 2017 – Neal’s Yard Remedies Bee Lovely All Over Balm (PR Sample) and Satya Organic Eczema Relief. Both are amazing. Reviews are here and here.

Best in Lip Care 2017 – Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask and Joik Gloss and Care Lip Oil. I’m a lip balm addict and these two are the best! Review are here and here.

Best in Bath 2017 – Wildcraft Buff Scrub and Joik Luxurious Rose Bathmilk. This is the nicest body scrub, and it smells amazing. It says that it can be used on the face, but my facial skin is far too sensitive. I’m sad that I’ve used up the last of my Joik Rose Bathmilk – it was so lovely and the scent was glorious. Reviews here and here.

Best Hand Cream 2017 – Natura Siberica Saaremaa Mositurizing Hand Cream. I was gifted this while in Estonia, and it is such an amazing hand cream. I use it daily in the colder weather. Review is here.

Best in Hair Care 2017

Best of 2017

Best Hair Accessory 2017 – GummiBand Hair Cords (PR Sample). I’ve been using these daily since getting them. I have one on my wrist as I’m typing, haha! Review is here.

Best Hair Product 2017 – Briogeo Curl Charisma. Helps tame my unruly wavy hair and make it look good without being crunchy or heavy. Review is here.

Best Dry Shampoo 2017 –  Hask Chia Seed Volumizing Dry Shampoo. This was diffiuclt to choose between this one and my usual one from Co-Lab. I like that it doesn’t make my hair feel gross, or add a white cast and adds a nice amount of volume. Review is here.

Next week I’ll have by Top 17 of 2017 in makeup!