Everyday Minerals Velvet Eyeshadow (Fresh Glowing) Review

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Today I have a review of the Velvet Eyeshadow from Everyday Minerals in the shade Fresh Glowing. This came in my most recent Petit Vour box subscription. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour March 2018 - Everyday Minerals

A softly luminous, loose mineral eyeshadow. Rich and velvet, with a subtle shimmer, brings a stunning and weightless finish to your eyes. 

Everyday Minerals Velvet Eyeshadow Fresh Glowing

It is available in the following shades:

  • Fresh, Glowing – a light tan, for adding subtle warmth.
  • Carried Away – soft popping pink.
  • Forever + A Day – a glowing soft peach shade.
  • Keep Calm – a color block of white with a slight sheen.
  • Mass Appeal – off-white appealing to the simplistic.
  • Queen of Pie – soft baby lavender.
  • Today’s #Mood – soft-as-ever pink.
  • Vibrant, Always – a captivating choice for the confident woman comfortable in a most natural tone.

Everyday Minerals Velvet Eyeshadow Fresh Glowing

Fresh Glowing is a lovely pearlescent shade, I’ve used it as an inner corner highlight as well as all over the lid – it is really beautiful.

As with all loose pigment shadows, it works best with an eye primer.  This loose pigment shadow is very smooth, and velvety when applied.

Everyday Minerals Velvet Eyeshadow Fresh Glowing

My swatch photo does not capture how beautiful the pearlescent sheen of this shadow really is. I think that I will get tons of usage from this one!

As with all Petit Vour products, this is cruelty free and vegan.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

This weekend I have plans to test out a few new products – some skincare, haircare, and makeup. Hopefully I will have good lighting conditions so I can photograph everything as well. Wish me luck for my skincare patch tests!

I also have to gather up and photograph my March empties – I’ve made great progress on using things up from my stash!

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

Derma E Firming DMAE Moisturizer Review

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Today I have a review of the Firming DMAE Moisturizer from Derma E. I purchased this moisturizer after using up one of the moisturizers in my stash and have been testing it out for several weeks. [info in italics taken from the Derma E website]

Derma E DMAE Firming Moisturizer

Visibly firm, lift and smooth skin with this skin-firming formula. Rich in moisture and nutrients, this nourishing cream contains ingredients shown to help addressing loss of elasticity. Our formula contains DMAE, known as nature’s firming agent, Alpha Lipoic Acid, known as the universal antioxidant and C-Ester plus moisturizing Jojoba Oil and nourishing Vitamins A and E. This replenishing formula leaves skin thoroughly hydrated, nourished and firmer-looking. Ideal for those who are looking to visibly firm and lift the face or neck. 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, GMO-free.

This moisturizer suggests that you do a patch test before using due to Alpha Lipoic Acid can cause a reaction in some people’s skin. Because I have sensitive skin, I always do a patch test for new skincare, first on my arm, then on my neck before putting anything on my face these days.

It has a very faint tingle when applied. Not a “Danger! Face melting off!” tingle. The feeling is hard to describe. The closest feeling would be to that of a really gentle lip plumper.

Derma E Firming DMAE Moisturizer

It is very rich, and hydrating, but doesn’t feel heavy or greasy. And it makes my skin look super smooth! As an added plus, it works like a primer with my Deciem Serum Foundation, and various concealers in my stash. I haven’t tested it with any other foundations in my stash yet.

Derma E Firming DMAE Moisturizer

Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerin (Vegetable Derived), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Plant Derived), Stearic Acid (Vegetable Derived), Glyceryl Stearate SE, Thioctic (Alpha Lipoic) Acid, Cetyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Glyceryl Stearate Citrate (Vegetable Derived), Dimethyl MEA (DMAE), Polysorbate 20, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester), Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Dimethicone, Allantoin, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance.

Overall I’m really happy with the Firming DMAE Moisturizer. I have my eye on a few cleansers that I would like to try once I finish up one more from my skincare stash.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Retractable Review (Medium Brown)

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Today I have a review of the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Retractable in the shade Medium Brown that I recently purchased. I’ve been testing it out for over two weeks now. [info in italics taken from the Wet n Wild website]

Insta-worthy! Fill in and define your brows with our unique triangular pencil tip. It creates strokes small enough to look like your finest hairs and sharpens the edges of those brows with rub-resistant pigments. Brush and blend it all out with the pencil’s built-in spoolie. When you’re done, the tip retracts for quick-and-easy storage in your makeup bag.

This retractable brow pencil is available in four shades – taupe, ash brown, medium brown and dark brown. I decided to get the medium brown shade. I tend to buy either the medium or dark brown shade in most brow products.

Wet n Wild Ultimatebrow Retractable Brow Pencil

When I first swatched this, it felt really waxy and skipped. I very nearly threw it out, but since I’ve committed to using things up and not wasting them unless a product causes a skin reaction, and then I will either bin or re-home a product, I decided to keep testing out this brow pencil.

I’m really glad that I did, as it softened up and no longer skipped when applied! It works really well to help fill and define my brows, and does not wear or rub off until I remove my makeup. Shade-wise the colour is perfect for me – my brows are naturally quite dark even though they are on the sparse side. The spoolie is good quality too.

Wet n Wild Ultimatebrow Retractable Brow Pencil

What is your fave brow product?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

 

 

Weekly Recap March 19th to 25th

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

Monday, March 19th – Sample Testing First Aid Beauty Triple Protection Skin Tint Review

Wednesday, March 21st – Wet n Wild Photo Focus Pressed Powder Review

Friday, March 23rd – Petit Vour Unboxing & First Impressions March 2018

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original blog post for disclosures.

Petit Vour Unboxing March 2018

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My Petit Vour box arrived yesterday, and I am excited to show you what was inside. Full product reviews to follow once I’ve had a chance to test everything out!

Petit Vour is a cruelty-free and vegan monthly subscription box with four (occasionally five) products. The subscription is $18 USD a month in the U.S., $23 USD for Canada, and $25 for the rest of the world. The exchange rate was not great this month ($1.3239), so this month’s box cost me $30.45 CAD.

Let’s take a look inside. As always, the artwork on the information card is a lovely print.

Petit Vour March 2018

Everyday Minerals Velvet Eyes Eyeshadow $6 USD

Petit Vour March 2018

This is a loose shadow pigment in the shade Fresh Glowing. I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks like a gorgeous shade.  I’ll be trying it out over the weekend.

Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil $10 USD (full size is $82 USD)

Petit Vour March 2018

I will not need to purchase any oils for quite awhile. I like that this is a multi-purpose oil. And I don’t have any Argan Oil in my stash.

Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave-In Conditioner $14 USD (full size is $27)Petit Vour March 2018

This sounds like it was made for my hair! Super happy with this one, can’t wait to test it out!

Konjac Sponge Co 100% Pure Konjac Angel Cloth ($16 USD)

Petit Vour March 2018

I’ve never tried a Konjac sponge before, it sounds interesting.

Petit Vour March 2018

This month’s box is worth $46 USD, which works out to be $60.90 CAD at the exchange rate that I paid for this month’s box!

I’m happy with this month’s selection, especially the Everyday Minerals shadow and the Yarok leave-in conditioner.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I pay for this monthly subscription.

 

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Pressed Powder Review

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Today I have a review of the Wet n Wild Photo Focus Pressed Powder in the shade Warm Light. I purchased it early last week and have been testing it out since then. [info in italics taken from the Wet n Wild website]

Pack this genius pressed powder in your bag for endlessly amazing photos every time. Light-diffusing pigments give your skin a veil of silky natural looking perfection in photos and IRL. Wear it alone, on bare skin or over Photo Focus foundation for a flawless finish. 

  • Sets makeup with an unbelievably soft, satin finish
  • Reduces shine throughout the day
  • Each shade covers a range of skin tones

Wet n Wild Photofocus Pressed Powder

This powder is available in eight different shades: Warm Light, Neutral Buff, Neutral Beige, Warm Beige, Tan Beige, Golden Tan, Dark Cafe, and Cocoa.

Wet n Wild Photofocus Pressed Powder

Shadewise, Warm Light works perfectly for me. I mainly got this powder to set my foundation, and to reduce shine.

Wet n Wild Photofocus Pressed Powder

It is finely milled and feels silky on the skin. This powder gives my skin a natural finish. I’ve tested it out with bare skin (and under eye concealer),  with my Deciem Serum foundation, and with my Maison Jacynthe foundation, and it looked great with all three.

Have you tried this powder?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this.

 

Sample Testing – First Aid Beauty Triple Protection Skin Tint

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Last weekend I popped into Sephora to try to get samples of two tinted SPF products – the First Aid Beauty Triple Protection Skin Tint with Goji Berry and the Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream. They didn’t have the Juice Beauty one at my Sephora store, so I only got to test out the Skin Tint from First Aid Beauty. [info in italics taken from Sephora website]

First Aid Beauty Triple Protection Skin Tint (Fair)

What it is:
A weightless skin tint that imparts buildable color while protecting against pollution and environmental aggressors. 

If you want to know more…
This weightless complexion fluid instantly adds natural-looking color to help even skin tone, conceal imperfections, and create a flawless look, while helping protect against the harmful effects of urban pollution. The superfood-powered formulation contains antioxidant-rich ingredients—including goji berry, astaxanthin, and vitamin C—to help shield skin from environmental aggressors, anti-pollution active ingredient alteromonas ferment extract, and pure mineral zinc oxide to help protect skin from photo-aging. This ultra-light, breathable fluid glides easily and effortlessly onto skin for simple, brush-free, buildable coverage. 

First Aid Beauty Triple Protection Skin Tint (Fair)

I did a 24 hour patch test on my wrist, and since there was no reaction, I decided to test the Skin Tint this week instead of using my foundation. It is available in four shades – Fair, Light, Medium and Tan. Because I am still winter pale, I got my sample in Fair. Shade-wise it is a perfect match for me right now, but for the summer, I would probably use Light.

The coverage is light, and very natural looking, so if you prefer medium to full coverage, then this is not the one for you. I wore it with my usual under eye concealer with no problems. The finish is a little on the dewy side, so it might not work for oily skins without powder (I used my Milani powder). The first two times I used the Skin Tint, I really loved how this made my skin look and feel.

First Aid Beauty Triple Protection Skin Tint (Fair)

The third time that I tried the Skin Tint, I noticed that it made my skin look really dry and flaky looking – no matter how much blending I did it clung to my skin terribly! I had to wash it off because I could not make it look nice. If you have dry skin, this is probably not the one for you as it clings to dry patches and looks terrible.

I exfoliated that night, and tried the Skin Tint out again the next day, and it looked great. My skin is less prone to dryness in the warmer months, so the cling problem likely will not be an issue for me.

First Aid Beauty Triple Protection Skin Tint

Will I buy the full size? I’m not sure. I would like to try out a few more before committing to a full size. Do you have any recommendations for cruelty-free tinted SPF products -moisturizer, BB or CC creams?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this was a free sample from Sephora.

 

 

Weekly Recap March 12th to 18th

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

Monday, March 12th – Red Apple Lipstick Lip Liner in Natural Review

Wednesday, March 14th – Zabana Essentials Tamanu Calendula Face Balm Review

It is back to super cold weather here in Montreal, so my skin is freaking out. Thank goodness I have a stash of facial oils for extra hydration! Really hoping that this cold snap does not last very long. I need SPRING!

I finished up a few more products this week, I feel that I am really making progress in using up the products in my stash.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Both products are from my Petit Vour subscription box that I pay for.

Zabana Essentials Tamanu Calendula Face Balm Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Tamanu Calendula Face Balm from Zabana Essentials that came in my February Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour February 2018

Combat acne, redness, scars, dermatitis, reduce lines and wrinkles with the Antioxidant rich Tamanu Calendula Face Balm. A divine potent blend of skin calming essentials that also reduces pore buildup, and provides balanced hydration. With continued use, reveal a fresh, smooth, clear, hydrated, and rejuvenated complexion.

Zabana Essentials Tamanu Calendula Face Balm

This feels similar to the Satya Organic Eczema Relief balm. It is super gentle.

My skin doesn’t break out very often, but last week I woke up with a pimple on my chin, so I put some of the Tamanu Calendula Face Balm on it, and it helped heal it really quickly, without any dryness.

It also works well on skin irritations, like dry patches or eczema. My underarms started to get a little irritated again from my deodorant, so I applied this balm on one side and the Satya on the other, and they both helped soothe and heal the irritation.

Ingredients: 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | *Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sun Flower) Oil, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, *Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Extract, *Curcuma Angustifolia (Arrowroot) Powder, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Essential Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Essential Oil, Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Lemongrass) Essential Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Essential Oil, Daucus Carota (Carrot Seed) Essential Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Essential Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Essential Oil | *Certified Organic Ingredients.

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Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

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