Petit Vour Unboxing – April 2018

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Today I have my unboxing and first impressions of the April 2018 Petit Vour subscription box. Reviews to follow once I’ve had a chance to test things 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 USD for the rest of the world. The exchange rate was not great again this month ($1.3169), so this month’s box cost me $30.29 CAD.

Petit Vour April 2018

Let’s take a look inside. As always, the artwork on the information card is a lovely print. This month’s card celebrates their 5th Birthday, and has a message from their co-founders thanking their subscribers.

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Last Looks Cream Blush in 04 Flushed ($25 USD)

Petit Vour April 2018

Yes! Another Juice Beauty product, this time a cream blush in a coral shade – I can’t wait to try this one out.

Suntegrity Skincare Vanish Organic Cleansing Oil ($8 USD)

Petit Vour April 2018

I like cleansing oils, so I’m looking forward to trying this one out. I’ll be putting this in my stash for now as I don’t want to have too many cleansers open at the same time.

Niu Body Piña Colada Lip Polish ($10 USD)

Petit Vour April 2018

I like lip scrubs – I’m hoping that this one isn’t too strongly coconut scented.

Andalou Naturals Face Cream Pod – Goji Peptide Perfecting ($3.29 USD)

Petit Vour April 2018

I’ve liked everything that I’ve tried so far from Andalou Naturals, so I have high hopes for this one. Hopefully I will be able to get more than one use out of this so I will be able to form a solid opinion on it.

Petit Vour April 2018

Total value $46.29 USD ($60.96 CAD)! What do you think of this month’s box?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I pay for this monthly subscription.

Weekly Recap April 23rd to 29th

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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, April 23rd – * Lily de Mai Sensitive Skincare Review – Harmony and Bliss

Wednesday, April 25th – * Harmony and Blossom Cleansing Clay Review

Friday’s blog post just didn’t happen due to having several client meetings and deadlines to deal with –  life happens. Tomorrow I will have my April Petit Vour Unboxing for you.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: * Contains PR samples for review, please see original blog post for details.

Harmony + Blossom Cleansing Clay – Jasmine & Chrysanthemum Review

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Today I have a review of the Cleansing Clay (Jasmine & Chrysanthemum) from Harmony + Blossom, a Canadian company that makes luxurious, handcrafted, botanical skincare. The owner / founder reached out to me, and I was intrigued to test out their products because they are a cruelty free Canadian company! [info in italics taken from the Harmony + Blossom website]

Harmony + Blossom Cleansing Clay

Harmony + Blossom Cleansing Clay

Rejuvenate, nourish and balance your skin with this Cleansing Clay handcrafted with Coconut Milk, Banana, Licorice Root, Rice Powder, Jasmine, Chrysanthemum and French Pink Clay. The nourishing dry powder formula gently yet deeply cleanses to remove makeup, dirt and impurities.

Skin Type: Ideal for all skin types including sensitive and acne-prone complexions.

This Product Addresses: Dehydration, dullness, impurities, inflammation, breakouts.

The packaging is very pretty with its floral watercolour print, and it has all of the product information on it – what it is, how to use it, and the ingredients. I particularly love the message inside the top flap (pictured above right).

The first thing that I did after photographing the packing and product, was to do my usual skin patch test to check for product sensitivity even though it is formulated to be safe for sensitive skin types.

Harmony + Blossom Cleansing Clay

In my experience, my skin doesn’t do well with daily exfoliation. Because I know this, I’ve been using the Cleansing Clay once every two to three days. But if your skin does well with daily exfoliation I can see it being a great daily cleanser. It is formulated to work for all skin types – even sensitive and acne prone skins.

Harmony + Blossom Cleansing Clay

The Cleansing Clay gives a gentle exfoliating effect – it is not at all rough or scratchy. The grainy bits are very fine, and the combination of ingredients both cleanses and soothes the skin so it feels super clean without being irritated for dried out.

If you recall, I  do not usually like products with Jasmine in them, but for some reason, I cannot smell the Jasmine when I use the Cleansing Clay. It must blend in with the other ingredients in a way that works for my nose!

Ingredients: French Pink (Lilite) Clay, Coconut Milk (Maltodextrin and Milk Protein) Powder*, Rice Powder (Oryza Sativa)*, Banana Extract (Musa Apientum)*, Licorice Root Extract (Glycyrrhiza Glabra)*, Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum Parthenium) Botanical Extract*, Jasmine (Jasmine Grandiflorum) Botanical Powder*. *Certified Organic Ingredient

Harmony + Blossom Cleansing Clay

Do you use exfoliating cleansers in your skincare routine? Or are you more into using chemical (acid type) exfoliating products?

Harmony + Blossom’s range of skincare products include a Cleansing Facial Nectar, a Jasmine & Rose Floral Essence, a Jasmine & White Tea Facial Nectar, a Peony & Diamonds Facial Dew, and  Radiance Beauty Mask.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this is a PR Sample for review. However my opinionated sensitive skin is entirely my own!

Lily de Mai Sensitive Skincare – Renew and Bliss Reviews

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As you all probably know, I have sensitive skin. Lily de Mai is a line of skincare formulated for sensitive skin – so when the owner and founder reached out to me, of course I was very interested in testing out two of their products – the Renew Restorative Calming Cream Cleanser and the Bliss NMF Transformative Moisture Mist.  [info in italics taken from the Lily de Mai website]

Lily de Mai

Lily de Mai

Even though the line is formulated for sensitive skin, I still did my usual skin patch test before trying the products on my face. I find that this really helps prevent any disastrous skin reactions – otherwise known as the face melting off effect!

Lily de Mai

Renew Restorative Calming Cream Cleanser:

Lily de Mai

Reveal fresh, vibrant, and renewed skin with this rich, restorative botanical cream cleanser.   Organic Argan oil, Avocado oil, and Shea Butter soften skin and fortify the protective skin barrier. Panthenol and Hyaluronic Acid help to increase and maintain optimum hydration levels. Allantoin encourages cell turnover and radiance while a botanical blend of four comforting herbs calm and soothe skin. Soap and surfactant free, non-drying, thoroughly effective and supremely gentle, a perfect daily cleanser for sensitive skin.

The Restore Cream Cleanser is SO gentle, yet my face feels super clean and hydrated after using. The cleanser feels silky and calming, and the scent is minimal – perfect for sensitive skin like mine. I’ve been using this cleanser both day and night for the past two weeks, and my skin looks and feels so smooth.

Lily de Mai

Ingredients:  Deionized Water, Carthamus tinctorius (safflower) Oil*, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil*, Propanediol**, Glycerin*, Cetearyl Olivate**, Sorbitan Olivate**, Capric/ Caprylic Triglycerides, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) Butter*, Argania spinosa (argan) Oil*, Persea gratissima (avocado) Oil*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe barbadensis (aloe) Leaf Extract*, Calendula officinalis (calendula) Flower Extract*, Chamomilla recutita (Matricaria) (chamomile) Flower Extract*, Avena sativa (oat) Extract*, Allantoin, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Natural Fragrance, Ascorbic Acid**, Benzyl Alcohol** Salicylic Acid**, Sorbic Acid** [* Certified Organic   **Ecocert Certified ]

Bliss – NMF Transformative Moisture Mist

Lily de Mai

15 active ingredients, featuring skin-identical Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF), Sodium PCA and Hyaluronic Acid, dramatically enhance and maintain skin hydration.  Niacinamide brightens dull, uneven skin tone.  Yeast Oligopeptide and Soy Amino Acids help to support the protective skin barrier and encourage collagen production.  Raw earth, bio-available minerals balance oil production, minimize pores and remineralize skin.   While a blend of seven organic botanicals calm distressed skin and help to reduce redness.  Your skin is fortified against daily environmental stress, blissfully hydrated, beautifully firm and luminous.

The Bliss Moisture Mist is fantastic – it is soothing and calming. I’m even noticing a reduction in redness!  It is filled with loads of skin-friendly ingredients and because it is hydrating and oil balancing I think that this would work well for all skin types.

Lily de Mai

Ingredients:  Deionized Water, Rosa damascena (rose) Flower Hydrosol*, Niacinamide, Sodium PCA, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Yeast Extract*** (and) Soy Amino*** Acids, Glycerin*, Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) Root Extract*, Cameilla sinensis (green tea) Leaf Extract*, Aloe barbadensis (aloe) Extract*, Calendula officinalis (calendula) Flower Extract*, Chamomilla recutita (Matricaria) (chamomile) Flower Extract*, Avena sativa (oat) Extract*, Chondrus crispus (Irish moss) Extract, Montmorillonite, Illite, Kaolin, Mentha piperita (peppermint) Leaf Oil*, Natural Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol**, Salicylic Acid**, Sorbic Acid**, Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer** [* Certified Organic   **Ecocert Certified  ***Non GMO ] 

Lily de Mai

Lily de Mai products are organic, cruelty-free and vegan, made in small batches in the US. As well, they are free of the following: isopropyl or SD alcohol, abrasive exfoliants, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, silicones, mineral oils and petrolatums, PEGs, ethoxylated compounds, synthetic fragrances and dyes.

Their line also includes two facial serums (Harmony Omega 3/6 Recovery Serum, and Sanctuary Vita 3 AntiOx Defence Serum), a facial mask (Purity Marine Mineral Detox Mask) and a body serum (Harmony Omega 3/6 Recovery Body Serum in Jasmine Lime, Lavender Geranium and Unscented).

A final bit about Lily de Mai – when you read this, you might fall in love:

Who is LILY DE MAI?

LILY DE MAI is a person — my beautiful, and talented, grandmother, Lily. It is a flower, the exquisite and voluptuously fragrant Rose de Mai (Rosa centifolia). It is a month, May, which brings us spring, rebirth, flowers, sun, and the promise of summer. LILY DE MAI is joy, life, and the beauty in all things, everywhere around us.

How lovely is that? Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this post contains PR Samples – but my opinionated sensitive skin is entirely my own!

 

 

Weekly Recap April 16th to 22nd

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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, April 16th – Hask Argan Dry Shampoo Review

Wednesday, April 18th – *PR Sample* SureThik Eyebrow Thickening Fibers Review 

Friday, April 20th – Mini Clothing Haul

The sunshine is finally here! Look how blue the sky was yesterday!

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This week I have some skincare reviews for you. And I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of my April Petit Vour box.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: This recap contains PR Samples and things purchased by me.

Mini Clothing Haul

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Today I have something a little different – a peek at the clothes that I bought last weekend. I went shopping with the goal of purchasing one or two blouses that would work with what I already had in my closet. I haven’t bought myself any clothes in so long! Here’s what I got (all at 20% off):

1. Printed jersey t-shirt

Mini Haul (H+M) April 2018

2. Flowy printed blouse (Anna Glover X H+M Collab) – I love this type of blouse with jeans, skirts or shorts. I wore this blouse on Wednesday to a client meeting with a pair of dark wash skinny jeans.

Mini Haul (H+M) April 2018

3. Floral printed collar shirt – it is weird, I don’t usually go for prints that often, but this season I saw SO MANY prints that I really liked. Again, I can see wearing this one with several jeans, skirts or even shorts in my wardrobe. This photo does not do the print justice at all.

Mini Haul (H+M) April 2018

4. Printed shirt dress (Anna Glover X H+M Collab) – This not something that I would normally try on, let alone buy, but I really liked the print and decided to try it on and LOVED it! I can picture wearing this with a cute pair of flats or sandals (or more likely flip flops).Mini Haul (H+M) April 2018

Bonus – a little birthday gift to me from me:

Every year, around my birthday, Softmoc has a Friends and Family sale (usually 25% discount I think), so I bought myself a new pair of Vans slip-on sneakers to replace my old pair. I think I had my last pair for three years and they were so worn out!

Mini Haul April 2018 - Vans

So there you have it,  my mini clothing haul. Hope you enjoyed something a little different than my usual reviews.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: All were purchased by me for me. Thanks me!

SureThik Eyebrow Thickening Fibers Kit Review

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As you all have probably heard me complain about my thin little brows, you will know that when SureThik reached out to me about testing out their Eyebrow Thickening Fibers, I was definitely interested!

 

WHAT IT IS: SureThik Eyebrow Thickening Fibers are a semi permanent eyebrow makeup, made from 100% Natural Keratin Fibers and 100% Natural Bees wax that bind to make even the thinnest eyebrows look naturally thick. Forget about messy gels and harsh looking pencils, our Eyebrow Fibers are long lasting and will give your brows effortless looking fullness. More natural and longer lasting than traditional eyebrow fillers or eyebrow powders and one of the only eyebrow thickeners that is water resistant.

SureThik Eyebrow Thickening Fibers

WHAT IT DOES: BUILD – DEFINE – THICKEN –  The Defining Bees Wax shapes and sets the brow while the 100% Natural Thickening Fibers add instant density, filling in any patchy or over plucked areas.

SureThik Eyebrow Thickening Fibers

I was sent the Eyebrow Thickening Fiber kit in the shade Dark Brown, but I was also sent the Brow Fibres in both Medium and Light Brown – all three work for me, it all depends on how dark I want my brows to look on any given day. The kit contains a jar of Defining Wax, a jar of Thickening Fibers (in one of four shades), a Dual Ended Applicator Brush. The kit itself also has a nice mirror in the lid.

SureThik Eyebrow Thickening Fibers

There is a slight learning curve to apply the Eyebrow Thickening Fibres, but with a steady hand and a little patience, it becomes easier and less messy to apply with practise. Here is the application instructions:

Step 1: Slide the angled end of the Applicator Brush over the Defining Wax. Evenly apply wax to the brow shaping as you go. Step 2: Dip the rounded end of the Applicator Brush into the Thickening Fibers. Gently dab onto your brows filling in sparse areas. Repeat Fiber application until desired fullness. Applicator Brush can be cleaned with warm water and shampoo. Rinse thoroughly and lay flat to dry.

SureThik Eyebrow Thickening Fibers

Key to applying the Fibers is to dab or pat them on, and not to “paint” them on as this will leave you with streaky / clumpy brows – which is what happened to me with my first application attempt!

I think that if you are skilled at using brush on brow powders or pomades, then this will be easy for you to use. If you are more used to using pencils, like me, it might take a little while to get the hang of application. As with any makeup application technique, with practise, you will improve!

As you can see in the photo below, the brow on the left is without the Eyebrow Thickening Powder and the one of the right is with the powder. [Sorry that the photo is weirdly cropped, my eyes have dreadful puffiness / circles as I’m still recovering from my cold. I will re-do this photo once I’m less sick looking!]

SureThik Eyebrow Thickening Fibers

SureThik® is a specialty range of products for weak and thinning hair. All of our products are free from harmful alcohol, sulfates and parabens. All products are developed, researched, formulated and made in Canada by SureThik Inc. [As well, they confirmed that they do not engage in animal testing!]

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this is a PR sample for testing and review purposes.

 

Hask Argan Dry Shampoo Review

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Today I have a little review of the Argan Dry Shampoo from Hask. [info in italics taken from the Hask website]

Hask Argan Dry Shampoo

Infused with an orange citrus scent
Long-lasting Oil Absorption

Free of: sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten and artificial colors.

Removing excess oil is now easier than lather, rinse and repeat. Skip a wash or extend the life of your style with this lightweight, argan infused formula that will leave your second day hair even fresher than the first. Ultra-fine rice starch acts quickly to soak up oil, sweat and odor leaving hair revived, bouncy and clean. Saving time has never been this glamorous!

Hask Argan Dry Shampoo

I have three main criteria for evaluating a dry shampoo, the first and most important is does it make my hair look clean. The second is does it make my hair feel clean, and not dry and straw like. And the third and final is the scent, is it mild and pleasant or strong and awful.

So how does the Hask Argan Dry Shampoo measure up?

This dry shampoo works great for getting an extra day between washes. It doesn’t make my hair feel gross or over dry. And it smells really nice! I think that I like this one even better than the Chia Seed one that I was using previously (review is here).

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this.

Weekly Recap April 9th to 15th

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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, April 9th – Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream (SPF 30, Natural Glow) Review

Wednesday, April 11th – Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Sweet Cream Swatching

I went to H+M on Saturday and bought myself a few things – two blouses, a dress and a t-shirt. Let me know if you are interested in seeing what I purchased!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Both products were birthday gifts from my mother.