Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes

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Today I have a review of the Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes that came in my July Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

These award-winning, individually-wrapped bamboo face wipes are the ultimate skin care multi-taskers. Infused with a generous dose of the 4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic formula, they clean, exfoliate, soothe and hydrate – leaving your skin feeling refreshed, firm and alive.

  • Removes oil and grime without stripping
    skin of moisture
  • Exfoliates dead skin, brightens and clarifies (AHA/BHA complex)
  • Soothes and hydrates (no shine or sticky residue)
  • Perfect for sprucing up on the go
  • Works great for all skin types
  • Same formula as the 4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic

Aroma: Refreshing medicinal brew spiked with orange, fir and lavender.

Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes

I’m not usually a big fan of wipes as a one-step daily cleansing method, but will use them in a double cleanse process occasionally. These ones are nice and gentle, and make my skin feel clean and hydrated. They aren’t sticky like most facial wipes that I’ve tried. I really don’t like it when wipes leave a soapy residue feeling on the skin. I’ll be stashing two of them away for a weekend getaway!

Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Water/Aqua/Eau, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Pulp Water*, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf /Flower Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Levulinic Acid, Sodium Levulinate, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit/Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Seed Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Betula Alba (Birch) Sap, Lactobacillus/Arundinaria Gigantea (Bamboo) Ferment Filtrate, Caprylyl/Capryl Wheat Bran/Straw Glycosides, Fusel Wheat Bran/Straw Glycosides, Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Pseudotsuga Menziesii (Fir) Needle Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Leaf/Flower Oil*, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Resin Extract, Alcohol Denatured* | *Certified Organic   Wipe Substrate: 100% bamboo fiber

Do you use facial wipes?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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

Petit Vour Unboxing & First Impressions – July 2018

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My Petit Vour box finally arrived! This is just an unboxing and first impressions as I’ve not yet had the chance to test things out. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

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. With the exchange rate (1.3495) my box cost me $31.04 CAD this month

Let’s take a look inside to see what I got this month:

Unboxing Petit Vour July 2018

Unboxing Petit Vour July 2018

This informational month’s card is not the usual beautiful watercolour print – I really love the watercolour art cards.

Unboxing Petit Vour July 2018

Osea Malibu – Essential Hydrating Oil – sample size 0.34 oz $32 USD, full size 1 oz $68 USD

Unboxing Petit Vour July 2018

 

This ultra-hydrating botanical oil restores a healthy luster to the skin. Naturally rich Jojoba and Sesame seed oils deliver advanced hydration, visibly reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A precious blend of pure Lavender, Rosewood and Geranium essential oils provide a dewy, illuminated complexion and create a gorgeous aromatic allure. The perfect instant surge of hydration for a beautiful, radiant glow. Skin Type: All Skin Types / Age Defying 

I love facial oils, and since this one is for hydration and fine lines, I’m excited to try this one out. I like that the sample size is large enough for several uses.

Lilah B. Beauty – Divine Duo – Lip & Check Set – sample size of three shades $4 USD, full size single color $46 USD

Double your pleasure with this multi-purpose, creamy lip and cheek duo with a luxurious matte finish. Long-wearing, yet creamy and moisturizing, this innovative formulation provides blend-able and buildable color – perfect for day and night. Apply as a cream eyeshadow for the ultimate multitasker.

Available in the following shades:

  • b. fearless – red
  • b. sassy – bright pink 
  • b. daring – coral
  • b. true – mauve 
  • b. real – light pink
  • b. memorable – wine
  • b. lovely – nude
  • b. dazzling – champagne shimmer

This is a blister pack of three shades (b. real, b. fearless, and b. sassy).  This one is kind of a dud value-wise for me as this is something that I would get from Sephora as a free sample. The colours are nice, and I’m sure that it is a lovely product, but come on…

Ursa Major – 4-in-1 Essential Face Wipes – sample size pack of 5 wipes $7 USD, full size pack of 20 wipes $24 USD

Unboxing Petit Vour July 2018

 

These award-winning, individually-wrapped bamboo face wipes are the ultimate skin care multi-taskers. Infused with a generous dose of the 4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic formula, they clean, exfoliate, soothe and hydrate – leaving your skin feeling refreshed, firm and alive.

  • Removes oil and grime without stripping
    skin of moisture
  • Exfoliates dead skin, brightens and clarifies (AHA/BHA complex)
  • Soothes and hydrates (no shine or sticky residue)
  • Perfect for sprucing up on the go
  • Works great for all skin types
  • Same formula as the 4-in-1 Essential Face Tonic

Aroma: Refreshing medicinal brew spiked with orange, fir and lavender.

These will be great for freshening up, very travel friendly. I’m happy to try this out!

Little Barn Apothecary – Aloe + Rosewater Balance Mist – sample size 1 oz $8 USD, travel size 2 oz $16 USD, full size 4 oz $32 USD

Unboxing Petit Vour July 2018

A supercharged replenishing and nourishing facial mist with the added benefits of natural botanicals – rose, aloe, hibiscus and witch hazel. This unique combination provides the skin with antioxidant protection known widely to assist in supporting the skin’s own collagen production.

Aromas: Deep floral & fresh.

I love facial mists. And this one is rosewater based, so I’m likely to fall in love with it! I’m going to pop this in the fridge and try it out in a few hours.

Unboxing Petit Vour July 2018

Total value of this month’s box = $51 USD ($68.82 CAD). Overall my first impression is that this month’s box is a mostly good one – three potentially awesome things, and one woefully small sample. Reviews to follow as soon as I test everything out.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I pay for this monthly subscription.

Summer Hair Essentials for Wavy Hair

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While I wait for my July Petit Vour box to arrive, I thought that I would show you my summer hair essentials. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you will know that my hair is thick and wavy. I dye my hair and I try not to heat style it very often. My hair is also super prone to frizz.

Condition and Treat:

Summer Essentials for Wavy Hair - DevaCurl and Yarok

DevaCurl Melt into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask – I used my Sephora Beauty Insider points to get this deluxe sized sample. This stuff makes my hair so silky soft and manageable. The full size is $49, but I’m planning on splurging on it since it does such a beautiful job with my hair. Full review is here.

Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave-In Conditioner – Not only does this conditioning spray smell amazing, it works so well to add hydration to my hair without making it greasy. It can be used as a detangler (definitely works for me) and as a heat protecting spray (haven’t tested this, as I haven’t been heat styling at all this summer). This was a Petit Vour sample, full review is here.

Style and Control:

Summer Essentials for Wavy Hair - Ouai and Briogeo

Ouai Wave Spray – I bought this at Sephora in December 2017 / January 2018. This gives my hair beautifully beachy waves. I still think that it is a little too highly scented for my preference, but since it works so well with my hair, I’ll definitely use it up. Full review is here.

Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Leave-In Defining Crème – I’ve been using this since February / March 2017, and this tube should be in my monthly empties in the next month or two. This helps leave my waves soft and under control. No crunchy curls here! I tend to alternate between using the Ouai Wave Spray and the Briogeo Curl Charisma. Full review is here.

Summer Essentials for Wavy Hair - Briogeo, DevaCurl, Yarok and Ouai

Do you have wavy or out of control hair? What do you use to tame your mane?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: All purchased by me!

LaCoupe Moroccan Rose Volume Loving Shampoo & Conditioner Review

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Today I have a review of the Moroccan Rose Volume Loving Shampoo & Conditioner from LaCoupe. I purchased the duo a few weeks ago, and have been testing them out since then. [info in italics taken from the packaging]

LaCoupe Moroccan Rose Volume Loving Shampoo & Conditioner

A lightweight silicone-free shampoo [and daily conditioner] infused with coconut water and aloe leaf juice, finely crafted with a natural blend of Moroccan Rose and volume boosting biotin and collagen to help promote fullness and body for fine and thinning hair. 

Free of: Silicones, Parabens, Sulfates, and Color Safe. And it states on the label that it is not tested on animals. *Please note that I could not find LaCoupe on any of the cruelty free lists that I check so I am not sure of them being 100% cruelty free – if I find out for sure, I will update*

LaCoupe Moroccan Rose Volume Loving Shampoo & Conditioner

I didn’t notice when I bought the duo that it was targeted for fine and thinning hair – as you probably know, my hair is fast growing, thick and wavy – so I was expecting a crazy amount of volume because of this.

The shampoo lathers really well for a sulfate free shampoo, and makes my hair feel really clean – no dulling residue. The conditioner is a little too light for my hair, but if I use a lot, it gets the job done! The conditioner would be awesome for fine hair, as it won’t weight your hair down.

LaCoupe Moroccan Rose Volume Loving Shampoo & Conditioner

The Moroccan Rose scent is heavenly – and really, the scent was the main reason why I wanted to try the shampoo and conditioner. And it was on sale!

Volume-wise, I did not notice much difference – which for me isn’t a bad thing as I have quite a lot of body in my hair anyways. But it did make my hair quite shiny and healthy looking / feeling. I like this shampoo & conditioner duo – I wish that they made a deep conditioning hair mask.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Sothys Chrono-Destressing Sleeping Mask Review

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Today I have a review of one of the new products from the Sothys nO2ctuelle Range that was sent to me from Sothys Canada and Poz Pub Inc. The newnO2ctuelle  range is targeted for nighttime usage. [info in italics taken from the Sothys Canada press release]

Sothys nO2ctuelle Chrono-Destressing Sleeping Mask

Lack of sleep, hectic lifestyle and daily aggression, put a strain on skin every day. Sothys tackles this problem with its night range, which takes visible action to counter environmental factors of ageing.

Because there is twice as much cellular renewal activity at night than during the day, Sothys developed a trio of winning products, to help the skin erase the visible signs of daytime damage caused by the environment, and visible work against premature skin ageing.

Sothys nO2ctuelle Chrono-Destressing Sleeping Mask

The line includes the Detox Resurfacing Overnight Cream ($109.50 CAD), the Relaxing Pillow Mist ($34.50 CAD) and the Chrono-Destressing Sleeping Mask ($62.50 CAD for eight 4ml masks).

Sothys nO2ctuelle Chrono-Destressing Sleeping Mask

A little bit about the Chrono-Destressing Sleeping Mask:

A formula packed with stabilized anti-ageing vitamin C plant extracts from oxygen-like nasturtium and active ingredients to capture light and promote skin wellness.

Ideally, apply 1 to 2 times per week instead of your usual cream and leave on the face and neck for 10 minutes. A new beauty routine and a first step toward letting go with a subtle fragrance that beckons sleep. A trifecta of citrus fruits are layered over a base of cedar and musk.

With vitamin C, nasturtium, chaste tree and lindera extracts, the Chrono-Destressing Sleeping Mask reduces the signs of ageing with a smoothing effect you can see from the first application. It requires a specific massage to improve its benefits: apply it with flattened palms to relaxing pressure points form the forehead to the base of the neck. Skin is visibly replenished and relieved from fatigue when you awaken.

Sothys nO2ctuelle Chrono-Destressing Sleeping Mask

I was able to get several uses from each of the mask packs that I received. Each time I used the Chrono-Destressing Sleeping Mask I woke up with glowing and smooth skin! I do wish that I had more packages of the sleeping mask, so I could test it out for a longer period of time!

Scent-wise it is very spa-like with its citrus, and cedar blend. I really cannot smell the musk (thankfully, as I don’t enjoy musk scents). The scent is very mild and disappears as the mask soaks into the skin. The fragrance did not trigger any sensitive skin reactions for me.

Sothys is available at institutes and spas across Canada (and worldwide).

I’ve previously reviewed some makeup from Sothys Fall Winter 2017 Collection (here) and their Crème Jeunesse / Youth Cream (here) if you want to check it out.

Disclosure: PR Samples from Sothys Canada / Poz Pub Inc, however my opinion (and sensitive skin) is very much my own.

I’m back!

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I’m back from my mini vacation, and the blog will return to its regular content on Friday. I was in Nova Scotia with the Mister to visit my parents, and attend my cousin’s wedding.

Where my parents live, there are beautiful trails and lots of deer – we came upon two in someone’s yard snacking on the trees and shrubs. These were taken from across the road so not as to scare them away:

Deer - Nova Scotia

Deer - Nova Scotia

Walking trails - Nova Scotia

Here’s a panoramic shot from the top of the lighthouse at Masstown Market:

Panoramic shot, lighthouse at Masstown Market

I had planned on keeping up with all of your blogs – reading and commenting, but failed at this, so I’ve loads to catch up on.

Have a beautiful day!

 

Vert Mont Perfumery Cyrena Perfume Oil Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Cyrena Perfume Oil from Vert Mont Perfumery that came in my June Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the card that came with the perfume oil]

CYRENA. Mischievous Mermaid, Sovereign Princess, or Queen? Embrace your inner riches & shine! Gardenia & Magnolia Grandiflora open to a Tonka glazed green Cacao & Pink Peppercorn heart, finishing with a leathery Labdanum Amber.

Vert Mont Perfumery Cyrena

This is such a cool looking perfume oil – it looks almost like a lava lamp due to the cacao absolute. You have to shake the perfume up before each use!

Perfume oils don’t normally last very long on my skin – but this one really lasts!

I find it to be a very complex scent, and very difficult to describe how it smells to my nose. It is floral without being flowery, the cacao and pink peppercorn warm it up, and the amber makes it earthy, yet mildly powdery. Hopefully that makes sense!

Vert Mont Perfumery Cyrena

On the Petit Vour website it is listed at $35 USD for 10ml.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

My next blog post will be on Wednesday, July 18th – I’m taking a small break, but I’ll still be reading and commenting during my break.

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

MUN Anarose Hydrating Rose Toner Review

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Today I have a review of the MUN Anarose Hydrating Toner that came in my June Petit Vour subscription box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Mun Anarose Hydrating Rose Toner

Hydrate, soften and balance skin’s pH with this Japanese inspired toner.

Mun Anarose Hydrating Rose Toner

Anarose Hydrating Rose Toner offers an essential step to balance the skin’s pH after cleansing. Bulgarian Rosewater instantly soothes even the most sensitive skin while Hyaluronic acid firms and provides long-lasting hydration. Willow Bark Extract contains natural salicylic acid to exfoliate dead cells for a healthy glow and prepares the skin to receive nutrients. Goji Berry Extract helps reduce free radical damage and provides anti-aging benefits. A combination of Rose, Jasmine and Daisy Extracts recreates the velvety sensation of petals on your skin. This toner has a pH range of 4.5-5. Effective for all skin types.

MUN Anarose Hydrating Rose Toner

I love hydrating toner mists / facial mists – especially when they are rose based! This is super gentle and soothing on my sensitive skin. And of course, smells glorious!

I like to keep my facial toners / mists in the fridge for refreshing and hydrating my skin on hot days.

The full size is listed at $65 USD on the Petit Vour site – the bottle is 3.38 oz / 100 ml.

MUN Anarose Hydrating Rose Toner

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Rose Water*, Aloe Leaf Juice*, Prickly Pear Stem Extract, Goji Berry Fruit Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Willow Bark Extract* (Natural Salicylic Acid), Rose Flower Extract, Jasmine Flower Extract, Daisy Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Glycerin, Dehydroatic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Maltodextrin, Deionized Water. | *Certified Organic Ingredients.

What is your fave facial toner / mist?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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

Juice Beauty Green Apple Cleansing Bar Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Juice Beauty Green Apple Cleansing Bar that came in my June Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Juice Beauty Green Apple Cleansing Bar

Renew, revitalize and soften your skin with this cleansing bar formulated with organic, extra virgin, cold-pressed olive oil, coconut oil, and a blend of apple, lemon and aloe juices. Infused with bright citrus notes to leave skin refreshed and glowing.

  • Replenishes & deeply hydrates with organic cold-pressed, extra virgin, olive oil and coconut oil.
  • Rich in antioxidants & Vitamin E.
  • Soothes with organic aloe.
  • For all skin types.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Cleansing Bar

At first I had thought that this was a facial cleansing bar, but it is actually a body cleansing and exfoliating bar. It is gentle on my skin, and rinses away without leaving a residue feeling and doesn’t dry my skin out.

I don’t find that it exfoliates the skin at all, but I really like this body cleansing soap despite this. The scent is apples and citrus (lemon and orange) – it is mild and not at all overpowering.

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The full size is listed at $12 USD on the Petit Vour site, and weighs 4.8 oz.

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Olea Europaea (Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil)*, Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Juice)*, Cocos Nucifera (Organic Coconut Oil)*, Elaeis Guineensis (Sustainably Sourced Organic Palm Oil)*, Sodium Hydroxide, Pyrus Malus (Organic Apple Juice)*, Citrus Limonum (Organic Lemon Juice)*, Vitis Vinifera (Organic White Grape Juice)*, Citrus Sinensis (Orange Oil), Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin Oil), Litsea Cubeba (May Chang Oil), Cinnamomum Camphora (Ho Wood Oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed Extract) | *Certified Organic Ingredients.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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