Eye of Horus Brow Define Review

Eye of Horus Brow Define

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Today I have a review of the Brow Define pencil from Eye of Horus that came in my August Petit Vour Box. [info in italics taken from Petit Vour website] The gold on gold packaging of the box made it VERY difficult to photograph.

Eye of Horus Brow Define

Brow Define is your ultimate brow tool. This brow pencil is formulated using Coconut and Candelilla wax as a foundation. It contains castor oil for strengthening and growth and, like all Eye of Horus products, it is paraben-free with a slim, pointed tip. It contours and fills in color with controlled artistry for perfect arches. Add shape, color, and definition in one streamlined tool.

Eye of Horus Brow Define

The twist-up applicator assists with product control, and a spoolie brush combs through color. Waterproof and smudge-free. 

Eye of Horus Brow Define

The Brow Define pencil comes in three shades: Husk (light), Dynasty (medium) and Nile (dark). I received the shade Dynasty.

So how does it compare to my usual pencils in terms of application, colour and wearing?

Eye of Horus Brow Define

Shade-wise it is very similar to my three main go-to brow pencils – Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow (medium brown), Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow (dark brown), and Crispy Brows High Brow (medium brown) – I’ve had the Crispy Brows pencil in my stash for too long, it has hardened and become grabby, so sadly it will be going into my empties.

Eye of Horus Brow Define Comparison Swatches

The smaller tip allows for more precision for penciling in my brow shape. It is way more smudge-proof than any of my go-to brow pencils (it is even waterproof – great for summer). I love that it has castor oil in it for healthy brows!

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Hydrogenated Soybean Oil Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides Polyethylene Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil Zinc Stearate Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax Mica Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate Methicone Ricinus Communis ( Castor ) Seed Oil MAY CONTAIN: CI 77891, CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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

Petit Vour Unboxing + First Impressions – August 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 Unboxing August 2018

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 (1.3365) my box cost me $30.74 CAD this month

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

Petit Vour Unboxing August 2018

Petit Vour Unboxing August 2018

Eye of Horus Brow Define (full size $25 USD) in the shade medium

Brow Define is your ultimate brow tool. This brow pencil is formulated using Coconut and Candelilla wax as a foundation. It contains castor oil for strengthening and growth and, like all Eye of Horus products, it is paraben-free with a slim, pointed tip. It contours and fills in color with controlled artistry for perfect arches. Add shape, color, and definition in one streamlined tool. The twist-up applicator assists with product control, and a spoolie brush combs through color. Waterproof and smudge-free. 

I love eyebrow pencils and this one sounds great, I really hope that the shade medium works for me! I’ll test it out and have comparison swatches with all of the brow pencils in my stash.

Odacité Black Mint Cleanser (sample size $14 USD , full size $39 USD)

This ultra-fresh minty gel transforms into a purifying foam that delivers an instant deep cleanse, eliminating excess oil, impurities, environmental toxins and makeup.

Deeply purified, skin is invigorated with an extraordinary feeling of freshness. Complexion is clear and mattified, while hydration is preserved.

Deep-cleanse combination, oily, or acne-prone skin. Skin is clear, invigorated and mattified. 

Hopefully this will work for my sensitive skin. I’ll do my patch test tonight before testing it on my face!

Formulary 55 Sea Clay Body Mask ($8 USD)

An all over detoxifying body treatment mask that is especially effective on the neck, back, and decolletage. Designed to tone, treat, and tighten; this purifying body mask removes impurities, pollutants and excess oils without stripping the skin.

I’ve never tried a body mask before, so this might be interesting. Again, I’ll be doing a patch test before trying it out all over!

St. Tropica Organic Coconut Hot Oil Hair Mask ($5 USD)

WHAT IT IS: A hot oil hair mask for stronger, thicker, lustrous hair! WHAT IT DOES:
Instantly repairs hair damage from the inside-out. Helps stimulate hair growth. Revitalizes & strengthens dry or damaged hair. Locks-in moisture to help eliminate split ends and frizzy hair.

I love hair masks, hopefully this one won’t smell too coconutty for me! If I does I might add some essential oil to camouflage the scent because I really want to try this one out! It looks like I’ll get a few uses from the foil pack (even with my giant hair).

Petit Vour Unboxing August 2018

Overall, I think that this is a pretty good box this month, the total box value adds up to $52 USD ($69.50 CAD). I’m most excited about the brow pencil and the facial cleanser.

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!

 

 

Native Deodorant – Sensitive Formula in Cotton + Lily Scent

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Today I have  a little review of the Sensitive Formula from Native Deodorant. Both myself and the Mister have tested out the regular formula natural deodorants and find them to work really well (review is here). I have sensitive skin, and have occasionally reacted to baking soda in natural deodorants if I use it daily for long periods of time. Because of this, I try to use a baking soda free deodorant on days that I’m working from home to give my sensitive underarm skin a break.

Native Deodorant - Sensitive Cotton + Lily

So why don’t I just use a baking soda free deodorant all the time? Honestly, it is mainly because most sensitive formula / baking soda free deodorants just don’t work that well for my body and will usually suddenly stop working after abut four hours (sometimes less).

Native Deodorant - Sensitive Cotton + Lily

So how does the Native Sensitive Deodorant measure up?

It applies smoothly without any dragging or crumbling – very creamy. The scent is subtle and fresh. And most importantly, it works for more than four hours on me! I’d say that it works well on me for about 16 hours before it starts to wear off. And when it does start to wear off, it is very gradual –  I don’t suddenly become a stink-beast (thankfully)!

Native Deodorant - Sensitive Cotton + Lily

Ingredients: Caprylic/capric triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil), arrowroot powder, stearyl alcohol, magnesium hydroxide (milk of magnesia), shea butter, coconut oil, hydrogenated castor oil, polyglycerol-3 beeswax (cera bellina wax), jojoba esters, tocopherol (Vitamin E), L. acidophilus (natural bacteria found in your body already), maltodextrin, glyceryl caprylate, glyceryl undecylenate + proprietary oil blend (fragrance).

I think that what makes this sensitive formula work so well  is the milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) and acidophilus (probiotic) content as none of the sensitive deodorants that I’ve previously tried contained either of these ingredients.

Do you use natural deodorants? If so, which one(s) do you use?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Kristin Ess Hair Sea Salt Air Dry Spray Review

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Today I have a review of the Sea Salt Air Dry Spray from Kristen Ess Hair that I purchased in my most recent mini-haul from well.ca. This is my first time trying anything from Kristen Ess Hair. [info in italics taken from well.ca]

Kristen Ess Hair Sea Salt Air Dry Spray

Where do we even start with this one? This is a brand new kind of sea salt spray. First of all, can we talk about the spray? SO OBSESSED! It has a super-fine, constant mist which ensures a more even application than your average pump applicator. Second, the feeling! No salty, crunchy, chalky texture, just satin-grit that stays touchable and soft. BTW, the difference between this one and Kristin Ess’ Soft Shine Beach Wave Spray is that this one goes on wet/damp hair and the other one is for finishing so it goes on dry hair.    

Kristen Ess Hair Sea Salt Air Dry Spray

Contains Zip-Up Technology:
Kristin Ess’ proprietary strengthening complex designed to “zip-up” split ends while targeting weak areas of the hair, smoothing the appearance of damaged cuticles and helping to protect hair from environmental stressors and color fade.

Kristen Ess Hair Sea Salt Air Dry Spray

The Sea Salt Air Dry Spray is targeted for straight to wavy hair types. As you probably know, my hair is thick and wavy. I mostly use products like this to enhance and tame my waves, since my hair is very much prone to frizz!

The packaging is on the plain side, but really, as long as a product works for me, I don’t mind plain packaging! The spray comes out as a super fine mist, and makes it easier and faster to use than the standard pump bottle.

This spray is used on wet or damp hair with air drying – which is great because I try to limit my heat styling to the winter months. It helps give my hair a beachy wave look without feeling crunchy or gross. And as an added plus, it isn’t highly scented!

Kristen Ess Hair Sea Salt Air Dry Spray

Cost-wise it is $12.99 CAD for 7 oz / 200 ml.

What is your fave sea salt / beachy waves spray?

Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Body Oil Review

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Today I have a review of the Natural Hawaiian Body Oil from Alba Botanica that I got in my recent mini haul from well.ca. [info in italics taken from well.ca]

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Oil

Find sweet saturation with this nutrient-rich, super-smoothing, fast-absorbing body oil. Kukui nut, high in essential fatty acids, works its magic to nourish, hydrate and protect skin from moisture loss. Sweet almond, coconut, flaxseed and sunflower oils douse skin in silky perfection. Hypo-allergenic.

This is a beautiful and quickly absorbing body oil. No greasiness, just soft and smooth skin. It has a mild nutty scent – and thankfully not coconut scented in any way! I’ve been using this body oil after every shower since my package arrived. My only complaint is that I wish that the bottle had a pump dispenser!

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Oil

Alba Botanica is a Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free company. Most of their products are vegan, with the exception of a few products that contain beeswax or honey – the lip balms, the Hawaiian Smoothing Sugar Cane Body Polish, and Unpetroleum Jelly.

Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil (1), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil (1), Macadamia, Ternifolia Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Oil (1), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (1), Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Coumarin, Fragrance (Parfum).  [(1) Certified Organic Ingredient]

Do you have a fave body oil?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Hurraw Lip Balm Reviews – Earl Grey and Moon

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Today I have a review of two lip balms from Hurraw – Earl Grey and Moon Lip Balms that I purchased in my recent mini haul from well.ca. [info in italics taken from well.ca]

Hurraw! Balm launched in 2010 out of pure intent; an obsession to create the perfect balm: truly natural, vegan, made from premium raw and organic ingredients. It also had to meet some tough criteria…long lasting, not sweet, never grainy, pocket melt proof…and the list goes on.

Hurraw Lip Balm

To ensure the quality and integrity of their product, Hurraw! manufactures fresh and individually pours each tube of balm in their dedicated NOP and EcoCert certified facility. Their priority is to make Hurraw! the finest balm available… a great product to be used by everyone regardless of lifestyle.

I decided to try two different lip balms – Earl Grey and Moon.

Hurraw Lip Balm

Here’s the description of Earl Grey:

Love tea? Hurraw does. So they added the soothing, yet uplifting scent of Italian Bergamot oranges to make puttin’ on this earl grey balm just like sippin’ a cuppa.

And here’s the Moon balm:

Extra thick, creamy and rich; this balm has some serious staying power. The vanilla and peru balsam scent will lull you to sleep. Azulene packed blue chamomile helps soothes your lips for some true beauty z’s

Hurraw Lip Balm

Both Hurraw Lip Balms are incredible – super smooth and creamy feeling on the lips, and surprisingly long wearing. I don’t carry lip balms in my pockets, so I can’t comment on them being pocket melt-proof, but the Earl Grey one lasted in my bag on  a super hot day. Both of the Earl Grey and Moon smell really great too.

As a lip balm addict, I’ll probably end up getting a few more to stash around the house.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

Sudsatorium Great Gatsby Lip Scrub Review

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Today I have a review of the Great Gatsby Lip Scrub from Sudsatorium that I got in my most recent mini-haul from well.ca. This is my first time trying out anything from this Canadian company – they also make lip balms, bath and body stuff, and haircare. [info in italics taken from the well.ca]

Sudsatorium Great Gatsby Lip Scrub

A lip scrub fit for Daisy Buchanan, our favourite fictional heartbreaker with a penchant for lavish shindigs, fast cars, and most importantly mint juleps. Inspired by her excellent choice of libation, the Sudsatorium Great Gatsby lip scrub is made with refreshing spearmint essential oil to soothe sore, dry lips and fair trade vanilla extract to lock in all of that moisturizing jojoba oil for long lasting softness and beautiful sheen. You’ll surely enjoy the gentle tingling sensation of mint as it lingers on your kissers.

Sudsatorium Great Gatsby Lip Scrub

The Great Gatsby Lip Scrub is AWESOME – and the ingredients are simple:

Fair Trade Organic Cane Sugar (Sucrose), Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), Fair Trade Organic Spearmint Oil (Mentha Viridis), Organic Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla Planifolia)

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The sugar and oil blend is super moisturizing, and gives the perfect amount of exfoliation – not harsh or scratchy at all – leaving my lips smooth and soft.

I definitely want to try more from Sudsatorium, I have a few things added to my wishlist to try once I clear out more of my stash.

Sudsatorium Great Gatsby Lip Scrub

What is your fave lip scrub? Do you make your own?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Mini Haul + Sneak Peek of What I’m Testing

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I placed a small online order at well.ca last week and it just arrived – so I thought I would show you what I got:

Mini Haul + Sneak Peek

Sudsatorium Lip Scrub in Great Gatsby (mint julep)

Hurraw Lip Balms in Earl Grey (bergamot) and Moon (blue chammomile and vanilla)

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Oil (kukui nut)

Kristin Ess Sea Salt Air Dry Spray

Mini Haul + Sneak Peek

Reviews to follow as soon as I’ve managed to test everything out!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased these things.

Osea Essential Hydrating Oil Review

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Today I have a reveiw of the Essential Hydrating Oil from Osea that came in my July Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Osea Essential Hydrating Oil

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 have been incorporating them more and more into my skincare routine. I’ve been using this one daily since it arrived even though we are in the midst of another heat wave – because although my skin isn’t as dry as it is in the winter, all the heat and sun does dry out my skin. This oil is light and hydrating, and absorbs fairly quickly into my skin. It plays nicely with my Juice Beauty CC Cream SPF30, and with my usual sunscreens  from LASPA SPF30 and Mychelle Dermaceuticals SPF28 and 30.

Osea Essential Hydrating Oil

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | *Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, *Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Thuja Occidentalis (Cedar Leaf) Oil, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, *Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, *Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) |*Certified Organic Ingredient

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As you can see from the ingredient list, it is a blend of macadamia / sesame / jojoba seed oils and several essential oils. Scentwise, my nose picks up on the cedar and rosewood more than the other oils. It kind of reminds me of the Sensitive Elixir from Saje Naturals.

I really like this facial oil, I’m super happy that the sample size is quite good (0.34 oz / 10 ml) so I’ll be able to get several weeks of use from it!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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