Cardea Auset Noire Charcoal Mask Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Noire Charcoal Mask by Cardea Auset that I received as a Christmas gift and have used it several times over the past month. This is the first product that I’ve used from this Canadian brand. [info in italics taken from the Cardea Auset website]

Cardea Auset Noire Charcoal Mask

Highly concentrated, customizable powder-blend designed to extract toxins from the skin’s surface and pores, leaving it cleansed and purified. Powder means no preservatives, just pure, active ingredients that create a super-charged face mask with the liquid of your choice.

Activated Charcoal draws dirt and toxins from deep within pores, exfoliates and brightens while stimulating blood flow to enhance circulation and up the glow-factor. Bentonite Clay is rich in minerals and absorbs up to 10 times its weight to draw out and envelop impurities.

Cardea Auset Noire Charcoal Mask

Directions For Use: Mix equal parts NOIRE with water or honey, and apply to skin. Leave on skin for 8-12 minutes. Rinse or wipe with a damp cloth to remove, and follow with a hydrating mist, oil, or moisturizer. *Skin may be pink to red after treatment. Discontinue if irritation occurs. Do not mix with a metal spoon.

Ingredients: Activated Charcoal, Bentonite.

Cardea Auset Noire Charcoal Mask

I love that this is a powder formula with minimal ingredients, it allows you to choose what liquid to use with it to make your facial mask. It is however, very messy, so I mix it up over my bathroom sink to minimize the mess factor. I rinse the mask off with water, and then I use a washcloth to remove any stubborn traces of the mask that remain after rinsing.

This charcoal clay mask really does clean out your pores! It is heavy duty. My skin is a little pink after using, but that is normal with this type of clay mask. It isn’t a reaction type of redness, there is no burning, it just feels like an increase in blood circulation which means that any redness / pinkness will fade quite quickly.

Have you tried this facial mask? Do you like clay and / or charcoal masks?

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Disclosure: This was a Christmas gift from a friend!

 

Nyx Cosmetics High Glass Finishing Powder Review

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Today I’m reviewing the High Glass Finishing Powder from Nyx Cosmetics that I recently purchased online because I finally managed to finish my last pressed powder! [info in italics taken from the Nyx Canada website]

Nyx High Glass Finishing Powder

Blur imperfections and keep it glassy all-day long with our new High Glass Finishing Powder! As Step 2 of our 3-Step High Glass Skin Regimen, this versatile formula was designed to be worn over High Glass Face Primer or the foundation of choice. Available in three light-reflecting shades which stretch across light to deep skin tones (light, medium, and deep), each shimmering setting powder sets your makeup and gives the complexion a sleek and polished glass-like glow. Glass skin, defined: Evolving from K-Beauty’s dedication to a healthy, glowy, hydrated-looking complexion, “glass skin” refers to skin that looks translucent, smooth and reflective—just like a pane of glass.

Nyx High Glass Finishing Powder

This powder is available in three shades: light, medium and deep. I purchased the shade light.

Nyx High Glass Finishing Powder

I had though that this finishing powder would probably give my skin a radiant glowy finish, but wow, this is mega glittery, when I use it, it looks as if I did my whole face with a highlighting powder. Way too shimmery for every day usage for me! I will however use it as a highlighter, because it is really pretty.

Nyx High Glass Finishing Powder

Have you tried this powder?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

Highborn Défumé Annointing Oil Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Highborn Défumé Annointing Oil that came in my December Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Highborn Défumé Annointing Oil

This Ritual Rollerball will cleanse and clear your energetic space, focus the mind for meditation or prayer, and prepare yourself for ritual. DÉFUMÉ pays true homage to palo santo while embodying a dynamic fragrance profile. Application is beautiful (externally) anywhere on your body, this fragrance is known to transport. Boasting organic essential oils that are sustainably sourced and extracted, reiki charged crystals and high vibes – DÉFUMÉ will help deepen your self care regimen. Fragrance is unisex. 

Highborn Défumé Annointing Oil

The first thing that went through my mind when I saw this was to ask myself if this was a perfume or an essential oil (or both). The scent is very subtle – lightly smoky and woody. I would use this before a meditative yoga practice,  than to use it as a perfume as I don’t find that the scent lasts on me. I find that nearly all coconut oil based perfumes oils don’t have any longevity on me.

Highborn Défumé Annointing Oil

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil, A Proprietary Blend of Wild Crafted + Organic Essential Oils, Reiki Charged Quartz + Black Tourmaline.

Have you tried this?

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

Kani Botanicals Lip + Cheek Tint Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Kani Botanicals Lip + Cheek Tint that came in my December Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Kani Botanicals Lip + Cheek Balm- Duchess

Created with nourishing organic ingredients, this unique formula combines hydration and protection with rich mineral colors for a beautiful, natural finish on both lips and cheeks. 

Kani Botanicals Lip + Cheek Balm- Duchess

The Lip + Cheek Tint is available in three shades – Duchess, Siren, and Vamp. I received the shade Duchess – a pretty cool toned pink shade. Because I’m quite fair, I have to apply sparingly on my cheeks, but it makes a pretty flush.

As a lip balm, it feels nice on the lips, and is a very natural, very slight pink tint on my lips (which are already pink toned). I love products that are multi-purpose, so this would be great for travel. I will probably use this as a lip balm more often than as a blush.

Kani Botanicals Lip + Cheek Balm- Duchess

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Oil), *Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, *Oriza Sativa (Rice Bran) Wax, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Kaolinite (Rose Clay), *Tapioca Starch, *Rosmarinus officials (Rosemary) Extract, Tocopherol (non-GMO Vitamin E), Rose Oil, *Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf Oil. | *Certified Organic

Have you tried this one?

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

 

Bali Balm Bergamot & Grapefruit Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Bali Balm Bergamot & Grapefruit that came in my December Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Bali Balm Bergamot & Grapefruit

Clean, crisp and citrusy fresh, this creamy lip balm gets its alluring aroma from the essential oils of bergamot and grapefruit. Bergamot oil is known to have both calming and uplifting effects, while the grapefruit acts as a purifying agent.

Bali Balm Bergamot & Grapefruit

I am always super happy to see a lip balm in my monthly subscription box. The packaging is so luxe – it comes in a beautiful box.

The lip balm itself is really great and both smells and tastes divine! It is super hydrating and smooth on the lips. It will be well used this winter!

Bali Balm Bergamot & Grapefruit

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Coconut Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Candelilla Wax, Kukui Nut Oil, Sugarcane Extract, Bergamot Fruit Oil, Grapefruit Peel Oil, Peppermint Leaf Oil, Rosemary Extract, Wheat Germ Oil, Vanilla Fruit Extract.

Bali Balm Bergamot & Grapefruit

Have you tried this lip balm?

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

Unpopular Opinions Makeup Tag

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The lovely Joyce from Local Girl Foreign Land tagged me for the Unpopular Opinions Makeup Tag. Her blog is filled with the most gorgeous photography, her travel adventures and some beauty content as well!

As you probably know, I rarely ever do tags anymore, but this one inspired me! Joyce’s answers are here.

1. Popular makeup product you don’t like

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara – it is a hot mess for me, and is a holy grail mascara for so many people. My review is here.

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2. Popular makeup product/brand that everyone else seems to hate but you love

Hmmm. I really can’t think of one.

3. Makeup collab you didn’t like or were not interested in

Most collabs don’t really interest me, I’m more interested in colour combinations or brands moreso than who they are collaborating with.

4. Popular makeup step that you never do

False lashes. I am terrible at applying them. So much so that I wrote a post about trying to apply false lashes following a tutorial back in 2015, haha! Link is here. (My brows looked so sparse in 2015, they’ve thickened up a bit and I’ve gotten way better at penciling them in thank goodness).

Ardell Lashes

5. Popular beauty influencer you don’t subscribe to/watch

I don’t subscribe to any of the “big” beauty influencers anymore. I’d rather support smaller bloggers youtube channels.

6. Popular makeup product/brand that you don’t use/support anymore

Kat Von D. I love that it is a cruelty free and vegan brand, but the brand is problematic for me.

7. Makeup trend that you have no interest in trying

Crazy long nails and super pointy nails. I have to keep my nails short if I want to be able to type. And I’d be scared I’d lose an eye if I had the “claw” type nails (although they look really cool).

8. Makeup product that was better in theory than when you used it. Either swatched better or worked better on others than on you.

Bronzer / Contour. Most look terribly unnatural on me, even the ones for super pale people.

Thanks for the nomination Joyce! ❤

Since I rarely ever get around to doing any of the tags or awards that I’m nominated for, I don’t think I should tag anyone, but please do this one if it interests you. I’d love to read your answers!

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Volition Beauty Strawberry-C Brightening Serum Review

Volition Beauty Strawberry-C Brightening Serum

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Today I have a review of a serum that I’ve wanted to try for SO LONG – the Volition Beauty Strawberry-C Brightening Serum. This was a Christmas gift from a dear friend. [info in italics taken from the Sephora website]

Volition Beauty Strawberry-C Brightening Serum

What it is: A brightening serum powered by strawberry-derived vitamin C for noticeable radiance, hydration, and even-toned skin.
Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily
Skincare Concerns: Pores, Dryness, and Dullness and Uneven Texture

Volition Beauty Strawberry-C Brightening Serum

Highlighted Ingredients:
– Strawberry Fruit and Seed Extract: Help brighten dull skin, unclog pores, and remove excess oil.
– Kakadu Plum: Helps reinforce luminosity and reduce appearance of redness.
– Hyaluronic Acid: Promotes skin elasticity for plump, hydrated skin.

Volition Beauty Strawberry-C Brightening Serum

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you will know that I love serums, and that my skin responds really well to Vitamin C based skincare. This serum is beautiful – it is gentle and fast absorbing, hydrating and definitely works well for brightening the skin – perfect for helping to deal with winter dryness and dullness. As an added plus, it doesn’t have that weird scent that some Vitamin C serums have. I don’t think that it smells like strawberries, but the scent is so so very minimal – I can’t really say what it smells like.

Volition Beauty Strawberry-C Brightening Serum

This is a cruelty free brand that I definitely want to try more from!

Have you tried this serum, or anything else from Volition Beauty?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this was a Christmas gift from a friend.

Empties December 2019

Hello, hello and Happy New Year!

Here’s my final round of empties for 2019 – I didn’t quite finish up as much as I had hoped by the end of the year, but progress is progress when it comes to using up products from my stash rather than wasting them.

Empties December 2019

As you all probably know, I’m on a low-buy, so if I say I’ll purchase or re-purchase, it means that this product is something that I plan to eventually get once I use up all of that product type in my stash. Let’s take a closer look:

The Ordinary Serum Foundation – This was my second bottle of this foundation. I really like the lightness of serum foundations. I would purchase this one again. Currently using the Juice Beauty serum foundation which I like a lot! Original reviews are here and here.

Native Deodorant in Hibiscus and Mint – I’ve been using various scents of this deodorant for well over a year now. And have two in my stash right now (one regular and one sensitive formulation). I’ll likely re-purchase since it works for me, unless I end up trying something that I like even more. Original review here.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Brightening Gel Cleanser – I love this cleanser, and would buy again for sure. I initially had a sample size from Petit Vour and loved it so much that I bought that full size. Currently have loads of cleansers in my stash, so probably won’t buy for perhaps six months! Review is here.

Luxe Botanics Camu Brightening Moisturizer – This came in a recent Petit Vour box. Loved it. I would purchase a full size if I wasn’t already trying to finish up several moisturizers and face creams. Review is here.

Evolvh Ultimate Styling Lotion – This is my second sample sized bottle. The first was from Petit Vour and this one was a PR sample. It works well for my hair for both wavy and smooth styling. Helps tame frizz without weighing my hair down. I would buy a full size if I ever manage to use up my stash of styling lotions and creams. Review is here.

I’m in the process of doing a massive makeup declutter – so expect a post on that soon!

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Disclosure: This post contains mostly products that have been purchased by me, and one PR sample identified above.

Petit Vour Unboxing & First Impressions December 2019

Hello, hello! I’m back from my annual holiday week blogging break, well rested and ready to dive back into blogging!

Petit Vour December 2019

My December Petit Vour box finally arrived on December 27th. I often show my Petit Vour box on my InstaGram, but here on the blog you will get the unboxing AND first impressions. Full reviews to follow once I’ve had a chance to test things out. [info in italics is taken from the Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour December 2019

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 US, $23 USD for Canada, and $25 USD for the rest of the world. With the exchange rate @1.3652 my box cost me $31.40 CAD this month.

Let’s take a closer look :

Petit Vour December 2019

Kani Botanicals Lip + Cheek Tint (full size $28 USD)

Created with nourishing organic ingredients, this unique formula combines hydration and protection with rich mineral colors for a beautiful, natural finish on both lips and cheeks. 

Petit Vour December 2019

This lip and cheek tint is available in three colours – I received the shade Duchess – which is pink toned. I do love multi-purpose products, so hopefully the colour will work for me.

Bali Balm Natural Lip Balm (full size $26 USD)

Clean, crisp and citrusy fresh, this creamy lip balm gets its alluring aroma from the essential oils of bergamot and grapefruit. Bergamot oil is known to have both calming and uplifting effects, while the grapefruit acts as a purifying agent.

Petit Vour December 2019

The Bali Balm is available in three different scents / flavours, I received Bergamot & Grapefruit. The packaging of this lip balm is so luxe! I am always happy to receive a lip balm to add to my collection!

5th Dimension Sub Rose Serum (sample size 7 ml, $9 USD, full size 30 ml $38 USD)

Sub Rosa is a blend of highly concentrated antioxidant and omega fatty acid oils infused with rose petals to refresh and replenish skin’s complexion.  Non-comedogenic, this face oil requires just a few drops to hydrate, soften, regulate oil production, and soothe inflammation.

Petit Vour December 2019

This sounds like an amazing serum. I’ll have to stash it for now as I have a few serums in rotation at the moment.

Highborn Défumé Anointing Oil (sample size 2 ml, $7 USD, full size 10 ml $35 USD)

This Ritual Rollerball will cleanse and clear your energetic space, focus the mind for meditation or prayer, and prepare yourself for ritual. DÉFUMÉ pays true homage to palo santo while embodying a dynamic fragrance profile. Application is beautiful (externally) anywhere on your body, this fragrance is known to transport. Boasting organic essential oils that are sustainably sourced and extracted, reiki charged crystals and high vibes – DÉFUMÉ will help deepen your self care regimen.

Petit Vour December 2019

Sounds interesting, might be good to try before yoga.

The total value of this month’s box is $70 USD which works out to $95.56 CAD. What do you think of the December box?

Petit Vour December 2019

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Disclosure: I pay for this monthly subscription!