Insensya Illuminate Serum Review

Insensya Illuminate Serum

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Today I have a review of the Insensya Illuminate Serum. As you all know, skincare is my obsession – and facial serums are my absolute favourite – so when offered the chance to try it out, of course I said yes! Thank you Insensya and IGO PR ❤ [info in italics taken from the Insensya website]

Insensya Illuminate Serum

Supercharge your skincare regime with this ultra-concentrated formula of powerful ingredients, and discover the timeless beauty secret of glowing, radiant skin.
Insensya’s revolutionary BioArg+™ complex combines the ancient transformative properties of Moroccan Argan oil with cutting edge biotechnology, supercharged with brightening and radiance-enhancing ingredients:

  • Ultra-brightening peptides target uneven skin tone.
  • New generation Vitamin C fights free radicals and signs of skin aging.
  • Advanced molecule technology combats sun-related skin damage.
  • Botanically derived squalane boosts the skin’s ability to naturally regenerate, nourish, hydrate, oxygenate, protect and prevent irritation.
  • Argan oil is renowned for its skin perfecting properties. Rich in essential fatty acids, anti-oxidants and very high levels of Vitamin E for superior moisturization.

Insensya Illuminate Serum

This serum sounds pretty amazing right? It is lightweight, and absorbs so quickly. And I gotta say, it makes my skin look so radiant! I’ve gone out wearing just the serum, my sunscreen and some under-eye concealer (necessary due to seasonal allergies) and my skin looks great! But, it does play nicely with foundation, on the rare occasion that I’ve worn it.

Insensya Illuminate Serum

Insensya has given me a promo code for 40% off of the purchase of the Illuminate Serum for my readers:

https://www.insensya.ca/?ref=JODI   Code: JODI

Insensya Illuminate Serum

This is a Montreal based company, and their products are made in Canada. They are paraben-free, non-toxic, dermatologically tested, cruelty free, hypoallergenic, and vegan!

Insensya Illuminate Serum

Ingredients: AQUA (WATER), GLYCERYL STEARATE, ARGANIA SPINOSA (ARGAN) KERNEL OIL, COCO-CAPRYLATE/CAPRATE, GLYCERIN, DIMETHICONE, ACETYL GLYCYL BETA-ALANINE, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, PEG-100 STEARATE, 3-O-ETHYL ASCORBIC ACID, C12-14 SEC-PARETH-12, MAGNESIUM ALUMINUM SILICATE, STEARETH- 21, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL, GLYCERETH-2 COCOATE, SQUALANE, BISABOLOL, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, XANTHAN GUM, BENZYL ALCOHOL, CELLULOSE GUM, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SODIUM PCA, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, BENZOIC ACID, ALGAE EXTRACT, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, DIMETHYLMETHOXY CHROMANYL PALMITATE, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), GLYCERYL LAURATE, CITRIC ACID, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, FRUCTOSE, UREA, MALTOSE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, SODIUM LACTATE, TREHALOSE, ALLANTOIN, SODIUM HYALURONATE, GLUCOSE, SODIUM BENZOATE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SODIUM SULFITE, BENZYL SALICYLATE.

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Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Intense K.i.s.s.i.n.g Lipstick Review

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Intense

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Today I have a review of my very first Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick – the Pillow Talk Intense K.i.s.s.i.n.g shade! I purchased this for myself during the annual spring sale at Sephora. [info in italics taken from the Charlotte Tilbury website]

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Intense

Fall in love with MORE Pillow Talk magic!

Darlings, lipstick is happiness in a tube! Fall even deeper in love with the MAGIC of Pillow Talk with my NEW! moisturizing deep berry-rose lipstick in K.I.S.S.I.N.G Pillow Talk Intense!

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Intense

Loved by supermodels and stars, my ORIGINAL, UNIVERSALLY FLATTERING, nude-pink Pillow Talk hue has been dialled up for everyone, every moment and every mood! This deeper, sweeter hue of Pillow Talk is in my super moisturizing K.I.S.S.I.N.G formula and looks extra dreamy on tan and deep skin tones for a sumptuous, satin-finish pout.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Intense The berry-rose shade is stunning, and the finish is hydrating and satiny. Although the description says that is looks dreamy on tan and deep skin tones, I think it works well for my pale to fair skintone.

Now that I’ve finally tried one of her lipsticks, I definitely want more! I cannot believe that it has taken me this long to get one for myself! I’m currently eyeing the red and coral shades.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Intense

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Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF 30 Moisturizer Review

Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF 30

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Today I have a review of the Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF 30 Moisturizer – I purchased it during the annual Sephora spring sale. I picked the 12ml travel size tube to try out ($26 CAD ) instead of pricier full size 1.07oz / 50ml ($89 CAD) as I wanted to make sure that I really liked it. [info in italics taken from the Sephora website]

Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF 30

This light-activated moisturizer helps boost skin’s natural luminosity, while providing all-day hydration. It also protects against pollution and UV, infrared, and blue light. This eliminates the need for a separate moisturizer in your morning routine and is ideal for all skin types.

Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF 30

This is a really nice moisturizer and a great sunscreen – no white cast! It plays nicely with my makeup as well – it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy on my skin.

Have you tried this one? Do you have a fave facial sunscreen?

Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF 30

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning – I paid for this!

Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift 2020 – Briogeo Revive & Repair Duo Review

Briogeo Revive & Repair Duo

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Briogeo Revive & Repair Duo

Although my birthday was in early April, I only received my Sephora Annual Birthday Gift in May – there were a choice of a few mini sets, and I chose the Briogeo Mini Charcoal + Coconut Oil Shampoo and Mini Deep Conditioning Mask. [info in italics taken from the Sephora website]

Briogeo Revive & Repair Duo

Great hair starts with this bestselling duo! Detoxify your scalp and deep cleanse with Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo. Restore and strengthen dry, damaged hair with Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask, revealing healthy-looking and shiny locks.

I’ve previously tried the Don’t Despair Repair Deep Conditioning Mask and loved it, so I won’t review it today. I’ll just focus on the Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo.

Briogeo Revive & Repair Duo

This unique shampoo infuses binchotan charcoal to draw impurities from the scalp and hair follicle, providing the foundation for optimal scalp health. Vegetable-derived micro-exfoliators remove dead skin cells and product buildup to support a clean, balanced, and healthy scalp, as a cooling blend of peppermint and spearmint oils reduces scalp itchiness. Tea tree oil features anti-septic and healing properties to reduce scalp irritation, while coconut oil delivers superior moisturization to the scalp to combat and prevent dryness and flakiness. Super-vitamin panthenol provides essential nutrients to strengthen the hair roots and shaft.

This is a mega-minty shampoo treatment. My scalp felt tingly and soothed, and super clean. The mini jar contains enough for me to get three or four uses (depending on how much I use each time). I could see myself buying this and using it as a scalp detox treatment twice a month.

Briogeo Revive & Repair Duo

Did you pick this mini kit as your birthday gift, or did you go for one of the others?

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Disclosure: This was a free gift as part of being a Beauty Insider.

Smashbox Super Fan Mascara Review

Smashbox Super Fan Mascara

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Today I’m reviewing the Smashbox Super Fan Mascara. I got it as a free sample / gift with purchase with my last Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix online order. [info in italics taken from the Smashbox website]

Smashbox Super Fan Mascara

This lengthening mascara gives you modern, fanned-out volume. Get 12-hour length, lift and volume without any heaviness or clumping.

BENEFITS

• Buildable lift, length and volume that lasts for 12 hours
• 360° Precision double-bristle brush loads product from root-to tip, while the soft comb reaches, styles & reveals lashes you never knew you had
• Super-black formula keeps lashes looking fuller and thicker without any clumping, smudging, flaking or heaviness
• Cruelty-free

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you will know that I am admittedly mega picky about mascara. I have long, super stick-straight lashes that are quite light in colour considering my natural hair colour is dark brown. I always use a lash curler before applying mascara. My eyes are sensitive, and water easily so any mascara that I use must be smudge proof, and water-resistant (ideally waterproof).

Smashbox Super Fan Mascara

I have seven requirements for a mascara, and I’ll comment on each requirement and score each point. So how did the Super Fan Mascara measure up?

1. waterproof / water resistant – +3/4 This is not a waterproof formulation, but it did mostly withstand my watery eyes, so it is somewhat water resistant.

2. smudge-proof +1

3. non-flaking / non-clumping +1

4. must be DARK black (not blackish, not brown black, and definitely not grey black) +1 Super mega black!

5. volumizing +1/2 Fairly good volume, but not mega volume.

6. must hold a curl +1/2 It holds a curl for me for about four hours before my lashes start to return to their natural stick straight form.

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes +1

Smashbox Super Fan Mascara

The brush is really great for getting the micro lashes at the inner and outer eye corners. Overall I would give this mascara a 5.75 out of 7! I do wish that it held a curl better. The lengthening is really nice, but my lashes are quite long naturally so it isn’t a must have for me. This isn’t a holy grail for me, but it is quite good. If you don’t have stick straight lashes, this might be perfect for you!

Have you tried this mascara, did you like it?

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Disclosure: This was a free sample / gift with purchase.

 

Alima Pure Natural Definition Eye Pencil Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Alima Pure Natural Definition Eye Pencil that came in my March Petit Vour box. I finally got around to testing it out! [info in italics taken from Petit Vour]

Alima Pure Natural Eye Pencil

A long lasting, highly pigmented natural eyeliner pencil. Natural Definition Eye Pencil is filled with soothing natural oils, waxes, and Chamomile extract to protect the delicate eye area. This eyeliner glides on smoothly, blends beautifully, and lasts all day.

Alima Pure Natural Eye Pencil

On the Petit Vour website it shows three shades: Coffee (rich cocoa brown), Ink (carbon black) and Patina (shimmering taupe). I received the shade Coffee thankfully as I have way too many black liners in my stash!

Its super pigmented, long wearing, and applies smoothly too! The Coffee shade is a gorgeous deep dark brown. Perfect for when you just don’t feel like wearing black liner!

Alima Pure Natural Eye Pencil

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Simmondsia Chinesis (Hydrogenated Jojoba) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Gossypium Herbaceum (Hydrogenated Cottonseed) Oil, Mangnifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Mica (CI 77019), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Cera, Glyceryl Caprylate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Cera, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate [+/- CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxide-Red), CI 77492 (Iron Oxide-Yellow), CI 77499 (Iron Oxide-Black)]. Contains Nuts.

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

Inkling Scents Roll-On Perfume Review in Sultry

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Today I’m reviewing the Inkling Scents Roll-On Perfume in Sultry that came in my March Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Inkling Scents Sultry

Wearing this smooth fragrance is the art of seduction. The base is creamy sandalwood and white amber, the heart is lotus flower, orchid and Bulgarian rose, while the top is silky vanilla. The blend is provocative, but clean. This mix is deep and rich enough to leave you with a sense of pleasure.

This sounds like a perfect scent for me – a mix of woody / spicy and floral notes!

Inkling Scents Sultry

Perfume reviews are very subjective in my opinion. It is a combination of body chemistry and personal preference.

Sadly, this scent does not mix well with my body chemistry and pulls almost musky on me – the floral notes disappear completely! In the bottle it smells really pretty, so I might just use it to scent clothing, because it is quite lovely when not directly on my skin!

Inkling Scents Sultry

Ingredients: Jojoba Oil, Sandalwood Essential Oil, White Amber Essential Oil, Lotus Flower Essential Oil, Bulgarian Rose Essential Oil, Vanilla Natural Isolate

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

 

MoMi Beauty Styling Jelly Review

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MoMi Beauty Styling Jelly

Today I’m reviewing the Styling Jelly from MoMi Beauty that came in my March Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

This innovative jelly stays flexible and maintains movement, allowing easy styling and a no-frizz finish. Every hair type can achieve different textures using the jelly, which blends organic hydrating olive oil and clarifying apple cider vinegar with floral and gem-essences for inner and outer balance. 

  • Pump a small amount into palms
  • Evenly apply to damp or air-dried hair
  • Style as desired
  • To add volume and body to fine hair, apply to lengths from root to ends
  • For medium hold: scrunch into wet hair and diffuse with a blow dryer
  • For some extra hold to style: pump a small amount into palms and style as needed
  • To tame fly-aways: pump a small amount into palms and very lightly apply to smooth strands

MoMi Beauty Styling Jelly

I’ve been using this to add volume and tame frizz in my wavy hair. It feels hydrating yet lightweight. Mega waves! It kind of feels like a cross between a hair gel and a facial serum texture-wise. And the scent is very minimal (almost non-existent) to my nose! I really like it a lot!

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Deionized Water, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Calendula Extract, Pro-Vitamin B5, Organic Guar Gum (Natural Plant Based), Organic Sweet Orange Oil, Organic Lemongrass Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (Raw unfiltered), Organic Green Tea, Organic Sage Herb, Organic Bilberry Leaf, Xanthan Gum (Natural Gum), Lotus Wei blend of organic essential oils of Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender), Anthemis nobilis (Roman chamomile), Rosa damascena (Rose absolute), Citrus aurantium (Neroli absolute), Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) flower essence, gem essence of Rose Quartz, Leucidal (Radish root ferment).

MoMi Beauty Styling Jelly

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

Pacifica Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Pacifica Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic from my March Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Pacifica Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic

We make it easy to be good with this simple step in cleansing that requires no water and no rinsing. Fortified coconut, calendula and grapefruit waters, this powerful tonic helps capture and lift away dirt, oil and impurities without harsh rubbing or over-drying. For all skin types

First off, this smells very strongly of coconut, which I have an aversion to. It smells like bad suntan lotion to me – but if you like coconut scented products, then you will probably like this.

I only used this micellar water once because it triggered a reaction! The one rare occasion that I didn’t do a skin patch test first – my skin felt like it was burning and turned red! I immediately ran to wash it off with my most gentle cream cleanser and then put on a soothing facial moisturizer and managed to calm my skin down within about an hour.

Pacifica Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic

I don’t see any obvious sensitivity triggers for my skin in the ingredient list so I’m assuming that it is something in the “parfum (natural)” blend in the ingredients that is not specified. I’m not willing to test this on my face again. I’ve had no problems with any of their skincare that I’ve tried before, so I was quite surprised!

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | aqua (purified), sorbitan oleate decylglucoside crosspolymer, decyl glucoside, glycerin, cocos nucifera (coconut) water, calendula officinalis (flower) extract, citrus grandis (grapefruit) fruit water, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, parfum (natural).

Pacifica Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic

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