Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil Review

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Today I have a review of the Plum Beauty Oil from Le Prunier that came in my January Petit Vour box [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

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Plum Beauty Oil is an anti-aging, multi-purpose oil that balances, restores and refreshes the skin. The patent pending blend of plum varietals is naturally abundant in essential antioxidants, nourishing omega fatty acids 6 & 9 and powerful polyphenols, all of which help protect the skin from damaging free radicals. 8x more powerful than Argan oil and 6x more powerful than Marula oil in protecting the skin from damaging free radicals.™ It’s also rich in pro-Vitamin A & E to assist with healing and hydration.  

Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil

Luxurious in texture, quick absorbing and weightless on the skin, Plum Beauty Oil, helps calm irritation and seal in moisture without clogging pores. The Perfect Antioxidant Booster for On The Go Glow. Discover the Power of Plum.™

Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil

  • Ideal for all skin types, especially acne prone & extremely sensitive or allergy prone skin.
  • A natural UV Sunscreen Booster – helping to naturally fortify and protect the skin barrier from the sun and solar UV radiation.
  • In clinical studies, shown to brighten skin tone & reduce hyperpigmentation.

Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil

This oil sounds so amazing, and perfect for my sensitive skin!

So how did it measure up?

This is the first time that I’ve ever tried a plum oil.

I really like the Plum Beauty Oil, it is light and sinks into the skin quickly. I’ve been adding a few drops into my moisturizer in the mornings for an added hydration boost. Very calming on the skin, and not at all greasy.

Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil

Have you tried this facial oil?

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

Jeane & Jax Vegan Leather Luna Bag Review

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I have something a little different than my usual cruelty free beauty and skincare reviews – today I’d like to talk about Montreal company Jeane & Jax [info in italics taken from the Jeane & Jax website, and the photo below is also from the website]

Jeane & Jax Luna

jeane & jax is a luxury vegan handbag brand that encompasses the principles of ethical fashion while delivering handbags of quality, style, and affordability.

Our mission is to show consumers that you can be just as fashionable and on trend without causing harm to animals. 

Our designs are inspired by Montreal’s multicultural surroundings and artistic flair. Our brand represents an elevated and casual lifestyle driven to compliment any mood or outfit.

jeane & jax is committed to using the highest quality vegan materials and all our hardware is free of any hazardous metals. Our collections are ethically sourced and fall in line with our dedication to social responsibility.

Jeane & Jax Luna Crossbody

I stumbled across them on InstaGram, and have been eyeing several of their bags for months before finally taking the plunge and ordering myself the Luna Tassel Crossbody bag as a replacement for my old Matt & Nat Crossbody bag. I purchased it as a Christmas present for myself during their Black Friday sale.

Jeane & Jax Luna Crossbody

Crossbody bag with adjustable strap and tassel ornament. Magnetic snap flap closure. Interior phone pouch and zip pocket. Back slit pocket with magnetic snap. Gunmetal hardware. Vegan leather 100% Polyurethane. Dimensions: 10.5″(W) x 9″(T) x 3.5″(D) 
Colors: Black, Slate, Rosewood

Jeane & Jax Luna Crossbody

The vegan leather is very soft and looks and feels luxurious. The construction is solid and the hardware (zippers, magnetic snaps, and tassel) is sturdy. I think that the removable tassel is really cute and gives it an extra special touch. I prefer crossbody bags for daily use, and I like that the strap is adjustable. I just love it!

I’m very happy with my bag, and am looking forward to buying myself another one soon!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

Buck Naked Soap Company Himalayan Salt Soak & Avocado Soap Reviews

Buck Naked Soap Company Avocado Soap & Himalayan Salt Soak

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Today I have review of two products from Buck Naked Soap Company that I recently purchased from well.ca – the Himalayan Salt Soak and the Avocado Soap [info in italics taken from the Buck Naked Soap Company website].

Buck Naked Soap Company Avocado Soap & Himalayan Salt Soak

 

If you remember, back in October, I had previously reviewed a few things that were sent to me as a PR package from Buck Naked Soap Company (Himalayan Salt Soap, Geranium & Purple Clay Sugar Scrub and the Natural Lotion Bar), and I loved them so much that I wanted to try more!

First up, the Himalayan Salt Soak:

Buck Naked Soap Company Himalayan Salt Soak

Mined from ancient sea beds in the Himalaya, this mineral-rich salt is thought to be the purest available. Including over 84 minerals and trace elements to nurture balance, our soak helps maintain skin’s moisture and can be used to stimulate circulation and relax and soothe sore muscles. The unique ionic energy from Himalayan salt also helps draw toxins from the body.

Buck Naked Soap Company Himalayan Salt Soak

The Himalayan Salt Soak is beautiful. I especially like using this for a nice long soak after my morning yoga practice (if I have the time) as it helps with muscle recovery and circulation. My skin is super soft after using this!

Next up, the Avocado Soap:

Buck Naked Soap Company Avocado Soap

Relaxing | Antioxidants | Luxurious. Avocado oil is rich in proteins and nutrients that help soothe and moisturize skin. Vitamins A, D and E, as well as lecithin and potassium – “the youth mineral” – also work to repair dehydrated, rough and itchy skin while reducing the appearance of inflammation. Ideal for normal to dry skin.

Ingredients: Elaeis Guineensis, Aqua, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado), Sodium Hydroxide, Essential Oil, Tocopherol

Buck Naked Soap Company Avocado Soap

This is a super hydrating and gentle soap, perfect for sensitive skin! It lathers well and has a very mild scent.

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Sothys Hydra3HA Hyaluronic Acid Discovery Kit Review

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I received the Hydra3HA Discovery kit from Sothys Canada / PozPub to test out. Our weather has been super cold so my skin needs a little extra hydration so I was excited to try out this hyaluronic acid based kit.

Sothys Hydra3HA Discovery Kit

The Hydra3HA Hyaluronic Acid Discovery Kit contains three products formulated with triple hyaluronic acid: the Hydrating Youth Cream, the Hydrating Comfort Youth Cream and the Hydra-Smoothing Mask. [info in italics taken from their press release and from the Sothys website]

Sothys Hydra3HA Discovery Kit

 

Well-moisturized skin appears visibly younger and stands up better to the test of time. Driven by the latest in advance research discoveries on its exclusive active ingredient, 1055 boletus extract, Sothys is now renewing its hydration programme with a triple hyaluronic acid.

Goal number one: To immediately restore moisture and protect the skin on a daily basis.

The Hydrating Youth Cream comes in two different textures: the Hydrating Youth Cream (light emulsion, for normal to combination skin) and the Hydrating Comfort Youth Cream (creamy balm, for normal to dry skin). Result: +53% hydration after 3 hours.

Sothys Hydra3HA Discovery Kit - Hydrating Youth Cream

My skin ranges from normal to dry, especially in the winter time, but I decided to test both of the Hydrating Youth Creams out, for several weeks now, and they are super hydrating.

Sothys Hydra3HA Discovery Kit - Hydrating Comfort Youth Cream

I especially like using the lighter Youth Cream in the mornings, under foundation and the balmier Comfort Youth Cream at night. Both play nicely with make-up though, for me it all depends on how much hydration my skin needs on any given day based on how cold the weather is.

Hydra-Smoothing Mask: This creamy mask instantly envelops the skin with softness upon application. The skin is hydrated, smoother, rejuvenated. Result: +60% hydration, and +30% smoothing.

Sothys Hydra3HA Discovery Kit - Hydra-smoothing Mask

I love hydrating masks, you can either wash it off after 15 to 20 minutes, or let it soak into the skin for a super hydration boost. Especially great for the winter weather!

Here’s a little info on the actives (triple Hyaluronic Acids):

1055 Boletus Extract: An exclusive, patented active ingredient from Sothys Advanced Research. Hyaluronic acid booster. Action on the barrier function. Action on moisture flow. Pro-youthfulness action. HPM Hyaluronic Acid in Patch Form + “Quenching” Active Ingredients: Surface action to form a protective film and progressively release the essential components of the NMF. HPM Hyaluronic Acid in Free Form: Selected for its surface protecting and water retaining action.

Sothys Hydra3HA Discovery Kit

As with all Sothys products, they are more scented than I prefer. This line is described as having a floral, aquatic, musky scent. I personally don’t smell any musk (thankfully, I’m not a fan of musky scents). The scent isn’t long lasting and it doesn’t trigger a reaction for me.

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this post contains PR samples, however my opinion is my own, based on my experience of using these products.

 

 

 

Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mascara Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mascara from Pacifica Beauty that came in my January Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from Petit Vour]

Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara

You will fall in love with the long-lasting, nourishing, natural mineral mascara. This amazing formula is infused with coconut oil and vitamin B to hydrate each lash as it lengthens, strengthens and adds volume. Apply for a natural look by day, or layer for more volume with the super plush 100% vegan brush that provides effortless coverage.

I am very picky when it comes to my mascara because I have long, stick straight lashes, that are light in colour despite being a natural brunette so I curl my lashes before I apply mascara or else it looks like I barely have any lashes. To make it even more complicated, my eyes are quite sensitive. Add to that the fact that my eyes water easily, so any mascara that I use must be smudge-proof and water-resistant (or waterproof).

Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara

I have seven requirements for a mascara, and I’ll comment on each requirement and score each point. So how did Pacifica’s Stellar Gaze Mascara measure up?

1. waterproof +1/2 point, as the formula is not waterproof. It is slightly water-resistant, but not 100%.

2. smudge-proof +1/2 point, I did experience some smudging, likely due to my eyes watering while out.

3. non-flaking / non-clumping +1 point, no flaking or clumping!

4. must be DARK black (not blackish, not brown black, and definitely not grey black) +1 point, this mascara is nice and dark black!

5. volumizing +1/2 point, this is more of a lengthening formula, but I got ok volume with two coats.

6. must hold a curl +1/2 point, it held a curl ok, but not amazingly well. At least it didn’t make my lashes droop!

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes +1 point, this has to be the most gentle eye and lash friendly mascara that I’ve ever tried! My lashes feel so soft after using this, so I’m giving this mascara a bonus +1/2 point for gentleness / lash conditioning!

Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara

So how does the Stellar Gaze Mascara measure up? I would give this one a 5.5 out of 7.

If you don’t have watery eyes, and like a lengthening formula, then you will probably love this one. Sadly, my eyes water a bit too much for this one to work well for me. But if they ever come out with a waterproof version of this mascara, I would definitely want to try it out!

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

Kaia Naturals The Underarm Bar Review

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Today I’m reviewing The Underarm Bar from Kaia Naturals that came in my January Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

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Transforms any natural deodorant into extra strength protection. Formulated with apple cider vinegar and activated charcoal to create a protective barrier against odor-causing bacteria. Use the bar on your underarms prior to applying natural deodorant for extra odor protection on those extra sweaty days.

Usage: Moisten the bar, and create a paste. Apply to odorous areas (underarms, feet, etc) in a circular motion. Leave on for 30 seconds before rinsing. Use daily with The Takesumi Detox Deodorant. 

Kaia Naturals The Underarm Bar

I’ve been using the Underarm Bar for two weeks, with natural deodorants. Unfortunately I don’t own the Takesumi Detox Deodorant yet, but I plan on buying one after I use up my current stash. I’ve been testing it with my Native Deodorants – both the regular and sensitive formulas.

Kaia Naturals The Underarm Bar

So how does it measure up?

THIS STUFF IS FREAKING AWESOME! It makes my baking soda free deodorant last until I shower the next day. Baking soda free deodorants tend to not be a long lasting for me, but I try to use them on days that I’m working from home to give my sensitive underarm skin a break from the baking soda in my regular natural deodorant.

I really think that with this bar, I am going to be able to start exclusively using a baking soda free deodorant! How awesome is that?

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Olea Europaea (Olive Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Pyrus Malus (Apple) Vinegar, Sodium Chloride (Sea Salt), Carbo Activatus (Activated Charcoal), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Camphor, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil.

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

Essence Volume Hero Waterproof Mascara Review

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Today I’m reviewing a fairly new waterproof mascara from Essence Cosmetics, makers of some of my favourite mascaras – the Volume Hero Waterproof formulation. [info in italics taken from the European Essence website as I couldn’t find the waterproof version on the Canadian site]

Essence Hero Mascara - Waterproof

The popular “volume hero” mascara for maximum lashes is getting some reinforcement: in combination with a waterproof texture, the new version creates endless lash-volume that can handle anything! The plastic volume brush absorbs a lot of bulk to reach each individual lash.

  • Waterproof mascara for endless volume
  • Plastic volume brush
  • Long-lasting, dramatic look

If you’ve been following me awhile, you will be familiar with my criteria for mascaras. But I’ll repeat them here:

I am very picky when it comes to my mascara because I have long, stick straight lashes, that are fairly light in colour despite being a natural brunette so I have to curl my lashes before I apply mascara or else it looks like I don’t have any eyelashes. AND my eyes are quite sensitive, and a lot of mascaras irritate my eyes. Add to that the fact that my eyes water easily, so my mascara must be smudge-proof and water-resistant (or waterproof).

To summarize, I have seven requirements for mascara:

1. waterproof, 2. smudge-proof, 3. non-flaking / non-clumping, 4. must be DARK black (not blackish, not brown black, and definitely not grey black), 5. volumizing, 6. must hold a curl and 7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes.

Essence Hero Mascara - Waterproof

So how does it measure up? The first time that I tried this mascara, I didn’t love it. But by the third use, my opinion started to change. It ticks all the boxes for me, and I would give it a 6.5 out of 7, with half a point taken off as it can get clumpy if you aren’t careful. I find that cleaning the brush end off before using does help to reduce the clumping risk.

This mascara is super black and adds volume to my lashes and holds a curl for my stick straight lashes. All in all, I like this one.

Have you tried this one?

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Nyx Slip Tease Lip Lacquer (Strawberry Whip) Review

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Today I have a little review and swatching of one of the Slip Tease Lip Lacquers in the shade Strawberry Whip from Nyx Cosmetics. I purchased this one just before Christmas, and have been wearing it since then. [info in italics taken from the Nyx Canada website]

Nyx Slip Tease Lip Lacquer in Strawberry Whip

Put the moves on your pout with our new Slip Tease Full Colour Lip Lacquer. From seductive nudes to bold berries and more, this luxurious lippie delivers full coverage in 24 pigment-rich and seriously plush shades that shine.

Nyx Slip Tease Lip Lacquer in Strawberry Whip

Featuring an hourglass-shaped applicator that makes lining your lips a cinch, each weightless hue slips on comfy-smooth and glossy for a knockout finish. The soft vanilla-mint scent is also pretty irresistible.

Nyx Slip Tease Lip Lacquer in Strawberry Whip

This is a glossy liquid lipstick, and is super hydrating. Fairly long wearing, but not smudge or transfer-proof. I love the shade that I bought.

Nyx Slip Tease Lip Lacquer in Strawberry Whip

Very hydrating, and pigmented. Not sticky like a regular lip gloss.

Nyx Slip Tease Lip Lacquer in Strawberry Whip

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Sothys Echappée Parisienne Fall / Winter Makeup Collection

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Today I’m showing you a few things from the latest makeup collection from Sothys that PozPub sent to me to try out. I received two lipsticks and a liquid liner from their newly launched fall /winter collection titled Echappée Parisienne. The Sothys Fall / Winter Collection is a glamorous and elegant makeup collection, inspired by Paris.

Sothys Fall Winter Makeup Collection

The packaging for both lipsticks is beautiful, a shiny, lacquer type finish that makes it so hard to photograph!

Sothys Fall Winter Makeup Collection

Rouge Intense 236 Bois de Rose Vaugirard (Rosewood) Satin Finish

Sothys Fall Winter Makeup Collection

This is a satin finish lipstick, feels very much like a Bite Beauty lipstick in terms of creaminess. I’ve been wearing this one a lot, it is a beautiful and wearable shade. This is a perfect rosy nude type shade.

Rouge Mat 340 Prune République (Plum) Velvet matte Finish

Sothys Fall Winter Makeup Collection

I have to say that the Rouge Mat Velvet lipsticks are one of the most comfortable matte lipsticks that I’ve ever worn. I really like the shade for days when I want a bolder lip. It is long wearing and highly pigmented.

Calligraphy Liquid Eyeliner

Sothys Fall Winter Makeup Collection - Calligraphy Liner

This is a smudgeproof liquid liner. Once it dries, it does not budge until you remove it! I like the brush tip, it makes it easy to do both fine and thicker lines. A perfect black liquid liner!

Sothys Liner4

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, these are PR samples, however my opinion is my own and based on my own experience of using these products.