Kaelen Harwell Refining Roman Chamomile Ylang Ylang Cleanser Review

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Today I have a review of the Kaelen Harwell Refining Roman Chamomile Ylang Ylang Cleanser – this was also one of my top cleansers that I judged as a part of the Cert-Clean Clean Beauty Awards last year, and I’ve been using it on and off since then. [info in italics taken from the Kaelen Harwell website]

This creamy cleanser hydrates and soothes dry, sensitive, or dehydrated skin.  It also helps to calm rosacea.

This is the cleanser that I reach for whenever my skin is feeling dry or sensitive. It is super gentle, and hydrating, but still makes my skin feel clean without feeling stripped or irritated.

I love cream cleansers – especially in the colder months when my skin needs an extra boost of hydration!

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Olea Europaea (Organic Olive) Oil, Aspalathus Linearis (Organic Rooibos) Extract, Emulsifying Wax NF, Glycerin, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Ananas Comosus (Organic Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Organic Papaya) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Organic Papaya) Leaf Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Thioctic Acid (Alpha Lipoic Acid), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C) Ester, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Oenotheris Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Chamomilla Recutita (Blue Chamomile) Essential Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Essential Oil, Cedrus Deodara (Cedarwood) Essential Oil, Boswelia Carterii (Frankincense) Essential Oil, Cananga Odorata Var. Genuina (Ylang Ylang II) Essential Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin) Essential Oil.

Have you tried this cream cleanser? Do you have a fave?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this was one of the facial cleansers that I received as a judge for the 2019 Cert-Clean Clean Beauty Awards. My opinion is always based on my personal experience with the product.

aeos Cleansing Oil Dé-Maq Review

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Sorry that I’ve not been keeping to my usual blogging schedule these days, but today I have a review of a cleansing oil that I’ve been using on and off for the past year – the aeos Cleansing Oil Dé-Maq. I received this as a part of my judging package for the 2019-2020 Cert-Clean Clean Beauty Awards and it was one of my top rated facial cleansers that I had judged. [info in italics taken from the aeos website]

Rapidly reveal a smooth, glowing, nourished complexion, as you remove every last trace of make-up and impurities with our award-winning oil-based cleanser.

A transforming blend of premium-grade organic and biodynamic oils and plant extracts, this revolutionary formula helps normal/dry skin retain optimal moisture with the pure power of plants, as well as balancing oily/combination skin types.

I tend to use oil based cleansers in the colder months, or when I’m doing a double cleanse. The aeos Cleansing Oil is so hydrating and does a great job of removing makeup – even waterproof mascara! It doesn’t leave a greasy film after rinsing. And it has a mild, pleasant herbal scent – I can mainly smell the frankincense.

Ingredients: Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Squalane (derived from olives), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Opuntia Ficus Indica (Prickly Pear) Seed Oil, Boswellia neglecta (Frankincense) Resin Oil, Triticum Spelta (Spelt) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil. Natural constituents of essential oils: Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, Eugenol, Farnesol.

Have you tried this cleansing oil? What is your favourite?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this was one of the products that were gifted to me as part of the judging panel for the Cert-Clean Clean Beauty Awards. As always, my opinion is my own, and is based on my user experience.

Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Gel Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Gel that came in my Fall CAUSEBOX. [info in italics taken from the Aromatherapy Associates website]

Our best selling De-Stress Muscle Gel first cools inflamed muscles before imparting a deep, comforting warmth. Invigorating Black Pepper and warming Ginger are the perfect antidote to an intense workout, a demanding day, or in-flight heavy legs, leaving muscles soothed and relaxed.

Not only is this muscle gel great for sore muscles, it smells amazing with the black pepper, ginger, rosemary and lavender – much like the De-Stress Muscle Bath & Shower Oil which I have previously tried and absolutely loved!

You can also use it on the back of your neck or temples when you have a headache!

INGREDIENTS: Aqua (Water), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Water, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavendar) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Leucadendron Cajaputi (Cajput) Oil, Parfum**, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Leaf Oil, Juniperus Communis (Juniper) Fruit Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Pinus Sylvestris (Pine) Leaf Oil, Piper Nigrum (Black Pepper) Seed Oil, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Citral*, Coumarin*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool*. *Natural Essential Oil Contents **Natural Plant Extracts

Have you tried this Muscle Gel? Do you have a favourite one?

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Disclosure: This came in my Fall CAUSEBOX subscription that I paid for!

Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream that I bought for myself recently. Versed is a cruelty free and vegan drugstore brand. [info in italics taken from the Versed website]

Let’s take a look at the moisturizer:

If you want to keep your skin hydrated but don’t like the feel of traditional cream textures, meet your new moisturizer match. The lightweight gel-cream formula with a jelly-like texture absorbs instantly and disappears into your skin, leaving it feeling refreshed, never greasy. Basically, it’s ideal for those warmer months when heavier moisturizers tend to weigh you down—or simply if you deal with oily, breakout-prone skin 365 days a year. Sodium hyaluronate (like hyaluronic acid it helps draw in and retain moisture in skin) and aloe leaf juice hydrate while natural antioxidants found in green tea soothe skin, fight damaging free radicals, and quiet inflammation.

This is a super light weight gel type moisturizer. It absorbs quickly, and is surprisingly hydrating. I’ve been using it with my Way of Will Brightening Serum and Grace & Stella Hyaluronic Acid Serum. The jelly texture makes it feel so refreshing when applied. I plan on trying a few more things from this brand as they are super affordable.

Have you tried this moisturizer?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

Way of Will Brightening Face Serum Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Brightening Face Serum from Way of Will that came in my Fall 2020 Causebox. [info in italics taken from the Way of Will website]

Way of Will is a Canadian brand, based in Toronto. They are cruelty free.

Let’s take a look at the serum:

Keep your skin looking healthy and glowing with our Brightening Face Serum. Formulated to be lightweight and easily absorbed by skin, this serum is rich in vitamins, high in antioxidants to fight free radicals, and keeps skin hydrated. Each compact bottle packs a powerful punch when it comes to skin-loving ingredients that moisturizes, brightens, tones, and revitalizes dull, tired-looking skin for a radiant complexion.

Serums are probably my favourite skincare product. The Brightening Face Serum feels like a facial oil, and it sinks into my skin quickly. My skin does really well with brightening serums – this one has a blend of Vitamins A and C, and contains Marula, Black Currant and Carrot.

Since I started using this serum, I’ve been skipping foundation, and only using concealer for my undereyes, and anywhere I have redness. It gives my skin a glowy look that I love.

Ingredients: Camellia oleifera seed (Camellia) oil, Vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, Rosa rubiginosa Fruit (Rosehip) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) oil, Sclerocarya birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) oil, Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) Oil, Daucus carota (Carrot seed) Oil, Pelargonium roseum X asperum (Rose Geranium) Oil, Tocopherol

Have you tried this serum?

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

CAUSEBOX Fall 2020 Unboxing and First Impressions

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Today I’m sharing my unboxing and first impressions of the Fall Box from CAUSEBOX – this is a quarterly seasonal subscription box [info in italics taken from the CAUSEBOX website]

FIVE CORNERSTONES DEFINE EVERYTHING THAT WE DO AT CAUSEBOX. WE ARE: COMMUNITY FOCUSED, ETHICALLY MADE, ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS, FOR WOMEN, AND IMPACT DRIVEN. 

Let’s take a look was inside – For most of the six products there is an either / or selection – I highlighted what I received:

Product #1 – Bathen Waffle Bathrobe ($90 USD):

I received the Bathrobe in Mint – It is not my favourite colour in the world, but the robe itself is beautiful, and it is handwoven, in soft 100% cotton. I really wanted a lightweight bathrobe, so I know that I will use this! Because it is cotton, I can always dye it another colour. Because the fabric is a waffle weave, it tends to contract after washing – this is not fabric shrinkage as it can easily be re-shaped when wet and dried flat, or ironed into shape when dry. I hung this to dry without shaping just to see how much it would contract.

Product #2 – Tease Tea Glass 3-in-1 Tea & Fruit Tumbler ($39 USD):

This can be used for tea, coffee, or fruit infused water. As the weather gets colder, I tend to drink tisanes / caffeine free tea so this will be well used by me. It is composed of a double wall glass tumbler, removable stainless steel infuser, bamboo lid and insulated sleeve. I love that it has an insulated sleeve, because not only will it keep my drink hot (or cold), it will protect it from getting knocked about! Review to follow once I’ve tested it out!

Product #3 – Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Gel ($39 USD):

Another product that I know that I will use as I’ve tried and reviewed the De-Stress Muscle Bath & Shower Oil previously. It smells amazing and I love muscle balms! Review to follow once I’ve tried it out!

Product #4 – Buzzy Seeds Basil Grow Kit ($10 USD):

I will be giving this to the Mister to take care of as he’s the one with the green thumb. I love fresh basil, so hopefully we will have success growing it!

Product #5 – Core Bamboo Serve Set ($35 USD):

Absolutely thrilled to get this! I love serving sets – even if it is just for myself and the Mister. This will definitely be well used in our house!

Product #6 – Way of Will Brightening Face Serum ($37.50 USD):

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know that facial serums are one of my favourite skincare items. I’ve never tried anything from this brand, so I’m quite excited! And this is Canadian brand that is new to me – AWESOME! Full review to follow once I’d had a chance to test it out.

The Fall Box cost me $62.90 USD ($54.95 + shipping to Canada) which is $84.45 CAD based on the exchange rate that I paid ($1.3426), so the value of this box is $250.50 USD which works out to $336.32 CAD! The yearly subscription is cheaper and you get customization choices, but I’m liking the element of surprise so far!

Have you tried CAUSEBOX? There’s a limited time promo bonus for signing up, if you are interested, here’s my blog post with details and link.

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Disclosure – I pay for this seasonal subscription box!

Nyx Cosmetics Shout Loud Satin Lipstick Review

Nyx Shout Loud Satin Lipstick

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Today I’m reviewing the Nyx Cosmetics Shout Loud Satin Lipstick in the shade Wife Goals. [info in italics taken from the Nyx Canada website]

Looking for a lip color that really makes a statement? Say anything and everything with our NYX Professional Makeup Shout Loud Satin Lipstick. Featuring an irresistibly adorable heart-stamped bullet (our first-ever custom-designed bullet, no less!), this pigment-packed satin lipstick loads lips with intense, rich color and delivers up to four hours of hydration in just one swipe. Also cool: each hue is infused with mango and shea butter. 

Choose from a variety of satin lipstick shades bold berries, to popping’ reds and sultry nudes. We heart these vibrant tones so much that they make us want to shout it out loud!

I wanted a bright red lipstick for fall, but didn’t want a matte shade as I find most mattes are too drying for my lips, so when I saw that the Shout Loud line was a satin finish, with added hydration, I knew that I wanted to try it out!

Nyx Shout Loud Satin Lipstick

I was torn between two red shades – The Best (a true red) and Wife Goals (a blue red). I decided to go with the unfortunately named Wife Goals as it is cool toned. I have to say that the pigmentation is absolutely amazing! The shade is such a perfect blue based red – WOWZERS! I love the non-drying satin finish.

Nyx Shout Loud Satin Lipstick

Have you tried any of the shades of the Shout Loud Lipsticks?

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Disclosure: I purchased this! And I might do it again!

Covergirl Clean Fresh Skin Milk Foundation Review

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Today I have a review of the Covergirl Fresh Skin Milk Foundation – I’ve already reviewed the matching pressed powder, and now I’ve finally purchased and tested the foundation. [info in italics taken from the Covergirl Canada website]

Show off fresh, healthy skin with COVERGIRL Clean Fresh Skin Milk. Formulated without formaldehyde, phthalates, parabens, sulfates and talc, this lightweight nourishing liquid foundation gives your skin the moisture boost it craves with a delicate infusion of milky coconut and soothing aloe. You’ll experience a glowing, dewy finish that lasts all day long, blurring imperfections and creating a more even skin tone. Pro-tip: Use COVERGIRL TruBlend Face Primer before applying for an even more flawless finish.

The foundation is available in 14 shades, ranging from Porcelain to Dark. I still think that the shade range could be expanded more. I purchased the shade 520 Fair, as the lightest shade looked too light for me.

Shadewise, I think that Fair is pretty close to my natural skin tone. This foundation is super lightweight and hydrating and the finish is very natural looking and radiant. The coverage is light, but buildable, and it evens out my skintone. I think that this is a good choice if your skin is on the normal to dry side. I’m not sure if the dewy finish would work for oily skin.

Have you tried this foundation?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

Causebox Referral Link

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If you wanted to sign up for Causebox, now is a really good time (image from Causebox)

Here’s the link to my first Causebox. I should be getting my Fall Causebox next month!

If you sign up via my referral link, we BOTH will get the PMD Microderm Classic:

SORRY – THE PROMO CODE / REFERRAL CODE IS NO LONGER VALID!

Disclosure: This post contains a referral link / code.