Lily de Mai Sensitive Skincare – Renew and Bliss Reviews

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As you all probably know, I have sensitive skin. Lily de Mai is a line of skincare formulated for sensitive skin – so when the owner and founder reached out to me, of course I was very interested in testing out two of their products – the Renew Restorative Calming Cream Cleanser and the Bliss NMF Transformative Moisture Mist.  [info in italics taken from the Lily de Mai website]

Lily de Mai

Lily de Mai

Even though the line is formulated for sensitive skin, I still did my usual skin patch test before trying the products on my face. I find that this really helps prevent any disastrous skin reactions – otherwise known as the face melting off effect!

Lily de Mai

Renew Restorative Calming Cream Cleanser:

Lily de Mai

Reveal fresh, vibrant, and renewed skin with this rich, restorative botanical cream cleanser.   Organic Argan oil, Avocado oil, and Shea Butter soften skin and fortify the protective skin barrier. Panthenol and Hyaluronic Acid help to increase and maintain optimum hydration levels. Allantoin encourages cell turnover and radiance while a botanical blend of four comforting herbs calm and soothe skin. Soap and surfactant free, non-drying, thoroughly effective and supremely gentle, a perfect daily cleanser for sensitive skin.

The Restore Cream Cleanser is SO gentle, yet my face feels super clean and hydrated after using. The cleanser feels silky and calming, and the scent is minimal – perfect for sensitive skin like mine. I’ve been using this cleanser both day and night for the past two weeks, and my skin looks and feels so smooth.

Lily de Mai

Ingredients:  Deionized Water, Carthamus tinctorius (safflower) Oil*, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil*, Propanediol**, Glycerin*, Cetearyl Olivate**, Sorbitan Olivate**, Capric/ Caprylic Triglycerides, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) Butter*, Argania spinosa (argan) Oil*, Persea gratissima (avocado) Oil*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe barbadensis (aloe) Leaf Extract*, Calendula officinalis (calendula) Flower Extract*, Chamomilla recutita (Matricaria) (chamomile) Flower Extract*, Avena sativa (oat) Extract*, Allantoin, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Natural Fragrance, Ascorbic Acid**, Benzyl Alcohol** Salicylic Acid**, Sorbic Acid** [* Certified Organic   **Ecocert Certified ]

Bliss – NMF Transformative Moisture Mist

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15 active ingredients, featuring skin-identical Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF), Sodium PCA and Hyaluronic Acid, dramatically enhance and maintain skin hydration.  Niacinamide brightens dull, uneven skin tone.  Yeast Oligopeptide and Soy Amino Acids help to support the protective skin barrier and encourage collagen production.  Raw earth, bio-available minerals balance oil production, minimize pores and remineralize skin.   While a blend of seven organic botanicals calm distressed skin and help to reduce redness.  Your skin is fortified against daily environmental stress, blissfully hydrated, beautifully firm and luminous.

The Bliss Moisture Mist is fantastic – it is soothing and calming. I’m even noticing a reduction in redness!  It is filled with loads of skin-friendly ingredients and because it is hydrating and oil balancing I think that this would work well for all skin types.

Lily de Mai

Ingredients:  Deionized Water, Rosa damascena (rose) Flower Hydrosol*, Niacinamide, Sodium PCA, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Yeast Extract*** (and) Soy Amino*** Acids, Glycerin*, Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) Root Extract*, Cameilla sinensis (green tea) Leaf Extract*, Aloe barbadensis (aloe) Extract*, Calendula officinalis (calendula) Flower Extract*, Chamomilla recutita (Matricaria) (chamomile) Flower Extract*, Avena sativa (oat) Extract*, Chondrus crispus (Irish moss) Extract, Montmorillonite, Illite, Kaolin, Mentha piperita (peppermint) Leaf Oil*, Natural Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol**, Salicylic Acid**, Sorbic Acid**, Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer** [* Certified Organic   **Ecocert Certified  ***Non GMO ] 

Lily de Mai

Lily de Mai products are organic, cruelty-free and vegan, made in small batches in the US. As well, they are free of the following: isopropyl or SD alcohol, abrasive exfoliants, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, silicones, mineral oils and petrolatums, PEGs, ethoxylated compounds, synthetic fragrances and dyes.

Their line also includes two facial serums (Harmony Omega 3/6 Recovery Serum, and Sanctuary Vita 3 AntiOx Defence Serum), a facial mask (Purity Marine Mineral Detox Mask) and a body serum (Harmony Omega 3/6 Recovery Body Serum in Jasmine Lime, Lavender Geranium and Unscented).

A final bit about Lily de Mai – when you read this, you might fall in love:

Who is LILY DE MAI?

LILY DE MAI is a person — my beautiful, and talented, grandmother, Lily. It is a flower, the exquisite and voluptuously fragrant Rose de Mai (Rosa centifolia). It is a month, May, which brings us spring, rebirth, flowers, sun, and the promise of summer. LILY DE MAI is joy, life, and the beauty in all things, everywhere around us.

How lovely is that? Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this post contains PR Samples – but my opinionated sensitive skin is entirely my own!

 

 

Weekly Recap April 16th to 22nd

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Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out and want to catch up…

Monday, April 16th – Hask Argan Dry Shampoo Review

Wednesday, April 18th – *PR Sample* SureThik Eyebrow Thickening Fibers Review 

Friday, April 20th – Mini Clothing Haul

The sunshine is finally here! Look how blue the sky was yesterday!

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This week I have some skincare reviews for you. And I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of my April Petit Vour box.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: This recap contains PR Samples and things purchased by me.

Mini Clothing Haul

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Today I have something a little different – a peek at the clothes that I bought last weekend. I went shopping with the goal of purchasing one or two blouses that would work with what I already had in my closet. I haven’t bought myself any clothes in so long! Here’s what I got (all at 20% off):

1. Printed jersey t-shirt

Mini Haul (H+M) April 2018

2. Flowy printed blouse (Anna Glover X H+M Collab) – I love this type of blouse with jeans, skirts or shorts. I wore this blouse on Wednesday to a client meeting with a pair of dark wash skinny jeans.

Mini Haul (H+M) April 2018

3. Floral printed collar shirt – it is weird, I don’t usually go for prints that often, but this season I saw SO MANY prints that I really liked. Again, I can see wearing this one with several jeans, skirts or even shorts in my wardrobe. This photo does not do the print justice at all.

Mini Haul (H+M) April 2018

4. Printed shirt dress (Anna Glover X H+M Collab) – This not something that I would normally try on, let alone buy, but I really liked the print and decided to try it on and LOVED it! I can picture wearing this with a cute pair of flats or sandals (or more likely flip flops).Mini Haul (H+M) April 2018

Bonus – a little birthday gift to me from me:

Every year, around my birthday, Softmoc has a Friends and Family sale (usually 25% discount I think), so I bought myself a new pair of Vans slip-on sneakers to replace my old pair. I think I had my last pair for three years and they were so worn out!

Mini Haul April 2018 - Vans

So there you have it,  my mini clothing haul. Hope you enjoyed something a little different than my usual reviews.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: All were purchased by me for me. Thanks me!

SureThik Eyebrow Thickening Fibers Kit Review

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As you all have probably heard me complain about my thin little brows, you will know that when SureThik reached out to me about testing out their Eyebrow Thickening Fibers, I was definitely interested!

 

WHAT IT IS: SureThik Eyebrow Thickening Fibers are a semi permanent eyebrow makeup, made from 100% Natural Keratin Fibers and 100% Natural Bees wax that bind to make even the thinnest eyebrows look naturally thick. Forget about messy gels and harsh looking pencils, our Eyebrow Fibers are long lasting and will give your brows effortless looking fullness. More natural and longer lasting than traditional eyebrow fillers or eyebrow powders and one of the only eyebrow thickeners that is water resistant.

SureThik Eyebrow Thickening Fibers

WHAT IT DOES: BUILD – DEFINE – THICKEN –  The Defining Bees Wax shapes and sets the brow while the 100% Natural Thickening Fibers add instant density, filling in any patchy or over plucked areas.

SureThik Eyebrow Thickening Fibers

I was sent the Eyebrow Thickening Fiber kit in the shade Dark Brown, but I was also sent the Brow Fibres in both Medium and Light Brown – all three work for me, it all depends on how dark I want my brows to look on any given day. The kit contains a jar of Defining Wax, a jar of Thickening Fibers (in one of four shades), a Dual Ended Applicator Brush. The kit itself also has a nice mirror in the lid.

SureThik Eyebrow Thickening Fibers

There is a slight learning curve to apply the Eyebrow Thickening Fibres, but with a steady hand and a little patience, it becomes easier and less messy to apply with practise. Here is the application instructions:

Step 1: Slide the angled end of the Applicator Brush over the Defining Wax. Evenly apply wax to the brow shaping as you go. Step 2: Dip the rounded end of the Applicator Brush into the Thickening Fibers. Gently dab onto your brows filling in sparse areas. Repeat Fiber application until desired fullness. Applicator Brush can be cleaned with warm water and shampoo. Rinse thoroughly and lay flat to dry.

SureThik Eyebrow Thickening Fibers

Key to applying the Fibers is to dab or pat them on, and not to “paint” them on as this will leave you with streaky / clumpy brows – which is what happened to me with my first application attempt!

I think that if you are skilled at using brush on brow powders or pomades, then this will be easy for you to use. If you are more used to using pencils, like me, it might take a little while to get the hang of application. As with any makeup application technique, with practise, you will improve!

As you can see in the photo below, the brow on the left is without the Eyebrow Thickening Powder and the one of the right is with the powder. [Sorry that the photo is weirdly cropped, my eyes have dreadful puffiness / circles as I’m still recovering from my cold. I will re-do this photo once I’m less sick looking!]

SureThik Eyebrow Thickening Fibers

SureThik® is a specialty range of products for weak and thinning hair. All of our products are free from harmful alcohol, sulfates and parabens. All products are developed, researched, formulated and made in Canada by SureThik Inc. [As well, they confirmed that they do not engage in animal testing!]

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this is a PR sample for testing and review purposes.

 

Hask Argan Dry Shampoo Review

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Today I have a little review of the Argan Dry Shampoo from Hask. [info in italics taken from the Hask website]

Hask Argan Dry Shampoo

Infused with an orange citrus scent
Long-lasting Oil Absorption

Free of: sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten and artificial colors.

Removing excess oil is now easier than lather, rinse and repeat. Skip a wash or extend the life of your style with this lightweight, argan infused formula that will leave your second day hair even fresher than the first. Ultra-fine rice starch acts quickly to soak up oil, sweat and odor leaving hair revived, bouncy and clean. Saving time has never been this glamorous!

Hask Argan Dry Shampoo

I have three main criteria for evaluating a dry shampoo, the first and most important is does it make my hair look clean. The second is does it make my hair feel clean, and not dry and straw like. And the third and final is the scent, is it mild and pleasant or strong and awful.

So how does the Hask Argan Dry Shampoo measure up?

This dry shampoo works great for getting an extra day between washes. It doesn’t make my hair feel gross or over dry. And it smells really nice! I think that I like this one even better than the Chia Seed one that I was using previously (review is here).

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this.

Weekly Recap April 9th to 15th

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Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out and want to catch up.

Monday, April 9th – Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream (SPF 30, Natural Glow) Review

Wednesday, April 11th – Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Sweet Cream Swatching

I went to H+M on Saturday and bought myself a few things – two blouses, a dress and a t-shirt. Let me know if you are interested in seeing what I purchased!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Both products were birthday gifts from my mother.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Sweet Cream

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This is another item from my recent Sephora mini haul from my mother for my birthday. So of course I picked out a Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick! If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you will know that I purchased my first Amuse Bouche Lipstick last year for my birthday as well, and have added a few more in both mini and full size to my collection.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Sweet Cream

This is less of a review, and more of a swatching and comparison with the other Amuse Bouche Lipsticks in my stash. In case you aren’t familiar with Bite Beauty, info in italics is taken from the Sephora website.

What it is: 
A collection of high-impact lipsticks in dimensional shades that have been handcrafted to deliver extreme moisture, soft texture, and creamy wear. 
What it does: 
Swipe on bold, creamy lip color with Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche. Created and crafted by hand, Bite’s small batch, low-heat process preserves a balanced blend of lip-quenching nutrients, vitamins, and omega oils that are essential for achieving healthy-looking lips. Made with 12 edible oils and triple milled pigments, this lipstick provides saturated lip color with weightless coverage and a citrus flavor made from fresh pressed fruit. 

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Sweet Cream

Initially I was torn between Sweet Cream (muted peach) and Ginger Snap (fresh peach), and after googling several swatches of the two, I decided to pick the shade Sweet Cream, hoping that it would be a fresh coral shade on my lips.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Sweet Cream

Onto the swatches!

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Sweet Cream

I could not have picked a more perfect coral shade for me! It pairs beautifully with several peachy coral toned blushes in my collection.

*Random information – back in 2015, I only had three blushes in my collection!*

Ok, back to swatching all of my Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks with Sweet Cream.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Swatches

I’m trying to plan a weekend visit to Toronto – tentatively for mid May. I’m hoping to squeeze in a visit to the Bite Beauty Lip Lab for the Bespoke Lipstick service. I’ve wanted to go there FOREVER. Gotta make it happen!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Birthday Gift from my awesome mother!

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream (Natural Glow) Review

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Today I have a review of one of the things that I got from my most recent Sephora mini haul – my mom gave me money to pick out some treats for my birthday so I decided to try out the Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream in the shade Natural Glow. [info in italics taken from the Juice Beauty website]

The Juice Beauty STEM CELLULAR™ CC Cream is ideal for all skin types and especially beneficial for skin showing the signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles. Available in five shades, Natural Glow, Desert Glow, Warm Glow, Sun-kissed Glow and Deep Glow, to match and enhance any skin type and color. Since Juice Beauty uses no artificial dyes, the colors are effective for skin tones ranging from very light to dark as the colors blend and adapt.

This CC cream is described as being a 12-in-1 multi-tasking product:

  • Reduces appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
  • Broad spectrum sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • Smoothes uneven texture
  • Creates a radiant, glowing complexion
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Protects with mineral SPF 30
  • Ultimate moisturizer
  • Skin perfecting color
  • Mineral tinted coverage
  • No chemical sunscreen
  • Non-nano natural sunscreen

Formulated without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. Our products are never tested on animals.

Because I am on the pale to fair/light end of the skintone spectrum I tend to burn very easily so I absolutely need to wear sunscreen, ideally in the range of SPF20 or higher in the summer, with SPF 30 being my usual go-to.

A lot of BB / CC creams and tinted moisturizers are often too dark for me, but this one is a perfect match. It is super lightweight, yet moisturizing, and evens out my skintone, and adds radiance. It doesn’t draw attention to fine lines – thankfully!

However, the coverage is very sheer, which I really like for the summer months. But if you prefer medium to full coverage, then this is not the one for you. It does play nicely with my usual go-to concealers and powders, so I can increase the coverage if I feel I need it.

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 20%

Inactive Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (organic aloe juice/jus d’aloès bio)*, cocos nucifera (organic coconut oil/huile de noix de coco bio)*, pyrus malus (organic apple juice/jus de pomme bio)*, vitis vinifera (organic white grape juice/jus de raisin blanc bio)*, caprylic/capric triglyceride†, sorbitan stearate, ricinus communis (castor seed oil /huile de graines de ricin), polyglyceryl-10 laurate, magnesium sulfate, helianthus annuus (organic sunflower seed oil/huile de graines de tournesol bio)*, simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba seed oil/huile de graines de jojoba bio)*, tocopherol (Vitamin E/vitamine E), magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (Vitamin C/vitamine C), sodium hyaluronate†, malus domestica (apple fruit cell culture extract/extrait de culture cellulaire de pomme), vitis vinifera (grape fruit cell extract/extrait de cellule de raisin), citrus medica limonum (lemon leaf cell extract/extrait de cellule des feuilles de citron), phenethyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin†, citrus reticulata (mandarin oil/huile de mandarine), citrus aurantium (petitgrain oil/huile de petit grain). May contain: iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

Scentwise, it smells like most physical sunscreens due to the zinc oxide, but has a mild hint of citrus as well. It smells like the ingredients as opposed to smelling like a fragranced / perfumed product which I appreciate because I really dislike putting overly fragranced products on my face.

Do you have a fave sun protection BB / CC Cream, or tinted moisturizer?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Birthday gift from my mother. She’s awesome like that.

Weekly Recap to April 2nd to 8th

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Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out and want to catch up…

Monday, April 2nd – Monthly Empties March 2018

Empties March 2018

Wednesday, April 4th – Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave-In Conditioner

Friday, April 6th – Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gifts 2018

My birthday was on Friday, and most of the day involved me being curled on the couch with a blanket, my Ipad, Kindle and Netflix. I got hit with a terrible chest cold, so instead of going out for a birthday meal as originally planned, we ended up getting sushi to go from my fave little place.

All of the birthday wishes on various social media channels helped lift my spirits, so thank you!

We were supposed to go to Mr. A’s family’s place for a birthday brunch, but decided to postpone as I was still quite ill, and did not want to risk infecting them. So we will be celebrating with them next weekend instead. Surely by then I’ll no longer feel like death warmed over!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original blog posts for product disclosures, all are identified.