Empties – February 2021

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Today I’m sharing my empties for February. I didn’t finish up a lot this month, but progress is progress when it comes to using up my stash and not letting things go to waste! Let’s take a closer look, and I’ll let you know if the products are something that I will re-purchase (either right away, or eventually) or not at all. I’ll also link to the original reviews.

Makeup:

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF 30 – I love this, and would buy it again eventually. I have a few on my list that I want to try with a higher SPF, so it will be wish-listed for now. Review is here.

Derma MD Glamour Lip Plump – this was a PR product from several years ago! I really liked it, but it got lost in my stash and its really time to let it go! Review is here.

Skincare:

Poetic Blend The Timeless Oil – I won this in a giveaway. I loved this facial oil! I’m not sure if it is still available or not, but if it is, I would buy it once I use up my facial oil stash. Review is here.

Goldfaden MD Facial Detox Clarify + Clear Mask – I think that this might be my second sample of this facial mask. Really great for a spot treatment for an emergency breakout as it is targeted more for oily / acne prone skin, but I’d buy this as it WORKS! Review is here.

Sothys La Creme Yeux-Lèvres (Eye and Lip Cream) – This was a PR gifted product. The jar was huge, and it took me forever to use it up because you only need the tiniest amount. Because it is such a rich eye cream, I only used it at night. It is an expensive product, so it doesn’t work my budget right now. Review is here.

Be On Me Face Cream Sensitive – This was PR gifted. Such a great facial cream. Hydrating without feeling heavy or greasy. Until I finish up a few more moisturizers in my stash, it will go on my wishlist. Review is here.

Bodycare:

Lowen’s Super Salve – PR gifted. This SAVED my poor dry hands this winter. I plan to buy another jar of this stuff as soon as I finish up a few more salves from my stash. Review is here.

UnderCarriage Deodorant Cream No BS formula, Gerouli scent – Already re-purchased a replacement! This is probably the best baking soda free natural deodorant that I’ve tried thus far. It lasts longer than most, and even the Mister likes using it! Review is here.

Have you finished up much this month? Thanks for reading

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Disclosure: This post contains a mix of products that I purchased, and PR gifted items, all are identified. However, my opinion is my own whether a product has been purchased or gifted.

Noctex Antiquity Palette Review and Swatching

Noctex Antiquity Palette

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Noctex Antiquity Palette

Today I have a review of the Antiquity Palette from Noctex Cosmetics. I don’t buy eyeshadow palettes very often, but when I saw this stunner of a palette on their Instagram, I knew that I had to own it! [info in italics taken from the Noctex website, mask by Daena Ortego Art]. Noctex Cosmetics are Vancouver based, and are vegan and cruelty-free, they also have a clothing line designed by Negin Izad.

Noctex Antiquity Palette

The Antiquity palette has twelve shades which include shimmers, mattes, metallic and duo-chrome shades:

  • DEARLY: Metallic magenta shimmer
  • ARISTOCRAT: Matte regal teal
  • RUFFLE: Matte blushed pink
  • SCRIPT: Matte greige with hints of lavender
  • FRAME: Metallic brass patina tone
  • GAS LAMP: Matte muddy, grungy mustard tone
  • ARSENIC: Duo-chrome metallic deep green
  • FAINT: Matte magenta
  • ASBESTOS: Deep grungy matte
  • WIDOW: Almost cool tone matte brown
  • MOURNING: Muted brown-red matte
  • PLAGUE: Matte Blackest Black

I love it when a palette has a mix of mattes and shimmers / metallics – you can put together so many looks with this palette, and because of the range of shades, it can be used for both subtle and super dramatic looks.

Noctex Antiquity Palette
Swatches: Dearly, Aristocrat, Ruffle and Script
Swatches: Frame, Gas Lamp, Arsenic and Faint
Swatches: Asbestos, Widow, Mourning and Plague

The shadows are super pigmented – my swatches are without primer – and they blend beautifully.

The photos do not fully capture how beautiful the shimmer / metallic shades are!

I love that the packaging is recyclable, and the shadows are vegan and cruelty-free.

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

Skin&CO Truffle Therapy Face Toner Review

Hello, hello – welcome to / welcome back to A Brash Attitude! Today I have a review of the Skin&CO Truffle Therapy Face Toner that came in my Winter CAUSEBOX [info in italics taken from the Skin&CO website].

Gentle, powerful, soothing, and healing.  Truffle Therapy Face Toner deeply cleanses and purifies pores with the antiseptic power of Witch Hazel and Sage, effectively removing impurities, clogged pores and dead skin cells to treat, heal, and prevent blemishes.  The natural extracts and antioxidant properties of Black Winter Truffle, Rosemary, Calendula, and Cucumber soothes and protects from environmental and free radical damage.

This is a really nice toner – it doesn’t sting or make my skin feel stripped. My skin seems to be doing really well since I started using this toner approximately four weeks ago. I think that it is really helping to prevent my skin from breaking out or becoming over-sensitive from all the mask wearing.

Have you tried this cruelty free and vegan toner? Do you have a favourite facial toner?

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

Attitude Super Leaves Shampoo Clarifying Review

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Today I have a review of the Attitude Super Leaves Shampoo Clarifying Lemon Leaves and White Tea [info in italics taken from the Attitude website]

Did you know white tea leaf extract is known to delay the aging process thanks to its high antioxidant concentration? It also helps to protect your hair from daily oxidation. Harness the power of antioxidant-rich white tea leaf extract with ATTITUDE’s Super leaves™ Clarifying Shampoo. Plus, thanks to its purifying lemon leaf extract, you can give your hair a deep clean to restore its shine, even more if you are using styling products. Also, you will love its aroma that reminds us of Earl Grey tea and fresh cucumber. EWG Verified™, hypoallergenic and dermatologically-tested, our Clarifying Shampoo includes moringa seed extract, known for its antipollution properties. 

This is a great sulfate free clarifying shampoo – it lathers super well, and leaves my hair feeling super clean and shiny. I don’t find that it dries my hair out like some clarifying shampoos. The scent is very mild – I don’t smell any cucumber though, but it does smell like a lemony tea to my nose.

Also – I love that this brand is made in Canada!

Have you tried this clarifying shampoo? Do you use a clarifying shampoo?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

Essence Lashes of the Day Super Volume Mascara Review

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Today I have a review of the Essence #Lashes of the Day Super Volume Mascara that I purchased awhile back in my little haul from Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty [info in italics taken from the Shoppers website].

Have a #fabulash day with look at me lashes! This Super volume mascara will give you the perfect curl. The brush is designed to evenly apply mascara to each and every lash.

Based on the description of the Lashes of the Day Super Volume Mascara, this sounds perfect for me. If you’ve been reading abrashattitude.com for awhile, you will know that I am admittedly so 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 need to use a lash curler and I need a mascara that holds a curl. My eyes are sensitive, and water easily so any mascara that I use must be smudge proof, and water-resistant.

I have seven requirements for a mascara, and I’ll comment on each requirement and score each point. So how did the Essence #Lashes of the Day Super Volume Mascara measure up?

1. waterproof / water resistant  – Not waterproof, but it withstood my watery eyes, so quite water-resistant +1

2. smudge-proof +1 This was surprising as it is not a waterproof formulation, but I had no smudging!

3. non-flaking / non-clumping – If you don’t wipe the excess of the ends of the mascara wand, if can get a little on the clumpy side. +1

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

5. volumizing +1 Pretty great volume

6. must hold a curl +1/2 It holds a curl pretty well for several hours, but not all day. Hopefully this will improve as the mascara dries out, if it does, I will revise my score.

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes +1

Overall I would give this mascara a 6.5 out of 7. If it held a curl better, I would have scored it higher. Nearly perfect, but not quite holy grail for me.

Have you tried this mascara, did you like it?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning of the post, I purchased this!

Covergirl The Super Sizer Big Curl Mascara Waterproof Review

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Today I have a review of the Covergirl The Super Sizer Big Curl Mascara Waterproof in the shade Very Black that I purchased awhile back in my little haul from Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty [info in italics taken from the Shoppers website].

Super-sized curl and volume in an instant! Use COVERGIRL’s Big Curl Mascara for evenly-coated, lifted lashes from root to tip. Your curled lash look will last all day!

Based on the description of the Covergirl The Super Sizer Big Curl Mascara Waterproof, this sounds perfect for me. If you’ve been reading abrashattitude.com for awhile, you will know that I am admittedly so 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 need to use a lash curler and I need a mascara that holds a curl. My eyes are sensitive, and water easily so any mascara that I use must be smudge proof, and water-resistant.

I have seven requirements for a mascara, and I’ll comment on each requirement and score each point. So how did the Covergirl The Super Sizer Big Curl Mascara Waterproof measure up?

1. waterproof / water resistant  +1

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 dark black, MEGA!

5. volumizing +1/2 Sadly this mascara is not as volumizing as I had hoped – may it will improve as the mascara dries out a bit, if so, I will update the score.

6. must hold a curl +1 Holds a curl really well!

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes +1

The brush is a curved, needle type bristle brush – gets all the lashes, even the tiny lashes at the inner corner. Overall I would give this mascara a 6.5 out of 7 – very close, but not quite Holy Grail status.

Have you tried this mascara, did you like it?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning of the post, I purchased this!

EVOLVh InstaVolume Volumizing Mousse Review

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Today I have a review of the newly launched InstaVolume Volumizing Mousse from EVOLVh that was sent to me by their PR team [info in italics taken from the EVOLVh website]

Versatile Foam for Lasting Volume, Hold & Definition

Ideal for normal to oily hair types desiring volume, style memory & hold, enhanced curl definition, bounce and shine.  

This 100% clean and alcohol-free silky salon performance mousse combines a number of versatile styling benefits into a single styling product. Boosts volume and lift, provides style memory and definition, protects hair with built in UV & heat protection, and conditions hair while providing immense shine.  Easy to use thick foam formula.

Powered by plant-based powerhouse ingredients including tapioca and flax, known for their unique ability to volumize hair naturally plus Rice Bran and Lecithin to smooth the surface of the hair and impart internal hydration while eliminating frizz and flyaways. As with all EVOLVh products, hair feels like hair, and this mousse provides a soft natural clean feel without stickiness or crunch.  

This mousse is amazing – my waves have extra bounce, and my hair is frizz-free. It doesn’t have the dreaded “crunch” feeling – it is super soft and touchable, and shiny. I love that it also offers heat and UV protection.

And the scent is their signature grapefruit – which I love!

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Disclosure: This was a PR gifted product. My opinion is my own, regardless.

Quo Beauty Breathable Nail Colour Review and Swatching – Tutu and Angel Kisses

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Today I have a little review and swatching of the Quo Beauty Breathable Nail Colour & Treatment in the shades Tutu and Angel Kisses . I purchased them recently from Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix [info in italics taken from the Shoppers website].

Let your nails breath while still wearing polish! The healthy solution: Breathable Nail Colour. Help keep the natural physiology of your nails protected, while water-vapor and air can still pass through. For best results and to extend the wear of your manicure, use with Breathable Base & Top.

Features and Benefits: 1. Air and water vapor permeablility features 2. Fast drying 3. Protects against nail discoloration and yellowing 4. Flexible film that helps increase resistance to chipping

Tutu:

The shade Tutu is a soft ballet pink – very soft and pretty. I think that it definitely needs three coats -maybe you can get away with two depending on how evenly you apply – as it can come out streaky.

Quo Breathable Nail Colour & Treatment Tutu
Quo Breathable Nail Colour & Treatment Tutu – Two Coats
Quo Breathable Nail Colour & Treatment Tutu – Three Coats (ignore the dry cuticles)

Angel Kisses:

The shade Angel Kisses is a silvery pink shimmer polish. It looks ok with one coat, and perfect with two coats as you can see in my photos.

Quo Breathable Nail Colour & Treatment Angel Kisses – Two Coats

Both polishes are have a nice shine to them without a topcoat – but I’m sure that you can extend the wear with a good topcoat. I’m very hard on my nails – between all the hand washing, and hand santizer and general wear and tear – nail polish just does not last more than three to four days (maximum) for me regardless of the brand!

Overall, I really like this polish – it doesn’t seem to be as hard on the nails as most. I’ll likely purchase a few more colours for spring / summer.

Have you tried this nail polish?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, I purchased this!