Essence Cosmetics Bye Bye Panda Eyes! Mascara Review

Essence Bye Bye Panda Eyes! Mascara

Hello, hello – welcome to / welcome back to A Brash Attitude!

Today I have a review of the Essence Cosmetics Bye Bye Panda Eyes! Mascara – I purchased it recently and have been testing it out daily. [info in italics taken from the Essence website]

Essence Bye Bye Panda Eyes! Mascara

say bye bye to those panda eyes and hello to clean volume and defined lashes! this mascara is made to last all day without smudging or clumping with our tubular formula. plus its easy to remove with just warm water. vegan. paraben free. oil free. perfume free. alcohol free. 

Based on the description of the Bye Bye Panda Eyes! Smudge-proof Volumizing and Defining Mascara, this sounds like a great mascara for me. If you’ve been reading abrashattitude.com for awhile, you will know that I am very very 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 use a lash curler and I need a mascara will hold a curl. My eyes are sensitive, and water easily so any mascara that I use must be smudge proof, and water resistant. I’m trying not to use waterproof mascara these days.

Essence Bye Bye Panda Eyes! Mascara

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

1. waterproof / water resistant +1 surprisingly water resistant, yet easy to remove

2. smudge-proof +1 no panda eyes for me!

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!

5. volumizing +1/2 not as volumizing as I had hoped, gives beautiful length though

6. must hold a curl +3/4 It holds a curl ok, wish it was a better hold

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes +1 no itchy eyes!

Essence Bye Bye Panda Eyes! Mascara

Overall I would give this mascara a 6.25 out of 7. I like it a lot, and I hope that as it dries out, that the curl holding power and volume will increase.

Have you tried this mascara, did you like it?

Thanks for reading,

abrashattitude.com have a beautiful day!

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

Garnier Fructis Hydrating Hair Treat Aloe Conditioner Review

Garnier Fructis Hydrating Hair Treat Aloe Conditioner

Hello, hello – welcome to / welcome back to A Brash Attitude!

Garnier Fructis Hydrating Hair Treat Aloe Conditioner

Today I’m reviewing the Garnier Fructis Hydrating Hair Treat Aloe Conditioner. Normally I tend to buy matching shampoo and conditioner sets, but only purchased the conditioner as I have a few shampoos in my stash to use up. [info in italics taken from the Garnier Canada website]

Garnier Fructis Hydrating Hair Treat Aloe Conditioner

Introducing NEW Fructis Treats Shampoos & Conditioners. Free of silicones, parabens, and artificial colorants, our new Treats Shampoos & Conditioners are formulated with 98% naturally-derived ingredients*. Our formulas are vegan with no animal-derived ingredients. Coconut-derived cleansing and conditioning agents create a lather that is powerful yet gentle on hair. When used together, Treats Shampoo and Conditioner nourish and detangle, resulting in hair that is soft, nourished and shiny.

Garnier Fructis Hydrating Hair Treat Aloe Conditioner

I chose the Hydrating Hair Treat Aloe Conditioner, as it it supposed to add hydration without weighing the hair down.

Rich in Vitamins A, B, C and E, Aloe’s hydrating properties make it a popular ingredient in skin care formulas that help to soothe and moisturize, and hair products that promote healthy shine.

Garnier Fructis Hydrating Hair Treat Aloe Conditioner

I like this conditioner a lot, it hydrates well, and isn’t over-scented. The scent is clean, but not flowery, and it isn’t citrusy either, I’m really not sure how to describe it! It makes my hair easier to detangle, and makes it soft and shiny.

Have you tried this conditioner?

Thanks for reading

abrashattitude.com have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Pixi Correction Concentrate (Colour Correcting Concealer) Review

Pixi Correction Concentrate - Colour Correcting Concealer

Hello, hello – welcome to / welcome back to A Brash Attitude!

Pixi Correction Concentrate - Colour Correcting Concealer

Today I’m reviewing the Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate Colour Correcting Concealer that I bought last week and have been testing out daily. It is supposed to be a drugstore dupe for my well-loved Becca Cosmetics Under Eye Brightening Corrector that I’ve been purchasing (and re-purchasing) since 2016. I was looking for a dupe because Becca Cosmetics had announced that they were closing in Fall 2021. Smashbox just announced that they will be releasing both the Under Eye Corrector and the Shimmering Skin Perfector in October. [info in italics taken from the Shoppers Beauty website]

Pixi Correction Concentrate - Colour Correcting Concealer

Highly pigmented, this correction concealer instantly erases darkness, softens and blurs lines. Skin immediately looks fresh, rested, bright and youthful. This ultimate ‘good night’s sleep in a jar’ camouflage cream is correction perfection in a pot.

Pixi Correction Concentrate - Colour Correcting Concealer

Instantly erases dark circles & blends magically into skin tone. Concentrated correction cream instantly neutralizes darkness around eyes or anywhere that needs brightening. Contains vitamins A, C & E and rose hip extract. Paraben free. Not tested on animals.

Pixi Correction Concentrate - Colour Correcting Concealer

On the package it says that this is for medium skintones – I didn’t notice this until I got home, and was a little nervous as I’m on the light end of the skintone spectrum! The Pixi Correction Concentrate is a similar peachy salmon shade as the Becca Brightening Corrector, and it works well to blend away my dark circles.

Pixi Correction Concentrate - Colour Correcting Concealer

It isn’t as creamy as the Becca, but I always wear eye cream, so it isn’t a problem for me, and I haven’t had any issues with creasing or dryness. I’ve tried applying and blending it out using my fingers, a sponge, with a concealer brush and with a foundation brush – it works well with all application methods that I’ve tried. I think that it is a good budget friendly dupe!

Have you tried this one?

Thanks for reading

abrashattitude.com have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Luna Nectar Heliophilia Glow & Fix Serum Review

Luna Nectar Heliophilia Glow & Fix Serum

Hello, hello – welcome to / welcome back to A Brash Attitude!

Luna Nectar Unboxing

If you follow me on InstaGram, you will know that I received an awesome PR package from Luna Nectar, a Canadian brand that has been on my wishlist for ages! They are woman owned, and are vegan, cruelty free, dermatologist tested, and contain high performance ingredients.

Luna Nectar Heliophilia Glow & Fix Serum

Today I’m only reviewing the Heliophilia Glow & Fix Serum, as I am still testing out the Moon Boost Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum (lash serums take several weeks to see the full results – approximately 6 to 8 weeks. [ info taken from the Luna Nectar website]

Luna Nectar Heliophilia Glow & Fix Serum

Heliophilia is a moisturizer that goes on luxuriously rich yet feels lightweight, absorbing quickly and leaving a protective dewy finish. This multi-tasking face and hair serum addresses skin concerns relating to transepidermal water loss. Formulated with 15 active star botanicals such as Squalane, Baobab, Meadowfoam, Amla, Seabuckthorn, Gotu Kola, Camellia and Rosehip); this serum is rich in naturally occurring antioxidants such as vitamin A and C, essential fatty acids, omega-6, and omega-9. Heliophilia pulls double duty of deeply moisturizing, and producing a radiant, fresh, dewy supple glow.

Due to the seabuckthorn oil, Heliophilia will give you a subtle, beautiful bronzy glow – perfect for those effortless summer days.

For hair, Heliophilia is a nourishing oil to balance and restore moisture to damaged, overprocessed, and chemically treated locks.

Luna Nectar Heliophilia Glow & Fix Serum

First off, just look at the colour of this serum! This is definitely going to give your skin a healthy sun-kissed glow, even if you are mega fair like me. I love that it is a multi-tasker, it can be used for both skin and hair. It can also be mixed into your moisturizer or foundation for an added boost of hydration and glow!

Heliophilia is filled with so many wonderful ingredients:

Squalane*, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil*, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Oil*, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose) Hip Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Oil, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil*, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil*, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil* (infused with Calendula Officinalis (Calendula), Emblica Officinalis (Amla), Glycyrrhiza Glabra* (Licorice Root), Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola)), D-alpha-tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomile Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil *Certified Organic

I was given a discount code to save 15% on purchases from the Luna Nectar website: BRASHATTITUDE15 (it is an affiliate link):

https://www.lunanectar.com/discount/BRASHATTITUDE15

Have you tried this facial serum? Review of the Moon Boost Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum to follow in a few weeks.

Thanks for reading

abrashattitude.com have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, these products were PR gifted for review purposes, and this post contains an affiliate link. However, my opinion is always my own.

Made For Me Classic Experience Box Review

Made for Me Classic Experience Box

Hello, hello – welcome to / welcome back to A Brash Attitude!

Made for Me Classic Experience Box

I was sent the Made For Me (MfM) Classic Experience Box to try out and review. Made For Me is a new Toronto based skincare brand, that is made in Australia, and is organic, vegan and cruelty-free [info in italics taken from the Made For Me website]

Made for Me Classic Experience Box

The concept for the Experience Box was modelled after that of the “subscription box” – a trend that was well known in the 2010s where consumers receive a monthly box full of curated products as a way of gifting them. However, not all monthly boxes are created equal, and some came in with mixed results to consumers.

After testing out the concept of the products in different sets, we found what works best and decided to package them together. However we still believe in the concept of gifting so long as it adds to their normal routines. Every few months, when you order a box, you may still get the same 3 core products, but you also get a mystery item that may be different from what you got before. That is, we decided to combine the surprise element with the predictability of our high quality, all organic selections that you would love. You are not obligated to order the boxes at preset durations. 

The Classic Experience Box ($90 CAD), is composed of a Brightening C Serum, a Hydrating Moisturizer and an Eye Cream. There is also a surprise mystery gift (this gift changes quarterly). Let’s take a look at the Brightening C Serum:

Made for Me Classic Experience Box

The serum contains properties from marine collagen, which improves the skin’s firmness and plumpness. It is also a great choice if you’ve been looking to fade dark spots or achieve the smooth, luminous texture that you’ve always dreamed of. Ingredients contain: Kakadu Plum Extract, Aloe Vera, Vitamin C

My skin LOVES vitamin C based skincare, and this is a great serum. If you want luminous skin, then this is the serum for you. I can see this working for all skin types.

Now onto the Hydrating Moisturizer:

Made for Me Classic Experience Box

Our Star product and a fan favourite, this facial lotion helps promote and improve overall glow of the skin. It contains a number of organic and botanical antioxidants to restore the skin’s natural appearance and achieve a supple complexion. Use it after the brightening serum and don’t forget your SPF! It can also be used as a makeup primer, as it leaves the skin glowing and prepped for any product you may be using after.
Ingredients contain: Hyaluronic Acid, Green Tea, Davidson Plum

This is such a nice moisturizer! It is light, hydrating and works amazingly well with the Brightening C Serum. Hello glowing skin! It plays nicely with makeup too. It can be used both morning and night.

And last, but not least, the Eye Cream:

Made for Me Classic Experience Box

The Classic Eye Cream helps in de- puffing & soothes the skin around the eye area. Its soft, velvety texture enables the skin to absorb nutrients to reduce dark circles and lessen the look of wrinkles leaving the eye area firm and well hydrated. Ingredients contain: Jojoba, Avocado Extract, Shea butter

My eyes are often puffy from allergies, and dark circles from the combination of allergies and occasional insomnia, so this eye cream has been such a great product for me. It really works to de-puff and soothe my under eyes.

And as for the mystery gift box – it is such a great idea, and no I’m not going to spoil it, my lips are sealed!

Made for Me Classic Experience Box

This is such a great skincare set, and it would make a great gift idea. Each of the three products are also sold separately – which I think is a great idea, because I use up moisturizer faster than serums, or eye creams.

Have you tried this brand?

Thanks for reading

abrashattitude.com have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this box was PR gifted for reviewing purposes. However, my opinion is always my own.

Facial Oil Edit – Greenvines and AYSWE

Hello, hello – welcome to / welcome back to A Brash Attitude!

Facial Oil Edit Greenvines and AYSWE

If you follow me on InstaGram, you will remember that I was on the 2021 Cert Clean “Clean Beauty Awards” judging panel for a second year in a row, and my category was facial oils. I was sent a box of facial oils to test out and rate as a part of the jury. I wanted to show you two of the facial oils that I still use on a regular basis – the Greenvines Know More Resilience Facial Oil and the AYSWE Hydrate and Glow Facial Oil with Squalane. I’ve been using them both since the beginning of May. [info in italics taken from their respective websites]

Let’s take a look at the Greenvines Know More Resilience Facial Oil:

Facial Oil Edit Greenvines and AYSWE

Formulated with a skin-mimicking, light-weight oil complex, and featuring the award-winning Marine Bamboo that leave the skin feeling contoured with an iridescent glow, not weary and dull. Know more deep nourishment and no more inefficient absorption.

And now the AYSWE Hydrate and Glow Facial Oil with Squalane:

Facial Oil Edit Greenvines and AYSWE

A lightweight oil formulated with organic babassu oil, argan oil, sugarcane-derived Squalane and other nourishing ingredients like vitamin E, black tea to soften and deeply moisturize skin. It also works to even out dull skin and keep skin elastic. This natural oil packs your skin with antioxidants and fatty acids without leaving a greasy feeling, making it suitable for all skin types, even oily and combination skin. Hydrate & Glow oil seamlessly absorbs into skin and is perfect for day or night time application. 

Facial Oil Edit Greenvines and AYSWE

Both of these facial oils contain squalane, which is probably why my skin loves them so much. Both are lightweight, non-greasy, quick to absorb and give my skin a healthy glow. Love them!

Both brands claim to be vegan and cruelty free. Where they differ is in pricepoint – the Greenvines sells for $76 USD, and AYSWE sells for $42 USD – both are sold in 30ml / 1oz glass bottles.

Do you like squalane based facial oils?

Thanks for reading

abrashattitude.com have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, I received these facial oils as a part of my judging panel duties, and am under no obligation to review. My opinion is always my own.

EVOLVh DreamGel Review

Hello, hello – welcome to / welcome back to A Brash Attitude!

EVOLVh DreamGel

Today I’m reviewing the newly launched DreamGel Strong Hold Styler from EVOLVh that I received from their PR Team. Even though I haven’t used hair gel in a million years, I was curious to try as I’ve loved everything I’ve ever tried from the brand! I received it before the launch date to test it out. [info in italics taken from their press release]

DreamGel is hair gel reinvented. This modern gel does it all: hold, volume, texture, shine, smoothing, definition and control. It leaves hair soft and touchable, and the performance lasts for 2-3 days and beyond

DreamGel contains tapioca starch which absorbs excess oils for extending time between washes and amino acids which strengthen strands to reduce splitting and breakage, making it not only a remarkable styler but a strengthening treatment too.

EVOLVh DreamGel

The DreamGel is nothing like the hair gel of the past! It doesn’t make my hair feel heavy, greasy or crunchy – even when I let it air dry. And when I use my Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, I can use it to either do my hair smooth, or wavy. The hold is firm but not hard, and makes my hair shiny and less frizz prone. It has their signature grapefruit scent (uplifting and clean, and not over-scented or perfumey).

As an added plus, EVOLVh was kind enough to give me a 15 % off discount code for my readers that will be active on their website from September 9th to 12th – DREAM15 – this is not an affiliate code.

Thanks for reading

abrashattitude.com have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Product was gifted, but my opinion is always my own, the discount code is not an affiliate code.

Empties – August 2021

Hello, hello – welcome to / welcome back to A Brash Attitude!

Today I have my empties for the month of August. I didn’t finish up a ton of things this month, but progress is progress when it comes to using things up, and not letting them go to waste. I’ll link you to my original reviews and let you know if I would purchase / re-purchase (eventually) or not.

Empties August 2021

Garnier Skinactive UltraLift Night Cream – Purchased by me. This was a nice night cream, super hydrating, but because it is so highly scented, I would not purchase it again – unless they made an unscented / fragrance free version.

Noughty To The Rescue Intense Moisture Treatment – Purchased by me. I love this hair mask, it has a light sweet almond scent (not over-scented), and makes my hair so soft and hydrated. I would buy this again eventually.

Sun Bum Mineral Tinted Sunscreen Face Lotion SPF 30 Review – Purchased by me. I had this on my face about 80% of the time all summer, so yeah, I love it. I would buy this again.

Garnier Skinactive Clearly Brighter Even Tone Daily Moisturizer SPF30 – Purchased by me. I used this moisturizer with SPF daily all summer. It is lightweight, hydrating and non-greasy. It isn’t as highly scented as the night cream above. I do prefer mineral SPFs more, but would buy this in a pinch again.

Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum – Purchased by me. This is a great “starter retinol”, super gentle. I might buy it again. I have a few retinol serums on my wishlist that I want to try.

So that’s it – everything that I managed to finish over the past month! Have you tried any of these products?

Thanks for reading

abrashattitude.com have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased all these things! And I might purchase them again!

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA Review

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA

Hello, hello – welcome to / welcome back to A Brash Attitude!

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA
HA

Today I’m reviewing the The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA (Hyaluronic Acid) that I purchased several weeks ago. [info in italics taken from the Deciem website]

Lactic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates the skin. This 10% formulation offers mild exfoliation and is supported with a purified Tasmanian pepperberry known to reduce signs of inflammation and sensitivity that is often associated with exfoliation.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA

Contraindications: Lactic Acid should not be used on sensitive, peeling or compromised skin. Please refer to additional sun protection note and other warnings in provided Directions.

Because I know that my skin can be sensitive, I did my usual two rounds of patch testing – on my arm first and then on my neck or chest before trying this on my face. I only use this once a week, and never on the same night as retinol as both have irritation risks.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA

Surprisingly, this lactic acid does not irritate my sensitive skin, I guess that the Tasmanian pepperberry and hyaluronic acid really work to cancel out the irritation risk from the acid. It gives my sensitive skin a gentle exfoliation which I love.

Acids should only be used at night, and always followed by sunscreen the next day as they can make your skin more sun sensitive. You should always be wearing sunscreen anyways though.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA

Have you tried this one? Do you have a fave AHA for exfoliation?

Thanks for reading

abrashattitude.com have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!