Weekly Recap Dec 4th to 10th

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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, December 4th – November 2017 Empties

Nov 2017 Empties

Wednesday, December 6th – Maui Moisture Strength & Anti-Breakage + Agave Shampoo & Conditioner Review

Maui Moisture Agave

Friday, December 8th – Petit Vour Unboxing and First Impressions (November 2017)

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It snowed overnight, and is snowing again now. I think we will be buying our Christmas tree today and start decorating.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original blog post for disclosures.

November 2017 Petit Vour Unboxing

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My November Petit Vour box arrived this week, so I thought I would share my unboxing and first impressions with you. Reviews to follow once I’ve had a chance to test things out.

Petit Vour Nov 2017

Let’s take a closer look shall we…

Juice Beauty Green Apple Brightening Gel Cleanser ($15 USD)

Petit Vour Nov 2017

I love skincare products, so I was super happy to see a nice sized deluxe sample facial cleanser – especially one that I have not tried before.

Lily Lolo Makeup Setting Spray ($18 USD)

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Another brand that I’ve been curious about trying. I’ve never used a makeup setting spray before, so I’m looking forward to trying this one out.

Metta Coconut Lip Balm ($14 USD)

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This looks like a really great quality lip balm and I am a lip balm addict, but I cannot deal with the scent of coconut, so I’m going to be gifting this to someone who will use it.

Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Bath and Shower Oil (sample size price not listed, I would guess based on the cost of the full size, with approximately $4 USD)

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The information card lists My Daughter’s Fragrances My Wild Perfume at $2.50 USD for the sample. I was a little disappointed not the get the perfume sample because it sounds like something I would like with violets, pink pepper, juniper berry, vanilla, atlas cedar, sandalwood, vetiver and guaiac wood. But the De-Stress Muscle Bath & Shower Oil sounds lovely as it is rosemary, lavender and ginger – can’t wait to try it out!

Petit Vour Nov 2017

Total value of box (with my estimate of the value of the bath and shower oil) is $51 USD – the box costs me $23 USD which at the current exchange rate that I paid works out to be $30 CAD, so the box is worth $66.50 CAD.

Reviews to follow once I’d had a chance to try everything out!

Overall, I’m happy with this month’s Petit Vour box, even though I’m passing the lip balm to someone else.

Disclosure: I pay for this monthly subscription!

Maui Moisture Strength & Anti-Breakage Review

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Today I have a review of the Strength & Anti-Breakage Agave Shampoo and Conditioner from Maui Moisture. I’ve been using this for about 7 or 8 weeks now.

 

Maui Moisture Agave

I’ve previously tested out the Nourish & Moisture + Coconut Milk and the Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter sets (here and here). All info in italics is taken from the Maui Moisture website.

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This velvety shampoo [and creamy conditioner] is infused with rich agave, hibiscus and pineapple extract. It’s gentle enough for the most fragile strands while helping to increase elasticity and helps strands resist breakage. Your hair is left tangle free with a healthy shine.

To be honest, the main reason why I purchased this set was because I really liked the scent – I love the combination of the agave, hibiscus and pineapple – it is mildly scented and not at all overpowering or sickly!

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Although I do colour my hair, it is not particularly damaged, but it is prone to dryness at the ends, tangles and frizz. I like my shampoo and conditioner to make my hair feel clean, soft / hydrated, and help keep it shiny. This shampoo and conditioner set is working well to tame my thick, wavy hair –  my hair looks and feels super healthy right now, and my ends aren’t as dry as usual.

Have you tried any of the shampoos / conditioners from Maui Moisture? Which one is your fave? If not, what is your current favourite shampoo / conditioner?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

November 2017 Empties

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I’m slowly working my way through my stash and using up various bits and pieces. I didn’t finish up as many products as I had hoped, but progress is progress.

Nov 2017 Empties

Lets take a closer look at what I finished, and whether or not I would re-purchase.

Make-up:

Nov 2017 Empties

Eyeko Black Magic Mascara – This came in an Ipsy GlamBag, originally reviewed here. I had mixed feelings about this mascara when I first got it because despite it being fairly smudge proof, it didn’t hold a curl very well for me. This is not the mascara for me.

Beaute Basics Travel Face Blender – Another Ipsy GlamBag item, reviewed here. This sponge is too hard. I had hoped that I could make this little blending sponge work but I’ve tried washing it a million times and it just never softened up. Way too hard for facial use, not for me.

Bath and Body:

Nov 2017 Empties

Joik Luxurious Rose Bathmilk – I bought this in August when we were visiting Estonia, the original review is here. I’m sad that this one is finished, as I absolutely loved this bath milk – it is skin softening and gloriously rose scented! I would re-purchase this one again – but until I clear out more of my stash, it will go on my wishlist.

Skincare:

Nov 2017 Empties

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Incredible Pumpkin Peel* – Another one that I’m sad to have finished, review is here. This was a great pumpkin based facial mask / peel. If you like pumpkin, then this one is for you. If you have sensitive skin like me, it will probably tingle when you apply it (always do a patch test to make sure it is a pleasant tingle and not a melt your face off tingle). I’m currently using another pumpkin based facial mask, so I don’t need to re-purchase this right away, but again, it is on my wishlist.

Consonant DHE Mask – This was a gift from Stashy, and it just might be the best clay based mask that I’ve ever used, original review is here. It detoxifies, hydrates and exfoliates. I’ll be purchasing this facial mask very soon since I can’t imagine life without it!

Nov 2017 Empties

Cougar Beauty Snake Superfood Booster Serum* – Original review is here. I never did do a long term check in review of this serum after using it for 8 weeks, but I think that this works similar to the way that a lip plumper works – giving a temporary topical effect on the skin. I have other products in my stash that seem to have a longer lasting effect on fine lines so I won’t be purchasing a replacement.

Hylamide High-Efficiency Face Cleaner – This super gentle cleanser is somewhere between a oil cleanser and a micellar water, originally reviewed here. It is great at removing makeup, and even put a good dent in my super waterproof mascara! I plan buy this one again once I use up another cleanser in my stash.

Have you finished up many products this month?

Disclosure: Products marked with an * are PR samples. The rest have either been purchased by me, or gifted from a friend. My opinion is my own, as always!

Weekly Recap Nov 27th to Dec 3rd

*PR Samples*

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

Tuesday, Nov 28th * Monthly Watch Club Review

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Wednesday, Nov 29th * Reminder – Smile Brilliant Giveaway Extended to Dec 5th

If you haven’t entered the giveaway yet, please do!

Smile Brilliant Review

Thursday, Nov 30th * GummiBands Hair Cords Review

GummiBands

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: PR Samples, however my opinion is very much my own.

GummiBand Hair Cords Review

*PR sample*

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GummiBands

You might have seen me doing a little unboxing on my Instagram Stories of a package from GummiBand. They did a call for bloggers and when I found out that they were a Canadian company, I sent them a an email to let them know that I was interested in trying GummiBands out.

GummiBands

I received a package with two of each of the following colours – clear, black, brunette, light pink, dark pink, teal and purple, as well as a lovely letter from the owner Kirsten. If you look at all the photos, there is one GummiBand missing because it was in my hair while taking photos! They are currently available in 8 different colours – the only one that I did not receive was the blonde.

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My hair is fairly long (the longest point is just past my bra strap), thick and wavy. I’ve mostly stopped using conventional hair elastics, and was using those flat, stretchy, ribbon type hair bands – but found that they stretched out and got dirty looking after several uses.

GummiBands

After reading up on GummiBands, I was hopeful that they would work for me. (info in Italics taken from the GummiBands website).

GummiBand Hair Cords are:

Hypoallergenic (They do not absorb water or sweat so they do not breed bacteria)

Suitable for all types of hair (Long and thick hair? Use 2 GummiBands for extra hold!)

Gentle on hair, reducing breakage and styling damage.

Reusable for years. When the cord stretched out, warm it up with hot air from a hair dryer or hot water to return it to its original shape!

GummiBand hair cords come with a 1 year full replacement warranty

Even though it says to use 2 GummiBands for extra hold, I find that I can get away with just using one for either a ponytail or a bun – even with my thick, wavy hair!

They really do shrink back into shape when heated! I purposely stretched one out and then heated it with my hair dryer and it returned to its original shape.

I’ve been wearing mine daily since receiving my package. My unruly, messy hair is thankful! ❤

GummiBands

They come in a package of four, and sell for $7.99 CAD, with free shipping in Canada. As well, GummiBands has kindly given me a coupon code to receive 2 bonus GummiBands with the purchase of every four-cord pack. The code is BONUS16 (just add the code into the notes section during checkout.

A little bit about GummiBands:

-Amazingly Awesome People
-Proudly Canadian, eh
-From the land of LuluLemon and all-you-can-eat sushi… Vancouver
-100% Female owned and operated

 

They are very community oriented and give back!

The team at GummiBand supports women in business around the world through micro-loans on Kiva. Kiva allows us to select female loan applicants from developing countries and help fund their entrepreneurial or educational dreams. 

ALSO, they support more than 50+ local fundraisers, AND mentor female high school students.  AND they work directly with their factory to ensure fair, safe and profitable working conditions, AND directly employ 15 women in Canada, the Philippines and India.

I might be a little bit smitten with this Canadian company!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this contains PR samples and a coupon code, however my opinion is always my own!

 

 

Reminder – Giveaway Extended to Dec 5th

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Just a reminder that my giveaway with Smile Brilliant is still open – they were kind enough to extend the giveaway until December 5th, so do please enter, details below are taken from my original blog post review – you can read it here.
The folks at Smile Brilliant have kindly given me a promo code for my readers as well as a giveaway prize for a $139 credit towards a whitening kit!
Promo code for $15  off: abrashattitude15
The Giveaway is open until December 5th. Please enter through the link.
This giveaway is open to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia residents. Good luck!
Disclosure: PR sample, giveaway and promo code. However, my opinion is very much my own!

Monthly Watch Club Review

*PR SAMPLE*

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen a little unboxing in my Stories from Monthly Watch Club. They contacted me and asked if I wanted to try out one of their watches – funnily enough, I actually needed a new watch – so of course I said yes!

[info in italics taken from their website]

Monthly Watch Club

For as little as CA $33.00 ($25 USD) a month you will receive a new custom made watch that is yours to keep. We work with watch makers from around the world to provide you with amazing watches at an amazing price. You will never receive the same watch twice. Start building your collection today!

 

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I received the September watch which has a gold coloured face and hands, a date dial, and brown leather strap. It is a lovely looking watch, and is comfortable to wear.

The watch arrived in a padded envelope and packaged in a black gift box.

Monthly Watch Club

I think that this would make a great gift idea for people who collect watches –  they have subscriptions for both men and women’s watches  – there are several subscription options: month to month plans, 3 months, six months, and 12 months.

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One of the cool things about this company is that they give back:

Monthly Watch Club cares about the entrepreneurs struggling around the world, that’s why we are partnered with Kiva to provide 10% of all profits going towards people building businesses around the world.

What do you think about a monthly watch subscription? Do you wear the same watch all the time, or do you have a collection?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this is a PR sample, however all opinions are my own.

 

 

Weekly Recap Nov 20th to 26th

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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, Nov 20th – Kani Botanicals Moon Milk Review

Wednesday, Nov 22nd – Plant Apothecary Get Happy Bodywash Review

Friday, Nov 24th – Poetic Blend The Ghost Oil Review

This coming week, I will only be posting on Tuesday and Thursday instead of my usual Monday, Wednesday and Friday schedule. I’ll still be reading and commenting daily as usual.

By the way, the Kani Moon Milk works great as a hair oil! My hair was soft and under control. And no one commented that my hair looked like a disco ball.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: All are from my Petit Vour subscription that I pay for.