Mini Project Pan – Serum Stash

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As you all know, I’ve been trying to work my way through my stash and use things up each month. I have a few serums that are getting a little old, and I really want to commit to finishing them up before buying anything new (and before they go off).

All four of these serums only have approximately 1/4 left, and I’m hoping to finish them up by the end of April. Let’s take a look at what I discovered hiding at the back of my skincare shelf:

The Ordinary Serums - Project Pan

The Ordinary Argireline Solution 10% – originally reviewed here. I just started using this one again about two weeks ago.

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG – originally reviewed here. Another one that I’ve been using every morning under eye creams for about two weeks.

The next two, the Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% (Vitamin C) and Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion – original reviews here and here. I set these two aside when testing out some creams that had c and retinol in their formulations, because I didn’t want to overdo it ingredient-wise to prevent irritating my sensitive skin. I’m going to alternate between these two serums in my night-time skincare routine.

The Ordinary Serums - Project Pan

I’ll be checking in with my progress in a few weeks (on or before the end of April).

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Disclosure: I paid for these serums.

Shamanuti Seaweed Toner

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Today I have a review fo the Seaweed Toner from Shamanuti that came in my February Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Shamanuti Seaweed Toner1

Skin loves this delicious nutrient and mineral rich toner. It adjusts pH and refines the pores. It will nourish and hydrate the skin while removing any residual make-up or cleanser. Excellent to set makeup as well as a calming aftershave. Always carry this as a companion on long drives or airplane trips to give skin a refresher along your travels. Suitable for all skin types. 

Shamanuti Seaweed Toner

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you will know that I absolutely love facial toner / sprays, so I was super excited to see one in the February box.

 

So how is it? The toner is really fresh and gentle on the skin. I like that it is aloe based. My only complaint is that it doesn’t come out as a fine mist but more of a full on spray. I plan to pour it into another bottle that has a fine mist spray.  The Seaweed Toner has a mild and pleasant scent – I can’t identify exactly what is smells like, but it is nice.

Shamanuti Seaweed Toner

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Ascophyllum Nodosum (Organic Kelp) Extract, Aphanizomenon Flos Aquae (Organic Blue Green Algae) Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Glucolactone, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Salix nigra (Black Willowbark) Extract, Sodium Chloride (Dead Sea Salt), Glycerin, Essential Oils, Citric Acid

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Disclosure: This came in my Petit Vour subscription box that I pay for.

EiR NYC Tough Love Review

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Today I have a review of the Tough Love Balm from EiR NYC that came in my February Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

EiR NYC Tough Love

We all need to feel the soothing warmth of love and some of our rough and scratchy patches need it even more. The Neem oil used in the Tough Love softening salve is known to have antifungal and antiseptic properties. Improves elasticity for rough skin, feet, elbows, and cuticles that need some extra love.

EiR NYC Tough Love

I love little balms and salves, I usually have a few of them in my stash for various uses.

EiR NYC Tough Love

So how is this one?

ABSOLUTELY AWESOME! Seriously. Tough Love is a multi-purpose balm that is filled with so many beautiful healing ingredients like arnica, calendula, and neem. It works great as a cuticle balm (which I need during the winter), but it also works amazingly well on dry patches. I had a bit of a skin irritation (very likely a mild eczema or sensitivity flare-up) from using a natural deodorant with baking soda for too many consecutive days, and I applied a little bit to the irritated skin, and it helped soothe and calm my skin!

EiR NYC Tough Love

And it smells really nice without being over-scented.

I’d recommend this to anyone as long as you don’t have a sensitivity to any of the below listed ingredients:

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | *Coconut oil, *Shea Butter, Sunflower Wax, Sweet Almond Oil, *Arnica and *Calendula infused Olive Oil, Castor Wax, Vitamin E, Lavender, Palmarosa, Geranium Essential Oil Blend, Neem Oil

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

Unboxing & First Impressions Petit Vour February 2019

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My February Petit Vour arrived on March 1st. I often show my Petit Vour box on my InstaGram, but here on the blog you will get the unboxing AND first impressions. Full reviews to follow once I’ve had a chance to test things out. [all info in italics is taken from the Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour February 2019

Petit Vour is a cruelty-free and vegan monthly subscription box with four (occasionally five) products. The subscription is $18 USD a month in the US, $23 USD for Canada, and $25 USD for the rest of the world. With the exchange rate (@ 1.3478) my box cost me $31 CAD this month.

Let’s take a look at what was in the February Petit Vour box:

Antonym Natural Waterproof Eye Pencil in shade Brown $19 USD

Petit Vour February 2019

A creamy, Ecocert certified, waterproof eye pencil that offers professional performance. Soft and smooth application with rich color pay-off guaranteed to help you achieve the desired look, from a precise line to a perfect smudge for smoky eyes. The high content of moisturizing ingredients and natural antioxidants, marula oil, jojoba oil, candelilla and carnauba are excellent for sensitive skin.

I’m so happy that the eyeliner is brown and not black as I have quite a stash of black eyeliners. It comes with a sharpener too – which I love because I’m always misplacing my sharpener!

Shamanuti Seaweed Toner $10 USD for 1 oz, $28 USD for 4 oz

Petit Vour February 2019

Skin loves this delicious nutrient and mineral rich toner. It adjusts pH and refines the pores. It will nourish and hydrate the skin while removing any residual make-up or cleanser. Excellent to set makeup as well as a calming aftershave. Always carry this as a companion on long drives or airplane trips to give skin a refresher along your travels. Suitable for all skin types. 

I love, love, love facial toner mists. Very excited to try it out!

EiR NYC Tough Love Cuticle Balm $14 USD for 0.5 oz

Petit Vour February 2019

We all need to feel the soothing warmth of love and some of our rough and scratchy patches need it even more. The Neem oil used in the Tough Love softening salve is known to have antifungal and antiseptic properties. Improves elasticity for rough skin, feet, elbows, and cuticles that need some extra love.

I really use cuticle balms – especially in the winter, my hands and cuticles get so dry!

Formulary 55 Sea Mineral Foot Soak $7 USD for 1.5 oz

Petit Vour February 2019

Perfect for tired feet, this fizzing foot soak is a wonderful way to end a long day. This peppermint and eucalyptus effervescent foot soak is made with pure essential oils and Dead Sea mineral salts.

This sounds interesting, I look forward to trying it out.

Petit Vour February 2019

The total value of this month’s Petit Vour box adds up to $ 50 USD which converts to $67.39 CAD.

What do you think of this month’s box? I think that is is pretty great this month, and I can’t wait see what is in the March box!

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Disclosure: I pay for this monthly subscription box.

Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil Review

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Today I have a review of the Plum Beauty Oil from Le Prunier that came in my January Petit Vour box [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

LePrunier PlumBeautyOil1

Plum Beauty Oil is an anti-aging, multi-purpose oil that balances, restores and refreshes the skin. The patent pending blend of plum varietals is naturally abundant in essential antioxidants, nourishing omega fatty acids 6 & 9 and powerful polyphenols, all of which help protect the skin from damaging free radicals. 8x more powerful than Argan oil and 6x more powerful than Marula oil in protecting the skin from damaging free radicals.™ It’s also rich in pro-Vitamin A & E to assist with healing and hydration.  

Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil

Luxurious in texture, quick absorbing and weightless on the skin, Plum Beauty Oil, helps calm irritation and seal in moisture without clogging pores. The Perfect Antioxidant Booster for On The Go Glow. Discover the Power of Plum.™

Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil

  • Ideal for all skin types, especially acne prone & extremely sensitive or allergy prone skin.
  • A natural UV Sunscreen Booster – helping to naturally fortify and protect the skin barrier from the sun and solar UV radiation.
  • In clinical studies, shown to brighten skin tone & reduce hyperpigmentation.

Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil

This oil sounds so amazing, and perfect for my sensitive skin!

So how did it measure up?

This is the first time that I’ve ever tried a plum oil.

I really like the Plum Beauty Oil, it is light and sinks into the skin quickly. I’ve been adding a few drops into my moisturizer in the mornings for an added hydration boost. Very calming on the skin, and not at all greasy.

Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil

Have you tried this facial oil?

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Disclosure: This came in my Petit Vour subscription box that I pay for.

Sothys Hydra3HA Hyaluronic Acid Discovery Kit Review

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I received the Hydra3HA Discovery kit from Sothys Canada / PozPub to test out. Our weather has been super cold so my skin needs a little extra hydration so I was excited to try out this hyaluronic acid based kit.

Sothys Hydra3HA Discovery Kit

The Hydra3HA Hyaluronic Acid Discovery Kit contains three products formulated with triple hyaluronic acid: the Hydrating Youth Cream, the Hydrating Comfort Youth Cream and the Hydra-Smoothing Mask. [info in italics taken from their press release and from the Sothys website]

Sothys Hydra3HA Discovery Kit

 

Well-moisturized skin appears visibly younger and stands up better to the test of time. Driven by the latest in advance research discoveries on its exclusive active ingredient, 1055 boletus extract, Sothys is now renewing its hydration programme with a triple hyaluronic acid.

Goal number one: To immediately restore moisture and protect the skin on a daily basis.

The Hydrating Youth Cream comes in two different textures: the Hydrating Youth Cream (light emulsion, for normal to combination skin) and the Hydrating Comfort Youth Cream (creamy balm, for normal to dry skin). Result: +53% hydration after 3 hours.

Sothys Hydra3HA Discovery Kit - Hydrating Youth Cream

My skin ranges from normal to dry, especially in the winter time, but I decided to test both of the Hydrating Youth Creams out, for several weeks now, and they are super hydrating.

Sothys Hydra3HA Discovery Kit - Hydrating Comfort Youth Cream

I especially like using the lighter Youth Cream in the mornings, under foundation and the balmier Comfort Youth Cream at night. Both play nicely with make-up though, for me it all depends on how much hydration my skin needs on any given day based on how cold the weather is.

Hydra-Smoothing Mask: This creamy mask instantly envelops the skin with softness upon application. The skin is hydrated, smoother, rejuvenated. Result: +60% hydration, and +30% smoothing.

Sothys Hydra3HA Discovery Kit - Hydra-smoothing Mask

I love hydrating masks, you can either wash it off after 15 to 20 minutes, or let it soak into the skin for a super hydration boost. Especially great for the winter weather!

Here’s a little info on the actives (triple Hyaluronic Acids):

1055 Boletus Extract: An exclusive, patented active ingredient from Sothys Advanced Research. Hyaluronic acid booster. Action on the barrier function. Action on moisture flow. Pro-youthfulness action. HPM Hyaluronic Acid in Patch Form + “Quenching” Active Ingredients: Surface action to form a protective film and progressively release the essential components of the NMF. HPM Hyaluronic Acid in Free Form: Selected for its surface protecting and water retaining action.

Sothys Hydra3HA Discovery Kit

As with all Sothys products, they are more scented than I prefer. This line is described as having a floral, aquatic, musky scent. I personally don’t smell any musk (thankfully, I’m not a fan of musky scents). The scent isn’t long lasting and it doesn’t trigger a reaction for me.

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this post contains PR samples, however my opinion is my own, based on my experience of using these products.

 

 

 

Empties January 2019

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I’m still working my way through my stash and using things up. I managed to finish up a few things this month. Let’s take a look and I’ll let you know if I’ve repurchased or not, or if I plan on repurchasing eventually, and I’ll include a link to the original review(s).

Empties January 2019

Native Deodorant in Lavender Rose and Cedar Sea Salt – Both myself and the mister finished our first natural deodorant sticks from Native. I’ve already purchased replacements, but this time in Hibiscus and Mint for me, and Eucalyptus and Mint for him. I’m also alternating using the sensitive formula in Cotton and Lily scent. Reviews are here and here.

LaCoupe Moroccan Rose Volume Loving Shampoo & Conditioner – This set took me six months to finish up because I can’t use it all the time as I need more hydration for my hair, nor did not give my hair any added volume – both of which I need in the winter time. I won’t be repurchasing as I have a few other shampoo & conditioner sets in my stash to use up. Review is here.

Empties January 2019

Nyx HD Concealer in Porcelain – I’ve purchased this several times since my original review in 2015, and will probably purchase it again once I use up the concealers in my stash.

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara – This got lost in my stash, and I’ve had it open for too long. It wasn’t the one for me as it didn’t hold a curl for my stick straight lashes so I won’t purchase this one. Review is here.

Farmacy Beauty Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm – I love this cleansing balm, and plan to repurchase once I finish up another cleanser in my stash. It is super gentle and removes makeup really well (even waterproof mascara). Review is here.

Goldfaden MD Brightening Elixir / Antioxidant Serum – I really liked this serum sample from December’s Petit Vour box and would love to own a full size. But I have a few serums in my stash to use up, so it is going on my wishlist for now. Review is here.

Maison Jacynthe Eau Florale de Rose *PR sample –  I love facial mists / toners. This one is beautiful and a definite wishlist item for me as I have a few facial toners / mists to use up in my stash. I actually finished this one up a few months ago, but the bottle was hidden in my refrigerator so it kept getting left out of my monthly empties. Review is here.

Did you finish up much this month?

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Disclosure: Please see original blog post reviews for individual disclosure details. However my opinion is my own, based on my experience with the products.

Petit Vour Unboxing & First Impressions January 2019

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With the holidays, my Petit Vour box didn’t arrive until January 29th. I often show my Petit Vour box on my InstaGram, but here on the blog you will get the unboxing AND my first impressions. Full reviews to follow once I’ve had a chance to test things out. [all info in italics is taken from the Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour January 2019

Petit Vour is a cruelty-free and vegan monthly subscription box with four (occasionally five) products. The subscription is $18 USD a month in the US, $23 USD for Canada, and $25 USD for the rest of the world. With the exchange rate (@ 1.4004) my box cost me $32.21 CAD this month.

Petit Vour January 2019

Let’s take a look at what was in the January Petit Vour box:

Petit Vour January 2019

 

Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara (full size $14 USD)

You will fall in love with the long-lasting, nourishing, natural mineral mascara. This amazing formula is infused with coconut oil and vitamin B to hydrate each lash as it lengthens, strengthens and adds volume. Apply for a natural look by day, or layer for more volume with the super plush 100% vegan brush that provides effortless coverage.

Petit Vour January 2019

This sounds great, I hope that it meets my expectations! I’m currently testing out another mascara, so I won’t start testing this out for a week or two.

Kaia Naturals The Underarm Bar (full size $22 USD)

Transforms any natural deodorant into extra strength protection. Formulated with apple cider vinegar and activated charcoal to create a protective barrier against odor-causing bacteria. Use the bar on your underarms prior to applying natural deodorant for extra odor protection on those extra sweaty days.

Petit Vour January 2019

This sounds really interesting! I’ve read great things about their natural deodorant, so I can’t wait to test this out starting tomorrow!

Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil (sample size 3.7ml $20 USD, full size 30ml $72 USD)

Plum Beauty Oil is an anti-aging, multi-purpose oil that balances, restores and refreshes the skin. The patent pending blend of plum varietals is naturally abundant in essential antioxidants, nourishing omega fatty acids 6 & 9 and powerful polyphenols, all of which help protect the skin from damaging free radicals. 8x more powerful than Argan oil and 6x more powerful than Marula oil in protecting the skin from damaging free radicals.™ It’s also rich in pro-Vitamin A & E to assist with healing and hydration.  

Luxurious in texture, quick absorbing and weightless on the skin, Plum Beauty Oil, helps calm irritation and seal in moisture without clogging pores. The Perfect Antioxidant Booster for On The Go Glow. Discover the Power of Plum.™

  • Ideal for all skin types, especially acne prone & extremely sensitive or allergy prone skin.
  • A natural UV Sunscreen Booster – helping to naturally fortify and protect the skin barrier from the sun and solar UV radiation.
  • In clinical studies, shown to brighten skin tone & reduce hyperpigmentation.

Petit Vour January 2019

I love facial oils and this one sounds perfect for my sensitive skin. I will probably start testing this out in a week or two, so the review might be mid-Feb or so.

Box Naturals Cleansing Towelettes X2 – 1 in Lavender, 1 in Cucumber & Witch Hazel (sample size $1.50 each, full size box of 12 $10 USD)

Made with all natural ingredients and infused with organic cucumber extract and witch hazel, BOX products are better than your average towelette. Works wonderfully as a makeup remover on-the-go. Cleans and freshens up (all sorts of things!) gently and naturally.

BOX Naturals luxe towelettes are individually wrapped. They are pH balanced and 100% biodegradable, and they’re also entirely free of parabens, dyes, petrochemicals, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances. For all skin types.

Petit Vour January 2019

I thought that these were facial wipes, but it says on the package for face, hands and sensitive or special places… Oh, haha, now I get the name!

Petit Vour January 2019

Total worth of this month’s box is $59 USD which works out to being $82.62 CAD based on the exchange rate that I paid ($1.4004).

What do you think of this month’s box?

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Disclosure: I pay for this subscription box.

Sothys nOctuelle Detox Resurfacing Overnight Cream Review

Sothys nOctuelle Detox Resurfacing Overnight Cream

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The weather here in Montreal has been cold, cold, cold! And my skin is not happy, it is drier than normal. When PozPub reached out to me and asked if I wanted to try out the Sothys nOctuelle Detox Resurfacing Overnight Cream, I (of course) said yes!  [info in italics taken from Sothys website]

Sothys nOctuelle Detox Resurfacing Overnight Cream

Night after night, this concentration of technology with a pleasant fragrance acts deep inside the skin to help it erase the visible signs of daytime damage caused by the environment.

Stabilized Vitamin C – To stimulate cellular activity and visibly reduce the signs of ageing

Detoxifying Complex: Shea Polyphenols and Yeast Extract – To boost the body’s detoxification systems

Extract of Nasturtium rich in A-Glucans – To revive cells through the optimal use of oxygen

Benefits: The skin is smoother as you sleep, and in the morning, appears uncreased and luminous. Wrinkles are smoothed, signs of fatigue seem to be reduce. Youthful radiance appears revived.

After doing my usual skin patch tests on my wrist, and then on my neck or chest, I began using the nOctuelle Detox Cream at night.

I feel that Sothys really shines in their anti-ageing formulations. Your skin will look and feel different when you wake up after using this overnight detox cream. It hydrates and brightens while you sleep.

Sothys nOctuelle Detox Resurfacing Overnight Cream

The packaging is heavy plastic, and comes with a little spatula for application.

Sothys nOctuelle Detox Resurfacing Overnight Cream

As with all Sothys skincare that I’ve tried thus far, I find that it is a little more scented than I prefer, but it doesn’t trigger a reaction, and then scent fades quickly as the cream sinks into my skin.

Sothys nOctuelle Detox Resurfacing Overnight Cream

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this is a PR sample. However my love of skincare and my opinions are entirely my own.