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!

Empties January 2021

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Today I have my empties for the month of January. I will link to the original reviews, and let you know whether or not the product is something that I would purchase / or re-purchase.

Skincare:

Indeed Labs Retinol Reface – I really liked this retinol serum, and would buy it again eventually. There are a few retinol serums on my list of products to try.

Be On Me Face Serum – This was a PR / sponsored review product, but I really liked it a lot. I used it every morning before my moisturizer for an added hydration boost. I would purchase this eventually – I have a list of serums that I want to try, so it might take awhile.

Eco by Sonia Driver Super Citrus Cleanser – This was one of the cleansers from my Cert Clean / Clean Beauty Awards judging package. I loved this one, and I would purchase it eventually.

Volition Beauty Strawberry-C Serum – This was gifted to me by a friend. Such a beautiful vitamin C serum! I am using another C based serum from my stash, but I would purchase this one eventually.

Grace & Stella Hello Hydration – This is a great, lightweight serum from my CAUSEBOX subscription. I would purchase this one for summer hydration boosting.

Makeup:

Covergirl Lash Blast Active Mascara – I really liked this mascara, the longer I used it, the more I liked it. I’m currently testing out two new mascaras, so no need to re-purchase at the moment.

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector – I’ve been buying this under eye brightening concealer since 2016, so unless I find something that works better, I’ll purchase this again.

Covergirl Exhibitionist Uncensored Waterproof Mascara – Another great mascara from Covergirl. I’m actually testing another waterproof mascara from Covergirl at the moment, so no need to re-purchase.

So there you have it – all of my empties for the month of January!

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Disclosure: Post contains a mix of products purchased by me, PR gifted, and gifted from a friend – all are identified.

CAUSEBOX Winter 2021 Unboxing & First Impressions

Causebox Winter 2021

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Today I’m sharing my unboxing and first impressions of the Winter 2021 CAUSEBOX – this is a quarterly subscription [info in italics taken from the CAUSEBOX website]

FIVE CORNERSTONES DEFINE EVERYTHING THAT WE DO AT CAUSEBOX. WE ARE: COMMUNITY FOCUSED, ETHICALLY MADE, ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS, FOR WOMEN, AND IMPACT DRIVEN. 

Causebox Winter 2021

The art of the Winter 2021 box, sticker and postcard is by the duo Sacrée Frangine – which is Célia Amroune and Aline Kpade. Sacrée Frangine roughly translates into sacred sister(hood).

Causebox Winter 2021
Causebox Winter 2021

I have a basic subscription, so I don’t get to choose the items that I receive. But I like the element of surprise. Here’s the list of possible products, and information on each one:

Causebox Winter 2021
Causebox Winter 2021
Causebox Winter 2021

Now lets take a look at what I received:

One: Thread & Supply Cozy Cloud Wrap ($115 USD)

Causebox Winter 2021

This sweater is SO SOFT and COZY! The length is approximately to my hips, and the soft gray colours make it super wearable – it will pretty much go with everything I own!

Two: Activated Eco Reusable Silicone Baking Sheets ($18 USD)

I love to cook, and was *just* talking about wanting to get these. They make post cooking cleanup so much easier – I’ve already used them twice! I love that it is a pack of two.

Three: SKIN&CO Roma Truffle Therapy Face Toner ($30 USD)

Causebox Winter 2021

I love skincare, so I’ll happily test this out and post a full review in a few weeks.

Four: Zeal Living Marble Geo Coasters ($42 USD)

Causebox Winter 2021

These coasters are so beautiful! And we will actually use them.

Five: ettitude Travel Beauty Pillowcase ($25 USD)

Causebox Winter 2021

This is a bamboo “silk” type pillow case and travel pouch. I had mentioned recently that I wanted to get a silk pillowcase, so this is perfect timing! It is a little wrinkled after being taken out of the pouch, but I did not feel like digging out my iron this morning.

Six: Idlewild Co. Yearly Planner ($32 USD)

Causebox Winter 2021

I still use a paper planner in conjunction with my iPhone calendar. I will use this one for blog planning and for keeping track of my yoga practices.

The Winter 2021 box cost me $62.90 USD ($54.95 + shipping to Canada) which works out to $83.56 CAD based on the exchange rate that I paid ($1.3284), so the value of this box is $262 USD which works out to $348.04 CAD! The yearly subscription is cheaper and you get customization choices, but I’m liking the element of surprise so far!

I’m super happy with everything that I received! All are things that I will use.

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Disclosure: I paid for this subscription box. My opinion is my own.

Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk Review

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[This review was supposed to go up on Tuesday, but my internet was down from Tuesday morning until Wednesday evening!]

Today I’m reviewing the Andalou Naturals Age Defying Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk – this has been sitting unopened in my stash for ages. I finally opened it two weeks ago, and have been using it daily. Let’s take a closer look [info in italics taken from the Andalou Naturals website]

Fruit Stem Cell complex from the Apple & Grape, Resveratrol CoQ10 and skin-friendly vegan probiotics gently remove make-up and impurities, rinsing away dull surface cells and balancing skin flora. Apricot and Borage Oils are infused to rejuvenate dehydrated skin, for a fresh glow and a rejuvenated complexion.

I love cleansing milks / creamy cleansers – this one is delivers a gentle, yet effective cleanse. It adds hydration and makes my skin feel clean and soft. It has a very mild and pleasant apricot scent. I especially love cleansers like this in the winter time, or any time my skin needs a little extra soothing cleansing.

I have yet to try something from this brand that I didn’t like!

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Purified Water (Aqua), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Vegetable Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Sucrose Cocoate, Lecithin, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil*, Bacillus Coagulans, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive Berry Complex*, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Panthenol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Milk*†, Allantoin, Tocopherol, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract*†, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Apricot Isolates, Vanilla Isolate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil* *Certified Organic Ingredients †Fair Trade Ingredients

Have you tried this cleanser?

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Disclosure: This came in a beauty box subscription that I paid for.

Cumulative Empties Aug to Dec 2020 – Skincare

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Today I have my cumulative empties from August until December – I’m not using up products as quickly as I used to, so haven’t been doing my monthly empties posts. Let’s take a look at all the skincare that I’ve finished up, and I’ll let you know if I plan to repurchase or not, and link to the original reviews.

Skincare:

Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF 30 – I liked this travel sized sunscreen, it didn’t have a white cast on me and didn’t feel heavy or greasy. The full size is on the pricy side, so I would only re-purchase if on sale.

Moor Spa Cleansing Milk – This was from a PR package, and I really loved it. Creamy cleansers are so awesome for cold weather skincare. I would purchase this is I didn’t have so many cleansers to finish up.

Insensya Illuminate Serum – Another PR item. Quite possibly the best serum I’ve tried for all of 2020! At the top of my wishlist currently as I’ve a few serums to finish up.

Pacifica Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic – My skin hated this. I finished it up for cleaning up swatches as my face did not tolerate it.

5th Dimension Sub Rosa Serum – This was a nice oil-based serum. I have several oils and serums to use up, so no purchase for me at this time.

The Inkey List Bakuchiol and Polyglutamic Acid – The Bakuchiol was a good “starter” retinoid type serum cream, but I prefer something a little stronger. The Polyglutamic Acid made my skin feel nice and hydrated, but it smelled like paint (yuck). I don’t plan to repurchase, but have my eye on other products from the brand.

Cosmessential The Calm and B-Three Facial Serums – These were PR samples. Both were lovely – The Calm was great for when my skin was super sensitive, and B-Three was great for when my skin was “normal”. I have serums to use up, so no plans to purchase right now.

Goldfaden MD Vital Boost Moisturizer – I really liked this moisturizer, it was light yet hydrating and somewhat brightening. I have other moisturizers to finish up so no plan to purchase a full size.

Coming up later this week I have my Haircare, Bodycare and Makeup Finishes.

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Disclosure: Post contains both products that I purchased and PR items – all are identified. My opinion is my own regardless of who paid for the product.

Kaelen Harwell Refining Roman Chamomile Ylang Ylang Cleanser Review

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Today I have a review of the Kaelen Harwell Refining Roman Chamomile Ylang Ylang Cleanser – this was also one of my top cleansers that I judged as a part of the Cert-Clean Clean Beauty Awards last year, and I’ve been using it on and off since then. [info in italics taken from the Kaelen Harwell website]

This creamy cleanser hydrates and soothes dry, sensitive, or dehydrated skin.  It also helps to calm rosacea.

This is the cleanser that I reach for whenever my skin is feeling dry or sensitive. It is super gentle, and hydrating, but still makes my skin feel clean without feeling stripped or irritated.

I love cream cleansers – especially in the colder months when my skin needs an extra boost of hydration!

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Olea Europaea (Organic Olive) Oil, Aspalathus Linearis (Organic Rooibos) Extract, Emulsifying Wax NF, Glycerin, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Ananas Comosus (Organic Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Organic Papaya) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Organic Papaya) Leaf Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Thioctic Acid (Alpha Lipoic Acid), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C) Ester, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Oenotheris Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Chamomilla Recutita (Blue Chamomile) Essential Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Essential Oil, Cedrus Deodara (Cedarwood) Essential Oil, Boswelia Carterii (Frankincense) Essential Oil, Cananga Odorata Var. Genuina (Ylang Ylang II) Essential Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin) Essential Oil.

Have you tried this cream cleanser? Do you have a fave?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this was one of the facial cleansers that I received as a judge for the 2019 Cert-Clean Clean Beauty Awards. My opinion is always based on my personal experience with the product.

aeos Cleansing Oil Dé-Maq Review

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Sorry that I’ve not been keeping to my usual blogging schedule these days, but today I have a review of a cleansing oil that I’ve been using on and off for the past year – the aeos Cleansing Oil Dé-Maq. I received this as a part of my judging package for the 2019-2020 Cert-Clean Clean Beauty Awards and it was one of my top rated facial cleansers that I had judged. [info in italics taken from the aeos website]

Rapidly reveal a smooth, glowing, nourished complexion, as you remove every last trace of make-up and impurities with our award-winning oil-based cleanser.

A transforming blend of premium-grade organic and biodynamic oils and plant extracts, this revolutionary formula helps normal/dry skin retain optimal moisture with the pure power of plants, as well as balancing oily/combination skin types.

I tend to use oil based cleansers in the colder months, or when I’m doing a double cleanse. The aeos Cleansing Oil is so hydrating and does a great job of removing makeup – even waterproof mascara! It doesn’t leave a greasy film after rinsing. And it has a mild, pleasant herbal scent – I can mainly smell the frankincense.

Ingredients: Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Squalane (derived from olives), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Opuntia Ficus Indica (Prickly Pear) Seed Oil, Boswellia neglecta (Frankincense) Resin Oil, Triticum Spelta (Spelt) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil. Natural constituents of essential oils: Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, Eugenol, Farnesol.

Have you tried this cleansing oil? What is your favourite?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this was one of the products that were gifted to me as part of the judging panel for the Cert-Clean Clean Beauty Awards. As always, my opinion is my own, and is based on my user experience.

Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream that I bought for myself recently. Versed is a cruelty free and vegan drugstore brand. [info in italics taken from the Versed website]

Let’s take a look at the moisturizer:

If you want to keep your skin hydrated but don’t like the feel of traditional cream textures, meet your new moisturizer match. The lightweight gel-cream formula with a jelly-like texture absorbs instantly and disappears into your skin, leaving it feeling refreshed, never greasy. Basically, it’s ideal for those warmer months when heavier moisturizers tend to weigh you down—or simply if you deal with oily, breakout-prone skin 365 days a year. Sodium hyaluronate (like hyaluronic acid it helps draw in and retain moisture in skin) and aloe leaf juice hydrate while natural antioxidants found in green tea soothe skin, fight damaging free radicals, and quiet inflammation.

This is a super light weight gel type moisturizer. It absorbs quickly, and is surprisingly hydrating. I’ve been using it with my Way of Will Brightening Serum and Grace & Stella Hyaluronic Acid Serum. The jelly texture makes it feel so refreshing when applied. I plan on trying a few more things from this brand as they are super affordable.

Have you tried this moisturizer?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

Way of Will Brightening Face Serum Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Brightening Face Serum from Way of Will that came in my Fall 2020 Causebox. [info in italics taken from the Way of Will website]

Way of Will is a Canadian brand, based in Toronto. They are cruelty free.

Let’s take a look at the serum:

Keep your skin looking healthy and glowing with our Brightening Face Serum. Formulated to be lightweight and easily absorbed by skin, this serum is rich in vitamins, high in antioxidants to fight free radicals, and keeps skin hydrated. Each compact bottle packs a powerful punch when it comes to skin-loving ingredients that moisturizes, brightens, tones, and revitalizes dull, tired-looking skin for a radiant complexion.

Serums are probably my favourite skincare product. The Brightening Face Serum feels like a facial oil, and it sinks into my skin quickly. My skin does really well with brightening serums – this one has a blend of Vitamins A and C, and contains Marula, Black Currant and Carrot.

Since I started using this serum, I’ve been skipping foundation, and only using concealer for my undereyes, and anywhere I have redness. It gives my skin a glowy look that I love.

Ingredients: Camellia oleifera seed (Camellia) oil, Vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, Rosa rubiginosa Fruit (Rosehip) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) oil, Sclerocarya birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) oil, Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) Oil, Daucus carota (Carrot seed) Oil, Pelargonium roseum X asperum (Rose Geranium) Oil, Tocopherol

Have you tried this serum?

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