Cumulative Empties – March and April 2021

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Can you believe that it is already May? Today I have my cumulative empties for March and April. I was *so* close to finishing up a few more things too, but I’m sure they’ll appear in my next empties post.

Skincare:

I think that I did great over the past two months to finish up so many things from my skincare stash!

Pure Savy Come Hell or High Water 3-In-1 Micellar Water *Cert Clean Jury Box 2019-2020* – I found this micellar water to be a little on the soapy side, but it worked really well for removing eye makeup. I have several eye makeup remover products in my stash, so I don’t need to even think about purchasing this.

Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel Cream – *I purchased this* I loved this light gel moisturizer. I would likely repurchase this one as it played so well with makeup. A great day moisturizer for my normal to dry skin. Review

Sothys Hydra3Ha Hydrating Comfort Cream *PR package* – This was great for the cold winter weather when my skin needed extra hydration at night. It is a little more scented that my personal preference. Review

Poetic Blend The Hero Oil and The Ghost Oil *Giveaway Prize win* – I loved both of these facial oils. I think that the brand is on hiatus (if someone knows for sure, please let me know) so I don’t think that I could purchase. Review and review

Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk *Subscription Box* – This was such a lovely creamy cleanser. I would purchase this if I didn’t have a few more cream based cleansers to finish up. Review

Be On Me Cleansing Mousse Sensitive Skin *PR package* – I loved this foaming cleanser, it was super gentle but super effective. I would purchase this once I use up a few more cleansers from my stash. Review

Lowen’s Make Room Balm *PR package* – This is a balm for stretch marks and scars, but I used it all winter on my poor dry hands, and it worked amazingly well. Their balms are really great, would definitely need one in my stash before winter! Review

Haircare:

I only managed to finish up two haircare products, but progress is progress.

NatureLab Tokyo Perfect Repair Conditioner *PR package* – This was an amazing conditioner, it worked really well for hydrating my hair. I would love to try more from this brand – hopefully they will be selling in Canada at some point. Review

EVOLVh UltraShine Moisture Conditioner *I purchased this, but I’ve also received PR from the brand before* – Such an amazing conditioner. It hydrates, it smells amazing. I’d buy this again. I’m almost finished the matching shampoo. Review

There you have it! Everything that I’ve finished over the last two months. Have you finished up much lately?

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Disclosure: This post contains a mix of products both purchased by myself and PR gifted, all identified above and in the original reviews. My opinion is my own regardless.

Öko Creations Makeup Removal Pads Review

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Today I have a review of the Öko Creations Makeup Removal Pads. I purchsed these a few weeks ago to try, as I wanted a more environmentally friendly and sustainable replacement for disposable cotton rounds. Öko Creations is a Quebec based brand [info in italics is taken from the Öko Creations website]

At Öko Creations, our goal is to help consumers transition to a more eco-friendly lifestyle by offering a range of zero waste products for the whole family such as reusable handkerchiefs, menstrual pads and so much more!

We are actively working to minimize the environmental impacts of our operations from the beginning to the end of our production cycle. Our collections are proudly created and designed in Quebec from high quality and conscientiously chosen textiles such as help and organic cotton.

We are excited to promote local ethical sewing, helping rejuvenate Quebec’s textile industry. We offer good working conditions to our employees, such as fair wages, breaks, a healthy environment, yoga sessions, etc. Our corporate culture is based on human and collective values and we encourage every employee to take an active role in product development and manufacturing processes.

How amazing does this company sound?

Let’s take a look at the Makeup Removal Pads:

Made of natural hemp fleece, these reusable makeup removal pads are gentle on the skin and eliminate the need for disposable pads. Unlike the disposable ones, they will not tear between your fingers when wet. They are also, of course, an economical and environmental choice! An easy zero waste step! Effective for removing all types of makeup, lipstick and mascara, they can also be used for minor wound care, face washing, as ultra-light breast pads or other delicate tasks!

  • Format: 8-pack
  • Colour: natural, undyed with variable coloured trim.
  • Composition: 55% hemp, 45% organic cotton
  • Label: FSC paper, no plastic!
Öko Creations Makeup Removal Pads

These makeup removal pads are so velvety soft – and work amazingly well for removing mascara / eye makeup, and are perfect for applying facial toner.

So far I have not had any issues with staining, but I rinse them with soap and water right after using as suggested on the packaging. I keep the clean rounds in a repurposed glass jar to prevent them from getting dirty or lost when not in use.

The construction is sturdy, comprised of a double layer of the brushed hemp – cotton blend fleece, with brightly coloured stitching around the edges. I can see these lasting quite some time before needing to replace them!

Do you use reusable / washable makeup remover pads?

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

Quo Beauty Hydrating Facial Serum Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Quo Beauty Hydrating Facial Serum – another one of my recent purchases from Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now, so I’m ready to let you know how it measures up. [info in italics taken from the Shoppers website]

Hydrating Facial Serum formulated with hyaluronic acid is just what your skin has been waiting for. The light weight texture & formula helps leave your skin feeling soft and smooth with a velvety finish.

Vitamin C helps to even out the skin tone while helping diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Sodium Hyaluronate (a derivative of Hyaluronic Acid) penetrates deeper layers of the skin to attract and hold moisture which, overtime, works to enhance & replenish skin. Vegan Cruelty Free

Another budget friendly, drugstore brand!

This facial serum is lightweight, non-sticky and sinks into the skin quickly, and adds extra hydration. It contains two of my favourite ingredients – hyaluronic acid and vitamin C. My skin loves anything with vitamin C in it.

It plays nicely with my moisturizer, spf and with makeup too. Also – it has little to no scent! Always a plus in my opinion as I don’t enjoy using over-scented skincare products.

Have you tried this facial serum?

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

Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum that I purchased and have been testing for a few weeks now. [info in italics taken from the Shoppers Drug Mart website]

Retexturizing night serum that uses gentle encapsulated retinol and two natural botanical retinol alternatives to help speed up cell turnover, boost collagen production, and smooth wrinkles without irritation.

Creamy yet light texture absorbs seamlessly into skin Made for aging, dullness, and problem skin Clean, cruelty-free, vegan.

This would be a great “starter” retinol if you are new to retinol based products, or if you have sensitive skin. After doing my usual 24 hour patch test, I started using it nightly with no irritation or dryness. The serum is milky in appearance and absorbs quickly, and doesn’t feel sticky or heavy.

Reminder – retinol really should only be used at night, and if you are using retinol, always wear SPF – you should be wearing sunscreen daily regardless of retinol usage!

Have you tried this retinol serum?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

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.

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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.

Skin&CO Truffle Therapy Face Toner Review

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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.