Lauren B. Beauty Nail Growth Serum Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Lauren B. Beauty Nail Growth Serum that came in my September Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Lauren B. Beauty Nail Growth Serum

Salvation for fragile, brittle nails that refuse to grow. This sheer blend of amino acids, antioxidants, Vitamins E and C, peptides and biotin sinks in instantly to boost natural nail growth and strength.

Lauren B. Beauty Nail Growth Serum

My nails grow fast, but some of my nails have weak spots, so I was pleased to see this Nail Serum in the hopes that it would help strengthen them.

Lauren B. Beauty Nail Growth Serum

Just before I started using this serum, I cracked the nail on my middle finger really badly at a weak spot in my nail straight down the center – OUCH! I’ve been using this Nail Growth Serum twice a day for over two weeks now, and I can say that my nails are definitely stronger!

Lauren B. Beauty Nail Growth Serum

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Water (Aqua), Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, VP/VA Copolymer, PVP, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Lavendula Hybrida (Lavandin) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Cananga Odorate (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Propylene Glycol, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Carthamus Tinctorium (Safflower) Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Betaine, Sodium Pca, Sodium Lactate, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, PCA, Glycine, Alanine, Serine Valine, Threonine, Proline, Isoleucine, Phenylalanine, Histidine, Butylene, Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

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

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter Review

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Giveaway Package that I won.

I recently won a giveaway prize from Rossy at Ayr Galaxy, and this was one of the many products shown above – the Essence Cosmetics Pure Nude Highlighter. You should give her a follow if you don’t already! [info in italics taken from the Essence website]

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter

it’s like being lit from within! bring out your natural glow with this baked powder that has a slightly marbled effect. works on any skin tone and is perfect for adding a subtle shimmer to your face.

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter

This is a really great, budget-friendly, cruelty-free highlighter. I can see this working for a wide range of skintones.

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter

It has a pretty shimmer without being glittery. The above photo shows the highlighter heavily swatched, but it can be blended out for a beautiful, subtle glow!

Have you tried this highlighter?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, I won this in a giveaway. Thanks Rossy!

Petit Vour Unboxing + First Impressions August 2019

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Petit Vour August 2019

My August Petit Vour box finally arrived on  August 28th. 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. [info in italics is taken from the Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour August 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 @1.3595  my box cost me $31.27 CAD this month.

Petit Vour August 2019

Let’s take a closer look at what was in this month’s Petit Vour box:

Harvest Natural Beauty Lengthening Organic Mascara (.25 oz, $18 USD)

Thicken and lengthen each lash with this nontoxic, vegan, 100% natural and organic mascara. Infused with conditioning organics and Vitamin E, this unique formula is smudge proof and water resistant. Free from artificial colors, preservatives and fragrances making it ideal for sensitive eyes.

Petit Vour August 2019

Hopefully this mascara will actually work for my sensitive eyes that easily water. I will have to test it out over the next couple of days!

Honua Hawaiian Skincare Pa’akai Cleansing Cream (sample size 1 oz – $12 USD, travel size 2 oz – $24 USD, full size 4 oz – $42 USD)

Cleansing Hawaiian salt and antioxidant rich hibiscus combine to create a gentle daily cleanser that will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated. Seaweed extract works to strengthen and renew the skin, while accelerating the natural skin repair process. The Pa’akai Cleansing Cream is great for all skin types.

Petit Vour August 2019

This cleanser sounds perfect for me, I can’t wait to test this one out!

Derma E Essential Radiance Toner (sample size 1oz – $2.50 USD, full size 6 oz – $15 USD)

This alcohol-free, exfoliating, beauty toner helps to tone, tighten and brighten for a soft, smooth and luminous appearance. Enriched with: Glycolic Acid: helps to reveal brighter, fresher skin. Rooibos: helps to detox encouraging healthy skin. Rosehip Extract: helps to brighten and rejuvenate skin.

Petit Vour August 2019

Oooh, I love toners, and haven’t tried this one yet, but it sounds like it will be fab!

Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum (sample size 1oz – $15 USD, full size 60 ml $30 USD)

Reduce breakouts, unclog pores, and even skin tone with this powerful serum packed with willow bark, salicylic acid and organic fruit acids; while CoQ10, Vitamin C and organic aloe renew the skin for a healthy, clear complexion. Clears while hydrates.

Petit Vour August 2019

I will probably only use this as a spot treatment for occasional breakouts, as my skin is not prone to major breakouts.

Petite Histoire Envie Desoir Perfume Oil (sample vial .03 oz / 1 ml – $5 USD, full size .37 oz / 11 ml – $65 USD)

Violet glistens while gentle rose dances in soft rain. Powdery orris is the quiet, cool whisper of Paris.

Top: Bergamot, Angelica Seed
Middle: Rose, Orris, Violet
Base: Sandalwood, Ambrette

Petit Vour August 2019

This perfume oil sounds like something I will love – I hope that it works with my body chemistry!

Petit Vour August 2019

This month’s box is worth $52.50 USD which works out to $71.37 CAD! I really think this month’s box looks awesome and I can’t wait to test everything out and let you know what I think of it all. Reviews to follow as soon as I try everything out.

What do you think of this month’s Petit Vour box?

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Disclosure: I pay for this monthly subscription.

Fashion Meets Art – Mugler Couturissme Exhibition at Musèe des Beaux-Arts Montrèal

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Today I have something a little different to share with you – a selection of photos from my visit to the Thierry Mugler Coutuissme exhibition at the Musèe des Beaux-Arts Montrèal (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts). If you follow me on Instagram, you might recognize these photos from my Stories. [info in italics taken from the MBAM website]

Thierry Mugler Couturissme

Premiering in Montreal, Thierry Mugler: Couturissime brings together more than 150 garments made between 1977 and 2014, most of which are being shown for the first time, as well as a wealth of unpublished archival documents and sketches. One hundred or so photographs by such world-renowned fashion photographers as Helmut Newton, Sarah Moon, Pierre et Gilles, David LaChapelle, Paolo Roversi, Herb Ritts, Dominique Issermann, Guy Bourdin and Richard Avedon, to name a few, round out the show. Each of the immersive galleries has been designed in collaboration with talented artist-designers and set designers, including Michel Lemieux, Philipp Fürhofer and Rodeo FX.

 

If you get a chance to go see this exhibition in person, you should! I’m probably going to go back for a second visit – so many beautiful details to look at!

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Disclosure: All photos taken by me, and I paid for my ticket.

Little Barn Apothecary Honeysuckle + Grapefruit Body Oil Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Honeysuckle + Grapefruit Body Oil from Little Barn Apothecary that came in my March Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Little Barn Apothecary Honeysuckle + Grapefruit Body Oil

Luxurious daily moisturizer crafted with organic skin perfecting oils of sesame, jojoba, avocado and vitamin E for intense moisture and a glistening youthful glow. Formulated for all skin types, non-greasy formula quickly absorbs deep into skin providing vitamins and minerals. An indulgent journey through fields of white sun-drenched blossoms, lightly kissed by delicate pink citrus. Honeysuckle absolute and pink grapefruit essential oils blend to create this perfectly sensual aroma: sweet, mildly citrus, sun-drenched floral. 

Little Barn Apothecary  Honeysuckle + Grapefruit Body Oil

It is no secret that I absolutely love body oils. Especially if they are light and non-greasy while being super hydrating. I really love how this body oil soaks into the skin quickly and deeply hydrates without feeling greasy.

Little Barn Apothecary  Honeysuckle + Grapefruit Body Oil

I don’t love the scent, but I don’t hate it either – I’m just not a fan of honeysuckle, but the grapefruit notes makes it work. This body oil is available in other scents, so I’d be interested in checking some of them out eventually.

I love that the ingredient list is fairly short:

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Prunus Dulcis (Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Absolute, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Essential Oil, Tocopherols (Vitamin E).

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

Andalou Naturals Citrus Sunflower Uplifting Shower Gel Review

Andalou Naturals Citrus Sunflower Shower Gel

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Today I have a review of the Citrus Sunflower Uplifting Shower Gel from Andalou Naturals that came in my March Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

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This skin conditioning gel blends emollient rich rosehip and argan oils with coconut water and gentle cleansing botanicals for fresh, healthy looking skin. Uplifting citrus sunflower delights the senses as superfruit antioxidants and ultra-hydrating aloe vera help protect and uplift skin’s moisture barrier for an invigorating, all-over body treatment.

Andalou Naturals Citrus Sunflower Shower Gel

The packaging would probably be better with a pump, as the shower gel is a little on the runny side, but despite this, it lathers really well. I found it to be hydrating and makes my skin feel clean with no soapy residue left behind.  I love bath and shower products, especially if they have a nice scent, and this one is really bright and awakening, perfect for a sluggish morning! Citrus based scents are always so refreshing!

All in all, yet another bath and body product from Andalou Naturals that I really liked!

Andalou Naturals Citrus Sunflower Shower Gel

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Purified Water (Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Vegetable Glycerin, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive Berry Complex*, Lauryl Glucoside, Stearyl Citrate, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water*†, Allantoin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Argania Spinsosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil*, Panthenol, Lactic Acid, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract*†, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Pine Isolates, Litsea Cubeba (May Chang) Fruit Oil, Petroselinum Crispum (Parsley) Seed Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil*

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

Currently Testing – Silk’n Infinity Hair Removal Device

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This is a sneak peek at the Infinity Hair Removal Device that the PR team for Silk’n sent to me for testing and review purposes. I’m super excited about this device because I have had laser hair removal sessions about 8.5 to 9 years ago, and was thinking about getting a few “touch up” sessions as I have had some regrowth since then (more on this later).[info in italics taken from the Silk’n website]

One thing I will say – if you choose not to do hair removal that is cool and beautiful. If you choose to do hair removal that is cool and beautiful too. We are all beautiful!

A little bit of detail on eHPL for those that like to nerd it up with me:

In addition to optical light energy found in HPL (home pulsed light), our new eHPL technology uses galvanic energy to open your pores, allowing the Infinity to treat thick, stubborn hairs right at their root even more effectively. With its quartz bulb, the device is able to reload faster than other technologies, allowing for more pulses in a shorter amount of time for speedy treatment that fits your schedule.

Silk'n Infinity Hair Removal Device

So how does it work?

A quartz bulb delivers the optical light pulse, which is directed into the skin. The light energy is absorbed by the pigment in the hair shaft and is transformed into heat. This heat destroys the hair so it won’t grow back, while leaving the surrounding skin unaffected. The result is an effective, and virtually painless, treatment. […] Galvanic energy is delivered through an electrode plate located at the rear of the Infinity device […] When the electrode touches the skin, the skin pores open, allowing optical energy to reach deeply to the root of the hair follicle, giving it access to even the most coarse, stubborn hairs. This energy also stimulates your skin to improve circulation and tone, while allowing for optimal absorption of post-treatment lotion

Silk'n Infinity Hair Removal Device

I decided to start testing on my lower leg, bikini line and underarms – all of which I have previously had laser hair removal treatments and need touch ups. I had nine treatments over the course of about 1.5 years – and that was about 8.5 to 9 years ago. I would say that my lower legs are roughly 70 to 75% hair free, underarms and bikini line are roughly 65 to 70% hair free. So I’m not starting at the very beginning. 

Silk'n Infinity Hair Removal Device

A typical full hair growth cycle may take 18 to 24 months. During this time, multiple hair removal sessions will be required in order to achieve long-lasting hair removal. The efficiency of hair removal varies from person to person according to body area, hair color and how the device is used. Here’s what a typical hair removal plan should look like during a full hair growth cycle:

Treatments 1 to 4: Two weeks apart. Treatments 5 to 7: Four weeks apart. Treatments 8+: Treat as needed, until desired hair removal results are achieved.

I’ve already done my first treatment, and am due for the second one at the end of the week. The machine is easy to use. I like that it has adjustable intensity settings. I started at the lowest intensity to see how it felt and test how my skin reacted before moving up to a higher setting.

The machine makes a little zapping sound when it flashes, and you can hear the cooling fan inside the machine. Personally, I don’t think that it hurts at all, it just feels like a little heat pulse to me. I will say that areas where the skin is thinner (ie. underarms, back of the knee, and leg crease / bikini line) feel odd – not painful, just slightly uncomfortable in a weird sort of way. On my legs, it was a breeze! And surprisingly quick to do even though I was taking my time to get used to handling the device.

I will be checking in along the way to let you all know my results after every few treatments to let you know my progress, I’m quite excited!

Feel free to ask any questions, and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Silk'n Infinity Hair Removal Device

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Disclosure: The Silk’n Infinity was gifted to me for testing and review purposes. However, my opinion is based on my experience of using this device (and of course, my experience might be different from yours).

 

 

 

Empties February 2019

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It’s once again time to show you what I’ve managed to finish up from my stash. Let’s take a look and I’ll link reviews and let you know if I’ve already re-purchased, or if I plan to re-purchase in the future. Let’s take a look:

Empties February 2019 - Lowen's, Joik

Lowen’s Shampoo is Betta (*PR Sample) – This shampoo is awesome! It lathers really well and makes my hair and scalp feel so clean. The full size is going on my wishlist as I have a few shampoos to use up form my stash. Review is here.

Lowen’s Rub It In Why Don’t Ya! Face, Hand & Body Lotion (*PR sample) – Another favourite! I was using this after every shower and bath. So good for dry winter skin. Another one to add to my wishlist as I have a few body butters, and lotions to use up. Review is here.

Joik Micellar Water – I bought this when visiting Tallinn, Estonia (summer 2017). It didn’t work well for my face, as I found it to leave a soapy film, but it worked amazingly well for cleaning up arm swatches! Review is here.

Empties February 2019 - Wet n Wild, Nip + Fab

Nip + Fab Viper Venom Eye Fix – This worked great for de-puffing my under-eyes, but lately I found that I needed a little more hydration. This would be more of a summer product for me. I won’t be re-buying right now, I have two or three eye creams / serums to use up. Review is here.

Wet n Wild Ultimatebrow Retractable Brow Pencil – Thus far, this is my holy grail brow pencil! I have already purchased a replacement. So quick and easy to use. Review is here.

I also did a little decluttering in my eye and lip liner stash – these ones are quite old, so it is time to get rid of them. I have so many liners in my stash.

Empties February 2019 - Crown Brush, Absolute New York, Urban Decay

Crown Brush Kohl Pencil in Sea Green K-48 (*Freebie from the Crown Brush booth, Generation Beauty, Toronto 2016) – I didn’t love this one, it was dry and was not long wearing, so I never reached for it. The colour is really nice though. Review is here.

Absolute New York Duo Stroke Liquid Liner (*Gift Bag Swag from Generation Beauty, Toronto 2016) – I actually cannot recall the last time that I used this. I remember liking it a lot, but I rarely wear liquid liner any more. Review is here.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil in Venom – I got this lip liner several years ago (even before I had started blogging), and it was lost in my stash for quite some time, and sadly has dried out.

I have a few more eye and lip liners to check and possibly declutter, so there might be more in next month’s empties.

Empties February 2019

Did you finish up much this month?

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Disclosure: This post contains some PR items, all are identified. My opinion is my own regardless of whether an item was purchased by me or gifted.

Evolvh Ultimate Styling Lotion Review

Evolvh Ultimate Styling Lotion

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Today I’m reviewing the Ultimate Styling Lotion from Evolvh that came in my November Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Evolvh Ultimate Styling Lotion

This 5-in-1 botanical formula truly does everything: creates volume, holds style, de-frizzes, adds shine, or defines curls into smooth ringlets. Its an all-in-one amazingly lightweight lotion.

  • Offers medium level of hold
  • De-frizzes and conditions
  • Can be used on wet or dry hair
  • Manages curls (for soft, smooth and bouncy ringlets)

Evolvh Ultimate Styling Lotion

When styling for fullness and volume, apply from the roots out and blow dry hair off the scalp. For curly hair, apply sparingly from roots to mid-length and add slightly more product from mid-length to ends for beautiful, smooth ringlets. For air dried hair, let it sink in for a minute before styling as usual. Bonus: it can also be applied to dry hair to refresh lifeless locks.

Evolvh Ultimate Styling Lotion

I really liked the Evolvh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner samples that came in my October Petit Vour box, so I was happy to see a styling lotion in this month’s box.

The Ultimate Styling Lotion was made for my hair! It helps tame frizz and doesn’t make it feel weighed down, or crunchy. I can use it when I want my hair to be wavy, and when I want it to be straight-ish. I like that it can be used for added volume, because in the winter time, with all of the hat wearing, my hair tends to lose it natural volume.

Have you tried this one? What is your fave styling product?

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