Boscia Luminizing Charcoal Mask Review

Boscia Luminizing Charcoal Mask

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Boscia Luminizing Charcoal Mask

If you follow me on InstaGram, you will have seen that I attended the Keratinworks Self Care Pampering Virtual Event with BlendPR. Attendees received a box of self care pampering goodies, and today I’m reviewing the Boscia Luminizing Charcoal Mask [info in italics taken from the Boscia website]

Boscia Luminizing Charcoal M

Peel to reveal a luminous, detoxified, and flawless complexion with an innovative peel-off mask powered by Activated Black Charcoal. The original charcoal mask and reigning fan favorite, Luminizing Charcoal Mask is a peel-off mask powerhouse that unveils a post-peel, pore-less glow worth sharing. Chock-full of powerful antioxidants like Activated Charcoal and Vitamin C, this powerfully detoxifying mask helps to minimize the appearance of pores, banish blackheads, and enhance radiance while leaving your skin feeling flawlessly fresh and clean!

Boscia Luminizing Charcoal Mask

This is the first peel off mask that I’ve tried, and it is really good! It helps to deep clean your pores, and clear out blackheads – which comes in handy as my nose has been getting more blackheads than normally, likely due to wearing masks. And because it contains Vitamin C, it will also help brighten my skin.

Boscia Luminizing Charcoal Mask

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Disclosure: This was PR gifted, but am under no obligation to post. My opinion is always my own.

The Beauty of Eczema Bath Salts Review

The Beauty of Eczema Bath Salts

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The Beauty of Eczema Bath Salts

If you follow me on InstaGram, you will have seen that I attended the Keratinworks Self Care Pampering Virtual Event with BlendPR. Attendees received a box of self care pampering goodies, and today I’m reviewing The Beauty of Eczema Bath Salts [info in italics taken from The Beauty of Eczema website]

The Beauty of Eczema Bath Salts

The Beauty of Eczema™ is a full range of products for very dry and sensitive skin that was born through Camille’s personal struggles. Camille proudly created a range of beautiful, natural, vegan, cruelty-free, botanically scented skincare suitable for sensitive skin angels. Camille particularly loves that they contain over 97.8% naturally derived ingredients from oat lipids to sweet almond oil and the beautiful ‘imperfectly perfect’ packaging design.

Bath Salts for very dry & sensitive skin.

With 99.9% naturally derived ingredients.
Apply a generous handful to a warm bath and relax from the stresses of the day.

The Beauty of Eczema Bath Salts

I’ve been curious about this brand as my skin is on the sensitive side, and have heard great things about The Beauty of Eczema. I love bath salts in general, so I was excited to try these Bath Salts out. These are very gentle and soothing – my skin felt great after my bath! I’d like to try more from this brand as they don’t dry out my skin.

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the very beginning, this was a gifted package from a PR event. However, my opinions (and sensitive skin) are very much my own and this little review is based on my experience with the product.

Cumulative Empties Sep 2021 to Feb 2022

Empties Sep 21 to Feb 22 Skincare

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Today I have my empties that I’ve accumulated over the past six months. There actually should be more, but I think that a few things got misplaced or recycled.

Skincare:

Empties Sep 21 to Feb 22 Skincare

Made for Me Hydrating Moisturizer and Brightening C Serum (*PR Gifted) – Both the moisturizer and serum are amazing, and I’d would highly recommend both of them. I have a bunch of serums and moisturizers to use up in my stash, but I would purchase these. Reviews are here.

Haircare:

Empties Sep 21 to Feb 22 Haircare

Garnier Fructis Hydrating Treat Conditioner (Aloe Extract) – This is a great budget friendly conditioner. I would re-purchase this eventually – but right now I’m committed to using the Keratinworks line to maintain my hair post salon treatment. Review is here.

EVOLVh Smart Start Leave-In Conditioner (*PR Gifted) and Ultrashine Moisture Shampoo – Both are amazing, and I could see myself purchasing eventually. Reviews are here and here.

Kristin Ess Beach Wave Spray – This is a great product for enhancing my wavy hair and giving it that beachy wave effect. I would re-purchase eventually. Review is here.

Noughty To The Rescue Intense Moisture Treatment – An awesome budget friendly hair mask – I loved this, and would likely repurchase. Review is here.

Bath and Body:

Empties Sep 21 to Feb 22 Bodycare

Haus of Gloi Lily Cake Bubbling Scrub (*This was birthday gift) – I love the bubbling scrubs from Haus of Gloi. I’ve purchased them many times over the years in different scents, and will do so again eventually.

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Cream – I’ve purchased this several times, and will do so again eventually. It is such an amazing body cream. Review is here.

Naturewell Hydrolyzed Collagen Moisture Cream (*PR gifted) – Another amazing body cream. Great for winter dryness. I would purchase this one as it is super effective and budget friendly. Review is here.

Lowen’s Natural Skincare Salt of the Earth Sea Salt Scrub – I would definitely re-purchase this body scrub. It smells amazing, its super hydrating, and exfoliates really well. Review is here.

Makeup:

Empties Sep 21 to Feb 22 Makeup

Flower Beauty Warrior Princess Mascara – I liked this mascara, scored it a 6.25 out of 7. It was good, but not holy grail for me. Review is here.

Essence Cosmetics Bye Bye Panda Eyes! and #Lashes of the Day Mascaras – Bye Bye Panda Eyes I scored 6.25 out of 7, but I found that this mascara got better over time. I would buy this one again, because it improved, so I’d increase the score to 6.75 out of 7. Lashes of the day scored higher at 6.5 out of 7, but it didn’t get any better over time, so I don’t think I would repurchase. Reviews are here and here.

Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara – This mascara scored a 6 out of 7. It was good, but not great for me. I’ve tried and liked other Covergirl mascaras better. Review is here.

So did you finish up many products over the past couple of months?

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Disclosure: All products disclosed above, and in the original blog post reviews. My opinion is my own regardless of if I purchased it, or if it was gifted.

CertClean Clean Beauty Awards 2022 – I’m a Judge!

CertClean Clean Beauty Awards 2022 Judge

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If you follow me on Instagram, you will already know this, but I’m on the judging panel for the 2022 CertClean Clean Beauty Awards (along with 125 others). This will be my third year on the judging panel. CertClean is North America’s leading certification organization for safer skincare.

CertClean Clean Beauty Awards 2022 Judge

This year, there are 455 Clean Beauty products entered in 24 categories! I will be judging THREE categories this year – Face cream, Body Wash, and Eyeliners!

I’ll post more on this once as the products arrive.

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Nature’s Sunshine Crystal Clear Deodorant & Body Spray Review

Nature's Sunshine Canada Crystal Clear Deodorant and Body Spray

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If you follow me on InstaGram, you will have seen this in my unboxing of a PR package from Nature’s Sunshine Canada and BlendPr. As with any natural deodorants, both myself and the Mister tested it out [info in italics taken from the Nature’s Sunshine Canada website].

Nature's Sunshine Canada Crystal Clear Deodorant and Body Spray
  • 24-hour maximum odour protection without harmful chemicals
  • No aluminum chlorhydrates or zirconium
  • No parabens
  • No chemical additives
  • Hypoallergenic
  • No animal testing
  • Non-staining
  • Dries quickly
Nature's Sunshine Canada Crystal Clear Deodorant and Body Spray

First of all, I’m going to remind you that the effectiveness of a natural deodorant varies from person to person, based on body chemistry, diet etc. I’ve been using natural deodorants for several years, so I’ve gone through the underarm detox process ages ago. Crystal Clear is unscented, which is great if you aren’t a fan of scented deodorants, or need a scent-free product.

The spray format took a little getting used to for me not to use too much, otherwise it runs down the body. It says to use 4 to 6 sprays – you really don’t need that much for your underarms! The deodorant is super gentle on my underarms – no burning – always a good thing if you have sensitive underarms like I do.

Nature's Sunshine Canada Crystal Clear Deodorant and Body Spray

Crystal Clear Deodorant Spray works pretty well for me, and it works for several hours (around 8 hours, sometimes 10), but then I need a touch up, otherwise it will crap out on me. For the Mister, on the other hand, it worked amazingly well and the effectiveness lasts longer for him.

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Disclosure: This product was PR gifted, but my opinions are my own, based on my experience with the product.

Two Week Update – Post Keratinworks Salon Botox Hair Treatment

Feb 19 2022 - two weeks post Keratinworks treatment

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Two weeks ago I was hosted by the Annie Young Boutique Spa and Keratinworks to have an in salon Keratinworks Treatment. You can read all about it here.

This photo is after one week and two washes:

Feb 12, 2022 - One week post Keratinworks treatment

As you can see, my waves haven’t fully returned yet, but there is no frizz! And my hair takes half the usual time to blow it dry with my Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer.

This second photo is after two weeks and another two washes:

Feb 19 2022 - two weeks post Keratinworks treatment

My waves are starting to return – YAY! But without my usual halo of frizz. In this photo, my hair was air dried to see if there would be any frizz.

Pretty great right? I’m loving my hair!

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Disclosure: This is a follow up post from a PR hosted experience – thank you Keratinworks, Annie Young Boutique Spa and BlendPR. My opinions are my own, based on my personal experience.

Keratinworks Salon Treatment / Annie Young Boutique Spa Experience

Keratinworks Pure

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If you’ve been following my blog since last year, you will remember that I had been gifted a PR package from Keratinworks of their Keratinworks Pure product line (review is here). I’ve been using the entire product line since then, so I was super excited when BlendPR / Keratinworks reached out to invite me to have a Keratinworks Salon Treatment, hosted by the Annie Young Boutique Spa in Westmount.

I had not been to the Annie Young Boutique Spa before. It is such a beautiful space, and the staff there are so welcoming and so friendly! They do hair, manicure / pedicure, facials, massage, makeup – they do it all!

Let’s take a look at the Keratinworks Salon Treatment [infographic from Keratinworks PR kit / BlendPR].

Keratinworks Salon Treatment Info

There are three techniques – Botox, Classic and Super Smooth – depending on the level of volume reduction / smoothing that your hair needs. Because I prefer to wear my hair wavy, we chose the Botox Technique as it would allow me to keep my waves, while still eliminating frizz.

In my excitement, I only remembered to take one quick before photo – my hair had been blow dried with my Dyson and diffuser attachment, and minimal product – so that the salon could see my hair in its natural state and texture. Please note – I am in the process of growing out hair dye, and I’m due for a haircut.

Before Keratinworks Treatment

Emily applied my treatment, and explained the process each step of the way which I loved. First my hair was washed to remove any styling / product from my hair, before applying the Keratinworks Treatment from root to tip. Then my hair was wrapped in plastic, and I sat under the Processor / heat machine for approximately 45 minutes.

During Keratinworks Treatment

The plastic is then removed, and my hair was left to cool – maybe 10 minutes – I was reading a book so I’m not 100% sure how long the cool down took.

During Keratinworks Treatment

Next the treatment was partially rinsed out of my hair (about 20% should remain in the hair at this point).

During Keratinworks Treatment

Next, my hair was combed through and dried before “heat setting” the treatment with a flatiron passed a number of times over each section of my hair.

After Keratinworks Treatment

The entire process from start to finish took roughly three hours, and if taken care of, the results should last anywhere from 3 to 4 months, and in come cases, as long as 6 months!

After Keratinworks Treatment

They recommend using the Keratinworks Pure line as aftercare, and to avoid any hair products with sulfates, as they will ruin the results / cause the treatment to wear off quickly.

Keratinworks Pure

I was gifted the Keratinworks Pure line (shampoo, conditioner, hydrating hair mask, Liss BB-Cream and Crystal Serum) for after treatment care – which is wonderful because I absolutely love the products!

The first and most important aftercare advice was to wait at least 48 hours before washing my hair. I will post again with my results after washing and styling it myself as few times to let you all know how my waves behave.

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Disclosure: The Keratinworks Salon Treatment was hosted – thank you Keratinworks, Annie Young Boutique Spa and BlendPR. My thoughts and opinions are based on my experience.

elf Cosmetics Lash It Loud Mascara Review

elf Cosmetics Lash It Loud Mascara

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Today I have a review of the elf Cosmetics Lash It Loud Mascara – I purchased it in early January and have been testing it out. [info in italics taken from the elf Cosmetics website]

elf Cosmetics Lash It Loud Mascara

What is it? A mega volume mascara that helps your lashes look fuller, bolder and longer than ever.

Why we love?

  • Achieve mega volume lashes instantly
  • Volumizing mascara is formulated with intensely rich pigments for bolder than ever lashes
  • Flexible, silicone brush grips lashes from root to tip for insane volume
elf Cosmetics Lash It Loud Mascara

Volume that hits all the high notes! This formula’s intensely rich pigments easily coat lashes for a bigger and bolder look. The sleek flexible wand hugs every single lash with both vertical and horizontal bristles to amplify, define & add dimension.

elf Cosmetics Lash It Loud Mascara

This sounds like a perfect mascara for me since I prefer lots of VOLUME for my lashes. If you’ve been reading abrashattitude.com for awhile, you will know that I am super picky about mascara. I have long, stick-straight lashes that are quite light in colour considering my natural hair colour is dark brown. I use a lash curler and I need a mascara will hold a curl. My eyes are sensitive, and water easily so any mascara that I use must be smudge proof, and water resistant.

I have seven requirements for a mascara, and I’ll comment on each requirement and score each point. So how did the Lash It Loud Mascara score?

elf Cosmetics Lash It Loud Mascara

1. waterproof / water resistant +1 Not waterproof mascara, but held up well during cold weather eye watering for me!

2. smudge-proof +1

3. non-flaking / non-clumping +1

4. must be DARK black (not blackish, not brown black, and definitely not grey black) +1 Dark black!

5. volumizing +1/2 Ok volume, great length. I was hoping for mega volume.

6. must hold a curl +3/4 It holds a curl pretty well, wish it had better hold

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes +1 no itchy eyes!

Overall I would give this mascara a 6.25 out of 7 – which is pretty good! The brush shape works great for my inner and outer lashes. I prefer the volume that the Big Mood Waterproof Mascara gives my lashes, so I’m probably going to try the non-waterproof formula to see how it compares.

I love that elf Cosmetics is cruelty free, and vegan, and affordable!

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Disclosure: I purchased this!