Empties – May 2018

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I’m still working my way through my stash. This month I didn’t finish up a lot of things, but I still feel that I’m making progress. Let’s see what I managed to finish, and whether or not I will re-purchase:

Empties May 2018

Haircare

Empties May 2018

Attitude Super Leaves Nourishing & Strengthening Conditioner – I finished up the matching shampoo last month. I really liked both the shampoo and conditioner, but purchased the Color Protecting formula instead to try out. [Reviews for the Nourishing and Strengthening here, and Color Protecting here]

Bath & Body

Empties May 2018

Haus of Gloi Soft Bubbling Scrub in Splendiferous – I absolutely loved this scrub, and was using the smallest amount to try to make it last forever. It smells of white cake, lemon zest and sugared violets. I would repurchase this if it is available (seasonal scent) when my bath and body stash is fully used up. If this scent is not available, I’m sure that I would find another glorious scented scrub!

Schmidt’s Mineral Enriched Natural Deodorant in Charcoal and Magnesium – I really like this natural deodorant, it works well for my body chemistry, and it smells fresh. It also does not irritate my underarms like most baking soda based natural deodorants. I already had a spare in my stash, so I don’t need to re-purchase just yet. Review is here.

Make-up

Empties May 2018

Concrete Minerals Vegan Lip Tint in Gold Plated – I got this long before I started blogging, and really loved it. But then it got misplaced, and I only found it last week buried in a box in my home office. Sadly it was majorly dried out, so into the bin it goes!

Nyx HD Concealer in Fair – I really like this concealer, and have repurchased it several times in shades fair and porcelain. I have one more in my stash to finishing using up. I’ll probably repurchase once I finish up the other one. Review is here.

Essence The False Lashes Mascara Extreme Volume & Curl – Despite not being waterproof, this is one of my favourite mascaras! I already have a replacement! Review is here.

Essence Instant Volume Boost Mascara – I really liked this mascara when I first started using it, but after about 6 weeks it started to thicken and got clumpy and flaky – which for me is the worst, so into the bin it goes. I won’t be repurchasing. The original review is here (review to be updated since my opinion has changed since the original review).

Even though I did not finish up as many products as I had hoped, progress is progress!

Have you finish up many things this month?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: All products purchased by me!

Au Naturale Color Theory Creme Corrector Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Au Naturale Color Theory Creme Corrector that came in my May Petit Vour subscription box. [info in italics is taken from the Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour May 2018 Unboxing

Au Naturale’s Color Theory Creme Correctors were designed using complementary color theory, (hues opposite to one another on the color wheel neutralize when mixed) in order to counter under eye circles, blemishes and other skin quirks.

Au Naturale Color Theory Creme Corrector

The Creme Corrector is available in five different correcting shades: Linen, Peach, Flax, Sweet Basil and Lavender. Here’s the breakdown of what each shade is targeted for:

  • Linen – perfect for brightening the eye area and hiding signs of fatigue. Pink and peach concealers are best to combat dark under eye circles.
  • Peach – to hide dark circles or other spots for those with medium to dark skin tones. 
  • Flax – to conceal purple or blue bruises, veins or under eye circles. Yellow concealers are the most versatile and are great for evening out skin tone and brightening complexions.  
  • Sweet Basil – to neutralize any redness due to acne, scarring, rosacea, windburn or sunburn. Green concealers significantly reduce redness and give foundation an even base.
  • Lavender – to eliminate any unwanted yellow undertones/spots on your skin. Purple concealers will brighten pasty, dull or yellow complexions.

Au Naturale Color Theory Creme Corrector

I have seasonal allergies and am prone to puffy eyes and dark circles, so I was hoping for either Linen, Peach or Flax. My Becca brightening under-eye concealer is pinky-peach in tone, so it is probably good that I got the Flax  shade (yellow toned). It works pretty well to camouflage dark circles as the yellow cancels out the purple undertone.

Au Naturale Color Theory Creme Corrector

I find that a lot of stick style concealers are often a little on the draggy side when it comes to blending but the consistency of the concealer is surprisingly soft, easy to blend, and non-drying for the under eye, likely due to the Meadowfoam Seed, Castor, and Jojoba Seed Oils!

The packaging is really nice, it is metal, the cap seems to be magnetized, so it won’t fall off in your makeup bag or purse.

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam Seed Oil), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed Oil), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed Oil), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla Wax), Manihot Esculenta (Tapioca Root Starch), Organic Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender Oil), Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides, Micas, Silica.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Au Naturale Color Theory Creme Corrector

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

 

Lauren B. Beauty Reparative Cuticle Oil Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Reparative Cuticle Oil Review from Lauren B. Beauty that came in my May Petit Vour subscription box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour May 2018 Unboxing

Lauren B. Beauty’s custom blend of 14 ultra-pure plant and flower oils designed to quickly hydrate your dry cuticles. Also, it is packed with amino acids promoting healing and revival. Apply with the convenient dropper tip applicator so you can take as little or as much as you need – no mess!

Lauren B. Beauty Reparative Cuticle Oil

The Review: I’ve been using this cuticle oil for several days now, and I have to say that it works really well! I had just finished up my Nova Scotia Fisherman Cuticle Rescue and my cuticles were so dry, and needed lots of help. It both hydrates AND heals.

My only complaint is that I do find the dropper tip to be little messy if you aren’t careful using it. But since it works really well, I’ll deal with the potential mess!

Lauren B. Beauty Reparative Cuticle Oil

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Rosemary, Safflower, Avocado, Sweet Almond, Olive Fruit Oil, Rice Bran Extract

When I look at the ingredients, I know why it smells as good as it does with Ylang Ylang, Lavender and Rosemary! So good!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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

 

Petit Vour Unboxing & First Impressions (May 2018)

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My May Petit Vour box finally arrived! Reviews to follow once I’ve had a chance to test things out!

Petit Vour May 2018 Unboxing

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 U.S., $23 USD for Canada, and $25 USD for the rest of the world. With the exchange rate (1.3243) my box cost me $30.46 CAD.

Petit Vour May 2018 Unboxing

Let’s take a look inside to see what I got this month. As always the box includes a beautiful informational card with a different watercolour print each month. [info in italics taken from Petit Vour]

Lauren B. Beauty Reparative Cuticle Oil Treatment ($22 USD full size)

Petit Vour May 2018 Unboxing

Lauren B. Beauty’s custom blend of 14 ultra-pure plant and flower oils designed to quickly hydrate your dry cuticles. Also, it is packed with amino acids promoting healing and revival. Apply with the convenient dropper tip applicator so you can take as little or as much as you need – no mess!

Perfect timing, I’ve just about used up my Nova Scotia Fisherman Cuticle Rescue (review is here), and my cuticles need all the help they can get!

Zabana Essentials Banana Colloidal Oatmeal Face Mask (sample size $12.50 for 1 oz, full size $25 USD for 2 oz)

Petit Vour May 2018 Unboxing

Say goodbye to dry skin! Banana & Colloidal Oatmeal work as a mild and soothing powerhouse duo to hydrate, soothe, repair, and pamper the driest skin. Rich in Vitamin A, Potassium, and Silica skin proteins that will instantly reveal a smooth complexion and your natural glow.

This facial mask sounds amazing, I can’t wait to try it out. I think that I’ve liked everything that I’ve tried from Zabana Essentials. My most recent one was the Tamanu Calendula Healing Anti-Blemish Face Balm that came in my February Petit Vour box, and I’m still using it (review is here)

Eir NYC Sunset Oil (sample size $7 for 1 oz, full size $35 USD for 8oz)

Petit Vour May 2018 Unboxing

An essential for beach bums, this arnica and aloe-infused body oil contains soothing essential oils and vitamins to restore parched skin damaged by the sun, salt, and wind. For everyday use or to be applied post-sun to keep skin extra-moisturized.

Oooh, arnica and aloe are such great healing ingredients, I can’t wait to try this one out!

Au Naturale Cosmetics Color Theory Creme Corrector ($24 USD full size)

Petit Vour May 2018 Unboxing

Au Naturale’s Color Theory Creme Correctors were designed using complementary color theory, (hues opposite to one another on the color wheel neutralize when mixed) in order to counter under eye circles, blemishes and other skin quirks.

The Creme Corrector is available in five different correcting shades: Linen, Peach, Flax, Sweet Basil and Lavender. Here’s the breakdown of what each shade is targeted for:

  • Linen – perfect for brightening the eye area and hiding signs of fatigue. Pink and peach concealers are best to combat dark under eye circles.
  • Peach – to hide dark circles or other spots for those with medium to dark skin tones. 
  • Flax – to conceal purple or blue bruises, veins or under eye circles. Yellow concealers are the most versatile and are great for evening out skin tone and brightening complexions.  
  • Sweet Basil – to neutralize any redness due to acne, scarring, rosacea, windburn or sunburn. Green concealers significantly reduce redness and give foundation an even base.
  • Lavender – to eliminate any unwanted yellow undertones/spots on your skin. Purple concealers will brighten pasty, dull or yellow complexions.

I received the shade Flax. I had a concealer from Au Naturale when I first stated blogging, and I remember really liking the formula (review is here). Hopefully I’ll love this one too!

Total value of this month’s box is $63.50 USD, and with the exchange rate that works out to be $84.09 CAD – wow!

Petit Vour May 2018 Unboxing

What do you think of this month’s box? I’m really happy with this month’s box, and can’t wait to test everything out! Reviews to follow once I’ve had a chance to test things out.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclaimer: I pay for my monthly Petit Vour subscription.

 

 

Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion with Marula Oil Review

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Today I have a review of the Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion with Marula Oil. For the record, I’m quite fair, on the ghostly end of the skintone spectrum. My skin is capable of tanning – just not by most people’s standards of “tan” and very slowly – the running joke is that my skin goes from shock white to almost beige.

Vita Liberata Self Tanning Gradual Lotion

The last time I tried a self tanner was years and years before I switched to cruelty free products, and the result was muddy, streaky and WAY TOO DARK. I figured that a gradual lotion would be the best option for me as I want a subtle, and ideally natural looking, result.  I just want is to tone down the shock white of my legs, since I live in shorts and skirts as soon as the weather gets warm enough.

My goal for using this self tanner is not to achieve a dark tan, I want to reduce the blinding whiteness of my legs! The rest of my body (other than my face) will tan very slightly over the summer while wearing loads and loads of sunscreen. ALWAYS WEAR SUNSCREEN!

Vita Liberata Self Tanning Gradual Lotion

 

What it is: A superbly hydrating lotion that applies clear like a moisturizer and then develops to a beautiful sunkissed glow that can be deepened with daily use. 

If you want to know more… This ultra-hydrating lotion formula is gentle enough for dry and sensitive skin types, and creates a natural-looking tan that fades after four to seven days. Certified organic botanicals and a moisture locking system nourish the skin and give 72-hour hydration while Odour Remove™ technology ensures no smell whatsoever. 

Vita Liberata Self Tanning Gradual Lotion

To prep for using the Self Tanning Gradual Lotion, I made sure to exfoliate and moisturize in the days leading up to using the lotion to try to make sure that my skin wasn’t super dry.

Application – Sunday May 13th – I thought that I applied it evenly, and let it soak in before putting on a pair of shorts. After a few hours, I realized that yes, it was working, my skin was becoming less pale! And several hours after that I realized that I had not applied the Self Tanning Gradual Lotion as evenly as I had hoped – there was a streak of skin that remained shock white. Oops!

Result – Monday, May 14th – I showered and exfoliated and the streak is no longer visible, and my legs still have a bit of a glow.  It was at this point that I realized that you are supposed to shower the lotion off after several hours (4 to 8 hours, and if you are naturally pale, leave longer before showering). Oops, I waited until I showered the next day!

My “tan” lasted for several days before it gradually faded away. I exfoliated and reapplied the Self Tanning Gradual Lotion  for the second time on Monday, May 21st. I was a little more careful in applying this time, and it looks a lot better! On me, the tan is very golden in tone.

I’m really glad that I purchased the gradual version, because I think that the regular one would likely be too dark for me! This is perfect, it just looks like I have a very light tan on my legs. I probably won’t apply it again until it starts to fade, and just try to keep my legs this colour all summer.

Vita Liberata Self Tanning Gradual Lotion

The Self Tanning Gradual Lotion is surprisingly mildly scented. It doesn’t bother me at all. And it is super hydrating!

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Water*, Dihydroxyacetone**, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (Beurre)*, Saccharide Isomerate*, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Fucus Vesicolosus (Bladderwrack) Extract*, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Oil, Litchi Chinensis (Lychee) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Extract*, Hydrolysed Silk (Soie), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract*.

Have you tried this gradual self tanning lotion? Do you use self-tanners?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

DevaCurl Melt into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask Review

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I cashed in some of my Beauty Insider points with my last Sephora order and got a deluxe sample size tube of the Deva Curl Melt into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask. Just a reminder, my hair is fairly thick, wavy, colour-treated, fizz-prone and often dry at the ends as I only get a trim every couple of months – my haircut was in December. [info in italics taken from Sephora website]

Deva Curl Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask

What it is: A nourishing treatment mask that transforms dehydrated curls with matcha butter for intense moisture, softness, and shine. 
Key benefits: 
– Deeply conditions and nourishes 
– Boosts shine 
– Makes waves and curls silky-soft 
If you want to know more… If your natural hair texture is prone to extreme dryness or your curls are parched from moisture-zapping weather, this luxuriously creamy mask is just what you need. This nourishing treatment features a buttery texture won’t weigh hair down, but it melts onto every strand—infusing hair with moisturizing matcha green tea butter, vitamin-packed sweet almond oil, and protective beet root extract. The rich formula leaves all curl types shiny, silky-soft, and completely transformed. 

Deva Curl Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask

I applied the Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask after washing and towelling off excess water and left it in my hair for roughly 20 minutes before rinsing it out.

Deva Curl Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask

The Result – Holy silky hair Batman, my hair had ZERO TANGLES to comb out!  I decided let it air dry to see how my hair would turn out. My hair was beautifully soft, shiny and wavy. It didn’t feel weighed down or heavy at all.

I think I might need to get a full size of this one the next time I’m buying myself a special treat – even though it is on the pricy side at $49 CAD for 8 oz, / $87 for 17.7 oz!

Deva Curl Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask

In case you are curious, the background is one of the Betsey Johnson bags from my collection. I’ve been using it a lot lately!

Disclosure: I used my Sephora Beauty Insider points for a deluxe sample size tube.

 

Bite Beauty Prismatic Multistick in Rose Pearl

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I had a promo code from Sephora for a mini version of the Bite Beauty Prismatic Multistick in the shade Rose Pearl, and since it was on my wishlist, I picked it up with my last Sephora mini-haul. [info in italics taken from the Sephora website]

Bite Beauty Prismatic Multistick

What it is: A shimmering multistick that brings mesmerizing, pearl-inspired color to the lips, cheeks, or eyes.
What it does: This shimmering multistick delivers weightless, layerable color in a silicone-free formula. Like Bite Beauty’s original Multistick, Prismatic Pearl Multistick is breathable, blendable, and buildable. Wear each of the universally flattering pearl-inspired shades on their own for a mesmerizing monochromatic look, or layer them over any eye, cheek, or lip color—including original Multistick—for transformative dimension.

Bite Beauty Prismatic Multistick

The Prismatic Multistick comes in five different shades: Oyster Pearl (metallic taupe with silver shimmer), Rose Pearl (metallic rose with green and violet shimmer), Blush Pearl (metallic white with pink shimmer), Pink Pearl (metallic pink with red and pink shimmer) and Peacock Pearl (metallic teal with black, red, and green shimmer).

Bite Beauty Prismatic Multistick

The Prismatic Pearl Multistick is a really cool concept, as it is lip, eye and cheek safe. I’ve only tried it on my cheeks and lips so far, and it works well either way. It looks nice as a highlight, and as a pearly lip tint, and especially as a lip topper to add a pearly, metallic sheen to a lipstick. I think it is such a pretty shade!

Bite Beauty Prismatic Multistick

I think that I want to try them all! Have you tried any of the Prismatic Multisticks?

Disclosure: I used a promo code to get this for free with my last Sephora order.

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm Review

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If you’ve been reading this blog for a little while, you’ll already know that I am a lip balm addict. I’ve been using the Agave Lip Mask nightly for well over a year now. When I finally used up one of the last stick type lip balms in my stash, I knew that I wanted to finally try the Agave Lip Balm. [info in italics taken from Sephora]

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm

What it is:  A perfect soothing balm for ultimate hydration and recovery that quickly repairs and restores lips. 
What it does: A must have for on-the-go lip care, Agave Lip Balm is the perfect travel essential. Agave Lip Balm is a nourishing formula made from agave and rare Madagascan vanilla CO2 extract. Lips stay hydrated and protected all day long, making your lips look natural on their own. It also acts as a primer for any color application. 

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm

At first use, I thought that it felt a lot like the Agave Lip Mask but in a stick form. I prefer to use lip balms in stick format when I’m out and about as it is less messy (and less germy)!

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm

After several uses, I think that I prefer the Agave Lip Mask as it feels less waxy and more silky. Don’t get me wrong, I do like the Agave Lip Balm, but I really LOVE the Lip Mask!

Ingredients:  – 5 Mg Trans-resveratrol from de Vitis Vinifera and Polygonum Cuspidatum 
Lanolin* (Pharma Grade), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter**, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil*, Glyceryl Rosinate*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)**, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil**, Stearyl Alcohol*, Hydrated Silica*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Sterols*, Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax**, Heptyl Undecylenate*, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil*, Mica*, Kaolin*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Cera (Wax)*, Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil*, Flavor (Aroma), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax*, Glycerin**, Tocopherol*, Sorbitan Stearate*, Vanilla Tahitensis (Vanilla) Fruit Extract*, Agave Tequilana (Blue Agave) Nectar**, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil**, Acacia Decurrens Wax*, Polyglycerin-3*, Trans-Resveratrol*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract**.

The Agave Lip Balm is cruelty free, but not vegan due to lanolin and beeswax content.

Have you tried either the Agave Lip Balm or the Lip Mask from Bite Beauty? Do you have a preference? What is your fave lip balm?

Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

 

Suntegrity Vanish Organic Cleansing Oil Review

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Today I have a review of the Vanish Organic Cleansing Oil from Suntegrity that came in my April Petit Vour subscription box. In my unboxing, I initially said that this was going in my stash, but I ended up testing it out because curiosity got the best of me! [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour April 2018

Vanish away stubborn mineral sunscreen, makeup and dirt without damaging your skin’s natural protective barrier. Formulated with certified organic olive, jojoba, sunflower and camellia oils, this vegan-friendly cleanser is extra gentle on delicate skin and eye area. Antioxidant rich botanicals of rose hips and echinacea leave skin feeling supple and toned while a subtle hint of hibiscus and sweet orange invigorate your senses and transform your ordinary skin cleansing routine into an uplifting daily ritual.

Suntegrity Vanish Organic Cleansing Oil

This is a great lightweight cleansing oil. It really does remove sunscreen, and makeup without leaving the skin feeling over-cleansed or greasy. It is super gentle, yet super effective! As an added plus, it smells really nice due to the sweet orange and hibiscus oils.

Suntegrity Vanish Organic Cleansing Oil

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil*, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract*, Rosa Canina (Rosehips) Fruit Extract*, Echinacea Purpurea extract*, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Essential Oil* (cold-pressed), Hibiscus Flavor Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract* | *Certified Organic.

Suntegrity Vanish Organic Cleansing Oil

As you can see from the above ingredients, it contains a blend of skin friendly oils – olive, jojoba, sunflower, and camellia oils.

I have several facial cleansers in my stash right now, so I don’t actually need to purchase the full size at this point in time, but I’ll definitely be using this cleansing oil up on days when I feel like a need extra cleansing and don’t want to irritate my sensitive skin.

Suntegrity Vanish Organic Cleansing Oil

Do you have a fave oil cleanser?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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