Monthly Empties Part 1- March 2019

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I’ve really been trying to use things up in my stash and this month I made really good progress at finishing up quite a few products – some full sized and some sample sized. I’ll link to any reviews, and let you know if I have plan to repurchase, or not. I decided to split my empties into two parts. Part one is my bath and haircare empties.

Let’s take a look:

March 2019 Empties 1

Buck Naked Soap Company Himalayan Salt Soak – I loved this one so much, and will be buying it again the next time I’m doing a well.ca haul. This was particularly great for a post yoga soak! Original review is here.

Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave In Conditioner – This came in a Petit Vour box, and I really liked it a lot, it made my hair so soft and shiny! I have no plans to purchase right now as I’m still working my way through my haircare stash, but I think it is wishlist  worthy. Original review is here.

March 2019 Empties 2

Attitude Super Leaves Volume & Shine Conditioner – I really like this conditioner, the shampoo has a couple of uses left in it, but will probably end up in my April empties. I won’t be repurchasing right away as I just started using the ones from Oneka not too long ago, but I probably would repurchase in the future. Original review is here.

Kariderm Restorative Hair Mask – (This was a PR sample for review) I loved this mask, it worked so well for my hair and scalp. And I just found a place in my neighbourhood that stocks it, so I plan to buy myself this hair mask soon. Original review is here.

March 2019 Empties (Part 1)

I’ll have my March Empties Part Two (Skincare and Makeup) next week.

Did you finish up very much this month?

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Disclosure: This blog post contains one PR sample (identified above), the rest have been purchased by me – my opinion is my own and is based on my experience in using the products.

Shop My Stash – Bronzers for Pale Skin

Shop My Stash - Bronzers for Pale Skin

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I’ve been digging through my makeup stash and doing a bit of decluttering, and rediscovered my small bronzer stash.

Shop My Stash - Bronzers for Pale Skin

I’m super pale, so I have to really use a light hand when applying bronzer, but I have a few that actually work for my skintone once I get a tiny bit of not quite a tan, but less ghostly pale, haha!

Shop My Stash - Bronzers for Pale Skin

 

Too Faced Sweethearts Bronzer in the shades Sweet Tea (got it at Generation Beauty, Toronto 2016) – a shimmery bronzer, the lighter of the two shades works better for me. Original review is here.

Ciate Bamboo Bronzer in the shade Palm Island (Ipsy Glam bag sample) – a matte bronzer. Original review is here

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in the shade Park Avenue Princess (I’ve had this in my stash forever, I got it from Sephora a zillion years ago) – slightly shimmery, not quite matte bronzer, probably the first bronzer I’d ever tried! Original review is here.

the Balm Bronzer in the shade Bahama Mama (Ipsy Glam bag sample) – another matte bronzer, very similar to the one from Ciate. Original review is here.

Shop My Stash - Bronzers for Pale Skin

Swatches from left to right – Too Faced Sweethearts Bronzer shades Sweet Tea 1 & 2, Ciate Bamboo Bronzer in the shade Palm Island, Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in the shade Park Avenue Princess, and the Balm Bronzer in the shade Bahama Mama.

Do you have a fave bronzer?

Disclosure: All products disclosed above, none are PR samples.

Oneka Cedar & Sage Shampoo & Conditioner

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Today I’m reviewing the Cedar & Sage Shampoo & Conditioner from Oneka – they’re a Quebec (Canada) company that is organic and cruelty free.

Oneka Cedar & Sage Shampoo & Conditioner

Oneka’s all natural personal care products were created out of a respect for our water sources and the many organisms that help clean and purify it along its way. Rather than causing damage or polluting; Oneka products work WITH the elements of nature. We do this by using certified organic and wild harvested herbal extracts to nourish the hair and body without the use of sulphates, parabens, or synthetic fragrances.

Oneka Cedar & Sage Shampoo & Conditioner

Now onto the Cedar & Sage Shampoo & Conditioner:

Take a deep breath of the Boreal forest’s rich, earthy scent and enjoy our cedar and sage shampoo [and conditioner], specially formulated to help revitalize your scalp naturally. Your hair will absorb the cedar, known for its antibacterial properties, for a deep cleansing effect. The sage, known to help balance sebum production, blends with the hemlock, burdock, and nettle extracts to invigorate and stabilize. Go ahead – let the scent of the forest soothe your soul and amplify your senses.

Both the shampoo and conditioner smell amazing – I love the woody, earthy scent.

Recently my scalp has been very sensitive – probably due to the cold winter weather and  hat wearing. The shampoo makes my hair feel super clean and my scalp feels soothed and refreshed. The conditioner feels light and hydrating. My hair feels super soft after using this shampoo & conditioner duo, and my scalp is no longer feeling easily irritated.

And a lot of stores that carry Oneka have refill stations – so you can just pay for a refill instead of buying new bottles – so yay, less plastic waste to be recycled!

Oneka Cedar & Sage Shampoo & Conditioner

Below are the ingredient lists for both the shampoo and conditioner:

Shampoo Ingredients: Purified water, Calendula officinalis (organic marigold herb blend), Arctium lappa (burdock root), Salvia sclarea (clary sage), Urtica dioica (nettle leaves), Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary), Taraxacum officinale (dandelion), Equisetum arvense (horsetail), Decyl glucoside, Cocamidopropyl betaine, vegetable glycerin, Cannabis sativa (hemp seed oil), Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), guar gum, citric acid, Essential oil blend of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree), Citrus reticulata (mandarin orange), Thuja occidentalis (cedar), Tsuga Canadensis (hemlock), polyaminopropyl biguanide.

Conditioner Ingredients: Purified Water, Organic Blend of Calendula Officialis (Marigold Calendula), Arctium Lappa (Burdock Root), Salvia Sclarea (clary Sage), Urtica dioica (nettle leaves), Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary), Taraxacum officinale (dandelion), Equisetum arvense (Horsetail), Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba oil), Cannabis sativa (hemp seed oil), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Oryza sativa (rice protein), Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), Cetyl alcohol (Plant Base), Polyglyceryl-2 dipolyhydroxystearate, Essential oil blend of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree), Citrus reticulata (mandarin orange), Thuja occidentalis (cedar), Tsuga Canadensis (hemlock), polyaminopropyl biguanide.

Have you tried anything from Oneka before?

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Mini Project Pan – Serum Stash

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As you all know, I’ve been trying to work my way through my stash and use things up each month. I have a few serums that are getting a little old, and I really want to commit to finishing them up before buying anything new (and before they go off).

All four of these serums only have approximately 1/4 left, and I’m hoping to finish them up by the end of April. Let’s take a look at what I discovered hiding at the back of my skincare shelf:

The Ordinary Serums - Project Pan

The Ordinary Argireline Solution 10% – originally reviewed here. I just started using this one again about two weeks ago.

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG – originally reviewed here. Another one that I’ve been using every morning under eye creams for about two weeks.

The next two, the Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% (Vitamin C) and Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion – original reviews here and here. I set these two aside when testing out some creams that had c and retinol in their formulations, because I didn’t want to overdo it ingredient-wise to prevent irritating my sensitive skin. I’m going to alternate between these two serums in my night-time skincare routine.

The Ordinary Serums - Project Pan

I’ll be checking in with my progress in a few weeks (on or before the end of April).

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Disclosure: I paid for these serums.

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).

 

 

 

Formulary 55 Sea Mineral Foot Soak Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Sea Mineral Foot Soak from Formulary 55 that came in my February Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from Petit Vour website]

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Perfect for tired feet, this fizzing foot soak is a wonderful way to end a long day. This peppermint and eucalyptus effervescent foot soak is made with pure essential oils and Dead Sea mineral salts.

To use, fill a small wash tub with water, drop in contents of envelope (each packet contains enough for 1-2 treatments), and soak your feet in the detoxifying blend.

Formulary 55 Sea Mineral Foot Soak

It is like a fizzy bath bomb, but for the feet. I love that it has minimal ingredients. This would be perfect for someone who is on their feet all day. Very relaxing and soothing.

The peppermint and eucalyptus give it such a fresh and relaxing scent – I often mix peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils on my diffuser because I love the two combined!

Formulary 55 Sea Mineral Foot Soak

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Ground Dead Sea salts, sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, cornstarch, and essential oils.

Do you use foot soaks?

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

Four Years of Blogging – Flashback to the Beginning

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Today (March 13th) marks the four year anniversary of my very first post here on abrashattitude.com! In four years, I’ve been lucky enough to meet and interact with so many wonderful people. So once again, thank you – yes YOU! Each and every one of you who read, comment and like my blog posts!

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I’m still dealing with having sensitive skin, and I’m still choosing to buy cruelty free. The awesome thing is that more brands are choosing to become cruelty free!

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Shamanuti Seaweed Toner

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Today I have a review fo the Seaweed Toner from Shamanuti that came in my February Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

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Skin loves this delicious nutrient and mineral rich toner. It adjusts pH and refines the pores. It will nourish and hydrate the skin while removing any residual make-up or cleanser. Excellent to set makeup as well as a calming aftershave. Always carry this as a companion on long drives or airplane trips to give skin a refresher along your travels. Suitable for all skin types. 

Shamanuti Seaweed Toner

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you will know that I absolutely love facial toner / sprays, so I was super excited to see one in the February box.

 

So how is it? The toner is really fresh and gentle on the skin. I like that it is aloe based. My only complaint is that it doesn’t come out as a fine mist but more of a full on spray. I plan to pour it into another bottle that has a fine mist spray.  The Seaweed Toner has a mild and pleasant scent – I can’t identify exactly what is smells like, but it is nice.

Shamanuti Seaweed Toner

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Ascophyllum Nodosum (Organic Kelp) Extract, Aphanizomenon Flos Aquae (Organic Blue Green Algae) Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Glucolactone, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Salix nigra (Black Willowbark) Extract, Sodium Chloride (Dead Sea Salt), Glycerin, Essential Oils, Citric Acid

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

EiR NYC Tough Love Review

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Today I have a review of the Tough Love Balm from EiR NYC that came in my February Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

EiR NYC Tough Love

We all need to feel the soothing warmth of love and some of our rough and scratchy patches need it even more. The Neem oil used in the Tough Love softening salve is known to have antifungal and antiseptic properties. Improves elasticity for rough skin, feet, elbows, and cuticles that need some extra love.

EiR NYC Tough Love

I love little balms and salves, I usually have a few of them in my stash for various uses.

EiR NYC Tough Love

So how is this one?

ABSOLUTELY AWESOME! Seriously. Tough Love is a multi-purpose balm that is filled with so many beautiful healing ingredients like arnica, calendula, and neem. It works great as a cuticle balm (which I need during the winter), but it also works amazingly well on dry patches. I had a bit of a skin irritation (very likely a mild eczema or sensitivity flare-up) from using a natural deodorant with baking soda for too many consecutive days, and I applied a little bit to the irritated skin, and it helped soothe and calm my skin!

EiR NYC Tough Love

And it smells really nice without being over-scented.

I’d recommend this to anyone as long as you don’t have a sensitivity to any of the below listed ingredients:

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | *Coconut oil, *Shea Butter, Sunflower Wax, Sweet Almond Oil, *Arnica and *Calendula infused Olive Oil, Castor Wax, Vitamin E, Lavender, Palmarosa, Geranium Essential Oil Blend, Neem Oil

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