Nyx Machinist Ignite Palette Review

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Nyx Machinist Palette - Ignite

A few days ago, I reviewed two of the Ignite Lip Products from the recently launched Machinist Collection (inspired by Steampunk) and today I’m swatching and reviewing the Nyx Ignite Eyeshadow Palette from the collection. There are three palettes in the Machinist Collection – Grind, Steam and Ignite [info in italics taken from the Nyx Canada website]

Nyx Machinist Palette - Ignite

I don’t buy eyeshadow palettes very often because I have a fairly large collection of single shadows, but this palette had some shades that I didn’t already own.

Nyx Machinist Palette - Ignite

Kick your look into high gear with our limited-edition Machinist Shadow Palette. Available in three steampunk-inspired color combos, the Grind, Steam and Ignite collections all include 12 highly pigmented tones that breathe new life into this retro-futuristic fantasy. Mix and match each amaze assortment of cool and warm metals with bold mattes to create an amped up effect. From grungy romantic to vintage beauty, all you need is a spark of inspiration to make the mood your own.

Now onto the swatches, and my thoughts on each (faves will be marked with *). The shades do not have names, only numbers – so I’ll do them in order.

First row – shades 1 through 4:

Nyx Machinist Palette - Ignite

Shade 1 – matte.  I had to swatch this light cream shade heavily to make it visible on my pale skin. This one is great as a base shadow, or a browbone highlight.

Shade 2* – metallic. I love this taupe shade, been wearing it a lot! It looks even nicer on the eye than it does in the swatch.

Shade 3* – metallic. I have similar copper toned shades in my collection, but I really like this one as well. Copper tones work really well with my blue eyes.

Shade 4* – matte. This was one of the shades that drew me into this palette as I don’t own a similar shade. Love love love this one!

Second row, shades 5 through 8:

Nyx Machinist Palette - Ignite

Shade 5 – metallic. This shade is a letdown, it is such a pretty bronze shade in the palette, but applies horribly (even with primer).

Shade 6 – matte. I have similar shades in my collection, but it applies nicely.

Shade 7* – matte. This is one of the shades that drew me to the palette. I love this one in the crease.

Shade 8* – metallic. This was another one of the shades that drew me to the palette as I don’t already own a dupe for it.

Third row, shades 9 through 12:

Nyx Machinist Palette - Ignite

Shade 9* – matte. I love this shade a lot. I don’t already have a similar shade in my collection. I love this one as a crease shade!

Shade 10* – matte. Another great shade, I like this one for my outer corner or as a liner. I need to play with this shade more.

Shade 11 – metallic. This metallic shade takes a little extra time to make it work. It swatches more brown in tone that it looks in the pan.

Shade 12 – metallic. This is similar to many shades in my collection, I know I’ll use it.

Nyx Machinist Palette - Ignite

Overall: The matte shades are all great, but the metallic shades are hit and miss. Some are good (shades 2, 3 and 8), some are just ok (shades 11 and 12), and one is terrible (shade 5).

Since I started writing this review a few days ago, I have discovered that the metallic shades are a lot more workable if you use a wet brush application. This is not something that I would do for an every day look, but would take the extra time if I was doing a full on glam look.

What do you think of this palette? Have you tried the other two (Grind and Steam) from the Machinist Collection?

Nyx is cruelty free, but their parent company is not.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this.

 

Nyx Machinist Collection – The Lip Products Reviews

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Today I’m reviewing two of the lip products from Nyx’s recent Machinist Collection (inspired by Steampunk). The Machinist Collection has three themes: Grind, Steam and Ignite. There are two lip products for each of the three themes – the Machinist Lipstick and the Machinist Lip Lacquer. I purchased both in the Ignite shades. [info in italics taken from the Nyx Canada website]

The Lipstick:

Nyx Machinist Lipstick in Ignite

Stud those lips in shimmery color using our limited-edition Machinist Lipstick. This comfortably creamy formula is loaded with ultra-fine pearls that add over-the-top luster to your pout. Available in honey bronze, copper and bronze—representing the Grind, Steam and Ignite facets of our Machinist collection, respectively—these high-coverage lippies are the perf accessories. 

Nyx Machinist Lipstick in Ignite

The Ignite shade of the Lipstick is a dark, vampy, metallic bronze shade. In the tube it looks like it would be more wine toned, but on me it pulls more brown. I do find it a little on the drying side, not terribly so – comparable to a mildly drying matte lipstick. I find that most metallic lipstick shades feel like when I wear them.

Nyx Machinist Lipstick in Ignite

The Lip Lacquer:

Nyx Machinist Lip Lacquer in Ignite

Go full steam ahead with Machinist Lip Lacquer. This limited-edition lippie is the Slip Tease Full Color Lip Lacquer you know and love—now in steampunk-inspired shades! Available in wine (Grind), blue (Steam) and nude (Ignite), each grungy tone adds a glossy touch to the Grind, Steam and Ignite facets of our Machinist collection. This perfectly plush lippie goes on silky-smooth and provides full coverage.

Nyx Machinist Lip Lacquer in Ignite

The Ignite shade of the Lip Lacquer is a very wearable nude shade that is super comfortable on the lips – and surprisingly long wearing for a glossy finish liquid lipstick. I’ve been wearing this one a LOT lately!

*In the photo below I’ve swatched the Lip Lacquer rather thick to show the colour*

Nyx Machinist Lip Lacquer in Ignite

I’ve also been testing out one of the Machinist Palettes – swatches and review to follow in a few days.

Have you tried anything from the Machinist Collection?

Nyx is cruelty free, however their parent company is not.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased these things.

 

 

Pacifica Quinoa Sensitive Super Gentle Face Wash Review

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Today I have a review of the Quinoa Sensitive Super Gentle Face Wash from Pacifica that I recently purchased from well.ca. [info in italics taken from the Pacifica website]

Pacifica Quinoa Sensitive Super Gentle Face Wash

Fortified with quinoa, sunflower seed oil and calendula, this foaming wash helps you get rid of the junk that blocks your beauty from radiating. Perfect foaming action helps gently lift dirt and debris to the surface so you can cleanse, remove dirt, makeup and even pollutants while helping balance. Calendula and aloe are great for even the most sensitive skin types.

Pacifica Quinoa Sensitive Super Gentle Face Wash

This cleanser is so gentle, and you only need the smallest amount – it foams up amazingly well! This is perfect for the most sensitive skins (unless you have an allergy or intolerance to one of the ingredients).

It works really well to remove makeup (except for waterproof mascara), and rinses clean without leaving my skin feeling dry or irritated. It works really well to calm the skin.

Pacifica Quinoa Sensitive Super Gentle Face Wash

Ingredients: aqua, glycerin, sodium cocoyl glutamate, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, gluconolactone (corn), cetearyl glucoside, capric/caprylic/triglycerides, water, glycerine, caprylyl glycol, propanediol, glyceryl undecylenate, sucrose stearate, decyl glucoside, oryza sativa (rice) extract, glyceryl caprylate, bioflavanoids, potassium sorbate, parfum (natural), chenopodium quinoa seed extract, calendula officinalis flower extract.

This product is cruelty free and vegan (yay!). Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this.

Mai Couture Bamboo Charcoal Blotting Paper Review

Mai Couture Bamboo Charcoal Blotting Sheets

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Today I have a review of the Bamboo Charcoal Blotting Paper from Mai Couture that came in my October Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken form Petit Vour website]

Mai Couture Bamboo Charcoal Blotting Sheets

Help absorb skin impurities and toxins with Mai Couture’s Bamboo Charcoal Blotting Papier. Effective at drawing out pollutants, bamboo charcoal absorbs bacteria, toxins, and micro-particles from the skin. Contains 60 tear-away sheets. 

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Bleached Kraft Softwood Pulp, Hemp Pulp, Calcium Carbonate, Bamboo Charcoal

Mai Couture Bamboo Charcoal Blotting Sheets

These are probably geared more towards oily skin types, but my nose tends to get a little shiny sometimes, so I’ve been stashing this pack of blotting paper in my bag for days when I have meetings all day for a quick touch-up.

Mai Couture Bamboo Charcoal Blotting Sheets

I don’t know how much detoxing these sheets will actually do, but they do absorb excess oil and shine without disturbing my makeup.

Do you use blotting paper?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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

 

 

Formulary 55 Rosehip & Clay Facial Mask Review

Formulary 55 Rosehip & Clay Facial Mask

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Today I’m reviewing the Rosehip & Clay Facial Mask from Formulary 55 that came in my October Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Formulary 55 Rosehip & Clay Facial Mask

Detoxify and soften naturally with this gentle pink clay facial mask. This blend will draw out toxins without over drying the skin. Suitable for all skin types.

Formulary 55 Rosehip & Clay Facial Mask

This facial mask has minimal ingredients, making it a good option for sensitive and other skin types – unless you have an allergy or sensitivity to one of the ingredients.

Formulary 55 Rosehip & Clay Facial Mask

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | French white and pink clay, rosehip powder, ground comfrey root, and organic rose geranium essential oil

Formulary 55 Rosehip & Clay Facial Mask

I am a huge fan of facial masks, I love that this one is in powder form as it means less packaging. Another benefit to a powder formulation is that it gives you the choice of what type of liquid to add to the powder to mix with your mask.

This mask performs similarly to most clay based masks, it feels tight as it dries – but my skin felt so clean, and not at all irritated or dried out after removing. All in all, I think that this is a great facial mask.

Do you like clay based facial masks?

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

Kani Botanicals Prismatic Highlighter Review

Kani Botanicals Rose Quartz Prismatic HIghlighter

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Today I have a review of the Prismatic Highlighter from Kani Botanicals that came in my October Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Kani Botanicals Rose Quartz Prismatic HIghlighter

A lightweight, glowy highlighter balm that leaves a natural, radiant glow. Formulated with nourishing ingredients, it creates a subtle, radiant sheen. 

Kani Botanicals Rose Quartz Prismatic HIghlighter

The Prismatic Highlighter is available in two shades, Rose Quartz (a cool toned pink) and Moonstone (light gold). I received the shade Rose Quartz.

This highlighter is great if you love more natural looking, glowy highlights. It is not super glittery, and it blends out really well. I’ve been using it a lot as an inner corner highlight, as well as a cheekbone highlight. The swatch below is without any blending:

Kani Botanicals Rose Quartz Prismatic HIghlighter

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Mica, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, *Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, *Butyrosepermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopherol (non-GMO Vitamin E), *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Silica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77019), / Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Quartz. | *Certified Organic Ingredients. 

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I pay for my Petit Vour subscription box.

Empties – October 2018

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Today I have all of the things that I’ve managed to finish up for the month of October. I’m pretty happy with the progress that I’ve made in clearing out my stash this month. There are a few that weren’t quite finished, so they’ll likely be in next month’s empties.

Let’s take a look. I’ll include links to any previously reviewed products, and whether or not I’ve re-purchased (or if I plan to re-purchase in the future).

Haircare:

Empties October 2018

DevaCurl Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask  – I absolutely loved this hair mask. I’m currently using up other hair masks, but this one is definitely on my wish list. Review is here.

Hask Argan Dry Shampoo – This was a good dry shampoo, it made my hair feel clean without that gross feeling that some dry shampoos have. I do prefer the Chia Seed Volumizing Dry Shampoo, so I purchased that one instead. Reviews are here and here.

Evolvh UltraShine Shampoo + Conditioner – I really liked this shampoo and conditioner sample set, but the full sizes are a little on the spendy side (and I have others in my stash to use up), so for now they are a wishlist item. Review is here.

Makeup:

Empties October 2018

The Ordinary Serum Foundation (shade 1.2P) – This was a nice foundation, it worked well for my skin and coverage preferences.  I have another one in my stash (shade 1.1N), as well as two other foundations to use up so I won’t be repurchasing. Review is here.

Wet N Wild Photofocus Pressed Powder – I finally finished this pressed powder! I really like this one a lot, but have two other powders to use up, but would purchase again in the future. Review is here.

Skincare:

Empties October 2018

Derma E Firming DMAE Moisturizer – This made my skin feel great, but I really didn’t like the scent – very weirdly medicinal. I won’t repurchase this one, but wouldn’t mind trying some of the others from this line. Review is here.

The Ordinary 100% Plant Based Squalane – I love facial oils. And I have quite a collection of awesome ones, so I definitely won’t need to re-purchase. Review is here.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution – My skin really liked this toner at first, but after awhile it began to sting when I used it. Because of this, I’m reluctant to re-purchase. Review is here.

Odacité Black Mint Cleanser – I really liked this cleanser a lot, it was so fresh feeling! I wouldn’t mind buying a full size version once I finish up a few cleansers in my stash – so onto the wishlist it goes. Review is here.

Niu Body Piña Colada Sugar Lip Polish – This was tough for me to finish even though it is a really amazing lip scrub because of my aversion to coconut scents. If you love coconut scents, then this one is for you! Review is here. I’m currently using a minty one from Sudsatorium that is all kinds of awesome!

Did you finish up a lot this month?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: All products purchased by me!

Petit Vour Unboxing & First Impressions October 2018

Petit Vour October 2018

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My October Petit Vour box arrived last week, but since I already had blog posts scheduled, it had to wait until today. If you follow me on InstaGram, you will have seen my unboxing. Here on the blog, you will get the unboxing AND my first impressions. Full reviews to follow once I’ve had a chance to test things out. [all info in italics is taken from the Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour October 2018

Petit Vour is a cruelty-free and vegan monthly subscription box with four (occasionally five) products. Petit Vour October 2018

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 (@ 1.326) my box cost me $30.50 CAD this month.

Petit Vour October 2018

Let’s take a closer look inside to see what I got this month:

Goldfaden MD Bright Eyes sample size $18 USD, full size 0.5 oz / 15 ml $55 USD

Petit Vour October 2018

Dr. Goldfaden’s advanced, ultra-light brightening eye cream reduces the appearance of under eye darkness, puffiness, and fine lines for a more luminous and youthful glow. Soy Peptide, Rice Bran Extract, Organic Red Tea, and Arnica work together to deliver de-puffing and brightening properties while ensuring the eye area has a luminous and youthful-looking appearance. Perfect for all skin types.

  • Visibly brightens eye area
  • Reduces the appearance of under eye puffiness and fatigue
  • May minimize the appearance of unwanted lines

My eyes prone to dark circles and puffiness due to seasonal allergies and occasional insomnia so anything that claims to help, I’m willing to try once I do a patch test.

When I went to do my patch test, I found that the pump was defective and no product came out no matter how much I pressed the pump. Thankfully the Petit Vour Customer Service is really awesome, and they’re sending me a replacement. The review might be a little delayed as it probably won’t arrive for at least a week or so.

Kani Botanicals Prismatic Highlighter Balm full size $28

Petit Vour October 2018

A lightweight, glowy highlighter balm that leaves a natural, radiant glow. Formulated with nourishing ingredients, it creates a subtle, radiant sheen. 

I received the shade Rose Quartz (cool pink), it is also available in Moonstone (light gold). This looks really pretty, and not at all glittery. I can’t wait to try this out.

MAI Couture Bamboo Charcoal Blotting Paper full size $10 for 60 sheets

Petit Vour October 2018

Help absorb skin impurities and toxins with Mai Couture’s Bamboo Charcoal Blotting Papier. Effective at drawing out pollutants, bamboo charcoal absorbs bacteria, toxins, and micro-particles from the skin.

I haven’t owned blotting paper in a long time, but these ones sound great. I’ll probably keep them in my work bag for on the go touch-ups.

Formulary 55 Rosehip & Clay Facial Mask full size $8 for 0.75 oz package

Petit Vour October 2018

Detoxify and soften naturally with this gentle pink clay facial mask. This blend will draw out toxins without over drying the skin. Suitable for all skin types.

I love facial masks, and I plan on trying this out on the weekend if my patch test is ok. The joys of sensitive skin – but better safe than sorry!

Petit Vour October 2018

Overall I think that the October box was good – I’m most excited by the eye cream and the highlighting balm. Reviews to follow once I’ve had a chance to test everything out!

Total value of this month’s box – $64 USD / $84.86 CAD!

Disclosure: I pay for this monthly subscription box.

Wise Men’s Care Reviews

Wise Men's Care

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If you follow me on InstaGram, you will have seen me unboxing a package from Montreal based Wise Men’s Care (& Tök Communications).

Wise Men's Care

Although the line is marketed for men, I tested everything out myself, and I got the Mister to try things out as well. [info in italics taken from the Wise Men’s Care website]

Wise caters to a new generation of conscious consumer; those who want thoughtful, carefully-sourced, and natural personal care products down to the last ingredient and packaging detail. 
Artificial fragrances and colors, MEA, DEA or TEA, parabens, phthalates, and sulfates will never be found in our products.  Natural, healthy and cruelty-free ingredients will always be the core of our products. 

Wise Men's Care

In the box there were several items – Birch Bark Daily Shampoo, Glacier Clay Pomade, Sea Kelp Soap, and a Neem Wood Comb. The packaging is eco-conscious and recyclable.

Wise Men's Care

Onto the review! Starting with the Birch Bark Daily Shampoo – I love that they included a 100 ml travel size ($20 CAD) and a 475 ml refill pouch ($34 CAD).

Wise Men's Care Birch Bark Daily Shampoo

White Birch Bark extract is a sustainable botanical extract found in the Canadian Boreal forest and renowned for its high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants. Less foamy and artificial than most shampoos, the unique array of essential oils found in this shampoo offer both aromatherapy and an exceptional cleansing experience. You will also enjoy active ingredients known to help encourage healthy and revitalized hair.

Other key ingredients include eucalyptus extract, keratin; cedarwood, clary sage, rosemary and geranium leaf essential oils.

Wise Men's Care Birch Bark Daily Shampoo

This shampoo doesn’t lather super well, but manages to deep clean regardless. It is super gentle, and leaves my hair feeling soft and clean. And it smells amazing – very earthy and woody. I love the essential oil blend that they used for this shampoo!

Next is the Glacier Clay Pomade in a 60 ml reusable glass container ($32 CAD) – the Mister shaves his head so he just doesn’t have enough hair to test out the pomade.

Wise Men's Care Glacier Clay Pomade

This pomade is made with hand-picked organic glacial marine clay from northern British Columbia, an ingredient renowned for its abundance of beneficial minerals. Great for any hair type, it features a medium yet natural hold with a matte finish and a fresh and earthy scent from north-western Canada. Unlike most styling products, the ingredients of this Glacial Clay pomade can help to promote healthy hair by moisturizing, nourishing and protecting throughout the day. Other key ingredients include shea & cacao butter, coconut oil; sandalwood, clary sage and vetiver grass essential oils.

Wise Men's Care Glacier Clay Pomade

Pomades are probably better suited for shorter hair, but that didn’t stop me from trying it in my collarbone length hair. It is a little stiff to work with at first, but the heat of your hands makes it easier to work with. It also has an earthy scent, but at the same time, it smells like a clay facial mask. It gives the hair a natural feel without being crunchy or dry to the touch.

Next is the Sea Kelp Soap $12 CAD:

Wise Men's Care Sea Kelp Soap

Sea Kelp extract is a sustainable botanical ingredient harvested off the coast of the Canadian Maritimes and is known for its high concentration of iodine, minerals and anti-oxidants. Great for any skin type, this soap offers a gentle yet effective cleansing experience and a fresh, vegetal and oceanic scent reminiscent of the Canadian Atlantic waters.

  • Hand-made in Québec by cold-processed saponification 
  • 100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free
  • Free of palm oil and its chemically modified derivatives

The ingredients of this Sea Kelp Soap can help promote healthy skin by moisturizing, de-toxifying and nourishing your skin. Other key ingredients include shea butter, olive and canola oil; petit grain, black pepper, bergamot and vetiver essential oils.

Wise Men's Care Sea Kelp Soap

This is a really great natural soap. It lathers well and like everything tested in this package from Wise Men’s Care, it smells so good – very clean and earthy. We both really loved this soap!

Neem Wood Comb $15 CAD – I was really happy to see such a beautiful wood comb.

Wise Men's Care Neem Wood Comb

Neem has been used for millennia for it’s anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal  properties, just to name a few. For combs, using the wood from the neem tree is a great alternative to regular plastic or metal materials, who’s sharp edges, static electricity generation and toxic residue can damage your scalp, hair and health in general. The soft teeth of our neem wood comb massage your scalp and the wood’s many properties can help reduce dandruff and other scalp-related issues.

I didn’t realize that the Neem Wood Comb would help with scalp health – this is awesome! I always use a comb to detangle my hair after washing it, so this will get a ton of use by me.

You can buy all of the products separately, and they also have a few gift bundles ranging from $52 to $165 CAD.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: PR samples, however my opinion is always my own.