The Inkey List Bakuchiol Moisturizer Review

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I finally used up the last of my moisturizer stash, so I was able to buy a new moisturizer to try out without breaking my low buy! [info in italics taken from the B For Beauty UK  website]

The Inkey List Bakuchiol

A natural alternative to retinol, this Bakuchiol moisturiser helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Plant derived, and with antioxidant properties, this natural Retinol alternative helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and even skin tone. Formulated with the Omega-3 packed Sacha Inchi Oil and Squalane it also works to hydrate and nourish the skin.

The Inkey List Bakuchiol

Bakuchiol acts to:

  1. Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles 
  2. Even skin tone 
  3. Nourish skin 

The Inkey List Bakuchiol

Bakuchiol is a natural retinol alternative, so if actual retinol is too strong for your skin, this might be a great substitute as it has a similar wrinkle fighting properties. It is a lightweight moisturizer, but hydrating and not at all greasy. I’ve been using Bakuchiol at night for well over a month now, and I do find that it helps with fine lines.

It is super budget friendly too, at $9.99 CAD for 30 ml.

The Inkey List Bakuchiol

Ingredients: Aqua (Water/ Eau), Squalane, Glycerin, Propanediol, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil (Sacha Inchi oil), Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Bakuchiol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Caproyl Prolinate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Polysorbate 60, Phytic Acid, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Tocopherol.

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EVOLVh InstaVolume Duo Review

EVOLVh InstaVolume Cleansing Treatment & Volumizing Elixir

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Today I’m reviewing the EVOLVh InstaVolume Duo set that was sent to me from their PR team. When asked if I wanted to try it out, of course I said YES because I absolutely love this brand! The InstaVolume Duo is composed of InstaVolume Cleansing Treatment and and InstaVolume Volumizing Elixir. [info in italics taken from the EVOLVh website]

EVOLVh InstaVolume Cleansing Treatment & Volumizing Elixir

Let’s take a closer look at this two-step system, starting with the InstaVolume Cleansing Treatment:

EVOLVh InstaVolume2

Step 1 of our new Evolutionary Volume System: Voluminous, healthy, soft, & gorgeous. Always follow with Step 2, the InstaVolume Elixir spray. Dreamy voluminous hair awaits! 

The first of its kind regimen that eliminates the need for a conditioner.  This game changing cleansing treatment delivers a luxurious lather that gently and thoroughly cleanses, nourishes and detoxify’s the scalp, adds moisture and detangles, while boosting volume and absorbing unwanted oils. 

InstaVolume is powered by plant based natural ingredients including tapioca and flax, known for their unique ability to volumize hair while absorbing excess oils, and making it possible to go an extra day or even two without shampooing while still enjoying the voluminous results. 

This is a super gentle but highly effective “shampoo” type hair cleanser. It lathers surprisingly well for a sulfate free formula. It has the signature EVOLVh grapefruit scent. Because I’m so mega overdue for a trim, I do find that I need to use a bit of the SmartStart Leave-In Conditioner on my ends.

Now onto the InstaVolume Volumizing Elixir:

EVOLVh InstaVolume Volumizing Elixir

Effortless Volume with Brilliant Shine + Heat Protection & Detangling 

The magical Step 2 of our new evolutionary 2-step InstaVolume system. This multifunction magic potion detangles, add moisture and shine, removes frizz, balances pH, provides heat styling and UV protection, while boosting volume and absorbing excess oils.

Powered entirely by plant based ingredients, including flax and tapioca for stunning volume and raw lecithin for near-miraculous weightless moisture. 

This works so well to help tame my frizz, it adds volume and softness to my wavy hair. I love that it is also a heat protector spray. It also has the signature grapefruit scent.

EVOLVh InstaVolume Cleansing Treatment & Volumizing Elixir

Have you tried this set?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the very beginning, this was a PR package. However, my opinion is very much my own.

Petit Vour Unboxing + First Impressions March 2020

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My March Petit Vour box finally arrived on April 15th! 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 March 2020

I have temporarily cancelled my Petit Vour subscription, so I will not be getting the April box. I plan on re-subscribing as soon as life returns to some state of normality.

Petit Vour March 2020

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 @1.3804 my box cost me $31.75 CAD this month.

Let’s take a closer look:

Petit Vour March 2020

MO MI Beauty Styling Jelly (travel size 30ml $22 USD, full size 100ml $38 USD)

This innovative jelly stays flexible and maintains movement, allowing easy styling and a no-frizz finish. Every hair type can achieve different textures using the jelly, which blends organic hydrating olive oil and clarifying apple cider vinegar with floral and gem-essences for inner and outer balance.

Petit Vour March 2020

This sounds interesting, especially the no-frizz finish.

Alima Pure Natural Definition Eye Pencil (0.04oz / 1.14g $18 USD)

A long lasting, highly pigmented natural eyeliner pencil. Natural Definition Eye Pencil is filled with soothing natural oils, waxes, and Chamomile extract to protect the delicate eye area. This eyeliner glides on smoothly, blends beautifully, and lasts all day.

Petit Vour March 2020

Sigh. Another  eye liner. I have so many liners in my stash! Hopefully it is a good one. Thankfully it is in the shade Coffee (rich cocoa brown) and not Ink (carbon black) as I have SO MANY BLACK EYELINERS in my stash!

Inkling Scents Roll-On Perfume in Sultry (sample size 5ml $15 USD, full size 10ml $25 USD)

Wearing this smooth fragrance is the art of seduction. The base is creamy sandalwood and white amber, the heart is lotus flower, orchid and Bulgarian rose, while the top is silky vanilla. The blend is provocative, but clean. This mix is deep and rich enough to leave you with a sense of pleasure.

Petit Vour March 2020

Oooh, this sounds like a scent that I will love!

Pacifica Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic ( sample size 2 oz $5USD, full size 8oz / 236ml $12 USD)

We make it easy to be good with this simple step in cleansing that requires no water and no rinsing. Fortified coconut, calendula and grapefruit waters, this powerful tonic helps capture and lift away dirt, oil and impurities without harsh rubbing or over-drying. For all skin types

Petit Vour March 2020

Hopefully this will be a nice micellar water. I don’t like the ones that are soapy or leave a filmy feeling on the skin.

The March box is valued at $60 USD, which works out to be $82.82 CAD! I’m most excited by the Mo Mi Beauty Styling Jelly and the Inkling Scents Sultry Perfume!

Petit Vour March 2020

What do you think of this month’s box?

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Disclosure: I pay for this monthly subscription.

 

The Inkey List Polyglutamic Acid Serum Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Polyglutamic Acid Serum from The Inkey List that I recently purchased from Shoppers / Pharmaprix. [info in italics taken from the B For Beauty UK website]

The Inkey List Polyglutamic Acid1

Naturally found in the skin, Polyglutamic Acid (PGA) helps to maintain skin’s moisture levels and holds 4 times more moisture than Hyaluronic Acid. Polyglutamic Acid acts to:

  1. Form a thin, smooth and moisturising film on the skin 
  2. Reduce the appearance of fine lines 
  3. Brighten skin and evens tone 

The Inkey List Polyglutamic Acid Serum

My skin loves hyaluronic acid, so I was especially interested in trying out this serum. It feels like a cross between a HA serum and a silicone primer. I’ve been using it in conjunction with the Hexa-Peptide Serum, and they work really well together.

The Inkey List Polyglutamic Acid Serum

It is very lightweight, and my skin feels so smooth after applying. My only complaint is that this serum has an awful chemical scent (almost paint-like to my nose). Thankfully it disappears quickly, because yuck!

It works well with makeup too. Great as a primer! And it is budget friendly at $14.99 CAD for 30 ml.

The Inkey List Polyglutamic Acid Serum

Ingredients: Water (Aqua / Eau), Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Bis-PEG-12 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polysilicone-11, Phenoxyethanol, Polyglutamic Acid, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Propanediol, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Benzoate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polysorbate 80, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Decyl Glucoside, Dimethylacrylamide/Acrylic Acid/Polystyrene Ethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Sorbitan Oleate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract.

Have you tried this serum?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

The Inkey List Hexa-Peptide Serum Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Hexa-Peptide Serum from The Inkey List that I recently purchased from Shoppers / Pharmaprix. [info in italics taken from the B For Beauty UK website]

The Inkey List Hexa-Peptide

A patented peptide sequence, which helps to promote skin renewal and targets visible signs of ageing. Hepta-Peptide acts to:

  1. Reduce the appearance of crepey skin
  2. Provide an instant blurring effect
  3. Reduce the appearance of wrinkles 
  4. Reduce the appearance of fine lines 

The Inkey List Hexa-Peptide

This is a really great peptide serum, the texture is a little thick but it sinks into my skin quickly. It does help to reduce fine lines, and feels light once absorbed. It plays nicely with my other serums and moisturizers, and with my makeup as well.

It is budget friendly too at $14.99 CAD for 30 ml!

The Inkey List Hexa-Peptide

Ingredients: Water (Aqua / Eau), Polysilicone-11, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Caproyl Prolinate, Laureth-12, Benzyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carnosine, Sodium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Polysorbate 60, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citric Acid, Heptapeptide-7, Lecithin, Potassium Sorbate, Propanediol, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Sorbitan Isostearate.

The Inkey List Hexa-Peptide

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Empties March 2020

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Today I have my monthly empties post for you. I didn’t finish up as much as I had hoped, but progress is progress when it comes to using up the things in my stash and not wasting them! I’ll include links to my original reviews and let you know if I would want to re-purchase either right away or eventually.

Haircare:

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EVOLVh UltraRepair Reconstructing Masque – This was a PR sample. I loved this hair mask so much, and it is on my wishlist to buy the full size as soon as I use up another mask in my stash. Review is here.

Rahua Classic Shampoo & Conditioner – These were from my Petit Vour subscription. I liked them a lot. I’d like to try more from this brand – maybe for wavy/curly or dry hair. Review is here.

Cake Beauty The Posh Wash and The Soft Serve – These smell so good, and work well with my hair, so I’m sure I’ll eventually buy them again. Review is here.

Skincare and Makeup:

Empties March 2020 - Skincare and Makeup with Moor Spa, Sothys, Essence, Eyes of Horus

Moor Spa Supreme Cream – This was a PR sample. I mainly uses this cream at night, as I prefer something a little lighter in the day time if I’m wearing makeup. I have a few moisturizers in my stash to use up, so no need to even think about purchasing a full size. Review is here.

Sothys Hydra3Ha Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Youth Cream – Another PR sample. This one was great for day or night use. I always need a little hydration boost in the fall and winter months so this worked well for me. I have a few moisturizers in my stash to use up, so no need to even think about purchasing a replacement. Review is here.

Essence Lash Princess Waterproof Mascara – I really liked this mascara, and gave it a score of 6.75 out of 7. I  would definitely re-purchase this one. Review is here.

Eye Of Horus Brow Define – Another Petit Vour box product. This was my very first micro brow pencil. I’ve since purchased one from Essence to try out, but would love to get this one eventually. Review is here.

Essence Make Me Brow Tinted Brow Mascara – I’ve already purchased a new one, it is that good! Reviews are here and here.

So there you have it! Were you able to finish up much this month?

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Disclosure: Post contains a mix of products – all PR samples identified, the rest have been paid for by me.

Essence All Eyes On Me Waterproof Mascara Review

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Today I have a review of the All Eyes On Me Waterproof Mascara from Essence Cosmetics. [info in italics taken from the Essence website]

All eyes on you! The essence all eyes on me waterproof mascara provides your lashes with extra volume,  length and a breathtaking curve. The volumizing wand covers each individual lash and offers ideal separation.  Paraben Free. No Animal Testing

Essence All Eyes on Me Waterproof Mascara

You all know that I am mega picky about mascara. I have long, super stick-straight lashes that are quite light in colour considering my natural hair colour is dark brown. I always use a lash curler before applying mascara. My eyes are sensitive, and water easily so any mascara that I use must be smudge proof, and water-resistant (ideally waterproof).

I have seven requirements for a mascara, and I’ll comment on each requirement and score each point. So how did the All Eyes on Me Waterproof Mascara measure up?

Essence All Eyes on Me Waterproof Mascara

1. waterproof / water resistant +1

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

5. volumizing +1/2

6. must hold a curl +1/4

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes +1

Essence All Eyes on Me Waterproof Mascara

The brush shape is really great for getting the lashes at the inner and outer eye corners.

Overall I would give this mascara a 5.75 out of 7. I wish that it had better volume and held a curl better. The lengthening is really nice, but my lashes are quite long naturally so it isn’t a must have for me. I like it, but it isn’t a holy grail for me.

Have you tried this mascara, did you like it?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

Essence Micro Precise Eyebrow Pencil & Make Me Brow Reviews

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Today I have a review of the Micro Precise Eyebrow Pencil & Make Me Brow Gel Mascara. I’ve reviewed the Make Me Brow Gel Mascara previously here, so the review will be more focussed on the micro brow pencil, but I also want to talk about how the brow gel works with it. [info in italics taken from the Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix website]

Essence Micro Precise Brow Pencil and Make Me Brow Tinted Brow Mascara

Brow Precision! essence Micro Precise Eyebrow Pencil super long-lasting formula gives you controlled application for perfectly defined, natural eyebrows. The creamy matte texture lets you draw fine hair-like lines and fill in small gaps with ease. •Super long-lasting •Paraben Free •No Animal Testing

The Micro Precise Eyebrow Pencil is available in three shades: blonde, brown and dark brown. I bought dark brown. I didn’t know that I needed a micro brow pencil until I tried one earlier this year. If you have thin brows, a micro brow pencil allows you to more precisely fill in any sparse areas in your brows. The shade is perfect for me, and it is long wearing and fairly smudge resistant.

Essence Micro Precise Brow Pencil and Make Me Brow Tinted Brow Mascara

Proud Brows! This NEW tinted gel formula contains tiny fibers that fills in gaps to create fuller, more defined eyebrows. The perfectly sized fiber brush shapes and tames to brow perfection.

Make Me Brow is available in three shades as well: blondy brows, soft browny brows and browny brows. I chose browny brows, the same shade that I had before. I’ve really been loving how much fuller my brows look when I combine a brow pencil with a tined brow gel. It just helps fatten them up, but makes them look natural.

Essence Micro Precise Brow Pencil and Make Me Brow Tinted Brow Mascara

Both the Micro Precise Eyebrow Pencil and the Make Me Brow Tinted Brow Gel compliment each other perfectly in my opinion. And both are super budget friendly, coming in at less that $5 CAD each!

Have you tried either of these brow products?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, I purchased these things!

Essence Lips Go Wow! Plumping Lipgloss Review

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Today I have a short little review of the Lips Go Wow! Plumping Lipgloss from Essence Cosmetics that I purchased recently. [info in italics taken from the Shoppers / Pharmaprix website]

Essence Lips Go Wow Plumping Lipgloss

The lipglosses with a high-shine finish provide the lips with a visible plumping effect. The transparent gloss contains menthol for a cooling sensation, while the red gloss heats up the lips with a prickling warming effect.

Essence Lips Go Wow Plumping Lipgloss

I got the clear gloss. It isn’t a sticky feeling gloss, thankfully. It feels cooling and mildly tingly on my lips. The plumping is not mega pronounced, but I can see a difference when I apply it.

Essence Lips Go Wow Plumping Lipgloss

All in all I think it is an ok lip plumper, but an excellent lip gloss – and I’m not a big fan of lip glosses generally.

Have you tried this one?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, I purchased this!