Weekly Recap Nov 20th to 26th

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Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out and want to catch up…

Monday, Nov 20th – Kani Botanicals Moon Milk Review

Wednesday, Nov 22nd – Plant Apothecary Get Happy Bodywash Review

Friday, Nov 24th – Poetic Blend The Ghost Oil Review

This coming week, I will only be posting on Tuesday and Thursday instead of my usual Monday, Wednesday and Friday schedule. I’ll still be reading and commenting daily as usual.

By the way, the Kani Moon Milk works great as a hair oil! My hair was soft and under control. And no one commented that my hair looked like a disco ball.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: All are from my Petit Vour subscription that I pay for.

Poetic Blend The Ghost Oil Review

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Today I have a review of The Ghost Oil from Poetic Blend that came in my October box from Petit Vour [info in italics from the Petit Vour website]

Poetic Blend The Ghost Oil

As the quintessential daily moisturizer made with a beautifying blend of incredibly fast absorbing and highly nutritive oils, this uniquely formulated creation is supremely lightweight, ultra nourishing and vanishes deep within – leaving behind nothing but silky smooth and hydrated skin. The Ghost oil vanishes deep within the skin without leaving a trace.

Poetic Blend The Ghost Oil

The Ghost Oil is super lightweight and really does absorb quickly into the skin. And as an added bonus, it has no real scent. I’ve been adding a few drops into my moisturizer to give my skin an extra hydration boost in the mornings and on its own (after various serums) at night. I really like this facial oil!

It is a multi use oil:  used on its own or added to moisturizer, used as a makeup remover and facial cleansing oil, used as a nail and cuticle oil, used for dry patches, used as a hair oil, used as a shaving oil, and as a massage oil! I love multi-purpose products.

Poetic Blend The Ghost Oil

The Ghost Oil contains just five ingredients:

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Squalane oil, Coconut fractionated oil, Camellia flower oil, Safflower oil and Apricot Kernel seed oil. *Certified Organic

The full size bottle (30ml) costs $50 USD on the Petit Vour website.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

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

 

 

 

Plant Apothecary Get Happy Bodywash Review

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Today I have a review of the Get Happy Bodywash from Plant Apothecary that came in my October box from Petit Vour [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Plant Apothecary Get Happy Bodywash

The GET HAPPY Organic Bodywash is enriched with organic essential oils of geranium and peppermint, which are known for their uplifting properties. Take a sniff and lather up to boost your mood and make it a happy day! The all-natural, honeylike gel is made of only eight simple ingredients, and is completely free of parabens, SLS, petroleum, silicones and harsh, mysterious chemicals. And its gentle, low-sudsing formula is gentle on even sensitive skin.

Plant Apothecary Get Happy Bodywash

This bodywash smells so amazing and uplifting. It reminds me of the Buff Face and Body Scrub from Wildcraft that I absolutely love (review is here). This is a really lovely and gentle bodywash. Definitely a great one for those dark and cold mornings when you need a little extra oomph to get going!

Plant Apothecary Get Happy Bodywash

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Potassium Cocoate (Coconut Oil Soap),* Potassium Olivate (Olive Oil Soap),* Potassium Jojobate (Jojoba Oil Soap),* Glycerine (vegetable), Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum,* Aloe Barbadensis Leaf,* Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil,* Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil.* | *Certified Organic. 

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I love that this bodywash has minimal ingredients, and that they are all organic.

The full size bottle is listed at $20 USD for 9.5oz (281ml), and the sample size listed at $7 USD for 2.3oz (70ml).

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

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

Kani Botanicals Moon Milk Review

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Today I have a review of the Moon Milk Shimmering Body Oil from Kani Botanicals that came in my October Petit Vour subscription box [info in italics is taken from the Petit Vour website].

Kani Moon Milk

This silky and lightweight oil illuminates with shimmers of gold to complement every complexion. Infused with a bouquet of natural and organic ingredients, this beauty oil protects and moisturizes dry skin leaving you radiantly glowing. It’s captivating scent wraps a bouquet of jasmine blossom and velvety tuberose.

Kani Moon Milk

Jasmine scents are not usually a favourite of mine. It is probably my second most hated scent. That being said, for some reason I actually like the scent of this body oil. I guess that the Tuberose somehow makes the jasmine work for my nose.

Kani Moon Milk

This is a nice body oil, it absorbs quickly into the skin and isn’t greasy feeling, and it smells lovely, but it is too glittery for my liking. Kani Moon Milk

I will use it up though, because I love the scent and how it feels on my skin so I’ll probably have glittery legs this winter, haha!

Kani Moon Milk

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | *Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil,  *Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mica, Iron Oxides, Jasmine Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Polyanthus Tuberose (Tuberose) Oil, Non-GMO Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Silica | *Certified Organic

 

Do you have a favourite body oil?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I pay for my monthly Petit Vour subscription.

Weekly Recap Nov 13th to 19th

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Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out and want to catch up…

Monday, November 13th – Easy Home Whitening for Sensitive Teeth with Smile Brilliant (and Giveaway) *PR sample, promo code and giveaway link*

Wednesday, November 15th – The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% Review

Friday, November 17th – Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme Facial Masque Review

Things and stuff:

It is a snowy and wet Sunday morning here in Montreal. I’m so not ready for winter!

I made a Thai inspired soup this morning in my InstantPot and my entire place smells like lemongrass and ginger. Yuuuuuuum!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: All products disclosed in original reviews. My opinion is always my own whether the post involves a PR sample or something that I paid for myself.

Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Review

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Today I have a review of the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask from Shamanuti that I received in my October Petit Vour subscription box. I’ve had a chance to try this several times now, and feel ready to let you know what I think. [all info in italics is from the Petit Vour website]

Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme Masque

WHAT IT IS:
A pumpkin facial masque, rich with nutrients

WHAT IT DOES:
• Transforms dull complexions into brighter, healthier skin
• Rejuvenates skin while preserving its natural, protective mantle

This Pumpkin Masque is rich in natural antioxidants, enzymes and over 100 beneficial nutrients, which increase the rate of cell renewal, transforming dull complexions to bright and healthy skin. Comparable to the effects of alpha hydroxyl acids, this organic face masque rejuvenates skin while preserving its natural protective mantle.

Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme Masque

I’ve tested out and reviewed a few pumpkin based facial masks previously – the Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask from Anadalou Naturals (review is here) and the Incredible Pumpkin Peel from MyChelle Dermaceuticals (here), so I was excited to try this one out.

Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme Masque

Masks have acids or enzymes in them usually tingle when applied – and this one does tingle a bit. For me, it is within the tolerable range, and not in the danger zone of face melting. If you have sensitive skin or sensitivity to acids / enzyme based products ALWAYS DO A PATCH TEST before trying on your face. Trust me on this one.

Your skin will glow after using this mask. And it looks and smells like pumpkin pie filling – which I love! My skin does not feel dry or stripped after using.

Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme Masque

I only have one complaint about this mask – the pump in the sample size clogs easily due to the thickness / texture of the mask which is annoying. So I just take the pump off and use it to scoop the mask out of the bottle. The packaging for the full size looks similar to the sample size, so it might be an issue.

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Cucurbita pepo (Pumpkin), Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharinum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, Aqua (Water), Vegetable Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate, Glucolactone, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Oil, Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide Gum), Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Bark, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Powder, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Powder, Pimenta Officinalis (Allspice) Powder, Rosmarinus Officnalis (Rosemary Oleoresin), Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Oil

The full size is listed on the Petit Vour website at $42 USD for 4 fluid ounces.

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

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% Review

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Today I have a review of the Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% from The Ordinary. So what is Ascorbyl Glucoside? [info in italics taken from The Ordinary website]

Ascorbyl Glucoside is a water-soluble derivative of Vitamin C. It is much more stable in water but it is less potent than direct L-Ascorbic Acid. Being more compatible with water allows for a very pleasant serum texture. It is considered a gold standard of Vitamin C derivatives due to its high stability and comfortable use, but it’s impossible to achieve extremely high L-Ascorbic Acid potency with this solution. Aside from the general benefits of pure Vitamin C, Ascorbyl Glucoside has been shown to offer specific skin brightening benefits.

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%

I’ve tested out several different Vitamin C serums over the past two and a half years – and most recently, the Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres from The Ordinary. My skin never adjusted to it, and always did that sting-tingle upon application (review is here).

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%

After reading through The Ordinary’s Guide to Vitamin C, I decided to try out the Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% – it was described as having a high potency of Vitamin C but with a low chance of stinging, and in a more serum like formulation.

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%

The Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution has no real scent and absorbs quickly into my skin with absolutely no stinging or tingling. And it doesn’t leave a tacky feeling on the skin when dry.

This one works way better with my sensitive skin and helps keep my looking bright and seems to work well with the other products the I’m currently using. I’ll soon have my cold weather skin routine to share with you, once I finish testing out a few more products.

It is slightly more expensive than the Vitamin C Suspension ($5.80 CAD) but it is still quite affordable at $12.90 CAD for 30ml (1 fluid oz).

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

Easy Home Whitening for Sensitive Teeth with Smile Brilliant


How to Whiten Your Teeth

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I was contacted by the online marketing team from Smile Brilliant to see if I was interested in testing out their customized at-home teeth whitening system in exchange for my honest review, which I was because I drink coffee, tea (and red wine in the colder months) – all of which can cause tooth staining.

I’ve tried dental whitening strips in the past, and found them to be uncomfortable and annoying to use because they kept sliding off, irritated my gums and did not whiten evenly. At the dentist whitening is out of my price range at $500+.

After being asked a few questions about my teeth (dental health, sensitivity etc) my Smile Brilliant Kit arrived in the mail.

The Kit:
Smile Brilliant
My Smile Brilliant kit arrived and in it are the things you need to make your dental
impressions (for a custom dental tray), and syringes of the whitening and  desensitizing gels. As well, there is a mailer to send your dental impression back to the lab.
[If you are in the US, you will receive a postage paid return envelope, if you are outside of the US, you have to pay your return postage. That being said, the postage for the kit and the custom trays is free for domestic shipping and is $29 for international shipping.]
Making the dental impressions:
Not going to lie, I was initially scared removing the dental impression trays, for two
seconds I was sure that my teeth were going to come out with it. Totally didn’t happen. It is actually quite easy to do – and the kit comes with step by step instructions. Once the dental impressions have been made, you just pop them into the mailing envelope and send it to them. The Smile Brilliant Lab then makes the custom dental trays from your impressions.
Smile Brilliant
The whitening process:
Floss and brush teeth with only water (do not use toothpaste because the fluoride in it will act as a barrier and slow the whitening process). Whiten for 1-3 hours. Start with shorter sessions and work your way up to leaving your trays on longer as your teeth are comfortable (especially if teeth are sensitive). Brush teeth with toothpaste as normal. Rinse the whitening gel from trays with cool water and fully dry them (a Q- tip works well). Apply desensitizing gel to trays for 15 to 20 minutes. Simply swish the excess desensitizing gel and spit. This should leave a thin layer of the desensitizing gel on your teeth. Each syringe has enough gel for 3-4 applications (one application = both top and bottom mouthpieces). [info taken from the Smile Brilliant FAQ]
Smile Brilliant
My experience:
I started the whitening process on October 11th – usually while watching a movie or reading before bedtime. The custom dental trays are surprisingly comfortable to wear and stay in place.
 Smile Brilliant
Because I have sensitive teeth, it was recommended that I start with a 45 minute whitening followed by 20 minutes with the desensitization gel, and skip a day in between to gauge my sensitivity. Since my sensitivity was very minimal, I increased my whitening time to 1 hour on October 15th , and started whitening daily after that point for a total of 8 sessions.
 The below photo shows my level of staining before and the level of whitening I achieved after just 8 sessions! I’m going to save the rest of my syringes for a “touch up” in a few months.
Before (top) and after (bottom):
Smile Brilliant Before and After Results
I found it difficult to judge the amount of gel to use at first, so I marked the syringes with a sharpie into four sections as each syringe has enough gel for 3 to 4 applications. This made it easier for applying the gel evenly into the dental trays.
I think that this is a great method for at home dental whitening. And price-wise it is so much more affordable than dental office whitening – the kits range in price from $129 to $159 USD Non-Sensitive, and from $139 to $179 USD for Sensitive kits. The kits vary in price based on the level of staining and number of whitening (+desensitizing) syringes.
Feel free to ask me any questions about my experience.
Smile Brilliant
Giveaway!
The folks at Smile Brilliant have kindly given me a promo code for my readers as well as a giveaway prize for a $139 credit towards a whitening kit!
Promo code for $15  off: abrashattitude15
The Giveaway is open for two weeks. Enter through the link. This giveaway is open to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia residents. Good luck!
Disclosure: PR sample and promo code. However, my opinion is very much my own!

Weekly Recap Nov 6th to 12th

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Just a recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out and want to catch up…

Monday, November 6th – The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Review

Wednesday, November 8th – Petit Vour October 2017 Unboxing + First Impressions

Friday, November 10th – The Ordinary Serum Foundation 1.1N Swatching + Comparison

The cold weather has definitely arrived here in Montreal – I dug out my down jacket on Friday! I’m really not looking forward to winter.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: All products purchased by me.