Empties January 2021

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Today I have my empties for the month of January. I will link to the original reviews, and let you know whether or not the product is something that I would purchase / or re-purchase.

Skincare:

Indeed Labs Retinol Reface – I really liked this retinol serum, and would buy it again eventually. There are a few retinol serums on my list of products to try.

Be On Me Face Serum – This was a PR / sponsored review product, but I really liked it a lot. I used it every morning before my moisturizer for an added hydration boost. I would purchase this eventually – I have a list of serums that I want to try, so it might take awhile.

Eco by Sonia Driver Super Citrus Cleanser – This was one of the cleansers from my Cert Clean / Clean Beauty Awards judging package. I loved this one, and I would purchase it eventually.

Volition Beauty Strawberry-C Serum – This was gifted to me by a friend. Such a beautiful vitamin C serum! I am using another C based serum from my stash, but I would purchase this one eventually.

Grace & Stella Hello Hydration – This is a great, lightweight serum from my CAUSEBOX subscription. I would purchase this one for summer hydration boosting.

Makeup:

Covergirl Lash Blast Active Mascara – I really liked this mascara, the longer I used it, the more I liked it. I’m currently testing out two new mascaras, so no need to re-purchase at the moment.

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector – I’ve been buying this under eye brightening concealer since 2016, so unless I find something that works better, I’ll purchase this again.

Covergirl Exhibitionist Uncensored Waterproof Mascara – Another great mascara from Covergirl. I’m actually testing another waterproof mascara from Covergirl at the moment, so no need to re-purchase.

So there you have it – all of my empties for the month of January!

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Disclosure: Post contains a mix of products purchased by me, PR gifted, and gifted from a friend – all are identified.

Quo Beauty Featherweight Cream Blush Review + Swatching (Shade: Halo)

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Today I have a little review and swatching of the Quo Beauty Featherweight Cream Blush in the shade Halo. I purchased it recently as a part of a small haul from Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix – I believe it was Dal from Little Beauty Loves who made me curious about these cream blushes [info in italics taken from the Shoppers website]

Lightweight, fluffy formula that easily blends into a natural, fresh glow. Easily blendable allowing you to control converge with your fingertips.

Hydrating cream formula Sheer and luminous finish Quick drying.

When I first swatched this cream blush I found that it really does give a beautiful, natural glowing flush to the skin. It blends easily and is long wearing. The colour intensity is buildable – so I can see it working for a wide range of skintones. I apply it with my fingers, and then blend it with either a brush or a sponge.

Based on how easy to apply and how natural the finish is, I’ll likely pick up a few more shades the next time I’m stocking up on mascara.

Quo Beauty Featherweight Cream Blush

Have you tried this cream blush? Do you use cream blushes?

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

Catrice Lip Super Serum Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Lip Super Serum from Catrice that I recently purchased as a part of a small haul from Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix [info in italics taken from the Shoppers website].

Lip Boost! Catrice Volumizing Lip Balm with slightly cooling texture softly tingles and plumps upon application. • Plumps and adds lip volume • Not tested on animals *Can be worn alone or under lipstick Catrice Beauty Tip: Perfect product to layer under lipstick or lip gloss for a fuller lip look

I really don’t feel the cooling or tingle effect when I apply this lip serum, nor do I feel that it plumps my lips. However, I do feel that it hydrates nicely and is non-sticky. So as a smoothing and hydrating gloss it is a lovely lip oil type product, but as a plumper, I feel that it is a bit of a dud. I’ll definitely finish it up as I’m constantly applying balms / glosses / serums / oils in the winter as my lips get SO DRY!

Have you tried this one? Did it work for you? Do you have a fave cruelty free lip plumper?

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Disclosure: I purchased this! My opinion is based on my user experience.

CAUSEBOX Winter 2021 Unboxing & First Impressions

Causebox Winter 2021

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Today I’m sharing my unboxing and first impressions of the Winter 2021 CAUSEBOX – this is a quarterly subscription [info in italics taken from the CAUSEBOX website]

FIVE CORNERSTONES DEFINE EVERYTHING THAT WE DO AT CAUSEBOX. WE ARE: COMMUNITY FOCUSED, ETHICALLY MADE, ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS, FOR WOMEN, AND IMPACT DRIVEN. 

Causebox Winter 2021

The art of the Winter 2021 box, sticker and postcard is by the duo Sacrée Frangine – which is Célia Amroune and Aline Kpade. Sacrée Frangine roughly translates into sacred sister(hood).

Causebox Winter 2021
Causebox Winter 2021

I have a basic subscription, so I don’t get to choose the items that I receive. But I like the element of surprise. Here’s the list of possible products, and information on each one:

Causebox Winter 2021
Causebox Winter 2021
Causebox Winter 2021

Now lets take a look at what I received:

One: Thread & Supply Cozy Cloud Wrap ($115 USD)

Causebox Winter 2021

This sweater is SO SOFT and COZY! The length is approximately to my hips, and the soft gray colours make it super wearable – it will pretty much go with everything I own!

Two: Activated Eco Reusable Silicone Baking Sheets ($18 USD)

I love to cook, and was *just* talking about wanting to get these. They make post cooking cleanup so much easier – I’ve already used them twice! I love that it is a pack of two.

Three: SKIN&CO Roma Truffle Therapy Face Toner ($30 USD)

Causebox Winter 2021

I love skincare, so I’ll happily test this out and post a full review in a few weeks.

Four: Zeal Living Marble Geo Coasters ($42 USD)

Causebox Winter 2021

These coasters are so beautiful! And we will actually use them.

Five: ettitude Travel Beauty Pillowcase ($25 USD)

Causebox Winter 2021

This is a bamboo “silk” type pillow case and travel pouch. I had mentioned recently that I wanted to get a silk pillowcase, so this is perfect timing! It is a little wrinkled after being taken out of the pouch, but I did not feel like digging out my iron this morning.

Six: Idlewild Co. Yearly Planner ($32 USD)

Causebox Winter 2021

I still use a paper planner in conjunction with my iPhone calendar. I will use this one for blog planning and for keeping track of my yoga practices.

The Winter 2021 box cost me $62.90 USD ($54.95 + shipping to Canada) which works out to $83.56 CAD based on the exchange rate that I paid ($1.3284), so the value of this box is $262 USD which works out to $348.04 CAD! The yearly subscription is cheaper and you get customization choices, but I’m liking the element of surprise so far!

I’m super happy with everything that I received! All are things that I will use.

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Disclosure: I paid for this subscription box. My opinion is my own.

Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk Review

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[This review was supposed to go up on Tuesday, but my internet was down from Tuesday morning until Wednesday evening!]

Today I’m reviewing the Andalou Naturals Age Defying Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk – this has been sitting unopened in my stash for ages. I finally opened it two weeks ago, and have been using it daily. Let’s take a closer look [info in italics taken from the Andalou Naturals website]

Fruit Stem Cell complex from the Apple & Grape, Resveratrol CoQ10 and skin-friendly vegan probiotics gently remove make-up and impurities, rinsing away dull surface cells and balancing skin flora. Apricot and Borage Oils are infused to rejuvenate dehydrated skin, for a fresh glow and a rejuvenated complexion.

I love cleansing milks / creamy cleansers – this one is delivers a gentle, yet effective cleanse. It adds hydration and makes my skin feel clean and soft. It has a very mild and pleasant apricot scent. I especially love cleansers like this in the winter time, or any time my skin needs a little extra soothing cleansing.

I have yet to try something from this brand that I didn’t like!

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Purified Water (Aqua), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Vegetable Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Sucrose Cocoate, Lecithin, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil*, Bacillus Coagulans, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive Berry Complex*, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Panthenol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Milk*†, Allantoin, Tocopherol, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract*†, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Apricot Isolates, Vanilla Isolate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil* *Certified Organic Ingredients †Fair Trade Ingredients

Have you tried this cleanser?

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Disclosure: This came in a beauty box subscription that I paid for.

Lowen’s Natural Skincare Bubble Paste Review

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Today I have a review of the Bubble Paste from Lowen’s Natural Skincare – I bought myself a few treats from their Black Friday sale, I already reviewed the Salt of the Earth Sea Salt Scrub. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you will know that I’ve gotten a PR package from them in the past and have reviewed several of their products. Those reviews are hereherehere and here. [info in italics taken from the Lowen’s website]

Lowen’s is a Canadian brand, based out of Calgary, Alberta.

Conceived by a veteran Pharmacist committed to using organic, fair-trade, and/or locally-sourced ingredients, Lowen’s creates unique skin care products that are safe, effective, long-lasting, and affordable.

Let’s take a closer look at the Bubble Paste:

Our FAMILY FAVORITE PRODUCT! You’re one scoop away from the healthiest, bubble bath day. Get the kids and whole family excited about using Lowen’s Bubble Paste. Simply made- using only 3, 100% natural ingredients. Plus, scented using Blood Orange goodness!

Ingredients: Glycerin (vegetable source), Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (organic salt foaming agent), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Blood Orange) Essential Oil

Bubble Paste is totally new bath product for me, you just scoop out the paste and add to running water and it will bubble up – and it really bubbles up, and the bubbles are fairly long lasting. I also love that the ingredient list is so simple.

The jar of Bubble Paste is MASSIVE at 15 ounces of product. It bubbles beautifully, and smells divine. I love the Blood Orange scent. They also sell jar-less refills which is so great!

Have you tried this? Are you a bubble bath fan?

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Disclosure: I purchased this. My opinion is based on my experience of using the product.

Lowen’s Natural Skincare Salt of the Earth Sea Salt Scrub Review

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Today I have a review of the Salt of the Earth (Sea Salt Scrub) from Lowen’s Natural Skincare – I bought myself a few treats from their Black Friday sale. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you will know that I’ve gotten a PR package from them in the past and have reviewed several of their products. Previous reviews are here, here, here and here. [info in italics taken from the Lowen’s website]

Lowen’s is a Canadian brand, based out of Calgary, Alberta.

Conceived by a veteran Pharmacist committed to using organic, fair-trade, and/or locally-sourced ingredients, Lowen’s creates unique skin care products that are safe, effective, long-lasting, and affordable.

Let’s take a look at the Sea Salt Scrub!

Our amazing (if we say so ourselves) exfoliating Sea Salt Body Scrub, loving made with: 

Vancouver Island Sea Salt

Extra Virgin Fair Trade Coconut Oil

Cold Pressed Organic Alberta Hemp Seed Oil

We’ve also added Soma Spa’s unique customized “relaxing mix” of essential oils. Helping to ease your journey into blissful serenity. All this local goodness will get your skin exfoliated, refreshed, and breathing again. For fans of softened skin, you’ve just found the perfect product win!

How to Use: Grab a pinch of Salt of the Earth Salt Scrub and slowly work it into the areas of your body you want to soften.When the salt granules are reduced to a fine powder. Rinse-off with warm water. Voila, you are off to the races!  Also, you can do a full body scrub in the shower.  Use as a once a week treat (but we do use the scrub on our hands on a daily basis.)

I think that this might be my first sea salt based body scrub! I really love how it exfoliates AND hydrates after using. My skin is so silky smooth after I use it!

The jar is quite big – who am I kidding – it is HUGE at 450g / 15oz! And they sell refills, so you can reduce your plastic consumption and just keep refilling the same jar which I love.

The essential oil blend is made up of:

Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia) Oil, Bergamot Fruit (Citrus Bergamia) Oil, Juniper Berry (Juniperus Communis) Oil, Ylang Ylang Flower (Cananga Odorata) Oil.

It is beautifully scented, very fresh and uplifting!

Have you tried this one? Do you like salt based body scrubs?

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Disclosure: I purchased this! My opinion is based on my experience of using this product.

Cumulative Empties Aug to Dec 2020 – Hair, Body and Makeup

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Earlier this week I shared my cumulative skincare empties, and today I have my haircare, body care an makeup empties (not decluttered makeup, that was a separate post). I didn’t finish up nearly as much in these categories as I did with my skincare stash, but I still feel like I’m making progress in using up products. I will link to my original reviews and let you know if it is something I would purchase / re-purchase or not (by purchase I mean eventually, as my goal is to only buy products when necessary).

Hair and Body Care:

NatureLab Tokyo Perfect Repair Shampoo – This was a part of a larger PR package from the brand. The matching conditioner has a few uses left in it, so I’m sure it will be in my next round of empties. I really love the Perfect Repair Shampoo – it makes my hair so soft and healthy feeling. I would purchase a full size of this if I can get it here, or order online from a Canadian website.

MoMi Beauty Styling Jelly – This was from my Petit Vour subscription. I liked this a lot, it worked well for my wavy, frizz prone hair. I would love to get a full size of this eventually – once I use up my current stash of styling products.

Sothys Pro-Youth Body Serum – This was a PR product. This is more like a rich body butter than a serum. Amazing for dry skin, and left my skin silky smooth. It is on the pricy side though, and I have a few body lotions / body butters to use up in my stash.

Makeup Empties:


Essence Cosmetics Lips Go Wow Plumping Lip Gloss – I LOVE this lip plumping gloss. It doesn’t sting or burn like a lot of lip plumpers. I plan on getting another one if they still have them at Shoppers / Pharmaprix.

Smashbox SuperFan Mascara – This was a free deluxe sample with purchase. Its a nice mascara, but didn’t hold a curl well for me, so I would not purchase a full size. I think that it is a great mascara if you don’t have stick straight lashes like I do!

So there you have it, the final empties for 2020. I’ve already finished up a few things this month, so I might return to a monthly empties format as long as I finish up a minimum of five products each month.

I’ll be back next week with some Bath and Body product reviews.

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Disclosure: Post contains both PR and self-purchased products – all are individually identified. My opinion is my own regardless and is based on my experience with the product(s).

Cumulative Empties Aug to Dec 2020 – Skincare

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Today I have my cumulative empties from August until December – I’m not using up products as quickly as I used to, so haven’t been doing my monthly empties posts. Let’s take a look at all the skincare that I’ve finished up, and I’ll let you know if I plan to repurchase or not, and link to the original reviews.

Skincare:

Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF 30 – I liked this travel sized sunscreen, it didn’t have a white cast on me and didn’t feel heavy or greasy. The full size is on the pricy side, so I would only re-purchase if on sale.

Moor Spa Cleansing Milk – This was from a PR package, and I really loved it. Creamy cleansers are so awesome for cold weather skincare. I would purchase this is I didn’t have so many cleansers to finish up.

Insensya Illuminate Serum – Another PR item. Quite possibly the best serum I’ve tried for all of 2020! At the top of my wishlist currently as I’ve a few serums to finish up.

Pacifica Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic – My skin hated this. I finished it up for cleaning up swatches as my face did not tolerate it.

5th Dimension Sub Rosa Serum – This was a nice oil-based serum. I have several oils and serums to use up, so no purchase for me at this time.

The Inkey List Bakuchiol and Polyglutamic Acid – The Bakuchiol was a good “starter” retinoid type serum cream, but I prefer something a little stronger. The Polyglutamic Acid made my skin feel nice and hydrated, but it smelled like paint (yuck). I don’t plan to repurchase, but have my eye on other products from the brand.

Cosmessential The Calm and B-Three Facial Serums – These were PR samples. Both were lovely – The Calm was great for when my skin was super sensitive, and B-Three was great for when my skin was “normal”. I have serums to use up, so no plans to purchase right now.

Goldfaden MD Vital Boost Moisturizer – I really liked this moisturizer, it was light yet hydrating and somewhat brightening. I have other moisturizers to finish up so no plan to purchase a full size.

Coming up later this week I have my Haircare, Bodycare and Makeup Finishes.

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Disclosure: Post contains both products that I purchased and PR items – all are identified. My opinion is my own regardless of who paid for the product.