Summer Body Care Essentials

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The spring weather has finally arrived in Montreal, so I was thinking about my summer body care essentials – besides the obvious one of sunscreen (recently reviewed here).

Summer Body Care Essentials

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Oil (or the Body Cream) for skin hydration (reviewed here and here). I love both the body oil and the cream for year ’round use.

Buck Naked Soap Company Geranium + Purple Clay Sugar Scrub for exfoliating (reviewed here). This was gifted to me, but I will be buying a replacement as soon as I use it up because it is so good!

Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion to give me a natural looking bit of colour to my ghost pale skin (reviewed here). This is one of the few self tanners that I’ve tried that looks natural on me.

Summer Body Care Essentials

What are your summer body care essentials?

Thanks for reading

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Disclosure: Post contains one PR gifted product, identified above.

Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Body Cream Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Natural HawaiianBody Cream by Alba Botanica. I’ve previously reviewed the Body Oil. [info in italics taken from well.ca]

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Cream

Signature ingredient: An excellent source of linoleic and linolenic fatty acids, kukui nut oil is packed with fast-penetrating nutrients essential for healthy skin.

Product description: Tropical nut oils rich in essential fatty acids blended in a rich, luxurious body cream to soften, soothe and smooth rough, dry, flaky skin.

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Cream

Features and benefits: Blending vanilla, cucumber and arnica extracts, with oils of kukui, macadamia, and safflower plus shea and cocoa butters, our Kukui Nut Body Cream penetrates deep and is absorbed quickly, holding in critical moisture without leaving excess oil. 

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Cream

This is supposed to be Body Cream, but texture-wise it is more of a super rich, body butter. It is beautiful, and thick, super luxurious without feeling heavy or greasy!

The scent is nutty and sweet like the Body Oil – I love the scent!

So amazing for keeping the winter coldness from completely drying my skin out!

And the kicker – I paid $6.99 CAD for it (at Provigo / Loblaws)!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this.

Andalou Naturals Kukui Cocoa Nourishing Body Butter Review

Andalou Naturals KuKui Cocoa Body Butter

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Today I’m reviewing the Kukui Cocoa Nourishing Body Butter from Andalou Naturals that came in my September Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Andalou Naturals KuKui Cocoa Body Butter

This luxurious body butter blends argan oil with shea and cocoa butters to nourish, smooth, and soften the appearance of dry skin. Hawaiian kukui, evening primrose, and superfruit antioxidants blended with ultra-hydrating aloe vera help pamper and protect skin’s moisture barrier for an all-over body treatment.

This is such a great body butter – it is thick and super hydrating without being heavy or greasy. It absorbs into my skin quickly, and smells so good. The scent is reminiscent of the Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Body Oil but with a hint of cocoa.

It also makes a great hand cream! My hands get dry so easily when the weather starts to cool down, so a ultra-hydrating but non-greasy cream is essential for me.

Andalou Naturals KuKui Cocoa Body Butter

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Purified Water (Aqua), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Vegetable Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*†, Stearyl Alcohol, Lecithin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Panthenol, Stearic Acid, Allantoin, Tocopherol, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Bean Extract*, Vanilla Tahitensis Fruit Extract, Argania Spinsosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract*†, Caramel, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract*†, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenethyl Alcohol, Vanilla Isolates, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Oil* | *Certified Organic Ingredients. 

As you can see from the ingredient list, there are loads of skin friendly stuff in there!

What is your favourite body butter?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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

June 2016 Empties

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Can you believe that June is nearly over already? This year is flying by so quickly!

June 2016 Empties

This was supposed to be yesterday’s post, but I was away over the weekend, and didn’t get my photos taken and edited until this morning. Oh well, better late than never!

Onto the empties – I finished up quite a few products this month. I’ve been really trying to clear out my stash of things before buying new ones.

 

Nuworld Botanicals Stress Relief Multi-Mineral Bath Soak* – I loved these bath salts, and once I finish clearing up my stash, I plan on replacing them. Original review is here.

Caprina Fresh Goat’s Milk Foaming Milk Bath+ – I received this as a birthday gift in April. I don’t think that I reviewed this one already but it was ok. I had to use nearly half a bottle to get a decent amount of foam to happen. I probably won’t purchase this one.

Haus of Gloi Haus Amber Pumpkin Butter – I absolutely LOVE Haus of Gloi stuff! I have a few more Pumpkin Butters in my stash to use up, but I’ll definitely replace them once finishing up a few more.

Oz Naturals Sweet Almond and Macadamia Nut Body Butter* – I loved this one, especially on days that I did not want to wear a scented product. I would buy this one again, but not until I clear out my stash. Original review is here.

Haus of Gloi Bubbling Scrubs in Snow Wolf and S’mores – I will always buy the Bubbling Scrubs from Haus of Gloi. I LOVE THEM. Again, I have a few more in my stash, but as soon as I’m nearly finished, I’ll be making a Haus haul. I don’t think that I’ve ever reviewed these scrubs, I’ll have to put that on my list!

Lush Rehab Shampoo (Restauration) and Veganese Conditioner (Vegetalien) – I would buy the Rehab Shampoo again, but the Veganese Conditioner is too light for my crazy mane of hair. Original reviews are here.

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Shampoo and Conditioner* – I did like both of these as they really helped keep my hair colour bright and refreshed. I’m testing out some new shampoo / conditioner combinations right now, so I’m not going to be replacing these ones any time soon. Original review is here.

Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask – This is one of my holy grail skincare items for winter. But really, any time my skin needs a moisture boost. I’ll be buying this one again in the fall / winter. Original review is here.

Shiseido Facial Cotton+ – These cushy facial cotton pads were a part of the runner-up prize that I won from Stashy’s awesometastic giveaway. These are super mega luxurious! I’m sad that they are gone, because even though I loved them, I normally buy whichever ones are on sale. Original review is here.

Paula’s Choice Resist Cellular Defence Daily Moisturizer with SPF 25 – I liked wearing this with just powder, but it did not play nicely with liquid foundation. I’ve had this for quite awhile now and the last bit started to go off, so into the empties bin with this one. I probably won’t replace it, as I prefer to use a higher SPF.

Skinfix Inc Ultra Rich Body Butter* – Another beautiful body butter, so rich but not at all greasy. This one is totally stash worthy. I’ll be picking one up! Original review is here.

Au Naturale Creme Concealer – I haven’t used this one in ages. I remember really liking it when I got it. But it has since dried out so it is getting pitched (and the container will be recycled). Original review is here.

Elf BB Cream – I really liked this one, but won’t be re-purchasing as I prefer a high SPF in my BB Creams. It worked well with my skin and didn’t feel too heavy. Original review is here.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

I’ll be back on Thursday with my June Favourites – I know, my Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule is off this week. Next week I plan on returning to my usual schedule.

Disclosure: Most (but not all) of these products were purchased by me.Products marked with an asterix * are either freebies or PR samples given for testing and review purposes. Products marked with a plus sign + are either personal blog giveaway loot or were gifted to me.

Canadian Brands at Generation Beauty – Skinfix and Cake Beauty

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Today I’m reviewing a few things from two Canadian brands that are new to me, that had booths at the Generation Beauty event in Toronto last month.

First up are two products from Skinfix, a cruelty-free Canadian skincare brand. The first of which is the Ultra Rich Hand Cream *Gift Bag Swag*

Clinically proven to promote healthy skin on hands. Award winning Skinfix Ultra Rich Hand Cream is the ultimate in hand hydration. This rich, yet quick-absorbing hand cream is loaded with natural emollient oils of coconut and sunflower to relieve dryness and cracking on contact. Aloe leaf juice, chamomile and calendula soothe away dryness and provide long-lasting protection throughout the day. Skinfix Ultra Rich Hand Cream is the ultimate skin fix.*

This hand cream is super mega rich, but not at all greasy, and has no real scent. Great for dry hands and feet.

The second product is the Ultra Rich Body Butter *Freebie from the Skinfix booth*

Chronic dry skin is a result of a depleted lipid barrier combined with overall dehydration. For most, simple lotions do not offer enough relief and do not contain enough emollient ingredients to heal the skin barrier. Skinfix introduces Ultra Rich Body Butter, the ultimate super quencher for skin that’s extremely dry, flaking and rough. This luxurious, rich formula melts into skin to instantly relieve tightness and flaking. It also deeply penetrates to lock in essential moisture that leaves skin soft, supple and healthy all day. Natural shea butter, coconut and sunflower oil soothe and nourish depleted skin while antioxidants soothe and protect. Can be used daily all over the body for maximum comfort. For best results, apply has a regimen following Skinfix Cleansing Oil Wash. Skinfix Ultra Rich Body Butter is the ultimate skin fix.*

Ok, I know that I just said that the Ultra Rich Hand Cream was super rich and not greasy, but the Body Butter is even more hydrating. It works amazingly well on skin that is both sensitive and needing moisture.

The other brand is Cake Beauty, a Canadian hair, body and beauty brand, that is also cruelty-free. The first product is the Everything Balm *Freebie from the Cake Beauty booth*

Scale down your routine with this all-over beauty balm. Silky smooth (and never greasy), this wonderfully rich and moisturizing formula has you covered everything hydration is needed. With 21+ innovative uses, this natural balm is a naturally luxe, highly addictive, easy-to-apply, timesaving, get-creative-with-it, must-have miracle worker.

The Everything Balm’s key ingredient is high-performing natural castor oil. Used for thousands of years as a hair and skin treatment because of its deep penetration capabilities, it is known to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, encourage hair, brow, and lash strength and growth, and soothe skin from head to toe. This super-ingredient is supplemented with well-known humectants such as shea butter, coconut oil, cocoa butter and sunflower seed oil.

The Delectable Everything Balm: softens skin, tames brows, plumps pouts, conditions cuticles, pops cheekbones, brightens dark circles, seals split ends, glosses lips, nourishes dryness, softens heels, polishes puckers, shields skin, rejuvenates knees, smooths frizz, reduces itchiness, refreshes hands, unchaps lips, soothes sunburns, nurses cracks, restores elbows, eases bug bites and more…

This stuff is a true multi-tasking product with a mild, sweet scent. I’ve used it as lip balm, on my cuticles, and on the ends of my hair. I’ll probably end up buying a full size of this when it is gone, I love that it is such a multi-purpose product.

The second product from Cake Beauty is the Strawberries and Cream Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream *Gift Bag Swag*

Packed full of goodness, this ultra nourishing hand cream is enriched with mango butter, shea butter and aloe vera to smooth, nourish and rejuvenate hand and cuticles. Rich and never greasy, this beautiful blend is kissed with the delectable scent of strawberry & cream. Enjoy super-smooth, soft and nourished hands. A standing ovation all for you.

This hand cream is also rich without bring greasy. It has a strawberries and cream scent that is long lasting, so if you are sensitive to scented products, then this is not the one for you.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Products received at Generation Beauty. I am under no obligation to review these products, and my opinion is my own.

Best of 2015 – Skin, Body and Hair Edit

As 2015 draws to a close, I just wanted to thank you for following, reading, commenting and liking my posts. I started this blog in March and I did not think that I would have over 500 followers in less than a year. So thank you! ❤

Here’s my “Best of 2015 – Skin, Body and Hair” and links to the original reviews.

Best Cleanser: 

Tied for best cleanser, I have two, the first being the REN Purity No. 1 Cleansing Balm (review) and more recently the Farmacy Clear Bloom Cleansing Oil (review).

Best Serum:

Again we have a tie, both are from OZ Naturals, the Hyaluronic Serum and and Retinol Serum (reviews here and here).

Best Moisturizer:

PC Mask1

Technically this is a facial mask, but the Paula’s Choice  Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask works amazingly well as a super moisturizer for skin that is super dry in the winter (review here).

Best Mask:

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask – I still use this at least once every two weeks (review)

Best Eye Make-Up Remover:

I’ve been using Grapeseed Oil to remove my waterproof mascara for years, and it is still my go-to because most eye make-up removers really irritate my sensitive skin and sensitive eyes (review). My runner up would have to be the Bioderma Sensibio (review), which is funny because I didn’t love it at first.

Best Body Moisturizer:

My holy grail is the Haus of Gloi Pumpkin Butter, but a close runner up would be the OZ Naturals Sweet Almond and Macadamia Nut Body Butter (reviews here and here).

Best Bath Treat:

Lush Rose Jam1

Of course this one would be from LUSH! So many to choose from, but my all time favourite would have to be the Rose Jam Bubbleroon *swoon* (review). My photo is of the older version, the new one looks a lot prettier.

 

Best Hair Care Items:

I didn’t review very many hair care items, but the Haus of Gloi Hair Oil is one product that I’ve been using for a few years, and I swear by it for taming my beastly hair, haha! (review). Second place goes to my favourite dry shampoo from Zabana Essentials. I still don’t love the packaging, but I love how fresh, clean and soft it makes my hair, and the lavender and mint scent is gorgeous (review).

There you have it, my Best of Skin, Body and Hair Care for 2015! Thanks for reading and have a beautiful 2016! ❤ ❤ ❤

Disclosure: See the original reviews for individual product disclosure statements.

 

Oz Naturals Sweet Almond and Macadamia Nut Body Butter

Oz Naturals Sweet Almond & Macadamia Nut Body Butter

Not only am I a lip balm addict, I’m also a bit of a body butter addict. For me, a great body butter is thick, rich, and highly moisturizing without being greasy.

Oz Naturals Sweet Almond & Macadamia Nut Body Butter

When I was given the chance to review another product from the Oz Naturals Reviewer program, I decided to try out their Sweet Almond and Macadamia Nut Body Butter.

Oz Naturals Sweet Almond & Macadamia Nut Body Butter

Here’s what it says on the website:

This NOURISHING & HYDRATING formula can also be used on the face and neck for very dry skin types. It is formulated to provide a healthy, dewy, summer skin look, and is packed with nourishing ingredients to hydrate skin during harsh, dry winter months. Contains sweet almond & macadamia nut oil for the richest, silkiest, moisture replenishing, all-over body moisturizer available. If you want your body to have that healthy, summer-sheen glow all year around, this is your body butter.

Sounds pretty good, right? It is super thick and rich, and most importantly it absorbs amazingly well into the skin and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling. My skin feels amazing when I use it after getting out of the bath or shower. As for the scent, I was actually surprised at how non-scented this body butter is, because I had assumed that with the nut oil content (especially the sweet almond oil) that it would have a sweet nutty scent.

Oz Naturals Sweet Almond & Macadamia Nut Body Butter

The key ingredients and their main benefits are: Sweet Almond Oil (nourishing), Macadamia Nut Oil (natural moisturizer and emollient, reduce wrinkles and promote hydration), Avocado Oil (increase collagen production, heal and protect sun-damage, anti-oxidant).

Oz Naturals Sweet Almond & Macadamia Nut Body Butter

This is a great body butter for this time of year, when the weather gets cold and skin tends to get dry. I think that this would be a great body butter for sensitive skin (like mine), unless you have an allergy or sensitivity to some of the ingredients.

Oz Naturals Sweet Almond & Macadamia Nut Body Butter

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

Disclosure: I received this product from Oz Naturals in exchange for an honest review. My opinion is my own.

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