November 2017 Empties

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I’m slowly working my way through my stash and using up various bits and pieces. I didn’t finish up as many products as I had hoped, but progress is progress.

Nov 2017 Empties

Lets take a closer look at what I finished, and whether or not I would re-purchase.

Make-up:

Nov 2017 Empties

Eyeko Black Magic Mascara – This came in an Ipsy GlamBag, originally reviewed here. I had mixed feelings about this mascara when I first got it because despite it being fairly smudge proof, it didn’t hold a curl very well for me. This is not the mascara for me.

Beaute Basics Travel Face Blender – Another Ipsy GlamBag item, reviewed here. This sponge is too hard. I had hoped that I could make this little blending sponge work but I’ve tried washing it a million times and it just never softened up. Way too hard for facial use, not for me.

Bath and Body:

Nov 2017 Empties

Joik Luxurious Rose Bathmilk – I bought this in August when we were visiting Estonia, the original review is here. I’m sad that this one is finished, as I absolutely loved this bath milk – it is skin softening and gloriously rose scented! I would re-purchase this one again – but until I clear out more of my stash, it will go on my wishlist.

Skincare:

Nov 2017 Empties

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Incredible Pumpkin Peel* – Another one that I’m sad to have finished, review is here. This was a great pumpkin based facial mask / peel. If you like pumpkin, then this one is for you. If you have sensitive skin like me, it will probably tingle when you apply it (always do a patch test to make sure it is a pleasant tingle and not a melt your face off tingle). I’m currently using another pumpkin based facial mask, so I don’t need to re-purchase this right away, but again, it is on my wishlist.

Consonant DHE Mask – This was a gift from Stashy, and it just might be the best clay based mask that I’ve ever used, original review is here. It detoxifies, hydrates and exfoliates. I’ll be purchasing this facial mask very soon since I can’t imagine life without it!

Nov 2017 Empties

Cougar Beauty Snake Superfood Booster Serum* – Original review is here. I never did do a long term check in review of this serum after using it for 8 weeks, but I think that this works similar to the way that a lip plumper works – giving a temporary topical effect on the skin. I have other products in my stash that seem to have a longer lasting effect on fine lines so I won’t be purchasing a replacement.

Hylamide High-Efficiency Face Cleaner – This super gentle cleanser is somewhere between a oil cleanser and a micellar water, originally reviewed here. It is great at removing makeup, and even put a good dent in my super waterproof mascara! I plan buy this one again once I use up another cleanser in my stash.

Have you finished up many products this month?

Disclosure: Products marked with an * are PR samples. The rest have either been purchased by me, or gifted from a friend. My opinion is my own, as always!

Best of 2016 – Skin Care Edit

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I’m back! I got hit with a horrible cold just before Christmas and I’m still not 100% healthy yet.

As the year draws to a close, I would like to take the time to thank each and every one of you for following, liking and commenting on my blog!

Here’s my “Best of 2016 – Skin Care” and links to the original reviews.

Best Cleanser: 

I have a tie for best cleansers, both are from Mychelle Dermaceuticals – the Refining Sugar Cleanser and the Creamy Pumpkin Cleanser. I’ve been using both of these cleansers since the fall.

Best Scrub:

Sukin Revitalizing Facial Scrub

I’ve tried several different scrubs this year, but the Sukin Revitalizing Facial Scrub has to be my favourite.

Best Serum:

Consonant Skincare Antioxidant Superhero Serum

I actually have three serums that I use regularly, but the Consonant Antioxidant Superhero Serum is my favourite of the bunch. Runners up are the Mychelle Dermaceuticals Perfect C and Remarkable Retinal Serums.

Best Facial Oil:

Ingenium Naturals

Facial oils are a fairly new thing for me, it is an area of skincare that I want to explore further in the new year. I’ve been using the Tsubaki Oil from Ingenium Naturals daily. I add a few drops to my moisturizer every morning, and it has helped prevent my skin from the dreaded winter dryness.

Best Moisturizer:

I have two favourite moisturizers, one for day, and one for night. The first one is the Sensi-Cream from Ingenium Naturals. I use it in the mornings with a few drops of Tsubaki Oil mixed in. At night, I use the Pumkin Renew Cream from Mychelle Dermaceuticals.

Best Facial Mask:

Another tie. I absolutely love the Consonant Skincare DHE Mask, and the Sukin Purifying Facial Masque.

Best Eye Cream:

Sukin Antioxidant Eye Serum

Another one from Sukin, the Antioxidant Eye Serum. It hydrates without irritating my sensitive eyes.

Best Facial Mist / Floral Water / Toner:

Maison Jacynthe Eau Florale de Rose

A new product category for me. I fell in love with using facial mists / floral waters. Again, this is a product category that I want to try more of in the new year. I am so in love with the Eau Florale de Rose from Maison Jacynthe. The Hydrating Mist Toner from Sukin is also a personal fave.

 

There you have it, my Best of Skin Care for 2016! Thanks for reading and have a beautiful 2017! ❤❤❤

Still to come, Best of Body and Hair Care for 2016, and Best of Makeup for 2016!

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

 

August 2016 Faves

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Can you believe that it is nearly September? This summer has been flying by so quickly! Today I wanted to share a few of my favourites for the month of August!

Make-up:

Tarte Tartelette Palette – I’ve been wearing this nearly every single time that I’ve worn eyeshadow since purchasing it. The review is here.

Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Matte Palette

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Dopey and Frick n Frack. I’ve been wearing both of these liquid lipsticks a lot this past month. I love them equally! Original reviews are here and here.

ColourPop SuperShock Cheek in Butterfly Beach. This rose gold toned highlighter is stunning. It can be worn from subtle to extreme and looks amazing. Review is here.

ColourPop SuperShock Cheek - Butterfly Beach

I’ve been wearing Butterfly Beach with my Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso.

Skincare:

Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner – Our summer has been pretty humid this year, so facial mists are so refreshing and cooling. Original review is here.

Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner

Consonant DHE Facial Mask – This mask is amazing, it does it all – detoxification, hydration and exfoliation. (Thanks Stashy! <3) My review is here.

Consonant Skincare DHE Mask

What were your faves for this month?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Don’t forget to enter my abrashattitude gratitude giveaway here. The giveaway closes on Thursday, September 1st at noon (eastern time).

Disclosure: Please see original reviews for each product disclosure.

Consonant Ultra Moisturizing Organic Face Cream Review

Consonant Ultra Moisturizing Organic Face Cream

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Today I’m reviewing another one from Consonant Skincare – the Ultra Moisturizing Organic Face Cream. This product came from the amazing (skin)care package sent to me by Stashy from Stash Matters. You should follow her, she is a makeup and skincare expert!

Onto the review! Here’s what it says on the website about the Ultra Moisturizing Organic Face Cream:

Lightweight, persistent hydration for normal, combination and oily skin. This lightweight formula penetrates quickly with a non-greasy finish. Your skin will look and feel healthier, more radiant and youthful from the very first use. Non-comedogenic.

I have to say that the description is very true. It is a very lightweight moisturizer, the consistency is very light for a cream type formulation.

It is highly moisturizing without being greasy. Although my skin is more on the normal to dry side, this facial cream adds enough moisture that my skin doesn’t need anything heavier.

Below is the ingredient list, in case the photo of the packaging is not clear enough to read:

Aqua/Water, Glyceryl Stearate, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil* (Grape Seed Oil), Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Niacinamide, Butyrospermum Parkii* (Shea Butter), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Oil), Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycerin, Cassia Olea Europea Seed Oil* (Olive Oil), Persea Gratissima Seed Oil* (Avocado Oil), Borago Officinalis Seed Oil* (Borage Oil), Oenothera Biennis Seed Oil* (Primrose Oil), Cetyl Alcohol, Linum Usitatissimum* (Flaxseed Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil* (Jojoba Oil), Lactoperoxidase, Glucose Oxidase, Algae*, Panax Ginseng Root Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita Leaf Extract* (Chamomile), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Echinacea Angustifolia Leaf Extract*, Cucumis Sativus Extract* Cucumber), Rosemarinus Officinalis Extract*, Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu Oil), Alpha Bisabolol, Malileuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil (Tea Tree Oil), Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid.   *Certified organic oils and extracts  100% Natural

Just look at all of the skin-friendly ingredients – the various seed and nut oils, algae, ginseng, chamomile, aloe, cucumber, echinacea, and rosemary! No wonder my skin is so happy!

I think that this facial cream would work well for all skin types, especially sensitive skin, unless you have an allergy / sensitivity to certain ingredients. This cream contains Tee Tree Oil which is often a trigger for me, but the concentration must be low enough that it doesn’t bother my skin at all!

I highly recommend this face cream if you want lightweight, yet effective, natural and organic hydration.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this was a gift from a friend!

Consonant Skincare Antioxidant Superhero Serum Review

Consonant Skincare Antioxidant Superhero Serum

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Today I’m reviewing another of the lovely things in my surprise care package (skincare, that it) from Stashy from Stash Matters. If you aren’t following her yet, you really should!

This is another one from Consonant Skincare, a Canadian brand, the Antioxidant Superhero Serum.

Here’s what it says on the website:

Optimal levels of the most effective and efficient anti-oxidants to fight the free radicals that cause premature aging of the skin.This concentrated and mineral rich formulation provides instant results, as well as long term anti-oxidant benefits. Zinc, in concert with Kaolin Clay immediately fills in minor lines and wrinkles for a smoother appearance while evening skin tone. Optimal levels of Vitamins A, C and E, Zinc and Grape Seed Oil provide the long-term protection your skin needs to stay looking its best.

 

This cream-based serum provides a light hydration suitable for oily skin. If you have combination – dry skin you may want to apply a moisturizer after the serum. For best results apply the Antioxidant Superhero Serum as the first layer of skin care in the morning.

Ingredients:

Aqua/Water, Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil* (Grape Seed Oil), Cassia Olea Europea Seed Oil* (Olive Oil), Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil*, Persea Gratissima Seed Oil* (Avocado Oil), Oenothera Biennis Seed Oil* (Primrose Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii* (Shea Butter), Linum Usitatissimum* (Flaxseed Oil), Carapa Guianensis (Andiroba) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut Oil), Caolinitic Mineral Clay, Zinc Oxide, Kaolin, Glucose & Lactoperoxidase & Glucose Oxidase, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract* (Acai Berry), Atlantic Kelp Extract*, Panax Ginseng Root Extract*, Chamomilla Recutita Leaf Extract* (Chamomile), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Cucumis Sativus Extract* Cucumber), Zingiber Officinalis Extract* (Ginger), D-Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu Oil), Xanthan Gum, L-Ascorbic Acid, Beta Carotene. *certified organic ingredient, 100% Natural

This serum is unlike any serum that I’ve ever tried. Instead of the usual clear gel or watery type serum, this one is creamy. I’ve been trialling this serum for over week and the results are quite amazing. It really does smooth out fine lines! I’m looking forward to seeing the results of longer usage.

Have you tried this serum? What are your favourite serums?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning of the post, this was gifted to me from a friend!

Consonant Skincare DHE Mask Review

Consonant Skincare DHE Mask

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I have several skincare items that I will be reviewing over the next week or so that arrived in a surprise care package (skincare, that is) from the lovely Stashy from Stash Matters! If you aren’t following her yet, change that immediately, she is a makeup and skincare EXPERT. I’ve tried several things upon her recommendation, and have yet to be disappointed!

Today I’m reviewing the DHE Mask from Consonant Skincare. Consonant Skincare is a Canadian brand, based in Toronto, Ontario. Here’s a little bit of an introduction to the brand, taken from their company philosophy page:

Consonant Skincare is Canada’s leading line of premium skin care that is as luxurious as the most expensive fashion label brand, as effective as the best-known cosmeceutical brand, and as healthy as the leading natural brand. Our regimen is edited and effortless. We believe you should not have to make any sacrifices to achieve your best skin. All of our products are 100% natural, and formulated with the highest possible concentration of organic botanical ingredients. But they are still skin care, not salad dressing: They improve the look of your skin with results you will notice immediately. When you use our natural regimen, healthy and radiant skin will be revealed without the use of synthetic ingredients. No parabens, no sulfates, no petroleum ingredients, and certainly no phthalates.

The DHE Mask is the only facial mask that they currently offer. Here’s what it says on the website:

The DHE mask is a uniquely multitasking, 100% natural mask that has been formulated to Detoxify, Hydrate and Exfoliate. Mineral-rich Manicouagan Clay, extracted from the site of a 215 million year old asteroid crash in Quebec, detoxifies and clarifies skin with the help of Willow Bark and Tea Tree Extracts. Potent Cassia Angustifolia, Grape Seed and Olive Oils nourish and deliver optimal hydration making skin plump, firm and beautifully radiant. A unique blend of Alpha Hydroxy Acid fruit enzymes gently exfoliate, revealing the softer and smoother skin underneath. The result is brighter, healthier, and younger looking skin from the very first use.

When I first applied this clay-based facial mask, my skin began to tingle, which always makes me nervous with my sensitive skin, because a tingle can quickly turn into a full-on face melting experience. Thankfully, the tingle dissipated quickly, making the 30 minutes go by without further incident. I find that a lot of clay masks tend to make my skin feel dry afterwards, but this one makes my skin feel hydrated, smooth and radiant. Despite having some tea tree oil in the ingredient list, my skin did not react badly like it normally does, which leaves me to suspect that it is the amount, or concentration, of Tea Tree oil that triggers a reaction. Pure Tea Tree oil makes my skin turn into an itchy sunburn-like redness, but this mask did not leave my skin red or itchy!

This is a beautiful facial mask. I believe that it is suitable for all skin types unless you have sensitivities or allergies to certain ingredients.

Consonant Skincare DHE Mask

I’m torn between this facial mask and the one from Sukin for my favourite! I guess that it is a tie!

Have you tried this facial mask? What is your favourite facial mask?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this was gifted to me!

April 2016 Empties

April 2016 Empties

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Can you believe that April is nearly over already? Just a few products used up this month:

April 2016 Empties

Hair and Body Care:

April 2016 Empties

The Body Shop, Deep Sleep Comforting Milk Bath Float – I loved this foaming bath milk. If I didn’t have a stash of bath and body products to use up, I would buy this one again. The original review is here.

The Body Shop, Wild Rose Hand Cream – I loved this hand cream, but the metal tube cracked and split open before I was finished using it. Not only did it leak hand cream every time I used it, it was sharp enough to slice open my finger. I won’t repurchase this unless they change to a different packaging. The original review is here.

Consonant, Intensive Therapy Organic Hand Cream – Stashy sent this one to me as a part of her Totally Awesome Giveaway. I love, love, loved this hand cream. I will be purchasing a replacement the next time that I make an order from well.ca. The original review is here.

CO LAB, sheer invisible dry shampoo in Rio scent – This is my second can of this dry shampoo. It works well and I like the scent. I’ll be picking up a replacement this afternoon. The original review is here in my March Empties post.

Skincare Empties:

April 2016 Empties

Oz Naturals, Hyaluronic Acid Facial Serum – I’ve gone through several of these serums since my first purchase. Love this stuff. I’m currently testing out some other products right now, but will likely re-purchase this at some point as it works so well with my finicky skin. The original review is here.

Naruko, Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Night Gelly EX – this stuff is so amazing. I love the rose scent (true rose, not cloying synthetic rose scent). It made my skin so soft, smooth and glowing. I’m currently testing out some other products right now, but will likely purchase this at some point as it works so well with my skin. The original review is here.

Oz Naturals, Vitamin C Facial Cleanser – I liked this cleanser more than the Ocean Minerals one. It worked well for my sensitive skin. I might repurchase at some point, but I’m testing out some new things right now. The original review is here.

Make-up Empties:

Both liquid liners are from Essence. I didn’t use them very often and the pen dried out, and the wand got clumpy – both from lack of use. Despite having a big love for Essence, I won’t be repurchasing either of these liners. The original reviews are here.

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original reviews for individual product disclosures.

 

Giveaway Haulage from Stash Matters!

So the lovely Stashy recently had an insane giveaway extravaganza to celebrate her one year blogiversary, and I was lucky enough to win a runner-up prize package. And I have to say, it was extremely generous and filled with loads of awesomeness! I’ve had a chance to try almost everything out, and I wanted to show you what I won as well as to express my gratitude to her. THANK YOU STASHY! ❤

Stash Matter's Runner Up Giveaway Haulage

First of all, there was a lovely card and note inside the package.

Stash Matter's Runner Up Giveaway Haulage

A package of super swanky facial cotton pads from Shiseido. As I said in my recent empties post, I normally just buy whichever facial cotton pads are on sale because I figured that there wasn’t a huge difference. Well, let me tell you, I was so wrong! These facial cotton pads are LUXURIOUS! So soft, and non-linty.

Stash Matter's Runner Up Giveaway Haulage

A tube of the most amazing hand cream that I’ve ever used! The Intensive Therapy Organic Hand Cream from Consonant is so good, I’ve been using it non-stop. It has a lovely mild herbal scent (despite being called “unscented”), and it is non-greasy and moisturizes my poor dry hands like BUTTAH! I will definitely be buying a replacement tube of this.

Stash Matter's Runner Up Giveaway Haulage

A travel sized bottle of The Perfect Sunscreen, also from Consonant! I haven’t tried this yet as I’m saving it for the warmer weather, but if it is anything like the hand cream in terms of quality, then I’m probably going to love it. Plus it is SPF30, so it will be put to good use.

Stash Matter's Runner Up Giveaway Haulage

A super soft little makeup brush from Anna Sui! The handle is to pretty – the end looks like a rose.

A sweet little pair of earphones. I had recently broken mine, and had not gotten around to replacing them, so this was perfect! Look how cute and colourful they are!

A mini kabuki type make-up brush from The Body Shop! It is so soft, I’m always playing with it because I cannot believe how SOFT it is!

Stash Matter's Runner Up Giveaway Haulage

A Wet n Wild Coloricon Bronzer SPF15 in shade Reserve Your Cabana! As Stashy said, this is a highlighting shade, not an actual bronzer.

The pan is ENORMOUS! I think that I’ve worn it just about EVERY SINGLE DAY since my package arrived, it is a perfect shade for me!

Stash Matter's Runner Up Giveaway Haulage

Stash Matter's Runner Up Giveaway Haulage

This was a runner-up prize, can you believe it? AMAZING AND AWESOMETASTIC!

Thanks again Stashy! ❤