Sephora Birthday Gift 2022 – Ilia Set

Hello, hello – welcome to / welcome back to A Brash Attitude. April is my birthday month, so I got my annual Beauty Insider gift. There was a choice of four different gifts, and I chose the Ilia set, as this was a brand that I’d never tried before. [info in italics taken from the Sephora Canada website]

Ilia Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift 2022

Ilia Birthday Gift Set featuring Fullest Volumizing Mascara mini, Balmy Gloss Tinted Lip Oil in Shade Only You mini, and Lip Wrap Overnight Treatment sample.

Ilia Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift 2022

– Fullest Volumizing Mascara – A clean, volumizing mascara that wraps each lash in weightless, buildable volume without flaking, smudging, or irritating even the most sensitive eyes.

When I first applied the mascara, it made my lashes look long, and dark, but didn’t give much volume as I’d hoped, even with two coats. It was smudge proof and water resistant, but sadly does not hold a curl for me. I’d score this mascara a 5 out 7 – taking off points for volume and curl holding.

Ilia Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift 2022

– Balmy Gloss Tinted Lip Oil in Shade Only You – A cushiony, tinted lip oil in a universal neutral nude shade that’s packed with plumping hyaluronic acid and major moisturizing properties to leave lips soft, smooth, and anything but sticky.

The Balmy Gloss Tinted Lip Oil is really nice. It is hydrating and not at all sticky. The shade is a really nice nude. I really like it a lot.

Ilia Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift 2022

– Lip Wrap Overnight Treatment – An overnight lip treatment with clean ingredients that helps reveal your smoothest, softest lips.

The Lip Wrap sample is so tiny! Not enough to review, but enough for a first impression. It reminds me of the Bite Beauty Lip Mask. I think I’d like to buy myself a full size!

Have you tried any of these from Ilia? Which Sephora Beauty Insiders gift did you chose this year?

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Disclosure: Annual freebie gift for Sephora Beauty Insiders.

boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel Review

boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel

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boscia / BlendPR "Green Box"

Today I have a review of the boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel. This came in a green themed Saint-Patrick’s Day / Spring box along with the Triple Hyaluronic and Honeydew Moisture-Boost Gel Eye Masks and the Vitamin C with Caviar Lime Booster Serum from boscia and BlendPR [info in italics taken from the boscia website].

boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel

Cleanse, purify, and soothe skin with sulfate-free Purifying Cleansing Gel. Nourishing botanicals leave skin thoroughly cleansed, soothed, and protected from free radical damage without over-drying or stripping the skin. Complexion is left looking healthy and refined. Preferable for all skin types.

boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel

This is a super gentle, yet effective cleansing gel. It contains several key ingredients: hydrangea leaf (purify, refine), botanical amino acids (eliminates dirt, and oil), green tea (soothes, anti-inflammatory, rosemary leaf (anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory), jojoba (prevent free radical damage, and nourish) and willowherb (reduces redness). This is a great cleanser for all skin types, especially those on the sensitive side like me.

boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel

Have you tried this cleanser? Review on the eye masks and serum to follow!

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this was gifted. However my opinion and sensitive skin experience is very much my own!

Nature’s Sunshine Crystal Clear Deodorant & Body Spray Review

Nature's Sunshine Canada Crystal Clear Deodorant and Body Spray

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If you follow me on InstaGram, you will have seen this in my unboxing of a PR package from Nature’s Sunshine Canada and BlendPr. As with any natural deodorants, both myself and the Mister tested it out [info in italics taken from the Nature’s Sunshine Canada website].

Nature's Sunshine Canada Crystal Clear Deodorant and Body Spray
  • 24-hour maximum odour protection without harmful chemicals
  • No aluminum chlorhydrates or zirconium
  • No parabens
  • No chemical additives
  • Hypoallergenic
  • No animal testing
  • Non-staining
  • Dries quickly
Nature's Sunshine Canada Crystal Clear Deodorant and Body Spray

First of all, I’m going to remind you that the effectiveness of a natural deodorant varies from person to person, based on body chemistry, diet etc. I’ve been using natural deodorants for several years, so I’ve gone through the underarm detox process ages ago. Crystal Clear is unscented, which is great if you aren’t a fan of scented deodorants, or need a scent-free product.

The spray format took a little getting used to for me not to use too much, otherwise it runs down the body. It says to use 4 to 6 sprays – you really don’t need that much for your underarms! The deodorant is super gentle on my underarms – no burning – always a good thing if you have sensitive underarms like I do.

Nature's Sunshine Canada Crystal Clear Deodorant and Body Spray

Crystal Clear Deodorant Spray works pretty well for me, and it works for several hours (around 8 hours, sometimes 10), but then I need a touch up, otherwise it will crap out on me. For the Mister, on the other hand, it worked amazingly well and the effectiveness lasts longer for him.

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Disclosure: This product was PR gifted, but my opinions are my own, based on my experience with the product.

Quo Beauty Glowy Lip Balm Review

Quo Beauty Glowy Lip Balm - Punch

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Quo Beauty Glowy Lip Balm - Punch

Today I’m reviewing the Glowy Lip Balm from Quo Beauty – one of Shopper’s Drug Mart’s / Pharmaprix’s in-house beauty brands. If you follow me on InstaGram, you will have seen that this was part of a mini haul that I did earlier this month. [info in italics taken from the Shopper’s website]

Quo Beauty Glowy Lip Balm - Punch

Treat your lips to a sheer natural lip colour. Formulated with moisturizing rosehip seed oil & hyaluronic acid to help plump your lips over time. The formula reacts to your unique chemistry to provide your perfect shade.

Quo Beauty Glowy Lip Balm - Punch

I’m a lip balm addict as you probably know. And with mask wearing, I’ve barely work lipstick, but I always wear lip balm, and have been loving tinted lip balms lately. The Glowy Lip Balm is available in three shades: Blush 03, Coral 10 and Punch 27. I purchased the shade Punch, which turns into a pretty pinky shade on my lips. It is hydrating and very mildly plumping without the tingle.

Quo Beauty Glowy Lip Balm - Punch

The packaging is reminiscent of the Dior Addict Lip Glow – who am I kidding, it is a very much a knock-off of the Dior which has more shades, and costs $44 CAD versus $10 for the Quo Beauty version. I haven’t tried the Dior one, so I can’t comment on how they compare formula-wise.

Have you tried the Quo Beauty Glowy Lip Balm? Or the Dior Addict Lip Glow?

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Disclosure – I purchased this!

East Coast Glow The Big Land Northern Lights Iceberg Infused Soap Review

East Coast Glow The Big Land Northern Lights Iceberg Infused Soap

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East Coast Glow The Big Land Northern Lights Iceberg Infused Soap

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen that a dear friend of mine brought me a few treats from Newfoundland, and one of them was The Big Land Northern Lights Iceberg Infused Soap from East Coast Glow, made in Bonavista, Newfoundland. I love hand crafted soaps, so I was thrilled when I was given this! [info in italics taken from the East Coast Glow website]

East Coast Glow The Big Land Northern Lights Iceberg Infused Soap

The Big Land features activated charcoal and seaweed, invigorating peppermint essential oil, exfoliating poppy seeds and luscious clay to make a creamy, bubbly bar that will get you moving in the morning! […] Our natural cold process soap is made using pure iceberg water, wild herb-infused plant oils and butters, all blended with pure clay, essential oils and wildcrafted botanicals to create a high lathering, yet nourishing bar. We use no synthetic ingredients, preservatives, parabens, fragrances or colours in our soap – just the good stuff.

East Coast Glow The Big Land Northern Lights Iceberg Infused Soap

This soap has a creamy lather and doesn’t make my skin feel tight or dry. And the scent of this soap is absolutely amazing – the peppermint scent is so uplifting! Especially great for a morning wake-up shower or bath.

East Coast Glow The Big Land Northern Lights Iceberg Infused Soap

Are you a fan of hand crafted soaps?

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Disclosure: This was gifted from a friend, not PR.

VGam Biome Go2 Biotik First Impressions

VGAM Biome GO2 Biotik Duo

Hello, hello – welcome to / welcome back to A Brash Attitude! Today I have a first impressions / mini review of the GO2 Biotik Duo from Vgam Biome. Recently they had a sign up for free mini samples and I was one of the lucky ones who signed up before they ran out.

VGAM Biome GO2 Biotik Duo

This is a Quebec based, Canadian brand, that purchases its ingredients from sustainable sources, and have environmentally friendly packaging, and are cruelty free and vegan! The skincare line is minimalist and works for all skin types.

The GO2 Biotik Duo is made up of their Facial Cream and Mineral Serum:

VGAM Biome GO2 Biotik Duo

BIOTIK KOMPLEMENTS mineral serum and BIOTIK ELEMENTS facial cream are meant to be used together daily, morning and evening, applying the 2 products previously mixed in your hands.

You can increase or decrease the amount of each GO2 duo products. In general, dry skin requires more cream while oily skin requires more serum.

For any imperfections, apply a drop of serum with your finger directly on the blemish a few times a day (in addition to your V*GAM routine). Our formulas are designed to naturally reduce dark spots (hyperpigmentation) and prevent premature aging of the skin.

I love the custom mix idea – sometimes my skin needs more hydration, sometimes it doesn’t. Very gentle, and non-greasy. The serum also works great as a spot treatment for breakouts!

I’d like to try this skincare duo in full size, as I feel that you really need to try skincare for at least two weeks (if not longer) to really get the “feel” for products.

Have you tried this skincare brand?

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Disclosure: Free mini samples (not PR gifted). My opinion is my own regardless!

Luna Nectar Moon Boost Lash and Brow Enhancing Serum Review

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Luna Nectar Unboxing

As you know, I received a PR package from Luna Nectar with the Heliophilia Glow & Fix Serum and the Moon Boost Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum. This Canadian brand has been on my wishlist for SO LONG, so I was thrilled by the opportunity to try them out! [info in italics taken from the Luna Nectar website]

Luna Nectar Moon Boost Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum

If you’ve read my mascara reviews, you will know that I don’t have lush, full lashes, and they are stick straight, and on the fine side – they’re also fairly light in colour despite having naturally dark brunette hair. My brows are also on the thin side – naturally, and not from the 90’s over-plucking trend. So I’m a good candidate for lash and brow serums!

Luna Nectar Moon Boost Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum

Let’s take a look at Moon Boost:

Instead of monthly lash extensions or chemical, hormone-based serums that break the bank and act as the root of side effects; opt for a 100% natural, vegan, organic and cruelty-free solution that deliver better results, quicker. Imagine: a silky nourishing elixir that achieves greater length, thickness, and longevity of your lashes and brows. Let it work its magic overnight, and wake up to the brilliant choice of no makeup, or intense lashes and bold brows with the most minimal touch of makeup.

If you do have lash extensions, Moon Boost is also for you! It can be used to repair and strengthen your natural lashes, which prolongs the lifespan of your extensions.

Before Using Moon Boost
Before Using Moon Boost
After Using Moon Boost
After Using Moon Boost

I love this lash and brow serum – it doesn’t make my eyes sting like some lash and brow serums that I’ve tried, nor does it irritate my sensitive eyes. The key to using this type of serum is consistency. I can see a difference in both my lashes and especially in my brows! For my lashes, it is less obvious unless I’m wearing mascara due to my lashes being so light in colour. But I can see a difference in the length and thickness of my lashes. I tint my brows these days, which makes it so much easier to see the difference compared to how my brows originally looked – they are filling in, and are less skimpy, and I’m sure that with continued use, they will improve further!

Also – It is SO DIFFICULT to take a decent closeup of my brows and lashes.

Have you tried Moon Boost?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, these products were PR gifted. However, my opinion is always my own.

e.l.f. Cosmetics Wow Brow Tinted Brow Gel Review

elf Cosmetics Wow Brow Tinted Brow Gel

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elf Cosmetics Wow Brow Tinted Brow Gel

Today I’m reviewing the e.l.f. Cosmetics Wow Tinted Brow Gel. I purchased it a few weeks ago, and have been wearing it daily ever since. [info in italics taken from the e.l.f. Cosmetics website]

elf Cosmetics Wow Brow Tinted Brow Gel

What is it? A buildable, fiber-infused tinted brow gel that makes your natural brows look fuller.

Why we love:

  • Buildable wax-gel formula with brush
  • Gives you full, voluminous-looking brows
  • Available in 5 easy-match shades

Natural eyebrows that wow! This buildable wax-gel hybrid is enriched with Kaolin Clay and hair-like fibers that adhere to and enhance your brows. Brush and shape the tinted gel into place and your brows will immediately appear voluminous, fuller, and naturally filled in. Can be used on its own or as a topcoat over brow powder or pencil.

elf Cosmetics Wow Brow Tinted Brow Gel

This is a fantastic tinted brow gel – it looks great on its own, or paired with an eye pencil for a more defined and dramatic look. I chose the shade Deep Brown and I think that it is a perfect match for me as I prefer my browns to be dark (but not black). It adds volume and control but doesn’t make my brows look or feel “crunchy”. The small spoolie brush makes it easy to apply to the tails of my brows (where I need it the most).

elf Cosmetics Wow Brow Tinted Brow Gel

A great budget friendly brow option in my opinion.

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

Zion Health Scalp & Hair Scrub and Claydry Deodorant Reviews

Hello, hello – welcome to / welcome back to A Brash Attitude! Today I am reviewing two products that were sent to me to try out from Zion Health / Adama Minerals, the Scalp & Hair Scrub and Claydry Deodorant [info in italics taken from the Zion Health website]

Let’s look at the Deep Cleansing Scalp & Hair Scrub in the Green Apple with Sea Salt formula:

Dissolve build-up. Balance pH levels. Restore lustre and integrity.

Bring fragile, processed hair back to life. The combination of gentle exfoliation and penetrating nutrients purifies the scalp to create the perfect environment for healthy, resilient hair to grow. While removing a range of impurities and excess oils, clay minerals and sea salt simultaneously stimulate the healing and protecting functions of skin cells. Each strand of hair will be left cleansed and deeply nourished, resulting in lasting shine and flexibility.

This is a really nice scalp and hair scrub, and it smells so fresh – the Green Apple scent is amazing! My scalp and hair feel super clean, but not stripped. Gentle yet effective! The recommended usage is once a week, but I tend to go a little longer between uses as I try to only wash my hair twice a week, so approximately every third or fourth wash I’ll use it.

Now let’s take a look at the Claydry Deodorant in the Elderberry scent, Bold formula:

EXTRA STRENGTH BOLD PROTECTION Absorb odor with ClayClayDry absorbs odor and toxins with a special type of healing clay called Calcium Montmorillonite Clay. 

Ingredient Benefits: • Arrowroot has moisture absorbing properties. Arrowroot is anti-inflammatory and also can work as an antiseptic, making it perfect for irritated areas such as burns, rashes and sores.• Ionic Clay Minerals contain more than 57 trace minerals to help absorb odor and balance skin pH.• Witch Hazel is a natural astringent commonly used to help absorb excess oil from the skin.• Chamomile Extract contains natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.• Bergamot Oil is rich in minerals and Vitamin C; well known for its natural anti-bacterial properties.

Both myself and the Mister have been trying out the Claydry Deodorant. It works really well for both of us, and even though it has baking soda in it, it does not cause as much irritation for me as other baking soda based deodorants, likely due to the arrowroot and chamomile.

It kept me smelling great even after a sweaty cardio workout! The elderberry scent is really great, a unisex tart berry scent.

Zion Health / Adama Minerals has kindly given me a discount code for 10% off – the code is JODI and can be used on the Adama Minerals website.

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, these products were PR gifted for review purposes. This is not a sponsored post, and the discount code is not an affiliate code. However, my opinion is always my own, based on my personal experiences with the products.