Merit Signature Lip Reviews – Baby and L’Avenue

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Merit Signature Lip

If you follow me on InstaGram, you will have seen that I did a very small order during the Sephora annual sale. Today I’m reviewing and swatching two of the Merit Signature Lip Lightweight Lipsticks [info in italics taken from the Sephora website].

Merit Signature Lip - Baby

What it is: A sheer lipstick with a satin finish and the benefits of a lip balm—without the heaviness of a traditional lipstick.

Formulation Type: Lipstick Benefits: Hydrating

Highlighted Ingredients: Squalane and Sunflower Seed Oil: Lock in long-lasting moisture. Papaya Fruit Extract: Soothes lips. Raspberry Oil: Moisturizes and adds a soft aroma.

Merit Signature Lip - L'Avenue

There are eight shades listed on the Sephora website, and I purchased the shades Baby (neutral pink) and L’Avenue (berry brown). Baby is the perfect pink toned nude on me, and L’avenue pulls more berry than brown on me. I love them both!

Merit Signature Lip Baby and L'avenue Swatches

These lipsticks are so hydrating! The colour applies sheer, but is slightly buildable. SO comfortable on the lips. It really does feel lightweight. Probably the most comfortable lipstick I’ve ever worn. It isn’t super long wearing, but I don’t mind re-applying as I would with a lip balm.

I’d like to pick up a few more shades at some point – most likely Tiger (brick red) and Fashion (soft berry).

Have you tried these lipsticks?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, I purchased these things. And I might do it again!

boscia Gel Eye Mask & C Serum Review

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boscia / BlendPR "Green Box"

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

Let’s look at the Gel Eye Masks first:

boscia Triple Hyaluronic Acid and Honeydew boscia Triple Hyaluronic Acid and Honeydew Moisture Boost Gel Eye Masks

Replenish and restore much-needed moisture to dehydrated, overworked under-eyes with a pack of cool-on-contact hydrogel eye masks that instantly invigorate, hydrate and refresh.

These gel eye masks are so soothing and hydrating. Key ingredients are the triple hyaluronic acids (hydration, plumping and firming), honeydew melon (radiance, hydration), Niacinimide (vitamin B3 – brightening, anti-inflammatory).

I especially like to use these gel masks when my under-eyes are a little puffy due to my year-round allergies. They really help to de-puff and hydrate.

Now onto the Booster Serum:

boscia Vitamin C w Caviar Lime Booster Serum

Instantly brighten, reduce the look of hyperpigmentation and even skin tone with a Vitamin C serum that provides a beaming, smooth complexion. A powerful 10% Vitamin C Complex and AHA-rich Caviar Limes helps exfoliate and smooth uneven-textured skin for an everyday, healthy-looking glow-up.

This is a great Vitamin C Serum – it doesn’t have that metallic “hot dog water” scent that some C based serums have. The key ingredients are: 10% Vitamin C Complex (brightening, hyperpigmentation), Caviar Lime (vitamin C – brightening, AHA – exfoliating), Astaxanthin (antioxidant), Jojoba (prevent free-radical damage), and Willowherb (anti-inflammatory).

My skin thrives when I use any skincare with Vitamin C. This serum is light, and quick to absorb, and plays nicely with every single moisturizer that I’ve tried it with!

Have you tried either the Gel Eye Masks, or the Booster Serum?

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Disclosure: Products were gifted, however my opinion is always my own. Not sponsored.

Nyx Thick It. Stick It! Brow Mascara Review

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Today I have a review of the Nyx Thick It. Stick It! Thickening Brow Mascara. I purchased it a few weeks ago when my e.l.f. Cosmetics Wow Brow Tinted Brow Gel started to run out.

Nyx Thick It. Stick It ! Thickening Brow Mascara

New vegan brow mascara in 8 high-impact shades to tint, tame, and thicken all brow types with a natural finish that lasts 16 hours. Ultra-buildable, tinted plant-origin fibers take brows to the next level with each layer. Upgrade your brows from thick to thicker to thickest!

Nyx Thick It. Stick It ! Thickening Brow Mascara

Brush brows upwards and in the direction of hair growth to tame and define your brow shape. Easily customize your look with the tapered brush to blend and build tint and fullness. Add more coats to take your brows from thick to thicker to thickest! For extra full dimension, begin by brushing backward from the tail end of your brows inward, then brush through brows like usual.

Nyx Thick It. Stick It ! Thickening Brow Mascara

This brow mascara comes in 8 shades: Taupe, Cool Blonde, Auburn, Rich Auburn, Cool Ash Brown, Brunette, Espresso, and Black. I chose the Espresso shade to try because I like my brows to be a super dark brown. This brow gel really does work to fatten up my sparse brows. Majorly buildable, but you have to be careful applying to not over-do it. Two coats is plenty for my brows, three coats is too much. It is also super long wearing and transfer resistant!

Have you tried this tinted brow gel?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

The Beauty of Eczema Bath Salts Review

The Beauty of Eczema Bath Salts

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The Beauty of Eczema Bath Salts

If you follow me on InstaGram, you will have seen that I attended the Keratinworks Self Care Pampering Virtual Event with BlendPR. Attendees received a box of self care pampering goodies, and today I’m reviewing The Beauty of Eczema Bath Salts [info in italics taken from The Beauty of Eczema website]

The Beauty of Eczema Bath Salts

The Beauty of Eczema™ is a full range of products for very dry and sensitive skin that was born through Camille’s personal struggles. Camille proudly created a range of beautiful, natural, vegan, cruelty-free, botanically scented skincare suitable for sensitive skin angels. Camille particularly loves that they contain over 97.8% naturally derived ingredients from oat lipids to sweet almond oil and the beautiful ‘imperfectly perfect’ packaging design.

Bath Salts for very dry & sensitive skin.

With 99.9% naturally derived ingredients.
Apply a generous handful to a warm bath and relax from the stresses of the day.

The Beauty of Eczema Bath Salts

I’ve been curious about this brand as my skin is on the sensitive side, and have heard great things about The Beauty of Eczema. I love bath salts in general, so I was excited to try these Bath Salts out. These are very gentle and soothing – my skin felt great after my bath! I’d like to try more from this brand as they don’t dry out my skin.

Have you tried anything from The Beauty of Eczema?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the very beginning, this was a gifted package from a PR event. However, my opinions (and sensitive skin) are very much my own and this little review is based on my experience with the product.

Cumulative Empties Sep 2021 to Feb 2022

Empties Sep 21 to Feb 22 Skincare

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Today I have my empties that I’ve accumulated over the past six months. There actually should be more, but I think that a few things got misplaced or recycled.

Skincare:

Empties Sep 21 to Feb 22 Skincare

Made for Me Hydrating Moisturizer and Brightening C Serum (*PR Gifted) – Both the moisturizer and serum are amazing, and I’d would highly recommend both of them. I have a bunch of serums and moisturizers to use up in my stash, but I would purchase these. Reviews are here.

Haircare:

Empties Sep 21 to Feb 22 Haircare

Garnier Fructis Hydrating Treat Conditioner (Aloe Extract) – This is a great budget friendly conditioner. I would re-purchase this eventually – but right now I’m committed to using the Keratinworks line to maintain my hair post salon treatment. Review is here.

EVOLVh Smart Start Leave-In Conditioner (*PR Gifted) and Ultrashine Moisture Shampoo – Both are amazing, and I could see myself purchasing eventually. Reviews are here and here.

Kristin Ess Beach Wave Spray – This is a great product for enhancing my wavy hair and giving it that beachy wave effect. I would re-purchase eventually. Review is here.

Noughty To The Rescue Intense Moisture Treatment – An awesome budget friendly hair mask – I loved this, and would likely repurchase. Review is here.

Bath and Body:

Empties Sep 21 to Feb 22 Bodycare

Haus of Gloi Lily Cake Bubbling Scrub (*This was birthday gift) – I love the bubbling scrubs from Haus of Gloi. I’ve purchased them many times over the years in different scents, and will do so again eventually.

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Cream – I’ve purchased this several times, and will do so again eventually. It is such an amazing body cream. Review is here.

Naturewell Hydrolyzed Collagen Moisture Cream (*PR gifted) – Another amazing body cream. Great for winter dryness. I would purchase this one as it is super effective and budget friendly. Review is here.

Lowen’s Natural Skincare Salt of the Earth Sea Salt Scrub – I would definitely re-purchase this body scrub. It smells amazing, its super hydrating, and exfoliates really well. Review is here.

Makeup:

Empties Sep 21 to Feb 22 Makeup

Flower Beauty Warrior Princess Mascara – I liked this mascara, scored it a 6.25 out of 7. It was good, but not holy grail for me. Review is here.

Essence Cosmetics Bye Bye Panda Eyes! and #Lashes of the Day Mascaras – Bye Bye Panda Eyes I scored 6.25 out of 7, but I found that this mascara got better over time. I would buy this one again, because it improved, so I’d increase the score to 6.75 out of 7. Lashes of the day scored higher at 6.5 out of 7, but it didn’t get any better over time, so I don’t think I would repurchase. Reviews are here and here.

Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara – This mascara scored a 6 out of 7. It was good, but not great for me. I’ve tried and liked other Covergirl mascaras better. Review is here.

So did you finish up many products over the past couple of months?

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Disclosure: All products disclosed above, and in the original blog post reviews. My opinion is my own regardless of if I purchased it, or if it was gifted.

Keratinworks Salon Treatment / Annie Young Boutique Spa Experience

Keratinworks Pure

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If you’ve been following my blog since last year, you will remember that I had been gifted a PR package from Keratinworks of their Keratinworks Pure product line (review is here). I’ve been using the entire product line since then, so I was super excited when BlendPR / Keratinworks reached out to invite me to have a Keratinworks Salon Treatment, hosted by the Annie Young Boutique Spa in Westmount.

I had not been to the Annie Young Boutique Spa before. It is such a beautiful space, and the staff there are so welcoming and so friendly! They do hair, manicure / pedicure, facials, massage, makeup – they do it all!

Let’s take a look at the Keratinworks Salon Treatment [infographic from Keratinworks PR kit / BlendPR].

Keratinworks Salon Treatment Info

There are three techniques – Botox, Classic and Super Smooth – depending on the level of volume reduction / smoothing that your hair needs. Because I prefer to wear my hair wavy, we chose the Botox Technique as it would allow me to keep my waves, while still eliminating frizz.

In my excitement, I only remembered to take one quick before photo – my hair had been blow dried with my Dyson and diffuser attachment, and minimal product – so that the salon could see my hair in its natural state and texture. Please note – I am in the process of growing out hair dye, and I’m due for a haircut.

Before Keratinworks Treatment

Emily applied my treatment, and explained the process each step of the way which I loved. First my hair was washed to remove any styling / product from my hair, before applying the Keratinworks Treatment from root to tip. Then my hair was wrapped in plastic, and I sat under the Processor / heat machine for approximately 45 minutes.

During Keratinworks Treatment

The plastic is then removed, and my hair was left to cool – maybe 10 minutes – I was reading a book so I’m not 100% sure how long the cool down took.

During Keratinworks Treatment

Next the treatment was partially rinsed out of my hair (about 20% should remain in the hair at this point).

During Keratinworks Treatment

Next, my hair was combed through and dried before “heat setting” the treatment with a flatiron passed a number of times over each section of my hair.

After Keratinworks Treatment

The entire process from start to finish took roughly three hours, and if taken care of, the results should last anywhere from 3 to 4 months, and in come cases, as long as 6 months!

After Keratinworks Treatment

They recommend using the Keratinworks Pure line as aftercare, and to avoid any hair products with sulfates, as they will ruin the results / cause the treatment to wear off quickly.

Keratinworks Pure

I was gifted the Keratinworks Pure line (shampoo, conditioner, hydrating hair mask, Liss BB-Cream and Crystal Serum) for after treatment care – which is wonderful because I absolutely love the products!

The first and most important aftercare advice was to wait at least 48 hours before washing my hair. I will post again with my results after washing and styling it myself as few times to let you all know how my waves behave.

Have you tried this salon treatment?

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Disclosure: The Keratinworks Salon Treatment was hosted – thank you Keratinworks, Annie Young Boutique Spa and BlendPR. My thoughts and opinions are based on my experience.

elf Cosmetics Lash It Loud Mascara Review

elf Cosmetics Lash It Loud Mascara

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Today I have a review of the elf Cosmetics Lash It Loud Mascara – I purchased it in early January and have been testing it out. [info in italics taken from the elf Cosmetics website]

elf Cosmetics Lash It Loud Mascara

What is it? A mega volume mascara that helps your lashes look fuller, bolder and longer than ever.

Why we love?

  • Achieve mega volume lashes instantly
  • Volumizing mascara is formulated with intensely rich pigments for bolder than ever lashes
  • Flexible, silicone brush grips lashes from root to tip for insane volume
elf Cosmetics Lash It Loud Mascara

Volume that hits all the high notes! This formula’s intensely rich pigments easily coat lashes for a bigger and bolder look. The sleek flexible wand hugs every single lash with both vertical and horizontal bristles to amplify, define & add dimension.

elf Cosmetics Lash It Loud Mascara

This sounds like a perfect mascara for me since I prefer lots of VOLUME for my lashes. If you’ve been reading abrashattitude.com for awhile, you will know that I am super picky about mascara. I have long, stick-straight lashes that are quite light in colour considering my natural hair colour is dark brown. I use a lash curler and I need a mascara will hold a curl. My eyes are sensitive, and water easily so any mascara that I use must be smudge proof, and water resistant.

I have seven requirements for a mascara, and I’ll comment on each requirement and score each point. So how did the Lash It Loud Mascara score?

elf Cosmetics Lash It Loud Mascara

1. waterproof / water resistant +1 Not waterproof mascara, but held up well during cold weather eye watering for me!

2. smudge-proof +1

3. non-flaking / non-clumping +1

4. must be DARK black (not blackish, not brown black, and definitely not grey black) +1 Dark black!

5. volumizing +1/2 Ok volume, great length. I was hoping for mega volume.

6. must hold a curl +3/4 It holds a curl pretty well, wish it had better hold

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes +1 no itchy eyes!

Overall I would give this mascara a 6.25 out of 7 – which is pretty good! The brush shape works great for my inner and outer lashes. I prefer the volume that the Big Mood Waterproof Mascara gives my lashes, so I’m probably going to try the non-waterproof formula to see how it compares.

I love that elf Cosmetics is cruelty free, and vegan, and affordable!

Have you tried this mascara?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

elf Cosmetics Big Mood Waterproof Macara Review

elf Cosmetics Big Mood Waterproof Mascara

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elf Cosmetics Big Mood Waterproof Mascara

Today I have a review of the elf Cosmetics Big Mood Waterproof Mascara – I purchased it recently and have been testing it out daily. [info in italics taken from the elf Cosmetics website]

elf Cosmetics Big Mood Waterproof Mascara

Why we love:

  • Clean, waterproof formula
  • Plumps and lifts your lashes all day
  • Smooth, creamy formula infused with jojoba wax to hold lashes’ curl
  • Effortless application in one stroke
  • Hourglass-shaped brush head to separate and define lashes
  • Smudge- and flake-resistant formula
elf Cosmetics Big Mood Waterproof Mascara

Bring the drama and take on the world with #BigMoodEnergy—our best-selling Big Mood Mascara is now available in a waterproof formula! This clean, volumizing and lifting waterproof mascara gives you that extra-bold and defined false lash effect without smudging or flaking in one smooth swipe. The hourglass brush head features intertwined bristles to load up your look with pigment and separate lashes, while the creamy, jojoba wax-infused formula holds your lashes’ curl all day.

elf Cosmetics Big Mood Waterproof Mascara

Based on the description of the elf Cosmetics Big Mood Waterproof Mascara, this sounds like a great mascara for me. If you’ve been reading abrashattitude.com for awhile, you will know that I am very very picky about mascara. I have long, super stick-straight lashes that are quite light in colour considering my natural hair colour is dark brown. I use a lash curler and I need a mascara will hold a curl. My eyes are sensitive, and water easily so any mascara that I use must be smudge proof, and water resistant.

elf Cosmetics Big Mood Waterproof Mascara

I have seven requirements for a mascara, and I’ll comment on each requirement and score each point. So how did the Big Mood Waterproof Mascara score?

1. waterproof / water resistant +1

2. smudge-proof +1

3. non-flaking / non-clumping +1

4. must be DARK black (not blackish, not brown black, and definitely not grey black) +1 Super dark black!

5. volumizing +3/4 Good volume, great length, but I always want MORE VOLUME!

6. must hold a curl +3/4 It holds a curl pretty well, wish it had better hold

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes +1 no itchy eyes!

Overall I would give this mascara a 6.5 out of 7 – which is pretty damn good! I especially love the chunky hourglass wand – it works well for my lashes and eye shape. I love that elf Cosmetics is cruelty free, and vegan, and affordable!

Have you tried this mascara?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

Gachala Skincare Luna Night Cream Review

Gachala Skincare Luna Night Cream

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Gachala Skincare Luna Night Cream

Today I have a review of the Luna Night Cream from Gachala Skincare – a Canadian brand that has been on my wishlist for awhile now, so you can imagine how thrilled I was when the lovely owner Karen, reached out and asked me if I wanted to try their award winning anti-aging night cream. [info in italics taken from the Gachala Skincare website]

Gachala Skincare Luna Night Cream

Let’s take a look at the Luna Night Cream:

This rich nighttime cream contains the most potent, purest anti-ageing ingredients from the depth of the Amazonian Rainforests!. Its intelligent formula contains natural complex molecules that will deliver its active ingredients to the deeper layers within the skin cells. As a result, your skin will be tone, hydrated with an even texture. Its non-greasy nourishing formula will bring your skin luminosity and natural radiance.

When you sleep, and your skin is in a regeneration mode, using AMAZONIAN GODDESS Luna Night Cream will accelerate your skin tissue repair as well as promoting cell renewal, which plays a vital role in the health and quality of your skin.

Gachala Skincare Luna Night Cream

This green cream is rich without being heavy or greasy, and is especially perfect for when you want to wake up with hydrated, glowing skin! The scent is a green smelling of a blend of essential oils of ylang ylang, frangipani and lavender which I quite like.

Gachala Skincare Luna Night Cream

Ingredients: *organic carrier oils of sacha inchi (plukenetia volubilis), coconut (coco nucifera),* organic butters of illipe (madhuca longifolia), *acai (euterpe oleracea), cupacu (theobroma grandiflorum), phyo-lumina liposome complex, phyto-bioactive skin toning blend, berry wax (rhus verniciflua), * organic sunflower wax (helianthus annuus), *organic fresh plant chlorophyll, phyto-preserve polyphenols complex, phyto-bioactive essential oils blend containing ylang ylang (cananga odorata), frangipani (plumeria acutifolia) & lavender (lavandula officinalis)

Do a patch test if there are ingredients that are new to you, or ingredients that you are sensitive to. I don’t put anything on my face without doing a patch test first!

Gachala products are crafted in Canada from organically grown, sustainably harvested ingredients from the Amazonian Rainforest. They’re also cruelty free and vegan friendly!

Have you tried anything from this brand? They have both facial skincare and bodycare lines – I definitely want to explore more from this brand!

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this was PR gifted. However, my opinion is always my own, regardless of whether or not I purchased or was gifted a product.