Skin&CO Truffle Therapy Face Toner Review

Hello, hello – welcome to / welcome back to A Brash Attitude! Today I have a review of the Skin&CO Truffle Therapy Face Toner that came in my Winter CAUSEBOX [info in italics taken from the Skin&CO website].

Gentle, powerful, soothing, and healing.  Truffle Therapy Face Toner deeply cleanses and purifies pores with the antiseptic power of Witch Hazel and Sage, effectively removing impurities, clogged pores and dead skin cells to treat, heal, and prevent blemishes.  The natural extracts and antioxidant properties of Black Winter Truffle, Rosemary, Calendula, and Cucumber soothes and protects from environmental and free radical damage.

This is a really nice toner – it doesn’t sting or make my skin feel stripped. My skin seems to be doing really well since I started using this toner approximately four weeks ago. I think that it is really helping to prevent my skin from breaking out or becoming over-sensitive from all the mask wearing.

Have you tried this cruelty free and vegan toner? Do you have a favourite facial toner?

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Disclosure: This came in my CAUSEBOX subscription that I paid for!

Essence Lashes of the Day Super Volume Mascara Review

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Today I have a review of the Essence #Lashes of the Day Super Volume Mascara that I purchased awhile back in my little haul from Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty [info in italics taken from the Shoppers website].

Have a #fabulash day with look at me lashes! This Super volume mascara will give you the perfect curl. The brush is designed to evenly apply mascara to each and every lash.

Based on the description of the Lashes of the Day Super Volume Mascara, this sounds perfect for me. If you’ve been reading abrashattitude.com for awhile, you will know that I am admittedly so mega 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 need to use a lash curler and I need a mascara that holds 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 Essence #Lashes of the Day Super Volume Mascara measure up?

1. waterproof / water resistant  – Not waterproof, but it withstood my watery eyes, so quite water-resistant +1

2. smudge-proof +1 This was surprising as it is not a waterproof formulation, but I had no smudging!

3. non-flaking / non-clumping – If you don’t wipe the excess of the ends of the mascara wand, if can get a little on the clumpy side. +1

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

5. volumizing +1 Pretty great volume

6. must hold a curl +1/2 It holds a curl pretty well for several hours, but not all day. Hopefully this will improve as the mascara dries out, if it does, I will revise my score.

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes +1

Overall I would give this mascara a 6.5 out of 7. If it held a curl better, I would have scored it higher. Nearly perfect, but not quite holy grail for me.

Have you tried this mascara, did you like it?

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

Covergirl The Super Sizer Big Curl Mascara Waterproof Review

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Today I have a review of the Covergirl The Super Sizer Big Curl Mascara Waterproof in the shade Very Black that I purchased awhile back in my little haul from Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty [info in italics taken from the Shoppers website].

Super-sized curl and volume in an instant! Use COVERGIRL’s Big Curl Mascara for evenly-coated, lifted lashes from root to tip. Your curled lash look will last all day!

Based on the description of the Covergirl The Super Sizer Big Curl Mascara Waterproof, this sounds perfect for me. If you’ve been reading abrashattitude.com for awhile, you will know that I am admittedly so mega 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 need to use a lash curler and I need a mascara that holds 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 Covergirl The Super Sizer Big Curl Mascara Waterproof measure up?

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, MEGA!

5. volumizing +1/2 Sadly this mascara is not as volumizing as I had hoped – may it will improve as the mascara dries out a bit, if so, I will update the score.

6. must hold a curl +1 Holds a curl really well!

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes +1

The brush is a curved, needle type bristle brush – gets all the lashes, even the tiny lashes at the inner corner. Overall I would give this mascara a 6.5 out of 7 – very close, but not quite Holy Grail status.

Have you tried this mascara, did you like it?

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

Quo Beauty Breathable Nail Colour Review and Swatching – Tutu and Angel Kisses

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Today I have a little review and swatching of the Quo Beauty Breathable Nail Colour & Treatment in the shades Tutu and Angel Kisses . I purchased them recently from Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix [info in italics taken from the Shoppers website].

Let your nails breath while still wearing polish! The healthy solution: Breathable Nail Colour. Help keep the natural physiology of your nails protected, while water-vapor and air can still pass through. For best results and to extend the wear of your manicure, use with Breathable Base & Top.

Features and Benefits: 1. Air and water vapor permeablility features 2. Fast drying 3. Protects against nail discoloration and yellowing 4. Flexible film that helps increase resistance to chipping

Tutu:

The shade Tutu is a soft ballet pink – very soft and pretty. I think that it definitely needs three coats -maybe you can get away with two depending on how evenly you apply – as it can come out streaky.

Quo Breathable Nail Colour & Treatment Tutu
Quo Breathable Nail Colour & Treatment Tutu – Two Coats
Quo Breathable Nail Colour & Treatment Tutu – Three Coats (ignore the dry cuticles)

Angel Kisses:

The shade Angel Kisses is a silvery pink shimmer polish. It looks ok with one coat, and perfect with two coats as you can see in my photos.

Quo Breathable Nail Colour & Treatment Angel Kisses – Two Coats

Both polishes are have a nice shine to them without a topcoat – but I’m sure that you can extend the wear with a good topcoat. I’m very hard on my nails – between all the hand washing, and hand santizer and general wear and tear – nail polish just does not last more than three to four days (maximum) for me regardless of the brand!

Overall, I really like this polish – it doesn’t seem to be as hard on the nails as most. I’ll likely purchase a few more colours for spring / summer.

Have you tried this nail polish?

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

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.

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.

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.

aeos Cleansing Oil Dé-Maq Review

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Sorry that I’ve not been keeping to my usual blogging schedule these days, but today I have a review of a cleansing oil that I’ve been using on and off for the past year – the aeos Cleansing Oil Dé-Maq. I received this as a part of my judging package for the 2019-2020 Cert-Clean Clean Beauty Awards and it was one of my top rated facial cleansers that I had judged. [info in italics taken from the aeos website]

Rapidly reveal a smooth, glowing, nourished complexion, as you remove every last trace of make-up and impurities with our award-winning oil-based cleanser.

A transforming blend of premium-grade organic and biodynamic oils and plant extracts, this revolutionary formula helps normal/dry skin retain optimal moisture with the pure power of plants, as well as balancing oily/combination skin types.

I tend to use oil based cleansers in the colder months, or when I’m doing a double cleanse. The aeos Cleansing Oil is so hydrating and does a great job of removing makeup – even waterproof mascara! It doesn’t leave a greasy film after rinsing. And it has a mild, pleasant herbal scent – I can mainly smell the frankincense.

Ingredients: Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Squalane (derived from olives), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Opuntia Ficus Indica (Prickly Pear) Seed Oil, Boswellia neglecta (Frankincense) Resin Oil, Triticum Spelta (Spelt) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil. Natural constituents of essential oils: Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, Eugenol, Farnesol.

Have you tried this cleansing oil? What is your favourite?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this was one of the products that were gifted to me as part of the judging panel for the Cert-Clean Clean Beauty Awards. As always, my opinion is my own, and is based on my user experience.