Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum that I purchased and have been testing for a few weeks now. [info in italics taken from the Shoppers Drug Mart website]

Retexturizing night serum that uses gentle encapsulated retinol and two natural botanical retinol alternatives to help speed up cell turnover, boost collagen production, and smooth wrinkles without irritation.

Creamy yet light texture absorbs seamlessly into skin Made for aging, dullness, and problem skin Clean, cruelty-free, vegan.

This would be a great “starter” retinol if you are new to retinol based products, or if you have sensitive skin. After doing my usual 24 hour patch test, I started using it nightly with no irritation or dryness. The serum is milky in appearance and absorbs quickly, and doesn’t feel sticky or heavy.

Reminder – retinol really should only be used at night, and if you are using retinol, always wear SPF – you should be wearing sunscreen daily regardless of retinol usage!

Have you tried this retinol serum?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

Routine Moon Sisters Natural Deodorant Stick Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Natural Deodorant Stick from Routine in the Moon Sisters scent that was purchased recently from well.ca. Routine is a Canadian brand – this is my first time trying anything from this brand [info in italics taken from the Routine website]

Whimsical nostalgia, neroli & roses.
Wearing nothin’ but the moonlight,
summer swimming, striking poses.
CHARCOAL, MAGNESIUM & PREBIOTICS
Scent Profile: Floral & Grounding Predominant Scent: Rose & Neroli (low key floral with nostalgic undertones of summer) Formula: CHARCOAL (with prebiotics) Essential Oils: Lavender, Rose, Neroli, Champa, Vetiver, and Peppermint.

The charcoal detoxifies, magnesium relaxes the pits to reduce stress sweats and prebiotics keep your skin healthy. There is a touch of baking soda for added deodorizing- just enough to keep most sensitive skinned people from getting irritation.

This natural deodorant WORKS really well. Although it says that it only has a touch of baking soda in it, it is just enough that if I use it seven days in a row, it will trigger some irritation – but that is normal for me with any natural deodorant if it has baking soda. So I alternate using with a baking soda free deodorant to prevent reaction / give my skin a break.

Because this deodorant contains charcoal it is grey in colour, so I wouldn’t want to use it with a tank top as it does leave a faint grey cast on the skin. The scent is really nice – not too strong – I love rose and neroli, such a fresh and light floral scent!

I plan to try their baking soda free version the next time I’m stocking up on things from well.ca.

Are you a fan of natural deodorant? Have you tried this one?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

Bloomiss Blooming Lashes Mascara Review

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen in my stories that I recently received a PR package from Bloomiss – they’re a Canadian brand that specializes in beauty, skincare and aromatherapy. I received the Tension Balm, a Natural Tinted Lip Balm, and the Blooming Lashes Mascara. Today I’m reviewing the Blooming Lashes Mascara. [info in italics taken from the Bloomiss website]

Blooming Lashes Mascara will give your eye lashes a treatment that is nourishing and conditioning, making sure to keep them healthy. That’s not all…we all know volume is key with lashes, so this special formula will lengthen and give your lashing natural looking volume in a deep black to make your eyes pop.  It’s a 100% natural clean mascara that you will feel good about putting on your eye lashes. A mascara that is toxin-free, paraben-free, and free from any harmful chemicals. 

Based on the description of the Blooming Lashes Mascara, this sounds like my kind of mascara. 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 not had a lot of luck with any of the more natural mascara formulations that I’ve tried so far, but I’m always willing to try another one!

I have seven requirements for a mascara, and I’ll comment on each requirement and score each point. So how did the Blooming Lashes Mascara measure up?

1. waterproof / water resistant  +3/4 Not waterproof, but it withstood my watery eyes fairly well!

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

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 +1 Gave my lashes pretty good volume!

6. must hold a curl +3/4 It held a curl for several hours, but not as long as I had hoped! If it improves as it starts to dry out a bit, I will update my score.

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes +1 Probably the most eye friendly mascara formulation I’ve ever tried!

Overall I would give this mascara a 6.5 out of 7 – the highest score I’ve ever given to a natural-based mascara!

Have you tried this mascara, did you like it?

I have an affiliate code, so if you are interested in buying this mascara (or anything else, for that matter) I will earn a commission, but please don’t feel any pressure. I’m not a fan of pushy sales people!

https://www.bloomiss.com?sca_ref=556809.TGPlGud3Eq

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this product was gifted, and yes, there is an affiliate code – but my opinion is always my own.

Bloomiss Tension Balm and Tinted Lip Balm Reviews

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen in my stories that I recently received a PR package from Bloomiss – they’re a Canadian brand that specializes in beauty, skincare and aromatherapy. I received the Tension Balm, a Natural Tinted Lip Balm, and the Blooming Lashes Mascara. Today I’m reviewing the Tension Balm and the Tinted Lip Balm – my review of the Mascara will be later this week. [info in italics taken from the Bloomiss website]

Founded in 2016 as a natural organic beauty, skincare and aromatherapy company, Bloomiss products were created to help every woman live their life in full bloom. The name Bloomiss was a word created to encompass a (Blooming) beautiful woman (Miss) when she is striving to be her very best – BLOOMISS.

The Bloomiss product line is a mix of three elements; beauty, skincare, and aromatherapy created to feed your skin and body, healthy natural nourishing ingredients that have results you can see as well as luxury indulgent products to treat yourself and the ones you love. 

Tension Balm:

Relieves the tension and pressure in your neck, head, and achy muscles in our jumbo tube.  Do you have a sore stiff neck…head…shoulders full of tension from daily life? Tired of taking ibuprofen and muscle relaxers in large doses to relax your tension and muscle stiffness.  We have developed our tension balm stick for you to take on the go and to help you with your tension in a natural way. Our tension balm is 100% natural to relieve the tension and pressure on your neck, shoulders, head or any achy body parts. 

Anything that helps relieve soreness / stiffness without popping pain killers is welcomed. I really love the giant tube for easy application.

The standout ingredients are camphor, menthol and arnica – arnica works amazingly well for joint stiffness and pain. You can also use this Tension Balm for headaches. This stuff works really well to provide relief!

Natural Tinted Lip Balm:

100% Natural Beauty Products, All natural minerals are used to make this lip butter smooth, silky and extremely moisturizing. A best selling natural tinted lip balm that will moisturize, nourish and protect your lips while giving you beautiful lip colour! A light mint scent  A  tint of poppies and peaches gives your lips a glistening colour and look. Paraben-Free, Cruelty-Free, Chemical Free, Dye Free 

Ingredients:  Organic Castor Oil, Organic Beeswax,  Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Vanilla Flavor, Organic Peppermint Oil, Organic Aloe Vera Oil, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Titanium Dioxide,  Iron Oxide, Mica

This is a really great lip balm – the tint is really nice too. It doesn’t feel waxy or sticky. Very hydrating – I’m a lip balm addict, so hydration is a must!

I have an affiliate code, so if you are interested in buying either of these (or anything else, for that matter) I will earn a commission, but please don’t feel any pressure. I’m not a fan of pushy sales people!

https://www.bloomiss.com?sca_ref=556809.TGPlGud3Eq

Have you tried either of these? Do you like pain relief balms / creams? Are you also a lip balm addict?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, these products were gifted, and yes, there is an affiliate code – but my opinion is always my own.

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.