My Top 18 Cruelty Free of 2018

Hello, hello and Happy New Year!

I’ve been combing through my blog posts from 2018 and have for you my top 18 cruelty free products for 2018 – it includes bath & body, haircare, skincare and a little bit of makeup. It was really tough to narrow it down to just 18.

Let’s get started! These are not in any particular order, just grouped by category.

Bath and Body:

1. Buck Naked Soap Company Geranium & Purple Clay Sugar Scrub – I’ve been using this all the time, it works amazing to exfoliate and moisturize at the same time. This might be my all time fave sugar scrub! Review is here. (PR product).

2. Buck Naked Soap Company Himalayan Salt Soap – Another staple in my bath / shower routine. It also works well to gentle exfoliate without drying out the skin. Review is here. (PR product)

3. Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Body Oil – I love this body oil, it smells amazing and it is fast to absorb into the skin without a greasy residue. Review is here.

4. Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Body Cream – This smells the same as the body oil, but I prefer to use this one in the cold winter months. Review is here.

Metta Skincare Comforting Hand Balm

5. Metta Skincare Comforting Hand Balm – Although I haven’t had this for very long, I’ve been using it daily and it has really been helping keep my hands soft. Review is here.

Haircare:

6. Kristen Ess Hair Sea Salt Air Dry Spray – This works well to give my hair beachy waves without making it feel crunchy or gross. Review is here.

7. Kariderm Restorative Hair Mask – I love hair masks and this one is exceptional. It makes my hair incredibly soft and really helps to tame it. Review is here. (PR sample)

8. Attitude Super Leaves Volume & Shine Shampoo & Conditioner – I’ve tried three different formulations from this line, and liked them all, this is my current fave because my hair gets uncharacteristically flat due to the cold air and hat wearing. Review is here.

9. Evolvh Ultimate Styling Lotion – This is such a great styling lotion. I tend to use this when I’m going to blow dry my hair because it adds volume and tame my hair at the same time. Review is here.

Wise Men's Care

10. Wise Men’s Care Birch Bark Daily Shampoo – This shampoo doesn’t lather very well, but it manages to clean my hair deeply. And it smells very woody / earthy. Review is here. (PR sample)

Skincare:

11. Poetic Blend The Hero Oil and The Timeless Oil – These facial oils are beautiful. I use each one depending on what I feel my skins needs on any given day. These are a must have in my skincare routine. Reviews are here, and here. (I won these in a giveaway)

12. Poetic Blend The Warrior Serum – I use this serum at night and wake up with beautiful skin. It has AHA, glycolic acid, and ceramides Review is here. (Part of my Poetic Blend giveaway prize winnings)

13. Pacifica Quinoa Sensitive Super Gentle Face Wash – I really like this cleanser, it is super gentle but manages to deeply clean. Review is here.

14. By Anhesa Cedar Face Cream – Another new product, but I’ve been using it a lot these days as it is lightweight yet hydrating, and plays nicely with facial oils and with makeup. Review is here.

15. Sudsatorium Great Gatsby Lip Scrub – This lip scrub is so good. So good! It is bright and minty and my lips are always so smooth and soft after I use it! Review is here.

16. Nova Scotia Fisherman Extreme Lip Care Lip Balm – I’m a lip balm addict. This one is great for winter weather because it protects and hydrates the lips. Review is here.

Make-up:

17. Elate Cosmetics Veiled Elation Mineral Veil – This is such a great loose powder. It gives my skin a very natural, radiance and doesn’t cling to dry patches. Review is here.

18. Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF30 – I barely wore foundation all summer because this worked so well to give me the light coverage that I prefer and SPF. Review is here.

Wow, it was really tough to narrow it down to 18! What were your faves for 2018?

Thanks for reading.

abrashattitude.com have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Please see original blog post reviews for details, all pr samples have been identified.

Elate Cosmetics Veiled Elation Loose Mineral Veil Review in Glowing

Elate Cosmetics Veiled Elation Glowing

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Today I’m reviewing a product that has been on my wishlist for awhile – the Veiled Elation Loose Mineral Veil in the shade Glowing that I recently purchased. [info in italics taken from the website]

Elate Cosmetics Veiled Elation Glowing

A little bit about Elate Cosmetics:

At Elate Cosmetics we are committed to empower everyone to use the best possible products for their daily rituals. We create safe effective beauty products using cruelty-free ingredients, ethical marketing and sustainable practices.

Vegan. Cruelty Free. Clean. Gluten Free. Made in Canada. Sustainable Packaging and Values.

Elate Cosmetics Veiled Elation Glowing

Now onto the product itself. The packaging is stunning, made from bamboo, a sustainable resource.

Finish off your look for the day with Veiled Elation in Glowing. This loose mineral powder literally transforms your skin, with special bamboo extract to reduce redness and irritation. Use Veiled Elation to set your liquid foundation, reduce oil and shine, and create the illusion of flawless skin for that perfect camera-ready glow.

Elate Cosmetics Veiled Elation Glowing

Ingredients: Mica, Bambusa Arundinacea (Bamboo) Stem Extract Boron Nitride, Silica, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines

First off, the packaging is stunning, made from bamboo, a sustainable resource. This translucent mineral powder is great for setting foundation, but I’ve also used it on its own, or with a bit of under-eye concealer. It gives my skin a natural radiant glow without being glittery. It smooths out my skin and so far, doesn’t cling to dry patches or collect in my fine lines. I really like it!

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I’ve also previously reviewed the Creme Revealer (concealer) that came in one of my Petit Vour boxes. I have my eye on one of their foundations, but have a few to use up from my stash first.

Thanks for reading.

abrashattitude.com have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this.

Minimal Makeup Faves for May 2018

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I cannot believe that it is already June! I thought that I would share my makeup faves for the month of May with you (and links to the reviews).

I’ve been wearing minimal makeup these days, but there are a few products that I’ve reached for on days that I wore makeup:

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream

This is perfect for when I want to be wearing sunscreen, but want some light coverage and evening out of my skintone. I don’t think that I’ve worn regular foundation in weeks! Review is here.

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector 

BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector

I’ve been using this under eye corrector since I purchased it in May 2016. It works well for me, and doesn’t crease on me. I especially need it during allergy season! Review is here.

Elate Cosmetics Creme Revealer

Elate Cosmetics Creme Revealer

I’ve been using this a lot since finishing up my Nyx HD Concealer. It works so well with my skintone, and doesn’t cake up! Review is here.

Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow

Wet n Wild Ultimatebrow Retractable Brow Pencil

I use this brow pencil for days when I want a quick and easy brow. When I have loads of time, I’ll use my SureThik Brow Powder, but when I’m strapped for time, I tend to go for this pencil as it is fool-proof! Review is here.

Essence The False Lashes Mascara or I ❤ Extreme Volume Waterproof Mascara

Both are my go to mascaras because they add volume and hold a curl for my stubborn stick straight lashes. I’ve purchased and repurchased both mascaras several times. Reviews are here and here.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Swatches

I’m always wearing of the the Bite Beauty Lipsticks that I own. I have several and all are swatched in my Sweet Cream review ! I can’t wait to own more!

What were your favourites for May?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Products purchased by me, except for the Juice Beauty CC Cream and Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick – those were birthday gifts (from my mom).

 

Weekly Recap Mar 5th to 11th

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Just a recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out and want to catch up…

Monday, Mar 5th – Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub Review

 

Wednesday, Mar 7th – abrashattitude.com turns 3!

3rd Blogiversary for abrashattitude.com!

Friday, Mar 9th – Elate Cosmetics Creme Revealer Review

 

It snowed in Montreal yet again, sigh, I wish that spring would get here already! I’m sick of wearing my winter stuff.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Products came in my Petit Vour monthly subscription that I pay for.

Elate Cosmetics Creme Revealer Review

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Today I have a review of the Creme Revealer from Elate Cosmetics that came in my February Petit Vour box. Elate Cosmetics is a cruelty free Canadian company! [info in italics taken from Petit Vour]

Petit Vour February 2018

This tiny pot of camouflage superpower will give you a boost when you need it most. Elate Creme Revealer is the skin corrector that reveals a more confident you. The smooth creme application makes this your essential tool for concealing under-eye circles, blemishes, scars and anything else you wish to hide. Of course, your true beauty never needs correcting.

Elate Cosmetics Creme Revealer

The concealer is only available in three shades *sigh*

  • Porcelain is a cool-toned concealer for light skin.
  • Buff is a neutral-toned concealer for light, medium and deep skin.
  • Fawn is a yellow-toned concealer for light, medium and deep skin, and is designed to cover purplish, under-eye circles.

Elate Cosmetics Creme Revealer

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Triglyceride, Cold Pressed Organic Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, Olivem 1000, Emulsifying Wax, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Silica, Boron Nitride, Bambusa Arundinacea (Bamboo) Stem Extract, Iron Oxides, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Shell Powder, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Shell Extract, Carrot Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Borage Oil.

Elate Cosmetics Creme Revealer

I received the shade Porcelain, which is a perfect shade for my winter pale skin.

I think that this is a great concealer for normal to dry skin, especially when you take a close look at all of the hydrating oils such as jojoba, castor, carrot, sea buckthorn, evening primrose and borage. I don’t have oily or acne prone skin, so I cannot comment on how this would work for those skin types.

I’ve applied this cream concealer with fingers, brushes and sponges and it works well with all three, it just depends on your preference. It works great for concealing redness on my skin, and does a decent job at concealing the undereye area, but it does need to be set with a powder to prevent creasing. If my dark circles are bad, I’ll combine this concealer with my Becca Brightening Undereye Corrector for maximum concealing power!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: This came in my Petit Vour subscription that I pay for.

 

Weekly Recap Feb 26th to Mar 4th

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Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out and want to catch up…

Monday, Feb 26th – Essence Instant Volume Boost Mascara Review

Wednesday, Feb 28th – Petit Vour Unboxing & First Impressions February 2018

Petit Vour February 2018

Friday, Mar 2nd – Empties February 2018

Empties Feb 2018

I finally had the energy to get back to doing yoga a few times this week, yay!

Hope you all have a great week ahead! Thanks for reading ❤

Disclosure: All products purchased by me!

Petit Vour Unboxing February 2018

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My Petit Vour box just arrived, and I thought that I would share my unboxing with you today!

Petit Vour Unboxing February 2018

Just a reminder, the box is $23 USD per box for Canada (it is $18 USD per month for the US, and $25 USD per month for all other countries). I’m using the exchange rate that I paid this month’s box in calculating the overall value – I paid $29.33 CAD for the February box.

Let’s take a look inside!

Petit Vour February 2018

Elate Cosmetics Creme Revealer in shade Porcelain – I was surprised to see a concealer in a perfect shade for me. I can’t wait to test this out over the next couple of days.

Petit Vour February 2018

Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub – I’ve wanted to try Derma E for a long time, so I’m super happy that I got this sample sized facial scrub! I can’t wait to try this out.

Petit Vour February 2018

Red Apple Lipstick Lip Liner in shade Natural – I’ve never tried this brand before, so I’m excited as it seems to be a perfect shade for several of the MLBB / nude lipsticks in my collection.

Petit Vour February 2018

Zabana Essentials Tamanu Calendula Healing Anti-Blemish Face Balm – This face balm sounds great, looking forward to trying this one out.

Petit Vour February 2018

All in all, I think that this month’s box was great! The contents are valued at $52 USD, and using the exchange rate that I paid for this month’s box, that works out to be $66.30 CAD.

Reviews to follow once I’ve had a chance to test everything out.

Disclosure: I pay for this subscription.