Sothys Chrono-Destressing Sleeping Mask Review

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Today I have a review of one of the new products from the Sothys nO2ctuelle Range that was sent to me from Sothys Canada and Poz Pub Inc. The newnO2ctuelle  range is targeted for nighttime usage. [info in italics taken from the Sothys Canada press release]

Sothys nO2ctuelle Chrono-Destressing Sleeping Mask

Lack of sleep, hectic lifestyle and daily aggression, put a strain on skin every day. Sothys tackles this problem with its night range, which takes visible action to counter environmental factors of ageing.

Because there is twice as much cellular renewal activity at night than during the day, Sothys developed a trio of winning products, to help the skin erase the visible signs of daytime damage caused by the environment, and visible work against premature skin ageing.

Sothys nO2ctuelle Chrono-Destressing Sleeping Mask

The line includes the Detox Resurfacing Overnight Cream ($109.50 CAD), the Relaxing Pillow Mist ($34.50 CAD) and the Chrono-Destressing Sleeping Mask ($62.50 CAD for eight 4ml masks).

Sothys nO2ctuelle Chrono-Destressing Sleeping Mask

A little bit about the Chrono-Destressing Sleeping Mask:

A formula packed with stabilized anti-ageing vitamin C plant extracts from oxygen-like nasturtium and active ingredients to capture light and promote skin wellness.

Ideally, apply 1 to 2 times per week instead of your usual cream and leave on the face and neck for 10 minutes. A new beauty routine and a first step toward letting go with a subtle fragrance that beckons sleep. A trifecta of citrus fruits are layered over a base of cedar and musk.

With vitamin C, nasturtium, chaste tree and lindera extracts, the Chrono-Destressing Sleeping Mask reduces the signs of ageing with a smoothing effect you can see from the first application. It requires a specific massage to improve its benefits: apply it with flattened palms to relaxing pressure points form the forehead to the base of the neck. Skin is visibly replenished and relieved from fatigue when you awaken.

Sothys nO2ctuelle Chrono-Destressing Sleeping Mask

I was able to get several uses from each of the mask packs that I received. Each time I used the Chrono-Destressing Sleeping Mask I woke up with glowing and smooth skin! I do wish that I had more packages of the sleeping mask, so I could test it out for a longer period of time!

Scent-wise it is very spa-like with its citrus, and cedar blend. I really cannot smell the musk (thankfully, as I don’t enjoy musk scents). The scent is very mild and disappears as the mask soaks into the skin. The fragrance did not trigger any sensitive skin reactions for me.

Sothys is available at institutes and spas across Canada (and worldwide).

I’ve previously reviewed some makeup from Sothys Fall Winter 2017 Collection (here) and their Crème Jeunesse / Youth Cream (here) if you want to check it out.

Disclosure: PR Samples from Sothys Canada / Poz Pub Inc, however my opinion (and sensitive skin) is very much my own.

Zabana Essentials Banana Colloidal Oatmeal Face Mask + Scrub Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Zabana Essentials Banana Colloidal Oatmeal Face Mask + Scrub that came in my May Petit Vour subscription box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour May 2018 Unboxing

Say goodbye to dry skin! Banana & Colloidal Oatmeal work as a mild and soothing powerhouse duo to hydrate, soothe, repair, and pamper the driest skin. Rich in Vitamin A, Potassium, and Silica skin proteins that will instantly reveal a smooth complexion and your natural glow.

Zabana Essentials Banana Colloidal Oatmeal Hydrating & Rejuvenating Face Mask + Scrub

This facial scrub – mask combo looks and feels a lot like a sugar scrub in texture. You apply it to wet skin, and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes and then massage it into the skin before rinsing it off. The facial mask + scrub is super gentle, and my skin felt so soft and hydrated after rinsing it off!

The sample pack contains enough of the mask-scrub for several uses, which I really like, because I prefer to use a product several times in order to have a solid opinion on how a product works for my sensitive skin.

The full size sells for $25 USD for a 2 oz jar, the sample foil pack contains 1 oz of product (worth $12.50 USD).

Zabana Essentials Banana Colloidal Oatmeal Hydrating & Rejuvenating Face Mask + Scrub

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Rhassoul Clay, *Musa (Banana) Powder, *Avena Sativa (Colloidal Oatmeal) Powder,  *Maranta (Arrowroot) Arundinacea Powder, *Sucrose (Sugar), Nucifera Prunus Dulcis (Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Essential Oil, *Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Plant Extract | *Certified Organic Ingredients. 

Have you tried this hybrid facial mask and scrub?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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

Andalou Naturals Brighten & Tighten Hydro Serum Facial Mask Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Brighten & Tighten Hydro Serum Facial Mask from Andalou Naturals that came in my January Petit Vour subscription box. This is a fibre sheet mask with Vitamin C. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Andalou Naturals Brighten & Tighten Hydro Serum Facial Mask

Fruit Stem Cell Science®, Tamarind, and Vitamin C instantly begin to lighten, tighten, and brighten by targeting UV sun damage and activating collagen and elastin for a smooth, luminous complexion.

Andalou Naturals Brighten & Tighten Hydro Serum Facial Mask

This sheet mask has loads of serum / essence – enough that I was able to rub it into my face, neck and chest after removing. My skin seems to do well with most vitamin C based serums. This one was gentle and did not irritate my sensitive skin.

Andalou Naturals Brighten & Tighten Hydro Serum Facial Mask


Ingredients: 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Purified Water (Aqua), Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Vegetable Glycerin, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Oil*, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Tamarindus Indica (Tamarind) Seed Extract*, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract*, Biosaccaride Gum-1, Bisabolol, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder, Allantoin, Tocopherol, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract*†, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract*†, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract*†, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil* | *Certified Organic Ingredients

Andalou Naturals Brighten & Tighten Hydro Serum Facial Mask

The mask itself fit my face a lot better than some sheet masks, and did not feel like it was constantly sliding down my face. In the instructions it says to leave on for 10 to 20 minutes, I left it on for 15 minutes before removing.

My skin felt smooth and hydrated after use, and 24 hours after application, it still feels nice. I already use a vitamin C serum, and other skin brightening products, so I could not see any real difference in terms of brightness. All in all, I’d like to buy myself a box of these sheet masks and do a more long term test.

Andalou Naturals Brighten & Tighten Hydro Serum Facial Mask

Have you tried this sheet mask (or others) from Andalou Naturals? What is your favourite sheet mask?

Andalou Naturals is cruelty free.

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

Odacité Synergie [4] Immediate Skin Perfecting Beauty Masque

Petit Vour December 2017

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I was originally going to test out the Odacité Synergie [4] Immediate Skin Perfecting Beauty Masque on the weekend, I decided to test it out yesterday instead after my patch test on my arm was fine. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour December 2017

This powdered facial mask works on four levels:

SYNERGIE[1] DETOX & PURIFY PORES :The synergy of Clay + Activated Charcoal works diligently on your skin, leaving your pores visibly refined and free of blemishes. 

SYNERGIE[2] PEEL : The synergy of Enzymes + Fruit Acids works instantly to slough off dead skin cells, encouraging fresh new ones to the surface for a fresh, healthy glow. 

SYNERGIE[3] BRIGHTEN & EVEN OUT SKIN TONE: The fast-acting synergy of Vitamin C + Enzymes fades hyperpigmentation and prevents brown spots, revealing a radiant and even skin tone. 

SYNERGIE[4]  FIRM: The synergy of Vitamin C + Probiotics works in duo to boost collagen synthesis, providing the skin with the support it needs to stay firm and youthful.

Odacité Synergie [4] Masque

The mask is water activated, but if you want to bump up the effectiveness of one of the four synergies, you can add a different liquid (such as yogurt, milk, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice).

Odacité Synergie [4] Masque

I decided to just use water to test out the mask itself, before trying any other liquids, so I would know how my skin reacted to the mask itself.


I mixed the mask up, with slightly too much water at first, but then added a bit more of the powder to thicken it up (roughly half the package total), applied the facial mask with a brush, and left it on for 15 minutes. After washing off the mask, my face was a little pink. But my skin looked like it had been deeply cleaned – but not aggressively so. It definitely cleans your pores!


I do think that you would need to use this mask several times to really notice the brightening and firming effects, but overall I think that this is a lovely facial mask. I would love to own the full size, but at $59 USD, it will have to go on my wishlist right now.

Odacité Synergie [4] Masque

Messy hair and all! Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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

Weekly Recap Nov 13th to 19th

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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, November 13th – Easy Home Whitening for Sensitive Teeth with Smile Brilliant (and Giveaway) *PR sample, promo code and giveaway link*

Wednesday, November 15th – The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% Review

Friday, November 17th – Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme Facial Masque Review

Things and stuff:

It is a snowy and wet Sunday morning here in Montreal. I’m so not ready for winter!

I made a Thai inspired soup this morning in my InstantPot and my entire place smells like lemongrass and ginger. Yuuuuuuum!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: All products disclosed in original reviews. My opinion is always my own whether the post involves a PR sample or something that I paid for myself.

Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Review

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Today I have a review of the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask from Shamanuti that I received in my October Petit Vour subscription box. I’ve had a chance to try this several times now, and feel ready to let you know what I think. [all info in italics is from the Petit Vour website]

Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme Masque

A pumpkin facial masque, rich with nutrients

• Transforms dull complexions into brighter, healthier skin
• Rejuvenates skin while preserving its natural, protective mantle

This Pumpkin Masque is rich in natural antioxidants, enzymes and over 100 beneficial nutrients, which increase the rate of cell renewal, transforming dull complexions to bright and healthy skin. Comparable to the effects of alpha hydroxyl acids, this organic face masque rejuvenates skin while preserving its natural protective mantle.

Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme Masque

I’ve tested out and reviewed a few pumpkin based facial masks previously – the Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask from Anadalou Naturals (review is here) and the Incredible Pumpkin Peel from MyChelle Dermaceuticals (here), so I was excited to try this one out.

Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme Masque

Masks have acids or enzymes in them usually tingle when applied – and this one does tingle a bit. For me, it is within the tolerable range, and not in the danger zone of face melting. If you have sensitive skin or sensitivity to acids / enzyme based products ALWAYS DO A PATCH TEST before trying on your face. Trust me on this one.

Your skin will glow after using this mask. And it looks and smells like pumpkin pie filling – which I love! My skin does not feel dry or stripped after using.

Shamanuti Pumpkin Enzyme Masque

I only have one complaint about this mask – the pump in the sample size clogs easily due to the thickness / texture of the mask which is annoying. So I just take the pump off and use it to scoop the mask out of the bottle. The packaging for the full size looks similar to the sample size, so it might be an issue.

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Cucurbita pepo (Pumpkin), Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharinum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, Aqua (Water), Vegetable Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate, Glucolactone, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Oil, Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide Gum), Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Bark, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Powder, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Powder, Pimenta Officinalis (Allspice) Powder, Rosmarinus Officnalis (Rosemary Oleoresin), Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Oil

The full size is listed on the Petit Vour website at $42 USD for 4 fluid ounces.

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

Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing & First Impressions – Sept 2017

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This month’s Ipsy Glam Bag arrived a little later than usual, but it was well worth the wait! This month’s theme was “Like A Boss”, and I love the bag design – black faux leather with its embossed stud pattern and bright blue lining. Info in italics taken from the Ipsy website.

Let’s take a look at what was inside:

Adesse New York Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in Deception

  • This futuristic formula is super opaque, seriously shiny, and looks suspiciously like a gel.
  • Daunted by the DIY mani? Don’t be! The brush dispenses the perfect amount of polish on each nail, so it’s pretty much foolproof.
  • We’re not into playing faves, but this no-nonsense, steely gray shade comes pretty darn close.
  • This varnish is vegan, cruelty free, and totes non-toxic.

This is my second product from Adesse New York. I am so happy with this one, the shade is totally something that I would wear, and I don’t already have something similar. Plus it is cruelty free!

E Nature Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack

Ipsy Glam Bag Sept 2017

  • SOKO GLAM COLLAB: Chosen for ipsters by boss babe/Soko Glam co-founder Charlotte Cho
  • Hard work can happen after hours, too. This boss formula takes the night shift, so you wake up with refreshed, hydrated skin.
  • It’s made with 74% birch juice (AKA birch tree sap) which helps quench your skin while you sleep.
  • Our friends at Soko Glam say: “After using it for the first time, I noticed my face felt very soft and looked beautiful and plumped in the morning.”

I’m looking forward to trying this cruelty free sleeping mask out. It barely has a scent – they only use natural fragrances, so it should not irritate my sensitive skin. Review to follow once I’ve tested it out.


Ipsy Glam Bag Sept 2017

  • We wish we were as good at multitasking as this genius eye brush. Not only does the angled shape help you blend any eye look like a boss, but you can *also* use it for all your fave cream and powder shadows.
  • We’re suckers for anything rose gold, and the pretty handle on this guy looks amaaaazing on our vanity.
  • Have a brush with kindness! This fluffy, synthetic bristled beauty is 100% cruelty-free.

I love getting brushes in my Ipsy Glam Bag, especially ones from Luxie. It is super soft and cruelty free.

Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes The Shadow in Gunmetal

  • Streaks? Creases? #unsubscribe. This velvety baby blends like a dream.
  • Your eye look will be on lockdown. We tested it on an epic errands day and our smoky eye stayed put.
  • Gunmetal is a smoldery, steely gray that *also* looks rad as a liner.

This is a beautiful gunmetal – a shade that I will definitely wear. And it is cruelty free! My only complaint is that it is TINY.

ColourPop Cosmetics Lippie Stix in Glam Bag

  • You voted, and here’s the winner! This exclusive matte shade was created in collab with our favorite peeps (ipsters like you).
  • The velvety formula is majorly pigmented, which means you get totally opaque, full-coverage color.
  • Even though it’s matte, it’s super comfy and non-drying thanks to moisturizing shea butter and Vitamin E.
Overall verdict:
Ipsy Glam Bag Sept 2017
Ipsy did a fantastic job this month! All five products are cruelty free, and all are products
that I will definitely use.
What did you get this month?
Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!
Disclosure: I pay for this subscription.

Ipsy GlamBag May 2017 Unbox & First Impressions

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My May Ipsy Glam Bag finally arrived. This month’s bag has a summer theme.

Let’s see what I got this month! (Descriptions in italics taken from the Ipsy website)

Up first is a Charcoal Wash Off Mask from Global Beauty Care

Ipsy GlamBag May 2017

  • Another mud mask? Groundbreaking. But seriously, this one’s special! It’s made from charcoal, which digs deep to gently remove icky dirt and grime without drying out your skin.

  • If you want to skip makeup, this mask is great for prepping your complexion to bare it all. Think: all the glowy goodness of a facial in just 15 minutes!

I love facial masks, so I was pretty happy to get this one. I have yet to try it out, so a review is still to come. According to the packaging, this product is not tested on animals.

Up next, is a five shade Island Life mini palette from Pacifica.


Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016 Unboxing & First Impressions

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

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This month’s Ipsy Glam Bag is a good one in my opinion. Let’s take a look:

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

This month’s theme was Carpe P.M., and the bag is supposed to double as a little wristlet. It is a pinky red fuzzy fabric, with a gold metallic interior lining. It is kind of cute in a tacky way, but not something that I would use.

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

The first product is the Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask. I’ve tried this product before, and it works well for my sensitive skin. Cruelty free brand, owned by a parent company that is not cruelty free.

A fruity cocktail to brighten us up. Glycolic acid from pineapple, lactic acid from passion fruit, citric acid from lemon, and tartaric acid from grape work together to exfoliate and leave our skin looking its most radiant.

  • Let’s add one more fruit to that. Papain from Mexican papayas helps reduce the appearance of fine lines.
  • Downplay. Minimizes pores and diminishes hyperpigmentation.
  • 10 out of 10 of us here at ipsy HQ said our skin felt firmer after a single use.

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

The second product is the Nyx Prismatic Shadow in shade Jaded. The photos just don’t do this one justice, it is a beautiful metallic green shade. Cruelty free brand owned by a parent company that is not cruelty free.

Razzle dazzle ‘em. We’re in awe over how pigmented this shadow is, delivering rich color with gentle metallic shimmer in a single swipe.

  • Go it alone. No primer necessary to turn on the glitz and get a look that lasts.
  • Standout formula. Soft texture makes the shadow easy to blend, without flecks falling onto our cheeks.

ipsters who sample this shadow in their Glam Bag will receive Bedroom Eyes (chestnut)Fireball (reddish rose)Jaded (green) or Punk Heart (amethyst).

I really like the one that I received, but all four shades are gorgeous.

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

The third product is the Symphony Beauty Snow Cream Moisturizer. I’ve only tested this on my wrist so far, but it has such a cool texture. Cruelty free brand.

Zero gravity. This weightless whipped gel moisturizer feels as light and fluffy as fresh snow—and has us dreaming of a white Christmas.

  • Instant gratification. Absorbs immediately and leaves our faces looking fresh and hydrated.
  • Cut the grease. No sticky or tacky residue left behind. Just super smooth skin.
  • Oh, do glow on. Vitamin E nourishes and helps brighten up our complexions.

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

The fourth product is the Ciaté Liquid Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Pin Up. I like how this one applies smoothly and evenly. It actually feels comfortable! Way better than the one from last month’s bag (here). Cruelty free company.

We’re matte about it. One of the most comfy liquid lipsticks we’ve ever tried.  And trust us, we’ve sampled hundreds here at ipsy HQ. Creamy and moisturizing, it dries down to a soft finish that lasts and lasts.

  • Berry nice. Purplish-pink shade looks fan-freaking-tastic with any skin tone.
  • Hyaluronic acid conditions lips (buh-bye, dryness and flaking) and makes them appear fuller and smoother.
  • Stay inside the lines. Precision tip makes it easy to apply and totally goof-proof, even for liquid lipstick newbies.

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

The fifth and final product is the Tarte Maracuja Oil (aka Barracuda Oil, right Cat and Stashy, haha!)  I’m super happy about this one! Cruelty free.

Oils can seem scary (um hello! who wants to look greasy?!) but this multitasker left our skin quenched, nourished, and dewy—not shiny. You’ll want to have a bottle on you at all times. 

  • Packed with complexion heroes like skin-brightening Vitamin C and repairing fatty acids
  • Use it for a zillion other things like frizz-fighting, on-the-go manis, makeup removal

I’ve had several samples of this oil over the years, I think that it might be the first facial oil that I’d ever tried.

Overall, I think that this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag was great! I got three skincare products and two makeup products that I really like. What did you get in your bag? Were you happy with what you received?

Ipsy Glam Bag Dec 2016

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I pay for this subscription, my opinions are my own.