Vo Beauty Reviews

Vo Beauty - Rise & Shine, Skin Water, Beauty Sleep

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Vo Beauty - Rise & Shine, Skin Water, Beauty Sleep

Today I’m reviewing a lovely box of skincare from Vo Beauty – they’re a sustainable cruelty free luxury skincare line based in Toronto. Diana Vo, the founder of the brand, is a holistic esthetician and facialist. I received the Rise & Shine Gel Cleanser, the Skin Water 2% Hyaluronic Acid Serum and the Beauty Sleep Mask. [info in italics taken from the Vo Beauty website]

Here’s the Rise & Shine Gel Cleanser:

Vo Beauty - Rise & Shine Low pH Gel Cleanser

Our gel cleanser is made to balance your skin pH without stripping of its natural oils. Formulated with sulfate-free surfactants from coconuts and apples so it’s more gentle on the skin

– Aloe vera is soothing and replenishes moisture

Vitamin B3 is anti-inflammatory and prevents irritation

I love a good gel cleanser, especially in the warmer months. This one is gentle, and my skin feels clean but soft after using. This cleanser works for all skin types – dry, sensitive, oily, acne prone, and mature skin. You can also use it when you do a double cleanse routine.

Skin Water 2% Hyaluronic Acid Serum:

Vo Beauty - Skin Water Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Instantly plump and hydrate your skin with this hyaluronic acid serum that makes your skin feel like it just drank water. It replenishes the hyaluronic acid that you produce less of as you age.

Hyaluronic acid retains moisture better than any other ingredient and absorbs faster
Aloe vera retains and replenishes moisture
Allantoin calms, soothes, and prevents dryness and irritation

This is a beautiful serum, it soak into my skin so quickly and my skin feels less dry since I’ve been using it. It plays nicely with every other serum and facial cream that I’ve tried it with so far! Makes my skin feel so fresh and hydrated.

Beauty Sleep:

Vo Beauty - Beauty Sleep Leave On Mask

Wake up to skin that’s less tight, less red, and quenched of thirst with this leave-on mask that hydrates, softens, and plumps. Its hydrating properties prevent wrinkles and its cool, soothing effect makes it great for irritations and after-sun care.

Aloe vera & rose hydrate your skin
Royal jelly, vitamin e, and hibiscus (botox plant) plump and feed your skin with antioxidants
Glycerin humectant locks in moisture

Vo Beauty - Beauty Sleep Leave On Mask

This stuff is amazing! Not just as a sleeping mask, it also works great as a hydrating primer before makeup. Super gentle, hydrating and non-greasy. My skin loves this. It really does plump the skin! Such a beautiful and essential skincare product! The jelly texture just sinks into my skin and makes it look and feel radiant and smooth.

I have a few of their products on my wishlist for when I finish up some things in my current skincare stash.

Have you tried anything from Vo Beauty?

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Disclosure: Products were gifted, but my opinion is always my own regardless of whether I purchased a product or not.

boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel Review

boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel

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boscia / BlendPR "Green Box"

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

boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel

Cleanse, purify, and soothe skin with sulfate-free Purifying Cleansing Gel. Nourishing botanicals leave skin thoroughly cleansed, soothed, and protected from free radical damage without over-drying or stripping the skin. Complexion is left looking healthy and refined. Preferable for all skin types.

boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel

This is a super gentle, yet effective cleansing gel. It contains several key ingredients: hydrangea leaf (purify, refine), botanical amino acids (eliminates dirt, and oil), green tea (soothes, anti-inflammatory, rosemary leaf (anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory), jojoba (prevent free radical damage, and nourish) and willowherb (reduces redness). This is a great cleanser for all skin types, especially those on the sensitive side like me.

boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel

Have you tried this cleanser? Review on the eye masks and serum to follow!

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this was gifted. However my opinion and sensitive skin experience is very much my own!

Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk Review

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[This review was supposed to go up on Tuesday, but my internet was down from Tuesday morning until Wednesday evening!]

Today I’m reviewing the Andalou Naturals Age Defying Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk – this has been sitting unopened in my stash for ages. I finally opened it two weeks ago, and have been using it daily. Let’s take a closer look [info in italics taken from the Andalou Naturals website]

Fruit Stem Cell complex from the Apple & Grape, Resveratrol CoQ10 and skin-friendly vegan probiotics gently remove make-up and impurities, rinsing away dull surface cells and balancing skin flora. Apricot and Borage Oils are infused to rejuvenate dehydrated skin, for a fresh glow and a rejuvenated complexion.

I love cleansing milks / creamy cleansers – this one is delivers a gentle, yet effective cleanse. It adds hydration and makes my skin feel clean and soft. It has a very mild and pleasant apricot scent. I especially love cleansers like this in the winter time, or any time my skin needs a little extra soothing cleansing.

I have yet to try something from this brand that I didn’t like!

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Purified Water (Aqua), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Vegetable Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Sucrose Cocoate, Lecithin, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil*, Bacillus Coagulans, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive Berry Complex*, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Panthenol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Milk*†, Allantoin, Tocopherol, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract*†, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Apricot Isolates, Vanilla Isolate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil* *Certified Organic Ingredients †Fair Trade Ingredients

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Disclosure: This came in a beauty box subscription that I paid for.

Kaelen Harwell Refining Roman Chamomile Ylang Ylang Cleanser Review

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Today I have a review of the Kaelen Harwell Refining Roman Chamomile Ylang Ylang Cleanser – this was also one of my top cleansers that I judged as a part of the Cert-Clean Clean Beauty Awards last year, and I’ve been using it on and off since then. [info in italics taken from the Kaelen Harwell website]

This creamy cleanser hydrates and soothes dry, sensitive, or dehydrated skin.  It also helps to calm rosacea.

This is the cleanser that I reach for whenever my skin is feeling dry or sensitive. It is super gentle, and hydrating, but still makes my skin feel clean without feeling stripped or irritated.

I love cream cleansers – especially in the colder months when my skin needs an extra boost of hydration!

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Olea Europaea (Organic Olive) Oil, Aspalathus Linearis (Organic Rooibos) Extract, Emulsifying Wax NF, Glycerin, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Ananas Comosus (Organic Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Organic Papaya) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Organic Papaya) Leaf Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Thioctic Acid (Alpha Lipoic Acid), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C) Ester, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Oenotheris Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Chamomilla Recutita (Blue Chamomile) Essential Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Essential Oil, Cedrus Deodara (Cedarwood) Essential Oil, Boswelia Carterii (Frankincense) Essential Oil, Cananga Odorata Var. Genuina (Ylang Ylang II) Essential Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin) Essential Oil.

Have you tried this cream cleanser? Do you have a fave?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this was one of the facial cleansers that I received as a judge for the 2019 Cert-Clean Clean Beauty Awards. My opinion is always based on my personal experience with the product.

Eco by Sonia Driver Super Citrus Cleanser Review

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After a brief hiatus, I am back with some new reviews for you. Today I have a review of the Eco by Sonia Driver Super Citrus Cleanser. I received this as a part of my judging package for the CertClean Annual Beauty Awards. I wanted to hold off on reviewing this gel based cleanser until after judging was completed – this was one of my top three cleansers from my judging package [info in italics taken from the Eco Tan / Eco by Sonia Driver website]

Eco by Sonya Driver Super Citrus Cleanser

SKIN COMPOST SUPER CITRUS CLEANSER  | FACE GEL CLEANSER

An extraordinary Super blend of Certified Organic Aloe, Lemongrass & Caviar Lime to deeply cleanse and help regenerate the skin for a smoother and more even complexion. 

Super Citrus Cleanser has been created for ALL SKIN TYPES; here’s why – it’s packed with only organic and natural ingredients that when blended work in harmony and are pure bliss for your skin.

ALOE VERA is super healing and anti-inflammatory, it fights acne, and soothes and reduces skin irritations.
LEMONGRASS, a powerhouse in anti-inflammatory with anti-bacterial properties that helps to give your skin that beautiful, clear, even glow.
AUSTRALIAN CAVIAR LIME (also known as finger limes) is packed full of natural gentle AHA’s, anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants; to not only exfoliate your skin gently, but it helps clear acne and increases production of collagen that promotes healthy smooth skin.

Eco by Sonya Driver Super Citrus Cleanser

This is a gentle yet effective gel cleanser. It is soothing and exfoliating but not at all drying or irritating to my sensitive skin. It reminds me of the Juice Beauty Green Apple Brightening Cleanser. I really like this citrusy gel cleanser a lot – especially on days that I’m wearing loads of sunscreen! It is also works great as a second step after oil cleansing!

Eco by Sonya Driver Super Citrus Cleanser

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice*, Natural Coco-glucoside (Sugar Derived)**, Organic Glycerin (Vegetable Derived)*, Water**, Natural Sodium Levulinate (Plant Derived)**, Natural Sodium Anisate (Plant Derived)**, Organic Lemongrass Oil*, Organic Orange Peel Oil*, Natural Potassium Sorbate (Berry Fruit Derived)**, Natural Xanthan Gum (Sugar Derived)**, Natural Sodium Alginate (Plant Derived)**, Natural Alcohol (Sugar Cane Derived)**, Australian Round Lime**, Australian Caviar Lime**, Australian Desert Lime**, Citral (Citrus Fruit Derived)**, Geraniol (Plant Derived)**, Limonene (Fruit Derived)** ALL ingredients either *Organic or **Natural

Have you tried this cleanser?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this was gifted to me as a part of my judging panel package. I waited until the judging was completed before reviewing this cleanser. My opinion is always my own.

CertClean 5th Annual Clean Beauty Awards Finalists & Judging Experience

CertClean Clean Beauty Awards

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CertClean Clean Beauty Awards

 

If you follow me on InstaGram, you will know that I was asked to be on the judging panel for the CertClean’s 5th Annual Clean Beauty Awards, and was on the judging panel for  face washes. I received a total of eight facial cleansers and tested them out from late August, until the end of November when I submitted my scoring grid.

CertClean Clean Beauty Awards

 

Here’s my round one face wash products:

CertClean Clean Beauty Awards

  • Birch Babe Naturals Facial Bar
  • AEOS Energized Organics Cleansing Oil Dé-Maq
  • Be Genki Radiant Cleansing Oil
  • Pure Saavy Come Hell or High Water 3-in-1 Micellar Water
  • Penny Lane Organics Cleansing Milk & Makeup Remover
  • Kaelen Harwell Refining Roman Chamomile Ylang Ylang Cleanser
  • Aromatica Natural Coconut Cleansing Oil
  • EcoTan Super Citrus Cleanser

I had pages (and pages) of notes during the testing period – with information on the companies, type of cleanser, ingredients, usability, and personal experience with the products. The quality of all of the facial cleansers was very high, which made scoring so difficult, and in the end, it was often 1 point difference that separated my top scoring face washes.

CertClean Clean Beauty Awards

The finalists of Round One judging was announced on February 3rd. Here’s the finalists for the Face Wash Category:

  • SanRe Organic Skinfood Rose Cleanse
  • Helena Lane Skincare Red Western Cedar & Lemon Cleanser
  • Alighten Natural Skin Care Gentle Renewing Facial Cleanser
  • Jane Apothecary Soothing Cleansing Balm
  • Lo & Behold Naturals Echinacea and Chamomile Cleansing Balm
  • Biossance Squalane + Tea Tree Cleansing Gel
  • Eco Tan Super Citrus Cleanser
  • Province Apothecary Moisturizing Oil Cleanser + Makeup Remover
  • Aiona Alive Skin Care E-citrus Exfoliating Cleanser
  • Derma E Acne Deep Pore Cleansing Wash

Out of the ten finalists, only one of the products that I tested / judged in Round One will be moving onto Round Two of judging – the Eco Tan Super Citrus Cleanser which was in my top three! Round Two judging will be starting soon for the finalists in the Face Wash category! Very exciting!

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Disclosure: I received eight cleansers to test and score for Round One of the CertClean Clean Beauty Awards Face Wash judging panel. My opinion is based on my experience with these products.

Petit Vour Unboxing & First Impressions October 2019

Hello, hello! My October Petit Vour box finally arrived on  October 25th. I often show my Petit Vour box on my InstaGram, but here on the blog you will get the unboxing AND first impressions. Full reviews to follow once I’ve had a chance to test things out. [info in italics is taken from the Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour October 2019

Petit Vour is a cruelty-free and vegan monthly subscription box with four (occasionally five) products. The subscription is $18 USD a month in the US, $23 USD for Canada, and $25 USD for the rest of the world. With the exchange rate @1.3621  my box cost me $31.33 CAD this month.

Petit Vour October 2019

Let’s take a look:

Petit Vour October 2019

KVoss Shine On Stick (full size $28 USD)

A buildable and blendable cream highlighter stick with an iridescent finish that glides on easily for on-the-go glow.

The creamy formula of this one of a kind product can be used alone or under other highlighters for a more intense effect. Its iridescent shimmer finish adds dimension and a pearlescent glow to the skin that leaves a gorgeously subtle shine with one swipe while delivering lit-from-within luminosity for a marvelous no-makeup makeup look. 

The main ingredient, Cupuaçu butter, comes from the Rain Forest and is known for its uniquely rich content of phytosterols which benefit dry and damaged skin. It combats free radicals in the tissue, and fatty acids to protect and moisturize, delivering a true healing and restructuring benefits as it improves the skin’s moisture barrier with ultra hydration for improved elasticity. 

Petit Vour October 2019

I’ve tried a few KVoss products and liked them a lot, so hopefully I’ll like this highlighter stick as well! It is super pretty shade!

Province Apothecary Moisturizing Cleanser + Makeup Remover (sample size 30ml $20 USD, full size 120ml $44 USD)

The Moisturizing Cleanser + Makeup Remover with Avocado & Raspberry Oil is great for all skin types. These hydrating oils remove makeup & excess oil, restoring your skin’s natural radiance while gently cleansing without over-drying your skin or destroying its natural pH. Raspberry Oil stimulates cell turnover, rejuvenating skin. Bergamot Oil clears congestion. Frankincense tones the skin. Lavender heals blemishes and works as a restorative. This essential oil blend calms, reduces stress, and relaxes your parasympathetic nervous system. The cleanser helps your skin stay nourished, balanced, and healthy.

Petit Vour October 2019

This sounds great! For now it will be getting stashed as I have several cleansers that I’m testing out for the CertClean 5th Annual Beauty Awards Judging Panel.

Akar Skin Balance Toning Mist (sample size 0.5oz, $12 USD, full size 2.4oz $55 USD)

This fine, non-sticky mist of rose and orange blossom sets gently into skin to provide hydration. Balance enables greater absorption of nutrients by lowering skin’s surface tension. Formulated to strengthen the acid mantle layer by restoring pH to optimum level and keeping environmental pathogens out.

The mist does not contain irritants like alcohol, nor is it watered down with water fillers, ensuring noticeably softer and luminous skin with use. For all skin types.

Petit Vour October 2019

I love toner mists, and this one sounds perfect for my skin! Can’t wait to test it out!

LUXE Botanics Camu Brightening Moisturizer (sample size 0.34oz, $10 USD, full size 2oz, $85 USD)

Revitalise skin’s natural luminosity with this buttery soft moisturising cream infused with vitamin C rich Camu Camu. Potent concentrations of this Amazonian superfruit supports cellular energy to fade the appearance of dark spots, repair the look and feel of environmental damage and reveal a vibrant, glowing complexion.

Best suited for dull, sun damaged or lackluster skin. 

Petit Vour October 2019

Can’t wait to try this one out, sounds awesome – my skin does really well with vitamin C based products!

Petit Vour October 2019

This month’s box has a total value of $70 USD, and with the exchange rate that I paid, that works out to be $95.35 CAD!

What do you think of this month’s box? Reviews to follow soon!

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Disclosure: I pay for this subscription box!

 

Honua Skincare Pa’akai Cleansing Cream Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Pa’akai Cleansing Cream from Honua Hawaiian Skincare that came in my August Petit Vour box [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Honua Pa'akai Cleansing Cream

Cleansing Hawaiian salt and antioxidant rich hibiscus combine to create a gentle daily cleanser that will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated. Seaweed extract works to strengthen and renew the skin, while accelerating the natural skin repair process. The Pa’akai Cleansing Cream is great for all skin types.

Honua Pa'akai Cleansing Cream

The Pa’akai Cleansing Cream is super gentle, with a very faint rose scent. It is geared for all skin types, and as someone with sensitive skin, I can see this working for just about anyone (unless you have a sensitivity / allergy to one of the ingredients). My skin feels clean, hydrated and smooth after using.

Honua Pa'akai Cleansing Cream

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Pure Vitalized & Coconut Water (Aqua), Organic Rose (Rosa damascena) Hydrosol, Organic Witch Hazel Water (Hamamelis virginiana), Wild Harvested Seaweed Extract (Fucus vesiculosis), Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) Co2, Honua Pa’akai (Hawaiian Salt) Organic Herbal Oil Infusions of Rose Petals (Rosa damascena), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Chamomile Flowers(Matricaria recutita), Calendula Blossoms (Calendula officinalis), Comfrey Leaf & Root (Symphytum officinale) & Rosehips Seeds (Rosa mosqueta) in Organic High Oleic Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) & Sesame (Sesame indicum), Sorbitan Olivate, Organic Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis), Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Lecithin, Organic Gromwell Root CO2 (Lithospermum erythrorhizon), Sage (Salvia officinalis) & Organic Rosemary Antioxidants (Rosmarinus officinalis), *Lactobacillus Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract and *Sodium Anisate *New Green Beauty Approved Preservative System

Honua Pa'akai Cleansing Cream

Have you tried this cleanser?

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

EiR NYC Active Face Wash Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Active Face wash from EiR NYC that came in my April Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from Petit Vour]

EiR NYC Active Face Wash

Made with an ancient recipe of African black soap, this face wash is an epidermal skin revival system that exfoliates, minimizes scarring, and brings breakouts to a screeching halt. Also, a great solution to stubborn zinc sun protection on the face.

I have to say that this cleanser is the most unappealing looking facial wash that I’ve ever used – it looks like muddy water in the package. And when you shake it up, it comes out as a dirty looking foam.

 

 

But don’t let that stop you from trying out this face wash because it is ALL KINDS OF AWESOME! It is gentle on my sensitive skin, and makes my face feel deeply cleansed without being drying. And despite how it looks, it has the most wonderful scent (without being over-scented or perfumey) likely due to the combination of lavender, ylang ylang, geranium, sage and cammomile essential oils.

EiR NYC Active Face Wash

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Water, Shea Butter, Shea Tree Bark Ash, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Pods Ash, Plantain Ash, Coconut Oil, Sustainable Palm Oil, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Rose, Geranium, Sage, Chamomile Essential Oil Blend 

Have you tried this one?

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