Luna Nectar Heliophilia Glow & Fix Serum Review

Luna Nectar Heliophilia Glow & Fix Serum

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Luna Nectar Unboxing

If you follow me on InstaGram, you will know that I received an awesome PR package from Luna Nectar, a Canadian brand that has been on my wishlist for ages! They are woman owned, and are vegan, cruelty free, dermatologist tested, and contain high performance ingredients.

Luna Nectar Heliophilia Glow & Fix Serum

Today I’m only reviewing the Heliophilia Glow & Fix Serum, as I am still testing out the Moon Boost Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum (lash serums take several weeks to see the full results – approximately 6 to 8 weeks. [ info taken from the Luna Nectar website]

Luna Nectar Heliophilia Glow & Fix Serum

Heliophilia is a moisturizer that goes on luxuriously rich yet feels lightweight, absorbing quickly and leaving a protective dewy finish. This multi-tasking face and hair serum addresses skin concerns relating to transepidermal water loss. Formulated with 15 active star botanicals such as Squalane, Baobab, Meadowfoam, Amla, Seabuckthorn, Gotu Kola, Camellia and Rosehip); this serum is rich in naturally occurring antioxidants such as vitamin A and C, essential fatty acids, omega-6, and omega-9. Heliophilia pulls double duty of deeply moisturizing, and producing a radiant, fresh, dewy supple glow.

Due to the seabuckthorn oil, Heliophilia will give you a subtle, beautiful bronzy glow – perfect for those effortless summer days.

For hair, Heliophilia is a nourishing oil to balance and restore moisture to damaged, overprocessed, and chemically treated locks.

Luna Nectar Heliophilia Glow & Fix Serum

First off, just look at the colour of this serum! This is definitely going to give your skin a healthy sun-kissed glow, even if you are mega fair like me. I love that it is a multi-tasker, it can be used for both skin and hair. It can also be mixed into your moisturizer or foundation for an added boost of hydration and glow!

Heliophilia is filled with so many wonderful ingredients:

Squalane*, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil*, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Oil*, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose) Hip Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Oil, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil*, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil*, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil* (infused with Calendula Officinalis (Calendula), Emblica Officinalis (Amla), Glycyrrhiza Glabra* (Licorice Root), Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola)), D-alpha-tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomile Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil *Certified Organic

I was given a discount code to save 15% on purchases from the Luna Nectar website: BRASHATTITUDE15 (it is an affiliate link):

Have you tried this facial serum? Review of the Moon Boost Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum to follow in a few weeks.

Thanks for reading have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, these products were PR gifted for review purposes, and this post contains an affiliate link. However, my opinion is always my own.

Made For Me Classic Experience Box Review

Made for Me Classic Experience Box

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Made for Me Classic Experience Box

I was sent the Made For Me (MfM) Classic Experience Box to try out and review. Made For Me is a new Toronto based skincare brand, that is made in Australia, and is organic, vegan and cruelty-free [info in italics taken from the Made For Me website]

Made for Me Classic Experience Box

The concept for the Experience Box was modelled after that of the “subscription box” – a trend that was well known in the 2010s where consumers receive a monthly box full of curated products as a way of gifting them. However, not all monthly boxes are created equal, and some came in with mixed results to consumers.

After testing out the concept of the products in different sets, we found what works best and decided to package them together. However we still believe in the concept of gifting so long as it adds to their normal routines. Every few months, when you order a box, you may still get the same 3 core products, but you also get a mystery item that may be different from what you got before. That is, we decided to combine the surprise element with the predictability of our high quality, all organic selections that you would love. You are not obligated to order the boxes at preset durations. 

The Classic Experience Box ($90 CAD), is composed of a Brightening C Serum, a Hydrating Moisturizer and an Eye Cream. There is also a surprise mystery gift (this gift changes quarterly). Let’s take a look at the Brightening C Serum:

Made for Me Classic Experience Box

The serum contains properties from marine collagen, which improves the skin’s firmness and plumpness. It is also a great choice if you’ve been looking to fade dark spots or achieve the smooth, luminous texture that you’ve always dreamed of. Ingredients contain: Kakadu Plum Extract, Aloe Vera, Vitamin C

My skin LOVES vitamin C based skincare, and this is a great serum. If you want luminous skin, then this is the serum for you. I can see this working for all skin types.

Now onto the Hydrating Moisturizer:

Made for Me Classic Experience Box

Our Star product and a fan favourite, this facial lotion helps promote and improve overall glow of the skin. It contains a number of organic and botanical antioxidants to restore the skin’s natural appearance and achieve a supple complexion. Use it after the brightening serum and don’t forget your SPF! It can also be used as a makeup primer, as it leaves the skin glowing and prepped for any product you may be using after.
Ingredients contain: Hyaluronic Acid, Green Tea, Davidson Plum

This is such a nice moisturizer! It is light, hydrating and works amazingly well with the Brightening C Serum. Hello glowing skin! It plays nicely with makeup too. It can be used both morning and night.

And last, but not least, the Eye Cream:

Made for Me Classic Experience Box

The Classic Eye Cream helps in de- puffing & soothes the skin around the eye area. Its soft, velvety texture enables the skin to absorb nutrients to reduce dark circles and lessen the look of wrinkles leaving the eye area firm and well hydrated. Ingredients contain: Jojoba, Avocado Extract, Shea butter

My eyes are often puffy from allergies, and dark circles from the combination of allergies and occasional insomnia, so this eye cream has been such a great product for me. It really works to de-puff and soothe my under eyes.

And as for the mystery gift box – it is such a great idea, and no I’m not going to spoil it, my lips are sealed!

Made for Me Classic Experience Box

This is such a great skincare set, and it would make a great gift idea. Each of the three products are also sold separately – which I think is a great idea, because I use up moisturizer faster than serums, or eye creams.

Have you tried this brand?

Thanks for reading have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this box was PR gifted for reviewing purposes. However, my opinion is always my own.

The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Retinol 1% in Squalane from The Ordinary. I’ve been using it for several weeks now, and I purchased this to replace Press Restart – Gentle Retinol Serum from Versed. [info in italics taken from Deciem’s website]

The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane

This water-free solution contains 1% pure Retinol, an ingredient that can reduce the appearances of fine lines, of photo damage and of general skin aging. While Retinol has been studied extensively, it is irritating to the skin and newer technologies exist that mimic the visible effects of Retinol without causing skin irritation.

The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane

Retinol can cause significant irritation, redness and peeling, especially around the eyes and mouth, in the early stages of treatment while skin builds tolerance. If you have not used high-strength retinol formulas in the past, we strongly recommend that you start your retinol regimen with our Retinol 0.2% in Squalane and adjust to higher strengths of Retinol 0.5% in Squalane and Retinol 1% in Squalane as your skin builds tolerance. You will achieve the same end results without the unpleasant redness and peeling along the way.

The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane

The Ordinary has several different Retinol based serums, ranging in strength and irritation risk levels. I’ve previously used and loved their Advanced Retinoid 2% Emulsion, which later became the Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion (moderate strength, low to no irritation). The Retinol 1% in Squalane is their highest retinol formula (high strength, and very high irritation risk)!

Wait a minute, high irritation risk? Don’t I have sensitive skin – I know, I know! I did my patch tests – first on my wrist, and then on my neck and chest, before trying it on my face. This retinol does not irritate my skin! I think that the squalane actually works to counteract the irritation risk, and my skin is quite used to retinoids / retinols.

The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane

I like this one, I feel that it does help with fine lines, and my skin has not been prone to redness, irritation or peeling after using several nights a week (for several weeks), I only skip using it if I’m using an acid formula. My skin seems to be far less sensitive these days – I guess that my current skincare routine is making my skin very happy!

If you are new to retinoids / retinol or have super sensitive skin – this is not the product for you, I’d recommend starting with either the Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion or the Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane, and using every couple of nights until your skin adjusts before moving onto the stronger Retinol formulas. As always, retinol should be used at night, and always followed by sunscreen in the daytime as retinol can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. You should be wearing SPF daily anyway!

Have you tried this one?

Thanks for reading have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

The Ordinary Pycnogenol 5% Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Pycnogenol 5% serum from The Ordinary. I purchased it several weeks ago because it was a new to me ingredient that I was curious about! [info in italics taken from The Ordinary website].

The Ordinary Pycnogenol 5%

Pycnogenol® is a natural plant extract derived from the pine bark of French maritime pine trees. It contains procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids that work in synergy to rejuvenate the skin, with the aim of enhancing skin hydration and elasticity. With the ability to selectively bind to collagen and elastin, Pycnogenol® protects these proteins from degradation, helping to nourish the skin from the inside out. Being a unique and powerful antioxidant, Pycnogenol® scavenges for free radicals before they cause damage by oxidative stress. It can also recycle oxidized Vitamin C to restore its activity. The Ordinary Pycnogenol® 5% is free of artificial colours. The formula’s deep red colour is due to the high procyanidin content in Pycnogenol®. After application, please wash hands and avoid product contact with light coloured fabric as it may stain.

The Ordinary Pycnogenol 5%

So in a nutshell, it provides: Antioxidant Support, Enhances Skin Hydration, Rebuilds Skin Elasticity

This serum / solution has such an interesting colour! It can be mixed with other serums and creams to give them boost, but I’ve mostly been just applying it on its own or layering it with other serums (which also boosts the performance of whatever it is combined with). I feel that it really does help increase skin hydration. And I love that it can be used both day and night.

The Ordinary Pycnogenol 5%

Have you tried this budget friendly serum?

Thanks for reading have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Quo Beauty Hydrating Facial Serum Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Quo Beauty Hydrating Facial Serum – another one of my recent purchases from Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now, so I’m ready to let you know how it measures up. [info in italics taken from the Shoppers website]

Hydrating Facial Serum formulated with hyaluronic acid is just what your skin has been waiting for. The light weight texture & formula helps leave your skin feeling soft and smooth with a velvety finish.

Vitamin C helps to even out the skin tone while helping diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Sodium Hyaluronate (a derivative of Hyaluronic Acid) penetrates deeper layers of the skin to attract and hold moisture which, overtime, works to enhance & replenish skin. Vegan Cruelty Free

Another budget friendly, drugstore brand!

This facial serum is lightweight, non-sticky and sinks into the skin quickly, and adds extra hydration. It contains two of my favourite ingredients – hyaluronic acid and vitamin C. My skin loves anything with vitamin C in it.

It plays nicely with my moisturizer, spf and with makeup too. Also – it has little to no scent! Always a plus in my opinion as I don’t enjoy using over-scented skincare products.

Have you tried this facial serum?

Thanks for reading

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

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?

Thanks for reading have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Way of Will Brightening Face Serum Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Brightening Face Serum from Way of Will that came in my Fall 2020 Causebox. [info in italics taken from the Way of Will website]

Way of Will is a Canadian brand, based in Toronto. They are cruelty free.

Let’s take a look at the serum:

Keep your skin looking healthy and glowing with our Brightening Face Serum. Formulated to be lightweight and easily absorbed by skin, this serum is rich in vitamins, high in antioxidants to fight free radicals, and keeps skin hydrated. Each compact bottle packs a powerful punch when it comes to skin-loving ingredients that moisturizes, brightens, tones, and revitalizes dull, tired-looking skin for a radiant complexion.

Serums are probably my favourite skincare product. The Brightening Face Serum feels like a facial oil, and it sinks into my skin quickly. My skin does really well with brightening serums – this one has a blend of Vitamins A and C, and contains Marula, Black Currant and Carrot.

Since I started using this serum, I’ve been skipping foundation, and only using concealer for my undereyes, and anywhere I have redness. It gives my skin a glowy look that I love.

Ingredients: Camellia oleifera seed (Camellia) oil, Vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, Rosa rubiginosa Fruit (Rosehip) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) oil, Sclerocarya birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) oil, Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) Oil, Daucus carota (Carrot seed) Oil, Pelargonium roseum X asperum (Rose Geranium) Oil, Tocopherol

Have you tried this serum?

Thanks for reading have a beautiful day!

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

grace & stella Hyaluronic Acid Serum Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Hyaluronic Acid Serum from grace & stella. It came in my Summer Intro Box from my CAUSEBOX subscription. [info in italics taken from the grace & stella website]

grace & stella hyaluronic acid serum

Say ‘hi’ to hydration

Hyaluronic acid is a must-have in your skin routine. The primary function of hyaluronic acid is to retain water to keep your skin hydrated at all times, so you can think about it as a BIG drink of water for your tissues. This is the holy grail for supple, youthful skin.

Lightweight and suitable for all skin types, our Hyaluronic Acid formula alleviates dry skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and speeding up wound healing. It improves skin elasticity, making your skin appear dewier and brighter.

Always Vegan, Cruelty-Free, and Paraben-Free.

grace & stella hyaluronic acid serum

grace & stella is a Canadian company that is Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free – so I was super excited to try something from this new to me brand!

I love facial serums, especially ones that are hyaluronic acid based as they give an extra boost of hydration. This one is light and quickly absorbs into my skin. I love that it has a pump. I’ve even used it mixed in with my foundation to make it a little more hydrating.

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grace & stella hyaluronic acid serum

Have you tried this Hyaluronic Acid Serum?

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

BeOnMe Face Serum Review

BeOnMe Face Serum Hyaluronic Acid

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Today I have the second part of a three part series of sponsored posts of the newly launched organic skincare line from Italy called BeOnMe – this brand has three main lines – Beauty (face, body, hair), Tattoo (tattoo aftercare), and Sport – all of which are certified-organic, vegan, cruelty-free, and  with recyclable packaging. They are carried by Pure Stem Beauty / Organic Beauty is Easy [info in italics taken from the Organic Beauty is Easy website]


Organic Beauty is Easy is the main retail site for Pure Stem Beauty.


We believe that everything that we put in and on your bodies must be nutritious and safe.

We are not only distributors of eco-luxe products, we are also business owners who believe in having products that are both safe for the customer as well as safe for our staff who are constantly in contact with the products.

PureStem Beauty is continually searching for the safest beauty products available that are renowned for their proficiency. They hand pick only the best skin care and hair care products while partnering with ethically minded brands that share the same or similar ethos. They do this not only because they want to provide you with the safest products but also because they own and manage one of Canada’s leading organic spa. They firmly believe in using and distributing products that are environmentally safe, sustainable, and non-toxic.

BeOnMe arose out of a desire to create and a creative instinct that came from our quest to provide people with the pure, natural and organic cosmetics they need and want—cosmetics that are free from synthetics, allergens, and components of animal origin.


The BeOnMe Beauty Line has skincare for various skin-types: oily, combination, dry, sensitive, reactive, and first wrinkles. Today I’m reviewing the Face Serum with Hyaluronic Acid from their Beauty range. According to their skincare routine chart, this serum is targeted for all skin types except for oily, and reactive – they have other serums for those skin types.

BeOnMe Face Serum 1

BeOnMe FACE SERUM is a combination of natural, organic ingredients designed to hydrate and nourish your skin without being heavy. With a light texture, it absorbs rapidly and is ideal for warm weather in place of facial cream or as a foundation for makeup. BeOnMe FACE SERUM features organic thyme extract, organic lavender hydrosol, and organic cornflower: this blend provides a purifying and astringent action, relieves redness thanks to its moisturizing properties, and reduce the look of dark circles under the eyes. Organic aloe gel and hyaluronic acid have an extraordinary capacity to protect the skin’s moisture barrier. The revitalizing combination of organic goji extract, organic macadamia oil, tocopherol (vitamin E), and olive oil nourishes the skin and improves its elasticity. These ingredients are often used in treatments to reduce skin imperfections.

BeOnMe Face Serum Hyaluronic Acid

Facial serums are one of my favourite skincare products. This is a lightweight serum that can also be used as an eye cream (gotta love multi-purpose products). It helps to tame redness, and adds a nice level of hydration to my skin without feeling heavy or sticky.

BeOnMe Face Serum 3

It works great as a lightweight hydrator, and can be used as a makeup primer. It plays nicely with the two tinted SPFs that I’ve tested it with, and concealer. Texture-wise, it is somewhere between an emulsion and a cream – not too runny, and not too thick.

Key ingredients are thyme extract, lavender hydrosol, and cornflower hydrosol – these are soothing, and redness reducing; hyaluronic acid and aloe gel add the hydration, and healing, and goji extract, macadamia and olive oils, and vitamin E add the anti-oxidant content.

There is fragrance / parfum listed in the ingredients, but it is very very mild, almost no scent at all and it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. But if you are sensitive to certain ingredients or fragrances – always do a patch test!

BeOnMe Face Serum 4


BeOnMe Face Serum 5

Pure Stem Beauty kindly gave me a coupon code for my readers to use on the Organic Beauty is Easy website, and the code is ABrashAttitude for 25% off your first order and applies to all products from all brands except Naturigin natural hair colour and anything already on-sale.

In case you missed it, here’s the reviews for the BeOnMe Cleansing Mousse and Face Cream Sensitive Skin.

Thanks for reading have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, however, as always, my opinion is very much my own and is based on my user experience.