LunnaBeauty Cleansing Facial Polish Review

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Today I have a review of the Cleansing Facial Polish from new Canadian Etsy store – LunnaBeauty. The creator, Ria, reached out to me to see if I would like to try out one of their hand-crafted skincare products.

LunnaBeauty Cleansing Facial Polish

A little bit about LunnaBeauty – based in Toronto, Ria is originally from India, and her products are based on recipes handed down from her grandmother. There are currently three products in the line – Cleansing Pixie Sticks (this is the Facial Polish in a different packaging format), Wakeup Cleansing Cubes, and Facial Cleansing Grains.

LunnaBeauty Cleansing Facial Polish

The key ingredients of the Cleansing Facial Polish are: organic rice for exfoliation and brightness, sugar for moisture and exfoliation, and clay for deep cleaning. The Pixie Cleansing Sticks also have lavender, almond and jojoba oils (for soothing and calming). My jar definitely did not contain lavender but I think that is a good addition as the powder does need a hint of scent (otherwise it smells really bland) and calming properties are always a plus in my opinion.

I did a patch test first (as I always do for all skincare), with the powder mixed with water to test for any reaction / sensitivity to the ingredients. After my patch test showed no problems, I used it every couple of days as my skin does tolerate daily exfoliation. I liked mixing it with rose water – both for the scent and for the added soothing properties. It was gentle on my sensitive skin.

LunnaBeauty Cleansing Facial Polish

Bonus tip – it works really well to soften dry hands!

What is your favourite exfoliation product? Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: PR sample. However my opinion is always my own.

 

St. Tropica Organic Coconut Hot Oil Hair Mask Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Organic Coconut Hot Oil Hair Mask  from St. Tropica that came in my August Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from Petit Vour]

St. Tropica Hot Oil Hair Mask

WHAT IT IS: A hot oil hair mask for stronger, thicker, lustrous hair!

WHAT IT DOES: Instantly repairs hair damage from the inside-out. Helps stimulate hair growth. Revitalizes & strengthens dry or damaged hair. Locks-in moisture to help eliminate split ends and frizzy hair.

I know that I just reviewed another hair mask earlier this week, but what can I say, I really do love hair masks! And my thick, wavy, frizz-prone hair needs help to keep it under control!

St. Tropica Hot Oil Hair Mask

This hair mask is to be heated before applying – heating in a microwave is recommended. Since I haven’t owned a microwave in many, many years, I just put the package in a bowl of hot water before applying to the mid-length and ends of my hair. The Organic Coconut Hot Oil Mask is a little messy to apply, as once the treatment is heated, it becomes super liquidy.

It does smell like coconut oil, but the other ingredients keep it from being overpowering scent-wise. [FYI – if you haven’t been reading my blog very long – I really do not like the scent of coconut. ]

Once applied, I left it on my hair for roughly 30 minutes before washing it out. The packaging recommends that you shampoo your hair TWICE with a clarifying shampoo, sadly I did not have any clarifying shampoo left in my stash, so I just washed my hair twice with a regular shampoo and rinsed it for a very long time. And then I rinsed it some more because I could feel some residue in my hair.

Once I finally got the Hot Oil Hair Mask fully rinsed out, I combed out my hair and let it air dry without any product. My hair was less frizzy, so incredibly soft, and super shiny! I do like how my hair reacted to this mask, but I will hold off on using it again until I pick up some clarifying shampoo – it really is necessary!

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Biotin, Organic Horsetail, Organic Amla, Organic Hibiscus, Organic Green Tea, Organic Coconut Butter, Organic Coconut Fruit Extract

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

Odacité Black Mint Cleanser Review

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Today I have a review of the Black Mint Cleanser from Odacité that came in my August Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Odacité Black Mint Cleanser

This ultra-fresh minty gel transforms into a purifying foam that delivers an instant deep cleanse, eliminating excess oil, impurities, environmental toxins and makeup. Deeply purified, skin is invigorated with an extraordinary feeling of freshness. Complexion is clear and mattified, while hydration is preserved. Deep-cleanse combination, oily, or acne-prone skin. Skin is clear, invigorated and mattified. 

Because this cleanser has tea tree oil in it, I did two patch tests instead of my usual one, the first one on my arm, and the second one on my neck before trying it on my face – thankfully no reaction, so I was able to test it out for several days without incident.

Odacité Black Mint Cleanser

The cleanser is blackish-grey on the skin and smells super minty. It has a pleasant cooling tingle (and not the scary face melting kind)! The Black Mint Cleanser made my skin feel deeply cleansed without drying it out. I really like this facial cleanser!

Because my skin is both sensitive and in the normal to dry range, I personally would not use this every day, but probably once, maybe twice a week for a deep clean. I think that it would work amazingly well as a daily cleanser for oily or acne prone skin.

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Water [Aqua], Algal Betaine [Capric/Lauric/Myristic/Oleic Amidopropyl Betaine], Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl/ Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Apple Amino Acids, Xanthan Gum, Activated Charcoal, Rhassoul Clay [Moroccan Lava Clay], Tea Tree Leaf Oil [Melaleuca Altemifolia], Peppermint Oil [Mentha Piperita], Rosemary Leaf Extract [Rosmarinus Officinalis*], Sunflower Seed Oil [Helianthus Annuus*], Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glycerin, Tetra­sodium Glutamate Diacetate. | *Certified Organic Ingredients.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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

Eye of Horus Brow Define Review

Eye of Horus Brow Define

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Today I have a review of the Brow Define pencil from Eye of Horus that came in my August Petit Vour Box. [info in italics taken from Petit Vour website] The gold on gold packaging of the box made it VERY difficult to photograph.

Eye of Horus Brow Define

Brow Define is your ultimate brow tool. This brow pencil is formulated using Coconut and Candelilla wax as a foundation. It contains castor oil for strengthening and growth and, like all Eye of Horus products, it is paraben-free with a slim, pointed tip. It contours and fills in color with controlled artistry for perfect arches. Add shape, color, and definition in one streamlined tool.

Eye of Horus Brow Define

The twist-up applicator assists with product control, and a spoolie brush combs through color. Waterproof and smudge-free. 

Eye of Horus Brow Define

The Brow Define pencil comes in three shades: Husk (light), Dynasty (medium) and Nile (dark). I received the shade Dynasty.

So how does it compare to my usual pencils in terms of application, colour and wearing?

Eye of Horus Brow Define

Shade-wise it is very similar to my three main go-to brow pencils – Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow (medium brown), Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow (dark brown), and Crispy Brows High Brow (medium brown) – I’ve had the Crispy Brows pencil in my stash for too long, it has hardened and become grabby, so sadly it will be going into my empties.

Eye of Horus Brow Define Comparison Swatches

The smaller tip allows for more precision for penciling in my brow shape. It is way more smudge-proof than any of my go-to brow pencils (it is even waterproof – great for summer). I love that it has castor oil in it for healthy brows!

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Hydrogenated Soybean Oil Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides Polyethylene Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil Zinc Stearate Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax Mica Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate Methicone Ricinus Communis ( Castor ) Seed Oil MAY CONTAIN: CI 77891, CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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

Petit Vour Unboxing + First Impressions – August 2018

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My Petit Vour box finally arrived! This is just an unboxing and first impressions as I’ve not yet had the chance to test things out. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour Unboxing August 2018

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 U.S., $23 USD for Canada, and $25 USD for the rest of the world. With the exchange rate (1.3365) my box cost me $30.74 CAD this month

Let’s take a look inside to see what I got this month:

Petit Vour Unboxing August 2018

Petit Vour Unboxing August 2018

Eye of Horus Brow Define (full size $25 USD) in the shade medium

Brow Define is your ultimate brow tool. This brow pencil is formulated using Coconut and Candelilla wax as a foundation. It contains castor oil for strengthening and growth and, like all Eye of Horus products, it is paraben-free with a slim, pointed tip. It contours and fills in color with controlled artistry for perfect arches. Add shape, color, and definition in one streamlined tool. The twist-up applicator assists with product control, and a spoolie brush combs through color. Waterproof and smudge-free. 

I love eyebrow pencils and this one sounds great, I really hope that the shade medium works for me! I’ll test it out and have comparison swatches with all of the brow pencils in my stash.

Odacité Black Mint Cleanser (sample size $14 USD , full size $39 USD)

This ultra-fresh minty gel transforms into a purifying foam that delivers an instant deep cleanse, eliminating excess oil, impurities, environmental toxins and makeup.

Deeply purified, skin is invigorated with an extraordinary feeling of freshness. Complexion is clear and mattified, while hydration is preserved.

Deep-cleanse combination, oily, or acne-prone skin. Skin is clear, invigorated and mattified. 

Hopefully this will work for my sensitive skin. I’ll do my patch test tonight before testing it on my face!

Formulary 55 Sea Clay Body Mask ($8 USD)

An all over detoxifying body treatment mask that is especially effective on the neck, back, and decolletage. Designed to tone, treat, and tighten; this purifying body mask removes impurities, pollutants and excess oils without stripping the skin.

I’ve never tried a body mask before, so this might be interesting. Again, I’ll be doing a patch test before trying it out all over!

St. Tropica Organic Coconut Hot Oil Hair Mask ($5 USD)

WHAT IT IS: A hot oil hair mask for stronger, thicker, lustrous hair! WHAT IT DOES:
Instantly repairs hair damage from the inside-out. Helps stimulate hair growth. Revitalizes & strengthens dry or damaged hair. Locks-in moisture to help eliminate split ends and frizzy hair.

I love hair masks, hopefully this one won’t smell too coconutty for me! If I does I might add some essential oil to camouflage the scent because I really want to try this one out! It looks like I’ll get a few uses from the foil pack (even with my giant hair).

Petit Vour Unboxing August 2018

Overall, I think that this is a pretty good box this month, the total box value adds up to $52 USD ($69.50 CAD). I’m most excited about the brow pencil and the facial cleanser.

Reviews to follow as soon as I test everything out!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I pay for this monthly subscription!

 

 

Native Deodorant – Sensitive Formula in Cotton + Lily Scent

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Today I have  a little review of the Sensitive Formula from Native Deodorant. Both myself and the Mister have tested out the regular formula natural deodorants and find them to work really well (review is here). I have sensitive skin, and have occasionally reacted to baking soda in natural deodorants if I use it daily for long periods of time. Because of this, I try to use a baking soda free deodorant on days that I’m working from home to give my sensitive underarm skin a break.

Native Deodorant - Sensitive Cotton + Lily

So why don’t I just use a baking soda free deodorant all the time? Honestly, it is mainly because most sensitive formula / baking soda free deodorants just don’t work that well for my body and will usually suddenly stop working after abut four hours (sometimes less).

Native Deodorant - Sensitive Cotton + Lily

So how does the Native Sensitive Deodorant measure up?

It applies smoothly without any dragging or crumbling – very creamy. The scent is subtle and fresh. And most importantly, it works for more than four hours on me! I’d say that it works well on me for about 16 hours before it starts to wear off. And when it does start to wear off, it is very gradual –  I don’t suddenly become a stink-beast (thankfully)!

Native Deodorant - Sensitive Cotton + Lily

Ingredients: Caprylic/capric triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil), arrowroot powder, stearyl alcohol, magnesium hydroxide (milk of magnesia), shea butter, coconut oil, hydrogenated castor oil, polyglycerol-3 beeswax (cera bellina wax), jojoba esters, tocopherol (Vitamin E), L. acidophilus (natural bacteria found in your body already), maltodextrin, glyceryl caprylate, glyceryl undecylenate + proprietary oil blend (fragrance).

I think that what makes this sensitive formula work so well  is the milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) and acidophilus (probiotic) content as none of the sensitive deodorants that I’ve previously tried contained either of these ingredients.

Do you use natural deodorants? If so, which one(s) do you use?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Hurraw Lip Balm Reviews – Earl Grey and Moon

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Today I have a review of two lip balms from Hurraw – Earl Grey and Moon Lip Balms that I purchased in my recent mini haul from well.ca. [info in italics taken from well.ca]

Hurraw! Balm launched in 2010 out of pure intent; an obsession to create the perfect balm: truly natural, vegan, made from premium raw and organic ingredients. It also had to meet some tough criteria…long lasting, not sweet, never grainy, pocket melt proof…and the list goes on.

Hurraw Lip Balm

To ensure the quality and integrity of their product, Hurraw! manufactures fresh and individually pours each tube of balm in their dedicated NOP and EcoCert certified facility. Their priority is to make Hurraw! the finest balm available… a great product to be used by everyone regardless of lifestyle.

I decided to try two different lip balms – Earl Grey and Moon.

Hurraw Lip Balm

Here’s the description of Earl Grey:

Love tea? Hurraw does. So they added the soothing, yet uplifting scent of Italian Bergamot oranges to make puttin’ on this earl grey balm just like sippin’ a cuppa.

And here’s the Moon balm:

Extra thick, creamy and rich; this balm has some serious staying power. The vanilla and peru balsam scent will lull you to sleep. Azulene packed blue chamomile helps soothes your lips for some true beauty z’s

Hurraw Lip Balm

Both Hurraw Lip Balms are incredible – super smooth and creamy feeling on the lips, and surprisingly long wearing. I don’t carry lip balms in my pockets, so I can’t comment on them being pocket melt-proof, but the Earl Grey one lasted in my bag on  a super hot day. Both of the Earl Grey and Moon smell really great too.

As a lip balm addict, I’ll probably end up getting a few more to stash around the house.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

Sudsatorium Great Gatsby Lip Scrub Review

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Today I have a review of the Great Gatsby Lip Scrub from Sudsatorium that I got in my most recent mini-haul from well.ca. This is my first time trying out anything from this Canadian company – they also make lip balms, bath and body stuff, and haircare. [info in italics taken from the well.ca]

Sudsatorium Great Gatsby Lip Scrub

A lip scrub fit for Daisy Buchanan, our favourite fictional heartbreaker with a penchant for lavish shindigs, fast cars, and most importantly mint juleps. Inspired by her excellent choice of libation, the Sudsatorium Great Gatsby lip scrub is made with refreshing spearmint essential oil to soothe sore, dry lips and fair trade vanilla extract to lock in all of that moisturizing jojoba oil for long lasting softness and beautiful sheen. You’ll surely enjoy the gentle tingling sensation of mint as it lingers on your kissers.

Sudsatorium Great Gatsby Lip Scrub

The Great Gatsby Lip Scrub is AWESOME – and the ingredients are simple:

Fair Trade Organic Cane Sugar (Sucrose), Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), Fair Trade Organic Spearmint Oil (Mentha Viridis), Organic Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla Planifolia)

Sudsatorium3

The sugar and oil blend is super moisturizing, and gives the perfect amount of exfoliation – not harsh or scratchy at all – leaving my lips smooth and soft.

I definitely want to try more from Sudsatorium, I have a few things added to my wishlist to try once I clear out more of my stash.

Sudsatorium Great Gatsby Lip Scrub

What is your fave lip scrub? Do you make your own?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Mini Haul + Sneak Peek of What I’m Testing

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I placed a small online order at well.ca last week and it just arrived – so I thought I would show you what I got:

Mini Haul + Sneak Peek

Sudsatorium Lip Scrub in Great Gatsby (mint julep)

Hurraw Lip Balms in Earl Grey (bergamot) and Moon (blue chammomile and vanilla)

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Oil (kukui nut)

Kristin Ess Sea Salt Air Dry Spray

Mini Haul + Sneak Peek

Reviews to follow as soon as I’ve managed to test everything out!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased these things.