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.

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

Juice Beauty Green Apple Cleansing Bar Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Juice Beauty Green Apple Cleansing Bar that came in my June Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Juice Beauty Green Apple Cleansing Bar

Renew, revitalize and soften your skin with this cleansing bar formulated with organic, extra virgin, cold-pressed olive oil, coconut oil, and a blend of apple, lemon and aloe juices. Infused with bright citrus notes to leave skin refreshed and glowing.

  • Replenishes & deeply hydrates with organic cold-pressed, extra virgin, olive oil and coconut oil.
  • Rich in antioxidants & Vitamin E.
  • Soothes with organic aloe.
  • For all skin types.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Cleansing Bar

At first I had thought that this was a facial cleansing bar, but it is actually a body cleansing and exfoliating bar. It is gentle on my skin, and rinses away without leaving a residue feeling and doesn’t dry my skin out.

I don’t find that it exfoliates the skin at all, but I really like this body cleansing soap despite this. The scent is apples and citrus (lemon and orange) – it is mild and not at all overpowering.

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The full size is listed at $12 USD on the Petit Vour site, and weighs 4.8 oz.

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Olea Europaea (Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil)*, Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Juice)*, Cocos Nucifera (Organic Coconut Oil)*, Elaeis Guineensis (Sustainably Sourced Organic Palm Oil)*, Sodium Hydroxide, Pyrus Malus (Organic Apple Juice)*, Citrus Limonum (Organic Lemon Juice)*, Vitis Vinifera (Organic White Grape Juice)*, Citrus Sinensis (Orange Oil), Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin Oil), Litsea Cubeba (May Chang Oil), Cinnamomum Camphora (Ho Wood Oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed Extract) | *Certified Organic Ingredients.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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

Petit Vour Unboxing & First Impressions June 2018

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Sorry for not posting yesterday – it was a holiday here in Quebec, and I’m still in the process of either testing things out, or waiting for things to arrive in the mail.

My June Petit Vour box arrived a little later than usual this month (it only arrived today actually), so this is just a quick unboxing with full reviews to follow once I’ve had a chance to try everything out.

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 (1.3291) my box cost me $30.57 CAD this month

Petit Vour June 2018

Let’s take a look inside to see what I got this month. As always the box includes a beautiful informational card with a different watercolour print each month. [info in italics taken from Petit Vour].

Petit Vour June 2018

Juice Beauty Green Apple Cleansing Bar ($3 USD – full size $12 USD)

Renew, revitalize and soften your skin with this cleansing bar formulated with organic, extra virgin, cold-pressed olive oil, coconut oil, and a blend of apple, lemon and aloe juices. Infused with bright citrus notes to leave skin refreshed and glowing.

I’ve really liked all Juice Beauty skincare products that I’ve tried so far, and this soap smells really good! I have high hopes for this one!

MUN Anarose Hydrating Rose Toner ($7 USD – full size $65 USD)

Hydrate, soften and balance skin’s pH with this Japanese inspired toner. Anarose Hydrating Rose Toner offers an essential step to balance the skin’s pH after cleansing. Bulgarian Rosewater instantly soothes even the most sensitive skin while Hyaluronic acid firms and provides long-lasting hydration. Willow Bark Extract contains natural salicylic acid to exfoliate dead cells for a healthy glow and prepares the skin to receive nutrients. Goji Berry Extract helps reduce free radical damage and provides anti-aging benefits. A combination of Rose, Jasmine and Daisy Extracts recreates the velvety sensation of petals on your skin.

I love rose based skincare products and this one sounds lovely.

Petit Vour June 2018

Vert Mont Perfumery Cyrene ($5 USD – full size $35 USD)

CYRENA. Mischievous Mermaid, Sovereign Queen, or Princess? Embrace your inner riches & shine with this roll-on fragrance. Gardenia & Magnolia Grandiflorum open to Tonka Glazed Green Cacao, finishing with Labdanum Amber.

This sounds like my kind of scent – I love florals and amber together.

Goldfaden MD Facial Detox Mask ($20 USD – full size $65 USD)

Dr. Goldfaden’s purifying mask works to draw out dirt and pore clogging debris to reveal skin that looks clear and appears flawless. Developed to use as an overall facial mask, this powerhouse formula works to unveil a clearer-looking, radiant, even-toned complexion.

Sounds great, can’t wait to test it out after my usual patch test!

Clove + Hallow Lip Glaze in Candied Harts ($15 USD)

Formulated with natural olive oil, jojoba oil, and shea butter, the Lip Glaze offers inspired color and a dazzling finish without stickiness.

Really hoping that this is not going to be sticky, and that the shade suits me. I’ll be testing this out right away!

Petit Vour June 2018

Total value of this month’s box = $50 USD ($66.45 CAD). Overall my first impression is that this month’s box is a really good one. Reviews to follow as soon as I test everything out.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

My next blog post will be on Thursday instead of my usual Wednesday post.

Disclosure: I pay for this monthly subscription.

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 – April 30th to May 6th

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Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out and feel like catching up!

Monday, April 30th – Petit Vour Unboxing April 2018

Wednesday, May 2nd – Monthly Empties – April 2018

Empties April 2018

Friday, May 4th – Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Last Looks Cream Blush Review

Spring weather has FINALLY arrived here. We’ve had loads of rain, but the trees are starting to bud. My seasonal allergies have woken up this weekend, so I’ve started taking my allergy meds. Hopefully they will start to kick in in the next day or so. I probably should have started taking them a few weeks ago…

I’m making a veggie lasagna later today, haven’t made one in quite awhile. Yum!

Hope you all had a great weekend, and have a great upcoming week!

Disclosure: Please see original blog posts for product disclosures.

 

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Last Looks Cream Blush Review

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Today I have a review of the Phyto-Pigments Last Looks Cream Blush from Juice Beauty that came in my April Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Juice Beauty website]

Enhance cheeks with this luxurious, buildable color. Powered by plant-derived Phyto-Pigments and age-defying serum technology, this creamy formula blends easily and delivers a healthy, natural looking flush that flatters any skin tone. Contains the Juice Beauty exclusive Moisture Blend (vegetable glycerin, grapeseed oil & phospholipids) to help increase skin hydration and the Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments exclusive blend of rose and purple carrot.

This cream blush is available in four shades – Seashell, Flush, Peony, and Orange Blossom. I received the shade Flush, described as a nude beige.

  • Highly blendable formula
  • Adds radiant finish to cheeks
  • Hydrating texture
  • Provides plumping moisture to skin with plant-derived hyaluronic acid
  • Conveniently doubles as a sheer tint for lips
  • Vegan & Cruelty-Free

When I first opened the blush I was afraid that it would be way too dark for my pale skintone.

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Last Looks Cream Blush

Thankfully that is not the case, but the colour is buildable and blendable so I think that it would work well for a wide range of skintones. The finish is radiant without being shimmery or glittery.

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Last Looks Cream BlushJuice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Last Looks Cream Blush

Ingredients: Cocos nucifera (organic coconut oil/huile de noix de coco bio)*, ricinus communis (organic castor seed oil/huile de graines de ricin bio)*, copernicia cerifera (organic carnauba wax/cire de carnauba bio)*, helianthus annuus (organic sunflower seed oil/huile de graines de tournesol bio)*, rhus verniciflua peel wax, methyl dehydroabietate†, mica, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla wax/cire de candelilla), simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba seed oil/huile de graines de jojoba bio)*, polyglyceryl-10 heptahydroxystearate†, isopropyl jojobate, jojoba alcohol, jojoba esters, tocopherol (Vitamin E/vitamine E), helianthus annuus (sunflower seed oil/huile de graines de tournesol), oryza sativa (rice bran extract/extrait de son de riz), rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary leaf extract/extrait de feuilles de romarin), butyrospermum parkii (organic shea butter/beurre de karaté bio)*, vitis vinifera (grape seed oil/huile de pépins de raisin), sclerocarya birrea seed oil, rosa gallica (rose flower powder/poudre de rose), malus domestica (apple fruit cell culture extract/extrait de culture cellulaire de pomme), citrus medica limonum (lemon leaf cell extract/extrait de cellule des feuilles de citron)glycerin†, phospholipids†, silica, magnesium silicate, betaine†, sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer. May contain: titanium dioxide, iron oxides (77491, 77492, 77499)

What do you think of this blush? This is the second cream blush that I’ve ever owned! I really like both the formulation and colour.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

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

Petit Vour Unboxing – April 2018

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Today I have my unboxing and first impressions of the April 2018 Petit Vour subscription box. Reviews to follow once I’ve had a chance to test things out!

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. The exchange rate was not great again this month ($1.3169), so this month’s box cost me $30.29 CAD.

Petit Vour April 2018

Let’s take a look inside. As always, the artwork on the information card is a lovely print. This month’s card celebrates their 5th Birthday, and has a message from their co-founders thanking their subscribers.

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Last Looks Cream Blush in 04 Flushed ($25 USD)

Petit Vour April 2018

Yes! Another Juice Beauty product, this time a cream blush in a coral shade – I can’t wait to try this one out.

Suntegrity Skincare Vanish Organic Cleansing Oil ($8 USD)

Petit Vour April 2018

I like cleansing oils, so I’m looking forward to trying this one out. I’ll be putting this in my stash for now as I don’t want to have too many cleansers open at the same time.

Niu Body Piña Colada Lip Polish ($10 USD)

Petit Vour April 2018

I like lip scrubs – I’m hoping that this one isn’t too strongly coconut scented.

Andalou Naturals Face Cream Pod – Goji Peptide Perfecting ($3.29 USD)

Petit Vour April 2018

I’ve liked everything that I’ve tried so far from Andalou Naturals, so I have high hopes for this one. Hopefully I will be able to get more than one use out of this so I will be able to form a solid opinion on it.

Petit Vour April 2018

Total value $46.29 USD ($60.96 CAD)! What do you think of this month’s box?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I pay for this monthly subscription.

Weekly Recap April 9th to 15th

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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, April 9th – Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream (SPF 30, Natural Glow) Review

Wednesday, April 11th – Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Sweet Cream Swatching

I went to H+M on Saturday and bought myself a few things – two blouses, a dress and a t-shirt. Let me know if you are interested in seeing what I purchased!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Both products were birthday gifts from my mother.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream (Natural Glow) Review

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Today I have a review of one of the things that I got from my most recent Sephora mini haul – my mom gave me money to pick out some treats for my birthday so I decided to try out the Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream in the shade Natural Glow. [info in italics taken from the Juice Beauty website]

The Juice Beauty STEM CELLULAR™ CC Cream is ideal for all skin types and especially beneficial for skin showing the signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles. Available in five shades, Natural Glow, Desert Glow, Warm Glow, Sun-kissed Glow and Deep Glow, to match and enhance any skin type and color. Since Juice Beauty uses no artificial dyes, the colors are effective for skin tones ranging from very light to dark as the colors blend and adapt.

This CC cream is described as being a 12-in-1 multi-tasking product:

  • Reduces appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
  • Broad spectrum sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • Smoothes uneven texture
  • Creates a radiant, glowing complexion
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Protects with mineral SPF 30
  • Ultimate moisturizer
  • Skin perfecting color
  • Mineral tinted coverage
  • No chemical sunscreen
  • Non-nano natural sunscreen

Formulated without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. Our products are never tested on animals.

Because I am on the pale to fair/light end of the skintone spectrum I tend to burn very easily so I absolutely need to wear sunscreen, ideally in the range of SPF20 or higher in the summer, with SPF 30 being my usual go-to.

A lot of BB / CC creams and tinted moisturizers are often too dark for me, but this one is a perfect match. It is super lightweight, yet moisturizing, and evens out my skintone, and adds radiance. It doesn’t draw attention to fine lines – thankfully!

However, the coverage is very sheer, which I really like for the summer months. But if you prefer medium to full coverage, then this is not the one for you. It does play nicely with my usual go-to concealers and powders, so I can increase the coverage if I feel I need it.

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 20%

Inactive Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (organic aloe juice/jus d’aloès bio)*, cocos nucifera (organic coconut oil/huile de noix de coco bio)*, pyrus malus (organic apple juice/jus de pomme bio)*, vitis vinifera (organic white grape juice/jus de raisin blanc bio)*, caprylic/capric triglyceride†, sorbitan stearate, ricinus communis (castor seed oil /huile de graines de ricin), polyglyceryl-10 laurate, magnesium sulfate, helianthus annuus (organic sunflower seed oil/huile de graines de tournesol bio)*, simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba seed oil/huile de graines de jojoba bio)*, tocopherol (Vitamin E/vitamine E), magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (Vitamin C/vitamine C), sodium hyaluronate†, malus domestica (apple fruit cell culture extract/extrait de culture cellulaire de pomme), vitis vinifera (grape fruit cell extract/extrait de cellule de raisin), citrus medica limonum (lemon leaf cell extract/extrait de cellule des feuilles de citron), phenethyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin†, citrus reticulata (mandarin oil/huile de mandarine), citrus aurantium (petitgrain oil/huile de petit grain). May contain: iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

Scentwise, it smells like most physical sunscreens due to the zinc oxide, but has a mild hint of citrus as well. It smells like the ingredients as opposed to smelling like a fragranced / perfumed product which I appreciate because I really dislike putting overly fragranced products on my face.

Do you have a fave sun protection BB / CC Cream, or tinted moisturizer?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Birthday gift from my mother. She’s awesome like that.