Goldfaden MD Detox Hydrating Gel Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Detox Hydrating Gel from Goldfaden MD that came in my June Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Goldfaden MD Detox Hydrating Gel

A BHA Skin Balancing Moisturizer. 

Dr. Goldfaden’s daily hydrating gel helps clear skin, and minimize the appearance of future breakouts, revealing a clear and radiant looking complexion.

Goldfaden MD Detox Hydrating Gel

This treatment moisturizer provides anti-oxidant and anti-pollution nourishment with a potent combination of beta hydroxy acids, mallow extract and the Detox ComplexTM. These ingredients work to increase purity, while at the same time help to calm and soothe complexion. Skin is left appearing balanced, rejuvenated and feeling hydrated.

Goldfaden MD Detox Hydrating Gel

This is a super light gel based moisturizer – probably geared more for combination (normal to oily skin), but I found that it gave my skin enough hydration, and it did not irritate my sensitive skin. I don’t think that it would work for me in the winter months, as my skin needs a lot more hydration in colder weather, but for summer, it is perfect!

Goldfaden MD Detox Hydrating Gel

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Carrageenan, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Calcium Gluconate, Saccharide Isomerate, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin (and) Marrubium Vulgare, Meristem Cell Culture (and) Xanthan Gum, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose gum, Salicylic Acid, Centella Asiatica Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Fruit Extract.

Thanks for reading have a beautiful day!

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

Lowen’s Natural Skincare Reviews Part 5 – In Yo Face! Natural BB Cream

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Lowen's Natural Skincare

Today I’m continuing with my final review of a  product that came in my awesome PR package from Canadian company Lowen’s Natural Skincare (Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4). Today’s review is on the In Yo Face! Natural BB Cream [info in italics taken from the Lowen’s website]

Lowen's Natural Skincare In Yo Face! Natural Vegan BB Cream

In Yo Face! Natural Vegan BB Cream – Based on the fundamental success of the RIIWDY hand and body lotion (minus the beeswax) In Yo Face! our Vegan BB Cream contains active concentrations of Omega fatty acids (essential acids 3 and 6), Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Niacin (Vitamin B3), Lipoic Acid (Thioctic acid), Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Vitamin C (Ascorbyl Palmitate), Hyaluronic Acid (AKA Hyaluron) and a little Zinc Oxide for a little daytime protection from ‘ole Sol.

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This is not a tinted BB cream. The In Yo Face! Natural Vegan BB Cream is a little on the thick side, similar to a lot of physical / mineral sunscreens – likely due to the Zinc Oxide in its formulation. And yay, it offers some sun protection because of this!

It soaks into the skin fairly quickly and works well to hydrate without being heavy or greasy feeling. I was fairly surprised because usually creams that feel like this tend to take a little longer to absorb into the skin. It works well for my sensitive, normal to dry skin.

Lowen's Natural Skincare In Yo Face! Natural Vegan BB Cream

The IYF! Natural Vegan BB Cream works well as a makeup primer too! I’ve worn it with both minimal makeup (concealer and powder) and with full makeup and it gives my skin a smooth base for makeup.

It contains loads of skin friendly ingredients and the only scent is of what it is made of – which I really like.

Ingredients: Aqua, Cetyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Zinc Oxide (nano), Glycerin, Canola Oil, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Polysorbate 80, Lecithin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Thiotic Acid, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Rosemary Officinalis Leaf Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hyaluronic Acid

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

Thanks for reading have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this was a part of a PR package. However, my love of natural skincare and my opinions are entirely my own.


By Anhesa Cedar Face Cream Review

By Anhesa Cedar Face Cream

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Today I have a review of the Cedar Face Cream from Toronto based By Anhesa that I won in an InstaGram giveaway from Whipped Green Girl and Anhesa.  [info in italics taken from the Anhesa website]

By Anhesa Cedar Face Cream

A gentle and mildly-fragranced moisturizer for luminous, supple, and soft skin. Cedar face cream made, especially for dry mature skin, has light broccoli, peach and luscious tucuma Amazonian oils. It nourishes and protects your skin, giving you a smooth, youthful glow. The addition of the scent of cedarwood essential oil leaves you feeling fresh and vibrant (as if you had taken a walk in the woods). 

Ingredients: Aqua, Prunus persica (Peach) kernel oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteraryl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Astrocaryum Tucuma seed butter, Glycerine, Brassica oleracea Italica (Broccoli) seed oil, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Juniperus mexicana (Cedarwood) wood oil

By Anhesa Cedar Face Cream

The Cedar Face Cream is super lightweight and absorbs into the skin quickly. It is highly moisturizing and non-greasy. The scent is woody and fresh, I absolutely love cedarwood essential oil, it smells amazing, without being over-scented.

This works well as either a day or a night cream and plays nicely with makeup. It really does help give the skin a nice glow. I love that it contains minimal ingredients. It is especially great for sensitive skin types!

Thanks for reading. have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I won this in a giveaway, but the decision to review it is entirely my own and based on my experience of using the product.

Kariderm Moisturizing Face Cream Review

Kariderm Moisturizing Protective Cream

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Today I have a review of another product from Quebec based company Kariderm – if you remember, I reviewed (and loved) their Restorative Hair Mask. When PozPub reached out and asked me if I wanted to try out the Moisturizing Face Cream, I immediately said yes! Thank you PozPub and Kariderm! [info in italics taken from the Kariderm website]

Kariderm Moisturizing Protective Cream

A little bit of background on Kariderm:

Founded in 1998, Flash Beauté Inc. conceives, manufactures and distributes the KARIDERM products, maintaining its leader position in its domain: natural personal care products made with shea butter.

In order to reach this target, we have established a tight partnership with a women cooperative of shea butter producers in Burkina Faso, the Songtaaba Association or ASY.

In this context, our personal commitment during several trips on the field enabled us to define several cooperation and assistance projects targeting not only the quality and market image of shea butter, but mostly the working conditions of women, their incomes and self-development perspectives.

How beautiful is that? A company that gives back!

Kariderm Moisturizing Protective Cream

Now onto the Moisturizing Protective Cream:

The KARIDERM Moisturizing Protective Cream with shea butter, replenishes moisture to deeply condition the skin for the entire day. Easily absorbed thanks to its light texture, it rapidly softens, nourishes and protects the skin, allowing a natural and enhanced radiance.

Kariderm Moisturizing Protective Cream


My skin LOVES shea butter. This facial cream is super hydrating but very light. It can be used as either a day or a night cream (or both). It is the type of face cream that works for all skin types (unless you have an allergy or sensitivity to one of the ingredients):

INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Stearate, Cera Alba, Xanthan Gum, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Phytate, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinol

Kariderm Moisturizing Protective Cream


The cream has an almost watery texture and absorbs into the skin very quickly. It works well with facial oils and serums. As an added plus, the Moisturizing Protective Cream also plays nicely with makeup (whether full foundation, concealer, powder, or just with concealer and powder).

I’ll be taking a short break next week for the holidays, but I’ll be back on the 26th with a new review.

Thanks for reading. have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: PR sample, thanks Kariderm / PozPub, however, my opinion is based on my experience of using this product.

Andalou Naturals Goji Peptide Perfecting Cream Mini-Review

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Today I have a mini-review / first impressions of the Goji Peptide Perfecting Cream from Andalou Naturals that came in my April Petit Vour box. Why a mini-review? Because it is a small blister pack type sample of 0.14oz (4g). [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour April 2018

Fruit stem cell complex, resveratrol CoQ10, and super antioxidants help support dermal vitality as goji glycopeptides uplift tone and texture for velvety soft skin. It leaves the appearance with fewer fine lines and wrinkles, and a rejuvenated complexion. For Dry/Very Dry Skin

Andalou Naturals Goji Peptide Perfecting Cream

Although the sample says that it is a single use pack, there was enough in it for me to try out for four days – enough to gather some impressions, but not really long enough to have an opinion on its effectiveness on fine lines / wrinkles.

It is a fairly lightweight facial cream considering it is geared for dry to very dry skin, but nonetheless, I found it to moisturize really well, without feeling heavy.

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Purified Water (Aqua), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*†, Vegetable Glycerin, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Glyceryl Laurate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Allantoin, Bisabolol, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil*, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Xanthan Gum, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Riboflavin, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract*†, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract*†, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Apricot Isolates, Vanilla Isolate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil* | *Certified Organic Ingredients.

It has a mildly fruity scent – I guess that is the goji berry, and Orange Peel Oil.

All in all, I think that this cream might be worth trying out for a longer period of time, the full size is 1.7oz for $25 USD, so it isn’t super expensive.

Have you tried this facial cream?

Thanks fo reading and have a beautiful day!

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

Derma E Firming DMAE Moisturizer Review

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Today I have a review of the Firming DMAE Moisturizer from Derma E. I purchased this moisturizer after using up one of the moisturizers in my stash and have been testing it out for several weeks. [info in italics taken from the Derma E website]

Derma E DMAE Firming Moisturizer

Visibly firm, lift and smooth skin with this skin-firming formula. Rich in moisture and nutrients, this nourishing cream contains ingredients shown to help addressing loss of elasticity. Our formula contains DMAE, known as nature’s firming agent, Alpha Lipoic Acid, known as the universal antioxidant and C-Ester plus moisturizing Jojoba Oil and nourishing Vitamins A and E. This replenishing formula leaves skin thoroughly hydrated, nourished and firmer-looking. Ideal for those who are looking to visibly firm and lift the face or neck. 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, GMO-free.

This moisturizer suggests that you do a patch test before using due to Alpha Lipoic Acid can cause a reaction in some people’s skin. Because I have sensitive skin, I always do a patch test for new skincare, first on my arm, then on my neck before putting anything on my face these days.

It has a very faint tingle when applied. Not a “Danger! Face melting off!” tingle. The feeling is hard to describe. The closest feeling would be to that of a really gentle lip plumper.

Derma E Firming DMAE Moisturizer

It is very rich, and hydrating, but doesn’t feel heavy or greasy. And it makes my skin look super smooth! As an added plus, it works like a primer with my Deciem Serum Foundation, and various concealers in my stash. I haven’t tested it with any other foundations in my stash yet.

Derma E Firming DMAE Moisturizer

Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerin (Vegetable Derived), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Plant Derived), Stearic Acid (Vegetable Derived), Glyceryl Stearate SE, Thioctic (Alpha Lipoic) Acid, Cetyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Glyceryl Stearate Citrate (Vegetable Derived), Dimethyl MEA (DMAE), Polysorbate 20, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester), Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Dimethicone, Allantoin, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance.

Overall I’m really happy with the Firming DMAE Moisturizer. I have my eye on a few cleansers that I would like to try once I finish up one more from my skincare stash.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Weekly Recap Jan 15th to 21st (2018)

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Just a recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out and want to catch up…

Monday, January 15th – Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Ultra Natural Mascara Review

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Mascara

Wednesday, January 17th – True Moringa Lip Whip Review

True Moringa Lip Whip

Friday, January 19th – Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream Review

Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream

I’m still carrying on with the Yoga with Adriene Yoga True (30 Days of Yoga). I’m really liking this year’s series of practices, and am so proud of myself for sticking to it thus far!

I got a Fitbit Charge HR for Christmas, and I’m kind of obsessed with tracking my steps and sleep.

Hope you all have a great week! Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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

Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Golden Hour Recovery Cream from Ursa Major that came in December’s Petit Vour subscription box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream

This intensely hydrating yet fast-absorbing face cream provides deep hydration and nourishment to soothe and replenish weary skin. Use it as a daily moisturizer, as a “wrinkle-busting” night cream or anytime your skin needs extra TLC. Works great for all skin types; especially recommended for anyone recovering from prolonged exposure to the elements.

Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream

  • Delivers intense hydration without feeling heavy
  • Helps combat the visible signs of aging
  • Reduces the appearance of redness and uneven skin tone
  • Soothes irritation from dryness and exposure to the elements
  • Works for all skin types, especially dry, sensitive or neglected skin

Aroma: Neroli, sandalwood and a touch of sour rose anchored with fresh-soaked earth. 

Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream

This golden hued facial cream arrived during a deep freeze, so my skin needed the extra boost of moisture. It is super hydrating, but not heavy or greasy. The scent is mild and earthy – but I don’t get the sour rose scent at all.

It works well for both day and night, and plays nicely with my foundation. All in all a lovely facial cream, perfect for cold weather.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

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

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA Review

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Today I’m reviewing another product from my recent mini-haul from Deciem / The Ordinary – the Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA. (Information in italics is taken from the website)

Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF) are elements that keep the outer layer of the skin protected and well-hydrated. NMF are made up of multiple amino acids, fatty acids, triglycerides, urea, ceramides, phospholipids, glycerin, saccharides, sodium PCA, hyaluronic acid and many other compounds that are naturally present in the skin. 

This formula offers non-greasy hydration that acts as a direct topical supplement of impaired NMF components. It contains 11 amino acids, phospholipids, alpha/beta/gamma fatty acids, triglycerides, sterols and sterol esters, glycerin, ceramide precursors, urea, saccharides, sodium PCA and hyaluronic acid. It offers immediate hydration and lasting results with continued use. 

When I finished up my Hyaluronic Acid Serum from The Ordinary, I decided to try this moisturizer instead since it contains HA (as do many of the formulations from The Ordinary). It also contains all kinds of skin friendly hydration boosters.

Just to remind you, my skin is mostly normal, but gets dry in the colder months. This is a lightweight, yet super moisturizing / hydrating moisturizer. I find that my skin doesn’t dry out over the course of the day, but at the same time, it doesn’t make my skin feel greasy.  This is a great budget friendly moisturizer at $7.70 CAD.

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this.