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.


Weekly Re-cap May 15th to 21st

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Just a little re-cap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out on anything…

Tuesday, May 16th – Hey Honey Bésame Mucho Lip Balm Review

Thursday, May 18th – Sunday Riley C.E.O. C+E Protect & Repair Moisturizer Review

Last week was super busy with work deadlines and chaos, this week should hopefully be less hectic.

Thanks for reading and have  beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original reviews for product disclosure.

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Moisturizer

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Just a little review of the Sunday Riley C.E.O. C+E antiOxidant Protect and Repair Moisturizer. I got it as a deluxe sample using my Beauty Insider points on my birthday haul.

Sunday Riley C.E.O.

Here’a a description from the Sephora website:

Luxuriously hydrating and scientifically advanced, C.E.O. provides fast-absorbing moisturization without greasiness—protecting during the day and visibly repairing at night. It is enriched with five percent powerful, lipid-soluble, advanced vitamin C (tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, the most superior form), which is more stable and less irritating than ascorbic acid and other vitamin C derivatives. Blended with protective, anti-pollution exopolysaccharides and refining lime pearl extract, C.E.O. moisturizes your skin, visibly brightens, supports natural collagen, provides antioxidant support, and expertly fights the five visible signs of environmental and micropollution-induced skin damage: sensitivity, dehydration, dullness, uneven tone, and premature lines and wrinkles.

The ingredient list is super long:

Water, Squalane, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Dicaprylyl Carbonate, C10-18 Triglycerides, PEG-8 Beeswax, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Tapioca Starch, PPG-12 SMDI Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Jojoba Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Lecithin, Glycerin, Microcitrus Australasica Fruit (Lime Pearl) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Alteromonas Ferment Extract (Exopolysaccharides), Phenoxyethanol, Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit (Kakadu Plum) Extract, Bisabolol, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Nylon-12, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citric Acid, Sodium Phytate, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fragrance, Rosa Centifolia Flower Wax, Rosa Damascena Flower Wax, Alcohol Denat (found in botanical extracts), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit (Yuzu) Extract, Lippia Citriodora Flower (Lemon Verbena) Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit (Rosehips)Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Oolong Tea).

The fragrance, although lovely and sunny smelling, and despite masking the vitamin C scent, makes me unhappy because I don’t like overly scented products for my face.

Sunday Riley C.E.O.

Is it a nice moisturizer? It isn’t terrible for me, but I don’t love it. I find that my skin is oilier than usual when I wake up in the morning after using this. It doesn’t seem to fully sink into my skin – not even the dry parts! I don’t normally have oily skin, it is more on the normal to dry side.

I don’t know how it plays with makeup or sunscreen as I’ve only been using this at night. I think that this would be best for really dry skin, and might be a disaster for oily skin.

I’m glad that I got a sample of this one instead of splurging on the full size as it is fairly expensive at $85 CAD for 1.7oz / 50g.

Have you tried the C.E.O. Moisturizer from Sunday Riley? Did it work for you?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Beauty Insider points were used to “purchase” this sample.

April 2017 Empties

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I’m still working my way through my stash, and am gradually using things up. There were a few products that were so close to finishing but not fully finished. I guess they will be in next month’s empties. Here’s what I finished up this month:

April 2017 Empties

On the empties:

April 2017 Empties

Saje Essential Oil Blend in Peppermint Twist – I love this essential oil blend, and need to re-purchase this as soon as I use up a few more. Original review is here.

April 2017 Empties

Nova Scotia Fisherman Hand & Body Cream – This stuff saved my hands all winter, I’ll be re-purchasing this one in my next order. Original review is here.

April 2017 Empties

Smith’s Mocha Rose Lip Balm, and Haus of Gloi Lip Balm in Wild Rose and Cherry Vanilla – I’m a lip balm addict, it is true, but I’m trying to use up the ones in my stash before I buy any more. The Haus of Gloi Cherry Vanilla one disappeared, so it didn’t get photographed – I suspect that I will find it on the weekend when I am vacuuming, haha!

April 2017 Empties

Essence I ❤ Extreme Volume Mascara (Waterproof) – This is normally my holy grail mascara, but the last one that I bought was really thick and clumpy, so I only used it for two weeks before pitching it. Maybe it was an old one. I’ve since re-purchased the Big Show Waterproof one from Annabelle in the meantime. Original review of Essence here, Annabelle here.

April 2017 Empties

Mychelle Dermaceuticals Perfect C Pro Serum 25%* – This is my favourite C serum that I’ve tried this far. It doesn’t sting my sensitive skin, which is surprising considering a lot of them do. I haven’t re-purchased this yet, but it is on my wishlist, as I’m still working my way through my skincare stash. Original review is here.

Ingenium Naturals Sensi-Cream* – Such a great facial moisturizer, it is lightweight and gentle, perfect for sensitive skin. Again, this one is on my wishlist, but until I clear out more of my stash, I can’t re-purchase. Original review is here.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Products marked with * were PR samples.

Mini Birthday Haul Part 2 – Herbivore, Tarte

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Today I’m reviewing the samples (both deluxe and regular) from my mini haul (descriptions in italics are taken from the Sephora website):

The first of which I got using a promo code – the Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask – this one has been on my wish list to try for ages!

Herbivore Blue Tansy


This mask is designed to clarify and resurface skin with soothing blue tansy, naturally resurfacing white willow bark, and gently exfoliating fruit enzymes. It leaves skin soft and renewed, and skin gains increased clarity and smoothness with continual use.

Herbivore Blue Tansy

This is a lovely blue gel type facial mask. I did a patch test on my arm before testing it on my face, as I wasn’t sure how my skin would react. It really is a cooling and soothing mask, and my skin feels so soft and smooth after using. I’m sure that the increase in clarity will come with continued use. I’ll be adding the full size version to my wish list!

The second deluxe sample I got with my Beauty Insider points – the Tarte Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer.

Tarte Brighter Days Highlighting Mascara

Give skin a natural-looking glow with Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer. This lightweight facial lotion is formulated with 70 percent water and light-reflecting mineral pigments to quench dull, dehydrated skin while delivering a sheer veil of illumination and radiance. The sweat-resistant formula is perfect for before or after the gym, or even for faking an afterglow without the sweat session. It can be worn alone or under your makeup for a subtle sheen. This hypoallergenic multitasker works to soften, smooth, and deliver a long-lasting surge of moisture without clogging pores.

This is a nice light moisturizer with very fine mica in it that helps add radiance to the skin. Very gentle, and non-greasy. Will I buy a full size? It is nice, but isn’t a must have for me.

Now onto the free samples – perfumes – both have rose notes, perfect for spring!


The fragrance transfigures the mythic rose, infusing it with a resolutely urban spirit. Combined with magnolias and generous peonies, the rose becomes both honey-like and powdery; its petals blossom on the skin. Cheeky, free, and sophisticated, the scent breaks every boundary and vibrates with a woody tone—a signature rose that has become a legend.

I’m in love with this perfume, I love the rose notes in this one.


The unique scent opens with top notes of fresh mandarin and frozen lemon, balanced with watery tones of freesia to create a soft, dewy feeling. An infusion of Bulgarian rose essence, crunchy violet leaves, and delicate peony petals brings a freshness to the feminine floral heart, while ambergris base notes reveal a subtle masculine undertone.

This is a perfume that I’ve always liked on other people but never really liked on myself. Until now! This one is also so lovely! I don’t know which one I love more!

Have you tried any of these items?

Disclosure: Items gotten with promo codes, Sephora Beauty Insider points, and free samples with purchase.

MyChelle Dermaceuticals – Part Two

MyChelle Dermaceuticals

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As you all probably know, I absolutely love skincare products. So when I saw on twitter that MyChelle Dermaceuticals was looking for Canadian Beauty Bloggers, I knew that I wanted to work with them as their products are based on Clean Science (vegetarian, cruelty free, recyclable, and free of phthlates, parabens, sulfates, ureas, artificial fragrances and colours, petroleum, GMOs and gluten).

I was super excited to find out that they are expanding into the Canadian market, starting with four products from their line at select Murale stores (owned by Shopper’s Drug Mart / Pharmaprix). The first four products being launched are the Refining Sugar Cleanser, Remarkable Retinal Serum, Perfect C Serum and the Supreme Polypeptide Cream – out of which I received three (the cleanser and two serums). I also received  four other products from their line to test and review.

Today is part two of my MyChelle Dermaceuticals reviews. Part one is here.

Creamy Pumpkin Cleanser (4.2oz / 124ml, msrp $20 CAD / $16 USD)

Gently wash away surface impurities while rehydrating and restoring skin’s moisture balance. Essential Vitamins and exfoliating enzymes from Pumpkin and Honey help to revitalize skin.

This is a beautiful and gentle creamy cleanser. Since the weather is finally starting to cool down, this will help prevent my skin from drying out. I prefer creamy cleansers for this time of year, and this one works really well for my sensitive skin.

MyChelle Dermaceuticals

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Behenyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Ether, Sucrose Stearate, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Powder, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Honey (Mel), Astaxanthin, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Cell Culture Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae Powder, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Leaf Oil, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Oil, Vanillin, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, O-cymen-5-OL

Remarkable Retinal Serum (1oz / 30 ml, msrp $60 CAD / $47.50 USD)

Advanced serum with exclusive and patented IconicA® (Retinal)—the most potent form of Vitamin A—plus Ceramide 3 and Orange Plant Stem Cells to promote healthy skin renewal, help diminish skin discoloration (dark spots and blemishes), and minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Most retinol-based serums irritate my sensitive skin, and I’m not able to use them daily, but I was able to use this one every evening without any irritation or dryness. The pump packaging is similar to the Perfect C Serum, so all you need is one pump to cover your entire face.

MyChelle Dermaceuticals

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Gluconolactone, Retinal (Retinaldehyde), Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloud Berry) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Callus Culture Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Tocopherol (D-alpha), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Allantoin, Ceramide 3, Pentylene Glycol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cyclodextrin, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Xanthan Gum, Phytic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract

Apple Brightening Cream (1.2oz / 35ml, msrp $35 USD)

A silky lightweight cream with Apple Plant Stem Cells and Daisy Flower Extract to improve skin’s luminescence and radiance, and help reduce the appearance of dark spots. Rich in anti-pollution Antioxidants to protect and nourish the skin for a continuous healthier glow.

I’ve been using this cream at night, and my skin looks great when I wake up in the morning. I love products that help to keep the skin looking radiant!

MyChelle Dermaceuticals

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Olivate, Glycerin, Sorbitan, Olivate, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, Lactic Acid (L), Polysorbate 20, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Squalane, Ascorbic Acid (L), Malus Domestica (Apple) Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Oil, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Paradisi (White Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Tocopherol (D-alpha), Tocotrienols, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Pancratium Maritimum Extract, Lecithin, Gluconolactone, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Macadamiate, Teprenone, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Phenethyl Alcohol, Alcohol, Fragrance/Parfum (Natural)

Incredible Pumpkin Peel (1.2oz / 35ml, $35 CAD / $28 USD)

Powerful blend of Pumpkin puree and extracts naturally exfoliate dead skin cells to help clear away impurities, while fruit extracts encourage renewal for a more revived, luminous complexion.

On the package it says that slight tingling may occur. It always makes me nervous to try peeling products, so I did a patch test on my wrist before testing it on my face. I only experienced minimal tingling which went away within approximately 30 seconds of applying. After using, my skin absolutely glows!

MyChelle Dermaceuticals

Ingredients: Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin), Aqua (Water), Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Glycerin, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Wine, Honey (Mel), Gluconic Acid (Glucose), Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Stem Powder, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Myristica Fragrance/Parfums (Nutmeg) Kernel Oil, Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Leaf Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Aminoguanidine HCL, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract

I really loved everything that I tried from MyChelle Dermaceuticals. I’m looking forward to their entry into the Canadian market.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I received these products in exchange for an honest review. my opinion is my own, based on my experience with these products.