March 2016 Empties

March Empties

Hello, hello! I cannot believe that it April already!

I managed to finish up a few things in my stash this month.

Haircare:

March Empties - Haircare

I’ve reviewed the Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Long & Strong Shampoo and Conditioner as a part of my Project Focus 10 Collab (reviews are here and here). I will probably buy these again once I use up whatever other shampoos and conditioners that I have in my stash. Or I might try one of the other shampoo / conditioner combos in their range. I really want to try their Beach Babe Soft Waves spray, and their Clean Freak Dry Shampoo.

I haven’t actually reviewed the COLAB dry shampoo in Rio (tropical scent) yet. But it works well with my crazy wavy hair when I want to go an extra day without washing it. It leaves my hair feeling fresh, and adds volume. It says on the package that the scent is papaya and pineapple but I only smell the pineapple, thank goodness as I really dislike the scent of papaya.  I’ve already purchased a replacement in same scent.

Skincare & Makeup:

March Empties - Skincare & Makeup

I finished up quite a few makeup and skincare products this month, most of which I have reviewed on the blog previously.

The two lipsticks, aren’t technically empties, but they are getting pitched as both of them have dried out and the scent is starting to go off (both are more than a year old). Despite that, I did love both the Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Violet Volt, and the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Wonderchilde. I’ve swatched them both previously, you can see them here. I haven’t replaced either of them as of yet, because my list of lipsticks that I want to try is suuuuuuper long.

I’m sad that I’ve used up the Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask. I loved this and used it at least once a week from the time that I purchased it. The original review is here. I haven’t replaced it yet, but probably will after I knock a few other masks off of my wish list.

The OZ Naturals Retinol Serum. This took me ages to finish because I had started to use the Super Youth Retinol Moisturizer and didn’t want to overdo it on the retinol use. I haven’t replaced this yet as I still have about half a tube left of the moisturizer to use up.

Sample pack of Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. This came with my bottle of EradiKate. This exfoliator really is intense for sensitive skin. It was just on the edge of me wondering if it was a healthy tingling sensation, or it my face was going to melt and burn. But as soon as I washed it off, my skin was fine, so I guess that it was an intense tingle. This stuff looks really gross (it is dark green) but my skin looked amazing after using it. It is pricey though, so I’m not sure that I will buy the full size unless I’m planning on a splurge.

The Naruko Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Complex EX serum worked so well for my sensitive combination dry skin. I’m really sad that this one is empty. I loved the way that it worked in conjunction with the Night Gelly. My skin is just so hydrated, smooth and rosy when I use them. The original review is here.

Trial size of Paula’s Choice Moisture Renewal Oil Booster. This stuff is amazing when you need a boost of hydration. You can use it directly on the skin like a serum, mix it with your moisturizer, or even mix it with your foundation. This stuff was great during the cold winter months when my skin gets particularly dry and sensitive. I haven’t replaced it yet, but most likely will in the fall. The original review is here.

Another one from the Project Focus 10 Collab is the Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. I used this religiously for 10 weeks, and it made a huge difference! The original review is here. I will likely replace this, or will try the similar product from Lush.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original reviews for disclosure of each product. Most of these products were purchased with my own money.

 

 

Naruko Jing Cheng 60 Actives La Creme

Hello there! Today I’m reviewing the last of the items that arrived from Naruko Canada, the Jing Cheng 60 Actives La Creme. This tiny jar (1.6oz / 48gr) of facial cream is packed with sixty different botanicals!

Here’s what it says on the website:

Benefits: A fine-velvety cream that contains 60 Eastern and Western natural botanical extracts which nourishes, repairs and strengthens the skin.  Not only stimulates collagen production to boost elasticity and firmness, but also deeply hydrates, smoothens wrinkles, rejuvenates and balances skin tone.

Directions: Apply a dime size amount onto the fingertips, and evenly massaging onto the face, neck and eye area until it is fully absorbed.  Rub your hands and use palms to press cheeks, forehead and chin for 5-10 seconds to enhance the absorption of the cream.

Skin Type: All skin types, especially aged skin with wrinkles, dullness, sagging and poor absorbency

Formulated WITHOUT: – Parabens – Sulfates

Ingredients: There are so many ingredients, that it takes up two sides of the box – this was very difficult to photograph, and the print is tiny. Hopefully you can read them.

 Naruko Jing Cheng 60 Active La Creme

 

60 La Creme 2

Naruko 60 Creme5

My experience: This cream thick, is almost putty-like in texture, until the heat of your hands warms it up, and you press it into the skin. It is insanely moisturizing. I used mainly for super dry spots, or wrinkle prone areas (I have some fine lines, not major wrinkles so I applied it there). This cream is highly scented, almost perfume-like, which is a bit of a problem if you are sensitive to scents like I am. Although I did love the way that this beautiful cream made my skin feel, I can’t get past the scent, so sadly, this is not the cream for me.

 

This concludes the reviews of all the things that I received from Naruko Canada. Thanks again Naruko Canada!

Naruko Jing Cheng 60 Actives La Creme

If you missed them, my reviews for the NRK eye and Naruko cheek masks, the Rose and Botanical Sheet Masks, Night Gelly, and Serum are here, here, here and here.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: PR sample sent by Naruko Canada. My opinion is my own.

Naruko Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Complex EX (Serum)

Naruko Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Complex EX

Hello! Continuing on with my review of the goodies that arrived from Naruko Canada, today we have a serum – Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Complex EX.

Here’s what it says on the Naruko Canada website:

Benefits: Deeply hydrates and relieves dryness. Repairs the cuticle to improve the moisture content and the water-locking capacity. Relieves the tight feeling and improves the problem of peeling. Improves the dullness and pores, make skin color even.

Directions: Apply generously all over face after cleansing and massage for better absorption.

Skin Types: All skin types, especially for dry and dehydrated skin

Formulated WITHOUT: – Parabens – Sulfates

Naruko Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Complex EX

My experience: Similar to the other products in the line that I’ve tried (the sheet mask and night gelly, reviews here and here), this clear serum has a fresh from the garden, true rose scent, which I am in love with. The texture is a little thick, but not quite a gel, and absorbs into my skin quickly leaving it feeling refreshed and hydrated. Since I’ve been using the Rose and Botanics line, my skin is a lot less dull and my complexion appears bright and rosy. I’ve loved everything that I’ve tried from the Rose & Botanics line.

Stay tuned for the final product review from this box of treats sent from Naruko Canada. (Thanks again, Naruko Canada!)

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: PR samples sent by Naruko Canada, but my opinion is based on my experience of the product.

Naruko Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Night Gelly EX

Continuing with my reviews from the box of treats sent to me from Naruko Canada, today I’m talking about the Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Night Gelly.  Thanks again Naruko Canada!

Naruko Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Night Gelly

Benefits: Hydrates skin immensely to supply and lock in water. Helps maintain skin’s metabolism. Strengthens the skin’s health and oil balance. Makes the skin firm and improves wrinkles.

Directions: With the included specula, retrieve two pea-sized amount and apply evenly over the face each evening. No rinsing necessary.

Skin Types: All skin types, especially for dry and dehydrated skin

Formulated WITHOUT: – Parabens – Sulfates

60ml /2.1 FL. OZ.

Naruko Rose & Botanic HA Aqua Cubic Night Gelly

Packaging: As you can see, the packaging for this line is gorgeous. And, like the sheet mask box, it can be repurposed, this one into a business card case. (I’ll be putting them together over the weekend, and will post pics).

My experience: This is a gel textured night moisturizer, but to be honest, I’ve also been wearing it in the day time since our weather turned cold right after Christmas. I needed an extra moisture boost and it delivers! It is light, but adds loads of hydration without making me greasy. And as an added plus, it plays nicely with my make-up. (Also, check out the little spatula that comes with it!)

 

Like the Rose sheet masks that I reviewed on Monday, this gelly has a fresh from the garden, true rose scent *swoon*. So if you don’t like roses, then this is not the one for you. I love true rose scents, so I’m in heaven. The scent doesn’t linger once absorbed into the skin, in case you were wondering.

I loved this one. ❤

If you missed my previous Naruko reviews, they are here and here.

Disclosure: PR sample provided by Naruko Canada, but my opinion is my own.

Naruko Canada Eye and Cheek Sheet Masks

I recently received a box of products to try from Naruko Canada. For a sneak peak at all of the lovely treats that I received and am in the process of testing out, see here.

Naruko Canada Eye & Cheek Masks

 

Today we have two eye masks – the NRK Vitamin K Up All Night Eye Mask, and the NRK Peptide Purrty Kitty Eye Mask, and one cheek mask – the Naruko Apple Seed & Tranexamic Acid Cheek Spot Mask. Sheet masks are something that I have been wanting to try for ages, so I was very excited to try these out!

First up are the eye masks, beginning with the NRK Vitamin K Up All Night Eye Mask. Here’s what is says on the website:

Benefits: Effectively improves dark circles and eye circulation while providing long-lasting moisture. Gives you bright, hydrated skin around the eyes.

Directions: After cleansing, secure ear hooks of eye mask behind ears. Then smooth mask evenly around eyes and wait for 15-20 minutes. Remove mask and continue with usual skincare routine.

Skin Type: All skin types.

Formulated WITHOUT:  – Parabens – Sulfates

My experience: The morning that I used this eye mask, I was up super late, and only had about 4 hours of sleep, so my eyes were puffy and it was obvious that I was sleep deprived. Upon opening the package, there was lots of the essence / serum. At first I found it difficult to get the eye masks in the right place because there was so much essence in the eye sheets making them a little slippery. I left them on for the full 20 minutes, and wow, my undereye area looked completely smooth and hydrated! The puffiness was GONE! This one was awesome, I would definitely want to have a box of these eye masks on hand.

Here’s what it says on the website about the NRK Peptide Purrty Kitty Eye Mask:

Benefits: Fortifies the elasticity and firmness of the eye area while diminishing fine lines. Gives you tight, smooth skin around the eyes.

Directions: After cleansing, secure ear hooks of eye mask behind ears. Then smooth mask evenly around eyes and wait for 15-20 minutes. Remove mask and continue with usual skincare routine.

Skin Type: All skin types.

Formulated WITHOUT: – Parabens – Sulfates

My experience: This one did not fit my face properly, the eyeholes were too small, and the “ear hooks” did not reach as far as my ears, so I just pressed the mask around my eyes and kept them closed to avoid getting any of the essence / serum into my eyes. This one had a floral scent, but thankfully it was faint enough that it didn’t bother me other than the fact that I couldn’t identify what the scent was. After removing and massaging the essence into my skin, it had a hydrating effect, which helps minimize fine lines. I liked the Vitamin K Up-All-Night Eye mask better than this one.

Here’s what it says about the Apple Seed & Tranexamic Acid Cheek Spot Mask:

Benefits: Precise Lightening the Spots on the cheeks

Directions: After cleansing, apply the mask for 10-15 minutes and remove the mask, gently pat remaining essence until fully absorbed. Continue with skin care routine.

Skin Type: All Skin types

Formulated WITHOUT: – Parabens – Sulfates

My experience: Like the eye masks, the NRK Apple Seed cheek mask contained lots of essence / serum, and had no real scent to it. I found this mask to be very large on my face, but I guess that if it is for your cheeks, then it really should cover your cheeks fully! I left this one on for a full 15 minutes. My skin felt refreshed and looked brighter in tone. I can’t really comment on its effect on skin discolouration and/or  dark spots, because I don’t really have any, but I know that for most products used for dark spots, you need to use them for several weeks to achieve any real results.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤ ❤ ❤

Disclosure: PR samples from Naruko Canada, but my opinion is my own.