Petit Vour Unboxing + First Impressions March 2020

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My March Petit Vour box finally arrived on April 15th! I often show my Petit Vour box on my InstaGram, but here on the blog you will get the unboxing AND first impressions. Full reviews to follow once I’ve had a chance to test things out. [info in italics is taken from the Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour March 2020

I have temporarily cancelled my Petit Vour subscription, so I will not be getting the April box. I plan on re-subscribing as soon as life returns to some state of normality.

Petit Vour March 2020

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 US, $23 USD for Canada, and $25 USD for the rest of the world. With the exchange rate @1.3804 my box cost me $31.75 CAD this month.

Let’s take a closer look:

Petit Vour March 2020

MO MI Beauty Styling Jelly (travel size 30ml $22 USD, full size 100ml $38 USD)

This innovative jelly stays flexible and maintains movement, allowing easy styling and a no-frizz finish. Every hair type can achieve different textures using the jelly, which blends organic hydrating olive oil and clarifying apple cider vinegar with floral and gem-essences for inner and outer balance.

Petit Vour March 2020

This sounds interesting, especially the no-frizz finish.

Alima Pure Natural Definition Eye Pencil (0.04oz / 1.14g $18 USD)

A long lasting, highly pigmented natural eyeliner pencil. Natural Definition Eye Pencil is filled with soothing natural oils, waxes, and Chamomile extract to protect the delicate eye area. This eyeliner glides on smoothly, blends beautifully, and lasts all day.

Petit Vour March 2020

Sigh. Another  eye liner. I have so many liners in my stash! Hopefully it is a good one. Thankfully it is in the shade Coffee (rich cocoa brown) and not Ink (carbon black) as I have SO MANY BLACK EYELINERS in my stash!

Inkling Scents Roll-On Perfume in Sultry (sample size 5ml $15 USD, full size 10ml $25 USD)

Wearing this smooth fragrance is the art of seduction. The base is creamy sandalwood and white amber, the heart is lotus flower, orchid and Bulgarian rose, while the top is silky vanilla. The blend is provocative, but clean. This mix is deep and rich enough to leave you with a sense of pleasure.

Petit Vour March 2020

Oooh, this sounds like a scent that I will love!

Pacifica Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic ( sample size 2 oz $5USD, full size 8oz / 236ml $12 USD)

We make it easy to be good with this simple step in cleansing that requires no water and no rinsing. Fortified coconut, calendula and grapefruit waters, this powerful tonic helps capture and lift away dirt, oil and impurities without harsh rubbing or over-drying. For all skin types

Petit Vour March 2020

Hopefully this will be a nice micellar water. I don’t like the ones that are soapy or leave a filmy feeling on the skin.

The March box is valued at $60 USD, which works out to be $82.82 CAD! I’m most excited by the Mo Mi Beauty Styling Jelly and the Inkling Scents Sultry Perfume!

Petit Vour March 2020

What do you think of this month’s box?

Thanks for reading have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I pay for this monthly subscription.


Pacifica Cherry Matte Mattifying Primer Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Cherry Matte Mattifying Primer from Pacifica that came in my June Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Pacifica Cherry Matte Mattifying Primer

Don’t have a makeup meltdown. This lightweight mattifying primer is a support system for your skin, delivering a blurred focus finish with oil control benefits. So you can keep it together all day (or at least look like you are). For all skin types.

Pacifica Cherry Matte Mattifying Primer

This primer has a very mild cherry scent and absorbs into my skin quickly. I don’t wear full foundation in the summer time, but I found that it works well with concealer and powder. It also makes a nice base for my tinted sunscreen / BB Cream.

I was surprised that this mattifying primer didn’t make my skin feel dry, as most mattifying products tend to work like that on my normal to slightly dry skin. This would probably work really well for combination / oily skin.

Pacifica Cherry Matte Mattifying Primer

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sucrose Stearate, Isosorbide Dicaprylate, Glycerin, Bentonite, Niacinamide, Panthenol (Vitamin B), Sodium Hyaluronate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Barium Sulfate, Silica, Silica Silylate, Parfum (Natural), Sodium Gluconate, Sodium Benzoate, Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Fruit Extract, Potassium Sorbate.

Thanks for reading have a beautiful day!

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

Empties April 2019 + Mini Project Pan Update

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Another month just flew by, and I managed to finish up a fair number of products in my stash. Let’s take a look and I’ll tell you if I plan to re-buy or not, and link you to the original reviews.

Hair, Bath and Body:

Empties Apr2019 1

Alba Botanicals Hawaiian Body Cream – I LOVE this stuff so much, it smells amazing, and is super luxurious and hydrating. And, it is very affordable. I’ll likely buy this one very soon. Review is here.

Attitude Super Leaves Volume & Shine Shampoo – Another great shampoo from Attitude. I will probably buy this (or another one from their range) at some point –  especially because they now have bulk packaging so you can just refill your bottles and save on plastic. I don’t need to repurchase right away as I’m still using my shampoo and conditioner from Oneka. Review is here.

Andalou Naturals Citrus Sunflower Shower Gel – Another gem from my Petit Vour subscription. I really liked this one, so I would buy a full size once my stash is cleared out. Review is here.

Skincare and Mini Project Pan Update:

Empties April 2019 - Pacifica, Lowen's, The Ordinary

Pacifica Quinoa Sensitive Super Gentle Face Wash – I really liked this one a lot, so good for sensitive skin. I have several cleansers to use up, so no plans to repurchase right away. Review is here.

Goldfaden MD Bright Eyes Eye Cream – Another Petit Vour gem! Really great brightening eye cream, I use it daily, and have another deluxe sample in my stash, so no need to purchase a full size right now. Review is here.

Lowen’s Natural Skincare Lip Balms in Funky Cold Camelina and Creamsicle – These came in a beautiful PR package. I am a lip balm addict, and I absolutely loved these two. I have a few more from Lowen’s so I don’t need to purchase replacements right now. I’m currently using the Be Local Lip Balm from Lowen’s. Review is here.

Mini Project Pan – Serum Stash Empties and Update: The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid and Ascorbyl Glucoside – I was able to successfully finish these two from mini project pan.  The Argireline Solution has just under 1/8 left to use up, and the Caffeine Solution has just under 1/4 left to use up. They will hopefully be in my May Empties. No plans to repurchase right now, I’d like to try some other brands.

Makeup De-Stash / De-Clutter:

Empties April 2019 - Makeup De-stash

Urban Decay Lipstick in Fiend – This was nearly finished, but it was so old, and was definitely going off. It was one of my fave MLBB lipstick shades. I don’t even think that this shade exists anymore!

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella – I got this back when Nars was cruelty free, possibly in one of the Beauty Insider annual birthday gifts. It is quite old and had started to dry out.

Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara – Another Petit Vour find. I liked how this mascara made my lashes feel, but my eyes are too watery for this mascara so it just is not the one for me. Review is here.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Perversion – I’ve been using this and the shade Zero for a million years (repurchased several times). This one is quite old and is dried out, so into the bin it goes. I have a ton of black liners in my stash, so no need to repurchase right now. I’m currently using the Rodial Smokey Eye Pen.

There you have it, all the empties and de-stash for this month! Have you finished up much this month? Do you ever de-stash / de-clutter?

Thanks for reading have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: This blog post contains a mix of products – mostly purchased by me, but some are PR samples (as indicated above). However, my opinion is my own, regardless.

Petit Vour Unboxing & First Impressions January 2019

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With the holidays, my Petit Vour box didn’t arrive until January 29th. I often show my Petit Vour box on my InstaGram, but here on the blog you will get the unboxing AND my first impressions. Full reviews to follow once I’ve had a chance to test things out. [all info in italics is taken from the Petit Vour website]

Petit Vour January 2019

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 US, $23 USD for Canada, and $25 USD for the rest of the world. With the exchange rate (@ 1.4004) my box cost me $32.21 CAD this month.

Petit Vour January 2019

Let’s take a look at what was in the January Petit Vour box:

Petit Vour January 2019


Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara (full size $14 USD)

You will fall in love with the long-lasting, nourishing, natural mineral mascara. This amazing formula is infused with coconut oil and vitamin B to hydrate each lash as it lengthens, strengthens and adds volume. Apply for a natural look by day, or layer for more volume with the super plush 100% vegan brush that provides effortless coverage.

Petit Vour January 2019

This sounds great, I hope that it meets my expectations! I’m currently testing out another mascara, so I won’t start testing this out for a week or two.

Kaia Naturals The Underarm Bar (full size $22 USD)

Transforms any natural deodorant into extra strength protection. Formulated with apple cider vinegar and activated charcoal to create a protective barrier against odor-causing bacteria. Use the bar on your underarms prior to applying natural deodorant for extra odor protection on those extra sweaty days.

Petit Vour January 2019

This sounds really interesting! I’ve read great things about their natural deodorant, so I can’t wait to test this out starting tomorrow!

Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil (sample size 3.7ml $20 USD, full size 30ml $72 USD)

Plum Beauty Oil is an anti-aging, multi-purpose oil that balances, restores and refreshes the skin. The patent pending blend of plum varietals is naturally abundant in essential antioxidants, nourishing omega fatty acids 6 & 9 and powerful polyphenols, all of which help protect the skin from damaging free radicals. 8x more powerful than Argan oil and 6x more powerful than Marula oil in protecting the skin from damaging free radicals.™ It’s also rich in pro-Vitamin A & E to assist with healing and hydration.  

Luxurious in texture, quick absorbing and weightless on the skin, Plum Beauty Oil, helps calm irritation and seal in moisture without clogging pores. The Perfect Antioxidant Booster for On The Go Glow. Discover the Power of Plum.™

  • Ideal for all skin types, especially acne prone & extremely sensitive or allergy prone skin.
  • A natural UV Sunscreen Booster – helping to naturally fortify and protect the skin barrier from the sun and solar UV radiation.
  • In clinical studies, shown to brighten skin tone & reduce hyperpigmentation.

Petit Vour January 2019

I love facial oils and this one sounds perfect for my sensitive skin. I will probably start testing this out in a week or two, so the review might be mid-Feb or so.

Box Naturals Cleansing Towelettes X2 – 1 in Lavender, 1 in Cucumber & Witch Hazel (sample size $1.50 each, full size box of 12 $10 USD)

Made with all natural ingredients and infused with organic cucumber extract and witch hazel, BOX products are better than your average towelette. Works wonderfully as a makeup remover on-the-go. Cleans and freshens up (all sorts of things!) gently and naturally.

BOX Naturals luxe towelettes are individually wrapped. They are pH balanced and 100% biodegradable, and they’re also entirely free of parabens, dyes, petrochemicals, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances. For all skin types.

Petit Vour January 2019

I thought that these were facial wipes, but it says on the package for face, hands and sensitive or special places… Oh, haha, now I get the name!

Petit Vour January 2019

Total worth of this month’s box is $59 USD which works out to being $82.62 CAD based on the exchange rate that I paid ($1.4004).

What do you think of this month’s box?

Thanks for reading have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I pay for this subscription box.

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.


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)


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.


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. have a beautiful day!

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

Pacifica Quinoa Sensitive Super Gentle Face Wash Review

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Today I have a review of the Quinoa Sensitive Super Gentle Face Wash from Pacifica that I recently purchased from [info in italics taken from the Pacifica website]

Pacifica Quinoa Sensitive Super Gentle Face Wash

Fortified with quinoa, sunflower seed oil and calendula, this foaming wash helps you get rid of the junk that blocks your beauty from radiating. Perfect foaming action helps gently lift dirt and debris to the surface so you can cleanse, remove dirt, makeup and even pollutants while helping balance. Calendula and aloe are great for even the most sensitive skin types.

Pacifica Quinoa Sensitive Super Gentle Face Wash

This cleanser is so gentle, and you only need the smallest amount – it foams up amazingly well! This is perfect for the most sensitive skins (unless you have an allergy or intolerance to one of the ingredients).

It works really well to remove makeup (except for waterproof mascara), and rinses clean without leaving my skin feeling dry or irritated. It works really well to calm the skin.

Pacifica Quinoa Sensitive Super Gentle Face Wash

Ingredients: aqua, glycerin, sodium cocoyl glutamate, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, gluconolactone (corn), cetearyl glucoside, capric/caprylic/triglycerides, water, glycerine, caprylyl glycol, propanediol, glyceryl undecylenate, sucrose stearate, decyl glucoside, oryza sativa (rice) extract, glyceryl caprylate, bioflavanoids, potassium sorbate, parfum (natural), chenopodium quinoa seed extract, calendula officinalis flower extract.

This product is cruelty free and vegan (yay!). Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this.

Weekly Recap Oct 16th to 22nd

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

Monday, October 16th –  Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash Review

Tuesday, October 17th – * Halloween Nail Vinyls from Nail Polish Canada

Wednesday, October 18th – Satya Organic Eczema Relief Review

Friday, October 20th – Ipsy GlamBag October 2017 Unboxing & First Impressions

Ipsy GlamBag Oct 2017

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Items marked with a * are PR samples, everything else purchased by me. My opinion is always my own.

Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash Review

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Today I have a review of the Sea Foam Complete Face Wash from Pacifica that I purchased recently from This is my first time using anything from the Pacifica skincare line.

Harness the power of the ocean with marine extracts. Coconut water and natural sea vegetables and antioxidants come together in our gentle, sulfate-free foaming cleanser that removes daily toxins and make-up.

This is a gentle, yet super effective facial cleanser. It foams up easily and washes away without leaving a filmy residue. My skin feels super clean without feeling dry or stripped.

However, the Sea Foam Complete Face Wash is very much a coconut scented product. As you all know, I really do not like coconut scents. When I chose this cleanser, I figured that it would have a fresh ocean type scent. Sadly, I was mistaken. Thankfully the scent fades quickly because it is a really nice facial cleanser.

Pacifica Seam Foam Complete Face Wash

Here’s the ingredient list – I love that they explain the purpose of each ingredient:

purified water {solubulizer}, cocomidopropyl betaine (coconut source) {cleanser}, sodium cocoyl glutamate (coconut source) {cleanser}, sodium cocoyl sulfoacetate (coconut source) {cleanser}, sodium cocoamphoacetate {cleanser}, decyl glucoside (corn source) {cleanser}, aloe barbadensis leaf juice {skin conditioning}, glycerin (vegetable) {emollient}, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate {vitamin c}, glycol stearate {emollient}, carica papaya extract {enzyme to improve skin texture}, lemon bioflavanoids {antioxidant}, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil {skin conditioning}, cocos nucifera (coconut) water {emollient}, citric acid {PH balancing}, tocopherol acetate {skin conditioning}, panthenol {skin conditioning}, NaPCA {moisture binding}, allantoin{skin conditioning}, nori extract {thickener}, garcinia mangostana peel extract (mangosteen) {extract for skin support}, camellia sinensis leaf extract (white tea) {antioxidant}, sea algae extract {extract for skin support}, sodium benzoate {preservative}, potassium sorbate {preservative}, ethylhexylglycerin {preservative}, fragrance (all natural) {scent}.

Pacifica is 100% vegan, and cruelty-free.

I won’t be repurchasing this one due to my dislike of things coconut scented. I will finish it up though since it is a super gentle and effective facial cleanser.

Have you tried any of the cleansers from Pacifica? What is your fave?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!




Ipsy GlamBag May 2017 Unbox & First Impressions

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My May Ipsy Glam Bag finally arrived. This month’s bag has a summer theme.

Let’s see what I got this month! (Descriptions in italics taken from the Ipsy website)

Up first is a Charcoal Wash Off Mask from Global Beauty Care

Ipsy GlamBag May 2017

  • Another mud mask? Groundbreaking. But seriously, this one’s special! It’s made from charcoal, which digs deep to gently remove icky dirt and grime without drying out your skin.

  • If you want to skip makeup, this mask is great for prepping your complexion to bare it all. Think: all the glowy goodness of a facial in just 15 minutes!

I love facial masks, so I was pretty happy to get this one. I have yet to try it out, so a review is still to come. According to the packaging, this product is not tested on animals.

Up next, is a five shade Island Life mini palette from Pacifica.