Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Curl Defining Styling Lotion

Marc Anthony Strictly Curls

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Sorry for posting later than usual, I usually have the posts written up the day before, but had a longer than expected work day yesterday so this review didn’t get written up until this morning. Better late than never!

Onto the review!

Marc Anthony Strictly Curls

I purchased the Curl Defining Lotion from Marc Anthony’s Strictly Curls line about two months ago to try out on my thick, wavy, often out of control, sometimes beastly hair. The website claims:

Our number one curly hair product for soft yet defined curls. Strictly Curls™ Curl Defining Lotion is the perfect product for those who love and want to enhance their curls. This alcohol-free, lightweight, non-sticky formula enriched with Vitamin E and Vitamin B binds to the curl strands to create definition, while leaving your curls bouncy and soft to the touch. Curl Defining Lotion will give you lasting curls while repelling humidity, locking in shine and giving you the ultimate frizz control.

First off, this pale lemon lotion smells really nice, kind of reminiscent of lemon meringue pie to me. It doesn’t leave my hair sticky or crunchy but instead makes it super soft and shiny. It tames frizz up to a point. Yesterday is was super wet and rainy, and despite leaving my house with beautiful smooth waves and an umbrella, by the time I got to my appointment, my hair was super wavy, but definitely starting to frizz up. I think that on days like that, I might need to use a second product to help tame and control frizz, or just resign myself to having a giant mane of hair!

Marc Anthony Strictly Curls

The Curl Defining Lotion comes in a massive 245ml / 8.3oz tube, I’ve barely made a dent in it after using it for around two months!

Have you tried this? What is your favourite product to enhance curls or waves and control frizz?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this! My opinion is very much based on my experience of using this product.

 

IQ Natural Skincare Lavender Sugar Scrub

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I was recently contacted by IQ Natural Skincare to see if I would like to review something from their bath and body line. As you all probably know, I love bath and body products, so I jumped at the chance to review the Lavender Sugar Scrub. IQ Natural Skincare uses natural and organic, sustainably grown ingredients, are cruelty free, and small batch produced.

Here’s what it says on the website about the Lavender Sugar Scrub:

Exfoliate skin all over body with this Lavender Argan Oil & Brown Sugar Body Scrub. Slough away dead skin and reveal and fresh Plump and smoother younger looking skin. Contains rich skin softening natural & organic olive and morrocan argan oils.

IQ Natural Skincare Lavender Sugar Scrub

Ingredients: Organic Brown Sugar, Olive Oil, Argan Oil, 10% Glycolic Acid, Essential Oils, Herbs, Honey.

Onto the review:

This is a lovely and moisturizing sugar scrub, and it is absolutely filled with lavender scented goodness! My skin was so soft and smooth after using it!

IQ Natural Skincare Lavender Sugar Scrub

I love that the ingredient list is so simple. I think that the argan oil is what makes this scrub so silky!

Disclosure: I was sent this product for testing and review purposes. My opinion is my own, based on my experience with the product.

Sukin Antioxidant Eye Serum

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Today I’m reviewing the final product that was sent to me from the lovely Stashy from Stash Matters in my (skin)care package. If you aren’t following her yet, you really should. She is my skincare guru!

This is the Antioxidant Eye Serum from Sukin – one of my current favourite skincare brands.

Here’s what it says on the website about the Eye Serum:

    Soothing aloe vera, cucumber and burdock provide the perfect blend of plant proteins to offer deep rehydration to the delicate eye area. Rose hip, evening primrose and borage oils help improve skin elasticity and texture, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Paraben Free. TIP: Apply dabbing gently with fingertips, do not stretch or pull the skin around the eye area whilst applying.

This is a very lightweight, milky eye treatment, that is deeply hydrating without being greasy. And most importantly, it does not irritate my sensitive eyes. It plays nicely with my Becca Brightening Under Eye Corrector (and other concealers).

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Rose Hip), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil (Borage), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract (Burdock), Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol.

When you look at the ingredient list, it is easy to see why it is so skin friendly – aloe, cucumber, burdock and nettle, and the oils (sesame, rosehip, evening primrose, and borage)!

Sukin Antioxidant Eye Serum

The skin under my eyes is a lot smoother and definitely more hydrated, this is a beautiful eye serum. Because it has a pump, I find that I am wasting less eye cream, whereas with a tube, I always end up with way more than I need.

This is a beautiful eye serum. It is recommended for all skin types. I would agree, unless you have an allergy or sensitivity to any of the ingredients.

Have you tried this eye serum? What is your favourite eye cream / gel / serum?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this was gifted from a friend!

 

Physician’s Formula Super BB #InstaReady BB Cream

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Today I’m reviewing the Super BB #InstaReady BB Cream from Physician’s Formula that I received at their booth at the Generation Beauty event.

InstantPerfection: Ultra-lightweight formula glides on effortlessly, instantly smoothing & rebalancing skin with dual-sphere particles that absorb oil but not moisture for perfectly balanced skin and a smooth semi-matte finish. Complexion is instantly selfie-ready * Multi-tasking BB cream neutralizes skin-tone imbalances, minimizes shine and visibly reduces pores, instantly hiding imperfections and smoothing the appearance of fine lines. *Featuring InstaFilter Technology, a proprietary blend of mattifying and pore balancing

And for those with sensitive skin, here’s the ingredients list:

Water/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Zinc Oxide, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Fomes Officinalis (Mushroom) Extract, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, VP/VA Copolymer, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alumina, Aluminum Chlorohydrate, Amodimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Castor Oil Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Hydroxylpropyl Methylcellulose, Laureth-12, Mica, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polysilicone-11, Polysorbate 60, Propylene Carbonate, Silica, Sodium Hydroxide,Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Xanthan Gum, Chlorphenesin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain / Peut Contenir: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide

My Experience: I received the Super BB Cream in shade Light. It seems to only be available in two shades – Light and Light / Medium – which is kind of ridiculous, because there are more than just two skin tones out there!

The BB Cream is fairly lightweight and evens out my skintone, giving it a natural semi-matte look. I’ve had no skin sensitivity issues when wearing it. I find that it does minimize my pores and blurs any fine lines that I’m pretending that I don’t have (haha).

The packaging mades no mention of SPF, but it does contain Zinc Oxide, and *might* contain Titanium Dioxide, so it may provide a minimal amount of sun protection. But I’ve been mixing it with my Paula’s Choice SPF 50 sunscreen when I wear it because I burn very easily and do not want to take a chance.

Overall verdict, I do like this BB Cream, it works well for my skin. But I don’t love it because it does not specify an SPF factor. If this BB cream contained SPF 30 or higher, I would be in love.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: This product was a freebie from the Physician’s Formula booth at Generation Beauty (Toronto 2016). I am under no obligation to review this product.

 

 

Sukin Rose Hip Hydrating Day Cream Review

Sukin Rose Hip Hydrating Day Cream

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Sukin Rose Hip Hydrating Day Cream

Today I’m sharing my review of the Rose Hip Hydrating Day Cream from Sukin. Here’s what it says on the website:

    An antioxidant rich blend of rose hip, pomegranate and kakadu plum to deeply moisturise for a radiant complexion. This intensive moisturiser combines rose hip oil and pomegranate to help combat dry skin and prevent the signs of premature ageing. Kakadu plum, naturally rich in Vitamin C, will leave skin looking radiant and a generous blend of active botanicals will leave skin smooth and hydrated.

Sukin Rose Hip Hydrating Day Cream

And here’s the ingredient list:

Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Rose Hip), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Punica Granatum Seed Extract (Pomegranate), Terminalia Ferdinandiana Fruit Extract (Kakadu Plum), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vanillin, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract,  Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool*, Limonene*. *Natural Component of fragrance

My Experience:

This day cream is luxurious and highly moisturizing! My skin feels smooth, hydrated and looks radiant. As well, the product has a lovely, mild scent – due to the inclusion of essential oils (tangerine, mandarine orange, lavender, and vanilla). I love how my skin is looking and feeling since I’ve started using a few things from the Sukin line. I think that this cream might be a little too rich for oily skin, but it works great for my sensitive, combination (normal to dry) skin.

Sukin Rose Hip Hydrating Day Cream

In case you missed it, I’ve already reviewed the Foaming Facial Cleanser (here), the Hydrating Mist Toner (here), and the Purifying Facial Masque (here).

Sukin Rose Hip Hydrating Day Cream

I’d also like to try the Rose Hip Oil, a Serum (there are several, I haven’t decided which one yet), the Eye Serum, the Night Cream,  a Facial Scrub (there are several, haven’t decided which) and finally, the Micellar Cleansing Water.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Shea Soap and Olive Soap from The Body Shop

The Body Shop Shea Soap

Hello, hello! Just a short little review of two soaps from The Body Shop – Shea Soap and Olive Soap.

The Body Shop Shea Soap and Olive Soap

Here’s what it says about the Shea Soap:

BEST IF YOU WANT TO: Cleanse and moisturize your skin in one step with a vegetable-based soap that has a fresh, creamy scent everyone will enjoy.

BEST FOR: very dry skin

Here’s what it says about the Olive Soap:

Cleanse away the stress of the day while detoxing body and soul with the light and fresh scent of The Body Shop Olive Soap. This vegetable-based soap softens skin with Community Trade Olive Oil from Italy.

My experience: Both of these soaps are super creamy and really moisturizing on my skin. I like that they have a very mild scent. Perfect soaps for sensitive skin, unless you have a sensitivity or allergy to shea butter or olive oil.

I just realized that the Shea Soap resembles a peeled potato. But I assure you that it is soap!

I collect china tea cups. I will probably start using them as props, since they are so pretty and spring-like.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased these things!

 

Winter Hand Repair with Weleda Skin Food

My hands have gotten so dry this past month with the colder winter weather. Since I had temporarily misplaced my tube of hand cream from the Body Shop but had a free sample tube of Weleda Skin Food (that I received with my last order from well.ca). I decided to try it out.

Here’s what it says on the website:

Weleda Skin Food is a unique, ultra-rich whole-body cream that deeply hydrates, restores and protects skin with nourishing plant oils and extracts.

The essential fatty acids and vitamin E in organic sunflower seed oil take care of stubborn dryness on your elbows, hands and feet as organic pansy calms dry irritation. Soothing rosemary leaf extract’s mild antiseptic properties and the anti-inflammatory properties of Biodynamic® and organic calendula flower extract gently nourish and care for dry skin.

Deeply moisturized and protected, your skin looks soft and supple with a healthy glow. It’s your recommended daily allowance of radiance, and it’s just what you and your skin are craving.

My experience: This thick, pale yellow cream has a definite herbal scent which I really like, but if you don’t enjoy herbal scents, then this one is definitely not for you. It is super moisturizing and my poor dry hands are nearly recovered after just a few days use! I don’t think that I would want to use this cream as a full body moisturizer, it is just too insanely thick and rich, but for dry hands, feet and elbows, this stuff is incredible. For a sample tube, it is quite generous in size at 1oz /$12.50 (USD) – the full size tube is 2.5oz / $19 (USD).

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Free sample with purchase from well.ca. (I bought a new yoga mat by the way)