My Daughter Fragrances Joyful Perfume Review

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Today I have a review of the Joyful Perfume from My Daughter Fragrances that came in my November Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the My Daughter Fragrances website]

Petit Vour November 2018


Think white bouquets, delicate jasmine, sweet citrus sorbet; think dancing top notes of orange blossom and grapefruit, splashes of bergamot and spearmint. This scent can’t help but make you smile.

With jasmine of Grasse and rose at her heart, Joyful is as ageless as she is cheerful. Mellowing into sophisticated sandalwood dry down, she is a soft kiss after a spirited dance; she is a contented sigh after surprised laughter.

She is love and light. She is Joyful.

Petit Vour November 2018

This is the first time that I’ve gotten to try a scent from My Daughter Fragrances – they are a Canadian perfume company that is both cruelty free and vegan. Joyful is a beautiful floral based perfume, and the citrus notes and sandalwood keep it from being too flowery. I’m not usually a fan of jasmine, but it works well with the other notes.  It really does smell joyful and bright! For me this would be more of a spring / summer scent.

My only complaint is that the sample vial is very difficult to open!

Have you tried anything from My Daughter Fragrances?

Thanks for reading! have a beautiful day!

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

Weekly Recap to Feb 12th to 18th

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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, Feb 12th – Andalou Naturals Brighten & Tighten Hydro Serum Facial Mask Review

Wednesday, Feb 14th – Pinrose Secret Genius Review

Friday, Feb 16th – K Voss Cinnamon Lip Plumper Review

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Please see original reviews for product disclosures.

Pinrose Secret Genius Review


Today I have a review of the Secret Genius Eau de Parfum from Pinrose. Their perfumes are both cruelty free and vegan! [info in italics taken from the Pinrose website, and photo of full size bottle taken from Sephora]

Pinrose Secret Genius

Melt hearts with this romantic blend of vanilla and caramel. Perfect for hatching plans and sneaking kisses.

S M I L E   Caramel
H E A R T   White Chocolate
S O U L   Madagascan Vanilla, Cedarwood, Sandalwood


I got a deluxe rollerball sample with my Sephora Beauty Insider points just before the holidays. When I first tested this perfume out, I really did not like it, I found it to be very strongly scented, and overpoweringly sweet. I set it aside and tried it again about three weeks ago, and this time I found it to be lovely.


To my nose it is more sweet than spicy, as the caramel and vanilla notes seem to be strongest. I wish that the cedarwood and sandalwood notes were a little more pronounced.

Pinrose scents are meant to be either worn alone or combined with other scents in the collection.

Pinrose Secret Genius

Have you tried any of the Pinrose scents?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I used my Sephora points to get this.

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.

Mugler Angel Arty Cover Edition (Thank You Dave Lackie)

Dave Lackie

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I just wanted to share the amazing prize that I won from Dave Lackie Beauty last week – the Mugler Angel Arty Cover Edition Eau de Parfum. Dave Lackie is a Toronto-based beauty editor, and Cityline beauty expert.

I was at a meeting last week, and while I was waiting for the person to arrive, I decided to check my Twitter (which I don’t normally do when I have client meetings). If you follow me on Twitter you probably saw this when I retweeted:

Dave Lackie

I was completely surprised and thrilled! I’m still completely thrilled actually!

The next two photos are screen caps from Dave Lackie’s website:

Dave Lackie

Dave Lackie

My package arrived early on Tuesday morning, I had just finished yoga and answered the door all in a hot mess, poor Purolator guy, haha!

Dave Lackie

Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL? I wore it yesterday and oh my, it smells GLORIOUS!

Thank you so much Dave Lackie!

You should follow him on Twitter (@davelackie), and sign up for his weekly newsletter. There is always information on beauty news, events, new releases, and weekly luxury giveaways.

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the very beginning, I won this from Dave Lackie!

H&M Solid Perfumes – Intuition and Revelation

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When I was in Toronto last month, I was browsing at the H&M store at the Eaton’s Center, and purchased two of the solid perfumes from their new beauty range.

The first perfume,  Intuition:

A solid wax perfume that softens and subtly scents the skin with a light, feminine blend of bergamot, blackcurrant and blossoming flowers.

Intuition is a lovely floral scent, but the blackcurrant keeps it from being too flowery.

The second perfume, Revelation:

A solid wax perfume that softens and subtly scents the skin with a refined, spicy blend of cinnamon, violet and warm amber.

Revelation is a lovely warm and spicy scent, but the violet keeps it from becoming too heavy or overpowering.

I love both scents! They both smell gorgeous and are long lasting. Because they are solid, you can just throw them in your purse without worrying about spillage. And as an added plus, the two scents work really well when combined together.

H&M Solid Perfume

At just $9.99 USD / $12.99 CAD, they are super affordable.

Have you tried either of these perfumes? What are your favourite scents for summer?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased these things!

Custom Scent Blending with Demeter Fragrance Library

I was super excited to receive a box from Demeter Fragrance Library to introduce their Foolproof Blending Kits. The box contained: a Foolproof Blending Duo in Clean Skin and Sunshine, a Foolproof Blending Trio kit in Vanilla Notes (Hawaiian Vanilla, Angel Food, and Gingerbread), a USB key, and a travel sample keychain in the Laundromat scent.

Demeter Fragrance Library Foolproof Blending

Demeter Fragrance Library Foolproof Blending

Here’s the lowdown on Demeter scent blending from the Demeter website:

RULE # 1
There are no rules.
Simply select your favorite scents. Combine. Experiment. Blend.


  • Try combining one from the TOP, MIDDLE and BOTTOM note sections on the
    Demeter Blending Pyramid
  • Experiment with different fragrance combinations and proportions
    Even the order that you apply the fragrances to the skin will affect the
    final fragrance
  • Try combining multiple fragrances from the same row
  • Try combining multiple fruits or multiple flowers
  • Spray each fragrance on separate paper strips. Combine strips and smell in
    various sequences until you find the scent you want to use on your skin.
  • TIP: Use multiple strips of a single fragrance to play with different concentrations

Inside the Foolproof Blending Duo Box, there are two fragrances, Sunshine and Clean Skin, an Empty Bottle to mix your custom scent, several droppers, and a funnel to make your blending process foolproof. Demeter Fragrance Library Foolproof Blending

With my notebook by my side, I began by testing out the Foolproof Blending Duo, first spraying each one separately on my skin and letting them dry down to smell how each scent worked with my body chemistry. Descriptions in italics are taken from the Demeter website, and my reactions are listed after each scent description.

Sunshine – Cotton, warmed by the sun, was the smell that best represented the idea of Sunshine. This is a truly perfect summer scent, it worked great with my body chemistry.

Clean Skin – A blend of orange, lemon, white rose, bergamot peach and vanilla, make for the perfect shower-fresh scent. I LOVE LOVE LOVED this one. Lightly floral and fresh.

The Foolproof Blending Trio comes with three different Vanilla scents: Hawaiian Vanilla, Angel Food and Gingerbread, as well as several blending test strips.

Demeter Fragrance Library Foolpoof Blending

Next, I repeated the same process with the Foolproof Blending Trio, taking notes on how each scent reacted with my body chemistry.

Hawaiian Vanilla – Cultivated on the Hamakua Coast on Big Island of Hawaii this unique orchid grows in the wealthiest soil on earth. Hawaiian heat, sweet rains and mild breezes transform Hawaiian Vanilla blossoms into the richest most aromatic vanilla beans in the world. Demeter’s Hawaiian Vanilla is rich in the aromatic scent of the vanilla bean. This vanilla scent beautiful, it goes quite floral on me, and not too “foody”.

Angel FoodThe critical ingredients reflected in Demeter’s Angel Food are egg whites, sugar, vanilla and coconut. The coconut is our own special touch, from a generations old Pennsylvania recipe, passed down through the family of our founding perfumer. This one is very foody, very cake-like and sweet on my skin.

Gingerbread – Demeter’s Gingerbread is a rich, spicy ginger scent, extremely warm and sexy. At first sniff, it wasn’t very gingery at all, but once it dried down, I loved the spicy undertones and the vanilla helped bring it out.

Demeter Fragrance Library Foolproof Blend

Next I came up with a list of blend combinations that I thought would work, and tested them on the blending strips, on pieces of paper (when I ran out of blending strips), as well as on my skin. I really loved both Clean Skin and Sunshine, so I knew that my base scent would start from that point. I tested the following blends for my base before I started tweaking the scent.

Demeter Fragrance Library Foolproof Blend

  • clean skin + sunshine –  a summery blend, light, bright and floral.
  • clean skin + hawaiian vanilla – nice at first, then became too sweet on my skin
  • clean skin + angel food – the coconut note is too much for me, and this turns too sweet on my skin. (I have an aversion to coconut scents)
  • clean skin + gingerbread – a wintery blend, spicy and floral
  • sunshine + hawaiian vanilla – a summery blend, light, bright and floral, a little too sweet on my skin
  • sunshine + angel food – the coconut note is too much for me, still have an aversion to coconut scents.

Demeter Fragrance Library Foolproof Blend

I decided that for the colder months, that the spicy floral scent would work best for me, so I proceeded to mix Clean Skin with Gingerbread, starting with a 1:1 ratio, and gradually increasing the concentrations until I felt that the scent had the right balance of floral to spicy. I let the scent sit overnight, and tested it on my skin again before tweaking the blend further, and added a touch of Hawaiian Vanilla to add a bit more depth to my custom blended scent. The approximate percentage for my custom blend is Clean Skin 50% Gingerbread 40% and Hawaiian Vanilla 10% for a spicy floral scent with a hint of sweetness that is just so me.

Demeter Fragrance Library Foolproof Blend

Thanks again Demeter Fragrance Library  and Canadian Beauty Bloggers network for this opportunity! #CBBFOOLPROOFBLEND

And finally,  to my followers, thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I received these products from Demeter Fragrance Library in exchange for an honest review. My opinion is my own and is based on my experience of using these products.






Kind Beauty Collective Samples – Part Two – Modern Minerals and Pour le Monde

This is the second and final part of my Kind Beauty Collective samples review. Part one is here.

modern minerals lola

The third sample, was an eyeshadow from Modern Minerals in Lola. It is a loose mineral eyeshadow.  They are a cruelty-free and vegan company. From the Kind Beauty Collective website, their products contain:

  • No Synthetic Parabens: (Methyl, Propyl, Ethyl, Butyl): Often used to extend the shelf life in cosmetics.

  • No Phthalates, DBP, BBP, and DEHP are now banned in Europe.

  • No Carmine:  also known as “crimson lake or cochinea” a female beetle which is crushed and used as a colorant.

  • No micronized minerals or nanoparticles.

  • We try not to over package our products.  You will not find our cosmetics in extra exterior boxes.  We don’t believe in wasting extra paper to create a box that will ultimately get discarded.  Even though paper can be recycled, we wanted to avoid the extra step and just offer the clean crisp containers with a simple seal for protection.

modern minerals lola

Lola is described as being “a warm apricot + rose pink with a subtle bronze shimmer” – I think that this is an accurate description.

modern minerals lola

It is gorgeous, applies easily, and is long wearing. This is definitely being added to my wish list, along with a few of their other shades (of which I believe there are 40 currently).

Modern Minerals eyeshadows can be purchased from the Kind Beauty Collective for $12.50 USD, as well as directly from Modern Minerals.

The fourth sample was an eau de parfum sample from Pour le Monde, in Envision.Pour le Monde is triple-certified cruelty-free by PETA, Leaping Bunny and Vegan Action. There perfumes are vegan and 100% organic and available in three different scents (Envision, Empower, and Together).

Envision by Pour le Monde is Smooth and seductive. Daring and exotic. Irresistibly sensual and long lasting. For when you want to make a statement!

Top notes: A citrus accord of Italian Bergamot, Brazilian orange, Persian lime, Florida grapefruit and pink peppercorn for that little kick!

Middle: Lavender from the fields of South France, Palma rosa and Egyptian geranium rose deliver a nuance of femininity

Base: The warmth and sexiness of Indonesian patchouli and creamy sandalwood blend with the sweetness of Madagascar vanilla to create a scent with serious cuddle factor!

pour le monde envision

This is an interesting scent, I didn’t think that I was going to like it at first sniff from the sample vial. But after reading the scent notes, I decided to give it a try. On me, I can smell the citrus and peppercorn top notes, and the geranium rose middle note, and definitely the patchouli and sandalwood base notes. I don’t really smell the lavender middle note, or the vanilla base note at all. Since I don’t know what palma rosa smells like, I have no idea if I can smell it or not. After the dry down, the citrus notes fade out on my skin, but the peppercorn, and sandalwood really stand out. It is different that what I would normally wear, but there is something about it that I really like. On someone else’s skin, it might smell completely different, but I like this one.

You can find Pour le Monde Eau de Parfum at the Kind Beauty Collective for $82 USD for 1.7 fluid oz (50ml), as well as directly from Pour le Monde.

Disclosure: These were free samples with purchase.