Luna Nectar Heliophilia Glow & Fix Serum Review

Luna Nectar Heliophilia Glow & Fix Serum

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Luna Nectar Unboxing

If you follow me on InstaGram, you will know that I received an awesome PR package from Luna Nectar, a Canadian brand that has been on my wishlist for ages! They are woman owned, and are vegan, cruelty free, dermatologist tested, and contain high performance ingredients.

Luna Nectar Heliophilia Glow & Fix Serum

Today I’m only reviewing the Heliophilia Glow & Fix Serum, as I am still testing out the Moon Boost Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum (lash serums take several weeks to see the full results – approximately 6 to 8 weeks. [ info taken from the Luna Nectar website]

Luna Nectar Heliophilia Glow & Fix Serum

Heliophilia is a moisturizer that goes on luxuriously rich yet feels lightweight, absorbing quickly and leaving a protective dewy finish. This multi-tasking face and hair serum addresses skin concerns relating to transepidermal water loss. Formulated with 15 active star botanicals such as Squalane, Baobab, Meadowfoam, Amla, Seabuckthorn, Gotu Kola, Camellia and Rosehip); this serum is rich in naturally occurring antioxidants such as vitamin A and C, essential fatty acids, omega-6, and omega-9. Heliophilia pulls double duty of deeply moisturizing, and producing a radiant, fresh, dewy supple glow.

Due to the seabuckthorn oil, Heliophilia will give you a subtle, beautiful bronzy glow – perfect for those effortless summer days.

For hair, Heliophilia is a nourishing oil to balance and restore moisture to damaged, overprocessed, and chemically treated locks.

Luna Nectar Heliophilia Glow & Fix Serum

First off, just look at the colour of this serum! This is definitely going to give your skin a healthy sun-kissed glow, even if you are mega fair like me. I love that it is a multi-tasker, it can be used for both skin and hair. It can also be mixed into your moisturizer or foundation for an added boost of hydration and glow!

Heliophilia is filled with so many wonderful ingredients:

Squalane*, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil*, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Oil*, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose) Hip Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Oil, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil*, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil*, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil* (infused with Calendula Officinalis (Calendula), Emblica Officinalis (Amla), Glycyrrhiza Glabra* (Licorice Root), Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola)), D-alpha-tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomile Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil *Certified Organic

I was given a discount code to save 15% on purchases from the Luna Nectar website: BRASHATTITUDE15 (it is an affiliate link):

https://www.lunanectar.com/discount/BRASHATTITUDE15

Have you tried this facial serum? Review of the Moon Boost Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum to follow in a few weeks.

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, these products were PR gifted for review purposes, and this post contains an affiliate link. However, my opinion is always my own.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA Review

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA

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The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA
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Today I’m reviewing the The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA (Hyaluronic Acid) that I purchased several weeks ago. [info in italics taken from the Deciem website]

Lactic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates the skin. This 10% formulation offers mild exfoliation and is supported with a purified Tasmanian pepperberry known to reduce signs of inflammation and sensitivity that is often associated with exfoliation.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA

Contraindications: Lactic Acid should not be used on sensitive, peeling or compromised skin. Please refer to additional sun protection note and other warnings in provided Directions.

Because I know that my skin can be sensitive, I did my usual two rounds of patch testing – on my arm first and then on my neck or chest before trying this on my face. I only use this once a week, and never on the same night as retinol as both have irritation risks.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA

Surprisingly, this lactic acid does not irritate my sensitive skin, I guess that the Tasmanian pepperberry and hyaluronic acid really work to cancel out the irritation risk from the acid. It gives my sensitive skin a gentle exfoliation which I love.

Acids should only be used at night, and always followed by sunscreen the next day as they can make your skin more sun sensitive. You should always be wearing sunscreen anyways though.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA

Have you tried this one? Do you have a fave AHA for exfoliation?

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The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Retinol 1% in Squalane from The Ordinary. I’ve been using it for several weeks now, and I purchased this to replace Press Restart – Gentle Retinol Serum from Versed. [info in italics taken from Deciem’s website]

The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane

This water-free solution contains 1% pure Retinol, an ingredient that can reduce the appearances of fine lines, of photo damage and of general skin aging. While Retinol has been studied extensively, it is irritating to the skin and newer technologies exist that mimic the visible effects of Retinol without causing skin irritation.

The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane

Retinol can cause significant irritation, redness and peeling, especially around the eyes and mouth, in the early stages of treatment while skin builds tolerance. If you have not used high-strength retinol formulas in the past, we strongly recommend that you start your retinol regimen with our Retinol 0.2% in Squalane and adjust to higher strengths of Retinol 0.5% in Squalane and Retinol 1% in Squalane as your skin builds tolerance. You will achieve the same end results without the unpleasant redness and peeling along the way.

The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane

The Ordinary has several different Retinol based serums, ranging in strength and irritation risk levels. I’ve previously used and loved their Advanced Retinoid 2% Emulsion, which later became the Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion (moderate strength, low to no irritation). The Retinol 1% in Squalane is their highest retinol formula (high strength, and very high irritation risk)!

Wait a minute, high irritation risk? Don’t I have sensitive skin – I know, I know! I did my patch tests – first on my wrist, and then on my neck and chest, before trying it on my face. This retinol does not irritate my skin! I think that the squalane actually works to counteract the irritation risk, and my skin is quite used to retinoids / retinols.

The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane

I like this one, I feel that it does help with fine lines, and my skin has not been prone to redness, irritation or peeling after using several nights a week (for several weeks), I only skip using it if I’m using an acid formula. My skin seems to be far less sensitive these days – I guess that my current skincare routine is making my skin very happy!

If you are new to retinoids / retinol or have super sensitive skin – this is not the product for you, I’d recommend starting with either the Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion or the Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane, and using every couple of nights until your skin adjusts before moving onto the stronger Retinol formulas. As always, retinol should be used at night, and always followed by sunscreen in the daytime as retinol can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. You should be wearing SPF daily anyway!

Have you tried this one?

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The Ordinary Pycnogenol 5% Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Pycnogenol 5% serum from The Ordinary. I purchased it several weeks ago because it was a new to me ingredient that I was curious about! [info in italics taken from The Ordinary website].

The Ordinary Pycnogenol 5%

Pycnogenol® is a natural plant extract derived from the pine bark of French maritime pine trees. It contains procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids that work in synergy to rejuvenate the skin, with the aim of enhancing skin hydration and elasticity. With the ability to selectively bind to collagen and elastin, Pycnogenol® protects these proteins from degradation, helping to nourish the skin from the inside out. Being a unique and powerful antioxidant, Pycnogenol® scavenges for free radicals before they cause damage by oxidative stress. It can also recycle oxidized Vitamin C to restore its activity. The Ordinary Pycnogenol® 5% is free of artificial colours. The formula’s deep red colour is due to the high procyanidin content in Pycnogenol®. After application, please wash hands and avoid product contact with light coloured fabric as it may stain.

The Ordinary Pycnogenol 5%

So in a nutshell, it provides: Antioxidant Support, Enhances Skin Hydration, Rebuilds Skin Elasticity

This serum / solution has such an interesting colour! It can be mixed with other serums and creams to give them boost, but I’ve mostly been just applying it on its own or layering it with other serums (which also boosts the performance of whatever it is combined with). I feel that it really does help increase skin hydration. And I love that it can be used both day and night.

The Ordinary Pycnogenol 5%

Have you tried this budget friendly serum?

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Three Ships Beauty Purify Aloe + Amino Cleanser Review

Three Ships Beauty Purify Aloe + Amino Acid Cleanser

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Today I am reviewing the Three Ships Beauty Purify Aloe + Amino Cleanser. I purchased this a few weeks ago in my most recent well.ca mini haul. I’ve been using this gel based cleanser for a few weeks now. [info in italics taken from the Three Ships Beauty website]

Three Ships Beauty Purify Aloe + Amino Acid Cleanser

Natural amino acids replenish your skin’s moisture barrier, cleansing without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Containing zero alcohol, this formula contains 26% aloe vera, proven to hydrate and soothe your skin.

This cleanser is targeted for normal to dry skin, and is supposed to balance tone. It is super gentle, and you really only need one (maybe two) pumps of this foaming cleanser. Purify works well to clean my skin and not leave it feeling dry, stripped or irritated. It does a great job at removing makeup and sunscreen.

Three Ships Beauty Purify Aloe + Amino Acid Cleanser

This is a great cleanser for sensitive skin (unless you have a sensitivity / allergy to one of the ingredients). Purify also works well for double cleansing, in which case I like to use an oil or cream based cleanser in conjunction with this gel based cleanser.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Aloe Vera Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Populus Tremuloides (Aspen) Bark Extract, Betaine, Saccharomyces Ferment (Yeast) Filtrate, Cellulose Gum, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Xanthan Gum, Inulin, Cellulose, Glucose, Fructose, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, PCA, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Proline, Threonine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Citrus Auranitum Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil, Sodium Phytate, Citric Acid

Three Ships Beauty Purify Aloe + Amino Acid Cleanser

Since purchasing this cleanser, I’ve since become an affiliate for Three Ships Beauty, and have an affiliate code with a 20% discount – ABRASHATTITUDE20 I will receive compensation for any sales made through my link and discount code.

I’ve also previously reviewed their Lip Exfoliator and Hydrating Lip Mask (both of which I loved), the review is here if you want to check it out.

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Pleasant Pits Unscented Natural Deodorant Review & Giveaway

Pleasant Pits Unscented Natural Deodorant

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When Kimia, the owner of Pleasant Pits, reached out via InstaGram, she asked me if I would like to try their Unscented Natural Deodorant and since I only use natural deodorants, of course I said yes! Pleasant Pits is an Ontario based company. [info in italics taken from the Pleasant Pits website]

Pleasant Pits Unscented Natural Deodorant

In the past few years, we have become increasingly conscious about our health and the environment. And we’re constantly looking for alternatives to products that are scientifically proven to harm our bodies and/or the planet; especially, those which are used everyday, like soap, toothpaste, and deodorant.

Much to our surprise, we realized that there is no natural deodorant available in Canada that checks all the boxes, yet delivers a smooth and delightful texture. So we decided to make one, and we believe we’ve nailed it.

Our goal is to deliver quality products that allow for a healthy & sustainable lifestyle. And we’re already working on products beyond deodorants.

Pleasant Pits Unscented Natural Deodorant

Let’s take a look at the Unscented Natural Deodorant:

A long-lasting odor protection deodorant that checks all the boxes:

 Aluminium-free
 Paraben-free
 Plastic-free
 Cruelty-free (vegan)
 Baking soda-free
 Fragrance-free

Ingredients: Organic coconut MCT oil, Arrowroot powder, Magnesium hydroxide, Mango butter, Candelilla wax, Organic coconut oil, Diatomaceous earth, Cetyl alcohol, Avocado oil

Pleasant Pits Unscented Natural Deodorant

As always, both myself and the Mister have tested out this baking-soda free natural deodorant – just to see how it works for two different body chemistries. I have to say that this is the smoothest natural deodorant, it applies so easily with no dragging or tugging. It feels moisturizing on the skin. I also love the plastic free packaging, it is sturdy and easy to use – just push up the deodorant from the bottom!

Pleasant Pits Unscented Natural Deodorant

This baking soda free formula actually works! Really well! It doesn’t crap out on me, even after my sweaty cardio workout! Even the Mister found that it kept him from stinking during the recent heat wave that we are having here in Montreal. So far it is the longest wearing and most effective baking soda free natural deodorant that I’ve ever used!

Pleasant Pits gifted me three deodorants to give away to my readers, so here’s my rules: 1. Must be subscribed to my blog (I will check), 2. Must be Canadian (sorry international readers, I will do a giveaway for you another time), and 3. Please comment with what province you live in. The giveaway will close on midnight EST, on July 7th, and I will select three winners via random number generator, and announce it on the 8th.

Pleasant Pits Unscented Natural Deodorant

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this was PR gifted to me. However my opinion is always very much my own.

Garnier Water Rose Micellar Water Review

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Today I have a review of Garnier’s Water Rose Micellar Water. Since they’ve recently become Leaping Bunny Certified Cruelty Free, I decided to start exploring a few of their products. [info in italics taken from the Garnier Canada website]

This all-in-1 hydrating micellar cleanser water is a facial cleanser and makeup remover that is surprisingly powerful, yet gentle on skin. The Water Rose Micellar Cleansing Water for all skin types effectively cleanses, removes makeup and hydrates skin. Like a magnet, micelles capture and lift away dirt, oil and makeup without harsh rubbing. This facial cleanser removes makeup, leaving skin perfectly clean without over drying. This Garnier Water Rose Micellar Cleansing Water is gentle on skin and can be used to remove face makeup and eye makeup. The gentle cleanser is vegan and formulated without alcohol, oils and fragrance. 

Garnier Water Rose Micellar Water

I purchased the Water Rose Micellar Water to use for gentle eye makeup removal. It is non-soapy and super gentle yet effective at removing eye shadow, brow pencil and mascara. Waterproof mascara is a little tricky, but I find that most micellar waters don’t fully remove waterproof mascara formulas easily. As an added plus, it does not sting my sensitive eyes! I use it with my reusable makeup remover pads from Oko Creations.

The key ingredients are Rose Water and Glycerin – you can probably guess why I picked this one right? I love rose in my skincare!

The bottle is HUGE, and costs less than $10 CAD – so it is super budget friendly. Have you tried this micellar water?

Garnier Water Rose Micellar Water

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Quo Beauty Hydrating Facial Serum Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Quo Beauty Hydrating Facial Serum – another one of my recent purchases from Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now, so I’m ready to let you know how it measures up. [info in italics taken from the Shoppers website]

Hydrating Facial Serum formulated with hyaluronic acid is just what your skin has been waiting for. The light weight texture & formula helps leave your skin feeling soft and smooth with a velvety finish.

Vitamin C helps to even out the skin tone while helping diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Sodium Hyaluronate (a derivative of Hyaluronic Acid) penetrates deeper layers of the skin to attract and hold moisture which, overtime, works to enhance & replenish skin. Vegan Cruelty Free

Another budget friendly, drugstore brand!

This facial serum is lightweight, non-sticky and sinks into the skin quickly, and adds extra hydration. It contains two of my favourite ingredients – hyaluronic acid and vitamin C. My skin loves anything with vitamin C in it.

It plays nicely with my moisturizer, spf and with makeup too. Also – it has little to no scent! Always a plus in my opinion as I don’t enjoy using over-scented skincare products.

Have you tried this facial serum?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, I purchased this!

Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream. I purchased, and have been using it for several weeks now. [info in italics taken from the Shoppers Drug Mart website]

Velvety cream with algae extract and peptides to firm the under eyes with a hint of light- reflecting illumination, thanks to finely-milled, ethically-sourced mica.

Rich eye cream for improving the appearance of fine lines Smoothing algae extract and firming peptides Made for aging skin Clean, cruelty-free, vegan

This is a really nice eye cream – it is hydrating but not heavy feeling, and the mica adds radiance, and the vitamin C adds brightening to my under-eyes. It plays nicely with my under-eye concealer too – always a plus!

The texture of the eye cream is velvety and quick to sink in. I use it morning and night.

It’s super affordable at less than $25 CAD – and it is often on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart / Pharmaprix!

Have you tried this eye cream?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!