Lowen’s Natural Skincare Reviews Part 2 – Shampoo is Betta + Rub It In Why Don’t Ya!

Lowen's Natural Skincare Shampoo is Betta and Rub It In Why Don't Ya!

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Lowen's Natural Skincare

Today I’m continuing with my reviews of some of the products that came in my awesome PR package from Canadian company Lowen’s Natural Skincare (Part 1 and company info is here). Today’s reviews are of Shampoo is Betta (vegan hydrating shampoo) and Rub It In Why Don’t Ya! (face, hand & body lotion).  [info in italics taken from the Lowen’s Natural Skincare website]

Onto the shampoo:

Lowen's Natural Skincare Shampoo is Betta

Shampoo is Betta! Gentle Vegan Hydrating Shampoo is a natural, vegan sulfate-free coconut based cleanser that is extremely gently yet incredibly effective.  It will effectively clean your hair and replenish it with hydrating unrefined, cold pressed locally sourced hemp seed oil. For extra conditioning we’ve added provitamin B5 (AKA Panthenol) as well as oat oil, with the latter providing exceptional activity in preventing itchiness and dryness (dandruff).

This shampoo is incredibly thick and lathers well despite being a sulfate free formula. It cleans my colour-treated hair well, and doesn’t strip the colour as it is super gentle and non-drying.

Lowen's Natural Skincare Shampoo is Betta

Ingredients: Coco-Betaine (Coconut based cleanser) & Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (Coconut based cleanser), Aqua, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (Coconut based cleanser), Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Panthenol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil.

The shampoo also smells amazing without being over-scented – with rosemary and peppermint being the main scents that my nose can identify. It rinses out nicely and doesn’t leave a filmy residue, leaving my hair clean, soft and hydrated.

Onto Rub It In Why Don’t Ya! the face, hand and body lotion with the best name ever!

Lowen's Natural Skincare Rub It In Why Don't Ya!

I formulated Rub it in Why Don’t Ya (RIIWDY) formulated specifically for our daughter Lowen back when she was barely walking.  It is safe, effective and long lasting and particularly great for those with sensitive skin. Our natural is paraben free, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, contains no added fragrances and we only use minimal preservation.  Try it. We’re confident you’ll love it!

Another sensitive skin dream product! It really is long lasting – I’ve been using this more as a body lotion than as a face lotion after a bath or shower and it keeps my skin hydrated all day!

Lowen's Natural Skincare Rub It In Why Don't Ya!

Ingredients: Beeswax (Calgary, AB), Fair Trade Certified Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Distilled Water, Cetyl Alcohol,  Euxyl 9010 (preservative),  Rosemary Oil, Certified Organic Non-GMO Cold Pressed Canola Oil (High River, AB), Lecithin (Non-GMO source) , Cold Pressed Non-GMO Camelina Seed Oil (Saskatoon, SK), Polysorbate 80 (Vacuum Distilled – 1,4 dioxane free), Vegetable Glycerin, Vegetable Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, Xanthan Gum

This lotion has a minimal ingredient list with less than 20 easily identifiable ingredients and no added fragrance, so it smells like what it is made of – very mild.

Lowen's Natural Skincare Shampoo is Betta and Rub It In Why Don't Ya!

I love both the shampoo and the face, hand and body lotion!

Thanks for reading

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, these products came in a PR package, however my love of natural skincare and my opinions are entirely my own!

Empties – December 2018

Empties December 2018 - Lily De Mai, Harmony + Blossom, Essence, Hurraw

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As per usual, I’ve kept my empties for the month. I did not manage to finish up very many things in December, but since my goal is to use things up, any empties are progress in my quest to not let products go to waste.

Let’s take a look, and I will link to reviews and let you know if I will be repurchasing or not.

Empties December 2018 - Essence, Lily De Mai, Harmony & Blossom, Hurraw

Essence I ❤ Extreme Volume Mascara (Waterproof) – I’ve purchased this so many times, this is my HG waterproof mascara. I always go back to this or the Get Big Lashes one after I test out others. Original review is here.

Lily De Mai Bliss Transformative Moisture Mist – I absolutely loved this facial mist and I’m sad that it is empty. I’m putting it on my wishlist as I have a few facial mists in my stash to use up. Original review is here. (PR sample)

Harmony + Blossom Cleansing Clay – This was a super gentle exfoliating clay cleanser. I have a bit of a cleanser stash to work through, so I won’t be purchasing this right now (even though I liked it a lot). Original review is here. (PR sample)

Essence The False Lashes Mascara – This is my fave non-waterproof mascara because it adds volume and holds a curl and I’ve purchased it several times. It even manages to hold up pretty well when my eyes water from laughing! I’ll purchase this again once I finish up another mascara in my stash. Original review is here.

Hurraw Lip Balm (Earl Grey) – I loved this lip balm. It smells like earl grey tea (bergamot). I’m a lip balm addict and just got a ton of new lip balms in my stash, so I won’t replace this just yet. I’m still using the Hurraw Moon Lip Balm at night (when I’m not using my Bite Beauty Lip Mask). Review is here.

Empties December 2018 - Lily De Mai, Harmony + Blossom, Essence, Hurraw

Were you able to finish up much in December?

Thanks for reading.

abrashattitude.com have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: All PR samples identified. Please see original blog post for details.

By Anhesa Cedar Face Cream Review

By Anhesa Cedar Face Cream

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Today I have a review of the Cedar Face Cream from Toronto based By Anhesa that I won in an InstaGram giveaway from Whipped Green Girl and Anhesa.  [info in italics taken from the Anhesa website]

By Anhesa Cedar Face Cream

A gentle and mildly-fragranced moisturizer for luminous, supple, and soft skin. Cedar face cream made, especially for dry mature skin, has light broccoli, peach and luscious tucuma Amazonian oils. It nourishes and protects your skin, giving you a smooth, youthful glow. The addition of the scent of cedarwood essential oil leaves you feeling fresh and vibrant (as if you had taken a walk in the woods). 

Ingredients: Aqua, Prunus persica (Peach) kernel oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteraryl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Astrocaryum Tucuma seed butter, Glycerine, Brassica oleracea Italica (Broccoli) seed oil, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Juniperus mexicana (Cedarwood) wood oil

By Anhesa Cedar Face Cream

The Cedar Face Cream is super lightweight and absorbs into the skin quickly. It is highly moisturizing and non-greasy. The scent is woody and fresh, I absolutely love cedarwood essential oil, it smells amazing, without being over-scented.

This works well as either a day or a night cream and plays nicely with makeup. It really does help give the skin a nice glow. I love that it contains minimal ingredients. It is especially great for sensitive skin types!

Thanks for reading.

abrashattitude.com have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I won this in a giveaway, but the decision to review it is entirely my own and based on my experience of using the product.

Kariderm Moisturizing Face Cream Review

Kariderm Moisturizing Protective Cream

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Today I have a review of another product from Quebec based company Kariderm – if you remember, I reviewed (and loved) their Restorative Hair Mask. When PozPub reached out and asked me if I wanted to try out the Moisturizing Face Cream, I immediately said yes! Thank you PozPub and Kariderm! [info in italics taken from the Kariderm website]

Kariderm Moisturizing Protective Cream

A little bit of background on Kariderm:

Founded in 1998, Flash Beauté Inc. conceives, manufactures and distributes the KARIDERM products, maintaining its leader position in its domain: natural personal care products made with shea butter.

In order to reach this target, we have established a tight partnership with a women cooperative of shea butter producers in Burkina Faso, the Songtaaba Association or ASY.

In this context, our personal commitment during several trips on the field enabled us to define several cooperation and assistance projects targeting not only the quality and market image of shea butter, but mostly the working conditions of women, their incomes and self-development perspectives.

How beautiful is that? A company that gives back!

Kariderm Moisturizing Protective Cream

Now onto the Moisturizing Protective Cream:

The KARIDERM Moisturizing Protective Cream with shea butter, replenishes moisture to deeply condition the skin for the entire day. Easily absorbed thanks to its light texture, it rapidly softens, nourishes and protects the skin, allowing a natural and enhanced radiance.

Kariderm Moisturizing Protective Cream

 

My skin LOVES shea butter. This facial cream is super hydrating but very light. It can be used as either a day or a night cream (or both). It is the type of face cream that works for all skin types (unless you have an allergy or sensitivity to one of the ingredients):

INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Stearate, Cera Alba, Xanthan Gum, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Phytate, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinol

Kariderm Moisturizing Protective Cream

 

The cream has an almost watery texture and absorbs into the skin very quickly. It works well with facial oils and serums. As an added plus, the Moisturizing Protective Cream also plays nicely with makeup (whether full foundation, concealer, powder, or just with concealer and powder).

I’ll be taking a short break next week for the holidays, but I’ll be back on the 26th with a new review.

Thanks for reading.

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Disclosure: PR sample, thanks Kariderm / PozPub, however, my opinion is based on my experience of using this product.

Les Secrets de Sothys / Sothys Secrets Gift Set Review

Hello, hello! I recently received a beautiful gift set from Sothys Canada / PozPub of the new Les Secrets de Sothys / Sothys Secrets which contains La Crème (Cream) as well as La Creme Yeux-Lèvres (Eye and Lip Cream) from the Prestige / Premium line. I have reviewed the Crème Jeunesse from their regular line and used it all last winter. [info in italics taken from Sothys website and from the booklet included in the gift set]

Les Secrets de Sothys / Sothys Secrets - La Crème and La Crème Yeux-Lèvres

Les Secrets de Sothys line is made with “latest-generation active ingredients for a complete resolution that protects and visibly reveals the skin’s youthfulness”. Let’s take a look at the science behind the products:

  1. To visibly preserve youthfulness via Telomere Innovation (DNA sequences) with Red Algae, rich in Linear Galactanes to preserve cellular longevity, and via Vitagene Innovation with Peach Leaf Glucans to strengthen the skin’s natural defences.
  2. To visibly reveal youthful skin via Double Action Innovation on Lox Protein  and Intracellular Glycation and Cytoskeleton Innovation with Extract of Retinol-Like Chicory and Hypnea Algae Rich in Galactanes for skin structure (epidermis and dermis) and elasticity.

Packaging: 

Les Secrets de Sothys / Sothys Secrets - La Crème and La Crème Yeux-Lèvres

The packaging of the gift set is beautiful, with a double door opening and a black velvet flocked interior. The plastic jars are heavy and look beautiful.

Les Secrets de Sothys / Sothys Secrets - La Crème and La Crème Yeux-Lèvres

La Creme / The Cream:

Les Secrets de Sothys / Sothys Secrets - La Crème

This exceptional youth skincare reveals some of its secrets as soon as it is applied: its wonderful active texture forms a biomimetic satin film with a lifting effect on the skin’s surface and its delicate fragrance is an invitation to a feeling of well-being.

Day after day, this universal cream treats the skin to a complete action on youth to combat the visible signs of ageing. Record efficiency, day after day: – Smoothing: +37% (experimental scoring*) – Improved firmness: +30% (clinical measurements using a cutometer*) * on 20 people after 30 days of twice daily application

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This cream is super rich, but fast absorbing, great for normal to dry skin. I think that it might be too a little  heavy if you have oily skin. It leaves the skin with a very satiny feeling and seems to plump out / blur fine lines and wrinkles as it smooths the skin. It can be used as both a day cream and a night cream.

The Cream, however, is a little more scented than I prefer, but the scent does fade to nothing very quickly. It is a peachy, slightly floral scent. Thankfully it does not trigger a reaction in my sensitive skin.

La Crème Yeux-Lèvres / Eye and Lip Cream:

Les Secrets de Sothys / Sothys Secrets - La Crème Yeux-Lèvres / Eye and Lip Cream

This balm with a melting texture creates a smoothing film on the skin’s surface, bringing about a feeling of comfort and an immediate lift effect in the eye and lip contour.

Day after day, this 2-in-1 formula targets the specific problems of these two areas of the face which are extremely sensitive to ageing. Results that are visible: Number of wrinkles: -30% after 15 days and -38% after 30 days* Dark circles: -25% after 30 days** Puffiness: -17% after 30 days** * Instrumental measurements. Average results on the eye contour from 21 people after twice-daily use. ** Expert scoring. Average results on the eye contour from 21 people after twice-daily use.

Les Secrets de Sothys / Sothys Secrets - La Crème Yeux-Lèvres / Eye and Lip Cream

Now this targeted eye and lip cream is super rich. I’ve mostly only been using it as an eye cream, and it does help with fine lines and puffiness. It does help to brighten the undereye area somewhat, but I until I use it for a longer time, I won’t comment on dark circle effectiveness.

The Eye and Lip Cream plays nicely with my Becca Brightening Undereye Concealer, and  it does not have any added fragrance – which I like a lot – which means that it does not irritate my sensitive eyes.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: PR samples, however my opinion is based on my personal experience of using the products.

 

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 well.ca. [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.

Formulary 55 Rosehip & Clay Facial Mask Review

Formulary 55 Rosehip & Clay Facial Mask

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Today I’m reviewing the Rosehip & Clay Facial Mask from Formulary 55 that came in my October Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Formulary 55 Rosehip & Clay Facial Mask

Detoxify and soften naturally with this gentle pink clay facial mask. This blend will draw out toxins without over drying the skin. Suitable for all skin types.

Formulary 55 Rosehip & Clay Facial Mask

This facial mask has minimal ingredients, making it a good option for sensitive and other skin types – unless you have an allergy or sensitivity to one of the ingredients.

Formulary 55 Rosehip & Clay Facial Mask

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | French white and pink clay, rosehip powder, ground comfrey root, and organic rose geranium essential oil

Formulary 55 Rosehip & Clay Facial Mask

I am a huge fan of facial masks, I love that this one is in powder form as it means less packaging. Another benefit to a powder formulation is that it gives you the choice of what type of liquid to add to the powder to mix with your mask.

This mask performs similarly to most clay based masks, it feels tight as it dries – but my skin felt so clean, and not at all irritated or dried out after removing. All in all, I think that this is a great facial mask.

Do you like clay based facial masks?

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

Poetic Blend The Warrior Serum + The Cosmic Serum Review

Poetic Blend - The Warrior Serum, The Cosmic Serum

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Today I’m reviewing The Warrior Serum and The Cosmic Serum – they were bonus surprises in my recent Poetic Blend giveaway winnings! I’ve already reviewed The Hero Oil and The Timeless Oil earlier this week.

Poetic Blend - The Warrior Serum, The Cosmic Serum

The Warrior Serum is a full size, and The Cosmic Serum was a sample size [info in italics taken from the Poetic Blend website]

The Warrior Serum:

Poetic Blend The Warrior Serum

This incredibly powerful yet gentle serum is formulated with advanced ceramide technology. Plant derived ceramides boost moisture retention in the skin and combine with AHA’s and Glycolic Acid to fight free radical damage. Pore cleansing, plant-based Salicylic Acid helps shed dead skin cells and clear pores while stimulating cellular regeneration. The end result is a plumper, smoother, and even complexion, made for the warrior in all of us. Suitable for all skin types including mature & blemish-prone skin.

Poetic Blend The Warrior Serum

This is a powerhouse serum, but at the same time is super gentle on my sensitive skin. I’ve been using this serum nightly after cleansing, and wake up with fresh and smooth skin. I love this one!

The Cosmic Serum:

Poetic Blend The Cosmic Serum

A cosmic wonder made with constellations of plant peptides & hyaluronic acid 
Meet your skin’s kismet – this powerful force of a serum is loaded with Hyaluronic acid, a bevy of peptide complex blends and plant stem cells boost collagen and restore elasticity. Suitable for all skin types, especially those looking for superior hydration + anti-aging properties.

This is what the full size looks like [screenshot taken from the Poetic Blend website]

Poetic Blend The Cosmic Serum [shot taken from Poetic Blend website]

I’ve been using my sample of The Cosmic Serum in the mornings after cleansing, and before applying facial oil for an added hydration boost. It absorbs quickly and plays nicely with all of the facial oils, moisturizers and makeup that I’ve used with it.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I won these in a giveaway, but because I love skincare, you know I’m going to share my experience!

Poetic Blend The Timeless Oil Review

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Today I’m sharing my review of The Timeless Oil from the Poetic Blend giveaway that I recently won. I’ve already reviewed The Hero Oil [info in italics taken from the Poetic Blend website]

Poetic Blend The Timeless Oil

Defying age and time, The Timeless oil is blended with precious plant-based oils that deliver optimal hydration and essential fatty acids which help the skin retain moisture and increase skin cell growth.

Poetic Blend The Timeless Oil

Formulated especially for dry to mature skin types. A unique blend of Rosehip, Argan and Sea buckthorn oil combine to fight free radical damage, plump dehydration lines, soften the appearance of wrinkles, and brighten dark spots. Our fast absorbing formula melts into the skin to deliver essential omega fatty acids and antioxidants.

Poetic Blend The Timeless Oil

This facial oil is AMAZING. It is super hydrating and has loads of awesome properties (plumping, softening, brightening). I know that I’ll be getting a lot of use from this one now that the weather is getting colder. My skin tends to need a lot more moisture during the winter months. It plays nicely with my moisturizer and foundation – which is always a great thing!

Disclosure: I won this in a giveaway, and because I love skincare, you know that I’m going to share my experience!