Empties March 2020

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Today I have my monthly empties post for you. I didn’t finish up as much as I had hoped, but progress is progress when it comes to using up the things in my stash and not wasting them! I’ll include links to my original reviews and let you know if I would want to re-purchase either right away or eventually.

Haircare:

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EVOLVh UltraRepair Reconstructing Masque – This was a PR sample. I loved this hair mask so much, and it is on my wishlist to buy the full size as soon as I use up another mask in my stash. Review is here.

Rahua Classic Shampoo & Conditioner – These were from my Petit Vour subscription. I liked them a lot. I’d like to try more from this brand – maybe for wavy/curly or dry hair. Review is here.

Cake Beauty The Posh Wash and The Soft Serve – These smell so good, and work well with my hair, so I’m sure I’ll eventually buy them again. Review is here.

Skincare and Makeup:

Empties March 2020 - Skincare and Makeup with Moor Spa, Sothys, Essence, Eyes of Horus

Moor Spa Supreme Cream – This was a PR sample. I mainly uses this cream at night, as I prefer something a little lighter in the day time if I’m wearing makeup. I have a few moisturizers in my stash to use up, so no need to even think about purchasing a full size. Review is here.

Sothys Hydra3Ha Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Youth Cream – Another PR sample. This one was great for day or night use. I always need a little hydration boost in the fall and winter months so this worked well for me. I have a few moisturizers in my stash to use up, so no need to even think about purchasing a replacement. Review is here.

Essence Lash Princess Waterproof Mascara – I really liked this mascara, and gave it a score of 6.75 out of 7. I  would definitely re-purchase this one. Review is here.

Eye Of Horus Brow Define – Another Petit Vour box product. This was my very first micro brow pencil. I’ve since purchased one from Essence to try out, but would love to get this one eventually. Review is here.

Essence Make Me Brow Tinted Brow Mascara – I’ve already purchased a new one, it is that good! Reviews are here and here.

So there you have it! Were you able to finish up much this month?

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Disclosure: Post contains a mix of products – all PR samples identified, the rest have been paid for by me.

Goldfaden MD Vital Boost Hydrating Moisturizer Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Vital Boost Hydrating Moisturizer from Goldfaden MD that came in my February Petit Vour box. I’m always happy to see products from Goldfaden MD because they’re usually awesome! [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Goldfaden MD Vital Boost

More than just a daily moisturizer, Dr. Goldfaden’s Vital Boost delivers hydration, antioxidant nourishment and a brightening glow to all skin types. Skin-boosting and rejuvenating Vitamin D supports skin health, providing powerful hydrating properties. This moisturizer may improve suppleness and the appearance of skin color and tone while promoting a more youthful-looking complexion. Brightening skin agent, Gooseberry Extract, leaves skin looking dewy, radiant and flawless. 

Goldfaden MD Vital Boost

Everything about the description of this moisturizer screams my name! And you know what? It lives up to its promises! It is lightweight and quickly absorbed, super hydrating and brightening! SO GOOD!

And, it does play nicely with makeup!

Goldfaden MD Vital Boost

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Water, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalane, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D), Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Emblica Officinalis Fruit Extract.

Have you tried this moisturizer?

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

The Inkey List Collagen Booster Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Collagen Booster from The Inkey List. I’ve been using this serum for a few weeks now, so I’m ready to review. [info in italics taken from the Cult Beauty website]

The Inkey List Collagen Booster

They say you only miss things once they’re gone and, sadly, our love for collagen (the natural skin protein that helps to support skin’s firmness, suppleness and elasticity) tends to appear only once we realise its production has begun to slow down – sob. A perfect antidote to this sorry state of affairs, THE INKEY LIST’s Collagen Serum stars clever peptides called Matrixyl 3000 and Syn Tacks, which mimic the effect of natural collagen, keeping your skin looking plumper and smoother for longer. The formula also helps to boost collagen production, so your skin will look increasingly firm and supple in the long run too. Minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and targeting sagging, this skin-boosting potion is like an elixir of youth for your complexion.

I bought this at Pharmaprix (aka Shoppers Drug Mart in the rest of Canada) back in January, so I’ve been testing it out for several weeks now. It is a clear, super-watery, serum that sinks into my skin quickly. It helps to plump and smooth the skin. It also plays nicely with all of my various serums, facial oils, moisturizers and makeup too!

The Inkey List Collagen Booster

And, as an added plus, it is super budget friendly at $10.99 CAD!

Have you tried this serum?

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Disclosure: I purchased this!

5th Dimension Sub Rosa Serum Review

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Today I have a review of the 5th Dimension Sub Rosa Serum that came in my December Petit Vour subscription box. I finally got around to testing it out in mid-January! [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

5th Dimension Sub Rosa Serum

Sub Rosa is a blend of highly concentrated antioxidant and omega fatty acid oils infused with rose petals to refresh and replenish skin’s complexion.  Non-comedogenic, this face oil requires just a few drops to hydrate, soften, regulate oil production, and soothe inflammation.

5th Dimension Sub Rosa Serum

  • Rose – used topically, rose promotes cell regeneration, astringent and regulates oil production, all while balancing skin’s PH to create a healthier skin biome. Rose promotes self love and protection.
  • Hemp Seed Oil – omega fatty acids, linoleic acid and oleic acid minimize visible damage due to free radicals. This nutrient dense oil regulates sebum production, making it ideal for all skin types. Its anti-inflammatory properties soothe redness and irritation.
  • Rosehip Seed Oil – highly concentrated with omega fatty acids & antioxidants to repair and protect skin against visible damage.

5th Dimension Sub Rosa Serum

I especially like to add a few drops of this serum / oil into my moisturizer for an added boost of hydration. It is gentle, soothing and feels lightweight on the skin – not greasy or heavy.

I love that it has minimal ingredients. I can see this working for all skin types – unless you have an allergy or sensitivity to one of the ingredients. The scent is very mild and herbal – I can smell the hemp seed oil, clary sage and frankincense but not the rose.

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan|Hemp Seed (Cannabis sativa) Oil*, Rose* (Rosa sp.), Rosehip (Rosa canina) Seed Oil*, Essential Oils of Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea), Frankincense (Boswellia sp.) | *Certified Organic 

5th Dimension Sub Rosa Serum

Have you tried this facial oil?

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

CertClean 5th Annual Clean Beauty Awards Finalists & Judging Experience

CertClean Clean Beauty Awards

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CertClean Clean Beauty Awards

 

If you follow me on InstaGram, you will know that I was asked to be on the judging panel for the CertClean’s 5th Annual Clean Beauty Awards, and was on the judging panel for  face washes. I received a total of eight facial cleansers and tested them out from late August, until the end of November when I submitted my scoring grid.

CertClean Clean Beauty Awards

 

Here’s my round one face wash products:

CertClean Clean Beauty Awards

  • Birch Babe Naturals Facial Bar
  • AEOS Energized Organics Cleansing Oil Dé-Maq
  • Be Genki Radiant Cleansing Oil
  • Pure Saavy Come Hell or High Water 3-in-1 Micellar Water
  • Penny Lane Organics Cleansing Milk & Makeup Remover
  • Kaelen Harwell Refining Roman Chamomile Ylang Ylang Cleanser
  • Aromatica Natural Coconut Cleansing Oil
  • EcoTan Super Citrus Cleanser

I had pages (and pages) of notes during the testing period – with information on the companies, type of cleanser, ingredients, usability, and personal experience with the products. The quality of all of the facial cleansers was very high, which made scoring so difficult, and in the end, it was often 1 point difference that separated my top scoring face washes.

CertClean Clean Beauty Awards

The finalists of Round One judging was announced on February 3rd. Here’s the finalists for the Face Wash Category:

  • SanRe Organic Skinfood Rose Cleanse
  • Helena Lane Skincare Red Western Cedar & Lemon Cleanser
  • Alighten Natural Skin Care Gentle Renewing Facial Cleanser
  • Jane Apothecary Soothing Cleansing Balm
  • Lo & Behold Naturals Echinacea and Chamomile Cleansing Balm
  • Biossance Squalane + Tea Tree Cleansing Gel
  • Eco Tan Super Citrus Cleanser
  • Province Apothecary Moisturizing Oil Cleanser + Makeup Remover
  • Aiona Alive Skin Care E-citrus Exfoliating Cleanser
  • Derma E Acne Deep Pore Cleansing Wash

Out of the ten finalists, only one of the products that I tested / judged in Round One will be moving onto Round Two of judging – the Eco Tan Super Citrus Cleanser which was in my top three! Round Two judging will be starting soon for the finalists in the Face Wash category! Very exciting!

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Disclosure: I received eight cleansers to test and score for Round One of the CertClean Clean Beauty Awards Face Wash judging panel. My opinion is based on my experience with these products.

Empties January 2020

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Today I have my monthly empties. I didn’t finish up as much as I’d hoped, and am SO CLOSE to finishing a couple of moisturizers. But progress is progress when it comes to finishing up things from my stash! I’m on a low buy, so if I say I’ll purchase / re-purchase it means that I would do so eventually. My goal is to only buy necessities.

Skincare Empties:

Empties January 2020 - Skincare

The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA, and Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% – I have at least two more acid type peels to use up, and at least three serums to use up, and so many on my wishlist, that it is doubtful that I will repurchase in the near future. Reviews are here and here.

Derma E Radiance Toner (Glycolic Acid & Rooibos) – I liked this toner (Petit Vour subscription sample). I have other toners to use up, but I really liked this one as it felt gentle. Review is here.

Lavido Aromatic Body Lotion (Mandarin, Orange & Bergamot) – Another Petit Vour sample. I mainly used this as a hand cream, it worked great! I have other body lotions in my stash to use up. Review is here.

Kalos After Hours Soothing Night Cream – A Petit Vour sample. I’m sad that this is empty, it is such an amazing and gentle night cream, especially great for dry and sensitive skin. This one is on my wishlist, as I have a few more moisturizers and creams to use up. Review is here.

Kariderm Moisturizing Protective Cream – This was a PR sample. Another amazing face cream, great for dry and sensitive skin. Lightweight in texture but really hydrating. I would purchase this if I didn’t have a few more to finish up! Review is here.

Makeup Empties:

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Catrice Rock Couture Extreme Volume Mascara (Waterproof) – I liked this mascara, but I didn’t love it because it didn’t give me enough volume so I won’t repurchase this one. Review is here.

Maison Jacynthe Fluide de Teint Fluid Foundation – PR Sample. This was in my stash way too long for a liquid product (2.5 years!), so it had to go. I currently have a few foundations in my stash and a list of more that I want to try, so no purchase right now. Review is here.

Hey Honey Trick and Treat Concealer – I think this was an Ipsy Glam Bag sample. A fantastic concealer, I finished it up by mainly using it for toning down the redness in my cheeks on minimal makeup (no foundation) days. I have other concealers to use up currently. Review is here.

Not pictured: Nyx #NOFILTER Finishing Powder – I finally finished this powder! And I cannot find it – I think that the packaging might have gone out in last week’s recycling. I really liked this finishing powder, but I have others in my stash to use up, and a list of powders that I’d like to try. Review is here.

Did you finish up much this month?

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Disclosure: This post contains mostly products paid for by me, and one PR sample.

Cardea Auset Noire Charcoal Mask Review

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Today I’m reviewing the Noire Charcoal Mask by Cardea Auset that I received as a Christmas gift and have used it several times over the past month. This is the first product that I’ve used from this Canadian brand. [info in italics taken from the Cardea Auset website]

Cardea Auset Noire Charcoal Mask

Highly concentrated, customizable powder-blend designed to extract toxins from the skin’s surface and pores, leaving it cleansed and purified. Powder means no preservatives, just pure, active ingredients that create a super-charged face mask with the liquid of your choice.

Activated Charcoal draws dirt and toxins from deep within pores, exfoliates and brightens while stimulating blood flow to enhance circulation and up the glow-factor. Bentonite Clay is rich in minerals and absorbs up to 10 times its weight to draw out and envelop impurities.

Cardea Auset Noire Charcoal Mask

Directions For Use: Mix equal parts NOIRE with water or honey, and apply to skin. Leave on skin for 8-12 minutes. Rinse or wipe with a damp cloth to remove, and follow with a hydrating mist, oil, or moisturizer. *Skin may be pink to red after treatment. Discontinue if irritation occurs. Do not mix with a metal spoon.

Ingredients: Activated Charcoal, Bentonite.

Cardea Auset Noire Charcoal Mask

I love that this is a powder formula with minimal ingredients, it allows you to choose what liquid to use with it to make your facial mask. It is however, very messy, so I mix it up over my bathroom sink to minimize the mess factor. I rinse the mask off with water, and then I use a washcloth to remove any stubborn traces of the mask that remain after rinsing.

This charcoal clay mask really does clean out your pores! It is heavy duty. My skin is a little pink after using, but that is normal with this type of clay mask. It isn’t a reaction type of redness, there is no burning, it just feels like an increase in blood circulation which means that any redness / pinkness will fade quite quickly.

Have you tried this facial mask? Do you like clay and / or charcoal masks?

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Disclosure: This was a Christmas gift from a friend!

 

Volition Beauty Strawberry-C Brightening Serum Review

Volition Beauty Strawberry-C Brightening Serum

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Today I have a review of a serum that I’ve wanted to try for SO LONG – the Volition Beauty Strawberry-C Brightening Serum. This was a Christmas gift from a dear friend. [info in italics taken from the Sephora website]

Volition Beauty Strawberry-C Brightening Serum

What it is: A brightening serum powered by strawberry-derived vitamin C for noticeable radiance, hydration, and even-toned skin.
Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily
Skincare Concerns: Pores, Dryness, and Dullness and Uneven Texture

Volition Beauty Strawberry-C Brightening Serum

Highlighted Ingredients:
– Strawberry Fruit and Seed Extract: Help brighten dull skin, unclog pores, and remove excess oil.
– Kakadu Plum: Helps reinforce luminosity and reduce appearance of redness.
– Hyaluronic Acid: Promotes skin elasticity for plump, hydrated skin.

Volition Beauty Strawberry-C Brightening Serum

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you will know that I love serums, and that my skin responds really well to Vitamin C based skincare. This serum is beautiful – it is gentle and fast absorbing, hydrating and definitely works well for brightening the skin – perfect for helping to deal with winter dryness and dullness. As an added plus, it doesn’t have that weird scent that some Vitamin C serums have. I don’t think that it smells like strawberries, but the scent is so so very minimal – I can’t really say what it smells like.

Volition Beauty Strawberry-C Brightening Serum

This is a cruelty free brand that I definitely want to try more from!

Have you tried this serum, or anything else from Volition Beauty?

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Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this was a Christmas gift from a friend.

Moor Spa Cleansing Milk, Supreme Cream, Pumpkin Peel + Tension Balm Reviews

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Today I have a review of a selection of goodies from Moor Spa, a Canadian based company, that is 100% naturally sourced, and cruelty free. I received a PR package from them recently containing samples of the Cleansing Milk, Supreme Cream, Pumpkin Peel and Tension Balm in a cute little makeup bag [info in italics taken from the Moor Spa website]

Moor Spa Cleansing Milk, Supreme Cream, Pumpkin Peel, and Tension Balm

Moor Spa’s comprehensive face, body, spa and wellness line is inspired directly by the healing powers of nature. Our products all contain the exclusive Austrian Moor, a nutrient rich plant/flower/herbal complex that enhances skin’s health and appearance.

 

By combining the revitalizing, purifying Moor essence with plant derived cosmeceuticals, unadulterated herbal extracts and pure essential oils, Moor Spa delivers safe and effective solutions to meet your skin and body care needs.

Our products are not 95% or 99% natural, they are 100% naturally derived. Moor Spa is rated as one of the safest product lines in the spa industry by one of the leading consumer product safety organizations in North America.

Let’s take of look at each of the products that I received.

Cleansing Milk:

Moor Spa Cleansing Milk

A mild yet effective blend of cleansing and soothing extracts including chamomile, lavender and arnica.

The Cleansing Milk is targeted for dry and sensitive skin, but I can see it working for all skin types as it is very gentle and effective – lightweight, hydrating and non-greasy. It removes makeup effectively and does not make my skin feel irritated or dried out.

Supreme Cream:

Moor Spa Supreme Cream

Combines the intensely hydrating action of hyaluronate spheres, the rejuvenating effects of sweet potato extract and the anti-oxidant properties of CoEnzyme Q10 – all in one advanced moisturizer.

I really like this one, it is super hydrating and rich without feeling heavy or greasy. As well, it plays nicely with makeup. I think that this is so perfect for winter weather, and I love that it has anti-aging and anti-oxidant ingredients!

Pumpkin Peel:

Moor Spa Pumpkin Peel

This enzymatic exfoliant blends pumpkin pulp, carrot extract, papain and bromelain enzymes, for a healthy, refined appearance.

Although this peeling mask is not for sensitive skin, I’m happy to say that I was actually able to use this enzyme peeling mask without any problems for my sensitive skin. I did, however do a patch test on my wrist first, followed by a second patch test on my neck to test for skin reaction. My skin looks so smooth and glowy after using this peeling mask.

Tension Balm:

Moor Spa Tension Balm

This unique cream helps soothe away muscular tension and headaches including migraines. It combines moor extract with a wealth of soothing botanical extracts including feverfew, linden, peppermint and melissa.

I love this type of product – especially when it is filled with soothing ingredients. I love that it can be used for both headaches and muscle aches. And it smells nice too!

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Disclosure: This was a PR package, however my opinion is based on my user experience.