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Today I have a mini-review / first impressions of the Goji Peptide Perfecting Cream from Andalou Naturals that came in my April Petit Vour box. Why a mini-review? Because it is a small blister pack type sample of 0.14oz (4g). [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Fruit stem cell complex, resveratrol CoQ10, and super antioxidants help support dermal vitality as goji glycopeptides uplift tone and texture for velvety soft skin. It leaves the appearance with fewer fine lines and wrinkles, and a rejuvenated complexion. For Dry/Very Dry Skin

Although the sample says that it is a single use pack, there was enough in it for me to try out for four days – enough to gather some impressions, but not really long enough to have an opinion on its effectiveness on fine lines / wrinkles.

It is a fairly lightweight facial cream considering it is geared for dry to very dry skin, but nonetheless, I found it to moisturize really well, without feeling heavy.

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Purified Water (Aqua), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*†, Vegetable Glycerin, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Glyceryl Laurate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Allantoin, Bisabolol, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil*, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Xanthan Gum, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Riboflavin, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract*†, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract*†, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Apricot Isolates, Vanilla Isolate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil* | *Certified Organic Ingredients.

It has a mildly fruity scent – I guess that is the goji berry, and Orange Peel Oil.

All in all, I think that this cream might be worth trying out for a longer period of time, the full size is 1.7oz for $25 USD, so it isn’t super expensive.

Have you tried this facial cream?

Thanks fo reading and have a beautiful day!

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

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Today I’m reviewing the Argan Oil from Kahina Giving Beauty that came in my March Petit Vour box. It sat unopened in my stash until last week. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Certified organic and fair-trade argan oil. Light and non-greasy, argan oil absorbs easily, instantly giving skin a radiant glow.

• Minimizes fine lines
• Restores elasticity
• Improves skin tone
• Soothes irritation
• Neutralizes free radicals that cause signs of aging
• Protect the skin from harmful environmental agents

Because I have a few facial oils already open, I decided to use the Argan Oil for my hair and body. It is a lovely, highly moisturizing oil, that absorbs quickly into my skin and hair. It is really is non-greasy and lightweight.

The full size costs $82 USD for 100 ml, $36  USD for 30 ml, and $15 USD for 10ml.

Do you use Argan Oil? What is your fave oil for body / haircare use?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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

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Today I have a review of the Sunset Oil from EiR NYC that came in my May Petit Vour subscription box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

An essential for beach bums, this arnica and aloe-infused body oil contains soothing essential oils and vitamins to restore parched skin damaged by the sun, salt, and wind. For everyday use or to be applied post-sun to keep skin extra-moisturized.

The Review: I’ve been using the EiR NYC Sunset Oil since it arrived when I get out of the shower or bath because it smells amazing and my skin is so smooth and hydrated after using! It keeps my legs moisturized all day! I really like this body oil!

Price-wise the full size bottle is $35 USD for 8 oz –  it is little on the spendy side, but not outrageously so as a little goes a long way. My sample was 1 oz, and I’ve gotten several uses out of it, and still have at least one of two uses left before I finish it!

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Olive Oil,  Sweet Almond Oil, *Coconut Oil, *Arnica, *Calendula-infusion, Jojoba Oil, *Aloe Vera, Vitamin E,  Lavender, Rose, Geranium and *Chamomille, Essential Oil Blend, *Rosemary Extract. | *Certified Organic Ingredients

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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

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Today I have something fun for you – Nail Polish Canada has teamed up with a bunch of Canadian bloggers for a Canada Day freebie promotion. I have a coupon code for 10 of my Canadian readers to receive a free set of Canada Day Nail Vinyls by What’s Up Nails. (sorry to my international readers, you must have a Canadian address for this one)

This is a super fun and easy way to have Canada Day themed nails – especially if you are like me, and are not skilled at nail art! The above photos are from Nail Polish Canada – my nails are currently wrecked and short (as shown in the photo on the bottom right).

Here’s the page to claim them: http://www.nailpolishcanada.com/products/free-canadian-flag-nail-vinyls-1-sheet-20-stencils-by-whats-up-nails.html

Coupon code: ZV8C737OVC91

Since there are several Canadian Beauty Bloggers participating in the Canada Day giveaway, they will be linked on the Nail Polish Canada website – that way, if ten people have already claimed my code, you can find another coupon code if you’ve missed out!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! Thanks Nail Polish Canada!

Disclosure: PR sample and coupon code (not an affiliate code).

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Today I’m reviewing the Zabana Essentials Banana Colloidal Oatmeal Face Mask + Scrub that came in my May Petit Vour subscription box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Say goodbye to dry skin! Banana & Colloidal Oatmeal work as a mild and soothing powerhouse duo to hydrate, soothe, repair, and pamper the driest skin. Rich in Vitamin A, Potassium, and Silica skin proteins that will instantly reveal a smooth complexion and your natural glow.

This facial scrub – mask combo looks and feels a lot like a sugar scrub in texture. You apply it to wet skin, and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes and then massage it into the skin before rinsing it off. The facial mask + scrub is super gentle, and my skin felt so soft and hydrated after rinsing it off!

The sample pack contains enough of the mask-scrub for several uses, which I really like, because I prefer to use a product several times in order to have a solid opinion on how a product works for my sensitive skin.

The full size sells for $25 USD for a 2 oz jar, the sample foil pack contains 1 oz of product (worth $12.50 USD).

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Rhassoul Clay, *Musa (Banana) Powder, *Avena Sativa (Colloidal Oatmeal) Powder,  *Maranta (Arrowroot) Arundinacea Powder, *Sucrose (Sugar), Nucifera Prunus Dulcis (Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Essential Oil, *Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Plant Extract | *Certified Organic Ingredients. 

Have you tried this hybrid facial mask and scrub?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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

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Today I’m reviewing the Mandelic Acid 10% + HA from the Ordinary / Deciem. This review has been in my drafts folder for quite awhile, I put it on hold due to recent Deciem drama-lama stuff.  I decided that I would finally publish the review before I finish it up as I’ve been using it since March! [info in italics taken from the website]

Mandelic Acid 10% + HA offers superficial dermal peeling that is gentler than other alpha hydroxy acids. The molecular weight of mandelic acid is 152.1 daltons which is larger than other alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic acid is 76.0 daltons, for example). This larger size allows mandelic acid to penetrate the skin more slowly which in turn makes it very gentle and suitable for all skin types including the most sensitive skin. You don’t need a concentration of more than 10%, because then you would simply be achieving an indirect peeling strength that is more easily offered through lower percentages of glycolic acid.

Since I have sensitive skin I chose to try this Alpha Hydroxy Acid as it was supposed to be gentle and suitable for sensitive types. I did my usual patch test, just in case before testing it out on my face.

It actually feels similar to a light facial oil when applied, and it absorbs into the skin fairly quickly. I did not feel any tingle sensation like I do with most AHAs. It has a very gentle exfoliation effect, so don’t expect huge results the first time that you use it. Despite that, it does brighten and smooth the skin. For me, it is gentle enough that I could use it every night, but I don’t because I alternate between the Mandelic Acid, the Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion (the new version of the Advanced Retinoid 2% Emulsion), and the Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%.

AHAs might make your skin more sun sensitive, so don’t forget to wear your sunscreen. You should be wearing it anyway!

Ingredients: Propanediol, Aqua (Water), Mandelic Acid, Glycerin, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol. 

Have you tried this one? Or another version of Mandelic Acid? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

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Today I’m reviewing the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara. I got it in an Ipsy bag back when I had a subscription (Oct 2017), but never got around to trying it out until recently!

Just a reminder – my lashes are long and stick straight, so I have to curl my lashes before I apply mascara or else it looks like I don’t have any lashes. As well, my eyes are sensitive so many mascaras irritate my eyes. My eyes water easily, so smudge-proof mascara is a MUST.

I have seven requirements for a mascara:

1. waterproof

2. smudge-proof

3. non-flaking / non-clumping

4. must be DARK black (not blackish, not brown black, and definitely not grey black)

5. volumizing

6. must hold a curl

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes

What it is: A lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning mascara. 
What it does: Tarte lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara could be considered a dramatic makeover for your lashes. This high-performance formula is proven to increase the appearance of lash volume by 330 percent—creating strikingly thick, sexy lashes. 

This mascara is not waterproof, but I did not have any problems with smudging, which is a miracle! I also did not have any problems with clumping of flaking. My lashes looked super black and super long, but I don’t think that the mascara was over volumizing, and definitely not 330% more volume! How do they measure that? It held a curl ok, not amazingly well, but my lashes didn’t revert to their normal stick straight. And finally, this mascara did not irritate my sensitive (and allergy prone) eyes.

Overall, I would rate this mascara to be a 5.5 out of 7 for me, with 1/2 a point taken off for not being waterproof – but despite it not being waterproof, it did not smudge on me, and 1/2 a point off each for volume and curl holding requirements. All in all, this mascara is pretty good. It won’t replace my holy grail ones from Essence, but I’ll use it up anyway.

I have to say that this is one of the most difficult mascaras to photograph! You would not believe how many photos I took, and only ended up using two of them – so frustrating!

Disclosure: This came in an Ipsy Glam Bag back when I was paying for a monthly subscription.

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I cannot believe that it is already June! I thought that I would share my makeup faves for the month of May with you (and links to the reviews).

I’ve been wearing minimal makeup these days, but there are a few products that I’ve reached for on days that I wore makeup:

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream

This is perfect for when I want to be wearing sunscreen, but want some light coverage and evening out of my skintone. I don’t think that I’ve worn regular foundation in weeks! Review is here.

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector 

I’ve been using this under eye corrector since I purchased it in May 2016. It works well for me, and doesn’t crease on me. I especially need it during allergy season! Review is here.

Elate Cosmetics Creme Revealer

I’ve been using this a lot since finishing up my Nyx HD Concealer. It works so well with my skintone, and doesn’t cake up! Review is here.

Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow

I use this brow pencil for days when I want a quick and easy brow. When I have loads of time, I’ll use my SureThik Brow Powder, but when I’m strapped for time, I tend to go for this pencil as it is fool-proof! Review is here.

Essence The False Lashes Mascara or I Extreme Volume Waterproof Mascara

Both are my go to mascaras because they add volume and hold a curl for my stubborn stick straight lashes. I’ve purchased and repurchased both mascaras several times. Reviews are here and here.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks

I’m always wearing of the the Bite Beauty Lipsticks that I own. I have several and all are swatched in my Sweet Cream review ! I can’t wait to own more!

What were your favourites for May?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Products purchased by me, except for the Juice Beauty CC Cream and Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick – those were birthday gifts (from my mom).

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I’m still working my way through my stash. This month I didn’t finish up a lot of things, but I still feel that I’m making progress. Let’s see what I managed to finish, and whether or not I will re-purchase:

Haircare

Attitude Super Leaves Nourishing & Strengthening Conditioner – I finished up the matching shampoo last month. I really liked both the shampoo and conditioner, but purchased the Color Protecting formula instead to try out. [Reviews for the Nourishing and Strengthening here, and Color Protecting here]

Bath & Body

Haus of Gloi Soft Bubbling Scrub in Splendiferous – I absolutely loved this scrub, and was using the smallest amount to try to make it last forever. It smells of white cake, lemon zest and sugared violets. I would repurchase this if it is available (seasonal scent) when my bath and body stash is fully used up. If this scent is not available, I’m sure that I would find another glorious scented scrub!

Schmidt’s Mineral Enriched Natural Deodorant in Charcoal and Magnesium – I really like this natural deodorant, it works well for my body chemistry, and it smells fresh. It also does not irritate my underarms like most baking soda based natural deodorants. I already had a spare in my stash, so I don’t need to re-purchase just yet. Review is here.

Make-up

Concrete Minerals Vegan Lip Tint in Gold Plated – I got this long before I started blogging, and really loved it. But then it got misplaced, and I only found it last week buried in a box in my home office. Sadly it was majorly dried out, so into the bin it goes!

Nyx HD Concealer in Fair – I really like this concealer, and have repurchased it several times in shades fair and porcelain. I have one more in my stash to finishing using up. I’ll probably repurchase once I finish up the other one. Review is here.

Essence The False Lashes Mascara Extreme Volume & Curl – Despite not being waterproof, this is one of my favourite mascaras! I already have a replacement! Review is here.

Essence Instant Volume Boost Mascara – I really liked this mascara when I first started using it, but after about 6 weeks it started to thicken and got clumpy and flaky – which for me is the worst, so into the bin it goes. I won’t be repurchasing. The original review is here (review to be updated since my opinion has changed since the original review).

Even though I did not finish up as many products as I had hoped, progress is progress!

Have you finish up many things this month?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: All products purchased by me!

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Today I’m reviewing the Au Naturale Color Theory Creme Corrector that came in my May Petit Vour subscription box. [info in italics is taken from the Petit Vour website]

Au Naturale’s Color Theory Creme Correctors were designed using complementary color theory, (hues opposite to one another on the color wheel neutralize when mixed) in order to counter under eye circles, blemishes and other skin quirks.

The Creme Corrector is available in five different correcting shades: Linen, Peach, Flax, Sweet Basil and Lavender. Here’s the breakdown of what each shade is targeted for:

  • Linen – perfect for brightening the eye area and hiding signs of fatigue. Pink and peach concealers are best to combat dark under eye circles.
  • Peach – to hide dark circles or other spots for those with medium to dark skin tones. 
  • Flax – to conceal purple or blue bruises, veins or under eye circles. Yellow concealers are the most versatile and are great for evening out skin tone and brightening complexions.  
  • Sweet Basil – to neutralize any redness due to acne, scarring, rosacea, windburn or sunburn. Green concealers significantly reduce redness and give foundation an even base.
  • Lavender – to eliminate any unwanted yellow undertones/spots on your skin. Purple concealers will brighten pasty, dull or yellow complexions.

I have seasonal allergies and am prone to puffy eyes and dark circles, so I was hoping for either Linen, Peach or Flax. My Becca brightening under-eye concealer is pinky-peach in tone, so it is probably good that I got the Flax  shade (yellow toned). It works pretty well to camouflage dark circles as the yellow cancels out the purple undertone.

I find that a lot of stick style concealers are often a little on the draggy side when it comes to blending but the consistency of the concealer is surprisingly soft, easy to blend, and non-drying for the under eye, likely due to the Meadowfoam Seed, Castor, and Jojoba Seed Oils!

The packaging is really nice, it is metal, the cap seems to be magnetized, so it won’t fall off in your makeup bag or purse.

Ingredients 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam Seed Oil), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed Oil), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed Oil), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla Wax), Manihot Esculenta (Tapioca Root Starch), Organic Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender Oil), Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides, Micas, Silica.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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

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