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Today I’m reviewing the Hydrating Revitalising Face Oil from Aromatherapy Associates that came in my January Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

This facial oil nourishes and revitalizes the skin like a rich cream, yet absorbs instantly like a serum. This blend of luxurious essential oils and natural plant extracts restores vitality to dull skin. Frankincense essential oil helps to rejuvenate whilst Rose oil smooths and firms. Skin is left appearing radiant and glowing. Suitable for all skin types, perfect for dry or mature skin that needs a boost of vitality.

This facial oil is beautiful – super hydrating. And it really absorbs into the skin quickly without feeling heavy or greasy. I’ve been using it in the mornings after cleansing, before applying moisturizer. I haven’t experienced any problems in using this with my makeup.

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Fusanus Spicatus (Australian Sandalwood) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Parfum**, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, Tocopherol. | *Certified Organic / Natural Essential Oils.

It does however contain perfume in its ingredients – but it has not triggered any skin reactions, thankfully.

The full size sells for $64 USD for 15ml (0.5 fl oz) so it is a little on the pricy side. The sample value is listed as $15.20 USD for 3ml (0.1 fl oz). I have several facial oils in my stash, hopefully I’ll be able to use them all up before any of them go off!

Do you have a favourite face oil?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

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

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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.

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Today I’m reviewing the Cinnamon Lip Plumper from K Voss that came in my January Petit Vour box. [info in italics taken from Petit Vour]

This lip balm contains a luxurious and intensely reparative formula that works on contact to soften roughness, relieve discomfort and help rejuvenate seriously dry lips. A potent concentration of Coconut Oil and Almond Oil renew the delicate lip area while strengthening lips’ moisture barrier to help prevent further damage. 

The plumping feature comes from the wonderful time-tested bark of the tropical evergreen tree; cinnamon. Cinnamon is a spice originating from Sri Lanka that has been used for thousands of years for health and beauty. It is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial and stimulates blood circulation. For this reason it makes an excellent all-natural alternative as a lip plumper!

As a lip balm addict I was very happy to try this one out. I find that a lot of lip plumpers are drying on the lips, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

This lip balm is super moisturizing, and smells and tastes like cinnamon hearts candy. The plumping tingle is a little intense at first, but it gives the lips a just kissed flush.

It has minimal ingredients – which I love:

100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Soy Wax, Cassia (Cinnamon) Oil.

I absolutely love this plumping lip balm. I’d like to try more from K Voss.

Do you like plumping lip balms, or is the tingle too much for you?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this came in my Petit Vour subscription box that I pay for.

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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]

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

SCENT NOTES
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.

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.

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Today I’m reviewing the Brighten & Tighten Hydro Serum Facial Mask from Andalou Naturals that came in my January Petit Vour subscription box. This is a fibre sheet mask with Vitamin C. [info in italics taken from the Petit Vour website]

Fruit Stem Cell Science®, Tamarind, and Vitamin C instantly begin to lighten, tighten, and brighten by targeting UV sun damage and activating collagen and elastin for a smooth, luminous complexion.

This sheet mask has loads of serum / essence – enough that I was able to rub it into my face, neck and chest after removing. My skin seems to do well with most vitamin C based serums. This one was gentle and did not irritate my sensitive skin.

Ingredients: 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan | Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Purified Water (Aqua), Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Vegetable Glycerin, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Oil*, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Tamarindus Indica (Tamarind) Seed Extract*, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract*, Biosaccaride Gum-1, Bisabolol, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder, Allantoin, Tocopherol, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract*†, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract*†, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract*†, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil* | *Certified Organic Ingredients

The mask itself fit my face a lot better than some sheet masks, and did not feel like it was constantly sliding down my face. In the instructions it says to leave on for 10 to 20 minutes, I left it on for 15 minutes before removing.

My skin felt smooth and hydrated after use, and 24 hours after application, it still feels nice. I already use a vitamin C serum, and other skin brightening products, so I could not see any real difference in terms of brightness. All in all, I’d like to buy myself a box of these sheet masks and do a more long term test.

Have you tried this sheet mask (or others) from Andalou Naturals? What is your favourite sheet mask?

Andalou Naturals is cruelty free.

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

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Just a recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out on something and want to catch up.

Monday, February 5th – Attitude Super Leaves Nourishing & Strengthening Shampoo & Conditioner Review

Wednesday, February 7th – Bite Beauty The Perfect Bite Amuse Bouche Lipstick Set Swatches

Friday, February 9th – Petit Vour Unboxing January 2018

I’ve been recovering from a terrible cold this past week, so I’ve been unable to keep up with my daily yoga practice. I’m feeling loads better so I’m hoping to get back at a daily practice some time this week.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I paid for all these things!

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My January Petit Vour Box finally arrived this week, let’s take a look inside!

Just a reminder, that the box is $23 USD per box for Canada (it is $18 USD per month for the US, and $25 USD per month for all other countries). I’m using the exchange rate that I paid this month’s box in calculating the overall value – I paid $29.60 CAD for the January box.

Andalou Naturals Brighten & Tighten Hydro Serum Facial Mask with Vitamin C – My skin seems to do really well with vitamin C, so I’m looking forward to trying this shhet mask out.

Aromatherapy Associates Hydrating Revitalising Face Oil – In the previous month’s box, I received a bath and shower oil from Aromatherapy Associates and really loved it, so I’m really looking forward to testing out this facial oil. It is a blend that includes Frankincense, borage and rose (all three things that I love).

We Love Eyes Tea Tree Eyelid & Eyelash Foaming Cleanser – This sounds really great, but tea tree oil is an ingredient that often irritates my skin, so I’m going to give this to someone who is not sensitive to this as I don’t want to risk a reaction.

K Voss Cinnamon Lip Plumper – A lip balm AND plumper all in one. As a lip balm addict who also loves the tingle feeling of lip plumpers, I am so excited about this one!

Total value of this month’s box $58.20 USD ($74.89 CAD)! Even though I’ll be giving away the eye wash, I think that I got my money’s worth this month! Reviews to follow once I’ve had a chance to try things out.

All products in the Petit Vour Box are cruelty free and vegan, how awesome is that?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I pay for this monthly subscription. And yup, my opinions are always very much my own.

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Today I’m swatching The Perfect Bite Amuse Bouche Lipstick Set from Bite Beauty. I gifted it to myself for Christmas during the Sephora sale. I’ve previously reviewed the Amuse Bouche Lipsticks, and love the formula, so this is just more of a swatching and colour commentary. If you want to read my reviews, they’re here and here (oh and also here) [info in italics taken from the Sephora website]

What it does:
Channel your inner elegance with these four bestselling mini Amuse Bouche Lipsticks that give lips either a subtle hint of color or a bright pop—all with a satin finish. Create flawless and polished lip looks with this giftable collection of trendy nude and bold shades. 

This set contains:
– 4 x .05 oz/ 1.55 g Lipsticks in Honeycomb (beige nude), Sugarcane (pale pink), Rhubarb (rich plum rose), Cayenne (bright red) 

Honeycomb – this beige toned nude shade does not work with my winter pale colouring, and I highly doubt that it will work for my slightly less pale colouring in the spring and summer. I’ll try using it with other lipsticks.

Sugarcane – this pale pink lip is lovely, more for spring / summer than for this time of year when I’m super pale.

Rhubarb – I have this rich plum rose shade in full size and absolutely love it all year round!

Cayenne – this is such a bright red! Very dramatic, I love it!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased this!

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Today I have a review of a shampoo and conditioner set from Attitude, the Super Leaves Nourishing and Strengthening with Grape Seed Oil and Olive Leaves. [info in italics taken from the Attitude website]

Did you know olives are rich in healthy fats and antioxidants? As a matter of fact, olive leaves are also loaded with these healthy nutrients. With its aroma that reminds us of pear and ginger, ATTITUDE’s Super leaves Nourishing and Strengthening Shampoo [and Conditioner] combines the goodness of olive leaves with grapeseed oil, widely used for its healing and moisturizing properties. Ideal for dry and damaged hair, this shampoo helps to restore and strengthen distressed locks. EWG Verified, hypoallergenic and dermatologically-tested, our Nourishing & Strengthening Shampoo [and Conditioner] includes moringa seed extract, known for its antipollution properties. 

I didn’t realize that this was a Canadian company when I purchased the shampoo and conditioner, just that it was cruelty free! In fact, their head office is not far from my place!

I like that the shampoo bottle is bigger than the conditioner (16oz versus 8oz) because I tend to use up my shampoo faster than my conditioner. Both the shampoo and conditioner have a lovely mild scent.

The shampoo lathers well for a sulfate free shampoo, and is super gentle, but still makes my hair feel clean without feeling stripped. The conditioner is hydrating and rinses off without leaving  residue on my hair.

I like that the Shampoo & Conditioner have anti-pollution properties, as well as being sulfate and paraben free.

Have you tried anything from Attitude?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased these things!

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Hello, hello!

Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out and want to catch up.

Monday, January 29th – * Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick (OG Lolita) Review [Influenster voxbox / PR sample]

Thursday, February 1st –  * Modern Skin Co. Advanced Repair + Overnight Detox and Hydration Booster Review [PR samples}

Friday, February 2nd – Empties January 2018

I woke up on Saturday morning with a sore throat. Ugh, I so don’t want to be sick this month!

I finished the 30 days for the Yoga True program, and have thus far managed to keep up with a daily yoga practice. I’m about to hop on the mat despite feeling sick, and then throw myself into a nice hot bath to try to steam away my cold.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: Please see original blog post for details, all PR samples identified. And as always, my opinion is very much my own.

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