Hi lovelies, I’m super excited to be writing this recap as I had the BEST day Friday. I was lucky enough to get to attend a Dave Lackie event at Cityline in Toronto! Beauty Editor and Cityline Beauty Expert Dave Lackie invited us to the station in Toronto where we were treated to a breakfast hosted by Philosophy, and to be in the audience for a taping of the show. We also got to hangout with Dave, host of the show Tracy Moore and the producers and crew. We were sent home with an extremely generous gift bag and I am already loving so many of the products we received.
Here is a quick recap of the morning:
Breakfast and a chat with Dave Lackie and Tracy Moore in the green room:
If you love skincare or have a skincare routine, I am sure you have heard of Sothys Paris however, today i’m talking about their makeup products! Are you looking for some great beauty finds to get as gifts for those on your list this Christmas? Then i’d suggest you take a look at the Sothys Paris Fall-Winter 2017 makeup collection “Reflet”. I am really impressed with the quality of these products. I’d like to thank Sothys for sending me the makeup collection to review!
With the change in season fast approaching I know I want to keep that summer glow and have lovely hydrated skin. When the weather gets colder, a lot of us dread the dull/dry skin days ahead. But what if I told you keeping your summer glow can be quite easy this year? I’ve recently discovered Oro De Cacay facial oil by MAMO Botanics and I am loving the results! I want to thank MAMO Botanics for sending me this product as it is truly great.
Dark circles? Tired eyes? Fine lines? New York company VIIcode has a wonderful Oxygen Eye Mask product that can help with all of these things! Face masks are one of my favourite things, so I was really intrigued and excited to try out these eye masks. Before we dive in, I would like to thank VIIcode for sending me their product.
I have always been one to take care of my skin, however, since turning 25 (no, I’m not calling myself “old”) I am really interested in how our skin changes with age and really ensure to choose the products I put on it wisely. Our under eye area is so delicate and I am very careful with my makeup application in this area, and I also use a daily night repair eye cream.
VIIcode has created masks specifically for the under eye area. According to the packaging “We want your eye skin to be the best it can be from the inside out. VIIcode oxygen eye mask provide everything your eye skin needs to be healthy- all the essential vitamins, antioxidants, proteins, botanicals, peptides and essential fatty acids. Say goodbye to tired eyes, dark circles, and fine lines- now you can always look refreshed, bright-eyed and lively… Cool gel conform to the shape around the eye, infiltrating the entire area in soothing botanical extracts.” Doesn’t that sound awesome??
Not only does this sound great, but the product actually delivers what is promised. For a course of treatment you must use 3 boxes, and you apply an eye mask 2 or 3 times a week. The eye mask has a gel-like material, and upon application you can feel a cooling sensation. You then leave the mask on for up to 8 hours (no more). This is an overnight treatment which makes it different from other sheet masks on the market. Also, the more treatments you do (i.e. continued use) the better your results.
I have used the eye mask overnight and also during the day. If I know I have a busy day and won’t be at home I wear it overnight. If I know I will be having a relaxed day staying in then I have used it during the day while I am awake. Either way the product is extremely convenient and easy to use. You just peel off the plastic barrier and apply on cleansed skin- it’s so simple!
Here I am wearing the masks:
Here is a shot of the product up close, the side with the plastic is the piece you peel off and this side goes on the skin:
After doing the full treatment I can say that this has made my under eye area look brighter and more awake, which I am told as we get older products that provide this result give you a more youthful appearance. My skin is also a lot more hydrated, and this is the best for your concealer/makeup application. Unfortunately I can’t speak so much to the effect on dark circles as I don’t really have dark circles, however, it has really helped brighten and hydrate my skin, so I imagine the brightening effect would help with dark circles too. My favourite part is that my concealer blends in so well and because the hydration diminishes the look of fine lines the concealer doesn’t sit in there and show up. I am so happy with the results!
For additional information on how the product works click here.
You can shop their products here: http://www.viicode.com/
Continuing on with my Winter skin-saver favourites, today I’m reviewing one of my holy-grail products by Lush Cosmetics. I love Lush, I use a lot of their products from head to toe!
Their Bubblegum Lip Scrub is fantastic. It is my favourite lip scrub I have ever used. Winter weather leaves our lips chapped because of the constant change in temperature from hot to cold, interior to exterior, which takes the moisture out of our skin. Chapped lips is one of the most uncomfortable things, as well as it really ruins my lip look when using lipstick or liner, and that just doesn’t fly with me.
So I did some research on lip scrubs a few years ago and tried out a few different ones, and Lush’s Bubblegum Lip Scrub has been my favourite ever since. You can also purchase the scrub in other flavours:
This scrub is formulated with safe synthetics and natural ingredients:
- Castor Sugar
- Organic Jojoba Oil
- Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone
- Red 21 Lake
Lush also classifies this product as Vegan.
I like to use this after my shower but you can use this anytime. The castor sugar gently exfoliates your lips, and the jojoba oil adds moisture back into the lips. When I am done using it my lips feel so soft and smooth. When I purchased this at Lush for C$12.00 the girl working told me that you can lick off the excess scrub and it tastes really good. She definitely is right the scrub tastes amazing, and usually I am not a huge fan of the bubblegum flavour, but I do really like this one. However, I don’t tend to lick off the excess scrub because to me it feels like I am then swallowing the dead skin I just exfoliated off haha but to each his own!
You can see here how the product looks up close, it really makes me feel like I am going to be moisturizing my lips every time I take the product out of the pot because it doesn’t look dry at all. I also love the vibrant pink shade.
One of my other favourite things about Lush products is that you get the date is was made as well as the expiry date on the sticker, usually found on the bottom of the product. It’s also cute how the sticker has who made that specific batch- makes me laugh every time.
The only thing I recommend when using this is to make sure you wash your hands beforehand. If you don’t you could be putting bacteria into the pot if you remove it with your finger with unwashed hands. You can also buy little spatulas or disposable beauty tools at your local beauty supplier to get the product out. This would be the only thing I don’t like about the product because this method is less hygienic compared to other lip scrubs that come in tube or solid lipstick-like form. But I just make sure my hands are washed and clean before taking the product out.
I use this year-round and I am so happy with how well it works!
Have you tried any of the Lush lip scrubs, or any other of their lip products?
So excited to share with you another brand I am absolutely loving: La Roche-Posay. If you have sensitive skin, or just want products that are paraben-free or fragrance-free, you must give them a try.
Here is a little info on the brand who’s products are made in France. I copied this from their website here. “For over 30 years, La Roche-Posay has worked with dermatologists in Canada and throughout the world to invent skincare that meet their needs and requirements. La Roche-Posay also supports them in their training and their role of taking daily care of patients, through a number of actions including educational workshops for patients and awareness campaigns.”
Since the Winter weather has started here in Canada, my skin has been experiencing some changes this year that I had not experienced before. My skin has been very dry, and worst of all I developed some redness on my cheeks.
I wasn’t sure what was going on with my skin as i’ve never experienced this during Winter, usually my skin isn’t sensitive, and I don’t experience many changes year-round regardless of the season. I went to see my doctor to inquire about what I could do. My doctor thought the redness I had developed on my cheeks on my face to be some mild eczema. With the change in temperature, indoor heating and cold winds, the rest of my the skin on my body being dry seemed pretty normal, but the redness on my cheeks was really bothering me.
My doctor recommended I switch my body soap, moisturizer and face products to fragrance-free alternatives. I was reluctant to do this at first, I love my vanilla scented body soap and lotion. I spoke with my Mom and she had been using La Roche-Posay products for her very sensitive skin and she was loving them.
Here is a little more info on the brand that I copied form their website “With over 30 years’ research experience and 25 patents, La Roche-Posay has become a leading player in the development of products formulated for sensitive skin ensuring the highest tolerance and safety. In this way La Roche-Posay meets the requirements of over 70% of women who claim to have sensitive skin.* (IPSOS Health & Beauty, France, Pharmacie 2007)” Click here to read more.
Lipikar Fluide is extremely hydrating. It works better than the body moisturizer I was using before. The formula is great for sensitive and dry skin. It is a soothing, protecting hydrating fluid. The consistency is comparable to any moisturizer you can purchase at a drugstore, and it is white in colour. When I apply this it goes on looking shiny so I find it makes it easy to see where I have applied it. It dries very quickly on the skin, and when it does the shine goes away and it leaves my skin visibly softer looking, as well as to the touch. I use this all over my body and face. I couldn’t get over how nice it felt on my skin and how fast it absorbs. When I applied this to my face it did not make the redness on my cheeks sting at all. The previous moisturizer I was using would give me a burning sensation once the redness on my cheeks was starting to develop. The Lipikar Fluid is made for skin sensitivity and dryness in babies, children and adults.
Lipikar Gel Lavant
The Lipikar Gel Lavant gives a refreshing clean. It gently cleanses skin, and is a soothing, protecting shower gel. It is formulated for sensitive skin in babies, children and adults. The packaging states it also respects the physiological pH of the skin. This gel contains Shea Butter and Niacinamide, which helps restore the cutaneous barrier. Having this barrier in its best state ensures hydrated skin, and protects the skin from infection.
I love to use this in the shower on my face and body. Sometimes when you use drugstore cleansers they can leave your skin feeling dry and tight, which actually isn’t good for your skin contrary to popular belief. The Lipikar Gel Lavant doesn’t strip your skin of it’s natural moisture, therefore, my skin doesn’t feel tight after cleansing- this is exactly what you want!
One of the things I love most is how both products can be used on your face and body. This is not only extremely convenient for your skincare routine, but it also makes both products a 2 in 1. My skin feels much better. I love applying the moisturizer because it really takes away any tightness, dryness or discomfort I had previous to moisturizing. After using these products my skin feels cleaner, it doesn’t feel like I have slathered on anything heavy, and best of all it has not blocked my pores whatsoever.
The redness and dryness on my cheeks has significantly gone down, it is almost completely gone. I am sure with continued use it will go away completely. These products do not aggravate it at all!
My skin feels cleaner, more hydrated and all around much softer. I don’t even mind having to toss my vanilla scented products to the side, because the benefits and results the La Roche-Posay line produces are worth it. My skin health overall feels and looks much better than before. I give both of these products a 10 out of 10.
I will be purchasing some more products from their line shortly, so stay tuned for another review! If you are interested in either of these products I purchased mine at Shoppers Drug Mart. I will include links to the Shopper’s Drug Mart page here: The Lipikar Fluid was C$29.00 and the Lipikar Gel Lavant was C$21.00. Although this may seem expensive for both products, I can assure you it is worth it. When you think about it, seeing as both products are 2 in 1 products you only have 2 things to purchase. Compared to before I would purchase 4 products: a body moisturizer, face moisturizer, body cleanser and face cleanser. So when you think about it it’s not really that expensive, and it comes to basically the same amount of money spent if you were purchasing 4 products before compared to now purchasing only 2.
Have you tried La Roche-Posay products? Let me know in a comment below!
Today I am talking Bella Aura again, because it is THAT good. Since posting my review in September on the entire Bella Aura line, I still can’t get over how truly amazing these products are. I want to focus specifically on the Instant Lifting Eye Contour, because it is my favourite product in the line.
Here is an excerpt from my last Bella Aura post in case you missed it, it gives you a bit of story on the brand and the founder and CEO, Yasmine Jones.
“Proudly made in Canada, Bella Aura’s philosophy is to have you feeling your best, because beauty starts from the inside. They believe “When you’re at your best, the positive spirit within you emanates from the surface of your skin, spreading illuminating energy into the world. At Bella Aura, our mission is simple: to craft pristine natural skincare infused with groundbreaking technology so that your complexion radiates your pure inner glow.”* This is so heart-warming to hear. I love brands that believe in telling women to embrace their natural beauty, and that they are beautiful as they are. I also love when they stress that feeling beautiful inside is where it all starts, this is what Bella Aura believes, and so do I.
I had the absolute pleasure of speaking with founder and CEO, Yasmine Jones. She is a genuinely kind woman and a very spiritual person. Yasmine and I share a lot of the same views, we both believe in meditation and the power of positive thinking, and being happy with yourself as you are. Sometimes companies can make you feel as though you need their products to “fix” or “mask” the “problems” you think you have. I find this so sad, because I think it’s important to support brands like Bella Aura who encourage you to feel you are perfect as you are, and to be happy and secure with yourself and that this is beauty.”
You can read my full review of the entire line by clicking here.
This Instant Lifting Eye Contour is the best eye product I have ever used. I have been using this since September, and notice a visible difference with my under eye area. I can remember trying it for the first time and noticing a change after just the first use!
This product is extremely moisturizing, but it is not greasy- hello best of both worlds! My under eye area is brighter and in turn this makes my eyes look more awake. Even on days when I don’t wear makeup, having this on under my eyes makes me look more awake, and it reduces any puffiness and the visibility of lines. It really does give your eye the lifted effect. Brighter eyes also give a more youthful appearance, because the ingredients in it help it to support the skin’s natural collagen, which reveals a more lifted look.
The Instant Lifting Eye Contour is one of my holy grail products because it truly does work. Everything you find listed on the bottle and website as a promise of how the product performs is what is delivered.
The other wonderful thing is that not only does this luxurious product work, but you don’t have to worry about what you’re putting on your skin because the ingredients are natural- no chemicals. You can find all of Bella Aura’s ingredients listed on their website here, I love how transparent they are, and how they really value informing their customers, and having all information readily available to them. This is a wonderful company with values and philosophies that really touch your heart, and they have phenomenal products.
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Continuing with the Winter skin-savers, today’s post is all about oil for skin moisturizing. Eden’s Semilla have sent me their Vitamin E oil and Jojoba oil, and both are fantastic! If you have not tried moisturizing your skin with oil, I highly recommend you start- you can thank me later 😉
I have used many oils as part of my skincare routine, I use them on my face as well as my body. I have tried various different brands oils, and I can assure you that Eden’s Semilla is top of the line. Both the Vitamin E and Jojoba oil are so moisturizing on the skin, they really give you the conditioned skin texture and look we are all after.
Vitamin E oil
This is a special kind of Vitamin E oil, because it is a blend of Organic Rosehip and Jojoba. I really liked using this all over my body and my nails. Using this on my nails really helped to condition my cuticles.
The packaging reads “Topical Vitamin E contains excellent healing properties for damaged or tired looking skin. A rich blend of organic Jojoba and Rosehip delivers a natural carrier oil that is easily absorbed, fast acting and full of natural goodness. Hydrates and nourishes all in one.”
All of these ingredients work wonders on the skin. I even noticed a difference in a small scar I have. Using this oil on it helped to take down the redness and puffiness by conditioning it. Rosehip and Jojoba are both great oils for diminishing the appearance of scars, I have used Rosehip seed oil on its own before, and it really does make a difference.
Benefits listed on the packaging:
- Antioxidant protection
- Non greasy
- High absorbency
- Hydrates & nourishes
The Jojoba oil contains Vitamin C and fatty acids for skin defence.
The packaging reads “Closely resembling a sebum, a substance naturally produced by skin glands to promote a softer, more radiant complexion. Contains Vitamin C and essential fatty acids for all round skin defence. A natural conditioner that leaves hair silky smooth- lasting protection for the skin and scalp.”
Jojoba oil is great because it mimics the natural oil your body produces, that is why it is so effective when used on the skin. It is known to improve dryness and skin texture. I applied this on my body and feet. After doing a foot soak with some epsom salts and lavender essential oil, I applied the Jojoba oil to my feet, and it helped a lot with any dryness I had.
Benefits listed on packaging:
- Natural conditioner
- Non greasy
- Protects and repairs
- High absorbency
Both oils are 100% natural, and extremely conditioning for the skin, but on top of this they are also fast-absorbing and non-greasy. This is a HUGE plus in my books. Personally, I don’t like it when my skin feels greasy, or like there is residue on it after using a product- especially oils (even though this can be hard to avoid.) Eden’s Semilla oils absorb so well into the skin, and you can barely feel any residue leftover.
Both oils are beneficial for:
After using these oils for about two weeks, I notice a difference in the overall consistency of my skin. By this I mean normally in Winter I have to moisturize my body every single day to avoid getting dry skin, and by the next day I notice my skin already feeling tight and needing to be moisturized again. Yet since I have been using the Eden’s Semilla oils, my skin still feels conditioned by the next day when I go to moisturize again. I really like the texture of these oils as well, they are both not too thick and not too thin. They are very easy to spread on the skin- a little goes a long way, and scent wise they are both very light.
Tip: I like to use these together as well! If you are pressed for time, or you don’t want to wait for the oil to absorb, I suggest mixing this with body moisturizer. I put some drops of each in the palm of my hand and mix it with my favourite body moisturizer. This way it spreads on evenly, and you don’t have to wait as long to get dressed.
In terms of product, Eden’s Semilla offer natural oils, essential oils and facial serums. You can shop their products by clicking here. The Vitamin E oil retails for $18.95 for 60ml and $28.95 for 120ml. The Jojoba oil retails for $19.95 for 60ml and $24.95 for 120ml. Both oils also come with a dropper that conveniently fits on the bottle.
Have you tried natural oils to moisturize your skin? Or have you tried Eden’s Semilla products? Let me know in a comment below!
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Thank you again to Eden’s Semilla for sending me both of these oils! xo
Happy Saturday everyone! In one of my recent posts I mentioned sharing some products I like to use to get soft and hydrated skin during the Winter. Today, I have another great product to share with you.
Raspberrymint, a Canadian brand based in London, ON, manufacture chic, cruelty-free natural products. I was fortunate enough to be sent one of their products, and I can’t get enough of it! I also spoke to the creator of the brand, Cherish, and she has offered a special surprise to those of you who read my blog. Read till the end of this post to find out what it is.
Raspberrymint sent me their Dry Heels, Dry Feet product. This is an argan based feet and heel moisturizer. This is the best thing I have used to date for feet! I really like to do foot soaks with epsom salts and lavender essential oil, and finding something convenient to use was on my list. As much as I love to do the foot soak’s, sometimes it is hard to find the time. What is so great about this product, is you can surely use it after doing a foot soak and exfoliating, or you can use it overnight on its own like the directions state.
The bottle label reads “Use as an overnight treatment to nourish cracked heels by working a good amount into your feet and toes. Cover with socks and wake up to moisturized feet.” I can’t begin to tell you how much I love the convenience factor, but also how AMAZING the product is. It works so well, I couldn’t get over it. I use it overnight, and after just the first use I was so happy with how well the product performs.
I love all of the ingredients in this product. These are things I use on the daily in other products I have, or just on their own. It also has a raspberry scent, it’s so nice!
- Organic Argan Oil
- Grapeseed Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Natural Flavour Oil
Looking at this ingredient list really makes you think about other products you use. The Raspberrymint product has under 5 ingredients, you can pronounce every single one, and it is the best product I have used for moisturized feet. Compared to other brands who have 10-20 ingredients, with names you cannot pronounce, as well as chemicals, and performance wise it does not measure up to the natural product Raspberrymint offers.
You can also find an ingredients tab on their website, with a description of what some of their main ingredients do and why they use them. I love how transparent the company is, and what they stand for.
Click here to read up on some of the ingredients used in their products on their website.
I give this product a 10 out of 10! I highly recommend you check out their website, you can view their products by clicking here. Products range from accessories, aromatherapy, body care, lips & face and more. The Dry Heels, Dry Feet moisturizer retails for C$36.oo, you can view it here.
Giveaway and Discount Code
Raspberrymint is having a holiday giveaway! Enter to win 25 products, yes TWENTY-FIVE products by Raspberrymint and other select brands. Details for the giveaway rules and official page to enter the giveaway can be found by clicking here: Raspberrymint Giveaway
Cherish is so sweet and has offered a generous 50% off discount code for my followers!
Use this code at checkout: grand50
This discount code is for their grand launch and expires March 31st, 2017.
I’d also like to thank Raspberrymint for sending me this product. It is absolutely fantastic, and I love promoting Canadian brands. Cherish is such a sweet person, she is genuinely kind and her company philosophies are inspiring.
Follow Raspberrymint on their social media channels to keep up-to-date on the launch and giveaway info.
If you try a product or use the discount code, let me know your thoughts below!