Saturday, May 25, 2019

Saying Hello to Spring with the Murad Hydrating Toner

I love a good mist, but I have to admit that more often than not I’m left feeling like it does not do much for my skin except refresh it. Now there’s nothing wrong with that but if you are looking for a little something extra I may have found the perfect product: the Murad Hydrating Toner.

First off, it smells incredible, kind of like peaches and it’s just so deliciously fruit that it’s really perfect for spring and summer. It’s a really uplifting scent that instantly puts a smile on my face! Now apart from the scent, this toner truly makes your skin more hydrated while also refreshing it. Some of the star ingredients it contains include grape seed extract, cucumber extract as well as peach extract to balance and hydrate the skin.

As the weather gets warmer I tend to reach for lighter textures and I found that this product really helps me keep my skin hydrated without having to use something heavy. I think it would be great to use if you’re spending a lot of time outdoors or are in a very dry environment (air conditioning can just suck the moisture out of your skin). I personally use it over makeup sometimes and it doesn’t disturb it. The spray on it is quite powerful but the mist is fine so it doesn’t drench you face either. Also the size is quite generous compared to other toners and mist, it’s a 180ml so it should last you a while.

The bottle pictured above is of the old packaging, the toner now comes in a pink bottle which I think is much more in keeping with the fruity hydration theme. This was my first Murad purchase and I’m quite intrigued to try more from the brand.

You can find the Murad Hydrating Toner at Sephora as well as from the Murad website and places like Feelunique and Lookfantastic.


Monday, April 1, 2019

Spring 2019 Beauty Empties

I’m so excited to bring you a new empties post for spring, this is one of my favorite types of posts to read but I don’t do them very often. I think that’s mainly due to the fact that I get so much satisfaction out of putting empties in the recycling that I’m not patient enough to wait until I have enough to show you. This time however, I happened to finish quite a few around the same time so read on for my thoughts on all these products!

First off, we have the Klorane Floral Water Make-Up Remover, this is by far my favorite micellar water, I have already repurchased it. It removes makeup really well and easily, including my typically hard to remove mascara, and I love that it is fragrance-free. I highly recommend it if you want something gentle and efficacious. I have reviewed it here!

Second is the Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel, a lovely product to choose if you are just getting into eye care. The gel is light and feels refreshing (thanks to the thick glass jar that keeps it cool), it offers good hydration and makeup sits really well on top of it. It also seems to help with dark circles even though it makes no such claims. A winner in my book and it’s worth mentioning that you get 25ml instead of the standard 15ml from pretty much all other brands. You can read my full review here!

Next is the Innisfree White Tone Up Skin, I won’t go into too much detail as it has sadly been discontinued. This was my favorite toner, it really helped brighten the skin and helped with hyperpigmentation. I hope Innisfree will relaunch the line at some point or come up with a worthy replacement.

We also a bottle of the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, I have actually been through four bottles of it. This is an amazing serum to help diminish any leftover pigmentation from spots and it gives a light hydration boost. I keep going back to it because it truly does give my skin radiance and it’s a joy to use day or night. I plan on doing a full review of it soon.

Going away from skincare, I have an adorable travel size bottle of the Klorane Ultra-Gentle Shampoo with Oat Milk. Just as it says on the bottle, this is a very gentle shampoo, it cleanses the hair without stripping them and is has a very light clean scent. I think it would be great for kids and men as well since it’s quite neutral and simple. I don’t think I would repurchase but that’s simply because I prefer the scent of their mango range.

Last but not least is the Korres Shower Gel in Santorini Vine (travel size), I have owned this before and it’s so lovely. It has an amazing fruity scent that reminds me of something from my childhood but I can’t put my finger on it. I will definitely repurchase it in the full size because I love the scent and it lathers really nicely. You really cannot fault Korres when it comes to good shower gels.

So there you have my spring empties, I’ll try to them more often as they are quite fun to write. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little recap and let me know if you have tried any of them or if you would like a more detailed review of something!  


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Klorane Desert Date Range Review

Continuing on Monday’s theme of winter restoring treatments, I thought we could talk about haircare today. Having a deeply hydrating routine is super important to maintain the health of your hair, especially during colder months and if you live in a hard water area or if your air is naturally dry. I have been a fan of Klorane products for years now so today I wanted to talk about their Desert Date range.

First of is the Desert Date Shampoo, unlike the ones from many brands this one actually has a thicker and slightly creamy consistency making it more nourishing from the get go. The formula lathers really well and even though it feels richer, it does not leave a residue in the hair. It does contain sodium laureth sulfate but it doesn’t irritate my scalp or dry out my hair. I used to go for products without sulfate but I couldn’t find a line that could combat the really hard water in England and give me soft and shiny hair.

The Conditioning Balm is the conditioner I use after the shampoo, it feels like a super thick cream and that melts to really penetrate the hair and nourish it. Because it is so rich, I found I had to use less than I would a normal conditioner so I would be careful the first time I use it or it can weight your hair down a bit. Like all the products in the line it has a caramel-like scent, it does not linger too much in the hair but I personally don’t like the smell of caramel so for me this was not a plus.

Lastly there is the Desert Date Mask, the most nourishing product of the range which I typically used once a week after using a clarifying shampoo. Those types of shampoos can be very stripping on the lengths of your hair so this mask was great to really restore the moisture balance. I particularly enjoyed applying it to the lengths before shampooing so it would serve as protective shield. The cream texture makes it easy to apply, it doesn’t drip everywhere, and you don’t have to use much so it should last you a while.

I would definitely recommend this range if you have medium to coarse hair that is in need of a lot of moisture. It might be too much if you have fine hair, though you might enjoy the mask as long as you are mindful of how much you use.

The Klorane Desert Date range is available at most drugstores and you can have a look on their website to see where to find it in your country.


Caudalie Beauty Elixir Review

Today I have for you a review on one of the most classic products on the market. It’s something that is always in magazines and it seems like all the makeup artists, skin experts and models love it. I’m talking about the Caudalie Beauty Elixir! You all know I’m a huge Caudalie fan so keep reading for my thoughts on it.

More than the actual product itself, the mist on a facial spray is super important to me. The product inside could be fantastic but if it sprays everywhere, drenches my face or actually sprays everywhere but my face I will not use it. Luckily, the Caudalie Beauty Elixir has a super fine mist that is very light, like a cloud of hydration. So before we even get to the benefits of the elixir, it’s actually a joy to use.

The elixir itself has a really strong herbal and slightly minty scent that is very refreshing and a perfect midday pick-me-up. It contains a mix of botanical extracts and essential oils, with the star ingredients being green grape extract, peppermint and rose essential oils. It provides a nice hydration boost and adds a lovely glow to the face without looking oily. It is also perfect to set your makeup or to bring it back to life if it’s looking a little powdery. Overall this is a product that deserves its stellar reputation and I think most people would enjoy it. It might not be for you if you don’t like heavily scented products, though this one does not smell like perfume (it’s quite natural and authentic). It also comes in a smaller travel size, perfect if you want to try it before committing to the full size.

The Caudalie Beauty Elixir is available from a variety of Caudalie retailers including Naturisimo and the Caudalie website.


Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Skin Juice Super Fruit Indulgently Rich Body Cream Review

While spring might have already arrived in some countries, it is definitely still winter in Canada. This means my skin needs a hydration boost because the weather has been harsh and really drying. This is therefore the perfect time to bring out the heavy duty body cream. If you are still enduring winter conditions or simply if you have quite dry skin, meet your new hero, the Skin Juice Super Fruit Indulgently Rich Body Cream.

First of all, I love the bright yellow tube, it’s perfect to combat winter blues and I just smile every time I look at it. Indulgently rich is the perfect description for this cream, it is super thick and rich, so it has a really comforting feel on dry skin. It is hydrating, but unlike many other lotions/creams it takes longer to absorb and deeply nourishes the skin.

I personally like the heavier texture because it gives you time to really massage it in. The formula is very natural with a few organic ingredients as well and includes things like shea butter, apricot kernel oil, turmeric, kakadu plum and sunflower seed oil. It has a citrusy scent (it goes well with the packaging) which I’m not a huge fan of, but the cream is so nice I don’t mind it. Skin Juice is an Australian brand and I can’t wait to try more of their products since they all look super cute and the formulas appear really nice.

I purchased the Skin Juice Super Fruit Indulgently Rich Body Cream from Nourished Life and it is also available on the Skin Juice website (both offer international shipping).


Monday, September 17, 2018

Sukin Botanical Body Wash Review

If you are still trying to hold on to the last remnants of Summer, I may have found the perfect product for you! I have discovered the perfect body wash, it has a fruity scent that is summery but it’s light enough and not overly sweet so it can hold your hand as we transition into Fall. Meet your new best friend the Sukin Botanical Body Wash.
These past few years I have transitioned into natural body care products, and while I have found many great ones, the scents were sometimes a letdown as many ranges go for standard lemon or lavender scents (not that there is anything wrong with those, they’re just not my favorites). This is why the Sukin body wash was such a pleasant discovery, it smells exactly like Fruit Loops!! It’s such a happy smelling product that it makes me smile every time I use it, perfect for a morning shower.

Aside from the scent it is also an excellent body wash with a lovely composition. It is soap and SLS-free and contains rosehip, avocado and jojoba oils to keep you hydrated, there is no tightness in the skin after use. For a natural body wash, it lathers quite well if you use a loofah or a konjac sponge. The pump bottle makes for easy use so all in all this product is a total winner in my book. Sukin offers a variety of other body wash scents and body products so don’t be surprised if I let myself be tempted and you see more of this brand popping up on the blog.

The Sukin Botanical Body Wash is available from Lookfantastic, Feelunique as well as certain health food stores.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Bourjois Volume Reveal Mascara Review

Well it’s safe to say I have finally found my favorite mascara of all time. This is without a doubt the best mascara I have ever used and I have repurchased it non-stop for the past 2 years which says a lot about it since I really like trying out new mascaras. Say hello to the Bourjois Volume Reveal Mascara in Radiant Black.
Over the past years, Bourjois has slowly but surely made its way to become my favorite drugstore brand and this mascara is the one product that first stole my heart. This product does everything I want from a mascara: it gives great length, holds a curl, separate the lashes and adds volume. I had never been a fan of wands with spiky plastic bristles (I preferred the traditional fiber ones) but this one gives me maximum definition, with all the added benefits stated above, without ever poking my eyes. The tube also comes with a magnifying mirror on the side which allows you to really apply the mascara evenly and to closely see your eyes from every angle. This is an added bonus in my opinion (I would still love the product without it) but it has truly made applying mascara easier.

The radiant black color is a nice deep black and I like that it’s not a pain to remove. It comes of really easily with a cleansing oil and it doesn’t leave you with raccoon eyes while you’re removing it. I also found it to be super long lasting, it never smudged or flaked on me despite not being waterproof (though Bourjois makes a waterproof version). This is all great because my lashes have never looked better, I love that results last all day and that I don’t have to mentally prep for battle before removing it.

The Bourjois Volume Reveal Mascara is a must-have for me and I cannot recommend it enough. The results are amazing and I love that it’s super affordable, plus Bourjois is often on offers like 3 for 2 or has great gift with purchase. You can find it in both Boots and Superdrug in the U.K. as well as on Feelunique and Lookfantastic for international delivery.
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