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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Pravana The Perfect Blonde Purple Toning Masque Review


Featured Product:

Recommended use: 
Once a week for 5 minutes

About:
  • Dual ultra-violet dye system increased levels of pigment in this hard-working masque immediately eliminates any yellow or brass
  • coconut oil infuses strength, incredible shine and moisturizes

I was looking for an alternative to my purple shampoo, which I like but it can be drying. I've heard that this toning conditioner by Pravana is not only better for your hair but that it's a pretty potent product and really gets the brassiness out of blonde hair. 

You'll see in the photos that I have many tones of blonde and even some brown in my hair.


Here are my results after using the product one time for 5 minutes.

I followed the directions and applied the Perfect Blonde conditioner for 5 minutes after shampooing. The product is a very deep purple, almost indigo colour and you can tell how potent and pigmented it is as you're applying it. 

After towel drying my hair, I swear that I could already see that it had been toned, so I was getting excited. After a quick blow dry. my hair definitely looked toned, but I didn't know how much until I saw the before and after photos that I took (shown below).


Before and after photos are both on the same side and section of my hair. Photos were taken right before treatment and right after the 5-minute Perfect Blonde treatment and quick blow dry. 



After comparing the above before and after photos, you can really see the orange tones in my hair in the before photo, especially on the right-hand side of the photo (just hover over the photo and you'll see what I mean). Then, as you scroll down to the after photo, that entire area is no longer orange, it's been completely toned by the Perfect Blonde conditioner. I'm so happy that I took the photo's, sometimes it's easier to see changes if there are any.


Bleached and/or blonde colour treated hair is notoriously dry from all of the chemical processing. This product is definitely a lot less drying on my hair than my purple shampoo.

I highly recommend this product if you need to tone down any brassiness in your hair. It's much more effective than my usual purple shampoo that I use once a week. By looking at my before picture, it appears that my purple shampoo wasn't doing its job. 

Although it's pricey, I will continue to purchase this product. I spend a lot of money on my hair and by using this product, I can keep it looking fresh and new.

In this line, they also have a daily use purple shampoo and conditioner (different from the masque) which are immediately going on my list of items to try! This may prevent the brassiness in the first place. 😊

ps. It's been 7 months since my last cut and colour, so my hair isn't looking it's healthiest, to say the least. But at least with this product, I've gotten rid of a lot of the brassiness in just one use.

You can read more on Pravana's website here.

I purchased mine for around $28 CAD on Amazon.ca

Have you tried this product!?




*Not sponsored. All opinions are mine. No affiliate links.





Friday, March 24, 2017

Iherb Haul | Health, Supplements, Vitamins, Antioxidants, Superfoods!


I am so behind with all my hauls! I have both health and beauty ones to share, today I'm sharing my health haul from iHerb.com.

Most of these are repurchases for me, so I already know they are good! I will share links to the products in the product name. I'm not going to list the prices here as they seem to be ever changing.

MD Formulas BioAstin Astaxanthin Hawaiian 60 Vegi-Softgels / 6 mg
Lately I'm into antioxidants and superfoods. This is a good one!

BioAstin Supreme is a superantioxidant featuring our pure Hawaiian Astaxanthin, BioAstin, the most powerful natural antioxidant known. This formula was developed by doctors and nutrition experts to deliver superior natural antioxidant support for:

  • Joint & Tendon Health
  • Skin Health
  • Eye & Brain Health
  • Recovery after Exercise
These are Vegan, gluten-free, and non-gmo


Alive Once Daily Women's Ultra potency Multi-Vitamin 60 Tablets

These vitamins pack a punch and are loaded with good for you ingredients. Below, is just a bit of info. Click the heading if you'd like to learn even more. I also love that these are one a day!

Description

  • Premium Formula
  • Energizer with Food Based Blends
  • Orchard Fruits / Garden Veggies & Daily Greens Powder (80 mg), Enzymes, Bioflavonoids
  • Multi-Vitamin Supplement
Ultra Potency 1x Daily
Complete, nutrient diverse Alive! multi with CranRx and food-based blends:
  • Orchard Fruits / Garden Veggies blend
  • Cardio blend · Citrus Bioflavonoid complex
  • Daily Greens blend providing amino acids
  • Digestive Enzyme blend · Flax Lignan blend
  • Hair, Skin & Nails blend
  • Mushroom Mycelium Defense blend

These are Gluten Free. No sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, soy, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Jarrow Max DHA 90 Softgels
I've tried many fish oils, but I always come back to this one. It's my favourite for brain health, skin, joint and more..

Max DHA contains omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil highly purified and concentrated by molecular distillation.
DHA is the predominant fatty acid in the brain, nervous system and retina of humans. DHA is important for fetal and infantile neurological development. DHA also supports neurological function in seniors.

No wheat, no gluten, no soybeans, no dairy, no egg, no shellfish, no peanuts/tree nuts, no chemical solvents.


Now Foods XyliWhite Cinnafresh Toothpaste 6.4 oz 
This is my favourite toothpaste by far. It is worth the extra money. I've had better dental checkups since I started using it years ago, and I've stuck with it since.

XyliWhite is a remarkable fluoride-free toothpaste gel that uses natural Xylitol as its main ingredient.
  • Formulated with the purest ingredients
  • Free of SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate)
  • Uses vegetarian/vegan ingredients
  • Clean and fresh, cinnamon taste
  • Whiter, stronger teeth
  • Contains 25% Xylitol, one of the highest contents available!
  • For adults and children
Paraben free, gluten free, sls free,

This also comes in mint and other formulas, the Cinnafresh is my favourite!

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I purchased this time. I have a couple more orders on their way with some new products that I'll be sure to share once they arrive.

iHerb is my favourite online store for health and beauty products. It's like a giant online health store! They have the best selection of natural, vegan, and cruelty-free products. They also have the best prices and service. Note: They recently increased their shipping costs but substantially lowered the prices on all of their products. 

If you shop iHerb, check the links to see what's on sale... you can get some great deals! I just ordered a Limited Edition Real Techniques brush set with 3 brushes and a carrying bag for $10.99 USD. I saw this same item on Walmart.ca for $35!!

Click here to see the latest deals and shop iHerb.

*Prices may show in CAD dollars when using the links on this page



**All products purchased by me. Not sponsored. Some links are affiliate





Thursday, March 23, 2017

New! ELF Illuminating Highlighting Dewy Drops Review

ELF Highlighting Dewy Drops in Illuminating

Featured Product: 
Elf Highlighting Dewy Drops/ 0.5 oz/ Retail approx. $6 CAD.

ELF Highlighting Dewy Drops in Illuminating

I was on a mission to find an affordable non-powder face highlighter, either cream or liquid that would be subtle but give me a dewy look without accentuating texture or dryness. I went with this new ELF product as it was just under $6 CAD at my local Walmart.

Looks beautiful swatched here on my arm....

ELF Highlighting Dewy Drops in Illuminating

At first, nothing but oil oozed out of the little squeeze tube. Once I got past the oil to the actual highlight, it was a pretty champagne colour that looked pretty universal. 

The swatch of the product looks beautiful once blended out. In some lighting, as shown in the photo below, it has some tiny glitter particles. You cannot feel the glitter at all, the product feels smooth to the touch. That's a plus!

Unfortunately, it swatches better than it performs on my face. And, that clear, greasy oil oozed out everytime I went to use this product, not just the first time.

As far as face application is concerned, that's a whole other story. The issues that I encountered when using this product on my face was a lack of control in applying it; I tried my fingers, small brushes, cosmetic wedges, you name it. It always ended up in places where I didn't want it and I would have to spend time trying to clean up.

The other big issue for me was that it looked and felt greasy on my face and it wouldn't dry down. I wanted my face to have a glow, not look greasy! For some reason, the swatch on my arm dried down much more than on my face where it remained greasy looking and feeling.

A little goes a really long way with this product but I was still left greasy looking even with a small amount. 😢

In the lighting below, you can see the fine glitter particles, pretty!
ELF Highlighting Dewy Drops in Illuminating

Conclusion:
This product is not for me. The constant separation of the product where it would ooze out oil was a little annoying- How much product am I wasting!? The lack of control in applying this product and the greasy look and feel are the final deal-breakers for me. I have to pass on this product. Maybe this product will work for someone with a different skin type than mine, and someone who has the patience to work with this product.

I have ELF's Illuminating palette with the 4 powder highlights which I have reviewed here, and I highly recommend it! Now that's a 5-star product!!

Alas, my search for the perfect, affordable cream or liquid highlight continues. I think I will be better off with a cream highlight as I think it will give me more control. Stay tuned for an update, as I happened to find an affordable cream highlight at the store tonight which I will be testing out and reviewing very soon!

ELF is a cruelty-free and mostly vegan company!

Let me know if you've tried this product? Did it work for you?


*not sponsored. purchased by me. all opinions are mine. some links are affiliate.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Pacifica Dream Big Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara Review


Featured Product:
Pacifica Natural Minerals Dream Big Mascara / Retail $16USD / 7.1 grams

I was so excited to try this mascara out, not only do I love the Pacifica brand, but it's the first mascara I've tried that has an adjustable wand that allows you to choose length or volume plus anything in between. I thought gimmick? Turns out it's not. With a twist of the tube, it really does allow you to choose length or volume. You can see the size and shape of the wand change with a twist of the tube (see images below). 


Claims:

This beauty is 7 in 1:
Lash Serum
Instant Length
Lash Lifting
Volumizing
Conditioning
Rich Color
2 in 1 Brush

Amplify your lashes instantly with all natural plant fibers that build and build and build... Clinically studied peptide has been shown to help improve natural lash length and volume. Natural ingredients help condition lashes.

Top photo: for volume / Bottom photo: for length

I'm not sure if I got a bad one, as the formula seems a bit dry to me and the wand doesn't grip my lashes very well. I've tried both the lengthening setting and the volumizing setting and everything in between. What works for me to get the most impact is what Pacifica recommends in their instructions: Using the length setting first, then applying a second coat with the volume setting. Using that method, I am able to get nice big lashes, which is what I love! But, you can also get very natural looking lashes with this product if that's what you're after by using just one coat. 

Another plus is that the product stays put all day and night with zero flaking or smudging and is easy to wash off.

I also love that this product is natural, with healthy lash-loving ingredients, is 100% vegan, and is cruelty-free. 



2 Coats of Pacifica Deam Big Mascara: Length 1st, then Volume
Note: I am not wearing any eyeliner or mascara on my lower lashes
Conclusion:
I love that this product has ingredients for healthy lashes, is vegan, and cruelty-free. And, that with a twist of the tube I can choose volume, length or both. I am also able to get natural looking lashes with one coat or bigger lashes using two coats by using the length and then volume settings. I do find the formula rather dry for my liking and the wand doesn't grip my lashes very well so it took a bit more work than I like to try and get my desired impact- I like big lashes! This product would be great for anyone who likes more natural looking lashes as you can achieve that very easily with this product:

Repurchase: 
I probably wouldn't purchase this formula again but I would definitely try another formula by Pacifica as I know they've got some other new formulas that are supposed to be great!


Have you tried this product? Love or leave?!




*Not sponsored

Thursday, March 16, 2017

New! Live Clean Biotin Extra Body Shampoo & Conditioner #Giveaway X 3 {CLOSED}



Live Clean is on a roll with awesome new product launches!

Their new Biotin Extra Body Shampoo and Conditioner are some of those new winning products. At least in my books. I've been using these for several weeks and I'm really impressed.

I'm so impressed that Live Clean and I have teamed up to giveaway their Biotin Shampoo and Conditioner to 3 of my readers!

About: 
Combining Biotin with ginseng and lavender, these products increase volume, impart shine, and strengthen hair. Biotin or B7 is a key nutrient for healthy hair. Ginseng and lavender restore depleted moisture and impart beautiful shine. The result; thicker hair, added volume, improved elasticity, and moisture retention for all hair types! Made with plant and natural based ingredients that are renewable and sustainable.

My Experience:
These products worked immediately on my hair. Although they are touted as "extra body" products, the most notable difference for me was the manageability of my hair. My hair was immediately more manageable, and I have THE most unruly hair.

The scent is delicious as I find is the case with all Live Clean products, just fresh and clean, nothing overpowering. The shampoo lathers up beautifully to clean my hair without stripping it as it's free of SLS and other harmful chemicals. The conditioner instantly detangles my hair and makes it silky, smooth, and soft without weighing my hair down. Where was this product when I was a kid and my Mother spent hours trying to get the tangles out of my hair!? This would have saved us both a lot of grief.

In my experience, most hair products designed to give my hair more body or volume end up making my hair MORE tangled and difficult to manage, yet these products do the exact opposite for me.

I don't notice a huge difference in volume, although I do notice some. But, the biggest advantage to me has been manageability. And with my unruly hair, I cannot ask for more.

As always with Live Clean, these products are natural, plant based, cruelty free, affordable, eco-friendly, and free of nasty chemicals!

Live Clean products are free from: 
  • SLS/ Sulphates
  • Phthalates
  • Petrolatum 
  • Silicone
  • Dye
  • Parabens
  • DEA
  • Phosphates
  • Mineral Oil
Size:
350 ml each

Price:
$7.49-7.99 each

Availability:
Walmart, Walmart.ca, Shoppers Drug Mart

I can't wait for 3 of you to be able to experience these products for yourself!

Enter via the Rafflecopter below. As always, the only mandatory entry is to leave a comment. You can increase your chances with the optional entries.

This post is not sponsored. Live Clean is generously providing the products for this giveaway. Products will be shipped directly from Live Clean to the winner.


This giveaway is open to Canadian residents who are over the age of 13 or have parental consent. This giveaway will run for 1 week. The winners will be notified by email.


Good Luck, Everyone!!!

New! Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss | Review #TFSWEETPEACH

Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Lip Oil Gloss in Pure Peach

Featured Product: Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Lip Oil Lip Gloss in Pure Peach/ Retail $24.00 CAD/ 4 ML / Available in 8 shades

I happened to be at Sephora recently and when I saw the new Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Lip Oil Gloss available for Beauty Insiders for 100 points, I had to try it out!

As far as I know there was only one colour available to sample using Beauty Insider points, as I wasn't given an option. I received the colour Pure Peach. It looked pretty orange and almost neon, so I was a bit concerned but I really wanted to try this before deciding if I want to shell out the $24 for a full-size product. I'm attracting to anything with oils or with moisturizing claims since I'm so dehydrated.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Lip Oil Gloss in Pure Peach

Even the cap is cute with a little peach puffy sticker 

The Sweet Peach Creamy Lip Oil Glosses are available in 8 shades on Sephora.ca for $24 CAD.

This colour, Pure Peach, is described as a peachy pink on Sephora's website. When swatched it looks peach/orange and I don't see the pink. This is where the pigment of your lips comes in. Once on the lips, it is definitely a peachy pink, at least with the pigment of my lips and I love the colour that I get.

It's pigmented for a gloss but sheer as well, so you get a good dose of colour without it being too much.
Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Lip Oil Gloss in Pure Peach

The wand has a doe foot applicator

These lip glosses are formulated with peach oil, coconut oil, and vitamin E. 

Sweet Peach Creamy Lip Oil has a moisture-rich formula that feels lightweight and creamy. It features shades in nudes, peachy pinks, and corals. Silky and smooth, it’s infused with the skin-loving essence of peach, coconut oil, and vitamins, and each shade smells just like peaches. 

Formulated without: parabens, sulfates, phthalates 

Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Lip Oil Gloss in Pure Peach

In person, this swatch looks more orange than it appears in the photos. 

This gloss has a sweet peachy scent which is a bit strong at first but the scent fades away completely (at least to this nose!).

Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Lip Oil Gloss in Pure Peach

I find that this colour brings a youthfulness to my aging lips/face.

I find it very hydrating and comfortable. Despite the fact that it has oils in it, it doesn't slide around on your face as you might expect. It's not sticky either. And, it lasts for a decent amount of time for a gloss.

I reach for this constantly and if I were to have just one gloss, I would be happy with just this. The only caveat is the thought of spending $24 + taxes for a gloss with only 4ml's of product!


Too Faced Peach Lip Oil Gloss in Pure Peach

This product is vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and free of gluten. Too Faced is a cruelty free company!

This product is a real winner for me, I'd love to try ALL the colours!! I just wish it was cheaper here in Canada. 


Have you tried this product? If so, which colour?

#TFSWEETPEACH

ps. Come and linkup for more blogger fun at Makeup Monday Madness!


*Not sponsored. no affiliate links. opinions are my own.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

New! Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb! The Super Hydrating Sheet Mask Review

Garnier Moisture Bomb Sheet Mask

Recently, I posted a little beauty haul (linked here). This Garnier mask was one of the deals I scored at Shoppers Drug Mart. It was the last mask left and with a name like "Moisture Bomb," I had to have it!

The Mask: Garnier® SkinActive® Moisture Bomb The Super Hydrating Sheet Mask. 1 sheet mask, retail $3.99.

The Claims: 
  • This water-based sheet mask with Hyaluronic Acid, an ingredient naturally found in skin, floods skin with intense, weightless hydration. Free of mineral oil and petrolatum, this non-greasy formula, with pomegranate extract, provides a soothing burst of hydration and a fresher, softer, more radiant look.
  • Half a bottle of hydrating serum in 1 mask
  • Delivers 24-hour long-lasting hydration
  • Helps prevent moisture loss throughout the day

How to Use:
1. Start with clean skin. Gently press the mask onto the face with the blue side on top.
2. Peel off the blue film. Adjust and smooth out the mask to fit the contours of your face. 
3. Leave on for 15 minutes. 
4. Remove the mask and gently massage the remaining product into the skin. No need to rinse.



Garnier Moisture Bomb Sheet Mask (scary mask selfies!)

My Experience:
Before applying the mask, I did a light exfoliation, as I always do before using a hydrating mask. This assists in better absorption of the mask's ingredients into the skin. If you don't have an exfoliator on hand, you can use a baby washcloth or use one of my favourite DIY face exfoliators using rice flour.

The mask was easy to apply. There are 2 layers (as shown above), the outer layer is blue in colour and is removed once you get the mask in place. Then you can reposition the thin white sheet mask that is left behind and mold it to fit the contours of your face really nicely.

The mask is very saturated and stays in place without sliding around. I left it on for just over 15 minutes. After I removed the mask there was a lot of product left, I massage it into my skin until absorbed. This took a few minutes as there was so much product and it wasn't easily absorbed into the skin.

My skin was left feeling hydrated but with a tacky/ sticky feel on the surface. I waited for a bit but the tackiness remained. I went ahead with my usual makeup routine. My tinted moisturizer did not go on very well after this mask, it wouldn't meld into my skin, instead, it kind of balled up in places and slid around in others. Based on this, I would recommend using this mask before bed or well before an event since makeup doesn't seem to work well right after this mask.

Overall, I found that my skin did look and feel softer and smoother after the mask. I found that my skin looked plumped and refreshed, even my smile lines looked plumped up. My skin looked younger overall thanks to the intense hydration (I can see why they call it "Moisture Bomb"). The stickiness eventually went away and my skin was left feeling hydrated all day long.

I would definitely repurchase this mask as a treat or before an event for a fresh, plumped look.

Have you tried Garnier's new Moisture Bomb line? What do you recommend?




*Not sponsored. Product purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

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