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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Review & Swatches Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil #020 | #TheLipPencil


I received Bite Beauty's new The Lip Pencil from Influenster & Bite Beauty just before the product launched at Sephora this February. I received the colour #020 (nude shade) and #044 (dark shade). I was also sent minis of their Amuse Buche lipsticks in Honeycomb (nude shade) and Whiskey (dark shade), which are the perfect match for the liners that I received. As you can see in the photo, they also included The Sephora Collection Eco Biodegradable sharpener which came in quite handy.

Bite Beauty's The Lip Pencil was 3 years in the making. It comes in 22 neutral shades which are inspired by natural lip tones, and they make the perfect companion to Bite Beauty's Amuse Bouche lip colours. The Lip Pencil is made with whipped shea butter which would explain why they are so creamy and hydrating.

Bite Beauty is a Canadian company and they are cruelty-free! #winning . Their products are handmade in Toronto, Canada. All their products are so natural that you can eat them (although I don't recommend it). At least I can feel good about what is going on my mouth. As I'm sure you're all aware, we do end up ingesting some of our lip products. When I think of it that way, I want to go all natural, all the time when it comes to lip products!

The Lip Pencil is super creamy and very pigmented, it's long-lasting and very comfortable on the lips. I have very dry and dehydrated lips. This pencil does not accentuate my lines or dryness. This is truly the nicest lip pencil I have ever used. It feels like a beautiful, high-quality lipstick on the lips, I really can't compare it to any other lip liner that I've tried. I like that I'm able to give my naturally shapeless lips some definition because it's in the form of a pencil. In the swatches below I am wearing The Lip Pencil in #020 on its own with no other lip products.

In conclusion: 
I am so in love with this shade and formula. I get compliments on it all the time! If you have a light-medium skin tone and love your nudes like I do, I highly recommend this shade. It couldn't be more flattering and it truly is comfortable to wear on its own as a lipstick. Of course, you can always pair it with their corresponding Amuse Buche Lip Colour in Honeycomb or any other lipstick you choose.

See all the shades and learn more about Bite Beauty's The Lip Pencil HERE.

Bite Beauty's The Lip Pencil retails for $20 CAD and is available now on Sephora.com.


Bite Beauty's The Lip Pencil in #020
Thank you to @bitebeauty and @influenster for including me in this fab campaign!

ps. come and linkup for more Blogger fun @ Monday Makeup Madness!

*Not sponsored. These products were provided free for consideration. As always, all opinions are honest and my own. #TheLipPencil #contest

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Help Save Dogs From Cruel Pesticide Poisoning Testing! HSI

Photo Credit: Humane Society International


Hi everyone! Sorry for the lack of posts recently, it's not from a lack of subjects to post about or a desire to post, in fact, it's quite the opposite! Life's just been so busy lately. But, I'm determined to get back to a regular schedule of blogging.

What better way to get back to blogging than sharing a post where we can all do some good!

I learned from The Humane Society (HSI) that South Korea and Japan are subjecting dogs to pesticide poisoning and we can all help to try and stop this barbaric, cruel treatment of man's best friend.

Behind locked doors, these dogs are slowly poisoned – forced to swallow pills or eat food laced with chemicals – every day for a year, until they are killed and dissected. 

From HSI: 
" Animal testing of pesticides such as weed killers and insect repellants isn’t just a bad habit – it’s the law in most countries. But HSI is working with governments around the world to revise their testing requirements to spare countless animals from the horrific cruelty of pesticide poisoning experiments. One such test that we’re now very close to eliminating is a 1-year study in dogs. 

In this test, groups of beagle dogs are subject to daily pesticide poisoning – either by force-feeding of a capsule or being forced to eat food laced with a pesticide – for an entire year. The scientific basis of the test has been widely discredited, so much so that we’ve successfully convinced the United States, India, European Union, Brazil and Canada to stop requiring it. However, this test is still a legal requirement in Japan and South Korea. As a result, this cruel and unnecessary test is still being conducted to satisfy these two countries.

Please act now by adding your name to our letter urging South Korea and Japan to follow the global move to abandon this obsolete test."


Urge Japan and South Korea to drop this cruel animal testing requirement today!

Click HERE to add your name to this petition.

Thank you for being a voice for animals!

Amy xo


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Support the Cruelty-Free Canada Act to Ban Cosmetic Testing on Animals #BeCrueltyFree


Hi, everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your time during the holidays and finding time to relax and do the things that you enjoy.

Today's post is an exciting one for me. I'm a huge animal lover and have never agreed with animal testing for the sake of beauty. Animal testing is totally unnecessary in this day and age- companies like Lush are proof of this. An estimated 200,000 animals suffer barbaric and cruel treatment as well as death as a result of cosmetic testing.

We are getting closer banning animal testing in Canada and that is exciting!

From Treehugger.com " In mid-December, Bill S-214, also known as the Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act, passed its second reading in the Senate with great support. It will now pass to the Senate committee for Social Affairs, Science, and Technology for further study."

Canada will join other countries that have already banned animal testing. Countries that have already banned animal testing include New Zealand, Brazil, the European Union, Israel, India, and Taiwan.

Please join me in signing the petition to ban animal testing in Canada. Here is the link if you'd like to sign the petition and send a message to your member of Parliament: Click HERE to take action to help ban animal testing in Canada.

Thank so much for supporting this cause and helping to save so many innocent animals from unnecessary suffering!

#BeCrueltyFree


Amy
XO

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & Happy New Year + The 9 Year Cycle


I wanted to take a moment to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah etc. Whatever it is that you celebrate or even if you don't, I hope you enjoy the season.

I also acknowledge those of you who may find this season very difficult. I personally know how hard this season can be. And, I hope you can find something to enjoy during this time.

I also want to wish everyone a fabulous New Year. I really hope that 2017 is your best year ever! I wish you health, happiness, and prosperity, and whatever it is that makes you happy.

I read somewhere that 2016 is a year that will be ending a 9-year cycle and that 2017 will be the start of a whole new cycle. I like the sound of that! I don't know much about it but I believe this is a theory in numerology. If you google it, you can find a lot of info about it. I always heard that life went in cycles of 7 years, maybe that's from another theory or maybe I was wrong all along and it's really 9.

9 years is certainly a long time for a new cycle to begin. So, I'm excited about a new start and hoping the next 9-year cycle that we are about to begin is much better than the last 9. This is a good time to set your intentions for the next 9 years, make peace with the past and leave it there if it no longer serves you. And, also decide what you want to be/do differently.

Here is just one article that I found about this cycle if you'd like to read more about it and what you can do to set your intentions for the next 9 years http://in5d.com/november-2016-a-time-of-completion-the-end-of-the-9-year-cycle/

See you all next year!

XO

Amy

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Weekly Makeup & Beauty Haul | Elf, Sally Hansen, Artis, Ebay With Swatches!


I thought I'd share my beauty purchases this week. I know most of us love a beauty haul, I know I do! Although, this haul is smaller than I thought (I feel like I purchased so much more this week.. must be from all the Christmas shopping). Despite this, I hope you enjoying seeing what I purchased. I'm really excited about all of these products and have a feeling many of them will become favourites. I will do a full review on some of these in upcoming posts.


Elf's Mad For Matte Eyeshadow Palette- $7.97CAD
I picked this up at Walmart for only $7.97. It normally retails for $10USD. It has 10 all matte shades ranging from cool to warm nude shades. I have a feeling I'll be reaching for this on the daily.

My initial impression is really good. The shadows swatched beautifully. They were soft and creamy. Not much kick up at all. Once I get to test this palette out on my eyeballs, I will share a full review.

Here are the colours swatched without primer. I did NOT have to build up the colour. Although it's hard to see the two lightest shades due to my skin tone. (Click HERE to purchase online).

*Elf is cruelty-free and vegan!

Elf Mad For Matte Eyeshadow Palette


Elf's Brow Pencil in Neutral Brown- $2.97CAD
I also picked up this brow pencil on the same trip to Walmart. I've been on the hunt for a good brow product. I recently tried a pomade by Ardell, although I like it, it's taking some practice to work with it and I've tried two colours but neither of them are blending with my natural brow colour.

The colour of this Elf brow pencil is perfect for my brows! Most drugstore brow products are too warm, this is a nice ashy/brown shade. I also find that it's easier to use than the pomade. I'm just not sure about the staying power as this is just a first impression in this haul.

I love that it comes with a spoolie on one end and it has a protective cap that snaps over it. It also has a nice fine tip but I'm not sure how to keep it sharp after it's been used for a while. It's hard to believe this pencil is so inexpensive but I'm not complaining!

Elf Brow Pencil in Neutral Brown


Sally Hansen Nail Polish in Orchid Around- $2.21CAD
This was another Walmart find. I have a thing with all shades of lavender nail polishes. But, when I saw this beauty I knew I didn't have a dupe for this shade. It's gorgeous and it's already my new favourite polish!
Sally Hansen Nail Polish in Orchid Around




Artis Oval Tapered Makeup Brush Dupe "Circle 1"- .99cents USD
I purchased this brush on eBay for .99cents USD including shipping. It's supposed to be a dupe for the Artis Circle 1 brush, although I cannot confirm this as I don't own the Artis brush. I had heard that this brush is good for contouring small areas like the nose. We'll have to see how well it works.

I can confirm that the brushes are very dense and soft. I wash all my brushes before using them and it didn't shed any hairs. Despite the low price tag, it seems like great quality.

                                                                                                                                         

That's all that I purchased this week besides some Christmas shopping. I did get inspired and placed a small ELF order online the other day- haven't done that in years! They are having free shipping and there are a lot of promo codes going around online. I used the one to get a free full-sized baked eyeshadow palette and free shipping. I'm sure I'll share that haul once my order arrives.

Here is the code that I used to get free shipping and the free full-sized baked eyeshadow palette with ELF: BD4ytmXZ. It should be valid until December 31st. There are other codes online to get other promos if you want to find another deal.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I purchased this week!

Let me know what budget beauty products are your favourites. I get great recommendations from you guys!

PS. for more Blogger fun, come linkup at Monday Makeup Madness!



#notsponsored #playbeautifully

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Veggemo | Vegan, Diary Free, Soy Free, Gluten Free, Non-GMO Beverage #trynatural



I love discovering new products on the market that are healthy and nutritious. I was recently introduced to a new beverage called Veggemo via Social Nature.  It's free of the most common allergens and lactose, so it's a great choice for those who are sensitive or lactose intolerant etc.

I tried the unsweetened version. It's also available in original and vanilla.

Veggemo is a dairy free beverage that makes a great alternative to dairy and soy products. Even if you are not sensitive to dairy or soy, it's a healthy alternative that can be used in baking, smoothies or in your cereal. It's also rich in Calcium, Vitamin D, and B12.

I personally choose to stay away from soy with a few exceptions. It's also free of carrageenan which is another thing that I look for in my beverages and food in general.

Veggemo is made from a blend of vegetables including pea protein and other natural ingredients (see ingredients listed below). Veggemo is a healthy beverage alternative for anyone looking for a beverage that is both tasty and healthy.

Ingredients:
Unsweetened: Filtered water, Proprietary vegetable blend (Pea protein, Tapioca starch, Potato starch, Protease, Amylase), Organic potato starch, Sunflower oil, Tricalcium phosphate, Natural flavours, Sea salt, Gellan gum, Xanthan gum, Vitamin A palmitate, Vitamin D2, Riboflavin, Folic acid, Vitamin B12.

Veggemo is:
  • Dairy free
  • Soy free
  • Lactose free
  • Gluten free
  • non-GMO
  • Kosher Pareve
  • Vegan

I've tried Veggemo in my cereal and in smoothies and it was great in both. It tastes great, is smooth and creamy and I can feel good about what I'm putting into my body.



Here is my daily go-to protein smoothie:


Optional ingredients:

  • 1 tsp instant coffee for a mocha smoothie
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract for a chocolate mint smoothie
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter for a chocolate peanut butter smoothie
  • chopped banana for a chocolate banana smoothie


The options are limitless. Add whatever your heart desires. It's also wonderful with a fruit smoothie if that's your jam!

My only gripe is that as far as I know it doesn't come in a bigger size.

Let me know what your favourite, healthy smoothie recipe is!


Use Veggemo's where to buy tool, (Linked Here) to find it at a grocer near you.

Thank you Social Nature & Veggemo for the opportunity to sample this product!

#trynatural





This post is not sponsored. I received this product free for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Mellisa B. Naturally Premium Moisturizing Cream with Argireline & Progeline Review + #Giveaway *CLOSED


Let's shake up a Monotonous Monday with a giveaway and rave review, shall we?!

I recently discovered a new skincare line, and I've been so happy with my results that I want to share my experience, as well as the product being reviewed with one lucky reader!

Most of you know that I'm a total skincare junkie, especially the anti-aging kind. So, I was really excited when I got the opportunity to try a new line of anti-aging skincare by the brand Mellisa B. Naturally.

Who is Mellisa B. Naturally:
With a passion for health and skincare and decades of working and training in the skin care industry, Mellisa Baylis and her husband Ray, set out to create the best skincare on the market. Combining modern science with the most natural ingredients, their products are both safe and effective.

In this post, I'll be reviewing and giving away their Premium Moisturizing Cream.

A bit about my skin type: 
I have combo/oily, dehydrated, reactive, and acne prone skin. yay, me!




Their products only contain ingredients that are pure, healthy, safe, and effective. You can read more about their ingredients HERE.

"In 2016, Mellisa B Naturally introduced their line of anti-aging products that balance the potency of nature with modern cosmeceutical ingredients. Fruit and plant extracts work alongside peptides and antioxidants to create deep nurturing natural skin care."





According to Mellisa B. Naturally's website "Each formulation has been independently evaluated by a third-party lab to affirm its potency, purity, and efficacy."

They also work with skincare professionals on all of their formulas. Each ingredient is researched and deeply scrutinized before they decide to add it to a product's formulation.



The Premium Moisturizing Cream is very lightweight but very hydrating and a little goes a long way. I like that it's not too heavy so it doesn't "weigh down" my skin and add to the sagging that aging skin can have.

I didn't notice results immediately. but after about a week there was a noticeable difference in the clarity of my skin, it almost had a glass-like appearance. It's now been almost 3 weeks since I started the cream and my skin is much brighter and clearer. Fine lines and wrinkles are barely there. I looked in the mirror and thought, is this what a mild dose of Botox looks like!? I believe this botox-like effect is due to the ingredient "Argireline" that's in this product. My skin feels firmer and I haven't experienced any irritation or breakouts from this product.

I test out a lot of skincare and I take pretty good care of my skin but your skin likes what it likes. And, as you can see by my before and after picture, this skin cream really agrees with my skin!


Before & After (2 weeks):
Mellisa B. Naturally Premium Moisturizing Cream: Before (top) and After (bottom)

Above are my before and after pictures after using Mellisa B. Naturally Premium Moisturizing Cream for approximately 2 weeks. I am totally makeup free in both photos and there are no filters used in the photos. This shows just what I see in person, much clearer and brighter skin. If you look at the lines around my nose and mouth they look really plumped up in the after picture. The spots on my face have faded as well. I've found that I can wear less makeup since my skin is looking so much clearer!

I couldn't be more impressed. These results didn't come overnight but these results are pretty amazing for 2 weeks if you ask me! I can't wait to see what happens after continued use.

After showing my before picture to Mellisa, the owner of Mellisa B Naturally, she explained that my skin looks inflamed in the before picture and in the after it is much less inflamed. This reduction in inflammation is most likely due to the Peptide called Progeline that they use in this formula. Progeline slows down enzyme production which can cause inflammation in the skin.

Just one look at the ingredients in this product and I'm really impressed. I recognize most of them and I don't see any cheap fillers thrown in.


Ingredients:
Water, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Emulsifying Wax, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 (Syn-Coll), Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Argireline), Trifluoroacetyl Tripeptide-2 (Progeline), Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Powder-Organic, Vegetable Collagen, Allantoin, Malachite Extract, Dimethylaminoethanol, Dextran, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate.

Free from:
  • Parabens
  • Sulfates
  • Phthalates
  • Mineral Oil
  • Petrolatum
  • Gluten
  • Silicone

What else you should know:
  • Cruelty-free
  • Made in the USA
  • Eco-friendly

Size:
1.0oz / 30 grams

Price:
$42 USD

Would I Purchase:
Yes

After dealing with this company and using their products, I can tell that they pour their heart, soul, and years of experience into their formulas. Each ingredient is in there for a reason!

I'm so happy that my skin LOVES this product! I'm really excited about this new line of skincare after seeing the results that I got from just 2 weeks of using this cream. I can't wait to try more products from this brand and share my results with you.

Mellisa B. Naturally has a great range of products and caters to every skin type.

You can learn more about this product and other Mellisa B. Naturally products here: mellisabnaturally.com


Giveaway Time!!

One lucky winner will receive 48 grams of the Premium Moisturizing Cream (in the form of 2-gram sample packs x 24). This is more than the 30-gram full-size jar that I have been using. The sample packs will be great if you are doing any travelling. 

The only mandatory entry is to leave a comment on this post and enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway will run for one week. Good luck, everyone!

Open to the USA & Canada!

a Rafflecopter giveaway








*This product was provided for consideration. All opinions are mine alone. No affiliate links are used. 

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