Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Stop The Stink With Purequosa Organic Cleansing Body Sprays!

I love it when new products come along that make life a little bit easier. Purequosa's Organic Cleansing Body Sprays were created based on the need that we all have from time to time or maybe daily; to freshen up and stay fresh on-the-go! Such a genius idea. The key ingredient, colloidal silver is something that I've kept in my household for years, even my cat takes it!

I'm sure we've all had those days when we need to freshen up but can't get to a shower. Whether it's after a workout or yoga class, riding your bike to work, while travelling or just to freshen up any time of day. We all have those times and this is where Purequosa steps in with their new travel sized cleansing body sprays.
They promote healthy skin, are eco-friendly, free of alcohol and harmful chemicals, and are handmade in small batches.

Fun fact: One person can save 5,172 gallons of water by replacing one shower a day with Purequosa

The key ingredient in each formula is colloidal silver along with various plant hydrosols. Colloidal silver has so many uses as it's antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory. Since bacteria is what causes odour, using these cleansing body sprays kills the odour causing bacteria resulting in a reduction in odour.

Each of the 3 formulas are made with different hydrosols, making each one unique and beneficial in various ways.

Rain Cleansing Body Spray- 2 oz / $4.95 

Cooling, healing, and hydrating
Calms sun/wind burns and soothes skin
- Colloidal Silver 
- Plant Hydrosols - Cucumber, Aloe, and Tea Tree
- Plant Essential Oil - Clary Sage

Coastal Cleansing Body Spray - 2 oz / $4.95 

Cleansing, uplifting, and cooling 
Skin soothing and equipment cleaning 

- Colloidal Silver
- Plant Hydrosols - Yucca, Aloe, Eucalyptus
- Plant Essential Oils - Sage

Desert Cleansing Body Spray - 2 oz / $4.95 

Softening, healing, hydrating
Soothes skin, mood lifter, skin anti-aging 
- Colloidal Silver
- Plant Hydrosols - Yucca, and Eucalyptus
- Plant Essential Oils - Cistus/Rock Flower 

I found the scent of all 3 body sprays to be very subtle and unassuming. They are not overpowering at all and are more like a breath of fresh air.

After using these cleansing sprays for a few weeks, I found that the uses are endless!
  • I ended up using them in place of my deodorant and had the same results as I do with my non-antiperspirant deodorant
  • I used them to freshen up mid-day and at the end of the day (pits, face, feet, you name it!)
  • I'm a bit germaphobic when it comes to my cell phone, so I used them to spray down my cell phone with a tissue ALL THE TIME! This keeps the viruses and bacteria at bay so I not only don't get sick but I don't transfer the germs to my face causing acne 
  • I also used them to freshen up my shoes
  • I used them to clean my hands when I wasn't near a sink (some hand sanitizers contain harmful chemicals. When using Purequosa instead, I don't have to worry about that!)
Purequosa can also be used to freshen up bad breath and to freshen up your bedding, including your pets! It can also be used on all kinds of sporting equipment. I'm sure I will find even more uses for these handy products with time.

I keep a bottle of Purequosa in my bag at all times. Mr Health and Beauty Girl took over the desert bottle and also used it in place of deodorant and to freshen up during the day. He also keeps it in his bag at all times so he can freshen up whenever he wants.

These new travel size bottles make them perfect to throw into your purse, gym, or travel bag for any time that you need to freshen up a little.

They are also available in full sized bottles which are 16 oz each for $16.95. , you can also purchase bundles of all 3 body sprays in either the travel size or the full-size which are a better value.

You can learn more about Purequosa by clicking here.

*Not sponsored. PR provided for consideration. All opinions are mine.

Friday, June 23, 2017

New! Live Clean® After Sun Aloe Vera Gel & Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 45 *CLOSED

If you missed out on my last sun care giveaway, here's another chance to win 2 fabulous brand new sun care products by Live Clean®!

Live Clean After Sun Aloe Vera Gel + Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF45

Live Clean® is at it again! They really listen to their customers and as a result, they've now introduced these 2 brand new sun care products to their line up!

Now is your chance to win these brand new products. Read on for more info...

Live Clean® After Sun 98% Aloe Vera Gel

Live Clean® After Sun 98% Aloe Vera Gel / 227 ML / SRP $8.24

Aloe Vera has so many benefits, it has great healing properties and can really benefit the skin. It can help with everything from burns, wounds, bug bites, psoriasis, acne, and more! Aloe Vera has a very high water content, which makes it a great hydrator for the skin. 

I used to keep an aloe vera plant in my home to use on my skin, to heal acne, and to use after time spent in the sun. Now, thanks to Live Clean, I have this handy bottle which is much more convenient to travel with and throw in my bag for a day at the beach or when I go hiking. This product is so soothing and fast absorbing.  I just can't get over the price for such a natural product and the bottle is huge!

What's to love:
- 98 % certified organic aloe vera gel
-made with certified organic Austrailian tea tree oil
-made with certified organic arnica extract
-soothes and hydrates the skin
-heals burns, wounds, bug bites, acne, and more!
-travel friendly
-budget friendly.. just look at that price!
-as always with Live Clean, no nasties or harmful chemicals in here!
-98% naturally derived ingredients

Live Clean® Face Mineral Sunscreen Lotion 
SPF 45

Live Clean® Face Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 45 / 113 g / SRP $16.99

I'm very acne prone and a lot of sunscreens will cause me to breakout if I use them on my face, so I always appreciate when companies create an SPF specifically for the face. This product is non-comedogenic and doesn't cause me to breakout. With SPF 45 and both UVA and UVB protection, this product keeps my skin from burning in the sun and keeps it safe from the harmful effects of the sun that accelerate the aging process.  This product is mineral based with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, no chemicals here! It absorbs easily, is non-greasy, and doesn't leave a white cast that many mineral sunscreens do.

What's to love:
-made especially for the face
-mineral based (zinc oxide & titanium dioxide)
-SPF 45
-UVA/ UVB protection
-non-nano (won't be absorbed into your bloodstream).
-absorbs easily
-non-comedogenic (won't cause breakouts!)
-dermatologist tested
-98% naturally derived ingredients

As always, these Live Clean® products are formulated with 98% naturally derived ingredients. They are also petrolatum free, paraben free, phthalate free, SLS free, silicone free, phosphate free, DEA free, gluten-free, and cruelty-free, 🐰 in a vegetarian formula. πŸƒ They are also hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested. They contain biodegradable ingredients and the packaging is recyclable.  πŸŒ

Live Clean® sun care products are available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Walmart.

One reader will win both products featured here. 

Open to Canada only!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*This post is not sponsored. Products are generously provided by Live Clean!

New! Nivea Firming Body Oil #Q10bodyoil

I recently received a fabulous box of goodies from Influenster. Included was the new Nivea Firming Body Oil which I was really excited to try as I suffer from dry and rough skin, plus I can use all the firming that I can get!

I was even more excited when I looked at the key ingredients and saw that they included Q10, avocado oil, and macadamia oil. which happens to be a few of my favourite ingredients.

Nivea Firming Body Oil / 200 ML / Average price $14.99CAD

Unique formula that contains co-enzyme Q10 for firmer-feeling skin in 2 weeks. Co-enzyme Q10 is found naturally in your skin and helps it to look visibly younger. Evens skin tone and visibly reduces the look of stretch marks. Includes caring ingredients such as Avocado Oil that effectively moisturizes the skin. Quickly absorbs for immediately soft and glowing skin. Suitable for all skin types

The product has a nice subtle scent, nothing overpowering and it does fade so it wont interfere with your fragrance if you wear one. I was afraid that I would end up feeling oily after using it but that isn't the case at all. I apply it to my damp skin after a shower and it's fully absorbed into my skin with no greasy residue and it leaves my skin soft and subtle. It does give my skin a bit of a glow which I'm loving since summer is here and more of my skin is on display.

I highly recommend applying the oil to damp skin for the best absorption, right after your shower or bath would be ideal. I find this is the case for most oils and moisturizers. Just don't apply too much or it won't absorb as quickly.

The product claims to give you firmer skin in 2 weeks. I can't attest to that claim yet, only time will tell. But so far I'm loving this product for its moisturizing benefits, and I'm hopeful to see some firming action!

This product is dermatologist tested and free of mineral oils.

Thank you, Nivea and Influenster for sending me this fabulous product in my Spring Vibes VoxBox.

If you'd like to sign up with Influenster and get free products too, you can sign up here. It's free to join!

#Q10bodyoil #gotitfree #SVVoxBox

* Not sponsored. Product was provided free for review purposes. All opinions are mine.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

How To Stop Hair Breakage | L'anza Color Preserving Trauma Treatment Review

I have very damaged hair from bleaching, colouring, and using heat tools. My hair is also naturally curly, very frizzy, and unmanageable, so I'm constantly trying new products looking for that miracle.

I had heard good things about L'anza's Trauma Treatment and decided I had nothing to lose, so I picked one up from Amazon.

The first time I tried it I guess I figured more is more, so I used quite a bit and my hair came out awful and I was so disappointed, I thought what's all the fuss about this product!?

The next time I washed my hair I used much less, about a dime size amount. Bingo! My hair felt transformed. Now I see what the fuss is about. It not only improved the texture of my hair and made it more manageable but the breakage has stopped by a landslide!

The amount shown above is WAYYY too much! That photo was taken the first time I used it when I found out that you need very little of this product.

If you are experiencing hair breakage, I highly recommend you give this product a try! I use it every time I wash my hair now. I use it as a leave-in conditioner/treatment after using my regular shampoo and conditioner, apply a dime size amount to wet hair.

It's done wonders for my hair. I've been using it for a few months and my hair definitely feels thicker as I'm losing less hair by way of breakage. Even my hair stylist was impressed. She said there was no hair coming out when she round brushed my hair!

I purchased the small bottle 150ml (linked here). There is a much bigger bottle available but I need such a small amount each time that this little bottle will probably last for a year!

Let me know if you've tried this product. It's definitely a game changer for me!

Friday, June 16, 2017

New! Wet N Wild AU NATUREL Nude Awakening Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

When I saw that Wet N Wild brought their Au Naturel eyeshadow palettes to Canada, I had to pick one up! For just over $5 for 10 shades, you can't really go wrong.  And, they are cruelty free! 🐰

The Au Naturel palette comes in 2 shades; Nude Awakening (the one I purchased), and Bare Necessities. The Nude Awakenings one was calling my name!

There are 5 matte shades in the palette which include an ivory, mid tone crease shade, and some darker shades. These are what really sold me on the palette, that plus the oh-so-amazing and unique burgundy shade in here! 3 of the lighter shimmer shades are great everyday lid colours. Personally, I would only use the last 3 darker shades as liners.

As you can see, I didn't sugarcoat the swatches. Although some of the shades are rather dry and crumbly, they apply rather well to the lids with a primer. There is fall-out but if you tap off your brush it's all good. These swatches are 2 swipes of each shade over a primer (since I always use an eye primer).

The lighter shades are not very pigmented but for that very reason, I find them great for everyday looks. The darker shades are pigmented, but some go on a bit patchy and can difficult to blend, so I apply the matte ivory all over which helps them blend more easily.

Here is a simple look using the very beautiful and unique burgundy shade that's in the palette. This shade blended more easily than the darker shades in the palette.

I find myself reaching for this palette daily since I purchased it and am really enjoying the looks that I'm creating with it

Have you tried this one of these new WNW palettes? What are your thoughts?

You can purchase this palette here,.

Monday, June 12, 2017

NeoStrata Wrinkle Repair Mosturizing CC Cream SPF 30 Review

Featured Product:
NeoStrata Wrinkle Repair Moisturizing CC Cream with 0.1% Retinol

$70 CAD / 30ml

Who's it for:
All skin types.
Light - Medium skin tones (but states "universal tint")

My skin type: 
Combo/ oily/ dehydrated/ acne prone

From NeoStrata's Website:
A daytime moisturizing cream with the clinically proven wrinkle-fighting, moisturizing and sun protection benefits of Wrinkle Repair Moisturizing Cream SPF 30, with the addition of universal colour-correcting pigments. Thanks to their light-reflecting properties, they help immediately conceal imperfections and unify an uneven skin tone.

  • Reduces the appearance of wrinkles with Wrinkle Repair Moisturizing CC Cream SPF 30
  • Protects skin from environmental aggressions
  • Improves skin tone and texture while moisturizing
  • Immediately conceals imperfections and illuminates skin with its universal tint

  • -66%1 reduction in the appearance of the number of wrinkles
  • -78%1 reduction in the appearance of the total length of wrinkles
  • -67%1 reduction in the appearance of the total width of wrinkles

NeoStrata CC Cream

I love multi tasking products! This CC cream is your moisturizer, SPF, tinted cream, and anti-aging product all in one.

It contains SPF 30, 0.1% Retinol,  anti-aging peptide Matrixyl™ 3000, plus light reflecting pigments.

It is virtually unscented which I really appreciate. It has a very faint scent of sunscreen which doesn't linger at all. It's very emollient. As you can see, the tiny amount pictured above on my hand spreads out to cover a lot of areas as shown in the photo below. I've tried several application methods and I find that I get the best results with my Real Techniques Complexion Sponge. The coverage is very light and I do need to powder afterward.

As you can see, the shade is fairly light with a nice neutral undertone. I think this would be a good shade for most fair - medium skin beauties. I don't see any other shades on NeoStrata's website. It would be nice if they offered a few more shades. Although this states that it's a "universal tint," I'm not sure how it would work on darker skin tones.

Overall thoughts: 
I do love how multi-tasking this product is. It's especially great when you don't have time to use a separate SPF, moisturizer, anti-aging serum, and tinted moisturizer. However, I also find that I can use other anti-aging products and moisturizers before this product if I have the time or inclination.

I've been using this product daily for over a month. I find that it really agrees with my skin. My reactive skin hasn't had any irritation or breakouts. I also use prescription Retin-A at night and even though this also has Retin-A, it's in such a low percentage at 0.1% so I haven't had any adverse reactions from it. If anything, it's upping the ante on my Retin-A game which I'm all for!

If you want more coverage, you may want to use a powder foundation over top of it to get that extra coverage as this is quite sheer.

Let me know what your favourite NeoStrata products are!

*Not sponsored. All opinions are my own. Some links are referrals. Thank you if you choose to use them.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Huge Monthly Empties | Skincare, Health, & Beauty with Reviews!

This empties post is long overdue! It's actually 2 months worth of empties since I haven't done an empties post since April 3rd (Linked Here) Which means there is a lot here so I will be as brief as possible with my reviews.  I will provide links to products where possible, links can be found in the product headings.

This is a very heavy product that I love to use at night time in the colder months. I alternate between this one and her Black Mud Cream. I find this very soothing and hydrating and it really helps with dehydration. Bonus, it's natural and cruelty-free.

Repurchase- Yes

I'm on the fence about this one. It's lightweight and I didn't have any breakouts. I also like that it's natural and made with sea buckthorn, an excellent anti-oxidant for anti-aging. I prefer to use this with their pure sea buckthorn oil which I apply first as a serum. I would consider using this product again during the summer months when I'm super oily.

Repurchase- Maybe

I love Derma E products but this one didn't agree with my skin, I had a few breakouts from it. It's also really a lotion, not a true serum. I think it's just too stimulating for my skin type. Many other Derma E products do work for me. I also love that this brand is natural and cruelty-free.

Repurchase- No

Like the product above, this was a lotion, not a true serum. It was okay as a light moisturizer but I wouldn't use this as a serum. On the plus side, I didn't experience any irritation or breakouts.

Repurchase- No

Another natural product full of great ingredients. Sadly, this also made my acne-prone skin breakout so I wasn't able to finish it. Perhaps DMAE is not suitable for my skin as the Derma E product with DMAE also made me breakout. Reviva Labs is natural and cruelty-free.

Repurchase- No

The All-Natural Face Strawberries and Cream Face Wash
Love, love, love! This is so fabulous and hydrating and really helps with breakouts. I like to use it as a face wash/mask. This brand is also natural and cruelty-free.

Repurchase- Yes

This product worked really well (full review here). But, for a fraction of the price I can purchase my holy grail eye cream, Home Health Goji Berry Eye Cream, which gives me the same results and is natural and cruelty-free.

Repurchase- No

Hair & Makeup

Tresemme Platinum Strength Conditioner
This is a decent conditioner at a great price. I didn't expect much from such an inexpensive product but it worked fairly well as a daily conditioner on my extremely damaged and unruly hair. I still need a leave-in conditioner after using this one.

Repurchase- Probably not because I'm always trying new hair products

M. Asam Aqua Intense Tinted Hyaluron Cream
I loved this tinted moisturizer! I discovered this line from The Shopping Channel about a year ago and purchased a special that contained several products. I received compliments on my looks when I wore this product. However, it's so dark for me that I purchased The Body Shop's foundation lightener so I could finish it up.

Repurchase- Sadly no, just because it's too dark for me πŸ˜“

Pacifica Dream Big Mascara
I'm not sure if I got a bad one but this mascara was so dry that it did nothing for my lashes. A full review is linked here.

Repurchase- No


Jarrow Max DHA
I take fish oil every day for all the health benefits and I cannot/ will not eat fish or seafood, so this is the only way that I can get all of the wonderful benefits of fish (but without the heavy metals). This one has been my favourite for years! I am currently trying a new one out as I love to try out new products but I always go back to this one.

Repurchase- Yes

Nature's Answer Rhodiola (Rhodiola Rosea)
I've been taking this product for years. It prevents me from waking up at the crack of dawn for no reason. It's an adaptogen and helps our bodies deal/adapt to stress. I have tried other brands and doses but this is the one that works for me, and this one is really inexpensive too!

Repurchase- Heck yes!

Healthy Origins CoQ10
Q10 is one of my top supplements for overall health, it's one supplement that I will not be without. It's anti-aging, fuels all of our cells, and is excellent for the heart. I have some heart issues and recently went for testing to monitor my condition. The results were astounding! I was told that my heart is repairing itself. It's not 100% but it's better and I'm wondering if it's from all the years of fish oil and Q10 that I've been taking. The Doctors didn't have an answer, but it's great news! I always use this brand of Q10 and only try another if there is a special that I can't pass up but this one works for me. My cat also takes Q10 and it's made a world of difference. He takes one made for cats (linked here).

Repurchase- Oh, yeah!

Schisandra Adrenal Complex
I purchased this so long ago and it got lost in the back of my cupboard. Sadly, it expired in 2015.. whoops!

Repurchase- No


Now Foods Xyli White Toothpaste in Cinnafresh
If you've seen my empties and/or hauls before you've probably seen this one. It's my favourite fluoride free toothpaste. I've had better dental checkups since using it, so I see no reason to change to another. The only time I stray is when there is a deal on iHerb that I can't pass up!

Repurchase- Yes

President's Choice Peach Mango Liquid Water Enhancer
What more can I say, I'm addicted to this stuff! I purchased this because I wanted to drink more water and this really helps me do just that. It tastes so good! I chose this brand because it's sweetened with all natural Stevia and doesn't contain any artificial sweeteners or colours.

Now Foods Better Stevia in Dark Chocolate
I'm such a fan of this stevia. It's not bitter at all and it's all natural. I have a cupboard full of different flavours now. It only takes a couple of drops so this bottle lasts forever!

Repurchase- Already have!

Thanks for stopping by to check out my empties! I'll have to do these more often so my empties box isn't overflowing. 😊

Happy weekend!

*This post is not sponsored. Some links are referral. Thank you is you choose to use them!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

New! Alba Botanica™ Sunscreen for Kids, Sports, and Face #Giveaway {CLOSED}

Warmer weather is finally here which means we're spending a lot more time outdoors. Sunscreen is one of the biggest parts of my anti-aging regimen. Vanity aside, we all know that we need to protect our biggest organ from the harmful effects of the sun. I wear sunscreen all year round, but I step up my game at this time of year when I'm spending more time outside.

There are a lot of products to choose from when it comes to sunscreen but not all are healthy options. Alba Botanica's products are healthy options that are also affordable and eco-friendly. Plus, they leave out harmful chemicals. Since our skin absorbs what we put on it (think of hormone or nicotine patches), why not choose products that are healthy for us and not harmful.

Alba Botanica™ has just released 2 new sunscreen products to their lineup; Alba Botanica™ Very Emollient Sport Continuous Spray Sunscreen 50+, and Alba Botanica™ Very Emollient Kids Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+.

These new continuous spray sunscreens give maximum broad spectrum UVA & UVB protection at SPF 50+. They are air powered with no chemical propellants. These 100% vegetarian formulas are water resistant, emollient, moisturizing, and eco-friendly. They are formulated to be hydrating and contain botanicals like green tea, aloe leaf, algae, vitamin E, and grapefruit water. Yum! These products are also hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested!

In honour of these new product releases, Alba Botanica™ and I are teaming up to give one lucky reader these brand new products plus their Facial Sunscreen Lotion SPF 40 because we know you also need to protect your face.

Alba Botanica™ Kids SPF 50+ Ultra
Alba Botanica™ Very Emollient Fragrance Free Continuous Spray Sunscreen for Kids SPF 50+ 177ml / $16.99

This product was created with kids in mind. It's fragrance free, hypoallergenic, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and water resistant (80 minutes).

I love the super fine mist that makes it really easy to get all over coverage. This product absorbs immediately and is non-greasy.

Alba Botanica™ Sport SPF 50+ Ultra
Alba Botanica™ Very Emollient Fragrance Free Continuous Spray Sunscreen for Sports SPF 50+ 177ml / $16.99

This Sports formula is great for anyone, including sports enthusiasts.  It also has broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and the water/sweat resistant (80 minutes) formula is fragrance free, and hypoallergenic.

This also has a super fine mist which makes it easy to get full body coverage and get into every nook and cranny. This product absorbs right away and is non-greasy.

Alba Botanica™ Facial SPF 40
Alba Botanica™ Very Emollient Fragrance Free Facial Sunscreen Lotion SPF 40 113ml / $9.99

For me, it's important to have an SPF that is formulated just for the face as I'm acne prone and most sunscreens will cause me to breakout unless they are formulated especially for the face. This product is fragrance free, fast absorbing, and wont clog pores. It also contains aloe vera, ginseng, lavender and calendula. All of these botanicals work to hydrate and nourish the skin. I haven't had any irritation, redness or breakouts while using this product.

Alba Botanica™ has been making natural, 100% vegetarian, and cruelty-free products since 1979. They do not use animal products or by-products and are an eco-friendly brand that cares about us and our planet.

They also formulate all of their products without: parabens, phthalates, artificial colours, propylene glycol, aluminium, mineral oil, petrolatum, oxybenzone, PABA, nano-particles, DEA, MEA or TEA, PEGs and PEG derivatives, ethoxylated ingredients associated with 1,4 dioxane, formaldehyde donors, synthetic fragrances, and GMOs.

I'm loving these products and I think you will too!

Alba Botanica™ Sunscreens are available at Whole Foods, Loblaws, Safeway, Sobeys West, Well.ca, and Amazon.ca.

Now, onto the giveaway....

One reader will win all 3 products featured in this post! 😍

Please enter using the Rafflecopter form below. The only mandatory entry is to leave a comment. You can earn extra entries by completing more tasks.

Open to Canada Only. 

Good luck, everyone!

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*This post is not sponsored. Products are generously provided by Alba Botanica™

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

New Elf Makeup Haul With First Impressions! #Crueltyfree

I wanted to share my most recent Elf haul and my first impressions with Y'all! Here's a link to my last haul if you'd like to check that out too. πŸ’—

Elf Beautifully Bare Natural Glow Face Palette

Elf  Natural Glow Face Palette (colours have been built up)

Oh, how I fell for this beautiful looking palette. Also, sold by the fact that it has blush, bronzer, and highlight all in one sleek compact.

Natural Glow Face Palette / $8 USD: 
In my opinion, this palette is best for lighter skin tones and/or those who prefer peachy blushes. These blush shades are just not flattering on me and they are not very pigmented. The highlight in here is gorgeous though, and I have transferred it into my Elf Illuminating Palette. The bronzer is a nice shade that is not too warm but for anyone with skin darker than mine, this probably wouldn't show up very much. Not sure if I just got a bad one but the blush in the upper right corner has no pigmentation at all and won't even swatch using my fingers.

I really love the idea of this palette, and I really hope that Elf comes out with more shades!

Elf Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadow
in Rose Gold

Molten Liquid Eyeshadow in Rose Gold/ $4 USD:
This Molten Liquid Eyeshadow in Rose Gold is a gorgeous metallic rose gold shade. However, I had problems getting it to stay put on my eyes. It would always kind of cake up in places. Maybe it's just me or my hooded eyes but this just didn't work for me. I really wish it did as the colour is beautiful!

Elf Highlighting Brush

Highlighting Brush / $3 USD:
What more can I say, this is fabulous and you would never know that it's such a budget-friendly product. It's super soft, doesn't shed and picks up and lays down the perfect amount of product. 10 stars!

Elf Baked Eyeshadow Palette in California

Baked Eyeshadow Palette Swatches - No primer / Applied Dry

Baked Eyeshadow Palette in California / $10 USD:
When I first swatched this product I was so disappointed. The shadows were hard and there was no pigmentation at all, even with a finger swatch. Then I used these with a wet synthetic brush and it changed everything! These work beautifully as a light, shimmery wash of colour across the lids. I know that I'll be getting a lot of use out of this palette this summer as it's a quick, easy, and pretty look. No need for a crease shade or a blending shade etc. Just a one-and-done wash of beautiful shimmer on the lids.. perfect for summer!

Elf is a cruelty-free brand. Many of their products are Vegan, too! 🐰

Have you tried any of these? What are your favourites?

*This post is not sponsored. All products were purchased by Moi. Some links are referral links, thank you if you choose to use them!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Melissa B. Naturally Pumpkin & Coconut Exfoliating Mask Review

I love a good multi-tasking product! Read on to learn more...

Exfoliation is a big part of my skincare routine. It helps to get rid of the dead skin build up on the surface of my skin and also helps my other products work better by allowing them to penetrate deeper into my skin.

I'm a Retin-A user and I find that gentle exfoliators work best for me and they also assist the Retin-A in its job. Because Retin-A works with cell turnover and the exfoliator helps to remove the old skin that has built up on the surface of the skin, in this way, they work hand-in-hand.

I have been using this mask for weeks, and I find this mask rather addicting as its quick and easy and it's 3 steps in one: it works as a cleanser, exfoliator, and a mask! And I love the results that I get - my skin is clearer, brighter, firmer, and more even-toned.

The first time that I used the mask I experienced tingling and some itchiness, yet my skin didn't look irritated or red at all. I spoke to the company about this as I was concerned that maybe I was allergic to one of the ingredients. I was assured by them that this was a very normal reaction to the high concentration of pumpkin enzymes which is a very active ingredient. So, I started out with just leaving the mask on for 5 minutes until my skin became acclimated to it and I can now leave it on for the full 15 minutes.

The consistency on the thinner side, so a little goes a long way. It also has the perfect amount of grit. It's not too abrasive or rough, it's just right. I get the perfect facial every time.

Although this is a cleanser, exfoliator, and mask all in one, if I have the time or inclination for a real pamper session, I will often use another mask afterwards but it's definitely not necessary. Whether I choose to use another mask afterwards or just load on my other skincare product, this exfoliator sets the stage so that the other products will work even better as they will penetrate more deeply into the skin.

I would recommend using this before any event when you want to look fresh faced and bright or anytime you want to give your skin a treat!

This product is both gentle yet effective, which is the perfect combo for me.

Retail Price:
$24 USD / 30 ML

Water, Kaolin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Ecuadorian Ivory Palm (Phytelephas Aequatoralis) Seeds Powder, Bentonite, Cetyl Alcohol, Zinc Oxide, Glycerin, Lactobacillus/ Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Allantoin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Vegetable Collagen, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Fragrance.

This product is made in the USA, cruelty free, and eco-friendly. 🐰

All Mellisa B. Naturally products are made without harmful chemicals. 

You can read more about this product by visiting Mellisa B. Naturally. 

*This product was provided to Health and Beauty Girl free for review. All opinions are honest and my own. This post is not sponsored and no affiliate links have been used.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Current 5-Minute Super Simple Summer Makeup Routine!

Okay, so it's not officially Summer yet but, it's warmed up enough that it warrants a change in my makeup routine. I find that in the summer I wear less makeup and I like to use simple and multi-use products. I mean who wants to sweat sparkle off a bunch of makeup throughout the day!?

So, I thought I'd share what I've been using for that simple, easy but still fabulous look since it's warmed up over here. If you don't have these exact products, you can always find similar items to get a great look that can be done in 5 minutes. Links to products can be found in the headings where possible.

I start with NeoStrata's Wrinkle Repair CC Cream with SPF 30
It evens out my skin tone a touch and provides me with a good level of SPF. This cream requires a powder as it's not a matte finish.

Wet N Wild's Dusk Til Dawn Bronzer & Blush 
is just that- a bronzer and blush in one. I swirl all the colours together and dust it along my cheekbones, nose and forehead. Note: I have found this on eBay.

is a favourite of mine as there is no sparkle, just a beautiful glow. The full review is linked here.  I sweep this along the top of my cheekbones and above my brows to give my face a lifted look.

Sonia Kashuk's Cream Eyeshadow in Tiger's Eye
is a gorgeous bronze shade that is perfect for summer! Applied to my eyelids with the doe-foot applicator and blended out with a synthetic brush. It takes only seconds and dries down and lasts all day. Any cream shadow that doesn't crease will do.

is another one-and-done product. Comparison of Benefit's Gimme Brow linked here. It adds a touch of colour and holds my brows in place. I'm always afraid to do too much to my brows in the summer as I know I'll end up wiping my brow with my hand at some point and the last thing I want is smudged brows!

Full review linked here. I love this product, I really have to get the full size! It's the perfect summer lip. It adds a touch of brightening colour to the face and it's not sticky! πŸ’“

my current favourite mascara. The full review linked here. It doesn't smudge or flake and gives me big lashes. Since I'm wearing less makeup in the summer, the lashes are even more important to me. Some may prefer to wear waterproof mascara in the summer. I choose not to just because I find them so difficult to remove.
I hope you liked seeing what I'm currently wearing for a 5-minute summer makeup look. Hopefully, it gave you some ideas for your own summer makeup routine!

* This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own. Some links are referral links. Thank you for the support if you choose to use them.


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