Sunday, 13 August 2017

July 2017 Empties

I'm a bit late with my July empties - life has just been crazy busy these last few months! But, better late than never, right? This month's empties is composed of mostly skin care products, and only a few makeup bits.

July 2017 Empties

Nivea Creme Care Shower Cream - This product was unique in the fact that it's a body moisturizer that you apply it to wet skin in the shower, and then rinse off. I found that it did add a slight boost of hydration to my skin and was easy to use, but unfortunately Nivea isn't cruelty free so I won't be repurchasing.

Philosophy Vanilla Bean Nutmeg 3-in-1 shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath - This scent was absolutely divine! So warm and yummy... it pains me that Philosophy isn't cruelty free! 

Fresh Seaberry Skin Nutrition Cleansing Oil - This was a nice cleansing oil, it removed all of my makeup with ease. If you have any cruelty free dupes please let me know!

Lush The Kiss Lip Scrub - I use a lip scrub every single night, and Lush's are some of my favourites. This particular scent was limited edition for Valentine's Day, and while it was nice, I have to admit that it was a bit too sweet for my liking. 

Burt's Bees Coconut & Pear Lip Balm - I've grown to really like Burt's Bees lip balm over the last year! I don't rely on lip balm nearly as much as I used to, and the waxier texture of these balms is actually quite nice. 

eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner - I received this in a Glossy Box a while ago, but just recently fell in love with this mini! I prefer to use a liquid liner, and this formula was incredible. Very easy to apply, create a wing, and it didn't smudge throughout the day. 

July 2017 Empties

Bioderma Sensibio Tolerance+ - This facial moisturizer was very gentle, making it a great option for those with sensitive skin. 

The Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel Mini - Who doesn't love the Satsuma line from The Body Shop?! I've been using this line on and off since I was in high school, and I still can't get enough of it. Will definitely repurchase in the future. 

Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner - I had this tube kicking around for far too long, and I finally got around to using it up! You can use this product as a moisturizer or as a primer, but I chose to use it as the former. This was a great Summer moisturizer, as it was very lightweight. Not sure that I loved it enough to repurchase, but it was nice. 

Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser - This was just a mini, and I brought it with my to Portugal. It's been a minute since I've used a foaming cleanser, but this one was quite nice. I've been exploring the Ole Henriksen brand this year, and I've been really impressed!

Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado, Olive & Basil Hand Therapy - This was a great mini size to keep in my purse, and the formula was super hydrating without being greasy. I'll have to research whether or not C&E is cruelty free before I go to repurchase! Right now I'm using a hand cream from The Body Shop!

July 2017 Empties

Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Restorative Shampoo & Conditioner - This duo was nice and hydrating without weighing my hair down! Live Clean has some really great hair care products, and I love that they're all cruelty free and vegan. 

Live Clean Argan Oil Hydrating Liquid Hand Soap Refill - I've mentioned this many times, but Live Clean's hand soaps are by far my favourite! Their refills are a great way to cut down on packaging waste, and they're also more affordable. 

July 2017 Empties

So there you have it, my July 2017 empties! Hopefully next month I'll have more beauty empties to share with you - I'm super close to finishing up two foundations! 

What products have you emptied recently? Have you tried any of the products that made it into my recycling bin this month?

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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Lush Don't Look At Me Fresh Face Mask

I recently rounded up five empty black pots from Lush and headed over to the Rideau Centre to trade them in for a fresh face mask! I've tried most of Lush's vegan face masks, and I've never been disappointed. I went into the store thinking that I would pick up Rosy Cheeks again, but then I saw the bright blue pot of Don't Look At Me, and I just had to try it out!

Lush Don't Look At Me Fresh Face Mask

Lush Don't Look At Me Fresh Face Mask

Lush's Don't Look At Me Fresh Face Mask is Lush's most expensive fresh face mask, ringing in at $13.95 CAD. So, it's a great one to try out when you're taking part in Lush's recycling program. This bright blue mask is formulated with kaolin, ground rice, murumuru butter, organic silken tofu, and lemon juice. The lemon notes appear strongly in the scent of this face mask, making it a great one to use in the morning to wake you up.

Lush Don't Look At Me Fresh Face Mask

I like to leave this mask on for about 15 minutes. This face mask doesn't dry completely, so it doesn't ever feel tight or uncomfortable. I like to splash a bit of water onto my face, and then exfoliate my face with the mask - the ground rice makes things very scrubby! After the mask is completely rinsed off, my face is so incredibly smooth and soft. Seriously, I don't think my face is ever as smooth as it is right after I use Don't Look At Me! I also feel like this mask works well to control oils without stripping my face completely. Apparently you can use this mask all over your body, but that would be quite the pricey indulgence. 

Lush Don't Look At Me Fresh Face Mask

Lush's Don't Look At Me is absolutely a winner in my books! I love how this mask helps to gently exfoliate my skin, while also nourishing and hydrating. Even though this is Lush's priciest fresh face mask, I do think that it would be worth the splurge every once in a while.

What are your favourite fresh face masks from Lush?

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Friday, 28 July 2017

Giant Mechanical Creatures Roam Downtown Ottawa #LaMachine

2017 is a big year for Canada, as it's our 150th birthday! While Canada Day has already passed, events are still taking place all year long to celebrate. Most recently, La Machine has brought their incredible mechanical show to the streets of downtown Ottawa! I've been looking forward to this show ever since I saw the promotional video about a year ago. Well, today I was able to catch a bit of the action, and it was pretty spectacular!

Long Ma La Machine

La Machine Ottawa

I headed over to the National Gallery for the 2 pm event. Even as I was walking through Major's Hill Park I could already tell that it was way busier than normal. I got to the National Gallery just after 1 pm, and the crowd was already massive. Ottawa is usually a fairly quiet city, so it was a welcomed change of pace! 

Kumo La Machine

There were two giant mechanical creatures: Long Ma and Kumo. Long Ma is a dragon-horse that shoots firey flames, and Kumo is a spider that shoots water. The two creatures are not only massive, but also are engaging in a weekend long duel. While Long Ma shoots fire, Kumo counters with water. The creatures "walk" throughout the downtown core, while police direct the crowds so nobody gets crushed. I do wish that the routes for the creatures were released to the public in advance, as no one really knew where to go to get the best view of the show. 

La Machine Ottawa

One of my favourite aspects of this show was the live band that followed the robots in the sky. There were four separate robotic lifts, each carrying between 1-4 musicians. This musical accompaniment completed the show, and was incredibly impressive! 

La Machine Ottawa

La Machine shows are taking place all weekend long, you can take a look at the schedule here. I won't lie to you: the crowds will be huge and might be overwhelming, but the atmosphere was really friendly and exciting. It's not too often that something like this makes its' way to Ottawa, so if you're able to catch some of the action, definitely do so!

Have you managed to catch Long Ma and Kumo wandering the streets of downtown Ottawa? What did you think of the show?

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Monday, 24 July 2017

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Echo

It might be July, but Ottawa hasn't been seeing very Summery weather so far. When I was looking through my lipstick drawer, I came across Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Echo, and I just had to try it out right then and there. I've had this colour in my collection for a little while now, but it's always looked a bit too intimidating. For whatever reason, I was compelled to give it a chance, and I'm so glad I finally did!

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Echo

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Echo

Echo is a deep inky blue that has amazing pigmentation. I'm already a huge fan of the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick formula - it's long wearing, highly pigmented, and transfer resistant. All of the shades are vegan and cruelty free, which of course is a huge selling point for me!

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Echo

This is definitely the most dramatic lipstick that I've ever worn, and I'm loving it. You only need one swipe of Echo for a perfectly pigmented lip, which is quite impressive for such a deep colour. While this inky navy colour is dramatic, I was surprised at how comfortable I was wearing it. Paired with a neutral eye and cheek, I think that anyone could pull off this lipstick. If you have really dry lips, you might want to touch up with a lip balm or clear lip gloss for added hydration. 

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Echo Swatch

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Echo

Have you branched out into the world of bold, dramatic lipsticks? I normally reach for soft pinks and neutrals, but now I think I'll be more open to switching things up with a dramatic lip every now and then! There are a ton of fun colours in Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipstick line, I have my eyes on Woolf and Dreamer next!

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Saturday, 22 July 2017

BVspa Scrubs & Lotions

Last year I reviewed BVspa's Sugar & Salt Scrubs, which I really, really enjoyed using. Well, my stash has recently been restocked with scrubs, and now I've also been trying out a few of their body lotions*.

BVspa Scrubs & Lotions

I've tried BVspa's Pomegranate & Açaí Salt Scrub before, and I absolutely love the scent. This fragrance is quite sweet and calming. The salt scrub has a thick consistency, and offers a gentle exfoliation. This would be a great daily scrub, or perfect for anyone that's new to body scrubs. This was my first time trying BVspa's Lavender & Rosemary scent, and I think that it's a fragrance that a lot of people will enjoy. Personally, lavender isn't on of my favourite scents, but the rosemary helps me to better enjoy this line. The sugar scrubs offer a bit more of an intense exfoliation compared to the salt scrubs, making them a great scrub to use once or twice a week, or before self-tanning.

BVspa Sugar & Salt Scrubs

Both of these body lotions have a light consistency to them, which I absolutely appreciate for the warmer months. Even though the lotion is a bit thinner, it still is very moisturizing, and leaves my entire body feeling smooth, soft, and lightly scented. 

BVspa Body Lotions

BVspa also has a Grapefruit scent that is very nice & invigorating, as well as body butters in all three scents. I don't even want to think about Winter, but when the colder weather does eventually return, I'll need to try out the body butters! 

Have you checked out BVspa yet? What are your favourite cruelty free body care brands?

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