Friday, 6 March 2015

The Body Shop Hemp Soap On A Rope

When's the last time that you used a soap on a rope? You can relive the olden days with The Body Shop's new Hemp Soap On A Rope* ($10 CAD/150g)! I've used TBS' Hemp Hand Protector before, which is incredibly hydrating, so I had high hopes for this soap! 

The Body Shop Hemp Soap On A Rope

"Hemp Soap on a Rope delivers effective non-drying, sensitive cleansing for dry skin, with moisturizing hemp seed oil. This rich soap can be hang-dried by its durable rope, so it doesn't pick up dirt and bacteria sitting on the side of the tub.
The Body Shop Hemp Soap On A Rope

Not gunna lie, this soap looks a lot like a pot leaf, Dylan was pretty shocked when he saw it in the shower! Packaging design aside, this soap is pretty great. There's a light herbal scent to this soap, but I don't find that the scent lingers on my skin for very long. This formula lathers nicely, and leaves my skin feeling smooth and lightly hydrated. I really like that this soap is on a rope, that way it can dry and you never risk having your fancy soap bar sitting in a pool of water!

The Body Shop Hemp Soap On A Rope

This bar of soap is quite large, so I imagine that it will last me a long time. If you're a fan of earthy scents, then I think that you'll like this soap, and The Body Shop's Hemp range in general. 

Have you tried anything from The Body Shop's Hemp range?

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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Too Faced La Crème Lip Balm in Pink Slip

I've been a long time fan of Too Faced La Creme Lip Sticks, but it's taken me a while to try out their La Crème Lip Balm range. This formula is essentially meant to be super hydrating tinted lip balms, offering a sheer wash of colour. There are a lot of days when all I want is a sheer amount of colour, especially when I'm at work or just running errands. I've been using the shade Pink Slip* ($22 USD), which is a sheer pink-coral colour. 

Too Faced La Crème Lip Balm in Pink Slip

"Your lips deserve La Crème Lip Balm—a creamy surge of moisture in a rich, buttery balm. This ultra-nourishing formula is saturated with antioxidant-rich White Lotus Flower Extract, Black Currant Seed Oil and Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, leaving your lips plump and irresistibly kissable." - Too Faced

Too Faced La Crème Lip Balm in Pink Slip

Too Faced La Crème Lip Balm in Pink Slip

Too Faced La Crème Lip Balms come packaged in pink metallic tubes, with colour coded labels on the bottom of them. I really love this packaging, but I have to admit that I still prefer the gold tubes of the original La Crème line. There's no real scent to these tinted lip balms. 

Too Faced La Crème Lip Balm in Pink Slip

Too Faced La Crème Lip Balm in Pink Slip

In the tube, Pink Slip looks like a pink-nude shade, but on my lips there's definitely some orange tones. This formula is incredibly thick and creamy, and feels quite cushiony on my lips. I get about 4 hours of hydration from this formula, but I definitely do feel the need to reapply after eating. I wouldn't say that this formula feels exactly like a typical lip balm, it's a bit waxier and not quite as hydrating. But for a tinted lip balm, I'd say that it's still very good! Since this colour is sheer, you don't really need to worry about the colour migrating outside of your lips, getting on your teeth, or transferring onto your cup - bonus! However, if you have dry lips then this formula does have a tendency to cling to any dry patches. You'll want to exfoliate beforehand, just to be safe!

Too Faced La Crème Lip Balm in Pink Slip

Too Faced La Crème Lip Balm in Pink Slip Swatch

If you're into sheer washes of colour, then I think you'd really love Too Faced La Crème Lip Balm line. The next shade on my radar is Plum Crazy, I just can't resist a good purple lippie! Have you tried out this formula, or Too Faced regular La Crème line? What shades are your favourites from either range?

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Monday, 2 March 2015

Fresh Life Bath & Shower Gel and Oval Soap

Happy Monday friends! Today is my last day in Vienna, and we're taking a train to Prague tonight. I'll update you with more details about my trip ASAP, but you can check out my trip pictures on Instagram in the meantime :) For now I want to share two luxurious bath & body products with you from Fresh. Fresh Life Bath & Shower Gel* ($24) and Oval Soap* ($18)  have the same scent of Fresh's Life Eau de Parfum, which I'm already a huge fan of!

Fresh Life Bath & Shower Gel and Oval Soap

"Fresh Life Bath & Shower Gel contains vitamins C and E to revitalize and gently cleanse the skin. The invigorating formula is enriched with nourishing shea butter and antioxidant-rich vitamins. Its scent captures the ultimate Fresh moment by conjuring the freshness of a clear blue sky, sweet morning air, a sparkling sun, and velvety water." - Sephora

Fresh Life Bath & Shower Gel

Fresh's Life scent is very crisp, clean, and uplifting, with notes of magnolia, sweet cucumber, warm orange, tonka flowers, velvet bergamot, and cypress. This bath & shower gel has a thick formula that lathers incredibly well, especially when used on a loofah. I find this formula to be quite hydrating, thanks to the inclusion of vitamins C & E. 

Fresh Life Bath & Shower Gel

"Fresh Life Oval Soap captures the ultimate Fresh moment, conjuring the freshness of a clear blue sky, sweet morning air, a sparkling sun, and velvety water. The nourishing formula is milled multiple times, making the soap super dense, luxurious, and long lasting. In the Fresh spirit of artisanship, each soap is hand-wrapped, tied with a delicate wire, and topped with a semiprecious stone." - Sephora

Fresh Life Oval Soap

Fresh Life Oval Soap is exquisitely packaged - I mean look at that packaging! The bar of soap is wrapped in blue paper, and there's a wire around the bar with a little blue stone at the cross-points. This soap has that same amazing fresh, clean scent of the shower gel, and when these two products are used together the scent lingers on my skin for a few hours. The first time I used this soap, I was honestly blown away by how great the later was! This soap is super creamy, hydrating, and I love that it doesn't leave my skin with that annoying "squeaky clean" feeling. This bar is massive, so I'm sure that it will last me ages. 

Fresh Life Oval Soap

If you're looking to pamper yourself, then I think that these products are what you need. This soap is just beautiful - yes, it is pricey at $18, but I think that it's worth splurging on every once in a while. When these two products are used together, the scent is able to stay on your skin for even longer, and trust me, you'll want this scent to stick around!

Have you used any of Fresh Oval Soaps before? What scent should I try out next?

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Friday, 27 February 2015

Dermalogica Stress Relief Treatment Oil

Everyone deals with stress, and I something that I find really helpful to reduce stress and anxiety is taking some time every week to pamper myself. Dermalogica's Stress Relief Treatment Oil* ($37 CAD/100 mL) is a multi-use oil with a calming fragrance (Sandalwood, Lavender, Orange and Clary Sage), with the goal reducing stress, and increasing happiness. 

Dermalogica Stress Relief Treatment Oil

"An aromatic body treatment oil, ideal for massage, bath therapy and deluxe skin conditioning. This soothing, multifunctional blend combines advanced Silicones for skin smoothing with calming essential oils of Sandalwood, Lavender, Orange and Clary Sage. Naturally-purifying extracts of Tea Tree, Lemon, and Ylang-Ylang help to counteract the negative mental effects of stress for the ultimate in relaxation. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors." - Dermalogica

Dermalogica Stress Relief Treatment Oil

Dermalogica Stress Relief Treatment Oil

You can use this oil in a variety of ways - as a standard body oil, as a scalp treatment, mixed into your body lotion, or as a bath oil. When used as a body oil, my skin is left feeling incredibly smooth, silky, plump, and hydrated. This oil has a rich consistency, and is definitely meant for those with dry skin. This formula does take a few minutes to fully absorb, so don't plan on getting dressed right away. My favourite use for this oil is actually as a scalp treatment - simply massage a few pumps of this oil onto your scalp a few minutes before showering. My regular shampoo easily removes all of the oil, and my scalp is left feeling calmed & hydrated, and my hair isn't greasy at all. I haven't had the chance to add this oil to my bath yet, but it sounds heavenly! 

Dermalogica Stress Relief Treatment Oil

Dermalogica Stress Relief Treatment Oil

I think that the simple act of taking a few minutes out of your busy to pamper yourself with a body oil will help to reduce stress. That being said, this product from Dermalogica is incredibly luxurious, and definitely adds to the pampering and stress-reducing experience. If you're new to body oils, I think that this multi-purpose formula is a great place to start!

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Thursday, 26 February 2015

New Lush Shampoo Bars - Brazilliant & Honey I Washed My Hair

I've been a longtime fan of Lush's Shampoo Bars, and recently they've released 6 new formulas! I've been trying out two of the new shampoo bars - Brazilliant* & Honey I Washed My Hair*. If you've never heard of a shampoo bar before, then you're in for a real treat. These little pucks are solid shampoos. At first, I was super skeptical of these bars, but believe me, they really work! Simply rub the bar in your hands, or directly onto your hair, and a lather will form! 

New Lush Shampoo Bars - Brazilliant & Honey I Washed My Hair

Brazilliant:

"A solid shampoo that tames thick and curly hair? Brazilliant! Made with strengthening andiroba oil, this orange-y shampoo is hand-crafted to help tame that thick or curly mane and leave it shiny and beautifully conditioned. Ylang ylang and sweet orange oil add to its gorgeous citrus scent to help give you a sunny disposition for the whole day." - Lush

Brazilliant is a bright orange shampoo bar with a cheery citrus scent. This formula is meant for curly, thick, hard to handle hair (i.e. my hair). Brazilliant lathers nicely, and leaves my curls looking bouncy and defined. The orange scent lingers in my hair for about a day, which I absolutely love!

New Lush Shampoo Bars - Brazilliant & Honey I Washed My Hair

Honey I Washed My Hair:

"Lather up with this luscious honey shampoo and immerse yourself in our best-selling honey-toffee scent. With a generous helping of real Fair Trade honey, this sweetie of a bar will moisturize and soften hair without weighing it down, leaving it soft, bouncy and smelling irresistible. This solid self-preserving bar will last for up to 80 washes (that’s the work of three bottles of liquid shampoo!) and requires no packaging. How cool is that?" - Lush

New Lush Shampoo Bars - Brazilliant & Honey I Washed My Hair

Honey I Washed My Hair is a plain white shampoo bar, but it smells absolutely incredible, just like the matching Honey I Washed the Kids Soap. This formula lathers quite well, and leaves my hair feeling silky smooth and hydrated. Always make sure to let your shampoo bars dry for an hour or so before putting them into Lush's shampoo bar tin for storage. 

New Lush Shampoo Bars - Brazilliant & Honey I Washed My Hair

Both of these new shampoo bars are real winners in my eyes! Honey I Washed My Hair is probably my favourite of the two, and it's the one that I brought on my European vacation. These shampoo bars are perfect for travel, since you don't have to worry about anything spilling in your luggage! Have you tried any of Lush's shampoo bars before? Which one is your favourite?

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