Thursday, 5 May 2016

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask

On my quest to try out more cruelty free brands, I came across First Aid Beauty! I've heard nothing but positive reviews for this brand, but I haven't actually tried them out, until now. I decided to start with their Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask* ($28 CAD), as it's an Allure Best of Beauty Winner!

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask

This face mask is packaged quite simply in a white and blue plastic tube containing 2 ounces of product. The product itself is a white/beige thick cream, and you can actually see little pieces of oats! I really love the soft oatmeal scent that this mask has, it's super calming. I applied a thick layer all over my face, and let it sit for about 20 minutes. The brand recommends leaving this mask on for 10 minutes, but I got distracted and left it on for a bit longer. This mask doesn't completely dry, so I think that you could really leave it on for as long as you wanted to. After washing off this oatmeal mask, my skin felt so smooth & soft! If you have dry or sensitive skin, then I'd definitely recommend giving this mask a try! Oatmeal is such a soothing ingredient, and I love that you actually see small pieces of oats in this formula. 

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask

Additionally, this formula is free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, & it's cruelty free. I'm really excited to further explore First Aid Beauty - please leave your product recommendations in a comment below!

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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

April 2016 Favourites

It's been a few months since I've shared my monthly favourites, but I'm back with the best of the best from April! I'm happy to say that this month's faves are from 100% cruelty free companies, and I'm hoping that by June 1st 2016 I'll only be reviewing products from cruelty free brands that don't sell their products in China. 

April 2016 Favourites

Makeup-wise, I've been loving Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Light/Medium Matte Bronzer*, which you can use for contouring, but I've been using it to add a touch of colour to my face. Plus, it smells like chocolate! For a highlighter, I've been obsessed with BECCA's Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone* (reviewed here). This golden pearl shade is so flattering, and pairs well with any blush. On my lips, I've been wearing Marcelle's Lux Gloss Cream in Chiquita* (reviewed here). This is a pretty pink gloss that you can slap on while on the go without a mirror. My tube is almost used up, and I'm going to really miss it when it hits my empties bin!

April 2016 Favourites

I've recently rediscovered KEVIN.MURPHY's YOUNG.AGAIN.MASQUE*, and I'm loving it! The scent is just beautiful - lemon mixed with warm vanilla. This mask would be ideal for anyone with thick, dry, or damaged hair. For my body, I've been loving Korres' Fig Body Butter*, which has a sweet and warm scent to it. The formula is quite thick, and very hydrating, yet it's not greasy at all. And finally we have a nail polish! Formula X's #BeautyBeyondSize from the April Color Curators Collection. This red has a fantastic formula, and I think that it's a great year-round colour. 

April 2016 Favourites

So there you have it, my absolute favourite products from the past month! Have you tried any of these products? What's your favourite cruelty free brand?

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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

What I Ate In A Day #18 - Vegan

Hello hello! I'm back with another What I Ate In A Day post, which I've been sharing with you every Tuesday (you can check out last weeks' post here)! I follow a vegan diet/lifestyle, so all of the foods that I'll be showing you today are meat, dairy, and egg free. As always, I drink a ton of water throughout the day!

Breakfast

I started off my day with a smoothie bowl, which is my favourite breakfast ever! This smoothie bowl started off with a strawberry kiwi smoothie base, and then I topped the bowl with more kiwis & strawberries, and some raspberries & chia seeds. So good!

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie Bowl

Snacks 

Throughout the day I snack on some fruit - a banana, an orange, and a mango to be specific! 

Orange

Orange Slices

Mango

Lunch

I decided to go really easy with this lunch, and just made a simple sandwich using vegan substitutes. I used white bread (I know, not the healthiest), some Yves Meatless Deli Bologna Slices, and one Field Roast Creamy Original Chao Slice. These Chao slices are seriously to die for - try them out ASAP if you haven't already!

Vegan Bologna & Cheese Sandwich

Dinner

Guys, this dinner is an exciting one! My husband had the genius idea of combining Doritos with tofu, and I had to run with it. After a quick Google search, I realized that this wasn't an entirely original idea, but it was still really fun to try out. Doritos Sweet Chili Heat are accidentally vegan, and they're one of our go-to snack foods! I will say that the flavour of the Doritos calmed down a bit during the baking process, which was good because I don't actually handle spice that well. I paired these tofu strips with some peaches & cream corn, jasmine rice, and carrots. 

Vegan Doritos Tofu

Vegan Doritos Tofu

Dessert

I made a pan of vegan date squares, and I'm absolutely obsessed! I used to make date squares with my grandma as a child, and I had a lot of fun veganizing my old recipe. These date squares turned out beautifully, and I'm going through the pan faster than I want to admit!

Vegan Date Squares

Well there you have it! Another documented day of vegan eating! I hope you've gotten some food inspiration from this post, or at least some kind of idea of what a typical vegan eats in a normal day. Remember to check back next Tuesday for another What I Ate In A Day post!
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Monday, 2 May 2016

April 2016 Empties

I'm back with another empties post! April 2016 was a great month for empties, as I feel like I used up quite a few products - including two lip glosses! I'm trying to use up as may lip products as possible this year, as my lippie collection is just getting out of control. April gave me motivation that it is possible to shrink that collection slowly but surely!

April 2016 Empties

Korres Vanilla Guava Body Butter (reviewed here) - This vanilla guava scent was absolutely delicious!  I loved how hydrating this formula was, it didn't leave my skin feeling oily or greasy at all, and it absorbed into my skin right away. 

Origins A Perfect World Creamy Body Cleanser With White Tea (reviewed here) - This was a nice body wash, but like I said in my review, I just don't think that it's worth the high price tag - $35 CAD! Origins isn't cruelty free, so I won't be buying from them going further.

Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque (reviewed here) - This was a really lovely face mask - I'd recommend it to anyone that's stressed, or has dry, dehydrated skin!

April 2016 Empties

Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Night Cream (reviewed here) - I really, really loved this night cream! It had a lovely thick consistency that really helped to hydrate my skin without leaving it feeling greasy or oily. Plus, I love that it was 100% natural!

Bioderma Hydrabio Riche - This was a really nice moisturizer! I loved that while it was hydrating, it never felt greasy or oily, and I was able to use it morning and night. 

Bioderma Atoderm Mains - This hand cream was fairly lightweight, but I just didn't love how it left my hands feeling. I can be a bit picky when it comes to hand creams, and this one just wasn't my favourite. 

Avon Big & Multiplied Volume Mascara (reviewed here) - I really enjoyed this mascara as an everyday option, but I did find that it dried out fairly quickly. Towards the end of this tubes' life, my lashes started getting pretty clumpy.

blinc Black Mascara Amplified
(reviewed here) - I really did not like this mascara - I used it a few times so I could review it, but then I tossed it into my empties bag. I found the formula to be quite dry, and it didn't do much for my lashes.

Benefit Magic Ink Liquid Eyeliner (reviewed here) - This wand was great for drawing on a really thin line, but I did find it hard to create a winged tip with this wand. The formula is really wet at first, but it dries quickly and then sets for the entire day.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream #16 (reviewed here) - This was a beautiful shimmery pink cream shadow, but I've had it for a few years now and it dried up before I could use it up!

Schick Hydro Silk Refill - I normally use an electric razor to shave my legs, but occasionally I will switch things up and use a traditional razor. I really liked this one, it gave a really close shave!

April 2016 Empties

West Indies Soap Fragrance Free (reviewed here) - This was my first experience with this brand, but now I'm sold! This soap was incredibly creamy, and it lathered really well. I love that it's all natural and vegan too!

SpaRitual Close Your Eyes Sugar Scrub (reviewed here) - I absolutely loved the scent of this body scrub! I also really enjoyed using a sugar scrub, the texture was just fantastic! 

THEFACESHOP Protect Me! Hand Cream in Lesser Panda (reviewed here) - I used this as a body lotion, and it worked really well for that purpose!

CeraVe Eye Repair Cream (reviewed here) - I absolutely loved this eye cream - it was creamy and hydrating without being too heavy! Also, this tube lasted be ages!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Lab Shine #D16 (reviewed here) - I really like these Lab Shines, they're creamy and not sticky at all. Sadly, MUFE isn't cruelty free (sells in China), so I'll have to find a suitable replacement!

Stila Lip Glaze in Seashell (reviewed here) - I wore this a lot with Giorgio Armani's Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick #505 Orchid, and that duo was fantastic! I do however think that these glosses from Stila are a bit expensive for the amount of product that you get (2.4ml), but the formula is nice and I enjoy the brush applicator!

SkinCeuticals Serum 10 AOX+ (reviewed here) - I really loved the way that this made my skin feel, but unfortunately the orange colouring of this liquid did stain my skin around my hairline! Not a good look... 

Bath & Body Works Vanilla Icing PocketBac - I love these little hand sanitizers, and this scent was really yummy!

Mary Kay Into the Garden Soap - This soap had a really nice clean and fresh scent to it, and it had a really creamy formula that lathered well!

April 2016 Empties

Lush Golden Wonder Bath Bomb - This was from Lush's Christmas Collection, but I just recently got around to using it, and I absolutely loved it! Lush really know how to put together incredible holiday collections!

Pureology Smooth Perfection Shampoo & Conditioner (reviewed here) - I really loved this line from Pureology! This duo left my hair feeling super smooth, frizz free, and completely manageable, which is definitely a feat for my normally super tangly hair!

Kevin Murphy Born.Again.Masque (reviewed here) - This was a really hydrating masque, and I definitely loved it a lot more than the matching shampoo & conditioner in this line!

April 2016 Empties

Have you tried any of the products that I've used up over the past month? Hopefully May will be another great month for empties, as 2016 is the year that I'm really trying to use up what I have!


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Sunday, 1 May 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Dainty

So far, I've just tried out brow products from Anastasia Beverly Hills (I'm currently obsessed with their Brow Whiz!), but I've recently ventured into their more extensive makeup line! Today I'll be sharing their beautiful Lip Gloss in Dainty* ($21 CAD/0.16 oz), which is a pretty peachy pink shade. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Dainty

"This ultra-smooth, weightless formula combines the intensity of a stain with the mirror-like shine of a gloss. The flat, sponge-tip applicator delivers multidimensional pigment neatly and precisely. Wear it alone or layer with lipstick to create a custom look." - Sephora

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Dainty

For a lip gloss, I have to say that this formula is fairly pigmented. You can definitely wear this gloss on it's own - I don't think that there's really any reason to pair it with a lipstick, it's that pigmented! And Dainty is one of the lighter shades available!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Dainty

The packaging for Anastasia Beverly Hills' Lip Glosses is fairly simple - clear plastic tubes with a flattened doe foot applicator. The wand makes application pretty easy, and I can paint on Dainty in a flash without even using a mirror. That's how I know that this is a product that I'll get a lot of use out of!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Dainty

I can get about 4 hours of wear time out of this gloss, which is pretty great for my lips! You will have to reapply after eating/drinking, as this formula isn't transfer-proof. Dainty is a peachy pink colour that I think will be great for Spring/Summer. Shades like this one can sometimes wash me out, but I do feel like Dainty is warm enough that it doesn't make me look like a ghost!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Dainty

There are a ton of shades available in this range, and I have my sights set on Dusty Lilac and Peony next! If you've tried out any of Anastasia Beverly Hills' Lip Glosses, I'd love to hear your shade recommendations! ABH is a cruelty free company, and after a quick check of the ingredients, it looks like this gloss is vegan as well! <3

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