Review + swatches – Givenchy fall 2016 collection – Edition Couture Prisme Libre & Le Rouge, Le Rouge Perfecto, Prisme Visage, and Khol Couture Waterproof

Givenchy Edition Couture Prisme Libre and Le Rouge lipstick review and swatch

Fall at Givenchy is starting off with a bang! In addition to the launch of these gorgeous products, they are also revamping their entire display at Sephora. I have a few new products from their fall line to share with you. All of these products will be on counter as at October 21, 2016, so keep your eyes out!

Givenchy Edition Couture Prisme Libre and Le Rouge lipstick review and swatch

Let’s jump right into the most exciting products this fall – the Edition Couture Prisme Libre and Le Rouge lipstick. Every year, Givenchy releases its iconic products in limited edition packaging, and this year, it features its cult favourite Prisme Libre, which is a loose powder that contains four different shades of powder to help brighten and even out the skin tone, as well as its much-loved Le Rouge lipstick, in limited edition, floral packaging.

The Prisme Libre (C$66) shade is No. 1 Mousseline Pastel, the universally flattering variation that contains green, blue, soft peach, and purple-toned powder. The powder is super finely milled, and the shades blend in beautifully on the skin without actually looking green or blue. I like to compare this against my favourite Guerlain Meteorites powders, and I find that this one is more colour-correcting, i.e., you get more of a brightening effect through the colour-correcting powders, instead of through glow, as with Guerlain. They both serve different purposes, and I find myself reaching for this one if I have a bit more time to blend and play, or if I want a more colour-balanced and mattified look instead of a glowy look.

Givenchy Edition Couture Prisme Libre and Le Rouge lipstick review and swatch

I am a BIG fan of Le Rouge lipstick (C$44) – they are an extremely comfortable semi-matte formula that was one of the first matte lipstick formulas I fell in love with. The shade that is featured with the Edition Couture is No. 306 Carmin Escarpin, an intense orange-toned red. The colour is seriously gorgeous – a true one-swipe wonder. It is also ultra long-lasting, wearing over 6 hours before a reapply is needed (and this is with drinking and light snacking). The case of the lipstick is made of real leather, and it is interchangeable, so you can use it on your choice of shade. Sadly, I’m not a fan of orange-based reds because I find that they make my teeth look more yellow, although I know I will be using that lid with my other Le Rouge lipsticks.

Givenchy Le Rouge Perfecto review
Givenchy Le Rouge Perfecto review

Le Rouge Perfecto is a brand new product for fall. It’s a three-in-one formula that is a balm, a lip maximizer, and a lip tint in one. It reminds me of Dior Addict Lip Glow, which is a cult favourite product, in that it is a very hydrating, balmy product that also gives the lips a natural pink tint. I like to keep this at the office to use as a balm and light tint in one – it’s perfect for those conservative work environments where you don’t generally see people wearing lots of makeup. The case is genuine leather, and looks ultra classy and luxurious.

Givenchy Prisme Visage in No.5 Soie Abricot review and swatch

The Givenchy Prisme Visage (C$57) is one of their most well-known products, so much so that a lot of smaller beauty companies have copied this quad-powder design (cough Marcelle). For this fall, it was revamped with five new shades (available in Canada, there are more shades available internationally). The shade I have is No. 5 Soie Abricot, which is good for those with light to medium skintones. This powder was designed to help brighten, structure, and mattify the skin.

Givenchy Prisme Visage in No.5 Soie Abricot review and swatch

I previously reviewed their summer Healthy Glow powder which has a gel-powder formula. The Prisme Visage has a completely different formula that’s very powdery and very creamy, designed to offer a light dusting of powder on the skin to blur any pores and lines, and create a very lightweight finish. The texture is super soft, and the powder blends in very easily with the rest of the makeup. You can technically wear each shade separately, but the pan is quite small so I prefer to just mix the four shades together and dust it evenly on my face. I find that the difference in each of the shades is not very obvious once it applies on my face, so I don’t get a very sculpted finish even if I do use each shade separate.

It also comes with a separate brush, that sits in a tray that goes neatly on top of the powder. This one is soft and works to sweep the powder on the skin, but as with most included brushes, they aren’t the most useful if you have normal sized brushes at home that you can use.

Givenchy Khol Couture Waterproof in Chestnut review and swatch

Lastly, we have the Khol Couture Waterproof (C$30), available in six new shades. The shade I have is No. 2 Chestnut / Brown. Holy crap this eyeliner is so creamy, pigmented, and very easy to apply. It just glides on! Long story short, though, it does smudge on me, as I have relatively oily eyelids. In addition to the Chestnut, and the classic Black, there is also a Turquoise, Cobalt, Jade, and Lilac.

All of these Givenchy fall 2016 products will be available as at October 21 at Sephora, in stores and online!

The swatches

Givenchy Prisme Visage in No. 5 Soie Abricot

Givenchy Prisme Visage in No.5 Soie Abricot review and swatch

Givenchy Khol Couture Waterproof in No. 2 Chestnut and Le Rouge Lipstick in No. 306 Carmin Escarpin

Givenchy Edition Couture in Carmin Escarpin and Khol Couture Waterproof in Chestnut review and swatch

The products featured in this post were provided by PR; all opinions are my own.

Calling all thick-haired girls, Tangle Teezer is your friend!

Tangle Teezer review

As a teen, I used to have crazy thick, unruly hair. Now that I’ve aged a bit, my hair has lost a lot of its volume, but it can still be a hassle to maintain. If only I discovered Tangle Teezer when I was younger! If you’re unfamiliar with Tangle Teezer, it is godsend for hair that tangles easily. It’s essentially a plastic brush, but designed in a way that you can easily and painlessly untangle your hair. I have the Original, the Compact, and the Blow Styling Brush.

Tangle Teezer review

The Original (C$20) and Compact Tangle Teezer (C$25) are handle-less hair brushes made of plastic. They are essentially the same brush, just the Compact version is smaller and comes with a cap to protect the bristles from bending. Before I got my hands on the Compact Tangle Teezer, I was taking my Original on trips with me and I can say that my bristles weren’t bent or broken in anyways, so you can totally take the Original on trips too. The Original is about 1/3 bigger than the Compact, and can cover more “ground,” so if you have longer hair, I would recommend the Original even if you are travelling or taking this around with you in your purse. The Compact version is smaller, so it’s better for those with shorter hair. Weirdly enough, I actually find the Compact version to be a lot more weighty; the quality feels more substantial in my hand than the Original.

Tangle Teezer review
Tangle Teezer review

The Blow Styling Brush (C$43) is a nice addition to my hair styling stash. It looks more like the traditional hair brush with a handle, also made of plastic. There are two sizes available – a full size, and a half size. The full size would be great for those with hair that extends past 1/3 of the way down your back, and the half size would be great for anything shorter that. I have the full size version, which is a bit tedious to use on my shoulder-length hair.

I use this to brush through my wet hair, and also when blow drying my hair. Truthfully, I don’t find it helps my hair dry any faster than if I just used my fingers to run through my hair, but it does help my hair look sleeker and less frizzy. I wouldn’t say it’s a must-have though, unless you have very thick, long and unruly hair. 

Tangle Teezer review

The one time that I would say the Tangle Teezer is an absolute must-have is for when you’re off to a beach vacation and your hair is basically tangled and ruined from the salt water. Save your hair and scalp by using the Tangle Teezer, you will seriously thank yourself.

What type of person would need Tangle Teezer?

  • If you’re a swimmer
  • If you’re going on a beach vacation, or a vacation where there is going to be a lot of wind
  • If you have very thick, unruly, or curly hair that tangles easily
  • If you have very long hair

You can purchase the Tangle Teezer, the Compact Tangle Teezer, and the Blow Styling Brush at Sephora.

Have you tried the Tangle Teezer?

Review + swatches – Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor collection

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor swatches and review

Dior holiday is upon us again! Every year, Dior releases a gorgeous, vintage-inspired makeup collection that I look forward to. This year, the Splendor collection is definitely the most memorable of them all! Inspired by the artistry of Dior ateliers with sparkling sequins, this collection, created by Peter Philips transcends the quintessence of the Dior woman: timeless femininity, beauty in motion, festive and free.

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor swatches and review

My favourite product of the collection is easily the 5 Couleurs Splendor, in the shade 776 Precious Embroidery (C$73). This warm-toned, sequin-embossed eyeshadow palette is one of the most gorgeous eyeshadow palettes from the recent seasons. It has hues of cool-toned and warm-toned golds, taupe, warm brown, and plummy chocolate.

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor swatches and review

I tend to find Dior’s embossed eyeshadows to perform significantly better than their regular palettes (see the holiday palettes from last year!), and this is true for Precious Embroidery as well. The texture of Precious Embroidery is ultra soft, very pigmented, and a beautiful taupe-toned alternative to a smokey look palette. The shimmers in these shades is very sophisticated, and helped to improve how creamy it feels. In the past, I tend to find that Dior’s eyeshadows have a lot of fallout, but these ones were less so. If you’re a fan of Dior’s shadows, or like anything taupe, this is the palette for you!

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor swatches and review

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor swatches and review

I always look forward to the beautiful vintage-inspired Diorific Lipsticks (C$46) in the beautiful gold tubes. The Diorific lipsticks this year are again in the matte formula, similar to last year. The shades I have are 440 Charm and 880 Fascination. Charm is a pretty peachy pink, and Fascination is a dark wine. The formula of these lipsticks are very similar to the newly released Rouge Dior lipsticks in that they are very creamy, hydrating and full of pigment. Despite it being a matte formula, I actually found these to be more satin than matte. Regardless, the formula is a clear winner – I can get 3-4 hours of wear with Charm, and 6+ hours of wear with Fascination. Charm fades very evenly, whereas Fascination leaves a bit of a stain behind.

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor swatches and review

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor swatches and review

Lastly, I also have the Diorific Vernis (C$34) to share with you in the shades 001 Nova, 850 Splendor, and 899 Cosmic. Nova is a beautiful, clear gel with suspended cellophane that works beautifully as a top coat to spice up your usual cream shades. Splendor is a gorgeous festive red with gold micro-glitter, and 899 Cosmic is a dark purple with gold micro-glitter. My favourite of the three is definitely Nova, although Splendor is a close second. I love the Dior Vernis formula, it is very long-wearing, dries quickly, and also very glossy. The brush is very well designed to make it easy to apply. Too bad none of these shades are too original, as we see reds so much around the holiday season that it is hard to justify picking up another. The bottle though, is definitely a collector’s item.

Dior’s holiday 2016 collection is available now (or should be coming very soon) to your local Dior counter at Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, The Bay, Shopper’s Drug Mart, and anywhere Dior is sold.

The swatches

Dior 5 Couleurs Splendor in Precious Embroidery

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor swatches and review

Diorific Lipsticks in Charm and Fascination

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor swatches and review

Diorific Vernis in Nova, Splendor, Splendor topped with Nova, Cosmic, and Cosmic topped with Nova

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor swatches and review

Lastly, I’m going to leave off with a sad photo of the Precious Embroidery palette once I’ve swatched it😦

Dior Holiday 2016 Splendor swatches and review

The products featured in this post were provided by PR; all opinions are my own.

Review: Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate

Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate review

Kiehl’s since 1851 has released some very impressive products in the last few years, and this Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate is a new-found favourite of mine. I use this every morning to combat dryness and sensitivity in the winter, and I have definitely noticed an improvement in my skin’s hydration level as well as smoothness. This, along with the Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Essence, have formed a crucial part of my morning skincare routine.

My skin profile: I have very dehydrated cheeks with a t-zone that gets oily. I occasionally get break-outs, usually 1-2 around that time of the month. My main skin concerns are hyper-pigmentation and dehydration in the cheek area and fine lines in the eye area. My ideal skincare products are ones that provide good moisture to my skin, absorb quickly and leave no left-over product sitting on top of my skin.

What it claims (from Formulated with a potent complex of 15% plant-based Glycerin and Shiso Leaf Extract, this concentrated serum utilizes next-generation technology to intensively hydrate skin’s deepest surface layers. Clinically demonstrated to help correct the signs of age-related dehydration, it youthfully plumps skin, smoothing the appearance of fine lines and rough texture.

Price: C$58.00 for 50mL

Texture/Scent: Clear gel with no scent

Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate review

The good: My first impression is that this gel is very lightweight and basically melts into the skin. I use 3/4 to a full pump each morning on my face after cleansing and applying my Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Essence, and before my Reversa Anti-Wrinkle Cream with SPF 30 and foundation. It absorbs almost immediately, and my skin feels smooth and hydrated. My skin is relatively sensitive, especially in a drier climate, and I felt this serum really helped to soothe and prep it for the cold and dry weather outside. In addition, my foundation blends in perfectly with zero patchiness. There are also no dry spots for the foundation to cling to, so the finish is smooth and glowy. The packaging is hygienic, using an airless pump bottle so that the product doesn’t oxidize and also there is no waste. Lastly, despite it being a serum, it comes in a 50mL bottle which is usually reserved for moisturizers. Priced at $58 for 50mL, it’s actually great value for a high end skincare brand.

  • Skin looks smoother and feels hydrated
  • Absorbs completely with no residue
  • Helps foundation apply more smoothly
  • Hygienic, air-tight pump bottle
  • Good value

The bad: Dimethicone is super high on the ingredients list and sometimes it feels like I am applying a silicone-based primer instead of a moisturizing serum.

  • Dimethicone high on the ingredients list

Overall: Despite feeling like a primer, this product has really helped hydrate and protect my skin in the winter. It also helps my foundation apply smoother and adhere better. Because my skin feels more hydrated and balanced, there  is also less oil production and I don’t need to blot as much, allowing my foundation to wear more long-lasting. Priced at $58 for 50mL, it really is great value for a high end skincare product that really works. I’ve recommended this product to a few of my friends who have dry and/or sensitive skin, and they’ve all had pretty good luck with it, so I will continue to recommend this product. If you live near a Kiehl’s boutique, please do ask for a sample of this as they are quite generous with their samples. Once you try this, you will be hooked!

Product: 18/20
Packaging: 4.5/5
Value: 5/5
Overall: 27.5/30 | A+
Repurchase? Yes

Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate review and ingredients

Review + swatches – NARS Audacious collection for fall 2016, featuring Audacious lipsticks in Apoline and Shirley, and Brow Defining Creams in El Djouf and Danakil

NARS Brow Defining Creams in El Djouf and Danakil review

NARS introduced a capsule collection for fall 2016 featuring its Audacious lipsticks, as well as new Brow Defining Creams. I had previous reviewed additional products from the fall line-up here, please check that out. Even though the Audacious lipsticks came out a few years ago, I hadn’t yet had the chance to try them, so I was very excited to dig in when I received the new shades Apoline and Shirley.

NARS Audacious lipsticks in Apoline and Shirley review

NARS Audacious lipstick (C$39) claims to provide “weightless, color-saturated lips.” The shade Apoline is a beautiful creamy mauve that’s super wearable for everyday. The shade Shirley is a pink-based red that’s also very creamy. Both shades are intensely pigmented in just one swipe, giving you an incredibly gorgeous, saturated look with very minimal effort. Of the two shades, Apoline is definitely the more everyday colour, whereas Shirley is a very different variation of the bombshell red. I love both for different reasons, so I can’t pick a favourite. Wear time is pretty fantastic with both shades, but of course Shirley, being the more intense colour, is ultra long wearing and also leaves a stain.

NARS Audacious lipsticks in Apoline and Shirley review

NARS Brow Defining Cream (C$29) claims to “softly blend and set [brows] without missing a beat.” El Djouf is a light, warm-toned chocolate brown, and Danakil is a dark cool-toned brown that’s almost black. The formula is very creamy, ultra pigmented, and a little bit goes a long way to help define your brows. Once set, it wears all day without smudging, creasing, or fading.

NARS Brow Defining Creams in El Djouf and Danakil review

I’m actually pretty disappointed in the colour selection for these; El Djouf is slightly too warm for me, and Danakil is so dark that it makes my brows look too extreme. Blended together, they could work, but it’s just too much effort. I would think that Black-haired women make up a big portion of NARS’ customer demographic so it’s a bit disappointing to see the limited colour available.

If you can find a good colour match in the Brow Defining Cream, I would definitely recommend checking those out. The lipsticks are also very beautiful, and of the two I can’t pick a favourite. If you are looking for an every day colour, Apoline could be your best friend, but Shirley is definitely the standout.

You can purchase these new NARS Audacious lipsticks, and the Brow Defining Creams at NARS counters now, including Nordstrom, The Bay, and Sephora.

The swatches

Audacious lipsticks in Apoline and Shirley

NARS Audacious lipsticks in Apoline and Shirley review

Brow Defining Creams in El Djouf and Danakil

NARS Brow Defining Creams in El Djouf and Danakil review

The products featured in this post were provided by PR, but as usual, all opinions are my own!

Review: May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden

May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden review

Yup I am back with another May Lindstrom review. I would also like to say here that 99% of the products reviewed on my blog were gifted by PR for review consideration, and I do get a lot of PR samples for review. So when I review products that I purchased with my own money, it must be good enough for me to want to talk about it (just because there aren’t enough hours in the week to review everything I receive). My May Lindstrom products were all purchased by me, with a few select products being gift with purchases, but still purchases I made with my own money. That’s just how good these products are!

May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden was one of those products that I looked at and was skeptical about. For a facial essence spray, it’s on the end side of the price range at US$60 / C$74 for 100mL. At first glance, the ingredients seemed meh for the price. And then of course I got suckered into a Cult Beauty promotion which offered a full size The Jasmine Garden with any £100 purchase, so I used this opportunity to purchase a backup of The Honey Mud and a bottle of The Jasmine Garden, and was also gifted the extra The Jasmine Garden (I wanted the Blue Cocoon but I still have my travel-sized sample that was gifted from my first May Lindstrom order… I’ve been using it for the last few weeks and barely scratched the surface!).

So… I love this. I’m also trying to finish up a few other essence sprays which I told myself I would finish first before moving full force onto The Jasmine Garden, but I just can’t stop myself from dousing myself in this every morning. It feels super balancing on the skin, replenishing lost moisture and keeping my skin feeling fresh. It’s not the most hydrating facial spray on the market (for a green beauty brand, that title goes to Tata Harper), but it’s definitely one that everyone can use because it is so balancing – it’d be great even for oily or problematic skin types.

I also do a few spritzes of this before applying my The Youth Dew or The Blue Cocoon, as the moisture from The Jasmine Garden helps both products to absorb faster, delivering moisture deep within my skin. I’ve heard that you can use this to set your makeup as well, but I normally don’t use a setting spray so I can’t say how well that works. For what I use my essence sprays for – keeping my skin hydrated and balanced – this works incredibly.

One of the biggest reasons why this stands out is the scent. May’s products all have a very distinct scent that is a result of the blend of essential oils and natural extracts. I’ve heard The Jasmine Garden being described as a jasmine-cocoa scent. I personally get more of the ylang ylang and cocoa, with just a hint of jasmine, which is very soothing and calming. Even though it mostly dissipates after a few minutes, once in a while I get a very comforting whiff of it in my nose. To me, this is like an ongoing relaxation treatment.

My biggest dislike is that the spray just isn’t that great – I get concentrated spurts of product and not that misting effect I love. My favourite spray of all time is the one from Odylique, it just dispenses such a powerful full-on mist that provides even product distribution, and I really hope other brands might use a similar spray too.

It is expensive, but like I keep saying with these types of products, it is more than just skincare – it’s the ultimate skincare ritual combined with spa-like experience. Do I recommend? Yes, if you are looking for something to help ease your daily stresses at night, and to help prepare you for a hectic day of work. If you’re just looking for something that works for the best value, then no, there are other more affordable options out there. Skincare to me is something I use to wind down the day; I work a very hectic job so spending time on my skin is like my therapy. If you’re in the same boat as me, then look towards May Lindstrom products.

May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden review

May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden ingredients: Pure Water (Aqua), *Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Argentum Metallicum (Silver), Jasmine (Jasmine) Grandiorum Absolute, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Jasminum Ocinale (Jasmine) Extract, *Rosa Damascena (Rose) Oil, *Cananga Odorata (Ylang-Ylang) Oil, *Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) CO2 Total Essential Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Oil.

*Certified Organic

Review + swatches – Clarins Summer 2016 makeup – Ombre Waterproof, Fix’ Make-Up, and Double Fix’ Mascara

Clarins Ombre Waterproof in 01 Golden Peach, 03 Silver Taupe, and 04 Copper Brown

Super sorry about this very late review – I thought I had published this already but I was just organizing my upcoming posts and saw I never actually published this! Massive fail on my part. I believe most of these products are still available at counters and at, so I hope this can help you make any last minute purchase decisions.

Clarins Summer 2016 is all about long-lasting makeup. There is a new formulation of cream eyeshadow that I just absolutely love. The Ombre Waterproof shadows (C$24 each) comes in four natural, sunkissed shades to create a beautiful bronzed eye. The three shades I have are 01 Golden Peach, 03 Silver Taupe, and 04 Copper Brown. Golden Peach is a beautiful wash of peach that would look great as a base for many eye looks; Silver Taupe is a olive-taupe; and Copper Brown is an orangey-copper shade. All of these are metallic finishes, which is ultra blendable. Ombre Waterproof shadows dry down completely to be entirely budgeproof, like 100% does not move, so it’s perfect for those hot days, or if you live in Vancouver and you’re very likely to get drenched and/or have your makeup melt off your face because it is always rainy and humid. These are limited edition, so you better get on it!

Clarins Ombre Waterproof in 01 Golden Peach, 03 Silver Taupe, and 04 Copper Brown

The Fix’ Make-Up (C$30) is seriously amazing. I don’t use makeup finishing sprays normally but I use this one because it smells SO GOOD, like a fruity floral. I love the ombre bottle design as well. It has aloe vera and grapefruit extract, which is great at soothing and refreshing the skin. I like to keep this at the office to help boost my skin’s hydration as well – it’s super versatile. This is also limited edition.

Last but not least, is a product that is near and dear to my heart. I first discovered Clarins Double Fix’ Mascara (C$25) in 2008 or something, before I discovered Asian mascara. You can see my original review here, way back in 2009 (wow the price actually went DOWN in the last seven years)! My lashes tend to be very droopy, and mascara also tends to flake off on me. The Double Fix’ Mascara is a waterproof raincoat for your lashes – it helps to seal in all of that mascara goodness to maintain volumnous, lengthy lashes, and it also prevents flaking and smudging. It’s not hard to remove either, but I just an oil-based remover so it gets rid of everything. If you need one thing from this collection, it is the Double Fix’ Mascara. Thankfully, this is a permanent product!

If the Ombre Waterproof Eyeshadows, or the Fix’ Make-Up interest you, you need to get on it now! These products should still be available at, or at your nearest Clarins counter at Hudson’s Bay and Shopper’s Drug Mart.

Clarins Fix' Make-Up and Double Fix' Mascara

The swatches

Ombre Waterproof Eyeshadows in 01 Golden Peach, 03 Silver Taupe, and 04 Copper Brown

Clarins Ombre Waterproof in 01 Golden Peach, 03 Silver Taupe, and 04 Copper Brown

The products featured in this post were provided by PR; all opinions are my own.

Oils, oils, oils! A roundup of some face and body oil options from Rodial, May Lindstrom, ILA Spa, Korres, Purxury, Kiehl’s, L’Occitane, Nuxe, and Rocky Mountain Soap Co.

I am obsessed with facial and body oils at the moment, specifically focusing on oils with natural ingredients, but open to trying all oils. Through my trial and error, I’ve found up a few of the recent face and body oils that I’ve been using, including products from Rodial, May Lindstrom, Korres, ILA Spa, Purxury, and more. My apologies in advance as I don’t have photos for all of these, some of them I started using before I took photos so the bottle started looking not-so-great, others I just forgot to take photos of.


Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Facial Oil

Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Facial Oil review

The Rodial Stemcell Facial Oil contains a powerful cocktail of super-food actives, omega 3, 6 and 9 and vitamins A, B5, C and E, as well as Rose stem cell to help the skin protect against external aggressors, signs of aging, and dehydration. This is one of the most lightweight facial oils that I’ve tried; it dries down immediately, leaving behind a satin feeling that’s very comfortable. It’s a great “beginner’s oil” because it is so lightweight. I remember being scared off by facial oils a few years ago due to using some that were way too heavy, but with the new technology, brands can create products like this that is even great for those with combination to oily skin.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Almond Oil PEG-8 Esters, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Babassu Oil Glycereth-8 Esters, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Peach Kernel Oil Glycereth-8 Esters, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil Polyglyceryl-6 Esters, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance), Rhododendron Ferrugineum Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Propylene Glycol, Retinyl Palmitate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Isomalt, Lactic Acid, Lecithin, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethylionone, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Limonene, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Geraniol, Tocopherol.

May Lindstrom The Youth Dew

May Lindstrom The Youth Dew review

May Lindstrom The Youth Dew was something I purchased in my first ever May Lindstrom order (I’ve since made two more… so you know how obsessed I am with the brand). This is the most completely organic  skin oil made from entirely natural plant extracts and oils that I’ve ever seen. It is a blend of 20 different oils and essential oils, together with CoEnzyme Q10, to help fight signs of aging. For easier absorption, May recommends using it on dampened skin, so I usually like to spray my face with 1-2 spritzes of May’s The Jasmine Garden, or another essence spray, and then patting 1-1.5 pumps of this oil into my face and neck. I’m left with crazy soft, very hydrated, and extremely bouncy skin. It’s not too heavy for me at all either, especially when used over damp skin which helps absorption. I only use this at night though, because I do feel like facial oils don’t layer best under makeup, but I have used a tiny drop of this mixed with my daytime moisturizer and it still works well.

Despite all the great stuff, it is one of the most expensive oils on this list, priced at US$120 for just 20mL (1/3 less than most other facial oils)… It is luxurious, but comes with a hefty price tag.

Ingredients: *Persea Americana (Avocado) Oil, *Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, *Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Prunus Spp (Plum Kernel) Oil, *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, *Rosa Rubiginosa (Rosehip Seed) Oil, *Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Oil, *Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, *Borago Ocinalis (Borage Seed) Oil, Aleurites Moluccans (Kukui Nut) Oil, *Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, *Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium Rose) Essential Oil, *Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Essential Oil, *Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Essential Oil, *Citrus Limon (Lemon) Essential Oil, *Rosa Damascena (Rose Absolute) Essential Oil, *Rosa Damascena (Bulgarian Rose) Essential Oil, *Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Essential Oil, ***Daucus Carota (Carrot Seed) Essential Oil, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10).

*Certified Organic
***Wild Harvested

ILA Spa Face Oil for Glowing Radiance

I have a deluxe travel size of this oil and this is what I take with me when I travel. The rich argan, rosehip, and rose otto formula is incredibly hydrating and soothing, especially when you’re staying in an air conditioned room which tends to really dry out my skin. The rich formula helps to protect and nourish my skin. It absorbs completely in under a minute, and also layers wonderfully over other products. I can add a pump of it to my mud masks in order to add extra nourishment when my skin needs it. It has a soft rose scent, which is truly wonderful and helps to put me to sleep.

I only wear this at night though, as I find it is too heavy for the daytime. Alternatively if my skin is feeling extra dry, I mix a tiny bit into my daytime moisturizer to add that boost. This is also great for when you are flying as the dry cabin air can really wreck havoc on skin. Overall, I love this, and you can purchase it from my favourite organic e-tailer, Petal and Post.

Ingredients: Wild-Grown Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa Kernal), Rosehip Seed Oil (Rosa Canina), Sandalwood (Santalam Spicatum), Rose Otto Oil (Rose Damascena Flower Oil), Vitamin E Oil (Tocopherol Extract), Naturally Occurring Citronellol, Farnesol, Linalool

Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Skin Brightening Oil

Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Skin Brightening Oil review

The Korres Wild Rose Brightening Oil is such a beauty as it contains real rose petals suspended in the oil. This is a brightening oil infused with real rose petals, wild rose oil, and boosted with Super C to increase skin’s absorpotion of vitamin C by 1000%. This oil is 94.5 percent natural, and does not contain petrolatum, mineral oil, silicones, propylene glycol, and ethanolamines. Korres is also cruelty free.

If you love roses like me, then you will LOVE this because it smells faintly like roses. I also found this oil to take longer than the others to absorb, and a tiny bit will go a very long way. I don’t particularly like this one compared to the others for this reason. Also despite it being marketed as a natural oil, it contains a lot of fillers, which I’m not too fond of at the moment.

Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Skin Brightening Oil review

Ingredients: Isoamyl Laurate, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, , Prunus Armeniaca (apricot) Kernel Oil, Squalane, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Rosa Gallica Flower Powder, Alcohol Denat., Alpha-isomethyl Ionone, Aqua/water/eau, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Bisabolol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Parfum/fragrance, Physalis Angulata Extract, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Zingiber Officinale (ginger) Root Extract.

Purxury Rescue Facial Oil

Purxury Rescue Facial Oil review

Purxury Rescue Facial Oil is my newest addition, something I discovered in my journey to incorporate more natural and organic skincare products in my routine. It contains a blend of all natural oils and extracts that is ultra hydrating. The base of apricot kernel oil, avocado fruit oil, and argan oil makes this slightly heavier than the other oils I’ve tried here, but it is also the most moisturizing. I can use this on its own without a hydrating serum, and it leaves my skin feeling super soft and glowy upon waking up in the morning.

Ingredients: Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Fruit Oil, Olive, Argan Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and a proprietary blend of Essential Oils and Absolutes.

Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate

Kiehl’s released their daytime version of their popular Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I’m not a big fan of the Midnight Recovery Concentrate because I found it is too heavy for me, but the Daily Reviving Concentrate is a great day-time, more lightweight version. This product contains energizing oils such as ginger root oil, grapefruit peel oil, orange peel oil, and coriander seed oil to  correct the signs of daily skin fatigue, and improve the look of dullness, lines, and rough texture.

Sadly, despite this being a lighter version of the Midnight Recovery Concentrate, it’s a daytime oil which doesn’t really work for my skincare schedule. I don’t really have a lot of time in the morning to let my moisturizing sink in, so I usually use a lighter, gel-based moisturizer. This Daily Reviving Concentrate, while really does help to brighten and hydrate my skin, just takes too long to absorb. I do use this on the weekend, but I think it’s a bit of a waste to use just a day or two a week, so I wouldn’t recommend this unless you have lots of time in the morning to perform your skincare ritual.

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Ether, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Squalane, Canola Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil Unsaponifiables/Sunflower Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Tocopherol, Limonene, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil/Orange Peel Oil, Coriandrum Sativum Seed Oil/Coriander Seed Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil, Citrus Grandis Peel Oil/Grapefruit Peel Oil, Zingiber Officinale Root Oil/Ginger Root Oil, Linalool, Citral, Geraniol, Malpighia Punicifolia/Acerola Fruit Extract. Fmla 685687 7 F.I.L. Code D169070/2


L’Occitane en Provence Neroli & Orchidee Perfumed Body Oil

L'Occitane en Provence Neroli & Orchidee Perfumed Body Oil review

The Neroli & Orchidee Perfumed Body Oil  is an ultra lightweight body oil; I’ve used a few L’Occitane en Provence body oils in the past and this is the most lightweight. I have very dry skin on my legs, and I find that this isn’t moisturizing enough for me, I usually have to apply a LOT in order to get the level of sustained moisture. That being said, if you are someone who has normal skin, and is looking for an indulgence, this is it because it smells SO GOOD. Neroli & Orchidee is one of my favourite L’Occitane scents and this perfumed body oil is the same scent as the fragrance, which makes it great for layering with the fragrance and then you can get better longevity.

The scent, when used alone and at night, dissipates pretty quickly so you don’t have to worry about going to sleep in a cloud of perfume. During the day though, it does leave a faint cloud of fragrance, but it’s not very strong so it should be fine for wearing to the office. It comes in a spray bottle, so you can easily keep this at the office or in your purse for when you want a quick moisture touchup.

L'Occitane en Provence Neroli & Orchidee Perfumed Body Oil review

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse review

The NUXE Huile Prodigieuse is a classic body oil and something EVERYONE should try at least once in their life. It contains Vitamin E to protects and conditions, and essential oil extracts of borage, St. John’s wort, sweet almond, camellia, hazelnut and macadamia to give skin a healthy looking glow. There’s a reason why it is a cult favourite, and that it is  super hydrating, very lightweight, and a little bit goes a long way. The scent is also just incredibly delicious and decadent, I feel like dousing myself with this every time I use it. The great thing about this oil is that it is also multi-functional, and you can use this on your hair, nails, and anywhere you see fit. In addition, it also comes in a golden bronze variation that will help keep your skin looking like it just got a healthy dose of sun.

Ingredients: Sopropyl Isostearate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Coco-caprylate/caprate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (sweet Almond) Oil, Corylus Avellana (hazel) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Parfum/fragrance, Tocopherol, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (olive) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Flower/leaf/stem Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (tomato) Fruit/leaf/stem Extract, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool [n1005/e].

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Blossom Berry Body Oil

Leaving the best for last – this is the body oil that got me completely obsessed with body oils in the first place. The Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Blossom Berry Body Oil smells SO GOOD, sweet and floral at the same time but not overpowering. The oil is medium weight, not super runny, and spreads into the skin very nicely. It absorbs quickly and leaves my skin feeling so nice and soft. The price is really great too, at just $15.50 for 125mL. Don’t let the size fool you, because I’ve had mine for over a year, I use this every time my skin is feeling dry, and I still have more than 1/3 of the bottle left. I also love mixing this in with another light weight body lotion to help boost up its efficacy.

Ingredients: Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Camelia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Natural Jasmine Gardenia Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Natural Vanilla Oil, Natural Berry Oil . *Organic 94%


My picks: Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Facial Oil, ILA Spa Face Oil for Glowing Radiance, May Lindstrom The Youth Dew, Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Body Oil
Best for dry/normal skin: May Lindstrom The Youth Dew, ILA Spa Face Oil for Glowing Radiance, Purxury Rescue Facial Oil, Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Skin Brightening Oil, Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Blossom Berry Body Oil, NUXE Huile Prodigieuse
Best for combination/oily skin: Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Facial Oil, L’Occitane en Provence Neroli & Orchidee Perfumed Body Oil

Swatches + sneak peek! Guerlain Holiday 2016 Guerlain Exceptionnel collection

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review
I was really lucky to be invited to the Guerlain lunch last week where I previewed the Holiday 2016 Exceptionnel Guerlain collection with Guerlain’s International Beauty Artist, Maxime Poulin. The Guerlain holiday collections are usually my favourite of all the holiday collections each year, and every year they outdo themselves by creating something more and more beautiful.

This year, the holiday collection was created in collaboration with Natalia Vodianova, who is also the muse and spokesmodel for Guerlain. The inspiration was the Shalimar fragrance. The collection will be out in November, but I have some preliminary sneak peek swatches for you. My apologies in advance for the less than stellar quality of the photos, I took these swatch photos at the event so they were taken with my phone.

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Soufflé d’Or de Shalimar (C$105) is the star product of the collection, a beautiful iridescent body powder spray housed in a gorgeous atomizer. It smells AMAZING, by the way, and the shimmer isn’t glittery at all, rather a very fine, luxurious shimmer that makes your whole body glow. P.S. The weird patch on the back of my hand is actually Guerlain’s new Multi Perfection Concealer, which I will review separately in another post.

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Terracotta Terra India (C$64) is my favourite product in the whole collection, which is weird because I don’t normally wear bronzer. It is a seriously beautiful bronzey gold highlight with lots of shimmer, to create a winter-friendly bronzed look that isn’t too much like a fake tan. I don’t generally wear bronzer but I think I might need to get this. The texture is so smooth, creamy, and it also smells amazingly like the Shalimar perfume.

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Guerlain Météorites Perles de Legende (C$79) is the annual limited edition Meteorites release for Guerlain. This variation includes shades of gold, violet, and blue to brighten, create glow, and even out the skin tone. I didn’t find it glittery at all, rather it was more of a healthy glow (which is Guerlain’s signature).

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Shalimar Duo Eyeshadows in Gold and Sapphire (C$51) contains a shimmery, duo-chrome violet shade and a glittery gold. I wasn’t super impressed with the colour payoff for this one. I would safely say skip, especially if you have your eye on something else.

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Guerlain L’Or Eyeliner in Sparkling Gold (C$42) is a gorgeous metallic gold liquid liner. The gold colour is a total standout, and it looks like liquid metal on the skin. It was funny at the event because Maxime was saying he wasn’t too convinced that a woman can use this product often enough, but he kept playing with it and at the end of the lunch, he fell in love. I would have to agree that it’s not something I would use often, especially due to that high price point. The packaging is gorgeous though.

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Rouge G lipstick in 821 Rouge Saphir (C$61) is a beautiful pinky red. It’s not a true red, and when you wear it sheerly, it looks more pink. Guerlain’s Rouge G lipsticks are some of my favourite lipstick formulas, and this one is the same – the texture is just so incredibly smooth, creamy, and pigmented. You can’t go wrong with a Rouge G!

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

Guerlain Holiday 2016 swatches and review

It’s still far from November, but I hope that this will give you a good idea of what’s to come in for holiday with Guerlain. I’m likely going to pick up the Terracotta Terra India, it’s just too beautiful to pass up!

Guerlain Holiday 2016 collection will be available November 1 at Beauty Court, Holt Renfrew, Murale, and anywhere else that sells Guerlain.

What do you have your eye on?

Honey, my skin looks awesome! A roundup of honey-based products from Farmacy, Tata Harper, LUSH, and The Body Shop

Ever since I discovered May Lindstrom’s The Honey Mud, my skin has been aching for more honey-based products. Today I am sharing with you some newly discovered products that contain honey as a key ingredient.

Farmacy Honey Potion Mask and Honey Savior Repair Salve review

Farmacy Honey Potion Hydration Mask and Honey Savior Repair Salve

Farmacy’s NEW Honey products were introduced this past summer. Farmcy’s patented ingredient is a variant of Echinacea Purpurea, the Echinacea GreenEnvy™.  The honey used in these products are harvested from bees that live on the Farmacy farm and pollinate the Echinacea GreenEnvy™ flowers.

The Honey Potion Hydration Mask is one of the coolest masks I’ve ever used – it is a thick, jelly-like texture, similar to honey, but when you massage it in your skin, it turns opaque and creamy, and it also heats up.  This mask contains honey (a natural humectant used since ancient times), propolis (a healing antiseptic found in beehives) and amino acid-rich royal jelly. These ingredients work together to create a hydrated, glowing complexion.

Farmacy Honey Potion Mask review

The Honey Savior Salve is a true saviour for dry skin. The boyfriend has eczema around his eyes and nose, and we keep this next to our bed for when he needs relief from dryness. The thick texture helps create a barrier over the skin, and the honey helps to hydrate and treat his eczema. This multi-purpose salve is also great for treating dry cuticles, cuts and scraps (due to honey’s antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties), and anywhere else where you need a boost of moisture and protection.

Farmacy Honey Savior Repair Salve review

You can purchase Farmacy products from Sephora.

Honey Potion ingredients: Glycerin, Diglycerin, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Honey Extract, Propolis Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Panthenol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Echinacea Purpurea Root Extract, Honey, Water, Flavor, Vanillyl Butyl Ether.

Honey Savior ingredients:

Tata Harper Repairative Moisturizer

I had a small sample sachet of this moisturizer, which I loved, and when I re-experienced this again at my Brightening Facial session with Collective Skincare, I had to purchase the full size. The Tata Harper Repairative Moisturizer (C$140), designed for dry or mature skin types, contains mango seed butter, jojoba seed oil, and raw honey sourced from a neighbouring farm in Vermont, to provide the most hydration and also keep the skin looking smooth and supple. It also contains rice extract to balance the complexion; willow bark extract, which is nature’s salicylic acid for exfoliation, and a slew of other natural and organic plant extracts.

Despite it containing so many heavily moisturizing ingredients, it’s actually very fluid and feels lightweight on the skin, while still packing a punch in terms of moisture levels. I’ve been using this mostly at night (two pumps is enough to cover my face and neck), but it is appropriate for being a daytime moisturizer as well. It just leaves my skin feeling balanced and happy, without any heaviness or greasiness. When I wake up in the morning, my skin is comfortable – not greasy or tight, which is the best I can ask for in any moisturizer. In addition, the smell is incredibly captivating. Tata Harper products don’t contain any fragrance, and rather relies on a blend of essential oils to create an experience similar to aromatherapy.

You can purchase Tata Harper from Sephora, Murale stores, and Beautymark in Yaletown (Vancouver).

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Carthamus tinctorius (safflower) Oleosomes*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olea europea (Olive) Oil*, Glycerin,  Oryza sativa (Rice) Extract*, Rosa damascena Flower Water*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Cetearyl Olivate, Leuconostoc ferment filtrate, Mel (Honey), Sodium hyaluronate, Theobroma Cacao*, Menyanthes trifoliata (Buckbean) Flower Extract, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract, Salix alba (Willow) Bark Extract*, Medicago sativa (Alfalfa) Extract*, Borago officinalis (Borage) Leaf Extract, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract*, Spiraea Ulmaria (Meadowsweet) flower Extract*, Tilia europaea (Linden) Leaf & Flower Extract*, Lavandula stoechas (Spanish Lavender) Extract, Arnica montana (Arnica) Extract*, Galactoarabinan, Sclerotium gum, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Soybean Peroxidase, Superoxide Dismutase, Sodium Phytate, Aroma**, Citral, Citronellol, Linalool, Eugenol

*Ingredients from Organic farming

** Clinical grade essential oils blend

Lush It's Raining Men, Fairly Traded Honey, and Ultrabland review

LUSH It’s Raining Men, Fairly Traded Honey, and Ultrabland

I love LUSH when it comes to integrating raw ingredients into the most awesome beauty products, so of course when I was in search of more honey products, I headed straight to LUSH. It didn’t disappoint!

LUSH’s It’s Raining Men has quickly become one of my favourite shower products – it is highly moisturizing, foams up very nicely, and just smells incredible. Inspired by the Honey, I Washed the Kids soap, It’s Raining Men makes my entire shower routine feel like a spa experience.

Fairly Traded Honey is made of 50% honey, and again is ultra moisturizing for my dry, overprocessed hair. It foams up lightly, and washes out well without leaving any residue. Lastly, it leaves my hair looking so shiny. Over time, I feel like my hair has definitely strengthened. The downside is that because of its highly moisturizing nature, it can weigh hair down a bit, but it also reduces frizz, so I love using this mostly during the winter months.

Lush Ultrabland review

LUSH Ultrabland is a beeswax-based cream cleanser that is great for removing makeup and cleansing the skin of a day’s worth of oil, dirt, and pollution. It also leaves my skin feeling very soft, supple, and nicely moisturized. The downside is that I find this slightly too heavy, as it leaves a bit of hydrating oils on my skin. I do generally like to do a second cleanse though, so after that my skin feels pretty comfortable. I also enjoy using this to do facial massage, drawing out impurities from deep within my pores.

LUSH products are available for purchase at LUSH retail stores and online.

It’s Raining Men ingredients: Honey (Mel) , Rosehip , Lotus Flower and Tiger Lily Infusion (Rosa canina, Nelumbo nucifera and Lilium tigrinum) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Sodium Cocoamphoacetate , Water (Aqua) , Fragrance , Propylene Glycol , Brazilian Oil (Citrus Sinensis) , Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia) , Titanium Dioxide , *Limonene , *Citronellol , *Linalool , Amyl Cinnamal , Lilial , Methylparaben . *Occurs naturally in essential oils

Fairly Traded Honey ingredients: Fairly Traded Honey , Linseed Mucilage (Linum usitatissimum) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Sunflower Lecithin (Lecithin) , Lauryl Betaine , Geranium Oil (Pelargonium graveolens) , Beeswax Absolute (Apis Mellifera) , Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara) , Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena) , Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia) , *Citral , Geraniol , Lilial , Citronellol , *Limonene , *Linalool , *Benzyl Salicylate , *Eugenol , Benzyl Benzoate , *Farnesol , Hydroxycitronellal , Fragrance . *Occurs naturally in essential oils

Ultrabland ingredients: Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis) , Rose Water (Rosa centifolia) , Beeswax (Cera alba) , Honey (Mel) , Fresh Iris Extract (Iris florentina) , Glycerine , Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena) , Tincture of Benzoin (Styrax benzoin) , Methylparaben , Propylparaben . *Occurs naturally in essential oils

The Body Shop Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask

I was the most excited about The Body Shop Expert Facial masks – I purchased the Ethiopian Honey and the British Rose formulas on the day they launched in Canada, and then I tried it immediately that night. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed in this. Despite being a gentle honey mask, it stung like crazy on my skin, and then I got these red bumps on my cheeks. Thankfully, the red bumps went away after using May Lindstrom’s The Youth Dew, but it was still annoying.

Apart from the sensitivity I got, this mask seemed just okay. My skin didn’t feel any more nourished or hydrated after using this, and I also really disliked the scent, as it was a very weird, synthetic, chemical fragrance. For the price ($28 per mask), you’d be better off getting the new Vichy masks.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Mel/Honey/Miel, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Polysorbate 20, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-150 Distearate, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum/Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil/Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Disodium EDTA, Linalool, Citronellol, Limonene, Benzyl Benzoate, Citric Acid, Caramel.

My top picks: Tata Harper Repairative Moisturizer, LUSH It’s Raining Men, and May Lindstrom’s The Honey Mud (even though it’s not in this post, it’s still a honey product!)

The Farmacy and LUSH products in this post were provided by PR; as usual, all opinions are my own.