February Favourites!

Hello!

I love watching YouTube videos of people sharing their favourite beauty products. In February, I actually bought a few new products that I was obsessed with so I thought I’d join in on the fun. Generally, I buy a couple of things and like them enough to keep using them but not enough to advocate purchasing them. I can’t predict whether this will be a regular post just yet so we’ll play it by ear.

February began with me having very dry skin. You would think that dry skin would be more of an issue when it’s -40C and not when it’s hovering around -10C. However, my regular creams were no longer working. I should mention that I have combination to dry skin for comparison’s sake. Also, I get eczema on the palms of my hands and on my eyelids if I’m not paying attention so I’m worried about introducing new things because they can often make things worse. FYI – Vaseline (and the new Live Clean non-petroleum jelly) are the only things that work on my eyes when I have eczema so I generally just use that as a precaution.

Lush’s The Sacred Truth: $6.95 for 2.1 oz.

I decided to go to Lush and try a fresh face cream mask to help repair the dry skin. I ended up with The Sacred Truth which is made with wheatgrass, green tea and papaya. I really loved this! I felt a difference right away and I started using it 2-3 times a week all month. It is a slightly green colour and the mask has to be refridgerated. I see myself purchasing this again & again. I even think it’d be good in the summer to destress the skin after the heat and humidity sets in.

001 002

Lush’s Full of Grace Moisturizing Bar – $14.95 / 20g

While as I was at Lush, they mentioned that I should try the Full of Grace serum with the mask for maximum impact. Although Lush can be a bit full on with the recommendations, I decided to pick one up because although I love the idea of serums, I haven’t found one I loved yet. I really love this one. You hold it in between your hands for a few minutes so it melts and then rub on your face. I started using this before the masks and at night. Sometimes I would put moisturizer on top but most of the time I just used as is. It was thick enough to last all night. However, I wouldn’t wear as an am moisturizer. Also, the scent of this one is a little heavy. It reminds me of patcholi even though I’m not sure patcholi is even in it. The only downside is that it looks like it’s only lasting for about 6 weeks. I will purchase it again though.

005

Josie Maran’s 100% Pure Argan Oil – $18 / .5 oz

Literally the day after I purchased the above two products, I went to Sephora with my friends. I’ve been looking at Josie Maran’s oil for weeks and wondering about it. The thing is that it’s quite expensive so it’s hard to take the risk. The 1.7 oz bottle is $58. However, I kept hearing great things about it so I picked up the tiniest sample as a treat. Naturally, I loved it. It’s quite different to the Lush serum as it has no fragrance and it’s a lot thinner. I thought it was a good complement for the am. However, I had to reapply it in the am for the first couple of days. I wouldn’t wear it at night alone because it wouldn’t last. I would repurchase this for the quality but the price is holding me back. I’m interesting in some homemade olive oil options I’ve seen online. If you have any suggestions, let me know!

004

I have to say that using the above three products for 2 days made a huge difference in my skin. I could feel relief immediately from the Lush products and by the time I had all three in rotation, the dry spots on my skin disappeared.

What were your favourite products in February?

February Seasonsbox!

Hello!

Last month, I found out about Seasonsbox and immediately became obsessed. Seasonsbox is a bit different then other beauty boxes as it also includes items for the home. Since I purchased this condo, I’ve definitely become more interesting in home decor. It’s a lot more fun when you have more than a bedroom to decorate!

The other thing that’s different about Seasonsbox, is that they guarantee 3-4 full size products each month based around a specific theme. They’re also an eco-friendly and organic company. So, what was in the Seasonsbox?

001 002 003

Dream Organics Rose Water (full size value – $22): I’ve been loving spritzing this on mid-afternoon or post workout. It’s smells so lovely.

004

Bambu Earth Sugar Cookie Body Glow (full size value – $18): I have not tried this yet but it smells incredible. I actually want to eat it. lol Also, I like how grainy it is. It’s actually quite dry but you can feel the oil in it.

From their website: Bambu Earth™ Products are: • Made with Organic Ingredients • Phthalate Free • Paraben Free • Sulfate Free • Preservative Free • No Synthetic Fragrances • No Synthetic Dyes • Sustainable Palm Oil • Never Tested on Animals

005 006

Kaia Naturals Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths (full size value – $17.99): I was excited to try these because they’re biodegradeable & cruelty-free. They smell like citrus which is so nice. I’m a bit cheap when it comes to makeup wipes. I use baby wipes (thanks Star Jones for the tip lol!) and so it’s good to compare to see if there is a difference. I haven’t used them long enough to figure that out yet.

007

Galerie Au Chocolat Fair Trade Bar (full size value-$5) : This is such a lovely treat! I love Belgian chocolate and I like how they included something edible in the box. I’ve been eating a square every so often and it’s very good.

Seasonsbox is a bit more expensive than regular beauty sample boxes (It’s $29.95 plus $5.95 for s&h) but for me personally, I think it’s worth it. I really don’t purchase a lot of beauty products outside of the boxes. I might spent $20 a month outside of the boxes on average. You also get to preview what’s coming in your box before you order it. If you’re interested, click here.

What do you think about this Seasonbox? Have you received one? If not, what’s your favourite beauty box?

Pretty Things: My first (and only) Eco-Emi box!

Happy Earth Day lovelies!

Since it’s Earth Day, it’s the perfect time to post what I received in my Eco Emi box. I only received one of these boxes because it is a bit expensive ($30 since shipping from US) but I was really curious to try new eco friendly products. I hope a similar Canadian brand (or eco friendly versions of current beauty boxes) get started up soon. It should be mentioned that this is actually the March box. I only received a week ago because of the extra distance for shipping.

Back to the box! This is what it looks like when I open the box. You can see they reduce the packaging by not putting the items in a box within another box. Also, all the wrapping is with recycled tissue paper.

It smelled so lovely.

Here’s what was inside:

 

1. Vita Care Toothbrush:
Full size! $3.39 US
I am so unbelievably excited about this. Biodegradable toothbrushes was something I never even considered until very recently. I just didn’t think they’d exist! For $3.39, it’d be no different than buying the usual plastic ones from the drug store. When you think about throwing out 2-3 toothbrushes a year, they can easily add up over a lifetime. This toothbrush is made of 100% biodegradeable and recycle materials. Awesome.

2. Raw Vegan Bars by Bella Bars
Sample size: 1 bar
Full size: 12 bars for $19.80 US
Yeesh that’s expensive! The bar I had (chocolate) was very good. It definitely had a chocolately taste to it even though it was dripping in chocolate. It reminded me of fig newtons (must have been the dates) .

3. Pomegranate Gum by Vita Care
Full size! $1.69 US
Another Vita Care product! I haven’t tried these yet but I’m intrigued. I really appreciate how affordable their products are and it makes me what to research where to buy them locally as I see they have toothpaste & mouthwash as well.

4. Lip Tints – Badger
Sample size: no weight given
Full size: $6.50 US
This product contains certified organic oils, butters and waxes with natural mineral tints. I am partial to the Lush Lip Service lip balm (as you know) but I like that this has a shimmer. The colour I received is a browny orangey colour (how specific!) but the shimmer makes it look coppery. It actually goes well with my skin tone but it’s a bit of a fall colour in my eyes. I will keep it around until then. Here is a blurry swatch. It looks darker on my lips and not quite as sheer but very pretty.

5. Vegan Gel Eyeliner in That Black by The Natural Face
Full size! $5.75 US
This was a very cool edition. I love MAC’s fluidlines and this is along the same lines. However, this product is a lot wetter than the MAC prodcuts. I’m trying to compare it to something. It has the consistancy of jello that hasn’t quite set yet. It came with a little brush as well which would be handy for those who don’t already have one. I haven’t tried it yet but I will. I have to confessI am nervous about the consistancy being difficult to work with.  Very inexpensive though. Here’s a pic:

 

6. Vegan Mineral Eye Shadows by The Natural Face
Sample size: no weight given
Full size: 5 g $3.50 US
Another The Natural Face product! I love how inexpensive the products are. You really can’t beat that. I received the eye shadow in Olive U. It’s a small sample but you could probably have two tries with it. It’s a loose shadow and heavily pigmented. It’s a very dark green (practically black) so another fall colour but it’s pretty.

7. Revitalize Shampoo  & Conditioner by Greenbody Greenplanet
Sample size: 1 fl oz each
Full size: 8 oz $24 US each
I just have to say that I can’t ever imagine spending $24 on an 8 oz bottle of shampoo but that said, they smell lovely and I’m eager to try them.

8. Incense by Auromere Ayurvedic in Lily
Sample size: (Full size sample pack!) : $6.95 US
I haven’t lit incense since high school and even then they all smelled the same to me while they were burning. I appreciated receiving the Lily scent as it’s one of my favourite flowers. Who knows? Maybe I’ll light some incense and put on Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy or Smashing Pumpkins Melon Collie & The Infinite Sadness and it can be like old times.

WAIT THERE’S MORE!

9. Pear Tree Specialty Liquid Soap by Old Post Road Oils
Sample size: 2.5 oz
Full size: 8 oz $7 US
I missed this when I originally took the haul photo. What a box! This soap is vegan and according to the product card, perfect for shaving as it’s very gentle. It was initially created for kids with acne. I’m intrigued. I love the pear scent. I don’t really like eating pears as much as I love smelling them. It’s a texture thing so I’ve very glad to have this.

That’s it! That is a huge variety of samples for one box. If I was in the US, I would cancel all other boxes and go with this as there’s a mix of everything and it’s all very interesting. I must say there is a few spelling mistakes on the product card which is a bit unprofessional but that kind of works with the handmade feel of the box.

Have you received an Eco Emi box or something similar? What did you think about it? What are your favourite eco tips?

p.s. Don’t forget to enter my giveaway on Holly’s blog!