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Thursday, 10 May 2012

Stark Skin Care Green Tea Detox Clay Mask - Review

How long have I been using it?

Once a week for the last few months

How does it preform?

This is a great mask, it makes my skin feel great. It's easy to put on and take off. I don't know if I notice any improvement on my skin but I do enjoy the clean feeling I get after using.

Scent: Smells a bit like apples/lime with a hint of earthiness. Very subtle and pleasant.

Packaging?

It's a powder in a glass jar. You add water to the powder to create a paste which I really like because you can make the mask as thick or as thin of consistency as you want.

How long does it last?

I think it will last quite a while since this isn't an everyday use product, I'm sure it will last for months.

Where do I get it? I purchased direct from their website I haven't looked to see if it's available anywhere else. They are Canadian company as well.

www.starkskincare.com

Repurchase?

I like it a lot, but it's not the be all and end all for me, and since I'm in the business of always trying something new for review I don't know if I'd repurchase this any time soon, but I do think I would buy again defintely a reasonable priced all around good product.

Ingredients:

Moroccan Rhassoul Lava Clay, French Green Clay, Green Tea Extract, Apple Fruit Extract, Lime Fruit Extract.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

John Masters Organics Blood Orange & Vanilla Body Milk - Review

How long have I been using it?

I received a sample from Hip Apotheca when I put through an order on their site. It was in one of those sample packs that you rip open and I squeezed it all into an empty 1/2oz jar I had.

How does it preform?

Since I just had the sample pack, I used this mainly on my hands. I'm a pretty harsh judge when it comes to moisturizers because I have pretty dry skin on my body, which is the complete opposite to the skin on my face and I have never really found anything that can make my hands better than what they currently are which is dry. I like to call them old lady hands, even though I'm only in my 20's.

This definitely absorbs really quickly, which is key for me since I work on a computer all day and I need to be able to apply moisturizers that sink in so I can get right back to typing after. It does an ok job for my hands but it doesn't last as long as I would like. I would say I would have to re-apply 2 or 3 times during the work day.

It's a very thin consistency fairly on the liquid-y side.

Scent:

Orange-y and Vanilla-y. I can't stand the scent, it's too strong for me and it stays on my hands too long, which I hate.

Packaging?

I believe the regular size of this comes in a pump bottle, which I prefer for moisturizers, or for anything really, as you may have already figured out I'm not a huge fan of sticking my fingers into a pot or jar.

How long does it last?

I still have some of my sample left and I've been using it pretty regularly for about 2 weeks. I usually only apply this to my hands during the work day.

Where do I get it?

www.hipapotheca.com which has a free shipping if you spend a certain amount deal for both Canadians (yea!) and the US. I know some spas and salons carry John Masters as well and you can get this from them direct at johnmasters.ca (for those Canadians out there yea! they have a separate Canadian site!) or from johmasters.com

Repurchase?

No, based mostly on the scent, it's just too strong for me. It's also just not up to what I need for my skin.

Ingredients:

Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera leaf juice) gel,* aqua (water), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil,* coco nucifera (coconut) oil,* glyceryl stearate, glycerin, lecithin, allantoin (comfrey-derived), panthenol (vitamin B5), tocopherol, cyamopsis tetragonolobus (guar) gum,* retinyl palmitate (vitamin A), xanthan gum, kelp extract,† silybum marianum (milk thistle) extract, symphytum officinale(comfrey) leaf extract,* chamomilla recutica (chamomile) flower extract,* camellia sinensis (white tea) extract,* arnica montana (arnica) extract,* lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower/leaf/ stem extract,* vanilla planifolia (vanilla) extract,* lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower extract, citrus sinensis (blood orange) oil,* citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil,* bourbon vanilla planifolia (bourbon vanilla) oil*

* Certified Organic
†Wild-crafted

Tata Harper Refreshing Cleanser - Review

How long have I been using it?

I used the entire bottle in about 1 month

How does it preform?

At first I wasn't convinced this was as good as everyone says it is, but now I'm a convert. My skin seemed healthier and just better overall. I've got blemish prone, oily skin and it definitely didn't cause any breakouts. I would say it's good for any skin type, although I've never had really dry skin, but it's not stripping, and my skin feels healthy and moisturized after using it.

It has a creamy consistency

Scent:

Lovely. Not overwhelming, which is what I like. I can't do strong scents. The scent fades after using this fairly quickly. I would say it had a sweet citrus-y type scent.

Packaging?

Glass pump bottle, which I love! I like that I know it's clean and I can recycle the bottle and the pump means I don't have to put my fingers in a jar.

How long does it last?

I used the recommended 1-2 pumps in the AM and PM pretty much everyday, and 1 50ml bottle lasted approx a month for me. Which makes this an expensive cleanser at 50$ USD for 1 50ml bottle.

Where do I get it?

I purchased mine at www.spiritbeautylounge.com but can also be purchased from them directly www.tataharperskincare.com

Repurchase?

I would yes, based on the product itself, it's one of the best cleansers I've used in a long time, but it's not something I could use all of the time because of the price. Buying anything online and having it shipped to Canada already adds extra cost and with this being the most expensive cleanser I've ever used it's just not feasible for me to be buying all the time.

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Cetearyl alcohol (wax derived from grapeseed and wheat), Citrus aurantium (Neroli) distillate, Cetearyl olivate (derived from olives), Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Sorbitan olivate (wax derived from olives), Leuconostoc ferment filtrate (radish root extract), Oryza sativa (Rice) extract*, Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit), Lactobacillus/Punica granatum (pomegranate) fruit ferment extract, Salix alba (Willow) bark extract*, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder*, Kaolinite (Rose Clay), Sclerotium gum (derived from root vegetables & corn), Coco-glucoside (derived from vegetables), Cetearyl glucoside (wax derived from grapeseed and wheat), Cetyl palmitate (wax derived from olives), Sorbitan palmitate (wax derived from soy), Soy peroxidase (derived from soy), Superoxide dismutase (derived from horseradish root), Geranoil, Limonene, Linalool, Natural essential oil blend** *Organic ingredients **Fragrances from 100% natural clinical grade essential oils.

How to use:

Apply two pumps on damp face both morning and night. Massage gently to activate the enzymes. Rinse thoroughly. Store in a cool dark place

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Review - 100% Pure Pomegranate Nourishing Body Cream

How long have I been using it?

A couple weeks

How does it preform?

I'm super disappointed with this product. I have a bit of dryness on my legs and arms, nothing too bad, but I also have ridiculously dry hands. This did absolutely nothing for my hands other than make them smell weird. I would say it help a bit with dryness on my legs and arms, but I want something that's lasting and that actually improves my skin over time not something that will just solve it temporarily and have it be the exact same condition as before after it's worn/washed off.

Scent:

Weird...It's supposedly supposed to be pomegranate scented, at least that's what's in the title of the product. But I think it smells like fruit punch, and if I didn't know any better I'd have thought this was synthetically scented because of how "cheap" it smells, know what I mean?

Packaging?

Comes in a squeeze tube, which I like better than a tub, but would probably preferred a pump bottle, since I mainly use lotion for my hands. But I understand this would be a bit too thick for that.

How long does it last?

Since I have to keep reapplying over and over to get any sort of benefit from it, I'm expecting this to not last that long, Which is OK by me since I want to get rid of it and try a new one.

Where do I get it?

I got it from their website Here. I have seen other online retailers sell it as well. It's a bit pricy for what you get IMO.

The nice thing about their website is that they have a free shipping option if you spend over a certain amount for both Canada and the US. Which is great for me since I live in Canada and I usually have to pay quite a bit in shipping.

Repurchase?

I will not repurchase this lotion, but I am using some other 100% Pure products that I'm liking so I would use the Brand again.

Ingredients:

Aloe Juice1, Rose Hydrosol2, Cocoa Butter, Avocado Butter, Grapeseed Seed Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil3, Candelilla Wax, Blackcurrant Oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Pomegranate Flavor, Organic Green Coffee4, Organic Wild Cherry5 Pomegranate, Organic Raspberry5, Blackberry and Organic White Tea3, Citric Acid, Witch Hazel, Japanese Honeysuckle, Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme and Goldenseal, Grain Alcohol, Acai Berry, Resveratrol, Organic Green Tea3, Mangosteen, Goji Berry, Maqui Berry, Elderberry and Muscadine Grape

Monday, 5 March 2012

Review - Soapwalla Natural Deodorant

How long have I been using it?

About a month

How does it preform?

This is by far the best all natural deodorant I've tried. Keep in mind that it's a deodorant and NOT an antiperspirant. It's job is to keep you from smelling, it does not stop you from sweating. Antiperspirants contain a lot of harmful chemicals and for a long time I didn't think I could ever switch to a natural deodorant because of my own issues with sweat and the first week of using Soapwalla I almost gave up. I'm glad I stuck to it though, because I realized soon after started to use this that it was awesome. I think my body freaked out a bit though when I first switched because it seemed like I started to sweat a lot more, but it calmed down after I kept using it.

It keeps me smelling fresh throughout my long day. I get up around 5am in the morning, shower, then apply a small amount to the pits. I let it absorb a bit while I do my hair etc and then get dressed. It usually lasts until I go to bed at 10pm. I say usually because I do sometimes go to the gym during my lunch break at work. If I do a particularly hard work out I felt like I should reapply even though I never actually smelled like I needed to, but the trouble is I never bring it with me to the gym because of the packaging of this (which I'll get to in a sec).

The only performance issue I had with this was a little bit of irritation. After about 3 weeks I noticed a bit of irritation. It wasn't bad, but I have seen on other reviews that this is more likely to happen after you shave. It's only happened once or twice so I'm not too concerned about it, but I do think that people with sensitive may want to watch out and dilute it or something.

Use/Packaging?

To use it's pretty simple, you just gob a little on your finger and rub it into the pits. On the little thing I got with it, it does say the ingredients can separate and you might have to stir it to remix. Or it could melt and then you could put it in the fridge to reset. But so far I've not experienced the need to do either.

The packaging I do not enjoy. It's comes in a jar/tub and you have to put your fingers right in it which I don't like. It's also not convenient for the gym. I do so wish that Soapwalla will figure out a way to put this into some kind of stick or tube.

Scent: To me it smells a bit like Tea Tree Oil with a hint of orange-y-ness to it. I'm not a huge fan of the scent, but it's not super overpowering. I may get a few whiffs of it throughout the day, but for the most part I don't notice it's there.

How long does it last?

The 2oz jar I have is still more than half full. I went a little overboard applying it when I first got it, and I now realize I don't need as much as I first thought so it should last a fair bit.

Where do I get it?

I bought it for $12.00 from Soapwalla's store on Etsy here

It's a little more pricy than you'd pay for drug store deodorant/antiperspirant, but I guess it's worth it for the peace of mind.

Other retailers do sell it as well such as Spirit Beauty Lounge

Ingredients:
Organic jojoba, sunflower, and rosehip seed oils; shea butter; a combination of all-natural and gluten-free vegetable clays and powders; aluminum-free sodium bicarbonate; organic vegan kosher glycerin; a combination of organic lavender, peppermint, sweet orange, bergapten-free bergamot and tea tree essential oils.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Wet Set Curls

In today's world of hairdryers, flat irons, curling irons and heated rollers it seems like most women have forgotten that before that technology existed you could get plenty of curl with a wet set.

Now let me start by saying I have bone straight hair, no curl, no wave to it, nothing. I could not get curls to stay in my hair for the life of me. I would curl my whole head with the curling iron and within an hour no matter what products I did or didn't use most of the curl would be gone.

Then I discovered wet set curls. Which are not only better for hair, since you don't have to use heat, they actually last..ALL day!

So yesterday I sprayed my hair with a little bit of water, and rolled in the sponge curlers. I got mine at Wal-Mart, but I know some dollar stores carry them too, they're pretty cheap and really quite easy to use.

It's kind of funny the reactions I get at work when I do this, I guess because it's normally so straight and the curls come out quite nice that I get them. I wore this red sweater dress today, that I've worn plenty of times before. No one ever really said anything about it. But today I wore the red sweater with curled hair and all of a sudden my outfit is awesome?!



I've used a couple of different methods on my hair to see what results I'd get. I've used bobbie pins and you roll up your hair with your fingers and pin them in and I've also used rag curlers. There a lots of great videos on YouTube if you're interested in learning. It's how I learned, try searching "Pin Curls" or "Rag Curlers" and you should find plenty of results.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Review - Eminence Organics Tomato Oil Control Gel

I guess to start off my first review I will the questions that I would ask someone else if I was interested in a product they were using.

How long have I been using it?

I'm halfway through the bottle and I had a travel size of this before it just to try so I've probably been using it for more than six months.

How does it preform?

I love it! I actually don't need to use a ton of it a quick pump or two is all I need. It's great for my oily skin and it keeps the shine at bay for me. It's very light weight and I have no problem putting it on over any break outs. I tend to break out every now and then and my skin can be really sensitive to new products, but I have never felt this has ever contributed to any break outs I had. It also smells lovely. I had held off on buying it before because I thought "Tomato? That can't smell good". But it does, it's smells great, it smells like lavender to me and it's not strong, once I put it on and then put my makeup over it I can't smell it anymore.


Packaging?

Comes in a pump glass bottle. I like that it's glass, with all the issues with possible toxins in plastics I like to know it's glass and it can be easily recycled. I like that it's a pump so I don't have to stick my fingers in the jar. Most of Eminence's other moisturizers come in a pot/jar container and to me that always makes me think bacteria can get in easier because who know what's on your hands..although I do have to hand it to them though every one of their pots come with a little spatula so you don't have to stick your fingers in the jar.


How long does it last?

It doesn't look like it will last long, I'm halfway through the thing and I've only had it a couple months. But that really is my own fault, it's not like you have to use a lot it's just that I apply it like 3 times a day. Once in the morning, then after I go to the gym at lunch, then before bed. With the price tag it can get expensive, but to me it's worth it because I love this stuff.

Where do I get it?

I buy this at a local salon that carries it. You can contact Eminence through their website to find retailers near you. There are also a few websites that carry it, I have not shopped at either but you can take a look Here (Canada) or Here (USA)

Ingredients:

Tomato Juice, Glycerine, Hydroxy-ethyl Cellulose, Hawthorn Berry, Odorless Garlic, Field Pumpkin, Sea Buckthorn Berry, Sorrel, Jojoba Oil, Biotin, Zinc Sulfate, Lavender, Vitamin, B3, B5, C, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid.


Any other thing you want to know? Just drop me a comment :)

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Daily Regime

I'd thought I'd start of by listing the products that I currently use on a daily basis.

First off I get into the shower and wash my face. Currently I'm using Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser I tend to break out really easily but right now my skin is better than it's been in a long time, I don't know if that's from this cleanser or if it's something else, but I do really like this one. Great for my more oily skin.


Then I wash with Lush's Angel's Delight soap, which I don't really love, but I bought a bunch of soap from Lush at Christmas time and I'm stuck using it until it's gone. I really want to switch to something that has less ingredients that I can't pronounce and more moisturizing.




My Current shampoo is Rosemary Mint Shampoo Bar from Saltspring Soapworks, a local Canadian company that hand makes everything. I do really like their products and I loved this shampoo when I first started using it quite a white ago but I think I'll be ready for a change after it's gone.

On a regular day that's all I have time for in the morning I get up about 30 minutes before I leave for work so I have to squeeze in what I can. Once I'm out of the shower I use Tomato Oil Control Gel on my face and a cover that with Sun Defense Minerals both from Eminence Organics. Then I spray a little Eminence Stone Crop toner to set it.

My current regime is missing a lot, I would like to find a more moisturizing soap and a body lotion or oil that is quick and easy to apply and doesn't take forever to absorb. Hopefully I can try a few products in the next little while and add new ones to my roster.