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Review: Radiant Skin Essentials with OLEHENRIKSEN*


OLE HENRIKSEN... OLE HENRIKSEN...OLE HENRIKSEN... honestly, where have you been all my life. I have been using this trio lately and my god, my skin has never looked or felt better. I can't even begin to describe it. It looks plump (in a youthful way) like I just got a facial and had a nice hour long TLC treatment done to it and there's life put back into it. The uneven-ness is gone in terms of color patchiness, or discoloration? I honestly believe that it is the use of these three products that has transformed my skin to its current state. I actually feel comfortable going out without foundation, just with a bit of concealer and blush and my brows. 

Review: Multi-Masking with Jowaé*


Jowaé recently launched 3 new masks to their skincare line and you can read all about them here. They retail for $24 Cad each and contain 50mL of product are made with 96-98% ingredients that are of natural origin.

Swatch: Zoya - Twinkling (Holiday 2019)*


For this year's Holiday launch, Zoya has released its Twinkling Collection completed with 12 shades in a variety of finishes that retails for $10 usd a bottle. I have these beautiful babies swatched below so I'd love to know which ones are your favorite shades! 

I am always so surprised to see how some of these polishes swatch as what I normally would not gravitate to, or would think look a certain way when swatched always surprises me and looks completely different - for example the shade Jett below, I thought would be a silver top coat - but it ended up being a fully opaque silver shade with glitter running through it and dries down matte. Such a wonderful surprise, I love it!

Swatched from left to right we have:
Jett - frosted silver with glitter (metallic) that dries to a matte
Alessia - icy blue with silver glitter (metallic)
Jen - sapphire blue (pearl)
Sedona - deep burgundy (pearl)
Gabi - dark rich eggplant purle (cream)
Rosa - a bright fuschia pink  (pearl)

Swatched from left to right:
Kaede -gold metallic fleck with a holo foil - works great as an overlay. 
Enza - beige macadamia (cream)
Steph - pastel ballet baby pink (cream)
Mai - rosewood (cream)
Tieran - charcoal grey (cream)
Tanya - festive holiday red (cream)

The shades I really loved this time include: Jett, Alessia, Gabi, Tanya and Tieran. 

All of the polishes are swatched with two coat to deliver that even finish.

Until next time, XO - M.

*products were sent to me for consideration, all opinions are my own. 

Review: JOICO - JOIFULL Haircare Collection*


Postpartum hair loss, it's a real thing that I struggle with... and with my already pre-existing thin hair, the amount of hair that I'm losing from postpartum as well as everyday stress is really taking a toll on me. As a result, I find myself willing to try any type of hair product that promises hair growth, volume or both? Let me know if you ever find a product that does that!

I was recently fortunate enough to be sent the brand new Joifull collection by Joico to test out which features the: 1. Volumizing Shampoo 2. Volumizing Conditioner and 3. Volumizing Styler. These products are said to give you big, bouncy and volumizing hair with a styler that will not leave your hair feeling crunchy or sticky.

Review: Live Clean Hand Washes (Holiday 2019)*


I have been a huge fan of Live Clean products as you may probably know if you are a follower of my blog and one of the launches that I most look forward to yearly is the Holiday series. Last year, I was obsessed with their Vanilla Peppermint liquid hand soap and stocked up so I could use it throughout the year. I made it up to the summer time - haha! This year I'll know better and prepare myself better! In addition to their Holiday liquid hand soap line up (which includes Holly Berry, Vanilla Peppermint and Gingerbread Latte), they have launched two new scents in a foaming hand wash formula. 

The two new scents are Frosted Apple and Fresh Snow
Frosted Apple - I love apple scented products and this is more of a fall apple scent vs. a crisp apple scent - he has the warmer notes vs. the light and airiness. I still love this and will use it first before the Fresh Snow which is more Holiday to me. 
Fresh Snow is what you expect it to be, the moment you open your front door and the air is cold and crisp and a fresh layer of snow has fallen. LOVE! It's giving me all sorts of Winter vibes and I am living for it! 

I have seen these in the shelf of Walmart and have seen them online at Well.ca at right under or around the $5 price point. I will definitely be buying the Vanilla Peppermint and 1-2 more of the Fresh Snow and Frosted Apple this year to last me a few more months! 

Until next time, XO - M.

*products were sent to me for consideration, all opinions are my own.

Review: New products from Design.ME Hair (Fall 2019)*


Design.ME Hair has recently sent me three brand new items to try and man, I am hooked on two of them! The items sent over to try from left to right in the image above include:

GLOSS me ($24cad)
Alright, I normally loathe hair serums but man this stuff is good. It is lightweight, non-greasy in the sense that you do not look like you haven't washed your hair in a few days. It smells amazing, and absorbs quickly. It is formulated with oils, proteins and essential fatty acids and vitamin A,C and E to help strengthen the hair. It also contains cannabis sativa seed oil, it does NOT contain THC so fear not! This is the oil that is derived from the hemp plant so that means it is legal. This product is free of sulfates, salt, paraben, gluten and is cruelty free and vegan. 

PUFF me ($22cad)
My thin lifeless hair is truly obsessed with this product. I spray it into my roots and it gives texture and volume and some extra oompf and body. The best part is that the hair is still workable, it is not too stiff or tangled feeling which is amazing. I use this also to finish off my waves and I actually get an extra day out of the curls even if I sleep in it. LOVE! This spray also has UV protection just in case you want some extra protection!

BOUNCE me ($22cad)
This product is meant for those with curls as it is targeted to give you hydration from the Argan Oil formulation. It provides frizz control, helps the strands feel soft and smooth and even offers up to 400 degrees F in heat protection.
This product is free from sulfates, salt (sodium chloride), paraben, gluten, has no artificial colors and smells divine! I can smell it through the bottle. I gave this away to my son's daycare teachers to share with them, hopefully one of the teachers with curly hair will take it home with them! I have dead straight hair so why not pass it on :)


So as you can guess the two products I am obsessed with is the hair serum (GLOSS me) and texturizing spray (PUFF me), I highly recommend these two!

Until next time, XO - M

*products were sent to me for consideration, all opinions are my own.

Review: Mary Kay Naturally™ & Skinvigorate Sonic™ Skin Care System*


New to Mary Kay is their Naturally skincare line, which is made from naturally derived ingredients. Click the link to learn more about the collection and continue reading below for my thoughts on the products


We all love a good cleanser that helps to rid your face of impurities, grease and dirt without making it feel squeaky clean and almost stripping. This is a creamy cleanser that leaves your skin feeling hydrated and refreshed. 

While I am not used to using a moisturizer in stick form, I use this more as a targeted moisturizing component. I apply it to my eczema flare-ups on my hand, or on dry patches of my skin and it helps to create a non-greasy barrier. 

This light-weight and fast absorbing oil is best used with the facial massager in my opinion! IT does not contain any silicone, mineral oil or alcohol so this is just the ultimate moisturizer for your face that leaves you feeling hydrated. 

I am slowly starting to see my exfoliating powders come to the market vs the traditional style that is almost like a paste. You can use this however you wish, make your own exfoliating cocktail by mixing it with water, cleanser or even the facial oil. If you mix it with the cleanser you're doing two steps in one to save you some time. It gently exfoliates your skin as the granules aren't too big and helps to buff away any dullness.

Review: Veriphy Skincare*


A brand new line of skincare that has been introduced to me recently is called Veriphy. The company was created in 2018 and is 98% natural, 100% cruelty free with no animal testing done at all! They are Canadian and proud of it - their products are developed and manufactured in Canada using sustainable packaging and practices. Bonus, it is a women-founded and led company and supports Women in STEM (fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). 

The power behind the brand is  PhytoSpherix® (phytoglycogen), a 100% plant-based form of glycogen that helps to reveal brighter, silkier, smoother and a revitalized complexion. It helps your skin to produce elastin and collagen thereby giving you back that youthful plump-ness to the skin. All of their products contain this ingredient in addition to others, but this is absolutely the star of their products. 

Currently, they have three products to their range: 
Described as "An AHA serum with a powerful blend of Lactic Acid and PhytoSpherix® (phytoglycogen) that exfoliates the skin, revealing a fresh and revitalized complexion. Arnica and Calendula Extracts help to calm and soothe the skin, making this product suitable for all skin types." 

Veriphy 20/20 Eye Cream ($82 cad/15mL)
The site describes this product as "This firming and smoothing eye cream uses the power of PhytoSpherix® and Peptides to firm and hydrate the eye area. Niacinamide and Cucumber Extract work to visibly reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness". 

On their site, the product is described as "A luxurious moisturizer that harnesses the power of PhytoSpherix® and Hyaluronic Acid to plump the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Deeply hydrating without feeling heavy or greasy, leaving a soft and velvety finish." Other ingredients include Algae, Green Tea & Licorice Root Extract, to brighten and make your skin more radiant and Avocado Oil to soothe and moisturize the skin as it is high in omega-6 fatty acids. 

** It is important to note that all of the products above do not contain sulfates, parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, silicones or fragrance. **

Review: Naruko - Tea Tree Shine Blemish Control Series*


I have been an avid follower of asian skincare ever since I was a teen, to be honest it was really one of my first exposures to skincare from my mom. Growing up in Hong Kong, it was much easier and seeing what my mom used all the time that made her skin so nice also helped feed my interest in it. While I grocery shop at T&T Supermarkets, I like to sometimes wander into their skincare/beauty section and I saw this brand NARUKO that I had never heard about. As fate would have it, I had the opportunity to review some of their items a short time after! 

A few items were sent to me from the Tea Tree Shine Blemish Control Series which included:

Review: Live Clean - Super Fruit Waters Collection*


Live Clean has added two new products to their haircare collection ~ Super Fruit Waters Quenching Curls Shampoo and Conditioner. It is formulated with a certified organic blend of watermelon, papaya and aloe leaving your hair super soft and tamed. The one great thing I love about Live Clean products is that it is made with quality ingredients and on top of it all they are free of: phosphate, paraben, silicone, phthalate, DEA, SLS, and petrolatum free.

The scent is impeccable. it is refreshing and juicy. It has a very light-weight formula, I only have to use about a nickel size on the palm of my hand for my medium shoulder length hair. I use a bit more of the conditioner, about a quarter-sized and work it from the middle to the end. 

My hair did feel very hydrated after, I do not have curls so the curl-friendly portion of this product wouldn't be applicable to me. Regardless, like I said, the shampoo and conditioner left my hair feeling cleansed, hydrated and not dry nor was there any residue leftover. 

Until next time, XO - M.
*products were sent to me for consideration, all opinions are my own.