Beauty · cruelty-free · Makeup · Reviews · Skin Care

Farleyco | Ecotools, 7th Heaven, Modèle, Purple Tree, Beauty Lash & MesmorEyes

Farleyco sent me new products to try and I was really ecstatic to test them. Previous  shipments produced some real Holy Grail products (ex.: Flexitol Lip Balm) and I was eager to see if I would discover a hidden gem in these new goodies! Let’s find out shall we?

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Let’s talk about these new goodies…

EcoTools Facial Mask Mates (10,99$) 🐰

EcoTools Facial Mask Mates (Farleyco)

Environmentally-friendly bamboo handle of the Mask Applicator Brush has soft, flat, cruelty free bristles that evenly apply cream, gel, or clay masks for full, even coverage – mess free.

Three reuseable Mask Remover Sponges, made from natural plant pulp, help to remove excess product while gently exfoliating the skin for a smoother, more radiant appearance.

Who needs a brush to apply your face masks? Not me… or so I thought! Never in a million years would I have ever spent my hard-earned money on this product since I already have all the tools I need (aka my dandy little fingers)! But, Oh! boy was I wrong! After trying this, I can’t imagine not having this brush: it’s so easy and way less messy to apply masks. This is a sure WINNER!

EcoTools Facial Mask Mates

As for the sponges, I could truly kick myself for never considering using these to take off my masks. It’s always time-consuming to rinse a mask with only water but these sponges make it a breeze to clean every little drop of product. So, thank you Farleyco for making my masks’ experience way more enjoyable now! A+++

Available: Select Brunet, Familiprix, Guardian, IDA, Pharma Choice, Pharma Plus, Pharmasave, Rexall, Uniprix, Value Drug Mart & Farleyco 

Purple Tree Papaya Miracle Balm (6.99$) 🐰

Purple Tree Papaya Miracle Balm

Its multi-purpose formula can also be used to protect brittle nails and cuticles, and for cosmetic finishes such as taming eyebrows and elongating the appearance of eyelashes.
Made in the UK using key natural ingredients, Purple Tree Miracle Balms are suitable for all skin types and are an essential handbag item. 

I REALLY like this multifunctional, “Jack of all Trade” natural balm. I have used it with great results for dry knuckles, fixing my brows and for my cuticles. It also doesn’t hurt that this product smells divine. A handy product to say the least, with great ingredients like natural Papaya extracts, Honey and Safflower Oil.

Note: For the lips it’s wonderful but the scent is almost to strong for my personal preference.

Available: Select Lawtons Drugs, London Drugs, Overwaitea, Pharma Plus, Pharmasave, Rexall & Farleyco

Modèle Collagen Lip Treatment (29.99$)🐰

Modèle Collagen Lip Treatment

Modèle Collagen Lip Treatment restores lip volume, reduces the signs of aging and helps retain moisture.

Time will tell if a regular use of this lip treatment will plump my lips, but frankly, I couldn’t care less! I totally love its hydrating effect and it really soothes my poor chapped lips. The fact that it’s a “bullet lipstick” format is a plus since it’s really easy to apply. I have used it daily for a week now and I’m totally addicted to the softness of my now very much kissable lips 😉

Available: Select Guardian, IDA, Jean Coutu, Pharma Plus, Pharmasave, Rexall & Farleyco 

BeautyLash Brow Tint Kit (19,99$)

– 4 shades available: Light Brown, Medium Brown , Dark Brown & Black

BeautyLash Brow Tint Kit

BeautyLash Tinting Kit tints eyelashes and eyebrows draw attention to your eyes without appearing artificial. Eyelashes are longer and eyebrows are being enhanced and receive a clear and defined outline. Grey or white hair is covered up completely and shine in new, fresh colour. The new 2-step tinting system makes it possible to tint eyelashes and eyebrows on your own in only 2 steps. The colour lasts up to 6 weeks and is smudge and water resistant!

I consider myself a professional eyebrow dyer. I do it regularly to cover the gray hairs popping once in a while (4 to be exact), and also to add definition and density to my sparse and light brows. If you never did it, you must try it since it makes a world of difference for framing your face. I’ve been using Just for Men for years now, with great results, and I have to say that this medium Brown color is better for my “caramel” hair color. I must say that I now prefer this BeautyLash product because it’s a very gentle, plant-based formula. The company states that each package is good for about 8 uses but from personal experience, each one will last you double that amount. For reference, I dye mine once a month!!! New favorite for sure…

BeautyLash Brow Tint Kit

Note: It’s also safe to use to dye your lashes but I choose not to test it since I’m clumsy and I’m pretty sure I would get it all over my eyeballs 😀

Available: Select Pharmasave & Farleyco

7th Heaven Creamy Coconut Face Mask (1,99$) 🐰

7th Heaven Creamy Coconut Face Masque

We’ve harnessed the hydrating goodness of fresh Coconut Water and added lots of lovely ingredients to moisturize and hydrate, including super smoothing Shea butter.

These 7th Heaven Masks are affordable and really enjoyable. This particular one did tingle a lot for the first 5 minutes but afterward, it was quite nice! As a result, my skin felt super clean and very hydrated. I also tested it on BeardMan (since there were some product left, and results were the same). A nice product to have, and smells good too!

Available: Select Brunet, Jean Coutu, Proxim, Pharma Plus, Pharmasave, Rexall, Lawtons Drugs, Value Drug Mart& Farleyco

MesmorEyes Collections (12,99$) 

– Almond, Hooded, Monolid or Round Shape Eyes –

MesmorEyes Collections

New Collections by MesmorEyes – the only Lash Kit with 3 sets of lash styles (‘Day’, ‘Play’ and ‘Night’) selected for your unique shape. Collections by MesmorEyes has created a first of its kind programme that specifically tells you which false eyelashes suits your eye type.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I suck at putting on false eyelashes to the point that I stopped trying. Although I wanted to review these, I ask one of my hooded-eyed friend that usually rocks falsies to test them. She told me that they were very comfortable to wear and perfectly shaped for her eye! They were so fantastic that, at that price, she bought another kit…

MesmorEyes Collections

Available: Amazon.ca Prime, Select Pharmasave, Guardian IDA,  Value Drug, Value Drug Mart Stores & Farleyco 

Thank you Lorry  xxx

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Beauty · perfume · sephora

TOP 10 | Sweet Smelling Perfumes

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume (Curly Spring Blossom)

I not only have the biggest sweet tooth,  I also only crave  “Sugary, Candy Like” perfumes. I thought it would be nice to gather all the delicious fragrances that I’ve fell in love with over the years. If, like myself, floral, woody, spicy or oriental perfumes make you smell like a granny (and not in a good way), than these suggestions could help you find a yummy new scent. BTW I’m assuming that a girl (me) in her forties likes to smell like cake batter! 😉

 

1.

Pink Sugar

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume Pink Sugar

This is the most affordable perfume from this list. Pink Sugar is a warm, delicious & happy fragrance. I would describe it like when cotton candy & vanilla sugar meet maple syrup! Without a doubt a sugar overload that is not just for teenagers!

Notes:
Bergamot, Sicilian Orange, Raspberry, Fig Leaves, Lily of the Valley, Licorice, Strawberry, Red Fruit, Cotton Candy, Vanilla, Caramel, Musk, Wood, Powder.

2.

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Extreme

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume-Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanilla Extreme (Curly Spring Blossom)

Layer after layer of vanilla scents, what’s not to love! I like that I smell like I have doused myself in vanilla extracts! I love it. Truly intoxicating!

Notes:
Vanilla Sugar, Heliotrope, Vanilla Absolute, Milk.

3.

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Apricot

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume Comptoir - Sud Pacifique (Curly Spring Blossom)

Creamy, sweet and fruity; it’s complete perfection if you wanna smell like a summer treat. Sweet but with a grown up feel to it. Very sophisticated.

Notes:
Jackfruit, Apricot, Papaya, Vanilla, Sugar Candy.

4.

Yves St-Laurent Black Opium

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Yves St-Laurent Black Opium (Curly Spring Blossom)

Full of notes that evoke the sweetness of vanilla, coffee, with some light floral undertones. The smell of this perfume is very different from the original Opium. This is a winning scent for me! This is like a mature version of Prada Candy.

Notes:
Coffee Accord, Orange Blossom, Cedarwood Essence, Patchouli Essense.

5.

Lavanila Vanilla Grapefruit 🐰

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Lavanila Vanilla Grapefruit (Curly Spring Blossom)

I absolutely love Lavanila Vanilla Grapefruit perfume! Don’t let the grapefruit in the name trick you – it doesn’t smell fruity at all! It’s a very warm scent with only a hint of citrus.

Notes:
Pink Grapefruit, Lime, Bergamot, Orange, Cedarwood, Madagascar Vanilla.

6.

Dior Hypnotique Poison

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Hypnotic Poison (Curly Spring Blossom)

I’ve been wearing this perfume for the last 10 years. Definitely not a summery or daytime scent, but you’ll be tempted to wear it all year round. I get a ton of compliments when I wear this warm, vanilla sexy scent that not only warms up as the day goes on but, mixed with the amber and jasmine, it’s just amazing! I am head over heels in love with this dangerously named perfume. I cannot recommend it highly enough. My only word of advice is to spritz yourself sparingly because a little of this certainly goes a long, long way especially in summer when your skin heats up.

Notes:
Bitter Almond, Caraway Spice, Sambac Jasmine, Cinnamon, Tuberose, Vanilla, Musk, Mosses, Jucarunda Wood.

7.

Viktor & Rolf BonBon

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Viktor & Rolf BonBon (Curly Spring Blossom)

I love this perfume so much. The smell is delicious; when I wear it, it feels like I’ve been soaked in candy. It reminds me of the sweetness that Flowerbomb has… minus the flowery notes.  Definitely a cute, feminine, sweet tooth kind of smell. It starts off a little more floral but becomes all sugary after some evaporation. Definitely smells edible. The caramel scent is the longest lasting part of the perfume with a hint of vanilla sweetness.

Notes:
Caramel, Mandarin, Orange Blossom

8.

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Gold Couture

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Juicy Couture Viva La Gold Couture (Curly Spring Blossom)

I prefer Gold Couture over the classic Viva La Juicy perfume. It has more vanilla than the classic one, which is what I enjoy the most about this aroma. The main notes for me are definitely vanilla, amber, and caramel, although there are some notes of berries that come through and don’t make it too overpoweringly sweet. Think warm caramel and honey drizzled over berries and vanilla custard… and you have Gold Couture!!

Notes:
Berries, Honeysuckle, Golden Amber, Caramel, Vanilla.

9.

Mugler Aura

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Mugler Aura (Curly Spring Blossom)

At first, it’s minty and fresh (Yes like Listerine) but also has a mysterious base note. After a couple of hours, Aura elegantly and seamlessly morphs into a custard bourbon vanilla scent that reminds me of Fresh Pastries. Aura is an exceptionally well engineered perfume that carries you away on a nose-filling journey.

Notes:
Rhubarb leaves, Vanilla bourbon, Orange blossom, Wolf wood.

10.

Maison Margiela “REPLICA” By The Fireplace

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Maison Margiela REPLICA By The Fireplace (Curly Spring Blossom)

This perfume is my newest obsession. It does have a smoky base to it but it also has a lovely bourbon vanilla side with a touch of cinnamon. Someone told me that it smells like roasting marshmallows on a fire. This fragrance stirs up memories of times shared by the fire in the great outdoors as well as by the fireplace. It does tend to be more of an Autumn/Winter fragrance and it’s especially delicious mixed with Black Opium!

Notes:
Clove Oil, Chestnut Accord, Vanilla Accord

 

Honorable Mention…

Mugler Angel

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Mugler Angel (Curly Spring Blossom)

Key Notes:
Caramel, Chocolate, Honey, Vanilla

Elizabeth & James Nirvana Bourbon 🐰

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Elizabeth & James Nirvana Bourbon (Curly Spring Blossom)

Key Notes:
Tuberose, Oakwood, Bourbon Vanilla

Prada Candy

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Prada Candy (Curly Spring Blossom)

Key Notes:
White Musks, Benzoin, Caramel Accord

Giorgio Armani Beauty Si

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Giorgio Armani Si (Curly Spring Blossom)

Notes:
Pear, Freesia, Amber Wood.

Maison Margiela “REPLICA” Funfair Evening

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Maison Margiela REPLICA FUNFAIR EVENING (Curly Spring Blossom)

Key Notes:
Toffee Apple, Orange Blossom Infusion, Caramel Candy

 

Looking at this list of favorites, you can quickly see that the key word for me is VANILLA. I hope that it gave you, my “SWEET” friends, some great suggestions or possibly made you smile because we have the same taste. Any other perfumes I should try?

 

Note: I try my best to buy only cruelty-free products when it comes to my makeup, skincare & bath products. That being said perfume that are cruelty-free and smells good on me are extremely hard to find so this list contains only a few CF options! Transitioning is key here…

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Beauty · canadians · Reviews · Skin Care

LaSPA Cruelty-Free Mineral Sunscreens | Review

LaSPA Mineral Sunscreens (Curly Spring Blossom Review) - Cruelty-Free

I’m so excited to write about LaSPA sunscreens for two reasons: first, these products are Made in Canada and second, they are totally EXTRAORDINARY!

Truth be told that, these days I’m going wild at the chance to test new sunscreens, more than any other beauty products. After my step dad got treated for a nasty melanoma (skin cancer) on his nose, I saw first hand the damages that this deadly disease can cause. The surgeon took 1/3 off his nose and reconstructive plastic surgery was much needed afterward. Thank god, after all that ordeal, everything looks great and he is in remission. Don’t ever forget that skin cancer is, for the major part, easily PREVENTABLE. If cancer doesn’t scare you my friends maybe looking like a dry prune in your 40’s should do the trick 😉

Sunscreen should part of your morning routine 365 days a year, rain or shine.

For reference: My skin type is combination/dry & very acne prone. 

LaSPA Mineral Sunscreens (Cruelty-Free) Review

LaSpa

“Our Philosophy is simple. Create clean and natural sun care products with only the finest ingredients. LASPA products are a safe and effective way for women to nourish and protect their skin from the harmful rays of the sun – without the risks that are associated with chemical based sunscreen products.” Susan Mey founder

LaSPA Mineral Sunscreens (Cruelty-Free) Review

SPF 30 Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen

(40$Cnd for 2.7oz – Online or at a SPA near you)

LaSPA Mineral Sunscreens (Cruelty-Free) Review

Ingredients:

Each Dose Contains Zinc Oxide 20%

NON-MEDICINAL INGREDIENTS: beeswax, bisabolol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, isoamyl cocoate, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, tocopherols

This product is hands down one of the best face sunscreen I have ever tried. This product totally blew me away and that says a lot since face sunscreens have always been more misses than hits for me.

Pros: 

❃ CRUELTY-FREE 🐰 (It’s NOT Vegan because of the beeswax),

❃ Fragrance-free, Gluten-free & hypoallergenic,

❃ Hydrating – perfect for dry skin,

❃ Contains no color, no paraben or chemical UVA\UVB,

❃ Non-greasy* & non-stiky formula,

❃  100% Natural Source Ingredients,

❃ Makes the PERFECT canvas to use under foundations or BB creams,

❃ No white cast (YAY!!!!!),

❃ Doesn’t break me out at all,

❃ This product is sweat and water-resistant for 80 minutes,

❃ TSA (Transportation Security Administration) approved size for plane requirements,

❃ Great value for the amount you get & the quality of the product.

Cons:

❃  For some reason, it doesn’t work great with loose powder foundation. The foundation looks patchy!

❃ I don’t think oily girls would enjoy this VERY hydrating sunscreen.

*** Note: With every sunscreens tested in recent years, after the 10-hour mark, my face starts to feel oily.

When you first open the tube, you see a thick cream and a formula that is a little bit “grainy”; don’t be afraid since magically, the product will melt onto your skin. All of us know that finding a sunscreen that performs beautifully under our makeup is difficult – this one is so good that it even makes my foundation look better as it acts like a primer, a moisturizer and a sunscreen at the same time! I would totally recommend this product if you want to combine great sunscreen properties, more so if you use makeup on a daily basis. It’s a wonderful product!!

LaSPA Mineral Sunscreens (Cruelty-Free) Review

SPF 20 Daily Sun Protection Lotion

(44$Cnd for 4,2oz – Online or at a SPA near you)

Ingredients:

Each Dose Contains Zinc Oxide 14%

NON-MEDICINAL INGREDIENTS: beeswax, bisabolol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, certified organic cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, isoamyl cocoate, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, tocopherols

Pros:

❃ CRUELTY-FREE 🐰 (It’s NOT Vegan because of the beeswax)

❃  100% Natural Source Ingredients,

❃ Fragrance-free, Gluten-free  & hypoallergenic,

❃ Contains no color, no paraben or chemical UVA\UVB,

❃ Non-stiky light formula,

❃ Doesn’t stain my clothes,

❃ Perfect to wear under makeup,

❃ This product is sweat and water-resistant for 80 minutes.

Cons:

❃ It takes some time to dry,

❃ I wish this sunscreen contained a higher SPF – Not a Con per se.

Comparing both products, I prefer LaSpa SPF 30 Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen since I usually put SPF greater than 30 on my face. That being said, I’ve used this LaSpa SPF 20 Daily Sun Protection Lotion on my neck and neckline for a while now and I do love it a lot, these areas are easier to reapply than redo your full makeup.

Honestly, I had no expectation upon receiving this gorgeous PR Package (#NOT Sponsored) from LaSPA & PK Communications since I didn’t know the brand but it resonated with me and fitted perfectly on my quest to find the best cruelty-free sunscreens available. After testing it regularly, I was pretty excited to share my thoughts. I truly cannot say enough good things on these products! What’s not to love: great value, natural ingredients, made in Canada, cruelty-free & works like a charm under makeup! It’s truly one of the best sunscreen product I’ve used and I’m a LaSpa convert, especially LaSpa SPF30 Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen, since I prefer better protection and SPF factors.

Important note: Every sunscreens on the market should have an expiration date written on the package if not, don’t buy it. At the same time Spring is a very good time to discard any expired product! 

LaSPA Mineral Sunscreens (Cruelty-Free) Review

 


The difference between Mineral & Synthetic Sunscreens:

Mineral Sunscreens:

There are only two mineral sunscreen ingredients: titanium dioxide and zinc oxide

Begin to work immediately on application, but must be absorbed to be most effective and to ensure they don’t wipe off on clothing.

Have almost no risk of irritating skin.

May leave a white cast, especially on darker skin tones, but the best pure mineral sunscreens go on invisibly.

May need more careful, liberal application because of the way they work in formulas. So, go ahead, slather these on for brilliant protection!

Why Zinc Oxide is better:

Zinc Oxide provides a broad spectrum protection against both UVA/UVB rays whereas chemical filters don’t necessarily provide this function

Zinc Oxide is effective immediately upon application, whereas chemical filters need approximately 20 minutes to be absorbed

Zinc Oxide reduces or eliminates the risk of allergies or skin irritation that can be caused by the chemicals used in chemical sun filters

Zinc Oxide avoids the risk of health issues that have been documented concerning the cumulative effects of chemical sunscreen ingredients on reproductive health (see below for a further discussion on Sunscreen Ingredients).

Synthetic (Chemicals) Sunscreens:

Common synthetic sunscreen ingredients include oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, and avobenzone.

Begin to work immediately on application, but must be absorbed to be most effective and to ensure they don’t wipe off on clothing.

Are generally found in products with thinner textures.

Tend to be preferred for water-resistant formulas because they don’t turn milky-looking when you sweat or get wet. But, as with any sunscreen, you must reapply them often.

Can be sensitizing for those with extra-sensitive skin.


Enjoy the outdoors & the upcoming beautiful summer

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