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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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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New Sephora Favorites Give Me Some New Lip | Review

New Sephora Favorites Give Me Some New Lip | Review

Since my transition to cruelty-free, I’ve been eyeing this new Sephora Favorites Give Me Some New Lip value set! Thanks Sephora for offering a set made of all CF products. Upon receiving it, I thought these shades were definitely out of my comfort zone but I was to test each and everyone of them with an open-mind. Could this be the beginning of a new daring Ingrid or a disaster in the making?

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What it is:
A multibranded sampler set, ideal for creating the perfect lip. This set includes two full-size and three deluxe-size lip essentials.

This set contains:
♥ 0.07oz/ 2ml Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Snobby
♥ 0.07oz/ 2g Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in Night Mauves (FULL SIZE)
♥ 0.13oz/ 4ml Smashbox Always On Metallic Matte in XO, Vlada (FULL SIZE)
♥ 0.21oz/ 6g treStiQue Mini Plumping Lip Balm in Barbados Berry
♥ 0.035oz/ 1g Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Candy Venom

New Sephora Favorites Give Me Some New Lip | Review

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Sephora in-store & online – Limited Edition for 33$CND
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New Sephora Favorites Give Me Some New Lip | Review

Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Snobby

(a semi-sheer metallic light pink base with pink and gold pearls)

Pros:

Smells delicious, just like vanilla cake batter,

Super long wearing for a lip gloss,

Feels very comfortable on the lips – not sticky at all.

Cons:

If you have dry/chapped lips, this gloss will emphasize the dryness and it will look horrible,

It doesn’t fade well which leaves your lips with lots of glitter particules,

It’s doubtfully daytime appropriate – the colour is unorthodox & the shimmer is obvious.

Bottom Line: It’s ok but I wouldn’t buy a full size! I feel I’m getting too old to wear these shimmery glosses that are very reminiscent of the 80’s and honestly, who wants to relive these years, makeup wise that is. The only way to make it look pretty is over a lip liner that I’ve applied all over my lips and then put a little bit of this Huda Beauty Lip Strobe on the centre.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in Night Mauves 

Pros:

Super creamy & long wearing (transfer proof),

This particular color is a very flattering NUDE that is perfect for my light skin,

It’s not a full flat matte,

It fades really beautifully,

NO need to apply a lip liner as the product doesn’t bleed,

Very pigmented – you need just a tiny swipe.

Cons:

A lip gloss to top it is a must; it tends to dry my lips,

The product smells & tastes really funky,

The formula is so soft, it makes it fragile and unstable in the container/stick.

Bottom Line: I honestly bought this set for this new Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crayon and it fell flat for me. It’s nothing out of the extraordinary. I’m not impressed and again wouldn’t buy another shade, mainly because of the debatable aroma. Formula wise, it’s pretty solid and the shade is really pretty.

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Smashbox Always On Metallic Matte in XO in Vlada

(metallic rose gold)

Pros:

Smudge proof,

Long wearing,

Intense vibrant Metallic Rusty color (if you enjoy that type of shade),

It smells super yummy and doesn’t have an after taste,

It fades well and not patchy at all,

The application is very smooth.

Cons:

It’s drying my lips like crazy (to be fair all liquid lipsticks that I have tried are doing this),

This shade looks super cheap on me.

Botton Line: I HATE the colour; it looks so awful on me. The formula is not bad at all and I can see why the matte version has great reviews. If you enjoy matte lip products, you should consider this one from Smashbox.

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treStiQue Mini Plumping Lip Balm in Barbados Berry

Pros:

Smells minty fresh,

Glides easily on the lips,

Very pigmented for a lip balm.

Cons:

It’s more brick red than a berry color,

No plumping effect whatsoever,

It’s not super hydrating; it feels like your average lip balm.

Bottom Line: I really would have enjoyed this balm if the shade had suited me better. Cute packaging but a random product at the most.

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Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Candy Venom

(electric pink)

Pros:

Super sleek packaging,

Beautiful deep bright pink,

Full coverage  & very creamy,

Very comfortable on the lips as it’s non drying.

Cons:

Like any matte formula, if your lips are not moisturized prior to the application, it will emphasize the dryness.

Bottom Line: I’m very impressed with the formula but this particular colour is so far from my comfort zone that I wouldn’t wear it, EVER. That being said it’s one of the best matte formula I’ve ever tried. Simply Beautiful.

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The value for money of this set is amazing; alone, the Marc Jacobs Lip Crayon is 34$ (this set costs 33$CND). My problem is not with all these new formulas but with the colours that are not flattering on my fair skin or just don’t suit my personality. If you are contemplating this new Sephora Favorites’ set, you should have a look in-store to see if it’s a right fit for you.

As you know, honesty is the best policy, and unfortunately this one will be going back to Sephora ASAP. I wish Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in Night Mauves didn’t smell or taste so bad. Sadly, this set will be the first one ever that I’ll be returning. Oh well, they just cannot be all winners! This set was curated for women with darker skin tone.

Note: The swatches look way better than how they individually look on my lips!

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