Is Native Deodorant Actually Good? Review

Hey guys! Today we’re talking all about deodorant. Not necessarily the most glamourous topic, but it’s something I use every day so it’s an important product! This might be a little unusual but I’ve been using Old Spice Fiji for about eight years now, give or take. When I started working as a lifeguard, one of my coworkers introduced me to it. Men’s deodorants are typically stronger than women’s and working at the pool we would get sweaty and needed something stronger. The Fiji scent is lavender and pina coladas so I loved using it!

The only thing is that Old Spice deodorant is made with aluminum, which everyone says is bad for you. Now I haven’t done any research into this, but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to switch to a natural deodorant. The only issue is that I haven’t found a good one. The other two I tried had very wet and sticky formulas that stained my clothes. They also did nothing to stop the sweat and smell. I wasn’t impressed and stuck with my Old Spice.

For a while now I’ve heard a lot of hype about Native deodorants. Native is known for making a clean deodorant made without aluminum and other nasty ingredients. The deodorants are also cruelty-free and made in the USA. They have done a lot of influencer marketing so I’ve seen so many ads about Native deodorants. When you see so many ads you question if the product is good or not. But I’ve also seen some influencers talk about the brand organically so I felt like the deodorant must be legit.

I wanted to test out the brand for myself and see if the products were worth the hype. For a while, their deodorants were only available on their website, but I found out they were available at Walmart in Canada – I actually vlogged my trip to Walmart when I picked it up.

On the Native website, they have seven classic scents and five limited edition scents. At Walmart, they have only five of the seven classic scents. I decided to go with Eucalyptus and Mint since it was the strongest scent. The deodorant is on the pricier side, being $15 CAD (they are $12 US on the website, which is basically the same when you do currency exchange). This is a lot because other deodorants are around $4-6.

My first impression was that the Native deodorant stick looks like other deodorants. Sometimes natural deodorants have gel textures, but this one is normal which I like. I will say that the deodorant is a little harder compared to normal formulas. I have to rub a little harder to get it on my armpits, but once it ‘warms up’ it glides on easily.

So far I haven’t noticed any issues with staining. I wear black pretty often and haven’t noticed any white substance on my clothes that can sometimes happen with deodorant. Can’t confirm if it stains white shirts though because I haven’t worn any white shirts in the two weeks I’ve owned it (what can I say, I don’t wear a lot of white). I haven’t noticed any product build-up in my armpits as well.

I couldn’t have picked a better time to test this deodorant. I’m a naturally sweaty gal and I’ve been living with a broken AC during a heatwave the past two weeks. So I really put this to the test. I would say this performs just as well as my Old Spice deodorant. To say I never get sweaty and smelly is a lie. I will never not smell if I’m outside in 30-degree weather or working out. But for everyday wear, it’s pretty good.

I will say that I do kinda regret getting the eucalyptus and mint scent. It’s nice when I first apply it and just chilling. But when I do get sweaty, the scent just doesn’t mix well with my natural body odour. The eucalyptus just as a musty quality to my B.O. But I think this is just due to my natural body chemistry. I don’t think I would have this issue with other scents.

Do I think this product is good or overhyped? I have to say I’m team Native deodorant. This is hands down the best natural deodorant I’ve ever tried. It competes on the same level as other mainstream deodorants but without the nasty chemicals. I would buy this again in the future, but just a different scent. I do understand that the price tag is high, but to be honest a stick of deodorant lasts me a decent amount of time so it’s not like hair conditioner which I go through in it like two weeks. Also Native is cheaper than other natural deodorants that you can get at Sephora so it’s all comparative.

Overall I like the Native deodorants. Let me know in the comments if you tried Native deodorants and what your thoughts were about it. And if you have other natural deodorants like you like or prefer more let me know in the comments!

xoxo

Lea

10 Best Beauty Products Under $10

Hey guys! I love a good drugstore haul or product review, but I usually focus on the product over the price. Today I thought I would share some of my favourite products under $10. I also plan to do a post for products under $15 and $20. Just want to note that the majority of prices are in Canadian dollars since I live in Canada. But a few things are only listed in US dollars (such as Colourpop products) – which I will mark with an asterisk*. Since currency exchange varies I’m just going to include the US price in this post. I also have one product that is $9 US which is over $10 CAD, but I just decided to include it since it’ll be under $10 for all my American followers. Okay this intro is getting rambling. Let’s get into it.

The best beauty products under $10

Up first we have the Wet n Wild Photofocus foundations. Both the matte and the dewy finish are $8.79. These foundations provide great coverage, perfect for those days where I have some acne on my face. The foundations also mix well with other foundations. So I can use these foundations to mix with a foundation that is too light or dark for me. Both the matte and the dewy finish last long. A great foundation at an affordable price.

I’ve mentioned these eyeshadow palettes before, but the Wet n Wild Colour Icon palettes are some of the best at the drugstore. The shimmers are mediocre, but the mattes are great. They are quite pigmented and easy to blend. If you’re looking to getting into eyeshadow, these are a great palette to pick up since they are $7.27.

If you’re looking to build your eyeshadow collection but don’t want a palette OR are looking for a specific shade, single shadows are a great option. Colourpop has a great variety of single shadows. Their shadows are $4.50* and their pressed glitters are $5.00*. Some of my favourite shades include Bel Air, Made to Last and Get Lost.

Another great option from Colourpop is the Super Shock Shadows. Most are $6.00* and their limited edition Super Shock Shadows are $7.00*. You could pair one of these with a single shade and have a great eyeshadow look. I’ve owned many over the years, but the ones I currently own are Balloon Pop and Set to Stun.

If you’re looking to get into false lashes, then it’s great to get affordable pair. No sense in spending lots of money on something you might not wear often. Colourpop has great lashes, with a pair starting at $8.00*. My two favourite styles are Queenie and Dame.

Pressed powder is not exactly the most exciting product to purchase, but it’s important especially if you have oily skin like me. The Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Pressed Powder is a great affordable powder. It helps set the face and control oil. It also leaves my face smooth and soft. And it’s formulated to not flashback in photos. The best part is that this powder is $5.97.

It can be hard to find an affordable cream blush. They’re either expensive or don’t work well. The Colourpop Blush Stix is the best affordable blush and easily competes with my high-end blushes. They are quite pigmented and last a surprisingly long time for being a cream. The Blush Stixs are $9.00*.

I have two different highlight options for you. If you are looking for something bright and bold, then check out the Wet n Wild Megaglo highlights. At $7.47, these bad boys pack quite a punch but are still very creamy. No harsh lines with this highlight. If you want something softer, check out the Essence Pure NUDE Highlighter. This is a baked highlight so it’s quite soft and will give a glow from within look. And this highlight is only $5.49.

Colourpop has so many affordable lips, but if I had to pick my favourite it would be their Just a Tint lip tint. The formula is very comfortable on the lips but still gives off nice pigmentation. I have the shade Rise n Shine and I wear it all the time. And at $8.00* you won’t break the bank buying it.

And those are my best makeup products under $10. I hope you guys enjoyed this post and found it helpful! Let me know what some of your affordable makeup products are!

xoxo

Lea

Nighttime Skincare Routine

Hey guys! Today I decided to share my nighttime skincare with you. The last time I shared a skincare routine it was my morning one, so I thought it was time to share my evening routine. While some things are the same, I have to remove my makeup in the evening so it’s a slightly different process. Let’s get into it.

Nighttime skincare routine including: Laneige, Versed and KylieSkin cleansers, OleHenriksen toner, Murad moisturizer, MineTanBodySkin hyaluronic acid and Farmacy eye cream.

Now if I’m feeling particularly lazy I will just remove my makeup with some micellar water on a cotton round. But the majority of the time I will use an oily cleanser to remove my makeup. I find that oil-based cleansers are the best at breaking down my makeup. There are two oil-based cleansers that I currently like to use.

If my makeup isn’t super heavy or if its already worn off, then I’ll use the Laneige Cream Skin Milk Oil Cleanser. This cleanser is quite thin so I use about three to four pumps for my whole face. It just melts the makeup off my face and leaves it feeling soft and smooth after. The milky consistency is suitable for all skin types. It removes all my makeup, but I find it’s not as effective as a balm.

If I’m wearing a lot of makeup then I reach for a cleansing balm. I just find that it’ll get really oily and breakdowns stubborn mascara or eyeliner the best. I’ve used quite a few, but the one I currently own is the Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm. It has a light eucalyptus scent and doesn’t irritate my eyes. This one is cheaper than the other ones I’ve tried but just as effective. I always make sure to double cleanse when using a balm though, because my oily skin doesn’t like excess oil.

After I remove my makeup I go in with a second cleanser. If you’re unfamiliar with the double-cleanse method, the idea is to use a cleanser to remove your makeup and then a second cleanser to clean your skin. Since I have oily, acne-prone skin I find that it makes a difference to do a second cleanse. But I like to use a gentle cleanser as to not strip my face and irritate it.

The current cleanser I’m using for my second cleanse is the Kylie Skin Foaming Face Wash, which I got in a Boxycharm box. This cleanser is formulated to be gentle so it’s perfect for my second cleanse. I wouldn’t use this as my morning cleanser because I find it isn’t strong enough by itself. But after a first cleanse it just ensure that my face is clean and ready for the next steps in my routine.

I focus most of my skincare use in the morning, so in the evenings I try and use up products that I have already open. For example, the Ole Henriksen Oil Control toner is my favourite, but I have the Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner as well so I use it in the evening to try and finish it. I just don’t find it very effective but I don’t want to waste it so I use it at night. This toner has AHAs to help brighten dark spots. I find my dark spots react better to vitamin c serum, which I use in the morning. So I don’t necessarily recommend this toner, but it’s what I’m currently using.

After my toner, just like in the morning, I go in with hyaluronic acid. I finally finished that Inkey List one and I’m now using the MineTan.Body.Skin Hydra Glow Sleep Serum, which I also got in my Boxycharm. And I notice a difference using this hyaluronic acid! It gives me some hydration and makes my face feel plumper. I also will spray my face with a facial mist before applying the serum. I find that’s the best way to get results. So I’ve concluded that hyaluronic acid does work for my skin, just not The Inkey List one.

The next step in my routine is my moisturizer. I’m currently using the Murad City Skin Overnight Detox Moisturizer, which I also got in my Boxycharm. As I’ve said, I like to finish up products in my nighttime routine, so that means finishing up products that I tested from my Boxycharm. This moisturizer is pretty nice if a little on the thick side. I usually gravitate to something lighter but it doesn’t break me out and leaves me feeling hydrated so I use it!

Then I go in with my eye cream, the Farmacy Cheer Up Brightening Vitamin C Eye Cream. And you guessed it – I got this in my Boxycharm ahaha! I only use eye cream for hydration. This eye cream is supposed to help with fine lines and darkness but I haven’t noticed a difference. It doesn’t irritate my eyes so I use it to finish it up.

And then I’ll finish up with a lip balm, whichever is close by. And that’s my nighttime skincare routine! Besides my first cleanser, everything else I’m using to just to finish up. Because I focus on making sure that my skin is properly cleansed and treated in the morning, I just like to use up products in the evening. I have so many opened products and I’m making an effort to finish them up before purchasing more.

Let me know in the comments what products you guys like to use in the evening. And if you have any recommendations for me let me know, I always love trying new stuff!

xoxo

Lea

My Top 5 Products from My Top 5 Brands

Hey guys! Today’s post is inspired by the lovely Allana Davison, who recently did this in video format. She shared her top five products from her top five makeup brands. I wanted to do this myself. This was a little harder than I expected because while I might love a certain brands, I didn’t necessarily have five products from them. But I managed to figure it out. I have 25 products so I will try and keep it brief otherwise this post will be super long! Let’s get into it.

Fenty Beauty foundations, bronzer and lip gloss

When thinking of my top brands my mind immediately went to Fenty Beauty. I have three foundations and I love each one. I have the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, the Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation and the Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint. I discussed this in my Eaze Drop review but each foundation is unique. Both long-wearing foundations are full-coverage, but the finishes are different. The Eaze Drops have a lighter coverage but last just as long. Fenty Beauty is also known for having a large shade range, so there is a very high chance that you can find a shade that matches you. If you are looking for a new foundation Fenty Beauty is a great place to look.

Another one of my favourites is the Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer. Just like the foundations, the bronzer range is quite extensive with nine different shades. This is unlike other brands that might have three shades. The bronzer is quite pigmented so just make sure to use a light hand!

I can’t talk about Fenty Beauty without mentioning the Gloss Bombs. These came out right when gloss was becoming big again. The doe-foot applicator is larger than other glosses so it’s easy to apply the gloss in one easy swipe. I have the original Fenty Glow, which is a rose nude. But the shade range has expanded, and they also come out with limited edition shades all the time. If you love gloss then you have to check this one out.

Maybelline bronzer, highlight, powder, concealer and lipstick

The second brand that came to mind is Maybelline. When I was a teenager and didn’t know anything about makeup, Maybelline was the brand that I gravitated towards. Now that I know more about makeup I still reach for them. My absolute favourite product from them is the Maybelline Fit Me! Matte & Poreless Powder. This was the first powder I purchased, and after testing out other powders this one is still great. It’s silky smooth and feels so soft and does a great job of mattifying my skin but doesn’t make me look cakey. This powder is an oily girl’s dream.

Within the Fit Me! range, I also love the Fit Me Concealer. I’ve found that I prefer more natural concealers, and this one fits the bill. It’s thinner and so it blends out seamlessly. The shade I have is my summer shade. This is the perfect concealer to wear in the summer when I want some coverage but don’t want anything heavy or cakey. A great drugstore concealer.

Maybelline powder products are amazing. The Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighters are gorgeous. The formula is so creamy, so I can apply a small amount for a soft glow or pack it on to make it blinding. Another great powder is the City Bronzer. This is the perfect summer bronzer. It has a soft sheen in the powder so it creates a beautiful, bronzed, glow-from-within look. A great drugstore bronzer.

And my final favourite product from Maybelline is their Colour Sensational Lipsticks. Their formula and colour remind me of MAC lipsticks. There are different finishes and SO many shades that you’re bound to find one you like. So if you need a new lipstick, check out Maybelline.

Colourpop eyeshadows, false lashes, blush and lip tint

The brand that I easily own the most products from is Colourpop. The majority of products I’ve ordered myself, but I have received a few from my Boxycharm as well. My favourite product is their Super Shock Shadows. I own quite a few of these. These are creamy eyeshadows that dry down on the eyes and last all day. I prefer the glittery ones because they’re just so pretty and such an easy way to apply glitter to the eyes. I will often just put bronzer on the eyes and a Super Shock Shadow for an easy but fun makeup look. I highly recommend this.

Colourpop’s eyeshadow formula is also amazing. I have so many palettes from them. The one I put in the photo is the So Jaded palette, one of my more recent purchases (which of course is now discontinued. Of course I pick the palette that’s discontinued lol). But I also have a magnetic palette with some of their single shadows. Their mattes are pigmented and easy to blend. And the shimmers are impactful and easy to apply. I love all their palettes, but they do discontinue them quite frequently so it’s hard to recommend one. So just pick one that has a colour story you like because it’s probably good.

Another eye product is their false lashes! Besides Ardell, these are the best affordable lashes that I’ve tried. They have a thick band so it’s easy to apply and stays put pretty easily. I have the styles Queenie and Dame. If you’re looking to get into lashes but don’t want to shell out a lot of money, check these out.

I love cream blushes, I really do. But most of my favourites are quite expensive. The Colourpop Blush Stix is the best affordable option I’ve tried. It’s quite pigmented AND blends easily, unlike a lot of affordable cream blushes. I can swipe this on my face and blend it out no problem. I have the shade Splash, which is a warm rose, but there are other shades as well.

Colourpop has so many great lip options, but my fave is their Just A Tint lip tint. There are some of the best hydrating lipstick formulas I’ve tried. It’s very hydrating and comfortable on the lips. But for being a tint it has a pretty good colour payoff. I have the shade Rise n Shine, which is a peach tint. I would recommend adding these to your cart.

Tarte blush, setting mist, liquid lipstick, lip balm and mascara.

When I was thinking about what some of my favourite products are, I realized I had quite a few from Tarte. They’re not necessarily a brand that’s always on my radar, but everything I own from them I love! Tarte mascaras are some of my favourites. The Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara is one of my all-time favourites. I don’t currently own it, but I have the Maneater Voluptuous Mascara and it’s pretty good as well.

I also love Tarte lip products. The Tarte SEA Quench Lip Rescue Balm is one of my all-time favourite lip balms. I bought a new one at the beginning of winter and I’ve almost finished it already. The packaging is sleek and I prefer twist-up balms the most. It hydrates by chapped lips and adds the lightest tint as well. I also have one of the Tarteist Quick Dry Lip Paints and they’re some of the most comfortable liquid lipsticks. My favourite shade is unfortunately discontinued by the formula is still great. It dries quickly, doesn’t crack and is long-lasting. Everything you need with a liquid lip.

I got a Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in one of my Sephora birthday gifts many years ago and it looks like I’ve barely made a dent even though I’ve worn it so much. This is a blush that will take you forever to get through. It’s a very soft formula so you don’t have to worry about getting clown cheeks with this blush.

The final product is one I just recently finished – the Ready, Set, Radiant Skin Mist. I always found it a little too wet for makeup use. But then I saw someone using a mist before applying hyaluronic acid so I got the idea to use this mist. And it works perfectly for that! It’s easy to wet my face and it has skincare benefits as well! Just goes to show that sometimes getting creative and reworking products can be beneficial!

Wet n Wild foundations, powder, highlight and eyeshadow

My final brand is Wet n Wild. I’m not a huge fan of the packaging, it’s pretty cheap, but the products are worth it. For example, I am in love with the Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder. The lid doesn’t even properly close, but I deal with it because the powder is so beautiful. It’s very similar in consistency to the Maybelline highlight; it can be soft or blinding depending on how you apply the powder. Great drugstore highlight.

Another great powder product from Wet n Wild is the PhotoFocus Pressed Powder. Unlike the Maybelline one, this almost feels like a baked powder. It’s quite light so it’s perfect for setting the skin. And with all the products in the PhotoFocus range, it’s meant to not create photo flashback.

Speaking of PhotoFocus, the PhotoFocus foundations are great. I have both the Matte and the Dewy foundations. Both foundations provide great coverage and are quite long-lasting. The only difference is the finish. I love using these foundations to mix with others. They add great coverage and can alter the finish depending on the one I use. And because they’re affordable, I own different shades as well. So I can use mix them or with other foundations to create my perfect shade. A great affordable foundation.

And the final product is the Wet n Wild Colour Icon Eyeshadow palettes. I’ve said this before but these are some of the eyeshadows at the drugstore. The shimmers are a little lacklustre, but there are only two in the palette. I can use the mattes to create a beautiful base and then add a colourful single shadow (such as the Colourpop Super Shock Shadows) to complete the look. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get good eyeshadows.

And THAT IS IT. Wow, that’s a long post haha. I hope you guys enjoyed it. Let me know if you would want to see do a second part! And let me know in the comments what some of your favourite brands are!

xoxo

Lea

NYX The Marshmellow Primer Review

Hey guys! Today I am giving you my thoughts on the infamous NYX The Marshmellow Soothing Primer. I know this primer was blowing up online earlier in the year. Because of its popularity, the primer has been sold out in my local drugstores for so long. I was finally able to get my hands on it and try it out. So let’s get into it.

NYX Cosmetics The Marshmellow primer

The Marshmellow name is a play on the fact that the texture and smell are reminiscent of marshmallow and because it’s supposed to be mellow and soothing for the skin. It’s also made from marshmallow root extract. It has a long list of claims: smoothes, softens, extends makeup wear, hydrates, soothes, evens tone, minimizes texture, blurs lines, adds a soft-focus finish and keeps makeup fresh. So basically…everything? And it’s vegan!

First I like the packaging – pumps are the best. It’s nice because one pump is the perfect amount for my face. The claims are what you would see from both a hydrating primer and a pore-filling primer (think Smashbox Primerizer and Photo Finish). The texture isn’t at all like pore-filling primers, so if you don’t like silicone feeling primers don’t worry this isn’t like it. It feels much more like a whipped moisturizer – or like whipped marshmallow. It comes out a light pink and goes clear as it’s rubbed into the skin. It does have a sweet scent to it, but I can’t quite place what it smells like. It does have fragrance in it, but it’s listed as the last ingredient.

This primer is pretty incredible. It does instantly blur the skin, helping minimize the look of pores and texture. I would say that the hydration is pretty subtle, if you have dry skin I would recommend pairing this with something more moisturizing. I was pretty impressed because I compared this side by side with my CoverFX Blurring Primer, and the Marshmellow primer is significantly better. It just makes my face look so smooth and soft.

While this primer looks amazing, I wouldn’t say that it improves the wear time any more than my other primers. It performs better than not using a primer at all, but if you’re looking for the key to long-wearing makeup this isn’t it.

Overall I like this primer. I don’t think all the claims are necessarily true, but it does make my face look smoother and blurred. If you like the idea of a pore-filling primer but hate the texture you need to check this one out. I see myself using this primer a lot.

Let me know in the comments if you tried this primer and if so what were your thoughts on it?

xoxo

Lea

May Boxycharm 2021

Hey guys! I always love writing my Boxycharm reviews. I think because it’s always a surprise – I never know if the products are going to be good or bad. And because I take the time to test the products out I feel like I can give you guys really good reviews on the products. So let’s get into this month’s box.

A variation of Boxycharm's May box, a beauty subscription box.

The first product is the one I selected for this month. A while back Boxycharm introduced the ability to choose one product in your box. I don’t always remember to choose, but this month I picked the Murad City Skin Overnight Detox Moisturizer. It was between this moisturizer and a concealer, and I didn’t want to pick a concealer and get the wrong shade. With a combination of antioxidants and vitamin C, this moisturizer is meant to help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. And it’s has a thicker consistency meant for drier skin types. So this isn’t exactly the moisturizer I would necessarily pick for myself but I still like it. It’s quite thick, which is fine since it’s meant for the nighttime anyway. It has a nice, lightly citrusy scent. I like the packaging because it has a special pump so I don’t have to dig my fingers into a tub. It’s a good product, but overall I prefer purchasing moisturizers I can use both day and night instead of just at night. So I will use this up but I don’t see myself repurchasing it. Price: $74 US, $95 CAD

The next product the KAB Cosmetics Day + Night Eyeshadow Palette. I was excited to test out this product because I got the KAB Lip Oil in my March Boxycharm and I love it. The colour story is nice, but also quite similar to the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk palette (on purpose or a coincidence? 👀). I think the mattes are quite nice in the palette. They’re pigmented and blend easily on the eyes. The shimmers are hit and miss for me. They swatched beautifully. But on the eyes, the eyeshadows don’t show up much. I was using the shade ‘Sunset’ and was struggling to get the beautiful duo-chrome effect in the pan on my eyes. I tried using my finger, a brush and wetting my brush and it was all same – mediocre. The shades ‘Golden’, ‘Stella’, and ‘Luna’ worked well but all looked similar on the eyes. I haven’t tried out the purples or darker metallics yet, but so far I’m a little underwhelmed, especially considering the higher price tag. Price: $52 US

The second skincare product in this box is the Skin Inc My Daily Dose of Uplift. I love getting skincare in my box because it can be expensive. The only thing is sometimes I get products like this that are good but I wouldn’t necessarily purchase myself. This serum is an anti-ageing cocktail with collagen, coenzyme Q10 and hyaluronic meant to help smooth and firm the skin. Now at the age of 24, I’m more concerned with fighting acne than anti-ageing to be completely honest. I’ve been using it for almost two weeks now and I don’t notice a difference. I think because my skin is already pretty smooth and firm. I was looking at reviews online and everyone who liked it was 30+, so I think in a couple of years I would like this more. Price: $65 US

The next product is the Trestique Refillable Brow Pencil + Gel. I love that this product is refillable because brows are the product I go through the quickest. That being said I wouldn’t say this is my favourite brow pencil I’ve tried. The pencil shape is quite large so I have to be quite careful and precise when filling in my brows. I’m surprised but I like the gel side. Because I have thicker brows naturally, it’s a slippery slope when using a brow gel. I can easily go from groomed to a mesh if the gel is too pigmented or wet or difficult to use. I think this gel just adds the perfect amount to my brows. I like the brush because one side is longer and the other side is shorter giving me more control. I can’t testify to the hold because I don’t brush my brow hair up to create a fluffy look. Overall I see myself reaching more for the brow gel than the pencil. Price: $26 US

The final product is the Sophia + Mabelle Hydrating Hybrid lipstick, in the shade Weekend Getaway. The website has no description of this shade, but I would say this is a berry shade. The formula is described as a hybrid between lipstick and lip balm and I would say that’s pretty accurate. It has the pigmentation of a lipstick but the look and feel of a lip balm. I like that I can apply a little and get a sheer wash or apply a full swipe and get a pigmented lip. Because of the consistency, it isn’t super long-lasting but it’s comfortable on the lips. And I like the packaging, it’s easy to see the colour and the pink-tinted plastic is cool and unique. Price: $18 US (the card that came in my box says $15 but the website says $18).

The total of the box is $235. That’s a high value and I do think it’s reflective in the products in the box. Overall I’m pretty impressed by this month’s box. While there were some minor issues with some of the products, overall I see myself continuing to use all the products. Let me know in the comments what you think about the box. And if you’re subscribed to Boxycharm, did we get the same box? Curious to see what the different variations are.

xoxo

Lea

Nudestix x Allana Davison Collab Review: Picante + Send Noodz

Hey guys! Today I wanted to share my thoughts on some of the collab products that Allana Davison did with Nudestix. If you’re not familiar with Allana, do yourself a favour and check out her content! She is not only hilarious and beautiful (and Canadian!), but in May she’s posting every day on Youtube as well. Since I’m a huge fan of Allana when I saw her collab I immediately purchased it.

Nudestix x Allana Davison collab. Picante cream blush and Send Noodz lipstick.

Allana has done a previous collection with Nudestix but I didn’t pick it up since there were pieces I already owned included in the kit. The only original product was a lip product called Send Noodz. But recently she announced the launch of Picante, a new blush shade she created along with Send Noodz being sold individually. So I picked up Send Noodz and Picante.

So let’s talk first about Picante, but it’s so bright and eye-catching. Picante is a new shade to the existing Nudies Matte blush range. I own a shade in this range and am already in love with the formula. It blends so easily that I can apply it straight to the face. And because it’s a ‘matte’ formula (I put matte in quotations because it isn’t super matte like a powder) it’s quite long-lasting.

Nudestix x Allana Davison Picate blush. A beautiful orang cream blush.

The shade Picante is a bright orange coral. It’s quite intimidating in the tube but it blends out so well on the face. I love warm orange tones, especially in the summer. It blends so seamlessly with cream bronzers. It just made me look so bronzed and tanned. I see myself using this so much this summer.

The lipstick, Send Noodz, is Allana’s special edition of their Gel Colour Lip & Cheek Balm. This is a hybrid between lip balm, lip gloss and lipstick. It has some good pigmentation to it but also quite balmy and slippy. But not sticky whatsoever. It’s very comfortable on the lips, the perfect everyday lip product. The shade is also glorious. They don’t have any descriptions of it but I would describe it as a warm pink-peach nude. For my skin tone, it’s a great everyday nude.

Swatches of Nudestix Picante (top) and Send Noodz (bottom).
Picante (top) and Send Noodz (bottom)

Overall both of these products are amazing and I can see myself using them every day. I highly recommend both of these products. Not only are they good quality but you’ll be supporting a Canadian influencer and a Canadian brand!

And that’s it for today’s makeup review. Let me know in the comments what products you’d like to see me test out. I need to restock some skincare products from Sephora soon and maybe I’ll pick up a few more things to test out, so let me know what you’d like to see!

xoxo

Lea

My Top 5 Face Masks for Acne Prone Skin

Hey guys! I wanted to create a new series on my blog called “My Top 5”. It’s pretty self-explanatory, but I will be sharing my top five products in a certain category. I already shared my top 5 luxury products and decided to continue the concept. Today I will be sharing my favourite face masks as someone with acne-prone skin. These aren’t all detoxing, pore-cleaning masks so if you have other skin types you might be able to use some of the other masks. Let’s get into it.

A collection of face masks from Garnier, Farmacy, Versed, Origins and Glow Recipe. Skincare for acne-prone skin.

My first favourite is the Garnier Clean+ Pore Purifying 2-in-1 Clay Cleanser/Mask. I’ve had this mask forever. I use it all the time and I still haven’t finished it so you will get your money’s worth. I like this mask because it dries down quickly and isn’t as aggressive as other clay masks. I can leave this on for 5-10 minutes and my face will be cleaner than using a normal cleanser but it doesn’t feel stripped. I also like using this as a spot treatment as well. I put a bit of the mask on a zit and leave it overnight. And it’s from the drugstore so it’s affordable.

If I have some series breakouts going on, then I reach for the Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask to Rescue Problem Skin. If you have dry skin stay away from this mask because it helps dry out all my pimples when they’re rearing their ugly heads. Also, like the same suggests I only have to wear it for 10 minutes to get the benefits, but if my face is really freaking out I’ll leave it on longer. Thanks to my friend for sharing this mask with me because I love it and as long as I have acne I’ll be using this mask.

Now after the breakouts subside I like using the Glow Recipe Watermelon + AHA Glow Sleeping Mask. This mask has active ingredients that not only hydrate my skin after berating it with drying product, but it helps reduce the appearance of dark spots. I scar very easily on my skin so I like using this mask to help reduce those scars. But it’s not an abrasive mask, it feels quite soft on the skin so if you have dry skin I think you’ll like this as well.

While I do have oily skin, I do have some dry moments. That’s when I like to use the Versed Look Alive Hydrating Plumping Mask. Unlike a lot of hydrating masks, this Versed mask has a gel-like consistency that provides hydration without clogging my pores. It has a cooling sensation as well, which is great if my skin is ever feeling irritating. The packaging is quite deceptive. It seems like there isn’t a lot but it’s only one fluid oz. less than the Origins mask. And it’s available at Shoppers!

The final mask to round out my top five is the Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask. I think calling this mask ‘renewing’ is quite accurate. If my face is feeling congested but not necessarily breaking out this is the mask I reach for. The mask starts as a thick yellow but as I rub it into my face it turns white and it gets warm and tingly on the face. After I wash it off my skin feels cleaner and hydrated at the same time. And the mask smells delicious, just like honey!

And those are my top five face masks. Let me know in the comments what your favourite masks are. And also let me know what category you would like to see next, it can be skincare or makeup or whatever you want to see!

xoxo

Lea

Product Empties May 2021

Hey guys! Today we’re back with another round of product empties. I love doing these posts because I feel like I give the best reviews after using up a product. Lots of skincare and some haircare in today’s trash pile, so let’s get into it.

A collection of empty makeup, skincare and hair products.

First, we have L’Occitane Almond Delightful Body Balm. Almond is one of my favourite scents and I heard good things about the almond range from L’Occitane so I picked this one up. This stuff is thick. It was perfect during the winter months when my skin was drier. I prefer something slightly lighter because it’s less work to rub it into the skin. I would consider buying another product within their almond range because I do enjoy the scent. If you have dry skin I would recommend this one. It is on the higher end price-wise, just something to note.

The next product is a deluxe sample of the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. I like to use cleansing balms if I am wearing a full face of makeup – full-coverage foundation, liquid liner, glitter, etc. you get the point. This balm did a good job of breaking down all the stubborn makeup and leaving my face clean and ready for my second cleanser. I would consider repurchasing, but I decided to get the Versed cleansing balm instead. It’s almost half the price and available at Shoppers!

Another sample I had was the Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel. This eye gel is supposed to reduce puffiness and dark circles. Honestly, I didn’t notice much of a difference. I’ve said this before and I’ll say this again: I don’t think eye creams do much besides hydration. I do have to be careful because I find some eye creams can irritate my under eyes, which makes. After all, the skin is thinner under the eyes. So while the eye cream gets points for not irritating my under eyes, I didn’t notice a difference in puffiness and dark circles. I don’t think you need to buy this eye cream and I wouldn’t repurchase it.

The one makeup product I have is the Laura Geller LashBOSS Bold Mascara, which seems to have been discontinued since I’ve received it in my Boxycharm. This is fine by me because this mascara was mediocre. I don’t remember my thoughts on it because I didn’t reach for it often. It didn’t give me more volume or length so that’s why I didn’t use it. I’m getting rid of it because the last time I used the mascara it flaked on me and it hadn’t done that before, so I took that as a sign that it was done.

My first haircare empty is the Briogeo Farewell Frizz Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Cream. If you watched my curly hair routine then you would know that I like to use this and a Living Proof Leave-In product as my heat protectant on days that I blow dry my hair. And I have to be honest that I like the Living Proof product more. I like the smell of this Briogeo cream. But I find that it weighs my hair down more and my curls never look as nice when I use the Briogeo cream. I’m not saying it’s bad necessarily. It’s great considering there are so few sulphate and silicone-free heat protectants on the market. But I prefer Living Proof’s heat protectant more.

The other two empties I have are the Briogeo deep conditioners: the Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Kiwi Mega Moisture Superfoods Hair Mask and the Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask (not pictured). Of the two I would say the Be Gentle, Be Kind is my favourite. I just don’t find the Don’t Despair, Despair mask to be hydrating enough. I don’t notice a difference when I use it. This is funny because I love the honey version of that mask. But even the Be Gentle, Be Kind is okay. I’m still on the hunt for the mask that will make my hair softer and smoother after using it. Please leave your suggestions for hair masks in the comments.

This product is slightly covered up in the photo, but the next product is a deluxe sample of the Biossance Squalane + Omega Repair Cream. This is a pretty thick cream so I didn’t want to use it on my face. I used it on my body instead. I don’t have any complaints. It did the job of moisturizing my skin. But I can’t necessarily recommend it since I don’t know what it would be like on the face.

I know a lot of people like The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum but I didn’t notice a difference while using it. I would pause and resume using the serum and I didn’t notice a difference. I have another hyaluronic acid serum that I got in my Boxycharm and I do notice a difference when I use that one. Maybe if you have dry skin you’ll notice a difference. But this is a pass for me guys.

A product I loved is the OLEHENRIKSEN Truth Juice Daily Cleanser. This is a great morning cleanser. The citrus scent just wakes me up. This leaves my skin feeling clean and smooth without stripping my skin. But it’s strong enough for my acne-prone skin. If you have normal or oily skin then I would recommend checking it out. I decided to not repurchase and tried a new cleanser, the Youth to the People one I got during the Sephora sale.

The next product is the Farmacy Daily Greens Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer with Moringa and Papaya. This moisturizer is for all my oily skin friends. My brother loves this moisturizer. He was using it behind my back and when I found out I told him to buy it himself. He said it was too expensive (but he’ll steal it from me, brothers 🙄). This is a lightweight gel that gives the perfect level of hydration for oily skin. Also, I feel like there is tea tree oil in this because it smells similar, but I can’t find it on the ingredient list so it must be something similar. Overall a good moisturizer. I have others I want to use up but I would consider repurchasing this one.

I finished my prescription acne cream recently and it’s $200 without insurance so I won’t be repurchasing it. 😭 So instead I decided to try the Benzagel Acne Gel. There are different – Differn XP is adapalene (retinoid) whereas Benzagel is benzoyl peroxide. I used benzoyl peroxide as a teen (I used Proactiv) and it was fine. From my research, it seems that the only difference is that adapalene is only available with a prescription but anyone can get a benzoyl peroxide cream. I just use this as a spot treatment. I find it’s too strong to use all over the skin. It does a good job of helping clear up my acne so I’ll continue to use Benzagel.

The final product is the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff. I’ve already explained my grips with eye creams in general. This one has a slight orange tint which I guess helped with the look of darkness. I will say that this took a while to sink into the skin. So I would have to wait for it to sink into the skin otherwise my makeup wouldn’t look right. It’s not bad, but I have other opened eye creams that I will be using next.

And that is a very long product empties post. I hope this was helpful for you guys. Let me know in the comments what products you’ve finished lately!

xoxo

Lea

Sephora Haul UPDATE April 2021

Hey guys! Today I will be giving you an update on the products that I purchased during the Sephora sale. I took my time to test out the products to give you guys a good review on each of the products. So let’s get into it.

A Sephora haul including Summer Friday body lotion, Youth to the People cleanser, Fenty Beauty foundation, Tower28 lip gloss, Rare Beauty blush, Supergoop sunscreen and Replica perfume.

The first product is the Youth to the People Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser. It took me a while to start using this cleanser because I was testing out other skincare products. It’s useful to introduce new skincare products one at a time in case a product causes irritation or breakouts. But since starting this cleanser I haven’t had any issues. My skin has been pretty clear lately and I haven’t had any breakouts since starting using this cleanser. The real test will be when I get my period because my acne is mainly hormonal-based. Overall it doesn’t leave my skin feeling stripped or tight. And I like the scent, it reminds me of a forest. It’s hard to review cleansers but this Youth to the People one has been good so far.

The next product is the Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen. This wasn’t like I expected. It has a silicone feel to it, similar to a primer. So it’s easy to apply and wears beautifully under makeup. It doesn’t break me out and it protected me from the sun. My only issue is that because of the consistency you can only apply so much to your face. I think it’s fine for everyday use or if I’m not in direct sunlight. But I wouldn’t feel like I’m using enough and getting enough protection if I was say at the beach in full sunlight. So while I will continue to use this, I feel like I need to continue my hunt for a good sunscreen.

The most disappointing product is the Summer Fridays Summer Skin Nourishing Body Lotion. If you read my wish list post you might remember that I read reviews saying this smells like Play-doh. And I have to agree with the reviews. It doesn’t have the saltiness associated with Play-doh but I will say that this body lotion has a plastic-like smell to it. I could get over it except for the fact that it does linger on the skin. So I’m not a huge fan. We’re currently in lockdown so I’m unsure how I will return this product but I am considering returning it. Overall I wouldn’t recommend this body lotion because the scent isn’t great and the formula isn’t so amazing to make it worth using.

The next product is the Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush in the shade Love. I do really like this blush but it’s a little difficult to use. It’s extremely pigmented and dries down matte so I have to work quickly to blend it out. For that reason, I prefer to apply it to the back of my hand and use a brush to apply it to my cheeks. Once it’s on my face it sets down nicely and doesn’t budge. And I like this shade, it gives me a sun-kissed look. I see myself using this blush a lot this summer. If you’re new to using cream blushes I would be careful because it’s not the most user-friendly formula. But if you’re a makeup pro you won’t have any issues.

I was quite unsure about the Tower28 ShineOn Milky Lip Jelly Gloss at first. When I first applied it I had just outlined my lips with a lip liner. Because it’s such a sheer lip gloss formula I was able to see the lip liner underneath. Because of that, I like to wear this gloss on its own or over top of lipstick. The lip gloss is also a lot creamier compared to other lip gloss formulas. It looks more like an oil than a shiny gloss. I like the shade a lot and will continue to use it. But I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite gloss I’ve ever used.

The next product is the Replica By The Fireplace perfume. I’ll be honest and I haven’t used this because it’s such a fall/winter scent. I probably could have waited until the next sale to get the perfume but oh well I bought it now. I still love the scent and it does last pretty well on my skin. This is impressive because I don’t find perfumes often last long on me. Overall I like this scent and would recommend you guys smell it if you like spicy, warm scents.

The final product is the Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint. I did a full in-depth review on the Skin Tint so I would recommend checking out that blog post if you haven’t already.

And that’s it for my Sephora Sale haul update! I hope this was helpful for you guys. If you have tried any of these products let me know in the comments if you agree with my thoughts. I love chatting about makeup! 🙂

xoxo

Lea