New Launches from Maison Jacynthe

22 Nov

Maison Jacynthe

Hi beauties!

Last year, I reviewed a few products from Maison Jacynthe, a Canadian beauty brand that offers makeup and skincare made only of 100% natural and active ingredients.

This year, the brand is back with new launches including nail polish, highlighter, foundation, and natural perfumes!

I was offered a chance to try out three of their new launches: non-toxic nail polish, powder highlighter, and liquid foundation.

Nail Polish (Taormina)

If you prefer your manicure to be as non-toxic as possible, Maison Jacynthe nail polish is free of ten of the most toxic ingredients usually found in nail polish. The formula is 75% to 80% of natural origin, and gluten and nickel-free (to avoid risks of allergies).

This unique nail polish, which is available in 10 colors, is quite opaque so even one coat does the job. The color I selected is a deep rose shade, an all-season neutral.

Highlighter (Lune Rose)

Count me in when it comes to a natural highlighter! The Maison Jacynthe highlighter is available in 3 shades:

  • Soleil Pétillant is shimmery with a slight golden tint.
  • Lune Rose is shimmery with a golden pink finish.
  • Lune Noire is a shimmery finish ideal on darker skin tones.

I received a refill of the Lune Rose highlighter to sample. The powder in this highlighter is fine and creamy. The shimmer factor is bang on, with just a hint of light that gives you healthy looking skin.

Maison Jacynthe highlighters can be used on the usual areas like your cheekbones and temples, but you can also apply it to other areas:

  • Eyes: Use a small eyeshadow brush and apply highlighter below the eyebrow, on the corner, or middle of the eyelids.
  • Lips: Apply on the center of the lips, with a small pointed lip brush for maximum accuracy.

The natural ingredients in the highlighter include coffee for collagen production and apricot oil to brighten the complexion.

Liquid Foundation (Beige Porcelain)

I selected an ivory shade called Beige Porcelain from the range of five shades. Even though my skin tone is on the pale side (as the Vancouver sun takes a hiatus for the winter), this shade turned out to be a pretty good match.

The light buildable coverage, which helped to cover a recent breakout, leaves a natural even finish. The bottle comes with an application wand so you can get every drop. I applied the foundation with my fingers, but also found it worked well with a blending sponge.

For me, it’s exciting to use a foundation with natural ingredients that keep your skin moisturized and protected, like borage oil and coffee extracts.

Even more good news about this chemical-free brand . . . Maison Jacynthe has joined the PETA Beauty Without Business Program, as one of their cruelty-free companies. 🐇

Disclaimer: Media samples provided, all opinions are my own.
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Holiday Stress Relief: Dr. Teal’s Pink Himalayan Bath Products

16 Nov

Hi beauties,

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but the holiday season is also one of the the most stressful times of the year.

If you know someone who may be overloaded during the holidays, giving the gift of relaxation is a no-brainer!

I`ve been wanting to try Dr. Teal’s bath products for ages, and was lucky enough to receive a few of Dr. Teal’s Pink Himalayan bath products to sample.

With its rich mineral content, Pink Himalayan salt is a popular ingredient right now due to its soothing and replenishing effects.

Dr Teal`s Pink Himalayan Mineral Soak

Adding Epsom salts to your bath is one of the best ways to relax the body and mind. If you have aches and pain or sore feet (too much shopping!), Epsom salts help soothe muscle aches and pain. These detoxifying salt crystals also exfoliate dead skin cells and reduce stress.

For a therapeutic bath experience with the light scent of Bergamot and Sweet Orange essential oils, all you have to do is pour 2 cups of the Pink Himalayan Mineral Soak under warm, running bath water.

Soak in the bath for 20 minutes, then gently dry yourself without rubbing. After a mineral soak bath, I like to take it easy for 30 minutes to 1 hour to keep the relaxation experience going.

Tip: You can also mix a handful of Dr. Teal`s Pink Himalayan Mineral Soak with your favorite bath wash and gently massage onto skin to exfoliate dry, rough patches.

Dr Teal`s Pink Himalayan Foaming Bath

If you prefer bubble baths, you can still replenish and recharge with Dr. Teal’s Pink Himalayan Foaming Bath.

This foaming bath combines Pure Epsom salt and essential oils with long-lasting bubbles to help relieve stress and nourish the skin.

For a bubblicious experience, I pour a generous amount of Dr. Teal’s Pink Himalayan Foaming Bath under warm, running water and watch the bubbles melt stress away!

Dr. Teal’s products also come in other aromatherapy scents, including Eucalyptus & Spearmint and Lavendar.

Disclaimer: Media sample provided, all opinions are my own.

Holiday Gift Giving: Shoebox Project for Shelters and Farleyco

6 Nov

Hi beauties!

I joined a recent Canadian Beauty Bloggers Twitter Party with Shoebox Canada and Farelyco, and guess what? I won the prize pack (woo hoo!).

First, I’d love to tell you about the Shoebox Project for Shelters, a non-profit organization that collects gifts for local women in locations across the globe.

Here’s how it works: you fill up a shoebox with beauty products that help women feel special like skincare, makeup, or good quality soaps/shampoos, then drop it off at a local shelter. Your beauty-filled shoebox is then donated to a woman in your community.

Check out the easy steps here to turn an empty shoebox into a beautiful gift. If you don’t live in Canada, this project is also available in the U.S. and internationally.

Prize Pack Details

Here’s an overview of the products in the prize pack courtesy of Farleyco, who represents many brand names you can find at major chains and small independent drug stores across Canada.

7th Heaven

I received an assortment of 7th Heaven masques, the largest brand of beauty masques in the world. So far, I’ve tried the Green Tea Peel Off Face Masque (so much fun!) and can’t wait to test the Hot Chocolate Masque (yum!).

COLAB Dry Shampoo

I’m always excited to try out dry shampoo. This award-winning brand was created by a team of beauty insiders, including blogger Ruth Crilly (A Model Recommends).

  • Original fragrance Dry Shampoo has a bergamot and rose scent.
  • Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo + contains a volume boost formula.
EcoTools

If you prefer products with earth-friendly materials, EcoTools creates beauty products that minimize the negative impact on the environment.

  • Perfecting Blender Duo is designed with EcoFoam® Technology, which is made of 70% plant-based materials. I’m using more liquid foundation lately so I’m excited to try these.
  • Delicate EcoPouf is designed with super soft recycled netting.
Flexitol

I received two products from this brand specializing in skincare:

  • Heel Magic, which comes in an easy-to-use stick applicator, contains Shea Butter and Olive Oil (the formula is paraben free). Expect to see results in 3-4 days even on stubborn cracks.
  • Happy Little Bodies Eczema Relief Cream is a non-steroidal treatment option for kids with a formula that contains 5% Colloidal Oatmeal, Calendula Tincture, Peppermint Oil, and Aloe Vera.
Earth Kiss Natural Face Masks

I received an assortment of 100% natural masks energized with Himalayan salts (which are super popular right now), including a Pore Cleanse and  Exfoliate mud mask.

MesmorEyes

MesmorEyes Lashes has a first of its kind program that specifically tells you which false eyelashes suit your eye type. I need help with false eyelashes, so this kit is a good first step!

Real Techniques

Miracle Cleansing Sponge is a 3-in-1 multi-functional sponge with a precision tip for imperfections and a flat edge for contours around the eyes and nose.

Zoella Beauty

Beauty Bath Soak and Shower Cream is a ‘beauty in a bottle’ bath soak with soothing floral notes.

Thanks to everyone involved for this lovely prize! 💕💕💕