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All Natural Sun Protection: LASPA Mineral Sunscreen

7 May

LASPA Mineral Sunscreen

Hi beauties!

Even though sunscreen season is every season, sometimes it takes hot, sunny weather to remind me to refresh my suncare choices.

Just in time, I was introduced to all natural sun protection from Canadian brand, LASPA Naturals.

Created by a mother (Susan Mey) who couldn’t find a sunscreen that worked for her daughter’s sensitive skin, LASPA products feature high-quality zinc that’s very fine and spreads evenly.

If you’re looking for an alternative to chemical-based sunscreen products (with ingredients no one can pronounce), LASPA’s clinically tested products are a safe and effective way to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.

Besides zinc oxide, LASPA’s non-greasy SPF formula contains essential oils and plant materials. Also, none of their products contain parabens, artificial fragrances/colours, gluten, or soy!

Here are the details on LASPA’s hypoallergenic mineral suncare products.

LASPA SPF 30 Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen

This hydrating sunscreen is perfect for protecting and moisturizing sensitive skin. The consistency is rich, but not greasy (it soaks into the skin quickly). I used just a small amount of the fragrance‑free sunscreen to cover my face and neck.

The sunscreen delivers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and 80 minutes of water/sweat resistance. If you’re travelling this summer, the sunscreen comes in a travel-friendly (TSA approved) 80 ml tube.

To use the sunscreen, apply it evenly 15 minutes before sun exposure, and re-apply at least every 2 hours.

LASPA SPF 20 Daily Sun Protection Mineral Sunscreen Lotion

This translucent sunscreen lotion for face and body can easily be incorporated into a daily skincare regime. I applied it under makeup (and on my very pale arms) before heading outside.

The texture of the lotion is silky due to organic coconut oil and applies smoothly (it dries matte without looking chalky). The lotion can double as your moisturizer, while counteracting the damaging effects of sun rays with vitamin E.

Like the SPF 30 sunscreen, this lotion is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes so splash away!

To use the lotion, apply it evenly 15 minutes before sun exposure, and re-apply at least every 2 hours.

Mineral vs. Chemical Sunscreen Benefits

If you’ve ever wondered why mineral ingredients are a healthier choice for sun protections, here’s why. Zinc oxide is a natural mineral sun block that sits on top of your skin and stops both UA and UB rays from penetrating your skin. This is in comparison to the synthetics used by chemical sunscreens to reflect the sun’s rays after they have penetrated the skin’s surface.

The bottom line with sunscreen is that when it’s comfortable and smooth, you’ll want to apply it (and re-apply). A natural sunscreen like LASPA makes taking care of your skin all-year round easy and luxurious.

LASPA Naturals at spas and resorts across Canada, as well as online at For more information about LASPA Naturals, check out, or their Facebook or Instagram page.
Disclaimer: Media samples provided, all opinions are my own.

e.l.f. Prep & Play Ensemble

24 Apr

Hi beauties,

When I need a little pick me up (or my makeup addiction kicks into gear), my first stop is usually the e.l.f. Cosmetics aisle. I love most of their cruelty free cosmetics/skincare and the price is right!

I picked up the e.l.f. Prep & Play Lip Ensemble on sale at Rexall Drugstore (in Vancouver) earlier this year.

Even though it may be hard to find this kit right now, I thought I’d review the items that came in the kit, since they can be purchased separately.

Lip Lacquer (Natural)

This lip lacquer features the look of a lip gloss and a lip tint with shine and color. The Vitamin E enriched formula with a subtle vanilla scent is moisturizing and smooth. The texture isn’t tacky or sticky, and the color payoff is quite good.

The Natural shade is a pretty old-fashioned neutral shade (like the peachy shades that started the whole nude craze courtesy of the sisters with a name that starts with a “K”). You can wear the 10 e.l.f. Lip Lacquer shades alone or layered over lipstick for a bolder look.

Lip Exfoliator (Sweet Cherry)

The Lip Exfoliator (in a clear shade) comes in a tube and is shaped like a lipstick. This format lets you easily rub it across your lips and gently remove dead skin.

The texture is similar to a lip balm (sugar-type) that moisturizes and keeps lip soft. The formula contains Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Avocado, Grape, and Jojoba Oils to nourish and protect. Even better, the lip exfoliator has a subtle sweet scent of cherry pie. 🍒

The bottom line with e.l.f. kits is that if you see one on sale, don’t hesitate. You can try out the products at a lower price, and purchase them separately if they hit the right note.

Bio Marine Peptide Skin Smoothing System: Quantum Hydrox Skin Spa

3 Apr

Hi beauties,

Today, I’m writing about a skincare system that I’ve just started using.

I initially found out about Quantum Hydrox Skin Spa from a Beauty Boutique Manager I met at a Dermablend event a few weeks ago.

We had a fun chat about skincare that works (or not), and she told me about an impressive product with ingredients sourced from my neighbourhood, the Pacific Northwest.

Since then, Quantum Hydrox was kind enough to contact me and recently sent me their one-of-a-kind Bio Marine Power Peptide Skin Smoothing System.

About the Ingredients

Quantum Hydrox sources some of its most effective ingredients from the Pacific Northwest rainforest and ocean.

Deep sea marine resources have been called “blue gold on the deep sea floor” due to their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and natural antibiotic properties. These resources are packed with skin boosting vitamins and minerals (multi-chain peptides, chitins, glucosamine, calcium panthothenate, zinc salts, and silica).

Quantum Hydrox has created quantum biopeptide formulations merging these high potency ingredients with deep delivery of cellular stimulating agents into a skin smoothing for all skin types.

Although the Quantum Hydrox glycolic-salycylic complex has been primarily developed to address sun damaged and aging skin, it also has a strong following with teenagers and men who suffer from acne or blemishes. I have occasional breakouts, so this is a definite plus!

Product Lineup

Quantum Hydrox has a wide range of products that can be used to address different skin issues. Here`s the lineup.

1. Gel Facewash

This is a pH balanced aloe and glycolic salicylic based cleanser with chamomile, echinacea, and marine extracts. It provides deep, yet gentle and thorough cleansing without stripping skin.

I like foaming cleansers because they encourage me to take more time cleaning my face (and it’s worth it!). This cleanser also has superior rinseability.

2. Kalma Facial Toner

This aloe and glycolic/salicylic based toner preps the skin to optimal pH for other Quantum Hydrox products. It smoothes and soothes skin (without being drying!) with chamomile, echinacea, green tea, and marine extracts, while removing any traces of microexfoliation.

3. Protecta Facial Day Fluid

This light daytime moisturizer and barrier protecter (with 10% glycolic acid) is loaded with clarifying, firming, and anti-aging complexes. It also contains potent fermented mushroom sourced beta glucan amino acid peptide chains.

These ingredients help to clarify the skin, and progressively smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

4. Repair Skin Fuel Night Creme Gel

This nighttime cream gel (with 10% glycolic acid) is infused with fermented nutrient dense BC marine vegetal mineral peptide plasma. It fortifies its potent nighttime restorative action with stabilized vitamin complexes that help to accelerates the repair process, while rejuvenating skin appearance.

5. Exfolipac VitaMarine Mud Masque

This mineral mud masque offers a spa-type clarifying and rejuvenating treatment that you can indulge in weekly.

The masque formula is a step up from usual mud masques, since it combines kaolin and bentonite clays and glycolic acid (10%) to amplify treatment.

6. Eye-C Eye Zone Vitamin C Creme Complex

This eye cream with a fully stabilized vitamin C complex diminishes the appearance of fine wrinkles and undereye skin discoloration. It also contains a marine peptide complex supplemented with soothing botanicals like aloe, soy, green tea, ginseng which balances out the formula.

7. Collagen C Intensive Vitamin C Serum Complex

Collagen in skincare is a very potent ingredient that stimulates smoothing of fine wrinkles and rejuvenates athe skin’s appearance.

This collagen serum also contains 20% magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (MAP), a fully stable, deep penetrating vitamin C. This is the only form of vitamin C, reported by the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, to be absorbed and retained in the skin.

8. RAMP Facial Day Fluid

The Rainforest Amino Mineral Peptide (RAMP) Moisture Lotion is extremely soothing and moisturising for all skin types.

For new users of the system, this moisturizer cuts the potency of glycolic-salicylic action (in the Protecta / Repair / Exfolipac products). It contains glycine soya, green tea, and beta thujaplicin (from Pacific red cedar – even more powerful and soothing than pycnogenol).


The Quantum Hydrox Luxe Skin Smoothing System is suitable for normal, oily, dry, or acnied skin types (for rosacea-prone skin, only Collagen C is suitable).

According to Quantum Hydrox, daily use results in a revitalized appearance as newly emerging cellular layers are smoothed, firmed, and resurfaced. The results and the effects are cumulative.

Quantum Hydrox recommends introducing their products to your skincare regime one item at a time. Depending on your skin type (oily vs. dry), Quantum Hydrox provides a strategy for incorporating these products into your routine.

First Impressions

Since I’m getting to know the products (and results are cumulative), I only have first impressions at this stage.

I love the idea of using a system that addresses all of my skin issues with nature-based complexes that exfoliate, brighten, firm, and fight aging skin. So far, I`m loving the Gel Foaming Facewash and the RAMP moisturizer. I can’t wait to incorporate the Collagen-C Serum into my routine!

The products that I’ve tried so far have unique oil-free and alcohol‑free textures, which help with application and absorption. The down‑to-earth packaging offers generous sizes at reasonable prices (from $18.99 for the Gel Facewash to $65.99 for the Collagen-C Serum Complex).

I’m so glad that the products are available in drugstores that I have easy access to, but I wouldn’t hesitate to order them online.

Quantum Hydrox Skin Spa products are available at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations (including Granville & 13th in Vancouver) and Pharmasave locations. For online orders, visit
Disclaimer: Media samples provided, all opinions are my own.