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Farleyco Spring into Summer Beauty Box 📦

23 Jul

Hi beauties!

Last week, I received a summer beauty box with products that are perfect for the warm weather we’re having in Vancouver.

Beauty Box Details

Here’s an overview of the products in the Spring into Summer beauty box courtesy of Farleyco, who represents brand names found at major chains and independent drug stores across Canada.

Flexitol Heel Magic

If you’re like me, you’ve tried a lot of products to treat dry, cracked heels that don’t do the job.

Flexitol Heel Magic features an easy to use, stick format with a unique blend of moisturizers including Shea Butter, Vitamin E, and Olive Oil.

This combination of ingredients goes beyond moisturization by helping the skin’s natural healing process to repair dry, scaly, and cracked heels and feet.

You can find Flexitol Skin Care at London Drugs, Rexall Pharma Plus, Walmart, and more.

COLAB Dry Shampoo

When the weather is super hot, the last thing I want to do is blow dry my hair.

COLAB award-winning dry shampoos were created by a team of beauty insiders, including blogger Ruth Crilly (A Model Recommends).

I received a sample of COLAB Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo +, which adds body and height while refreshing hair. The formula features an extreme plumping powder that absorbs oil without creating white residue.

You can find COLAB Dry Shampoos at London Drugs, Brunet, Rexall Pharma Plus, Guardian IDA, and more.

So…? Fragrance

Instead of a heavy fragrance, I love using a body mist during the summer.

I received a sample of the So…? Pink Grapefruit Body Mist, which is a combination of citrus and fruity notes of mango and passion. It’s light and fresh, and smells delicious!

You can find So…? Body Mists at Pharmasave, Familiprix, Guardian IDA, Pharmachoice, and more.

INKredible Tattoo After Care Cream

If you plan on getting a tattoo in the near future and worry about skincare after the procedure, INKredible After Care Cream offers two benefits:

  • It promotes a speedy healing process.
  • It helps to keep newly tattooed skin soft and smooth.

You can find INKredible Tattoo Care at Shoppers Drug Mart, Guardian IDA, and Pharmasave.

Perspirex Plus

For excessive perspiration, Perspirex Plus Antiperspirant is a unique clinically proven solution that provides lasting protection from sweat and odour. The formula, which is perfume-free and non-staining, also minimizes irritation commonly associated with other aluminum chloride based antiperspirants.

To use Perspirex Plus, you apply it just before going to bed to completely dry, unbroken skin. You can shower as usual the following morning without re-applying.

You then apply Perspirex Plus every 3 to 7 days until you obtain the desired effect. Once the sweat is reduced, the frequency of application can be reduced to 1-2 nights a week, as necessary.

You can find Perspirex at Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean Coutu, London Drugs, and most drugstores.

Thanks to Farleyco for all of these samples to get me through the summer months!
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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 www.beautysense.ca. For more information about LASPA Naturals, check out www.laspanaturals.com, or their Facebook or Instagram page.
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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.