Holiday Haircare: Conair mini PRO Straightening Brush

27 Nov

Conair Mini Pro Straightening Brush

Hi beauties!

During the holiday season, one of the last things anyone wants to worry about is their hair.

Since I live in Vancouver and wear my hair straight, there’s no way I can avoid using some type of straightener.

On wet days (especially in November and December), even my rainproof strategy of hat/hoodie/umbrella doesn’t work.

For straightening on the go, nothing beats a compact straightening tool so I was really excited to try the Conair mini PRO Straightening Brush.

After experimenting with this compact straightening brush, I found I was able to use it in a couple of ways based on how I placed the brush:

  • Placing the brush underneath a hair section straightens hair and adds shape to the ends.
  • Placing the brush on top of the hair smooths and finishes the style.

Here are more details about the Conair mini PRO Straightening Brush:

  • Fast heat up and high heat (I use heat-resistant gloves to avoid burns)
  • Ceramic coated paddle and ceramic bristles that retain heat
  • Swivel line cord
  • Dual voltage (for international travel)

Whether you’re staying in town or travelling during the holidays, this quick heating straightening brush will give you plenty of time to enjoy the holidays frizz-free!

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

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.

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.