Wednesday, 15 July 2015

The Green Jungle Beauty Shop

I've talked a little bit before about wanting to have a cleaner beauty routine, especially for my face. I know I'm not totally there yet, but I think I'm at a good stage.

Last Winter, a blogger friend of mine, Julie from Let's Talk About Green, told me she would be opening her own green beauty shop in the Spring. And it has now been live since a few weeks now, The Green Jungle Beauty Shop!

It took me a while to decide what I wanted, as there is just so many things that I haven't tried yet! Julie is from Montréal, and she saw that there was a gap in the market for green beauty products here.    And she is right, as I've never seen those brands before, except on blogs, but surely not in the stores nearby!

So I settle for two facial bits and a nail polish, the Skin & Tonic London Brit Beauty Oil, the Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator and the Habit Nail Polish in 05 Sweet Life. Julie sent me extra goodies to try out, such as the Little Alchemist Papaya Cleansing Milk, Moss Nutrient Synergist and Moss Cleansing Dust.

My favourites so far are the Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator and the Little Alchemist Papaya Cleansing Milk. They just feel like a spa treatment when I used them. 

The shipping was really fast, and she wraps everything in recycled paper and boxes. She really is doing her part for a greener Earth!

If you follow the shop on Instagram you'll have access to promo codes really often! 

I'm really proud of Julie and I hope you'll all have the chance to support her soon! :)

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Zakia's Morocco Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Powder Mask Review

If you are an oily skin and hair kinda girl like me, you probably already love clay masks. I know I do!

So when I got the opportunity to try the Zakia's Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Powder*, I was all there. Zaria's promise is that the clay is "a delicious Atlas Mountain Clay that combines to make an exceptional exfoliating and detoxifying mask that will leave your skin silky smooth. Unparalleled skin care!"

But the clay can not only be used on skin, but also on hair. Which makes it a great multi tasking product!

As you might think, the powder has to be mixed with a little bit of water in order to be used. A tablepoon is suggested, but I usually use a teaspoon for my face. I take a little more for my hair though. Considering that a teaspoon is about 5 grams and that the jar contains 225g of clay, it's going to last a while! Zakia's suggest a ratio of 1:5 when mixing, but I think this is way to much water. But the great thing about a powder clay is that you can adjust the constituency the way you want it. 

Like most masks, you let it sit for 10-15 minutes and then you rinse it off. The same can be done for the hair, and there is also the option of adding it to your shampoo to make a clarifying one.

I've tried Ghassoul Clay in my hair before. The lady who I brought it from told me to use Argan Oil when doing the hair mask as she said it could be really stripping the moisture out of the hair. I didn't have to do this with the Zakia's one.

When applying the Zakia's clay concoction, I could feel that my hands were left with a slightly greasy feel. When you have oily skin this can be a concern, but this was not a problem for me when washed. I guess this clay is more moisturizing than the one I tried before, as nothing is added in the ingredients, it is 100% Moroccan Lava Clay.

So in all, I like this clay, for me you cannot really go wrong with clay anyway! 

*Product sent for review consideration via BrandBacker

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

April and May Empties

It's been a while since my last Empties post, as I thought my Aprils ones were boring and wanted to wait to add them to the May ones. I hope you don't mind and enjoy this BOGO on Empties :)

There it is. April was pretty much boring, as Ididn't have a lot of full size products, and those were toilettries.

SpaSoap Aloe & Chamomile: We have been using this hand soap for a while now, it is a good Dollarama dupe for SoftSoap.

Head & Shoulders Refresh Shampoo: I've been struggling to find a shampoo that I like lately, this one was good, but it is for men, and I'd like something a little more feminine.

Bioré Charcoal Nose Strip: I've never been impressed by the original Bioré strips, but I liked this sample so much that I bought a pack. It is fascinating in a gross way to see the gunk come out of the pores!

Aesop Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream: I like the smell of this so much! If I'd be able to purchase Aesop easily this would be on my wishlist.

TRESemmé Keratin Smooth 60 Second Treatment Shot: I used this while I still had long hair, and it lasted for about three shampoos. It smells nice, but I would rather use the VO5 Hot Oil thingies, if that still exists.

My total of Empties for April is 10. Can do better!

As for May, I thought I'd do better, but there are a few products I wasn't able to finish on time.

L'Oréal Féria Wild Ombré in 060: Yes, I diyed my hair! I first did it at the salon, but as I wanted an ombré effect and didn't have it I bought this box on clearance at Maxi and did it myself. I'm satisfied of the result. I'm not used with boxed dyes, especially the ones that bleach but I liked this one.

N-Spa Indulgent Hot Butter Fudge Body Polish: This was promising, but I don't know why most sugary products like this one smell like medicine? It was a nice polish though, but the package is not convenient, it lets too much water in when in the shower. On top of that the hinges are annoying.

Bath & Body Works Sugar Plum Dream PocketBac: I like PocketBacs, and I liked this one because it reminded me of the Britney Spears perfume Midnight Fantasy, that I used to have.

EOS Shave Cream: I now sometimes shave my legs. I used not to, as I was using Veet cream and the likes, but sometimes now I need to free the bathroom as I'm not alone. I know a lot of people said they didn't like this shaving cream, but I did. I might be tempted to buy the full size.

A total of 9 Empties, one soap wraps not being pictured.

I hoped to finish more in June, but a week in I don't have a lot to show up for so far!